ANS-286 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for October 13

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-286

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, 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 https://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 dot 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://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

In this edition:

  • 2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
  • 2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting Schedule
  • September/October 2019 Apogee View
  • W3ZM – 50 States in Our 50th Year
  • ITU Magazine Reports on IARU Agenda Items for WRC-19
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Symposium, to be held in the Washington, DC Metro Area on October 18, 19, and 20, While the deadline for banquet and tour tickets has passed, walk-in registrations for the Symposium and Annual General Meeting are welcome.

The Symposium venue will be the Hilton Arlington, located in the heart of the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA. The Hilton Arlington is located at 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22203, USA TEL: +1-703-528-6000 and the reservation code is AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation).

Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the hotel offers easy and effortless access to Washington DC’s top tourist destinations like the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and historic monuments. The hotel is six miles from Reagan National Airport and the National Mall. There are plenty of restaurants nearby.

The Symposium will feature OSCAR Park – a display of satellites from throughout the history of amateur radio in space – paper presentations, and a banquet with speakers celebrating AMSAT’s long history, and other events. The AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting will be held on October 16th and 17th at the same hotel. Two guided tours are available. On Sunday, October 20th a bus tour to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is available for $30 (max 35 people) and on Monday, October 21st, AMSAT President Joe Spier will lead a day tour to the National Mall via the Metro.

So please plan on attending the 50th Anniversary Symposium – you will be glad you did and keep checking the AMSAT website for further updates and information.

The 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting features:

  • Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
  • Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
  • Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members (October 16-17)
  • Opportunities to Meet Board Members and Officers
  • AMSAT Annual General Membership Meeting
  • Annual Banquet, Speakers and Door Prizes !!

The latest news and information is always posted at: https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]

2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting Schedule

A preliminary schedule for the 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting has been posted to the AMSAT website. Check back for updates, including the speaker schedule at. https://www.amsat.org/symposium-schedule/

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]

September/October 2019 Apogee View

I am pleased to be writing this edition of “Apogee View” in Joe’s place as a special guest columnist. For those of you who don’t know me, I am somewhat new to amateur radio satellites and AMSAT. My first experience with amateur satellites was listening to the ARISSat-1 voice beacon and decoding its SSTV images in August 2011. In September 2012, I made my first satellite QSOs (on AO-27) and joined AMSAT. In 2015, I was elected Secretary by the AMSAT Board of Directors; and, in 2017, I was elected Executive Vice President. I also have served as both an alternate and a regular member of the board.

As I write this in late September, getting ready for the upcoming Symposium, summer refuses to yield to the cooler air of fall here in Washington, D.C. I hope the weather will be more comfortable for the Symposium in nearby Arlington, VA, in a few weeks.

In mid-September, we received the fantastic news that Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) awarded a very generous grant to ARISS for the InterOperable Radio System (IORS) and related infrastructure. ARDC is the owner and manager of the Internet network known as the AMPRNet. In June 2019, ARDC initiated a philanthropic endeavor to provide monetary grants to organizations, groups, projects, and scholarships which have significant potential to advance the state of the art of Amateur Radio and digital communications in general. While ARISS still needs additional donations to fund the IORS fully, this grant significantly helps the endeavor. ARISS plans to have the IORS ready for launch by the end of the year. AMSAT thanks ARDC for their substantial contribution to this effort.

ARISS is a key component of AMSAT’s vision. As printed inside the front cover of each issue of The AMSAT Journal, “Our Vision is to deploy satellite systems with the goal of providing wide-area and continuous coverage,” as we “continue active participation in human space missions and support a stream of LEO satellites developed in cooperation with the educational community and other amateur satellite groups.” AMSAT teams are hard at work on each clause of that vision statement.

The GOLF program is making good progress with development of the GOLF-TEE satellite. GOLF-TEE is a crucial element of our path back to high orbits and fulfilling the first clause of AMSAT’s vision to provide wide-area and continuous coverage satellite systems. Systems aboard GOLF-TEE include active attitude determination and control (ADAC), a radiation-tolerant internal housekeeping unit (RT-IHU), and a Fox-1E type VHF/UHF linear transponder. GOLF-TEE also will include a software defined radio (SDR) with a high-speed X band (10 GHz) data downlink which may also provide a simultaneous X band downlink of the V/u transponder passband, effectively providing V/x capability for use and evaluation. All of these technologies are crucial for missions to HEO and GEO, and additional information will appear in future issues of The AMSAT Journal.

Our participation in human space missions also is expanding. As announced at the AMSAT Forum at the Dayton Hamvention, international AMSAT and ARISS organizations have formed a group known as AREx (Amateur Radio Exploration). Work currently is underway on the design of a ham radio system for NASA’s Lunar Gateway. The Gateway will be a small spaceship in orbit around the Moon that will provide access to more of the lunar surface than ever before, with living quarters for astronauts, a lab for science and research, ports for visiting spacecraft, and more. The first sections of the Gateway are scheduled for launch in 2022. The plans call for various uses of L (1.2 GHz), S (2.4 GHz), C (5 GHz), and X (10 GHz) bands for repeater-type communications, both analog and digital, through Gateway, image transmissions from both inside and outside the Gateway, possible access to experiments aboard Gateway, and two-way communications with astronauts while Gateway is crewed. The challenges for amateurs involve the substantial increase in free space path loss compared to satellites in low earth orbit. We are very excited about AMSAT’s participation in this project. More details will be presented at the 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium and articles will certainly follow in future editions of The AMSAT Journal.

Finally, we continue to support a stream of LEO satellites. RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E is ready for launch no earlier than December 1, 2019 on the ELaNa XX mission. That mission will launch on the first commercial flight of Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne air launch to orbit system. Stay tuned to ANS for further updates on the launch date.

The linear transponder and telemetry system carried aboard Fox-1E was designed for use in different CubeSats by merely adding an interface adapter for connection to the host bus. Noting the prevalence of CubeSats built and launched by universities and other organizations, AMSAT adopted a goal of “amateur radio in every CubeSat.” Interested CubeSat programs wanting to fly an amateur radio payload may partner with AMSAT to carry one of these modules on their spacecraft. By providing amateur radio capability, the CubeSat program gets a worldwide ground station network to receive their telemetry and experiment data while the amateur radio community gets a transponder to use in orbit.

The first of these partnerships is with the Husky Satellite Lab at the University of Washington. Their 3U CubeSat, HuskySat-1, is scheduled to launch on the ELaNa XXV mission from Wallops Island, VA, no earlier than November 2. Northrup Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft will carry HuskySat-1 on a mission to the International Space Station. After completing its mission at the ISS, Cygnus will continue to a higher orbit of approximately 500 km to deploy HuskySat-1. After a 30-day mission to complete tests of its experimental payloads, a pulsed plasma thruster, and a K band (24 GHz) communications system, the satellite will be turned over to AMSAT, and the linear transponder will be made available to the amateur radio community. In addition, AMSAT Vice President of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, and Vice President of Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, have been hard at work identifying and working with several CubeSat groups interested in carrying this system. We hope to be able to make additional announcements soon.

The 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election recently concluded. I congratulate the winners and look forward to working with the newly-elected board to further our vital mission to Keep Amateur Radio in Space. By the time this Journal arrives, the 2019 Board of Directors meeting and 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium will have concluded. It promises to be an exciting weekend exploring both AMSAT’s five-decade history and the work we are doing for the future.

While there will no doubt be many challenges in the future, I am confident in the organization’s ability to overcome them. We will Keep Amateur Radio in Space. I look forward to attending the AMSAT Centennial Symposium in the fall of 2069 at the age of 84. Hopefully, by then we will be discussing our plans for amateur radio on the first crewed interstellar mission.

[ANS thanks Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the above information]

W3ZM – 50 States in Our 50th Year

In 1969, a group of amateur radio operators, with dreams of space, formed the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). To commemorate this golden milestone, AMSAT decided what better way to celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, then to get AMSAT’s W3ZM call sign to operate from all 50 states and the District of Columbia as a leadup to the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Space Symposium and General Meeting, to be held in Arlington, VA, October 18 – 20, 2019.

AMSAT put out a call to its members to get on the air and activate their states, using AMSAT’s W3ZM call sign, as well as to cover those states without an active AMSAT operator. Activations of United States Territories (i.e. Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) were also encouraged.

Puerto Rico kicked it off on June 20th and was first on the air, and then, one by one, the U.S.A. map started filling in. Members, some without their family’s knowledge, brought satellite gear with them on vacation to help fill in the harder ones.

By the start of October, three weeks before Symposium, 47 states and Puerto Rico were in the log. West Virginia came in October 2nd, Maryland and Delaware on October 6th, and finally Washington, D.C., the birthplace of AMSAT, on October 10th. Coincidently, Washington C. was activated outside of the apartment building where one of the first meetings to form the organization was held.

To say the response was overwhelming would be an understatement and proved why AMSAT’s greatest strength comes from its members. To all of the W3ZM/p activators and participants, AMSAT THANKS YOU. You made this a fun and exciting celebration of AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space!

[ANS thanks Vice President for User Services Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]

The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as
a DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store.  Get yours today!
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-237-Getting-Started

ITU Magazine Reports on IARU Agenda Items for WRC-19

David Sumner, K1ZZ, Secretary, International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) authored an article in the special WRC-19 issue of #ITU News magazine,”Views of the International Amateur Radio Union on WRC-19 agenda items“.

Among many overall IARU objectives for WRC-19 one directly affects amateur satellite operation:

Agenda item 1.7 – spectrum for non-GSO satellites

  • The IARU supports satisfying the spectrum requirements for non.GSO satellites with short duration missions within the existing allocations for the space operation service or the frequency ranges identified in invites ITU.R 3 of Resolution 659 (WRC.15), unless the satellites are amateur satellites as defined in Radio Regulations (RR) Nos. 1.56 and 1.57. The band 144-146 MHz is especially important to amateurs as it is currently the only worldwide primary amateur and amateur-satellite allocation between 29.7 MHz and 24 GHz. It is heavily used in all three Regions for all forms of amateur communications including disaster response.

Sumner’s article begins on page 72 of the magazine which can be accessed as a 20 MB PDF file at: https://t.co/acLwy4W5Jo?amp=1

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

[Ed. note – Twitter URLs can be accessed with your web browser even if you do not have a personal Twitter account.]

Satellite Shorts:

  • EM25,EM35 – WI4T – Oct 15 & 16, holiday style
  • DN04 – KI7UNJ – Oct 21, 1653z to 1910z, FM only
  • Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – October 19, 2019
    David AD7DB will re-visit the four grids near Kettleman City CA. AO-91, AO-92, SO-50 will be used, with eastern passes a priority. Maybe PO-101 if it’s on, and AO-85 if it’s not too finicky. Contacts will be put on LOTW following the trip. Updates on Twitter https://twitter.com/ad7db
  • Hawaii (BK19, BK28, BK29, BL20) December 21-28, 2019
    Alex, N7AGF, is heading back to Hawaii over Christmas. This will be a holiday-style activation, with special emphasis on the grid that got away – BK28. Keep an eye on Alex’s Twitter feed for further announcements: https://twitter.com/N7AGF

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org

[ANS Thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]

The Fox-In-A-Box Raspberry Pi SD card for setting up a Raspberry Pi-based
telemetry station for the Fox-1 satellites now supports the Raspberry Pi4.
Get yours today on the AMSAT Store!
https://amsat.org/product/fox-in-a-box-raspberry-pi-sd-card/

Satellite Shorts From All Over

  • Mike Diehl, W8LID, recently developed a web-based tool for easy generation of new lines for SatPC32’s Doppler.sqf file.
    AMSAT is pleased to host this new tool on our website at https://www.amsat.org/doppler-sqf-line-generator/
  • NASA has announced that the Orbital CRS-12 mission is now scheduled for launch from Wallops Island, VA no earlier than November 2nd. HuskySat-1, carrying an AMSAT V/u linear transponder, will launch on this mission.
  • Happy 4th Birthday AO-85!
    At 12:49:30 UTC on October 8, 2015, the first Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1A was launched on an Atlas V rocket with the NROL-55 mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Designated AO-85 on-orbit, the satellite remains operational while in sunlight despite battery degradation due to the temperatures experienced in its orbit.
  • A new distance record has been claimed on the IO-86 FM transponder: 5,324 km between PU4JOE in GH91ad and 9G5AR in IJ95vn.
  • SDRPlay has announced an easy setup for using an SDRPlay with GNU Radio on Windows. https://t.co/RxDDzcBu8f
  • Space Daily has an article about Virgin Orbit.
    Virgin Orbit will carry RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E on its LauncherOne vehicle. https://tinyurl.com/ANS-286-SD 
  • Chris Thompson, AC2CZ/G0KLA, announced a minor update to his KLATrack satellite tracking program. The update improves rendering of the display. KLA Track can be downloaded at https://www.g0kla.com/klatrack/index.php
  • The Dutch Amateur Radio Union awarded their first Worked Dutch Kingdom Certificate for satellite QSOs on October 10th to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM. This certificate is available for making QSOs with each of the six DXCC entities within the Dutch Kingdom. For more information, see https://www.daru.nu/index.php/nl/awards
  • At least two new operators achieved Satellite WAS this past week. K5IX and KB6LTY each worked W3ZM/3 in Delaware on Oct 6 for state #50.[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

 

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT office.

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 six post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT office for additional student membership information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org

 

ANS-279 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for October 6

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-279

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, 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 https://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 dot 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://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

In this edition:

  • AO-7 to Enter Full Illumination Period October 9, 2019
  • 2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11
  • New ARISS Proposal Window is October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019
  • VUCC Awards-Endorsements for September 2019
  • Amateur Radio Gets Temporary Use of 2400 MHz in Spain
  • AMSAT-SA Kletskous and AfriCUBE Cubesat Transponders on Balloon Flight
  • SSTV Event Planned for ARISS on October 9, 2019
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
  • Satellite Shorts from All Over

AO-7 to Enter Full Illumination Period October 9, 2019

On or about October 9th, AO-7 will enter a period of full illumination that will last until approximately December 2nd. During this time, the satellite’s onboard timer should switch it between Mode A (145 MHz uplink / 29 MHz downlink) and Mode B (432 MHz uplink / 145 MHz downlink) every 24 hours. To check or report the satellite’s current mode, please see the AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page at https://www.amsat.org/status/.

Reporting observations during the first few days of the full illumination period will be helpful for determining the approximate time of the daily mode change.

Historical information on AO-7’s systems, including the functioning of the 24 hour timer, and operational plans can be found in the AMSAT-OSCAR 7 Technical Operations Plan And Experimenter’s Guide, available at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-AO-7.

Mode V/A (A) Linear Transponder (Non-Inverting)
Uplink:  145.850 – 145.950 MHz SSB/CW
Downlink  29.400 –  29.500 MHz SSB/CW

Mode V/A (A) TLM Beacon
Downlink 29.5020 MHz CW

Mode U/V (B) Linear Transponder (Inverting)
Uplink:  432.125 – 432.175 MHz SSB/CW
Downlink 145.975 – 145.925 MHz SSB/CW

Mode U/V (B) TLM Beacon
Downlink 145.975 MHz CW

Mode U TLM Beacon 
Downlink 435.100 MHz CW

Additional frequency details are also posted at: https://www.amsat.org/two-way-satellites/ao-7/

[ANS thanks AMSAT Operations for the above information.]

Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium
October 18-20 in Arlington, VA.
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11

An on-line registration rate for the 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia, is available through October 11, 2019 per the following schedule:

Registration September 16, 2019 – October 11, 2019 $65
Registration at the Door $70

You can complete your registration on-line via the AMSAT Store:
https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-symposium/

This year, all registrants will receive a digital copy of the Proceedings on a thumb drive. Attendees may purchase a hard copy for $25.00. Non-attendees may put their name on a waiting list for a hard copy, if there are any left over. The digital version of the Proceedings will be made available on the online store shortly after the Symposium concludes. Student Registration is 50% off and does not include the Proceedings.

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]

New ARISS Proposal Window is October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 30, 2019.  Proposal information and documents can be found at www.ariss.org.

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

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

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

More Information 
For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.

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

[ANS thanks the 2019 ARISS team for the above information.]

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VUCC Awards-Endorsements for September 2019

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the ARRL for the period September 1, 2019 through October 1, 2019. Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

CallVUCC as of September 1VUCC as of October 1
WC7V12001218
N9EAT550706
AA8CH584620
N3GS525597
WD9EWK (DM43)575585
VE7CEW428478
K9UO450475
KK4YEL300400
AD0HJ300325
PS8ET274303
WI4T101301
N7EGY250300
K7VNENew150
KS1G102134
N7AME125127
N4QX106120
KJ4MNew102
N4BAFNew100

If you find errors or omissions. please contact Ron Parsons, W5RKN off-list at <hiscall>@<hiscall>.com and he will revise the announcement.  Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely on the birds. They are doing most of the work!

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

Amateur Radio Gets Temporary Use of 2400 MHz in Spain

Spain’s national amateur radio society URE reports that amateurs will be allowed to use 2,400.050 to 2,409.500 MHz for QO-100 (Es’hail-2)  geostationary satellite contacts until Dec 26, 2020. A translation of the URE post says: “At the request of the Spanish Amateur Radio Union (URE), last March the Secretary of State for Digital Advance authorized until September 26, 2019 under certain conditions and on a temporary and experimental basis the realization of emissions from the amateur service in the frequency band 2400,050 to 2409,500 MHz.

The URE has again requested the Secretary of State for Digital Advance the extension of the aforementioned administrative authorization for a period of one year.

On September 26, the Resolution of the Secretary of State for Digital Advance is approved by the resolution Authorize until December 26, 2020 to the holders of amateur radio authorizations, the realization of emissions from the amateur service in the frequency band 2,400,050 to 2,409,500 MHz., With a maximum eirp of 1500 watts and using directive antennas with a gain not less than 22.5 dBi, from authorized amateur radio stations located anywhere in the national territory to the QO-100 satellite located in the 25.9ºE orbital position of the geostationary orbit.

See the resolution of the Secretary of State for Digital Advance at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-Spain.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]

AMSAT-SA Kletskous and AfriCUBE Cubesat Transponders on Balloon Flight

The Secunda Amateur Radio Club in South Africa will be launching a high-altitude balloon on Saturday 12 October 2019. AMSAT SA will have two payloads, Kletskous and AfriCUBE. Both transponders are part of the AMSAT SA CubeSat programme and will be tested on the BACAR 7 balloon.

The Kletskous transponder which has been developed and built by Leon Lessing, ZS6LMG has an uplink on 435,155 MHz plus/minus 15 kHz and a downlink on 145,865 MHz plus/minus 15 kHz. It is a linear transponder supporting FM and SSB transmissions.

AfriCUBE, the brainchild of Anton Janovsky, ZR6AIC has an uplink on 435,100 MHz plus/minus 40 kHz and a downlink on 145,950 MHz plus/minus 40 kHz. AfriCUBE supports several modes including FM, SSB, SSTV and CW. Please consult the band plan and ground station requirements on www.amsatsa.org.za. A voice beacon will operate on 10,480 GHz with the call sign ZS6BZP.

Additional payloads will also transmit RTTY telemetry on 434,650 MHz and 1,296,600 MHz CW. The Hammies club has built a SSTV payload operating on 144.500 MHz. Standard APRS on 144.800 MHz is also available. The 10 GHz band is also active with a beacon. ZS6WBT will have a voice beacon on 145.550 MHz reading out flight information. ZS6IIX will be attempting an altitude and distance record for 868 MHz LORAWAN equipment.

Please send all the telemetry and SSTV info decoded to admin@stratosfeer.co.za. The BACAR team will send you a certificate of participation as well. For the final detail frequencies and latest flight predictions from Wednesday 9 October 2019 visit www.sarl.org.za and www.amsatsa.org.za frequently before the flight.

[ANS thanks the SARL weekly news in English 2019-10-5 for the above information]

Russian MAI-75 SSTV Event Planned for ARISS on October 9, 2019

An SSTV event employing the Russian MAI-75 experiment is planned for October 9 from 09:50 to 14:00 UTC and on Oct 10 from 08:55 to 15:15 UTC.  The frequency will be 145.800 MHz and the mode will be PD120 SSTV. For more details, visit the Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) Facebook page.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]

The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as
a DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store.  Get yours today!
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-237-Getting-Started

Upcoming Satellite Operations

  • MD (& DE?)   W3ZM/3 (N8HM),  Oct 6
  • DN05,DN06   KC7JPC & KI7UXT,   Oct 6, 1500z-2100z, FM & Linears
  • DN03 – KI7UNJ, October 7, 1700Z to 1910Z, FM only
  • EL99 – K4WPX, October 11-12 (evening) and possibly morning/afternoon on October 13; FM only
  • EM45,EM46 (possibile EM45/46/55/56) – N4DCW, Oct0ber 13, 1616Z to 1810Z; FM onlyEM25,EM35 – WI4T, October 15-16; holiday style
  • DN03 – KI7UNJ, October 7, 1700Z to 1910Z, FM only
  • EL99 – K4WPX, October 11-12 (evening) and possibly morning/afternoon on October 13; FM only
  • EM45,EM46 (possible EM45/46/55/56) – N4DCW, Oct0ber 13, 1616Z to 1810Z; FM only
  • EM25,EM35 – WI4T, October 15-16; holiday style
  • DN04 – KI7UNJ, October 21, 1653Z to 1910Z; FM only
  • CM79, do we need to say more? – October 7-9, 2019
    Super Rover Ron, AD0DX, has a little vacation time to burn, so he’s heading to CM79, October 7-9. Day 1 will be getting set up in camp and scouting out the CM79/CM89/CN70/CN80 corner, so there is a slight chance Ron will jump on a pass or two on October 7. Day 2 & 3 (October 8-9) are main days for operation. Steep terrain, lots of trees, and a formidable ridgeline will ultimately decide his operating position and pass availability, but the main objective is CM79. FM and Linears. Limited (if any) cell coverage, but Ron will Tweet when he can: https://twitter.com/ad0dx. In addition, Ron will be driving up to Seattle via the 101 on his way back home, with planned stops in CN70, CN71, CN72, CN73, and CN74.
  • Hungary (JN97) October 7-10, 2019
    Pedro, CU2ZG, will be in in Budapest on business, but he is bringing his sat gear as HA/CU2ZG. FM only and subject to availability. Follow Pedro on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/pdsousa.
  • Svalbard (JQ78) October 9-11, 2019
    Halvard (LA7XK), along with Just (LA9DL) and Erling (LA6VM), are going to Svalbard for the phone portion of the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SAC). They will arrive in JW mid-day on Wednesday October 9 and return mid-day on Monday October 14. They will be QRV via FO-29 from Wednesday October 9 to Friday October 11 during the local evenings between 1630Z and 0100Z. Call sign will be JW7XK and the locator is JQ78. Our best takeoff will be from 240 degrees via west and north to about 34 degrees. In that sector the elevation will be 1 to 2 degrees. We are renting a car up there and will drive west from the city out passed the airport for the best takeoff. We should be able to work most of USA and Canada and also Alaska.  They will alternate between SSB and CW, using an IC-9700 and an Arrow antenna.
  • #AMSATandAngling (DM15, DM06) October 11-13, 2019 
    Ed, KN6DBC, is going fishing (literally), but he is bring gear to work FM Satellites. October 11 he’ll be in DM15, and October 12 and 13 in DM06. Visit Ken’s Twitter feed for specific pass schedule and further updates: https://twitter.com/KN6DBC.
  • Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – October 19, 2019 
    David AD7DB will re-visit the four grids near Kettleman City CA. AO-91, AO-92, SO-50 will be used, with eastern passes a priority. Maybe PO-101 if it’s on, and AO-85 if it’s not too finicky.  Contacts will be put on LOTW following the trip. Updates on Twitter https://twitter.com/ad7db 
  • Hawaii (BK19, BK28, BK29, BL20) December 21-28, 2019
    Alex, N7AGF, is heading back to Hawaii over Christmas. This will be a holiday-style activation, with special emphasis on the grid that got away – BK28. Keep an eye on Alex’s Twitter feed for further announcements at https://twitter.com/N7AGF

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

The Fox-In-A-Box Raspberry Pi SD card for setting up a Raspberry Pi-based
telemetry station for the Fox-1 satellites now supports the Raspberry Pi4.
Get yours today on the AMSAT Store!
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ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Completed Contacts

  • The Southwest State University of Kursk, Kursk, Russia, direct via UB3WCL
    The ISS callsign was RSØISS. The astronaut was Aleksey Ovchinin.
    Contact was successful Saturday, September 28, 2019, 14:35 UTC.
  • UAE school #2 with Space Flight participant, direct via A68MBR
    The ISS callsign was RSØISS. The astronaut was Hazza Al Mansour.
    Contact was successful Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11:20 UTC.

Upcoming Contacts

  • School in Russia TBD direct via TBD
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
    The scheduled astronaut is TBD
    Contact is go for Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 06:05 UTC
  • Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia, direct via TBD
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
    The scheduled astronaut is Aleksey Ovchinin
    Contact is go for Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 08:25 UTC
  • Bampton School, Bampton, United Kingdom, direct via G2LV
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA
    Contact is go for: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:51:26 UTC
    Watch for live stream at https://live.ariss.org
  • Collège Robert Doisneau, Sarralbe, France, direct via F6KFT
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
    The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
    Contact is go for: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 14:29:21 UTC
  • [ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N  for the above information.]

Satellite Shorts from All Over

  • FO-29 Update From JARL
    FO-29 control center as of October 3, 2019: FO-29 Transponder will be available until under voltage control activates in the CW telemetry. The current schedule is as follows (UTC date and time):
    October 6, 07:25-17:35
    October 12, 05:30-15:35
    October 13, 08:00-14:40
    October 19, 07:45-14:25
    October 20, 05:10-15:15
    [ANS thanks Alan Biddle, WA4SCA for the above information.]
  • ESA Academy Hosts CubeSat Academy
    ESA Academy hosted the CubeSats Hands-On Training Week 2019. The training ran  from September 16 – 20, 2019.  It was held at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium.  The event was attended by twenty-six university students from fifteen different ESA Member States and Canada. The Training Week had a clear objective: transfer hands-on knowledge to university students who are keen to start their own educational CubeSat initiatives, or who are already at the conceptual or preliminary design stage of a CubeSat project at university. The full article posted at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-ESA-Academy. [ANS thanks ESA for the above information.]
  • Cubesat Developers 2020 Workshop Announced
    Cubesat has announced its 2020 Developers Workshop will be held May 4–6, 2020 at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA.  Workshop details are available at cubesat-workshop@calpoly.edu.
  • Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Professor and Computer Engineering Student Help Cambodian High School’s Quest to Launch Nation’s First CubeSat A two-person team from Cal Poly helped the Cambodian space program get off the ground in August.  The pair traveled to the capital city of Phnom Penh to assist a group of high school seniors, with the goal to install and test the students’ ground station for tracking satellites — not to launch a national program. But they were happy to play a role in the potentially history-making student project as well as the bigger picture of lifting the nation into orbit.  An excellent story can be read at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-Cal-Poly  [ANS thanks Cal Poly News for the above information.]
  • Santa Rosa Middle School ARISS Contact Gets Good Press
    The Santa Rosa Press Democrat gave the Middle School’s ARISS contact on October 1, 2019 excellent coverage.  Read the article at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-Santa-Rosa.
  • The Rise of the Smallsat Gaining Traction
    Satellites of less than 180 kilograms are becoming increasingly popular because of their ability to enable new technologies and achieve revolutionary results. No longer used exclusively by government agencies, satellites — and in particular — small  satellites (smallsats) are gaining in popularity with the private sector.  SatMag describes the current trend and why the use of smallsats is on the rise.  Read the full article at http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=8941393.
  • World Space Week, 4-10 October
    The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week (WSW) will be held each year from October 4-10. The dates were in recognition of the October 4, 1957 launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration and the October 10, 1967 signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial bodies.  The theme for World Space Week 2019 is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars”. During World Space Week space education and outreach events are organized by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world. Find an event near you at http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/outreach/events/wsw/index.html
    [ANS thanks the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs or the above information.]

 

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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 six post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT office for additional student membership information.

73,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

ANS-272.02 Special Bulletin – AO-92 Remaining in U/v For Potential Emergency Traffic

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations has received a request from amateurs involved with emergency communications in the Azores, requesting we forego L/v operation on AO-92 this week.

Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to pass through the Azores as a Category 4 storm Tuesday and Wednesday, and they are requesting AO-92 remain in U/v for potential emergency traffic. Please be aware of and yield to any emergency traffic, on any satellite, coming from the area during this time. Passes covering the Azores and Portugal are the most critical.

We realize that there have been a few moves and cancellations for this mode recently, and I ask for understanding and cooperation.

Emergency use is always first priority, and AMSAT is happy to assist in any way we can.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations for the   above information]

ANS-272 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for September 29

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-272

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, 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 https://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 dot 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://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

In this edition:

  • Experimenter Wednesday Announced for AO-92
  • The AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions Web Page Updates
  • 2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
  • 2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11
  • Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne Moves Another Step Closer to Flight
  • ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge Coming October 18-20
  • FO-29 Returns!
  • AMSAT-DL Memorandum Regarding QO-100 Operation
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

Experimenter Wednesday Announced for AO-92

The AO-92 Command Team announces that Experimenter Wednesday will run on UTC Wednesday (begins Tuesday evening in North America) when AO-92 will be commanded to operate in mode L/v for 24 hours. This new schedule will be followed for an as of yet undetermined test period.

The frequencies for AO-92 L/V are:

 AO-92 Mode L/V Operation 
Uplink1267.359 MHz FM with 67 Hz CTCSS tone for access
Downlink145.880 MHzIncluding DUV telemetry

The mode change is announced by the command team via Twitter (follow @AMSAT). You can view AMSAT tweets without needing an account with Twitter – go to https://twitter.com/AMSAT

The tweets flow through to the AMSAT facebook page and are planned to include amsat-bb. Also current status can be found on the AO-92 health and telemetry page at: http://www.amsat.org/tlm/health.php?id=4&port=

[ANS thanks the AO-92 Command Team for the above information]

The AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions Web Page Updates

Information about AMSAT activities at important events around the country is posted on the AMSAT Hamfests & Conventions web page:
https://www.amsat.org/other-events/

Examples of these events are radio club meetings where AMSAT representatives give presentations, demonstrations of working amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence such as a table or booth with AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations, forums, and/or demonstrations.

A copy of the AMSAT hamfest brochure is available for download from the page (above) – get the “AMSAT Intro Brochure”, a color brochure that is designed to be printed double-sided and folded into a tri-fold handout. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office if you need pre-printed copies.

To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration, please send an email to ambassadors (at) amsat (dot) org.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Ambassadors for the above information]

Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium
October 18-20 in Arlington, VA.
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

2019 37th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Symposium, to be held in the Washington, DC Metro Area on October 18, 19, and 20, 2019.

The Symposium venue will be the Hilton Arlington, located in the heart of the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA. The Hilton Arlington is located at 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22203, USA TEL: +1-703-528-6000 and the reservation code is AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation).

Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the hotel offers easy and effortless access to Washington DC’s top tourist destinations like the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and historic monuments. The hotel is six miles from Reagan National Airport and the National Mall. There are plenty of restaurants nearby.

The Symposium will feature OSCAR Park – a display of satellites from throughout the history of amateur radio in space – paper presentations, and a banquet with speakers celebrating AMSAT’s long history, and other events. The AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting will be held on October 16th and 17th at the same hotel. Two guided tours are available. On Sunday, October 20th a bus tour to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is available for $30 (max 35 people) and on Monday, October 21st, AMSAT President Joe Spier will lead a day tour to the National Mall via the Metro.

So please plan on attending the 50th Anniversary Symposium – you will be glad you did and keep checking the AMSAT website for further updates and information.

The 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting features:

  • Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
  • Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
  • Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members (October 16-17)
  • Opportunities to Meet Board Members and Officers
  • AMSAT Annual General Membership Meeting
  • Annual Banquet, Speakers and Door Prizes !!

The latest news and information is always posted at: https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]

2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11

An on-line registration rate for the 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia, is available through October 11, 2019 per the following schedule:

Registration September 16, 2019 – October 11, 2019 $65
Registration at the Door $70

You can complete your registration on-line via the AMSAT Store:
https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-symposium/

This year, all registrants will receive a digital copy of the Proceedings on a thumb drive. Attendees may purchase a hard copy for $25.00. Non-attendees may put their name on a waiting list for a hard copy, if there are any left over. The digital version of the Proceedings will be made available on the online store shortly after the Symposium concludes. Student Registration is 50% off and does not include the Proceedings.

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne Moves Another Step Closer to Flight

LauncherOne Captive Flight Test

Virgin Orbit LauncherOne’s progress report this week says that the rocket has been “been fully integrated, tested, checked, re-checked, analyzed, and triple-checked”. LauncherOne now is destined for a rigorous crucible of engineering demonstrations and tests at a test site up in Mojave to begin Virgin Orbit’s first proper launch campaign.

The orbital test flight rocket is currently being installed into a newly built test stand in Mojave, where in the coming weeks it will run through a number of critical exercises, including loading and fueling with our mobile ground support equipment. The Virgin Orbit team is prepping and practicing, making sure we know how to do everything they could conceivably ever need to do. Then, it’s off to the skies — first for a captive carry flight, and then for the launch itself. The second flight of LauncherOne will carry RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E to orbit.

Click or tap on the image to read the Virgin Orbit press release (with photos) posted at:
https://virginorbit.com/launcherone-shaping-up-and-shipping-out/

View a video of captive flight testing of LauncherOne
https://www.instagram.com/p/BybTdllh_z9/

[ANS thanks Virgin Orbit for the above information]

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ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

  • About Gagarin From Space, Meeting of 30 universities, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, direct via LZ1KDP. The contact was successful.
  • ARISS Contact Colorado University/Northridge Elementary School Successful.
    ARISS Mentor Bob, WB4SON reported that the September 24 contact between Astronaut Nick Hague and Northridge Elementary School (Colorado University in Boulder) was a complete success. All 16 student questions were asked and answered. One of the teacher questions was asked and answered before Claudio, IK6SLD, who’s team did a fantastic job at the ground station, completed the contact. Thanks also to Charlie, AJ9N. who moderated the contact. Colorado University Aerospace, The Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC), and the University of Colorado Amateur Radio Club hosted the event and did a wonderful job. (via WB4SON)
  • Sonoma County Main Library, Santa Rosa, CA, telebridge via K6DUE*
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV
    Contact is go for: Tue 2019-10-01 19:53:13 UTC
    * Ed. note – K6DUE is located in Maryland, USA so the contact will be audible over eastern portions of North America.
  • UAE school #3 with Space Flight participant, direct via TBD
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
    The scheduled astronaut is Hazza Al Mansour
    Contact is go for Wed 2019-10-02 09:45 UTC
  • AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium
    Sat 2019-10-12 to Sun 2019-10-13
  • Watch for MAI-75 SSTV sessions:
    Wed 2019-10-09 09:50 to 16:00 UTC
    Thu 2019-10-10 08:45 to 16:25 UTC

AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. These upgrades are necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio. We have reached a great milestone with $33,830 raised or about 23% towards our goal. This would not have been possible without your outstanding generosity!! For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:
https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_e7Htwa_ab_47IcJ9

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

Upcoming Satellite Operations

[Ed. note – Twitter URLs can be accessed with your web browser even if you do not have a personal Twitter account.]

  • Remember to check out W3ZM On the Road for additional upcoming activations
    + EM87 Sept 27-30 N4DCW | Twitter: https://twitter.com/MWimages
    + EL07 Sept 29 K5IX | Twitter: https://twitter.com/K5IXdave
  • Brennan, N4QX, England (IO-91), October 1-3
    Next week, October 1-3, work and facilities permitting: QRV on the FM satellites as M/N4QX from grid square IO91. QSL *exclusively* via Logbook of the World. Yeah, I know London isn’t rare, but it’s where I will be.
  • #AMSATandAngling (DM15, DM06) October 11-13, 2019
    Ed, KN6DBC, is going fishing (literally), but he is bring gear to work FM Satellites. October 11 he’ll be in DM15, and October 12-13 in DM06. Visit Ken’s Twitter feed for specific pass schedule and further updates: https://twitter.com/KN6DBC
  • Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – October 19, 2019
    David AD7DB will re-visit the four grids near Kettleman City CA. AO-91, AO-92, SO-50 will be used, with eastern passes a priority. Maybe PO-101 if it’s on, and AO-85 if it’s not too finicky. Contacts will be put on LOTW following the trip. Updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ad7db
  • FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON (GN17) September 24 to October 8, 2019
    Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between September 24th and October 8th. This is his 13th trip to the island. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (no 60M – not authorized) using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 (but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8) and the satellites. He will generally be on the highest frequency band that is open (favoring 12/10m). He will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-29th). ADDED NOTE: Eric will usually try to be on as many Satellite passes as he can when the WX is good, generally favoring the FO-29, XW-2x, AO-7, and possibly the FM birds. Eric states, “Equipment is two FT-817s and an Arrow dual band yagi. I’ll favor the SSB birds usually higher in the passband, but will also try FM if they do not get too busy. Satellite logging is by paper so may not get loaded to LoTW until the week after I return to the USA.” Weekends may be limited since he will be concentrating on the low(er) bands and contests. QSL via KV1J, direct or by the Bureau. Also eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW. For more details and updates, check out his Web page at: http://www.kv1j.com/fp/Sep19.html
  • D4, CAPE VERDE (Update/Satellite Op).
    Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island (AF-005), between September 29th and October 13th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and mostly the Digital modes. (FT8, PSK31, JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW.
    Harald has been working hard in the last few months getting his satellite station for QO-100 working and is now confident he will use it from Cabo Verde. He will be using an Icom 7300, 2 Transverters with 3 watts output on EsHail using the QO-100 Geostationary Satellite. He will also have a FT-450D into a homemade HEX BEAM and a dipole for 40 meters. Please DO NOT send your card via the Bureau it WILL NOT be received – To receive a bureau card you MUST request via M0OXO OQRS ONLY! (Via Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1428)
  • WW0, UNITED STATES (Special Event).
    Members of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club (NCARC), WWV ARC, RMHam, and FCCW along with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will activate special event station WW0WWV between September 28 and October 2 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of WWV, the world’s oldest continuously operating radio station.The WW0WWV station(s) will be set up adjacent to the WWV transmitter site in Fort Collins, Colorado. Operations will be on various HF bands following typical propagation, and will include 160 meters as well as satellites (SO-50, AO-91, and AO-92) and 6-meter meteor scatter. Modes will be CW, SSB and digital. QSL via ClubLog’s OQRS, LoTW, or direct to the WWV Amateur Radio Club, 1713 Ridgewood Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526, USA.

For more details, visit the following URLs:
http://wwv100.com
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-244-NIST-WWV
(Via Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1428)

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org

[ANS Thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]

The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as
a DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store.  Get yours today!
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-237-Getting-Started

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge Coming October 18-20

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use
NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space.

Space Apps inspires local communities to come together, think intensely, and create solutions to important problems. Each year, Space Apps engages
thousands of individuals in cities around the world to work with NASA’s open source data in a 48-hour sprint. Teams of technologists, scientists,
designers, entrepreneurs, artists, and others collaborate to answer some of the most pressing challenges on Earth and in space.

Space Apps 2019 will take place on October 18-20, 2019 See: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/

On one weekend each year, with the help of NASA’s Global Organizing Team (fondly known as the GO Team), hundreds of local leads around the world host events in a 48-hour sprint in which their participants hack solutions to challenges that NASA proposes, creating games, smartphone and computer apps, videos, teaching tools, and much more.

The challenges change each year within the theme of Earth and space. https://2019.spaceappschallenge.org/challenges/

There are two ways to find a location to participate near you:
https://2019.spaceappschallenge.org/locations/
https://2019.spaceappschallenge.org/locations/map

Registration information is posted on the Space Apps web page.

[ANS thanks NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge for the above information]

The Fox-In-A-Box Raspberry Pi SD card for setting up a Raspberry Pi-based
telemetry station for the Fox-1 satellites now supports the Raspberry Pi4.
Get yours today on the AMSAT Store!
https://amsat.org/product/fox-in-a-box-raspberry-pi-sd-card/

FO-29 Returns!

FO-29 is reported to be back in operation after being off the air since last July:

 FO-29 Frequencies 
Uplink146.000 - 145.900 MHzLSB/CW
Downlink435.800 - 435.900 MHzUSB/CW
Telemetry435.795 MHzCW (100 mW) one frame per minute. Each frame begins and ends with the historic 'HI'

Mineo Wakita JE9PEL offers a nice FO-29 Satellite CW Telemetry Analysis Program for free on his web site. The program is called “fo29cwts”. Mineo’s web site is: http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/fo29cwts.htm

Click for download page

[ANS thanks JAMSAT for the above information]

AMSAT-DL Memorandum Regarding QO-100 Operation

AMSAT-DL and QARS asks the users of the new geostationary QO-100 satellite for radio discipline. During the last weeks some stations have been transmitting with much too much power and sometimes outside of the official band limits. Also permanent carriers are sent without indication of callsign. This was also critically observed in the control center of Es’hailSat in Qatar.

Please do not send louder than the CW beacon.

Stick to the band plan: No operation is allowed below the CW beacon and above the PSK beacon.

The satellite is not a measuring device: To test your power amplifier in continuous operation, please use a dummy load and a suitable measuring device.

Check regularly the bandwidth of your transmissions, maximum bandwidth 2.7 kHz, no FM.

Qatar has made a great gift to the amateur radio community with the Qatar OSCAR 100 satellite. We should act accordingly. Please, kindly point this out to other stations on the transponder. If there are still violations, in the worst case a temporary shutdown could be expected.

A video describing the LEILA-2 power detection system aboard QO-100 can be accessed at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AabJGt0vzXU&feature=youtu.be

[ANS thanks Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, and AMSAT-DL for the above information]

Satellite Shorts From All Over

  • AMSAT-DL reports the sad news of the passing of Hanspeter Kuhlen, DK1YQ, who died suddenly last weekend. Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, wrote on behalf of the Rudak and AMSAT-DL team, “We’re going to miss him. Our hearts are with his family.” Hanspeter was the Project Manager for RUDAK on OSCAR-13 and on OSCAR-21/RS-14. He was also part of the command station team for OSCAR-10 and OSCAR-13.
  • AO-73’s BPSK telemetry downlink on 145.935 MHz includes text messages, called FITTER messages, for announcements, greetings, and commemorations. Satellite users can have their message uplinked by the FUNcube team so that it can be read globally in the downlink message stream. Simply email: operations@funcube.org.uk to request FITTER messages to be uploaded. Please keep them short and give them a couple of weeks notice if you can. As well as being available for download on 2 metres they can be also be seen via the internet at:
    http://data.amsat-uk.org/ui/fc1-fm/fitter
  • Fred Kemerer, AB1OC, has documented a satellite station set-up based on the Flex 6000 series radios on his blog at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-272-AB1OC-Flex
  • APRS on IO-86 uses aliases of ARISS and YBSAT – APRS operation is active on a schedule alternating with the FM repeater and the other primary payload of LAPAN A2/ORARI. Typically one in the morning and another one in the evening. Please check twitter @lapansat for the weekly schedule. (Yono, YD0NXX, AMSAT-ID Technical Team)
  • This article covers available SDR hardware, software and configurations, but it also teaches a little radio theory and a taste of the mathematics to understand what’s going on: https://arachnoid.com/software_defined_radios/  (via nooelec.com on Twitter)
  • 2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space. To help celebrate, AMSAT is sponsoring the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program. Full details are available at https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/ Bruce Paige, KK5DO, Director of Contests and Awards, reported this week that the awards are being printed and will be sent shortly to all those who have applied.
  • The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2019 for K-12 students in U.S. public, private and home schools can enter the Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Name the Rover contest is part of NASA’s efforts to engage students in the STEM enterprise behind Mars exploration and inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA posted all the info at: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/participate/name-the-rover/
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has produced a safety guide for approaching a black hole. Watch this video before you blast off to learn more about black holes and (more importantly) how to stay safe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMTwtb3TVIk&feature=youtu.be  Brochures, science video clips are available for downloading from: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13322 NASA has produced a visualization model of the appearance of a black hole depending on the observer’s angle of approach https://youtu.be/o-Psuz7u5OI  (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • AMSAT-SA Space Symposium 2020 in South Africa is planned for July 18, 2020. The theme will be: Amateur Radio in Space – exploring VHF, UHF and Microwaves. The latest information will be posted at: http://www.amsatsa.org.za/
  • AMSAT SA has announced that parallel to its analogue Kletskous CubeSat, the group is working on a digital project featuring a Software defined transponder. Called AfriCUBE, the CubeSat will use the same space frame as KLETSKOUS. Anton Janovsky is currently building a prototype transponder. AMSATSA is inviting persons interested in becoming part of the development team to send their details to admin@amsatsa.org.za.
  • Dance like nobody’s watching! A Boston Dynamics robot performs its gymnastics floor routine: https://youtu.be/_sBBaNYex3E

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

 

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73 and remember to behave and to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week’s ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat dot org