[ans] ANS-161 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Jun 9 18:01:12 PDT 2007


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-161

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:
* AO-51 for Kid's Day and Field Day
* Eagle 70cm Receiver Testing Resumes
* Shuttle Launches Another Ham to Space Station
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status - 04 June 2007

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-161.01
AO-51 for Kid's Day and Field Day

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 161.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 10, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-161.01

In support of ARRL Kid's Day on June 16 the uplink frequency on AO-51's
FM repeater will be changed to 145.88 MHz with NO PL Tone.  Kid's Day is
intended to encourage young people (licensed or not) to enjoy Amateur
Radio. It can give young people on-the-air experience so they might
develop an interest in pursuing a license in the future. It is intended
to give hams a chance to share their station with children.  During
Kid's Day operators are requested to minimize routine contacts and allow
Kid's Day stations to have a successful satellite contact.

Following Kid's Day AO-51's mode will change on June 17 to dual L/U and
V/U repeater mode for Field Day.  This will give stations the week
before Field Day to check out their stations.

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

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-161.02
Eagle 70cm Receiver Testing Resumes

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 161.02
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 10, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-161.02

After a short break while the 70cm receiver travelled to Dayton, Juan,
WA6HTP, has resumed testing of the first prototype of Eagle's 70cm
receiver.  Detailed information regarding the receiver design and
testing can be found in Eaglepedia on the AMSAT web site.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/eagle/EaglePedia/index.php/U-Band_Receiver

[ANS thanks Juan, WA6HTP, for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-161.03
Shuttle Launches Another Ham to Space Station

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 161.03
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 10, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-161.03

The space shuttle Atlantis launched Friday, June 8 at 2338 UTC. The
STS-117 mission carries US astronaut Clay Anderson, KD5PLA, to the
International Space Station to replace Suni Williams, KD5PLB.  Anderson
will join Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, and Flight
Engineer Dr Oleg Kotov. Suni will be returning to Earth aboard the
Atlantis after a six month stay on the ISS begining last December. 

Atlantis Commander Rick Sturckow and his six crewmates will spend 11
days in space and take part in three spacewalks. During this mission the
ISS's power capability will be increased in preparation for the arrival
of new science modules from the European and Japanese space agencies. 

[ANS thanks Lee, KU4OS, for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-161.04
Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 161.04
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 10, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-161.04

+ Congratulations to Terry, G1WPR, for making his 2000th 
  contact on AO7 Mode B on June 5, 2007. (via K3SZH)

+ The Techsat Ground Control Station, 4X6EM / 4Z7DFC, advises
  users of the GO-32 satellite that its BBS services went down 
  on June 5, 2007 for software upgrade to version 9.87.  The 
  BBS content was lost.  The Techsat team apologizes for the 
  inconvenience.  They hope it will take less than 10 days to
  complete this upgrade.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-161.05
ARISS Status - 04 June 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 161.05
 From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 10, 2007
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-161.05

1.  Belgian School Contact, a Success

Students attending EFLS Sainte-Marie SUARLEE in Suarlee, Namur, Belgium
participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact on Tuesday, May 29 via the telebridge station W6SRJ in
California. Thirteen children were able to ask astronaut Sunita
Williams, KD5PLB, one question each as an audience of 150 students,
teachers and parents looked on. Students came from three area schools to
take part in the event. Media coverage included newspapers and three
television stations, both local and national.  The audio of this contact
was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW (277 208) servers,
and received 15 connections from 7 countries, including 3 repeater
nodes. It was also fed into the IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010. 


2.  300th Successful ARISS Contact with NASA Teachers Workshop

On Thursday, May 31, Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, answered 9 questions posed
to her by instructors attending the NASA Johnson Space Center (Gilruth)
Teacher to Teacher Workshop during an Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) contact.  Telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii
assisted in the event as approximately 300 K-12 teachers witnessed the
event. 

Prior to the contact, an ARISS member gave a talk to the crowd and
explained how an ARISS event gets students interested in math, science,
history, geography, and language. Statistics were given on the number of
students reached each year, contacts performed per year, and how many
more students could participate via the internet and through general
contacts. Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, and his activity while on board the ISS
was mentioned as was the excitement created from the SuitSat-1 project.
Teachers were also given information on the application process. 

The audio from this event was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and
JK1ZRW (277 208) servers.  It received 17 connections, including 4
repeaters, from the U.S., England, Canada and Australia. It was also fed
into the IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010 which received five connections
from the USA and England.

This event marked the 300th ARISS contact.


3.  ARISS Presentation at Huntsville Hamfest 

A NASA engineer and amateur radio operator plans to give a presentation
on the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)  program
at the Huntsville Hamfest in Huntsville, Alabama, which is held annually
during the third full weekend in August. This year the event, to be held
on August 18 – 19, will also host the American Radio Relay League
National Convention. For more information, see: http://www.hamfest.org/

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for the above information]

/EX


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73, 
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org




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