[ans] ANS-019 Draft_200118_2329

Frank Karnauskas n1uw at gokarns.com
Sat Jan 18 23:31:20 UTC 2020


This is what will fly at 0000 unless anyone has any final corrections
or additions.

Mostly the same but some style changes in the API article and
reformatting some lines with extra spaces.

73
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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-019


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and 
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In this edition:

* GOLF-TEE Reaches Major Milestones
* ARISS Contact Opportunity Call for Proposals February 1, 2020 to 
  March 31, 2020
* Satellite Status and Tracking API's Added to AMSAT Website
* Qarman Beacon Telemetry Information Released
* China Telecoms Regulator Proposing to Delete Some Current 
  Amateur Allocations
* Memorial Service for Brian Kantor, WB6CYT
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over


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ANS-019 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 019.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
January 19, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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GOLF-TEE Reaches Major Milestone

A group of GOLF-TEE (Greater Orbit Larger Footprint - Technology 
Evaluation Environment) satellite prototype boards transmitted 
telemetry for the first time on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The boards 
are laid out on a bench as a "flat-sat" with interconnecting wires, 
bench power supplies, and a dummy load on the transmitter. The 
interconnected boards include: 

- An early RT-IHU (Radiation Tolerant Internal Housekeeping Unit 
  (i.e. computer) prototype,
- A CIU (Control Interface  Unit) prototype, and 
- A set of spare boards from HuskySat-1 that act  as prototypes for 
  the LIHU (Legacy IHU) and legacy VHF/UHF RF components. 

Now that the development team has reached this point, it has RF to 
use as a basis for developing a GOLF-TEE decoder for FoxTelem, the 
ground telemetry receiver software.

Thousands of hours of work by many AMSAT volunteers have gone into 
the hardware and software that got GOLF-TEE this far, with much work 
yet to be done before flight units are ready.

GOLF-TEE is designed as a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) testbed for 
technologies necessary for a successful CubeSat mission to a wide 
variety of orbits, including MEO(Medium Earth Orbit) and HEO (High 
Earth Orbit).

To help support the GOLF program, please consider volunteering or 
donating today.

https://www.amsat.org/volunteer-for-amsat/

https://www.amsat.org/donations/amsat-golf-program-donations/

[ANS thanks Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, AMSAT Flight Software, and the 
entire GOLF team for the above information]

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ARISS Contact Opportunity Call for Proposals February 1, 2020 to 
March 31, 2020

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program 
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and 
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur 
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS is happy to 
announce a proposal window which will open February 1, 2020  for 
contacts that would be held between January 2021 and June 2021. Crew 
scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To 
maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for 
organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and 
integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. 

The proposal window for contacts between January 2021. and June 2021 
will open on February 1, 2020 and close on March 31. 2020.  Proposal 
information and documents can be found at www.ariss.org. Two ARISS 
Introductory Webinar sessions will be held on two different date and 
times. The first is at January 23 at 2100 ET and the second is at 
January 27 at 1800 ET. The same material will be covered during both 
sessions, so choose the session that best fits your schedule. The 
Eventbrite link to sign up is 
https://ariss-proposal-webinar-spring-2020.eventbrite.com 

The Opportunity 

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate 
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are 
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact 
with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session. 

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via 
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space 
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford 
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from 
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn 
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an 
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless 
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human 
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the 
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate 
changes in dates and times of the radio contact. 

Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA 
and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present 
educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio 
organizations' volunteer efforts provide the equipment and 
operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS 
and students around the world using Amateur Radio.  

For More Information

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, 
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of 
Information Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.

Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education at gmail.com . 

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]

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Satellite Status and Tracking API's Added to AMSAT Website

Thanks to an initiative by Heimir, W1ANT,  AMSAT added Application 
Programming Interfaces (APIs) to the AMSAT web site to make it easy 
for developers to write apps for mobile devices and the Internet of 
Things (IoT).  For example, the satellite status page 
www.amsat.org/status does not work well on small screens.  By 
accessing the status data directly developers can easily present the 
data in a way appropriate for their screens.   

These APIs also make it easy for IoT homebrewers to do things like 
build next pass reminder gizmos so they can beep out notices in CW.   
The developers have set a goal of February 15, 2020 to finalize the 
APIs, and consider them operational on March 1, 2020.   Developers 
are encouraged to send suggestions or questions to 
www.amsat.org/webmaster-contact/   For details of API use 
visit www.amsat.org/status/api/ and www.amsat.org/track/api/

[ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P for the above information.]

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Qarman Beacon Telemetry Information Released

QARMAN, a nano-satellite designed and built at VKI, was launched to 
the International Space Station on December 5, 2019. Deployed is 
expected to take place in the week of February 12, 2020.

QARMAN (Qubesat for Aerothermodynamic Research and Measurements on 
AblatioN) is the world's first CubeSat designed to survive 
atmospheric re-entry. Work on it started in 2013 at the von Karman 
Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI).

The aim of the QARMAN mission is to demonstrate the usability of a 
CubeSat platform as an atmospheric entry vehicle. Spacecraft 
descending towards a planet with an atmosphere experience very harsh 
environment including extreme temperatures (several thousand 
degrees).

Information about Qarman's 437.350 MHz 9600 bps GMSK AX.25 beacon has 
now been released by the team.

Download the Qarman Beacon Definition QARMAN_BCNdef_v1.1 at 
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/qarman_bcndef_v1.1.pdf

Download the Beacon Decoder spreadsheet QARMAN_BCNdecoder at 
https://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/qarman_bcndecoder.xlsx

Reports can be sent to operations at qarman.eu 

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

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China Telecoms Regulator Proposing to Delete Some Current 
Amateur Allocations

China's telecommunications regulator has proposed amending the 
Measures for the Administration of Amateur Radio Stations, and some 
amateur bands are in danger of being eliminated. Lide Zhang, BI8CKU, 
told ARRL that the proposal would prohibit amateur operation on the 
2200-meter band as well as on 146 - 148 MHz, 1260 - 1300 MHz, 
3400 - 3500 MHz, 5650 - 5725 MHz, and all bands above 10 GHz.

Radio communications engineer and Chinese Amateur Satellite Group 
(CAMSAT) CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL that government efforts to 
eliminate some amateur bands are nothing new, but proposals that have 
been aired for a while now are on the regulatory agency's schedule. 
Kung said he does not anticipate that all of the bands proposed will 
be taken away, but he conceded that the climate will "undoubtedly" 
become increasingly more dangerous for China's amateur radio 
community.

"The attempt to crowd out the amateur radio bands has a long history 
throughout the world," he said, "but it may never have become so 
urgent for the amateur radio community as it is today. We all 
understand that radio spectrum resources have become a bottleneck for 
further development." He said today's radio communication industry 
"is working hard to share spectrum resources." Kung characterized 
spectrum as "the soil on which amateur radio depends."

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information.]

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Memorial Service for Brian Kantor, WB6CYT

Phil Karn, KA9Q shares the following announcement:

"As you know, Brian Kantor, WB6CYT passed away suddenly on 
November 21, 2019. We will hold a memorial service for Brian on 
Saturday, Feb 1 2020 at 1:30 PM in La Jolla, CA (part of San Diego). 
Please see this link for details: 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-019-Kantor-Memorial

"Please bring any photos, mementos and (above all) stories and 
anecdotes about Brian to share. Brian wasn't exactly a highly formal 
person who stood on ceremony, so we'll keep this informal. If you 
have a story to tell, it's up to you whether you stand up and relate 
it to the whole group or just a few others at a time. There will be 
plenty of time for both.

"Everyone who knew Brian is welcome. His friendships spanned at least 
three distinct social circles, and I know he'd be very happy to see 
everyone meet and enjoy everyone else's company. Even if he'd be a 
little embarrassed that we were doing it in his honor.

"Free snacks and refreshments will be provided, so please RSVP 
through the evite link so we can tell the hotel how much to make 
available. If you have special dietary needs, please say so; the 
hotel has a menu we can choose from.

"Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested. 
Hope to see you on the 1st."

[ANS thanks Phil Karn, KA9Q for the above information.]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

New Orleans, LA (EL49, EL58, EM59, EM40, EM50, EM60) January 14 - 
February 1, 2020
Adam, KC3OBS, will be roving EM40, EM50, EL49, EL59, January 14 - 
Feb 1. In between, Adam will be EL58, January 18 or 19 
depending on weather, and in EM60 January 29. Adam will announce 
passes and updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparky_husky

Labrador (GO11 +) January 19-27, 2019
Chris VE3FU, Dave VE9CB, and Frank VO1HP will be active as VO2AC in 
the 2020 CQ160 CW contest, January 24-26, from Point Armour 
Lighthouse, in Labrador. If time permits before the contest, they 
may be active on FM satellites from GO11 as VO2AC or VO2AAA.
Depending on weather and timing of passes, you might catch them on 
FM satellites as they make their way from FO93 to GO-11, passing 
through FO92, GO02, GO13, GO12, and GO22 along the way, but no 
promises. They will also make the reverse trek on January 27.

Montserrat (FK86) January 26 - February 2, 2020
Mel, W8MV, will be in Montserrat 26 January until 2 February, 
operating under the call sign VP2MCV on FM Sats. QSL via LOTW.

Antigua (FK97) February 2 - 9, 2020
Mel, W8MV, will be in Antigua 2-9 February.  Mel is waiting for his 
operating license.  Will update as soon as it arrives. FM only. 
QSL via LOTW

Isla Perez, Mexico (EL52, EL50, EL51) February 11 - 17, 2020
Members of Radio Club Puebla DX will be active as 6F3A from 
Isla Perez, Mexico, between February 11-17. The operators mentioned 
are Patricia/XE1SPM (Team Leader), Ismael/XE1AY, Rey/XE1SRD and 
Ricardo/XE1SY. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters, and 
include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16). QSL via XE1SY. 
Ismael, XE1AY, reports that he doing CW and the satellites, and will 
also TX from EL50 and XE1AY/mm from EL51.

Big Bend National Park (DL88)  March 16-17, 2020
Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend 
National Park to put grid DL88 on the air.  Details will be added 
here, as they come available, but you are more than welcome to keep 
an eye on their individual Twitter feeds:  https://twitter.com/ad0dx, 
https://twitter.com/dtabor, and https://twitter.com/W3ARDstroke5

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL for the above information.]

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ARISS News

(Editor's Note: See school contact opportunity story above.)

+ Upcoming Contacts

Morita Junior High School, Fukui, Japan, direct via 8J9MO 
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
Contact is go for: Wed 2020-01-22 08:00:46 UTC 27 deg

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
Contact is go for: Wed 2020-01-22 17:21:36 UTC 32 deg

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N  for the above information.]

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Shorts from All Over

+ ARISS-US Educators Review Processes for US Proposal Window

A team of educators who are members of the ARISS-US Education 
Committee is finalizing the last few processes related to the late 
2019 ARISS-US Proposal Window.  The team had ranked the education 
proposals and then sent a list to the ARISS-US leaders of the top 
schools and education groups recommended for hosting an ARISS 
contact. A news release is in draft stage. The organizations selected 
will be in the queue for scheduled ARISS contacts during the second 
half of 2020.  A new ARISS-US Proposal Window will open soon and 
details on this will be forthcoming.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]


+ WIA 2020 Annual Conference Presentations

The Wireless Institute of Australia Annual Conference will be held in 
Hobart, Tasmania May 8-10 2020 and registrations are open.

On the Saturday afternoon a wide range of presentations are organized 
to showcase the conference theme which is the "Antarctic Gateway".

Following lunch there will be two presentation streams which can be 
categorized as the "Antarctic" stream and the "Radio" stream. 
Complete information can be viewed at:
https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2020/20200111-3/index.php

[ANS thanks the Wireless Institute of Australia for the above 
information.]


+ AMSAT Argentina Celebrates LO-19 30th Anniversary

On Feb-22-1990 LUSAT/LO-19 was launched along with AO-16, DO-17, 
WO-18, UO-14 & UO-15. It was the first Argentina Satellite, and one 
of first to use PACSAT protocol.  LUSAT is still calling home with 
its carrier at +/-437.125.

Members of AMSAT Argentina (LU7AA) celebrate the 30th anniversary of 
the LUSAT (LO-19) satellite between Jan. 18 and 26 on HF on SSB, 
FT8, CW. An award is available as well. QSL via LU7AA (d), eQSL.
Find complete information at:
http://lu4aao.org/lu7aa/cert_30_aniv_lusat_2020.htm and
http://amsat.org.ar/certlusat30.htm

[ANS thanks the DARC DX Newsletter and AMSAT-LU for the above 
information.]


+ AMSAT-SA Announces A New Date Fre Their Space Symposium

The annual AMSAT SA Space symposium date has changed to 
Saturday, 11 July 2020. While the call for papers is ongoing till the 
end of February, AMSAT SA is pleased to announce that Burns Fisher, 
WB1FJ, of AMSAT NA will delivery two papers at the symposium: 
Fox-in-a-box: Fox telemetry reception using an inexpensive 
Raspberry Pi and a J-pole antenna including a discussion on the 
optimal positioning for a J-pole antenna for satellite reception and 
an overview of what is in orbit currently and expected in the near 
future and their features. Prospective authors are invited to 
propose other papers by submitting a brief synopsis to 
admin at amsatsa.org.za before 28 February 2020.


+  Cardiff Microwave Roundtable Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Cardiff University ARS will host a meeting of the UK Microwave 
Group on Saturday March 7, 2020 at our campus in Cardiff. This one 
day event is a mix of talks, measurements, and socializing about 
activities in the GHz frequencies.
GNU Radio Workshop

On the following day, Sunday March 8, there will be a hands on 
Introduction to GNU Radio and Software Defined Radio. More info 
coming soon, please send an email to officers at cardiffars.org.uk 
if you are interested.

[ANS thanks the UK Microwave Group for the above information.]


+ Lockheed Martin Launches First Smart Satellite Enabling Space 
  Mesh Networking

Recently, Lockheed Martin launched the Pony Express 1 mission as a 
hosted payload on Tyvak-0129, a next-generation Tyvak 6U spacecraft. 
Pony Express 1, an example of rapid prototyping, was developed, built 
and integrated in nine months.  Some of the key technologies being 
flight-tested include: 

- Software validates advanced adaptive mesh communications between 
  satellites, shared processing capabilities, and can take advantage, 
  of sensors aboard other smart satellites, 
- A software-defined radio that allows for high-bandwidth hosting of 
  multiple RF applications, store-and-forward RF collection, data 
  compression, digital signal processing and waveform transmission, 
- 3D-printed wideband antenna housing. 

Read the full story at 
http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=55121

[ANS thanks Spaceref.com for the above information.]

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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

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