[ans] ANS-091 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sun Apr 1 05:20:02 PDT 2007


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:
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In this edition:

* AMSAT Forum at the 2007 Dayton Hamvention
* April 17 CubeSat Launch
* RAFT Command Stations Needed in Southern USA
* AO-51 Configuration for Field Day
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of March 26, 2007

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AMSAT Forum at the 2007 Dayton Hamvention

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 091.01
April 1, 2007
BID: $ANS-091.01
The AMSAT forum at Dayton this year has quite an impressive lineup of 
speakers and topics. The day and time of the forum has changed from 
past years and should be more convenient for most attendees. The forum 
will be on Friday afternoon, May 18, 2007 from 11:15am to 2:00pm. 

Speakers and topics during the forum are:
  + Moderator: Barry Baines, WD4ASW, AMSAT-NA Corporate Secretary

  + Rick Hambly, W2GPS, President, AMSAT-NA "Summary of AMSAT-NA
    Activities in 2007"

  + Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, AMSAT-DL President and Bob McGwier, N4HY,
    AMSAT-NA VP - Engineering, "Phase 3-Express: An Update"

  + Jim Sanford, WB4GCS, EAGLE Project Manager "Eagle Status Update"

  + Andrew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT-NA VP-Operations and Gould Smith,
    WA4SXM, AO-51 Command Station, "AMSAT-NA Satellite Operations and
    AO-51 Update"

  + Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT-NA Director-Human Space Flight, "ARISS
    and Future SuitSat Missions"

Mark this event on your calendar and attend the forum to find out the 
latest information about current AMSAT projects.

AMSAT's initial block of 30 rooms at the Fairfield Hampton Inn has been 
filled.  We have negotiated another 7 rooms (with king bed). If you are 
interested, please call Martha at AMSAT HQ (301-589-6062) as soon as 
possible.  The AMSAT office is closed until Wednesday, April 4. 

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]


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April 17 CubeSat Launch

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 091.02
April 1, 2007
BID: $ANS-091.02

The CubeSat launch originally scheduled for March 27 via a ISC Kosmotras 
Dnepr launch vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan has been re-
scheduled to April 17.  Four-of-seven CubeSats will be using Amateur Radio 
frequencies and modes as follows:

CalPoly PolySat CP3
436.845MHz (1W) 1200bps FM AFSK AX.25 (Part-5 experimental license) 

CalPoly PolySat CP4
437.325MHz (1W) 1200bps FM AFSK AX.25

University of Louisiana CAPE-1
435.245MHz (1W) 9600bps FM FSK AX.25 and CW telemetry during opposite 
30 second intervals using call sign K5USL 
Forward received telemetry to jd.harrist at gmail.com

Universidad Sergio Arboleda  (Colombia) Libertad-1 437.405MHz (400mw) 
1200bps FM AFSK AX.25 

Also see http://cubesat.atl.calpoly.edu/ 
http://showcase.netins.net/web/wallio/CubeSat.htm and
http://showcase.netins.net/web/wallio/ for more information.

Due to the $8k cost of the private webcast last time, the CubeSat team
is not doing it again. So, instead, they will be providing live updates 
on the Cubesat IRC channel. Point your favorite IRC client to #cubesat 
on irc.freenode.net  We will also be providing a MP3 download of launch 
countdown audio stream a few hours after launch. All of this will be 
accessible on the CubeSat webpage.

There also is a data packet entry form where you can enter data packets 
you received (from any satellite) at your earth station. The form is at: 

Preliminary keps:
P-POD A (CP2.1, AeroCube2, CSTB1)
1 xxxxxU xxxxxxxx 07086.29310451  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0 0000x
2 xxxxx 098.0870 161.6633 0071000 198.4663 339.8290 14.5270000000001x

P-POD B (CP3, CAPE1, Libertad-1)
1 xxxxxU xxxxxxxx 07086.29312766  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0 0000x
2 xxxxx 098.0870 161.6633 0090000 199.4051 339.9000 14.5050000000001x

P-POD C (MAST triple-cube)
1 xxxxxU xxxxxxxx 07086.29311609  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0 0000x
2 xxxxx 098.0870 161.6633 0084000 198.3918 339.9240 14.5160000000001x

[ANS thanks Ralph, WØRPK and Bryan Klofas, KF6ZEO at Cal Poly State 
University for the above information]


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RAFT Command Stations Needed in Southern USA

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 091.03
April 1, 2007
BID: $ANS-091.03

Due to its low orbit and small footprint, the US Naval Academy Satellite 
Laboratory needs command stations in the Southern USA between Arizona to 
Georgia to help us conduct the RAFT satellite primary mission of detecting 
the 218.98 MHz radar fence when it flies through it. Command stations are 
needed in those states because they are near the radar fence and will be 
in the footprint of the radar.  The ideal command station has these 

1) A reasonable 2m beam for ops on 145.825
2) A packet TNC
3) A familiarity with dumb-terminal TNC operations such as
   A. Connections, Converse, UNPROTO, etc
   B. Remote sysop logon of Kantronics TNC's
4) Desireable, is some experience with UI packets and APRS

The objective of these southern command stations is to logon, send the 
command to activate the RAFT Radar receiver for 1 minute in anticipation 
of passing through the fence.  Then hopefully recording any audio heard 
on the downlink (145.825).  Once the radar receiver is on, everyone in 
the footprint should be able to hear it.

For info, see the ANDE-RAFT operations page:

And for more info on the 216.98 MHz radar receiver, follow the links to 
the RAFT design pages.

If you meet the criterial above let Bob, WB4APR know.

[ANS thanks Bob, WB4APR at the US Naval Academy Satellite Lab for 
the above information]


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AO-51 Configuration for Field Day

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 091.04
April 1, 2007
BID: $ANS-091.04

For Field Day this year AO-51 will be in a dual repeater mode, with 
the following frequencies:

L/U repeater
Uplink 1268.700 FM, no PL tone
Downlink 435.150 FM

V/U repeater
Uplink 145.920 FM, no PL tone
Downlink 435.300 FM

As a reminder, both the AMSAT and now ARRL Field Day rules state only 
one completed QSO per FM repeater satellite.  This is applicable to 
one per transponder on a single channel fm satellite. However, in the 
case of AO-51, as two transponders are active, you can make one contact 
on V/U and one on L/U.

Please adhere to this rule so that others may have an opportunity to 
make a QSO. Also, all stations are asked to please only transmit when 
they can hear the satellite, and please use full duplex (with headphones)
as a courtesy to the other users. 

Those stations planning on using circularly polarized antennas please 
remember the 435.150 downlink is left hand circular polarization (LHCP), 
and the 435.300 downlink is right hand circular polarization (RHCP). 

Stay tuned to AMSAT ANS bulletins or the AO-51 News page:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/ControlTeam.php for practice sessions 
of this mode to be scheduled several times between now and Field Day.

73 and Good Luck!
Drew KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of March 26, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 091.05
April 1, 2007
BID: $ANS-091.05

1. University School Contact Successful

On Friday, March 16, students from University School in Shaker Heights, 
Ohio spoke with Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, via amateur radio. Twelve stu-
dents asked 14 questions.  Approximately 500 students, teachers and 
parents, as well as several local television and radio stations were 
present for the Amateur Radio on the ARISS event.  Audio was fed into 
the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW (277 208) servers via Skype 
and had 19 connections from stations located in 6 countries, including 
2 repeaters. Radio station 90.3 FM, WCPN, covered the news. See:

2. East Aurora Middle School Contact Successful

East Aurora Middle School in East Aurora, New York experienced an ARISS 
contact via the telebridge station ZSBTD in South Africa on Monday, 
March 19. Eleven students each asked one question of Sunita Williams, 
KD5PLB, as 150 students, teachers, and parents looked on. Three tele-
vision stations WKBD (ABC), WIVB (CBS), and WGRZ (NBC), and the local 
newspaper were present to cover the event. East Aurora Union Free Schools’ 
website posted a write up. 
See: http://www.eaur.wnyric.org/popup_info.cfm?story=3887

3. Juvenile Space Club Contact Successful

The Juvenile Space Club in Tatsuno, Tatsunomachi, Nagano-pref, Japan 
experienced an ARISS contact on Saturday, March 24. Mike Lopez-Alegria, 
KE5GTK, answered one question each posed to him by 16 children in front 
of an audience of about 100. Four television stations including Japan 
Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) and four newspapers reported on the event. 
The audio file may be found on this web site: 
Video from two television stations may be viewed on these sites:

4. Upcoming School Contacts 

Glenden State School in Glenden, Queensland, Australia has been slated 
for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact 
on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 22:39 UTC.  Parents and the community 
will be invited to Space Week to observe the products of these activities. 
Nights of star gazing and poetry contests will also be held. Television, 
newspapers and magazines have been notified of the event. The audio from 
this contact will be fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW 
(277 208) servers, as well as being fed into the IRLP Discovery Reflector 

5. Astronaut Training Status

On Monday, March 27, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, will receive 
training on the basics of performing a school contact at JSC. Nespoli 
is slated to fly on space shuttle mission STS-120, which will deliver 
the Harmony module to the ISS.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI for the above information]


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This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org

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