[amsat-bb] ANS-196 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sat Jul 13 20:00:06 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:

* 2013 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballot Mailing This Week
* 2013 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium This Week
* 2013 Central States VHF Society Conference 26-28 July
* The Whale's HTs Don't Have PL
* Scotland Portable Satellite Operation in August
* ARISS News
* This Week in Space History

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ANS-195 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 195.01
July 14, 2013
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2013 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballot Mailing This Week

This year there are eight candidates running for the AMSAT-NA Board of
Directors.  The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes
will be seated as voting Board Members with two year terms.  The two
candidates receiving the next highest number of votes will be
non-voting Alternate Board Members with terms of one year.  Please
vote for no more than four candidates.

Ballots will be mailed to members in good standing by July 15th, and
must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office no later than the close of
business on September 15th, 2013. If you have not received your ballot
by August 1st, please contact the AMSAT Office. Ballots sent to
members outside North America are automatically sent via air mail.  It
is suggested that they be returned the same way.

AMSAT-NA Board candidates in alphabetical order by last name:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Steve Coy, K8UD
Frank Griffin, K4FEG
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Brian Klofas, KF6ZEO
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


2013 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium This Week

The 2013 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will start late
afternoon on Friday, July 19 and will run through until the afternoon
on Sunday, July 21 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, UK.

It will be preceded by a "Hands-on" CubeSat Workshop. This free
workshop will take place at the nearby University of Surrey on Friday,
July 19 and this will be followed, at the hotel, by the usual
Colloquium "Beginners Session" in the late afternoon.

It is anticipated that both the FUNcube-1 and FUNcube-2 missions will
be launched later this year and the FUNcube team will be on hand to
talk about the missions and the planned educational outreach. A full
demonstration of the Engineering Model, which has been performing
flawlessly for almost a year, will also be provided.

For those unable to attend it is planned to stream the presentations on the web
to a global audience.

The video streaming should be available on the Live Events section of the BATC
website at http://batc.tv/

The Colloquium schedule (times in BST, GMT+1) can be seen at

Further details and booking information at

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]


2013 Central States VHF Society Conference 26-28 July

The 2013 Central States VHF Society Conference committee invites you to a full
weekend of VHF/UHF activity the weekend of July 26th-through-July 28th.

This 47th Annual Conference is being held at the Elk Grove Village Holiday Inn
at 1000 Busse Rd located at the South-West corner Route 83 and Landwehr Road in
Elk Grove Village.

The activities begin Friday morning at 9AM with antenna range gain measurements
and pre-amp noise figure measurement contests. Technical Programs are held
Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. The detailed Agenda and full information
can be found at;

The Society is fortunate to be able to welcome noted VHF/UHF and 10 Ghz
enthusiast Mr Dave Sumner K1ZZ, Chief Executive Officer of the ARRL to this
year's conference as our Keynote Speaker. Please plan to attend Saturday's
Banquet when you sign-up for the Conference.

Registrations for the Banquet will close on Thursday the 18th of July so please
take time now to reserve your dinner selection;


The Forum Speakers and Topics for the 2013 Central States VHF Society
Conference - Chicago/Elk Grove Village will include;

James Kennedy, K6MIO(/KH6)
   Worldwide Es Propagation on 27-29 June 2012

Kent Britain, WA5VJB
   Unusual Antennas for Unusual Applications

James Froemke, K0MHC
   Where have all the ROVERS gone

Ed Krome, K9EK
   Building and Testing VHF/UHF Power Amps based 
on the Freescale LD-MOS Modules

James Kennedy, K6MIO(/KH6)
   Solar Cycle Update

Wayne Overbeck, N6NB
   Building a Tower Trailer for Roving (and Why!)

Jon Platt, W0ZQ
   Gitchi Gami and the 2012 ARRL 10 GHz Contest

Terry Price, W8ZN
   1.5 kW Larcan 222 MHz Amplifier

Keith Pugh, W5IU
   AMSAT and ARISS Update 2013

Al Ward, W5LUA
   Working Small Stations on 10 and 24 GHz EME with help of WSJT

Gerald Johnson, K0CQ
   Multiple "mini"-topics (Antenna Modeling, Test "Tricks" to better your GHz
   signal, Soldering)

Central States VHF Society Sponsored Activities and Awards -
This will be s moderated session that will recognize the
2012-2013 States Above 50 MHz results, Reverse VUCC and the
2013 VHF & Up Spring Sprints. This session will extend into a discussion of the
Future of the Spring VHF & Up Sprints.

[ANS thanks Kermit, W9XA, for the above information]


The Whale's HTs don't have PL

HamRadioNow episode 85, released July 9 features an interview with a
pair of AMSAT VP's discussing AMSAT's Fox-1 Satellite.

Getting a launch date for a new satellite ­ even a date more than a
year out ­ is exciting at AMSAT. In this episode, we talk to a pair
of AMSAT VP's. Tony Montiero AA2TX handles Engineering, and Mark
Hammond N8MH does Education.We talk about what Fox-1 will do (an FM
crossband repeater that will also relay data from onboard science
experiments). And we learn how AMSAT must transition from a bunch of
hams who put up satellites that we can talk through, to a provider of
the physical platform and communications for educational experiments
for school grades K thru Post-Grad.... that also has transponders and
repeaters that hams can use.

And the Whale's HTs? Well, you're just going to have to watch.


[ANS thanks Gary Pearce KN4AQ and HamRadioNow for the above


Scotland Portable Satellite Operation in August

Paul, 2E1EUB, will once again be active as 2M1EUB for 14 days beginning August
5th. He will be driving around Scotland for anyone looking for new grids or
grids they have not worked yet. Activity will be on 160m, 80m, and the
satellites (mostly AO-7 B/A mode), as well as 2m 
SSB. He does accept E-mails and
will arrange skeds to work him at <2e1eub at amsat.org>. Check out QRZ.com under
2M1EUB for more info and updates.

[ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin for the above information]



Successful ARISS Contacts

+ A Successful contact was made between Scout Canada Jamboree,
Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada and Astronaut Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP
using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 16:31 UTC 2013-07-08 and
lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via

CJ'13 was a gathering of up to 6500 youth, leaders and volunteers in
Sylvan Lake, Alberta from July 6-13.  This wass the largest gathering
of scouts in Canada.  CJ'13 brought people from across the country
and around the world together for the ultimate scouting experience.
Scouts shared friendship and adventure while experiencing personal
development that only a jamboree experience can bring.  Scouts hiked
near glaciers, dug for bones, learned about the challenges of space
exploration, raided a castle, and dove for buried treasure.  The week
was one scouts will never forget!

+ A Successful contact was made between Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino
Gesu', Rome, State of Vatican City and Astronaut Luca Parmitano,
KF5KDP using callsign IRØISS. The contact began 12:36 UTC 2013-07-10
and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was dirct via HV2VO.

Created in 1869 through a generous initiative of the Salviati
family, and donated to the Holy See in 1924, the Bambino Gesù
Children's Hospital is now a comprehensive children's polyclinic. In
1985, it has been formally recognized by the Italian Ministry of
Health as "Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico" IRCCS
(Research Hospital), and it is now one of the three Paediatric IRCCS
in Italy, and the only one for Central and Southern Regions. The
Hospital is a reference point in Italy and abroad and it is connected
to the most important paediatric centres in Europe and the United
States. Healthcare and research.

Upcoming ARISS Contacts	

+ Boy Scouts of America, 2013 National Jamboree, K2BSA,  Mount Hope,
   WV, direct via K2BSA
   Contact is a go for: Sat 2013-07-20 15:34:46  UTC

+ Colegio Urugua, El Pinar, Uruguay, via LU8YY
   Contact is a go for: Sat 2013-07-20 19:05:21 UTC

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

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]


This Week in Space History

   July 14
   1965 Mariner 4 completes first successful flyby of Mars
   1967 Surveyor 4 Launched
   2008 MESSENGER first Mercury flybay

   July 15
   1975 Apollo 18 Launched Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Last Apollo
   2009 STS-127 Endeavour Launched

   June 16
   1969 Apollo 11 Launched
   2011 Dawn Spacecraft orbits Vesta

   June 17
   1975 Apollo-Soyuz dock in orbit
   1984 Soyuz T-12 Launched 100th human space flight

   June 18
   1921 John Glenn Born
   1966 Gemini X Launched
   1980 India becomes 7th nation to launch its own satellite

   June 19
   1967 Explorer 35 Launched
   1985 NASA selects Christa McAuliffe as first private citizen to
        travel in space

   June 20
   1969 First Humans Walk on Moon (Apollo 11)
   1976 Viking 1 Lands on Mars
   1999 Liberty Bell 7 capsule recovered from Atlantic Ocean after 28

   [ANS thanks The Planetary Society for the above information]


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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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