[ans] FW: ANS-205 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sat Jul 23 17:04:06 PDT 2011


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-205

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 Amateur Radio satellites.

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In this edition:
* EVA for ARISSat-1/KEDR Deployment Planned for August 3
* 2011 BOD Ballots are Mailed
* Satellite Awards
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium Activity
* 2011 AMSAT Symposium and Annual Meeting
* 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium First Call for Papers
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARRISat-1 PCSAT32 Doppler info
* AMSAT-UK Joins Response to DCMS Spectrum Plan Affecting Satellite
Band
* ARISS Status - 18 July 2011

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-205.01
EVA for ARISSat-1/KEDR Deployment Planned for August 3

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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EVA for ARISSat-1/KEDR Deployment Planned for August 3


Gould summarized, "As of July 22 we are looking at an August 3, 2011
date for EVA
29 and the ARISSat-1/KEDR deployment, subject to change due to ISS
schedules. 
The preliminary Russian EVA-29 timeline shows  the ARISSat/KEDR
deployment is the first task 
of the EVA, so it will occur fairly soon after the EVA begins. We will
let everyone know more as we know more."

The ARISSat-1/KEDR battery is scheduled to be charged 24 hours
beginning 24 July at 09:45 UTC. 
 A test of the satellite inside the ISS is scheduled to run from 1900
UTC on Saturday, July 30 and turned
 off at 14:30 UTC on July 31.

145.950 MHz FM Downlink
FM transmissions will cycle between a voice ID as RS01S, select
telemetry values,
24 international greeting messages in 15 languages and SSTV images.
One of the  messages will 
be a conversation between Yuri Gagarin and ground control.

435 MHz - 145 MHz Linear Transponder
The linear transponder will operate in Mode U/V (70 cm Up, 2m Down).
It is an
16 KHz wide inverting passband and the convention will be to TX LSB on
the 435 MHz uplink and 
RX USB on the 145 MHz downlink. This mode is designed to work with low
power  transmitters and
 omni antenna.

145.919 MHz/145.939 MHz CW Beacons
The CW transmissions will be callsign ID RS01S, select telemetry, and
callsigns of people actively 
involved with the ARISS program.

145.920 MHz SSB BPSK-1000 Telemetry
The BPSK transmissions will feature a new 1kBPSK protocol developed by
Phil Karn,  KA9Q to be 
readable in low signal level conditions. The BPSK data will transmit
satellite  telemetry. 
When the CW2 beacon on 145.919 MHz is active this indicates that the
BPSK-1000 format is being transmitted. If the CW1 beacon on 145.939
MHz is active this the 
backup of BPSK-400 format is being transmitted.

To find the links to the ARISSatTLM software for Windows and Mac, SSTV
software for Windows
 and Mac, and ARISSat-1/KEDR technical data please go to
http://www.amsat.org.

[ANS thanks ARISSat-1/KEDR Project Manager Gould Smith, WA4SXM for
  the above information]

/EX


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2011 BOD Ballots are Mailed

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-205.02

AMSAT Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail

The AMSAT Office has mailed the 2011 Ballot for the AMSAT Board of
Directors. 
The deadline for the receipt of your ballot in Silver Spring, MD is
September 15, 2011.

Four director's terms expire this year:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX

The 2011 AMSAT Official Ballot for the Board of Directors includes
these  nominees
 (alphabetically by last name):

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Steve Coy, K8UD
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK

The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be
seated as  full Board  members
 for two year terms. The two candidates receiving the next highest
number of votes will be seated 
as alternate Board members for one year terms.

A statement and biographical information from each candidate is
included in the  ballot  mailing for 
your review. Your vote is important and is one of the privileges of
AMSAT membership.

[ANS Thanks Headquarters for this information]

/EX

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Satellite Awards

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Normally I am able to wait 4-6 weeks before posting a list of AMSAT
awards.
 However, something must have gotten in the water and in the past few
days the awards 
have sky rocketed.

Due to the effort of Matt, N8MS, at the ARRL Teacher's Institute 2,
there were
 8 hams that worked their first satellite contact. They are included
in the list below.

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for
making their 
 first satellite QSO.

Pam Kalafice, KD8MUC
George Wheeler, W7LX
Thomas Maxwell, AE5QB
Jerry Taylor, AC0PF
Stephen McClune, KB3FKO
Larry Brim, KI6FBT
Jackie Smith, KJ4SVQ
Larry Kendall, K6NDL
Samuel Saladino, NW9T
Walter Lemons, AE5IT
Stephen Reinen, N8BP
Lee Olson, N9LO
Thomas Talley, KA9QPG

The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement Award.
George Henry, KA3HSW, #540
Brandon Rasmussen, K7BBR, #541

The following have earned the South Africa Satellite Communications
Achievement award  
George Henry, KA3HSW, #US169 Brandon  Rasmussen, K7BBR, #US170

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

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards

[ANS Bruce, KK5DO,   for the above information]

/EX


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AMSAT-UK Colloquium Activity

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-205.04



The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn,
Guildford,
GU2 7XZ, England will be taking place during the activation of
ARISSat-1. 

Members of AMSAT-UK hope to be active during the ARISSat-1 tests from
the GB4FUN 
communications module situated in the Holiday Inn parking lot.

GB4FUN: http://www.gb4fun.org.uk/ 

It is intend to use the GB4FUN station equipment to listen to the
various
ARISSat-1 signals and, hopefully make a few contacts through the
linear transponder.

In addition they will be experimenting with the use of FUNcube Dongle
software defined 
radios to receive the ARISSat-1 signals with a variety of different
antennas.

The Colloquium is open to all Radio Amateurs and SWL's. Either day
passes or  full  packages 
comprising overnight accommodation and meals are available.
 For futher information see http://www.uk.amsat.org/colloquium-2011/ 

AMSAT-UK: http://www.uk.amsat.org/ 

BATC and AMSAT volunteers will be streaming video of the event live, 
enabling it to be seen around the world.

Clearly a webcast cannot match actually being there, with the oppor-
tunity to chat to satellite builders and inspect space hardware, but 
if you can't get to Guilford then the webcast provides the next best 
thing.

The webcast will be at http://www.batc.tv

 [ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, for the above information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-205.05
2011 AMSAT Symposium and Annual Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-205.05

2011 AMSAT Symposium and Annual Meeting

AMSAT announces the 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held on Friday,
November  
4th through Sunday, November 6th in San Jose, CA. This annual
gathering will feature:

+ Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations Operating 
+ Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World Board of 
+ Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members (Nov. 3-4) Meet Board
Members 
+ and Officers Annual General Membership Meeting Annual
Banquet-Keynote 
+ Speaker and Door Prizes

The 2011 Symposium hotel and registration web pages are now available
on the AMSAT web site. 
You may register for the Symposium and Annual Banquet at the AMSAT
Store: 
http://www.amsat-na.com/store/SymposiumReg.php

The hotel selected is the Wyndham San Jose, close to the airport. The
AMSAT discount rate is 
$79.00+taxes per night. The reservation block code when calling the
hotel directly is "AMSAT". 
The hotel telephone number is 408-453-6200. If you are making
reservations  on-line use 
1031FSJAM for the group code. The direct link to the hotel web page
is: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/SJCAP/main.wnt

Additional information about the 2011 AMSAT Symposium will be posted
on the AMSAT 
 web site as it becomes available.

If you are planning to book a room on dates other than November 2, 3,
4, 5, you will have to call the hotel 
directly and ask for *in- house reservations*. You can get the $79
rate 3 days before and 3 days after the
 above dates but you cannot book the room on their website. Any
problems, give Martha a call at the 
AMSAT Office:
301-589-6062.

[ANS thanks the 2011 Symposium Committee for the above information]

/EX



SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-205.06
2011 AMSAT Space Symposium First Call for Papers

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.06
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-205.06

2011 AMSAT Space Symposium First Call for Papers

First call for papers. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations
and poster presentations 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
 October 1, 2011 for inclusion in the printed proceedings. 

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

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV for the above information]

/EX

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ARRISat-1 PCSAT32 Doppler info

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.07
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-205.07

The deployment of ARRISat-1 is approaching.  Here is a collection of
data on the various modes for
 use in configuring SATPC32.  Note that you will need to  tweak the
sideband frequencies slightly
 to account for rig calibration and other issues, as usual, but these
should be close.  You can paste 
these in the  DOPPLER.SQF file, but before you do, please read on!  

ARISSat-1,145918.5,0,USB,,,0,0,BPSK/CW-2
ARISSat-1,145950.0,0,FM,,,0,0,VOICE/SSTV
ARISSat-1,145930.0,435750.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,XPDR
ARISSat-1,145938.5,0,USB,,,0,0,CW-1

Since ARISSat-1 will be deployed by a gentle push from the ISS by
Cosmonauts,  the ISS Keps will
 be good until separate Keps are released by Space Track.  
One way to handle the transition is to change the Doppler information
slightly:

ISS,145918.5,0,USB,,,0,0,BPSK/CW-2
ISS,145950.0,0,FM,,,0,0,VOICE/SSTV
ISS,145930.0,435750.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,XPDR
ISS,145938.5,0,USB,,,0,0,CW-1

Paste the ARISSat-1 data as desired, and also paste the ISS version of
the data into the DOPPLER.SQF 
file after the regular ISS data. For the final test aboard the ISS,
and initially  after deployment, select 
ISS tracking, and then select the desired ARRISat-1 frequency data at
the end of the list in the CAT window.  

After the ISS and ARISSat-1 are far enough apart that independent Keps
are available, you can begin 
using ARISSat-1 as a separate object by adding it to the objects you
track in the Satellites menu window.  
The satellite may be identified as ARISSat-1, but may well have some
other designation which will be 
reported.  If it is not ARRISat-1, then change the name in the first
group above to that used in the Keps.  
They must agree exactly for SATPC32 to match the Doppler data with the
satellite.  (You can also use the 
AmsatNames.txt file, which is covered in the SATPC32 documentation.)
You can then delete the extra
 ISS data if you wish.  They won't hurt anything, but it will clean up
the  ISS CAT window.

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-205.08
Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.08
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-205.08

Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Congratulations to Ron, N8RO for attaining Satellite VUCC # 219!

+ Look for Makoto, JI5RPT to be active as JD1BLY from Chichijima
  Island (IOTA AS-031) Ogasawara. Operation is planned for 40m to 6m
  and Satellite CW/SSB/DIGI between August 1-7. QSL via JI5RPT. Web
  based log will be found at: http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1/  and you are
  also invited to monitor Twitter: http://twitter.com/jd1bly
  (ji5rpt at jarl.com)

+ TP50, FRANCE. The "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC -
  TP2CE) will be active as TP50CE during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July
  30-31). Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Euro-
  pean Social Charter. Operations are usually on all HF bands and
modes,
  possibly the satellites. QSL via F5LGF. An online log search will be
  available at: http://ewwa.free.fr (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1019)

+ The Amateur Radio functions of the Tokyo university PRISM satellite
  have been tested and it is hoped it will be generally available
soon.
  It carries a beacon on 437.250 MHz and a data downlink on 437.425
MHz
  with a downlink power up to 3 watts.
  PRISM Web: http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/prism/en/main.html
  Snapshot of decoding screen captured by Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL:
  http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/10716pri.png

+ A 47 minute video of Space Shuttle Atlantis undocking from the
  International Space Station can be viewed at UniverseToday.com
  http://tinyurl.com/448ra22
  Additional video can be viewed at: 
  http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts135/status.html

+ NASA released the videos taken from the cameras mounted on the
  solid rocket boosters for Atlantis' launch for the STS-135
  mission: http://tinyurl.com/6z3gohl (UniverseToday.com)

+ The schedules for Australasia and Eastern Asia for 18 - 31 July
  are now on http://www.amsatsa.org.za. The next schedule starts
  on August 1 with the Americas.

+ The AO-7 footprint continues to be long according to Luis, LU6QI.
  He reports a successful AO-7 Mode B contact with Drew, KO4MA for
  a distance of 7062 KM. Luis invites more North American stations
  to attempt a contact via AO-7 Mode A or B, and FO-29. Contact
  Luis by e-mail to set up a schedule:  lu6quintas at gmail.com

+ Bill OM3BD/NZ5N operating from Grid JN88mf reported good conditions
  on AO-7. He worked 10 stations, including KD8CAO, WB8TGY, and K8YSE.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-205.09
AMSAT-UK Joins Response to DCMS Spectrum Plan Affecting Satellite Band

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.09
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-205.09

AMSAT-UK Joins Response to DCMS Spectrum Plan Affecting Satellite Band

The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), a government
agency, issued a consultation seeking opinion on the release of 500MHz

of public sector spectrum by 2020. The full UK Government document may

be viewed on-line at:
http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/Spectrum_Release.pdf

A joint response from the RSGB, UK Microwave Group, AMSAT-UK and 
BATC is among the 31 responses to the DCMS consultation on releas-
ing public sector spectrum.

The response notes that the Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite ser-
vices successfully share spectrum with the current public services 
under consideration for reallocation. In regards to the proposed 
spectrum under consideration for reallocation the joint Amateur Radio 
response states that the 435-438 MHz sub-section is the largest 
active band for international amateur satellites.

RSGB, UK Microwave Group, AMSAT-UK and BATC invite further
consultation
with the DCMS, "We would caution that any precipitous decision and un-
coordinated release would impair a raft of innovative activity that is

aligned with many DCMS and other national goals. We therefore look
for-
ward to further discussions with DCMS."

The joint RSGB, UK Microwave Group, AMSAT-UK and BATC response can be
read at: http://tinyurl.com/3stw6wn (culture.gov.uk)

All of the responses can be read at:
http://www.culture.gov.uk/consultations/8297.aspx

[ANS thanks the Southgate ARC News Site for the above information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-205.10
ARISS Status - 18 July 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.10
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
July 24, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-205.10

1. Ottawa Contact Successful

On Thursday, July 14, the City of Ottawa Sports Recreation Camp in
Ontario, Canada took part in an 
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. 
Telebridge station W6SRJ in California provided the connection. One
hundred  twenty-five students, 
twelve counselors and many parents were present for the  event and
watched  as the youth asked 
16 questions of ISS crew member Ron Garan, KF5GPO.  Global National
(Canadian network) aired the 
story nationally and Your Ottawa Region posted an article on its site.

 
http://www.yourottawaregion.com/news/local/article/1043569--ground-con
trol-to-major-tom

2. ARISS-U.S. Receives Proposals for Contacts

The NASA Teaching From Space Office  received over 100 inquiries about
the  U.S. proposal process for 
ARISS contacts that will be scheduled during the January - July 2012
time frame. 
Twenty-five schools met the July 15 deadline and submitted proposals.
The selection process will begin 
shortly. Another  window of opportunity for U.S. schools and
organizations to submit proposals will 
open later in the year. 

3. ARRL QST Posts ARISS News

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) included an ARISS item in its
August QST about ARRL at
 Hamvention, and highlighted Astronaut Doug Wheelock's participation,
particularly with the youth 
activities. 

4. AMSAT Provides ARISSat-1 Status

The AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) News Service July 17
bulletin
 (ANS-198) included a status on ARISSat-1. The battery will be charged
July 27 or 28 and a test will be 
conducted on the ISS over the weekend of July 30-31. Deployment is
scheduled for August 3.  
"ARISSat-1/KEDR Activation  Planned; Deployment Update" may be viewed
here:
 http://amsat.org/pipermail/ans/2011/000532.html

5. Amateur Radio Newsline on ARISSat-1 Deployment

On July 15, the Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1770 included a status
on the deployment date of ARISSat-1.  
The story may be found under  the heading "Ham Radio in Space." 
 See: ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News/news.txt


[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 
ligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are
available from the AMSAT Office.

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
Nb2f at amsat dot org






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