AMSAT Submits Comments to the US Government on ITAR Transition

On May 24, 2013 the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) released proposed changes to the US Munitions List (USML) Category XV (“Spacecraft Systems and Related Articles”), redefining what constitutes satellites that would remain under the USML. Satellites removed from USML will be transferred to the Department of Commerce’s Commerce Control List (CCL).  Consequently, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) also released proposed changes on May 24, 2013 regarding modifications to the Commerce Control List, creating a separate category for satellites that were formerly controlled under ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations).

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July/August AMSAT Journal is Ready

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The July/August 2013 AMSAT Journal has been sent to the print shop. They are getting geared up for the production printing run. It should arrive at your QTH in a few weeks. Thanks for all the help from the Journal’s editorial team: Bernhard VA6BMJ, Mike K4ERA, and Douglas KA2UPW/5.

In this issue you will find:

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HamRadioNow AMSAT Fox-1 Interview Now Online

At Hamvention 2013, AMSAT’s VP for Engineering Tony Monteiro, AA2TX, and VP for Education Outreach Mark Hammond, N8MH, sat down with HamRadioNow to talk about the upcoming Fox-1 satellite.  So sit back and learn why “The Whale HTs Don’t Have PL.”


AMSAT is grateful to Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, and HAMRADIONOW.TV for making this available.

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2013 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballot In The Mail

This year there are eight candidates running for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors.  The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be seated as voting Board Members with two year terms.  The two candidates receiving the next highest number of votes will be non-voting Alternate Board Members with terms of one year.  Please vote for no more than four candidates.

Ballots will be mailed to members in good standing by July 15th, and must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office no later than the close of business on September 15th, 2013. If you have not received your ballot by August 5th, please contact the AMSAT Office. Ballots sent to members outside North America are automatically sent via air mail.  It is suggested that they be returned the same way.

AMSAT-NA Board candidates in alphabetical order by last name:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Steve Coy, K8UD
Frank Griffin, K4FEG
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Brian Klofas, KF6ZEO
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]