[ans] ANS-038 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Feb 6 17:21:02 PST 2010


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:
* FO-29 Status Update
* AMSAT Activities at Orlando Hamcation
* First call for speakers for the AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2010
* Satellite Presentation at Palm Springs Desert RATS Meeting
* ARISS Status - 1 February 2010

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FO-29 Status Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 038.01
February 7, 2010
BID: $ANS-038.01

The JARL FO-29 command team reported on the status of FO-29 this
week. After long eclipse periods caused a negative power budget
on FO-29 in early November, 2009 which took it off the air temp-
orarily the command team switched the satellite from continuous
operation to scheduled operations. This allows the command team
to monitor the state of the battery charge aboard the spacecraft
and adjust operations as required.

Since the last commanded power up of the analog transponder on
January 27, 2010 the command team has received reports worldwide
which indicate that FO-29 has been able maintain continuos oper-
ation. The power budget aboard the spacecraft is improving as the
eclipse periods decrease.

If the power budget decreases too much the satellite will auto-
matically power down. The JARL command team requests telemetry
reports (either direct or posted via the amsat-bb) from stations
that may have data from January 27 to January 28. Additionally,
if you find the transponder is off during a scheduled ON period
please report this to the command team as well.

JARL places no restrictions on the use of FO-29 during scheduled
operation periods except to remind satellite ground stations to
transmit with as low as uplink transmitter power as possible.

[ANS thanks thanks Yutaka Murata, JA1COU and the JARL command team
  for the above information]


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AMSAT Activities at Orlando Hamcation

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 038.02
February 7, 2010
BID: $ANS-038.02

AMSAT will once again have a major presence at the Orlando Hamcation
(http://www.hamcation.com),which takes place next weekend, 12-14 FEB at the
Central Fairgrounds, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando.  AMSAT Team leader for
Hamcation,  Dave Jordan, AA4KN, reports that AMSAT will have a booth 
at the same
location as in prior years (Booth 83 and 84) in the main commercial area. A
satellite station will be operating and satellite demonstrations are planned.
Stop by the booth to get a list of scheduled satellite passes on Friday
afternoon, Saturday and Sunday.  Those who have attended Hamcation in 
past years
will remember the satellite antenna trailer maintained by the Lake Monroe
Amateur Radio Society (LMARS);  this will be in operation again this year by

An AMSAT Forum is scheduled from 1000-1100 on Saturday morning in the 'Bubble
Buildiing.'  Presenters will include:
    AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW
    AMSAT Chief Scientist and Board Member Tom Clark, K3IO
    AMSAT VP-Operations  and Board Member Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
    ARISSat-1 Program Manager and Board Member Gould Smith, WA4SXM, and
    ARISS Hardware Manager and Board Member Lou McFadin, W5DID

Presentations will cover a variety of topics, including an AMSAT Status report
which will discuss AMSAT's strategic direction and focus  on LEO satellites, an
update on current satellite operations, and an update on ARISSat-1 which is
expected to deploy from the International Space Station in late 2010.

In addition to the operational satellite station, ARISSat-1 RF hardware will be
demonstrated at the booth.  AMSAT members and others are also 
encouraged to stop
by the AMSAT booth to ask questions and meet with members of the AMSAT
Leadership Team.

[ANS thanks Barry, WD4ASW, for the above information]


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First call for speakers for the AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2010

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 038.03
February 7, 2010
BID: $ANS-038.03

This is the first call for speakers for the AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2010 which will
be held at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, UK
(same venue as in 2009) on *Sat 31st Jul and Sun 1st Aug 2010*

AMSAT-UK invite speakers, about amateur radio, space and associated activities,
for this event. They are also invited to submit papers for the "Proceedings"
document which will be published at the same time but printed papers are not
mandatory. We normally prefer authors to present talks themselves rather than
having someone else give them in the authors' absence. We also welcome
"unpresented" papers for the Proceedings document.

Offers of talks should be submitted as soon as possible; the final 
date for full
documents to be received is late-June 2010 in order that the "Proceedings"
document be available to participants.

Submissions should be sent ONLY to G4DPZ, via the following routes:

e-mail: david.johnson AT blackpepper.co.uk

SnailMail: QTHR from www.QRZ.com

AMSAT-UK also invite anyone with requests for Program Topics to submit them as
soon as possible to G4DPZ. Invitations for any papers on specific subjects will
be included in the future call.
Likewise if anyone knows of a good speaker, please send contact and other
information to G4DPZ.

[ANS thanks Dave, G4DPZ, for the above information]


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Satellite Presentation at Palm Springs Desert RATS Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 038.04
February 7, 2010
BID: $ANS-038.04

AMSAT area coordinator Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be
presenting his "Working Amateur Satellites With Your HT"
multimedia session at the February 16, 2010 meeting of
the Desert RATS of Palm Springs. All are welcome to attend.

"Tentatively, we'll have a workable pass of AO-51 at
5:37PM that evening," Clint reports. If you would like to
show up early, Clint will be working the satellite from the
Jack-in-the-Box parking lot at 2591 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way,
and  monitoring the 146.940- 107.2 repeater.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Desert RATS meeting starts at 7PM
Palm Springs Corporate Yard
425 N. Civic Drive
Palm Springs CA  92262-0331

Attendees should download Clint's four-page tutorial and radio
programming matrix before the meeting from ...


And Clint welcomes pre-presentation questions - call him at
909-241-7666, or send email to clint at clintbradford.com

[ANS thanks Clint, K6LCS, for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 1 February 2010

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 038.05
February 7, 2010
BID: $ANS-038.05

1. JAXA Astronaut Participates in ARISS Contact with Boy Scouts

On Thursday, January 28, JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP conducted an
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with 
Boy Scouts
visiting the Morioka Children's Museum of Science in Morioka, Iwate, Japan. The
children asked questions such as, "What is done to avoid collisions with space
debris?" and "Why don't artificial satellites fall on the earth?" Through this
activity, the youth learned about the ISS, satellite orbits and amateur radio.

2. Moscow Aviation Institute Experiment Activated

Cosmonaut Maxim Suraev activated the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI-75)
experiment onboard the ISS on Wednesday - Friday, January 27 - 29. Slow Scan
Television (SSTV) images of Earth and the ISS were downlinked to ground
stations. Images received were archived to the ARISS SSTV Gallery. See:

3. ISS Ham Debrief Scheduled

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) debrief session has
been scheduled with Expedition 20/21 astronaut Frank DeWinne, ON1DWN on
Thursday, February 4.  The feedback provided will help ARISS update program

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


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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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