October 19, 2001

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AO-40 Update

Maxim Memorial Station W1AW is now 100% AO-40 ready as the League recently completed the installation of new satellite antennas along with an az-el rotator system atop the center tower at the W1AW antenna farm. The array consists of a 2-meter 20-element crossed Yagi, a 70cm 15-element crossed Yagi, a 23cm 23-element Yagi and a 13cm 17-turn helix.

W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, told ANS he's been able to copy downlink telemetry from AO-40.

AO-40 activity continues.

Amato, I6PNN, repots that he has detected AO-40's 24 GHz beacon, using a 60cm dish. I6PNN told ANS that the beacon peaked an S-unit above the noise with a large amount of fading.

AO-40 is currently in a long period during which the Earth eclipses the Sun near perigee. These actually began about August 28th, and will rapidly increase in length. The will continue well into June 2002.

For the current transponder operating schedule visit

Stay tuned to ANS, the official source of AO-40 information.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and the ARRL for this information]

October 2001 President's Letter

The following is the October 2001 President's Letter from AMSAT-NA President, Robin Haighton VE3FRH.

The 2001 AMSAT-NA Symposium and Annual Meeting in Atlanta is now over, but I would like to pass a few comments to our membership concerning our get-together.

First, it was a great pleasure to meet so many of you in Atlanta and to listen to your views and ideas about AMSAT. It is your participation that makes AMSAT a strong and vibrant organization.

Following the terrible incidents of September 11th, I was worried that some of you may decide to cancel your reservations and that we would have a smaller gathering - but no! The numbers of registrants continued to rise and we had a very good turn out, comparable with other years. For me, this showed the true resolve of our members not to be intimidated, and may I thank each and every one of you who attended.

In addition, I would like to publicly thank our hosts, Diana and Steve Diggs, who provided excellent services and ran a great Symposium and Annual Meeting. One day, we shall return to Atlanta again.

Another great aspect of the Atlanta meeting was the Space Symposium, with 17 excellent presentations made, including a group presentation on our next satellite project and another on the status of AO-40.

Many of you may know that "Project JJ" was so named after the two proponents of the technology that we are developing - but they have asked for a name change! So, the hunt for a new name has started. Please send your suggestions to me by e-mail by November 30th. A group has been established to review them and announce a decision. The person who proposes the chosen name will receive free admission to the Dayton AMSAT 2002 Dinner. In case of a tie, the earliest entry will be declared the winner.

One last thought, before Atlanta we had only 5 members of the President's Club, We now we have 16, including members from Japan and the United Kingdom. PC membership is growing - will you join? Details can be found on the AMSAT-NA web site under "Join the President's Club." Thank you for your continued support of AMSAT.

More next month, see ya on the birds.

Robin Haighton VE3FRH
President AMSAT-NA

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for this information]

Satellite Interference

Unauthorized operation in the amateur VHF and UHF bands, especially 144 MHz and 70 cm, is a growing problem in many countries. When such operation takes place on satellite uplink frequencies, it may cause harmful interference to amateurs thousands of miles distant. Among the sources of interference which have been documented are taxicabs and other unlicensed individuals in and around the state of Sonora, Mexico.

Unfortunately, there are many others.

The recent IARU Region 2 General Assembly in Guatemala City urged all amateurs who experience interference to satellite uplinks from non-amateur stations to document their observations and to report them, to their national governments (through their national society's monitoring service coordinator).

If the source is domestic, your government may take action directly. If it is foreign, your government may report it to the country of origin via diplomatic channels. It is very important to keep the reports coming. A consistent flow of reports has often proven very helpful in resolving these problems.

Interference reports should include your name, call sign and contact information, the date, time, duration, mode and frequency on which interference was observed, and any information that may help to identify the source. Recordings are particularly helpful.

For further information on what and how to report, go to the monitoring page of the Radio Amateurs of Canada website, at

Send your reports to the monitoring service coordinator of your national IARU member society. Here in the U.S., that person is Brennan Price, N4QX, e-mail Brennan at In Canada, your contact is Don Moman, VE6JY. Don's e-mail is

If you live in a country that has no monitoring service coordinator, send your report to your member society's IARU liaison officer. You may find his or her e-mail address on the IARU web site,

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA Vice President for International Affairs Ray Soifer, W2RS, for this information]

ANS in Brief

ANS news in brief this week includes the following:

Weekly Satellite Report

Link to the weekly report on satellite ...

All Satellites
ISS . RS-12 . RS-13 . RS-15 . AO-10 . UO-11 . UO-14 . AO-16 . DO-17 . WO-18 . LO-19 . FO-20 . UO-22 . KO-23 . KO-25 . IO-26 . AO-27 . FO-29 . TO-31 . GO-32 . SO-33 . PO-34 . SO-35 . UO-36 . AO-40 . SO-41 . SO-42

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.