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ANS-230

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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:

* 2008 AMSAT North America Space Symposium and BoD Meeting
* Volunteers Needed for AMSAT Booth at ARRL New England Convention
* COMPASS-1 CubeSat in Emergency Mode - Telemetry Reports Needed
* NASA Amateur Radio Digital Learning Network Lesson Plans Available
* AMSAT Leadership Meeting
* WA3GOV SK
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of August 11, 2008

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-230.01
2008 AMSAT North America Space Symposium and BoD Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 17, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-230.01

2008 AMSAT North America Space Symposium 
24-26 October 2008, Atlanta, Georgia - Call for Papers

This is the second call for papers for the 2008 AMSAT Space 
Symposium and Annual Meeting to be held October 24-26, 2008 
in Atlanta, Georgia.

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster 
presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the 
amateur satellite program. An emphasis for this year is an 
educational outreach to middle and high school students.
Another topic if interest is using amateur satellite tracking 
systems to monitor deep space network objects.

In particular, papers on the following topics are solicited:
o	Students & Education 
o	ARISS 
o	AO-51 
o	P3E 
o	Eagle 
o	Deep Space Network monitoring 
o	Any additional satellite-related topics. 
 
We request a one-page abstract as soon as possible. Camera 
ready copy on paper or in electronic form will be due by 
September 1, 2008 for inclusion in the printed symposium proceedings. 
Papers received after this date may not be included in the printed 
proceedings.

Abstracts and papers should be sent to n8fgv@amsat.org

Gould, WA4SXM also said this week, "Just as a reminder to all, the  
AMSAT Board meetings at the Symposium are an open meeting, other 
than a short segment that is a performance review. You can attend 
and listen to the entire meeting. This year's meeting in Atlanta 
will begin Thursday morning 23 Oct and go into the evening (and 
sometimes after dinner), then resume Friday morning 24 Oct and go 
until around noon. The Board would welcome your interest."

[ANS thanks the 2008 Symposium Committe and Gould, WA4SXM for the 
 above information]

/EX

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Volunteers Needed for AMSAT Booth at ARRL New England Convention

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.02
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 17, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-230.02

Volunteers are needed to man the booth at the 2008 ARRL New England 
Convention in Boxboro, Friday August 22 through Sunday August 24. If 
you plan on attenting and have some spare time, please consider vol-
unteering to work the AMSAT booth. 

Full information about the convention can be found at:
http://www.boxboro.org/

Please drop Steve, N1JFU an email (smeuse@mara.org) with your avail-
ability for either Saturday or Sunday. There will be an AMSAT presen-
tation from 10am-12noon on Saturday organized by Barry Baines, WD4ASW. 

[ANS thanks Steve, N1JFU for the above information]

/EX


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COMPASS-1 CubeSat in Emergency Mode - Telemetry Reports Needed

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.03
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 17, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-230.03

Since Sunday, the COMPASS-1 CubeSat has been in emergency mode. The 
battery voltage is very low and the satellite is rebooting every 
pass. The CW beacon is on in sunlight - but it only transmits on
8 minute intervals.

A hard-reset of the satellite has occurred, which brought the satel-
lite back into a vicious circle: Once the heater is being switched on, 
the battery power drops drastically, which causes another hard-reset. 
This goes on and on. The only chance to recover the satellite is to 
avoid the activation of the heater. This can be done by adjusting 
threshold values.

The COMPASS team needs as much telemetry as possible.  Amateur radio
stations around the world are asked to listen to the COMPASS down-
link on 437.275 MHz.  Any reports will be appreciated. You can find 
a simple CW telemetry decoder at: http://www.dk3wn.info/software.shtml.
MP3 or WAV files would also provide useful information. 

Please send your reports to compass1cubesat@googlemail.com. 

The latest Keplerian tracking data is:

COMPASS-1
1 32787U 08021E   08226.19180743  .00000095  00000-0  19031-4 0  1184
2 32787 097.9841 285.9110 0015365 316.5637 043.4362 14.81444724 15843

[ANS thanks Mike, DK3WN for the above information]

/EX


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NASA Amateur Radio Digital Learning Network Lesson Plans Available 

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.04
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 17, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-230.04

To help prepare the students for an ARISS experience, NASA has 
generated a series of teaching modules for the students. They 
have three different packages available suitable for students 
in K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 grades (for folks outside the US, "K" is 
Kindergarten at age ~5, and Grades 1-12 are for ages ~6-18). 

The lesson plan packages are described and available from NASA's 
Digital Learning Network (DLN) at: 
http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/catalog/details/?cid=634.

[ANS thanks Tom, K3IO for the above information]

/EX


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AMSAT Leadership Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.05
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 17, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-230.05

The AMSAT board members (current and future) and AMSAT senior 
officers participated in an AMSAT strategy meeting at a BWI 
airport hotel, Saturday and Sunday August 9 & 10, 2008.

The purpose was to discuss the future direction of AMSAT and 
things we want to accomplish as an organization during the 
next 16 months and beyond. 

Drew, KO4MA is writing an article about the meeting for the 
July/August 2008 AMSAT Journal.
 
Action plans will be developed at the 2008 AMSAT Board meeting 
Oct 23-24, 2008 which precedes the AMSAT Symposium in Atlanta, 
Oct 24-25, 2008. An outline of the items discussed will be 
available from the front page of the AMSAT web site.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]

/EX


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WA3GOV SK

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.06
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 17, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-230.06

AMSAT Headquarters received the news below. Martha said, "It is 
with great sadness that I report the death of Howard Ziserman, WA3GOV
at the age of 55."  

For many years, Howard served as the Area Coordinator for MD & VA.  
He volunteered for EVERY hamfest in this area,  sometimes traveling 
over 100 miles away.  

He had a love for the Space Program working at the NASA Bioprocessing 
and Pharmaceutical Research Center in Philadelphia in the early 80's. 
When he moved to MD in 1989,he combined his love of education and 
space working on Space Shuttle Mission STS-94 and later on the ARISS 
program.  

Howard had a B.A. from Cornell, a B.E. in EE from Johns Hopkins, an 
M.S. in Chemistry from U of MD.  His dream was to get his PhD and so 
he left MD in 2001 for Kansas City.  There he received his PhD in 
December of 2006

[ANS thanks Martha at AMSAT HQ for the above information]

/EX


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of August 11, 2008

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.07
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
August 17, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-230.07

1. School Contacts

An ARISS contact was held the with Town of Berkeley Heights, New 
Jersey, Summer Playground Camp on Wednesday, August 13. The New 
Providence Amateur Radio Club has been involved with this camp for 
the last four years. It has provided an introduction to ham radio 
on the air by setting up HF and VHF stations and having the campers 
communicate with hams around the world. The ARISS contact will be 
an extension of this activity.  

An ARISS contact has been slated for Thursday, August 21 at 14:55 UTC 
with Los Padres Council Troop 105 in Santa Barbara, California. Boy 
Scouts, ages 12-17 will work on their Astronomy, Space Exploration and 
Radio Merit Badges. Cub Scout units will have materials available to 
work on the Astronomy and Science belt loops and Astronomy and Science 
academic pins. The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) 
Physics Department will make available its astronomy observation deck 
for the contact and will provide faculty members to instruct the Scouts. 
The Scouts will be presented with information on the ISS and its crew 
to prepare them for this activity and the media will be notified.

2. Training Session Contact Scheduled

A simulated ARISS contact has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 12 at 
approximately 14:00 UTC between ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers, PI9ISS, 
and youth attending the European Space Camp (ESC) in Belgium.  This 
training session is a terrestrial-based amateur radio contact using 
ARISS-equivalent equipment. EchoLink and IRLP coverage is expected.

3. Terrestrial Contacts Successful

Two simulated ARISS contacts were scheduled for Tuesday, August 5 
between U.S. deployed soldier dependents visiting the European 
Space Center (ESC) in Belgium and astronauts Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA 
and Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP.  The NASA Johnson Space Center was closed 
due to tropical storm Eduardo which caused the training sessions to 
be cancelled. Astronaut Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, stepped in to speak with 
the youth and answered one question from each of the thirty students.   
Audio will be posted on the ARISS-Europe Web site when available.

[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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