[ans] ANS-365 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sun Dec 31 05:29:44 PST 2006


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-365

ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North
America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

ans-editor at amsat.org

In this edition:
* Another Year
* 11th SE VHF Society Conference Call for Papers
* AO-51 News
* ARISS Status - 25 December 2006
* RSGB Proposes Satellite Frequency Expansion in Region 1
* SKN on OSCAR 2007 To Be In Memory Of K7RR

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-365.01
Another Year

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 365.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 31, 2006
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-365.01

Well, 2006 is about to be history.  Satellite activity should be ramping
up in 2007 with HEO birds on the horizon. Our group, ANS, has brought
many late breaking news items and wish to thank all those that keep us
in the loop to inform our international readers about these happenings.
Please continue to do so.
 From all of us, Joanne, K9JKM, Lee, KU4OS, Dave, G4DPZ & myself, Dee,
NB2F, we wish you a Happy, healthy, New Year.  Remember, SKN Jan1, '07!

[ANS thanks the ANS News Crew for the above information]

/EX


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Call for Papers

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 365.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 31, 2006
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-365.02

Call for Papers And Presentations
11th Annual Southeastern VHF Society Conference
April 27th and 28th, 2007
Atlanta, Georgia

The Southeastern VHF Society is calling for the submission of papers and
presentations for the upcoming 11th Annual Southeastern VHF Society
Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 27th and 28th, 2007.
Papers and presentations are solicited on both the technical and
operational aspects of VHF, UHF and Microwave weak signal amateur radio.
  Some suggested areas of interest are:

•	Transmitters
•	Receivers
•	Transverters
•	RF Power Amplifiers
•	RF Low Noise Pre Amplifiers
•	Antennas
•	Construction Projects
•	Test Equipment And Station Accessories
•	Station Design And Construction
•	Contesting
•	Roving
•	DXpeditions
•	EME
•	Propagation (Sporadic E, Meteor Scatter, Troposphere Ducting, etc.)
•	Digital Modes (WSJT, etc.)
•	Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
•	Software Defined Radio (SDR)
•	Amateur Satellites
•	Amateur Television

In general papers and presentations on non weak signal related topics
such as FM repeaters and packet will not be accepted but exceptions may
be made if the topic is related to weak signal.  For example, a paper or
presentation on the use of APRS to track rovers during contests would be
considered.

The deadline for the submission of papers and presentations is March 2,
2007.  All submissions should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) or
alternatively Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files.  Pages are 8 and 1/2 by 11
inches with a 1 inch margin on the bottom and ¾ inch margin on the other
three sides.  All text, drawings, photos, etc. should be black and white
only (no color).  Please indicate when you submit your paper or
presentation if you plan to attend the conference and present there or
if you are submitting just for publication.  Papers and presentations
will be published in bound proceedings by the ARRL.  Send all questions,
comments and submissions to the technical program chair, Jim Worsham,
W4KXY at w4kxy at bellsouth.net.  For further information about the
conference please go to www.svhfs.org.

[ANS thanks Jim Worsham, WA4KYX, for the above information]

/EX


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AO-51 News

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 365.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 31, 2006
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-365.03

Due to a problem with the onboard software the BBS on AO-51 has been
turned off. It will remain off until a command station can do a full
reload, probably sometime after January 1. When the reload begins, the
repeater will also be off until it is finished. Sorry for the inconvenience.

73, Drew KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Operations

[ANS thanks Drew, K04MA for the above information]

/EX


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ARISS Status - 25 December 2006

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 365.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 31, 2006
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-365.04

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Status Report
December 25, 2006



1.	Swedish School Contact Update

On Sunday, December 17, students attending school at Thunmanskolan in
Knivsta, Sweden spoke with Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang,
KE5CGR/SA0AFS, on board the ISS. Hundreds attended the event and half of
the 50 connections made to Echolink were from Swedish stations. Many
media outlets covered the contact. To view the article in the Swedish
newspaper UNT, see:
http://www2.unt.se/avd2/1,3908,MC=72-AV_ID=562618,00.html

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) also ran an article covering the
event. See: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2006/12/19/100/?nc=1

Television coverage may be viewed here:
http://www.aftonbladet.se/atv/player.html?catID=10&clipID=13482


2.	Upcoming School Contact

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact
between the Kashiwabara Community Center in Sayama, Japan and astronaut
Michael Lopez-Alegria has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 27, at
12:22 UTC. Kashiwabara Community Center will plan and support this
children’s event with the two area schools: Kashiwabara Elementary
School and Kashiwabara Junior High School.  The children will be taught
about the ISS, space and amateur radio, and will take a field trip to
visit the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Members of JAXA
will also be invited to the event.

3.	Training Status

On Thursday, December 14, astronaut Tim Kopra and future space
participant Charles Simonyi took and passed their amateur radio license
exams. Callsigns have since been issued. Charles Simonyi received the
callsign KE7KDP and Timothy Kopra was issued the callsign KE5LUT.
Congratulations to both!


[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI for the above information]

/EX

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RSGB Proposes Expanding Amateur Satellite Allocations in Region 1

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 365.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 31, 2006
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-365.05


AMSAT-UK reported this week that a number of papers relating to
expanding frequency allocations for the Amateur Satellite Service
have been submitted by the RSGB to the IARU Region 1 Interim Con-
ference which will be held in Vienna February 24-25, 2007.

The preliminary RSGB document is on-line at:
http://www.iaru-r1.org/vienna_2007_preversion.pdf

The sections in the above file of interest to the Amateur Satellite
community include these:

B01 - Increased Amateur Satellite Service 2 Metre Usage - RSGB
       Proposes the segment 144.315-144.365 MHz for CW/SSB Linear
       Transponder Downlinks

B02 - Bands above 275 GHz - RSGB
       All proposed bands to be for Amateur Satellite Service as well.

B13 - Allocations at 3400 MHz - RSGB
       Proposes Region 1 Amateur and Amateur Satellite allocation.

B14 - Microwave Spectrum Threats - RSGB
       Details threats to our allocations

B15 - 23cms Bandplan - RSGB
       1240-1250 MHz

B16 - Amateur Satellite Service Spectrum
       Additional VHF and Microwave Satellite allocations

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]

/EX

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SKN on OSCAR 2007 To Be In Memory Of K7RR

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 365.06
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 31, 2006
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-365.06


All radio amateurs, worldwide, are cordially invited to participate in
Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2007.  This year, the event is dedicated to
the memory of Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR.  Cliff was an enthusiastic and
longtime SKN participant on both OSCAR and HF, as well as a perennial
Best Fist winner.  He will be sorely missed.

Participating in SKN on OSCAR 2007 is easy.  No rules, no scoring and
no need to send in a log.  Just operate CW through any OSCAR between
0000 and 2400 UTC on 1 January 2007, using a straight hand key.

In keeping with the friendly nature of this event, all participants are
encouraged to nominate someone they worked for "Best Fist."  Your nominee
need not have the best fist of those you heard, just of those you worked.
Please send your nomination to w2rs at amsat.org.  A list of those nominated
will appear in ANS and The AMSAT Journal.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS for the above information]

/EX

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 additional benefits.
Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.

73 & Happy New Year
This week's ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
nb2f at amsat dot org





















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