[amsat-bb] ANS-201 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun Jul 20 03:21:41 UTC 2014


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:

* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail
* AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium Coming Soon
* Upcoming Potential Satellite DX Operations
* AMSAT Presentations from the 2014 ARRL Centennial Celebration Available
* Orbital Sciences Cygnus Cargo Ship Launched to ISS
* Louisiana Tech University Online Course -- Steps to STEM

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ANS-201 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 201.01
July 20, 2014
BID: $ANS-201.01

AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail

Ballots have been mailed to the AMSAT-NA membership in good standing and 
must be
returned to the AMSAT-NA office by 15 SEP 2014 in order to be counted.  
sent outside North America were sent by air mail.  If you have not 
received your
ballot package in a reasonable time for your QTH, please contact the 
office.  Your returned ballot should be sent as promptly as possible, 
and those
from outside North American preferably by air mail or other expedited 

Normally there would be 3 full Board seats open this year, plus 2 
However, with the passing of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX (SK), there will be an
additional full Board seat open to fill the remainder of his term. This 
that the top three recipients of votes will have two-year terms, the 
fourth most
vote recipient will serve as full member for one year.  The fifth and sixth
highest vote recipients will serve as first and second Alternate, 
You may vote for up to 4 individuals.

Election of board members is both an obligation as well as an 
opportunity by our
membership to help shape the future direction of AMSAT-NA.  Please take 
the time
to review the candidate statements that accompany the ballot and 
determine who
you wish to see on the Board.

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, for the above information]


AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium Coming Soon

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium takes place July 25-27, 2014 
at the
Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom.

The presentations will cover a number of amateur satellites which carry
transponders including LituanicaSAT-1 (LO-78), KLETSkous, Fox-1 and 
FUNcubes 1
(AO-73), 2, 3 (EO-79) and 4.

The return of the NASA spacecraft ISEE-3 (ICE) has caught the attention 
of the
media recently with the attempts by volunteers to receive and command the
spacecraft. There will be ISEE-3 presentations by two members of the 
Bochum team.

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, for the above information]


Upcoming Potential Satellite DX Operations

Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, Editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
reported the following possible satellite opportunities in the July
14, 2014 Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1171:

TF, ICELAND. Operators Jaime/EA4TV and Montse/EA4GCA will be active as
TF/EA4TV and TF/EA4GCA during their holiday between July 20-31st.
Activity will be holiday style using a FT-817nd into a Buddistick for
HF and an arrow antenna for satellites, if possible. QSL via their
home callsign (see info on QRZ.com).

XR0, EASTER ISLAND (Update). Operators Cristian/CE2WTF and
Manuel/CE2NTT will be active from Isla de Pascua (SA-001) starting
0000z, August 2nd, ending 0000z, August 4th. Manuel informs OPDX that
their special callsigns could be one of the following:

Activity will be on 40/20/15/10/6 meters using SSB. They will also use
Echolink and Hamshere, and possibly QRP LEO satellites. Look for
details and updates on: http://www.ce2ntt.blogspot.com

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


AMSAT Presentations from the 2014 ARRL Centennial Celebration Available

Five presentations were made by AMSAT at the All Day Thursday Training 
during the ARRL Centennial Celebration and National Convention in Hartford
Connecticut July 17, 2014. PowerPoints from AMSAT's training track 
on "Working Satellites" have been made available.


[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


Orbital Sciences Cygnus Cargo Ship Launched to ISS

On Jul 13 the third Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo ship, SS Janice Voss, was
launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island on an
Antares 120 rocket. The Voss cargo ship arrived at the ISS on July 16.

The 5000 kg Voss carried supplies for the ISS, as well as two Nanoracks 
containing a total of 29 3U cubesats:

+ Techedsat-4 to demonstrate exobrake technology test for
   NASA-Ames and San Jose State U

+ 28 Flock-1b imaging satellites for PlanetLabs intended to
   be deployed from the Kibo airlock over the coming months.
   The June 19 Dnepr launch delivered 11 Flock-1c 3U PlanetLabs
   cubeSats. All these will replace the 28 Flock-1 satellites
   which were launched earlier this year, but according to Space-
   Track all but three have now reentered.

[ANS thanks Jonathan's Space Report, No. 699, Sunday, July 13, 2014 for the
above information]


Louisiana Tech University Online Course -- Steps to STEM

NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement - Louisiana Tech
University is teaming up with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to
offer a 10-week course for educators interested in putting a
space-themed twist on learning. The course is designed to be a
self-paced, online professional development experience focusing on
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education
resources available from NASA. These resources have application
methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing
high quality STEM education utilizing NASA's unique capabilities.

Applications are due Aug. 30, 2014.

For more information and to enroll in the course, visit

Questions about these courses should be directed to Amy McDowell at
amy.mcdowell at nasa.gov

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- July 10, 2014 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

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

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