[amsat-bb] ANS-015 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao at vfr.net
Sun Jan 15 04:41:33 UTC 2017


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-015
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
satellites.

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:

* RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Date Moved to August 29, 2017
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2017
* ITF-2 CubeSat Set to Deploy from ISS
* Satellite Logging Updates Requested for ARRL LoTW
* College OSCAR Activity, Grow Future Membership
* 2017 Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference
* Frequency Plan of the PicSAT Project Validated by the IARU
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 015.01
 >From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE January 15, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Date Moved to August 29, 2017


The launch date for RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has been moved to August 29, 2017.
RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission,
riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System
(JPSS)-1 mission. JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II from Vandenberg Air
Force Base, California.

RadFxSat is a partnership with Vanderbilt University ISDE and hosts four
payloads for the study of radiation effects on commercial off the shelf
components.  RadFxSat features the Fox-1 style FM U/v repeater with an
uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz.
Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the "DUV"
subaudible telemetry stream and can be decoded with the FoxTelem software.
RadFxSat construction and testing was completed in the fourth quarter of
2016 and the CubeSat is currently in clean storage at Fox Labs, waiting
for delivery and integration which is now scheduled for June, 2017.


[ANS thanks Jerry Buxton, NØJY, AMSAT Vice President for Engineering
for the above information]


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AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2017


AMSAT-UK is very happy to announce that the dates of the next AMSAT-UK
Colloquium will be 14-15 Oct 2017. This year it will be incorporated into
the RSGB Convention at the Kents Hill Park Convention Centre in Milton 
Keynes.
Exact details are currently being finalized with the RSGB and these will be
notified when they are known.

If you have not been to Kents Hill before, it is very close to the M1
motorway and is near to Bletchley Park, where RSGB members have free entry.
For overseas visitors it is convenient for planes to London Luton Airport
(30-minute taxi ride) and also London Gatwick and Birmingham airports,
both of which have direct train connections to Bletchley and/or Milton 
Keynes
stations. These stations are approximately 10 minutes away by taxi.


[ANS thanks Jim Heck, G3WGM for the above information]


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ITF-2 CubeSat Set to Deploy from ISS


Toshihiro Kameda, JJ3GRX/W3GRX, of the University of Tsukuba's "Yui"
satellite project in Japan, reports that the ITF-2 ("Imagine The
Future") CubeSat is set for release from the International Space
Station (ISS) on Monday, January 16, at 0910 UTC.

The 1U ITF-2 was designed and built at the university. The Amateur
Radio downlink is 437.525 MHz. Updated information will be announced
on the AMSAT Bulletin Board at,
http://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/ .

ITF-2 is the successor to the unsuccessful ITF-1, which launched in
2014 but was never heard.

Six CubeSats delivered to ISS by HTV-6 will deploy from ISS with new
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) at 16h Jan. New J-SSOD
has four satellite install cases. One satellite install case has 3U
space, so new J-SSOD can delploy twelve CubeSat at one time. Six
CubeSats are installed as follows,

satellite
install     CubeSats
case

   #1        three 1U CubeSats  ITF-2, WASEDA-SAT3, FREEDOM
   #2        one 3U CubeSat     EGG
   #3        one 2U CubeSat     AOBA-VELOX3
   #4        one 3U CubeSat     TuPOD (including Tancredo1 and OSNSAT)

ITF-2, WASEDA-SAT3, AOBA-VELOX3, TuPOD and Tancredo1 operate on the
amateur radio bands.


#1 and #2 will be deployed at 0900-0930z 16th Jan, #3 and #4 will be
1030-1100z.

Live broadcast will start at 0850z on YouTube JAXA channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4xq_rj0QiQ


[ANS thanks the ARRL and JAXA for the above information]


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Satellite Logging Updates Requested for ARRL LoTW


AMSAT has requested that BY70-1 be added as "BY70-1" in the next
configuration file for the ARRL Logbook of the World (LoTW). AMSAT has also
requested that this update be made no later than January 31st due to NPOTA
QSOs that were made via the satellite.

AMSAT has also requested the addition of IO-86 as well as SAREX and MIREX
for previous QSOs that occurred via the digipeater carried on various Space
Shuttle missions and the Mir space station.

If anyone notices a satellite that was available for amateur operation that
is not included in the LoTW configuration file, please let me know:
Paul Stoetzer
n8hm at arrl.net

Please also keep in mind that there may be a delay in requests being made
for the addition of satellites to the LoTW configuration file while AMSAT
awaits word of any potential OSCAR number request.


[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the above information]


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College OSCAR Activity, Grow Future Membership


In 2008-2009 we used to have regular College Satellite Nights, where clubs
active in our area of interest would get on the birds at the same time and
give out contacts. Please let me know if there is an interest again in
doing this once per month and if the group minds allowing SO-50 to be the
venue.

It is important to our future that we grow our ranks through attracting
younger hams. OSCAR operating at the college level can also be a huge
advantage for attractive college students to the hobby.  Many of our
technician course attendees at UF are there for that reason (we give
two licensing courses a year).

Please help spread the word to those at your local universities, and to
other college clubs.  There will be a College Student Amateur Radio Forum
at HamCation HamFest in Orlando, Saturday Feb. 11.  Please let college
student hams know of the event info.

The event is ARRL sponsored, part of CARI, the Collegiate Amateur Radio
Initiative.  The forum will take place at 3pm, and there is room for 50
college student attendees. There are more events planned for the day,
including an evening social event for college students. We should also have
table space for the day for college clubs to distribute club info and to
meet, greet, and network with alumni.  The table would be a good place for
high school student hams to network in preparation for a life of amateur
radio during the upcoming college years.

Questions can be directed to the moderator of the forum, UF Doctoral
student Andy Milluzzi, KK4KWR - andy at gatorradio.org

For the latest of information see the CARI Facebook group -

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ARRLCARI/


[ANS thanks Dr. Jay H. Garlitz, AA4FL, FCC Trustee, W4DFU at Univ. of 
Florida,
since 2005, www.gatorradio.org. The Club Station of the Gator Amateur 
Radio Club,
at UF since 1934, for the above information]


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2017 Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference


The Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference (ISSC) will be held at San 
Jose
State University on May 1-2, 2017 in San Jose, California. The conference
addresses interplanetary small satellites, including mission design, 
enabling
technologies, science applications, and all other technical aspects of 
these
missions. You can find out more details about the conference at

http://www.intersmallsatconference.com/

This year we are expecting over 200 people to attend the conference. This
year’s keynote speakers will be announced soon. The conference will feature
a suite of talks and attendees from JPL, NASA and other space agencies,
universities, and companies from around the world to work on developing 
this
important new direction for small spacecraft missions.

The Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference also gives an exciting chance
for organizations to sponsor an exhibitor table or a booth. A table is $270
(includes one registration) and a booth is $540 (includes two 
registrations).
Prices are guaranteed until January 31, when they may increase.

Registration will be available soon on our website, but please email us at
exhibitors at intercubesat.org
for information and to reserve your spot. Tables and booths will be 
assigned
on a first-come, first-served basis when registration payments are received.

Please also consider submitting an abstract to represent your organization.
Abstracts are due on February 15, 2017. I hope you'll be able to join us in
beautiful San Jose. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any
additional questions.


[ANS thanks the ISSC Committee (via the cubesat.org mailing list)
for the above information]


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Frequency Plan of the PicSAT Project Validated by the IARU


AMSAT-F (AMSAT Francophone) announced on January 8 the the
IARU validated the proposed frequency plan for the PICSAT
satellite project of the Paris Observatory.

The satellite will offer capabilities for telemetry data transmission: 
AX25 -
9k6 BPSK, and an FM transponder.

Uplink   : 145.910 MHz FM
Downlink : 435.925 MHz FM

AMSAT-F and Réseau des Émetteurs Français (REF), the national
non-profit organization for amateur radio enthusiasts in France, will 
provide
active technical support for this project.

For more information :

IARU Coordination:
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/formal_detail.php?serialnum=536

Link budget estimated:
https://perso.lesia.obspm.fr/picsat/files/2016/12/PicSat_IARU_Coordination.pdf

Project page:
http://lesia.obspm.fr/PICSAT.html

REF-Info:
http://ref-info.ref.org/projet-picsat-de-lobservatoire-de-paris/


[ANS thanks AMSAT-Francophone for the above information]


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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, 14 January 2017 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2017 in Phoenix AZ

*Friday and Saturday, 20-21 January 2017 – Cowtown Hamfest in
  Forest Hill, TX

*Thursday, 26 January 2017 – presentation for Arizona Repeater Association
  in Tempe AZ

*Saturday, 4 February 2017 – Palm Springs Hamfest in Palm Springs CA

*Friday-Sunday, 10-12 February 2017   Orlando HamCation in Orlando, FL

*Friday and Saturday, 17-18 February 2017 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ

*Friday-Sunday, March 31, April 1 & 2, 2017, NVCON in Las Vegas, NV


[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]


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ARISS News


Successful Contacts

*  A combined telebridge via K6DUE with students at Collège Saint-Guibert,
Gembloux, Belgium and Euro Space Center, Transinne, Belgium was successful
Thu 2017-01-12.

*  A direct contact via W6FOG with students at the World Genesis Foundation
(WGF), Goodyear, AZ. & Quartzsite in Motion, Quartzsite, AZ. was successful
Wed 2017-01-11.

*  A direct contact via K4JMC with students at Rainbow Middle School in
Rainbow City, AL. was successful Wed 2017-01-04.

*  A direct contact via F1IMF with students at Collège Mathilde Marthe
Faucher, Allassac, France was successful Wed 2017-01-04.

*  A direct contact via F4KJV with students at Primary School Georges 
Wallers,
Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (59), France was successful Sat 2016-12-31.

*  A direct contact via IK1SLD with students at Ecole Communale de Saint
Sylvestre, Saint Sylvestre, France was successful Wed 2016-12-21.


Upcoming Contacts

* A telebridge via K6DUE students at the Léon Blum High School, Le Creusot,
France, is presently scheduled for Mon 2017-01-16 11:53:17 UTC 60 deg.
The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG.

Le Creusot is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of
Bourgogne in eastern France. Formerly a mining town, its economy is now
dominated by large metallurgical companies such as ArcelorMittal, Schneider
Electric, and Alstom. In the 19th century, iron ore mines and forges around
Le Creusot generated a business in steel, railways, armaments, and
shipbuilding.

The lycée Léon Blum (Le Creusot-71) together with the lycée international
Charles de Gaulle (Dijon-21) and lycée Pierre Paul Riquet (Saint-Orens-31)
were selected after a call for projects in March 2015 by the CNES Youth
Education department for the PROXIMA mission. The project is named CERES
(after the name of ancient roman goddess of agriculture). Thomas will grow
some seeds in space as part of the CERES educational experiment. A special
cargo of mustard, lentil and radish seeds was sent to him on the Space
Station. He should water them and take pictures at regular intervals to
study how the seeds grow in space. Students of the two partner high schools
and a local elementary school are also participating to the list of 
questions.


Watch
http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html
for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.


[ANS thanks ARISS and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over


South East VHF Society Conference Charlotte NC April 28-29

The SVHF Society will hold their convention in Charlotte, NC this year on
April 28 and 29 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte Airport,  2600
Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, NC 28201.

We have arranged rooms at $95; you can call 800-222-TREE and ask for this
rate under the name "South East VHF Society". Early registration guest room
rate of $89 is offered  for reservations made by January 31, 2017. If you
plan to attend, please call now to reserve your room at this lower rate
before the end of January.

Registration information will be posted soon on the web site
(http://svhfs.org) so watch for the sign up details. The conference fee for
pre-registration is $30, Friday's Luncheon is $15, and Saturday's banquet is
$40.

[ANS thanks Gary Greene, W2ZV, SVHF Society conference committee member for
the above information]


AMSAT CW Activity Day reports

As of 8 January, only two of the participants in AMSAT CW Activity
Day have posted reports to amsat-bb.  While there is no requirement to do
so, if you participated, please consider posting one while it's still fresh
in your mind.  You can post a list of stations worked, satellites used,
"Soapbox" comments, suggestions for next year's event, or what have you.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]


DXpedition Teams Make Satellite Plans

FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON. Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating
from the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17)
as FP/KV1J between July 4-18th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY (but primarily SSB and RTTY). He will generally be on
the highest frequency band that is open (favoring 12/10m). He will be
active in the IARU HF Contest (July 8-9th), NA QSO Party-RTTY (July
15-16th) and the CQ VHF Contest [6M only] (July 15-16th). QSL via KV1J,
direct or by the Bureau. Also eQSL and LoTW. For more details and updates,
check out his Web page at:
http://www.kv1j.com/fp/July17.html

PLEASE NOTE: Eric mentions, "I will also be on the analog Satellites when
the WX is good enough to operate from outside."

YN, NICARAGUA. A team of four operators, sponsored by Texas DX Society,
will be operating near Granada beginning March 20th and ending March 27th.
Operators mentioned are Keith/NM5G (YN2MG), Ken/KD2KW (YN2KW), Bill/K5WL
(YN2WL) and Marty/W5MF (YN2MF). The group plans to participate in the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as YN2KW and station, as a Multi-Op/Single-
Transmitter/All-Bands/Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest, operators
will use their own callsigns on CW, SSB, RTTY and other Digital modes.
They will also have equipment to make some satellite contacts as time
and weather permit. QSL YN2KW via N5ET, all others callsigns listen for
instructions, but probably the same route.

[ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1299 for the above information]


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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org


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