[ans] ANS-180 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sun Jun 29 07:00:10 PDT 2008


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-180

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***  2008 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting ***
***            October 24-26 in Atlanta, Georgia           ***
***      See The AMSAT Website for Latest Info on This     ***
***                Annual Meeting of Our Group		   ***
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In this edition:

* ARRL Clarifies ISS Satellite Category
* Final Call for Papers - AMSAT UK Colloquium
* IARU-News Release
* HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  CELEBRATING 45 YEARS OF WOMEN IN SPACE
* Stanford Cubesat Ground Station Survey
* Upcoming ISS Scheduled Contacts
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-180.01
ARRL Clarifies ISS Satellite Category

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 29, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-180.01

Word was received this week from Sean Kutzko, KX9X, the Contest
Branch Manager at the ARRL clarifying the rules in regard to the
ISS amateur radio operations.

Sean wrote, "At the request of several in the satellite community,
I spent some time last evening reviewing data presented to me con-
cerning my ruling that the ISS would not count for satellite QSO
credit during Field Day."

"After reviewing the data last evening, I have come to the conclusion
that my first ruling was incorrect; The ISS is indeed eligible for
satellite QSO credit during Field Day."

I hope everybody had fun this weekend.

[ANS thanks Sean KX9X at the ARRL for the above information]

/EX


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Final Call for Papers - AMSAT UK Colloquium

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.02
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 29, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-180.02

This is the final call for speakers/papers for the 23rd 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:
http://www.uk.amsat.org.

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 July 16th 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: david dot johnson at blackepper do co dot uk

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

73

Dave
G4DPZ

[ANS thanks Dave, G4DPZ for the above information]

/EX


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IARU-News Release

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.03
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 29, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-180.03

26 June 2008

For immediate release

IARU Officer Nominations Agreed for 2009-2014 Term

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union
(IARU) held its annual meeting on 24-25 June 2008 in Konstanz, Germany
and took the following actions.

1. The consultative process leading to nominations for IARU President
and Vice President for the five-year term beginning on 9 May 2009 was
completed between the AC and the American Radio Relay League, the IARU
member-society that serves as the International Secretariat. IARU
President Larry Price, W4RA had announced in 2007 that he was not
available to serve an additional term. The AC agreed that Vice President
Tim Ellam, VE6SH and Region 1 President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR are
suitably qualified to serve as IARU President and Vice President,
respectively. Their nominations will be offered to the member-societies
for ratification.

2. A comprehensive review and update of the working document that
defines the additional spectrum requirements of the amateur and
amateur-satellite services was conducted. Requests from the amateur
satellite community for support of additional allocations were
considered and referred to the IARU Satellite Adviser for additional
information.

3. The IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications, Hans
Zimmermann, HB9AQS/F5VKP, presented his report in person. He noted the
outstanding performance of radio amateurs in China who responded to the
recent tragic earthquake emergency.

4. Reports of the other IARU international coordinators and advisers
were received. They are International Beacon Project Coordinator Peter
Jennings, AB6WM/VE3SUN; Satellite Adviser Hans van de Groenendaal,
ZS6AKV; EMC Adviser Christian Verholt, OZ8CY; and Interim Monitoring
System International Coordinator Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG.

5. An additional progress report was received from an ad hoc committee
that is investigating the future role and structure of the IARU. Work
since the previous AC meeting has refined the structure and identified
the remaining issues to be resolved.

6. A resolution offered by Region 1 that seeks to improve the operating
standards of radio amateurs was adopted. The AC endorses and recommends
the principles set out in the booklet “Ethics and Operating Procedures
for the Radio Amateur” by John Devoldere, ON4UN and Marc Demeuleneere
, ON4WW, and encourages each IARU Region to consider this booklet, with
a view to adopting it, including any Regional variations that might be
felt appropriate.

7. A study of the international QSL bureau system was commissioned. The
study will seek input from member-societies on the problems they face in
light of escalating postage and other expenses, and the anticipated
impact of electronic confirmation systems such as the ARRL’s Logbook
of the World.

8. The three-year strategic plan for the development of support for
amateur radio frequency allocations was reviewed and renewed for the
period 2008-2011. The principal focus is on preparations for the 2011
World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-11), especially the attainment
of an amateur allocation in the vicinity of 500 kHz.

9. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings at which
IARU representation will be required for the coming year were
identified, and plans for representation were reviewed.

10. The plans of Region 3 for the IARU presence at Telecom Asia 2008
(Bangkok, 2-5 September) and of the International Secretariat for
Telecom World 2009 (Geneva, 5-9 October) were reviewed.

11. The budget for 2009-2011 as presented by the International
Secretariat (ARRL) was reviewed. The budget includes provision for
financial contributions from the three regional organizations to defray
a portion of the expenses, in accordance with previously adopted policy.

12. The 29 March 2009 implementation of the worldwide exclusive
allocation of 7100-7200 kHz adopted at the 2003 WRC was noted and the
many contributors to this achievement were recognized.

13. “Amateur Radio: Your Resource in Disaster and Emergency
Communication” was selected as the theme for the next World Amateur
Radio Day, April 18, 2009.

14. Status reports from each of the three IARU regional organizations
were received and discussed. The next regional conference will be that
of Region 1, to be held in Cavtat, Croatia in mid-November.

Attending the Konstanz meeting were IARU President Larry Price, W4RA;
Vice President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ;
regional representatives Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, Don Beattie, G3BJ, Hans
Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AMH, Ramon Santoyo,
XE1KK, Rod Stafford, W6ROD, Michael Owen, VK3KI, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN,
ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, on behalf of the International
Secretariat, and recording secretary Paul Rinaldo, W4RI. IARU
International Coordinator for Emergency Communications Hans Zimmermann,
HB9AQS/F5VKP attended a portion of the meeting.

The next scheduled meeting of the AC will be held in Christchurch, New
Zealand in October 2009.

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, for the above information]

/EX


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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  CELEBRATING 45 YEARS OF WOMEN IN SPACE

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.04
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 29, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-180.04

HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  CELEBRATING 45 YEARS OF WOMEN IN SPACE

In ham radio space related news, word that special event station R45VT
is on the air.  This, to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of Valentina
Vladimirovna Tereshkova becoming the first woman in space.

Tereshkova flew to orbit on June 16th 1963 as pilot onboard Vostok 6.
Her call sign during the flight was Chaika. She spent 71 hours in space
orbiting the Earth 48 times.

Since that time women have made a significant contribution to space
exploration and many of them have been licenced Radio Amateurs.  A few
of the many notable women space explorers since Valentina Tereshkova
include American Sally Ride and the United Kingdom's Helen Sharman to
mention only a few.

Sharman was also the first UK woman to be issued a ham radio call for
her flight.  She operated from the Mir Space Station as GB1MIR

And very apropos for this type of commemorative operation.  At least one
UK ham resports that he recently worked R45VT through the VO-52 amateur
radio satellite.  (Southgate)

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-180.05
Stanford Cubesat Ground Station Survey

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.05
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 29, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-180.05

James Cutler, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford
University asks for help from amateur radio cubesat ground stations,
"We are conducting a survey on global ground station availability,
and we need your help!  If you have a ground station, would you
please fill out our survey?  It will ask you about station locations
and the characteristics of the antennas (type and frequency)".

The survey is located at:
URL: http://ssdl.stanford.edu/gs_survey/
User: gs
Password: stanford
Institution - just use your callsign

Please provide input by July 7, 2008 if possible.  We will make the
results available later this summer.  We will be using the data for
research on improving throughput through networks such as GENSO.

[ANS thanks James Cutler, and Graham G3VZV for the above information]

/EX


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Upcoming ISS Scheduled Contacts

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.06
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 29, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-180.06

ESC (Euro Space Camp) in Belgium
Simulated contact with  Frank De Winne ON1DWN
Contact is a go for: Thu 2008-07-03 1900 UTC at the  earliest
Watch for IRLP coverage.

Ottawa South United Soccer  Club, Canada
Simulated contact with Bob Thirsk W5/VA3CSA
Contact is a go  for: Thu 2008-07-03 20:55 GMT at the earliest
Watch for IRLP coverage.


Round Rock Texas Scout Pack #304 and Blackland Prairie  Elementary
School, Round Rock, Texas, direct via W5KA
Contact is a go for:  Fri 2008-07-04 16:32 UTC 52 deg



Total number  of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 350. (***)
Total number of ARISS  supported terrestrial contacts is 7.


QSL information may  be found at:
http://www.arrl.org/ARISS/arissfaq.html
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm#QSL's


ISS  callsigns:  DP0ISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS, RS0ISS

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The  complete schedule page has been updated as of 2008-06-26 04:00 UTC.

Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school  contacts, and
questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites,  and
instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.txt

The successful  school list has been updated as of 2008-06-26 04:00  UTC.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf


Frequency  chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing
Doppler correction  as of 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ISS_frequencies_and_Doppler_correction.r
tf

Listing  of ARISS related magazine articles as of 2006-07-10 03:30  UTC:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ARISS_magazine_articles.rtf

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There  have been rumors in the past indicating that the ISS was having
direct contacts  on the 40 meter band.  There is no HF radio equipment
on board and  available yet.  The HF antenna is mounted.  Sometimes
WA3NAN will  retransmit shuttle  audio.

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Expedition  17 on orbit:
Sergei Volkov
Oleg Kononenko RN3DX
Gregory Chamitoff  KD5PKZ


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73,
Charlie  Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]

/EX


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.07
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 29, 2008
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-180.07

+ Paul, 2E1EUB plans to be active on satellites from grid IO87rj near
   Aberdeen, Scotland starting June 28 for 7 days. He will be using the
   callsign 2M1EUB/P.  There may be some low elevation opportunities to
   work North America via AO-7.  The QRZ.com web page 2M1EUB provides
   QSL information.

+ The NanoSail-D satellite mentioned in prior ANS reports was featured
   this week in a NASA web release:  "This summer, NASA engineers will
   try to realize a dream older than the Space Age itself: the deployment
   of a working solar sail in Earth orbit. It is scheduled for launch on-
   board a SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket as early as July 29, 2008. See:
   http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/26jun_nanosaild.htm?list958901

+ The EE Times ran an article about Suitsat and SuitSat-2.  The SDR
   transponder aboard SuitSat-2 is based on the High Performance Software
   Defined Radio "Odyssey" system.  For the article see:
   http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml;?articleID=208403999
   (Via Graham, KE9H on the HPSDR Discussion List at http://hpsdr.org)

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


/EX


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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
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