January 20, 2002

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Steve Grant, N8AJD, Silent Key

For the second time in as many weeks, ANS is saddened to report another silent key. This edition of ANS is dedicated to Steve Grant, N8AJD, who died recently at age 51.

N8AJD was an avid ham, always ready to help others. He was heavily involved in volunteer work for AMSAT as an Area Coordinator for southeast Ohio. Steve conducted a weekly net, which featured live demonstrations of satellite communication. He was specifically active on many of the current digital satellites. In addition, Steve arranged several AMSAT symposia in smaller Ohio cities and lent a helping hand to AMSAT-NA at Hamvention (and other Ohio hamfests). Steve also maintained a 6-meter beacon on 50.103 MHz, as well as being a member of SETI.

He will be missed.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for this information]

New AMSAT-NA Satellite Project

At an AMSAT-NA Board of Directors teleconference meeting (held January 17, 2002) it was decided to add a new satellite to the list of current projects underway.

After extensive discussion (and by a unanimous vote of the Board), a new low Earth orbit micro-satellite project was approved. This microsat will provide amateurs access with only a handheld transceiver, using the 2-meter and 70-cm bands. The design will feature several channels, so that simultaneous communications can take place.

The microsat will be powered using efficient solar cells. In addition to the bent pipe style operation, the new satellite will carry one or more experimental modes which are currently being determined.

More details on this exciting project will be forthcoming over the next few weeks, stay tuned to ANS!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for this exciting news]

KB1SF Now Executive Vice President

At the recent AMSAT-NA Board of Directors teleconference meeting, immediate AMSAT-NA past President Keith Baker, KB1SF, volunteered to become the Executive Vice President, a position which had not been filled at the Atlanta meeting of the Board of Directors.

AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, welcomed Keith's offer, which was unanimously accepted by the Board.

Congratulations KB1SF!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for this information]

ISS Ham Antenna Installation Successful

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Board Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, recently congratulated the ARISS-International team on the successful installation of the first of four ham radio antennas on ISS. Those that watched the NASA TV video were afforded an outstanding view of the first ISS ham antenna installation EVA, which was performed by Cosmonaut Yuri Onufrienko and astronaut Carl Walz.

"It was exciting to see the unfurled ISS ham antenna system permanently mounted on the outside edge of the service module," said KA3HDO, adding, "the antenna system looked breathtaking from the videos we witnessed while supporting the EVA activity."

Lou McFadin, W5DID, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Mark Steiner, K3MS, Ken Nichols, KD3VK, and Mark Clausen supported the ISS antenna installation at the NASA Goddard/ISS Ham-Goddard Control Center. Carolynn Conley, KD5JSO, provided the antenna installation support at the NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Control Center. Sergej Samburov, RV3DR, Alex Polechuk, RZ3FP, cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, and Alex Alexandrov, RK3AP, supported the EVA activities at the Mission Control Center in Moscow.

"Congratulations team on a job well done. We have taken our ideas, concepts and vision and transformed them into reality," said KA3HDO.

The first space walk of the Expedition-4 crew's five-month tour of duty lasted just over 6 hours. The spacewalk was the 32nd in support of space station assembly.

The next spacewalk of the expedition is targeted for late January. The plan for this spacewalk currently includes installation of the second of the remaining three amateur radio antennas, along with thruster deflector shields on the end of the Zvezda module.

[ANS thanks ARISS and NASA 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.