[amsat-bb] FW: ANS-121 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins

Dee morsesat at optonline.net
Sun May 1 04:25:44 PDT 2011


ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North America, 
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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.

NOTICE:  Requesting Volunteers to Help at the AMSAT booth at Dayton.*
Gould, WA4SXM, is looking for volunteers to help man the AMSAT booth*
during the 2011 Hamvention in Dayton. People are needed all 3 days  *
for 2 hour shifts. Please send the days and times you are available *
to help as well as how many shifts you are willing to work to       *
wa4sxm at amsat.org.                                                *

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

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In this edition:
* Dayton Update
* AO-51 Status
* OSCAR-11 REPORT   27 April 2011
* 2nd ARISS Amateur Radio Station Installed in ISS Columbus Module
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status - 25 April 2011
* UT1FG/MM Photos Posted on the Web
* Radio Hams on Endeavour's final flight

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Dayton Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 121.01
May 1, 2011
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Dayton Update
Hamvention is only 3 weeks away, please join AMSAT at all 
of the activities planned during the event.
Stop by the booth to meet and talk with your AMSAT Officers 
and Board members.
See the AMSAT Web site for complete details. As usual we have 
a nice renewal/new member  premium this year.

Thursday, 19 May booth setup and Get-Together at Tickets Pub

Friday, May 20
Booth open with new items, ARISSat and Fox exhibits, visit 
by astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC AMSAT/TAPR Banquet with 
renowned voice codex expert David Rowe, VK5DGR. His talk 
will be on The Village Telco.
Reservations for the Banquet close on Monday May 16th. Use 
the AMSAT store to make your reservations.
Satellite demonstrations

Booth open with new items, ARISSat and Fox exhibits, visit 
by astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC Satellite demonstrations 
AMSAT Forum 11:15 - 1:30 in Forum Room 5

Booth open with new items, ARISSat and Fox exhibits, visit 
by astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC Satellite demonstrations

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM, for the above information]


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AO-51 Status

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 121.02
May 1, 2011
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For now, it looks like the PL tone management (and changes to other
has helped to keep AO-51 running and supporting normal operations.  We are 
now running around 475 mW of power out on 435.300 MHz.

Over the last few days, some of you on the east coast of the U.S. have 
probably heard command stations downloading telemetry files on the 435.300 
frequency.  You can expect this to happen every few days; sometimes in the 
AM, sometimes in the PM.  Because it's 9600 baud packet, it sounds like a 
carrier or open squelch with a "SSSSSHHHHHHHHHH" sound to it.   If you 
hear that sound, there isn't much use in trying to uplink; it means we're 
collecting telemetry and the voice repeater is off for the moment.  Wait 
for the "SSSHHHHHHH" sound to go away, and you'll know the voice repeater 
is active again.

The current power budget makes it very hard to run both transmitters at the 
same time.  Also, we are trying to keep the amount of commanding to a
so using the single transmitter for both voice and telemetry is our current 
approach.  We'll see how it goes.  It does mean that it eats into voice o
perations a little, but the trade off is worth it-both for the short and 
long terms.

In the meantime, keeping using our old bird when it's active!  
We don't want to take it for granted...  

73 on behalf of the Command Team,

Mark L. Hammond  [N8MH] 

[ANS thanks Mark, N8MH, for the above information]


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OSCAR-11 REPORT   27 April 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 121.03
May 1, 2011
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OSCAR-11 REPORT   27 April 2011

This report covers the period from 02 March to 27 April 2011 .
During this time the satellite has been heard from 03 to 13 March, 
24 March to 03 April, 13 April to 23 April 2011. It is expected to 
switch-on again 04 May until 14 May.

Excellent signals have been reported from stations located around 
the world, and good copy obtained from decoded telemetry frames.

Transmissions are controlled by the watchdog timer, which has a
20.7 day cycle time, 10.35 days on, 10,35 days off. Solar 
eclipses occur during every orbit, when signals are weaker. 
This indicates that there is still some capacity remaining in 
the battery.

The on-board clock is now very stable.  It gained 12 seconds 
during during the current reporting period. This is comparable 
with its accuracy when the satellite was fully operational, 
when it gained approximately one minute per year. However, 
there is still an accumulated loss of 309 days, which has 
occurred during eclipses of the last few years.

The VHF beacon frequency is 145.826 MHz.  AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry

Reception reports have been received from Horatio CX8AF, 
Jerry WB5LHD and Stefano IZ1GRJ. Many thanks.

At the present time, while OSCAR-11 is operating in a predictable 
way, I no longer need direct reports or files by e-mail. 
However, could all listeners continue to enter their reports 
on the general satellite status website 
http://oscar.dcarr.org/index.php. This is a very convenient and 
easy to use facility, which shows the current status of all the 
amateur satellites, and is of use to everyone. Reports around the 
expected times of switch-on and switch-off are of special interest, 
especially for times 12:00 - 17:00 and 22:00 - 07:00 UTC, 
to when the satellite is out-of-range in the UK.

A longer version of this report report is available on my 
website, and new listeners to OSCAR-11 should read this for 
further information. The URL is www.g3cwv.co.uk/oscar11.htm .
This page contains a links to the longer report, a short audio 
clip to help you identify the satellite and a file of the last 
telemetry received. The website also contains an archive of 
news & telemetry data which is updated from time to time, and 
details about using a soundcard or hardware demodulators for 
data capture. There is also software for capturing data, and 
decoding ASCII telemetry.

73 Clive G3CWV   G3CWV at amsat.org (please replace the x's by

[ANS thanks Clive, G3CWV,  for the above information]


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2nd ARISS Amateur Radio Station Installed in ISS Columbus Module

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 121.04
May 1, 2011
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2nd ARISS Amateur Radio Station Installed in ISS Columbus Module

NASA reported this week that Astronaut Cady Coleman completed the 
installation of the original ARISS Ericsson radio in the Columbus 
Orbital Laboratory, connecting it to a 2 m/70 cm antenna installed 
last year via EVA and creating the second amateur radio station 
aboard the ISS. Astronaut Paolo Nespoli checked out the radio's 
audio for proper functioning by talking with ham operators on 
the ground.

In addition to this second station, the Amateur Radio - Columbus 
(ARCOL) Working Group has already accomplished the assembly and 
installation of the L- and S-band patch antennas mounted on the 
exterior of the Columbus Module to be used with future radio sys-
tems to be launched to the ISS.

[ANS thanks the ARISS team for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 121.05
May 1, 2011
BID: $ANS-121.05

Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Central States VHF Society Vice President Kent Britain, WA5VJB
  has issued a call for papers for the CSVHFS Proceedings. Kent
  says the deadline is May 20. The CSVHFS is trying to have an
  emphasis on smaller papers this year such as 1 to 2 page "Hints
  and Kinks" covering radio modifications, rover and contest oper-
  ations, antenna construction, etc. Kent says there are plenty
  of open slots and interested contributors should contact him
  at WA5VJB at FLASH.NET immediately.

+ Word has been received that the XF2P  HF, 50 MHz and Satellite
  operation initially planned from the Isla de Lobos, Veracruz 
  State, Mexico has been forced to revise their plans. The group's
  webpage (http://xf2p.puebladx.org/XF2P/Bienvenida.html) reports
  that bad weather has closed down navigation to the island.
  The group plans to operate from Riachuelos, Veracruz, Mexico
  between April 28 through May 1. XE1AY will be conducting satellite 
  operations from rare grids nearby.

+ JD1 - OGASAWARA, AS-031 satellite operation is planned when Makoto,
  JD1BLY (JI5RPT), Harry,JD1BMH (JG7PSJ), and Masaru,JD1BMT (JE4SMQ), 
  are staying on Chichijima (AS-031) again by the end of April and be-
  ginning of May. Team members will stay there for different period of 
  times. You can expect activities from:
  JD1BLY: Apr 30 until May 7
  JD1BMT: Apr 30 until May 4
  JD1BMH: May 4-13
  Activities are planned in CW, SSB and digital modes on 160m-6m and
  via satellite. You can visit the websites of the OPs for news and 
  JD1BLY: http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1
  JD1BMH: http://sapphire.es.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmh
  JD1BMT: http://homepage3.nifty.com/maaberu/logsjd1/logsearch.html
  QSL cards should be sent via bureau or direct to their homecalls.

+ Remember to listen for the Camb-Hams members Bob G1SAA, Terry G3VFC, 
  Martin G3ZAY, Colin G4ERO, Colin G8TMV, Mark M0MJH, Rob M0VFC, Steve 
  M1ACB and Gavin M1BXF who will be active between May 1-8 the Isle of 
  Arran. Website: http://dx.camb-hams.com/.

+ NASA is collecting names to be put on a microchip that'll be onboard 
  the Mars Science Laboratory rover heading to Mars in the fall of 2011.
  Some Radio Amateurs have been adding their call sign to last name 
  field. You can add your name and call on the Mars microchip at: 

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 25 April 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 121.06
May 1, 2011
BID: $ANS-121.06

1.	Upcoming School Contacts

The Italian Air Force Academy in Pozzuoli, Italy has been scheduled for an 
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on
April 28 at 07:04 UTC via telebridge station LU1CGB in Argentina.  
This contact has been integrated into the aerospace engineering 
curriculum for cadets 
and will draw interest from the scientific community.

Ecole Primaire de Larochette (Fiels), Larochette (Fiels), Luxembourg has 
been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) contact on Friday, April 29 at 10:12 UTC via station WH6PN in 
Hawaii. School lesson plans have covered space exploration, communications 
and human spaceflight. Field trips, radio demonstrations and hands-on 
activities have been planned.  The radio contact with the ISS will be 
the highlight of this science program.

Scuola Secondaria I Grado “M.Maccioni” Nuoro, Nuoro, Italy, has been 
scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) contact on Friday, April 29 at 15:56 UTC via station IK1SLD 
in Italy. The contact will be held in collaboration with the 
Astronomical Association of Nuoro during Spring Festival and has 
been integrated in the Maccioni students’ studies of astronomy 
and space flight.

2.	Recent ARISS Contacts 

On Monday, April 18, an ARISS contact was held between youth visiting the 
Toyota Children’s Scientific Expedition in Toyota, Aichi, Japan and Cady 
Coleman, KC5ZTH on the ISS. The Scientific Expedition teaches children 
about science and engineering through the various experiments it offers 
and on this day, the ARISS contact was the featured event, drawing 
approximately 100 people including representatives from four newspapers. 
Video is available:

On-orbit astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA participated in a successful 
contact with students from Primary School “Dante Alighieri” De Neuquen 
located in Neuquen – Patagonia, Argentina, on Monday, April 18. Four 
hundred students and guests attended the event and were pleased that 
Nespoli continued answering their questions over a second ISS pass. 
The contact was performed with support from CETRA (Science Education 
and Technology united by Ham Radio), a delegation of AMSAT-Argentina 
which promotes space activities and amateur radio in schools, using 
station LU8YY. This activity was integrated into the science and 
technology curriculum.  

On Saturday, April 23, Istituto Comprensivo Dedalo 2000 – Scuola 
secondaria di Cingia de’ Botti students in Solarolo Rainerio, Italy 
spoke with astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA via an ARISS contact, 
using telebridge station W6SRJ in California for the radio link. 
Nearly 150 students, teachers and guests turned out for the event 
during which Nespoli answered 18 space-related questions. The contact 
was the culmination of science lessons covering astronomy, physics 
of radio waves, the history of space flights and the history of 
radio communications.

3.	ARISS International Team Meeting Held

The ARISS International Team held its monthly teleconference on Tuesday, 
April 19. A status was given on the radio that will be installed in the 
Columbus Module and a discussion was held about issues concerning the 
recent Gagarin Commemorative Event.  Minutes have been posted.  
See: https://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2011-04-19.htm


The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) included an ARISS item in its 
May QST. The “In Brief” column discusses how Astronaut Doug Wheelock, 
KF5BOC, will be attending the ARRL Expo exhibits at the Dayton 
Hamvention as a special guest of ARRL and AMSAT.

5.	AMSAT Update on ARISSat-1

The AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) News Service put 
out a bulletin (ANS-114) on April 24 that gave an update on 
ARISSat-1. The item talks about the satellite’s battery status 
and how this affected its activation during the Gagarin Event 
on April 12.  See: http://amsat.org/pipermail/ans/2011/000508.html

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for the above information]


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UT1FG/MM Photos Posted on the Web

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 121.07
May 1, 2011
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UT1FG/MM Photos Posted on the Web

John, K8YSE invites you to view the photos he has posted on his web
page showing Yuri, UT1FG/MM aboard his ship the MV Mottler. Yuri has
operated maritime mobile on his sea voyages between Russia, Europe,
North America, Central America, and South America sailing across the
Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific Oceans.

John explains, "Yuri, UT1FG/MM, is currently in port at San Juan 
Puerto Rico. Walt, WP4T and his family drove over to San Juan to
attempt to see him. They were successful and were treated to a red 
carpet tour of his ship the Mottler. They took pictures and they are 
available for viewing on my website: http://www.papays.com/sat".

The Mottler is very modern and was just built in 2009.  Yuri has log-
ged many miles on it He will fly home to the Ukraine later this week.

[ANS thanks John, K8YSE and Walt, WP4T for the above information]


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Radio Hams on Endeavour's final flight

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 121.08
May 1, 2011
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Radio Hams on Endeavour's final flight

Radio Amateurs Greg Chamitoff KD5PKZ, Mike Fincke KE5AIT and Robert 
Vittori IZ6ERU will be on the Space Shuttle Endeavour when it blasts 
off. The launch will be broadcast on NASA TV.

During the 14-day mission, Endeavour will deliver the Alpha Magnetic 
Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communica-
tions antennas, a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts 
for Dextre. This will be the 36th shuttle mission to the International 
Space Station.

Follow these links for additional information"

NASA - STS-134: Endeavour

NASA Podcast - STS-134: What's Going Up

[ANS thanks the Southgate ARC News Site for the above information]


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This week's ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
nb2f at amsat dot org

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