ANS-258 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for September 15

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-258

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

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In this edition:

  • Request for cooperation in receiving Fuji 3 (FO-29)
  • NO-104 Camera Will be ‘Live’ This Week
  • Chinese Taurus-1 Amateur Satellite Launched
  • Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Awards Grant to ARISS
  • IARU Region 3 Approves New 15m Satellite Allocation
  • Improvements to the AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page
  • Volunteer Opportunity – AMSAT Looking for Graphics Designer
  • Nine US Schools Moved Forward in ARISS Selection Process
  • AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, October 12-13
  • Final Steps Taken Toward ELaNa 25 Amateur Satellite Launch
  • AMSAT Academy at the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest
  • Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
  • DM02 Satellite Expedition Sunday, September 22 – N6O/MM
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

      Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium
October 18-20 in Arlington, VA.
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

Request for cooperation in receiving Fuji 3 (FO-29)

The amateur satellite “Fuji 3” has been unable to confirm the operation of CW telemetry and heterodyne repeaters after 21:45 (UTC) on July 9, 2019, but is more unstable than yesterday. However, while confirming the operation of CW telemetry and heterodyne repeaters, we continue to test for stable operation.

Therefore, those who can receive CW telemetry of Fuji No. 3 (FO-29) will try to start with a command during the next pass through Japan, so please report the reception report to the following address.

(Time of pass through Japan)

  • 2019/09/14 06:40 16:45 (UTC)
  • 2019/09/15 05:40 17:35 (UTC)

[Send email address of received report] oper@jarl.org

We ask for your cooperation in collecting information on Fuji 3 of many users.

[ANS thanks JARL Secretariat Member Section “Fuji 3” Telemetry]

NO-104 Camera Will be ‘Live’ This Week

Controllers for NO-104 (PSAT-2) announced on September 13 that they have commanded the camera to take a picture and store it into memory every 10 minutes. This mode should last for 7 days or at least to next commanding session on Monday.

The transmitting counter, which selects picture for downlink is not synchronized with the camera, so there is uncertain delay between acquiring a picture and its transmission up to a maximum of 64 minutes. Every picture will be downlinked just once so every reception counts. The downlink is not operating during eclipse.  Further info on https://github.com/alpov/PSAT-2/blob/master/README.md

[ANS thanks Ales Povalac, OK2ALP, and Tomas Urbanec, OK2PNQ, for the above information]

Chinese Taurus-1 Amateur Satellite Launched

BG2BHC reported on Twitter that Taurus-1 launched on Thursday, Sept. 12 on the CZ-4B launch from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Taurus-1 carries an FM to Codec2 repeater that operates using the same protocol as LO-90 (LilacSat-1) and can use the same software (after frequencies are changed). According to BG2BHC the satellite FM uplink is on 145.820 MHz and is using 435.840 MHz for telemetry and codec audio with a separate downlink on 436 for backup.

Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, reports that Doppler measurements suggest that Taurus 1 is object 44530 (2019-059C), and the actual measured telemetry downlink frequency: 435.8387 MHz. TLEs can be found at https://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/tle-new.txt

Multiple reports show the telemetry downlink active on 435.840 MHz, but the FM to Codec2 repeater does not appear to be active yet.

For more information about this unique analog uplink, digital downlink system, see the AMSAT Journal article / Symposium paper about LO-90 at  https://tinyurl.com/y6jzoful

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, and Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, for the above information]

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Awards Grant to ARISS

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a very generous grant to ARISS for the Next Generation radio system. ARDC is the owner and manager of the Internet network known as the AMPRNet. In June of 2019, ARDC initiated a philanthropic endeavor to provide monetary grants to organizations, groups, projects, and scholarships which have significant potential to advance the state of the art of Amateur Radio, and digital communications in general.

The ARISS Next Generation radio system (or Inter Operable Radio System – IORS) will support easier radio mode transition, to enable new, exciting capabilities for hams, students and the general public including:

  • New amateur radio communication and experimentation capabilities, including an enhanced voice repeater and updated digital packet radio (APRS) capabilities.
  • Slow Scan TV (picture up and downlinks) in both the US and Russian segments of ISS.
  • New multi-voltage power supply will support present and future radio capabilities and allow wireless experiments to be conducted.

In July, the Inter Operable Radio System successfully completed a battery of stressful tests required as part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space Station. Final assembly of the flight safety certification in preparation for launch is now underway and ARISS is working towards launch ready status by the end of the year.

For more information on the award please see: https://www.ampr.org/g2019-09-01a/

To contribute to ARISS and the IORS please see: https://www.ariss.org/donate.html

ARISS and AMSAT thank ARDC for their generosity in supporting this important project.

[ANS thanks ARISS, the AMSAT office, and ARDC for the above information.]

Symposium Papers Due September 23rd!
Final copies of papers must be submitted by September 23rd
for inclusion in the printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers
should be sent to Dan Schultz at n8fgv(at)amsat.org

IARU Region 3 Approves New 15m Satellite Allocation

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) – Region 3 (Asia-Pacific Region) Directors meeting was held in Tokyo September 2-3. A modified interim Region 3 bandplan was approved which included an Amateur-Satellite Service allocation in the 15m band. The modified interim Region 3 bandplan proposed by the Region 3 Bandplan Committee was approved. A notable change was addition of a satellite portion in 15m Band as agreed at the last Region 3 Conference. The interim IARU Region 3 bandplan is available at: https://tinyurl.com/y637aw47  A complete report of the Region 3 Directors meeting may be found at: https://amsat-uk.org/2019/09/12/iaru-r3-bandplan/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise
$150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. The upgrades are
necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astronauts in space via
Amateur Radio. We have reached a great milestone with $33,250 raised 
or about
17% towards our goal. This would not have been possible without your
outstanding generosity!!
For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:
https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_e7Htwa_ab_47IcJ9

Improvements to the AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page

OSCAR Status Page

Thanks to the efforts of new member Ed Little, KN6DBC, improvements have been made to https://www.amsat.org/status/  specifically, some filtering of the “Your Callsign” field has been added in an effort to reject the occasional nonsense report. The entry must look like a callsign, for example it must have at least one digit, it must not end with a digit etc.

As a bonus, the “Your Grid Square” field has been added. Separate entries are now preferred instead of workarounds like KM1P-FN42.

AMSAT maintains this page  to give a single global reference point for all users in the Amateur Satellite Service to show the most up-to-date status of all satellites as actually reported in real time by users around the world. Please help others and keep it current every time you access a bird.

[ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, for the above information]

AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur radio package,
including two-way communication capability, to be carried on-board
Gateway in lunar orbit. Support AMSAT’s projects today at
https://www.amsat.org/donate/

Volunteer Opportunity – AMSAT Looking for Graphics Designer

AMSAT has a need for a volunteer graphics designer to occasionally assist with page layout of our in-house advertising panels for the AMSAT Journal. The Journal uses Adobe InDesign software to publish but our software can import and place PDF and JPG formatted pages that you create with the graphics tools of your choice.

If you can fill this need contact Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP-User Services at ke4al (at) amsat.org.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

Nine US Schools Moved Forward in ARISS Selection Process

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced the schools/host organizations selected for amateur radio contacts with the ISS during the first half of 2020. A total of 9 of the submitted proposals during the recent proposal window have been accepted to move forward in the processes of planning to host a scheduled amateur radio contact with crew on the ISS. The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities and raise their awareness of space communications, radio communications, space exploration, and related areas of study and career possibilities.

The ARISS program anticipates that NASA will be able to provide scheduling opportunities for the 9 US host organizations during the January to June 2020 time period. They are now at work completing an acceptable equipment plan that demonstrates their ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once their equipment plan is approved by the ARISS Technical Mentors, the final selected schools/organizations will be scheduled as their availability and flexibility match up with the scheduling opportunities offered by NASA.

The schools and host organizations are:

OrganizationLocation
Celia Hays Elementary SchoolRockwall, Texas
Golden Gate Middle SchoolNaples, Fla.
J.P. McConnell Middle SchoolLoganville, Ga.
Kittredge Magnet SchoolAtlanta, Ga.
Maple Dale Elementary SchoolCincinnati, Ohio
Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at VanderbiltNashville, Tenn.
Oakwood SchoolMorgan Hill, Calif.
Ramona Lutheran SchoolRamona, Calif.
River Ridge High SchoolNew Port Richey, Fla.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.

For more information, see www.ariss.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, October 12-13

Kents Hill Park Conference Centre

The AMSAT-UK Colloquium, incorporated into the RSGB Convention, will take place October 12-13 at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.

A webstream of the Colloquium talks will be available at https://batc.org.uk/live/

Booking for the RSGB Convention which includes the AMSAT-UK Colloquium is at https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

The weekend event attracts an international audience that ranges from those involved in building and operating Amateur Radio satellites to beginners who wish to find out more about this fascinating branch of the hobby.

Included will be a roundup of a number of new live and potential spacecraft projects that are under investigation and/or development, plus all the usual networking opportunities, the gala dinner, auction and raffle.

Travel Information http://kentshillpark.com/how-to-find-us

The full schedule for both the AMSAT-UK Colloquium and RSGB Convention talks is at https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

Final Steps Taken Toward ELaNa 25 Amateur Satellite Launch

The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Hawaii has applied to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for frequency coordination for the amateur radio payloads aboard its Neutron-1 spacecraft. This is a step toward launch of the satellite aboard the upcoming NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission 25. This same launch is also scheduled to boost several other new satellites carrying amateur radio into space this fall.

A 3U CubeSat, the science experiment of Neutron-1 is a precursor mission for instrument validation for the ASU neutron detector flying on the later LunaH-Map mission to the moon in 2020. Following an initial checkout and startup period, Neutron-1 will operate a neutron detector counting neutrons escaping the earth’s atmosphere.

The amateur payload will provide a V/U FM voice repeater for amateur and educational purposes. Proposing 1k2-9k6 AX telemetry and FM voice  UHF downlink and a VHF FM uplink. The access of functionality will be provided on the Neutron-1 website: https://www.hsfl.hawaii.edu/web/neutron1/

Neutron-1 is planned for deployment from the ISS as part of the ELaNa 25 mission now scheduled for this fall. Neutron-1 will fly with 14 other spacecraft, including two satellites of particular interest to amateurs:

In addition to these, satellites scheduled for the ELaNa 25 launch that have already secured IARU coordination are:

  • Argus – St. Louis University, Mo. (437 MHz telemetry)
  • AzTechSat-1 – NASA Ames Research Center, Calif. (437 MHz telemetry)
  • CySat – Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (436 MHz telemetry)
  • Phoenix – Arizona State University, Tempe (437 & 2400 MHz telemetry)
  • RadSat-U – Montana State University, Bozeman (437 MHz telemetry)
  • SPOC – University of Georgia, Athens (437 & 2400 MHz telemetry)
  • SwampSat II – University of Florida, Gainesville (437 & 2400 MHz telemetry)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
To help celebrate, we are sponsoring the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
Full details are available at
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/

AMSAT Academy at the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest

AMSAT® Academy 2.0, which builds on last year’s day-long course to include: guidance on how to set up a portable satellite ground station; guidance on how to join a growing network of stations that capture, record, and submit amateur-radio satellite telemetry to a central repository; and practical tips for breaking the ice with local schools in order to fold amateur-radio satellite and Amateur Radio in the International Space Station (ARISS) activities into STEM education efforts.

This year’s AMSAT® Academy instructors include Robert Bankston, KE4AL, vice-president, User Services, Amateur Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), Ron Bondy, AD0DX, an AMSAT® Ambassador, and long-time satellite enthusiasts Dan Eggert, AC9E, and Bill Ripley, KY5Q, an embedded-systems architect. The course fee is $30, and includes breakfast and a copy of the organization’s “Getting Started with Amateur Satellites.”

Info about the hamfest is http://www.dukecityhamfest.org.  Specific info on the AMSAT Academy is at: http://www.dukecityhamfest.org/amsat-academy .

[ANS thanks Bill Ripley, KY5Q, for the above information]

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

  • Templestowe College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, telebridge via VK6MJ. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV. Contact is go for: Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 at 08:06:32 UTC 42 deg
  • Boys and Girls Club, Ft. Meade, MD., telebridge via VK4KHZ. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV. Contact is go for: Friday, 20 September, 2019 at 19:58:23 UTC 54 deg
  • School in Bulgaria, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS. The scheduled astronaut is TBD. Contact is go for Tuesday, 24 September at 16:10 UTC.

[ANS thanks ARISS team member Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, for the above information]

DM02 Satellite Expedition Sunday, September 22 – N6O/MM

Alex, N7AGF, and Ron, AD0DX, are planning to activate DM02 on Sunday, September 22, 2019 on FM and Linear satellites.

It’s a 5 or 6 hour boat trip to anchor off San Clemente Island. We will be on the water for 22 hours and operating around 10 hours beginning around 3:00 AM PDT (1000Z) on Sunday, September 22. The cost of the boat is $2500 and we would appreciate contributions to help offset this cost. In the 24 hours after posting to Twitter we have received around $1300 which Alex and I are very thankful for. The island has Verizon and AT&T and Alex has a Garmin InReach so we should be able to tweet passes. The plan is to make as many passes as possible once we start operating around 3:00 AM PDT. We may skip some of the low western passes.

We will be using N6O/mm and we have a qrz.com page with all the details: https://www.qrz.com/db/N6O

If you need the grid please give us a call!  Of course this is dependent on the weather, but the captain says it has been a good September so far. If you are able to contribute financially we really appreciate the help to offset some of our costs. Details to contribute are on the N6O QRZ.com webpage.

[ANS thanks Ron, AD0DX, and Alex, N7AGF, for the above information.]

Upcoming Satellite Operations

  • EN54/EN64 September 13-15 
    Brad Smith, KC9UQR, will be active on AO-91 and AO-92 while traveling this weekend in Wisconsin.
  • DN11/DN12 + DN03  September 17, 2019 
    Casey, KI7UNJ is heading to the DN11/DN12 line, September 17th.  Look for him on SO-50, AO-92, and AO-91, between 1657z and 1812z.  On the way back, Casey will make a quick stop in DN03 to catch te 2043z PO-101 pass.  Watch Casey’s Twitter feed for further updates https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ
  • DM02/mm (need we say more)  September 22, 2019 
    Ron, AD0DX, and Alex, N7AGF, are chartering a boat to the ultra-rare DM02 grid square. They will use the special event call sign November 6. Ocean/Maritime Mobile. Expected window of operation is from 1000z to 1900z, Sunday, September 22nd. More information is available on QRZ https://www.qrz.com/db/N6O to include how you can help support this monumental operation. Ron and Alex are expected to have cellular service out there, so keep an eye on their Twitter feeds https://twitter.com/ad0dx and https://twitter.com/N7AGF
  • FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON (GN17) September 24 to October 8, 2019
    Eric, KV1J, will once again be oper ating from the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between September 24th and October 8th. This is his 13th trip to the island. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (no 60M – not author ized) using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 (but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8) and the satellites. He will generally be on the highest frequency band that is open (favoring 12/10m). He will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th). ADDED NOTE: Eric will usually try to be on as many Satellite passes as he can when the WX is good, generally favoring the FO-29, XW-2x, AO-7, and possibly the FM birds. Eric states, “Equipment is two FT-817s and an Arrow dual band yagi. I’ll favor the SSB birds usually higher in the passband, but will also try FM if they do not get too busy. Satellite logging is by paper so may not get loaded to LoTW until the week after I return to the USA.” Weekends may be limited since he will be concentrating on the low(er) bands and contests. QSL via KV1J, direct or by the Bureau. Also eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW. For more details and updates, check out his Web page at: http://www.kv1j.com/fp/Sep19.html
  • Remember to check out W3ZM On the Road for additional upcoming activations! https://www.amsat.org/events/was-w3zm/

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]

Satellite Shorts From All Over

  • The AMSAT-LU WSPR Picoballoon on 14.0956 USB released August 31 is about to complete its first circumnavigation of the globe after traveling 33,000 km in 12 days. AMSAT-LU appreciate any WSPR stations that help to receive it, AMSAT-LU will recognize with a certificate to stations that capture its 25 mW beacon. Also the APRS PicoBalloon (145.825 via Sat 1W) will be returning to South America. Full story with links at https://tinyurl.com/y5xkbrbr  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information)
  • For Flashback Friday, AMSAT released disk images of Bob McGwier,   N4HY’s QUIKTRAK for both the Commodore 64 and Apple II to provide a fun look back at the state-of-the art in satellite tracking in the mid-1980s. Check them out at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-258-FBF
  • The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Hawaii has applied to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for frequency  coordination for the amateur radio payloads aboard its Neutron-1 spacecraft. The amateur payload will provide a V/U FM voice repeater for amateur and educational purposes. Proposed are 1k2-9k6 AX telemetry and FM voice UHF downlink and a VHF FM uplink. The Neutron-1 website is: https://www.hsfl.hawaii.edu/web/neutron1/  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information)
  • Japan called off a planned cargo ship launch to the International Space Station on September 10 after a fire erupted on the launch platform for the mission’s rocket. (ANS thanks Space.com for the above information)
  • The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) has signed a 5-year agreement to keep Dayton Hamvention® at the Greene County Expo Center. The agreement was announced on September 9. (ANS thanks ARRL for the above information)
  • After years of construction, China’s new radio telescope is in action. The telescope, called FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope) has double the collecting power of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which has a 305 meter dish. Until now, Arecibo was the world’s largest radio dish of its type. (ANS thanks Universe Today for the above information)
  • The College of Engineering at Villanova University has published a very nice feature story about the University’s involvement with ham satellites. The article, titled, “They May be Building Nanosatellites, but there’s Nothing Small about Villanova’s CubeSat Club,” may be found at: https://tinyurl.com/yytj6vsj  Dr.Alan Johnston,KU2Y, VP-Educational Relations is the faculty advisor.
  • An article by Karl-Heinz Krawczyk, DL1GKK, describes how to install amateur radio software on the Raspberry Pi to provide the popular data modes, SSTV, satellite tracking, SDR, rig control and logbook. The English language article is available on the site of Indonesia’s national amateur radio society ORARI: https://tinyurl.com/y4gb82hb  (ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information)
  • An interesting article on Satellite collisions has been published this week in SatNews Daily: https://tinyurl.com/yyk3f2q2  (ANS thanks Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, for the above information)
  • Help AMSAT return to Greater Orbits with Larger Footprints with exciting technologies like attitude control and determination and software-defined transponders utilizing microwave bands. Consider a one-time or recurring donation today: https://tinyurl.com/y5kupb55

 

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of six post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT office for additional student membership information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
K0JM at amsat dot org

Flashback Friday: Satellite Tracking with QUIKTRAK for the Commodore 64 and Apple II

For Flashback Friday, AMSAT is releasing disk images of QUIKTRAK for both the Commodore 64 and Apple II. These disk images should work in any emulator for the platforms, such as VICE for the Commodore 64 and AppleWin or LinApple for the Apple II.  They can also be imaged to floppy disk or used with a floppy emulator on real vintage hardware. These disk images have AMSAT’s club call, W3ZM, and Washington, DC set as the default callsign and QTH. Current Keplerian elements for AO-7 (as of September 13, 2019) are included. These programs provide a fun look back at the state of the art in satellite tracking in the mid-1980s.

QUIKTRAK.DSK (Apple II)

QUIKTRAK.D64 (Commodore 64/128)

QUIKTRAK was written by Bob McGwier, N4HY, utilizing tracking routines originally developed by Tom Clark, W3IWI (now K3IO). While the Commodore 64 version is in compiled BASIC (Blitz), the AppleSoft BASIC source code for the Apple II version is included on the disk image and can be LISTed.

Additionally, Paul Williamson, KB5MU, recently made the InstantTrack program for the IBM PCs and PC compatibles freely available on his website.

If anyone has any copies of additional historic tracking programs, please email n8hm at amsat.org to arrange preserving this portion of AMSAT’s history.

AO-7 with MAPTRAK
Tracking AO-7 with MAPTRAK for the Commodore 64 in VICE.

 

AO-7 QUI
Showing the next AO-7 passes in Washington, DC using QUIKTRAK for the Apple II in LinApple.

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Awards Generous Grant to ARISS

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a very generous grant to ARISS for the Next Generation radio system. ARDC is  the owner and manager of the Internet network known as the AMPRNet. In June of 2019, ARDC initiated a philanthropic endeavor to provide monetary grants to organizations, groups, projects, and scholarships which have significant potential to advance the state of the art of Amateur Radio, and digital communications in general.

The ARISS Next Generation radio system (or Inter Operable Radio System – IORS) will support easier radio mode transition, to enable new, exciting capabilities for hams, students and the general public including:

  • New amateur radio communication and experimentation capabilities, including an enhanced voice repeater and updated digital packet radio (APRS) capabilities.
  • Slow Scan TV (picture up and downlinks) in both the US and Russian segments of ISS.
  • New multi-voltage power supply will support present and future radio capabilities and allow wireless experiments to be conducted.

In July, the Inter Operable Radio System successfully completed a battery of stressful tests required as part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space Station. Final assembly of the flight safety certification in preparation for launch is now underway and ARISS is working towards launch ready status by the end of the year.

For more information on the award please see: https://www.ampr.org/g2019-09-01a/

To contribute to ARISS and the IORS please see: https://www.ariss.org/donate.html

ARISS and AMSAT thank ARDC for their generosity in supporting this important project.

[ANS thanks ARISS, the AMSAT office, and ARDC for the above information.]

IORS testing
IORS testing at Johnson Space Center (L to R) Lou McFadin and Kerry Banke

 

ANS-251 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for September 8

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-251

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on https://amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in space as soon as our volunteers can post it. Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor at amsat dot org.  You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see:  https://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

In this edition:

  • AMSAT Board of Directors Election Ballots Due September 15
  • 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium Preliminary Schedule Now Available
  • 2019 AMSAT Symposium Early-Bird Registration Ends September 15
  • DM02 Satellite Expedition Sunday, September 22 – N6O/MM
  • VUCC Awards & Endorsements for August 2019
  • How to Support AMSAT
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Satellite Shorts from All Over

      Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium
October 18-20 in Arlington, VA.
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

AMSAT Board of Directors Election Ballots Due September 15

Votes must be received no later than Sunday, September 15, 2019 in order to be counted in the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election. AMSAT members should have received ballots by mail. Members who have not yet received their ballot must contact ElectionBuddy via email to amsat@electionbuddy.com

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

2019 AMSAT Space Symposium Preliminary Schedule Now Available

A preliminary schedule of events for the 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium has been posted to the AMSAT website.

It can be accessed at https://www.amsat.org/symposium-schedule/

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information.]

2019 AMSAT Symposium Early-Bird Registration Ends September 15

An early-bird registration rate for the 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia, is available through September 15, 2019 per the following schedule:

Registration September 16, 2019 – October 11, 2019 $65
Registration at the Door $70

You can complete your registration on-line via the AMSAT Store:
https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-symposium/

This year, all registrants will receive a digital copy of the Proceedings on a thumb drive. Attendees may purchase a hard copy for $25.00. Non-attendees may put their name on a waiting list for a hard copy, if there are any left over. The digital version of the Proceedings will be made available on the online store shortly after the Symposium concludes.

Student Registration is 50% off and does not include the Proceedings.

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]

Symposium Papers Due September 23rd!
Final copies of papers must be submitted by September 23rd
for inclusion in the printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers
should be sent to Dan Schultz at n8fgv(at)amsat.org

DM02 Satellite Expedition Sunday, September 22 – N6O/MM

Alex, N7AGF, and Ron, AD0DX, are planning to activate DM02 on Sunday, September 22, 2019 on FM and Linear satellites.

It’s a 5 or 6 hour boat trip to anchor off San Clemente Island. We will be on the water for 22 hours and operating around 10 hours beginning around 3:00 AM PDT (1000Z) on Sunday, September 22.

The cost of the boat is $2500 and we would appreciate contributions to help offset this cost. In the 24 hours after posting to Twitter we have received around $1300 which Alex and I are very thankful for. The island has Verizon and AT&T and Alex has a Garmin InReach so we should be able to tweet passes. The plan is to make as many passes as possible once we start operating around 3:00 AM PDT. We may skip some of the low western passes.

We will be using N6O/mm and we have a qrz.com page with all the details: https://www.qrz.com/db/N6O

If you need the grid please give us a call!

Of course this is dependent on the weather, but the captain says it has been a good September so far. If you are able to contribute financially we really appreciate the help to offset some of our costs. Details to contribute are on the N6O QRZ.com webpage.

[ANS thanks Ron, AD0DX, and Alex, N7AGF, for the above information.]

2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
To help celebrate, we are sponsoring the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
Full details are available at
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/

VUCC Awards & Endorsements for August 2019

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the ARRL for the period August 1, 2019 through September 1, 2019. Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

CallsignVUCC 01 AugVUCC 01 Sept
K8YSE18841926
KO4MA16731694
WA4NVM15361544
N8RO10681070
K8TL9821012
N6UK626675
N9IP625635
KE4AL556602
NS3L505526
W7QL401451
K9UO425450
PV8DX360373
AC9E300352
AD0HJ282300
PS8ET275274?
N7EGY200250
W0NBC106137
KC9UQR113132
AI9IN100125
N7AME100125
N4QX100106
AA0MZNew102
KI0GNew102
DL4ZABNew101
KD8RTTNew101
WD9EWK-DM54New101
W7BMDNew100

If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list at <mycall>@<mycall>.com and I’ll revise the announcement. This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for the two months. It’s a visual comparison so omissions are possible. Apologies if your call was not mentioned. Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely on the birds. They are doing most of the work!

[ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN, for the above information.]

Purchase AMSAT Gear on our Zazzle storefront.
25% of the purchase price of each product goes towards
Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

How to Support AMSAT

AMSAT relies on the support of our members and the amateur radio community to Keep Amateur Radio in Space. How can you help?

  1. Join AMSAT 
    Both you and AMSAT will benefit when you join. You get the AMSAT Journal bimonthly and support from AMSAT Ambassadors. Member dues and donations provide AMSAT’s primary support. Join today at https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-membership/
  2. Become a Life Member 
    Becoming a Life Member has never been easier. Now you can become a Life Member with 12 monthly payments of $74 through our online store. See https://www.amsat.org/product/lifetime-membership/ for details.
  3. Donate to AMSAT 
    Make a one time or recurring donation to AMSAT today. Even as little as one dollar a month can make a difference! Donate today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/
  4. Purchase AMSAT gear on our Zazzle storefront.
    AMSAT receives 25% of the price of each sale on AMSAT logo merchandise from our Zazzle storefront located at  https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear
  5. Support AMSAT when you make purchases from Amazon!
    So far, AMSAT has received $3,913.29 from AmazonSmile. Search for “Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation” https://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ext_twt_dshb_smi
  6. Volunteer for AMSAT 
    AMSAT relies on volunteers for nearly all of our activities. If you have an idea for how to help, please let us know, Details on
    volunteering can be found at https://www.amsat.org/volunteer-for-amsat/

[ANS thanks the AMSAT office for the above information.]

AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise
$150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. The upgrades are
necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astronauts in space via
Amateur Radio. We have reached a great milestone with $33,250 raised 
or about
17% towards our goal. This would not have been possible without your
outstanding generosity!!
For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:
https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_e7Htwa_ab_47IcJ9

Upcoming Satellite Operations

  • Help Celebrate AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary with these “W3ZM on the Road” Operations:
    https://www.amsat.org/events/was-w3zm/
  • N7MJ Roving 11 State Tour – WY, NE, IA, IL, KY, TN, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, August 25th – September 9th, 2019.
    Jack N7MJ is heading out (in his Vette) on a 2 weeks road trip from Cheyenne, WY to the big 25th Anniversary Celebration of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, (August 28-31). Then he will head through TN to AR (EM34) for a family gathering 9/3-4, the another family gathering 9/4-5 in Atoka, OK EM14/24). With the partying over, down through TX and NM and end up in Chandler, AZ. FM only.
  • AM1SAT (All Grids in Spain)  September 9-15, 2019 
    AMSAT-EA will be transmitting its special call AM1SAT via all active satellites from September 9th to September 15th as part of the V RadioHam Fair IberRadio 2019 activities. IberRadio is the biggest event for the ham community in SouthWest Europe and will open doors September 14th and 15th . Learn more about IberRadio at http://www.iberradio.es. The AM1SAT call sign will be active from a minimum of 14 different grids during that time to help satellite operators to collect as much EA locators as possible. As part of this activity and in order to promote the participation, AMSAT-EA is sponsoring the AM1SAT Special Award in two categories, Silver and Gold.  More info available at https://www.amsat-ea.org/  and as a pdf at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-237-AM1SAT-Award.
  • DN11/DN12 + DN03 – September 17, 2019
    Casey, KI7UNJ, is heading to the DN11/DN12 line, September 17th. Look for him on SO-50, AO-92, and AO-91, between 1657z and 1812z.  On the way back, Casey will make a quick stop in DN03 to catch the 2043z PO-101 pass.  Watch Casey’s Twitter feed for further updates https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ
  • DM02 – September 22, 2019 Ron, AD0DX, and Alex, N7AGF,
    are chartering a boat to the ultra-rare DM02 grid square. They will use the special event call sign November 6 Ocean/Maritime Mobile. Expected window of operation is from 1000z to 1900z, Sunday, September 22nd. More information is available on QRZ https://www.qrz.com/db/N6O to include how you can help support this monumental operation. Ron and Alex are expected to have cellular service out there, so keep an eye on their Twitter feeds https://twitter.com/ad0dx and https://twitter.com/N7AGF

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information.]

AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur radio package,
including two-way communication capability, to be carried on-board
Gateway in lunar orbit. Support AMSAT’s projects today at
https://www.amsat.org/donate/

Satellite Shorts from All Over

  • AMSAT Argentina reports that the digipeater on BugSat-1 / Tita is active at 9K6 AFSK, call=LU7AA, also a ?DX? command should give stations heard. Passes & Frequencies at http://amsat.org.ar/pass?satx=tita Pwr is 2W. (Via LU7AA, AMSAT Argentina)
  • A Japanese cargo spacecraft loaded with more than four tons of  supplies,spare parts and experiment hardware is scheduled to launch  from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan to the International Space Station at 5:33 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 10 (6:33 a.m. Sept. 11 in Japan). Live coverage of the launch and capture will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website. (Via NASA, https://tinyurl.com/ANS-251-NASA)
  • Having trouble uploading satellite QSOs to ARRL’s Logboook of the World? See AMSAT’s guide at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-251-LoTW
  • Looking for information about satellite frequencies or operating status? The AMSAT website has you covered! https://www.amsat.org/two-way-satellites/
  • It’s going to be an exciting fall for Amateur Radio in Space! The 50th Anniversary Space Symposium will take place in October and the launches of both RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E and HuskySat-1 carrying an AMSAT V/u transponder are expected to occur.

 

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of six post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT office for additional student membership information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org