ANS-177 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for June 26

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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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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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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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/

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73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org