[amsat-bb] ANS-111 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne Maenpaa k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Apr 20 18:45:30 PDT 2013


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 

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:

* April 19 Soyuz-2-1B Launch Plans Cubesat Deployment on April 21
* April 21 Antares Launch to Orbit Three PhoneSat Cubesats
* April 25 China CZ-2D to Launch TURKSAT-3USAT Linear Transponder
* May 3 Vega Launch from Kourou to Orbit ESTCube-1 CubeSat
* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Solicited
* ARISS School Contacts 
* Order AMSAT/TAPR Dayton Banquet Tickets in the AMSAT Store
* Registration for the SA AMSAT Space Symposium is Now Open
* Inspiration and Success: The Story Behind N1LF's 1st Satellite QSO
* RockOn 2013 University Rocket Science Workshop
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-111 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 111.01
April 21, 2013
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April 19 Soyuz-2-1B Launch Plans Cubesat Deployment on April 21

A Soyuz-2-1b from the Baikonur launch facility, in Kazakhstan on
April 19, 2013 now has four cubesat missions using amateur radio 
frequencies and three commercial and science missions on-orbit:

Satellite    Downlink          Mode
----------   ---------------   ------------------
OSSI-1       145.980/437.525   CW/1200bps           (Amateur Band)
SOMP         437.485           1200, 9600bps BPSK   (Amateur Band)
BEESAT-2/3   435.950           4800bps GMSK/Mobitex (Amateur Band)
Bion-M1      Biological research satellites
AIST         Measurement of the Earth's geomagnetic field
             435 MHz downlink/145 MHz command & control uplink
Dove-2       Commercial technology demonstration mission
             450 MHz band downlink

Additional information and photos can be viewed on the AMSAT-UK web:

This page includes additional information on the planned deployment 
of the cubesats from the P-POD canisters: "Unusually the CubeSats 
will not be deployed straight after launch. All four CubeSats: 
OSSI-1, BEESAT-3, SOMP, and BEESAT-2 will be deployed around 10:45 
UTC on Sunday, April 21. Until then orbital maneuvers will be car-
ried out to achieve a circular orbit at 575 km altitude."

OSSI-1 Deployed on April 19
145.980 MHz CW, 437.525 MHz 1k2

OSSI-1, the Open Source Satellite Initiative satellite is a cubesat
developed by Hojun Song DS1SBO. In addition to the radio beacons
OSSI-1 also carries a 44 watt LED optical beacon to flash Morse Code
messages to observers on Earth.

The development of the satellite has been documented on the Open
Source Satellite Initiative Blog http://opensat.cc/blog/ and the
Wiki http://opensat.cc/wiki/
AMSAT-UK coverage can be read at:

BEESAT 3, BEESAT 2, SOMP, AIST and Dove-2 are expected to be separat-
ed from BION M1 in two batches on Sunday, April 21. 

Downlink on 437.485 MHz including CW, 1k2 and 9k6 BPSK, AX25 FSK, 
and AO40 standard 400bit/s BPSK

The Student Oxygen Measurement Project (SOMP) is a cubesat devel-
oped by students of the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, 
organized in the Students’ Research Group for Spacecraft Engineer-
ing in Dresden (STARD). SOMP will be a standard sized single CubeSat 
with one payload side and five sides with two solar cells each. 


BEESAT-2/3 (Berlin Experimental and Educational Satellite)
435.950 MHz, 4k8 GMSK (both satellites)

BEESAT-2 is a cubesat-sized vehicle carries a technology experiment
using gyros and sensors for precise orientation.

BEESat-3 is another cubesat-sized vehicle that will test high-speed
data links (up to 1MB/s). 


The above cubesat missions and the scientific/commercial missions 
are also documented on Mineo Wakita's (JE9PEL) web page at: 

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL for the above infor-


April 21 Antares Launch to Orbit Three PhoneSat Cubesats

Three PhoneSat cubesats are now on-orbit following the launch of the
Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares(TM) rocket from NASA’s Wallops 
Flight Facility (WFF) in eastern Virginia. The originally scheduled 
April 17 launch attempt was scrubbed. April 21 is the next planned
launch attempt.

All three of the Phonesat cubesats carries an amateur radio payload 
on 437.425 MHz. Each cubesat will transmit during individual time
slots. All three satellites transmit using AFSK (1200 bps) modula-
tion, AX.25 packet coding and have vertical linear polarization. The 
two PhoneSat 1.0 satellites, Graham and Bell, transmit with a period-
icity of respectively 28 seconds and 30 seconds. The PhoneSat 2.0 
beta satellite, Alexander, transmit with a periodicity of 25 seconds.

The PhoneSat web at http://www.phonesat.org/ provides access to the
"Dashboard" allowing you to track the location of our satellites in 
real time. Detailed information on the downlink packet telemetry 
format can be found on this page. The callsign will be KJ6KRW.

The orbit is very low (270km x 300km, 51.6deg) and the cubesats are
expected to only remain on-orbit for two weeks. The satellites are
battery powered with no additional charging from solar cells.

The Dove-2 commercial satellite is believed to use 2420.0 MHz for
its downlink.

[ANS thanks the PhoneSat Team for the above information]


April 25 China CZ-2D to Launch TURKSAT-3USAT Linear Transponder

TAMSAT reports the TURKSAT-3USAT, the first communication nanosatel-
lite mission of ITU, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
is expected to launch on April 25 aboard China's Chang Zheng-2D 
rocket. Also aboard this launch will be Ecuador's NEE 01 Pegaso 1U 
cubesat and Argentina's CubeBug-1 satellite.

TURKSAT-3USAT is a three unit CubeSat developed to provide SSB/CW 
communications in a 680 km Low Earth Orbit. It will fly a V/U linear 
transponder developed by TAMSAT, the Turkish Amateur Satellite Tech-
nologies Organisation.

+ Uplink center frequency    145.965 MHz 
  (145.940-145.990 MHz bandwidth)
  Receive sensitivity -120 dBm

+ Downlink center frequency 435.225 MHz
  (435.200-435.250 MHz bandwidth)
  Output power 30 dBm (1W)

+ CW beacon on 437.225 MHz

Additional information can be accessed on-line at:

CUBEBUG-1 Heading for Orbit Includes Amateur Radio Digipeater
CubeBug-1 is the first technology demonstration mission for a new 
CubeSat platform design (mechanics, hardware and software) intended 
to be released as Open Source and Open Hardware for its use in Ama-
teur projects, University projects and research labs.

The project is sponsored by the Argentina Ministry of Science, 
Technology and Productive Innovation.

Payloads on this first mission include:
+ An ARM based on-board computer
+ A nano-reaction wheel with its driver circuit
+ A low resolution camera
+ All based on COTS components

CubeBug-1 is a 2U CubeSat and the team are planning to use half 
duplex communications on 437.445 MHz with 9k6 GMSK data. Tele-
metry information is at http://1.cubebug.org/coms/telemetry

After the technology demonstration part of the mission is over, the 
satellite will enter a mode that will include services to the Ama-
teur radio community, including a Digipeater, science data downloads 
from the payload (including images if possible).

Watch a CubeBug-1 video at http://vimeo.com/56055215

CubeBug-1 website http://1.cubebug.org/

Follow CubeBug-1 on Twitter @CubeBug1

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK, the CubeBug Team and TAMSAT for the above 


May 3 Vega Launch from Kourou to Orbit ESTCube-1 CubeSat

Estonia’s first CubeSat ESTCube-1, amateur radio callsign ES5E/S, 
is planned to launch from the ESA Spaceport in Kourou in the Cari-
bbean on May 3, 2013 aboard an ESA VEGA rocket.

Built by students at the University of Tartu ESTCube-1 the main 
mission of the satellite is to test electric solar wind sail tech-
nology, a novel space propulsion technology that could revolution-
alize transportation within the solar system. It will deploy a 10 
meter conductive electrodynamic tether and the force interacting 
with the tether will be measured.

The IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel have pub-
lished these frequencies for ESTCube-1:

+ 437.250 MHz – CW beacon, callsign ES5E/S
+ 437.505 MHz – 9600 bps AX.25 telemetry, callsign ES5E-11

More information and a video has been posted at:

Additional news of the launch is posted at:
http://tinyurl.com/April-Vega-Launch (Space-Travel.com)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and the University of Tartu ESTCube-1 Team for 
 the above information]


AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Solicited

It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on the
AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. A nomination requires either one Member
Society or five current individual members in good standing to
nominate an AMSAT member for the position. Four director's terms
expire this year: Barry Baines, WD4ASW, Alan Biddle, WA4SCA, Drew
Glasbrenner, K04MA, and Tony Monteiro, AA2TX.

In addition to traditional submission of written nominations, which
remains unchanged and is the preferred method, nominations may be
made by electronic means. These include e-mail, FAX, or electronic
image of a petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to
MARTHA at AMSAT.ORG or faxed to 301-608-3410. Written nominations,
consisting of names, calls and individual signatures should be mailed
to: AMSAT-NA, 850 Sligo Ave #600, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. No matter
what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than June 15th at
the AMSAT-NA office. If the nomination is a traditional written
nomination, no other action is required. If it is other than this,
i.e. electronic, a verifying traditional written petition MUST be
received at the AMSAT-NA office at the above address within 7 days
following the close of nominations on June 15th. ELECTRONIC

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, AMSAT Corporate Secretary for the above


ARISS School Contacts 

John McCrae High School, Nepean, Ontario, Canada
The International Space Station school contact with participants at 
John McCrae High School, Nepean, Ontario, Canada on 17 April was
successful. The contact was completed via telebridge between OR4ISS 
and IK1SLD. 

John McCrae Secondary school is named after the Canadian poet and 
doctor who during World War I, wrote the famous war memorial poem 
"In Flanders Fields". With this heritage in mind the school hosts 
large community Remembrance Day ceremonies every November 11 and 
celebrates community works of art in the "Red Poppy" gallery. John 
McCrae students consistently rank among the best academic perform-
ers in the province, gaining post secondary acceptance across North 
America and winning many entrance scholarships.

Gray Mountain Primary School, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
The International Space Station school contact with participants at 
Gray Mountain Primary School, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada on 23 April 
was successful. The contact was completed via telebridge with IK1SLD.

The incredible opportunity to speak with the ISS and Chris Hadfield 
has sparked a frenzy of space related themes and ideas throughout the
school and inspired the community. The small school has been trans-
formed into a space education station with student-created learning 
displays and artwork throughout. The kids have been reading and writ-
ing using space to inspire imaginations and incorporating space ex-
ploration into math and science lessons. A local artist is coming 
to build a life size Soyuz spacecraft out of recycled materials with 
the Grade 2s and 3s. 

Upcoming School Contacts This Week:
+ Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME, telebridge via IK1SLD
  on Tuesday, April 23 at 14:38:47 UTC.

+ Maani Ulujuk Ilinniarvik (MUI), Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada, 
  telebridge via IK1SLD on Thursday, April 25 at 14:34:36 UTC. 

+ Istituto d'Istruzione Superiore Euclide, Bari, Italy, telebridge 
  via IZ7RTN on Saturday, April 27 at 11:17:19 UTC. 

ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above  contacts. Due to 
issues with the Kenwood radio that are not fully  understood at pre-
sent, the Ericsson radio is going to be used for these contacts. 
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


Order AMSAT/TAPR Dayton Banquet Tickets in the AMSAT Store

AMSAT Hotel News
Per Martha at the AMSAT Office, the entire block of AMSAT rooms for
Hamvention 2013 are now taken, and no more will be available.

Friday Evening AMSAT/TAPR Banquet at Dayton
Tickets for the dinner are $30 each, and must be purchased from the 
AMSAT Store at http://store.amsat.org/catalog/ by Tuesday, May 14.

The dinner will be held at:

The Kohler Presidential Banquet Center
4548 Presidential Way
Kettering, OH 45429

Doors open at 1830 for a cash bar with buffet dinner served at 1915. 

Seating is limited to the number of meals we reserve with the Kohler
caterers, based on the number of tickets sold by the deadline. Tick-
ets will not be sold at Dayton, but tickets purchased online may be 
collected at the AMSAT booth (444-446 and 433-435).

Join us for a fun evening with good food, great company, and an
outstanding speaker.

This year's speaker will be Bruce Perens, K6BP, with a humorous his-
tory of technology evangelism:  "The Evangelist's Dilemma: Driving 
New Ideas With Nothing But Words." As you can imagine, when you're 
promoting new ideas, there are things that inevitably go wrong. Bruce 
will pull examples from his history with Open Source, No-Code, Soft-
ware Freedom, Codec2, and Open Hardware, and he'll introduce a few 
of the new battle grounds.

[ANS thanks AMSAT's 2013 Dayton Committee for the above information]


Registration for the SA AMSAT Space Symposium is Now Open

SA AMSAT will hold its annual space symposium in Pretoria at the 
Innovation Hub on Saturday 18 May 2012. The keynote speaker will 
be McLean Sibanda, the CEO of the Innovation Hub with the subject 
"Innovation is everyone's business". The agenda is packed with in-
teresting presentations and demonstrations. The symposium is spon-
sored by Telkom.

Make your booking now to benefit from the early registration package.
Full details and the registration form are available on

SARL and SA AMSAT members enjoy preferential rates. The registration
fee includes a CD of all the papers as well as refreshments and a
light lunch.

[ANS thanks the SARL News in English for April 13, 2013 for the 
 above information]


Inspiration and Success: The Story Behind N1LF's 1st Satellite QSO

Les Rayburn, N1LF sent a message to the amsat-bb on April 14 which
describes his ham radio journey to his first amateur satellite con-
tact via FO-29.

Les wrote:
I've been a ham well over 40 years, since my childhood. Back then, I 
could barely afford the Heathkit transmitter, Halicrafters receiver, 
knife switch, and longwire antenna that made up my shack.

My elmer used to let me borrow his copy of QST and I'd dream about 
all the great adventures that I'd have "someday" in ham radio. Being
a child of the Space Age, key among them were anything related to 
the New Frontier.

EME (Moonbounce), Meteor Scatter, and satellites all seemed like 
the stuff of science fiction---and I longed to experience them all. 
But they were exotic, and required equipment far beyond my reach. 
I resolved to accomplish them all someday and added them to a sort 
of ham radio "bucket list" that I hoped to accomplish before my ham 
career was over.

Five years ago, shortly after getting started in weak signal VHF 
work, I checked off the first item on that list. Working meteor 
scatter contacts with the aid of WSJT software, and during a Per-
seid shower, even using SSB. What a thrill to make contacts off 
the ionized gasses of those tiny rocks. Thanks Joe Taylor!

Tonight, I managed to check off a second. I worked Art, K4YYL on 
FO-29, a Japanese amateur satellite!

My journey to the "birds" started about a month ago when I joined 
AMSAT, determined that 2013 was going to be "the year" when I fin-
ally got active on satellites. I purchased a copy of SATPC32 soft-
ware, because I knew that it could control my IC-910H--hopefully 
making it easier to get active.

After listening to a few passes on both the FM and the SSB/CW birds, 
I decided to try my luck on the less-crowded FO-29. A brief CQ was 
quickly answered by Art. I adjusted the tuning knob just a bit to 
correct for the Doppler effect, and voila! there he was clear as a 

We had a brief QSO of perhaps ten minutes or so, and then we signed. 
I was quickly called by K4FEG near Memphis in EM55---who just wanted 
to welcome me to the birds!

Man, what a thrill! And it wasn't tough at all.

I'm using a 7 element 432 antenna tilted up to 15 degrees (fixed) 
and a 6 element 2 Meter beam tilted up to about 10 degrees (fixed) 
both inside my crowded attic. The SSB Electronics pre-amp helps a 
ton on 432, and the 1/2" hardline makes sure that I don't lose too 
much signal. So far, I've been able to copy the birds down to about 
2 degrees above the horizon using this setup.

Now to attempt that EME contact! I've got a 12 element Yagi just 
waiting to deploy in the driveway once the weather warms a bit. Hop-
ing to use WSJT to work one of the monster stations on EME. All this
in a deed-restricted HOA neighborhood.

I wasted 35+ years on HF----man, all the fun really is in the World 
Above 50 MHz! Thanks for helping to make a boy's dreams come true at 
age 51!

[ANS thanks and congratulates Les Rayburn, N1LF for the above 


RockOn 2013 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university and community college faculty and students are 
invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch 
a scientific experiment into space. NASA's Wallops Flight Facility 
in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2013 workshop June 15-20, 2013, 
in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. 
Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration dead
line for the workshop is May 1, 2013.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that 
fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work to-
gether in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding rocket 
payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experiments 
will fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more 
than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as 
part of the student-led science and engineering research. The pro-
gram engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineer-
ing and mathematics skills critical to NASA's future engineering, 
scientific and technical missions.

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit:

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be 
directed to Chris Koehler by email at koehler at colorado.edu or by 
telephone at 303-492-3141.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- April 18, 2013
 for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ A web-based Software Defined Radio for the 5, 7 and 14 MHz bands 
  is now available on the new RSGB website. The "Web SDR receiver" 
  link can be found under the "MyRSGB" drop-down menu. Also on the 
  new site are "Live DX Cluster" and "Live solar data" pages under 
  the "News" drop-down menu. See: http://www.rsgb.org/

+ The Florida Today newspaper published a story about the Merritt 
  Island High School CubeSat project called StangSat. See:

+ Video from the CanSat Leader Training Program is posted at:
  CanSats are tiny satellites, built to fit in the same space as a 
  soda-can. UNISEC is running a training program in Japan later this 
  year, to train people on how to build and teach building of these 
  ingenious devices. See: http://www.unisec.jp/flash/index-e.html
  (via Southgate)

+ NASA has posted videos celebrating Earth Month and specifically 
  Earth Day (April 22) from ISS imagery:
  Another Earth Month video from satellite imagery is posted at:

+ The Goddard Space Flight Center posted the best views of Earth 
  from space in the last year, including true color satellite images,
  Earth science data visualizations, time lapses from the Interna-
  tional Space Station, and computer models: 

+ Two UrtheCast cameras - one medium-resolution still camera and one 
  high-resolution video camera are planned for launch on the Progress 
  53P cargo supply mission on October 16, 2013. The cameras will be 
  installed on the Zvezda Service Module of the Russian segment of 
  the ISS, during its crew spacewalks. Soon after installation, 
  Earth imagery and video will begin transmitting to ground stations 
  across the globe via an existing high-speed downlink from the ISS, 
  then streamed to the web. Read the full story at:

[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 addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT 

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. And with that please keep in mind that the integral of 
(1/cabin)d(cabin) is a natural log cabin, of course!

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

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