Palomar Amateur Radio Club and Open Research InstituteÂ DonateÂ $2,449.44 to Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Palomar Amateur Radio Club (PARC)Â was founded in February of 1936 and serves the San Diego, CA, USA amateur radio community. PARC hosts monthly membership meetingsÂ and hostsÂ several annual events.Â PARCÂ repeaterÂ systemÂ servesÂ individuals and groups and provides opportunities for recreation, emergency preparation, and technical experimentation.
Open Research Institute (ORI) is a non-profit research and development organization which provides all of its work to the general public under the principles of Open Source and Open Access to Research.
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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)Â lets students worldwide experience the excitement of talking directly with crew members of the International Space Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio science technology through amateur radio.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.
For more information, seeÂ www.ariss.org.
This donation is given to support theÂ Multi-Voltage Power Supply (MVPS). ARISSÂ needs toÂ replace the current aging ISS amateur radio station power supply.Â ARISSÂ has aÂ fund-raising campaignÂ throughout 2019Â to help with the expensive space-rated parts required to finish building the MVPS units.
Kerry Banke N6IZW has beenÂ a core volunteerÂ inÂ the effort to design, build, and testÂ theÂ flight, training, and spare models of the MVPS. Inspired by his commitment, expertise,Â andÂ mentoring throughout this project,Â individuals organized a fundraiserÂ throughÂ the Amateur Radio Satellite Service Facebook group.
Palomar Amateur Radio Club agreed to be the 501(c)(3) of record. Open Research Institute handled logistics, publicity, and secured a corporate match from Qualcomm Incorporated.
TheÂ $2,449.44Â donation was made to ARISS from PARC on 28 May 2019.Â
A substantial amount of additional fundingÂ isÂ needed to replace the amateur radio power supplies on theÂ ISS.Â This donation is a small part of aÂ muchÂ largerÂ effort to keep amateur radio in space, upgrade and update equipmentÂ on the space station, and promote peaceful international cooperation and the unparalleled educational opportunitiesÂ enabled by ARISS.