[ans] ANS-343 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Dec 8 18:25:26 PST 2007


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activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an
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through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

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In this edition:

* AO-16 PACSAT Update - Satellite Back On
* Friendly Reminder: Please Update AMSAT Volunteer Reporting System
* LVB Tracker Enclosures Are Available
* Changes on the AO-7 Resource Page
* FalconSat-3 Status
* AMSAT Space Symposium Photo Album is Now On-Line
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of December 3, 2007

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-343.01
AO-16 PACSAT Update - Satellite Back On

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 343.01
December 9, 2007
BID: $ANS-343.01

After several months of silence, Amsat Oscar 16 (PACSAT) was commanded 
back ON on November 8, 2007.  The satellite is transmitting on TX A at 
437.024 MHz (+/- Doppler).  Please note this transmitter is LHCP (left 
hand circular polarity).

Recent attempts to reload the AO-16 satellite operating system and 
housekeeping tasks have thus far been unsuccessful.  Harold Price, NK6K, 
Jim White, WD0E, Bruce Rahn, WB9ANQ, and Mark Hammond, N8MH are analyzing 
dumps of the spacecraft memory.  This analysis and additional testing will 
continue for the next week or two before additional attempts to reload the
spacecraft are attempted.

AO-16 is, however, very alive and sending MBL telemetry!  Thanks to all 
who have submitted MBL telemetry data.  Please continue to send your AO-16 
MBL telemetry files in KISS format to:  telemetry AT quagliana DOT com.  
Thanks to Douglas Quagliana, KA2UPW for serving as telemetry coordinator. 
The AO-16 Command Team is especially interested in telemetry collected 
while AO-16 transitions into and out of eclipse.

Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN, has just released the AO-16 PACSAT MBL telemetry 
decoder.  This very fine decoder may be downloaded from: 

The program is intuitive, and the output of the KISS telemetry files in 
graphic format is excellent.  Now, AO-16 "telemetry hunters" can view the 
MBL telemetry files.  Thank you, Mike, DK3WN, for the speedy development 
and release of this useful telemetry tool.

Wouter Jan Ubbels, PE4WJ has also included decoding of the 7 short 2-byte 
MBL telemetry frames from AO-16 in the latest release of Warbler, an AO-16 
soundcard demodulator program (v1.0.3 Beta). Telemetry frames are included 
in the .kss file which Warbler creates, and can be viewed with DK3WN's MBL 
telemetry decoder. The latest version of Warbler is available at:

Further announcements and updates from the AO-16 Command Team can be 
expected in the coming weeks.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA; Mark, N8MH on behalf of the AO-16 Command Team 
 and Wouter Jan Ubbels, PE4WJ for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-343.02
Friendly Reminder: Please Update AMSAT Volunteer Reporting System

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 343.02
December 9, 2007
BID: $ANS-343.02

Gunther Meisse, W8GSM, AMSAT Treasurer says, "It is the time of the 
year again to be sure as many volunteer hours as possible have been 
reported to the AMSAT VRS (Volunteer Reporting System) on the AMSAT 
web site."

Over the last few years thousands of dollars of volunteer time have 
been reported and we are sure this year will be our largest given all 
the work that has done on Eagle, The new Lab, RideShare Conference, 
SDR, SDT, and the like.

If you are already registered on the VRS site please take a few minutes 
and report your 2006 hours. If you have not reported before, please 
visit http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/volunteers/ register, and help us 
keep track of this important aspect of the AMSAT mission. We'll keep 
the year open until the middle of January but hope you will take the 
time within the next couple weeks to update your report. You may combine 
your efforts for the entire year into one filing if that would make the 
process more convenient.

Gunther will be looking forward to your reports.

[ANS thanks Gunther, W8GSM for the above information]


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LVB Tracker Enclosures Are Available

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 343.03
December 9, 2007
BID: $ANS-343.03

The custom enclosures for the LVB Tracker are in.  These silk screened, 
black, powder coated, 0.062" aluminum boxes are produced by Ten-Tec for 
AMSAT.  The enclosures have PEMs (embedded standoffs) to support the front 
panel LCD and for the main circuit board.  Simply use (8) 4x40 screws to 
attach the boards to the PEMs.  There are cut outs for the LCD, the four 
pushbutton switches, USB connector, DB-9 connector and rotor cable.  The 
box comes in two parts with feet and screws to hold the box together.

We are working on completing the orders on file and will be shipping them 
soon.  If you would like to order an enclosure or a complete unit, contact 
Martha at the AMSAT office.  If you have any questions about the enclosures 
contact Gould, wa4sxm at amsat.org.

Specific information about the LVB Tracker can be found at: 

The LVB Enclosure can also be ordered from the on-line AMSAT Store:

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM and Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]


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Changes on the AO-7 Resource Page

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 343.04
December 9, 2007
BID: $ANS-343.04

John, LA2QAA reported that due to administrative privileges that need
to be updated he cannot edit mistakes or make changes to entries on
The AO-7 Resource Page at http://www.planetemily.com/ao7/main.php

Each station can still edit their own entry (but nobody else's) by 
clicking on the magnifying glass at the left of your entry. A new screen 
will pop up and you can just correct any mistakes.

John reminds you, "PLEASE be careful to enter the correct data because 
if you don't notice your error it will soon throw the log statistics out 
of whack and defeat the entire object of the log ... which is an ACTIVITY 
log *NOT* a contest log."

In conclusion, John promises new software, "I have administered the log 
for three years but am now concentrating on a different long term activity 
regarding AO-7 which, hopefully, will benefit the entire amateur satellite 
community commencing in the spring of 2008."

[ANS thanks John, LA2QAA for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-343.05
FalconSat-3 Status

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 343.05
December 9, 2007
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Occasionally a question arises in regards to when the US Air Force
Academy's FalconSat-3 (FS3) might activate its Amateur Radio pay-
load. Jim White, WD0E recently answered this question for ANS.  

Jim replied, "When the science mission is completed the Amateur Radio 
payload will be activated.  Once available to the amateur satellite 
service the mode of operation of FS3 will be determined by the ham 
club at the Air Force Academy. Like AO-51 it can be operated as an 
FM repeater or in digital store and forward up to 78k8."

Jim continued, "At present there is no target date for completion of 
the science mission. It depends on a number a factors and must balance 
the mission objectives of an on-orbit learning resource and a plasma 
data collection and mapping instrument."

In conclusion, "FS3 has been providing an excellent platform for 
students learning space operations, attitude determination and control, 
and power systems.  The boom deployment sequence will probably be 
attempted in the next couple of weeks.  While some science data has 
been collected, enough to show the instruments are working well,  
continuous collection won't start until three axis control has  
been established and practiced."

[ANS thanks Jim White, WD0E for the above information]


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AMSAT Space Symposium Photo Album is Now On-Line

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 343.06
December 9, 2007
BID: $ANS-343.06

Kevin, N3HKQ invites AMSAT members to check out the Wireless Association 
of South Hills website containing \pictures and video from the AMSAT
Symposium in Pittsburgh.  WASH was a host club of the 2007 AMSAT Space 
Symposium in October.  

See: http://n3sh.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=5167

[ANS thanks Kevin, N3HKQ for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-343.07
ARISS Status Report for the Week of December 3, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 343.07
December 9, 2007
BID: $ANS-343.07

1. Status of ARISS School Contacts 

Due to the very demanding schedules of the crew onboard the ISS, no 
ARISS contacts have been planned at this time.  The ARISS team expects 
contacts to resume once STS-122 launches this month. 

2. ARRL Article on ARISS School Contact Status

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran a Web story on the status 
of ARISS school contacts. Seventy-four contacts were performed during 
2007, reducing the backlog of schools waiting for a contact and making 
this a good time to submit new applications.  See: 

3. ARISS School Application Updated

The ARISS team has been working on an updated school application package.  
The new and updated forms have been submitted to the ARISS delegates for 
their review and comments. The application is expected to be finalized by 
the end of this month.

4. ARRL Story on ARISS Antennas 

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) posted an article about the ARISS 
antennas on the Columbus Module which is expected to launch on Thursday, 
December 6. The story, "ARISS Antennas Set to Launch on NASA Mission in 
December," was posted in the ARRL Letter and on the ARRL Web site. To 
view the ARRL Letter, see: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/07/1130/
The Web site article may be found here:

[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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