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May 30, 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/

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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

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

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FO-20 JAS-1b

Catalog number: 20480
Launch Date: February 7, 1990

Status: Operational?

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

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AO-27 AMRAD

Catalog number: 22825
Launch Date: September 26, 1993

Status: Operational

Uplin:k 145.850 MHz FM
Downlink: 436.795 MHz FM

John, K6YK, reports to ANS:
The bird has been unheard since May 16th when the TEPR schedule was changed. On May 20th, 0000 UTC it came on, sent telemetry and went off. Repeated this about 3 or 4 times then went off and stayed off.

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

[ANS thanks John, K6YK, for this week's AO-27 report]
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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

Please send the reception reports to lab2@jarl.or.jp. Please use the subject line: 'FO-29reception report'.

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/

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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.

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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

OSCAR-11 REPORT 22 May 2004

Once again I am indebted to Jeff KB2M and Ron VK5AKJ who provided telemetry during the period 20 April to 04 May, while I was on holiday. Many thanks for the files.

During the period 15 April to 22 May 2004 the 145.826 MHz beacon has been heard transmitting continuous ASCII telemetry from 23 to 29 April, and from 11 May to 21 May. During this period consistent signals have been received.

The beacon operates under control of the watchdog timer, approximately 10 days ON followed by 10 days OFF. Assuming that the 20 day cycle continues, the beacon should switch ON around 31 May.

The internal temperatures have decreased by 7.5C. They are now 4.6C, 1.6C and 8.0C for battery, telemetry electronics and command decoder, respectively. Solar eclipse predictions indicate that the temperatures will continue to decrease towards a trough in June/July and then increase until the end of September, when the satellite will encounter continuous sunlight for the remainder of the year. Higher temperatures and greater temperature changes are expected this year, compared to 2003.The battery voltage observed during daylight passes has decreased by 0.4volts. Observations have varied between 12.5 and 13.4 volts, with an average value of 13.0 volts.

Spin periods of approximately 690 to 2500 seconds have been measured from the magnetometer telemetry. The rotational speed has decreased since the last the reporting period, and at the current very low rates, is difficult to determine with any accuracy. The direction of rotation has reversed.

Users of OSCAR-11 should note that the date in the telemetry is now advanced by FOUR days. The time is advanced by 19.8 minutes, and this error is increasing by about one minute per year.

OSCAR-11 now operates in a default mode, controlled by the watch-dog timer. The satellite transmits continuous ASCII telemetry for about 10 days on 145.826 MHz, followed by about 10 days of silence. This regular sequence might be interrupted by ground control, at any time.

The mode-S beacon is ON continuously, even when the VHF beacon is OFF, nominally transmitting an unmodulated carrier on 2401.5 MHz. There is however a VERY low level of AFSK modulation, (now a constant audio tone), which has been detected on strong signals. Telemetry indicates that the beacon has partially failed, and is delivering half power. This beacon is a useful test source for those testing mode-S converters. However the signals are very weak, and there is a lot of Doppler. Users should also note that the polarisation of OSCAR-11 is LHC. Any reports of reception on 2401.5 MHz would be most welcome. Please e-mail g3cwv@amsat.org.

The 435.025 MHz beacon is normally OFF. It can only be heard on the very rare occassions when the satellite is being commanded by ground control, i.e., within range of Guildford, UK. When the 435 MHz beacon is transmitting, the 145 MHz beacon is normally OFF. The data transmitted is mainly binary.

Listeners to OSCAR-11 may be interested in visiting my web site.

The web site contains details about using a soundcard for data capture, and also details about using hardware demodulators. There is software for capturing data, and decoding ASCII telemetry. There is an archive of raw data for analysis, which is continually being expanded, as new data is captured. Originally this was for WOD, but it is now being expanded to include ASCII telemetry. At the present time the telemetry covers 1996 to April 2003. I will add other years as time permits. In parallel there is a news archive which provides an overview of the state of the satellite, at the times when the telemetry was captured.

If anyone out there can provide any data, particularly for the 1984 to 1993 years, this would be most appreciated. Please e-mail me with details. However please DO NOT SEND ANY FILES, before further discussion.

Also included are some audio files, examples of each type of data transmitted by OSCAR-11, each one plays for about ten seconds. There are also examples of mode-S reception. All the audio files are zipped, so that they can be played off-line. These should help listeners identify the various types of data, and give an indication of the signal quality required for successful decoding.

The URL is http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/

[ANS wishes to thanks Clive, G3CWV, for this week's UO-11 report]
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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

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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

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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

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GO-32 TechSat-1B

Catalog number: 25397
Launch Date: July 10, 1998

Status: Semi-operational.

Downlink: 435.225 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
(435.325 n/a -- temperature problems)
Uplinks: 145.860, 145.880, 145.890, 145.930 FM
1269.700, 1269.800, 1269.900 FM
Broadcast Callsign 4XTECH-11
BBS Callsign 4XTECH-12

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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UO-14 UoSAT-3

Catalog number: 20437
Launched: January 22, 1990

Status: Non-operational

Uplink: 145.975 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.070 MHz FM

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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]
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LO-19 LUSAT

Catalog number: 20442
Launched January 22, 1990

Status: CW Beacon only

Uplink: 145.84, 145.86, 145.88, 145.90 MHz
1200-baud Manchester FSK
CW Downlink: 437.125 MHz
Digital Downlink: 437.150 MHz SSB
1200 bps RC-BPSK
Broadcast Callsign: LUSAT-11
BBS: LUSAT-12

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

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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.

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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

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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/

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SO-33 SEDSAT

Catalog number: 25509
Launched October 24, 1998

Status: Semi-operational

Downlink 437.910 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)

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

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

[ANS has no further information.]
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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CUTE-1

Catalog number: 27844
Launched: June 30,2003

Status: Operational?

Uplink: ?
Downlink: 436.8375 CW
437.4700 1200 FM ax25 or SRLL

From Don, KD4APP, reports this link for further information about CUTE-1:
http://lss.mes.titech.ac.jp/ssp/cubesat/operation/groundSoft/CUTE-IsoftWeb_e/index.htm

ANS WSR is looking for more information about this satellite.

[ANS wishes to thank Don KD4APP for CUTE-1 information]
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This week's AMSAT News Service Weekly Satellite Report was edited by AMSAT  News Service Satellite Investigator James K. Darrow, KB9MMC. Please send any updates to ans-editor@amsat.org

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