[ans] ANS-138 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sun May 18 05:51:14 PDT 2008


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 Introduces Team Namaste at Dayton Hamvention
* AMSAT Designates Delfi-C3 as DO-64
* AMSAT at Dayton - First Report
* AO-16 Operations Update
* Second Call For Speakers at AMSAT-UK Colloquium
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of May 12, 2008

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AMSAT Introduces Team Namaste at Dayton Hamvention

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.01
May 18, 2008
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Team Namaste, a new AMSAT engineering team, was introduced at the 
Dayton Hamvention held over May 16-18.  AMSAT's Eagle and the 
Intelsat Phase IV ride-share project will include the Advanced 
Communications Package (ACP) supporting digital communications 
with a 5.6 GHz uplink and 3.4 GHz downlink.

Team Namaste includes the ACP Ground Segment led by Michelle, W5NYV
and the ACP Satellite Segment led by Matt, N2MJI.  

Michelle described the ground segment, "Namaste is the effort to 
develop a microwave band, digital signal capable earth station 
attainable by the average ham so users can immediately take advantage 
of the audio, digital messaging, and video services our new new sat-
ellites will provide."

Two key user audiences are the target of the Namaste earth station.
Michelle describes the user base, "First we want to excite amateur
radio operators who want to have fun using microwave bands to talk
through a satellite employing digital communications techniques.
Second, we want to serve emergency communications operators who need
a reliable, infrastructure-independent system in order to get their
work done."

The Ground Segment and Satellite Segment Teams are developing an RF
link budget and system configuration which a reasonably priced ama-
teur radio transceiver can attain.  No commercial amateur radio gear
exists for the GHz-frequency range and digital communication link 
for the new mode on AMSAT high orbit satellites.

Antenna configuration and available power are limited on the satellite
platform depending upon solar cells and batteries.  Given the modern
reality of CC&R's and antenna restrictions in many communities the
baseline antenna at the amateur station is currently specified as
a half-meter dish.  This is the same type and size of dish many homes
use for satellite television such as DirecTV.

Planning for the ACP includes 20 watts RF power with 18dB antenna gain
at the spacecraft.  The ground segment rule of thumb at present esti-
mates 10 watts of transmitter power with the half-meter dish is needed.
Further radio link budget and RF exposure safety issues are also being

AMSAT welcomes Team Namaste, leading the way to an exciting future of
Amateur Radio in Space.  Questions and comments can be sent via e-mail
to namaste-dev at amsat.org.  Team Namaste has a web page at:

[ANS thanks Michelle, W5NYV for the above information]


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AMSAT Designates Delfi-C3 as DO-64

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.02
May 18, 2008
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Bill Tynan, W3XO issued the following statement on behalf of the AMSAT
Board of Directors this week:
By the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President, I am pleased 
to issue an OSCAR number for the amateur radio satellite, Delfi C-3.

As attested to in a communication to the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors 
dated 8 May, 2008, from Wolter Jan Ubbels, the spacecraft's Project 
Manager; Delfi C-3 was successfully launched 28 April, 2008 from India 
aboard a Polar launch vehicle. Mr. Ubbels also states that the satellite 
was successfully commissioned and is currently transmitting telemetry 
on the 2 meter amateur band. In addition to its 2 meter downlink, Delfi 
C-3 has an uplink on the 70 cm band.
According to Mr. Ubbels, this newest amateur satellite was developed 
by a team of some 60 students and facility members in the fields of 
Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer 
Science from various polytechnic schools in The Netherlands. Further, 
he states that Delfi C-3 carries 2 experiments, one involving thin film 
solar cells developed by Dutch Space and the other, an Autonomous Wire-
less Sun Sensor from the Dutch Government Research Institute (TNO).    
Mr. Ubbels' letter says that Delfi C-3 has been duly coordinated through 
the Region 1 IARU representative, Mr. Graham Shirville, G3VZV, and that 
the satellite meets all of the criteria necessary to be issued an OSCAR
In response to the information provided by Mr. Ubbels, I hereby issue 
the designation Delfi-C3 OSCAR-64 or Dutch OSCAR-64. The shortened ver-
sion of either of these two designation would, of course, be, DO-64.   
AMSAT-NA is pleased to welcome DO-64 into the family of amateur Radio 
satellites. We are hopeful that it will fulfill its intended mission of 
furthering education and  increasing interest in the Amateur Radio space 
program. We congratulate all of those responsible for designing, building, 
testing  and launching this new Amateur Radio satellite and look forward 
to its long and productive life. 
William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO

[ANS thanks Bill, W3XO for the above information]


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AMSAT at Dayton - First Report

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.03
May 18, 2008
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The AMSAT booth at the Dayton Hamvention included the first stages
of the full-scale engineering unit of the Eagle satellite structure. 
This consists of the inner 4 honeycomb panels where electronics are 
mounted, along with four channels and two electronics boxes. The half-
scale model of Eagle was also on display.  After the Hamvention the
Eagle engineering unit will return to the AMSAT Maryland Lab for 
further development, integration, and testing.

Radio amateurs were able to get a taste of satellite operations at 
the live satellite demos.  Using the callsign W5IU the demo team was
on-the-air via AO-7, AO-16, AO-27, AO-51, and VO-52 on Friday, Sat-
urday, and Sunday.

Tom Clark, K3IO gave a presentation discussing the highlights of
AMSAT's technical achievement and plans at the ARRL TTF Forum.  The
AMSAT forum provided updates on Eagle and Intelsat.  More information
will be coming in future weeks via ANS and the AMSAT Journal.

AMSAT Engineering representatives were on hand to show off and discuss
project status for the ACP, Eagle, Phase IV, P3E, SuitSat-2, and dig-
ital encoding.

The combined AMSAT/TAPR Banquet was one of the more popular events of
the weekend.  Pictures and more stories to follow when they are ready.

The Spring 2008 issue of CQ-VHF magazine, planned to be available at
the Hamvention, featured AMSAT in three articles.  Lou W5DID & JoAnne
K9JKM had an article covering SuitSat-2.  Bob KF4KSS & JC W3JCT had
an article about AMSAT's new lab, and Keith W5IU wrote a column of
amateur radio in space history and AMSAT's history.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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AO-16 Operations Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.04
May 18, 2008
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The AO-16 satellite has undergone a few periods of turning off with
subsequent restarts ensuring operation for varying periods of time.

Mark, N8MH, Control Operator turned AO-16 ON in voice mode to suppot
a Scouting Special Events Station.  The output power was reduced slight-
ly in an attempt to conserve power in the event that batteries or the
solar cells were having problems.

George, KA3HSW, operating from the Scouting Event wrote, "Many thanks 
to Mark for making AO-16 available during the K9BSA Scout-O-Rama 
demonstration yesterday, and MANY, MANY thanks for "advertising" that our 
station was there on the 1950Z pass...  we worked quite a number of 
stations, thanks in large part to Mark's announcement on the bird."

In response to observing stations around the world reporting AO-16 
was turned off again Mark provided the latest information, "AO-16 
continues to exhibit difficulty in keeping the transmitter turned ON.
The last few days I have turned it ON as my schedule permits, only 
to see it turn itself OFF after a short time (sometimes minutes, 
other times a few hours). So, it hasn't been turned ON much over 
the last several days. It is looking less likely to be a power budget 
issue, and more likely that there is something going on with the 
hardware in the spacecraft; but this is still speculation.  Time 
will tell. I wish the news was better!"

If you hear AO-16 in voice mode, free to use it.  If you hear it 
"hummmming" in digital mode, please do not transmit to the satellite.

AO-16 Uplink:   145.920 MHz FM
AO-16 Downlink: 437.0260 MHz DSB (LSB and USB)

[ANS thanks Mark, N8MH for the above information]


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Second Call For Speakers at AMSAT-UK Colloquium

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.05
May 18, 2008
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This is the second call for speakers for the 22nd Amsat-UK Colloquium  
which will be held at Surrey University, Guildford, Surrey, U.K.,
from Friday 25th July to Sunday 27th July 2008.

Details of this and previous events can be found at: 

Amsat-UK invite speakers, about amateur radio space and associated  
activities, for this event. They are also invited to submit papers
for the "Proceedings" document which will be published at the same  
time but printed papers are not mandatory. We normally prefer
authors to present talks themselves rather than having someone else  
give them in the authors' absence. We also welcome
"unpresented" papers for the Proceedings document.

Offers of talks should be submitted as soon as possible; the final  
date for full documents to be received is late-June 2008 in order
that the "Proceedings" document be available to participants.

Submissions should be sent *ONLY* to G4DPZ, via the following routes:

Internet e-mail: dave @ g4dpz dot me dot uk

SnailMail: QTHR from http://www.qrz.com

AMSAT-UK also invite anyone with requests for Program Topics to  
submit them as soon as possible to G4DPZ. Invitations for any
papers on specific subjects will be included in the future call.  
Likewise if anyone knows of a good speaker, please send contact
and other information to G4DPZ.

[ANS thanks Dave, G4DPZ for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.06
May 18, 2008
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+ Yuta Araki, JQ1YGV at Nihon University says an updated version of
  the SEEDS cubesat telemetry analysis software is available from 
  http://cubesat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/english/download_e.html. This
  will be Ver.2.0.2 of Downlink Code for Distribution.

+ Spaceweather.com's simple Satellite Tracker has gone global.  The 
  tool now works not only for US and Canadian readers, but also for 
  sky watchers in countries around the world.  This development comes 
  as the International Space Station is making bright and frequent 
  nightly apparitions over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, parts of 
  Asia and Australia. If you live in those areas, give it a try: 
  http://spaceweather.com/flybys [via SpaceWeather.com]

+ Art Feller, W4ART has posted photos from AMSAT/ARISS participation 
  at Space Day at the National Air and Space Museum to:

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of May 12, 2008

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.07
May 18, 2008
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1. Upcoming School Contact

Delta Researchers Schools 2008, Space Expo in Noordwijk, the 
Netherlands, has been scheduled for an ARISS contact via tele-
bridge station WH6PN in Hawaii. The contact will take place on 
Friday, May 23 at 15:01 UTC.  Twelve Dutch primary schools which 
participate in the Delta-project will be represented at Space Expo. 
The project is a cooperation of the Dutch ministry of Education, 
Culture and Science, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. 
The schools participating in the project use the themes of space 
and space exploration to teach science and technology. Three chil-
dren (ages 7 - 12) from each school will be present.

2. Armada Area Schools - ARISS Contact Postponed

The ARISS contact which was scheduled with Armada area schools in 
Michigan on May 9 was postponed due to crew scheduling issues. It 
will be rescheduled in the fall. In place of the May 9 contact, the 
Teaching From Space Office at Johnson Space Center arranged a tele-
conference between the Armada students and astronaut Bill McArthur 
in Houston Texas. Bill spent several minutes talking about the Inter-
national Space Station and answered in detail 15 student questions. 
There were approximately 550 participants present at the school. The 
Teaching From Space Office also sent an educational resource package 
to the school which included seeds that were flown in space. The Armada 
schools are looking forward to a direct ARISS contact in the fall.

3. ARISS Founder Ron Parise Passes on

Astronaut Ron Parise, WA4SIR, passed away on Friday, May 9. Ron was 
a key player in the development of the ARISS program and a strong 
supporter of educational outreach activities. He spoke with hundreds 
of hams on the ground during his Shuttle flights STS-35 and STS-67 and 
was the first to operate packet radio in orbit. He was instrumental in 
developing both the ISS Ham radio systems currently onboard the ISS 
and the telebridge station concept with the specific purpose of encour-
aging students to pursue studies in technical fields.  

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) published this story:

4. ARISS Member Interviewed on Australian TV

ARISS member Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, was interviewed and appeared on 
the Australian Channel 7 Today Tonight Show.  He described his work 
with the educational ARISS program. The Wireless Institute of Australia 
(WIA) posted the news clip with permission from Channel 7. See:

5. NASA Tool Aids Amateur Radio Operators

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran an article covering NASA's 
new 4D Ionosphere tool. The tool can aid amateur radio operators in 
radio communications. To view the story, go to: 

NASA's article has been posted to: 

6. Wings over the Rockies Amateur Radio Event

On Friday, May 23, Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in 
Denver, Colorado will open a new exhibit, "Colorado's Astronauts: 
in their own words."  It will also host ceremonies for the presenta-
tion of NASA's Ambassador of Exploration Award honoring one of Colo-
rado's astronauts, Jack Swigert. NASA officials will present the award 
to Jack Swigert's sister, Virginia Swigert. Guests include James A. 
Lovell, Fred Haise, Ken Mattingly as well as other astronauts and 
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. To celebrate the event, an amateur 
radio special event station K0WAR, will operate on 14250 or 7250 kHz 
from 09:00 to 21:00 local Denver time (May 23, 15:00 UTC to May 24, 
03:00 UTC).  An 8-1/2 x 11 QSL certificate will be distributed to 
confirmed contacts providing an SASE. For more information on the event, 
see: http://www.wingsmuseum.org/index.php

7. ARISS Presentation at Dayton Hamvention

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Radio Amateur Sat-
ellite Corporation (AMSAT) both supported exhibit booths the Dayton
Hamvention. ARISS Australian telebridge operator Tony Hutchison,
VK5ZAI, gave a presentation on "A Ham Radio Operator's View of ARISS" 
at the AMSAT forum covering new ARISS initiatives and a status report 
on SuitSat-2.  The Dayton Hamvention is an internationally attended 
amateur radio convention that draws crowds of 25,000 annually. For 
more information on Dayton Hamvention 2008, go to: 

[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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