AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

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ANS-031

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In this edition:

* Weekly engineering report for Phase 4 radio project from AMSAT
* Write About Satellites, Space and Radio!
* UFO Researcher To Launch CubeSat To Search For E.T. Close To Home
* Pair of Satellites ejected from ISS for In-Space Navigation Exercise
* LilacSat-2 FM Transponder
* 6W8CK on Satellite
* IARU Paper: APRS Harmonization and removal of OSCAR sub-band
* ISS Orbit Boosted Ahead of March Crew Swap – Check Your Elements
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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Weekly engineering report for Phase 4 radio project from AMSAT

The Phase 4 Ground weekly report focuses on the current modulation
schemes. We’re looking at DVB-S2X to receive, and OQPSK to transmit.

Repository for documents and software can be found:
https://github.com/phase4ground

We have nearly 50 volunteers on the mailing list and activity across
the country. We’re working hard to make a wonderful radio for AMSAT
and terrestrial microwave, and we appreciate your support, feedback,
comments, and critique.

DVB-S2 stands for Digital Video Broadcasting – Satellite – Second
Generation. There is a recent extension to this standard, called DVB-
S2X, that has very low SNR capabilities and a lot of other goodies.
The geo project, ascent, and eventually the high earth orbit project,
are expected to transmit using DVB-S2X. This is the foundation of our
common air interface.

DVB-S2X specifies the modulation and coding for our received signal.
There are five major landmarks.
One, an input stream adapter. Input streams can be packetized or
continuous, from single or multiple sources. This is helpful!

Two, forward error correction. Our type is low density parity check
codes concatenated with BCH codes. What does this mean?

A concatenated code is one that combines two different coding
schemes. In coding theory, there’s a fundamental problem in that
finding a really great code that has very low probability of error
usually means that the block length has to go up, and the decoding is
more and more complex. When you use two codes together that each have
particular strengths, they balance each other out. You can get
exponentially decreasing error probabilities, but you only have to
pay a polynomially increasing cost in terms of code block length.
This may seem complicated, but just remember concatenation is codes
doing teamwork, and the standard that we’re using is bad ass.
Our inner low density parity check code can achieve extremely low
error rates near channel capacity. This means, it’s about as good as
you can get. The outer BCH codes are used to correct sporadic errors
made by the LDPC decoder, and to trick it out so that we don’t have
enormous block lengths and stuff like that.

Three, we have a wide range of code rates. The code rate is
expressed as a fraction. The top number is how many uncoded bits go
in. The bottom number is how many coded bits come out. We have four
constellations. This is the the type of transformation from bits to
symbols. We have great choices here, and DVB-S2X provides additional
choices.

Four, there is a variety of spectral shaping available to us in DVB-
S2. This is a really neat thing. You can change the pulse shape of a
transmitted waveform in order to make it better suited for the radio
environment it’s expecting to be traveling through. Usually this
means making it fit into a bandwidth better. You don’t get something
for nothing, though, so being too aggressive with the pulse shaping
shows up in other aspects. Our particular shaping is different levels
of raised-cosign filtering. DVB-S2X provides additional levels of
shaping.

Five, this standard lets us learn and develop with something very
much like cognitive radio. As you can see, there are a lot of choices
for coding and modulation. We can specify a fixed coding and
modulation. This is called CCM for constant coding and modulation. In
the past, people like us looked at a link, designed for the worst
case solution, and used coding and modulation that would cover almost
all the bases. DVB-S2 has CCM, but it also specifies something called
variable coding and modulation, or VCM. The coding and modulation can
be changed on a frame-by-frame basis in response to different station
types or changes in the channel. In addition to that, there is
something called adaptive coding and modulation, or ACM, where
modulation and coding automagically adapts. This can happen on a
frame by frame basis.

DVB-S2 has things called annexes. In annex M, there’s a
specification for something we’ve already talked about wanting to do.
We want to map the transmitted services or station streams into time
slices and then recover information without having to demodulate the
entire signal.

DVB-S2 follows the usual flow of having input data coded up to
remove unnecessary redundancy, which is called source coding, and
then it is put into one of two different stream types. Because DVB-S2
is designed for MPEG streams, it has a lot of mechanisms for MPEG
data types, and I believe that this is the transport stream path in
the drawing. We aren’t going to use MPEG, so we fall into the generic
stream category.

The functional blocks of DVB-S2 include these things in trapezoids.
Mode adaptation, which starts to build up the data frames by
constructing the right header to go with the data. Stream adaptation,
which adds in the right amount of padding and scrambling. Forward
error correction, which produces coded frames that are of one of two
sizes. Mapping to constellations, which is the modulation. Finally,
there is physical layer framing. An open question is how minimal of a
station can be supported? Driving it down as low as possible is going
to be fun and challenging.

What we are anticipating is that the space teams will obtain an
implementation of a DVB-S2X transmitter. Talks are already underway
for this. Phase 4 ground is going to engineer the various DVB-S2X
receivers. Standards documents are already in the repository and work
is beginning. Get off the bench and hit the books!

So let’s talk a bit about some changes in the uplink for phase 4
radios. We were MSK, or minimum shift keying, but we are now OQPSK,
or offset quadrature phase shift keying. That is what the payload
team is currently designing for.

Like MSK, Offset QPSK has no more than a 90 degree phase shift at a
time. This is good. In order to create this, you begin with a QPSK
signal, where you take two data bits at a time. These two binary data
bits make four distinct values. Each of these values are mapped onto
four transmit phase shifts.

For offset QPSK, the odd and even bits coming into the modulator
have a timing offset, of one bit period. Hence the name. That means
the in-phase and quadrature signals, the I and the Q, never change at
the same time.

The power spectral density of QPSK and Offset QPSK is the same. The
shift in time doesn’t effect that.

Uplink experiments are beginning. We started putting together Team
HackRF, which will investigate the use of HackRF SDRs as one of the
phase 4 radio recipes. Lots of other experiments to work out other
recipes for amateurs to experiment need to happen too. If you have a
set of hardware and you want to work in parallel, then speak up. The
USRPs will get into the act ASAP, some people have BladeRFs, and so
on.

Review the weekly report at

[ANS thanks Michelle W5NYV for the above information]

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Write About Satellites, Space and Radio!

The AMSAT Journal is seeking interesting articles about amateur
radio satellites, space and radio – topics that feed the passion of
AMSAT members. Whether the focus is working the birds, new products,
building a new piece of equipment or an entire station, writing
software, training or doing demos, or anything else related to
amateur radio in space, please consider sharing your experience and
expertise with other AMSAT members by writing for the Journal.

Desired article length (rough guidelines):
Short articles – 800-1400 words
Longer articles – 2000-2500 words

Find out more about writer’s guidelines here. Photos, diagrams or
other images always help illustrate your points or projects.

If you are interested in seeing your byline in The AMSAT Journal and
sharing what you’ve learned with other members, email us at
journal@amsat.org.

[ANS thanks Joseph KB6IGK for the above information]

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UFO Researcher To Launch CubeSat To Search For E.T. Close To Home

An engineer turned UFO researcher is hoping to launch a low-earth
orbit CubeSat to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.
Canadian Dave Cote has assembled a seven-person team to design, fund,
build and launch the project that he hopes will provide some answers
about the origins of recent unidentified object sightings across the
globe.

“We have had astronauts, military personnel, police officers and the
former Defence Minister of Canada come forward stating that
extraterrestrial UFOs are real, and that we are being visited,” says
Cote. “How can this be ignored and brushed off as nonsense?”
Concerned that the public isn’t getting straight answers, the group
has turned to crowdsourcing the project on Kickstarter.

Measuring roughly the size of a shoebox, CubeSats can pack a lot of
science equipment into a small space. They have also made satellite
deployment much more affordable, in some cases costing less than the
price of a lower-end automobile. Sites like CubeSatShop.com have
taken much of the complexity out of ordering needed components.

Cote says they’re a “go for launch” already but are looking for more
funding so they can pack it with as much science equipment as
possible. They aim to include image, infrared, electromagnetic, and
radiation sensors. This would give them the capability of not only
verifying visual data, but also correlating it with other events such
as electromagnetic and radioactive fluctuations.

The team plans to measure ionized radiation with a scintillation
counter and two cameras will capture a near 360-degree view around
the CubeSat. They plan to remove the infrared filters on the cameras
to cover more of the visual range.

Cote hopes to use amateur radio frequencies to transmit the data
back to earth and a worldwide network of ham volunteers to receive it.

“We are planning to use the ham frequencies to send data down from
the CubeSat to earth in hex or datafax protocol,” says Cote. “From
what we understand, we should be able to send a 100kB packet every
few minutes and this will enable us to send image thumbnails from
space, along with some basic EM data.”

While the details of the transmissions have yet to be determined,
Cote hopes to assemble a worldwide team of hams willing to receive
and log whatever data the satellite captures.

“We need help from the ham community, in capturing the data and
relaying it to our site,” he says. “There will be a 15-minute window
for download from the CubeSat, and then another volunteer would be
needed for the next 15-minute time window.”

Cote is cautiously optimistic that the satellite will provide
corroboration of UFO reports from eyewitnesses on Earth. But even if
the satellite doesn’t capture evidence of faraway visitors, he’s
hopeful that it will record interesting natural phenomenon like
meteors and solar flares.

“We can only hope that those who would like to know the truth will
step forward and help,” he says.

To learn more about the project or to volunteer, visit their
KickStarter page.

[ANS thanks Matt W1MST and AmateurRadio.com for the above information]

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Pair of Satellites ejected from ISS for In-Space Navigation Exercise

A package of two satellites was ejected from the International Space
Station on Friday to begin a mission dedicated to a demonstration of
autonomous navigation, rendezvous and docking technology. The second
LONESTAR mission is comprised of two satellites built by two American
Universities to undertake a demonstration of communication cross
links, data exchange, GPS-based navigation, relative navigation,
stationkeeping and data transmission to the ground.

LONESTAR stands for “Low Earth Orbiting Navigation Experiment for
Spacecraft Testing Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking” and includes
four missions flown over a period of years in a cost-effective
technology development program with the goal of mastering autonomous
rendezvous and docking. The second LONESTAR mission consists of the
AggieSat4 satellite built at Texas A&M and BEVO-2 built by students
at the University of Texas. The smaller BEVO-2 satellite is
facilitated within a deployer on the AggieSat4 spacecraft to be
released once the two have flown well clear of the International
Space Station.

The two satellites, already packaged, were sent to the Space Station
aboard the Cygnus OA-4 mission. Launching satellites to ISS for
deployment has the advantage of allowing the satellites to be
launched well-packaged to avoid damage and providing the opportunity
of an inspection in space to check for any damage encountered during
launch before committing them to flight.

Given the size of the AggieSat4 satellite, the deployment conducted
on Friday made use of the SSIKLOPS deployment mechanism, going by the
full name “Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital
Payload Systems.” SSIKLOPS can be used to deploy larger satellites of
different shapes up to a mass of 110 Kilograms. It is a flat
structure that includes grapple fixtures for the robotic arms of the
Space Station and a single grapple fixture for the satellite that is
to be deployed. The fixture includes clamps and springs for the
deployment of the satellite. Overall, the structure is 127 by 61 by
7.6 centimeters in size. It also includes interfaces for the slide
table of the JEM Airlock.

SSIKLOPS first saw action in 2014 when deploying the SpinSat
spacecraft and spent most of its time in storage aboard ISS, awaiting
the deployment of future satellites. Final preparations for Friday’s
deployment were made on Wednesday when ISS Astronauts Scott Kelly and
Tim Peake installed the SSIKLOPS deployer on the Slide Table of the
Kibo module’s airlock followed by the installation of the Small Fine
Arm (SFA) Plate on the deployer and the attachment of the LONESTAR
satellite package. The slide table was then retracted and the airlock
sealed off for depressurization on Thursday.

The outer hatch of the airlock was opened and a careful ground-
controlled operation started to retrieve the SSIKLOPS deployer and
hand it from the Small Fine Arm to the Japanese Robotic Arm that was
then positioned for the deployment to ensure the satellite departed
to the correct direction, ruling out any possibility of re-contact
with ISS on subsequent orbits. Release was triggered just before
16:00 UTC on Friday and the LONESTAR package slowly floated away from
ISS, embarking on its mission that will last as long as the
satellites can remain in orbit, typically between six and twelve
months.

Drifting away from the Space Station, LONESTAR showed slight body
rates on all three axes as it slowly faded into the distance. The
Mission Team confirmed they were happy with the observed body rates
and declared the deployment a success. Congratulations were exchanged
between the different teams involved in the deployment – NASA’s
Mission Control, the JAXA Control Center in Japan, Payload
Controllers in Huntsville and the payload’s operators in Texas.

The spacecraft was programmed to power-up automatically ten minutes
after release, perform a health check and start transmitting
telemetry. Acquisition of signal was expected later on Friday to
begin a multi-day checkout campaign ahead of the satellite conducting
its de-tumble maneuver to enter a three-axis stabilized attitude
setting up for the deployment of BEVO-2.

The AggieSat4 satellite, developed and manufactured at Texas A&M
University, has a mass of approximately 55 Kilograms and measures 75
x 75 x 35 centimeters in size. The satellite hosts body-mounted solar
panels for power generation and is equipped with a three-axis
attitude determination and control system with an actuation accuracy
of two degrees, making use of reaction wheels and magnetic torquers.
The Electrical Power System hosts two battery packs delivering an
operational voltage of 34 V and a capacity of 95 Watt-hours.

AggieSat4 hosts two low-data-rate (LDR) radios, a high-data-rate
(HDR) radio, a crosslink radio for short-range communication with the
Bevo-2 satellite, and a DRAGON GPS Payload.

AggieSat4 will be tasked with completing a number of mission
objectives: demonstrating three-axis stabilization, the collection of
GPS data, recording video of the release of BEVO-2 with a 2MP camera,
computing and crosslinking relative navigation data based on relative
GPS measurements and tracking BEVO-2 based on these navigation
solutions.

The 4.2-Kilogram BEVO-2 satellite uses the 3U CubeSat Form Factor,
10 x 10 x 34 centimeters, employing an ISIPOD for deployment from
AggieSat4. The satellite features 24 solar cells installed on its
external panels to deliver power to 6 batteries operating at a
voltage of 7.4 V.

BEVO-2 has four deployable radio antennas and GPS patch antennas.
Attitude determination is accomplished with gyroscopes,
magnetometers, a star tracker and sun sensor while attitude actuation
employs reaction wheels and magnetic torquers. To connect with
AggieSat4 for the exchange of navigation data, the spacecraft hosts a
crosslink radio unit while communications with the ground make use of
a UHF/VHF terminal for data downlink and command uplink.

The satellite is outfitted with a cold gas thruster module holding
90 grams of Dupont R-236fa refrigerant stored at pressure to be
released for maneuvers of the satellite for stationkeeping and
rendezvous exercises with AggieSat4.

As the second of four LONESTAR missions, AggieSat4 and BEVO-2 build
on the success of the previous mission in 2009 as part of a program
outlined to make successive progress towards the ultimate goal of
achieving an autonomous rendezvous and docking of two satellites. The
autonomy aspect of LONESTAR is of particular importance for future
missions to distant targets where communication delays require
spacecraft to act autonomously.

[ANS thanks spaceflight101.com for the above information]

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LilacSat-2 FM Transponder

Paul Stoetzer reports:
“I have noticed that LilacSat-2’s FM transponder has been on nearly
continuously for the past four days They may be keeping it active
continuously during the holiday period in China.

It’s worth checking out if you haven’t worked it yet. It’s got a
good signal and can be easier to track than SO-50 because the carrier
stays active for a period when not receiving signals. The downlink
antenna also uses circular polarization, so there is less fading when
using linear antennas than on SO-50.

Uplink: 144.350 MHz FM (No PL)
Downlink: 437.200 MHz FM

Keep in mind that this uplink frequency is not within the normal
145.800 – 146.000 MHz satellite subband on two meters, though this
frequency is within the 144.300 – 144.500 MHz “New OSCAR subband” in
the ARRL band plan and is allocated to the Amateur Satellite Service
(as is the entirety of 144 – 146 MHz). On passes over the United
States, quite a few packet signals can be heard through the
transponder.

If you use LoTW, the satellite name to use when uploading QSOs is
‘CAS-3H.’

[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]

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6W8CK on Satellite

Conrad, 6W8CK, will be active on satellites from IK14 near Mbour,
Senegal until mid-February. He does not wish to publish his private
email, but is interested in skeds with North American stations who are
in range. If you are interested in setting up a sked, please look up
your mutual windows and email me. I will contact Conrad with a list of
operators and mutual windows.

He will try to be active on CW near 145.930 on AO-7 and 435.830 on
FO-29 during the afternoons, but may also be available on late night /
early morning passes for skeds.

Conrad is using a Yaesu FT-736R and an Elk antenna mounted up 5 meter
above ground. He does occasionally lose power, so keep this in mind if
you do not hear him on a particular pass.

QSL only via the DARC bureau to his home call, DF7OL. He may also
return to Senegal from November 2016 – February 2017.

[ANS thanks Paul, N8HM for the above information]

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IARU Paper: APRS Harmonization and removal of OSCAR sub-band

IARU Region 1 has released the papers for the Interim Meeting to be
held in Vienna April 15-17, 2016.

Among the papers for the C5 VHF/UHF/Microwave Committee is one on
harmonizing APRS.

VIE16_C5_41_1.pdf – 144 /435 MHz APRS Harmonisation

The paper covers global band planning considerations and among the
recommendations says:

Emphasise that spaceborne APRS must be confined to globally
coordinated amateur satellite sub bands. Therefore items that are
ambiguous and generate confusion in national band plans such as
‘Space communications’ and ‘New Oscar Sub band’ should be removed as
soon as possible in all Regions in accordance with IARU-AC and
Satellite Coordination guidance

It is believed that ‘New Oscar Sub band’ refers to the USA’s ARRL
144 MHz band plan and ‘Space communications’ to the Australian WIA
144 MHz band plan. These band plans, as well as those for some other
countries, show 144.300 – 144.500 MHz as being for Amateur Satellite
use.

Direct link for C5 VHF/UHF/Microwave Papers
http://tinyurl.com/ANS031-Microwave

Links for all committee papers and email addresses of Committee
Chairs are at
http://tinyurl.com/ANS031-IARU

ARRL 144 MHz Band Plan http://www.arrl.org/band-plan

WIA 144 MHz Band Plan http://tinyurl.com/ANS031-APRS

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ISS Orbit Boosted Ahead of March Crew Swap – Check Your Elements

The International Space Station raised its orbit Wednesday afternoon
before a pair of crews swap places and a cargo ship arrives in March.
One-year crew members Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of
Roscosmos are set to return home March 1 along with Russian cosmonaut
Sergey Volkov. Then, Expedition 47 will begin and three new crew
members will arrive March 19. New supplies are scheduled to be
delivered to the crew March 31 aboard a Progress 63 cargo craft.

The orbiting Expedition 46 crew was back at work Tuesday on a series
of life science and physics experiments to benefit life on Earth and
crews living in space. Commander Scott Kelly explored maximizing the
effects of exercise in space while British astronaut Tim Peake
studied how living in space affects using touch-based technologies,
repairing sensitive equipment and a variety of other tasks. NASA
astronaut Tim Kopra researched how materials burn in space.

Two cosmonauts resized their Russian Orlan spacesuits today, checked
them for leaks and set up hardware before next week’s maintenance
spacewalk. Flight Engineers Sergey Volkov and Yuri Malenchenko will
work outside Feb. 3 in their Orlan suits to install hardware and
science experiments on the orbital lab’s Russian segment.

[ANS thanks blogs.nasa,gov for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Brihaspati Vidyasadan,
Kathmandu, Nepal and Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI using Callsign
NA1SS. The contact began 2016-01-20 08:37 UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes. Contact was telebridge via VK5ZAI. ARISS Mentor
was 7M3TJZ. This event represents the 984th ARISS contact. A YouTube
video of the evnt can be seen here

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2016-01-27

Christ The King School, Rutland, Vermont, telebridge via VK4KHZ)
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The scheduled
astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN
Contact is a go for: Thu 2016-02-04 18:28:16 UTC

“Gesmundo Moro Fiore” Secondary School, Terlizzi, Italy, telebridge
via LU1CGB. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The
scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI.
Contact is a go for: Sat 2016-02-06 09:09:01 UTC

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

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Congrats to Steve Kristoff, AI9IN, for having worked 5 hams in the
EM55 grid.
To earn 5 in EM55 award #59, please check out
http://www.starcommgroup.org for the awards offered.

[ANS thanks Damon Runion, WA4HFN, for the above information]

+ The Colorado Amateur Satellite Net is held 7PM mountain time on
Thursdays 6PM Pacific. 7PM Mountain, 8PM Central, 9PM Eastern

For more information visit http://www.amsatnet.info/

[ANS thanks Skyler KD0WHB for the above information]

+ The Jan/Feb issue of The AMSAT Journal is off to the printer.

[ANS thanks Joseph KB6IGK 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
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Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM (former KC8YLD)
kc8yld at amsat dot org

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

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

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

In this edition:

* In Memory of Robert J. (Bob) Carpenter, W3OTC-SK by Bill Tynan, W3XO
* AMSAT SKN Winners and Changes for Next Year
* Student Internship CubeSat Opportunities in Greenbelt, MD USA
* VHF Groups Join Forces to Sponsor “Super Conference”
* 2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE January 24, 2016
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In Memory of Robert J. (Bob) Carpenter, W3OTC-SK by Bill Tynan, W3XO

Bob, a longtime friend, one-time business partner and devoted AMAST
volunteer became a Silent Key Friday, January 8th. Bob was born July 31,
1930 in Washington, DC.

I first met Bob in the late 1940s on six meters. At the time, we both lived
in Silver Spring, Maryland. After a few QSOs we decided to meet and compare
notes. I found that, in addition to the interest we shared in the VHF bands,
he was very intrigued with FM broadcasting, as I had been for years.

Following graduation from The University of Maryland, in 1951 with a degree
of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Bob served in the U.S. Air
Force, at the US Air Force Research Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On
completing his Air Force commitment, he joined the Johns Hopkins Applied
Physics Laboratory in the DC area where I was employed. Leaving the
Laboratory 1955, Bob joined, what was then called the National Bureau of
Standards, first in Boulder, Colorado and later at their facility at
Gaithersburg, Maryland. In his early work at the Bureau, he was instrumental
in the development of technology for passing message traffic via the short
bursts of VHF frequency propagation caused by the ionization produced by
meteors entering the Earth’s atmosphere. When Bob returned to Maryland, he
was involved in development of computer networking, retiring from what is
now called The National Institute for Standard and Technology in 1992. In
1988, he received the US Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for
Distinguished Service.

Following retirement from NIST, Bob became available to assist AMSAT, of
which he was an early member, holding AMSAT Life Membership Number 21. His
knowledge of computers, was invaluable to Martha in keeping the office
computers up to date and the various data bases current. He regularly came
into the AMSAT office up until the last few days of his life.

Bob was active on six meters up until the time he sold his home in
Rockville, Maryland and moved to a retirement facility in nearby Gaithersburg.

In earlier years, Bob did extensive traveling in Europe and elsewhere, his
favorite country to visit being France. He became quite fluent in the French
language. He went on one DXpedition, journeying to the French Caribbean
island of Guadalupe. I, and a number of other six meter operators, were able
to work a new country through Bob’s efforts.

As mentioned earlier, Bob and I shared in interest in FM broadcasting. That
interest blossomed during the late 1950s when Bob rented half of the house I
then owned in Rockville, Maryland. After much discussion of the pros and
cons, we decided to construct a station of our own. So, we applied for a
Construction Permit (CP) from FCC to build a station in Bethesda, Maryland,
a nearby suburb of Washington. Bob handled most of the technical work, while
I concentrated on the business side. He always has been more adept at the
technical side of radio and electronics than I. After receiving our CP, we
went to work in earnest to build the station. Finally, in June, 1961, FCC
came out with standards for broadcasting stereo. Bob and I reasoned that,
for a new station, such as ours, to have any chance of success, it had to
hit the air with stereo. Since there was no stereo broadcasting equipment
available at the time, much of what we needed had to be constructed by us.
This herculean task could not have been completed without Bob’s expertise,
but on November 12, 1961, only five months after FCC’s establishment of
standards for stereo broadcasting, WHFS, the DC area’s first stereo FM
station, hit the air on 102.3 MHz.

Once on the air, Bob kept WHFS on the air while I struggled with the
multitude of paperwork associated with running a small business, especially
a radio station. Each of us was smart enough to keep our “day jobs,” making
running a radio station especially difficult.

We sold the station in 1963, affording Bob and me more time for ham radio.

It has been a great pleasure to have known Bob all these years. I will miss
him and I know that Martha and all of AMSAT will miss him as well.

73, Bob.

With thanks to Perry Klein, W3PK, and Tom Pyke, K4DSD, who were responsible
for providing valuable information for this tribute to Bob.

Martha at the AMSAT Office reports: “The memorial service for Bob Carpenter,
W3OTC has been postponed for 1 week due to weather. It is now scheduled to
take place at 7:00 PM on Saturday, January 30th at the chapel of Asbury
Methodist Village in Gaithersburg MD.”

[ANS thanks Bill Tynan, W3XO, AMSAT President Emeritus for the above
information]

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AMSAT SKN Winners and Changes for Next Year

Thanks again to all who participated in AMSAT’s Straight Key Night 2016,
held in memory of Ben Stevenson, W2BXA. The following participants each
received at least one Best Fist nomination: AA5PK,. WA5KBH, WA8SME,
W3TMZ, W4CVV, W5PFG. Special kudos to Glenn Miller, AA5PK, who received
three.

Activity was down this year, for a variety of reasons, some having to do
with availability of suitable satellites and some to do with changes in
amateur radio in general. Since this was AMSAT’s 25th annual SKN, it’s
a good time to consider changes. While Morse as a license qualification
has gone the way of the spark gap, amateur CW activity is as popular as
ever. Straight keys and “bugs”, however, have found a niche primarily with
the boat anchor crowd, and AMSAT’s insistence on their use in OSCAR SKN is
probably holding down participation. Similar considerations have led ARRL
to broaden its annual HF event to include all forms of CW, even
computer-generated. The idea is to encourage everyone to enjoy CW operation,
no matter how they choose to do it.

So, in with the new: AMSAT CW Activity Day on OSCAR. As with the old SKN,
it will be a fun event, not a contest, and will run for 24 hours on
January 1. All forms of CW will be welcome. Instead of best fist
nominations, all participants will be encouraged to post “Soapbox”
comments to AMSAT-BB.

A further announcement will be posted in December 2016.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS for the above information]

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Student Internship CubeSat Opportunities in Greenbelt, MD USA

APPLY NOW: Paid NASA Intern Opportunities Summer 2016

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is offering student internship
positions for the Summer 2016 semester. Applications are being taken
on the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) recruiting web site.
Go to:
https://intern.nasa.gov –> Student Opportunities –>
then click on the first dropdown link to start reading all about
the internships and the process of applying. There is no need for
students to upload a resume in OSSI when they apply. The resume
is essentially built through the student’s responses to the
questions within the online application.

Go to:
https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/guest/searchOpps/
to search and filter through the many Opportunities at the
different NASA locations across the country in addition to the
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Search
on “cubesat” without the quotes to see examples from which
the student may select to apply.

One such Opportunity, “CubeSat Ground Station Development,”
Is being offered by NASA engineer and fellow AMSAT member
Pat Kilroy, N8PK. He is looking for university level students
with a course of study in engineering. Electrical or Electronics
Engineering (EE) or Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
majors in their junior class or higher this fall are sought for
the 10-week summer program. Pat says experience in hardware
and certain skills are required, as described in the text of
his Opportunity listing.

Open to U.S. citizens.

The student application instructions provide a deadline of March 1
to apply, but mentors have already started to evaluate applications
and make their selections. The word to the wise is to get in one’s
application immediately. Don’t wait.

Applications must be made via the OSSI web. Please be sure to
include your Amateur Radio callsign under the Special Skills
section — or that you are studying for it.

[ANS thanks NASA and Pat, N8PK for the above information]

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VHF Groups Join Forces to Sponsor “Super Conference”

The Southeastern VHF Society (SVHFS), North East Weak Signal Group (NEWS)
and Mount Airy VHF Radio Club (Pack Rats) are cosponsoring a VHF Super
Conference, hosted by the Grid Pirates Contest Group (K8GP) and Directive
Systems and Engineering. The conference will take place April 15-17 in
Sterling, Virginia.

Early registration discounts are available. Conference Proceedings in
printed and digital form will be available after the event. Sign up when
registering. All registrations include lunch and all-day beverages.

The event will feature an array of forums and workshops, a test lab, and a
conference banquet. A microwave loop Yagi workshop will be offered during
the weekend at an additional fee. The workshop will explain how loop Yagis
work, how to adjust them, and how to build one. Free shuttle service will be
available to the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum.

A second call for papers and presentations for the VHF Super Conference has
been issued. The conference sponsors are seeking presentations or papers
dealing with all aspects of VHF, UHF, microwave, and higher. Topics may
include operating, contesting, homebrewing, software, EME, surplus,
antennas, test equipment, amplifiers, and SDR. Photos are encouraged.

Steve Kostro, N2CEI, and Paul Wade, W1GHZ, are coordinating Proceedings.
Direct submissions and questions to them via e-mail.

View the ARRL press release at:
http://www.arrl.org/news/vhf-groups-join-forces-to-sponsor-super-conference

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

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2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate
students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student
Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP 2016. The program provides
students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major
scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission
objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and
others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments aboard
the NASA DC-8 aircraft. They also will analyze remote-sensing data collected
during the program from the NASA ER-2.

The program takes place in summer 2016. Instrument and flight preparations,
and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA’s Armstrong Flight
Research Center in Palmdale, California. Postflight data analysis and
interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend plus a travel allowance for
eight weeks of participation in the program. Housing and local
transportation also will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 2, 2016.

For more information and to download the program application, visit
http://www.nserc.und.edu/sarp/sarp-2016.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to
SARP2016@nserc.und.edu.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message — Jan. 21, 2016 for the
above information]

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AMSAT Events

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

*Friday and Saturday, 19-20 February 2016 – Yuma Hamfest and 2016 ARRL
Southwest Division Convention in Yuma AZ

*Friday, 4 March 2016 – presentation for the Associated Radio Amateurs
of Long Beach meeting in Signal Hill CA

*Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 March 2016 – ScienceCity science fair, on
the University of Arizona campus in Tucson AZ

*Saturday, 19 March 2016 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Spring
Hamfest 2016 in Scottsdale AZ

*Saturday, 26 March 2016 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ

*Saturday, 7 May 2016 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association Hamfest in
Sierra Vista AZ

*Saturday, 4 June 2016 – White Mountain Hamfest in Show Low AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Sucessful Contacts

Brihaspati Vidyasadan, Kathmandu, Nepal, telebridge via VK5ZAI
The ISS callsign was NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact was successful: Wed 2016-01-20 08:37:04 UTC 26 deg

A telebridge contact via VK5ZAI with students at Brihaspati Vidyasadan,
Kathmandu, Nepal was successful 01/20/2016 at 08:37:04 UTC 26 deg.
Astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI answered 17 questions for students. An
audience of about 300 included students from 10 other schools, as
well as the British Ambassador to Nepal, the Cultural Affairs Officer
from the US Embassy, and a member of the National Human Rights
Commission and former Ministry for Science and Technology.

Brihaspati Vidyasadan is a 32 year old High school, located in
Kathmandu, Nepal. Brihaspati runs classes from nursery to 100 at
secondary level and the 10+2 program in Science and Management at the
higher secondary Level. Besides these Brihaspati also runs Diploma in
Hospitality Management and Tourism in affiliation with Confederation
of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH), UK.

Brihaspati is known for its academic excellence. To date Brihaspati
has produced over 2000 SLC graduates and over 600 +2 graduates who
have achieved excellent academic achievements. Brihaspati has also
been awarded the “Best School in Nepal” in 2055BS.

Brihaspati is also known for its co-curricular and extra-curricular
activities including sports, debates and concerts. Over the years
the school has achieved Inter-school successes in football (soccer),
cricket and basketball at national levels. School has also successes
in inter-school competitions like debate, elocution and concerts.

For its academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements
Brihaspati has been placed among the Class A schools of Nepal by the
Ministry of Education, Government of Nepal.

Brihaspati staff and students have been known for their innovation
in education. The school is reputed to be the first school in Nepal
to introduce computer education. Brihaspati houses clubs like
Lokopakar, which is a student club that looks into Humanitarian aid.
Brihaspati students recently started gThink Ink h, an activity
designed using the principles of Extreme Design from Stanford for
instilling critical thinking and problem solving skills in students.
This program has gained attention of a lot of people in the academia
at a very rapid pace.

Brihaspati is located in a 25 acre land space at the heart of
Kathmandu within the Balmandir compound. It has academic facility
that is of very high standards. It houses the Free and Open Source
Research Lab and Ham (amateur radio) facility that students and staff
have access to.

Recently during the earthquake of Nepal, one of the buildings of
Brihaspati was used by ham radio operators from Nepal and India to
coordinate search and reconciliation of families where over 500
families were reunited with their loved ones.

Some local news media video reports are available at

http://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/british-astronaut-tells-nepali-
students-to-follow-their-cherished-dreams/

http://e-visitnepal.blogspot.se/2016/01/talk-to-astronauts.html

http://nagariknews.com/feature-article/story/52883.html

Upcoming Contacts

A direct contact with students at PSU. Wittayanusorn School, Kho Hong
District, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand is scheduled for Sat
2016-01-30 11:06:23 UTC 63 deg.

PSU. Wittayanusorn School, established in 2005, is a Prince of Songkla
University affiliated private high school in Hatyai, Songkhla Province,
Thailand. The school serves approximately 1,200 students in 7th to 12th grade.
The school’s identity colors are blue and grey. The blue represents
sustainability and grey stands for wisdom. The school motto is “wisdom brings
lasting success and happiness”. The guiding principle is “our soul is for the
benefit of mankind”. The desired characteristics of our students are “SMART+”
which are referred to scientific mind, good manner, aesthetic appreciation,
responsibility and reliability, teamwork, and +global citizenship. Green
education is our school’s uniqueness which focuses on education for sustainable
development.

PSU. Wittayanusorn School is dedicated to create an exceptional teaching and
learning environment in which morality is emphasized, science and mathematics
concepts are embedded. The school curriculum is designed to maximize each
student’s potential for critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, community
involvement, and responsible leadership. Additionally, the school has been
selected by the Ministry of Science and Technology to be one of the first four
regional schools of the country to host a special three-year science classroom
program for high school level, grades 10 to 12, according to the proactive
human resources development project to upgrade the science and technology
capability of the country. The selection of students with high ability in
mathematics and science for the science classroom program is carried out by the
Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology and closely
collaborated with Prince of Songkla University. Each student who passes the
selection will be entitled to a scholarship from grade 10 onwards, and
subjected to certain additional criteria, he/she will be eligible for a
scholarship until he/she can complete his/her education up to a doctoral degree
level.

PSU Wittayanusorn School was accredited with the score 97.02% by the Office of
National Education Standards and Quality Assessment on May 26, 2015.

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

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

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

Yuri UT1FG is on the move

For those who chase Yuri in new grids, I received an update that he has left
port in Montreal and is headed to Algiers.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, AMSAT Vice President for Operations for the above
information]

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/EX

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

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

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

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-017

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:

* ARRL President Bestows President’s Award on AMSAT’s Tom Clark, K3IO
* Joseph Spier, K6WAO, Appointed VP-Educational Relations
* 25 Year AMSAT Office Volunteer Bob Carpenter, W3OTC, SK
* Nepal students to speak to Tim Peake
* ESA Online Astronaut Selection Tes

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ARRL President Bestows President’s Award on AMSAT’s Tom Clark, K3IO

The ARRL has honored veteran AMSAT personality and Amateur Radio digital pioneer
Tom Clark, K3IO (ex-W3IWI), with its President’s Award. ARRL President Kay
Craigie, N3KN, presented the award plaque to Clark at a January 10 meeting of
the Potomac Valley Radio Club in Blacksburg, Virginia. The plaque, which bears a
likeness of ARRL Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, recognizes Clark’s 60 years
of advancing Amateur Radio technology.

Former AMSAT President and current AMSAT Director Bob McGwier, N4HY, stated
directly. “There would be no AMSAT to inspire all of this work without Tom
Clark,” he said, noting that the organization was in serious trouble after the
Phase 3A satellite launch failure.

“Tom took over as president of AMSAT, and he saved the organization and inspired
all of us to look to the future and aim for the stars,” McGwier said. “All that
has followed, including PACSAT and microsats, CubeSats, AO-13, all the way
through AO-85, are a direct result of Tom Clark saving AMSAT and providing it
leadership as president from 1980 to 1987 and continuous leadership on the Board
of Directors of AMSAT from 1976 until today.”

McGwier said it was Clark who convinced him in 1985 that the future lay in
digital signal processing — DSP. “We started the TAPR/AMSAT DSP project, and it
was announced in 1987,” he said. “We showed in our efforts that small stations
with small antennas could bounce signals off the moon, and, using the power of
DSP, we could see the signals in our computer displays.”

McGwier said this led to the SDX, the Software Defined Transponder, included in
ARISSat and in AMSAT’s Phase 3E. McGwier said Clark was an early supporter of
women in science, too.

“Tom is now and always will be a leader, mentor — the chief scientist for all of
Amateur Radio,” he said.

Clark is an adviser to Virginia Tech as adjunct professor of aerospace and ocean
engineering and of electrical and computer Engineering. McGwier said Clark will
play a crucial role in the Phase 4B geosynchronous satellite opportunity on the
USAF Wide Field of View spacecraft, in which Virginia Tech is a partner.

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]

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Joseph Spier, K6WAO, Appointed VP-Educational Relations

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW has accepted the resignation of
E. Michael “EMike” McCardel, AA8EM, as VP-Educational Relations and
appointed Joseph Spier, K6WAO, as his replacement.

E. Michael McCardel, AA8EM, of Howard, OH was first appointed as an
Associate Director for Educational Outreach under former VP
Educational Relations Mark Hammond, N8MH, in 2011 and succeeded Mark
as VP Educational Relations in September 2013. Among EMike’s biggest
successes were establishing a solid relation with ARRL’s Education
Division and working closely with ARISS as a member of its Executive
Team. He was instrumental with keeping ARISS going and restructuring
the ARISS program after funding was cut for Teaching From Space
(TFS). At the time TFS was the primary NASA partner and education
liaison for ARISS. TFS lead the school proposal and selection process
in the USA. That process is now lead by ARRL and AMSAT. AMSAT VP
Human Spaceflight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, notes, “EMike has been
invaluable to ARISS and I will miss his support. He and I worked
behind the scenes to rescue ARISS through our discussions at the ISS
Conference in 2014. And his rapport with ARRL is
outstanding…something I will miss dearly. I thank EMike for making
that all happen for ARISS.”

EMike also worked at establishing relations with various colleges
and universities. He pushed to make aware the importance of AMSAT as
an educational organization by emphasizing how education is part of
AMSAT’s earliest Mission Statements and Objectives and reminding us
of all the educational programs and outreaches AMSAT has engaged in
during its history.

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW notes, “EMike made a positive
difference and helped set the course in a number of areas involving
Educational Outreach, ARISS, and the overall direction of AMSAT.
While I regret losing your considerable enthusiasm and talents, I
understand the need to ‘recalibrate’ your priorities.”

EMike will complete his duties on January 31, citing time and
commitments outside of AMSAT as his reason for stepping down. EMike
will continue serving AMSAT as one of the rotating editors for the
AMSAT News Service (ANS).

With EMike’s resignation, the appointment of Joseph Spier, K6WAO of
Weimar, CA, as the new VP-Educational Relations is also announced. Joe
came on board with the Educational Relation’s team in 2011 serving as
Associate Director then Director for Educational Outreach.

EMike noted, “Joe and I started with Educational Relations at the
same time and we have always had a great personal and working
relationship. Joe is extremely enthusiastic and someone who thinks
outside the box. Many have pointed out those similarities between us.
However, Joe will bring a different dimension to the position because
of his background in engineering. I support Joe as he takes over and
am excited to see what new and exciting things are in store for AMSAT
Education under his direction.”

“I’m very pleased that Joe has agreed to become our next VP-Educational
Relations”, notes AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW. “Joe is passionate
about integrating amateur radio into educational opportunities at all
educational levels. His engineering background will help in interacting with
university engineering departments encouraging a greater focus on educational
impacts of amateur spacecraft, developing new ways of bringing science to the
class room. He recognizes the importance of ARISS in reaching out to students
based upon his personal involvement in managing an ARISS contact as part of the
2012 Pacificon Convention. His interaction with young people at the 2014 ARRL
Centennial Convention where he encouraged their curiosity about AMSAT’s cubesat
design by their holding the engineering mockup while visiting the AMSAT booth
created many positive impressions for both the students and their parents. I
look forward to working with Joe to further enhance our ability to touch
students through amateur radio satellites and develop new ways to incorporate
education into AMSAT’s mission.”

E. Michael McCardel, AA8EM, former KC8YLD
V.P. for Educational Relations, AMSAT-NA

[ANS thanks EMike, AA8EM, for the above information]

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25 Year AMSAT Office Volunteer Bob Carpenter, W3OTC, SK

Bob Carpenter, W3OTC died on January 8th. Since 1991 Bob had volunteered
at the AMSAT Office on a weekly basis. He was our computer specialist and
handled the donations for AMSAT.

A memorial service will be held on January 23rd at 7:00PM a the Guild
Memorial Chapel, Asbury Methodist Village, 211 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg MD.

[ANS thanks Martha for the above information]

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Nepal students to speak to Tim Peake

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI will be using amateur radio to talk to students at
Brihaspati Vidhyasadan School (BVS) in Nepal on Wednesday, January 20.

The Himalayan Times reports this is the first link up between a school in Nepal
and the International Space Station (ISS). It will be a Telebridge contact via
Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI in Australia and is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20 at
08:37:04 UT. The ISS should be in range of the Telebridge station for about 8
minutes.

BVS is organizing an Exhibition during the week of the contact from January
19-23. Experts as well as knowledgeable students will be at hand to respond to
queries of visiting students who will be able to get acquainted with amateur
radio during the exhibition.

The Nepal Amateur Radio Operators’ Society is one of the organizations
supporting the exhibition.

Brihaspati Vidyasadan is a 32 year old High school, located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Brihaspati runs classes from nursery to 100 at secondary level and the 10+2
program in Science and Management at the higher secondary Level. Besides these
Brihaspati also runs Diploma in Hospitality Managemant and Tourism in
affiliation with Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH), UK.

Brihaspati is known for its academic excellence. To date Brihaspati has produced
over 2000 SLC graduates and over 600 +2 graduates who have achieved excellent
academic achievements. Brihaspati has also been awarded the “Best School in
Nepal” in 2055BS.

Brihaspati is also known for its co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
including sports, debates and concerts. Over the years the school has achieved
Inter-school successes in football (soccer), cricket and basketball at national
levels. School has also successes in inter-school competitions like debate,
elocution and concerts.

For its academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements Brihaspati has
been placed among the Class A schools of Nepal by the Ministry of Education,
Government of Nepal.

Brihaspati staff and students have been known for their innovation in education.
The school is reputed to be the first school in Nepal to introduce computer
education. Brihaspati houses clubs like Lokopakar, which is a student club that
looks into Humanitarian aid. Brihaspati students recently started gThink
Ink h, an activity designed using the principles of Extreme Design from Stanford
for instilling critical thinking and problem solving skills in students. This
program has gained attention of a lot of people in the academia at a very rapid
pace.

Brihaspati is located in a 25 acre land space at the heart of Kathmandu within
the Balmandir compound. It has academic facility that is of very high
standards. It houses the Free and Open Source Research Lab and Ham (amateur
radio) facility that students and staff have access to.

Recently during the earthquake of Nepal, one of the buildings of Brihaspati was
used by ham radio operators from Nepal and India to coordinate search and
reconciliation of families where over 500 families were reunited with their
loved ones.

Read The Himalayan Times story at
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/nepali-students-to-talk-to-astronaut-in-
intl-space-station/

Brihaspati Vidhyasadan School
http://www.bvs.edu.np/bvstalkstoiss/
https://www.facebook.com/bvsTalksToISS/

ARISS http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ESA Online Astronaut Selection Test

The European Space Agency is offering a trial version of a test developed for
future astronauts for you to try at home – and by taking part you will help us
select a new generation of astronauts.

Read the ESA press release at:

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Astronauts/Test_your_astrona
ut_skills_and_help_ESA

Access the astronaut selection test at:

The astronaut selection test

[ANS thanks the European Space Agency 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-010

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:

* Cruising to the 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium
* ARISS-US Receives $5,000 Grant from Yasme Foundation
* Best Fist Nominations Due
* Your 2015 Space Symposium Photos Needed!
* ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event Update
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
[MONTH DAY, YEAR]
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Cruising to the 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium

The 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held aboard a commercial
cruise ship departing from the port of Galveston, Texas. Sail dates
are November 10-14 aboard the Carnival Liberty. Galveston is
conveniently located near Houston, Texas with access from both the
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and the Houston Hobby
Airport (HOU.) This cruise will embark on Thursday afternoon at
16:00 CST and return on the following Monday morning at 08:00 CST.
The trip includes two full days at sea and one day in port at
Cozumel, Mexico. Symposium presentations and meetings will be
conducted during the days at sea to allow free time during the stop
in Cozumel. The AMSAT Board of Directors meeting will occur on shore
at a Galveston hotel in the days prior to the Symposium.

This year’s cruise ship venue offers an environment for significant
others, families, and friends to attend the AMSAT Symposium event
with you. Many activities are available on a cruise ship including
musical and theatrical performances, comedy, dancing, and casino
gaming. During the stop in Cozumel there are many onshore activities
and excursions available for your pleasure. There will be no post-
Symposium tour offered since this venue incorporates the Cozumel
visit.

In preparation for this upcoming Symposium it is recommended you
obtain a passport for travel as soon as possible. United States
residents may find the most convenient place to obtain a passport is
their nearest US Post Office. Not all USPS locations offer this
service; check the US Postal Service website:
https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

Details on travel documents required for US citizens to take a
Carnival cruise originating at a US Port and returning to the same
port may be found here:
https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1406

AMSAT is offering a group rate and booking code available starting
January 5. Please book your cruise directly by calling 1-800-438-
6744 and dialing extension number 70005. Our group name is AMSAT and
the group code is 8Z0FR5. It is recommended you make reservations
very early since cabins are held for a short period of time.
Reservations require a $150 USD per person deposit. The deposit is
fully refundable up until September 11. Rates may vary depending
upon cabin type selected and occupancy. Please utilize the group
code as this directly benefits the Symposium and the amenities we are
able to offer attendees.

Further details will be released in the coming months via ANS, AMSAT-
BB, and the AMSAT Journal.

[ANS thanks Clayton W5PFG for the above information]

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ARISS-US Receives $5,000 Grant from Yasme Foundation

The ARISS-US Team is thrilled to announce that it received a $5,000
grant from the Yasme Foundation, awarded to support the development
of the power converters needed as a part of an extensive upgrade to
the entire ARISS radio system onboard the International Space
Station. 

Ward Silver, N0AX, President of the Yasme Foundation, www.yasme.org,
said the Yasme Board decided to support ARISS, in part, as a catalyst
for individuals and other groups to follow suit by donating to the
radio system cause. Ward commented:

“While you have a long way to go in funding the whole upgrade
project, we hope our grant will encourage organizations and
individuals to donate to ARISS. Yasme is happy to get that ball
rolling.”

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, noted that receiving
grants from more groups similar to Yasme can result in bigger
sponsors being much more likely to donate funds and in-kind resources
to the radio project. The 12 ARISS Delegates from around the world
had voted in August 2015 to move forward with the planning that will
ultimately develop all hardware needed for an upgraded ARISS radio
system if funding could be raised. ARISS Chair Bauer, explaining that
the power converters are critical to the overall ARISS equipment
upgrade, remarked:

“The Yasme grant will jump start the project by allowing the ARISS
hardware team to build a prototype converter, purchase critical parts
for the flight converters, and further develop the design.  We will
continue our pursuit of other funding so as to realize the completion
of the entire upgrade project.”

ARISS-US Delegate Rosalie White, K1STO, thanked Silver for his
personal effort in delineating ARISS’s hardware needs and goals to
the Yasme Board. She added:

“Garnering the Yasme grant is a major step in helping ARISS progress
with our fundraising for the upgraded system. We are elated to know
that Yasme has faith in ARISS and its goals of piquing the interest
of young people in science, technology, engineering, math, space,
communications, and amateur radio.”

Just three weeks ago in mid-December, a group of ARISS-US team
members were at Johnson Space Center solidifying plans for the design
of this next generation radio system. Other groups and individuals
interested in supporting ARISS goals through a donation can contact
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, at ka3hdo@verizon.net or can go to the AMSAT
Website, www.amsat.org, and submit a donation directly using the
ARISS Donate button. ARISS rewards a beautiful ARISS Challenge Coin
to donors giving $100.00 or more.

About ARISS

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a
cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the
space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In
the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).The primary goal
of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled
contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and
students in classrooms or informal education venues. With the help
of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly
with large audiences in a variety of public forums. Before and
during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and
communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.
For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and
www.arrl.org.

[ANS thanks Yasme ans ARISS for the above information]

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Best Fist Nominations Due

Ray Soifer, W2RS, would like to thank to all who participated in
AMSAT’s Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2016. If you haven’t already
done so, please take a moment to nominate someone you worked for Best
Fist. Your nominee need not have had the best fist of those you
heard, only of those you worked.

Send your nomination to w2rs at amsat.org

[ANS thanks Ray W2RS for the above information]

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Your 2015 Space Symposium Photos Needed!

AMSAT Journal Editor, Joe Kornowski KB6IGK, reports that the AMSAT
Journal needs your photos from the 33rd Space Symposium in October
2015. Please send your hi-res photos, with captions if possible, to
journal at amsat.org by January 17.

[ANS thanks Joe KB6IGK for the above information]

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ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event Update

The SSTV commemoration of the first ARISS contact events is now
tentatively planned for January 16. The transmission mode will be
PD120.

Because preparations are still in process, it is suggested that you
stay tuned to AMSAT-BB and the AMSAT and ARISS web site for the
latest information on this event.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Frederick W. Harnett Middle
School, Blackstone, Massachusetts, USA and Astronaut Timothy Peake
KG5BVI using Callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2016-01-05 17:42 UTC
and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via
K6DUE. ARISS Mentor was AJ9N. This represents ARISS’ 981st contact.

+ A Successful contact was made between Sandringham School, St.
Albans, Hertfordshire, UK and Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI using
Callsign GB1SS. The contact began 2016-01-08 08:47:47 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via GB1SAN. ARISS
Mentor was MØXTD. This represents ARISS’ 982nd contact.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado “Benedetto Croce”, Civate, Italy,
telebridge via VK5ZAI The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be
NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN
Contact is a go for: Wed 2016-01-13 11:35:44 UTC

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

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event Update

The SSTV commemoration of the first ARISS contact events is now
tentatively planned for January 16. The transmission mode will
be PD120.

Because preparations are still in process, it is suggested that you
stay tuned to AMSAT-BB and the AMSAT and ARISS web site for the
latest information on this event and others that ARISS plans to
conduct over the next few months.

Remember that the official page for all things ARISS is
www.ariss.org

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

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Satellite Operations from Cowtown Hamfest, January 15-16

Keith Pugh W5IU, reports that the Cowtown Hamfest in Forest Hill,
Texas, a suburg of Fort Worth, will be held Friday and Saturday, 15-
16 January. Keith intends be on the air for as many passes as he
can during the hamfest hours.

[ANS thanks Keith W5IU 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, AA8EM (Former KC8YLD)
kc8yld at amsat dot org

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-003
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:

* Fox-1Cliff and -1D matching contribution offer
* iCubeSat 2016, 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, Oxford, UK –
Call for papers and registration
* Spring 2016 CubeSat Workshop Abstracts Submission Due January 15
* 2016 NASA Academy
* 2016 NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships
* Tim Peake Sandringham School UK Contact
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-003.01
ANS-003 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 003.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE January 3, 2016
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-003.01

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Fox-1Cliff and -1D matching contribution offer

I just want to thank everyone for the outstanding response to our year-end
request for support for the Fox-1Cliff and -1D fundraiser. During the period
of December 25th to December 31st, a total of $7052.41 was raised online
through the FundRazr app. This includes a pledged $1000 matching donation
from a generous donor/member.

73 weeks ago when we announced the launch opportunity for Fox-1Cliff
(and later including -1D), we set $25,000 as a goal for online fundraising
through social media and the FundRazr app. This amount covers a fractional but
significant portion of the launch expense. (The total cost of construction and
launch was estimated to be $125,000.) I’m very pleased that as of the 31th
of December, we have raised $26,458 from over 250 contributors. Donations have
varied from $3 and up, so everyone may contribute and be recognized.

There is a continuing need to raise the additional funds necessary to launch
Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D in 2016. Just visit
https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6pz92/ab/561Zd
and pick your level of support. Donations of $1000 or more will receive a
plaque with a solar panel protective cover after launch, and $100 qualifies
for a Fox challenge coin to be delivered in 6-8 weeks when the next shipment
arrives.

Please see

Fox-1Cliff and -1D Matching Contributions Offer


and

AMSAT-NA Announces New Fox Satellite Launch in 2015


for additional information.

Thank you for the support,

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations for the above
information]

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iCubeSat 2016, 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, Oxford, UK –
Call for papers and registration

iCubeSat 2016 – 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop
24-25 May 2016, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for papers and registration

iCubeSat 2016, the 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, will address
the technical challenges, opportunities, and practicalities of
interplanetary space exploration with CubeSats. The workshop provides
a unique environment for open wide ranging practical collaboration
between academic researchers, industry professionals, policy makers
and students developing this new and rapidly growing field.

Technical Program

Talks and round tables will focus on three themes: technology,
science, and open collaboration. The program will also include
unconference sessions to provide additional opportunities to engage
with the interplanetary CubeSat community and potential collaborators.
Talks and supporting material will be streamed and archived on the
conference website. A lively social program in and around summertime
Oxford will be arranged for participants and their guests.

Abstract Submission and Dates

Talks on astrodynamics, attitude control and determination systems,
citizen science, communications, landers, launch opportunities, open
source approaches, outreach, payloads, policy, power systems,
propulsion, reentry systems, ride-shares, science missions, software,
standardization, structures, systems engineering and other related
topics are all welcome.

1st June 2015 Registration opens at
http://iCubeSat.org/registration
1st April 2016 Abstract upload deadline
15th April 2016 Notification of abstract acceptance
20th May 2016 Presentation (and optional paper) upload deadline

Please confirm your interest in presenting or attending as soon as
possible (to assist us size the venue) by completing the registration
form at
http://iCubeSat.org/registration

Exhibition

CubeSat specialists and other vendors are invited to contact
exhibit@iCubeSat.org for details of exhibition opportunities.

Location

The 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop will be held on or near
the University of Oxford campus, Oxford, United Kingdom
on Tuesday, May 24th and Wednesday May 25th, 2016.

Organizers

The organizing committee can be contacted at committee@iCubeSat.org

See you in Oxford!

pp iCubeSat 2016 Organising Committee
www.iCubeSat.org

Download the conference poster:
https://icubesat.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/20150606_icubesat2016poster.pdf

[ANS thanks the 5th Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop for the above information]

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Spring 2016 CubeSat Workshop Abstracts Submission Due January 15

13th Annual CubeSat Developer’s Workshop
Abstract Submission Deadline is JANUARY 15, 2016!
Workshop Dates: April 20-22, 2016
San Luis Obispo, CA, US

Please keep abstracts under 500 words, the abstracts should indicate the ideas
addressed within the presentation or poster, and the objectives of the
presentation/poster. Readers should not have to read the full text to
understand the abstract.

More importantly, any topic is welcome!

See
http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/index.php/workshops/upcoming-workshops/
123–workshop-schedule
or
http://www.cubesat.org/

[ANS thanks www.cubesat.org/ for the above information]

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2016 NASA Academy

The 2016 NASA Academy is being offered at three locations: NASA’s Ames
Research Center in California, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio, and
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Applications are being
solicited for this 10-week summer experience for college students with
emphasis on immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and
training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures,
meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and
space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how
NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories,
and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens (including citizens of the U.S. territories
Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Marianas) majoring in a
STEM discipline. The applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students
enrolled full-time in accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. and
its territories. Students may apply to any of the NASA Academy opportunities
by following these steps:

1. Log into the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, site at
https://intern.nasa.gov.
2. Register and set up an account.
3. Select the “Search Opportunities” tab at the top bar.
4. Select “NASA Center(s) of Interest” under “NASA Center/Facility.”
5. Enter “Academy” in the “Keywords” block at the bottom of the screen.
6. Click the “Search” button at the very bottom of screen; a list of Academy
Opportunities will then be displayed.
7. Click on the “View” icon in the first column under “Action” to read about
the Opportunity of interest, followed by comments on additional instructions
for completing the application, including two requested essays.

The deadline for receipt of NASA Academy application(s) and associated
documents is Feb. 16, 2016.

Please direct questions about NASA Academy to
NASA-Academy-Application@mail.nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message — Dec. 30, 2015 for the
above information]

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2016 NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting
applications for its 2016 Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate
Scholarship and 2016 Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Programs.

The Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship Program
provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to students
majoring in STEM fields that directly support NOAA’s mission. Participants
conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships. A
stipend and housing allowance is provided. Students attending an accredited
Minority Serving Institution as defined by the U.S. Department of Education
(Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and
Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaskan-Native Serving
Institutions, and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions) are eligible to
apply for the program. The institutions must be within the United States or
U.S. Territories. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must earn and
maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

The Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program provides scholarships for two
years of undergraduate study with a paid internship at a NOAA facility
during the interim summer session. A stipend and housing allowance is
provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full-time at an
accredited college or university. Applicants also must have and maintain a
declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic,
environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences; mathematics;
engineering; remote-sensing technology; physical and social sciences
including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics; or teacher education
that supports NOAA’s programs and mission. Participants must earn and
maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Applications for both scholarship programs are due Jan. 29, 2016.

For more information, visit
http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships/.

Please direct questions about these scholarship opportunities to
StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message — Dec. 30, 2015 for the above
information]

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Tim Peake Sandringham School UK Contact

The first UK Amateur Radio school contact by UK astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS from
the International Space Station (ISS) will take place on Friday, January 8,
2016 at 0847 GMT with students at Sandringham School, St. Albans in
Hertfordshire. The school will use the call sign GB1SAN.

The St. Albans based Verulam Amateur Radio Club (VARC) ran an Amateur Radio
Foundation License course in December. Three of the candidates were pupils from
Sandringham School who took the course in preparation for the contact with Tim
Peake.

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

Tim will use a frequency of 145.800 MHz FM for the contact and his signal
should be receivable across the British Isles and Europe.

What equipment do you need to hear the ISS?

Almost any 144 MHz FM transceiver will receive the ISS; you can even use a
general coverage VHF scanner with an external antenna. As far as the antenna is
concerned the simpler the better. A ¼ wave ground plane can give good results
because it has a high angle of radiation. Large 2m colinears don’t work quite
as well because the radiation pattern is concentrated at the horizon.

You can receive the ISS using a 144 MHz hand-held outdoors with its helical
antenna but a 1/4 wave whip will give far better results.

In the UK we use narrow 2.5 kHz deviation FM but the ISS transmits on 145.800
MHz with the wider 5 kHz deviation used in much of the world. Most rigs can be
switched been wide and narrow deviation FM filters so select the wider filter.
Hand-held rigs all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.

The International Space Station is traveling around the Earth at over 28,000
km/h. This high speed makes radio signals appear to shift in frequency, a
phenomenon called Doppler Shift. When the ISS is approaching your location the
signal may be 3.5 kHz higher in frequency on 145.8035 MHz. During the 10 minute
pass the frequency will gradually move lower reaching 145.7965 MHz as the ISS
goes out of range. To get maximum signal you ideally need a radio that tunes in
1 kHz or smaller steps to follow the shift but in practice acceptable results
are obtained with the radio left on 145.800 MHz.

ISS Amateur Radio Stations

There are two amateur radio stations available to astronauts on the ISS.

The Russian Service Module has a dual-band Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver (this
replaced the older TM-D700). Four antennas are available, three of which are
identical and each can support both transmit and receive operations on 2m,
70cm, L band and S band. They also support reception for the Russian Glisser TV
system, which is used during spacewalks. The fourth antenna is a 2.5 m long
vertical whip that can be used to support High Frequency (HF) operations
although at the present time there is no amateur HF equipment.

The ESA Columbus Module has two Ericsson M-PA series FM 5 watt handheld
radios, one for 145, and the other for 435 MHz, as well as the 2.4 GHz HamTV
Digital Amateur Television Transmitter. Antennas are available for 145 and 435
MHz for the Ericsson handhelds; additionally, there are 1260 and 2400 MHz
antennas for the HamTV system.

Tim Peake will the using the equipment in the ESA Columbus Module.

The ISS HamTV will not be available for the Sandringham School contact because
the equipment will be turned off to permit other experiments.

You’ll be able to listen online to Tim Peake GB1SS on the 145.800 MHz FM
downlink by using the SUWS WebSDR radio at
http://websdr.suws.org.uk/

Tim Peake ISS School Contacts Announced
Tim Peake ISS School Contacts Announced

Sandringham School
http://www.sandringham.herts.sch.uk/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SandringhamSch1

Verulam Amateur Radio Club
http://www.verulam-arc.org.uk/

What is Amateur Radio?

What is Amateur Radio?

Find an amateur radio training course near you
https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

ARISS
http://www.ariss-eu.org/

[ANS thanks ARISS & AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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AMSAT Events

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

*Saturday, 9 January 2016 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2016 in Phoenix AZ

*Friday and Saturday, 19-20 February 2016 – Yuma Hamfest and 2016 ARRL
Southwest Division Convention in Yuma AZ

*Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 March 2016 – ScienceCity science fair, on
the University of Arizona campus in Tucson AZ

*Saturday, 19 March 2016 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Spring
Hamfest 2016 in Scottsdale AZ

*Saturday, 26 March 2016 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Upcoming Contacts

Frederick W. Harnett Middle School, Blackstone, Massachusetts, telebridge
via K6DUE
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact is a go for: Tue 2016-01-05 17:42:06 UTC 81 deg

Sandringham School, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, direct via GB1SAN
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-01-08 08:47:47 UTC 83 deg.

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

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

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/EX

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

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

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

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-361

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:

* Fox-1Cliff and -1D Matching Contribution Offer
* AMSAT SKN on OSCAR 2016 This Week
* ARISS Celebrates 15 Years of School Contact
* AMSAT Awards
* EO-79 Transponder Activation
* NASA Commercial Crew Program 2016 Children’s Artwork Calendar

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-361.01
ANS-340 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 361.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
December 27, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-361.01

Fox-1Cliff and -1D Matching Contribution Offer

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to AMSAT members and satellite enthusiasts
everywhere!

In this season of giving, we’ve had a generous offer for matching funds up to
$1,000 for those that contribute to the Fox-1Cliff and -1D crowdsourcing
campaign at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6pz92/ab/561Zd between now and
December 31st. Make your donation twice as valuable by taking advantage of this
opportunity and contributing before the end of the year, and help AMSAT fund the
launch of the next two satellites in the Fox-1 series.

Slated for launch in 2016 on the inaugural Spaceflight SHERPA mission aboard a
SpaceX Falcon 9, Fox-1Cliff and -1D carry university experiments from
Pennsylvania State-Erie, Vanderbilt, University of Iowa, cameras provided by
Virginia Tech, as well as amateur radio voice repeaters capable of U/V or L/V
operation.

Donations of $100 or more are eligible for a special AMSAT Fox challenge coin,
and $1,000 or more qualifies for a plaque with an actual solar panel cover from
Fox-1Cliff or -1D. (We’ve nearly exhausted our coin supply and are waiting on
resupply from the mint. Plaques will be distributed sometime after spacecraft
integration. Please be patient for delivery of either premium.)

AMSAT is a 501-(c)-(3) not-for-profit educational and scientific organization of
amateur radio operators whose purpose is to design, construct, launch, and
operate satellites in space and to provide the support needed to encourage
amateurs to utilize these resources. Please consider a tax-deductible
contribution to AMSAT to help underwrite the development and launch expenses of
our Fox satellite program.

Donors wishing to provide additional matching funds please contact Drew
Glasbrenner, KO4MA at ko4ma@amsat.org.

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

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AMSAT SKN on OSCAR 2016 This Week

You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2016,
sponsored by AMSAT for all radio amateurs throughout the world.

Operate CW through any amateur satellite from 0001 through 2400 UTC on 1 January
2016, using a manual, non-electronic key. Note that bugs are now allowed, as
they are in similar ARRL and SKCC events.

There is no need to send in a log, but please nominate someone you worked for
Best Fist. Your nominee need not have the best fist of those you heard, just of
those you worked. Send your nomination to w2rs@amsat.org.. A list of those
nominated will be published in early February.

This year’s event is being held in memory of Ben Stevenson, W2BXA (1914-2011).
Licensed since 1929, Ben was one of the world’s top DXers on both HF and
satellites. He led the DXCC Honor Roll for many years, and among his many
awards were Satellite DXCC No. 1 and post-war Worked All Zones No. 1. Founding
president of the North Jersey DX Association, Ben shared his knowledge and
enthusiasm with one and all.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]

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ARISS Celebrates 15 Years of School Contacts

15 years ago today, on December 21, 2000, students at Burbank School in
Burbank Illinois, U.S.A. lined us and readied themselves for a very historic
event—the first school contact with the crew on the International Space
Station. ARISS mentor and radio operator Charlie Sufana, AJ9N and his team
of volunteers had aptly prepared the students, teachers and the public in
attendance for their historic contact. As AOS approached, Charlie began
calling NA1SS. Soon, Expedition 1 Commander Bill “Shep” Shepherd, KD5CDL
answered back and the students immediately began asking Shep their
questions. The rest is history.

Burbank school teacher, Rita Wright, who later became KC9CDL, continues to
be active in ARISS as a volunteer. Rita’s 2004 AMSAT Symposium paper,
“Remember, We’re Pioneers!” chronicles the Burbank school’s journey to the
first ARISS contact and beyond. You are invited to download the paper at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/q8cmd0eu9y0imsz/REMEMBER–Burbank%20School.pdf?dl=0

With this historic event in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to
thank our volunteers from the ARISS operations team for their outstanding,
long term support to ARISS. These folks—our mentors, telebridge operators
and operations leaders—are the foundation of ARISS. They have made
nearly 1000 ARISS contacts successful since Burbank, 15 years ago. Without
them, the goals of ARISS: inspiration, exploration, education and
experimentation, could not be achieved. Their guidance, mentoring and
presentations, before, during and after the contact were crucial in
achieving these goals. Thank you all!!

As the ARISS team prepares for 2016, with many schools in the queue,
prepared, ready and waiting for their upcoming contacts, ARISS is gearing up
for another historic event—our 1000th school contact. Wow! 1000 ARISS
contacts!! To celebrate this historic event, I would ask those that know of
an ARISS student that has graduated and is now in a science, technology,
engineering or mathematics (STEM) field to please have them share their
story with us. Please pass this along to others and have them send their
stories to me at ka3hdo at verizon.net or to our web master at ariss at
arrl.org.

We would like to compile these for our space agency customers and to share
the stories with the amateur radio community.

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO, for the above information]

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AMSAT Awards

Here are our newest award recipients and end of the year finale.
Happy Holidays and Good DX to all

AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award
Adrian Liggins, VA3NNA
John Pate, W1XQ
Mission Bay ARC, KM3RKI
Jim Leahy, N0VVV

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AMSAT Communication Achievement Award

Fernando Ramirez-Ferrer, NP4JV #568

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AMSAT Sexagesimal Award

Clayton Coleman, W5PFG #172

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AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award
Frank Westphal, K6FW #84 1,000 contacts
John Papay, K8YSE/7 #85 1,000 contacts

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AMSAT South Africa Communication Achievement Award
Fernando Ramirez-Ferrer, NP4JV #US196

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

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards

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

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EO-79 Transponder Activation

On December 21, 2015 at 1038 UT, the EO-79 transponder was turned on for a
prolonged period.

The FUNcube transponder subsystem on QB50p1 (EO-79) had been provided by AMSAT-
UK and AMSAT-NL and is a similar subsystem as on FUNcube-1, but without the
telemetry downlink circuitry.

The current software running on EO-79 does experience occasional reboots. When
these reboots happen, the transponder is automatically turned off and will have
to be turned back on by a command station. The FUNcube team has selected a few
command stations to do so, but be advised the transponder may be off.

TLEs:
AMSAT keps name: EO-79
Celestrak keps Name: QB50P1
Celestrak file: cubesat.txt
NORAD # 40025
COSPAR designator 2014-033-R

Frequencies:
*Uplink:* 435.035-435.065 MHz LSB [See note below]
*Downlink:* 145.935-145.965 MHz USB

EO-79 has been set to only beacon the normal AX.25 beacon every 30 seconds
instead of 10 seconds. The beacon frequency is 145.815 MHz and consists of AX.25
frames on BPSK. More details about the downlink can be found on the ISIS Ham
Radio page at http://isispace.nl/HAM/qb50p.html

We kindly request you to share your experiences with the AMSAT Bulletin Board so
everyone can benefit from operating tips and tricks, as well as being up-to-date
on the status.

We would also welcome any observation related to the transponder behaviour when
the AX.25 beacon comes on.

Just like FUNcube-1, the crystal oscillator circuits exhibit drift with
temperature. This means manual tuning will probably work best.

Mike Seguin N1JEZ notes: I found my downlink after setting my uplink +12 kHz
from published spec

SatPC32 tracking software Doppler SQF information used by Peter VK4NBL:
EO-79,145950,435063,USB,LSB,REV,0,0
EO-79,145814.8,435070,CW,TELEMETRY,0,0

Lastly, the commanding team will not be available over Christmas, so the current
activations are planned from today until Thursday 24th and from Monday 28th
until Thursday 31st

[ANS thanks Wouter, PA3WEG, and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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NASA Commercial Crew Program 2016 Children’s Artwork Calendar

Some of the best works of art come from children who are only limited by
their imaginations, like the more than 150 young explorers from across the
country who submitted artwork depicting human spaceflight as they see it.
Sixteen masterpieces were chosen to be included in the NASA Commercial Crew
Program 2016 Children’s Artwork Calendar, which is now available for
download in PDF format, at http://go.nasa.gov/1NVTww4. We offer a huge
“thank you!” to all the explorers, ranging in age from four to 12, who
submitted their work and hope that everyone will enjoy and use this calendar
next year.

[ANS thanks the NASA Commercial Crew Program for the above information]

/EX

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information.

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

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-354

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The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
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Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* Special Membership Offer for Fox-1A launch expiring December 31
* 17 US Schools Move Forward Into the Next Stage of ARISS Selection
* ARISS Commemorative Event Update
* SA AMSAT Kletskous Cubesat Invites School Experiments to Fly to
Space
* Slow Scan TV Image Sent Through AO-85
* Yuri, UT1FG/MM, Itinerary During Trip Up the St. Lawrence River
* Unscheduled Spacewalk Likely on Monday
* SME-SAT video
* Look Up and Spot the Station! Learn More With STEM on Station
* NASA’s Digital Learning Network Seeking Participants for
International Event
* Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-354 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 354.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
December 20, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-354.01

Special Membership Offer for Fox-1A launch expiring December 31

We’ve welcomed dozens of new members since the AO-85 launch with our
offer of “Getting Started With The Amateur Satellites” as a free PDF
with membership in AMSAT, but this offer will come to an end on
December 31st, 2015. Point your browser to
http://store.amsat.org/catalog/index.php?cPath=32 and help AMSAT keep
amateur radio in space, and get a free e-book as a thank you.

From http://www.amsat.org/?p=4591

AMSAT’s Fox-1A is set to launch as part of the GRACE (Government
Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment) auxillary payload on the NROL-
55 mission October 8, 2015 from Vandenburg AFB on an Atlas V vehicle.
More details will be released when made available from our launch
provider. NRO has released this factsheet about the mission:
http://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-
content/uploads/2015/10/GRACE_CubeSat_FactSheet.pdf

General information on Fox-1A is available in the downloadable
AMSAT Fox Operating Guide http://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-
content/uploads/2015/05/FoxOperatingGuide_May2015_Hi.pdf

(Editor’s Note: The above two links were truncated to in order to fit
required editorial format standards. Please copy and paste complete
link, without spaces, into your browser of choice to view the
information)

FoxTelem software for decoding and submitting telemetry has been
made available for download at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=4532

As part of the preparations for the launch and activation of this
new satellite, AMSAT is making our “Getting Started With The Amateur
Satellites” book available for a limited time as a download with any
paid new or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This
offer is only available with purchases completed online, and for only
a limited time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated
every year with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the
premier primer of satellite operation. The 132 page book is presented
in PDF format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your
first contacts on a ham radio satellite.

Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT
store (http://store.amsat.org/catalog/) and selecting any membership
option. While there, check out our other items, including the M2
LEOpack antenna system, AMSAT shirts, hats, and other swag. Thank
you, and see you soon on Fox-1A!

[ANS thanks Drew KO4MA for the above information]

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17 US Schools Move Forward Into the Next Stage of ARISS Selection

Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) and the

American Radio Relay League (ARRL), US managing partners of Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), are pleased to
announce the schools/organizations selections for the second half of
2016. A total of 17 of the submitted proposals during the recent
proposal window have been accepted to move forward into the next
stage of planning to host a scheduled amateur radio contact with crew
on the ISS during the July through December period of 2016. This is a
significant step in ARISS’ continuing effort to engage young people
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities and
raise their awareness of space exploration, space communications and
related areas of study and career possibilities.

The ARISS program anticipates that NASA will be able to provide
scheduling opportunities for these US host organizations during the
July – December 2016 time period. These 17 schools/organizations must
now complete an acceptable equipment plan that demonstrates their
ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once theirequipment plan is
approved by the ARISS technical team, the final selected
schools/organizations will be scheduled as their availability and
flexibility match up with the scheduling opportunities offered by
NASA.

The schools and organizations are:

Boca Raton Christian School Boca Raton, FL
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
Frontiers of Flight Museum’s “Moon Day 2016” Dallas, TX
Howell L. Watkins Middle School Palm Beach Gardens, FL
iSPACE Cincinnati, OH
John Glenn Middle School Maplewood, MN
Kopernik Observatory &Science Center Vestal, NY
Lawrence Public Library Lawrence, KS
Museum of Innovation and Science Schenectady, NY
Northland Preparatory Academy Flagstaff, AZ
Peoria Riverfront Museum Peoria, IL
University of Nebraska’s Peter Kiewit Institute Omaha, NE
South Street School Danbury, CT
Space Jam 10 Rantoul, IL
United Space School Seabrook, TX
U.S. Space & Rocket Center Huntsville, AL
World Genesis Foundation (WGF) Goodyear, AZ

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a
cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
(AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States, and
other international space agencies and international amateur radio
organizations around the world. The primary purpose of ARISS is to
organize scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members
aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or
informal education venues. With the help of experienced amateur radio
volunteers from amateur radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS
team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences
in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science
centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps,
where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space,
space technologies and Amateur Radio. Find more information at
www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org and www.arrl.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS, The ARRL and AMSAT for the above information]

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ARISS Commemorative Event Update

ARISS is celebrating its 15th anniversary of continuous operations
on the ISS. On November 13, 2000 the crew conducted their first ham
radio contacts on ISS and then on December 21, 2000 ARISS conducted
their first school contact with the Burbank School in Burbank,
Illinois.

An SSTV commemoration of these historic events is in the planning for
December 26 and 27. The transmission mode will be PD120 instead of
the P180 mode used in the past. This will allow for more pictures to
be transmitted per pass. ARISS is also investigating the possibility
of a repeat of the event in January.

Pictures for transmission are currently under review and will be
images that commemorate 15 years of school contacts using Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station.

Please note that the event, and any ARISS event, is dependent on
other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and
are subject to change at any time.

While preparations are being finalized please check for new and the
most current information on the AMSAT.org and ARISS.org web sites and
the AMSAT-BB for the latest information on this event and others that
ARISS plans to conduct over the next few months

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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SA AMSAT Kletskous Cubesat Invites School Experiments to Fly to Space

SA AMSAT is inviting Southern African leaners and school science
groups to take their next science project into space on the first
amateur radio satellite being designed and built by radio amateurs in
South Africa. Named Kletskous (Afrikaans for Chatterbox) the CubeSat
will carry a linear transponder for communication between amateurs,
school science projects and a telemetry system.

Kletskous measures 10x10x10 cm and will be powered by solar panels.
Because of the small size, any science project to be considered for
inclusion in the satellite has to be small and consume the minimum of
power. The selected projects will be incorporated on one of the main
printed circuit boards and connected to the telemetry system. This
means that participants in the science projects will be able to
download their own telemetry and evaluate how their project is
performing and analysing the data collected inspace.

The telemetry stream will also be made available on the SA AMSAT web
pages giving access to the data to learners on the tablets and
laptops. The mission of the new satellite is to give radio amateurs
and educational institutions in Southern Africa easy access to a Low
Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite on as many of the available passes as
possible and thus stimulate interest and activity in space,
satellites and amateur radio. A secondary mission is to fly
scientific payloads proposed and designed by learners or school
science groups.

Kletskous will be using the two metre and 70 cm amateur bands. The
uplink is on 70 cm, and the downlink on 2 m. A linear transponder
with a bandwidth of 20 kHz is utilised for both FM and SSB. A sub-
carrier for a telemetry downlink will be included. For command and
control purposes a separate 70 cm frequency will be used. Currently
frequencies in the 435.100 to 435.140 MHz range are considered for
the uplink and 145.860 to 145.980 MHz for the downlink. The above
architecture will ensure that the transponder is accessible for
general use while the satellite is being commanded and controlled by
the ground station.

School science payloads are being encouraged that measure things
happening in space such the temperature inside or outside the
satellite, sounds in space, radiation particle count and many more.
Develop the project on a breadboard and test it on the bench, develop
software for the project and then write up a proposal with as much
information as possible. Include information about yourself or your
group, include any photographs and contact details such as telephone
number, email address, and physical location.

Email the proposal to saamsat@intekom.co.za

The closing date for proposal is 31 March 2016. Depending on the
type and scope of the proposal, SA AMSAT will make the final decision
and advise all entrants by 30 April 2016. Theentrants of the
successful project or projects will be invited to make a short
presentation at the 2016 SA AMSAT Space Symposium on 28 May 2016
planned to be held at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.

The SA AMSAT CubeSat project is funded by donations. To contribute or
participate in the project see the SA AMSAT web page at:
http://www.amsatsa.org.za/

[ANS thanks SA AMSAT for the above information]

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Slow Scan TV Image Sent Through AO-85

On December 13 Brazilian radio amateur Roland, PY4ZBZ, received an
SSTV image sent in Robot 36 via AO-85.

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, said “I can
tell you that in South America, they are having some fun, and that
our analog-to-digital to analog IHU processing of the audio seems to
work very well at SSTV frequencies!” Buxton told ARRL. “I don’t know
who uplinked the signal, but it was a ground-satellite-ground
contact, nothing that originated on AO-85.”

Buxton went on to state that the transmission was “a very good
demonstration of the capability of the FM repeater on the Fox-1
series satellites.”

The FM satellite uplink is at 435.170 MHz (67 Hz CTCSS tone
required). The downlink is at 145.978 MHz. Both frequencies are
subject to Doppler shift.

Whereas is it not recommended to use satellites to transmit SSTV
images this personal experiment by South American hams didn’t seem to
interfere with any other transmissions. AMSAT VP of Operations Drew
Glasbrenner KO4MA stated “At some point we will set up a period to try
it over the US, but until then please refrain from repeating this
experiment.”

[ANS thanks AMSAT, Jerry, N0JY, and Drew KO4MA for the above
information]

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UT1FG/MM Itinerary During Trip Up the St. Lawrence River

Yuri, UT1FG/MM, is heading up to the St. Lawrence and Montreal and
will visit two ports there. He has shared a list of grids that he
will likely travel through. Some of these grids have not been
previously activated, however, keep in mind that not every grid will
be workable due to the timing of the available satellite passes. He
may be in some of these grids for a very short time.

FL17 FL18 FL28 FL29

FM20 FM30 FM31 FM32 FM42 FM43 FM53
FM54 FM55 FM56 FM66 FM67 FM68 FM78 FM79 FM89

FN80 FN81 FN82 FN83 FN93 FN94 FN95

GN05 GN06 GN07

FN97 FN98 FN88 FN89 FN79 FN69 FN58 FN57 FN47 FN46 FN36 FN35

The ship is the Barnacle, a vessel on which he has previously sailed.

[ANS thanks John K8YSE for the above iformation]

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Unscheduled Spacewalk Likely on Monday

Impacts that the amateur radio on the ISS will not return to service
until after the EVA.

The International Space Station’s mission managers are preparing for
a likely unplanned spacewalk by Astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra
no earlier than Monday, Dec. 21.

Late Wednesday, the Mobile Transporter rail car on the station’s
truss was being moved by robotic flight controllers at Mission
Control, Houston, to a different worksite near the center of the
truss for payload operations when it stopped moving. The cause of the
stall is being evaluated, but experts believe it may be related to a
stuck brake handle, said ISS Mission Integration and Operations
Manager Kenny Todd. Flight controllers had planned to move the
transporter away from the center of the truss to worksite 2. The
cause of the stall that halted its movement just four inches (10
centimeters) away from where it began is still being evaluated.
Progress 62 is scheduled to launch at 3:44 a.m. EST Monday, and dock
on Wednesday to the Pirs docking compartment at 5:31 a.m. Wednesday.

The ISS Mission Management Team met Friday morning and is targeting
Monday for the spacewalk, but will meet again in a readiness review
Sunday morning. Managers could elect to press ahead for Monday, or
take an extra day and conduct the spacewalk Tuesday.

ISS Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Tim
Kopra of NASA will conduct the spacewalk. It will be the 191st
spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance, the
third in Kelly’s career and the second for Kopra. Kelly will be
designated Extravehicular Activity crew member 1 (EV1) wearing the
suit bearing the red stripes, and Kopra will be Extravehicular
Activity crew member 2 (EV2) wearing the suit with no stripes.

A start time for the spacewalk either Monday or Tuesday has not yet
been set, but NASA TV coverage will begin 90 minutes prior to the
start of the spacewalk.

For amateur radio enthusiats should note that the EVA impacts the
use of the amateur radio which will likely not return to service
until after the EVA.

[ANS thanks blogs.nasa.gov for the above information]

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SME-SAT video

The Surrey Space Centre in Guildford has released a ‘Softstack’
Integration time-lapse video of the SME-SAT CubeSat.

The mission objectives are:
A: Outreach – The satellite will provide beacons for which amateur
satellite users and ham radio users will be able to receive.

B: Space qualification and performance characterisation of sensors.
• High performance COTS Gyroscopes (x3).
• High precision MEMS accelerometers.
• 2 Aperture Star Camera, At a later point in the mission these will
be used in conjunction with the ADCS to characterise the closed loop
performance of the sensors.

C: Performance characterisation of Nano-Control Moment Gyros (CMGs)
for agility. The mission is equipped with 4-Nano-CMGs in a pyramid
configuration for ADCS. This part of the mission will evaluate the
performance of this system on the ADCS and agility of the satellite.

D: Space qualification and performance characterisation of the EPS
The EPS for this mission has heritage from the Delfi-C3 and other
missions and includes additional improvements to be demonstrated on
this mission.

E: Smart Thermal Radiation Devices (STRD tiles) SME-SAT is equipped
with a number of STRD tiles on the outside faces of the satellite for
passive thermal management of the internal structure.

F: Flux Gate Magnetometer The mission contains a scientific grade
miniaturized flux gate magnetometer that sits on the end of a
deployable boom to improve the performance of the sensor. This
payload will be switched into the ADCS for evaluation of performance
during parts of the mission but is not the primary magnetometer for
ADCS.

G: GPS SME-SAT also contains an experimental GPS system that will be
switched into the ADCS loop at stages in the orbit to evaluate the
performance of the system.

The IARU coordinated frequency for the satellite’s 9k6 RC-BPSK AX.25
downlink is 437.150 MHz.

More information here
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ssc/research/onboarddata/smesat/index.htm

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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Look Up and Spot the Station! Learn More With STEM on Station

The International Space Station orbits 250 miles above Earth and
travels about 17,500 miles per hour. The space station is visible in
the night sky and looks like a fast-moving plane, but it is dozens of
times higher than any airplane and travels thousands of miles an hour
faster.

Learn more about how you can spot the space station and other ways
you can bring the station into your classroom by visiting NASA’s STEM
on Station website. While you are there, stop by and learn more about
the yearlong mission and how it is helping us on our #JourneytoMars.
Opportunities, resources and more await at this space-station-focused
site!

To check out the website, visit
http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message — Dec. 17, 2015 for
the above information]

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Seeking Participants for
International Event

In February 2016, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is teaming up with
The Royal Institution and Faraday Studios for a series of Google
Hangout events in connection with British astronaut Tim Peake’s
mission to the International Space Station. The live hourlong events
will include selected classrooms from the United Kingdom and the U.S.
These classes will pose questions to Dr. Kevin Fong (author of
“Extreme Medicine”), Dr. Steven Jacobs (Mr. Wizard) and NASA experts.
The events will be broadcast live on YouTube.

The DLN currently is seeking U.S. middle and high schools (grades 5-
12) that would be interested in participating in these events
interactively with our U.K. partners.

Schools, if selected, would be required to conduct a test call in
early January with a representative of the DLN to confirm
participation. If you would like to have your school considered,
please contact Caryn Long at caryn.long@nasa.gov. Inquiries must be
received no later than Dec. 21, 2015.

For more information about the lecture series, visit
http://www.nasa.gov/dln/opportunities/.

To learn more about NASA’s Digital Learning Network, visit
http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message — Dec. 17, 2015 for
the above information]

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Now Accepting Applications for NASA Summer Internships

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on summer internship
opportunities available at all NASA centers. High school,
undergraduate and graduate students are needed to help NASA
scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering
research, technology development and spaceflight operations
activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas
such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human
resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students
mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time tasks. If you think you
have what it takes to be part of NASA’s Journey to Mars, please visit
https://intern.nasa.gov today to apply or to learn more about the
numerous opportunities available to you.

The deadline for summer applications is March 1, 2016!

Please submit inquiries about the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and
Scholarships One Stop Shopping Initiative, or NIFS OSSI, via
https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message — Dec. 17, 2015 for
the above information]

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ARISS News

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

Look for SSTV image downlinks to commemorate ARISS’ 15 years of
school contacts on the ISS on December 26 and 27 (subject to change)
See related story above.

An EVA that needs to be scheduled to fix a problem with the mobile
transporter cart, will most likely mean that the the amateur radio on
the ISS will remail off until after after the EVA.
http://tinyurl.com/ANS354-ISS-EVA

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

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Fox-1A Operating Guide – updated with post launch information. A Hi-
resolution PDF for hard copy printing is available.

Station and Operating Hints

Hamfest brochure introducing AMSAT – trifold, print double-sided
http://tinyurl.com/ANS354-AMSAT-Trifold

[ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM for the above information]

+ New ISS SSTV Video and “ISS SSTV Reception Hints” webpage

To help promote the tentative December 26th International Space
Station Slow Scan TV event (and others that are planned over the next
year) John Brier, KG4AKV, made a new video of an ISS SSTV reception
that he filmed last April. He also made an extensive webpage with
information, resources, and hints on receiving ISS SSTV events,
including the upcoming ones.

Video: My First Perfect ISS SSTV Image!

Webpage: ISS SSTV Reception Hints
https://spacecomms.wordpress.com/iss-sstv-reception-hints/

+ NASA Commercial Crew Program 2016 Children’s Artwork Calendar

Some of the best works of art come from children who are only
limited by their imaginations, like the more than 150 young explorers
from across the country who submitted artwork depicting human
spaceflight as they see it. Sixteen masterpieces were chosen to be
included in the NASA Commercial Crew Program 2016 Children’s Artwork
Calendar, which is now available for download in PDF format, at
http://go.nasa.gov/1NVTww4. We offer a huge “thank you!” to all the
explorers, ranging in age from four to 12, who submitted their work
and hope that everyone will enjoy and use this calendar next year.

[ANS thanks the NASA Commercial Crew Program 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-
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at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
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Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

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

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In this edition:

* Upcoming ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event mid to late December
* STMSat-1 has made it to the Space Station
* ATVQ Magazine Documents Mir SSTV History
* Commemorative ANZAC Operations Include Satellite Activation
* UK students to have direct contact with astronaut Tim Peake during Principia
mission
* NASA TV to cover launch of Tim Peake KG5BVI
* WRC-15: Amateur Bands Unsuitable for Non-Amateur Satellites
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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Upcoming ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event mid to late December

On November 13, 2000 the crew conducted their first ham radio contacts on ISS
and on December 21, 2000 ARISS conducted their first school contact with the
Burbank School in Burbank, Illinois.

An SSTV commemoration of these historic events is tentatively planned for mid
to late December. It is possible that the transmission mode will be P120
instead of the P180 mode used in the past. This would allow for more pictures
to be transmitted per pass.

More information at
http://www.ariss.org/
when available

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

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STMSat-1 has made it to the ISS

Cygnus cargo vessel carrying STMSat-1 has made it to the space station! At
6:19am Wednesday morning, the Space Station robotic arm grasped the ORB-4 cargo
element and mated it to the ISS.

The ISS will be it’s home until on or about February 15th. On or about that
day, the STMSat-1 will be launched with other CubeSats via a pea pod ejector
and launched into low earth orbit. At that point, the timer starts for the
programmed deployment of the antennas, the solar array, and the earth
observation camera. Godspeed STMSat-1. Please open the link below for
additional information on the events of the day.

http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/12/09/u-s-resupply-of-space-station-
successfully-resumes/

http://jewelbots.tumblr.com/post/134465599599/how-did-400-grade-school-students-built-a


students-built-a

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK & Spaceflightnow.com for the above information]

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ATVQ Magazine Documents Mir SSTV History

December 12 marked the 17th anniversary of the beginning of the MIR SSTV
Station which was active in sending pictures over a period of about 2 years
and 4 months. For those interested in this historical event and would like
more background information, the Spring, 2015 issue of the Amateur
Television Quarterly Magazine (ATVQ), has an article, “How Did Mir SSTV come
into Existence?”

Back issue copies of ATVQ and cyber copies of the article are available
on-line at
http://www.atvquarterly.com/
or by contacting ATVQ via e-mail at
WA6SVT@aol.com.

[ANS thanks Farrell Winder, W8ZCF, for the above information]

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Commemorative ANZAC Operations Include Satellite Activation

The ANZAC 100 program has entered its “last hurrah” phase, with plenty of on
air action now as ANZAC-suffixed callsigns commemorate the departure from
Gallipoli on December 20, 1915.

The multi-mode event by VI3ANZAC is in full swing, headed by Tony Hambling
VK3VTH.

In honor of the Royal Australian Navy Bridge Train, a large team lead by
Mike Charteris VK4QS is being heard through VI4ANZAC.

In the west VI6ANZAC organized by Chris Grice VK6PII has members of the Ham
College. The major operations are this weekend at the RAAF Museum Bull Creek
in the Cobra Helicopter display, and next weekend at the Ham College new
shack in a scout hall. Chris VK6PII advises that VI6ANZAC will be on HF
using SSB and sometimes CW, and plans to activate an FM satellite as well.

While VI8ANZAC is now on air, and is to finish at the Charles Darwin
National Park with Stuie VK8NSB and Rowan VK8RD, heard on HF using SSB & CW.

More details of each of these events are on the WIA website, wia.org.au

On next week’s broadcast we will conclude with the special closing address
from the WIA President, Phil Wait VK2ASD. That is expected to talk about the
significance of the ANZAC legend, and the highly successful WIA ANZAC 100
program that began with pre-cursors at Queenscliff, Darwin and Albany.

These have been 50 events in the past eight months, joined by commemorative
callsigns in Turkey and Belgium.

Now the ANZAC-suffixed callsigns “last hurrah” on air until December 20, are
working the world.

[ANS thanks the VK1WIA-news from the Wireless Institute of Australia for the
above information]

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UK students to have direct contact with astronaut Tim Peake during Principia
mission

Working with the UK Space Agency, ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station) is giving a number of UK schools the opportunity to speak
directly to Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, during his mission on
board the International Space Station (ISS). This will enable live interaction
between pupils and Tim and is anticipated to be one of the highlights of the
Principia STEM outreach program.

During his 6 month mission to the ISS, starting in December 2015, Tim will be
undertaking a wide range of science experiments, some of which have been
designed by students from around the UK. Additionally he has committed to take
part in a large range of educational outreach activities with schools and
colleges around the country.

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, said:
“Both Tim’s space mission and amateur radio have the power to inspire young
people and encourage them into STEM subjects. By bringing them together we can
boost their reach and give young people around the UK the chance to be involved
in a space mission and a hands-on project that will teach them new skills.”

The pre-arranged schools contacts will take place between January and April
2016 and students will be able to put a number of questions directly to Tim
using amateur radio VHF and UHF radio equipment specially installed at the
school for the occasion.

The 3.8 meter dish owned by Satellite Applications Catapult is being loaned to
the project to track the ISS and will ensure real time video will be available
during the schools’ contacts scheduled for early next year. The dish is almost
in the shadow of the 29 meter dish “Arthur” built in 1962 to receive the first
transatlantic television signals from the Telstar-1 spacecraft.

For Tim Peake’s mission, the ARISS team of licensed UK Radio Amateurs is
planning a world first by also receiving live video from the ISS during the
contact. Using the HamTV transmitter, which has recently been commissioned on
board the ISS, Tim will be the first astronaut to use this equipment during a
two way schools contact.

As well as building a vehicle based receive system, which will be installed at
the school on the day of the contact, the team recently visited Goonhilly Earth
Station in Cornwall to commission a dish to receive the 2.4 GHz HamTV
transmissions from the ISS.

During the contact at the schools the ARISS team will be providing information
displays on the ISS position and have webcams showing both the local and
Goonhilly dishes as they track the ISS.

The hosting schools will be organizing presentations and displays before and
after the contact and the ARISS team will be providing a live web cast of all
the day’s events including the actual contact with Tim Peake.

The live event webcast will be hosted by the British Amateur Television Club
(BATC) on their web streaming service at
https://principia.ariss.org/live/

The ARISS program is designed to maximize the impact of the Principia
Mission outreach activities. It will directly engage students with media and
communication technologies with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

UK Space Agency Principia site
https://principia.org.uk/

School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact
School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact

NASA TV to cover launch of Tim Peake KG5BVI
NASA TV to cover launch of Tim Peake KG5BVI

[ANS thanks UK Space Agency, ARISS, & AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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NASA TV to cover launch of Tim Peake KG5BVI

The next three crew members bound for the International Space Station are set
to launch on Tuesday, December 15. NASA Television will provide full coverage
of the launch beginning at 10:00 UT.

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI, along with Yuri Malenchenko RK3DUP and Tim
Kopra KE5UDN, will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:03
UT (5:03 p.m. Baikonur time) for a six-month stay on the orbital complex.

The three will travel in a Soyuz spacecraft, rendezvous with the space station
and dock to the Rassvet module at 17:24 UT NASA TV coverage of docking will
begin at 16:45 UT.

The hatches between the Soyuz and space station will be opened at about 19:25
UT, and the newly arrived crew members will be greeted by Expedition 46
Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Flight Engineers Sergey Volkov RU3DIS and
Mikhail Kornienko RN3BF of Roscosmos. NASA TV coverage of the hatch opening
will begin at 19:00 UT.

Kelly and Kornienko will return in March 2016 with Volkov after spending a
year on the station collecting valuable biomedical data that will improve our
understanding of the effects of long duration space travel and aid in NASA’s
journey to Mars.

Together, the Expedition 46 crew members will continue the several hundred
experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science
currently underway and scheduled to take place aboard humanity’s only orbiting
laboratory.

For the full schedule of prelaunch, launch and docking coverage, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Follow Tim Peake KG5BVI on Twitter at
https://twitter.com/astro_timpeake

Follow the space station crew members on Instagram and Twitter at:
http://instagram.com/iss
and
http://www.twitter.com/Space_Station

[ANS thanks NASA, ARISS, & AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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WRC-15: Amateur Bands Unsuitable for Non-Amateur Satellites

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) held in Geneva during November
2015 has recommended an agenda for the next WRC, to be held in 2019, to the
Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). One of the agenda
items is of particular interest to the small-satellite community.

Agenda item 1.7 for WRC-19 reads: “to study the spectrum needs for telemetry,
tracking and command in the space operation service for non-GSO satellites with
short duration missions, to assess the suitability of existing allocations to
the space operation service and, if necessary, to consider new allocations, in
accordance with Resolution COM6/19 (WRC-15).”

Resolution COM6/19, which eventually will be given a new number, specifies the
frequency ranges that may be considered for possible new allocations. They are
150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.

One of the factors that the conference considered in deciding on these
particular frequency ranges was “that some non-amateur satellites have used
frequencies for telemetry, tracking and command in the frequency bands 144-146
MHz and 435-438 MHz which are allocated to the amateur-satellite service, and
that such use is not in accordance with Nos. 1.56 and 1.57.” Those two
provisions of the ITU Radio Regulations define the amateur and amateur-
satellite services respectively.

The International Amateur Radio Union welcomed the exclusion from
consideration of all existing frequency allocations to the amateur and amateur-
satellite services. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, observed: “This is an
excellent result for the amateur services and clearly shows that non-amateur
satellite constructors need to consider spectrum other than the very limited
and congested segments that are available for amateur satellites at 144 MHz and
435 MHz.”

[ANS thanks IARU, ARRL, & AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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AMSAT Events

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

*Saturday, 9 January 2016 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2016 in Phoenix AZ

*Friday and Saturday, 19-20 February 2016 – Yuma Hamfest and 2016 ARRL
Southwest Division Convention in Yuma AZ

*Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 March 2016 – ScienceCity science fair, on
the University of Arizona campus in Tucson AZ

*Saturday, 19 March 2016 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Spring
Hamfest 2016 in Scottsdale AZ

*Saturday, 26 March 2016 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Successful Contacts

* A direct contact via 8N2YAYOI with students at Yayoi Elementary School,
Yatomi, Japan was successful Fri 2015-12-04 09:25:46 UTC 57 deg. Astronaut
Kimiya Yui KG5BPH and answered 14 questions prepared by students.

Watch a video of the contact which was conducted in Japanese at

* The telebridge contact with students at Dragonskolan, Umeå, Sweden was
rescheduled via LU1CGB for Fri 2015-12-04 10:15:01 UTC 72 deg. Astronaut Kjell
Lindgren, KO5MOS was able to answer 17 prepared questions for students.

The contact was recorded by the school. View it on the school website at:
http://www.skola.umea.se/dragonskolan

Dragonskolan is one of the biggest upper secondary schools in Sweden and is
located in central Umeå. Currently hosting 1820 students aged 16-19 and 300
staff; it has recently been renovated to meet modern needs in a stimulating
learning environment.
At Dragonskolan, we have an ethos where we believe we can offer our students
three meaningful and enjoyable years. Our core values are “open and bright”,
referring not only to the physical surroundings but also to the social climate.
Dragonskolan is the biggest meeting place for young people in Umeå,
A wide range of 3 year programs, college preparatory and vocational, are
offered here, ranging from natural science to humanities and technological
science.
At the core of the school is the Dragonskolan Technology Center where
everything is taught from industrial welding technology to electronics,
automation, computer science, CAD and much more.
With its close ties to the industry, the school keeps in pace with the latest
industrial technology ensuring the students get the best education available
within their chosen field.

* A direct contact with students at an event titled, “the development of
Gagarin from Space”, was sponsored by the Polytechnic Professional Councils of
the City of Grozny, Russia on Sat 2015-12-05 16:25 UTC. The cosmonaut for the
contact was Sergey Volkov RU3DIS.

* A telebridge contact via LU1CGB with students at Konstanty Ildefons
Galczynski Junior High School, Swietajno, Poland, was successful
Tue 2015-12-08 08:19:31 UTC 62 deg. Astronaut Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS answered
14 questions prepared by students.

An audio recording may be heard at:
http://www.ariss.org/news.html

Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski Junior High School in Swietajno,
attended by approximately 170 pupils (aged 13-15), is situated in a
picturesque Land of a Thousand Lakes in Szczytno County (Warmian-Masurian
Voivodeship, in the northeastern part of Poland. The school consists of seven
forms and it employs twenty well-qualified teachers. Mazurian Amateur Radio
Club SP4YWM has been established here and it functions with the number of
seventeen school members (among which there are three primary school pupils
and one pre-school girl, all from Swietajno).

In preparation for the amateur radio contact with the ISS, the students with
the guidance of their teachers improved their English, got familiar with the
life and work on the ISS. They had a great opportunity to learn everyday
English in order to ask an astronaut questions during the ISS contact as well
as the specialized language of science to visit space agencies pages. The
students learned geography with the use of modern technologies and photographed
the Earth from the camera on board the ISS (EarthKAM). The school cooperated
with the Olsztyn Planetarium to organize an observation. The planetarium
visited Swietajno to accompany one of the school events. Consequently, the
Astronomical Mobile Laboratory called Astrolabium was at the school’s disposal.
Last year the ARISS participants from Swietajno attended the 4th Polish-Wide
Conference of Contributors and Sympathisers in ARISS held in the central part
of Poland, where they focused on interesting topics concerning the ISS and
learned how other Polish schools had prepared for ARISS contacts in the past.

The pupils also performed an experiment in the near space as a part of the
miniSAT project. They sent peas, bubble wrap and a watch to near space to the
altitude of about 30 000 meters above the Earth. The conditions differ
significantly between near space and the surface of the Earth: the pressure is
much smaller, UV radiation is higher and the temperature is below zero
degrees Celsius. People from all over Poland, including the pupils from
Swietajno, took part in it. The balloon used in the event was marked “CP26”.
The experiment in the near space was possible thanks to ham radio operators
and other volunteers from a non-governmental organization called Copernicus
Project Foundation (near Torun, Poland). Their two flagship projects are
MiniSAT and Near Space Program in Poland and they have organized above 30
balloon flies to the near space since 2005.

In March 2013 the school started public relations activities connected with
the ham radio contact between an astronaut on the International Space Station
and the students from Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski School. An official
inauguration of the ARISS program in Swietajno had been prepared. TVP Olsztyn,
Radio Olsztyn and other local mass media were present there and took part in
an inaugural lecture on ARISS. As a continuation of EarthKAM program an
exhibition of the photographs taken by the students was organized during the
inauguration. Before that, Swietajno primary school pupils (between the ages
of 5 and 12) had been invited to participate in the preparations to the ARISS
contact. As a result, some of them are going to ask the astronaut their
questions, together with their older friends from the junior high school.

Upcoming Contacts

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

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

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

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* Satellite Shorts From All Over

* SpaceX to launch rocket Dec 19, six months after blast

SpaceX on Thursday announced plans to launch its Falcon 9 on December 19, its
first mission since a massive explosion after liftoff destroyed the rocket and
its space station cargo six months ago.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that the company is preparing for a
static fire — an engine test on the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
in Cape Canaveral, Florida — on December 16, followed by “launch about three
days later.”
The Falcon rocket will carry 11 satellites for the US company Orbcomm into low-
Earth orbit, a company spokesman said.
The spokesman did not say when SpaceX planned to begin sending cargo to the
International Space Station again.
SpaceX’s only competitor in the commercial resupply industry is Orbital ATK,
which also suffered a major setback when its Antares rocket exploded after
launching from Wallops Island, Virginia in October 2014.

Orbital ATK launched on Sunday its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship to the ISS, this
time aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket while it upgrades the
Antares, which previously used a reconditioned Ukrainian rocket engine.

The Falcon 9 exploded on June 28, just over two minutes after launching from
Cape Canaveral with its Dragon cargo ship loaded with supplies for the
astronauts living in space.
Musk said the blast was due to a faulty strut.
The accident was a blow to the California-based company, which was the first
commercial outfit to send a cargo craft to space under a $1.6 billion contract
with NASA.
The Falcon 9 rocket that is scheduled to fly December 19 is a new version that
is 30 percent more powerful and designed to improve the controlled landing of
the rocket’s first stage, a mission that SpaceX has been attempting to refine
in the hope of one day making rockets as reusable as airplanes.
SpaceX has tried multiple times to land its rocket upright on a floating
platform in the Atlantic Ocean, without success.
For this next launch, SpaceX said it plans to attempt a touchdown on land for
the first time.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, an Internet entrepreneur who like Musk also owns a
rocket company, announced on November 24 that he had successfully landed his
New Shepard rocket after a suborbital flight.
While Bezos touted the achievement, Musk and other experts pointed out that it
would have been much easier to control the landing of a rocket that flies lower
in altitude than the first stage of the Falcon 9.
Once rockets do become reusable, analysts say the practice will save millions
of dollars in equipment and launch costs.

see
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_to_launch_rocket_Dec_19_six_months_
after_blast_999.html

[ANS thanks SpaceDaily.com for the above information]

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

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

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

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-340

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 Ground Terminal Development Expands to Texas
* AMSAT SKN on OSCAR 2016 In Memory of W2BXA
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2015-12-02 20:30 UTC
* WRC-15 Satellite News
* Cubesat by an Elementary School Will be Aboard the Orbital-ATK Cygnus Launch
* 73 on 73 Award Recipients

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 340.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
December 6, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AMSAT Ground Terminal Development Expands to Texas

Hardware consisting of Ettus Research USRP X300 SDR, USRP B210 SDR, UBX40 USRP
Daughterboard, GPDSO Kits, and antennas have been ordered from National
Instruments Corp. for delivery to Bill Reed NX5R in Dallas TX to equip a second
community for development of the AMSAT Ground Terminals. These terminals will be
used for the Phase 4B and other digital/microwave satellites being developed by
AMSAT and in partnership with Virginia Tech.

Michelle Thompson W5NYV has been leading the effort in the San Diego CA area,
which started up when the P4B project was announced earlier this year. Amateur
radio operators in the Southern California area from AMSAT, Palomar Amateur
Radio Club, and the San Diego Microwave Society have been implementing a
terrestrial system to mimic the ground and space segments of a digital satellite
communications link and developing code and hardware techniques for use in the
P4B and future HEO opportunities that AMSAT is pursuing. Expanding the system to
the Dallas area will allow more collaboration, development, and testing by AMSAT
and North Texas Microwave Society amateurs with San Diego and other regions. The
investment in equipment and community building will increase the number and
quality of ideas in developing this next generation system of amateur radio
satellite communications.

Another development system is being planned for the east coast. AMSAT is
actively recruiting individuals and groups that want to work together to
establish increased regional technical activity in support of satellite service
goals. Rick Hambly W2GPS has campaigned for the creation of this very type of
activity on the east coast for many years. Successful east-coast expansion will
add even more variability and expertise to the project.

By involving amateurs who have expertise in both microwave and digital
communications and in varying terrain and conditions, as well as including
people with various backgrounds and experience, AMSAT plans to produce a ground
terminal that will be useful with a variety of next generation satellites
including Phase 4B, Phase 3E, the Heimdallr Lunar Cube Quest CubeSat, and an
AMSAT developed HEO CubeSat. These are all projects currently being pursued by
the AMSAT Engineering and ASCENT (Advanced Satellite Communications and
Exploration of New Technology) Teams.

“The development of a ground terminal along with satellite projects is part of a
plan to offer a way for amateurs to buy, build, or access ideas to develop their
own ground terminals which will be useful for many future AMSAT satellite
mission for years to come” said AMSAT-NA Vice President of Engineering Jerry
Buxton, N0JY. “The concept of common uplink (5 GHz) and downlink (10 GHz)
frequencies with software defined transponders allows many different
experimentation and communications opportunities ranging from simple texting to
voice, streaming video, data exchange, and reliable EMCOMM access in remote
areas, with bandwidths to support many satellites and users.”

If you are interested in supporting the effort please visit
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=1121 to submit a request. While those who live in
the San Diego, Dallas, or Maryland areas may find it easier to participate,
volunteers from other areas are welcome to join and contribute remotely.

[ANS thanks Jerry, NØJY, for the above information]

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AMSAT SKN on OSCAR 2016 In Memory of W2BXA

You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2016,
sponsored by AMSAT for all radio amateurs throughout the world.

Operate CW through any amateur satellite from 0001 through 2400 UTC on 1 January
2016, using a manual, non-electronic key. Note that bugs are now allowed, as
they are in similar ARRL and SKCC events.

There is no need to send in a log, but please nominate someone you worked for
Best Fist. Your nominee need not have the best fist of those you heard, just of
those you worked. Send your nomination to w2rs@amsat.org.. A list of those
nominated will be published in early February.

This year’s event is being held in memory of Ben Stevenson, W2BXA (1914-2011).
Licensed since 1929, Ben was one of the world’s top DXers on both HF and
satellites. He led the DXCC Honor Roll for many years, and among his many
awards were Satellite DXCC No. 1 and post-war Worked All Zones No. 1. Founding
president of the North Jersey DX Association, Ben shared his knowledge and
enthusiasm with one and all.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]

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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2015-12-02 20:30 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

Nanasawa Kibounooka Elementary School, Atsugi, Japan, direct via 8N1NKSG
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Contact was successful: Wed 2015-12-02 09:33:51 UTC 61 deg

Yayoi Elementary School, Yatomi, Japan, direct via 8N2YAYOI
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Contact is a go for: Fri 2015-12-04 09:25:46 UTC 57 deg

Dragonskolan, Umeå, Sweden, telebridge via LU1CGB
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for: Fri 2015-12-04 10:15:01 UTC 72 deg

Ingushetia, Russia, direct via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Sergey Volkov RU3DIS
Contact is a go for: Sat 2015-12-05 16:25 UTC

Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski Junior High School, Swietajno, Poland,
telebridge via LU1CGB
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for: Tue 2015-12-08 08:19:31 UTC 62 deg

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

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WRC-15 Satellite News

In his report for Day 16 of the WRC-15 conference Colin Thomas G3PSM says:

Discussions took place on suggested frequency bands for possible new or an
upgrade of existing allocations to the space operations service within the
frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz, 400.15-420 MHz [and 420-450 MHz] for short
duration satellites.

This potential future agenda item is an attempt to overcome the problem of
non-amateur nano- and pico-satellites using the amateur service bands. No
decision was reached and the document has been passed to plenary for decision.

More reports about WRC-15 activities can be found at
http://rsgb.org/main/blog/category/news/special-focus/wrc-15/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information

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Cubesat by an Elementary School Will be Aboard the Orbital-ATK Cygnus Launch

NASA will enable the deployment of three small research satellites, or CubeSats,
selected through the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for two universities and
one primary school as part of the ninth installment of the Educational Launch of
Nanosatellite (ELaNa) missions.

Full story at this URL:

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/ELaNa_IX_mission_launches_first_cubesat_built_
by_elementary_school_students_999.html

[ANS thanks SpaceDaily for the above information]

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73 on 73 Award Recipients

Paul Stoetzer N8HM reports more awards have been issued for contacts made via
the AO-73 (FUNcube-1) amateur radio satellite.

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

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

The latest recipients are:
20. David D’Aliesio IW0HLG – 31 May 2015
21. Kiyosi Hasegawa JA3FWT – 22 June 2015
22. Mariusz Kocot SQ9MES – 28 June 2015
23. Hector Luis Martinez W5CBF – 12 July 2015
24. George K. Carr II WA5KBH – 17 July 2015
25. Michel Ribot F6GLJ – 18 July 2015
26. Paul Stoetzer N8HM – 21 July 2015
27. Jeffrey Lamb NX9B – 2 August 2015
28. Imre Füzi HA1SE – 13 September 2015
29. Herman Blom PB0AHX – 1 November 2015
30. Joseba Andoni Barrio – 22 November 2015

Full information on how to apply is at
73 on 73 Award

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

/EX

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

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

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

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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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:

* Nov/Dec Edition of AMSAT Journal Sent to Printer
* March 2016 Activation of St. Pierre & Miquelon
* 2016 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
* ARISS Commemorative Events in the Planning
* S7 Sao Tome and Principe Dxpedition Includes LEO Satellites
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 333
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[MONTH DAY, YEAR]
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Nov/Dec Edition of AMSAT Journal Sent to Printer

AMSAT Journal editor Joe Kornowski, KB6IGK, reports that the
November-December editon of the Journal has been sent to to the
printers. Expect delivery mid to late December.

This is Kornowski’s first Journal since accepting the Editorial post
last October. The atricles are well done and ‘meaty’ with lots of
information. The overall appearance looks great. There is much here
for every AMSAT member to enjoy.

The line up of articles include:
AMSAT Announcements

Apogee View, Barry Baines, WD4ASW,

Engineering Update, by Jerry Buxton, N0JY

Fox-1 Satellite Telemetry Part 1: On the Satellite by Burns Fisher,
W2BFJ

A Raspberry Pi Net Server/Client for Antenna Rotor by Tom Doyle, W9KE

Dual Band Low Noise Amplifier for 2 Meters and 70 Centimeters, by
Jim Kocsis, WA9PYH

ARISS “Out of This World” Update by Frank Bauer, KA3HDO

Close Encounters of the Law Enforcement Kind by Patrick Stoddard,
WD9EWK/VA7EWK

On the Grids: Working the United States/Mexico Border by Clayton L.
Coleman, W5PFG

[ANS thanks Joseph KB6IGK for the above information]

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March 2016 Activation of St. Pierre & Miquelon

Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon
(NA-032, DIFO FP-002, WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between March
16-29th (2016). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY (but primarily SSB and RTTY). He will generally be on the
highest frequency band that is open (favoring 12/10m). He will be
active in the Russian DX and BARTG RTTY Contests (March 19-20th).
Also, look for him to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th)
as a Single-Op/All-Band/Assisted entry. QSL via KV1J, direct or by
the Bureau. Also eQSL and LoTW. For more details and updates, check
out his Web page at:
http://www.kv1j.com/fp/Mar16.html

PLEASE NOTE:
Eric mentions, “I will also be on the analog Satellites when the WX
is good enough to operate from outside.”

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1241 for the above information]

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2016 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

The Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, or LaSPACE, is accepting
applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want
to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific
balloon.

The annual project, supported by the NASA Balloon Program Office and
LaSPACE, provides near-space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate
student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research
balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an
altitude of 23 miles.
Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High-Altitude Student Platform,
or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia
Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to
encourage student researchand stimulate the development of student
satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of
students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics
disciplines.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 18, 2015.

For application information and technical details about the program,
visit
http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

Questions about the High-Altitude Student Platform opportunity
should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at
guzik (at) phunds.phys.lsu.edu.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message — Nov. 25, 2015 for the
above information]

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ARISS Commemorative Events in the Planning

Over the next couple months, ARISS will be celebrating its 15th
anniversary of continuous operations on the ISS. On November 13, 2000
the crew conducted their first ham radio contacts on ISS and on
December 21, 2000 ARISS conducted their first school contact with the
Burbank School in Burbank, Illinois.

An SSTV commemoration of these historic events is tentatively planned for
mid to late December. It is possible that the transmission mode will be P120
instead of the P180 mode used in the past. This would allow for more
pictures to be transmitted per pass.

Because preparations are not final it is suggested that you stay tuned to
the AMSAT-BB and the AMSAT and ARISS web site for the latest information on
this event and others that ARISS plans to conduct over the next few months

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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S7 Sao Tome and Principe Dxpedition Includes LEO Satellites

S7, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE. Operators Lee/WW2DX, Ray/W2RE and
Pat/N2IEN will be active as S9TM from Praia between November 28th and
December 1st.

The team is planning on taking a WRTC tri-band yagi for 10/15/20 as
well as a OCF for the lower bands. They will have an Expert 1.3K amp
with them for that station. The second station will be K3/KPA500 that
will be used on the 30/17/12m bands. A third station will be setup
for LEO satellites and they are going to attempt 2m EME, but this is
new territory for this group so don’t set expectations too high. They
will be posting to Twitter
https://twitter.com/@ww2dx>
and possible live streaming using periscope.

QSL via LoTW and paper cards to NR6M.

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1242 for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ A Successful contact was made between Scuola Media Statale “G.
Marconi”, Soleto, Lecce, Italy and Astronaut Kimiya Yui KG5BPH using
Callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2015-11-23 09:21 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via VK4KHZ.
ARISS Mentor was IKØWGF.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2015-11-26 01:00 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

Dragonskolan, Umeå, Sweden, telebridge via VE4ISS
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact was not successful: Wed 2015-11-25 09:44:25 UTC 78 deg
ARISS is working to determine what happened.

Nanasawa Kibounooka Elementary School, Atsugi, Japan, direct via
8N1NKSG
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Contact is a go for: Wed 2015-12-02 09:33:51 UTC 61 deg

Yayoi Elementary School, Yatomi, Japan, direct via 8N2YAYOI
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Contact is a go for: Fri 2015-12-04 09:25:46 UTC 57 deg

Ingushetia, Russia, direct via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Sergey Volkov RU3DIS
Contact is a go for: Sat 2015-12-05 16:25 UTC

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

Stay tuned to the AMSAT-BB, The AMSAT website {www.asmat.org) and
the ARISS website (www.ariss.org) for information on ARISS
commemorative events celebrating 15 years of Amateur Radio on the ISS.

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

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

Eduardo Erlemann PY2RN published a Panoramic view of AO-7
transponder, using FCDP+ for RX and TS-2000 for TX. Although he was
late on he bird after 1/2 pass that started at 18:40 UTC, forgot to
swap SDR# IQ in the first moment.
Max elevation was 64deg TX power 5 Watts all the time and RHCP most
of the time. About 2 min before end of recording it is possible to
hear what he believes is a CU station calling.

Find the recording at:

[ANS thank Eduardo PY2RN 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-326
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:

* AO-85 Commissioned, Handed Over To AMSAT-NA Operations
* The Second Birthday of FUNcube-1 (AO-73)
* FM Repeater Test at IO-86 Satellite
* AMSAT-LU announces transponder satellite payload and launch
* Space Brazilian Agency With Amateur radio PY2SDR LABRE/AMSAT-BR
* United Launch Alliance Reveals Transformational CubeSat Launch Program
* Nayif-1 at UAE YouthConnect
* DeorbitSail Update and Initial Camera Image
* SPROUT SSTV and Digitalker active every Sunday
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 326.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE November 22, 2015
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AO-85 Commissioned, Handed Over To AMSAT-NA Operations

AO-85 has been formally commissioned and turned over to AMSAT
Operations, who are now responsible for the scheduling and modes.

The following guidelines are provided for users:

Uplink power should be on the order of minimum 200 W EIRP for full
quieting at lower antenna elevation angles. Your mileage may vary.
With an Arrow, 5 W has been used successfully to make contacts.

Polarity is important. The satellite antennas are linear. So, if you
are using linearly polarized antennas, you will need to adjust
throughout the pass. Full duplex operation facilitates these
adjustments while transmitting and is highly recommended.

The downlink is very strong and should be heard well with almost any
antenna.

Downlink audio is 5 kHz deviation, as expected. Many will perceive
that the audio is “low.” This is an effect of the filtering below 300
Hz, which provides for the DUV telemetry, coupled with any noise on
the uplink signal resulting from lack of full quieting or being off
frequency. That makes for less fidelity than a typical receiver in
terms of audio frequencies passed.

Transmit (downlink) frequency varies with temperature. Due to the
wide range of temperatures we are seeing in the eclipse cycle, the
transmitter can be anywhere from around 500 Hz low at 10°C to near 2
kHz low at 40°C.

Receive frequency has been generally agreed to be about 435.170 MHz,
although the AFC makes that hard to pin down and also helps with the
uplinks that are off frequency.

Probably the most notable observations about AO-85 are an apparent
lack of sensitivity and difficulty in turning on the repeater with
the 67 Hz CTCSS when it is not yet activated, or holding it on by the
presence of the CTCSS. We have determined a probable cause for the
sensitivity issue and while that can’t be fixed on AO-85 we are
taking steps to prevent similar issues on the rest of the Fox-1
CubeSats. The tone detection threshold along with the receive
sensitivity issue makes it hard to bring up the repeater. This is
being addressed by adjusting the values for a valid tone detection in
the other Fox-1 CubeSats now that we have on orbit information about
temperatures and power budget. Full details will be in the Nov/Dec
AMSAT Journal.

It is important to remember that science is the reason behind the
Fox-1 satellites. Not only does science help with the launch cost, it
provides a great amount of educational value both from the science
payload and in amateur radio itself. The data-under-voice (DUV)
telemetry is an excellent way to provide the science without
sacrificing the use of the satellite for communications, which would
be the case if higher speed downlinks were needed. DUV provides
constant science as long as the repeater is in use, which in turn
provides more downlink data for the science – a mutually beneficial
combination.

Fox-1A is AMSAT-NA’s first CubeSat. Many new techniques are
incorporated and lessons will be learned, as with any new “product.”
The Fox-1 Project is a series of CubeSats. A total of five will be
built and flown. Launches are scheduled for three more, and a new
NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative proposal will be submitted for the
fifth. We will incorporate changes from what we learn in each launch,
to the extent possible, in subsequent Fox-1 CubeSats.

Of the four NASA sponsored CubeSats on the ELaNa XII launch October
8, we are sad to report that ARC1 was never heard from and BisonSat
was lost after a few weeks of operation. AMSAT extends our deepest
sympathy to the people who worked so hard on these projects. To our
members, we want to say that the Fox Team is very proud and pleased
that our first CubeSat is very successful and hopefully will be for
some time.

[ANS thanks AMSAT’s Vice President of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY
for the above information]

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The Second Birthday of FUNcube-1 (AO-73)

The FUNcube-1 Ops Team reports:
FUNcube-1 was launched into space two years ago on November 21st 2013.

We are delighted to be able to report that more than 900 stations, including
many schools around the world, have received the telemetry from the spacecraft
since launch. Our Data Warehouse is storing more than 750 MB of data from
almost 1 million data packets. We are very grateful to everyone who has been
contributing to the success of this mission. Please continue to keep the data
flowing as it will provide a valuable resource for students in the future.

The stats continue – speeding along at around 17,500 mph, FUNcube-1, which had
a launch mass of just 982 grams, has completed more than 10,500 orbits of the
earth. This means a total distance travelled of more than 260 million miles.

All telemetry sensors continue to provide valid data, real time, whole orbit
and high resolution channels alike. The flight code is really robust and we
have only had three unexpected “events” since launch. Two of these we believe
to have been caused by noise of the command receiver being incorrectly
interpreted as a command and only one appears to have been caused by a RAM
error. The battery and solar panels also continue to work perfectly and provide
a very positive power budget.

We have sent out many Fitter messages for school and other similar events.
Earlier this week there was a demonstration at Thorne Green Top School in
Yorkshire.

Here is a report from Dave EI4HT/M0GIW:
Good Morning All

Firstly -thanks to all for your help, we had a great morning at Green Top and
the highlight was FUNcube.

I started with a slide show talking about communications from cave paintings
all the way up to smartphones, we looked at space communications and travel
from Sputnik to Astra and Apollo to the Millennium Falcon! We spoke about
satellites and how they are used every day and how we all got to watch “I’m A
Celebrity” via Satellite last night from Australia.

I brought in lots of props too, some old Motorola MX330 radios, some PMR 446,
and a marine band radio .I also had a small model of a CubeSat that I knocked
up over the weekend, I also passed around some NOAA images from last week’s
Abigail storm and I had a few QSL cards from ISS and MIR from years ago when I
lived in Ireland.

The FUNcube pass was great, really strong signals, I had my turnstile and FCD
set up and had audio through speakers and used the class projector to show
Satpc32 and the Dashboard.

There was a great buzz of excitement when we got the first packet and even
more when the Fitter messages came through. The kids were fascinated to see the
signal arrive just as the software predicted and then hear the telemetry and
the decode.

After the pass we were able to look at the Warehouse online and print off the
QSL card and certificate.

I didn’t get a chance to take many pics but Mrs Overson will update the
School Blog and she took lots of pics.

http://greentopschool.co.uk/blog

Once again thanks to all at FUNcube, looking forward to Tim Peake on the ISS
in the New Year and planning another visit to the School then.

Regards
Dave EI4HT / M0GIW

PS: I was back dropping my own kids off this morning and Mrs Overson told me
they have printed a QSL card and Certificate for each of the students and they
have used them for their class journals.

As well providing a great educational resource, FUNcube-1 operates at night
and generally at weekends with the linear transponder active for radio amateurs
to use for communications. The transponder continues to provide an excellent
service. As users will be aware, the transponder uplink frequencies vary with
receiver temperature. The RX temp telemetry channel is the best one to use for
tracking this effect. This does make it quite difficult to use full computer
control for transponder operations and we have already developed new oscillator
circuits to improve this performance for future missions.

For the telemetry uplinked to the Data Warehouse, it is possible to download
special Certificate or QSL Card here
http://amsatuk.me.uk/on/funcube_qsl.php
and, for transponder users, the “73 on 73 award” continues at
73 on 73 Award

The Nayif-1 CubeSat mission, which includes a full FUNcube payload, is
expected to be launched into a similar orbit in the first half of next year and
will provide an additional level of service to the community.

Meanwhile we hope everyone will continue to have fun with FUNcube-1!

See:
The Second Birthday of FUNcube-1

[ANS thanks Graham, G3VZV and the FUNcube-1 Ops Team for the above information]

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FM Repeater Test at IO-86 Satellite

A confirmation for the upcoming test of the FM Repeater on IO-86 Satellite
(LAPAN-A2/ORARI), has been announced and would be conducted this weekend:
– Saturday, 21 Nov 2015, at 02:30 UTC – 04:50UTC
– Sunday, 22 Nov 2015, at 02:55 – 05:00 UTC
Voice Repeater info:
– Uplink 145.880 Mhz tone 88,5
– Downlink 435.880 Mhz

AMSAT Keplerian data
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B 15316.15776324 .00001070 00000-0 60618-4 0 9994
2 40931 6.0030 69.3893 0012877 275.6206 84.2533 14.76374433 6653

As the satellite was designed for emcomm using handheld radio (the reason of
the relatively high-power downlink), we would like all reports of portable ops
(handheld radio using some sort of portable directional antenna,
i.e. CJU / IOio / Moxon / Arrow / etc).

Responses via the amsat-bb

[ANS thanks Suryono Adisoemarta – YD0NXX / N5SNN for the above information]

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AMSAT-LU announces transponder satellite payload and launch

(From AMSAT-LU Facebook page:)
Dear friends,

Since several years ago AMSAT Argentina is working to keep alive the dream of
many amateur radio back into space with a satellite of its own, which is the
continuity of the legendary LuSat-1 of the años1990 and reaping the benefits of
the technological advance of our days.

For this held various technical activities, developing experiments on board
the occasional platforms, all with the same objective: to preserve the human
group, enhance their capabilities and spread their resources by guiding them to
the education and development of the activity.

In recent times, AMSAT Argentina has been working in many ways with the
company Satellogic, which already launched three satellites of low orbit:
Captain Beto, manolito and tita, two of them are now broadcast telemetry and
data in uhf and are identified in the Distinctive LU7AA.

Under an agreement signed between the two institutions AMSAT-LU provides
support to those missions operate one of the stations of control in uppsala,
Prov. Of BS. As.

Currently satellogic is facing the construction of a constellation of
satellites of observation of the earth and has invited AMSAT-LU to participate
in the project of the next two satellites, the ÑUSAT 1 AND ÑUSAT 2, riding on
one of them a Linear Transponder Analog Amateur Radio Antenna and its
corresponding.

The experiment which provides AMSAT was tested on several occasions in the
land, and also on board one of flights in a balloon launched from the prov. Of
the Pampas. At that time was called carposat, showing a good performance in
spite of its low power and small size and weight.

On this occasion, the experiment of AMSAT LU – that has no name yet own – will
be further reduced in its dimensions and mounted on a plaque radiadora of 10 x
10 cm, in which also won’t hold the necessary components for the Source of food
and the duplexer. The package will be installed on the bus from the NUSAT,
which will provide the energy and will be part of a number of other experiments
that will carry out this satellite.

The Transponder receives in the band of UHF and VHF Transmitted in, has a
bandwidth of 30 Khz and its output power is 200 mw.;

Frequencies of ascent 435.935 ~ 965 Lsb / CW,
Frequencies of descent 145.965 ~ 935 USB / CW.
Basic telemetry in 145.900 CW.

The launch is scheduled for April 2016 with a Chinese launcher in a polar orbit
at 500 km. In Height and an inclination of 97 degrees with respect to the
equator.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to our institution, and for all the
Radioamateurs Argentines, be able to have a new satellite in orbit, after after
so many years of successful LuSat-1.

So far, the funds needed for the preliminary activities of recent years, the
construction and the logistics, were provided by a small number of members of
the board of directors and partners of AMSAT-LU. Now come the largest economic
positions for the completion of the electronics and integration with the
satellite principal.

In order to comply with this circumstance, it has been proposed the
establishment of a list where it will include the names and distinctive signs
of all those who are able and willing to work together, and then give them a
certificate alluding to his gesture.

The neighbors of the autonomous city or the great Buenos Aires, can perform
their collaboration personally during the monthly meetings of AMSAT-LU. Also at
the headquarters of the RC Qrm Belgrano, permanent partners of AMSAT-LU. If I’d
be interested in making donations from other sites away, we’ll let you know the
way to make their contribution.

Also, we would like to take this opportunity to invite all the partners of
AMSAT and amateur radio colleagues who are interested in suggest the name and
the logo for our next satellite Argentine, write to us on the page of AMSAT
Argentina in Facebook or sending it by e-mail to
parapente@amsat.org.ar.

[ANS thanks Ignacio Mazzitelli, LU1ESY for the above information]

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Space Brazilian Agency With Amateur radio PY2SDR LABRE/AMSAT-BR

Brasilia, November 20, 2015 – The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) received on
Tuesday (17) the visit of amateur Edson Wander Pereira, the first to receive
and decode the data sent by Serpens-1 cubesat.

The nanossatélite was launched into orbit from the International Space Station
(ISS), the 17th of last September. Ham Radio is in Brasilia
(DF) to attend the 7th Meeting of Science and Technology (ECT – FGA) which ends
today (20) in the Range Campus of the University of Brasilia (UNB).

Pereira lives in Pardinho (SP) and his visit emphasized the importance of
dissemination of knowledge to amateurs and students who are interested in
nanossatélites.

“The experimental amateur radio is an activity that collaborates with the
nanossatélites projects. This joint action causes the development of CubeSats
in schools and universities is promoted by having more data exchange
possibilities transmitted by these nanos, “says Pereira.

At the meeting with President of the Agency, José Raimundo Braga, Pereira
received from teacher Chantal Capeletti, of UNB and coordinator of Serpens
Program, a transmitter that can be used to send data to the satellite and
experiment with its payload.

This equipment is part of the mission ground follow-up and was produced in
limited numbers, but will be distributed to experimental radio amateurs
operating in the area and among the member institutions of the nanossatélite
consortium.

See the story here
http://www.aeb.gov.br/radioamador-experimental-visita-aeb-apos-decodificar-
dados-do-serpens-1/

[ANS thanks Paulo, PV8DX for the above information]

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United Launch Alliance Reveals Transformational CubeSat Launch Program

Centennial, Colo., (Nov. 19, 2015) – As the most experienced launch company
in the nation, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced today it is taking
CubeSat rideshares to the next level by launching a new, innovative program
offering universities the chance to compete for free CubeSat rides on future
launches.

“ULA will offer universities the chance to compete for at least six CubeSat
launch slots on two Atlas V missions, with a goal to eventually add university
CubeSat slots to nearly every Atlas and Vulcan launch,” said Tory Bruno, ULA
president and CEO. “There is a growing need for universities to have access and
availability to launch their CubeSats and this program will transform the way
these universities get to space by making space more affordable and accessible.”

“This is exactly the kind of collaborative innovation that we celebrate in
Colorado,” said Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia. “Here, we have a Colorado company
giving Colorado students at a Colorado university an unbelievable opportunity
to send a satellite into space. What a great day for our state.”

Rideshare is a flight-proven, innovative approach that provides customers a
low-cost way to achieve various mission objectives without the need for a
dedicated launch vehicle. CubeSats are miniaturized satellites originally
designed for use in conjunction with university educational projects and are
typically 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm (4 inches x 4 inches x 4 inches) and
approximately 1.3 kg (3 lbs).

“Since its inception, ULA has been committed to science, technology,
engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives and programs such as this
help to motivate, educate and develop our next generation of rocket scientists
and space entrepreneurs,” said Bruno. “We are making the announcement today
with University of Colorado President Bruce Benson and University of Colorado
Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano, key partners in STEM education, and are
pleased to offer the university the first free CubeSat launch slot in 2017.”

“CU-Boulder students have been building and operating small satellites for 20
years, including the Colorado Student Space Weather CubeSat launched on a ULA
Atlas rocket in 2012,” DiStefano said. “The ability to provide science and
engineering students with the opportunity to fly the satellites they build is
an invaluable motivational and educational tool. We are thrilled to partner
with ULA, a visionary organization that is helping to facilitate a nationwide
STEM effort.”

Interested universities should email ULACubeSats@ulalaunch.com by Dec. 18,
2015 to notify ULA they are interested in participating. In early 2016, ULA
will release a request for proposal (RFP) for the first competitive CubeSat
launch slots. The selected universities will be announced in August 2016.

In addition, ULA is offering the nation’s universities the chance to help name
the new CubeSat program. Universities, educators and students can submit names
for consideration to ULACubeSats@ulalaunch.com using a campus-issued email
address. Submissions are due by Dec.18, 2015. The winning name will be
announced early next year, and the institution will receive a free CubeSat
launch slot on a future mission.

As America’s ride to space, ULA has launched 102 missions, including 55
CubeSats, with 100 percent mission success.

About United Launch Alliance
With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the
nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has
successfully delivered more than 100 satellites to orbit that provide critical
capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe
weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries
of our solar system.
For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at
www.ulalaunch.com .
Join the conversation at
www.facebook.com/ulalaunch

twitter.com/ulalaunch and

instagram.com/ulalaunch.

See America’s Ride to Space Offers University Competition for Free STEM
CubeSat Rides on Future Launches
http://www.ulalaunch.com/ula-reveals-transformational-cubesat-launch.aspx?title
=United+Launch+Alliance+Reveals+Transformational+CubeSat+Launch+Program+

http://www.ulalaunch.com/cubesats.aspx

See also:
http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/11/19/ula-says-it-will-launch-some-cubesats-for
-free/

[ANS thanks Jeff Yanko, WB3JFS on the AMSAT-BB for the above information]

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Nayif-1 at UAE YouthConnect

YouthConnect is an initiative led by the Expo 2020 UAE team and is catered
specifically for the Youth of today. The Nayif-1 team took part in the event by
throwing a workshop titled “Introduction to Cubesatellites.”
YouthConnect is the first in a long-lasting and wide-ranging series highly
interactive forums designed by youth for youth. The inaugural event took take
place on Saturday, November 14, 2015. This first interactive, full-day forum,
part of a far wider programme to talk to the younger members of society, was
open to all UAE residents between the ages of 18-25.
“From our earliest days conceiving Expo”, says Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy,
UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 “we
were determined to put our youth at the heart of our plans. It is these young
men and women who will be representing and leading our nation in the years to
come. So it is important that they contribute to these events and decide what
they want to see and do on the day.”
Nayif-1 was built by students at the American University of Sharjah, UAE, in
partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre. The nanosatellite will
incorporate a novel autonomous attitude determination and control system. This
will be the first flight of this system. Additionally it will carry a UHF to
VHF linear transponder that will have up to 0.5 watt output and which can be
used by Radio Amateurs worldwide for SSB and CW communications.
A launch is planned for the first half 2016 on the SpaceX Falcoln 9 SHERPA
mission with deployment into an elliptical, sun synchronous, Low Earth Orbit
(LEO) of about 450 by 720 km.

Follow Nayif-1 on Twitter
https://twitter.com/Nayifone

Frequency information
Nayif-1

YouthConnect at Expo 2020 Dubai
http://expo2020dubai.ae/en/news/article/expo_2020_dubai_unveils_youthconnect

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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DeorbitSail Update and Initial Camera Image

Chris Bridges 2E0OBC of the Surrey Space Centre provides this update on the
status of the DeorbitSail Cubesat.

Dear AMSAT Community,

We would like to express our gratitude for your cooperation in the DeorbitSail
project, and update you on the status of the mission.

As you know the DOS mission was launched on 10th July. After 4 months of
operations, the satellite is healthy and stable, although unfortunately we have
not been able to meet all of the mission objectives. Initial contact with the
satellite was established relatively smoothly and we received a lot of good
data, both through our own ground station but also via the network of you radio
amateurs who have been very generous with your time and help.

We achieved a power stable state early on, with good comms (uplink and
downlink) established within the first few days. We deployed the solar panels
successfully, and managed to return to a good and stable power state after
deployment. The ADCS has been challenging from the start, and continues to be
challenging – we have struggled to accurately determine the satellite tumble
rate and get it under control (more detail on that is included below). We know
that the satellite has seen some very high spin rates for various reasons,
including some inherent design/magnetic characteristics which have become
apparent.

Despite many attempts, we have unfortunately not been able to deploy the sail,
and having recently thoroughly analysed and investigated the possible causes,
mission events and ground test data and history, we are now reaching the
conclusion that achieving successful sail deployment is very unlikely. Again
there is more detail on that in the main body of text below.

We thank you for your patience and would like to apologise for not keeping
you updated on mission progress as often as we’d hoped. The operations phase
has been a learning and sometimes stressful experience for all of the team at
SSC, with a lot of head scratching and sleepless nights involved.

Here is some more detailed information regarding what progress and
achievements have been made during the operations to date.

• After the launch on the 10th of July, and the first week in orbit, with a
power safe and healthy satellite, the operation passed from the LEOP phase to
the ADCS Commissioning phase. This second phase was estimated to last between
three and four weeks; this proved to be optimistic.

• Although the spin up of the S/C was much higher than expected and saturated
the sensors, the SU simulations and the available data suggested a large Z-spin
rate on DOS which was confirmed by the B-field and MEMS magnetometry
measurements. To induce a bigger difference in the Moments of Inertia (MoI) of
the two non-longitudinal axes, the decision was taken to deploy the solar
panels. This operation was performed the 10th of August.

• More than a month after the launch the satellite was really healthy, power
safe and with great comms through newly developed software defined radio and
database backend operations. Although the stabilization wasn’t achieved even
with the solar panel deployment, at one month from the launch the team decide
to proceed with the sail deployment.

• This decision was agreed with DLR that confirmed that tumbling rates were no
issue for the sail deployment, because the Moments of Inertia increase rapidly
slowing down the tumble rate. DLR has performed a deployment test on Gossamer
while tumbling before coming to this opinion.

• On the 15th of August, the first attempt for sail deployment was performed,
the command was sent and the acknowledgement from the S/C was received, but no
current was drawn from the boom deployer motor. Multiple experiments were
performed to try and determine the cause of sail deployment failure.

• At this point, after a thorough investigation, the most plausible hypothesis
and justification seems to be a physical disconnection of the motor cables.
(Note that after the vibration test, it wasn’t possible to physically inspect
the connection due to the design itself of the S/C)

Our simulations showed that with the actual configuration (deployed solar
panels, undeployed sail) the decay time should be 20 years circa.

The aim now is to exercise and exploit the parts of the satellite that are
working, and gain more confidence and experience with the SU ADCS system, the
ISIS TRXUV and solar panels, and the SSC SDR groundstation and database tools
to explore better the interaction of the panel circuitry with the attitude
stabilisation. That will allow us to improve our performances in the next
missions.

From here, the team have worked hard to take images of the Earth and via SU’s
CubeSense camera – which we are delighted to show you today. This would not be
possible without the dedication from the SSC team here and, of course, the
amateur telemetry you kindly send us. We are going to continue imaging and
testing at higher resolutions too so watch this space.

We thank you for all the support.

Chiara Massimiani, DOS Project manager & Prof Guglielmo Aglietti SSC Director
and DOS PI

DeorbitSail
DeorbitSail

Surrey Space Centre
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ssc/research/space_vehicle_control/deorbitsail/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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SPROUT SSTV and Digitalker active every Sunday

Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images in Scottie 1 format will be transmitted from the
SPROUT satellite every Sunday (Japanese Standard Time) on 437.600 MHz FM (+/- 9
kHz Doppler shift). The Digitalker will also be active.

SPROUT, a 20 x 20 x 22 cm amateur radio nano-satellite with a mass of 7.1 kg,
launched successfully with the L-band (1236.5 MHz/1257.5 MHz/1278.5 MHz)
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite ALOS-2 on May 24, 2014 at 0305 UT.
SPROUT is in a 654 km, 97.9 degree inclination Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

SPROUT (Space Research On Unique Technology) was built by students from Nihon
University and its objectives are:
1. Operation of satellite by radio amateurs.
A FM Digitalker will enable the satellite to speak to amateurs around the world.
The Voice Message Box will record transmissions from radio amateurs and play
them back.
Pre-loaded images from the Message Gallery can be transmitted using Slow Scan
TV (SSTV).
Pictures of the Earth can be transmitted by SSTV and radio amateurs can
receive it using free software such as MMSSTV. As part of the Earth mapping
project the team ask radio amateurs to contribute pictures they have received
from the satellite for display on the SPROUT website.
The satellite also has a packet radio Digipeater and Text Message Box function.

2. Demonstration of the deployment of the combined membrane structure and
verification of the design method of the structure SPROUT has a triangular
membrane supported by two tubes like framework. They are folded and
stored in the satellite before the launch. After the launch, the nitrogen gas
is injected into the tubes in space, and they extend, so that the membrane
deploys (called “combined membrane structure”).

3. Demonstration of attitude determination and control of a nanosatellite
using the sun sensors, gyros, geomagnetic sensor and magnetic torquers.

Callsign: JQ1ZJQ
Size: 214x210x220 mm
Weight: 7.1 kg
Mode: 1200bps AFSK, 9600bps GMSK
CW downlink 437.525 MHz
FM packet downlink 437.525 MHz
Digipeater uplink 437.600 MHz
Digitalker downlink 437.600 MHz
SSTV downlink 437.600 MHz

SPROUT English website
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/

SPROUT Japanese website
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout/

Nihon-Univ. Miyazaki Laboratory on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nihon-Univ-Miyazaki-Laboratory/406566642818860

Telemetry Software
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/2-Software-e.html

Telemetry format
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/2-Formats%20of%20telemetry-e.html

SPROUT launch data page
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/sprout-e/2-Launch%20data-e.html

TLE’s from the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) are also
available at
http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/tle-new.txt

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

The JE9PEL website has information on other satellites on this launch
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/jaxalos2.htm

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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AMSAT Events

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

*Saturday, 5 December 2015 – Superstition Superfest 2015 in Mesa AZ

*Saturday, 9 January 2016 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2016 in Phoenix AZ

*Friday and Saturday, 19-20 February 2016 – Yuma Hamfest and 2016 ARRL
Southwest Division Convention in Yuma AZ

*Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 March 2016 – ScienceCity science fair, on
the University of Arizona campus in Tucson AZ

*Saturday, 19 March 2016 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Spring
Hamfest 2016 in Scottsdale AZ

*Saturday, 26 March 2016 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Successful Contacts

* Kiluutaq School, Umiujaq, Nunavik Quebec, Canada, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign was NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Contact was successful: Tue 2015-11-17 16:47:02 UTC 41 deg

We are students from Kiluutaq school. Our school is located in the village of
Umiujaq. This is a small village of about 460 people in northern Quebec
(Canada). In winter, we use special clothes to go hunting. We hunt seals,
belugas, caribou, fish and foxes. In addition, every year we celebrate the
blueberry festival and we pick a lot of blueberries. Our village is very
special since we are talking 3 different languages: Inuttitut, English and
French. In our village there are two stores, a school, an arena, an airport,a
health center and a community center.

Steve, VE3TBD reported:
Contact went well… very well in fact.

All questions answered – 13
140 students.
50 parents.

Astronaut was a little low at times but overall very good. I heard him well
but I know the many languages and cultures do influence how we hear things –
very interesting to have the French, English and native languages involved.
Our humanoid robot did a very god job of getting the students up for event.
Presentations were undertaken in both English and local language.
My thanks goes to the very excellent job by Radio Station W6SRJ, Moderator
Brian Jackson and all else connected and involved.

* A direct contact via OEØARISS with students at BORG Monsbergergasse, Graz,
Austria, was successful Mon 2015-11-09 09:42:15 UTC 49 deg. Astronaut Kjell
Lindgren KO5MOS answered 11 questions for students.

The BORG Monsbergergasse is a grammar school in Graz, Monsbergergasse 16. Graz
is the second largest city in Austria, located in the southeast of the country.
The school can easily be reached from everywhere in Graz using public transport.
About 800 students attend the school and there are about 100 teachers. Our
students can choose between 5 different areas of interest: sports, science,
music, art and informatics. After four to five years the students graduate from
school after taking their A-levels.
The school offers a fantastic infrastructure for the students. Apart from the
classrooms there is a lab, a library and a cafeteria. There are special
computer rooms, four gyms and outside there are several courts for doing
sports. Besides there is a garden to relax in the breaks.

Upcoming Contacts

* Scuola Media Statale “G. Marconi”, Soleto, Lecce, Italy, And, Scuola
Secondaria di Primo Grado “Benedetto Croce”, Civate, Italy, telebridge via
VK4KHZ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Contact is a go for: Mon 2015-11-23 09:21:53 UTC 87 deg

The event will be webcast on:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkFhGc2nes4

* Dragonskolan, Umeå, Sweden, telebridge via VE4ISS
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go: Tue 2015-11-24 09:44:25 UTC 78 deg

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

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

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* Satellite Shorts From All Over

* W5PFG Plans Satellite Operation From South Padre Island

IOTA NA-092 – (Satellite Op) Clayton, W5PFG, will operate portable from
South Padre Island, Texas, in EL16 between November 22-26th. He plans to
operate several passes a day from EL15, covering the southern-most tip of
Texas. An operation from EL06 is possible sometime in the beginning of that
week. You can follow his operation on Twitter
starting November 21st. It’s possible he will operate once or twice while
enroute. Clayton will try to work as many different satellites as possible.
He tends to favor FO-29, typically 15-20 kHz above the center of the
transponder.

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1240 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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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:

* AO-85 Commissioned, Handed Over To AMSAT-NA Operations

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 321.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
November 17, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-321.01

AO-85 Commissioned, Handed Over To AMSAT-NA Operations

AO-85 has been formally commissioned and turned over to AMSAT
Operations, who are now responsible for the scheduling and modes.

The following guidelines are provided for users:

Uplink power should be on the order of minimum 200 W EIRP for full
quieting at lower antenna elevation angles. Your mileage may vary.
With an Arrow, 5 W has been used successfully to make contacts.

Polarity is important. The satellite antennas are linear. So, if you
are using linearly polarized antennas, you will need to adjust
throughout the pass. Full duplex operation facilitates these
adjustments while transmitting and is highly recommended.

The downlink is very strong and should be heard well with almost any
antenna.

Downlink audio is 5 kHz deviation, as expected. Many will perceive
that the audio is “low.” This is an effect of the filtering below 300
Hz, which provides for the DUV telemetry, coupled with any noise on
the uplink signal resulting from lack of full quieting or being off
frequency. That makes for less fidelity than a typical receiver in
terms of audio frequencies passed.

Transmit (downlink) frequency varies with temperature. Due to the
wide range of temperatures we are seeing in the eclipse cycle, the
transmitter can be anywhere from around 500 Hz low at 10°C to near 2
kHz low at 40°C.

Receive frequency has been generally agreed to be about 435.170 MHz,
although the AFC makes that hard to pin down and also helps with the
uplinks that are off frequency.

Probably the most notable observations about AO-85 are an apparent
lack of sensitivity and difficulty in turning on the repeater with
the 67 Hz CTCSS when it is not yet activated, or holding it on by the
presence of the CTCSS. We have determined a probable cause for the
sensitivity issue and while that can’t be fixed on AO-85 we are
taking steps to prevent similar issues on the rest of the Fox-1
CubeSats. The tone detection threshold along with the receive
sensitivity issue makes it hard to bring up the repeater. This is
being addressed by adjusting the values for a valid tone detection in
the other Fox-1 CubeSats now that we have on orbit information about
temperatures and power budget. Full details will be in the Nov/Dec
AMSAT Journal.

It is important to remember that science is the reason behind the
Fox-1 satellites. Not only does science help with the launch cost, it
provides a great amount of educational value both from the science
payload and in amateur radio itself. The data-under-voice (DUV)
telemetry is an excellent way to provide the science without
sacrificing the use of the satellite for communications, which would
be the case if higher speed downlinks were needed. DUV provides
constant science as long as the repeater is in use, which in turn
provides more downlink data for the science – a mutually beneficial
combination.

Fox-1A is AMSAT-NA’s first CubeSat. Many new techniques are
incorporated and lessons will be learned, as with any new “product.”
The Fox-1 Project is a series of CubeSats. A total of five will be
built and flown. Launches are scheduled for three more, and a new
NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative proposal will be submitted for the
fifth. We will incorporate changes from what we learn in each launch,
to the extent possible, in subsequent Fox-1 CubeSats.

Of the four NASA sponsored CubeSats on the ELaNa XII launch October
8, we are sad to report that ARC1 was never heard from and BisonSat
was lost after a few weeks of operation. AMSAT extends our deepest
sympathy to the people who worked so hard on these projects. To our
members, we want to say that the Fox Team is very proud and pleased
that our first CubeSat is very successful and hopefully will be for
some time.

[ANS thanks Jerry NoJY for the above information]

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

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

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

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including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

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

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

In this edition:

* EO-79 CubeSat Update
* QB50 Frequency Table
* Newsline Interview With ISS First School Contact Teacher
* Signal Reports Requested From IO-86 FM Transponder Test
* ARISS Contact Featured in ARRL Radio Waves Newsletter
* McMurdo completes MEOSAR satellite ground station in New Zealand

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 319.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
November 15, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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EO-79 CubeSat Update

Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG has provided this update on the status and plans for
QB50p1 – EO-79.

Earlier testing campaigns indicate that the AMSAT-UK/AMSAT-NL transponder on
board of this spacecraft is in good health. We have activated the transponder on
various occasions for testing purposes.

At the moment we believe the power system is capable of sustaining transponder
operations indefinitely. ISIS (the satellite designer and operator) still needs
to write and apply a software patch that would keep the transponder running. The
current logic in the satellite will switch off the transponder if a reset occurs
of the On Board Computer or power system.

Efforts are being made to allow usage of the transponder in the mean time and
also allow select command stations to take the satellite out of safe mode if it
does reset. ISIS will continue to monitor all telemetry and the satellites
health.

The precursor satellites have gathered valuable data about the sensor payloads,
and the lessons learnt are being implemented in the flight units for the QB50
main mission.

We will still have to wait until procedures are in place and the activation is
cleared by the operator and owners of the satellite, but we are nearly ready for
the activation of another transponder!

Transponder activations will be announced on the AMSAT Bulletin Board.

On behalf of AMSAT-NL and the ISIS operations team I would like to thank the
community for supporting our mission and thank you for your patience.

[ANS thanks Wouter, PA3WEG, for the above information]

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QB50 Frequency Table

Here is a link worth keeping an eye on as the QB50 launch in 2016 gets
closer. JE9PEL has a page documenting the frequencies of the 50 cubesats at:

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/qb50sats.htm

[ANS thanks Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL, for the above information]

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Newsline Interview With ISS First School Contact Teacher

This week’s Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1985 November 13, 2015 includes an
interview with Rita Wright, KC9CDL, the science teacher who was lucky enough to
help her students be chosen to talk with ISS astronaut William M. “Shep”
Shepherd, KD5GSL, for the first school contact with the International Space
Station.

Amateur Radio Newsline has this week’s bulletins posted at:

http://www.arnewsline.org/news/2015/11/13/amateur-radio-newsline-report-1985-
november-13-2015.html

Select ‘Script’ or ‘Audio’ to access the newscast as desired.

[ANS thanks the Amateur Radio Newsline for the above information]

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Signal Reports Requested From IO-86 FM Transponder Test

The FM transponder aboard IO-86/LAPAN-ORARI was activated for testing, and was
available for amateur radio use on 14 November 2015 between 01:35 UTC – 03:40
UTC. This satellite is in a 6° inclination orbit so only stations in equatorial
regions have access. Station in far southern United States may have access.

+ Uplink: 145.880Mhz with 88.5 Hz tone
+ Downlink: 435.880 Mhz

If you heard IO-86 or had any contacts please e-mail signal reports to
yd1eee@gmail.com

The two-line Keplerian elements are:

IO-86
1 40931U 15052B 15316.15776324 .00001070 00000-0 60618-4 0 9994
2 40931 6.0030 69.3893 0012877 275.6206 84.2533 14.76374433 6653

These are also included in the keps download available from www.amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dirgantara Rahadian. YE0EEE for the above information]

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ARISS Contact Featured in ARRL Radio Waves Newsletter

The American Radio Relay League’s Fall 2015 issue of “Radio Waves”, a newsletter
for teachers, license instructors, and radio science education features coverage
of the ARISS contact with Tulsa Community College. The PDF issue can be accessed
at:
http://www.arrl.org/radio-waves

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

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McMurdo completes MEOSAR satellite ground station in New Zealand

The legacy of AMSAT OSCAR 6 & 7 in demonstrating satellite based Doppler
location of ground transmitters for search-and-rescue operations in the 1970s
set the stage for the Cospas-Sarsat system which is now entering into the next
stage of evolution.

McMurdo’s next-generation MEOSAR satellite ground station system installation in
New Zealand will reduce rescue times in one of the world’s most active search
and rescue regions.

McMurdo has announced that it has completed the installation of a six-antenna
next-generation Medium-Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite ground
station system in New Zealand.

The project, which is part of a joint initiative with Maritime New Zealand and
the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, is expected to significantly boost
search and rescue capability in the New Zealand and Australia search regions and
marks the first implementation of MEOSAR in Asia Pacific. MEOSAR is the next-
generation version of Cospas-Sarsat, the international search and rescue
satellite system that has helped to save 37,000 lives since 1982.

In a typical satellite-based search and rescue scenario, ships, aircraft or
individuals transmit distress signals from an emergency location beacon via
satellite to a fixed ground receiving station or local user terminal. The ground
station receives and calculates the location of the distress signal and creates
and sends an alert to the appropriate rescue authorities.

Today, the beacon-to-alert process depends on a limited number of Low Earth
Orbit (LEO) satellites and may take several hours before a position is
confirmed. With MEOSAR, beacon signals will be received more quickly and beacon
locations identified with greater accuracy thereby reducing this time to
minutes.

The New Zealand MEOSAR system, and another being installed in Western Australia,
will cover one of the largest search and rescue areas in the world – from north
of Australia/New Zealand to the Equator and south to the South Pole, east to
half way across the Pacific, and west half way across the Indian Ocean. The
systems will undergo rigorous testing before being officially brought online in
late 2017 by Cospas-Sarsat.

[ANS thanks SpaceDaily 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-312

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:

* AO-85 Testing November 8 and 9
* US Radio Amateurs Back in Space and SA AMSAT Kletskous Update
* SAREX Reflector Has Been Shut Down
* ISS Astronauts Link-Up with ITU WRC-15 in Geneva
* Help Wanted Astronauts
* QB50 project 2016
* BRICSAT-1 recovery challenge
* Hawaii Launch of Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Fails
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-312
ANS-312 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 312
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
November 8, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-312

AO-85 Testing November 8 and 9

*Summary of AO-85 testing:*

* Please do not try to uplink to AO-85 during the following times
(all of which occur while AO-85 is over North America) even though
the transponder will be active and you may hear activity.

*Sunday November 8, 15:35 through 15:55 UTC*
*Sunday November 8, 17:15 through 17:35 UTC*
*Monday November 9, 00:05 through 00:25 UTC*
*Monday November 9, 01:45 through 02:10 UTC*

All dates and times are UTC, all passes are Sunday local time in
North America. Stations in North, Central, and northern South America
are asked to comply.

You are encouraged to copy telemetry with FoxTelem during these
times to forward to the server to help us analyze the test results.

*Details of this AO-85 testing:*

Sunday, November 8 and into early Monday, November 9 (UTC) the Fox-1
Engineering Team will be testing the COR (carrier operated relay)
mode of AO-85. COR is the backup to the IHU failing, if IHU fails AO-
85 should continue operating as a simple COR repeater with no CTCSS
necessary as long as there is power. In COR mode no telemetry or
voice ID is present because those are generated by the IHU.

Orbit 443 ascending, at approximately 15:35 UTC over North America we
will test a telemetry high/low reset command. Following the command
look for Ground Resets = 2 in the Computer window of FoxTelem. Once
that is confirmed, we will command the IHU OFF on the same pass.

Please keep the uplink clear in order to help us test and monitor
the telemetry.

Orbit 444 ascending, at approximately 17:15 UTC over North America
AMSAT command and engineering stations will test the COR mode on the
air to observe performance. Please keep the uplink clear so that we
may test without interference, to expedite the testing and allow for
good measurements. We may command IHU ON during the pass in order to
observe battery voltage in the telemetry. Please have FoxTelem
running even if there is no telemetry seen, it may turn on at any
time during this pass.

Orbit 448 descending, at approximately 00:05 UTC Monday over North
America we will command AO-85 IHU ON. Please keep the uplink clear in
order to help us test and monitor the telemetry after the IHU is
turned on.

Orbit 449 descending, at approximately 01:45 UTC Monday over North
America if we were unable to command IHU ON on orbit 448, we will
attempt to command again. Please keep the uplink clear in order to
help us test and monitor the telemetry after the IHU is turned on.

During the testing stations outside North, Central and northern South
America are invited to use the COR repeater mode and share your
assessment of AO-85 receive sensitivity and audio on amsat-bb.
Stations in North, Central, and northern South America may use the COR
repeater on orbits 445 through 447 and are also invited to share your
assessment of AO-85 receive sensitivity and audio on amsat-bb.

Please share this widely to help reach everyone who may be operating
AO-85.

The AO-85 team thanks you for your support.

[ANS thanks Jerry N0JY for the above information]

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US Radio Amateurs Back in Space and SA AMSAT Kletskous Update

The launch of the Fox 1A CubeSat on 8 October 2015 marked the return
of satellites built by AMSAT North America (Amateur Radio Satellite
Corporation). US amateurs were the first to build and launch
satellites just a few years after the Russians stunned the world with
Sputnik 1 in 1957. For several decades they led the pack and built
bigger and better satellite. That that came to an end some five years
ago when free rides into space dried up.

AMSAT had to refocus its activities and look at CubeSat as the best
alternative possible option as free and more affordable launches
became available. One of the options is the NASA ELaNa program.
NASA and the Launch Services Program are partnering with several
universities to launch small research satellites. These missions
provide NASA with valuable opportunities to test emerging
technologies and economical commercial off-the-shelf components that
may be useful in future space missions. NASA nanosatellites are
designed for a wide spectrum of space missions, including biology
experiments, testing advanced propulsion and communications
technologies.

CubeSats are only 10 x 10 x 10 cm and weigh under 1,3 kg. NASA’s
Kennedy Space Centre in Florida has adapted the Poly-Picosatellite
Orbital Deployer (PPOD) to put these CubeSats into orbit. This
deployment system was designed and is manufactured by the California
Polytechnic State University in partnership with Stanford University.

Fox-1A was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of the
ELaNa-XII group of satellites. In addition, Fox-1C and Fox-1D are now
scheduled to fly together under contract with Spaceflight, which is
expected to launch in first quarter 2016. Fox 1B also known as
RadFXSat has been assigned a launch that is currently expected to take
place in November 2016 from Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of
ELaNa-XIV.

“The next 14 months will be rewarding ones for our volunteers, who
spent countless hours designing, documenting, collaborating,
fabricating, testing and integrating ourFox-1 design into flight
hardware,” AMSAT president Barry Baines said. “These satellites will
be used by radio amateurs, students, and scientists who will benefit
from amateur radio capabilities on board, educational opportunities
that our spacecraft can provide to the classroom, and the scientific
data that will be available from payloads on board provided by
university students and faculties,” he said.

Organizationally, AMSAT has benefited tremendously from the Fox-1
program as it provides the basis for training anew generation of
satellite builders who are now seasoned veterans, capable of tackling
more complex and challenging projects.

“AMSAT’s reputation as a satellite innovator is enhanced as the Fox-1
design allows seamless integration of scientific payloads that can
benefit from a reliable communications downlink capable of low speed
and high speed data transmissions,” Baines said.

Fox-1A is the first FM repeater satellite in a 1U CubeSat form
factor, capable of sending low speed telemetry as well as payload
data while the FM repeater is in normal amateur service.

Fox-1B will fly with the Vanderbilt University radiation experiments
expected in 2016. Fox-1C will launch on Spaceflight’s maiden mission
of the SHERPA multi-cubesat deployer planned for the 1st quarter of
2016. U- and L-band uplinks with the VHF band downlink will be
available. Fox-1D will launch with Fox-1C. It will include the
University of Iowa HERCI experiment. IA Virginia Tech camera will
also be included. U- and L- band uplinks with the VHF band downlink
will be available. Fox-1E “Evolution” will carry a Mode J linear
transponder. The transponder is planned to be 30 kHz wide and will
also have a 1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon.

South African AMSAT’s (SA AMSAT) CubeSat, named Kletskous
(chatterbox) is making good progress with the third generation space
frame to be completed before the end of the year. Good progress is
being made with all the subsystems and it is expected that by the end
of February 2016, a breadboard layout will be tested. The breadboard
layout is also referred to as flatsat as all the subsystems are wired
together on the test bench and tested as a fully operational satellite.

SA AMSAT is also planning to include experimental projects and is
inviting high school learners and tertiary education students to
submit proposals for their science project to be included in
Kletskous and make use of the transponder facilities to have the data
of their projects downloaded as part of the telemetry stream. Because
of the size of a CubeSat and the limited power budget available,
proposals must be for projects which have few components and require
little power.

For more details about Kletskous visit
www.amsatsa.org.za.
Proposals should be submitted to saamsat@intekom.co.za and reach the
Kletskous team by 28 February 2016.

See:

US radio amateurs back in Space

[ANS thanks Hans, ZS6AKV for the above information]

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SAREX Reflector Has Been Shut Down

As previously announced the SAREX Reflector was shut down November
1. What follows is Frank Bauer’s KA3HDO, AMSAT V.P. for Human
Spaceflight Programs and the ARISS International Chair, final
comments to the SAREX Reflector.

“SAREX Reflector Participants:

As previously announced, on November 1, 2015 we are shutting down
the SAREX Reflector for future message postings. This posting
represents the SAREX reflector’s last message.

It is not clear when the SAREX reflector was first started, but from
a query to Paul Williamson, who started all the AMSAT reflectors, it
has been in operation since at least 1992.

Over the years, many of you have used this forum to gather and share
information on our “frequent flyer” SAREX missions on the Shuttle,
our operations on the Space Station Mir and, since 2000, our
operations on ISS. But times have changed since the early 1990s.
For starters, we have moved from the SAREX activities on the Shuttle
to ARISS on the International Space Station. AMSAT, ARRL and the
ARISS international team of volunteers have also transitioned our
ARISS communications to you and are providing you many ways to get
information on ARISS. This includes the ARISS Web Site
www.ariss.org, the ISS Fan Club web site www.issfanclub.com and the
AMSAT web site, www.amsat.org. The ARISS team noticed that many on
the AMSAT BB reflector were not seeing late-breaking opportunities
for ARISS connections (School, SSTV, QSOs) unless these messages were
cross-posted between SAREX and BB. So the decision was made by me to
move all the SAREX real-time traffic over to BB and to end the SAREX
reflector postings on this date.

Before we hit “send” and closeout this reflector, I encourage you to
sign up and continue to get these messages on AMSAT-BB. If you feel
there is too much traffic on BB, you can always sign up for the
digest mode, which combines many messages and sends them out
periodically (usually daily). And don’t forget that the SAREX
archives will still be available on the AMSAT web site, so you can
research past messages.

On behalf of AMSAT-NA and the ARISS International Team, I want to
thank you for your sustained participation in this phenomenal amateur
radio human spaceflight journey. Moreover, we look forward to your
further participation and volunteer support in the future.

While there are many ARISS volunteers to thank for their outstanding
support, I want to send a particular shout out to Charlie Sufana,
AJ9N, who has provided all SAREX reflector participants frequent
updates on ARISS status. Thanks Charlie!

As I close this final e-mail, I want to announce that over the next
couple months, ARISS will be celebrating its 15ths anniversary of
continuous operations on the ISS, starting with November 13, 2015
when we conducted our first ham radio contacts on ISS and on December
21, 2000 when we conducted our first school contact with the Burbank
School in Burbank, Illinois. Stay tuned on BB and our web site for
ham radio activities that we will be conducting over the year to
commemorate these historic events.

73,

Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs
ARISS International Chair”

[ANS thanks SAREX and Frank KA3HDO for the above information]

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ISS Astronauts Link-Up with ITU WRC-15 in Geneva

The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) is taking
place in Geneva from November 2-27. On Tuesday, November 3 at 1241 UT
there was an amateur radio link-up between WRC-15 and two astronauts
on the International Space Station (ISS).

The contact took place using the permanent amateur radio station at
the ITU. The station’s normal call sign is 4U1ITU but during the
conference the special call sign 4U1WRC is being used.

Students from Institut Florimont were able to use the ITU station to
talk to astronauts Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS and Kimiya Yui KG5BPH who
were using the amateur radio station in the ISS Columbus module,
call sign OR4ISS.

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program
established the first permanent amateur radio presence in space 15
years ago. The inaugural ARISS contact took place on December 21,
2000, between a member of the ISS Expedition 1 crew and youngsters at
Luther Burbank Elementary School near Chicago. Several pupils and a
teacher got to chat using amateur radio with “Space Station Alpha”
Commander William “Shep” Shepherd KD5GSL.
The ARISS program lets students worldwide experience the excitement
of talking directly with crew members of the International Space
Station, inspiring them to pursue interests in careers in science,
technology, engineering and math, and engaging them with radio
science technology through amateur radio.

A video of the contact event can be viewed at:

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and WRC15 for the above information]

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Help Wanted Astronauts

NASA Press Release: Job Openings for Astronauts

In anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American
soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars, NASA
announced it will soon begin accepting applications for the next
class of astronaut candidates. With more human spacecraft in
development in the United States today than at any other time in
history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space
Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft, and carry
out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human
mission to Mars.

The agency will accept applications from Dec. 14 through mid-
February and expects to announce candidates selected in mid-2017.
Applications for consideration as a NASA Astronaut will be accepted
at:

http://www.usajobs.gov

The next class of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S.
vessels during their careers: the International Space Station, two
commercial crew spacecraft currently in development by U.S.
companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle.

From pilots and engineers, to scientists and medical doctors, NASA
selects qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S.
citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds.

“This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars
generation to reach for new heights, and help us realize the goal of
putting boot prints on the Red Planet,” said NASA Administrator
Charles Bolden. “Those selected for this service will fly on U.S.
made spacecraft from American soil, advance critical science and
research aboard the International Space Station, and help push the
boundaries of technology in the proving ground of deep space.”

The space agency is guiding an unprecedented transition to
commercial spacecraft for crew and cargo transport to the space
station. Flights in Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon
will facilitate adding a seventh crew member to each station mission,
effectively doubling the amount of time astronauts will be able to
devote to research in space.

Future station crew members will continue the vital work advanced
during the last 15 years of continuous human habitation aboard the
orbiting laboratory, expanding scientific knowledge and demonstrating
new technologies. This work will include building on the regular six-
month missions and this year’s one-year mission, currently underway
aboard the station, which is striving for research breakthroughs not
possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic
exploration into deep space.

In addition, NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft,
now in development, will launch astronauts on missions to the proving
ground of lunar orbit where NASA will learn to conduct complex
operations in a deep space environment before moving on to longer
duration missions on its journey to Mars.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of America’s human space
flight program,” said Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at
NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “NASA has taken the next step
in the evolution of our nation’s human spaceflight program – and our
U.S. astronauts will be at the forefront of these new and challenging
space flight missions. We encourage all qualified applicants to learn
more about the opportunities for astronauts at NASA and apply to join
our flight operations team.”

To date, NASA has selected more than 300 astronauts to fly on its
increasingly challenging missions to explore space and benefit life
on Earth. There are 47 astronauts in the active astronaut corps, and
more will be needed to crew future missions to the space station and
destinations in deep space.

Astronaut candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an
accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical
science or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Candidates
also must have at least three years of related, progressively
responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-
in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the
NASA long-duration spaceflight physical.

For more information about a career as a NASA astronaut, and
application requirements, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]

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QB50 project 2016

As reported to the AMSAT-BB, Mineo Wakita JE9PEL informs us “For the
purpose of the demonstration and development of CubeSats of the
technology of the universities around the world, it is scheduled to
be launched all 50 satellites by Ukraine Tsiklon-4 rocket on February
1, 2016. There are still also uncertainties, but I, JE9PEL
investigated the current frequencies and summarized it in an Excel
file. I’m going to issue in the future this revised version.”

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/51106qb5.png
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/51106qb5.xls
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/calendar/#1602

[ANS thanks Mineo JE9PEL for the above information]

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BRICSAT-1 recovery challenge

If anyone has 9600 baud satellite capability and is looking for a
challenge, you could be successful in recovering BRICSAT (NO83).
BRICSAT simply has a negative power budget. When it wakes up, it
should be possible to get in the command to tell it to turn off
unnecessary loads and then let it achieve full recovery. As is, it
wakes up, sends a few feeble 20 second packets and dies again.

Bricsat has another excellent PSK31 transpodner on it too. You can
detect BRICSAT when it awakes by the 20 second packet on the downlink
OR by the occasional PSK31 beacon on 435.350 MHz (+/- Doppler). Do
not be confused by PSAT which also has a PSK31 tranpsonder on the
same frequency. But they have different audio tones for the beacon.

> Downlink: 437.975 MHz, 9600 baud
> Uplink: 145.825 MHz, 9600 baud
> Latest “guess” at the TLE (not sure if this is BRICSat)
> 1 90722U 15294.38156592 +.00051032 +00000-0 +11686-2 0 0166
> 2 90722 054.9895 030.6075 0226665 199.3544 159.8861 15.1979213102332

The commands are simple keyboard dumb terminal commands.
If you think you want to take on this challenge, contact us.
(bruninga at usna.edu)

[ANS thanks Bob WB4APR and Jin KB3UKS for the above information]

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Hawaii Launch of Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Fails

The November 4 inaugural launch of an experimental US military
vehicle carrying several satellites with Amateur Radio payloads into
orbit failed in mid-flight shortly after taking off at 0345 UTC from
Hawaii. The experimental Super Strypi launch vehicle, carrying a
collection of small satellites into orbit as part of the ORS-4
mission for the Department of Defense, was fired from a truss-mounted
rail system from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, off Barking
Sands on Kauai. According to Spaceflightnow.com, the Super Strypi
rocket is designed for low-cost, quick-reaction satellite launches.
Destroyed in the demonstration flight were 13 small research
spacecraft clustered on the mission for NASA researchers and
university students.

None of the satellites carried Amateur Radio transponders, but
several were equipped to transmit beacon signals and telemetry on 2
meter, 70 centimeter, and 13 centimeter amateur frequencies. The
satellites lost included Argus, EDSN, HawaiiSat-1, ORS-Squared,
PrintSat, STACEM, STU-1, and Supernova-Beta. PrintSat carried a 3D
printed structure and was designed to measure the performance of the
material over the course of its 3 year mission.

Spaceflightnow.com said the experimental launcher apparently lost
control and broke up downrange from the launch site. The November 4
maiden flight took place following several delays. The test flight
was one of two planned demonstrations of the launcher.

View the Super Strypi & ORS-4 Launch On PMRF 3 November 201 at

Spaceflightnow’s detailed coverage of the event can be found at
http://tinyurl.com/ANS312-Spaceflightnow

[ANS thanks ARRL Newsletter for the above information]

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ARISS News

+ The scheduled contact with Dragonskolan, Umeå, Sweden was postponed
because the scheduled astronaut was tied up in other activities. The
contact will be rescheduled for a later date.

+ A Successful contact was made between ITU World Radio
Communication Conference 2015 WRC-15, Geneva, Switzerland and
Astronaut Kimiya Yui KG5BPH using Callsign OR4ISS.
The contact began 2015-11-03 11:47 UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes. Contact was direct via 4U1WRC.
ARISS Mentor was ON4WF.

+ A Successful contact was made between Eleanor Palmer School,
London, United Kingdom and Astronaut Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS using
Callsign NA1SS.
The contact began 2015-11-03 11:47 UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes. Contact telebridged via VK6MJ.
ARISS Mentor was MØXTD.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

BORG Monsbergergasse, Graz, Austria, direct via OEØARISS. The ISS
callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS. The scheduled
astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for: Mon 2015-11-09 09:42:15 UTC

Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic Elementary School, Warson Woods,
Missouri, direct via NØKBA. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled
to be NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
The contact is a go for: Thu 2015-11-12 16:25:16 UTC

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

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

Very nice coverage, and features Keith, W5IU, with the ARISS contact
with Daggett Montessori School in Ft. Worth, Texas:

http://tinyurl.com/ANS312-DaggettMontessori

[ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM and the Star-Telegram for the above
information]

ARISS Contact Documentary

WKTV did a really nice job producing a documentary of the October 23
ARISS contact with West Michigan Aviation Academy.
Here is a link to the youtube video.

[ANS thanks Les Brown, Chief Pilot, West Michigan Aviation Academy
and WKTV ro 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-305
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:

* Super Strypi (SPARK) Launch Planned for November 2, 2015
* Duchifat 1 status update
* UKube-1 CubeSat Completes Mission
* Fort Worth students talk to ISS
* Tim Peake KG5BVI and the ISS Astro Pi’s
* Radio amateurs to help London children talk to ISS
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-305.01
ANS-305 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 305.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE November 1, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Super Strypi (SPARK) Launch Planned for November 1, 2015

The following satellites are planned to be launched on 2, Nov 2015.

Argus, EDSN, HawaiiSat-1, ORS-Squared, PrintSat, STACEM, STU-1, Supernova-Beta
Site is Pacific Missile Range – Kokole Point, Kauai, Hawaii

Satellite Downlink Beacon Mode
———————- —————– ——- ————
Argus 2403.000-2403.400 437.290 1200bps AFSK
EDSN 2401.200-2431.200 437.100 1200bps AFSK
HawaiiSat1 (HiakaSat1) 145.9805 437.2705 9600bps GFSK
ORS-Squared 437.325 . 9600bps GMSK
PrintSat 437.325 . 9600bps GMSK
STACEM . . ?
STU-1 2402.000-2445.000 436.360 9600bps GMSK
Supernova-Beta 437.570 . 1200bps AFSK
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HawaiiSat-1
1 99999U 00000 15306.00000000 .00002809 00000-0 69295-4 0 00007
2 99999 094.6040 077.7732 0056131 182.2912 079.1822 15.38919159000464

SPARK – Super Strypi


http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/sparksat.htm
http://www.cubesat.org

[ANS thanks Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL for the above information]

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Duchifat 1 status update

We’re happy to report that the satellite is still operational and doing
very well.
We’ve already received 20 stations using Duchifat 1, and all said stations
are displayed on our map at
www.h-space-lab.org .
QSL cards are on their way, and a few have already been received.
It’s a fantastic experience to be heard by the satellite, get immediate
digipeating response from it, and later see your position on the map on
the website, after a successful dump at our GS from the satellite.
If you try to contact it and encounter any difficulty, please don’t
hesitate to write to us at
4X4HSC@gmail.com
It’s all very fun. We also hope people can share their experiences here.
73, and good luck.

[ANS thanks the Herzliya Science Center team posting on the AMSAT=BB for the
above information]

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UKube-1 CubeSat Completes Mission

UKube-1, the UK Space Agency’s first national spacecraft, has now completed
its nominal mission following over 14 months of operations. Discussion is
underway with AMSAT-UK about the possibility of taking over UKube-1 operations
to continue its educational and outreach activities.

Launched in July 2014, UKube-1 is a technology demonstration mission with a
broad set of objectives aimed at attracting and training future generations of
engineers, encouraging collaboration across sectors and institutions, fast
tracking space technology development and engaging with students.

As a 3 unit CubeSat (30x30x10cm), flying 4 main payloads, with all the key
subsystems of much larger satellites, UKube-1 remains one of the most advanced
CubeSats ever built. Despite some technical challenges in orbit, the mission
has achieved a range of milestones including:

• delivery into the correct planned orbit (around 650km, sun-synchronous)
• successful deployment of solar panels and antenna
• good battery health
• slow spin rate measured
• uplink and downlink capabilities checked, including Large Data Transfer,
downlink at 3 speeds, and redundant communications mode
• all core payloads commissioned and data collected for each
• on-board camera technology successfully tested
• data downlinked from multiple ground stations across the globe

UKube-1 has also helped maintain the UK’s leading position in the CubeSat
sector. Participation in the mission placed Clyde Space in an excellent
position to capitalize on the fast growing global nanosatellite market. The
company has experienced 100% year on year growth, both in turnover and
employees, as a direct result from involvement in UKube-1, and is firmly
established as a global leader.

Mark McCrum, Bright Ascension Ltd, said:
“UKube-1 provided us with an invaluable opportunity to gain flight heritage
for our software technology and to get deeply involved in the operation of a
complex CubeSat mission. It gave a huge boost to our credibility as a space
software provider and has been instrumental in winning further work.”

Craig Clark, CEO Clyde Space Ltd, said:
“UKube-1 represents a pivotal achievement in the development and growth of
Clyde Space. The project moved the company from being a spacecraft subsystems
supplier to providing full missions for our customers. To give some context to
the extent that Ukube-1 has had to our business, Clyde Space has more than
quadrupled in size in the last 3 years and there are currently over 60 CubeSats
planned through production here in Glasgow over the next 18 months. The retur