[amsat-bb] ANS 225

KG5JUP kg5jup at gmail.com
Sun Aug 13 13:48:50 UTC 2017

My apologizes to all for the errors this week.  This bulletin had the wrong numbering and no subject.   


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Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
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Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* Return of Experimenter's Wednesday to AO-85
* AMSAT-NA Elects Executive Vice President
* ARRL PR Poster Features Amateur Radio in Space
* AMSAT Phase 4 Groundstation
* AMSAT-NA BoD Ballots Due At AMSAT Office By September 15, 2017
* AMSATSA/SARL Workshop To Focus On Taking SDR To A New Level
* ARLK061 Keplerian data
* NASA Program Gives Students Access to Astronauts
* Mayak Fails to Deploy Solar Reflector
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ Satellite Reporter
+ RX only i-gate
+ Grid Expedition

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ANS-218.01 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 218.01
August 13, 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]


AMSAT-NA Vice President, Educational Relations, Joe Spier, K6WAO of
Reno, NV, has been elected by the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors as
Executive Vice President during a Board Meeting via a conference call
that took place on August 8, 2017. Joe's new duties will include
implementation of AMSAT-NA's Strategic Planning. He will continue in
his other duties as 2017 Space Symposium Chairman, AMSAT News Service
Co-Editor, ARISS-NA Education, and Educational Relations until new
personnel can be appointed or the task assigned is completed.

Under the AMSAT ByLaws, the position of Executive Vice President is
one of seven senior officer positions that are approved by the AMSAT
Board of Directors.

Included in the ByLaw stated duties, "the Executive Vice President
shall act in the place of the President in the President's absence,
and shall have such other duties as the Board may determine."
[Bylaws, Article II, Section 5B].

In addition, the Executive VP is assigned the responsibility of AMSAT
External Relations team leader and as acting director of any team
leader position that is not filled.

Joe is a Life Member of AMSAT-NA and has served in Educational
Relations during the past six years. He also has Life Memberships in
the ARRL, SARA (Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers) and the AFA
(Air Force Association). He holds an Extra Class license as well
Commercial licenses.

AMSAT-NA President, Barry Baines, WD4ASW said, "I extend my
congratulations to Joe on his new position of leadership in AMSAT-NA.
As EVP, he will be working closely with me on a variety of matters
involving various AMSAT departments as we move forward on our
strategic planning process as well as day-to-day management of the
organization.  Joe's dedication to the strategic planning process
will enhance the future of AMSAT-NA."

[ANS thanks the AMSAT-NA BOD 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

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


ARLK061 Keplerian data

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00  0  0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB  .CCCCCCCC  00000-0  00000-0 0  DDDZ

0 AO-07
1 7530U 74089B   17222.89382764 -.00000034+00000-0 +65403-4 0  9994
2 7530 101.6352 190.51130011675 214.9856 169.654212.53628132955487
0 FO-29
1 24278U 96046B   17222.88315093 -.00000020+00000-0 +15539-4 0  9999
2 24278 098.5553 098.84690350108 195.5218 163.496413.53077139036025
1 25544U 98067A   17223.80427436  .00000839  00000-0  19944-4 0  9990
2 25544  51.6417 121.06850005753 127.9944 342.434415.54137576 70404
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C   17222.70530263 -.00000019+00000-0 +17647-4 0  9997
2 27607 064.5567 318.96290030593 068.5242 291.911814.75346094787154
0 CO-55
1 27844U 03031E   17222.95672142 +.00000034+00000-0 +35298-4 0  9990
2 27844 098.6896 231.16650009598 181.9520 178.162114.22051495732061
0 RS-22
1 27939U 03042A   17222.97040331 +.00000040+00000-0 +15718-4 0  9990
2 27939 097.9469 005.96770014114 056.3493 048.528014.66584866741206
0 CO-58
1 28895U 05043F   17222.87314324 +.00000088+00000-0 +25763-4 0  9993
2 28895 097.8709 022.66180016157 335.1569 024.885514.63418301628257
0 CO-65
1 32785U 08021C   17222.91711090 +.00000186+00000-0 +25911-4 0  9995
2 32785 097.5644 244.68450012846 354.3527 005.754414.87920127502963
1 32787U 08021E   17219.63433091 +.00000659+00000-0 +69181-4 0  9996
2 32787 097.5570 250.74060011708 333.3907 026.671014.92651841503170
0 DO-64
1 32789U 08021G   17222.94489045 +.00000684+00000-0 +52430-4 0  9993
2 32789 097.5555 280.01530010897 275.4557 084.542615.05021247505002
0 RS-30
1 32953U 08025A   17222.93246189 +.00000006+00000-0 -27611-4 0  9991
2 32953 082.5015 205.60940019184 161.8443 198.332612.43078449418222
0 KKS-1
1 33499U 09002H   17222.88213370 +.00000109+00000-0 +24219-4 0  9997
2 33499 098.3375 029.88180008862 192.4626 167.636414.75208800459427
0 AO-71
1 37854U 11061E   17222.66330723 +.00001124+00000-0 +68027-4 0  9995
2 37854 101.6957 123.99190166924 273.7613 084.452615.04249114314670
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE  17222.57930650 +.00000238+00000-0 +35934-4 0  9990
2 39444 097.6269 263.29630060073 088.8088 272.000714.81476715199070
1 40074U 14037F   17222.79095587 +.00000329+00000-0 +47155-4 0  9994
2 40074 098.3518 340.17790003571 225.1982 134.893814.83534592167270
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E   17222.87356365 +.00001746+00000-0 +47328-4 0  9998
2 40903 097.4186 249.24800016516 071.5648 288.739115.38944766106055
0 XW-2C
1 40906U 15049H   17223.20886975  .00000610  00000-0  36481-4 0  9991
2 40906  97.4556 227.60270016062  29.9894 330.225515.14609982104560
0 XW-2F
1 40910U 15049M   17222.96013475 +.00000999+00000-0 +55913-4 0  9996
2 40910 097.4544 227.87960016161 026.6269 333.579015.15634603104577
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B   17222.61952655 +.00000684+00000-0 +62228-5 0  9996
2 40931 005.9980 204.64320013797 295.9894 063.706314.76535783101022
0 AO-85
1 40967U 15058D   17221.51251771  .00000256  00000-0  48666-4 0 00502
2 40967 064.7776 057.12380174670 058.2511 303.548014.75464490007664

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW.  The
next scheduled transmission of these data will be Tuesday, August 15,
2017, at 2230z on Baudot and BPSK31.

[ANS thanks ARRL News Bulletin for the above information]


* NASA Program Gives Students Access to Astronauts

On June 23, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer spoke with 22 Girl Scouts of 
North East Ohio, while he was aboard the International Space Station. 
More than 400 people attended the event, with many more watching live 
footage online.

Children all over the world can connect with astronauts aboard the 
space station via Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS), and with the help of volunteer ham operators. ARISS delegates 
from the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan help connect 
the world, from Senegal to Cincinnati, with the station. These contacts 
endeavor to inspire youth worldwide to pursue science, 
technology, engineering and math (STEM) interests and careers.

"Ham radio was one of the most rewarding things to do on the 
International Space Station," said NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, a 
former Girl Scout and Ohioan. "Having that connection with kids on 
Earth who have worked hard to understand and build HAM radio was priceless. 
Their excited voices, echoing through equipment they had a hand in 
building, brought numerous smiles and often tears to my eyes. 
Afterward, getting the reports on how the kids enjoyed the 
event, and how amazed that they were that they were talking directly 
with a space ship, really made me understand how important and how 
easily we can get kids interested in STEM. ARISS is a great project 
and we are so happy to be part of it on the International Space Station."

The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and 
character, who make the world a better place. Williams embodies this 
tenet. She's lived more than 322 days in space over the course of four 
expeditions to the ISS, Expeditions 14, 15, 32 and 33. 
During her stay, she logged more than 50 hours of space walks, ran 
the first marathon and triathlon in space, and participated in a number 
of ARISS contacts. She currently trains to fly America's first commercially 
built spacecraft, the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Dragon.

The week prior to the contact, Sydney Walter, an 11-year-old 
Girl Scout, participated in the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio's Space 
Cadettes program at Camp Timberlane in Lorain County, Ohio. She met 
with NASA professionals, learned what it's like to float in zero gravity 
and explored constellations with a Starlab portable planetarium. 
The ARISS contact rounded off a week of activities devoted to STEM education.

"I really like that NASA can do this for kids at schools and Girl Scouts at camp," 
said Sydney. "It was a really fun experience and I will never forget it."

Programs like this instill powerful memories that can spark a lifelong passion 
for STEM. For 10 minutes, with the space station in range of northern Ohio, a 
field of girls spoke with humans among the stars. Their vests now bear patches 
honoring that moment in time. Pink and green encircle a yellow tent with the 
bold gray shadow of the space station above. The patches honor 10 minutes 
when they were not Girl Scouts - they were astronauts.

Volunteers from national amateur radio organizations and AMSAT run ARISS events. 
For more information and to learn how your community can get involved, visit 

By Danny Baird
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Link to the patch http://tinyurl.com/ybp6zpll

[ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM/Pat Kilroy, N8PK for the above information]


Mayak Fails to Deploy Solar Reflector

"Per Mayak’s simple design, the project engineers did not include a radio
as the satellite could be programmed on the ground to autonomously execute
its critical tasks in orbit to complete the deployment of the solar
reflector. Later in the design stages it was realized that a radio would be
beneficial, however, no radio channel could be allocated to the satellite
this close to launch. A backup plan of using a series of LEDs on the
satellite to deliver basic telemetry in the form of a visual Morse Code
never came to fruition, leaving Mayak without any means of communicating
its status to the ground."


[ANS thanks to AMSAT Bulletin Board for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

* Satellite Reporter

Andrew VK4TEC is working on a little project for space communications
enthusatics It is a raspberry Pi, that is connected to the APRS-IS 
and will eventually also take in user reports as well 
Andrew has setup a static ip
It is called "Satellite Reporter"
It is intended to provide a dashboard, stats in graphical format
and also data streams. 

Please let me know if you want any features added as this project grows.
I see a user input screen and drop downs for satellites.
I will make an iPhone and Samsung compatible version.
The back end is MySQL and PERL and CGI
I will add ISS for the time being, please check back often for updates.
I think it best to use UTC times for the time being.

[ANS thanks Andrew VK4TEC for the above information]


+ RX only i-gate

Dave, EI4HT operates an RX only i-gate in the UK MB7UEI-6.
Currently it uses AZ/EL active tracking antennas, VHF and UHF wimo 
Xquads, the system runs 24/7 and also tracks the 3 Funcube sats, Dave
plans to expand this further and include the station on WEBSDR, 

[ANS thanks Dave EI4HT / M0GIW for the above information]


+ Gride Expedition

Clayton Coleman (W5PFG) will depart for a satellite grid expedtion to 
northern Maine on Friday, August 18. The trip will conclude the 
morning of August 21.  I'll roughly follow the same path I used on a 
similar expedition  January 2015.

Planned grids will be: FN54-57 and FN64-67

Due to the short duration of this trip, my satellite pass selection
will be dynamic. I will probably not work many passes from each unique
grid. I'll do my best to work from grid boundaries on passes with wide

Monitor my Twitter feed @w5pfg for updates during the trip.

[ANS thanks Clayton Coleman (W5PFG) 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,
Chris Bradley, KG5JUP
kg5jup at amsat dot org
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