ANS-197 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

In this edition:

* AMSAT Board of Directors Voting Has Begun
* Youth on the Air Camp 2023 To Be On Satellites
* HABGab and StratoScience Balloon Launch
* Space Shuttle Remembered
* Historical Space Tour Before Orlando Hamcation
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
* ARISS-USA Seeks for Director of Education
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-197 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
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Washington, DC 20002

DATE 2023 July 16

AMSAT Board of Directors Voting Has Begun

AMSAT members may access the 2023 Board of Directors election information and balloting now. Candidate statements can be reviewed by voting members via AMSAT’s Wild Apricot membership portal. An email with a link to the electronic ballot was sent to all AMSAT members when the voting opened on July 15th.

The nomination period for the 2023 Board of Directors Election ended on June 15, 2023. The following candidates have been duly nominated:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Zach Metzinger, N0ZGO
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW

As four seats on the Board of Directors are up for election this year, four of these candidates will be seated on the Board, along with one alternate when the voting period concludes on September 15th.

To view the candidate statements members may go to and log in using their usual member credentials. Those who need assistance with the login should see the document at

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

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Youth on the Air Camp 2023 To Be On Satellites

Youth on the Air (YOTA), the camp for young amateur radio operators in North, Central and South America, will operate special event station VE3YOTA while camp is in session from July 16-21, 2023. The camp will also have a contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, and complete a Parks on the Air (POTA) activation. The camp’s opening and closing ceremonies will also be streamed on YouTube.

Campers will be operating special event station VE3YOTA from the camp at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the Diefenbunker Cold War Museum in Carp, Ontario, Canada. Additionally, campers will activate a two-for-one POTA location.

Activation of the VE3YOTA callsign will begin on Sunday, July 16 and conclude at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 21. Youth will operate the station as they finish projects, between sessions, and during free time.

In addition, dedicated HF station operating times will be: Monday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 19 from 2300Z to 0230Z (7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EDT). Dedicated satellite station operating time will be: Wednesday, July 19 from 1400Z to 1700Z (10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT).

Fifteen QRP stations will activate a two-for-one POTA location, Central Experimental Farm National Historic Site (VE-5095) and Rideau Canal National Historic Site (VE-4882) on 40m, 20m, 15m, and 10m. Weather permitting, the activation will be on the air on Tuesday, July 18 from 1900Z to 2100Z (3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT) and Thursday, July 20 from 1300Z to 1600Z (9 a.m. to noon EDT).

The opening and closing ceremonies and the International Space Station contact will be streamed live on the Youth on the Air YouTube channel. The opening ceremony is Sunday, July 16 from 2100Z to 2315Z, and will feature keynote speaker Phil McBride, VA3QR, the president of Radio Amateurs of Canada. The ARISS contact is currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 18 at 1842Z (2:42 p.m. EDT). The closing ceremony is Friday, July 21 from 1500Z to 1600Z (11 a.m. to noon EDT). The channel will also feature a daily highlight video spotlighting the activities of the previous day.

For details about the camp, visit

For additional information, please contact Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG at [email protected].

[ANS thanks Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, and YOTA for the above information]


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HABGab and StratoScience Balloon Launch

HABGab 2023 is a special event for the ham radio community in New England taking place in the Summer of 2023. Attached to a 2000g weather balloon will be suspended three payloads:

+ One will contain a crossband UHF/VHF repeater, built from two linked Baofeng BF-F8HP HTs. This repeater will act as a 2-3 hr. one-time event for hams around New England. Anyone with a ham radio license is invited to try calling into the repeater during the flight.

+ To make it even more exciting, the second payload will transmit live video of the flight from two cameras. The camera feed and repeater audio will be streamed live on YouTube from New England Sci-Tech.

+ The third payload will contain a number of science and engineering experiments from middle school students at New England Sci-Tech and Franklin’s BFCCPS school as part of a new program called StratoScience Lab.

Each weekend starting in July will be a new potential opportunity for flight, however, much depends on good weather and wind patterns. Current launch date set for Sunday, July 16. Please check regularly as the launch date approaches to get an up to date countdown. High altitude balloon flights can be frequently scrubbed many times before finally launching.

During the flight, the balloon’s real-time position will be available online at under the callsign W1U. The repeater’s frequencies are currently set to:
Uplink (your transmit): 146.55 MHz
Downlink (your receive): 446.05 MHz
When calling in, listen for the W1U station operator then try to making a contact! Please have your four character Maidenhead grid location for the contact exchange. If your contact is confirmed, you will receive a special event QSL card for HABGab 2023!

The HABGab and StratoScience payloads will have several ham radio trackers aboard, which provide live position and altitude data to ground stations. These ground stations post this data to the internet in real time. This means you can view the position of the payload at any time during the flight by visiting this website,, navigating to Massachusetts, and looking for these callsigns:
W1U – Main payload (transmitted by repurposed RS-41 radiosonde)
W1U-15 – Main payload (transmitted by custom-built APRS transmitter)
W0MXX-15 – Autorotation device. A small, unpowered helicopter that will separate from main payload at 81,000 feet and descend to the ground using autorotation. Tracker is a LightAPRS module.
KC1SFR-11 – Glider that will separate from main payload at 80,000 feet and glide back to the ground. It will also deploy a parachute at roughly 3,000 feet.

Also onboard will be a U4B Pico tracker being tested by KC1OAV in preparation for a circumnavigation flight to happen at a later date. This can be tracked separately at under the name NESciTech1.

HABGab 2023 has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).

[ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, and New England Sci-Tech for the above information]

Space Shuttle Remembered

Saturday, July 8 marked the 12th anniversary of the last Space Shuttle mission. Ham astronauts operated amateur radio in space on a number of shuttle missions, providing many with their first opportunity to contact an astronaut in space — an opportunity still actively pursued today through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).

Over three decades, the five NASA space shuttles were launched on 135 flights to orbit. The shuttles collectively traveled more than 537 million miles and spent more than three and half years in orbit.

* 355 people flew aboard the shuttles, including Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly to space. Her first mission was aboard the Challenger in 1983.

* Missions averaged about 10 days, with the shortest at 2 days, 6 hours and the longest 17 days, 15 hours.

* Mission objective included building the International Space Station, carrying large satellites to space and maintaining equipment like the Hubble Space Telescope. Ten missions remain classified, with little to no information publicly available.

Ultimately, the fatalities on Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003 helped bring about the end of the Shuttle program. The investigation in the loss of Columbia concluded that safety improvements would be costly. The program was shut down after construction on the ISS was complete.

[ANS thanks Axios Space for the above information]

Historical Space Tour Before Orlando Hamcation

Sadly, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center, a few years ago, stopped offering historical tours of Cape Canaveral and the sites of the Mercury launches and early uncrewed missions.

However, Bruce Perens, K6BP, has arranged for a Canaveral tour on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 (the day before the Orlando Hamcation) at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only 9 people can be accomodated, U.S. Citizens only, and there will be a _required_ ID process before the tour. Cost will be about $60 each, and lunch or snacks will be offered between the sites.

We will go to:
* LC-26, LC-5, and LC-6: the (adjacent) launch sites for much early space exploration including the first crewed flights of Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. Besides walking around the pads and seeing a number of historical space exhibits there, you will be able to access the firing room and the Space Force Missile Museum.

* Hangar C, where there are many restored historical space vehicles and missiles, and the Canaveral lighthouse.

We will NOT have access to the Mercury Memorial, LC-14 (restored uncrewed flights firing room), and LC-34 (mostly-torn-down site of the Apollo 1 fire), which were (at times) on the old Rise to Space tour.

Activity on the base can force us to cancel or can change or curtail the itinerary.

Reserve your spot now via email to [email protected]

[ANS thanks Bruce Perens, K6BP, for the above information]


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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 14

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. Elements in the TLE bulletin files are updated daily. TLE bulletin files are updated to add or remove satellites as necessary Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if new high interest satellites are launched. More information may be found at

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

UmKA 1 (RS40S) NORAD Cat ID 57172 IARU coordinated frequencies 437.625 MHz, 435.825 MHz and 2402.400 MHz (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for identification).

[ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, and the AMSAT Orbital Elements page for the above information]

ARISS-USA Seeks for Director of Education

ARISS-USA, a 501(c)(3) educational and scientific non-profit organization, is seeking an experienced educator with extensive leadership experience to serve as our Director of Education. This is a part-time, remote position in the USA which includes a one-year probationary period.

ARISS provides and operates Amateur Radio systems on International Space Station (ISS) and elsewhere to inspire, educate, and engage youth and communities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) and to support ISS backup communications. For more detailed information on ARISS, see the About ARISS-USA section, below, or visit the ARISS web sites: and


+ ARISS Education Senior Leadership: As the Director of Education, work with the ARISS team to develop strategies and a vision to maintain and expand the educational outcomes of youth that participate in the ARISS experience.

+ Education Engagement Volunteer Team (EEVT) Leadership: Serve as the leader of the ARISS education engagement volunteer team, fostering passion within the team, recruiting new team members, and ensuring each radio contact opportunity meets ARISS’ objectives of inspiring, engaging, and educating youth in STEAM/STEM and encouraging youth to pursue careers in these fields.

+ Host Organization Contact Competitive Selection: Coordinate the semi-annual request for proposal (RFP) process to solicit and select host organizations (e.g., schools and informal education organizations) for ARISS astronaut radio contacts. Staff the proposal selection team, maintain RFP selection rubric and RFP process, conduct host organization information sessions, serve as the selection official, and coordinate with the ARISS executive team on endorsement of final selections and on ensuring host organizations and external media are promptly and accurately informed of the results.

+ ARISS Education Ambassadors (AEA): Recruit, train and guide AEAs, selected from the EEVT ranks. AEAs track their appointed ARISS contact host organizations to gather details and insight into how these contact teams are following their educational objectives as outlined in their proposals. AEAs also gather data to document ARISS contact educational outcomes, including photos, parent permission slips, student engagement descriptions, metrics and post-survey compliance.

+ Diversity and Inclusion: Develop team strategies that explicitly target improvements in ARISS’ engagement with diverse and underrepresented youth and provide opportunities for these youth that motivate them to pursue STEAM careers.

+ ARISS Lesson Plans: Create or coordinate the development of lesson plans and educational kits that support the educational outcomes of ARISS host organizations. Compile external lessons that can serve ARISS host organizations, including lessons developed by our NASA and ISS National Lab sponsors. Maintain dedicated areas on the ARISS web site for posting these lessons for distribution.

+ National Science Standards Alignment: Ensure ARISS education initiatives—including the contact experience, lesson plans, and educational kits—align with National Science Standards.

+ Metric Collection: Work with the education volunteer team to ensure contact metrics and post-contact surveys are submitted. Conduct post-contact surveys and track survey performance over the course of the program. Present metrics and survey results to ARISS executive team and prepare materials and present results of educational outcomes to sponsors, stakeholders and prospective new partners.

+ Networking: Participate in meetings, conferences, workshops and other opportunities to convey the educational breadth and depth of the ARISS Experience to space agencies, educators, sponsors, stakeholders, education departments, and federal and state governments.

+ International Coordination: Work with ARISS educators in other countries to develop best practices and to convey the activities and methods employed by the ARISS-USA educator team.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

+ Demonstrated leadership in a formal or informal education setting.

+ 3+ years of teaching experience in a formal or informal education environment

+ Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in education, education administration or a related field.

+ Proficient in the use of virtual technology, including Zoom, and ability to learn other virtual tools, such as Google Meet, Teams, Webex, Dropbox, Google docs and Office 365 products.

+ Enthusiasm in providing education experiences in the STEAM field.

+ Enthusiasm learning about amateur radio and wireless technologies and to enthusiastically convey these to educators and youth.

+ Must be a U.S. citizen.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

+ Basic understanding of amateur radio; possessing an amateur radio license preferred; obtaining an amateur radio license required post-hire. License training will be provided upon hiring.

+ Educator that has previously conducted an ARISS contact.

+ Experience and/or ability to work and lead a virtual, distributed, nationwide team.

+ Experience in coordinating experiences, lessons learned and best practices with ARISS international colleagues.

+ Experience in coordinating with partners, stakeholders and sponsors.

+ Experience interfacing with space agencies or space organizations.


Remote, within the USA.

Anticipated Salary

Part time, 20-hour per week salary range is $23,000-$34,500 per year, depending upon experience.

Hours worked per week and during the day are flexible, as long as the candidate supports meeting engagements, meets deliverable times, and works an average of about 20 hours per week.

Other Position Information

Candidates accepted into this position will be required to first serve a one-year probationary period. All candidates must be U.S. citizens.

To Apply

If you are interested in making a difference as an ARISS-USA team member, please send your resume or CV to [email protected]. Include a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and why you are the optimal candidate for this position.

All position applications are due no later than midnight (Eastern Daylight Time) July 31, 2023

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


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.

YOTA 2023, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, telebridge via IK1SLD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled crewmember is Steve Bowen, KI5BKB. The ARISS mentor is VE3TBD. Contact is go for: Tue 2023-07-18 18:42:54 UTC, 76 degrees maximum elevation.
Watch for Livestream at:
YOTA will be using
IK1SLD will start about 15 minutes before AOS at

Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket, VA, telebridge via IK1SLD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS and the scheduled crewmember is Sultan Al Neyadi, KI5VTV. The ARISS mentor is AJ9N. Contact is go for: Fri 2023-07-21 17:54:29 UTC, 54 degrees maximum elevation.
Watch for Livestream at:
The Camp will using:
IK1SLD will start about 15 minutes before AOS at

The crossband repeater continues to be active (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down). 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.

The packet system is also active (145.825 MHz up & down).

As always, if there is an EVA, a docking, or an undocking; the ARISS radios are turned off as part of the safety protocol.

Note, all times are approximate. It is recommended that you do your own orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed time.

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at

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

Upcoming Satellite Operations

Bruce, VE7PTN, is planning to operate from the CO50/CO60 gridline during July 20 to 22. FM / linear LEO, and Greencube MEO. Posible POTA activation on July 22 from VE-0711. New area for me so not sure what I will find when I get there. Will post more information closer to the date.

BI1NJI will be QRV as BI1NJI/3 from ON83, 24 through 27 July, FM and IO-117. Twitter @YankaiP and has said that details will follow.

[ANS thanks Ian Parsons, K5ZM, 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.

+ Small Satellite Conference
August 5-10, 2023
Utah State University, Logan, UT
More information at:

+ 41st AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting
October 20-21, 2023
Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
4440 W John Carpenter Fwy, Irving, TX 75063

AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford, K6LCS, says,
“Think a 75-minute presentation on “working the easy satellites” would be appropriate for your club or event? Let me know by emailing me at k6lcsclint (at) gmail (dot) com or calling me at 909-999-SATS (7287)!”

Clint has NEVER given the exact same show twice: EACH of the 150+ presentations so far has been customized/tailored to their audiences.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Events page for the above information]

Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Condolences to the family and friends of well-known satellite enthusiast, rover, and POTA operator Sara R. “Bean” Lefebvre, KC1MEB, who became a Silent Key on July 7 at age 40 after a battle with Auto-Brewery Syndrome. (ANS thanks Ant Lefebvre, NU1U, for the above information)

+ Volunteer amateur satellite enthusiasts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are needed to help talk Amateur Radio in space to a mostly non-ham audience of all ages at the 2023 edition of an event called “Moon Day” at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Love Field, Dallas, TX on Saturday, July 22. The event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Setup at 8 a.m. Mostly indoor, but we will have a number of satellite passes to work, cubesat simulators to show off, The FOX Engineering model, and other cool things to show off. If you can help/participate, contact Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, via email, [email protected] immediately. For more information see (ANS thanks Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, for the above information)

+ AMSAT-DL was founded in 1973, so with a view to the 50-year history of AMSAT-Germany and its mission of promoting amateur radio via satellites, a celebratory conference “From OSCAR 10 to OSCAR 100: 50 years of AMSAT-DL in service to science, research and education” is planned for September 15-17, 2023, at the Bochum Observatory, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. For more information, see (ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information)

+ NASA has marked the first anniversary of the James Webb Space Telescope’s scientific debut this week with the release of a new image, demonstrating the telescope’s ability to re-envision the universe. The dramatic, somewhat hallucinatory image captures the dynamism of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, the closest star-forming region to Earth, where planetary systems like our own could be in the initial stages of forming: “The telescope is working better than we could have possibly hoped for,” said NASA astrophysicist Jane Rigby, who earlier this month became the senior project scientist for the JWST. (ANS thanks The Washington Post for the above information)

+ The Mars Sample Return mission — a joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency — is currently under a major review. The cost of the mission may have increased from $4 billion or $5 billion to $8 billion or $9 billion, according to one estimate. NASA confirmed that one estimate in the review of the program was in that cost range, but added, “all scenarios are highly speculative.” If the sample return mission does come with a higher price tag, it could impact NASA’s entire planetary science portfolio, as other missions are also experiencing technical delays and schedule problems. (ANS thanks Axios Space for the above information)

+ Chinese private rocket firm Landspace achieved a global first late Tuesday, July 11 by reaching orbit with a methane-fueled rocket. Zhuque-2 beats a range of other methalox rockets, including SpaceX’s Starship, the ULA Vulcan, Blue Origin’s New Glenn, Rocket Lab’s Neutron and Terran R from Relativity Space, in reaching orbit. These other launch vehicles will be much larger and feature much greater payload capacity. A methane-liquid oxygen propellant mix offers advantages in performance and reduces issues of soot formation and coking for purposes of reusability. (ANS thanks SpaceNews for the above information)

+ India’s second attempt to land on the Moon, Chandrayaan-3, launched on July 14. The mission is a replacement for Chandrayaan-2, which crashed while descending to the lunar surface in September 2019. Chandrayaan-3 is scheduled for an August 23 or August 24 arrival. The lander and rover are scheduled to operate for one lunar day, which is about 14 Earth days. (ANS thanks The Parabolic Arc for the above information)

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73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor, Mark Johns, KØJM
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