[ans] ANS-151 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sun May 31 07:20:19 PDT 2009


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-151

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of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite 
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and communicating through analog and digital 
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In this edition:
* AMSAT-UK shop change
* Satellite info
* Satellite Shorts
* ARRL Presidential Award
* "Echoes of Apollo" event.
* ARISS Schedule
 
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-151.1
AMSAT-UK shop change

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 151.1
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
May 31, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-151.1

 After several years of running the AMSAT-UK shop, 
Jim G3WGM has handed the reins to Ciaran Morgan M0XTD.  
Ciaran obtained his full license in April
2008 and enjoyed organising a very successful ARISS 
contact between Budbrooke School in Warwick, England 
and Richard Garriott K5KWQ whilst he was onboard the 
International Space Station in October 2008.
The AMSAT-UK shop has been an important source of funds 
in the past and Ciaran is revamping the current shop to 
help it to continue to make a valuable contribution to 
the funds into the future.  The shop has had a policy of 
only stocking items that are difficult to obtain in the 
UK and, initially, that policy will remain whilst Ciaran 
gets familiar with the stock and identifies other 
possible options.  
Suggestions are always welcome and a new email address
(amsat-uk-shop at amsat.org) has been setup.  Please send 
the suggestions in and keep checking the web site for updates.
Due to the level of sales of software, and compatibility 
issues with the more recent Microsoft Operating Systems, 
it has been decided to stop selling InstantTrack and 
QuickTrack.  WiSP and SatPC32 licenses will continue to 
be issued from the shop Also, there are currently no books 
for sale - we are looking at this but suggestions are 
always welcome.
On the hardware front, we have restocked with the ever 
popular LVB motherboards and we also have a limited number 
of complete kits for the LVB Tracker unit.  Half of the new 
kits also include the AMSAT-NA enclosure with compatible 
display unit!  We are also investigating restocking the 
2.4GHz signal sources from G0MRF and the G7HIA 2.4GHz 
patch kits - please keep a watch on the website for 
more details.
 
The AMSAT UK website can be accessed via http://www.uk.amsat.org/ 
- the shop is accessed via a link on the left 
hand side of the web page.

73
Ciaran
M0XTD


[ANS thanks Ciaran,M0XTD, for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-151.2
Satellite info

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 151.2
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
May 31, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-151.2

AO-51 will be configured for Field Day with dual repeaters, 
1268.700/435.150 and 145.920/435.300. No PL tone is required. 
Please note that the 435.150 downlink is left hand circular 
polarized, and the 435.300 transmitter is right hand circular 
polarized. This configuration will be available for the week 
preceding Field Day, through the Field Day weekend 
(June 22nd-28th, 2009). 
 
AO-7 has returned to experiencing short eclipses each orbit, 
thereby preventing the 24 hour timer from switching modes. 
AO-7 has been observed to favor Mode U/V (B) almost 
exclusively during these periods. Please check 
http://oscar.dcarr.org/ or 
http://www.planetemily.com/ao7/ao7log.php for 
the most recent reports of the current mode.
 
GO-32 still in bootloader status, return of the BBS is unknown.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]
/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-151.3
Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 151.3
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
May 31, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-151.3

+ A compendium of non-ham spacecraft frequencies can be found on-line 
  at: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/osmhome/spectrumreform/Spectrum_Plans_ 
  2007/NASA_Strategic_Spectrum_Plan_Nov2007.pdf

+ Lately, a growing number of observers are reporting intense "flares" 
  coming from the International Space Station (ISS). During some night
  time flybys, the luminosity of the space station surges 10-fold or 
  more. Some people have witnessed flares of magnitude -8 or twenty-
  five times brighter than Venus. (via SpaceWeather.com)

+ A video of the Minotaur launch that lofted the latest flock of cube-
  sats (PharmaSat, Hawksat, CP6) to orbit can be viewed at: 
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEf9trI1Hf8

+ Watch for Franco's HB9OAB - CN2AB satellite DXpedition to Morocco 
  between June 27 and July 20. Franco says he favors operation via 
  VO-52. QSL eQSL or BURO via HB9OAB.

+ An online video simulating a flyover of Mars Olympus Mons volcanco 
  can be found at:
  http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/05/mapping-mars-mt.html

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-151.4
ARRL Presidential Award

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 151.4
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
May 31, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-151.4

FRANK BAUER, KA3HDO, RECEIVES ARRL PRESIDENT'S AWARD 

On Saturday, May 16 during the forum featuring Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, at
the Dayton Hamvention, ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, presented former
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
<http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm> International Chairman Frank Bauer,
KA3HDO, with the ARRL President's Award. Bauer, who stepped down from ARISS
<http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/03/25/10724/> and Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation's (AMSAT) <http://www.amsat.org/> duties this past
March, served as ARISS Program Leader and ARISS International Working Group
Chair. Since 1991, he served as AMSAT Vice President for Human Spaceflight
Programs.

The ARRL Board of Directors voted to create the President's Award in 2003.
The President's Award is to go to an ARRL member or members who "have shown
long-term dedication to the goals and objectives of ARRL and Amateur Radio,"
and who have gone the extra mile to support individual League programs and
goals. Nominations for the award come from directors and are approved by the
ARRL President and the Executive Committee.

Under Bauer's leadership, Amateur Radio activities have been on human
spaceflight vehicles, including NASA-sponsored ham radio activities on the
shuttle, Space Station Mir and the ISS. Starting in 1983, Bauer led the
Goddard Amateur Radio Club team that provided around-the clock space shuttle
retransmissions from the WA3NAN club station. These retransmissions provided
the international ham radio community up-to-the-minute information during
the flight of Owen Garriott, W5LFL, on STS-9
<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-9.ht
ml> and subsequent SAREX flights. In the days prior to the Internet, these
real-time bulletins and frequent orbital element updates could only be
obtained through Amateur Radio.

"For well over a decade, I have been fortunate to be part of a group that
has been leading international teams together to focus on Amateur Radio on
the ISS," Bauer told the ARRL. "As AMSAT Vice President for Human
Spaceflight since 1991, I have really worked to get this international team
to work as one, focusing on Amateur Radio. It is very critical to get all
the space agency partners to have a vested interest in making sure we do
Amateur Radio right on the ISS. We need to keep the partnership we have with
our international team in good stead."


[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]
/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-151.5
"Echoes of Apollo" event.

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 151.5
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
May 31, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-151.5

Commemorating the 40th year anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon
July 20th, 1969, many large commercial dishes worldwide will be active "on
the air" on 23 CM on the weekend of June 26th (Field Day weekend). At
present there are many very large commercial dishes as well as many Amateur
radio dishes that will be activated on SSB and CW. 

Some of the larger dishes will make a two way QSO between small Mode "L"
satellite stations possible. The Stanford 150' dish will be participating
using various calls, including W6TE. A list of participating dishes will
follow. 

W6TE will be on the air and testing the Big Stanford dish at various
times... call for possible schedule (559) 260-5511 cell) 73, 

[ANS thanks Dave Smith, W6TE and the Echoes of Apollo Event Team for the
above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-151.6
ARISS Schedule

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 151.6
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
May 25, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-151.6


1.	Upcoming School Contacts

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact was scheduled for Miyahara Junior High School in 
Saitama, Japan on Tuesday, May 26 at 11:12 UTC. Speaking 
in Japanese, JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA will 
chat with the students about life in space.  

Mahopac Public Library in Mahopac, New York has been 
scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International 
Space Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, June 3 
at 15:47 UTC. This contact will be facilitated by 
telebridge station ON4ISS in Belgium.  This school 
district public library serves six public and five 
private schools, with a total of 26,485 served. The 
library will coordinate this question and answer 
session with the Putnam Emergency Amateur Radio League.

Kawanishi Seiwadai Community Center in Hyogo, Japan 
has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) contact on 
Saturday, June 6 at 07:55 UTC.  The community 
center was established in 1987 and serves the 
area's 5000 households. To prepare for the contact, 
children researched the ISS and studied space 
and the global environment.  This ARISS contact 
will be conducted in Japanese.

2.	ARISS International Team Meeting Held

The Amateur Radio on the International Space 
Station (ARISS) International Team meeting was 
held on Tuesday, May 19. Topics of discussion 
included the upcoming face to face meeting in 
the Netherlands and SuitSat-2 status. 
See: http://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2009-05-19.htm

3.	ARRL Article on Dayton Hamvention, Garriott

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) published 
a story in its May 22 issue of the ARRL Letter 
about the 2009 ARRL National Convention, Dayton 
Hamvention and Richard Garriott, W5KWQ. The item 
on Garriott covers his presentations at the ARRL 
and AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) 
forums, the ARRL Expo, and the ARRL Youth Lounge. 
See: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/09/0522/

The ARRL Letter has a circulation of 115,000.

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

/EX


73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
nb2f at amsat dot org






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