ANS-177 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor [at] amsat.org

You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see: https://mailman.amsat.org/postorius/lists/ans.amsat.org/

In this edition:

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

ANS-177 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

DATE 2022 Jun 26

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SAVE THE DATE

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

More information will follow in future editions of ANS.

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AMSAT Field Day Logs Due July 15th

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

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

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

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

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PicSat Reported Active Four Years After Last Transmission

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

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

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

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

Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for June 23, 2022

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

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

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager for the above information]

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Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
https://amsat.org/product-category/hardware/

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ARISS News

Scheduled ARISS Contacts

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Sergey!

ARISS Radio Status

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

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

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

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

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

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AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an Amateur
Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

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

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

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

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

Major Roves:

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

Grids they will pass through, in order:

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

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

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

DN28 – 38: July 16th to the 20th.

Remaining Grids from July 20 to 24.

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

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

EN34 – 33 – 32 – 42 – 41 – 40 – 50

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

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

Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

Conventions

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

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

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

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Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
from our Zazzle store!
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

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

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

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

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

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

Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

* Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
* Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate.
* Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
* Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional membership information.

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org

ANS-149 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for May 29

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor [at] amsat.org

You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see: https://mailman.amsat.org/postorius/lists/ans.amsat.org/

In this edition:

  • Call for Nominations – 2022 AMSAT Board of Directors Election
  • March/April 2022 Issue of The AMSAT Journal Now Available
  • Second ARISS Interoperable Radio System Installed On-Board ISS
  • Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for May 26, 2022
  • INSPIRE-Sat 7 Coordinated by the IARU
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-149 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

DATE 2022 May 29

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SAVE THE DATE

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

More information will follow in future editions of ANS.

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Call for Nominations – 2022 AMSAT Board of Directors Election

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March/April 2022 Issue of The AMSAT Journal Now Available

The March/April 2022 issue of The AMSAT Journal is now available to members on AMSAT’s Member Portal at https://launch.amsat.org/The_AMSAT_Journal

The AMSAT Journal is a bi-monthly digital magazine for amateur radio in space enthusiasts, published by the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). Each issue is your source for hardware and software projects, technical tips, STEM initiatives, operational activities, and news from around the world.

Inside the Current Issue:

  • Apogee View – Robert Bankston, KE4AL
  • Educational Relations Update – Alan Johnston, KU2Y
  • 2022 AMSAT Field Day Rules – Bruce Paige, KK5DO
  • President’s Club Recognition – Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
  • Progress Report: Curriculum Development to Accompany the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator – Paul Graveline, K1YUB, Alan Johnston, KU2Y, Frederic Raab, KK6NOW, Mark Samis, KD2XS, David White, WD6DRI
  • An EZ Lindenblad for UHF – Grant Zehr, AA9LC, Tom Planer, KJ9P
  • STEM Presentation to Bear Valley Elementary – Craig Bledsoe, KL7H
  • AMSAT-LU WSPR Beacon to Antarctica – AMSAT Argentina, LU7AA

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

Second ARISS Interoperable Radio System Installed On-Board ISS

On May 25, 2022, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev installed new amateur radio equipment on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) — a Kenwood TM-D710GA transceiver. The transceiver was delivered on February 17, 2022 on the Progress MS-19 cargo ship. Artemyev successfully dismantled the old amateur radio equipment and installed the new equipment. Tests are expected in the coming days.

[ANS thanks R4UAB for the above information]

Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for May 26, 2022

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

OreSat0 NORAD Cat ID 52017 (per Space-Track).

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

GASPACS NORAD Cat ID 51439 (decayed from orbit on 5/22/2022 per Space-Track).

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager for the above information]

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Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
https://amsat.org/product-category/hardware/

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INSPIRE-Say 7 Coordinated by the IARU

A 2U mission. The INSPIRE-SAT 7 satellite is a University project made by Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (France) on behalf of LATMOS (UVSQ, Sorbonne Université, Université Paris Saclay, CNRS). This satellite is a demonstrator to experiment new technology with a strong involvement of students. This satellite helps to experiment miniaturized remote sensing sensors that could be used in the multi-point observation of Essential Climate Variables (ECV) and ionosphere. The project is used for educational outreach for school. Students (PhD, master, Engineering school, …) contribute directly to the projects at different level. INSPIRESAT 7 provides hands-on experience and training to students in the requirements definition, reliability and quality assurance, cost and risk management, design, construction, spacecraft integration and test, mission operations, and control of complete satellite systems.

The INSPIRE-SAT 7 2U CubeSat embeds the following missions: 1) To provide a flight platform with functionalities open to ham radio community. An amateur radio payload (SPINO), which is a versatile telecommunication solution suitable for CubeSat will be available. Operating in UHF and VHF bands, it features tight integration with amateur radio service and the worldwide amateur radio community. The SPINO board features functions dedicated to the amateur radio community with a versatile digital transponder and a digital mailbox service. SPINO will be available in parallel of other mission according to the power budget. The goal is to make it accessible at least 30% of the time.

SPINO is supported by the joint efforts of two nonprofit organizations: AMSAT-Francophone (http://site.amsat-f.org) and the hackerspace Electrolab (http://electrolab.fr/). SPINO operates in the Amateur Radio service bands, and features two full transceivers: – VHF: TX (+30 dBm) and RX 144—146 MHz, – UHF: TX (+30 dBm) and RX 430—440 MHz. SPINO will only work with VHF TX and UHF RX on this mission. 2) To provide the same FM audio transponder as the one used in the UVSQ-SAT mission, and open to ham radio community. The FM transponder will be available in parallel of other mission according to the power budget. This system will be accessible at least twice a month (UVSQ-SAT feedback). 3) Technology demonstration with miniaturized sensors for Earth, Sun and ionospheric observations. 4) Earth observation for climate purpose, Sun observation for solar physic purpose, Ionospheric observations for space weather and radiocommunication. All transmitted data will be used as open access. They will be used for pedagogic activities (STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), licence pro SIMIS of UVSQ students, Master NewSpace for Paris Saclay students open in 2021, etc.). The satellite will be used for education purpose (hardware/software developments and trainings to satellite operations). Software to capture and performed data interpretation will be provided (aka UVSQ-SAT decoder). Twitter account available: twitter.com/uvsqsat

Proposing a V/U FM transponder with BPSK AX25 telemetry at 9k6bps. Planning a launch from Vandenberg in Dec 2022 into a 550km polar orbit.

**A downlink for telemetry on 437.410 MHz and for the SPINO payload a downlink on 435.200 MHz with uplink on 145.830 MHz have been coordinated**

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]

ARISS News

Scheduled ARISS Contacts

Students and employees of SWGU, Kursk, Russia, direct via TBD

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Oleg Artemyev

Contact is go for Sun 2022-05-29 15:00 UTC

Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia, direct via TBD

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Oleg Artemyev
Contact is go for Tue 2022-05-31 08:50 UTC

Old St. Mary’s School, Chicago, Illinois, multi-point telebridge via ON4ISS

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be TBD
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Bob Hines KI5RQT(***)
Contact is go for: Tue 2022-05-31 16:32:31 UTC 81 deg
Watch for Livestream at https://www.osmschool.com/

Moscow Autonomous Educational Institution “Lyceum – Engineering Center”, Kazan, Russia, direct via TBD

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Sergey Korsakov

Contact is go for Thu 2022-06-02 13:30 UTC

Istituto Comprensivo “Losapio–S.F. Neri”, Gioia del Colle, Puglia, Italy, direct via IZ7RTN

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Samantha Cristoforetti IZØUDF

Contact is go for: Sat 2022-06-04 11:43:46 UTC 64 deg

Matinecock District, Suffolk County NY Boy Scouts, Medford, NY, telebridge via AB1OC

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be TBD
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is go for: Sat 2022-06-04 17:56:25 UTC 53 deg

Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow, Russia, direct via TBD (***)

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Denis Matveev
Contact is go for Mon 2022-06-06 13:25 UTC (***)

ARISS Radio Status

Columbus Module radios:

IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Configured. Default mode set for cross band repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down).
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* Radio to be powered OFF to support COL experiment on May 26. OFF about 08:15, ON about 10:55 UTC
* Radio to be powered OFF to support Progress 79 undocking on June 01. OFF May 31 about 18:15, ON June 01 about 10:40 UTC
* Radio to be powered OFF to support Progress 81 docking on June 03. OFF June 03 about 18:15, ON June 04 about 09:55UTC
* Radio to be powered OFF to support COL experiment on June 07. OFF about 10:45, ON about 14:50 UTC

Capable of supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

Service Module radios:

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

* Radio to be powered OFF to support Progress 79 undocking on June 01.
* Radio to be powered OFF to support Progress 81 docking on June 03.

Capable of supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts, packet, SSTV and voice repeater ops.

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

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

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AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an Amateur
Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

Quick Hits:

W8MTB: Wednesday, June 1, I will be in a few different grids in the UP; operating FM satellites only. I’m planning on being in EN66 for AO-91 and SO-50 in the morning, not sure what grid for PO-101, and EN75 for SO-50 later in the evening. Please DM me if you need one of the grids.

M1DDD/ Activity from IO94 this Sunday 29 May. Probably a couple 2-3 hr sessions (family visit). Might nip out early evening Sat 28th circa 1700GMT too. Play it by ear.

W3IPA: EN81, May 28th & 29th he will be in EN81. He’ll aim for as many FM passes as I can. I’ll attempt some linear. Passes will be posted night before the 28th.

KE0PBR: EN46, I will be in EN46 on Saturday 5/28, will be on Sats holiday style. But you can DM me for a sched and I can get it done. @KE0PBR

KC1MEB & Nu1U: FN33. We have not come out with a Schedule or exact dates, somewhere between the 27th and 29th of May.

Adrian (AA5UK) is heading back to the Cayman Islands after several years now that COVID travel restrictions have been lifted. He will be operating as ZF2AE/ZF8 from Little Cayman May 29 – June 2 (EK99WP) and from Grand Cayman as ZF2AE from June 2-June 3 (EK99HI). These locations favor the west and any contacts with EU will be a challenge. Gear will be FT-1634 with Alaskan Arrow antenna. I may be able to rent a car on Little Cayman (very $$$) for an afternoon and operate from FK09. This is TBD due to holiday style schedule and not guaranteed. Please follow me on Twitter @ZF2AE and @AA5UK for latest updates. QSL Direct (SASE for US, $2 for International QSL, and/or LOTW preferred. eQSL no longer accepted)

WL7T: EL84, June 24-27

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

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

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

Major Roves:

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

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

Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

Upcoming “How to Work the “Easy” Satellites” talks are scheduled …

WARA – Orange County CA – June 11

Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun “How to Work the Easy Satellites” Zoom presentation would be appropriate for your convention or club? Always included are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS. And pre-presentation questions are solicited and welcome.

Send an email or call Clint Bradford, K6LCS.

Conventions

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

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

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

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Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
from our Zazzle store!
25% of the purchase price of each product goes
towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Congratulations to Paul, N1PEB, on earning AMSAT GridMaster Award #44!

+ An M17 digital voice signal was successfully transmitted through the QO-100 wideband transponder on May 25, 2022. A video of the transmission can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSBgDoIGMGM (Thanks to G4GUO)

+ QO-100’s narrowband transponder now has a new multimedia beacon using fast data transmission in a 2.7 khZ passband. See http://dd1us.de/Downloads/Manual%20HSModem%20rev%202.03.pdf for details (Thanks to AMSAT-DL)

Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

* Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
* Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate.
* Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
* Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional membership information.

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org

ANS-135 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for May 15

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-135

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor [at] amsat.org

You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see: https://mailman.amsat.org/postorius/lists/ans.amsat.org/

In this edition:

  • AMSAT Hamvention Update
  • AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium October 8-9
  • Amateur Radio and AMSAT-UK at EMFcamp 2022
  • Paper Published: Deep space reception of Tianwen-1 by AMSAT-DL using GNU radio
  • Franklin Antonio, N6NKF, SK
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for May 12, 2022
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-135 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

DATE 2022 May 15

AMSAT Hamvention Update

The Dayton Hamvention is coming next weekend! AMSAT’s presence with several events throughout the weekend and in with eight adjoining booths in Building 1. Highlighting the exhibit will be:

– CubeSat Simulator hardware and software demonstrations
– SatPC software demonstrations
– AMSAT Engineering staff question and answer table
– AMSAT Youth Initiative (KidzSat) introduction
– OSCAR ground station for live satellite operations
– Annual Membership sign-up and renewals
– AMSAT President’s Club recognition
– AMSAT Board of Directors and Senior Officers Meet and Greet
– AMSAT Store offering AMSAT trinkets, books and Arrow Antennas

The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers, and builders makes the whole experience a lot of fun. Meet or renew acquaintances, exchange operating tips, and find out what antennas, software and equipment other AMSAT members use. We currently expect the AMSAT senior officers and board members to be there too.

If you’ve never operated a satellite before, but want to learn more, this is the place.

Kick-Off Hamvention with Dinner at Tickets

The annual AMSAT “Dinner at Tickets” party will be held at Tickets Pub & Eatery on Thursday, May 19 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT. There is no program or speaker – just good conversation. Everyone is invited regardless of whether or not they helped with setup or plan to work in the booth. Tickets has a great selection of Greek and American food and great company!  Food can be ordered from the menu; drinks (beer, wine, sodas and iced tea) are available at the bar. Come as you are; no reservations required. Bring some friends and have a great time the night before Hamvention. Tickets Pub & Eatery is located at 7 W. Main St, Fairborn, OH 45324. (Telephone (937) 878-9022)

AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will honor the life of Bob Bruninga, WB4APR

The 13th annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be held at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center on Friday, May 20th at 18:30 EDT. This dinner is always a highlight of the AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corp.) and TAPR (Tucson Amateur Packet Radio) activities during the Dayton Hamvention. This year’s banquet will honor the life and accomplishments of long time amateur satellite and amateur packet pioneer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, who passed away in February.

The Kohler Presidential Banquet Center is located at 4548 Presidential Way, Kettering, Ohio. That is about 20 minutes away from the Greene County Fairgrounds.

Tickets ($57 each) purchase deadline was Friday, May 13th. Banquet tickets had to be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the AMSAT booth. There will be no tickets to pick up at the AMSAT booth. Tickets purchased on-line will be maintained on a list with check-in at the door at the banquet center. Seating is limited to the number of meals reserved with the Kohler caterers based on the number of tickets sold by the deadline.

AMSAT Forum Scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022

The AMSAT Forum will be in Room #2 on Saturday May 21, 2022 from 12:10 PM to 1:40 PM EDT. The forum may be live streamed on the DARA website at https://hamvention.org/media-news/live-streaming/
– 2022 AMSAT Status Report: Robert Bankston KE4AL, AMSAT President, will highlight recent activities within AMSAT and discuss some of our challenges, accomplishments, projects, and any late breaking news.
– AMSAT Engineering Program: Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President – Engineering, will talk about current and upcoming satellite missions.
– AMSAT Education: Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT Vice President – Education Relations will talk about the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator.
– AMSAT Development: Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, AMSAT Vice President – Development, will report on AMSAT Youth Initiative and its features.
So, arrive early, grab a seat, take in some air conditioning and catch up on the latest AMSAT happenings!

[ANS thanks Phil Smith, W1EME, AMSAT Hamvention Exhibit organizer, AMSAT News & TAPR for the above information]

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

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AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium October 8-9, Kents Hill Park Conference Centre Milton Keynes MK7 6BZ

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

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

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

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

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

[ANS thanks Trevor Essex, M5AKA of AMSAT-UK for the above information]

Amateur Radio and AMSAT-UK at EMFcamp 2022

The popular Electromagnetic Field event takes place June 2-5, 2022 at the Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire, UK.

Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Thousands of curious people will descend on the friendly open space to learn, share, and talk about what they love.

AMSAT-UK Village at EMF Camp

EMF camp will feature a full program of talks and workshops and there will be both an Amateur Radio Village GX1EMF and an AMSAT-UK Village GB4EMF.

Among the talks are:
• Hacking the Radio Spectrum with GNU Radio by Dave Rowntree M0IEG
• Receiving amateur radio satellite beacons by Damian Bevan G4WPO
• Launching a Rocket, Suspended by a Balloon by Dave Johnson G4DPZ
• Inside Datatrak: resurrecting a radio navigation network by Phil Pemberton M0OFX
• 2500 nerds, one pathetic robot by Chris Stubbs M6EDF
• Astro Pi Mark II – how to send a Raspberry Pi from a factory in Wales to the International Space Station by Richard Hayler

The talk schedule is at https://www.emfcamp.org/schedule/2022

Amateur Radio Village https://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Village:Amateur_Radio

AMSAT-UK Village https://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Village:AMSAT-UK

Information on EMF Camp is at
https://www.emfcamp.org/
https://twitter.com/emfcamp

[ANS thanks Trevor Essex, M5AKA of AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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     Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
    and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
           AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
                  Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
           https://amsat.org/product-category/hardware/

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Paper Published: Deep space reception of Tianwen-1 by AMSAT-DL using GNU radio

This paper by Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ, Mario Lorenz DL5MLO and Peter Gülzow DB2OS describes the reception of the Tianwen-1 Chinese Mars mission carried out by AMSAT-DL with the 20 meter antenna at Bochum Observatory (Germany). A real-time GNU Radio decoder has been used to receive and store telemetry almost every day over the course of 10 months. Some of the telemetry variables, such as the trajectory information, have been successfully interpreted and used to track the progress of the mission.

A PDF-Download: Deep Space reception of Tianwen-1 by AMSAT-DL using GNU radio is available from AMSAT-DL. Link: https://bit.ly/3l392Mv

The paper was published in the proceedings for GNU Radio Conference 2021 and recently published together with other papers in the area of radar, signal detection/classification, high rate processing, and sensing.

[ANS thanks Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, President, AMSAT-DL for the above information]

Franklin Antonio, N6NKF, SK

Phil Karn, KA9Q writes: “Last night I got the sad news that Franklin Antonio, N6NKF, one of the founders of Qualcomm and my boss for most of my 20 years there, has passed away.

In recent years he’d turned to philanthropy, giving $30M to the University of California San Diego (UCSD) for a building named after him. The dedication was just two days ago, and he didn’t show up.

He’d also donated $3M to the Allen Telescope Array for a new broadband antenna feed, but more importantly he had provided them with a lot of engineering management and guidance that will be impossible to replace.

AMSAT members probably know him best as the author of the Instant Track orbital tracking software that AMSAT sold for many years.”

Bob McGwier, N4HY writes: Franklin and Mike Valentine donated money to AMSAT GEO P4B development that got us all the way to yes from the USAF and NASA. He was always after me to do more for SETI Institute and the Allen Telescope Array.   He was instrumental in support of first four Microsats.  When we got the flight computers,  they arrived “some assembly required”. He ordered the Qualcomm microelectronics lab to help fix the assembly issues with the first ever 8 layer boards flown to orbit.  When we had things to discuss, we would ride around in his big white Cadillac convertible. The back seat was loaded with empty soda cans.  He was infamous at Qualcomm for occasionally dumping many of the cans near his parking spot. The grounds crew was prepared and cleaned them up quickly.

Whenever I visited in the newer building that contained his office, he encouraged me to ride his Segway around the floor, where all the C suite offices were located.

I will miss this brilliant eccentric engineer. RIP Franklin.

RIP to a friend of AMSAT.

[ANS thanks Phil Karn, KA9Q, for the above information]

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    Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
            Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
                    from our Zazzle store!
        25% of the purchase price of each product goes
            towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
              https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

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ARISS News

Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

Forum Accademico Italiano e.V., Köln, Germany, telebridge via ZS6JON. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Samantha Cristoforetti IZØUDF. Contact is go for: Fri 2022-05-20 12:14:10 UTC 89 deg.

2nd All-Russian Festival “Russian Traveler”, Lipetsk, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Sergey Korsakov. Contact is go for 2022-05-21 18:10 UTC.

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at  https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

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

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    AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an Amateur
    Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
            be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

   Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

Quick Hits:
+ Hawaii!: K5ZM is heading to HI on May 16-26.

+ KC1MEB & NU1U: FN33. We have not come out with a Schedule or exact dates, somewhere between the 27th and 29th of May.

+ Adrian (AA5UK) is heading back to the Cayman Islands after several years now that COVID travel restrictions have been lifted. He will be operating as ZF2AE/ZF8 from Little Cayman May 29 – June 2 (EK99WP) and from Grand Cayman as ZF2AE from June 2-June 3 (EK99HI).  These locations favor the west and any contacts with EU will be a challenge. Gear will be FT-1634 with Alaskan Arrow antenna. Notes: “I may be able to rent a car on Little Cayman (very $$$) for an afternoon and operate from FK09.  This is TBD due to holiday style schedule and not guaranteed.  Please follow me on Twitter @ZF2AE and @AA5UK for latest updates. QSL Direct (SASE for US, $2 for International QSL, and/or LOTW preferred. eQSL no longer accepted)”

+ WL7T: EL84, June 24-27.

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

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

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

ISS Status:
+ ISS Status as of May 12, 2022
​Columbus Module radios:
IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Configured. Current mode set to cross band repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down).  ​​​
Radio to be powered OFF to support Progress 79 undocking on June 01.
Capable of supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

Service Module radios:
Kenwood D710E – STATUS – Radio usually off.​ ​​ ​​​ ​
Radio to be powered OFF to support Progress 79 undocking on June 01.
Capable of supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts and SSTV.
Kenwood D710GA for SM delivered on 80P. Installation TBD in early part of Increment 67. Planned to support packet operation (145.825 MHz up & down).

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

Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for May 12, 2022

The following satellite has decayed from orbit and has been removed from this week’s AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:
TAUSAT-1 NORAD Cat ID 47926 (decayed form orbit on 5/3/2022 per Space-Track).

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the above information]

Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

AMSAT Ambassador Schedules

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

Orange County ARA CA – May 20
Cal Poly Pomona – TBD
WARA – Orange County CA – June 11

Notes: “And it “feels” like lives are improving here in So California, as that meeting for WARA in June will be (hopefully) an IN-PERSON show! (Have to tune up my projector and dust off the DaLite projection screen!)
Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun “How to Work the Easy Satellites” Zoom presentation  would be appropriate for your convention or club? Always included are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS. And  pre-presentation questions are solicited and welcome.”

Send an email or call!
Clint Bradford K6LCS
AMSAT Ambassador; ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator, instructor
http://www.work-sat.com
909-999-SATS (7287)

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

Scheduled Events with AMSAT involvement:

Hamfests and Conventions

+ Hamvention 2022
May 20, 2022 to May 22, 2022
Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
210 Fairground Road
Xenia, Ohio 45385
https://www.hamvention.org

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

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

Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Meet some of the oldest “undead” spacecraft that are still going strong. Not all the dead stuff in space is junk; some are true gems. Believe it or not, according to the Index of Objects Launched into Outer Space maintained by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, there were 7,389 individual satellites orbiting our little planet at the end of April 2021 (others place the number closer to 6,500). This number is only set to increase over time, with some estimates coming in at around 990 satellites being added to the mix every single year. More on this interesting read at https://bit.ly/3FEDNkm [ANS thanks Christopher McFadden and Interesting Engineering for the above information]

+ 18-year-old exploring the depths of space with radio: Interesting Engineering have published an article about 18-year-old radio amateur Dhruv Rebba KC9ZJX who hopes to develop a program that will enable youth to build and program microsatellites. When Rebba was nine, he received his ham radio technician license – becoming the youngest person of Indian origin, until then, to receive the same. That earned him a spot in the Limca Book of Records. The same year, he attained the General Class License. Now a senior specializing in Computer Science at Normal Community High School in Bloomington, Rebba firmly believes that getting into amateur radio was a stepping stone to various other fields. More information at https://bit.ly/3PePQcB [ANS thanks Southgate Amateur Radio News for the above information]

+ Tianzhou-4. China successfully launched Tianzhou-4 on a Long March 7 to resupply the Tiangong space station (which is increasingly being referred to as the CSS) ahead of the crewed Shenzhou-14 next month (NET June 5). Tianzhou automated resupply spacecraft are built on a core module design derived from the Tiangong station itself. At 4.2 m in diameter and 18 m long, they can deliver up to 6.8 tons of cargo to the station and are also used to refuel the station’s electric propulsion system. Shenzhou-14’s crew will prepare the station for its second and third modules: Wentian and Mengtian. These modules are on-orbit labs hosting Chinese and international experiments—over 1,000(!) have already been approved. More at https://bit.ly/3PkTQbx [ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information

+ Weird News in Space: Not to be outdone by Oxford University’s analysis of a planet made out of blueberries (cf. Issue 158), University of Sussex researchers have published a detailed paper answering the critical related question: could a planetoid consisting entirely of cows support a methane atmosphere? Yes, but at 1019 incompressible cows, “the cost, necessary rearing area, and required nutrition are impossible to meet at the current time.”  Astrobites followed up with a critical analysis of this paper and other recent cow-culations. Links may be found in the news bite at bottom of page: https://bit.ly/3PkTQbx [ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information]

Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

* Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
* Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate.
* Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
* Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional membership information.

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor,

Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ
kd4iz at arrl dot org

ANS-128 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for May 8

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-128

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor [at] amsat.org.

You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see: https://mailman.amsat.org/postorius/lists/ans.amsat.org/

In this edition:

  • Kick-Off Hamvention with Dinner at Tickets
  • AMSAT Forum Scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022
  • IARU Coordinates Amateur Radio Payload for Chinese Space Station
  • Amateur Radio and AMSAT-UK Featured at EMFcamp 2022
  • Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for May 5, 2022
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-128 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

DATE 2022 May 08

Kick-Off Hamvention with Dinner at Tickets

The annual AMSAT “Dinner at Tickets” party will be held at Tickets Pub & Eatery on Thursday, May 19 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT. There is no program or speaker – just good conversation. Everyone is invited regardless of whether or not they helped with setup or plan to work in the booth. Tickets has a great selection of Greek and American food and great company!  Food can be ordered from the menu; drinks (beer, wine, sodas and iced tea) are available at the bar.
Come as you are; no reservations required. Bring some friends and have a great time the night before Hamvention. Tickets Pub & Eatery is located at 7 W. Main St, Fairborn, OH 45324. (Telephone (937) 878-9022)

[ANS thanks Phil Smith, W1EME, AMSAT Hamvention Manager for the above information.]

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

The AMSAT Forum will be in Room #2 on Saturday May 21, 2022 from 12:10 PM to 1:40 PM EDT.

AMSAT Forum Hamvention

-2022 AMSAT Status Report: Robert Bankston KE4AL, AMSAT President, will highlight recent activities within AMSAT and discuss some of our challenges, accomplishments, projects, and any late breaking news.

– AMSAT Engineering Program: Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President for Engineering, will talk about the Current and upcoming satellite missions.

– AMSAT Education: Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT Vice President Education Relations will talk about the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator.

– AMSAT Development: Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, Vice President of AMSAT Development, will report on AMSAT Youth Initiative and its features.

So, arrive early, grab a seat, take in some air conditioning and catch up on the latest AMSAT happenings!

[ANS thanks Phil Smith, W1EME, AMSAT Hamvention Manager for the above information.]

IARU Coordinates Amateur Radio Payload for Chinese Space Station

The CSSARC is the Amateur Radio payload for Chinese Space Station, proposed by Chinese Radio Amateurs Club (CRAC), Aerospace System Engineering Research Institute of Shanghai (ASES) and Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). The payload will provide resources for radio amateurs worldwide to make contacts with onboard astronauts or to communicate with each other.

The first phase of the payload is capable of providing the following functions utilizing the VHF/UHF amateur radio band:
1. V/V or U/U crew voice;
2. V/U or U/V FM repeater;
3. V/V or U/U 1k2 AFSK digipeater;
4. V/V or U/U SSTV or digital image.

The following frequencies have been coordinated:
– V/V crew voice NFM 145.850, 145.985
– U/U crew voice NFM 435.050, 436.510
– V/U FM repeater NFM 145.875, 436.510
– U/V FM repeater NFM 435.075, 145.985
– V/V digipeater AFSK-FM 1200 145.825, 145.825
– U/U digipeater AFSK-FM 1200 437.550, 437.550
– V/V imaging SSTV-FM 145.850, 145.985
– U/U imaging SSTV-FM 435.050, 436.510

A launch to the Chinese Space Station is planned for the third quarter of 2022 from Wenchang.

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]

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Amateur Radio and AMSAT-UK Featured at EMFcamp 2022

The popular Electromagnetic Field event takes place June 2-5, 2022 at the East nor Castle Deer Park, Hereford shire, UK.

Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Thousands of curious people will descend on the friendly open space to learn, share, and talk about what they love. EMF camp will feature a full program of talks and workshops and there will be both an Amateur Radio Village GX1EMF and an AMSAT-UK Village GB4EMF.

Among the satellite-related talks are:
– Hacking the Radio Spectrum with GNU Radio by Dave Rowntree M0IEG
– Receiving amateur radio satellite beacons by Damian Bevan G4WPO
– Launching a Rocket, Suspended by a Balloon by Dave Johnson G4DPZ
– Inside Datatrak: resurrecting a radio navigation network by Phil Pemberton M0OFX
– 2500 nerds, one pathetic robot by Chris Stubbs M6EDF
– Astro Pi Mark II – how to send a Raspberry Pi from a factory in Wales to the International Space Station by Richard Hayler

More information is available at https://www.emfcamp.org/.

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

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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for May 5, 2022

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

AO-85 NORAD Cat ID 40967.
There is a question as to rather AO-85 has “woke up” so I will include its TLE for the time being. Remember when AO-07 woke up after a long sleep?

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

FO-98 (ORIGAMISAT-1) NORAD Cat ID 43933 (decayed form orbit on 4/30/2022 per Space-Track).
NO-103 (BRICSAT 2)   NORAD Cat ID 44355 (decayed form orbit on 4/20/2022 per Space-Track).

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the above information.]

ARISS News

Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

+ Upcoming Contacts

Scuola Secondaria di I Grado G. Leopardi, Macherio, Monza e Brianza, Lombardia, Italy, telebridge via K6DUE
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz.
The scheduled crewmember is Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF.
Contact is go for Friday May 13, 2022 at 09:07:23 UTC.

+ Completed Contacts

Istituto Comprensivo 1 Chieti, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy, direct via IZ6BMP and telebridge via IK1SLD.
The ISS callsign was IR0ISS.
The downlink frequency was 145.800 MHz.
The crewmember was Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF.
Contact was successful on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 07:49:17 UTC

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at  https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

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

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    Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
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Upcoming Satellite Operations

IJ39
Jean-Philippe, F1TMY is QRV as 3X2021 from Conakry, Guinea. He is active on Satellite QO-100 from Grid Square. His length
of stay is unknown.

Hawaii
K5ZM: May 16-26.

FN33
KC1MEB & NU1U: sometime between May 27-29.

EL84
WL7T: June 24-27.

DM42
W3IPA will be on FM passes vacation style from July 30 to August 6 . Possible gridline operation on DM41. More updates closer to that week.

QK25
ND9M/MM is on his merchant marine ship anchored just off Saipan and expects to be there for a few weeks. He will try to be QRV as ND9M/KH0 from the island itself over the next few weekends, probably Fridays in the afternoon and evening, possibly Saturday evenings as well. Check Twitter @ND9M updates.

EN 57, EN67 and EN56
N8MR:  August 6 through August 13. More info as the date gets closer.

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, and the ARRL DX Newsletter 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.

Hamvention
May 20-22, 2022
Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Center
120 Fairgrounds Road
Xenia, OH 45385
https://www.hamvention.org

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

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

Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The 2022 CubeSat Developers Workshop has come and gone but the presentations live on.  You can stream these excellent presentations at https://www.cubesatdw.org/.
[ANS thanks cubesat.org for the above information.]

+ AMSAT-SM in Sweden celebrated 40 years as an organization and group on May 7, 2022. They started in the town of Oskarshamn in 1982 and have continuously worked for information about Amateur Radio in space and trying to make the interest for ham radio satellites in Sweden getting larger. The people behind AMSAT-SM today are Hakan SM7WSJ, Inge SM4JLX and Lars SM0TGU. We hope they are active for many years to come!
[ANS thanks AMSAT-SM for the above information.]

+ In a scene from Netflix TV series Yakamoz S-245, it seems that the main software used at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey is SatPC32, Airspy, SDRSharp, MMSSTV, Orbitron and probably the AMSAT-UK Dashboard. Read the story at https://www.rtl-sdr.com/.
[ANS thanks rtl-sdr.com for the above information.]

+ Raspberry Pi and its partners at ESA Education are excited to announce that 299 teams have achieved flight status in Mission Space Lab of the 2021/22 European Astro Pi Challenge. This means that these young people’s programs are the first ever to run on the two upgraded Astro Pi units on board the International Space Station. Mission Space Lab gives teams of young people up to age 19 the opportunity to design and conduct their own scientific experiments that run on board the ISS. It’s an eight-month long activity that follows the European school year. The exciting hardware upgrades inspired a record number of young people to send us their Mission Space Lab experiment ideas. Read the full story at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-128-RaspberryPi.
[ANS thanks raspberrypi.org for the above information.]

+ What it’s like to become a NASA astronaut? More than 18,000 Americans competed in the last round of NASA’s astronaut selection. The new candidates will be announced Wednesday (June 7), and will report for basic training in August. See what it takes to be a NASA astronaut and what happens after the selection at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-128-Astronauts.
[ANS thanks space.com for the above information.]

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73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor,

Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org