[amsat-bb] ANS-167 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Jun 16 14:14:54 PDT 2013


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In this edition:

* HAM Video for the ISS Announced by ARISS
* AMSAT Videos from Dayton Hamvention
* AMSAT Area Coordinator Kevin Smith, N3HKQ, now SK
* Fox-2 MPPT Team Selected In TI Design Contest
* AMSAT Field Day 2013 - One More Time
* Wilse Morgan WX7P (ex-KL7CQ) SK
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-167 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 167.01
DATE June 16, 2013
BID: $ANS-167.01

HAM Video for the ISS Announced by ARISS

ARISS-Europe Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF has drafted an overview
of a new "Ham Video" DATV downlink
system on S-Band being developed for placement on the International
Space Station later this year.
The equipment is being developed by Kayser Italia under contract
with the European Space Agency using
a Canon XF-305 camera provided by NASA. The equipment is currently
slated for deployment to the ISS on
Japan Space Agency's HTV-4 in August 2013. HTV is Japan's H-II
Transfer Vehicle for resupplying the
International Space Station.

Gaston's paper provides an overview of both the equipment that is
being placed on the ISS as well as
discusses ground station requirements.  The ESA contract calls for
Kayser Italia to provide five
ground stations for placement in Europe that will be "chained" to
provide overlapping video reception
coverage, with the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) serving as
a central server site for
receiving video from these ground stations and making it freely
available to others via the internet.
It is hoped that amateurs will support other ground station "chains"
in other countries as multiple
stations are needed to provide up to 15 minutes of video in support
of school contacts.

Gaston's paper with block diagram and photographs of key components
will be available soon on the
AMSAT website (www.amsat.org).

[ANS thanks ANS thanks Gaston Bartels, ON4WF for this information
for the above information]


AMSAT Videos from Dayton Hamvention

A series of videos taken during the AMSAT Forum during The Dayton
Hamvention have been released.

+ AMSAT ARISS Program Status, by Frank KA3HDO - 2013 Dayton Hamvention

+ AMSAT Education and You, by Mark N8MH - 2013 Dayton Hamvention

+ AMSAT Status Report, by Barry WD4ASW - 2013 Dayton Hamvention

+ FUNcube Satellites, by Howard G6LVB - 2013 Dayton Hamvention

+ Fox Classroom Experiments, by Spence WA8SME - 2013 Dayton Hamvent

+ Fox-1 Status Update, by Tony AA2TX - 2013 Dayton Hamvention

You can view these videos, collectively, and lots of other AMSAT
video content by going to:

www.amsat.org and click on "AMSAT YOUTUBE CHANNEL"
or by going to www.youtube.com/AMSATNA

[ANS thanks AMSAT Steve N9IPand Andrew KO4MA,for the above


AMSAT Area Coordinator Kevin Smith, N3HKQ, now SK

Kevin Smith, N3HKQ, age 59, passed away suddenly Monday night, 10
June.  He had successfully battled a blood disorder for several
years, but was stricken Monday morning.

Kevin was an AMSAT Area Coordinator for many years and co-chaired
the team that hosted the 2007 AMSAT Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA.
Prior to that, he was a key player in executing an ARISS contact from
Upper St. Clair (PA) High School.  An enthusiastic member of the
Wireless Association of the South Hills (WASH) local club, Kevin was
always upbeat and positive, and looked forward to the satellite
contacts at Field Day, even after the loss of AO-13 and AO-40, and to
VHF/UHF operating.  He worked hard at the easy contacts, developing
ingenious lightweight hand-held antennas and means of controlling two
radios to make it all work for the one satellite contact.  He moved
on to the microwaves, building a 10 GHz kit when he could have bought
the completed DownEast Microwave transverter, and was working on one
of the W1GHZ transverters for 2.4 GHz.  A few weekends ago, several
WASH members did some work on his VHF/UHF antennas, and Kevin was
looking forward to the VHF contest this past weekend.  `He is known
to have made at least one 2-meter QSO.

Kevin is survived by his wife Peg, married son, Michael, and married
daughter, Jen.  His obituary may be found at,
In lieu of flowers, Kevin's family suggests memorial donations be
made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the MDS Foundation, or to
Be the Match.

[ANS thanks Jim Sanford, WB4GCS for the above information.]



Here is our latest induction into some of the AMSAT awards
community. There is a pretty good batch since the last report in

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for
making their first satellite QSO.
Jim Whitfield, K5JAW

The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement Award.
Alessio Vacondio, IK4IDY, #555

The following have earned the South Africa Satellite Communications
Achievement Award.
Joseph Fouquet, N5JF, #US185

The following have earned the AMSAT Sexagesimal Award.
George Carr, WA5KBH, #163
Zeljko Ulip, 9A2EY, #164
Alessio Vacondio, IK4IDY, #165

The following have earned the AMSAT W4AMI Award.
Alessio Vacondio, IK4IDY, #80

The following have earned the AMSAT W4AMI 5000 Award.
Doug Papay, KD8CAO, #30

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]


Fox-2 MPPT Team Selected In TI Design Contest

AMSAT sponsored a senior design project at the Rochester Institute
of Technology this academic year.
The students included senior EE majors:
Bryce Salmi KB1LQC
Brent Salmi KB1LQD
Ian MacKenzie KB3OCF
and Dan Corriero.

The project was to develop an MPPT circuit that could be used on a
future Fox-2 (3U) CubeSat. The students completed a working prototype
which was on display in our engineering booth at Dayton last month.

With my agreement and encouragement, the students entered this
project into Texas Instruments' 2013 Analog Design Contest for
university students.
See: http://tinyurl.com/mf6nzhr

I am happy to pass along the great news that the AMSAT MPPT project
was selected as one of the top 10 semi-finalists and the students
were invited on an all-expenses paid trip to TI's contest summit to
be held July 21-23 in Dallas where the final winners will be

Congratulations to the Fox-2 MPPT team!	

[ANS thanks Tony AA2TX for the above information]


AMSAT Dayton Volunteers Thanked / Asked for Feedback

First and most important, I want to thank each of you for your
assistance at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention.

I'm thrilled with our presence at Dayton this year.  In my opinion,
it went well because of the efforts of the 40+ volunteers who
assisted in so many different ways.  You made a difference.

As I'm wrapping up my Dayton notes, I'm looking for suggestions.
How can AMSAT make our presence next year at Dayton more effective?

Was there anything we did that made things more difficult for the
hams who stopped at the booth?

What can we do to attract more potential members and communicate the
excitement we feel about building, launching, and operating

Thanks again for all of your help.  It was truly a privilege working
with you!

73,Steve N9IP

Contact Dave with your feedback - seb at wintek dot com

[ANS thanks Steve N9IP for the above information]


AMSAT Field Day 2013 - One More Time

Every year AMSAT promotes a satellite version of Field Day during
the ARRL annual operating event which is held on the 4^th weekend in
June. This year Field Day will take place from 1800 UTC on Saturday
June 22, 2013 through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 23, 2013.

SaudiSat-Oscar-50 will be the only operational FM transponder
satellite this year. If you are considering only FM voice operating
for your AMSAT Field Day focus the single uplink/downlink channel
will be extremely challenging. As in prior years, this intense
congestion on FM LEO satellites drives the limitation in the rules
allowing their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes the
International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the ISS
is operating Voice. You will also be allowed one digital QSO with the
ISS or any other digital, non-store-and-forward, packet satellite (if

If you have worked the satellites on Field Day in recent years, you
may have noticed a lot of good contacts can be made on the linear
transponder satellites including VO-52, FO-29, and AO-7. During Field
Day the transponders come alive like 20 meters on a weekend. The
transponders on these satellites will support multiple simultaneous
SSB or CW contacts.

The AMSAT Field Day 2013 event is open to all Amateur Radio
operators. Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL
rules for Field Day. The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of
all amateur satellites, both analog and digital.

For the complete listing of the AMSAT Field Day Rules please refer
to the documents posted on-line at:



[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO
for the above information]


Wilse Morgan WX7P (ex-KL7CQ) SK

Wilse Morgan, WX7P (formerly KL7CQ) passed away June 13 in Rice,
Washington. He is survived by his wife, Gimmie AL7LB.

An ARRL Life Member, Wilse was an Assistant Section Manager for
Eastern Washington and was very active on satellites, PSK31, DXing
and contesting. In 2009 he was inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio
Hall of Fame.

During his 20 year tenure in Alaska as KL7CQ, he taught courses in
Amateur Radio at the University of Alaska and at Anchorage Community
College, graduating more than 800 licensed hams. As a Volunteer
Examiner, Wilse was involved in the very first VEC exam in the nation
and was the first VE certified by the local FCC office in Anchorage.

For more information

[ANS thanks AMSAT The ARRL and Patrick, WD9EWK/VA7EWK for the above



Succesful Contacts

+ A Succesful contact was completed with Belarus State Universtity,
Minsk, Republic of Belarus.
Contact began 2013-06-04 21:00 and lasted about 9 minutes and 30
seconds. Contact was direct.

+ A succssful contact was completed with participants at Astronomy
Camp, Tucson, AZ and Christopher J. Cassidy, KF5KDR, on 08 June. The
event began at 19:55 UTC. The duration of the contact was
approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact was telebridged
between NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact was audible over portions of
Australia and adjacent areas. The contact was conducted in English.

Astronomy Camp is a week-long residential program held at Kitt Peak
National Observatory and the Catalina Observatories near Tucson,
Arizona. Several thousand teenagers from 49 states and 20 countries
have attended the program since 1988, participating in an informal
education program involving hands-on activities in astronomy and
related subjects. The camp also operates workshops for adult leaders
in Girl Scouts, USA.

The ARISS contact dovetails well with the camp's projects involving
radio astronomy. The students engage in experiments with
electromagnetic energy, construct crystal radios, and tour the radio
telescope facilities at Kitt Peak, including climbing into the
antenna structure.

Upcoming Contacts

Liceo Scientifico Galileo Galilei, Catania, Italy,  telebridge via
Contact is a go for: Sat 2013-06-22 14:57:26 UTC 41  deg

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.

Current occupants of the ISS include
Exp.  35/36 on orbit
Pavel Vinogradov RV3BS
Aleksandr Misurkin
Christopher J.  Cassidy KF5KDR

Exp. 36/37 on orbit
Fyodor Yurchikhin  RN3FI
Karen L. Nyberg
Luca Parmitano  KF5KDP

Total number  of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 823.
Each school counts as 1  event.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 806.
Each  contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
Total number of  ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 44.

A complete year by year  breakdown of the contacts may be found in
the file.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Dave AA4KN, and Charlie AJ9N, for the above


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ APRS Messenger Android app now released

+ World QRP Day Monday 17 June

  Monday 17 June, is World QRP Day. Switch off the amplifier, turn
  down the power on your rig and try QRP power. How many kilometres
  per watt can you achieve. You will be amazed at what you can
  achieve with QRP. Best is, aim an antenna skyward and connect via
  a satellite using 5 watts or less.

+ According to Frank, K4FEG, Look for AO-7 to be in Mode "B" the
  entire duration of Field Day.



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Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership

This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org

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