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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-209

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***  2008 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting  ***
***            October 24-26 in Atlanta, Georgia            ***
*** http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/2008/index.php ***
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In this edition:

* AMSAT-UK Hosts Successful Space Colloquium
* Delfi-C3 Amateur Radio Transponder Activated
* AMSAT 2008 Field Day Summary
* Cal Poly Requesting Beacon Capture Help
* AMSAT Journal Update
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of July 21, 2008

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-209.01
AMSAT-UK Hosts Successful Space Colloquium

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 209.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 27, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-209.01

A successful 23rd AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium was held 
at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England this weekend.

Prof Sir Martin Sweeting, G3YJO Chairman AMSAT-UK, opened the 
Colloquium on Friday. This was followed by the keynote speech given 
by Dr Rob Gowen, Department of Space & Climate Physics (Mullard 
Space Science Laboratory, University College London and Coordinator 
of the UK Lunar Penetrator Consortium) on "Science Penetrators 
for the UK MoonLITE mission".

On Saturday the Delfi-C3 team gave a presentation on their exciting 
new satellite. Its SSB/CW 435/145 linear transponder will activated 
soon and is sure to prove popular with satellite enthusiasts world-
wide. 

Saturday's Colloquium schedule also included presentations from 
AMSAT-DL on both the eagerly awaited P3E High Earth Orbiting satel-
lite and the pioneering Mars Orbiter P5A. This will be the first 
private venture spacecraft to travel to the Red Planet providing 
Radio Amateurs with some true DX signals.

A complete listing of the Colloquium Technical program can be found 
at: http://www.uk.amsat.org/content/view/640/213/

The IARU Satellite Forum chaired by the IARU Satellite Adviser Hans 
van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV also met during the Colloquium weekend.  
The main topic included Band planning for satellite operations on 
frequencies in the Amateur Service.

The Colloquium included a live webcast of the proceedings via
http://www.batc.tv/.  There was a Live Chat page available to enable
web viewers to post messages.

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

/EX


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Delfi-C3 Amateur Radio Transponder Activated

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 209.02
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 27, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-209.02

The Delfi team activated the Amateur Radio 435 to 145 MHz linear
transponder onboard the satellite activated just before they left
the Netherlands to attend the AMSAT-UK Colloquium which was held 
July 25-27 at the University of Surrey in Guildford, England.

The Amateur Radio satellite Delfi-C3 (DO-64), built at the Delft 
University of Technology in the Netherlands, was launched in April. 
Since then it has been collecting educational research data for use 
by the university students with the assistance of Radio Amateurs 
around the world.

Members of the Delfi-C3 team gave presentations during the Colloquium 
about their exciting new Amateur Radio satellite.

The transponder can be accessed with these frequencies:
Transponder mode beacon:     145.870 MHz CW
Linear transponder downlink: 145.880 - 145.920 MHz
Linear transponder uplink:   435.570 - 435.530 MHz

All frequencies are +/- Doppler shift that can be up to 3 kHz at 
145 MHz. As it's an inverting transponder a LSB signal on the uplink 
would be translated to a USB signal on the downlink.

The transponder mode was switched on during this weekend whenever it 
was within range of Europe and automatically switched back to science 
(telemetry) mode when it entered eclipse about 1 hour later. 

Rob, PE1ITR reported from the Netherland on Saturday, July 26, "Today 
I made my first QSO around 10:53UTC and worked HA2RD with 5x7 signals.
I also heard F5ETM."

Alan, ZL2BX said, "The transponder was on over ZL this morning 2036UT 
pass with weak signals from transponder downlink and beacon.  It was 
active again on the 2212UT pass with very good signals from both trans-
ponder downlink and beacon."

More information on this satellite can be found at:
Delfi-C3: http://www.delfic3.nl/

Delfi-C3 Videos on YouTube can be found at: 
http://www.youtube.com/user/DelfiC3

[ANS thanks the Delfi-C3 Team and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

/EX


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AMSAT 2008 Field Day Summary

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 209.03
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 27, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-209.03

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards Bruce Paige, KK5DO, provided an
executive summary of participation in the 2008 AMSAT Field Day.

The results will be published in the July/August AMSAT Journal. This
includes some really nice photos that were sent in. Detailed results
will also be posted in an ANS bulletin.

This year, we had 8 satellites used. There was even one QSO on AO-16. 
A total of 120 QSO's were reported and we had 17 stations submit 
scores. The most contacts were done on VO-52 this year. Behind that 
was AO-7.

Here are some statistics from this year and previous years:

            2005   2006   2007   2008
Satellites    8      7      5      8
QSO's       120    258    207    220
Stations     11     21     13     17

Watch your mailbox for your copy of the AMSAT Journal and standby for
more Field Day news via ANS.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]

/EX


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Cal Poly Requesting Beacon Capture Help

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 209.04
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 27, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-209.04

Jason Anderson, KI6GIV, at California Polytechnic State University is
requesting amateur radio operators worldwide to assist with capturing
the telemetry of the Cal Poly CP4 satellite.

Jason wrote, "We have seen some unpredictable behavior on our satellite, 
CP4.  Since we only have contact with the satellite once every 12 hours, 
it would be extremely helpful if we could get some global support with 
collecting beacons to get a more complete picture of the the satellite's
health."

Please send any collected data (audio or decoded binary) via email to:,
jander06@calpoly.edu

Satellite Link Information
------------------------------
Frequency: 437.325Mz
Modulation: FSK (but uses LSB cheat to make AFSK)
Radio Mode: LSB (neccesary for LSB cheat)
Baud Rate: 1200
Beacon rate: 1 beacon/minute (maybe change to 5 minutes if satellite changes
mode)

[ANS thanks Jason, KI6GIV for the above information]

/EX


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AMSAT Journal Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 209.05
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 27, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-209.05

AMSAT Journal Editor, Ed Long, WA4SWJ reported that the next issue of
the Journal has been delivered to the printer and will be on its way
to your mailbox soon.

Ed reminds members to get busy, "I am PAST DUE for articles for the 
next issue. If you have an article you would like to submit to the 
Journal please send it as soon as you can to: 
journal at amsat dot org."

[ANS thanks Ed, WA4SWJ for the above information]

/EX


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 209.06
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 27, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-209.06

+ The European Space Agency has announced the commencement of payload
  selection for VERTA-1, the Vega second flight. The primary objective 
  of the VERTA-1 mission is to demonstrate the multiple-payload capa-
  bility of the Vega launch system into a low-Earth, Sun-synchronous 
  orbit in the 500-800 km altitude range. Payload opportunities are
  open to any private or public entity, without restriction as to 
  nationality. For more information see:
  http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Launchers_Home/SEM3MKXIPIF_0.html
  
+ FO-29 has been only turned on over Japan for several months as the
  ground controllers worked on battery power managment to conserve
  this satellite for as long as possible.  This past week several
  reports have been received that FO-29 has been heard over most of
  its orbit in other parts of the world.  Frank, VK5MFW reported
  contacts with ZL2BX and ZL1BVA. Mak, SV1BSX reported a contact
  with SW1JGW and DL6HP.  Users are encouraged to continue to be
  careful with this satellite's power budget and cease operation
  if the downlink signal weakens or experiences FM shifting.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

/EX


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of July 21, 2008

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 209.07
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 27, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-209.07

1. School Contacts

European Space Camp 2008 held at the Zanka Children and Youth Centre 
in Zanka, Hungary for the children of ESA employees. had an ARISS 
contact on Thursday, July 24. The Hungarian Astronautical Society 
(HAS) organized the event. The Radio Club of the Puskas Polytechnic 
(HA5KHC) provided equipment and support the contact.

United Space School in Seabrook, Texas is slated for an ARISS contact 
on Wednesday, July 30 via the telebridge  station ON4ISS in Belgium. 
These students come from around the world for a two week session, 
during which they stay with local host families while being mentored
by astronauts, engineers, and scientists to design a mission to Mars 
as their team project.  Class sessions are held at the University of 
Houston at Clear Lake. 

2. Kuwait Science Club Contact Successful

On Monday, July 14, youth attending the Kuwait Science Club participated 
in an ARISS contact via the telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii. Greg 
Chamitoff, KD5PKZ, answered 16 questions posed to him by 12 children 
and was answering the 17th question when the signal faded out. The 
audio from this event was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) con-
ference room server which received 11 connections from 3 countries.  
It was also fed into the EchoLink JK1ZRW (277 208) server and into 
the IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010. More information and the audio file 
may be found on the ARISS-Europe Web site.  
See: http://www.ariss-eu.org/2008_07_15.htm

3. ARISS TIM

The ARISS team is meeting in Moscow this week for a Technical Interchange 
Meeting (TIM). The conference will be held July 21-23.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI for the above information]

/EX


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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org

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