AMSAT: Amateur Radio Payload Could Share Space on Geosynchronous Satellite

ARRL.org
April 26, 2015

[UPDATED 2015-04-27 1803 UTC] There is big news on the Amateur Radio satellite front. AMSAT-NA has announced that, if all goes according to plan, an Amateur Radio payload will go into space on a geosynchronous satellite that’s planned for launch in 2017. As opposed to the more typical low-Earth-orbit, a geosynchronous orbit would permit an earthbound ham at a given point within its footprint to access the satellite at approximately the same time each day. According to AMSAT Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, the satellite’s potential footprint would extend over the US from the Mid-Pacific to Africa. AMSAT said it’s accepted the opportunity to be a “hosted payload” on a spacecraft that Millennium Space Systems (MSS) of El Segundo, California, is under contract to design, launch, and operate for the US government. Past AMSAT Director and former Vice President-Engineering Bob McGwier, N4HY, said the Amateur Radio payload must be delivered for testing and integration by the spring of 2016.

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CARP Camp-a-Long May 29-31, 2015

CARP Camp-a-Long

Date/Time:

May 29-31, 2015

Location:

Granite Creek Campground, Madera County, CA

Campsite Cost/Details:

  • Designated Campsites
  • No charge for Campsite
  • Pit Toilet
  • No Running Water

RSVP:

Please use the Online RSVP Form to let us know you plan on attending. This will also let us help give you directions and other important information about the trip.

Note: While a CARP Camp-a-Long is a club sponsored event, attendees are responsible for their own food, supplies, transportation and any other costs associated with the camping venue.

House Committee Asks FCC for Documents Related to Proposed Enforcement Bureau Closures

ARRL.org
April 24, 2015

The US House Committee on Energy and Commerce has given the Federal Communications Commission a May 7 deadline to produce documents related to FCC Enforcement Bureau proposals to close two-thirds of its field offices and eliminate nearly one-half of its staff of field agents. In an April 23 letter, Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) told FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that his panel wants the Commission to provide all documents relating to the proposed closures.

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CARP Supports 2015 Shinzen Run & Walk

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers along with amateur radio operators from organizations from around the valley provided support communications for the 30th annual Shinzen Run & Walk on Saturday, April 25th, 2015.

Along with the radio communicators, dozen’s of die-hard runners and walkers participated in the event despite the morning downpour of rain at the Shinzen Japanese Gardens at Woodward Park in Fresno.

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AMSAT-NA Opportunity for Rideshare to Geostationary Orbit

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 116.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE Month Day, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-116.01

AMSAT-NA Opportunity for Rideshare to Geostationary Orbit

AMSAT is excited to announce that we have accepted an opportunity to participate in a potential rideshare as a hosted payload on a geostationary satellite planned for launch in 2017. An amateur radio payload, operating in the Amateur Satellite Service, will fly on a spacecraft which Millennium Space Systems (MSS) of El Segundo, CA is contracted to design, launch, and operate for the US government based on their Aquila M8 Series Satellite Structure.

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VHF North-South Activity Hour During Field Day

During Field Day, let’s take advantage of our local ham population throughout the state of California by participating in a “North-South Activity Hour” beginning at 8 PM PDST (0300 UTC) Saturday night. FD VHF stations in Southern California will beam north, and stations in Northern/Central California will beam south, with activity centering between 144.220 and 144.260 MHz on SSB (or CW). At 8:30 PM (0330 UTC), activity switches to 432 MHz, with activity centering between 432.110 and 432.150 MHz SSB/CW. Come back to 2 meters once done on 432.

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California Classic 2015 Volunteers Needed

California Classic Century 2015 – Communications Support

When

Saturday May 16, 2015. Time: Various throughout the day (assignment times vary)

Where

Fresno, CA and outlying areas.

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

~18+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: California Classic 2015 Comm Volunteer Signup

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

Shinzen Run Volunteers Needed

Shinzen Run – Communications Support

When

Saturday April 25, 2015. Time: AM

Where

Woodward Park, Fresno, CA

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

8+ communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Shinzen Run/Walk 2015 Comm Volunteer Signup

Rob Mavis AE6GE – 559-272-6791 or ae6ge@k6arp.org

2015 EMCOMM / Public Service Event List

Updated: July 19, 2015 – Below is the list of Public Service/EMCOMM events for Fresno/Clovis and the Central Valley for 2015. Participation of local amateur radio operators in these events not only provides a valuable service assisting with the health and welfare of the public and event participants but also gives us a chance to practice and hone our communications skills. Skills that will be needed in the event we are called to assist in an EMCOMM capacity.

2015 Public Service Events:

  • February 21 – Rotary Run – Completed
  • March 7 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Completed
  • April 11 – Clovis Big Hat Day Bicycle Century – Completed
  • April 11 – March of Dimes Fresno – Completed
  • April 25 – Shinzen Run/Walk – Completed
  • May 2 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Century – Completed
  • May 16 – California Classic Bicycle Century – Completed
  • September 12 – Tour de Fresno Charity Bicycle Century – Signup
    20+ Comm Volunteers Needed
  • October 10 – Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century – Signup
    12+ Comm Volunteers Needed
  • November 8 – Two Cities Marathon

If you are interested in participating and assisting with radio communications for any of the events, please either click on the corresponding Signup link above or contact Rob AE6GE, ae6ge@k6arp.org.

Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers