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AMSAT at Dayton Hamvention



The Dayton Hamvention is quickly approaching (May 19-21).  This memo
outlines AMSAT’s activities at Hamvention and provides an overview of how
you can help make Hamvention a successful weekend for AMSAT.  Dayton is a
three-day ‘marathon’ with an immense amount of activity.

For those planning to use GPS to Hamvention, Hara Arena’s location in
degrees/decimal minutes is:
N 39 49.223
W 84 15.335

I.	AMSAT Booth Activities
AMSAT will be in the same booth location as previous years: Booth spaces
445-448. Our theme this year is “AMSAT:  Pioneering the future of Amateur
Radio on the ISS”.  We expect to have a very busy booth this year with a
variety of updated and new items:
a.  Will Marchant, KC6ROL and Frank Bauer, KD4HDO have created a new AMSAT
design with an ARISS theme that will be embrodiered on a golf shirt as well
as offered on a new T-Shirt.  An AMSAT  cap with the “Pioneering” theme will
also be available.  Get the latest ‘satellite fashions’ at the AMSAT booth!
b.  AMSAT Journal CD-ROM is now available in two volumes:  1998-2000
(Volumes 21-23) and 1995-1997 (Volumes 18-20).  Special pricing for these CD
’s will be available when joining or renewing an AMSAT membership at
Hamvention.
c.  An updated laminated AMSAT Frequency Guide (thanks to W3XO) with the
latest satellite information will be offered.
d.  An updated “Amateur Satellite Resource Guide” (thanks to N1JEZ) will be
available at the booth and provided to new members.
e.  The latest “Working the Easy Sats” (updated by N1JEZ) will also be
available at Dayton.
f.  A revised “Digital Satellite Guide” by Gould Smith, WA4SXM, is planned
for Dayton.  Gould has also updated the “Analog Satellite Guide” as well.
g.  Ed Krome, K9EK, has rewritten  his very popular “Mode-S: The Book.”  Ed
has plenty of new information pertaining to using Mode-S on AO-40.
h.  Once again, AMSAT will offer the ‘Arrow Antenna” at the booth this year.
Please note that AMSAT expects to handle this antenna at Hamvention ONLY and
will not necessarily be available from AMSAT following Hamvention. This is
the antenna that many individuals are using to work through AO-27 utilizing
their dual-band HT’s.
i. AMSAT will offer a Mode-S receive converter and “barbecue’ grill antenna
at the booth this year.   Please note that AMSAT expects to offer this
package at Hamvention ONLY and will not necessarily be available from AMSAT
following Hamvention.  Given the recent successful AO-40’s linear
transponder tests using the Mode-S downlink, many will be interested in
obtaining Mode S capability.  The specifics of the receive converter and
antenna will be available shortly…”Some assembly is required.”  Stop by the
AMSAT booth and check out what we have to offer.
j. Latest version of WISP on diskette.
k. AMSAT will be the only distributor of NOVA at Hamvention this year as
Northern Lights Software will not be present.  Software is on CD-ROM.
l. For the Mac enthusiasts, we will have MacDoppler Pro on CD-ROM (A
brochure will also be available)
m. For the PC user, the Kansas City Tracker ISA board will also be
available.
n. All of the current AMSAT publications will be available.
o. As in the past, software demonstrations will be conducted at the booth.
p. Steve Thomson, K5PK has developed a paper model of AO-16 in preparation
for Space Day at the Air & Space Smithsonian.  This model will also be
available at Hamvention.
q. A new sustaining membership program is being announced at Hamvention.
Information about this new program will be available at the booth as well as
new sustaining membership forms.


Commercial hours on Friday are 0900-1800.  The commercial hours on Saturday
are 0800-1700 and 0800-1300 on Sunday.  Overall, the AMSAT booth will be
open for 23 hours over the weekend.


II.	AMSAT Membership Drive

AMSAT has been offered a wonderful opportunity to build our membership base
during the Dayton Hamvention.  An AMSAT benefactor has offered to cover the
cost of a providing a complete Mode- S and Mode-L system for use with AO-40!
This includes antennas, Mode-S downcoverter, Mode- L transverter, and Mode-L
amplifier.  The user will need to provide an appropriate SSB/CW transceiver
to serve as the exciter/receiver.  At this writing, the package is expected
to include:
  S-Band Downlink:  Phillips-Tech barbeque antenna with SSB UEK3000SAT
receive converter
  L-Band Uplink:  Down East Microwave 2324YRM (24 elements/6 foot boom) with
Down East Microwave 1268-144TX transmit Converter.  This unit features 15+
watts output from .1 to 10w input on two meters.

For an individual to be eligible for the prize drawing, the following
criteria must be met:
a.  An individual must cover the cost of a membership to AMSAT-NA.  Annual
cost of US membership is $36.00 while cost to personnel residing in Canada
is $41.00 and memberships for all others is $45.00.
b.  Both new memberships and renewals of existing memberships at the
suitable level are eligible for the drawing.  Individuals obtaining a
'sustaining membership' are also elgible for this drawing.
c.  New membership/renewals must be done at the AMSAT booth at Dayton
Hamvention.
d.  Only one membership per individual will qualify.  This means an
individual who elects for a multi-year membership receives one chance just
as an individual who selects a one year membership.
e.  Individuals who currently hold a Life Membership may elect to donate to
AMSAT the equivalent of one year’s membership ($30.00 US, $36.00 if living
in Canada, or $45.00 elsewhere) for one chance at the prize drawing.

The drawing for the AO-40 station equipment will be done at the AMSAT booth
at 1200 on Sunday, May 20.  The winner does not have to be present to win
and AMSAT will cover the cost of shipping the radio to the member’s address
as shown on the membership form.  If the winner is present at the drawing,
the individual may take the equipment home directly (and save AMSAT the
shipping costs).  In accordance with Federal Tax Code which requires prizes
valued over $600.00 to be reported, AMSAT will prepare IRS Form 1099
covering the cost of the equipment so that the winner can include this
information in their Year 2000 Income Tax Return.

This is a unique opportunity that is primarily designed to increase AMSAT
membership.   While some may regret that we could not include renewals
outside of Dayton to be elgible for this prize drawing, the logistics of
such an option makes it impractical to extend the program beyond Dayton.
Keep in mind that the primary purpose of this incentive is to encourage new
memberships from those who attend our Hamvention Forums and visit the AMSAT
booth where they can meet members, obtain information, and be encouraged to
join our hobby.

III.	Hamvention Volunteers

We need folks to volunteer for a ‘tour of duty’ during a portion of the
Hamvention. Volunteers will help handle the myriad of activities that
typically occur at an AMSAT booth-handle transaction, deal with memberships
and renewals, answer questions, and serve as a representative of AMSAT.
Prior experience in representing AMSAT at (any) hamfests is helpful but not
required.

Please let me know if you can give us a hand during the Hamvention. Send me
an e-mail (wd4asw@amsat.org) and include the following:
1.  What hours are you willing to volunteer during each day that the
commercial exhibits are open?  The commercial exhibits are open Friday
0900-1800, Saturday 0800-1700, and Sunday 0800-1300. Please volunteer for
one-hour periods or multiples thereof.  If you can help at various times
during the Hamvention, please provide a prioritization as to which specified
periods are best for you.
2. Include your name, callsign, and e-mail address in your message.
3. Indicate any special skills that would be helpful, such as familiarity
with specific products available through AMSAT, particularly software such
as WISP and NOVA. While we are looking for volunteers to help with the
‘crush’ of normal exhibitor activities, it would be helpful to know who can
assist in software demonstrations or answer particular questions about
various aspects of our hobby during a particular shift.
4. If you have already sent me an e-mail offering to volunteer, please
respond by e-mail to this request by specifying the times that you are
available to work.


I intend to provide a tentative work schedule released no later than May 9
to those who have indicated a willingness to help. Please stop by the AMSAT
booth when you arrive at the Hamvention to confirm your schedule or to
change your work assignment if necessary.

Please note that setup of the booth will take place on Thursday.  If you are
available to help with booth setup please let me know.

IV.	Other AMSAT Activities

1.  Don’t forget the AMSAT dinner on Friday evening, 19 MAY, at the Amber
Rose Restaurant in old North Dayton, which is the same location that we’ve
used for the past five years. Cost including tax and tip is $20.00. Unlike
past years, we plan to have a program following dinner.  Jerry Schmitt,
KK5YY of  Los Alamos, NM will share his exploits of working the satellites
from Alaska and assisting with the working a remote check station on the
Iditarod Dog Sled race. Seating is limited, so please register with Ed
Collins, N8NUY.  Please send an e-mail to directly to n8nuy@amsat.org.  Ed
will be at the AMSAT booth on Friday to accept late reservations for dinner.
He will provide maps and directions to the restaurant as well.  For GPS/APRS
users, the restaurant’s location in degrees/decimal minutes is:

N 39 46.915
W 084 9.557
Maidenhead Grid Square EM79ws

2 AMSAT’s block of rooms at the Homewood Suites, Fairborn have already been
assigned and the hotel is booked. Alternatively, you can try the Fairfield
Inn (next door to Homewood Suites) 937-427-0800.
GPS users staying at the Homewood Suites should note the hotel’s location
as:
N 39 46.623
W 84 03.342

3.  AMSAT will be involved with the following scheduled presentations on
Saturday morning:

Saturday, May 19, 2000:
0830-1000 AM Room 1
 Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, Forum Moderator

"Amateur Radio on the International Space Station"
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO,  AMSAT VP-Human Spaceflight Programs
Will Marchant, KC6ROL, ARISS-NA Operations Manager
Roy Neal, K6DUE, Chairman, ARISS Working Group

"AO-40 Status Report"
Robin Haigton, VE3FRH, President, AMSAT-NA

"AO-40 Ground Station Requirements"
Bdale Garbee, KB0G

"AMSAT's Next Satellite Project"
Robin Haighton, VE3FRH   President-AMSAT
Bdale Garbee, KB0G, AMSAT Project Committee
Tom Clark, W3IWI AMSAT Board Member
Keith Baker, KB1SF  AMSAT Board Member
Barry Baines, WD4ASW  AMSAT Board Member



 4.	Satellite Demonstrations
Jerry Schmitt, KK5YY, will be providing demonstrations of AO-27 and other
satellites from outside Hara Arena using his FM radio and Arrow Antenna.
Details concerning the times of the passes and where to view the
demonstrations will be available at the AMSAT booth.

 AO-27 Schedule for Dayton 2001 during Hamvention Commercial Hours

Date(L)     AOS(L)    LOS(L)   Duration  Between  AOSAz MaxEl LOSAz
5/18/01   09:07:23  09:18:40  00:11:17  --------   39°  10°  137°
5/18/01   10:45:42  11:00:57  00:15:15  01:27:01   12°  89°  195°
5/18/01   12:26:25  12:37:59  00:11:33  01:25:27  351°  12°  250°

5/19/01   10:18:18  10:33:20  00:15:02  01:29:29   18°  50°  180°
5/19/01   11:58:25  12:11:46  00:13:20  01:25:05  358°  21°  234°

5/20/01   09:51:04  10:05:22  00:14:17  10:20:50   25°  28°  165°
5/20/01   11:30:37  11:45:07  00:14:30  01:25:15    3°  35°  219°
5/20/01   13:12:52  13:19:10  00:06:18  01:27:44  335°   3°  284°

UO-14 Schedule for Dayton  2001 During Hamvention Commerical Hours

Date(L)     AOS(L)    LOS(L)   Duration  Between  AOSAz MaxEl LOSAz
 5/18/01   10:54:02  11:08:47  00:14:45  01:31:10   21°  40°  175°
5/18/01   12:33:47  12:47:34  00:13:46  01:25:00  360°  25°  228°

5/19/01   10:24:41  10:38:20  00:13:39  10:19:48   28°  21°  158°
5/19/01   12:03:48  12:18:34  00:14:45  01:25:28    6°  45°  212°
5/19/01   13:45:17  13:53:29  00:08:12  01:26:42  340°   5°  273°

5/20/01   09:55:43  10:07:13  00:11:30  10:20:06   38°  11°  139°
5/20/01   11:34:00  11:49:10  00:15:10  01:26:46   12°  85°  197°
5/20/01   13:14:33  13:25:53  00:11:19  01:25:23  350°  11°  252°


All times are EDT (Local).  Please listen for us and help show how easy and
friendly it can be on the FM sats. Thanks 73 Jerry

Hamvention attendees wishing to see Jerry’s satellite demonstrations are
invited to meet at the AMSAT booth 10 minutes prior to each pass.


V.	Other Dayton Activities to keep in mind

Please note that according to the Hamvention web page, there are several
other forums that may be of interest to AMSAT members.  These include:
a.  Friday 1000-1245, Rm. 1:  “TAPR/Digital Packet” moderated by John
Ackermann, N8UR

b. Saturday 1400-1600, Rm. 3: “LIVE! Town Meeting” hosted by Bill Pasternak,
WA6ITF. The theme is "Preparing An Amateur Radio Time Capsule".  Among those
presenting at this discussion is:
3:30 - 3:40   Roy Neal K6DUE   Ham Radio in Space - 2001 to 2026

c.  Saturday, Room 1 10:15-12:00 (following the AMSAT Forum) SSTV Forum.
Among the scheduled presentations is: "SSTV in the U.S Space Program
(ISS)" - Lou McFadin, W5DID

d.	Saturday, Room 2 1500-1700 “VHF/UHF Microwave”
Moderator: Merle "Cliff" Rummel, W9LCE
Speakers:
Dave Olean, K1WHS – "Stacking Antennas"
Buzz Miklos, WA4GPM – "Six Meter Hi Power Amplifiers"
Ray Rector, WA4GPM – "Solving TVI Problems"
Kent Britain, WA5VJB – "Software Defined Radios" or "IQ for Dummies"

e.	Sunday, Room 4 0830-0945:  SARA-Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers

f.	Sunday, Room 4 1000-1130  VHF/UHF Microwave Forum  (Cont’d)
Moderator: Merle "Cliff" Rummel, W9LCE
Speakers:
Tom Williams, WA1MBA – "Moving to the Bands Above 10 Gig"
Bruce Richardson, W9FZ – "Rovering – A New Adventure Every Time"

g.  Dayton Hamvention Banquet Saturday evening
Saturday evening is the annual Dayton Hamvention Banquet at the Ervin J.
Nutter Center.  Banquet tickets are $45.00 and are sold in advance only.
Dinner will be served at 1830 (doors open at 1800).  Tickets must be
purchased by May 10, 2001 with no banquet tickets sold during the
Hamvention.  Among those being honored at the banquet  is Frank Bauer,
KA3HDO AMSAT’s VP-Human Space Flight Programs, who will receive the 2001
Hamvention Special Achievement Award.  His citation (from the Hamvention
Website) reads:

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT. Frank's countless hours of
behind-the-scenes work with SAREX (Space Amateur Radio Experiment) and ARISS
(Amateur Radio International Space Station) have made these very high
profile activities world-wide successes. Mr. Bauer organized and led the
teams that provided the links to schools so that children could talk with
astronauts as they orbited the earth. He developed band plans for spectrum
utilization for amateur radio space operations and continues his leadership
role as a technical liaison between the Amateur service and NASA. Dayton
Hamvention® is proud to honor Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, as its Special
Achievement Winner for 2001.

Roy Neal, K6DUE is one of three grand banquet speakers (along with Bob Heil
and Riley Hollingsworth) who will discuss “Amateur Radio, Past, Present and
Beyond".


V.	Summary

AMSAT’s activities at Dayton will be extensive and varied.  Along with
offering updated information (books, frequency chart, and Resource Guide)
and products that have been popular at Dayton in the past (Kansas City
Tracker, satellite tracking software for PC and Mac platforms, and the Arrow
Antenna), there will also be ‘something new’ to look forward to as well.
These include:
-Mode-S (2.4 GHz) receive converter and antenna package
-New AMSAT golf and T-shirts featuring the AMSAT:  "Pioneering the future of
Amateur Radio on the ISS” Theme
-Friday night dinner will include an after dinner program for the first time
with Jerry Schmitt, KK5YY as the speaker
-New membership drive incentive featuring the opportunity to win a package
designed to provide Mode-L uplink and Mode-S downlink capability with the
appropriate transmit converter, receive converter, and antennas

Dayton is a unique opportunity to represent AMSAT to an extremely large
number of people. If at all possible, please consider giving us a hand
during this event.  If you will be attending Hamvention this year and are
unable to help out, please stop by the AMSAT booth and say ‘hello’ and take
advantage of what AMSAT has to offer at Dayton this year.



Barry A. Baines
VP-Field Operations
AMSAT-NA

E-mail: wd4asw@amsat.org
phone: 904-398-5185 (home)
904-399-3225 (home-fax)
904-359-1933 (work)

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