[amsat-bb] ANS-041 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Feb 9 18:21:18 PST 2008


ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North
America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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.

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In this edition:

* ARISS-Europe Amateur Radio Antennas Reach Orbit
* AO-51 February Schedule
* ARISS Observes SuitSat-1 Anniversary
* AO-51 Satellite Cardboard Model Prototype Assistance Requested
* AMSAT Presence at Orlando Hamcation This Weekend
* FO-29 Status
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status Report For The Week of February 4, 2008

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ARISS-Europe Amateur Radio Antennas Reach Orbit

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.01
February 10, 2008
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When the Shuttle Atlantis launched on Thursday, February 8 the
European Space Agency's Columbus module was on its way for
delivery at the International Space Station.  The amateur radio
antennas mounted on the exterior open a new phase of amateur
radio in space.  While it will take several months to complete
the ham shack aboard the Columbus module the first step has 
been taken.

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chairman, and AMSAT-NA 
V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs was quite pleased at this
milestone and told the team, "I would like to extend my congrat-
ulations to the ARISS-Europe team on today's successful launch 
of our newest on-orbit hardware delivery, the additional ARISS 

The ARISS-Europe team have been working hard and diligently for 
over 5 years to realize this outstanding milestone.  The team 
faced numerous challenges, including some very severe environmental
testing to get approval to fly these antenna systems.  

Noting the international effort for this success, Frank continued,
"I would like to thank Gaston Bertels, ON4WF for his outstanding 
leadership on this project and Dr. Pawel Kabacik at the Wroclaw 
University of Technology in Poland for his efforts in the antenna 
design and testing.  And I would like to extend my sincere gratitude 
to all those who contributed to this project through their volunteer
efforts, financial contributions and/or in-kind contributions.  
YOU helped us develop, test and fly these antennas." 

For more information on the ARISS antennas, see:

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO and ARISS for the above information]


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AO-51 February Schedule

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.02
February 10, 2008
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Drew KO4MA, AMSAT-NA VP Operations noted this week, "The AO-51 
committee has completed a schedule for February. We will continue 
the V/US repeater mode that began on January 25th for all of 
February, except on Tuesdays through Thursdays when we will switch 
to L/US. 

This pattern will repeat every week in February except that the mode
switch from V/US to L/US on Tuesday the 12th will be delayed until 
Wednesday the 13th to accommodate a School Roundup event at Two 
Rivers School in North Bend, Washington.

The S-band downlink may be temporarily suspended for WOD telemetry
download without notice. Generally this will only be for one pass 
per day.

Regarding the graphic schedule on the main AMSAT web page, the soft-
ware that does the schedule will not allow for the proper display 
of the current modes. Please refer to:

February 2008 AO-51 (AMSAT Echo) Schedule

February 1 until February 29, subject to modification

February 8 - February 12
FM Repeater, V/US
Uplink:    145.920 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
Downlinks: 435.300 and 2401.200 MHz FM

February 13 - February 14
FM Repeater, L/US
Uplink:    1268.700 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
Downlinks:  435.300 and 2401.200 MHz FM

February 15 - February 18
FM Repeater, V/US
Uplink:    145.920 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
Downlinks: 435.300 and 2401.200 MHz FM

February 19 - February 21
FM Repeater, L/US
Uplink:    1268.700 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
Downlinks:  435.300 and 2401.200 MHz FM

February 22 - February 25
FM Repeater, V/US
Uplink:    145.920 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
Downlinks: 435.300 and 2401.200 MHz FM

February 26 - February 28
FM Repeater, L/US
Uplink:    1268.700 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
Downlinks:  435.300 and 2401.200 MHz FM

February 29 - TBD
FM Repeater, V/US
Uplink:    145.920 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
Downlinks: 435.300 and 2401.200 MHz FM

[ANS thanks the AO-51 Operations Committee for the above information]


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ARISS Observes SuitSat-1 Anniversary

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.03
February 10, 2008
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In marking the 2nd anniversary of the deployment of SuitSat-1
/Radioskaf/AO-54 from the ISS this week, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, 
ARISS International Chairman, and AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Space-
flight Programs said, "I want to take this opportunity to thank 
all the volunteers around the world that supported the SuitSat-1
development, deployment, public outreach and ground station 
reception."  Frank said the SuitSat certificates have been mailed
as of this past week.

2008 brings new opportunities to you, the hams interested in ARISS,
which includes:

+ Plans to commemorate the 25th anniversary of human spaceflight 
  ham radio operation---the flight of Owen Garriott, W5LFL on the 
  space shuttle Columbia, STS-9 in 1983.  

+ A team of dedicated amateur radio operators is working to bring 
  SuitSat-2 to reality.  At this point in time, it is not clear 
  when it will be deployed, but we are working feverishly to have 
  it ready for deployment before the end of the year.  

+ We expect to have significant ARISS crew amateur radio partici-
  pation starting in the October 2008  timeframe with the launch 
  of the Expedition 18 crew and Soyuz taxi flight.

Frank wraps up with, "I thank all of you for your interest in ARISS.
This program is truly inspirational for students, the ham radio 
community, and the communities surrounding the schools that have 
been touched by the 334 (to date) school contacts conducted since
December 2001."

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO and ARISS for the above information]


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AO-51 Satellite Cardboard Model Prototype Assistance Requested

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.04
February 10, 2008
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Stefan, VE4NSA has finished the 1st prototype of an AO-51 cardboard 
model design and would like to give a few dedicated individuals the 
opportunity to actually build the model and help him with the final 
design and the necessary instructions. 

Stefan notes, "At this stage I will need individuals that have built
cardboard models (ships, airplanes, rockets etc.) before and don't 
need detailed instructions but know the tools that are required to 
assemble such a model."

Pictures of the current prototype can be seen at: 

It is still a work in progress and hopefully will end up as a 
product that AMSAT can offer for a donation. I designed the model 
in a 1:1 scale but for the purpose of this project it has been 
reduced to 75% size. This will allow builders to print it on regular 
size photo paper and still have a beautiful model for display in 
the shack, school projects, or amateur radio presentations.

Building the model will require time, patience and a color printer 
since the model is distributed as pdf files. This form of distribution
will save paper and will allow you to print it as many times as you 

As mentioned above, Stefan is looking for up to five test builders 
(with experience) that are willing and able to finish the model in 
four to five weeks. It is not a two hour project and dedication to 
detail and exact cutting and gluing is required. Those that help and 
provide him with updates on their progress and final feedback will get
the final distribution files as well as the model files in a 1:1 

Send Stefan an email <callsign>@amsat.org if you are interested!

[ANS thanks Stefan, VE4NSA for the above information]


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AMSAT Presence at Orlando Hamcation This Weekend

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.05
February 10, 2008
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This weekend AMSAT will have a large presence at the Orlando Hamcation.
It will remind some people of Dayton.  The Orlando Hamcation has grown 
in size and prominence in the U.S.  After all, it is in a "horrible 
place" for Winter in the U.S.!  See: http://www.hamcation.com/

The following AMSAT board members and officers will be there:

AMSAT President Rick Hambly, W2GPS
AMSAT President Emeritus, Tom Clark, K3IO (ex-W3IWI)
AMSAT Executive V.P.  Lee McLamb, KU4OS
AMSAT V.P. Operations,  Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT V.P. Field Ops, Gould Smith, WA4SXM
AMSAT V.P. Engineering Bob McGwier, N4HY

Some of the above are board members.  Additionally, board members 
Lou McFadin, W5DID and Barry Baines, WD4ASW will be in attendance.
Barry Baines is our new Eagle/Intelsat project manager.

AMSAT has been granted prominent times and rooms for presentations.  
AMSAT is bringing the operational SDX and will soon thereafter put 
an  SDX based linear transponder on the air covering much of the 
state of Florida and in a prominent place in Maryland.  Additionally, 
one of the SDX will be in use in Europe thanks to a generous offer 
and help from  Viktor Kudielka.  

Taking advantage of the occasion, AMSAT will hold engineering planning
meetings in Orlando this weekend for engineering management.  This was
decided because so many of these people were going to be in attendance

[ANS thanks Bob, N4HY AMSAT-NA VP Engineering for the above information]


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FO-29 Status

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.06
February 10, 2008
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Toyo Komatsu, JA0CQP provided an update on behalf of JARL in
regards to the status of the FO-29 satellite.  JARL is the
agency responsible for FO-29 operation.

While command and control and some transponder operation has
been recovered over Japan, JARL notes at this time FO-29 is not 
in condition to offer worldwide service with control stations
around the world.

The satellites power budget is a key issue. Although power from 
the solar cells is just adequate for operation, the inner impedance 
of the Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries is increasing.  They cannot
support operation of the transmitter approximately 10 minutes after
entering eclipse.

The PCU (Power Control Unit) has failed and the satellite's trans-
mitter does not automatically recover, requiring intervention by
the ground control station in Tokyo. 

JARL will continue to monitor the situation aboard FO-29 and preserve
its functionality for as many as users around the world as possible.
This situation may continue for up to 2 years until FO-29 enters a
no-eclipse period in 2010. 

[ANS thanks Toyo Komatsu, JA0CQP for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.07
February 10, 2008
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+ AMSAT Engineering needs experienced help programming the MPS-430.  
  This processor will be in a Cubesat.  The preference is to use 
  FreeRTOS on it but adequate reasons for not following this path 
  can be discussed.  Email to n4hy at amsat.org directly.

+ JAMSAT (Japan-AMSAT) announced that QSL cards for QSOs via ISS 
  Cross Band Repeater are valid for the "JAMSAT 5 Stars Award".

+ The 2008 Microwave Update is being planned for the weekend of 
  October 17-18-19 in the Minneapolis area.

+ The dates for the AMSAT-UK Colloquium are July 25,26,27, 2008.

+ The University of Louisiana is asking for a volunteers to help 
  mentor a senior design capstone project to design and test to 
  destruction with high dose of radiation a communication  control 
  and data handling  processor. This processor is planed to fly on 
  the CAPE II satellite on 2009. It is anticipated that this will 
  involve two one hour session a month via WEB X. We are seeking 
  those have skill in designing fault tolerant microprocessors and 
  have knowledge of how high energy particles effect memory chips.
  Contact k5qxj at amsat.org.

+ W5ACM, W5GFP, WA5TWT, WA5WOD, N5RPQ and WB5RMA finished up a cruise 
  to the western Caribbean. Over 90 QSOs were made using call W5ACM/MM
  from the Carnival Conquest. Some AO-16 passes with excellent results.
  Most of the contacts were via AO-51 but they were amazed at the 
  signal strength of the AO-16 downlink. It was REALLY EXCELLENT!!
+ The launch of the NLS-4 cluster including Delfi-C3 has been delayed
  again, for now, it is scheduled for mid-April.  Updates will be post-
  ed on the Delfi mission status page.

+ PB and PG for Linux are programs used for download from and upload 
  to digital satellites (Pacsats) supporting the FTL0 protocol. This
  software allows you to directly communicate with the Microsat series
  of satellites. Release 2.2.1 of PB/PG for Linux is now available
  from ftp.amsat.org   /amsat/software/Linux/pbpg-2.2.1.tar.gz
  (via oz6bl (at) amsat (dot) org)

+ Would you like to name the next great space telescope? Here's your
  chance: NASA is inviting members of the general public to suggest 
  a new name for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope before it 
  launches in mid-2008. See:
  Anyone who drops a name into the "Name That Satellite!" suggestion 
  box on the Web page can choose to receive a "Certificate of Partici-
  pation" via return e-mail. Participants also may choose to receive 
  the NASA press release announcing the new mission name. The announce-
  ment is expected approximately 60 days after launch of the telescope.

+ Clint Bradford, K6LCS has secured an AMSAT member deal from HRO on the 
  Arrow satellite antenna with duplexer: Model 146/437-10WBP for $125.95. 
  That's about $10-15 off suggested retail. Offer good through February.
  Contact k6lcs at amsat.org.

+ AMSAT needs volunteers to "man" the AMSAT booth at Timonium, one of the
  largest amateur radio shows on The East Coast. The dates are March 29 
  and March 30 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md.  See:
  http://www.gbhc.org/  Contact Martha at AMSAT HQ if you can help!
  301-589-6062, or e-mail martha at amsat.org.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report For The Week of February 4, 2008

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 041.08
February 10, 2008
BID: $ANS-041.08

1. ARISS School Contacts - Status

Due to crew schedules onboard the ISS, no ARISS contacts are 
planned at this time.  The ARISS team expects contacts to resume 
once STS-122 launches in early February. 

2. Glenden State School Receives Award for ARISS Contact

An ARISS contact took place between Glenden State School in 
Queensland, Australia and Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, on April 4, 
2007.  On January 26, 2008 the school was presented with an 
Australia Day Award in recognition of the contact. The mayor 
who bestowed the award noted that the contact was a very unique 
educational outreach activity in which the community became 
involved. ARISS member Shane Lynd, VK4KHZ, submitted an article 
covering this news to the Wireless Institute of Australia. The 
story and photos have been posted under News on the ARISS Website.  
See: http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm

3. Astronaut Training Status

On Tuesday, January 29, Mike Barratt, KD5MIJ, participated in 
an ARISS training session at JSC. Basic radio operations and 
school contacts were covered during the class. Barratt is a 
backup crewmember for Expedition 18, and the prime Flight 
Engineer for Expedition 19A.

ARISS conducted an amateur radio school contact simulation 
utilizing a local school. Students at Bay Area Charter Elementary 
near JSC took part in 2 sessions on Friday, February 8 at approx-
imately 9:45 am and 10:10 am CT via the JSC W5RRR repeater. Mike 
Fincke, KE5AIT, participated in the first contact and Koichi Wakata, 
KC5ZTA, participated in the second simulated contact. These two 
contacts were retransmitted on the Internet Radio Linking Project 
(IRLP) and the W5RRR repeater.  This is the first time a school 
contact simulation training session has been conducted live with 
students at the other end of the session. If successful, it might 
be possible to conduct a handful of these sessions each year.

4. ARISS Radio Configured in Crossband Repeater Mode

On Thursday, January 31, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, 
configured the ARISS Kenwood radio to crossband repeater mode. The 
frequencies are 437.800 MHz uplink and 145.800 MHz downlink. 

5. ARRL Article on ARISS Chairman

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran an article on ARISS 
Chairman Frank Bauer in its ARRL Letter.  To view the story, 
"ARISS International Chairman Moves into New Position at NASA," 
see: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/08/0201/

6. SuitSat-1 Certificates

The ARISS team has begun to distribute certificates for partici-
pation in the SuitSat-1 project. Additional certificates will 
be mailed as participant lists are received. SuitSat-1, an amateur 
radio satellite housed in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, was deployed 
on February 3, 2006 and received extensive media coverage and over 
9.5 million hits on the SuitSat Web site.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI for the above information]


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This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org

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