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November 23, 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
Launch Date: November 16, 2000
Status: Currently, the U/V/L-1/L-2 to S-2/K passband is active at various times.
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

Status: Currently, the U/V/L-1 to S-2 passband is active at various times.

The passband schedule has been modified slightly, and the K-band window and L2 uplink have been discontinued.

N  QST AMSAT AO-40          SCHEDULE                 2003-10-31
               MA      002   080   230   244   002
               ---------7-----1-----5-----0-----7
               S2/K-Tx  |  S  |  S  |  S  |  S  |
               MB       |  *  |  *  |  *  |  *  |
               RUDAK    |     |     |     |     |
               V/U-Rx   |  U  |  U  |  U  |  V  |
               Uplink   |     | UL1 |     |     |

Stacey Mills, W4SM reported on November 18 - We have almost reached ALON=45 deg. and we are beginning to raise ALAT to just above 20 degs. This will take approximately a week to 10 days. When we are confident that ALAT exceeds 20 degs, we will shut off the passbands (beacon on only) and begin drifting toward ALON ~315 degs. The drift process (passbands off) will take approximately 4 weeks. We can be a little more specific after we know the final spin rate.

Ground stations capturing telemetry from AO-40 are asked to ZIP the file and 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-DL and Stacey Mills, W4SM for this information]

ARISS - International Space Station

Catalog number: 25544
Launch Date: November 20, 1998
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
Sponsors: AMSAT, ARRL, ARISS
Status: Operational since September, 2000. Digipeater: Active

The current Expedition 8 crew is:
Commnader Mike Foale, KB5UAC
Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri, U8MIR

The ISS daily crew schedule can be found at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/timelines/. Remember that the crew operates on UTC time. Also, all of the time line is NOT translated from Russian and posted.

U.S. callsign: NA1SS
Russian callsigns: RS0ISS, RZ3DZR
TNC callsign: RS0ISS-1

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) international team has announced an on-the-air event to commemorate Roy Neal, K6DUE,who died August 16. ARISS requested that the ISS Expedition 8 crew communicate from space with earthbound radio amateurs during the November 29-30 weekend. Those contacting the ISS by voice (NA1SS) or packet (RS0ISS) through the end of December will be eligible for a special anniversary event certificate.

The capabilities of NA1SS also are slated to expand in the near future. During the recent AMSAT-NA Symposium and Annual Meeting in October, ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, outlined the delivery of the so-called Phase 2 ham equipment to the ISS. Already on board is a Kenwood TM-D700E VHF/UHF transceiver. The unit will mean a significant boost to the power output of the ARISS initial station gear--from 5 W to 25 W. Additional gear, including SSTV hardware, tentatively is set for transport in January.

More information is available at: http://ariss.gsfc.nasa.gov/ or http://www.rac.ca/ariss or http://www.marexmg.org/fileshtml/unprotopage.html or http://www.issfanclub.com

[New Information this week is from the AMSAT News Service (ANS) and the ARRL Newsletter]

AO-7 AMSAT OSCAR 7

Catalog number: 07530
Launch Date: November 15, 1974
Return to active status: June 21, 2002
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
Status: Semi-operational in sunlight.

RS-15

Catalog number: 23439
Launch Date: December 26, 1994
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)
Semi-operational, Mode A (2m uplink, 10m downlink)

FO-20 JAS-1b

Catalog number: 20480
Launch Date: February 7, 1990
Uplink 145.900 to 146.000 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink 435.800 to 435.900 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 435.795 MHz
Semi-operational.

FO-20 is in mode JA continuously.

AO-27 AMRAD

Catalog number: 22825
Launch Date: September 26, 1993
Uplink 145.850 MHz FM
Downlink 436.795 MHz FM
Semi-operational, mode J.

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

[ANS thanks AMRAD for AO-27 information]

FO-29 JAS-2

Catalog number: 24278
Launch Date: August 17, 1996
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
Operational Mode JA.

SO-41 SAUDISAT-1A

Catalog number: 26545
Launch Date: September 26, 2000
Uplink 145.850 MHz
Downlink 436.775 MHz
Broadcast Callsign SASAT1-11
BBS SASAT1-12
Operational but intermittent

[ANS thanks Turki Al-Saud for this information]

SO-50 SAUDISAT-1C

Catalog number: 27607
Launch Date: December 20, 2002
Uplink: 145.850 MHz (67.0 Hz PL tone)
Downlink: 436.795 MHz 
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
Launch Date: March 1, 1984
Downlink 145.826 MHz FM, 1200 baud PSK
Beacon 2401.500 MHz
Semi-operational.

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

AO-16 PACSAT

Catalog number: 20439
Launch Date: January 22, 1990
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
Semi-operational. Digipeater on and open for APRS users.

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
Launch Date: July 17, 1991
Uplink 145.900 MHz FM
Downlink 435.120 MHz FM 9600 Baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: UOSAT5-11
BBS: UOSAT5-12
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
Launch Date: September 26, 1993
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
Semi-operational. Digipeater function is on and open for APRS users.

NO-44 PCSat

Catalog number: 26931
Launch Date: September 30, 2001
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)
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 at http://pcsat.aprs.org.

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

MO-46 TIUNGSAT-1

Catalog number: 26548
Launch Date: September 26, 2000
Uplink 145.850 or 145.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK
Downlink 437.325 MHz
Broadcast callsign: MYSAT3-11
BBS: MYSAT3-12
NUP: MYSAT3-10
Status: Operational at 38k4 baud FSK

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for this information]

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

Catalog number: 27605
Launch Date: December 20, 2002
Uplink 435.275 1200-baud AFSK
Downlink 145.825 9600-baud FSK
(optional voice message)
Broadcast callsign: DP0AIS
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 November 2, 2003.

LO-19 LUSAT

Catalog number: 20442
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

Catalog number: 25397
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

Catalog number: 25509
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

Catalog number: 14129
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

Catalog number: 21089
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

Catalog number: 21089
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

Catalog number: 22077
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

Catalog number: 22828
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

Catalog number: 25520
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

Catalog number: 25693
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

Catalog number: 26549
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

Catalog number: 26932
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 Satellite Investigator James French, W8ISS. Please send any updates to ans-editor@amsat.org

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