February 9, 2003

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OSCAR Straight Key Night Best Fists

Many thanks to all who participated in Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2003. Participation was up this year, producing a record 11 Best Fist winners, all nominated by at least one operator they worked. Here's the list:

Dave Rowan, G4CUO
Lee Collins, K1LEE
Jerry Brown, K5OE
Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR
Keith O'Brien, N4ZQ
Mike Rudzki, N8MR
Mal Preston, NP2L
Stan Holden, W3QBK
Andy Mac Allister, W5ACM
Ron Cade, W6ZQ
Alan Lyday, WC9C

See you all next year!

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]

AO-40 Schedule Update

AO-40 continues to maintain a nominal attitude of ALON/ALAT = 0/0.

N  QST AMSAT AO-40      SCHEDULE    @=VARIABLE      2003-02-01
    MA      010   040   126   132   140@  156   210   244   010
    S2/K-Tx  |  S  |  S  | S/K |  S  |  S  |  S  |  S  |  S  |
    MB       |  *  |  *  |  *  |  *  |     |  *  |  *  |  *  |
    RUDAK    |     |     |     |     |  *  |     |     |     |
    V/U-Rx   |  U  |  U  |  U  |  U  |  V  |  U  |  U  |  V  |
    Uplink   |     | UL  | UL  | UL  |     | UL  |     |     |

[ANS thanks Stacey, W4SM, for the above information]

Martha's 25th Anniversary with AMSAT

Saturday night, February 1, the DC-area folks had a little party to commemorate Martha's 25th anniversary with AMSAT at W3PK's QTH. Tom Clark has made photos of the festivities available at

Although no official attendance was taken, Tom provided the following list of participants.

Bob Carpenter (W3OTC)
Tom & Elizabeth Clark (W3IWI)
Dick & Jackie Daniels (W4PUJ)
Marty Davidoff (K2UBC)
Art Feller (W4ART)
Rick & Elaine Hambly (W2GPS and N3HMW)
Ken & Peggy Nichols (KD3VK)
Jim Randall (N3YDT)
Barbara Saragovitz (& John Gannon)
Dan Schultz (N8FGV)
Martha & John Shew (N4QQ)
Perry & Suzy Klein (W3PK)

[ANS thanks Tom, W3IWI, for the above information]

Guadeloupe Active on AO-40

FG (Guadeloupe), February 21-26. Wayne Estes W9AE plans to operate AO40 as FG/W9AE from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. The tentative plan is to operate starting ~2300 UTC on February 21, 22, 25, and 26 for windows to the Americas and the Pacific. Also on Sunday February 23 from 1500-2000 UTC for a window to Europe and central Asia. Exact operating times will depend on the RUDAK schedule and vacation activities. QSL to
Wayne Estes
18673 W. Meadow Lane
Mundelein, IL 60060

[ANS thanks Wayne W9AE for the above information.]

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2003-02-04 06:00 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:

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

Field School Park Ridge, Illinois

Hochwald-Gymnasium, Wadern, Germany, Direct via DL0WR
TBD due to scheduling conflict with resupply mission (***)

Hirano Elementary School, Kobe, Japan direct via 8N3HES

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

Oregon State University
Option #1 Fri 2003-02-21 20:07 UTC telebridge via NN1SS

ISIS Malignani, Cervignano del Friuli, Italy

Lounsberry Hollow Middle School, New Jersey

Krueger School of Applied Technology, San Antonio, Texas

Saint Ursula's College, Toowoomba, Australia

The latest ARISS announcement and successful school list in now available on the ARISS web site. Several ways to get there.
click on English (sorry I don't know French)
you are now at
click on News

Currently the ARISS operations team has a list of over 60 schools that we hope will be able to have a contact during 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]

ANS in Brief

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

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to the ANS Editors at

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