[amsat-bb] Re: ANS-300 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

ku4os@cfl.rr.com ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun Oct 26 08:34:45 PDT 2008

I apologize for the formatting issues.  Typically I use Eudora to send out ANS.  However, I had to replace my router shortly before leaving for the symposium and discovered the new one from Linksys wouldn't run my VPN software.  The result was that I tried using my ISPs webmail interface to get the news out from my hotel room.  It looked OK here but obviously did not work as well as I'd hoped.  I'll take it as a good lesson for the future that if my VPN connection is down, I'll need to have one of the other ANS Editors send out the final copy.


---- Roger Kolakowski <rogerkola at aol.com> wrote: 
> AH...I checked back to the older bulletins and the font has changed from
> Times New Roman. It also may have gone up a font size.
> Looks a little different, and "might" be harder to read.
> I reserve my opinion for now...
> Roger
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Edward Cole" <kl7uw at acsalaska.net>
> To: <ku4os at cfl.rr.com>
> Cc: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2008 3:49 AM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: ANS-300 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins
> I do not care for this format.  Is there any way
> that you can send this in a format that Eudora-Pro can format?
> 73 Ed - KL7uW
> At 07:08 PM 10/25/2008, ku4os at cfl.rr.com wrote:
> >AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ANS-300 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. Please send
> >any amateur satellite news or reports to:
> >ans-editor at amsat.org In this edition: * AMSAT
> >Vision Updated * New AMSAT Officers for
> >2008-2009 * News from the AMSAT Symposium *
> >Historic Week for ARISS Operations * Richard
> >Garriott Lands Safely * ARISS Status - 20
> >October 2008 SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-300.01 New
> >AMSAT Officers for 2008-2009 AMSAT News Service
> >Bulletin 300.01 Â From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING,
> >MD. October 26, 2008 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID:
> >$ANS-300.01 The AMSAT Board of Directors
> >approved the following Officers at the Board of
> >Directors meeting in Atlanta on 23 October 2008.
> >President:  Barry Baines, WD4ASW Vice President
> >of Operations:  Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA Vice
> >President of User Services: Gould Smith, WA4SXM
> >Treasurer: Gunther Meisse, W8GSM Secretary/VP
> >Special Projects: Lee McLamb, KU4OS
> >Manager:  Martha Saragovitz Vice President Human
> >Spaceflight: Frank Bauer, KA3HDO [ANS thanks
> >Lee, KU4OS, for the above information] /EX SB
> >SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-300.02 AMSAT Vision Updated
> >AMSAT News Service Bulletin 300.02 Â From AMSAT
> >HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. October 26, 2008 To All
> >Statement was updated during the AMSAT Board of
> >the Directors meeting on 23 October 2008.  AMSAT
> >President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, explains, "The
> >update to the Vision Statement represents a
> >recognition of the reality that some of the
> >events and time frames that were anticipated in
> >2004 did not develop." Barry continued, "Our
> >updated vision represents our on-going
> >commitment to the goal of providing satellite
> >systems which provide wide-area coverage and
> >eventually continuous coverage and also
> >recognizes that opportunities other than the
> >traditional Phase 3 GTO type orbit may be a
> >route to fulfill our goals." The new Vision
> >reads: Our Vision is to deploy satellite systems
> >with the goal of providing wide-area and
> >continuous coverage. AMSAT will continue active
> >participation in human space missions and
> >support a stream of LEO satellites developed in
> >cooperation with the educational community and
> >other amateur satellite groups. [ANS thanks
> >Barry, WD4ASW, for the above information] /EX SB
> >SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-300.03 News from the AMSAT
> >Symposium AMSAT News Service Bulletin 300.03 Â
> > From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. October 26,
> >2008 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-300.03 The
> >2008 AMSAT Space Symposium and annual membership
> >meeting was held 24-26 October in Atlanta,
> >GA.  An exciting line up of 20 speakers made
> >presentations on a wide range of topics ranging
> >from "Space Radio for Windows" a low cost,
> >homebrewable receiver by Tony Montero, AA2TX, to
> >concepts that may be implemented in a variety of
> >amateur spacecraft in the future. An extended
> >annual meeting of the AMSAT membership was held
> >on Saturday 25 October and carried on AMSAT's
> >Echolink conference. During the annual meeting
> >new AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW,
> >explained some of the challenges AMSAT has
> >encountered in the past year, AMSAT's updated
> >vision, and plans for developing, testing and
> >flying hardware.  Questions were also taken from
> >both the members present as well as those over
> >Echolink.  The annual meeting also provided the
> >opportunity to recognize the many volunteers
> >who's efforts have assisted in AMSAT's
> >activities over the past year. The excellent and
> >enjoyable AMSAT dinner banquet was held Saturday
> >evening.  Banquet keynote speaker Daniel
> >Schultz, N8FQV, described the latest
> >developments with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
> >Repair Mission. [ANS thanks Lee, KU4OS, for the
> >above information] /EX SB SAT @ AMSAT
> >$ANS-300.04 Historic Week for ARISS Operations
> >AMSAT News Service Bulletin 300.04 Â From AMSAT
> >HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. October 26, 2008 To All
> >RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-300.04 Frank Bauer,
> >KA3HDO, AMSAT-V.P. for Human Spaceflight
> >Programs and ARISS International Chairman
> >said,"I think you all can agree that this has
> >been a stellar and an historic week for Amateur
> >Radio on the International Space Station!" Frank
> >continued, "Speaking on behalf of the ARISS
> >international team of volunteers and the AMSAT
> >community, we really appreciate the overwhelming
> >flood of positive comments that we have received
> >from the ham radio community and the general
> >public regarding the ham radio operations on ISS
> >this past week.  Collectively, we have all made
> >history..starting with Richard, W5KWQ and hhis
> >father Owen, W5LFL and continuing with all of
> >you that participated and/or volunteered in his
> >ISS journey.  And along the way, we have sparked
> >the imaginations of thousands of students.   Got
> >more interest in satellite operations.  And, I
> >understand, excited some youths to the point
> >where they are now  licensed." Richard Garriott,
> >W5KWQ has been extremely prolific on the ARISS
> >ham radio system, making hundreds of voice
> >contacts, operating the packet system during the
> >crew sleep times and transmitting hundreds of
> >SSTV images throughout the day.  He put the
> >newest ARISS hardware, the Kenwood VC-H1 to good
> >use, performing the vast majority of contacts
> >with this hardware system coupled with the
> >Kenwood D700 Transciever.  The remaining SSTV
> >downlinks were performed with the software-based
> >SSTV system---using either the SpaceCam software
> >or MMSSTV software that are on-board ISS.  Given
> >the limited availability of ISS computer
> >systems, the ARISS team will continue to utilize
> >the VC-H1 well after Richard's flight.  So don't
> >be surprised if you see some VC-H1 SSTV
> >operations from Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, during his
> >stay as the commander of Expedition 18. The
> >ARISS team apologizes for the temporary
> >shut-down of the ARISS SSTV server.  They have
> >been a victim of their own success in that the
> >site has been overwhelmed by the popularity of
> >Richard's SSTV images.  Hopefully the system
> >will be operational very soon.  This may take a
> >URL change, so please check the listservs and
> >the ARISS SSTV blog
> >http://www.ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/  for updated
> >information.  http://www.ariss.org will also
> >carry updates. ARISS Development and Operations
> >As a reminder to all, the ARISS team is an
> >international volunteer working group that is
> >sponsored by three major entities in each ISS
> >region---the National Amateur Radio Society, the
> >International AMSAT organization and the
> >National Space Agency.  The 5 regions that
> >comprise the ISS development are Canada, Europe
> >Japan, Russia, and the USA.  In the USA, the two
> >ham radio sponsors are the ARRL and
> >AMSAT-NA.  NASA is the USA space agency sponsor.
> >Over 12 years ago, the formulation of the ARISS
> >working group was a specific request from
> >NASA.  They wanted the amateur radio community
> >to internationally consolidate into one team all
> >the development and operations of the ISS Ham
> >radio system.  This specific request from NASA,
> >and ultimately the other space agencies, was to
> >provide a single focus of ham radio on ISS
> >within the amateur radio community and within
> >the space agencies.  As a result, the 5
> >international delegations that make up ARISS
> >tightly coordinate the day-to-day mission
> >operations as well as the strategic hardware
> >development planning and implementation.  The
> >success of this past week would not have been
> >realized without this tight coordination,
> >particularly between our Russian colleagues, led
> >by Sergey Samburov, RV3DR and our international
> >operations team, led by Will Marchant, KC6ROL.
> >Individuals are always welcome to volunteer
> >their support to ARISS through their regional
> >delegation.  Please see the ARISS web site
> >http://www.ariss.org for more information on
> >your regional delegates. Voice QSOs Reports have
> >been received of individuals providing advice to
> >the ISS on-orbit crew or making specific
> >requests to the ISS crew to change or modify the
> >ARISS hardware, on-board software or ham radio
> >operations.  The ARISS team would like to remind
> >the amateur community that we all have a duty to
> >the international space agencies to coordinate
> >ISS ham radio operations through ARISS.  The
> >ARISS team advises that if you have a specific
> >request or idea, that you forward it to one of
> >the ARISS international delegates or ARISS team
> >leaders.  These individuals are identified on
> >the ARISS web site http://www.ariss.org.  Also,
> >please remember that there are a *lot* of hams
> >that would like to get their QSO with the
> >ISS.  So please use courtesy and keep your
> >contact short.  And once you have made a
> >contact, please do not go for a repeat.despite
> >the intensse temptation to do so.  I think you
> >all know that this is an "open" hobby.  So all
> >are listening in, observing and remembering your
> >operating habits. Frank concludes, "On behalf of
> >the ARISS team, I thank you all for your
> >interest in Ham Radio on ISS.  Enjoy the
> >contacts!  And remember the ARISS teams and
> >organizations that have made the ham radio
> >system on ISS such a tremendous success.  This
> >includes the national amateur radio societies
> >and international AMSAT organizations.  As well
> >as the international space agencies and the ISS
> >on-board crew members." 73,  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
> >AMSAT-V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs ARISS
> >International Chairman [ANS thanks Frank,
> >KA3HDO, for the above information] /EX SB SAT @
> >AMSAT $ANS-300.05 Richard Garriott Lands Safely
> >AMSAT News Service Bulletin 300.05 Â From AMSAT
> >HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. October 26, 2008 To All
> >RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-300.05 Two Russian
> >cosmonauts and an American space tourist
> >undocked from the international space station
> >and plunged back to Earth late today in a
> >problem-free re-entry. Unlike the two previous
> >Soyuz descents, which were marred by module
> >separation problems that led to steep,
> >off-course touchdowns, the Soyuz TMA-12
> >spacecraft landed on target northeast of
> >Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, at 0337 UTC. Russian
> >recovery forces stationed nearby watched the
> >final stages of the descent and reached the
> >capsule a few minutes after touchdown to assist
> >Expedition 17 commander Sergey Volkov, flight
> >engineer Oleg Kononenko and U.S. space tourist
> >Richard Garriott. All three were flown back to
> >Star City near Moscow for more extensive medical
> >checks and debriefing. Kononenko and Volkov, son
> >of Russian cosmonaut Alexander Volkov and the
> >first second-generation space flier, were
> >launched aboard Soyuz TMA-12 on April 8.
> >Garriott, son of former Skylab and shuttle
> >astronaut Owen Garriott, was launched aboard the
> >Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft Oct. 12, along with
> >Expedition 18 commander Mike Fincke and flight
> >engineer Yury Lonchakov. "This has met and in
> >many ways exceeded my expectations," Garriott
> >told reporters Monday. "There's no question,
> >I've already begun to think about the next trip
> >up. With this trip, I was trying to study and
> >analyze how private citizens might be able to
> >contribute to the success here in space. And
> >I'll have a lot more thoughts on that when I
> >come back down." [ANS thanks SpaceFlightNow for
> >the above information] /EX SB SAT @ AMSAT
> >$ANS-300.06 ARISS Status - 20 October 2008 AMSAT
> >News Service Bulletin 300.06 Â From AMSAT HQ
> >SILVER SPRING, MD. October 26, 2008 To All RADIO
> >AMATEURS BID: $ANS-300.06 1. Upcoming School
> >Contacts An Amateur Radio on the International
> >Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled
> >with Scuola Media Statale Donato Forlani in
> >Conversano, Italy on Tuesday, October 28 at
> >09:37 UTC. Students have been introduced to
> >amateur radio and have covered the importance of
> >space missions. Media coverage is expected to
> >include newspapers, radio and television. Santa
> >Teresa del Bambin Gesù in Rome, Italy has been
> >scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the
> >International Space Station (ARISS) contact on
> >Thursday, October 30 at 08:51 UTC. 2. Garriott
> >Contacts Austin Mayor On Wednesday, October 15,
> >spaceflight participant Richard Garriott, W5KWQ,
> >spoke with his friend, Austin Mayor Will Wynn
> >via Amateur Radio on the International Space
> >Station (ARISS). Joining the conversation were
> >three students from LBJ LASA (Liberal Arts and
> >Science Academy) and the East Side Memorial Team
> >who asked questions about the benefits of space
> >travel. Approximately 35 students were present
> >for the event. A press release was issued by
> >News 8. See:
> >http://www.news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=221997
> >The Statesman covered the contact:
> >http://www.statesman.com/search/content/news/stories/local/10/16/1016space.
> html
> >3. Challenger Learning Centers Speak with
> >Garriott via Radio Challenger Learning Centers
> >in Lanham, Maryland, Columbia, South Carolina,
> >Tampa, Florida and Brownsburg, Indiana
> >participated in an Amateur Radio on the
> >International Space Station (ARISS) contact on
> >Thursday, October 16. Garriott, W5KWQ, answered
> >one question from each of the sixteen students
> >and former astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL,
> >finished the question and answer session with a
> >discussion about ham radio. The contact was made
> >possible through telebridge station W6SRJ in
> >Santa Rosa, California. Audio was fed into IRLP
> >(Internet Radio Linking Project) Reflector 9010.
> >It was also fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101
> >377) server and received 7 connections from four
> >countries. A Brownsburg press release was posted
> >to Channel 13 Eyewitness News:
> >http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=9186881
> >The webcast is available on the Challenger site:
> >http://www.challenger.org/programs/garriottwebcasts.cfm
> >4. British Students Experience ARISS Contact
> >Students attending Budbrooke Primary School in
> >Warwick, Warwickshire, England and Richard
> >Garriott, W5KWQ, participated in a successful
> >Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
> >(ARISS) contact on Friday, October 17. The
> >British Amateur Television Club broadcasted the
> >event live on streaming video and the contact
> >received local news coverage:
> >http://www.itvlocal.com/central/news/?player=CEN_News_15&void=247290
> >The BBC also covered the event:
> >http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7677274.stm
> >5. Second ARISS-Challenger Learning Center
> >Contact, Successful A second Amateur Radio on
> >the International Space Station (ARISS) contact
> >was arranged for Challenger Learning Centers in
> >Indianapolis, Indiana, Paducah, Kentucky and St.
> >Louis, Missouri. The contact took place on
> >Friday, October 17 via the telebridge station
> >W6SRJ in California. Fifteen students spoke with
> >Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, and asked 22 questions.
> >Former astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, also
> >participated. Audio was fed into IRLP (Internet
> >Radio Linking Project) Reflector 9010 and the
> >EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) server. EchoLink
> >received nine connections from six
> >countries.  SpaceRef.com posted a press release
> >on all the Challenger Center contacts:
> >http://www.spaceref.com/calendar/calendar.html?pid=5171
> >The webcast is available on the Challenger site:
> >http://www.challenger.org/programs/garriottwebcasts.cfm
> >6. Austin High School Speaks with Space Traveler
> >The Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) High
> >School in Austin, Texas had a direct Amateur
> >Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
> >contact on Sunday, October 19 with Richard
> >Garriott, W5KWQ. Ten students asked two
> >questions each of the space traveler, as
> >approximately fifty students looked on.
> >Television stations reported on the event. A
> >press release was posted by the Statesman:
> >http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/theticker/en
> tries/2008/10/14/lbj_students_to_talk_with_rich.html
> >7. SSTV Update Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, has been
> >transmitting Slow Scan Television (SSTV) images
> >during his flight. Amateur radio operators from
> >around the world receiving these pictures have
> >uploaded them to an Amateur Radio on the
> >International Space Station (ARISS) SSTV Web
> >site. Over one thousand images have been
> >received from both SpaceCam and the VC-H1! See:
> >http://www.amsat.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php 8.
> >JOTA and General Contacts Richard Garriott,
> >W5KWQ, participated in the 51st Jamboree on the
> >Air (JOTA) over the October 18 weekend. JOTA is
> >an annual event during which Scouts worldwide
> >speak to each other using ham radio. Over the
> >last week, Garriott and Mike Fincke, KE5AIT,
> >also made many general contacts with amateur
> >radio operators around the world. 9. ARISS
> >Presentation at ASTC The Association of Science
> >­ Technology Centers (ASTC) held its 2008
> >aannual conference on October 18-21 in
> >Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NASA representatives
> >gave presentations on NASAâ?Ts education and
> >outreach programs and NASA resources. Amateur
> >Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
> >Deputy Program Manager Mark Steiner, K3MS,
> >presented an ARISS overview. 10. Astronaut
> >Training Status Frank De Winne, ON1DWN, has been
> >scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the
> >International Space Station (ARISS) simulated
> >contact with students in Technopolis, Mechelen,
> >Belgium on Monday, October 27. De Winne plans to
> >fly on Expedition 19 in May 2009. Chris
> >Hadfield, KC5RNJ/VA3OOG, and Cady Coleman,
> >KC5ZTH, have been scheduled for an ARISS
> >simulated contact on Thursday, November 6.
> >Hadfield and Coleman are currently assigned as
> >back-up Expedition 19 crew members. These
> >simulated contacts/training sessions are
> >terrestrial-based amateur radio contacts using
> >ARISS-equivalent equipment. [ANS thanks Carol,
> >KB3LKI, for the above information] /EX 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. 73, This week's
> >ANS Editor, Lee McLamb, KU4OS ku4os at amsat dot
> >org
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