[ans] ANS-179 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun Jun 28 05:19:12 PDT 2009


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-179

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:
* ARISS Reaches 443 School Contacts
* Alaskan Satellite Ops Planned
* Original American Colonies Will Be Active on Satellite
* Call for Papers--2009 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
* AMSAT Awards
* ARISS Status - 22 June 2009

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ARISS Reaches 443 School Contacts

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 179.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 28, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-179.01

A major milestone for the Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station or ARISS school project.  This as the total number of ARISS
contacts between the astronaut hams on board the orbiting outpost and
schoolrooms here on Earth has now reached 443.

An average of 20 students are able to ask questions of an on-orbit crew
during a normal ARISS contact.  That totals out to well over 8000
school kids world-wide who have gotten a chance to vicariously visit
the International Space Station via ham radio since the classroom
contact program began.

As space experimentation has progressed so has amateur radio's part in
it.  Today, the ARISS school contact program is an important part of
this ongoing work by ham radio volunteers world-wide.  Hams working
with astronauts and cosmonauts to bring the science of spaceflight a
little closer to kids here on Earth.

[ANS thanks Bruce, K6PZW, & Newsline for the above information]

/EX


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Alaskan Satellite Ops Planned

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 179.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 28, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-179.02

Dan Littel, AJ9K has advised that he will be on vacation in Alaska between July
1 - 11, and will try to be active during a few 
passes during his stay.  Dan will
be using my 5w VX-5R HT and AL800 whip on AO27, SO50 and AO51, if in mode J.
Here is Dan's expected schedule:

2 July2      BP51 Anchorage
3-4 July     AO63 Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Isl
5-8 July     BP64 Fairbanks
9-11 July   BP42 Denali NP

Dan may also be able to fit in a few more grids while in transit.  Dan also
noted that, "since this is a vacation, and I will have minimal control over my
schedule (that's my family's job, and I'm only a minority voting member...).  I
hope to be as active as practical".

[ANS thanks Dan, AJ9K, for the above information]

/EX


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Original American Colonies Will Be Active on Satellite

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 179.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 28, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-179.03

During the period from July 1 through July 5 at least nine of the Original 13
American Colonies will be active on the amateur satellites as part of a special
event organized by Ken, KU2US, in New York. Here is the Web site announcing the
event, and the certificate available:

http://home.comcast.net/~dzabawa/ThirteenColonies.htm

You’ll also find updates on Ken’s QRZ.com page – look up KU2US.

As of Wednesday, 24 June, there are commitments from stations in nine of the
original 13 colonies, and they will be using the call signs for each that are
listed on the special events page. Tim, N3TL provided the following example,
"I’ll be operating as K2G daily during the special event. I intend to work at
least one pass of every satellite as K2G, every day."

Listed alphabetically by Colony, here are the stations that have confirmed to
date. The calls they will use are in parentheses:

Georgia – Tim, N3TL (K2G)
Massachusetts – Dave, KB1PVH (K2H)
New Hampshire – Rik, N1XED (K2K)
New Jersey – Marc, W4MPS (K2I)
New York – Peter, WB2OQQ (K2A)
North Carolina – Jim, ND9M (K2J)
Rhode Island – Fletch, N1RCN (K2C)
South Carolina – Art, K4YYL (K2L)
Virginia – Steve, NL7VX (K2B)

As of the 24th, there are four of the original 13 colonies NOT scheduled to be
active on the satellites:

Connecticut
Delaware
Maryland
Pennsylvania

Can anyone help with any of them?

The process is simple:
1 – Please email n3tl at bellsouth.netto let him know of your interest.
2 – You can work as many or as few satellite passes as you like during the
special event.  It’s supposed to be fun, not work!
3 – After the event, email your log(s) to KU2US, who will handle the
certificates.

Tim will provide more information after hearing from anyone who wants to
activate one of the four remaining colonies.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to work one or 
more of us on passes from July
1 through July 5. You only need to work one station to get the certificate, but
the more the merrier!

[ANS thanks Tim, N3TL, for the above information]

/EX


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Call for Papers--2009 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 179.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 28, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-179.04

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 28th Annual ARRL
and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 25-27,
2009 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, 2009. 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 Awards

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 179.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 28, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-179.05

We would like to welcome the following to the Satellite Communicators
Club for making their first satellite contact.

Nick Kucij, KB1RVT
Dave Glow, AA1VX


The following have earned the South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communications
Achievement Award.

Peter Carr, WW3O #US133
Chris Lemon, KB9CL #US134
Thomas Lepley, KX3TL #US135
George Carr, WA5KBH #US136


The following have earned the AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement
Award.

Ham Operator, Your Call #500

Who will receive #500? Stay tuned, possibly coming in a week, two weeks,
could be soon. If you have not sent in for your award yet, don't miss out on
this opportunity.


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


Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards

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

/EX


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ARISS Status - 22 June 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 179.06
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 28, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-179.06

1. Upcoming School Contacts

Inukjuak Space Camp in Kuujjuaq Quebec, Canada 
has been scheduled for an Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact on July 2 at 17:58 UTC,
assisted by telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii. Makivik Corporation, a
non-profit organization that promotes economic growth of Inuit businesses, is
supporting the event. Students from grades 1-6 have been involved in a space
club to learn about space, the International Space Station and amateur radio
protocol.  Audio from this contact will be fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101377)
and JK1ZRW (277208) servers.


2. ARISS International Meeting Held

The Amateur Radio on the  International Space 
Station (ARISS) International Face
to Face Meeting was held on Thursday and Friday, June 18 -19 at the European
Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. Team members
gave reports on their respective regions as well as status updates on the
program’s committees including education, publicity, operations and hardware.

[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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