Ronald A. Parise, SK - From Frank H. Bauer

From Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a great friend, colleague and fellow ham radio operator. Dr. Ronald A. Parise, WA4SIR, left this Earth today, Friday May 9, 2008 after a very long and courageous battle with cancer.

Ron Parise was--and continues to be--an inspiration to countless students, ham radio operators, and friends the world over. His accomplishments were many, including: space explorer, pioneer, astrophysicist, pilot, ham radio operator, avionics and software expert, inspirational speaker and motivator, student satellite mentor, husband, father, and friend. While he certainly did some truly extraordinary things in his lifetime, Ron Parise is best known and cherished for keeping family and friends first…and for this, we will miss him most.

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CKPT Switches Off AM Transmitter

After nearly 50 years of broadcasting music into the Kawarthas, CKPT engineer Ed Crompton flicked the switch on Monday, taking the AM station off the air for the last time.

Crompton, an engineer with the station since 1970, said, in the early years, 1420 CKPT-AM was the beating heart of the local music scene.

"(The station) was always a beehive of activity," Crompton said. "Musicians on tour would often stop in and the phones were always ringing off the hook.

"Radio is completely different now."

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Killed Medic Returns Friday From Afghanistan

Paramedics and the family of the latest Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan will gather at CFB Trenton on Friday afternoon.

Cpl. Michael Starker was a Calgary-based medic and paramedics from across the region are expected to attend the repatriation ceremony along with Defence Minister Peter Mackay. The 36-year-old reservist was the 83rd Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan. He died Tuesday in southern Afghanistan when his patrol came under fire during an ambush.

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Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test to Be Conducted May 10

The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual Military/Amateur Radio Crossband Communications Test in celebration of the 58th anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May -- May 17 in 2008 -- the AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted on May 10 to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention®, scheduled for May 16-18.

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Latest terror threats 'scare us': senior Mountie

Detailed plots to harm Canadians 'keep me awake at night'

The RCMP is investigating seven suspected terrorist plots so disturbing they "keep me awake at night," the senior Mountie for national security disclosed yesterday.

Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell said the cases are "spread right across the country" and each is comparable in scale to Canada's biggest alleged jihadist conspiracy, which resulted in the arrests of 18 Toronto-area people in a suspected plot to bomb federal buildings in 2006.

The seven cases are among an unprecedented 848 national security cases, most related to terrorism, currently under investigation, Assistant Commissioner McDonell told an Ottawa conference on critical infrastructure protection.

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Cessna to Finger Reckless Drivers for OPP

Starting today, the OPP has a new eye in the sky to spot speeders and aggressive drivers for officers on the ground.

The new, single-engine Cessna Turbo 206H was unveiled yesterday at Buttonville airport, with OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino saying accident-prone stretches of Highway 400 are a natural target.

"That's a good place to start."

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AO-16 Down and Recovered

The AO-16 Command Team investigated reports this week that the satellite had gone silent. The team is aware of the anomaly and there is no cause for alarm. Control Operator, Mark, N8MH said, "Over the last month AO-16 has gone from full illumination (0 minutes of eclipse) to over 250 minutes of eclipse. Since the bird has no fancy housekeeping code running, a reasonable explanation is that the battery voltage dropped low enough to put the bird into a protected (and silent) mode."

Mark was able to command AO-16 ON during a pass over the USA. The satellite resumed operating in its 1200 BPSK digital MBL telemetry mode on the 437.026 MHz transmitter. After further testing, Mark reported, "A quick look at the telemetry suggests that AO-16 is doing fine. The current transmitter output power is about 1.5 Watts. AO-16 is again configured for voice mode and is open for normal operation."

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Seven! Count 'Em Seven! CubeSats Delivered to Orbit

The April 28, 2008 launch of 10 satellites aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-9 (PSLV-9) rocket included 7 amateur radio cubesat, and 3 commercial/scientific satellites. Watch for late breaking operational messages via the amsat-bb and detailed information on each of the satellite's respective web pages.

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Canada Marks 65th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

Canadians will attend ceremonies across the country Sunday, May 4 to mark the sacrifices made by the many who fought on their behalf in the epic Second World War Battle of the Atlantic.

The 65th anniversary of a turning point in the Battle of the Atlantic - the longest battle of the Second World War - will be observed across the country Sunday.

The Battle of the Atlantic claimed the lives of more than 30,000 Allied seamen, at least 3,000 of them Canadian, and more than 3,000 Allied ships. It was among the bloodiest naval conflicts ever. This year, ceremonies observing the Allied sacrifices will be held in Ottawa, Halifax and at naval detachments throughout the nation.

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Discovery Arrives at Launch Pad, Countdown Test Set

After safely reaching its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Discovery now awaits its next major milestone for the upcoming STS-124 mission. A launch dress rehearsal, known as the terminal countdown demonstration test, is scheduled to take place at Kennedy from May 6 to 9.

Discovery arrived at the pad at 4:25 a.m. EDT Saturday on top of a giant crawler-transporter. The crawler-transporter left Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:47 p.m. Friday, traveling less than 1 mph during the 3.4-mile journey. The shuttle was secured on the launch pad at 6:06 a.m. Saturday.

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Ten New Satellites in Orbit

Ten satellites reached orbit April 28 aboard an Indian PSLV-C9 rocket launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center. The primary payloads were India's CARTOSAT-2A and IMS-1 satellites. In addition to the NLS-5 and RUBIN-8 satellites, the rocket carried six CubeSat research satellites, all of which communicate using Amateur Radio frequencies. All spacecraft deployed normally and appear to be functional at this time.

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