June 13, 1999

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SAREX Mission May Fly Soon

The only Space Amateur Radio EXperiment mission of 1999 could launch this July aboard shuttle Columbia mission STS-93. The launch date is currently under review by NASA.

The STS-93 Mission Commander is Eileen M. Collins, KD5EDS. Also aboard will be Mission Specialist Michel Tognini, KD5EJZ, and Mission Specialist Catherine G. Coleman, KC5ZTH.

Students at five schools are on the list to talk to the STS-93 crew. Awty International School, Houston, Texas; Buzz Aldrin Elementary School, Reston, Virginia; Ponagansett Middle School, North Scituate, Rhode Island; Memorial Middle School, Pharr, Texas; and Osceola Elementary School, Ormond Beach, Florida are the selected schools for this flight.

Stay tuned to ANS for further updates on STS-93.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for this information]

Starshine Project Underway

AMSAT's Pat Kilroy, WD8LAQ, tells ANS that Goddard Space Flight Center and Naval Research Lab employees recently got a chance to see their project handiwork, by visually spotting the Starshine satellite shortly after it was released by the shuttle Discovery.

The mirror-covered satellite is designed to catch the sun's light and reflect it back to Earth. The satellite's 900 mirrors were polished by school students. NASA is hoping that as many as 25,000 youngsters in elementary through high school will plot the satellite's orbit and use their observations as part of a science and mathematics studies and as part of Project Starshine.

WD8LAQ provided the needed sighting predictions for his group and according to Pat "patience and persistence paid off." The group first saw Discovery and then, within a few degrees of the shuttle, "observed a bright flash from out of nowhere," said Pat. Starshine was sighted! Pat reports the satellite was "about as bright as Venus is just after sunset."

Satellite operators can help students and schools with Project Starshine. Students will need to know the exact time they can see the satellite and how to measure the satellite's right ascension and declination. Project Starshine Director Gil Moore, N7YTK, has asked U.S. hams to help with this volunteer, non-governmental project. Interested amateurs will find more information at the following Project Starshine web site:

[ANS thanks the ARRL and Pat Kilroy, WD8LAQ for this information]

UO-36 Operating Parameters Expanded

UO-36 continues to have its operating parameters expanded as the satellite approaches almost two months in space. UO-36 was successfully launched on April 21, 1999 from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome. The satellite carries a number of imaging payloads and digital store-and-forward communications transponders.

Ground control stations have focused recent activity on the satellite's communications transponder payload, which has an L-band uplink and an S-band downlink. The transponder supports analog, digital-DSP and digital-regenerative communications modes, as well as acting as a high-speed data downlink channel.

S-band downlink test data has been received by ground stations with excellent signals. Ground control also reports the L-band uplink was successfully tested last week. Further checkout of the complex payload and its ground support equipment is expected to last several weeks.

Additional multispectral images from the remote sensing system have been taken recently. These UO-36 satellite images are available at the following URL's:

Further information on UO-36 is available at

[ANS thanks Martin Sweeting, G3YJO, 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 . UO-36


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.

SSTV from Mir has been reported as sporadic.

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

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

[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).

RS-13's Robot CW auto-transponder is currently active. For confirmation of an RS-13 Robot contact, send your QSL card along with the Robot QSL number to:

  Radio Sport Federation
  Box 88

Kevin, AC5DK, has information about RS-12/13 that contains a simple explanation on how to operate on the satellite, including a forum for operators to exchange information, pose questions or even set up skeds via RS-12/13.

AC5DK's RS-12/13 Satellite Operators Page:

AC5DK's RS-12/13 Satellite Forum:

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

[ANS thanks Tony, AB2CJ for RS-13 Robot QSL info]


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)
Semi-operational, Mode A (2m uplink, 10m downlink)

Dave, WB6LLO, has operating information for both RS-15 and RS-13 on his personal web site. In addition to satellite data, antenna information and AMSAT-NA Jewelry Contest information is also featured. The WB6LLO web site URL is


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

Houston AMSAT Area Coordinator Bruce Paige, KK5DO, reminds ANS that June 1999 marks the 16th birthday of AO-10!

Hardy, DC8TS, has been is active from S92, Sao Tome. Operation should be through June 19th. Watch for S92RS's downlink signal around 145.890 MHz. Ken, HZ1AB, has been active from Saudi Arabia and has been worked recently by VE6ITV, F6FXU, N1JEZ, KB8VAO, DG9BHV, G8AWB, PA0AND and LA8ZY.

Masa, JN1GKZ, reports his web page shows the current AO-10 spin period and spin rate (by measuring the beacon with FFTDSP software). The JN1GKZ web site can be found at the following URL:

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

AO-27 has again been seeing very heavy use. Don, KC4YRT, was able to work quite a few central and western U.S. states along with Canada and Alaska via AO-27 during a recent vacation trip to Montana. Al, XE2YVW, was active from rare grid DK97 and Ron, VE7VVW, recently activated grids DO01 and DO11.

The TEPR (Timed Eclipse Power Regulation) states on AO-27 currently are: TEPR 4 is 34 and TEPR 5 is 70.

[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.

Kazu, JJ1WTK, reported to ANS that the new operational schedule announced by the JARL is as follows:

through June 17th 05:00 UTC     mode JA
June 17-June 21st 03:00 UTC    mode JD1200
June 21-July 05th         mode JA

The JARL/FO-29 command station reports FO-29 will be in mode JA on the weekend of the ARRL Field Day.

[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 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

Reliable signals have been received from the 145.826 MHz beacon.

For more information on OSCAR-11, visit the following web site:

[ANS thanks Clive Wallis, G3CWV, for OSCAR-11 status 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 Sat Jun 12 22:46:23 1999 uptime is 1728/17:06:34
+10V Bus        10.400 V  +X (RX) Temp   -12.709 D
RX Temp          0.603 D  RC PSK TX Out    0.310 W
+Y Array Temp  -23.601 D  +Z Array Temp  -18.155 D
Bat 1 V          1.237 V  Bat 2 V          1.253 V
Bat 3 V          1.262 V  Bat 4 V          1.260 V
Bat 5 V          1.272 V  Bat 6 V          1.248 V
Bat 7 V          1.244 V  Bat 8 V          1.276 V
Total Array C= 0.000 Bat Ch Cur=-0.392 Ifb= 0.200 I+10V= 0.212
TX:0109 BCR:77 PWRC:59E BT: A WC:25 EDAC:24

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 ANS have not received any updated information for several months. The digipeater is active.

Telemetry is as follows:

Time is Sat Jun 12 22:04:09 1999 uptime is 316/08:29:31
Array V         25.415 V  		BCR Set Point   29.271 C
RC PSK TX Out    0.127 W  	RC PSK BP Temp  -6.039 D
RC PSK HPA Tmp  -7.161 D  	+Y Array Temp  -18.940 D
PSK TX HPA Tmp  -6.039 D  	+Z Array Temp  -14.453 D
Total Array C= 0.065 Bat Ch Cur=-0.041 Ifb= 0.008 I+10V= 0.043
TX:012 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.

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.

Hans, ZS5AKV, reports that SunSat is still in the initial test stages and the command team will provide more information as it becomes available. General amateur radio service is planned for 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:

Ground control stations have received images from the PAL-TV imager on SunSat. The imager is a commercial grade TV camera connected to the S-band transmitter.

[ANS thanks Garth Milne ZR1AFH, for this information]

UoSAT-12 UO-36

Uplink/downlink frequencies have not been established.

The satellite is not currently available for general uplink transmissions.

UoSAT-12 was successfully launched on April 21, 1999 from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome. UO-36 carries a number of imaging payloads, digital store-and-forward communications and mode L/S transponders.

UO-36 has been transmitting 9600-baud FSK telemetry framed in a VLSI format using a downlink frequency of 437.400 MHz. Chris, G7UPN, reports UO-36 is also transmitting on 437.025 MHz at 38,400 (38k4) baud. Presently the BBS is still closed.

S-band high speed downlink commissioning continues at rates between 128kb/s and 1Mb/s.

Further information is available from:

[ANS thanks Chris G7UPN/ZL2TPO, and the University of Surrey, 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.

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.

Last reported, 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.

For more information on SedSat-1 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 months.

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,