April 2015 Club Meeting - "Amateur Satellites"

April 17, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK


Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A


Amateur Satellites

Presented by Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK


Patrick’s presentation will be about amateur satellites - a brief history, discussion of current satellites, and upcoming satellites (AMSAT's Fox-1 project, in particular). A demonstration may be possible, depending on what satellites are passing by on the meeting night.


 About Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK

StoddardPatrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK is the Director of Field Operations and an Area Coordinator for AMSAT. Between 2011 and 2013, Patrick was an alternate member of AMSAT's Board of Directors. After many years trying different aspects of amateur radio, Patrick began working amateur satellites in 2005. Since then, he has worked stations in all 50 US states and 20 other countries from Arizona. Patrick has worked satellites from locations in all 15 Arizona counties, 17 other US states plus Washington DC, and 3 other countries (Canada, Mexico, Australia). 

Patrick obtained his initial amateur radio license in 1977, and now holds the top classes of license in the USA (Amateur Extra) and Canada (Basic, Advanced, and Morse qualifications). Although mostly active on satellites, he enjoys working HF, 6m, and other bands and modes.

Professionally, Patrick is an I.T. systems administrator for an insurance company in the Phoenix area, with 20 years experience in the I.T. field.