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ARRL Satellite Bulletin ARLS003 (1996)

ARLS003 AMSAT segment on tv

Space Bulletin 003  ARLS003
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  February 28, 1996
To all radio amateurs

ARLS003 AMSAT segment on tv

Members of the Phase 3-D International Project Team are part of an
upcoming Discovery Channel TV program, Eyes in the Sky. Keith Baker,
KB1SF, AMSAT-NA executive vice president, says the cable channel
will present the two-hour-long special during multiple airings
throughout March. The segment of the program containing the AMSAT
footage runs for about 6 minutes. Actor Barry Corbin, who plays an
ex-NASA astronaut on the TV show Northern Exposure, is the narrator.

US broadcast times (Eastern time) on the Discovery Channel are 9 PM,
Sunday, March 10, and 3 PM, Sunday, March 17. Repeat showings are at
1 AM and 9 PM, Wednesday, March 20.

The segment is expected to include members of the AMSAT Phase 3-D
team working on the satellite at AMSAT's Orlando, Florida,
Integration Laboratory. Viewers will see Baker as well as Dick
Jansson, WD4FAB, AMSAT-NA vice president of engineering, and Stan
Wood, WA4NFY, AMSAT-NA assistant vice president of engineering, all
shopping for satellite parts at an Orlando surplus house. Jansson
also is shown searching for antenna parts in the housewares section
of a local department store, followed by various views and on-camera
comments from all three individuals along with shots of other people
actually working on the new satellite in the Phase 3-D Lab.
On-location filming for AMSAT's portion of the segment was completed
last October, just after AMSAT-NA's 1995 Space Symposium in Orlando.

According to Paul Gasek, the program's producer/director at
Stonybrook Films in Brewster, Massachusetts, the AMSAT segment
demonstrates that high tech doesn't need to be high cost. Baker said
the AMSAT portion of the program provides another opportunity for
Amateur Radio and AMSAT to get national television exposure showing
what we hams know how to do best:  being creative, pushing the state
of the radio art forward, and having some great fun in the process.

For more information, contact Keith Baker, 1324 Fairgrounds Road,
Xenia, OH 45385, 513-429-5325 (voice/fax), or e-mail to


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