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>From: Dan James <DanJ@marvin.com>
>To: "'ANS Release'" <ans@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: [ans] ANS 042
>Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 12:11:07 -0600
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>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
>ANS 042
>
>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.
>
>ANS is first released via the AMSAT-NA 20-meter net held each Sunday
>on 14.282 MHz. Pre-net operations start at 18:00 UTC, with current ANS
>bulletins transmitted to the eastern U.S. at 19:00 UTC and to the western
>U.S. at 19:30 UTC. ANS is also released worldwide via the AMSAT ANS
>e-mail reflector.
>
>AMSAT-NA is pleased to announce that recent and future developments
>in Amateur Radio satellites will take place in Atlanta, Georgia at the
>19th Space Symposium and AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting, October 5-6,
>2001.   The Symposium Chairman is Steve Diggs, W4EPI.
>
>Contact W4EPI at:          w4epi@amsat.org
>
>Information on AMSAT-NA is available at the following URL:
>
>http://www.amsat.org (or from)
>
>AMSAT-NA
>850 Sligo Avenue, Suite 600
>Silver Spring, Maryland
>20910-4703
>
>Voice: 301-589-6062
>FAX: 301-608-3410
>
>Currently, AMSAT-NA supports the following (free) mailing lists:
>
>* AMSAT News Service (ANS)
>* General satellite discussion (AMSAT-BB)
>* Orbit data (KEPS)
>* Manned space missions (SAREX)
>* District of Columbia area (AMSAT-DC)
>* New England area (AMSAT-NE)
>* AMSAT Educational Liaison mailing list (AMSAT-EDU)
>* AMSAT K-12 Educational Liaison mailing list (AMSAT-K12)
>
>A daily digest version is available for each list.
>
>To subscribe, or for more list information, visit the following URL:
>
>http://www.amsat.org/amsat/listserv/menu.html
>
>This edition of ANS is dedicated to the memory of Peter Gellert,
>W2WSS, a veteran of the National Traffic System who died recently
>at age 74. W2WSS was the manager of the Empire Slow Speed Net
>for more than 25 years. [ANS thanks the ARRL for this information]
>
>ANS is always dedicated to the memory of past ANS editor 'BJ' Arts,
>WT0N, and to the memory of long-time AMSAT supporter Werner
>Haas, DJ5KQ.
>
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-042.01
>PHASE 3D/AO-40 UPDATE
>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 042.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
>SILVER SPRING, MD, FEBRUARY 11, 2001
>TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
>BID: $ANS-042.01
>
>The month of February continues with on-going recovery efforts
>of AMSAT OSCAR 40.
>
>The AMSAT-DL web site is currently featuring the following statement:
>
>AMSAT OSCAR 40 is still in its seasonal limitations which will (naturally)
>end by April. If the announced de-spinning routine is successful, the
>(major) planned recovery efforts of AO-40 could begin earlier. Testing of
>this software routine is now underway.
>
>The S-band middle beacon is operating nominally on 2401.323 MHz and
>can be heard best between MA-2 and MA-14. The MA numbers will
>slightly change due to changing attitude. Eclipses around perigee do not
>appear to have a negative influence on the satellite power budget
>according to received whole-orbit-data.
>
>This year's AMSAT-DL Symposium will take place very soon and will
>have at least three lectures about AO-40:
>
>                 * AO-40 Telemetry Reception
>                 * the AO-40 Launch Campaign and History
>                 * AO-40 Now and in the Future
>
>AMSAT-DL Journal editor DL6DBN and AMSAT-DL executives DJ4ZC
>and DB2OS are scheduled to attend.
>
>ALON/ALAT is currently 248/-7, as last listed on the AMSAT-DL
>web page.
>
>The latest orbital parameters are as follows:
>
>Satellite:              AO-40
>Catalog number:         26609
>Epoch time:                     01033.57694040
>Element set:            33
>Inclination:                    5.7772 deg
>RA of node:             225.7720 deg
>Eccentricity:                   0.8134720
>Arg of perigee:         215.7457 deg
>Mean anomaly:           44.3265 deg
>Mean motion:                    1.26935859 rev/day
>Decay rate:                     -4.4e-07 rev/day^2
>Epoch rev:              119
>Checksum:               287
>
>The AMSAT-UK web site is also featuring news of AO-40:
>
>AO-40's situation is stable with good battery conditions. If command
>stations are unable to change the attitude then the wait could last until
>April before favorable reception conditions return.
>
>Before AO-40's launch, a long period was anticipated before full
>commissioning was expected to be completed. It now appears likely
>that this waiting period will be actually less than expected. The method
>of measuring the Sun angle with solar radiation is not a trivial activity.
>
>There are still strong hopes that the ATOS motor can be used later to
>adjust the orbit to something more suitable to general communications.
>
>Although optimism is certainly not a guarantee of future success, AMSAT
>continues to believe that there will be successful long-term Amateur Radio
>communication through AO-40.
>
>AMSAT-UK wishes the command team the best of luck in their hard work.
>
>Stay tuned to AMSAT News Service, the official source of AO-40 news
>and information.
>
>[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL, AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NA for this
>information]
>
>/EX
>
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-042.02
>NEW AMSAT-NA WEB SERVICE
>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 042.02 FROM AMSAT HQ
>SILVER SPRING, MD, FEBRUARY 11, 2001
>TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
>BID: $ANS-042.02
>
>AMSAT-NA Vice President of Electronic Publications, Paul
>Williamson, KB5MU, recently informed ANS of a new web
>service - messages from the AMSAT-NA bulletin board are now
>available on the web!
>
>Indexes by date, thread and author are available. Archives of the
>current messages for several convenient periods are also listed, as
>are monthly archives (to February 1998). If a satellite operator needs
>to unsubscribe from the mailing list for a period, they can then (very
>conveniently) review what was missed by browsing the web archives.
>Some stations may even find the web archives easier to use than the
>mailing list itself!
>
>According to KB5MU, web pages for the SAREX mailing list will be
>added soon, followed by web pages for the other AMSAT-NA public
>mailing lists.
>
>ANS editor NN0DJ, has used this new service on several
>occasions since its inception. Dan finds the new service very easy to
>use and extremely beneficial (along with a very easy, user-friendly
>web page)!
>
>Need more information? Visit the following URL:
>
>http://www.amsat.org/amsat/archive/amsat-bb/index.html.
>
>[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA Vice President of Electronic Publications, Paul
>Williamson, KB5MU, for his hard work in putting this new service into
>operation]
>
>/EX
>
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-042.03
>ATLANTIS HEADED TO ISS
>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 042.03 FROM AMSAT HQ
>SILVER SPRING, MD, FEBRUARY 11, 2001
>TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
>BID: $ANS-042.03
>
>The space shuttle Atlantis roared into space on Wednesday, February 7,
>2001 with a primary objective to deliver and install the U.S. built Destiny
>Laboratory - onto the International Space Station.
>
>According to NASA, Destiny is the centerpiece of the station and the site
>where unprecedented science experiments will be performed. In
>addition, STS-98 astronauts will relocate a pressurized mating adapter
>from the Unity Node to Destiny.
>
>While at the station, the astronauts will conduct three space walks and
>use Space Shuttle Atlantis' robotic arm.
>
>No Amateur Radio operation is scheduled from the shuttle during this
>mission.
>
>[ANS thanks NASA for this information]
>
>/EX
>
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-042.04
>ANS IN BRIEF
>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 042.04 FROM AMSAT HQ
>SILVER SPRING, MD, FEBRUARY 11, 2001
>TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
>BID: $ANS-042.04
>
>ANS news in brief this week includes the following:
>
>** For those interested in crafting an S-band helix antenna, Jerry, K5OE,
>suggests taking a look at the one Mike, K9QHO, built from hardware store
>parts. It's an AF9Y design with a ring reflector and features a detailed
>assembly instruction as well. Check it out at the following URL:
>http://members.aol.com/homebrewpics. -Jerry, K5OE
>
>** The charred remnants of a cargo vessel from the Russian space
>platform Mir plunged into the Pacific Ocean recently, five days after
>detaching itself to make way for a fuel delivery ship, a necessary
>step in getting Mir ready for re-entry in March. -SpaceDaily
>
>** As expected, President George Bush picked Michael Powell to
>become FCC chairman. Powell, a Republican and a FCC member
>since 1997, is the son of Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell.
>Because Powell already sits on the Commission, the nomination
>was not subject to Senate confirmation. -ARRL
>
>** The Cassini spacecraft has now successfully rounded Jupiter and
>has used a gravity-assist from that world to catapult itself on its way
>outward to Saturn -- a voyage of over six and half years (of which it
>is now approaching the halfway point). -SpaceDaily
>
>** U.S. amateurs planning to vacation in a foreign country this year
>will find it easier to obtain permission to operate there. Amateur Radio
>operation from several countries is now a reasonable goal. The
>European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administration
>(CEPT) now requires only three things; a copy of FCC Public Notice
>DA 99-2344, proof of  citizenship and the FCC-issued Amateur Radio
>license. -ARRL
>
>** Want to find extraterrestrial intelligence? In our Galaxy alone there
>are more than 100 billion stars, so where should one look? Bright,
>yellow stars like our own Sun have always seemed the obvious place
>to start... but researchers have now begun to look at a new class of
>likely targets; red dwarfs. -SpaceDaily
>
>--ANS BULLETIN END---
>
>/EX
>
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-042.05
>WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 1
>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 042.05 FROM AMSAT HQ
>SILVER SPRING, MD, FEBRUARY 11, 2001
>TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
>BID: $ANS-042.05
>
>Phase 3D / AMSAT OSCAR 40 / AO-40
>Launched: November 16, 2000 aboard an Ariane 5 launcher
>from Kourou, French Guiana. Status: S-Band transmitter is
>active, recovery efforts continue.
>
>The V-band, U-band and the L-band (L1) receivers are working on the
>the high-gain antennas. The omni-directional antennas appear to be
>non-functional. The attitude control system is functional.
>
>[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL for this information]
>
>INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION/ARISS
>Worldwide packet uplink:        145.990 MHz
>Region 1 voice uplink:          145.200 MHz
>Region 2/3 voice uplink:                144.490 MHz
>Worldwide downlink:             145.800 MHz
>TNC callsign            RZ3DZR
>ARISS initial station launched September 2000 aboard shuttle Atlantis
>Status: Operational (although current ISS workload is limiting operation)
>
>Recent school contacts have gone well, the Merivale, Ottawa, Ontario
>school contact is currently scheduled for mid-February.
>
>ARISS is made up of delegates from major national Amateur Radio
>organizations, including AMSAT.
>
>U.S. callsign:          NA1SS
>Russian callsign:       R0ISS, RZ3DZR
>German call sign:       DL0ISS
>
>RZ3DZR-1 is the callsign entered into the TNC currently onboard Alpha,
>operation is expected shortly.
>
>More information about the project can be found on the ARISS web site
>at http://ariss.gsfc.nasa.gov.
>
>[ANS thanks ARISS team member Will Marchant, KC6ROL, for this
>information]
>
>RADIO SPORT RS-12
>Uplink                  145.910 to 145.950 MHz CW/SSB
>Downlink                29.410 to 29.450 MHz CW/SSB
>Beacon          29.408 MHz
>Launched: February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher
>Status: RS-12 was re-activated in mode A on January 1, 2001
>
>Happy birthday RS-12, now 10 years old!
>
>The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the
>AC5DK RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at:
>
>http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html
>
>[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for this information]
>
>RADIO SPORT RS-15
>Uplink                  145.858 to 145.898 MHz CW/SSB
>Downlink                29.354 to 29.394 MHz CW/SSB
>Beacon          29.352 MHz (intermittent)
>SSB meeting frequency     29.380 MHz (unofficial)
>Launched: December 26, 1994 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
>Status: Semi-operational, mode-A, using a 2-meter uplink and a
>10-meter downlink
>
>Several stations have furnished ANS with recent RS-15 telemetry
>information:
>
>System voltage:         14.8v
>Transponder output:     4/10w
>Solar Cells:            17.6v @ 420mA
>Consumption:            520 mA
>10m TX Temp:            12C
>2m RX Temp:             5C
>Stabilizer Temp:                7C
>
>Dave, WB6LLO, has operating information for both RS-15 on his
>web site. In addition to satellite data, antenna information for
>mode-A operation is also featured. The WB6LLO web site URL is:
>
>http://home.san.rr.com/doguimont/uploads
>
>[ANS thanks Dave Guimont, WB6LLO, for this information]
>
>OSCAR 10 AO-10
>Uplink          435.030 to 435.180 MHz CW/LSB
>Downlink        145.975 to 145.825 MHz CW/USB
>Beacon  145.810 MHz (unmodulated carrier)
>Launched: June 16, 1983 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, mode-B. AO-10 has
>been locked into a 70-cm uplink and a 2-meter downlink for
>several years.
>
>W4SM has more information about the satellite at the following URL:
>
>http://www.cstone.net/~w4sm/AO-10.html
>
>[ANS thanks Stacey Mills, W4SM, for his AO-10 status information
>and web site]
>
>AMRAD AO-27
>Uplink          145.850 MHz FM
>Downlink        436.795 MHz FM
>Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Operational, mode J.
>
>Periodically, AO-27's analog repeater will be turned off for a few days
>at a time to enable ground controllers to gather Whole Orbital Data
>(WOD), to verify the health of the satellite.
>
>An AO-27 question-and-answer page is available on the AMSAT-NA
>web site. The URL is: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/intro/ao27faq.html.
>
>AO-27 uses a method called Timed Eclipse Power Regulation (TEPR)
>to regulate the on-board batteries. In simple terms, TEPR times how
>long the satellite has been in an eclipse (or in the sun) and decides
>what subsystems to turn on or off. The current TEPR settings (as of
>November 25, 2000) are:
>
>TEPR 4   18     TEPR 5   36
>
>The AO-27 pages on the AMSAT-NA web site include an
>explanation of TEPR AO-27 operations (at):
>
>http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/ao27.html
>
>[ANS thanks AMRAD for AO-27 information]
>
>UO-14
>Uplink          145.975 MHz FM
>Downlink        435.070 MHz FM
>Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Operational, mode J
>
>Tim, KG8OC, has updated the Michigan AMSAT Information site
>to include UO-14 information -- point your web browser to the
>following URL:          http://www.qsl.net/kg8oc
>
>[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-14 information]
>
>JAS-1b FO-20
>Uplink          145.90 to 146.00 MHz CW/LSB
>Downlink        435.80 to 435.90 MHz CW/USB
>Launched: February 07, 1990 by an H1 launcher from the
>Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Status: Operational.
>FO-20 is in mode JA continuously
>
>Happy birthday FO-20, now 11 years old!
>
>Tak, JA2PKI, reported the FO-20 control station operators believe
>that the UVC (Under Voltage Controller) now is regulating the
>transponder. The UVC monitors battery voltage and tries to protect the
>batteries from over discharge.
>
>[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-20 status reports]
>
>JAS-2 FO-29
>Launched: August 17, 1996, by an H-2 launcher from the
>Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Status: Operational
>
>Voice/CW Mode JA
>Uplink          145.90 to 146.00 MHz CW/LSB
>Downlink        435.80 to 435.90 MHz CW/USB
>
>Digital Mode JD
>Uplink          145.850 145.870 145.910 MHz FM
>Downlink        435.910 MHz 1200 baud BPSK or 9600 baud FSK
>Callsign                8J1JCS
>Digitalker      435.910 MHz
>
>The JARL FO-29 command station has announced the following
>operation schedule of FO-29:
>
>through April 2, 2001  -        mode JA
>
>Mike, KF4FDJ, has put together a very informative document on FO-29,
>addressing the analog, digital and digi-talker modes. To obtain a copy
>e-mail Mike at: kf4fdj@amsat.org.
>
>Mineo, JE9PEL, has a FO-29 satellite telemetry analysis program that
>will automatically analyze all digital telemetry from the satellite (such as
>current, voltage and temperature). The JE9PEL FO-29/shareware is
>available at the following URL:
>
>http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/
>
>[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-29 status reports]
>
>SO-41  SAUDISAT-1A
>Uplink          to be released
>Downlink        437.075 MHz
>Broadcast Callsign      SASAT1-11
>BBS                             SASAT1-12
>Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
>missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Commissioning stage,
>initial housekeeping tasks underway
>
>SaudiSat-1A will operate as 9600 baud digital store-and-forward
>systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability. One of two
>new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by the
>Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and
>Technology.
>
>SO-42  SAUDISAT-1B
>Uplink          to be released
>Downlink        436.775 MHz
>Broadcast Callsign      SASAT2-11
>BBS                     SASAT2-12
>Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
>missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Commissioning stage,
>initial housekeeping tasks underway
>
>SaudiSat-1B will operate as 9600 baud digital store-and-forward
>systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability. One of two
>new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by the
>Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and
>Technology.
>
>/EX
>
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-042.06
>WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 2
>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 042.06 FROM AMSAT HQ
>SILVER SPRING, MD, FEBRUARY 11, 2001
>TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
>BID: $ANS-042.06
>
>TIUNGSAT-1
>Uplink          145.850  or 145.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK
>Downlink        437.325 MHz
>Broadcast callsign      MYSAT3-11
>BBS                     MYSAT3-12
>Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
>missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Operational at
>38k4 baud FSK
>
>Chris, G7UPN, tells ANS that recently TiungSat-1 has been operating
>at a data rate of 38k4. Data recovery at 38k4 is reported to be extremely
>good with efficiencies near 100%. The output power is at 8-watts "which
>should provide a very good downlink," said Chris, adding "the downside
>is that with the high power transmitter operating, the power budget is
>negative so we can't support continuous operation."
>
>According to G7UPN, TiungSat-1 now requires the Amateur Radio station
>to switch the downlink 'on' when the satellite comes into range. The way
>this works is for the ground station software to send a request to the
>spacecraft to switch the downlink on. The spacecraft receives this request
>and checks the battery voltage to see if it can support the operation, and
>if
>it can it will activate the downlink.
>
>TiungSat-1 is Malaysia's first micro-satellite and in addition to
>commercial land and weather imaging payloads offers FM and FSK
>Amateur Radio communication.
>
>TiungSat-1, named after the mynah bird of Malaysia, was developed as
>a collaborative effort between the Malaysian government and Surrey
>Satellite Technology Ltd.
>
>For more information on TiungSat-1, visit the following URL:
>
>http://www.yellowpages.com.my/tiungsat/tiung_main.htm
>
>[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for this information]
>
>KITSAT KO-25
>Uplink          145.980 MHz FM (9600 baud FSK)
>Downlink        436.500 MHz FM
>Broadcast Callsign      HL02-11
>BBS                     HL02-12
>Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Operational
>
>Jim, AA7KC, reports KO-25 operational with downlink efficiency
>returning to normal. Low operator traffic.
>
>[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for KO-25 status information]
>
>UOSAT UO-22
>Uplink          145.900 or 145.975 MHz FM 9600 baud FSK
>Downlink        435.120 MHz FM
>Broadcast Callsign      UOSAT5-11
>BBS                     UOSAT5-12
>Launched: July 17, 1991 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Operational
>
>Jim, AA7KC, reports UO-22 is operational with heavy individual and
>Sat-gate traffic.
>
>More information on the satellite is available at the following URL:
>
>http://www.sstl.co.uk/
>
>[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-22 status
>information]
>
>OSCAR-11
>Downlink           145.825 MHz FM (1200 baud AFSK)
>Mode-S Beacon    2401.500 MHz
>Launched: March 1, 1984 by a Delta-Thor rocket from Vandenberg
>Air Force Base in California. Status: Operational
>
>During the period of 16-December 2000 to 16-January, 2001 good
>signals have been received from the 145 MHz beacon. OSCAR-11 users
>should note that the year displayed in the ASCII status blocks is incorrect.
>There is currently a similar error of one year in the date of the latest WOD
>survey. Ground control should be able to correct these errors shortly
>
>Battery voltage observed during daylight passes is unchanged. The
>average value observed was 14.0, with a range of 13.7 to 14.1 volts.
>Internal temperatures have continued to decrease by one degree as the
>eclipse periods lengthen. They are now 5.02 and 3.2 C for battery and
>telemetry electronics respectively.
>
>The spin period has varied between 256 and 311 seconds. Two positive
>magnetorquer correction pulses and zero negative pulses have been
>counted, while there have been 324 Z-axis correction pulses.
>
>The operating schedule is as follows:
>
>ASCII status (210 seconds)
>ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
>BINARY SEU (30 seconds)
>ASCII TLM (90 seconds)
>ASCII WOD (120 seconds)
>ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
>BINARY ENG (30 seconds)
>
>The ASCII bulletin is currently a static message, detailing modes and
>frequencies of all active amateur radio satellites.
>
>More information on OSCAR-11 is available at the following URL:
>
>http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/
>
>[ANS thanks Clive Wallis, G3CWV, for OSCAR-11 status information]
>
>LUSAT LO-19
>Uplink                  145.84 145.86 145.88 145.90 MHz FM
>                                 (using 1200 baud Manchester FSK)
>CW downlink             437.125 MHz
>Digital downlink        437.150 MHz SSB (RC-BPSK 1200 baud PSK)
>Broadcast Callsign      LUSAT-11
>BBS                     LUSAT-12
>Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational. The CW beacon is sending
>eight telemetry channels and one status channel on 437.126 MHz. No
>BBS service is available. The digipeater is not active.
>
>Frank, DL6DBN / AA9KJ, recently measured the frequency of LO-19's
>CW-beacon as 437.126 MHz. Here are Frank's telemetry values as
>received:
>
>5V-reg.:   4.93 V       8.5V-reg:   8.74 V
>10V-Bat:  11.01 V       10V-Curr:  116.9 mA
>TX-Pwr :  0.947 W       TX-Temp.:   2.73 °C
>+Z-Sol.:  21.90 V       Box-Temp:   6.41 °C
>
>DL6DBN reported LO-19 signals are solid copied with a small yagi. His
>calculated LO-19 values were done with a "quick hack" DOS-software
>that Frank has available on his web site:
>
>http://www.dl6dbn.de/amsat/lo-19
>
>Telemetry (limited) is as follows:
>
>Sat Jan 27 at 13:00 2000 UTC
>LUSAT HIHI 60 AUN ADT AVT ADE AUU A6E A4E AE6
>LUSAT HIHI 60 AUN ADT AVT AD4 AUU A6E A46 AE6
>
>Mineo, JE9PEL, has recorded LO-19 CW and PSK telemetry and
>placed the information on his Internet homepage site at:
>
>http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/
>
>General information and telemetry samples can be found at:
>
>www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu
>
>[ANS thanks Miguel Menendez, EA1BCU, for LO-19 status information]
>
>PACSAT AO-16
>Uplink                  145.90 145.92 145.94 145.96 MHz FM
>                                 (using 1200 baud Manchester FSK)
>Downlink                437.025 MHz SSB (RC-BPSK 1200 baud PSK)
>Mode-S Beacon           2401.1428 MHz
>Broadcast Callsign:     PACSAT-11
>BBS                     PACSAT-12
>Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, the digipeater command is
>on.
>
>Russ, WJ9F, reported the 70-cm transmitter is at about 2-watts output
>and WOD is being collected to watch the battery temps to see if they
>stabilize to previous levels. S-band transmitter operation is scheduled
>to resume the weekend of February 17th.
>
>Telemetry is as follows:
>
>uptime is 356/07:22:15.  Time is Sat Feb 03 10:58:14 2001
>+X (RX) Temp     8.470 D        RX Temp          0.603 D
>BCR Load Cur     0.420 A        BCR Input Cur    0.399 A
>BCR Output Cur   0.348 A        Bat 1 Temp       7.260 D
>Bat 2 Temp       7.260 D        Baseplt Temp     7.865 D
>PSK TX RF Out    1.805 W        RC PSK BP Temp   1.814 D
>RC PSK HPA Tmp   4.839 D        +Y Array Temp    4.839 D
>PSK TX HPA Tmp   3.629 D        +Z Array Temp   18.756 D
>Total Array C= 0.350 Bat Ch Cur=-0.072 Ifb= 0.049 I+10V= 0.371
>TX:1009 BCR:80 PWRC:36D BT:1E WC:25 EDAC:E9
>
>Beacon text:    Happy 11th birthday to AO-16, LO-19, UO-14.
>                                 AO-16 owned and operated by AMSAT-NA
>                                 AO-16 Command Team <WJ9F>
>
>A new WOD collection of current graphics along with general
>information and telemetry samples can be found at:
>
>www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu
>
>[ANS thanks Miguel Menendez, EA1BCU, for AO-16 status information]
>
>TMSAT-1 TO-31
>Uplink          145.925 MHz (9600 baud FSK)
>Downlink        436.925 MHz (9600 baud FSK)
>Broadcast Callsign:     TMSAT1-11
>BBS                     TMSAT1-12
>Launched: July 10, 1998 by a Zenit rocket from the Baikonur
>Cosmodrome. Status: Non-operational, no data downlinked since
>December 18, 2000.
>
>Jim, AA7KC, reports small amounts of data downlinked (not decodable)
>from TO-31.
>
>Chris G7UPN, (UoSAT operations manager) reports the following
>to ANS:
>
>The TO-31 downlink will be off over most areas, with the exception of
>Europe and Thailand. This is required to allow control stations to
>recondition the battery with minimum power drain.
>
>ProcMail V2.00G has been released by G7UPN. This software permits
>the processing of image files from TO-31. It has been posted to the
>AMSAT-NA FTP site at the following URL:
>
>http://www.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/wisp
>
>Many of the high-resolution color images transmitted by TMSAT are
>compressed using a UoSAT compression format. This format is
>supported by the VK5HI CCD display program.
>
>[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for TO-31 status
>information]
>
>UoSAT-12 UO-36
>Uplink          145.960 MHz (9600 baud FSK)
>Downlink        437.025 MHz 437.400 MHz
>Broadcast Callsign      UO121-11
>BBS                             UO121-12
>Launched: April 21, 1999 by a Russian launcher from the Baikonur
>Cosmodrome. Status: Semi-operational
>
>UO-36 carries a number of imaging payloads, digital store-and-forward
>communications and mode L/S transponders.
>
>NASA has demonstrated on UO-36 the ability to use standard Internet
>protocols to communicate with an orbiting spacecraft (just like any node
>on the Internet). NASA has been developing this project by working with
>the commercial payload aboard UoSAT-12.
>
>The BBS is open, although uploading and downloading may be
>disabled at times.
>
>The VK5HI viewer shareware for UO-36 is available on the AMSAT-NA
>web site at the following URL:
>
>ftp://ftp.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/display/ccddsp97-119.zip
>
>Further information on UO-36 is available from: http://www.sstl.co.uk/
>
>[ANS thanks Chris G7UPN/ZL2TPO, and the University of Surrey for
>this information]
>
>ITAMSAT IO-26
>Uplink          145.875 145.900 145.925 145.950 MHz FM (1200 baud)
>Downlink        435.822 MHz SSB
>Broadcast Callsign      ITMSAT-11
>BBS                             ITMSAT-12
>Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, the digipeater function is on
>and open for APRS users.
>
>[ANS thanks ITAMSAT Project Manager Alberto E. Zagni, I2KBD, for
>IO-26 information]
>
>/EX
>
>SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-042.07
>WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 3
>
>AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 042.07 FROM AMSAT HQ
>SILVER SPRING, MD, FEBRUARY 11, 2001
>TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
>BID: $ANS-042.07
>
>THE FOLLOWING ARE IN ORBIT BUT ARE NON-OPERATIONAL
>AT THIS TIME:
>
>SUNSAT SO-35
>Mode J Uplink:          145.825 MHz FM
>Mode J Downlink:        436.250 MHz FM
>
>Mode B Uplink:          436.291 MHz FM
>Mode B Downlink:        145.825 MHz FM
>Launched: February 23, 1999 by a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg
>Air Force Base in California. Status: Non-operational
>
>The SunSat team released the following statement, dated
>February 1, 2001:
>
>We regret to announce that the last communication with SunSat from
>our ground station at the Electronic Systems Laboratory at Stellenbosch
>University took place recently. We are certain, after having performed
>several tests since the last contact, that an irreversible, physical failure
>has occurred on the satellite. It is therefore unlikely that we will have
>any
>further contact with SunSat, apart from the occasional visual sighting by
>telescope!
>
>When it was operational the SunSat package included 1200 and 9600
>baud digital store-and-forward capability and a voice 'parrot' repeater
>system in addition to Mode B/J operation with two VHF and two UHF
>transmit-receive systems.
>
>For more information on SunSat visit the following URL:
>
>http://sunsat.ee.sun.ac.za
>
>[ANS thanks Garth Milne, ZR1AFH, for this information]
>
>RADIO SPORT RS-13
>Uplink                  21.260 to 21.300 MHz CW/SSB
>Downlink                145.860 to 145.900 MHz CW/SSB
>Beacon          145.860 MHz
>Launched: February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher
>Status: non-operational (last operational in mode-T)
>
>RS-12 was apparently re-activated recently. Prior to this switch RS-13
>was operational (mode T), but was apparently turned off following
>the recent RS-12 switch.
>
>The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the
>AC5DK RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at:
>
>http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html
>
>[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for this information]
>
>KITSAT KO-23
>Uplink          145.900 MHz FM (9600 baud FSK)
>Downlink        435.170 MHz FM
>Broadcast Callsign      HLO1-11
>BBS                     HLO1-12
>Launched: August 10, 1992 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Intermittent operation with the downlink
>transmitter operating at unpredictable intervals.
>
>Jim, AA7KC, reports that KO-23's downlink transmitter continues
>in non-operational status. Jim says that KO-23 shows some signs
>of trying to recover, but no useful data has been downlinked. The
>duration of this status is unpredictable. No data has been received
>since October 28, 2000.
>
>KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ, reports (from the KO-23 control team) that part
>of the problem with non-operation has been the power budget aboard
>the satellite. "We are not sure when the bird might turn off again due to
>insufficient power. The capability of the onboard power system has been
>less and less," said Kim. HL0ENJ also noted that as of October 30, 2000
>the onboard computer was reset and a reboot of operational software is
>now underway.
>
>Jeff, KB2WQM, reported to ANS that he noticed KO-23 transmitting a
>solid carrier recently (no data), Mineo, JE9PEL, also reported receiving
>KO-23 carrier signals.
>
>[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, and KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ,
>for KO-23 status information]
>
>TECHSAT-1B GO-32
>Downlink        435.225 MHz using HDLC telemetry
>Launched: July 10, 1998 by a Russian Zenit rocket from the Baikonur
>Cosmodrome. Status: Semi-operational.
>
>Efforts were reported to be underway to bring GO-32 on line,
>however, no information has been received by ANS (the last
>report was dated November 1999).
>
>Last reported, the satellite does transmit a 9600-baud burst every
>30 seconds (the GO-32 beacon sends one short telemetry status
>transmission of 44 bytes) and upon request the complete
>telemetry buffer.
>
>[ANS has no further information]
>
>PANSAT PO-34
>Uplink/downlink frequencies have never been released
>Launched: October 30, 1998 by the Shuttle Discovery
>Status: Unknown
>
>The satellite is not currently available for general uplink transmissions.
>
>PanSat was developed by the Naval Postgraduate School. At the time of
>launch, PanSat spread-spectrum digital transponders were promised to
>be available to Amateur Radio operators along with software to utilize
>this technology. To date, this has not happened.
>
>For more information, visit the official PanSat web site at:
>
>http://www.sp.nps.navy.mil/pansat/
>
>PanSat was the featured cover article on the July/August 1999 issue
>of the AMSAT-NA Journal (the story written by KD6DRA and N7HPR).
>
>[ANS has no further information]
>
>MIR SPACE STATION
>145.985 MHz (FM) voice and SSTV (Robot 36 Mode)
>Launched: February 18, 1986
>Status: Unmanned
>
>Currently, there is no human habitation aboard the station and the
>onboard Amateur Radio equipment has been turned off.
>
>Several news agencies are reporting the Mir space station will be ditched
>in a controlled descent that will send it hurtling into a remote area of the
>Pacific Ocean in early March 2001.
>
>MIR SAFEX II 70-cm Repeater
>Uplink          435.750 MHz FM w/subaudible tone of 141.3 Hz
>Downlink        437.950 MHz FM
>Status: Not operational. No operation in 1999 or 2000 has been observed
>
>MIR SAFEX II 70-cm QSO Mode
>Uplink          435.725 MHz FM w/subaudible tone 151.4 Hz
>Downlink        437.925 MHz FM
>Status: Not operational. No operation in 1999 or 2000 has been observed
>
>[ANS has no further information]
>
>DOVE DO-17
>Downlink        145.825 MHz FM (1200 baud AFSK)
>                 2401.220 MHz
>Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Non-operational.
>
>DOVE has been in orbit for 11 years.
>
>DOVE stopped transmitting in March 1998. The 145.825 MHz and
>2401.220 MHz downlinks are off the air and the satellite has not
>responded to ground station control.
>
>[ANS has no further information]
>
>WEBERSAT WO-18
>Downlink        437.104 MHz SSB (1200 baud PSK AX.25)
>Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
>French Guiana. Status: Non-operational.
>
>WO-18 has been in orbit for 11 years.
>
>WO-18 was last reported to be in MBL mode after a software crash.
>
>[ANS has no further information]
>
>SEDSAT-1 SO-33
>Downlink        437.910 MHz FM (9600 baud FSK)
>Launched: October 24, 1998 by a Delta 2 rocket from Cape
>Canaveral, Florida. Status: Semi-operational.
>
>The satellite is not currently available for uplink transmissions and
>the image and transponder recovery efforts have been unsuccessful.
>
>SedSat-1 signifies Students for the Exploration and Development of
>Space (satellite number one).
>
>SedSat-1 has downlinked months worth of telemetry data on the
>performance of its electrical power system parameters. The Nickel
>Metal Hydride batteries on the spacecraft were experimental and
>experienced some abuse due to a power negative situation. This
>information has provided NASA with useful information. With the
>exception of the imaging system and the use of the transponders,
>SedSat-1 has been judged a success.
>
>For more information on SedSat-1 visit the satellite web site at the
>following URL:
>
>http://seds.uah.edu/projects/sedsat/sedsat.htm
>
>[ANS has no further information]
>
>/EX
>
>--ANS END---
>
>ANS would like to thank Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, ANS principal satellite
>investigator, for helping provide current satellite information.
>
>Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
>
>ans-editor@amsat.org
>
>Daniel (Dan) James
>AMSAT News Service Bulletin Editor
>AMSAT-NA Vice President/Public Affairs
>Amateur callsign: NN0DJ
>Grid Square EN28iv
>Warroad, Minnesota U.S.A.
>E-mail: nn0dj@amsat.org
>
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                                                       Ken, WA1QXR
                                         AMSAT Life Member # 472
                                         AMSAT Area Coordinator
                                         for Southern Rhode Island

                                                                             





                                                                             








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