[ans] ANS-082 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

Frank Karnauskas n1uw at gokarns.com
Sun Mar 22 00:14:19 UTC 2020


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-082


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and 
information 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 satellites.

The news feed on http://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:
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In this edition:

* AMSAT President Urges Members to Renew/Donate Now
* AMSAT Treasurer's Report Posted
* 2020 AMSAT Academy Cancelled
* IARU Announces R2 Satellite Communication Workshop 31 May 2020
* AMSAT-BR Announces QO-100 FT8 QRPp Experiment
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 19, 2020
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over


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ANS-082 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 082.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
March 22, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AMSAT President Urges Members to Renew/Donate Now

AMSAT President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG has put out a call for new and 
renewing AMSAT members to act now and register online.  

Coleman says, "All things considered, cancellation of Hamvention 2020 
was the right thing to do and we recognize the difficult decision 
that the Dayton Amateur Radio Association Executive Committee had to 
make.

"The cancellation of Hamvention will have a dramatic effect on the 
well-being of many vendors and associations that serve the Amateur 
Radio community.  AMSAT is no exception.  Hamvention has always been 
a major fund-raising tool for both recruiting and renewing members 
as well as selling AMSAT branded merchandise, software, books and 
antennas.  The loss of this important venue has the potential to 
adversely affect the projects that AMSAT has underway already and 
planned for the months and years ahead.

"This is a very exciting time for Amateur Radio in Space with the new 
Interoperable Radio System for ARISS, the GOLF satellite program, 
updating member services and launching our Youth Initiative.  It has 
been many years since we have seen this kind of excitement and 
interest in space communications.  We would hate to lose that 
momentum and fall behind.

"I am asking everyone to act now and join or renew their AMSAT 
membership NOW while it is on our minds.  Your immediate willingness 
to act will help strengthen AMSAT and help ensure our mission of 
'Keeping Amateur Radio in Space'.  There are membership 
opportunities for everyone to consider:

- Basic Membership from $44
- Student Membership from $22
- Additional Household Memberships from $22
- School and Club Memberships from $80
- QRO Membership from $80
- Lifetime Membership $880 (or only $74/mo. For twelve months)"

Coleman also adds, "And, while you're at it, don't be afraid to kick 
in a few extra dollars with a one-time or sustaining donation to 
AMSAT's general operating fund.  Especially appreciated are those 
Amateurs who can make an extra difference by contributing to the 
President's Club with contributions of $120 or more.  Whatever you 
can contribute, please understand that every dollar counts.

"Additionally, with Hamvention's cancellation, we lost the 
opportunity to personally greet and thank all of AMSAT's membership 
and to share our enthusiasm for the upcoming year.  Watch for 
upcoming news on our plans and launches for 2020. We'll be talking 
soon."

[ANS thanks Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, AMSAT President for
the above information]

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AMSAT Treasurer's Report Posted

During the AMSAT Board of Directors meeting held March 17, 2020 
Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT Treasurer presented a report to the 
board members.  Bankston said," Now that I’ve had a few months to 
settle into my new position as AMSAT Treasurer and spend a little 
time digging through the numbers, I thought it was time to share what 
I have found and set the record straight about some of the 
misinformation that is being spread about AMSAT’s financial position.

" Despite rumors and misquotes of AMSAT being on an unsustainable 
path, let’s look at where we really are and how we are doing.

- Over the past ten years (2010-2019), AMSAT has averaged a $34,357 
- increase in net assets (what most people refer to as profits) 
  per year.
- Our combined revenues over expenditures (profits) for the past 5 
  years (2015-2019) were $110,962, which includes launching 4 amateur 
  satellites into space, readying RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) and the ARISS 
  InterOperable Radio System for flight, and getting started on GOLF 
  and Lunar Gateway projects.
- In 2019, AMSAT generated $756,256 in revenues with $617,425 in 
  expenditures.

"Year to year fluctuations are generally a result of timing 
differences between project fundraising efforts and when AMSAT needs 
to spend money. In addition, AMSAT maintains its reserves in 
investment accounts, which are subject to market price fluctuations 
and must be included in our financial statements.

"2018 is a perfect example:

- AMSAT authorized a $62,055 payment to NASA, which was not 
  reimbursed until 2019.
- AMSAT spent $62,397 on the initial hardware development for GOLF.
- AMSAT launched two satellites in 2018, Fox-1D (AO-92) and 
  Fox-1 Cliff (AO-95).
- AMSAT had to report a $77,128 fair market value loss in investments 
  (which was fully recovered in 2019)."

Bankston adds, "Don’t get me wrong – there is certainly room for 
improvement. I have already identified and started to implement cost-
saving and budgetary control measures that can and will make us more 
efficient. As AMSAT Treasurer, it is my job to safeguard AMSAT’s 
resources from both fraud and waste, and I intend to do exactly that. 
I look forward to what more we can achieve."

In his report Bankston also summarized a number of other financial 
matters.

Membership
- Membership revenues continue to rise and have increased 65.68% in 
  just that past 5 years, all without any increase in dues rates for 
  its members.
- New memberships, renewals, life memberships, and AMSAT Store 
  purchases for the first three months of 2020 are on track to exceed 
  the same revenue sources for 2019.

Transparency
AMSAT is fully committed to financial transparency.  Its financial 
statements and regulatory informational reports (Form 990's) are and 
have always been publicly available.  Furthermore, to add confidence, 
an independent certified public accounting firm reviews AMSAT's 
financial statements and includes their report with our financials. 
AMSAT financial reports and related documents are available online at
www.amsat.org/audit-and-other-financial-reports/. 

Solvency
AMSAT is on a solid financial footing and headed in the right 
direction. AMSAT started this year with over $134,000 in cash and 
over $591,000 in investments. The level of its reserves, its ability 
to generate more revenues than expenses, and its ability to continue 
to grow its members has AMSAT fiscally positioned to accept whatever 
challenges and opportunities tomorrow brings.

Bankston concluded his report by saying, "AMSAT does not expect to 
fully fund itself with membership dues. Member dues are meant to 
cover member services and benefits.  Funding for everything else 
must come from other sources.

"In 2019, member dues accounted for only $134,570 of AMSAT’s total 
revenues. The remaining $621,686 came from the kind hearts of our 
donors and the incredible work of our volunteers – seeking out new 
revenue streams and securing grants to further support our mission.

"We, at AMSAT, are keeping our promise to Keep Amateur Radio in Space 
and doing so in a fiscally responsible manner."

This report including graphs and charts can be seen at
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-treasurers-report.

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

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2020 AMSAT Academy Cancelled

Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 Hamvention, the AMSAT 
Academy has also been canceled.  Registrants will be notified 
directly with refund information.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, Vice President User Services for 
the above information.]

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IARU Announces R2 Satellite Communication Workshop 31 May 2020

This 3-hour online workshop is an opportunity for all English 
speaking Radio Amateurs in IARU Region 2 and specifically the 
Caribbean to meet and share their experience with amateur satellite 
communications. No prior experience in satellite communications is 
required.

Tentative workshop agenda will include:

- How to get started in satellite communications 
- A practical demonstration using inexpensive and simple components 
  (Handy and portable Antennas) 
- Useful tools, helpful tips, techniques and websites to find 
  information on how to get started 
- Explain the different components of a ground station for more 
  advanced users (LNA, Cross-Polarized Antennas, phased lines, 
  coaxial loss at VHF and upper frequencies, equipment, SDR's, etc.). 
- Using satellite communications as a way to encourage young people 
  to become Amateurs and generate connections and projects with local 
  universities, college and schools in STEM programs 
- Attendees are all Amateurs interested in satellite communications, 
  whether experienced or wanting to learn how to get started.

Workshops General Information:

- Working language will be English for both workshops.
- Preference will be given to amateurs in the Caribbean.
- Workshops will start at 1400 local time (AST/ET, 1800 UT).
- Access will be via Zoom, an easy to use online conference tool 
  available on a number of platforms. 
- Agenda and information on how to participate will be sent to 
registered participants in mid-May.

Registration for the online workshop can be found at 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-082-IARU-Workshop

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]

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AMSAT-BR Announces QO-100 FT8 QRPp Experiment

AMSAT-Brazil is organizing a reverse beacon FT8 QRPp experiment/
contest via the QO-100 geostationary amateur radio transponder.

The first ten spotted stations with lower SNR will receive a 
Certificate of Accomplishment.  The dead line will be May 1, 2020. To 
qualify, the SNR must be lower than -18 dB (as measured by the FT8 
decoder). The receiver will be active on Saturdays and Sundays from 
12:00 UTC to 24:00 UTC and will be tuned to 10.489540 GHz with a 
3.5 kHz bandwidth. All stations calling CQ will be logged.

The objective for the project is to incentive low power 
experimentation through the QO-100 narrow band transponder. Stations 
participating in the experiment are welcome to send a brief 
description of their setup, including information about RF power 
output, hardware and software setups, antenna type and gain, photos, 
etc. to the email address py2sdr at gmail dot com.

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

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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 19, 2020

Ray Hoad, WA5QGD reports, "I am pleased to announce that AMSAT-NA's 
request to re-distribute TLE elements from Space-Track website has 
been approved for the period April 1,2020 to April 1, 2021. Our ODR 
(Orbital Data Request) to re-distribute the Space-Track TLE's was 
approved by Air Force 18 SPCS on February 27, 2020 (Received 
March 12, 2020).  Thanks to Air Force 18 SPCS, Perry Klein, W3PK 
and Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P for their help in this yearly process.  We 
are 'good to go' for another year."

The following Amateur Radio satellites have been removed from this 
week's TLE distribution:

EO-79   - NORAD CAT ID 40025 - Non-operational
UKube-1 - NORAD CAT ID 40074 - Non-operational
AO-85   - NORAD CAT ID 40967 - End of Mission

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD for the above information.]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

+ River Bend Wireless Rove (EN22,EN33,EN34,EN42,EN43,EN44) 
  April 2-4, 2020
Mitch AD0HJ is looking to add six more grids to his rover basket just 
before the April 4 AMSAT presentation/demonstration at the River 
Bend Wireless and Mechanical Society in Faribault, MN. Mitch will be 
activating the EN43/EN44 grid line on April 2nd, the EN32/EN42 grid 
line on April 3, and the EN33/EN34 grid line on April 4, 2020. 
Watch Mitch’s Twitter feed as the dates approach for a detailed 
schedule at https://twitter.com/AD0HJ.

+ From the Mountains to the Bay (CM88,89,98,99; DM09,19,29; 
  DN00,01,02,10,11,20,21) April 12-21, 2020
RJ, WY7AA, is hitting the asphalt again, roving from Wyoming to 
Vacaville, CA. He’s attending a class from April 15-19, so most of 
the roving will be outside of this time. Grids to be covered include: 
CM88,89,98,99; DM09,19,29; DN00,01,02,10,11,20,21. Specific pass 
details will be posted on WY7AA QRZ page and Twitter 
(https://twitter.com/WY7AA) as the trip approaches.

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

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Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

- May 2, 2020 Arrowhead Radio Amateurs Club Hamfest, Superior, WI
- May 2, 2020, Cochise Amateur Radio Association Hamfest, 
  Sierra Vista, AZ
- May 8-9, 2020 Prescott Hamfest, Prescott, AZ
- June 12-13, 2020, Ham-Con, Plano, TX

Be sure to check this page and event organizers for cancellations!

To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration, 
please send an email to ambassadors at amsat dot org.

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

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ARISS News

+ Completed Contacts

Turkey Space Camp, Izmir, Turkey, telebridge via W5RRR. 
- The ISS callsign was NA1SS. 
- The astronaut was Drew Morgan KI5AAA. 
- Contact was successful on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
- In an ARISS first due to COVID-19, all of the questions were 
  pre-recorded by the students and no students were on site during 
  the contact. 

+ Upcoming Contacts

SPDW Voortrekker Movement, Oranjeville, South Africa, direct
  via ZS9SPD. 
- The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. 
- The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA. 
- Contact is go for: Friday, March 27, 2020 at 09:47:49 UTC.

Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia, direct via RKØJ??. 
- The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS. 
- The scheduled astronaut is Oleg Skripochka. 
- Possible contact on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 2020-03-31 08:50 UTC.


"ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools 
and the public in general.  As such, we may have last minute 
cancellations or postponements of school contacts.  As always, I will 
try to provide everyone with near-real-time updates."  

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

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Shorts from All Over

* AMSAT February 4, 2020 BoD Minutes Available Online

The minutes for the AMSAT Board of Directors meeting held on 
February 4, 2020 are now available online for viewing at
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-082-BoD-Minutes

[ANS thanks the AMSAT office for the above information.]


+ Sean Kutzko New Article: Upgrading to Linear Satellites

Wondering what to do after working the FM birds?  Sean Kutzko, KX9X 
has updated his series of satellite operating tips with "Satellite 
Basics (Part 3): Upgrading to the Linear Satellites".  Covering 
everything from equipment suggestions to proper tuning procedures, 
this information-packed article can be found at 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-082-Linear-Birds.

[ANS thanks the Sean Kutzko, KX9X for the above information.]


+ Hamvention Announces Refund Information

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association has made the following 
announcement regarding Hamvention refunds:

"Due to unfortunate cancellation of Hamvention 2020, we know that 
tickets, inside booth spaces and flea market spaces have been 
purchased.  These purchases have been made by online credit cards, 
mail order checks and purchased from our outside vendors. All refunds 
will be through the same method of purchase.  All credit card sales 
will be refunded to the original card used to make the charge.  All 
check and cash sales will be refunded by check.  We anticipate all 
refunds completed as soon as possible but not later than August 1."

Further information is available at https://hamvention.org/.

[ANS thanks DARA for the above information.]


+ Australis OSCAR 5 Book Available in the U.S.

Australis OSCAR 5 - The Improbable Story of Australia's First Private 
Satellite book (second edition) is now available in the  U.S.  The 
book details how, in the 1960's, a group of University of Melbourne 
Science and Engineering students and one Law student banded together 
to build a satellite in their spare time.  

You can order the book directly from the publisher at
https://isdistribution.com/BookDetail.aspx?aId=122391

[ANS thanks Owen Mace for the above information.]


+ FUNCube TLM Receive Antenna Available

AMSAT-UK is pleased to offer a simple, low cost antenna system, for 
use with a FUNcube Dongle (or any other receiver) to receive the 
FUNcube telemetry signals. Based around a Winkler Crossed Dipole 
antenna, this kit includes the antenna, a RF cable (2m long) for 
connection between the antenna and a FUNcube Dongle, and a USB cable 
(approximately 1.8 m long) for connecting the dongle to a computer.

Ordering information is available at
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-082-FUNcube

[ANS thanks Graham Shirville, G3VZV for the above information.]


+ Remote Display over USB for Kenwood TH-D74

Many operators love their Kenwood TH-D74 handheld for satellite 
operation but there is always room for improvement.  Tony Milluzzi, 
KD8RTT offers plans for an external remote display that connects to 
the radio's USB port.  The device is based on a Raspberry Pi Zero W 
and a 16×2 LCD.  The complete plans are available at 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-082-TH-D74

[ANS thanks Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT for the above information.]


+ Amateur Radio Satellite Spreads Fight Coronavirus Message

Indonesia’s national amateur radio society ORARI reports the ham 
radio satellite LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) is being used to send a Fight 
Coronavirus message using APRS. A translation of the ORARI post says, 
“Stay Healthy, Stay at Home #LawanCorona”.

See the complete story at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-082-Coronavirus.


+ M2 Pathfinder Satellite Launch Imminent

M2 Pathfinder satellite's next launch window is reportedly no earlier 
than March 29, 2020.  The M2 Pathfinder is a collaboration between 
the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra Space and the 
Australian Government.  The M2 Pathfinder will test communications 
architecture and other technologies that will assist in informing 
the future space capabilities of Australia. The satellite will 
demonstrate the ability of an onboard software-based radio to 
operate and reconfigure while in orbit.

The mission has been named ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ in recognition of 
Rocket Lab board member and avid Queen fan Scott Smith, who recently 
passed away.

Complete information on the mission is available at 
https://www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/.

[ANS thanks Terry Osborne ZL2BAC for the above information.]

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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 
additional benefits. Application forms are available from the 
AMSAT office.

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 
student rate for a maximum of six post-secondary years in this 
status.

Contact Martha at the AMSAT office for additional student 
membership information.

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

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