17th Space Symposium and AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting
Recent and future developments in amateur radio satellites will be presented in San Diego, California on October 8-11 at the 17th Space Symposium and AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting.
The location for this years event is the beautiful Hanalei Hotel in the heart of San Diego's Mission Valley, a short distance from many of San Diego's attractions. For entertainment you can visit Sea World or the world famous San Diego Zoo. History buffs can "discover" San Diego at Cabrillo National Monument or experience periods of San Diego's history by visiting Mission San Diego de Alcala, Presidio Park, Old Town San Diego State Park and Balboa Park. Golfers will enjoy playing on any of San Diego's many fine golf courses. Of course, there is no shortage of shopping with Mission Valley Center, Fashion Valley Mall, Seaport Village, and Horton Plaza a short ride away. If relaxation is more your style, visit scenic La Jolla, Mission Bay Park, Coronado Island or any of San Diego's beautiful beaches.
If you're interested in an amateur radio vacation, visit the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (HAMCON) on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, October 1-3. See some of Southern California's sights, such as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Then come attend the 17th Space Symposium and AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 8-11.
The agenda includes the Space Symposium (presentation of papers) all day Friday and Saturday. There will be a satellite session for beginners in parallel with an IARU Satellite (international coordination) meeting Friday evening, and the annual banquet will be Saturday evening. A satellite station will operate from the hotel on Sunday from 0600 PDT to 1300 PDT under the call WB6LLO. The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors will meet Sunday afternoon and all day Monday. Further details will be available as the date approaches.
Sunday morning we will be visiting two local businesses dealing with satellite communication and spacecraft. QUALCOMM Incorporated has been developing equipment for the Globalstar system to provide satellite telephone service. The actual tour will depend on the specific activities taking place in the San Diego Test Bed which is used to characterize and test the entire system. The system includes the satellite antenna/RF subsystem and call processing. If available, the tour will include a visit inside one of the three radomes containing a 5.5 meter dish antenna which tracks the LEO satellites, a tour of the San Diego Test Bed Lab/Gateway and possibly a tour of the satellite phone lab with a demonstration of satellite phones in operation.
The trip will continue to SpaceDev, Inc. whose mission is to engage in commercial space exploration and the long-term development of space. SpaceDev intends to develop and manufacture spacecraft, launch vehicles, design missions and provide a complete line of services from assembly and launch integration to ground stations and mission control. They are currently working on a contract at their new San Diego facility and we'll have to wait to see what is available to view in October.
As usual, there will be a great selection of door prizes, mostly at the banquet Saturday evening. The complete list of door prizes is now available. Check out these cut gems that will be featured in a special drawing for spouses.
For more information on San Diego's facilities and attractions contact the San Diego Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Hotel reservations for the Hanalei Hotel in San Diego can be made by calling the hotel at 1-800-882-0858 (U.S.) or +1(619)297-1101, or fax +1(619)277-6049. Be sure to mention AMSAT and call before September 15 to receive the $85 per night discounted group rate. This rate is available between October 4 and October 12. The local contact for the AMSAT event is Duane Naugle, KO6BT, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airline discounts are available from Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
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The call for papers was made in early March.
Updated August 20, 1999. Feedback to KO6BT.