ANS-255 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin for Sept. 12

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT, 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://www.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: [email protected]

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In this edition:

  • AMSAT 2021 Symposium and Annual Meeting Changes to Virtual Event
  • Second Call for Papers for the 39th AMSAT Space Symposium Proceedings
  • UVSQ-SAT FM Repeater to be Turned On September 12, 2021
  • AMSAT President’s Club Closing in on 2021 Goal
  • Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
  • AREx and the NASA Lunar Gateway Update
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-255 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

To: All RADIO AMATEURS
From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002

DATE 2021 Sep 12

AMSAT 2021 Symposium and Annual Meeting Changes to Virtual Event

Due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, AMSAT has announced that its 39th Space Symposium scheduled for October 29-31, 2021 will now take place as a virtual event.  The Symposium was originally planned to be held at the Crowne Plaza AiRE hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

AMSAT President, Robert Bankston, KE4AL, explained, “Our membership has voiced its concern over the continued presence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks associated with long distance travel and attendance at large group gatherings.  In the interest of everyone’s comfort and safety, we have made the difficult decision to return to a virtual meeting platform.  If there is any good news in this, we know that last year’s virtual Symposium event was well received and that we have the opportunity to repeat its success this year.”

The dates for the virtual symposium will remain the same as was originally announced.  The schedule will be reviewed by Symposium organizers and adjusted as needed to accommodate the virtual setting. Persons who have already registered for the Symposium will automatically receive refunds in the days ahead.

Please watch for further announcements as they become available. Questions regarding the Symposium should be addressed to info at amsat dot com.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

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Second Call for Papers for the 39th AMSAT Space Symposium Proceedings

This is the second call for papers for the 39th AMSAT Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 29-31, 2021.  The Symposium will be a virtual event.

Proposals for symposium presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite community. We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, with final copy submitted by October 18 for inclusion in the symposium proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV at n8fgv at amsat.org.

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV, for the above information]


UVSQ-SAT FM Repeater to be Turned On September 12, 2021

The LATMOS team has programmed the UVSQ-SAT satellite to go into transponder mode on Sunday, September 12, 2021 starting at 12:00 UTC. The transponder will be active during 11 consecutive hours.

From September 11, 2021, 12:00 UTC, an ASCII message will be broadcast to announce that the transponder mode will be activated. To decode the message, you can use the UVSQ-SAT Decoder software available at: https://code.electrolab.fr/xtof/josast/-/blob/21-ecr-uvsqsat/ApplicationUVSQsatDecoder/src/site/markdown/UserManual.md

The frequencies used are:

Telemetry:
437.020 MHz – BPSK – G3RUH 9k6

FM Transponder:
Uplink frequency: 145.905 MHz
Downlink frequency: 437.020 MHz

More information on the satellite is available at https://site.amsat-f.org/uvsq-sat/ and on the project at http://uvsq-sat.projet.latmos.ipsl.fr/.

[ANS thanks Christophe Mercier, Président AMSAT-Francophone for the above information]

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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/

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AMSAT President’s Club Closing in on 2021 Goal

While the AMSAT President’s Club had been around for many years, it was reinvigorated and re-launched at the 2020 AMSAT Symposium and general meeting. With a fresh look and attractive recognition items, the goal of $18,000 was set for the year of 2021.  Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, Vice President, Development reports, “We are closing in on reaching our 2021 goal with $15,140 already donated by President Club members.  With three months to go in this year, I’m confident we’ll hit the $18,000 mark and then some.

“In addition to direct President’s Club registrations, we automatically enroll anyone who makes a donation of $120 or more to the general fund.  This represents yet another $16,015 of generous giving by AMSAT members.”

Karnauskas adds, “Although there are three months left in the year, we have only a very limited supply of commemorative coins and, once they’re gone, they’re gone.  These polished gold finish coins with four color accent colors have become quite a hit among members.  We would hate to see someone not get one these collector items because they waited too long.”

Full details on the President’s Club and registration page are located at:
https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The new proposal window is October 1, 2021 to November 24, 2021. The deadline to submit a proposal is November 24, 2021.

Proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and the proposal form can be found at:
https://ariss-usa.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact-in-the-usa/.

An ARISS introductory webinar session will be held on October 7, 2021 at 8 PM ET. The Eventbrite link to sign up is:
https://ariss-proposal-webinar-fall-2021.eventbrite.com.

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio organizations’ volunteer efforts provide the equipment and operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world using Amateur Radio.

Please direct any questions to ariss dot us dot education at gmail dot com.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


AREx and the NASA Lunar Gateway Update

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS-USA Executive Director, provides the following update on AREx plans to participate in NASA’s Lunar Gateway system.

“Originally planned to be launched separately, the Power Propulsion Element (PPE) and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) will now be launched together on a commercial launch vehicle as the first Lunar Gateway systems. As a result, the launch mass is high and the resulting payload mass to be flown on this inaugural mission is very low.

“The current complement of scientific payloads flying with PPE and HALO are the space weather, radiation and lunar dust experiments.  For astronaut health reasons, the radiation and space weather measurements are critically important to understand the environment that astronauts will be subjected to. The lunar dust experiment is critical since these dust particles are highly corrosive and can impact Gateway machinery as well as spacesuits and the astronauts themselves. Beyond these three experiments, no other payloads have been manifested yet.

“NASA and the other space agencies continue to refine their plans for Gateway, Artemis and other lunar missions. It should be noted that the space agencies are still designing Gateway so they are defining payload opportunities on a vehicle that is still being designed. This is kind of like driving a car on a bridge as it is being built!

“Right now AREx is working to ensure that we are located on Gateway with a good field of view to the Earth. This will ensure more frequent AREx communications opportunities with folks on the ground. Some of the modules to be launched later than PPE and HALO appear to provide much richer Earth communication fields of view. We anticipate getting a better understanding of Earth viewing for the payload “ports” (or SORIs) on each module in the future. The current payloads need sun viewing so NASA is trying to determine which payload “port” would be best for them.

“AREx is engaged.  But, like ARISS and Space Station 25 years ago, Gateway payload manifesting will be a “fits and starts” opportunity. Therefore, patience and persistence are critically important traits the ARISS/AREx team uses as it moves forward. As the co-leader of the AREx team, I remain cautiously optimistic that we will be on-board Gateway in the future. And, I am maintaining patience.”

[ANS thanks Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS-USA Executive Director for the above information.]

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AMSAT’s GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it all
begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable solar
panels, propulsion, and attitude control, now manifested for launch on
NASA’s ELaNa 46 mission. Come along for the ride. The journey will be
worth it!

https://tinyurl.com/ANS-GOLF

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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.

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

Notre Dame Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School, Kyoto, Japan
Direct via 8N3ND
Originally scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 09:26:41 UTC.

Next mode change is expected to take place in late September 2021. The latest information on the operation mode can be found at  https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

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

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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/

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

+ EN76: September 12, 2021, 1800-2000 UTC
EN85/EN86 gridline: September 12, 2021, 2000-2200 UTC
EN75/EN76 gridline: September 12, 2021, 2200-0000 UTC
AA8CH reports on his upcoming rove: Times tentative and I may go to the EN85/EN86 gridline a little earlier depending.  On Monday, September 13 I may do EN75/EN76 or EN85/EN86 again if there is need but would prefer to hit EN84/EN85 and EN74/EN75 so get in the log on Sunday if you really need the others.  Will try to list probable passes here.  Send me an email if you need any of the above and I’ll be sure to listen for you on the birds!

+ EN75: September 13-15, 2021
N8AJM is planning to make as many FM satellite passes Holiday style. He may also be in EN76 for a couple hours on September 14. POTA is also a possibility. Watch Twitter for updates.

+ FN26: September 16-18, 2021
VE3KY will be returning for a three day holiday style operation and will operate both linear and FM birds, hopefully trying to update operating times and passes on twitter @busman49.

+ CN70 & CN71: September 16, 2021
CN80 & CN81: September 17, 2021
CN90 & CN91: September 18, 2021
DN00 & DN01: September 19, 2021
DN10 & DN11: September 20, 2021
DN20 & DN21: September 21, 2021
DN02 & DN03: September 22, 2021
DN12 & DN13: September 23, 2021
WL7T is on the road again! Watch Twitter for updates at https://twitter.com/WL7T_

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


Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

+ RRRA Hamfest & ARRL Dakota Division Convention
Saturday, September 25, 2021
RRV Fairgrounds Hartl AG Building
1805 Main Ave West
West Fargo, ND 58078
https://rrra.org/cal/2021/09/25/rrra-hamfest-arrl-dakota-division-convention

+ 2021 Wyoming ARRL Section Convention
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
https://wyhamcon.org/site

+ 39th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
October 29-31, 2021
Online

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ AmazonSmile reports that a $384.06 donation was issued to AMSAT thanks to shopping activities of AMSAT members between April 1 and June 30, 2021. Thank you shoppers!
[ANS thanks AmazonSmile for the above information.]

+ On September 2, 2021, Open Research Institute (ORI) received an advisory opinion from US Commerce Department BIS. The letter confirmed that posting information on the internet so that it is available to the public means that open source amateur satellite communications work is not subject to the Export Administration Regulation (EAR). Prior work by ORI established that open source amateur satellite communications work was free of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
[ANS thanks ORI for the above information.]

+ Cosmonauts found “superficial fissures” in the aging Zarya module of the International Space Station, and worry that they will expand over time. Vladimir Solovyov, a Russian space program chief engineer, also pointed out that “at least 80 percent of in-flight systems on the Russian segment of the ISS have passed their expiration date.”
[ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information.]

+ Charlie, EI8JB, will be active as EJ8JB from Bere Island which is located off the coast of West Cork between September 16-19th. He states, “Amateurs have authorization from our regulator to use the ‘EJ’ prefix once operating from one of the offshore Coastal Islands of Ireland.” Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and some Digital modes (PSK/RTTY) as well as possibly FM Satellite. QSL via LoTW (Preferred), and by the Bureau and ClubLog’s OQRS.
[ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin for the above information.)

+ At the AMSAT-DL General Meeting on August 28, 2021 in Bochum, the members elected the new Board of Directors for the next regular term of 2 years. Peter Gülzow DB2OS was again appointed in his function as 1st Chairman unanimously re-elected. Likewise, Thilo Elsner DJ5YM has now been appointed to the position of 2nd Chairman unanimously re-elected. Dr. Charly Eichhorn DK3ZL completes the executive committee as new 3rd Chairman and Treasurer, he too was unanimously elected.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information.]


Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

* Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
* 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 6 post-secondary years in this status.
* Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional membership information.

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor, Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

AMSAT 2021 Symposium and Annual Meeting Changes to Virtual Event

AMSAT 2021 Symposium and Annual Meeting Changes to Virtual Event

Due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, AMSAT has announced that its 39th Space Symposium scheduled for October 29-31, 2021 will now take place as a virtual event.  The Symposium was originally planned to be held at the Crowne Plaza AiRE hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

AMSAT President, Robert Bankston, KE4AL, explained, “Our membership has voiced its concern over the continued presence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks associated with long distance travel and attendance at large group gatherings.  In the interest of everyone’s comfort and safety, we have made the difficult decision to return to a virtual meeting platform.  If there is any good news in this, we know that last year’s virtual Symposium event was well received and that we have the opportunity to repeat its success this year.”

The dates for the virtual symposium will remain the same as was originally announced.  The schedule will be reviewed by Symposium organizers and adjusted as needed to accommodate the virtual setting. Persons who have already registered for the Symposium will automatically receive refunds in the days ahead.

Please watch for further announcements as they become available. Questions regarding the Symposium should be addressed to info at amsat dot org.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

ANS-248 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for Sep. 5

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT, 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://www.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.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://mailman.amsat.org/postorius/lists/ans.amsat.org/

In this edition:

  • AMSAT-EA’s GENESIS Satellites Lost in Firefly Alpha Launch Failure
  • MESAT1 Submitted for IARU Coordination
  • AO-7 to Enter Full Sunlight Period
  • Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Recognizes ARISS Organization
  •  VUCC Awards-Endorsements for September 1, 2021
  • Call for Papers for the AMSAT Space Symposium
  • Registration Open for AMSAT Space Symposium
  • Voting Period for 2021 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Closes September 15th
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-248 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

To: All RADIO AMATEURS
From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002

DATE 2021 Sep 05

AMSAT-EA’s GENESIS Satellites Lost in Firefly Alpha Launch Failure

Firefly’s first launch attempt for their Firefly Alpha rocket ended approximately 2.5 minutes after liftoff on Thursday evening when an anomaly resulted in the loss of the vehicle. Among the payloads lost were AMSAT-EA’s GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N amateur radio satellites.

Felix Paez, EA4GQS, from AMSAT-EA said “we are very proud of all the team work and very grateful for this opportunity Firefly has granted to us.” He added, “in January we will launch with SpaceX through Alba Orbital, our FM repeaters Hades and EASAT-2. We will keep you posted.”

Other payloads lost on the mission are listed at https://firefly.com/firefly-aerospace-announces-dream-payload-participants/

[ANS thanks for Felix Paez, EA4GQS, and Firefly for the above information]

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Join the 2021 President’s Club!
Score your 2″ 4-Color Accent Commemorative Coin.
This gold finished coin comes with
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Donate today at
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MESAT1 Submitted for IARU Coordination

The University of Maine’s WiSe-Net Lab has applied for IARU coordination for their 3U CubeSat, MESAT1.

MESAT1 will carry an LTM-1 transponder, provided by AMSAT, that will serve as a linear transponder for amateur radio operators to use for recreation and practice in addition to supporting telemetry and command with the satellite systems. This operation will provide education and training in the radio arts for students at the University of Maine, as they monitor onboard systems and receive telemetry and data from the onboard sensors, including remote sensors. MESAT1 also provides an opportunity for AMSAT to further characterize and test the capabilities of the LTM-1 in orbit, and to gain more flight heritage for the device. The LTM-1 is a 30 kHz wide V/u linear transponder with a 1k2 BPSK beacon.

MESAT1 will also carry an L-band GlobalStar transmitter with a carrier frequency of 1616.25 MHz. This will be used along with the onboard GPS receiver, to provide back to the team early mission TLEs. These will be published on our website as well as on Space Track, to allow our ground station as well as hams worldwide to accurately point antennas and access the LTM-1.

MESAT1 is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in June 2022 into a 555 km SSO.

More information is available at https://umaine.edu/wisenetlab/mesat1/

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]


AO-7 to Enter Full Sunlight Period

AO-7 will enter a period of full illumination on September 9, 2021. This full illumination period will last until April 11, 2022.

While in full illumination, the satellite’s 24 hour timer will automatically switch between operation in Mode A (145 MHz uplink / 29 MHz downlink) and Mode B (432 MHz uplink / 145 MHz downlink).

The Mode A transponder uses a 145.850 – 145.950 MHz uplink and a 29.400 – 29.500 MHz downlink. Unlike the Mode B transponder, the Mode A transponder is non-inverting. QSOs have been made using small portable 10m antennas for the downlink, but a full size dipole or directional antenna works best.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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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/

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Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Recognizes ARISS Organization

Kathryn Lueders, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA has posted a statement recognizing Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) for its accomplishments in promoting STEM initiatives through amateur radio:

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) networks enable #NASA to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers – even from 350 kilometers above Earth. In addition to connecting the science community on Earth with the groundbreaking research studies and experiments aboard the International Space Station, SCaN enables the space station to act as a unique platform for global STEM outreach and education efforts. For over 20 years, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, a non-profit supported by SCaN, has connected classrooms on Earth with astronauts aboard the space station, allowing students to engage directly with astronauts in real-time. Using ham radio equipment installed on the space station and a ham radio station on the ground, students are able to establish a direct radio connection with the space station and ask the crew questions about living in space and what it takes to become an astronaut. In preparation for their ARISS contact, the students explore a variety of #STEM studies, including space exploration, radio communication, and wireless technologies. With tens of thousands of student participants each year, the ARISS program plays an important role in inspiring the Artemis Generation and encouraging students to pursue STEM careers. Learn more about the ARISS program and how you can bring space into your classroom here: www.ariss.org

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

VUCC Awards-Endorsements for September 1, 2021

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the ARRL for the period August 1, 2021 through September 1, 2021. Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

Congratulations to Dave Chasey N9FN on achieving the AMSAT GridMaster Award.

CALL August September 
N8RO11001105
WI7P858859
AA8CH750775
K9UO653675
WD9EWK655667 (DM43)
KE8FZT500550
KB9STR431508
KS1G451484
W8LR453479
AK8CW451456 (DM37)
HP2VX406425
VE4MM350361
KN2K300350
EA2AA300346
K5ZM277326
K8BL278283
KC1MMC150230
RA3DNC156200
VE3KY150182
N2NWK New173
KD9NGV100151
KE7RTB100150
W5ERX New133
DL6GBM100114
VY2HF New103
AA8CH101102 (EN84)
CM2ESP New101
JK2XXK New100
LA9XGA New100
WA5RR New100

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 a lot of the work!

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

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AMSAT’s GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it all
begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable solar
panels, propulsion, and attitude control, now manifested for launch on
NASA’s ELaNa 46 mission. Come along for the ride. The journey will be
worth it!

https://tinyurl.com/ANS-GOLF

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Call for Papers for the AMSAT Space Symposium Proceedings

This is the first call for papers for the 39th AMSAT Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 29-31, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza AiRE hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Proposals for symposium presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite community. We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, with final copy submitted by October 18 for inclusion in the symposium proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV at n8fgv at amsat.org.

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV, for the above information]

Registration Open for AMSAT Space Symposium

The 39th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting will be held Friday through Sunday, October 29-31, 2021, at the Crowne Plaza AiRE in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Registration is now open for the event at https://launch.amsat.org/Events Student registrations are available at $40, and General registration is at $75. Registration for the Saturday evening Symposium Banquet is an additional $55. Full details are available at the registration website.

The Crowne Plaza AiRE is located at 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55245, adjacent to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and only steps away from the METRO Blue Line’s American Blvd. stop. Nearby shopping and tourist attractions include Mall of America, SEA LIFE at Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe, and the Minnesota Zoo.

The Symposium includes presentations, exhibit space, and the AMSAT Annual General Meeting. The preliminary schedule is presented at https://launch.amsat.org/event-4414716

The AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting will be held before the Symposium, October 28-29, at the same hotel.

Those attending may make hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at (952) 854-9000 or (877) 424-4188 (toll free). The group name is Amateur Satellite Group.

Platinum and Titanium members of the AMSAT President’s Club receive free admission to the Symposium and receive a complimentary lunch with the President on Saturday afternoon. Please email [email protected] to arrange registration.

Presenters are invited to participate at the Symposium and/or submit a paper to the Symposium Proceedings. Read the Call for Papers at https://www.amsat.org/2021-amsat-symposium-proceedings-call-for-papers/ for more information.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


Voting Period for 2021 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Closes September 15th

The nomination period for the 2021 Board of Directors Election ended on June 15, 2021. The following candidates have been duly nominated and their candidate statements can be found at link that follows:

Joseph Armbruster, KJ4JIO
Robert Bankston, KE4AL
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Zach Metzinger, N0ZGO

In accordance with our Bylaws, AMSAT must hold an election, even though we have four nominations for four open Director positions. As such, we will host electronic voting on our Member Portal this year, at no cost to the organization. Voting is now open and will close on September 15, 2021.

When members click on the poll link, they will see their ballot (poll question). After choosing from the possible options, click the Submit button to cast your vote. Unlike many online polls, the results of all votes cast, up to the point of your vote, will not be displayed. AMSAT members can only vote once. If you click the poll link again after already voting, a vote submitted message will be displayed. As four seats on the Board of Directors are up for election this year, all four candidates will be seated on the Board when the voting period concludes on September 15, 2021.

To read candidate biographies visit:
https://launch.amsat.org/2021-BoD-Election

AMSAT members may access their ballots at:
https://launch.amsat.org/Sys/Poll/25943

[ANS thanks Jeff Davis, KE9V, AMSAT Secretary, for the above information]


ARISS News

The next scheduled ARISS contact is TBD.

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.

Columbus Module radios:
IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Configured. Supporting cross band repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down). Next mode change is to packet operation (145.825 MHz up & down) in late September.​
Power down for upcoming RS EVA on Sep. 09.
Power down for upcoming US EVA on Sep. 12.
Supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

Service Module radios:
Kenwood D710E – STATUS – Radio usually off.​ ​
Power down for upcoming RS EVA on Sep. 09.
Power down for upcoming US EVA on Sep. 12.
Supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts and SSTV.

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

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

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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/

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

VE7KPM: CN78, 3-6 September – the 4th & 5th being the big operating days. Might be on the night of the 3rd, and bit on the morning of the 6th.

VE3KY will be returning to FN26 for a three day holiday style operation on Sept 16, 17 and 18. I will operate both linear and FM birds and will hopefully try to update operating times and passes on twitter @busman49.

K8BL: I’ll be going back to FN01, 02 & EN92 soon. Looking to do FN14 this Fall.

VE1VOX: I’ll be operating holiday style Sept 4,5,6 from FN63, FN64. FM only using VE1VOX..

W2, UNITED STATES (Special Event/We Will Never Forget). Members of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club (GSBARC)[W2GSB] and the Northeast Wireless Radio Club [NW2C] will activate the special event callsign W2T from Fort Totten Park (Army Base) Queens, NY, on September 11th, between 10 am EST to 8 pm EST. Activity is to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. Operations will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, satellites and the Digital modes. Please visit the QRZ.com W2T page after the event to get a downloadable certificate only.

TI200, COSTA RICA (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club of Costa Rica (TI0RC) will be active as TI200I from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, between September 1-30th. Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Independence of Costa Rica. Operators mentioned are Carlos/ TI2CC, Gus/TI2ALF, Carlos/TI2BSH, Eugenio/TI2CCC, Charlie/TI5CDA, Luis/TI2CLX, Gregory/TI2GBB, Hugo/TI2HAS, Javier/TI2JS, Rob/TI3RCS, Eduardo/TI2SD, Victor/TI2VVV, Alfonso/TI3ATS, Jon/TI5JON, Juan “JC”/TI5VMJ, Kamal/N3KS/TI5, Adrian/TI2LCO, Juan/TI2JCY, Francisco/TI2OKY and Minor/ TI2YO. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB, FT8, RTTY, PSK31 and the Satellites. QSL via LoTW. For QSL and certificate info: [email protected]

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, and the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1529 for the above information]


Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

Northeast HamXposition – Sep 10-12, 2021, Marlborough, MA
https://hamxposition.org/

AMSAT will have a booth at the event. Additionally, the following forums on Saturday will be of interest to AMSAT members and those interested in amateur satellites.

AMSAT and Satellite Status Forum
Burns Fisher, WB1FJ
Burns’ presentation will talk about what is currently going on with AMSAT, including the new on-line membership portal and on-line distribution of The AMSAT Journal, as well as the current state of AMSAT satellites and new satellites that we are working on.
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Room: Princess Room

Getting Started With Amateur Satellites
Robert Hayes, KB1SWZ
Bob will share tips for the beginner to get started with the “easy” FM satellites.
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Room: Princess Room

An ISS Crew Contact: Planning, Execution & Learnings Along the Way
Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
Prepare to blast off for an Amateur Radio experience of a lifetime! The ARISS program provides a way that Amateur Radio operators can work with schools and youth groups to talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) using Amateur Radio. Fred will share all the steps needed to secure, prepare for and perform an ISS contact along with a school or youth group. Topics covered include proposal development to secure a contact, education planning around Amateur Radio and other STEM activities, and preparing and testing an Amateur Radio Ground Station to communicate with the ISS. The talk includes video from actual ISS contacts made between schools and astronauts on the ISS.
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Room: Salon A

AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford, K6LCS, has online Zoom presentations scheduled in coming weeks with amateur groups in

New Jersey
Central New Hampshire
North Carolina
Conejo Valley CA
Sonoma County CA
Massachusetts
Antelope Valley CA

Contact Clint to arrange other events:
Clint Bradford K6LCS, AMSAT Ambassador; ARRL instructor
http://www.work-sat.com
Email: clintbradford AT mac DOT com
(909) 999-SATS (7287) – voicemail/message

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above information]

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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

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Hiroyuki Ishida, 7N1PFW, has received the 57th 73 on 73 Award. He completed the requirements for the award exclusively using CW. This award is issued for working 73 unique stations on AO-73 since September 1, 2014. To apply, send a list of your stations worked to n8hm at arrl.net (Thanks to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, 73 on 73 Award Sponsor)

+ JARL has released the FO-29 operation schedule for September. It can be found at https://www.jarl.org/Japanese/3_Fuji/fuji3-202108.htm

+ JAMSAT has released the FO-99 operation scehdule for September. It can be found at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p=1605

+ JAXA will launch its Epsilon rocket for the 5th time on October 1st. JA1OGZ has posted a summary of the satellites with amateur payloads on the launch at https://twitter.com/ja1ogz/status/1433236305970794499

+ Congratulations to Dave Chasey, N9FN, on receiving the 33rd AMSAT GridMaster Award. The GridMaster Award is issued to amateurs who work and confirm QSOs via satellite with all 488 grid squares in the continental United States. More information at https://www.amsat.org/gridmaster/ (Thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards)

+ An acrylic GridMaster desk plaque is now available on the AMSAT store for GridMaster Award recipients. https://www.amsat.org/product/amsat-gridmaster-acrylic-desk-plaque/


Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

* Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
* 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 6 post-secondary years in this status.
* Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional membership information.

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org