page acknowledges those individuals that have made very special contributions
Daniel K. Inouye
the satellite left its orbit in 1985, hundreds of leaders and users
petitioned the United States Congress to re-establish the PEACESAT
program, a program he helped established when he was a Representative
Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii took up the challenge and guided the
legislation that re-established PEACESAT as an effort in international
leadership in promoting international cooperation and public service
telecommunications in the Pacific was critical to the success of
Van Dusen Mukaida
Mukaida is the person that was single-most responsible
for the re-establishment of the PEACESAT Program and
the development of the network over the past decade.
the satellite left the Pacific in 1985, many users were
stranded without communications. Most felt that the program
was over - that there would never be another opportunity
to obtain a satellite for the Pacific Islands and that
public service telecommunications was doomed. Lori did
not give up hope. She worked tirelessly to maintain communications
through HF/SSB radio links, solicit a satellite, obtain
program funding, directed the design the system, and
worked with representatives from the Pacific Islands
to re-establish the network.
that has met Lori recognizes the commitment, dedication,
and love that she has had for both the Pacific and the
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Bystrom, Ph.D., deceased, Professor, Department of Communications,
University of Hawaii.
Bystrom recognized the potential of using the ATS-1 satellite
and worked to facilitate the development of a proposal to the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration to conduct technical
and cultural experiments.
managed and developed the program from 1970 to 1981, when the
University of Hawaii transferred the program to the Social Science
Nose, deceased, Associate Professor of Physics, University
Nose is renowned for the development of economical earth
stations to access the ATS-1 satellite. His practical design
was instrumental in the growth of the PEACESAT network to
over 140 sites in the Pacific Islands regions (from 1971-1985).
Mr. Nose not only designed but also modified, assembled and
installed the PEACESAT ground terminals and antennas all
over the South Pacific.
distinguished academic career was marked by many highlights
that led him from the halls of Harvard where he received
his master's degree and Advanced Studies certificate to Kauai
High School where one of his students was the former Army
Chief of Staff, Gen. Eric K. Shinseki. He received the University
of Hawaii Excellence in Teaching Award in 1971.
the same time, Mr. Nose earned a world class reputation as
a ham radio operator known as "the Pacific Powerhouse." His
tremendous expertise in building his own radio equipment
and in antennas, speed in sending and receiving Morse Code,
and victories in contests judged on the number of radio contacts
and areas reached brought him global honor and recognition.
For nearly fifty years, he pursued his passion for amateur
radio and wrote the longest continuously running column in
the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Because his call sign (KH6IJ)
was so well known, many other radio operators have since
paid tribute to him by changing the last two letters of their
own call signs to IJ. His ham radio columns and publications
are archived in the Library of Congress. His PEACESAT work
is included in the PEACESAT archives at the University of
Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
Donald Topping, Ph.D., deceased, former Director, Social Science
Research Institute (SSRI) and former Principal Investigator of
the PEACESAT Cooperative Agreement between the University of Hawaii
and the NTIA.
Dr. Topping was a linguist who served as the
Director of the SSRI. As Director, he oversaw the PEACESAT Program
and its re-establishment. Dr. Topping’s hard work and dedication
provided direction to the PEACESAT Program and was influential
in setting the program goals and objectives.
Among Dr. Toppings many achievements throughout
his academic career includes writing and editing the Chamorro-English
Dictionary and the Chamorro Reference Grammar. Dr. Topping was
also the director for the Pacific and Asian Linguistics Institute,
founded the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, and after his retirement
continued his relation with the University of Hawaii as a professor
Yuen, Dean, retired, University of Hawaii College of Engineering.
Yuen was instrumental in the development of the first line
of PEACESAT Earthstations which utilized the VHF/UHF radio
frequency to access the ATS-1 satellite. The first earthstations
were relatively inexpensive and consisted of readily available
radio equipment and Yagi antennas.
a tenure as the College of Engineering’s Dean that
spanned 18 years and a total of 38 years of service to
the Engineering Department, Mr. Yuen is held in high regards
as one of the most prominent and versatile administrators
at the University of Hawaii’s College of Engineering.
Some of the positions held by Mr. Yuen includes assistant
to the Manoa chancellor, director of the Hawaii Natural
Energy Institute, acting president of the Pacific International
Center for High Technology Research, University of Hawaii
at Manoa vice president for academic affairs, University
of Hawaii senior vice president/University of Hawaii at
Manoa executive vice chancellor, and acting University
of Hawaii president.
Carl Staton, Chief Information Officer
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Staton served as Branch Chief of the NESDIS Data Collection and Direct Broadcast Branch for NOAA in 1987-88. During this tenure Staton received a telephone call from Dick Hagemeyer, Director, Pacific Region National Weather Service Office requesting his assistance for PEACESAT. Staton was instrumental in PEACESAT receiving approval on the use of the GOES-3 and later, the GOES-2 satellites. Mr. Staton maintains interest in PEACESAT and its use of the current GOES-7 satellite and visited the program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in January 2006.
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