[ans] ANS-126 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat May 5 18:10:47 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.

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In this edition:

* Eagle Prototype UHF Receiver Powered Up, Testing Commences
* AO-51 Schedule Change to Accomodate New Software Testing
* Reminder of the Dayton AMSAT/TAPR Banquet at Dayton
* FO-29 Telemetry Data Needed
* Space Shorts From All Over
* AMSAT Awards
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of April 30, 2007

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Eagle Prototype UHF Receiver Powered Up, Testing Commences

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 126.01
May 6, 2007
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Jim Sanford, WB4GCS, Eagle Project Manager, has good news this week.  
Jim reported the completion of construction of the first prototype 
of the Eagle 70cm Uplink Receiver.  The receiver has been powered up 
with testing and evaluation starting on May 5.

The receiver was designed by John Stephensen, KD6OZH.  Juan Rivera, 
WA6HTP and the Project Oscar Team implemented the design and produced 
the first prototype. Juan and John have provided extensive documentation 
on the receiver design and construction which is available on AMSAT's 
EaglePedia. See:

Support for the CAN-Do! command bus interface was provided by Stephen,
KC0FTQ.  For more information check out EaglePedia:

John described his receiver design, "This is a key component of the 
Mode B linear transponder and provides higher dynamic range than 
Phase 3 satellite receivers. Our 70 cm band is shared and this mini-
mizes interference from the military radiolocation service and provides 
improved performance for users in the amateur radio service".

Juan wrote, "Look for more details on my blogs on EaglePedia over the
weekend.  My special thanks to everyone who made this possible.  It was
a team effort from beginning to end."

Jim concluded, "I wish to express my thanks and gratitude to the entire
team for reaching this significant Eagle milestone!"

[ANS thanks Jim, WB4GCS for the above information]


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AO-51 Schedule Change to Accomodate New Software Testing

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 126.02
May 6, 2007
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AMSAT Vice President of Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, previously 
announced the on-going software upgrade and ensuing testing efforts for 

During the last round of testing and upgrades on AO-51, the Command 
Team discovered a problem with the BBS receiver interfering with the 
command system with either UHF transmitter above a certain power level. 
This problem had gone unsolved since launch until the relationship to 
the receiver was found. The good news is the problem goes away when 
that receiver is shut off.
The bad news is that particular receiver is the only user receiver the 
operating system allows to access the BBS. A rewrite of the core opera-
ting software is required to work around this issue, and there is 
exactly one person who can do this. For the mean time AO-51 will pri-
marily be an analog mode satellite, until the fix is coded and tested 
thoroughly on the ground.

Testing aboard the satellite has started.  Gould, WA4SXM, AO-51 
Operations Group and Command station has updated the May 2007 AO-51 
(AMSAT Echo) Schedule.  Gould wrote, "We will be testing automatic mode 
switching on AO-51 for 2 days each week on Wed & Thur this month, except 
for Dayton week.  The rest of the time AO-51 will be in 'normal' mode."

The first mode switch already occured on an early US east coast pass 
on 2 May 2007.  The AO-51 schedule for May on the AMSAT web site has 
been updated: http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/ControlTeam.php

Enjoy these modes and send comments and requests to the AO-51 Operations 
Group at ao51-modes at amsat.org. 

AO-51 May 2007 AO-51 (AMSAT Echo) Schedule 
May 1 until May 31, subject to modification

Normal mode except for 2 days testing on Wed - Fri.  
Testing of the automatic scheduler  

2 - 4 May 2007,  9 - 11 May &  23 -25 May,  no change during Dayton week, 
to be defined mode change the last week of the month.

2 May - 4 May  Mode 7 Testing

  FM Repeater, V/U
  Uplink:   145.920 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
  Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM 

  QRP FM Repeater, V/U
  Uplink:   145.880 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
  Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM 

9 May - 11 May Mode 4 Testing  (Field Day configuration) 

  FM Repeater, V/U
  Uplink:   145.920 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
  Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM 

  FM Repeater, L/U
  Uplink:   1268.700 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
  Downlink:  435.150 MHz FM 

23 May - 25 May Mode 2 Testing

  FM Repeater, V/S
  Uplink:    145.880 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
  Downlink: 2401.200 MHz FM 

Normal Mode 
FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink:   145.920 MHz FM, NO PL Tone
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM
9k6 Digital, V/U, Telemetry Only
Downlink: 435.150 Mhz FM, 9k6 Telemetry

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]


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Reminder of the Dayton AMSAT/TAPR Banquet at Dayton

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 126.03
May 6, 2007
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AMSAT will have a large presence at the Dayton Hamvention this year, 
so come to Dayton and involve yourself in the many AMSAT activities.
Plan on attending the Thursday night Pizza and Suds party at Marion's.
The AMSAT Forum Friday 11-2 has an outstanding list of speakers and 
topics of interest to all AMSAT members.

Visit the outdoor satellite demonstration area to observe and make 
satellite contacts.
We will have a large number of new items at the AMSAT booth, as well 
as information and a chance to meet and talk with AMSAT Officers and 
BOD members.
Just a reminder that there are only two weeks left to purchase your 
tickets to the Dayton AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Friday, May 18,2007.

The "Under the Wings" Banquet will be held in the Air Force Museum.  
Ticket reservations can be made online at the AMSAT Store, follow the 
link from the front page of the amsat.org web site.

Reserved tickets will be available for pickup at the AMSAT booth 
(#444-448) all day Friday, and at the Museum.  Reserved tickets can 
only be purchased until end of business Monday, May 14, 2007 (two 
weeks from today).  We must give the museum a final count on 
Tuesday morning.

There will be no ticket sales at either the AMSAT or TAPR booth Friday, 
this is different than past years.

Get online and make your reservations now for a great meal, great 
ambiance and great kinship.

Don't be left out of THE Friday night event.  See the AMSAT web 
site for additional information.
See you at Dayton May 18-20, 2007.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]


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FO-29 Telemetry Data Needed

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 126.04
May 6, 2007
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The Fuji-Oscar 29 (FO-29) satellite has not been heard for several
days.  Below is a translation of the JARL FO-29 note from their
webpage at: http://www.jarl.or.jp 

"The analog repeater of amateur satellite 'Fuji 3' ceased operation.
We request your help in gathering information during the investigation 
of the cause and restoration of the satellite if possible."

The amateur satellite 'Fuji of JARL 3' (FO-29 and 8J1JCS), used the 
regular analog system continuously, but it was verified that the analog 
repeater has stopped after April 21.

Presently, the control bureau is directing an investigation of the 
cause, collecting information of what happened before the repeater 
stops.  If you collected and/or analyze telemetry, it can help with the 
future restoration and planning of the command station. We ask you to 
help us by providing the following information regarding FO-29 to the 
JARL technical section.

    1. After April 20th: CW telemetry data
    2. After April 20th: Repeater operational details/observations 
       (CW telemetry for the repeater including those times when it was 
       operational or not operational)
    3. If there are phenomenon which you believe relevant, such as 
       signal strength and reception circumstance please send.

On May 3, the JARL command station could command the analog transponder 
off and on.  On May 4 when the analog transponder was turned on the power
balance during eclipse was severely negative.  An attempt at recondition-
ing the batteries may be successful if the power budget is carefully man-
aged.  JARL reported that FO-29 needs to be turned off for a while.

Although it is possible for the command station to temporarily turn on
the satellite over Japan, users are requested to refrain from attempting
to access the analog transponder.  Any telemetry data received is wel-

[ANS thanks JARL and Mineo, JE9PEL for the above information]


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Space Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 126.05
May 6, 2007
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+ John, KD6PAG will be on Santa Catalina Island (IOTA NA-066, 
  near Los Angeles) from Friday afternoon 4 May through Tuesday 
  mid-morning 8 May.  Plans include working J-FM satellites as 
  time (and horizons) permit.  Monday is the best time to try 
  if you can only fit in one or two passes.  John also said he
  plans to activate CM86 (Santa Cruz) again on the first Sat-
  urday in June and he is still considering CM79, probably on 
  June 23 or 24.

+ Mineo, JE9PEL posted information provided by DK3WN on "How 
  to decode CP4 telemetry" on-line at:

+ NASA announced pioneering astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra, the 
  only man who flew in all three of America's first human space 
  projects - Mercury, Gemini and Apollo - died Wednesday night. 
  He was 84. Schirra's family reported he died of natural causes.

+ Nate, WY0X sent the word that Ted Cross, N0IAK, passed away early 
  in the week of April 16th due to complications arising from a 
  seizure.  Ted was 46 years old.  Ted was from England and was 
  dual-licensed.  His other Amateur callsign was G0HHY. Ted was 
  involved in AMSAT projects over the years.

+ Greg, WA7IRW will be operating at the British Virgin Islands 
  as VP2V/WA7IRW starting 5 May and ending 18 May. He expects to 
  try AO-51 ops typically in the afternoon / evening hours passes 
  as they will be sailing in the morning hours. He will be using a 
  FT857 and an aArrow antenna from the sail boat. QSL to WA7IRW.

+ Rolf, DK2ZF will be on the Azores as CU2/DK2ZF over the weekend 
  of May 25th to May 29th from Sao Miguel HM77UC.  Station will
  constist of FT-847 with 5 element uplink and 9 element downlink

+ Pop, VU2POP, Secretary of AMSAT India reminds radio amateurs world-
  wide to wish HAMSAT a very Happy 2nd birthday and a very long life.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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AMSAT Awards

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 126.06
May 6, 2007
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Bruce, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards says the awards 
this week are:

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:
   Joaquim das Virgens Neto, PS7JN

AMSAT Communication Achievement Award
   Joe Prokop, KC8RAN, #449
   Joaquim das Virgens Neto, PS7JN, #450
   Steve Raas, N2JDQ, #451

South Africa AMSAT Communication Achievement Award 
   Joe Prokop, KC8RAN, #US108

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

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of April 30, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 126.07
May 6, 2007
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1. ARISS – Scuola Europea Varese Contact Successful

Scuola Europea Varese in Varese, Lombardia, Italy experienced an 
ARISS contact on Monday, April 23 via the telebridge station VK4KHZ 
in Australia. Sixteen students posed one question each to astronaut 
Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, in front of an audience of 300.  Three 
newspapers, Corriere Della Sera, Varese News and Prealpina, and two 
television stations, Rete 55 and Tele 7 Laghi, covered the event. 

2. Kingston School Contact Successful

On Monday, April 23, students attending Kingston Elementary School 
in Virginia Beach, Virginia spoke with Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, via 
the ARISS program. Thirteen children asked 16 questions of the 
astronaut. Media coverage included a newspaper and television station. 
The Virginia Pilot article may be viewed on: 

3. Illinois School Contact, a Success

An ARISS contact took place between Christian Life Elementary School 
in Rockford, Illinois and Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, on Wednesday, 
April 25. Williams answered eleven questions posed to her by 11 children 
as 1200 students, teachers and parents observed from the audience. One 
radio station provided streaming audio. Three television stations and 
one newspaper reported the event. One of the teachers who witnessed 
the event remarked, “What an awesome event! What an unforgettable 
experience! It will be something that will enrich our children’s 
lives for years to come.”

WIFR, Channel 23, ran an article with video of the contact.  
See: http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/7192966.html

WREX-TV, Channel 13, ran this story:

4. Germany Contacts Successful

On Saturday, April 28, students attending the Samuel-von-Pufendorf 
Gymnasium in Floeha, Germany participated in an ARISS contact. Sunita 
Williams, KD5PLB, answered 18 questions posed to her by five students, 
who were all licensed amateur radio operators. Fifty people were in 
attendance. One television station (MDR), three radio stations and 
five newspapers covered the event.

Erweiterte Realschule Weiskirchen in Weiskirchen, Saarland, Germany 
had an ARISS contact on Saturday, May 5. 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: obtaining and 
working with sponsors, catering, press, documentation and technology. 

5. Italian Contact Successful

Liceo Scientifico Statale “Lorenzo Respighi” in Piacenza, Italy had 
an ARISS contact on Saturday, May 5.  The school plans to incorporate 
this contact in their curriculum through studies including the law of 
gravitation, experiments in the absence of gravity, the International 
Space Station, and English. Italian Astronaut Roberto Vittori has also 
been invited to visit the school in conjunction with these lessons. 
Students were required to work on interview skills, write reports and
design posters. Media coverage included television, radio, newspapers 
and website postings.

6. Upcoming School Contacts

Sunset Mesa School, a private school with an enrollment of 400 students, 
located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been scheduled for an ARISS contact 
on Wednesday, May 9 at 14:39 UTC.  The contact will be integrated into 
the following areas of the school’s curriculum: science, social studies, 
technology, and language arts. Fifth grade students will study the earth’s 
atmosphere, radio waves, history of the ISS and the cultures of the 
countries supporting it.  They will use the internet for their research 
and will practice interviewing skills to prepare for the event. The fifth 
graders will share what they have learned with the rest of the school.

Escola Secundária de Estarreja in Portugal has been scheduled for an ARISS 
contact on Wednesday, May 9 at 14:58 UTC. The school has an enrollment of 
2000 students with its own amateur radio station, CT6ESE. Each year the 
Technology Department offers a week of amateur radio activities including 
lectures, practical applications, and lessons for those interested in 
taking their ham radio license exam. The Portuguese television networks 
as well as the local media have been invited to cover the event. The 
contact has the support of the local government and is being organized 
by REP (The National Ham-Radio Association) and the Central Portugal 
Ministry of Education branch.

7. ARISS at Dayton Hamvention

The Dayton Hamvention will be held at the Hara Arena Complex in Dayton, 
Ohio on May 18 - 20. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Radio 
Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) will both support exhibit booths 
at the event. ARISS will be well represented over this weekend. 

+ ARISS Chairman Frank Bauer plans to give a presentation on “ARISS 
  and Future SuitSat Missions” at the AMSAT forum.

+ Dr. Barry Cohen, K2JV, will speak at the Teachers’ Workshop on 
  “Events Leading up to the ARISS QSO (Contact) at School.” 

+ NASA Astronaut Bill McArthur, KC5ACR will offer a presentation on 
  his ARISS contacts during Expedition 12. 

+ ARISS Hardware Manager Lou McFadin will speak on SSTV, “SuitSat 2, 
  Not the Same Suit.”

+ ARISS Delegate Rosalie White plans to speak on SuitSat-2 and related 
  lesson plans.

The Dayton Hamvention is an internationally attended amateur radio 
convention that draws crowds of 25,000 annually.

8. University School Contact Update

Students from University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio took part in an 
ARISS contact with astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, on March 16. The 
school has posted photos, audio and video of the event on its website.  
See: http://www.shaker.us.edu/ariss/

9. ARRL Article on ARISS Status

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran a web story on the ARISS 
hardware status.  See:

10. ARRL Article on ISS Crew Change

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran an article on the upcoming 
crew change.  Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, will be replaced 
by Clay Anderson, KD5PLA. Anderson will fly on STS-117, slated to launch 
on June 8. See: http://www.arrl.org/?artid=7412

[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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