Next PAARA Meeting
Friday July 6, 2012

"OSCAR: The First Orbital Satellite Carrrying Amateur Radio"
by Lance Ginner, K6GSJ

Lance Ginner, K6GSJ, was one of the original Project OSCAR members who helped design and fly the first amateur radio satellites.  Lance was directly involved with the first eight OSCAR satellites.  His career started at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in January 1960.  Initially an "A" Technician, he worked on the Agena A and B programs.  In 1961 he moved into a salaried position as a test conductor in the satellite subsystems and systems checkout.  For the next five years he was in the satellite systems checkout.  He then moved into payload and classified program areas at LMSC.
Note: Above taken from The AMSAT Journal, Sep/Oct 2006.

Past Meetings
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Club Meetings

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The Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) (except when the first Friday lands on a holiday and typically moved to the 2nd Friday of the month).

Location: Menlo Park Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street (in Burgess Park)

There is a pre-meeting dinner at the Su Hong Chinese resturaunt on El Camino Real, held to treat the guest speaker. Su Hong is within walking distance of the meeting location, and dinner starts promptly at 5:30 pm (17:30 J).
Location: 1039 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025

After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Round Table Pizza, located on El Camino Real, just a few blocks north of Su Hong.
Location: 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Board Meetings

Map & directions

The PAARA Board meets at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) at the Palo Alto Red Cross building, 400 Mitchell Lane, usually on the third Wednesday of the month.  We conduct most of our club business here in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at club meetings.  Any PAARA member is welcome to attend.

A few meetings throughout the year have pre-defined agenda items. These include:

September Board Meeting
The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President to decide on a slate of candidates to be recommended to the membership.

October General Meeting
The Nominating Committee presents its nominations to the membership at the regular club meeting.  Nominations from club members opens at the beginning of the meeting, and closes at the end of the meeting.

December General Meeting
Elections are held at the December annual meeting.

Board of Directors and Appointed Staff

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