[amsat-bb] ANS-281 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Oct 6 18:45:05 PDT 2012


ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North
America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* Register Today for the 2012 AMSAT Space Symposium in Orlando
* 2012 AMSAT Symposium Schedule
* Five CubeSats Deployed From ISS Now on-Orbit - Signals Received
* AO-27 Reported Down
* PACIFICON 2012 Will Feature ARISS Contact and Satellite Demo Station
* ARISS Successful School Contacts
* US Naval Academy PSAT Features PSK-31 and APRS Transponders
* Cuba Satellite Group Launches Satellite Net in Havana
* FUNcube Dongle Filtered Preamp Available at AMSAT-UK On-line Store
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 281.01
October 7, 2012
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Register Today for the 2012 AMSAT Space Symposium in Orlando

This is a reminder that the 2012 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held 
on Friday, October 26th through Sunday, October 28th at the Holiday 
Inn Hotel at Orlando-International Airport.

See the AMSAT Web Store to complete your on-line registration:

Symposium Registration including Proceedings
   o Starting September 24, 2012: $ 50.00
   o At the Door:                 $ 55.00

Downloadable paper registration forms in MS-Word format and
PDF format are available on the 2012 Symposium page:

The Symposium Schedule web page has been updated with links to find
more information about the planned activities. See:

[ANS thanks the 2012 Symposium Committee for the above information]


2012 AMSAT Symposium Schedule

To help you plan your trip to Orlando the 2012 Symposium Committee
has posted a high-level schedule of the weekend's events.

Preliminary 2012 Symposium Schedule

Thursday 25 October 2012
AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting  8am - 9pm

Friday 26 October 2012
AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting  8am - Noon
Trips to SkyCraft  9am - Noon
AMSAT Symposium  1pm - 5pm

Saturday 27 October 2012
Symposium  8am - 3pm
AMSAT General Meeting 3:30pm
AMSAT Banquet  6:30pm - 10pm
 + The featured speaker for the AMSAT 2012 Saturday Evening Banquet 
   will be Dr. Samuel T. Durrance, NASA Astronaut/Payload Specialist 
   and Professor of Physics and Space Sciences at the Florida Insti-
   tute of Technology.

Sunday 28 October 2012
7:30am AMSAT Area Coordinator's Breakfast
Local trip of Interest  TBD

Monday 29 October 2012
Special trip to Kennedy Space Center  8am-6pm
The trip will include a round trip bus from the hotel and entrance
to the Space Center. The cost will be about $100. This is a wonderful
experience for those that haven't been and for those that have been
multiple times. We need to get an idea  of how many will participate
to select the correct bus. Contact Martha if interested

Watch the AMSAT Symposium Web Pages for the latest information:

[ANS thanks the 2012 Symposium Committee for the above information]


Five CubeSats Deployed From ISS Now on-Orbit - Signals Received

Five cubesats launched on July 21 and loaded aboard the ISS were  
integrated with the J-SSOD small satellite deployer on the the 
Japanese Experiment Module, also known as Kibo. They were deployed 
with the Kibo robotic arm on October 4, 2012. The orbit for these 
CubeSats will be very close to the orbit of the ISS.

NanoRack posted a photo of the deployment at: pic.twitter.com/wZAX5qZL
(Click on the image to view the full-sized photograph)
SpaceRef posted an article and several more photographs on-line at:

+ First Deployment by Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide 
  o WE-WISH - Telemetry downlink on 437.505 MHz
  o RAIKO - non-amateur radio Ku-band beacon

+ Second Deployment by JAXA GS  
  o TechEdSat - Telemetry downlink on 437.465 MHz.
  o NanoRack/F-1 - 
    > 145.980 MHz: main channel, 1.0W RF output, FM, AFSK 1200bps, 
    > one telemetry packet every 30 seconds, operates in the dark 
    > by default (but can be commanded later to operate in sunlight)
    > 437.485 MHz: backup channel, 0.2W RF output, FM, PWM CW beacon,
    > each beacon transmission lasts about 20 seconds then 60 seconds 
    > delay, only operates in sunlight

  o FITSAT-1 
    > CW Beacon 437.250 MHz,
    > FM Data   437.445 MHz,
    > High speed data 5840.00 MHz

FITSAT-1 Heard With Strong Signals
Signal reports from PY5LF, OH3UW, DK3WN, VU3TYG, G6LVB (using a FUN-
cube Dongle Pro+ and 7" wire antenna), GW1FKY, F5YG, JE9PEL, JN1GKZ,
ST2NH, and others via the amsat-bb list.

FITSAT-1 transmits its beacon frequency 437.250 MHz. This is the 
same frequency as the PRISM satellite of Tokyo Univ. FITSAT CW will 
transmit, "HI DE NIWAKA JAPAN" with its telemetry data. To receive
a FITSAT-1 QSL card please send your signal report and your postal 
address to: fitsat1 at hotmail.co.jp and also cc to tanaka at fit.ac.jp. 
A photo of the QSL card is shown at:
This web page will also be updated with information about the status
of the LED experiment.

HB9FFH has made a telemetry decoder for FITSAT-1, available at:

FITSAT students have also developed a similar program for windows:

TechEdSat Heard With Weak Signals
Signal reports received from PY5LF, DK3WN, and JE9PEL indicate that 
TechEdSat was received with weak signals on its 437.465 MHz downlink. 
Mark Allard, KD6CWM, President of the NASA-Ames Research Center Ama-
teur Radio Club reports their OSCAR/ARISS satellite station, NA6MF, 
will be supporting TechEdSat as one of the monitoring stations for 
the TechEdSat Amateur Radio beacon. 

TechEdSat transmits a custom beacon packet. Details can be found at: 
http://www.techedsat.com/. Packets acquired from TechEdSat can also 
be submitted to the website for decoding by the TechEdSat team. Use
the 'Packet Submission' link found at the top of the web page.

WE WISH SSTV Picture Received
PY4ZBZ and JE1CVL received the SSTV picture on 437.505 MHz.
JE9PEL provided a translation of the image that is a sentence of
"JQ1ZIJ MEISEI ARC 2012". A photo of the received picture is at:

A photo of the SSTV picture received by PY4ZBZ is posted at:

Viet Nam F-1 Not Heard
Viet Nam's F-1 satellite was scheduled to begin telemetry transmis-
sions 30 minutes after deployment by sending a beacon alternating on 
its main and backup channels. At press time no signal reports have
been received from this satellite.

More information and guide to download F-1 telemetry decoder can be 
found at http://fspace.edu.vn/?page_id=27. Decoded data can be sub-
mitted via the telemetry decoder or by sending directly to the ground
station: thuvt at fpt.edu.vn. Audio recordings are highly appreciated.

[ANS thanks the CubeSat Teams; Vu Trong Thu, XV9AA; Mark Allard, 
 KD6CWM; and Takushi Tanaka, JA6AVG for the above information]


AO-27 Reported Down

AO-27 user reports this week reported that the satellite was not 
operational. The end-of-transmit cycle AFSK packet telemetry beacon
was reported to become stuck on a single tone. No downlink signal
was received from AO-27 on later passes. 

The latest AO-27 news is posted on its webpage:

In summary, as of October 6 control operators had recovered AO-27 to 
running on the primary Bootloader and were able to turn on the trans-
mitter for a short time. They continue working on uploading the soft-

Mode V/U (J) FM Voice Repeater Frequencies
Uplink: 	145.8500 MHz FM
Downlink 	436.7950 MHz FM

[ANS thanks James, N3UCC and Michael, N3UC for the above information]


PACIFICON 2012 Will Feature ARISS Contact and Satellite Demo Station

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact 
has been planned with youth participants at PACIFICON 2012, Santa 
Clara, CA on 13 October. The event is scheduled to begin at approxi-
mately 18:57 UTC or 11:57 PDT. The contact will be a telebridge be-
tween NA1SS (the ISS) and IK1SLD (in Italy). The contact should be 
audible over Europe and the Mediterranean. Interested parties are 
invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is 
expected to be conducted in English.

PACIFICON 2012, a premiere wireless event, will be held October 12, 
13, and 14, 2012 and will host the 2012 American Radio Relay League 
(ARRL) National Convention and Exposition. 

Over 2,500 amateur radio enthusiasts are expected to attend. The 
2012 PACIFICON Youth program includes a "Youth Lounge" and forums 
throughout the convention weekend; the Youth program is positioned 
in the middle of the exhibit hall and provides STEM educational act-
ivities which include hands on radio operation, electronics kit 
building orbital mathematics, CubeSat satellite design, and popular 
radio transmitter T-Hunts. 

A scheduled ARISS radio contact and a presentation by NASA astronaut, 
Dr. Lee M. Morin KF5DDB, will highlight the Youth Lounge activities. 
Free admission is provided to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire 
Girls, Brownie, Cub Scouts, Explorer Scouts, 4-H members, and to all 
youth 17 and under. The Youth Forum will include young Amateur radio 
enthusiasts Andrea Hartlege KG4IUM, former ARRL South Eastern Division 
Vice Director and Katie Stensrud K7KTI, a young Amateur from Nevada, 
and many amateur radio educational resources from the ARRL & AMSAT. 

PACIFICON 2012 will include numerous amateur radio operations includ-
ing the convention FCC Special Event Station W6P; the ARRL's W1AW/6; 
additional stations will be operated remotely from the convention site 
as well as one portable satellite earth station and one fully automat-
ed satellite earth demonstration station. PACIFICON 2012 will offer 
over 120 educational forums and programs, including a forum hosted 
by AMSAT on Amateur Satellite Communications, approximately sixteen 
indoor on-the-air exhibits, and eight outdoor on-the-air exhibits 
will be hosted.

For more information, please review the PACIFICON 2012 web site at:
http://www.pacificon.org/ or, contact Joe Spier, Associate Director 
for Education, AMSAT-NA, at k6wao at amsat.org

[ANS thanks Joe Spier, K6WAO and Mark Hammond, N8MH for the above


ARISS Successful School Contacts

Izmir SEV Primary School, located in Turkey, had an Amateur Radio 
on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on October 5 via 
telebridge station K6DUE in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The school participates in the Partner School Science Program, which 
is a program under Global Friendship Through Space Education, a Cali-
fornia-based non-profit organization that promotes friendship among 
young people from different countries and cultures through the study 
of space-related science and technology. Students communicate about 
space-related projects via e-mail, collaborate on research on NASA's 
distance-learning Web site, and videoconference between NASA and part-
ner schools. First Lego League Robotic Teams and Destination Imagina-
tion Teams have been a part of school activities annually since 2005. 
Invitations to attend this event have been extended to several VIPs 
including the minister of transportation, the president of the board 
of education, the director of education, the mayor of Izmir and the 
governor of Izmir.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact 
was held between students at the Waxter Young Women's Academy in 
Laurel, Maryland and Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI aboard the ISS on Sept-
ember 24. Telebridge station LU8YY in Argentina handled the radio 
connection. The girls were able to have all 13 of their questions 
answered with enough time left to thank Hoshide for participating. 
Phone lines throughout the center were made available so that other 
students could listen in as well. The ARISS contact was part of a 
comprehensive education plan used to interest students in Science, 
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Nova Scotia
On September 26, Sacred Heart School of Halifax in Nova Scotia, 
Canada participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space 
Station (ARISS) contact with on-orbit astronaut Sunita Williams, 
KD5PLB. Telebridge station LU8YY in Argentina connected with Will-
iams, but the international phone line, which was to connect Argen-
tina to Halifax, went down and could not be brought up until after 
the ISS had passed overhead. Williams agreed to try the contact again
on the next pass. Ninety minutes later, the audience of 250 got what 
they had been waiting for - a successful contact! The students got 
in 17 questions, and one student was wished a Happy Birthday by the 
ISS commander.

Video of LaFayette Middle School ISS contact
When Jody Carter was 8 years old, his father tried unsuccessfully 
to contact the space shuttle via ham radio. Thirty years later, 
the second time was the charm. The Times Free Press reports that 
just after 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, Carter, who's now a math and 
science teacher at LaFayette Middle School, radioed Sunita "Suni" 
Williams KD5PLB, commander of the International Space Station. Read 
the full story and watch the video at: 

[ANS thanks Carol Jackson, KB3LKI for the above information]


US Naval Academy PSAT Features PSK-31 and APRS Transponders

The US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is developing a new
student satellite, ParkinsonSAT, or PSAT which is a two way APRS 
communications transponder for relaying remote telemetry, sensor 
and user data from remote environmental experiments or other data 
sources back to experimenters via a global network of internet link-
ed volunteer ground stations. The data transponder also includes all
telemetry, command and control for a complete cubesat.

PSAT is a 1.5 unit cubesat so that two PSATs can be launched from
the same P-Pod launcher. The design uses four deployable solar ar-
rays which are stowed down the sides. Half of the 1.5 unit PSAT is 
available for auxiliary payloads or experiments. Details of the 
PSAT project are available on-line at: http://www.aprs.org/psat.html

PSAT will fly a PSK-31 transponder with a 10 meter uplink and a 2M
FM downlink. PSK-31 will allow up to 30 simultaneous users:

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR noted, "PSK-31 is the ideal AMSAT FM trans-
ponder for a cubesat. With an FM downlink, anyone can receive it
with an HT and a laptop with PSK-31 software.  And anyone with a
10m PSK-31 uplink can transmit to it. And since the downlink is FM,
everyone tuned in SEES THE SAME WATERFALL and sees EXACTLY where 
they are in the downlink. A small uplink doppler adjustment can keep 
each station locked to his chosen channel in the passband. Everyone 
can talk to everyone if they want, or go one-on-one too."

The SSB uplink and UHF FM downlink transponder fits on a smaller than
3"x3" circuit board being developed by Mirek Kasal at Brno University.
Launch of PSAT is planned in 2015. The 3"x3" transponder may also be
adaptable for other missions.

[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR for the above information]


Cuba Satellite Group Launches Satellite Net in Havana

Raydel Abreu Espinet, CM2ESP reported this week that the Cuban Satel-
lite Group named Grupo de Radioaficionados para Operaciones Sateli-
tales (GROS) has started a VHF FM Net devoted entirely to the Amateur 
Radio Satellites on 145.550 MHz. CM2ESP is the Net Control Station.
The net will be on the air every Friday from 19:00 to 20:00 local 
time in Havana.

The net is in range for the Havana Province (capital of Cuba), with 
coverage also to the surrounding provinces of Mayabeque and Artemisa. 
The net is divided in three sections: News; A Technical Topic; and 
Question and Answer Session.

The Cuban Satellite Group named Grupo de Radioaficionados para Opera-
ciones Satelitales (GROS) will continue promoting and creating new 
activities to increase the presence of Cuban Amateur Radio Stations 
on the satellites and the activation of new grids. Several demonstra-
tions and workshops are currently being scheduled.

[ANS thanks GROS Coordinator Raydel Abreu Espinet, CM2ESP for the 
 above information]


FUNcube Dongle Filtered Preamp Available at AMSAT-UK On-line Store

David Bowman, G0MRF, a member of the AMSAT-UK FUNcube team, has des-
igned and manufactured a 2m Filtered Preamp for use with the FUNcube 
dongle or any 2m receiver. This is now available for purchase through 
the AMSAT-UK web shop.

Two versions of the preamp are available. The first is a kit form in-
cluding all the components required to build the preamp yourself. The 
second is a prebuilt version. The stock on the prebuilt version is 
very limited. Both kit and prebuilt versions are on sale for £47 plus 
postage and packing.

More information is available on the AMSAT-UK web site. Look under 
the "Projects" section at http://www.uk.amsat.org to read the cons-
truction notes as well as the measurement report carried out on the

The AMSAT-UK web shop is at http://shop.amsat.org.uk  and the premps 
appear under the "Hardware" category in the catalogue.

A video demonstration of the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ LF/MF/HF/VHF/UHF 
Software Defined Radio is posted at: http://www.amsat-uk.org/

[ANS thanks Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD of AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO says a 
  correction needs to be made to the AMSAT Field Day Results he 
  sent last week:                    

  Rank  Call   Class   Score
  ----  ----   -----   -----
   7    WC9C    4E      15  should be corrected to:
   7    WC5C    4F      15 
  An article, photos, and the results will be published in an up-
  coming edition of the AMSAT Journal.

+ The traditional e-mail format of the AMSAT News Service Bulletins
  is being expanded so that news of Amateur Radio in Space is more
  accessible on mobile devices:
  AMSAT News Service Archives: http://amsat.org/pipermail/ans/
  AMSAT-NA on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/7828379515/
  ANS Bulletins will be posted at: http://www.hamradiotoday.com/
  (HamRadioToday is an excellent forum of amateur radio topics.)
  ANS Bulletins will be posted at: http://www.qrz.com/
  The bulletins will continue to be sent via the ANS List and the
  AMSAT-BB in e-mail format.

+ Watch a video by the Minute Physics folks explaining why the sky 
  is dark at night:

+ Astronomy Now and Spaceflight Now have created an interactive 
  iPad guide to the Curiosity rover mission: 
  http://tinyurl.com/8peyrz8 (itunes.apple.com)

+ Canadian Special Event Station will be signing CG3X until October 28 
  to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Canadian satellite 
  "Alouette". QSL via VE3JPP. (DX Newsletter DXNL 1800 - Oct 3, 2012)
+ Hams like science so get a peek at the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, 
  a photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space 
  Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the 
  original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. That's right, a 10 year time ex-
  posure: http://tinyurl.com/Hubble-XDF (SpaceDaily.com) Also see
  the article at: http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=38692

+ Cool, new postage stamps for your QSL activities featuring Ameri-
  ca's diverse landscapes on photos taken from ultra lights to sat-
  ellites are on the Earthscapes stamps. Details of the stamp plus
  where to find first-day issues can be found in the article at:

+ Doug, VK3UM reports updates have been made for his EME Calculation
  software. New versions are available from Doug's website at
  http://www.vk3um.com for:
  o EMECalc Ver 8.07 (28th Sep 12)
  o EME Planner Ver 1.71. (21st Sep 12)
  o EMR Calculator Ver 7.03 (22nd Sep 12)

+ Flex Radio has posted a guide to using SATPC32 with the Flex 5000 
  VU5K transverter. Along with the SATPC32-specific details, there 
  is information of use to satellite operators in general. See: 
  (via Alan, WA4SCA)

+ The Houston AMSAT Net meets every Wednesday at 0100z (this is Tues-
  day evening in North America) on Echolink - Conference *AMSAT* . 
  The MP3 audio is also streamed http://www.amsatnet.com. After the
  net a Podcast is available at:
  http://www.amsatnet.com/podcast.xml or iTunes

+ The next Hudson Valley Satcom net dates are Thursday, October 11
  and October 25 at 8 PM EDT (UTC-4 UTC) on the 146.97 MHz MBARC 
  Repeater (PL 100). An echolink connection is available on the 
  N2EYH-L node. More information at: http://www.hvsatcom.org. 
  (Stu, WA2BSS)

+ The 2012 Great World Wide Star Count is a citizen science project
  running between October 5 to October 19. You are invited to make
  night star observations from your QTH and report your results on-
  line. To learn more of this project and to participate see:

[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 addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT 

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 stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status. 
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership 
information. And with that, please keep in mind that the light from
the sun, arriving now is 30,000 years old. The energy in the sunlight 
we see today started out in the core of the Sun 30,000 years ago. It 
spent most of this time passing through the dense atoms that make the 
core and just 8 minutes to reach us once it had left the Sun.

This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org

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