[ans] ANS-154 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Jun 2 18:18:20 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:

* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nomination Deadline
* AMSAT Symposium, Conference, and Colloquium Opportunities
* June AO-51 Schedule Includes Kid's Day, Field Day, and Mode V/S
* RAFT Satellite Mission Ends
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of May 28, 2007

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AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nomination Deadline

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 154.01
June 3, 2007
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It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on the 
AMSAT-NA Board of Directors.  A nomination requires either one Member 
Society or five current individual members to nominate an AMSAT member 
for the position.  A director serves for a period of two years.  

Four directors' terms expire this year:  Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Emily
Clarke, N1DID; Rick Hambly, W2GPS; and, Gunther Meisse, W8GSM.

Written nominations must be sent by regular mail and must be received 
at the AMSAT office no later than 12 June 2007.

Nominations MUST be in writing and mailed to:
850 Sligo Ave #600
Silver Spring, MD  20901


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AMSAT Symposium, Conference, and Colloquium Opportunities

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 154.02
June 3, 2007
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The Wireless Association of South Hills Amateur Radio Club would 
like to announce that the 2007 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium will be 
held at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel on Friday, October 26 
through Sunday, October 28, 2007.  The Symposium Committee requests 
a one-page abstract of proposed papers and presentations by early 
June. Abstracts and papers should be sent to: Daniel Schultz N8FGV 
by e-mail to: n8fgv at amsat.org.  The Symposium web page will be up-
dated as more information becomes available: 

The Southern Africa Amateur Radio Satellite Association will be 
holding its annual space communications conference in Gauteng on 
Saturday 23 June 2007. The theme of the conference is "Space: New 
Frontiers" The theme relates to South Africa's latest satellite 
project "SumbandilaSat.  More information can be found at:

The dates for the 2007 AMSAT-UK Colloquium are 20 through 22 July 2007. 
It is being held a week earlier than normal to avoid clashing with 
the Central States VHF Event. Venue is to be the University of Surrey, 
as per previous years.  Offers of talks should be submitted as 
soon as possible; the final date for full documents to be received 
is mid-June 2007.  Submissions should be sent *ONLY* to G4DPZ, via
"dave at g4dpz.me.uk".

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-SA, and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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June AO-51 Schedule Includes Kid's Day, Field Day, and Mode V/S

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 154.03
June 3, 2007
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Drew, KO4MA AMSAT-NA VP Operations released the AO-51 Echo Satellite
schedule for June 1 until June 30.

June 1 - June 15 

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 

June 16 
ARRL Kid's Day 
(QSOs by or with Kid's Day stations ONLY please) 

FM Repeater, V/U 
Uplink:   145.880 MHz FM, NO PL Tone 
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM 

June 17 - June 25 
AMSAT/ARRL Field Day (June 23-24) 

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 

June 26 - June 30 

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

Full details are available on-line at:

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA for the above information]


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RAFT Satellite Mission Ends

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 154.04
June 3, 2007
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The US Naval Academy's RAFT Satellite reached the end of its
orbital life this week.  Data compiled from stations monitoring
its 145.825 MHz downlink indicates that RAFT's de-orbit occurred 
between 0200-0300 UTC on MAY 30, 2007.  Its final beacon was
heard at 01:45 UTC that day.

Prior to de-orbit the University of California, Irvine satellite
(UCISAT) team was able to activate the XP-217 transponder aboard
the satellite and detected the NAVSPASUR radar net on 05/27/07 at 
0602 UTC.  The UCISAT team has a website with the audio recording 
files and audio spectrum analysis of the transponder tone from 
the successful pass. See: http://ucisat.eng.uci.edu/RAFT.php.

The US Naval Academy RAFT web page has a doppler plot of the radar
fence signal and details of the final days in orbit.  See:

Henk, PA3GUO programmed a special goodbye voice-message from RAFT 
which can be heard at:

[ANS thanks the US Naval Academy Satellite Lab; Bob, WB4APR; Matt,
 KF6RTB; and Henk, PA3GUO for the above information.]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 154.05
June 3, 2007
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+ AMSAT member Joe, K0NEB has produced videos of the Dayton Hamvention
  for several years.  His work can be viewed on-line at YouTube.com.
  His releases for Dayton 2007 are:

  "Radio Gaga": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1icBxSF-yV4

  "You Might Think I'm Crazy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL1sB3fBGuQ

  Search on YouTube.com with his callsign K0NEB to find a list of all
  of Joe's videos.

+ Congratulations to ARISS for reaching the milestone of 300 contacts. 
  The first contact occurred on 12/21/2000 with much progress in the 
  6.5 years since then.  Thank you all ham astronauts!

+ The AMSAT-UK webserver is being powered off around the weekend of 
  June 2 for essential electrical maintenance to the building hosting
  the server.  AMSAT-UK plans to restore service as soon as possible.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of May 28, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 154.06
June 3, 2007
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1. Successful School Contacts 

On Monday, May 21, Toyon Elementary School in San Jose, California, 
experienced an ARISS contact.  Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, answered 13 
questions put to her by 13 children. Approximately 470 students 
attend the school.  Toyon Elementary is a 2004 NASA Explorer School 
with minorities making up 87% of the school population.  

EFLS Sainte-Marie SUARLEE in Suarlee, Namur, Belgium had an ARISS contact 
on Tuesday, May 29 via the telebridge station W6SRJ in California. The 
Sainte Marie School is located in Suarlee, a village in Wallonia, the 
French speaking region of Belgium. Sixty-five children, ages 3 - 12 attend 
the school. There are nineteen 10 - 12 year olds in the class who will 
participate in the question and answer session with the ISS. The students 
were excited to be participating in this contact and have been studying 
the distances between the planets of the solar system. They have also 
been using the Internet and newspapers to gather information about recent 
space activities.

NASA Johnson Space Center (Gilruth) Teacher to Teacher Workshop had an 
ARISS contact on Thursday, May 31 via the telebridge station WH6PN in 
Hawaii. Approximately 250 K-12 teachers from across the country parti-
cipated in many sessions throughout the two day workshop including 
Constructive Chaos, Correcting Misconceptions in Science, Engineering 
Your Way to the Moon, Mars, and Beyond-CEV, Hooked on Math, NASA STS-118 
Engineering Challenge, NCLB: Past, Present, and Future, Analogical Reason-
ing: Real-World Examples for Scientific Concepts, Engineering Design 
Challenges Program, NASA in Every Child's World, Robotics, and many more.  
The event is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Dept. of Education.

2. ARRL Covers ARISS Activities

Published in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) QST June issue (p. 24) 
is a letter to the editor about how John Spasojevich, K9COE, radio contact 
coordinator of the Boulder Hill Elementary School's ARISS contact, is still 
getting letters commending him on the event, from the school board, village 
officials, and parents. In addition, the children who participated in the 
contact are still wearing their ARISS t-shirts.  The event took place on 
March 6, 2007.
ARRL's June QST (p. 78) also ran a column about space participant Charles 
Simonyi, KE7KDP, and his ARISS work. The article included a photo of him 
with cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Fyodor Yurchikhin.

3. Kenwood Radio Status

On Monday, May 21, Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, was able to restore a few 
commonly used configurations in the Kenwood radio. One of the modes that 
was partially restored was the packet system, although the operations will 
be on 145.825 simplex. Configurations of general voice communications and 
those used to support school contacts were also saved.  A full restoration 
of the radio is required for a fully functional radio system. This requires 
access to a computer system and certification of the required software.

[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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