[amsat-bb] ANS - 281.01

Chris Bradley kg5jup at gmail.com
Sun Oct 8 15:46:38 UTC 2017


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In this edition:

* ARISS One Step Closer to Flying New Equipment to ISS
* VUCC Awards/Endorsements for September 2017
* Sputnik Replica - The Transmitter
* PE1ITR Posts Impressions and Photos From AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting
* AMSAT Phase 4 Groundstation Report for the Week 3 October 2017
* COMET Program Training
* Get Ready for the 2017 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ Congratulations to Alex N7AGF
+ Daily DX Report
+ Gérard Auvray, F6FAO Slient Key

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 281.01
September 10, 2017
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ARISS One Step Closer to Flying New Equipment to ISS

On behalf of the ARISS International team, I am proud to announce
that on Friday September 29th the ARISS team submitted the
InterOperable Radio System (IORS) Safety Data Package to NASA for
review!  Our next step in this process is the Safety Review, which is
planned for November 2.

Submitting this was a phenomenal accomplishment!!  Particularly
since the entire Safety Data Package was developed exclusively by our
ARISS volunteers---something we have never done before.  Prior to
this submittal, all safety packages---from Owen Garriott's in the
early 1980s to today--were developed with contractors from NASA, ESA
or Energia.  And might I say at substantial expense.  I am pleased
that the ARISS team did it ourselves!

Why is this important?  Two reasons:

1) This is a very major IORS milestone. We cannot get to orbit
without successfully completing the safety review process and getting
our hardware certified for flight.

2) Developing the safety package exclusively with volunteers is an
innovative and gutsy approach to keep costs down and get the hardware
flown sooner.  Otherwise we probably would have to slip launch 1-2
years while we acquired additional funding to get this done.

NASA Human Spaceflight Safety Certification is a four-step process---
Phase 0, Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3.  The material we submitted
covers the first three of the four phases.  As part of Phases 0, 1
and 2, we need to make sure NASA understands our design.  And we need
to show NASA that we understand all the potential hazards that our
hardware systems could introduce to ISS and how we have mitigated (or
prevented) these hazards.  One example is to demonstrate to NASA that
our IORS was designed with electrical wiring and circuit breakers
that possess adequate features and sufficient margin to prevent an
electrical shock or fire on-board the ISS.  Critically important
stuff!  The final phase (Phase 3) will be complete when we have
completed all testing and NASA inspection of our flight hardware and
NASA deems it flight worthy.  At that point the IORS will be flight
certificated and we can fly!  Currently we are looking to March-May
2018 for flight readiness.

For those not following ARISS hardware development very closely, we
are developing the IORS to replace most of the on-board radio
hardware. It is called "interoperable" because it is being designed
to be operated anywhere on ISS.  But specifically, it will be used in
the two areas with ISS Ham legacy antennas: the Columbus Module and
the Russian Service Module. Interoperability allows us to leverage
existing ISS power cables, it can be moved between modules in the
event of on-orbit failures, and it supports common training and
operations.  The IORS is the most complex in-cabin hardware system we
have ever designed, built, tested and flown as a volunteer team. We
will remove the 3 watt Ericsson handheld radio system, initially
certified for flight in 1999, and the Packet module--both of which
have recently had issues-and install a brand-new, specially modified
25 watt JVC Kenwood D710GA radio to enable a multitude of new or
improved capabilities on ISS, including voice repeater and be
 tter APRS operations.  A key development is the Multi-Voltage Power
Supply (MVPS), which interfaces with multiple electric outlet
connection types on ISS and provides a multitude of power output
capabilities for our current and future ARISS operations and amateur
radio experimentation.  It will also allow our Ham Video system to
have a dedicated power outlet, eliminating the outlet sharing we have
now, which shuts down Ham Video at times.

This effort would not be possible without the dedication and
persistence of our IORS development team of volunteers.  They have
been working tirelessly behind the scenes to provide an outstanding
amateur radio experience for all.  Our IORS development team
includes: Lou McFadin, W5DID, our Chief Engineer; Kerry Banke, N6IZW,
the MVPS lead designer; Bob Davis, KF4KSS, the MVPS Mechanical
enclosure designer; Ed Krome, K9EK, supporting IORS thermal control
and cabin noise dissipation; Dave Taylor, W8AAS, our JVC Kenwood D-
710 development liaison; Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, our APRS and D-710
operations expert; Shin Aota, JL1IBD, and Phil Parton, N4DRO for all
their phenomenal support from JVC Kenwood; Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, our
operations lead; and our safety package team-Ken Ernandes, N2WWD, and
Gordon Scannell, KD8COJ.  Kudos to all on a fantastic effort!

Designing, building and testing the IORS is a huge undertaking and
*very* expensive.  We need to build ten (10!) units to support flight
hardware, flight spares, testing, and training across the
international team.  Hardware parts, development tools, fabrication,
testing, and expenses to certify the IORS are expected to cost
approximately $150,000.  And the hard part (i.e. most expensive part)
is just now starting.  So please consider making a donation to ARISS
to take our hardware system from dream to reality.  You can donate to
ARISS directly through the AMSAT web site at:
http://www.ariss.org/donate.html.  ALL donations go directly to ARISS.

Thank you for all your support to inspire, engage and educate our
youth to consider wireless communications and amateur radio, and to
pursue STEAM careers through our exciting human space exploration and
amateur radio endeavor!

[ANS thanks Frank Bauer KA3HDO for the above information]


VUCC Awards/Endorsements for September 2017

The VUCC Standings for September 30th are still not
without problems.  Totals that changed a few up or down
are still not corrected.  A few more callsigns are missing.
Below are the totals that changed on 8 September 2017 which
were in the last posting.  The 30 September pdf dropped N1AIA
and AK4WQ(EN34).  AI6GS and K7TAB are still missing.

Previous Callsigns missing on 08Sep2017:
AI6GS  (230)
K7TAB  (100)

New Callsigns Missing on 30Sep2017:
N1AIA   (216)
AK4WQ(EN34) (107) (was 106 01Aug2017)

Callsigns with totals that went DOWN:

KO4MA 1564 -1562
AC0RA 1143 -1142
K8TL   974 -973
AA5PK  876 -875
W6ZQ   561 -560
K4XP   102 -101

Callsigns with totals that only went UP by a few:

K6FW   603 -606
KK4FEM 476 -480 (now NJ4Y at 502)
KL7CN/W6 249 -250
KX9X   158 -159
AK4WQ(EN34) 106 -107
VA3NNA  100 -102
(The above callsigns could be legitimate endorsements.)

Here are the apparent endorsements and new VUCC Satellite
Awards issued by the ARRL for the period September 8, 2017
through September 30, 2017.
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!


KB1RVT  1524
K4FEG    818
NJ4Y     502
W4FS     482
W0DHB    400
K5ND     351
NS3L     225
W6ZQ(DM42) 202 (NEW VUCC)
NR0T     200
WA7HQD   138
PT2AP    102 (NEW VUCC)
PS8ET    101 (NEW VUCC)
K4RGK    100 (NEW VUCC)

This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf
listings for September 8th and September 30th, 2017.  It's a visual
comparison so omissions are possible.  Apologies if your
call was not mentioned.  Thanks to all those who are
roving to grids that are rarely on the birds.  They are
doing most of the work!

[ANS thanks John K8YSE for the above information]


Sputnik Replica - The Transmitter

Stefan's Radio Blog posted at:

Frank's Sputnik Replica - The Transmitter

In the January edition of the RAZzies magazine Frank Waarsenburg
PA3CNO continued to report about building a replica of the original
Sputnik 1 transmitter.

In his interesting article he writes about the difficulties and
obstacles he faced: Missing data for winding the coils, errors
in 2p19b datasheets and a critical bug in the schematics. He des-
cribed his approaches to tackle these problems. (See the blog
page for a photo of the project.)

I think for everyone who is interested in understanding the
Sputnik 1 transmitter or who wants even to build a replica Frank's
article is a must read. Please note that the RAZzies is a Dutch
HAM magazine. If you don't understand Dutch simply use the Google
translator or similar tools in order to get a translation.

Access Razzie's Magazine at:

[ANS thanks Stephan's Radio Blog for the above information]


PE1ITR Posts Impressions and Photos From AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting

(Ed. note - Google translate helps)

On September 30th I visited with Jack, PA0BOJ, the AMSAT-DL
ammlung 2017. We left Bochum at 7:15 am and at 8:00 we were home
again. It
was a long and interesting day, revealing that it was a blast of

In addition to the usual administrative issues, the central theme of
annual meeting was the developments of and around the future Es'hail-
2 satel-
lite. The expectation is now that the satellite will be launched in
Q2 2018.

There were lectures on the construction of the various ground
stations and
their current status. It was nice to see that in the command, ground
built in extensive switching options, which also included space for

Also the well-known LEILA is built in custom form and there will be
a websdr
available to monitor the downlink signal.

There was special attention to the digital television capabilities
of this
satellite. In this context I found the reading of Thomas, DG5NGI,
ing, in which he told me about the DVB-S2 mode that one wants to
use. And
even talked about DVB-S2X as a possible next step afterwards. I had
heard of DVB-S2 before, but now I understand that DVB-S2 is more
oriented than DVB-S, so there are more opportunities in the data
build-up. Spoken was about FEC, Modulation, BBFRAMES, Dynamic Coding
Transport Capability.

It was also clear that for experimenting with datv on the wideband
ponder, coordination between users is needed. The BATC is developing a
website that provides more information in this performance.

There was also a dummy S/X band P4A transponder at the meeting. Jack
had taken his DVB-S S-band television transmitter and X-band receiver.
And I'm my ssb/cw S/X band equipment. With this we thoroughly tested
dummy transponder. I even made my first qso about this phase4a style
band dummy transponder with Achim DH2VA, which was on the other side
the room. We have therefore exchanged 59 +++ reports. And we were
a nice experience richer.

[ANS thanks Rob, PE1ITR, and AMSAT-DL for the above information]


AMSAT Phase 4 Groundstation Report for the Week 3 October 2017

Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, has released the Weekly Report for the AMSAT
Groundstation Team.


Her full report, including notes are posted with the video (click on
'See More'). This week Michelle discusses our simplified pi/2 BPSK
decoder, working under the assumption that symbol timing and phase
have already been resolved to a single sample per symbol.

This work fits into the much larger picture of acquiring phase, timing
of symbols, demodulation, decoding, and correlation to the fixed
of the Start of Frame field in the physical layer header that helps
define each DVB-S2 frame.

The DVB-S2 physical layer header is sent using a modulation scheme
pi/2 BPSK. This scheme is defined in the standard. Since we're using
Radio as our reference design, we decided to make a custom block in
Radio to do this. This block will evolve to include our specific type
of correlation for the Start of Frame as well.

We started with the definition in the specification where, "SOF shall
correspond to the sequence 18D2E82HEX (01-1000-....-0010 in binary
notation, the left-side bit being the MSB of the PLHEADER)" 90 degree
BPSK, so in complex notation, it's…"The PLHEADER, represented by the
binary sequence (y1, y2,...y90) shall be modulated into 90 p/2BPSK
symbols according to the rule:

 I sub 2i-1 = Q sub 2i-1 = (1/v2) (1-2y sub 2i-1), I sub 2i =
 - Q sub 2i = - (1/v2) (1-2y sub 2i) for i = 1, 2, ..., 45 "

[Ed. note: examples and explanation are in the video]

Assuming that the demodulation is correct, the next step from here
is to take our start of frame and look for received patterns that
it. When this happens, we will produce a tag. Tags in GNU Radio are
synchronized chunks of information that are attached to samples. It
is like metadata that can be used by other blocks. For this block,
we are going to follow the conventions in the general correlation
estimation block. This means that there will be several tags that
can be used by downstream blocks that need them. Those downstream
blocks have already implemented functions that consume the tags, so
if we produce them, it makes for more useful flow graphs.?

[ANS thanks Michelle Thompson, W5NYV for the above information]


COMET Program Training

The COMET Program is pleased to announce the publication of the new
"Communicating Winter Weather Surface Impacts
<https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_module.php?id=1320>". This
lesson will
introduce National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters to the benefits
pre-season coordination in understanding the critical needs of
decision-makers, particularly the state and local Departments of
Transportation (DOTs). The strategies used by DOTs to mitigate road
during the winter and how the NWS can best support their needs are
discussed. Learners will gain insight into the common methods of
collaboration between the NWS and DOT, and the different types of
weather events in which they work together. Learners will also
communicating winter weather forecast information that best support
concerns of DOT, including working through a simulation to see the
of their communication choices on DOT decisions. The lesson will
take about
an hour to complete (not including the quiz).

The intended audience for "Communicating Winter Weather Surface
<https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_module.php?id=1320>" includes
operational forecasters in U.S. NWS Weather Forecast Offices, and
with general interest in communicating weather information. NWS
offices could use the lesson in their training programs in
preparation for
the winter weather season.

For best viewing of content on the MetEd website, please ensure that
have a browser updated to its latest version with JavaScript
enabled. For
technical support, please visit our Registration and Support FAQs

We welcome any comments or questions you may have regarding the
instructional approach, or use of this lesson. Please e-mail your
or questions to Vanessa Vincente (vincente ATucar.edu) or Tsvetomir
Ross-Lazarov (tlazarov AT ucar.edu).

[ANS thanks Lloyd Colston, KC5FM for the above information]


Get Ready for the 2017 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting
Everything you need to know and get done today

Here is a summary of what you need to do to get ready for the
2017 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium and Annual Meeting, October 27-29,
2017 at the Silver Legacy Resort Hotel, Reno, NV.

2017 Annual AMSAT Symposium important deadlines.

The last day to reserve a meal at the Saturday Evening Banquet is
Sunday, October 8, 2017.

The last day to register online at the Silver Legacy with the
guaranteed rate is Friday, October 12, 2017.

The last day to register online is Friday, October 20, 2017.

The last day to reserve a seat at the Area Coordinators Breakfast is
Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

If you miss the Registration Deadline, you may still show up at the
door and pay $55. There will be no late orders for the Banquet or
Breakfast as this has to do with the rooms and tables necessary.

Complete Your Symposium Registration in the AMSAT Store
You can register for the 2017 Space Symposium, the Saturday Evening
Banquet, the Sunday Morning Area Coordinators breakfast, the Sunday
afternoon tour to Virginia City, and the Monday tour to Lake Tahoe
in the AMSAT store: https://www.amsat.org/shop/

Symposium Registration (including a copy of the Proceedings)
+ Starting September 15 -- $50
+ At the door           -- $55

Make Your Reservations for the Symposium Hotel in Reno
You must make your hotel reservations at the Silver Legacy at this
link: https://www.amsat.org/symposium-hotel/  (block code ISAMSAT)
The hotel phone number is 1-800-687-8733.

OCTOBER 12, 2017.

The Silver Legacy is a 4-star Resort/Hotel/Casino which is an iconic
42-story hotel with its massive round dome and spires centered in
downtown Reno.

2017 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium Schedule Announced
The Schedule for the 2017 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium and
Annual Meeting, October 27-29, 2017 at the Silver Legacy Resort
Hotel, Reno, NV.

Check the Symposium Web Page for updates and new information as it
becomes available: https://www.amsat.org/symposium-schedule/

2017 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium Tours Announced
The 2017 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday, Oct 27-29 in Reno.  There will be two tours of the sights
around Reno offered after the Symposium ends on Sunday morning.

The first tour is offered on Sunday October 29, 10:00AM to 4:00PM
This tour will visit Historical Virginia City. Tour cost is $46 per
person. Lunch will be on your own.

The second tour is offered on Monday October 30, 8:30AM to 5:30PM
This tour will Discover Truckee, the Donner Party, Lake Tahoe &
Genoa. The tour cost is $80 per person. There is an optional Lake
Tahoe Cruise on a paddle-wheel ship available. The tour cost with the
Lake Tahoe Cruise is $147 per person. Lunch is provided with either
tour option.

A description of the tours has been posted at

Complete tour information is available by paging through each tour
description and a link to purchase the tour through the AMSAT Store
is provided below the description. You may also purchase all
Symposium events at the AMSAT Store.

Introducing Banquet Keynote Speaker Garrett L. Skrobot, NASA
Cubesat Launch Initiative Program, Kennedy Space Center
Garrett was born in Myrtle Beach, S.C., but moved to West Cocoa,
Florida at the age of six months. Immediately after graduating
from Cocoa High School in 1980, Garrett began a four-year tour
of duty in the United States Marine Corp that took him around
the world.

In 1988 Garrett earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical
engineering from the University of Tennessee; he later received
his master's degree in space systems from the Florida Institute
of Technology in 1992.

Garrett joined the NASA team at Kennedy Space Center in 2000 as
an Integration Engineer for the Launch Services Program. Prior
to his work with NASA, Garrett was employed by General Dynamics
as a System Engineer for the Atlas/Centaur booster program. Dur-
ing his tenure with General Dynamics, Garret participated in more
than 50 launches while working in the Electrical, Ground Instru-
mentation, Payload Mission Integration, Telemetry and Project
Management divisions.

Garrett continues to live in Cocoa with his wife and their three
daughters. In his free time, Garrett enjoys nature photography,
fishing, and actively supporting his daughters in their sports.
Garrett himself is also an accomplished athlete, having earned
a black belt in karate.

[ANS thanks the 2017 AMSAT-NA Symposium Committee for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

Congratulations to Alex N7AGF? for earning his VUCC Satellite Award.
Alex wrote, "It took almost a year. Thanks to all the
who helped me get there!"  Alex was licensed in 1992. He is a digital
and satellite enthusiast. He is a life member of AMSAT and the ARRL.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Twitter for the above information]


The Daily DX has reported that RI1F has been reported on
14.040 and 10.127 MHz CW. Members of the Russian Robinson
Club (RRC) had announced plans for activity on 160-10 meters,
including the WARC bands, VHF and UHF. Operations will be on
CW, SSB, the Digital modes, EME (dates are October 3-7) and
the satellites. (via the Daily DX)

[ANS thanks The Daily DX for the above information]


Gérard Auvray, F6FAO, passed away on 17 October 2017.

Gerard was Amsat-F president. He was very involved in the Hamradio
satellite community and contributed to several satellites that were
launched in space : Arsène, Spoutnik 40, Spoutnik  41, Idefix 1 et 2,
cubesat  like  Robusta, QB50 P2,  X-cubesat et Spacecube.

He also shared his passion with many students, and hamradio operators.
He has contributed to other projects / activities such as providing
help during 1985 Mexico City earthquake,  promoting experimental
balloons and solar balloons…  He was also involved in Big Jump

[ANS thanks AMSAT dot org for the above information]



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