AMSAT/TAPR Banquet at Dayton Hamvention

Michelle Thompson W5NYV

2016 Dayton Hamvention Banquet Speaker Michelle Thompson W5NYV

The tenth annual joint AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be held on Friday evening, May 20.  This dinner is one of the main AMSAT activities during the Hamvention. Tickets ($35 each) may be purchased from the AMSAT store at The banquet ticket purchase deadline is Tuesday, May 17.

The Banquet will take place at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center, 4572 Presidential Way, Kettering, OH 45429 (just south of Dayton). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a cash bar with the buffet dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

AMSAT and TAPR alternate the task of providing a speaker for the banquet. It is AMSAT’s responsibility this year.

Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, will present “It¹s just software, right?” She will survey the AMSAT Ground Terminal:  Who, what, when, where, why, and how we¹re designing open source radio solutions for the next generation of AMSAT payloads.

Michelle is AMSAT’s Team Leader for the design and execution of the AMSAT Ground Terminal.  The goal is to create a ‘Five and Dime‘ (5 and 10 GHz) digital SDR transceiver that will support both voice and data modes, for both general QSOs and emergency communication, for the Phase 4B satellite and for future AMSAT projects.  This is an effort to design an inexpensive ground terminal for amateurs that would cost tens of thousands of dollars commercially, for as much under $1,000 as we can get it.

A true renaissance woman, in addition to being an engineer and a licensed amateur radio operator, Michelle has worked for Qualcomm, attends Burning Man, and is a longtime DEFCON participant.  She is also the lead for Organ Donor (an AI pipe organ). Her Phase 4B Weekly Ground Engineering Reports are fascinating reading.

Seating is limited to the number of meals we reserve with the Kohler caterers based on the number of tickets sold by the deadline. Tickets purchased online may be collected at the Books, Shirts & Memberships corner of the AMSAT booth (445-446).

[ANS thanks Steve N9IP and the AMSAT Office for the above information]

Michelle W5NYV