AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-299

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 Journal Deadline Dates for 2015
* 4M Lunar Payload Update
* LituanicaSAT-2 Announced
* Lunar Ham Radio Payload Launched
* UK Students CubeSat Project
* GB1SS callsign for International Space Station
* International African CubeSat WorkShop November 3-4
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-299 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 299.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE October 26, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-299.01

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AMSAT Journal Deadline Dates for 2015

AMSAT Journal Editor, JoAnne, K9JKM has released the deadline dates
for the 2015 issues of the AMSAT Journal. She noted that, “The AMSAT
Journal is continuously searching for news, articles, and photos
related to all of the activities of amateur radio in space.”

In the past this has included satellite development, satellite
history, ground stations, antennas, hardware development, software.
We find that many items related to SDR, VHF, UHF, and microwave
operating or roving are directly applicable to satellite operations.
Educational outreach has been identified as a key area which AMSAT
may use to leverage launch
opportunities. The Journal welomes news, photos, and articles of
ARISS contacts, University research and development, and STEM
programs.

The deadlines for each AMSAT Journal, which is published six times
per year, are:

ISSUE                   DEADLINE
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January/February 2015    December 20, 2014
March/April             February 20, 2015
May/June                April 20, 2015
July/August             June 20, 2015
September/October       August 20, 2015
November/December       October 20, 2015

Send your input and questions to JoAnne at k9jkm@amsat.org

Additional opportunities for publication come from amateur satellite
operators who have the gear and expertise to also receive interesting
transmissions from non-amateur spacecraft and EME. Articles discussing
how this is done are useful to our readers discovering they can do
more with the station they have built.

AMSAT has posted a complete author’s guide, “How to Write for the
AMSAT Journal” at:

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1709

Our editors will work with you to finalize your article for
publication.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Journal Editor, JoAnne, K9JKM, for the above
information]

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4M Lunar Payload Update

On October 25 Ghislain Ruy LX2RG provided this update on the 4M lunar
amateur radio payload.
Signals from 4M are quite weak. This is not due to a loss of power
as telemetry shows normal parameters, but to the attitude of the last
stage that places a deep of the radiation pattern in the direction of
the Earth. I hope that Earth’s movement with respect to the inertial
attitude of the last stage will give better results in the coming days.
The 4M is becoming a real challenge now, and receiving the signals
during flyby will be quite an achievement. A little bit away from the
original goal though, but this risk was known.
One sure result is the radiation measurement that showed what was to
be expected, and the graphs will soon be pubished on the blog.
I hope you will be able to receive during the AMSAT-DL AGM this
weekend, but you will have to put 16+dB [antenna] gain at least.

Radio amateurs are encouraged to receive and report the signals
http://moon.luxspace.lu/receiving-4m/

For tracking information just enter your latitude and longitude at
http://moon.luxspace.lu/tracking/

See the 4M payload Blog at
http://moon.luxspace.lu/blog/

Lunar Ham Radio Payload Launched
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/10/23/lunar-ham-radio-payload-launched/

4M Lunar Payload
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/10/15/4m-lunar-payload-integrated-keps-
released/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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LituanicaSAT-2 Announced

The LituanicaSAT team has announced on Facebook that the
LituanicaSAT-2 CubeSat will be coming soon.

It is hoped the CubeSat will be among 50 satellites launched in the
1st quarter of 2016 on the Ukrainian Cyclone 4 launcher from the
Alcantara launch site built by Ukraine and Brazil. The new launch
site is located near the Atlantic coast of Brazil just 2.3 degrees
south of the equator.

LituanicaSAT-2 will be more complex than the first and will test a
new propulsion system which will enable it to change orbit.
Currently CubeSats deployed in very low Earth orbit may only last 3
months before burning up in  the Earth’s atmosphere, the propulsion
system could extend that up to 18 months.

Read the 15min.lt article about LituanicaSAT-2 in Google English at
http://tinyurl.com/LituanicaSAT-2-15min

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Lituanicasat1

You can watch a presentation by Gintautas Sulskus on the first
LituanicaSAT CubeSat at
http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/presentation-videos/

LituanicaSAT-1
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/27/lituanicasat-1-cubesat/

QB50 to use Alcantara launch site
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/01/28/qb50-cubesat-launch-contract-signed/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Lunar Ham Radio Payload Launched

The 4M amateur radio payload with a WSJT JT65B 145.980 MHz beacon
was launched on Thursday, October 23 at 1759 UT.

The Chang’e-5-T1 mission 4M payload launched on the Chang Zheng CZ-
3C/G2 rocket from the LC2 launch complex at the Xichang Satellite
Launch Center, Sichuan. The first telemetry from the JT65B beacon was
received at 1918 UT in Brazil.

A number of Australian radio amateurs have reported receiving the
signals from 4M. Among them was Rob Whitmore VK3MQ at Mount
Dandenong, Victoria (QF22qe) who reports that at best, the strength
was -13 on the JT65B scale and could also be totally down into the
noise with no decodes.

He says “I am using the “Before” TLE as published on the Luxspace
website with Gpredict to stear my 6 element yagi and TS2000. With
Doppler the frequency is 145.9787 MHz at the time of writing. So far
the decodes have included callsign, telemetry and a story of Manfred
Fuchs threading through alternate decodes.”

Sam Jewell G4DDK @DXING Tweeted “Had around 40 minutes of near 100%
copy from the moon probe 4M transmitter from around 1725z [Oct 24]. 9
element Yagi and K3/2m on 2m /JT65B”

The spacecraft will head into a Lunar Transfer Orbit (LTO), before
performing a flyby around the Moon. Radio amateurs are encouraged to
receive and report the signals. http://moon.luxspace.lu/receiving-4m/

For tracking information just enter your latitude and longitude at
http://moon.luxspace.lu/tracking/

See the 4M payload Blog at
http://moon.luxspace.lu/blog/

4M Lunar Payload
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/10/15/4m-lunar-payload-integrated-keps-
released/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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UK Students CubeSat Project

The Coventry Telegraph newspaper reports on students at Warwick
University who are building their own satellite WUSAT-2.
Lucy Lynch writes that eight engineering students are designing
their own satellite which will be sent into space. In February or
March 2015 they and the project director Dr Bill Crofts will don
winter woollies and take their creation to a launch site in northern
Sweden, near the town of Kiruna.
It is the second student satellite designed at the university. The
first one, last year, was sent up from mid Wales in a high altitude
weather balloon.
Once the current satellite has been launched the next step is to
create a satellite capable of orbiting the Earth.
Dr Crofts said: “This is a stepping stone to a full orbital launch.”

Read the full article at
http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/meet-warwick-uni-
students-who-7971498

Twitter @WUSAT_Team
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/WarwickUniversitySatellite

UK Students Fly CubeSat to 30km
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/04/10/uk-students-fly-cubesat-to-30km/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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GB1SS callsign for International Space Station

The RSGB reported that on October 9, 2014 Ofcom confirmed that the
callsign GB1SS will be made available for issue to UK astronauts who
wish to operate from the ISS.

In May 1991 the first UK astronaut Helen Sharman GB1MIR talked to
radio amateurs around the world from the Mir space station. After a
gap of 24 years it looks as though two more UK astronauts may be
flying to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015.

One of the UK radio amateurs that Helen contacted all those years
ago was Chris Lorek G4HCL he says: I remember it fondly! I and my
three children all chatted with her on 2m using my club station call
G4SMC (South Midlands Communications in Chandler’s Ford) on her next-
but-last Mir pass over the UK before she came down. Steven (10 years
old), David (8 years old) and Carolyn (5 years old) all said hello to
her, each giving their name and age, with Steven asking whether there
was a particular challenge she may have had. Helen replied, knowing
it was very young children, that one difficult challenge she’d had
was putting her socks on as she floated around the station!

In September 2015 Sarah Brightman hopes to become the 2nd UK
astronaut, flying to the ISS on a 10 day mission. She is committed to
encouraging young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In 2012 in conjunction with
Virgin Galactic, she launched The Brightman STEM Scholarship program.
It is not yet clear if she will operate the ISS amateur radio station
during her mission.

Tim Peake was selected to train as an astronaut in 2009 and hopes to
go to the ISS in November 2015. He holds the USA callsign KG5BVI and
has recently been learning to use the Ericsson 144 MHz handheld radio
which is installed in the Columbus module of the ISS. On September 18
Tim said “Will be great to chat with schools next year from space
using this ham radio on board the ISS.”

There are two amateur radio stations on the ISS, one in the Russian
Service Module, the other in the ESA Columbus Module. Almost any 144
MHz FM rig will receive signals from the ISS, you can even use a
general coverage VHF scanner with an external antenna. As far as the
antenna is concerned the simpler the better. A ¼ wave ground plane is
a good antenna for the ISS as it has a high angle of radiation. Large
2m colinears may not work quite as well since the radiation pattern
is concentrated at the horizon.

You can receive the ISS outdoors using a 2 metre hand-held with its
helical antenna but a 1/4 wave whip will give far better results.

In the UK we use narrow 2.5 kHz deviation FM but the ISS transmits
using the wider 5 kHz deviation used in much of the world. Most rigs
can be switched been wide and narrow deviation filters so select the
wider deviation. Hand-held rigs all seem to have a single wide filter
fitted as standard.

Voice contacts with astronauts usually take place using “split”
frequencies. The astronauts transmit on 145.800 MHz and listen for
replies on 145.200 MHz, you just need to activate your rig’s repeater
shift. Recently, however, they have also been operating simplex
listening on 145.800 MHz.

When astronauts are not on the air they usually leave the packet
digi-peater running on 145.825 MHz so why not listen out for it.

ISS status and tracking information
http://issfanclub.com/

http://amsat-uk.org/about/history/first-uk-astronaut-helen-sharman-
gb1mir/

Sarah Brightman to fly to ISS
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/04/sarah-brightman-to-start-space-flight-
training-in-january/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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International African CubeSat WorkShop November 3-4

The French South African Institute of Technology at Cape Peninsula
University of Technology is proud to host the 2nd International
African CubeSat Workshop 2014.

The first ever International African CubeSat Workshop was hosted by
F’SATI at Cape Peninsula University of Technology from 30 September
to 2 October 2011. This workshop was a resounding success and
followed by the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, held for
the first time ever in Africa.

The Workshop will take place on 3 and 4 November 2014 in the ABC
Building Lecture Theatre on the Bellville Campus of Cape Peninsula
University of Technology. This year, the first Workshop day coincides
with the French Day hosted by F’SATI and CampusFrance South Africa.

Registration to attend the 2nd International African CubeSat Workshop
now open. Registrations close on 27 October 2014.

http://www.sarl.org.za/
http://fsati9.wix.com/cubesat-workshop

[ANS thanks the South African Radio League and the French South
African Institute of Technology 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).

* Sunday, 25 October 2014 – Hamfest Chattanooga 2014 in
Chattanooga TN (Alhambra Center, near TN-320 and I-75 exit 3)
* Saturday, 8 November 2014 – Tucson Hamfest 2014 in Marana AZ
(along I-10 west frontage road, east of exit 236)
* Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Superstition Superfest 2014 in Mesa
AZ (Mesa Community College, Dobson Road between Southern Avenue & US-
60 exit 177)
* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest in Phoenix AZ
(43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)
* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma
AZ (Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue &
Avenue 3E, south of I-8 exit 3)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Upcoming Contacts

*    Bisei Elementary School, Ibara, Japan, direct via  8N4STAR
Contact is a go for: Mon 2014-10-27 08:52:46 UTC 41  deg

* From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, 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.

Latest News

*    A telebridge contact with members of The Explorers Club, New
York City, New York, USA via  IK1SLD was sucessful on Sat 2014-10-25.

The ARISS team reported:
“Explorers Club Contact went well.  9 questions answered with a
repeat on the first question. Apollo astronauts Charles Duke
(Apollo 16 moonwalker) and Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7 LM pilot) were
among those who asked questions.  2 ticketholders for Virgin Galactic
SpaceShip 2 also were among those who asked questions.

Our thanks to Claudio IK1SLD for an outstanding job as the
telebridge station for today.”

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary
professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research
and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.
Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the
scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting
research and education in the physical, natural and biological
sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious
series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South
Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest
point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon—all accomplished
by our members.

The Explorers Club actively encourages public interest in
exploration and the sciences through its public lectures program,
publications, travel program, and other events. The Club also
maintains Research Collections, including a library and map room, to
preserve the history of the Club and to assist those interested and
engaged in exploration and scientific research. The Club houses a
radio room and amateur radio station K2XP.

On Oct. 25, 2014 The Explorers Club will host a special all-day
event focusing on the history of human spaceflight at Explorers Club
headquarters in New York. This year’s venue will feature astronauts
and space-flight participants from several missions using the Cold
War as a backdrop – Apollo, Soyuz, Space Shuttle and SpaceShipOne.
The day will include a mix of straight-up talks, “Exploring Legends”
interviews by Jim Clash, and panel discussions. Among confirmed story-
tellers so far are Gen. Charles Duke, Apollo 16 moonwalker (and
CapCom for the Apollo 11 lunarlanding); Richard Garriott and Greg
Olsen, both of whom flew aboard Soyuz to ISS; four-time Shuttle/Soyuz
veteran Leroy Chiao; Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 Lunar Module pilot;
Catherine “Cady” Coleman, who performed a live flute duet with Ian
Anderson aboard ISS (and who will play at the Club’s event); and
Brian Binnie, who piloted SpaceShipOne to win the Ansari X Prize in
2004. The ARISS contact and interview will be an integral segment of
this human-exploration experience and public discovery.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Keith, W5IU and Charlie, AJ9N for the above
information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

* Theoretical Microwave Article Archive Available for Download

Microwave Review is a publication of national Society for Microwave
Technique, Technologies and Systems and Serbia and Montenegro IEEE
MTT-S Chapter. Free on-line access to all published articles between
1994-2013 can be found at:
http://www.mtt-serbia.org.rs/microwave_review/home.htm

[ANS thanks Owen Roberts via the Microwave listserv for the above
information]

* Beta testers wanted for Heavens-Above Android app

Hi all,

We are looking for beta testers for our new Heavens-Above Android app.
A few features of the app:
– Spacecraft visibility predictions based on current GPS location
– Visibility calculations are done on the device, so you only need
to go
online once every few days to update the list of orbital elements
– Works on phones and tablets
– Live Sky Chart, which shows all currently visible satellites
– Prediction of Iridium flares

There will be two versions of the app, one will be free of charge
and will include advertisements, the other will be a paid for version
without ads. The price is still to be determined.

To participate, just send me an email from your google mail account
(or let me know the name of your Google account) and I will add you
to the Heavens-Above testers community. You will then receive an
invitation with further instructions on how to download and install
the test version of the app. The first official release will be
available to all for download from the Google play web site.

We have also set up a forum on the Heavens-Above site;
http://www.heavens-above.com/forum/default.aspx?g=forum&c=5

Chris Peat
chris.peat@heavens-above.com

[ANS thanks Seesat-l mailing list 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
_______________________________________________
Sent via AMSAT-BB@amsat.org. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions expressed
are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views of AMSAT-NA.
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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-292

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-US Accepting Proposals To Host Scheduled ISS Contacts In 2015
* Design the Next AMSAT Satellite!
* Russian ‘Smart’ Mini-Satellites to Go Into Orbit in 2016
* UKSA announces CubeSat payload opportunity
* 4M (Manfred Memorial Moon Mission)
* Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use
* HamTV Bulletin #15
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 292.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE October 19, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-292.01
ARISS-US Accepting Proposals To Host Scheduled ISS Contacts In 2015

You are encouraged to share the following “Message to US Educators”
with teachers, administrators and leaders at your local schools,
museums, science centers and scouting organizations.

Message to US Educators
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Contact Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window October 17 – December 15, 2014

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates
that the contact would be held between May 1, 2015 and December 31,
2015. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact
dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed
education plan.

THE DEADLINE TO SUMBIT A PROPOSAL IS DECEMBER 15, 2014.

The Opportunity
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators
to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer
session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate
changes in contact dates and times.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space
agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational
opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to
enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students
around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed
by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American
Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.

More Information
Interested parties can find more information about the program at
www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS. More details on expectations,
audience, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times
of Information Sessions are available at
www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

Please direct any questions to ariss at arrl dot org.
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Design the Next AMSAT Satellite!

At the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium AMSAT Vice President – Engineering
Jerry Buxton announced the plan for the next generation of AMSAT
satellites. “The door is open for everyone, to submit their ideas.
AMSAT Engineering has a long term strategy and this is the first
step.”

The Engineering long term strategy includes the following goals

• Advancement of amateur radio satellite technical and
communications skills
• Enhance international goodwill
• Grow and sustain a skilled pool of amateur radio satellite engineers
• Establish and maintain partnerships with educational institutions
• Develop a means to use hardware common to all opportunities

With respect to the last goal Jerry said “Within the bounds of the
type of satellite it takes to achieve any of the various orbit
opportunities, let’s consider in those plans the possibility of
developing a platform that can suit any and all orbits. Perhaps a
modular CubeSat, using a common bus as we did in Fox-1, which gives
great flexibility in building and flying different sizes and
configurations of CubeSats with simple common-design hardware
changes.”

Submissions should be thorough and contain the following
information. The purpose of the proposal is not just in suggesting
an idea; being an all-volunteer team AMSAT needs your help in
carrying out the idea.

• Design
• Implementation – CubeSat platform
• Estimated timeline
• Cost – volunteer resources, commercial (COTS) units
• Launch – how does it get to orbit
• Strategy – how it fits into AMSAT’s Engineering long term strategy

As mentioned above the idea should be based on the CubeSat platform.
This is the standard through which we will look for launches in the
foreseeable future.

In considering your proposal, Jerry encourages you to contact him
for more details on the criteria. In particular, if you plan to
include a university as a partner to provide experiments or other
support and you are not representing that university, please contact
Jerry for assistance in working with our existing partners or
establishing a new partnership.

“Being amateur radio operators, it is easy for us to fall into a
particular trap because of our history of communicating with other
amateurs throughout the world” says Jerry. “Specifically, most
people who are not already involved in the world of satellite
technology are unaware of or simply overlook the provisions of the
current ITAR and soon to be EAR export rules particularly with regard
to deemed exports which requires governmental permission to discuss
satellite projects with foreign nationals.”

While all amateurs are invited to submit ideas, U.S. amateurs must
take particular care of they choose to become involved in a
collaboration which includes individuals from other countries. It is
permissible to receive ideas and proposals from outside the U.S., but
it is not permitted for U.S. Persons to export or share design ideas
with other countries unless they have taken the proper steps to
insure compliance with ITAR and deemed export rules.

Additionally, those wishing to work on proposals should use care in
presenting themselves in their contacts. While the goal is for AMSAT
to build and launch the satellite, it is not an AMSAT project until
it is accepted by the AMSAT Board of Directors. It is acceptable to
represent yourself as members of a project team that plans to submit
a proposal to AMSAT for a future satellite project, as the AMSAT name
is well known.

“It is not our intention that ideas be submitted to AMSAT-NA which
would be more appropriately handled by an AMSAT organization in a
country where AMSAT is established. AMSAT-NA is seeking ideas from
amateurs in North America and will certainly consider ideas from
amateurs in countries which do not have an established AMSAT
organization or relationships with an existing AMSAT organization.”

The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2015. After the submission
date the ideas will be screened for completeness and then reviewed by
a board consisting of the AMSAT Engineering Team, AMSAT Senior
Officer and Board of Directors representatives, and aerospace
industry members. The review board may modify or consolidate ideas
and will consider which meet the criteria to become a project based
on feasibility, cost, and the ability to bring value to the amateur
satellite community. The review process is expected to be completed
in September 2015.

For those ideas selected to become a project which satisfy the
requirements for an ELaNa launch, the idea authors will be asked to
work with the AMSAT Engineering Team on an ELaNa proposal.
The Engineering Team will then work on the details of execution for
the selected project(s) and present a proposal to the AMSAT Board of
Directors in October 2015 for final approval to begin work. Once
approved, any ELaNa proposals will be submitted in November 2015 and
the project(s) will move forward.

Now is the time for YOU to begin working on the next AMSAT satellite!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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Russian ‘Smart’ Mini-Satellites to Go Into Orbit in 2016

The first group of Russian “smart” mini-satellites should be
launched into orbit in 2016, Mikhail Sonkin, the Deputy Governor of
Russia’s Tomsk Region, said Wednesday.

“The signing of an agreement on the creation of an association to
carry out projects in the sphere of the development of groups of
miniature satellites is in progress…The launch [of the satellites]
is planned for 2016,” Sonkin, who is responsible for the scientific
and educational complex and innovation policy in the region, said at
the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow.

A number of Russian universities and space industry companies are
expected to join the association, which will work on creating
software to control groups of mini-satellites and improve their
interaction with each other.

According to Sonkin, members of the association, which will include
Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and Tomsk State University (TSU),
will also be working on developing new materials for the space
industry and on establishing communication networks in remote areas.

Last month, Chairman of the Presidium of the Tomsk Scientific Center
of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey
Psakhie announced that Russian scientists were planning to create
unique mini-satellites capable of group interaction.

The satellites, similar to CubeSat developed in the United States,
would be able to self-educate and repair each other without leaving
the Earth’s orbit.

Source: RIA Novosti

[ANS thanks SpaceDaily.com for the above information]
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UKSA announces CubeSat payload opportunity

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has announced an opportunity to fly
payloads on the 3U CubeSat AlSat-1N.

AlSat-Nano is primarily an education programme, its top level
objective is to teach Algerian students how to design, build and
operate a 3U CubeSat. The programme involves a number of Algerian
graduate students who will be hosted at the Surrey Space Centre
(University of Surrey) and focuses on the development of the CubeSat
as a hands-on learning exercise for the students, to demonstrate the
practical implementation of this type of low cost space technology.

As well as the practical element of the programme there will be a
focus on research modules around the use of low cost nano-satellite
technologies and applications in developing nations such as Algeria,
which would help to create sustainable growth and have practical uses
such as earthresource management (agriculture, water), atmospheric
monitoring, and disaster management.

The design and build of the nano-satellite will take place at Surrey
Space Centre. Final assembly, integration and verification will take
place at the ASAL satellite development facility in Oran, Algeria.
Operations will be carried out from Oran also.

The bus will be built using hardware sourced from UK suppliers and
the CubeSat will also carry payloads which will be supplied by the UK
CubeSat community. These payloads will be selected in a competitive
process following an Announcement of Flight Opportunity which will be
issued in December 2014.

The precise interface specifications will be developed during the
first trimester of the project to be integrated in the Announcement
of Opportunity, however it is foreseen that a maximum volume of 1U
(10cm x 10cm x 10cm) and maximum mass of 1kg will be available for
payloads. The selection of the payloads will be carried out in early
2015 via a selection panel.

Payloads must be ready for functional testing and integration by
September 2015. Launch will be in Q2 2016. Because of the educational
and collaborative nature of the programme there are two further
specific points that should be noted:
• Payload providers must be actively engaged in all programme
reviews and an active participant in the consortium
• Payload providers must be willing to share payload data with the
programme for research purposes, and to receive interpreted payload
data via the ASAL ground segment in Oran, Algeria

Submissions should be sent to Ryan King, UK Space Agency –
ryan.king@ukspaceagency.bis.gsi.gov.uk with ‘AlSat-Nano RFI’ as the
subject line. The deadline for responses is 12 noon, November 14th
2014. Submissions received after this time will not be read.

RFI PDF http://tinyurl.com/ANS292-AlSat-Nano-Info

UK Space Agency Announcement

http://tinyurl.com/ANS292-alsat-nano-payload

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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4M (Manfred Memorial Moon Mission)

4M or Manfred Memorial Moon Mission is a mission dedicated to
LuxSpace founder, Prof. Manfred Fuchs, who died early this year. The
mission is a lunar flyby of a spacecraft that is attached to the last
stage of a Chinese Long March 3C rocket. The launch is scheduled for
October 23, 2014 at 1800 UTC.

Beijing plans to launch a Lunar spacecraft on a journey lasting 196
hours that should take it around the Moon before returning and re-
entering the Earth’s atmosphere. It will carry a 14 kg payload known
as 4M-LXS which was developed at LuxSpace.

The 4M-LXS amateur radio payload will transmit on 145.980 MHz +/-
2.9kHz (-40°C to +125°C), Doppler max: -2200Hz, +1000Hz. The
continuous transmissions will start 4670s (77.8 minutes) after launch
(-0, +600s). Five successive 1 minute sequences are sent during the 5
minutes cycle. The digital mode JT65B will be used, this can be
decoded by radio amateurs using the free WJST software, there will
also be ‘human readable’ tone transmissions. See the transmit
sequence description on page 14 of 4M Mission: a Lunar FlyBy
experiment available at

https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/lxs-4m-eme2014-a4-v3.pdf

During the lunar flyby, the range will be 399,636 km at the most and
the distance to the Moon will be between 12,000 and 24,000 km
depending on the final injection vector. The transmitter produces 1.5
watts to a simple Monopole antenna which should give a Signal to
Noise ratio ( S/N) comparable to amateur moon bounce (EME) signals at
the Earth’s surface.

LuxSpace encourages radio amateurs around the world to receive the
transmissions and send in data. There will be a number of Experiments
and Contests with prizes to the winners in each experiment and
category. Details are given on page 19 of 4M Mission: a Lunar FlyBy
experiment.

A Java client will be made available to automatically send the WSJT
ALL.TXT and the decoded.txt files to a central database.

The orbiter is one of the test models for Beijing’s new lunar probe
Chang’e-5, which will be tasked with landing on the moon, collecting
samples and returning to Earth. The launch is aimed at testing the
technologies that are vital for the success of Chang’e-5. The orbiter
will be launched into Lunar Transfer Orbit (LTO) then will perform a
flyby around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere after 196
hours (9 days).

The orbiter arrived by air in Xichang, Sichuan on Sunday, August 10
and was then transported to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

The integration of the LX0OHB-4M amateur radio payload was completed
on Sunday night, October 12 and is now ready to launch

The onboard clock has been adjusted to start JT65B (145.980 MHz) at
the UTC minute +/-1 second. It is likely to drift during the mission,
and manual offset introduction will be required after a week or so.
The launch date is October 23 at 1800 UTC.

Beginning of transmission of 4M will start between 1917 UTC and 1927
UTC. Refer to the provided maps and animations links in the blog
section (see also older messages) to determine your visibility.
Alternatively, use the ‘tracking’ section where you can compute your
tracking elements by introducing your geographic coordinates. The
table can be copied/pasted into a text file. As the apparent movement
will be close (and closer) to the one one of the Moon, manual
pointing is easy but for the largest arrays.

The link budget is quite tight, but the first hours should give
comfortable signals. QSB is to be expected.

As JT65B is used: please remind those not yet too familiar with it
that the receiver must not be tuned during the transmission. A
dedicated webpage is being written to detail the procedure.

A dedicated java application is also available to automatically
transmit the decoded messages to the 4M website and ease the data
collection. (Thanks to LSE Space). Alternatively, you can also send
the decoded messages by eMail, sending the ALL.txt file.

For those not wishing to use JT65B, please record the signals
(11025s/s, 8or 16 bits, mono), taking care not to saturate the
recording and NO MP3 please.

SpectrumLab is an excellent choice, although some may wish to use
simpler recording software.

You can imagine that the team is quite eager to receive the first
reports, so, do not hesitate to mail immediately, send decoded
messages or even phone or text me at +352 661 678 986.

Our friends of IC CMalaga are also quite eager to receive the
results of their radiation dosimeter experiment.

Basic rules of the contest have been delineated in the blog section.
Complete rules will be published soon.

Stay tuned on our website or Facebook page.

The following is a tentative set of orbital elements that should
remain valid from the launch to at least up to the October 27 when
using usual classical and simple tracking software which does not
integrate Moon.

1 99999U 14298.79728009 .00000066 00000-0 00000-0 0 00006
2 99999 030.6553 295.6956 9746689 147.2577 071.9585 00.10600338000010

The following set is to be used after the flyby from October 28
onwards

1 99999U 14301.79728009 .00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 00009
2 99999 049.9434 067.2017 6639865 045.9865 124.5019 00.06612018000010

Details on receiving signals from the Manfred Memorial Moon Mission
(4M) can be found at

http://moon.luxspace.lu/receiving-4m/

Ghislain Ruy LX2RG
Email ruy@luxspace.lu with “4M Amateur” in the subject

Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) http://moon.luxspace.lu/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LuxSpaceSarl

The launch will be broadcast by CNTV/CCTV:
http://www.cntv.cn/ or
http://english.cntv.cn/ or

http://english.cntv.cn/live/p2p/index.shtml

Information animations and some JT65B test files at

http://tinyurl.com/ANS292-Animations

AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.org/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/amsatuk
Twitter https://twitter.com/AMSAT_UK

[ANS thanks LuxSpace.lu, AMSAT-UK and Southgate ARN for the above
information]
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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to
request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special
items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities
last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may
request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a
credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit

http://tinyurl.com/ANS292-ShuttleTiles.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Oct. 16, 2014 for the
above information]
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HamTV Bulletin #15

Ham Video reception with low gain antenna.

Tonino Giagnacovo IZ8YRR did an experiment with a low gain antenna
during the Ham Video commissioning.

Tonino wrote an article about this experiment, which was published
in Radio Rivista, the magazine of ARI, Associazione Radioamatori
Italiani, the Italian IARU society.

Tonino translated his article in English. It is now available on the
ARISS-Europe website:
www.ariss-eu.org

Please see left column.

Thanks to Tonino for making his article available in English.

73, Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS-Europe chairman

[ANS thanks Gaston ON4WF for the above information]
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ARISS News

ARISS-US is Accepting Proposals To Host Scheduled ISS Contacts In 2015
See lead story above or visit

http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact

+ A Successful contact was made between Team Sky and Rocket (NPO
Sora-To-Rocket-Dan), Aichi, Japan and Astronaut Gregory Wiseman
KF5LKT using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-10-09 09:00 UTC
and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via
8J2YSM.
ARISS Mentor was 7M3TJZ.

+ A Successful contact was made between Pilton Bluecoat School,
Barnstaple, United Kingdom and Astronaut Gregory Wiseman KF5LKT using
callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-10-08 10:08 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via W6SRJ.
ARISS Mentor was MØXTD.

+ A Successful contact was made between Indiana Area School
District, Indiana, PA, USA and Astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO using
callsign NA1SS/IRØISS. The contact began 2014-10-17 16:41 UTC and
lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via
IK1SLD.
ARISS Mentor was AJ9N.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, 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.

Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 931.
Each school counts as 1 event.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 909.
Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 46.

A complete year by year breakdown of the contacts may be found in the
file.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf

QSL information may be found at:

http://www.ariss.org/qsl-cards.html

ISS callsigns: DPØISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS, RSØISS

The successful school list has been updated as of 2014-10-10 06:30
UTC.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf

Check out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts

https://reports.zoho.com/ZDBDataSheetView.cc?DBID=412218000000020415

Exp. 40/41 on orbit
Maxim Suraev
Gregory Wiseman KF5LKT
Alexander Gerst KF5ONO

Exp. 41/42 on orbit
Barry Wilmore
Alexander Samokutyayev
Elena Serova

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

+ Yes, it is rocket science… a nasty place to ride…

Bob Bruninga WB4APR offers the following link of interest.

To see the violence that a cubesat has to go through, here is a test
we did today on a power supply board.

http://aprs.org/psat/Vibe-coil-test1724.MOV (1 meg file)

It failed even before we got to the 22G requirement!

[ANS thanks Bob WB4APR for the above information]
+ Why radio hams should consider 3D printing

Mike Grauer, Jr, KE7DBX, asks radio amateurs to think about how 3D
printers can be used in home construction

He says:

As a member of the ham radio community, I have always been
fascinated by the maker mindset which has existed since the early
days of radio. From making radio equipment from scratch, to kits and
even modifying commercially available equipment, the maker movement
and radio go hand in hand.

The 3D printing community shares many traits with the ham radio
movement. At the heart of it all is making, creating and inventing.
And just like ham radio operators, those involved with 3D printing
are constantly learning new technical skills that can be used in
other areas of our lives.

Read the full story at

http://www.inside3dp.com/ham-operators-consider-3d-printing/

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

+ New Website For Indian Amateur Satellite Organization

Posted by our UK friends on Southgate …

The Indian amateur satellite organisation have launched a new website

The site describes two projects which AMSAT-India is currently
working on, a 435/145 MHz linear transponder and a 435 MHz CubeSat
communication sub system.

Some back issues of the AMSAT-India newsletter are available for
download.

Web http://amsatindia.org/
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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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-290 Special Bulletin

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:

* Design the Next AMSAT Satellite!
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-290.01
ANS-290 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 290.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE October 17, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-290.01
Design the Next AMSAT Satellite!

At the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium AMSAT Vice President – Engineering
Jerry Buxton announced the plan for the next generation of AMSAT
satellites. “The door is open for everyone, to submit their ideas.
AMSAT Engineering has a long term strategy and this is the first step.”

The Engineering long term strategy includes the following goals

• Advancement of amateur radio satellite technical and
communications skills
• Enhance international goodwill
• Grow and sustain a skilled pool of amateur radio satellite engineers
• Establish and maintain partnerships with educational institutions
• Develop a means to use hardware common to all opportunities

With respect to the last goal Jerry said “Within the bounds of the
type of satellite it takes to achieve any of the various orbit
opportunities, let’s consider in those plans the possibility of
developing a platform that can suit any and all orbits. Perhaps a
modular CubeSat, using a common bus as we did in Fox-1, which gives
great flexibility in building and flying different sizes and
configurations of CubeSats with simple common-design hardware changes.”

Submissions should be thorough and contain the following
information. The purpose of the proposal is not just in suggesting
an idea; being an all-volunteer team AMSAT needs your help in
carrying out the idea.

• Design
• Implementation – CubeSat platform
• Estimated timeline
• Cost – volunteer resources, commercial (COTS) units
• Launch – how does it get to orbit
• Strategy – how it fits into AMSAT’s Engineering long term strategy

As mentioned above the idea should be based on the CubeSat platform.
This is the standard through which we will look for launches in the
foreseeable future.

In considering your proposal, Jerry encourages you to contact him
for more details on the criteria. In particular, if you plan to
include a university as a partner to provide experiments or other
support and you are not representing that university, please contact
Jerry for assistance in working with our existing partners or
establishing a new partnership.

“Being amateur radio operators, it is easy for us to fall into a
particular trap because of our history of communicating with other
amateurs throughout the world” says Jerry. “Specifically, most
people who are not already involved in the world of satellite
technology are unaware of or simply overlook the provisions of the
current ITAR and soon to be EAR export rules particularly with regard
to deemed exports which requires governmental permission to discuss
satellite projects with foreign nationals.”

While all amateurs are invited to submit ideas, U.S. amateurs must
take particular care of they choose to become involved in a
collaboration which includes individuals from other countries. It is
permissible to receive ideas and proposals from outside the U.S., but
it is not permitted for U.S. Persons to export or share design ideas
with other countries unless they have taken the proper steps to
insure compliance with ITAR and deemed export rules.

Additionally, those wishing to work on proposals should use care in
presenting themselves in their contacts. While the goal is for AMSAT
to build and launch the satellite, it is not an AMSAT project until
it is accepted by the AMSAT Board of Directors. It is acceptable to
represent yourself as members of a project team that plans to submit
a proposal to AMSAT for a future satellite project, as the AMSAT name
is well known.

“It is not our intention that ideas be submitted to AMSAT-NA which
would be more appropriately handled by an AMSAT organization in a
country where AMSAT is established. AMSAT-NA is seeking ideas from
amateurs in North America and will certainly consider ideas from
amateurs in countries which do not have an established AMSAT
organization or relationships with an existing AMSAT organization.”

The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2015. After the submission
date the ideas will be screened for completeness and then reviewed by
a board consisting of the AMSAT Engineering Team, AMSAT Senior
Officer and Board of Directors representatives, and aerospace
industry members. The review board may modify or consolidate ideas
and will consider which meet the criteria to become a project based
on feasibility, cost, and the ability to bring value to the amateur
satellite community. The review process is expected to be completed
in September 2015.

For those ideas selected to become a project which satisfy the
requirements for an ELaNa launch, the idea authors will be asked to
work with the AMSAT Engineering Team on an ELaNa proposal.
The Engineering Team will then work on the details of execution for
the selected project(s) and present a proposal to the AMSAT Board of
Directors in October 2015 for final approval to begin work. Once
approved, any ELaNa proposals will be submitted in November 2015 and
the project(s) will move forward.

Now is the time for YOU to begin working on the next AMSAT satellite!
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA 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 Special ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-285

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 Officer Appointments
* Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations
* 6th European CubeSat Symposium
* ARISS News
* NASA Invites Public to Send Your Name to Mars – Starting on Orion’s
1st Flight

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-285.01
ANS-285 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 285.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
October 12, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-285.01

AMSAT Officer Appointments

The following Officers of AMSAT-NA for 2014-2015 were appointed by the
Board of
Directors at their annual meeting held in Baltimore, MD.

President Barry Baines WD4ASW
Executive Vice President Open
VP Human Space Flight Frank Bauer KA3HDO
VP Engineering Jerry Buxton N0JY
VP Operations Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA
VP User Services JoAnne Maenpaa K9JKM
VP Educational Relations E. Mike McCardel KC8YLD
VP Marketing Open
Secretary Alan Biddle WA4SCA
Treasurer Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF
Manager Martha Saragovitz

[ANS thanks JoAnne, K9JKM, for the above information

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Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations

AMSAT is excited to announce that a new premium collectable is now
available for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program. AMSAT has commissioned a unique challenge coin for donors who have contributed at the $100 level or higher. This challenge coin is shaped as an isometric view of a Fox-1
CubeSat, complete with details such as the stowed UHF antenna, solar cells, and
camera lens viewport. Struck in 3mm thick brass, plated with antique silver, and
finished in bright enamel, the coin is scaled to be approximately 1:4
scale, or 1 inch along each of the six sides. The reverse has the AMSAT Fox logo.

Coins will also be made available to qualifying donors that have contributed
since the Fox-1C announcement on July 18, 2014 upon request. 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.

The Fox program is designed to provide a platform for university
experiments in space, as well as provide FM repeater capability for radio amateurs
worldwide. Fox-1A and 1C are set to launch in 2015, and Fox-1B (also known as
RadFXSat) is awaiting NASA ELANA launch assignment. Further information on the Fox project can be found at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1113.

You may donate here via PayPal. Donations will be marked specifically for
Fox-1C. Note that PayPal usually allows you to donate with a credit
card, even if you do not have a PayPal account. However, PayPal requirements differ
depending on your country. We have no control over this issue.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]

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6th European CubeSat Symposium

The 6th European CubeSat Symposium will take place from October 14-16,
2014 at Estavayer-le-Lac in Switzerland.

The Symposium has attracted more than 100 abstracts submitted from 31
different countries. Von Karman Institute and Swiss Space Systems are proud to
support the CubeSat community by coorganising this leading CubeSat event in Europe,
for the first time in Switzerland.

Von Karman Institute continues to act as the coordinator of the World’s most
ambitious CubeSat Project QB50, whereas Swiss Space Systems is designing an
innovative launcher specifically for small satellites to bring the
launch costs to 25% of today’s market value.

The symposium abstracts are available at
https://www.cubesatsymposium.eu/download/BookOfAbstracts_6th_European_Cubesatsym
posium_2014.pdf

6th European CubeSat Symposium https://www.cubesatsymposium.eu/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ARISS News

The Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey Island, United Kingdom and Pilton
Bluecoat School, Barnstaple, United Kingdom, telebridge via W6SRJ
Contact was successful on Wednesday 2014-10-08 at 10:08:49 UTC.

Team Sky and Rocket (NPO Sora-To-Rocket-Dan), Kariya, Aichi, Japan, is
scheduled
for a direct contact via 8J2YSM,Thursday 2014-10-09 09:00:05 UTC.

Indiana Area School District, Indiana, PA, is scheduled for a telebridge
contact
via IK1SLD on Friday, 2014-10-17 16:41:45 UTC.

ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above contacts. Due to
issues with
the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at present, the Ericsson
radio
is going to be used for these contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for
their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to aj9n at amsat.org or
aj9n at aol.com.

**************************************

From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, 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.

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]

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NASA Invites Public to Send Your Name to Mars – Starting on Orion’s
First Flight

by Ken Kremer on October 8, 2014
http://www.universetoday.com/115123/nasa-invites-public-to-send-your-name-to-
mars-starting-on-orions-first-flight/

NASA invites you to send your name to Mars via the first Orion test
flight in
December 2014. Deadline for submissions is Oct 31, 2014. Join over 170,000
others! See link below. Credit: NASA

Here’s your chance to participate in NASA’s ‘Journey to Mars’ and the first
flight of the new Orion spacecraft that will eventually transport humans
to the
Red Planet.

NASA invites you to send your name to Mars. And the adventure starts via the
first Orion test flight dubbed Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1)
scheduled for
blastoff on December 4, 2014 from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

This week NASA announced that the public can submit their names for
inclusion on
a dime-sized microchip that will travel on spacecraft voyaging to
destinations
beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

Join over 170,000 others who have already signed up in just the first
few hours!

Since the Orion EFT-1 mission is set to launch in less than two months, the
deadline to submit your name is soon: Oct 31, 2014.

“NASA is pushing the boundaries of exploration and working hard to send
people
to Mars in the future,” said Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager, in a NASA
statement.

“When we set foot on the Red Planet, we’ll be exploring for all of humanity.
Flying these names will enable people to be part of our journey.”

How can you sign up to fly on Orion EFT-1? Is there a certificate?

NASA has made it easy to sign up and you can also print out an elegant
looking
‘Boarding Pass’

Click on this weblink posted online by NASA today:

http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/orion-first-flight/

[ANS thanks Universe Today and NASA 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
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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 Symposium Kickoff this Friday
* AMSAT Annual Meeting Remote Participation via EchoLink
* 2014 AMSAT-NA General Meeting and Space Symposium Schedule,
Presentations, and Social Events Now at AMSAT.org
* 2014 AMSAT-NA General Meeting and Space Symposium Online
Registration Closes October 7, 2014
* 4M Lunar Ham Radio Payload Shipped
* NASA Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
* September/October 2014 AMSAT Journal is at the Print Shop
* First FUNcube 73 on 73 Award Issued
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 278.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE October 5, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-278.01

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AMSAT Symposium Kickoff this Friday

The 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore Oct 10-12 is only a few
days away.  Don’t miss this year’s exciting programs, special events,
Annual Meeting and 45th Anniversary celebration.  On-line
registration ends on Oct 7.  But if you miss that, you can still
attend through on-site registration.
Our full program of activities is at www.amsat.org
<http://www.amsat.org>
and you can register by clicking on the AMSAT Store button.

Space Symposium highlights include:

AMSAT Annual Meeting:  Saturday Oct 11 3:45-5:15 pm ET, to be
Simulcast on the Echolink “*AMSAT*” Channel

Keynote Speaker:  Jan King, W3GEY, founding member of AMSAT and
former member of the Board of Directors & V.P. of Engineering.
“Never, Never, Never Give Up!”

Special “Living Legend” Presentation:  Tuskegee Airman, Col. Charles
E. McGee, “The Tuskegee Experiment” followed by questions from the
audience.

Friday Night Reception and Space Auction:  Auction items include
unique models of AMSAT Phase-IIIA, NASA Scout Launch Vehicle, NASA
Mars Polar Lander (that crashed on Mars) and other items such as a
John Glenn commemorative from the Astronaut Hall of Fame, Signed
Astronaut Photos, and unique parts from AMSAT spacecraft of the past.

Banquet Prize Drawing:  Lot of outstanding prizes, including a
Flexradio 1500, Peet Bros Ultimeter 2000 Weather Station, Digital
Antenna Analyzer from Quicksilver, Inc, Bird Wattmeter with free
element, ARRL Gift certificates, and many, many others.

Outstanding Paper Presentations on AMSAT Fox Satellite Development,
ARISS, Educational Outreach, CubeSats, and Satellite Operations.

Sunday Informal Tours to the Baltimore Inner Harbor (including the
Aquarium), the B&O Railroad Museum, Edgar Allen Poe House or the
National Electronics Museum.

Sunday ARISS Operations Team Meeting-open to all, especially those
with an interest in ARISS

Monday bus tour to the Udvar Hazy National Air and Space Museum

Your Space Symposium Committee hopes you don’t miss this outstanding
Symposium experience in “Charm City” Baltimore, Maryland!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA Symposium Committee for the above information]

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AMSAT Annual Meeting Remote Participation via EchoLink

The 2014 AMSAT Symposium will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
Oct 10-12 in Baltimore.  The Annual Meeting will be held Saturday
afternoon from 15:45 – 17:15 EDT (19:45z – 21:15z) and will be
broadcast via EchoLink on the *AMSAT* channel.  The Annual Meeting
includes a report to the membership by the President and Senior
Officers and includes a question and answer session where members may
ask senior officers and BoD members questions.  Echolink participants
may send questions using the text messaging feature of EchoLink.

Some of Friday and Saturday’s Symposium presentations may also be
available via EchoLink, as these will be used to test the EchoLink
hardware, software, and Internet connection.  See
http://www.amsat.org
for the Symposium schedule and the titles and times of the
presentations.

If you haven’t used EchoLink before, you need to download the
software and validate your license *NOW*.  EchoLink use is restricted
to licensed radio amateurs, because EchoLink is frequently used to
remotely key amateur radio transmitters and repeaters.  The
validation process is used to prove that you are licensed.  See
http://www.echolink.org
for more information. EchoLink software is available for free for
Windows, Linux, OSX, iPhone, iPad, and Android.  An Internet
connection is required.

Once you’ve started EchoLink, search for the *AMSAT* channel (node
#101377), select it, and “Connect”.  The channel name includes
asterisks (*) both before and after AMSAT.

[ANS thanks Steve Belter, N9IP and the AMSAT-NA Symposium Committee
for the above information]

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2014 AMSAT-NA General Meeting and Space Symposium Schedule,
Presentations, and Social Events Now at AMSAT.org

The Symposium Committee has released the final agenda consisting of
the schedule, list of presentations, and various social events and
tours at the 2014 AMSAT-NA General Meeting and Space Symposium.
Information may be found at www.amsat.org on the front page, with
more details under the Events tab.  The full schedule in PDF format
can be downloaded from either link.

Main:
http://www.amsat.org/

Angenda:
http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=3295

Events, Trips, Tours:
http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2880

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA Symposium Committee for the above information]

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2014 AMSAT-NA General Meeting and Space Symposium Online Registration
Closes October 7, 2014

On line registration for the 2014 AMSAT-NA General Meeting and
Symposium, and all associated activities will end at midnight EDT,
October 7, 2014.   (0400 UTC October 8th)   Symposium
registration will be $55 at the meeting.  Please inquire for the
availability of other activities when you register.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA Symposium Committee for the above information]

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4M Lunar Ham Radio Payload Shipped

Ghislain Ruy LX2RG reports the 4M Lunar flyby amateur radio payload
was shipped on Thursday, October 2 and he departs for the Xichang
Satellite Launch Center on Sunday, October 5.

He says the lifetime of 4M is quite an unknown: it may be as short
as 100 hours (so at least to the Moon) and could extend for some
weeks if the attitude is favorable.

It is now known that the spacecraft will not re-enter the Earth
atmosphere after the flyby but instead enter a wonderful orbit. You
will find information animations and some JT65B test files at

https://cloud.luxspace.lu/public.php?service=files&t=33c4a21c09ba3736
a55fc09896e463f6

The launch will be transmitted by CNTV/CCTV:
http://www.cntv.cn/ or
http://english.cntv.cn/ or
http://english.cntv.cn/live/p2p/index.shtml

LX2RG says the team are setting up their ground station, and are
especially looking for southern hemisphere stations: ZS, VK and ZL,
Southern America continent mainly, as they will be placed first hand
for the early hours.

Launched is planned in a narrow window at 17:59:xx UTC on October 23
and flyby is to occur nominally on October 28 at 00:33 UTC.
4M is planned to start transmissions at 19:17 UTC, possibly with 10
minutes additional delay.

K1JT has developed a special version of WSJT. In addition of all the
features of the standard version, it includes also the display and
logging of the dT to three decimal places and the logging of the
manual offset that can be entered in JT65B modes. This version should
be used by all who wants to participate to the ‘Multilateration’
experiment.
The participant to this experiment should also make sure that the
clock of their PC stays synchronized to the UTC time. Desired
accuracy should be within 1ms and within 10ms at the very least. Use
of NTP synchronizing software is a must.

The special version can be downloaded with the following links:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/WSJT_10.0r4336a.exe
https://cloud.luxspace.lu/public.php?service=files&t=2720825f74104b31
ebd699dcc0fd6268

The LuxSpace ground station comprises 2 x 8 element crossed Yagis
from Joachims antenna (with an improved design to lower the back
lobe), a SSB.de LNA and Yaesu antenna rotators.

Best regards.
Ghislain Ruy LX2RG

Email ruy@luxspace.lu with “4M Amateur” in the subject

Read the paper 4M Mission: a Lunar FlyBy experiment
http://tinyurl.com/4M-Mission-V3

EME 2014 slides: 4M, A Moon Flyby Mission
http://tinyurl.com/4M-slides-eme2014

Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M)
http://moon.luxspace.lu/

4M-LXS Lunar amateur radio payload
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/01/4m-lunar-payload/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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NASA Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

OSSI NIFS — Spring 2015 Opportunities
NASA’s One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and
Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, strives to provide high school students
and undergraduate and graduate students at all institutions of higher
education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and
scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and
centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to
find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship
opportunities. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for
recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system
allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education
NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one
location. A single application places the student in the applicant
pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for spring 2015 opportunities are due Oct. 12, 2014.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an online application,
visit
https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about OSSI NIFS should be submitted via
https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Oct. 2, 2014 for the
above information]

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September/October 2014 AMSAT Journal is at the Print Shop

The September/October 2014 AMSAT Journal is complete and has been
sent to our print shop. Look for it to arrive in your mailbox soon.

The Journal Team: JoAnne, K9JKM; Bernhard, VA6BMJ; Douglas, KA2UPW/2;
and James, K3JPH extend our big thanks to all who contributed to
this issue of the Journal.

Here is what you will find in this issue …

+ Results of 2014 BOD Election

+ The Apogee View Column by Barry Baines, WD4ASW

+ AMSAT Fox-1 Challenge Coin

+ Using SatPC32 With HDSDR – Part 1: The DDE Interface
by Steve Belter, N9IP

+ AMSAT Awards Update by Bruce Paige, KK5DO

+ AMSAT History – The Phase 2 Satellites by Bill Tynan, W3XO

+ RTL-SDR + SDR Radio + FUNcube = Fun! by Jason T. Charles, N4JTC

+ South Texas Balloon Launch Team BLT-41 Flight
by Andy MacAllister, W5ACM

+ Minimalist Preamp Revisited by Mark Spencer, WA8SME

+ From AMSAT’s History Archive – November 15 is AO-7 + 40 Years

+ Eyewitness Report – AMSAT at the ARRL Centennial Convention
by E. Mike McCardel, KC8YLD

The AMSAT Journal is a membership benefit of AMSAT-NA. Not yet a
member? All of the details of how to join are at
http://www.amsat.org

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal Team for the above information]

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First FUNcube 73 on 73 Award Issued

Paul Stoetzer N8HM reports the first AO-73 (FUNcube-1) 73 on 73
Award has been issued to Wyatt Dirks AC0RA.

The award aims to promote activity on AO-73 satellite. The
requirements are straight-forward:

1. Work 73 unique stations on AO-73.
2. Contacts must be made on or after September 1, 2014.
3. There are no geographic restrictions on your operating location.

Congratulations to Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA, for claiming 73 on 73 Award
#1. He has submitted a list with a total of 74 unique calls worked on
AO-73 since September 1.

It’s been great to hear all the activity on the satellite over the
last few weeks. I look forward to hearing and working many more
stations, especially after the end of Daylight Saving Time makes the
evening passes a bit earlier!

73, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

Full details of the award at
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/18/73-on-73-award-announcement/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB & 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).

* Wednesday, 8 October 2014 – presentation at HacDC Amateur Radio
Club (W3HAC) meeting in Washington DC (3rd floor of St. Stephen and
the Incarnation Episcopal Church – north of the White House)
* Sunday, 25 October 2014 – Hamfest Chattanooga 2014 in
Chattanooga TN (Alhambra Center, near TN-320 and I-75 exit 3)
* Saturday, 8 November 2014 – Tucson Hamfest 2014 in Marana AZ
(along I-10 west frontage road, east of exit 236)
* Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Superstition Superfest 2014 in Mesa
AZ (Mesa Community College, Dobson Road between Southern Avenue & US-
60 exit 177)
* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest in Phoenix AZ
(43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)
* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma
AZ (Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue &
Avenue 3E, south of I-8 exit 3)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Upcoming Contacts

*    Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey Island, United  Kingdom
and Pilton Bluecoat School, Barnstaple, United Kingdom, telebridge
via  W6SRJ.
Contact is a go for: Wed 2014-10-08 10:08:49 UTC 40 deg

Winter Gardens School

Winter Gardens Primary School is a larger than average school on
Canvey Island in Essex, England. It has two forms of entry catering
for 60 children in each year group. Our school is full to capacity
with 420 children from Foundation Stage (Reception – Age 4) up to
Year 6 (Age 11).
On the school site we also have the Winter Gardens Pre-School which
caters for 60 children a day and the Winter Gardens Toddler Group
which caters for children from birth upwards.
Canvey Island is situated on the Thames estuary and is an actual
Island. Close towns include Basildon and Benfleet and slightly
further afield, Grays (Thurrock) and Southend. There are 12 schools
on the Island, two of which are secondary schools.
Winter Gardens Primary School is an active school not only within
the local community, but also nationally and internationally.
Children have taken part in many events in London and we regularly
receive visitors from a school in Germany.

Pilton Bluecoat School
Pilton Bluecoat is a state run Junior School catering for 250
children aged between 7 – 11 years that is situated on the North
Devon coast in the South West of England. The school has excellent
links with its community and is committed to providing a vibrant and
active learning environment for students.  The school prides itself
in the high levels of academic attainment by the children as well as
providing the children with a wide range of opportunities to enhance
their personal development.
Our school has been taking part in a whole school theme entitled
‘The Final Frontier.’
We have been looking at aspects of space and will include factual
investigations, setting up fictitious scenario and looking at aspects
of space travel and space history.
All curriculum subjects will be integrated into the work, including
mathematics and literacy.  The children will be given the opportunity
to explore their own ideas and facilitate their own learning
pathways.  Children will also have the opportunity to develop their
creativity through aspects of art, music and science.

*     A direct contact with students participating in Team Sky and
Rocket (NPO Sora-TO-Rocket-Dan) in Kariya, Aichi, Japan  is scheduled
for Thu 2014-10-09. The contact will be via 8J2YSM at 09:00:05 UTC,
57 deg.

Team Sky and Rocket was founded in 2010.  Activities include the
production of a model rocket and launch by students.  A lecture by a
professor of Aerospace Engineering was part of the preparation for
the space station contact. The program also held The Cosmic College”
in collaboration with JAXA in 2012.

Latest News

* A telebridge contact with students at Gulf English School, Kuwait
City, Kuwait and  Language High School “Geo Milev”, Dobrich, Bulgaria
scheduled for Thu 2014-09-25 will be rescheduled.

* From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, 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.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Keith, W5IU and Charlie, AJ9N for the above
information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

*Space Debris Expert Warns of Increasing CubeSat Collision Risk

The increasing number of small ‘CubeSat’ satellites being launched
combined with a relaxed attitude to debris mitigation could lead to
hazards for all space users unless preventative measures are taken,
warns a leading space debris expert from the University of
Southampton.

Speaking at the 65th International Astronautical Congress in
Toronto, Dr Hugh Lewis said that this combination leads to a growth
in space debris, as a result of collisions between CubeSats and other
objects in orbit.

CubeSats are small satellites (around 10x10x10cm) that are providing
opportunities for companies to break into the space data and
communications industries. Despite many CubeSats not having any
manoeuvring capability so they cannot avoid collisions during the
mission or manoeuvre to a disposal orbit at their mission end, they
are still perceived to have a low impact on the space debris
environment.

However, despite guidelines requiring the satellites to deorbit
within 25 years, some are being launched into high Earth orbits,
which means their orbital lifetime could be much greater.

More than a third of all CubeSats launched to-date (around 160
between 2003 and 2013) are predicted to remain on-orbit for more than
25 years. Since 2005, CubeSats have been involved in more than
360,000 close approaches of less than 5 km with other orbiting
objects.

Dr Lewis says: “To reduce the risks, some effort is needed to engage
with the growing small satellite community. All space users, not just
those in the CubeSat community, who are taking the right steps should
be encouraged to continue and, ultimately, lead on sustainable
practices and debris mitigation activities.

“Those who are not yet engaged with this approach should be
encouraged to do so. It’s probably a matter of changing their
perceptions of the risks and helping them to understand that there is
a collective responsibility to ensure that outer space activities are
sustainable so that future generations have the same opportunities to
use space as we do.”

Dr Lewis and his team used their Debris Analysis and Monitoring
Architecture to the Geosynchronous Environment (DAMAGE) model to
simulate three future CubeSat launch traffic scenarios until the year
2043. By comparing these with close approach data from 2005 to 2013,
the team found CubeSats are estimated to be involved in millions of
close approaches over the next 30 years, with a handful leading to a
collision.

Analysis of the close approaches found that most of the collision
risk from CubeSats comes from high-speed encounters with large
spacecraft. In addition, many of these encounters were in Sun-
synchronous orbits that are popular with remote sensing and Earth
science satellites.

Dr Lewis adds: “By far the greatest risk comes from those with long
lifetimes at altitudes of about 750 km. If CubeSats continue to be
launched into long-lived orbits without any means of disposing of
them, then they will contribute to the growing space debris hazard.
This is not a responsible or sustainable practice, in my view.
However, if efforts are made to limit the lifetimes- as some are
already doing – then the risks will be reduced.”

http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Space_debris_expert_warns_of_
increasing_CubeSat_collision_risk_999.html

[ANS thanks spacemart.com for the above information]

*ISS Expedition 42 Poster Released

Radio amateur and astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF has put the
final touches to the official crew poster for the International Space
Station (ISS) Expedition 42. It is now available to download.

The poster parodies the popular The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams and is without doubt the best ISS crew poster yet
released.

USA’s Terry Virts and Russia’s Anton Shkaplerov portray the two-
headed Zaphod Beeblebrox, Russia’s Alexander Samokutyaev is Humma
Kavula, USA’s Butch Wilmore is Arthur Dent, Russia’s Elena Serova is
Ford Prefect with Italy’s Samantha Cristoforetti as Trillian. NASA’s
Robonaut 2 guest-stars as Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Samantha should launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on November 23,
2014 at 2059 UT (3:59pm EST) also flying with her in the Soyuz will
be Anton Shkaplerov and Terry Virts. She is expected to return to
Earth in May 2015.

Download the high resolution (57 MB) poster from
http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/exp_42_sfaposternw-2014-07-
007_highres.pdf

Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF on Twitter
https://twitter.com/AstroSamantha

ISS Expedition 42
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition42/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK 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
ANS-271

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:

* New Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations
* EU-038 Terschelling Island on FO-29
* Absolute Last Call for Symposium Papers
* Ham Radio Balloon to Commemorate Sputnik
* ARISS Proposal Window For US Schools Will Be Opening Soon!
* Radio ham receives ISRO Mars Orbiter
* TuPOD to enable ISS TubeSat deployment in 2015
* FUNcube at IARU Region 1 General Conference
* AMSAT Symposium Is Only Ten Days Away
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-271.01
ANS-271 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 271.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE September 28, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-271.01
New Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations

AMSAT is excited to announce that a new premium collectable is now
available for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program.
AMSAT has commissioned a unique challenge coin for donors who have
contributed at the $100 level or higher. This challenge coin is
shaped as an isometric view of a Fox-1 CubeSat, complete with details
such as the stowed UHF antenna, solar cells, and camera lens
viewport. Struck in 3mm thick brass, plated with antique silver, and
finished in bright enamel, the coin is scaled to be approximately 1:4
scale, or 1 inch along each of the six sides. The reverse has the
AMSAT Fox logo. To view images of the new coin visit

http://tinyurl.com/ANS271-FoxCoin

The coins are scheduled for delivery just prior to the 2014 AMSAT
Space Symposium, and will be first distributed to donors attending
the Symposium. Coins will also be made available to qualifying donors
that have contributed since the Fox-1C announcement on July 18, 2014
upon request. Donations may be made via the AMSAT website at
www.amsat.org, via the FundRazr crowdsourcing app at fnd.us/c/6pz92,
or via the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728.

The Fox program is designed to provide a platform for university
experiments in space, as well as provide FM repeater capability for
radio amateurs worldwide. Fox-1A and 1C are set to launch in 2015,
and Fox-1B (also known as RadFXSat) is awaiting NASA ELANA launch
assignment. Further information on the Fox project can be found at
www.amsat.org.
[ANS thanks The AMSAT Office for the above information]
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EU-038 Terschelling Island on FO-29

Operators Nico/PA7PA and Harry/PA1H will be active from Terschelling
Island between September 27th and October 3rd. When possible, some
portable activation (few hours) of WWF references numbers, PAFF-071
and PAFF-072 (for the World Flora & Fauna), as home call/p (ex.
PA7PA/P) will be used. Activity will be on 160-10 meters SSB/PSK/RTTY,
and especially PSK and RTTY modes on 30m, as well as 2m via the
satellite FO-29. QSL via their home callsign, by the Bureau or direct
(w/SAE and NO IRCs). NO eQSL. For updates, watch the URL medias:
FaceBook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/PA7PA/125033450933890
Twitter – https://twitter.com/PA7PA1

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1181

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin for the above information]
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Absolute Last Call for Symposium Papers

The submission deadline for papers to be included in the conference
proceedings has been extended to September 30. We welcome papers and
presentations on any subject of interest to the amateur satellite
community. Please send proposals to Dan Schultz, n8fgv@amsat.org

Details for submission may be found at

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1568.

[ANS thanks Dan, N8FGV, for the above information]
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Ham Radio Balloon to Commemorate Sputnik

The Secunda Amateur Radio Club will launch two balloons carrying
amateur radio equipment from the Vryburg airstrip FAVB on October 4,
2014 at 0600 to 0800 CAT (0400-0600 UT).

This date marks the start of World Space Week 2014. They will
commemorate the launch of the Sputnik satellite on October 4, 1957 by
attaching an active model replica of Sputnik to one of the balloons.
The replica will transmit a Morse code message on 144.076 MHz.

Please e-mail(christo.kriek@live.co.za) a screen print of the
decoded message with date, time, GPS location, radio and antenna used
to receive a special certificate from the launch team, if you are one
of the lucky ones that can “decode” by ear please mail above info
without the screen print. The transmitter used is a flea power
transmitter.

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and eight High
Schools (80 children) form part of the program. Each school
programmed their own data logger with 2 sensors. The 8 data loggers
with sensors will be part of the payload of the balloon payload. Each
of the school children had to write a Radio Amateur test (10
Questions) as part of their registration and the results will be used
to allocated to their final presentation.

There will be a web link with cameras from the launch site atVryburg
airport, one camera at Hartbeeshoek and one at Secunda High School.
Please send your e-mail info to christo.kriek@live.co.za to get
access to the webcams on the internet.

The first balloon will be launched anytime from 0600 CAT (0400 UT)
onwards.

The ground stations will use HF on 3.650 MHz or 7.080 MHz or 20m
14.280 MHz between the ground control, chase cars, Secunda High
School and Hartbeeshoek. The bands/frequencies may change due to
propagation. If your hear the ground stations operate please keep the
frequency clear for ground control operations. If you have any
feedback in tracking the balloons specifically on descent please
report it on the mentioned HF frequencies.

Due to the low APRS Digipeater and IGate density in the Vryburg area
radio hams in the adjacent areas are requested to also help track the
payloads as well.

It is vitally important to retrieve the payloads since there are
data loggers on-board from several schools in the Secunda area. They
need the data to complete their assignments.

A High Altitude Glider will also be launched the same morning as the
High Altitude Balloon Experiment, HABEX on 4 October 2014.

On the same day at Secunda High School, Secunda, Unisa University
will also have a ROBTICS exhibition. SANSA will also have a
presentation via the webcam about GPS’s the same day.

Below are the payload frequencies:
Main balloon: APRS Tracking RX 144.800 FM
CW Telemetry RX 432.075 FM
Sputnik CW RX 144.075 FM
Crew Comms HF 40/80M
Webcam

2nd Balloon: APRS Tracking RX 144.8 FM
RTTY 433.92 USB/ 50 baud 500 shift ascii7,n,1
Crew Comms HF 40/80M
Webcam

3rd Balloon: Remote Glider
Webcam

Skype/Web Camera: Please register at http://www.anymeeting.com/ and
send your email address to: christo.kriek@live.co.za to get access to
live webcams.

Celebrate UN-declared World Space Week October 4-10. The biggest
public space science #STEM event in the world – Use hashtag #WSW2014
Twitter https://twitter.com/WorldSpaceWeek
Web http://www.worldspaceweek.org/

Secunda Amateur Radio Club http://secradio.org.za/

Source SARL http://www.sarl.org.za/

[ANS thanks SARL and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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ARISS Proposal Window For US Schools Will Be Opening Soon!

Watch for details in ARRL news and on the ARRL website. Contact
Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, ARRL ARISS Program Manager, at
djohnson@arrl.org, if your school, local museum, or other educational
organization is interested in participating in a scheduled ARISS
contact in 2015. An educational plan describing the learning
activities that will be provided for students leading up to an ARISS
contact in 2015. An educational plan describing the learning
activities that will be provided for students leading up to and
following the contact is necessary for consideration. To learn more
about the ARISS program visit www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-on-the-
international-space-station
Click on the link for ARISS Proposal Requirements for more
information about the proposal process and up-to-date information
about submitting a proposal.

“Radio Waves – ‘News you can use for license instruction and radio
science education'” is an online newsletter publish by the ARRL.
Content should be of interest to those who teach radio liecensing
classing and to classroom teachers, demonstrators, scout leaders and
others interested in teaching radio science. Much of its content
includes articles and stories of interest to those using amsateur
radio to teach space science. It can be downloaded from

http://tinyurl.com/ANS271-RadioWaves

For e-mail delivery of Radio Waves, from ARRL.org, click on “edit
your profile” at the top of the ARRL web page. Click on “edit e-mail
subscriptions.”
[ANS thanks ARRL's RADIO WAVES for the above information]
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Radio ham receives ISRO Mars Orbiter

On Wednesday, September 24, the Indian space agency ISRO
successfully put their MOM spacecraft into Mars orbit, the first
country to have achieved this on the initial attempt

Radio amateur Paul Marsh G7EYT/M0EYT received the signal from the
Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft and tweeted: “S-Band downlink from
MOM spacecraft now on orbit @ Mars! Great signal with Doppler;
congrats to ISRO – good job”.

An image of the MOM signal can be seen at

http://pjm.uhf-satcom.com/twtr/mom_240914.jpg

UHF-Satcom
Web http://www.uhf-satcom.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/uhf_satcom
Yahoo https://groups.yahoo.com/group/amateur-DSN

BBC News report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28268186

[ANS thanks the BBC and Southgate ARN for the above information]
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TuPOD to enable ISS TubeSat deployment in 2015

The TuPOD 3U mission will allow the in-orbit deployment of the first
TubeSats – Tancredi 1, from Brazil and Ulises 1, from Mexico.

Both satellites are educational satellites and involve young
students in the projects. TuPOD will integrate the two satellites
inside a 3U CubeSat Structure designed to allow the coupling between
TubeSat and the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite
Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) launch mechanism.

The TuPOD will release the two satellites after 2 days, in
accordance with NASA safety requirements. After the TubeSat
deployment, the TuPOD will start is own mission receiving and sending
data to amateur radio ground stations.

The TuPOD electronics have been designed by students at Morehead
State University and is an update version of $50SAT PocketQube
electronics and Telemetry, Tracking & Command (TT&C) system.

Proposing a 1k2 GMSK UHF downlink and now expected to be deployed
fom the ISS in spring 2015.

Ulises 1 in Google English http://tinyurl.com/Ulises-1-TubeSat

IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel

http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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FUNcube at IARU Region 1 General Conference

Mats SM6EAN has posted a report on the Swedish Amateur Radio Society
(SSA) website about the FUNcube-1 CubeSat presentation at the IARU
Region 1 General Conference in Varna-Albena, Bulgaria

The following is translated from the original Swedish post:

After the session of the VHF, UHF and Microwave C5 Committee had
completed the delegates were given two interesting presentations.

Graham Shirville G3VZV did a poolside demonstration of the FUNcube-1
satellite which was launched in November 2013. Using a computer,
FUNcube SDR dongle and a turnstile antenna, held by Kjetil Toresen
LA8KV, he received FUNcube-1 and displayed the telemetry data on the
computer screen. The satellite’s telemetry beacon on 145.935 MHz was
also heard using a handheld SSB receiver.

A presentation was also made about Hamnet which is being expanded,
especially in Germany. Hamnet is a high-speed multimedia network and
it was discussed whether and how IARU Region 1 could support the
expansion of this network.

Original post by Mats SM6EAN in Swedish

http://www.ssa.se/iaru-reg-1-dag-4/

FUNcube http://FUNcube.org.uk/

FUNcube SDR Dongle http://FUNcubeDongle.com/

Hamnet http://hamnetdb.net/

IARU Region 1 Conference documents and pictures

http://iarur1con2014.bfra.bg/

[ANS thanks Mats SM6EAN and Southgate ARN for the above information]
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AMSAT Symposium Is Only Ten Days Away

Plans for the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore Oct 10-12 are
in high gear, with the announcement of exciting speakers, space
auction plans and papers and presentation submittals underway. This
year’s space symposium will, in part, celebrate AMSAT’s 45th
anniversary.

There is still time to register, so please go to www.amsat.org and
sign up.

Highlights of this year’s symposium include:

Keynote Speaker: Jan King, W3GEY, founding member of AMSAT and
former member of the Board of Directors & V.P. of Engineering

The AMSAT Space Symposium’s Keynote Speaker with be Jan King, W3GEY,
founding member of AMSAT and former member of the Board of Directors
& V.P. of Engineering. Jan’s keynote speech, entitled “Never, Never,
Never Give Up!” will be presented during the Symposium banquet on
Saturday October 11. As a teaser for his speech, Jan shared the
following with our symposium team:

”So very much has changed in 45 years! For starters, our hobby of
1968 has become an industry for one. Launch vehicles can’t be had for
the price of a NASA Administrator’s letter anymore. Launch costs are
$100K per kilogram now. ITAR? Not worth discussing. So, what do we
do? Is it time to say, “We had a really good run at this” and let it
go? We showed some people who cared and wanted to listen that you can
do a lot with a little. Should we call it quits and give it up? There
are those who ask me questions that start with, “Back in your day….?”
It is particularly those people, I’d like to show…that we really are
made of the right stuff. We still have things we know that Government
Experts and wide-eyed university graduate students don’t. Silicon
Valley is now filled with satellite experts who aren’t. The average
university graduating electrical engineer still can’t make a 2 meter
pre-amp with a 1 dB noise figure – and wouldn’t know how to start.
Unless, of course, they figured it out from the Internet. Ah yes, the
Internet! Another small change since 1968. We’ll talk about it in
October. Hope to see you in Baltimore. W3GEY.”

Special Guest Presentation: Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles E. McGee

The AMSAT symposium committee has confirmed that one of the original
Tuskegee Airman, Col. Charles E. McGee, will be attending our
conference on Friday October 10th. Col. McGee will give a special
presentation at our symposium on his experiences as a Tuskegee Airman
and as an Army Air Corps and Air Force Pilot. A short question and
answer period will follow.

Born on December 7, 1919, McGee rose to the rank of Eagle Scout in
the Boy Scouts and, shortly after WWII broke out, joined the Army. He
became a pilot in what was dubbed the Tuskegee Experiment, the first
squadron of African American pilots, also known as the “Red Tails”
from their red markings on the tails of their aircraft. Col McGee and
his Tuskegee colleagues fought two wars—World War II and the war on
segregation. This required them to develop an unprecedented level of
discipline, excellence and fortitude to achieve success.

In World War II McGee flew numerous aircraft, including the famous P-
51 Mustang as part of the 332 Fighter Group, one of three groups
designated as the “Red Tails.” He provided fighter escort for the B-
24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress bombers over Germany, Austrian
and the Balkans. He holds a US Air Force record of 409 fighter combat
missions flown in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Col. McGee
received numerous awards for his service, including the Legion of
Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal
with 25 oak leaf clusters, amongst others. In 2007 Col McGee and the
surviving Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
by President George W. Bush.

Col. McGee’s presentations are an inspiration to all. He
demonstrates, through his life lessons, the need to persevere despite
all obstacles and to do your best in all endeavors. Do not miss out
on this opportunity to meet this remarkable living legend.

Friday Night Reception and Space Auction

This year’s reception, to be held from 7-9 pm on Friday October 10,
will include a space auction. All proceeds from the auction will
support AMSAT’s two major initiatives—the development and launch of
the FOX satellite series and the ARISS program. We have received some
very exciting items for the auction, and we are asking for your help
in donating specialty items for auction (minimum value $100) that
will attract symposium attendee’s attention and get them bidding up
the item price. If you have any items that are ham related (no boat
anchors please), items of historical value, space related and/or
autographed items we would love to get your donations. Think out of
the box on this—what exciting things would you like to see in this
auction? If you have something to donate to the Symposium auction,
please send an e-mail to Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, who will work with you
on getting your item or items into the auction.
Frank’s e-mail address is ka3hdo at verizon.net

Sunday Tours

Symposium participants can choose one of the following informal
tours: Baltimore Inner Harbor Tour (including the Aquarium), the B&O
Railroad Museum, Edgar Allen Poe House or the National Electronics
Museum. The National Electronics Museum is opening its doors
exclusively for AMSAT on Sunday from 1-3 pm. If you are interested in
this tour, please contact Dan Schultz
by e-mail
(n8fgv at amsat dot org) so we can get a headcount.

Monday Udvar Hazy National Air and Space Museum Tour

There is still room on the bus for the tour of the Udvar Hazy center
planned for Monday October 13. Go to the AMSAT web site for tour
details and signup.

Sunday ARISS Operations Team Meeting

Anyone interested in volunteering to support the ARISS program is
invited to attend the ARISS Operations team meeting from 9-noon
Sunday October 12. We will have a number of the ARISS-US team leaders
and mentors on-hand to discuss the program and get you involved. We
will also be discussing improvements, changes and strategies to
enhance ARISS operations.

ANS thanks the Symposium Committee for the above information]
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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Belton Honea Path,
Switzerland and Astronaut Gregory Wiseman KF5LKT using callsign
OR4ISS. The contact began 2014-09-17 08:17 UTC and lasted about
nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via 4U1ITU.
ARISS Mentor was ON4WF.

Institut Florimont is a co-educational day school offering children
from 3 to 18 years of age a complete education from kindergarten to
the three diplomas that will open the doors to higher education. As
well as encouraging academic excellence, Florimont fosters the
traditional values and beliefs that are important for life.
Since 1905, Florimont has been preparing students for the French
Baccalaureat and, as of 1942, for the Swiss Maturité. From September
2014 our range of final examinations will include the bilingual
(French-English) International Baccalaureate. Therefore, Florimont
will offer children even more opportunities and more choices,
allowing them easier access to the world’s best universities.

The four sections of our school work together to ensure the
continuity and coherence of the programme of study. Clear procedures
are in place to ensure that new students joining us from other
private or public schools are successfully integrated. Close
communication with parents, additional lessons and one-to-one
tutoring are just some of the ways that Florimont supports students
during their studies.
Our student body is made up of more than fifty nationalities making
Florimont a rich multi-cultural and multi-lingual learning
environment. The importance we attach to this is reflected in our
language learning programme. In addition to English, emphasis is
placed on German, Switzerland’s predominant language, as well as on
Chinese, Spanish and Italian. Other languages such as Russian and
Arabic are individually tutored or taught to small groups.Bilingual
classes in French and English are offered from the first year of the
middle school.

Priority is given to partnerships and exchanges with leading schools
worldwide, as well as to many activities that can add value to a
university application.
Our students are encouraged to be entrepreneurial, bold, adaptable
and creative because we know that these qualities will not only
strengthen their university applications but also prepare them to
face the challenges of working life.

Postponed Events

Due to the one day delay of the Space X launch, Winter Gardens
Primary School, Canvey Island and Pilton Bluecoat School, Barnstaple,
United Kingdom and the Kuwait/Bulgaria events were postponed. ARISS
is working on rescheduling these events.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, 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.
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N, David AA4KN and Kenneth N5VHO for
the above information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ AMSAT-UK Colloquium in TX Factor Show

In this episode of the TX Factor Show Bob McCreadie G0FGX reports
from the recent AMSAT-UK Colloquium in Guildford

He also finds time to test out the SuperAntenna Superstick delux
package, while Nick Bennett 2E0FGQ travels north and discovers a
rather remarkable radio club.

Among those interviewed at the Colloquium are AMSAT-NA VP Operations
Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA, Tom Harle from VR2Space, Graham Shirville
G3VZV, Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG and Carlos Eavis G0AKI.

Watch TX Factor – Episode 5 (TXF005)

Recordings of the talks given at the Colloquium are at

http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/presentation-videos/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and Southgate ARN for the above information]

+ Planning is underway for articles going into the November/December
AMSAT Journal.

We would like to include as much coverage as possible of the W1AW/P
events on the satellites. Please send your commentary and photos (JPG
hi-res files work best) to me at k9jkm at comcast dot net or
journal@amsat.org

+ World Space Week is October 4 – 10.

+ October 432 and Above EME Newsletter is now available

http://www.nitehawk.com/rasmit/em70cm.html

+ Crew including first woman cosmonaut in 17 years blasts off for ISS

http://tinyurl.com/ANS271-Cosmonauts

+ Ham Radio Balloon to Commemorate Sputnik

http://tinyurl.com/ANS271-Cosmonauts

+ Congratulation to Perry Yantis for making his 7000th satellite
contact. In his words, as posted to the AMSAT-BB,
” Last pass of AO-73 I worked WN9Q, N5ZNL with strong but fading
signals.
” Then at the end of the pass I worked N8IUP for my satellite qso
number 7000!!!!
” This only took me 38 years!!!!!!”
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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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-264

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:

* Deadline Extension for AMSAT Symposium Papers
* AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore Gearing Up with Exciting New Speakers
* Results of 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Election
* Contract to Build Es’hailSat Includes AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Transponders
* SpinSat Launching on Falcon 9
* ESTCube-1 Solar Sail Experiment

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-264.01
ANS-264 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 264.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
September 21, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-264.01

Deadline Extension for AMSAT Symposium Papers

The submission deadline for papers to be included in the conference proceedings
has been extended to September 30. We welcome papers and presentations on any
subject of interest to the amateur satellite community. Please send proposals to
Dan Schultz, n8fgv@amsat.org

Details for submission may be found at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1568.

[ANS thanks Dan, N8FGV, for the above information]

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AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore Gearing Up with Exciting New Speakers

Plans for the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium in Baltimore Oct 10-12 are in high
gear, with the announcement of exciting speakers, space auction plans and papers
and presentation submittals underway. This year’s space symposium will, in
part, celebrate AMSAT’s 45th anniversary.

There is still time to register, so please go to www.amsat.org and sign up.

Highlights of this year’s symposium include:

Keynote Speaker: Jan King, W3GEY, founding member of AMSAT and former member of
the Board of Directors & V.P. of Engineering

The AMSAT Space Symposium’s Keynote Speaker with be Jan King, W3GEY, founding
member of AMSAT and former member of the Board of Directors & V.P. of
Engineering. Jan’s keynote speech, entitled “Never, Never, Never Give Up!” will
be presented during the Symposium banquet on Saturday October 11. As a teaser
for his speech, Jan shared the following with our symposium team:

” So very much has changed in 45 years! For starters, our hobby of 1968 has
become an industry for one. Launch vehicles can’t be had for the price of a
NASA Administrator’s letter anymore. Launch costs are $100K per kilogram now.
ITAR? Not worth discussing. So, what do we do? Is it time to say, “We had a
really good run at this” and let it go? We showed some people who cared and
wanted to listen that you can do a lot with a little. Should we call it quits
and give it up? There are those who ask me questions that start with, “Back in
your day….?” It is particularly those people, I’d like to show…that we really
are made of the right stuff. We still have things we know that Government
Experts and wide-eyed university graduate students don’t. Silicon Valley is
now filled with satellite experts who aren’t. The average university graduating
electrical engineer still can’t make a 2 meter pre-amp with a 1 dB noise figure
– and wouldn’t know how to start. Unless, of course, they figured it out from
the Internet. Ah yes, the Internet! Another small change since 1968. We’ll
talk about it in October. Hope to see you in Baltimore. W3GEY.”

Special Guest Presentation: Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles E. McGee

The AMSAT symposium committee has confirmed that one of the original Tuskegee
Airman, Col. Charles E. McGee, will be attending our conference on Friday
October 10th. Col. McGee will give a special presentation at our symposium on
his experiences as a Tuskegee Airman and as an Army Air Corps and Air Force
Pilot. A short question and answer period will follow.

Born on December 7, 1919, McGee rose to the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy
Scouts and, shortly after WWII broke out, joined the Army. He became a pilot in
what was dubbed the Tuskegee Experiment, the first squadron of African American
pilots, also known as the “Red Tails” from their red markings on the tails of
their aircraft. Col McGee and his Tuskegee colleagues fought two wars—World War
II and the war on segregation. This required them to develop an unprecedented
level of discipline, excellence and fortitude to achieve success.

In World War II McGee flew numerous aircraft, including the famous P-51 Mustang
as part of the 332 Fighter Group, one of three groups designated as the “Red
Tails.” He provided fighter escort for the B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying
Fortress bombers over Germany, Austrian and the Balkans. He holds a US Air
Force record of 409 fighter combat missions flown in World War II, Korea and
Vietnam. Col. McGee received numerous awards for his service, including the
Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal
with 25 oak leaf clusters, amongst others. In 2007 Col McGee and the surviving
Tuskegee Airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President George W.
Bush.

Col. McGee’s presentations are an inspiration to all. He demonstrates, through
his life lessons, the need to persevere despite all obstacles and to do your
best in all endeavors. Do not miss out on this opportunity to meet this
remarkable living legend.

Friday Night Reception and Space Auction

This year’s reception, to be held from 7-9 pm on Friday October 10, will include
a space auction. All proceeds from the auction will support AMSAT’s two major
initiatives—the development and launch of the FOX satellite series and the ARISS
program. We have received some very exciting items for the auction. And we are
asking for your help in donating specialty items for auction (minimum value
$100) that will attract symposium attendee’s attention and get them bidding up
the item price. If you have any items that are ham related (no boat anchors
please), items of historical value, space related and/or autographed items we
would love to get your donations. Think out of the box on this—what exciting
things would you like to see in this auction? If you have something to donate
to the Symposium auction, please send an e-mail to Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, who will
work with you on getting your item or items into the auction. Frank’s e-mail
address is ka3hdo at verizon.net

Sunday Tours

Symposium participants can choose one of the following informal tours:
Baltimore Inner Harbor Tour (including the Aquarium), the B&O Railroad Museum,
Edgar Allen Poe House or the National Electronics Museum. The National
Electronics Museum is opening its doors exclusively for AMSAT on Sunday from 1-
3 pm. If you are interested in this tour, please contact Dan Schultz by e-mail
(n8fgv@amsat.org) so we can get a headcount.

Monday Udvar Hazy National Air and Space Museum Tour

There is still room on the bus for the tour of the Udvar Hazy center planned for
Monday October 13. Go to the AMSAT web site for tour details and signup.

Sunday ARISS Operations Team Meeting

Anyone interested in volunteering to support the ARISS program is invited to
attend the ARISS Operations team meeting from 9-noon Sunday October 12. We will
have a number of the ARISS-US team leaders and mentors on-hand to discuss the
program and get you involved. We will also be discussing improvements, changes
and strategies to enhance ARISS operations.

ANS thanks the Symposium Committee for the above information]

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Results of 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Election

As a result of the 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Election the following
members were elected to serve for two years: Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa,
K9JKM; and Lou McFadin, W5DID. Jerry Buxton, N0JY will serve the remaining year
of SK Tony Monteiro, AA2TX’s term. The First Alternate is Drew Glasbrenner,
KO4MA, and the Second Alternate is Frank Griffin, K4FEG. The results of the
voting with 635 ballots cast are as follows:

Tom Clark, K3IO 457
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM 439
Lou McFadin, W5DID 421
Jerry Buxton, N0JY 268
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA 261
Frank Griffin, K4FEG 232
Steve Coy, K8UD 178
Bryan Klofas, KF6ZEO 132

[ANS thanks Martha for the above information]

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Contract to Build Es’hailSat Includes AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Transponders

Gunter Krebs reports on his Space Pages on the web that Es’hailSat has
signed a contract with MELCO to build the Es’hail-2 geostationary comsat.
Es’hail 2 is a planned communication satellite operated by Es’hailSat, the
Qatar Satellite Company. It will also feature an radio amateur payload.

The new satellite will be positioned at the 26° East hotspot position for TV
broadcasting and significantly adds to the company’s ability to provide high
quality, premium DTH television content across the Middle East and North
Africa. It will feature Ku-band and Ka-band transponders to provide TV
distribution and government services to strategic stakeholders and
commercial customers who value broadcasting and communications independence,
interference resilience, quality of service and wide geographical coverage.
Es’hail 2 is expected to be launched at the end of 2016.

In September 2014, a contract with MELCO was signed to build the satellite
based on the DS-2000 bus.

Es’hail 2 will also provide the first Amateur Radio geostationary
communication capability linking Brazil and India. It will carry two “Phase
4″ Amateur Radio transponders. The payload will consist of a 250 kHz linear
transponder intended for conventional analogue operations in addition to
another transponder which will have an 8 MHz bandwidth. The latter
transponder is intended for experimental digital modulation schemes and DVB
amateur television. The uplinks will be in the 2.400-2.450 GHz and the
downlinks in the 10.450-10.500 GHz amateur satellite service allocations.
Both transponders will have broad beam antennas to provide full coverage
over about third of the earth’s surface. The Qatar Amateur Radio Society and
Qatar Satellite Company are cooperating on the amateur radio project.
AMSAT-DL is providing technical support to the project.

This story is posted at:
http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/eshail-2.htm

[ANS thanks Gunter's Space Pages for the above information]

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SpinSat Launched on Falcon 9

On Sunday, September 21 at 0552:03 UTC SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 from Florida
carrying the satellite SpinSat with its amateur radio payload to the
International Space Station (ISS).

On arrival at the ISS it will be put into storage until deployment, later in the
Fall, from the airlock of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) SpinSat is a 56 cm sphere
weighing 57 kg that has 12 Electronically-controlled Solid Propellant (ESP)
thrusters spread in pairs throughout the surface of the satellite. They will be
fired in pairs to spin the spacecraft. With just primary batteries and only 4.8
grams of fuel this phase may last between three to six months.

The spacecraft will be used to calibrate the space surveillance network. Lasers
will be fired at SpinSat from the ground, the light reflected back will be
measured to determine where in time and space the satellite is passing overhead.
SpinSat will also model the density of the atmosphere.

SpinSat carries a 2 watt RF output 9600 bps AX.25 packet radio store and forward
system on 437.230 MHz.

Additional details about SpinSat are available at the following websites
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2014/with-spinsat-mission-nrl-will-
spin-small-satellite-in-space-with-new-thruster-technology

NASA – SpinSat
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1019.html

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, for the above information]

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ESTCube-1 Solar Sail Experiment

After more than a year of preparations on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the team
started to deploy the electric solar sail tether on-board ESTCube-1.

The process of burning the tether end-mass and spool locks and reeling out the
first few centimeters of tether will start during the 09.06 – 09.19Z pass over
Estonia. This is a high pass and should be visible over most of the Europe.

During the locks release process and after reeling the tether out some
centimeters, images will be taken.

If everything is OK with the tether, additional unreeling will take place in
coming days.

If you are interested in receiving ESTCube-1 during those exciting passes, the
UZ7HO 9600 bps packet softmodem and an Online Telemetry Decoder by Mike
Rupprecht DK3WN can be used. But basically any 9600 bps G3RUH TNC or decoder can
be used to receive ESTCube-1.

ESTCube-1 Online Telemetry Decoder by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN
http://www.dk3wn.info/files/estcube_online.zip

We are looking forward to receiving your reports on the address es5e AT estcube
DOT eu, and we would really appreciate if you would also send received data in
live, using Mike’s decoder.

You can also connect with ESTCube-1 time via Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/estcube

[ANS thanks Tõnis, ES5TF, 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-257

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:

* BOD Ballots Must be Recieved by September 15
* ISS SSTV received on SUWS WebSDR
* Send your message “from the Moon”
* Contract to Build Es’hailSat Includes AMSAT-DL Phase 4
Transponders
* Chicago Media Coverage St. Joan of Arc School ARISS Contact
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-257.01
ANS-257 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 257.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE September 14, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-257.01

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BOD Ballots Must be Received by September 15

There is still time to vote but remember that Board of Directors
ballots must be received at the AMSAT Office by 15 SEP 2014 in order
to be counted. Your returned ballot should be sent promptly, and
those from outside North American preferably by air mail or other
expedited means.

Normally there would be 3 full Board seats open this year, plus 2
alternates. However, with the passing of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX (SK),
there will be an additional full Board seat open to fill the
remainder of his term. This means that the top three recipients of
votes will have two-year terms, the fourth most vote recipient
serving as full member for one year. The fifth and sixth highest
vote recipients will serve as first and second Alternate,
respectively. You may vote for up to 4 individuals.

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. Please take the time to review the candidate statements
that accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the
Board.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]

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ISS SSTV received on SUWS WebSDR

On Saturday, September 6, at 1000 GMT Paulo PV8DX emailed the news
that the International Space Station (ISS) Slow Scan Television
(SSTV) on 145.800 MHz FM had been active again.

At the end of the passage (ISS) in northern Brazil where I live. I
heard the sound of early SSTV. So I went to the WEBSDR in your area
[the SUWS WebSDR near London, UK] and I got two images.

The ISS has been transmitting photographs devoted to the life and
work of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. They were sent in the PD180
SSTV mode with additional voice commentary.

On August 27, 2014 a test of the ISS Slow Scan Television (SSTV)
experiment MAI-75 using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver and a new
cable took place. Although a carrier was successfully transmitted on
145.800 MHz no SSTV audio tones were heard. It appears that the
earlier problem has now been rectified.
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/23/iss-sstv-august-27/

The Kenwood TM-D710 was delivered to the ISS in the summer of 2012.
The original TM-D700 in the Russian ISS Service Module had been
experiencing problems with the PA after giving many years service in
space, see ARISS minutes for March 2013. It is thought the Kenwood TM-
D710 is set to run at just 5 watts output because convection cooling
doesn’t work in zero gravity.
http://www.ariss.org/meeting-minutes/archives/03-2013

David Barber G8OQW received some good images in Chelmsford, Essex
which can be seen on the AMSAT-UK Facebook page.

Listen to the ISS and amateur radio satellites online using the SUWS
VHF/UHF/Microwave WebSDR
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/15/suws-websdr-moves-to-new-site/

ISS Fan Club provides status and tracking information
http://issfanclub.com/

How to hear the ISS
http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-hear-the-iss/

Paul Turner G4IJE, co-developer of the SSTV PD modes, says regarding
the PD180 mode: “Don’t forget to either enable “Always show RX
viewer” or use the “Picture viewer” (magnifying glass icon) to show
the picture at its real resolution of 640 x 496. If you just view as
normal you will only see 320 x 248 resolution, which kind of defeats
the object of using a high resolution mode.”

Tony Falla VK3KKP commented “I received a good picture from ISS on
my iPad mid-Saturday evening [AEDT] on 145.800 MHz just using the
microphone next to the rig.”

The APRS digipeater in the European Space Agency ISS Columbus module
continued to be in operation on 145.825 MHz during the SSTV
transmissions.

All you need to do to receive SSTV pictures direct from the space
station is to connect the audio output of a scanner or amateur radio
transceiver via a simple interface to the soundcard on a Windows PC
or an Apple iOS device, and tune in to 145.800 MHz FM. You can even
receive pictures by holding an iPhone next to the radio’s loudspeaker.

The ISS puts out a strong signal on 145.800 MHz FM and a 2m handheld
with a 1/4 wave antenna will be enough to receive it. The FM
transmission uses the 5 kHz deviation which is standard in much of
the world.

Many FM rigs can be switched been wide and narrow deviation FM
filters. For best results you should select the wider deviation
filters. Handhelds all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as
standard.

On Windows PC’s the free application MMSSTV can be used to decode
the signal, on Apple iOS devices you can use the SSTV app. The ISS
Fan Club website will show you when the space station is in range.

For more on Slow Scan Television SSTV, see this article SSTV – The
Basics
http://www.essexham.co.uk/sstv-the-basics

How to be successful with the ISS Slow Scan Television (SSTV)
imaging system
http://www.marexmg.org/fileshtml/howtoisssstv.html

Free MMSSTV Slow Scan TV software
http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php

iOS SSTV App
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sstv/id387910013

IZ8BLY Vox Recoder, enables you to record the signals from the ISS
on 145.800 MHz while you’re away at work
http://antoninoporcino.xoom.it/VoxRecorder/

ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) Blog and Gallery
http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.co.uk/

Information on the MAI-75 SSTV experiment
http://www.energia.ru/eng/iss/researches/education-26.html

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Send your message “from the Moon”

The LuxSpace 4M amateur radio payload is expected to fly around the
Moon at the end of October and you can upload a message to the 4M
website that will be transmitted on 145.980 MHz using JT65B during
the flight.

There is room for 2500 messages each up to 13 characters long. Your
message could be your name/callsign or “73 de M5AKA”.

During the lunar flyby, the spacecraft will be about 399,636 km from
Earth. The LuxSpace team wish to encourage radio amateurs around the
world to receive the transmissions and send in data. There will be a
number of Experiments and Contests with prizes to the winners in each
experiment and category. Details are given on page 19 of 4M Mission:
a Lunar FlyBy experiment.

4M stands for Manfred Memorial Moon Mission in memory of Professor
Manfred Fuchs, founder and chairman of OHB group, Bremen, who passed
away on April 27, 2014.

Register and Upload your message at
http://moon.luxspace.lu/messages/

4M Mission: a Lunar FlyBy experiment
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/lxs-4m-eme2014-a4-v3.pdf

Further information on this project is at
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/01/4m-lunar-payload/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Contract to Build Es’hailSat Includes AMSAT-DL Phase 4 Transponders

Gunter Krebs reports on his Space Pages on the web that Es’hailSat has
signed a contract with MELCO to build the Es’hail-2 geostationary
comsat.

Es’hail 2 is a planned communication satellite operated by
Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company. It will also feature an
radio amateur payload.

The new satellite will be positioned at the 26° East hotspot
position for TV broadcasting and significantly adds to the company’s
ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content
across the Middle East and North Africa. It will feature Ku-band and
Ka-band transponders to provide TV distribution and government
services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers who
value broadcasting and communications independence, interference
resilience, quality of service and wide geographical coverage.
Es’hail 2 is expected to be launched at the end of 2016.

In September 2014, a contract with MELCO was signed to build the
satellite based on the DS-2000 bus.

Es’hail 2 will also provide the first Amateur Radio geostationary
communication capability linking Brazil and India. It will carry two
“Phase 4″ Amateur Radio transponders. The payload will consist of a
250 kHz linear transponder intended for conventional analogue
operations in addition to another transponder which will have an
8 MHz bandwidth. The latter transponder is intended for experimental
digital modulation schemes and DVB amateur television. The uplinks
will be in the 2.400-2.450 GHz and the downlinks in the
10.450-10.500 GHz amateur satellite service allocations.
Both transponders will have broad beam antennas to provide full
coverage over about third of the earth’s surface. The Qatar Amateur
Radio Society andQatar Satellite Company are cooperating on the
amateur radio project.
AMSAT-DL is providing technical support to the project.

This story is posted at:
http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/eshail-2.htm

[ANS thanks Gunter's Space Pages for the above information]

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Chicago Media Coverage St. Joan of Arc School ARISS Contact

Here is a link to local Chicagoland coverage of the St. Joan of Arc
ARISS contact:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/08/students-at-lisle-school-chat-
with-astronaut-aboard-international-space-station

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA 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 through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (near Montgomery Field and I-
805/CA-163 interchange)
* Sunday, 25 October 2014 – Hamfest Chattanooga 2014 in Chattanooga
TN (Alhambra Center, near TN-320 and I-75 exit 3)
* Saturday, 8 November 2014 – Tucson Hamfest 2014 in Marana AZ
(along I-10 west frontage road, east of exit 236)
* Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Superstition Superfest 2014 in Mesa
AZ (Mesa Community College, Dobson Road between Southern Avenue & US-
60 exit 177)
* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest in Phoenix AZ
(43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)
* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma
AZ (Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue &
Avenue 3E, south of I-8 exit 3)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Upcoming Contacts

* A direct contact via 4U1ITU with students at Institut Florimont,
Petit-Lancy, Switzerland is scheduled for Wed 2014-09-17
08:17:28 UTC 88 deg.

To celebrate ESA’s 50th anniversary, an audience comprised of
students from several countries will gather in the International
Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

The nearby ITU (International Telecommunications Union) Headquarters
hosts the amateur radio station 4U1ITU. This ARISS contact will be
operated by the station’s trustee Attila Matas (HB9IAJ / OM1AM).

About 20 VIPs will be present in the 4U1ITU radio room (the “shack”
in Ham parlance). Via a video link, the audience in the CICG will
participate in the event.

Latest News

* September 9, 2014

A direct contact with students at Lanier Middle School and Lanier
Cluster Schools in Sugar Hill, GA, USA  via W4GR was successful at
11:16:25 UTC 83 deg.

Read and listen to a local media report about the contact:

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2014/sep/09/radio-contact-
allows-lanier-students-to-talk-with/

Welcome to the Lanier Cluster, home of the Longhorns! We are a group
of schools with a common goal: Learn, Lead, Succeed. We are comprised
of one special needs preschool (The Buice School), three elementary
schools (Sugar Hill Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, White Oak
Elementary), one middle school (Lanier Middle), and one high school
(Lanier High). Our schools are located in the greater Atlanta metro
area in the largest school district in Georgia. Our schools and
cluster are named after nearby Lake Lanier, which part of the
Chattahoochee River system.

Our schools strive to create authentic learning environments for our
students. Towards that end, our elementary schools, Lanier Middle,
and Lanier High have project based learning programs for students. At
Lanier High, students choose to be a part of a school within a school
(academy model) as we guide students towards career and college
readiness. Lanier High was also recently certified as a Georgia STEM
high school, the only all-inclusive, traditional high school in
Georgia that has received this STEM certification.

Our students are excited about science and space exploration. They
have participated in regional and state science fairs, designed an
experiment flown in microgravity, and chatted with a NASA Earth
scientist live on NASA TV. They have presented at conferences,
participated in robotics and app challenge events, and even won an
Emmy for work on a 3D computer animation for a PBS documentary. The
students of Lanier Cluster are excited to be a part of this ARISS
contact!

September 8, 2014

A direct contact with students at St. Joan of Arc  School, Lisle,
IL, USA via K9LEZ  was successful  at 18:34:45 UTC 84 deg. Students
interviewed astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO.

Listen to a local media report:
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/09/08/students-at-lisle-school-chat-
with-astronaut-aboard-international-space-station/

St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is located in Lisle, Illinois, a
western suburb of Chicago. We are a pre-K to 8th grade school with
about 600 students. St. Joan provides an educational environment
which grants each student access to the highest quality and richest
variety of integrated educational experiences within our means. We
are committed to preparing our students to think critically and
become confident, sensitive, Christian leaders capable of adapting
and contributing to their community. Our school was awarded the
National Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence in 2011. Our
school was named an IMSA (Illinios Math and Science Academy) Fusion
School in 2012. Our school participated in NASA’s microgravity
program through the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in 2013.
The teachers directly involves in this contact completed the American
Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) summer teacher institute program and are
working with local radio amateurs to successfully complete this
contact and to provide additional opportunities to our classrooms.

September 5, 2014

A direct contact with students in St. Petersburg, Russia was
successful 2014-09-05 10:00 UTC.  No other details are available at
this time.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Keith, W5IU and Charlie, AJ9N for the above
information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

*Patrick Stoddard in October QST

See AMSAT’s own, Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK on page 79 of October’s
QST. The digital version is available online at
http://www.arrl.org

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

*Share your Experience

There are lots of hamfests that occur every month. Please try to get
out and share your experiences. I attended the SFTARC hamfest on
Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Gardner, KS. Randy, KD0HKD, gave a
presentation and made a few contacts including one lady’s first satellite
QSO. My point is that with the new Fox-1 series of satellites being
launched next year, the opportunity to welcome new members and
operators is increasing. Let’s begin attracting new membership by
being present.

[ANS thanks Joe, K6WAO 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
ANS-250

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:

* ISS Antenna Constructed by AMSAT Key Factor in Sea Rescue
* SSTV Active on ISS
* BOD Ballots Must be Recieved by September 15
* Deadlines Approaching for the 2014 AMSAT-NA Symposium
* AMSAT AWARDS Update
* Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule
* AMSAT Symposium Auction
* Western States Satellite DXpedition on the Road Now
* ARTSAT1: INVADER (CO-77) Decays
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-250.01
ANS-250 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 250.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE September 7, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-250.01
ISS Antenna Constructed by AMSAT Key Factor in Sea Rescue

Since 2010, the International Space Station has been equipped with a
space-based Vessel ID System receiver that allows it to track ships
at sea by way of a ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS)
signal. Since then, the system aboard the ISS has been receiving as
many as 400,000 ship position reports from more than 22,000 different
ships every single day.

According to Horst Koenig, retired Head of ESA’s ISS System
Engineering Section, “We had very close cooperation with NASA and the
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). The AIS antenna was
provided to ESA by AMSAT, along with an additional antenna for the
Amateur Radio on International Space Station (ARISS) group.”

This is the story of how this experimental system was used in 2012
to rescue the sole surviving crewmember of a fishing vessel after it
overturned in the North Atlantic during a storm.

http://tinyurl.com/ANS250-gCaptian

More on NASA’s Vessel ID System experiment can be found

http://tinyurl.com/ANS250-VesselID

More on the AIS on ISS and Assembling the Experiment can be found at

http://tinyurl.com/ANS250-AISonISS

Congratulations to the ARISS hardware team that was responsible for
the development of the ISS AIS antenna system!

[ANS Thanks gCaptain.com and the European Space Agency for the above
information]
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SSTV Active on ISS

The SSTV downlink from the Russian ARISS radio was active for
several orbits Friday through Saturday. Reports from around the world
were being exchanged on social media as well as on the AMSAT-BB.
Signals were received on the 145.80 FM downlink frequency in PD 180
mode. Signal reports were strong. There is no word on how long the
SSTV will be active. The APRS digipeater in the Columbus module
continued to be in operation during the SSTV downlinks.

Many pictures have been posted to

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

[ANS Thanks AMSAT-BB and Twitter and Facebook for the above
information]
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BOD Ballots Must be Recieved by September 15

There is still time to vote but remember that Board of Directors
ballots must be recieved at the AMSAT Office by 15 SEP 2014 in order
to be counted. Your returned ballot should be sent promptly, and
those from outside North American preferably by air mail or other
expedited means.

Normally there would be 3 full Board seats open this year, plus 2
alternates. However, with the passing of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX (SK),
there will be an additional full Board seat open to fill the
remainder of his term. This means that the top three recipients of
votes will have two-year terms, the fourth most vote recipient
serving as full member for one year. The fifth and sixth highest
vote recipients will serve as first and second Alternate,
respectively. You may vote for up to 4 individuals.

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. Please take the time to review the candidate statements
that accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the
Board.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]
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Deadlines Approaching for the 2014 AMSAT-NA Symposium

It is only five weeks from the kickoff of this year’s AMSAT-NA Space
Symposium, planned for October 10-12 in Baltimore, Maryland, so
please sign up soon!!

AMSAT is holding a block of rooms at a special $99 rate until
September 17th. After that date, rooms may be available, but at a
significantly higher regular rate.
Details on the Symposium and room
registration may be found at www.amsat.org.

The submission deadline for papers to be included in the conference
proceedings is September 15th.
Details for submission may be found at

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1568.

The deadline for orders for the popular 2014 AMSAT Symposium
commemorative shirts to be received is
September 10th. These shirts must be ordered directly, and will not
be available on the AMSAT Store or at the meeting. Details and a
downloadable order form may be found at

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2928.

We are getting some fantastic items for the auction to be held
during the symposium. A sampling of items include: A John Glenn
limited edition commemorative, donated by Marilyn Mix and Dave
Taylor, a Yaesu 757, from the estate of Astronaut Ronald Parise, 2
unbuilt models of the Energia-Buran and Space Station Mir in their
original packaging, donated by Eric Rosenberg, and some Russian
cultural and items and books. If you have items to donate, please
contact Frank Bauer, KA3HDO at ka3hdo@verizon.net. And don’t forget
to bring your checkbooks as all proceeds are tax deductible and go to
a great cause!

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]
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AMSAT AWARDS Update

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO announce
recent AMSAT AWARD Recipients.

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

Kelly Davis, KC3CGT
David Coutts, VE3KLX
Michael Parrott, N4MEP
Michael Jones, W6GYC
Richard Weil, KW0U
The following have earned their AMSAT Sexagesimal Award.

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, #166
The following have earned their Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award.

Hector Martinez, CO6CBF, #81 (Basic 1,000 plus endorsements through
4,000)
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, #82
The following have earned their Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI 5,000
Award.

Hector Martinez, CO6CBF, #31
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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Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule

NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and
images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard
a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016.

Called the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-
Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), the spacecraft will
rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2019, collect a sample and
return the cache in a capsule to Earth in 2023 for detailed study.
The robotic mission will spend more than two years at the 1,760-foot
(500-meter)-wide asteroid and return a minimum of 2 ounces (60 grams)
of its surface material.

Topics for submissions by the public should be about solar system
exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities
in 2023. The mission team will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be
placed in the capsule. Messages can be submitted Sept. 2 – 30. The
time capsule website will give you the instructions on how to
particpate. See:

http://www.asteroidmission.org/timecapsule

When the sample return capsule returns to Earth in 2023 with the
asteroid material, the mission team will open the time capsule to
view the messages and images, at which time the selected submissions
will be posted online.

[ANS thanks NASA and SpaceDaily.com for the above information]
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AMSAT Symposium Auction

At this year’s AMSAT Space Symposium, we are trying a few new things
and we hope you will enjoy them. One exciting facet we are adding
this year is an auction. All proceeds from the auction will support
AMSAT’s two major initiatives—the development and launch of the FOX
satellite series and the ARISS program.

As we prepare for the auction, we are asking for your help in
donating specialty items for auction (minimum value $100) that will
attract symposium attendee’s attention and get them bidding up the
item price. If you have any items that are ham related (no boat
anchors please), items of historical value, space related and/or
autographed items, or even sports tickets or time shares, we would
love to get your donations. Think out of the box on this—what
exciting things would you like to see in this auction?

If you have something to donate to the Symposium auction, please
send an e-mail to Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, who will work with you on
getting your item or items into the auction. Frank’s e-mail address
is ka3hdo at verizon dot net

This auction, while adding a fun experience to the AMSAT Space
Symposium experience, will also serve to keep amateur radio’s spirit
thriving in space through its donations to FOX and ARISS.

On behalf of AMSAT, I thank you for your donations in advance. And
I encourage each of you to attend and participate in this year’s
AMSAT Space Symposium to be held in Baltimore Maryland Oct 10-12.
For more information, see:

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1555

[ANS thanks Frank KA3DHO and Janet Bauer, Symposium Committee Co-
Chairs, for the above information]
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Western States Satellite DXpedition on the Road Now

John, K8YSE, has started on a grid expedition to some Western States.
The grids that he will definitely operate from are: CN93, CN96, DN03,
DN05, DN07, DN14, DN15, DN20, DN21, DN22, DN23, DN48, DN54, DN68,
DN76, DN78, DM38, DM48 and DM49.

John states, “There will be many other grids on the route, but I’ll
only operate from them if the situation permits. This is a tent
camping trip, and the weather will play a role in when and if I can
operate. The first grid will be DN54 although there may be one or two
before that depending on the timing.”

John will be using an Icom 910H and an Arrow or Elk antenna rather
than the setup in my truck that was used on the Lake Superior
Expedition. Setup time and weather will be a factor. I don’t
anticipate operating in darkness although it may be possible at
campsites. I will be using computer control on the linear birds.

We don’t have many satellites now and since AO-7 is now switching
between Mode A and B, it will only be available every other day. The
primary birds will be FO-29 and SO-50. There may be some AO-73, but
not likely. If AO-7 is weak, he may operate on CW on that bird only.

John will be track-able on APRS as K8YSE-9 (cellphone 3g/4g) and/or
K8YSE-12, or -12 on RF. He also adds, “Sometime in October I will plan
a short trip over to DM63/64 if anyone needs those grids. And on
January 1st, 2015, I will operate at least one pass from FM13 in the
afternoon.”

John doesn’t anticipate doing LoTW for this expedition. Cards should
be sent direct to him. If you have many contacts to confirm, a log
excerpt can be sent that he can sign and return to you. Please make
sure you indicate which grid he was in for each QSO. He also plans to
record all passes and log on paper as well. QSOs will be confirmed
sometime in December. To read
John’s complete press release, go to:

http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2014-August/050548.html

[ANS thanks John Papays, K8YSE for the above information]
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ARTSAT1: INVADER (CO-77) Decays

ARTSAT1: INVADER (CO-77) decayed earlier this week . It was only 186
days since launch. However, we are so glad that many hams listen and
report it.

ARTSAT team is now concentrating the next project, ARTSAT2: DESPATCH
as announced by JI1IZR last night.

We are continuously going to develop our concept and philosophy
through the creation of artworks using the data from INVADER and
launch of next deep-space amateur spacecrafts, DESPATCH. We would be
grateful for your continued cooperation.

[ANS thanks Akihiro Kubota, ARTSAT Project for the above information]
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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between About Gagarin From Space,
The Center Of Supplementary Education For Children Of Ruzayev
District Mordovia Republic Russia and Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev using
callsign RSØISS. The contact began 2014-08-30 10:00 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via R4UAB.
ARISS Mentor was RV3DR.
The Russian web site http://r4uab.ru/?page_id=6368 includes pictures,
video, and descriptions of the contact and student activities.

+ A Successful contact was made between Gymnasium Siegburg Alleestraße
Siegburg, Germany and Astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO using callsign
DPØISS. The contact began 2014-09-01 13:12 UTC and lasted about
nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via DN6KW.
ARISS Mentor was IN3GHZ.
600 were present in the audience, including students, parents,
VIP’s, members of the DLR team, University of Bonn and the German
National Amateur Radio Society. The German nationwide TV stations
ARD, WDR, RPR and some regional newspapers covered the event.

+ A Successful contact was made between Evansville Day School
Evansville, Indiana USA and Astronaut Gregory Wiseman KF5LKT using
callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-09-03 14:31 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via W9OG.
ARISS Mentor was K5YFL.
All 15 prepared questions plus two others were answered during the
contact. For all their STEM efforts leading up to the ARISS contact,
the mayor of Evansville declared Sept 3 as “Evansville Day School
Science Day.”

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

St. Joan of Arc School, Lisle, IL, direct via K9LEZ
Contact is a go for: Mon 2014-09-08 18:34:45 UTC

St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is located in Lisle, Illinois, a
western suburb of Chicago. We are a pre-K to 8th grade school with
about 600 students. St. Joan provides an educational environment
which grants each student access to the highest quality and richest
variety of integrated educational experiences within our means. We
are committed to preparing our students to think critically and
become confident, sensitive, Christian leaders capable of adapting
and contributing to their community. Our school was awarded the
National Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence in 2011. Our
school was named an IMSA (Illinios Math and Science Academy) Fusion
School in 2012. Our school participated in NASA’s microgravity
program through the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in 2013.
The teachers directly involves in this contact completed the American
Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) summer teacher institute program and are
working with local radio amateurs to successfully complete this
contact and to provide additional opportunities to our classrooms.

Students First Names & Questions:
1. Caitlin: Was it hard to sit so long in the Soyuz capsule on the
way to the ISS?
2. Ben: Do you have any type of church services or a chance to
receive communion on the ISS?
3. Marlo: What is your favorite thing you have seen on Earth from
the space station?
4. Mary: What type of research are you doing on the ISS?
5. Olivia: What made you want to become an astronaut?
6. Nicholas: What is your favorite thing to eat in space?
7. Merrick: How do you talk to your family and friends?
8. Charlotte: What happens if you get sick?
9. Amelia: Is it hard to sleep in space?
10. Taylor: What do you miss most about home?
11. Ava: What do you like to do in your free time?
12. Brady: What is the scariest thing you have experienced as an
astronaut?
13. Nathan: What type of exercises do you do while in space?
14. Jake: What was your favorite subject while in school?
15. Kristine: What was the hardest part of astronaut training?
16. Phil: What is the most interesting object in the universe that
you have seen from the ISS?
17. Miss Friedman: What advice would you give to a student who
would like to someday become an astronaut?
18. Mrs. Anderson: What do you miss most about gravity?
19. Mrs. Anderson: What is the greatest challenge of living with
people from other countries?
20. Miss Friedman: What do you enjoy most about being weightless?

Lanier Middle School and Lanier Cluster Schools, Sugar Hill, GA,
direct via W4GR
Contact is a go for: Tue 2014-09-09 11:16:25 UTC

Lanier Cluster is the home of the Longhorns! They are a group of
schools with a common goal: Learn, Lead, Succeed. They are comprised
of one special needs preschool (The Buice School), three elementary
schools (Sugar Hill Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, White Oak
Elementary), one middle school (Lanier Middle), and one high school
(Lanier High). Their schools are located in the greater Atlanta metro
area in the largest school district in Georgia. Their schools and
cluster are named after nearby Lake Lanier, which part of the
Chattahoochee River system.

Lanier Cluster schools strive to create authentic learning
environments for our students. Towards that end, our elementary
schools, Lanier Middle, and Lanier High have project based learning
programs for students. At Lanier High, students choose to be a part
of a school within a school (academy model) as they guide students
towards career and college readiness. Lanier High was also recently
certified as a Georgia STEM high school, the only all-inclusive,
traditional high school in Georgia that has received this STEM
certification.

Lanier Cluster students are excited about science and space
exploration. They have participated in regional and state science
fairs, designed an experiment flown in microgravity, and chatted with
a NASA Earth scientist live on NASA TV. They have presented at
conferences, participated in robotics and app challenge events, and
even won an Emmy for work on a 3D computer animation for a PBS
documentary. The students of Lanier Cluster are excited to be a part
of this ARISS contact!

Students First Names & Questions:

1. Marcus (12th grade) What was your motivation to becoming an
astronaut?
2. Joseph (5th grade) If you were repairing the space station
outside and the tether snapped, what would you do?
3. James (11th grade) Your whole life led up to this moment. You’ve
gotten great grades through school and endured all the training
that allowed you to go into space. Do you think it is all worth
doing? Does it all payoff in this moment?
4. Bianca (5th grade) Do you do cool experiments?
5. Wyatt (3rd grade) What do you like best about space?
6. Red Lady Bug Class (PreK 4) Can you dance in space?
7. Reyes (4th grade) In our school we have an Inquiry Program, which
is a collaborative program. As you work with other countries in
space what challenges do you have as you collaborate with them.
8. America (3rd grade) How much do you weight when you wear your
spacesuit on Earth?
9. Mason (5th grade) Does it get really hot when you re-enter
Earth’s atmosphere?
10. Zae-kwon (10th grade) Thinking of how long it took humans to go
to the moon and how humans have not stepped foot on some of the
other planets, how long do you think it will take to reach the
nearest star system?
11. Green Frog Class (PreK 4) Will the spaceship crash into meteors?
12. Jahzay (5th grade) What exactly is your job at the space station?
13. Ormand (12th grade) What’s the most annoying thing about zero
gravity?
14. Charlie (5th grade) Have you come across any challenges yet?
15. Lily (5th grade) How do you sleep in space without floating
around?
16. Brown Bear Class (PreK 4) How long is space training?
17. Savannah (4th grade) Once you have landed back on Earth, how do
you make adjustments to being back on Earth and no longer in space
(gravity, sleeping, eating, etc.)
18. Sherlyn (3rd grade) How many astronauts are there in space?
19. Kasandra (5th grade) Is (are) there food or restrooms in space?
20. Blue Butterfly Class (PreK 4) How do you eat food without it
floating away?
The ARISS team mourns the loss of Astronaut Steve Nagel, callsign
N5RAW, who passed away on August 21. Steve supported amateur radio
school contacts on two of his Shuttle flights as part of the SAREX
(Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment) program, the forerunner to ARISS.

Article from last week’s ARISS Contact at Dorothy Grant Elementary
in Fontana, CA: http://TinyURL.com/ANS250-DorothyGrant

Here is the video that was put together by the Peoria Unified School
District for the Zuni Hills Contact. Enjoy!

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N, David AA4KN, Frank KA3DHO and Keith
W5IU for the above information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

The CubeSat Chasqui-1 features on page 44 of the September issue of
the free publication Sat Magazine

http://www.satmagazine.com/download.php#

Abyss-2 – from the Japanese language article it looks like it’s
carrying an amateur radio payload and will launch this December. Does
anyone have any further information ?

http://tinyurl.com/ANS250-Asteroid

Also there appears to be a Japanese Lunar Orbiter under development
which will carry an amateur radio transponder

http://kit-okuyama-lab.com/en/sinen2/sinen2-outline/

[ANS thanks Trevor M5AKA for the above information]

You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

Tom Doyle W9KE reports on the AMSAT-BB about a serendipitous CW
contact earlier this week.

On an early morning FO-29 pass I was doing some SDR desense tests. I
was looking for an open spot to do the tests so as to not interfere
with anyone. I send a bunch of dots or dashes to check the downlink
signal on the SDR and identify myself with the call sign. There were
some ssb contacts going on and some CW so I had to move from time to
time. It seemed as if I was often in danger of interfering with a cw
contact so I would have to move frequently. The sdr latency is an
issue when trying to monitor your cw downlink. I heard my callsign on
the downlink and thought that a two second latency delay was a bit
much. I finally figured out that someone was calling me – it was the
person that I had been trying to not interfere with by moving away
from his frequency. It was K9CIS. He deserves an award for working
someone who was not even trying to make a contact. He is a very
skilled operator who had no trouble with the fact that I was
operating without any Doppler correction and I had been jumping (not
swooping) around trying to stay off his frequency for some time.
Well done.

[ANS thanks Tom W9KE 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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

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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 Ballot Deadline Approaching
* W1AW/7 Satellite Operations
* Fox-1 Update – Slow Speed Telemetry
* Peruvian Cubesat Chasqui-1 Deployed From ISS
* ARISS News

 

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 243.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
August 31, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-243.01

AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballot Deadline Approaching

A final reminder that Board of Directors ballots must be returned to the
AMSAT-
NA office by 15 SEP 2014 in order to be counted. Your returned ballot should be sent promptly, and those from outside North American preferably by air mail or other expedited means.

Normally there would be 3 full Board seats open this year, plus 2 alternates.
However, with the passing of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX (SK), there will be an additional full Board seat open to fill the remainder of his term. This means that the top three recipients of votes will have two-year terms, the fourth most vote recipient serving as full member for one year. The fifth and sixth highest vote recipients will serve as first and second Alternate, respectively. You may vote for up to 4 individuals.

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. Please take the time to review the candidate statements that accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board.

[ANS thanks Alan, W4SCA, for the above information]
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W1AW/7 Satellite Operations

Following the schedule for W1AW/x portable activity during 2014, next week will start the second of the two weeks W1AW/7 will air from Arizona. The first W1AW/7 Arizona satellite activity in March was successful (thanks, John K8YSE, for making good use of the K8YSE/7 station in Arizona that week). The next operation will be starting at
0000 UTC
Wednesday, 27 August (2000 EDT/1700 PDT on Tuesday, 26 August).

Patrick, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, will be operating as W1AW/7 on weeknights, and plan on more activity during the Labor Day weekend (30 August-1 September) that falls within this one-week period. He is working on having additional operators for the weekday passes, when he won’t be able to get on the radio. As with any of the W1AW/x activities, ARRL will handle the QSLing. ARRL will upload all W1AW/7 logs to Logbook of the World, in addition to the paper QSL cards that will be available later.

If you also work other bands and want to work W1AW/7 from Arizona next week, the W1AW/7 Arizona activity coordinator, Ned Stearns AA7A, has a schedule showing when the other stations operating as W1AW/7 will be on – and on what band/mode combinations. This schedule is still being assembled, so more slots will be filled in as we get closer to next week.

You can see that schedule at:

http://aa7a.net/W1AW/W1AW_7_AZ_1September.htm

Satellite operating times will not appear on Ned’s schedule, as Patrick is coordinating that part of the W1AW/7 effort. Patrick will use the AMSAT-BB list and his Twitter @WD9EWK feed (http://twitter.com/WD9EWK ) to send out updates for the W1AW/7 satellite activity.

Good luck, and 73!

[ANS thanks Patrick, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, for the above information]
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Fox-1 Update – Slow Speed Telemetry

The Fox-1 series of satellites feature a slow speed telemetry, with 200 bps data being sent along with the transponder audio or voice ID activity. This allows telemetry to be sent continuously during normal transponder operation while QSOs are taking place.

The slow speed data is contained in the audio spectrum below 300 Hz.
Using DSP
techniques, high pass filtering is applied to the uplink signal and voice IDs, low pass filtering is applied to the telemetry audio which is generated by the IHU, and the combined audio is sent on the downlink as the voice and data.
Forward error correction added to the downlink stream provides data recovery for up to 1/4 second signal fades.
Fox-1A slow speed telemetry

Screen print of actual Fox-1A downlink slow speed telemetry received over the air on a FUNcube Dongle Pro+ with SDR# and a decoded/displayed with command line version of the AMSAT ground telemetry decoding software used in our testing

The slow speed data on Fox-1A contains four different payload types: Current telemetry readings, High telemetry readings, Low telemetry readings, and Vanderbilt University radiation experiment telemetry. The payloads are transmitted in a scheduled rotation that delivers one payload or frame about every 5 seconds. Current telemetry is thus received every 15 seconds, experiment telemetry is received about twice every 15 seconds, and high or low telemetry received once every minute (alternating minutes between high and low).

The telemetry contains many satellite health and operation values, including readings such as solar panel output, battery voltages, temperatures from various areas of the satellite, IHU performance, and the Penn State University MEMS gyro experiment data.

AMSAT will be providing free GUI software for decoding and displaying both slow and high speed telemetry from the Fox-1 series of satellites, as we get closer to launch. The software will be similar to the user software that was provided for ARISSat-1.

AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch contract and additional materials for construction and testing for Fox-1C. We have set a fundraising goal of $125,000 to cover these expenses over the next 12 months, and allow us to continue to keep amateur radio in space.

Donations may be made through the AMSAT webpage at www.amsat.org, by calling
(888) 322-6728 or by mail to the AMSAT office at 10605 Concord Street, Kensington, MD 20895, USA. Please consider a recurring, club, or corporate donation to maximize our chance of success with this mission. You may also dontate via PayPal. Donations will be marked specifically for Fox-1C. Note that PayPal usually allows you to donate with a credit card, even if you do not have a PayPal account. However, PayPal requirements differ depending on your country. We have not control over this issue.

You may also contribute through a special “crowd sourcing” campaign on fundrazr.com at the following link.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6pz92

[ANS thanks Jerry, N0JY, for the above information]
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Peruvian Cubesat Chasqui-1 Deployed From ISS

The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos announced that a nano satellite with the designation, NS-1 was hand-launched during a space walk that began at
14:00 UTC
Monday, August 18, 2014.

The satellite is also referred to as the Peruvian Cubesat Chasqui-1 and weighs
1.5 kg. The satellite’s main mission is to serve as a platform for testing micro-electronics and optical devices used in cubesat applications.

Its secondary mission is to operate as an amateur radio satellite. It’s transmit downlink is 437.025 MHz. The craft will send information in CW mode. It also transmits images stored in memory, photos taken by two on board cameras and will send telemetry. Data transmissions will use either 1200 bps AFSK AX.25 or 9600 bps GMSK modes.

[ANS thanks , for the above information]
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ARISS News

A direct contact with students at Dorothy Grant Elementary School, Fontana, CA, USA was successful Wed 2014-08-27 18:31:28 UTC 83 deg. Astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO was able to answer 7 questions for students during the communication window.

Dorothy Grant Elementary School proudly earned the California Department of Education’s 2013 Title I Academic Achievement Award and is a California Distinguished School. This prestigious honor is a reflection of the school’s system of support for all students at all learning levels. Innovative intervention strategies and differentiated instruction greatly impacted
school-
wide student performance to meet state and federal standards of excellence.

On October 27, 2012, the Dorothy Grant Elementary Amateur Radio Club was established. Each year nearly 50 students in the 4th and 5th grades learn about amateur radio and participate in activities and programs that teach them about electronics and radio communication techniques. Amateur radio has enhanced reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and communication skills for all students. The club recently installed a 50 ft. Rohn tower and beam antenna in hopes of making more international contacts on 10, 15, and 20 meters.
The use of
technology is strongly emphasized throughout the curriculum and used as a tool to enhance class lessons.

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A telebridge contact via IK1SLD providing an interview for students at SPACE KAMP Sterrenlab, Noordwijk, The Netherlands with astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO was successful Tue 2014-08-26 11:36:32 UTC 65 deg. Gerst answered 18 questions for students.

The Amicale Space Camp includes 25 children aged 8-13 years old of different European nationalities. It includes children of the European Patent Office staff and takes place in Noordwijk (Stay Okay hostel) from the 25th to the 29th of August 2014. All camp activities are designed to entertain children, stimulate their creative and manual skills, and teach them about science and space. The contact with the International Space Station will be a key activity in the program as it gives the children the opportunity to talk with an astronaut and understand that space is an international endeavor.

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A direct contact with students at Winfree Bryant Middle School, Lebanon, TN, USA was successful Tue 2014-08-26 16:12:47 UTC 24 deg. Astronaut Gregory Wiseman, KF5LKT answered 16 questions for students.

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]

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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

 

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The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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 Space Symposium Auction Announced
* ISS Slow Scan TV on August 27
* Lambda-Sat CubeSat – ISS Deployment
* W1AW/7 on satellites starting Wednesday (UTC time)
* Venerable LUSAT-1 (OSCAR 19) Takes to the Dark Side
* 73 on 73 Award Announcement
* Chasqui-1 deployment from ISS
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 236.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE August 24, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-236.01

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AMSAT Space Symposium Auction Announced

At this year’s AMSAT Space Symposium, we are trying a few new things and we hope you will enjoy them. One exciting facet we are adding this year is an auction. All proceeds from the auction will support AMSAT’s two major initiatives—the development and launch of the FOX satellite series and the ARISS program.

As we prepare for the auction, we are asking for your help in donating specialty items for auction (minimum value $100) that will attract symposium attendee’s attention and get them bidding up the item price. If you have any items that are ham related (no boat anchors please), items of historical value, space related and/or autographed items, or even sports tickets or time shares, we would love to get your donations. Think out of the box on this—what exciting things would you like to see in this auction?

If you have something to donate to the Symposium auction, please send an e-mail to Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, who will work with you on getting your item or items into the auction. Frank’s e-mail address is ka3hdo@verizon.net

This auction, while adding a fun experience to the AMSAT Space Symposium experience, will also serve to keep amateur radio’s spirit thriving in space through its donations to FOX and ARISS.

On behalf of AMSAT, I thank you for your donations in advance. And I encourage each of you to attend and participate in this year’s AMSAT Space Symposium to be held in Baltimore Maryland Oct 10-12.
For more information, see:
http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1555

73 from Your Symposium Committee Co-Chairs:

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO and Janet Bauer

[ANS thanks the Frank, KA3HDO and AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ISS Slow Scan TV on August 27

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB reports that the Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment MAI-75 on the International Space Station (ISS) may be active on Wednesday, August 27 using the call sign RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM.

A Google English translation of the work plan says “On Gagarin from Space”. Open gear with ISS RS by amateur radio link to ground receiving stations amateurs around the world images of photographs devoted to the life and work of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

It is unclear how long the SSTV transmissions will continue for but the plan shows the Kenwood TM D-700 transceiver being used for a school contact in the Ruzaevo district on Saturday, August 30.

All you need to do to receive the SSTV pictures from the space station is to connected the audio output of a scanner or amateur rig via a simple interface to the soundcard on a Windows PC or an Apple iOS device, and tune in to 145.800 MHz FM. You can even receive pictures by holding an iPhone next to the radio’s loudspeaker.

The ISS puts out a strong signal on 145.800 MHz FM and a 2m handheld with a 1/4 wave antenna will be enough to receive it. The FM transmission uses 5 kHz deviation which is standard in much of the world.

Many FM rigs in the UK can be switched been wide and narrow deviation FM filters so select the wider deviation. Handhelds all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.

On Windows PC’s the free application MMSSTV can be used to decode the signal, on Apple iOS devices you can use the SSTV app. The ISS Fan Club website will show you when the space station is in range.

Listen for the ISS SSTV transmissions online using the SUWS WebSDR, further details at http://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/15/suws-websdr-moves-to-new-site/

For more on Slow Scan Television SSTV, see this article SSTV – The Basics http://www.essexham.co.uk/sstv-the-basics

How to be successful with the ISS Slow Scan Television (SSTV) imaging system http://www.marexmg.org/fileshtml/howtoisssstv.html

Information on the MAI-75 SSTV experiment http://www.energia.ru/eng/iss/researches/education-26.html

Free MMSSTV software
http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php

iOS SSTV App
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sstv/id387910013

IZ8BLY Vox Recoder, enables you to record the signals from the ISS on 145.800 MHz while you’re away at work http://antoninoporcino.xoom.it/VoxRecorder/

ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) Blog and Gallery http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.co.uk/

For real-time tracking and the latest status of amateur radio activity on the space station see the ISS Fan Club http://www.issfanclub.com/

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB
http://r4uab.ru/?p=7237

ISS Work Plan
http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/plan.htm
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Lambda-Sat CubeSat – ISS Deployment

Lambda-Sat was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on July 13, 2014, in an Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket CRS-2/ORB-2. It is reported it may be deployed from the ISS on Tuesday, August 26.

The Lambda team encourages amateur radio operators around the world to listen for and report the Lambda-Sat signal.

Frequency: 437.462 MHz
Downlink: AX.25 Unnumbered Information (UI) packets at 1200 bps AFSK Transmission Power : 1W Call Sign : KK6DFZ

The Secretary of the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society (CARS) Nestor 5B4AHZ has written an article on Lambda-Sat, he says:

The naming of the Lambda-Sat satellite came from the Greek letter L
(lambda) a reminder of Hellas, Helios, the Greek word Thalassa for sea, the Greek word Lithos which directly translates to stone (meaning “Land of Light”).

The Lambda-Sat was constructed entirely of Greek volunteers who worked feverishly, selflessly and without any personal gain. Members of Lambda-Sat contributed to the construction of the satellite system each with their knowledge in robotics, electronics, software development and telecommunications. The group consists of young people from Greece who traveled to Silicon Valley in California to participate in this project.

“I want to motivate the youth in Greece to continue to dream,” says the original initiator of the project, Periklis Papadopoulos, Professor of Aerospace Engineering of the Federal University of California San Jose, which has been awarded from NASA for his contribution with the prize Turning Goals Into Reality (TGIR). As the professor states, “My goal is to demonstrate the capabilities of young people in Greece.” The professor believes that our country could be active in this area and this is not an economic issue, but a question of will alone (!).

Submit reception reports of Lambda-Sat at
http://lambdasat.com/?page_id=181

Lambda-Sat
http://lambdasat.com/

Article on Lambda-Sat by Nestor 5B4AHZ
http://www.cyhams.org/index.php/en/news-and-events/359-the-first-
greek-microsatellite-is-a-fact

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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W1AW/7 on satellites starting Wednesday (UTC time)

Following the schedule for W1AW/x portable activity during 2014, next week will start the second of the two weeks W1AW/7 will air from Arizona. The first W1AW/7 Arizona satellite activity in March was successful (thanks, John K8YSE, for making good use of the K8YSE/7 station in Arizona that week), and I’m hoping for another successful week starting at 0000 UTC Wednesday, 27 August (2000 EDT/1700 PDT on Tuesday, 26 August).

I will be operating as W1AW/7 on weeknights, and plan on more activity during the Labor Day weekend (30 August-1 September) that falls within this one-week period. I am working on having additional operators for the weekday passes, when I won’t be able to get on the radio myself.
As with any of the W1AW/x activities, ARRL will handle the QSLing.
ARRL will upload all W1AW/7 logs to Logbook of the World, in addition to the paper, QSL cards that will be available later.

If you also work other bands and want to work W1AW/7 from Arizona next week, the W1AW/7 Arizona activity coordinator, Ned Stearns AA7A, has a schedule showing when the other stations operating as W1AW/7 will be on – and on what band/mode combinations. This schedule is still being assembled, so more slots will be filled in as we get closer to next week.

You can see that schedule at:
http://aa7a.net/W1AW/W1AW_7_AZ_1September.htm

Satellite operating times will not appear on Ned’s schedule, as I am coordinating that part of the W1AW/7 effort. I’ll use the AMSAT-BB list and my Twitter @WD9EWK feed (http://twitter.com/WD9EWK ) to send out updates for the W1AW/7 satellite activity.

 

Good luck, and 73!
[ANS thanks Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK and AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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Venerable LUSAT-1 (OSCAR 19) Takes to the Dark Side
Set to celebrate its silver anniversary next year, LUSAT-1 — which is also known as OSCAR 19 or LO-19 — appears once again to be functioning, sort of, when not in sunlight. At this point, OSCAR 19 is only transmitting telemetry; its digital transponder has not been reported to be operational.

“We knew that our LUSAT started transmitting again a couple of years ago, but only when illuminated by sunlight and was not heard during the night,” Pedro Converso, LU7ABF, reported to the AMSAT-BB. During a recent nighttime pass, though, he was surprised to hear “the usual strong 900 mW continuous carrier on 437.125 MHz,” 22 minutes after LO-
19 had emerged from Earth’s shadow.

“It’s almost a miracle that after almost 25 years, LUSAT’s vintage Ni-Cd batteries can receive and hold [a] charge,” he said.

Launched in 1990 from Kourou, French Guyana, on an Ariane 4 vehicle, the satellite — Argentina’s first — has completed more than 128,000 orbits, and is one of the oldest active Amateur Radio satellites. The satellite carries a digital store-and-forward packet transponder with uplink frequencies at 145.84, 145.86, 145.88, and 145.90 MHz 1200 bps FM, with AX.25 protocol downlink at 437.125 MHz SSB.

An audio clip, tracking information, and listener reports are available via the AMSAT-LU website. Reports are welcome via e-mail.
[ANS thanks ARRL & AMSAT-BB for the above information]
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73 on 73 Award Announcement
Paul Stoetzer N8HM has announced a new award for contacts made via the AO-73 (FUNcube-1) amateur radio satellite

“I am pleased to announce that I will be sponsoring a new award to promote activity on AO-73 (FUNcube-1). The requirements for this award are simple:

1. Work 73 unique stations on AO-73.
2. Contacts must be made on or after September 1, 2014.
3. There are no geographic restrictions on your operating location.

There will be no cost for this award (donations to AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NA’s Fox program are encouraged though). No QSLs are required.
When you complete the requirements, email your log extract including the callsign of each station worked, time GMT, and date to n8hm@arrl.net as well as the address where you’d like the award certificate sent.

Enjoy AO-73’s transponder!

73 Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
Washington, DC”
[ANS thanks Paul, N8HM and AMSAT-UK the above information]
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Chasqui-1 deployment from ISS
On August 18, 2014 at 14:00 UT the Russia Cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS), Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, opened the hatches of the Pirs docking module and to start Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA).

One of their tasks was the deployment of the Peruvian satellite Chasqui-1, a research satellite designed to standard CubeSat dimension by the Peruvian National University of Engineering (Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (UNI)) in collaboration with the Southwestern State University (SWSU) in Kursk.

Chasqui-1’s batteries were charged by the Russian Cosmonuats inside the ISS during August 14/15.The satellite was successfully deployed by Oleg Artemyev near the start of the EVA at 14:23 UT.

Chasqui-1 was developed with the intention of improving their satellite technology through the design and testing of a small satellite. Its facilities include two cameras, one in visible and the other in infra-red. Other facilities include communication in the amateur radio band and control systems for its power, thermal and embedded management of its components.

Chasqui-1 will provide a number of functions that include taking pictures of the Earth. From an academic perspective it will facilitate collaborations among various faculties and research centres of the university to train students and teachers with real world experience in satellites. It will also generate opportunities to work with other universities in the world which in turn will lead to technological advances in the aerospace industry of Peru.

The 437.025 MHz beacon (+/- 10 kHz Doppler shift) can transmit either 1200 bps AFSK AX.25 or 9600 bps GMSK. At the time of writing no signal from the beacon had been heard.

Listen for Chasqui-1 and the ISS online using the SUWS WebSDR, further details at http://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/15/suws-websdr-moves-to-new-site/

Find out when you can hear the ISS and Chasqui-1 which is currently in close proximity at http://issfanclub.com/

Chasqui-1
http://www.chasqui.uni.edu.pe/eng.html

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chasqui-1/253013641985

Twitter @chasqui1

R4UAB Chasqui-1
http://r4uab.ru/?p=7178
[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).

* Saturday, 30 AUG 14 @ 1330 EDT: AMSAT Forum at the Shelby, NC Hamfest (ARRL North Carolina State Convention) “Amateur Radio Satellite Overview”
AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW and AMSAT Area Coordinator John Kludt, K4SQC will discuss AMSAT’s Fox-1 class cubesat projects currently under development; two of these satellites are expected to be launched in 2015. They will also cover the basics in getting started in amateur satellites and note other recently launched amateur spacecraft, such as AMSAT-UK’s FUNCube-1 and FUNCube-2.
* Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (near Montgomery Field and I-
805/CA-163 interchange)
* Sunday, 25 October 2014 – Hamfest Chattanooga 2014 in Chattanooga TN (Alhambra Center, near TN-320 and I-75 exit 3)
* Saturday, 8 November 2014 – Tucson Hamfest 2014 in Marana AZ (along I-10 west frontage road, east of exit 236)
* Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Superstition Superfest 2014 in Mesa AZ (Mesa Community College, Dobson Road between Southern Avenue & US-
60 exit 177)
* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest in Phoenix AZ (43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)
* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ (Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue & Avenue 3E, south of I-8 exit 3)
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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ARISS News
Upcoming Contacts

* A telebrdige contact via IK1SLD with students at SPACE KAMP Sterrenlab, Noordwijk, The Netherlands is a go for Tue 2014-08-26
11:36:32 UTC 65 deg.

The Amicale Space Camp includes 25 children aged 8-13 years old of different European nationalities. It includes children of the European Patent Office staff and takes place in Noordwijk (Stay Okay hostel) from the 25th to the 29th of August 2014. All camp activities are designed to entertain children, stimulate their creative and manual skills, and teach them about science and space. The contact with the International Space Station will be a key activity in the program as it gives the children the opportunity to talk with an astronaut and understand that space is an international endeavor.
* A direct contact with students at Winfree Bryant Middle School, Lebanon, TN, USA is scheduled for Tue 2014-08-26 16:12:47 UTC 24 deg.

As one of two middle schools in Lebanon Special School District, Winfree Bryant Middle School is in its fourth year of serving students in grades 6 – 8. Located in Wilson County in the heart of middle Tennessee twenty-eight miles east of Nashville, the city of Lebanon has approximately 27,000 residents. Winfree Bryant serves approximately 600 students with 66.5% Caucasian, 16.6% African American, 14.4% Hispanic, 2% Asian, and less than 1% Native American/Mixed Race. Forty-eight percent of the school population is female and fifty-two percent of the population is male. Approximately 65% of students fall within the demographics of economically disadvantaged.

Winfree Bryant’s mission statement is “Different and Making a Difference.” As a school family, that is what teachers and staff set out to do on a daily basis. Although our number one responsibility is to teach Tennessee State Standards and grow students academically, we first love our children and provide for their daily needs.
Without relationship, there can be no learning, and our teachers and administrators take very seriously the mission of making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.

The faculty and staff embodies this mission by never giving up on a child – academically, emotionally, and socially. Expectations for academics are high and behavioral expectations are rigorous in order to best support a positive learning environment. In return, we look forward to a harvest of hardworking responsible citizens who then make a difference in a positive way to our community.
* A direct contact with students at Dorothy Grant Elementary School, Fontana, CA, USA is scheduled for Wed 2014-08-27 18:31:28 UTC
83 deg.

Dorothy Grant Elementary School opened its doors in August 2004 and was named after a local prominent, nationally renowned civil rights leader who passed away in April 2013. Mrs. Grant was vested in education, and could be seen most mornings at our school gates welcoming our students to school.

Our school is a community school located in the middle of a residential neighborhood and serves over 780 students in preschool through grade 5. We also have an early childhood special education program and Special Day Class for 5th grade students. Many of our students participate in our after-school program, as well as a variety of school clubs that are headed by teachers or parents, such as the gardening club.

Dorothy Grant Elementary School proudly earned the California Department of Education’s 2013 Title I Academic Achievement Award and is a California Distinguished School. This prestigious honor is a reflection of the school’s system of support for all students at all learning levels. Innovative intervention strategies and differentiated instruction greatly impacted school-wide student performance to meet state and federal standards of excellence.

On October 27, 2012, the Dorothy Grant Elementary Amateur Radio Club was established. Each year nearly 50 students in the 4th and 5th grades learn about amateur radio and participate in activities and programs that teach them about electronics and radio communication techniques. Amateur radio has enhanced reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and communication skills for all students. The club recently installed a 50 ft. Rohn tower and beam antenna in hopes of making more international contacts on 10, 15, and 20 meters. The use of technology is strongly emphasized throughout the curriculum and used as a tool to enhance class lessons.
Latest News

* A telebridge contact with students at Zuni Hills Elementary School, Sun City, AZ, USA, via K6DUE was successful on Fri 2014-08-22 17:47:05 UTC. With the help of the Telebridge Operator, Jennifer, we had a very successful contact. All 18 questions plus several others were completed before an audience of about 850 at the school.

Zuni Hills Elementary School is a K-8th grade school and falls in the Peoria Unified School District. Our district is the third largest in the state of Arizona with 33 elementary schools and 7 high schools. Our district is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.
Our district has a 95% graduation rate and last year students accepted more than 50 million dollars in scholarships.
[ANS thanks ARISS, Keith, W5IU and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over
* A presentation on FUNcube CubeSat by AMSAT-UK scheduled for RSGB Convention

The RSGB say there will be lots of space and a five lecture stream programme in the new Convention venue at the Kents Hill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.

Among the presentations are
– UKHASNET, technology and methodology by James Coxon M6JCX
– SDR Techniques by Simon Brown G4ELI
– Digital modes start up by Mike Richards G4WNC
– FUNcube CubeSat by AMSAT-UK
– Amateur radio software developers forum by G7VJR
– 146-147MHz: A New Frontier of Amateur Innovation by G4SWX
– World War 1 Communications by Dr Elizabeth Bruton

RSGB Convention
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

Schedule
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/rsgb-convention-2014-
provisional-timetable/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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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 additional 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

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Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* 7 weeks Until Symposium
* Satellite Road Trip
* 2014 AMSAT Symposium Trips, Social Events, and Tours
* 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers Due Septmeber 15
* Dnepr Launch Planned for October
* SUWS VHF/UHF/Microwave WebSDR moves to new site
* LUSAT-1 alive at night!
* OSCAR NEWS 207 from AMSAT-UK
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 229.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE August 17, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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7 weeks Until Symposium

Charm City Space Symposium
32nd Space Symposium and Annual Meeting
October 10-12, 2014
Baltimore, Maryland

* Board of Directors meeting on October 9 and morning of October 10.
* Technical presentations on satellite design/operating begin the
  afternoon of October 10 and continue October 11.
* Meet AMSAT Officers and Board members.
* Meet and greet fellow satellite operators.
* Satellites on display.
* Annual general meeting afternoon of October 10.

* Saturday evening annual banquet with door prizes.
* Sunday morning Area Coordinator’s breakfast.
* Sunday ARISS Operations Team meeting.
* Sunday and Monday tours.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton — Baltimore – BWI Airport
890 Elkridge Landing Rd,  Linthicum,  Maryland,  21090
Phone: 

Ask For: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation Group or use the Code:
RAS
AMSAT Special Room Rate–$99.00 per night
$10 Breakfast Buffet Coupons–Full Hot and Cold Breakfast*

FREE Parking
FREE WiFi
Free Airport and Close-in Transportation
Easy Train/Light Rail Service to Baltimore Inner Harbor & D.C. Metro
Walking distance to National Electronics Museum

Special Guest Presentations

*Purchase at check-in

A registration form for the Symposium and all events may be
downloaded at
http://tinyurl.com/ANS208-SymposiumRegistration

Online registration is available through the AMSAT Store
http://tinyurl.com/ANS208-OnlineRegistration

[ANS thanks AMSAT Office for the above information]


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Satellite Road Trip

Ron, N8RO says he started on a vacation road trip on Saturday August
16, 2014. He plans satellite operation only on SO-50 & FO-29. He will
attempt to be on one morning and one evening pass of the satellites,
but it’s a vacation and nothing is set in stone. He plans to return
home around September 20, 2014.

The trip will be divided into three phases:

+ The first phase will include TX, NM, AZ and CA. The first
  stop will be in DM62 and ending up in CM87 on August 26, 2014.

+ The second phase of the trip will start in AK, BP52, on
  August 27, 2014 and will end in CN89 on September 6, 2014. A
  major portion of this part of the trip will be aboard a cruise
  ship and if he is permitted to operate as N8RO/MM he will only
  be on SO-50 with a HT and a whip antenna, so contacts may be
  difficult.

+ The final portion of the trip will start on September 8, 2014
  and will include CA, NV, UT, CO, NM & TX starting again in CN89
  and ending in EM00.

[ANS thanks Ron Oldham, N8RO for the above information]


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2014 AMSAT Symposium Trips, Social Events, and Tours

We will have two “working” events scheduled Sunday morning (October
12)-the Area Coordinators Breakfast and the ARISS Operations Team
Meeting.

Similar to last year’s symposium, two opportunities for tours are
planned for the 2014 Space Symposium:

1) On Sunday October 12 (Afternoon), several Small Group/Light Rail
tours are being planned.  Symposium participants can choose one of the
following tours:  Baltimore Inner Harbor Tour (including the
Aquarium), the B&O Railroad Museum, Edgar Allen Poe House or the
National Electronics Museum.

2) On Columbus Day, Monday October 13 we will take a bus to the
Washington Dulles airport area to tour the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space
Museum.  Udvar-Hazy is a phenomenal museum with hundreds of aircraft
and spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, an SR-71, Enola
Gay, and many others.   The plan is to leave the hotel at 9 am and
return around 4 pm.

In order to get maximum benefit from all the holiday weekend events,
the symposium committee suggests that symposium participants consider
scheduling their airline flights for no earlier than 6 pm on Monday
October 13.

Online registration is available through the AMSAT Store
http://tinyurl.com/ANS208-OnlineRegistration

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


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2014 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers Due Septmeber 15

The 2014 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium will be held on
the weekend of October 10-12, 2014, at the DoubleTree Hotel by
Hilton, Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Baltimore,
Maryland. (See information above)

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

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


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Dnepr Launch Planned for October

According to an ITAR-TASS report the launch of a Russian-Ukrainian
conversion rocket Dnepr (RS-20) with Japanese satellites, should take
place in early October from the Orenburg region, southern Urals.

On Wednesday, August 13, when asked by ITAR-TASS whether the plans
had not been affected by Japanese sanctions against Russia a source
in the Russian Military Industrial Commission said “The launch is
scheduled for the beginning of October. There have been no
cancellations so far”.

The rocket will orbit five Japanese satellites, including four micro
ones. “The satellites will be brought to Russia on August 20,” the
source said, adding that this year’s third Dnepr launch was scheduled
for December.

The Dnepr rocket conversion programme was initiated in the 1990s by
the presidents of Russia and Ukraine to convert RS-20 Voyevoda ICBMs
for civilian uses.

Dnepr rockets are launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and the Yasny
Launch Site of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces in the Orenburg
region under a joint project commenced by Russia, Ukraine and
Kazakhstan.

The Dnepr rocket is a three-stage liquid-engine vehicle. Its takeoff
mass is 210 tones. The first two stages are the regular stages of the
RS-20 rocket and have not been changed. The third stage has been
worked on to improve its flight control system.

The rocket is injected from an RS-20 silo by propellant gases. Its
engine turns on after the whole vehicle has come out of the silo. The
rocket is made by the Ukrainian company Yuzhmash in Dnepropetrovsk.

Source ITAR-TASS http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/744861

The five satellites are understood to be:
* ASNARO 1
* ChubuSat 1
* Hodoyoshi 1
* QSAT-EOS
* Tsubame


[ANS thanks ITAR-TASS and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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SUWS VHF/UHF/Microwave WebSDR moves to new site

The Southampton University Wireless Society SUWS VHF/UHF/Microwave
WebSDR has now moved to its new site in Farnham.

You can use the free online SUWS Web Software Defined Radio (WebSDR)
from your PC or Laptop to receive the International Space Station
(ISS) and the many amateur radio satellites transmitting in the 144-
146 MHz or 435-438 MHz bands.

The WebSDR also provides reception of High Altitude Balloons in the
434 MHz band and coverage of the microwave 10368-10370 MHz band.

Martin Ehrenfried G8JNJ has equipped the SUWS WebSDR with omni-
direction helix antennas for both 144-146 MHz and 432-438 MHz which
have proved effective for both high altitude balloon and satellite
reception.

The SUWS WebSDR is located at Farnham not far from London, 51.3 N
1.15 W, listen to it at http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

Martin says this about the special satellite antennas “I had been
experimenting with single turn ‘twisted halo’ design, and decided to
try stacking them to see if I could achieve more gain. Modelling
suggested that a stretched 3 turn helix with a helix circumference of
approx 1/2 wave length and an overall length of 1/2 wave at 70cm, and
fed with a gamma match at the centre would offer reasonable gain, an
omni-directional pattern and mixed polarisation.”

Full details of the antennas are available at
http://g8jnj.webs.com/currentprojects.htm

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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LUSAT-1 alive at night!

Pedro, LU7ABF, reported to the AMSAT-BB, “We knew that our LUSAT
start transmitting again a couple of years ago, but only when
illuminated by sun, and was not heard during the night.

On the occasion of testing the application
http://amsat.org.ar/sat.htm saw there was a nightly pass, which was
tried to listen.

Without much hope tuned 437.125 MHz, surprised to hear the usual
strong 900mW continuous carrier +/- Doppler, but this time after 22
minutes of being LUSAT in the dark.

Commenting locally, several other hams also tried and received LUSAT.

It’s almost a miracle that after almost 25 years, LUSAT vintage Ni-
Cd batteries can receive and hold charge.

It seems LUSAT is willing to greet hams on his ‘Silver Jubilee’ due
next Jan-22 thru continuing talking with us from space after its more
than 128,000 orbits.

The LO-19, next to Oscar-7 and UO-11 is one of the most long-lived
active amateur satellites.

We have included short report and audio on http://amsat.org.ar/?f=z
, Amsat-LU logs.

More information on LUSAT (although in Spanish) on http://lusat.org.ar

Reports welcomed at info at amsat.org.ar

[ANS thanks Pedro, LU7ABF, for the above information]


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OSCAR NEWS 207 from AMSAT-UK

The Editors of OSCAR NEWS are starting the preparation of the next
edition – #207.

We would welcome any articles for this edition which need to be
submitted before the end of August!

Long or short articles about technical, operational or historical
matters are all equally welcome.

Exciting and/or amusing photographs would also be appreciated.

Many thanks in advance for your support

[ANS thanks Graham G3VZV and Jim G3WGM for the above information]


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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Amino Kita Elementary
School, Kyotango, Japan and Astronaut Gregory Wiseman KF5LKT using
callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-08-06 10:25 UTC UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via 8J3AK.
ARISS Mentor was 7M3TJZ.

+ A Successful contact was made between Canada Science and
Technology Museum Summer Day Camps, Ottawa, ON, Canada and Astronaut
Alexander Gerst KF5ONO using callsign OR4ISS. The contact began 2014-
08-13 17:18 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was
telebridged via IK1SLD.
ARISS Mentor was VE3TBD.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Zuni Hills Elementary School, Sun City, AZ, telebridge via  K6DUE
Contact is a go for: Fri 2014-08-22 17:47:05 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

Help AMSAT launch Fox-1C satellite in 2015!
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6pz92

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


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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 Relations, AMSAT-NA

 

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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:

* Crowdfunding for Fox-1C Launch
* 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers Deadline Approaching
* ARISS Contact Success
* France WIll Now Allow Students Third Party Communication With The ISS
* CubeSat Launch Initiative: 50 CubeSats from 50 States in 5 years
* An Amateur Radio Village at EMF 2014

 

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Crowdfunding for Fox-1C Launch

AMSAT has set up a campaign page with FundRazr to help launch Fox-1C next year.
In order to maximize our success in raising the required funds, please visit the following link and use the buttons to share the campaign with your friends and contacts on social media and via email. The more it is shared, the more people will see it, and the more support we will receive.

http://fnd.us/c/6pz92/sh/561Zd

We will continue to explore other fundraising venues between now and launch, so please follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/AMSAT), Facebook (The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)), and at www.amsat.org for updates.
[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]
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2014 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers Deadline Approaching

This is the first call for papers for the 2014 AMSAT Annual Meeting and
Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 10-12, 2014, at the
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, Baltimore-Washington International Airport
(BWI), Baltimore, Maryland. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations
and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the
amateur satellite community. 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

[ANS thanks the 2014 Baltimore Symposium Committee for the above
information]

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ARISS Contact Success

A direct contact via 8J3AK with students at Amino Kita Elementary School,
Kyotango, Japan on Wed 2014-08-06 10:25:43 UTC 68 deg was successful.
Students conducted the interview in English with astronaut Gregory Wiseman,
KF5LKT and received answers to 23 questions.

[ANS thanks the ARISS Team for the above information]

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France Will Now Allow Students Third Party Communication With The ISS

On July 16, 2014 the French State Secretary for Digital Affairs, Axelle
Lemaire, responded to a request by the Deputy of Haute-Vienne Province, Daniel
Boiserrie, authorizing French students to participate directly in ARISS educational
school contacts under the supervision of a licensed operator. Until now, the
French administration was very restrictive. For direct school contacts, the
operator read the questions prepared by the students. Even this is “third party”,
but was tolerated by the French regulatory authority.

Most European countries allow students to participate directly in ARISS
school contacts under the supervision of a licensed operator. Permission to do so
requires varying procedures from country to country, but the issue of
enabling “third party” communications can generally be solved. Until now, the only
exception was France. Notwithstanding years and years of efforts, French
schoolchildren had no access to the mike for direct amateur radio
communications with the ISS. The letter from the Secretary of State in charge of
telecommunications now changes the game.

On behalf of the European ARISS partners, Gaston Bertels, ON4WF,
ARISS-Europe Chairman, extends thanks to Sylvain Valat, F1UJT, who led this successful
effort.

[ANS thanks the ARISS Team for the above information]

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CubeSat Launch Initiative: 50 CubeSats from 50 States in 5 years

As part of the White House Maker Initiative, NASA is seeking to leverage
the growing community of space-enthusiasts to contribute to NASA’s space
exploration goals. NASA is broadening the CubeSat Launch Initiative to promote a
spacecraft nation and develop innovative technology partnerships among NASA, U.S.
industry and educational institutions to build upon an existing successful
initiative and expand it to include launching 50 small satellites from 50 states within
five years. The initiative will enable the acceleration of flight-qualified
technology that will increase our understanding of Earth and assist in
bridging current strategic knowledge gaps needed to extend human exploration of
space beyond low-Earth orbit, potentially reducing our nation’s cost for future
exploration efforts.

A new announcement of launch opportunity for CubeSat developers has been
released. It is the first step to broaden its reach to all 50 states by
targeting the 21 “rookie states” that have not previously been selected
by the CubeSat Launch Initiative, and will leverage the Space Grant network of
colleges and universities. Those states include: Arkansas, Delaware, District of
Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Puerto Rico.
CubeSats provide the opportunity for Makers to build small satellites to
demonstrate new innovative technologies and conduct scientific research
in a space environment.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov.
25. NASA will select the payloads by Feb. 6, 2015, but selection does not
guarantee a launch opportunity. NASA will not provide funding for the development of
the small satellites.

CubeSat Launch Initiative satellites selected to date come from 29 states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida,
Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin

More information about the CubeSat Launch Initiative, including previously-
selected Respondents, is available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative.html

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]
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An Amateur Radio Village at EMF 2014
There will be an amateur radio village and special event station GB2EMF
at the Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 event taking place August 29-31 at
Bletchley near Milton Keynes.

EMF 2014 is a festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space,
homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D printing, DIYBio, Internet culture or
pretty much anything else you can think of. It is a volunteer effort by a non-profit
group, inspired by European and US hacker camps like Chaos Communication Camp,
HAR, and toorcamp.

Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet
access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s
lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Over a thousand curious
people will descend on the friendly open space to learn, share, and talk
about what they love.

Over a long weekend, you can expect to see a huge variety of talks
across three stages, a slew of workshops, as well as music, games, and installations
dotted around the site.

Attendees are invited to set up their own villages — camps within the
camp — where like-minded people can camp together and put on their own
activities. The hard-working EMF team of volunteers will supply you with power and
internet to your tent.

The special event station GB2EMF will be run from the Amateur Radio
Village, it had been hoped to have a 70cm/2m crossband FM repeater operational
during the event but it looks as though Ofcom licensing issues may preclude this.

At each EMF event the organisers try and give the attendees a great camp
badge. Not just a ‘Hello my name is” sticker but a nice fun piece of technology
that they can take away and use after the event.

EMF 2014 takes place August 29-31 near Newton Longville, just South of
Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK17 0BU.

EMF 2014 https://www.emfcamp.org/
Twitter @emfcamp
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/emfcamp

Report on the EMF 2012 event
http://amsat-uk.org/2012/09/01/emf-2012-milton-keynes/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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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

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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:

* July/August 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready and at the Print Shop
* AMSAT ARRL Centennial Videos Added to www.AMSAT.org
* AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium Videos Now Available
* Enhanced FUNcube-1 Dashboard App now available
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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July/August 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready and at the Print Shop

JoAnne, K9JKM reports that the July/August 2014 AMSAT Journal has been sent to the print shop. Look for your copy in your mailbox in a couple of weeks depending on the post office. Thanks to all of our contributors and Editors:
Bernhard, VA6BMJ; Douglas, KA2UPW/5; James, K3JPH for their help getting this issue ready.

In this issue you will find …

+ AMSAT Announcements: Call for 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers Apogee
+ View by Barry Baines – WD4ASW Fox-1C to Launch on Spaceflight’s SHERPA
+ in 3Q 2015 Get Ready for Fox-1 Hamfest Handout AMSAT at ARRL
+ Centennial Celebration in Hartford Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
+ and 2014 AMSAT BOD
Election Notice by Alan Biddle – WA4SCA
+ AMSAT at Dayton 2014 by Keith Baker – KB1SF/VA3KSF AMSAT Engineering
+ 2014 – Virtual Teamwork by Jerry Buxton – N0JY AMSAT at Ham-Com 2014
+ New President’s Club Donor Drive Announcement Star Comm Group
+ Satellite Operating Awards by Damon Runion – WA4HFN June 19 DNEPR
+ Launch Lofts 37 Satellites AMSAT Field Day 2014 by Bruce Paige – KK5DO
+ UKube-1 With FUNcube-2 Transponder Aboard Launched on July 8
by Graham Shirville – G3VZV

A color preview of the cover page has been posted to the AMSAT North America Facebook page.

The AMSAT Journal welcomes all your input about Amateur Radio in space. We’ll do all the final formatting and layout for you. All we need are your article in text, MS-Word, or OpenOffice format. Please send photos separately as JPG or BMP files in as high resolution as possible. We have a writer’s guide posted at

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1709

-and-feel free to contact the editor directly with your questions.
Sample articles from previous issues are posted at:

http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=2074

The AMSAT Journal is sent to all members bi-monthly. We report on all aspects of Amateur Radio in space including launches, equipment, operating techniques, antennas, activities, and membership news. Not yet a member? You can find out how to join at:

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1095

Please send your articles, photos, and news to journal@amsat.org or k9jkm@amsat.org.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal Editor Team for the above information]

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AMSAT ARRL Centennial Videos Added to www.AMSAT.org

The following are videos of Patrick WD9EWK demonstrating working satellites during the ARRL Centennial. Two of the 3 use audio Patrick recorded, with a slideshow complete with pictures and descriptions of the audio and other stuff related to AMSAT at Hartford.

This is a slideshow from the AO-7 demonstration Patrick gave, after our training seminar wrapped up on the Thursday of that weekend (17
July):

This is a slideshow from the NA1SS contact on Saturday (19
July) morning:

This is an actual video from the AO-7 demonstration at the end of the convention on Saturday (19 July). Thanks Peter W2JV for running the camera for this video!:

See the AMSAT Presentations at the 2014 ARRL Centennial webpage:

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2914

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium Videos Now Available

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers from the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) videos of the presentations given to the AMSAT- UK International Space Colloquium held in Guildford on July 26-27,
2014 are now available to view online or download to your PC.

Links to the presentation videos, PDF’s of the slides and the schedule are at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/presentation-videos/

You can also access them by following these steps:
• Go to http://www.batc.tv/
• Click on the ‘Film Archive’ icon
• Select ‘AMSATUK 2014? from the Category drop down menu • Click on ‘Select Category’
• Select the video you wish to watch from the Stream drop down menu • Click on ‘Select Stream’
• Click the play icon ‘>’ on the player
• Clicking on the icon to the left of the player volume control will give you full screen display.
• To download the video file to your PC right-click on the ‘Click Here’ link under the player.

AMSAT-UK publishes an newsletter, OSCAR News, that is full of Amateur Satellite information. A sample issue of OSCAR News can be downloaded here.
Join AMSAT-UK online at http://tinyurl.com/JoinAMSAT-UK/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK the above information]

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Enhanced FUNcube-1 Dashboard App now available

AThis weekend saw the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium take place and Jim Heck G3WGM and Ciaran Morgan M0XTD together gave a presentation on the FUNcube-1 CubeSat mission.

The presentation included the announcement of a new version of the
FUNcube-1 Dashboard. This has greatly improved decoding performance for weak signals – especially for Dongle users. Additionally the Dashboard can now activate the Bias-T pre-amp power from the Dongle.

The new version can now be downloaded and the guidance notes have been updated to provide full information about it.

All users are encouraged to install this new version to improve their system performance and further increase the amount of data being captured in the Warehouse.

Reports will be very welcome on the FUNcube forum

http://forum.funcube.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=195

Dashboard App – Telemetry Decoder

http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/

Data Warehouse – Telemetry Archive

http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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AMSAT Events

Iformation 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).

* Saturday, 2 August 2014 – Fairbanks Hamfest in Fairbanks AK
* Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (near Montgomery Field and I-
805/CA-163 interchange)
* Saturday, 8 November 2014 – Tucson Hamfest 2014 in Marana AZ (along I-10 west frontage road, east of exit 236)
* Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Superstition Superfest 2014 in Mesa AZ (Mesa Community College, Dobson Road between Southern Avenue & US-
60 exit 177)
* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest in Phoenix AZ (43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)
* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ (Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue & Avenue 3E, south of I-8 exit 3)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Upcoming Contacts

* A direct contact via 8J3AK with students at Amino Kita Elementary School, Kyotango, Japan is scheduled for Wed 2014-08-06
10:25:43 UTC 68 deg.

Amino Kita Elementary School was opened on April 1, 1983. Our school is located at the northernmost tip of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan. We have 244 students now, who all study hard and pursue sports actively.
Our school is surrounded by a rich, natural environment.

The location of our school is recognized as a part of Quasi-National Park and the National Geo Park. It is also only 100 meters away from the beach. Students in the 6th grade swim one kilometer in the sea every year. During the current season, summer, a lot of lights from squid fishing boats can be seen in the sea at night. Maybe you can see them from the ISS?

Our school has beautiful grounds covered with green grass. At recess, our students play in the grounds full of energy. There are straight hallways more than 100 meters long in our school. They are sometimes used in our arithmetic classes to learn how to measure distance.

The members of our space club will ask you some questions today.
These questions were thought of by all of the students. It is a new club that began this year. They are studying the stars and moon, and practicing English hard so that they can make contact with you. All of the people in our school are really looking forward to getting in touch with the astronauts in the ISS.

Latest News

* A telebridge contact with Scouts at Space Jam 8, Rantoul Airport & Chanute Aerospace Museum, Rantoul IL, USA was successfu on Sat
2014-08-02 12:23:19 UTC 60 deg via W6SRJ in Santa Rosa, CA, USA.

ARISS reports
“The contact Space Jam 8 just had a very successful contact with Greg. We had 24 questions answered that were on the list plus 2 extra ones for a total of 26.

I only heard one very very very brief change in signal strength but Greg was rock solid through the entire pass. He actually called W6SRJ first.

The Space Jam 8 group was heading off to their next project of the day, launching a balloon with ham radio on board. They also reported that there was at least 1 TV station there.”

SpaceJam 8 provided the following information – Greetings to all stations from the participants and volunteers of Space Jam 8 in Rantoul, Illinois. Though primarily a weekend Scouting and STEM education event, we are open to all interested youth. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venturing Crews from 22 states and this year Canada have come together in an educational and fun format to learn more about the life skills that will prepare them for the increasingly complex technological future. While it is well known that Scouting teaches pioneering skills like camping and wilderness survival, the new pioneers and wilderness are in outer space and we are working hard at 44 technology oriented Merit Badges and activities, plus some fun things like the Duct Tape Merit Badge and experiencing 1/3 gravity. Talking to the astronauts on the ISS is an unforgettable part of the experience at Space Jam and that’s next on our list. We will not know for many years whether one of these youths becomes an astronaut themselves but it is certain that they are all part of tomorrow’s leaders.

Find more information about Space Jam at http://spacejamboree.com/pages/about.

* A telebridge contact with students participating in the ESA 2014 Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, United Kingdom was successful Tue 2014-07-29 14:01:13 UTC 53 deg via W6SRJ.

Audio on Echolink and Web stream was transmitted.

This annual camp is organized by the ESA Space Camp Committee takes place in a different European country each summer for 2 weeks. This year the camp takes place between 27 July and 10 August where 185 young space explorers aged 8 to 17 will meet each other in the UK at Rossall School. The children come from the following ESA establishments (UK, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany).

This will be the 20th Space Camp organized by ESA. This year the children will also be involved in celebrating this milestone with marking 50 years of ESA. Children, their parents and educators from the area will join the ESA campers on this special celebration day.

Rossall is a boarding school situated on a beautiful 160-acre site, there is plenty of room for extensive sports and cultural facilities, including a swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, as well as a fitness room and a climbing wall.

The ESC 2014 program will feature a balanced mix of sports such as flag rugby, life-guarding, kayaking and martial arts. The theme for camp will be ‘Reach for the Stars!’ Well-equipped IT labs, classrooms and an on-site planetarium will be instrumental in setting up a space education program that will keep the children motivated with new and exciting hands-on activities and educational tasks involving space- related themes, as well as learning about the culture of the host country.

As with all ESA Space Camps, there will be specific emphasis placed on socialization and respect among the participants. We hope to make the camp a really unique experience for juniors and teenagers who are in the process of becoming citizens of a multicultural society.

* On July 25, 2014, A direct contact via RZ9WWB with students participating in Gagarin From Space at Vii Youth Rally Of Radio Amateurs In Bashkiria, Ufa,Russia was successful 2014-07-25 21:38 UTC.

[ANS thanks ARISS and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

* $248 Billion for Manufacture and Launch of 1,155 Satellites Over Next Decade

According to Euroconsult’s newly released research report, Satellites to be Built and Launched, 115 satellites will be launched on average yearly over the next decade (2014-2023).
In comparison with last year’s forecast, the number of satellites is stable while market value is growing, thus translating the growing economic importance of the sector, for both governments and commercial satellite companies.

Governments all over the world will be responsible for more than 75% of the $248 billion in revenues expected from the manufacturing and launch of these 1,155 satellites.
Governments’ dominance of the space industry continues to increase as established space countries replace and expand their in-orbit satellite systems and more countries acquire their first operational satellite systems, usually for communications and broadcasting or for Earth observation and imagery intelligence.
Nearly 90% of the government market value will remain concentrated in the 10 countries with an established space industry, but growth in the government market will derive from new satellite systems in 35 nascent space countries, creating a market of $2 billion on average per year to be provided principally by foreign suppliers as local industry capabilities develop simultaneously.

According to Rachel Villain, Principal Advisor at Euroconsult and editor of the report, “governments in established space countries continue to drive innovation for satellite systems with benefits to local industries and the foreign governments to which they export.”
In the commercial space sector, Euroconsult anticipates a total of
350 satellites to be launched over the decade, most of which will be for the replacement of capacity existing in-orbit.
These satellites will be equally divided between the geostationary orbit (GEO) and lower altitude orbits (MEO and LEO); 83% of market value remains concentrated in the geostationary orbit, the destination of 300+ satellites operated by 30 commercial companies for communications and broadcasting services.

Still, the constellations to be launched in non-geostationary orbits for communications services and Earth observation imagery should represent a market of $1 billion per year on average over the decade.
Technology advances in satellite payloads and higher competition in launch services allow the continuous improvement of CAPEX efficiency of commercial GEO satellites for communications and broadcasting services.

Electric propulsion will definitively be part of the economic equation, even if only five all-electric commercial satellites are now under construction.

[ANS thanks spacemart.com for the above information]

* US aerospace firm outlines New Zealand-based space program

A United States aerospace company is aiming to make New Zealand one of the exclusive group of countries with a space program by promising a revolutionary new satellite-carrying rocket for a fraction of the current satellite launch costs.

Rocket Lab announced Tuesday that it had developed a light- weight, carbon-composite rocket, named Electron, at its Auckland plant and hoped to offer small satellite launches for less than 5 million U.S.
dollars, compared with a current average price of 133 million U.S.
dollars.
The company, which has received research and development funding from the government, was being backed by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Khosla Ventures, Rocket Lab founder and New Zealander Peter Beck said in a statement.
The lead-time for businesses to launch a satellite would be cut from years to just weeks and the company already had commercial commitments for 30 launches, said Beck.

At 18 meters in length, 1 meter in diameter and weighing more than
10 tones, Electron would be the first vehicle of its class capable of delivering payloads up to 100 kg into low Earth orbit at an altitude of about 160 km.

Businesses faced a severe barrier in launching satellites as rockets had remained prohibitively large and expensive, despite the trend for satellites to become smaller, more capable and more affordable, he said.
“Along with benefits for commercial enterprises, cheaper and faster space access has the potential to lead to more accurate weather prediction, global high speed Internet access, as well as real-time monitoring of the impacts of human development,” said Beck.
New Zealand was in an ideal launch position for a variety of different types of orbits and plans were underway to build a space port at several potential locations.

Powered by liquid oxygen and kerosene, Electron would have a lift- off mass of 10,500 kg and a possible top speed of 27,500 km per hour.

[ANS thanks space-travel.com for the above information]

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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
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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:

* Goodbye HAMSAT-VO52 – Rest In Peace
* Ham TV Test Mode Operation, Planned start-up on 22 July
* Amazon Smile Update
* Return envelope sent with AMSAT-NA ballot package has old address
* Reid Wiseman KF5LKT Activates ARISS During ARRL Centennial
* AMSAT Symposium Only Ten Weeks Away
* 2014 AMSAT Symposium Trips, Social Events, and Tours
* How to contribute to the Fox-1C satellite.
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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DATE July 27, 2014
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Goodbye HAMSAT-VO52 – Rest In Peace

In a posting to the AMSAT-BB July 21, Mani Subramani, VU2WMY/KJ6LRS,
Secretary & Station-In-Charge Upagrah Amateur Radio Club VU2URC ISRO
Satellite Centre, sadly reported “HAMSAT VO-52 succumbed in Space on
11th July 2014…”

Dear Friends,

With heavy heart, I sadly convey, that our little angel ‘HAMSAT VO-
52’ would no more be able to offer her services to the ‘Amateur Radio
Fraternity. HAMSAT VO-52 succumbed in Space on 11th July 2014, while
she was on her 49,675th orbit, due to the failure of on-board lithium
ion batteries that have met their end of life.

Although her desires were to be at work with other systems and sub-
systems working normal as per the latest telemetry received, the on-
board computer recurring to ‘Reset’ mode due to the failure of
batteries is preventing her to do so. Hence, it is decided not to
expect any more meaningful and reliable services from HAMSAT VO-52.

Since 11th July, every best possible effort has been put in by the
spacecraft controllers here in ISTRAC Bangalore to revive her back to
life and to help her with work load, so she won’t be swamped when she
returns, but with no luck. Though it is hard, the HAMSAT VO-52
designers and controllers insist that the time has come to let the
little angel free in space to go drifting on her own from their care
and custody.

Thus, today 21st July 2014, ISRO have decommissioned ‘HAMSAT-VO52′
officially.

We all here in ISRO do definitely hope that ‘HAMSAT VO-52’ worked
tirelessly and was a good friend to the ‘Amateur Radio Fraternity’
around the World. We are sure that HAMSAT was loved by all who worked
through her. Though, we are deeply saddened by the loss of HAMSAT VO-
52, but she will never be forgotten and far from our hearts, minds
and memories.

HAMSAT VO-52 will always be remembered by all of us here in ISRO as
one of the greatest satellites of ours.

Dear ‘HAMSAT’, looking at the sky, we all say ‘Good Bye’ to you.
You’ll be greatly missed. Rest in Peace.

Nevertheless, at this point of time, on behalf of the World Amateur
Radio Fraternity, we thank each and everyone who contributed to the
great success of ‘HAMSAT’.

Particularly, our sincere thanks to the Chairman ISRO, Dr. K.
Radhakrishnan, past chairmen Dr. Kasthurirangan, Dr. G. Madhavan
Nair, Director-ISAC Dr. S.K.Shiva Kumar, past ISAC Directors Dr. P.S.
Goel, Dr. Shankara, Dr. T.K. Alex, Director-ISTRAC Shri. B.S.
Chandrasekhar, scientific secretary Dr. Koteshwar Rao, Project
Director-Shri. J.P. Gupta, Deputy project Directors, Mission Director-
Shri. R.Suresh, Operations Director-Shri. Parimalarangan and each and
every person directly or in-directly contributed.

At this point of time, we also thank AMSAT-India and in particular,
lateShri. Nagesh Upadhyaya-VU2NUD, Shri. B.S. Gajendra Kumar-VU2BGS,
Shri. Prathap Kumar-VU2POP, Air Commodore. Subramanian-VU2UV, Shri.
V.P. Sandlas-VU2VP, Dr.R. Ramesh-VU2RMS, Shri. Nitin-VU3TYG, Mr.
Williams Leijenaar PE1RAH and each and every member.

Pasted below is the message from Mr. R. Suresh, Mission Director:

HAMSAT, the first small satellite by ISRO has been Decommissioned
after nearly a decade of service to the World Ham community.

A true masterpiece among small satellites, designed for one year
mission life, but exceeded all expectations by serving for almost 10
years. A truly autonomous satellite, with “Zero maintenance“ in terms
of Mission operations, it provided a springboard to test many new
concepts such as BMU. LI-ion based power system, automatic Spin rate
control and Auto SAOC for maintaining the Satellite attitude without
any ground commanding.

HAMSAT known as “OSCAR-52” among the Amateur HAM operators has been
very popular because of its high sensitivity receiver and strong
transmitter. Indian Radio Amateurs on many occasions conveyed to us
that they have been greatly honored to share the adulations showered
on ISRO and INDIA by the International Radio Amateur for gifting this
wonderful satellite “HAMSAT”.

I take this opportunity to applaud the HAMSAT teams at ISAC, ISTRAC
and other centre for their efforts and support, which has made ISRO
proud among the HAM users across the globe.

R,SURESH
MISSION DIRECTOR
HAMSAT

—-
Mani [VU2WMY/KJ6LRS]
Secretary & Station-In-Charge
Upagrah Amateur Radio Club VU2URC
ISRO Satellite Centre

[ANS thanks Mani VU2WMY/KJ6LRS for the above information]

 

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Ham TV Test Mode Operation, Planned start-up on 22 July

Ham TV Test Mode Operation, Planned start-up on Tuesday, July 22

It was announced that HAM TV on board the International Space
Station (ISS) will be activated on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 9:55
UTC. Operation will be in the Blank Transmission mode.

The signal is sent from the ISS Columbus module and will be in
Configuration 4: 2.395 GHz and 2.0 MSym/sec. Operation will continue
through August 6, 2014.

ARISS-Europe Chair, Gaston Bertels invites ground stations to submit
reception reports to the following website,

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_FSTV/submit.php

[ANS thanks David Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS PR for the above information]

 

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Amazon Smile Update

AMSAT-NA is participating in the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile is a
simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable
organization every time you shop at Amazon.com, at no cost to you.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the
charitable organization of your choice. If you do business with Amazon
you can apply your donation by logging into your Amazon account using
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0888529 to designate AMSAT-NA as the
organization of your choice. You must use the URL smile.amazon.com for
AMSAT (or another charity) to receive the donation from your
purchases.

The AMSAT Office reports that to date, AMSAT-NA has received $66.62
from Amazon Smile. If you shop on Amazom.com we encourage your
participation. Every little bit helps.

[ANS thanks Martha at the AMSAT Office for the above information]

 

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Return envelope sent with AMSAT-NA ballot package has old address

After the 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors election ballots were
mailed, we were notified by our
printer that old stock return envelopes were inadvertently included.
These have the old Silver
Spring, MD address. The ballot postcard and other documents have
the correct Kensington, MD address.
Mail is being efficiently forwarded to the new AMSAT-NA office
address, and will continue to be
forwarded for several months. You may use either the envelope
included in the packet, or your own
envelope or address label to send the ballot to the current address:

AMSAT
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
10605 Concord Street
Kensington, MD 20895
USA

We and our printer regret any inconvenience. Whichever method you
chose, please return them promptly
to ensure that your ballot is received by 15 September!

Alan Biddle
WA4SCA
AMSAT Corporate Secretary

[ANS thanks Alan WA4SCA for the above information]

 

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Reid Wiseman KF5LKT Activates ARISS During ARRL Centennial

An unexpected treat happened in Hartford on Saturday morning during
the ARRL Centennial. Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK had planned on being
outside the convention center for ISS passes, prepared to show off
the ISS digipeater, and – if a voice was heard on 145.800 MHz talk to
an ISS crewmember.

Patrick reports, “The first of the three workable passes from
Hartford came a little while before the convention officially opened
for the day at 0835 local/1235 UTC. The ISS was passing across the
northern sky, with maximum elevation of 25 degrees. I heard only
packet on 145.825 MHz, and was ableto bounce a few packets through
the ISS digipeater using a TH-D72A and Elk dual-band log periodic
antenna.

“The next pass, around 1010 local/1410 UTC, was the best of the
passes fornthe morning – going across the southwestern sky with
maximum elevation ofn59 degrees. I had a radio listening to both
145.800 and 145.825 MHz. I heard nothing on 145.825 MHz, but thought
I heard something on 145.800 MHz.

“I started calling for NA1SS using my TH-D72A/Elk combination, and
Reid Wiseman (the same astronaut who was on for Field Day last month)
answered my call. My audience went crazy, and I was happy to make
contact and have a nice 3- to 4- minute chat.

“I asked Reid if he might be on the microphone for the next pass over
the eastern USA around 1200 local/1600 UTC. He said he would try,
and we were outside for that as well.

“Once we told people in the hall of the successful contact, the ARRL
made sure there was a larger crowd outside for this pass. Several
minutes before AOS, I was out there again, this time answering lots
of questions from different people. After AOS, I started calling for
NA1SS, but never heard anything on 145.800 MHz during the shallow
(maximum elevation 6 degrees) pass.”

[ANS thanks Patrick WD9EWK for the above information]

 

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AMSAT Symposium Only Ten Weeks Away

Billed as the Charm City Space Symposium, AMSAT-NA’s 32nd Symposium
and Annual Meeting will be held October 10-12, 2014 in Baltimore,
Maryland.

• Board of Directors meeting on October 9 and morning of October 10.
• Technical presentations on satellite design/operating begin the
afternoon of October 10 and continue October 11.
• Meet AMSAT Officers and Board members.
• Meet and greet fellow satellite operators.
• Satellites on display.
• Annual general meeting afternoon of October 10.
• Saturday evening annual banquet with door prizes.
• Sunday morning Area Coordinator’s breakfast.
• Sunday ARISS Operations Team meeting.
• Sunday and Monday tours.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton — Baltimore – BWI Airport
890 Elkridge Landing Rd, Linthicum, Maryland, 21090
Phone: 410-859-8400

Ask For: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation Group or use the Code:
RAS

AMSAT Special Room Rate—$99.00 per night
$10 Breakfast Buffet Coupons—Full Hot and Cold Breakfast*

FREE Parking
FREE WiFi
Free Airport and Close-in Transportation
Easy Train/Light Rail Service to Baltimore Inner Harbor & D.C. Metro
Walking distance to National Electronics Museum

Special Guest Presentations

*Purchase at check-in

A registration form for the Symposium and all events may be
downloaded at

http://tinyurl.com/ANS208-SymposiumRegistration

Online registration is available through the AMSAT Store

http://tinyurl.com/ANS208-OnlineRegistration

[ANS thanks AMSAT Office for the above information]

 

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2014 AMSAT Symposium Trips, Social Events, and Tours

We will have two “working” events scheduled Sunday morning (October
12)–the Area Coordinators Breakfast and the ARISS Operations Team
Meeting.

Similar to last year’s symposium, two opportunities for tours are
planned for the 2014 Space Symposium:

1) On Sunday October 12 (Afternoon), several Small Group/Light Rail
tours are being planned. Symposium participants can choose one of
the following tours: Baltimore Inner Harbor Tour (including the
Aquarium), the B&O Railroad Museum, Edgar Allen Poe House or the
National Electronics Museum.

2) On Columbus Day, Monday October 13 we will take a bus to the
Washington Dulles airport area to tour the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space
Museum. Udvar-Hazy is a phenomenal museum with hundreds of aircraft
and spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, an SR-71,
Enola Gay, and many others. The plan is to leave the hotel at 9 am
and return around 4 pm.

In order to get maximum benefit from all the holiday weekend events,
the symposium committee suggests that symposium participants consider
scheduling their airline flights for no earlier than 6 pm on Monday
October 13.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Office for the above information]

 

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How to contribute to the Fox-1C satellite

With the recent announcement of the launch opportunity for the Fox-
1C Cubesat, AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both
the launch contract and additional materials for construction and
testing for Fox-1C. We have set a fundraising goal of $125,000 to
cover these expenses over the next 12 months, and allow us to
continue to keep amateur radio in space.

Contributing to Fox-1C: let us count the ways.

To contribute specifically to the Fox-1C satellite, you can specify
this in your communication with AMSAT, and in the “For” line if you
pay by check.

Via E-mail:
martha@amsat.org

Via telephone:
From the US call toll free at (888) 322-6728
From all other locations call (301) 822-4376

Via regular mail:
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)
10605 Concord St, #304
Kensington, MD 20895

On line:
Go to www.amsat.org and select the “Support the Fox Satellite”
DONATE button in the upper right. This will take you to PayPal where
you may donate any amount. If desired, you can make this a monthly
recurring donation. You may cancel this at any time through your
PayPal account. All contributions at this time go directly to the
Fox-1C satellite. This is specified in the Reference on the PayPal
page.

Go to the AMSAT Store http://store.amsat.org/catalog/ and select
General Donations from the left column. When you check out, note in
the remarks section that you want the contribution to go to Fox-1C.

However you chose to contribute, thank you for helping to Keep
Amateur Radio in Space!

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]

 

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ARISS News

Join ARISS us on Facebook : Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS)

Follow ARISS on Twitter: @ARISS_status

There were no ARISS School Contacts the week of July 20-26, 2014.
The radios were off for most of the week due to Progress undocking
and docking.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

ESA 2014 Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, United Kingdom
telebridge via via W6SRJ
Contact is a go for: Tue 2014-07-29 14:01:13 UTC 53 deg
Watch for live audio/video simulcast

Http://www.batc.tv/streams/arissuk/

Space Jam 8, Rantoul Airport & Chanute Aerospace Museum, Rantoul
IL, telebridge via W6SRJ
Contact is a go for: Sat 2014-08-02 12:23:19 UTC 60 deg

ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above contacts. Due
to issues with the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at
present, the Ericsson radio is going to be used for these contacts.
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to
send your reports to aj9n@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com.

Several of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS
website and not being able to get in. That has now been changed to

http://www.ariss.org/

Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.

QSL information may be found at:

http://www.arrl.org/ARISS/arissfaq.html

http://www.ariss.org/qsl-cards.html

ISS callsigns: DPØISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS, RSØISS

The successful school list has been updated as of 2014-07-11 19:30
UTC.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf

Check out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts

https://reports.zoho.com/ZDBDataSheetView.cc?DBID=412218000000020415

Exp. 39/40 on orbit
Steve Swanson
Aleksander Skvortsov
Oleg Artemyev

Exp. 40/41 on orbit
Maxim Suraev
Gregory Wiseman KF5LKT
Alexander Gerst KF5ONO

From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, there will be no US Operational
Segment (USOS) hams on board ISS. Any schools contacts during
this period will be conducted by the ARISS Russia team.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]

 

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ 2014 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium Presentations to be
Archived

Although the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium ends Sunday
the British Amateur Radio Club (BATC) would like to inform everyone
that post conference, the videos will be available at
http://batc.tv/ under “Film Archive”. Select the AMSAT2014
category.

Trevor M5AKA suggests that, in theory some videos may be uploaded
at 18:00 BST (1700 GMT) on Saturday. Best thing is to check batc.tv
film archive and see if any have turned up, if they have you can be
fairly sure that Sunday’s will be joining them on the same place.

The programme for the Colloquium is available at

http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

[ANS thank Trevor M5AKA for the above information]

+ Join AMSAT on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/7828379515/

+ Follow AMSAT on Twitter https://twitter.com/amsat
@amsat

+ Visit AMSAT online http://www.amsat.org

+ Join ARISS on Facebook http://tinyurl.com/ANS208-ARISS-Facebook
Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS)

+ Follow ARISS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARISS_status
@ARISS_status

+ Visit ISS Fan Club http://http://www.issfanclub.com/

+ Follow ISS Fan Club on Twitter https://twitter.com/rs0iss
@rs0iss

+ New Version of FUNcube Dashboard Released

According to a Tweet released by @FUNcubeUK early Saturday
morning, a version 847 of FUNcube Dashboard has been released.
Download it now from
funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard

 

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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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-201

 

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
* AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium Coming Soon
* Upcoming Potential Satellite DX Operations
* AMSAT Presentations from the 2014 ARRL Centennial Celebration Available
* Orbital Sciences Cygnus Cargo Ship Launched to ISS
* Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-201.01
ANS-201 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

 

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 201.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 20, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-201.01

 

AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail

 

Ballots have been mailed to the AMSAT-NA membership in good standing and must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office by 15 SEP 2014 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 returned ballot should be sent as promptly as possible, and those from outside North American preferably by air mail or other expedited means.

 

Normally there would be 3 full Board seats open this year, plus 2 alternates.
However, with the passing of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX (SK), there will be an additional full Board seat open to fill the remainder of his term. This means that the top three recipients of votes will have two-year terms, the fourth most vote recipient will serve as full member for one year. The fifth and sixth highest vote recipients will serve as first and second Alternate, respectively.
You may vote for up to 4 individuals.

 

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. Please take the time to review the candidate statements that accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board.

 

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, for the above information]
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AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium Coming Soon

 

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium takes place July 25-27, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom.

 

The presentations will cover a number of amateur satellites which carry transponders including LituanicaSAT-1 (LO-78), KLETSkous, Fox-1 and FUNcubes 1 (AO-73), 2, 3 (EO-79) and 4.

 

The return of the NASA spacecraft ISEE-3 (ICE) has caught the attention of the media recently with the attempts by volunteers to receive and command the spacecraft. There will be ISEE-3 presentations by two members of the AMSAT-DL Bochum team.

 

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, for the above information]
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Upcoming Potential Satellite DX Operations

 

Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin reported the following possible satellite opportunities in the July 14, 2014 Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1171:

 

TF, ICELAND. Operators Jaime/EA4TV and Montse/EA4GCA will be active as TF/EA4TV and TF/EA4GCA during their holiday between July 20-31st.
Activity will be holiday style using a FT-817nd into a Buddistick for HF and an arrow antenna for satellites, if possible. QSL via their home callsign (see info on QRZ.com).

 

XR0, EASTER ISLAND (Update). Operators Cristian/CE2WTF and Manuel/CE2NTT will be active from Isla de Pascua (SA-001) starting 0000z, August 2nd, ending 0000z, August 4th. Manuel informs OPDX that their special callsigns could be one of the following:
CE2NTT – XR0YNTT / 3G0YNTT / CB0YNTT / CE2WTF – XR0YWTF / 3G0YWTF / CB0YWTF

 

Activity will be on 40/20/15/10/6 meters using SSB. They will also use Echolink and Hamshere, and possibly QRP LEO satellites. Look for details and updates on: http://www.ce2ntt.blogspot.com

 

[ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin for the above information]
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AMSAT Presentations from the 2014 ARRL Centennial Celebration Available

 

Five presentations were made by AMSAT at the All Day Thursday Training Tracks during the ARRL Centennial Celebration and National Convention in Hartford Connecticut July 17, 2014. PowerPoints from AMSAT’s training track presentations on “Working Satellites” have been made available.

 

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2914

 

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]
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Orbital Sciences Cygnus Cargo Ship Launched to ISS

 

On Jul 13 the third Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo ship, SS Janice Voss, was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island on an Antares 120 rocket. The Voss cargo ship arrived at the ISS on July 16.

 

The 5000 kg Voss carried supplies for the ISS, as well as two Nanoracks bags containing a total of 29 3U cubesats:

 

+ Techedsat-4 to demonstrate exobrake technology test for
NASA-Ames and San Jose State U

 

+ 28 Flock-1b imaging satellites for PlanetLabs intended to
be deployed from the Kibo airlock over the coming months.
The June 19 Dnepr launch delivered 11 Flock-1c 3U PlanetLabs
cubeSats. All these will replace the 28 Flock-1 satellites
which were launched earlier this year, but according to Space-
Track all but three have now reentered.

 

[ANS thanks Jonathan's Space Report, No. 699, Sunday, July 13, 2014 for the above information]
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Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM

 

NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement – Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week course for educators interested in putting a space-themed twist on learning. The course is designed to be a self-paced, online professional development experience focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA’s unique capabilities.

 

Applications are due Aug. 30, 2014.

 

For more information and to enroll in the course, visit http://scitecatlatech.weebly.com/opeo.html.

 

Questions about these courses should be directed to Amy McDowell at amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov

 

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- July 10, 2014 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-199

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 Fox-1C Launch Opportunity Announced

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-199.01
ANS-199 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 199.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 18, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-199.01


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AMSAT Fox-1C Launch Opportunity Announced


AMSAT is excited to announce a launch opportunity for the Fox-1C
Cubesat. AMSAT has teamed with Spaceflight Inc. for integration and
launch utilizing Spaceflight’s SHERPA system to a sun-synchronous
orbit in the third quarter of 2015.

Fox-1C is the third of four Fox-1 series satellites under
development, with Fox-1A and RadFXsat/Fox-1B launching through the
NASA ELANA program. Fox-1C will carry an FM repeater system for
amateur radio for use by radio hams and listeners worldwide. Further
details on the satellite and launch will be made available as soon
as released.

AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch
contract and additional materials for construction and testing for
Fox-1C. We have set a fundraising goal of $125,000 dollars to cover
these expenses over the next 12 months, and allow us to continue to
keep amateur radio in space.

Donations may be made through the AMSAT webpage at www.amsat.org, by
calling (888) 322-6728 or by mail to the AMSAT office at 10605
Concord Street, Kensington, MD 20895, USA.

Please consider a recurring, club, or corporate donation to maximize
our chance of success with this mission. Also watch our website at
www.amsat.org,follow us on Twitter at “AMSAT”, or on Facebook as
“The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation” for continuing news and
opportunities for support. AMSAT is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation
and donations may be tax-deductible.



[ANS Thanks AMSAT Board of Directors 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
ANS-194

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:

* UKube-1 with FUNcube-2 payload launched!
* AMSAT Prepares for ARRL Centennial Celebration
* UKube-1 Signals Received
* ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft fires thrusters for a return to Earth
* DX-1 Appeal to radio hams from Dauria Aerospace
* MEO and HEO satellite orbits
* Surrey Space Centre – UK CubeSail Satellite
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

 

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-194.01
ANS-194 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 194.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 13, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-194.01
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UKube-1 with FUNcube-2 payload launched!
UKube-1 was successfully launched and deployed July 8th from the Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat-M launch vehicle as a secondary payload.
The launch took place as planned at 15:58 UTC from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

The primary payload was Russia’s Meteor-M2 weather satellite.
Additional secondary payloads (according to eoportal.org)
included:
* Baumanets-2, a technology microsatellite (~100 kg) of BMSTU (Bauman Moscow State Technical University.
* Monika-Relek (or MKA-PN2), a Russian microsatellite (solar and magnetosphere research)
* Venta-1 / V1-QSPnP1 (V1-QuadSat-PnP-1) the first nanosatellite
(7.5 kg) project of Latvia built by LatSpace SIA of Ventspils.
* TechDemoSat-1 of SSTL, UK with a mass of ~160 kg
* DX-1 (Dauria Experimental-1) of Dauria Aerospace, Russia’s first private microsatellite with a mass of 22 kg.
* SkySat-2 of Skybox Imaging Inc. of Mountain View, CA, USA, a commercial remote sensing microsatellite of ~100 kg.
* AISSat-2, a nanosatellite with a mass of 6.5 kg of Norway.
* UKube-1 is a 3U cubesat and carries a FUNcube educational beacon and linear transponder similar to AO-73 (FUNcube-1). Beacon signals were heard soon after launch by the UKube team at 19:16 UTC.

Frequencies in use by UKube-1 include:
* 145.840 Primary telemetry downlink CW or 1k2-9k6 BPSK
* 145.915 FUNcube-2 telemetry 1k2 BPSK
* 145.930-145.950 FUNcube-2 transponder downlink,
* 435.080-435.060 uplink
* 2401.0 S-band downlink (QPSK-OQPSK)
* 437.425-437.525 myPocketQub spread spectrum

Transponder and data downlinks operation will be variable during checkout and early operations.

Check ANS, http://funcube.org.uk/, and http://amsat-uk.org/ for the most recent updates.
[ANS Thanks AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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AMSAT Prepares for ARRL Centennial Celebration
AMSAT is preparing for its participation at the ARRL Centennial Celebration and National Convention in Hartford Connecticut July 17 through 19.

On Thursday an AMSAT team with present the all day Training Track, “An Introduction to Amateur Satellites.”

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW will be the facilitator for the event which will begin at 8:30 am and run through 4:30pm. Baines explains, “The training session is to serve as a ‘Soup to Nuts’
approach to getting started with working Amateur Radio Satellites.”

Baines will lead the training with an Overview of the History of Amateur Radio in Space, including our future.

Director of Educational Outreach Joe Spier K6WAO will cover Understanding Orbits, Kepler Elements and Doppler Shift.

V.P. for Educational Outreach E. Mike McCardel KC8YLD will discuss Satellite Tracking and Tracking Software with an emphasis on SATPC32.

Director Field Operations Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK and Area Coordinator Peter Portanova W2JV will address Station Configuration and Satellite Operation including general operation, Easy Sats, FM Birds, CW and SSB Birds and telemetry;

AMSAT Fox-1 Software Team Co-Leader Burns Fisher W2BFJ will present an overview and discuss the capabilities of AMSAT’s Fox-1 Satellite due to launch in 2015.
AMSAT will also host a Forum, “An Overview of AMSAT” Friday at 2pm in room 25. Immediately following the Forum Peter Portanova W2JV will present “Working the Amateur Radio FM Satellites with Your HT”, in the same room.

Throughout the weekend AMSAT will be staffing Booths 500 and 501. The booth will feature the legacy of Amateur Radio in Space with prototypes and models of OSCAR-1, AO-07, and Fox-1 on display.

For more information on the ARRL Centennial and National Convention visit WWW.ARRL2014.org.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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UKube-1 Signals Received
The UKube-1 satellite was successfully launched on Tuesday, July 8,
2014 at 1558 UT from Pad 31/6 at Baikonur in Kazakhstan. The 145.840 MHz beacon signal was received by the UKube team in Chilbolton at
19:16 UT.

It had been expected the first signal would be received over South Africa at about 18:52 UT but no signals were heard. The UKube team at Chilbolton and radio amateurs across the British Isles and Europe anxiously awaited the satellite coming within range, when it did a strong signal was heard from the satellite.

Practical Wireless magazine VHF columnist Tim Kirby @G4VXE was one of the radio amateurs listening, he tweeted “Pleased to receive CW from UKube-1 on the first pass over the UK”.

Signals have also been received from DX-1 and the SSTL research satellite TechEdSat which were on the same launch as UKube-1.

UKube-1 carries a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards which provide an educational beacon for use by schools and a linear transponder for amateur radio communications.

The first submitters of UKube-1 telemetry data to the FUNcube Data Warehouse were:
DK3WN
OO1A
F-60429
G0PGL
G4GUO
PD3T
M0LTC
The team is currently analyzing the data.

The UKube team has asked that all stations continue to monitor the downlinks and where possible to forward their reports as follows:
– CW beacon on 145.840 MHz to operations@funcube.org.uk and steve.greenland@clyde-space.com
– FUNcube telemetry on 145.915 MHz – your existing dashboard will not display properly (except for the Fitter Messages!) but it WILL be forwarding it to the Warehouse correctly and the data will be very useful for the team.

Dashboard App – Telemetry Decoder

http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/

Data Warehouse – Telemetry Archive http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/

Nico Janssen PA0DLO has posted on the AMSAT Bulletin Board that Doppler measurements suggest that UKube-1 is either object 40074, 2014-037F, or object 40075, 2014-037G. The separation between these objects is now only 1 s, so no more than 7.5 km.

Keplerian Two Line Elements (TLEs) ‘Keps’ of new satellites launched in past 30 days http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/tle-new.txt

UKube-1 frequencies:
• 145.840 MHz Telemetry downlink
• 145.915 MHz FUNcube subsystem beacon
• 400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
– 435.080-435.060 MHz Uplink
– 145.930-145.950 MHz Downlink
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink
There will be a presentation on the UKube-1 FUNcube-2 amateur radio payload at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium being held at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ on July 26-27, the event is open to all, further details at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

Peter Goodhall @2E0SQL made this recording of UKube-1 CW and Data

https://soundcloud.com/peter-goodhall/ukube-1-satellite-first-pass-

over-the-uk

UK Space Agency announcement

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/successful-launch-for-uk-space-

agencys-first-cubesat-mission

UKube-1 Launch Information

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/07/03/ukube-1-launch-information/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK the above information]
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ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft fires thrusters for a return to Earth
AMSAT-DL report a team of engineers, space enthusiasts and radio amateurs have succeeded in firing the thrusters of the NASA-abandoned ISEE-3/ICE spacecraft.

The plan on Tuesday, July 8, was to fire the thrusters for a total of 7 sequences with breaks for telemetry analysis. While this would have resulted in a velocity change of 7 m/s, the course correction is required for the lunar swing-by on Aug 10, 2014 then to enter a stable orbit around Earth. However after the first firing sequence the remaining sequences were cancelled due to the returned telemetry data, which is being analyzed. A second attempt was planned for July 9.

The ISEE-3 Reboot Project (IRP) team attempted this main trajectory correction maneuver following a first short thruster firing on July 2, which increased the rotation rate of the spacecraft to the required value. This was possible due to international collaboration between the IRP, and a team of AMSAT-DL and Bochum observatory with its 20 m diameter radio telescope which received and processed critical real-time data of the maneuvers.

While the IRP has access to the Arecibo observatory which, at 305 m diameter, is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world, downlink support from Bochum is required as Arecibo cannot transmit and receive simultaneously.

Two members of the AMSAT-DL Bochum team will be giving presentations on their reception of ISEE-3 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford,
GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom. The event is open to all, further details at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

Real-time telemetry from ISEE-3 is displayed at http://amsat-dl.org/

ISEE-3

http://spacecollege.org/isee3

Read the Daily Mail story at

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2684345/Zombie-

spacecraft-rescued-abyss-fires-thrusters-time-20-years.html
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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DX-1 Appeal to radio hams from Dauria Aerospace
The DX-1 satellite, built by Dauria Aerospace, launched from Pad
31/6 at Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT. It weighs 27 kg and is 40x40x30 cm. Dauria Aerospace have posted the following information:

Finally, close to the accomplishment of our long-awaited event – the launch of the spacecraft DX1 Tuesday, July 8. We would like to ask for help to all radio amateurs who are interested in receiving signals spacecraft. Invite you to participate in the “catching” our satellite immediately after the start.

Start will be at 19:58 Moscow time from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
Based on the parameters of the orbit, its separation from the upper stage and the inclusion happen over Eastern Europe, and it will return to Russia after only a few turns of a few hours from the Far East. Therefore, our MCC in Moscow will hold the first session the next day. Beacon satellite broadcasts in amateur radio frequency, so everyone will be able to hear it before us. Moreover, such aid, we need to clarify and confirm its orbit performance. Therefore, our gratitude will be backed up souvenirs for the lucky hunters from around the world.

Parameters of the radio beacon mode:

Carrier frequency: 438.225 MHz [it is understood there is a 145 MHz command uplink] The protocol used: AX.25 Call Sign source: DSC001 Call Sign Receiver: Dauria Size TMI frame within AX.25 packet: 55 bytes
Speed: 9600 bit / s
Modulation GFSK

It is understood the satellite will also be using the following
frequencies:
• 162.0125-162.0375 MHz Uplink – AIS ship tracking receiver • 2269.5-2270.5 MHz Downlink – Data

Dauria Aerospace
http://dauriaspace.com/ Blog

http://tinyurl.com/Dauria-Aerospace-Blog

DX-1 Microsatellite to launch from Baikonur http://amsat-uk.org/2014/04/27/dx-1-microsatellite-baikonur/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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MEO and HEO satellite orbits
The paper Revisiting elliptical satellite orbits to enhance the O3b constellation by Lloyd Wood, Yuxuan Lou and Opeoluwa Olusola of the University of Surrey is now available for download.

Early low-orbiting satellites were launched into Highly Elliptical Orbits (HEO) as a result of not having much control over trajectory.
Circular orbits with minimal eccentricity offer consistent altitudes, with the benefits of consistent free space losses and link budgets throughout the orbit, and soon became the norm. Highly elliptical orbits fell from favour for communications use.

Highly elliptical orbits can be used to provide targeted satellite coverage of locations at high latitudes. We review the history of use of these orbits for communication. How elliptical orbits can be used for broadband communication is outlined. We propose an addition of known elliptical orbits to the new equatorial O3b satellite constellation, extending O3b to cover high latitudes and the Earth’s poles. We simulate the O3b constellation and compare this to recent measurement of the first real Internet traffic across the newly deployed O3b network.

Download the paper from

http://arxiv.org/pdf/1407.2521v1

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Surrey Space Centre – UK CubeSail Satellite
CubeSail is an exciting, ground-breaking educational satellite project at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) that hopes to launch into a
680 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) from India in December 2014.

A key feature is the deployment of a 25 square metre sail structure, which will be used to demonstrate the propulsive effect of solar radiation pressure (i.e. solar sailing) and will demonstrate the de- orbiting capabilities of the sail as a drag augmentation device.
CubeSail will be the first launched three-axis stabilised solar sail.

CubeSail will build on small satellite experience at SSC, such as the STRaND-1 nanosatellite, launched on February 25, 2013.
Furthermore, the mission critical sail deployment mechanism has undergone an extensive testing and validation process as part of the ESA Gossamer Deorbiter project carried out at SSC. The CubeSail project is also financially and technically supported by world leading industrial partners, Astrium and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

CubeSail is a 3U CubeSat project with a 6kg mass, the mission aims are :

• Technology Demonstration 1: Deployable Sail- The CubeSail satellite will deploy a large (up to 5×5 metre) square aluminised Kapton sail, using novel CFRP deployable booms.

• Technology Demonstration 2: Solar Sailing – The CubeSail mission will demonstrate ‘solar sailing’ in LEO by utilising the solar radiation pressure on the reflective sail to change its orbital inclination.

• Technology Demonstration 3: Attitude Control CubeSail is equipped with 3-axis-stabilizing attitude determination and control system. A novel capability of this system is pointing via a centre-of- mass/centre-of-pressure (COM/COP) offset.

• Technology Demonstration 4: Drag Deorbiting -The satellite will deorbit much more quickly than otherwise due to its deployable sail.
Satellite pointing will be optimized by the attitude control system for maximum drag.

• Outreach – The satellite will provide beacons for which amateur satellite users and ham radio users will be able to receive.
Proposing a 9600 Bit/s AX.25 RC-BPSK downlink

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel have coordinated a downlink frequency of 435.240 MHz.

CubeSail

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ssc/research/space_vehicle_control/cubesail/

[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).

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA(north of the city center, near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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ARISS News
+ A direct contact with students at DLR School Lab, Braunschweig,
Germany, via DH1ALF was successful Fri 2014-07-11 09:37:47 UTC 66 deg. During the interview which was conducted in German, students asked 13 questions of astronaut Alex Gerst, KF5ONO.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe’s largest and most modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the future are being developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested and images of distant planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR staff members are investigating next-generation high-speed trains, environmentally responsible methods of generating energy, and much more …

DLR School Lab in Braunschweig investigates many topics related to
transportation: whether on the road, rails, or in the air. In various experiments, school classes can acquaint themselves with the research topics being studied at the science institutes at DLR Braunschweig.

+ A Successful contact was made between DLR Project Lab,
Neustrelitz, Germany and Astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO using callsign DPØISS. The contact began 2014-07-02 12:05:13 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via DL1BLV. ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKØWGF.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

ARISS offers congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100 schools:
Gaston ON4WF with 117
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 102
Francesco IKØWGF with 102
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over
Louisiana Tech University Online Course — Steps to STEM

NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement – Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week course for educators interested in putting a space-themed twist on learning. The course is designed to be a self-paced, online professional development experience focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA’s unique capabilities.

Applications are due Aug. 30, 2014.

For more information and to enroll in the course, visit http://scitecatlatech.weebly.com/opeo.html.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Amy McDowell at amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- July 10, 2014 for the above information]
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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

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The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
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Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* OSCAR Numbers Assigned for CubeSats QB50p1 and QB50p2
* Reception of the One Millionth Packet from FUNcube-1
* WD9EWK – 2014 Field Day Report
* AMSAT Field Day Satellite Contact Summary Sheet Due July 14
* ISS Contacts makes 2014 ARRL Field Day, One to Remember!
* Satellite Operation From Saint Pierre and Miquelon
* UKube-1 Launch Information
* ESA Competition! Remote Sensing with Multiple Cooperative Nanosats
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 187.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 06, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-187.01
OSCAR Numbers Assigned for CubeSats QB50p1 and QB50p2

In an email to Mr. Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG, AMSAT-NL and Mr. Jeroen
Rotteveel, ISIS CEO, OSCAR Number Administrator William A. (Bill)
Tynan, W3XO, announced,
“I have received your request for OSCAR Numbers for CubeSats QB50p1
and QB50p2 and from everything I can determine these spacecraft meet
all of the requirements necessary to receive OSCAR numbers.

“Therefore, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President,
I hereby confer the designation European OSCAR 79 to CubeSats QB50p1
and European OSCAR 80 to CubeSat CubeSats QB50p2. These designations
can, of course, for convenience be shortened to EO-79 and EO-80.

I, and the entire amateur satellite community, hope for successful
missions for both EO-79 and EO-80 and congratulate AMSAT-NL and the
ISIS team as well as all who contributed to these new Amateur Radio
satellites for their success in building, testing and launching these
new OSCARs.”

[ANS Thanks Bill W3XO and AMSAT-NA for the above information]

 

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Reception of the One Millionth Packet from FUNcube-1

Many stations have been receiving the telemetry transmitted by
FUNcube-1, which has now been in orbit for 221 days. The spacecraft,
which has been operating nominally since launch, is providing on-
board health and science data for the many schools and colleges who
are already participating in the project around the world.

Since launch, data has been received by more than 650 stations
around the world and today our online Data Warehouse received its one
millionth packet of information. The Warehouse is now storing more
than 256MB of telemetry which is available for educational and
research use.

We have been successful in capturing almost 25% of all the telemetry
transmitted including almost all of the Whole Orbit Data. This
success is a great tribute to our designers of the Flight software,
the Dashboard programme and the matching Data Warehouse.

We are also immensely grateful to all the schools, colleges, radio
amateurs and other listeners who are providing this data and want to
encourage everyone to continue to listen to FUNcube-1 and to upload
the data to the Warehouse. This will help enable the project to
continue to provide a complete and current data set for analysis.

We would, of course, also love to have additional receiving stations
in the FUNcube Ground Station Network. This applies especially to
anyone near the poles or who is located on an island in the middle of
ocean. Their involvement would help us improve our rate of data
capture still further.

Our records show that there were three stations who actually managed
to upload the same one millionth packet to the Warehouse today. They
are G0EID, OM3BC and DL3SER. If they could contact “operations at
funcube.org.uk” we will arrange them to send them a small prize to
honour their contribution to the project.

[ANS thanks Graham G3VZV for the above information]

 

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WD9EWK – 2014 Field Day Report

Even though I only worked the radios for a few hours on Saturday,
the 2014 Field Day was another fun time to be on the radio. I had
two objectives for this weekend – try to make a QSO with NA1SS,
and try a new radio on HF – which I was able to do. I was on some
satellite passes, making a couple of QSOs, which I’ll submit to
both ARRL and AMSAT.

Knowing that the ISS would be passing by within minutes of the
start of Field Day, I was set up in my back yard for that. I used my
normal FM satellite setup (IC-2820H, Elk log periodic), with the
power cranked down to 5W to fall in the 1B QRP classification I
normally operate for Field Day, and was ready to go. About 5
minutes into the pass, and after hearing other stations’ calls from
NA1SS, I heard my call coming from there. Within seconds, I was
getting e-mails, SMS messages, and tweets from friends who also
heard that. A nice way to start Field Day! I listened to the rest of
the pass, and recorded it. I was on the next ISS pass at 1952 UTC,
hoping to hear anything from the ISS on 70cm (around 437.550
MHz) while recording the 145.800 MHz downlink. Lots of activity
on 2m just like the earlier pass, but nothing up on 70cm. Did
anyone hear anything from the ISS on 70cm during Field Day?

A few hours later, with more shade in the back yard, I broke out the
HF setup. An FT-897D with autotuner and its internal battery packs,
set to 5W transmit power, and a Buddipole portable dipole with its
mast and tripod. Before I started on the satellites in late 2005, I
used to do a lot of portable HF operating, so it took no time to get
the antenna up and the radio ready to go. Although I heard Field
Day activity on most HF bands (10m was surprisingly quiet in the
late afternoon), I ended up working 15m and 6m SSB to get a few
QSOs.

I tried to work FO-29 during a western pass around sunset, but could
not get through with my normal SSB satellite setup – two FT-817NDs,
Elk log periodic. Lots of activity, with some who sounded like they
may have been overpowering the transponder a bit. Around 0400 UTC,
9pm for me in Arizona, there was a western SO-50 pass where I was
able to break through with my IC-2820H at 5W and Elk log periodic.
Lots of twisting the antenna around, trying to keep up with the
satellite and hear myself on the downlink. I made two QSOs there –
one that counted for QSO points and the satellite QSO bonus with
VA7VW, and the other was to respond to W6KA calling me. I did not
score the second QSO. I heard two other stations calling me, but
could not get back to them and complete those QSOs with so many
stations trying to get through. Some were not using PL tones on the
SO-50 uplink, which only made the situation worse.

I also wanted to make an SSB satellite QSO, so I tried AO-73 about
an hour later, at 0500 UTC. A high pass for me, I was able to make a
QSO with W5MSQ before another strong station overpowered the
transponder. I was using my two FT-817NDs and Elk log periodic for
the SSB pass, staying with my normal SSB satellite configuration
instead of getting the FT-897D set up for SSB operation. This was the
last QSO in my Field Day log.

I have already sent off my QSL request for the NA1SS QSO. Since I
recorded the audio from those two passes, I made slideshow videos of
them. The first pass, or the 1815-1822 UTC portion I could hear, can
be found on YouTube:

I removed the first couple of minutes of my recording, since it only
had my calls to NA1SS, and one unreadable response from NA1SS.
By the way, did anyone else record this ISS pass? Especially if you
are on the west coast? If so, please e-mail me directly.

My slideshow video of the later ISS pass (1953-1957 UTC) is at:

This was a shallow pass here, with maximum elevation of only 8
degrees, so this was a bit shorter than the earlier recording and
slideshow video.

I had the audio recorder sitting near the IC-2820H for the first pass,
so it could pick up the speaker audio and my voice. For the later
pass, I had a patch cable running between the speaker jack on the
TH-D72A HT and the mic jack on the recorder, since I was not
planning to work the later pass on 2m. I had my Elk log periodic
antenna routed through a diplexer, so the 2m side was going to the
HT and the 70cm side to the IC-2820H, in the hopes of working
NA1SS on 70cm and recording the audio on 145.800 MHz.

Another summary of my Field Day activity, including some photos,
can be seen at:

http://www.arrl.org/soapbox/view/8943

I’m hoping to get out of town for next year’s Field Day, which is
what I normally do. It is fun to work with a portable setup, but it
would be better if the outside temperature was not as hot as it
was in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon (108F/42C at one point,
in the shade of my back yard!).

[ANS thanks Patrick WD9EWK for the above information]

 

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AMSAT Field Day Satellite Contact Summary Sheet Due July 14

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO says do not
forget to turn in your summary sheets in time so that your group can
be counted in AMSAT field day. The final date to send them in is July
14. The Satellite Summary Sheet can be found in the AMSAT Field Day
Rules document available in PDF format on the AMSAT web:

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=216

Attach your stories of field day and some pictures. In the past we
have been able to use almost all the pictures sent.

Send your submission to Bruce, KK5DO, by e-mail or postal mail. Your
Summary Sheet must be received by 11:59 P.M. CDT, Monday, July 14,
2014.

The preferred method for submitting your log is via e-mail to kk5do at
amsat dot org or kk5do at arrl dot net. You will receive an email
back(within one or two days) from Bruce when he receives your email
submission. If you do not receive a confirmation message, then he has
not received your submission. Try sending it again or send it to
Bruce’s 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
Director of Awards and Contests
PO Box 310
Alief, TX 77411-0310

[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO for
the above information]

 

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ISS Contacts makes 2014 ARRL Field Day, One to Remember!

One of the highlights of this year’s ARRL Field Day was a myriad of
voice contacts offered up by the International Space Station (ISS).

Through the efforts of crew member Reid Wiseman, many anxious ham
radio operators had the experience, perhaps for the first time, of
speaking with an astronaut orbiting Earth on board the ISS.

After an announcement on Tuesday, June 24, of possible voice
contacts from the ISS during the upcoming weekend, many Field Day
stations across the U.S. set up tracking equipment, radios and
antennas, vying for a brief chat with an orbiting astronaut.

Through various social media outlets, hams were able to track where
ISS voice transmissions were being received and in most cases, which
Field Day stations had made contact.

One group that was fortunate enough to connect with the ISS were The
Boy Scouts of Raymore, MO, Troop 32. Ham operator, Jim Reicher
comments … “ I bet the boys could be heard up in orbit even without a
radio when Reid answered our call!”

Field Day is held annually during the 4th weekend of June and is
sponsored by the American Radio Relay League or ARRL. The main
purpose of Field Day is to allow ham radio operators a chance to
practice their emergency response capabilities and serves as a
contest for Field Day stations to contact as many other Field Day
stations as possible within a designated 24 hour period.
[ANS thanks ARISS-I and Dave AA4KN for the above information]

 

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Satellite Operation From Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Eric, KV1J, returns to Insel Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA
1417, Grid GN17) from July 5th to the 15th to operate as FP/KV1J.

QRV on 160-6m in SSB, RTTY, and some CW. He plans to follow the MUF
on the bands and pay particular attention to 6m. Depending on the
weather he also plans to operate via satellites.

Eric also plans to participate in the DL-DX RTTY Contest (July 5/6)
and the IARU contest. QSL via KV1J, LoTW, eQSL.

http://www.kv1j.com/fp/July14.html

[ANS Thanks DX Newsletter for the above information]

 

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UKube-1 Launch Information

UKube-1, the UK Space Agency’s first CubeSat, carries a set of
FUNcube boards with a linear transponder and educational beacon. The
launch is scheduled from Pad 31/6 at Baikonur in Kazakhstan on
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT and to be deployed from the
final stage of the Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat-M launch vehicle at 18:32:42 UT.

The UKube-1 Operations Team has just issued their Launch Briefing.
This is accompanied by a spreadsheet showing the anticipated UK
passes for the first orbits together with a worksheet showing the
telemetry equations.

These documents can be downloaded at http://funcube.org.uk/news/

UKube-1 carries a number of experiments and payloads and also the
FUNcube-2 transponder and telemetry sub-system. This is intended to
support the current, very successful, operations of FUNcube-1 and to
provide an even better operational capability for schools and
colleges to use for hands on educational outreach around the world.
Further details of the educational outreach opportunities are
available here http://funcube.org.uk/education-outreach/

When the FUNcube-2 sub-system is activated, the 1k2 BPSK telemetry
will be downlinked on 145.915 MHz in the same way as already happens
with FUNcube-1.

A new FUNcube-2 Dashboard UI will be released shortly. This will
integrate directly with the existing FUNcube Central Data Warehouse
and existing usernames and authorisation codes can be re-used.

When the transponder is activated, the downlink passband will be
145.930 to 145.950 MHz and the uplink passband will be 435.080 to
435.060 MHz.

It is anticipated that the FUNcube sub-system may be tested for
short periods during the next few weeks depending upon how the LEOP
plan progresses.

AMSAT-UK personnel will be supporting the UKube-1 operations team at
Chilbolton during the immediate post launch period and will be
ensuring that regular status reports are made available via the
#cubesat IRC channel.

A web client is available at

http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#cubesat

AMSAT-UK and their colleagues at AMSAT-NL, are delighted that UKube-
1 is carrying this FUNcube sub-system and wishes every success to the
UKube Operations Team and to all the many contributors to the project.

There will be a presentation on the satellite’s amateur radio
payload at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium being held at
the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ on July 26-27, the event is open
to all, further details at

http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/

UKube-1 frequencies:
• 145.840 MHz Telemetry downlink
• 145.915 MHz FUNcube subsystem beacon
• 400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
– 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
– 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink

Follow Helen Walker ?@SheAstronomer and Steve Greenland
@strickengremlin for up-to-date information on the UKube-1 launch.

FUNcube website: http://www.funcube.org.uk/

FUNcube Yahoo Group

http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

FUNcube Forum

http://forum.funcube.org.uk/

Like AMSAT-UK on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/AMSATUK

Data Warehouse – Telemetry Archive

http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/

Dashboard App – Telemetry Decoder

http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

 

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ESA Competition! Remote Sensing with Multiple Cooperative Nanosats

#1 – Land: To measure land characteristics over a wide spectral
range/resolution at a high spatial resolution on timescales that are
relevant to changes in the observables.

#2 – Atmospheric Chemistry: To measure NO2 content in the
troposphere with high temporal resolution over the diurnal cycle.

#3 –Weather: To measure tropospheric properties (e.g. temperature,
pressure, humidity, winds) on rapidly evolving timescales to support
forecasting of severe weather events
Proposals must be a joint submission by both academic/research and
industry institutions with a budget of 100K Euros for submission on
the 1 August 2014. Helen Harrison at the Satellite Applications
Catapult are looking for partners and if interested, email:
Helen dot Harrison at sa dot catapult dot org dot uk for further
information.

[ANS thanks U.K. Cubesat Forum for the above information]

 

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Gymnasium Markt Indersdorf,
Markt Indersdorf, Bavaria, Germany and Astronaut Alexander Gerst
KF5ONO using callsign DPØISS. The contact began 2014-06-28 12:08 UTC
and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via
DN4OD.
ARISS Mentor was Peter IN3GHZ.

+ A Successful contact was made between DLR Project Lab,
Neustrelitz, Germany and Astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO using
callsign DPØISS. The contact began 2014-07-02 12:05:13 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via DL1BLV.
ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKØWGF.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

DLR School Lab, Braunschweig, Germany, direct via DH1ALF
Contact is a go for: Fri 2014-07-11 09:37:47 UTC

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe’s largest and
most modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the
future are being developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested
and images of distant planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR
staff members are investigating next-generation high-speed trains,
environmentally responsible methods of generating energy, and much
more …
DLR_School_Lab in Braunschweig investigates many topics related to
transportation: whether on the road, rails, or in the air. In various
experiments, school classes can acquaint themselves with the research
topics being studied at the science institutes at DLR Braunschweig.
German is the language expected to be used in the contact.
ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored
over 100
schools:

Gaston ON4WF with 117
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 102
Francesco IKØWGF with 102

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

+ Reid Wiseman KF5LKT Wins Twitter Award

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman KF5LKT has been putting on a social media
clinic since arriving at the International Space Station May 29. His
Twitter following has rocketed from less than 37,000 when the month
started to 126,000 today. There’s a good reason for that, just check
out his best tweets from June:

http://tinyurl.com/ANS-187-Twitter

[ANS thanks The Washington Post for the above information]

+ Last Call for Digital Communications Conference Papers

July 14 is the deadline to submit papers for the proceedings of 2014
ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference<http://www.tapr.org/dcc>,
September 5 – 7, in Austin, Texas.

You do not have to attend the conference to have your paper included
in the proceedings. Your paper on any technical topic relevant to
amateur digital communications will be published as submitted and you
will retain all rights.

Please e-mail your submission no later than July 14 to Maty
Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL Production Coordinator, at maty@arrl.org. Send
text files and images separately and do not attach Zip files. Total
of attachments cannot exceed 5 Mbytes per message.

[ANS Thanks Steve Ford WB8IMY for the above information]

+ Spot the Space Station Looking at You

Spot the Station is a joint project by NASA, Esri, the Canadian
Centre of Geographic Sciences and Alexander Gerst and crewmate Reid
Wiseman.
The locations and images will be collected throughout their mission
until Alexander, Reid and commander Maxim Suraev return to Earth in
November.

Find out where the Station is and enjoy the same views as the
astronauts by visiting ESA’s Space Station tracker. The orbital
outpost flies over the planet between latitudes 52+ N/S, reaching
from the tip of South America to the UK.

You are invited to share the view by taking a picture as the
astronauts streak through the night sky. It is not difficult. Keep
your camera steady on a tripod and make sure your exposure time is
more than 30 seconds. If all goes well, you should capture a white
streak that is the Station flying at 23 times the speed of sound.

For the complete story visit:

http://tinyurl.com/ANS-187-SpotStation

[ANS Thanks Space-Travel.com for the above information]

+ World Space Week 2014

“The (UN) General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week
to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions
of space science and technology to the betterment of the human
condition”

Space: Guiding Your Way
World Space Week 2014 will be all about satellite navigation. In
this decade we see the number of satellite navigation systems grow
from one (GPS) to many (Galileo, Glonass, Beidou). At the same time
we see the number of applications for humanity rapidly increase too.
The relevance of positioning, navigation and timing from space is
much larger than many think. 2014 is a great year to highlight these
applications and benefits by choosing it as the central theme for
World Space Week.

We aim to inspire as many event organizers as last year with this
new theme. We are working with our partners in the space and space
applications industry to help us collect education and other material
for events. Please keep an eye on this website for more news soon.

http://www.worldspaceweek.org/wsw/index.php

[ANS Thanks World Space Week for the above information]
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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

 

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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 Symposium Events and Tours
* W5PFG/P Activating DL79/DL89 Grids
* Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
* ARISS News



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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 30, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AMSAT Symposium Events and Tours

The AMSAT Symposium committee had a meeting this past weekend and made
some decisions on tours that will be held in conjunction with the
symposium.

Note that we will have two events scheduled Sunday morning (October
12)–the Area Coordinators Breakfast and the ARISS Operations Team
Meeting.

Similar to last year’s symposium, two opportunities for tours are
planned for the 2014 Space Symposium:

1) On Sunday October 12 (Afternoon), several Small Group/Light Rail
tours are being planned. Symposium participants can choose one of the
following tours: Baltimore Inner Harbor Tour (including the
Aquarium), the B&O Railroad Museum, Edgar Allen Poe House or the
National Electronics Museum

2) On Columbus Day, Monday October 13 we will take a bus to the
Washington Dulles airport area to tour the Udvar Hazy Air and Space
Museum. Udvar Hazy is a phenomenal museum with hundreds of aircraft
and spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, SR-71, Enola
Gay, and many others. The plan is to leave the hotel at 9 am and
return around 4 pm.

In order to get maximum benefit from all the holiday weekend events,
the symposium committee suggests that symposium participants consider
scheduling their airline flights for no earlier than 6 pm on Monday
October 13.


[ANS thanks the AMSAT Symposium Committee, for the above information]


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W5PFG/P Activating DL79/DL89 Grids

Clayton, W5PFG, has announced that he will be in the Big Bend area of Texas next week.

He will operate satellite passes as his schedule allows.

June 29 – Small potential for very late evening passes from DL89
June 30 thru July 1 – Random passes from DL79/89
July 2 – Potential morning passes from DL89, evening from DM80
July 3 – Morning passes from DM80, some evening passes from DM70
July 4 – Random passes from DM80

There will be no visit to DL88jx on this trip.

[ANS thanks Clayton, W5PFG, for the above information]


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Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be
etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu
in 2016.

The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard
the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security
Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. The robotic mission will
spend more than two years at the asteroid, which has a width of
approximately 1,760 feet (500 meters). The spacecraft will collect a
sample of Bennu’s surface and return it to Earth in a sample return
capsule.

The deadline to submit names online is Sept. 30, 2014. Participants
who submit their names to the “Messages to Bennu!” campaign will be
able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their
involvement.

For more information and to submit your name, visit
http://planetary.org/bennu.

Participants who “follow” or “like” the mission on Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx) will receive updates on the
location of their names in space from launch time until the asteroid
samples return to Earth in 2023. Facebook fans also will receive
mission progress and late-breaking news through regular status
updates.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit
http://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
tps@planetary.org.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- June 12, 2014 for the
above information]


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ARISS News

Scheduled contacts and events:

Ufa University, Ufa, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact was successful Sat 2014-06-21 14:45 UTC (***)

An ARISS contact is planned Wednesday July 2, 2014 at 12:05:13 UTC,
which is 14:05:13 CEST.

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO will answer questions from students
at DLR Project Lab, Neustrelitz, Germany.

Signals from the ISS will be audible over Europe on 145.800 FM.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe’s largest and most
modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the future are being
developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested and images of distant
planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR staff members are investigating
next-generation high-speed trains, environmentally responsible methods of
generating energy, and much more …

DLR_School_Lab Neustrelitz was opened in September 2011 at DLR in Neustrelitz
in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Here is where the data from various satellites are
received by means of large antennas, and subsequently processed. The student lab
is available for visits of one or several days by school classes from this most northerly
German state and further afield.

The contact will be conducted in German.

ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above contact. Due to
issues with the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at present, the
Ericsson radio is going to be used for these contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in
advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to
aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at aol.com.


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From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, ARISS will be going into a period of no
contacts as there will be no hams onboard.

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ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100
schools:

Gaston ON4WF with 117
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 102
Francesco IKØWGF with 101

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Expedition 39/40 on orbit
Steve Swanson
Aleksander Skvortsov
Oleg Artemyev

Expedition 40/41 on orbit
Maxim Suraev
Gregory Wiseman KF5LKT
Alexander Gerst KF5ONO

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space
agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and
IARU organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio
by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers,
parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS
can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology and learning.

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, 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

 

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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:

* 2014 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced
* Russian Dnepr rocket lofts record haul of 37 satellites
* Amateur Radio Role on Space Station Featured at ISS Research and Development Conference
* Successful launch of amateur radio satellite payloads
* Dnepr Launch for D-STAR Satellite
* FUNcube-3 payload launch information
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 173.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE June 22, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-173.01
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2014 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced
The 2014 candidates, in alphabetical order by last names are:

Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Tom Clark, K3IO
Steve Coy, K8UD
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Frank Griffin, K4FEG
Bryan Klofas, KF6ZEO
Lou McFadin, W5DID
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM

Normally there would be 3 full Board seats open this year, plus 2 alternates. However, with the passing of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX (SK), there will be an additional full Board seat open to fill the remaining year of his term. This means that the top three recipients of votes will have two-year terms, the fourth most vote recipient will serve as full member for one year, and the fifth and sixth highest vote recipients will serve as first and second alternate respectively.

Ballots will be mailed to the AMSAT-NA membership by 15 JUL 2014 and must be received at the AMSAT office by 15 SEP 2014 in order to be counted. Those sent outside North America will go by air mail.
If you have not received your ballot package in a reasonable time for your QTH, please contact the AMSAT office. Returned ballots should be sent as promptly as possible, and those from outside North American preferably by air mail.

Election of board members is both an obligation as well as an opportunity by our membership to help shape the future direction of AMSAT. Please take the time to review the candidate statements that will accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board. You have the option to vote for up to four candidates.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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Russian Dnepr rocket lofts record haul of 37 satellites
A Russian Dnepr rocket launched a record-breaking thirty-seven satellites on Friday morning local time, deploying a cluster of spacecraft for scientific research and commercial operation. The mission departed on schedule from Dombarovsky in Southern Russia at
01:11 local time (19:11 UTC on Thursday).
Dnepr Record Breaker:
With thirty-seven satellites aboard the Dnepr, Friday’s launch saw the record for most spacecraft launched by a single rocket broken for the fourth time in less than a year.

The previous record was set at 34 by January’s Antares launch with Orbital Sciences’ first CRS mission to the International Space Station.

Thirty-three of the satellites were deployed directly by the Dnepr – as opposed to being released by other payloads or transported to the International Space Station for later deployment – which is also a new record. That record had previously been held by an American Minotaur launch which occurred last year.

Deimos-2, KazEOSat-2 and Hodoyoshi-3 and 4 were the main payloads for what was the twentieth Dnepr launch.

Z3Built by South Korea’s SATREC Initiative for Deimos Imaging of Spain, the Deimos-2 satellite follows on from the smaller Deimos-1 which launched in 2009.

Based around the SI-300 bus, Deimos-2 has a mass of around 300 kilograms (660 lb). It will be used for high-resolution Earth imaging; it’s EOS-D imager is capable of producing pictures at resolutions as high as 0.75 metres (2.5 feet).

KazEOSat-2, which was previously known as the Medium Resolution Earth Observation Satellite, or DZZ-MH, will be operated by Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary, the main contractor to the space programme of Kazakhstan.
Built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited of the United Kingdom, KazEOSat-2 is based upon the SSTL-150+ satellite bus and carries a camera which can image the Earth at resolutions of up to 6.5 metres.

The 185 kilogram (408 lb) satellite will complement the larger and higher-resolution KazEOSat-1, which was launched by Europe’s Vega rocket in April.

The University of Tokyo’s Hodoyoshi-3 and 4 are prototype remote sensing satellites.

With masses of 60 and 66 kilograms (132 and 145 lb) respectively,
Hodoyoshi-3 carries two cameras with resolutions of 40 and 200 metres
(131 and 656 feet), while Hodoyoshi-4 is equipped with a single, more powerful, instrument providing a resolution of 6 metres (20 ft) per pixel.

The spacecraft are also equipped for further technology demonstration, and store-and-forward communications.

The other payloads on the Dnepr include AprizeSat-9 and 10, which will be used for commercial communications. The ownership of these satellites is not entirely clear; they were built by SpaceQuest, who will operate them for the early phases of their missions.

Once operational, the two twelve kilogram satellites may be transferred to exactEarth or retained for operation by SpaceQuest.
They are the eleventh and twelfth satellites in a series which was originally named LatinSat.

BRITE-Toronto and BRITE-Montreal, also known as BRITE-CA 1 and 2, are the fourth and fifth members of the six-satellite Bright Star Target Explorer (BRITE) constellation, a joint venture between Canada’s Universities of Toronto and Montreal, Austria’s University of Vienna and the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The two satellites launched on Friday form the Canadian part of the constellation, although the University of Toronto were responsible for designing all six satellites and manufacturing most of them. The final BRITE satellite, Poland’s Heweliusz, is scheduled to be launched atop a Chang Zheng 4B rocket from China later this year.

The BRITE programme is aimed at studying variations in the amount of light coming from the brightest stars visible from Earth. The Canadian satellites are identical apart from the filters used in their telescopes; Toronto’s satellite will use a red filter to study the lower-energy end of the spectrum, while Montreal’s will study light with shorter wavelengths using a blue filter.

BugSat-1, which will be operated by Argentina’s Satellogic S.A, is a
22 kilogram technology demonstrator. Intended to demonstrate a medium-resolution camera in addition to UHF and C-band communications systems, the satellite will be made available for amateur radio users at the end of its primary mission.

Saudi Arabia’s SaudiSat-4 spacecraft will be used to study whether a phenomenon called the photoelectric effect, which causes metals to emit electrons when exposed to ultraviolet radiation, can be use to cancel out electrical charges which build up in satellite components over time.

The 100-kilogram (220 lb) satellite was built by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in association with NASA’s Ames Research Center.

TabletSat-Aurora was developed by Russian company Sputnix. A 25 kilogram (55 lb) spacecraft, the satellite will be used to test the TabletSat-2U-EO bus upon which it is based. In addition, the spacecraft will observe the Earth, returning images with a resolution of up to 15 metres (49 feet).

The UniSat-6 satellite, of Rome’s La Sapienza University, is a technology demonstration mission which follows on from last year’s UniSat-5 mission. Like UniSat-5, UniSat-6 carries CubeSat dispensers however it lacks the PocketQube deployers flown on the previous mission.

Four CubeSats are expected to be deployed from UniSat-6 at a later date. AeroCube-6 is an American technology demonstration satellite which will be operated by The Aerospace Corporation. Intended to test a new CubeSat bus, it is a single-unit satellite with sides of 10 centimetres (3.9 in), which will collect data on radiation levels in low Earth orbit.

It is joined by Lemur-1, a prototype Earth-imaging satellite for NanoSatisfi Incorporated, also of the United States. The three-unit CubeSat carries visible-light and infrared imagers, however its primary objective is to demonstrate how the satellite bus functions under operational conditions.

A three-unit CubeSat, TigriSat, is the first satellite to be launched for Iraq. Built for the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology by Iraqi students working at the La Sapienza University in Rome, TigriSat will be used to monitor dust storms in Iraq.

Iraq previously claimed to have launched a satellite in 1989, however this was discredited after footage of the rocket exploding during first stage flight surfaced. Analysts have also determined that it was unlikely to have been an orbital launch attempt in any case.

Antelsat, the fourth satellite to be deployed from UniSat-6, will be Uruguay’s first spacecraft. It is a two-unit CubeSat, which will be used for amateur radio, Earth observation and to advance Uruguayan satellite technology.

In addition to the CubeSats aboard UniSat-6, twenty-one more will be deployed from the Dnepr itself.

DTUSat-2 is a Danish satellite being launched for the Danmarks Tekniske Universitet. It will be used to aid studies of bird migration by relaying data from GPS trackers attached to the birds.
Duchifat-1 is a single-unit CubeSat which will be operated by Israel’s Herzliya Science Centre.

The spacecraft has served as an educational project and once in orbit will be used to test location determination, with the satellite returning data on its calculated position to be plotted onto maps on the ground.

Eleven Flock-1c spacecraft will be launched for Planet Labs’ Flock constellation. Earth imaging spacecraft, each three-unit CubeSat is equipped with cameras capable of producing photographs at resolutions of up to three metres.

Following four technology demonstration missions using Dove satellites, the first twenty-eight Flock-1 spacecraft were carried into orbit by January’s Cygnus mission, for subsequent deployment from the ISS. Twenty-eight more satellites will be launched aboard the next Cygnus mission, currently scheduled for July.

NanoSatC-Br 1, a single-unit Brazilian spacecraft, is based on a kit purchased from ISIS. The spacecraft carries a magnetometer to study the South Atlantic Anomaly, an area where the Van Allen belts are unusually close to the Earth’s surface exposing satellites to greater radiation levels than would otherwise be expected at those altitudes.

The Platform for Attitude Control Experiments (PACE) CubeSat will be used by Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University to test an attitude control system, returning data on how the satellite’s orientation changes as it attempts to manoeuvre. By studying its performance, the satellite’s operators hope to be able to develop better attitude control systems for small satellites.

Perseus-M 1 and 2 are the first six-unit CubeSats to launch, with dimensions of 30 by 20 by 10 centimetres (12 by 8 by 4 in). The satellites will be operated by Russia’s Dauria Aerospace, having been constructed by Dauria’s American subsidiary Canopus Systems. Each spacecraft carries an AIS receiver intended to collect data on the position and status of ships at sea.

Ukraine’s PolyITAN-1 will be operated by the country’s National Technical University. Itis intended to demonstrate that Ukraine can conduct a CubeSat mission and study the performance of the satellite’s single-unit bus in orbit.

POPSAT-HIP-1 will test attitude control and imaging systems for Singapore’s Microspace Limited. It is a three-unit CubeSat.

The last two CubeSats, QB50P1 and QB50P2, form part of the QB50 programme which aims to launch and operate a constellation of fifty small satellites for scientific research. These two demonstration satellites will be operated by Belgium’s von Karman Institute with contributions from other institutions.

QB50P1 carries an Ion and Neutral Mass Spectrometer, an attitude control experiment, a thermocouple to monitor the spacecraft’s temperature and FUNCube-3, an amateur radio payload for the Dutch branch of AMSAT. QB50P2 carries the same attitude control system and thermocouple, combining them with a French amateur radio system and the FIPEX experiment for the Technical University of Dresden, which will study the oxygen flux in the satellite’s environment.

Converted from the R-36 missile, the Dnepr is a three-stage rocket which incorporates the two stages of the R-36MUTTH, with the missile’s post-boost module converted to act as a third stage and satellite dispenser.

The R-36 originally served as an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering an 18 megaton nuclear warhead, although later versions were equipped to carry up to ten Multiple Independently- Targetable Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs), each armed with a nuclear device.

Another variant, the R-36O, was designed to place its warhead into orbit, and then deorbit it onto a target anywhere in the world.

This was subsequently banned under an international treaty in 1979.

The Dnepr made its first launch in April 1999, when it deployed Britain’s UoSAT-12. Among the other payloads it has launched on previous missions are the two Genesis demonstrators for Bigelow Aerospace.

Launched in 2006 and 2007, these prototype inflatable space station modules paved the way for the work Bigelow is now doing on inflatable space habitats and an experimental module for the International Space Station.

Friday’s launch marked the Dnepr’s twentieth flight, with only one of its previous missions ending in failure. That came in July 2006, when a first stage hydraulic failure brought down a cluster launch which had been carrying eighteen satellites.

The Dnepr launched from a silo at Site 370/13 of Russia’s Dombarovsky launch site. The first stage did not ignite until the missile is clear of the silo, with ejection being accomplished by means of a gas generator at the aft of the vehicle which separated shortly after ejection is complete.

The first stage was powered by four RD-263 engines, while an RD-0255 powers the second stage and an RD-869 powered the third. The payloads were enclosed within a Gas Dynamic Shield, which protected them from the exhaust of the third stage, in addition to a regular payload fairing.

This shielding is necessary because, due to its missile heritage, the third stage flies backwards with the payloads mounted on the same side as its engine nozzles.

Spacecraft separation occurred while the stage was still firing, with the satellites ejecting from the back of the rocket. Once separation was complete, the stage continued to burn to remove itself from the operational orbit.

The Dnepr launch was the thirty-fourth orbital launch of 2014, and the first to make use of a Dnepr. The Dnepr’s next launch is scheduled for no earlier than August, with five satellites including Japan’s Hodoyoshi-1 and Asnaro-1.

Russia’s next launch, in early July, will see a Proton-M orbit a Luch communications satellite. This will be a return-to-flight mission for the Proton, which suffered its ninth failure in ten years in May.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-UK, & the NASA Spaceflight.com for the above information]
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Amateur Radio Role on Space Station Featured at ISS Research and Development Conference
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will have a prominent place at the third annual ISS Research and Development Conference this week. The conference, organized by American Astronautical Society (AAS) in cooperation with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and NASA, takes place June 17-19 in Chicago.

ARISS International Chairman and AMSAT Vice President for Human Spaceflight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, will be the lead presenter for a program compiled by members of the ARISS US team — which includes ARISS International Secretary and ARRL Delegate Rosalie White, K1STO, ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, and E. Mike McCardel, KC8YLD, of AMSAT. “ARISS — Inspiring and Educating Youth through Direct Connections with the ISS Crew” focuses on ARISS and its role in education.

ARISS is the first and longest continuously running educational outreach program involving the International Space Station. The first ARISS school contact took place in late 2000, and nearly 900 such Amateur Radio contacts have taken place since then. ARISS functions with participation from the ARRL, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS), CNES, JAXA, CSA and AMSAT. It allows students, as part of a science and technology curriculum, to speak with a member of the ISS crew and ask questions about life in space or other space-related topics.

ARISS conducts about 100 such school contacts per year, each about
10 minutes long — the time of a typical ISS pass — with students in the US and around the world. Preparation for the ARISS experience motivates both students and teachers to further their educations.
Educators involved in an ARISS event can learn about electronics and wireless technology through the hands-on training provided in an ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology session — several are held each year. In similar fashion, youngsters preparing for a contact with an ISS crew member may learn about radio waves, space technology, science experiments onboard the ISS, geography, and the space environment. Some 15,000 students are touched directly by an ARISS contact each year, and many more become aware the program and its benefits either directly or via news media coverage resulting from an event.

The ARISS presentation at this week’s AAS conference will provide some historical background on the ARISS program, describe the international volunteer team responsible for making program a success, and provide an overview of the process for schools to apply for an ARISS school contact. It will also explain how the ARISS team, partnered with NASA Education Office’s Teaching from Space program to engage schools and students. And it will describe some of the educational outcomes from ARISS, including data and feedback from schools, students, and organizations.

In addition to inspiring an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula and careers, ARISS offers an opportunity for Amateur Radio experimentation and for evaluating new technologies. Today the ISS is only very rarely without an Amateur Radio licensee onboard, and the complement of Amateur Radio equipment on the ISS has expanded considerably since the early days of the ARISS program. While the initial hand-held VHF and UHF transceivers remain in use, mobile-type transceivers have been installed since, the ISS has slow-scan TV and digital capabilities, and, more recently, the ARISS program completed the commissioning of digital Amateur Radio television equipment to transmit video from space in conjunction with ARISS school contacts. That effort remain under development.

The emphasis of the overall AAS conference is on ISS research and development — Discoveries in Microgravity Science; Discoveries in Space Science, Earth Science, Engineering and Education; Applications Benefitting Earth; Applications Enabling Technology and Exploration; and Opportunities.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB, ARISS, & the ARRL for the above information]
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Successful launch of amateur radio satellite payloads
On Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 19:11:11 UT a Dnepr rocket was launched from Dombarovsky near Yasny in the Russian Federation carrying 37 satellites, 12 of which had amateur radio payloads.

Among the amateur radio payloads are a SSB/CW linear transponder, FM voice transponder, D-STAR Parrot Repeater and three Packet Radio Digipeaters.

In total 33 satellites were deployed, the remaining four, Tigrisat, Lemur 1, ANTELSat and AeroCube 6, are being carried by the microsatellite UniSat-6 and should be deployed on Friday, June 20.

In the hours immediately after launch signals were reported from POPSAT, QB50p1, QB50p2, UniSat-6, BugSat-1, NanosatC-BR1, Duchifat-1 and TabletSat-Aurora.

The two QB50 precursor Cubesats on the launch carry amateur radio transponders. They were deployed at 19:32 UT and CW signals from both were received shortly after by Andre Van Deventer ZS2BK in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Brian Best ZS5SB also reported receiving QB50p1.

Richard Dailey N8UX in Kentucky, USA made use of the Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) WebSDR to receive the QB50P2 beacon when the satellite was in range of the UK.

The details of the initial 145 MHz CW transmission format for both QB50p1, and its near twin QB50p2, is at http://www.isispace.nl/HAM/qb50p.html

QB50p1 carries the FUNcube-3 400 mW inverting linear 435/145 MHz transponder provided by AMSAT-NL.
• 145.815 MHz BPSK telemetry
• FUNcube inverting 400 mW SSB/CW transponder
– 435.035-435.065 MHz Uplink LSB
– 145.935-145.965 MHz Downlink USB

QB50p2 carries a 435/145 MHz FM transponder and FX25 data transmitter from AMSAT-F.
• 145.880 MHz BPSK telemetry
• 145.840 MHz 9600 bps FSK FX25

It is expected that both these transponder payloads will be activated after the science missions have been completed.

QB50 precursor amateur radio operator page http://www.isispace.nl/HAM/qb50p.html

There were 37 satellites and a 2U Mass Dummy on the launch, frequencies at
http://r4uab.ru/?p=6393

For a short description of each of the satellites see http://www.zarya.info/Calendar.php#Dnepr

Article about the launch and payloads
http://www.spaceflight101.com/dnepr-launch-updates—2014-cluster-
launch.html

Southampton University Wireless Society WebSDR http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

[ANS thanks the AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Dnepr Launch for D-STAR Satellite
The D-STAR satellite TabletSat-Aurora launched with 11 other satellites carrying amateur radio payloads from Dombarovsky near Yasny on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 19:11:11 UT.

It carries a D-STAR Parrot (Store and Forward) Repeater running 0.8 watts of GMSK on 437.050 MHz (+/- 10 kHz) to a whip antenna. It can store up to 8 seconds of voice message.

There are two other transceivers on the satellite that operate on
435.550 MHz and 436.100 MHz. Their power can be varied by command from the ground station between 0.8 and 2.0 watts and it is understood they will be used for command and control and transmit GMSK telemetry data. There is also a downlink on 8192 MHz.

Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB reports the D-STAR repeater could become operational in early July. It is understood that when the D-STAR repeater is active the telemetry transmitters will be inactive.

Description of TabletSat-Aurora in Google English http://tinyurl.com/TabletSat-Aurora-Description

A description of the satellites amateur radio capability is at
https://www.facebook.com/SPUTNIX.ltd/photos/a.336584396454237.77484.2
93701294075881/569763353136339/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SPUTNIX.ltd/

There are 37 satellites and a 2U Mass Dummy on the launch and it is thought a dozen of them are carrying amateur radio payloads. A list of frequencies is at http://r4uab.ru/?p=6393

For a short description of each of the satellites see http://www.zarya.info/Calendar.php#Dnepr

Article about the launch and payloads
http://www.spaceflight101.com/dnepr-launch-updates—2014-cluster-
launch.html

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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FUNcube-3 payload launch information

The FUNcube team anticipate that the Dnepr launch of the amateur radio FUNcube-3 payload on the QB50p1 CubeSat will take place as previously stated.

This Thursday is the day!

To be precise, lift off is expected to take place from Yasny on June 19, 2014 at 19:11:11 UT and the deployment of the various payloads will take place over the Indian Ocean in a similar fashion to the launch of FUNcube-1 last November.

Pre-launch Keplerian elements / Two-Line Elements (TLEs) can be seen below. The details of the initial 145 MHz CW transmission format for both QB50p1, and its near twin QB50p2, is at http://www.isispace.nl/HAM/qb50p.html

QB50p1 carries an inverting linear UV transponder with 400 mW output provided by AMSAT-NL and which is similar to that on FUNcube-1.
• 145.815 MHz BPSK telemetry
• FUNcube inverting 400 mW SSB/CW transponder
– 435.035-435.065 MHz Uplink LSB
– 145.935-145.965 MHz Downlink USB

QB50p2 carries an UV FM transponder and FX25 data transmitter from AMSAT-F. It is expected that these payloads will be activated after the science missions have been completed.
• 145.880 MHz BPSK telemetry
• 145.840 MHz 9600 bps FSK FX25

AMSAT-UK will be monitoring the launch event and watching for signal reports on the #cubesat IRC channel throughout the evening. A web client is available at http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=#cubesat

QB50 precursor amateur radio operator page http://www.isispace.nl/HAM/qb50p.html

There are 37 satellites and a 2U Mass Dummy on the launch, frequencies at
http://r4uab.ru/?p=6393

For a short description of each of the satellites see http://www.zarya.info/Calendar.php#Dnepr

Article about the launch and payloads
http://www.spaceflight101.com/dnepr-launch-updates—2014-cluster-
launch.html

Preliminary orbital information:

Launch Time: 19:11:11 UT
Separation of Platform A: 19:27:07 UT
Separation of QB50p1: 19:32:07 UT
Separation of QB50p2: 19:32:27 UT
1st pass over Delft/VKI: 20:46:46 UT

QB50p_PRELAUNCHKEPS
1 00362U 00362A 14170.81049769 .00000000 00000-0 10000-4 0 7
2 00362 97.9897 66.2289 0012982 291.8733 244.3145 14.85013404 03

FUNcube website http://www.funcube.org.uk/

FUNcube Yahoo Group http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

FUNcube Forum http://forum.funcube.org.uk/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Upcoming 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).

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (north of the city center, near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
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ARISS News
Upcoming Contacts
as of 2014-06-16

Focus Camps in Sterrenlab, Italy and European Space Center, Transinne, Belgium are scheduled for a joint telebridge contact via IK1SLD on Fri 2014-06-20 18:36:47 UTC 46 deg. (more information
below)
The questions will be asked alternately by participants of the Focus Camp in Italy and by participants of the Mission X Closing Event at the Euro Space Center in Belgium.

Focus Camp, Candriai, Italy

The radio contact with the ISS will take place during the Focus Campus, a science summer camp addressed to children aged 8 to 13 organized by Focus Junior – the most popular science magazine for children in Italy – and Sterrenlab, the camp organizer. During the week children will participate to science laboratories, learn about science topics and challenge themselves to design and build experiments and machines. The Focus Campus in Candriai (Trento) focuses on tinkering and DIY activities (“Una scienza da creare” – “A science to create”). Children will also have the opportunity to do sport in the morning, play with their friends and visit the alpine nature surrounding the camp premises.

Euro Space Center, Redu, Belgium

About 150 youngsters from all over Europe celebrate the International Closing Event for Mission X 2014 at the Euro Space Center in Belgium. “Mission X train like an astronaut” is an international education project that encourages children to take part in a challenge, adopting a life style reflecting astronaut training.
The Closing Event offers participants the opportunity to meet astronauts and trainers, to experience the training simulators for astronauts, to simulate a Shuttle mission and to build a rocket.

The telebridge contact with Euro Space Center was a success.
– 14 questions answered by Alex Gerst
– audience 70
– signals 5.9 in the middle of the pass
The landline with Candriai Focus Camp was still down.
Students at Ufa University, Ufa, Russia are planning a direct contact for Sat 2014-06-21 14:45 UTC. No additional information has been provided.

A direct contact with students at Gymnasium Markt Indersdorf, Markt Indersdorf, Bavaria, Germany, via DN4OD is planned for Thu 2014-
06-26 12:08:49 UTC 66 deg. The contact is expected to be conducted in German.

The grammar school/high school of Markt Indersdorf (Gymnasium Markt Indersdorf GMI, Germany) began operations in the school year of 2001/2002. In 2007 the first students graduated successfully with the certificate qualifying them to go to university (Abitur). Currently, about 90 teachers instruct approximately 1,100 pupils aged 10 to 19, about 250 of them are in the qualification phase (years/grades 11 and 12).

The GMI offers the choice between two faculties, the linguistic and scientific-technological one. Approximately 75 percent of the pupils decide for the latter. The pupils obtain an education in science from the 5th year/grade on, the subject Physics is taught from year/grade
8 on for both faculties, in the scientific-technological profile additional hours for more in-depth education are mandatory. In years/grades 11 and 12, the pupils have the choice between Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Experience has shown that about 30 to 40 per school year decide to take Physics. About half of them vote for Astrophysics in the 12th year/grade. From 5th year/grade on, all pupils study English as their first foreign language.

The ISS Project

The pupils are divided for this project into different groups that are each responsible for one of the following activities:

• Technology: Installation, commissioning and maintenance of the antenna system respectively the radio station as well as all the necessary hardware and software

• Planning and monitoring: Organization of the overall sequence of events, initiation of a school’s competition to select the questions to the astronauts, organization of rehearsals

• Presentation and documentation: Design of the facilities in question, elaboration of exhibitions and wall papers, construction of a model of the ISS, photo, audio and video documentation

• Public Relations (local and trans-regional): Press, TV, radio and website.

Pupils of all ages should participate in selecting the questions to the astronauts. The examination of questionnaires of other schools which already made contact with the ISS should secure the creation of uncommon and interesting questions that are not asked in every interview.

At the event in question – depending on the date and time – a large number, if possible, of the school family should be present in the assembly hall, for example, to attend a live broadcast from the radio room.
Successful Contacts

A direct contact with Slavic Nations Ham Radio Conference, Sochi, Russia was successful Thu 2014-06-12 15:40 UTC.
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]
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Satellite Shorts from All Over
Subject: [amsat-bb] NanosatC-BR1

Hi

The first Brazilian cubesat are working well.
Video;
http://youtu.be/FZdiZMX9rcI

Preliminary TLE:

NANOSATC-BR1
1 00362U 00362A 14170.81049769 .00000000 00000-0 10000-4 0 7
2 00362 97.9897 66.2289 0012982 291.8733 244.3145 14.85013404 03

Doppler for SatPC32:

NANOSATC-BR1,145868.0,,USB,,,,TLM

Thank you

PY5LF
Luciano Fabricio
Curitiba-PR-BR GG54jm
http://www.qrz.com/db/PY5LF
[ANS thanks Luciano, PY5LF & the AMSAT-BB for the above information]
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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

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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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:
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In this edition:

* FOX-1 Featured in HamRadioNow Episode 151
* AMSAT Field Day Reminder – June 28-29
* NASA TV to air Russian spacewalk
* ARTSAT1: INVADER Recovered
* OSCAR Number for LituanicaSAT-1, LO-78
* 3rd Annual ISS Research and Development Conference
* Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
* ARISS News – Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM appointed as
ARISS Regional Representative
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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FOX-1 Featured in HamRadioNow Episode 151

HamRadioNow Episode 151 features Keith Baker KB1SF, VA3KSF and Burns
Fisher W2BFJ talking about FOX-1.

The duo are interviewed on FOX-1 during the Dayton Hamvention by
Gary Pearce KN4AQ of HamRadioNow. Their interview begins at about the
19:27 into the 38 minute video. It begins with a short tribute to
Tony Montiero AA2TX, then Keith and Burns talk about the the general
construction of the FOX-1 satellite and its capabilities and
functionality in space.

[ANS Thanks HamRadioNow for the above information]

 

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AMSAT Field Day Reminder – June 28-29

Field Day is now just 2 weeks away!

Each year the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day
as a “picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal
contest and, most of all, FUN!”. The event takes place during a 24-
hour period on the fourth weekend of June. For 2014 the event takes
place during a 27-hour period from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 28, 2014
through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 29, 2014. Those who set up prior to
1800 UTC on June 29 can operate only 24 hours. The Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day
for operation via the amateur satellites, held concurrently with the
ARRL event.

Your Field Day on-the-air exchange with other stations via satellite
is the same as the ARRL exchange for all bands and modes. AMSAT Field
Day Rules in PDF format can be found on the AMSAT web:

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=216

The rules document also includes a copy of the Field Day Satellite
Summary Sheet which should be used for submission of the AMSAT Field
Day competition when sending your report to Bruce, KK5DO, by e-mail
or postal mail. Your Summary Sheet must be received by 11:59 P.M.
CDT, Monday, July 14, 2014.

The preferred method for submitting your log is via e-mail to kk5do
at amsat dot org or kk5do at arrl dot 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
Bruce’s 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
Director of Awards and Contests
PO Box 310
Alief, TX 77411-0310

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

Remember, AMSAT rules limit the use of the FM single channel
satellites(such as SO-50) to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes
the International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the
ISS is operating Voice. You will also be allowed one digital QSO with
the ISS or any other digital, non-store-and-forward, packet satellite
(if operational).

A lot of good contacts can be made on the linear transponder
satellites including AO-73, VO-52, FO-29, and AO-7. During Field Day
the transponders come alive like 20 meters on a weekend. The
transponders on these satellites will support multiple simultaneous
SSB or CW contacts.

The AMSAT Field Day 2014 event is open to all Amateur Radio
operators. The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all
amateur satellites, both analog and digital.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO
for the above information]

 

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NASA TV to air Russian spacewalk

NASA Television will air live coverage of a six-and-a-half hour
spacewalk by two Russian International Space Station crew members
beginning at 9:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 19.

Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev
of the Russian Federal Space Agency will don their Orlan spacesuits
and exit the Pirs airlock at 9:50 a.m. to install new communications
equipment on the Zvezda service module. They also will reposition
hardware.

The spacewalk will be the 180th in support of space station assembly
and maintenance and the first for both Skvortsov and Artemyev.
Another spacewalk for the pair is planned for late August.

Skvortsov will be designated as extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1)
and will wear a spacesuit bearing red stripes. Artemyev will be
designated as extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2) and will wear a suit
with blue stripes.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For more information about the International Space Station and its
crew, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/station

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

 

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ARTSAT1: INVADER Recovered

The ARTSAT members have successfully recovered the ARTSAT1: INVADER.
The reset command for the power OBC was sent.
They are planning to work digi-talker again.

Your reports are very helpful for the recover.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Please enjoy to litsen the satellite continuously.

They predict it will be about one month before re-entry.

[ANS thanks Masahiro JI1IZR for the above information via AMSAT-BB]

 

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OSCAR Number for LituanicaSAT-1, LO-78

In a message to the LituanicaSAT-1 team, AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number
Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO announced, “LituanicaSAT-1 has met all
of the requirements for an OSCAR number. My findings from information
provided to AMSAT-NA and IARU officials confirm this to be true.
Accordingly, under the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA
President, I do hereby assign LituanicaSAT-1 the designation
LituanicaSAT OSCAR-78, or LO-78. I, and all of the amateur radio
satellite community, wish LituanicaSAT OSCAR-78 a long and successful
mission.”

On behalf of the LituanicaSAT-1 team, Simon Kareiva, LY2EN replied,
“It is my honor and pleasure to accept this assignation. Our team is
focused to keep LO-78 operational for the benefit of amateur radio as
long, as it is possible for a small cubesat. Thank you very much,
Simon LY2EN.”

The LituanicaSAT-1 team has announced activation of the FM
transponder. A general rule to find out if the transponder is working
at the moment is to monitor the beacon frequency on 437.275 MHz. If
you can hear CW FM beacon it means that transponder is off, if you
cannot hear it – the transponder is on. The transponder frequencies
are approximately 435.1755 MHz (+/- 10 kHz Doppler shift) for the
downlink and 145.950 MHz for the uplink with 67 Hz CTCSS.

In response to the news Simon Kareiva LY2EN responded, “It is my
honor and pleasure to accept this assignation. Our team is focused to
keep LO-78 operational for the benefit of amateur radio as long, as
it is possible for a small cubesat.”

[ANS thanks Bill Tynan, W3XO, AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator
for the above information]

 

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3rd Annual ISS Research and Development Conference

The 3rd Annual ISS Research and Development Conference will be held
this week June 17-19, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place,
Chicago.

This conference focuses on ISS Research and Development —
Discoveries in Microgravity Science; Discoveries in Space Science,
Earth Science, Engineering and Education; Applications Benefitting
Earth; Applications Enabling Technology and Exploration; and
Opportunities.

This is the only annual gathering offering perspectives on the
impressive breadth of research and technology development on the ISS
– one stop for understanding the full suite of opportunities
available now.

The conference is organized by the American Astronautical Society in
cooperation with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
(CASIS) and NASA.

AMSAT’s V.P. Human Sapceflight, Frank Bauer KA3HDO will be lead
presenter for a presentation compiled by members of the ARISS-US
team, Bauer, Rosalie White K1STO, Debra Johnson K1DMJ and E. Mike
McCardel KC8YLD. The Presentation “ARISS—Inspiring and Educating
Youth through Direct Connections with the ISS Crew” focuses on
Amateur Radio on the International Space station (ARISS).

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) represents
the first and longest continuous operating educational outreach
program to fly on the International Space Station (ISS). ARISS is
sponsored by NASA, many international space agencies, and several
international amateur radio societies. Its primary purpose is to
allow students, engaged in a science and technology curriculum, to
speak with an astronaut orbiting the Earth on the International Space
Station. Using amateur (ham) radio, the students ask questions about
life in space or other space-related topics. Students fully
participate in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio
ground station at the school and then using that station to talk
directly with the on-board crew member for approximately ten minutes,
the time of an ISS overhead pass. ARISS conducts about 100 school
contacts per year with students in the US and around the world. Since
its beginnings 14 years ago, ARISS has conducted nearly 900 school
contacts, inspiring and engaging students, worldwide, to pursue STEM
careers—as only NASA can!

Preparation for the ARISS experience motivates both students and
teachers to further their education. Through one of our US team
partners, the American Radio Relay League, ARISS educators can learn
about electronics and radio technology through a hands-on training
program called the Teacher’s Institute. Also, in preparation for
their contact with the ISS crew, the children learn about radio
waves, space technology, science experiments on ISS, geography and
the space environment. In many cases, the students help write press
releases and give presentations on the contact to their fellow
students and to the local community. And on contact day, the entire
local community shares in the ARISS experience. Through this hands-
on, grass-roots experience, students are engaged and educated in STEM
fields, and are inspired to pursue STEM-related careers choices.
Approximately 15,000 students are touched directly by an ARISS
contact each year and tens of millions from the general public
witness the contact either directly or through the news media.

Thei presentation will provide some historical background on the ARISS
program, it will describe the international volunteer team that is
responsible for making this low-cost, high payoff program such a huge
success, and provide an overview of the proposal submittal, selection
and contact preparation process. Most importantly, it will convey how
the ARISS team, partnered with the NASA Education Teaching from Space
program, engages the schools and students in educational
opportunities. And it will describe some of the educational outcomes
from ARISS, including data and feedback from schools, students, and
organizations.

[ANS thanks The American Astronautical Society for the above
information]

 

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Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be
etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu
in 2016.

The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard
the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security
Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. The robotic mission will
spend more than two years at the asteroid, which has a width of
approximately 1,760 feet (500 meters). The spacecraft will collect a
sample of Bennu’s surface and return it to Earth in a sample return
capsule.

The deadline to submit names online is Sept. 30, 2014. Participants
who submit their names to the “Messages to Bennu!” campaign will be
able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their
involvement.

For more information and to submit your name, visit
http://planetary.org/bennu.

Participants who “follow” or “like” the mission on Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx) will receive updates on the
location of their names in space from launch time until the asteroid
samples return to Earth in 2023. Facebook fans also will receive
mission progress and late-breaking news through regular status
updates.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit
http://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
tps@planetary.org.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- June 12, 2014 for the
above information]

 

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ARISS News

Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM appointed as ARISS Regional Representative

The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has appointed Ian MacFarquhar,
VE9IM to be the new ARISS Regional Representative. Ian replaces former
representative, Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA.

Rosalie White K1STO, ARISS-ARRL Delegate and ARISS-International
Secretary-Treasurer comments by saying .

“Canadian ARISS representatives have always been a huge benefit to the
ARISS team. Not only have the Canadians contributed a great deal of
sound thinking and hard work, but many have been highly active with
IARU long before getting involved in ARISS — this was a huge benefit
since ARISS is an international group. Also, because Canadians,
generally, are talented in multiple languages, Canadian ARISS reps
take on schools and education groups in Mexico, Central America, and
South America (in addition to Canada) who send ARISS education
proposals. Historically, Canadian ARISS reps have handled the
election processes for ARISS international officers. We know Ian will
add a lot to our team, as well.”

In a recent press release from RAC, Geoff Bawden VE4BAW, RAC President
says .”Mr. MacFarquhar has been Vice President, supervised the
successful insurance program and has been a pillar in RAC for longer
than he cares to remember.”

sources: RAC web site:
http://tinyurl.com/ANS-166-RAC

[ANS thanks David Jordan, AA4KN and ARISS for the above information]

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Focus Camps – Sterrenlab, Italy and European Space Center,
Transinne, Belgium telebridge via IK1SLD
Contact is a go for: Fri 2014-06-20 18:36:47 UTC

Ufa University, Ufa, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact is a go for Sat 2014-06-21 14:45 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS and Charlie AJ9N for the above information]

 

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The American Astronautical Society’s “Space Times” Volume 53,
Issue 2 (March/April 2014) is now online in PDF Format
http://www.astronautical.org/spacetimes/53-2

+ Visit with other Amateur Radio Space enthusiasts on the
AMSAT North America Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/7828379515/

+ A wealth of information and updated and breaking news can be found
on the AMSAT-NA Website
http://www.amsat.org/

+ Special event station GB1JSS will be active on the amateur radio
satellites during the Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 21, the
longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The event is
open to all radio amateurs and listeners.
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/06/11/gb1jss-summer-solstice/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

+ 50th anniversary of historic Chelmsford EME contact
http://tinyurl.com/ANS-166-50thAnniversary

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

+ For those who subscribe to AMSAT-UK’s Oscar News, digitally, The
next edition of Oscar News (Number 206 – June 2014) is now ready for
download.

It contains details of how to book the Colloquium. Please note
that the hotel will only reserve our rooms until 24 June – so please
make your booking for accomodation with the hotel before then. After
that date its ‘subject to availability’, as the saying goes!

The AMSAT-UK Oscar News web site is at http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/on
You must be a member, with login, to acquire the newsletter this
way.

[ANS Thanks Jim G3WGM 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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-159

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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:

* Last Week to Submit AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations
* AMSAT Field Day Reminder – June 28-29
* ISEE-3 Spacecraft Reboot Project Update

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-159.01
ANS-159 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 159.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
June 8, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-159.01

Last Week to Submit AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations

It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. A nomination requires either one Member Society or five current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member for Director. Three terms expire normally this year. In addition, a fourth Director will be elected for one year to fill the remainder of an unexpired term. Up to two Alternates may be elected for one year terms.

In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which remains unchanged and is the preferred method, nominations may be made by electronic means. These include e-mail, FAX, or electronic image of a petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to MARTHA@AMSAT.ORG or faxed to (301) 822-4371. Written nominations, consisting of names, calls and individual signatures should be mailed to:
AMSAT-NA
10605 Concord St,
#304 Kensington, MD 20895.

No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than June 15th at the AMSAT-NA office. If the nomination is a traditional written nomination, no other action is required. If it is other than this, i.e. electronic, a verifying traditional written petition MUST be received at the AMSAT-NA office at the above address within 7 days following the close of nominations on June 15th.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT THIS SECOND, WRITTEN VERIFICATION ARE NOT VALID UNDER THE EXISTING AMSAT-NA BYLAWS.

Please note the new mailing and FAX instructions.

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, AMSAT Corporate Secretary, for the above information]

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AMSAT Field Day Reminder – June 28-29

It’s that time of year again: Summer and Field Day!

Each year the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day as
a “picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and,
most of all, FUN!”. The event takes place during a 24-hour period on the
fourth weekend of June. For 2014 the event takes place during a
27-hour period from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 28, 2014 through
2100 UTC on Sunday June 29, 2014. Those who set up prior to 1800 UTC
on June 29 can operate only 24 hours. The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation
via the amateur satellites, held concurrently with the ARRL event.

If you are considering ONLY the FM voice satellite SaudiSat-Oscar-50 for
your AMSAT Field Day focus . don’t . unless you are simply hoping to
make one contact for the ARRL rules bonus points. The congestion on
FM LEO satellites was so intense in prior years that we must continue to
limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes the International
Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the ISS is operating Voice.
You will also be allowed one digital QSO with the ISS or any other digital,
non-store-and-forward, packet satellite (if operational).

A lot of good contacts can be made on the linear transponder satellites
including AO-73, VO-52, FO-29, and AO-7. During Field Day the
transponders come alive like 20 meters on a weekend. The transponders
on these satellites will support multiple simultaneous SSB or CW contacts.

The AMSAT Field Day 2014 event is open to all Amateur Radio operators.
Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules for Field Day.
The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all amateur satellites,
both analog and digital.

For the complete listing of the AMSAT Field Day Rules please refer to the
AMSAT web:
http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=216

[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO for the
above information]

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ISEE-3 Spacecraft Reboot Project Update

Dennis Wingo KD4ETA has released an update on the attempts by volunteers,
including radio amateurs, to gain control of the NASA ISEE-3 spacecraft.

The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3), a spacecraft that was
launched in 1978 to study Earth?s magnetosphere and repurposed in 1983 to study two
comets. Renamed the International Cometary Explorer (ICE), it has been
in a heliocentric orbit since then, traveling just slightly faster than
Earth. It’s finally catching up to us from behind, and will be closest to Earth in August,
2014.

In his report Dennis says that the spacecraft was successfully commanded
into engineering telemetry mode and he mentions the work of radio amateurs Achim
Vollhardt DH2VA (AMSAT-DL Bochum) and Phil Karn KA9Q.

[Achim Vollhardt DH2VA and Mario Lorenz DL5MLO plan to attend the AMSAT-UK
International Space Colloquium in Guildford July 26-27 to give a
presentation of their work. The event is open to all]

Regarding the possibility of Lunar impact Dennis says ?If we can
maneuver the spacecraft by June 17th we get the very small delta V number for the
maneuver above. However, this starts to climb rapidly as the spacecraft gets
closer to the moon. Also we cannot at this time rule out a lunar impact. It is imperative
that we get a ranging pass as soon as possible. We also need time to not only evaluate
the health of the spacecraft, but to test the systems, the catalyst bed heaters for
the propulsion system, the valve heaters, analyze the rest of the propulsion, power,
and attitude control system as rapidly as possible. This will be a lot of commanding so we
have to move into high gear next week. This is a very fluid situation and we have made
amazing progress, thanks to the support of those who believed in us in our crowd funding
and the support of our NASA sponsors at NASA Ames and NASA headquarters. More to come soon!!?

Read the report at http://spacecollege.org/isee3/isee-3-reboot-project-update-bullseye-and-more.html

ISEE-3 / ICE Telecommunications Summary
http://mdkenny.customer.netspace.net.au/ISEE-3.pdf

Dennis Wingo KD4ETA blog http://denniswingo.wordpress.com/

Can radio amateurs command the ISEE-3 / ICE spacecraft ?
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/19/can-radio-amateurs-command-the-isee-3-ice-spacecraft/

Radio amateurs receive NASA ISEE-3 / ICE Spacecraft
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/09/radio-amateurs-receive-nasa-isee-3ice-spacecraft/

Radio hams help attempts to command NASA spacecraft
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/05/21/radio-hams-help-attempts-to-command-nasa-spacecraft/

ISEE-3/ICE on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ISEE3returns

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK 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-152

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 Prepares for ARRL Centennial Celebration
* May/June 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready
* First Call for 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers
* AMSAT Forum and AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Videos from Dayton Hamvention
* Soyuz-2 Launch June 28 Satellite List
* Dnepr Launch June 19 Satellite List
* LituanicaSAT-1 FM Transponder Active until June 4
* SPROUT Slow Scan TV and Digitalker Active
* KLETSkous Linear Transponder Demonstration
* TshepisoSAT / ZACUBE-1, Six Months on Orbit
* 2014 FUNcube missions – May Update
* Shin-En2 Satellite Linear Transponder Frequencies
* Radio hams help attempts to command NASA spacecraft
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-152.01
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 152.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE June 01, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-152.01

 

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AMSAT Prepares for ARRL Centennial Celebration
AMSAT is preparing for its participation at the ARRL Centennial
Celebration and National Convention in Hartford Connecticut July 17
through 19.

On Thursday an AMSAT team with present the all day Training Track,
“An Introduction to Amateur Satellites”, AMSAT President Barry Baines,
WD4ASW will be the facilitator for the event which will begin at
8:30 am and run through 4:30pm. Baines explains, “The training
session is to serve as a ‘Soup to Nuts’ approach to getting started
with working Amateur Radio Satellites.”

Baines will lead the training with an Overview of the History of
Amateur Radio in Space, including our future;

Director of Educational Outreach Joe Spier K6WAO will cover
Understanding Orbits, Kepler Elements, and Doppler Shift;

V.P. for Educational Outreach E. Mike McCardel KC8YLD will discuss
Satellite Tracking and Tracking Software with an emphasis on SATPC32;

Director Field operations Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK and Area
Coordinator Peter Portanova W2JV will address Station Configuration
and Satellite Operation including general operation, Easy Sats, FM
Birds, CW and SSB Birds and telemetry;

AMSAT Fox-1 Software Team Co-Leader Burns Fisher W2BFJ will present
an overview and discuss the capabilities of AMSAT’s Fox-1 Satellite
due to launch in 2015.

AMSAT will also host a Forum, “An Overview of AMSAT” Friday at 2pm
in room 25. Immediately following the Forum Peter Portanova W2JV will
present “Working the Amateur Radio FM Satellites with Your HT”, in the
same room.

Throughout the weekend AMSAT will be staffing Booths 500 and 501.
The booth will feature the legacy of Amateur Radio in Space with
prototypes and models of OSCAR-1, AO-07, and Fox-1 on display.

During the weekend an ARISS contact will be held nearby the
convention venue at the Connecticut Science Center. Local students
will be asking questions directly to an astronaut via Amateur Radio.
The contact time has yet to be determined.

For more information on the ARRL Centennial and National Convention
visit http://www.ARRL2014.org
[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

 

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May/June 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready
The May/June 2014 AMSAT Journal is completed and is at the print
shop. Look for it in your mailbox soon. In this issue you will find:

+ AMSAT Announcements
2014 Symposium First Call for Papers
2014 Board of Directors Election Reminder

+ Apogee View by Barry Baines, WD4ASW

+ AMSAT Office Moves to New Quarters

+ AMSAT at Ham Radio University by Peter Portanova, W2JV

+ AMSAT at the Greater Houston Hamfest by Allen Mattis, N5AFV
and Andy MacAllister, W5ACM

+ Full Circle – 1983 to 2014 Inspiration of a Student by
Dr. Michael Butler, G4OCR

+ The FUNcube Dongle and SDR Software School Experiments at
UCF in Cuba by Hector Martinez, CO6CBF/KF5YXV

+ Insights Into Fox-1 Development – The IHU and Telemetry Simulator
by Burns Fisher, W2BFJ

+ Stefan Wagener, VE4NSA Named ARISS Canadian Delegate

+ WRAPS Rotor Enhancements Add a Second Beam and Circular
Polarization by Mark Spencer, WA8SME

Our editors, JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; Douglas Quagliana, KA2UPW/5;
Bernhard Jatzeck, VA6BMJ; and James Howard, K3JPH look forward to
receiving your articles, photos, and news. Please send your material
to journal@amsat.org.

There is an AMSAT Journal Author’s Guide posted at:

http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1709

For circulation problems and address changes please contact Martha
at the AMSAT Office (martha@amsat.org) for fastest service. You can
also give Martha a call at: 301-822-4376.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal Editors for the above information]

 

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First Call for 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers
This is the first call for papers for the 2014 AMSAT Annual Meeting
and Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 10-12, 2014,
at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, Baltimore-Washington International
Airport (BWI), Baltimore, Maryland. 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
[ANS thanks the 2014 Baltimore Symposium Committee for the above
information]

 

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AMSAT Forum and AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Videos from Dayton Hamvention
Links to videos from Dayton Hamvention 2014 have been posted on the
AMSAT NA webpage. The videos are from the AMSAT/TAPR Banquet and the
AMSAT Forum by Steve Belter, N9IP.

The videos included are presentations from:
Tom Clark, K3IO – 60 Years a Slave to Amateur Radio
Barry Baines,WD4ASW – AMSAT Update
Jerry Buxton, N0JY – Fox Satellites Update
Howard Long, G6LVB – FUNcube Satellite Update
Drew Glasbrenner, K04MA – Satellites on the Horizon
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD – AMSAT Education Update

http://www.amsat.org/?p=2766

[ANS thanks Steve Belter, N9IP and AMSAT-NA for the above information]

 

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Soyuz-2 Launch June 28 Satellite List
Launch of Soyuz-2.1b, Fregat-M
[28 Jun 2014, 15:58 UTC, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan]

Satellites Manifest

AISSat-2, University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies,
Norway Baumanets-2, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
DX-1, Dauria Aerospace, Russia
Meteor-M-N2, NPP VNIIEM, Russia
M3MSat, CSA/COM DEV, Canada
Relek (MKA-PN-2), Lavochkin, Russia
SkySat-2, Skybox Imaging, USA
TechDemoSat-1, SSTL, UK
UKube-1, UK Space Agency, UK
Venta-1, Ventspils University, Latvia

UKube-1
Transponder uplink 435.040 – 435.020 MHz
Transponder downlink 145.940 – 145.960 MHz (Inverting)
Telemetry downlink 145.840 1200bps BPSK
S Band downlink 2401.000 QPSK or OQPSK
myPocketQub 437.425 – 427.525 MHz

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/04/01/ukube-1-june-19-launch-date/

FU Ncube-2 boards subsystem
Transponder uplink 435.080 – 435.060 MHz
Transponder downlink 145.930 – 145.950 MHz (Inverting)
Telemetry downlink 145.915 1200bps BPSK
http://amsat-uk.org/2012/10/20/funcube-2-boards-delivered-to-clyde-< br>space/

DX-1
Uplink Command and Control 144.975 – 145.025 MHz
Downlink Telemetry data 434.975 – 435.025 MHz
Uplink AIS ship tracking RX 162.0125 – 162.0375 MHz
Downlink data 2269.500 – 2270.500 MHz

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/04/27/dx-1-microsatellite-baikonur/

< br>[ANS thanks Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL for the above information]

 

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Dnepr Launch June 19 Satellite List
Launch of Dnepr
[19 Jun 2014, 19:11 UTC, Dombarovsky SC, Russia]

Satellite Manifest

1. AeroCube6 (non-amateur)
The Aerospace Corporation, USA

2. ANTELSat
Antel (the national telecom service provider) and
FING (Facultad de Ingenieria de la Universidad de la Republica),
Uruguay
437.575MHz 1200bps AFSK, 2403.000MHz 1Mbit GFSK/MSK, 437.280MHz CW

3. AprizeSat-9,10 (non-amateur)
SpaceQuest, USA

4. BRITE-Toronto(CANX-3E) (non-amateur)
UTIAS (University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies), Canada

5. BRITE-Montreal(CANX-3F) (non-amateur)
UTIAS (University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies), Canada

6. BugSat-2,3 (unknown)
Satellogic S.A., Argentina

7. Deimos-2 (non-amateur)
Satrec Initiative (SATRECI), Spain

8. ESTELLE
University of Tartu, Estonia
UHF GMSK/BPSK downlinks up to 19k2 bps and a series of HDRT
experiments
including 2.4GHz downlink using GFSK/BPSK at up to 1Mbps, 5.8GHz
downlink
using GFSK and BPSK at up to 10Mbps and 10GHz downlink at up to 10Mbps

9. Hodoyoshi-3,4 (non-amateur)
University of Tokyo, Japan

10.KazEOSat-1 (non-amateur)
Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), Kazakhstan

11.Kompsat-3A(Arirang-3A) (non-amateur)
Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), South Korea

12.Lemur-1 (unknown)

13.NanosatC-Br1
Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil
Uplink UHF 1200bps FM, Downlink 145.865MHz 9600bps BPSK

14.QB50p1/FUNCube-3
The Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium
435.035-435.065MHz transponder uplink
145.935-145.965MHz transponder downlink
145.815MHz 1200bps BPSK packets

15.QB50p2
The Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium
145.880MHz 1200bps BPSK
145.840MHz 9600bps FSK

16.SaudiSat-4
Saudi National Satellite Technology Program (NSTP), Saudi Arabia
Ka-Band Transponders

17.Serpens (unknown)

18.SkySat-3 (non-amateur)
Skybox Imaging, USA

19.TigriSat (non-amateur)
La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

20.UniSat-6
GAUSS, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
437.425MHz 9600bps GMSK

21.UNSA-SAT1
QB50 & Instituto Astronomico y Aeroespacial Pedro Paulet, Peru
Downlink 3.4GHz 230kbps BPSK
[ANS thanks Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL for the above information]

 

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LituanicaSAT-1 FM Transponder Active until June 4
The LituanicaSAT-1 team have announced the FM transponder should be
active until June 4, 2014.

Dear radio amateurs,

Due to favorable orbit conditions LituanicaSAT-1 is now operating
under 100% sunlight until about 4th of June. Thus we have decided
to turn the transponder on during this period. The CW fm beacon and
packet telemetry are also on right now.

73,
Laurynas Maciulis
LY1LM, LY5N

LituanicaSAT-1 FrequenciesFrequency are approximately 435.1755 MHz
(+/- 10 kHz Doppler shift) for the downlink and 145.950 MHz for the
uplink with 67 Hz CTCSS.

The tiny satellite is just 10x10x10 cm with a mass of 1.090 kg yet
it has a VGA camera and a 145/435 MHz FM voice transponder, designed
and built by Lithuanian radio amateurs.

The prototype of the FM repeater has been operating in the home of
its designer Žilvinas Batisa LY3H in Elektre.nai, Lithuania.
Further information at

http://ly3h.epalete.com/?p=303

FM transponder operating techniques

http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=44412

LituanicaSAT-1 CubeSat

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/27/lituanicasat-1-cubesat/

Reports should be sent to:
ly5n at qrz.lt
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

 

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SPROUT Slow Scan TV and Digitalker Active
Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images in Scottie 1 format have been successfully
received from the amateur radio satellite SPROUT on 437.600 MHz FM
(+/- 9 kHz Doppler shift). The Digitalker has also been active.

SPROUT, a 20 x 20 x 22 cm amateur radio nano-satellite with a mass
of 7.1 kg, launched successfully with the L-band (1236.5 MHz/1257.5
MHz/1278.5 MHz) Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite ALOS-2 on
May 24, 2014 at 0305 UT. SPROUT is now in a 654 km, 97.9 degree
inclination Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

SPROUT (Space Research On Unique Technology) was built by students
from Nihon University and its objectives are:

1. Operation of satellite by radio amateurs.

A FM Digitalker will enable the satellite to speak to amateurs around
the world. The Voice Message Box will record transmissions from radio
amateurs and play them back.

Pre-loaded images from the Message Gallery can be transmitted using
Slow Scan TV (SSTV).
Pictures of the Earth can be transmitted by SSTV and radio amateurs
can receive it using free software such as MMSSTV. As part of the
Earth mapping project the team ask radio amateurs to contribute
pictures they have received from the satellite for display on the
SPROUT website.

The satellite also has a packet radio Digipeater and Text Message Box
function.
Demonstration of the deployment of the combined membrane structure
and verification of the design method of the structure SPROUT has a
triangular membrane supported by two tubes like framework. They are
folded and stored in the satellite before the launch. After the
launch, the nitrogen gas is injected into the tubes in space, and
they extend, so that the membrane deploys (called “combined membrane
structure”).

3. Demonstration of attitude determination and control of a
nanosatellite using the sun sensors, gyros, geomagnetic sensor and
magnetic torquers.

Callsign: JQ1ZJQ
Size: 214x210x220 mm
Weight: 7.1 kg
Mode: 1200bps AFSK, 9600bps GMSK
CW downlink 437.525 MHz
FM packet downlink 437.525 MHz
Digipeater uplink 437.600 MHz
Digitalker downlink 437.600 MHz
SSTV downlink 437.600 MHz

SPROUT English website

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

SPROUT Japanese website

http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout/

Nihon-Univ. Miyazaki Laboratory on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nihon-Univ-Miyazaki-Laboratory/406566642818860

Telemetry Software http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e
/2-Software-e.html

Tele metry format

http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/2-Formats%20of%20

telemetr y-e.html

SPROUT launch data page

http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/2-Launch%20data-e.html

TLE’s from the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD)
are also available at

http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/tle-new.txt

Adding new satellites to SatPC32, Gpredict and Nova

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/11/23/adding-new-satellites-to-satpc32/

Free Slow Scan TV (SSTV) software MMSSTV

http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php

The JE9PEL website has information on other satellites on this launch

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/jaxalos2.htm

[AN S thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

 

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KLETSkous Linear Transponder Demonstration
A video shows a demonstration, given on May 24, 2014, of the KLETSkous
1U Cubesat amateur radio transponder.

A 435/145 Linear transponder is planned with a bandwidth of 20 kHz.

Currently the team are considering frequencies in the 435.100 to
435.140 MHz range for the uplink and 145.860 to 145.980 MHz for the
downlink.

The scientific payload will be an experiment analysing “Worm Holes”.
This experiment will try and find the portholes between Sun and Earth.

Further information at

http://zr6aic.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/KLETSkous

and at http://www.amsatsa.org.za/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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TshepisoSAT / ZACUBE-1, Six Months on Orbit
The South African CPUT TshepisoSAT team were invited to give a
mission update at the SA AMSAT‘s Space Symposium on Saturday, May 24,
2014 at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.

The event was well attended and even had representatives from SANSA
in attendance. Presentations on other CubeSats included Denel
Dynamics’ DynaCube, FUNcube-1 and SA AMSAT’s own KLETSkous project.

This paper gives a brief introduction to the F’SATI programme, the
constructed CubeSat and mission. An outline of the milestones reached
thus far with the Tshepiso nano-satellite are given, the outstanding
activities that must still be completed and challenges faced. Some
of the images captured by the satellite are also presented.

Read TshepisoSAT, six months on orbit.
http://www.cput.ac.za/blogs/fsati/files/2014/05/Paper-SA-AMSAT-Spa ce-
Symposium-Pretoria-2014.pdf

CPUT F’SATI News

http://www.cput.ac.za/blogs/fsati/blog/

Southern African Amateur Radio Satellite Association (SA AMSAT)

http://www.amsatsa.org.za/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

 

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2014 FUNcube missions – May Update
The FUNcube team have received confirmation that UKube-1, which is
hosting the FUNcube-2 payload, is now scheduled for a Soyuz-2-1b
Fregat-M launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 28 with
the following day as a back-up. The launch time has been quoted as
15:58:28 UT with separation some 9253 seconds later.

The team still understand that, immediately after deployment and
activation, UKube-1 will commence transmitting a CW beacon and that
this will be later followed by an AX25, 1200 bps BPSK beacon. Both
beacons will be on 145.840 MHz. The FUNcube-2 payload, with its
telemetry downlink for educational outreach, is expected to be tested
later.

FUNcube-3 is the transponder only payload on the QB50 precursor
CubeSat “QB50P1″. This mission is now scheduled to launch on June 19
on a Dnepr launch vehicle from Dombarovsky near Yasny. The launch
time has been quoted as 19:11:11 UT but this has not yet been
confirmed. The initial beacon signals, from the main transceiver,
are also expected to be AX.25, 1200 bps BPSK packets on 145.815 MHz.

Again more information will be provided as soon as it becomes
available!

UKube-1 communications subsystem:
• 145.840 MHz Telemetry, CW, 1k2 BPSK
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink
• 145.915 MHz FUNcube beacon
• FUNcube 400 mW inverting SSB/CW transponder
– 435.080-435.060 MHz Uplink LSB
– 145.930-145.950 MHz Downlink USB

QB50p1 communications subsystem:
• 145.815 MHz 1200 bps BPSK telemetry
• FUNcube inverting 400 mW SSB/CW transponder
– 435.035-435.065 MHz Uplink LSB
– 145.935-145.965 MHz Downlink USB

FUNcube website http://www.funcube.org.uk/

FUNcube Yahoo Group http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

FUNcube Forum http://forum.funcube.org.uk/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

 

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Shin-En2 Satellite Linear Transponder Frequencies
The IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel has announced
frequencies for the Shin-En2 linear transponder.

Shin-En2 is a 2.85 kg satellite measuring 490×490×475 mm built by
students at Kagoshima University in Japan which will carry a 145 to
435 MHz linear transponder into a deep space orbit.

The aims of the mission are:
• To establish communication technologies with a long range as far as
the moon.
• To establish a new technology of the ultra-light-weight satellite.
Proposing a WSJT 29dBm UHF downlink and a 29dBm 20 kHz linear
transponder and a CW beacon all on UHF with a VHF uplink for the
transponder.

The orbit will be quite different from the previous satellites.
Shin-En2 will have an elliptic orbit around the Sun and travel to a
deep space orbit between Venus and Mars. Its inclination will be
almost zero, which means Shin-En2 will stay in the Earth’s equatorial
plane.

The distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3 AU. An
Astronomical Unit (AU) is 149,597,871 km.

Shin-En2 IARU coordinated frequencies:
• 437.505 MHz CW beacon
• 437.385 MHz WSJT telemetry
• Inverting SSB/CW transponder
– 145.940-145.960 MHz uplink LSB
– 435.280-435.260 MHz downlink USB

Shin-En2 is expected to launch in the 4th quarter of 2014 with
another amateur radio satellite ARTSAT2:DESPATCH on a H-IIA rocket
with the asteroid explorer Hayabusa 2 as the main payload.

Kagoshima University satellite development team

http://tinyurl.com/Kagoshima-Satellite

Shin-En2 English Website

http://www.eee.kagoshima-u.ac.jp/~fuku-lab/sinen,english.html

ARTSAT2:DESPATCH – Art and Ham Radio in Deep Space

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/11/03/art-and-ham-radio-in-deep-space/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

 

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Radio hams help attempts to command NASA spacecraft
An IEEE article describes how volunteers, including many radio
amateurs, are attempting command a 35-year-old NASA spacecraft, the
International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3).

Rachel Courtland interviews Dennis Wingo KD4ETA about the project and
mentions the Bochum facility where AMSAT-DL members will be using
their 20 metre dish antenna to help establish communications.

Software-defined radio peripherals built by Ettus Research (founded
by Matt Ettus N2MJI) have been purchased, which can be used to
implement modulator and demodulator programs that would once have
had to be built in hardware.

Read the IEEE article at

http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/satellites/space-hackers-

prepare-to-reboot-35-year-old-spacecraft

The Watts Up With That website has a more detailed article on the
project. The section about the AMSAT-DL Bochum facility mentions two
of the team, Achim Vollhardt DH2VA and Mario Lorenz DL5MLO. The
problems caused by ITAR are noted.

Read the Watts Up With That article ISEE-3 Reboot Project: Aiming for
First Contact at

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/05/15/update-isee-3-reboot-project-

aiming-for-first-contact/

ISEE-3 / ICE Telecommunications Summary

http://mdkenny.customer.netspace.net.au/ISEE-3.pdf

Dennis Wingo KD4ETA blog http://denniswingo.wordpress.com/

Can radio amateurs command the ISEE-3 / ICE spacecraft ?

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/19/can-radio-amateurs-command-the-isee-3-ice-spacecraft/

Radio amateurs receive NASA ISEE-3 / ICE Spacecraft
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/09/radio-amateurs-receive-nasa-ise e-3ice-
spacecraft/

ITAR restrictions on US radio amateurs to be eased

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/05/19/itar-restrictions-to-be-eased/

ISEE-3/ICE on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ISEE3returns
[ANS thanks IEEE & AMSAT-UK for the above information]

 

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Upcoming 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).

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain
Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260)
– AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of
Dallas)

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial Convention
in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite Workshop on
Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with an AMSAT
Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (north of the city center,
near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT
will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air
demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a
presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

 

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ARISS News
Upcoming Contacts
There will be a lapse in contacts during the period from 2014-05-12 to
2014-06-15. Licensed crew members will join crew on board the ISS and
contacts are expected to resume in late June.
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

 

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Satellite Shorts from All Over
Canadian Hams Attempt to Cross the Pond on Two Meters

A group of Amateur Radio operators from Atlantic Canada will operate
from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, from 4-12 July 2014 in a bid to
complete a 2 meter Trans-Atlantic QSO and claim the Brendan Trophy.

The expedition will operate from Maidenhead Grid GN37os on 144.155
MHz. It will run 750 watts into a 30 meter long rope yagi with a gain of
more than 23 dB over a dipole. The group will concentrate its efforts on
JT65B, a digital mode that offers greatly enhanced performance over
more conventional modes. It will have the capability to use other modes
including CW and SSB if conditions warrant however. The callsign used
will be VC1T.

Members of the expedition include Fred Archibald, VE1FA, Roger
Sturtevant, VE1SKY, Helen Archibald VA1YL, Rich Pieniaszek, VA1CHP, and
Al Penney, VO1NO. The Brendan Trophy is a series of awards offered by
the Irish Radio Transmitters Society to the first Amateur Radio operators to
complete a 2 meter Trans-Atlantic QSO.

Details on the expedition can be found on the team’s website
www.brendanquest.org. Real time information on operating modes and
schedules will be posted during the expedition on the team’s web site, the
ON4KST site and the G4CQM Shoutbox. Facebook users are also welcome
to join the group’s page “Brendan Quest 2M meterTrans-Atlantic Attempt
2014.

Background Information:

2014 Transatlantic Two Meter “Brendan Quest” Objectives:

1. Complete one or more legal, confirmed, two-way QSOs between North
America and Europe on the Amateur Radio 2 meter band using terrestrial
propagation modes;

2. Complete such contacts using both “traditional” (CW or SSB) and
“non traditional” (JT65B or ISCAT) modes; and;

3. Failing the above, to be heard in Europe.

Operators (North America): Fred Archibald VE1FA; Helen Archibald
VA1YL; Al Penney VO1NO; Rich Pieniaczek VA1CHP; Roger Sturtevant
VE1SKY.

Operation: 4 to 12 July 2014.
Call: A special event callsign will be used – VC1T.
Frequency and Modes: 144.155 MHz +/- 20 Hz operating 24 hours a day
for the entire period, transmitting full legal power on even minutes and
receiving on odd minutes using JT65B. Other modes may be attempted
as required. Audible transatlantic JT65B reception and QSO will be
followed by a CW attempt.

North America QTH: Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, Canada.
Latitude 47.76942 North, Longitude 52.76384 West
Elevation: 65 feet (20 meters) above sea level.
Grid Square: GN37os.
IOTA island NA-027.
Antenna height is 85 feet (26 meters) above sea level on a bluff on
the edge of the Atlantic. There is no land between the transmit location and
Europe through bearing range of 013 to 108 degrees True. The transmit
location is 3040 km from Irish coast, 3400 km from Poldhu, and 23 km from
Marconi’s 1901 reception site.

Antenna: Horizontally polarized “rope ladder” Yagi, with 43 elements
consisting of 1 reflector, 1 driven element and 41 directors,
suspended and aligned on 2 strands of Kevlar rope 65 cm apart. Its overall
length is 30 meters. Because the ground slopes towards the ocean, the
height of the antenna varies from 6 meters above ground at the reflector,
to 8.5 meters at the opposite end. Its feedpoint impedance is 50 ohms,
and it will employ a ferrite choke balun.
The SWR is 1.1 to 1.2. Forward gain is 23.9 dB over a dipole. The
front to back ratio is 32 db, while the front to side ratio is greater than
25 db (270 degrees). The take off angle of the main lobe is 4.5 degrees. The
beamwidth is 15.6 degrees at the -3db points, and beam thickness is
4.7 degrees at the -3db points. When driven with 750W, the Effective
Radiated Power in the center of the major lobe should be about 150kW.

Antenna coverage in Europe at -3db points: Based on an antenna
azimuth of 062 degrees True and a beamwidth of 15.8 degrees at the -3db
points, the antenna beam width will be 069 degrees to 054 degrees True, so
straight line propagation will cover all Ireland, UK, and parts of Norway, France,
and Holland. Of course propagation paths may be skewed.

[ANS thanks the Make More Miles on VHF Newsletter 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
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The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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:* SPROUT microsatellite launched with SSTV and digitalker
* 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Deadline Approaching
* New launch date for UKube-1
* Dayton Satellite Demonstrations Videos
* 2015 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
* NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-145.01
ANS-145 AMSAT News Service Weekly BulletinsAMSAT News Service Bulletin 145.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
May 25, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-145.01
SPROUT microsatellite launched with SSTV and digitalkerSPROUT is a 7.1 kg microsatellite launched on the JAXA ALOS-2 mission on May 24th from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan to a 654km sun synchronous orbit.This satellite is a project of Nihon University and includes some interesting amateur radio payloads and experiments, including CW telemetry, an FM digipeater, digitalker and message box, and live and preloaded SSTV pictures!
Nihon University enjoyed previous success with SEEDS-II, aka CO-66.SPROUT Preliminary TLE
1 00000U 14001A 14144.15426352 .00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 10
2 00000 097.8740 241.6133 0035980 058.6810 194.6458 14.85960816 15Callsign: JQ1ZJQ
Size: 214x210x220 mm
Weight: 7.1 kg
Mode: 1200bps AFSK, 9600bps GMSK
CW downlink 437.525 MHz
FM packet downlink 437.525 MHz
Digi-peater uplink 437.600 MHz
Digi-talker downlink 437.600 MHz
SSTV downlink 437.600 MHzTelemetry software can be found at
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/2-Software-e.html[ANS thanks Mineo, JE9PEL, for the above information]
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2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Deadline ApproachingIt is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. A nomination requires either one Member Society or five current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member for Director. Three terms expire normally this year. In addition, a forth Director will be elected for one year to fill the remainder of an unexpired term.
Up to two
Alternates may be elected for one year terms.In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which remains unchanged and is the preferred method, nominations may be made by electronic means. These include e-mail, FAX, or electronic image of a petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to MARTHA@AMSAT.ORG or faxed to (301) 822-4371. Written nominations, consisting of names, calls and individual signatures should be mailed to:
AMSAT-NA
10605 Concord St,
#304 Kensington, MD 20895.No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than June 15th at the AMSAT-NA office. If the nomination is a traditional written nomination, no other action is required. If it is other than this, i.e. electronic, a verifying traditional written petition MUST be received at the AMSAT-NA office at the above address within 7 days following the close of nominations on June 15th.ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT THIS SECOND, WRITTEN VERIFICATION ARE NOT VALID UNDER THE EXISTING AMSAT-NA BYLAWS.Please note the new mailing and FAX instructions.[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, AMSAT Corporate Secretary, for the above information]
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New launch date for UKube-1The CubeSat UKube-1 will be launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on a
Russian Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M rocket which has Meteor-M 2 as the primary payload. The new planned launch date for UKube-1 is June 28, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT with separation +9253 s Greenwich inertial (-1859.49, -3817.49, -5581.72) km (912.1, 6027.9, -4426.4) m.s-1 (TBC).UKube-1 carries a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards (FUNcube-2) providing a
435/145 MHz linear transponder and educational telemetry beacon.Description of UKube-1 from Clyde Space:UKube-1 is a 3U CubeSat has been designed and manufactured by Clyde
Space at their high-techfacility on the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow. This CubeSat is one of the most advanced of its kind, the complexity of the spacecraft highlighted by the nature of the 6 independent, advanced payloads being flown by the mission. The UKube-1 mission is the pilot for a collaborative, national CubeSat programme bringing together UK industry and academia to fly educational packages, test new technologies and carry out new space research quickly and efficiently.Payloads on UKube-1 include: the first GPS device aimed at measuring
plasmaspheric space weather; a camera that will take images of the Earth, and test the
effect of radiation on space hardware, using a new generation of imaging sensor; an experiment to demonstrate thefeasibility of using cosmic radiation to improve the security of communications satellites and to flight test lower cost electronic systems; an advanced mission interface computer to enable serious number crunching on tiny spacecraft; a high rate S-Band transmitter and patch antenna; an outreach payload that allows school children to interact with the spacecraft.UKube-1 communications subsystem:
Telemetry downlink 145.840 MHz
FUNcube subsystem beacon 145.915 MHz
400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
– 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
– 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub DownlinkOther satellites on the Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M launch are: Meteor-M 2,
SkySat 2, TechDemoSat 1 (TDS 1),
AISSat 2, Baumanets 2, Relek, DX 1, Venta 1, UKube 1.[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Dayton Satellite Demonstrations Videos
After a very successful set of demonstrations at the Dayton Hamvention,
several videos have been posted to YouTube by some of the operators.
We’ve gathered some of them together with links from the AMSAT
website for your viewing pleasure.
http://www.amsat.org/?p=2741[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]
———————————————————————2015 NASA Aeronautics ScholarshipsApplications are now being accepted for 2015 NASA Aeronautics
Scholarships. The program awards scholarships focused on aeronautical
research and related degree programs at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels. NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
sponsors the program.Undergraduate students with at least two years of study remaining will
receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to
receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center
during the summer. Graduate students receive up to $46,000 per year
for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000
stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive
summers. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United
States.Due to the One Stop Shopping Initiative maintenance, the scholarship
application deadline has been extended to June 2, 2014.Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping
Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov/. Applicants should be sure to
select “scholarships” for the type of application.[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message for May 15, 2014 for
the above information]
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NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 InternshipsThe NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate
students for fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office
maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA
personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others
from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several
books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of
websites on NASA history.Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior
knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen
interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed.
Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience
with social media is a plus.Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a
variety of information requests, writing posts for the NASA history
twitter and Facebook pages, editing historical manuscripts, doing
research and writing biographical sketches, and identifying and
captioning photos.Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill
Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message for May 15, 2014]

/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

 

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In this edition:

* ARISS to the MAX
* The LituanicaSAT-1 team operational during the weekend of May 17-18
* Island of Miquelon Activation on Satellites: July 5-15 FP/KV1J
* From Holiday Inn to Outer Space
* FUNcube-1 AO-73 satellite SSB signal test
* BBC: ‘Pocket spacecrafts’ to become a reality
* 2015 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
* NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE May 18, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-138.01
ARISS to the MAX

Gary Pearce out does himself in his coverage of ARISS school contact
with Dixon Elementary School held April 21, 2014. Episode 144 of Ham
Radio Now, titled, ARISS to The Max, was published May 14. The
episode is broken into four parts as he covers several aspects of the
ARISs contact and ends with a bonus of a 1992 Sarex Contact.

Each part is viewable now on YouTube.

Part One ARISS to the MAX – the CONTACT!

Part Two Part TWO – ARISS to the MAX – the Students, the Teachers
and the Ham

Part Three – PIOs and the Media

Part Four – A 1992 SAREX Contact

[ANS thanks HamRadioNow and Amateur radio News for the above
information]
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The LituanicaSAT-1 team operational during the weekend of May 17-18,
2014

Laurynas Maciulis LY1LM, LY5N reported that A long term testing of
LituanicaSAT-1 FM transponder began May 17, 04:30 UT. The transponder
will remain active for the whole weekend provided that battery
voltage does not reach unsafe levels. As always your reports are very
welcome. Please send them and any questions you may have to ly5n (at)
qrz (dot) lt.

Frequency is approximately 435.1755 MHz (+/- 10 kHz Doppler shift)
for the downlink and 145.950 MHz for the uplink with 67 Hz CTCSS.

The tiny satellite is just 10x10x10 cm with a mass of 1.090 kg yet
it has a VGA camera and a 145/435 MHz FM voice transponder, designed
and built by Lithuanian radio amateurs.

The prototype of the FM repeater has been operating in the home of
its designer Žilvinas Batisa LY3H in Elektrenai, Lithuania. Further
information at http://ly3h.epalete.com/?p=303

FM transponder operating techniques http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=44412

LituanicaSAT-1 CubeSat http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/27/lituanicasat-1-
cubesat/

[ANS thanks Laurynas LY1LM, LY5N and AMSAT-UK for the above
information]
[ANS thanks for the above information]
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Island of Miquelon Activation on Satellites: July 5-15 FP/KV1J

Previously, from FP-land, I have been on the FM sats mostly AO-51
when it was alive. Last year it was tough on SO-50 and I did not log
very many Qs. So I decided to take the plunge and try the analog
sats. My challenge up there is that I am outside and the WX is often
bad. Also I did not want to risk my primary laptop by taking it
outside. I have an FT-817 and an Arrow 2m/70cm antenna already.

I configured a netbook and built one of WA8SME’s PIC chip CAT
controllers. I got it all working on the bench over the winter but
have been waiting for the New England winter to finally break. I
have access to a second FT-817 when I am on the island so I borrowed
one here to first try it with two radios. The one radio
configuration with the PIC controlled will be the backup. I have
been monitoring this list and picked up some helpful tips.

I listened during the past week to a couple passes of several birds.
Today there was a nice high pass for AO-07 so I gave it a go. I
could not hear myself come back but down the band I heard N8HM nice
and strong. So I gave him a call and presto! I could hear myself
calling him. We had a good contact although I was busy fiddling the
RIT.

I’ll get on some more and get more proficient. Thanks Paul for the
icebreaker!

I’ll be on the island of Miquelon this July 5-15 from grid GN17. I
am sometimes, but rarely in grid GN16. I cannot do schedules since I
am primarily on HF or involved in other activities on the island. I
get on the sats when the WX is good, there is a reasonable good
altitude and I have a break from my other activities. More
information is at – http://www.kv1j.com/fp/July14.html

[ANS thanks Eric KV1J FP/KV1J for the above information]
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From Holiday Inn to Outer Space

On Friday, July 4, the Whitton Amateur Radio Group (WARG) will be
hosting a presentation by David Bowman G0MRF on the subject of the
FUNcube satellite.

David is a member of the AMSAT-UK team behind the successful
development and launch of the amateur radio FUNcube-1 CubeSat which
transmits telemetry for Educational outreach (STEM) and carries a
435/145MHz SSB/CW transponder. The presentation will have a live
reception of the satellite as it passes over Europe.

The meeting is open to all, the doors open at 7 pm and the talk
commences at 8:15 pm. Whitton Community Centre has good car parking
and disabled access as well as the use of the bar. A small charge of
£1.50 per person will be asked to cover room hire.

The venue is the Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road, Whitton,
Middx, TW2 6JL

Directions can be found on the Whitton Amateur Radio Group site

http://www.warg.info/

[ANS thanks the Whitton Amateur Radio Group (WARG) and AMSAT-UK for
the above information]
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FUNcube-1 AO-73 satellite SSB signal test

A resent video shows Simon 2E0HTS carrying out a signal test on the
FUNcube-1 AO-73 CubeSat, he gets a good signal back from the
satellite

During weekday daylight hours the satellite is in Educational Mode
transmitting a strong telemetry signal with science data for schools
to receive. On Weekday evenings, when the satellite is in darkness,
and throughout the weekend the FUNcube SSB/CW transponder is
activated. SSB contacts can be made with as little as 5 watts.

To minimize Doppler shift the satellite uses what is known as an
Inverting Transponder, this means you transmit lower sideband (LSB)
in the 435 MHz band and receives upper sideband (USB) in 145 MHz.

Watch Ham Radio – FUNcube AO 73 signal check

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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BBC: ‘Pocket spacecrafts’ to become a reality

On Thursday, May 15, the BBC Radio 4 Today show featured an item on
the recently launched 437 MHz Sprite satellites and the new Pocket
Spacecraft being developed by a UK radio amateur.

UK radio amateur Michael Johnson M0MJJ has developed Pocket
Spacecraft known as ‘Scouts’. A ‘Scout’ is a wafer thin disk with
flexible electronics, smaller than a CD, containing a transceiver,
antenna and solar cells. It is hoped to carry them in a CubeSat which
would deploy them in Lunar orbit. It is understood that frequencies
in the 435 MHz and 2400 MHz bands may be used.

Listen to the BBC Radio 4 clip ‘Pocket spacecrafts’ to become a
reality in which BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly discusses the development
of pocket spacecrafts http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01z4q22

It is expected that Pocket Spacecraft will feature in the BBC TV
technology show ‘Click’ due to be released online on Saturday, May 17
at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m9ry

KickSat-1 launch http://amsat-uk.org/2014/04/18/successful-launch-of-
kicksat-carrying-104-sprite-satellites/

British Interplanetary Society: Sprite Technical Summary

http://www.bis-space.com/2013/03/09/9301/kicksat-technical-summary

UK radio amateur plans Lunar Pocket Spacecraft http://amsat-
uk.org/2013/08/26/uk-radio-hams-lunar-cubesat-to-go-ahead/

Pocket Spacecraft http://pocketspacecraft.com/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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2015 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for 2015 NASA Aeronautics
Scholarships. The program awards scholarships focused on aeronautical
research and related degree programs at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels. NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
sponsors the program.

Undergraduate students with at least two years of study remaining will
receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to
receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center
during the summer. Graduate students receive up to $46,000 per year
for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000
stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive
summers. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United
States.

Due to the One Stop Shopping Initiative maintenance, the scholarship
application deadline has been extended to June 2, 2014.

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping
Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov/. Applicants should be sure to
select “scholarships” for the type of application.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message for May 15, 2014 for
the above information]
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NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships

The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate
students for fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office
maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA
personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others
from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several
books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of
websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior
knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen
interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed.
Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience
with social media is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a
variety of information requests, writing posts for the NASA history
twitter and Facebook pages, editing historical manuscripts, doing
research and writing biographical sketches, and identifying and
captioning photos.

Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.

For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill
Barry at bill.barry@nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message for May 15, 2014]
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ARISS News

From 2014-05-12 to 2014-06-15, ARISS will be going into a period of
no contacts as there will be no hams onboard.

Do to increased work load beginning 2014-03-11, ARISS has had to
move 3 schools back to our long term waiting list. We hope to get to
them in the fall of 2014. There are also several other schools that
are on the list for possible postponement to the fall.
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Generate an Azimuth Map from Any Location

Here is a cool tool to generate an azimuth map from any location:
http://ns6t.net/azimuth/azimuth.html It includes an option to
display grid squares on your map.

+ May 2014 MilsatMagazine Now Online

http://www.milsatmagazine.com

+ May 2104 Sat Magazine Now Online

http://www.satmagazine.com

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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-
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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-
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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

 
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In this edition:

* Fox-1 Launch Update
* New Speaker Announced for the AMSAT Dayton Forum
* KC8YLD to Address Instructors, Youth at Dayton Hamvention
* ARRL’s ETP Feature Space Topics at Hamvention
* Delfi-n3Xt: 2405 MHz Downlink Test
* FUNcube-1 AO-73 satellite SSB signal test
* Future FUNcube missions – 2014 launch dates
* Two QB50 satellites with ham radio payloads delivered
* KickSat Sprite deployment may not happen
* Delfi-C3 celebrates 6 years in space
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 131.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
May 11, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Fox-1 Launch Update

The following is excerpted from the Apogee View column of AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, as published in the latest AMSAT Journal:

The launch of Grace/L55 from Vandenberg AFB is slipping from December 2014 into Summer 2015 due to governmental priorities. Fox-1 is currently manifested on that launch as part of the ELaNa-12 group of satellites. Instead of launching our vehicle in December, another launch vehicle with payload is taking precedence, forcing a reschedule of ELaNa-12. Currently, we are now scheduled to fly on 1 AUG 2015 rather than December 2014.

This delay is mixed news for AMSAT. While we are disappointed that this will mean that Fox-1 will not fly in 2014, it also means that we have more time to complete and test the spacecraft prior to delivery to SRI. In the overall scheme of things, it allows AMSAT to have greater confidence in the delivery of a thoroughly tested spacecraft by taking more time to allow for unforeseen contingencies and to do the ground testing.

Meanwhile, the National Reconnaissance Office – Office of Space Launch (NRO OSL) is looking for cubesats to be manifested on another launch that will now fly later than our original December 2014 launch date but before the current expected flight of GRACE/L-55. The ELaNa-11 Mission, manifested on the ULTRASAT/AFSPC-5 launch has also slipped and is now scheduled to fly in the March/April 2015 timeframe rather than in February 2015. Because both launches are being delayed, NRO OSL has asked that cubesat owners currently scheduled for ELaNa-11 or ELaNa-12 to deliver their satellites to Cal Poly by 1 OCT 14, which is four months later than our original delivery date with the potential for being flown on the earlier flight. The ELaNa-11 orbit is slightly different, with a lower apogee and inclination, but also a shorter orbital life (6.5 years vs. 11 years for ELaNa- 12). Consequently, we’re looking at the impacts of flying earlier with the tradeoff of shorter mission duration.

Again, I must point out that as a secondary payload, AMSAT is at the mercy of decisions by those who are “paying the freight.” We’re benefiting from a launch paid for by the US Air Force; their mission priorities drive the launch opportunities. While AMSAT members may be disappointed by the change in launch schedule, please understand that receiving a free launch comes with the expectation that launch schedules may indeed be altered to satisfy other requirements. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, our engineering team is moving forward with completing Fox-1. AMSAT VP-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY will discuss the status of Fox-1 and the launch situation at Hamvention’s AMSAT Forum.

For more information on the Fox satellites, please visit

http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=1113

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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New Speaker Announced for the AMSAT Dayton Forum

We are pleased to announce that we will have an additional speaker for this year’s AMSAT Forum.

Howard Long, G6LVB, AMSAT-UK Committee Member and creator of the popular FUNcube Dongle, will report on FUNcube-1/AO-73’s operation and the upcoming launches of FUNcube-2 & FUNcube-3. The Forum will be in Room 5, 1115-1300 EDT Saturday.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above Information]

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KC8YLD to Address Instructors, Youth at Dayton Hamvention

Vice President for Educational Relations E. Micahel McCardel, KC8YLD will be addressing the Instructor’s Forum, moderated bt Carole Perry WB2MGP. The Instructor’s Forum will be held held in Room 3 at 10:15 am Friday May 16. EMike will address AMSAT’s educational mission and how how it ties in with meeting STEM requirements.

On Saturday he will address the Youth Forum, also moderated by Carole Perry. The Youth Forum will begin 9:15 am in Room 1. EMike will challenge the students to look toward Space as they learn and investigate their radio hobby while outlining the many opportunities at Hamvention to learn more about amateur radio in space.

[ANS Thanks AMSAT-EDU for the above information]

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ARRL’s ETP Feature Space Topics at Hamvention

Mark Spencer WA8SME, Director of ARRL’s Education and Technology Program reports that he, along with Matt Severin, N8MS, will feature many items of interest to space education during the Dayton Hamvention.

With them they will have the Wobbler, MPPT, CubeSat Sim, pocket cube sim, antenna sim, MAREA, the Leslie’s cube, the MSE sim, and tricked- out-WRAPS systems with them. Mark says they plan to talk about using FunCube in the classroom (the rotation rate study, the Leslie’s cube, and the MSE sim), along with MAREA and the remote sensing buoy system for the teaching crowd.

All of these items should be of interest to the AMSAT crowd and you are encouraged to stop by their booth in the ARRL section while in Dayton.

[ANS thanks the ANS Editorial Staff for the above information]

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Delfi-n3Xt: 2405 MHz Downlink Test

Delfi Nanosatellite Program Manager, Jasper Bouwmeester PC4JB, has announced that the team plan to activate the Delfi-n3Xt satellite’s 2405 MHz downlink on May 13-17, 2014.

It has been a while since you heard from us. We are still having problems to receive our satellite since our transponder test. We now want to try something different: trying to activate our S-band transmitter and let it transmit at full power for a pass. If we are able to receive a signal from the S-band, we know that Delfi-n3Xt still has an operational receiver and we could potentially demodulate the S-band signal. But since we already know that the latter is difficult, the first focus is just to “see” the signal. Since the satellite is still tumbling, it is a matter of link budget and statistics if we are able to catch the signal. To increase our chances we would like to ask the help of radio amateurs in the neighbourhood with suitable equipment. Since we have to actively command the satellite we have planned the passes which are suitable for the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Northern France and the availability of operators from our side. According to a quick survey, you are living in the area in reach at the selected passes.
The question to you:

Do you have S-band (2405 MHz) reception functionality with a dish of at least 2.5 meter and tracking capability and willing to follow and record one or more passes for us?

If so, please let us know your location, the gain of your antenna and the passes you are able to follow. Off course you do not have to be actively present during the pass. You can just record it and send the recording later through http://www.wetransfer.com.

Delfi-n3Xt will send at 2405 MHz +/- 100 kHz. The latter is the worst case uncertainty band, but I expect it to be pretty close to the right frequency. If you have an SDR, you can best set it at +/- 1 MHz around the centre frequency. Off course you do not have to be actively present during the pass. You can just record it

The planned attempts are stated by the LOCAL time of commanding below. If successful transmission would be within the 10-20 minutes after the indicated time.

– Tue 13-05 ~11.25h local time
– Wed 14-05 ~12:00h local time
– Thu 15-05 ~22:10h local time
– Fri 16-05 ~11:35h local time
– Sat 17-05 ~12:10h local time

If you are able, your help is highly appreciated!

Vy 73,
Jasper PC4JB
Email: Jasper.Bouwmeester@tudelft.nl

Delfi-n3Xt
http://www.delfispace.nl/operations/radio-amateurs

Delfi-n3Xt Communication Subsystem
http://www.delfispace.nl/delfi-n3xt/comms

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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FUNcube-1 AO-73 satellite SSB signal test

A video at AMSAT-UK, showing Simon 2E0HTS carrying out a signal test on the FUNcube-1 AO-73 CubeSat, he gets a good signal back from the satellite.

During weekday, daylight hours the satellite is in Educational Mode transmitting a strong telemetry signal with science data for schools to receive. On weekday evenings, when the satellite is in darkness, and throughout the weekend the FUNcube SSB/CW transponder is activated. SSB contacts can be made with as little as 5 watts.

To minimize Doppler shift, the satellite uses what is known as an Inverting Transponder, this means you transmit lower sideband (LSB) in the 435 MHz band and receives upper sideband (USB) in 145 MHz.

FUNcube-1 frequencies
• 145.935 MHz BPSK Telemetry 30 or 300 mW • Inverting SSB/CW transponder 300 mW PEP
– 435.150 — 435.130 MHz Uplink LSB
– 145.950 — 145.970 MHz Downlink USB
Educational Telemetry beacon is 300 mW during day and 30 mW at night.
The Transponder is only active during weekday night passes and at weekends.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Future FUNcube missions – 2014 launch dates

The FUNcube team have received confirmation that UKube-1, which is hosting the FUNcube-2 payload, remains scheduled for a Soyuz launch on June 19. The team do not, as yet, have any lift-off times or TLE’s for this launch but we will make these available as soon as possible.

It is believed that, immediately after deployment and activation, UKube-1 will commence transmitting a CW beacon and that this will be later followed by an AX25, 1k2 BPSK beacon. Both beacons will be on 145.840 MHz. The FUNcube-2 payload, with its telemetry downlink for educational outreach, is expected to be tested later.

FUNcube-3 is the transponder only payload on the QB50 precursor CubeSat “QB50P1?. This mission is currently scheduled to launch “Not earlier than the second half of June” , on a Dnepr LV from Yasny. The initial beacon signals, from the main transceiver, are also expected to be AX25, 1k2 BPSK packets on 145.815 MHz. Again more information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

UKube-1 communications subsystem:
• 145.840 MHz Telemetry Downlink
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink
• 145.915 MHz FUNcube beacon
• FUNcube 400 mW inverting SSB/CW transponder
– 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
– 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
QB50p1 communications subsystem:
• 145.815 MHz 1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon
• FUNcube inverting 400 mW SSB/CW transponder
– 435.035 – 435.065 MHz Uplink LSB
– 145.935 – 145.965 MHz Downlink USB

FUNcube website http://www.funcube.org.uk/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Two QB50 satellites with ham radio payloads delivered

The QB50 project has reached another crucial milestone. The first two QB50 satellites have been delivered for shipment to the launch site after a successful flight acceptance test campaign. The satellites will form the QB50 Precursor mission that seeks to de-risk and validate key technologies of the QB50 main flight that will be performed in the coming years.

The launch is planned for June 19, 2014 from the Russian ICBM base at Dombarovsky near Yasny on a Dnepr rocket manufactured in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. The satellites will be put into a 650 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

The following payloads were integrated into the ISIS satellite
platforms:

QB50p1
• INMS Payload from MSSL, UK
• QB50 ADCS system from SSC, UK
• Thermocouple experiment from VKI, Belgium
• AMSAT-NL 435/145 MHz linear transponder (FUNcube-3) from AMSAT-NL, The Netherlands
QB50p2
• FIPEX Payload, University of Dresden, Germany
• QB50 ADCS system from SSC, UK
• Thermocouple experiment from VKI, Belgium
• AMSAT-Fr 435/145 MHz FM voice transponder from AMSAT Francophone, France
QB50p1 (FUNcube-3) has a VHF 9600 bps BPSK telemetry downlink plus a linear U/V transponder similar to that already flying on FUNcube-1 with an output of 400 mW.
• 145.815 MHz 9600 bps BPSK telemetry beacon
• Inverting SSB/CW linear transponder 400 mW PEP
– 435.035 – 435.065 MHz Uplink LSB
– 145.935 – 145.965 MHz Downlink USB

QB50p2 has a VHF 9600 bps BPSK telemetry downlink plus a separate RF payload from AMSAT-Francophone which will comprise of a FM voice transponder with UHF uplink and VHF downlink. It will also transmit
FX25 telemetry at 9600 bps.
• 145.880 MHz 9600 bps BPSK telemetry beacon • 145.840 MHz 9600 bps FSK FX25

The project was executed to an unprecedented timeline. Formal Kick- Off was in October 2013 and all hardware from the different partners was delivered for integration into the satellites in January 2014. This means that two satellites were delivered in just over 6 months. Furthermore, with a precursor launch scheduled in June, launch and operations will commence within 9 months of project Kick-Off.

This fast-track project shows how successful a close cooperation between academic institutes and experienced companies can be. With ISIS’ experienced team of engineers that design and build nanosatellites on a regular basis (ISIS remains on track to delivering 1 satellite system per month in 2014), throughput times of nanosatellite projects can be shortened significantly.

The upcoming launch of the QB50 precursor satellites will also be the first satellites to be launched that were funded through the EU’s FP7 space technology programme, in which a number of innovative small satellites will be launched in the coming years to demonstrate new European space technologies.

The lessons learned from the QB50 Precursor development and operations have already led to many recommendations to further improve and streamline the QB50 main flight. All teams involved in QB50 stand to benefit from the experiences gained over the last months.

Source https://www.vki.ac.be/index.php/component/content/article/249-
news/latest/467-isis-delivers-the-first-two-qb50-satellites-as-part-
of-the-eu-fp7-qb50-project

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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KickSat Sprite deployment may not happen

An unexpected reset of the master clock on KickSat may mean that the deployment of the 104 Sprite satellites will not take place before the KickSat CubeSat burns up in the atmosphere.

Radio amateur Zac Manchester KD2BHC has posted this update:

First off, I’d like to sincerely thank all of you for your support over the past two years. KickSat has been a success up to this point because of you.

As those who’ve been keeping up with the telemetry data coming in from KickSat on our mailing list may have noticed, the packets we’ve been receiving have changed in the last couple of days. This was due to a hard reset of the “watchdog” microcontroller on KickSat – the sort of “reptile brain” of the satellite that manages turning on and off the rest of the subsystems and keeps the master clock. It appears the reset happened some time in the morning of Wednesday, April 30th. The reset doesn’t seem to be the result of power issues (the watchdog should run until the batteries reach 5.5 volts, and they’ve been holding steady around 6.5 volts). Instead, it seems the likely culprit was radiation.

One consequence of the watchdog reset on KickSat is that the spacecraft’s master clock was reset, thus also setting the deployment countdown for KickSat back to 16 days. That would put the deployment some time in the morning of May 16th. Unfortunately, it looks like KickSat will most likely reenter and burn up before the 16th. We’ve spent the last couple of days here at Cornell trying to think of every possible contingency, but it seems there aren’t very many options right now. KickSat’s uplink radio, which we could use to command the deployment, can’t turn on unless the batteries reach 8 volts, and it doesn’t look like they’ll reach that level in time.

While the situation looks a little bleak, there is still some hope that the batteries may recharge sufficiently to command the satellite. There is also a small chance that KickSat could remain in orbit until the 16th, at which point the timer would set off the deployment as originally planned. We’ll continue tracking KickSat over the next few days with the help of the ham community, so that we can keep track of its battery voltage and the Sprite deployment status. I’ll post updates here, as usual, but you can also see the latest data as it comes in on our mailing list.

Thank you again for your support. I promise that this won’t be the end of the KickSat project.

– Zac

Kicksat Wiki
https://github.com/zacinaction/kicksat/wiki

KickSat mailing list
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/kicksat-gs

Kicksat Updates
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zacinaction/kicksat-your-
personal-spacecraft-in-space/posts.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Delfi-C3 celebrates 6 years in space

Delfi-C3 (DO-64) has celebrated its 6th birthday on April 28, 2014.
The spacecraft is still operational, telemetry only, on 145.870 MHz USB

Delfi-C3 has exceeded its mission lifetime by six times now, and on-board telemetry still does not indicate degradation in performance.

So far, our distributed ground station network (DGSN) has collected
2037513 frames as of today, received by 376 registered radio amateurs and many more on the guest account, using the free RASCAL software.
This would not have been possible without your continued support.

Please note that the original team of students has long graduated, and Delfi-c3 operations are done by very few volunteers. We continue to monitor the live telemetry in our spare time.

73s

Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG
Delfi-C3 ops-team

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Upcoming 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).

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260) – AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of
Dallas)

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (north of the city center, near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT AMSAT maintains and updated list of known upcoming events at
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=218

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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ARISS News

Next planned event(s):
Upcoming Contacts
There will be a lapse in contacts during the period from 2014-05-12 to 2014-06-15. Licensed crew members will join crew on board the ISS and contacts are expected to resume in July.

Recent Updates

May 7, 2014
ESA Presents Ham Video Commissioning

European Space Agency (ESA) published an article on their website, presenting the initial Ham Video transmitter commissioning by Mike Hopkinns at:
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Education/Ham_vide
o_premiers_on_Space_Station.

May 1, 2014

A direct contact between astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA and students at Hidden Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake, MN, USA was successful Thu 2014-05-01 16:28:17 UTC 55 deg.

Hidden Oaks is a public 6th through 8th grade middle school serving the communities of Prior Lake and Savage, Minnesota. One of the goals in Minnesota is to increase interest and participation in STEM activities and initiatives. Our future depends on the ability of our kids to understand the workings of the world and the ability to think critically. Our ARISS contact will allow them to have an authentic experience through the use of amateur radio to speak directly with an astronaut aboard ISS. The students have participated in learning sessions conducted by the local ham radio community, learning about the technology needed to make the contact possible. They have also participated in the Micro Gravity Experience this past summer. The school is very excited to have this opportunity; all 900 students are looking forward to the conversation and have been working on special projects related to spaceflight and exploration.

April, 29, 2014

A direct contact with students at Aboshinishi Elementary School, Himeji-City, Japan, via 8N3AB was successful Tue 2014-04-29 09:05:15 UTC 80 deg. Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA answered 30 questions for students.

Listen to a video recording of the interview:
http://www.ariss.jp/aboshinishi/8n3ab.avi

The Aboshinishi elementary school founded in 1976, is a small school in western Himeji-city with a total number of 359 students.

[ ANS thanks ARISS for the above update]

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Satellite Shorts from all over

Air Force Museum to host Space Fest in Ohio May 16-17

Three people who have been in space themselves will highlight the May 16-17 Space Fest at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton in southwest Ohio.

Former space shuttle pilot and retired Air Force Col. Gregory Johnson will introduce a special showing of the hit movie “Gravity” in 3D the evening of the 16th. Johnson will also answer questions afterward.

International Space Station astronaut and Army Col. Douglas Wheelock and former astronaut Donald Thomas, a veteran of four space missions, will be signing autographs May 17 at the museum’s new space shuttle exhibit. They also will give separate talks in a museum auditorium.

Other movies at reduced rates, space trivia contests, and a variety of interactive space-themed attractions will be available.

See Online:
www.nationalmuseum.af.mil

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/apexchange/2014/05/04/oh–space-
fest-ohio.html

[ANS thanks USAF National Museum and WBNS-TV10, Columbus, OH for the above announcement]

Saturday May 10, Matanuska Amatuer Radio Association (MARA) Hamfest.

Dale, KL7XJ and Craig,KL4E will be representing AMSAT for the event.

They are scheduled to give a presentation and are planning satellite demos. Only SO-50 is planned be worked.

The passes we plan on working are:

2008-2020 EL 35
2148-2201 EL 76
2329-2342 El 51

Times are UTC and are based on available pass times for Wasilla, AK, location of the hamfest. If you made contact, email Dale.

[ ANS thanks AMSAT-BB for the above short]

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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 additional 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 student 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
ANS-124

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:

* LituanicaSAT-1 FM Transponder Operation Feedback
* BOOK NOW FOR THE SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM ON 24 MAY
* Eighth Annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Reservations Close May 13th
* UK CubeSat Workshop: Student Research Pitches
* Ham Radio Earth-Moon-Earth Art Event on Google+ Hangout
* HAMSAT – VO-52 Completes 9 Years in Space
* Commercial HDTV Streaming Live from ISS
* AMSAT Office Relocated; Reopens
* AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention — Last call for volunteers
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-124.01
ANS-124 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 124.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
DATE MMMM DDDD, YYYY
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-124.01
LituanicaSAT-1 FM Transponder Operation Feedback

With the LituanicaSAT-1 FM transponder being operative on May 1 many
members of the AMSAT-BB shared their experiences.

Thursday Morning May 1 Pete W2JV reported
“The downlink was strong at 16 degrees at 13:39 U, I heard CO6CBF,
well done to the team.”

Hector CO8CBF/KF5YXV posted “LituanicaSat-1 was sounding very good
over the Caribbean (Cienfuegos EL92sd, Cuba). Nice signal for just
150mw! I heard Pete, W2JV and worked Frank, K4FEG. I was running
just 5W into an ARROW antenna.
Congratulations to the LituanicaSAT-1 team!”

Thursday evening May 1 Paul N8HM reported

“The transponder was indeed on for the 2140Z pass over North
America. I heard a station in DN45 (I guess it was WC7V) right as
the satellite came up above about 10 degrees (lots of buildings and
trees in the way), worked AC0RA, but there was some difficulty
getting into the satellite with just 5 watts and an Elk antenna, and
then I heard and half-worked WB3CSY (probably not a valid QSO) before
I lost the bird at about 12 degrees. I also heard the ID and greeting
about halfway through the pass.

“The signal is a few dB down from SO-50 and the uplink receiver is
definitely less tolerant of being off frequency. My best signal into
the bird was in narrow FM while tuning for Doppler on the uplink. At
TCA, an elevation of about 55 degrees, the downlink signal was S9 on
my FT-817s meter. SO-50 is usually S+ above 35 degrees here.

“My station here is two FT-817s, an Elk Antenna, and a High Sierra
Microwave LNAA432 preamp. I was having some desense issues and further
inspection revealed a nick in my feedline as the probable cause.”

Roland PY4ZBZ posted the posted this report as the satellite passed
over Brazil.
FM repeater on at 23:15 UTC ! orbit #976

The LituanicaSAT-1 team announced early in the week that the
saltellite scheduled would be operative again on May 1, from 9:30 UT
to 14:00 UT, and Satellite’s ground control station in Vilnius would
be standing by monitoring the transponder’s frequency and attempt to
call CQ with the amateur call sign LY5N (LituanicaSAT-1 callsign)
when the satellite will be in sight of the ground station. The
expected time windows were:

* 2014/05/01 10:46:22 UT – 2014/05/01 10:56:24 UT
* 2014/05/01 12:21:48 UT – 2014/05/01 12:31:47 UT

All QSO’s with the call LY5N will be granted special QSL cards,
signed by the LituanicaSAT-1 core team members and sent out via
bureau (no directs).

Every amateur working the FM repeater is encouraged (but not
obligated) to RX and answer only the LY5N CQ call during the above
time windows.

Frequency are approximately 435.1755 MHz for the downlink and
145.950 MHz for the uplink (+/- Doppler Shift).

FM transponder operating techniques

http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=44412

Lithuanian CubeSat LituanicaSAT-1

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/27/lituanicasat-1-cubesat/

[ANS thanks LituanicaSAT-1 team and AMSAT-BB for the above
information

 

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BOOK NOW FOR THE SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM ON 24 MAY

Discounted rates are available to SARL and SA AMSAT members who book
for the SA AMSAT Space Symposium before 5 May. SARL members pay 50%
less than non-members. The early bird rate is R150 which includes a
copy of the papers on DVD. The symposium will be held at the
Innovation Hub in Pretoria which is situated opposite the CSIR with a
quick access via the Lynwood off ramp on the N1.

The date is 24 May. Some of the highlights include a demonstration of
the KLETSkous hardware, presentations on FunCube, DynaCube and an
innovative propulsion system that can be used to alter the obit of a
CubeSat once launched in Space. For smartphone users apps to predict
satellites passes and telemetry downloads will be demonstrated. The
full programme is available on www.amsatsa.org. Get with it now.

[ANS thanks SARL News 4/26/14 for the above information]

 

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Eighth Annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Reservations Close May 13th

The eighth annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be held on Friday night,
May 16. This dinner is always a highlight of the AMSAT (Radio Amateur
Satellite Corp.) and TAPR (Tucson Amateur Packet Radio) activities
during the Dayton Hamvention.

This year’s speaker will be Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, speaking on his
“Sixty Years a Slave (to Amateur Radio).” Tom has been a lifetime
contributor to both AMSAT and TAPR, and has a fascinating
professional career.

Tickets ($30 each) must be purchased online by May 13th on the AMSAT
website at www.amsat.org through the AMSAT Store tab.
Tickets will not be sold at the Hamvention or at the door.
Tickets purchased online may be collected at the AMSAT booth (433-
435, 444-446).
The Banquet will take place at the Kohler Presidential Banquet
Center, 4572 Presidential Way, Kettering, OH 45429 (just south of
Dayton). The cash bar will openat 1830 EDT, with the dinner
commencing around 1900 EDT.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

 

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UK CubeSat Workshop: Student Research Pitches

AMSAT-UK have donated a FUNcube Dongle SDR to be awarded to the best
student research pitch at the UK CubeSat workshop to be held in
Harwell on May 13.

Please send your 5 minute research pitches along with the following
details to send to Chris Bridges M0GKK email:
c.p.bridges@surrey.ac.uk There will be a prize for best presentations
on the day! The prize includes a UK Space Agency goody-bag including
a mug, t-shirt, badges, and more. Plus a FUNcube Dongle, kindly
donated from AMSAT-UK.

Please include the following to your submission:

• Presentation Title
• Author/ Supervisor
• Affiliation
• 5 Bullet Points on the Presentation Content (what, why, who cares?).

Presenters will be notified on 10th May 2014.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ANS124-ResearchPitches

2014 UK CubeSat Workshop – Free Registration

http://www.cubesatforum.org.uk/wordpress/2014-uk-cubesat-workshop/

FUNcube Yahoo Group http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

FUNcube Dongle Pro+ SDR Yahoo Group

http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/funcube-dongle-sdr/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

 

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Ham Radio Earth-Moon-Earth Art Event on Google+ Hangout

OPTICKS is a live radio transmission performance between the Earth
and the Moon during which images are sent to the Moon and back as
radio signals using the MMSSTV Slow San TV software developed by
Makoto Mori JE3HHT

A live Google+ hangout is taking place on May 1 at 2000 UT. A Reddit
AMA will precede the Hangout at 1500 UT.

The project has been realized by visual artist Daniela de Paulis
(IT/NL) in collaboration with Jan van Muijlwijk PA3FXB and the CAMRAS
radio amateurs association based at Dwingeloo radio telescope (NL).
Each live performance is made possible thanks to the collaboration
of radio amateurs Howard Ling G4CCH (UK), Bruce Halász PY2BS (Brazil)
and Daniel Gautschi HB9CRQ (CH).

The live hangout will feature a “touch” and bounce of Humans in
Space Youth Art Competition artwork off the Moon using OPTICKS radio
wave technology. Guests and remote participants will discuss the
significance of the artwork and the performance and explore the
impact of past, present, and future human presence on the Moon.

Guests
– Andrew Chaikin is the author of Man on the Moon and From Earth to
the Moon.
– Wendell Mendell is a retired NASA lunar and planetary exploration
scientist.
– Sarah Nobel is a current NASA lunar scientist and artist.
– Frank Shiner is a winner of both the 2010 and 2012 Humans in Space
Youth Art Competitions.
– Jan van Muijlwijk PA3FXB, OPTICKS collaborator, radio operator,
CAMRAS/Dwingeloo radio telescope.
– Daniela De Paulis is the visual artist and researcher who
developed the OPTICKS live performance technology in collaboration
with the Dwingeloo radio telescope.
– Jancy McPhee is the director of the Humans in Space Art Program,
which includes the Youth Art Competition Project in its portfolio.

Learn more at http://www.Opticks.info/ and

http://www.HumansInSpaceArt.org/

OPTICKS employes a technology used by radio amateurs called Earth-
Moon-Earth or Moonbounce in which the Moon is used as a natural
reflector for radio signals.

In October 2009 Daniela de Paulis and Jan van Muijlwijk PA3FXB
started pioneering a new application of Moonbounce technology, called
Visual Moonbounce, which allows sending images to the Moon and back,
combining Radio Astronomy with amateur radio technologies.

The title OPTICKS is inspired by Newton’s discoveries of the light
spectrum, reflection and refraction. Similarly, the colours composing
an image – converted into radio signals – are bounced off the Moon
(reflected and refracted) by its surface during each live performance.

The performance is introduced by live sounds of amateurs radio
signals captured by the Dwingeloo antenna tracking the moon.

Watch a recording of the performance for the radio programme RaiTunes
You can support the project by purchasing a limited edition t-shirt
from this link

https://fabrily.com/EarthAndMoon2

Google+ Hangout GAM AstroArt: Touching the Moon with Art & Footsteps

https://plus.google.com/events/ckm4364t5f7fcg0m42rgb7br2lc

Daniela de Paulis http://www.danieladepaulis.com/

Story source http://www.opticks.info/

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

 

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HAMSAT – VO-52 Completes 9 Years in Space

It gives us great pleasure to inform that ‘HAMSAT – VO-52′ is
successfully completing 9 years of fruitful services on 4th May 2014
and entering into her 10th year of services on 5th May. HAMSAT was
launched as a piggy back aboard PSLV-C6 on 5th May 2005 (5-5-5). We
do hope that the contribution of ‘HAMSAT’ by India/ISRO to the
‘Global Amateur Radio Fraternity’ has served its purpose. It gives us
great pleasure and satisfaction to note that ‘HAMSAT VO-52′ has
remained as one of the most sought after and favorite ‘Linear Birds’
among the radio amateurs for her sensitivity, strong down link
signals, stability and the ease to work.

Though expected to work for two years (mainly, considering the
battery), HAMSAT VO-52 has really out lived and still doing strong.
Latest telemetry indicates all the parameters and systems to be
normal and satisfactory. We do hope that ‘HAMSAT’ would continue to
provide her good services to ‘Amateur Radio fraternity’ for many more
years.

On this happy occasion, we place on records our sincere thanks and
appreciations to, Chairman ISRO, Scientific Secretary ISRO, Director
ISRO Satellite, Mission Director, Operations Director, ‘HAMSAT’
project team at various ISRO centres, AMSAT-India and Williams
Leijenaar PE1RAH for their contribution in achieving this this
milestone.

[ANS thanks Mani VU2WMY/KJ6LRS for the above information

 

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Commercial HDTV Streaming Live from ISS

Now, live from space, it’s Earth all the time! A new experiment
called the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) was launched on April
18, 2014 in the “trunk” on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and has been
set up outside the International Space Station.

The set of four commercial HD video cameras and is now operational,
after being installed on the External Payload Facility of the ESA
Columbus module this week. The cameras and electronics are enclosed
in a pressurized box to provide protection to the equipment from the
harsh environment of space.

Watch the view from the ISS live on-line at:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload

Please note that the screen will appear black when the ISS is in
orbital night. There also has been some downtime off and on that I’ve
noted while watching this morning. This may be due to some initial
setup/operation issues, or some occurrences of loss of signal.

(Editor Note: This is not the HAMTV experiment.)

[ANS thanks UniverseToday.com for the above information]

 

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AMSAT Office Relocated; Reopens

Following 33 years of having an office in the same building in
Silver Spring. MD the AMSAT office reopened on Friday, 2 MAY at a new
address in Kensington, MD. With a new address there are also new
numbers:

Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. (AMSAT)
10605 Concord Ave. Suite 304
Kensington MD 20895-2526
Tel. (301) 822-4376
Fax. (301) 822-4371
WATS: (888) 322-6728

Individuals who call the old Silver Spring phone number will hear a
message notifying them of the new number.

The WATS number remains unchanged, but will not be redirected to the
new location until Monday, 5 MAY.

Martha’s e-mail address remains unchanged.

The AMSAT office was closed 25 APR – 1 MAY in order to provide
focused attention on the relocation, packing and final preparations.
The actual move took place on Tuesday afternoon, 29 APR and timed so
that movers could unload at the new location after 1700 EDT so as to
not interfere with normal business activity at the new location.

Wednesday, 30 APR and Thursday, 1 MAY were spent finalizing the
furniture arrangement, unpacking, and setting up the office
electronics (phones/ computers/ fax machine).

Many thanks to Perry Klein, W3PK; Bob Carpenter, W3OTC; Barbara
Saragovitz (Martha’s sister), and Barry Baines, WD4ASW for their
“sweat equity” this week in helping Martha with the logistics of
preparation and unpacking/setup as part of the actual execution of
the relocation. Expect an article on the story behind the AMSAT
office relocation to be published in the May/June 2014 issue of AMSAT
JOURNAL.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

 

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AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention — Last call for volunteers

The Dayton Hamvention is less than two weeks away! The 2014
Hamvention is May 16-18.

We’re excited about the plans for the AMSAT booth, with five areas
covering multiple topics: (1) Beginner’s Corner staffed by veteran
operators; (2) Engineering & Education with a working prototype of
Fox-1; (3) Satellite tracking software demos with SatPC32 and
MacDoppler, and Yaesu, Alpha-Spid, and WRAPS rotors; (4) Live
satellite QSO demonstrations; and (5) New and renewing membership
specials, updated publications, and new shirts and hats.

The annual AMSAT/TAPR dinner is Friday night with speaker Tom Clark,
W3IO. On Saturday, there is a great line-up of speakers and topics
at the AMSAT Forum. See the “Events” tab on www.amsat.org for the
details.

We’ve had a good response from our call for volunteers, but we could
really use another 5-6 people.

The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers,
and builders makes the whole experience a lot of fun. Meet or renew
acquaintances, exchange operating tips, and find out what antennas,
software and equipment other AMSAT members use. We currently expect
all of the AMSAT senior officers and 6 of the 7 board members to be
there too.

Whether you’re available for only a couple of hours or if you can
spend the entire weekend with us, your help would be greatly
appreciated.

Please send an e-mail to Steve, n9ip@amsat.org if you can help. If
you sent an e-mail, but didn’t get a response, please try again.

[ANS thanks Steve N9IP for the above information]

 

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Dixon Elementary School
Holly Ridge, Norh Carolina USA and Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA
using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-04-21 18:05 UTC and
lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via NC4OC.
ARISS Mentor was K4SQC.

+ A Successful contact was made between Aboshinishi Elementary
School Himeji-City Japan and Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA using
callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-04-29 09:05 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via 8N3AB.
ARISS Mentor was 7M3TJZ.

+ A Successful contact was made between Hidden Oaks Middle School
Prior Lake, Minnesota USA and Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA using
callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-05-01 16:28 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via NR0T.
ARISS Mentor was AG9D.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

From 2014-05-12 to 2014-06-15, ARISS will be going into a period of
no contacts as there will be no hams onboard.

Due to Koichi Wakata’s, KC5ZTA, increased work load beginning 2014-
03-11, ARISS has had to move 3 schools back to our long term waiting
list. We hope to get to them in the fall of 2014. There are also
several other schools that are on the list for possible postponement
to the fall.
[ANS thanks ARISS, and Charlie AJ9N for the above information]

 

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Radio ham launches Spud into Space for TV show

http://tinyurl.com/ANS124-Spud

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

+ KickSat Sprite deployment may not happen

http://tinyurl.com/ANS124-SpriteNoGo

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

+ Members of Radioclub Cancun will be QRV with the special callsign
XE3RALLY from May 7 to 12 during the Rally Maya Mexico car race.
Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters. This includes activity on
satellite FO-29 from the Yucatan Peninsula, and some rare grids as
well. QSL via XE3RCC.

[ANS thanks ARRL DX Bulletin for the above information]

+ Paul Stoetzer reports “It looks like eclipse season has started
for AO-7 as it was reported to still be in Mode B this morning over
Europe and South America.

This means it should be in Mode B daily for the next 16 weeks or so.

Frank k4feg explains,
Typically what this means is that the satellite will lose all
power and by default go into “Start-Up” mode every time it comes
back into the sunlight. Typically Mode B or C are the 1st mode of
operations and the loss of sunlight prevents mode switches to A.

Predictions had shown that the eclipse would occur either
May 1 or May 2, depending on the orbital model you used, and May
2nd over the USA, AO-7 was in mode B.

I have calculated the end of the eclipse cycle but I will update
satellite information to assure a more definite date for AO-7 to go
back into full sunlight.

[ANS thanks Paul N8HM, Frank K4FEG and AMSAT-BB 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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-117

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 Office Relocation Underway
* 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Notice
* GS3PYE/P Isle of Lewis Operations Start April 26
* Top 10 Reasons to Come to Dayton
* ARISS News
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-117.01
ANS-082 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 117.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 27, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-117.01

AMSAT-NA Office Relocation Underway

After 30 years in the same location, AMSAT-NA is moving to a new
office. The office will be closed Friday, 25 April, and will reopen
Friday, 2 May. During the move, our e-mail will be operational,
however responses will be delayed. Purchases through the AMSAT Store
may be made normally, but they will not be processed until the move is
completed.

Our new street address will be:

Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT-NA)
10605 Concord St, #304
Kensington, MD 20895

For those visiting, we are about 5 miles north of the old office,
outside I-495, the Capital Beltway.

During the move, we are changing some phone numbers. After the new
office opens, the new numbers will be:

From the US call toll free: (888) 322-6728 (Unchanged)
From all other locations call: (301) 822-4376
FAX: (301) 822-4371

The deterioration of the current building has been discussed in the
AMSAT Journal Apogee View. Martha Saragovitz and the rest of the
office team have gone to great lengths to minimize disruptions under
very trying, uncomfortable, and sometimes unsafe circumstances in the
old office. Finally, the county authorities ordered the building
closed.

It will take some time to get the new office fully up and running.
However, the improvements in building facilities and especially safety
will be worth it. If you are in the area after the move, give us a
call, and come by and visit.

[ANS thanks AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW for the above
information]

 

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2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Notice

It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on the AMSAT-NA
Board of Directors. A nomination requires either one Member Society or five
current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member for
Director. Three terms expire normally this year. In addition, a forth Director
will be elected for one year to fill the remainder of an unexpired term. Up to
two Alternates may be elected for one year terms.

In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which remains
unchanged and is the preferred method, nominations may be made by electronic
means. These include e-mail, FAX, or electronic image of a petition. Electronic
petitions should be sent to MARTHA at AMSAT.ORG or
faxed to (301) 822-4371. Written
nominations, consisting of names, calls and individual signatures should be
mailed to:
AMSAT-NA
10605 Concord St,
#304 Kensington, MD 20895.

No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than June 15th at
the AMSAT-NA office. If the nomination is a traditional written nomination, no
other action is required. If it is other than
this, i.e. electronic, a verifying
traditional written petition MUST be received at the AMSAT-NA office at the
above address within 7 days following the close of nominations on June 15th.
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT THIS SECOND, WRITTEN VERIFICATION ARE NOT VALID
UNDER THE EXISTING AMSAT-NA BYLAWS.

Please note the new mailing and FAX instructions.

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, AMSAT Corporate Secretary, for the above information]
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GS3PYE/P Isle of Lewis Operations Start April 26
Camb-Hams will be operating on the amateur radio satellites, EME and HF using
the call sign GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Lewis (IO68UL, EU-010) on April 26 to
May 3, 2014.

The Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since 2008 and
will be travelling to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides in 2014.
Thirteen operators will be active on all bands
and many modes from 4m to 80m, 2m
& 70cm for Satellites and 2m & 23cm for EME from 26 April to 3 May 2014.

The HF bands will be covered by five simultaneous stations, while the 6m & 4m
stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe from the island’s
northern tip in IO68 square. All stations will be able to run at the full UK
power limit.

EME operations will use 150W to 55 elements on 23cm and 400W to 17 elements on
2m. Primarily on JT65 but also available for CW skeds – if your station is big
enough.

Satellite operations on 2m & 70cm will use X-Quad
antennas and a fully automatic
Az/El tracking system. Activity is planned on
AO-7 (mode B), VO-52, FO-29, SO-50
& AO-73.

Contest operations will take place in the RSGB 70MHz UKAC on 29 April.

A number of the group are planning to make an extra trip to operate as GS6PYE/P
from the Shiant Isles (EU-112). They are aiming for afternoon/early evening
operations on 28 April, but may switch to 30 April if the weather is bad.

The group will be active on HF mobile and APRS as they travel, starting on 25
April. All the up-to-date plans and progress will be on the camb-hams site.

Most importantly, this is a group of good friends doing what they enjoy, so
please give them a call and enjoy the trip with
them. Active on the major social
networks before, during and after the trip, you can check on progress and
interact with the operators via their blog at http://dx.camb-hams.com/ or
through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube [links below].

Please email skeds-2014 at camb-hams.com to arrange skeds on the more challenging
bands and modes. VHF and EME skeds will also be
made via ON4KST, HB9Q (1296) and
N0UK’s EME Chat (144). All links are available via the camb-hams site.

Web http://dx.camb-hams.com/
Twitter http://twitter.com/g3pye
Facebook http://facebook.com/CambHams
YouTube http://youtube.com/CambHams

[ANS thanks Trevor M5AKA, for the above information]

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Top 10 Reasons to Come to Dayton

10. Rub shoulders with 25,000 of your best
friends at the largest hamfest in the
United States, including six of the seven AMSAT Directors and all of the AMSAT
senior officers.

9. Find out how to organize a contact with the astronauts on the International
Space Station for your local school or youth group from our Education and ARISS
experts.

8. Pickup the latest AMSAT golf shirts, T-shirts, and hats. Get your copy of
the updated “Amateur Satellite Frequency Guide” (laminated frequency chart) and
Gould Smith’s just revised “Getting Started with Amateur Satellites” (book).
We’ll also have assembled wide-band preamps that are great for portable
operation.

7. See the latest equipment from Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, Alinco, and many other
manufacturers of amateur radio equipment and accessories. Take advantage of
discounted pricing you won’t find anywhere else.

6. See demonstrations of SatPC32 and MacDoppler
satellite tracking software, and
get your operational questions answered. Meet Don Agro, author of MacDoppler
(Friday & Saturday, 2-3 p.m.). See a demonstration of the LVB Tracker, a
computer interface to the Yaesu azimuth-elevation
rotors. Talk with Mike Young,
who has built more LVB Trackers than anyone else. Assembled LVB Trackers will
be available. Mark Spencer’s WRAPS tracker (Jan 2014 QST) circuit board,
programmed PIC, and documentation CD-ROM will also be available.

5. Hear the latest on the Fox Project, the International Space Station, current
and future satellites, Education news, and an AMSAT update at the AMSAT Forum
Saturday, from 11:15 to 1:30.

4. Get one-on-one guidance on setting up your satellite station and making
contacts at our new “Beginner’s Corner”. Witness live demonstrations of
contacts through satellites AO-7, FO-29, SO-50, VO-52, AO-73, and the Fox-1
prototype using handheld antennas.

3. Bring your dual-band HT and listen (on 2m) to the engineering prototype of
the Fox-1 satellite which will be on
display. Transmit through the prototype on
70cm. Meet and interact with some of the Engineering Team members working on
the Fox-1 satellites.

2. Get satellite station and operating tips from some of the best satellite
operators in the country, including John Papay K8YSE (1,406 grids confirmed),
Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK, Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA
(1,036 grids), Doug Papay KD8CAO
(993 grids), and Keith Pugh W5IU.

1. Receive special premiums when you join AMSAT or renew your membership at
Dayton, including an updated “Amateur Satellite Frequency Guide” (laminated
frequency chart), an AMSAT carabiner key ring, and special pricing on the
SatPC32 satellite tracking software.

[ANS thanks Steve, N9IP, for the above information]
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ARISS News

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Aboshinishi Elementary School, Himeji-City, Japan, direct via 8N3AB
Contact is a go for: Tue 2014-04-29 09:05:15 UTC 80 deg

Hidden Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake, MN, direct via NRØT
Contact is a go for: Thu 2014-05-01 16:28:17 UTC 55 deg

ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above contacts. Due to
issues with the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at present, the
Ericsson radio is going to be used for these contacts. ARISS thanks everyone
in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to
aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at aol.com.

*************

Starting 2014-03-11 due to the Koichi’s increased work load, ARISS has had
to move 3 schools back to our long term waiting list. We hope to get to
them in the fall of 2014. There are also several other schools that are on
the list for possible postponement to the fall. From 2014-05-12 to
2014-06-15, ARISS will be going into a period of no contacts as there will be
no hams onboard.

*************

Looking for something new to do? How about receiving DATV from the ISS?
If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for complete
details. Look for the buttons indicating Ham Video.

http://www.ariss-eu.org/

*************

ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100
schools:

Gaston ON4WF with 117
Francesco IKØWGF with 101
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 101

*************

US Hams, don’t forget that there is a new process for US school proposals. For
US schools to have an ARISS contact, they must fill out a proposal, submit it
to NASA, and see if they are approved or not. Once a school is approved and
put on the list, an ARISS mentor will be assigned to assist the school.

NASA will have two open windows a year for schools to submit a proposal.
The window for contacts during the second half of 2014 has already closed.
Look for the window for first half 2015 contacts later this year. You
must go through NASA to get the proposal material. Contact Teaching From
Space, a NASA Education office, at JSC-TFS-ARISS at mail.nasa.gov or by calling
them at (281) 244-2320.

The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact:
Arkansas, Delaware, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West
Virginia, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands, and the
Virgin Islands.

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, 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

 

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-114.01
ANS-114 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin – AMSAT-NA Is Moving!

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 114.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 24, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-114.01

After 30 years in the same location, AMSAT-NA is moving to a new
office. The office will be closed Friday, 25 April, and will reopen
Friday, 2 May. During the move, our e-mail will be operational,
however responses will be delayed. Purchases through the AMSAT Store
may be made normally, but they will not be processed until the move is
completed.

Our new street address will be:

Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT-NA)
10605 Concord St, #304
Kensington, MD 20895

For those visiting, we are about 5 miles north of the old office,
outside I-495, the Capital Beltway.

During the move, we are changing some phone numbers. After the new
office opens, the new numbers will be:

From the US call toll free:          (888) 322-6728 (Unchanged)
From all other locations call:       (301) 822-4376
FAX:                                 (301) 822-4371

The deterioration of the current building has been discussed in the
AMSAT Journal Apogee View. Martha Saragovitz and the rest of the
office team have gone to great lengths to minimize disruptions under
very trying, uncomfortable, and sometimes unsafe circumstances in the
old office. Finally, the county authorities ordered the building
closed.

It will take some time to get the new office fully up and running.
However, the improvements in building facilities and especially safety
will be worth it. If you are in the area after the move, give us a
call, and come by and visit.

[ANS thanks AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW for the above
information]

/EX

 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE

ANS-110

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:

* Successful launch of KickSat carrying 104 Sprite satellites
* Space-X Dragon Cargo Craft set to dock with ISS
* KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition
* Space-X supply ship begins journey to space station
* The STELAR Project 2014
* KickSat launch postponed until Friday
* Video of ISS HamTV – Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA April 13, 2014
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

 

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-110.01
ANS-110 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 110.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 20, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-110.01
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Successful launch of KickSat carrying 104 Sprite satellites
Five CubeSats including KicksSat which carries 104 Sprite satellites
on 437 MHz were successfully launched by the SpaceX CRS-3 mission on
Friday, April 18 at 19:25:22 UT.

Zac Manchester KD2BHC says:
After a beautiful launch KickSat was deployed in low Earth orbit. We
at Cornell and several amateur radio operators around the world have
made contact with the spacecraft and it is alive and well. I can’t
thank all of you enough for your tremendous support over the past two
years. Thank you for believing in KickSat!

This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and is a huge
milestone, but we’re not done yet. In 16 days the Sprites will deploy
from KickSat. We need as many people as possible listening in, so if
you’re interested, please check out the wiki and our mailing list for
more information. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with
questions.

The CubeSats KickSat, SporeSat, TSAT, PhoneSat-v2.5 and ALL-
STAR/THEIA were deployed into a 325×315 km 51.5 degree inclination
orbit.

All the Sprites operate on a single frequency of 437.240 MHz and use
Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). The transmitter runs 10 mW
output of Minimum Shift Keying (MSK) modulated binary data with each
data bit modulated as a 511 bit Pseudo-Random Number (PRN) sequence.
The ITU emission designator is 50K0G1D.

The KickSat CubeSat has downlinks on 437.505 MHz and 2401-2436.2 MHz.

Wiki https://github.com/zacinaction/kicksat/wiki

KickSat mailing list https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/kicksat-
gs

Kicksat Updates

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zacinaction/kicksat-your-

personal-spacecraft-in-space/posts

PRN codes for KickSat Sprites released http://amsat-
uk.org/2014/03/23/prn-codes-for-kicksat-sprites-released/

Preliminary TLE’s are at http://mstl.atl.calpoly.edu/~ops/crs3_tle/

Frequencies of the other CubeSats can be found at

http://www.cubesat.org/index.php/missions/upcoming-launches/139-crs3-

launch-alert

CRS-3 Payloads http://www.spaceflight101.com/dragon-spx-3-cargo-
overview.html

Zarya

http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2014#022

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]
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Space-X Dragon Cargo Craft set to dock with ISS
A Dragon cargo craft stuffed with science and supplies is
approaching the International Space Station for an automated laser-
guided final approach Sunday, culminating with grapple by the
outpost’s robotic arm shortly after 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT).

The SpaceX-owned spaceship is carrying about 4,600 pounds of cargo
to reinforce the space station’s stocks of research experiments, crew
provisions and spare parts.

Since launching Friday at 3:25 p.m. EDT (1925 GMT), the Dragon
spacecraft has fired its Draco thrusters to adjust its orbit to match
that of the space station, setting up the final rendezvous sequence.

By about 2:30 a.m. EDT (0630 GMT), the Dragon spacecraft will be
about 28 kilometers, or 17 miles, below and behind the space station.
At that range, the Dragon should be within range of a UHF
communications panel the space station’s crew can use to issue simple
commands to the supply ship in the event of a problem.

Several height-adjustment and midcourse correction rocket burns will
fine-tune Dragon’s rendezvous, guiding the ship into position 350
meters, or about 1,150 feet, directly beneath the space station at
5:13 a.m. EDT (0913 GMT).

The Dragon will initially rely on relative GPS navigation data to
guide its approach to the space station. Once directly beneath the
complex, its computers will switch to laser and thermal sensors.

Dragon carries a laser guidance sensor package and two thermal
cameras to aid its final rendezvous with the space station.

Before leaving the initial hold point 1,150 feet beneath the space
station, the cargo craft will conduct a 180-degree yaw maneuver to
align its grapple fixture with the position of the space station’s
robot arm.

Soon after beginning its final approach sequence, the Dragon
spacecraft will halt again at a hold position 250 meters, or 820
feet, below the space station. This brief hold allows ground
controllers to assess the status of the rendezvous and issue a “go”
for the Dragon to enter the so-called keep-out sphere, an imaginary
circle around the space station in which traffic is tightly
controlled for safety reasons.

The timeline calls for the Dragon spacecraft to depart the 250-meter
hold point around 5:39 a.m. EDT (0939 GMT), pausing again at a 30-
meter hold position before pressing on to a final point about 10
meters, or 33 feet, beneath the space station.

Arrival at the final hold point is scheduled around 6:56 a.m. EDT
(1056 GMT).

Astronauts Koichi Wakata and Rick Mastracchio will monitor the final
phase of the Dragon’s approach, including manning the space station’s
robotic arm to grapple the free-flying cargo craft. Grapple is
scheduled for 7:14 a.m. EDT (1114 GMT). Once the Dragon is firmly
snared by the robotic arm, the 58-foot Canadarm will move the capsule
into position for berthing with the Earth-facing port on the space
station’s Harmony module around 9:45 a.m. EDT (1345 GMT).
[ANS thanks Spaceflightnow.com for the above announcement]
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KickSat Project Announces Telemetry Download Competition
Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the KickSat project is offering prizes to
the first stations to copy telemetry from KickSat and the “Sprite”
satellites it will deploy.

“I’ll be offering prizes to the first several people who receive
telemetry packets from KickSat as well as the first few who receive
signals from the Sprites,” the Cornell University aerospace
engineering graduate student has announced. “The prizes will include
souvenir Sprites, and CRS-3 and ELaNa-V mission patches.”

KickSat’s Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, offers a whimsical boost to the
delayed SpaceX launcher at Cape Canaveral.

The KickSat will go into space with the third SpaceX ISS resupply
mission, which was delayed at least until April 18. If all goes
according to plan, the 3U KickSat CubeSat subsequently will release
more than 100 Sprite satellites — each about the size of a small
cracker — into orbit. They will become the smallest Earth-orbiting
satellites ever.

For KickSat telemetry (437.505 MHz and 2401-2436.2 MHz), Manchester
wants the raw hex or ASCII packet data, “and I have to be able to
successfully decode it.” For the Sprites, he wants a raw baseband
recording, “and I have to be able to decode at least one Sprite
signal from it.” All of the Sprites are on the same frequency —
437.240 MHz. Manchester said he is the final judge on winners, and
he’ll continue to offer prizes, “until I run out of cool swag.” To
get in on the fun, Manchester said, visit the KickSat Wiki and sign
up for the KickSat mailing list.
[ANS thanks the 4/17/2014 ARRL Letter for the above announcement]
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Space-X supply ship begins journey to space station
SpaceX’s commercial Dragon supply ship thundered into orbit Friday
to begin a two-day pursuit of the International Space Station,
setting up the delivery of 2.4 tons of fresh supplies and
experimental cargo to the 450-ton research complex Sunday.

The Dragon spacecraft, flying on SpaceX’s third operational resupply
run to the space station, lifted off at 3:25:21 p.m. EDT (1925:21
GMT) from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad, initially rising
slowly as its Falcon 9 rocket powered up to more than 1 million
pounds of thrust.

The launcher picked up speed, breaking the sound barrier about 70
seconds after liftoff and rocketing through the stratosphere before
releasing its nine-engine first stage less than 3 minutes into the
flight.

The first stage fell away, leaving the upper stage’s single Merlin
1D engine to accelerate the rocket and Dragon payload into orbit as
the vehicle flew northeast from Cape Canaveral, paralleling the U.S.
East Coast to reach the space station’s exact orbital inclination.

The 12-foot-diameter first stage was programmed to ignite its
engines two times during its fall back into the Atlantic Ocean,
slowing its velocity before deploying four landing legs made of
carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb.

Friday’s launch was the first Falcon 9 rocket to fly with landing
legs.

Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO and chief designer, posted an update Friday
night on Twitter saying the first stage made a good landing despite
high waves in the recovery zone a few hundred miles northeast of Cape
Canaveral.

“Data upload from tracking plane shows landing in Atlantic was good!
Several boats enroute through heavy seas,” Musk tweeted, adding a few
minutes later that the first stage’s flight computers continued
transmitting for 8 seconds after reaching the water, an indication
the rocket must have splashed down with minimal damage.

SpaceX says the experimental first stage recovery is a stepping
stone toward reusing the Falcon 9 rocket, which Musk says is critical
for reducing the cost of space transportation.

While the first stage’s return maneuvers garnered much attention
during a post-flight press conference Friday, the mission’s primary
goal is to resupply the space station, reinforcing the orbiting
outpost’s dwindling food inventory and delivering fresh experiments
for researchers.

“I’m feeling pretty excited,” Musk told reporters in a telephone
call from SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif. “This is a happy
day. Most important of all is that we did a good job for NASA …
Everything else is secondary to that.”

The mission is SpaceX’s third resupply run to the space station,
coming after successful flights in October 2012 and March 2013 to
kick off the execution of a $1.6 billion logistics contract with
NASA. Signed in December 2008, the deal covers 12 missions for the
delivery of a cumulative 44,000 pounds of cargo to the space station.

After reaching orbit Friday, the Dragon spaceship deployed from the
Falcon 9’s second stage about 10 minutes after liftoff, receding from
the view of an on-board “rocketcam” backdropped by the muted blue
colors of the ocean splashed against the stark blackness of space.

The spacecraft automatically unfurled two power-generating solar
arrays with a wingspan of 54 feet.

SpaceX engineers initially ran into a problem with the Dragon
spacecraft’s propulsion system, causing the capsule to miss an
appointed engine burn to set up for its two-day chase of the space
station.

But Musk said the glitch, traced to an isolation valve, was bypassed
by the use of a backup valve and the cargo mission was on track to
reach the space station early Sunday.

Late Friday, the Dragon spacecraft opened its navigation bay door,
exposing the ship’s laser and thermal guidance sensors to be used in
the final phase of its approach to the space station.

Controllers plan a series of orbit-raising burns over the next day-
and-a-half, leading to the arrival of Dragon in the vicinity of the
complex in the predawn hours Sunday, U.S. time.

The spaceship will approach the space station from below, eventually
pausing about 30 feet beneath the complex while astronauts Koichi
Wakata and Rick Mastracchio snare Dragon with a robotic arm.

Grapple is scheduled for 7:14 a.m. EDT (1114 GMT) to wrap up a 40-
hour rendezvous that began with the Falcon 9 rocket’s launch Friday.

The Dragon spacecraft launched Friday sports several upgrades over
previous SpaceX cargo vehicles, nearly quadrupling the ship’s
capacity for powered cargo. The modifications include additional
freezers for biological samples and redesigned cargo racks to
accommodate additional payloads, according to SpaceX.

The mission is also taking up research experiments in the Dragon’s
unpressurized trunk for the first time. The passengers include a NASA
optical communications terminal to demonstrate high data-rate links
between the space station and the ground, along with a high-
definition camera suite to collect videos of Earth.

The payload packages will be mounted outside the space station by
the lab’s Canadian-built robotics system.

Astronauts will manually remove items stowed inside the Dragon
spacecraft’s internal section, including 1,576 pounds of science and
research gear, 1,049 pounds of crew provisions, 449 pounds of vehicle
hardware, and 271 pounds of spacewalk tools.

The Dragon will arrive with a fresh spacesuit for the space
station’s six-person crew, a space age garden to demonstrate
vegetable growth in microgravity, and legs for Robonaut 2, a humanoid
robot launched on a 2011 space shuttle mission.

The space station will repack the Dragon spacecraft’s pressurized
module with experiment samples and other hardware destined to return
to Earth. Dragon’s departure and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean is
scheduled for May 18.
[ANS thanks Steven Clark of Spaceflightnow.com for the above
announcement]
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The STELAR Project 2014
The education and science charity STELAR has been active in
promoting radiocommunications in schools and colleges for over 20
years, as part of curriculum enrichment and personal and professional
development for teachers.

Through its specialist courses, it has achieved much notable success
in establishing radio clubs in schools and inspiring young people to
seek careers in science, electronics and industry. It has played a
major role in space and satellite communications in schools.

In 2013 it provided opportunities for satellite experiment by
offering SDR receivers to schools allowing them to participate in the
current series of FUNCUBE satellite experiments.

Now in 2014 STELAR is offering a new challenge to educators both
professional and Amateur. The phenomenal success of the Raspberry Pi
computer has opened up new opportunities and stimulated demand for
educational projects linking communications systems, via computers.

This year STELAR is seeking to support the very best of those ideas
by making available grants to educational groups, with projects
designed to stimulate experiments with radio linked computing.

Typically these might take the form of:
• Radio systems linked to but not exclusively, a Raspberry Pi,
computer.
• A detailed Teachers guide to the use and benefits of FUNCUBE or
similar satellite systems in schools,
• The creation of radio-science projects to aid teachers personal
and professional development.

Educational groups can apply for funding to develop a project of
their choice, by submitting ideas for consideration by June 30, 2014.
Groups should set out their aims and giving as much detail as
possible. Successful entries will be notified during the Autumn term.

Interested ? then make contact by visiting the STELAR website

http://www.stelar.info/contact

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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KickSat launch postponed until Friday
The SpaceX CRS-3 Dragon launch of five CubeSats and 104 Sprite
satellites has been postponed until Friday, April 18, 2014 at 1925 UT.

SpaceX were finally set to launch their Dragon spacecraft on its
third Commercial Resupply Services mission to the ISS Monday, prior
to a scrub being called over an hour ahead of lift-off. It is
reported there was a helium leak on the first stage, the next launch
opportunity is Friday.

The launch had been planned for December 2013 but has suffered a
number of delays.

Read the full story at

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/04/spacex-crs-3-dragon-new-

milestones/

KickSat information

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/04/10/kicksat-sprites-radio-competition/

Frequencies of the other CubeSats can be found at

http://www.cubesat.org/index.php/missions/upcoming-launches/139-crs3-

launch-alert

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Video of ISS HamTV – Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA April 13, 2014
The final configuration of the International Space Station (ISS)
HamVideo Digital TV system took place on Sunday, April 13 at 1823 UT.
ISS commander Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA operated using the call sign
OR4ISS.

Configuration 4 was used:
* ARISS antenna 43
* Frequency 2395 MHz
* Symbol rate 2.0 MS/s

Ground stations G4KLB, F6DZP, IK1SLD and KI (Livorno) received the
signals and streamed the video over the BATC server. The DATV signal
was received for about 6 minutes.

Commander Wakata congratulated ARISS for this achievement and
answered a series of questions, prepared in the manner of a school
contact. He also proceeded to a microgravity experiment.

Congratulations to the Ham Video team for this outstanding
performance.

Next step should be a video enhanced ARISS school contact. We will
keep you informed on any progress.

The Ham Video transmitter has downlink frequencies of 2.369, 2.395,
2.422 and 2.437 GHz in a DVB-S type format (symbol rates of 1.3 Ms/s
and 2.0 Ms/s). The two patch antennas, ARISS 41 and ARISS 43, are
located on the nadir of the Columbus module. The Ham Video
transmitter puts out approximately 10 W EIRP. The camera is a Canon
XF-305.

Report by Jean Pierre F6DZP about his reception of HamTV on April
13, 2014

http://www.vivadatv.org/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=317

Read the HamTV overview by Gaston Bertels ON4WF

http://tinyurl.com/HamTVoverview

Join the ISS HamTV Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HamTV

Webstream of the TV transmissions http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=4

ARISS-EU HamTV Bulletins http://www.ariss-eu.org/

HamTV on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hamtvproject

[ANS thanks Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, ARISS EU Chair, the ARRL, and
AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Upcoming 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).
Monday, 28 April 2014 – presentation at Franklin County Amateur
Radio Club meeting in Greenfield MA by Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President)

Saturday, 3 May 2014 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association‘s Larry
Warren Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ (southeast of Tucson) – AMSAT will
have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are
planned.

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain
Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260)
– AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of
Dallas)

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial
Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite
Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with
an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 August 2014 – Shelby Hamfest in Shelby NC
(west of Gastonia and Charlotte) – Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President) will host an AMSAT Forum on Saturday of this weekend

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (north of the city center,
near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT
will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air
demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a
presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT

AMSAT maintains and updated list of known upcoming events at

http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=218

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]
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ARISS News
Next planned event(s): Dixon Elementary School, Holly Ridge, NC

A direct contact with students at Dixon Elementary School, Holly
Ridge, NC, via NC4OC is a go for Mon 2014-04-21 18:05:53 UTC 41
deg. Watch for possible last minute schedule change due to SpaceX
operations.

Dixon Elementary School is located in a rural setting, with its
feeder communities North Topsail Beach, Sneads Ferry, Holly Ridge and
Surf City. Our community has seen sharp rises in the population of
retirees and young families both military and civilian. With the
deployment of large numbers of military personnel to Camp Lejeune,
New River Air Station, and MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Center)
at Stone Bay, the Dixon area continues to grow. Our school
population as of February 2014 is over 900 students. Dixon
Elementary is a Title 1 School with 38% of our students receiving
free or reduced meal benefits. Our student population consists of
81% white students, .09% American Indian, .06% Hispanic, 9% Black, 2%
Asian and .007% Pacific Islander.

Dixon Elementary was initially accredited by AdvancEd in 1978.
Students are served by highly qualified teachers in 38 regular
classrooms, three self-contained exceptional children’s classrooms
and two pre-kindergarten classrooms. There are six highly qualified
resource teachers who also offer support to our large population of
exceptional children. Dixon Elementary is a charter member of the
National Elementary Honor Society and the Global Schools Network.

In the fall of 2012 Dixon Elementary implemented a STEM classroom
for instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
for students in grades K-5. Students rotate through the STEM
classroom every 7 days. The STEM classroom teacher, a veteran science
and math teacher, provides hands-on science and math instruction and
project-based learning, including a variety of engineering projects.
Each year Dixon Elementary hosts a SPACE DAY for students in Pre-K
through 5th grade, with our community joining us in this spectacular
event.

Students at Dixon Elementary students think strategically as they
learn to play chess, participate in book studies, Scrabble Club,
Robotics Club, Girls on the Run Club, Boys’ Running Club, Academic
Derby, Recycling Club (recently recognized by the National Council of
Keep America Beautiful as the leading public school in recycling),
Odyssey of the Mind (world competitors two out of the last three
years), Science Fair competitors (Regional, State and National
champions), and Science Olympiad.
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering
the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA,
CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from
participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the
excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-
board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and
communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS
can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and
learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on
the website

http://www.ariss.org/

(graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).
[ ANS thanks ARISS for the above update]
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Satellite Shorts from all over
CAMB-HAMS TO OPERATE GS3PYE/P FROM ISLE OF LEWIS

Thirteen members of Camb-Hams group will be operating GS3PYE/P from
the Isle of Lewis from April 26th April to May 3rd. The Isle of Lewis
is the northern part of Lewis and Harris and is the largest island of
the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Activity will be on 80 through 2
meters using all bands and modes. A pair of 2 meter to 70 centimeter
and 2 meter to 23 centimeter station’s will be dedicated to satellite
contacts. 2 meter and 23 cm EME will be attempted using a low power
portable station into yagi antennas with this part of the operation
mainly focused on digital operation using modes developed by Joe
Taylor, K1JT. In addition to the ham bands the group will be active
on the major social networks before, during and after the trip. You
can check on progress or interact with the operators via their blog at
dx.camb-hams.com

[ANS thanks RSGB for the above announcement]
Portable Amateur Radio Satellite Antenna Video

Dave Tadlock KG0ZZ describes a home made small hand held portable
amateur radio dual band 145 / 435 MHz satellite antenna in a new video

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/04/19/portable-amateur-radio-satellite-

antenna/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]
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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

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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:

* March/April 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready
* NASA, SpaceX Officials Continue Preparations for 14 April Launch
* KickSat CubeSat to Deploy Smallest Earth-Orbiting Satellites
* AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention – 2nd call for volunteers
* N8PK appears with students in YouTube video
* ISS HamTV moves to 2369 MHz
* FUNcube/AO-73 Transponder plans for the future
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 103.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
DATE April 13, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-103.01

March/April 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready

The March/April 2014 AMSAT Journal is completed. It is on its way to
the print shop and then to your mailbox. Here is what you will find
in this issue:

+ AMSAT Announcements:
Straight Key Night on OSCAR Results
Steve Coy, K8UD Joins the AMSAT Board of Directors

+ Apogee View by Barry Baines, WD4ASW

+ G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM – Thank You for Your 25 Years
of Accomplishment

+ 2014 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Notice by
Alan Biddle, AMSAT Corporate Secretary, WA4SCA

+ Anthony “Tony” J. Monteiro, AA2TX Silent Key

+ Upcoming Amateur Radio Cubesats: The Flood Has Arrived
by Bryan Klofas, KF6ZEO

+ W5PFG/P: Observations from a roving operator
by Clayton Coleman, W5PFG

+ Fox-1 Telemetry Coding and Modulation Design
by Phil Karn, KA9Q; Paul Williamson, KB5MU;
Michelle Thompson, W5NYV

+ AMSAT Field Day Announcement

+ Meet Jerry Buxton, N0JY AMSAT Vice-President of Engineering

+ AMSAT Field Operations Group Updates Events
by Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK

+ AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
by Alan Biddle, AMSAT Corporate Secretary, WA4SCA

Please send your operating information, articles, and photos to the
AMSAT Journal mailbox: journal@amsat.org. Our editors are looking
forward to working with you to get your items published!

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal Team for the above information]

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NASA, SpaceX Officials Continue Preparations for 14 April Launch

NASA and SpaceX officials decided this morning to continue
preparations for launch of a commercial resupply run to the
International Space Station on Monday after a computer failed aboard
the complex Friday, but managers will meet again Sunday morning to
make a final decision on whether to proceed with the launch.
The failed computer, called a multiplexer-demultiplexer, or MDM,
provides redundancy for the space station’s mobile transporter, part
of the outpost’s robotics system that allows the Canadian-built robot
arm to move along the lab’s truss backbone.

The robot arm will be used to grapple the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft
when it arrives at the space station. In a statement issued Saturday,
NASA said the Canadian-built robot arm has other backup capabilities
not affected by the failed computer.

NASA says the failed MDM is known as “EXT-2″ and measures 10.5 x
14.9 x 16.4 inches and weighs 50.8 pounds. The computer failed during
a routine health check of the device, according to NASA.

“Station program officials, flight controllers and teams of
engineers are working to determine whether there is any risk to
launching the SpaceX cargo craft Monday,” the statement said. “They
will evaluate whether the station has enough redundancy to permit the
launch to proceed.”

NASA says a separate team is planning a contingency spacewalk to
replace the failed computer box, but no date for the spacewalk has
been set.

[ANS thanks Spaceflightnow.com for the above information]

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KickSat CubeSat to Deploy Smallest Earth-Orbiting Satellites

When the third SpaceX ISS resupply mission launches on April 14 from
Cape Canaveral, it will carry the 3U KickSat CubeSat into orbit. NASA
TV is scheduled to broadcast the launch live. If all goes according
to plan, KickSat, in turn, will release 200 “Sprite” satellites —
each about the size of a small cracker — into orbit. They will become
the smallest Earth-orbiting satellites ever. Zac Manchester, KD2BHC —
a Cornell University PhD student in aerospace engineering — is
heading up the project, which was funded via Kickstarter.

“Our goal is to dramatically lower the cost of spaceflight, making
it easy enough and affordable enough for anyone to explore space,”
the KickSat project website proclaims. “We can do this by shrinking
the size and mass of the spacecraft, allowing many to be launched
together.”

The tiny Sprite spacecraft will be single-function, short-lifespan
units operating on 437 MHz. Each is essentially a double-sided
printed circuit board measuring 3.5 cm × 3.5 cm, incorporating a
microcontroller or two, radio, and solar cells. Each can carry single-
chip sensors, such as thermometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, and
accelerometers.

All Sprites operate on the same frequency — 437.240 MHz — and use
Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). Transmitters run 10 mW output
of minimum shift keying (MSK) modulated binary data, with each data
bit modulated as a 511 bit pseudo-random number (PRN) sequence (The
ITU emission designator is 50K0G1D).

Andy Thomas, G0SFJ, points out that the Sprites will only operate
when in sunlight. “Characteristically they have a 60 kHz bandwidth,
and so narrowband receivers are not of any use to receive them,” he
explained in a tutorial that describes plans for a simple Earth
station. “Therefore, the receiver of choice is a software defined
receiver.”

When KickSat reaches orbit, it will perform a “de-tumble” maneuver
and establish communication with Cornell University’s ground station.
After everything has been checked out, the spacecraft will be put in
a sun-pointing attitude and spun up to maintain that attitude. Then a
command signal from the ground will trigger deployment, and the
Sprites will be released as free-flying spacecraft. The Cornell
ground station in Ithaca, New York, will monitor telemetry and sensor
measurements from the individual Sprites, with assistance from
several other Amateur Radio ground stations around the world.

Due to their low orbit, the Sprites will have short lifetimes,
perhaps as long as six weeks in a best-case scenario but possibly a
lot shorter, depending on atmospheric conditions.

KickSat is being planned as a technology demonstration mission for
the Sprite spacecraft. It’s being launched through NASA’s Educational
Launch of Nanosatellite (ELaNa) program. The KickSat project was
founded in 2011 by members of the Space Systems Design Studio at
Cornell University and is an outgrowth small spacecraft research that
has been conducted there since 2007.

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]

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AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention – 2nd call for volunteers

The Dayton Hamvention is less than five weeks away!

It is time to be creating your shopping list and making your travel
plans. If you can stay for more than a day and you want to stay with
at the AMSAT hotel, contact Martha ASAP.

Last year, we had 41 people assist with the AMSAT booth at the
Dayton. We’ve had a good response so far to our call for volunteers,
but we could really use another 10-15 people. The interaction with
AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers, and builders makes the
whole experience a lot of fun. Meet or renew acquaintances, exchange
operating tips, and find out what antennas, software and equipment
other AMSAT members use. We currently expect all of the AMSAT senior
officers and 6 of the 7 board members to be there too.

The 2014 Hamvention is May 16-18. Would you consider helping AMSAT
at Dayton this year?

If you’re an experienced operator, great! We can use you and your
experience.

If you’ve never operated a satellite before, but want to learn more,
that’s OK. We can use your help too.

Whether you’re available for only a couple of hours or if you can
spend the entire weekend with us, your help would be greatly
appreciated.

Please send an e-mail to Steve, n9ip at amsat dot org if you can
help.
Thank you!

[ANS thanks Steve N9IP for the above information]

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N8PK appears with students in YouTube video

Pat Kilroy, N8PK makes a brief appearance in a recently released
video on YouTube. In it, he is working with a couple of his students
working the AMSAT satellites as practice for future NASA engineers.
They get a whole minute of the seven-minute limelight starting at
about the 2:07 mark. And get a little chuckle at the tail end during
our thank you’s:

That video was shot, at the same time the follwing was recorded,
last summer and released last fall:

[ANS thanks Pat N8PK for the above information]

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ISS HamTV moves to 2369 MHz

The Digital Amateur TV (DATV) station in the Columbus module of the
International Space Station has changed frequency to 2369 MHz

Presently, Ham Video is transmitting permanently a “blank” image and
no audio in configuration 5:
* ARISS antenna 43
* Frequency 2369 MHz
* Symbol rate 1.3 Ms/s

Reports on reception of blank transmissions are very welcome.
Reports can be filed via this webpage:

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_FSTV/submit.php

Participants using the Tutioune receiving software can record as
well as stream detailed parameters of the received signal. Please see:

http://www.vivadatv.org/

Reports are available at

http://www.vivadatv.org/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=294&p=785#p785

Thank you for your participation to the Ham Video testing campaign.

[ANS thanks Gaston Bertels, ON4WF for the above information]

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FUNcube/AO-73 Transponder plans for the future

Following the 48 hour test last weekend, we have concluded that the
battery temp does reduce slightly during full time transponder mode,
but only by a degree C or so; it remains within specification. Hence
we have decided in future to switch the satellite into ‘forced
eclipse mode’, ie full time transponder and low power beacon at
weekends. The aim is tosignificantly increase the availability of the
transponder to radio amateurs. We will continue with this plan until
further notice.

We plan to switch to full time transponder mode during the first
suitable pass over the UK on Friday evenings, normally between 19:30
and 22:30 UTC. If for some reason this is not possible, then the
switch will be done on the first suitable pass on Saturday, normally
between 09:30 and 12:00 UTC. We plan to switch the full time
transponder mode off during a suitable pass on Sunday evenings (UK
time), which normally occur between 1930 and 22:30 UTC. Again, if
this is not possible the switch off will be made on Monday mornings,
approx. 09:30 to 12:00 UTC.

Do PLEASE NOTE that this schedule is totally reliant on the
availability of command stations, who will do their very best to
ensure it is maintained. We will not normally announce successful
full time transponder mode on/off commands, but if it proves not
possible to make one of them, then we will make a note here and on
the FUNcube web site at
www.funcube.org.uk/news.

So please do enjoy the transponder, and use it any time you hear it
on. We are always pleased to hear of your activity, so either leave a
comment on the website, or email g3wgm -at- amsat.org.

A recent QSO made by Paulo PV8DX can be seen at

Thanks for the report, Paulo!

[ANS thanks Jim G3WGM for the above information]

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Upcoming 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).

Monday, 28 April 2014 – presentation at Franklin County Amateur
Radio Club meeting in Greenfield MA by Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President)

Saturday, 3 May 2014 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association‘s Larry
Warren Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ (southeast of Tucson) – AMSAT will
have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are
planned.

Friday through Sunday, 16-18 May 2014 – Dayton Hamvention
AMSAT will have their usualy booth set-up with a sales area, display
of Engineering and Education activities, outside satellite
demonstrations and will present anAMSAT Forum. Set-up is Thursday 15
May 2014.

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain
Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260)
– AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of
Dallas)

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial
Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite
Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with
an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 August 2014 – Shelby Hamfest in Shelby NC
(west of Gastonia and Charlotte) – Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President) will host an AMSAT Forum on Saturday of this weekend

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (north of the city center,
near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT
will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air
demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a
presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT

AMSAT maintains and updated list of known upcoming events at

http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=218

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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ARISS News

Due to Koichi Wakata’s, KC5ZTA, increased work load beginning 2014-
03-11, ARISS has had to move 3 schools back to our long term waiting
list. We hope to get to them in the fall of 2014. There are also
several other schools that are on the list for possible postponement
to the fall.

From 2014-05-12 to 2014-06-15, ARISS will be going into a period of
no contacts as there will be no hams onboard.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Charlie AJ9N for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ GNURadio Code and other stuff for setting up a Sprite ground station

https://github.com/zacinaction/kicksat-groundstation

[ANS thanks Zac Manchester KD2BHC for the above information]

+ KickSat Technical Summary

http://www.bis-space.com/2013/03/09/9301/kicksat-technical-summary

[ANS thanks Andrew Vaudin and The British Interplanetary Society
for the above information]

+ Funcube’s Jim Heck talks to Tx Factor about Transponder tests

Project Manager Jim Heck G3WGM has given an exclusive audio
interview to the TX Factor’s Bob McCreadie, G0FGX which explains
what the tests were all about.

Will these tests lead to more time being made available to
amateurs wanting to communicate via the satellite?

Listen to the interview at www.txfactor.co.uk
(click on the link under ‘TX Factor Exclusive!’)

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

+ SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine now online

April edition of SatMagazine is now online

http://www.satmagazine.com/download.php

March edition of MilsatMagazine in now online

http://www.satmagazine.com/download.php

Free Satnews Subscriptions

Satnews allows you to choose which of our free services you wish
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[ANS thanks ANS Editors for the above information]

+ Make a #GlobalSelfie with NASA on Earth Day

NASA invites you — and everyone else on the planet — to take
part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the
agency’s #GlobalSelfie event.

The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA
missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet
are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year
for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as
part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this
Earth Day, April 22.

While NASA satellites constantly look at Earth from space, on
Earth Day we’re asking you to step outside and take a picture of
yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post it to social media
using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.

See details at

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/globalselfie/#.U0gmGfldWSo

[ANS thanks NASA 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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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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:

* Memorial Service for Anthony “Tony” J. Monteiro, AA2TX (SK) Scheduled
* W1AW/4 VA Young Operator Award
* Dayton Hotel Reservations
* Jerry Buxton, N0JY selected as AMSAT’s VP-Engineering
* Steve Coy, K8UD joins the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors
* ARTSAT Project INVADER satellite Receives an OSCAR Number
* AMSAT Awards

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April 6, 2014
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Memorial Service for Anthony “Tony” J. Monteiro, AA2TX (SK) Scheduled

AMSAT has been received word from the family of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX that a service for Tony will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 4:00 PM at the North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist Church, 190 Academy Road, North Andover, MA 01845. During the service there will be an opportunities for people to share their “Tony stories”. For individuals wishing to share their stories via e-mail, they should be sent to remembertony2014@gmail.com They will be read at the service.

AMSAT VP-Engineering and BoD member Tony Monteiro of North Andover, MA passed away on March 26, 2014 at age 55 from cancer. A special ANS Bulletin was released on March 28th which alerted amateurs around the world of Tony’s passing.

[ANS thanks Martha at the AMSAT Office for the above information]

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W1AW/4 VA Young Operator Award

When the W1AW/4 VA operates the birds on April 8, 10. and 11, K4AMG will offer a special certificate four young ham radio operators 19 and under.

This certificate will be free. To qualify for this certificate just send your QSL card to:

W1AW/4 VA / K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club
721 Wood Duck Lane
Chesapeake, VA 23323

Contact info will be W1AW/4 VA K4AMG.

If you want you may email your picture operating your SAT station for the K4AMG.org home page

This is a free bonus for young hams. We will be honored to send you this free certificate prepared by our WEB MASTER WA9KFB.

To receive your W1AW/4 VA credit in the ARRL 100th Celebration follow the standard ARRL procedures.

[ANS thanks Rich, W4BUE, for the above information]

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Dayton Hotel Reservations

This year, AMSAT has reserved a block of rooms for the Dayton Hamvention at the Fairborn Country Inns and Suites at a special group rate. These rooms will be handled through the AMSAT office, rather then directly with the hotel.
Preference will be given to those volunteering for a significant time for the AMSAT Booth operations.

While the cutoff date for group rate reservations is April 24th, 2014, most of the rooms in our block have already been taken. If you want a room at the special AMSAT rate, call Martha ASAP (As Soon As Possible)!

The hotel is conveniently located, with a good light breakfast. Many of the AMSAT officers and others who are active in AMSAT will be staying there. You can catch up on old friendships, and bend people’s ear. It is also a great place to catch a ride to and from the Hara Arena and other venues from those who have driven or rented vehicles.

Please CALL the office to give Martha your name and credit card number. From the US call toll free at (888) 322-6728. From all other locations call (301) 589-6062.

[ANS thanks Steve, N9IP, for the above information]

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Jerry Buxton, N0JY selected as AMSAT’s VP-Engineering

In a special AMSAT Board of Directors meeting held via GoToMeeting on Tuesday, April 1st, the board unanimously approved the selection of Jerry Buxton, N0JY of Granbury, TX as AMSAT VP-Engineering. Jerry replaces Tony Monteiro, AA2TX who passed away on March 26th.

Given the significance of completing Fox-1 for delivery on time later this year, the Board recognized that the Fox Program must continue under leadership that is focused on completing AMSAT’s latest satellite. Selecting a new VP-Engineering is an important step towards maintaining the momentum that was developed under Tony’s leadership and to avoid creating an engineering leadership vacuum as work continues on the satellite. The Engineering Team deserves to have the new leadership identified in order to be in position to make the appropriate engineering decisions.

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW notes, “Jerry is well qualified to become our new VP-Engineering. His overall knowledge of the Fox-1 program as Systems Engineer under Tony Monteiro coupled with his professional experience in managing complex technical projects will put AMSAT’s engineering programs in good hands. Just as important, his management experience and ability to lead engineering teams is critical as our volunteers work hard to deliver the satellite to Cal Poly later this year.”

Jerry has been involved with the AMSAT Fox-1 Project as Systems Engineer since September 2011. Recently retired following a 39 year career with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, he spent the last 13 years of his career working with the railroad’s train dispatching systems. These systems are used to control train traffic over approximately 32,000 miles of track, in a manner similar to air traffic control. Jerry served as project manager as well as participating in the design and development of safety-critical train routing and movement instruction systems, and positive train separation technology. He successfully implemented several mission critical systems in his role as Senior Manager, Network Control Systems and was awarded “Employee of the Year” along with others involved in the Train Management and Dispatch System Project, in 2006.

Jerry became involved in amateur radio satellites with AO-7 and joined AMSAT in
April 1983. He currently holds an Extra Class License and is also licensed in
Colombia, S.A. as HK5JY. An active amateur, Jerry was number 3 in the world for the number of telemetry frames copied from ARISSat-1. He is also active on terrestrial HF through 1.2 GHz.

“My promotion to Vice President, Engineering is both a humbling honor and a
great challenge”, notes Jerry. “Tony did much of the work and built an
excellent Team of hard working volunteers to design and build AMSAT-NA’s first CubeSat. I have every confidence that the Fox-1 Team will complete and deliver a reliable satellite that will reflect well on Tony’s legacy.”

The March/April issue of AMSAT JOURNAL will have more information concerning AMSAT’s new VP-Engineering.

[ANS thanks AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, for the above information]

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Steve Coy, K8UD joins the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors

Steve Coy, K8UD of Beavercreek, OH has assumed the seat on the AMSAT Board of Directors formerly held by Tony Monteiro, AA2TX. Steve was originally elected by the AMSAT membership as a Board ‘alternate’ in the 2013 BoD election and will hold a voting seat through the next BoD election that takes place later this summer.

[ANS thanks Martha at the AMSAT Office for the above information]

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ARTSAT Project INVADER satellite Receives an OSCAR Number

The following was received from Bill Tynan, W3XO, AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator.

The ARTSAT Project, INVADER satellite meets all of the qualifications necessary to receive an OSCAR number.
I therefore designate the ARTSAT Project INVADER satellite, Cubesat OSCAR-77 or CO-77. Thus CO-77 joins the earlier Japanese cubesats such as XI-IX(CO-57), XI-V(CO-58), Cute-I(CO-55), SEEDS-II(CO-66).

Congratulations to you and the entire ARTSAT team for the launch and operation of Amateur Radio satellite, CO-77. May its mission be a successful one.

[ANS thanks Bill, W3XO, for the above information]

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AMSAT Awards

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

Alan Ehrenberg, N9EDV
Benjamin Gaston, KV4RH
Scott Medbury, KD5FBA
Doug Birky, KB8M
Richard Manderski, W2SKI
Eric Stapleton, VA7TU

The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement Award.

Richard Manderski, W2SKI, #562

The following have earned the South Africa Satellite Communications Achievement Award.

Richard Manderski, W2SKI, #US190

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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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 additional 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 student 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

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In this edition:

* FUNcube-1 / AO-73 Transponder Test – March 29
* Eighth Annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Speaker Announced
* AMSAT Awards Announced
* Radar outage prompts delay of Falcon 9 launch
* Lithuanian President’s greetings message sent from space
* PRN codes for KickSat Sprites released
* New frequency for Ukrainian PolyITAN-1 CubeSat
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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FUNcube-1 / AO-73 Transponder Test – March 29

Results of last weekend’s tests: the transponder was maintained ON for two orbits, and we did not see any noticeable fall in battery temperature.

We are therefore proposing to repeat the test on Saturday, March 29, but leave the transponder on for a longer period. We will switch it on during the first pass over the UK (approx 10:30 UT) and switch it off during one of the evening passes over UK, the first of which is at approx 20:00 UT.

We are particularly interested to receive TLM when the satellite is coming out of eclipse (i.e. when it should be at its coldest temperature). So reception from suitably located stations would be very welcome.

FUNcube website
http://www.funcube.org.uk/

FUNcube Yahoo Group
http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

FUNcube Forum
http://forum.funcube.org.uk/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Eighth Annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Speaker Announced

The eighth annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be held on Friday night, May 16. This dinner is always a highlight of the AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corp.) and TAPR (Tucson Amateur Packet Radio) activities during the Dayton Hamvention.

This year’s speaker will be Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, ‘Sixty Years a Slave (to Amateur Radio)’.

Tom received his Ph.D. in Astro-Geophysics from the University of Colorado, served as Chief of the Astronomy Branch at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, was a Senior Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has been active in both AMSAT and TAPR, and holds an Extra Class license. Along with Bob McGwier, N4HY he developed the first amateur DSP hardware, including a number of modems. He developed the uplink receivers and the spacecraft LAN architecture used on all the Microsats (Oscars 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27 and 31).
Tom was inducted into the initial class of CQ Magazine’s Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2001. Professionally, he is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Society and the International Association of Geodesy. In 2005 he was the first non-Russian to be awarded the Special Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the international Very Long Baseline Interferometry network.

Tickets ($30 each) must be purchased online by May 13th on the AMSAT website at www.amsat.org through the AMSAT Store tab.
Tickets will not be sold at the Hamvention or at the door.
Tickets purchased online may be collected at the AMSAT booth (433-435, 444-446).
The Banquet will take place at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center, 4572 Presidential Way, Kettering, OH 45429 (just south of Dayton). The cash bar will open at 1830 EDT, with the dinner commencing around 1900 EDT.

[ANS thanks Steve Belter, N9IP for the above announcement]

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AMSAT Awards Announced

Here is our latest induction into some of the AMSAT awards community.

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for making their first satellite QSO.
Alan Ehrenberg, N9EDV
Benjamin Gaston, KV4RH
Scott Medbury, KD5FBA
Doug Birky, KB8M
Richard Manderski, W2SKI
Eric Stapleton, VA7TU

The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement Award.
Richard Manderski, W2SKI, #562

The following have earned the South Africa Satellite Communications
Achievement Award.
Richard Manderski, W2SKI, #US190

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

http://www.amsatnet.com/awards.html

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO for the above announcement]

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Radar outage prompts delay of Falcon 9 launch

SpaceX’s launch of a cargo resupply mission to the International
Space Station has been delayed from Sunday after a critical U.S. Air
Force rocket tracking radar was knocked offline, officials said late
Wednesday.

The radar is part of the Air Force-run Eastern Range, a network of
tracking, communications and safety assets stretching from Florida
into the Atlantic Ocean.

Sources said Air Force officials are trying to repair the radar
after a fire damaged it. The radar is located near Cape Canaveral,
but an Air Force spokesperson did not respond to multiple inquiries
on the nature of the problem and how long it would take to fix.

The radar outage already forced United Launch Alliance to delay the
launch of an Atlas 5 rocket with a classified National Reconnaissance
Office payload to no earlier than April 10. Liftoff of the Atlas 5,
which was already rolled out to the launch pad, was scheduled for
Tuesday.

Engineers will return the Atlas 5 rocket to its nearby integration
building Thursday to wait for another launch attempt.

A new target launch date for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was not
available late Wednesday, but a company spokesperson confirmed the
Air Force would be unable to support a launch attempt Sunday night.

Engineers had analyzed differences between the Atlas 5 and Falcon 9
rocket, including the configurations of the launch pads and the speed
at which the launchers take off, to see if the boosters could fly
without the damaged radar, a source said.

The SpaceX cargo resupply flight to the space station must be
scheduled around other visiting vehicles. A Russian Progress cargo
spacecraft is set to launch and dock to the space station April 9, so
any delay of more than a few days will likely cause the SpaceX launch
to slip to mid-April, at the earliest.

The Falcon 9 launch was previously delayed from March 16 to review
contamination on thermal blankets inside the Dragon spacecraft’s
unpressurized cargo bay. SpaceX says the review showed the blankets
were acceptable to fly without changes.

The Dragon spacecraft will deliver 2.4 tons of equipment to the
space station.

Most of the payloads are packed inside the Dragon’s pressurized
cabin, including 1,576 pounds of science and research equipment,
1,049 pounds of crew supplies, 449 pounds of vehicle hardware, and
271 pounds of spacewalk tools.

The space station crew will unload the gear inside the Dragon
spacecraft’s internal module.

Two larger payload packages inside the Dragon’s unpressurized
section will be removed and stowed on the space station using the
outpost’s Canadian robotic arm and Dextre robot.

The optical communications and high-definition video systems carried
inside the Dragon’s external trunk are the first large unpressurized
NASA experiments assigned for delivery to the space station by SpaceX.

The Dragon spacecraft is expected to remain attached to the space
station for about one month.

The cargo delivery mission is SpaceX’s third operational resupply
flight under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA covering 12 missions
through 2016.

(ANS thanks Stephan Clark, Spaceflightnow.com for the above article)

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Lithuanian President’s greetings message sent from space

A greetings message from the President of the Republic of Lithuania
Dalia Grybauskaite, has been transmitted by the amateur radio
satellite LituanicaSAT-1. She is believed to be the first President
of any nation to have a greetings message sent from space since
President Eisenhower in 1958.

In 2013 the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia
Grybauskaite. visited the Science Communication and Information
Center (SCIC) at Vilnius University. There she saw the amateur radio
CubeSat LituanicaSAT-1. Using a handheld radio and the call sign LY5N
she transmitted through the satellite’s FM voice transponder.

Her words “Greetings to all Lithuanians around the world” were
recorded on a memory chip in the satellite and the message was
successfully transmitted from space on March 22, 2014 at 04:17:38 UT.

LituanicaSAT-1 was launched to the International Space Station (ISS)
on January 9, 2014 and was deployed with other amateur radio
satellites on February 28.

The tiny satellite is just 10x10x10 cm with a mass of 1.090 kg yet
it has a VGA camera and a 145/435 MHz FM voice transponder, designed
and built by Lithuanian radio amateurs.

The prototype of the FM repeater has been operating in the home of
its designer Žilvinas Batisa LY3H in Elektre.nai, Lithuania. Further
information at http://ly3h.epalete.com/?p=303

LituanicaSAT-1 CubeSat
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/27/lituanicasat-1-cubesat/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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PRN codes for KickSat Sprites released

Zac Manchester KD2BHC has posted another update on the KickSat
CubeSat which will carry 104 tiny Sprite satellites into a 325×315 km
51.5 degree inclination orbit. The launch will be broadcast live on
NASA TV, which will also be streaming on Ustream.

UPDATE: The launch has been postponed, see
http://spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/009/140327delay/

For latest date check
http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/

The primary launch date for the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 3 mission from
the Kennedy Space Center scheduled for March 31 at 0250 GMT has been
cancelled, no new launch date has been set.

Zac says “Since a laptop can only decode one or two Sprite signals
at a time, I’ve also been busy getting our radio upload page set up
so that you can record a pass without having to decode it in real-
time, upload the .wav file, and have all 104 Sprite signals decoded
on our server with the results emailed back to you. This will also
help our team collect as much data as possible from around the world.
The page will be live before launch.”

All of the 104 Sprite satellites transmit on the same frequency.
Each Sprite has a unique pair of Pseudo-Random Number (PRN) codes
that it encodes its transmissions with, allowing a receiver to tell
the Sprites apart (this is known as CDMA). A list of all Sprite PRN
codes codes is available at

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArAGbHISj5okdEhBbkZiWGxBS
jNmcEs4ZkgwMmNsUEE&usp=sharing

KickSat Google Group
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum

KickSat Sprite Ground Station by Andy Thomas G0SFJ
http://kicksat.wordpress.com/support/kicksat-ground-station/

British Interplanetary Society: Sprite Technical Summary
http://www.bis-space.com/2013/03/09/9301/kicksat-technical-summary

KickSat Amateur Radio Information
https://github.com/zacinaction/kicksat/wiki/Radio-Info

Setting up a ground station
https://github.com/zacinaction/kicksat/wiki/Setting-Up-A-Ground-
Station

Watch a video of the planned deployment at
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/03/mass-launch-of-437-mhz-satellites/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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New frequency for Ukrainian PolyITAN-1 CubeSat

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel have announced a new
frequency for the Ukrainian amateur radio CubeSat PolyITAN-1, planned
to launch from Yasny in Russia.

IARU say the new frequency of 437.675 MHz was needed to avoid
interference occurring with another spacecraft on the same launch.

PolyITAN-1 was built by students at the Kiev National University
“KPI” in cooperation with the Ukrainian ham radio community.

The mission is to launch Ukrainian educational satellite build by
KPI students and space exploration enthusiasts. Specific mission
targets are:
• Develop, build, test, launch and operate a Ukrainian small
satellite platform based on the CubeSat standard.
• Conduct mission experiments with following payloads:
. o Sun sensor
. o Attitude position and orientation system including system
software
. o Test on-board GLONASS/GPS navigation subsystem
• Build ground segment infrastructure for satellite communication
• Develop and test onboard and ground telecommunication software,
implement telecommunication protocols
• Establish cooperation between educational institute, space
agency(s) and various government authorities, Ham radio community

PolyITAN-1 is a 1U CubeSat which will have a 1200 bps AFSK AX25 600
mW downlink on 437.675 MHz. It will also have a CW beacon (EM0UKPI).

Architecture Design of PolyITAN-1
http://congress.cimne.com/eucass2013/admin/files/fileabstract/a272.pdf

PolyITAN-1 in Google English http://tinyurl.com/PolyITAN-1
Original text http://amsat.at.ua/

UY2RA Blog Post http://tinyurl.com/UY2RA-Blog-Post

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Upcoming 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).

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – The Greater Baltimore Hamboree and
Computerfest 2014, including the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Expo
2014, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium MD. AMSAT will
have a booth at this hamfest, and other AMSAT-related events may be
planned.

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – Amateur Radio Club of Parker County‘s
Weatherford Hamfest at the Central Christian Church in Weatherford TX
(west of Fort Worth). AMSAT will have a table at this event, and
there may be satellite demonstrations during the hamfest.

Monday, 28 April 2014 – presentation at Franklin County Amateur
Radio Club meeting in Greenfield MA by Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President)

Saturday, 3 May 2014 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association‘s Larry
Warren Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ (southeast of Tucson) – AMSAT will
have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are
planned.

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain
Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260)
– AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of
Dallas)

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial
Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite
Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with
an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 August 2014 – Shelby Hamfest in Shelby NC
(west of Gastonia and Charlotte) – Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President) will host an AMSAT Forum on Saturday of this weekend

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (north of the city center,
near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT
will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air
demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a
presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT

AMSAT maintains and updated list of known upcoming events at
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=218

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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ARISS News

Recent Contacts:

A telebridge contact via W6SRJ with students at Melbourne Grammar
School – Grimwade House, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia was
successful Tue 2014-03-25 08:43:15 UTC 79 deg.
Astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA answered 20 questions for students.

Melbourne Grammar School – Grimwade House is a co-educational
Primary School with 650 students aged from 5 to 12 years old.
Grimwade House bases its education on the Australian Curriculum. One
of the Major Learning Areas outlined in the Australian Curriculum is
Science. Grimwade House is fortunate to have a purpose built Science
room and a teacher who is dedicated to and passionate about the
teaching of Science. All students from Prep to Year 4 have one lesson
of Science per week and Year 5 and Year 6 students have a double
lesson of Science each fortnight.

Lesson topics:
– Students investigate features of the Earth’s interior
– Students investigate the relative distances of the planets
in our solar system
– Students investigate constellations seen in the night skies
in the Southern Hemisphere
– Students investigate shadows and their relationship to light
sources in Space
– Students investigate propulsion
– Students investigate insulation and other elements
astronauts need to consider when exploring our place in Space.

Next planned event(s): Events will resume in April

There are no ARISS planned ARISS contacts due to crew schedules and
resupply mission schedules.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering
the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA,
CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from
participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the
excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-
board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and
communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS
can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and
learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on
the website

http://www.ariss.org/

(graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).

[ ANS thanks ARISS for the above update]

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Satellite Shorts from all over

Chichijima Island Satellite Operation Planned

Makoto, JI5RPT, will once again be active as JD1BLY from Chichijima
Island (AS-031), Ogasawara, between April 27th and May 5th. Activity
will be on 40-6 meters, including the satellites, using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes (NO 6m EME). QSL via his home callsign JI5RPT.
His log search will be available on his Web site at:
http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1
He will also use Twitter to inform his real-time activities at:
http://twitter.com/jd1bly

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1155]

Registration for SA AMSAT Symposium Now Open

Registration for the SA AMSAT space symposium is now open. The sym-
posium will be held on Saturday 24 May 2014 at the Innovation Hub
in Pretoria. You get discounts for booking early and if you are an
SARL or SA AMSAT member. Get all details on www.amsatsa.org.za

[ANS thanks the SARL NEWS SUNDAY 23 MARCH 2014]

New ISS Position weblink

ISS link where you can find live public data of the ISS yaw, pitch
and roll angles:

http://spacestationlive.nasa.gov/displays/adcoDisplay2.html

[ANS thanks ARISS and Gaston, ON4WF for the above information]

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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

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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:

* Falcon 9 CRS-3 Launch Delay and KickSat Update
* FUNcube-1 Transponder Test March 22
* Canadian AMSAT Delegate to the ARISS Working Group Appointed
* Central States VHF Society Conference Call for Papers
* GOT GRIDS Award #1 Issued
* 40th Eastern VHF-UHF-MW Conference
* UK Spectrum Proposal Will Impact Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services
* Spread the Word About the ARRL Teachers Institute

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Falcon 9 CRS-3 Launch Delay and KickSat Update

Zac Manchester KD2BHC has released this update on KickSat which will carry 104 tiny Sprite satellites into a 325×315 km 51.5 degree inclination orbit. The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 3 mission is planned for somewhere between March 30 and April 2.

The launch will be from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and you can watch it live on NASA TV, which will also be streaming online on Ustream.

Here’s a rough sequence of events:

Falcon 9 launch (0:00)
Falcon 9 upper stage separation (+0:03)
Dragon capsule separation (+0:10)
KickSat deployment from Falcon 9 upper stage (+0:16)
KickSat powers on and begins transmitting telemetry (+1:06)
Sprite deployment (+16 days and 16 minutes after launch)

The Sprites will be deployed by a timer exactly 16 days after KickSat is deployed from the launch vehicle. The timing was arranged with NASA to avoid interference with ISS operations.

Once KickSat turns on its radio, you should be able to pick it up with very basic Ham radio gear. It will be transmitting telemetry packets in AX.25 format on 437.505 MHz with 1200 baud AFSK modulation. I’ll post KickSat’s orbital elements here and on the project wiki, which will also have more information on setting up a receiving station. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks for your support!

[ANS thanks Zac, KD2BHC, for the above information]

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FUNcube-1 Transponder Test March 22

When in sunlight FUNcube-1 is normally in “Educational Mode” (transponder off with high power beacon) but on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at approximately 0930 UT the FUNcube team are planning to switch to “Amateur Mode” (transponder on with low power beacon) for at least one whole orbit.

The aim of the switch on March 22 is to check the effect on the satellite of continuous “Amateur Mode”, especially battery temperature.

FUNcube website http://www.funcube.org.uk/

FUNcube Yahoo Group http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Canadian AMSAT Delegate to the ARISS Working Group Appointed

Barry Baines, WD4ASW, President-Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. (AMSAT-NA) announced that Stefan Wagener, VE4NSA/VE4SW, has agreed to serve once again as the Canadian AMSAT delegate to the ARISS Working Group. Stefan comes highly recommended by Maurice-André Vignault,VE3VIG/VE2MA, the former Canadian AMSAT delegate who recently decided to step down.

Stefan has been an active amateur radio operator for over 30 years, both in Europe (DG1GWS) and North America. He held a call in the US (KC8NSA) while in the States starting in 1989 and since 2001 has been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba using VE4NSA/VE4SW. Stefan became a Canadian citizen in 2009.

Stefan’s interests in amateur radio in space and ARISS are reflected in his extensive participation in these areas. As an AMSAT-NA member, he has served as an Area Coordinator, helping local amateurs in Manitoba become involved in satellite communications. He also organized the direct ARISS school contact
that took place at a Winnipeg school in July 2007. The contact took place at
Maples Collegiate and was the first ARISS school contact to take place in Manitoba with the school using Stefan’s call (VE4NSA). He is currently serving with a local Winnipeg High School (VE4ISS) on an ARISS ground station and STEM outreach. He also has interest in amateur television, serving as sysop for a Yahoo! Group focusing on Ham TV.

Professionally, Stefan holds a PhD in
microbiology and has worked for the Public Health Agency of Canada and currently for the Canadian Grain Commission. His has assisted the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and European Space Agency (ESA) on planetary protection issues and policies as a “biorisk” and “biocontainment”
specialist.

ARISS is a critical program for amateur radio and AMSAT and finding enthusiastic, capable volunteers who want to help to make a difference is important to the future of ARISS. I believe you will find Stefan to be a valuable addition to the team.

[ANS thanks Barry Baines, WD4ASW, President AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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Central States VHF Society Conference Call for Papers

The Central States VHF Society’s 48th Annual CSVHFS Conference will be held on 25-27 July, 2014 in Austin, Texas. For details see the conference web pages at:

http://www.csvhfs.org/2014conference/index.html

The CSVHFS is soliciting papers, presentations, and poster displays for on all aspects of weak-signal VHF and higher amateur radio applications, designs, and techniques. You do not need to attend the conference, nor present your paper, to have it published in the Pro- ceedings. Posters will be displayed during the two days of the Con- ference.

Suggested topics include:
+ Antennas
+ Test Equipment and measurement techniques Construction of equipment
+ Operating including Contesting, Roving, and DXpeditions RF power amps
+ Propagation Pre-amplifiers Digital Modes (WSJT, JT65, etc.) EME
+ Regulatory topics Software-defined Radio (SDR) Digital Signal
+ Processing (DSP)

More information regarding submission can be found at:
http://www.csvhfs.org/2014conference/2014callforpapers.html
or contact Tom, K5TRA at csvhfs2014@gmail.com

[ANS thanks the Central States VHF Society for the above information]

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GOT GRIDS Award #1 Issued

Congratulations to Glenn, AA5PK for being the first to complete the requirements for the GOT GRIDS? Award #1.

Effective January 1, 2014 your CW/SSB amateur satellite contacts can be used to earn the new Got Grids? award. To qualify you must log one contact in each of the 10 grid fields of the lower 48 United States: CN, CM, DN, DM, DL, EN, EM, EL, FN, FM. Only two-way contacts completed via a linear transponder satellite can be used for this award. This award will be effective January 1, 2014, all contacts must be made on or after this date.

The web page for this award can be found at:
http://www.starcommgroup.org/gotgrids.html

Send your log to Rick Tillman, WA4NVM or Damon Runion, WA4HFN for checking, along with your call, name, and current mailing address to either:
wa4nvm@comcast.net or wa4hfn@comcast.net. This award is sponsored by the Star Comm Satellite Group so do not send your logs to AMSAT.

This award is free. If you would like to make a donations to the AMSAT satellite program please send it to: AMSAT, 850 Sligo Ave. Suite 600, Silver Spring. MD. 20910.

[ANS thanks Damon Runion, WA4HFN for the above information]

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40th Eastern VHF-UHF-MW Conference

The 40th Eastern VHF-UHF-MW Conference will be held April 11-12-13,
2014 at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 20 Taylor St., Manchester, CT 06042.

Conference information and online registration is available at:
http://www.newsvhf.com/vhfconf.html

The discounted Room Rate is $69 dbl, $99 suite Contact the Baymont
Inn: 860-643-5645 for your reservations. Tell them “VHF Conference” to get the discounted rate. There remain a limited amount of rooms available–many have been sold already

Registration $25 before April 1, $30 after April 1 and at the door.
Banquet $28. Must order banquet before April 1.

Last Call … We are still looking for your interesting presentation!
Please email Paul Wade, W1GHZ W1GHZ@arrl.net

This conference is sponsored by: North East Weak Signal Group (NEWS) For further information check the web page or e-mail Mark, K1MAP:
map1@mapinternet.com

[ANS thanks Mark Casey, K1MAP for the above information]

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UK Spectrum Proposal Will Impact Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services

The UK communications regulator Ofcom has published a consultation setting out proposals for addressing technical issues related to the forthcoming award of
190 MHz of spectrum at 2350-2390 MHz, 3410-3480 MHz and 3500-3580 MHz. It is expected that these frequencies will be used for 4G mobile services using Long-Term Evolution (LTE). Ofcom say In certain circumstances, LTE has the potential to cause interference to applications/devices using spectrum in adjacent frequency bands.

Ofcom has assessed the impact for both licensed and licence-exempt uses of the release and adjacent spectrum.

The Amateur Service is covered in section 9 page 73 and the Amateur-Satellite Service in section 12 page 87 (12.25-12.30) of the consultation document.

With regard to the Amateur-Satellite Service Ofcom refer to the ITU-R frequency filing database as a source of information.
National administrations rather than
individuals are responsible for submitting this information and it is suspected that not all administrations have been doing so which may lead to usage being understated.

Regarding the impact on 2400 MHz Ofcom says:

12.29 In our consultation on amateur usage we acknowledged that the 2400-2450 MHz band could experience an increase in background noise as a result of the release and set out advice for amateurs planning continued use of these bands.

12.30 We consider that there is no need for further detailed analysis of the impact of the release on the amateur satellite service as there is a 10 MHz separation between this use and release band and there should be no issue greater than the in-band ISM interference.

It is presumed that in 12.30 Ofcom are saying they expect the interference to
2400 MHz from the LTE release band will not exceed that of a WiFi router operating on the desired frequency. The weak signal segment 2400-2402 MHz is not used WiFi but will clearly suffer interference from the new LTE band.

Consultation document
http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/pssr-2014/summary/pssr.
pdf

The consultation closes on May 15 2014, you can respond online via the consultation page at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/pssr-2014/

Read the joint response to the Aug 9, 2013 Ofcom: Spectrum Sharing Consultation http://amsat-uk.org/2014/01/12/ofcom-spectrum-sharing-consultation/

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, for the above information]

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Spread the Word About the ARRL Teachers Institute

Integrate Science and Math with Engineering and Technology by Exploring Wireless Technology

ARRL, the national association for amateur radio, has just announced the schedule for two sessions of its Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI-1) to be offered during the summer of 2014. Now in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, expenses paid, intensive professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom. Topics include basic electronics, radio science, microcontroller programming and basic robotics.
ARRL will also offer an advanced Teachers Institute (TI-2) on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering. The linked article from the March issue of ARRL’s journal, QST, includes the schedule and description of offerings this summer.

Please visit the ARRL website at:
www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-on-wireless-technology for more details.

Go to www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-application
for information about applying
and to download an application. Application deadline is May 1.

[ANS thanks Debra, K1DMJ, for the above information]

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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

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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:

* ISS HamTV Success (3-8-2014)
* ISS Ham Video now installed and ready for commissioning (3-6-2014)
* Satellite TLE Object ID’s
* FUNcube-1 (AO-73) 100+ days in orbit
* Mass Launch of 437 MHz Satellites
* Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL)— A 30th Birthday
Celebration For UoSAT-2, OSCAR-11
* Two Close Calls For ZACUBE-1 CubeSat
* OSCAR DEMO and Youth Forum MAY 3, 2014
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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ISS HamTV Success (3-8-2014)

On Saturday, March 8 test transmissions were made on 2422.0 MHz using the HamTV equipment on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Digital TV signal was successfully received and web streamed to a global audience via the Britsh Amateur Television Club (BATC) server at http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=4 There were four live web streams each from different receivers.

The HamTV transmitter is the culmination of over ten years work by dedicated volunteers to establish an amateur radio TV transmitter on the ISS. It uses patch antennas fixed on the Meteorite Debris Panels
(MDP) protecting the hull of the ISS Columbus module. These antennas were installed while the Columbus module was being constructed. A fund-raising campaign took place during 2005-7 to raise over 65,000 Euros for the antennas. Individual radio amateurs from around the world donated generously as did several organisations including AMSAT- UK and the RSGB.

The main mission of HamTV is to perform contacts between the astronauts on the ISS and school students, not only by voice as now, but also by unidirectional video from the ISS to the ground.

HamVideo is the name of the onboard DATV S-band transmitter. HamTV is the name of the complete system, comprising DATV downlink and VHF voice uplink. Kaiser Italia SRL was the prime-contractor for the design and development of the flight and ground segment http://www.kayser.it/index.php/exploration-2/ham-tv

Read the HamTV overview by Gaston Bertels ON4WF http://tinyurl.com/HamTVoverview

Join the ISS HamTV Yahoo Group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HamTV

Webstream of the TV transmissions
http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=4

ARISS-EU HamTV Bulletins
http://www.ariss-eu.org/

HamTV on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Hamtvproject

[ANS thanks the HAM-TV comissioning team, ARISS, and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ISS Ham Video now installed and ready for commissioning (3-6-2014)

The Ham Video transmitter was installed in the Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS) on March 6, 2014 at approximately 10.00 UT.

The transmitter was powered on briefly and all control LEDs were nominal. Ham Video is declared ready for Commissioning.
The first Commissioning step is planned March 8, 2014. Using call sign OR4ISS, crew will power on the Ham Video transmitter in configuration 1:

– ARISS antenna 41
– Frequency 2.422 GHz
– Symbol rate 1.3 Ms/s

The transmission will start shortly before the pass of the ISS over Western Europe at approximately 13.27 UT.

Acquisition of signal (AOS) at Matera ground station in south Italy will be at approximately 13.29 UT.

Matera will receive the Ham Video signals with 3 different receivers. The output of each receiver will be web streamed over BATC channels ISS1, ISS2 and ISS3.

The ARISS ground station IK1SLD, located in Northern Italy, will also receive the Ham Video signals and stream the video over BATC channel ISS4.

The BATC server is available at http://www.batc.tv/

On BATC you can do the following:

– select ISS
– click on one of the ISS channels
– click on Multi screen selector
– select the channels you wish to watch
– click on Watch.

When multiscreen appears, volume is turned down by default. Turn the volume up using the volume control slider below the image.

During the pass, different configurations will be tested with ARISS antenna 41. After the pass, the Ham Video transmitter will stay powered on in configuration 1 (see above) till the following Commissioning step, which is planned Sunday March 9, 2014 at approximately 12.40 UT.

For about 24 hours, the DATV signal will be transmitted permanently, but the camera will be powered off. The reason is, that the camera is battery powered and no provisions are made for frequent battery replacement. This mode is called “blank” transmission.

Sunday March 9, the transmission will start shortly before the pass of the ISS over Western Europe at approximately 12.39 UT.
During Commissioning step 2, different configurations will again be tested, this time with ARISS antenna 43. The Matera ground station and IK1SLD will stream the video over the BATC server.

The plan is to resume blank transmission immediately after the pass over Matera and to continue permanent transmission for one week, till Sunday March 16, 2014. The frequency will remain 2.422 GHz, but antenna ARISS 43 will be used.

Reports on reception of blank transmissions are very welcome.
Reports can be filed via this webpage:
http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_FSTV/submit.php

Participants using the Tutioune receiving software, developed by Jean Pierre Courjaud F6DZP, can record as well as stream detailed parameters of the received signal. Please see:
http://www.vivadatv.org/

Webstream of the TV transmissions
http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=4

ARISS-EU HamTV Bulletins on Facebook
http://www.ariss-eu.org/

HamTV https://www.facebook.com/Hamtvproject

HAM TV commissioning, Web-Video Link

Video from the HAM-TV Control Room in Italy during the commissioning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_tYmZOoRn4

[ANS thanks ARISS and Francesco, IK0WGF for the above information]

[ANS thanks ARISS's Gaston Bertels, ON4WF and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Satellite TLE Object ID’s

Nico Janssen PA0DLO reports the process of producing Object ID’s for newly launch satellites has changed recently.

Writing on the AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) he says:

It seems that the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) has changed some of their policies lately. After the launch of multiple small satellites late last year it took a long time to get them all identified. Apparently they don’t want to leave all the TBAs in their database for a long time, so now they use a different approach: they randomly assign the names of all satellites of a launch to the observed objects and then wait for reactions from the users of the satellites to see if the assignments are correct.

This is how e.g. the Cubesats, that recently were launched from the ISS, got ‘identified’ only a few days after their launch. So of course now we find that some identifications are wrong.

Doppler measurements clearly show that the following IDs are correct:
Object 39568, 1998-067EM, is LitSat 1
Object 39569, 1998-067EN, is LituanicaSat 1.

I am trying to get these corrected.

In the past the policy was to assign the ‘A’ object to the main payload of a launch. Secondary payloads, like Cubesats, would then get ‘B’, ‘C’, etc. So if the main payload initially was linked to the wrong TLE set, this required some swapping of TLE sets some time after the launch. Now they have decided to prevent this confusion by simply leaving the main payload assigned to another object than ‘A’
if required. Therefore the GPM satellite now is assigned to 2014-009C and this will not change anymore.

Satellite TLE Lottery Begins
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/01/satellite-tle-lottery-begins/

Satellite Tracking
http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/satellite-tracking/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB, AMSAT-UK and Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for the above information]

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FUNcube-1 (AO-73) 100+ days in orbit

Last weekend FUNcube-1 (AO-73) reached the milestone of having been in space for 100 days – actually that should be clarified to mean “terrestrial” days as the spacecraft itself has been subjected to more than 1500 day/night cycles during this time.

We are very grateful to the 500+ stations who have been providing
FUNcube-1 telemetry data to our Data Warehouse. We now have more than 1GB of data in the repository – this is an amazing effort and achievement from a spacecraft which is only transmitting at 1200bps.
Thanks everyone and please keep it coming:)

From all the telemetry we can see that the spin rate decreased for a time but now is speeding up again. External temperatures span a range of 50C between the end of the sunlit phase and the end of the eclipse period. Even inside the spacecraft the temperatures range over 25C.

All the subsystems continue to work well and are “well in the green”.

The increased solar activity is certainly having an effect on the downlinked signal on many occasions. During such disturbances the signal appears to be being affected by ionospheric scintillation which distorts the BPSK stream and makes decoding much harder for some minutes at a time. This effect is not just apparent near the magnetic poles as can be seen in this paper:

http://waas.stanford.edu/papers/IWG/sbas_iono_scintillations_white_pap

er.pdf

Users in the Northern hemisphere will have noticed that the evening passes in amateur mode are becoming shorter as the spacecraft enters sunlight again near the pole. This effect will increase as the season progresses and we will be testing a plan to change the operating schedule in a few weeks time. This test will involve placing the spacecraft into continuous amateur/transponder mode for a number of orbits – probably over a weekend.

Especially for educational users of FUNcube, we have placed all our schools outreach material on one page for easy reference. It can now all be found here:

http://funcube.org.uk/education-outreach/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Mass Launch of 437 MHz Satellites

The largest ever launch of 437 MHz satellites is planned for March
16 at 0841 UT when 128 Sprite satellites will fly on the SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS 3 mission to be deployed into a 325×315 km 51.5 degree inclination orbit. You should be able to watch the launch live on NASA TV.

The project was originally conceived by AMSAT-UK member Michael Johnson M0MJJ at Cornell University. Michael was the first project manager who specified many aspects of the project, making it technically and financially viable. He left the project in 2012 to found PocketSpacecraft.com.

A Sprite is a tiny, 3.5 by 3.5 cm, single-board spacecraft that was developed by Zac Manchester KD2BHC.

Each Sprite has a microcontroller, radio, and solar cells and is capable of carrying single-chip sensors, such as thermometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, and accelerometers.

The 128 Sprites are carried in a 3U CubeSat called KickSat. They are stacked atop a spring-loaded pusher and secured by a nichrome burn wire system.

On reaching orbit KickSat will perform a de-tumble maneuver and establish communication with Cornell University’s ground station.
After check-out, the spacecraft will be put in a sun-pointing attitude and spun up to maintain that attitude.

A command signal from the ground station will then trigger the deployment and the Sprites will be released as free-flying spacecraft. After deployment, telemetry and sensor measurements from the individual Sprites will be received through Cornell’s ground station in Ithaca, NY, as well as several other amateur ground stations around the world.

Due to the low orbit Sprites will have a short lifetime before they reenter the atmosphere and burn up. In the best-case scenario the orbital lifetime could be six weeks but realistically it may be considerably shorter depending on atmospheric conditions, maybe a matter of days.

All the Sprites operate on a single frequency of 437.240 MHz and use Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). The transmitter runs 10 mW output of Minimum Shift Keying (MSK) modulated binary data with each data bit modulated as a 511 bit Pseudo-Random Number (PRN) sequence.
The ITU emission designator is 50K0G1D.

The KickSat CubeSat has downlinks on 437.505 MHz and 2401-2436.2 MHz.

KickSat Sprite Ground Station by Andy Thomas G0SFJ http://kicksat.wordpress.com/support/kicksat-ground-station/

British Interplanetary Society: Sprite Technical Summary http://www.bis-space.com/2013/03/09/9301/kicksat-technical-summary

KickSat project information
http://zacinaction.github.io/kicksat/

BBC Worldwide TV interview with Zak Manchester KD2BHC. Unfortunately this is censored in the UK only overseas viewers can see it. A proxy server may be a way around it.
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140128-the-smallest-spacecraft-in-
orbit

Check this site for the latest CRS 3 launch date http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/

Pocket Spacecraft
http://www.pocketspacecraft.com/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.(SSTL)— A 30th Birthday Celebration For UoSAT-2, OSCAR-11

UoSAT-2 was launched on March 1st, 1984, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the USA and carried some novel payloads, including a “Digitalker”.

Today, UoSAT-2 still transmits its VHF telemetry on a regular 11-day cycle, although the satellite’s batteries are exhausted after some
160,000 charge cycles and transmissions are now detectable only when it is in sunlight. However, the telemetry continues to be tracked by amateur radio satellite enthusiasts worldwide, using the predictable transmissions to help calibrate their equipment.

Following the successful first microsatellite launch of UoSAT-1 from the Surrey team in 1981, NASA again offered a second launch opportunity—but with only 6 months warning! Rising to the challenge and literally working day-and-night, the Surrey team comprising about a dozen researchers and AMSAT members designed and built the 70kg
UoSAT-2 microsatellite just in time for the launch as a ‘piggyback’
passenger with NASA’s LANDSAT-5. Incorporating many of the lessons learned from their first satellite, UoSAT-2 carried some novel experiments – a “Digitalker” speech synthesizer, specifically designed for school demonstrations of satellite telemetry and orbital physics, alongside experiments including magnetometers, an early CCD camera, a Geiger tube and a sensitive microphone to detect micro- meteoroid impacts.

In the days before GPS, UoSAT-2 provided a novel communication system for the 1988 Canadian-Soviet Ski-trek arctic expedition, a group of intrepid explorers from Canada and the USSR who crossed the Arctic Ocean from Siberia to Ward Hunt Island, just off Canada, via the North Pole between March and June 1988. The position of the skiers’ emergency beacon was calculated daily by US and Soviet COSPAS- SARSAT ground stations, relayed to the Surrey Mission Control Groundstation by telex, and uploaded to the UoSAT-2 Digitalker which then ‘spoke’ the latitude and longitude of the ski party via its VHF beacon. In a sun-synchronous, 650km low Earth orbit, UoSAT-2 flew over the pole every 98 minutes at which point the group could receive the broadcast from the satellite using their small handheld VHF radios that were designed to work at very low temperatures. The Digitalker communications system could also serve as an emergency channel in the event that all other radio links failed. Thousands of amateur radio listeners and schoolchildren also monitored the spoken messages from the Digitalker and plotted the path of the expedition – many using the then state-of-the-art BBC microcomputer! There’s more about the Ski-trek expedition, and a recording of the Digitalker, on the expedition home page at

http://www.meerman.fsnet.co.uk/NorthPole/textpan.html

UoSAT-2 was one of the first satellites to prove that commercial grade microprocessors and memory chips, which had only just become readily available, mass produced and cheaper in the early 80s as part of the microcomputer revolution, could be used to build small, cost- effective yet capable satellites. The idea of taking advantage of commercially available technology and adapting it for space, instead of using expensive ‘space-grade’ components, was virtually unheard of at the time, but SSTL proved the concept was viable and has gone on to build a highly successful business.

Today, UoSAT-2 is the longest-serving of 13 satellites that SSTL and the Surrey Space Centre track from ground stations in Guildford, UK.

SSTL and the Surrey Space Centre have come very long way from those early days of the 1980s!

The SSTL infosite may be accessed at

http://www.sstl.co.uk/

[ANS thanks SatNews Daily and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Two Close Calls For ZACUBE-1 CubeSat

The amateur radio ZACUBE-1 satellite, launched with FUNcube-1 on November 21, 2013, recently had two close encounters with space debris. The ZACUBE-1 team have issued this press release:

Week nine of the year will go down as quite an eventful week for
ZACUBE-1 (TshepisoSat), literally dodging two bullets involving speeds in the kilometres per second range.

The first close approach notification arrived the morning of 25 February 2014 from the United States Joint Space Operations Center
(JSpOC) through the The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) (A close approach notification is generated by the JSpOC to warn spacecraft operators when their spacecraft will come in close proximity to another object). The first order of business was the identification of the other object. In this case “SCC# 21422?. Our dance of death would be with the, now defunct, 2000 kg Russian built COSMOS 2151 launched in 1991. As ZACUBE-1 carries no propulsion system and with the COSMOS 2151 no longer functioning the only course of action was to closely monitor the situation.

It was determined that the close approach event would occur over the Antarctic and a search was started for possible ground stations that could listen for signals from ZACUBE-1 directly after the event. Help arrived in the form of our friends from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. The Cal Poly ground station would see ZACUBE-1 approximately 30 minutes after the event and be able to listen for its transmitted telemetry beacon signal. In preparation ZACUBE-1 would be tracked and checked on the last two passes over South Africa (22:50 SAST 26/02/2014 and
00:26 SAST 27/02/2014) a few hours before the event to ensure that everything was OK and then again by the Cal Poly station.

With everything checking out and all systems nominal on the last pass over South Africa all we could do was wait for news from California.

Great success! With Cal Poly confirming that ZACUBE-1 was alive and well. We were able to further confirm this on the first pass over South Africa.

This would have been enough excitement for the week, but soon after verifying that ZACUBE-1 was OK we received our second close approach notification! This time involving a piece of debris from a METEOR 2-5 satellite. The plan would be much the same, but with the event taking place over Brazil we tried to make contact with some stations in Brazil. Unfortunately nothing was heard over Brazil, but we received notification of ZACUBE-1’s signal from the University of Florida and again from the California Polytechnic State University.

We would like to thank everyone that helped out during this time, hopefully I did not leave anybody out. The folks from Cal Poly, University of Florida, the Brazilian radio amateurs that tried on very short notice and SANSA.

ZACUBE-1 carries a UHF beacon on 437.345 MHz and an HF beacon on
14099 kHz used to characterise the Superdarn antennas at the Antarctic which study the ionosphere.

ZACUBE-1 information
http://www.cput.ac.za/fsati
http://www.amsatsa.org.za/

First image captured by TshepisoSat (ZACUBE-1)
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/12/15/first-image-captured-by-tshepisosat-
zacube-1/

[ANS thanks SatNews Daily and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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OSCAR DEMO and Youth Forum MAY 3, 2014

The K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club, Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia is sponsoring a OSCAR Satellite seminar and OSCAR Demo at the Deep Creek Public Library on May 3rd.
Our portable OSCAR station will be operational from 0900 – at least
1700 EDT. An OSCAR and Youth Forum will be held in the main meeting room of the library at 1500 EDT.

We will feature an amateur radio display inside.
AMSAT- NA will provide a CUBE SAT simulator.

SATCOMS will be on OSCAR SATs:
FO 29, VO 52, SO 50, and AO 7 if available.
We will listen for AO 73 and the International Space Station.

We also plan to have a HF “GOTA” station on the air.
Please Join us, You’ve “GOTA” Get on the AIR

[ANS thanks Rich, W4BUE for the above information]

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Upcoming 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, 14-15 March 2014 – Acadiana Amateur Radio Association‘s Rayne Hamfest and ARRL Delta Division Convention at the Rayne Civic Center in Rayne LA. AMSAT will have a booth at this event, and there may be satellite demonstrations during the event.

Saturday, 15 March 2014 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club‘s Springfest in Scottsdale AZ (northeast of Phoenix). AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are planned.
Demonstrations at this hamfest will be done using the call sign
W1AW/7 as part of the ARRL centennial commemorations, and QSLing will be handled by ARRL.

Saturday, 29 March 2014 – Radio Society of Tucson‘s 2014 Hamfest in Tucson AZ. AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are planned.

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – The Greater Baltimore Hamboree and Computerfest 2014, including the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Expo 2014, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium MD. AMSAT will have a booth at this hamfest, and other AMSAT-related events may be planned.

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – Amateur Radio Club of Parker County‘s Weatherford Hamfest at the Central Christian Church in Weatherford TX (west of Fort Worth). AMSAT will have a table at this event, and there may be satellite demonstrations during the hamfest.

Monday, 28 April 2014 – presentation at Franklin County Amateur Radio Club meeting in Greenfield MA by Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President)

Saturday, 3 May 2014 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association‘s Larry Warren Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ (southeast of Tucson) – AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are planned.

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260) – AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of
Dallas)

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 August 2014 – Shelby Hamfest in Shelby NC (west of Gastonia and Charlotte) – Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President) will host an AMSAT Forum on Saturday of this weekend

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (north of the city center, near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT

AMSAT maintains and updated list of known upcoming events at
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=218

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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ARISS News

Recent Contacts:

A direct contact between astronaut Mike Hopkins KF5LJG and students at Rock Bridge Elementary School, Columbia, MO, USA was successful Wed 2014-03-05.

A direct contact with students at Central Square Middle School in Central Square, NY, USA was successful Mon 2014-03-03.

A direct contact with students at Musashino Elementary School of Hamura-shi, Hamura, Japan was successful Sat 2014-03-01.

A direct contact with students at Exploration Place, Wichita, KS, USA via WØSOE was successful Fri 2014-02-28.

Next planned event(s):

1. A direct contact with students at H. J. Cambie Secondary, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, via VE7RAR is a go for:
Thu 2014-03-13 17:04:41 UTC 54 deg.

HJ Cambie Secondary is a public school in the Richmond School District in British Columbia. We enroll approximately 700 students from grade 8-12. Cambie is comprised of a diverse cultural population of students. The student population of Cambie is composed of many different cultures along with thirty different language groups – 67% of our student population speaks a language other than English at home.

Cambie students are known for being strong leaders in our community.
We offer a variety of courses in Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies, the Arts, Business Ed, Athletics, and Modern Languages.
Cambie has a thriving Leadership program that begins in Gr 8 with our Pathways program. Students in our leadership program give back a great deal to our community and fundraise for local charities. We have a strong Health Science program with work experience opportunities for our students and First responder training. In addition, Cambie has a world-class robotics club who competed at the World Robotics Championships last year in Orlando.

Cambie students are comparing the uniqueness of the ARISS contact to the first steps on the moon! This is a once in a lifetime experience for them and big on the “coolness factor”!!! We feel like we have won the lottery! This opportunity has brought a new energy to our classrooms. The staff and students are engaging in learning on levels that transcend the classroom walls. Music classes are performing space theme songs, computer CADD classes are designing digital mission patches, foods classes are learning about nutrition in space and our Health Science students are discussing how physiology is affected with space travel! The engagement opportunities the ARISS contact has provided our school are endless. We are celebrating the March 2014 ARISS contact with a 1.5 hour live show with speakers from MDA (makers of the Canadarm) and Urthecast (who’s cameras were just installed on the ISS), and interactive shows from Science World and the HR MacMillan Science Centre. Our ARISS contact is being video simulcast to a second gym in our school (where many elementary students are also joining us), and broadcast to the web where other schools across the district (and world) will be watching the live video feed!

2. A direct contact with students at Warren Consolidated Schools, Warren, MI, USA via W8HP is a go for: Fri 2014-03-14 16:22:57 UTC 59 deg.

The mission of the Warren Consolidated Schools (WCS) district, in partnership with families and community, is to achieve a level of excellence in teaching and learning which enables all students to become knowledgeable, productive, ethical, and successful citizens.
To help meet that goal, WCS supports programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), which give students a real hands- on experience in education.

The Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center [(MS)2TC] has been built on the Warren Consolidated Schools district’s internationally successful high school, the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center (MMSTC). While the high school program integrates seamlessly mathematics, science and technology, the middle school program integrates mathematics, science and informational literacy (reading and writing) with technology infused into each area. Both programs provide students with real-world, project-based learning activities that challenge their thinking, broadens their understanding of the world, and stretches their knowledge base while meeting the developmental needs of the students they serve.

The (MS)2TC student population consists of students from five different middle schools within the WCS district while the MMSTC student population draws from eleven different school districts within the county of Macomb in southeastern Michigan. Both schools serve a diverse community of students who come from various socioeconomic and ethnic groups.

The program goals of the MMSTC and (MS)2TC are to research, design, implement, and develop a powerful, unique learning environment and experience for high achieving students at the middle school and high school level that integrates mathematics, science, English language arts, and technology. To achieve this goal we have created a curriculum framework based upon the Next Generation Science Standards
(NGSS) which integrates mathematics and literacy standards mirrored in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on- board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).

[ ANS thanks ARISS for the above update]

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Satellite Shorts from all over

N5AFV Upcoming Operation from California DM13

Thursday, March 13, 2014 through Sunday March 16, 2014 N5AFV will be in southern California DM13. Plans are to operate SO-50 passes when the schedule permits. Operating equipment will be an Icom W32A HT with a telescoping AL800 antenna. Satellite regulars N6NUG and WA6DIR are often active from DM12 and DM14 respectively, but DM13 is not activated as frequently on the satellites.

Great Houston Hamfest Activities

The Houston AMSAT Group will have an AMSAT booth and satellite demonstrations at the Greater Houston Hamfest on Saturday March 22, 2014. The satellite demonstrations will take place during the morning hours probably on FO-29 and SO-50. Other satellites may also be used if conditions permit. The Greater Houston Hamfest continues to grow and attendance is approaching one thousand persons.

[ANS thanks Allen Mattis, N5AFV for the above information]

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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
ANS-061

ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North
America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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.

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

In this edition:

* ISS Amateur Radio CubeSats Deployed
* Successful launch of ham radio satellites
* LituanicaSAT-1 Lithuanian CubeSat
* LitSat-1 with linear transponder deployed
* ITF-1 CubeSat Team Request Reports
* AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention — First call for volunteers
* Free Online Course — Space Systems Engineering 101
* Free NASA Online Course — Teaching Tomorrow’s Engineers
* Ham Video Commissioning now scheduled
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ISS Amateur Radio CubeSats Deployed

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at 0730 UT astronaut Koichi Wakata
KC5ZTA deployed a batch of amateur radio CubeSats from the
International Space Station (ISS).

LituanicaSAT-1, LitSat-1, ArduSat-2 (2U), UAPSAT and the 915 MHz
SkyCube were successfully ejected from a NanoRacks deployment pod.

At 0855 UT Dmitry Pashkov UB4UAD received the LituanicaSAT-1 beacon.
and received LitSat-1 at 1030 UT.

At 1022 UT Mike Rupprecht DK3WN received LitSat-1. Mike had heard
UAPSAT at 0845 UT.

The Peruvian Chasqui 1 CubeSat was also onboard the ISS. At the time
of writing it is unclear if this has also deployed.

Frequency information at

http://tinyurl.com/ANS-061-ISS-Cubes

UB4UAD website in Google English http://tinyurl.com/UB4UAD

DK3WN satellite blog http://www.dk3wn.info/p/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Successful launch of ham radio satellites

On Thursday, February 27 at 1837 UT a cluster of Japanese amateur
radio satellites were launched from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at
the Tanegashima Space Center

At 1948 UT Francisco Jimenez-Martin Sanchez EA1JM received the
437.325 CW (A1A) beacon from the ARTSAT1:INVADER CubeSat

Also on the first pass at 1952 UT Jan van Gils PE0SAT received
OPUSat
STARS-II (comprises Mother and Daughter satellites)
TelkyoSat-3
ShindaiSat-1
ARTSat1:INVADER

The student team that developed the ITF-1 CubeSat would appreciate
any reports of their satellite on 437.525 MHz FM Morse code, see

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/02/26/itf-1-cubesat-team-request-reports/

Frequencies and further information on these satellites is at

http://tinyurl.com/ANS-061-JapaneseHamSats

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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LituanicaSAT-1 Lithuanian CubeSat

The amateur radio CubeSat LituanicaSAT-1, call sign LY5N, was
developed by Lithuanian university students and young engineers and
was deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on
Friday, February 28.

The team ask radio amateurs and SWL’s to listen for the FM Morse
code beacon on 437.275 MHz after deployment and submit reports (see
Tracking below). They say there will be Mission emblem stickers with
signed QSL cards and for the first 10 registered reports,
LituanicaSAT-1 branded note books!

The tiny satellite is just 10x10x10 cm with a mass of 1.090 kg yet
it has a VGA camera and a 145/435 MHz FM voice transponder, designed
and built by Lithuanian radio amateurs.

The prototype of the FM repeater has been operating in the home of
its designer Žilvinas Batisa LY3H in Elektrenai, Lithuania. Further
information at http://ly3h.epalete.com/?p=303

The communications payload comprises:
• FM Morse Code Beacon 437.275 MHz LY5N
• FM Voice Repeater 145.950 MHz uplink (PL 67 Hz CTCSS) 435.180 MHz
downlink
• AX.25 Packet Radio 145.850 MHz uplink 437.550 MHz downlink 9600
baud FSK, FM

LituanicaSAT-1 uses passive magnetic attitude control system
consisting of permanent magnets that create a control torque and soft
magnets that provide dampening torque using hysteresis effect.
Following attitude sensors are implemented for attitude determination:
• PS-MPU-6000A MEMS motion sensor
• PS-MPU-9150A MEMS motion sensor
• L3GD20 MEMS three-axis digital output gyroscope
• HMC5883L three axes digital magnetometer

There are two computers in LituanicaSAT-1: the flight computer based
on ARM Cortex-M4F microcontroller and secondary (back-up) computer
based on Arduino ATMega 2560 microcontroller. These two computers and
their periphery are laid out on different sides of one shared PCB.
The flight computer is the central control unit of the satellite
responsible for maintaining the normal operating mode of the
satellite, monitoring and control of energy resources, control of
attitude determination sub-system and performance of telecommands
received from the satellite ground station in Lithuania.

The LituanicaSAT-1 team developed the secondary flight computer
based on the open source hardware and software project named Arduino.
This computer will ensure limited, however safe functionality of the
satellite in case of failure of the main onboard computer and will
also take and record the first pictures made by Lithuanians from
space as well as control the radio beacon of the satellite.

There are 4 monopole antennas on LituanicaSAT-1: three UHF antennas
and one VHF antenna. Each antenna is made of approx. 0.2 mm thick and
5 mm wide spring steel measurement tape. In deployed configuration,
all UHF antennas are pointed towards the Z+ body axis direction and
VHF antenna is pointed toward –Z body axis.

Tracking
In the days after deployment LituanicaSAT-1 will be very close to
the International Space Station (ISS). To determine when you’ll be
able to hear the 437.275 MHz FM Morse code beacon look at the
position of the ISS on either the ISS Fan Club website at
http://issfanclub.com/ or the N2YO satellite tracking site at
http://n2yo.com/ (tick the Draw footprint box).

Due to Doppler shift the beacon may appear to be +/- 10 kHz of the
nominal frequency. Submit reception reports including small audio
file or any other data online at

http://www.kosmonautai.lt/en/data-submission/

Links
• Web Google English http://tinyurl.com/KosmonautaiLituanicaSAT-1
• Wiki Google English http://tinyurl.com/WikiLituanicaSAT-1
• Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lituanicasat1

The LituanicaSAT-1 mission is specially dedicated to honor the 80th
Anniversary of the flight across the Atlantic by Lithuanian-American
pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas. Therefore the satellite
bears the name of the original aircraft used during this historic
flight – “Lituanica”.

On July 15, 1933, Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas took off from
Floyd Bennett Field in New York in their airplane Lituanica and flew
across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a distance of 6,411 kilometers
without landing, in 37 hours and 11 minutes. Tragically they crashed
by the village of Kuhdamm, near Soldin, Germany just 650 km from
their destination of Kaunas in Lithuania.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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LitSat-1 with linear transponder deployed

The amateur radio CubeSat LitSat-1, call sign LY1LS, was deployed
from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, February 28 at
0730 UT. It carries a 435/145 MHz linear transponder for SSB/CW
communications.

The LitSat-1 team have issued this statement:

Our country Lithuania is heading towards a historic moment – start
of the first Lithuanian satellite in space. First ever Lithuanian
Cubesat Litsat1 was deployed from the International Space Station
(ISS) on Feb 28 at 07:30 UT from the International Space Station
(ISS).

We are very interested in getting the first data from our small
satellite as soon as possible, therefore we would like to ask your
help with that.

We will send special QSL cards for radio amateurs with first reports
about received signals from our satellite. The 3 stations first
received the signals from the LitSat1 satellite will receive QSL
cards signed by the High level officials of the Lithuanian government.

Please send your SWL reports (screen snapshots) with received packet
data of Litsat-1 beacon to Kaunas University of Technology Radio
Club. Contact point E-mail: address: litsat@ktu.lt

Please find below the technical data for the reception of Litsat 1:
Beacon/TLM down link 145.850 MHz
Beacon RF packets are AX.25 UI frames
https://www.tapr.org/pub_ax25.html Main parameters of the beacon
frames are: TX baud rate 9600 bps (G3RUH), repetition period ~4.5s,
beacon duration ~0.5 s, source call address – TNC, destination call
address – LY1LS.

Digital data: Telemetry
Digital communication with Litsat-1 is based on Helium 100 (HE-100)
transceiver.
The payload info field starts with the 2 header bytes “Bb”=0×4262
(Beacon broadcast), following with 2 bytes indicating further data
field length (should be 0×0087), then the sat status telemetry
structure (114 bytes) and finishing with the short text message (21
bytes).

For any other information you are very welcome to contact us:
litsat@ktu.lt

A linear transponder will be activated later.
Uplink 435.150 MHz LSB
Downlink 145.950 MHz USB
Bandwidth ±15 kHz from center
CW beacon 435.1375 MHz (LY1LS/B)
Normal mode – transponder, beacon OFF

73! Darius Kybartas LY3DA

Litsat-1 team
Kaunas University of Technology
Email: litsat@ktu.lt

LitSat-1 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/palydovas

President Congratulates Lithuanian Amateur Radio CubeSat Builders

http://tinyurl.com/ANS061-LithPres

Two Lithuanian Amateur Radio CubeSats Plan 2013 Launch To ISS

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/06/26/two-lithuanian-cubesats/

The other Lithuanian CubeSat deployed from the ISS on
Friday is LituanicaSAT-1 which carries a 145/435 MHz FM transponder.

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/04/12/lituanicasat-1/

The two Lithuanian groups built the CubeSats in 2013 which was the
80th anniversary of the historic flight by Lithuanian pilots Steponas
Darius and Stasys Girenas in the airplane Lituanica. On July 15,
1933, they took off from Floyd Bennett Field in New York and flew
across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a distance of 6,411 kilometers
without landing, in 37 hours and 11 minutes. Tragically they crashed
by the village of Kuhdamm, near Soldin, Germany just 650 km from
their destination of Kaunas in Lithuania.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ITF-1 CubeSat Team Request Reports

The amateur radio CubeSat ITF-1 (YUI) plans to launched from
Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center on Thursday,
February 27.

Toshihiro Kameda JJ3GRX reports: The data reception App for our
satellite ITF-1 (YUI) is now available at the Google Play Store. You
can find it with keyword “TSUMUGI” or “ITF-1?.

After deployment, the first path was right above western Europe from
7:20 pm on February 27 UT. It is before the path above Japan. We
strongly want to obtain reception data. Report via the Web Form is
greatly appreciated, but just e-mail “heard” would be very helpful.

The 1U CubeSat was built by students at the University of Tsukuba.
The formal name ITF-1 comes from the initial letter of the university
slogan “Imagine The Future”. The satellite also has a popular name
YUI which means “bond” in Japanese, it came from the project’s
concept‚ “Creating the Worldwide Human Community”.

ITF-1 has the callsign JQ1ZLO and the 437.525 MHz satellite beacon
will send telemetry by a Morse Code audio tone on an FM transmitter
running 300 milliwatts output.

The Project Manager is Ms. Ayano Okamura a fourth-year student of
the College of Engineering Systems‚ School of Science and Engineering.

Preliminary Keplerian Two Line Elements (TLEs) ‘Keps’

http://tinyurl.com/ANS061-ITF-1Keps

Detailed information is at

http://yui.kz.tsukuba.ac.jp/?page_id=1083&lang=en

Launch of Japanese amateur radio satellites

http://tinyurl.com/ANS061-JapanLaunch

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention — First call for volunteers

Last year, we had 41 people assist with the AMSAT booth at the
Dayton. It was the efforts of those volunteers that made the 2013
Dayton Hamvention a success for AMSAT.

The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers,
and builders makes the whole experience for participants a lot of fun.

The 2014 Hamvention is May 16-18. Would you consider helping AMSAT
at Dayton this year?

Whether you’re available for only a couple of hours or if you can
spend the entire weekend with us, your help would be greatly
appreciated.

Please send an e-mail to Steve, n9ip at amsat dot org if you can help.

[ANS thanks Steve N9IP for the above information]

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Free Online Course — Space Systems Engineering 101

Space Systems Engineering 101, a new massive open online course from
NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on March 3, 2014. The
six-week general-audience course is free to the public and provides a
unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA’s engineers.
Students who participate can earn a free certificate.

The course will feature lectures from NASA scientists and engineers
and Google Plus Hangouts with NASA personnel. Winners of an optional
project competition will receive a chance to tour NASA’s Goddard Space
Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

For more information and to register for the course, visit

http://tinyurl.com/ANS061-EngineerCourse.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to

http://www.saylor.org/feedback/

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Feb. 20, 2014 for the
above information]

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Free NASA Online Course — Teaching Tomorrow’s Engineers

NASA Educator Professional Development and the National Science
Teachers Association have joined forces to create and offer this
first-of-its-kind online course for middle school educators.
Participants can earn a certificate acknowledging 15 hours of effort.
Graduate credit is available for a fee.

Module 1: Introduction to the Engineering Design Process
Event Dates: March 26, March 31, April 7 and April 17, 2014

Module 2 (optional): Implementing the Engineering Design Process in
Your Classroom
Event Dates: April 21 and April 28, 2014

For more information about the course and to register online, visit

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/NEScourse.aspx.

Questions about this series opportunity should be directed to John
Entwistle at john.d.entwistle@nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Feb. 27, 2014 for
the above information]

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Ham Video Commissioning now scheduled

The Ham Video transmitter, which is stored in the Columbus module of
the International Space Station, will be installed March 6, 2014. The
transmitter will be powered on briefly, just the time needed to check
that the connection cables to the antenna, to the power supply and to
the camera are installed properly. All control LEDs nominal, the
transmitter will be considered ready for Commissioning and will be
unpowered.

The first Commissioning step is planned March 8. Michael S. Hopkins
KF5LJG will power on the Ham Video transmitter in configuration 1:
ARISS antenna 41 Frequency 2.422 GHz Symbol rate 1.3 Ms/s The
transmission will start shortly before the pass of the ISS over the
Matera ground station in south Italy at approximately 13.29 UTC.

The ground station will stream the video over the BATC server
http://www.batc.tv/ .Please select Member Streams and ISS.
During the pass, different configurations will be tested with ARISS
antenna 41.

After the pass, the Ham Video transmitter will stay powered on in
configuration 1 till the following Commissioning step, which is
planned Sunday March 9, 2014 at approximately 12.40 UTC.

For about 24 hours, the DATV signal will be transmitted permanently,
but the camera will be powered off. The reason is, that the camera is
battery powered and no provisions are made for frequent battery
replacement. This mode is called “blank” transmission.

During Commissioning step 2, different configurations will again be
tested, this time with ARISS antenna 43. The Matera ground station
will stream the video over the BATC server.

Possibly, blank transmissions will occur in the period between
Commissioning step 2 and the following step, which is not yet
planned.
We will circulate Ham TV Bulletins to inform on blank transmissions.

Reports on reception of blank transmissions are very welcome.
Reports can be filed via this webpage:

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_FSTV/submit.php

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_FSTV/submit.php

Participants using the Tutioune receiving software, developed by
Jean Pierre Courjaud F6DZP, can record as well as stream detailed
parameters of the received signal. Please see:
http://www.vivadatv.org/ http://www.vivadatv.org/
Thank you for your participation

[ANS thanks Gaston ON4WF, Stefan VE4NSA and HamTV Bulletin #7 the
above information]

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ARISS News

Succesful Contacts

+ A Successful contact was made between Exploration Place, Wichita,
KS, USA, and Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA using callsign NA1SS.
The contact began 2014-02-28 16:24:0418:04 UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes.
Contact was direct via WØSOE. ARISS Mentor was W5IU.

Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages interactive
environments, hands-on experiences, Kansas’ largest domed theater –
the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and
outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic
Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kan. www.exploration.org .
www.facebook.com/ExplorationPlace . www.Twitter.com/DiscoverAtEP

Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet Elementary is
located in Wichita, Kansas. Mueller became an aerospace and
engineering magnet in 2008 and received a federal grant in 2010 to
support the magnet themes with new curriculum, professional
development, supplies and technology for teaching aerospace and
engineering with a STEM emphasis. It is the only aerospace magnet in
the state of Kansas and the first school in Kansas to identify itself
as a STEM magnet school.

The Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Inc., established in December, 1932,
is organized as a 501c3 Non Profit corporation. Its objectives and
purposes are to encourage the public to recognize the value of the
amateur radio service and enhance the voluntary noncommercial
communication service by providing emergency and other useful
communication; extend every amateur operator’s ability to contribute
to the advancement of the radio art; improve the service by advancing
skills in the communication and technical areas; expand the number of
trained operators and technicians in the amateur radio corp.; and
enhance international gook will through amateur radio.

For this ARISS event these three entities are came together to
provide a unique opportunity for the students to speak to astronauts
on board the ISS. The contact would not have been possible without
technical assistance from the Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Exploration Place has worked with Mueller Elementary for several
years on projects and is excited to once again provide this
opportunity with support from NASA.

+ A Successful contact was made between Musashino Elementary School of
Hamura-shi, Hamura, Japan, and Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA using
callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-03-01 08:14:19 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via 8N1MA. ARISS
Mentor was 7M3TJZ.

Hamura city is located in about 45 kilometers to west from Tokyo-to
center, and is wrapped in naturalness around the Tama River.
The area is 9.91 square kilometers. The Tama River flows to the
south from the west of city, and it’s learned about as a town with an
intake of the Tamagawa water supply excavated in the Edo Period.
The Musashino elementary school was founded in 1979 and 610 students
are on the register now.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Space experiments “about Gagarin FROM SPACE”
Centre Tourism and Youth Policy Ruzaevo Municipal District, Republic
of Mordovia, direct via UB3UAD
Contact is a go for 2014-03-02 10:24 UTC

Space experiments “about Gagarin FROM SPACE”
Center of Space Communications, St. Petersburg, who are winners
of the contest “Ask your question astronaut.”,direct via RA1AJN
Contact is a go for 2014-03-03 09:33 UTC

Space experiments “about Gagarin FROM SPACE”
Secondary school ? 50 YA Gagarin Kursk, direct via RW3W
Contact is a go for 2014-03-03 11:09 UTC

Central Square Middle School Amateur Radio Club, Central Square, NY,
direct via KC2ILA
Contact is go for: Mon 2014-03-03 14:05:15 UTC

Rock Bridge Elementary School, Columbia, MO, direct via KMØR
Contact is a go for: Wed 2014-03-05 14:00:13 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ ITF-1 information right after deployment requested.

JJ3GRX Toshi, project member of the satellite ITF-1 “YUI” launched
on Feb.27, reports “As you may know, we have not succeeded to
receive any signal from the satellite.”

We are gathering the information especially before 1st reach to
Japan.

If you monitored 437.525MHz between 19:13 – 20:15 Feb.27 (UTC),
please report the information.

“Monitored the freq. but no signal” is now very precious
information for us. If it is the case for many stations, we must
consider the power supply problem.

Providing the information is greatly appreciated.

[ANS thanks Toshihiro KAMEDA, JJ3GRX for the above information]

+ Owen Garriott (W5LFL) will speak about his experiences on Skylab at
the National Air and Space Museum on March 13. Tickets are free but
must be reserved at

http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=9565

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz N8FGV for the above information]

+ CQ-DATV 9 (March) is now available for download from

http://www.cq-datv.mobi/ebooks.php.

+ Celebrating Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s 80th Birthday

Keep an ear open during the entire month of March for Russian
special event station UE 80 HS.

This operation is being held to celebrate the 80th anniversary of
Russia’s first astronaut Yuri Gagarin who was born on March 9th
1934.

Gagarin was the first human to journey into space when his Vostok
spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on April 12th, 1961.

If you work UE 80 HS, please QSL via RW 6 HS.

[ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin for the above information]

+ Satellite Activation Planned From Isle of Lewis

Members of the Camb-Hams will once again be active as GS3PYE/p, but
this time from the Decca cottage, on the Isle of Lewis (IOSA OH01,
SCOTIA HI21, WLOTA 1477, Outer Hebrides, between April 26th and May
3rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using five stations on the
air, simultaneously, and all capable of running the legal power
limit from five amplifiers. Also, look them on 6m and 4m which has
a great take-off to the UK and Europe using the legal power limit.
With the success of EME in the past years, the group plans a 2m
and 23cm EME station with a focus on 23cm. There will also be
2m/70cm Satellite activity. QSL via M1ACB. For more information and
updates, visit:

http://dx.camb-hams.com

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1152 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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

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In this edition:

* G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM Steps Down from AMSAT BoD, VP-User Services Positions
* Upcoming ARISS Contacts
* Upcoming Satellite DX
* 2014 Spring CubeSat Developers’ Workshop Registration Now Open

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G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM Steps Down from AMSAT BoD, VP-User Services Positions

G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM of Knoxville, TN has resigned as an AMSAT Board of
Directors member as well as his position as VP-User Services on the AMSAT Senior
Leadership Team. Gould notified AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW of his
decision via an e-mail that states in part, ““It is with deep regret that I must
resign my AMSAT positions of BoD member and VP of User Services. AMSAT has
played a major part in my life over the last 25 years; the incredible people
have made it such a great pleasure.””

Gould has persevered despite chronic health issues, but recent severe medical
issues have precluded him from active participation in AMSAT for some time.
Gould noted, “I had hoped that I would be able to contribute this year, but that
hasn’t worked out. The organization needs to have contributing people in these
positions.”

In his reply to Gould’s notification, Barry responded in part, “I’m sorry to
receive your resignation; you have done so much for AMSAT over the years.”

Under AMSAT By-Laws, the position of an AMSAT board member who resigns is filled
by the First Alternate elected in the prior election. JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JWM
steps up as a board member as she was the “first runner up” in the 2013 election
cycle. She will remain on the Board through the 2014 election cycle later this
summer, when this position will be open for election by the membership. The
VP-User Services position is currently open.

Gould has been an AMSAT member since 1989 and a life member since 1998. An
Advanced Class license holder, Gould became
immediately involved with AMSAT once
he joined, first as an Area Coordinator, then as a prolific writer of various
“Guides” that have been donated by Gould to AMSAT for publication.

Among the books written by Gould and updated each year include Decoding
Telemetry started in 1990 which later became The AMSAT-NA “Digital Satellite
Guide in 1994 and published until 2008; The RS Satellite Operating Guide”
published from 1993-1997 became the Analog Satellites Operating Guide” in 1998
which in turn became the Getting Started in Amateur Satellites in 2003. Getting
Started in Amateur Satellites has been updated each year, and AMSAT intends to
release a revised edition at the 2014 Dayton Hamvention with materials
contributed by various authors.

Adding to his considerable body of work for AMSAT, Gould became a member of the
AO-51 command team in 2006 after he wrote a book on the satellite in 2005.
AO-51 Development, Operation and Specifications described the satellite’s
construction, launch, experiments and hardware specifications.

Gould’s writing has graced the pages of AMSAT JOURNAL over the years covering a
variety of topics as well a numerous papers presented at AMSAT’s Annual Space
Symposiums. Gould saw needs within the organization and filled them, such as
writing books that were useful to both newcomer and old hand alike.

As Director-Field Operations starting in 2004, Gould led a vibrant and
enthusiastic team of area coordinators who represent AMSAT at the local level,
giving club presentations, serving as Elmers, and representing AMSAT at local
hamfests. From 2005-2012, Gould also served as the Team Leader for AMSAT’s
participation at the Dayton Hamvention, including booth design and staffing,
developing support materials, and serving as a forum speaker on various topics.
As VP-User Services starting in 2008, Gould’s responsibilities broadened to
include the AMSAT Journal, “AMSAT News Service”, Electronic Services (including
the AMSAT website and electronic mail), Contests and Awards, as well as Field
Operations with team leaders assigned to each area reporting to Gould.

Gould was first elected by the membership to the AMSAT Board of Directors in
2008. As a BoD member he was actively engaged in the strategic direction of the
organization, developing recommendations on improving communication with the
membership and educational outreach.

Gould also stepped forward to serve as Project Manager of SuitSat-2 in 2008
after it became clear that the program, started in 2006, needed additional
management direction. When the Russians decided to discard the Orlan Spacesuit
that was in storage on the ISS due to the need to “clean house” in 2009, the
Suitsat-2 program morphed into ARISSat-1, a spacecraft to be deployed from the
ISS. Gould’s considerable dedication to the program was exemplified not only by
his ability to redirect the engineering team towards the successful redesign of
the spacecraft systems to be housed in its own structure, but his extensive
personal involvement in spacecraft testing and integration in Orlando, FL in the
summer of 2010. The end result was delivery of the spacecraft to NASA in
October 2010 for transportation to Moscow and successful deployment of ARISSat-1
from the ISS on 13 AUG 11. Gould helped to turn around a struggling program and
delivered a promised project to Russia for deployment.

The AMSAT Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team thank Gould for his
considerable accomplishments for AMSAT of the past 25 years and wish him well as
he deals with his medical issues.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Board of Directors for the above information]

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Upcoming ARISS Contacts

A direct contact with students at Exploration
Place, Wichita, KS, USA via WØSOE
is a go for: Fri 2014-02-28 16:24:04 UTC 47 deg.

Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages
interactive environments, hands-on
experiences, Kansas’ largest domed theater – the Boeing Dome Theater and
Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a
20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kansas. Find
more information at www.exploration.org, www.facebook.com/ExplorationPlace, and
www.Twitter.com/DiscoverAtEP.

Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet Elementary is located in
Wichita, Kansas. Mueller became an aerospace and engineering magnet in 2008 and
received a federal grant in 2010 to support the magnet themes with new
curriculum, professional development, supplies and technology for teaching
aerospace and engineering with a STEM emphasis. It is the only aerospace magnet
in the state of Kansas and the first school in Kansas to identify itself as a
STEM magnet school.

The Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Inc., established in December, 1932, is
organized as a 501c3 Non Profit corporation. Its objectives and purposes are to
encourage the public to recognize the value of the amateur radio service and
enhance the voluntary noncommercial communication service by providing emergency
and other useful communication; extend every amateur operator’s ability to
contribute to the advancement of the radio art; improve the service by advancing
skills in the communication and technical areas; expand the number of trained
operators and technicians in the amateur radio corp, and enhance international
goodwill through amateur radio.

For this ARISS event these three entities are coming together to provide a
unique opportunity for the students to speak to astronauts on board the ISS. The
contact would not be possible without technical assistance from the Wichita
Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Exploration Place has worked with Mueller Elementary
for several years on projects and is excited to once again provide this
opportunity with support from NASA.

A direct contact with students at Musashino Elementary School of Hamura-shi,
Hamura, Japan, via 8N1MA is a go for: Sat 2014-03-01 08:14:19 UTC 60 deg.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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Upcoming Satellite DX

A team of operators from Mexico will activate XF1T on Isla Cocina,
Jalisco, Mexico (IOTA NA-189, Grid DK79) on HF, 6 meters and
satellites. The operation is scheduled between March 14 – 17.
The team includes XE2AU, XE2AI, XE2AMS, XE2AY, XE1REW, XE1AY,
XE1FAS, XE1KKK, and XE2AA. (information via Omar, XE1AO)

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2014 Spring CubeSat Developers’ Workshop Registration Now Open

11th Annual CubeSat Developers’ Workshop with the theme of “The Edge of
Exploration” will be held April 23-25, 2014 in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Distinguished members of the CubeSat Community will gather, in company with
policy makers, government agency representatives, distinguished scientists, and
leading Academicians from all over the world, on Wednesday 23 April 2014, in San
Luis Obispo, CA for an educative and though-provoking forum. In part with the
gathering, attendees are encouraged to reach out to their fellow CubeSat
researchers to build community collaboration.

The Cal Poly CubeSat Group has invited authors to present papers in all areas
pertaining to the topics of CubeSat development and mission research.

Papers have been submitted for the following sessions:
1) Education and Design Philosophy
2) University Missions
3) Science Missions
4) Launch Capabilities, Testing, and Simulation
5) Enabling Technologies for Subsystems/Payloads/Deployables
6) Communication & Power

VENUE:
California State Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo Advanced Technology
Laboratories Presentation Room,  1 Grand Avenue, Building 7, San Luis Obispo, CA 93410, USA
http://maps.calpoly.edu/

CONTACT:
Cal Poly CubeSat Group
1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93410, USA
Telephone 1 805 756 5087
cubesat.workshop@gmail.com
www.CubeSat.org

[ANS thanks Christopher Ray Halcon 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 student 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

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Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* University of Louisiana CAPE II Cubesat Designated LO-75
* CubeSats deployed from International Space Station
* Brazilian students talk to Space Station using Amateur Radio
* New launch dates for SpaceX and Soyuz-2.1b Fregat-M
* FUNcube Data Warehouse Min-Max Values
* Brown University LED CubeSat
* Santa Catalina Island Activation on SO-50
* $50SAT PocketQube Update
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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University of Louisiana CAPE II Cubesat Designated LO-75

OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO announced the University
of Louisiana’s CAPE II cubesat has been designated as University of
Louisiana OSCAR 75 or LO-75.

Bill wrote to AMSAT mentor Nick Pugh, K5QXJ, and the CAPE II cubesat
team, “I have been able to determine CAPE II has met all of the
requirements for an OSCAR number. By the authority vested in me by
the AMSAT-NA president, I hereby issue CAPE II the designation Uni-
versity of Louisiana OSCAR 75 or LO-75. I, and all of the amateur
satellite community, wish LO-75 the best of success”.

CAPE II operates on 145.825 MHz with a CW beacon with the callsign
W5UL, it also includes a digipeater, text to speech operation, a
simplex repeater, email and tweet functions. The ground station soft-
ware can be downloaded from http://www.ulcape.org

FUNCube was recently issued OSCAR designation as AO-73. CubeBug-2
was designated as LO-74.

[ANS thanks Bill Tynan, W3XO for the above information]

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CubeSats deployed from International Space Station

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA
successfully deployed the first of the 33 CubeSats that were launched
from the Wallops Flight Facility, VA to the International Space
Station (ISS) in the Cygnus freighter on January 9.

The first two of the Flock-1 constellation of 28 Dove CubeSats made
by Planet Labs were deployed at about 0831 UT, it is thought there
were another two Dove CubeSats deployed at 1241 UT. Look for the
amateur radio satellites in the near future.

In addition to the 28 Planet Labs CubeSats there are four amateur
radio CubeSats – LituanicaSat-1, LitSat-1, ArduSat-2 and UAPSat-1 as
well as a 915 MHz CubeSat SkyCube.

LituanicaSat-1 carries a 145/435 MHz FM transponder while LitSat-1
is thought to carry a 435/145 MHz linear transponder for SSB/CW
communications.

The IARU coordinated frequencies are listed as:

LituanicaSAT-1
• FM Transponder Uplink 145.950 MHz Downlink 435.180 MHz
• AX25 Uplink 145.850 MHz AX25 Downlink 437.550 MHz
• CW Beacon 437.275 MHz
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lituanicasat1

LitSat-1
• SSB Transponder Uplink 435.180 MHz Downlink 145.950 MHz
• AX25 Uplink 437.550 MHz Downlink 145.850 MHz
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/palydovas

ArduSat
• 9k6 MSK CCSDS data format downlink 437.? MHz
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/575960623/ardusat-your-arduino-
experiment-in-space

UAPSAT
• AX.25 Packet Radio uplink 145.980 MHz downlink 437.385 MHz

Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA https://twitter.com/Astro_Wakata

NanoRacks https://twitter.com/nanoracks/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nanoracks

Planet Labs https://twitter.com/planetlabs

A Dove in Space https://twitter.com/adoveinspace

Southern Stars https://twitter.com/south_stars

Video of NanoRacks interview:
Deploying CubeSats from the Space Station
http://amsat-uk.org/2014/01/31/video-deploying-cubesats-from-the-
space-station/

CubeSats deployments are streamed live at
http://m.ustream.tv/channel/live-iss-stream

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Brazilian students talk to Space Station using Amateur Radio

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school
contact took place at 17:24 UT on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

International_Space_StationStudents at Escola Estadual ‘Gonçalves
Dias’, Boa Vista, Brazil, using the station of Paulo PV8DX, were able
to talk to astronaut Michael Hopkins KF5LJG who was using the
callsign OR4ISS. The contact lasted about 9 minutes and took place in
English on 145.800 MHz FM.

The school, founded in 1977, works in two shifts, morning and
afternoon with a total of 800 students. The school has a specialty
program dedicated to Computer Science and related areas – students in
this area were directly involved in the ARISS event. These same
students were involved in the development of questions and related
studies. The school has 70 teachers and 30 administrative support
staff.

The students asked these questions:

1. Why did you decide to be an astronaut?
2. How long can a person live in space?
3. How do you communicate with your family?
4. After the mission, what are the most critical physical and
psychological effects on your body and mind?
5. If someone is critically injured on the ISS, what would you do
with them?
6. In case of illness, how is aid provided?
7. What kind of research are you doing on the ISS?
8. Do you feel disoriented when you return home?
9. Given the incredible commitment to become an astronaut, do you
ever doubt your choice?
10. How do you bathe on the ISS?
11. What is the most interesting thing you have seen in Space?
12. Is oxygen recycled continually on the ISS or do supply vehicles
bring up new oxygen?
13. What is a typical day like on the ISS?
14. Since there are people from different countries on the ISS, what
is the language spoken on the Station and what kind of food do you eat?

Media coverage can be seen at
http://g1.globo.com/rr/roraima/noticia/2014/02/estudantes-de-rr-
fazem-contato-com-astronauta-em-estacao-espacial.html

http://g1.globo.com/rr/roraima/jornal-de-
roraima/videos/t/edicoes/v/estudantes-roraimenses-tem-contato-com-
astronauta-por-meio-de-projeto-da-nasa/3147827/

http://www.rr.gov.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=129
94:no-espaco-comunicacao-entre-estudantes-de-roraima-e-astronauta-
americano-foi-um-sucesso&catid=198:2014fevereiro&Itemid=210

Sign up for the SAREX maillist at
http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/sarex

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
http://www.ariss.org/

[ANS thanks ARISS and AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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New launch dates for SpaceX and Soyuz-2.1b Fregat-M

There are new launch dates for both SpaceX CRS-3 launching from the
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Soyuz-2.1b, Fregat-M which
will be launching from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

On his website Mineo Wakita JE9PEL provides the following information:

SpaceX CRS-3 (Dragon C5) Falcon 9 v1.1 is now planned for March 16,
2014 at 0841 UT. It should be carrying these satellites:
• All-Star/THEIA, Colorado Space Grant Consortium, 2401.700 MHz
• Hermes-2, Colorado Space Grant Consortium, 437.425 MHz
• Ho’oponopono-2, University of Hawaii, 427.220 MHz 9600 bps FSK /
GMSK
• LMRSat, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• SporeSat, Santa Clara University, 437.100 MHz and 2401.2-2431.2 MHz
• TechCube-1, NASA Goddard
• TSAT (TestSat-Lite), Taylor University

Soyuz-2.1b, Fregat-M is planned for June 1, 2014 at 1625 UT with
these satellites:
•AISSat-2, University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies,
Norway
• Baumanets-2, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
• DX-1, Dauria Aerospace, Russia
• Meteor-M-N2, NPP VNIIEM, Russia
• M3MSat, CSA / COM DEV, Canada
• Relek (MKA-PN-2), Lavochkin, Russia
• SkySat-2, Skybox Imaging, USA
• TechDemoSat-1, SSTL, UK
• UKube-1, UK Space Agency, UK
• Venta-1, Ventspils University, Latvia

UKube-1 communications subsystem:
• Telemetry downlink 145.840 MHz
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink
• FUNcube subsystem beacon 145.915 MHz 1200 bps BPSK
• 400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
– 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
– 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink

[ANS thanks Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL & AMSAT-UK for the above
announcement]

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FUNcube Data Warehouse Min-Max Values

Since deployment on November 21, 2013 of FUNcube-1 (AO-73) the
FUNcube team have been capturing the minimum and maximum Realtime
values for each channel when they have been uploaded by a ground
station. This has given a good overview for the early operation and
initial commissioning.

The team have now moved into a steady state of operation and need to
check for long-term trends. To achieve this, they have changed the
min-max data collection such that it resets every 7 days and we
capture the values each time it does so. At reset you will see the
reference date change on the page and the min/max values converge.
They will diverge again within an orbit.

The team have considered a rolling 7 day period but that is quite a
heavyweight process on the server as it has to be run each time we
get an upload!

As always, many thanks to all those who are uploading data to the
warehouse.

Any feedback to the forum as usual please: http://forum.funcube.org.uk

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Brown University LED CubeSat

The EQUiSat CubeSat will have an LED beacon visible to the naked eye
at night and will transmit data about its health and position.

EQUiSat, being built by a team of students at Brown University in
Providence, Rhode Island, has been cleared for launch.

NASA has announced that EQUiSat is among 16 small satellites
selected to fly on rockets to be launched over the three-year period
beginning in 2015. EQUiSat has not been assigned to a particular
rocket, but the announcement assures that the student-led project has
a ticket to ride.

“It was pretty great to hear the news on Thursday,” said Hannah
Varner, a senior engineering concentrator and one of the team’s
leaders. “We’ve all been in disbelief for the last few days.”

The launch will be part of NASA’s CubeSats Launch Initiative.
CubeSats are miniature spacecraft — four-inch cubes weighing around
two pounds — that can be included as auxiliary payloads on rockets
flown for other primary missions. The program’s purpose is to spur
innovation in the design of relatively low-cost satellites and to get
students interested in space technology. To get into the program, the
Brown team submitted an application and made presentations to two
review boards that judged the project’s technical feasibility and
overall merit.

EQUiSat’s mission will be largely educational. The tiny satellite
will carry a flashing LED beacon that will be visible to the naked
eye as it passes through the night sky. In Providence, the beacon
should be approximately as bright as the North Star, flashing every
two minutes when in the night sky. EQUiSat will also broadcast via
radio data on the health of its systems and its orientation relative
to the Earth and sun. The signal will be available to anyone with a
simple amateur radio receiver.

The idea is for EQUiSat to be a visible and audible ambassador from
space to students and space enthusiasts on earth. The Brown team
plans to combine the launch with a public outreach program. An app
will help people track EQUiSat and know when it’s visible at their
location. The team also plans to put together lessons that use
EQUiSat to teach middle and high school students about satellites,
orbital science, and space in general.

“Satellites have become so common but so few people know how
important they are to everything we do,” Varner said. “They’re
crucial to cell phones and TV and everything. So exposing a younger
audience and a non-science audience to satellites was important for
us.”

Another aspect of the mission is to show that space can be
accessible to just about anyone with enough interest to try to get
there.

“CubeSats are a really great architecture because, compared to other
kinds of satellites, you can build them really quickly and get a
launch comparatively easily,” said Emily Gilbert, a physics
concentrator and an EQUiSat team leader. “They’re launched as
secondary payloads so you don’t need to commission your own rocket
for hundreds of millions of dollars. So it’s great for student groups
without a lot of money and without a lot of time.”

EQUiSat will be inexpensive even by CubeSat standards. The students
are building their satellite essentially from scratch, despite the
fact that CubeSat parts — chassis, solar panels, and other components
— can be purchased. Those parts aren’t cheap, and the build cost for
most CubeSats is generally north of $30,000. But the EQUiSat team is
working on a budget of around $13,000. Ultimately the students hope
the design they develop for EQUiSat will lead to a CubeSat that can
be built for $3,000 or less.

“We’re trying to prove that it’s possible to meet all of the
specifications and all of the requirements without the very, very
costly technology that is out there to build a satellite,” Varner
said.

The students have worked for the last three years to design and
build EQUiSat’s key systems. An attitude control system will align
the satellite with Earth’s magnetic field to keep the LED pointed at
a visible angle. A solar array will charge a set of lithium iron
phosphate batteries, which will in turn power the LED and radio
communications system. All of those systems will be carried on a
chassis that can withstand the vibration of launch and the harsh
vacuum of space. The team will spend the next year or so refining
those systems and putting them all together on their tiny spacecraft.

The EQUiSat venture was launched in 2011 as part of an engineering
design class taught by Rick Fleeter K8VK, adjunct professor of
engineering. The project morphed into a student club in 2012 and now
has around 30 student members. Fleeter, who founded a private
satellite company before coming to Brown, oversees the club. But this
is very much a student-owned project, he says.

“They’re just going on their own energy. I kind of got them pointed
in the right direction, but it’s not like I have to encourage them or
say, ‘Gee, guys, we ought to have a meeting.’ They just go.”

The original student founders were Kelsey MacMillan, Alexander Neff,
Alexander Carrere, and Michael Monn KF7DEC, all members of the 2012
class. They passed the torch to the current group of leaders,
including Varner, Gilbert, Kelly Hering, Tyler Del Sesto and Casey
Meehan. All except Meehan are seniors, so they’ll need to pass the
torch again. They’re quite confident that younger students will get
EQUiSat into space.

“We have a really enthusiastic bunch coming up behind us,” Gilbert
said. “We have a lot of faith in them.”

The team could get its launch call anytime starting next year
through 2017.

Brown University Cubesat project
https://mygroups.brown.edu/organization/CubeSat

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/browncubesat

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Santa Catalina Island Activation on SO-50

The Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce that it
will again be activating Santa Catalina Island, NA-066 as part of the
RSGB IOTA program from Wednesday, 19 February to Sunday, 23 February
2014. The K6PV/6 operation will straddle grid squares DM03rk/DM03sk.

The team will arrive on the afternoon of the 19h and will be on the
air with at least two HF stations by evening, and three HF stations
by the next morning. Operation is planned to follow propagation on
all HF bands 80 through 10 meters , and on 6 meters if conditions
permit. Modes of operation will include SSB, CW, and RTTY.

Satellite operation is planned for SO-50 on available passes
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. QSL via K6PV.

[ANS thanks the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club and the Work-Sat
list for the above information]

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$50SAT PocketQube Update

Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA provides this update on the $50SAT
PocketQube which transmits on 437.505 MHz (+/-9 kHz Doppler shift).

The TLEs on the Dropbox have been updated to reflect the latest
element set available from Celestrak. This probably is not necessary,
as many (if not all) of you are probably pulling them down into your
satellite prediction programs straight from Celestrak’s WWW site.

Construction of the replacement engineering model (engineering model
1 was promoted to flight model 1 and is what is in orbit) has been
completed, and preliminary tests show it to be operating correctly. I
posted a few photos of the build up on the Dropbox in the
Pictures/Engineering-Model-2 folder. Final mass is 202.1 g, which is
about 4 to 5 grams lighter than the flight model. This is in line
with expectations, as it only has 1 fully populated solar panel, and
the missing solar cells (18 of the 24 used on the flight model) would
add about 4 to 5 g.

The RTTY reports file has been updated to include all telemetry
posted/collected as of 2014-02-11. This file has nearly doubled in
size from the last update, which was only 16 days ago. Thanks to
everyone who has been feeding the data beast by posting their
telemetry; please keep doing so. QSL cards for those who have been
posting telemetry should start appear in your mailbox in the next few
weeks (or sooner).

While it is still quite cold (and snowy) here in EN82, I have been
going out with my FT-60 to listen for at least one pass per day. As
the terminator continues to move north (not fast enough for some of
us who would like to get past winter), I have noticed the point where
the FM Morse beacon transitions to slow code speed (indicating it is
now warm enough to turn on the solar power) has been occurring
earlier in the pass. As soon as it warms up a bit, I will gather some
telemetry just to see how much solar power is being generated.

I have a bit more analysis to do, but thanks to some telemetry
captured by Kristaps, we believe the low temperature of $50SAT to be
about -24 degrees C.

73, Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA

$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 Kirkhart, KD8QBA and AMSAT-UK for the above
information]

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Upcoming AMSAT Events

Sunday, 23 February 2014 – Vienna Wireless Winterfest at Vienna VA.
AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, Steve Greene KS1G will lead
a forum, and there may be satellite demonstrations during this event.

Saturday, 1 March 2014 – Irving Amateur Radio Club Hamfest at Betcha
Bingo Hall in Irving TX (between Fort Worth and Dallas). AMSAT will
have a table at this hamfest, and there may be satellite
demonstrations during this event.

Friday and Saturday, 7-8 March 2014 – Green Country Hamfest and ARRL
West Gulf Division Convention at Claremore Expo Center in Claremore
OK. AMSAT will have a booth at this event, and there may be
satellite demonstrations during this event.

Friday and Saturday, 14-15 March 2014 – Acadiana Amateur Radio
Association‘s Rayne Hamfest and ARRL Delta Division Convention at the
Rayne Civic Center in Rayne LA. AMSAT will have a booth at this
event, and there may be satellite demonstrations during the event.

Saturday, 15 March 2014 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club‘s Springfest
in Scottsdale AZ (northeast of Phoenix). AMSAT will have a table at
this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are planned.
Demonstrations at this hamfest will be done using the call sign
W1AW/7 as part of the ARRL centennial commemorations, and QSLing will
be handled by ARRL.

Saturday, 29 March 2014 – Radio Society of Tucson‘s 2014 Hamfest in
Tucson AZ. AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – The Greater Baltimore Hamboree and
Computerfest 2014, including the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Expo
2014, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium MD. AMSAT will
have a booth at this hamfest, and other AMSAT-related events may be
planned.

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – Amateur Radio Club of Parker County‘s
Weatherford Hamfest at the Central Christian Church in Weatherford TX
(west of Fort Worth). AMSAT will have a table at this event, and
there may be satellite demonstrations during the hamfest.

Monday, 28 April 2014 – presentation at Franklin County Amateur
Radio Club meeting in Greenfield MA by Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President)

Saturday, 3 May 2014 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association‘s Larry
Warren Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ (southeast of Tucson) – AMSAT will
have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are
planned.

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain
Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260)
– AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of
Dallas)

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial
Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite
Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with
an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 August 2014 – Shelby Hamfest in Shelby NC
(west of Gastonia and Charlotte) – Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President) will host an AMSAT Forum on Saturday of this weekend

AMSAT maintains and updated list of known upcoming events at
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=218

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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ARISS News

Next planned event(s):

1. A telebridge contact with students at Delaware Township School,
Sergeantsville, NJ, USA via VK4KHZ is a go for: Wed 2014-02-19
15:04:25 UTC 45 deg.

Delaware Township School has approximately 400 students in pre-
kindergarten through eighth grade. It is a one school district
located in a rural township in Hunterdon County, NJ. Our school is
named for the Delaware River, which runs through part of our
township. Students from Delaware Township School go to high school
at Hunterdon Central Regional High School with students from four
other sending districts, East Amwell, Readington, and Flemington-
Raritan. Something special about our township is that it celebrated
its 175th anniversary this past year and the County of Hunterdon is
currently celebrating its 300th anniversary during 2014. One of our
former residents, Daniel Bray, was instrumental in securing boats for
the Continental Army to cross the Delaware River when retreating from
the British during the Revolutionary War. Our township also has the
last covered bridge in use in New Jersey. Our school is proud of
not only its township history but also its attention to science. We
have three science labs in our school, one dedicated exclusively to
elementary school classes and the other two for middle school
classes. Every year we hold a Science Night showcasing student
science projects, research, and inventions. Our fifth grade students
participate in the Science Olympiad completion every year and have
been known to bring home many medals. Many of our students move on
to honors science classes in high school. In preparation for this
radio contact with the International Space Station, one of our
students earned his amateur radio operator license and is helping a
classmate to earn his license, too. They will be leading a Radio Club
Enrichment program for younger students this year. We are very
excited to make this radio contact with the International Space
Station.

2. A telebridge contact with students at Fort Belvoir
Elementary School, Arlington, VA, USA, hosted by Marymount University
is a go for: Wed 2014-02-19 19:02:07 UTC 79 deg.

Fort Belvoir Elementary School (FBES) serves approximately 1,200
students in preK-6th grade, 96 percent of whom who are military
dependents. Located on Fort Belvoir, an Army installation, FBES is
part of the Fairfax County Public School System and one of the
largest elementary schools in the Washington metropolitan area. FBES
is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Focus
elementary school funded by two consecutive grants from the
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) totaling more than
3.1 million dollars. The grant program is known as, Operation
Patriotic STEM (OPS). OPS has enabled FBES to create a fully
equipped STEM Lab and hire a dedicated STEM Focus resource teacher,
who provides inquiry-based, hands-on lessons for all students.
Additionally, students participate in after-school and summer STEM
enrichment programming and families enjoy STEM field trips and STEM
family days. These activities are specifically designed to increase
students’ enthusiasm for STEM education and potentially encourage
them to pursue STEM careers.

The STEM emphasis is further supported through a partnership with
Marymount University (MU). MU education and science faculty and
students organize hands-on STEM activities for the annual family
events such as “Family STEM Day” and the “Science and Engineering
Fair and Family Day”. Additionally, MU will begin a new program for
the spring semester 2014. MU pre-service teachers will come to FBES
for their “Math and Science Methodologies in Education” coursework.
Pre-service teachers will be bused to FBES weekly, during the spring
semester 2014, where they will be instructed by their professor and
then practice their newly acquired skills in the classroom with FBES
teachers and students. On the day of the ARISS contact, these
students will be present to assist.

3. A telebridge contact with cadets at Australian Air League –
South Australia Wing, Elizabeth, South Australia via IK1SLD (***) is
a go for: Fri 2014-02-21 08:36:46 30 deg.

We have approximately 100 cadets in South Australia, approximately
25% being female. Currently we have three squadrons here in South
Australia. Parafield, Gawler and Port Adelaide. Each squadron meets
once a week, but also at many other times throughout the year for
other reason, such as ANZAC day, citizenship ceremonies, flying days,
camps etc. There are squadrons all over Australia.

The Australian Air League is a youth organisation for boys and girls
aged from 8 to 18 years which encourages an interest in aviation as a
career or as a hobby for the youth of Australia. The organisation is
entirely self-funding and is staffed by volunteers who give their
time to achieve its goals.

The aims and objectives of the Australian Air League include:
1. To promote and encourage the development of Aviation in the Youth
of Australia
2. To promote good citizenship
3. To promote ingenuity and resourcefulness of its members
4. To develop the physical and mental abilities of its members

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering
the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA,
CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from
participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the
excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-
board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and
communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS
can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and
learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on
the website
http://www.ariss.org/
(graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).

[ ANS thanks ARISS for the above update]

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Satellite Shorts from all over

Satellites in ARRLs Radio Waves Newsletter

The Winter 2014 edition of Radio Waves, ARRL’s e-newsletter for
instructors and teachers, is now available.

Among the selection of articles: High School Students Put Packet
Radio to Work for Local Environmental Study, Club Boasts Fourfold
Increase in New Licensees/Upgrades, Instructor Corner, News, Ideas,
Support, and In The Classroom: Teaching Ohm’s Law.

The newsletter also features the AMSAT-UK FUNcube satellite project.

Radio Waves aims to provide information that will help educators and
instructors with licensing or classroom instruction and to share
experiences and stories of other instructors and teachers that may
offer ideas for you to incorporate in your own activities.

Download the Winter Radio Waves at
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Radio%20Waves%20Newsletter/Winter%2020
14%20Radio%20Waves.pdf

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above short]

EL96 SO-50 15-16 Feb 2014

John, K8YSE will try to operate on SO-50 from EL96 on Saturday
and Sunday, 15 and 16 February as follows:

15Feb2014 1302-1315utc 46deg elev max
15Feb2014 2322-2334utc 31deg elev max

16Feb2014 1149-1201utc 36deg elev max
16Feb2014 2209-2221utc 53deg elev max

The morning passes will have limited visibility to
the north, however, I will try to operate from a
better location on the late afternoon passes.

I cannot promise that I will be on all passes but I
will try.

If you work me and need a card, please send an email
to my qrz.com address with qso details.
Do not send any SASE’s.

[ANS thanks John, K8YSE for the above short]

Fox Satellites Description

(The following is a description of the Fox’s satellites that I
excerpted from an AMSAT-BB response)

The main point of Fox-2 is to develop and fly an
advanced, software defined transponder (SDX.)
An SDX can be programmed to be any kind of
transponder. It will be a linear, inverting,
mode-J transponder by default.

We would also like to try some new and
interesting digital modes perhaps including
digital voice which would be my personal favorite.
That is the tremendous flexibility you get with
an SDX. You can change the transponder in software.

ARISSat-1 was our first attempt at an SDX and it
worked very well. It could only be programmed on
the ground though. The SDX for Fox-2 will
be programmable in orbit.

Fox-2 will be a 3U CubeSat (3x the size of Fox-1)
providing a lot more power and space for the
electronics.

The source of confusion may be because we are
building four Fox-1 flight units. The idea is
to have them available and ready to fly so
we can easily team up with universities that want
to fly science missions and get free launches.
Building them all at once is also a much cheaper
way to build satellites.

All four Fox-1 units will have the same hardware
and avionics. The universities will supply their
experiment cards and the software can be customized
for each satellite as needed.

Once the Fox-1 flight models are built, the engineering
team can begin working on Fox-2. That should start
this year.

The status of the Fox-1 satellites is as follows:

Fox-1 (Fox-1A) is scheduled to fly on NROL-55.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is a joint project with Vanderbilt
University. It has already been accepted into the
NASA ELaNa program but it has not been assigned a
launch yet.

Fox-1C and Fox-1D are not currently assingned.

[ANS thanks Tony Monterio, AA2TX for the above short]

Corrections from ANS-040

In the “Satellites News from the Magazines” report, Hector Martinez
CO6CBF/KF5YXV was mistakenly refered to as Victor.

FCC Seeks Comments on WR-2015 Draft Recommendations (Correction)

Last week’s article on the FCC seeking comments on WR-2015 Draft
Recommendations should have listed the ARRL as the source.
In the search for articles, and the many news reflectors that exist
on the internet (including the ANS), sometimes the source is
misidentified. ANS apologizes for any inconvenience in finding
the referenced material. A full reprint is below.

FCC Seeks Comments on WR-2015 Draft Recommendations

The FCC has invited comments by February 18 on the latest batch of
draft recommendations of its Advisory Committee for World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-2015).

At its January 27 meeting, the Advisory Committee (WAC) approved
draft recommendations on a number of issues that will be considered
by WRC-2015. Some items, including one which could possibly lead to
changes to 60 meters in the long term, could affect the Amateur and
Amateur-Satellite services.

Of interest to the Amateur Radio Satellite community, WRC-2015 will
consider a number of issues that could impact amateur allocations
above 420 MHz, including a possible extension of the current
worldwide allocation to the Earth Exploration-Satellite service in
the band 9300 to 9900 MHz by up to 600 MHz “within the frequency
bands 8700 to 9300 MHz and/or 9900 to 10,500 MHz”

Incumbent services in the 9900 to 10,500 MHz range include the
Radiolocation, Fixed, Mobile, Amateur, and Amateur-Satellite services.

The Amateur Service is secondary at 10,000 to 10,500 MHz worldwide,
and the Amateur-Satellite Service is secondary at 10,450 to 10,500
MHz worldwide.

The FCC said comments provided by interested parties will assist it
in its consultations with the US Department of State and NTIA in the
development of US positions for WRC-2015. “The recommendations…may
evolve in the course of inter-agency discussions as we approach WRC-15
and, therefore, do not constitute a final US Government position on
any issue,” the FCC Public Notice stressed.

Comments should reference IB Docket 04-286 and specific
recommendations by WAC document number. Interested parties may file
comments via the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) at

http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/

The ARRL plans to file comments in this proceeding.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

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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
ANS-040

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:

* Ham radio CubeSat deployment postponed
* Ham TV Commissioning Postponed until March 8
* Satellites News from the Magazines
* Can Radio Hams receive NASA’s ISSE-3/ICE ?
* Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
* Outernet – Shortwave radio from space
* FCC Seeks Comments on WR-2015 Draft Rcommendations
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-040.01
ANS-040 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 040.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
DATE MMMM DDDD, YYYY
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-040.01

Ham radio CubeSat deployment postponed

The deployment of amateur radio CubeSats from the International
Space Station (ISS) planned for Thursday, February 6 has been
postponed.

NASA say:

Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA spent his morning working in
the Japanese Kibo module to install a deployer mechanism that will be
used in concert with the Kibo robotic arm to “launch” the first set
of NanoRacks CubeSats. Wakata, who ran into some difficulty last week
installing an electronics box that would help control the deployment
of the mini-satellites, successfully installed that box after
troubleshooting an alignment issue. The deployment of the first
batch of CubeSats, which had originally been scheduled for this week
before being postponed following last week’s installation issue, has
been postponed further to make sure that the CubeSats do not fall
into the intended orbit of the Global Precipitation Measurement
satellite launching later this month. The exact date of the CubeSat
deployment is still being evaluated.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Ham Video Commissioning postponed

ESA postponed the Ham Video Commissioning to March 8.

Possible dates for the four Commissioning steps are March 8 (step
1), March 9 (step 2), and March 16 (step 3).
Step 3 could be turned into step 4.
These dates are all on the weekend.

With this agenda, we have just 1 week of blank transmissions.

The agenda is still to be finalized.

[ANS thanks Gaston ON4WF, via HamTV Bulletin #6 for the above
information]

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Satellites News from the Magazines

Steve Ford, WB8IMY, mentions Mineo Wakita’s, JE9PEL, list of amateur
satellite frequencies in February’s QST. Check it out on page 52.
Included are the links to the list on the web and to his Excel list.
Web Satlist: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/satslist.htm
Excel Satlist: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/satslist.xls

February issue of CQ is their QRP Edition. On pp. 54-59 see Mike
Herr’s article “Satellites and the QRPer…or Don’t Worry About
Sunspots”.

The Department article “vhf plus”, page 88, features a Teen led ISS
contact, Victor CO6CBF/KF5YXV acquiring his US Technician license,
FUncube, and Saying Hi to Juno

There are many other articles, that even though aren’t specific to
Amateur Satellites, should be of interest for portable operators.

Note that CQ’s three sister magazines “Popular Communications”, “CQ
VHF”, and “World Radio Online” have all merged into a digital
supplement to the digital CQ to be called “CQ Plus”. If you subscribe
to one of these magazines your subscriptions will be transfered to CQ.

[ANS thanks QST and CQ for the above information]

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Can Radio Hams receive NASA’s ISSE-3/ICE ?

A post on the Planetary Society website wonders if radio amateurs
will be able to pick up the signal from the ISSE-3/ICE spacecraft as
it passes Earth

Emily Lakdawalla says: The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-
3), a spacecraft that was launched in 1978 to study Earth’s
magnetosphere and repurposed in 1983 to study two comets. Renamed the
International Cometary Explorer (ICE), it has been in a heliocentric
orbit since then, traveling just slightly faster than Earth. It’s
finally catching up to us from behind, and will return to Earth in
August, 2014.

It’s still functioning, broadcasting a carrier signal that the Deep
Space Network successfully detected in 2008. Twelve of its 13
instruments were working when we last checked on its condition,
sometime prior to 1999.

The 36 year-old satellite is still apparently operational but it
appears that NASA can no longer send commands to it because the
transmitters to do so were removed in 1999.

Emily sums up:
So ISEE-3 will pass by us, ready to talk with us, but in the 30
years since it departed Earth we’ve lost the ability to speak its
language.
I wonder if ham radio operators will be able to pick up its carrier
signal – it’s meaningless, I guess, but it feels like an honorable
thing to do, a kind of salute to the venerable ship as it passes by.

The satellite carries Redundant S-band transponders, each with 5
Watt RF output

Transponder A:
2090.66 MHz RHCP uplink, command or ranging
2270.40 MHz RHCP downlink, telemetry or ranging

Transponder B:
2041.95 MHz LHCP uplink, command
2217.50 MHz LHCP downlink, telemetry

Transmit antenna: medium gain with dual inputs for simultaneous
right and left hand circular polarization downlink, 8 rows of 4
elements, 7 dBi, ±6° beamwidth, multibeam, electronically steerable,
four lobe, omni directional coverage in azimuth

Receive antenna: 2042 MHz, intermediate gain, 1 row of 4 elements, 0
dBi, ±45° beamwidth

Read the Planetary Society post at

http://tinyurl.com/ANS040-emily-lakdawalla

ISSE-3/ICE Telecommunications Summary

http://mdkenny.customer.netspace.net.au/ISEE-3.pdf

[ANS thanks The Planetary Society via Southgate ARN for the above
information]

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Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!

NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be
etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu
in 2016.

The “Messages to Bennu!” microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard
the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security
Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. The robotic mission will
spend more than two years at the asteroid, which has a width of
approximately 1,760 feet (500 meters). The spacecraft will collect a
sample of Bennu’s surface and return it to Earth in a sample return
capsule.

The deadline to submit names online is Sept. 30, 2014. Participants
who submit their names to the “Messages to Bennu!” campaign will be
able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their
involvement.

For more information and to submit your name, visit

http://planetary.org/bennu.

Participants who “follow” or “like” the mission on Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx) will receive updates on the
location of their names in space from launch time until the asteroid
samples return to Earth in 2023. Facebook fans also will receive
mission progress and late-breaking news through regular status
updates.

For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit
http://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
tps@planetary.org.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Feb. 6, 2014 for the
above information]

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Outernet – Shortwave radio from space

Outernet is described as the modern version of shortwave radio
broadcast from space

It is planned that the Outernet will consist of a constellation of
hundreds of low-cost, CubeSats in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Each
satellite receives data streams from a network of ground stations and
transmits that data in a continuous loop until new content is
received.

In order to serve the widest possible global audience, the entire
constellation utilizes UDP-based multicasting over WiFi. Although
still not common, WiFi multicasting is a proven technology,
especially when the data requires only one hop to reach the recipient.

Outernet claims to be able to bypass censorship, ensure privacy, and
offer a universally-accessible information service at no cost to
global citizens.
They say lack of an Internet connection should not prevent anyone from
learning about current events, trending topics, and innovative ideas.

Although Outernet’s near-term goal is to provide the entire world with
broadcast data, the long-term vision includes the addition of two-way
Internet access for everyone – for free.

The team hope to have the first test CubeSats launched in 2015.

http://tinyurl.com/ANS040-SpaceShortwave

Outernet

https://www.outernet.is/

[ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information]

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FCC Seeks Comments on WR-2015 Draft Rcommendations

The FCC has invited comments by February 18 on the latest batch of
draft recommendations of its Advisory Committee for World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-2015).

At its January 27 meeting, the Advisory Committee (WAC) approved
draft recommendations on a number of issues that will be considered
by WRC-2015. Some items, including one which could possibly lead to
changes to 60 meters in the long term, could affect the Amateur and
Amateur-Satellite services.

Of interest to the Amateur Radio Satellite community, WRC-2015 will
consider a number of issues that could impact amateur allocations
above 420 MHz, including a possible extension of the current
worldwide allocation to the Earth Exploration-Satellite service in
the band 9300 to 9900 MHz by up to 600 MHz “within the frequency
bands 8700 to 9300 MHz and/or 9900 to 10,500 MHz”

Incumbent services in the 9900 to 10,500 MHz range include the
Radiolocation, Fixed, Mobile, Amateur, and Amateur-Satellite services.

The Amateur Service is secondary at 10,000 to 10,500 MHz worldwide,
and the Amateur-Satellite Service is secondary at 10,450 to 10,500
MHz worldwide.

The FCC said comments provided by interested parties will assist it
in its consultations with the US Department of State and NTIA in the
development of US positions for WRC-2015. “The recommendations…may
evolve in the course of interagency discussions as we approach WRC-15
and, therefore, do not constitute a final US Government position on
any issue,” the FCC Public Notice stressed.

Comments should reference IB Docket 04-286 and specific
recommendations by WAC document number. Interested parties may file
comments via the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) at
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/ . The ARRL plans to file comments in this
proceeding.

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

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ARISS News

Successful ARISS Contacts

+ A Successful contact was made between Takatsuki Dai 1 Junior High
School, Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, and Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA
using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-02-08 09:11:01 UTC and
lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via 8N3T.
ARISS Mentor was 7M3TJZ.

The Dai 1 Junior High School Area Education Council is the
organization where many organizations, such as a school, a local
resident, etc. of the Dai 1 Junior High School Division, have
participated.
The Dai 1 Junior High Schoolarea education council is in the center
of Takatsuki city.
A secretariat is located in the Dai 1 Junior High School.
The 10th anniversary of foundation will be celebrated this
year.Their reason for a ARISS contact was to give their children a
dream as a commemorative event.

The Dai 1 Junior High School opened April 22, 1947. It is the oldest
Junior High School in the Takatsuki city and has a long history. Its
centrally located and is next to the old castle foundation. There are
now 404 students in attendance. They all study hard abd pursue sports
actively.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Chuuou Elementary School, Toyoake, Japan, direct via 8N2TCES
Contact is a go for: Sun 2014-02-09 08:22:48 UTC

Escola Estadual “Gonçalves Dias” , Boa Vista, Brazil, direct via
PV8DX
Contact is a go for: Thu 2014-02-13 17:19:54 UTC

ITIS Giovanni Caramuel, Vigevano, Italy, telebridge via AH6NM
Contact is a go for: Sat 2014-02-15 10:11:54 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Nh6Y Operating as W1AW/KH6 for one week starting on February 5.

DX Newsletter DXNL 1870 – February 5, 2014

KH6, Hawaii:
Tom, NH6Y, is going to cover the satellite operations of
W1AW/KH6 for one week starting on February 5.

[ANS thanks DX Newsletter for the above information]

+ DC Area Technician Class

The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club has scheduled a free amateur radio
Technician class for six Saturday mornings starting March 1st. These
will be held at Montgomery College, in Rockville, MD. The schedule
and location can be found via

http://www.marcclub.org/mweb/exam_classes.html

We have a classroom, a schedule and instructors, but we need more
students at this time. Please spread the word to help us to get
students for this free class.

In addition, they have posted their scheduled public exam sessions.
The details are at

http://www.marcclub.org/mweb/exam_details.html

[ANS thanks David, W2LNX and AMSAT-DC for the above information]

+ Heavens-Above adds AO-73

Chris Peat, who runs Heavens-Above states that FUNcube-1 has been
added to the list of Amateur Satellites.

http://www.heavens-above.com/AmateurSats.aspx

[ANS thanks David G4DPZ for the above information]

+ Video: Deploying CubeSats from the Space Station

http://tinyurl.com/ANS040-DeployCubes

[ANS Thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

+ FUNcube Fitter Messages

A text file which contains ALL the Fitter Messages that have been
captured by groundstations can be downloaded using the link on the
Fitter Messages page on the FUNcube Warehouse at:

http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/fitter.html

The process to generate this file is executed once per day at
midnight UTC.

The live page will show that Fitter Messages captured during the
past 7 days.

+ AMSAT at ARRL Centennial July 17

AMSAT will offer a day long session on the basics of Amateur
Satellites. The following is from the ARRL Centennial site.

https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab2.aspx?EventID=1248082

Amateur Satellites: The Basics – Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Since Amateurs heard the first transmissions of Sputnik and
OSCAR-1, they have asked, “How can I do that?” This daylong session
will provide best practices and helpful hints that will allow even
the modest station to be used to communicate with the amateur “birds
in space.”

[ANS Thanks ARRL 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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-033

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:

* January/February 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready
* AMSAT-NA at Orlando HamCation 2014 Next Weekend!
* AMSAT SKN Best Fist Winners
* Von Karman Institute QB50 Precursor Flights to Carry Ham Transponders
* HamTV Article Available From AMSAT Journal Sample Downloads Page

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-033.01
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 033.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 2, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-033.01

January/February 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready

AMSAT Journal Editor, JoAnne K9JKM announced this week that the
January/February 2014 issue of the magazine is complete. It has
been sent to the print shop. Using past metrics it has taken be-
tween 3-4 weeks for the print shop, mail processing, to delivery
at your QTH.

In this issue you will find:

+ AMSAT Announcements

+ Apogee View by Barry Baines, WD4ASW

+ An Internet Remote Station by John Papays, K8YSE/7

+ Report From the 2013 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General
Meeting from many contributors

+ Symposium Photos from many contributors

+ Special Events: Tours of the Battleship Texas and the Johnson
Space Center

+ Star Comm Group Announces New “Got Grids” Award
by Damon Runion, WA4HFN

+ Full Circle – From Hearing W5LFL in 1983 to a Handshake in 2013
by George Carr, WA5KBH

+ AMSAT Thanks Our 2013 Prize Donors

+ Congratulations and Thanks to Our Dedicated Volunteers

+ Thanks from Hector, CO6CBF by Hector Martinez, CO6CBF

Thanks to the Journal editors: James, K3JPH; Bernhard, VA6BMJ; and
Douglas, KA2UPW/5 for all their help to get this issue ready. And
very big thanks to all who sent articles, photos, and information!
Please keep those coming to the Journal mailbox: journal@amsat.org.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal team for the above information]

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AMSAT-NA at Orlando HamCation 2014 Next Weekend!

AMSAT-NA will be at the 2014 Orlando HamCation on Friday through
Sunday, 7-9 February 2014. Stop by the AMSAT booth where John Papay,
K8YSE will be demonstrating his two remote satellite stations. Don’t
miss the AMSAT Forum on Saturday, February 8th. It will be moderated
by Dave Jordan, AA4KN and will be located in the Children’s Safety
Village, Classroom I, 1:45 – 2:45 PM. Speakers will include AMSAT-NA
President Barry Baines, WD4ASW on AMSAT’s activities, Lou McFadin,
W5DID on the new HamTV experiment on the International Space Station,
and Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT-NA Vice President for Operations
on AO-73 and other new amateur satellites. Drew will also will be on
hand both Saturday and Sunday conducting portable satellite contacts
and fielding questions from the crowd.

Drew and John will be operating as W100AW/4 for the portable
demos from the HamCation!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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AMSAT SKN Best Fist Winners

Thanks to all who participated in AMSAT’s
Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2014, held
in memory of Robert Morris, W2LV.

The following participants each received one or more nominations for Best Fist:
AA5PK, N5AFV, W5ACM, WA5KBH, WB7QXV, K9CIS, W9EN.

An honorary nomination goes to W2LV, whose distinctive bug fist was always easy
to copy. Bob preferred a bug to a keyer because he was active on American
Morse, which uses both short and long dahs. He could switch effortlessly
between the American and international Morse codes.

Congratulations to all, and see you next year!

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information}

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Von Karman Institute QB50 Precursor Flights to Carry Ham Transponders

The Von Karman Institute of Belgium is developing a launch of the
QB50 constellation of 50 2U CubeSats into a 350 km low earth orbit
for scientific research. The precise QB50 launch date is still to
be confirmed but the launch window is defined as being between
December 2015 and November 2016.

AMSAT-UK, AMSAT-Francophone, and AMSAT-NL are preparing amateur
radio payloads to fly on two QB50 precursor spacecraft in advance
of the main launch.

These are expected to be launched in April or May this year to a
600 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) on a Dnepr launch vehicle from
Dombarovsky near Yasny. One will carry a FUNcube based U/V linear
transponder from AMSAT-NL and AMSAT-UK and the other will be a
U/V FM transponder with AX25 telemetry from AMSAT-Francophone.

QB50: Amateur Radio transponder payloads to launch 2014
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/07/20/qb50-amateur-radio-transponder-payloads-to-la
unch-2014/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and Southgate for the above information]

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HamTV Article Available From AMSAT Journal Sample Downloads Page

Membership includes the AMSAT Journal and discounts on purchases
made through the AMSAT store. Until now, only AMSAT members have
been able to enjoy the satellite and space technical and operating
features. The Journal team has made selected sample articles avail-
able for everyone to sample.

This week a timely article, “Low Cost DVB-S Receivers Suitable For
HAMTV Reception”, by Bill Ress, N6GHZ is now ready for you to down-
load. This was originally published in the November/December issue
of the AMSAT Journal.

The link to the sample articles (in PDF format) can be found on the
“Join AMSAT” page of http://www.amsat.org. A direct link is:
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=1095.

Follow the Join AMSAT links to sign up to receive your very own
copy of the AMSAT Journal – this is an exclusive membership benefit
in AMSAT.

While you navigate around http://www.amsat.org take a look at the
expanding content and updated pages. Hint: Click on the graphic
across the top of each page to jump back ‘home’.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal Team and Alan Biddle, WA4SCA 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-026

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 will be at HamCation 2014!
* AMSAT-NA Updating Their List of Current AMSAT-Related Nets
* FUNcube at National Student Space Conference
* Radio amateurs receive Rosetta signals
* Northern Virginia-Maryland-Washington, DC AMSAT Events
* $50SAT PocketQube two months after launch
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-026.01
ANS-026 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 026.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
January 26, 2013
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-026.01

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AMSAT-NA will be at HamCation 2014!

AMSAT-NA will be at the 2014 Orlando HamCation on Friday through
Sunday, 7-9 February 2014. Stop by the AMSAT booth where John Papay,
K8YSE will be demonstrating his two remote satellite stations. Don’t
miss the AMSAT Forum on Saturday, February 8th. It will be moderated
by Dave Jordan, AA4KN and will be located in the Children’s Safety
Village, Classroom I, 1:45 – 2:45 PM. Speakers will include AMSAT-NA
President Barry Baines, WD4ASW on AMSAT’s activities, Lou McFadin,
W5DID on the new HamTV experiment on the International Space Station,
and Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT-NA Vice President for Operations
on AO-73 and other new amateur satellites. Drew will also will be on
hand both Saturday and Sunday conducting portable satellite contacts
and fielding questions from the crowd.

FLASH: Drew and John will be operating as W1AW/4 for the portable
demos from the HamCation!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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AMSAT-NA Updating Their List of Current AMSAT-Related Nets

AMSAT-NA is updating their list of AMSAT and AMSAT-related nets, and
needs your help. The current list may be found on AMSAT.ORG under
the Services Menu. The information is somewhat dated. Please review
the list of nets, and send corrections and deletions to AMSAT
Director-Field Operations, Patrick Stoddard, WE9EWKWD9EWK@AMSAT.ORG.

We are looking for nets on all modes, including Echolink and D-Star.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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FUNcube at National Student Space Conference

David Johnson G4DPZ will be giving a presentation on the FUNcube-1
(AO-73) spacecraft to the National Student Space Conference being
held at the University of Leicester on March 1-2.

David is a software engineer and committee member of AMSAT-UK. He
writes Open-Source satellite Ground-Segment and orbit prediction
software, and has been involved in many amateur satellite projects
over the past 35 years including PCSAT-2 (flew on the ISS), GENSO
Network, AmsatDroid prediction App, STRaND-1 smartphone
nanosatellite, and FUNcube Data Warehouse.

His talk will cover the AMSAT-NL/AMSAT-UK educational amateur
satellite project – FUNcube, an educational single CubeSat project
with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio,
space, physics and electronics. He will give a short history of the
project and the work leading up to the launch, share the thrill of
launch day, and the current and future plans for operation of the
satellite.

Also at the conference will be speakers from the UK Space Agency,
Reaction Engines, and HE Space.

Conference Speakers

http://ukseds.org/nssc2014/speakers.php

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Radio amateurs receive Rosetta signals

James Miller G3RUH reports reception of the Rosetta spacecraft
signal at a distance of 805 million km from Earth using the 20 metre
dish at the Bochum amateur radio facility

On the AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) James Miller G3RUH writes:
Just a quick note about Rosetta X-band. I checked it this morning
from Bochum.

2014 Jan 21 [Tue] 0934 utc
AZ 172°
El 11°
R 805 Million km
CNR 25.5 dB(Hz)
QRG 8421.786900 MHz at the spacecraft

Rosetta is about 14 dB weaker than Stereo A/B.
The system at Bochum has a G/T approx 40 dB(1/K).
Bertrand Pinel F5PL, located near Castelnaudary, France, 65km from
Toulouse, successfully tracked Rosetta on January 21, 2014 at 10:00
UT, using a 3.5m dish antenna,

see

http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/01/22/radio-amateur-diy-rosetta-

tracking/

ESA Rosetta Blog

http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/

ESA on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanSpaceAgency

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]

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Northern Virginia-Maryland-Washington, DC AMSAT Events

Maryland-DC AMSAT Area Coordinator Pat Kilroy, N8PK says that two
opportunities are coming for AMSAT to make a splash in the amateur
radio community. Pat hopes as many Northern Virginia, Maryland and
Washington, DC AMSAT members as possible come out for these events
to show amateur radio in space to the public and fellow amateur
operators.

Vienna, Virginia
—————-
Sunday, February 23, 2014 – The Vienna Wireless Winterfest

http://www.viennawireless.org/winterfest.php

Steve Greene, KS1G, of Herndon, Va. will be leading an effort to
staff an impressive AMSAT booth as well as provide a forum and a
*possible* satellite demo. But he needs help from the local AMSAT
guys. Please contact Steve at ks1g@amsat.org to offer your time and
support.

Timonium, Maryland
——————
Saturday, April 5, 2014 – The Greater Baltimore Hamboree and
Computerfest 2014 including the Maryland Emergency Preparedness
Expo 2014

http://www.gbhc.org/

Pat Kilroy, N8PK is organizing the AMSAT booth and display for this
event. Conditions permitting the demonstrations may include flying
a small experiment on a high-altitude balloon. Pat is planning to
staff a three table AMSAT display indoors. Contact Pat via e-mail
at n8pk@amsat.org to volunteer and offer your ideas for the display.

[ANS thanks Pat Kilroy, N8PK for the above information]

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$50SAT PocketQube two months after launch

Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA reminds us that the PocketQube $50SAT has
now been operating for two months. He writes:

It has now been 2 months since the launch of $50SAT into its 625 km
(approximate) sun-synchronous orbit, and as of this morning [Tuesday
January 21], it is still operating.

It is getting cold again in EN82 land, so it is not likely I will be
able to gather RTTY telemetry during the next few days, as my trusty
netbook will not likely be able to deal with the cold for very long.
Hopefully, everyone else can “pick up the slack” for me. I will still
go out and monitor passes, provided it does not get too cold.

Since it was pretty cold this morning (about -12 to -13 degrees C),
I chose not to record the pass at 15:24 UTC (10:28 AM local time).
Instead, I monitored it using my FT-60. At about 15:36 UTC, I heard
the codespeed on the FM Morse beacon drop, which indicates the
availability of solar power. Using gpredict, I estimated the latitude
of the satellite sub-point (the point on the Earth directly
underneath the satellite) to be about 24 degrees N. Today, the sun is
directly over 20.4 degrees south latitude (23.5 degrees * sin(270 +
30), as it has been about 30 days since the winter solstice). At the
time I heard the beacon, the angle of $50SAT normal to the sun
(assuming the passive magnetic stabilization is working) would be
about 24 – (-20.4), or about 44.4 degrees. This means the solar
radiation intensity is about 70% of its maximum value, which means
the solar power generating capacity will be anywhere from 50% to 70%
of its maximum, depending on whether one or two panels are facing the
sun. But since I did not collect telemetry, I have no values for
comparison.

I was able to collect RTTY telemetry on Sunday and Monday, and here
it is:

2014-01-
19,16:34,$$$$50jAT,128,,467,,,52,3,,21,142,82,,102,305,3662,*43
2014-01-19,16:36,b50SAT.128,,467,,,54,3,,21,139,82,,102,305,3683,*46
2014-01-19,16:39,$50SAT,128,,467,,,59,3,,21,132,83,1223cr}

2014-01-20,16:55,50SAT,128,,471,,,60,3,,21,132,83,,122,309,3683,*42

Michael Kirkhart KD8QBA
$50SAT 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 AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Deploying software updates to ArduSat in orbit

Radio amateur Jonathan Oxer VK3FADO gave this Keynote presentation
on the latest developments in the ArduSat CubeSat project to the 2014
Linux conference in Perth, Western Australia.

Jon has been hacking on both hardware and software since he was a
little tacker. Most recently he’s been focusing more on the Open
Hardware side, co-founding Freetronics as a direct result of
organising the first Arduino Miniconf at LCA2010. His books include
“Ubuntu Hacks” and “Practical Arduino”.

Jon has been variously referred to as Australia’s geekiest man and
as a cyborg-in-progress. As part of his “SuperHouse” home automation
series, Jon has taken keyless entry to an all new level by embedding
an RFID tag into his arm using a vet’s chipping tool.

Recently he has been working on ArduSat, a satellite that aims to
give hobbyists, students and space enthusiasts an opportunity to
design and run their own experiments in space. By choosing a
standardised platform based on the hugely popular Arduino hardware
design, ArduSat allows anyone to develop and prototype experiments at
home using readily accessible parts and all based on a simple open
source software environment.

ArduSat Open Source Ham Radio CubeSats

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/08/09/ardusat-open-source-ham-radio-cubesats/

Linux Conference Perth Jan 6-10

http://lca2014.linux.org.au/

Linux Australia

http://www.linux.org.au/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Upcoming AMSAT Events

Friday and Saturday, 14-15 February 2014 – Yuma Hamfest at Yuma
County Fairgrounds in Yuma AZ (south of I-8, along 32nd Street near
Yuma International Airport and MCAS Yuma). AMSAT will have a table
in the main hall at the hamfest, and satellite demonstrations outside
the hall are planned.

Sunday, 23 February 2014 – Vienna Wireless Winterfest at Vienna VA.
AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, Steve Greene KS1G will lead
a forum, and there may be satellite demonstrations during this event.

Saturday, 15 March 2014 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club‘s Springfest
in Scottsdale AZ (northeast of Phoenix). AMSAT will have a table at
this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are planned.
Demonstrations at this hamfest will be done using the call sign
W1AW/7 as part of the ARRL centennial commemorations, and QSLing will
be handled by ARRL.

Saturday, 29 March 2014 – Radio Society of Tucson‘s 2014 Hamfest in
Tucson AZ. AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – The Greater Baltimore Hamboree and
Computerfest 2014, including the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Expo
2014, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium MD. AMSAT will
have a booth at this hamfest, and other AMSAT-related events may be
planned.

Monday, 28 April 2014 – presentation at Franklin County Amateur
Radio Club meeting in Greenfield MA by Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President)

Saturday, 3 May 2014 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association‘s Larry
Warren Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ (southeast of Tucson) – AMSAT will
have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are
planned.

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain
Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260)
– AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of
Dallas)

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial
Convention in Hartford CT. AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite
Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with
an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 August 2014 – Shelby Hamfest in Shelby NC
(west of Gastonia and Charlotte) – Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President) will host an AMSAT Forum on Saturday of this weekend

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]

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ARISS News

Uncoming ARISS contact with Indiana Area School District, Indiana,
PA, telebridge via W6SRJ Contact is a go for:
Tue 2014-01-28 13:30:33 UTC 62 deg

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at the Indiana Area School District, Indiana, PA,
USA on Tuesday January 28th. AOS is anticipated at 13:30 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30
seconds. Contact times are approximate. The contact will be a
telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ in California. 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.

Indiana, Pennsylvania is a rural town with a population of 32,000
that is situated sixty miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Our residents
enjoy the convenient proximity to a major city, as well as the
community-feel and lifestyle of a small town. The Indiana Area
School District has provided a dynamic high-quality educational
program for over 170 years. Our four K-5 elementary schools, one 6-8
junior high school and one 9-12 senior high school serve 2800
students district wide. In addition to distinguished academic
achievement, our students’ activities include fundraising for a
variety of charitable causes, school and community leadership, as
well as setting new standards for excellence in both academic and
athletics competitions. In fact, we currently boast two National
Merit Scholarship semi-finalists and a third honoree. We are proud
of our student’s accomplishments!

Our dynamic school programs are part of the building blocks for
student success. Beginning with a commitment to early childhood and
pre-K programs to increase student learning readiness, to the rigor
and challenge of enrichment options at the elementary school level.
Our secondary programs include an array of Advanced Placement and
STEM course offerings, dual enrollment options, and our own cyber
school option for students. Many local residents will tell you,
“Indiana, PA is a great place to raise a family.” This is true
because we blend the small town community with a school system that
continually strives to provide cutting-edge programs that prepare
students to be successful citizens. .

Indiana Area School District, Indiana, PA, telebridge via W6SRJ (***)
Contact is a go for: Tue 2014-01-28 13:30:33 UTC 62 deg (***)

Proposed questions generated by the Indiana Area School District
students:

1. How many countries are involved in the International Space Station?
2. Can you feel the cold of space through your space suit?
3. Do you believe that there is intelligent life thriving somewhere
in the universe?
4. Does being weightless have any long-term effects on the human body?
5. When do you think we will have the technology for astronauts to
travel farther in space?
6. Which of the research projects that you are working on right now,
has the most scientific potential?
7. Who has the most control over the spacecraft? The astronauts,
stabilization auto-pilot, or mission control?
8. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you in space?
9. Are space suits comfortable?
10. How do you help your families deal with the dangers of your job?
11. What is the most common misconception teenagers may have about
space?
12. Do you have any anxiety because you are nowhere near the safety
of Earth?
13. What college, and what major, would you recommend for someone to
become an astronaut?
14. What is the most interesting, or strangest, thing you have seen
in the space station?
15. What surprised you the most when you first arrived in space?
16. What is your theory of life on other planets?

ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above contacts. Due to
issues with the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at
present, the Ericsson radio is going to be used for these contacts.
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to
send your reports to aj9n@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com.

Audio from this contact will be fed into the: EchoLink *AMSAT*
(101377) and IRLP Node 9010 Discovery Reflector.

Streaming Audio will be provided at:

https://sites.google.com/site/arissaudio/

Audio on Echolink and Web stream is generally transmitted around
20 minutes prior to the contact taking place so that you can hear
some of the preparation that occurs. IRLP will begin just prior to
the ground station call to the ISS.

Please note that on Echolink there are automatic breaks of 1.5
seconds in the audio transmission. These occur every 2.5 minutes
during the event. Breaks on IRLP are manual and occur approximately
after every third question.

Successful Contacts:

January 18, 2014
A telebridge contact via station K6DUE with Wallingford STEM
Academy/Town of Wallingford, CT, USA was successful Saturday,
January 18th. Nineteen questions were answered by astronaut Koichi
Wakata,

To read a local news story:

http://www.myrecordjournal.com/wallingford/wallingfordnews/34370

90-129/students-talk-to-astronaut-aboard-the-space-station.html

Here is a tweet astronaut Wakata sent after the contact:

Wallingford STEM Academy is a community based and family oriented
organization the excites students about science, technology,
engineering and mathematics. This program, previously known as the
Young Astronaut Club of Wallingford and founded in 2000, has been
providing STEM enrichment for students in grades 4 through 8 for over
thirteen years through Wallingford Youth and Social Services.

The Wallingford STEM Academy is a collaborative partnership between
the Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW), the Town of Wallingford
Youth and Social Services Department (WYSS), the Wallingford
Education Association (WEA).
STEM Academy branches in Wallingford, and Hamden, are the flagship
programs for CEA’s STEM Education Initiative. We currently serve the
Spanish Community of Wallingford (SCOW) and the general population.
40% of our STEM Enrichment Academy is comprised of students from the
Spanish community and 40 % of our students are girls interested in
STEM education. Our weekly meetings are conducted at the Spanish
Community of Wallingford Great Room and in our STEM Education
Classroom next to SCOW.

Since 2005, a companion project to Wallingford STEM Enrichment
Academy is the Wallingford Family Science and STEM Night Series. At
least twice a month, we organize and implement family oriented
Science and STEM Family Nights in Wallingford. These events range
from evening programs, daytime vacation programs, hands-on
investigations, assembly style programs, and night sky observations.
The purpose of this organization is to deepen student, and family,
understanding of STEM concepts as a compliment to an existing inquiry
based STEM curriculum in Wallingford. Our major funders for both
STEM Academy and Wallingford Family STEM Nights are the Wallingford
Rotary Club’s Wallingford Foundation, 3M Charitable Contributions and
the Connecticut Education Association.

January 17, 2014
A direct contact with students at Collège Les Gondoliers, La
Roche sur Yon, France with astronaut Koichi Wakata was successful
Friday, January 17th at 09:51:13 UTC 34 deg. Wakata answered 17
questions in English. His answers were later translated to French for
the audience of 200 students, teachers, media and radio amateurs in
the gymnasium.

For a video of the contact conducted in English:

Local news coverage:

http://www.lejournaldupaysyonnais.fr/2014/01/17/allo-liss-ici-les-

gondoliers-over/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=allo-liss-
ici-les-gondoliers-over

Les Gondoliers Secondary School, with its 500 pupils -aged 11-15- is
located in Vendée, 70 km south of the city of Nantes, where famous
Jules Verne author was born . At the end of the last year, the pupils
take an exam called “Diplôme National du Brevet”. Our Astronomy Club
has resumed its activities this year with the objective to enter in
contact with the ISS. The starting point has been the visit of the
exhibition “Voyages planétaires” (Planetary spaceflights), in Nantes,
during the International Planetary Science Congress. Various
astronomy and amateur radio activities will be organized, with the
help of members of the association of “radioamateurs of Vendée”, who
will come to our school to display their activities and provide us
with the tools that will be necessary to get in contact with the ISS.

PLEASE CHECK THE FOLLOWING FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ARISS UPDATES:

Sign up for the SAREX maillist at

http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/sarex

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

A planned event for:

1. A contact with students at Fort Belvoir Elementary school in
Fort Belvoir MD, USA, sponsored by Marymount University in Arlington,
VA, USA that was planned for Fri 2014-01-24 will be rescheduled.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering
the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA,
CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from
participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the
excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-
board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and
communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS
can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and
learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on
the website

http://www.ariss.org/

(graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).

[ ANS thanks ARISS for the above update]

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Satellite Shorts from all over

Funcube – an observation from the AMSAT-BB

Message: 6
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:43:03 -0500
From: John Papay <fl@papays.com>
To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] Funcube – an observation
Message-ID: <673369.9651.bm@smtp120.sbc.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”us-ascii”; format=flowed

Most everyone knows about Funcube and how successful it has been.
If you look at the Funcube Warehouse page you will see that many
hams around the world are uploading data from the satellite every
day. As of this morning I counted 493 different ground stations and
they have uploaded more than 1.15 Million data packets since late
November. About half of the stations are located in the US and
Britain. The other half are spread out around the world showing that
this is not just something that has interested those in the UK.
Thirty-three stations have each uploaded more than 10,000 packets!

In addition I have to give accolades to Mark Spencer, WA8SME, at the
ARRL for his excellent paper describing Funcube, its experiments and
how to receive it and make sense of the data. Most everyone on the
birds asks about what antennas work best. Mark seeks to quantify the
performance of some common antennas like the M2 circular polarized
beam, Arrows on rotors or fixed, with or without preamps, 5/8 wave
and 1/4 wave ground planes. He does that by comparing the number of
packets received on each antenna during a pass. The results are quite
interesting. You can download the paper at:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/ETP/FUNCube%20Guide.pdf

Mark is the reason that the Teacher’s Institute has been so
successful. If you operate on the satellites you probably have heard
his student teachers making contacts on the birds. When he was
living on the west coast he went to DN01 and DN00 and put them on the
birds for those of us that chase grids.
After moving to the east coast he has continued the work with
satellites at the League and has developed hardware for satellites
including the FT817 interface and most recently a portable az/el
rotator system. We see articles about satellites in QST Magazine on
a regular basis and I’m sure it is because of his representation at
the League. The younger generation is the future of AMSAT and Mark’s
work is certainly making a difference in terms of introducing
them to satellites.

The Funcube team and G6LVB have certainly encouraged our young
people to get interested in ham radio and satellites. The Funcube
SDR was a great fundraiser and facilitated students in their quest
to receive data from space and learn from the experiments on board.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the highly successful Funcube
project.

73,
John K8YSE

[ANS thanks John, K8YSE and AMSAT-BB for the above short]

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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
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including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
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The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
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Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* ARRL Features Bringing Space into the Classroom
* The Pragmatic Guide for Using the FUNCube Materials Science
Experiment in the Classroom
* SA AMSAT Invites Educational Payload Proposals
* PhoneSat 2.4 Ham Radio CubeSat
* UK CubeSat programme in New Electronics
* Peter Portanova W2JV To be Active on Satellites as W1AW/2
* Deorbitsail CubeSat
* 2014 Eastern VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference — April 11-13
* FUNcube-1 in Practical Wireless Magazine
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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DATE January 19, 2014
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ARRL Features “Bringing Space into the Classroom”

Bringing space into the classroom is an incredibly powerful learning
experience for students. The marriage between wireless technology
literacy and space literacy is a strong one that produces a portfolio
of activities that can engage virtually all students at some ability
and interest level.

The portfolio of activities can range from simply having a satellite
prediction software package running in the back of the classroom on
an old, salvaged computer, a simple receiver to collect telemetry
data from orbiting satellites, to a full-up ground station to
communicate with other hams via satellites, or even with the
astronauts in the International Space Station through the ARISS
(Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) program.

New Resources for Classroom Instruction

For an overview of recent additions of classroom resources designed
to help teachers instruct students about research projects to be
launched by AMSAT on its Fox satellites, view a video of a
presentation by Mark Spencer, WA8SME at the 2013 AMSAT Symposium.

This library is a collection of resources designed for teachers who
want to explore satellite communications with students. There are
also instructional resources designed for classroom exploration of
satellite telemetry data used to understand satellite engineering and
research deployed on satellites. The classroom resources are
manipulatives that can prepare students to understand and utilize
live telemetry data that can be captured from orbiting satellites.
The collection includes

+ Satellite Antenna Rotor Simulator
+ CubeSat Classroom Simulator
+ Study Satellite “Wobble” Using Telemetry Data
+ Managing Satellite Power: A Study in Maximum Power Point Tracking
+ MAREA: Mars Lander Simulation
+ Using FUNCube to do Materials Science in the Classroom
+ Studying Satellite Rotation

In the interest of supporting teachers who want to bring space into
the classroom by actively engaging students with amateur radio
satellite communications, the Education Technology Program has
developed some equipment resources designed with utility to support
ham radio satellite operations for classroom use.

+ Satellite Tracker Interface
+ ISS Minimalist Antenna
+ ISS Minimalist Antenna, UHF Version
+ Inexpensive Broadband Preamp for Satellite Work
+ Inexpensive “WRAPS” Rotor for Satellite Work

For more information visit

http://www.arrl.org/classroom-library-satellite-communications

This information nicely supplements other ARRL Educational
Information.

The ARRL Educational & Technology Program Curriculum Guide

http://www.arrl.org/curriculum-guide

Reports on classroom activities

http://www.arrl.org/reports-on-classroom-activities

Amateur Radio Curriculum Connections

http://www.arrl.org/curriculum-connections-and-benchmarks

and other articles and stories that describe the classroom
activities of students

http://www.arrl.org/articles-and-stories

[ANS thanks Debra Johnson K1DMJ and the ARRL for the above
information]

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The Pragmatic Guide for Using the FUNCube Materials Science
Experiment in the Classroom

A guide to supplement the FUNCube Handbook
(http://funcube.org.uk/), produced by AMSAT-UK, has been authored to
provide some practical advice to interested hams and classroom
teachers on how to access and use the Materials Science Experiment
(MSE) on-board the satellite. “The Pragmatic Guide for Using the
FUNCube Materials Science Experiment in the Classroom” was prepared
by ARRL Education & Technology Program Director
Mark Spencer WA8SME

“The Guide” can be downloaded by visiting this web page on the ARRL
web site:

http://www.arrl.org/classroom-library-satellite-communications

On this page you will find the Guide and other useful information
that has been developed for teachers interested in using space
technology in their classrooms.

There are six chapters included in the Guide, this article provides
only a summary glimpse of the material. If this summary peaks your
interests, or you think the Guide may contain material that your club
or local teacher could use, take a closer look.

The first chapter of the Guide includes a brief overview of the MSE
and a basic refresher of thermodynamics. The primary mission of the
FUNCube is education and the MSE is the focus of that mission. There
are actually two different experiments included in the MSE, one using
the thermally isolated aluminum bars mounted on one of the satellite
faces, the other using four aluminum bars mounted as part of the
satellite body in the corners of the cube. The data collected by the
MSE is transmitted via a two-meter data link and decoded and
displayed by an AMSAT-UK software package called the Dashboard.

Collecting the data is only part of the education mission, the other
and more meaningful part is interpreting the data. Interpreting data
starts with a thermodynamics refresher. In the broadest terms,
thermodynamics is the study of how heat moves from one place to
another. The amount of heat energy that is absorbed by, or radiated
from, a material depends on material’s temperature, the temperature
of the surroundings, and the emissivity of the material. The purpose
of the FUNCube MSE is to allow students to witness heat transfer by
radiation first hand in an environment (space) where convection and
conduction are not present.

The second chapter discusses how to access the FUNCube telemetry
using a typical VHF all-mode receiver (the FUNCube Dongle (SDR) is
not covered in the Guide). A simple interface circuit between the
receiver audio and the sound card is illustrated. There is a lengthy
discussion of the minimum antenna required to receive usable FUNCube
telemetry data. It is suggested that a minimum of 50 frames of
telemetry data are required to develop a usable data set from
directly received telemetry. The performances of various simple
antennas, with and without preamps, are compared against this goal of
receiving 50 frames of telemetry data.

The third chapter presents an affordable Leslie’s Cube experiment
set up that you can duplicate. The Leslie’s Cube experiment allows
students to explore the concept of emissivity and how that property
affects the ability of a material to radiate heat energy (MSE is a
space borne equivalent of the Leslie’s Cube experiment).

Alternatively, the fourth chapter presents an inexpensive MSE In-
class Simulator experiment that can be easily and affordably
duplicated for demonstrating the thermodynamics of heat absorption.
The simulator uses simple aluminum bars that are coated with black
paint and shiny aluminum foil to simulate the MSE panel bars in the
FUNCube. Thermistors are mounted in the bars to measure the
temperatures of the bars as they are exposed to a heat source, and
then as they cool when the heat source is removed. By manipulating
the heat source (i.e., turning it on and off at different rates),
conditions on orbit can be simulated in the classroom and the
students can evaluate the results. This installment produced the
greatest surprise results of the whole Guide effort and proved to be
instrumental in interpreting the real FUNCube MSE data.

The fifth chapter presents a number of examples how to interpret the
MSE data, and this is the most important section of the Guide. There
is a disconnect between the whole-orbit-data that is received from
the FUNCube and what is expected when considering basic
thermodynamics. This disconnect is evaluated, discussed, and
speculated on at length in this section. Data generated from the
Leslie’s Cube presented in installment three, and from the MSE In-
class Simulator presented in installment four are used to speculate
about and try to explain the observed behavior of the MSE bars on-
orbit. The content of the fifth chapter will be controversial, but at
the same time thought provoking and could possibly stimulate a lot of
classroom discussion.

The final chapter simply presents additional ideas and explorations
that could be used in the classroom to take the FUNCube MSE to a
whole new, and unintended level.

On the ARRL web page where the Guide is located, you will also find
some additional material that might be of interest. For example,
there are some video clips and other graphic materials that you can
use to help explain how passive, fixed magnets are used in a cubesat
to align the Z-axis of the satellite along the lines of the Earth’s
magnetosphere to optimize antenna orientation toward Earth. These
visual aids might encourage students take a closer look at the
telemetry data from FUNCube to see if they can detect the effects of
these magnets in action.

“I know there is an ongoing discussion of the value of cubesat
telemetry when compared to transponder operations,” Spencer says.
“[Y]ou just might find that an occasional look at the telemetry will
help you better understand satellites and make you a better satellite
operator.” He goes on to state that the FUNcube MSE is “an
exceptional educational resource,” and he praised AMSAT-UK’s efforts.
“It’s now our turn to gain as much as we can from their efforts, and
I hope the Guide will help you get started.”

The guide can be directly downloaded at the following link

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/ETP/FUNCube%20Guide.pdf

[ANS thanks Mark Spencer WA8SME and the ARRL for the above
information]

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SA AMSAT Invites Educational Payload Proposals

The South African Amateur Radio Satellite Association SA AMSAT is
inviting schools and universities to submit proposals for an education
project for inclusion in their CubeSat satellite current being
developed.

SA AMSAT is building a small satellite with a 20 kHz transponder to
offer amateur radio enthusiasts on the African continent an
opportunity to experience space communications. “We believe this is
an ideal opportunity to include an educational project that will be of
interest to learners to promote Science and Technology based
activities”, Hannes Coetzee who leads the project said.

“Space is a magical subject and attracts the attention of many young
people even those who may not have shown an interest in science as a
subject at school or as a past time. Combining Amateur Radio with
Space doubles the attraction.”

“While the satellite will carry a telemetry beacon which report on the
health of the satellite and provides interesting opportunities for
learners to acquire more knowledge about space, we believe that a
student designed project will add the additional magic.”
Proposals for a project are invited from high Schools and
Universities. The most interesting proposal received will be
considered for inclusion in the satellite. The criteria for judging
includes originality and once operating from space the amount of
interest it is likely to draw from young people.

“It should also be noted that the project needs to be small enough to
fit in with the rest of the equipment of the 10x10x10 cm CubeSat and
draw as little as power as possible.”

“I believe this an ideal opportunity for a school’s science club to
take a project into space and to be able to monitor information about
their project included in the spacecraft telemetry string.”

Proposals should be documented as comprehensively as possible and be
emailed to SA AMSAT at saamsat@intekom.co.za. The closing date for
proposals is 28 February 2014.

[ANS thanks SARL News in English for 1/18/2014 for the above
information]

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PhoneSat 2.4 Ham Radio CubeSat

Jan Stupl provides an update on PhoneSat 2.4 which was part of the
ORS3 / Elana 4 launch from the Wallops Flight Facility on November
19, 2013

By now there are TLEs at space-track for all 29 objects of that
launch (NORAD ID 39380 – 39409), but only five of them have been
identified on space-track.

The PhoneSat team thinks that 39381 is theirs, but 39402, 39400 and
39397 are also (less likely) possibilities. Because the satellites
are still close, using the radio beacon for identification is
somewhat ambiguous. Getting more observations would be very helpful
for everybody on that launch.

You find all information about the 437.425 MHz PhoneSat 2.4 on the
phonesat.org website and people can submit received packets as well,
and comment which TLE they used. The latter is obviously important to
gain confidence on the assigned TLEs.

PhoneSat 2.4

http://www.phonesat.org/

Minotaur-1 ELaNa-4 Satellites

http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/elana-4-cubesats/

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

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UK CubeSat programme in New Electronics

“New Electronics” has a feature on the UK CubeSat programme and the
amateur radio UKube-1 satellite which it says should be launched from
Kazakhstan on March 27, 2014

The article says:

Caroline Harper is a programme manager at the UK Space Agency and
one programme that comes under her wing is UKube-1.

CubeSats can also have a role in education, as Harper pointed out.
“We have a payload called FUNCube, which will allow kids in schools
to download real housekeeping data from the spacecraft almost in real
time and to do their own experiments on that data. We hope that will
encourage interest in STEM subjects.”

FUNcube was developed entirely by volunteers at the amateur radio
organisation AMSAT-UK. TOPCAT, meanwhile, is a payload that will
measure the regions of space just beyond the Earth’s atmosphere – the
ionosphere and plasmasphere – in order to help GPS users by
monitoring and subsequently reacting to variable space weather
conditions that adversely affect the Global Positioning System. The
payload will consist of a specialised dual frequency GPS receiver
that is suitable for operation in the space environment. The
development has been led by a postgraduate at the University of Bath,
with support from Chronos Technology, RAL and MSSL.

Read the article at

http://tinyurl.com/ANS019-emerging-opportunities

In addition to the educational telemetry beacon the FUNcube boards
on UKube-1 will also provide a 435/145 MHz linear transponder for
SSB/CW communications.

UKube-1 communications subsystem:
• Telemetry downlink 145.840 MHz
• FUNcube subsystem beacon 145.915 MHz 1200 bps BPSK
• 400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
– 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
– 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink

March launch for UKube-1 and TechDemoSat-1

http://tinyurl.com/ANS019-UKube-1

The UK CubeSat Forum

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/12/19/announcing-the-uk-cubesat-forum/

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

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Peter Portanova W2JV To be Active on Satellites as W1AW/2

Peter Portanova W2JV will be active on all the amateur satellites
from 1/22 – 1/28 as W1AW/2 as part of the W1AW Portable Operations,
ARRL Centennial QSO Party

The ARRL Centennial “W1AW WAS” operations are taking place
throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states, relocating each Wednesday
(UTC) to a new pair of states (this week, Nebraska and Delaware.
Listen for W1AW/0 and W1AW/3). During 2014 W1AW will be on the air
from every state at least twice and from most US territories, and it
will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable
operations.

[ANS thanks Peter W2JV former WB2OQQ for the above information]

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Deorbitsail CubeSat

Students and researchers at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) in the
University of Surrey, Guilford, are developing the 3U CubeSat
Deorbitsail. It is planned to launch on a Dnepr rocket into a 600 km
Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

The aims of the mission are:

(1) Deploy a large (5-by-5-metre) square Kapton sail.

(2) Deorbitsail is equipped with 3-axis-stabilizing attitude
determination and control system. A novel capability of this system
is pointing via Centre-Of-Mass / Centre-Of-Pressure (COM/COP) offset.

(3) The satellite will deorbit much more quickly than otherwise due
to its deployable sail. Satellite pointing will be optimized by the
attitude control system for maximum drag.

(4) The satellite will provide beacons which radio amateurs will be
able to receive. The ISIS UHF/VHF radio will provide a 9600 bps BPSK
downlink on 145.975 MHz.

For further information read DeOrbitSail Nanosatellite Mission

http://tinyurl.com/ANS019-deorbitsail

DeorbitSail: A Spacecraft Mission to deploy sails in Space

http://www.athena-spu.gr/projects/DeOrbit

Kapton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapton

Deorbitsail: a deployable sail for de-orbiting by Olive R. Stohlman,
University of Surrey and Vaios Lappas, University of Surrey

http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.2013-1806

Inspection of a co-orbital solar sail using a microthruster attitude
control system

http://tinyurl.com/ANS019-microthruster-attitude

Open access to latest research output from Surrey Space Centre

http://amsat-uk.org/2013/06/19/open-access-to-ssc-research/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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2014 Eastern VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference — April 11-13

The 40th Eastern VHF-UHF-MW Conference will be held the weekend
before Easter. The 2014 event will be held at the same hotel as it
was in 2013.
On-line Registration will be available very soon at:

http://www.newsvhf.com/vhfconf.html

40th ANNUAL EASTERN VHF/UHF/MICROWAVE CONFERENCE
Fri./Sat./Sun. April 11-12-13 2014
BAYMONT INN & SUITES,
20 Taylor St., Manchester, CT 06042
(just a few miles northeast of Hartford, CT off I-84, at Exit 63)

FRIDAY–6pm to ?–SUPER HOSPITALITY ROOM & INDOOR SWAP

SATURDAY–8am to 5pm–Presentations & Indoor Vendors
7pm– BANQUET BUFFET, Tom Kirby Award Presentation,
Banquet Speaker, Trivia Quiz by Dave Olean K1WHS, Door Prizes

SUNDAY
8am–SWAP/TAILGATE in Parking Lot

The Baymont Room rates will be the same as last year
……Double $69.00, Suites $99.00

Registration $25 before April 1, $30 after April 1 and at the door
Banquet $28. Must order banquet before April 1.
On-line Registration will be available very soon at:

http://www.newsvhf.com/vhfconf.html

We are still looking for your interesting presentation!
Want to give a Presentation and/or have something for the Proceedings?
Please email Paul Wade, W1GHZ, W1GHZ at arrl dot net

Sponsored by: North East Weak Signal Group (NEWS)
Questions?
Email Mark, K1MAP: map1@mapinternet.com
or Contact one of the Conference Co-Chairs:
Mark K1MAP, (hospitality, hotel, swaps/vendors)
Ron, WZ1V, (registration, website, test session)
Paul, W1GHZ, (presentations, proceedings)

Check: www.newsvhf.com for updates–MORE TO COME!

[ANS thanks Eastern VHF/UHF Society and the North East Weak Signal
Group for the above information]

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FUNcube-1 in Practical Wireless Magazine

In the February issue of Practical Wireless, the Data Modes column,
written by Mike Richards G4WNC, devotes three pages to describing how
to receive the signals from the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) satellite

The World of VHF column by Tim Kirby G4VXE also covers FUNcube-1 and
what is believed to be the first contact between Cuba and the UK on
the FO-29 satellite. The contact took place on October 19, 2013
between Hector Martinez CO6CBF and Peter Atkins G4DOL.

It is understood that postal copies of Practical Wireless can be
purchased using a Debit or Credit card, by ringing +44 (0)1202 751611
Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 4.00pm.

Practical Wireless

http://www.pwpublishing.ltd.uk/?page_id=632

G4WNC Data Modes Yahoo Group

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/datamodes

[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Istituto Tecnico Industriale
“Galileo Ferraris”, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy and Astronaut
Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA using calls