Memorial Service for Anthony “Tony” J. Monteiro, AA2TX (SK) Scheduled

AMSAT has received word from the family of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX that a
service for Tony will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 4:00 PM at the North
Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist Church, 190 Academy Road, North
Andover, MA 01845.  During the service there will be an opportunities for people
to share their “Tony stories”.  For individuals wishing to share their stories
via e-mail, they should be sent to remembertony2014@gmail.com. They will be read
at the service.

AMSAT VP-Engineering and Board of Directors Member Tony Monteiro of North Andover, MA passed away on March 26, 2014 at age 55 from cancer.  More details on his life and passing may be found here.

Jerry Buxton, N0JY selected as AMSAT’s VP-Engineering

AMSAT-NA Engineering VP Jerry Buxton, N0JY

New AMSAT-NA VP-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY

In a special AMSAT Board of Directors meeting held via GoToMeeting on Tuesday, April 1st, the board unanimously approved the selection of Jerry Buxton, N0JY of Granbury, TX as AMSAT VP-Engineering.  Jerry replaces Tony Monteiro, AA2TX who passed away on March 26th.

Given the significance of completing Fox-1 for delivery on time later this year, the Board recognized that the Fox Program must continue under leadership that is focused on completing AMSAT’s latest satellite.  Selecting a new VP-Engineering is an important step towards maintaining the momentum that was developed under Tony’s leadership and to avoid creating an engineering  leadership vacuum as work continues on the satellite.  The Engineering Team deserves to have the new leadership identified in order to be in position to make the appropriate engineering decisions.

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW notes, “Jerry is well qualified to become our new VP-Engineering.  His overall knowledge of the Fox-1 program as Systems Engineer under Tony Monteiro coupled with his professional experience in managing complex technical projects will put AMSAT’s engineering programs in good hands.  Just as important, his management experience and ability to lead engineering teams is critical as our volunteers work hard to deliver the satellite to Cal Poly later this year.”

Jerry has been involved with the AMSAT Fox-1 Project as Systems Engineer since October 2010.  Recently retired following a 39 year career with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, he spent the last 13 years of his career working with the railroad’s train dispatching systems.  These systems are used to control train traffic over approximately 32,000 miles of track, in a manner similar to air traffic control.  Jerry served as project manager as well as participating in the design and development of safety-critical train routing and movement instruction systems, and positive train separation technology.  He successfully implemented several mission critical systems in his role as Senior Manager, Network Control Systems and was awarded “Employee of the Year” along with others involved in the Train Management and Dispatch System Project, in 2006.

Jerry became involved in amateur radio satellites with AO-7 and joined AMSAT in April 1983.   He currently holds an Extra Class  License and is also licensed in Colombia, S.A. as HK5JY.  An active amateur, Jerry was number 3 in the world for the number of telemetry frames copied from ARISSat-1.  He is also active on terrestrial HF through 1.2 GHz.

“My promotion to Vice President, Engineering is both a humbling honor and a great challenge”, notes Jerry.   “Tony did much of the work and built an excellent Team of hard working volunteers to design and build AMSAT-NA’s first CubeSat.  I have every confidence that the Fox-1 Team will complete and deliver a reliable satellite that will reflect well on Tony’s legacy.”

The March/April issue of AMSAT JOURNAL will have more information concerning AMSAT’s new VP-Engineering.

AMSAT Board Elects Senior Officers for 2013-2014

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Board of directors meeting 2013

Election of AMSAT’s Senior Officers was one of the first orders of business at the AMSAT Board of Directors meeting on October 31 in Houston, Texas.

The following positions were voted upon and filled:

  •  Barry Baines, WD4ASW – President
  • Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA – Vice-President Operations
  • Gould Smith, WA4SXM – Vice President User Services
  • Tony Monteiro, AA2TX – Vice-President Engineering
  • Frank Bauer, KA3HDO – Vice-President Human Spaceflight
  • EMike McCardel, KC8YLD – Vice-President Educational Relations
  • Alan Biddle, WA4SCA – Secretary
  • Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF- Treasurer
  • Martha Saragovitz – Manager

The following Senior Officer positions remained open at this time awaiting appointments:

  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice-President Marketing

Cutoff Dates for AMSAT Space Symposium Registration/Tour Signups Are Quickly Approaching!

symposium-finalWith the resumption of US Government activities, the upcoming tour of Johnson Space Center as part of 31st AMSAT Space Symposium is back on schedule.  JSC was closed to visitors during the recently concluded partial federal government shutdown and if the US Congress had not acted to pass a Continuing Resolution, the JSC Tour was threatened.  The tour is scheduled for Monday morning, 4 NOV 13 and we are once again accepting reservations for individuals to participate in the JSC tour. However, given the maximum number of participants that JSC can handle, there are only four slots that are currently open.  Anyone signing up for the tour once those slots are filled will be placed on a waiting list in the event an existing participant cancels.

AMSAT Space Symposium Committee member Nick Lance, KC5KBO of the Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club (W5RRR) is coordinating the tour.  He will be submitting the list tour participants to the JSC Public Affairs Office (PAO) by close of business on Tuesday, 22 OCT in order to allow time for the Center to perform a security check of those participating as well as prepare for the tour.  Consequently, the cutoff for joining the tour and paying the $30.00 fee for the bus to be used to take participants on the tour is Tuesday, 22 OCT by 1400 EDT (2000 UTC) and is now closed!  Individuals must call Martha Saragovitz at the AMSAT office (301-589-6062) and provide a credit card for payment as well as provide information that will be given to JSC, such as date of birth.  Foreign Nationals will be required to provide US Visa and their passport information along with date of birth and country of birth.  Consequently, given the limited number of spaces available and the need to provide the JSC PAO with the list of participants, contact Martha at the AMSAT Office ASAP starting Monday, 21 OCT after 1000 EDT when the office opens.

Nick notes that participants are being offered a unique tour of JSC, observing “The bus will depart the hotel at 0800 and tour locations include: Neutral Buoyancy Lab, Building 30 Mission Control, and Building 9 ISS mockup plus stopping at JSC Amateur Radio Club hamshack (W5RRR) and Space Center Houston which will also provide time for lunch.  The bus will return to the hotel around 1430.”

There is also a tour scheduled for Sunday to visit the USS Texas (BB-35). Details may be found on the AMSAT website here.  The cost of the tour is $20.00.

Meanwhile, online registration through the AMSAT Store for the AMSAT Space Symposium, the Saturday Evening Banquet, the Sunday Morning AMSAT Area Coordinators Breakfast, and the USS Texas tour ends at 1200 EDT (1600 UTC) 25 OCT (Friday).  As noted in last weekend’s ANS Bulletin, in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the flight of Owen Garriott, W5LFL on STS-9 when amateur radio became first part of human space flight, a multi-media panel featuring Owen and other key individuals who initiated this amazing program will take place on Saturday evening as part of the banquet, moderated by AMSAT VP-Human Space Flight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO.  The presentation includes not only remarks by Owen and others in response to Frank’s questions, but video highlights of amateur radio participation in STS-9 and other Shuttle flights will be shown.

Walk-in registration at the Symposium takes place on Thursday evening, 31 OCT as well as during the Symposium itself.  Walk-in registration will be $10.00 higher than the online registration.  Banquet reservations, Sunday morning AC Breakfast, and USS Texas Tour registration MUST be done online which ends on 25 OCT 13. The AMSAT block of rooms at the Marriott Hobby Airport, Houston (site of the Symposium) expired on 16 OCT and are no longer available.

The “Proceedings of the 31st AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting” is at the printer. A total of 21 papers plus an appendix of Fox-1 technical information being placed in the public domain has resulted in a 417 page document.  The schedule of 23 speakers for the Symposium has been posted on the AMSAT website.  See

The AMSAT Board of Directors meeting takes place on Thursday, 31 OCT and Friday morning, 1 NOV with the agenda also posted here.

The AMSAT Annual Meeting takes place at 1545 CDT on Saturday afternoon following the conclusion of the presentation of papers.  Arrangements are being made to use the AMSAT Echolink connection to provide an opportunity for AMSAT members not attending the Space Symposium to participate in the Annual Meeting. Details on connecting to the AMSAT Echolink service will be provided prior to Symposium via ANS once arrangements are finalized.’

ANS thanks the AMSAT Space Symposium Committee for the above information