[amsat-bb] ANS-042 Weekly News Service Bulletins

Christopher Bradley christopherrbradley at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 11 07:09:11 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:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* Satellite/AMSAT Presentation for Pasadena Radio Club
* Wind satellite survives vacuum
* All-in-one Service for Space Station
* Sally Ride EarthKAM Space Camp's 60th Mission is open for
* Estimated March 2018 Launch Date for Es'hail 2 Satellite
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Ham Radio Now Episode 384 AMSAT Update from Orlando
* GOLF-TEE Presidents' Challenge Ends February 15th
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-042.01 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 042.01
November 5, 2017
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Satellite/AMSAT presentation for the Pasadena Radio Club on Tuesday,
23 January 2018. (part 1 of 3, links for parts 2 and 3 on the
top/right of the page)
An updated version of the slideshow projected on the screen is
available for download. Go to http://dropbox.wd9ewk.net/ and find it
in the folder "WA0POD".

[ANS would like to thank Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK for the above


Wind satellite survives vacuum
ESA's Aeolus satellite has been particularly tricky to build. One of
the main stumbling blocks has been getting its lasers to work in a
vacuum, but recent tests on the satellite show that the vacuum or
temperature of space won't get in the way of Aeolus measuring Earth's

[ANS would like to thank the European Space Agency for the above


All-in-one Service for the Space Station
Quick access to space, high-speed data feed and a unique vantage
point are the selling points of a new commercial venture on the
International Space Station. Its name is Bartolomeo, and its
versatile design allows for many mission types at competitive prices
from next year.

[ANS would like to thank the European Space Agency for the above


Sally Ride EarthKAM Space Camp's 60th Mission is open for

This be will EarthKAM's 60th week-long mission and the first of
2018! Mission 60 runs February 20 through February 26. Mission sign
up is available and orbits will be published by Thursday, February
15.  Educators can sign up and get their class involved up to the day
of the orbit. Requested images should be available within 24 hours of
the orbit. If you are looking for a project to do with the images,
look at our activities page for some great ideas that incorporate the
For more information on how to make an image request take a look at
our User Guide.

[ANS would like to thank E.Mike Cardel, AMSAT ANS Rotating Editor
for the above


Estimated March 2018 Launch Date for Es'hail 2 Satellite
The SatBeams website says they have a estimated launch date of
28-Mar-2018 for the Es'hail 2 satellite carrying the world's first
geostationary amateur radio service in S-band/X-band ranges via its
AMSAT-DL hosted payload.
Launch site: Cape Canaveral
Launch vehicle: Falcon 9 v1.2
Commercial payloads on Es'hail 2 include 24 Ku-band and 11-Ka-band
transponders to provide direct broadcasting services throughout the
Middle East and North Africa as well as government communication
Posted at: https://www.satbeams.com/satellites?id=2683

[ANS thanks SatBeams.com for the above information]


Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

Vilniaus Jono Basanaviciaus Gymnasium together with Vilniaus Jono
Basanaviciaus Progymnasium, Vilnius, Lithuania, direct via LY1BWB The
ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS The scheduled
astronaut is Scott Tingle KG5NZA Contact is a go for: Mon 2018-
02-12 12:45:49 UTC
Los Angeles Academy Middle School, Los Angeles, CA, direct via W6RVD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS The scheduled
astronaut is Scott Tingle KG5NZA Contact is a go for: Fri 2018-
02-16 16:53:20 UTC
University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City,
Philippines, direct via DX1ISS The ISS callsign is presently
scheduled to be OR4ISS The scheduled astronaut is Mark Vande Hei
KG5GNP Contact is a go for: Sat 2018-02-17 10:23:00 UTC
ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above
contacts.  ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.
Feel free to send your reports to aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at aol.com.
Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz.
All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise
Several of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS
website and not being able to get in.  That has now been changed to
Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.
Looking for something new to do?  How about receiving DATV from the
ISS? If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for
complete details.  Look for the buttons indicating Ham Video.

If you need some assistance, ARISS mentor Kerry N6IZW, might be able
to provide some insight.  Contact Kerry at kbanke at sbcglobal.net
ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored
over 100
Francesco IKØWGF with 132
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 128
Gaston ON4WF with 123
Sergey RV3DR with 100

The webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy.  Out of
date webpages were removed and new ones have been added.  If there
are additional ARISS websites I need to know about, please let me
Note, all times are approximate.  It is recommended that you do your
own orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the
listed time.
All dates and times listed follow International Standard ISO 8601
date and time format  YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS
The complete schedule page has been updated as of 2018-02-06 05:00
Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school contacts, and
questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites,
and instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1206. Each
school counts as 1 event.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1155.
Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 47.
A complete year by year breakdown of the contacts may be found in
the file.
Please feel free to contact me if more detailed statistics are needed.

The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact:
Arkansas, Delaware, South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam,
Northern Marianas Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
QSL information may be found at:
The successful school list has been updated as of 2018-02-06 05:00
Frequency  chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes
showing Doppler  correction  as of 2005-07-29 04:00 UTC
Listing of ARISS related magazine articles as of 2006-07-10 03:30 UTC.
Check out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts

Exp. 53 on orbit
Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP
Alexander Misurkin
Joe Acaba KE5DAR
Exp. 54 on orbit
Scott Tingle KG5NZA
Norishige Kanai
Alexander Skvortsov

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N for the above information]


Ham Radio Now Episode 384 AMSAT Update from Orlando

AMSAT President Joe Spier K6WAO talks about AMSAT and Satellites
with Gary
Pearce KN4AQ on the Ham Radio Now at Orlando Hamcation
(thanks to Ham Radio Now)

[ANS thanks JoAnne, K8JKM for the above information]


GOLF-TEE Presidents' Challenge Ends February 15th

One week to go in the GOLE-TEE Presidents' Challenge! Please
consider a donation to help kick start the next generation
of AMSAT satellites.

In October 2017, AMSAT announced the GOLF (Greater Orbit, Larger
Footprint) program. The first project of the GOLF program is a
technology demonstrator named GOLF-TEE (Technology Evaluation
Environment). The design is a 3U CubeSat with deployable solar
panels, ADAC (attitude determination and control), Software Defined
Radio (SDR) Transponder, and a Vanderbilt University Low Energy
Proton (LEP) experiment. Now is the time to begin work on the
GOLF-TEE Project.

At the end of 2017, AMSAT has generous offers from two AMSAT Past
Presidents for matching funds up to $15,000 for those that contri-
bute to the GOLF-TEE campaign between now and February 15th. Make
your donation twice as valuable by taking advantage of this oppor-
tunity and contributing, and help AMSAT fund the launch of the next
series of satellites of the GOLF program. Planning is for a launch
in 2019.

Donations of $100 and $1,000 or more will be eligible for a special
AMSAT GOLF premium. (Both premiums are currently being designed,
so please be patient awaiting delivery.)

[ANS thanks JoAnne, K8JKM for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Object 43199 has apparently been identified as Shaonian Xing
(Youth Sat)
+ A video from the RSGB 2017 Convention
+ LibreSpaceFoundation Talk
+ Be on the lookout for Clayton, W5PFG/p

Object 43199 has apparently been identified as Shaonian Xing (Youth
So the unknown satellite that identifies itself as MXSAT-1 is
actually the student satellite Shaonian Xing. It also means this
satellite does not transmit on its coordinated frequencies. Let's
wait and see if its FM repeater will be activated and on which
frequencies it will operate.

[ANS would like to thank Nico, PA0DLO for the above


A video from the RSGB 2017 Convention, "Amateur deep space
reception", by Paul Marsh, M0EYT can found at:

Paul Marsh, M0EYT gives an introduction into deep space mega-DX, the
equipment needed and the techniques used to identify extremely weak
signals coming from man-made space probes in various parts of our
solar system. X-Band (8.4GHz) is the primary band of discussion but
Paul also talks briefly about S and Ka reception equipment and
You can receive signals from spacecraft in excess of 1 billion Km
a modest size dish in your garden. If you have an interest in EME or
microwave weak signal reception, Amateur DSR can help you push the
of what is possible with home-built equipment.

[ANS would like to thank The RSGB for the above


LibreSpaceFoundation Talk
Watch the LibreSpaceFoundation FOSDEM talk on UPSat_gr the 1st open
source hardware and software satellite https://youtu.be/D8QtZ9IRLto

[ANS would like to thank LibreSpaceFoundation for the above


Be on the lookout for Clayton, W5PFG/p, for casual satellite
operation from the DM70 area of West Texas starting the
evening of February 15 through the morning of February 18
He will operate from DM70xo and some of the neighboring
grid squares including DM80, DL79, DL89. (via W5PFG)

[ANS would like to thank JoAnne, K9JKM for the above



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This week's ANS Editor,
Chris Bradley, AA5EM
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