AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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In this edition:
- CAS-7B Launched and Operational
- Upcoming ARISS SSTV Events
- AMSAT-Chile developing CESAR-1 FM / digital satellite
- FO-99 Transponder Activated over North America, Other Activations Scheduled
- LO-94 Lunar Impact Expected on July 31st
- Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 26, 2019
- How to Support AMSAT
- Upcoming Satellite Operations
- Satellite Shorts from All Over
The 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium will be held
October 18-20 in Arlington, VA. For details, see:
CAS-7B Launched and Operational
On July 25, 2019, CAMSAT’s CAS-7B satellite was successfully launched on the first orbital launch of iSpace’s Hyperbola-1 rocket.
CAS-7B is in a very low earth orbit with an apogee of 296 km and a perigee of 278 km. The inclination is 42.7 degrees. At this altitude, decay is expected by August 11th.
CAS-7B carries a 100 mW CW telemetry beacon at 435.715 MHz and an FM transponder with an uplink of 145.900 MHz (16 kHz bandwidth, no tone required) and a downlink of 435.690 MHz (100 mW).
Many QSOs around the world have been reported via the FM transponder. Reports indicate the transponder requires a considerable amount of EIRP to access and that the satellite is spinning fast causing rapid fading of signals.
More information about CAS-7B can be found at: https://www.amsat.org/camsat-cas-7b-is-ready-for-june-launch/
[ANS thanks CAMSAT and JA0CAW for the above information.]
Upcoming ARISS SSTV Events
ARISS Russia plans to activate the MAI-75 SSTV experiment on July 29 with images starting at 13:15 UTC ending at 21:25 UTC, then again starting July 30 at 13:50 UTC ending 19:30 UTC. Downlink frequency is 145.800 MHz FM using the PD-120 SSTV mode.
ARISS plans to commemorate Owen Garriott’s outstanding accomplishments with ham radio in space during an ISS SSTV event starting 09:40 UTC on August 1 and ending 18:15 UTC on Aug 4. Downlink freq will be 145.800 MHz FM using the PD-120 SSTV mode.
However, there is a possible switch out in images for SSTV event scheduled for August 1-4. This may result in planning an additional SSTV event for the end of August that would feature the Owen Garriott commemorative images at that time. We expect an update on this after July 26th
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]
AMSAT-Chile developing CESAR-1 FM / digital satellites
AMSAT-CE is designing and building five satellites, to be used by radio amateurs around the world, which will allow a series of scientific experiments in the field of digital communications, as well as gravimetric and orbitgraphic studies.
Of these five satellites, one will be the engineering prototype, three will be flight units, and the remaining one will be used to check or replicate on the ground the operation of the units that are in space.
AMSAT-CE has also promoted the installation of three earth stations, in Iquique, Temuco and Pto. Montt.
- CESAR-1 is of microsat technology (cube shape, 23 cm per edge).
- The satellite reception frequencies will be in the 145 MHz band (5 channels) and 1,575 MHz (GPS).
- The satellite transmission frequencies will be in the 436 MHz band (2 channels).
- The modulation will be FSK (AX.25 9.6 kbps) or narrowband FM.
- The magnetic stabilization will be by permanent magnets.
- It will have a magnetic brake (the rotation due to the photonic spin will be stopped by seven bars of hydrogen steel, which will cut lines of force from the earth’s magnetic field).
- The estimated useful life is 10 years.
- The mass will be approximately 12 kg
- The period will be 100 minutes (that’s about 14 revolutions a day).
- The satellite platform consists of 5 modules made of space aluminum AL6061-T6.
- The electrical energy will be stored in a Saft NiCd battery, made up of 8 batteries of 7 Ah each.
- The solar cells will be Spectrolab, triple junction (GalnP2-GaAs-Ge), or the like.
Contributions of the CESAR-1 Project to the Country
AMSAT-CE satellites will be added to the projects already undertaken by the Chilean Air Force (FASAT) and the University of Chile (SUCHAI), but they have as their main characteristic that they are the first ones that are being designed and built entirely in the country, which constitutes a huge challenge, and a scientific and technological contribution.
Among the benefits that the country and the amateur radio can obtain from AMSAT-CE satellites are:
- Education (interest young people in space radiocommunications)
- Support in emergency situations
- Scientific experimentation (in the frame for experiments)
- Boosting a national aerospace industry
- Experimentation with the Internet
- National Amateur Radio Unit, and
- International recognition for the country.
The CESAR-1 satellite will have five main (E) experiments:
E1 A digital transponder between two earth stations, to be used in real time, during the period in which both are being illuminated by the satellite (radio-packets in AX.25 at 9,600 kbps).
E2 A digital transponder between two earth stations, to be used in deferred time, as an electronic message box (Store & forward with radio-packets in AX.25 at 9.6 kbps).
E3 An analog repeater that will allow two earth stations that are being illuminated by the satellite to be linked, to broadcast audio (voice) in real time, in FM mode.
E4 Communication between two terrestrial repeaters, with link to the satellite, which will allow long distance, but temporary, calls to low-power portable stations (voice, FM, 147 MHz access), and
E5 An on-board GPS receiver, which will collect information for gravimetric and orbitgraphic research.
The orbit of CESAR-1 will be low, polar and heliosynchronous (about 800 km high). In any case, given the time elapsed, it is possible that both the experiments and the electronic part considered for them must be modernized.
Cost of the Project and its Financing
The cost of the project, in money, amounts to about USD 700,000 (necessary for the construction of five satellites, launch of one, implementation of two command and control stations, and three terrestrial repeaters). Of that amount, around USD 300,000 have already been contributed by external sponsors, and by members of the AMSAT-CE Foundation. However, we have not yet been able to obtain the financing of the remaining USD 400,000.
Additionally, and conservatively, we estimate that the project requires some 36,000 man-hours of managers and specialists. Much of those 36,000 hours have already been or are being voluntarily contributed by the AMSAT-CE partners.
Essentially, the monetary resources that are still missing are needed to finance the solar cells of CESAR-1, hire professional services to finish the construction of what is pending, and cover the costs of the tests and the first launch.
Although it is a radio amateur project, it does not cease to correspond to a professional and complex project. But the more than 20 years we have been working – without reaching the goal – have exhausted some of our partners, and this has generated a shortage of volunteers. It has not been easy to finish the first satellite – which should have flown in the late 1990s – because in Chile there is still not enough awareness about the possibilities offered by space activity to the country. Despite this, the construction of CESAR-1 is quite advanced (more than 70%):
- 5 mechanical satellite structures are built.
- 8 UHF transmitters are finished, and aligned in their working frequencies.
- The sources of power are finished.
- The receivers have an advance of 90%.
- The GPS experiment has an advance of 70%.
- In the OBC with its EDAC and RAM disk, the software needs to be refined.
- The international coordination of frequencies in the ITU was concluded, but today it would have to be reactivated, for the time elapsed.
- There are, yes, the photovoltaic cells, the assembly in Chile and the final tests (which will probably be done in Brazil).
- It is also necessary to reactivate the obtaining of the pitcher.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-CE for the above information.]
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FO-99 Transponder Activated over North America, Other Activations Scheduled
On July 25, 2019, the V/u linear transponder on FO-99 (NEXUS) was activated over North America for the first time. Stations heard include W5CBF, KB4PML, N4QX, AA5PK, KX9X, N8HM, K0FFY, and N2ACQ.
FO-99 is active on a schedule. The power budget does not permit full-time transponder operations. Schedule updates can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GsNihonuniv
Upcoming North American FO-99 operations:
|Victoria, Canada||Transponder||August 17||04:28:33 UTC||04:40:01 UTC|
|Denver, US||SSTV||August 24||03:30:20 UTC||03:41:50 UTC|
|Topeka, US||Transponder||August 31||02:34:47 UTC||02:45:45 UTC|
Operations are performed from about 5 minutes before the listed AOS to 5 minutes after LOS.
Transponder frequencies are 145.900 MHz – 145.930 MHz up and 435.880 MHz – 435.910 MHz down, inverting. The SSTV / digitalker downlink is 437.075 MHz.
The Nihon University Ground Station asks that stations completing QSOs via FO-99 upload their audio to Twitter or the NEXUS website. http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/nexus/E0_Top.html
[ANS thanks the Nihon University Ground Station and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the above information.]
2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
To help celebrate, we are sponsoring the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
Full details are available at https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/
LO-94 Lunar Impact Expected on July 31st
Here is the LO-94 (DSLWP-B) UHF plan for the following days:
- 29 Jul 00:15 to 02:15
- 29 Jul 04:30 to 06:30
- 29 Jul 20:00 to 22:00
- 30 Jul 05:30 to 07:30
- 30 Jul 16:20 to 18:20
- 31 Jul 06:30 to 08:30
- 31 Jul 13:24 to 15.24
- 1 Aug 05:30 to 07:30
All time in UTC. GMSK on both freq & JT4G on 435.4. JT4G repeater message on 436.4 TBD. Lunar impact expected to be at about 31 Jul 14:20. Later windows for backup.
Online JT4G telemetry forwarder: http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/dashboard/pages_en/jt4g_forwarder.html
JT4G telemetry display: http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/dashboard/pages_en/jt4g.html
GMSK telemetry: http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/dashboard/pages_en/telemetry-b.html
[ANS thanks Wei Mingchaun, BG2BHC, Harbin Institute of Technology, for the above information]
Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 25, 2019
The following Amateur Radio satellites have decayed from orbit and have been removed from this week’s TLE distribution.
- NJUST-1 – NORAD CAT ID 42722 – Decayed 07/20/2019 (per Space-Track)
- AOXIANG-1 – NORAD CAT ID 42735 – Decayed 06/26/2019 (per Space-Track)
The following Amateur Radio satellite has been added to this week’s TLE distribution.
- CAS-7B – TEMPORARY CAT ID 99999 (This CAT ID will be changed to a permanent ID later.) The initial TLE supplied by Alan Kung, BA1DU on July 25, 2019 on AMSAT-BB.
[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager for the above information.]
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How to Support AMSAT
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- Volunteer for AMSAT
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[ANS thanks the AMSAT office for the above information.]
AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise
$150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. The upgrades are
necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astronauts in space via
Amateur Radio. We have reached a great milestone with $33,250 raised or about
17% towards our goal. This would not have been possible without your
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Upcoming Satellite Operations
- J6 St Lucia, (FK94) July 21 – August 3, 2019
Frank, K3TRM, will be operating as J6/K3TRM from Gros Islet, St. Lucia (FK94mb) between July 21 – August 3, 2019. Activity will be on 40-6M using SSB, CW, and Digital (RTTY & FT8) and satellite. More info available on Frank’s QRZ page: https://www.qrz.com/db/J6/K3TRM and Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/k3trm
- CY9 St. Paul Island (FN97) – July 31 to August 8, 2019
CY9C will be on St. Paul Island July 31st through August 8th. This is an all bands/mode dxpedition, with EME and Sats as well. More info available at http://cy9c.com/index.html.
- West Yellowstone (DN44) August 2-3, 2019
Dennis, N7EGY, will be attending a family reunion August 2-3, and should be able to sneak away for a few FM passes. Keep an eye on Dennis’ Twitter feed for further updates: https://twitter.com/n7egy1
- AZ NV UT (DN25-DN28, DM37-DM38, DM46-DM47) August 3-10, 2019
Ian, K5ZM, will be wandering through the Southwest August 3rd – 10th, mostly operating as W3ZM/7:
Aug 03: NV DM25/DM26 line
Aug 04: AZ DM36
Aug 06: NV and UT DM27/DM28/DM37/DM38
Aug 07: AZ DM46 + UT DM47 Aug 10: NV DM25/DM26 line
Aug 05 & 08: non ham stuff = K5ZM
Aug 09: TBD!
Watch for updates on Ian’s Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/k5zm_
- Florida Keys (EL95) August 4-11, 2019
Philippe, EA4NF will be operating from EL95 (Key Largo and Brickell Key) as KC3NSG, from August 4 to 11, 2019. FM and Linears. QSL via LoTW. Keep an eye on Philippe’s Twitter feed for further updates: https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT
- Washington Invasion (CN96/96 & DN06/07/17/17) – August 9-10, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be heading North to invade the State of Washington, August 9th and 10th. Keep an eye on Casey’s Twitter feed for specific pass announcements: https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ
- FP – St Pierre et Miquelon (GN16) – August 10-18, 2019
A DXpedition is planned to St Pierre et Miquelon, August 10th through the 18th. The team will operate as T05M will from Ile aux Marins on 6-160m, but there is a possibility of some FM Satellites. Keep an eye on their website for updates: http://fp2019.net/
- Santa Rosa Island, CA (CM93) – August 12-14, 2019
Ron, AD0DX, is heading back to Santa Rosa Island, August 12th -14th. When not distracted by the feathered-birds, Ron will be on FM and linear satellites as W6R. Keep an eye on Ron’s Twitter feed for updates at the dates get closer. https://twitter.com/ad0dx
- Goose Bay, Labrador (FO93) August 12-14, 2019
Chris, VE3FU, will be visiting family / friends and maintenance of his HF remote station in FO93, but he should be on the FM sats as VO2AC. Chris will try to post here before each pass, so keep an eye on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ChrisVE3FU
- 6Y – Jamaica (FK18) August 12-19, 2019
Philippe, EA4NF will be operating from JAMAICA (IOTA NA-097 – Grid FK18) in Satellite with the special call 6Y4NF from August 12 to 19, QRV Satellite in FM and SSB. QSL via LoTW. Keep an eye on Philippe’s Twitter feed for further updates: https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT.
Remember to check out W3ZM On the Road for additional upcoming activations! https://www.amsat.org/events/was-w3zm/
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information.]
AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur radio package,
including two-way communication capability, to be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/
Satellite Shorts from All Over
- Ballots for the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election have been mailed. Candidate statements may be found at
- AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E satellite is now expected to launch this fall. RadFxSat-2 will fly on the ELaNa XX mission on the second flight of Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne.
- With the newest FM satellite, CAS-7B, now in orbit, we take a look back at the first satellite configured as an FM relay, AO-21 / RS-14, for #ThrowbackThursday #AMSAT50th: https://twitter.com/AMSAT/status/1154373271023947777
- Robert Bankston, KE4AL, tweeted about the first “walkie-talkie satellite terminal” used by KB4CRT to work stations through AO-10. See: https://twitter.com/KE4ALabama/status/1154240267706339331
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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