[ans] ANS-174 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Jun 21 19:45:47 PDT 2008


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-174

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***  2008 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting ***
***            October 24-26 in Atlanta, Georgia           ***
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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:

ans-editor at amsat.org


In this edition:
* AMSAT Receives CFC Certification for 2008
* 9 Cubesats on Maiden Vega Launch
* Nominees for AMSAT Board of Directors
* Call for Papers--2008 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
* AMSAT Award Recipients
* ARISS Status - 16 June 2008


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AMSAT Receives CFC Certification for 2008

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 174.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 22, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-174.01

On June 13, 2008 The Office of Combined Federal Campaign Operations
issued the final draft of the listings for independent organizations that
have been approved for participation in the 2008 CFC. The Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) was again included in the approvals.

The CFC, or Combined Federal Campaign, is the U.S. Government equivalent
Of the United Way in the private sector. The campaign affords all US
Government employees the opportunity to make donations from their regular
paychecks to CFC approved Charities.

AMSAT has again successfully applied to CFC for that status and is grate-
ful for the approval. This stamp of approval means that AMSAT has met the
strict standards set by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
assuring donors that AMSAT's programs of work and financial operational
standards meet the CFC requirements.

Those AMSAT supporters who wish to make payroll contributions should
select the Radio Amateur satellite Corporation (AMSAT) during their
campaign this coming fall. The AMSAT CFC Charity number is 10158. Payroll
deduction is a simple, convenient way to support AMSAT.

Gunther Meisse W8GSM
Treasurer, AMSAT North America

[ANS thanks Bunther, W8GSM, for the above information]

/EX


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9 Cubesats on Maiden Vega Launch

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 174.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 22, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-174.02

Cubesats built by students from universities in Poland Spain Italy
Switzerland Romania France and Belgium have been selected for a free 
ride to low
earth orbit.  The launch is scheduled on the Vega maiden flight from  Kourou at
the end 2008 / early 2009.

One Belgium cubesat proposes to use D-Star as a communications  protocol

[ANS thanks David, G0RMF, for the above information]

/EX


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Nominees for AMSAT Board of Directors

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 174.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 22, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-174.03

Nominations for the 2008 AMSAT Board of Directors have closed.  The list of
qualified candidates is:

Tom Clark K3IO
Lou McFadin W5DID
Bill Ress N6GHZ
Gould Smith WA4SXM

Three Directors' terms are up this year.  Directors serve a two year term.
Ballots will be in the mail by July 15th and must be received in Silver
Spring no later than the close of business on September 15th.

[ANS thanks Martha for the above information]

/EX


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Call for Papers--2008 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 174.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 22, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-174.04

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 27th Annual ARRL
and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 26-28,
2008 in Chicago, Illinois. These papers will also be published in the
Conference Proceedings (you do NOT need to attend the conference to have
your paper included in the Proceedings). The submission deadline is July
31, 2008. Please send papers to:

Maty Weinberg
ARRL
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111

or you can make your submission via e-mail to: maty at arrl.org

Papers will be published exactly as submitted and authors will retain
all rights.

[ANS thanks Steve, WB8IMY, for the above information]

/EX


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AMSAT Award Recipients

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 174.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 22, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-174.05

We would like to welcome the following to the satellite community. They have
made their first satellite contact and are now members of the AMSAT Satellite
Communicators Club.

Robert Netzband, NA2H
Piyumi Perera, VE4WPL
Keith Cutter, KD7GOP


The following have earned the AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement
Award

Dimitrios Pallis, SW1JGW #464
Rob Rousseau, KI4BKE #465
Rafael Valdez, Jr., XE2RV #466


The following have earned the AMSAT Robert Barbee, Jr., W4AMI Satellite
Communication Achievement Award

Rafael Valdez, Jr., XE2RV #51


To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org or
http://www.amsatnet.com

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]

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ARISS Status -- 16 June 2008

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 174.06
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 22, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-174.06

1. Upcoming School Contact

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been
scheduled with Robinson Elementary School in Robinson, Texas on Wednesday, June
25 at 15:45 UTC, via telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii.  This is the first
ARISS contact to be held with astronaut Greg Chamitoff, KD5PKZ. Approximately
300 second and third graders are enrolled at the school.


2. ARRL PR Campaign Includes ARISS

On June 10, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran an article about its new
PR campaign called "We Do That."  A portion of a new brochure and accompanying
Web material cover Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).
There is also an audio sample of an ARISS contact on the Web site.  For more
information, go to: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/06/10/10151/?nc=1

The story also ran in the ARRL Letter.  See:
http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/08/0613/


3. ARISS Face to Face Meeting

Preparations continue for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) Face to Face Meeting.  The conference will be held on July 17-18. It
will be preceded by an Amateur Radio Working Group (ARWG) meeting on July 14-16
which will be attended by representatives from the international partner space
agencies. Both meetings will be held in Moscow, Russia.

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

/EX


In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the President's
Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project
Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are
available from the AMSAT Office.

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



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