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Outside support of HEO projects



This is the sort of support I'd like to see from the ARRL...Hold on to your hats as we rewind to 1996.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ftp/news/1996/ans117.txt

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SB SAT @ AMSAT  $ANS-117.01 
ARRL ANTES UP FOR PHASE 3-D

HR AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 117.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, APRIL 26, 1996
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS BT
BID: $ANS-117.01

On Monday April 22nd, The American Radio Relay League sent a check
to AMSAT-NA for $126,129 to AMSAT-NA.  This fulfills the League's
financial commitment to the Phase 3-D satellite project. In all,
the ARRL has contributed $523,703 to the Project. This includes
$363,022 raised from members during two fund drives and $161,681
from the ARRL itself to match individual contributions received
during 1995.

"While the Phase 3-D project could not exist without funding, the
real heroes are the AMSAT volunteers in a number of countries who
are donating their time and talents to the satellite's
construction," said ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner,
K1ZZ. "If it were not for their dedication, Phase 3-D would still
be a dream."

As it now stands, Phase 3-D is anywhere from 8 to 12 months
away. The satellite is being assembled and tested at a special
facility set up by AMSAT in Orlando, Florida. (See "Phase 3-D
Update," QST, Apr 1996, p 93).

The League is among the Phase 3-D project's six major
financial contributors. The others are the Deutscher Amateur
Radio Club (DARC), the German Ministry of Science and Technology,
AMSAT-DL, AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NA.  

In all, 14 countries are participating in building Phase 3-D.  A
recent addition, France, recently delivered two L-band antenna
reflectors.  Also arriving recently, at the Phase 3-D Integration
Laboratory in Orlando, Florida, were the completed flight-ready
solar panels from Germany, one of the X-band horns from Finland and
the two specific bearing structures (SBSs) manufactured in Utah.
The flight main battery and the X-band traveling wave tube power
amplifier (TWTA) are in Germany awaiting shipment.  

Despite the sizable amount of money raised by ARRL and others,
individual contributions to the Phase 3-D effort are still welcomed
and encouraged.

ANS thanks the ARRL Letter for this bulletin item.

/EX

73, Drew KO4MA
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