[ans] FW: ANS-282 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sun Oct 9 07:33:34 PDT 2011


*The AMSAT Satellite Symposium for 2011 is being held November 4 though
*November 6 in San Jose California.  This includes daily exciting forums
on all          *
*Aspects of satellite activity.  BOD members will be there to introduce
newly          *
*Elected officers.  They will be available to you, the members, to
answer                  *
*Questions and give you an insight to our unique group.  A delicious
banquet          *
*             dinner will be held on Saturday evening with our  guest
speaker                     *
* Lance Ginner, K6GSJ  and Banquet prizes will be given out to some of
our lucky   *
* attendees.  All information can be found on the AMSAT website under
the           *
*                                               Symposium informational
heading.                                             *

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
designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and
Amateur Radio satellites.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

ans-editor at amsat.org

In this edition:
* ARISsat-1 Chicken Little Contest
* Get Ready for Scouting's JOTA on October 15-16
* ARISSAT-1/KEDR Team Announces CW Contest
* Satellite Shorts
* AMSAT-UK Telemetry App to Fly on STRaND-1 SmartPhone Satellite
* India CubeSats For Launch on October 12
* ARISS Status - 3 October 2011

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ARISsat-1 Chicken Little Contest

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 282.01
October 9, 2011
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ARISSat-1 has many more days to go, but the Chicken Little Contest to
predict its reentry date is coming to an end.  Submissions will close on
Friday, October 15th, 2011 at 23:59 UTC.  You can find the details of
contest at www.amsat.org/amsat-new/ARISSat/ARISSatContest We are looking
all submissions, but especially from students, or student clubs or
organizations.  The closest estimates in each category will be
If you know any technically inclined students, please draw their
to this opportunity.  And don't forget to enter your own prediction!


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


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Get Ready for Scouting's JOTA on October 15-16

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 282.02
October 9, 2011
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Get Ready for Scouting's JOTA on October 15-16

Scouting's Jamboree on the Air event is coming up on October 15-16.
During this annual event Scouts and Guides all over the world speak
to each other over amateur radio contacts. Scouting experiences are
exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves.

The event starts at 00.00 hours local time on the Saturday and con-
cludes 48 hours later at 24.00 hours local time on the Sunday. Each
station can choose its own operating hours within this period.

Each year during JOTA about half-a-million Scouts and Guides "get
together" over the airwaves. Modern communication technology offers
Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries.

Most Scouts take advantage of the local volunteer efforts of amateur
radio operators in their area. This is where you can volunteer your
station for scouting participation. You may also help by answering
calls on the air from scouts.

AMSAT encourages our members to take advantage of JOTA to provide
amateur satellite demonstrations.

The World Scouting Organization in Switzerland posted JOTA information
on their web: http://tinyurl.com/3rfp2cn (www.scout.org)

Also, visit the World Scouting Radio Library at:
http://tinyurl.com/5sz7tf5 (www.scout.org)

The Boy Scouts of America has several resources on-line for amateur
radio stations participating in JOTA:
http://tinyurl.com/6d93qb7 (Boy Scouts of America www.scouting.org)

ARISS says Mike Fossum KF5AQG is planning to participate in JOTA
from the International Space Station during the weekend of Octo-
ber 15-16 using the call sign NA1SS.

His schedule is somewhat flexible on the weekends but will not be
available for every pass. The typical crew work periods are 0800-
1930 UTC but they are sometimes available a bit later.

When available, Mike will be listening on the ITU Region 1 (Europe,
Russia and Africa) uplink of 145.200 MHz FM and ITU regions 2 & 3
(everywhere else) will use the uplink of 144.49 MHz. He will be
using the call sign NA1SS.

Worldwide downlink for NA1SS is 145.800 MHz FM.

[ANS thanks the Scouting Movement for the above information]


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ARISSAT-1/KEDR Team Announces CW Contest

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 282.03
October 9, 2011
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On August 3, 2011, the Amateur Radio satellite, ARISSat-1 began
its education-based mission after deployment from the Interna-
tional Space Station. Students, teachers and amateur radio oper-
ators are invited to learn more about the satellite as a tool for
education and its other features at http://www.arissat1.org.

The ARISSat-1 mission is to provide a variety of information
through its many broadcast modes promoting STEM based education
initiatives in the classroom. One of its modes is CW transmission.
CW stands for "continuous wave" and is transmitted in Morse code.
To entice student interest in receiving Morse code, a CW contest
has been created and all listeners are invited to participate.

Throughout recent history, a number of amateur radio operators,
also known as hams, have made significant strides in developing
space communications via ham radio. These are hams such as Owen
Garriot, W5LFL making the first amateur radio contact from space
and Jim White, WD0E, a technical contributor to the amateur sat-
ellite program. To celebrate their accomplishments, the call signs
of over 200 of these hams have been digitally stored on board
ARISSat-1 and are being transmitted in rotation using Morse code
at 145.92 MHz. The call signs can be heard between the RS01S CW
identification and the CW telemetry in the repeated code trans-
mission sequence.

To be a participant in the CW contest, all you have to do is copy
and submit any 6 of the 200+ call signs you hear during multiple
satellite passes, then submit the following information to:
cwreport at arissat1.org.

+ Your name or group's name
+ Your ham call sign if applicable
+ Time in UTC and date of reception of each call sign
+ Your City, State, Country
+ Your email address
+ Your list of 6 call signs you have received

A major goal for this contest is to promote student interest in
learning Morse code which continues to play an important role in
emergency communications and is a fun way of sending messages us-
ing ham radio. In that spirit, we ask that participants copy the
code by hand and refrain from using artificial means, e.g., elec-
tronic decoders, to decode the call signs. Due to the possibility
of interference or excessive ambient noise that might be present
during the pass, recording the code for playback and deciphering
after the pass is permissible.

A copy of this information on the contest can also be found by
going to http://www.arissat1.org and choosing the subtitle marked
CW CONTEST under the Education menu.

For more detailed information on how to receive and decipher the
CW transmissions, visit www.arissat1.org and choose the menu
labeled FAQ and subtitle Receiving ARISSat-1.

We invite everyone to participate and be an important part of
the ARISSat-1 mission experience.

Questions concerning the contest should be directed to:
kc0zhf at yahoo.com.

A Very Important Note:
All ARISSat-1 listeners should refrain from publically disclosing
any received call signs from their list. The call signs should
only be posted to the CWreport email address mentioned above.
Posting the contest call signs on the internet, amsat-bb, other
bulletin boards or any areas for public viewing will result in
the listener or group being disqualified from the contest along
with the disclosed call signs.

More information on the transmission schedule and overall mission
of ARISSat-1/KEDR can be found at:

ARISSat-1 Web site:	http://www.arissat1.org
AMSAT Web site:		http://www.amsat.org

ARISS  Web site:	      http://www.ariss.org

ARISS Facebook Page:	Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS)
ARISS Twitter site:	@ARISS_status

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) is a non-profit,
volunteer organization which designs, builds and operates experi-
mental amateur radio satellites and promotes space education. We
work in partnership with government, industry, educational insti-
tutions and fellow amateur radio societies. We encourage technical
and scientific innovation, and promote the training and development
of skilled satellite and ground system designers and operators. Our
vision is to deploy satellite systems with the goal of providing
wide area and continuous coverage for amateur radio operators world-
wide. AMSAT is also an active participant in human space missions
and supports satellites developed in cooperation with the educa-
tional community and other amateur satellite groups.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a
volunteer program which inspires students, worldwide, to pursue
careers in science, technology, engineering and math through ama-
teur radio communications opportunities with the International
Space Station on-orbit crew. Students learn about life on board
the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math
activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community
(students, teachers, families and local residents) to become more
aware of the substantial benefits of human space flight and the
exploration and discovery that occur on space flight journeys
along with learning about technology and amateur radio.

[ANS thanks the ARISSat-1/KEDR Team for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 282.04
October 9, 2011
BID: $ANS-282.04

AMSAT's Lou McFadin, W5DID Featured in Interview at DXCoffee.com

Tune your web broswer over to:

There you will find an interview which traces Lou's 30 years in
space with projects at NASA and AMSAT. Lou worked for NASA from
1967 to 1995 on projects ranging from Apollo moon landings to
Lunar Orbit Experiments, the Apollo Soyuz program, the Shuttle,
and the ISS.

On the amateur radio in space front Lou was the engineer behind
getting the ham radio gear on the Shuttle flights and then aboard
the ISS.

Enjoy the well-written, in-depth interview with Lou, W5DID!
Best wishes to Lou and thanks to DXCoffee.com.

[ANS thanks DXCoffee.com for the above information]

People -* In one month*, AMSAT will hold the 2011 Space Symposium and
Meeting.  The venue is the Wyndham hotel in San Jose, CA.  Please do not
hesitate to make your hotel reservations.  Information can be found on
AMSAT website along with the registration form for the meeting and

73- Martha

AMSAT Symposium 'Sunday Tour'

Arrangements have been made for 2011 AMSAT Symposium Attendees to tour
 the well-known Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA on Sunday.
See:  http://www.thetech.org/

This museum is located in downtown San Jose, three blocks from the Paseo
San Antonio Station on the VTA Light Rail System.  See:

The current plan is for those interested in visiting the museum to
gather in the
Wyndham Hotel Lobby (site of the AMSAT Symposium) at 0945 AM Sunday
morning, 6 NOV 11 and travel as a group on the Santa Clara Valley
Authority (VTA) light rail system to downtown (each person purchases
their own
fare at the VTA Gish Station from a ticket vending machine), walk three
to the museum and have each person purchase their admission ticket at a
discount.  AMSAT Symposium Attendees traveling together to the museum
save $4.00 on the price of admission ($8.00 versus the normal $12.00,
not including
IMAX) as well as savings on IMAX.  Note: Since we're visiting the museum
during the
first weekend in November, individuals with Bank of America ATM credit
or check
card and valid ID are entitled to free admission to the regular
galleries (not IMAX)
under the Bank's "Museums on Us" program. Details may be found here:

While at the museum individuals may take a self-guided tour.
Individuals may
return to the hotel on their own using VTA.  The VTA light rail line
also goes to the
San Jose International Airport, so those wishing to visit the museum
prior to catching
 a flight from SJC may do so and take the VTA Mountain View to
Winchester Line to
 the Metro/Airport station stop (one stop beyond Gish Station for the
Wyndham Hotel)
and then take the free "VTA/SJC Airport Flyer" to the airport itself.
The Flyer operates
every 15 minutes.

Questions about these arrangements should be directed to Symposium
Alan Bowker, WA6DNR (wa6dnr at amsat.org).


Silent Key: Al Lee, WA4EWV

It is with sadness that AMSAT notes the passing of Al Lee, WA4EWV
on September 30, 2011. Al was at a hospital in Tallahassee Florida,
following a brief illness.

Al was very interested in satellite work and EME communications.
He loved chasing new countries. Those who knew Al will remember
his quick smile, kind nature, and truly wonderful sense of humour.
Al was a captain for Delta airlines, flying a 767-ER from Atlanta
to Frankfurt and back every week.

VE1KG wrote, "Al was a great friend & a devoted husband to Bettie
and an equally devoted Father to his three children. He was taken
far too soon, and too suddenly. I will miss you, we will miss you.
Rest in Peace my dear friend."

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office the above information]


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AMSAT-UK Telemetry App to Fly on STRaND-1 SmartPhone Satellite

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 282.05
October 9, 2011
BID: $ANS-282.05
AMSAT-UK Telemetry App to Fly on STRaND-1 SmartPhone Satellite

STRaND-1, the World's first SmartPhone Nanosatellite, under develop-
ment by researchers at the University of Surrey and United Kingdom's
SSTL is being built in engineer's free time and using advanced com-
mercial off-the-shelf components is planned for launch into orbit
around the Earth in early 2012.

The team plans to fly an Android-based smartphone using its installed
accelerometers and GPS receivers as the heart of its guidance system.
They will also use the phone's camera, speaker, mic and touchscreen
display to run some interesting orbital apps.

The apps that have been selected to run on the SmartPhone were ann-
ounced this week. They include:

+ Scream In Space, from a UK student ensemble, called Cambridge Uni-
  versity Spaceflight, will run videos of people screaming on the
  phone's display, and these will be recorded by a minicam pointing
  at the phone. They will then check if the vibration from the
  phone's loudspeaker is picked up through its chassis by the mic -
  effectively making the scream in space audible, despite the vacuum
  in the unpressurised spacecraft.

+ 'Postcards from Space' and '360' will both take pictures of the
  earth using the phone's camera to work out exactly where the
  satellite is. Hopefully, says SSTL, schoolchildren will be able to
  order a satellite picture of the Earth that the Nexus One's 5-mega-
  pixel camera will shoot for them.

+ iTesa is an app that will use the satellite's onboard magnetometer
  to measure variations of the Earth's magnetic field.

+ Telemetry data on the satellite's progress through space will be
  visible on the phone's screen thanks to an app called Strand Data,
  developed by the people behind the educational Funcube satellite.

Details of the STRaND-1 satellite can be found on-line at:
http://tinyurl.com/3nbhw76 (sstl.co.uk)

The New Scientist web site article about the orbital apps can be
found on-line at: http://tinyurl.com/6hub9o6 (newscientist.com)

[ANS thanks SSTL and NewScientist.com for the above information]


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India CubeSats For Launch on October 12

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 282.06
October 9, 2011
BID: $ANS-282.06

India CubeSats For Launch on October 12

Two university cubesats JUGNU and SRMSAT are ready for launch from
ISRO's spaceport, Sriharikota, India on October 12.

JUGNU was developed by a team of students and faculty at IIT Kanpur
and ISRO scientists to launch India's first Nano Satellite. The
satellite's mission includes:

1. Micro Imaging System
2. GPS receiver for locating the position of satellite in the orbit
3. MEMS based IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)

Jugnu Frequencies:
CW Beacon - 437.275 (17dbm)
Pay load  - 437.505

At press time no further information was available for SRMSAT other
than its payload down link and CW Beacon will transmit on 437.425 MHz

[ANS thanks Dinesh Cyanam, KC2YQJ; Sanjay Srikanth Nekkanti, AB3OE
 and Mani, VU2WMY for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 3 October 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 282.07
October 9, 2011
BID: $ANS-282.07

1.	 School Contacts

S. K. Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia scheduled for an Amateur
Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Monday, October 3 at
UTC. Was successful. The school has been invited by the National Space
Satellite Ground Station (call sign 9M2RPN) to participate in the “Prime
 National Space Challenge Trophy 2011,” which has been an annual event
2007, when Malaysian space participant, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor,
flew to
the ISS. The National Space Challenge involves a large number of
students and
encourages them to learn about space. The event receives extensive media
 coverage from newspapers, radio and television.

George Observatory, Needville, Texas scheduled for an Amateur Radio on
International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Saturday, October 8 at
16:50 UTC
 via telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii has been completed. Astronomy
Day is
put on each year by all the Astronomy clubs in the greater Houston area
conjunction with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The event is
held at
 the George Observatory in Brazos Bend State Park and draws 4000
 each year. The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) education and
 program will be used to prepare youth for the contact. A NASA booth
will be
set up and amateur astronomers and amateur radio operators will be
to discuss the ISS, space travel and forms of communication.

2.	Lompoc High School Students Experience ARISS Contact

On Thursday, September 29, students attending Lompoc High School in
California connected with on-orbit astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG via an
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Fossum
 over ten questions before the ISS went over the horizon. Students who
 in the contact are involved in Lompoc's STaRS (Space, Technology and
 Systems) Academy.  The event highlighted students’ studies covering
flight, the space environment, orbital motion, ground tracking, life
systems and rockets.  The Santa Maria Times posted an article about the

3.	NASA Shares Kiroli Contact Audio

Kiroli Elementary School students from West Monroe, Louisiana took part
 in an ARISS contact with Satoshi Furukawa, KE5DAW on the International
Space Station on September 22. This was the first ARISS contact for
 Louisianans. On Wednesday, September 28, NASA tweeted a link to the
contact audio and also provided a link to audio on its Web site. http://

4.	Premier of Nunavut, Canada Promotes ARISS

Eva Aariak, the Premier of the Territory of Nunavut, Canada, and
of Education, gave a talk about the importance of education, especially
in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

and how the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
program makes learning interesting. See: http://www.youtube.com/

5.	Astronaut Training Status

ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has been assigned callsign IZ0UDF.
 Cristoforetti was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009.


The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) October QST had several items
related to ARISS, as follows:

The "In Brief" column made mention of the deployment of ARISSat-1 from
the ISS on August 3.

Then the "Happenings" column carried a 3/4-page article covering the
deployment in depth -- the article was titled, "Cosmonauts Deploy
ARISSat-1 from ISS".

The "Media Hits" column featured the many hits that the ARISSat team g
ot, including national-level PR such as the UPI, International Business
Times, EETimes, NASA.gov, and Space.

The same column also made mention of an article in the Press &
of Vestal, NY that highlighted Kopernik Observatory's summer science
program for kids.  (Kopernik sponsored the Windsor Central District
 ARISS contact.) The article talked about Kopernik hams who helped kids
make contact with ham satellites using the observatory's ham station.

7.	ARRL Articles on ARISSat

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) posted two articles on ARISSat in
September 29 issue of the ARRL Letter. The first piece covers the survey
ARISSat operations. The second item is about the Chicken Little Contest
is being held to guess when ARISSat-1 will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.
who wish to participate may enter one of three categories: students in
 K-8, students in grades 9-12 and adults.  Submissions will be accepted
October 15, 2011 at 23:59:00 (UTC).
 See: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2011-09-29

8.	AMSAT Italia Presents Plaques to Expedition 26/27 Crew Members

During the post-flight tour of the MagISStra mission, AMSAT Italia
plaques to ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman.
The inscriptions read:

"in appreciation for the dedication so generously given by Catherine G.
Coleman, KC5ZTH to scientific education and science dissemination"
ESRIN - Frascati, 22 September 2011”

"in apprezzamento dell'impegno profuso dal Socio d'Onore Paolo Nespoli,
 IZØJPA a sostegno dell'educazione e della divulgazione scientifica"
Frascati, 22 Settembre 2011”

For photos, see:

9.	EE Times - ARISSat Blog

New entries have been made to the EE (Electronic Engineering) Times
“Chips in Space” blog about amateur radio satellite ARISSat-1. The
 part of “Lessons Learned” may be found at this link:

Current results from the survey held about ARISSat-1 operations may be
 viewed here (the survey remains open):

10.	Amateur Radio Newsline on ARISS

The Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1781, posted on September 30, included

a story on Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2011 which will be held over the
October 15 – 16 weekend. The item mentions that ISS Astronaut Mike
 KF5AQG is a scoutmaster and may be on the air over the weekend, if time
 allows.  “Ham Radio and Scouting:  JOTA 2011 - October 15 – 16,” may be
viewed at:

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


In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT
Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application
forms are
available from the AMSAT Office.
Sign up for the Symposium and get your reservations in ASAP to take
Of the early discounts offered.

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

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