ARRL Honorary Vice President, Director Emeritus Tod Olson, K0TO, SK

ARRL Honorary Vice President and Director Emeritus Tod Olson, K0TO (ex-W0IYP), of Minnesota and Idaho, died on November 12 after battling cancer for several years. An ARRL Life Member, he was 83. He began his volunteer service to ARRL in 1974 as the Minnesota Section Communications Manager. He became Dakota Division Vice Director in 1976, and then Director in 1982. In 1986, the ARRL Board of Di…

Two Radio Amateurs Set to Join ISS Crew

Astronauts Peggy Whitson, KC5ZTD, and Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, and Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy will head into space on November 17 for a 6-month stay aboard the International Space Station. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1730 UTC on November 16. The launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan will be at 1820 UTC on November 17. It will take the Expedition 50/51 crew members 2 days to reach…

Chinese Students’ FM Transponder Satellite Launched

“Dream 1” (CAS-2T), a “technical verification satellite” for the CAMSAT CAS-2 series of Amateur Radio satellites, was launched on November 9 on board a Long March CZ-11 rocket. Developed by middle school students with the support of China’s Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, the Science and Technology Museum, and the Eastern Highlands Qian Youth Space Sciences Organization, the 2U CubeSat car…