[ans] ANS-098 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Apr 7 20:18:03 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 Eagle Satellite Team Commences UHF Receiver Build
* AMSAT Activities at Dayton
* Amateur Satellite Beginners Article
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of April 2, 2007

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AMSAT Eagle Satellite Team Commences UHF Receiver Build

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 098.01
April 8, 2007
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Jim Sanford, WB4GCS, Eagle Project Manager has authorized expenditure 
of funds for purchase of components and construction of four proto-
types of the Eagle UHF receiver designed by John Stephenson, KD6OZH. 

The boards will be distributed as follows:
 + One to Juan Rivera, WA6HTP, for acceptance testing followed by 
   limited vacuum and thermal testing.
 + One to be demonstrated at Dayton.
 + One to the SDX folks for their development.
 + One to be put through the ATP either by Jim, or wherever anyone 
   else wants to evaluate.  This will then become available as needed 
   for demonstrations or SDX development.

Events leading to this decision:
 + Design by John and Peer review.
 + Development of ATP by Juan and peer review.
 + Assembly of a procurement, construction, and test team of Project 
   Oscar members under Juan's leadership.
 + PCBoard layout by John.  Peer review of schematic to board correl-
   ation in progress.
 + Development of costed Bill of Materials (BOM) by the Project Oscar 
   team. This was a LOT of work, and actually resulted in some tweaks 
   to the design and component selection.
 + Peer review of the BOM in progress.
To get an idea of the thoroughness that each module for the satellite 
will undergo, look at Juan's action list on Eaglepedia:

[ANS thanks Jim, WB4GCS, Eagle Project Manager, for the above information]


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AMSAT Activities at Dayton

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 098.02
April 8, 2007
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AMSAT will have many activities for the Amateur Satellite enthusiast 
during the 2007 Dayton Hamvention.  We invite you to join us at all 
of the events.  See the AMSAT web site for additional information 
and directions:  
Thursday 17 May 2007 1830-2200 EDT  Pizza and Suds Party at Marion's Piazza
Friday   18 May 2007 0900-1800 EDT  AMSAT Booth opens, Eagle area with 
                                    operating components and outdoor 
                                    Satellite Operating Demonstrations

                     1115-1400 EDT  AMSAT Forum in Room 1
                     1700-1745 EDT  IMAX movie "Space Station" special 
                                    showing at the Air Force Museum
                     1800-2200 EDT  AMSAT/TAPR Banquet at the Air Force 
                                    Museum (order tickets from the AMSAT 
                                    web site)

Saturday 19 May 2007 0800-1700 EDT  AMSAT Booth opens, Eagle area with 
                                    operating components and outdoor 
                                    Satellite Operating Demonstrations
Sunday  20 May 2007  0800-1300 EDT  AMSAT Booth opens, Eagle area with 
                                    operating components and outdoor 
                                    Satellite Operating Demonstrations 
Those wishing to help at the AMSAT booth during Hamvention please send 
Gould, WA4SXM an email (wa4sxm at amsat.org) stating your availablity.  We 
need volunteers for 2 hour shifts Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Also 
looking for volunteers to setup the booth Thursday afternoon and take 
down the booth Sunday afternoon.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]


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Amateur Satellite Beginners Article

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 098.03
April 8, 2007
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The March 2007 issue of the RSGB magazine RadCom features a superb 
article entitled "Getting Started on Amateur Radio Satellites" by 
John Heath G7HIA. It is an excellent introduction to the exciting 
world of Amateur Satellite Communications.

The Radio Society of Great Britain and the author have generously 
agreed to allow AMSAT-UK to put the PDF of the article on the web 
and it can be seen at http://www.uk.amsat.org/ 

Click on "How Do I Start" on the left hand side of the home page 
then click on "Getting Started on Amateur Satellites (RSGB article)" 

Note the article is Copyright 2007 Radio Society of Great Britain. 
For personal use only - no copying, reprinting or distribution without 
written permission from the RSGB http://www.RSGB.org/

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 098.04
April 8, 2007
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Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT-NA Orbital Data Manager reported this week, 
"I am pleased to announce that AMSAT's request to re-distribute AFSPC 
Keplerian elements from Space-Track has been approved for another year.
Our USSTRATCOM Form 1 request to distribute the Keps was approved as 
of April 5, 2007. Thanks to Mayor Matchett and his group. We are 'good 
to go' for another year."

Clive, G3CWV, said, "OSCAR-11 switched ON early 01 April, as expected. 
Good steady signals on the 145.826 MHz downlink.  This is the last ten 
day operational period before eclipses start on 20 April.  The eclipses 
continue until 23 August. If the satellite behaves as it did last year, 
it is unlikely to be heard for any length of time, during the eclipse 

A press release by Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP, the next ISS Space Tourist
scheduled for launch on April 7 reported, "In further support of the 
ARISS program, Dr. Simonyi additionally will perform maintenance on 
various pieces of ham radio equipment on the ISS. This work will include 
testing one radio set to isolate an antenna problem with the equipment 
and reprogramming the default settings on a second unit to correct a 
configuration problem." (via G0SFJ)  The configuration problem is thought 
to be "one that can be reloaded from a computer via a serial port on 
the front of the radio, without disassembling anything.  All that is 
needed is the computer, crew training, and scheduled crew time to do 
it. (via W8AAS)

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of April 2, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 098.05
April 8, 2007
BID: $ANS-098.05

1. ISB School Contact Successful

On Tuesday, March 27, students attending the International School 
of Brussels (ISB) in Belgium participated in an ARISS contact via 
the telebridge station NN1SS in Greenbelt. An audience of 200 students, 
parents and teachers watched as sixteen students posed one question 
each to Sunita Williams, KD5PLB. ARISS delegate Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, 
gave a presentation on amateur radio and the ISS to the students who 
showed much enthusiasm. At least two of the children asked numerous 
questions on how to become an amateur radio operator.
ISB audio as well as pictures are available on:

An ARISS contact was completed with St. Michael's Primary School in 
Daceyville, New South Wales, Australia on Monday, April 2. Approximately 
180 children in grades K-6 are enrolled at St. Michael's. National 
television and newspaper coverage is expected.  

Glenden State School in Glenden, Queensland, Australia completed an ARISS
contact on Wednesday, April 4, 2007.  The school will incorporate the 
contact into the science, social studies, art and math curricula for 
students in Preschool - Grade12. All students will contribute to a space 
museum by designing space art, posters and travel brochures. They may 
also design a space station and robotics for a space vehicle or write 
letters to NASA concerning careers available in the space industry. 
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. 

2. Upcoming School Contacts

Salt Creek Primary School in Salt Creek, Australia has been approved for 
an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on 
Thursday, April 12 via the telebridge station W6SRJ in California, USA. 
Salt Creek is a small rural school with an enrollment of twenty students 
located 80 km north of Kingston in South Australia. The school serves 
the sheep and cattle farmers in the area. Audio from this contact will 
be fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW (277 208) servers, 
as well as into the IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.  

3. Astronaut Training Status
On Tuesday, March 27, Paolo Nespoli received the basic ISS Ham school 
contact training in preparation for anticipated school contacts to be 
conducted while he is visiting the ISS during the STS-120 (10A) mission. 
He was familiarized with both the Ericsson system located in the FGB 
and the Kenwood system located in the Service Module. Nespoli will be 
operating under his Italian amateur radio call IZ0JPA.

4. McArthur to Attend ARRL Expo 2007 

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran a web story covering Bill 
McArthur's attendance at the ARRL Expo at the Dayton Hamvention 2007 
which will be held May 18-20. 
See: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/03/27/100/?nc=1

[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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