ANS-177 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-177

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

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In this edition:

  • AMSAT Field Day Logs Due July 15h
  • PicSat Reported Active Four Years After Last Transmission
  • Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for June 23, 2022
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-177 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

DATE 2022 Jun 26

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SAVE THE DATE

The 40th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting
is scheduled to be held in Bloomington, MN on Oct 21 – 23, 2022.

More information will follow in future editions of ANS.

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AMSAT Field Day Logs Due July 15th

Hopefully everyone made a lot of QSOs during this weekend’s AMSAT Field Day. Please be sure to obtain your entry form from https://www.amsat.org/field-day/ and submit your log along with any photos of your operation.

A satellite Summary Sheet should be used for submission of the AMSAT Field Day competition and be received by KK5DO (e-mail) by 11:59 P.M. CDT, Friday, July 15, 2022. This is earlier than the due date for the ARRL submissions. The only method for submitting your log is via e-mail to [email protected] or [email protected]

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

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The 2022 AMSAT President’s Club coins have arrived!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on
October 15, 1972, this year’s coin features
an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6.
Join the AMSAT President’s Club today and help
Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/

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PicSat Reported Active Four Years After Last Transmission

On June 20, 2022, Vlad Chorney, EU1SAT, received the beacon signal from PicSat. PicSat is a 3U CubeSat that was launched on an Indian PSLV rocket on January 12, 2018 with a mission to observe the transit of Beta Pictoris b, an exoplanet orbiting Beta Pictoris. The satellite also carries an FM transponder for amateur radio use. Unfortunately, the satellite ceased transmitting in April 2018.

On June 24, 2022, the PicSat team reported successfully commanding the satellite.

For updates on the progress of the satellite’s recovery, follow the team’s Twitter account: @IAmPicSat https://twitter.com/IamPicSat

[ANS thanks EU1SAT and the PicSat team for the above information]

Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for June 23, 2022

The following satellite has decayed from orbit and has been removed from this week’s AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:

Phoenix NORAD Cat ID 45258 (decayed form orbit on 6/13/2022 per Space-Track).

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager 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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ARISS News

Scheduled ARISS Contacts

Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia, direct via TBD (***)
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS (***)
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Oleg Artemyev (***)

Contact is go for Sat 2022-07-09 21:20 UTC (***)

Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS continues to be making general contacts on the cross-band repeater. He is using NA1SS. If any crewmember is so inclined, all they have to do is pick up the microphone, raise the volume up, and talk on the crossband repeater. So give a listen, you just never know.

ARISS mentor Sergey RV3DR has passed along this interesting website: https://r4uab.ru/

Check out some new sats: https://r4uab.ru/2022/06/17/na-mks-zavershilis-ispytaniya-vseh-sputnikov-po-programme-radioskaf/

Thanks Sergey!

ARISS Radio Status

Columbus Module radios:
IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Configured. Default mode set for cross band repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down).
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* Powered OFF to support COL experiment on July 9. OFF about 08:15 UTC and ON about 10:20 UTC.
* Powered OFF for Russian EVA on July 15.
* Capable of supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

Service Module radios:
IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Not Active. Default mode set for packet operations (145.825 MHz up & down)​

* Powered OFF for Russian EVA on July 15.
* Capable of supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts, packet, SSTV and voice repeater ops.

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

WL7T: I locked EL58 in for June 29, 30, and July 1. I plan to work 6 meters for the majority of the time with sat passes as requested. I am going to operate from a boat from around ~9 AM – 5 PM each day.

KC7JPC: Looks like he will be in DN08 over the 4th of July weekend. FM only, no cell service so will just do a pass here and there.

W3IPA: DM42 vacation planned for Jul 30-Aug 6th will be on FM passes vacation style. I will be close to DM41 so might be able to work a gridline. Will post more updates closer to that week!

N8MR: EN 57,67,56 8/6 through 8/13. More to come as date gets closer.

Major Roves:

KX9X & N9NCY Wild West Rove: Sean and Nancy’s Wild West Rove has been scaled back, but is still going forward. They will now be on the road from July 13-25 while hiking in National Parks. They will travel through seven states and 38 grids, planning activation on FM and linear satellites. Extensive operation in Montana and North Dakota in the Canadian border grids beginning July 20. There will also be 6 meter and occasional HF POTA activity as well.

Grids they will pass through, in order:

EN50 – 40 – 41 – 42 – 32 – 33 – 23 – 13 -03: July 13th

DN93 – 83 – 84 – 74 – 64 – 65 – 55: July 14th

DN 56 – 57 – 47 – 48 – 38: Part 1 July 15th

DN28 – 38: July 16th to the 20th.

Remaining Grids from July 20 to 24.

DN48 – 58 – 68 – 78 – 88 – 87 – 97 – 96 – 95

EN05 – 06 – 16 – 15 – 25 – 26 – 25 – 35

EN34 – 33 – 32 – 42 – 41 – 40 – 50

Complete info on their trip can be found on their website https://www.wildwestrove.com/

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, 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.

Conventions

+ HamXposition
August 27-28, 2022
Marlborough, MA
https://hamxposition.org/

+ 2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
October 7, 2022 – October 9, 2022
Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
https://wyhamcon.org/site

[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

+ Three new AMSAT distance records were claimed recently. At 14:55 UTC on June 22, 2022, Joe, KE9AJ, in Wisconsin worked George, MI0ILE, in Northern Ireland via the HO-113 transponder – a distance of 5,898 km. On April 18, 2022, Juan, A65GC, in the United Arab Emirates worked Jérôme, F4DXV, in France on both CAS-4A and CAS-4B, setting the new distance records on those satellites at 5,108 km. Claimed satellite distance records can be found at https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/ (ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information)

+ After the completion of the Wet Dress Rehearsal for the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion capsule for the Artemis I mission, NASA determined the testing campaign complete and will move forward with setting a launch date. (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

+ SpaceX conducted three perfect Falcon 9 launches and first stage recoveries in just 36 hours—the fastest three launch sequence ever by a commercial launch company. The first delivered 53 Starlink v1.5 sats to LEO from KSC—the constellation is now >2,400 strong in orbit. This was followed by a Vandenberg launch of SARah-1, a SAR surveillance satellite for the German military. Finally, a backup Globalstar-15 FM15 communications satellite with undisclosed secondary payloads from a defense customer was launched back in Florida. SpaceX is now at 164 total launches, 102 booster reflights, and 126 booster landings. (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

+ If deep space is more your thing than LEO satellites, the CHIME radio telescope sifts through close to a petabyte of data per day as it searches for extragalactic fast radio bursts (FRBs). When detected, it now releases a notification in the Virtual Observatory Event (VOEvent) format which anyone can subscribe to in order to quickly point their own telescopes (see https://wiki.ivoa.net/twiki/bin/view/IVOA/IvoaVOEvent). You can also subscribe to the SuperNova Early Warning System (https://snews.bnl.gov/), Chirp for gravitational wave event alerts (https://chirp.sr.bham.ac.uk/), and of course space weather alerts from NOAA (https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/alerts-watches-and-warnings). (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

+ Hello to everyone who is copying this bulletin via the new multimedia beacon on QO-100!

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

ANS-170 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for June 19

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 Announces Candidates for 2022 Board of Directors Election
* 40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting Announced for October 21 – 22, 2022
* AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium October 8-9
* AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites 2022
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for May 12, 2022
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-170 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

DATE 2022 June 19

AMSAT Announces Candidates for 2022 Board of Directors Election

The nomination period for the 2022 Board of Directors Election ended on June 15th. The following candidates have been nominated:

Mark Hammond, N8MH
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

As three seats on the Board of Directors are up for election this year, all three candidates will be seated on the Board when the voting period concludes on September 15th. To comply with AMSAT’s bylaws an election will be held via AMSAT’s Wild Apricot membership system. Instructions for voting will be emailed to all members in good standing as of July 1st by July 15th. Biographies of the candidates will be published in the next issue of The AMSAT Journal.

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President and Acting Secretary, for the above information]


40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting Announced for October 21 – 22, 2022

AMSAT announces the 40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting will be held on Friday through Saturday, October 21 – 22, 2022 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The annual AMSAT Space Symposium features:
* Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
* Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
* Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members
* Opportunities to Meet Board Members and Officers
* AMSAT Annual General Membership Meeting
* Auction, Annual Banquet, Keynote Speaker and Door Prizes !!

The Crowne Plaza Suites, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN, is centrally located between the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America, Minneapolis Zoo, and Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park. Crown Plaza Suites provides a complimentary scheduled shuttle to and from the airport.

Additional information about the 2022 AMSAT Symposium will be posted on the AMSAT web site, www.amsat.org as it becomes available.

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

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The 2022 AMSAT President’s Club coins have arrived!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on
October 15, 1972, this year’s coin features
an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6.
Join the AMSAT President’s Club today and help
Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/
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AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium October 8-9, Kents Hill Park Conference Centre Milton Keynes MK7 6BZ

AMSAT-UK is very happy to announce the 2022 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held as part of the RSGB Convention on October 8-9 at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.

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

Booking for the RSGB Convention is at https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

Booking for the AMSAT-UK dinner on the Saturday evening at the nearby Hilton Hotel is here

Details of the event can be found at https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

[ANS thanks Trevor Essex, M5AKA of AMSAT-UK 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 Field Day 2022 on the Satellites

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 event takes place during a 23-hour period on the fourth weekend of June. For 2022 the event takes place during a 27-hour period from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 25, 2022 through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 26, 2022. Those who set up prior to 1800 UTC on June 25 can operate only 24 hours. 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.

This year should be as easy as last year since we have more than 10 transponders and repeaters available. Users should check the AMSAT status page at http://www.amsat.org/status/ and the pages at https://www.amsat.org/two-way-satellites/ for what is available in the weeks leading up to field day. To reduce the amount of time to research each satellite, see the current FM satellite table at https://www.amsat.org/fm-satellite-frequency-summary/ and the current linear satellite table at https://www.amsat.org/linear-satellite-frequency-summary/

If you are considering ONLY the FM voice satellites, there are ISS, SO-50, AO-91, PO-101 and possibly LilacSat. It might be easier this year to make that one FM contact for the ARRL bonus points with so many FM birds. The congestion on FM LEO satellites is always so intense that we must continue to limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes the International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the ISS is operating Voice.

It was suggested during past field days that a control station be allowed to coordinate contacts on the FM satellites. There is nothing in the rules that would prohibit this. This is nothing more than a single station working multiple QSO’s. If a station were to act as a control station and give QSO’s to every other field day station, the control station would still only be allowed to turn in one QSO per FM satellite while the other station would be able to submit one QSO.

The format for the message exchange on the ISS or other digital packet satellite is an unproto packet to the other station (3-way exchange required) with all the same information as normally exchanged for ARRL Field Day,

e.g.:

W6NWG de KK5DO 2A STX

KK5DO de W6NWG QSL 5A SDG

W6NWG de KK5DO QSL

If you have worked the satellites on Field Day in recent years, you may have noticed a lot of good contacts can be made on some of the less-populated, low-earth-orbit satellites like FO-29, AO-7, EO-88 or the XW satellites. During Field Day the transponders come alive like 20 meters on a weekend. The good news is that the transponders on these satellites will support multiple simultaneous contacts. The bad news is that you can’t use FM, just low duty-cycle modes like SSB and CW.
More information may be found at https://bit.ly/39nefgb. Rules in downloadable format: https://bit.ly/3QpJc44. The fillable scoresheet is included in the Rules download.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests & Awards 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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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.

Eaton Public Library, Eaton, CO., telebridge via AB1OC
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html
The scheduled crewmember is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is go for: Wed 2022-06-22 16:27:15 UTC 61 deg

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

Quick Hits:

+ WL7T: EL84, June 24-27.

K4DCA: plans to be in CN74 on June 24-29 too Hopefully we can raise the number on the heat map

K4DCA: will be in FM08 and 09 from around 1400-1900z on Friday June 17 on linear and FM. Focusing on western passes. He will tweet updates.

WL7T: I locked EL58 in for June 29, 30, and July 1. I plan to work 6 meters for the majority of the time with sat passes as requested. I am going to operate from a boat from around ~9 AM – 5 PM each day.

+ W3IPA: DM42 vacation planned for Jul 30- Aug 6th will be on FM passes vacation style. I will be close to DM41 so might be able to work a gridline. Will post more updates closer to that week!

+ ND9M/MM: I’m on my merchant marine ship anchored just off Saipan and expect to be here a few weeks. I’m on from the ship as ND9M/MM in QK25, but I’ll try to be QRV as ND9M/KHØ from the island itself over the next few weekends, probably Fridays in the afternoon and evening, possibly Saturday evenings as well. I’ll post my island activities on Twitter (@ND9M) as they firm up

+ N8MR: EN 57,67,56 8/6 through 8/13. More to come as date gets closer.

Major Roves:

KX9X & N9NCY Wild West Rove: Sean and Nancy’s Wild West Rove has been scaled back, but is still going forward. They will now be on the road from July 13-25 while hiking in National Parks. They will travel through seven states and 38 grids, planning activation on FM and linear satellites. Extensive operation in Montana and North Dakota in the Canadian border grids beginning July 20. There will also be 6 meter and occasional HF POTA activity as well.
Grids they will pass through, in order:

EN50 – 40 – 41 – 42 – 32 – 33 – 23 – 13 -03

DN93 – 83 – 84 – 74 – 64 – 65 – 55 – 56 – 57 – 47 – 48 – 38

DN28 – 38 – 48 – 58 – 68 – 78 – 88 – 87 – 97 – 96 – 95

EN05 – 06 – 16 – 15 – 25 – 26 – 25 – 35

EN34 – 33 – 32 – 42 – 41 – 40 – 50

Complete info on their trip can be found on their website https://www.wildwestrove.com/

ISS Status as of June 14, 2022
​Columbus Module radios:

IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Configured. Default mode is for cross band repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down).​​​​ Capable of supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

Service Module radios:

IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Not Active.​ ​​ Default mode is for​​​ packet operations (145.825 MHz up & down)​ ​Capable of supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts, packet, SSTV and voice repeater ops.

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


Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for Jun 16, 2022

The following satellite has been added to this week’s AMSAT-NA TLE
distribution:

Planetum 1 NORAD Cat ID 52738 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for identification).

The following satellite has decayed from orbit and has been removed from this week’s AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:

RSP-01 NORAD Cat ID 47925 (decayed form orbit on 6/10/2022 per Space-Track).

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, 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.

AMSAT Ambassador Schedules:

Clint Bradford, K6CLS: “How to Work the “Easy” Satellites” talks:

That felt GOOD!

My first in-person satellite presentation since March 13, 2020 … the day California shut down.

The K6PIN club in Southern California maintains a great Yaesu System Fusion C4FM linked repeater system. Their meetings have been at the Sizzler restaurant in Fullerton, CA. As presenters usually do, I was the first to arrive, and got my system set up before the doors opened. Screen, projector, posters, banners, speakers …

Well-attended and it felt marvelous. We had a great time. I knew many members from my days with Motorola commercial and Ham Radio Outlet-Anaheim.

Think a lively, informative session on “working the easy satellites with equipment most hams already own” would be appropriate for your event or meeting? Call or email!

Clint Bradford K6LCS
AMSAT Ambassador
909-999-SATS
http://www.work-sat.com

Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ: SDR applications – “Using the RF “Swiss Army Knife”: An intro to the AMSAT Fox-In-A-Box Image” – Live presentation scheduled July 18, 2022 the Frederick Amateur Radio Club, Frederick, MD
For information on this presentation and availability, contact Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ, AMSAT Ambassador, (kd4iz at arrl dot org)

Scheduled Events with AMSAT involvement:

Hamfests and Conventions

+ JAMSAT Symposium
June 25 from 9:50~17:15 JST (UTC +9 hours).
Anyone can participate. If you would like to participate, please email ja3nas at gmail.com to be informed of the opening URL. Please include your name, call sign and email address in your email.

+ QO-100 User Meeting HAM RADIO 2022 in Friedrichshafen, Germany
Saturday, June 25, 2022 starting at 7pm CEST
QO-100 users plan to meet at a restaurant near HAM RADIO on Saturday. Link to registration/reservation: https://nuudel.digitalcourage.de/gRajeEEUKrJLvXK9.

+ 2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
October 7, 2022 – October 9, 2022
Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
https://wyhamcon.org/site.

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events Page Manager, for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ An Astra rocket carrying two small hurricane-tracking satellites for NASA failed to reach orbit Sunday (June 12) after a major malfunction shortly after liftoff. Two NASA cubesats, the first of a six-satellite fleet to track hurricanes as part of a $30 million mission, were lost. (ANS thanks space.com for the above information)

+ SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 Starlink internet satellites since 2019, and the company plans to orbit thousands more in the near future. Astronomers are concerned that these megaconstellations of bright spacecraft will seriously interfere with celestial observations for professionals and amateurs alike. In order to address the problem, SpaceX voluntarily began installing sunshades on their Starlink satellites two years ago. But now, new technological requirements have resulted in visors being omitted from a new generation of Starlink satellites launched since late last year. The newest satellites use laser communication instead of radio links; while the sunshades were transparent to radio frequencies, they block laser light. (ANS thanks Sky and Telescope for the above information)

+ The first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope will be released during a televised broadcast beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 12, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Live coverage of the image release broadcast will air on NASA TV, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. The public also can watch live on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twitch, and Daily Motion. Webb, an international collaboration led by NASA with its partners the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, is the biggest telescope ever launched into space. It will probe the origins of our universe and our place in it. (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

+ Sierra Space announced Tuesday the company will open an astronaut training center at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to build and operate a new commercial space station. The Sierra Space Human Spaceflight Center and Astronaut Training Academy will train astronauts to work on Orbital Reef, a private business park space station.(ANS thanks Sheri Walsh of spacedaily.com for the above information)

+ Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS, has been active from the ISS this week. It is great to see the ISS radio active for individual contacts. W8LR, KG4AKV, W3ATN and others have tweeted or emailed their success in making the QSO. ARISS made note of the contacts on twitter.(ANS thanks ARISS for the above information)

+ The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that SpaceX’s plans for the company’s massive Starbase launch site in South Texas will have some environmental impact on the surrounding land and area — but not enough to require a full environmental impact statement. Now, SpaceX will need to make more than 75 changes to its proposal for the Starbase facility if the company wants to avoid additional review and eventually receive a license from the FAA to launch its new Starship rocket to orbit from the site. More information at: https://bit.ly/3NXCEI1 (ANS thanks Loren Grush of theverge.com 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, Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ
kd4iz at arrl dot org

ANS-163 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for June 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: 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:

  • Call for Nominations – 2022 AMSAT Board of Directors Election
  • 40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting Announced for October 21 – 22, 2022
  • AO-27 Telemetry and Reception Reports Requested
  • AMSAT Announces Youth Initiative at Hamvention
  • QCWA Presents AMSAT with $4,000 Contribution
  • IARU Coordinates Three New Amateur Radio Satellite Projects
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-163 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

DATE 2022 Jun 12

Call for Nominations – 2022 AMSAT Board of Directors Election

AMSAT solicits nominations for the 2022 AMSAT Board of Directors election, to be held in the third quarter of the year. The seats of the following three incumbent Directors expire in 2022 and will be filled by this year’s election:

Mark Hammond, N8MH
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

Further, up to two Alternate Directors may be elected for one-year terms.

A valid nomination for Director must be written and requires either one Member Society or five current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT member. Written nominations, with the nominee’s name, call sign, and contact information, as well as the nominators’ names, call signs, and contact information, should be sent to the Acting AMSAT Secretary:

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
201 I St SW Apt V336
Washington, DC 20024 USA

E-mail nominations may be sent to pstoetzer at amsat.org.

The AMSAT bylaws require that the nomination be written and in the form specified by the Secretary. The Acting Secretary has elected to accept written nomination materials via mail or in electronic form, including e-mail or electronic image of a paper document. Fax transmissions cannot be accepted.

No matter what means are used, petitions MUST be received by the Acting Secretary no later than June 15, 2022. The Acting Secretary will verify the qualifications of candidates and nominating members or Member Societies as petitions are received, and will notify candidates whether their nominations are in order by the end of June.

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President and Acting Secretary for the above information]

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The 2022 AMSAT President’s Club coins have arrived!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on
October 15, 1972, this year’s coin features
an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6.
Join the AMSAT President’s Club today and help
Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/
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40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting Announced for October 21 – 22, 2022

AMSAT announces the 40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting will be held on Friday through Saturday, October 21 – 22, 2022 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The annual AMSAT Space Symposium features:
* Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
* Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
* Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members
* Opportunities to Meet Board Members and Officers
* AMSAT Annual General Membership Meeting
* Auction, Annual Banquet, Keynote Speaker and Door Prizes !!

The Crowne Plaza Suites, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN, is centrally located between the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America, Minneapolis Zoo, and Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park. Crown Plaza Suites provides a complimentary scheduled shuttle to and from the airport.

Additional information about the 2022 AMSAT Symposium will be posted on the AMSAT web site, www.amsat.org as it becomes available.

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


AO-27 Telemetry and Reception Reports Requested

Stephan Greene, KS1G reports, “AO-27’s on/off times run open-loop and have drifted a bit so that the information on ao27.net is out of date. We’re trying to collect current telemetry before attempting to upload new settings.

“AO-27 sends 20 seconds of AFSK telemetry followed by 240 seconds of FM repeater operation during descending nodes (North to South passes). As best we can determine from Satnogs observations, the satellite currently turns on when near the equator and shuts off at about 12-14 deg South latitude. Stations with UHF receive capability should be able to receive the telemetry and detect/use the FM repeater operation.

“We think the ascending node on time begins when AO-27 is at about 75 deg N latitude and ends around 85 deg N as the satellite begins the descending part of the orbit. Stations probably have to be fairly far north with good northern horizons to hear anything. No telemetry is sent on ascending node passes.

“The AO-27 command team would greatly appreciate reception reports, especially with the time(s) telemetry or repeater operation started/ended. Please provide station location, 6 character grid square is sufficient. If you have AFSK reception/decode capability, any telemetry successfully decoded. Reports from northern stations able to copy the start or end of the ascending node on time are also sought.

“Please send reports to ks1g at amsat dot org.”

[ANS thanks Stephan Greene, KS1G for the above information.]

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Need new M2 LEO Pack for your base station?
When you purchase through AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds
goes towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
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AMSAT Announces Youth Initiative at Hamvention

During its Hamvention forum on Saturday, May 21, AMSAT formally introduced plans for its Youth Initiative. In the planning stage for two years, the program will now proceed in a series of phased releases.

Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, AMSAT VP, Development provided highlights of the program saying, “The Youth Initiative takes a radically different approach to introducing youth to Amateur Radio and Satellites. It approaches youth in terms that are already central to their everyday lives. Whether it be climate change, pollution control, preservation of natural resources, meteorology, or a career in broadcasting or transportation industries or in the military, the use of satellites is pervasive in virtually everything we do. Our message to youth is ‘Satellites in Space Help Us Live Better Lives Here on Earth’. Once we have gained the youth’s interests, we can engage them in experiences and exercises that then use amateur satellites and amateur radio as their ‘laboratory’ or ‘classroom’.

“Also unique is the fact that this is a community-based program that makes the experiences available directly to youth, their parents and all youth organizations. While our program will be promoted though our trademarks, KidzSat for grades 5-7 and BuzzSat for grades 8-12, all content is openly and freely available.”

Karnauskas then went on to summarize key components of the Youth Initiative that serve as the engagement points with youth, including:

+ KidzSat.com and BuzzSat.com websites that provide age-appropriate activities and exercises that cultivate the general interests listed above into understanding of how satellites play a role in our daily lives. Activities range from simpler “merit badge” level to a complete course on satellite meteorology. Participating youth can earn certificates of completion that would be useful in college admission or job applications.

+ A network of online SDR’s that serve as ground stations for youth to experience, first-hand, receiving images and telemetry from actual satellites as they pass overhead. Accompanying activities guide youth through decoding and analyzing the images and data. A fleet of 200+ ground stations is planned so that virtually every youth has access to real-time satellite experiences. It is hoped that from this starting point, a fair share of kids will become interested in the communications process and go on to set up their own dongle-based ground station and even on to an Amateur Radio license.

+ A fleet of CubeSat simulators referred to as “Non-Orbiting Earth Science Experiments” (NOESE). The NOESE “birds” transmit online telemetry for five separate values associated with climate change. Participants will learn how to download telemetry, convert it into useful data and have opportunities to study the information for short or long term study. The NOESE simulators will be deployed with the SDR ground stations so that a nationwide network of data collection points is available for local access and for comparison.

+ LEO satellites with advanced educational payloads. The websites, SDR ground stations and NOESE simulators are all designed to cultivate interest in youth to getting on the air and interacting with AMSAT satellites. Nicknamed “LOWER” (Lower Orbit Within Everyone’s Reach” this family of satellites will feature higher power output to make reception by beginners an easy task. Educational payloads will be mainly based on store-and-forward imaging and digital messaging, an experience that youth are already comfortable with. And, of course, these satellites will host a combination of FM repeater and CW/SSB transponders for general Amateur Radio use.

Karnauskas concluded the presentation by saying, “The Youth Initiative is not only the right thing to do, it is the essential thing. By focusing on what our Articles of Incorporation direct us to do, advancing scientific and educational skills and knowledge, we appeal to a broader segment of society that can provide the financial support and critical resources that AMSAT needs to flourish.”

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]


QCWA Presents AMSAT with $4,000 Contribution to Support Youth Initiative

AMSAT is pleased to announce that it received a generous $4,000 contribution from the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). Discussions for the contribution began in early May when Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, AMSAT VP, Development spoke with Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, QCWA President. The discussion centered on how plans for the AMSAT Youth Initiative were consistent with the QCWA’s vision statement stating that it “develops resources to assist young Amateur Radio operators in furthering their education through the QCWA Scholarship Program.”

Thanks to Mr. Oelke’s help, the QCWA Board of Directors approved the AMSAT contribution. During a brief conversation at Dayton Hamvention, Karnauskas outlined how the QCWA contribution would be used to support the AMSAT Youth Initiative’s online lessons programs and accompanying SDR ground stations.

In recognition of its generous contribution, the QCWA was inducted into the AMSAT 2022 President’s Club at the Platinum level.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]


IARU Coordinates Three New Amateur Radio Satellite Projects

The International Amateur Radio Union has added three projects to its list of coordinated satellite projects:

+ CAS-10
CAS-10 is an 8U CubeSat sponsored by the Chinese Amateur Satellite Group, CAMSAT. It will carry a V/U Mode Linear Transponder, a UHF – CW Telemetry Beacon, a UHF – AX.25 4.8k/9.6kbps GMSK Telemetry downlink and a space camera. The VHF uplink and UHF downlink linear transponder will have a bandwidth of 30kHz. The camera will store its pictures in the flash memory on the satellite. A simple DTMF-based remote control system will allow Amateur Radio operators to download the camera photos. The CW beacon will use Morse code to send satellite telemetry data. Launch is planned for November 2022 from Hainan Launch Center using a CZ-7 launch vehicle into a 400km circular 42.9 degree inclination orbit. The uplink is 145.870 MHz and the downlink is 435.180 MHz for VHF/UHF linear transponder. The UHF CW telemetry beacon is 435.575 MHz and the AX.25 telemetry is 435.725 MHz.

+ Binar 2,3,4,5,6 and 7
The Binar series of 1U CubeSats are sponsored by the Space Science and Technology Centre, Curtin University. They will include a UHF link for student activities and experiments. Operation of student payloads will take place from high schools with ground stations built by students. Packet store and forward will be available for general amateur engagement. The beacon will include basic satellite health data that amateurs can decode and report online. Experimental format transmissions in pursuit of efficient data packing is also planned. Beacon and telemetry will include OQPSK for 100 and 38.4kbps GFSK for 19.2, 9.6 and 1.2 kbps, plus intermittent CW. Deployments from the ISS are planned in the Q1 2023 for Binar 2,3 and 4. Deployment is planned in Q3 2023 for Binar 5,6 and 7. Downlinks are 437.700 MHz for BINAR 2, 437.850 MHz for BINAR 3, 437.925 MHz for BINAR 4, 437.750 MHz for BINAR 5, 437.850 MHz for BINAR 6 and 437.725 MHz for BINAR 7.

+ MRC-100
MRC-100 is a 3p PocketQube mission sponsored by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. MRC-100 is the continuation of SMOG-P, SMOG-1 and ATL-1 spectrum monitoring PocketQube class satellites with wider monitored spectrum range 30MHz- 2600 MHz, focused on HAM, ISM and broadcasting bands. With MRC-100 the mission is able to measure the electromagnetic pollution not only on the broadcast bands, but on Ham, ISM and Wi-Fi bands. With the help of worldwide Amateur Radio stations receiving its spectrum monitoring data, the mission hopes to create a global electromagnetic pollution map. The UHF downlink on 436.720 MHz will use selectable data rates 1250, 2500, 5000, and 12500 bit/s with GMSK modulation. A RocketLab launch from New Zealand is planned for Q4 2022 into a 600km polar SSO.

More information on all three satellite programs can be found at http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/.

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]

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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.

* Upcoming Contacts

+ Istituto Tecnico Industrile “Alessandro Rossi”, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, direct via I3IRV
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS.
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz.
The scheduled crewmember is Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF
Contact is go for Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 10:08:55 UTC.
Watch for a livestream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DeYw0Fi0xA

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

KQ2RP: Will be heading back up to Maine on 6/9 – 6/15. Operating FM birds holiday style from FN44, 45, 54. 6/11 & 6/12 will be best chance for FN45 (probably FN44/45 line). Rest of dates will be mostly from FN54 with outside chance of FN43,44,53. Logging as KQ2RP/1.

WL7T: EL84, June 23-27. Sats on Thursday and Friday.

K4DCA: plans to be in CN74 on June 24-29 too Hopefully they can raise the number on the heat map

WL7T: EL58 locked in for June 29, 30, and July 1. He plans to work 6 meters for the majority of the time with sat passes as requested. He is going to operate from a boat from around 9 AM to 5 PM each day.

W3IPA: DM42 vacation planned for July 30 to August 6. He will be on FM passes vacation style. He will be close to DM41 so he might be able to work a gridline. He will post more updates closer to that week!

KX9X & N9NCY Wild West Rove: Sean and Nancy will be on the road from July 1-25 while hiking in National Parks. They will travel through twelve states and over 50 grids, planning activation on FM and linear satellites. Extensive operation in Montana and North Dakota along the northern border (all the “8” grids). There will also be 6 meter and occasional HF POTA activity as well. Complete info on their trip can be found on their website https://www.wildwestrove.com/

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, 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.

* 2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
Friday, October 7, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022
Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
https://wyhamcon.org/site

* JAMSAT Symposium
June 25 from 9:50~17:15 JST (UTC +9 hours).
Anyone can participate. If you would like to participate, please email ja3nas at gmail.com to be informed of the opening URL. Please include your name, call sign and email address in your email.

* QO-100 User Meeting HAM RADIO 2022 in Friedrichshafen, Germany
Saturday, June 25, 2022 starting at 7pm CEST
QO-100 users plan to meet at a restaurant near HAM RADIO on Saturday. Link to registration/reservation: https://nuudel.digitalcourage.de/gRajeEEUKrJLvXK9.

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Hubble broke its own record, detecting an individual star 12.9 billion light-years away (paper). The (very Lord of the Rings-sounding) star “Earendel” existed when the Universe was just 900 million years old. (Around the same time that the Milky Way started to form.) It is only visible due to gravitational lensing. (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

+ China’s Shenzhou-14 crewed spacecraft docked with the Tianhe space station module early Sunday, June 5, marking the start of a crucial six-month-long mission. Also docked with the 16.6-meter-long, 4.2-meter-diameter Tianhe is the Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft, launched in May, containing supplies for the crew, along with propellant, science experiments and a number of CubeSats. The Shenzhou-14 mission will, crucially, manage the arrival of two new 20-metric-ton-plus modules to the space station, namely Wentian and Mengtian, in July and October respectively. There is speculation that the previously announced amateur radio equipment will be installed during this period. (ANS thanks SpaceNews 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

ANS-156 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for June 5

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:

  • ISS SSTV June 8-9 145.800 MHz FM
  • AO-73/FUNcube-1 Fitter Message for The Queen’s 70th Jubilee
  • Call for Nominations – 2022 AMSAT Board of Directors Election
  • JAMSAT Symposium 2022 June 25
  • ESA Mission Plans to De-Orbit Space Junk
  • June GEO Newsletter Available For Free Download
  • Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for June 2
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-156 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

DATE 2022 June 05

ISS SSTV June 8-9 145.800 MHz FM

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are planning to transmit Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images on 145.800 MHz FM probably using the SSTV mode PD-120.

The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be made from the amateur radio station RS0ISS in the Russian ISS Service module (Zvezda). This will be the first time the experiment will use the recently installed Kenwood D710GA.

• June 8 Setup and activation 09:45-10:15 GMT, stop about 15:00 GMT
• June 9 start about 08:35 GMT, stop about 16:15 GMT

*Dates and times may be subject to change.

The signal should be receivable on a handheld with a 1/4 wave whip. If your rig has selectable FM filters try the wider filter for 25 kHz channel spacing.

You can get predictions for the ISS pass times at https://www.amsat.org/track/

ARISS SSTV Blog https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

Useful SSTV info and links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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The 2022 AMSAT President’s Club coins have arrived!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on
October 15, 1972, this year’s coin features
an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6.
Join the AMSAT President’s Club today and help
Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/
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AO-73/FUNcube-1 Fitter Message for The Queen’s 70th Jubilee

In June 2022, Her Majesty The Queen becomes the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.

AMSAT-UK has decided to send a special Platinum Jubilee greetings message via FUNcube-1 (AO-73). Anyone who receives this message and uploads it to the Data Warehouse using the Dashboard can generate a certificate to remember this historic event.

AO-73/FUNcube-1 is transmitting the Jubilee Fitter message on the BPSK Telemetry beacon which has a nominal frequency of 145.935 MHz +/ Doppler.

The AO-73/FUNcube-1 Dashboard App can be downloaded from
https://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/

Data Warehouse http://data.amsat-uk.org/missions

Online tracking of AO-73 https://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=39444

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK 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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Call for Nominations – 2022 AMSAT Board of Directors Election

AMSAT solicits nominations for the 2022 AMSAT Board of Directors election, to be held in the third quarter of the year. The seats of the following three incumbent Directors expire in 2022 and will be filled by this year’s election:

Mark Hammond, N8MH
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

Further, up to two Alternate Directors may be elected for one-year terms.

A valid nomination for Director must be written and requires either one Member Society or five current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT member. Written nominations, with the nominee’s name, call sign, and contact information, as well as the nominators’ names, call signs, and contact information, should be sent to the Acting AMSAT Secretary:

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
201 I St SW Apt V336
Washington, DC 20024 USA

E-mail nominations may be sent to pstoetzer at amsat.org.

The AMSAT bylaws require that the nomination be written and in the form specified by the Secretary. The Acting Secretary has elected to accept written nomination materials via mail or in electronic form, including e-mail or electronic image of a paper document. Fax transmissions cannot be accepted.

No matter what means are used, petitions MUST be received by the Acting Secretary no later than June 15th. The Acting Secretary will verify the qualifications of candidates and nominating members or Member Societies as petitions are received, and will notify candidates whether their nominations are in order by the end of June.

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President and Acting Secretary for the above information]


JAMSAT Symposium 2022 June 25

The AMSAT organization of Japan, JAMSAT, will hold its annual Symposium 2022 on Saturday, June 25 from 9:50~17:15 JST (UTC +9 hours). Anyone can participate.

Registration starts at 9:40 JST (00:40 UTC or 20:00 EDT).
Venue: Held on Zoom
If you would like to participate, please contact by e-mail (ja3nas [at mark] gmail.com) to be informed of the opening URL. Please include the following in your email:
・E-mail address
・Name
・Call sign
* For conventional web meeting participants, we have already provided information on the holding URL.
* Those who have already been informed of the holding URL do not need to apply.

In addition, a social gathering is scheduled from 17:30~19:30 JST. Please join us. Please prepare your own drinks. (A toast will be made at the opening)

In addition, JS1YAQ is scheduled to be operated during this time. It is a station with a particularly high point. It is also related to the points of the award, so please join us.

The JAMSAT Symposium 2022 Program may be found at https://www.jamsat.or.jp

[ANS thanks JAMSAT for the above information]


ESA Mission Plans to De-Orbit Space Junk

The world’s first mission to remove several small telecommunications satellites from orbit once they reach the end of their operational service is about to start building and testing its prototype spacecraft.

British-based in-orbit servicing company Astroscale – working in an ESA Partnership Project with satellite operator OneWeb – will begin manufacturing the first commercial “servicer” prototype designed to capture multiple satellites in low Earth orbit under the ESA Sunrise Programme.

Companies such as OneWeb are launching constellations comprised of hundreds of communications satellites to connect people in the hardest-to-reach locations through global satellite internet broadband services.

OneWeb currently has 428 satellites orbiting approximately 1200 km above the Earth; its completed constellation will number almost 650 satellites.

Removing these telecommunications satellites from their orbits once they are at the end of their lives is essential to ensure that today’s interconnected digital world is not compromised by collisions that damage active satellites in space – and to protect the low Earth orbit environment as a natural and shared resource.

There are currently two options for removing end-of-life OneWeb satellites from their orbits at the end of their predicted five to six years of service.

Each has been allocated enough fuel to be able to actively deorbit at the end of its useful lifetime. But, in case of failure, each has also been built with either a magnetic or a grappling fixture, so that a servicer spacecraft could collect and actively deorbit the satellite.

The servicer spacecraft that Astroscale will build and test is called “ELSA-M” and is planned for launch in 2024. The servicer spacecraft will be the first “space sweeper” capable of removing multiple defunct satellites from their orbits in a single mission.

Following this demonstration, Astroscale will offer a commercial service for clients that operate satellite constellations in low Earth orbit, providing the technology and capability to make in-orbit servicing part of routine satellite operations by 2030.

ESA fosters innovation in the European space industry through its Partnership Projects, which seek to de-risk the investments of its industrial partners to meet market needs.

UK Science Minister George Freeman said: “With thousands of satellites already in orbit and thousands more being launched every year, addressing the issue of space debris and finding new ways to remove defunct spacecraft and other types of space junk is of ever-increasing importance – to both reduce the cost of debris damage for satellite operators and ensure space is safe and sustainable.

“That is why the UK government has made space sustainability a key theme of our National Space Strategy and it is fantastic to see leading roles for UK companies Astroscale and OneWeb in this ESA project, helping us continue to show UK technology leadership in this important area.”

Paul Bate, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “Space debris threatens the satellites we depend on every day for vital services, such as navigation, banking and communications.

“That’s why the UK is taking action, by funding new commercial technologies to remove debris from space and working with international partners to lead efforts to promote sustainability. This latest phase of the Sunrise programme partnership between Astroscale and OneWeb will deliver an innovative spacecraft servicer to remove multiple defunct satellites, putting the UK at the forefront of efforts to clear up space.”

Massimiliano Ladovaz, Chief Technology Officer at OneWeb, said: “Responsible space is central to our mission at OneWeb and we are committed to sustainable practices in all the environments in which we operate. The development of the ELSA-M servicer prototype is another significant milestone towards a responsible approach to space, ensuring that our satellites can be de-orbited and that the low Earth orbit environment is protected as a natural and shared resource.”

John Auburn, Managing Director of Astroscale, said: “Phase 3 of the Sunrise programme is a major step forward for ELSA-M towards an in-orbit demonstration and the start of a commercial debris removal service, capable of removing multiple defunct satellites in a single mission. The ELSA-M in-orbit demonstration, planned for late 2024, will build on lessons learned from the ELSA-d mission and demonstrate our innovative rendezvous, capture and de-orbit capabilities with a full-size constellation client.”

Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, said: “It is vital to ensure the responsible use of space to protect today’s interconnected world, because our digital economy and society rely on the ability to communicate. I am proud of ESA’s track record in fostering innovation in the space industry in Europe, bringing to fruition new ways of ensuring the sustainable use of space, and of the role that ESA’s Partnership Projects play as a trusted partner for investors, operators and industry.”

The ESA Sunrise programme is supported by the UK Space Agency and involves not only OneWeb and Astroscale, but also British start-up companies SatixFy and Celestia UK, as well as the University of Surrey.

[ANS thanks the European Space Agency (ESA) for the above information]


June GEO Newsletter Available For Free Download

The June PDF of the GEO Newsletter weather satellite publication produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

The Group for Earth Observation’s aim is to enable amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch in the near future.

Membership of GEO is free.

This edition includes:
• Floodwaters Reach Australia’s Channel Country
• Record Low for Great Salt Lake
• Ice Shelf Collapse in East Antarctica
• Currently Active Weather Satellites and Frequencies

Download the GEO Newsletter from
http://leshamilton.co.uk/GEO/newsletter.htm

Previous newsletters are at
http://leshamilton.co.uk/GEO/archive.htm

Group for Earth Observation
https://groups.io/g/GEO-Subscribers
https://www.facebook.com/groupforearthobservation

[ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information]

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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for June 2

Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps in the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical model of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly updates are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. TLE bulletin files are updated Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if new high interest satellites are launched. More information may be found at https://www.amsat.org/keplerian-elements-resources/

The following satellite has been added to this week’s AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:

Foresail-1 – NORAD Cat ID 52766 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for the identification).

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, 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, unless otherwise noted.

Completed contacts:

Moscow Autonomous Educational Institution “Lyceum – Engineering Center”, Kazan, Russia, direct via R4UAB. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS. The scheduled crewmember is Sergey Korsakov. Contact was successful at Thu 2022-06-02 13:30 UTC. Congratulations to the “Lyceum – Engineering Center” students and Sergey!

Istituto Comprensivo “Losapio–S.F. Neri”, Gioia del Colle, Puglia, Italy, direct via IZ7RTN. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS. The scheduled crewmember is Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF. Contact was scheduled for: Sat 2022-06-04 11:43:46 UTC 64 deg

Matinecock District, Suffolk County NY Boy Scouts, Medford, NY, telebridge via AB1OC. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The scheduled crewmember is Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS. Contact was scheduled for: Sat 2022-06-04 17:56:25 UTC 53 deg

Upcoming contacts:

Scuola media S.Pietro, Nuoro, Sardegna, Italy, direct via IKØWGF. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 437.525 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF. Contact is go for: Mon 2022-06-06 11:43:49 UTC 40 deg. Watch for Livestream at: https://youtube.com/channel/UCVmGUvZkLAMhErRQQ6AkVMA

Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia, direct via RM3A. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS. The scheduled crewmember is Denis Matveev. Contact is go for Mon 2022-06-06 11:48 UTC.

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

WL7T: EL84, June 24-27

KJ7DZ: CN74 rove trip on June 11. Hope for good weather. Will log all contacts with KJ7DZ/R.

K4DCA: plans to be in CN74 on June 24-29, too. Hopefully we can raise the number on the heat map.

Wl7T: I locked EL58 in for June 29, 30, and July 1. I plan to work 6 meters for the majority of the time with sat passes as requested. I am going to operate from a boat from around ~9 AM – 5 PM each day.

W3IPA: DM42 vacation planned for Jul 30- Aug 6th will be on FM passes vacation style. I will be close to DM41 so might be able to work a gridline. Will post more updates closer to that week!

N8MR: EN 57,67,56 8/6 through 8/13. More to come as date gets closer.

AD0HJ Eastern Iowa Rove: Time for Mitch to activate several new satellite grid squares and green up some more #GridMaster maps. Next trip is planned for grids EN30/31/32/33/40/41/42/43 between June 2nd and June 5th. More information soon

KX9X & N9NCY Wild West Rove: Sean and Nancy will be on the road from July 1-25 while hiking in National Parks. They will travel through twelve states and over 50 grids, planning activation on FM and linear satellites. Extensive operation in Montana and North Dakota along the northern border (all the “8” grids). There will also be 6 meter and occasional HF POTA activity as well. Complete info on their trip can be found on their website https://www.wildwestrove.com/

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, 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.

Upcoming “How to Work the “Easy” Satellites” talks are scheduled …
Puget Sound Repeater Group – this weekend
Orange County ARA CA – May 20
Cal Poly Pomona – TBD
WARA – Orange County CA – June 11
And it “feels” like lives are improving here in So California, as that meeting for WARA in June will be (hopefully) an IN-PERSON show! (Have to tune up my projector and dust off the DaLite projection screen!)
Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun “How to Work the Easy Satellites” Zoom presentation would be appropriate for your convention or club? Always included are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS. And pre-presentation questions are solicited and welcome. Send an email or call!
Clint Bradford, K6LCS.

2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
Friday, October 7th, 2022 to Sunday, October 9th, 2022
Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
https://wyhamcon.org/site

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ A QO-100 user meeting is being planned during the HAM RADIO 2022 event in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The meeting will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022 starting at 7 p.m. CEST at a restaurant about a 12 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the event site. Participants are asked to register with callsign and name at: https://nuudel.digitalcourage.de/gRajeEEUKrJLvXK9 (ANS thanks AMSTA-DL for the above information)

+ NASA awarded contracts to Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to provide spacesuits for International Space Station spacewalks and Artemis moonwalks. NASA announced June 1 it selected the two companies for Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services, or xEVAS, contracts to support the development of new spacesuits as well as purchasing spacesuit services. The companies will own the suits they develop and will effectively rent them to NASA for space station and Artemis missions, while also being able to offer the suits to other customers. (ANS thanks SpaceNews.com for the above information)

+ NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission returned to normal science and relay operations on May 28, 2022, after recovering from an extended safe mode event. The spacecraft encountered problems in February with its Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). The mission team successfully diagnosed the issue with these navigation instruments and developed a system for the spacecraft to navigate by the stars, which should allow for continued MAVEN mission operations through the next decade. MAVEN launched in November 2013 and entered orbit around Mars in September 2014. The mission’s goal is to explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and interactions with the Sun and solar wind to explore the loss of the Martian atmosphere to space. (ANS thanks MarsDaily.com for the above information)

+ Platinum Jubilee special event station GB70U is active on the amateur radio QO-100 geostationary satellite transponders. (ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information)

+ Spain’s amateur satellite organisation AMSAT-EA has released the English language PDF version of their newsletter for May 2022 for free download in PDF at: https://www.amsat-ea.org/app/download/13181031/AMSAT-EA-Newsletter_05-2022.pdf
(ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information)

+ The NEXUS (FO-99) operation schedule for June 2022 may be found at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p=1883. FO-29 is in eclipse until late July and will generally not be available until that time. (ANS thanks JAMSAT for the above information)

+ Amateur radio, and portable operating in particular, will receive some high-profile coverage on national television in the UK on Sunday, June 5. Countryfile, the long-running BBC One program that reports on rural, agricultural, and environmental issues in the United Kingdom, will air at 6 p.m. BST (17:00 UTC) on the main BBC One channel. This episode will be based out of the Welsh island of Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel, which was the site of Guglielmo Marconi’s first radio transmissions overseas. Countryfile presenters Ellie Harrison and Matt Baker will join Summits on the Air (SOTA) operator Ben Lloyd, GW4BML, as he sets up a portable station on the island to contact SOTA activators on summits around the United Kingdom. (ANS thanks Southgate ARC 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.

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73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor, Mark Johns, K0JM
k0jm at amsat dot org