[ans] ANS-049 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Feb 17 18:04:41 PST 2007


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-049

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.

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In this edition:

* AMSAT-DC Meeting and Space Seminar Coming March 24
* AMSAT Awards
* TAPR Announces Production Of HPSDR Janus and Ozy Boards
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of February 12, 2007

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-049.01
AMSAT-DC Meeting and Space Seminar Coming March 24

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 049.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 18, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-049.01

Are you near Washington, D.C. or know someone who is?  Then YOU ARE
HEREBY INVITED to the next AMSAT-DC Meeting and Space Seminar.  The
day-long event will be held on Saturday, March 24 near BWI airport.

Get the meeting announcement at
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/fieldops/eventDetail.php?eID=259
and share it with others.

In building our agenda, we are lining up one or two presentations
from local folks who are building a CubeSat of all things!  We'll
take a close look at the brand new AMSAT lab on our eastern shore.
Get news on a new S-Band beacon. Lots more will be offered too.

Please forward this event announcement to one who might like to know
about it.  Take it to a club meeting.  Announce it on a net.  Gosh,
tell a high school or college student -- and an instructor too.
All are invited.

[ANS thanks Pat, N8PK, AMSAT-DC Co-host for the above information]

/EX


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AMSAT Awards

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 049.02
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 18, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-049.02

Bruce, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards says, "Here are the
Awards this week."

We would like to welcome the following to the satellite community.
They have made their first satellite contact and are now members of the
AMSAT Satellite Communicators Club.
  Bob Huson            WA7HYD
  Paulo Pinto          CT1ETE
  Fernando Martins     CT2ISG

AMSAT Sexagesimal Award
  Carlos Roy i Garcia  EB3FYM  (Award #143)

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]

/EX


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TAPR Announces Production Of HPSDR Janus and Ozy Boards

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 049.03
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 18, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-049.03

Here is a ground floor opportunity for amateur radio operators
interested in experimenting with Software Define Radio.  This
week TAPR announced production plans of the High Performance
Software Defined Radio (HPSDR) Janus and Ozy boards.

According to the HPSDR organization, the Janus module is a very
high performance, dual, full duplex, A/D and D/A converter board.
This is planned as a cost effective approach to develop a board
which approaches the performance of professional high end sound
cards.  Paired with the Ozy board and with proper software, it
can act like a very high performance sound card external to the PC.

The OZY module is an FPGA based interface controller card that pro-
vides the input and output connections to the real world. OZY also
provides a high speed USB 2.0 interface to the controlling PC.

Interested radio amateurs should visit Dale's, WA8SRA HAMSDR website
http://www.hamsdr.com/.  You will need to register for full access
on the site.  If you are already a member and have previously
expressed interest in these projects, log in and re-enter your
quantities of each board.

If you are new to HPSDR and Dale's Website, please join for instant
access by providing the information requested.

What is HPSDR?	 see - http://hpsdr.org/
What is an Ozy?    see - http://hpsdr.org/ozy.html
What is a Janus?   see - http://hpsdr.org/janus.html

There are many other HPSDR projects in design and testing; most will
require the Janus and Ozy boards.

[ANS thanks HPSDR.org for the above information]

/EX


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 049.04
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 18, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-049.04

+ Clive G3CWV reported that during the period 23 January to 14 February
  OSCAR 11 was heard with good steady signals. To investigate the on-board
  clock's hour problem Clive would welcome some telemetry from differents 
  parts of the world, at times when the orbits do not pass over the UK. 
  Please e-mail to him at <callsign>@amsat.org.  The VHF beacon is on 
  145.826 MHz with AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry.  For additional information 
  about OSCAR 11 see: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/

+ There are several new pieces of software that are being uploaded and
  tested this week on AO-51. Additionally the S band transmitter will be
  on for an as of yet undetermined number of daylight passes over the Air
  Force Academy ground station in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

+ The US Air Force plans to launch Falconsat-3 in late February.  FS-3
  will carry an amateur payload along with its primary science mission.
  More details on the upgrades and Falconsat-3 will be made available soon.

+ If you're looking for Delaware on the satellites look for Steve, W3HF on
  the FM satellites 24 February 2007, during the local afternoon and early
  evening.

+ Some satellite operators may be able to copy EME signals from the
  Japanese Big Dish Project.  JAMSAT is participating with several other
  organizations in setting up a 32m-Dish EME station in Ibaragi, Japan.
  They plan to be active on 144MHz, 432MHz, 1296MHz and 5.6GHz from 23 Feb
  to 24 March at possible windows. Full information is available at:
  http://8n1eme.jp/modules/news/ and the planned EME operating schedule
  can be seen at http://8n1eme.jp/SKD-EME-8N1EME-060215-1EN.pdf.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

/EX


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of February 12, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 049.05
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 18, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-049.05

1. School Contacts

Hanazono Elementary School in Akashi-city, Japan, had an Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Monday,
February 12.

The Vasant Valley School in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India has been
approved for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact on Saturday, February 24 via the telebridge station WH6PN in
Hawaii. This school is a Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, crew pick.

2. Crew Training

Astronaut Clay Anderson and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin recently parti-
cipated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact simulation to prepare for school contacts while onboard the ISS.
Yurchikhin will fly in March as part of Expedition 15, and Anderson is
expected to launch in June.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI for the above information]

/EX

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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat.org




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