[ans] ANS-153 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Jun 1 20:41:55 PDT 2013


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-153

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including 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.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* Deadline for AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Approaching
* Barry Baines, WD4ASW Interview with Amateur Radio Newsline
* IARU Issues Position Paper on Nanosatellites and Picosatellites
* Joe Spier K6WAO Joins ANS Editorial Staff
* ANTELSAT CubeSat
* 5 in EM55 Award


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ANS-153 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 153.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 2, 2013
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-153.01


Deadline for AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Approaching

It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on the
AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. A nomination requires either one Member
Society or five current individual members in good standing to
nominate an AMSAT member for the position. Four director's terms
expire this year: Barry Baines, WD4ASW, Alan Biddle, WA4SCA, Drew
Glasbrenner, K04MA, and Tony Monteiro, AA2TX.

In addition to traditional submission of written nominations, which
remains unchanged and is the preferred method, nominations may be
made by electronic means. These include e-mail, FAX, or electronic
image of a petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to
MARTHA at AMSAT.ORG or faxed to 301-608-3410.

Written nominations, consisting of names, calls and individual sig-
natures should be mailed to:

   AMSAT-NA
   850 Sligo Ave #600
   Silver Spring, MD, 20910

No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than
June 15th at the AMSAT-NA office. If the nomination is a traditional
written nomination, no other action is required. If it is other than
this, i.e. electronic, a verifying traditional written petition MUST
be received at the AMSAT-NA office at the above address within 7 days
following the close of nominations on June 15th.

   ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT THIS SECOND, WRITTEN VERIFICATION
   ARE NOT VALID UNDER THE EXISTING AMSAT-NA BYLAWS.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


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Barry Baines, WD4ASW Interview with Amateur Radio Newsline

The weekly broadcast of the Amateur Radio Newsline interviewed AMSAT President
Barry Baines, WD4ASW at the Dayton Hamvention about the Fox-1 cubesat and the
current situation in working with ITAR 
regulations. This was included in Amateur
Radio Newsline Report 1868, dated May 31 2013 and 
carried on-the-air during many
nets and amateur radio news reports. A full transcript of the interview with
Barry, titled, “HAMVENTION 2013:  PART 2 – WRAPPING IT UP”, by Amateur Radio
Newsline’s Stephan Kinford, N8WB: is available at the AMSAT Website
http://ww2.amsat.org/?p=661

[ANS thanks the Amateur Radio Newsline for the above information]


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IARU Issues Position Paper on Nanosatellites and Picosatellites

During a teleconference in mid-May, the IARU Administrative Council authorized
the distribution of a paper which sets forth the IARU positions on the agenda
items that will be considered during the World Radiocommunication Conference in
2015. Resolution 757 calls for the results of studies of the procedures for
notifying space networks that presently apply to nanosatellites and
picosatellites to be reported to WRC-15. Because 
of the possible implications of
these studies for the amateur and amateur-satellite services, the IARU is
following the progress of these studies attentively.

The agenda items that impact amateur radio and amateur-satellite services
including the IARU position on each of those 
agenda items have been published in
the IARU E Newsletter for May 29, 2013.
http://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/iaru-e-newsletter-29-may-2013.doc

The IARU says all IARU member-societies are encouraged to meet with their
telecommunication authorities to discuss the WRC-15 Agenda Items and to gain
support from their telecom authorities for the IARU positions.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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Joe Spier K6WAO Joins ANS Editorial Staff

Joe Spier K6WAO, of Weimar, CA has joined the AMSAT News Service as a rotating
editor. Joe also serves AMSAT as Associate Director for Education. He was the
contact liaison for the AMSAT sponsored Pacificon 
ARISS contact, last Fall. Look
for Joe’s first ANS Bulletin, scheduled for release on June 9 as ANS 160. AMSAT
welcomes Joe and thanks him for volunteering his 
time to the AMSAT News Service.
Please send any news related to amateur radio in 
space to the ANS Editor mailbox
at ans-editor at amsat.org.

[AMS welcomes Joe, K6WAO, to the Weekly News Team]


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ANTELSAT CubeSat

ANTELSAT is a 2U CubeSat class satellite with a 70 cm SSTV downlink and amateur
radio AX.25 Digipeater that is planning a Yasny Dnepr launch in 2013. It has
been developed by ANTEL (the national telecom service provider) and Facultad de
Ingeniería de la Universidad de la República (FING), the State Faculty of
Engineering.

The purpose is to build and operate the first 
satellite ever launched into orbit
by Uruguay. Its goal is to develop skills in 
radio and aerospace engineering, to
promote enthusiasm in STEM education at all levels, and provide challenging
activities for undergraduate students. The spacecraft is planned to transmit
colour and infrared images of the surface of the earth, and to provide several
services to radio amateurs (AX.25 digipeater, telemetry beacon, uplink signal
report, SSTV downlink). The mission is purely experimental and a technology
demonstrator of all the satellite subsystems, which have been custom designed
locally.

Communications:
- VHF receiver on 2m amateur band, 1200bps AX25 protocol.
- Telecommand uplink.
- Store and forward (digipeater) service uplink.
- UHF transmitter on 70cm amateur band:
- CW beacon.
- Telemetry downlink at 1200 bps AX25 protocol.
- Backup downlink for image data via low resolution SSTV.
- Store and forward service downlink.
- S-band transmitter on 2.4 GHz:
- Downlink for payload image data.
- Telemetry backup link.
- 2 redundant transmitters.

Attitude control:
- Attitude determination via magnetometer and photodetectors.
- Active 3-axis control via magnetorquers.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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5 in EM55 Award

Congratulations to Dave Beumer, W0DHB for earning certificate #46 for
5 IN EM55 award. This award is earned by working five (5) different
hams in the EM55 grid. You do not have to be in your home grid to
count the stations worked. There are several satellite ready hams in
EM55: WA4NVM, WA4HFN, WB4LHD, WA4OVO, KI4OTG, KD4NOQ, KJ4BIX, AJ4KF,
N4MGT and W5KUB.

Send your log to WA4NVM or WA4HFN for checking, along with your
current mailing address. The award is free and should any donations be
sent, they will be forwarded to AMSAT along with your call and name.
Contacts between June 1, 2011 to the present count for this award.

[ANS thanks Rick, WA4NVM, 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 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.

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org




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