[ans] ANS-263

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sun Sep 20 07:29:55 PDT 2009


 
AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-263

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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:
* 2 birds from Baikonur
* AMSAT BOD Election Results
* D-Star frequencies in the Netherlands
* Satellite shorts from all over
* ARISS Status - 7 September 2009

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2 Birds from Baikonur

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 263.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
September 20, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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This afternoon (9/17/09) 2 satellites were launched (7 Total)
>From Baikonur.  Now 2 new satellites in LEO from the Russian spaceport
At Baikonur. Soyouz-2 Meteor-M1 + Micro Sat  The successful Launch was
at 16:50 UTC. The 2 satellite names were Tatiana 2(Universitetsky 2) 
and Sumbandila.

Early KEPS:
OBJECT A
1 35865U 09049A   09260.72535468 -.00000045  00000-0  00000+0 0    19
2 35865 098.7998 310.8940 0003181 081.7658 278.3815 14.21921862    02
OBJECT B
1 35866U 09049B   09260.72535165 -.00000045  00000-0  00000+0 0    14
2 35866 098.8001 310.8933 0004653 076.4712 283.6810 14.22237596    07
No Common Name Found
1 35867U 09049C   09260.85958581 -.00000070  00000-0  00000+0 0    18
2 35867 097.3797 310.9290 0009122 293.6396 066.4184 15.22762759    26
No Common Name Found
1 35868U 09049D   09260.86607314  .00000176  00000-0  10000-3 0    16
2 35868 098.8024 311.0440 0005631 070.8773 289.3019 14.22029752    21
No Common Name Found
1 35869U 09049E   09260.86607314  .00000176  00000-0  10000-3 0    17
2 35869 098.7979 311.0434 0006030 075.3794 284.7577 14.21983327    24

Check the AMSAT-BB for updated info.

[ANS thanks SA AMSAT for the above information and sends our
   congratulations and best wishes for a successful mission]

/EX


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AMSAT BOD Election Results

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 263.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
September 20, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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The following are the results of the 
AMSAT 2009 Board of Directors'
Election:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW - 600 votes
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA- 547
Bill Ress, N6GHZ - 545
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA - 516
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX - 505 (First Alternate)

There were 720 Ballots cast

--
73- Martha

[ANS thanks Martha, for the above information]

/EX

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D-Star frequencies in the Netherlands.

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 263.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
September 20, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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D-Star frequencies in the Netherlands.

Abraham van den Berg, PB0AOK - VERON's VHF manager, clarified the 
D-Star issue in the Netherlands. VERON is the Dutch IARU society.

It is "untrue" that the Dutch administration is thinking about
D-Star repeaters operating in the 437-438 MHz band.

Presently, the amateur service in the Netherlands and neighbouring 
countries suffers from harmful interference, caused by what can be 
seen as a regrettable implementation of the Radiolocation service in 
the 438-440 MHz band.

For that reason, usage of D-Star repeaters with output frequencies in 
the upper 2 MHz part of the Region 1 70cm band, is hampered.

To solve this problem, recently the Dutch D-Star community came up 
with a proposal to plan the output frequencies of D-Star repeaters 
just below 438MHz and has asked VERON to support this proposal.

VERON has decided not to do so, due to incompatibility between the 
amateur service and amateur-satellite service. Moreover, the proposal 
deviates significantly from the IARU-R1 band plan.

In the meantime VERON has made an alternative proposition to amend 
the Dutch national frequency plan in such a way, that it fully 
complies with article 5 RR, the European Common Allocation table, as 
well as the IARU-R1 band plan.

Thank you Bram, for this clarification.

Gaston Bertels - ON4WF
IARU Region 1 ARSPEX WG chairman

[ANS thanks Gaston, ON4WF for the above information]

/EX


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 263.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
September 20, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-263.04

Item A:
A group of new volunteers are investigating alternative 
methods for adding content to the AMSAT web site.
I have my own list, but I would like to hear from people 
that have suggestions on what pages should be addressed 
first and any new content that they would find helpful. 
Send these to Gould  wa4sxm at amsat.org


Item B:
The 2009 AMSAT Symposium is rapidly approaching!  And we hope you can join
us..especially given that there are some low-cost airfares out there for
those of us in the US.

  We have an outstanding venue this year at the Four Points Sheraton at the
BWI Airport.  Your symposium committee recently did a walkthrough of this
facility.  The accommodations and meeting rooms are superb.  I do a lot of
traveling and I must say that the rooms are absolutely beautiful.  You will
definitely get a substantial bang for your buck (or Euro, etc) at this
symposium.   And planned 40th Anniversary celebratory events will be truly
memorable.

Time is running out !  The cut-off date for hotel reservations for the AMSAT
Symposium is 9/23/09. The Hotel is the Four Points Sheraton BWI  Airport.
The phone number is 410-691-9827.  The group name is Radio Amateur.  Come
help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary!

For planning purposes,
the BoD meeting starts Thursday morning and runs until noon Friday.  The
symposium starts at 1 pm Friday and runs until noon Sunday.  The AMSAT
annual meeting with be Saturday afternoon.  And there will be an ARISS ops
meeting (all are invited) on Sunday.  The 40th anniversary celebration is
Friday night and the Banquet is Saturday night.

And there is a lot of "free stuff" and amenities at this
symposium..so a great deal of bang for your buck.

For example:  
Free internet in the rooms and in the conference facility
Free parking
All AMSAT member get free admittance to the 40th Anniversary Party Friday
Evening---food, cake, etc.
Beautiful flat screen televisions in each room
Great Banquet Speaker--- Martin Collins, Smithsonian Institution National
Air and Space Museum Curator, Space History Museum, "Making the Space Age,
the First 50 years"
High-Caliber paper presentations on recent Satellite Developments and
satellite operations
Poster Session with Satellite, University, and ARISS activities presented.
An AMSAT 40th anniversary retrospective is included
IARU Satellite Forum
ARISS Operations Team Meeting---ARISS team members and new volunteers are
welcome to attend
Great prizes from major ham radio manufacturers

So we'd love to see you in "Charm City"-Baltimore Maryland..for the
symposium presentations, 40th anniversary celebrations, poster sessions, and
BoD meeting.

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, and Janet Bauer
2009 Symposium Co-Chairs

[ANS thanks Frank and Janet for the above information]

/EX


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ARISS Statuts - 14 September 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 263.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
September 14, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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1.	Upcoming School Contacts

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact was accomplished for Liberty Middle School in Camas, 
Washington on Tuesday, September 15 at 20:25 UTC. Telebridge 
station ON4ISS in Belgium will facilitate the contact. For twenty 
years, Liberty's sixth grade students have actively participated as 
"astronauts in training" as they completed an eight week training 
course that culminated with a flight in the school's space station, 
Alpha-Z 2000. Computers, with software written by a local parent, 
linked the students to Mission Control with voice communication and 
security cameras allowed teachers to observe how the astronauts were 
progressing on their mission. One of the school's space station 
modules has been named in honor of Mike Barratt, who attended Camas 
Public Schools.  The ARISS contact will be integrated into these 
activities.

Euro Space Center (ESC) in Transinne, Belgium contacted 
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)  on 
Wednesday, September 16 at 07:12 UTC via telebridge station W6SRJ in 
California. ESC is recognized by the educational ministries.  
It is both a Space Expo open to the public and a Space Camp. 
The Space Camp provides children with space training and is 
operational year round. 

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact was held for Delta Researchers Schools, Dutch 
Ministry of Education on Friday, September 18 at 15:55 UTC via 
telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. This is an ESA event 
from Space Expo, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.  

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact has been scheduled for Vrij Technisch Instituut Sint-Lucas 
in Oudenaarde, Oost - Vlaanderen, Belgium on Tuesday, September 
22 at 13:47 UTC. Students have learned about Earth rotation, 
orbit speed, time zones, satellites, weather forecasts and 
geostationary versus polar satellites. The antennas which 
will be used for the contact as well as a UPS device have 
been constructed by the students themselves.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact has been scheduled for the HMS Beagle Project in 
Parati, Brazil on Tuesday, September 22 at 18:20 UTC via 
ground station K6DUE in Maryland, USA. The project (which 
aims to rebuild the ship that carried Darwin around the world) 
and NASA have signed an International Space Act Agreement, 
with Mike Barratt as the initiator and main connection on the 
NASA side of the project. The project will unite ISS astronaut 
photography with ocean surface water and other biological and 
physical samples taken by the crew of the new Beagle.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact has been scheduled for Cedarview Middle School in 
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Thursday, September 24 at 19:07 UTC. 
Students have learned about the ISS through videos, the 
internet and guest speakers.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact has been scheduled for Garfield Elementary School in 
Boise, Idaho on Thursday, September 24 at 20:34 UTC via 
telebridge station W6SRJ in California. Students will visit 
the NASA Exploration Experience traveling exhibit on display 
at the Idaho Historical Museum and will learn about space 
exploration and its benefits.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact has been scheduled for Houya Elementary School in 
Nishitokyo, Japan on Saturday, September 26 at 09:28 UTC. 
Students have learned about amateur radio, space science and 
the global cooperation involved with running the ISS.

2.	ARISS Contact with Atheneum Students Successful

On Thursday, September 10, students attending Atheneum 
Middenschool Keerbergen in Keerbergen, Belgium experienced  
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact 
with Frank De Winne, ON1DWN on the ISS. Telebridge station 
W6SRJ in California provided the connection. An audience of 
approximately 30 people observed the students as their twenty 
questions were answered.  

3.	De Winne Particpates in ARISS Contact During UNICEF Event

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact took place between UNICEF Belgium at the Euro Space 
Center in Transinne, Belgium and Frank De Winne, ON1DWN, 
UNICEF's goodwill ambassador.  The contact occurred on Thursday, 
September 10 via station LU1CGB in Argentina. UNICEF Belgium is 
running a campaign called WaSH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) to 
make students aware of how important water is for humans. Some 
of the students participating in the campaign were given the 
opportunity to travel to the center to speak with the Expedition 
20 astronaut.  Eighteen questions were answered. 

4.	ARISS Contact with Tokyo Denki University

On Saturday, September 12, an Amateur Radio on the International 
Space Station (ARISS) contact was held between students attending 
Tokyo Denki University High/Junior High School in Koganei, Tokyo, 
Japan and Michael Barratt, KD5MIJ on the ISS. Thirty people 
gathered and listened as eighteen questions were asked and 
answered.  The school has a radio club and recruits new members 
each year.  Students study for their licenses, learn how to make 
radio contacts and learn about space and the ISS.

5.	Astronaut Training Status

Astronauts Timothy Creamer, KC5WKI and Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP 
participated in Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) training sessions on Wednesday, September 9. They spoke 
with children from the Ralph McCall School in Airdrie, Alberta, 
Canada. The training sessions were terrestrial-based amateur 
radio contacts using ARISS equivalent equipment. Audio was 
available on the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP).

6.AMSAT Symposium, ARISS Ops Meeting to be Held in October 

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) Symposium will 
be held on Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11 at the 
Four Points Sheraton Hotel at the Baltimore Washington Airport 
in Maryland.  An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) presentation will be given and a demo of ARISSat-1 is 
planned. An ARISS Operations team meeting will be held following 
the symposium on Sunday, October 11. 

7.ARISS Presentation Given at Great Lakes Division Symposium

The 2009 Great Lakes Division Symposium was held in Findlay, 
Ohio on Saturday September 12, followed by the Findlay Hamfest 
on September 13.  A presentation on the Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) program was given at the 
symposium by ARISS mentor Charlie Sufana, AJ9N.
  
[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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