[amsat-bb] ANS-218 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Aug 6 01:31:09 UTC 2017


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:

* Return of Experimenter's Wednesday to AO-85
* ARISS contact planned for YOTA, England
* VUCC Awards/Endorsements for July 2017
* ARRL PR Poster Features Amateur Radio in Space
* AMSAT Phase 4 Groundstation at DEFCON
* AMSAT-NA BoD Ballots Due At AMSAT Office By September 15, 2017
* AMSATSA/SARL Workshop To Focus On Taking SDR To A New Level
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-218 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 218.01
August 6, 2017
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Return of Experimenter's Wednesday to AO-85

With the recent popularity of Slow Scan Television (SSTV) from the
ISS, AMSAT Operations is bringing back Experimenter’s Wednesday to AO-

On a trial basis, we invite users to exchange pictures using Robot
36 SSTV mode via the FM repeater on AO-85 during UTC Wednesdays.
Please identify prior to beginning transmissions, and only send when
the uplink is clear.

Stations are requested to only uplink if they have a reasonable
expectation of maintaining a full-quieting signal for the duration of
the image transmission.

Smaller stations are encouraged to focus on receiving the images.

Please don’t send questionable or provocative images. If in doubt,
pick another one.

Expect all ages to be participating.

Feedback is encouraged, and comments may be directed via email to me
at ko4ma at amsat dot org.

[ANS thanks Drew KO4MA for the above information]


ARISS contact planned for YOTA, England

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned for
astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA and the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA)
event, which takes place in UK.

The ARISS contact is scheduled Tuesday August 8, 2017 at
approximately 18.38 UTC.

This will be a direct radio contact, operated by GB4YOTA.

Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz
narrowband FM. Moreover, Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA will operate the
HamVideo transmitter.

The Goonhilly receiver will be activated sometime Friday (4th
August) and will remain active over the weekend and continue to track
the ISS until Wednesday morning, 9th August. Goonhilly, will be one
of several European HamTV reception ground stations contributing to
the reception of the HamTV signal for the contact itself.

Two web streams will be available:

1. The normal ARISS/BATC website will be available at
https://ariss.batc.tv/hamtv ; This shows only the HamTV video
downlink as an output from the merger facility, with an indication of
which registered HamTV stations are providing signal input to the

2. The ARISS Operations UK Team will be web streaming from the YOTA
event itself at https://ariss.batc.tv/ ; This web stream includes
introductions and presentations from the RSGB and the YOTA
participants before the actual contact itself according to the
timetable of the event below.

The timetable of the event is as follows. ALL times are UTC times:
17:30 - All participants and guests to be present at the location.
The event web stream (https://ariss.batc.tv/) will start at
approximately this time to capture some of the build-up.

17:40 - Formal start of the RSGB/YOTA introductions and

18:20 - ARISS Operations in the UK take over the event, give the
background to what is happening, how it is organised and how all the
different elements of the contact are managed.

18:38 - Scheduled time for start of contact with Nespoli operating
as NA1SS. The YOTA participants will be using the GB4YOTA callsign.

18:50 - Approximate end of contact with Nespoli. After closing the
contact, the operator will invite RSGB/YOTA to formally close down
the ARISS event.

[ANS thanks Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, ARISS Europe for the above


VUCC Awards/Endorsements for July 2017

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by
the ARRL for the period July 1, 2017 through August 1, 2017.
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!


KD8CAO  1240
N8RO    1010
N8HM     980
N4UFO    675
WA5KBH   630
KG5CCI   616
KK4FEM   476
WD9EWK   375
PV8DX    313
NJ7H     203
KX9X     158
KA9P     150
XE3DX    117
PT9BM    100 (NEW VUCC)

Eduardo PY2RN wrote, "Congratulations to aGustavo, PT9BM for the
first VUCC-SAT in South America (below the Equator), way to go!"

This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf
listings for July 1st and August 1st, 2017.  It's a visual
comparison so omissions are possible.  Apologies if your
call was not mentioned.  Thanks to all those who are
roving to grids that are rarely on the birds.  They are
doing most of the work!

[ANS thanks John K8YSE for the above information]


ARRL PR Poster Features Amateur Radio in Space

The ARRL offers a series of six posters that promote Amateur
Radio to the general public. These were originally designed
by ARRL for the 2017 National Scouting Jamboree, but may be
used for any outreach effort. Each poster is 11" x 17".

One of the posters features amateur radio in space.

The six posters are based around the theme, "Ham Radio Is..."

Those themes are:

+ Adventure (Portable operating of all kinds)
+ Discovery (Making/Building/DIY)
+ Friendship (Community and Mentoring)
+ Out Of This World (space communications/satellites)
+ Ready (Publc Service)
+ The Game (Contesting and Awards)

A link to ARRL's "What Is Ham Radio" page is provided as both
a URL and a QR code on each poster.

The posters are available for free download in PDF format.

We suggest printing on high-gloss paper and framing them
for maximum effect.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


AMSAT Phase 4 Groundstation at DEFCON

Amateur Radio and AMSAT were prominently featured this year at
DEFCON Hacking Conference. In addition to the license exam session
run by one of the many local DEFCON Groups, there were amateur radio
demonstrations of software defined radio, Phase 4 Ground, and GNU
Radio flowgraphs at WiFi Village, one of the many subject-specific
subcategories at DEFCON. The amateur satellite service was of great

At an estimated 30,000 attendees, outreach was highly successful.
Participants were diverse, technical, curious, and came ready with
the questions! A very high fraction were already licensed or
interested in getting their license.

Amateur radio was also part of the WiFi Village Capture the Flag
competition. Word on the street is that next year we expect to see a
lot more ham content in this exciting signal intelligence competition.
AMSAT Phase 4 Ground will next present at the GNU Radio Conference
in September, in San Diego, CA.

Register now at https://www.gnuradio.org/grcon-2017/

After that, we will be at the AMSAT Symposium in October, in Reno,
NV. More information at https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/
Thank you to Paul Williamson and Steve Conklin for helping staff the
booth, bringing cool custom swag, setting up demonstrations, and
answering hundreds and hundreds of questions. We are already looking
forward to next year!

[ANS thanks Michelle Thompson, W5NYV for the above information]


AMSAT-NA BoD Ballots Due At AMSAT Office By September 15, 2017

Ballots for AMSAT-NA's Board of Directors were mailed to members in
good standing on July 15. Members are encouraged to complete their
ballots and return them as soon as possible. Ballots must be received
at the AMSAT office by September 15 in order to be counted.

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

The 2017 candidates, in alphabetical order by last name are:

Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Peter Portanova, W2JV
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

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 four candidates.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Office for the above information]


AMSATSA/SARL Workshop To Focus On Taking SDR To A New Level

The AMSAT SA/SARL workshop, to be held on Saturday 19 August at the
SARL National Amateur Radio Centre at Radiokop Roodepoort, will focus
on how to get more out of Software Defined Radio, and will take
participants to another level in Amateur Radio activity.

The workshop will be presented in two sessions. Session one will
deal with the VHF SDR dongle and how to have more fun, such as
listening to satellites, receiving weather satellites pictures, and
astronomy projects. The second session will discuss a HF Dongle and
the SARL HF Noise floor monitoring project, with details and a
demonstration of how to automate this and how to build an autonomous
system using a raspberry Pi.

For more details and to check your registration status, point your
browser to www.amsatsa.org.za or send an e-mail to
admin at amsatsa.org.za

[ANS thanks SARL weekly news in English 2017-8-5 for the above



+ A Successful contact was made between VCP-Bundeszeltplatz,
  Großzerlang, Germany and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA using
  Callsign OR4ISS. The contact began 2017-08-01 18:20 UTC and lasted
  about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Direct via DP9S.
  ARISS Mentor was Peter IN3GHZ.

+ A Successful contact was made between Frontiers of Flight Museum/
  Moon Day, Dallas, TX, USA and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA using
  Callsign OR4ISS. The  contact began Sat 2017-08-05 18:02:31 UTC and
  lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was Telebridge via
  ARISS Mentor was Keith W5IU.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Free SpaceUK Magazine

  Edition 47 of the UK Space Agency's free magazine SpaceUK is now
  available for download

  The latest edition is packed with interesting content, including a
  feature on growing the UK space sector, a look at the next mission
  to Mars and an interview with Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS.

  Download your copy of SpaceUK from

  Sign up for email updates

  UK Space Agency blog

  [ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]

+ Satellite has deployable VHF crossed Yagi antenna

  Radio amateurs Sean Hum VA3SHV and Jeff Nicholls VA3NGJ worked on
  the design for a deployable VHF crossed Yagi antenna on the recently
  launched NORsat-2

  The very high frequency (VHF) antenna was designed to unfold from
  the CubeSat after receiving a command from the Norwegian Space
  Center to deploy once in orbit.

  “This antenna is a completely new type of deployable antenna — it
  unfolds to be more than three times as large as the satellite that
  took it into orbit,” says Hum.
  “This is the first time that a deployable antenna of this type has
  been contemplated and successfully used as a main mission antenna
  for a CubeSat.”

  On July 20, cameras on board the CubeSat confirmed the successful
  deployment of the antenna.

  Read the full story at

  [ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]



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donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
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This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
aa8em at amsat dot org

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