February 17, 2002

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New OSCAR Numbers

Bill Tynan, W3XO, reported new OSCAR designations to ANS:

"In accordance with the authority vested in me by AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, - and pursuant to letters received recently at AMSAT-NA headquarters from the Small Satellite Program, Department of Aerospace Engineering, United States Naval Academy - I make the following designations for two Amateur Radio satellites:"

The spacecraft heretofore known as PCSat receives the designation NAV-OSCAR-44 (NO-44).

The spacecraft heretofore known as Sapphire receives the designation NAV-OSCAR-45 (NO-45).

Both satellites were launched September 30, 2001 aboard an Athena-1 rocket from the Kodiak, Alaska launch complex.

[ANS thanks Bill Tynan, W3XO, for this information]

League Opposed to UHF Plan

The ARRL is reporting that it feels the FCC "cannot legally proceed with the rules proposed for unlicensed RF-ID tags at 433 MHz," and it's asked the Commission to not adopt them.

The Leagues opposition is to a SAVI Technology proposal to deploy unlicensed transient RF identification devices between 425 and 435 MHz at much higher field strengths and duty cycles than Part 15 rules now permit. ANS has reported on this situation in past ANS bulletin sets.

The ARRL feels the RF-ID rules proposed in response to SAVI's Petition "are flawed from their inception and should not be adopted under any circumstances." The League has said it will "do whatever it takes" to keep the FCC from permitting the RF-ID tags on 70 cm.

[ANS thanks 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 . NO-44

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