[amsat-bb] ANS-165 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Jun 13 18:19:14 PDT 2009


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:
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* 2009 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting October 9-11 *
*   Four Points Sheraton Hotel at the Baltimore Washington Airport   *
*  Details - http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/2009/index.php *

In this edition:

* AO-51 Special Event: Kid's Day June 20
* AO-51 Field Day Configuration
* Treat Yourself to an Amateur Radio Conference
* 7000 KM Contact Via AO-7 Mode B - Brazil to Belgium
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AO-51 Special Event: Kid's Day June 20

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 165.01
June 14, 2009
BID: $ANS-165.01

Amateur Radio Kids Day will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2009, 
between 1800 UTC - 2400 UTC. This on-air event encourages young 
people (licensed or not) to have fun with Amateur Radio, hopefully
interesting them get a ham radio license of their own. It also 
gives us "older hams" [ahem!] a chance to share our love for 
amateur radio with the kids.

AMSAT VP Operations, Drew KO4MA announced that one of AO-51's 
repeaters will be dedicated to Kid's Day stations during this 
period. During the event please limit QSOs to those with youth 
participants on the satellite. The frequencies for this event 
will be:

AO-51 FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink:   145.880 Mhz FM
Downlink: 435.300 Mhz FM

The suggested exchange includes name, age, location and favorite 
color. To draw attention mention "Kids Day" when you call on
the satellite.

All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. 
You can download this certificate for free, customized with the 
youngster's names, after filling out the Kids Day Survey on the 
ARRL Web Site. 

Alternatively, you can send a 9" x 12" SASE to Boring Amateur Radio 
Club, PO Box 1357, Boring, OR 97009.  An email reflector for Kids 
Day has been set up. More info about this list can be found at: 

[ANS thanks the AO-51 Operations Team and the ARRL for the above 


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AO-51 Field Day Configuration

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 165.02
June 14, 2009
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AMSAT's Satellite Field Day is held concurrently with the annual 
ARRL Field Day emergency preparedness exercise. This year the event
will take place between 1800 UTC on Saturday June 27, 2009 through 
2100 UTC on Sunday June 28, 2009.

AMSAT encourages stations to prepare for operations on all of the
satellite modes - analog, FM, and digital. The congestion on FM LEO 
satellites has become so intense based on experience in prior years 
that we request to limit your use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. The
ARRL rules only allow one contact per FM satellite to count. AMSAT
Field Day rules allow one contact per FM repeater to count. This 
includes the International Space Station, if operational.

AO-51 will be configured to support Field Day operations. The Field
Day configuration on AO-51 begins on June 21 to allow stations to 
test their equipment and antennas at home prior to the event. The
satellite will remain in this mode through June 28.

AO-51 June 21 - June 28 Field Day Configuration
FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink:   145.920 Mhz FM
Downlink: 435.300 Mhz FM

FM Repeater, L/U (Subject to interuption for telemetry collection)
Uplink:  1268.700 Mhz FM
Downlink: 435.150 Mhz FM

The full text of the AMSAT Satellite Field Day Rules can be found 
on-line at: http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/awards/amsatfd.php

The Satellite Summary Sheet can be found on this web page also. This
format should be used for submission of the AMSAT Field Day competition 
and be received by KK5DO (email or postal mail) by 11:59 P.M. CDT, 
Monday, July 13, 2009. The preferred method for submitting your log 
is via e-mail to kk5do at amsat.org or kk5do at arrl.net.

You may also use the postal service but give plenty of time for your 
results to arrive by the submission date. Add photographs or other 
interesting information so that can be used an article for the Journal.

If mailing your submission, the address is:

    Bruce Paige, KK5DO
    Director of Awards and Contests
    PO Box 310
    Alief, TX 77411-0310.

Certificates will be awarded to the first-place, second, and third
place emergency power/portable stations at the AMSAT General Meeting 
and Space Symposium in October, 2009.

[ANS thanks the AO-51 Operations Team and Bruce, KK5DO for the above 


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Treat Yourself to an Amateur Radio Conference

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 165.03
June 14, 2009
BID: $ANS-165.03


Now is the time for you to prepare your papers and presentations
for the 2009 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium to be held 
October 9 - 11 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel at the Baltimore 
Washington Airport. 

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster presenta-
tions are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite 
community. We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon 
as possible, with final copy submitted by September 1, 2009 for 
inclusion in the printed proceedings. 

Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV, at 
n8fgv at amsat.org.


The Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) is soliciting presentations 
and poster displays for their 43rd Annual Conference this summer,
July 23-26 at the Holiday Inn in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Find
more information on-line at: 

Possible presentation topics on all aspects of weak-signal VHF and 
above include, but are not limited to, antennas (modeling, design, 
arrays and control), equipment construction, propagation, test gear, 
regulatory issues, operating, digital signal processing and software
defined radio. 


The AMSAT-UK Colloquium will be held July 25 and July 26 at the
the Holiday Inn Hotel in Guildford. This new site is very close 
to the Surrey University where the event has been held previously. 
The 2009 AMSAT Colloquium will now commence at 10am on Saturday 
July 25th and close at approximately 4.30 pm on Sunday.


Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 28th Annual 
ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 
25-27, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. These papers will also be published 
in the Conference Proceedings (you do NOT need to attend the confer-
ence to have your paper included in the Proceedings). The submission 
deadline is July 31, 2009. Please send papers to: Maty Weinberg, 
ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 - or you can make your sub-
mission via e-mail to: maty at arrl.org


Microwave Update 2009 will be held on Friday, October 23 through Satur-
day, October 24 in Dallas, Texas. Technical papers are currently being 
solicited for publication in the ARRL's Microwave Update 2009 Conference 
Proceedings. You do not need to attend the conference nor present your 
paper to have it published.

Strong preference will be given to original work and to those papers 
that are written and formatted specifically for publication rather 
than as a visual presentation aid. As this is a microwave conference 
papers must be on topics for frequencies above 900 MHz. Examples of such 
topics include microwave theory, construction, communication, deployment, 
propagation, antennas, activity, transmitters, receivers, components, 
amplifiers, communication modes, LASER, software design tools, and 
practical experiences.

If you are interested in submitting a paper please contact Kent Britain, 
at wa5vjb (at) flash (dot) net for additional information. The deadline 
for papers is Monday, August 31, 2008. More information is available
on-line at: http://www.microwaveupdate.org/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-UK, ARRL, CSVHFS, and MUD for the above 


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7000 KM Contact Via AO-7 Mode B - Brazil to Belgium

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 165.04
June 14, 2009
BID: $ANS-165.04

ANS-158 carried a brief report of a successful AO-7 Mode B contact 
between Piraja, PS8RF in Brazil and Jean-Jacques, ON7EQ in Belgium.
Since last week's report, additional information has been received
on how they accomplished their 4736 mile (7622 KM) contact. 

Jean-Jacques wrote, "As the theoretical window between both stations 
only lasts about 1 minute, 30 seconds, careful preparation was required 
for selection of the optimal window and calculation of doppler shifts 
both ways. The effective contact was only possible during about 20 sec-
onds, just enough to exchange reports, while both stations met on the 
transponder within an offset of 500 Hz of calculated frequencies."

Well done and congratulations, gents! PS8RF has posted a video of the 
Satellite DX event at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggNmQqxARWY.

[ANS thanks Jean-Jacques, ON7EQ and Piraja, PS8RF for the above


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 165.05
June 14, 2009
BID: $ANS-165.05

+ AMSAT received the sad news that Robert Kohli, VU2MKP, well known
  to many AO-40 operators and AMSAT-India life member has become a 
  silent key. Ham radio has lost a great operator who guided many 
  hams and was a source of inspiration to many of us.

+ The total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts has now
  reached 443. The complete listing of all scheduled school con-
  tacts, and questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echo-
  link websites can be found on-line at:   

+ Franco, HB9OAB will activate CN2AB on VO-52 from Morocco between
  June 27 through July 20, 2009. Info at: http://www.qrz.com/cn2ab

+ Hams like science ... a BBC produced video of the Four Seasons of 
  Titan: Weather & Climate Change on Saturn's Largest Moon can be
  viewed on-line at: http://tinyurl.com/mroemf

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits.
Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office. And with that 
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This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org

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