ANS-152 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for May 31st

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In this edition:

  • Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day
  • IARU-R2 Workshop Videos Available
  • Digital Mode Experiments Conducted on Linear Satellites
  • SpaceX Launches Successfully Toward ISS
  • Moonbounce Contact via FT8 Could be a First
  • Mid-Altitude Balloon Race Planned for June 1
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 152.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE 2020 May 31
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL/AMSAT Field Days

ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the 2020 ARRL Field Day to adjust for Covid-19 restrictions. An AMSAT parallel event is held at the same time, and the rules for that have been adjusted, as well.

ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from 3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, be- cause many radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks and schools.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. The temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class. The waivers may be found at: https://bit.ly/3de5AJt

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites, held con- currently with the ARRL event. The rules for the AMSAT Field Day may be found at: https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020fd.pdf

This will mean that there will be another group of certificates for AMSAT Field Day: The top three stations operating from home with commercial power.

The problem is with those operating from home attaching their scores to a club. Because AMSAT only allows one satellite station to be operating at a time, if you are going to attach your satellite contact to a club, only ONE home station can attach per club. This will keep the playing field rather equal as there are areas where there is only one satellite op around and other areas where there are dozens of satellite ops. It would be unfair for an area with a dozen satellite ops to pool all their home contacts towards one club.

Even if satellite operators took turns operating in shifts, it would make it very difficult to score entries correctly. That is why AMSAT has chosen to allow only one satellite home station could be attached to a single club. CLUB NAME MUST BE IDENTIFIED IN THE ENTRY.

There will also be no duplicate certificates. If you are attaching your score to a club, then it goes towards club rankings and not home rankings. Nothing needs to be changed on the submission form. If you are operating 1D and the name of your attached club is included, the club score will be calculated appropriately.

This is new and uncharted waters and hope everyone enjoys AMSAT Field Day. A much larger number of entries is anticipated with this change, so patience is appreciated.

(ANS thanks ARRL and Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards for the above information)


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IARU-R2 Workshop Videos Available

IARU Region 2 (IARU-R2) is hosting workshops covering different facets
of amateur radio. Last Wednesday (27 May) was the “Satellite Communica-
tions 101″ workshop. Due to technical glitches, this workshop was not
available in real time, but the video of Wednesday’s presentation is
now available on YouTube. The direct link to the video of last Wednes-
day’s workshop is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f61uwo5Qy6A

One week earlier, on 20 May, Matias LU9CBL and Guillermo OA4/XQ3SA
hosted the Spanish-language version of this workshop, titled
“Comunicaciones por Satelite 101”. The video of their presentation is
available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69D1dJEfGDc

IARU-R2 plans more workshops covering other topics, in English and
Spanish. Information on upcoming workshops is available at:
https://www.iaru-r2.org/en/news-and-events/workshops/

Videos of past workshops are available from the IARU-R2 Workshops
channel on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnG2Srz0bsKmTbF2r3YNneQ

[ANS thanks Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, for the above information]


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Digital Mode Experiments Conducted on Linear Satellites

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Be aware that the experiments described below utilize very narrow AFSK modulation with fairly advanced computer control for Doppler correction and frequency stabilization. They do NOT involve use of narrowband FM signals such as those used for terrestrial APRS or dedicated APRS satellites. So please, NEVER transmit FM on the uplink to a linear satellite. ALSO, in should be emphasized that power levels must be kept very low, as all the WSJT modes are 100% duty cycle.]

Recently a group of regular satellite-using amateurs conducted experiments with FT-8 and FT-4 on a variety of linear satellites.  Alan (WA6DNR), Carlos (W7QL), Dave (W0DHB) and Ron (W5RKN) were involved and made many satisfactory QSOs.   The primary results and observations from these tests are:

  • Digital modes can successfully be employed on the linear birds while not interfering with concurrent users by operating close to the bottom end of the passband, using the lowest power practicable and using very narrow signals.
  • We avoided the satellites known to be power-sensitive, FO-29 and AO-7. Testing was conducted with CAS-4A, CAS-4B, RS-44, XW-2A, XW-2B, XW-2C and XW-2F.
  • FT-4 was the most robust signal format, compared to FT-8. Other of Joe Taylor’s digital signal modes should be investigated.
  • The rate of change of Doppler just before and after TCA is high on the lower-orbit satellites and must have compensation. 200 Millisecond Doppler updates allowed 100% copy of FT-4 transmissions throughout several passes of different linear satellites.  This can be accomplished in SatPC32 by setting the “SSB/CW Interval” in the CAT menu to zero and checking the 5X box.  Note that this setting is not retained when SatPC32 is shut down.
  • Very little power is needed for QSOs throughout the duration of the pass, from AOS to LOS. W7QL set IC-9700 power to “zero” (roughly 500 milli- Watts, with over 3 dB cable/connector loss to a Leo-Pack antenna pair) and copied every packet on several satellites.
  • FT-4 is very tolerant of voice signals which might drop on top of an ongoing FT-4 QSO. However, an FT-4 signal dropping in the middle of an SSB QSO would be quite annoying to the SSB operators.
  • According to Joe Taylor, the occupied bandwidth of an FT-4 signal is 90 Hz. So theoretically over 200 such signals could be present on a 20 KHz channel.   Obviously that will not, and should not happen.   But a dozen closely spaced FT-4 QSOs at the bottom of the band, each running very low power should hardly be noticeable to current voice and CW traffic.

We invite other Satellite operators to join us in this expanded utilization of the linear satellite resources available to us.  We recommend using FT-4 at very low power, in the bottom few KHz of the downlink frequency range, with appropriate Doppler compensation, as described above.  We hope to have a digital QSO with you sometime soon on the linear birds.

[ANS thanks Carlos Cardon, W7QL, for the above information]


SpaceX Launches Successfully Toward ISS

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, and Doug Hurley boarded a Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of a Falcon 9 rocket once again on Saturday, May 30. At 19:22 UTC they were successfully launched on their way to the International Space Station. This was the first launch of astronauts from U.S. territory since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011 and the first launch of humans by a private contractor, SpaceX.

The first attempt for the launch, on Wednesday, May 27, scrubbed due to stormy weather near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the ISS about 19 hours after liftoff.

[ANS thanks Spaceflight Now for the above information]


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Moonbounce Contact via FT8 Could be a First

FT8 co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has reported what is possibly the first FT8 contact via moonbouce (Earth-Moon-Earth or EME) on May 21 between Paul Andrews, W2HRO, in New York, and Peter Gouweleeuw, PA2V, in Netherlands. The contact was made possible using the currently available beta-release candidate of WSJT-X, version 2.2-rc1.

“Why might you want to use FT8 instead of ‘Old Reliable JT65’ for EME QSOs?” Taylor asked in a subsequent Moon-Net post. “FT8 is about 4 dB less sensitive than JT65, but with 15-second T/R [transmit/receive] sequences it’s four times faster, and it doesn’t use Deep Search,” he said, answering his own question.

The FT8 protocol included in the beta version of WSJT-X has an optional user setting to work around the 2.5-second path delay. “For terrestrial use, the FT8 decoder searches over the range -2.5 to +2.4 seconds for clock offset DT between transmitting and receiving stations,” Taylor explained. “DT” represents the difference between the transmission time and actual time. “When ‘Decode after EME delay’ is checked on the WSJT-X ‘Settings’ screen, the accessible DT range becomes -0.5 to +4.4 seconds. Just right for EME.”

As Taylor explained in his post, FT8 uses 8-GFSK modulation with tones separated by 6.25 Hz. At the time of the contact, the expected Doppler spread on the W2HRO – PA2V EME path was 8 Hz, which would cause some additional loss in sensitivity. Despite the path losses, however, copy between W2HRO and PA2V was “solid in both directions,” Taylor said.

Taylor said that when he was active in EME contests on 144 MHz, he was always frustrated that, even with reasonably strong signals, the maximum JT65 contact rate is about 12 per hour. “With FT8, you can do 40 per hour, as long as workable stations are available,” he said.

As for using FT8 for EME contacts on 1296 MHz, Taylor said it “might sometimes work, but Doppler spread will probably make standard FT8 a problem.” Given sufficient interest, however, he said the WSJT-X development team could design an FT8B or FT8C with wider tone spacing. He encouraged the use of FT8 for moonbounce on 144, 432, and 1296 MHz and asked users to report their results to the development team.

“A ‘slow FT8’ mode is indeed a sensitivity winner on suitable propagation paths,” he said in a later Moon-Net post. “We are busy implementing such a mode, but with particular emphasis on its use on the LF and MF bands.”

Taylor said FT8 has the operational advantage of putting all users in one (or a few) narrow spectral slices on each band. “So, it’s easy to find QSO partners without skeds or chat rooms,” he said. “Everything is done over the air, with no ‘side channels’ needed.”

Taylor also remarked in response to posts from those who, like him, “love CW.”

“I agree it’s a thrill to hear your own lunar echo, and to make CW EME QSOs,” he said. “Sometimes I pine for the bygone world of commercial sailing ships, which happen to be very much a part of my family’s his- tory,” Taylor concluded. “But I know that technologies evolve, and the world does not stand still.”

[ANS thanks ARRL News for the above information]


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Mid-Altitude Balloon Race Planned for June 1

Three Space Station Explorer teams will participate in an exciting distance learning—social distanced balloon race to beheld during the Pandemic.

ARISS educator, Joanne Michaelis, KM6BWB, is a science coach at the Wiseburn Unified School District in Los Angeles, California where she leads her students in several balloon launch attempts from the Los Angeles area each year. With this year different because of the pandemic, Joanne wanted to “shake things up a bit” and give students world-wide, a unique distance learning treat while keeping all safe during the pandemic. So Joanne challenged Ted Tagami, KK6UUQ, from Magnitude.io to a mid-altitude cross-continent balloon race and Ted accepted the challenge!

Ted plans to launch his balloon from Oakland, California. ISS Above inventor, Liam Kennedy, KN6EQU, from Pasadena, California, got “wind” of the idea and he asked to participate, too. All three organizations: ARISS, Magnitude.io and ISS Above are ISS National Lab Space Station Explorer (SSE) partners that work to inspire, engage, and educate students in Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) topics and to pursue STEAM careers.

The three SSE teams plan to launch their balloons simultaneously on June 1. The winner will be the first one to cross the“Finish Line”—the Eastern Time zone. Launch time is planned for 15:00 UTC (11:00 EDT, 10:00 CDT, 9:00 MDT, or 8:00 PDT. A live video feed of the launch is planned to start approximately 5 minutes prior to the event.

Once the balloons are airborne, students can track each balloon’s location, altitude, and temperature via amateur radio APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) which is fed automatically to the aprs.fi web site. Educators and parents around the globe can excite at-home youth with this initiative. Students can tally and track the states each balloon travels through and plot altitude versus temperature, etc. Also, by researching weather patterns, students can make assumptions from their own data. This could include speed variations due to weather.

They also can predict each balloon’s flight path and when they might cross the finish line!

For more information on the balloon launch, lesson plans, and the livestream video link (when the livestream URL is available), please go to: https://www.ariss.org/mid-altitude-balloon-race.html

Enjoy the Race! May the best ballooner win!!

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors for the above information]


ARISS News

Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools and the public in general. As such, we may have last minute cancellations or postponements of school contacts. As always, ARISS will try to provide everyone with near-real-time updates at the ARISS webpage: https://www.ariss.org/

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team men- tors for the above information]


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Upcoming Satellite Operations

W8LR: (@W8LR) May 30 and May 31 he will attempt to activate a dual grids contact. The grid line will be EM79/EM89.

Hey you guys from the EU: @N4DCW will be in EM56 June 5-7 with a semi- decent N-E horizon from his sister-in-law’s house. He will be on RS-44 and AO-7 looking for y’all.

AD0DX: (@AD0DX) DM77 and maybe DM76 on Saturday May 30.

An interesting email from ND9M/KH2: I’m finishing up my current tour on a U.S. merchant marine ship cur- rently anchored at Guam. I’ve been QRV from the anchorage which is at Apra Harbor. We’ll be taking a one-night run on June 2-3 to give the engines a chance to stretch their muscles. I expect to be QRV on sever- al passes on the evening of June 2 when we should be in QK13 for a few hours. Once we return to “the hook,” I’ll start packing up for my trip back to the States that weekend and should be doing some roving in the eastern states (MD, PA, VA, MD) once I get my body re-adjusted to the the 14-hour time change. Major Roves:

Ron (@AD0DX) and Doug (@N6UA) are making another run at the elusive DL88 in Big Bend National Park, TX. As we know they tried this grid back in March, and due to the mud couldn’t get to the grid, so never ones to quit, off they go again. Today the tentative date is Sunday May 31, 2020. They will be using the K5Z call sign. More information is available at the K5Z QRZ Page.

FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON (Rescheduled). Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between September 22nd and October 6th. This oper- ation was originally scheduled for July, but was postponed due to trav- el restrictions. It will be Eric’s 14th trip to the island. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including 60m , using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8/FT4 (but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8/FT4) and the SSB/FM satellites. He will generally be on the highest frequency band that is open (favoring 60/12/10/6m). He will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 26-27). ADDED NOTE: Eric will usually try to be on as many Satellite passes as he can when the WX is good, generally favoring the XW-2x, AO-7, RS-44, CA-4x, and possibly the FM birds. 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 and LoTW. For more details and updates, check out his Web page at: http://www.kv1j.com/fp/July20.html

Please submit any additions or corrections to Ke0pbr (at) gmail.com

[ANS thanks Paul Overnfor, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the above information]


Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in space? AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meet- ings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

Due to COVID-19, many hamfest and events around the United States have been cancelled or postponed. While we make every effort to ensure the information contained below is correct, there may be some that we missed. We wish all of you safekeeping and hope to be at a hamfest near you soon.

Current schedule: No scheduled events

The following events scheduled to have an AMSAT presence have been CANCELED:

June 12-13, 2020, Ham-Com, Plano, TX

A copy of the AMSAT hamfest brochure is available for download from: https://bit.ly/2ygVFmV This color brochure is designed to be printed double-sided and folded into a tri-fold handout.

To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration, please send an email to ambassadors (at) amsat (dot) org.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP-User Services for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

  • @Virgin_Orbit tweeted on May 25 that its initial test flight of the LauncherOne rocket was “a major step forward,” even though the craft did not achieve orbit as intended. In a follow-up tweet the next day, Virgin added “We said the main product of this flight would be data, and wow, did we get a lot of it! After diving into our early anal- yses, we wanted to share more about the flight — including both the many things that went well and what we know about the areas where we’ll need to improve.” (ANS thanks @Virgin_Orbit on Twitter for the above information)
  • Planning to build some space hardware in your basement during your Covid-19 quarantine? Better get your handbook! A newly revised version of the NASA Systems Engineering Handbook can be downloaded at: https://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/nasa-systems-engineering-handbook (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)
  • Russia plans to build a new space station because the current Inter- national Space Station will last only another decade at most, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in an interview pub- lished on Monday. “It’s still unclear whether it (the new station) will be international or national,” Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said in comments to the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. (ANS thanks n2yo.com for the above information)
  • Michael Wyrick, N3UC, has announced that AO-27 is now running on a schedule that places the FM repeater on for 8 minutes per orbit: 4 minutes ascending pass and 4 minutes descending pass. (ANS thanks Stephen DeVience, N8URE, for the above information)

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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 addi- tional 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 stu- dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership information.

73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space, This week’s ANS Editor, Mark D. Johns, K0JM

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ANS-145 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for May 24th

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In this edition:

  • AMSAT Announces 2020 Field Day Rules
  • AMSAT Awards Update
  • AO-27 Returns from the Dead
  • Updated GOLF Project Information Available
  • Changing HuskySat-1 Keps Name in FoxTelem
  • Hack-a-Sat Team Boasts Exceptional Participation
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • ARISS News
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 145.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE 2020-May-24
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AMSAT Announces 2020 Field Day Rules

It’s that time of year again; summer and Field Day! Each year the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day as a “picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!” The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites, held concurrently with the ARRL event.

For 2020, the event takes place during a 27-hour period from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 27, 2020 through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 28, 2020. Those who set up prior to 1800 UTC on June 27 can operate only 24 hours.

AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards Bruce Paige, KK5DO, has an- nounced the rules for the 2020 event.

Paige notes that “AMSAT has followed the ARRL when it comes to the date, times and most rules with regard to Field Day. [ARRL has made some modifications due to COVID-19]. With that in mind, AMSAT is going to have to adapt as well.”

Paige further elaborates, “What we will do for AMSAT Field Day is con- centrate on rovers and operating from home.” In line with this new concentration, the awards issued this year will be modified. The top three club stations will receive certificates as will the top three stations overall (instead of the top three home operators on emergency power). AMSAT will also award certificates to the top three roving stations.

The 2020 rules can be found at https://www.amsat.org/field-day/.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, for the above information]


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AMSAT Awards Update

This is my first update on the awards for 2020. They used to slowly trickle in. However, over the last two months, there have been a lot of submissions.

AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award for making their first satellite QSO

  • Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
  • Hiroto Miura, JI8UCI
  • Jason Davis, N8PDX
  • Andrew Stamp, N2YQO
  • Cameron Zotter, K4DCA
  • Angus Alexander, KJ7KOJ
  • Gustavo Schwartz, PR8KW
  • Richard Cutrer, KF5TQT
  • Kurt Melden, K1SEA
  • William McDermott, KM6MCH
  • Robert Smith, KO4CCD
  • Bernd Scholer, DL6IAN

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AMSAT Communications Achievement Award

  • Russel Kinner, WA8ZID #624
  • Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #625 EM30
  • Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #626 EM21
  • Stephan Greene, KS1G #627

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AMSAT Sexagesimal Satellite Communications Achievement Award

  • Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #185 EM30
  • Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #186 EM21
  • Stephan Greene, KS1G #187

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AMSAT Century Club Award Hector

  • Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #55 EM30

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AMSAT South Africa Satellite Communications Achievement Award

  • Russel Kinner, WA8ZID #US225
  • Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #US226 EM30
  • Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #US227 EM21
  • Wade Stuart, N0TEL #US228
  • Stephan Greene, KS1G #US229

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AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award (1,000-4,000)

  • John Stone, KC9VGG #98
  • Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, #99 (4,000)
  • Mitchell Ahrenstorff, AD0HJ #100 (2,000)
  • Dave Chasey, N9FN #101
  • Paul Overn, KE0PBR #102 (3,000)
  • Robert Sours, K9UO #103 (2,000)
  • Kell Bodholt, KI7UXT #104 (2,000)
  • Wade Stuart, N0TEL #105 (2,000)
  • Michael Frazier, KJ5Z #106
  • Nicholas Mahr, KE8AKW #107
  • Jerod Speck, W4ZXT #108
  • Casey Tucker, KI7UNJ #109

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AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award (5,000)

  • Adrian Liggins, VA3NNA #35
  • Christy Hunter, KB6LTY #37

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AMSAT Rover Award Rover Call

  • #051 PR8KW
  • #052 LW2DAF
  • #053 N0TEL

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org and click on Services then Awards.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards for the above information]


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AO-27 Returns from the Dead

A number of amateurs have reported that the FM repeater of AO-27 has been active for brief intervals in recent weeks. When commanded on by control operators, the transponder is active for about two minutes before reverting to telemetry transmissions only.

Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, remarks that AO-27 wasn’t originally intended to be an FM satellite. It lacks the audio filtering normally seen with a n FM receiver, since its uplink receiver was going to be used for data. With the lack of audio filtering on the uplink receiver, AO-27 was used for tests with D-Star radios.

The Wayback Machine has captures of the former ao27.org web site, detailing how those tests were done. Two radios were used for those D- Star QSOs, one for uplink and the other for downlink).

Many are hopeful that control stations will eventually be able to recover the satellite sufficiently to provide more regular operation. In the meantime, if you hear the satellite active, make your contacts quickly!

[ANS thanks Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, AMSAT Board Member, for the above information]


Updated GOLF Project Information Available

The AMSAT website has posted updated information on the next series of satellites, intended to succeed the current Fox satellites. AMSAT is developing a satellite program that should see amateur transponders in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and eventually High Earth Orbit (HEO)

GOLF is an acronym for “Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint”

The goal of the GOLF program is to work by steps through a series of increasingly capable spacecraft to learn skills and systems for which we do not yet have any low-risk experience. Among these are active attitude control, deployable/steerable solar panels, radiation tolerance for Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) components in higher orbits, and propulsion.

The first step is to be one or more Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites similar to the existing AO-91 and AO-92, but with technologies needed for higher orbits. With proven technologies, an interim high LEO or Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite would follow on.

The eventual goal is a High Earth Orbit (HEO) similar to AO-10, AO-13, and AO-40, but at a currently affordable cost combined with significantly enhanced capabilities which in turn will allow the use of much less complex ground stations.

Read the AMSAT GOLF article at: https://bit.ly/2WPV9WN

[ANS thanks @amsat and Southgate ARC for the above information]


Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
https://amsat.org/product-category/hardware/


Changing HuskySat-1 Keps Name in FoxTelem

Instructions for updating FoxTelem (including Fox-in-a-box) so that HuskySat-1 keps are now downloaded as HO-107.

Go to the Spacecraft menu and select Husky (or something else if you have changed the name). In the upper left is a section that says “Name (for Keps)” and the box to the right should say “HuskySat-1”. Just change that to HO-107. Done.

Note that HuskySat-1 is no longer in the downloaded keps, so the one you have will get older and more out-of-date until you change the name. Don’t forget you will need to do something similar with MacDoppler or SatPC32 or any other tracking program you have.

[ANS thanks Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, for the above information]


Hack-a-Sat Team Boasts Exceptional Participation

The Vaporsec “Capture The Flag” (CTF) team, specifically open to amateur radio operators, has seen the largest turnout for a CTF competition in team history, for this satellite-themed event. We have over 20 signed up for the qualifications event this coming weekend. We believe that based on the diversity, quality, and positive can-do spirit, that we have a chance at being competitive and moving on to the final round in late summer.

We had a successful team organizational meeting last night are are looking forward to a Friday 5pm Pacific start time. I’m looking forward to being able to share how amateur radio operators and practical experience carried the day!

The point of the competition seems to be the Air Force wanting to see that the current level of competence is out there with respect to satellite operations and security. Hints have included backgrounders on ADAC, Satellite IoT platform security, protocols, ground control, and more. Rules and link to the Hack-a-Sat website are at: https://www.hackasat.com/

Something that we noticed is that an unsolved challenge in last weekend’s DEFCON CTF qualifier round was from the same team that is putting on Hack-a-Sat CTF.

So! If you are wondering what kind of challenges are posed to participants in a CTF, here is that satellite-themed challenge. We expect this sort of thing to be the starting point for an entire weekend of satellite reverse engineering, puzzle solving, and rogue-craft-wrangling.

There are two files related to the challenge. The challenge text and the two files can be found at: https://bit.ly/2yrFlQM

See you on the other side of the CTF! We will have a write-up of the event and share any and everything we learn along the way.

[ANS thanks Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, AMSAT Board Member, for the above information]


Upcoming Satellite Operations

WY7AA is still in planning stages but on Monday the 26, DN82/DN72 and maybe later DN73/DN74, please watch his twitter page @WY7AA for more details.

Mitch, AD0HJ, has decided to “go check on the tree” in North Dakota. He will be finishing his circuit as this issue is published, but he may still be available on 5/24 UTC in EN06/16 Details on his Twitter page, @ad0hj

Ron, AD0DX, and Doug, N6UA, are making another run at the elusive DL88 in Big Bend National Park, Texas. They tried this grid back in March, and due to the mud couldn’t get to the grid, so never ones to quit, off they go again. The tentative date is Sunday May 31, 2020. They will be using the K5Z call sign. More information is available at the K5Z QRZ Page.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke0pbr (at) gmail.com

[ANS thanks Paul Overnfor, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the above information]


Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
from our Zazzle store!
25% of the purchase price of each product goes
towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
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ARISS News

Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools and the public in general. As such, we may have last minute cancellations or postponements of school contacts. As always, ARISS will try to provide everyone with near-real-time updates at the ARISS webpage: https://www.ariss.org/

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors 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/


Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in space? AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

Due to COVID-19, many hamfest and events around the United States have been cancelled or postponed. While we make every effort to ensure the information contained below is correct, there may be some that we missed. We wish all of you safekeeping and hope to be at a hamfest near you soon.

Current schedule: No scheduled events

The following events scheduled to have an AMSAT presence have been CANCELED:

  • June 12-13, 2020, Ham-Com, Plano, TX

A copy of the AMSAT hamfest brochure is available for download from: https://bit.ly/2ygVFmV This color brochure is designed to be printed double-sided and folded into a tri-fold handout.

To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration, please send an email to ambassadors (at) amsat (dot) org.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP-User Services for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Radio amateur and Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Sir Martin Sweeting, G3YJO, has recorded a series of home videos from Coronavirus lockdown to record answers to the questions he is most frequently asked. In a recent episode he talks about his inspiration for pioneering the original SmallSats revolution and reveals two of his favourite SSTL missions. Watch Sir Martin Sweeting, G3YJO – Early Years & Favourite Missions at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV9gQmfmvME
(ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP-Operations, and Doug Shook’s page, www.kc4mcq.us, for the above information)

+ Thailand’s regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has issued a special callsign to The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST), founded under the royal patronage of the King of Thailand. The call is E2STAYHOME. RAST will be operating using this callsign on all bands and in all modes, including on NB mode for Es’hail 2 QO-100 geostationary satellite.
(ANS thanks Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN, for the above information)

+ NASA astronauts Robert Behnken Douglas Hurley arrived at the Launch and Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, ahead of SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission. This will be the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Behnken and Hurley are scheduled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA is inviting the public to help celebrate a historic milestone by participating in NASA’s virtual launch experience at: https://www.nasa.gov/beourguest
(ANS thanks spaceref.com for the above information)

+ According to a new release of Union of Concerned Scientists’ operational satellite database, AMSAT-OSCAR 7 remains the oldest operating satellite in Earth orbit. The next oldest operating satellite is NASA’s TDRS-3, launched 14 years after AO-7 in 1988. Details at: https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/satellite-database

+ All issues of The AMSAT Journal from 2017 to the present are now available for AMSAT members on our new membership portal. More years coming soon. Get logged on today! https://launch.amsat.org/The_AMSAT_Journal

+ Virgin Orbit has announced that the window for its Launch Demo, the first orbital test flight with LauncherOne, opens this weekend on May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (1700 to 2100z). A backup window for launch is on May 25 during the same time frame.
(ANS thanks Twitter account @Virgin_Orbit for the above information)

+ Another record-shattering QSO was made via RS-44 last night! @KI7UNJ in Oregon worked EB1AO in Spain – a distance of 8,314 km. Both sta- tions had negative elevation! Satellite distance records are maintained at:
https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/
(ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive VP, for the above information)

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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 addi- tional 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 stu- dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership information.

73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space, This week’s ANS Editor, Casey Tucker, KI7UNJ

ki7unj at amsat dot org

ANS-138 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for May 17th

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-138

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 http://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.

In this edition:

  • AMSAT Receives PPP Funds During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • HuskySat-1 Transponder is Open
  • HuskySat-1 Designated OSCAR 107 (HO-107)
  • AMSAT Executive VP Congratulates HuskySat-1 Team
  • New Satellite Frequency Chart Is Free to Members
  • ARISS Continues Test of Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio
  • 10th Annual GNU Radio Conference Goes Virtual
  • AMSAT-EA Receives IARU Coordination for Two Satellites
  • AO-7 Delivers Stunning Contact
  • UN Launches Second Space4Youth Competition
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • ARISS News
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts from All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
May 17, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AMSAT Receives PPP Funds During COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 31, 2020, AMSAT’s Board of Directors authorized the organization’s leadership team to pursue relief afforded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Pursuit of this relief was in accordance with the Directors’ fiduciary duty to pursue all funding sources available to sustain AMSAT’s operations.

AMSAT has received funds under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Participation in this program gives us certainty that AMSAT will be able to continue uninterrupted service to our members during these uncertain economic times. It helps AMSAT offset cash flow losses due to the pandemic and avoid dipping into our reserves. Using reserves at this time would incur substantial realized losses due to fluctuating investment market conditions. Receiving the PPP funds also allows AMSAT to continue paying Martha, AMSAT’s Office Manager of over 40 years, even though our physical office remains closed.

Although AMSAT remains in a healthy financial position with a strong balance of cash and reserves, the current economic situation and loss of events like Hamvention and Ham-Com will likely continue to negatively impact donations and membership renewals.

AMSAT’s senior leadership team continues to pursue avenues to reduce operational costs such as the recent successful roll out of the Wild Apricot membership management portal.

[ANS thanks Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, AMSAT President for the above information]

   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
    is closed until further notice. For details, please visit
  https://www.amsat.org/amsat-office-closed-until-further-notice/

HuskySat-1 Transponder is Open

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP – Operations reports that after a week of testing, the transponder on HuskySat-1 is enabled and open for use and testing. HuskySat-1 carries a V/u inverting transponder with a 145.910 to 145.940 uplink, 435.810 to 435.840 downlink. The telemetry beacon runs 1200 baud BPSK at 435.800.

It’s fairly sensitive, and 5-10 watts is plenty most of the time. There are some fades due to satellite orientation and some passes are definitely better than others. The operations and engineering teams are also watching a few anomalies. For those with spectrum scopes, lease keep an eye on the beacon during transponder operations. Strong signals may impact the beacon strength. Reports and observations are welcome to the amsat-bb mailing list.

HuskySat-1 is the Husky Satellite Lab at University of Washington’s first cubesat, and the first mission with AMSAT’s linear transponder module (LTM-1), a V/u transponder and integrated telemetry beacon and command receiver. UW recently completed their Part 5 operations and have graciously let AMSAT’s Part 97 transponder operations commence. This transponder module is available for use in educational cubesat missions willing to enable the transponder for worldwide use. Contact Drew Glasbrenner or Jerry Buxton, VP Engineering Jerry Buxton for additional details.

Congratulations to Husky Satellite Lab, and to the entire AMSAT Engineering team for keeping amateur radio in space. Thanks to Dr. Mark Hammond, N8MH for commissioning and operations support.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP – Operations for the above information]

HuskySat-1 Designated OSCAR 107 (HO-107)

On November 2, 2019, the HuskySat-1 cubesat launched on the Cygnus NG-12 mission from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. The satellite was constructed by the Husky Satellite Lab at the University of Washington, and utilizes an AMSAT-constructed radio system for primary communications. Deployed from the Cygnus vehicle on January 31, 2020 after departing the ISS, HuskySat-1 began a 3-month educational mission. Upon completion of that mission, the satellite began operation of a V/u linear transponder in Amateur Radio Service.

At the request of the Husky Satellite Lab and AMSAT teams, AMSAT hereby designates HuskySat-1 as HuskySat-OSCAR 107 (HO-107). We congratulate the Husky Satellite Lab, thank them for their contribution to the Amateur Radio satellite community, and wish them continued success on this and future projects.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP – Operations for the above information]

   Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
 and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
         AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
             Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
         https://amsat.org/product-category/hardware/

AMSAT Executive VP Congratulates HuskySat-1 Team

“The first of what will be many AMSAT Linear Transponder Modules in orbit was opened for amateur use worldwide Sunday morning. I wanted to offer my thanks and congratulations to the team that made this possible:

AMSAT Engineering
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
John Klingelhoeffer, WB4LNM
Marc Franco, N2UO
Dan Habecker, W9EQ
Bob Davis, KF4KSS
Burns Fisher, WB1FJ
Eric Skoog, K1TVV
Chris Thompson, AC2CZ/G0KLA

AMSAT Operations
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Mark Hammond, N8MH

“And, last, but certainly not least, the entire team at the Husky Satellite Lab at the University of Washington.

“The AMSAT Linear Transponder Module (LTM) is a crucial part of AMSAT’s mission. The GOLF program will fulfill the first part of our mission statement, to deploy satellite systems with the goal of providing wide-area and continuous coverage, while ARISS and AREx fulfill the second part of our mission statement to continue active participation in human space missions.

The LTM represents the primary work AMSAT is doing to “support a stream of LEO satellites developed in cooperation with the educational community and other amateur satellite groups”. Five Fox-1 satellites have been completed. HO-107 is just the first of many more missions that will help us to Keep Amateur Radio in Space at a low cost to AMSAT. The future is bright!

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive VP for the above information]

New Satellite Frequency Chart Is Free to Members

AMSAT just released its updated Amateur Satellite Frequency Guide. It is currently available only to AMSAT Members, in the new online member portal under Member Resources.

Archives of The AMSAT Journal are also available under Journal. Currently, 2018 and 2019 are available with more years soon.

If you are an AMSAT Member and have not signed up on the new AMSAT Member Portal, you are missing out. If you’re not an AMSAT Member, there’s no better time to join!

Visit launch.amsat.org today!

[ANS thanks AMSAT Member Services for the above information]

ARISS Continues Test of Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio

ARISS completed the second test of the new-style radio contact called Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio. The concept was developed for distance learning when schools closed worldwide due to COVID-19. The virus eliminated all opportunities for ARISS radio contacts at education organizations.

The radio contact was completed on May 15 with ISS Commander Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR. A new ARISS telebridge ground station was operated by John Sygo, ZS6JON located near Johannesburg, South Africa. The telebridge linked to the astronaut and each youth tied in from home via their telephones. Each student took a turn asking their question of the astronaut. Their families, faculty and the public could also listen from home.

The youth taking part in ARISS’s second test belong to the Airdrie Space Science Club in Airdrie, AB, Canada. Prior to COVID, the students had participated in space and radio communications lessons such as balloon launches with ham radio payloads and building model rockets to launch. Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, one of the five club leaders related, “During this pandemic, our opportunities to develop kids’ interest in space has been interrupted. This ARISS contact gets them looking back up, towards the sky, and imagining themselves as an astronaut one day.”

[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS Public Relations for the above information]

10th Annual GNU Radio Conference Goes Virtual

GNU Radio Conference (GRCon) is a week-long conference that includes technical content and networking opportunities. It highlights design, implementation, and theory that has been practically applied in a useful way. GRCon attendees come from a large variety of backgrounds, including industry, academia, government, and hobbyists.

GRCon20 will be held starting September 14, 2020 online as a virtual event. Keynote speakers include Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, Managing Editor of QST magazine; Oona Räisänen (windytan) hacker of signals and computer programmer; and Jim St. Leger, Director Open Source, at Intel.

More information and registration is online at: https://www.gnuradio.org/grcon/grcon20/

[ANS thanks GNU Radio for the above information]

        Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
      Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
        from our Zazzle store!
        25% of the purchase price of each product goes
            towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
           https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

 

AMSAT-EA Receives IARU Coordination for Two Satellites

AMSAT-EA recently received frequency coordination from the IARU for two pocketcube satellites expected to launch in 2020.

Hades is a 1.5 p pocketcube satellite offering radio amateurs a linear transponder for SSB/FM/CW and digital modes.  It will also test the platform for future amateur satellites. A downlink on 436.888 MHz and an uplink on 145.925 MHz have been coordinated. A regenerative transponder for FM/FSK/ASK and 0.05kbps-125kbps ASK/FSK/PSK telemetry, store&forward and data  transmission from ground stations is also planned. A camera is expected to fly as an experimental payload.

EASAT-2 satellite is Hades virtual twin with a downlink on 436.666 MHz and an uplink on 145.875 MHz. Both satellites will be launched into a 400/500 km polar orbit together with Sanosat-1 and others in a Alba Orbital cluster 3 launch.

More info at https://www.amsat-ea.org/

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]

AO-7 Delivers Stunning Contact

On Sunday, May 4, 2020, AO-7, a forty year old satellite, produced a stunning contact. At 17:20 UTC a contact was completed between Diego Fiel, LW2DAF in Buenos Aires (GF05rk) and Tom Ambrose, ZS1TA in Cape Town (JF95fx). The contact scanned a distance of 4329 miles (6927 km) across the South Atlantic with both stations aiming at only 2 to 3 degrees on the horizon.

Both stations had been watching the orbit predictions for several weeks and the suitable opportunities only occurred occasionally with both stations seeing the AO-7 satellite at the same time. Electrical noise particularly in Cape Town hampered the efforts with only small snatches being heard from time to time. That morning, however, the noise levels were low and a perfect contact was possible with full call signs and reports being exchanged.

[ANS thanks Tom Ambrose, ZS1TA for the above information]

UN Launches Second Space4Youth Competition

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) announced the second edition of its Space4Youth competition for young people worldwide to share their ideas on space policy and exploration.

The Space4Youth Competition strives to show how young people can contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This edition focuses on SDG 13, Climate Action, which the United Nations Secretary-General called the defining issue of our time.

In order to participate, young people have to submit an essay on “Space as a tool to address climate challenges: examples from local communities”.

The selected winner and finalist(s) will be invited to present their essays at the 19th Space Generation Congress 2020. Winners will also have abstracts of their essays submitted to the 63rd session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

For more information and instructions on how to participate, see: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-138-Space4Youth

[ANS thanks the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs 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/

Upcoming Satellite Operations

Mitch (@AD0HJ on Twitter) Has decided to go check on the tree in North Dakota.  He has also said he will be activating a bunch of grids:

  • 5/20 UTC DN96/97
  • 5/21 UTC DN78/88
  • 5/22 UTC DN76/77
  • 5/23 UTC DN86/87
  • 5/24 UTC EN06/16

Ron (@AD0DX on Twitter) and Doug (N6UA, @dtabor on Twitter) are making another run at the elusive DL88 in Big Bend National Park, TX. As we know they tried this grid back in March, and due to the mud couldn’t’t get to the grid, so never ones to quit, off they go again. Today the tentative date is Sunday, May 31, 2020. They will be using the K5Z call sign. More information is available at the K5Z QRZ Page.

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR for the above information]

ARISS News

The following schools have now been postponed due to COVID-19:

  • Srednja Skola Za Elektrotehniku I Racunalstvo, Rijeka, Croatia, direct via 9A5G
  • Canadian Cub Jamboree, Guelph/Eramosa, ON, Canada,  telebridge via TBD.

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

Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

Current schedule:

  • No scheduled events

The following events scheduled to have an AMSAT presence have been CANCELED:

  • May 15-17, Hamvention, Xenia, OH
  • June 12-13, 2020, Ham-Com, Plano, TX

Shorts from All Over

Doppler SQF Line Generator

It seems like new satellites are appearing over the horizon nearly every day. For those who want to roll their own Doppler SQF lines, you can use this generator developed by Mike Diehl, W8LID. Just enter the frequencies in the correct spot and presto!  You will find this great tool at:  https://www.amsat.org/doppler-sqf-line-generator/.

[ANS thanks Dave Webb, KB1PVH for the above information]

“There’s Nothing to Do, Dad (or Mom)!”

When the kids start getting bored around the house, check out NASA’s STEM Engagement Page.  With activities sorted by age group, there’s plenty fun parents and kids can enjoy on their own or together. It’s all at https://www.nasa.gov/stem.

Also available from the European Space Agency is a series of weekly projects and challenges that run now through September. Enjoy these entertaining and educational projects at: https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2020/05/Expedition_Home

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N and ESA for the above information]

NASA Inks Deal with Roscosmos for Continued Rides to the ISS

With lingering uncertainty about when new U.S. commercial vehicles can regularly carry crews to the space station, NASA said Tuesday it will pay the Russian space agency more than $90 million for a round-trip ticket to the International Space Station on a Soyuz spacecraft later this year. According to NASA, the deal with Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, will ensure continuous U.S. presence on the ISS in case of additional delays in getting new U.S. crew capsules ready for operational missions. Read the complete story at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-138-NASA-Ride

[ANS thanks SPACEFLIGHT NOW for the above information]

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,

Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

HuskySat-1 Designated HuskySat-OSCAR 107 (HO-107)

On November 2, 2019, the HuskySat-1 cubesat launched on the Cygnus NG-12 mission from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. The satellite was constructed by the Husky Satellite Lab at the University of Washington, and utilizes an AMSAT-constructed radio system for primary communications. Deployed from the Cygnus vehicle on January 31, 2020 after departing the ISS, HuskySat-1 began a 3-month educational mission. Upon completion of that mission, the satellite began operation of a V/u linear transponder in amateur service.

At the request of the Husky Satellite Lab and AMSAT teams, AMSAT hereby designates HuskySat-1 as HuskySat-OSCAR 107 (HO-107). We congratulate the Husky Satellite Lab, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on this and future projects.

73,

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT Vice President – Operations, for the above information]

Artist depiction of HuskySat-OSCAR 107 firing its pulsed-plasma thruster in orbit.