AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-207

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E
Opportunity
* AMSAT Awards Update
* Request for help with SPROUT Telemetry Collection
* QIKCOM-2 Satellite messages
* NEON – Upcoming NASA Education Events For Your Attention
* 73 on 73 Awards #21-#26
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-207 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 207
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 26, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-207
AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E
Opportunity

Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3-E
space frame into High Earth Orbit (HEO) in order to support
scientific payloads as well as serve as an amateur radio satellite.
During the AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting on 4 JUL 15, the AMSAT-DL
membership approved the concept, agreeing to allow the Phase 3-E
space frame that is currently stored in Germany to be shipped to
Virginia Tech in the USA for further construction, testing and
preparation for eventual launch to HEO should the US Government
formally agree to fund such a mission.

Should the project move forward, AMSAT-NA will apply for frequency
coordination from the IARU Satellite Advisor and satellite licensing
from the FCC as the satellite’s initial operator.

Stay tuned to the AMSAT-DL Journal, the AMSAT-NA Journal, and the
AMSAT-NA News Service for further developments and details as they
become known.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech for the above
information]
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AMSAT Awards Update

Here are our newest award recipients and quite a good batch we have
this time.

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for
making their first satellite QSO.

Andrew Chaloupka, KB9WHV
Lesley Swann, KM4BKO
Joseph Kornowski, KB6IGK
Bill Dillon, KG5FQX

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AMSAT Communication Achievement Award

Toralf Renkwitz, DJ8MS #563
Steve Kristoff, AI9IN #564

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AMSAT Sexagesimal Award

Toralf Renkwitz, DJ8MS #167
David Webb, KB1VPH #168

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AMSAT Century Award

David Webb, KB1PVH #43
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM #44

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AMSAT South Africa Communication Achievement Award

Toralf Renkwitz, DJ8MS #US191
Steve Kristoff, AI9IN #US192

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AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Satellite Operator Achievement Award
for 1000 contacts

Michael McCoy, KC9ELU #83 with 2000, 3000, 4000 endorsements

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AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Satellite Operator Achievement
Award for 5000 contacts

Michael McCoy, KC9ELU #32

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org or
http://www.amsatnet.com/awards.html

[ANS thanks Bruce KK5DO for the above information]
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Request for help with SPROUT Telemetry Collection

Students from Japan’s Nihon University are requesting help gathering
telemetry from the SPROUT satellite

SPROUT was launched at May 24, 2014 from Tanegashima Space Center in
Japan.

There are 3 main missions in SPROUT.

·Deployment demonstration of inflatable membrane structure.
·Demonstration of attitude determination and control technology for
several kilogram class nano-satellite.
·Upbringing of human resources of a space sector

For more information
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/

An English document describing SPROUT’s FM Telemetry Data Format
can be found at
http://tinyurl.com/ANS207-SPROUT

The students at Nihon University have deployed the demonstration of
inflatable membrane structure. They find it necessary to collect as
much data as possible to get information on the satellite. They are
requesting reception cooperation from anyone who has the means of
colecting the data, specifically mebers of AMSAT and amateur radio
satellite enthusiasts.

If you would like to assist contact, cssu12036 (at) g.nihon-u.ac.jp
for more information.

[ANS thanks Nihon University Students for the above information]
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QIKCOM-2 Satellite messages

In a message to the AMSAT-BB on July 22 Bob Bruninga WB4APR, invites
proposed standard messages for the next APRS Satellite:

Bob writes, “Our next QIKCOM-2 APRS satellite will accept 2 digit
uplink DTMF messages to be spoken on the downlink. We have already
programmed all of the ARRL standard radio grams and emergency
messages.

But there is room for more. So think…. What kind of message
would you want to send (that is not included in the existing ones)
from your HT out in the wilderness. At a hamfest? or any other HAM
Radio event or opportunity. Keep them simple and of the same order
of length as the existing ones.

The existing ones are listed here: http://nts.ema.arrl.org/node/30

But the implementation cannot include blanks for fill-in like the
regular ones. But any sentence that stands alone can work.

Just thought I’d open it up. Plenty of RAM and only 1 week before
delivery…

Serious considerations only.”

To clarify some thought processess Bob added in a subsequent follow-
up,

“Well, took a few moments and here are some of my ideas. I just
realized I can allow a single digit modifier, so the digit can go
from 0 to 8.

Demonstrating APRStt at Hamfest
Demonstrating APRStt to friends
I am on schedule.
I may be delayed N hours
I may be delayed N days
I may be early N hours
I May be early N days
I may quit early N stops
I may go farther N stops
We are camping and enjoying it greatly.
We are hiking and enjoying it greatly.
We are sailing and enjoying it greatly
Call me on my cell
Call my cell on the hour.

Or there can maybe be 1-to-8 different whole word modifiers too.
Like:
Please Send ___ (Money, food, water, supplies, shoes, sleeping bag,
blanket,fuel)

We are operating on ___ power (Solar, wind, battery, generator,
emergency)
We are staying with ____ (Mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle,
aunt,friends)
Please pass to ____ (Mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle, aunt,friends)

Just thinkin…”

[ANS thanks Bob, WB4APR, for the above information]
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NEON – Upcoming NASA Education Events For Your Attention

NEON – NASA Educators Online Network

Free NASA STEM Education Webinars — NASA Educator Professional
Development

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

+ July 27, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. EDT: Exploring Strange New Worlds
Series: Exoplanets and Kepler Mission (Grades 4-8) – Celebrate The
centuries-old quest for other worlds like our Earth has been
rejuvenated by the intense excitement and popular interest
surrounding the discovery of hundreds of planets orbiting other
stars. There is now clear evidence for substantial numbers of the
three types of exoplanets; gas giants, hot super-Earths in short
period orbits, and ice giants. During this webinar, teachers will
learn to use tools scientists use to determine planet
characteristics, learn about the mission and explore and interpret
data from the mission. Register online to participate.
https://www.etouches.com/133574

+ July 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. EDT: ISS Across the Curriculum: Social
Studies and Geography in Space (Grades 4-8) – The International Space
Station (ISS) is not just a science and math mission. It is a unique,
orbiting laboratory that travels around the world and across your
curriculum. This webinar will explore how the ISS can also be
integrated into your social studies and geography curriculum with
NASA inquiry lessons, online resources and teaching strategies. Let
the ISS bring space and the world around us together in your
classroom. Register online to participate.
https://www.etouches.com/129777

+ July 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT: Art and the Cosmic Connection
(Grades K-16) – Celebrate New Horizons arrival at Geology meets art!
Let you inner geologist use art to recreate craters, mountains,
rivers, wind driven landscapes and more. Learn to read planetary
images as well as Earth images. Meets NGSS for Earth Place in the
Universe, Earth Systems, and with Social Studies integrations.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/134190

+ July 30, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. EDT: Rockets 2 Racecars: Session 4 –
Educators Go Green (Grades 3-9) – Get your students revved up about
science, technology, engineering and mathematics with NASA’s Rockets
2 Racecars (R2R) STEM Education webinar series! In this webinar you
will have access to various solar and engineering activities for the
classroom and will discover various solar energy uses in space as
well as on planet Earth. Join NASA Specialists to discuss how NASA
utilizes the power of the Sun in our missions, such as the
International Space Station and Mars Exploration Rovers, as well as
how Pocono Raceway uses solar energy at the Pocono Raceway track!
This webinar is guaranteed to brighten your day! Register online to
participate. https://www.etouches.com/133233

For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar
schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/

[ANS thanks NEON – NASA Educators Online Network for the above
information]
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73 on 73 Awards #21-#26

Several 73 on 73 Awards have been recently issued.
Congratulations to all!

#21 – Kiyosi Hasegawa, JA3FWT
#22 – Mariusz Kocot, SQ9MES
#23 – Hector Luis Martinez, W5CBF
#24 – George Carr, WA5KBH
#25 – Michel Ribot, F6GLJ
#26 – Paul Stoetzer, N8HM (application reviewed and award issued by
W5PFG)

For more information on the award see
http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/73-on-73-award/

[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]
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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between [Entity, City, State,
Country] and Astronaut [NAME, CALLSIGN] using Callsign [CALLSIGNE.
The contact began [YEAR, Month, Date Time] UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes. Contact was[direct/telebridge] via K6DUE.
ARISS Mentor was KA3HDO.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

United Space School, Seabrook, TX 12:52 UTC July 28

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at United Space School, Seabrook, TX on 28 July. The
event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:52 UTC. It is
recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before
this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and
30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ.
The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S.
Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz
downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

The United Space School is the premier educational program hosted by
the Foundation for International Space Education (FISE). For two
weeks each summer, FISE invites approximately 50 students from 23
different countries to the Clear Lake, Texas area to introduce them
to aspects of working in the space sciences. During their stay, the
students work together in teams to assemble a manned mission to Mars,
utilizing knowledge gained from guest lecturers and interactive field
trips. The Foundation for International Space Education Board of
Directors has two head teachers and five team mentors to assist the
students in their day-to-day activities. United Space School
culminates in a project presentation, in which the students present
their final project to a panel of industry experts and the public.
Upon successful completion of their final project presentation, the
students are awarded a graduation certificate.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time
allows:

1. How has your understanding of the universe changed now that you
are seeing it from space?
2. What do you think about the plans of some multi-billion dollar
investors to mine raw materials on asteroids and satellites?
3. If you were in an emergency situation inside the ISS where an
ammonia leak is quite high and the hatches don’t work, what
would you propose as escape route to save you and your team,
and why?
4. What is the most interesting experiment to perform, and why?
5. Do you see the speed of space travel progressing much further
than the point it’s at now (within our own solar system)?
6. When you return to Earth what do you think you will miss most
about the Space Station?
7. What are your expectations of the manned trip to Mars?
8. Isn’t the NanoRacks deployer a cool temperature when it’s
actually working?
9. How do you maintain a natural sleep pattern aboard the ISS?
10. What were the steps you took to become an astronaut? Do you
have any advice for those of us who wish to go into space?
11. What do you think the biggest challenge to the space industry
today, besides budget?
12. In terms of hardware, if you could have one thing installed on
the ISS, what would it be?
13. What went through your mind while listening to the final
countdown before lift-off?
14. How does the ISS keep away from space junk?
15. What are the first effects that you feel in zero gravity?
16. What was a favorite experience of yours while in space school?
17. How many meals do you eat in a day, and has your appetite
changed at all?
18. Is moving around in microgravity conditions always fun, or does
it get uncomfortable and annoying?
19. What do you think the most important decision you made that put
you on the path to becoming an astronaut?
20. Have you ever seen anything weird in space you couldn’t explain?
21. What planet would you like to investigate more, aside from Mars?

Next planned event:

23rd World Scout Jamboree Nippon Boy Scout Amateur Radio Club,
Bunkyo-ku, Japan, direct via 8N23WSJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for: Fri 2015-07-31 11:26 UTC

PLEASE CHECK THE FOLLOWING FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ARISS UPDATES:

Visit ARISS on Facebook. We can be found at Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS).

To receive our Twitter updates, follow @ARISS_status

Exp. 44 is now on orbit. Welcome aboard!
Oleg Kononenko RN3DX
Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS

From 2015-12-20 to 2016-01-04, there will be no US Operational
Segment (USOS) hams on board ISS. So any schools contacts during
this period will be conducted by the ARISS Russia team.

ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above
contacts.
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to
send your reports to aj9n@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ On July 22, 1962 the first live public trans-Atlantic TV broadcast
was relayed by Telstar 1, a communications satellite that had been
launched two weeks earlier. The broadcast featured CBS’s Walter
Cronkite and NBC’s Chet Huntley in New York and the BBC’s Richard
Dimbleby in Brussels. Later that same day the satellite relayed the
first telephone call to be transmitted through space. Although it is
no longer fully functional, Telstar 1 is still in orbit around
Earth.

+ What does it take to test, build and launch a compact (yet highly
sophisticated) satellite into orbit? U-M students explain in this
behind-the-scenes look at U-M’s latest CubSat:

http://tinyurl.com/UMich-Cubesat
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/EX

AMSAT User Services and the Editors of the AMSAT New Service pass on
our condolences to ANS Weekly Co-Editor Joe Spier K6WAO and his
family on the death of Joe’s mother this week.

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE SPECIAL BULLETIN
ANS-206

In this edition:

* AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E
Opportunity

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ANS-206 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 206.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 25, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-206.01

AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL, and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E
Opportunity

Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3-E space
frame into High Earth Orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as
well as serve as an amateur radio satellite.  During the AMSAT-DL Annual
Meeting on 4 JUL 15, the AMSAT-DL membership approved the concept, agreeing
to allow the Phase 3-E space frame that is currently stored in Germany to be
shipped to Virginia Tech in the USA for further construction, testing and
preparation for eventual launch to HEO should the US Government formally
agree to fund such a mission.

Should the project move forward, AMSAT-NA will apply for frequency
coordination from the IARU Satellite Advisor and satellite licensing from
the FCC as the satellite’s initial operator.

Stay tuned to the AMSAT-DL Journal, the AMSAT-NA Journal, and the AMSAT-NA
News Service for further developments and details as they become known.

/EX

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-200

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail
* W5KUB.com webcast with AMSAT; New Perk for Fox-1C donations
* School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact
* SA AMSAT Kletskous Solar Cell Purchase
* Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg
* International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Saturday,
July 25
* Duchifat1 Updates
* Amateur Radio Geostationary Transponder and the Adventures of a
Hacker
Turned Ham
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-200 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 200.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 19, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-200.01
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AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail

Ballots have been mailed to AMSAT-NA members in good standing, and
must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office by 15 SEP 2015 in order to be
counted. Those sent outside North America were sent by air mail. If
you have not received your ballot package in a reasonable time for
your QTH, please contact the AMSAT-NA office. Your completed ballot
should be sent as promptly as possible, and those from outside North
American preferably by air mail or other expedited means.

This year there are eight candidates:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Steve Coy, K8UD
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Mark Hammond, N8MH
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
Bob McGwier, N4HY
Bruce Paige, KK5DO

The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be
seated as voting Board Members with two year terms. The two
candidates receiving the next highest number of votes will be non-
voting Alternate Board Members with terms of one year. Please vote
for no more than four candidates.

Please take the time to review the candidate statements that
accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board.
Election of Board members is both an obligation as well as an
opportunity by our membership to help shape the future direction of
AMSAT-NA.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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W5KUB.com webcast with AMSAT; New Perk for Fox-1C donations

Check out the AMSAT VPs of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, and
Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA on the W5KUB.com webcast from
July 14th, talking all about Fox and AMSAT.

Also, we have a new perk available for donations of $1,000 or more.
Eighteen donors will receive engraved, mounted solar panel protective
covers actually used on Fox-1C. Don’t miss this limited availability
perk for supporting your amateur satellite program! Donations may be
made via the AMSAT website, via the FundRazr crowdsourcing app at
http://fnd.us/c/6pz92/sh/561Zd
or via the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact

On Tuesday, July 14 at the UK Space Conference in Liverpool the
names were announced of the UK schools which have won the opportunity
to contact UK astronaut Tim Peake via amateur radio during his
mission to the International Space Station. Tim holds the call sign
KG5BVI and is expected to use the special call GB1SS from the amateur
radio station in the Columbus module of the ISS.

Tim will launch to the ISS in December of this year and will spend 6
months working and living in space. The Amateur Radio competition is
a collaboration between the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of
Great Britain (RSGB) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Selected schools will host a direct link-up with the ISS during a
two-day, space related STEM workshop which will be the culmination of
a large range of learning activities using space as a context for
teaching throughout the curriculum.

ARISS UK (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) will
provide and set up all necessary radio equipment such as low earth
orbit satellite tracking antennas and radios, to establishing a fully
functional, direct radio link with the ISS from the schools’ very own
premises. In a ten-minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, an
amateur radio contact will be established with Tim, and students will
be able to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

Owing to the nature of scheduling the links, which is dependent on
geography, the exact orbit of the ISS and the crew schedules, the
exact dates and times for possible links will not be known until 2
weeks before the link up is scheduled. The shortlisted schools will
all be prepared for such scheduling challenges and, by having a
number of schools, we can ensure that all links are used.

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, said: We’re
delighted with the amount of interest in this exciting project and
look forward to working with the selected schools as they make a call
into space.

Both Tim’s space mission and amateur radio have the power to inspire
young people and encourage them into STEM subjects. By bringing them
together we can boost their reach and give young people around the UK
the chance to be involved in a space mission and a hands-on project
that will teach them new skills.

The following schools have been shortlisted for a possible ARISS
call with Tim whilst he is in orbit on the ISS:

Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire
The Derby High School, Derby
The Kings School, Ottery St Mary
Norwich School, Norwich
Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol
Powys Secondary Schools Joint, Powys
Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth
Sandringham School, St Albans
St Richard’s Catholic College, Bexhill-on-Sea
Wellesley House School, Broadstairs

John Gould, G3WKL, President of the RSGB, said: The Radio Society of
Great Britain will be delighted to support shortlisted schools by
teaching their pupils about amateur radio and helping them through
their licence exams where appropriate. Members of our Youth Committee
are based across the UK and will be keen to visit the chosen schools
in their area and chat to the pupils.

The ARISS UK Operations team will now work with the shortlisted
schools to prepare them for this exceptional opportunity during the
mission of the first British ESA Astronaut.

ARISS Europe http://www.ariss-eu.org/
[ANS thanks ARISS and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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SA AMSAT Kletskous Solar Cell Purchase

SA AMSAT made a significant investment in the KLETSKOUS project by
placing an order for solar cells with an overseas supplier. The solar
cells will be used to build the first prototype solar panels for
testing with the power unit.

The electrical power system (EPS) is the sub-system that provides
various other systems and the payload with power, and controls the
charging and conditioning of the batteries. The first prototype was
tested with panels borrowed from the Denel Dynamic CubeSat project.
“We are looking forward to building our own panels to meet the
physical dimension requirements of the space frame,” Hannes Coetzee,
ZS6BZP, said. Fritz Sutherland, ZS6FSJ, who built the prototype,
which he showed at the recently held SA AMSAT Space Symposium,
designed the EPS. Both Hannes Coetzee and Frik Wolff, ZS6FZ, who
recently joined the project team, will build the solar panels.

The Kletskous project is funded by donations from radio amateurs. To
learn more about the project and how to make your financial
contribution visit
www.amsatsa.org.za
[ANS thanks SA AMSAT and the SARL weekly news in English 2015-7-11
for the above information]
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Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg

The Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg will be held on
September 15-16, 2015.

We are happy to announce that several national and international
institutions acknowledged the value of our workshop by providing co-
sponsoring for this event. Thus, we would like to point out the great
opportunity to further disseminate your scientific results as
selected best contributions will be invited for paper publication in
a conference proceedings in the IAA book series on Small Satellites.

If you want to take the opportunity to present your current progress
in the field of pico- and nano-satellites please do not forget to
submit your presentation abstract by sending an email to
pina2015@informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de until July 20, 2015.

For more information and latest updates about the workshop please
visit our website:

http://www7.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/conferences/pina2015/
[ANS thanks the PiNa Team for the above information]
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International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Saturday,
July 25
There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International
Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford as well as visits to
the satellite construction facilities at the SSTL Kepler Building.
The event is open to all. Admittance is £10 for the day and car
parking is free.

Speakers for Saturday, July 25

• Introduction by Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO OBE, FRS, FREng,
FIET
• SSTL Update by Tony Holt, Director, SSTL
• The Satellite Applications Catapult PocketQube Kit by Chris
Brunskill
• AMSAT-DL Presention by Peter Guelzow DB2OS
• What else does Space do for You! by Prof. Richard Holdaway, former
Director
RAL Space
• The Nayif-1 opportunity by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG
• AMSAT-NA / Fox-1 Presentation by Drew Glassbrenner KO4MA
• Dutch Satellite Days by Ivo Klinkert PA1IVO

Further details at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Duchifat1 Updates

Duchifat1, launched 1 year ago, was supposed to have onboard a
“standard” space APRS transceiver operating on 145.825MHz. That
would have made the satellite compatible with ISS, other APRS
satellites and APRS-IS.

Unfortunately, a short time before launch, we realized that
technically we couldn’t keep the intended 145.825MHz transceiver in
the final satellite configuration but we still wanted to make some
contribution to amateur radio in space. After a quick research we
discovered that the 2nd transceiver onboard Duchifat1, the ISIS
(Netherlands) TRXUV planned for Duchifat1’s command and telemetry can
be programmed to also accept APRS packets!, however, limited to 14
characters long. Also, the downlink digital modulation was not the
common space APRS of 1200bd AFSK but 1200bd BPSK, and the uplink
frequency is in the UHF band.

We therefore came with the idea of supporting COMPRESSED APRS, and
instead of the standard digipeater, we implement kind of
“store&forward” function in which the satellite collects packets
during its flight in orbit and the students of Herzliya Science
Center will download those packets and display them on a world map in
a web site programmed by them.

We published here a few weeks ago the opening of this service and
put in our web site detailed instructions on how to use the Byonics
TinyTrak4 (TT4) tracker, with or without GPS to generate packets in
the required format that Duchifat1 will accept. So far, TWO pioneers
used this service.
THANKS PETER & MIKE!

While the TT4 solution is still the best we know for sending your
actual live position to Duchifat1, we are happy to announce the ‘APRS
Encoder’, a new tool in our web site that can generate for you the
COMPRESSED APRS packet for Duchifat1.

The input for the new APRS Encoder is the station’s (or nearby)
coordinates set that can be obtained from Google Maps, so this
solution is naturally adequate for stationary base stations, while
mobile stations should still use the Byonics TT4.

The output of the APRS Encoder is a 14 character long Compressed
APRS packet that can be converted to 1200bd AFSK with a hardware TNC
or software like MIXW
– just copy the 14 chars string and paste it into the MIXW window.
The MIXW should be set to mode Packet, using the most common “VHF
1200 baud (Standard 1200/2200Hz)” setting. Prior registration is
required.

All the details on the satellite, the registration and the APRS
Encoder are at
this link:
www.h-space-lab.org
Please read all the documentation in the site.

We wish you all good luck and enjoy!

73 from 4X4HSC team: instructors 4Z1WS and 4X1DG, and the students!
[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Amateur Radio Geostationary Transponder and the Adventures of a
Hacker Turned Ham

HamRadioNow episode 211 features two presentations given at the
TAPR/AMSAT banquet on Friday, May 15 at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention.
The first is about the Amateur Radio transponder on the geostationary
satellite Es’hail 2 by Thani Ali al-Malki followed by Adventures of a
Hacker Turned Ham by Michael Ossmann AD0NR.

The night begins with a short presentation on what will be the first
Amateur Radio transponder on a geostationary satellite, a project of
the Qatar Amateur Radio Society, with help from AMSAT DL (Germany).
The satellite, Es’HailSAT-2, is owned by the Qatar Satellite Company,
and senior engineer Thani Ali al-Malki will give the details. Western
Hemisphere hams will be disappointed that the satellite footprint
won’t cover anything in North America or Australia, and just a bit of
South America. The satellite is primarily a communications system for
Qatar and the Middle East, but the ham transponder will also cover
Europe, Africa and western Asia (but also missing the China coast and
Japan).

Michael Ossmann, AD0NR, founder of Great Scott Gadgets grew up as a
computer nerd embracing the hacker ethos. Eventually Michael became
very interested in the security of wireless systems such as remote
keyless entry, garage door openers, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. He designed
Ubertooth One, a Bluetooth sniffer that was successfully funded on
Kickstarter.

Not one to rest, Michael later designed and successfully funded
HackRF One, an open source SDR platform that attracted the attention
of the amateur radio community. Michael talks about his unique
perspective on the community as an outsider looking in, why he
resisted getting an amateur radio license for years, and why he
finally decided to join. Michael shares his thoughts on what it means
to be a hacker, what it means to be a ham, and what amateur radio may
look like in the decades to come.

TAPR President Steve Bible N7HPR’s introduction establishes the
youth theme with an interesting survey of the crowd.

http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_Episode_0211.html

Previous editions of HamRadioNow
http://www.youtube.com/user/HamRadioNow/videos

Es’hail 2 geostationary satellite
http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geosynchronous/eshail-2/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country. Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

*Friday and Saturday, 7-8 August 2015 – Austin Summerfest in Austin
TX*

*Saturday, 15 August 2015 – Arctic Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Fairbanks AK

*Sunday, 16 August 2015 – demonstration at Chena Hot Springs AK

*Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 August 2015 – Boxboro Hamfest and ARRL
New England Convention in Boxborough MA

*Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 September – ARRL Roanoke Division
Convention
Shelby, NC Hamfest, AMSAT Forum scheduled for Saturday

*Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18 2015, AMSAT Symposium in
Dayton OH (Dayton Crown Plaza)
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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ARISS News

Contacts

Pima County 4H/Vail Vaqueros 4H Club, Tucson, AZ, direct via W7LB
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut was Mikhail Korniyenko RN3BF
Contact was not successful: Wed 2015-07-15 18:01:42 UTC 67 deg
ARISS is attempting to determine what happened.

Moon Day/ Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX, telebridge via
W6SRJ
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS The scheduled
astronaut was Mikhail Korniyenko RN3BF Contact was successful: Sat
2015-07-18 16:58 UTC 84 deg The Moon Day contact was successful with
11 questions asked and 10 fully answered. The answer to the 11th
question was lost in the noise at LOS.

Participants asked the following questions:
1. How do you get internet?
2. How is your perspective of Earth different from ours who have not
been to space?
3. What has been your most exciting and memorable experience during
your time on the International space station?
4. As you don’t have gravity in the Space Station, and nothing drops
or drips down, what happens to a scoop of ice cream in space when
it melts? Once it has melted, can you suck it up with a straw?
Have you ever tried that?
5. What happens to fire in space?
6. What do you eat when in space?
7. What happens if an astronaut gets sick in space? Do they have a
doctor on board? If not, do they have to go back to Earth early
for treatment?
8. Has your time on the space station helped in the research of
finding a way
to send someone to Mars for a longer period of time?
9. If a meteorite, space junk, or another spacecraft collides with
the ISS, or there was a fire on board, what kind of emergency
procedures would be performed to ensure station integrity and crew
safety?
10. What has been your biggest unexpected obstacle, and how did you
solve it and still reach your goal?
11. How do you put on your spacesuit to go out in space?
Upcoming ARISS Contacts

Albert Park College, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia, telebridge
via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Mikhail Korniyenko RN3BF
Contact is a go for: Mon 2015-07-20 08:40:28 UTC 30 deg

Watch
http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html
for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

* Illinois High Altitude Balloon to Carry Repeater and SSTV

The Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments team at DePauw
University plans to launch a high altitude balloon, BASE-85, on
August 8, 2015 at 07:45 CDT (UTC – 5). The launch will be from the
Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Illinois which is approximately 100
miles south of Chicago. The amateur radio payload on this balloon
will include:

+ Telemetry: APRS: 144.390Mhz, APRS.FI: WB9SA-11; QRZ: WB9SA
+ Cross-Band FM Repeater: Uplink 144.34 MHz; Downlink 446.025 MHz.
+ SSTV unit will operate on 147.48 MHz using Scottie2 –
72 seconds on 30 seconds off.
+ 900 MHz tracking system.
+ DF beacon at 443 MHz

Website:
http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/physics-
astronomy/department-research/base/

[ANS thanks the BALLOON_SKED@yahoogroups.com e-mail list for the above
information]
ARISS SSTV Images Commmemorate 40th Anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz
Mission

40 years ago this week, the historic joint Apollo-Soyuz mission was
conducted. Apollo-Soyuz (or Soyuz-Apollo in Russia) represented the
first joint USA-Soviet mission and set the stage for follow-on Russia-
USA space collaboration on the Space Shuttle, Mir Space Station and
the International Space Station. The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were
docked from July 17-19, 1975, during which time joint experiments and
activities were accomplished with the 3 USA astronauts and 2 Soviet
Cosmonauts on-board. Apollo-Soyuz was the final mission of the Apollo
program and the last USA human spaceflight mission until the first
space shuttle mission in 1981.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this historic international
event, the ARISS team has developed a series of 12 Slow Scan
Television (SSTV) images that will be sent down for reception by
schools, educational organizations and ham radio operators,
worldwide. The SSTV images are planned to start sometime Saturday
morning, July 18 and run through Sunday July 19. These dates are
tentative and are subject to change. The SSTV images can be received
on 145.80 MHz and displayed using several different SSTV computer
programs that are available on the internet.

We encourage you to submit your best received SSTV images to:

http://spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/submit.php

The ARISS SSTV image gallery will post the best SSTV images received
from this event at:

http://spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Also, as a special treat, on Saturday July 18 the ISS Cosmonauts
will take time out to conduct an ARISS contact with students
attending the Moon Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum event in Dallas
Texas. This Russian Cosmonaut-USA Student contact is planned to
start around 16:55 UTC through the W6SRJ ground station located in
Santa Rosa, California. ARISS will use the 145.80 MHz voice
frequency downlink (same as the SSTV downlink) for the Moon Day
contact.

For more information on ARISS, please go to our web site:
www.ariss.org

The ARISS international team would like to thank our ARISS-Russia
colleague, Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, for his leadership on this
historic commemoration.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International
Chair for the above information]
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/EX

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE SPECIAL BULLETIN
ANS-195

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* ARISS SSTV Images to Commmemorate 40th Anniversary of the Apollo-
Soyuz Mission

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ANS-195 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 195.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 14, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-195.01

ARISS SSTV Images to Commmemorate 40th Anniversary of the Apollo-
Soyuz Mission

40 years ago this week, the historic joint Apollo-Soyuz mission was
conducted.   Apollo-Soyuz (or Soyuz-Apollo in Russia) represented the
first joint USA-Soviet mission and set the stage for follow-on Russia-
USA space collaboration on the Space Shuttle, Mir Space Station and
the International Space Station.  The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were
docked from July 17-19, 1975, during which time joint experiments and
activities were accomplished with the 3 USA astronauts and 2 Soviet
Cosmonauts on-board.  Apollo-Soyuz was the final mission of the
Apollo program and the last USA human spaceflight mission until the
first space shuttle mission in 1981.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this historic international
event, the ARISS team has developed a series of 12 Slow Scan
Television (SSTV) images that will be sent down for reception by
schools, educational organizations and ham radio operators,
worldwide.  The SSTV images are planned to start sometime Saturday
morning, July 18 and run through Sunday July 19.  These dates are
tentative and are subject to change.  The SSTV images can be received
on 145.80 MHz and displayed using several different SSTV computer
programs that are available on the internet.

We encourage you to submit your best received SSTV images to:

http://spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/submit.php

The ARISS SSTV image gallery will post the best SSTV images received
from this event at:

http://spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Also, as a special treat, on Saturday July 18 the ISS Cosmonauts
will take time out to conduct an ARISS contact with students
attending the Moon Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum event in Dallas
Texas.  This Russian Cosmonaut-USA Student contact is planned to
start around 16:55 UTC through the W6SRJ ground station located in
Santa Rosa, California.  ARISS will use the 145.80 MHz voice
frequency downlink (same as the SSTV downlink) for the Moon Day
contact.

For more information on ARISS, please go to our web site:
www.ariss.org

The ARISS international team would like to thank our ARISS-Russia
colleague, Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, for his leadership on this
historic commemoration.

[ANS thanks Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair for
the above information]

/EX

AMSAT User Services and the Editors of the AMSAT New Service pass on
our condolences to ANS Weekly Co-Editor Joe Spier K6WAO and his
family on the death of Joe’s mother this week.

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-193

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* DeorbitSail Launch Information
* AMSAT Field Day Submission Deadline 13 July 2015
* AMSAT Featured on Live W5KUB.com Tuesday, July 14 Webcast
* International Space Colloquium at Guildford
* ARISS Challenge Coin
* Delfi-C3 RASCAL Update Necessary for New Server IP Address
* CAMSAT Launch Postponement

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-193.01
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 193.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
July 12, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-193.01

DeorbitSail Launch Information

The CubeSat DeorbitSail built by researchers and radio amateurs at the Surrey
Space Centre in Guildford carries a 1200 bps BPSK beacon on 145.975 MHz. The
satellite was successfully launched at 1628 UT on  Friday, July 10.

DeorbitSail is a 3U CubeSat sized satellite with a deployable sail that will
demonstrate rapid deorbiting.

Chris Bridges 2E0OBC writes:

Dear AMSAT’ers, CubeSat’ers, Friends,

Please find attached exclusive details of a UK CubeSat called DeorbitSail flying
out tomorrow evening on PSLV. Please feel free to distribute to other hams that
can help out.

This contains all the info you should need including:
• Initial TLE
• DeorbitSail Flyer > Launch details, etc.
• Predicted first packet transmission on 145.975 MHz, 1k2 BPSK -> we predict to
be over Russia in the evening.

First packets sent in will get a Signed Certificate of thanks from the team!

If you have any telemetry or TLE/frequency information, please send it to me
and/or to deorbitsail.messages@gmail.com so we can quickly learn our satellite
state.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

73 Chris 2E0OBC

DEORBITSAIL
1 55554U 58056A   15191.72643157  .00000000  00000-0 +13828-4 0 335
2 55554  97.9842  81.0881 0007584 273.9578  86.0949 14.75593446209360

Follow @SpaceAtSurrey on Twitter

Deorbitsail website
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ssc/research/space_vehicle_control/deorbitsail/

ISRO PSLV-C28 / DMC3 Mission
http://www.isro.gov.in/launcher/pslv-c28-dmc3-mission

[ANS thanks Chris 2E0OBC, for the above information]

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AMSAT Field Day Submission Deadline 13 July 2015

For those of you that only worked one or two stations on the satellite or if you
worked 10, 20, 50 or more stations, please still submit your scores for Field
Day. Although the form online at http://www.amsat.org (click on the Events tab
and then the Field Day link) is in PDF format, you can copy and paste the
submission portion into Word (amazing how they migrate back and forth). Or you
can download the DOCX file from http://www.amsatnet.com/fd2015.docx

Please remember that ARRL submissions are due much later than our submission
date. Your submission must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on July 13, 2015
(Monday). That will leave less than a week to tabulate and write the article for
the Journal. Please include any pictures that will show off your field day site.
We have had flamingos, long horn steers, clocks running on lemons, campers,
ladder towers and all kinds of neat stuff in the past.

You will receive confirmation that your submission was received, usually
sometime that day. If you do not receive confirmation, please send to the other
email address, or send to both at the same time.

kk5do@arrl.net
kk5do@amsat.org

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]

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AMSAT Featured on Live W5KUB.com Tuesday, July 14 Webcast

Join hosts Ted Randall, WB8PUM, and Tom Medlin, W5KUB, on the live ham show
Tuesday, July 14, at 8:00 PM CT on W5KUB.com. In addition to watching on
w5kub.com, this show is simulcast on powerful shortwave station WTWW on 5085
KHz. Call-in phone lines are open during the show.

Guests this week include AMSAT Vice President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY and
Vice President Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA. Jerry and Drew will talk
about the latest AMSAT information:

+ Fox-1A launch coming this fall
+ Operational satellites
+ AMSAT’s future opportunities

The webcast window and an accompanying chat room for the show are on Tom’s web
page: http://w5kub.com/

If you wish to get on the chat room you’ll need to pre-register with Tom’s site.
When you get to W5KUB.com the chat room should open automatically. Or, you can
click on the icon at the bottom right of Tom’s page. Select “new user”. Many use
their call sign for their username.

The webcast is recorded and is available a day or so later if you miss the live
show.

[ANS thanks Tom Medlin, W5KUB for the above information]

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International Space Colloquium at Guildford

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held on July 24-
26 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, UK.

Among the speakers will be:
• Peter Guelzow DB2OS with an update on AMSAT-DL projects, including
the Phase 4 satellite
• Chris Brunskill, formerly of Surrey Space Centre (SSC), now
working at the Space Catapult at the Harwell Campus. He will be
presenting an extremely novel project aimed at schools and education
• It is hoped the BATC will be able to demonstrate live Digital TV
reception from the International Space Station, using the Ham TV
system
• Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA, from AMSAT North America will be
attending, and presenting the latest news of the FOX satellite(s) due
for launch later this year, and also on their Phase 4 project

The Colloquium is open to all further information is at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ARISS Challenge Coin

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is
announcing a brand new ARISS Challenge Coin that will be a thank you memento to
donors who give to ARISS. The beautiful coin will be a keepsake to treasure.

The ARISS program relies on resource support from NASA, ARRL, AMSAT, and
individual donors to ensure continuing the day-to-day operations and
communications, and to pay for space-flight certification of equipment.  Current
finances to sustain operations in future years are insufficient.

The ARISS program is initiating a fundraising campaign with the goal of securing
greater financial stability for the program.

According to ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, “To assure the
future of the program we are looking to individuals and corporate sponsors to
provide the resources we will need to sustain operations and to acquire needed
equipment upgrades.”

Plans are underway to develop a new higher power Amateur Radio station for the
ISS Columbus module.  The current radio is a lower power unit that sometimes
results in weak signals.  A new radio system will improve the communications for
education groups whose students are scheduled for ARISS contacts and related
educational activities. The new system will also allow greater interoperability
between the Columbus Module and the Russian Service Module. Integration of the
equipment into the ISS infrastructure and required testing and certification
require hours of engineering resources that ARISS must pay for and cannot
afford.

Each ARISS contact offers the opportunity to inspire young people through ARISS’
unique window into space exploration activities, opening the horizon of
possibilities of a career in a STEM field. Each contact also introduces students
and their communities to Amateur Radio—all positives for Amateur Radio and our
country and world.

ARISS needs your help to secure these opportunities for the future. Individuals
may make donations to ARISS online at www.amsat.org by selecting the “Donate
ARISS” button. (AMSAT-NA will provide people resources to handle your gifts to
ARISS.) Individuals contributing $100 US or more will receive the brand new
ARISS Challenge Coin.  Corporate donors may contact Frank Bauer at
KA3HDO@verizon.net   or ARISS@arrl.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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Delfi-C3 RASCAL Update Necessary for New Server IP Address

Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, reported this week that due to security and
maintenance reasons the Delfi-C3 team had to migrate the Delfi-C3 telemetry
server to a new environment. This change also required that the IP address
for uploading data needed to change. This means your server settings in
RASCAL need to be updated to:

New IP: 131.180.122.144
Port: 1099

On July 9 Wouter reported, “The migration has been completed almost without
a problem. We still have some minor issues to sort out. Telemetry submission
is operating normally but the database performance seems slow. This makes
processing more difficult on our end. New user accounts cannot be created
but new users can successfully submit received data via the ‘guest’
account.”

The team reports that Delfi-C3 is doing great. They have long exceeded the
design lifetime of the satellite and she continues to work well. They
appreciate your help in
acquiring data of Delfi-C3 and hope that you continue to track their “old”
bird in the future as well!

[ANS thanks Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG and the Delfi-C3 team for the above
information]

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CAMSAT Launch Postponement

A launch postponement has been announced for Beijing’s new CZ-6 rocket which is
planned to carry a constellation of amateur radio satellites.

Soon to be launched six CAMSAT satellites CAS-3A to F have now been named as
XW-2 (Hope-2) amateur satellite system, and correspond to the XW-2A to F.

All the satellites have completed environmental testing, currently being burn-in
tests, everything is underway. The satellites will be moved to the launch center
in mid-August and launch date has been postponed to early September.

[ANS thanks Alan, BA1DU, for the above information]

/EX

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE

ANS-186

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* AMSAT 2015 Symposium Call for Papers
* Reminder – Send in AMSAT Field Day Results
* $50SAT 19 months in Space and still working
* International Space Colloquium at Guildford
* WD9EWK California road trip July 9-13
* ARISS Poster Presented at ISS R&D Conference
* Help Wanted – Editor-in-Chief for the AMSAT Journal
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 5, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186
AMSAT 2015 Symposium Call for Papers

This is the first call for papers for the 2015 AMSAT-NA Annual
Meeting and Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 16-
18, 2015. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster
presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur
satellite community. We request a tentative title of your
presentation as soon as possible, but no later than August 1. The
final copy must be submitted by September 15 for inclusion in the
printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan
Schultz at n8fgv at amsat.org

The 2015 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held
October 16, 17, 18, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 33 East 5th
Street, in Downtown, Dayton, Ohio.

[ANS thanks the 2015 Symposium Committee for the above information]
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Reminder – Send in AMSAT Field Day Results

Please send your AMSAT Field Day results to Bruce Paige, KK5DO.

Refer to the
AMSAT Field Day web page at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=216
for a copy of the rules document. This also includes the format of
the Satellite Summary Sheet.

The Satellite Summary Sheet should be used for submission of the
AMSAT Field Day competition and be received by KK5DO (email or postal
mail) by 11:59 P.M. CDT, Monday, July 13, 2015. The preferred method
for submitting your log is via e-mail to kk5do@amsat.org or
kk5do@arrl.net. You will receive an email back (within one or two
days) from me when I receive your email submission. If you do not
receive a confirmation message, then I have not received your
submission. Try sending it again or send it to my other email address.

You may also use the postal service but give plenty of time for your
results to arrive by the submission date. If mailing your submission,
the address is:

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director of Awards and Contests
PO Box 310
Alief, TX 77411-0310

Please add photographs or other interesting information that can be
used in an article for the Journal.

Certificates will be awarded to the first-place emergency
power/portable station at the AMSAT General Meeting and Space
Symposium in the fall of 2015. Certificates will also be awarded to
the second and third place
portable/emergency operation in addition to the first-place home
station running on emergency power. A station submitting high, award-
winning scores will be requested to send in dupe sheets for analog
contacts and message listings for digital downloads.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Awards and
Contests for the above information]
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$50SAT 19 months in Space and still working

Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA provides an update on the $50SAT amateur
radio spacecraft which measures just 5x5x7.5 cm

Sunday, June 21, 2015 marked the 19 month anniversary of the launch
of $50SAT/MO-76/Eagle-2. The good news is it still operating. The
bad news is the power situation has been degrading, with an apparent
step change on or near May 12, 2015, followed by another on Tuesday,
June 23, 2015. The last full telemetry capture made here in EN82
land was on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, and the last time it was heard
was on Friday, June 6, 2015. I continued to attempt to listen for it
for another week or so, and heard nothing. Has anybody heard it
since then?

At this point, I have been monitoring it using Anton’s (ZR6AIC)
WebSDR as it makes daytime passes over South Africa. These occur
between 7:30 and 9:00 UTC, which translates to 3:30 and 5:00 AM here
in EN82 land. This is tough, as I am not a morning person.
Sometimes, however, you have to do these things; helping build a
satellite might be a once-in-a-lifetime event. During these passes,
where it has already spent a significant amount of time in sunlight,
the battery voltage is below 3400 mV. Is the battery going bad?
While it is certainly possible the battery has suffered from some
loss of charge capacity, one has to remember it is does not generate
energy; it merely stores it. Since it is the solar power system that
generates the power used by the satellite and stored in the battery,
could the drop in battery voltage be due to a degradation in solar
power generation?

Back around May 12, I noticed the MPPT (solar) current readings were
typically less than 10 mA. This much lower than it should be. To
better understand what might be going on, a new chart was added to
the telemetry spreadsheet which shows both the battery voltage and
the MPPT (solar) current (with the zero readings removed), each with
its own linear regression line. This chart can be seen from the
following URL:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3919wtfiywk2gf/
AABKSR5V4cOvEPqPYbs8QYZNa/Telemetry-analysis/Current-
Telemetry/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-Chart.pdf

Notice how the MPPT current trend line has been sloping downward,
similar to that of the battery voltage. Moreover, starting 2 weeks
before June 4, 2015 (each X axis division on the chart represents 2
weeks time), each reading has been at or below the trend line.

A more striking comparison can be seen by doing the following:
1. Zoom in of the Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-Chart to show the 4
week interval starting May 7, 2015, and ending June 4, 2015
(see https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3919wtfiywk2gf/
AACdQtySHZW3kVl7UMgSrxfHa/Telemetry-analysis/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-
Current-Comparison-2015-05/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-2015-05.pdf)

2. Zoom in of the Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-Chart to show the 4
week interval starting May 8, 2014, and ending June 5, 2014
(see https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3919wtfiywk2gf/
AACracUWkivilfsKGBUFkmDXa/Telemetry-analysis/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-
Current-Comparison-2015-05/Battery-Voltage-MPPT-Current-2014-05.pdf)

[Editor’s Note: The URLs above don’t port well via tinyurl.com and
have been truncated to fit the ANS format requirements. They should
be copy and pasted as a continuous line to work with most browsers.]

In comparing these charts, it is clear both the battery voltage and
the MPPT current were significantly lower this year that during the
same period last year. On June 5, 2014, the trend line value for
battery voltage was about 3610 mV, and for MPPT current was about 30
mA. One year later (June 4, 2015), the trend line value for battery
voltage was about 3380 mV, and for MMPT current was about 14 mA.
Therefore, while it is likely the battery has suffered some loss of
capacity, it appears the low battery voltage is due to low solar
power output. There are many possible reasons for this, including:

* Solar cell damage due to sputtering: since there was no protective
covering on the solar cells, impacts from high energy particles can
damage the cells, causing a drop in output.

* Solar cell damage due to thermal cycling: We know from telemetry
data the interior of the satellite cycle between +30 degrees C and –
30 degrees C each orbit. It is likely the exterior temperatures
experienced higher extremes, and this periodic thermal cycling may
have caused the solar cells to fracture, thus leading to a drop in
output.

* Short circuit failure of one or more of the diodes which isolate
each MPP tracker output, which can cause an inactive MPP tracker (one
whose corresponding solar panel is not facing the sun) to load an
active one (one whose corresponding solar panel is facing the sun).

Because of the limited amount of telemetry gathered, it may not be
possible to determine the exact cause. If the solar output power
continues to drop, the battery voltage may never get above the 3300
mV threshold needed to enable the transmitter, at which point we will
lose the ability to monitor its status. Even if this does happen,
however, we never really thought it would last this long. We would
have been happy if it just worked, and really happy if it lasted a
month or two. 19 months – this is way beyond what any of us expected!

As of June 25, 2015, the orbit has decayed by about 73 km since
launch. Since April 21, 2015, it has been decaying at a rate of
about 1 km per week. Apogee is now at 561 km, and perigee is at 529
km.

The following are the TLEs from 2015-06-25:

EAGLE 2
1 39436U 13066W 15176.16386703 .00013608 00000-0 90105-3 0 9991
2 39436 97.7444 252.3622 0022818 80.2035 280.1767 15.07230510 86697

Again, if anyone wants to make an attempt at predicting when it will
de-orbit, here is some useful information:

Average cross-sectional area = 0.014252 m^2
Mass = 210 g
Area/mass ratio = 0.06787 m^2/kg

From the 2015-06-25 TLEs:
Semi-major axis: 6922.8 km
Eccentricity: 0.0022818
Apogee: 560.6
Perigee: 529.0

As always, please post any telemetry, or for that matter, any
reception reports to the Yahoo discussion group. We would especially
like to encourage our friends in the southern hemisphere to listen
for $50SAT/MO-76/Eagle-2. We really appreciate everyone who has
provided reception reports and telemetry as well as access to their
WebSDRs. To date, we have 3,098 individual error-free telemetry
captures, and the vast majority of these did not come from Stuart,
Howie, or I.

73 Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA
$50SAT/MO-76/Eagle-2 team

$50SAT is one of the smallest amateur radio satellites ever launched
at 5x5x7.5 cm and weighs only 210 grams. Transmitter power is just
100 mW on 437.505 MHz (+/-9 kHz Doppler shift) FM CW/RTTY. It uses
the low cost Hope RFM22B single chip radio and PICaxe 40X2 processor.

$50SAT has been a collaborative education project between Professor
Bob Twiggs, KE6QMD, Morehead State University and three other radio
amateurs, Howie DeFelice, AB2S, Michael Kirkhart, KD8QBA, and Stuart
Robinson, GW7HPW.

Further information in the $50SAT Dropbox
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l3919wtfiywk2gf/-HxyXNsIr8

There is a discussion group for $50SAT
http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/50dollarsat/

50DollarSat http://www.50dollarsat.info/

{ANS thanks Michael KD8QBA and Southgate ARN for the above
information]