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ANS 167



AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS 167

ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North America, 
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS reports on the activities of a 
worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in 
designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital 
Amateur Radio satellites.

This copy of ANS is being sent to AMSAT-BB@amsat.org, Officers@amsat.org and 
BoD@amsat.org; if you wish to continue receiving ANS, please subscribe (free) 
to ANS@amsat.org.

ANS is pleased to announce the 20th Space Symposium and AMSAT-NA annual 
Meeting. This conference is scheduled for November 7-11, 2002 in Fort Worth, 
Texas, and will chronicle recent and future Amateur Radio satellite 
technology developments, including an Electronic Surplus Stores tour on 
November 7th; a Field Operations Breakfast and a tour of the Lockheed Martin 
Aeronautics Company on November 10th. AMSAT Members are welcome to attend the 
AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting on November 10th and 11th. 
The Chair for the 2002 event is Keith Pugh W5IU.

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-167.01
 FCC NPRM on Orbital Debris

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 167.01 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD. JUNE 16, 2002
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-167.01

The FCC have issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), concerning  
Orbital Debris which comprise a wide range of objects, as small as paint 
flakes and as large as dead spacecraft, rocket bodies and break-up debris 
from exploded spacecraft. 
In Space, because of the high relative velocities involved, even some of the 
smaller objects, particularly those greater than 0.1 mm in diameter, are 
capable of producing significant impact damage. For debris objects larger 
than 1 mm in diameter, impact damage can include significant structural 
damage to a satellite. Objects larger than approximately 1 cm in diameter can 
produce catastrophic damage to other space objects.
A group of AMSAT-NA experts is to meet and develop a response to the NPRM 
after consultation with ARRL and input from our colleagues in other AMSATs.
To get a PDF copy (42 pages) of the NPRM go to 
http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2002/db0318/FCC-02-80A1.pdf

ANS thanks FCC and AMSAT for this information.

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-167.02
S-Band frequencies in Danger!

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 167.02 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD. JUNE 16 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-167.02

The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors is reviewing the large number of un-licensed 
systems which are being activated in the 2.4 GHz band. These systems are 
being used for high speed digital communications.
Although these systems are not licensed they are permitted to operate (Under 
part 15) with low power (100mW or 1W spread spectrum). AMSAT-NA and ARRL are 
to meet in order to develop a joint strategy about S Band, as both 
organizations anticipate that interference may become a problem area as more 
of the unlicensed equipment becomes available, and could start using higher 
power. Currently there are two Amateur satellites (UO11 and AO-40) operating 
transmitters in the 2.4 GHz band and both OSCAR-Echo and EAGLE are being 
designed to have transmitters in S Band.
In addition there are various ATV systems and other amateur communication 
systems around 2.4GHz.
If you have experienced interference with your 2.4 GHz reception of AO-40 
from one of these digital systems, please send details to  VE3FRH@AMSAT.org

[ANS Thanks AMSAT-NA President, Robin Haighton VE3FRH for this above 
information]

/EX

SB SAT @AMSAT $ANS-167.03
SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS (REPEAT ITEM)

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 167.03 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD. JUNE 16, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-167.03

ANS has announced the 20th Space Symposium and AMSAT-NA annual meeting, 
scheduled for November 7-11. 2002 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The event will chronicle recent and future Amateur Radio satellite technology 
developments, including an electronic Surplus Stores tour on November 7th; a 
Field Operations breakfast and a tour of the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics 
Company on November 10th; and the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Meeting on 
November 10th and 11th.

This is the second "Call for Papers" to be Presented during the 2002 
Symposium.

Papers may be presented by the author during the Symposium, or simply offered 
for inclusion in the Symposium Proceedings publication.

The subject matter should be of general interest to Amateur Radio Operators 
involved in satellite communications. Suggested topics include; operating 
techniques, antenna design and construction, spacecraft design and 
construction, current mission status, proposed satellite missions, telemetry 
acquisition and relay, satellite microwave projects, etc.

A brief abstract of the proposed paper (in outline format) should be 
submitted as soon as possible. The final date for abstracts is July 8th, 
2002. Copy ready papers must be received no later than August 26th 2002. 
Electronic submittal is preferred. The format must be either MS word 
compatible or in plain text. Please e-mail your electronic submittals to:
Doug Howard at: <douglas.s.howard@Imco.com>

   [ANS thanks Keith Pugh, W5IU, the 2002 event chairman]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-167.04
STS-111 NEWS RELEASE 

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 167.04 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, JUNE 09,2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-167.04

The information contained in this report is a compilation of the last 24
hours of new updates. Older items are removed daily during the mission. 
Time Posted News Item 
6/15/2002 7:34:59 Following a brief farewell between the crews, hatches
were closed between Endeavour and the International Space Station at 7:23
a.m. Central time, marking an end to almost eight days of operations
between the ten astronauts and cosmonauts to continue the assembly and
maintenance of the complex and to deliver the new Expedition Five crew
for the start of its 4 1/2 month stay on board the ISS.

Endeavour is scheduled to undock from the ISS at 9:32 a.m. Central time,
with landing at the Kennedy Space Center planned for 11:59 a.m. Central
time, 12:59 p.m. Eastern time on Monday.

6/15/2002 4:19:38 With all the major objectives of the STS-111 mission
accomplished, Endeavour’s astronauts will bid farewell to the new
Expedition Five crew and undock from the International Space Station
today, leaving ISS Commander Valery Korzun and Flight Engineers Peggy
Whitson and Sergei Treschev to begin their 4 ½ month stay on board the
complex.

After final farewells and the closing of the hatches between the two
vehicles, Endeavour will undock from the ISS at 9:32 a.m. Central time as
the two craft fly over western Kazakhstan, not far from Russia’s primary
launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The initial separation will be provided by springs that will gently push
the shuttle away from the station. When Endeavour is about two feet away
from the station and the docking devices are clear of one another, Pilot
Paul Lockhart will fire Endeavour’s steering jets to begin slowly moving
away.

ANS Thanks A.Z.Rowe and the AMSAT Sarex team for this information.



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ANS IN BRIEF

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 167.05 FROM AMSAT HQ.
SILVER SPRING, MD JUNE 16,2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-167.04

ANS News in brief this week includes the following:

NASA has selected a team led by the University of Arizona, Tucon, to provide 
the primary near-infrared science camera for the Next Generation Space 
Telescope (NGST), NASA's sucessor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
ANS thanks Space Daily for this information.

HB9OAB will be active from Elba Island (JN52) from June 22-July 7, 2002. 
More details are available at Http://www.wlog2000.com/hb9oab/ao40
ANS thanks Franco HB9OAB for this information.

HB9DRD/G4KLX  advises that there will be a HB0 (Leichtenstein) expedition on 
July 13 and 14 2002. He (Jonathan) and his partner Achim (DH2VA) will operate 
50KHz below the AO-40 beacon so as to stay out of the way of normal QSOs. 
Their Uplink will be on U-band and if signals get to weak they may change to 
CW operation.
Call signs may be any permutation of the following HB0/HB9DRD, HB0/DH2VA or 
HB0/G4KLK.
ANS Thanks Jonathan HB9DRD/G4KLX for this information.

2002 AMSAT Field Day Competition rules are presented in detail by Bruce Paige 
KK5DO, Vice President User Services on the AMSAT Web page.
They may be accessed by clicking on AMSAT A-Z and the clicking on the letter 
"F".
Selecting "Field Day" will bring up the information and rules as well as 
forms for reporting your AMSAT Field Day Score.
To directly access the Field Day web page  go directly to 
www.amsat.org/amsat/activities/amsatfd.html

ANS Thanks AMSAT-NA and Bruce Paige KK5DO for this information.

ANS welcomes Joanne Maenpaa, WB9JEJ and Harrison Faust  WW4HF as 
co-editors of ANS, both Joanne and Harrison have extensive experience as 
Editors of Technical publications.

With the change in Editors, ANS is about to undergo some changes in format. 
Starting this issue ANS will split the News section from the Satellite 
Report, for a trial period. Please send your thoughts on this to 
VE3FRH@amsat.org.
Both Sections will be available to all subscribers of ANS.
Mike Seguin N1JEZ the Principal satellite Investigator, will continue to 
supply the satellite information section and all information should be sent 
directly to N1JEZ@amsat.org.
ANS is looking for two more co-editors to take turns in the development of 
ANS, If you are interested 
please send an e-mail to VE3FRH@amsat.org
ANS thanks Robin Haighton VE3FRH for the above information

/EX


Thanks and 73,

This weeks ANS Editor:

Robin Haighton VE3FRH
President AMSAT-NA
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