[ans] ANS 303 Bulletins

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sat Oct 29 17:17:18 PDT 2011


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-303

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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

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In this edition:
* AMSAT Symposium This Weekend
* Symposium Registration & Banquet Reservations Deadline
* AMSAT Awards Announcement
* Speaker and Presentation List Added to AMSAT Symposium
Schedule
* PW-Sat to Launch in January
* NASA ELaNa III Cubesat Launch Orbits Cubesats
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* SatPC32 Version 12.8b Available
* ARISS Status - 24 October 2011


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-303.01
AMSAT Symposium This Weekend

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.01

This year's Symposium marks the 50th anniversary of the launch
of the first amateur radio satellite into space. The Symposium
is being held in San Jose, CA on November 4 thru November 6
which is the home of Project OSCAR, the organization that
built amateur radio's first satellite. As part of our
commemoration, the ARRL is bringing an OSCAR 1 prototype which
has been refurbished to help highlight this significant
milestone. Our banquet speaker, Lance Ginner, K6GSJ was a
member of the team that built OSCAR 1;  he subsequently was
involved with a number of follow-on amateur radio satellite
projects. Lance's presentation promises to be a fascinating
look at the early days of amateur radio in space as well as
perhaps some lessons learned.

The Symposium is an excellent opportunity to learn about the
success of ARISSat-1 as well as AMSAT's latest project, Fox
and the steps that we're taking to continue to keep amateur
radio in space.  There are some excellent presentations
scheduled that will cover the gamut from satellite engineering
to satellite operations to education outreach.
This year's "Proceedings of the AMSAT-NA Space Symposium and
Annual Meeting", which is provided to every Symposium attendee
contains 21 papers and is over 250 pages in length. While not
all papers will be presented, there are also several
presentations scheduled to be presented where the material was
not finished in time for publication.

Along with the outstanding materials presented, Symposium
offers a great opportunity to meet the AMSAT leadership (the
Board of Directors members as well as Senior Officers), other
satellite enthusiasts, and interact with our volunteers who
are involved with our engineering projects. Symposium is both
a presentation/educational opportunity as well as  a social
event.

If you haven't yet registered for this year's Symposium,
please consider joining us.  Details on the Symposium and
registering can be found at:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/2011/index.php
The last time that AMSAT held a Symposium in California was in
2006;  this may be the best chance for AMSAT members and
others living on the West Coast to participate in a Symposium
and have direct interaction with the AMSAT leadership for some
time.   Hopefully, those of you living in the Bay Area will
take full advantage of this opportunity. Alan Bowker, WA6DNR
and his team have done a great job preparing for an
outstanding weekend in San Jose.

See ya in San Jose!

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
President-AMSAT

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

/EX


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Symposium Registration & Banquet Reservations Deadline

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.02

This is a reminder that on Monday October 31, 2011, the
on-line registration for the 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium and
Annual Meeting will close. Also, a count is needed for the
Annual Banquet.  If you are planning to attend the meeting
and/or attend the Banquet, please register as soon as
possible. After Monday, you will need to register at the
hotel.

 [ANS thanks AMSAT HQ for the above information]

/EX


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AMSAT Awards Announcement

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.03

AMSAT Awards Announcement

AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO says
that
congratulations are in order for the latest AMSAT Awards
recipients:

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

Stephen Licht, WF2S
Jay Hitchcock, KI6WZU
Costantino Montella, IK8YSS
Jackson Wilson, KF5LOQ


The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement
Award:

Clayton Coleman, W5PFG #542
Csaba-Zoltan Kertesz, YO6PIB #543
Yanko Yankov, NX9G #544
Jackson Wilson, KF5LOQ #545

The following have earned the South Africa Satellite
Communications Achievement Award:

Clayton Coleman, W5PFG #US171
Csaba-Zoltan Kertesz, YO6PIB #US172
Yanko Yankov, NX9G #US173
Jackson Wilson, KF5LOQ #US174

The following have earned their Robert W. Barbee, Jr. W4AMI
Award:

Branko Martincic, 9A3ST #74

The following have earned their Robert W. Barbee, Jr. W4AMI
5000 Award:

Gale McDaniel, KB0RZB #28

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

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO for the above information]

/EX


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Speaker and Presentation List Added to AMSAT Symposium
Schedule

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.04

Speaker and Presentation List Added to AMSAT Symposium
Schedule

AMSAT's 2011 Space Symposium is quickly approaching. It will
be
held on Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th in
San
Jose, CA.

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the launch of
OSCAR 1. Many events are planned to celebrate our 50 years of
keeping amateur radio in space. The original OSCAR 1 prototype

has been refurbished by the ARRL Lab. It will be on display
and
transmitting. Our Banquet Speaker is Lance Ginner, K6GSJ who
was
on the OSCAR 1 development team.

The 2011 Symposium Schedule has been posted and includes:

Thursday, November 3
0800 - 1200 AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting open to all AMSAT
members
1300 - 1800 AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting open to all AMSAT
members
1930 - 2200 AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting open to all AMSAT
members

2011 Symposium Presentation Schedule
All times are PST

Friday  4 Nov 2011
1:00 PM   Introduction
1:10 PM   Bryan Klofas, KF6ZEO  "Frequency Allocation for
Government-funded CubeSats:NSF Paves the Way"
1:40 PM   Nick Pugh, K5QXJ  "How to Light the Candle"
2:10 PM    Michael Safyan, KJ6MVL  "NASA Ames PhoneSat"
2:40 PM    David Palmer, KB5WIA  "A Satellite-Portable
Backpacking Trip to Rare California  Grid Square CM79
3:00 PM       Break
3:10 PM    Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV  "SA AMSAT CuveSat
Project 'KLETSKous' "
3:40 PM    Bob Davis, KF4KSS   "Orbital Elements and Magnetic
Tumble in Excel"
4:00 PM    Alexander J Harvilchuck, N3NP  "2010-2011 AMSAT
NextGen Program Satellite Report"
4:30 PM    Jan King, VK4GEY/W3GEY  "Australis-OSCAR-5
5:00 PM      Adjourn

Saturday 5 Nov 2011
8:00 AM   Introduction
8:10 AM     Lou McFadin, W5DID  "Fabrication, Integration and
Testing of ARISSat-1"
8:30 AM     Gould Smith, WA4SXM  "ARISSat-1 in Flight"
9:00 AM      Douglas Quagliana, KA2UPW/5  "Decoding Satellite
Telemetry form ARISSat-1"
9:20 AM     Steven Bible, N7HPR  "ARISSat-1 Operational
Survey"
9:50 AM       Break
10:00 AM   Gould Smith, WA4SXM  "ARISSat-1 Post Mortem"
10:30 AM   Tony Monteiro, AA2TX  "Space Radiation and Fox
Program"
10:50 AM   Barry Baines, WD4ASW  "The Importance of
Educational Outreach for AMSAT"
11:20 AM   Tony Monteiro, AA2TX  "AMSAT Fox-1 Systems
Overview"
12:00 AM     Lunch Break
1:00 PM      Bob Davis, KF4KSS  "Fox 1 Mechanical Design"
1:30 PM   Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV  "Turning University
CubeSats into amateur radio satellites"
2:00 PM       Bob Davis, KF4KSS  "Fox 1 Thermal Design"
2:30 PM  Sawson Taheri, KG6NUB  "OSCAR Zero from a Satellite
Operator's Perspective"
3:00 PM        Break
3:20 PM     AMSAT Annual Meeting
5:00 PM        Adjourn


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

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-303.05
PW-Sat to Launch in January

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.05

PW-Sat to Launch in January

This week AMSAT-UK web site carried the announcement that
PW-Sat,a 1U CubeSat to be launched on the first VEGA flight in
January,will carry a 145 to 435 MHz Amateur Radio transponder.

The single channel transponder will operate in a similar way
to AO-16.

The uplink on 145.900 MHz will be FM and the downlink on
435.020MHz will use the BPSK telemetry beacon transmitter to
produce Double Sideband (DSB) that can be received on an SSB
radio.

PW-Sat will be launched into a 300 by 1450km 69.5 degree orbit
and may be expected to have a lifetime of about 2 years before
re-entry. It was built by students of Warsaw University of
Technology in cooperation with the Space Research Centre and
will be Poland's first satellite.

The development and construction of this satellite, students
worked with two research groups - Astronautical Students
(Faculty MEiL)and Space Engineering Student (Faculty EITI).
Tutor from the
beginning of the project was prof. Assoc. inz. Piotr Wolanski
MEiL department.

The main objective of the project is education of students in
the preparation, construction and use of artificial
satellites. Specific objectives are:

+ Testing the system to develop flexible solar generation.

+ Study the deacceleration of a satellite, which will increase
the resistance and its rapid descent from orbit.

+ Testing of satellite communication system including the
Technical University of Warsaw, Gdynia Maritime Academy and
the Centre for Astronomy them. Nicolaus Copernicus Academy of
Sciences.

PW-Sat has five modes of operation:

1. Receive only mode - no downlink
2. Beacon CW mode - Downlink On-Off Keying (OOK) CW (1kHz) 12
WPM on 435.020 MHz
3. Beacon BPSK mode - Downlink BPSK (3 kHz) 1200 bps AX25 (1
frame on 20 sec) on 435.020 MHz
4. Control communication mode. Downlink BPSK (3 kHz) 1200 bps
AX25 on 435.020 MHz
5. Voice Repeater mode (aka 'AO16' mode) - Uplink145.900MHz
FM(15 kHz) Downlink 435.020MHz DSB (3 kHz)

For more information on PW-Sat in Google English see
http://tinyurl.com/CubeSatPW-Sat

IARU Amateur satellite frequency co-ordination panel pages
hosted by AMSAT-UK http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

The AMSAT-UK article can be found on their web site at:
http://www.uk.amsat.org/2011/10/21/pw-sat-to-launch-in-january
/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-303.06
NASA ELaNa III Cubesat Launch Orbits Cubesats

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.06
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.06


NASA ELaNa III Cubesat Launch Orbits Cubesats

NASA launched five small research satellites, or CubeSats, for
four
universities on October 28 from Vandenberg AFB. This will be
the 3rd
installment of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellite (ELaNa)
miss-
ions. The CubeSats are manifested as auxiliary payloads on the
Delta II launch vehicle for NASA's NPOESS Preparatory Project
(NPP)
mission.

The ELaNa III Cubesat Launch included RAX-2, MCubed, E1P,and
AubieSat
are all trackable by most OSCAR stations. As of press time
signals
from Aubiesat-1, E1P and RAX-2 had been received.

A video with live commentary describing the computer graphics
of
the NPP Second Stage Burn 3 and CubeSats Deployment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FFLmERz
duUY

The ElaNa CubeSat Media Briefing with Roland Coelho, WH7BE can
be
viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcjM2GhMD-E&feature=player_embe
dded

The initial Keplerian Elements:
http://gs.engin.umich.edu/predictions/tle_elana3.txt.

AubieSat-1 is designed to transmit with a power of about 800
milli-
watts on a frequency of 437.475 MHz, plus or minus Doppler
correc-
tion. The beacon signal, along with telemetry, will be sent
using
A1A continuous wave Morse code at 20 words per minute.
Additional
telemetry from the on board science experiment will use CW
trans-
missions up to 60 WPM.

AubieSat-1 Telemetry Format
---------------------------
For all transmissions, arbitrary digits represent digits in
base 10,
capital R denotes a decimal point, and FFFF is in hexadecimal.

Basic Beacon	20wpm	(for 20 sec total)
Every 1 min (Unless AS-1 is in outreach mode)

HI HI DE KI4NQO AUBIESAT 1 VB 3R68 SK (Beacon includes battery

voltage)

Outreach Beacon		20 wpm	(for 75 sec total)
Every 5 min  (Only when AS-1 is placed in outreach mode)

HI HI DE KI4NQO AUBIESAT 1BT  (Initialize transmission)
FFFF BT                       (Minutes since deployment)
01 VB 3R68 TB 39R2 BT         (Battery voltage and
temperature)
02 P1 3R68 P2 3R68 BT         (Solar Panels 1 & 2 Max Power)
EOT DE KI4NQO 73 SK           (End of Transmission)

AubieSat-1 Pass Report Form
--------------------------
Help the AubieSat-1 Team! Please fill out the following form
and
email a copy to aubiesat1data at gmail.com

Name / Call sign of HAM operator reporting:
Time and date of pass (UTC):

Your Geographical Location:
(City, State, Country)

Your Latitude and Longitude:

Signal fading cycle time: (For one complete rotation in
seconds)

Copy of Transmission Received:
(Please post a verbatim copy here of any transmission from
AS-1
that you receive including these telemetry values if copied:)
+ Minutes Since Deployment
+ Battery Voltage (VB)
+ Battery Temperature (TB)
+ Solar Panel 1 Max Power (P1)
+ Solar Panel 2 Max Power (P2)

Notes/Observations:

Please direct any questions to: aubiesat1 at gmail.com
Thank you for your assistance!

Frequency and Modulation Summary of the CubeSat Launch:
-------------------------------------------------------
Satellite: AubieSat-1
Downlink Freq: 437.475 MHz
EIRP:  .708W
Modulation Scheme: Interrupted Continuous Wave (IWC)
Protocol: Morse Code
Baud Rate: 20wpm
http://space.auburn.edu/

Satellite: RAX-2
Downlink Freq: 437.345 MHz
Modulation Scheme: GMSK
Baud Rate: 9600
http://rax.engin.umich.edu/

Satellite: M-Cubed
Downlink Freq: 437.485MHz
EIRP: < 1W
Modulation Scheme: FSK
Protocol: AX.25
Baud Rate: 9600
http://umcubed.org/

Satellite: Explorer-1[PRIME] Flight Unit 2
Downlink Freq:  437.505 MHz
EIRP: -0.7dBW
Modulation Scheme: Non-Coherent FSK
Protocol: KISS Custom
Baud Rate: 1200
http://ssel.montana.edu/e1p/

DICE (non-amateur payload):
http://www.sdl.usu.edu/programs/dice
Explorer-1[PRIME]

[ANS thanks the AubieSat-1 Team at Auburn University for the
above
 information]

/EX



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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.07
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.07

Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Congratulations to Steve Belter, N9IP on attaining his ARRL
  Satellite VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC) certificate #223.

+ The ARISS store at http://www.cafepress.com/ariss has been
  updated with new products.

+ What did the three astronauts do on the ISS this past week?
You
  can watch the video update from NASA on the research and
activi-
  ties on the International Space Station for October 17-21,
2011,
  including updates on the upcoming Progress and Soyuz
launches at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yAYqf5E
6qIY

+ Watch the video of the October 21 debut lift off of a
Russian
  Soyuz rocket from the edge of the Amazon jungle at the
Guiana
  Space Center in French Guiana as it successfully carried the

  first two Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites to space:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c750fdZ
R6Mg

+ Roland Zurmely, PY4ZBZ, copied the full spectrum of signals
from
  ARISSat with an SDR-IQ (and homemade VHF/HFconverter) and
Spectra-
  Vue. The frequencies listed are the transmitted by
satellite, and
  Doppler effectis clearly visible in the received signals,
with
  higher frequencies at the beginning and lower at the end of
the
  pass. The noise generated by linear transponder and the
return of
  the transmission that I did in the UHF uplink are clearly
visible.
  The CW-2 signal close to the 1kBPSK telemetry signalcan also
be
  seen, as well as FM transmissions, switching between voice
and
  SSTV. Please see: http://www.qsl.net/py4zbz/arissat.htm#o

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-303.08
SatPC32 Version 12.8b Available

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.08
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.08

SatPC32 version 12.8b is available for download at
http://www.dk1tb.de/downloadeng.htm

The main SatPC32 program window now displays more information
such as the date of the Keplerian elements file in use.

Before upgrading your SatPC32 installation, be sure to use the
new program (in the ZIP file) to backup your user
configuration.  The upgrade erases all previous user
configurations, but the new program will restore your
configurations after upgrading.

The download is a demo version that requires users to enter
their lat/lon each time the program is started.  To make the
program fully functional, enter your existing registration
code or purchase a registration code from the AMSAT web site:
http://www.amsat-na.com/store/category.php?c=Software

DK1TB, the author of SatPC32 has donated the software to
AMSAT.  All sales of SatPC32 are used to support AMSAT.

Here are the changes described in the What's New file:

1. SatPC32, SatPC32ISS, Wisat32 and SuM now support rotor
control of the
M2 RC-2800 rotor system.

2. The CAT control functions of SatPC32, SatPC32ISS and
Wisat32 have been expanded. The programs now provide CAT
control of the new Icom transceiver IC-9100.

3. The main windows of SatPC32 and SatPC32ISS have been
slightly changed to make them clearer. With window size W3 the
world map can be stretched (only SatPC32).

4. The accuracy of the rotor positions can now be adjusted for
the particular rotor controller. SatPC32 therefore can output
the rotor positions with 0, 1 or 2 decimals. Corrections of
the antenna positions can automatically be saved. In previous
versions that had to be done manually.

5. The tool 'DataBackup' has been added. The tool allows users
to save the SatPC32 program data via mouse click and to
restore them if necessary. After the program has been
configured for the user's equipment the settings should be
saved with 'DataBackup'. If problems occur later, the program
can easily restore the working configuration.

6. The rotor interfaces IF-100, FODTrack, RifPC and KCT
require the kerneldriver IOPort.SYS to be installed. Since it
is a 32-bit driver it will not work on 64-bit Windows systems.
On such systems the driver can cause error messages.To prevent
such messages the driver can now optionally be deactivated.

7. SuM now outputs a DDE string with azimuth and elevation,
that can be evaluated by client programs. Some demo files show
how to program and configure the client.

[ANS thanks Wayne Estes W9AE for the above information]

/EX


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ARISS Status - 24 October 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 303.09
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
October 30, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-303.09

1. Upcoming School Contacts

Cherry Creek School District, Centennial, Colorado for an
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact on Thursday, October 27 at 17:09 UTC via telebridge
station IK1SLD in Italy was successful.  A radio technology
curriculum will be provided to students in the gifted and
talented program, "Inside Out" to get them interested in
amateur radio.  The class will cover topics from radio
propagation to UTC time and space.  A guest speaker will talk
about meteor scatter as well.  Lesson plan objectives are to
understand: measuring systems, general awareness of time on
the body, orbits, science experiments, intervals, sleep, and
communications.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact was scheduled for Space Laboratory, Herzliya Science
Centre, Herzliya, Israel on Friday, October 28 at 11:25 UTC.
The contact was successful and will be incorporated into
lessons covering the space environment, orbital mechanics,
satellite design and radio communications.

2. ARISS Contact with Seiryo Elementary

Seiryo Elementary School, Seto, Aichi, Japan experienced a
successful Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact on Tuesday, October 18.
The contact highlighted a science curriculum covering
electricity, space and technology.

3. ZST Students Contact ISS

On Friday, October 21, an Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) contact was held between students
attending Zespol Szkol Technicznych in Rybnicka, Slask, Poland
and on-orbit astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG.  Approximately 65
students, teachers, parents, guests and media attended the
event and listened as Fossum fielded 19 questions posed by the
students. The SP9PKS radio club members worked with the youth
to prepare them for the contact. Lesson plans included the
construction of radio equipment and contacts via LEO (Low
Earth Orbit) satellites.  Two newspapers and four broadcast
radio stations covered the contact: Dziennik Zachodni and
Wiadomoci Powiatowe newspapers, Radio Zet, Radio Zote
Przeboje, Tok FM, Antyradio, and local station Radio Fest.

4. ARISS International Team Meeting, October 28-29

The ARISS International Face-to-Face Meeting will be held this
Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 at the Space Center
Houston in Houston, Texas. The team will come together to
share regional reports as well as status reports from the
program's other committees including education, operations and
hardware.

5. ARISS International Team Teleconference Held

The monthly ARISS International teleconference was held on
Tuesday, October 18. The upcoming face-to-face meeting was
discussed, among other topics. Minutes have been posted:
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2011-10-18.htm

6. Astronaut Training Status

On October 18 Dan Burbank, KC5ZSX was given an ARISS refresher
course to prepare him for his upcoming flight with Expedition
29 in November. Joe Acaba, KE5DAR participated in a preflight
session the same day.  He plans to fly with Expedition 31 in
March 2012.

7. ARISS Recognized by NASA Associate Administrator for
Education

In a recent communication of FY2011 accomplishments to the
NASA education community, NASA Associate Administrator for
Education Leland Melvin highlighted the accomplishments of
ARISS:

"10,743 curious students and 778 motivated educators
participated in direct communication with International Space
Station (ISS) crews via the Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS), sparking their interest in STEM."

[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 eligible 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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