[ans] ANS-307

Joe Spier wao at vfr.net
Sun Nov 3 00:48:04 PDT 2013


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-307

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:

* 31st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting Nov. 1-3, 2013
* AMSAT Board Elects Senior Officers for 2013-2014
* New Transpoder Satellites on the Horizon Within the Next 12 Months
* November Deployment for ISS CubeSats
* CubeSats Need Coordination Too
* ARLS001 RS0ISS Active on SSTV from International Space Station
* AMSAT VP Named to Top University Post
* Another "Last Man Standing" Ham Episode
* AMSAT Awards Update
* Three Space Station Crews Get Ready for Relocation, Launch, Landing
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 307.01
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November 3, 2013
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31st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting Nov. 1-3, 2013


The 31st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting occurred this
weekend, Nov. 1-3 2013 at the Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport.  
Further
details about the Symposium may be found on AMSAT website 
(www.amsat.org), and
ANSAT's Facebook page. The special tour of Johnson Space Center 
scheduled for
Monday, 4 NOV is booked and reservations are closed.

Attendees from all over ther the world were present, making this year's
Symposium a truely international event. Global representation from
South Africa, Ireland, Brazil, Britian, Cuba, Canada, United States, and 
the
Republic of Tejas. There were also approximately 18 memebers who joined 
in over
Echolink for the Annual Meeting.

The 30th anniversary of amateur radio involvement in human space flight
and the evolution of amateur radio into a successful program on board the
International Space Station, in which ARISS (Amateur Radio on the ISS) is an
international program that supports educational outreach as well as 
provides an
opportunity for informal contacts between astronauts/cosmonauts and amateur
radio operators around the world panel presentation was hosted by 
AMSAT's Frank
Bauer, KA3HDO and included indepth discussions with retired NASA 
Astronaut's
Owen Garriott, W5LFL, & William "Bill" McArthur, KC5ACR, AMSAT's own Bill
Tynan, W3XO, & Lou McFadin, W5DID, and one of the intial ARISS telebridge
operators from Santa Rosa, W6SRJ, Tim Bosma, W6MU.

Astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL on STS-9 in November 1983 was the first
astronaut to utilize amateur radio to communicate with personnel on the 
ground,
allowing the general public to speak with US astronauts from space, 
outside the
communication channels of NASA's Mission Control. This developed into 25 
SAREX
contacts from the Space Shuttle and finally into the ARISS program known 
today.

A great history was shared from the first amauter radio contact from 
space to
current operations from ARISS platforms and how we got from there to now.


[ANS thanks E.Mike McCardel, KC8YLD, and Joe Spier, K6WAO for the above
information]



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AMSAT Board Elects Senior Officers for 2013-2014


Election of AMSAT's Senior Officers was one of the first orders of 
business at
the AMSAT Board of Directors meeting on October 31 in Houston, Texas.

The following positions were voted upon and filled:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW       President
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA    Vice-President Operations
Gould Smith, WA4SXM        Vice President User Services
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX       Vice-President Engineering
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO        Vice-President Human Spaceflight
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD     Vice-President Educational Relations
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA        Secretary
Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF  Treasurer
Martha Saragovitz Manager

The following Senior Officer positions remained open at this time
awaiting appointments:
Executive Vice President
Vice-President Marketing

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA, for the above announcement]


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New Transpoder Satellites on the Horizon Within the Next 12 Months


Here is the latest list of the transponders scheduled for launch in 2014.

FUNcube-1
AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL collaboration
1U cubesat
Imminent launch on Dnepr booster (21NOV2013)
600-700 km sun-sync orbit
Educational beacon, 1200 baud BPSK (daytime ops)
20 khz U/V transponder, 500 mW (nighttime ops)

Triton-1
ISIS-BV (Innovative Solutions In Space BV)
3U cubesat
Imminent launch on Dnepr booster (21NOV2013)
600-700 km sun-sync orbit
AIS (ship location service) radio science experiment
Two U/V FM to DSB (“AO-16 mode”) repeaters
     activated after 3 months (possibly both at once

Delfi-N3xt
Technical University of Delft
3U cubesat
Imminent launch on Dnepr booster (21NOV2013)
600-700 km sun-sync orbit
40 khz U/V transponder (after experiments completed)
High speed S-band downlink

CubeBug-2
Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, INVAP
S.E., Satellogic S.A., and Radio Club Bariloche
2U cubesat
Imminent launch on Dnepr booster (21NOV2013)
600-700 km sun-sync orbit
Technology demonstration mission
Digipeater and data downloads open after initial experiments

LituanicaSAT-1
Kaunas University of Technology 1U cubesat
Antares 120/Cygnus  NET 11DEC2013
400 km ISS orbit
VGA camera, GPS, 9k6 AX25 beacon
V/U FM repeater, 150 mW

UKube-1 w/ FUNCube-2
UK Space Agency (amateur payload: AMSAT-UK)
3U cubesat
10FEB2014 launch on Soyuz-2
~600 km orbit
Educational beacon, 1200 baud BPSK
20 khz U/V transponder, 500 mW

KiwiSat
AMSAT-ZL
Microsat
Launch under negotiation (probably Dnepr)
30 khz  LU/V transponder, 2W
LU/V FM repeater, 1W
VHF CW/9k6 data, UHF 9k6 data beacons

LAPAN ORARI
AMSAT-Indonesia
Microsat
Launch unclear, maybe PSLV with Astrosat in 2014
     (650km, low inclination)
U/V FM repeater 5W
145.825 digipeater

CAMSAT_BUAASat-1
CAMSAT
35kg Microsat
Launch late 2014 800km sun-sync
U/V FM repeater 500 mW
VHF AX25 beacon 500 mW

CAMSAT CAS-2A1 & 2A2
CAMSAT 25kg Microsats  with cross-link capability
1000km, 99.5 degree sun-sync
CAS-2A1
VHF CW, Voice and AX25 beacons
50 kHz U/V transponder, 500mW
200kHz L/S transponder, 320mW
U/V digipeater
CAS-2A2
UHF CW and AX25 beacons
S CW beacon
10GHz CW beacon
V/U transponder, 500mW

QB50 precursors(not yet named)
SSB/CW, FM Voice
Launch 1st half 2014 (600km orbit)


[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the above announcement]


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November Deployment for ISS CubeSats


Four CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads are expected to be 
deployed from
the International Space Station (ISS) by the JEM Small Satellite Orbital
Deployer (J-SSOD) on November 25, 2013.

The CubeSats are:
•    Pico Dragon developed by the Viet Nam National Satellite Center (VNSC),
University of Tokyo and IHI aerospace. 437.250 MHz CW beacon and 437.365 MHz
1200 bps AFSK AX.25 telemetry.
•    ArduSat-1 developed by NanoSatisfi. 437.325 MHz 9k6 MSK CCSDS downlink.
•    ArduSat-X developed by NanoSatisfi. 437.345 MHz 9k6 MSK CCSDS 
downlink .
•    TechEdSat-3 developed by interns at the NASA Ames Research Center.
437.465 MHz 1200 bps packet radio beacon transmitting 1 watt to 1/4 wave
monopole. It plans to test an Iridium Satphone modem and has a deployment
mechanism to de-orbit in 10 days.

They are 1U in size (10x10x10 cm) except for TechEdSat-3 which is 3U 
(30x10x10
cm).

IEEE – DIY Space Programs http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/satellites/diy-
space-programs

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK, for the above announcement]

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CubeSats Need Coordination Too


Space News reminds readers to coordinate and register CubeSat frequencies.

The SpaceNews Editor writes:

In the midst of the cubesat revolution that is opening up a whole new 
world of
space applications to people and organizations of ordinary means comes a
reminder from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is
responsible for regulating and coordinating radiofrequency transmissions 
of all
types: The existing rules requiring ITU member states to register their
satellite systems do not discriminate based on size.

That means, in a nutshell, that cubesats and other nanosatellites, like 
their
larger operational cousins, must be entered into the ITU-managed database of
satellite frequencies and orbital slots. Speaking at the International
Astronautical Congress in Beijing, officials with the United 
Nations-affiliated
ITU noted that cubesats draw on finite spectrum — however marginally — 
and have
the potential to interfere with one another and with other systems. These
officials urged ITU members to register cubesats and other 
microsatellites at
least two years before launch.

Not only are cubesats proliferating, their missions are becoming 
increasingly
complex. Most cubesats today operate in a frequency band set aside for so-
called amateur radio services, which can accommodate low-data-rate
transmissions. But as applications become more bandwidth intensive, 
operators
will increasingly be forced to seek out spectrum in other bands. Moreover,
though cubesats today typically are allocated bandwidth on a secondary-user
basis, meaning they have to work around primary users, there is no 
reason such
missions could not be granted primary-user status.

For cubesats operating in the amateur bands, the FCC relies on the
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for frequency coordination — 
typically
the operator must submit a coordination letter from the group with its 
license
application. But the flood of activity threatens to overwhelm the small,
volunteer organization: Of the cubesats slated to deploy through the 
remainder
of the year, 40 are being coordinated by the IARU.

Read the full Space News story at
http://www.spacenews.com/article/opinion/37890editorial-cubesats-need-
coordination-too

AMSAT-UK hosts the IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination pages at
http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru

Information on frequency coordination can be found at
http://www.iaru.org/satellite.html

ITU Radio Regulations http://www.itu.int/pub/R-REG-RR/en
Articles 9 and 11 cover coordination and notification.  Resolution 757, 
is an
effort to simplify the administrative procedure for small, short life 
projects,
and Resolution 646 applies to some amateur-satellite service stations.

[ANS thanks the Spacenews.com and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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ARLS001 RS0ISS Active on SSTV from International Space Station

Dmitry Pashkov, UB4UAD, reports that the Amateur Radio slow-scan
television (SSTV) experiment onboard the International Space Station
has been active for the past couple of days on 145.800 MHz FM,
mainly while the ISS is above Moscow. UB4UAD says that on October
31, RS0ISS should have transmited SSTV images showing images from the life
and work of the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin.

Stations can view the SSTV pictures from the ISS by making a simple
audio connection between the receiver output and the computer
soundcard input and using one of the free SSTV programs, such as
MMSSTV (for Windows systems) or the SSTV app (for Apple iOS
devices). Details are on the AMSAT-UK website at,

http://amsat-uk.org/2011/08/01/1490/

Failing a hard-wired connection, just holding a microphone connected
to the PC soundcard in front of the receiver's speaker should
provide sufficient audio to decode the SSTV signal. SSTV images from
the ISS typically are in Martin 1 format.

The ISS Fan Club website at

http://www.issfanclub.com/

indicates when the ISS is within range. The Energia page at

http://www.energia.ru/eng/iss/researches/education-26.html

has more information on the SSTV experiment, which is designated MAI-75.


[ANS thanks the ARRL and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

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AMSAT VP Named to Top University Post

Mark Hammond, N8MH, AMSAT's Vice President of Educational Relations,
has stepped down from the volunteer position after being named Vice
President of Academic Affairs and Provost of Campbell University in
Buis Creek, North Carolina. The AMSAT News Service reports that E.
Michael McCardel, KC8YLD, has been appointed to complete Hammond's
term in the AMSAT leadership.
Posted by CQ Newsroom

http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2013/10/amsat-vp-named-to-top-university-
post.html

[ANS thanks the CQ Newsroom, for the above information]


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Another "Last Man Standing" Ham Episode


"Last Man Standing" producer John Amodeo, NN6JA, reports that lead
character Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) finally gets on the ham bands during
the program's Thanksgiving episode, which was shot in mid-October and
scheduled to air on November 22 on ABC.

According to John, Mike heads to his basement ham shack to escape a
house full of guests waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be served.

This is the second "Last Man Standing" episode to include ham radio as
a story element, and the first in which Allen's character is seen
operating his ham station.

http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com/2013/10/another-last-man-standing-ham-
episode.html

[ANS thanks the CQ Newsroom, for the above information]


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AMSAT Awards Update


Here is our latest induction into some of the AMSAT awards community.
There is a pretty good batch since my last report.

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

Jim Whitfield, K5JAW
Giancarlo Guenzi, IZ1JPS
Roberto Rachelli, IZ1WIX
Brad Smith, KC9UQR
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM


The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement Award.

Charles Allen, KM5LY, #556
Brad Smith, KC9UQR, #557
David Johnson, KC9GHA, #558
Rolf Krogstad, NR0T, #559
Randy Morden, VE6RGU, #560
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, #561


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

Charles Allen, KM5LY, #US186
David Johnson, KC9GHA, #US187
Randy Morden, VE6RGU, #US188
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, #US189



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


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


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Three Space Station Crews Get Ready for Relocation, Launch, Landing


International Space Station crews commuting to and from their orbiting
laboratory will be busy this November, and NASA Television will provide live
coverage of their launches, landings and relocations.

Traffic starts to pick up Friday, Nov. 1. Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor
Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight 
Engineers
Karen Nyberg of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency 
will climb
into their Soyuz spacecraft, back out of one Russian Earth-facing 
docking spot
and fly a short distance to another one at the end of the station. NASA TV
coverage starts at 4 a.m. EDT. The 24-minute maneuver begins with 
undocking at
4:34 a.m.

The Soyuz move opens up the Rassvet docking port for another Soyuz
transporting Expedition 38/39 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA, 
Soyuz
Commander Mikhail Tyurin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata 
of the
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to the station. Aboard their 
spacecraft is
the Olympic torch, which is taking an out-of-this-world route -- as part 
of the
torch relay -- to Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia. There, the torch will 
be used
to light the Olympic flame at the stadium, marking the start of the 2014 
winter
games.

The trio is scheduled to launch at 11:14 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 6 (10:14
a.m. Kazakh time on Nov. 7) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 
NASA TV
launch coverage begins at 10:15 p.m. Docking to Rassvet is scheduled at 5:31
a.m. on Nov. 7, with NASA TV coverage beginning at 4:45 a.m. Hatches are
scheduled to open at 7:40 a.m., with NASA TV coverage starting at 7:15 a.m.

Mastracchio, Tyurin and Wakata will join Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano,
plus Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Michael Hopkins 
of NASA.
Their arrival will be the first time since May 2009 that nine people have
served together aboard the space station without the presence of a space
shuttle.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, after Yurchikhin has transferred command of the 
station to
Kotov, the Soyuz carrying Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano will undock for a
parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan at 9:50 p.m. 
(8:50 a.m.
Kazakh time on Nov. 11), wrapping up a 166-day mission. Hatch closure 
coverage
begins at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 with a replay of the change of command ceremony.
Undocking coverage begins at 6 p.m., and deorbit and landing coverage 
begins at
8:30 p.m.

Special video feeds of pre-launch activities by the crew will resume on
Friday, Nov. 1, and continue through Wednesday, Nov. 6.

All the times of International Space Station programming, key Soyuz event
coverage and other NASA Television programming can be found at:

http://www.nasa.gov/stationnews

For information about the International Space Station, research and its 
crews,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station


[ANS thanks NASA, for the above information]


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ARISS News


Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2013-10-28 20:00 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

Wallingford STEM Academy/Town of Wallingford, Wallingford,  CT, direct via
K1SEZ
Contact is a go for: Thu 2013-10-31 15:45:11 UTC 46  deg

Kopernik Observatory & Science Center (KOSC), Vestal, NY, direct via K2ZRO
Contact is a go for: Wed 2013-10-30 16:32:51 UTC 41  deg

Warren County Technical School, Washington, NJ, direct via  KC2WT
Contact is a go for: Mon 2013-11-04 14:08:48 UTC 50 deg  (***)

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY, telebridge via  IK1SLD
Contact is a go for: Mon 2013-11-04 14:24:39 UTC 44 deg


For  all of you Ice Pilots TV show fans, the first episode of season 5 is
scheduled  to have some of an ARISS contact that occurred a few months back.
Depending on where you are located, the times and cable TV providers may
change.
History Channel is airing the show for the first time  Wednesday October 23
at 22:00 EDT or Thursday October 24 at 02:00  UTC.
Below are several on-line links to where you can watch  it:

http://www.icepilots.com/episodes.php
http://www.icepilots.com/episode5_1.php

If  you are in Australia, apparently the History Channel is available via
Pay-TV.

Below is word from Canadian ARISS mentor Steve McFarlane  VE3TBD about this:

Wednesday Oct 23, 2013 – Season Premiere of  Reality TV Show Ice Pilots
will feature the ARISS program – Amateur Radio on The  International Space
Station.
I/we do not know the full details of what will  be included in this episode
but we understand a Radio contact with Chris  Hadfield will be shown that
involves the Canadian mentors that undertake and  support these events all
across Canada.
This team, are made up of Teacher  Lori McFarlane, technical coordination
Claude Lacasse and program mentor Steve  McFarlane VE3TBD all located in
Ottawa but were on site during this contact from  Hay river. Remotely 
located
but very much a part of this event include Teacher  Mentor Brian Jackson
VE6JBJ in Calgary and fellow Canadian mentor Wayne  Harasimovitch VE1WPH 
located
in Halifax.

As mentioned, exact  content of the show is not known but we do know a
production team from Omni  productions recorded the entire presentation and
event at the Hay River Public  School near Yellowknife. As well, Omni
productions did receive the entire video  from the ISS showing Chris 
Hadfield an
swering questions during the same event.  Other video including setup,
meeting the show “stars” etc., was recorded but  again, we are not 
certain of
the inclusions on the show.

All audio  during the event was made available and Omni productions have a
copy of that –  this includes the Telebridge track.

All we can hope is that ARISS  is well represented and the program receives
some well-deserved recognition. I  was alerted that this is a reality TV
show and almost anything can be broadcast.  We are at the mercy of the
producers and editors of the show – as they indicated  to us – this is about
Buffalo Airlines. My final comment to the producer, this  show and the space
program are linked in ways that are sometimes difficult to understand 
but it is
clear that early aviation pioneers from all over the world,  which Buffalo
epitomizes, led to what we know today as the Space Program – ARISS is about
making our youth believe anything is possible so when they say this is
about Buffalo Airlines what they are really saying, this is about how we
started  our journey to the stars.

History Channel is showing for the first  time Wednesday October 23 at
22:00hrs. This is the 5th season of ice pilots and  I understand some of 
you may
only be on season 4 at this point. Within a few  days, it might be
available  elsewhere.


ARISS  is requesting listener reports for the above contacts.  Due to
issues with  the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at present, the
Ericsson radio  is going to be used for these contacts.  ARISS thanks 
everyone
in advance  for their assistance.  Feel free to send your reports to
aj9n at amsat.org or  aj9n at aol.com.


Looking  for something new to do?  How about receiving DATV from the ISS?
If  interested, then please review the document provided by Gaston Bertels
ON4WF, the ARISS-Europe  Chairman.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/HamTV.pdf


The  webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy.  Out of date
webpages  were removed and new ones have been added.  If there are 
additional
ARISS  websites I need to know about, please let me know.

Note, all times  are approximate.  It is recommended that you do your own
orbital prediction  or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed
time.
All dates and  times listed follow International Standard ISO 8061 date and
time format  YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS
The complete schedule page has been updated as of  2013-10-28 20:00 UTC.

Here you will find a listing of all scheduled  school contacts, and
questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and  Echolink websites, and
instructions for any contact that may be streamed  live.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf


Total number  of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 865.
Each school counts as 1  event.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 844.
Each  contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
Total number of  ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 46.

A complete year by year  breakdown of the contacts may be found in the
file.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf

Please  feel free to contact me if more detailed statistics are needed.


US  Hams, don’t forget that there is a new process for US school proposals.
For US schools to have an ARISS contact, they must fill out a proposal,
submit  it to NASA, and see if they are approved or not.  Once a school is
approved  and put on the list, an ARISS mentor will be assigned to 
assist the
school.

NASA will have two open windows a year for  schools to submit a proposal.
The window for contacts during the second  half of 2012 has already closed.
Look for the window for first half 2013  contacts later this year. You
must go through NASA to get the proposal  material.  Contact Teaching From
Space, a NASA Education office, at  JSC-TFS-ARISS at mail.nasa.gov or by 
calling
them at (281) 244-2320.

The following US states and entities have never had an  ARISS contact:
Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, 
Vermont,
West Virginia, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands,
and the Virgin  Islands.


IN  LIGHT OF SOME COMMENTS THAT HAVE APPEARED RECENTLY ON THE VARIOUS
BULLETIN
BOARDS; THE COMMENTS BELOW STILL HOLD TRUE:

QSL  information may be found at:
http://www.arrl.org/ARISS/arissfaq.html
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm#QSL's

ISS callsigns:  DPØISS,  NA1SS, OR4ISS,  RSØISS


The  successful school list has been updated as of 2013-10-27 06:00 UTC.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf

Frequency  chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing
Doppler  correction  as of 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ISS_frequencies_and_Doppler_correction
.rtf

Listing  of ARISS related magazine articles as of 2006-07-10 03:30 UTC.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ARISS_magazine_articles.rtf

Check  out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts

ARISS School  Contacts
https://reports.zoho.com/ZDBDataSheetView.cc?DBID=412218000000020415

Successful  ARISS  contacts
https://reports.zoho.com/ZDBDataSheetView.cc?OBJID=412218000000023448
Additional  Zoho links may be found at
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf

Exp.  36/37 on orbit
Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI
Karen L. Nyberg
Luca Parmitano  KF5KDP

Exp. 37/38 now on orbit
Oleg Kotov
Sergey  Ryazansky
Michael S. Hopkins  KF5LJG

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N for the above information]


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Satelite Shorts From All Over


Southeastern VHF Society WAEM Award

The Southeastern VHF Society has an award for working all of the EM grids

http://www.svhfs.org/awards.html

scroll down to the bottom for the satellite award, and get active on the 
birds.

(ANS thanks Damon, WA4HFN, em55 for the above information)


ESA Mars Express Video

Enjoy a virtual fly-over of Mars from the highest volcano to the deepest
canyon on Mars in this great new compilation video from images taken by 
ESA's
Mars Express. The data shown in the video was gathered from the nearly 
12,500
orbits by the Mars Express spacecraft since its arrival at the Red Planet in
late 2003, and used to create digital topographic models of almost the 
entire
surface of the planet:

http://tinyurl.com/ESA-Mars-Flyover


[ANS thanks Universetoday.com for the above information]


UT1FG Found on AO-7 Mode B

Frank Griffin, K4FEG reports he made a contact with Yuri, UT1FG/MM via
AO7 mode B on the 2117 UTC pass on October 29. Yuri was in grid FG40.

Frank wrote, "We had about a 60 second footprint into EM55aj to him in
FG40hb, a distance of over 7500km. As the satellite rose over
EM55aj84ta, I heard Yuri calling CQ at 145.9579Mhz, he called only
once and I called back once and we made a successful contact,
according to SatPC32 we had 1.2 degrees shared between us on the
satellite".

Yuri is reported to be traveling North after two more stops in Chile.
He has not had access to Wifi, so there has been very little email
contact with him so far on this trip.

[ANS thanks Frank Griffin, K4FEG for the above information]


UT1FG/MM Sailing North From Chile

Yuri, UT1FG/MM is reported to be heading north which will increase 
opportunity
to make a contact with him. Frank, K4FEG and Rick, WA4NVM contacted Yuri 
when
he was sailing in Grid FG43 during a 2 minute pass on AO7 Mode B at 1034 
UTC.
His next port will be Punta Patache, Chile in Grid FG49. UT1FG can be 
tracked
on the web at marinetraffic.com. Use either the ship name(SILVER), port name
(Coquimbo) or the ship's call(5BNC3). When he is getting prepared to 
leave port
the ship's information will change to show his next destination.

[ANS thanks Frank, K4FEG for the above information]


Pirate Slow Scan TV 255.550MHZ

While dialing around in the millsat band I noticed what sounded like
slow scan tv on 255.550MHZ.  It looks like the Brazilian satellite pirates
are experimenting with that mode.  If anyone has decoding software it would
be interesting to see what they are sending.
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