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AMSAT at the 2002 Dayton Hamvention



The 2002 Dayton Hamvention is quickly approaching (May 17-19).  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.  Despite the 
challenges presented by the economy and added security for travel, we 
expect the Hamvention to remain the premier amateur radio gathering of the 
year.

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:  On the Horizon” in recognition of 
our upcoming satellite projects, OSCAR-Echo and Eagle.  We expect to have a 
very busy booth this year with a variety of updated and new items:
a.         New golf shirt, t-shirt, and hats will be available this 
year.  Come see the latest in satellite fashions!
b.         An updated laminated AMSAT Frequency Guide in a new format 
(thanks to N1JEZ) with the latest satellite information.
c.      An updated “Amateur Satellite Resource Guide” (thanks to N1JEZ) 
will be available at the booth and provided to new members.
d.      The latest “Working the Easy Sats” (updated by N1JEZ) will also be 
available at Dayton.
e    A revised “Digital Satellite Guide” by Gould Smith, WA4SXM, is planned 
for Dayton.  Gould has also updated the “Analog Satellite Guide” as well.
  f.     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 and 
UO-14 utilizing their dual-band HT’s.
g. Latest version of WISP on diskette
h.  AMSAT will be distributing NOVA at Hamvention this year while Northern 
Lights Software will not be present.  Software is on CD-ROM.
i. For the Mac enthusiasts, we will have MacDoppler Pro.
j  For the PC user, the Kansas City Tracker ISA board will also be 
available.  Please note that the current stock of 25 units is the final 
production run for this product.  Once these units are sold, they will no 
longer be available new from AMSAT.  If you’ve been considering acquiring a 
KCT, don’t hesitate any longer….get your unit at Dayton!
k.  SSB UEK-3000 S-Band Downconverters will be available at the AMSAT Booth.
l. All of the current AMSAT publications will be available.
m.  New ‘trinkets’ including a newly designed patch and sticker.
n.  A new ARISS CD-ROM will also be available, featuring presentations, 
photos, and video of ISS contacts and the Antenna EVA.
o. As in the past, software demonstrations will be conducted at the booth.
p. Space Hardware will be on display, including:
-Mockup of Project Echo
-The original Microsat Test Model
  -The Thermal model of PCSat (NO-44)


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.

AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH will be at the AMSAT booth from 
1000-1200 Friday, Saturday,  and Sunday and 1400-1500 on Friday and 
Saturday.  If you have any thoughts or comments to make about AMSAT and 
wish to share them with AMSAT-NA’s President, please stop by the AMSAT 
booth at these times to meet with Robin.

II.     AMSAT Membership Drive

AMSAT will once again offer a ‘membership incentive’ at Hamvention in order 
to encourage new members to join and have current members renew during the 
Dayton Hamvention.    We will be offering a Kenwood TH-D7A(G) Handitalkie 
and Arrow Antenna satellite antenna as a prize package.  This combination 
offers both ease of use and the ability to work the FM-capable satellites 
(AO-27, UO-14, and  the upcoming OSCAR-Echo) plus incorporates a TNC for 
NO-44 (PCSat).

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.
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 ($36.00 US, $41.00 
if living in Canada, or $45.00 elsewhere) for one chance at the prize drawing.

The drawing for the Kenwood HT-Arrow Antenna satellite station equipment 
will be done at the AMSAT booth at 1200 on Sunday, May 19.  The winner does 
not have to be present to win and AMSAT will cover the cost of shipping the 
equipment 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 2002 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, 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.

In addition to the membership drive, please keep in mind the option to 
become a President’s Club donor as well.  There are three levels of 
donation:  Gold ($100/month), Silver ($50/month), and Bronze 
($25/month).  This is a great opportunity to support AMSAT by providing a 
vehicle for monthly donation to our organization.  AMSAT accepts Visa and 
Master Card as well as personal checks and cash.  Details on joining the 
President’s club will be available at the booth.

III.    Hamvention Volunteers

Setup of the AMSAT booth will take place on Thursday, 16 MAY.  If you will 
be in Dayton during daylight on Thursday and can assist with setup, please 
contact me (wd4asw@amsat.org) so that we can coordinate your 
participation.   The Setup Team will meet in the lobby of Hope Hotel on 
Thursday morning before proceeding to the Arena.  If you will be arriving 
in Dayton later in the day, we can make arrangements for your entry to 
assist.  Don’t forget to bring proper identification.

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.
5. Please respond to this request for volunteers by 1800 EDT on Monday, 13 MAY.


I intend to provide a tentative work schedule no later than late Monday 
evening, May 13 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.

It should be noted that setup of the booth will take place on Thursday, 16 
MAY.  If you are available to help with booth setup,  please let me know 
prior to Monday evening, 13 MAY.

IV.     Other AMSAT Activities
1.      AMSAT members who are in Dayton on Thursday evening, 16 MAY, are 
invited to attend a pizza’n’suds get together at Marion’s Pizza in 
Beavercreek.  Details are available on the AMSAT web site (www.amsat.org) 
under Dayton Hamvention.  Contact Ed Collins at n8nuy@amsat.org for more 
information and to let Ed know how many people will be in your group.  This 
is the first time that AMSAT has organized a social event on Thursday evening.

2.      Don’t forget the AMSAT dinner on Friday evening, 17 MAY, at the 
Amber Rose Restaurant in old North Dayton, which is the same location that 
we’ve used for the past six years. Cost including tax and tip is $20.00. 
Based upon the very positive feedback, which we received following last 
year’s dinner when we first had a program after dinner  (Jerry Schmidt, 
KK5YY), we will have a speaker this year as well.     Bob Bruninga, WB4APR 
will talk about PCSat (NO-44) and APRS.  As of this writing, we have about 
50 reservations; so don’t hesitate to register in order to ensure 
seating.  Contact Nancy Makley, kc8gyw@amsat.org or Dave Misek, 
n8npx@amsat.org to make your reservations. Confirmations will be sent via 
e-mail.  Directions to the restaurant will be available at the AMSAT 
booth.  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

3.  This year the AMSAT contingent will be staying at a new location:  HOPE 
HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER BLDG 823, AREA A - WPAFB, OH 45433-5000 PHONE: 
(937) 879-2696 - FAX (937) 879-3467.    AMSAT’s block of rooms have already 
been assigned, but you can try contacting  the hotel to see if  there any 
rooms available over Hamvention weekend.

4.      The AMSAT Forum is scheduled on Saturday from  0815-0945 in Room 
1.   The following presentations are scheduled :

Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, Forum Moderator

"Project OSCAR-Echo and Eagle"
Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, AMSAT-NA President
Rick Hambly, W2GPS, OSCAR-Echo Project Team

“Practical AO-40 Ground Stations”
Ed Krome, K9EK

"Amateur Radio on the International Space Station”
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT VP-Human Spaceflight
Astronaut Dr. Owen Garriott, W5LFL
Astronaut Dr. Tony England, W0ORE

Note:  Owen Garriott and Tony England are recipients of the 2002 
Dayton  Hamvention Special Achievement Award for pioneering amateur radio 
in space.

5.Satellite Demonstrations
A).  Jerry Schmitt, KK5YY, and other volunteers will be providing 
demonstrations of UO-14 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.

UO-14 Schedule for Dayton 2002 :

Date(L)     AOS(L)    LOS(L)   Duration  AOSAz MaxEl LOSAz
5/17/02   08:39:06  08:43:14  00:04:07   65°   1°
5/17/02   10:14:29  10:29:14  00:14:45   21°  40°  175°
5/17/02   11:54:13  12:08:00  00:13:46   360°  25°  228°
5/17/02   19:55:58  20:04:59  00:09:00   92°   6°   17°
5/17/02   21:31:22  21:46:11  00:14:49  152°  53°  353°
5/17/02   23:12:00  23:25:06  00:13:05  207°  18°  330°

5/18/02   09:44:45  09:58:21  00:13:36  28°  21°  157°
5/18/02   11:23:50  11:38:36  00:14:46   6°  46°  212°
5/18/02   13:05:18  13:13:32  00:08:14  340°   5°  273°
5/18/02   19:29:16  19:32:57  00:03:40   63°   1°   33°
5/18/02   21:01:52  21:15:51  00:13:58  136°  28°  359°
5/18/02   22:40:57  22:55:27  00:14:30  189°  34°  338°

5/19/02   09:15:25  09:26:48  00:11:23  38°  10°  138°
5/19/02   10:53:37  11:08:47  00:15:10  12°  87°  196°
5/19/02   12:34:10  12:45:33  00:11:22  350°  11°  252°
5/19/02   20:32:51  20:45:19  00:12:27  118°  16°    6°
5/19/02   22:10:28  22:25:31  00:15:03  173°  67°  345°
5/19/02   23:53:40  00:03:00  00:09:19  236°   6°  314°

5/20/02   08:47:02  08:54:03  00:07:01   55°   3°  111°
5/20/02   10:23:35  10:38:32  00:14:57   18°  49°  180°
5/20/02   12:03:30  12:16:49  00:13:18   358°  21°  233°
5/20/02   20:04:25  20:14:29  00:10:03    99°   8°   14°
5/20/02   21:40:25  21:55:24  00:14:59   157°  65°  351°
5/20/02   23:21:34  23:34:03  00:12:29   213°  14°  327°

SO-41 Schedule for Dayton 2002
Date(L)     AOS(L)    LOS(L)   Duration AOSAz MaxEl LOSAz
Height
5/17/02   01:08:57  01:17:30  00:08:32  298°   5°   13°
5/17/02   02:54:55  02:58:26  00:03:30  348°   1°   17°
5/17/02   04:35:15  04:44:31  00:09:15  347°   6°   69°
5/17/02   06:14:51  06:28:31  00:13:39  335°  31°  123°
5/17/02   07:55:14  08:08:41  00:13:27  318°  32°  174°
5/17/02   20:28:38  20:39:01  00:10:23  154°  10°   57°
5/17/02   22:06:22  22:20:28  00:14:05  212°  85°   32°
5/17/02   23:48:28  00:00:23  00:11:54  264°  14°   19°

5/18/02   01:34:04  01:40:01  00:05:57  320°   2°   10°
5/18/02   03:18:01  03:23:12  00:05:10  350°   2°   34°
5/18/02   04:57:42  05:09:07  00:11:24  343°  12°   90°
5/18/02   06:37:28  06:51:41  00:14:12  330°  67°  142°
5/18/02   08:18:34  08:30:03  00:11:29  308°  14°  197°
5/18/02   20:49:42  21:02:34  00:12:52  179°  25°   45°
5/18/02   22:29:21  22:43:07  00:13:46  232°  38°   26°

5/19/02   00:12:54  00:22:49  00:09:55  285°   7°   15°
5/19/02   01:59:14  02:02:56  00:03:42  341°   1°   11°
5/19/02   03:40:35  03:48:23  00:07:47  348°   4°   56°
5/19/02   05:20:11  05:33:10  00:12:59  338°  22°  111°
5/19/02   07:00:15  07:14:16  00:14:00  323°  53°  162°
5/19/02   08:42:54  08:50:06  00:07:12  290°   4°  227°
5/19/02   19:35:30  19:43:09  00:07:39  136°   4°   68°
5/19/02   21:11:41  21:25:35  00:13:53  200°  58°   36°
5/19/02   22:52:53  23:05:41  00:12:47  01:27:18  252°  20°   21°

AO-27  Schedule for Dayton 2002
Date(L)     AOS(L)    LOS(L)   Duration AOSAz MaxEl LOSAz
5/17/02   09:01:40  09:15:46  00:14:05  26°  25°  163°
5/17/02   10:41:09  10:55:43  00:14:34   4°  38°  216°
5/17/02   12:23:07  12:30:08  00:07:01  337°   3°  280°

5/18/02   08:34:22  08:46:47  00:12:25   34°  14°  145°
5/18/02   10:13:06  10:28:15  00:15:09   10°  69°  202°
5/18/02   11:54:05  12:04:33  00:10:28  347°   9°  259°

5/19/02   08:07:36  08:17:02  00:09:26   46°   6°  125°
5/19/02   09:45:14  10:00:26  00:15:12  15°  66°  187°
5/19/02   11:25:35  11:38:12  00:12:36  355°  16°  241°

All times shown 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 the satellite demonstrations are 
invited to meet at the AMSAT booth 10 minutes prior to each pass that takes 
place during Hamvention Hours.

B)  Below are the AO-40 passes during Hamvention. Howard Long, G6LVB  plans 
to have his portable AO-40 station with him and intends  to operate from 
Hamvention as well:

Date(L)     AOS(L)    LOS(L)  Duration  AOSAz MaxEl LOSAz
Height
5/17/02   07:15:38  13:23:10  06:07:32  253°  26°  259°
5/18/02   01:57:31  14:47:05  12:49:33  229°  41°  256°
5/19/02   02:36:30  15:46:18  13:09:48  101°  39°  146°
Note:  This listing does not take into account transponder on/off times.

Hamvention attendees wishing to see Howard’s portable AO-40 station in 
operation should stop by the AMSAT booth to get specific times/locations 
concerning Howard’s operating schedule.

V.      Other Dayton Activities to keep in mind

1.  Hamvention Forums
Please note that there are several other forums that may be of interest to 
AMSAT members.  These include:
a.   Friday 0930-1030 Rm. 3 “APRS Forum” moderated by Steve Horzepa, WA1LOU 
includes a presentation by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR

b.   Friday 1015-1230, Rm. 1:  “TAPR/Digital Forum” moderated by John 
Acker, N8UR

c.   Friday, 1045-1145 Rm. 3 “GPS Forum” moderated by Gordon West, WB6NOA

d.   Saturday 1445-1700 Rm. 1 “SSTV Forum” moderate by Don Miller, W9NTP 
includes “The Next Ten Years of SSTV from the International Space Station” 
by Hank Cantrell, W4HTB

Check the Hamvention Web Site (www.hamvention.org) for more information 
concerning Forums.

2.   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 6, 2002 with no banquet tickets sold during the 
Hamvention.  As noted in the Hamvention website:

Dr. Owen Garriott, W5LFL, of Huntsville, AL and Dr. Tony England, W0ORE, of 
Dexter, MI have been chosen to share the  Dayton Hamvention's Special 
Achievement award for 2002. These two gentlemen pioneered ham radio 
operations in space by spearheading a successful campaign to incorporate an 
amateur radio station aboard NASA's space shuttles. Drs. Garriott and 
England lent their knowledge, experience and influence to build and then 
operate equipment that allowed hams everywhere to share the excitement of 
space flight. Their pioneering advancements lead to the development of 
SAREX. Dayton Hamvention congratulates Dr. Owen Garriott, W5LFL, and Dr. 
Tony England, W0ORE for their Special Achievement.

VI.     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:

  -New AMSAT golf, t-shirts, and hats
-Thursday night pizza’n’suds get together at Marion’s Pizza in Beavercreek
-Friday night dinner at the Amber Rose will feature an after dinner program 
presented by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR
-New membership drive incentive featuring the opportunity to win a package 
designed to provide LEO FM satellite capability featuring a Kenwood 
TH-D7A(G) and Arrow Antenna combo .
-OSCAR-Echo materials
-Meet Astronauts Owen Garriott, W5LFL and Tony England, W0ORE at Saturday's 
AMSAT Forum
-Satellite Demonstrations, including AO-40

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)
904-359-1933 (work)


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