ANS-019 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for January 19

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-019

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 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:

  • GOLF-TEE Reaches Major Milestone
  • ARISS Contact Opportunity Call for Proposals February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020
  • Satellite Status and Tracking APIs Added to AMSAT Website
  • Qarman Beacon Telemetry Information Released
  • China Telecoms Regulator Proposing to Delete Some Current Amateur Allocations
  • Memorial Service for Brian Kantor, WB6CYT
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • ARISS News
  • Satellite Shorts from All Over

GOLF-TEE Reaches Major Milestone

A group of GOLF-TEE (Greater Orbit Larger Footprint – Technology Evaluation Environment) satellite prototype boards transmitted telemetry for the first time on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The boards are laid out on a bench as a “flat-sat” with interconnecting wires, bench power supplies, and a dummy load on the transmitter. The interconnected boards include:

  • An early RT-IHU (Radiation Tolerant Internal Housekeeping Unit (i.e. computer) prototype,
  • A CIU (Control Interface Unit) prototype, and
  • A set of spare boards from HuskySat-1 that act as prototypes for the LIHU (Legacy IHU) and legacy VHF/UHF RF components.

Now that we have reached this point, we have RF to use as a basis for developing a GOLF-TEE decoder for FoxTelem, our ground telemetry receiver software.

Thousands of hours of work by many AMSAT volunteers have gone into the hardware and software that got us this far, with much work yet to be done before we reach flight units.

GOLF-TEE is designed as a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) testbed for technologies necessary for a successful CubeSat mission to a wide variety of orbits, including MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) and HEO (High Earth Orbit).

To help support the GOLF program, please consider volunteering or donating today.

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[ANS thanks Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, AMSAT Flight Software, and the entire GOLF team for the above information]

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ARISS Contact Opportunity Call for Proposals February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020

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 is happy to announce a proposal window which will open February 1, 2020 for contacts that would be held between January 2021 and June 2021. 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 proposal window for contacts between January 2021. and June 2021 will open on February 1, 2020 and close on March 31. 2020. Proposal information and documents can be found at www.ariss.org. Two ARISS Introductory Webinar sessions will be held on two different date and times. The first is at January 23 at 2100 ET and the second is at January 27 at 1800 ET. The same material will be covered during both sessions, so choose the session that best fits your schedule. The Eventbrite link to sign up is https://ariss-proposal-webinar-spring-2020.eventbrite.com

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.

For 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.us.education@gmail.com.

[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

Satellite Status and Tracking APIs Added to AMSAT Website

Thanks to an initiative by Heimir, W1ANT, AMSAT added Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to the AMSAT web site to make it easy for developers to write apps for mobile devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). For example, the satellite status page www.amsat.org/status does not work well on small screens. By accessing the status data directly developers can easily present the
data in a way appropriate for their screens. These APIs also make it easy for IoT homebrewers to do things like build next pass reminder gizmos so they can beep out notices in CW. We have set a goal of February 15, 2020 to finalize the APIs, and consider them operational on March 1, 2020. Developers are encouraged to send suggestions or questions to www.amsat.org/webmaster-contact/

For details of API use visit www.amsat.org/status/api/ and www.amsat.org/track/api/

[ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P for the above information.]

Qarman Beacon Telemetry Information Released

QARMAN, a nano-satellite designed and built at VKI, was launched to the International Space Station on December 5, 2019. Deployment is expected to take place in the week of February 12, 2020.

QARMAN (Qubesat for Aerothermodynamic Research and Measurements on AblatioN) is the world’s first CubeSat designed to survive atmospheric re-entry. Work on it started in 2013 at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI).

The aim of the QARMAN mission is to demonstrate the usability of a CubeSat platform as an atmospheric entry vehicle. Spacecraft descending towards a planet with an atmosphere experience very harsh environment including extreme temperatures (several thousand degrees).

Information about Qarman’s 437.350 MHz 9600 bps GMSK AX.25 beacon has now been released by the team.

Download the Qarman Beacon Definition QARMAN_BCNdef_v1.1 at https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/qarman_bcndef_v1.1.pdf

Download the Beacon Decoder spreadsheet QARMAN_BCNdecoder at https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/qarman_bcndecoder.xlsx

Reports can be sent to operations@qarman.eu

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

AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur radio package,
including two-way communication capability, to be carried on-board Gateway in
lunar orbit. Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/ 

China Telecoms Regulator Proposing to Delete Some Current Amateur Allocations

China’s telecommunications regulator has proposed amending the Measures for the Administration of Amateur Radio Stations, and some amateur bands are in danger of being eliminated. Lide Zhang, BI8CKU, told ARRL that the proposal would prohibit amateur operation on the 2200-meter band as well as on 146 – 148 MHz, 1260 – 1300 MHz, 3400 – 3500 MHz, 5650 – 5725 MHz, and all bands above 10 GHz.

Radio communications engineer and Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL that government efforts to eliminate some amateur bands are nothing new, but proposals that have been aired for a while now are on the regulatory agency’s schedule. Kung said he does not anticipate that all of the bands proposed will be taken away, but he conceded that the climate will “undoubtedly” become increasingly more dangerous for China’s amateur radio community.

“The attempt to crowd out the amateur radio bands has a long history throughout the world,” he said, “but it may never have become so urgent for the amateur radio community as it is today. We all understand that radio spectrum resources have become a bottleneck for further development.” He said today’s radio communication industry “is working hard to share spectrum resources.” Kung characterized spectrum as “the soil on which amateur radio depends.”

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information.]

Memorial Service for Brian Kantor, WB6CYT

Phil Karn, KA9Q shares the following announcement:

“As you know, Brian Kantor, WB6CYT passed away suddenly on November 21, 2019. We will hold a memorial service for Brian on Saturday, Feb 1 2020 at 1:30 PM in La Jolla, CA (part of San Diego). Please see this link for details: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-019-Kantor-Memorial”

“Please bring any photos, mementos and (above all) stories and anecdotes about Brian to share. Brian wasn’t exactly a highly formal person who stood on ceremony, so we’ll keep this informal. If you have a story to tell, it’s up to you whether you stand up and relate it to the whole group or just a few others at a time. There will be plenty of time for both.”

“Everyone who knew Brian is welcome. His friendships spanned at least three distinct social circles, and I know he’d be very happy to see everyone meet and enjoy everyone else’s company. Even if he’d be a little embarrassed that we were doing it in his honor.”

“Free snacks and refreshments will be provided, so please RSVP through the evite link so we can tell the hotel how much to make available. If you have special dietary needs, please say so; the hotel has a menu we can choose from.”

“Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested. Hope to see you on the 1st.”

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

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

  • New Orleans, LA (EL49, EL58, EM59, EM40, EM50, EM60) January 14 – February 1, 2020
    Adam, KC3OBS, will be roving EM40, EM50, EL49, EL59, January 14 – Feb 1. In between, Adam will be EL58, January 18 or 19 depending on weather, and in EM60 January 29. Adam will announce passes and updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparky_husky
  • Labrador (GO11 +) January 19-27, 2019
    Chris VE3FU, Dave VE9CB, and Frank VO1HP will be active as VO2AC in the 2020 CQ160 CW contest, January 24-26, from Point Armour Lighthouse, in Labrador. If time permits before the contest, they may be active on FM satellites from GO11 as VO2AC or VO2AAA. Depending on weather and timing of passes, you might catch them on FM satellites as they make their way from FO93 to GO-11, passing through FO92, GO02, GO13, GO12, and GO22 along the way, but no promises. They will also make the reverse trek on January 27.
  • Montserrat (FK86) January 26 – February 2, 2020
    Mel, W8MV, will be in Montserrat 26 January until 2 February, operating under the call sign VP2MCV on FM Sats. QSL via LOTW.
  • Antigua (FK97) February 2 – 9, 2020
    Mel, W8MV, will be in Antigua 2-9 February. Mel is waiting for his operating license. Will update as soon as it arrives. FM only. QSL via LOTW
  • Isla Perez, Mexico (EL52, EL50, EL51) February 11 – 17, 2020
    Members of Radio Club Puebla DX will be active as 6F3A from Isla Perez, Mexico, between February 11-17. The operators mentioned are Patricia/XE1SPM (Team Leader), Ismael/XE1AY, Rey/XE1SRD and Ricardo/XE1SY. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters, and include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16). QSL via XE1SY. Ismael, XE1AY, reports that he doing CW and the satellites, and will also TX from EL50 and XE1AY/mm from EL51.
  • Big Bend National Park (DL88) March 16-17, 2020
    Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend National Park to put grid DL88 on the air. Details will be added here, as they come available, but you are more than welcome to keep an eye on their individual Twitter feeds: https://twitter.com/ad0dx, https://twitter.com/dtabor, and https://twitter.com/W3ARDstroke5

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al@amsat.org

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP User Services for the above information]

ARISS News

Editor’s Note: See school contact opportunity story above.

Upcoming Contacts

  • Morita Junior High School, Fukui, Japan, direct via 8J9MO
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
    Contact is go for: Wed 2020-01-22 08:00:46 UTC 27 deg
  • Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada, telebridge via IK1SLD
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
    The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
    Contact is go for: Wed 2020-01-22 17:21:36 UTC 32 deg

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N for the above information.]

Satellite Shorts from All Over

ARISS-US Educators Review Processes for US Proposal Window

A team of educators who are members of the ARISS-US Education Committee is finalizing the last few processes related to the late 2019 ARISS-US Proposal Window. The team had ranked the education proposals and then sent a list to the ARISS-US leaders of the top schools and education groups recommended for hosting an ARISS contact. A news release is in draft stage. The organizations selected will be in the queue for scheduled ARISS contacts during the second half of 2020. A new ARISS-US Proposal Window will open soon and details on this will be forthcoming.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]

WIA 2020 Annual Conference Presentations

The Wireless Institute of Australia Annual Conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania May 8-10 2020 and registrations are open.

On the Saturday afternoon a wide range of presentations are organized to showcase the conference theme which is the “Antarctic Gateway”.

Following lunch there will be two presentation streams which can be categorized as the “Antarctic” stream and the “Radio” stream.

Complete information can be viewed at:
https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2020/20200111-3/index.php

[ANS thanks the Wireless Institute of Australia for the above information.]

AMSAT Argentina Celebrates LO-19 30th Anniversary

On Feb-22-1990 LUSAT/LO-19 was launched along with AO-16, DO-17, WO-18, UO-14 & UO-15. It was the first Argentina Satellite, and one of first to use PACSAT protocol. LUSAT is still calling home with its carrier at +/-437.125.

Members of AMSAT Argentina (LU7AA) celebrate the 30th anniversary of the LUSAT (LO-19) satellite between Jan. 18 and 26 on HF on SSB, FT8, CW. An award is available as well. QSL via LU7AA (d), eQSL.

Find complete information at:
http://lu4aao.org/lu7aa/cert_30_aniv_lusat_2020.htm and http://amsat.org.ar/certlusat30.htm

[ANS thanks the DARC DX Newsletter and AMSAT-LU for the above information.]

AMSAT-SA Announces A New Date For Their Space Symposium

The annual AMSAT SA Space symposium date has changed to Saturday 11 July 2020. While the call for papers is ongoing till the end of February, AMSAT SA is pleased to announce that Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, of AMSAT NA will delivery two papers at the symposium: Fox-in-a-box: Fox telemetry reception using an inexpensive Raspberry Pi and a J-pole antenna including a discussion on the optimal positioning for a J-pole antenna for satellite reception and an overview of what is in orbit currently and expected in the near future and their features. Prospective authors are invited to propose other papers by submitting a brief synopsis to admin@amsatsa.org.za before 28 February 2020.

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

Cardiff Microwave Roundtable Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Cardiff University ARS will host a meeting of the UK Microwave Group on Saturday March 7, 2020 at our campus in Cardiff. This one day event is a mix of talks, measurements, and socializing about activities in the GHz frequencies.

GNU Radio Workshop

On the following day, Sunday March 8, there will be a hands on Introduction to GNU Radio and Software Defined Radio. More info coming soon, please send an email to officers@cardiffars.org.uk
if you are interested.

[ANS thanks the UK Microwave Group for the above information.]

Lockheed Martin Launches First Smart Satellite Enabling Space Mesh Networking

Recently, Lockheed Martin launched the Pony Express 1 mission as a hosted payload on Tyvak-0129, a next-generation Tyvak 6U spacecraft. Pony Express 1, an example of rapid prototyping, was developed, built and integrated in nine months. Some of the key technologies being flight-tested include:

  • Software validates advanced adaptive mesh communications between
    satellites, shared processing capabilities, and can take advantage,
    of sensors aboard other smart satellites,
  • A software-defined radio that allows for high-bandwidth hosting of
    multiple RF applications, store-and-forward RF collection, data
    compression, digital signal processing and waveform transmission,
  • 3D-printed wideband antenna housing.

Read the full story at http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=55121

[ANS thanks Spaceref.com 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 and remember to help keep amateur radio in space,

This week’s ANS Editor,

Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw@amsat.org

ANS-012 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for January 12

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-012

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 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:

  • Virgin Orbit Plans Flight Test of LauncherOne Rocket NET February
  • AMSAT Awards Update
  • AMSAT at Cowtown Hamfest – Ft. Worth – January 17-18
  • JARL Announces FO-29 Activation Schedule
  • CAMSAT Says CAS-6 Activation for Amateur Use has been Delayed
  • Telemetry Dashboard Available for SMOG-P and ATL PocketQubes
  • MIT Radio Society W1MX January Lecture Series on “Everything Radio”
  • AMSAT-DL Announces a New QO-100 DownConverter V3d
  • AMSAT South Africa Space Symposium 2020 First Call for Papers
  • Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

If you missed the live HamTalkLive podcast featuring Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT
Executive VP on January 9 you can listen on demand anytime at hamtalklive.com;
or a podcast version on nearly all podcast sites a few minutes after the live show is
over including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Pod-
casts; and it’s also available on YouTube. A replay is also broadcast on WTWW
5085 AM on Saturday nights at approximately 6:30 pm Eastern.
Look for Episode 195 – AMSAT 50th Anniversary Recap 09 Jan

Virgin Orbit Plans Flight Test of LauncherOne Rocket NET February

Virgin Orbit, AMSAT’s launch provider for RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E, expects to have their first test launch of LauncherOne, their airborne-launched rocket, no earlier than the second half of February according to an FCC Special Temporary Authorization obtained for communications with the vehicle. The LauncherOne rocket is carried on the VO 747 Cosmic Girl aircraft.

If this first test flight is successful RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E is planned for launch on the second flight of LauncherOne during 1Q 2020 on the ELaNa XX mission.

 RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E 
Uplink145.860 MHz - 145.890 MHzLSB/CW
Downlink435.790 MHz - 435.760 MHzUSB/CW (inverting)
Telemetry435.750 MHz1K2 bps BPSK

Investigate the excitement at: https://virginorbit.com/ – and – https://twitter.com/Virgin_Orbit/status/1214605925228482560

[ANS thanks gongora at nasaspaceflight.com for the above information]

AMSAT Awards Update

Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, reported, “Now that 2019 is behind us, I thought I would catch up with the awards issued the last half of the year.”

 AMSAT Awards 2nd Half 2019 
AMSAT Satellite Communicator's Award
Daniel RahnK8EC
Bernd PetersKB7AK
Shane HaleKE5HSS
Benny ChandraYD0SPU
Martin LipertOK1UM
Helene CharbonneauVE2AQM
Spiro Andy LoisosVE1LZS
Stellios Alex LoisosVA2LZS
Souly LoisosVE2FFS
Adam WarrixKD9NRT
Steffen GrossDM3CW
AMSAT Communications Achievement Award
Jonathan ZylstraKL2DNAward #620
Robert BankstonKE4ALAward #621
Sloan DavisKN4GQBAward #622
Walter Mercado VazquezKP4TAward #623
AMSAT Sexagesimal Satellite Communications Achievement Award
Robert BankstonKE4ALAward #184
AMSAT Century Club Award
Robert BankstonKE4ALAward #54
AMSAT South Africa Satellite Communications Achievement Award
Jonathan ZylstraKL2DNAward #US222
Robert BankstonKE4ALAward #US223
Sloan DavisKN4GQBAward #US224
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award 1000-4000
Ron ParsonsW5RKN(upgrade to 4000)
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award 5000
Adrian LigginsVA3NNAAward #35
Ron ParsonsW5RKNAward #36
AMSAT Rover Award
N7EGYAward #043
CU2ZGAward #044
K9EIAward #045
KR5ZAward #046
N4DCWAward #047
KC9VGGAward #048
W3ZM/9Award #049Operator KC9VGG
W5PFGAward #050
AMSAT 50th Satellite Friends of 50
BH4IWK
F4HVO
K0FCI
KC9VGG
VE2FFS
WP4T

For information about the AMSAT 50th Anniversary awards visit https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org and click on Services then Awards.

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

AMSAT at Cowtown Hamfest – Ft. Worth – January 17-18

AMSAT will be represented at the 2020 Cowtown Hamfest in Fort Worth, TX on January 17 and 18 with a table, demos and presentations. If you live in the North Texas area, this is a great event, well attended and lots of vendors. Please put it on your calendar. Info posted at http://www.cowtownhamfest.com/

AMSAT Ambassador Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, says he has openings to staff the table, do the demos and assist with the presentations.

The Cowtown amateur Radio Club was a home for our dearly beloved and SK, Keith Pugh, W5IU. The organizers offered AMSAT a no charge table space in the market area so a big thank you to them is in order.

Tom hopes you can plan to be a part of this fine event. If you can assist in any way for AMSAT, please drop Tom an email at: N5HYP@arrl.net

Keep an eye on https://www.amsat.org/other-events/ for updates on coming AMSAT events.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Ambassador Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, for the above information]

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JARL Announces FO-29 Activation Schedule

Due to battery problems FO-29 has been largely inactive – usually activated over Japan while in range of the command station. Akira Kaneko, JA1OGZ, FO-29 Command Station has posted an activation schedule for additional access:

FO29 Transponder Active (UTC)
1/12 05:05- 17:00
1/13 04:10- 05:55
1/18 04:50- 06:35
1/19 03:55- 05:40
1/26 04:30- 06:15

2/1 06:00-
2/2 06:50-
2/8 04:50-15:00
2/9 03:55-15:50
2/11 03:50-05:35
2/23 03:20-05:05
2/24 04:10-5:55-14:20

3/1 04:00-05:40-15:55
3/2 04:45-14:55

 Fuji OSCAR 29 (FO-29) 
Uplink145.900 - 146.000 MHzLSB/CW
Downlink435.900 - 435.800 MHzUSB/CW (inverting)
Beacon435.795 MHz

[ANS thanks Akira Kaneko, JA1OGZ, FO-29 Command Station for the above information]

CAMSAT Says CAS-6 Activation for Amateur Use has been Delayed

(01/07/2020 – via ARRL) Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, tells ARRL that some problems with the precise attitude determination of the newly launched CAS-6 amateur radio satellite have delayed deployment of the antennas. The satellite was to have been put into service within 3 days.

“If the V/UHF antennas are deployed now, additional torque may affect determination of the satellite attitude,” Kung said. “Engineers need to modify and upload the software, which will take some time.” He said that taking into consideration the upcoming long Chinese New Year holiday, the test work is planned to be completed sometime in late February or early March. At that time, VHF/UHF antennas will be deployed, and the amateur radio payload will be available for use.

Kung points out that the satellite’s CW beacon has been turned on, although the antenna has not yet been deployed. “If you have a ‘big ear,’ you may be able to receive weak signal leaked from an undeployed antenna on 145.910 MHz,” he said. “A polyimide cover on the antenna chassis can help to leak some RF signal.”

CAS-6 launched successfully on December 20, piggybacked on a TIANQIN-1 technology test satellite. The microsatellite will be known as CAS-6/TIANQIN-1, and the call sign is BJ1SO. The primary launch payload was the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite, CBERS-4A.

CAS-6 is in a sun-synchronous orbit with an apogee of 390 miles. It carries a U/V linear transponder, with a downlink of 145.925, 20 kHz passband (inverted) and an uplink of 435.28 MHz. The CW telemetry beacon is on 145.910 MHz, while 4k9 baud GMSK telemetry will be transmitted on 145.890 MHz.

[ANS thanks CAMSAT and the ARRL for the above information]

Telemetry Dashboard Available for SMOG-P and ATL PocketQubes

The SMOG-P and ATL PocketQube team at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics has released additional information about their satellites recently launched by RocketLab from New Zealand.

SMOG-P digital downlink: 437.150 MHz
ATL digital downlink: 437.175 MHz
More information on both satellites is posted at: http://gnd.bme.hu

  • SMOG-P (MO-105) is a 1p PocketQube (5x5x5 cm, 250 grams), a fully redundant tiny satellite with an actual scientific payload: a flying spectrum analyzer. It measures the scattered RF energy over the UHF band (specifically, in the digital terrestrial TV band) that can be detected in space.
  • ATL-1 (MO-106) is a larger 2p PocketQube featuring the same spectrum analyzer experiment.

Both satellites transmit almost identical telemetry data. In addition to basic CW telemetry carrying callsign, battery voltage and temperature, there is digital telemetry with variable data rate and coding scheme. Most frequently, modulation is 1250 or 5000 bps GMSK. The data is encoded either by the well-known “AO-40” FEC, or a shorter, proprietary variant of it, but they can also use a more powerful, stateof-art repeat-accumulate (RA) coding scheme.

Some practical information about receiving the telemetry:

  • A GUI telemetry receiver is available for Windows and Linux (soon for OS X as well), and a command line receiver can also be used (Linux only). Both can be downloaded from: https://gnd.bme.hu:8080/index
  • The programs are able to submit the received packets to the central telemetry data base. This requires a quick registration, the login credentials can be used with either of the decoders. There are some issues with the GUI software that hopefully will be resolved within a few days. These decoders assume either a USB receiver connected through the sound card or an rtl-sdr receiver.
  • Thanks to Daniel Estevez, EA4GPZ, a high quality, full decoder and packet uploader is also available for GNU Radio 3.8 within the out-of-tree module gr-satellites. For uploading to the received packets, it uses the same login as the “official” programs do: https://github.com/daniestevez/gr-satellites/tree/maint-3.8   This decoder can unleash the full potential of the RA FEC. You’ll need to put an FM demodulator in front of the flowgraph.

The team is looking forward to seeing many submissions on the “Leaderboard” from around the world: https://gnd.bme.hu:8080/leaderboard  Having many receiving stations around the globe could greatly improve the global picture the spectrum analyzer payload can offer.

[ANS thanks the PocketQube team at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics for the above information]

MIT Radio Society W1MX January Lecture Series on “Everything Radio”

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are hosting a lecture series in January that may answer some of your questions about such topics as radar techniques, interferometry, imaging, and radio astronomy, to antenna design and modern chip-scale RF devices. No prior experience with radio is necessary, and all are welcome.

All lectures will take place in the Green Building — MIT’s tallest academic building. Sessions will be live streamed and archived for later viewing. The lectures have already kicked off on January 10
with “The Next Generation of Weather Radar.”

Other topics include

  • “Lightning Interferometry” (January 13)
  • “Radio Noises from the Sky” (January 15)
  • “EDGES: Measuring the Early Universe” (January 22)
  • “Antennas” (January 24)
  • “Chip-Scale THz Circuits and Sensors” (January 29)

Lectures begin at 5 PM ET and conclude at 7 PM. MIT has posted details at: http://w1mx.mit.edu/iap/2020/

[ANS thanks the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the above information]

AMSAT-DL Announces a New QO-100 DownConverter V3d

The first version of the AMSAT-DL down converter was built in early 2019, enabling many stations to become active on QO-100 for the first time. Since then, a lot of operating experience and new insights have been gained, which have flowed into the new board V3d.

The AMSAT-DL DownConverter V3d is a completely new development. It offers important functions for all QO-100 stations, no matter if you work with VHF/UHF, HF transceiver, or an SDR. This new board can be used as a central frequency converter assembly for your QO-100 station providing stable clocks for all components meaning that additional external GPS modules are not required.

The specification for the AMSAT-DL DownConverter V3d includes:

  • Centralized clock generation with GPS or OCXO
  • Reference clock for the PLL in the LNB
  • Reference clock for a transmit mixer
  • Reference clock for an SDR
  • Short-circuit proof LNB phantom power
  • Connection for a dual LNB (for simultaneous NB and WB reception)
  • Downward mixing of the NB transponder into an amateur band (UHF/VHF or HF)
  • OLED display for displaying the operating status and the station coordinates

The full specification and list of features is posted at: https://amsat-dl.org/der-neue-amsat-dl-qo-100-downconverter-v3d  and you can order your unit at: https://shop.amsat-dl.org/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL 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

AMSAT South Africa Space Symposium 2020 First Call for Papers

Papers are invited for presentation at the conference and publication on the web. Please send your synopsis by 28 February 2020 in a word document of no more than 300 words to: admin@amsatsa.org.za. Please tell us if you will be available to present your paper at the conference … speakers attend free.

The Symposium date is July 18, 2020 at the Premier Hotel Midrand. The theme this year is “Amateur Radio in Space – exploring VHF, UHF and Microwaves”. Watch http://www.amsatsa.org.za/ for the latest information.

[ANS thanks AMSAT SA for the above information]

AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur radio package,
including two-way communication capability, to be carried on-board Gateway in
lunar orbit. Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/ 

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

  • Sayama Mizutomi Community Center, Sayama, Japan, direct via 8J1SS
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
    Contact is go: Mon 2020-01-13 11:58:07

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, and David Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS operation team members, for the above information]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

  • January 17-19 EM17 KN6DBC AO-91 & AO-92 night passes (@KN6DBC)
  • New Orleans, LA (EL49, EL58, EM59, EM40, EM50, EM60) January 14 – February 1, 2020.
    Adam, KC3OBS, will be roving EM40, EM50, EL49, EL59, January 14th – Feb 1. In between, Adam will be EL58, January 18th or 19th depending on weather, and in EM60 January 29. Adam will announce passes and updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparky_husky
  • Lucas Gusher Special Event (EM20) January 11-12, 2020
    The Beaumont Amateur Radio Club will be operating using the callsign K5S on various HF bands including as many CAS-4A, CAS-4B, AO-91, AO-92 passes that we can. SO-50 and XW-2A also possible. More information about K5S can be found on qrz.com.
  • Labrador (GO11 +) January 19-27, 2020
    Chris VE3FU, Dave VE9CB, and Frank VO1HP will be active as VO2AC in the 2020 CQ160 CW contest, January 24-26, from Point Armour Lighthouse, in Labrador. If time permits before the contest, they may be active on FM satellites from GO11 as VO2AC or VO2AAA. Depending on weather and timing of passes, you might catch them on FM satellites as they make their way from FO93 to GO-11, passing through FO92, GO02, GO13, GO12, and GO22 along the way, but no promises. They will also make the reverse trek on January 27.
  • Brennan Price, M/N4QX, will be active from grid square IO91 *as work permits* January 20-24. QSL *exclusively* via Logbook of the World.
  • Montserrat, January 26 to February 2
    Mel, W8MV, will be working the FM satellites using the callsign VP2MCV. He will then be operating from Antigua from February 2 to February 9. Mel is still waiting for the license so it is not yet known what the callsign will be from Antigua. QSL via LoTW.
  • Isla Perez, Mexico – EL52dj February 11-17
    Members of Radio Club Puebla DX will be active as 6F3A from Isla Perez (grid EL52dj), Mexico, between February 11-17. The operators mentioned are Patricia/XE1SPM (Team Leader), Ismael/XE1AY, Rey/ XE1SRD and Ricardo/XE1SY. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/ 10/6 meters, and include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16).
    QSL via XE1SY. ADDED NOTE: Ismael, XE1AY, reports that he doing CW and the satellites, and will also TX from EL50 and XE1AY/mm from EL51. (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1446)
  • Big Bend National Park (DL88) March 16-17, 2020 
    Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend National Park to put grid DL88 on the air. Details will be added here, as they come available, but you are more than welcome to keep an eye on their individual Twitter feeds: https://twitter.com/ad0dx, https://twitter.com/dtabor, and https://twitter.com/W3ARDstroke5

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

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP User Services for the above information]

Satellite Shorts From All Over

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

ANS-363 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for December 29

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-363

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 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:

  • First Element of ARISS Next Generation Radio System Readied for Launch on SpaceX CRS-20
  • ARISS SSTV Event Planned for December 28 – January 1
  • Reminder: AMSAT CW Day on January 1
  • Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for December 26
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

First Element of ARISS Next Generation Radio System Readied for Launch on SpaceX CRS-20

IORS
IORS with TM-D710GA

During this Holiday Season, when the spirit of giving and receiving gifts reigns high, ARISS received a special gift and delivered a phenomenal gift to the international community. This occurred on Thursday December 19, 2019.

Our international gift to all—students, STEM education, the public and the amateur radio community—was the historic transfer of the first Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit, serial number 1001, to NASA Johnson Space Center for launch on SpaceX CRS-20. The special gift received by ARISS was the approval from NASA Safety to launch the IORS on SpaceX CRS-20 and stow the radio system on the International Space Station. December 19, 2019 was truly a banner day for ARISS!

The IORS is a foundational element of the ARISS next generation radio system and is an incredible engineering achievement by the ARISS hardware team. This first element delivery will support easier radio mode transitions and enable new, exciting capabilities for hams, students and the general public. The IORS will include a higher power radio, an enhanced voice repeater, updated digital packet radio (APRS) capabilities and slow scan television (SSTV) capabilities for both the US and Russian segments. The IORS consists of a special, modified JVC Kenwood TM-D710GA transceiver, an AMSAT-developed multi voltage power supply and interconnecting cables.

This first flight IORS will be installed in the ISS Columbus module. A second flight unit is expected to be launched sometime in 2020 for installation in the Russian Service module. A total of 4 flight units and 10 total units will be built by the ARISS hardware team to support on-board flight operations, training, operations planning and hardware testing. Future upgrades and enhancements to the next generation system are in various stages of design & development. These include a repaired Ham Video system (currently planned for launch in mid-to-late 2020), L-band (uplink) repeater, ground command operations capability, LimeSDR signal reception, a microwave “Ham Communicator” and Lunar Gateway prototype experiment.

While yesterday was truly an historic milestone, it should be noted that there is still much “heavy lifting” work to be done to prepare the IORS for Operations on ISS. ARISS has 92 engineering requirements and our operations Phase III safety review to complete. The space agencies take a position of “Trust but Verify.” Thus, these engineering and safety “verifications” all need to be closed out before the IORS can be unstowed and turned on. This will be the ARISS hardware team’s focus over the next few months.

Also, please remember that ARISS is almost entirely run by volunteers. So donations to the ARISS program for next generation hardware developments, operations, education and administrative functions are always welcome. Please go to https://www.ariss.org/donate.html if you want to contribute to our efforts!

In closing, ARISS would like to thank the outstanding contributions of the IORS hardware development team on an incredible radio system. ARISS would like to thank our sponsors and donors for helping us realize the IORS hardware systems. On behalf of the ARISS team, we would like to wish you all a joyful and prosperous Holiday Season — Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!!

Ad Astra! To the Stars!

73,
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chair
AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs

[ANS thanks Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT Vice President – Human Spaceflight and ARISS International Chair for the above information]

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ARISS SSTV Event Planned for December 28 – January 1

ARISS is planning an SSTV event featuring commemorative images. This event is currently scheduled to begin on December 28, 2019 at 11:00 UTC and ends at 18:20 UTC on January 1, 2020. Please make note that sometimes changes may occur in the crew work schedule that could affect our SSTV transmission dates and times, so frequently check our ARISS Facebook and Twitter accounts shown below for any updates before and throughout the event.

Transmissions will be sent at 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php and you can receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting your image. See https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ for details. Also for simplicity, we have added a new information tab for SSTV events, under the General Contacts pulldown menu at  https://www.ariss.org/ .

[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS Public Relations for the above information]

Reminder: AMSAT CW Day on January 1

You are cordially invited to take part in AMSAT CW Activity Day 2020 sponsored by AMSAT for all radio amateurs throughout the world. The 2020 event will be held in memory of Larry Brown, W7LB, and Keith Pugh, W5IU. Among their many contributions to AMSAT, they were the AMSAT 20-meter net for many years.

Participation is easy. Just operate CW through any Amateur Radio satellite on 1 January 2020. Use of straight keys or bugs is encouraged but not required. If you use AO-7, please observe the QRP rules currently in effect for that 45-year-old satellite. May it be with us for many years to come!

[ANS thanks Raphael Soifer, W2RS, AMSAT Senior Advisor 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

Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for December 26

This week’s AMSAT TLE distribution reflects the following two satellite name changes per ANS Bulletin 356.01 dated December 22, 2019:

  • SMOG-P (Cat. ID 44832) is now MO-105 (Magyar-OSCAR 105) and ATL-1 (Cat. ID 44830) is now MO-106 (Magyar-OSCAR 106).
    (Per Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator)
  • The following Amateur Radio satellite has been added to this week’s TLE distribution:
  • FloripaSat 1 – NORAD CAT ID 44830 (Taiyuan Space Center launch, 12/20/2019).
    (Thanks to Nico Janseen, PA0DLO, for satellite identification.)
  • CAS-6 was launched as a piggyback satellite on TIANQIN-1 on December 20, 2019 via a CZ-4B launch vehicle from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Still awaiting a satellite signal, thus the CAT ID has not been positively identified as yet. More later.

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

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from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds
goes towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
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Donate to AMSAT Tax-Free From Your IRA

Are you over 70-1/2 years of age and need to meet your IRA’s Required Minimum Distribution for 2019? Consider making a donation to AMSAT!

Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, individuals over 70-1/2 years of age may make direct transfers of up to $100,000 per year from a traditional IRA to an eligible charity without increasing their taxable income. Consult your tax advisor or accountant to make certain you are eligible.

AMSAT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational and scientific organization whose purpose is to design, construct, launch, and operate satellites in space and to provide the support needed to
encourage amateurs to utilize these resources. AMSAT’s federal tax ID is 52-0888529.

Upcoming Satellite Operations

Satellite Shorts:

  • Dec 27-30 EM90 N4DCW – vacation style (Twitter: @MWimages)
  • Dec 27-30 EL86 K4WPX FM
  • Dec 30 EM94 (overnight) – vacation style (Twitter: @MWimages)
  • Dec 30-Jan 01 EL87/88 K4WPX FM
  • Jan 02 EM58/68 WB9VPG Midday passes on AO-91/92

Rover Activations:

  • Wyoming (DN71,DN72,DN81,DN82) December 31, 2019
    Doug, N6UA, and RJ, WY7AA are teaming up with special guest operator Ron, AD0DX, to activate the DN71, DN72, DN81, DN82 grid corner on December 31st. Plan is to be there for the morning FM passes and stay until they get bored. FM and SSB.
  • Mississippi River Delta (EL58) January 4, 2019
    Ron AD0DX, Brian KG5GJT, and Robert KE4AL will operate as W5M/mm from the mouth of the Mississippi River (EL58) on January 4th. This will be a 6-hour activation from approximately 1430z to 2030z, on FM and linear satellites. Further information will be posted as it comes available.
  • Labrador (GO11 +) January 19-27, 2019
    Chris VE3FU, Dave VE9CB, and Frank VO1HP will be active as VO2AC in the 2020 CQ160 CW contest, January 24-26, from Point Armour Lighthouse, in Labrador. If time permits before the contest, they may be active on FM satellites from GO11 as VO2AC or VO2AAA. Depending on weather and timing of passes, you might catch them on FM satellites as they make their way from FO93 to GO-11, passing through FO92, GO02, GO13, GO12, and GO22 along the way, but no promises. They will also make the reverse trek on January 27.
  • Big Bend National Park (DL88) March 16-17, 2020
    Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend National Park to put grid DL88 on the air. Details will be added here as they come available, but you are more than welcome to keep an eye on their individual Twitter feeds: https://twitter.com/ad0dx, https://twitter.com/dtabor, and https://twitter.com/W3ARDstroke5

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

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP – User Services, for the above information]

AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur radio package,
including two-way communication capability, to be carried on-board Gateway in
lunar orbit. Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/ 

Satellite Shorts From All Over

  • www.zarya.info (@Zarya_Info) reports that on Dec 18 at ~01:00 UTC, the Meteor M2-2 meteorological satellite collided with an item of space debris and entered a tumble. This event reduced orbit SMA by 1 km and height from 813 x 815 km to 811 x 814 km. The satellite is now stabilized and communicating. Damage is being assessed.
  • Mike Thomas, KB8BMY, has made a video for those of you wanting to take the next step to Linear Ham Radio Satellites. He shows how he put his station together: My Linear Satellite Setup / KB8BMY / How to Set Up a Portable Linear Station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrQ14Cs9ia4&feature=youtu.be
  • Satellite antennas don’t need to be very high, but tower safety is always a good topic for amateurs: https://zerofalls.org/
  • Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1445 listed these two satellite activations:
  • 7X, ALGERIA. Members of the “Association des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens” (ARAT) are traveling to Algeria to conduct a joint Low Bands DXpedition with five members of the “Amateurs Radio Algeriens” (ARA) between December 28th and January 2nd (2020). The team is led by Afif/7X2RO and Ash/3V8SS/KF5EYY, and will also includes Ahmed/3V1B/KG5OUE (22 years), Marwa/3V8CB (24 years, YL), Mohamed/7X3TL (27 years), Mohamed/7X5FG, Redha/7X5QB and Abdelghani/7X2TT/M0NPT. The operators will be focusing on working as many stations as possible on 160 and 80 meters as well as the other HF bands and Satellites. Modes will be CW/SSB/FT8. QSL via 7X2RO and LoTW. There will be ClubLog Live Streaming. For more details on how to help and/or LF skeds, E-mail Ash at: ash.kf5eyy at gmail.com  Your financial support will be used to cover youngsters’ costs.
  • VO2, CANADA (Zone 2). Operators Chris/VE3FU (VO2AC), Frank/VO1HP and Dave/VE9CB (VO2AAA) will be active as VO2AC during the 2020 CQWW 160M CW Contest (January 24-26th) from the Point Amour Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada, on the south coast of the rare Labrador (LB) multiplier. Point Amour is located in the southeast part of CQ Zone 2, and has a salt water path from NE clockwise through SW. The team will be putting in a serious Multi-Op/High-Power effort as VO2AC. Expect some pre contest activity as VO2AC, VO1HP/VO2 and VO2AAA on 160m as they get their wire vertical array and beverage working; they will especially be looking for JA/Asia on CW and FT8. If time permits, they may also be active before the contest on 80m, 60m, 40m and the FM satellites (AO-85, AO-91 and AO-92) from Grid GO11.

 

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 and remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week’s ANS Editor,
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org

SMOG-P and ATL-1 Designated Magyar-OSCAR 105 (MO-105) and Magyar-OSCAR 106 (MO-106)

On December 6, 2019, the Technical University of Budapest SMOG-P and ATL-1 PocketQubes were launched on an Electron launch vehicle from the Mahia Launch Complex in New Zealand. SMOG-P and ATL-1 were developed as part of the university curriculum and operated in cooperation with the HA5MRC Technical University amateur radio club. The satellites carry spectrum monitoring payloads and are currently active.

At the request of the Technical University of Budapest, AMSAT hereby designates SMOG-P as Magyar-OSCAR 105 (MO-105), and ATL-1 as Magyar-OSCAR 106 (MO-106). We congratulate the owners and operators, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and wish them a long mission and continued success on this and future projects.

73,
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator

SMOG-P
MO-105 (SMOG-P)
ATL-1
MO-106 (ATL-1)