AMSAT board election

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation has announced the results of its 2004 Board of Directors election.

Tom Clark, W3IWI, Lou McFadin, W5DID, and Paul Shuch, N6TX, were the top three vote getters, earning new two-year seats on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors.

Shuch displaced Bruce Paige, KK5DO, who becomes first alternate; the second alternate is Steve Diggs, W4EPI. Clark and McFadin were AMSAT Board incumbents, while Shuch is new to the Board. Other AMSAT-NA Board members include President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH; Executive Vice President Rick Hambly, W2GPS, Gunther Meisse, W8GSM, and Barry Baines, WD4ASW.

AMSAT-NA holds its 22nd Space Symposium and Annual Meeting and October 7-10 in Arlington, Virginia.

AMSAT Lab building is Hurricane Charley victim

Structural damage to the airport hangar housing the AMSAT Laboratory in Orlando–caused when Hurricane Charley made its way across Florida August 13–has led authorities to condemn the building.

The storm, with winds of 100 MPH or greater, passed directly over the Orlando Executive Airport, which is home to the Lab. AMSAT now must begin a search for a new facility to support development of the Eagle satellite project.
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New Amateur Satellite Project

AMSAT-UK has announced that an Amateur Radio transponder will be part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Student Space Exploration and Technology Initiative (SSETI) “Express” satellite.

Onboard will be a 2.4 GHz transmitter and a 437 MHz receiver. The pair will be turned into an amateur FM voice transponder after the transmitter serves initial telemetry duty. “These frequencies will enable the many amateurs who already have AMSAT OSCAR 40 equipment to use it in an exciting new way,” AMSAT-UK Chairman Martin Sweeting, G3YJO, said. He told participants at the 2004 AMSAT-UK Colloquium July 30-August 1 that AMSAT-UK has arranged with the ESA to provide–at very short notice–an S band transmitter for the SSETI Express.
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