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AMSAT.ORG Mailing Lists

The mailing lists offered by AMSAT's mail server AMSAT.ORG provide a way for you to regularly have certain kinds of information delivered to you by email.

Getting Help

If you need help from a human with any mailing list issue, email listmaint@amsat.org.

Public Mailing Lists

You can choose from the following public mailing lists:

ANS - AMSAT News Service

This mailing list carries official news releases from the AMSAT News Service. These messages are posted in a form suitable for direct posting to a packet radio BBS system. Each message contains a Bulletin Identifier (BID), which permits the message to be introduced into the packet network at many places without resulting in duplicate bulletins at any BBS. The primary purpose of this mailing list is to distribute ANS bulletins for redistribution (via the packet net or on AMSAT voice nets), but individuals may also subscribe for their own use. If your local packet BBS doesn't seem to get the ANS bulletins reliably, you are encouraged to post the ANS bulletins to the BBS yourself.

Only authorized AMSAT News Service personnel can send messages to the ANS mailing list.

ANS bulletins can also be found on the web, including back issues.

AMSAT-BB - AMSAT Bulletin Board

This mailing list carries general AMSAT information and discussion. This information may NOT be suitable in content for transmission via amateur radio, so automatic reposting of AMSAT-BB messages to packet radio BBS's is discouraged. The purpose of this mailing list is to provide a forum for general discussion of any satellite-related topic.

Anyone may send messages to the AMSAT-BB mailing list. Simply address your message to amsat-bb@amsat.org, and it will be automatically forwarded to all subscribers to the AMSAT-BB mailing list. Please do not send attached files.

Editors of publications should ask permission of the sender before publishing anything seen in AMSAT-BB elsewhere, unless the posting was obviously a public press release. However, posters should realize that anything posted to AMSAT-BB is essentially public.

AMSAT-BB messages are also archived on the web.

Also available in daily digest form (see below for instructions).

KEPS - Keplerian Elements mailing list

This mailing list carries official postings of Keplerian element sets for satellites of interest to radio amateurs. Like the ANS bulletins, these messages are posted in a form suitable for direct posting to a packet radio BBS.

Keplerian elements are typically posted to this mailing list weekly, on or about Friday. Both two-line NASA format elements and verbose AMSAT format elements are posted.

Only authorized AMSAT News Service personnel can send messages to the KEPS mailing list.

Privacy Notice: Per our agreement with the United States Air Force AMSAT is required to periodically supply the email addresses of KEPS mailing list subscribers to the United States Air Force Space Command.

Keplerian elements may also be found on the AMSAT web site.

For more information about USAF Space Command Policy concerning the distribution of Keplerian elements please see the document "Interim CFE Data/Analysis Redistribution Approval Process".

SAREX - Space Amateur Radio Experiment mailing list

This mailing list contains information and discussion pertaining to amateur radio operation on manned space missions, including the Space Shuttle, Mir (formerly), and the International Space Station. The name is leftover from the Space Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) aboard Space Shuttle flights. It is now mainly concerned with ARISS operations aboard the International Space Station.

SAREX messages are also archived on the web.

Also available in daily digest form (see below for instructions).

AMSAT-DC - District of Columbia area AMSAT mailing list

This mailing list contains information and discussion about the activities of the local AMSAT group in Washington, DC.

Also available in daily digest form (see below for instructions).

AMSAT-Florida - Florida area AMSAT mailing list

This mailing list contains information and discussion about the activities of the local AMSAT group in Florida.

Also available in daily digest form (see below for instructions).

AMSAT-NE - New England area AMSAT mailing list

This mailing list is used to plan and coordinate AMSAT activities in the six state region: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Also available in daily digest form (see below for instructions).

AMSAT-EDU - AMSAT Educational Liaison mailing list

The AMSAT Educational Liaison discussion list is an open forum to:

  • discuss issues of the design, construction, and operation of amateur satellite projects at educational institutions,
  • to link schools with one another to discuss details about their projects, and
  • discuss curriculum development and the promotion of amateur satellites in the classroom.

Also available in daily digest form (see below for instructions).

AO40TLM - AO-40 Telemetry Archive Update Service

The AO-40 Telemetry Archive was updated on a nearly daily basis. The command team members were emailed a copy of each orbit zip file created or modified at the same time as the archives at amsat.org are updated. Subscribers to this mailing list received a copy of each modified orbit zip file at the same time as the command team.

Only authorized personnel could send messages to the AO-40 Telemetry Archive mailing list.

Whether you subscribe or not, you can always check the AO-40 Telemetry Archive on the web.

How to Subscribe

To subscribe to a mailing list from AMSAT.ORG, start on the ListInfo web page and select (click on) the mailing list of interest. This will bring up a simple form where you can enter your email address and subscribe by clicking the Subscribe button.

If you wish to receive the messages bundled up into a daily digest, just select that option before clicking Subscribe.

How to Unsubscribe or Change Options

The easiest way to unsubscribe from a mailing list is to open any message from that mailing list and click on the web address mentioned at the bottom of each message. You can also go through the ListInfo web page to reach the same place. Near the bottom of that page, you will find a place to fill in your email address and click on Unsubscribe or edit options. This will bring up a page with many options. You can change your address, unsubscribe, get a list of your other subscriptions, and view and set many other options.

Mailing List Archives

AMSAT-BB and SAREX are specially archived in a web format.

Some of the other mailing lists, public and private, are archived within the mailing list software. Go to the ListInfo web page and select the mailing list. Look for an Archives link near the top of the page.

Either format can be helpful for catching up on messages you've missed while unsubscribed. Some readers may even find the web format more convenient than subscribing by email.

There is no facility (yet) for searching the archives.

More on Mailing Lists

You need not be an AMSAT member to subscribe to mailing lists, but you are more than welcome to become an AMSAT Member.

Some further details can be found in AMSAT.ORG Mailing Lists Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

In addition to these public mailing lists, several private mailing lists exist. These might be for AMSAT Board of Directors members or for PACSAT control stations, for example. If you have a need for a private mailing list for some AMSAT-related purpose, send mail to listmaint@amsat.org for more information.

AMSAT.ORG also offers a Mail Alias service.


Updated by Paul Williamson, KB5MU, 15 August 2006. If you find problems with these instructions, please use the contact form to notify the mail list team. Permission is granted to distribute this page without restriction.


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