[ans] ANS-301 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sun Oct 28 17:32:15 PST 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:

* The Weekend That Changed Amateur Radio
* Congratulations and Applause for the Symposium Committee
* 2008 AMSAT Space Symposium to be Held in Atlanta
* OSCAR-11 Report
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status Report For the Week of October 22, 2007

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The Weekend That Changed Amateur Radio

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 301.01
October 28, 2007
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This past weekend, October 26-28 AMSAT-NA held a very successful Space 
Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Rick Hambly, W2GPS, AMSAT President along with Bob McGwier, N4HY, AMSAT
Vice-President of Engineering were able to make public the results of
their recent work which will change the face of amateur radio going 
forward.  AMSAT has been in consultation with Intelsat regarding an 
application of an Intelsat platform carrying our amateur radio satelites 
into geosynchronous orbit.

Engineering studies, funding studies, among other negotiations are
continuing at this point.  However Bob, N4HY made the following obser-
vation of the project AMSAT has termed Phase IV Lite, "There is enough 
in place at this time that AMSAT needs to begin planning engineering 
work and possible construction of a geosychronous payload so we are 
ready if Intelsat says they have a ride for us."

The Phase IV Lite Geosynchronous Payload is planned to consist of
similar transponders already under development for the Phase 3 satel-
lites.  Accelerated development on the digital Advanced Communica-
tion Package is anticipated.  In addition to the communication pay-
load flown to space, AMSAT plans to develop an earth station attain-
able by the average ham so that users can immediately take advantage
of the audio, digital messaging, and video services.

The Advanced Communication Package would be a self-contained earth
station which could be sent with amateur radio communication teams
or delivered to disaster areas for 24/7/365 emergency communications.
These teams would be able to point a small dish at a predictable
spot in the sky and immediately begin delivering disaster commun-
ication support without depending on HF propagation.

A Phase IV payload could also be used to provide TDRSS-like relay
of ARISS communications.  The 10 minute school contact could now
be expanded to hours-long contact with the International Space
Station.  This opens possibilities for student involvement with
experiments aboard the space station.

The Intelsat geosynchronous platform would be able to provide the
AMSAT Phase IV Lite payload with approximately 400 watts of DC
power for 15 years.  The primary payload would also perform the 
GTO boost phase as well as perform station keeping and antenna
pointing once it has arrived on station. Bob, N4HY summarized, 
"The Intelsat team would be doing all the things nearly impossible 
for amateurs and that enables AMSAT to do what we do best ... build 
a communication system that changes amateur radio for the better!"

More details will be published in upcoming editions of the AMSAT

[ANS thanks Rick, W2GPS and Bob, N4HY for the above information]


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Congratulations and Applause for the Symposium Committee

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 301.02
October 28, 2007
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This weekend's AMSAT Space Symposium featured:
 + The AMSAT Annual Membership Meeting
 + Board of Directors meeting
 + Over 30 technical presentations
 + Discussion of the future of AMSAT and Amateur Radio in Space
 + Technical Demonstrations
 + Mentoring of students to build their own antenna and make their
   first satellite contact.

The Symposium was hosted by the Wireless Association of South Hills 
Amateur Radio Club and area AMSAT members.  The huge success of the
Symposium was driven by co-chairs: Kevin Smith, N3HKQ and Pat Sanford, 
KC4WTT.  A wonderfully capable team who ensured their success included:

 Jim Sanford, WB4GCS
 Dave DeMotte, N3IDH
 Richard Crow, N2SPI (student mentoring a succesful satellite contact)
 Bill Hill, W3WH (Master of Ceremonies)
 Randy George, N3ZK
 Robert Timmins, AB3ED
 Paul Lusardi, N0VLR
 Hank Marzina, KB3FNM
 Mary Lou Marzina
 Ed Oelschlager, N3ZNI
 Jacqueline Gossedin, N3ZEL
 Larry Conden, K3VX
 Frank Bodro, N3FB
 Dan Schultz, N8FGV
 Dan McAnn, KB3HVN
 Georgeianne Sarco, KB3LIV
 Dave Kitzinger, N3DFK

Details and photos of the Symposium will be published in upcoming
editions of The AMSAT Journal.  Thank you for all your help!

[ANS thanks Martha at AMSAT HQ for the above information]


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2008 AMSAT Space Symposium to be Held in Atlanta

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 301.03
October 28, 2007
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The AMSAT Board of Directors announced that the 2008 AMSAT Space
Symposium will be held in the October timeframe in Atlanta, Georgia.
This Symposium will be named the "2008 Harry Yoneda JA1ANG AMSAT
Space Symposium" in memory and honor of JA1ANG - Silent Key.

Harry was a former AMSAT Board Member and close friend of many
in the group.  Harry also was a founding member of JAMSAT.

[ANS thanks Rick, W2GPS for the above information]


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OSCAR-11 Report

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 301.04
October 28, 2007
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Clive, G3CWV says,"OSCAR-11 has been heard from 06 October to 08 
October. The beacon switched on as expected, on 06 October, but 
prematurely switched OFF sometime between 08 and 09 October.  Signals 
were weaker than usual. The premature shutdown has probably caused 
the watchdog timer to reset, and start a new 20 day cycle.  If that 
has occurred then the beacon should resume transmissions around 
29 October 2007."

Clive continued, "I am indebted to John N7ZL, John N3NKC, Thomas 
HB9SKA, and Peter ZL3TC, for their reports. Many thanks."

The satellite is  now in continuous sunlight and this will continue 
until the start of November, when there will be a short eclipse season, 
lasting until around 07 January. However the maximum duration of the 
eclipses will only be about 12 minutes. At this level the satelite 
might just survive.

The active beacon frequency is VHF 145.826 MHz with AFSK FM  
ASCII Telemetry.

Listeners to OSCAR-11 may be interested in visiting Clive's website:

[ANS thanks Clive, G3CWV for the above information]


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 301.05
October 28, 2007
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 + Kevin, WA6FWF who processed the Sputnik Anniversary reception
   reports said, "I am pleased to report that the pile waiting to 
   be processed is gone!!!  If you requested a certificate and 
   you do not receive it in a week or so then look my call up on 
   QRZ.com and send me an email  directly and I can check your 
   call on my list to see if it was received and when it was sent."

+ Gould, WA4SXM, AO-51 Control Station reported on October 28, "We 
  are continuing to work with AO-51 in reloading the files. The 
  command stations are learning and documenting the process.  We hope 
  to have AO-51 operational before too long."

+ The Delfi-C3 team has received an official launch window from the 
  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) regarding the launch of 
  PSLV-C9 which will carry Delfi-C3 into space. The window runs from 
  the 7th of January to the 10th of January. 

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report For the Week of October 22, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 301.06
October 28, 2007
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1. Five Malaysian School Contacts Successful

Malaysian space visitor Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, 9W2MUS, 
participated in the ARISS program while on board the ISS. Five 
different groups of Malaysian school children gathered at the 
National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur and spoke with Shukor, 
direct via ground station 9M2RPN.  All five of the successful 
contacts took place over the week of October 14. Former Shuttle 
astronaut, Robert "Hoot" Gibson attended the final ARISS event 
and also spoke to Shukor. Shukor returned to Earth on Sunday, 
October 21 with the Expedition 15 crew. The Star Online ran an 
article on the first contact with the Malaysian students. See:

2. School Contacts

The first ARISS contact of Expedition 16 was held on Tuesday, 
October 23 with students, ages 13 – 14, from Giosuè Carducci in 
Santa Marinella, Italy. Princess Elettra Marconi visits the school 
annually as it runs a program, “Guglielmo Marconi.” The program 
covers the research and experiments which were conducted by 
Marconi at the National Radioelectric Centre located in Santa 

3. ARISS International Team Teleconference Held

The monthly ARISS teleconference was held on Wednesday, October 17. 
Topics of discussion included the 2008 ARISS International Face to 
Face meeting, the Columbus antennas and SuitSat-2.  A new Canadian 
delegate was also announced.  Meeting minutes have been posted.  
See: http://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2007-10-17.htm

4. ARISS Antennas on Columbus 

A write up on the Columbus Module ARISS antennas has been posted 
to the ARISS-Europe Web site. Photos of the antennas and movie clips 
of their installation and inspection are also available. See:

[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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