[amsat-bb] ANS-157 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao at vfr.net
Sun Jun 5 06:11:28 UTC 2016

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

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.

In this edition:

* 2016 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Notice
* French Schools to Talk to ISS
* A Dozen Schools/Organizations Move Closer to Hosting a
   Ham Radio Contact with the ISS Crew
* Amateur Satellite Launch from India
* ÑUSAT-1 SSB/CW Transponder Satellite Launched
* ZF2AE from Grand Cayman via Satellite
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-157 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 157.01
DATE June 5, 2016
BID: $ANS-157.01


2016 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Notice

It's time to submit nominations for the upcoming AMSAT-NA Board of
Directors election. Three director's terms expire this year: Tom
Clark, K3IO, JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM, and Lou McFadin, W5DID. In
addition, up to two Alternates may be elected for one year terms.

A valid nomination requires either one Member Society or five current
individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member for
Director. Written nominations, consisting of the nominee's name and
call, and the nominating individual's names, calls and individual
signatures should be mailed to: AMSAT-NA, 10605 Concord St, #304
Kensington, MD 20895-2526.

In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which
is the preferred method, the intent to nominate someone may be made by
electronic means. These include e-mail, Fax, or electronic image of a
petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to MARTHA at AMSAT.ORG
or Faxed to (301)822-4371.

No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than June
15th at the AMSAT-NA office. If the nomination is a traditional
written nomination, no other action is required. If it is other than
this, i.e. electronic, a verifying traditional written petition MUST
be received at the AMSAT-NA office at the above address within 7 days
following the close of nominations on June 15th.


[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA Secretary, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the
above information]


French Schools to Talk to ISS

ARISS-F and AMSAT-F have announced the 13 French schools that have been
selected for amateur radio contacts with ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet,

He is planned to launch to the International Space Station in November
2016. The 13 French schools selected represents 66% of planned ARISS
contacts for Europe.

AMSAT-F article in Google English

ARISS-F list of selected schools

Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG on Twitter

[ANS thanks ARISS-F and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


A Dozen Schools/Organizations Move Closer to Hosting a Ham Radio Contact
with the ISS Crew

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program has
announced that 12 schools or organizations that submitted proposals to host
an Amateur Radio contact with a member of the ISS crew have moved into the
next stage of the selection process. Contacts would take place during the
first half of 2017. The 12 semifinalists, in eight states, must now 
an acceptable equipment plan that demonstrates their ability to execute the
ham radio contact. Once the ARISS technical team approves the equipment 
the selected schools/organizations will be scheduled, matching their
availability and flexibility with the scheduling opportunities that NASA
can offer.

The schools and organizations are:

     Blair Pointe Upper Elementary School, Peru, Indiana
     Brook Haven School, Sebastopol, California
     Greater Niagara Frontier Council BSA, Buffalo, New York
     McBride High School, Long Beach, California
     Palmetto Scholars Academy, North Charleston, South Carolina
     Rainbow Middle School, Rainbow City, Alabama
     SCaN/Glenn Research Center, Brook Park, Ohio
     Space Center Houston, Houston, Texas
     St Joseph School, Ronkonkoma, New York
     Student Space Technology Association, Knoxville, Tennessee
     Virginia Reinhardt Elementary School, Rockwall, Texas
     Warwick Valley Central School District, Warwick, New York

The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities and raise their 
of space exploration, space communications and related areas of study and
career possibilities.

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


Amateur Satellite Launch from India

Mineo Wakita JE9PEL reports on the Indian ISRO PSLV-C34 amateur radio
satellite launch planned for June 10, 2016 at 0355 UT into a 500 km
98 degree inclination orbit.

Main Payload, Cartosat-2C, Earth Observing
PSLV-XL(C-34), Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

Satellite        Uplink    Downlink  Beacon    Mode
------------       -------       --------        ------- ---------------
BEESAT-4         .        435.950  435.950  4800bps GMSK,CW
BIROS               .        437.525        .         4800bps GMSK
LAPAN-A3        .              .               .         Non-Amateur
Max Valier       .        145.860  145.960  CW
Sathyabamasat .      145.980       .          2400bps BPSK
Swayam COEP   .      437.025  437.025  1200bps BPSK,CW
Venta-1             .             .          437.325  CW
------------  -------  --------  -------  ---------------


Among the satellites being launched is Swayam-1 developed by students at 
College of Engineering Pune (COEP). It will provide a text messaging
facility using the COEPSAT protocol.

UPDATE: Yono YD0NXX reports the Indonesian built LAPAN-A3
does not have an amateur radio payload.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


ÑUSAT-1 SSB/CW Transponder Satellite Launched

ÑUSAT-1, carrying an amateur radio 435/145 MHz linear transponder and a
436 MHz telemetry beacon, was launched May 30, 2016 at 0317 UT on a CZ-4B
rocket from Taiyuan. With ÑUSAT-1 on the launch was its sister satellite
ÑUSAT-2 which has a 437 MHz beacon.

UPDATE May 30, 2016 at 1300 UT: ÑUSAT-1 and ÑUSAT-1 launched and deployed
successfully, signals reported from both telemetry beacons. Satellogic 
“All Systems: Nominal”.

AMSAT-LU reports both satellites are sending strong TLM on 436.445/437.445
at 9K6/19K2 GFSK. During first few days they are being stabilized, after 
the U/V linear transponder will be activated on ÑUSAT-1. A notice will be
given on the AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB).

As we quoted when the announcement of the launching of this experiment, 
Argentina has been working for several years to keep alive the dream of many
Argentine amateurs to get back into Space with their own satellite as a 
on of the legendary 1990’s LUSAT-1, reaping the benefits of Technological
advancement of our days.

We believe technical activities and developments of experiments in near 
share the same goals: preserving the human group, enhancing their 
as well as disseminate and guiding the education and development of the
activity, meanwhile contributing to Space available resources.

Our agreement with Satellogic Enterprises, which already launched three low
orbit satellites: Captain Beto, Manolito y Tita, two of which transmit
telemetry and data currently in UHF identifying themselves with callsign 
allowed us to ride a linear analog amateur radio transponder and 
antenna aboard one of their next satellite, ÑUSAT-1

AMSAT-LU provides simultaneously, support for this mission and the ÑUSAT-2
mission, by operating one of the control stations at Tortuguitas, Prov. Of

The experiment Amsat-LU developed, evolved from original design of our
colleague and partner William, PE1RAH, while electronic adaptation, 
and software was made by the LU Satellite Experiment group, mounted on a 
10 x
10 centimeters radiating plate, in which components of the power supply 
as well
as a duplexer and dual band antenna where also incorporated.

This set was installed on the Ñusat-1 bus, which supplies power and becomes
part of several other experiments this satellite will make.

The transponder receives UHF which is broadcasted in VHF, has a bandwidth of
30 kHz. with an output power of 250 mW.

435.935 ~ 435.965 are LSB/CW uplink passband
145.965 ~ 145.935 are USB/CW downlink passband
145.900 Basic CW Telemetry

The launch will be from a Chinese launcher in a polar orbit at 500 km. 
with inclination of 97 degrees from Equator.


[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-Argentia for the above information]


ZF2AE from Grand Cayman via Satellite

Cayman Islands (EK99) - Adrian, AA5UK will be QRV as ZF2AE from Grand
Cayman, IOTA NA-016 from June 27, 2016 - July 2, 2016.  Activity is holiday
style on 40 to 6 meters mostly RTTY/PSK, including satellite activity from
grid EK99HI41RB. He will also be active in the DL DX RTTY contest in the
Single Operator, Multiband, Single Radio category. QSL to home call, bureau,
LOTW preferred. For pass updates, see @AA5UK on Twitter


[ANS thanks JoAnne, K9JKM for the above information]


AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

*Friday and Saturday, 10-11 June 2016 – Ham-Com 2016 in Irving TX

*Saturday, 11 June 2016 – Prescott Hamfest in Prescott AZ

*Wednesday, 6 July 2016 – Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society meeting
in Chehalis WA

*Saturday, 13 August 2016 – KL7KC Hamfest in Fairbanks AK

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]



Sucessful Contacts

* Venta School,  Carp, ON, Canada, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact was successful: Mon 2016-05-30  19:01:25 UTC 32 deg

A telebridge contact via IK1SLD with students at Venta School,Carp,
Ontario, Canada was successful  2016-05-30 19:01:25 UTC 32 deg. Astronaut
Jeff Williams answered 12 questions for an audience of 150 students and

Venta Preparatory School is a small co-ed day and boarding school from
Junior Kindergarten to Grade 10, located just outside of Ottawa in Carp,
Ontario. We foster and continually enhance an environment where each
student can grow and achieve their highest potential.

Upcoming Contacts

* Bouze Island Elementary and Junior High School, Homeji,  Japan,
direct via 8N3B
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact is a go for: Sat  2016-06-04 08:31:09 UTC 74 deg

Bouze Island is one of the Ieshima small Islands which are located in the
Seto Inland sea of Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. There are about 1400 people
on the island and are part of the marine products industry. They live with
simplicity and are friendly.  But the students of this Island have not had
a chance for scientific experience as part of their school education
because of their remote location. There are 140 persons in the elementary
school and 100 persons in the junior high school.

* Glenmore State High School,  Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia,
telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN
Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-06-06 08:39:31 UTC 31 deg

for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Dave, AA4KN, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

N5AFV Reaches 57,000 Satellite Contacts

George, WA5KBH reports on the AMSAT-BB that on the FO29 west pass on
May 29 I had the privilege of being Allen's (N5AFV) 57,000th contact!
Well done, My Good friend!!!
And Hector (W5CBF) was his 57,001th!

[ANS thanks George, WA5KBH 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

This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org

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