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Weekly Satellite Report

October 19, 2003

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

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AO-40 AMSAT-OSCAR 40

Catalog number: 26609
Launched: November 16, 2000 aboard an Ariane 5 launcher from Kourou, French Guiana.
Uplink V-band 145.840 to 145.990 MHz CW/LSB
U-band 435.550 to 435.800 MHz CW/LSB
L1-band 1269.250 to 1269.500 MHz CW/LSB
L2-band 1268.325 to 1268.575 MHz CW/LSB
S1-band 2400.350 to 2400.600 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink S2-band 2401.225 - 2401.475 MHz CW/USB
K-band 24,048.010 - 24,048.060 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 2401.323, 24,048.035

For the current transponder operating schedule visit http://www.amsat-dl.org/journal/adlj-p3d.htm

AO-40 experimental transponder operation started on May 05, 2001 at approximately 08:00 UTC when the U-band and L1-band uplinks were connected to the S-2 transmitter passband downlink via the matrix switch.

The AO-40 passbands are once again on.

The AMSAT AO-40 Beacon + 20 net has resumed.

Upcoming DX:

AMSAT is sponsoring the AO-40 Birthday Bash to celebrate AO-40's 3rd Birthday. It's going on now until November 17, 2003, 0000 UTC.  Email Bruce Paige, KK5DO, kk5do@amsat.org for more details.

Gene, W3PM has an Excel spreadsheet that will help evaluate your AO-40 groundstation. Download it at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ftp/software/spreadsheet/w3pm-ao40-v2.1.zip

Scott, NX7U has written a stand-alone version of Gene Marcus' link budget spreadsheet. Two advantages/features:
1. Doesn't require Excel to run.
2. Will calculate your uplink SNR based on a Nova for Windows listing file, plus the maximum transmit power to keep from triggering LEILA.
Download it at: http://members.cox.net/nx7u/ao40/Software

The "AO-40 FAQ", compiled by Steve, VK5ASF is now available at http://www.amsat.org

Ground stations capturing telemetry from AO-40 are asked to send a copy of the data to the AO-40 archive at ao40-archive@amsat.org.

For the current transponder-operating schedule visit http://www.amsat-dl.org/journal/adlj-p3d.htm

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL for this information]

ARISS - International Space Station

Catalog number: 25544
Worldwide packet uplink: 145.990 MHz FM
Region 1 voice uplink: 145.200 MHz FM
Region 2/3 voice uplink: 144.490 MHz FM
Worldwide downlink: 145.800 MHz FM
TNC callsign RS0ISS-1
The ARISS initial station was launched September 2000 aboard shuttle Atlantis.

ARISS is made up of delegates from major national amateur radio organizations, including AMSAT.

Status: Operational.

The current Expedition 7 crew is:
Commander Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP
Flight Engineer Ed Lu, KC5WKJ

Work continues to restore the packet system.

Alain, IZ6BYY and Claudio, IK1SLD wish to announce the opening of the ISS Fan Club. http://www.issfanclub.com

The ISS Fan Club announces the introduction of the "ISS Achievement Award". Visit http://www.issfanclub.com/iaa

Information on how to access the amateur radio equipment aboard the ISS is available at http://www.marexmg.org/fileshtml/unprotopage.html

The ISS daily crew schedule can be found at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/timelines/. When crew members have free time, they may be available for amateur radio operations.

U.S. callsign: NA1SS
Russian callsigns: RS0ISS, RZ3DZR

The QSL routes for stations working the International Space Station (all callsigns):

U.S stations: Margie Bourgoin KB1DCO
Attn: ARISS Expedition-1 (or 2, 3, etc.) QSL
ARRL, 225 Main Street
Newington, Connecticut 06111
SASE required
Canadian stations: Radio Amateurs of Canada
Attn: ARISS Expedition-1 (or 2, 3, etc.) QSL
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 0Z5
European stations: AMSAT-France
16, rue de la Vallee
91360 Epinay sur Orge, France
SASE and 2 IRC's required

More information is available at: http://ariss.gsfc.nasa.gov/ or http://www.rac.ca/ariss

[ANS thanks Will Marchant, KC6ROL, and Jean-Louis Rault, F6AGR, for this information]

AO-7 AMSAT OSCAR 7

Catalog number: 07530
Uplink: 145.850 to 145.950 MHz CW/USB
432.125 to 432.175 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink: 29.400 to 29.500 MHz CW/USB
145.975 to 145.925 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 29.502 MHz, 145.972 MHz, 435.1 MHz, 2304.1 MHz

Launched: November 15, 1974 by a Delta 2310 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, California.
Status: Semi-operational in sunlight.

After being declared dead 21 years ago in mid 1981 due to battery failure, AO-7 has miraculously sprung back to life and was first detected by Pat Gowen, G3IOR on June 21, 2002 at 1728 UTC. Jan King, W3GEY reports AO-7 is running off the solar panels only. It will only be on when in sunlight and off in eclipse. Therefore, AO-7 will reset each orbit and may not turn on each time.

On July 11, 2002 AO-7 was successfully commanded for the first time since it was declared dead 21 years ago. Commands were sent and accepted to change the CW beacon code speed.

Command investigation continues. So far, 11 different commands have been accepted by AO-7.

Emily, W0EEC has created a website to allow the users of AO-7 to record contacts, observations and use of the satellite more effectively. This includes the ability to log contacts. http://www.experthams.net/ao7

Tim, K3TZ has written a program to decode AO-07 telemetry. The program can be downloaded at http://www.qsl.net/k3tz/files/K3TZ_AO-07_Telemetry_Decoder_0.5.zip

For more info: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/ao7.html

[ANS thanks Pat Gowen, G3IOR and Jan King, W3GEY for this information]

UO-14

Catalog number: 20437
Uplink 145.975 MHz FM
Downlink 435.070 MHz FM
Launched January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Non-operational.

From Chris, G7UPN on 08/19/03:

It seems that there is a problem with the UO-14 power system -- possibly a battery cell has a fault.

Currently we're running the downlink in telemetry mode to try and ascertain what's happening.

Tim, KG8OC, features UO-14 information on the Michigan AMSAT web site, see http://www.qsl.net/kg8oc

Ray, W2RS, has revised the AO-27 FAQ on http://www.amsat.org/amsat/intro/ao27faq.html to include information on UO-14.

Ramon, VE7RKK was active from TF, Iceland and OX, Greenland.

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN / ZL2TPO, for UO-14 information]

RS-15

Catalog number: 23439
Uplink 145.858 to 145.898 MHz CW/USB
Downlink 29.354 to 29.394 MHz CW/USB
Beacon 29.352 MHz (intermittent)
SSB meeting frequency 29.380 MHz (unofficial)
Launched December 26, 1994 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Semi-operational, Mode A (2m uplink, 10m downlink)

Dave, WB6LLO, has antenna information for mode-A operation. http://home.san.rr.com/doguimont/uploads

FO-20 JAS-1b

Catalog number: 20480
Uplink 145.900 to 146.000 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 to 435.900 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 435.795 MHz
Launched February 7, 1990 by an H1 launcher from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan
Semi-operational.

FO-20 is in mode JA continuously.

FO-20 has been reported silent by numerous operators.

Tak, JA2PKI, reported FO-20 control station operators believe that the UVC (Under Voltage Controller) is now regulating the transponder. The controller monitors battery voltage and tries to protect the batteries from over discharge.

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK for the FO-20 status reports]

AO-27 AMRAD

Catalog number: 22825
Uplink 145.850 MHz FM
Downlink 436.795 MHz FM
Launched September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Semi-operational, mode J.

AO-27 was 10 years old on Sept 26, 2003.

The latest information on AO-27 from control operator Michael Wyrick, N3UC (former N4USI), can be found at http://www.ao27.org

An AO-27 question-and-answer page is available on the AMSAT-NA web site, with updates by Ray, W2RS: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/intro/ao27faq.html.

[ANS thanks AMRAD for AO-27 information]

FO-29 JAS-2

Catalog number: 24278
Voice/CW Mode JA
Uplink 145.900 to 146.000 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 to 435.900 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 435.795 MHz
Digital Mode JD
Uplink 145.850, 145.870, 145.910 MHz FM
Downlink 435.910 MHz FM 9600 baud BPSK
Callsign 8J1JCS
Digi-talker Mode
Downlink 435.910 MHz FM
Launched August 17, 1996, by an H-2 launcher from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan
Operational.

Mineo, JE9PEL, has an FO-29 satellite telemetry analysis program that will automatically analyze all digital telemetry from the satellite (such as current, voltage and temperature). FO29CWTE is available at http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-29 status reports]

SO-41 SAUDISAT-1A

Catalog number: 26545
Uplink 145.850 MHz
Downlink 436.775 MHz
Broadcast Callsign SASAT1-11
BBS SASAT1-12
Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Operational but intermittent

The spacecraft is operating in Mode J, currently configured as an analog FM voice repeater, as power and spacecraft experiments permit.

Further information is available at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/so41.html

[ANS thanks Turki Al-Saud for this information]

SO-50 SAUDISAT-1C

Catalog number: 27607
Uplink: 145.850 MHz (67.0 Hz PL tone)
Downlink: 436.795 MHz 
Launched: December 20, 2002 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Status: Operational.

SO-50 carries several experiments, including a mode J FM amateur repeater experiment operating on 145.850 MHz uplink and 436.800 MHz downlink. The repeater is available to amateurs worldwide as power permits, using a 67.0 Hertz tone on the uplink, for on-demand activation.

[ANS thanks Turki Al-Saud for this information]

UO-11 OSCAR-11

Catalog number: 14781
Downlink 145.826 MHz FM, 1200 baud PSK
Beacon 2401.500 MHz
Launched March 1, 1984 by a Delta-Thor rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California
Semi-operational.

OSCAR-11 now operates in a default mode, controlled by the watch-dog timer. The satellite transmits continuous ASCII telemetry for about 8 - 9 days on 145.826 MHz., followed by about 10 - 12 days of silence. These times appear to be somewhat variable, and this regular sequence might be interrupted by ground control. The mode-S beacon on 2401.5 MHz transmits continuously.

At the present time, ground control are unable to command the satellite, due to low temperatures affecting the command decoder. They will attempt to command the satellite when the command decoder temperature has risen to 15C.

The mode-S beacon has been heard by Christian F1AFZ. He reports S3-S4 signals with 85 cm dish, 3.5 turn helix, and AIDC 3733 converter.

A Windows Soundcard program for displaying and capturing OSCAR-11 data is now available. This is MIXW2, a general purpose amateur radio data communication program written by Nick Fedoseev UT2UZ. You can download the program from www.mixw.net You need the latest version 2.07. Unfortunately the documentation for this version of MIXW2 does not cover the OSCAR-11 application. However there is a package of instructions and examples on G3CWV's website (URL below).

More information on OSCAR-11 is available at http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/

[ANS thanks Clive Wallis, G3CWV, for OSCAR-11 status information]

AO-16 PACSAT

Catalog number: 20439
Uplink 145.900, 145.920, 145.940, 145.960 MHz FM, 1200 bps Manchester FSK
Downlink 437.026 MHz SSB, 1200 bps 1200 Baud PSK
Beacon 2401.1428 MHz.
Broadcast callsign: PACSAT-11
BBS: PACSAT-12
Launched January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Semi-operational. Digipeater on.

A WOD collection of current graphics along with general information and telemetry samples can be found at http://www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu

[ANS thanks Miguel A. Menendez, EA1BCU, for AO-16 status information.]

UO-22 UOSAT

Catalog number: 21575
Uplink 145.900 MHz FM
Downlink 435.120 MHz FM 9600 Baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: UOSAT5-11
BBS: UOSAT5-12
Launched July 17, 1991 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Operational

More information on the satellite is available at http://www.sstl.co.uk/

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-22 information and Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for status information]

IO-26 ITAMSAT

Catalog number: 22826
Uplink 145.875, 145.900, 145.925, 145.950 MHz FM
Downlink 435.812 MHz SSB, 1200 Baud PSK
Broadcast callsign: ITMSAT-11
BBS: ITMSAT-12
Launched September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Semi-operational.

Digipeater function is on, open for APRS users.

IO-26 was 10 years old on Sept 26, 2003.

On November 18, 2002 Alberto, I2KBD reported:

The current configuration of IO-26 allows only limited telemetry in MBL (safe) mode. To enable full telemetry and digipeating, we must re-load the full IHT high level software suite. This was delayed several times, but we plan to do that in the near future. When the IHT code is running, the bulletin will announce that.

[ANS thanks ITAMSAT Project Manager Alberto E. Zagni, I2KBD, for this information]

NO-44 PCSat

Catalog number: 26931
Uplink/downlink 145.827 MHz 1200 baud AX.25 AFSK via W3ADO-1
Aux/Uplink 435.250 MHz 9600 baud via PCSAT (off)
APRS Downlink 144.390 MHz (Region 2)
Launched: September 30, 2001 aboard an Athena-1 rocket from the Kodiak Alaska launch complex.
Status: Semi-operational

PCSat is a 1200-baud APRS digipeater designed for use by stations using hand-held or mobile transceivers. Downlinks feed a central web site http://pcsat.aprs.org. The APRS-equipped PCSat was built by midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy under the guidance of Bob Bruninga, WB4APR.

Bob reports:
We declared mission success when PCsat lasted a week. Today (Oct 01, 2003) is the beginning of the 3rd year of operation. PCsat just came over and is OPS NORMAL and remains available for all users since her last recovery on 13 Sept.

I see 50 users in the last 2 days on http://pcsat.aprs.org

For more information, visit the PCSat web site at http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/pcsat.html

[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, for PCSat information]

MO-46 TIUNGSAT-1

Catalog number: 26548
Uplink 145.850 or 145.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK
Downlink 437.325 MHz
Broadcast callsign: MYSAT3-11
BBS: MYSAT3-12
NUP: MYSAT3-10
Launched September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Operational at 38k4 baud FSK

TiungSat-1 is Malaysia's first micro-satellite and in addition to commercial land and weather imaging payloads will offer FM and FSK amateur radio communication.

TiungSat-1, named after the mynah bird of Malaysia, was developed as a collaborative effort between the Malaysian government and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

AO-49 AATiS OSCAR-49 (SAFIR-M)

Catalog number: 27605
Uplink 435.275 1200-baud AFSK
Downlink 145.825 9600-baud FSK
(optional voice message)
Broadcast callsign: DP0AIS
Launched: December 20, 2002 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Status: Operational.

AO-49 (SAFIR-M) is a German amateur radio payload onboard the small German scientific satellite "RUBIN-2".

AO-49 was built by the German amateur radio association "AATiS e.V." (German acronym for "Arbeitskreis Amateurfunk und Telekommunikation in der Schule", which means: 'working group for amateur radio and telecommunications in schools'). AO-49 is designed as a "store and broadcast" system for APRS based messages, dedicated for the use of schools in combination with the existing WX-Net and planned buoy experiments in Germany.

No transmissions detected since the 1st of February 2003! It appears AO-49 is not properly aligned to illuminate the solar panels. This should end soon. Due to its orbit, AO-49 will be in a phase without eclipses until 13Feb03.

Martin DG8UAU has written a small software program "SAFIR-M Decoder" to allow decoding of the received DATA0 frames. It is available at http://amend.gmxhome.de in the section Aktuelles.

Details on AO-49 (SAFIR-M) can be found at http://amend.gmxhome.de.
Information about AATiS e.V. is available at http://www.aatis.de

[ANS thanks Oliver Amend, DG6BCE for this information]

The following satellites are in orbit but are semi-operational at this time. The following reports were last published October 5, 2003.

LO-19 LUSAT

Uplink 145.840, 145.860, 145.880, 145.900 MHz 1200 bps Manchester FSK
Downlink 437.150 MHz SSB, 1200 bps RC-BPSK
CW Downlink 437.125 MHz
Broadcast callsign: LUSAT-11
BBS: LUSAT-12
Launched January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana

The CW beacon is sending eight telemetry channels and one status channel on 437.126 MHz. No BBS service is available. The digipeater is not active.

General information and telemetry samples can be found at http://www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu

[ANS thanks Miguel A. Menendez, EA1BCU, for LO-19 status information.]

GO-32 TechSat-1B

Downlink: 435.325, 435.225 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Uplinks: 145.860, 145.880, 145.890, 145.930 FM

Downlink: 435.225 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
(435.325 n/a - temperature problems)
Uplinks: 145.850, 145.890, 145.930 FM
1269.700, 1269.800, 1269.900 FM
Broadcast Callsign: 4XTECH-11
BBS Callsign: 4XTECH-12
Launched July 10, 1998 by a Russian Zenit rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Semi-operational.

Ground station control only, system beacon every 30 seconds.

No UPLOADING or DIGI are available at anytime.

Output Power - 1W

WinTelem v1.0 - TechSat's telemetry decoding software is now available for amateur use.

For more info check: http://www.iarc.org/techsat/

[ANS thanks Tidhar Teucher, 4Z5CA, and Shlomo Menuhin, 4X1AS for GO-32 status information]

SO-33 SEDSAT

Downlink 437.910 MHz FM 9600 Baud FSK
Launched October 24, 1998 by a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida
Semi-operational.

The satellite is not currently available for uplink transmissions and image and transponder recovery efforts have been unsuccessful.

SEDSAT-1 signifies Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (satellite number one).

SedSat-1 has downlinked months worth of telemetry data on the performance of its electrical power system parameters. The Nickel Metal Hydride batteries on the spacecraft were experimental and experienced some abuse due to a power negative situation. This information has provided NASA with useful information. With the exception of the imaging system and the use of the transponders, SedSat-1 has been judged a success.

For more information on SedSat-1 visit the satellite web site at http://www.seds.org/sedsat

ANS has no further information.

The following satellites are in orbit but are non-operational at this time:

AO-10 OSCAR 10

Uplink 435.030 to 435.180 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 145.975 to 145.825 MHz CW/USB
Beacon 145.810 MHz (unmodulated carrier)
Launched June 16, 1983 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Non-operational.

Stacey Mills, W4SM, has more information about the satellite at http://www.cstone.net/~w4sm/AO-10.html

[ANS thanks Stacey Mills, W4SM, for his AO-10 status information and web site]

RS-12

Uplink 21.210 to 21.250 MHz CW/USB
Downlink 29.410 to 29.450 MHz CW/USB
Beacon 29.408 MHz
Robot 29.454 MHz
Launched February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher
Non-operational.

Hams reporting to the RS-12/13 Forum from across the US and Europe have stated that they have not been able to hear any beacons from either the RS-12 or RS-13 satellite packages since August 20, 2002.

Jerry, K5OE reports the following:

I recently queried several of my Russian friends and received this response from Oleg, RV3TH, in Nihzni Novgorod:

Yesterday I made a telephone call to my friend from Siberia. He works in one of the checking centres for satellites. He says: "Electronical devices of satellite COSMOS2123 (and RS12/13) perished after superpower protonflashes on the Sun (July/August 2002)" Control devices and receivers perished first, and then a beacon. They have hopes to restore the satellite, but it is very small. Jerry, you can use this information, but it is NON OFFICIAL information. (above paraphrased by N1JEZ)

The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page:

http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for RS-12 information]

RS-13

Uplink 21.260 to 21.300 MHz CW/USB
Downlink 145.860 to 145.900 MHz CW/USB
Beacon 145.860 MHz
Robot 145.908 MHz
Launched February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher
Non-operational.

Hams reporting to the RS-12/13 Forum from across the US and Europe have stated that they have not been able to hear any beacons from either the RS-12 or RS-13 satellite packages since August 20, 2002.

Jerry, K5OE reports the following:

I recently queried several of my Russian friends and received this response from Oleg, RV3TH, in Nihzni Novgorod:

Yesterday I made a telephone call to my friend from Siberia. He works in one of the checking centres for satellites. He says: "Electronical devices of satellite COSMOS2123 (and RS12/13) perished after superpower protonflashes on the Sun (July/August 2002)" Control devices and receivers perished first, and then a beacon. They have hopes to restore the satellite, but it is very small. Jerry, you can use this information, but it is NON OFFICIAL information. (above paraphrased by N1JEZ)

The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for this information]

KO-23 KITSAT

Uplink 145.850, 145.900 MHz FM
Downlink 435.175 MHz FM, 9600 Baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: HL01-11
BBS: HL01-12
Launched August 10, 1992 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Status: Non-operational

Jim, AA7KC, reports that KO-23's downlink transmitter continues in a non-operational status.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, and KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ, for KO-23 status information]

KO-25 KITSAT

Uplink 145.980 MHz FM
Downlink 436.500 MHz FM, 9600 Baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: HL02-11
BBS: HL02-12
Launched September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French Guiana
Non-operational.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for this information]

PO-34 PANSAT

Uplink/downlink frequency (listed on the PanSat web site) 436.500 MHz
Launched October 30, 1998 by the Shuttle Discovery
Status: Telemetry downloads only.

The satellite is not available for general uplink transmissions.

The Naval Postgraduate School developed PanSat. At the time of launch, PanSat spread-spectrum digital transponders were to be available to amateur radio operators along with software to utilize this technology.

The satellite is still operating, however, the spread spectrum packet radio portion never took place. The spacecraft is now beyond it's initial 2-year mission life, but telemetry records are still being downloaded.

For more information, visit the official PANSAT web site at:

http://www.sp.nps.navy.mil/pansat/

PanSat was the featured cover article in the July/August 1999 issue of the AMSAT-NA Journal (written by KD6DRA and N7HPR).

ANS has no further information.

UO-36 UoSAT-12

Uplink 145.960 MHz, 9600 baud FSK
Downlink 437.025, 437.400 MHz, 9600 baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: UO121-11
BBS: UO121-12
Launched April 21, 1999 by a Russian launcher from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Unknown

UO-36 carries a number of imaging payloads, digital store-and-forward communications and mode L/S transponders.

Paul, KB2SHU, tells ANS that UO-36 has not been operational (over North America) since late July 2001. In addition, Sangat, 9M2SS, reports he has not copied UO-36 since July 30, 2001.

The VK5HI viewer shareware for UO-36 is available on the AMSAT-NA web site at ftp://ftp.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/display/ccddsp97-119.zip

Further information on UO-36 is available at http://www.sstl.co.uk/

[ANS thanks Chris G7UPN/ZL2TPO, and the University of Surrey, for this information]

SO-42 SAUDISAT-1B

Uplink to be released
Downlink 437.075 MHz
Broadcast Callsign SASAT2-11
BBS SASAT2-12
Launched September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Unknown. ANS has received no additional information.

When/if operational, SaudiSat-1B will operate as 9600-baud digital store-and-forward systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability. One of two new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by the Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

Further information is available at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/so42.html

[ANS thanks Turki Al-Saud for this information]

NO-45 Sapphire

Downlink 437.095 MHz 1200 baud AX-25 AFSK
Uplink 145.945 MHz UI digipeater
Launched: September 30, 2001 aboard an Athena-1 rocket from the Kodiak, Alaska launch complex.
Status: Non-operational

Student built Sapphire was launched through the U.S. Naval Academy Satellite program. Its primary missions are sensor experiments, a camera, and voice synthesizer. For more information, visit the Sapphire web site at http://students.cec.wustl.edu/~sapphire/sapphire_overview.html

[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, for PCSat information]


This week's AMSAT News Service Weekly Satellite Report was edited by AMSAT  News Service Principal Satellite Investigator Mike Seguin, N1JEZ. Please send any updates to N1JEZ, n1jez@amsat.org.

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