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During the recently completed 1997 AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting and Space Symposium, held this year at the Airport Delta Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors also met to elect officers for 1998 as well as to discuss and resolve a wide range of issues currently facing the Corporation.
Newly elected BOD Members Joe Holman, AD7D, and Stan Wood, WA4NFY joined their current Board counterparts Dr. Tom Clark, W3IWI; Bill Tynan, W3XO; Dick Daniels, W4PUJ; Andy MacAllister, W5ACM; and Keith Baker, KB1SF during the meetings held on October 19th and 20th. The first order of business after the meeting opened was to elect AMSAT-NA Officers for the coming year. The results of those elections were as follows:
President: Bill Tynan, W3XO
Executive Vice President: Keith Baker, KB1SF
Vice President, Operations: Keith Pugh, W5IU
Vice President, Engineering: Stan Wood, WA4NFY
Secretary: Martha Saragovitz
Thus, Stan Wood will now succeed Dick Jansson, WD4FAB, as AMSAT-NA Vice President, Engineering. Dick had previously informed the board of his plans to step down from that position. However, Dick also indicated his strong desire (and the Board gratefully accepted) his generous offer to complete all those engineering tasks still remaining "on his plate" up through and including the launch of Phase 3D.
In addition, the Board named Perry Klein, W3PK, to the honorable position of "Founding President Emeritus" during the recent proceedings. Thus, Perry now joins Dr. Tom Clark as an AMSAT-NA President Emeritus.
Among the more important issues that were brought before the Board included a complete rundown of the status of the Phase 3D spacecraft as presented by Lou McFadin, W5DID, the Phase 3D Integration Laboratory Manager, and Stan Wood, newly elected VP Engineering. Significant progress has been made on upgrading the spacecraft structure since last Summer, and those structural modifications are now nearing completion. A module-by-module status review of each spacecraft system was also offered, and, while some work on a number of different systems remains, the spacecraft is becoming "flight ready".
The BOD also agreed (in cooperation with the Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) organization) to help an ongoing effort aimed at minimizing the impact of moving a large number of current Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) users off of 145.79 MHz. The Board agreed to donate up to $500 to a fund to help defray needed expenses of various fixed frequency APRS node operators in finding another "home" for their APRS operations in the USA. If the shift to another frequency eventually proves acceptable to the APRS community, it would help resolve one of the last remaining issues in clearing 145.80 MHz for worldwide use by MIR, SAREX and ISS.
Acting in his role as President, Bill Tynan re-appointed the remainder of AMSAT-NA's current Officers. In a related action, he also welcomed former ARRL New England Director Bill Burden, WB1BRE, who will now serve as AMSAT-NA's Vice President for Strategic Planning. Bill brings a wealth of experience in both engineering project management as well as in planning corporate strategic initiatives to the AMSAT team. His skill and experience will prove invaluable as AMSAT contemplates future projects beyond Phase 3D.
Lastly, the BOD selected a team headed by Russ Tillman, KC5JVB (AMSAT's Journal Editor) to host next year's AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium at Vicksburg, Mississippi. As yet, no firm date for the meeting has been set.
A complete text of the recently completed BOD Meeting's Minutes will appear in an upcoming edition of the AMSAT Journal.
[ANS thanks Keith Baker, KB1SF, for the information that went into this bulletin item.]
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This AMSAT News Service special bulletin was edited by AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President Keith Baker, KB1SF, email@example.com.