October 26, 2001

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AO-40 Update

AO-40 activity continues.

Shunichiro, JH7IMX, tells ANS that he and several JAMSAT members will be active on AO-40 using the callsign 8J7MGK/7. This special event station operation will take place from Sendai, Japan in commemoration of the 1st National Sports Games for the Disabled.

Reinhard, DJ1KM, reports that BV2OL has been active on AO-40 from Taipei, Taiwan.

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]

ARRL Frequency Comments

The ARRL has reported that the FCC has proposed changes to its Part 15 rules governing unlicensed devices. The changes, if allowed, would permit operation of advanced RF identification devices between 425 and 435 MHz.

The initial request for these frequencies was made earlier this year by SAVI Technology Inc. and fiercely opposed by the ARRL.

The FCC said the proposed changes would modify the rules for such systems to harmonize U.S. rules with those in other parts of the world (433.9 MHz is allocated for such devices in European countries).

Last March, the ARRL urged the FCC to deny or dismiss SAVI Technology's petition. The League argued that the field strengths and duty cycles proposed for these systems were unreasonable and would disrupt amateur communications in one of the most popular amateur service allocations.

The League plans to file a strong opposition to the FCC's proposal. The entire Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order is available on the ARRL web site.

In a related story, the League has also urged the FCC to allow no commercial allocations in the amateur service 2390 to 2400 MHz primary allocation. The ARRL told the FCC that advanced wireless systems are fundamentally incompatible with continued amateur access to this band. The ARRL's comments noted that amateur allocations in the vicinity of 2 GHz "have been steadily eroded" through encroachment by other services.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for this information]

New AMSAT Award

AMSAT-NA Awards Manager Bruce Paige, KK5DO, tells ANS that a new Elmer Award has been announced. The award is available as of November 2001, and has 3 levels: beginner, intermediate and expert.

As an example, to qualify for the beginning level, a satellite operator would need to:

Qualifications for the intermediate and expert level build from this level.

Any current (or future) amateur radio satellite may be used for contacts (voice or CW only). Contacts with the ISS, Shuttle or any other manned spacecraft are not eligible for this award.

Contacts must be made on or after November 1, 2001.

For more information about this exciting new award, contact Bruce Paige, KK5DO, at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA 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.