May 18, 2003

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AO-40 Update

Active magnetorquing of AO-40 to hold ALON relatively steady and begin to lower ALAT has begun. On 18 May 2003 ALON/ALAT was approximately 329/7. A better determination will be possible now the ALAT has dropped below 15 degrees and the earth enters the camera field of view.

Hopefully passbands will be on soon during the first half of the orbit, if all goes well.

The A-blk "message of the day" section now includes height, Lon/Lat of the subsatellite point, and ALON/ALAT. All of these values are generated by the IHU-1 software based on its orbital and magnetorquing calculations. ALON/ALAT is also updated from the ground when a new magnetorquing command is issued.

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

AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2003

AMSAT-UK's 18th Colloquium will be held at Surrey University, Guildford, Surrey, U.K., from Friday 25 July to Sunday 27 July 2003.

This year, because speakers are sometimes hard to find, we have relaxed the requirement for a printed paper to accompany the talk; it is not mandatory.

Other differences this year are:

Speakers - G3RWL
Publicity - G3VZV
Proceedings - G4DPZ
Everything else - G3WGM

Colloquium information is on the Amsat-UK web pages at

Richard G3RWL
Colloquium Programme organizer

[ANS thanks Richard Limebear, G3RWL for the above information]

AMSAT Awards

Congrats go out to following for earning their OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award.

Joel Black, W4JBB #376 10-May-2003
James Hall, WB4YDL #377 14-May-2003

Also congrats to the following for making their first satellite QSO and earning their Satellite Communicators Club Award:

Emily Clarke, W0EEC 10-May-2003
Angel Santano, WP3GW 10-May-2003
Joel Black, W4JBB 10-May-2003
Leon Bishop, N5PU 14-May-2003
James Hall, WB4YDL 14-May-2003

Congrats to Joel Black, W4JBB, he has earned the South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communication Achievement Award #US76.

If you would like to earn an AMSAT award, visit for a complete list of all the awards.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]

VP2E Satellite DXexpedition

From May 19th to May 30th, and then again possibly 2 weeks later, Drew, KO4MA, will be in Anguilla for work. He will at the least have an arrow and HT to make QSOs on UO-14, and SO-50 or AO-27 if they are on or still on by the time they get to 18 degrees latitude. A reciprocal license application has been submitted, but since it must be picked up in person, and this is a work trip, the exact date that operations can start as well as the callsign is unknown at this time.

Drew says, "I would like to do AO-40 too, but my luggage allowance is VERY restricted due to work stuff. With the close range and attitude, I may be able to use the UHF half of the arrow and a helix/preamp combo, or line an umbrella with foil when I get there and try that. If it looks like I can fit the gear, and it will work, I'll take the radios to do AO-40 (Yaesu FT-790/817 combo). If I do make AO-40, it will be only in the earliest AM hours before work. I will endeavor to assemble this setup this week and test it before I go."

There is also a chance of an evening pass or 2 from nearby Saint Martin/Maarten (PJ7/FS).

QSL direct only, with an SASE, or SAE and green stamp/euro, to my address.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]

This Week's News 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

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