November 23, 2001

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November AMSAT-NA President's Letter

Several times each year ANS will feature information from AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH. This feature is known as the 'President's Letter'. The following is the November installment:

Greetings to you all at American Thanksgiving time, it is always a pleasure to partake in the annual feast even in these troublesome times. Let's all hope that by this time next year things will be a little more predictable.

As many of you celebrate the holidays, I will be in Europe together with many AMSAT members from many countries. We will be discussing various possibilities of assistance to each other and the various projects that we have in mind. AMSAT-NA will be discussing our Project "JJ" and I will be interested in the ideas of others. While "JJ" is our primary project, I have no doubt that some of our members may assist in the design and/or construction of other satellites - much in the same way that other international people have volunteered to assist with "JJ".

You may be interested to know that I have received 27 nominations for the new name of "JJ". I have asked Dick Jansson and Lyle Johnson to assist me with the choice of the name. However, should the three of us totally disagree, then Chuck Green will cast the deciding vote. If you wish to submit any more names please do so by November 30, 2001.

I read on the AMSAT-BB that satellite operators in Europe are having a problem in making contact with operators in the Americas, on AO-40. I do notice that the number of contacts is reducing. Why? If you have any ideas on this I would be pleased to hear them. Just send me an e-mail (

Once more, have a great Thanksgiving holiday period.

Robin Haighton VE3FRH
President AMSAT-NA

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for this information]

Starshine 3 is Now OSCAR 43

AMSAT-NA's Bill Tynan, W3XO, tells ANS that a request for an official OSCAR number has been requested for the Starshine-3 satellite. The request came from Starshine Project Director Gill Moore, N7YTK.

Starshine-3 is a mirror ball with AX.25 9600-baud telemetry, transmitted on 145.825 MHz. Starshine-3 is visible to the eye and will provide students the opportunity to participate in its primary mission of satellite tracking.

Starshine-3 is currently in a circular orbit at an altitude of 300 statute miles and an inclination of 67 degrees.

A Kodiak Star launch vehicle (an Athena-I rocket) boosted three amateur radio payloads into orbit on September 30th. The payloads included the APRS equipped PCSat, Starshine-3 and Sapphire.

According to the request received by W3XO, Starshine-3 has met all the requirements for an OSCAR number. Accordingly, Starshine-3 will be known as Starshine OSCAR-43 (SO-43).

Congratulations to the Starshine team from ANS!

More information about the Starshine project can be found at

[ANS thanks Bill Tynan, W3XO, and the ARRL 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

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