[amsat-bb] ANS-035 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb kt4tz at cfl.rr.com
Sun Feb 4 03:02:12 UTC 2018


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:

* AO-92 to Initiate Operational Scheduling
* Soyuz Rocket Launches 11 Satellites Including D-Star One Phoenix
* Upcoming ARISS contact with Moore Square AIG/GT Magnet School, Raleigh, NC
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for January 2018
* AMSATDroidFree Source Code Released on GitHub

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ANS-035 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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AO-92 to Initiate Operational Scheduling

Since its commissioning the AO-92 U/v FM repeater has been open 
Beginning the first full week of February operations will be scheduled 
among the
U/v FM repeater, L-Band Downshifter, Virginia Tech Camera, and the 
University of
Iowa’s High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument (HERCI).

For the week of 4-10 Feb 2018, the following mode changes are scheduled:

Approximately 1510 UTC 4 Feb the L band uplink will be activated for
approximately 24 hours.

Approximately 0250 UTC 6 Feb the high speed data will be activated for 40
minutes to enable data download from the HERCI experiment.

Approximately 1520 UTC 8 Feb the high speed data will be activated for 40
minutes to enable data download from the HERCI experiment.

The U/v repeater will be open continuously at all other times outside those
listed above.

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


Soyuz Rocket Launches 11 Satellites Including D-Star One Phoenix

A Soyuz rocket crowned by a Fregat upper stage carrying 11 Russian, 
German and
U.S. satellites into orbit lifted off Thursday from the Vostochny 
Cosmodrome in
Russia’s Far East, the first flight from the country’s newest spaceport 
since a
failure in November.

The Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off at 0207:18 GMT Thursday (9:07:18 p.m. EST
Wednesday) from Vostochny, a cosmodrome carved from the forests of 
Russia’s Amur
region near the country’s border with China.

A CubeSat with an amateur radio relay payload named D-Star One Phoenix,
developed by German Orbital Systems in Berlin in cooperation with the Czech
company iSky Technology, was also launched Thursday. It replaces the 
D-Star One
nanosatellite lost on the last launch from Vostochny on Nov. 28.

Downlink frequencies are 435.700 MHz for telemetry and 435.525 MHz for 
The uplink for D-STAR will be 437.325 MHz.

[ANS thanks SpaceFlightNow and IARU for the above information]


Upcoming ARISS contact with Moore Square AIG/GT Magnet School, Raleigh, NC

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with 
at Moore Square AIG/GT Magnet School, Raleigh, NC on 05 Feb. The event is
scheduled to begin at approximately 18:32 UTC. The duration of the 
contact is
approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct 
between NA1SS
and KG4AKV. The contact should be audible over the U.S. state of North 
and portions of the eastern U.S. Interested parties are invited to 
listen in on
the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

Students have also participated in a mock astronaut training session at 
Kids Museum after viewing the Hubble 3D IMAX movie. Students conducted 
and composed questions based on the research they conducted. The school 
voted on
the best 20 questions.

John Brier, KG4AKV, and Jim Scarborough, KE4ROH, have worked closely by
providing our students with background information and serving as guest 
and facilitators for the event. Joshua Tate, KF4EAG, and Mark Hammond, N8MH,
have also been integral to helping our school with the contact.

Visit ARISS on Facebook. We can be found at Amateur Radio on the 
Space Station (ARISS).

To receive our Twitter updates, follow @ARISS_status

[ANS thanks David, AA4KN, for the above information]


VUCC Awards-Endorsements for January 2018

Here are the changed endorsements and new VUCC Satellite
Awards issued by the ARRL for the period January 1, 2018
through January 31, 2018.

Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

CALL          1Jan18  1Feb18

N8RO            1020   1030
N8HM            1005   1025
WN9Q            416    710
K5ND            439    502
WD9EWK          384    400
N9EAT           336    410
NS3L            251    275
KE4AL           177    252
VE7CEW          200    251
PT9BM           126    151
PS8ET           101    127
WB7VUF                 107 (NEW VUCC)
AA8CH                  104 (NEW VUCC)
AL6D/W4                101 (NEW VUCC)
N3GS                   101 (NEW VUCC)
NK1N                   101 (NEW VUCC)
KE8FZT                 100 (NEW VUCC)
W5PFG (DM95)           100 (NEW VUCC)
W5PFG (EM12)           100 (NEW VUCC)

This is my first month creating this list. If you find errors
or omissions. please contact me off-list at <mycall>@<mycall>.com
and I'll revise the announcement.

This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf
listings for January 1, 2018. and February 1, 2018. 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 Ron, W5RKN for the above information]


AMSATDroidFree Source Code Released on GitHub

Dave Johnson, G4DPZ, author of the AMSATDroidFree app, has made the source
code to AMSATDroidFree available on a public repository on GitHub for those
of you who like to tinker: https://github.com/g4dpz/AmsatDroidFree

Dave thanks all the people who have given him suggestions and have
downloaded it over the years and are still using the application.

[ANS thanks Dave, G4DPZ 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,
Lee McLamb, KT4TZ
kt4tz at amsat dot org

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