[ans] ANS-343 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Dec 9 01:12:57 UTC 2018


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-343

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In this edition:

* Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Commissioning Status
* Fox-1Cliff Launched, Initial Telemetry Received
* Fox-1Cliff Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 95 (AO-95)
* ExseedSat Granted VO-96 OSCAR Number
* JY1Sat Now Jordan-OSCAR 97 (JO-97)
* Remind Me Again? What is Going On With Fox-1Cliff?
* Updates to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for 12-6-2018
* Changes to FUNcube Warehouses
* RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Launch Date NET March 2019
* Satellites Activation From The Queen Mary On December 15
* Help Wanted: Radio Amateurs Requested to Monitor Cubesat Downlinks
* KG5FYI and RN3DX Join KG5TMT and KF5ONO Aboard the ISS
* AMSAT Web Adds Donation Portal
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Shorts From All Over


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ANS-343 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 343.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
December 9, 2018
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Commissioning Status

Following the launch of Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 AMSAT Engineering began the
commissioning process, with the help of AMSAT Operations, on Tuesday
December 4.  Satellite telemetry indicates that the bird is healthy,
and I thank all of the stations who have captured and relayed the
telemetry that enabled us to monitor and determine the health of the
various systems on board.  Fox-1Cliff required an extended period
monitoring battery and power levels due to the anomaly and fix that
was applied back in February of 2016 during environmental testing,
and the result of that is positive.

However, during the next steps of commissioning we discovered an
anomaly with her receive capability.  After a few days of tests,
analysis, and discussion, it appears that Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 will not
be commissioned as our fourth Fox-1 amateur radio satellite.

AMSAT Engineering will continue to evaluate and test Fox-1Cliff/AO-
95 for solutions to the anomaly and your continued help in providing
telemetry is appreciated so that we can have data throughout her
daily orbits rather than limited data over our U.S. stations.  The
data, analysis, and testing could lead to a positive solution but at
the very least will be important to AMSAT's satellite programs in
providing information that would help us and others, as we do freely
share our successes and failures, to avoid similar situations with
future missions.

I would like to thank all of the AMSAT Fox Engineering volunteers
who made Fox-1Cliff possible and continue to build our new
satellites, becoming even better as we move forward.

I will provide more information on the anomaly and any determination
we make regarding the possible cause or causes as well as information
on the possibility of recovery, over time.  Please be patient
regarding that.  Many of you have probably built a project and had to
troubleshoot it on your bench, we are in a troubleshooting situation
here with the additional challenge of being 600 km away from our
bench.

[ANS thanks Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President of Engineering
for the above information]


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Fox-1Cliff Launched, Initial Telemetry Received

Fox-1Cliff was successfully launched on Spaceflight's SSO-A: SmallSat
Express mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base
at 18:34:05 UTC on December 3, 2018. Following deployment, the space-
craft was activated on schedule at 23:54:27 UTC.

At approximately 00:30 UTC on December 4th, several stations in
Brazil, including PS8MT, PT9BM, and PT2AP, reported hearing the voice
beacon "Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode," confirming that the satellite was
alive. Just before 00:40 UTC, AMSAT Fox-1 Team Member Burns Fisher,
WB1FJ, was the first to submit telemetry to AMSAT servers. Initial
telemetry values show the satellite to be in good health.

Thanks to the 29 different stations that contributed telemetry during
Fox-1Cliff's initial orbits. At press time this week over 130 stations
have received telemetry and uploaded their data to AMSAT's servers.

All stations are encouraged to please continue collecting telemetry
during the commissioning process and are reminded not to transmit on
the uplink frequencies until AMSAT opens the satellite for general
use. The commissioning process is expected to take approximately 7-10
days.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


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Fox-1Cliff Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 95 (AO-95)

On December 3rd, 2018, Fox-1Cliff was launched on a Falcon 9
vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Part
of Spaceflight's SSO-A: Smallsat Express launch, Fox-1Cliff
was named after long time AMSAT supporter Cliff Buttschardt,
K7RR (SK). In the 48 hours after launch, more than 110
amateur radio operators around the world have successfully
received and submitted telemetry from the satellite.

Following in our long tradition of naming amateur satellites,
AMSAT hereby designates Fox-1Cliff as AMSAT-OSCAR 95 (AO-95).

Thank you to those who have supported this mission with their
time, talent, and financial support for the benefit of amateur
radio operators worldwide.

73,
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations /
   OSCAR Number Administrator for the above information]


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ExseedSat Granted VO-96 OSCAR Number

On December 3rd, 2018, ExseedSat was launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle
from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Part of Spaceflight's
SSO-A: Smallsat Express launch, ExseedSat was built by a team of
Indian radio hams including Ashhar Farhan (VU2ESE), George Phillips
(VU2GT), Gurudutta Panda (VU3GDP), Sasi Bhusan (VU3ELR), and Nitin
Mutin (VU3TYG). Initial telemetry has been received around the world.

At the request of Exseed Space, AMSAT hereby designates ExseedSat as
VUsat-OSCAR 96 (VO-96). We congratulate the owners and operators of
VO-96, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite
community, and wish them continued success on this and future
projects.

73,
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR
 Number Administrator for the above information]


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JY1Sat now Jordan-OSCAR 97 (JO-97)

On December 3rd, 2018, JY1Sat was launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle
from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Part of Spaceflight's
SSO-A: Smallsat Express launch, JY1Sat is a project of the Crown
Prince Foundation of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded
around the world since the launch.

At the request of the Crown Prince Foundation, AMSAT hereby desig-
nates JY1Sat as Jordan-OSCAR 97 (JO-97). We congratulate the owners
and operators of JO-97, thank them for their contribution to the
amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on this
and future projects.

73,
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations /
   OSCAR Number Administrator for the above information]


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Remind Me Again? What is Going On With Fox-1Cliff?

Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President-Engineering, and the Fox
Engineering Team remind you of the post-launch testing activities
for Fox-1Cliff.

+ Capturing Initial Telemetry is the Most Important Task
+ Safe Mode/Beacon Mode Operation on Start Up
+ On-Orbit Checklist Activities
+ Activation for Amateur Radio Access
+ Fox-1Cliff Technical Details

Capturing Initial Telemetry is the Most Important Task
-------------------------------------------------------
Following the successful launch and deployment of Fox-1Cliff, all
amateur radio satellite enthusiasts can play an important part in the
commissioning of the new satellite. Telemetry helps us tremendously,
starting ASAP after startup (~59 minutes after deployment*) and for
the next 72-96 hours at least (for the life of the satellite is
preferred!) as we look for successful startup, watch the general
health and function as the satellite begins to acclimate to space,
and start to perform the on orbit checkout. The first station to
successfully receive and submit telemetry to the AMSAT server will
receive a special 3D printed QSL card acknowledging their
contribution.

If you are capturing telemetry with FoxTelem, please be sure that
"Upload to Server" is checked in your settings and your Ground
Station Params are filled in as well. You can help AMSAT and everyone
waiting to get on the air with Fox-1Cliff tremendously, by capturing
Fox-1Cliff telemetry.

Safe Mode/Beacon Mode Operation on Start Up
-------------------------------------------
In the initial Safe Mode after startup, which we actually call Beacon
Mode, the transmitter is limited to 10 seconds on time then does the
two minutes off cycle. For those of you capturing telemetry, that
means that you will only see Current frames and no High or Low frames
because the High and Low are truncated as it takes just over 10
seconds to send two frames. You will hear Veronica announcing
"Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode" while in Beacon Mode.

We will likely leave the satellite in Beacon Mode for 24 hours to
observe power telemetry. If we are seeing good readings from what you
gather, when it comes over the U.S. for the first good pass after
that holding period we will command it from Beacon Mode to normal
Safe Mode. That puts Fox-1Cliff in full (still Safe Mode though)
operation and transmits a full two frames of telemetry which is one
Current frame followed by, and alternating each ID cycle, a High or a
Low frame.

On-Orbit Checklist Activities
-----------------------------
We will begin the rest of the in orbit checklist activities at that
time, and it is expected to take 7 to 10 days.

Help your friends and all of our satellite ham friends get on the air
and have fun sooner by being polite and patient!

The in orbit checkout procedure is similar to Fox-1D and could be
completed in as little as 7 days if we have the cooperation of the
users. It is very important, not to mention just plain good Amateur
Operating Practice, to refrain from using the transponder uplink so
we can do the on orbit tests, including when we turn on transponder
mode for testing. I cannot stress enough, the importance of this
cooperation not just for us but also for all users, simply having a
little patience so we can conduct the tests as quickly and accurately
as possible.

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     Do not attempt to access this satellite until the activation
    announcement from AMSAT Engineering and AMSAT Operations Teams

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Activation for Amateur Radio Access
-----------------------------------
AMSAT will make it broadly known when the tests are complete and the
transponder is available for all to use. If you hear someone on the
transponder, please do not assume that it is open for general use -
check our website, Facebook, Twitter, to be sure you are not
accidentally jumping in with and unwittingly causing interference as
well.

Many hams put thousands of volunteer hours of their time into making
Fox-1Cliff happen. Just like any ham radio project you might
undertake, we build satellites. We do it because we like to, and when
we are done, we freely share our project with hams everywhere as is
the spirit of amateur radio. I have to say though, that the incidents
we have experienced in the past with stations intentionally
disregarding the command stations requests to keep the frequency
clear during testing not only delays the commissioning, but also
negatively impacts the enthusiasm that our volunteers feel toward
handing over a new bird to the members and users as soon as possible.

I am asking all satellite hams to contribute just a little bit of
your time to the fun now, by being patient and just gathering
telemetry, not using the transponder uplink, and helping us complete
the last few days of getting Fox-1Cliff in orbit and operating for
all of you.

Fox-1Cliff Technical Details
----------------------------
Uplink:     435.300 MHz / 1267.300 MHz** with 67 Hz CTCSS Tone
Downlink:   145.920 MHz
** Uplinks switched by command station, not operational
    simultaneously
Nominal operating frequencies may vary slightly after launch.

Ground stations need to adjust your transmit frequency for Doppler
Shift. One suggested approach includes programming 5 uplink fre-
quencies into memory channels and stepping through the channels
depending on Fox-1Cliff's relative position to you. (Fc in the
table below is the nominal uplink center frequency = 435.300 MHz).

Full duplex operation is recommended to allow you to hear if you
are tuned on-frequency and also avoids interfering if another
station is transmitting.

ADJUSTING YOUR UPLINK FREQUENCY to TRACK DOPPLER SHIFT
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AOS         (Memory Channel 1) Fc - 10 KHz 435.290 MHz
Approaching (Memory Channel 2) Fc - 5 KHz  435.295 MHz
Nearest     (Memory Channel 3) Fc          435.300 MHz
Departing   (Memory Channel 4) Fc + 5 KHz  435.305 MHz
LOS         (Memory Channel 5) Fc + 10 KHz 435.310 MHz

Access the Fox-1 Operating Guide on-line at:
https://www.amsat.org/station-and-operating-hints/
Find all of AMSAT Fox-1 frequencies on-line at:
https://www.amsat.org/fm-satellite-frequency-summary/
SatPC32 users can find updated *.SQF files at:
http://tinyurl.com/ANS-336-SatPC32files

[ANS thanks Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President-Engineering for
the above information]

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Updates to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for 12-6-2018

Fox-1Cliff has been renamed AMSAT-OSCAR 95 (AO-95) per ANS Special
Bulletin
339.01, December 5, 2018.

The following Satellites have been added to this week's AMSAT-NA TLE
Distribution.

>From the India ISRO PSLV-C43 launch on November 29, 2018:
FacSat 1 - NORAD CAT ID 43721
Reaktor H W - NORAD CAT ID 43728 (Reaktor Hello World, CAT ID per
owner)
InnoSat 2 - NORAD CAT ID 43738
3CAT 1 - NORAD CAT ID 43721 (CAT ID per owner)
Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, for ID's on FactSat 1 and InoSat 2)

>From the SpaceX Falcon 9 SSO-A launch on December 3,2018:
OBJECT A - NORAD CAT ID 43758
JY1Sat - NORAD CAT ID 43759
ITASat 1 - NORAD CAT ID 43760
OBJECT D - NORAD CAT ID 43761
OBJECT E - NORAD CAT ID 43762
ESEO - NORAD CAT ID 43763
OBJECT G - NORAD CAT ID 43764
OBJECT H - NORAD CAT ID 43765
OBJECT J - NORAD CAT ID 43766
OBJECT K - NORAD CAT ID 43767
OBJECT L - NORAD CAT ID 43768
AO-95 - NORAD CAT ID 43774 (Fox-1Cliff renamed AO-95)
MOVE-II - NORAD CAT ID 43775
PWSat 2 - NORAD CAT ID 43776

Thanks to Nico Janssen,PA0DLO, for the ID's on JY1-Sat, ITASAT 1,
ESEO, MOVE-II, PWsat 2, and AO-95 (Fox-1Cliff).

Note: The Falcon 9 SSO-A 12/3/2018 launch includes 64 spacecraft (15
microsats and 49 cubesats). The 14 objects listed above are those
objects with TLEs currently listed by Space-Track.org. The objects
are very close together at this time. More CAT IDs probably will be
added and some satellites may change their CAT ID. Right now Cat ID
43774 is the best match for AO-95. I recommend patience. More later.

The following satellite has decayed from orbit and has been removed
from the distribution:

UNSW-EC0 - NORAD CAT ID 42723 - Decayed December 3, 2018
i-INSPIRE II - NORAD CAT ID 42731 - Decayed November 24, 2018
SFERA 2 - NORAD CAT ID 42913 - Decayed November 29, 2018
Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad WA5QGD for the above information]


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Changes to FUNcube Warehouses

The FUNcube team are busy commissioning JY1Sat and assisting with
ESEO.

To this end we have instigated a new data warehouse which will
aggregate all the data generated by FUNcube payloads.

This can be found at http://data.amsat-uk.org and is currently
supporting NAYIF-1, JY1Sat & ESEO. (The Dashboard warehouse URL for
these satellites is the same)

The existing warehouse at http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk will
continue to support FUNcube-1 and hold data for UKube-1 and it's
Dashboard warehouse URL remains http://data.funcube.org.uk

We appreciate that this may be a little confusing as we transition
but please bear with us.

We be transferring all your points from the existing warehouse to
the new one in the next few days when the commissioning dust settles.

For those wishing to register or have lost there upload credentials,
please visit: http://data.amsat-uk.org/registration
A 'lost credentials' link has been added to the page.

We still have forum.funcube.org.uk available for general discussions.

Dave also mentions that in answer to "how do you handle change of
callsigns?" that they have the ability to put in an alias for the
ranking display which does not affect the dashboard credentials.

This should be done by emailing me at operations at funcube.org.uk

This is the first bulk email we have sent using the database. If,
under the rules of GDPR, please let us know if you would like your
account marked as not wishing to receive emails.

[ANS thanks Dave G4DPZ for the above information]


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RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Launch Date NET March 2019

NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative has posted upcoming ELaNa Cubesat
Launches on their website https://www.nasa.gov/content/upcoming-elana-
cubesat-launches.

AMSAT's RadFXSat-2/Fox-1E is among the satellites onboard the ELaNa
XX launch set for NET March 2019.

The ELaNa XX Mission will feature the flight of Virgin Orbit Flight
2 LauncherOne from Mojave, California

The 11 CubeSat Missions scheduled to be deployed include:

CACTUS-1 - Capitol Technology University, Laurel, Maryland
CAPE-3 - University of Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana
EXOCUBE-2 - California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo,
            California
INCA - New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
MicroMas-2b - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington,
              Massachusetts
MiTEE - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
PICS - Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
PolarCube - University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
Q-PACE - University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
RadFXSat-2 - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
TechEdSat-7 - NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett, California

[ANS thanks NASA for alerting us to this information]


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Satellites Activation From The Queen Mary On December 15

Patrick WD9EWK will be part of a day of satellite operating from a
deck on the RMS Queen Mary, docked at Long Beach in southern
California, Saturday 15 December 2018. Operations will be
portable, almost like a Field Day, and should include FM, SSB, and
possibly packet. All operations from the Queen Mary will be as W6RO,
the call sign for the wireless room on the ship operated by the
Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach. Depending on staffing in the
W6RO wireless room, there may also be HF activity during the
satellite operation.

Amateur radio has a long history on the Queen Mary, including a
special-event station GB5QM that operated as the ship made its final
voyage from England to Long Beach in 1967, and in almost 4 decades
with the W6RO operations from Long Beach. More about the history of
amateur radio on the Queen Mary is available at:

https://queenmary.com/history/amateur-radio/
http://aralb.org/club-station-w6ro/

Patrick had the pleasure of working AO-7 from W6RO in March 2016. An
article covering this quick operation appeared in the AMSAT Journal,
and is available from the "Articles" folder in my Dropbox space:

http://dropbox.wd9ewk.net/

as well as an AMSAT-BB posting after that activation:

http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2016-March/057636.html

QSLing for the W6RO satellite activation will be handled per the
procedure on W6RO's QRZ page:

http://www.qrz.com/db/W6RO

with one exception: no QSO numbers will be given during the
satellite operation. Satellite QSOs from W6RO will be done in the
normal manner, with an exchange of call signs and grid locators. W6RO
is located in grid DM03. W6RO does not use Logbook of the World, so
all QSL requests will need to be mailed directly to the W6RO address
in QRZ.

Thanks to Endaf Buckley N6UTC, the Associated Radio Amateurs of Long
Beach and the ARALB's W6RO Wireless Room Manager (David Akins N6HHR),
and the Queen Mary management for their work in arranging this event.
I look forward to another opportunity to work satellites from the
Queen Mary.

[ANS thanks Patrick WD9EWK for the above information]


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Help Wanted: Radio Amateurs Requested to Monitor Cubesat Downlinks

In addition to Fox-1Cliff, the SSO-A mission carried several other
amateur radio satellites, including FUNcube on ESEO, JY1SAT, K2SAT,
and ExseedSat.

JY1SAT Signals Heard
---------------------
Data is being received by many stations around the globe and
being uploaded to the data warehouse http://data.amsat-uk.org .

AMSAT-UK has provided Dashboard Software to decode JY1SAT:
https://download.funcube.org.uk/JY1Sat_Dashboard_v1178.msi

The first signals were picked up in Australia approximately 6 min-
utes after deployment. Commissioning of the spacecraft is continu-
ing and there will be some periods when the telemetry being trans-
mitted is not valid. This will show up with invalid data collec-
tion flags in the dashboard.

The spacecraft is presently in safe mode so the TX power is
approximately 30mW only! More up to date news and details can be
found on the https://funcube.org.uk/ website.

Frequencies for the JY1SAT FUNcube-6 transponder include:
Uplink:    435.100 - 435.120 MHz CW, LSB
Downlink:  145.855 - 145.875 MHz CW, USB
Telemetry: 145.840 MHz (FUNcube BPSK format, new Dashboard software
                         will be made available)

JYISAT will transmit pre-stored images of the Kingdom which have been
selected by a national competition. These images will be downlinked
using a SSDV digital format.

Exseedsat-1 Heard Intermittently
--------------------------------

Please listen to Exseedsat RTTY telemetry on 145.900 FM and send
reports directly to Nitin Muttin VU3TYG, vu3tyg at yahoo.co.in.
Jerry Buxton, N0JY requests stations with large antennas listen
for a possibly weak signal from the satellite.

The telemetry downlink frequency is 145.900 MHz, and is transmitted
as five short ASCII words in RTTY. You can use any RTTY software to
receive the telemetry. Set the center frequency of RTTY to 2344. The
RTTY is sent as 45.45 baud, 7-bit ASCII with one start bit, two stop
bits and no parity. We recommend fldigi for receiving the telemetry
on PCs. The telemetry decoder is at:
http://amsatindia.org/exseeedsat-rtty-telemetry-decoder/
The satellite sends out a beacon "V" followed by the RTTY telemetry
every minute.

Uplink:    435.340 MHz FM voice with 67 Hz CTCSS tone
                        and APRS digipeater
Downlink:  145.900 MHZ FM voice, APRS digipeater, telemetry

ESEO (FUNcube 4)
----------------
Signals and telemetry continue to be received from ESEO from the
main platform transmitter on 437.00 MHz. The are bursts of 9k6
data transmitted every one minute. Full details of these trans-
missions, including the telemetry equations, can now be found at
https://www.esa.int/Education/ESEO. Daniel Estévez, EA4GPZ, com-
mented that the beacon at 437.000 MHz it is not standard FSK AX.25,
and it cannot be decoded with direwolf, UZ7HO or similar.

The AMSAT payload transmitter on 145.895MHz has not yet been act-
ivated  and it seems likely to be sometime before this occurs.

Uplink:   1263.500 MHz FM voice with 67Hz CTCSS tone
Downlink:  145.895 MHz FM voice and telemetry
Telemetry: 145.875 MHz Use ESEO Dashboard from AMSAT-UK
https://download.funcube.org.uk/ESEO_Dashboard_v1177.msi

See also the AMSAT-UK summary of mission descriptions and
frequencies at:
https://amsat-uk.org/2018/11/14/ssoa-amateur-radio-satellites/

[ANS thanks the satellite teams for the above information]


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KG5FYI and RN3DX Join KG5TMT and KF5ONO Aboard the ISS

Three astronauts - including two radio amateurs - have docked at
the International Space Station (ISS) on the first crewed Soyuz
vehicle launch since a dramatic failure in October. The astronauts
from the US, Canada, and Russia, left Kazakhstan at 1130 UTC on
December 3, and the Russian space agency Roscomos confirmed their
successful docking at the station. On board were David Saint-Jacques,
KG5FYI, a Canadian engineer, astrophysicist, and medical doctor;
space veteran Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX, of Russia, and Anne McClain,
of the US.

The three-person crew's mission was originally set for later this
month, but officials moved up the date to avoid leaving the space
station unstaffed, when the current ISS crew of cosmonaut Sergey
Prokopyev and astronauts Serena Auñón-Chancellor, KG5TMT, and Alex-
ander Gerst, KF5ONO, return to Earth on December 20.

Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Nick Hague, KG5TMV, who was on the aborted
October 11 Soyuz launch, is getting ready for another try. Hague,
NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin
are scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome on February 28
aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


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[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


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Upcoming Satellite Operations as of December 6, 2018

Oahu and Maui (BL01, BL10, BL11) - December 3-14, 2018
John, N7AME, will be in Hawaii December 3-14.  John hopes to rove
BL01, BL10 and BL11, but the Hawaiian Islands appear to have ten (10)
different grids, and he hopes he can work all of them.  John can only
work FM satellites AO-91 and AO-92.

Haleakala, HI (BL10, BL11, BL20) - December 8-11, 2018
Gabe, AL6D, has been approved for a flight deck training trip to
Hawaii, December 8-11.  Planned flight lands mid-afternoon at OCG on
Dec 8th and departs late on Dec 11th.  Gabe will rent a car and
activate BL10/11/20, ultra-distance passes from Haleakala.  Trip is
dependent on availability of cockpit jumpseat, so subject to
cancellation.  Keep an eye on the @AL6D_Alaska Twitter for further
updates https://twitter.com/AL6D_Alaska

Greenburg, PA (FN00) - December 10-12, 2018
Tanner, W9TWJ, will be travelling for business the week of December
10th-12th, to Greensburg, PA (FN00). He will attempt to be active on
FM evening passes and hopefully not freeze! Specific pass
announcements will be posted to Twitter: https://twitter.com/twjones85

RMS Queen Mary (DM03) - December 15, 2018
Patrick , WD9EWK, will be part of a day of satellite operating from
a deck on the RMS Queen Mary, docked at Long Beach in southern
California, on Saturday 15 December 2018. Operations will be
portable, almost like a Field Day, and should include FM, SSB, and
possibly packet. All operations from the Queen Mary will be as W6RO,
the call sign for the wireless room on the
ship operated by the Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach.
Depending on staffing in the W6RO wireless room, there may also be HF
activity during the satellite operation.
QSLing for the W6RO satellite activation will be handled per the
procedure on W6RO's QRZ page: http://www.qrz.com/db/W6RO

Oahu (BL01, BL11) - December 28 thru January 1, 2019,2018
Gabe, AL6D willbe heading to Oahu, Hawaii, at the end of the year.
Plan is to operate from BL01 and BL10, linears and FM.  Trip is
dependent on availability of cockpit jumpseat, so subject to
cancellation.  Keep an eye on the @AL6D_Alaska Twitter for further
updates https://twitter.com/AL6D_Alaska

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org

For updated information see:
https://www.amsat.org/satellite-info/upcoming-satellite-operations/

[ANS thanks Robert KE4AL for the above information]


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ARISS News

The ARISS-US program's education proposal window open Oct. 1 - Nov.
30, 2018 has now closed.  The next window should go open in the
spring of 2019.

Recent
Successful ARISS Contacts

+ Wed 2018-12-05 14:20 UTC between Alexander Gerst KF5ONO  using ISS
  callsign DPØISS and Realschule & Gymnasium Weingarten, Weingarten,
  Germany. Contact was direct via DN1RMG. ARISS Mentor was Peter
  IN3GHZ.

+ Wed 2018-12-05 14:20 UTC between Alexander Gerst KF5ONO  using ISS
  callsign DPØISS and Robert-Mayer-Gymnasium,  Heilbronn, Germany.
  Contact was direct via DN1RMG. ARISS Mentor was Peter IN3GHZ.

+ Fri 2018-12-07 18:48:30 UTC  between Serena Aunon-Chancellor
  KG5TMT using ISS callsign NA1SS and Hudson Memorial School,
  Hudson, NH. Contact was direct via N1FD. ARISS Mentor was Dave
  AA4KN

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    AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign
    to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades
    on ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to
    continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio.
     We have reached a great milestone with $15,895 raised
    or about 10% towards our goal. This would not have been
         possible without your outstanding generosity!!

          For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:

     https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_e7Htwa_ab_47IcJ9

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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Hudson Memorial School, Hudson, NH, direct via N1FD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT
Contact was successful: Fri 2018-12-07 18:48:30 UTC

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


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Shorts From All Over

+ Dr. T.S. Kelso @TSKelso  tweeted: Just a note, but we only update
  TLEs every two hours on CelesTrak, so if you are checking or down-
  loading files more than a dozen times a day, you are wasting band-
  width for the other ~350,000 daily users. Please review your
  scripts and adjust accordingly. Thanks! (@TSKelso via twitter)

+ Congratulations to Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA, for placing first place
  as Rover station AC0RA/R, Limited Rover earning him a score of
  121,264 points in the ARRL September VHF Contest. Wyatt's score
  set a new record for W/VE stations, 1st place W/VE, and 1st place
  in the Minnesota Section. (ARRL)

+ Any update on AO-85?

  Many have asked about the staus of AO-85, with it recently being
  placed into safe mode.

  Burns Fisher notes, "...(we) have not had any time to look at it
  trying to deal with the launch and testing of AO-95 (Fox-1Cliff).
  We let it turn into safe mode when it had some odd behavior.
  However, the safe mode telemetry seems to be fine.  I'm surprised
  that the power seems low to you. It should be sending two strong
  frame of telemetry and then "resting" for two minutes, then
  repeating.

  [ANS thanks Burns W2BFJ For the above information]

+ NASA TV to Air 'Spirit of Apollo' Tribute from National Cathedral.
  This month marks the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 8 mission,
  which was the first to bring humans to another world as they
  orbited the Moon on Christmas Eve, 1968. To commemorate this
  historic event in human spaceflight and NASA's history,
  Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will present "Spirit of
  Apollo," a program celebrating the milestone Apollo 8 mission,
  which brought humanity together and pushed the limits of
  exploration. The event will take place at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11
  (UTC-5), at Washington National Cathedral.

  It will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. (NASA)

+ The Ham Talk Live podcast episode 143 featured an interview with
  Keith Baker, KB1SF, AMSAT Treasurer, Neil discussed AMSAT's history
  With Keith. You can listen to a recording of the podcast at:
  https://www.spreaker.com/show/ham-talk-live (via AMSAT)

+ Middle School and High School cubesats fly on SSO-A with Cliff
  https://tinyurl.com/ANS343-SchoolSats

+ AO-96 First Signals Heard

  AO-96 First Signals were as listed on https://www.amsat.org/fox-
  1cliff-launched-initial-telemetry-received/ including Burns Fisher
  as first data. This was first DUV received and arriving at the
  AMSAT Server. Plus the Brazilian stations listed on that web page
  heard the voice beacon.

  N1JEZ said "Heard [voice beacon] about 7:39 PM [0039 UTC] here in
  FN34im Burlington, VT. Very low pass. DUV came on, but not enough to
  grab a packet"

  N3CRT reported 2018-12-04 at 0215-fox1cliff received 1 frame TLM

  (The above information if a synopsis of reports]


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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
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