[ans] ANS-278 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Sun Oct 4 00:00:08 UTC 2020


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-278

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the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who
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In this edition:

* Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting - October 17
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium Online - October 11
* ARISS Worldwide SSTV Event - October 4-8
* Happy 27th Birthday, AMRAD-OSCAR 27
* FCC Deletes 3.4 GHz Amateur Satellite Service Allocation
* Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Launches Delayed
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 2020
* Message to US Educators: ARISS Contact Opportunity - Call For Proposals
* Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for October 1, 2020
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* AMSAT Awards News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts from All Over


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ANS-278 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 278.01
 From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE October 4, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-278.01

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         Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
    is closed until further notice. For details, please visit
  https://www.amsat.org/amsat-office-closed-until-further-notice/

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Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting - October 17

Learn more about AMSAT's GOLF program, ARISS, AREx, the AMSAT CubeSat
Simulator and other exciting projects taking place in the amateur
satellite world.

The 2020 Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting will
be held on Saturday, October 17th from 9:00am CDT – 5:00pm CDT
(UTC-5). Symposium presentations will be a combination of pre-recorded
video segments along with question and answer sessions held via a Zoom
meeting.

The Symposium will be made available for free live on AMSAT’s YouTube
channel.

Registered attendees will receive a digital copy of the AMSAT
Symposium Proceedings and will be entitled to join the Zoom meeting.
Only registered attendees will be able to participate in the question
and answer sessions. Registered attendees will also be entered into
prize drawings. Registration is free and available only for AMSAT
members at launch.amsat.org. Registration will close on Friday,
October 16th at 5:00pm CDT.

Final papers for the Symposium Proceedings must be submitted by
October 5, 2020 to Dan Schultz, N8FGV, n8fgv at usa.net.

Symposium presentations should be limited to 15 minutes of pre-
recorded video. Video presentations must be submitted by October 10,
2020 to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, n8hm at arrl.net. We ask that presenters
be available to take questions via Zoom following the airing of their
pre-recorded video.

Tentative Schedule

9:00am CDT - Opening Remarks
9:15am CDT – 12:45pm CDT - General Presentations
1:00pm CDT – 2:00pm CDT - AMSAT Education / CubeSat Simulator
2:00pm CDT – 3:00pm CDT - ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station) / AREx (Amateur Radio Exploration)
-ARISS: 2020 Update
-Next Generation Radio System – First Element Operations and Future
System Plans
-AREx/Lunar Gateway and Other Lunar Opportunities
3:00pm CDT – 4:00pm CDT - AMSAT Engineering
4:00pm CDT – 5:00pm CDT - 2020 AMSAT Annual General Meeting

[ANS thanks the 2020 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]

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AMSAT-UK Colloquium Online - October 11

The Online AMSAT-UK Convention takes place on Sunday, October 11, from
11am BST (10:00 GMT) to approximately 5pm, with a break for lunch, and
several short breaks during the day. You don’t have to be a member of
AMSAT-UK to participate, and the event is free of charge but please
register at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-278-AUK ASAP.

Those who are registered will be entered for a number of free raffles
which will take place during the event.

Among the many talks and demonstrations during the day are:

1100 BST (1000 GMT) Official opening by Martin Sweeting G3YJO
1105-1125 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
Update by Ciaran Morgan M0XTD
1135-1200 Decoding Mars spacecraft – Bits and pieces you can learn
from spacecraft telemetry by Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ
1210-1230 Tevel FM transponder satellite constellation by David
Greenberg 4X1DG
1240-1300 LUNART – A Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder Project by Peter
Gülzow DB2OS
1400-1420 FUNcube next, to boldly go… creating an open platform in
space by Phil Ashby M6IPX
1430-1450 QO-100 Demonstration by Mike Willis G0MJW
1500-1520 Getting Goonhilly’s 32m antenna ready to support ESA
missions by Matt Cosby Director of Space Engineering at Goonhilly
Earth Station Ltd
1530-1550 AMSAT North America Engineering Update by Jerry Buxton N0JY
1600-1620 LEO Sat demonstration by Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA

Please register online at http://tinyurl.com/amsatukreg2020

Schedule of the day’s events https://tinyurl.com/ANS-278-AUKProg

AMSAT-UK Colloquium Page https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it
all begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable
solar panels, propulsion, and attitude control. Come along for the
ride. The journey will be worth it!

                  https://tinyurl.com/ANS-GOLF

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ARISS Worldwide SSTV Event - October 4-8

An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International
Space Station (ISS) for early October. The event is scheduled to begin
on October 4 at 14:00 UTC for setup and operation and continue until
October 8 ending at 19:15 UTC. Dates and times subject to change due
to ISS operational adjustments.

Images will be downlinked at 145.8 MHz +/- 3 KHz for Doppler shift and
the expected SSTV mode of operation is PD 120. The main theme of this
collection of images will be Satellites. Radio enthusiasts
participating in the event can post and view images on the ARISS SSTV
Gallery at https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/

After your image is posted at the gallery, you can acquire a special
award by linking to https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ and follow
directions for submitting a digital copy of your received image.

[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS PR, for the above information]

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Happy 27th Birthday, AMRAD-OSCAR 27

Happy 27th birthday to AMRAD-OSCAR 27, still alive and operating
today!

For an amateur radio satellite operator in the early 1990s, working on
a satellite project based on the AMSAT Microsat design was a dream
job!

The hams on the team (including Dino Lorenzini, Mark Kanawati, Steve
Greene and Mike Wyrick) couldn't help but include an amateur radio
payload, and were successful with the help of fellow amateurs and the
local Vienna, Virginia Amateur Research and Development (AMRAD) group:
Paul Renaldo, Andre Castillot, Dave Rogers, Glenn Baumgartner, Sandy
Sanders, Matt Butcher, Randy Mays, and Terry Fox, and with help from
AMSAT’s Lyle Johnson, Chuck Green, and Jim White, among many others.

EYESAT-1/AO-27 launched (with the amateur payload and an extra UHF
antenna for the downlink) at 0145 UTC September 26, 1993.  [Ariane-4
V59 also launched amateur satellites KO-25, IO-26, and PO-28, SSTL’s
Healthsat-2, the Stella research satellite, and the Spot-3 earth
observation satellite.]  The satellite was commanded on during the
next orbit and the first QSO on the amateur payload was made the
following morning on September 27, 1993. (We think – does anyone have
an archive of amsat-bb emails from 1993 who can check?)

AO-27 was the first FM “bent pipe” satellite and proved to be easy to
work with a strong downlink and sensitive receiver.  The amateur FM
repeater has served many Hams worldwide and was one of the first “Easy
Sats”.  AO-27 was later used for the first successful D-Star mode
satellite QSO.  The 800km orbit provides continent-spanning coverage.
At least one station is known to have worked 49 states solely via
AO-27!

And here we are today, the 27th of September, 2020, celebrating the
27th birthday of AO-27!

Thanks to Mike Wyrick N3UC who babysat the spacecraft for the last 27
years.

And thanks to all those who helped.  There are many untold stories and
photos we hope to share in the near future.

Current information on AO-27’s operating schedule is at www.ao27.net

[ANS thanks Mark Kanawati, N4TPY, Mike Wyrick, N3UC, and Steve Greene,
KS1G, for the above information]

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FCC Deletes 3.4 GHz Amateur Satellite Service Allocation

At its open meeting on September 30, 2020, the Federal Communications
Commission adopted a Report and Order that sunsets amateur use of the
3.3-3.5 GHz band. This spectrum includes the 3.40-3.41 GHz amateur
satellite service allocation.

AMSAT had previously filed comments opposing the FCC's proposal to
delete this spectrum.

The adopted Report and Order can be found at
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-278-FCC

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President, for
the above information]

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Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Launches Delayed

CAMSAT says the CAS-7A launch has been postponed until next May, and
CAS-5A until next June.

“Because of COVID-19, many things have been delayed,” CAMSAT’s Alan
Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL. He said an announcement would be made closer
to the announced launches.

CAMSAT said last spring that CAS-7A would launch in mid-September; the
launch has been postponed multiple times since first announced. CAS-5A
was predicted to launch in October. Both satellites will carry two
transponders that include HF, in a configuration similar to that of
the Russian RS satellites decades ago.

CAS-7A will be placed into a sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination
of 98° at 500 kilometers above Earth. The transponders will have a
bandwidth of 30 kHz. According to the IARU amateur satellite frequency
coordination page, the HF/HF linear transponder will uplink on 15
meters — 21.245–21.275 MHz, and downlink on 10 meters — 29.435-21.465
MHz. A CW beacon will transmit on 29.425 MHz. The HF/UHF transponder
will uplink at 21.3125–21.3275 MHz, and downlink at 435.3575–435.3725
MHz. A CW beacon for that transponder will transmit on 435.430 MHz.

The CAS-5A nanosatellite, with a 6U form factor, carries two HF
transponders and two VHF/UHF transponders. While in orbit, it will
deploy the tiny CAS-5B femtosatellite, which will weigh just 0.5
kilogram.

The array of CAS-5A linear transponders will include HF/HF, HF/UHF,
and VHF/UHF with 30-kHz passbands (except 15 kHz for the HF/UHF
transponder).

CAS-5A will include CW telemetry beacons on HF and UHF. The HF CW
beacon will be at 29.465 MHz, and a UHF telemetry beacon will be at
435.57 MHz. Other beacons include the HF/HF transponder beacon at
29.490 MHz; the HF/UHF transponder beacon at 435.505 MHz, and the VHF/
UHF transponder beacon at 435.540 MHz. Telemetry will be transmitted
at 435.650 MHz. The V/U linear transponder will uplink at 145.820 MHz;
the V/U FM transponder will uplink at 145.925 MHz. Terrestrial
stations will access the transponders at 21.385 – 21.415 MHz.

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]

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VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 2020

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
ARRL for the period September 1, 2020 through October 1, 2020.
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

WOW! Long list again this month! Almost a record.

CALL    Sept   October

K8YSE   1935    2007   Only 30393 to go!
N8HM    1102    1127
N8RO    1070    1075
K8YSE/7 671     842
W5RKN   721     732
WD9EWK (DM43)   617   623
K9UO    575     600
AD0HJ   478     500
KE8FZT  450     475
MI6GTY  459     460
N7EGY   456     457
W4ZXT   327     431
KJ4EU   261     404
XE2RV   262     385
KC9UQR  351     377
KC9VGG  336     374
AC9O    204     359
K5CIS   250     300
WB7QXU  204     252
KF6JOQ  201     251
KB9STR  138     229
PU4JOE  150     210
AA8CH/N8R  113  206
K5TA    101     202
W8LR    149     175
KJ4M    170     171
N5EKO   108     152
N7AME   148     150
N1PEB (FN42)    New   138
W7YED   New     127
KO4AQF  104     126
WB9VPG  New     116
K1ECU   100     115
N5BLY   New     106
KC3KJQ  New     103
K2KA    New     102
N8SGZ   New     100

If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list at
<mycall>@<mycall>.com and I'll revise the announcement.
This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings
for the two months. It's a visual comparison so omissions
are possible. Apologies if your call was not mentioned.
Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely
on the birds. They are doing most of the work!

[ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN, for the above information]

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Message to US Educators: ARISS Contact Opportunity - Call For
Proposals

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 anticipates
that the contact would be held between July 1, 2021 and December 30,
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 deadline to submit a proposal is November 24th, 2020. Proposal
information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines
and the proposal form can be found at www.ariss.org. An ARISS
Introductory Webinar session will be held on October 8, 2020 at 8
PM ET. The Eventbrite link to sign up is:
https://ariss-proposal-webinar-fall-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.

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

[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS PR, for the above information]

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Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for October 1, 2020

The following satellite has decayed from orbit and has been removed
from this week's AMSAT TLE Distribution:

MO-105 - Cat ID 44832 (decay epoch = 2020-09-28 0:00 UTC per Space-
Track). The UTC time is an approximation.

Note: The decay epoch predicted by Space-Track for MO-106 - Cat ID
44830 is 2020-10-15.

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the
above information]

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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
meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

Due to COVID-19, many hamfest and events around the United States have
been canceled or postponed. While we make every effort to ensure the
information contained below is correct, there may be some that we
missed.

Clint Bradford K6LCS has booked his “Work the FM Voice Satellites With
Minimal Equipment” presentation for various clubs.

10/27/2020 – Cherryland ARC / Traverse Bay ARC
TBD – Antelope Valley (CA) ARC
TBD – A private presentation for a Boy Scout troop in Danville,
Pennsylvania

These will be Zoom presentations. Everyone is asked to update their
copies of the Zoom application – by directly visiting Zoom.us.

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

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AMSAT Awards News

Gerry Krebs, N0JE, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, are the latest recipients
of AMSAT's GridMaster Award. This award was first introduced by Star
Comm Group in 2014. AMSAT thanks Damon Runion, WA4HFN, and Rick
Tillman, WA4NVM, for not only sponsoring this award since its
inception, but, also, entrusting AMSAT with the honor of carrying on
this important award for the benefit of the entire AMSAT community.

The GridMaster award is available to all amateurs worldwide who submit
proof with written confirmation of contacts with each of the 488
maidenhead grids located within the contiguous United States of
America.

More information about this award can be found at
https://www.amsat.org/gridmaster/

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards,
for the above information]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

JQ78, JW7xK, 10/7 – 10/12 JW7XK (or maybe LA7XK) will be active on
RS-44 on as many passes as possible  His focus is to work NA and maybe
also JA, when/if it is possible. Our QTH will be in JQ78. He is using
an Arrow Antenna 10el. on 70 and 4 el on 2 mounted on a tripod with a
small homemade antenna rotor. I am using filters and preamps on both
2m and 70cm. link frequency 435660 +/- Doppler.

EM05/06 and EM04/14, @KL7TN, 10/4 and 10/5

DK78/ DK79, @XE1HG will be there on Oct 12th so going to activate DK78
and DK79, Holiday style on FM until now, If I have the chance to carry
some brick will be on linears too. More to confirm as soon as the date
get closer.

CN76/77 10/3 and 10/4 @AD0DX Just booked tickets for beautiful Ocean
Shores, WA… CN76/CN77 grid line Sat Oct 3 approx 0000z to Sun Oct 4th
approx 1700z, pass details closer to the trip

EL Grids, @N1PEB 10/10 -10-14: 10/10 EL95 Key Largo,  10/11 EL94 Key
West,  10/12 EL84 Dry Tortuga,  10/13 EL94 Key West, 10/14 TBD

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke0pbr at gmail.com

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, for the above information]

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   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/

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ AO-7 is now in constant sunlight and the 24 hour timer is switching
the satellite between Mode A and Mode B. The exact time of the switch
has not yet been determined, but it appears that it is currently in
Mode A on odd-numbered days and Mode B on even-numbered days.

+ The Moscow Aviation Institute's MAI-75 ISS SSTV activity occurred on
September 30 and October 1. Images received can be viewed at
https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/

+ A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying 22 satellites, some transmitting on
amateur bands, successfully launched on September 28. More information
on this launch can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-278-Soyuz

+ The independent accountant's review of AMSAT's 2019 financial
statements is now available on the AMSAT website.
https://amsat.org/audit-and-other-financial-reports/

+ Several new products are available on the AMSAT Zazzle store,
including a set of coasters, a watch, a t-shirt featuring the AMSAT
round logo, and more. Check out the new items! 25% of the purchase
price goes towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

+ AMSAT Remove Before Flight keychains are again available on the
AMSAT store. Purchases help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
https://www.amsat.org/product/amsat-remove-before-flight-keychain/

+ All issues of The AMSAT Journal dating back to 2014 are now
available to AMSAT members on AMSAT's new membership portal. The
1969-2013 archive will be added at a later date. All editions of
AMSAT's Symposium Proceedings are also available for members. If
you're a current AMSAT member, get logged on today. If you are not yet
a member, consider joining today at https://launch.amsat.org/

+ The 2020 edition of AMSAT’s Getting Started with Amateur Satellites
is now available on the AMSAT store. A perennial favorite, Getting
Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite
information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The
book is presented in DRM-free PDF format, in full color, and covers
all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.
The digital download is available for $15 at
https://tinyurl.com/2020GettingStarted

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President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. President's Club donations may be made at
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-PresClub.

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.

Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space,

This week's ANS Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org


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