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In this edition:
* Fox-1 Development, Launch, and Frequency Coordination Status at Dayton
* AMSAT FieldOps Team Fox-1 Operating Guide is Available
* US Naval Academy CubeSat Launch to Include Next APRS Satellite
* Iowa CubeSat students get ham radio licenses
* Extreme DX satellite contact between UK and Texas
* International Space Station Partners Adjust Spacecraft Schedule
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-137 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 137.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE May 17, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
Fox-1 Development, Launch, and Frequency Coordination Status at Dayton
AMSAT Dayton Hamvention Annoucements (Saved)
During the AMSAT Forum at the Dayton Hamvention, AMSAT Vice President
Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and AMSAT Vice President – Engineering
Jerry Buxton, N0JY, provided more information about the Fox-1 satellites
development. Buxton, N0JY, says Fox-1A has passed all environmental
is integrated into the P-POD deployment canister. "The 'remove before flight
pin' has been pulled, the doors closed on the P-POD, and everything is
the shipping container now en route to Vandenberg Air Force Base in
for launch", said Buxton.
Previously Buxton had announced plans to incorporate an L band receiver
1C and Fox-1D. The addition will allow ground commanded selection of the U/v
(normal Fox-1 bands) or the new L/v 1.2 GHz (23 cm) mode. Both bands will
operate as FM single channel.
During the satellite operations segment of the AMSAT Forum Glasbrenner
provided the details of the uplink and downlink frequencies for the Fox-1 FM
Uplink FM (67 Hz tone) Downlink FM
Fox-1A 435.180 MHz 145.980 MHz
RadFxSat/Fox-1B* 435.250 MHz 145.960 MHz
Fox-1C* 435.300 MHz 145.920 MHz
1267.300 MHz ** 145.920 MHz
Fox-1D* 435.350 MHz 145.880 MHz
1267.350 MHz ** 145.880 MHz
* Pending IARU Coordination, If needed, changes will be announced
** U/v and L/v operations switchable by command station,
not operational simultaneously
According to Buxton, the team is planning to have an affordable L band
ground station available to amateurs by the time Fox-1C is on orbit.
+ Fox-1A will launch on a NASA ELaNa flight scheduled during the
third quarter, 2015 from Vandenberg AFB. Fox-1A is a passenger
aboard this launch driven by the schedule of the primary payload.
When updates are available they will be announced via the ANS and
in the AMSAT Journal.
+ Fox-1B will fly with the Vanderbilt University radiation
experiments expected in 2016.
+ Fox-1C will launch on Spaceflight’s maiden mission of the SHERPA
multi-cubesat deployer on a SpaceX Falcon 9 flight planned for
+ Fox-1D is a flight spare for Fox-1C. If not needed as a spare
it will fly with the University of Iowa HERCI radiation mapping
+ Fox-1E “Evolution” will carry a Mode J linear transponder. The
transponder is planned to be 30 kHz wide and will also have a
1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon. Launch opportunities are being
developed, to be announced at a later date.
AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch contract
and additional materials for construction and testing for Fox-1C. Please
us to continue to keep amateur radio in space. Donations may be made via
+ Paypal and credit card payment on the AMSAT website at
+ Donation link in the AMSAT store:
+ Call the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Engineering and AMSAT Operations Teams for the above
AMSAT FieldOps Team Fox-1 Operating Guide is Available
AMSAT's Director of Field Operations, Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, invites you
to view and download the "Fox-1 Operating Guide" which was released at the
2015 Dayton Hamvention. This color PDF file is designed to print
Two different resolution versions are available:
+ Low resolution PDF suitable for on-screen display (~400 KB size)
+ High resolution, press quality PDF for hard-copy printing (~2 MB size)
To access these files visit the AMSAT web and follow the path:
http://www.amsat.org --> Satellite Info --> Station and Operating Hints.
The direct link is
where you'll find the link to the Guide.
[ANS thanks the AMSAT FieldOps Team for the above information]
US Naval Academy CubeSat Launch to Include Next APRS Satellite
Sometime on or about May 20, the next US Naval Academy satellites and Brno
University PSK31 transponders head into space from Cape Canaveral on an
launcher and into an approximately 50° orbit. The launch will include
APRS satellite — a pair of identical 1.5 U cubesats (A and B) — as well
BRICsat and USS Langley (Unix Space Server Langley) nanosatellites.
“Psat is a Naval Academy student satellite project named in honor of
our graduates, Bradford Parkinson, of GPS fame, which contains an APRS
transponder for relaying remote telemetry, sensor, and user data from remote
users and Amateur Radio environmental experiments or other data sources
Amateur Radio experimenters via a global network of Internet-linked ground
stations,” explained APRS developer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR. In addition to the
data transponder, a secondary Brno University transponder will support
user PSK31 text messaging. The APRS downlink will be 145.825 MHz (1200 baud
“We welcome radio amateurs worldwide to tune into the downlinks and either
IGate packets into the global APRS-IS system or to e-mail me,” Bruninga
“After launch, the next several orbits will be over USA and Europe.”
said PSAT, including the PSK31 transponder, would not be available for use
until all on-orbit checks are complete, a process he said could take “many,
many days.” He also requested reports on any PSK31 (FM) heard on 435.350 MHz
(the PSK31 uplink is 28.120 MHz).
The PSK31 multi-user FDMA transponder experiment on Psat and BRICsat is
similar to the one on RAFT and PCSAT2. It will allow messaging among up
modest ground stations simultaneously, Bruninga said.
Psat is one of five APRS-networked Amateur Radio satellites that will be in
orbit during 2015, and all will appear on the live APRS downlink page. The
others include PCsat-1, in orbit since 2001, QIKcom-1, set to launch in
September, QIKcom-2, set to launch in December, and the ARISS packet radio
system on board the International Space Station since 2007.
BRICsat will carry a PSK31 transponder with a 28.120 MHz uplink (2.5 kHz
bandwidth) and a UHF FM downlink on 435.350 MHz. Gunter’s Space Page
USS Langley as “a proof-of-concept mission for providing global Internet
via a nanosatellite constellation.” The satellite will act as a web
router in space, using Internet Protocol and Linux. Downlinks 437.475
baud AX.25 packet telemetry) with uplink at 145.825 MHz. The IARU
page said that while 28.120 MHz is not in the band plan as a satellite
frequency, “the panel considered the motivation for this frequency as to
lower class license holders in the US the opportunity to participate in the
Bruninga said satellite experiments such as Psat “serve our educational and
outreach goals for student projects encouraging young people to be
in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” He said he hopes other
will build either additional 145.825 MHz relay satellites or experimental
sensors. “We hope that Psat will be the ‘egg’ in this chicken-egg
[ANS thanks ARRL Letter for 5/14/2015 for the above information]
Iowa CubeSat students get ham radio licenses
The University of Iowa reports its students will conduct a Van Allen
belt experiment with the AMSAT Fox CubeSat
Thanks to a proposal by the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, a
senior electrical and computer engineering students will reenact James Van
Allen’s original experiment — this time with updated technology. Group
Kevin Klosterman KD9CPF, Bryan Senchuk KD9CPD, Tyler Dunkel KE0CHR, and
Maloney KD9CPD took on the task as a part of their senior design project for
the College of Engineering.
The group is trying to figure out how much energy is emanating from the Van
Allen belts at a specific altitude. To measure that, they’ve built a
sensor attached to a circuit board that will launch into space on a small
satellite. There, the radiation sensor will detect energetic particles from
the Van Allen belts. The satellite will sit in a low-Earth orbit and
globe every 90 minutes, some data will be transmitted in real time, but
it is stored for later transmission.
“I feel like we’ve learned something new every day,” Klosterman says.
Not only did the students have to come up with a design concept, write the
code to run the device, and build the circuit board by hand, they also
learn and become licensed ham radio operators as well.
The satellite that the students are using to launch into space is part
CubeSat program — an initiative supported by NASA to help give students more
hands-on experience with space research — and is being constructed by AMSAT,
the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, whose mission is to foster amateur
radio participation in space technology. The data from a full day of
the experiment will be transmitted from the satellite as it makes a
over the CubeSat tracking station on top of Van Allen Hall.
The final result will be a full mapping of the radiation levels at a low
It is hoped the Fox CubeSat with an FM voice transponder will be launched
later this year.
Read the full story at
Each year 100’s of students are introduced to amateur radio through
CubeSat satellite programs with many going on to get their amateur license.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and University of Iowa for the above information]
Extreme DX satellite contact between UK and Texas
On April 27, 2015 at 1901 GMT, Cuban radio amateur Hector Martinez
W5CBF/CO6CBF achieved a 7537.8 km DX contact with UK amateur Peter
Hector reported, "I am pleased to report that Peter G4DOL and I had another
extreme QSO on FO-
29. It is my furthest contact on the birds!
Back on October 2013, Peter and I had a very nice contact between EL92sd,
Cienfuegos, Cuba and IO80so, Weymouth area, UK. It was a 7286 km contact and
probably the first contact between UK and Cuba on FO-29!
Peter and I desired to try again on FO-29, this time between EM21hs,
and his habitual spot in IO80so. We were able to complete a very nice CW
contact on the 92319 orbit of FO-29. Peter had just 0.1 degree as maxim
elevation while I had 0.8 during the 80 seconds mutual window.
As before, Peter did all the hard work by driving until his habitual
spot at a
cliff-top and setting up his “portable satellite station” (19 elements
435 MHz and 10 elements Yagi for 145 MHz both with horizontal
29 was sounding really good on these orbits. It was a solid 559 satellite
contact, we were very impressed.
We made the calculations using our 10 digit grid squares at
The distance between the stations was 7537.799 km (4683.77 mi). To my
knowledge, the longest distance achieved on FO-29 until now had been
km between Frank, K4FEG and Erich, DK1TB
UPDATE 2015-05-08: K4KEG has now revised his distance to 7,538.685 km. This
puts his contact with DK1TB just ahead of that of W5CBF and G4DOL.
It appears that an even longer distance is achievable. It has been reported
that FO-29 has a “theoretical maximum range” of 7502 km, but I guess that at
least 7600km is doable. We will try to break our own record!
This contact was possible thanks to the great feature implemented on SatPC32
V12.8b. There is an option of seeing the frequency you are at the satellite
receiver at any time during a pass. It allows the operators to tune the
frequencies and attempt a contact without having to search for each other.
Thanks very much to Peter for his persistence, effort and all the fun!"
2013 FO-29 satellite contact between Cuba and the UK
[ANS thanks Hector, W5CBF/CO6CBF and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
International Space Station Partners Adjust Spacecraft Schedule
NASA and its international partners agreed Tuesday to set a new schedule for
spacecraft traffic to and from the International Space Station.
The partner agencies agreed to adjust the schedule after hearing the Russian
Federal Space Agency's (Roscosmos) preliminary findings on the recent
the Progress 59 cargo craft. The exact dates have not yet been
will be announced in the coming weeks. Roscosmos expects to provide an
about the Progress 59 investigation on Friday, May 22.
The return to Earth for NASA's Terry Virts, ESA (European Space Agency)
astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov
targeted for early June. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts
Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka will remain aboard the station to
The next Russian cargo craft, Progress 60, will launch in early July to
deliver several tons of food, fuel and supplies. The space station has
sufficient supplies to support crews until the fall of 2015.
The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Expedition 44’s Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg
Kononenko of Roscosmos, and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration
Agency, will launch in late July from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The date of SpaceX’s seventh resupply flight under its commercial resupply
services contract with NASA still is under review but remains targeted
earlier than June 19. The mission will deliver to station additional
and research that improve life on Earth and drive progress toward future
exploration. It also will deliver the first of two international docking
adapters, which will enable future commercial crew vehicles to dock to the
Additional 2015 space station-related launch dates also are under review.
NASA will continue to update the launch schedule online at:
For more information about the International Space Station, visit:
[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]
Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country. Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).
*Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15-17 2015, Dayton Hamvention in
Dayton OH (Hara Arena)
*Thursday, 21 May 2015 – International Microwave Symposium 2015 in
*Saturday, 6 June 2015 – White Mountain Hamfest in Show Low AZ
*Friday and Saturday, 12-13 June 2015 – HAM-COM in Irving TX (west of
*Thursday, 9 July 2015 – presentation for the Escondido Amateur Radio
Society in Escondido CA
*Friday and Saturday, 7-8 August 2015 – Austin Summerfest in Austin TX
*Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 August 2015 – Boxboro Hamfest and ARRL
New England Convention in Boxborough MA
*Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18 2015, AMSAT Symposium in
Dayton OH (Dayton Crown Plaza)
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
Upcoming ARISS Contacts
It is unlikely that there will be any contacts with the Columbus module
station until after a crew change, which will probably occur in late June or
for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.
Latest ARISS News
* Gagarin from Outer Space: A contact was successful Thu 2015-05-07 at
UTC with Ryazan State Radio Technical University, Ryazan, Russia, direct via
RK3SWB. The ISS callsign was RSØISS, and the astronaut was Mikhail
* A contact was successful Sat 2015-05-09 08:20 UTC between Kursk,
veterans, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign was RSØISS, and the astronaut was
Gennady Padalka, RN3DT.
* Contacts on Sat 2015-05-09 09:52:06 UTC 27 deg with Istituto Tecnico
Industriale Statale “Enrico Fermi,” Lucca, Italy, direct via IQ5LU, and with
Studi di Firenze – Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Sesto Fiorentino,
Italy, direct via IQ5PO, were both successful. The ISS callsign was
the astronaut was Samantha Cristoforetti IZØUDF, who answered 22 questions.
There were several hundred in attendance at both locations, along with
newspaper and TV media. The event was streamed live on the Web.
State Technical Industrial Institute is named for Enrico Fermi and is
in Lucca, Northern Tuscany. Five year courses are offered in Mechanics,
Electrotechnics, Electronics, Information, and Communication Tecnology with
several laboratories. There are about 700 students, aged 15 through 19. The
school had an Amateur Radio Club with the callsign IK5YOI (license expired).
[ANS thanks ARISS, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]
Satellite Shorts From All Over
* Reminder: Cambi-Hams DXpedition to Mull Island is Active May 15-21
The Cambi-Hams group is going to activate Mull, Inner Hebrides (IOSA NH15,
SCOTIA CN10, WW Loc. IO76EJ) from May 15 to 21. They plan to be active
10m on SSB, CW, RTTY, and PSK; also on 6m, 4m, and 2m, and on
(Mode B), FO-29, SO-50, and AO-73. The group also hopes for short trips
(EU-008) and Treshnish Island (EU-108), see their website for updates on
QSL via ClubLog OQRS or via bureau.
Watch AMSAT's Upcoming Satellite Operations page for late breaking news
DX and grid operations:
[ANS thanks the DXNL Newsletter 1936 for May 13, 2015 for the above
First all CW 73 on 73 Award
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, reports,
"Congratulations to Hideo Kambayashi, JH3XCU, for working 73 different
on AO-73 since September 1, 2014. Notably, he is the first to work all 73
different stations using CW."
For more information on the award see
AO-73 was launched on November 21, 2013 and is the first spacecraft to
primary mission of educational outreach to schools and the smallest ever
satellite to carry a linear (SSB/CW) transponder for radio amateurs.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
New NASA Deputy Administrator is a Radio Ham
Prof. Dava Newman KB1HIK was sworn in as NASA Deputy Administrator on May 15
from her MIT office.
Her appointment had been confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27. NASA
Administrator Charles Bolden (formerly KE4IQB) said, “I am delighted
Senate confirmation of Dr. Dava Newman to be the deputy administrator of
The strong bipartisan support Dr. Newman received in the Senate is a
of her well-earned reputation and renown as a global leader in science and
technology research and policy.”
Newman is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and of engineering
systems. On the MIT faculty since 1993, she directs the Institute’s
and Policy Program and MIT Portugal Program, and is co-director of the
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Man Vehicle Laboratory. She is a
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology faculty member, and a
Margaret McVicar Faculty Fellow.
Her research has included modeling human performance in low and
conditions, examining the dynamics and control of astronaut motion, and the
development of assisted walking devices for the physically handicapped.
her most prominent project has been development of the BioSuit, a skintight
spacesuit that would give astronauts unprecedented comfort and freedom in
exploration of planetary surfaces and extra-vehicular activity.
After accepting the confirmation, Newman said, “It’s an enormous honor to
serve at NASA in times when our country is extending humanity’s reach into
space while strengthening American leadership here on Earth. I’m profoundly
grateful to President Obama, the United States Senate, and Administrator
— along with everyone at MIT. I can’t wait to come aboard.”
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org
k6wao at amsat.net
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