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ARRL member since 1975 or earlier, prior to obtaining license.

First licensed in 1977 as WD8LAQ in the beautiful state of Michigan.  Graduated with B.S.E.E. from Michigan Tech University in 1983.  Moved to the national capital-Maryland area in 1984 to apply science and technology to produce spacecraft that benefit humankind.  Employed by NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. 

Goddard Amateur Radio Club (GARC) WA3NAN member continuously since 1984.  Served as GARC PIO, BoD member, and President.  Served or currently serves as chairman on various projects and activities.  Carroll County Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) K3PZN member continuously since 2001.  Likewise involved in various projects and Field Day exercises. 

Presently: AMSAT Area Coordinator since 1992.  Previously: AMSAT NCS 1992-1996, conducting over 200 nets.  AMSAT Technical Mentor for SAREX since April 1993 (STS-56) or before.  AMSAT Telebridge Moderator for SAREX since about 1994.  AMSAT Representative at NASA/JSC in Houston in September 1994 (STS-64) and November 1995 (STS-74).  Official SAREX Bulletin Manager since about 1995 until ARISS succeeded SAREX.  Received AMSAT-NA awards. 

Founded Simulated Satellite ("SimSat") program in 1996, see http://simsat.net but needs updating.  

Changed callsign from WD8LAQ to N8PK in May 2000. 

Co-founder of PICetSat series of educational flight modules for SimSat high-altitude balloon missions. 

[EDUCATION & OUTREACH: your very own SimSat project can serve your school or community group as a simulated "NASA space flight project in microcosm."  (Just ask how!)  Paid college student internships are also available in support of the SimSat program (and many, many other offerings at many NASA locations) via https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/guest/searchOpps/index.cfm if you scroll down and search on "cubesat" without the quotes in the keywords box (skip all the other boxes, then click Search) and look for the GSFC location in the list of available Opportunities.  Students can read more of what's there or SUBMIT AN APPLICATION at https://intern.nasa.gov under Student Opportunities then Internships.]  

Also enjoys HF ragchew, an occasional contest (e.g., November SweepStakes and ARRL Field Day), electronics projects, education activities, Raspberry Pi 2, OSCAR satellites & ground stations, PSK31, packet radio/APRS, UHF and the frontiers above.  Ham radio hobby competes with music endeavors for time and available funds.  :-) 


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