January 12, 2003

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ISS Packet Mailbox Filling Up

Packet users are requested to not send e-mail messages to ISS crew: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, requested that amateurs refrain from sending e-mail to the ISS crew via the onboard RS0ISS Personal Message System (PMS). "The crew is not answering the e-mail, and we really don't expect them to." he said. "If things change, we'll let you know." Reports have indicated that the ISS packet mailbox is filling up with unread messages, many of them greetings to the crew or holiday greetings. The all-ham Expedition 6 ISS crew consists of Crew Commander Ken Bowersox, KD5JBP, cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin, RV3FB, and astronaut Don Pettit, KD5MDT.

[ANS thanks the ARRL's Newsline for the above information]

New ISS Packet Manuals

Miles Mann, WF1F, reports that new packet manuals were posted (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) to the MAREX-NA (Manned Amateur Radio Experiment, North American Division) website.

In an effort to keep the world information on ISS ham operations, I will periodically update the ISS Packet Operations Manuals and then post the new version on the web. A new set of manuals has been posted on the web as of January 7, 2003. The only real change in the manuals was the call sign of the mail box on ISS, which was changed from RS0ISS to RS0ISS-1.

Special thanks to Claudio Irate IK1SLD and João Condeço, CT2HPM for converting the English HTML version into great looking PDF manuals in 4 different languages.

The new manuals have moved to a new link under the MAREX web page. Please update your book marks.

Need more languages:
It would be helpful to convert the ISS Packet Operations Manuals into a few more languages. If you have the expertise in this area, please contact Miles at We are looking for translations into: Russian, French and Japanese.

[ANS thanks Miles, WF1F, for the above information]

AMSAT-SM Gets a New Address

Please note the new address for AMSAT-SM (Sweden) from 12 jan 2003 (2003-01-12):

c/o Lars Thunberg
Lackovagen 20
121 50 Johanneshov

Phone, e-mail and web-address as before:
phone: +46 8 654 28 21

[ANS thanks Lars Thunberg SM0TGU for the above information]

AO-40 QSO Party 24-25 January

Reinhard Sual,YB0KTQ announced the first AO-40 QSO Party scheduled to take place on-the-air on the weekend of 24-25 January, 2003. The objective is to encourage more and more amateur radio stations to enjoy two way communication via AO-40, especially when conditions are good on this satellite.

Rules Of Operation

1. All rules from local / international organization have priority over these rules.

2. Any station can participate, as long as, it has its own facility (both uplink and downlink).

3. No relay / repeater use in any kind is permitted. One station is only valid for one entry. A station can be a single operator with his/her own call, or a group of operators with a club station call, providing only use ONE set of radio is used (multi-op with single radio).

4. Use only electroniclog sheet (a freeware logger is available at

5. Software for calculating the TX-RX frequency is available at

Suggested Frequency and Mode

Downlink: S-band, USB
Uplink: U-band LSB OR L-band LSB (only one band per station is allowed during the event)

Mode: SSB Only

Keep +/- 10 kHz from MB always clear.

QSO Party Duration

This event will take place from 0000 UTC January 24 till 2400 UTC January 2, 2003. Starting and ending MA is in accordance with the availability of the passband.


A special certificate will be issued, for those who have a minimum 20 QSOs with different stations, and send their electronic logsheet via email, also sending SASE and US$ 5 via post office. A special award will be given to the station with the most DXCC countries provided that they send their electronic logsheet via e-mail. The electronic log sheet in ASCII text, ADIF, or Microsoft Excel formats, should be sent to ReinhardSual@TheTempoGroup.Net

The closing date for electronic log-sheet submission is 31 January 2003.

Post Office Address:
To get a special certificate send an SASE and US$ 5 to:
Reinhard Sual - YB0KTQ
Pulo Gebang Permai G1/9
Jakarta Timur 13950

All information on this AO-40 QSO Party is available on Internet at

This event is coordinated by YB0KTQ, and by no means related to any organization, locally or internationally. However, Reinhard has discussed the QSO Party with friends, especially among AO-40 enthusiasts from more than 15 countries, who support this event.

[ANS thanks Reinhard Sual YB0KTQ for the above information]

OSCAR Designation for SaudiSat-1C

In a letter to Dr. Turki Al Saud, AMSAT-NA Chairman of the Board Bill Tynan designated SaudiSat-1C as Saudi OSCAR-50 (SO-50):

Dear Dr. Turki Al Saud,

AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH has asked me to handle issuance of OSCAR numbers. Therefore, in response to your letter to him requesting an OSCAR number for SaudiSat-1C, I hereby issue Saudi OSCAR-50 (SO-50) to your new amateur radio spacecraft. Thus, SO-50 joins a long line of amateur radio satellites beginning with OSCAR-1 launched in December, 1961.

On behalf of AMSAT-NA I wish to congratulate you and your associates at Space Research Institute of KACST on the successful culmination of this project and hope that amateurs all over the world will have an opportunity to use SO-50.

Best wishes and 73,

William (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
Board Chairman AMSAT-NA

[ANS thanks W3XO for the above information]

SAFIR-M Also Receives an OSCAR Designation

Please note that SAFIR-M (call: DP0AIS) has got its OSCAR number: AATiS OSCAR-49 (AO-49) was issued to SAFIR-M on 4th of January 2003 (see below mail). Thanks to AMSAT-NA for this assignment.

As SAFIR-M is an amateur radio payload onbord of RUBIN-2, the TLEs of "RUBIN 2" (NORAD #27605, COSPAR #2002 058A) are to be used.

Informations about SAFIR-M and actual operational information are published of the following sites:
SAFIR-M Homepage:
SAFIR-M Operational:

[AND thanks Oliver, DG6BCE, for the above information]

Weekly Operating Update

ANS welcomes the opportunity to publish your good news of success in working a new satellite, new DX, new mode, etc. We also print reports about what space related activities your local satellite groups and ham clubs are doing. Send your operating reports to JoAnne ( and they will be printed here.

[ANS thanks DU1EV for this week's operating news.]

New Weather Satellites Launched

Further information on the SeaWinds project can be found at

Information about ICESat can be found at

[ANS thanks SpaceDaily and NASA for the above information]

Chinese Manned Spaceflight in 2003?

After the successful launch and recovery of the Chinese spacecraft Shenzhou IV in late 2002, a senior official in the Shanghai Academy of Space Flight Technology, said nine launch missions were planned for 2003. However, Shi Jinmiao, deputy commander-in-chief and deputy chief designer of the Shenzhou IV spacecraft, did not disclose the planned launch date of a manned spaceflight. Future spaceflights will depend, in part, on the resulting analysis of Shenzhou IV's flight.

[ANS thanks China Daily for the above information]

French ARISS Contact a Success

Students at the Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Brest, France, spoke January 8 via amateur radio with US astronaut Don Pettit, KD5MDT. A member of the Expedition 6 crew, Pettit is the chief science officer on board the International Space Station. The contact was arranged by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.

Some 30 schoolchildren, their teachers and parents gathered in the room where the local amateur radio club had set up the satellite station.

After being called by Louis, F6CGJ, operating club station F6KPF, Pettit -- at the controls of NA1SS -- came back loud and clear and right on time. Season's greetings were exchanged, and Pettit then began answering questions, which included one asking if the crew celebrated Christmas in space. Other youngsters wanted to know about how the ISS was supplied with food and where their drinking water came from. Pettit and his fellow crew members commander Ken Bowersox, KD5JBP, and Nikolai Budarin, RV3FB, will remain in space until March.

"The signal was strong, and Don's voice sounded as if he was addressing the audience from the floor," said ARISS Vice Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF. By the end of the pass, 18 questions had been asked and answered. Those on hand for the early-morning contact included Brest Mayor François Cuillandre. The event was covered by two TV stations, a radio station and two newspapers.

Bertels reports that the 10 and 11-year-old pupils -- students of Anne Jaouen -- have been studying radio telecommunications throughout the school year with support from the Brest Amateur Radio Club. "Financed by Brest City Hall's Cultural Department, this activity concentrates on technology and on the history of radio communications from the beginning of the 20th century to the present days, from radio tubes to transistors," Bertels explained. "Hands-on experience consisted of building a crystal radio set, and the children also have communicated from their classroom with French amateur radio stations."

The youngsters also were actively involved in preparing the questionnaire for the ARISS contact. "They studied some basics of astronomy, made models of the solar system, showing lunar phases, the sky, the sun and the earth," Bertels explained. "They also saw pictures taken on board the ISS and transmitted on television."

In addition to the scientific side of space study, the children wrote poems on the theme and illustrated these with paintings representing the adventure of space exploration and the planets, Bertels said. These now decorate the walls of the school.

A round of applause from the youngsters and the audience concluded the "perfect space talk," Bertels said.

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information.]

ARISS Contact Schedule

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2003-01-08 22:00 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 noted with (***). 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 6 crew:
Kenneth Bowersox KD5JBP
Nikolai Budarin RV3FB
Donald Pettit KD5MDT

Adler video and audio is available at

Ecole Immaculle Conception, Brest, France, Direct
2003-01-08 07:37 UTC
Contact was successful. (***)
Congratulations Don and Ecole Immaculle Conception! (***)

The proposed questions for Ecole Immaculle Conception are:

  1. Did you celebrate Christmas on board?
  2. How many times a day do you turn around the earth ?
  3. Is living on board the ISS comparable to living in a submarine ?
  4. How many people can live in the space station?
  5. Will the experiments you're doing right now soon be useful on earth?
  6. Can you see Brittany when looking through the window?
  7. What kind of physical activity can you perform?
  8. Are you informed of what's happening on earth?
  9. How are you supplied with food?
  10. What is your task on board?
  11. Is it possible for you to talk to your family?
  12. When did you get the passion for travelling and working in space ?
  13. Where does the water you drink come from?
  14. Will you work outside the ISS ? If so, what will you do?
  15. Did you travel by Soyuz or by Shuttle ?
  16. How long will you stay in the space station ?
  17. Is it easy to live in such a small area?
  18. Do you sleep in a real bed?

Sacajawea Middle School, Montana Direct
2003-01-08 15:19 UTC
No coverage is expected.

Contact was successful. Congratulations Don and Sacajawea! (***)

The proposed questions for Sacajawea are:

  1. Did you have radio experience prior to being an astronaut? If so, how did that influence your decision to be an astronaut?
  2. How were you chosen for the ISS?
  3. How do you eat and how is food cooked?
  4. What do you do for fun in the ISS?
  5. What is the most unexpected thing that has happened since you have been at the ISS?
  6. What do you hope to accomplish on this mission for ISS and you personnally?
  7. What is most impressive about being in space?
  8. How many sunrise and sets during a day do you see, or is it all sunshine?
  9. What are the inside and outside temperatures?
  10. Do you do plant research? Do you grow any food?
  11. If I wanted to be an astronaut, what should I start doing now. How old were you when you decided to be an astronaut?
  12. What can you see of earth with the naked eye?
  13. What problems has there been since you arrived and how did you solve them?
  14. What is the best thing about being in space? How many people are there now and what are their jobs?
  15. You get electricity from solar panes. Do you store any of it, or is there enough to use all the time whenever you need it?
  16. We're told space is black. What outer space objects can you see, like meteors, stars or planets?
  17. How do you work to keep from losing calcium in your bones while you are in space?

Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, MA, Telebridge
TBD week of 2003-01-13

Hochwald-Gymnasium, Wadern, Germany, Direct via DN1TA
TBD 2003-02

Cowichan Secondary School, Duncan, BC, Canada, Direct via VE7POH
TBD 2003-02

Field School Park Ridge, Illinois (***)
TBD week of 2003-01-12

Oregon State University
TBD 2003-02-21

ISIS Malignani, Cervignano del Friuli, Italy

Hirano Elementary School, Kobe, Japan

Lounsberry Hollow Middle School, New Jersey

Porin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu, Pori Senior High school, Finland

Saint 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:
click on "English", you are now at
click on "School contact information"
click on "ARISS school contact schedule"

or go to

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 Sufana AJ9N for the above information]

Weekly Satellite Report

Link to the weekly report on satellite ...

All Satellites
ISS. RS-12. RS-13. RS-15. RS-20. AO-7. AO-10. UO-11. UO-14. AO-16. LO-19. FO-20. UO-22. KO-23. KO-25. IO-26. AO-27. FO-29. GO-32. SO-33. PO-34. UO-36. AO-40. SO-41. SO-42. NO-44. NO-45. MO-46. AO-49. SO-50

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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by AMSAT News Service Editor Scott Lindsey-Stevens, N3ASA,