[amsat-bb] ANS-087 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Mar 27 05:30:20 UTC 2016


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
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

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* EO-79 transponder ACTIVE
* Digital Communications Conference Call for Papers
* Call for Papers - CSVHFS 50th Anniversary Conference
* AMSAT at Scottsdale AZ and Radio Society of Tucson Hamfests
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* Proposal Window for Scheduled US Contacts is Still Open
* SA AMSAT Gets New Name
* 40 Students Learn About Amateur Radio and Satellites
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-087 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 087.01
March 27, 2016
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EO-79 transponder ACTIVE

On the 25th of March 2016, the EO-79 transponder was activated for a
prolonged period.

The FUNcube transponder subsystem on QB50p1 (EO-79) had been
provided by AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL and is a similar subsystem as on
FUNcube-1, but without the telemetry downlink circuitry.

The current software running on EO-79 does experience occasional
reboots. When these reboots happen, the transponder is automatically
turned off and will have to be turned back on by a command station.
The FUNcube team has selected a few command stations to do so, but be
advised the transponder may be off.

AMSAT keps name: EO-79
Celestrak keps Name: QB50P1
Celestrak file: cubesat.txt
NORAD #    40025
COSPAR designator    2014-033-R

Uplink: 435.035-435.065 MHz LSB
Downlink: 145.935-145.965 MHz USB

EO-79 has been set to only beacon the normal AX.25 beacon every 30
seconds instead of 10 seconds. The beacon frequency is 145.815MHz and
consists of AX.25 frames on BPSK. more details about the downlink can
be found on the ISIS HAM page at http://isispace.nl/HAM/qb50p.html

Just like FUNcube-1, the crystal oscillator circuits exhibit drift
with temperature. This means manual tuning will probably work best.

Lastly, the commanding team availability will be limited over
Easter, so please report the transponder being on or off on the
status page of AMSAT: http://www.amsat.org/status/

It does not appear in the table, but it does in the reporting drop-

[ANS thanks Wouter PA3WEG  AMSAT-NL and AMSAT-UK for the above


Digital Communications Conference Call for Papers

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 35th Annual
ARRL/TAPR<http://www.tapr.org/> Digital Communications Conference
(DCC) http://www.tapr.org/dcc.html, to be held September 16-18 in St
Petersburg, Florida. Papers will also be published in the Conference
Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have
their papers included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline is
July 31, 2016.

The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international
forum for technically minded radio amateurs to meet and present new
ideas and techniques. Paper/presentation topic areas include -- but
are not limited to -- software defined radio (SDR), digital voice,
digital satellite communication, digital signal processing (DSP), HF
digital modes, adapting IEEE 802.11 systems for Amateur Radio, Global
Positioning System (GPS), Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS),
Linux in Amateur Radio, AX.25 updates and Internet operability with
Amateur Radio networks.

Submit papers to via e-mail<mailto:maty at arrl.org> or via post to
Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Papers
will be published exactly as submitted, and authors will retain all

[ANS thanks Steve WBIMY for the above information]


Call for Papers - CSVHFS 50th Anniversary Conference

The Central States VHF Society is soliciting papers, presentations,
and Poster displays for the 50th Annual CSVHFS Conference to be held
in Rochester, Minnesota on 28 - 31 July, 2016.  Papers,
presentations, and Posters on all aspects of weak-signal VHF and
above amateur radio are requested.  You do not need to attend the
conference, nor present your paper, to have it published in the
Proceedings. Posters will be displayed during the two days of the

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Antennas, including Modeling/Design, Arrays, and Control
* Construction of equipment, such as Transmitters, Receivers, and
* RF amplifiers (power amps), including Single-band and Multiband
  Vacuum Tube and solidstate
* Pre-amplifiers (low noise)
* Propagation, including Ducting, Sporadic E, and Meteor Scatter, etc.
* Test Equipment, including Homebrew, Using, and making measurements
* Regulatory topics
* Operating, including Contesting, Roving, and DXpeditions
* Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
* Software-defined Radio (SDR)
* Digitial Modes, such as WSJT, JT65, etc.

Generally, topics not related to weak signal VHF, such as FM
Repeaters and packet radio, are not accepted for presentation or
publication. However, there are always exceptions.

Please contact either the Technical Program Chairman, or the
Proceedings Chairman, at the the e-mail addresses below.

For the Proceedings: SUNDAY, 22 MAY 2016
For Presentations to be delivered at the conference: TUESDAY, 5 JULY
2016 For Posters to be displayed at the conference: THURSDAY, 29
JULY 2016.

Further information is available at the CSVHFS web site
"The 2016 Conference,"
"Guidance for Proceedings Authors,"
"Guidance for Presenters,"
"Guidance for Table-top/Poster Displays."

(Note: (replace '(at)' with the @-sign to use the e-mail addresses)
Technical Program Chairman: Barry Malowanchuk, ve4ma (at) shaw.ca
Proceedings Chairman: Glen Overby, kc0iyt (at) arrl.net

[ANS thanks Donn Baker, WA2VOI for the above information]


AMSAT at Scottsdale AZ and Radio Society of Tucson Hamfests

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) staffed a table at the Scottsdale
Amateur Radio Club's "Springfest" hamfest, held in a church parking
lot Saturday, 19 March). This hamfest is one of the 3 major hamfests
for the Phoenix area in the non-summer season, and the good weather
helped to bring the crowds out. Lots of buyers and sellers, and lots
of interest in AMSAT and amateur satellites.

With the launches of AO-85 and the 9 Chinese amateur satellites in
the past 6 months, many hams are taking a closer look at this part of
the hobby. For some, the recent launches and projects currently in
the pipeline are bringing some back to the satellites. Along with
talking about satellites, many copies of AMSAT's "Getting Started
with Amateur Satellites" flew off my AMSAT table. Demonstrations 6am
(1300 UTC) and 11am (1800 UTC), had nice crowds.

Patrick reports "It was nice to have AO-85 available during the
morning, as SO-50 was not passing by during the morning. I also had 4
other satellites that were used for demonstrations - AO-73, XW-2A, XW-
2C, and XW-2F. The three XW-2 satellites were passing by in the first
couple of hours, and AO-73 and AO-85 came by later in the morning.
For all of these passes, I used my SDRplay SDR receiver for the
downlinks, connected to an 8-inch Windows10 tablet and HDSDR software
running on the tablet.

As I have seen at other recent events, using an SDR receiver makes
for more conversations - and not just in the context of working
satellites. With all of these satellites employing a 70cm uplink and
2m downlink, I didn't have to worry so much about the sunlight making
the tablet's LCD panel unreadable. Once I set my downlink frequency
on the tablet, and for AO-85 activate AFC in HDSDR to track the
downlink, I only had to worry about using the wheel on a Bluetooth
mouse for fine-tuning. Despite some QRM in the area of the hamfest
site, northeast of a nearby airport, the SDRplay did a decent job
hearing all of these downlinks. For AO-73 and AO-85, I was able to
play back the RF recordings I made with HDSDR later at home, so I
could upload telemetry to each satellite's telemetry server from
those passes. By the way, HDSDR's recordings do a much better job
picking up AO-73 telemetry than I ever saw when I used the FUNcube
Dashboard to directly receive the telemetry and then upload the data
to the FUNcube data warehouse server. Same thing for copying AO-85
telemetry - HDSDR's RF recordings do better for capturing the data
than I saw when using the FoxTelem software to directly control my
FUNcube Dongle Pro+."

For those who worked WD9EWK during those demonstrations, Patrick
thanks you! The demonstrations make a positive impression on this
part of the hobby for the crowds. His mockup of the AO-85 satellite -
a 4-inch cube of wood, with two whips representing the antennas
coming out of two sides, also helped to reinforce that small
satellites can do more than "beep" in orbit. AO-73 and AO-85, in
particular, are great examples of what we can do with small
satellites. Patrick's contacts from these demonstartions were
uploaded to his log to Logbook of the World. He will be happy to send
QSL cards to anyone who would like one for QSOs during the hamfest
(just e-mail Patrick with the QSO details - no need to send him a
card or self-addressed stamped envelope).

Patrick will have an AMSAT table at the Radio Society of Tucson's
annual hamfest on Saturday morning, 26 March 2016. The hamfest will
be at the Target store on Old Spanish Trail, near the intersection of
22nd Street and Harrison, in Tucson AZ. The hamfest is scheduled to
run from 6am to 11am (1300 to 1800 UTC). More information about the
hamfest is available at the club's web site at:

Afterwards he plans on making a long drive east to a point along I-
10 on the DM52xf/DM62af grid boundary, west of Deming in New Mexico.
He hopes to work a few passes from there in the mid- to late-
afternoon, and possibly into the evening. If he is not at the grid
boundary in time for FO-29 and/or AO-7 passes, he may stop to work
those passes wherever he might be - likely somewhere in grid DM52, in
either Arizona or New Mexico. He definitely plans on being at this
grid boundary in time for SO-50 passes starting just after 2200 UTC
Saturday afternoon. Weather and law enforcement permitting (this area
is near the USA/Mexico border), He may try to stick around into the
early evening before making the 300-mile/500km drive home from that

While on the road, his location should be visible via APRS. There is
good APRS coverage in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New
Mexico. He will use WD9EWK-9 as his call sign for APRS, which should
show up online at (among other sites):

He will use my @WD9EWK Twitter feed to post updates during the
afternoon and early. For those who don't use Twitter he can be
followed using a web browser:

Contacts will be uploaded to his log to Logbook of the World, and
will ensure QSOs from the grid boundary carry both grids. If you
would like a QSL card for a QSO with WD9EWK, please e-mail Patrick
directly with the QSO details. If you're in the log, he will be happy
to mail you a card without you having to send him a QSL card or SASE.

[ANS thanks Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK for the above information]


Upcoming AMSAT Events

AMSAT Events

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).

+ Saturday, 26 March 2016 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ

+ Friday through Sunday, 29 April-1 May 2016, ARRL Nevada State
  Convention in Las Vegas NV

+ Saturday, 7 May 2016 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association Hamfest in
  Sierra Vista AZ

+ Saturday, 14 May 2016 – Matanuska Amateur Radio Association Hamfest
  in Wasilla AK

+ Friday through Sunday, 20, 21, 22 May 2016 - AMSAT at Dayton
  Hamvention. There will be the usual activities including a booth in
  the Ball Arena, demonstrations from an area outside the Ball Arena,
  and a forum on Saturday (21 May).  We will also have a number of
  both formal and informal social activities including the popular
  get-together at Tickets Thursday evening, and the TAPR/AMSAT banquet
  Friday night at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center.

+ Saturday, 4 June 2016 – White Mountain Hamfest in Show Low AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]


Proposal Window for Scheduled US Contacts is Still Open

Message to US Educators
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Contact Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window February 15 – April 15, 2016

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates
that the contact would be held between January 1, 2017 and June 30,
2017. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact
dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed
education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2016. Proposal
information and documents can be found at

The Opportunity
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators
to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate
changes in contact dates and times.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space
agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational
opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to
enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students
around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed
by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American
Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.

More Information
Interested parties can find more information about the program at
www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of
Information Sessions go to

Please direct any questions to ariss at arrl.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


SA AMSAT Gets New Name

SA AMSAT has changed the SA in  its name around and will now be
known as  AMSAT SA.  The amateur radio satellite group made the
decision to line up its name with the organisation's web address. It
was confusing having the name and web address different. It now also
follows the international trend of other AMSAT organisations. AMSAT
SA has also been registered as a non-profit company and is in the
process of applying for tax exemption status with SARS.
Membership conditions of the organisation remain the same. To get
more information visit the www.amsatsa.org.za or down load a free
copy of the March 2016 Ezine available from Monday 28 March 2016

[ANS thanks the South African Radio League (SARL) News for Sunday 27
March 2016 for the above information]


40 Students Learn About Amateur Radio and Satellites

On Wednesday last week 40 leaners from schools around Pretoria
attended a morning workshop about amateur radio and satellites. The
workshop was part of the Innovation Hub holiday programme during
which grade 10 and 11 leaners are exposed to various work and science
situations. AMSAT SA was invited to talk about space related
activities. The workshop was presented by Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL and
Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV. The workshop started with a talk
about amateur radio illustrated by short video clips. During
practical demonstrations the learners were shown how a transponder
works, how satellites orbit around the world and how antennas are
used to track satellites including using smartphone applications.

[ANS thanks the South African Radio League (SARL) News for Sunday 27
March 2016 for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between Booker T. Washington Senior
High, Miami, Florida, USA and Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI using
Callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2016-03-14 15:48 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via W4SVI.
ARISS Mentors were Steve W1HQL and Ryan W4NTR.

+ A Successful contact was made between Walter Jackson Elementary,
Decatur, Alabama, USA and Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI using
Callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2016-03-18 13:53 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via N8DEU.
ARISS Mentor was John K4SQC

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Hirano Junior High School, Kobe, Japan, direct via  8N370H
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled  astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN
Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-03-28 11:07:49 UTC 56 deg

National Soaring Museum, Elmira, New York, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact is a go  for: Fri 2016-04-01 18:34:03 UTC

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

International Space Station Panoramic Tour

This 360° panorama allows you to explore the International Space
Station’s third module, Zvezda. Launched on 12 July 2000, the Russian
module supplies life support for the Station and crewquarters. All
five of Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicles docked with the module.
The images to create this view were taken by ESA astronaut Samantha
Cristoforetti during her Futura mission in 2015; the cosmonaut in the
picture is Gennady Padalka.


[ANS thanks the European Space Agency for the above information]



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 addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership

This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM (former KC8YLD)
kc8yld at amsat dot org

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