I am putting out a call for volunteers to help with some specific
prototyping tasks that AMSAT needs to do in the early part of 2008.
http://www.amsat.org for those unfamiliar with the organization.
The skills needed are
I need FPGA programming help for a Virtex 2. It will be used to
prototype several different functions but a specific parallel channel
demodulator, single carrier modulator, FEC generation and decoding need
to be done. Existing cores that are not encumbered with IP are required
so if that has to be new work, that is what it is. I also need for a
separate task to develop a PWM modulator to drive a switching power
I need switching power supply designers to come out of the wood work
and join in with an RF development effort. While AMSAT has some power
supply volunteers, they are mostly engaged.
I need up and down converters for 3.4 and 5.7 GHz that will be used
to generate and receive hard limited constant envelope signals.
Efficiency is paramount but this is a prototype. Functioning would be
We could use people with RF test equipment and labs at their disposal
to do tests on these prototypes.
I think we are moving into an exciting and higher intensity time in
AMSAT and it is my hope that some of these things will interest you.
There will needs to be a meeting in January in the D.C. area, absolutely
no later than Mid February if you are interested.
If any of this sounds remotely interesting to you, please contact me at
my email address.
AMSAT Director and VP Engineering. Member: ARRL, AMSAT-DL,
TAPR, Packrats, NJQRP, QRP ARCI, QCWA, FRC. ARRL SDR WG Chair
“An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why
must the pessimist always run to blow it out?” Descartes