[amsat-bb] ANS-270 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Sep 26 18:19:01 PDT 2009


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* 2009 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting October 9-11 *
*   Four Points Sheraton Hotel at the Baltimore Washington Airport   *
*  Details - http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/2009/index.php *

In this edition:

* Two Weeks and Counting to 2009 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium
* ARISSat-1 Structure Drawings Available on AMSAT Web
* SumbandilaSat Reaches Orbit - Awaiting Commissioning
* Four New University Cubesats in Orbit and Heard on 70cm
* College Night on Satellites Coming October 1-2
* Satellite Operators Sought for Shortwave Broadcast Interview
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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Two Weeks and Counting to 2009 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 270.01
September 27, 2009
BID: $ANS-270.01

Co-Chairs, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, and Janet Bauer remind you that 
the 2009 AMSAT Symposium is rapidly approaching!  And we hope 
you can join us, especially given that there are some low-cost 
airfares out there for those of us in the US.

We have an outstanding venue this year at the Four Points Sheraton 
at the BWI Airport.  Your symposium committee recently did a walk 
through of this facility.  The accommodations and meeting rooms are 
superb.  Frank said, "I do a lot of traveling and I must say that 
the rooms are absolutely beautiful.  You will definitely get a 
substantial bang for your buck (or Euro, etc.) at this symposium. 
And planned 40th Anniversary celebratory events will be truly

+ Free internet in the rooms and in the conference facility
+ Free parking
+ All AMSAT member get free admittance to the 40th Anniversary Party 
  Friday Evening---food, cake, meet 'n greet, eyeball QSOs.
+ Beautiful flat screen televisions in each room
+ Great Banquet Speaker--- Martin Collins, Smithsonian Institution 
  National Air and Space Museum Curator, Space History Museum, "Making 
  the Space Age, the First 50 years"
+ High-Caliber paper presentations on recent Satellite Developments 
  and satellite operations
+ Poster Session with Satellite, University, and ARISS activities.
+ An AMSAT 40th anniversary retrospective is included
+ IARU Satellite Forum
+ ARISS Operations Team Meeting---ARISS team members and new volunteers 
  are welcome to attend
+ Great prizes from major ham radio manufacturers

Full details are available on-line:
The Symposium Schedule and list of presentations has been posted.

You can now register online for the 2009 AMSAT Space Symposium and 
Annual Meeting: http://www.amsat-na.com/store2/SymposiumReg2009.php
Online registration will disappear on October 5th so do not wait 
too long!

Our guest speaker is Dr. Martin Collins from the the Smithsonian 
Air and Space Museum. He will talk on "Making the Space Age: The 
First Fifty Years".   

Follow the links from the Symposium page to book your room at the 
hotel. An 800 number is also available. When booking your room let 
the operator know that you are with the Radio Amateur Satellite 
Corporation for the special rates. (They don't seem to know about
AMSAT.) Please be advised that the cut-off date for the AMSAT block 
at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport is September 28th. Getting 
our meeting rooms for free is dependant on the number of room nights 
we secure.  So, PLEASE make your room reservations as soon as possible.

Contact Mark Steiner, K3MS (k3ms at amsat.org) if you are interested in 
preparing a poster display. Mark needs the following information by
Tuesday, Oct. 6 regarding what you will need for your display:

+ Square footage of floor space
+ Number of tables (to be provided by hotel)
+ If a power drop is needed
+ Any other special needs

[ANS thanks Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, and Janet Bauer for the above 


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ARISSat-1 Structure Drawings Available on AMSAT Web

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 270.02
September 27, 2009
BID: $ANS-270.02

Drawings of the ARISSat-1 structure are available on the AMSAT 
web site. Bob Davis, KF4KSS and team have done an outstanding 
job designing this structure around the existing modules for 

There will be a full scale model of ARISSat-1 at the Symposium 
as well as working hardware. Bob expects to start cutting metal 
for the structure next week.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]


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SumbandilaSat Reaches Orbit - Awaiting Commissioning

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 270.03
September 27, 2009
BID: $ANS-270.03

South Africa's SumbandilaSat satellite is now in orbit after a
successful liftoff aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
in Kazakhstan on September 16. The main payload is a multi-spectral
imager, but the satellite also carries an Amateur Radio component
consisting of a 2 meter/70 cm FM repeater.

After SumbandilaSat is fully commissioned, the repeater will be
activated with an uplink at 145.880 MHz and a downlink at 435.350
MHz; there will also be a voice beacon at 435.300 MHz. The
transponder mode will be controlled by a CTCSS tone on the uplink
frequency. The CTCSS tone frequencies have yet to be announced.

SumbandilaSat was sponsored by the Department of Science and
Technology and was built at SunSpace in cooperation with the
Stellenbosch University.

SumbandilaSat has responded by returning its first telemetry.
Testing now involves a period of payload qualification to verify
operation of each subsystem. This may require 3 months before the
satellite continues with the remainder of its mission and opens
for general use. 

Pieter, ZS1PK/M0PAK provided additional feedback, "Please note that 
the Amateur payload will probably not be switched on straight after 
launch. Commissioning is most likely to be performed from Stellenbosch 
South Africa only. Telemetry will only be heard while in contact with 
the groundstation and NOT on the amateur frequencies.  There are a 
number of hams involved in the project so rest assured the amateur 
payload will be supported as soon as practical and safe."

[ANS thanks SA-AMSAT, ARRL, and Pieter ZS1PK/M0PAK for the above 


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Four New University Cubesats in Orbit and Heard on 70cm

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 270.04
September 27, 2009
BID: $ANS-270.04

This week India successfully launched seven satellites on its PSLV-C14
misson. The primary payload was OceanSat-2 but also included six other
satellites. Four of the satellites are CubeSats in the ISILaunch01, a 
cluster launch of the following with downlinks in the 70cm amateur radio 
band: BEESAT, ITUpSAT1, SwissCube, and UWE-2

  NAME      CALL         BEACON                     DOWNLINK
--------- ------- -------------------  -------------------------------
BEESAT    DP0BEE  436.000 MHz 0.1W CW  436.000 MHz 0.5W 4800/9600 GMSK 

UWE-2                                  437.385 MHz 0.5W 1200 AFSK
                                                        9600 FSK

ITUpSAT1          437.325 MHz 0.1W CW  437.325 MHz 1.0W 19200 GFSK

SwissCube HB9EG   437.505 MHz 0.1W CW  437.505 MHz 1.0W 1200 FSK

BeeSat is a pico satellite project of the Technical University of 
Berlin. The main objective of BeeSat is the on orbit verification 
of newly developed micro reaction wheels for pico satellite appli-
cations. Their web page is at:

The UWE-2 team encourages all radio amateurs to send us the received 
signals to uwe-2 at informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Their web page is at:

ITUpSAT1 is the first student-made satellite of Turkey. Their web
page is at: http://usl.itu.edu.tr/

SwissCube is the first satellite entirely built in Switzerland by 
students from different universities under the supervision of the 
Space Center EPFL. More than 180 students participated in the ad-
venture from EPFL, from the university of Neuchatel, from the HES-SO 
(Sion, Yverdon, Fribourg, St-Immer, Le Locle), and from the FHNW 
(Brugg-Windisch). The main objective is educational and also includes
a small telescope which will allow to obtain images of the nightglow, 
a luminescence phenomena occurring at 100 km of height above the 
Earth surface. Their web page is at: http://swisscube.epfl.ch/

A replay of the PSLV-C14 launch video can be viewed at:

Signal reports have been received from amateur radio operators around
the world. Recordings of the beacon signals can be heard at:

2-Line Keplerian elements user for the satellites can use the 
following for a starting point:

1 35934U 09051D   09266.99498802  .00000364  00000-0  10000-3 0    34
2 35934 098.3432 001.6766 0010433 256.9573 103.1084 14.52588677   111
1 35932U 09051B   09266.92637809  .00000360  00000-0  10000-3 0    33
2 35932 098.3362 001.6263 0006692 285.2589 074.8063 14.52095115    95
1 35933U 09051C   09267.20165191  .00000365  00000-0  10000-3 0    42
2 35933 098.3316 001.8957 0004681 307.1077 052.9887 14.52667744   138
1 35935U 09051E   09267.47761234  .00001929  00000-0  48744-3 0    46
2 35935 098.3417 002.1786 0006949 283.1563 076.8911 14.52112524   176

[ANS thanks the CubeSat teams for the above information]


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College Night on Satellites Coming October 1-2

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 270.05
September 27, 2009
BID: $ANS-270.05

It's time for another College Satellite night!  Expect to hear 
many Oscar capable NA college club stations on the air Thursday 
evening Oct. 1st-2nd (NA local times) from 22:00 UTC to 0500 UTC 
for this special event.

College clubs are getting priority on the QRP AO-51 repeater that 
night (uplink: 145.880 MHz FM. downlink: 435.150 MHz FM).  Please 
work each college station but afford them the ability to take calls 
and make as many QSOs as possible.

Club stations will also be on other birds so make as many contacts 
if you can, on each bird. We have encouraged college stations to QSL 
all the stations they work during the event as we (either through 
AMSAT  or a college group) are planning on creating an award for 
working college club stations on satellite.  

Make sure to e-mail or call as many hams that you know associated 
with college ham radio clubs so that they will know about this special 
event and get on the air - usage and NA-wide involvement is important. 
While we are focusing on North American activity let me know of interest 
and participation from other parts of the globe, e-mail Dr. Jay Garlitz, 
AA4FL off-list at jgarlitz at ufl.edu.

[ANS thanks Gator ARC Faculty Advisor at UF, Dr. Jay Garlitz, AA4FL 
 for the above information]


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Satellite Operators Sought for Shortwave Broadcast Interview

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 270.06
September 27, 2009
BID: $ANS-270.06

Ted Randall, host of the shortwave broadcast QSO Radio Show, invites
satellite operators who are interested in coming on show and talking 
about your personal experiences in satellite communication. Ted re-
quests, "I would like someone who can take an entry level approach 
in that we have a lot of new and young hams listening. If you could 
have someone join in me in an informal telephone interview please 
contact me."

The QSO Radio Show is heard on WBCQ 7415 KHz Tuesdays 5-7 PM EDT or 
2100-2300 UT; and on WRMI Radio Miami International 9955 KHz Sundays 
from 1-3 AM EDT or 0500-0700 UTC.

Ted's web page is at: http://www.tedrandall.com and you can e-mail
Ted Randall at tedrandall at kaij.us

[ANS thanks Ted Randall for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 270.07
September 27, 2009
BID: $ANS-270.07

+ Hams like science. Follow these links for fun and interesting
  scientific articles and videos of space:
  Images from the newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope:

  A simulated flyover of Mars using images from the Mars Reconnaissance 
  Orbiter and Spirit Rover:

  A video discussing a mission to the oceans of Jupiter's moon Europa:

  Video of the Shuttle piggyback ride back to Florida:

  Video of NASA Wallops Island launch:

  Watch the ARES-1X rocket built in 6 minutes (time lapse)

  Cassini views of Saturn, its rings, and moons during equinox:

+ Congratulations to Omar, XE1AO, for achieving Satellite VUCC
  #182 and to George, WA5KHB, for confirming 225 Grids for his

+ Henk, PA3GUO has created a video showing the ISS passing over the 
  Netherlands along with sounds and decoded signals of the digital
  APRS signals at: http://www.vimeo.com/6657880

+ A helpful page for configuring your TM-D700 rig for operating with
  with spacecraft can be found at: http://www.aj3u.com/tm-d700-tips/

+ Congratulations to Mark, N8MH on his successful AO-51 demonstration
  via the QRP repeater to the JARS club. He worked WA4SCA, KB1RVT,

+ Remember to tune in on Thursday evenings, October 1, 15, 29 at 8pm 
  eastern time will be the sessions of the Hudson Valley Satellite net. 
  You can check in via radio if you are in range of the Mt. Beacon ARC 
  repeater on 146.970 (PL 100.0) or via echolink on the N2EYH-L node. 

+ Jan, PE0SAT has copied FO-29 over Europe. He has posted audio and
  data at:
  Here is a recording of the CW telemetry and the data below.

+ Listen for Paul, 2E1EUB to be active on the satellites from Scotland
  as 2M1EUB/P starting October 10 for approximately 14 days. Paul will
  try for as many satellites as possible including AO-7.

+ Adrian, AA5UK, will be operating again from Ibiza, Spain (IOTA EU-004, 
  Balearic Islands) Grid: JM09tb as: EA6/AA5UK from Oct. 14 - 29th. 
  Satellite activity is planned for the FM and SSB satellites. Adrian 
  will be posting regular satellite schedules via the AMSAT BB. Sked 
  requests are welcome and encouraged; please email him via his email 
  address located at QRZ.com. QSL via home call: Direct, bureau, LOTW 
  or eQSL.

+ Andrew, VK4TEC operates a satellite status display showing latest 
  data received from ISS, PCSAT, AO-51, with manual entries of addi-
  tional satellites. See: http://vk4tec.no-ip.org/sat_status/

+ Congratulations to Astronaut Tracy Caldwell for passing her amateur 
  radio license exam. She has been issued the callsign, KF5DBF. Caldwell 
  is scheduled to fly with Expedition 23 in April 2010.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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 additional benefits.
Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office. And with that
please be on the look out for plumbers who may have a multi-fauceted 

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

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