[amsat-bb] ANS-171 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao at vfr.net
Sun Jun 19 04:11:56 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 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced
* May/June 2016 Issue of The AMSAT Journal Sent To Press
* Amateur Radio Geostationary Satellite Phase 4B Information
* ISRO PSLV-C34 will Launch 20 Satellites from Space Centre at Andhra 
   June 22
* Data Modes on Ham Radio Satellites
* LibreCube Initiative Invites Comments on CubeSat PC Board Standardization
* Special Calls From Brazil on the Satellites
* Special Event Station K1D to Operate Satellites on Field Day 2016
* ARISS Delivers the Excitement of Space Exploration to UK Students
* NASA Astronaut Scott Tingle Earns Amateur Radio License, KG5NZA
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-171 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 171.01
DATE June 19, 2016
BID: $ANS-171.01


2016 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced

The 2016 candidates, in alphabetical order by last names are:

Tom Clark, K3IO
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

This year AMSAT-NA will be electing three voting members of the Board
of Directors. These will go to the three candidates receiving the
highest number of votes. In addition, there will be two alternates
chosen, based on the next highest number of votes received.

Ballots will be mailed to the AMSAT-NA membership by July 15, 2016 and
must be received at the AMSAT office by September 15, 2016 in order to
be counted. Those sent outside North America will go by air mail. If
you have not received your ballot package in a reasonable time for
your location, please contact the AMSAT office. Completed ballots
should be returned as promptly as possible, and those from outside
North America preferably by air mail.

Election of Board members is both an obligation as well as an
opportunity by our membership to help shape the future direction of
AMSAT. Please take the time to review the candidate statements that
will accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the
Board. You have the option to vote for up to three candidates.

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


May/June 2016 Issue of The AMSAT Journal Sent To Press

The May/June 2016 issue of The AMSAT Journal has gone to press and
should be arriving in member's mailboxes soon.

In this issue:
*Dateline Dayton - Notes from Hamvention 2016 - Joe Kornowski, KB6IGK
and Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF
*Tom Clark, K3IO, Receives ARRL President's Award
*GNU Radio Companion Protoype for a Dual Analog/Digtal Transponder
System for the AMSAT GEO Mission - Dr. William C. Headley, KM4KAL, Dr.
Robert McGwier, N4HY, and Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO
*Orbital Debrief - Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
*Member Footprints - John Smith, KI4RO
*An Arduino Controlled GPS Corrected VFO - Gene Marcus, W3PM/GM4YRE
*On the Grids - Melvin C. Vye, W8MV
*AMSAT Activites at Greater Houston Hamfest 2016 - Allen F. Mattis,
N5AVF and Andy MacAllister, W5ACM
*GOTA Station Demos Satellites to Over 400 Students - Richard Siff, WA4BUE

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


Amateur Radio Geostationary Satellite Phase 4B Information

At website hosted by the Hume Center for National Security and Technology
at Virginia Tech lists the relevant information available for the Phase 4B
HEO Satellite. The beginning parts of the brochure state:

Hands  on,  Minds  on;  RF  and  Security Research at Virginia Tech:
•  On-orbit learning laboratory to develop new capabilities in satellite
    communications and amateur radio
•  Digital protocols to enable push-to-talk, WiFi, streaming video, etc.
•  Onboard  processing  -  geolocation,  co-channel, machine learning
•  App development and real time experimentation
•  Beam steering and coordinated collection
•  User authentication and prioritization
•  Open cryptography

AMSAT Phase4B Project Program Specifications:
•  SDR-based 5 & 10 GHz amateur satellite payload being designed to take
    advantage of a geosynchronous launch opportunity
•  Rideshare opportunity on the US Air Force Remote Sensing Program Office
    Wide Field of View (WFOV) geosynchronous satellite being designed by
    Millennium Space Systems
•  Software-defined  radio (SDR) payload from Rincon Research Corporation

Dr. McGwier has promised upcoming articles for the AMSAT Journal and QST.

see the full description at:

[ANS thanks Bob McGwier, N4HY, and the Hume Center for National Security
and Technology at Virginia Tech, for the above information]


ISRO PSLV-C34 will Launch 20 Satellites from Space Centre at Andhra Pradesh
June 22

The Indian Space Agency has announced that it would be launching twenty
satellites from its Sriharikota barrier Island base off the southeast coast
on June 22.

According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Indian 
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift off from Sriharikota in
Andhra Pradesh with 20 satellites at 9.25 am that day. While the rocket’s
main cargo will be India’s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth
observation, the other 19 satellites weighing around 560 kg are from 
Germany, Indonesia and the United States as well as one satellite each from
Sathyabama University, Chennai, and the College of Engineering, Pune, said
the Indiatoday.in report.

The satellites will be launched from the second launch pad with a total
payload of 1,288 kg. The whole mission will take approximately 26 
minutes for
its completion. The images sent by the Cartosat satellite will be useful 
cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and other
applications. The Cartosat series of satellites was originated in India and
is a part of Indian Remote Sensing Program.

According to Indiatoday.in, the Swayam satellite weighing 1kg from Pune 
provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community.
HAM Radio, or Amateur Radio, is a popular service that brings people,
electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across
town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or
mobile phones.

The 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University will collect data on
greenhouse gases.

Satellite      Uplink    Downlink  Beacon    Mode
------------  -------  --------  -------  ---------------
BEESAT-4         .      435.950  435.950  4800bps GMSK,CW
BIROS            .      437.525     .     4800bps GMSK
LAPAN-A3      435.880   145.880  145.825  FM,APRS
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
------------  -------  --------  -------  ---------------



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


Data Modes on Ham Radio Satellites

Tony Bombardiere, K2MO has released a video showing operation of PSK31,
PSK63, and Hellshreiber on the amateur radio satellites.

He demonstrates WinPSK and IZ8BLY’s Hellschreiber which both have satellite
capabilities. Essentially, the applications make it easy for the operator
to monitor digital signals on the satellites downlink while simultaneously
transmitting on the satellites uplink; it’s accomplished by utilizing the
sound cards full-duplex operation.


[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and Tony Bombardiere, K2MO, for the above information]


LibreCube Initiative Invites Comments on CubeSat PC Board Standardization

On June 16 Cubesat.org announced on their cubesat at cubesat.org e-mail list
that the LibreCube Initiative, a community-driven initiative to provide
open source solutions for space and earth exploration, is seeking input
to formalize the mechanical specification of the stacked PC/104 circuit
boards utilized in most CubeSat designs.

The LibreSat project invites inline comments into the draft document:

You may also discuss about it in the forum:

When finalized, this specification shall become binding for future LibreCube
open source CubeSat projects, but may be useful to other members of the
CubeSat community as well.

More information about the LibreCube project can be found on their web page:

The e-mail contact provided on the announcement is:
Email: artur.scholz at librecube.net

[ANS thanks CubeSat.org and LibreCube.net for the above information]


Special Calls From Brazil on the Satellites

The Brazilian Amateur Radio Satellite Community of ARSATC, is celebrating
its first "birthday" on the air with the calls ZV8SAT, ZX9SAT, ZV1SAT, and
ZV2SAT until the end of the month. They will be QRV on the Satellites; QSL
for all calls via PT9BM and LoTW. More information is on-line at:

[ANS thanks the DXNL 1993 - June 15, 2016 DX Newsletter for the above


Special Event Station K1D to Operate Satellites on Field Day 2016

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC
Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2016 is June 25-26.

In an effort to encourage more kids and their families to get involved in
the hobby, the kids at Ham Radio (dot) World are working to put an all-kids
Special Event ARRL Field Day station on the air in 2016. This station will
have the special event call sign of K1D and it will be set-up, operated, and
put away by kids who are ham radio operators.  Kids of all ages and their
parents (both licensed hams and non-hams alike) are encouraged to come out
and participate in this exciting event.  New hams and even non-hams can
experience the excitement of talking to people around the world with the
Get On the Air (GOTA) station, which will have the callsign K4G. Both 
will operate from grid EL99IA in Deland, Florida, USA.

The kids will be on the HF bands and on the Amateur Radio satellites.  
K1D will
be joined by AMSAT’s Vice-President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, who
will be a kid-for-a-day to help get the kids on the linear satellites.  Look
for them and give them a shout!

The K1D Special Event Field Day station will be built by the kids prior to
the Field Day activities.  The kids have built a solar power solution–from
scratch–to use to power their K1D Special Event Field Day station. Kyocera
Solar and West Mountain Radio have graciously donated parts to this solar
power supply – THANK YOU!  They also plan on using a Genasun MPPT Charge
Controller to manage charging the battery.  Emmett of Radiowavz.com is
providing a Sentinel Expedition Hex Beam for K1D. Finally, the kids have
built their own W7FG True Ladder Line antenna with parts provided by
TrueLadderLine.com and are building additional antennas to use for Field
Day.  Keep watching Ham Radio (dot) World for videos of the kids as they
build their Special Event Station.

Join WX4TVJ (Zechariah), who was licensed at 12 years old,
AE4FH (Faith Hannah), who was licensed at 10 years old, KM4IPF (Hope),
who was licensed at 8 years old, & 7 year old Grace (KM4TXT)for Field Day
2016. Listen for them on the air and give them a break by making K1D one
of your 2016 Field Day contacts.

For helping to encourage youth in amateur radio, stations who work K1D
and/or K4G during the 2016 ARRL Field Day will be eligible for a special
K1D/K4G Commemorative QSL card.

More information at

[ANS thanks James, WX4TV for the above information]


ARISS Delivers the Excitement of Space Exploration to UK Students

Two stories shared in UK media capture the excitement and reward of the
UK’s ARISS ham radio operations team’s efforts in connection with Tim 
Principia Mission.

Carole Cadwalladr, a writer from The Guardian (a UK national newspaper) was
present for the ARISS contact on May 9 at The King’s School, Ottery St. 
in Devon, UK.  In the Sunday, May 29 edition, she posted a story that
beautifully captures the spirit of space adventure and how the ARISS 
brings that excitement to students, their educators, and their communities
in profound ways.  The story is at:


TXFactor produced a documentary about the ARISS program’s interface with
Tim Peake’s Principia Mission. The documentary describes the process UK
schools undertook to apply for a scheduled radio interview with Peake,
and preparations for the contact opportunity by the King’s School in Devon.
It details the station set up by the ARISS UK Operations team which
accomplished successful radio contacts between 10 UK schools during Peake's
Principia endeavor. Seven of these ten contacts included the reception of
HamTV signals both at the school (using a mobile based ATV reception 
and a 3.8m dish located at the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.

Watch the video on YouTube at:

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


NASA Astronaut Scott Tingle Earns Amateur Radio License, KG5NZA

NASA Astronaut Scott Tingle Earns Amateur Radio License. He is now the owner
of call sign KG5NZA and will support ARISS on upcoming ISS Expeditions 53
and 54.

NASA Astronaut Scott D. Tingle has just earned his Amateur Radio license,
passing his exam on June 3, 2016. The FCC issued the call sign, KG5NZA, to
him on June 8.  In January, as he began some NASA training in Russia he
requested the license study material.  He had heard about ARISS during his
astronaut training, and in January, decided to study on his own.

The astronaut training program runs for at least two years, is intense, and
heavily loaded with all types of required studies, and Amateur Radio is
optional.  Tingle earned his technician license and plans to use it to
support ARISS during his scheduled time on the International Space Station
as part of the Expedition 53 crew.  Launch is tentatively planned for fall
of 2017.  His stay continues into Expedition 54.

Tingle graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1988
with a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in fluid
mechanics and propulsion.  A captain in the United States Navy, he has 
as a combat pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan and has earned copious awards and
commendations. He was selected for the astronaut program in 2009 as one of
14 members of NASA Astronaut Group 20, and graduated in 2011.

ARISS Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said, "The ARISS Team is excited to see
continuing great interest among the Astronauts and Astronaut Candidates who
are looking forward to supporting Amateur Radio activities through the
ARISS platform."


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative
venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies
that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States,
sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American
Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration
of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by
organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard
the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues. With the
help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with
large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these 
contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space,
space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, go to:


Also, join us on Facebook:
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

Follow us on Twitter:

[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN and ARISS 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).

*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

* A telebridge contact via VK4KHZ with students at Briargreen Public 
Nepean, ON, Canada was successful Mon  2016-06-13 at 15:19:15 UTC 31 deg.
Astronaut Timothy Peake, KG5BVI answered 15 questions for an audience of 
students along with parents and visitors.

Briargreen is an amazing K-6 open-concept school nestled in a suburban
community of west Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. It is a caring community of
diverse students, teachers and parents, who love to share both our in-class
and out-of-class experiences with each other. Some of our noteworthy 
events include our Kindergarten Chinese New Year parade, Terry Fox Run
activities and junior community games days. Our learning community has some
of the most wonderful students in the world! Visit our website at


* Glenmore State High School,  Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia,
telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Tim Kopra KE5UDN

A telebridge contact via W6SRJ with students at Glenmore State High School,
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia was successful Mon 2016-06-06
08:39:31 UTC 31 deg.

The audience assembled in the school’s 500 seat sports stadium.  All seats
were filled with an additional 100 persons standing as  astronaut Tim 
KE5UDN provided answers to questions from students.

Glenmore High School is a modern, progressive secondary school providing
quality education for students from years 7 to 12. Since its establishment
in 1975 Glenmore High School has earned a reputation for high quality
educational programs and services which develop a passion in students for
learning and life.

Glenmore SHS runs an extension Science/Math program named “SCOPE” where
students enroll and work through year levels at an accelerated rate, which
allows them to finish traditional schooling early and conduct further
studies at our local university, to which we are partnered (Central 
University), during their final year of schooling.

Students in the “SCOPE- Science” program are encouraged to participate 
in our
schools astronomy club and robotics club as an extra curricula activity. 
schools astronomy club works with local primary schools, teaching about 
and running viewing evenings.

* Bouze Island Elementary and Junior High School, Homeji,  Japan,
direct via 8N3B
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Timothy Peake KG5BVI

A direct contact via 8N3B with students at Bouze Island Elementary and
Junior High School, Homeji, Japan, was successful Sat  2016-06-04
08:31:09 UTC 74 deg. Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI answered 16 questions
for students and an audience of 500.

Watch a video of the interview at

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.

Upcoming Contacts

* Chuvash Republic, Russia, direct via TBD
The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is  Oleg Skripochka RN3FU
Contact is a go for Sun 2016-06-19 09:30 UTC

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

AMSAT Argentina Balloon Flight with Crossband Repeater

AMSAT Argentina plans a high altitude balloon launch carrying a
crossband repeater from Las Heras in the Mendoza province on
July 9, 2016. Launch is currently planned for 10:00 AM local time,
depending on weather conditions. AMSAT Argentina will also present
news of their satellite plans.

NEA-1 Repeater Information
Uplink:    145.725 Mhz FM (123.0 Hz CTCSS)
Downlink:  436.725 Mhz FM
APRS information will be relayed via:
http://aprs.fi/?call lu7aa-1 BALLOON NEA - 1

[ANS thanks AMSAT Argentina 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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