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Weekly Satellite Report

May 16, 2004

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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International Space Station (ISS) -- ARISS

Catalog number: 25544
Launch Date: November 20, 1998
Status: Operational.
Digipeater: Active

The current Expedition 9 crew is:
Commander Gennady Padalka, RN3DT
Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, KE5AIT

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
Russian callsigns  RS0ISS, RZ3DZR
USA callsign  NA1SS
Packet station mailbox callsign  RS0ISS-11
Packet station keyboard callsign  RS0ISS-3
Digipeater callsign  ARISS

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.

More information is available at:
http://www.rac.ca/ariss
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/reference/radio/
http://www.marexmg.org/fileshtml/unprotopage.html
http://www.issfanclub.com
http://oscar.dcarr.org/

[05092004]

AO-7 AMSAT OSCAR 7

Catalog number: 07530
Launch Date: November 15, 1974

Status: Semi-operational in sunlight.
Return to active status: June 21, 2002

Uplink: 145.850 to 145.950 MHz CW/USB Mode A
432.125 to 432.175 MHz CW/LSB Mode B
Downlink: 29.400 to 29.500 MHz CW/USB Mode A
145.975 to 145.925 MHz CW/USB Mode B
Beacon: 29.502 MHz, 145.972 MHz, 435.1 MHz, 2304.1 MHz

John, LA2QAA, reports:
I noticed that AO-7's TX oscillator was 10 kHz higher than "normal" (while in mode B) on orbit 34911 at 16:10 UTC today, Sunday 09.05.04.

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

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 AO-7 info: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/ao7.html

[ANS wishes to thank John, LA2QAA for AO-7 info]
[05092004]

FO-20 JAS-1b

Catalog number: 20480
Launch Date: February 7, 1990

Status: Operational?
FO-20 is in mode JA continuously.

Uplink: 145.900 to 146.000 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink: 435.800 to 435.900 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 435.795 MHz

More FO-20 info can be found at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/fo20.html

[05162004]

AO-27 AMRAD

Catalog number: 22825
Launch Date: September 26, 1993

Status: Operational

Uplin:k 145.850 MHz FM
Downlink: 436.795 MHz FM

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. The URL is http://www.amsat.org/amsat/intro/ao27faq.html

[05092004]

FO-29 JAS-2

Catalog number: 24278
Launch Date: August 17, 1996

Status: Operational

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: 435.910 MHz FM

Masa, JN1GKZ, reports:
JARL FO-29 command team wants FO-29 reception report.

The recent FO-29 shout down problem is not due to Under Voltage Controller(UVC). The cause is unkonw. To analyze the problem, command team wants following info.

1. night pass CW telemetry data
2. analog transponder status (status and the time)
3. the time analog transponder stopped
4. other reference info

Please send the report to lab2@jarl.or.jp. Put the subject 'FO-29 reception report'.

This info is from JARL web site. It's only in Japanse.

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 Masa, JN1GKZ for FO-29 information]
[05162004]

SO-50 SAUDISAT-1C

Catalog number: 27607
Launch Date: December 20, 2002

Status: Operational.

Uplink: 145.850 MHz (67.0 Hz PL tone)
Downlink: 436.795 MHz

Reinhard, DJ1KM, reports:
SO-50 is in good health and it is easy to access the satellite. However, SO-50 needs to be opened by a control station before you can operate the Sat. There are (I believe) 3 control stations in UK and 2 in DL. I am one of these. If the satellite comes from a direction where no control station is it is most probably not switched on.

SO-50 carries several experiments, including a mode J FM amateur repeater experiment operating on 145.850 MHz uplink and 436.795 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.

[05092004]

UO-11 OSCAR-11

Catalog number: 14781
Launch Date: March 1, 1984

Status: Semi-operational.

Downlink: 145.826 MHz FM (1200-baud AFSK)
Mode-S Beacon: 2401.500 MHz

[05092004]

AO-16 PACSAT

Catalog number: 20439
Launch Date: January 22, 1990

Status: Semi-operational. Digipeater on and open for APRS users.

Uplink: 145.900, 145.920, 145.940, 145.960 MHz FM
1200-baud Manchester FSK
Downlink: 437.026 MHz SSB
1200-baud PSK
Mode-S Beacon: 2401.1428 MHz
Broadcast Callsign: PACSAT-11
BBS: PACSAT-12

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

[05092004]

UO-22 UOSAT

Catalog number: 21575
Launch Date: July 17, 1991

Status: Operational

Uplink: 145.900 MHz FM 9600-baud FSK
Downlink: 435.120 MHz FM 9600 Baud FSK
Broadcast callsign: UOSAT5-11
BBS: UOSAT5-12

[05092004]

IO-26 ITAMSAT

Catalog number: 22826
Launch Date: September 26, 1993

Status: No uplinks currently

Uplink: 145.875, 145.900, 145.925, 145.950 MHz FM (1200-baud)
Downlink: 435.812 MHz SSB, 1200 Baud PSK
Broadcast callsign: ITMSAT-11
BBS: ITMSAT-12

[05092004]

GO-32 TechSat-1B

Catalog number: 25397
Launch Date: July 10, 1998

Status: Semi-operational.

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

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]

NO-44 PCSat

Catalog number: 26931
Launch Date: September 30, 2001

Status: Semi-operational

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)

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.

The APRS-equipped PCSat was built by midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy under the guidance of Bob Bruninga, WB4APR.

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

[0509004]

NO-45 Sapphire

Catalog number: 26932
Launch Date: September 30, 2001

Status: Operational

Downlink: 437.095 MHz 1200 baud AX.25 AFSK
Uplink: 145.945 MHz UI digipeater
Digi Callsign: KE6QMD

The NO-45 digipeater remains on. User are requested NOT to use the Bulletin Board. When the Bulletin Board is used it effectively "locks out" ground access to the spacecraft CPU.

Everyone is welcome to use the digipeating/APRS features of Sapphire, callsign KE6QMD, as per the user service agreement located at http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/pcsat/contract.txt.

There will be occasional dropouts caused by the CW beacon, and users are advised to expect extra packet chatter during West Coast (USA) passes, as some schools are using Sapphire for operations training.

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

[0509004]

The following satellites are in orbit but are semi-operational at this time. 

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.]

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
Launched: June 16, 1983

Status: Non-operational

Uplink: 435.030 to 435.180 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink: 145.975 to 145.825 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 145.810 MHz (unmodulated carrier)

AO-10 has been locked into a Mode-B, 70-cm uplink and 2-meter downlink for several years.

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

[05092004]

RS-12

Catalog number: 21089
Launched: February 5, 1991

Status: Non-operational

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

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

[05092004]

RS-13

Catalog number: 21089
Launched: February 5, 1991

Status: Non-operational

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

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

[05092004]

UO-14 UoSAT-3

Catalog number: 20437
Launched: January 22, 1990

Status: Non-operational

Uplink: 145.975 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.070 MHz FM

[05092004]

RS-15

Catalog number: 23439
Launch Date: December 26, 1994

Status: Non-operational?

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)

Freeman, N5FPP, reports:
Tonight's passes of RS-15 started out with a strong beacon transmitting telemetry at 0400, by the 0605 pass over North America the beacon had degraded to a continuous carrier lasting upwards to 30 seconds. The frequency shifted up and down quite a bit as you listen to it. On the 0605 pass once RS-15 went into eclipse the beacon died altogether. It's hard listening this bird die.

ANS is looking for more confirmations of RS-15 coming back.

[ANS thanks Jeff KA8HQL for RS-15 information]
[05162004]

KO-23 KITSAT

Catalog number: 22077
Launched August 10, 1992

Status: Non-operational

Uplink: 145.900 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink: 435.170 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Broadcast callsign: HL01-11
BBS: HL01-12

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

[05092004]

KO-25 KITSAT

Catalog number: 22828
Launched September 26, 1993

Status: Non-operational

Uplink: 145.980 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink: 436.500 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Broadcast callsign: HL02-11
BBS: HL02-12

[05092004]

PO-34 PANSAT

Catalog number: 25520
Launched October 30, 1998

Status: Telemetry downloads only

Uplink/downlink frequency (listed on the PanSat web site) 436.500 MHz

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/

[05092004]

UO-36 UoSAT-12

Catalog number: 25693
Launched: April 21, 1999

Status: Unknown

Uplink: 145.960 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink: 437.025, 437.400 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Broadcast callsign: UO121-11
BBS: UO121-12

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

[05092004]

AO-40 AMSAT-OSCAR 40

Catalog number: 26609
Launch Date: November 16, 2000

Status: Non-operational

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

Stacey, W4SM, reports:

As the table below demonstrates, the "mystery effect" has taken A0-40 into highly unfavorable ALON. Attempts at communication are likely to be futile until conditions improve in early and mid July. Note that unfortunately optimum squint in late July corresponds with a very bad solar angle....stay tuned.

   AO-40  ATTITUDE - PRECESSION BEHAVIOR / W4SM
     Mystery Effect = -11.800 degs ALON/week


       DATE            ALON   ALAT    SA     ILL%
---------------------------------------------------
 2004  May  10 [Mon]  157.6   -0.9   57.5    53.8
 2004  May  12 [Wed]  154.0   -0.9   62.3    46.4
 2004  May  14 [Fri]  150.3   -0.9   67.0    39.0
 2004  May  16 [Sun]  146.6   -0.9   71.4    31.9
 2004  May  18 [Tue]  142.9   -0.9   75.2    25.5
 2004  May  20 [Thu]  139.2   -0.9   77.8    21.1
 2004  May  22 [Sat]  135.5   -0.9   78.5    20.0
 2004  May  24 [Mon]  131.8   -1.0   76.8    22.8
 2004  May  26 [Wed]  128.1   -1.0   73.6    28.3
 2004  May  28 [Fri]  124.4   -1.0   69.5    35.1
 2004  May  30 [Sun]  120.7   -1.1   64.9    42.4
 2004  Jun  01 [Tue]  117.0   -1.1   60.2    49.8
 2004  Jun  03 [Thu]  113.3   -1.1   55.2    57.0
 2004  Jun  05 [Sat]  109.6   -1.2   50.2    64.0
 2004  Jun  07 [Mon]  105.9   -1.2   45.2    70.5
 2004  Jun  09 [Wed]  102.2   -1.3   40.1    76.5
 2004  Jun  11 [Fri]   98.5   -1.3   34.9    82.0
 2004  Jun  13 [Sun]   94.9   -1.4   29.8    86.8
 2004  Jun  15 [Tue]   91.2   -1.4   24.6    90.9
 2004  Jun  17 [Thu]   87.5   -1.5   19.5    94.3
 2004  Jun  19 [Sat]   83.8   -1.5   14.3    96.9
 2004  Jun  21 [Mon]   80.1   -1.6    9.1    98.7
 2004  Jun  23 [Wed]   76.4   -1.6    3.9    99.8
 2004  Jun  25 [Fri]   72.7   -1.7   -1.3   100.0
 2004  Jun  27 [Sun]   69.0   -1.8   -6.5    99.4
 2004  Jun  29 [Tue]   65.3   -1.8  -11.6    97.9
 2004  Jul  01 [Thu]   61.6   -1.9  -16.8    95.7
 2004  Jul  03 [Sat]   57.9   -1.9  -22.0    92.7
 2004  Jul  05 [Mon]   54.2   -2.0  -27.2    88.9
 2004  Jul  07 [Wed]   50.5   -2.1  -32.4    84.5
 2004  Jul  09 [Fri]   46.8   -2.1  -37.5    79.3
 2004  Jul  11 [Sun]   43.1   -2.2  -42.6    73.6
 2004  Jul  13 [Tue]   39.4   -2.3  -47.8    67.2
 2004  Jul  15 [Thu]   35.7   -2.3  -52.8    60.4
 2004  Jul  17 [Sat]   32.0   -2.4  -57.9    53.2
 2004  Jul  19 [Mon]   28.4   -2.4  -62.8    45.7
 2004  Jul  21 [Wed]   24.7   -2.5  -67.6    38.1
 2004  Jul  23 [Fri]   21.0   -2.5  -72.1    30.7
 2004  Jul  25 [Sun]   17.3   -2.6  -76.2    23.9
 2004  Jul  27 [Tue]   13.6   -2.7  -79.1    18.9
 2004  Jul  29 [Thu]    9.9   -2.7  -79.9    17.5
 2004  Jul  31 [Sat]    6.2   -2.8  -78.2    20.5
 2004  Aug  02 [Mon]    2.5   -2.8  -74.7    26.3
 2004  Aug  04 [Wed]  358.8   -2.8  -70.5    33.4
 2004  Aug  06 [Fri]  355.1   -2.9  -65.8    41.0
 2004  Aug  08 [Sun]  351.4   -2.9  -60.9    48.6
 2004  Aug  10 [Tue]  347.7   -3.0  -56.0    56.0
 2004  Aug  12 [Thu]  344.0   -3.0  -50.9    63.1
 2004  Aug  14 [Sat]  340.3   -3.0  -45.8    69.7
 2004  Aug  16 [Mon]  336.6   -3.1  -40.6    75.9
 2004  Aug  18 [Wed]  332.9   -3.1  -35.5    81.4
 2004  Aug  20 [Fri]  329.2   -3.1  -30.3    86.3
 2004  Aug  22 [Sun]  325.5   -3.1  -25.1    90.6
 2004  Aug  24 [Tue]  321.8   -3.2  -19.9    94.0

[ANS thanks Reinhard, DJ1KM, for this week's info]
[05162004]

SO-42 SAUDISAT-1B

Catalog number: 26549
Launched September 26, 2000

Status: Unknown

Uplink: to be released
Downlink: 437.075 MHz
Broadcast Callsign: SASAT2-11
BBS: SASAT2-12

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

[05092004]

SO-41 SAUDISAT-1A

Catalog number: 26545
Launch Date: September 26, 2000

Status: Operational?

Uplink: 145.850 MHz
Downlink: 436.775 MHz
Broadcast Callsign: SASAT1-11
BBS: SASAT1-12

Drew KO4MA, reports that SO-41 hasn't been heard for months.

ANS is looking for further confirmation about SO-41.

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

[05092004]

MO-46 TIUNGSAT-1

Catalog number: 26548
Launched: September 26, 2000

Status: Non-Operational

Uplink: 145.850 or 145.925 MHz 9600 baud FSK
Downlink: 437.325 MHz
Broadcast callsign: MYSAT3-11
BBS: MYSAT3-12

TiungSat-1 is Malaysia's first micro-satellite and in addition to commercial land and weather imaging payloads offers 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.

[05092004]

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

Catalog number: 27605
Launch Date: December 20, 2002

Status: Semi-operational

Uplink: 435.275 1200-baud AFSK
Downlink: 145.825 9600-baud FSK
(optional voice message)
Broadcast callsign: DP0AIS

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

[05092004]

CUTE-1

Catalog number: 27844
Launched: June 30,2003

Status: Operational?

Uplink: ?
Downlink: ?

ANS WSR is looking for more information about this satellite.

[05162004]


This week's AMSAT News Service Weekly Satellite Report was edited by AMSAT  News Service Satellite Investigator James French, W6ISS. Please send any updates to ans-editor@amsat.org

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