[ans] FW: [amsat-bb] ANS-172 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sun Jun 21 07:46:35 PDT 2009


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-172

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In this edition:
* BOD Nominations
* Field Day Rules and SAT status
* More AO-7 DX Reported
* Rooms Filling Up for AMSAT-UK Colloquium
* ARISS Schedule
 


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-172.1
BOD Nominations

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 172.1
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 21, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-172.1

 Per the AMSAT bylaws, those individuals nominated 
to serve a 2 year term for the AMSAT Board of Directors are:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
Bill Ress, N6GHZ
--
Ballots should be in the mail by July 15th.
------------

ALSO...To All:  Please remember that AMSAT 
has one paid employee.  So, if your order is 
not filled immediately, please be patient.

73- Martha


[ANS thanks Martha for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-172.2
Field Day Rules and SAT status

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 172.2
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 21, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-172.2

AMSAT's Satellite Field Day is held concurrently with the 
annual ARRL Field Day emergency preparedness exercise. 
This year the event will take place between 1800 UTC on 
Saturday June 27, 2009 through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 28, 2009.

AMSAT encourages stations to prepare for operations on 
all of the satellite modes - analog, FM, and digital. 
The congestion on FM LEO satellites has become so intense 
based on experience in prior years that we request to 
limit your use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. The ARRL rules 
only allow one contact per FM satellite to count. AMSAT 
Field Day rules allow one contact per FM repeater to count. 
This includes the International Space Station, if operational.

AO-51 will be configured to support Field Day operations. 
The Field Day configuration on AO-51 begins on June 21 
to allow stations to test their equipment and antennas 
at home prior to the event. The satellite will remain 
in this mode through June 28.

AO-51 June 21 - June 28 Field Day Configuration
FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink: 145.920 Mhz FM
Downlink: 435.300 Mhz FM

FM Repeater, L/U (Subject to interuption for 
telemetry collection)
Uplink: 1268.700 Mhz FM
Downlink: 435.150 Mhz FM

The full text of the AMSAT Satellite Field Day Rules can be 
found on-line at: 
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/awards/amsatfd.php

The Satellite Summary Sheet can be found on this web page also. 
This format should be used for submission of the AMSAT Field 
Day competition and be received by KK5DO (email or postal mail) 
by 11:59 P.M. CDT, Monday, July 13, 2009. The preferred method 
for submitting your log is via e-mail to kk5do at amsat.org or 
kk5do at arrl.net.

You may also use the postal service but give plenty of time 
for your results to arrive by the submission date. Add 
photographs or other interesting information so that 
can be used an article for the Journal.

If mailing your submission, the address is:

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Director of Awards and Contests
PO Box 310
Alief, TX 77411-0310.

Certificates will be awarded to the first-place, second, 
and third place emergency power/portable stations at the 
AMSAT General Meeting and Space Symposium in October, 
2009.

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


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-172.3
More AO-7 DX Reported

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 172.3
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 21, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-172.3

 
Piraja, PS8RF is pleased to report additional DX 
via AO-7 following on to his successful 
Brazil-to-Belgium contact with Jean-Jacques, 
ON7EQ as reported in ANS-165. This week Piraja 
was able to copy the CW signals of Andre, ZS2BK 
showing that a Brazil to South Africa contact is 
possible.

This contact is also close to the operational 
limits of AO-7. The distance between the two 
stations is 4805 miles (7904 KM). Piraja says 
he can also copy F2IL on many AO-7 passes. He 
has posted two videos on the web recording 
these contacts:

PS8RF copy ZS2BK:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JUyIIi0s4I

PS8RF - ON7EQ contact:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggNmQqxARWY

[ANS thanks Piraja, PS8RF for the above information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-172.4
Rooms Filling Up for AMSAT-UK Colloquium

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 172.4
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 21, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-172.4

Rooms Filling Up for AMSAT-UK Colloquium

AMSAT-UK Hon Sec Jim Heck, G3WGM posted a 
reminder to all plan- ning to the attend 
the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, "If you are considering 
attending the AMSAT-UK Colloquium at the 
Holiday Inn, Guildford, UK on 25/26 July, 
you should be booking soon. The hotel will only 
hold rooms for us until Fri 3 July, after that 
date, you may find that there are no more 
rooms available."

Also please note that so far more than 50% of 
people attending have booked in for the Friday 
Night before the Colloquium, and the hotel 
tells me that they are now getting quite full 
on this night. So PLEASE BOOK EARLY to avoid 
disappointment."

Full booking details, including prices are at:
http://www.uk.amsat.org/content/view/25/49/

The phone number of the hotel is +44 (0) 1483 784444 
and their email address is meetings-guildford at ihg.com. 
Please quote reference R0F (That's R zero F) when booking.

[ANS thanks Jim Heck, G3WGM for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-172.5
ARISS Schedule

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 172.5
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 15, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-172.5

1.	ARISS Contact with Tongfu Primary School, China 

Youth attending Tongfu Road No. 1 Primary School in Guangzhou, 
Quangdong, P.R. China experienced an Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Thursday, 
June 11. Astronaut Michael Barratt, KD5MIJ answered 19 
questions put to him by the students as an audience of 
approximately 465 people looked on. Extensive media coverage 
included seven television stations, three radio stations 
and ten newspapers.

2.	Successful ARISS Contact with Italian School 

On Friday, June 12, children from several schools in  L'Aquila, 
Abruzzo, Italy took part in an Amateur Radio on the International 
Space Station (ARISS) contact. Approximately 200 students and 
guests, including European Space Agency (ESA) and Agenzia 
Spaziale Italiana (ASI) representatives, attended the event. 
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gave presentations on ISS 
missions and ESA/ASI activities. Astronaut Frank DeWinne, 
ON1DWN answered 13 questions on the first pass and another 
7 questions on the following pass. Many television stations, 
including CANALE 5 and SKY, radio stations and newspapers 
provided media coverage. Internet video streaming had 
more than 6,500 connections.

3.	Belgian Students Spoke with Frank De Winne
An Amateur Radio operator on the International Space 
Station (ARISS) contact took place on Friday, 
June 12 between Vrije 
Basisschool Terbank-Egenhoven in Heverlee, 
Belgium and Frank DeWinne ON1DWN on the ISS. 
Telebridge station ON4ISS 
in Belgium assisted with the contact. 
Twenty-two questions 
were answered during the nine minute pass, delighting the 
audience of 400 children, parents and guests. Four television 
stations and two radio broadcast stations with national 
and regional audiences covered the event. During the main 
evening news, a detailed report on telebridge ground 
station ON4ISS was broadcast by the national television service.

4.	Astronaut Training Status

Astronaut Doug Wheelock passed his amateur radio licensing
 exam and was issued the callsign KF5BOC. He is scheduled 
to be part of Expedition 24 along with Shannon Walker, 
KD5DXB and Aleksandr Skvortsov. 

On June 9, Wheelock also received Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) training on basic 
radio operations.

5.	Australia Journalist Takes Interest in ARISS 

A local journalist in Kingston, Australia has taken an 
interest in Amateur Radio on the International Space 
Station (ARISS) and given great publicity to the program 
over the past three years.  To view her latest article, 
see: 
http://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2009/20090603-2/index.php

6.	ARISS on Twitter

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently promoting 
their Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) school contacts on their Twitter site.  
See: http://twitter.com/esa_oasiss.
 
A U.S. ARISS member has also been posting ISS amateur 
radio related items to a Twitter site. 
See: http://twitter.com/RF2Space.

7.	ESA Press Release on Frank De Winne's ARISS Contacts

The European Space Agency (ESA) put out a press release 
on Frank De Winne's Amateur Radio on the International 
Space Station (ARISS) contacts. See:
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/OasISS_Mission/SEM6SOQORVF_0.html

8.	ARISS International Meeting

The Amateur Radio on the  International Space Station 
(ARISS) International Face to Face Meeting will be held 
on Thursday and Friday, June 18 -19 at the European 
Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the 
Netherlands. The team will come together to give regional 
reports as well as status reports from the program's 
other committees including education, publicity, 
operations and hardware.


[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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