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ANS-095 AMSAT Weekly Bulletin


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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

In this edition:
 *  First Call for Papers
 *  Spacewarn Draft Available
 *  Satellite Net Celebrates 10th Anniversary
 *  ARISS Success in France
 *  ARISS International Meeting
 *  Echo Launch Goal
 *  Expedition 9 Ready to Fly on April 19
 *  New opportunities to reduce QRM to amateur satellites in Region 1
 *  AMSAT-DC Meeting a Success
 *  Upcoming ARISS Contact

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First Call for Papers
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.01 From AMSAT HQ

SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004
BID: $ANS-095.01

This is the first call for papers for the 2004 AMSAT Space Symposium
and Annual Meeting to be held October 8-10 in Arlington, Virginia.
This symposium will be held in conjunction with the ARISS International
Meeting that is planned for October 10-13.

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 AMSAT's educational outreach activities,
including our educational outreach efforts with universities and the
International Space Station.  In particular, papers on the following
topics are solicited: Students & Education, ARISS, Echo, Eagle and
other satellite-related topics.

We request a one-page abstract by June 1, 2004. Camera ready copy on
paper or in electronic form will be due by August 1, 2004 for inclusion
in the printed symposium proceedings.

Abstracts and papers should be sent to:
Daniel Schultz N8FGV
14612 Dowling Drive
Burtonsville, MD 20866

or by e-mail to: n8fgv@amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dan, N8FGV for the above information]

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Spacewarn Draft Available

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.02 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004

BID: $ANS-095.02

A draft of this month's Spacewarn bulletin is available online at
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/spacewarn/.  The SPACEWARN Bulletin is
published by the World Data Center for Satellite Information on the
first of the month and contains all information on launches for the
preceeding month received prior to publication.

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information.]

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Satellite Net Celebrates 10th Anniversary

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.03 From AMSAT HQ

SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004
BID: $ANS-095.03

The 10th  Anniversary of  Central Kansas Satellite net is April 10th
2004. The net is now known as the CCARC Vhf AMSAT satellite net.

On April 10th 1994 the first satellite net in south central Kansas was
held on the CCARC 146.190- WA0JBW repeater which is located just north
of Winfield Ks.  And is sponsored by the Cowley County Amateur Radio

The purpose of the net was and still is to provide up to date
information related to satellite communications, in the beginning it
was very hard to come across information, the net provided the means to
share operating tips and other information.

Net Control was Ron N5SMJ and reading the ANS bulletins was Rick
WB0VZW, Rick received the bulletins via 2 meter packet from John
WD5EEV. About a year after the net started Greg N0ZHE took over reading
the bulletins for Rick. At the beginning there was 15 satellite
operators in the local area.

In Feb. 2004 Ron N5SMJ had moved back to Tyler TX. Greg N0ZHE has taken
over net control he also reads the bulletins, helping Greg in the shack
is his Dad John KA0OXY who helps log the check-ins.

Over the years the satellite group has been to ham fests, amateur radio
clubs, tail gate parties, field day events, to give demo's,
presentations and just to have a good old time. Places they have gone
to over the years have been Salina, Ks. - Wichita, Ks. - Augusta, Ks. -
Winfield, Ks. - Arkansas City, Ks. - Derby, Ks.

Today there is 5 active satellite operators, Dick N0TGR, Ron K0RJS,
Bill W0OQC, John KA0OXY, and Greg N0ZHE. the bulk of our check- ins are
non-satellite operators but enjoy listening to our net and we thank
them for there continued support each week. The net average is 13

The net takes check-ins from anyone who would like to check in (you
don't have to be a satellite operator to check in) then the bulletins
areread and then another round of check-ins are taken, there is a time
for any comments or questions from the check-ins.

As much talk as there has been about amateur radio satellite
communications over the years it is hard to believe that it still
remains amateur radios best kept secret. As satellite operators some
times I wonder if we are doing a good enough job on getting the word
out as to how much fun this part of the hobby really is.

[ANS thanks Greg, N0ZHE, for the above information.]

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ARISS Success in France

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.04 From AMSAT HQ

SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004
BID: $ANS-095.04

The ARISS School Contact, scheduled with the “College Georges Brassens
of Saint Mard” and the “Jacques Prevert” school, was a success.

The two schools of Saint-Mard, located at 45 km to the North-East of
Paris (France), were in direct radio contact with Mike Foale on board
the International Space Station on April 1st, 2004 from 18:27 to 18:37
UTC, i.e. 20:27 to 20:37 local time. The QSO was done by  F0EJN
Catherine with the technical assistance of the team led by F5CAR
Jocelyn, comprising  F5MFO Patrick, F6AGO Robert, F1CUH Guy, F6GYH
Bernard, F1ENB Luc, F1XR René, F5STO Jean-Marc.

The teachers, parents, VIP’s and media who assisted to the radio
contact could see the excitement and wonder in the eyes of the
students. The contact was relayed by ATV to the school’s main hall
where an audience of about 150 assisted. In the radio room only the
technical and educational team as well as the students who participated
to the educational project were admitted.

Ten questions were answered by Mike Foale, KB5UAC who started the
contact by a great “Bonjour”. The contact ended by a loud thank you and
greetings were sent to Alexander Kaleri, U8MIR.

The teachers and the students of the two schools are very grateful to
the individuals and to the organisations involved in the preparation of
the Space talk. : AMSAT France, ARISS-Europe, ARISS International and

After this unique experience and as a conclusion to the educational
project, the students of the scientific workshop SYNTHESE 3D (AST), now
are required to create a CD ROM reviewing the various activities
including those related to the ARISS contact.

For ten minutes, the Jacques Prévert school and the Georges Brassens
college were honored to welcome an astronaut in their classroom.

An audio recording of the downlink signal will be made available on the
ARISS-Europe website under the Archive page.

Gaston Bertels
ARISS-Europe chairman

[ANS thanks Gaston, ON4WF, for the above information.]

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ARISS International Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.05 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004

BID: $ANS-095.05

ARISS teams from around the world met in Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands
from 25 March to 27 March to review progress of the programme,
determine future steps, and to review projects submitted to the
organization for future use.  Various committees updated the
international team on their progress, while Chariman Frank Bauer
presented an overview of the current status of the programme and
previewed the Roy Neal certificate from the special event held late
last year.  (Certificates will be sent out shortly.)

Projects submitted for consideration include Amateur Television on the
International Space Station.  This project would allow for the
possibility of mounting an ATV camera on the outside of the station.
The Shadow Experiment was presented.  More information on this
scientific experment can be found at
http://www.tsniimash.ru/Shadow/default_eng.htm.  A proposal was also
made to incorporate the Internet Radio Linking Project and EchoLink
into school contacts.  Further information on these technoilogies can
be found at www.irlp.net and www.echolink.org.

Aside from accomplishing general administrative tasks, this meeting
gave team members the first opportunity in over a year to meet face to
face and discuss the programme.  The next meeting will be held in
Alexandria, Virginia in October.  It will be held just after the AMSAT
general meeting on 10-13 October.  All interested parties are welcome
to attend.  If you would like to propose a project for the ARISS team,
please contact Mike Miller at ka5sma@amsat.org for further information.

[ANS thanks Scott, N3ASA, for the above information.]

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Echo Launch Goal

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.06 From AMSAT HQ

SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004
BID: $ANS-095.06

As of 30 March, AMSAT has raised $61,988 of the $110,000 needed to
launch Echo, the next AMSAT satellite planned to be launched.  The
current target launch date is 29 June, 2004.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

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Expedition 9 Ready to Fly on April 19

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.07 From AMSAT HQ

SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004
BID: $ANS-095.07

Three astronauts will blast off for the International Space Station
(ISS) on April 19, two of them to replace the team which has been there
since last October, officials at the Russian space agency said

Russian Gennady Padalka and American Michael Fincke will replace Alexei
Kalery and Michael Foale, and will spend six months at the station,
officials said.

Dutchman Andre Kuipers, a 45-year-old astronaut with the European Space
Agency, will spend less than two weeks at the station. He is due to
return to earth with Kalery and Foale on April 30.

The trio recently completed preparations for the mission at Star City,
an astronaut training center outside the Russian capital Moscow.

The three are due to blast off for the ISS aboard a Soyuz rocket from
Russia's launching pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Padalka and Fincke are due to perform two space walks in June and
August to install equipment necessary for the European-built new
automated transfer vehicle, which is due to arrive at the station in
April 2005.

[ANS thanks Space Daily for the above information.]

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New opportunities to reduce QRM to amateur satellites in Region 1

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.08 From AMSAT HQ

SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004
BID: $ANS-095.08

At the recent meeting of the IARU Region 1 VHF Managers held in Vienna,
the subject of QRM to satellites operating in the amateur spectrum
allocated to satellites was discussed. As a result of good work
performed by Ib, OZ1MY, we were able to demonstrate both by written log
and by .WAV file the QRM that is occurring, especially but not
exclusively to 145MHz uplinks and when the satellites are over Africa
and the Middle East.

The IARU Region 1 has a Monitoring Service which has been active for
some years but which has, up to now, concentrated on frequencies below
30MHz. In view of the wide area of QRM that can be caused by satellites
relaying signals across many borders, the team has now enthusiastically
agreed to add our problems to their portfolio.

What is needed therefore are regular reports showing the following
details which can be usefully backed up by .wav files as these can
enable more precise recognition of accents and dialects to be made.
This information obviously can aid identification.

Sat Name


Real QRG down (allowing for Doppler)






Country or language


(These are really "column" headings but this does not display very well
using "plain text"!) The team has good contacts which are already used
daily to "remove" some of the intruders to our bands so we should try
to see if similar success can be achieved on VHF and UHF. The system
works generally through national societies so you should send your
reports to the MS coordinator of your Region 1 National Society in the
first instance. For the time being could you also please send me a copy
as well for information. In response, I will try to provide everyone
with a quarterly report on the MS activities as they apply to our
branch of amateur radio! I would be grateful if you could forward this
information to all Region 1 AMSAT organizations.

Graham Shirville G3VZV
IARU R1 Satellite Co-ordinator

[ANS thanks Graham Shirville, G3VZV, for the above information.]

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AMSAT-DC Meeting a Success

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.09 From AMSAT HQ

SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004
BID: $ANS-095.09

Maryland-Washington D.C. AMSAT Co-ordinator Pat Kilroy, N8PK, announced
that the annual AMSAT-DC meeting was a success.  Though obstacles were
encountered, perserverence paid off as attendees got to see many very
fine presentations.  More information on the presentations and the
meeting can be found on Pat's website http://patkilroy.com/amsat-dc/.

Pat extends his thanks to all involved.

[ANS thanks Pat, N8PK, for the above information.]

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Upcoming ARISS Contact

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.10 From AMSAT HQ

SILVER SPRING, MD.  April 4, 2004
BID: $ANS-095.10

An ARISS contact is expected to occur this week between the crew of the
International Space Station and Sonoran Sky Elementary School in
Scottsdale, Arizona.  This will be a direct contact, and it is
predicted to be the final contact of the current ISS Expedition.
Further details will be released via the SAREX listserv as they become

[ANS thanks Scott, N3ASA, for the above information.]

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