March 17, 2002

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AMSAT-DC Meeting and Space Seminar

Space enthusiasts and amateur radio satellite operators are invited to attend the upcoming Maryland-DC area AMSAT Meeting and Space Seminar.

The gathering will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2002, in the auditorium of the Visitor Center at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland.

All topics at the seminar relate to the amateur space program, amateur radio, homebrew electronic projects, high-altitude balloon experiments, radio telemetry and related items. AO-40, ARISS, APRS, satellite news and satellite-operating tips will be covered.

This meeting is open to all.

More information is available from Pat Kilroy, N8PK, at

[ANS thanks Pat Kilroy, N8PK, for this information]

2002 AMSAT Symposium First Call for Papers

The 2002 AMSAT-NA Annual Symposium is scheduled for November 7-11, 2002 in Fort Worth, Texas. Keith Pugh, W5IU, is the Symposium Chairman.

This is the first call for papers to be presented during the 2002 Symposium.

Papers may be presented by the author during the Symposium, or, simply offered for inclusion in the Symposium Proceedings publication.

The subject matter should be of general interest to amateur radio operators involved in satellite communications. Suggested topics include: operating techniques, antenna design and construction, spacecraft design and construction, current mission status, proposed satellite missions, telemetry acquisition and relay, and satellite microwave projects.

A brief abstract of the proposed paper (in outline format) should be submitted as soon as possible. The final date for abstracts is July 8, 2002. Copy-ready papers must be received no later than August 26, 2002.

Electronic submittal is preferred. The format must be either MS Word compatible or in plain text. Please e-mail your electronic submittals to the Symposium Papers coordinator, Doug Howard, KG5OA at

[ANS thanks Doug Howard, KG5OA, for this information]

50th ARISS Contact Successful

Students at the Peter Anich Oberschule fur Geometer school in Bolzano, Italy, recently enjoyed what was described as "a wonderful contact" with astronaut Dan Bursch, KD5PNU, on the International Space Station. Bursch used the NA1SS callsign.

The ARISS contact was the 50th in a series of scheduled school QSOs since the first ISS crew came aboard in November 2000.

During the 10-minute QSO, 10 students put 18 questions to Bursch on a wide variety of topics. Students asked about electrical power consumption and oxygen production aboard the ISS as well as ultraviolet and cosmic ray exposure.

Speaking on behalf of his students and the school administration, Kofler expressed gratitude to NASA and to ARISS for offering the unique and exciting learning opportunity.

ARISS is an international project with U.S. participation from AMSAT, the ARRL and NASA.

[ANS thanks ARISS, NASA 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

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.