Amateur (HAM) Radio Social

The IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) 2020 International Microwave Symposium (IMS2020) is hosting an amateur radio social event in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, 4 August, 1-3 p.m. Due to the pandemic and recent COVID-19 social distancing requirements the event will be virtual live streaming with on-line chat. The chat room will be moderated by Steve Vaughn WA7LKP and Dylon Mutz KK6OTK.

Jerry Buxton AMSAT 
The keynote speech will be delivered by Jerry Buxton N0JY, Vice President of engineering for Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation AMSAT. Mr. Buxton will be presenting the current and future technology trends in the exciting area of amateur radio satellite communications.

Mr. Buxton became involved in amateur radio satellites with AO-7 and joined AMSAT in April 1983.   He was the FOX-1 project systems engineer and was elected AMSAT V.P. of engineering in April 2014. Jerry was a driving force behind securing funding and implementation of the GOLF 3U Cubesat program which includes the GOLF-TEE and GOLF-1. These exciting programs explore solar “wing” design, radiation upset tolerant IHU, 3 axis attitude control, SDR capabilities with 1.2 GHz, 2.4 GHz, and 5 GHz band uplink to a 10 GHz downlink two way amateur radio communications, hosting student STEM education imaging device.
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.

San Bernardino Microwave Society 
Founded in 1955 the San Bernardino Microwave Society (SBMS) is a non-profit technical organization that is dedicated to the advancement of communications above 1GHz. The resourceful and technically competent club members has put together some great microwave Ham gear and logged some record setting contacts. This will the second appearance of the SBMS at our event and we look forward to their presentations and hardware demos.

This year the topics include:

  • Amateur microwave radio system structure - Brian Thorson AF6NA
  • Amateur 10 GHz and 24 GHz Transverters - Courtney Duncan N5BF
  • Frequency Stability in Amateur microwave systems - Dr. Doug Millar K6JEY
  • Amateur 10 GHz radio demonstration - Dave Laag W6DL

Morse Code Challenge
To add to the already informative and fun filled event we will be having a Morse code challenge! Practice your CW skills by copying from 15WPM and 30WPM message rounds. The challenge will take place virtually between presentations and is open to all skill levels. Participants will need a text editor as well as email to send in their decoded message. Scores will be posted at the end of the social!