An Introduction to Satellites for the Radio Amateur
Speaker: Dom Mallozzi, N1DM
Abstract: Dom’s talk will concentrate on the use of amateur satellites for voice and CW, and will cover the following topics:
- Simple stations for getting on the air, with a concentration on antennas
- Tracking and where to find data on satellite passes for the Northeast US
- What is doppler? What you can work? Where to get more information.
Dom will include some examples of current satellites and their capabilities along with DX opportunities. He will also briefly discuss ISS operations.
About our speaker: Dom holds a BSEE from the University of Rhode Island in Electrical Engineering. For the past 25 years, Dom has served as a metrologist for Raytheon, specializing in electronic measurements and calibration quality policies. During his 38-year career with Raytheon, he spent a few years designing test equipment for high voltage components in RADAR stations. After retiring in 2019, he has done consulting and serves as the Co-Chair of the Accredited Standards Committee of the National Conference of Standards Laboratories, Int’l. He holds an FCC General Radio Operator’s License (GROL) with RADAR endorsement. Dom also serves as the Radio Engineer for Town of Natick (MA) Fire Dept. and Police Departments. He also helps maintain the Natick Public Schools multi-site DMR system.
Dom has been an active amateur radio operator for the past 49 years. His interests lie in equipment construction, antennas, repeaters, 160 and 40 M CW, DMR, FT4/FT8, JS8, satellites, contesting, etc. He holds a 160 M WAS using 100 watts from a suburban lot and also a Satellite VUCC with in excess of 150 grid squares confirmed. He has designed and built a complete repeater control system and a duplexer. He is the licensee and technical support for the local UHF RACES repeater. He is often a visiting operator at W1AW; in December, 2021, he was an invited operator at W1AW for the 10M contest. For many years he has participated in the W1OP station in RI during 160 CW contests and the CW effort for Field Day.
Dom contributed to the 15th edition of the ARRL Antenna Handbook and the 1999 ARRL Handbook. He has also published articles in QEX and ORBIT magazine and Technical Correspondence items in QST. During COVID, he has given a series of technical and radio historical ZOOM presentations to a variety of organizations.