[ans] ANS-033 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Feb 1 18:32:43 PST 2014


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-033

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:
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In this edition:

* January/February 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready
* AMSAT-NA at Orlando HamCation 2014 Next Weekend!
* AMSAT SKN Best Fist Winners
* Von Karman Institute QB50 Precursor Flights to Carry Ham Transponders
* HamTV Article Available From AMSAT Journal Sample Downloads Page



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ANS-033 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 033.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
February 2, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-033.01


January/February 2014 AMSAT Journal is Ready

AMSAT Journal Editor, JoAnne K9JKM announced this week that the
January/February 2014 issue of the magazine is complete. It has
been sent to the print shop. Using past metrics it has taken be-
tween 3-4 weeks for the print shop, mail processing, to delivery
at your QTH.

In this issue you will find:

+ AMSAT Announcements

+ Apogee View by Barry Baines, WD4ASW

+ An Internet Remote Station by John Papays, K8YSE/7

+ Report From the 2013 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General
   Meeting from many contributors

+ Symposium Photos from many contributors

+ Special Events: Tours of the Battleship Texas and the Johnson
   Space Center

+ Star Comm Group Announces New "Got Grids" Award	
   by Damon Runion, WA4HFN

+ Full Circle - From Hearing W5LFL in 1983 to a Handshake in 2013
   by George Carr, WA5KBH

+ AMSAT Thanks Our 2013 Prize Donors

+ Congratulations and Thanks to Our Dedicated Volunteers

+ Thanks from Hector, CO6CBF by Hector Martinez, CO6CBF

Thanks to the Journal editors: James, K3JPH; Bernhard, VA6BMJ; and
Douglas, KA2UPW/5 for all their help to get this issue ready. And
very big thanks to all who sent articles, photos, and information!
Please keep those coming to the Journal mailbox: journal at amsat.org.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal team for the above information]


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AMSAT-NA at Orlando HamCation 2014 Next Weekend!


AMSAT-NA will be at the 2014 Orlando HamCation on Friday through
Sunday, 7-9 February 2014. Stop by the AMSAT booth where John Papay,
K8YSE will be demonstrating his two remote satellite stations. Don’t
miss the AMSAT Forum on Saturday, February 8th.  It will be moderated
by Dave Jordan,  AA4KN and will be located in the Children’s Safety
Village, Classroom I, 1:45 – 2:45 PM.  Speakers will include AMSAT-NA
President Barry Baines, WD4ASW on AMSAT’s activities, Lou McFadin,
W5DID on the new HamTV experiment on the International Space Station,
and Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT-NA Vice President for Operations
on AO-73 and other new amateur satellites.  Drew will also will be on
hand both Saturday and Sunday conducting portable satellite contacts
and fielding questions from the crowd.

Drew and John will be operating as W100AW/4 for the portable
demos from the HamCation!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]


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AMSAT SKN Best Fist Winners

Thanks to all who participated in AMSAT's 
Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2014, held
in memory of Robert Morris, W2LV.

The following participants each received one or more nominations for Best Fist:
AA5PK, N5AFV, W5ACM, WA5KBH, WB7QXV, K9CIS, W9EN.

An honorary nomination goes to W2LV, whose distinctive bug fist was always easy
to copy.  Bob preferred a bug to a keyer because he  was active on American
Morse, which uses both short and long dahs.  He could switch effortlessly
between the American and international Morse codes.

Congratulations to all, and see you next year!

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information}


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Von Karman Institute QB50 Precursor Flights to Carry Ham Transponders

The Von Karman Institute of Belgium is developing a launch of the
QB50 constellation of 50 2U CubeSats into a 350 km low earth orbit
for scientific research. The precise QB50 launch date is still to
be confirmed but the launch window is defined as being between
December 2015 and November 2016.

AMSAT-UK, AMSAT-Francophone, and AMSAT-NL are preparing amateur
radio payloads to fly on two QB50 precursor spacecraft in advance
of the main launch.

These are expected to be launched in April or May this year to a
600 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) on a Dnepr launch vehicle from
Dombarovsky near Yasny. One will carry a FUNcube based U/V linear
transponder from AMSAT-NL and AMSAT-UK and the other will be a
U/V FM transponder with AX25 telemetry from AMSAT-Francophone.

QB50: Amateur Radio transponder payloads to launch 2014
http://amsat-uk.org/2013/07/20/qb50-amateur-radio-transponder-payloads-to-la
unch-2014/

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


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HamTV Article Available From AMSAT Journal Sample Downloads Page

Membership includes the AMSAT Journal and discounts on purchases
made through the AMSAT store. Until now, only AMSAT members have
been able to enjoy the satellite and space technical and operating
features. The Journal team has made selected sample articles avail-
able for everyone to sample.

This week a timely article, "Low Cost DVB-S Receivers Suitable For
HAMTV Reception", by Bill Ress, N6GHZ is now ready for you to down-
load. This was originally published in the November/December issue
of the AMSAT Journal.

The link to the sample articles (in PDF format) can be found on the
"Join AMSAT" page of http://www.amsat.org. A direct link is:
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=1095.

Follow the Join AMSAT links to sign up to receive your very own
copy of the AMSAT Journal - this is an exclusive membership benefit
in AMSAT.

While you navigate around http://www.amsat.org take a look at the
expanding content and updated pages. Hint: Click on the graphic
across the top of each page to jump back 'home'.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal Team and Alan Biddle, WA4SCA for the
  above information]


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Office.

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enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
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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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