AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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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:

* 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
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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
to receive. Our news coverage includes all aspects of the commercial
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http://www.satnews.com/register_new.php

[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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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 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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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(888) 322-6728. From all other locations call (301) 589-6062(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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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:

* 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: 860-643-5645860-643-5645 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

ANS-068

 

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:

* 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
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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
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through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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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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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 061.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
March 2, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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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

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-054

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:

* 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

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-054.01
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 054.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 23, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-054.01

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 50871 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

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:

* 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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

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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+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