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December 14, 2003

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AO-40 Birthday Bash Results

The results of the AO-40 Birthday Bash have been tabulated. There were a lot of participants however, only a handful bothered to submit their logs for scoring. The results are below. The winners and runner ups will each receive a certificate from AMSAT to their callbook address. The score between the winner and runner up was really close. Eleven logs were submitted via ASCII email attachments and two were sent via postal mail.

Worldwide

LY3BH  354 Winner
JA1CG  341 Runner up
UR5MGW  220
W0EEC  187
W6ZQ  157
WD4FAB  68
RA4CBY  42
5B4AZ  41
SV1AWE  40
JA6BX  28
N5ZNL  23
VK5DG  21
VE2DWE  11

Stateside

W0EEC  187 Winner
W6ZQ  157 Runner up
WD4FAB  68
N5ZNL  23

Non-Stateside

LY3BH  354 Winner
JA1CG  341 Runner up
UR5MGW  220
RA4CBY  42
5B4AZ  41
SV1AWE  40
JA6BX  28
VK5DG  21
VE2DWE  11

AMSAT-NA Members

W0EEC  187 Winner
W6ZQ  157 Runner up
WD4FAB  68
JA6BX  28
N5ZNL  23
VE2DWE  11

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

Large Echo Sticker Now Available

Now available from AMSAT is the large (4" x 6") Echo sticker. The design is the same as the patch (see www.amsat.org). It can be yours for a donation of $6.00 in the US, $7.00 in Canada/Mexico, $8.00 elsewhere.

[ANS thanks Martha for the above information]

ARISS School Contact Successful

Friday 12 December 2003 at 13:59 UTC, the German school Berufliche Schule des Kreises Nordfriesland in Niebuell, Germany, performed a radio contact with the US astronaut Mike Foale, KB5UAC, on board the ISS.

The Berufliche Schule des Kreises Nordfriesland in Niebuell is a school center located in the most north-western part of Germany. The 2600 pupils are taught by 135 teachers. The school does focus on a big variety of professional education. The main fields are economics, computer science, health and nutrition, agriculture, social matters and pedagogics.

The amateur radio station of the school, DL0NIB, used its educational callsign DN0BSN for the contact.

The coordinating teacher Guenter Jannsen, DF3LG, did a brilliant job. He prepared the event, he managed the installation of the satellite station, he motivated the 16 students to work out detailed pedagogic discussions about space technology.

The technical team did a perfect job and set up the satellite station with absolute professionalism. The 16 students, the coordinating teacher, Mr. Guenter Jannsen, the technical team, the principal of the school, Mr. Bernhard Puschmann, and an audience of about 150 students and their parents gathered this early afternoon and waited for the contact.

The ISS called the school at the predicted time. During the 10 minutes long contact the students asked questions on a variety of topics, ranging from safety of the ISS and oxygen production to microgravity and noise on board the ISS. Mike Foale answered 16 questions. The sound quality was good, with minimal noise and fading. The loss of signal came after the farewell words of the coordinating teacher, during the applause of the audience.

One radio station (NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk) and two newspapers (Nordfriesland Tageblatt, Wochenschau) covered the event.

A big success in every respect!

[ANS thanks Peter, IN3GHZ for the above information]

AO-40 Attitude Update

Based on actual data from the AO-40 telemetry beacon, on 12/13 Dec 2003 - Orbit 1431, AO-40's attitude has drifted to approximately ALON/ALAT 2 / 21. AO-40 will continue drift toward ALON/ALAT ~315/24 at ~ 16 deg/week.

The AO-40 team would like your telemetry files! Please "zip" compress your daily telemetry files and e-mail to ao40-archive@amsat.org

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL 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. 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 ans-editor@amsat.org

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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by AMSAT News Service Editor Lee McLamb, KU4OS, ku4os@amsat.org

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