March 10, 2002

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TiungSat Now Malaysian OSCAR-46

Bill Tynan, W3XO, reported a new OSCAR designation 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 requesting an OSCAR designation for TiungSat-1; I hereby confer on TiungSat-1 the designation Malaysian OSCAR-46 (MO-46). MO-46 thus joins a long line of amateur radio satellites beginning with OSCAR-1; launched in December, 1961. Congratulations on the success of your satellite."

Dr. Nafizah Khan, from the TiungSat Mission Control Station, thanked W3XO for the OSCAR designation. "We are all very pleased that TiungSat-1 has been conferred the designation MO-46. I can assure you that MO-46 will serve the amateur radio community well," said Dr. Khan.

TiungSat-1 was launched in September, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The satellite is Malaysia's first micro-satellite. In addition to commercial land and weather-imaging payloads, the bird offers FM and FSK amateur radio communication.

TiungSat-1, named after the mynah bird of Malaysia, was developed as a collaborative effort between the Malaysian government and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

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

Harrogate ISS Contact Successful

Students at Harrogate Ladies' College in Harrogate, England, recently started their morning activities chatting with astronaut Carl Walz, KC5TIE, aboard the International Space Station.

The contact was "absolutely excellent," according to Richard Horton, G3XWH, the students' physics instructor. Operating from the school's amateur radio station, GB2HC, the girls asked 14 questions during the 9-minute contact.

Television reporters from the BBC and ITV networks witnessed the ISS contact, and conducted interviews with the participants.

Harrogate Ladies' College has produced more than 90 amateur radio operators since the founding of the school's station in 1980. Students at Harrogate were the first in the United Kingdom to make radio contact with the Mir space station in 1991. In 1992, they also made a SAREX contact, talking to astronaut Michael Foale during the STS-45 shuttle mission.

The ARISS program is an international project with participation of AMSAT, the ARRL, and NASA.

[ANS thanks the ARISS group for this information]

W4ZC a Silent Key

AMSAT-NA's Tom Clark, W3IWI, reported with great sadness (to ANS) the passing of Jack Kelleher, W4ZC of Olney, Maryland.

"Many of us remember Jack from his NASA era in the late 1960's when he was one of the originators of several communications satellites, including the ATS series," said W3IWI. Kelleher was also one of the early supporters in the establishment of AMSAT in the Washington, DC area.

Jack was age 87 at the time of his death, and had been an amateur radio operator since 1932. His professional career included a stint in the Army and later as a civilian in the Department of Army Signals Office. W4ZC was also a key player in the FCC's WARC-79 Advisory Committee for Amateur Radio.

In the 1940s W4ZC was working for Signal Corps Laboratories, and was assigned to a White House Secret Service detail, installing VHF-FM mobile and base station radios for presidential communications.

Perhaps best known as a charter member and past president and officer of QCWA Chapter 91 in the Washington, DC, area, he also served as QCWA president in 1996 and 1997.

[ANS thanks Tom Clark, W3IWI, 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 . NO-44 . MO-46

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