ANS-001 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

In this edition:

* W2RS Memorial AMSAT CW Activity Day to be Held January 1st
* HAARP was used to ping Asteroid 2010 XC15
* Space junk bill passes Senate unanimously
* TJREVERB was deployed from the ISS on December 29, 2022
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for Jan 1, 2023
* OSCAR number assigned for CAS-10
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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/

ANS-001 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

DATE 2023 Jan 01 – Wishing All a Happy and Prosperous New Year

W2RS Memorial AMSAT CW Activity Day to be Held January 1st

In March 2022, the AMSAT community lost one of our pioneers when Ray Soifer, W2RS, became a silent key. In addition to his numerous contributions to AMSAT and the worldwide amateur satellite community, Ray was also the long time organizer of AMSAT’s CW Activity Day – previously AMSAT Straight Key Night – held in conjunction with the ARRL’s event on New Year’s Day. In recognition of Ray’s long time service to AMSAT and his keen interest in CW operating via satellite, AMSAT is pleased to announce that AMSAT’s CW Activity Day will now be known as the W2RS Memorial AMSAT CW Activity Day in Ray’s honor.

The rules are simple – operate CW through any amateur satellite between 0000 UTC and 2359 UTC on January 1, 2023. Straight keys and bugs are encouraged, but not required. Logs are not required, but operators are encouraged to submit a report of their activity to the AMSAT-BB. Photos and video clips of activity are also encouraged – post them on Twitter and tag @AMSAT.

Remember to use the minimum power required for communication as constant carrier modes, including CW, can disrupt transponder operation for other users.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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Last Day for 2022 AMSAT President’s Club Membership

When They’re Gone…They’re Gone!
Join the 2022 AMSAT President’s Club today and help
Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/

(2022 membership closes 1/3/2022)
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HAARP was used to ping Asteroid 2010 XC15

Researchers at the HAARP array in Alaska attempted the lowest-frequency asteroid radar experiment ever. On Tuesday, Dec. 27th, they pinged a passing space rock with shortwave radio waves at 9.6 MHz. This could allow them to see *inside* the asteroid.

A number of amateur radio operators around the world were able to copy the signal. The signal appeared in a sequence of frequency sweep pings centered aroun the the 9.6MHz frequency in a “Ping” Wait 2 seconds. “Ping” Wait 2 seconds “Ping” pattern.

That’s what most ham radio operators heard last Tuesday when they received HAARP’s radar transmission to asteroid 2010 XC15. Scott Tilley of Roberts Creek, British Columbia, provided a recording of what he saw. It may be viewed at: https://bit.ly/3C2YshF along with a vidoe that includes sound.

The pulse was lopsided with a fast rise and a slow decay,” notes Tilley. “I believe this is due to multipath propagation from HAARP in Alaska to my receiver in British Columbia.”

Everyone who picked up the pulse did so because Earth’s ionosphere reflected some of HAARP’s radio energy back to Earth. Only a fraction escaped into space and reached the asteroid. Tilley’s high-time-resolution recording of the pulse shows that multiple reflections (probably with a dash of ducting and refraction) were involved.

The complexity of the ionosphere, and how it modifies shortwave signals, is a key challenge for researchers who will be processing radar returns from asteroid 2010 XC15. Good luck to the radar team as we await their results!

[ANS thanks spaceweather.com for the above information]


Space junk bill passes Senate unanimously

U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper applauded Senate passage of his Orbital Sustainability (ORBITS) Act, a bipartisan bill to establish a first-of-its-kind demonstration program to reduce the amount of space junk in orbit. The bill passed the Senate unanimously.

“From satellite communications to rockets carrying humans into deep space, space debris is a massive threat to space operations,” said Hickenlooper, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Space and Science. “I’m over the moon that our ORBITS Act passed and we can start cleaning up this space junk.”

Space junk, or orbital debris, currently threatens human space exploration, scientific research missions, and emerging commercial space services. There are approximately 8,000 metric tons of debris currently in orbit, including at least 900,000 individual pieces of debris that are potentially lethal to satellites. Because of the magnitude of the current debris, simply preventing more debris in the future is not enough. The ORBITS Act will jumpstart a program focused on research, development, and the demonstration of technologies capable of safely carrying out successful Active Debris Remediation (ADR) missions to create a new market for these services.

Additional information may be found at https://bit.ly/3WwsCCa

[ANS thanks spacedaily.com 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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TJREVERB was deployed from the ISS on December 29, 2022

TJREVERB, an APRS digipeater 2U cubesat on 145.825 MHz, built by students at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology was deployed on December 29, 2022 by NanoRacks from the International Space Station. TJREVERB was launched on November 22 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida as part of the SpaceX-26 Commercial Resupply Service Mission en route to the International Space Station. The launch is the culmination of seven years of hard work for TJ Space. Led by Robotics lab director Kristen Kucko, many students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology have had a hand in this historic launch.

A statement and description of the mission by Michael Roth and Kristen Kucko of Thomas Jefferson High School states: “TJ REVERB is significant because the CubeSat was designed, built, coded and integrated entirely by high school students,” said Kucko. “The students did not use a satellite kit, nor did they have an industry or university partnership to assist them. Building satellites is not an easy task. According to Col. Nick Hague, Astronaut, (some)countries have not been able to build CubeSats. The students in TJ Space should be proud of their accomplishments.” Additional information about the project may be found at: https://tjhsst.fcps.edu/features/launch-tjreverb-culmination-seven-year-project-tj-space

Kirsten Kucko, the teacher sponsoring the TJ Space team wrote, “TJ Space received crowdsourced reports that there is an APRS unit digipeating within the vicinity of the ISS. The spacecraft has the orbital characteristics of one of the satellites launched during the NRCSD 24 mission. ” Since TJREVEB is the only CubeSat using APRS in that vicinity, TJREVERB could very well be that spacecraft. It is TJ Space’s assertion that something went critically wrong with TJREVERB’s implementation of the Iridium radio and Iridium did not receive power to turn on. The APRS radio powered on as the backup radio and started digipeating. TJ Space continues to search for confirmation that this spacecraft is indeed TJREVERB.

Any help from the community would be greatly appreciated.

[ANS thanks Michael Roth and Kristen Kucko or Thomas Jefferson High School and JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM, 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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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for Jan 1, 2023

Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps in the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical model of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly updates are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. TLE bulletin files are updated Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if new high interest satellites are launched. More information may be found at https://www.amsat.org/keplerian-elements-resources/

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

MYSat 1 NORAD Cat ID 44045 (Decayed from orbit 12/16/2022 per SpaceTrack).

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


OSCAR number assigned for CAS-10

On November 12, 2022, the XW-4 (CAS-10) satellite was launched to the Chinese Space Station aboard the Tianzhou-5 spacecraft, by the Long March-7 Y6 launch vehicle from the Wenchang Launch Center in Hainan, China. On December 18, the XW-4 (CAS-10) satellite was separated from the station. The Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) built and operates the satellite, in cooperation with a Chinese government space contractor and Macau University of Science and Technology, to serve radio amateurs around the world and educate students in space and radio communication science and technology. This satellite is also known as Macao Student Science Popularization Satellite No. 1, and is the first satellite from the Macao Special Administrative Region. The satellite carries a V/u linear transponder, and CW and GMSK telemetry beacons for amateur radio use.

At the request of CAMSAT and the XW-4 (CAS-10) team, AMSAT hereby designates the satellite as Hope-OSCAR 119 (HO-119). We congratulate all the involved teams, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on this and future projects.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator 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.

No School Contacts are currently scheduled.

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

Chris VE3FU / VO2AC / VO1FUA / VE2FUA: The weekend of January 27-29 @Dave_VE3KG and Chris, VE3FU will be competing in the CQ160 CW Contest as VO2AC from the Point Amour Lighthouse in Labrador (Zone 2). They will also be on the other HF bands starting January 24 as VO2AC and VO2AAA. They also plan on operating the linear and FM satellites from grid GO11 as VO2AC and VO2AAA from January 24-27.

[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.

MSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford K6ALCS has a few satellite presentations scheduled:
-Greenville, North Carolina (1/10/23)
-Ontario, Canada (1/16/23)
-Thames Valley, England (5/11/23)

Ham Radio University will be held 1/7/2023. Registration is now open for this virtual event at https://hamradiouniversity.org/. Peter Portanova, W2JV will be hosting a Satellite Forum on the History of Amateur Satellites.

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ SpaceX launches first mission for Starlink Gen2 constellation using a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Wednesday with 54 more Starlink internet satellites, a mission to begin populating a new orbital shell authorized by federal regulators earlier this month for the company’s Starlink Gen2 network. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on SpaceX’s Starlink 5-1 mission occurred at 4:34 a.m. EST (0934 GMT) Wednesday, about six minutes earlier than previously announced. The mission was SpaceX’s 60th launch of the year, with one more Falcon 9 flight set to blast off later this week from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, with an Israeli Earth-imaging satellite. he 54 satellites launching Wednesday were the first spacecraft deployed into a new segment of the Starlink constellation. The Falcon 9 rocket released the 54 satellites at an orbital altitude and inclination set aside for use by SpaceX’s second-generation Starlink network, which the company eventually intends to launch on the new Starship mega-rocket. More at https://bit.ly/3IcrO0P. [ANS thanks spaceflightnow.com for the above information]

+ An Israeli reconnaissance satellite was carried into orbit during the final SpaceX launch of the year. The EROS-3 Earth-imaging satellite was launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 11:38 p.m. Thursday. The first stage detached successfully and landed on a SpaceX pad eight minutes after launch. The rocket was launched in retrograde, against the direction of the Earth’s rotation, and carried the EROS-3 into low Earth orbit. More information is available at: https://bit.ly/3G8FXJI [ANS thanks Patrick Hilsman, UPI and Spacedaily.com 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.
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* 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 [at] frawg dot org

W2RS Memorial AMSAT CW Activity Day to be Held January 1st

In March 2022, the AMSAT community lost one of our pioneers when Ray Soifer, W2RS, became a silent key. In addition to his numerous contributions to AMSAT and the worldwide amateur satellite community, Ray was also the long time organizer of AMSAT’s CW Activity Day – previously AMSAT Straight Key Night – held in conjunction with the ARRL’s event on New Year’s Day. In recognition of Ray’s long time service to AMSAT and his keen interest in CW operating via satellite, AMSAT is pleased to announce that AMSAT’s CW Activity Day will now be known as the W2RS Memorial AMSAT CW Activity Day in Ray’s honor.

The rules are simple – operate CW through any amateur satellite between 0000 UTC and 2359 UTC on January 1, 2023. Straight keys and bugs are encouraged, but not required. Logs are not required, but operators are encouraged to submit a report of their activity to the AMSAT-BB. Photos and video clips of activity are also encouraged – post them on Twitter and tag @AMSAT.

Remember to use the minimum power required for communication as constant carrier modes, including CW, can disrupt transponder operation for other users.

Ray Soifer, W2RS

ANS-352 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for Dec. 18

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:

  • CAMSAT XW-4 (CAS-10) Scheduled for Deployment Today
  • CAS-5A Designated Fengtai-OSCAR 118 (FO-118)
  • Administration Drafting Executive Order To Simplify Space Rules
  • Top Ten Most Needed of the 488 Gridmaster Grids, November 2022
  • Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for December 18
  • Spacewalk From ISS With Two Cosmonauts Cancelled
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-352 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 Dec 18

CAMSAT XW-4 (CAS-10) Scheduled for Deployment Today

The CAMSAT XW-4 (CAS-10) satellite was launched into the Chinese Space Station on November 12, 2022 aboard China’s Tianzhou-5 cargo spacecraft, and was launched by the Long March-7 Y6 launch vehicle from the Wenchang Launch Center in Hainan, China. It is currently planned that the XW-4 (CAS-10) satellite will be separated from the Chinese space station and enter operational orbit at 01:30 UTC on December 18, 2022.

The functions of XW-4 (CAS-10) satellite include UHF CW telemetry beacon, GMSK telemetry data transmission, V/U mode linear transponder, a visible light band space camera.

After the satellite completes the in-orbit test and works normally, the space camera photo download will be open to amateur radio enthusiasts all over the world. When the relevant remote control command is received by the satellite, the GMSK telemetry channel will be used to downlink the photo storage information and photo data, and the telemetry data will stop sending at that time.

XW-4(CAS-10) satellite adopts a 8U CubeSat structure with a mass of about 12kg, an on-orbit envelope size of 1007x790x475mm with four solar array panels and a three-axis stabilized attitude control system is used, long-term power consumption is about 18.3 Watts.

XW-4 Technical specifications are as follows:

  • CW telemetry beacon:
    • Frequency: 435.575MHz
    • RF power: 20dBm
    • CW rate: 22wpm
  • GMSK telemetry:
    • Frequency: 435.725MHz
    • RF power: 23dBm
    • Data rate: 4800bps
  • V/U mode linear transponder:
    • Uplink frequency: 145.870MHz
    • Downlink frequency: 435.180MHz
    • RF power: 20dBm
    • Bandwidth: 30kHz
    • Spectrum inverted
  • Photo download remote control:
    • Coming soon…

Preliminary Keplerian elements, as supplied by CAMSAT are as follows:
XW-4 (CAS-10)
1 48274U 21035A 22349.57666509 .00020514 00000+0 25201-3 0 9994
2 48274 41.4739 194.5783 0004074 111.0935 347.0781 15.59787538 93120

[ANS thanks Alan Kung, BA1DU, CAMSAT CEO, for the above information]

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Time is running out to get your 2022 AMSAT President’s Club coin!
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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CAS-5A Designated Fengtai-OSCAR 118 (FO-118)

On December 9, 2022, the CAS-5A satellite was launched on a Smart Dragon-3 Y1 launch vehicle from the Chinese sea launch platform in the Yellow Sea. The Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT), working closely with local education authorities, designed, built, tested, and manages the CAS-5A satellite. Thirty-one students from ten high schools learned satellite design, manufacturing, and applications through educational courses initiated by CAMSAT and the Fengtai educational institution. The satellite carries V/u and H/u linear transponders, a V/u FM repeater, and CW and GMSK telemetry beacons for amateur radio use.

At the request of CAMSAT and the CAS-5A team, AMSAT hereby designates the satellite as Fengtai-OSCAR 118 (FO-118). We congratulate all the involved teams, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on this and future projects.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, OSCAR Number Administrator, 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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Administration Drafting Executive Order To Simplify Space Rules

WASHINGTON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is drafting an executive order intended to streamline approval for private rocket launches amid a broader effort to bring legal and regulatory clarity for American companies on everything from space travel to private space stations, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the effort.

The order would be part of a push by the White House’s National Space Council to modernize U.S. space regulation, which has failed to keep up with the increasingly ambitious pace of private-sector investment and development.

The order, slated to be ready for Biden to sign by early 2023, is meant to simplify licensing procedures under existing laws for more routine space activities like launching rockets and deploying satellites

[ANS thanks Reuters for the above information]


Top Ten Most Needed of the 488 Gridmaster Grids, November 2022

As of November, stations actively seeking the Gridmaster award who have reported their progress to KE0PBR — owner of the Gridmaster Heat Map account on Twitter, and AMSAT rover page manager — have indicated that the following are the most needed grids at this time:

1. CM79
2. DN35
3. DN08
4. CM89
5. DN27
6. DN24
7. DN26
8. DL79
9. DM86
10. DM76

Satellite operations or roves in any of these grids would be VERY popular!

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover 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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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for December 18

Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps in the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical model of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly updates are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. TLE bulletin files are updated Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if new high interest satellites are launched. More information may be found at https://www.amsat.org/keplerian-elements-resources/

On December 9, 2022, CAMSAT’s CAS-5A satellite was launched on a Smart Dragon-3 Y1 launch vehicle from the Chinese sea launch platform in the Yellow Sea. See AMSAT News Service Bulletin ANS-345 (Dated December 11, 2022) for transponder data.

Then, at the request of CAMSAT and the CAS-5A team, AMSAT has designated the satellite as Fengtai-OSCAR 118 (FO-118) on December 15, 2022. See Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA and OSCAR Number Administrator’s bulletin (above)) for details.

Originally FO-118 was thought to be NORAD Cat ID 54682, but more recent TLE have revealed that CAS 5A is actually object 54684 (2022-167C). Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, for the update on the correct NORAD Cat ID for FO-118 (formally CAS-5A).

Therefore, the following satellite has been added to this week’s AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:
FO-118 NORAD Cat ID 54684.

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


Spacewalk From ISS With Two Cosmonauts Cancelled

The Roscosmos Mission Control team in Moscow postponed Wednesday evening’s planned spacewalk with two cosmonauts to evaluate the situation and data from the Soyuz spacecraft. None of the crew members aboard the International Space Station were in danger, and all conducted normal operations throughout the day.

Roscosmos is closely monitoring Soyuz spacecraft temperatures, which remain within acceptable limits. NASA and Roscosmos continue to coordinate external imagery and inspection plans to aid in evaluating the external leak location. Plans for an additional inspection of the Soyuz exterior using the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm are underway.

The leak was first detected around 7:45 p.m. EST Dec. 14 (0045z on Dec. 15) when data from multiple pressure sensors in the cooling loop showed low readings. At that time, cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin were preparing to conduct a spacewalk. The cosmonauts did not exit the space station, and no crew members were exposed to the leaking coolant.

The Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft carried NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin into space after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 21.

[NOTE: All amateur radio equipment aboard the ISS is switched off during docking maneuvers and EVAs (spacewalks)]

[ANS thanks NASA 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.

RECENTLY COMPLETED:
Maitland Air Cadet Association, Goderich, ON, Canada, direct via VA3SQN. The ISS callsign was NA1SS. The crewmember was Josh Cassada, KI5CRH. Contact was successful: Fri 2022-12-16 17:25:07 UTC 32 degrees elevation. Congratulations to the Maitland Air Cadet Association students and Josh!

TO BE RESCHEDULED:
ESPRIT: Private Higher School of Engineering and Technology, Little Ariana, Tunisia, telebridge via ON4ISS. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be TBD. The scheduled crewmember is Josh Cassada, KI5CRH. Due to an EVA, the contact has been cancelled for: Wed 2022-12-21 08:45:59 UTC 84 degrees. The contact will need to be rescheduled.

The crossband repeater continues to be active. If any crewmember is so inclined, all they have to do is pick up the microphone, raise the volume up, and talk on the crossband repeater. So give a listen, you just never know!

The 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

KG4AKV: I’ll be activating grid FM15 on Dec 17th or 18th. Carlos W7QL needs it for his last 2-3 grids for the Gridmaster Award. Specific passes will be posted later.

KB3IAI: Will be roving in EM23 (near Paris, TX) from Dec 21 to Dec 27th. Passes will be added to hams.at, & Twitter. Linear and FM as availability with family permits.

AD7DB: AD7DB going to DM22 in Yuma AZ, Dec 17-18. Maybe DM32 and DM23. Various FM sats. He will try to post announcements on Twitter ahead of them.

[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.

AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford K6LCS has a few satellite presentations scheduled …
-Greenville, North Carolina (1/10/23)
-Ontario, Canada (1/16/23)
-Thames Valley, England (5/11/23)

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 welcome. Visit http://www.work-sat.com for more information.

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ An FO-118 (CAS-5A) User’s Manual, containing technical details and telemetry specifications, is now available at https://bit.ly/3HXEzwn (ANS thanks Alan Kung, BA1DU, for the above information).

+ Pages 60-62 of the January 2023 issue of QST magazine carries a story about RamSat, a cubesat constructed by students at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee that was launched by NASA in 2021. Page 66 of the same issue describes an ARISS contact with Canterbury School in fort Myers, Florida that took place in October of 2022. (ANS thanks ARRL for the above information)

+ The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation has been issued a $336.64 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September 30, 2022. (ANS thanks Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, AMSAT VP-Development, for the above information)

+ FalconSat-3 is being made available for use for 24 hour periods most weekends. The satellite is decaying, and near re-entry. So use it while you can! (ANS thanks Mark L. Hammond, N8MH, AMSAT Director and Command Station, 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, Mark Johns, K0JM
k0jm at amsat dot org

ANS-345 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for Dec. 11

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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.

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In this edition:

  • CAMSAT’s CAS-5A Satellite Launched, Transponders Active
  • AMSAT-DL Erminaz Mission Announced
  • VUCC Satellite Standings December 2022
  • Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for December 8, 2022
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-345 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 Dec 11

CAMSAT’s CAS-5A Satellite Launched, Transponders Active

CAMSAT’s CAS-5A satellite was launched at 06:35 UTC on December 9, 2022 into a 554 km x 543 km orbit with an inclination of 97.5 degrees. The satellite was launched on the inaugural flight of the Smart Dragon-3 Y1 launch vehicle. This vehicle launches from a sea launch platform in the Yellow Sea.

CAS-5A carries two linear transponders and an FM transponder, which are all continuously active assuming the power budget permits. The frequencies are:

V/u Linear Transponder: Uplink 145.805 MHz – 145.835 MHz, Downlink 435.525 MHz – 435.555 MHz (Inverting)
V/u FM Transponder: Uplink 145.925 MHz, Downlink 435.600 MHz
H/u Linear Transponder: Uplink 21.4275 MHz – 21.4425 MHz, Downlink 435.4975 MHz – 435.5125 MHz (Non-Inverting)
CW Beacon: 435.570 MHz (22 wpm)
Telemetry: 435.650 MHz (4800 bps GMSK)

QSOs have been reported via all three of the transponders as of this writing. Reports indicate that the downlink is strong and the transponders are sensitive.

Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, reports that Doppler measurements show CAS-5A to be object 54682 (2022-167A). However, he cautions that not all objects from the launch have been cataloged yet, so this identification is subject to change.

Doppler.sqf entries for SatPC32 courtesy of Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA:

CAS-5A,435540.0,145820.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,VUTransponder
CAS-5A,435600.0,145925.0,FM,FM,REV,0,0,VURepeater
CAS-5A,435505.0,21435.0,USB,USB,NOR,0,0,HUTransponder
CAS-5A,435570.0,145790.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,CW Beacon
CAS-5A,435650.0,145820.0,FM,LSB,REV,0,0,4k8 GMSK

TLEs from Space-Track:

CAS-5A
1 54682U 22167A 22343.39869083 -.00000063 00000-0 00000+0 0 9992
2 54682 97.5461 118.4205 0013131 254.7121 186.9755 15.08519392 16

[ANS thanks Alan Kung, BA1DU, and Michael Chen, BD5RV, CAMSAT, Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, Peter Goodhall, 2M0SQL, and various amateur satellite operators in Europe 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-DL Erminaz Mission Announced

Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced the winners of their microlauncher payload competition at an event in Berlin on December 6th. Among the missions selected was a multi-satellite mission from AMSAT-DL and international partners.

The mission proposed is a syndicated, multi-PocketQube mission (1x 2P + 2x 1.5P + 3x 1P, total of 6 PQs), involving several EU countries, the amateur radio community, AMSAT-DL, AMSAT-EA (Spain), ESERO-Deutschland (Bochum Observatory), Libre Space Foundation (Greece) and other EU non-profit organizations or institutions. They work to create open-source space technologies for educational purposes and to promote, advance and develop knowledge for space. Using PocketQube technology will allow them to maximize the mission impact, involving several institutions, universities, and teams.

[ANS thanks Rocket Factory Augsburg for the above information]

VUCC Satellite Standings December 2022

VUCC Satellite Award/Endorsement Change Summary
November 01, 2022 to December 01, 2022.

CALLNOVDEC
K8YSE21642200
WI7P859882
AA8CH835855
WD9EWK(DM43)710715
W8LR623643
EA2AA611626
ND0C561605
K5TA575600
KQ4DO555579
NM3B553566
N6UTC503525
XE1MYO451525
HB9AOFNew500
KJ7DZNew500
VE4MM459476
KB1HY395427
N8URE(FM19)375389
KE0WPA355383
K3HPA250258
PA7RA160224
EA3TANew200
WD9EWK(DM23)185192
WD9EWK(DM31)177187
PU5DDC100151
F5VMJNew110
DL1BMNew100
EA1GGXNew100
IK3ITBNew100

Congratulations to the new VUCC holders.

EA1GGX is first VUCC Satellite holder from IN52
EA3TA is first VUCC Satellite holder from JN11
F5VMJ is first VUCC Satellite holder from JN18
IK3ITB is first VUCC Satellite holder from JN55

[ANS thanks Jon Goering, N7AZ, for the above information]

Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for December 8, 2022

Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps in the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical model of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly updates are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. TLE bulletin files are updated Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if new high interest satellites are launched. More information may be found at https://www.amsat.org/keplerian-elements-resources/

The following satellites have been added to this week’s AMSAT TLE distribution:

Tevel-1 NORAD Cat ID 51013.
Tevel-2 NORAD Cat ID 51069.
Tevel-3 NORAD Cat ID 50988.
Tevel-4 NORAD Cat ID 51063.
Tevel-5 NORAD Cat ID 50998.
Tevel-6 NORAD Cat ID 50999.
Tevel-7 NORAD Cat ID 51062.
Tevel-8 NORAD Cat ID 50989.
(Thanks to N2YO for providing the NORAD Cat Id for the Tevel series of satellites.)

The Israeli team operating these satellites is going to keep at least one of these eight satellites active all the time, so we will need TLE available for all eight of them. Tevel-3 was activated briefly last weekend.

Thanks to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the “heads up” on the status of the Tevel series of satellites.

Note: The object named Tevel (NORAD Cat ID 50999) in past TLE data was simply a place marker for the Tevel series until the identity of this series of satellites was sorted out. Tevel-6 is the new name for the object NORAD Cat ID 50999.

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

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ARISS News

Scheduled ARISS Contacts

Stella Maris College, Gzira, Malta, direct via 9H1MRL

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Koichi Wakata KI5TMN
Contact has been postponed by the ISS planners due to unforeseen circumstances and will need to be rescheduled. (***)
Watch for Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk-Onkbr6PY

School TBD, Republic of Mordovia, 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 Prokopyev
Contact is go for Sat 2022-12-10 11:10 UTC

Maitland Air Cadet Association, Goderich, ON, Canada, direct via VA3SQN

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Josh Cassada KI5CRH
Contact is go for: Fri 2022-12-16 17:25:07 UTC 32 deg

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).

* Powered OFF for RS EVA on December 15. OFF Dec 14 about 19:00 UTC. ON Dec 15 about 13:15 UTC.
* Powered OFF for US EVA on December 19. OFF Dec 18 about 19:20 UTC. ON Dec 20 about 10:15 UTC.
* Powered OFF for RS EVA on December 21. OFF Dec 21 about 09:05 UTC. ON Dec 22 about 08:00 UTC.
* Capable of supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

Service Module radios:
IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Configured. Default mode is for packet operations (145.825 MHz up & down).

* Powered OFF for RS EVA on December 15. OFF Dec 13 about 19:00 UTC. ON Dec 16 about 08:15 UTC
* Powered OFF for US EVA on December 19. OFF Dec 18 about 19:20 UTC.
Powered OFF for RS EVA on December 21. ON Dec 22 about 08:00 UTC.
* 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

N5UC is heading to Hawaii!
BL11 potential schedule:
RS-44 Dec 10 2155z Dec 11 2215z Dec 12 0201z, 2237z Dec 13 0227z
IO-117 Dec 10 ~1030z, 1425z Dec 11 1232z Dec 12 1030z, 1503z

KG4AKV: I’ll be activating grid FM15 on Dec 17th or 18th. Carlos W7QL needs it for his last 2-3 grids for GM. Specific passes will be posted later.

[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.

AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford K6LCS has a few satellite presentations scheduled …

-The PAPA System in Southern California
-Greenville, North Carolina
-Ontario, Canada
-Thames Valley, England

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 ncluded are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS. And pre-presentation questions are welcome. Contact K6LCS for more information.

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

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from our Zazzle store!
25% of the purchase price of each product goes
towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ FO-99’s operation schedule for December is available at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p=2052

+ Tevel-3’s FM transponder was activated for 24 hours on December 4th. The Tevel Mission consists of 8 identical CubeSats, all containing an FM transponder with an uplink of 145.970 MHz and a downlink 436.400 MHz. Stay tuned for further updates.

+ AMSAT has been in contact with the ARRL regarding the addition of IO-117 and TEVEL1-TEVEL8 to LoTW. These satellites should be added soon. AMSAT will also request the addition of CAS-5A after the expected request and issuance of an OSCAR number to the satellite.

+ IO-117 has entered a period of full sunlight through February. (ANS thanks Doug Papay, K8DP, for the information)

+ As of December 8th, the IO-117 Digipeater Club now stands at 348 ham radio operators who have been successful in digipeating a message. These stations represent 222 unique grid squares and at least 56 DXCCs. (ANS thanks Doug Papay, K8DP, for the 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,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org