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1999 News, Events and Activities



The following contains a brief summary of PEACESAT and TIP-G News, Events, and Activities. The information is not complete and dependent in part on information provided by PEACESAT Sites.

Last Updated May 22, 1999


May 19, 1999 -- UNIVERSITY OF GUAM PEACESAT HUB SITE -- The UOG received a grant from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1996 for a PEACESAT Hub Site. Upon receipt of the grant, the UOG PEACESAT quickly took action to build the Hub Site. Unfortunately, just as testing between Guam and Hawaii was to commence, super Typhoon Paka destroyed the earth station. In May, Norman Okamura visited the UOG PEACESAT and found that the earth station was restored; but, that testing revealed that the HPAs were not working well. The signal level was very low. The receive gain was excellent.

PEACESAT UH plans to dispatch a team in June with a 100w HPA to ensure that the system is operating.

May 1999 -- PACIFIC TELEHEALTH -- Norman Okamura, Principal Investigator of PEACESAT traveled with Thomas M. Driskill, the President of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, and Mr. Arnold Baptiste, President of the Hawaii Management Alliance Association (HMAA). The purpose of the trip to Palau, Guam, Saipan, Chuuk and Pohnpei was to discuss opportunities for telehealth and telemedicine, the successes of the Third Party Administration program of the HMAA with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and American Samoa, and the nature of the medical care provider system of the HHSC.

May 1999 -- ADAP PROGRAM -- Jim Hollyer, Director of the Agricultural Development for the American Pacific, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii, implemented a video teleconferencing connection to the State of Hawaii Telehealth Access Network.

May 13, 1999 -- COLLEGE OF MARSHALL ISLANDS -- Mr. Ernest Shima (UH TIPG and PEACESAT), Dr. Andrew Kuniyuki, Mr. Ed Tomasu (UH PEACESAT) tested a 128 Kbps link using the 3m antenna at the College of the Marshall Islands with the UH 10m link. PEACESAT plans to demonstrate video teleconferencing in the Marshall Islands in June 1999.

February 26, 1999 -- AMERICAN SAMOA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - The DOE received an award of $3.5 million from the Schools and Libraries Program (SLP), established by the Federal Communications Commission in accordance with the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The TIPG and PEACESAT helped with the initial preparation of system specifications in 1998.

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