[ans] ANS-119 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Apr 28 18:18:50 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:
ans-editor at amsat.org

In this edition:

* AMSAT to Celebrate Space Day 2007 at the National Air and Space Museum  
* AMSAT at Dayton
* Update on ISS Amateur Radio Activity
* SSETI-ESEO Launch Date
* SatGate System Closing Down
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* Control Operators Needed for RAFT Radar Test
* ARISS Status Report for the week of April 23, 2007

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AMSAT to Celebrate Space Day 2007 at the National Air and Space Museum  

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 119.01
April 29, 2007
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Space Day 2007 at the National Air and Space Museum  
Saturday, May 05
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Throughout the National Mall building 
Admission: Free
Space Day 2007 will be another action-packed day of astronaut 
appearances, hands-on activities, book signings, tours, and 
special stories for children, all surrounded by the world's 
most famous space artifacts.

Especially exciting will be a sneak peek at the much-anticipated 
successor to the space shuttle, the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. 
This Lockheed Martin-designed spacecraft of the future will be on 
view in the shadow of one of the most historic spacecraft of the 
past - the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia.

Have a blast learning how you can build your own model rocket with 
the Northern Virginia Association of Rocketry. The group will bring 
their own home-built rockets for you to see and lots of information 
on building a flyable rocket.

Local robotics teams will show off their latest creations with a robot 
petting zoo. The teams will demonstrate their expertise in building 
and running robots for competition.

Participating organizations include Lockheed Martin, NASA, and 
AMSAT-Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. AMSAT will be exhibiting 
in the Milestones of Flight Gallery under SpaceShipOne, near the 
moon rock.
Space Day 2007 at the National Air and Space Museum is made possible 
by the generous support of Lockheed Martin. 

More information is available on-line at:

[ANS thanks Perry, W3PK for the above information]


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AMSAT at Dayton

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 119.02
April 29, 2007
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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.

In addition to free gifts with your membership renewal or joining 
AMSAT, we will have a number of other offerings at the Dayton AMSAT 

Updated    Frequency Chart
Updated    "2007 Getting Started With Amateur Satellites" book
***New***  Black Computer backpacks with AMSAT logo
***New***  G6LVB computer controlled rotor tracker boards (bare with 
           parts list)
***New***  White SS Golf shirts with AMSAT logo
***New***  Blue LS heavy tee shirt with AMSAT logo
***New***  Blue baseball cap with AMSAT logo
***New***  AMSAT lanyards with badge clips
***New***  Digital CD with 1200 - 38k4 test signals, WiSP software and
           other digital items
***New*** Green medium weight jacket with AMSAT logo and name/callsign
***New*** 2006 San Francisco Symposium Proceedings
AMSAT Journal CDs
Arrow Antennas
SatPC32, Nova for Windows, SCRAP and IT tracking software
AMSAT clocks
Eagle Decals and Patches
ARISS Patches
AO-7 QSL cards

The Eagle area will have an operational SDX (Software Defined
Transponder) demonstration, 70cm receiver, 1/2 scale model of the Eagle
sturcture, Eagle power generation system, Ultra cap and NiCd battery and
SuitSat 2 hardware.

The outdoor satellite demonstration area will be upgraded and be working
FM and SSB satellites all day, each day.

Gould is also looking for additional volunteers to work 2 hours shifts
in the AMSAT booth on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Email your
availability to wa4sxm at amsat.org

Make your plans for the Thursday evening Pizza Party, Friday AMSAT
Forum, Banquet and booth visits, Satellite Demonstrations and Eagle area
for the latest information and hardware.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]


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Update on ISS Amateur Radio Activity

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 119.03
April 29, 2007
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Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, who is the AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight 
Programs and the ARISS International Chairman wrote this week, "I 
wanted to provide a progress report on the ISS Ham Radio activities.  
And to address some questions that have come up related to ARISS o
perations and equipment upgrade and repair."

Frank's report follows ...
With the successful Shuttle return to flight, the International Space 
Station Program construction has moved into high gear with delivery 
and assembly of new ISS modules.  If all goes well, the new European 
Columbus Module and Japanese Kibo module will be installed on ISS in 
the next 12 months.  This substantial workload on the crew is impacting 
ARISS operations directly.

The launching of any new or replacement radios or computers has been 
significantly curtailed due to the extremely limited upmass 
capability.  There are just too many higher priority activities from an 
international space agency perspective and frankly we are a lower 
priority.  The extra workload on the crew has taken its toll on ARISS - 
they have had very little extra time for Amateur Radio activities beyond 
school contacts.  This is somewhat frustrating to the general ham radio 
community and the ARISS International Team, though the team is pleased 
that the crew has been able to speak so often with youth groups worldwide, 
piquing their interest in Amateur Radio, science, technology, engineering 
and math.

The ARISS team had been hopeful that Charles Simonyi would have been able 
to restore the Kenwood D700 radio system to full functionality after an 
accidental reprogramming of the radio occurred near the end of Exp 13.  
The ARISS team worked diligently with the Simonyi team to get Charles 
licensed,  trained, and prepared to perform the Kenwood reprogramming.  

Unfortunately, the ARISS team hit a major hurdle a few weeks before 
Charles' launch.  We learned that additional software certification 
steps were required to allow the reprogramming software to be used on 
the ISS computers.  Through heroic efforts by the team, final software 
certification was successfully completed.  

Unfortunately, this was completed only a few days before Charles' return 
from space.  As a result, the ARISS team was informed by the mission 
control team and some of our international team partners that it there 
was insufficient time to allow Charles to complete the restoration.  
Thus, the Kenwood restoration was not completed by Charles.  This last 
minute hiccup in software certification was not predictable.  So there 
was no way the ARISS team could have better prepared for Charles' flight.

At this point in time, it appears that a full restoration will require a 
substantial, concerted effort with full cooperation from our international 
colleagues and the Russian and US space agencies.  We need to make sure 
that all components necessary for a successful reprogramming are 
identified, purchased (if necessary), certified, tested and flown together 
before the radio will be fully restored. Realizing this will be especially 
challenging due to the upmass issue I described above.  This will likely 
take several months to accomplish as the team will have to begin from 
square one. In the short term, requests for some investigative analysis by 
the crew will be made.  This will enable the ARISS team to determine if the 
radio can be partially restored to provide some of the unattended 
operations that it once provided.

With Charles' successful landing, we have started down this new path. 
We will continue to keep you informed of our progress.

In closing, we are aggressively working this issue, despite several 
setbacks.  While our plans to have Charles reprogram the radio were 
thwarted, we were happy that he could speak to so many hams around the 
world during his short stay.  And capture the imagination of students 
around the globe.

On behalf of the ARISS team, we thank all of you for your interest and 
enthusiasm in Ham Radio on the ISS.

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO for the above information]


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SSETI-ESEO Launch Date

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 119.04
April 29, 2007
BID: $ANS-119.04

The launch date for SSETI-ESEO, the ESA led student satellite project 
intended for Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), has been delayed by 
approximately one year. It had originally been hoped that this satellite 
would be a secondary payload on Arianespace launch from Kourou in late 
November, 2008 but it now seems that the expected secondary payload 
opportunity will not be available.

Although this delay is regrettable it will give the various teams much 
needed extra time to finalise and test their systems.

A BBM - "Breadboard model" of the satellite systems and payloads is being
produced at the ESTEC facility in the Netherlands for testing purposes. 
This will commence operations during this summer.

Work continues to develop the AMSAT-UK communications package that is 
planned to provide a 435 to 2400 MHz (Mode U/S) linear transponder using 
both analogue and DSP based systems. It will additionally downlink tele-
metry at 400 bps and provide command and ranging facilities.

Full details of the project are available at http://www.uk.amsat.org/ 
click on "News Archive" and then "SSETI".

There will be a presentation on SSETI-ESEO at the AMSAT-UK International 
Space Colloquium which is being held at the University of Surrey, 
Guildford, England from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July. 

This event is open to all Amateurs and SWL's and there will be a special
beginners session aimed at newcomers to the exciting world on Amateur 
Satellite operating. For further information see:

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]


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SatGate System Closing Down

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 119.05
April 29, 2007
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After many years of packet message forwarding via UO-22, GO-32 and AO-51 
the Satgate System will close due to a lack of traffic being handled. 
The total of thirty five worldwide stations in the system a few years 
ago has dwindled due to this lack of traffic, maintenance problems, 
change of QTH and Silent Keys.
It was given birth by David Medley, KI6QE who was in California at the 
time.  The chief Guru and driving force over the past partial decade has 
been Andrew Sellers, G8TZJ who gets credit for developing the software 
which permitted the Satgate stations to operate in fully automated mode.
Traffic was accepted from the terrestrial packet network using BBS 
programs like the F6FBB program and routed to the satellites via the 
WiSP program.  It was also downloaded from the satellite and routed into 
the terrestrial packet network untouched by human hands, all thanks to 

Roy, W0SL wrote, "My appreciation goes to David for establishing the 
Satgate System and to Andrew for his effort in keeping this Network going.  
Thanks also to the remaining few of the Satgates who will be shutting down."

[ANS thanks Roy, W0SL for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 119.06
April 29, 2007
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+ Pop, VU2POP, Secretary of AMSAT India said that planning for a second
  Indian amateur radio satellite, Hamsat-2 has started.  They are asking
  for proposals from satellite operators, designers, and international
  AMSAT organizations.  You can send your comments to info at amsat.in.

+ The Fuji-Oscar 29 (FO-29) satellite may have gone silent.  Reports 
  received via Mineo, JE9PEL state that JARL is asking for any received 
  telemetry to be forwarded to them via lab at jarl.or.jp.

+ AMSAT received the sad news that Tom Calder, N7MPM became a Silent Key 
  Saturday Morning, April 21 at his home in Centerfield Utah. Tom had been 
  in poor health for the past year. Tom was very active on the satellites 
  thru the 1990's.

+ Due to weather concerns forecast for the launch site and recovery areas, 
  the ARBONET-2 high altitude balloon flight originally scheduled for 
  launch on April 27th has been postponed until Saturday May 5th at 
  9:00 AM CDT.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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Control Operators Needed for RAFT Radar Test

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 119.07
April 29, 2007
BID: $ANS-119.07

Bob, WB4APR at the US Naval Academy Satellite Lab writes, "We need 
AMSAT operator help with the RAFT satellite Test."

We need somone with a 2m beam and familiarity with packet that
lives in the Southern USA from Arizona to Georgia (AZ, NM, TX,

RAFT is at its mission life time half-way point, and we have not
been able to find anyone in the above footprint to help us
conduct the primary mission which was for the satellite to
detect its own passing through the DOD's radar fence.  When it
flies through the North American Space-Object fan beam, we
should hear about 1 second tone that anyone can hear on the

Due to its low orbit and small footprint, turning on the Radar
Transponder can only be done in the shared footprint between the
radar transmitter in North Texas and the command station. The
ideal command station has
these atributes:

1) Lives in AZ, NM, TX, OK, AK, LA, MS, AL, GA, W.FLA
2) A reasonable 2m beam for ops on 145.825
3) A packet TNC
4) A familiarity with dumb-terminal TNC operations such as
   A. Connections, Converse, UNPROTO, etc.
   B. Remote sysop logon to a Kantronics TNC

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).
Of course, once the radar receiver is on, everyone in the
footprint should be able to hear it.

For info, see the ANDE-RAFT operations page:

Several AMSAT hams built this tiny Radar receiver as a possible
common device for all future HAMsats, and we would like to get
feedback on its performance.  But they all live up North.  If
you have a beam and familiarity with TNC's please let us know.

[ANS thanks Bob, WB4APR for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report for the week of April 23, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 119.08
April 29, 2007
BID: $ANS-119.08

1. ARISS - Redmond Contact Successful

Students from Redmond High School in Washington State participated in 
an ARISS contact on Monday, April 16 via the telebridge station ON4ISS 
in Belgium. Twenty students asked spaceflight participant Charles 
Simonyi, KE7KDP, twenty questions as approximately 120 students, 
parents, teachers and the media looked on. All four local television 
stations, KOMO Radio, Seattle Times, Redmond Reporter and Metro Radio 
(for a Westwood One national program) attended. To view some of the 
media coverage, see:


2. Kursk Contact Successful

On Tuesday, April 17, an ARISS contact took place between the Kursk State 
Technical University in Russia and Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor N. Yur-
chikhin, RN3FI, on the ISS. Students had prepared eight questions for 
the contact which was successful.

3. Successful ARISS Contact with Cedar Point Elementary

Cedar Point Elementary School in Bristow, Virginia experienced an ARISS 
contact on Tuesday, April 17 via the telebridge station VK5ZAI in 
Australia. Nine students asked 19 questions of space visitor Charles 
Simonyi, KE7KDP. Audio of the contact may be found on Simonyi's website.  
See: http://www.charlesinspace.com

Scuola Europea Varese in Varese, Lombardia, Italy had an ARISS contact 
on Monday, April 23 via the telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. The 
school's curriculum includes the study of Earth and the solar system, 
living organisms, natural forces, gravity and electricity. Students 
will visit a planetarium, research books and websites, and watch 
science related movies. They will write essays, produce plays and 
create drawings. Media outlets will cover the event and the school 
will produce its own multimedia presentation which will be passed on 
to other schools in the area. 

Kingston Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Virginia had an ARISS 
contact on Monday, April 23. Students from all grades will participate 
in activities in the Science, Math and Language Arts curricula related 
to this event which will include the study of space and weather. Virginia 
Beach City Public Schools' Office of Media and Communication, Virginia 
Beach television, local newspapers and television stations, and Ham 
radio operators have been notified of this event.

An ARISS contact took place with Christian Life Elementary School in 
Rockford, Illinois on  Wednesday, April 25.  Christian Life schools 
have participated in many NASA projects: the high school participated 
in the U.S. First Robotics Competition, the middle school applied to 
the NASA Explorer Schools program, and an elementary school teacher 
attended a NASA Educator Workshop. Elementary school students study the 
History of Flight, learn of NASA's achievements and will be involved with 
robotics as they prepare for their ARISS contact.

Students attending the Samuel-von-Pufendorf Gymnasium in Floeha, Germany 
will participate in an ARISS contact on Saturday, April 28. The school 
amateur radio club, DL0GYM, was established in 2003 and provides courses 
to prepare students for their radio license exams. Students are introduced 
to packet radio, satellite communications, Amateur Television (ATV), and 
Slow Scan Television (SSTV). 

4. Upcoming School Contacts

Liceo Scientifico Statale "Lorenzo Respighi" in Piacenza, Italy has been 
scheduled for an ARISS contact on Saturday, May 5 at 10:24 UTC.  The school 
plans to incorporate this contact in their curriculum through the study of 
the law of gravitation, experiments in the absence of gravity, the Inter-
national Space Station, and English. Italian Astronaut Roberto Vittori has 
also been invited to visit the school in conjunction with these studies. 
Students will be required to work on interview skills, write reports and 
design posters. Media coverage will include television, radio, newspapers 
and website postings.

Erweiterte Realschule Weiskirchen in Weiskirchen, Saarland, Germany has 
been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International (ARISS) on 
Saturday, May 5 at 13:34 UTC. The school is one of eleven pilot schools 
participating in the "Innovative all-day school" project. A radio club 
was formed at the school.  Students participating in the contact are 
responsible for all aspects of the event: sponsors, catering, press, 
documentation and technology. Television and radio stations and the 
press have been notified. 

5. Simonyi Contacts with Public

The U.K. BBC reported on an amateur radio contact between Matty Cunningham, 
MD0MAN, and Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP, on the International Space Station.
The video clip can be seen at:

"Space Mann" may be viewed at:

For the story, "Radio hams contact space station," see:

6. RSGB Runs Story on ARISS

The Radio Society of Great Britain ran an article in its magazine, RadCom, 
which covered the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station and the 
Columbus Module radio system. The story reported on the request for funds 
from the IARU and AMSAT societies to support the project.

[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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