February 13th, 2002


[Wednesday, 13 February 2002]
Greenstreets at
Cedar Falls Holiday Inn


[Radio Signal and Navigation Analysis in Solving the Amelia Earhart Mystery]

Speakers:[Rod Blocksome and Tom Vinson
Mr. Rod Blocksome is a graduate of Kansas State University, 1968, BSEE and 1973, MSEE. He has been an employee of Collins Radio and Rockwell Collins for 34 years in Design Engineering and Management. Mr. Blocksome is currently a Senior Systems Engineer at Rockwell Collins doing advanced communication work.

Tom Vinson graduated from SIU, Carbondale in 1974 with degrees in Electronics Technology and Industrial Engineering. He also received an MBA from ISU, Ames in 1985. Tom has been an employee of Collins Radio and Rockwell Collins for 27 years. He is the Programs Manager with the responsibility of the Advanced Data Links Programs. Tom has been a radio amateur since 1968 and holds an Extra Class license.]

Program Chair:[Tim Schoenfelder]
Program:[Amelia Earhart took off from Lae, New Guinea on Friday morning, July 2, 1937 in her flight to the American owned Howland Island on her way to Honolulu. There was a camera rolling during her take off - quite dramatic.

Her last transmission, "We are on the line 157/337. Will repeat message. We will repeat this on 6210 kcs. Wait. we are running north and south on the line. Listening 6210 kcs." was received by a surface vessel operating near Howland Island, then her Lockheed L10E disappeared. The navigator, Fred Noonan, was also on board, and was lost.

Did they crash and drown? Were they captured by the Japanese, prior to World War II? Did they crash south of Howland Island, near Phoenix Island? The wreckage of their plane has never been located in the Pacific. So, were they lost, or are they still alive living in some remote location?

That question has been investigated for years, and locally by the Earhart Analysis Team, populated by some Rockwell Collins International, Incorporated employees. Their investigation will be discussed at this Waterloo Technical Society Meeting.]

Price:$11.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent.)
Time:Social period: 6:00 P.M. Dinner: 6:30 P.M. at Greenstreets Restaurant, 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls.
Reservations:Telephone Nico De Jong (319)268-1234, by noon on Monday, [February 11th, 2002]. Leave message on answering machine. Guests are welcome if they make a reservation. Please state if special dinner preparations are necessary.

Dues:2001-2002 Dues of $10.00 may be sent to the Treasurer: David Berry, 116 Usher Road, Hudson, IA 50643 or may be paid at the meeting. If your mailing label shows "S02", you are paid up through September 2002.

Waterloo Technical Society Website: http://wts-ia.virtualave.net