April 11, 1999

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From Submarine to Satellite

The Submarine Veterans Amateur Radio Association (SVARA) will activate several submarine 'radio rooms' to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the submarine service. As many as twenty-five museum submarines in the United States and overseas will be on the air the weekend of April 24-25th - all with volunteer operators. "Some of the museum boats have radio rooms restored and operable with the original equipment used at the time," said Carl Raish, KG0HS, of the SVARA.

In addition to 6-meters and high frequency shortwave operation, both the USS Cavalla and the USS Stuart will be active on several of the current amateur satellites. Listen for WA5VKS calling CQ on AO-27, RS-13 and RS-15. Satellite operators from the Houston and Dallas areas will be involved in setting up the satellite stations, which will operate on both CW and voice.

QSL cards commemorating the event will be available. In addition, a certificate of participation will also be available for those obtaining at least four QSL's from submarines worked on any band, mode or satellite.

For a certificate, send copies of at least four submarine cards to:

  Jim Flanders W0OOG
  1539 California Terrace
  Plano, Texas 75023-4300

More info on the SVARA operation can be found at

[ANS thanks AMSAT Area Coordinator Dick Raitt, WA5VKS, for this information]

SkyQuest Balloon Launch

Weather permitting, the SkyQuest 3 balloon will be launched at the grand opening of the newly renovated Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory and Science Museum near Boston.

The site of the balloon launch is significant: the 100-year-old weather observatory has often been associated with landmark research, including early experiments in VHF radio propagation that contributed to the theory of atmospheric ducting of radio waves.

SkyQuest 3 will carry a low power 2-meter transmitter that will allow telemetry reception for hundreds of miles.

Full details, such as frequency and exact launch time, may be found at the main source for amateur radio high altitude balloon information, the HABLIC web site -- using the following URL:

[ANS thanks Hank Riley, N1LTV, for this information]

FAR Scholarships

The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc., a non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., plans to administer sixty-six scholarships for the academic year 1999 - 2000, to assist students who are also licensed ham operators.

FAR, composed of over seventy-five local area amateur radio clubs, fully funds ten of these scholarships with the income from grants and its annual Hamfest. The remaining fifty-six are administered by the Foundation without cost to the various donors.

Licensed radio amateurs may compete for these awards if they plan to pursue a full-time course of studies beyond high school and are enrolled in or have been accepted for enrollment at an accredited university, college or technical school.

Additional information and an application form may be requested by letter or QSL card, postmarked prior to April 30, 1999 from:

  FAR Scholarships
  Post Office Box 831
  Riverdale, MD  20738

Visit the brand new FAR web site at

[ANS thanks Pat Kilroy, WD8LAQ, for this information]

ANS in Brief

ANS news in brief this week includes the following:

Weekly Satellite Report

Mir . RS-12 . RS-13 . RS-15 . RS-16 . AO-10 . AO-27 . FO-20 . FO-29 . KO-23 . KO-25 . UO-11 . AO-16 . DO-17 . WO-18 . LO-19 . UO-22 . IO-26 . TO-31 . GO-32 . SO-33 . PO-34 . SO-35


SAFEX II 70cm Repeater
Uplink 435.750 MHz FM with subaudible tone 141.3 Hz
Downlink 437.950 MHz FM
Seldom operational.  No operation in 1999 has been observed.
SAFEX II 70cm QSO Mode
Uplink 435.725 MHz FM with subaudible tone 151.4 Hz
Downlink 437.925 MHz FM
Seldom operational.  No operation in 1999 has been observed.
Packet Radio PMS
Uplink/Downlink 145.985 MHz FM, 1200 baud AFSK

The PBBS is running a Kantronics KPC-9612 + V.8.1 TNC. The commands are similar to most PBBS and BBS systems.

AMSAT-France announced that Air Force General Jean-Pierre Haignere has been given a personal callsign to use aboard Mir: FX0STB. The QSL manager for FX0STB is:

Radio Club F5KAM
QSL manager Mir
22 rue Bansac
63000 Clermont Ferrand

Francisco, CT1EAT, reports that a contact between Jean-Pierre and his parents recently took place via 2-meter FM. Frederick, F5OZK, handled the terrestrial connection. Mike, KD9KC, reports Mir in packet mode over El Paso recently.

Scott, WA6LIE, has a set of instructions on how to work the Mir space station. Copies of the instructions are available from Scott by e-mail at, or by packet at

Ken, N1WED, tells ANS that pending course correction maneuvers, Mir will pass a space milestone of seventy-five thousand orbits on or about 5-April-99.

[ANS thanks Scott Avery, WA6LIE, and the MIREX team for Mir status information]


Uplink 145.910 to 145.950 MHz CW/SSB
Uplink 21.210 to 21.250 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink 29.410 to 29.450 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink 145.910 to 145.950 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon 29.408 MHz
Robot Uplink 21.129 MHz, Downlink 29.454 MHz

Last reported to be semi-operational, beacon only.


Uplink 21.260 to 21.300 MHz CW/SSB
Uplink 145.960 to 146.000 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink 29.460 to 29.500 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink 145.960 to 146.000 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon 29.504 MHz
Robot Uplink 21.140 MHz, Downlink 29.458 MHz

Last reported in mode KA (10m downlink, 15m and 2m uplinks).

Both Deral, K5WNO, and Jerry, K5OE, report working Gordon, 6Y5GH via RS-13. Gordon indicated he had been absent from the birds for several years due to equipment problems. 6Y5GH believes he is the only active satellite operator in Jamaica. K5WNO also reports XE2YVW and YV4FZM have been active on RS-13. Marco, IK5NTE, tells ANS he recently worked N5YAV and N0IBT by using sub-horizon 15-meter signals through the transponder.

RS-12/13 command is now in the hands of Alex Papkov, in Kaluga City, Russia.


Uplink 145.858 to 145.898 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink 29.354 to 29.394 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon 29.352 MHz (intermittent)
Semi-operational, Mode A (2m uplink, 10m downlink)

The 29.380 MHz SSB 'meeting frequency' used by most RS-15 operators is showing good results.

Dave, WB6LLO, reports he has prepared a "quick and dirty" set of operating instructions for RS-15 at the following URL:


Uplink 435.030 to 435.180 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 145.975 to 145.825 MHz CW/USB
Beacon 145.810 MHz (unmodulated carrier)

Jeff, K7XQ, reports AO-10 conditions are still improving, but activity is still very low. Peter, KD7MW, reports the beacon is clearly audible, especially with a very narrow bandwidth filter. He is anxious to try PSK31 on the bird. John, K6YK, tells ANS that he, VE6ITV and KA0OXY were on AO-10 recently, "and the signals were very good." N1JEZ, ANS principal satellite investigator, reports working Marc, ON1DO, and Tony, EI2FSB with "strong, slow QSB, but S-9+ signals on peaks." Look for continued improvement.

Stacey Mills, W4SM, has more information about the satellite at the following URL:

[ANS thanks Stacey Mills, W4SM, for his AO-10 status information and web site]


Uplink 145.850 MHz FM
Downlink: 436.792 MHz FM

The TEPR (Timed Eclipse Power Regulation) states on AO-27 were reset by Chuck, KM4NZ, on Sunday, April 11th. They currently are:

TEPR 4 is 30 and TEPR 5 is 66.

Chris, KQ6UP, had reported to ANS that the TEPR values needed updating as the satellite shut down early during a recent pass. With the changes made by KM4NZ, this situation should now be corrected.

XE2YVW has been active from DL95 in northern Mexico. Will, N3ZLL, will be operating from EL79 on Thursday, April 15th, with plans to operate the first and second AO-27 passes of the day.

[ANS thanks Chuck Wyrick, KM4NZ, and Michael Wyrick, N4USI, for AO-27 information]

JAS-1b FO-20

Uplink 145.900 to 146.000 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 to 435.900 MHz CW/USB

FO-20 in mode JA continuously.

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK for the FO-20 status reports]


Voice/CW Mode JA
Uplink 145.900 to 146.000 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 to 435.900 MHz CW/USB
Semi-operational, rotated with digital mode and digi-talker. See schedule below.
Digital Mode JD
Uplink 145.850, 145.870, 145.910 MHz FM
Downlink 435.910 MHz FM 9600 baud BPSK
Semi-operational, rotated with analog mode and digi-talker. See schedule below.

Mike, KF4FDJ, tells N1JEZ that he noticed several polarity shifts during a recent FO-29 pass.

Kazu, JJ1WTK, reported to ANS that the JARL decided to extend digi-talker operation on FO-29 until 29-March. The new operation schedule announced by the JARL is as follows:

April 5 - April 12 * JD1200
April 12 - April 27 JA
April 27 - May 6 Digitalker (with new message planned)

* Although the schedule calls for digital operation at press time, FO-29 is currently in JA (voice) mode.

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-29 status reports]


Uplink 145.980 MHz FM
Downlink 436.500 MHz FM, 9600 Baud FSK

Jim, AA7KC, reports KO-25 is performing well under heavy usage with good downlink efficiency.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for KO-25 status information]


Uplink 145.900 or 145.975 MHz FM
Downlink 435.120 MHz FM 9600 Baud FSK

Carol, W9HGI, reports UO-22 is performing within acceptable limits. W9HGI operates the West Coast Packet Satellite Gateway (WSPG) for the Worldwide Packet Network (WPN).

More information on the satellite is available at the following URL:

[ANS thanks Carol Byers, W9HGI, for the UO-22 satellite report. Chris Jackson, G7UPN /ZL2TPO, is the Operations Manager of UO-22]


Downlink 145.825 MHz FM, 1200 baud PSK
Beacon 2401.500 MHz

Clive, G3CWV, reports good signals have been received from the 145.826 MHz beacon.

A single WOD survey dated 06-January-99 of solar array currents and array voltage has been transmitted. The WOD contains a characteristic musical tone which occurs when the constant data is captured during solar eclipses and then transmitted. The ASCII bulletin is currently a static message, detailing modes and frequencies of all the amateur radio satellites.

More information about OSCAR 11 can be found at the following URL:

Beacon reception reports should be sent to:

[ANS thanks Clive Wallis, G3CWV, for this information.]


Uplink 145.900, 145.920, 145.940, 145.860 MHz FM, 1200 bps Manchester FSK
Downlink 437.0513 MHz SSB, 1200 bps RC-BPSK 1200 Baud PSK
Beacon 2401.1428 MHz.
Operating normally.  S-band beacon off.

Telemetry is as follows:

Time is Fri Apr 09 22:27:45 1999 uptime is 1664/16:49:13
+10V Bus        10.250 V  	+X (RX) Temp   -10.288 D
RX Temp          3.024 D  	Baseplt Temp     3.629 D
RC PSK TX Out    0.582 W  	RC PSK BP Temp  -5.448 D
RC PSK HPA Tmp  -3.027 D  	+Y Array Temp  -24.811 D
PSK TX HPA Tmp  -3.632 D  	+Z Array Temp  -17.550 D
Total Array C= 0.000 Bat Ch Cur=-0.435 Ifb= 0.154 I+10V= 0.304
TX:0109 BCR:1E PWRC:59E BT: A WC:25 EDAC:B4

General information and telemetry WOD files can be found at

A complete collection of WOD graphics corresponding to the year of 1998 can be found at

[ANS thanks Miguel A. Menendez, EA1BCU, for this report.]


Uplink 145.840, 145.860, 145.880, 145.900 MHz 1200 bps Manchester FSK
Downlink 437.125 MHz SSB, 1200 bps RC-BPSK
Currently semi-operational.

No BBS service -- both EA1BCU and NN0DJ/ANS have not received any updated information for several months. The digipeater is active.

Telemetry is as follows:

Time is Fri Apr 09 21:56:49 1999 uptime is 252/08:22:11
RC PSK TX Out    0.659 W
Total Array C= 0.008 	Bat Ch Cur=-0.289 Ifb= 0.125 I+10V= 0.171
TX:017 BCR:1E PWRC:62D BT:3C WC: 0

General information and telemetry samples can be found at

[ANS thanks Miguel A. Menendez, EA1BCU, for this report.]


Uplink 145.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK
Downlink 436.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK

ProcMail V2.00G has been released by G7UPN. This software permits the processing of image files from TO-31. ProcMail V2.00G is available for downloading on KO-23 and KO-25. It also has been posted to the AMSAT-NA FTP site at the following URL:

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for this report]


Downlink frequency not established.
The satellite is not currently available for uplink transmissions.

PANSAT, developed by the Naval Postgraduate School, was launched from the shuttle Discovery. PANSAT spread-spectrum digital transponders will be available to amateur radio operators in the near future along with software to utilize this technology. The PO-34 command station is located in Monterey, California.

Dan Sakoda, KD6DRA, PANSAT Project Manager recommends 'The ARRL Spread Spectrum Sourcebook' as a good place to start in understanding the spread-spectrum scheme.

The PANSAT Team does not expect the satellite to be available to the Amateur Radio community for another few months.

For more information, visit the official PANSAT web site at:

[ANS thanks Dan Sakoda, KD6DRA, for this information]

SunSat SO-35

Uplink/downlink frequencies have not been established.

The satellite is not currently available for uplink transmissions. At this time the command team is planning general amateur radio service in the near future.

SunSat was launched February 23, 1999 aboard a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. SunSat stands for Stellenbosch University Satellite and takes it name from the South African university whose students constructed the payload.

The SunSat package includes 1200 and 9600 baud digital store-and-forward capability and a voice 'parrot' repeater system that will be used primarily for educational demonstrations. The satellite has two VHF and two UHF transmit-receive systems.

For more information on SunSat, visit the following URL:

[ANS thanks Garth Milne ZR1AFH, for this information]

The following satellites are in orbit but are non-operational at this time:


The 435 MHz beacon (only) is operational. Attempts to command the mode A transponder 'on' have been unsuccessful to date.

No additional information is available at this time.

DO-17 (DOVE)

Downlink 145.825 MHz FM, 1200 Baud AFSK
Beacon 2401.220 MHz

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.

QSL cards for receiving DOVE (when the satellite is operating) may be obtained from:

Dianne White, N0IZO
45777 Rampart Road
Parker, Colorado 80138-4316

No additional information is available at this time.


Downlink 437.104 MHz SSB, 1200 Baud PSK AX.25

WO-18 is reported to be in MBL mode after a software crash.

No additional information is available at this time.


Uplink 145.875, 145.900, 145.925, 145.950 MHz FM
Downlink 435.822 MHz SSB, 1200 Baud PSK

Unknown status. ANS has not received any recent updates concerning the status of IO-26.

No additional information is available at this time.

TechSat-1B GO-32

Downlink 435.325, 435.225 MHz
HDLC telemetry framed so a TNC in KISS mode will decode it

Unknown status. ANS has not received any recent updates concerning the current status of GO-32.

The TechSat-1B micro-satellite was successfully launched from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 10, 1998.

The satellite does not have a continuous beacon, but does transmit a 9600-baud burst every 30 seconds (for about 3 seconds in length), currently on 435.225 MHz.

The TechSat team has also constructed a home page about the TechSat bird. To view the site, point your web browser to:

No additional information is available at this time.


Downlink 437.910 MHz FM 9600 Baud FSK
The satellite is not currently available for uplink transmissions. Recovery efforts have been unsuccessful.

SEDSAT-1, signifying Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Satellite number one, was successfully launched and placed in orbit on Saturday, October 24, 1998.

SedSat was last reported to be performing as it has since launch, transmitting telemetry until the batteries are depleted -- going into safe mode -- recharging batteries -- and then repeating the process.

For more information on SedSat-1, including Version 1.2 of the SedSat ground station software -- visit the satellite web site at the following URL:

No additional information is available at this time.


Uplink 145.850, 145.900 MHz FM
Downlink 435.175 MHz FM, 9600 Baud FSK

Not operational. The downlink transmitter has not been operational for any normal communication for several weeks.

ANS has learned (from HL0ENJ) that satellite downlink telemetry shows one of KO-23's battery cells to be very unstable.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, and KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ, for KO-23 status information]

ANS would like to thank Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, ANS principal satellite investigator, for helping provide current satellite information for ANS.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to the ANS Editors at, or to ANS Editor Dan James, NN0DJ, at

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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by AMSAT News Service Editor Dan James, NN0DJ,