[ans] ANS-106 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Apr 14 17:52:27 PDT 2012


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-106

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activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an
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through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

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In this edition:
* New Features at the AMSAT Booth at Dayton 2012
* Silent Key: Dee Interdonato, NB2F
* April 19 California Flabob Airport ARISS Contact
* UT1FG/MM and K8YSE Enjoy Eyeball QSO Aboard Ship
* NASA-TV Plans Coverage of April 17 Washington DC Shuttle Fly Over
* Mexico Satellite Activation for IARU Celebrating 50 Years in Space
* Satellite Beacon Mission Suggested for Asteroid Apophis
* Russia to Build Nuclear Space Engine by 2017
* India's Atharva Satellite Ground-Station Inauguration
* CubeSat TURKSAT-3USAT in the Press
* Cuba Satellite Group (GROS) Hosts Country-wide Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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April 15, 2012
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New Features at the AMSAT Booth at Dayton 2012

The 2012 Dayton Hamvention, sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio 
Association will be held this year on May 18-20, 2012. AMSAT will 
occupy the same booths (444-449) in Ball Arena, right across from 
the ARRL area and just inside the door from the Satellite Demonstra-
tion area. Plan to visit all of the AMSAT activities! 

The AMSAT booth will feature AMSAT Engineering, new publications, 
new apparel, amateur satellite hardware and software. The AMSAT 
Forum will be on Saturday May 19.

All of the latest AMSAT at Dayton information is posted on-line at:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/hamvention/2012/Dayton.php 

Engineering
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We will have an engineering model of the 1U Cubesat Fox, the opera-
tional ARISSat prototype, Fox telemetry display and the Penn State 
student experiment for Fox.

New Publications
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2012 Getting Started with Amateur Satellites
2012 Laminated Frequency Card

New Apparel
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White golf shirt with AMSAT Fox logo 
White baseball cap with AMSAT Fox logo
Tee shirt with Fox satellite design and Fox logo

Hardware
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ELK Antennas and optional covers
LVB Tracker boxes

Software
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Latest version of SatPC32

If you renew your AMSAT membership at the AMSAT booth you will 
receive an AMSAT insulated stainless steel coffee mug.

AMSAT Hotel
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The cutoff date to book a room with the AMSAT group is April 20. The
hotel is the Country Inn and the cost of the room (with 2 Queen Beds) 
is $99. If you are interested in staying with the AMSAT at Dayton, 
please call Martha at the AMSAT Office at 301-589-6062.

AMSAT/TAPR Friday Night Banquet
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AMSAT/TAPR Banquet on Friday night, May 18 is one of the main AMSAT 
activities during the 2012 Hamvention at Dayton. 

AMSAT is pleased to announce that Howard Long, G6LVB will be the fea-
tured speaker for the evening event. Howard will be talking about his 
FUNcube Dongle, the 64 - 1700 MHz Software Defined Receiver. This 
innovative USB device is the size of a thumbdrive and has an SMA ant-
enna socket. Multiple SDR control and display software programs can 
be used with the FUNcube Dongle.

Banquet tickets will not be sold at the AMSAT booth during the Ham-
vention so reservations must be made through the AMSAT Store: 
http://www.amsat-na.com/store/item.php?id=100158
Tickets are $30 apiece.

ARISS Mentor Introduction at Dayton 2012
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AMSAT and ARRL are teaming up during the 2012 Hamvention to recruit 
new ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Techni-
cal Mentors and Ground Station Operators.

Friday and Saturday (May 18 & 19) at 4pm in the ARRL stage area 
AMSAT Vice President for Educational Relations Mark Hammond N8MH 
will explain the need for additional ARISS Technical Mentors and 
Ground Station Operators and the requirements and responsibilities 
needed to help provide a reliable conversation between astronauts 
and selected schools or groups. 

Technical Mentors serve as an advising and coordinating liaison be-
tween NASA, the school or group making the ARISS contact, and the 
Ground Station Operators, who set up the satellite station at the 
contact location. We encourage anyone interested in helping make 
future school contacts with the ISS successful to please attend.

AMSAT to Facilitate Student Satellite Contacts
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AMSAT is encouraging all students attending the 2012 Dayton Hamvention
to come by the Satellite Demonstration Area just outside of the Ball
Area entrance and make a contact using the amateur satellites. There
will be AMSAT volunteers there to explain how to make the contacts and
during actual satellite passes will try to get as many students as pos-
sible to complete actual contacts. There are lists of satellite pass 
times in the satellite demonstration area and at the AMSAT booth.

[ANS thanks Gould Smith, WA4SXM for the above information]


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Silent Key: Dee Interdonato, NB2F

AMSAT has received the sad news of the passing of Dee Interdonato, 
NB2F on April 8, 2012. Dee was one of the editors of the AMSAT News
Service and an AMSAT New Jersey Area Coordinator. He was the main
point of contact for many amateurs as he covered most of the New
Jersey hamfests on behalf of AMSAT. Dee was one of the mainstay vol-
unteers for AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention for years. He also gave
satellite presentations for the clubs in New Jersey. Dee helped 
where ever he could, often behind the scenes. He worked on QSL duties
for SAREX, ARISS, and ARISSat-1 missions so many of you have likely
received a card from him.

Dee was a well known and respected mentor for amateur satellite oper-
tors, helping them understand the technical details and make success-
ful radio contacts via satellites.

Dee's other amateur radio activities in Northern New Jersey included 
the Bergen Amateur Radio Association, Bergen County CERT, AMSAT, and 
he was the treasurer of the Bergen County FM Association. Dee, and
his wife Ginny, N2EYN always participated in the Dayton Hamvention
and AMSAT Symposiums. 

Dee was the principal trumpet player for the Rutherford Community 
Band and a member of the Waldwick and Westwood Community Bands. He 
was also an avid hunter and a member of the Association of New Jersey 
Rifle and Pistol Clubs.

Before retiring he was the supervisor of the Radio Shop of the Port 
Authority of NY/NJ.

The funeral was held on Friday, April 13 in his hometown of Lodi, New
Jersey. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the 
Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100, Silver 
Spring, Maryland 20910 or AMSAT, 850 Sligo Road, Suite 600, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910.

Dee Interdonato, NB2F obituary:
http://tinyurl.com/NB2F-Obituary (santangelofuneralhome.com)

Guestbook for Dee Interdonato, NB2F
http://tinyurl.com/NB2F-Guestbook (santangelofuneralhome.com)

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


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April 19 California Flabob Airport ARISS Contact

ARISS technical support volunteer, Clint Bradford, K6LCS said this 
week that "It's a Go!" for students at the The Tom Wathen Center at 
the historic Flabob Airport in Jurupa Valley (Riverside County), 
California, for an amateur radio call from the International Space 
Station on Thursday morning, April 19, 2012 at 10:03AM PDT (UTC-7).
The link will be via telebridge contact via IK1SLD providing the
radio link to space and then connecting via phone lines with the 
students.

The Tom Wathen Center was chosen for this Amateur Radio on the Inter-
national Space Station (ARISS) contact during an open application 
process in the Fall of 2011. The 10-minute live question-and-answer 
session will take place in Flabob’s Hanger 16A conference center, 
and is free to the public.

To prepare for the ARISS contact, Flabob students are studying the 
history and mission of space station and mission control, rocket 
fabrication, astronaut selection and training, and mission control 
and station operations along with radio technology and communication 
topics.

An amateur radio station is operational onboard the International 
Space Station. Most astronauts have amateur radio licenses and oper-
ate the onboard station to contact radio amateur ground stations in 
their free time. Per an agreement with multiple space agencies in-
volved with building the ISS, ARISS prepares and implements educa-
tional contacts for students - more than 120 in 2011 alone. Amateur 
radio operators on the ground volunteer their radio station, exper-
tise and time to make the conversations between the students and 
astronauts happen. The ARISS international working group is support-
ed by the national radio amateur societies AMSAT-NA and the American 
Radio Relay League (ARRL).

This ARISS contact is one in a series with educational organizations 
in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, 
technology, engineering and mathematics. It is an integral component 
of Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office. The office promotes 
learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education 
community using the unique environment of human spaceflight.

Clint published all of the details on the Flabob Project Web site: 
http://www.iss-flabob.com.

The City of Jurupa Valley will declare the week of April 15-21 'Space 
Week' at their April 19, 2012 regular city council meeting acknowledg-
ing the efforts of the students at The Tom Wathen Center's Flabob Air-
port Preparatory Academy, who have spent months learning about space 
exploration while preparing for their amateur radio contact with the 
ISS.

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


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UT1FG/MM and K8YSE Enjoy Eyeball QSO Aboard Ship

John Papay, K8YSE had a unique experience on Easter Sunday, April 8
when he got the opportunity for an eyeball QSO with Captain Yuri 
Bodrov, UT1FG/MM aboard the MV Barnacle traveling from Thunder Bay,
Ontario, Canada on Lake Superior en route to Puerto Rico via the
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

Yuri has been activating wet grids as UT1FG/MM operating this year
from the MV Barnacle as he sails the seas between Europe, South Amer-
ica, the Caribbean, and North America. Last year Yuri captained the
MV Mottler on a similar sea voyage when many first met him operating
on the air via the amateur radio satellites. He is the Captain of
the state-of-the-art seagoing vessel with 10,000 horsepower plant.

John had an idea that he could drive from his QTH to watch as the
MV Barnacle passed through the Welland Canal connecting Lake Erie 
and Lake Ontario. The ship would have to pass through eight locks
which might put John and Yuri within shouting distance.

On Saturday night John and Yuri chatted on 144.200 sideband as the
MV Barnacle sailed from the Detroit River and across Lake Erie en
route toward Lake Ontario. Yuri estimated his arrival at the Well-
and Canal would be around 0800. John hit the road from his QTH at
about 0315 Sunday morning, passed customs to enter Canada and then 
drove to the Lake Erie entrance to the Canal.

Sunday morning John met up with Kevin, VE3RCN/VA3OR in Port Colborne,
Ontario. Radio contact was established with Yuri on 146.520 MHz. The
ship came in sight along the Lake Erie shore. John and Kevin were
within waving distance. As the MV Barnacle entered Lock 8 the shore
party was close enough to talk with Yuri aboard the ship.

As the ship cleared the lock John and Kevin lost contact for a short
time. They were able to catch up with Yuri at the next lock. As the
new Canal Pilot was boarding ship John got an invitation to come
aboard. John boarded as the ship lowered to the dock level. He told
what happened next, "A minute later I was on the bridge with Captain 
Yuri UT1FG. Finally I was able to meet a guy that I've been working
on the satellites in hundreds of water grids since April 2009!"

A tour of the ship included a visit to Yuri's cabin, one level below 
the bridge. His quarters are quite nice and private. This is where he 
operates with his IC706, manually tuning the radio and doing a great 
job at that! The power supply from HP1CQ sat on the table in the cor-
ner and a computer running Orbitron is on the other side. 

Yuri now has an ELK antenna installed (thanks to the efforts of Rick, 
WA4NVM). It is mounted on a manually rotatable mast that goes up from 
the bridge, starboard side, directly above his cabin. The ELK is tilt-
ed up at 15 degrees and was just installed on the way back from Thunder 
Bay. A CJU antenna is mounted on the crossboom next to the ELK. A ver-
tical for 2 meters is on a separate mast above those antennas.  Until
this season Yuri only used the 2 meter vertical for transmit and re-
ceive. The CJU improved things greatly and the ELK takes it to a new 
level. Yuri plans to install SatPC32 when he has more free time on 
the open sea; passing through the St. Lawrence Seaway keeps him and
his crew very busy.

John said he sailed with Yuri until Lock 2 where it was time to get
back ashore. Kevin, VE3RCN/VA3OR and his XYL Donna, VE3WIZ were wait-
ing and gave John a ride back to his car, 30 miles away in Port Col-
borne.

John wrote, "I want to thank Kevin VA3OR/VE3RCN and his wife Donna, 
VE3WIZ, for spending their Easter Sunday hosting my visit to the 
Canal. I'm sure they had better things to do but they decided to 
take me all around and make my visit a memorable one. I hope they 
enjoyed the day as much as I did." And a big thanks to Master Yuri 
Bodrov and his crew for their hospitality. It was an experience that
very few will ever have."

Yuri plans to work the water grids on the way south to San Juan, 
Puerto Rico where he is due on April 20. The next port-of-call for
Yuri and the crew of MV Barnacle is yet to be determined. Yuri will
be the Captain until the end of May, 2012. If you work Yuri on the 
air QSL via his manager UX0FY (on qrz.com).

[ANS thanks John Papay, K8YSE for the above information]


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NASA-TV Plans Coverage of April 17 Washington DC Shuttle Fly Over

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Discov-
ery mounted atop will fly approximately 1,500 feet above various 
parts of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, April 17. 

The flight, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration, 
is scheduled to occur between 10 and 11 a.m. EDT (UTC-4). NASA Tele-
vision and the agency's web site will provide live coverage. NASA TV
is streamed on the web at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

The exact route and timing of the flight depend on weather and oper-
ational constraints. However, the aircraft is expected to fly near a 
variety of landmarks in the metropolitan area, including the National 
Mall, Reagan National Airport, National Harbor and the Smithsonian's 
Udvar-Hazy Center. When the flyover is complete, the SCA will land 
at Dulles International Airport. 

Discovery completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the 
Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer 
Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mis-
sion to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and 
inspire future generations of explorers. 

For more information about NASA's transfer of space shuttles to 
museums, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/transition

A NASA YouTube video shows the flight of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=objbcnqCmXk

Following the event NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland 
will publish a photo slideshow on the Goddard homepage:
http://www.nasa.gov/goddard and on Goddard's Flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/discoverygoddard/. 

[ANS thanks NASA and Perry Klein, W3PK for the above information]


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Mexico Satellite Activation for IARU Celebrating 50 Years in Space

Members of the Grupo DXXE in Mexico will use the special call 
6H6IARU on 160-6 meter and via satellite from different grids 
between April 13 to April 18. This station marks the founding 
of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) 87 years ago 
and the "World Amateur Radio Day" on April 18.

This year's World Amateur Radio Day has the motto "Celebrating 50 
Years in Space" with the first launches of amateur radio satellites 
OSCAR 1 on December 12, 1961, and OSCAR 2 on June 2, 1962. 

QSOs with 6H6IARU count for the IARU Region 2 award, several FMRE 
awards and the DXXE award. QSL via N7RO, LoTW. 
See also: http://www.dxxe.org

[ANS thanks DXNL 1775 DX Newsletter for April 11, 2012 for the above
 information]


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Satellite Beacon Mission Suggested for Asteroid Apophis

This week UniverseToday.com carried an article about a Russian mis-
sion proposal to send a satellite with a radio beacon to asteroid 
99942 Apophis to better determine its trajectory and find out how 
big of a threat it might be to Earth in passes the asteroid will 
make in 2036 and 2068.

Apophis is approximately 270 meters (885 ft) in diameter, the size 
of two-and-a-half football fields.

Apophis is expected to make a record-setting — but harmless — close 
approach to Earth on Friday, April 13, 2029 when it comes no closer 
than 29,450 km from Earth (18,300 miles). The Russian Academy of 
Sciences said, "From the technical point of view, the mission could 
be started for implementation around 2015".

Read the full story at: 
http://tinyurl.com/Apophis-Beacon (UniverseToday.com)

[ANS thanks UniverseToday.com for the above information]


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Russia to Build Nuclear Space Engine by 2017

In contrast to last week's ANS news item about Switzerland's EPFL 
University's MicroThrust ion motor which will be capable of reach-
ing the Moon using just a tenth of a liter of fuel, a news report
published on Space-Travel.com this week says a Russian Megawatt-class 
nuclear propulsion system for long-range manned spacecraft is under
development.

Russian space officials believe that nuclear engines for interplan-
etary spaceships are a very promising area, as solar power is too 
weak to be used as a power source at distances beyond Earth's orbit.

The megawatt power system may be the power plant producing the high
energy required for an ion thrust system capable of powering manned
spacecraft to the moon, Mars, and interplanetary destinations.

NASA started a program to develop a nuclear propulsion system in 
2003, and spent several hundred million dollars on the project before 
cutting funding.

Read the full story at: 
http://tinyurl.com/Megawatt-Engine (space-travel.com)

[ANS thanks Space-Travel.com for the above information]


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India's Atharva Satellite Ground-Station Inauguration

The Atharva College of Engineering, University of Mumbai in India has
inaugurated the Atharva Satellite Ground-Station. Currently, they are 
associated with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay for the 
communication, telemetry and data acquisition of their Pratham student 
satellite project.

The primary aim of the Atharva Satellite Ground-Station team at the 
is to establish a center for the development of wireless technology 
and satellite communication in Mumbai. During the journey of the last 
three and half years, we have grown from fundamental research phase 
to the current phase where we have achieved full operational status.

During the formal inauguration on March 15, 2012 VU2MUE used VO-52 
to communicate over a distance of 850 Miles with VU2YEP located in 
Delhi, the Indian Capital.

The Atharva Satellite Ground-Station Team has an objective of provid-
ing communication and telemetry services for the various satellite 
projects undertaken by the student satellite teams around the globe.

Student blog posted at: http://acegroundstation.blogspot.com/
Photos posted at: http://tinyurl.com/Atharva-Symposium
APRS Location: http://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FAtharva&timerange=3600

[ANS thanks the Atharva Satellite Ground-Station Team for the above
 information]


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CubeSat TURKSAT-3USAT in the Press

The AMSAT-UK web has a story about the Ankara based Amateur Satellite 
Technology Association (TAMSAT) which has received more press coverage 
for their new CubeSat TURKSAT-3USAT. The 3USAT is expected to launch 
near the end of 2012. (See: http://www.uk.amsat.org/6288)

IARU coordinated frequencies are:
 
+ Transponder uplink:   145.940-145.990 MHz 
+ Transponder downlink: 435.200-435.250 MHz 
+ CW beacon: 437.250 MHz

This cubesat is a three unit CubeSat developed for SSB/CW communica-
tions in low earth orbit. The VHF/UHF transponder and all other sub-
systems, except the stabilization, are doubled for redundancy. Where 
possible, both COTS systems and in-house development is employed.

The energy is provided using lithium polymer batteries together with 
super capacitors. Satellite stabilization is accomplished using pas-
sive magnetic attitude control system with hysteresis rods. The sat-
ellite is to include a de-orbiting system which will make it re-enter 
the atmosphere following completion of its life time. 

Read the newspaper story in Google English at: 
http://tinyurl.com/3USAT-PressStory

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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Cuba Satellite Group (GROS) Hosts Country-wide Events

Raydel, CM2ESP reported April 13-14 was a busy weekend for Cuba's 
recently founded "Grupo de Radioaficionados para Operaciones Sat-
elitales" (GROS). The events were coordinated in commemoration of 
the first human manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin the April 12, 
1961, the inaugural launch of NASA's Space Shuttle on the same 
day of 1981 and the celebration of the 87th Anniversary of the 
founding of the International Amateur Radio Union, IARU, on 
April 18, 1925. This year the IARU theme for "World Amateur Radio 
Day" on April 18 is "Celebrating 50 Years in Space" with the first 
launches of amateur radio satellites OSCAR 1 on December 12, 1961, 
and OSCAR 2 on June 2, 1962.

On Friday night Hector CO6CBF hosted a talk about amateur radio sat-
ellite on Cuba's Pico San Juan 2m repeater. He gave a presentation
about GROS, a brief history of amateur radio satellites, and a talk
about current operational satellites. Additional topics included 
station requirements and equipment and operating practices. Arnaldo 
Coro, CO2KK, Cuba's second ham in perform a satellite QSO and Cuba's 
first in conduct a EME QSO was a special guest.

On Saturday morning Pavel CO7WT gave a talk at Camagüey City Amateur 
Radio Club. His presentation also included information about GROS,
satellite status, equipment and operating techniques, orbital mechan-
ics, and a discussed how to set up a APRS/Beacon Packet station using 
the ISS digipeater.

[ANS thanks Raidel Abreu Espinet, CM2ESP for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ AMSAT's Fox-1 Paypal donation widget went over the $6000 mark
  on Saturday, April 14! Thank you for your generous support.

+ The NASA SkyWatch 2.0 Java applet shows when visible ISS passes
  worldwide are happening. The applet runs in your browser window.
  1. http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/
  2. Click Start Applet (some systems may require Java upgrade)
  3. When Skywatch starts click on your continent.
  4. Then click on nearby city. Use the buttons to select how you 
     want your data reported.

+ The SA AMSAT Space Symposium will be held at the University of 
  KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 12 May. The theme of the symposium is 
  50 years of amateur satellites celebrating the launch of OSCAR 1 
  fifty years ago. The full program and registration details are at:
  http://www.amsatsa.org.za/SpaceSymposium2012.htm

+ It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on 
  the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. Three directors and two alternate 
  directors have terms expiring this year. The director seats open 
  for election are held by Tom Clark, K3IO; Lou McFadin, W5DID; and 
  Gould Smith, WA4SXM. The alternate director seats open for election 
  are held by Mark Hammond, N8MH and Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK. The
  AMSAT front page news at http://www.amsat.org has the instructions
  to submit your nominations.

+ The Ararat Shrine Hambash in Kansas City, Missouri will be on Sat-
  urday, April 21, 2012. Appearing again at this year's Hambash will 
  be Hams in Space, the team of Randy Schulze - KDØHKD, Eddy Paul - 
  KYØF, and Jeremy Widner, KØPDX, formerly known as the KC Amateur 
  Radio Satellite Team. They've dusted off and revised their infor-
  mative and entertaining presentation on how to work the FM Amateur 
  Radio Satellites for the 2012 Season. The Hambash will be held at
  5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64129. More information:
  http://www.hambash.com. http://HamsInSpace.com explains how you 
  can schedule the Hams in Space Team to provide their informative 
  and entertaining presentation to your amateur radio group.

+ As the ISS orbited 240 miles (386 km) above Volgograd, the Expedi-
  tion 30 crew captured a photo of Moscow at night. Check it out at:
  http://www.universetoday.com/94503/moscow-at-night/

+ The night lights of Ireland and England are visible in this photo
  from the ISS: http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=40545

+ While we're looking out of the window on the ISS ... Soyuz and 
  Progress spacecraft are still lit by the setting sun as the 
  International Space Station flies over Europe at night:
  http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=40557

+ NASA Goddard Space Flight Center posted a movie captured by the
  STEREO spacecraft showing coronal mass ejections slamming into
  Mercury. In this movie the Sun is just to the left of the field 
  of view and the Earth would be millions of miles to the right. 
  Mercury is the bright object moving from right to left against 
  the background of stars near the center of the images. Watch the
  rough weather on the first rock from the sun at:
  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/6915235340/

+ Enjoy a photo tour of the cockpit of the space shuttle Endeavour
  on the SpaceFlightNow web at: 
  http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts134/poweron/ 

+ Keep Spaceport Gagarin in mind for future vacation plans. Russia
  is building the facility as a part of entertainment resort Vazuza 
  and Yauza Park, being built in Smolensk region, 200 kilometers 
  from Moscow. It will host museums, entertainment facilities, ex-
  hibitions and tours for Russian and foreign guests, especially 
  children. More details at: http://tinyurl.com/Spaceport-Gagarin

+ Southgate ARC site has a news item about a 2007 Japan-Broadcast-
  ing Corporation TV report about amateur radio Moonbounce (EME) 
  8N1EME Big Dish operation. Watch the EME contacts at:
  http://tinyurl.com/8N1EME-NHK (Southgate)

+ Visit the AMSAT-UK web at http://www.uk.amsat.org/6432 for links to
  download the free April, 2012 issue of SatMagazine. The student 
  built Hiscock Radiation Belt Explorer (HRBE) amateur radio CubeSat 
  formerly known as Explorer-1 [PRIME] is featured on page 10.

+ Eric Knaps, ON4HF posted NOAA APT satellite pictures that he 
  received with his FunCube dongle at:
  https://picasaweb.google.com/ON4HF.Eric/NOAAWeatherPictures

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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/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 addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information. And with that please keep in mind the memory of ANS 
Editor Dee Interdonato, NB2F who became a Silent Key this week. This
was Dee's week for the bulletins. Take a moment and wish him 73 and
offer thanks for all Dee did for AMSAT.

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org





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