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In this edition:
* AMSAT Announces 2020 Field Day Rules
* AMSAT Awards Update
* AO-27 Returns from the Dead
* Updated GOLF Project Information Available
* Changing HuskySat-1 Keps Name in FoxTelem
* Hack-a-Sat Team Boasts Exceptional Participation
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-145 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 145.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Announces 2020 Field Day Rules
It’s that time of year again; summer and Field Day! Each year the
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day as a “picnic, a
campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of
all, FUN!” The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes
its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur satellites,
held concurrently with the ARRL event.
For 2020, the event takes place during a 27-hour period from 1800 UTC
on Saturday June 27, 2020 through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 28, 2020.
Those who set up prior to 1800 UTC on June 27 can operate only 24
AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards Bruce Paige, KK5DO, has an-
nounced the rules for the 2020 event.
Paige notes that "AMSAT has followed the ARRL when it comes to the
date, times and most rules with regard to Field Day. [ARRL has made
some modifications due to COVID-19]. With that in mind, AMSAT is going
to have to adapt as well."
Paige further elaborates, "What we will do for AMSAT Field Day is con-
centrate on rovers and operating from home." In line with this new
concentration, the awards issued this year will be modified. The top
three club stations will receive certificates as will the top three
stations overall (instead of the top three home operators on emergency
power). AMSAT will also award certificates to the top three roving
The 2020 rules can be found at https://www.amsat.org/field-day/.
[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards,
for the above information]
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
is closed until further notice. For details, please visit
AMSAT Awards Update
This is my first update on the awards for 2020. They used to slowly
trickle in. However, over the last two months, there have been a lot of
submissions. AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award for making their first
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
Hiroto Miura, JI8UCI
Jason Davis, N8PDX
Andrew Stamp, N2YQO
Cameron Zotter, K4DCA
Angus Alexander, KJ7KOJ
Gustavo Schwartz, PR8KW
Richard Cutrer, KF5TQT
Kurt Melden, K1SEA
William McDermott, KM6MCH
Robert Smith, KO4CCD
Bernd Scholer, DL6IAN
AMSAT Communications Achievement Award
Russel Kinner, WA8ZID #624
Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #625 EM30
Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #626 EM21
Stephan Greene, KS1G #627
AMSAT Sexagesimal Satellite Communications Achievement Award
Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #185 EM30
Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #186 EM21
Stephan Greene, KS1G #187
AMSAT Century Club Award Hector Luis Martinez Sis,
W5CBF #55 EM30
AMSAT South Africa Satellite Communications Achievement Award
Russel Kinner, WA8ZID #US225
Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #US226 EM30
Hector Luis Martinez Sis, W5CBF #US227 EM21
Wade Stuart, N0TEL #US228
Stephan Greene, KS1G #US229
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award (1,000-4,000)
John Stone, KC9VGG #98
Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, #99 (4,000)
Mitchell Ahrenstorff, AD0HJ #100 (2,000)
Dave Chasey, N9FN #101
Paul Overn, KE0PBR #102 (3,000)
Robert Sours, K9UO #103 (2,000)
Kell Bodholt, KI7UXT #104 (2,000)
Wade Stuart, N0TEL #105 (2,000)
Michael Frazier, KJ5Z #106
Nicholas Mahr, KE8AKW #107
Jerod Speck, W4ZXT #108
Casey Tucker, KI7UNJ #109
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award (5,000)
Adrian Liggins, VA3NNA #35
Christy Hunter, KB6LTY #37
AMSAT Rover Award Rover Call
To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org and click on
Services then Awards.
[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards for
the above information]
Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift?
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code BESTDADGIFTS. Other items are 15% off.
25% of the purchase price of each product goes
towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
AO-27 Returns from the Dead
A number of amateurs have reported that the FM repeater of AO-27 has
been active for brief intervals in recent weeks. When commanded on by
control operators, the transponder is active for about two minutes be-
fore reverting to telemetry transmissions only.
Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, remarks that AO-27 wasn't originally intended
to be an FM satellite. It lacks the audio filtering normally seen with a
n FM receiver, since its uplink receiver was going to be used for data.
With the lack of audio filtering on the uplink receiver, AO-27 was used
for tests with D-Star radios.
The Wayback Machine has captures of the former ao27.org web site, de-
tailing how those tests were done. Two radios were used for those D-
Star QSOs, one for uplink and the other for downlink).
Many are hopeful that control stations will eventually be able to re-
cover the satellite sufficiently to provide more regular operation. In
the meantime, if you hear the satellite active, make your contacts
[ANS thanks Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, AMSAT Board Member, for
the above information]
Updated GOLF Project Information Available
The AMSAT website has posted updated information on the next series of
satellites, intended to succeed the current Fox satellites. AMSAT is
developing a satellite program that should see amateur transponders in
Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and eventually High
Earth Orbit (HEO)
GOLF is an acronym for "Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint"
The goal of the GOLF program is to work by steps through a series of
increasingly capable spacecraft to learn skills and systems for which
we do not yet have any low-risk experience. Among these are active at-
titude control, deployable/steerable solar panels, radiation tolerance
for Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) components in higher orbits, and
The first step is to be one or more Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites
similar to the existing AO-91 and AO-92, but with technologies needed
for higher orbits. With proven technologies, an interim high LEO or
Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite would follow on.
The eventual goal is a High Earth Orbit (HEO) similar to AO-10, AO-13,
and AO-40, but at a currently affordable cost combined with signifi-
cantly enhanced capabilities which in turn will allow the use of much
less complex ground stations.
Read the AMSAT GOLF article at: https://bit.ly/2WPV9WN
[ANS thanks @amsat and Southgate ARC for the above information]
Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
Changing HuskySat-1 Keps Name in FoxTelem
Instructions for updating FoxTelem (including Fox-in-a-box) so that
HuskySat-1 keps are now downloaded as HO-107.
Go to the Spacecraft menu and select Husky (or something else if you
have changed the name). In the upper left is a section that says "Name
(for Keps)" and the box to the right should say "HuskySat-1". Just
change that to HO-107. Done.
Note that HuskySat-1 is no longer in the downloaded keps, so the one
you have will get older and more out-of-date until you change the name.
Don't forget you will need to do something similar with MacDoppler or
SatPC32 or any other tracking program you have.
[ANS thanks Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, for the above information]
Hack-a-Sat Team Boasts Exceptional Participation
The Vaporsec "Capture The Flag" (CTF) team, specifically open to ama-
teur radio operators, has seen the largest turnout for a CTF competi-
tion in team history, for this satellite-themed event. We have over 20
signed up for the qualifications event this coming weekend. We believe
that based on the diversity, quality, and positive can-do spirit, that
we have a chance at being competitive and moving on to the final round
in late summer.
We had a successful team organizational meeting last night are are
looking forward to a Friday 5pm Pacific start time. I'm looking forward
to being able to share how amateur radio operators and practical exper-
ience carried the day!
The point of the competition seems to be the Air Force wanting to see
that the current level of competence is out there with respect to sat-
ellite operations and security. Hints have included backgrounders on
ADAC, Satellite IoT platform security, protocols, ground control, and
more. Rules and link to the Hack-a-Sat website are at:
Something that we noticed is that an unsolved challenge in last week-
end's DEFCON CTF qualifier round was from the same team that is put-
ting on Hack-a-Sat CTF.
So! If you are wondering what kind of challenges are posed to partici-
pants in a CTF, here is that satellite-themed challenge. We expect this
sort of thing to be the starting point for an entire weekend of satel-
lite reverse engineering, puzzle solving, and rogue-craft-wrangling.
There are two files related to the challenge. The challenge text and
the two files can be found at: https://bit.ly/2yrFlQM
See you on the other side of the CTF! We will have a write-up of the
event and share any and everything we learn along the way.
[ANS thanks Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, AMSAT Board Member, for the above
Upcoming Satellite Operations
WY7AA is still in planning stages but on Monday the 26, DN82/DN72 and
maybe later DN73/DN74, please watch his twitter page @WY7AA for more
Mitch, AD0HJ, has decided to "go check on the tree" in North Dakota.
He will be finishing his circuit as this issue is published, but he
may still be available on 5/24 UTC in EN06/16
Details on his Twitter page, @ad0hj
Ron, AD0DX, and Doug, N6UA, are making another run at the elusive DL88
in Big Bend National Park, Texas. They tried this grid back in March,
and due to the mud couldn’t get to the grid, so never ones to quit, off
they go again. The tentative date is Sunday May 31, 2020. They will be
using the K5Z call sign. More information is available at the K5Z QRZ
Please submit any additions or corrections to ke0pbr (at) gmail.com
[ANS thanks Paul Overnfor, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the
Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
from our Zazzle store!
25% of the purchase price of each product goes
towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between
amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with
astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The
downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.
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 cancella-
tions or postponements of school contacts. As always, ARISS will try
to provide everyone with near-real-time updates at the ARISS webpage:
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team men-
tors for the above information]
AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in space?
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating
through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meet-
ings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.
Due to COVID-19, many hamfest and events around the United States have
been cancelled or postponed. While we make every effort to ensure the
information contained below is correct, there may be some that we
missed. We wish all of you safekeeping and hope to be at a hamfest
near you soon.
No scheduled events
The following events scheduled to have an AMSAT presence have been
June 12-13, 2020, Ham-Com, Plano, TX
A copy of the AMSAT hamfest brochure is available for download from:
https://bit.ly/2ygVFmV This color brochure is designed to be printed
double-sided and folded into a tri-fold handout.
To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration,
please send an email to ambassadors (at) amsat (dot) org.
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP-User Services for the
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ Radio amateur and Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology
Ltd, Sir Martin Sweeting, G3YJO, has recorded a series of home vid-
eos from Coronavirus lockdown to record answers to the questions he
is most frequently asked. In a recent episode he talks about his in-
spiration for pioneering the original SmallSats revolution and re-
veals two of his favourite SSTL missions. Watch Sir Martin Sweeting,
G3YJO – Early Years & Favourite Missions at:
(ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP-Operations, and Doug
Shook's page, www.kc4mcq.us, for the above information)
+ Thailand's regulator the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Commission (NBTC) has issued a special callsign to The Radio Amateur
Society of Thailand (RAST), founded under the royal patronage of the
King of Thailand. The call is E2STAYHOME. RAST will be operating us-
ing this callsign on all bands and in all modes, including on NB mode
for Es'hail 2 QO-100 geostationary satellite.
(ANS thanks Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN, for the above information)
+ NASA astronauts Robert Behnken Douglas Hurley arrived at the Launch
and Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday,
May 20, 2020, ahead of SpaceX's Demo-2 mission. This will be the
first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft
and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of
the agency's Commercial Crew Program. Behnken and Hurley are sched-
uled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, from Launch
Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA is inviting the public
to help celebrate a historic milestone by participating in NASA’s
virtual launch experience at: https://www.nasa.gov/beourguest
(ANS thanks spaceref.com for the above information)
+ According to a new release of Union of Concerned Scientists' opera-
tional satellite database, AMSAT-OSCAR 7 remains the oldest opera-
ting satellite in Earth orbit. The next oldest operating satellite
is NASA's TDRS-3, launched 14 years after AO-7 in 1988. Details at:
+ All issues of The AMSAT Journal from 2017 to the present are now
available for AMSAT members on our new membership portal. More years
coming soon. Get logged on today!
+ Virgin Orbit has announced that the window for its Launch Demo, the
first orbital test flight with LauncherOne, opens this weekend on
May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (1700 to 2100z).
A backup window for launch is on May 25 during the same time frame.
(ANS thanks Twitter account @Virgin_Orbit for the above information)
+ Another record-shattering QSO was made via RS-44 last night! @KI7UNJ
in Oregon worked EB1AO in Spain - a distance of 8,314 km. Both sta-
tions had negative elevation! Satellite distance records are main-
tained at: https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/
(ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive VP, for the above
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
73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor, Casey Tucker, KI7UNJ
ki7unj at amsat dot org
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