I'm sending this out by email because I'm having some difficulties with
the TS page on EaglePedia.
Things I'd like to discuss:
70cm RX status
How many prototypes to build
Goals for 2007
My partial goals are:
Prototype 70cm RX and 2m TX
Demonstrate above, with some form of SDX prototype
Demonstrate prototype IHU-3 and CAN widgets
Structure design and model
Refine microwave phased array plans
Peer review, test, demonstrate text messaging
Begin development of integration plan and composite test plan
Develop Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) leading to a preliminary
The last item is clearly mine; Gould has been helping me on the WBS.
Obviously, once I've laid it out, I'll need your comments and then some
schedule estimates. I think that we are now at the point where it's
time to define a schedule of what is reasonably achievable so that we
can begin to make construction/integration/launch plans.
Please add to the goals; this is just my first cut.
Please also add to topics.
I've asked for help on my issue with EP; will advise as soon as the
agenda is posted there.
Thanks & 73,
Is there any interest in a copy of the "Proceedings of the 1st Annual USU
Conference on Small Satellites"? It is among the papers in my office that
will soon see the circular file unless someone wants to rescue the document.
Dick Jansson, WD4FAB
We finally solved the major cause of the 35 year old electrical problems
here at home and I am back on the air here after a 3 day absence ( 7 AM
Thursday to 2:30 PM Saturday). The problems we found are direct
contributers to everything from computer problems, to light bulbs
burning out way too fast, to pool pumps causing the house to brown, and
on and on that we have been experiencing. As I kept upgrading
appliances and adding new toys, the situation deteriorated until I was
forced to solve it.
Anyway, I am back to where I can answer email at last.
AMSAT Director and VP Engineering. Member: ARRL, AMSAT-DL,
TAPR, Packrats, NJQRP, QRP ARCI, QCWA, FRC. ARRL SDR WG Chair
"If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the
corridor in the other direction. " - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I'm working on the next update. If you have recent progress or events
to report, please share with me in the next couple of days. Photos welcome.
I've already covered IHU-3/CAN developments, the new lab, and 70cm
receiver final design and ATP.
Thanks & 73,
I have heard anecdotal assertions that MRAM (see <
URL:http://www.freescale.com/mram >) is inherently SEU immune from
radiation, or at least very tolerant.
Does anyone have any knowledge of this?
I ask because the Freescale part is pretty tempting, even if its standby
current drain is a little high. Thinking in terms of SDX here...
I've been thinking about this for a while. Recent publicity for Eagle
in multiple publications has resurrected the thought, so I seek your
I'm considering seeking, for each discrete peer review, an additional
review team member from AMSAT membership at large.
Heretofore we've collected peer review teams from a subset of Eagle team
members with possibly a few known additions. I'm considering seeking a
single at-large reivewer from within AMSAT MEMBERSHIP. In my vision,
I'd go out to amsat-bb and ANS and solicit qualified volunteers. Such
volunteers would have to be verifiable members of AMSAT-NA or another
AMSAT organization, and would be asked to send me a resume or c.v. I
would use these to select the MOST qualified volunteer for a single
at-large position on the peer review team. (I say that I would make the
selection, mostly to keep the additional admin burden off you; if any of
you want to help me choose, thanks!) I would be responsible for
forwarding that individual all necessary materials to do the peer
review. I would be responsible for coordinating with Bob and Eric that
that at-large member would have access to the AMSAT Engineering channel
on TeamSpeak for that particularl peer review (the password changes for
each discrete topic.)
The advantages I see in this:
-- furthers our "openness" with deeds not words
-- gives motivated new talent an opportunity to share their
expertise with us
-- gives us a chance to evaluate, select, and motivate new talent
-- advances general membership "buy-in"
-- gives us a better ultimate product
--may lead us to new Eale team members!
I see no down-side to this. If you do, please advise ASAP. If you
think this is a good idea, please let me know also. If you have any
ideas on how to make the peer review process better, I'd like to hear
that as well.
I'd like your responses by Friday 5 January. If we decide to proceed,
I'd lke to include this in my next Journal article, which will be
written this weekend.
Finally, I hope to convene a peer review of the UHF receiver ATP soon.
For obvious reasons, I intend to use the same team which did the UHF
receiver design peer review, plus a couple of additions (w2gps and n4hy)
plus the at-large member, unless you convince me the latter is a bad idea.
Thank you all, and very 73,
I think the peer review proposal is a great idea. However, I'd suggest
making the request for volunteers in the journal and not on AMSAT-BB.
One could argue that the statements "is qualified to conduct technical
peer review" and "reads AMSAT-BB on a regular basis" are negatively