[ans] ANS-013 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 02:29:02 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-013

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:

* AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program
* Fox-1 CubeSat Model Kits Available
* CubeSat Airborne Science Payload Standard
* UWE-4 CubeSat frequency change request approved
* HamSCI 2019 Workshop Set for March in Cleveland, Call for Papers
  Issued
* Nominations Solicited for Six ARRL Awards
* AMSAT Argentina Special Event
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Shorts From All Over


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ANS-013 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 013.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
January 13, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-013.01



AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (as AMSAT is officially
known) was formed March 3, 1969 as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3)
educational organization chartered in the District of Columbia.
Since its founding, AMSAT has designed, constructed, and, with the
added assistance of international government and commercial agencies,
successfully launched, 20 Amateur Radio satellites into Earth orbit.

To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT
is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one
of these special awards:

+ 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
  Award

+ 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award

+ AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
Award (Limited Edition)

Unlike the AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award, the
50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award
will be issued on one of the original goldenrod paper stock
certificates and signed by AMSAT's founding President, Perry Klein,
K3TJE (now W3PK).  With only 20 original certificates available, this
award will certainly become a collector's item.

The first 20 applicants to successfully submit 20 confirmed,
qualifying contacts on any satellite will receive this award.  A
qualifying contact is defined as the establishment of two-way
communication on any amateur radio satellite, with another station in
a U.S. state, Canadian call area, or DXCC entity, no two of which may
be the same.

+ All contacts must be made between March 03, 2019 00:00 UTC and
  December 31, 2019 23:59 UTC.

+ A U.S. state shall mean any state of the United States and the
  District of Columbia.

+ The 14 Canadian call areas are VE1 - Nova Scotia, VE2 - Quebec,
  VE3 - Ontario, VE4 - Manitoba, VE5 - Saskatchewan, VE6 - Alberta,
  VE7 - British Columbia, VE8 - Northwest Territories, VE9 - New
  Brunswick, VO1 - Newfoundland, VO2 - Labrador, VY0 - Nunavut,
  VY1 - Yukon, VY2 - Prince Edward Island.

+ Only one qualifying contact is allowed for each U.S. state,
  Canadian call area, and DXCC entity.

+ Qualifying contacts may not be counted for multiple types of
  entities. As an example, a QSO with Alaska counts as an additional
  state or DXCC entity, not both.

+ Contacts must be made from same location, or from locations, no
  two of which are more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) apart.

+ Previous recipients of the AMSAT Satellite Communications
  Achievement Award, may apply for the 50th Anniversary AMSAT
  Satellite Communications Achievement Award.

The cost for this award is $25, plus postage.  Certificates will be
mailed upon receipt of payment.  Certificates will be sequentially
numbered.

To apply for an 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite
Communications Achievement Award, you must email the AMSAT Director
of Contests and Awards [kk5do (at) amsat (dot) org].  This email must
include:

+ The name of the award you are applying for as the subject line.

+ Your name as you wish is to appear on your issued certificate

+ Your AMSAT member number.  If you are not an AMSAT member, then
  state so.

+ Attachment(s) providing proof of your qualifying contacts.
  Acceptable proof of each qualifying contacts is limited to scanned
  copies of a QSL card or a screen capture/printout of your LoTW
  confirmation.  Acceptable email file attachments include .jpg and
  .png.  You may also paste the images in a Word or Adobe PDF
  document.

After your email application has been accepted and approved, you
will receive a reply email instructing you how to make your payment
on the AMSAT Online Store.  Your certificate will then be sent to
you, using the shipping address you used with your online payment.
50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award

To achieve this award, you must work 50 amateur radio operators on
any satellite (limit of 1 contact per day) during 2019.  There is no
requirement for operating at the same location for all contacts, as
long as your home call sign is used somewhere in the operating call
sign (e.g. KK5DO/MM, KK5DO/VE5, etc.).

The cost for this award is $15, plus postage. Certificates will be
mailed upon receipt of payment.  There will be no sequence number on
the certificate.

To apply for this award, visit the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Award
section in the AMSAT Online Store and select the 50th Anniversary
AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award.  In the comment section, enter
or copy and paste the required log information, which must include:

(1) Date, (2) UTC time, (3) Satellite name, and (4) Station worked.

EXAMPLE:  20190115  1835  AO-91  VE3ABC

Once you are satisfied with your entry, select PURCHASE and complete
your payment method.

AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

To achieve this award, you must work at least one AMSAT Member on
any HF band, in any mode.  In addition, there are additional level of
this award, based on the number of AMSAT Members you contact on the
HF bands:

+ One AMSAT member contacted earns the basic OSCAR-1 award

+ Seven AMSAT members contacted earns the AO-7 endorsement

+ Twenty-Nine AMSAT members contacted earns the FO-29 endorsement

+ Fifty AMSAT members contacted earns the SO-50 endorsement

+ Ninety-Two AMSAT members contacted earns the AO-92 endorsement

+ Two Hundred AMSAT members contacted earns the ISS endorsement

AMSAT member members are encouraged to call "CQ AMSAT 50" on any HF
band/mode.  The minimum exchange is your call, signal report, and
your membership number.  Life members use LM and your number.

Cost is $15, plus postage. Certificates will be mailed in early
2020.  There will be no sequence number on the certificate.

To apply for this award, visit the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Award
section in the AMSAT Online Store and select the 50th Anniversary
AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award.  In the comment section, enter
or copy and paste the required log information, which must include:

(1) Date, (2) UTC time, (3) Band, (4) Mode, (5) Station Worked, and
(6) their AMSAT number.

EXAMPLE:  20190115  1835  20  CW  W1ABC  1234

Once you are satisfied with your entry, select PURCHASE and complete
your payment method.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT-NA VP of User Services for
 the above information.]


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Fox-1 CubeSat Model Kits Available

Through the dedicated work of John Kludt, K4SQC, and Stefan Wagener,
VE4NSA, AMSAT can again offer a 1:1 scale cardboard model of the Fox-1
CubeSat.  It is life size, and based on the latest Fox-1 engineering
drawings for highest fidelity in design and appearance.  The model is
printed in color on heavy stock paper, includes all components, and
the instructions are carefully prepared to allow for easy assembly
requiring scissors, glue etc.

Depending on experience, assembly will take approximately 10+ hours.
The complete model will be a perfect addition to any satellite
operator's shack, and a chance to show visitors what is being done by
AMSAT today.

All proceeds will go to supporting AMSAT's satellite projects.

Price is $40 + shipping.

https://www.amsat.org/product/fox-1-cubesat-model/

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


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CubeSat Airborne Science Payload Standard

As part of a new initiative, the Cal Poly CubeSat Lab is working
with NASA Ames Research Center to prototype a standardized mounting
system for testing CubeSat-based systems on aircraft (incl. UAVs) and
balloons.

We are seeking collaborators interested in airborne testing
payloads, components, or complete systems, that could provide use-
cases and assist in defining interface requirements. This Project has
the potential to allow for expanded opportunities for payload
development and testing.

We would like your input as we design and develop this system and
have put together a google form with a ten short questions that would
help us derive our system requirements in the coming weeks.

For more information visit:
https://tinyurl.com/ANS013-AirborneScience

[ANS thanks  Cal Poly CubeSat Lab via Dave Pignatelli for the above
 information]


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UWE-4 CubeSat frequency change request approved

After two weeks in orbit, UWE-4 is in very good shape. The batteries
are fully charged, the temperatures of the batteries, the outside
panels and the MCU are all lying in the expected range.

It has been observed that the battery temperatures are slightly rising
around 8:45 am, when the downlink of this measurement took place.

After the early orbit phase, we are looking forward to some
interesting experiments with the attitude determination sensors and
the propulsion system.

Unfortunately, our uplink success rate is very poor, which
currently prevents these experiments. In the precursor mission UWE-3,
it was found that the reason for this is very likely a substantial
noise floor at the used frequency range. For this reason, we filed a
request for the change of our radio frequency to 435.600 MHz with
IARU, which has already been approved.

January 10, we will started the procedure to change the frequency of
UWE-4.
So if you want to track UWE-4, please adjust your center frequency
accordingly. We already started the procedure to change the frequency
on UWE-4, so during the next days it may happen that you can also
still receive a signal on our old frequency. Additionally, we have
been assigned NORAD ID 43880 in the meantime.

A tool in order to upload the received UWE-4 telemetry directly into
our groundstation database is a work in progress and will
be shared with you as soon as we have tested it thoroughly. Until
then, we would be very grateful, if you'd forward your UWE-4
telemetry files to uwe4 at informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de.

[ANS thanks the The UWE-4 Team via Trevor M5AKA for the above
 information.]


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HamSCI 2019 Workshop Set for March in Cleveland, Call for Papers
Issued

The 2019 HamSCI Workshop will take place March 22 - 23 at Case
Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, in association
with the CWRU Amateur Radio Club (W8EDU). Registration is now open,
and papers are invited.

"We are especially looking for speakers with presentations showing
analysis of ionospheric observations, ideas and proposals for the
design of the Personal Space Weather Station and instrumentation for
the 2024 eclipse," HamSCI's Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, said. "We will
also accept other presentations related to Amateur Radio and
science." If you would like to present, email your abstract to
hamsci at hamsci.org by February 10, 2019.

The theme for this year's conference will be "Ionospheric Effects
and Sensing," including the use of Amateur Radio techniques to
characterize and study ionospheric phenomena such as traveling
ionospheric disturbances, sporadic E, response to solar flares,
geomagnetic storms, the 2024 total solar eclipse, and other space
weather events.

Discussion will include continued development of the HamSCI Personal
Space Weather Station and integration of Amateur Radio into the
collegiate curriculum. Featured speakers will include well-known
Amateur Radio author Ward Silver, N0AX, propagation specialist Carl
Luetzelschwab, K9LA, and Larisa Goncharenko, who will talk on Space
Science for Ham Radio Operators.

The workshop is hosted by CWRU in collaboration with New Jersey
Institute of Technology (NJIT).

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]


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Nominations Solicited for Six ARRL Awards

The ARRL invites nominations for awards that recognize educational
and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio. Nominations are also
open for ARRL's premier award to honor a young licensee - the
Hiram Percy Maxim Award.

The Hiram Percy Maxim Award recognizes a radio amateur and ARRL
member under age 21 whose accomplishments and contributions are of
the most exemplary nature within the framework of Amateur Radio
activities. Nominations for this award need to be made through your
ARRL Section Manager, who will then forward the nomination to ARRL
Headquarters by March 31, 2019.

The ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award honors an ARRL
volunteer Amateur Radio instructor or an ARRL professional classroom
teacher who uses creative instructional approaches and reflects the
highest values of the Amateur Radio community. The award highlights
quality of - and commitment to - licensing instruction. Nominations
are due by March 15, 2019.

The ARRL Microwave Development Award pays tribute to a radio amateur
or group of radio amateurs who contribute to the development of the
Amateur Radio microwave bands. The nomination deadline is
March 31, 2019.

The ARRL Technical Service Award recognizes a radio amateur or group
of radio amateurs who provide Amateur Radio technical assistance or
training to others. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2019.

The ARRL Technical Innovation Award is granted to a radio amateur or
group of radio amateurs who develop and apply new technical ideas or
techniques in Amateur Radio. The nomination deadline is March 31,
2019.

The Knight Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize
exceptionally notable contributions by a Section Manager to the health
and vitality of ARRL. The nomination deadline is April 30, 2019.

The ARRL Board of Directors selects recipients for these awards.
Winners are typically announced following the Board's July meeting.
More information about these awards is on the ARRL website, or
contact Steve Ewald, WV1X, telephone (860) 594-0265, at
ARRL Headquarters.

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]


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AMSAT Argentina Special Event

During 'the weekend of the lussat', from Saturday-19 to
Sunday-January 20, 2019 (2 days), Amsat-Lu, several radio
clubs and collaborators will deliver to a contact commemorative
contact The 29th anniversary of the lussat-1, 1St Argentine
satellite.

It will operate in 80/40/6 m / 2 M / 23 cm in FM, SSB, CW,
j3e, psk31, ft-8, packet, Sstv-R36 and via active amateur
satellites.

It will be called 'Lux Collaborating Station of amsat Argentina,
awarded qsl commemorative for the 29th anniversary of the lussat'.

Celebrating His stay in space our lussat continues to broadcast
after 29 years a strong pressed carrier, recibible in 437.125 Khz.
+ /- Doppler. See schedules of steps at
http://amsat.org.ar/pass?satx=LUSAT

[ANS thanks Ricardo LU4ARU for the above information.]


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Upcoming Satellite Operations

Super Road Trip (Wyoming to Tennessee to Florida to Wyoming) -
January 9, 2019 until he gets back home

Starting Jan. 9th, RJ, WY7AA, will be traveling from Wyoming to
Tennessee to Florida, to New York and back to Wyoming, staying
approximately 10 days in each place and activating grids whenever he
can.
First stop Tennessee - EM86, and will try to rove to EM85, EL87, and
EL96.
Next on to Florida - EL98, and will try to rove to EL88, EL89, and
EL99.
And then on to New York - FN02, and try to rove to FN01, FN03, FN11,
FN12, and FN13
Traveling between each place, RJ will try to stop and work as he
can, but putting down miles will take priority most often.  In
addition, RJ will be trying to operate mobile from time to time.  FM
birds for sure, but will be trying to learn linears while on the
trip.  Specific pass announcements will be posted to his Twitter feed
(https://twitter.com/WY7AA) and to the AMSAT-bb reflector.

Oregon (DN04) - January 11, 2019

Casey, KI7UNJ, will make a quick trip to DN04 on January 11th.
Passes will be FM only:  17:36z AO-92;  18:34z AO-91;  19:09z AO-92;
20:09 AO-91; and 20:24z  SO-50.  Keep an eye on Casey's Twitter feed
for further announcements https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ

Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) - January 12, 2019

David, AD7DB, will be in the area of Kettleman City CA near a
convergence of four grids, operating on FM satellites.  Grids (maybe
gridlines) will depend on the satellite passes. Operation expected
from 1700 UTC through 2300 UTC.  Updates will be on Twitter as the
time approaches: https://twitter.com/ad7db

Quartzfest Arizona (DM23) - January 19-27, 2019

John, N7JY, will be operating FM satellites on a holiday schedule.
He may also visit some adjoining grids.  There will likely be other
hams operating from the event, located a few miles south of
Quartzsite AZ. QSL via LOTW, or you can send your card with SASE

Las Vegas NV and Northwest AZ (DM25, DM26, DM36) - January 20-22, 2019

David, AD7DB, will be in Las Vegas at DM25/26 line, operating on FM
satellites on a holiday schedule. In addition, weather permitting,
sometime on Monday 01/21/19 he will make a side trip to Beaver Dam AZ
to activate from DM36aw. Updates will be on Twitter as the time
approaches: https://twitter.com/ad7db

Labrador (GO11) - January 20-22, 2019

VE3FU, VO1HP, and VE9CB will be participating in the CQ160 CW
Contest from the Point Amour Lighthouse in Labrador (GO11), which
will be held 2200Z January 25 - 2200Z January 27, 2019.  This is
important, because, if time permits they will be active on AO-85, AO-
91, and AO-92 passes before the contest.  Call signs are expected to
be VO2AC and VO2AAA.  Note:  this is just preliminary information.
Keep your eye on https://twitter.com/chrisve3fu and
https://www.qrz.com/db/vo2ac for possible updates.

Nevada (DM15, DM16, DM17, DM18, DM25, DM26, DM27, DM28, DM37, DM36)
- February 8-11, 2019

Casey KI7UNJ and Jonathan KI5BEX are planning a joint roving trip to
Nevada, February 8-11, 2019. Planned activations include the
DM15/16/25/26 grid corner Friday morning, the DM16/26 gridline Friday
afternoon, DM17/18 gridline Saturday morning, DM27/28 gridline
Saturday evening, DM27/37 gridline Sunday morning, and DM36/37
gridline Sunday evening. This will be FM only. All contacts uploaded
to LoTW upon return. Check out @KI7UNJ Twitter feed for specific
passes https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ and follow them on aprs.fi KI7UNJ-7.

Turks and Caicos Islands (FL31) - February 28 - March 9, 2019

Adrian, AA5UK, will be heading to Providenciales in the Turks and
Caicos Islands from Feb 28th through March 9th, 2019. He will be
operating holiday style on HF and Satellites as VP5/AA5UK from grid
FL31UU14. Focus will be on the linear satellites, with some FM
activity depending on pile-up civility. Hope to work some European
stations as location favors the East. Pass announcements will be made
via Twitter: https://twitter.com/AA5UK and periodically via amsat-bb.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org
Updated January 9, 2019

See
https://www.amsat.org/satellite-info/upcoming-satellite-operations/

[ANS thanks Robert KE4AL for the above information]


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ARISS News

+ 2019-01-08 15:28 UTC between Astronaut David St-Jacques KG5FYI
  using ISS callsign NA1SS and Pembroke Junior Senior High School,
  Corfu, NY, USA. Contact was telebridge via LU8YY. ARISS Mentor was
  Steve W2AKK.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

There are no contacts scheduled for the upcoming week.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
 information]


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Shorts From All Over

+ SatNOGS Dashboard

  The SatNOGS Dashboard project makes crowd-sourced dashboards which
  visualize data that has been collected and decoded through the Sat-
  NOGS Network and SatNOGS DB. Links to production dashboards already
  created can be found at:
  https://tinyurl.com/SatNogs-Telemetry

  SatNOGS is using InfluxDB and Grafana for their telemetry
  dashboards.

  InfluxDB is a time-series database designed to be efficient for
  time-series data like the telemetry collected in SatNOGS.
  Additional documentation is provided on the SatNOGS Wiki pages:
  https://wiki.satnogs.org/Telemetry_Dashboards

  [ANS thanks LibreSpace Community/SatNOGS]

+ Satellite DXPedition News for AMSAT

  Philippe, EA4NF will be active from MONACO as 3A/EA4NF during
  February 15-18,2019 on FM and SSB satellites.

  QSL via LoTW

  [ANS thanks Philippe EA4NF for the above information.]

+ All About Ham Satellites Feature at Hackaday

  Al Williams has put together togetherbab series on Hackaday All
  About Ham Satellites.
  Visit:
  https://hackaday.com/2019/01/07/all-about-ham-satellites/

  [ANS thanks Hackaday.com for the above information]

+ SmallSat Symposium 2019 Highlights

  SmallSat Symposium 2019 promises something for everyone, including
  19 Sessions, 3 Keynotes, 3 Technology Briefs and many networking
  opportunities.

  For details visit
  https://mailchi.mp/satnews/smallsat19_1-200613?e=e3b56a3ebc

  [ANS thanks Simon Payne for the above information]

+ US Islands Awards Program Now Accepting Sat QSOs

  Sean Kutzo KX9X recently tweeted that "...the Us Islands portable
  #hamradio awards program has modified their rules to allow satellite
  contacts, effective January 1, 2019! More units to activate on
  satellite. Check out http://usislands.org  for details!"

  [ANS thanks Sean KX9X for the above information.]

+ PicSat Cubesat Mission

  The PicSat team has made available to all a paper about their
cubesat and the mission. Access the full paper here:
  https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.02677   (PicSat via Twitter)

  [ANS thanks PicSat via Twitter 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.

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
aa8em at amsat dot org


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