[amsat-bb] ANS-256 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun Sep 13 01:23:57 UTC 2015


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Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including 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

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In this edition:

* Fox-1D To Share Falcon 9 Launch With Fox-1Cliff
* Deadline Approaching For AMSAT Symposium Group Rate Rooms
* On-line Information Sessions Aid ARISS Contact Proposal Preparation
* V7 - Marshall Islands Satellite Activation
* Pope's visit- 9-22-27 Special Event Operators needed
* SAREX Reflector to be Closed 1 November 2015
* QB50 CubeSats to be deployed from ISS
* New AO-7 Distance Record

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 256.01
  From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
September 13, 2015
BID: $ANS-256.01

Fox-1D To Share Falcon 9 Launch With Fox-1Cliff

In response to a breaking opportunity, AMSAT and Spaceflight, Inc. have
arranged for Fox-1D to accompany Fox-1Cliff on the maiden flight of the
SHERPA system on a SpaceX Falcon 9. Fox-1C was renamed Fox-1Cliff in 
honor of
Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR, who was a benefactor and long time supporter 
as well as an adviser/mentor for students building cubesats at Cal Poly.

As a Fox-1 series, Fox-1D is identical to Fox-1Cliff, but with different
frequencies and carrying the University of Iowa HERCI (High Energy Radiation
CubeSat Instrument) radiation mapping experiment as a hosted payload. Fox-1D
will provide additional selectable U/V or L/V repeater capabilities once in
orbit, and will be capable of downlinking Earth images from the Virginia 
camera experiment. Launch is currently planned for the first quarter of 
Additional donor support is needed to offset the costs associated with the
launch of Fox-1D in addition to Fox-1Cliff. Please visit www.amsat.org 
to donate
support this launch, and help keep amateur radio in space.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]


Deadline Approaching For AMSAT Symposium Group Rate Rooms

AMSAT office manager Martha reports that she has spoken with the Sales 
at the Crowne Plaza in Dayton.  As of September 9th there were 19 rooms 
left on
Friday, October 16th  and 20 on Saturday, October 17th.

They cannot extend the cutoff date (Sept 17th at 3:00 PM) so hurry
and make your reservations.  Time is running out!!!

[ANS thanks Martha for the above information]


On-line Information Sessions Aid ARISS Contact Proposal Preparation

ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science
centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between July 1 - Dec. 31,
2016. Proposals are due Nov. 1, 2015.

Informational sessions about ARISS and to help organizations in preparing
their proposals, the ARISS program coordinator will offer hour-long online
information sessions. These are designed to provide more information
regarding U.S. ARISS contacts and the proposal process, and offer an
opportunity to ask questions. While attending an online information session
is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

Informational sessions will be offered Sept. 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT; Sept.
22, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT, and Sept. 30, 2015, at 7 p.m. EDT.

Advance registration is necessary. Email ARISS (ariss at arrl.org) to sign up
for an information session.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal
guidelines and proposal form, visit

ARISS-US is offered through a partnership between NASA; the American Radio
Relay League, or ARRL; and the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or
AMSAT. ARISS was created and is managed by an international working group,
including several countries in Europe as well as Japan, Russia, Canada, and
the USA.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Sept. 10, 2015 for the above


V7 - Marshall Islands Satellite Activation

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS (Update). A group of JA operators will be active
from Majuro Island (OC-029) between September 24-28th. Operators are YL
Mami/JP3AYQ (V73YL) and her husband Sanny/JJ3CIG (V73H), Team Leader
Takio/JH3QFL (V73A) and Co-Leader Keizo "Kay"/JH3AZC (V7EME). Activity
will be holiday style on 40-6 meters, satellite, EME, CW, SSB, RTTY and
JT65A. Radios are a FT857 and FT847. Their antennas will be a homebrew 3
element full size beam (3 bands) and a SpiderBeam antenna (5 band). They
will also have two Elecraft 500w amp for HF to use and 800w out station
for EME. QSL all operators via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or
direct (see QRZ.com for addresses).
  * YL Mami, JP3AYQ, states (on QRZ.com), that her activity will be holiday
    style (she likes to scuba dive) on the HF bands using CW (be patient),
    SSB and the Digital mode (RTTY). Suggested frequencies are the IOTA
    frequencies, such as 14260, 14040, 21260 and 21040 kHz. QSL via JP3AYQ,
    direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog.
    She does have a Blog page at:      http://jp3ayq.269g.net
  * Hiro, JJ3CIG/KH0YA, states (on QRZ.com), that he plans to operate on
    the JT65 mode. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by eQSL.
  * Kay, JH3AZC/W2AZ, informs OPDX that V73EME will try to operate on 2m
    EME (JT65B only) and V7A is now preparing to QRV on Satellite(FO29).
    He states, "It may be the first time operation for EME from V7 land
    (also Satellite? not sure).

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1230 for the above information]


Pope's visit- 9-22-27 Special Event Operators needed

Pope Francis will be visiting the US from September 22-27, operations
will include all bands and modes.  Four unique QSL cards will be
available along with a certificate to mark this special and historic
event, you can read more about this event on QRZ.com, WM3PEN.

Satellite operators are being sought that might be available on some
passes throughout the event that are based in NY/NJ, DC/Virginia and
Philadelphia.  If you are interested contact Peter, 
W2JV,PeteW2JV at verizon.net
for additional information.

At this point Paul, N8HM  has signed on as one operator in  DC, the call
sign will be K3P,  Peter, W2JV, will be one NY operator as K2P, and it 
is hoped
that we can add many more operators in the locations mentioned to have 
as many
voices in space as we can.

[ANS thanks Peter, W2JV, for the above information]


SAREX Reflector to be Closed 1 November 2015

At the request of the ARISS US Team, AMSAT-NA Vice President for Human
Spaceflight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO has announced that the SAREX reflector will
be closed 1 November 2015, and its functions folded into the AMSAT-BB list.
Frank explained that at one time operations from the Space Shuttle and the
ISS were considered as sufficiently different from other satellite
operations as to need separate forums for their respective interest

More recently, changes in the human spaceflight operations, the new
generation of satellites, and the interests of the general AMSAT community
have removed the reasons for this distinction. Frank explained that "The
AMSAT membership, in general, has embraced all vehicles with amateur radio
on-board that are operating in space on equal ground. They enjoy the SSTV
events on ISS as well as a quick QSO on AO-7". He went on to note that "This
past year my team has noticed that those on AMSAT-BB have missed out on some
ARISS significant events. These include school contacts in their area that
were only posted on SAREX." Moving all discussions to a common list will
insure that ISS announcements as well as operational information will be
available in one place.

What does this mean to the current subscribers? If you are subscribed to
both SAREX and AMSAT-BB, there is no need to take any action. You will cease
to receive new postings on the SAREX list 1 November 2015. The SAREX
archives will continue to be available for historical purposes. If you are
not subscribed to AMSAT-BB and wish to continue to receive human spaceflight
announcements, please go to http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo and
subscribe to AMSAT-BB. Your existing SAREX subscription will not be
automatically carried over since not everyone will wish to do so.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


QB50 CubeSats to be deployed from ISS

It has been announced that the fifty CubeSat QB50 constellation should be
shipped to the International Space Station (ISS) in July 2016 for subsequent
deployment. It had been planned for them to be launched by Alcantara Cyclone
Space, a joint venture between the governments of Ukraine and Brazil, 
but that
option is not longer available.

The AlbertaSat website reports on the 9th QB50 Workshop, held September 
8, 2015
in Liège, Belgium. The CubeSats are now planned to be deployed from the ISS
using the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) and the Nanoracks CubeSat 

Eight NanoRacks deployers are installed on the Multi-Purpose Experiment 
(MPEP). Each deployer has a capacity of 6U and so can hold up to six 1U, 
2U or two 3U CubeSats. They are carried by Japanese Experiment Module-Remote
Manipulator System (JEM-RMS).

AlbertaSat provide an update on the QB50 precursor CubeSats P1/P2 which were
launched in 2014. The first payload is working, and while it has been 
no damage appears to have occurred. It is possible that the second 
payload is
damaged, but it is still functioning.

Representatives from QB50 also took the time to clearly define their 
goals and
specify the details of the project. The project aims to probe probe 
with about 40 sensors which study atmospheric science. These sensors 
include the
Langmuir Probes that will be on Ex Alta-1. 40 CubeSats will be fitted 
with one
of these sensors. The other 10 CubeSats will have in-orbit demonstrations.

QB50 project https://www.qb50.eu/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


New AO-7 Distance Record

On September 5, 2015 Dave Swanson KG5CCI completed a contact with Manuel 
over a record breaking distance of 7947 km via the OSCAR 7 satellite 
in mode B (432/145 MHz).

Dave, KG5CCI, reports:

On Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 1812 UTC I made a scheduled contact with
Manuel, EA5TT, using AO-7 Mode B, from the old US Forest Service Fire 
Tower on
top of ‘Rich Mountain’ here in extreme western Arkansas. My 10 digit grid
locator was EM24UQ01MU while Manuel is located in IM99SL48CX, in Valencia,
Spain. This equates to 7947.381 km which we believe to be a new record 
for AO-7
Mode B.

I fully plan on writing a more extensive post when I return from the holiday
weekend, and I will likely make a proper video with commentary and data 
as well.
I’ve made some really interesting observations when it comes to Satellite
operating from places with great ‘Height Above Average Terrain’ and look 
to sharing this analysis with everyone.

[ANS thanks Dave, KG5CCI, for the above information]


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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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