October 6, 2002

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AMSAT Symposium Correction

Due to an unfortunate mix-up the telephone number printed in the July/August issue of the AMSAT Journal for 20th Space Symposium accomodations in Ft. Worth is incorrect.

The telephone number should be (817) 361-9797.
The fax number is (817) 361-9444.

The preferential AMSAT Group rate ($75 + Taxes) is being held until 16 October. If you have tried to make bookings and told that they are full, this was due to an AmeriSuites staff error, rooms are still available as of October 1.

I look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth

Robin Haighton VE3FRH
President AMSAT

[ANS thanks Robin, VE3FRH, for the above information.]

ANS Good News of the Week

ANS is expanding this section. We will continue to welcome and will publish your good news of success in working a new satellite, new DX, new mode, etc. We also want to add reports about what space related activities your local satellite groups and ham clubs are doing. As such, we have changed the title of this section to the "Weekly Operating Update". Send your operating reports to ANS Editor JoAnne Maenpaa ( and they will be printed here.

[ANS thanks and congratulates KC2JVJ, N1HOQ, and KD4SFF for this week's Operating Update.]

70cm Band Threat

WRC-03 70cm Band Threat Discussed by SARL

It has come to the attention of the South African Radio League (SARL) that the threat to the 70cm band world wide is once again very real. The SARL has just received a discussion paper which will be tabled at the World Radio Conference next year (WRC-03) which directly targets the portion of 432 to 438 MHz for exclusive use by the planned Earth Exploration Satellite Service (EESS) due to be launched soon.

If this proposal is carried at the World Radio Conference next year it will see this portion of spectrum allocated on a worldwide basis and this spells the death knell of all 70cm operation.

The SARL is engaged in urgent talks with the SA regulatory body, ICASA, and other interested parties to try and convince them that this would be a severe blow to amateur radio.

The section of the proposal and the motivation is as follows:

Agenda Item 1.38:
'to consider provision of up to 6 MHz of frequency spectrum to the Earth exploration-satellite service (active) in the frequency band 420-470 MHz, in accordance with Resolution 727 (Rev. WRC-2000).'

According to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, 1992, there is an urgent need for assessment and systematic observations of forest cover and rate of forest degradation in tropical and temperate regions. Active space borne sensors (Synthetic Aperture Radars (SARs) are needed to enable the monitoring of forest biomass.

Systems operating on frequencies around 450 MHz can penetrate the canopy of forests, and have the capability to determine the ground-trunk interaction and are in the context of forest cover information of particular importance.

Systems operating at 1.3 GHz or higher frequencies cannot penetrate the canopy.

The spectrum around 450 MHz is also optimal for monitoring of continental ice and for monitoring of vegetation and soil surfaces for desert and tropical areas.

Probably, as the SARL are saying, "never before have we needed as many amateurs as possible to join and illustrate to the regulatory authority that strength lies in numbers."

[ANS thanks Alec, M1BNK, for the above information]

ARISS Contact Schedule

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2002-10-02 18:00 UTC

The ARISS (a joint effort of AMSAT, the ARRL, NASA, the ARISS international partners including Canada, Russia, the European Partners, and Japan) operations team wishes to announce the following very tentative schedule for ARISS school contacts. This schedule is very fluid and may change at the last minute. Remember that amateur radio use on the ISS is considered secondary. Please check the various AMSAT and ARISS webpages for the latest announcements. Changes from the last announcement are shown in italics. Also, please check for possible live retransmissions ( Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.80 MHz.

For information about educational materials available from ISS partner space agencies, please refer to links on the ARISS Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you are interested in supporting an ARISS contact, then you must fill in an application. The ARISS operations mentor team will not accept a direct request to support an ARISS contact.

You should also note that many schools think that they can request a specific date and time. It does not work that way. Once an application has been accepted, the ARISS mentors will work with the school to determine a mutually agreeable date.

Websites that may be of interest include:

Your completely filled out application should be returned to the nearest coordinating ARISS region if your specific region is not listed. E-mail is the preferred method of submitting an application.

Here are the email addresses:

ARISS-Canada and all other countries not covered Daniel Lamoureux VE2KA
ARISS-Europe J. Hahn, DL3LUM / PA1MUC
ARISS-Japan and all Region 3 countries Keigo Komuro JA1KAB
ARISS-Russia Valerie Agabekov N2WW/UA6HZ
ARISS-USA The American Radio Relay League

ISS Expedition 5 crew: 
Peggy Whitson KC5ZTD
Sergei Treschev RZ3FU
Valeri Korzun RZ3FK

Joamie Ilniarvik, Iqualuit, Nunavut, Canada
Fri. 2002-09-27 13:41 UTC via ZS6BTD 41 deg
Contact was successful. Congratulations Iqualuit and Peggy Whitson!

The school requests that anyone who may have recorded or has a transcript of the downlink from Peggy for the Iqualuit contact to contact them. Please contact the ARISS mentor Steve VE3TBD at if you can help. There was some interference from a new repeater in South Africa that the ARISS team did not know about.

Lamar Elementary (was Travis), Greenville, Texas, direct via KC5GQP
Option #1 Thursday October 17 @ 16:57 UTC
Option #2 Wednesday October 16 @ 17:52 UTC

Whitson Crew Pick, Spruce Hill Christian School (K-8), Philadelphia, PA
Week of 2002-10-21 TBD

Whitson Crew Pick, Silver Hills Middle School, Fairplay, CO
Week of 2002-10-28 TBD

Jamboree Station, The Netherlands, PI4RIS or PA3HGQ/J
TBD during JOTA 2002-10-19 to 2002-10-20

Frank De Winne Crew Pick, Royal Technical School Belgian Air Force, Sint Truiden, Belgium
Direct via ON4BAF
2002-11-02 08:47 UTC

Frank De Winne Crew Pick, Euro Space Center, Transinne, Belgium, direct via ON4ESC or Telebridge
2002-11-01 09:43 UTC

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, Illinois direct via AJ9N
Look for possible live streaming video, the website is

Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV 
Telebridge TBD

St. Ursula's College, Toowoomba, Australia

The latest ARISS announcement and successful school list in now available on the ARISS web site. There are several ways to get there. Try and click on English. You are now at Click on News and you should be in the right place.

Currently the ARISS operations team has a list of over 60 schools that we hope will be able to have a contact during 2002-2003. As the schedule becomes more solidified, we will be letting everyone know. Current plans call for an average of one scheduled school contact per week.

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information.]

PCSat Daylight Ops Only

PCSat users have been requested to please turn off all unattended night time transmissions.

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, explains, "PCSat left full sun last Sunday. PCSat is still fully operational but is passing through 25-minute eclipses on every orbit."

Bob continues, "We are leaving the user digipeater on because that is what it is up there for, but I would ask that users go easy on her in the dark and please turn off all unattended beacons after dark and before sunrise! Let's see if we can keep her alive a while longer. We might be able to make it to full sun again in November with everyone's cooperation"

Normal operations when the satellite is in sunshine are OK.

[ANS thanks Bob, WB4APR for the above information]

Mobile Satellite Operation

A exciting time is coming up for those satellite operators who are collecting grid squares. Jim Walls, K6CCC, explains.

"Starting next Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, I will again be operating as the communication coordinator for a 5-day bicycle ride from Big Bear to Mammoth. As I did last year, I am expecting to operate quite a bit of mobile satellite during the trip. Because of the unfavorable operation of AO-40, I am not planning on bring any S-band capability, and with AO-10 being off the air for most of this year, I am not bringing the long yagis required for that old bird. I will be on the LEO birds as much as my schedule allows. Remember that I am there to support the riders, and satellite operating is secondary. I will get on as much as I can however. Because I strongly favor the linear satellites over the FM birds, I will concentrate on FO-20, FO-29 and, if I can get on during the day, AO-7. Because I am enough of a realist, I know that most grid square hunting is on the FM birds, I will get on many of the FM passes too. Here is the schedule for the ride and the overnight stops (and a few other places I'll explain). All locations are in California.

Tue 8 Oct overnight before ride Big Bear DM14ng
Wed 9 Oct Barstow  DM14lv
Thu 9 Oct overnight stop Ridgecrest  DM15eo
Fri 10 Oct late morning near Coso Junction DM15ax / DM16aa border
Fri 10 Oct overnight stop Lake Diaz DM06xn
Fri 10 Oct alternate operating location North of Owens Lake DM06xn / DM16an border
Sat 11 Oct overnight stop Bishop  DM07ti
Sat 11 Oct alternate operating location East of Bishop DM07xi / DM17ai border

Jim explains that, "Tuesday evening I may operate from Big Bear, but don't hold your breath. It's not a rare grid (there is another guy in Big Bear on the FM birds, and I live in the other end of that grid and am fairly active). Wednesday evening I'm usually pretty busy and again it's the same grid that I live in. Thursday evening is expected to be my first major operating location on most of the evening passes. Friday morning I will attempt (depending on the constraints of the bike ride) to activate from the DM15 / DM16 border when I cross it. Friday evening I will be camped at Lake Diaz (just south of Lone Pine), but last year I drove a couple miles so I could be on the DM06 / DM16 border. That's the only fairly sure bet for DM16 so I expect to go to the same place I did last year. Saturday evening overnight is in Bishop, but I expect to drive east to the DM07 / DM17 border for a couple of passes as I did last year. Sunday morning I was able to operate some on the drive up to Mammoth, but which passes is quite unpredictable. Sunday evening in Mammoth I will be tied up in the after-ride activities and will not operate."

Stations requesting a QSL card are requested to include a SASE.

Jim concludes by saying, "There is a possibility that I will have email access while on the road at a couple places (not to be counted on). Last year I had a pilot station that was able to feed updates to both AMSAT-BB and the AMSAT IRC. I will attempt to repeat that again."

[ANS thanks Jim, K6CCC, for the above information]

ANS in Brief

Weekly Satellite Report

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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by AMSAT News Service Editor Lee McLamb, KU4OS,