[ans] ANS-186 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Jul 4 18:42:25 PDT 2009


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-186

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* 2009 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting October 9-11 *
*   Four Points Sheraton Hotel at the Baltimore Washington Airport   *
*  Details - http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/2009/index.php *
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In this edition:

* AMSAT 2009 Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting
* AMSAT Forum videos from Dayton Hamvention
* SuitSat-2 Systems Integration
* AO-51 Engineering Team Continues to Monitor Power Levels
* Certificate Available for 13 Colonies Special Event Station
* Special Event Station 4C50C via Satellite From Mexico
* AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award #500 Issued
* Recognition for SumbandilaSat Design and Development
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-186.01
AMSAT 2009 Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.01
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.01

Now is the time for you to prepare your papers and presentations
for the 2009 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium to be held 
October 9 - 11 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel at the Baltimore 
Washington Airport. 

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster presenta-
tions are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite 
community. We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon 
as possible, with final copy submitted by September 1, 2009 for 
inclusion in the printed proceedings. 

Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV, at 
n8fgv at amsat.org.

[ANS thanks the 2009 Symposium Committee for the above information]

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AMSAT Forum videos from Dayton Hamvention

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.02
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.02

Videos of the six presentations at the AMSAT Forum at the 2009 Dayton 
Hamvention are now on the AMSAT website.  Click on this link:

http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/information/videoNews.php - or -

go to the AMSAT website and click on the AMSAT Video News icon about 
halfway down the page in the left column.

The presentations include:

1.  Richard Garriott's forum talk (mislabeled on the web site as the 
    Banquet presentation, actual length about 15 minutes) on his visit 
    to the ISS.

2.  AMSAT Status report, Barry Baines, WD4ASW

3.  SuitSat-2 Project Status, Gould Smith, WA4SXM

4.  Satellite Operations Status, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA

5.  ARISS Status, Will Marchant, KC6ROL

6.  Columbus Module Antennas, Lou McFadin, W5DID

Be sure and watch Barry's presentation on the Status of AMSAT. Thanks 
go to Steve Belter, who recorded, edited and converted the video of 
the AMSAT presentations at the 2009 Dayton AMSAT Forum, Rob Meisse 
W8GSM for setting them up on his server and to Rick Hambly W2GPS for 
updates on this web page.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM and Steve, N9IP for above information]

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SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-186.03
SuitSat-2 Systems Integration

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.03
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.03

Many of the SuitSat-2 team members will converge on Phoenix during
the weekend of July 10-12 for a system integration party. The team
expects to put all of the hardware modules together that have been 
developed in many parts of the country. SuitSat-2 Project Manager,
Gould WA4SXM said, "It is great to be at the point that we can start 
testing system operations with the hardware and software. The fun 
begins Friday July 10."  You can keep up with the integration activ-
ities next weekend using Twitter  http://twitter.com/GGouldSmith.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]

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AO-51 Engineering Team Continues to Monitor Power Levels

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.04
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.04

Due to the increasing time AO-51 is spending in eclipse AMSAT 
Vice-President of Operations, Drew KO4MA reports that transmitter 
power levels have needed to be reduced. This way the batteries will 
provide enough power to keep the satellite operational when the 
solar cells are not providing charging current. AO-51 users have 
already noted the weaker signals on the downlinks.

The AO-51 Control Team Web Page for latest operating information will
carry the latest status of the satellite. See:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/CTNews.php

AMSAT now has a Twitter account at http://twitter.com/AMSAT where the 
AO-51 Operations Team will try to tweet things too small for ANS bull-
etins or email, but of interest to the general AMSAT community. The
most recent tweet reported, "AO-51 is in "normal" mode, telemetry on 
435.150 @ 240mw, V/u repeater on 435.300 @ 290mw."

Gould, WA4SXM, AO-51 Ground Control Station said, "The eclipse time 
should start to decrease over the next few days hopefully allowing 
improvement in the transmitter power settings."

Gould continues with the news, "The AO-51 telemetry archive is up to 
date as of last night.  AO-51 telemetry data is available in raw for-
mat, CSA (comma separated variable) format that has the channel data 
converted by the configuration equations and there are some Excel files 
(most with graphs). There are a number of Excel files with graphs for 
June 2009 as that was a very interesting month for AO-51 operation. I 
encourage exploration of the data and any insights gleaned."

The telemetry archive can be found at:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ftp/telemetry/ao51/  

[ANS thanks AO-51 Command Station, Gould WA4SXM for the above 
 information]

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SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-186.05
Certificate Available for 13 Colonies Special Event Station

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.05
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.05

If you worked the stations participating in the Original 13 Colonies
Independence Day Special Event between July 1- 5 you can send for a
commemorative certificate.  

Ken requests, "Each station to send a contact log stating the Date, 
UTC, Band, & call sign of each contact, along with your QSL card and 
$4.00 US. in check, MO. or cash (to help defray printing costs). NO 
SASE required. We will furnish postage, certificate and 9"x12" 
envelope. No QSL cards will be issued - just the certificate. All 
award requests and payment to be sent and made out to the KU2US-
Award Manager address shown on the event log form."

Log form in PDF  format: http://tinyurl.com/nbrxzv
Log form in text format: http://tinyurl.com/klv53u

[ANS thanks Ken, KU2US and Tim, N3TL for the above information]

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SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-186.06
Special Event Station 4C50C via Satellite From Mexico

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.06
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.06

Omar XE1AO, a regular satellite operator from central Mexico, 
reported news of a special callsign that will be showing up
on the satellites between now and 31 August 2009.  

The call, 4C50C ("Four Charlie Fifty Charlie"), is part of the 
"Trabaja Todo Colima" (Work All Colima) special event currently 
taking place in the central Mexican state of Colima.  This event 
is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the J. 
Roberto Levy radio club in that state.

During the months of June, July, and August, stations from all
over Colima have been on HF and the satellites, trying to put all
10 Colima "municipios" (municipalities, similar to counties in 
the USA) on the air.  On HF, the special call XE50C has been used 
from different parts of Colima.  Now, four hams (XE1AO, XE1ATZ, 
XE1AY, and XE1J) have been authorized by the Mexican  telecommun-
ications regulator CoFeTel to use 4C50C on the satellites as part 
of this event.  

Initially, XE1AO will attempt to put 4C50C on AO-51's evening
passes along with VO-52 and FO-29 evening passes.  Omar and the
other 3 hams hope to expand the use of 4C50C onto SO-50 and AO-27,
plus look at passes at other times of the day during this period. 

For hams outside Mexico, XE1J is the QSL manager for these special
calls.  The Mexican QSL bureau will take care of QSL requests from
XE hams.  Along with the QSL cards, there will be a certificate
available to stations that work stations in at least 7 of the 10 
Colima municipalities and also accumulate at least 74 points based 
on the location of the stations worked in Colima.  Additional 
points are available for working certain stations like XE50C and 
4C50C.

[ANS thanks Omar XE1AO and Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK for the above 
 information]

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AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award #500 Issued

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.07
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.07

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce KK5DO reported, "Since mid 
May we have been waiting to see who would get the AMSAT Satellite 
Communications Achievement Award #500. Here  are the awards issued 
in the order they were received. Congratulations to everyone that 
submitted for the award!" 

The following have earned the AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement
Award.

Chris Lemon, KB9CL #490
Ernest Howard, W8EH #491
Peter Portanova, WB2OOQ #492
Michael Klomfass, DH5MK #493
James DeYoung, N8OQ #494
Ronald Parsons, W5RKN #495
Thomas Lepley, KX3TL #496
Chris Meyers, KC0YBM #497
Nick Kucij, KB1RVT #498
George Carr, WA5KBH #499
Ward Hall, WC0Y #500
Jim Klassen, N6JMK #501
James Clary, ND9M #502

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

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]

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Recognition for SumbandilaSat Design and Development

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.08
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.08

In recognition of their design and development of the Amateur Payload
on South Africa's SumbandilaSat Andrew Roos, ZS6AA, and Hannes Coetzee, 
ZS6BPZ jointly received the Garth Milne Technology Award. SumbandilaSat 
is currently planned to be launched on 21 August on a Soyuz Rocket from 
Baikonur.

[ANS thanks Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1664 - July 3 2009 for the
 above information]

/EX


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 186.09
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 5, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-186.09

+ Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC plans to return to Diego Garcia (VQ9, Grid MI62) 
  in August. Operation will be on the FM and linear birds shortly 
  thereafter. 

+ The next Hudson Valley Satcom Group nets are Thurday July 9 and
  July 23 at 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4) and will be simulcast on Echolink 
  node N2EYH-L. More information at http://www.hvsatcom.org
  (Stu, WA2BSS)

+ Mark, WA8SME will be giving a demonstration of ham radio satellites 
  during the ARRL ETP Teachers Institute in Dayton, Ohio on July 7th.  
  He  will be using AO27 on the 1515 EST pass.  The equipment will be 
  an ARROW and HT.  The call will be W1AW/8. For those that make con-
  tact, if you would like a QSL, send your card to WA8SME, and he'll 
  get you a card.

+ The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the 
  final still images taken by the onboard High Definition Television 
  (HDTV) from Kaguya, just before it completed its mission by impact-
  ing the moon on June 11, 2009. An entire series of images were 
  taken with an interval of about one minute by the HDTV (Teltephoto) 
  while Kaguya maneuvered its way to impact in Gill Crater. See:
  http://tinyurl.com/mfg32w click on the arrow in top left to navi-
  gate to the next photo. (via UniverseToday.com)

 + Launch images from LRO/LCROSS successfull liftoff can be found
   on-line at: http://tinyurl.com/n5vqab

+ Dutch journalists Govert Schilling and Jaap Meijers have built a 
  Twitter page to let people know when a visible ISS pass is coming.
  To participate follow the Twitter account @twisst: 
  http://twitter.com/twisst

+ Simulated contacts are being planned for four licensed astronauts 
  during the week of June 29. Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP, Timothy J. 
  Creamer, KC5WKI, Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC and Satoshi Furukawa, KE5DAW 
  are tentatively scheduled for these training sessions, which are 
  terrestrial-based amateur radio contacts using Amateur Radio on the 
  International Space Station (ARISS) equivalent equipment.

[ANS thanks everyone 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. And with that
please keep in mind that another name for a boomerang that doesn't work
is a stick.


73,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org



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