[amsat-bb] ANS-061 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Mar 2 07:33:06 PST 2014


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
active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating
through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

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In this edition:

* ISS Amateur Radio CubeSats Deployed
* Successful launch of ham radio satellites
* LituanicaSAT-1 Lithuanian CubeSat
* LitSat-1 with linear transponder deployed
* ITF-1 CubeSat Team Request Reports
* AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention -- First call for volunteers
* Free Online Course -- Space Systems Engineering 101
* Free NASA Online Course -- Teaching Tomorrow's Engineers
* Ham Video Commissioning now scheduled
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 061.01
March 2, 2014
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ISS Amateur Radio CubeSats Deployed

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at 0730 UT astronaut Koichi Wakata
KC5ZTA deployed a batch of amateur radio CubeSats from the
International Space Station (ISS).

LituanicaSAT-1, LitSat-1, ArduSat-2 (2U), UAPSAT and the 915 MHz
SkyCube were successfully ejected from a NanoRacks deployment pod.

At 0855 UT Dmitry Pashkov UB4UAD received the LituanicaSAT-1 beacon.
and received LitSat-1 at 1030 UT.

At 1022 UT Mike Rupprecht DK3WN received LitSat-1. Mike had heard
UAPSAT at 0845 UT.

The Peruvian Chasqui 1 CubeSat was also onboard the ISS. At the time
of writing it is unclear if this has also deployed.

Frequency information at

UB4UAD website in Google English http://tinyurl.com/UB4UAD

DK3WN satellite blog http://www.dk3wn.info/p/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Successful launch of ham radio satellites

On Thursday, February 27 at 1837 UT a cluster of Japanese amateur
radio satellites were launched from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at
the Tanegashima Space Center

At 1948 UT Francisco Jimenez-Martin Sanchez EA1JM received the
437.325 CW (A1A) beacon from the ARTSAT1:INVADER CubeSat

Also on the first pass at 1952 UT Jan van Gils PE0SAT received
STARS-II (comprises Mother and Daughter satellites)

The student team that developed the ITF-1 CubeSat would appreciate
any reports of their satellite on 437.525 MHz FM Morse code, see

Frequencies and further information on these satellites is at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


LituanicaSAT-1 Lithuanian CubeSat

The amateur radio CubeSat LituanicaSAT-1, call sign LY5N, was
developed by Lithuanian university students and young engineers and
was deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) on
Friday, February 28.

The team ask radio amateurs and SWL’s to listen for the FM Morse
code beacon on 437.275 MHz after deployment and submit reports (see
Tracking below). They say there will be Mission emblem stickers with
signed QSL cards and for the first 10 registered reports,
LituanicaSAT-1 branded note books!

The tiny satellite is just 10x10x10 cm with a mass of 1.090 kg yet
it has a VGA camera and a 145/435 MHz FM voice transponder, designed
and built by Lithuanian radio amateurs.

The prototype of the FM repeater has been operating in the home of
its designer Žilvinas Batisa LY3H in Elektrenai, Lithuania. Further
information at http://ly3h.epalete.com/?p=303

The communications payload comprises:
• FM Morse Code Beacon 437.275 MHz LY5N
• FM Voice Repeater 145.950 MHz uplink (PL 67 Hz CTCSS) 435.180 MHz
• AX.25 Packet Radio 145.850 MHz uplink 437.550 MHz downlink 9600
  baud FSK, FM

LituanicaSAT-1 uses passive magnetic attitude control system
consisting of permanent magnets that create a control torque and soft
magnets that provide dampening torque using hysteresis effect.
Following attitude sensors are implemented for attitude determination:
• PS-MPU-6000A MEMS motion sensor
• PS-MPU-9150A MEMS motion sensor
• L3GD20 MEMS three-axis digital output gyroscope
• HMC5883L three axes digital magnetometer

There are two computers in LituanicaSAT-1: the flight computer based
on ARM Cortex-M4F microcontroller and secondary (back-up) computer
based on Arduino ATMega 2560 microcontroller. These two computers and
their periphery are laid out on different sides of one shared PCB.
The flight computer is the central control unit of the satellite
responsible for maintaining the normal operating mode of the
satellite, monitoring and control of energy resources, control of
attitude determination sub-system and performance of telecommands
received from the satellite ground station in Lithuania.

The LituanicaSAT-1 team developed the secondary flight computer
based on the open source hardware and software project named Arduino.
This computer will ensure limited, however safe functionality of the
satellite in case of failure of the main onboard computer and will
also take and record the first pictures made by Lithuanians from
space as well as control the radio beacon of the satellite.

There are 4 monopole antennas on LituanicaSAT-1: three UHF antennas
and one VHF antenna. Each antenna is made of approx. 0.2 mm thick and
5 mm wide spring steel measurement tape. In deployed configuration,
all UHF antennas are pointed towards the Z+ body axis direction and
VHF antenna is pointed toward –Z body axis.

In the days after deployment LituanicaSAT-1 will be very close to
the International Space Station (ISS). To determine when you’ll be
able to hear the 437.275 MHz FM Morse code beacon look at the
position of the ISS on either the ISS Fan Club website at
http://issfanclub.com/ or the N2YO satellite tracking site at
http://n2yo.com/  (tick the Draw footprint box).

Due to Doppler shift the beacon may appear to be +/- 10 kHz of the
nominal frequency. Submit reception reports including small audio
file or any other data online at http://www.kosmonautai.lt/en/data-

• Web Google English http://tinyurl.com/KosmonautaiLituanicaSAT-1
• Wiki Google English http://tinyurl.com/WikiLituanicaSAT-1
• Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lituanicasat1

The LituanicaSAT-1 mission is specially dedicated to honor the 80th
Anniversary of the flight across the Atlantic by Lithuanian-American
pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas. Therefore the satellite
bears the name of the original aircraft used during this historic
flight – “Lituanica”.

On July 15, 1933, Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas took off from
Floyd Bennett Field in New York in their airplane Lituanica and flew
across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a distance of 6,411 kilometers
without landing, in 37 hours and 11 minutes. Tragically they crashed
by the village of Kuhdamm, near Soldin, Germany just 650 km from
their destination of Kaunas in Lithuania.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


LitSat-1 with linear transponder deployed

The amateur radio CubeSat LitSat-1, call sign LY1LS, was deployed
from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, February 28 at
0730 UT. It carries a 435/145 MHz linear transponder for SSB/CW

The LitSat-1 team have issued this statement:

Our country Lithuania is heading towards a historic moment – start
of the first Lithuanian satellite in space.  First ever Lithuanian
Cubesat Litsat1 was deployed from the International Space Station
(ISS) on Feb 28 at 07:30 UT from the International Space Station

We are very interested in getting the first data from our small
satellite as soon as possible, therefore we would like to ask your
help with that.

We will send special QSL cards for radio amateurs with first reports
about received signals from our satellite. The 3 stations first
received the signals from the LitSat1 satellite will receive QSL
cards signed by the High level officials of the Lithuanian government.

Please send your SWL reports (screen snapshots) with received packet
data of Litsat-1 beacon to Kaunas University of Technology Radio
Club. Contact point E-mail: address: litsat at ktu.lt

Please find below the technical data for the reception of Litsat 1:
Beacon/TLM down link 145.850 MHz
Beacon RF packets are AX.25 UI frames
https://www.tapr.org/pub_ax25.html Main parameters of the beacon
frames are: TX baud rate 9600 bps (G3RUH), repetition period ~4.5s,
beacon duration ~0.5 s, source call address – TNC, destination call
address – LY1LS.

Digital data: Telemetry
Digital communication with Litsat-1 is based on Helium 100 (HE-100)
The payload info field starts with the 2 header bytes “Bb”=0×4262
(Beacon broadcast), following with 2 bytes indicating further data
field length (should be 0×0087), then the sat status telemetry
structure (114 bytes) and finishing with the  short text message (21

For any other information you are very welcome to contact us:
litsat at ktu.lt

A linear transponder will be activated later.
Uplink 435.150 MHz LSB
Downlink  145.950 MHz USB
Bandwidth ±15 kHz from center
CW beacon   435.1375 MHz (LY1LS/B)
Normal mode – transponder, beacon OFF

73! Darius Kybartas LY3DA

Litsat-1 team
Kaunas University of Technology
Email: litsat at ktu.lt

LitSat-1 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/palydovas

President Congratulates Lithuanian Amateur Radio CubeSat Builders

Two Lithuanian Amateur Radio CubeSats Plan 2013 Launch To ISS

The other Lithuanian CubeSat deployed from the ISS on
Friday is LituanicaSAT-1 which carries a 145/435 MHz FM transponder.

The two Lithuanian groups built the CubeSats in 2013 which was the
80th anniversary of the historic flight by Lithuanian pilots Steponas
Darius and Stasys Girenas in the airplane Lituanica. On July 15,
1933, they took off from Floyd Bennett Field in New York and flew
across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a distance of 6,411 kilometers
without landing, in 37 hours and 11 minutes. Tragically they crashed
by the village of Kuhdamm, near Soldin, Germany just 650 km from
their destination of Kaunas in Lithuania.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


ITF-1 CubeSat Team Request Reports

The amateur radio CubeSat ITF-1 (YUI) plans to launched from
Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center on Thursday,
February 27.

Toshihiro Kameda JJ3GRX reports: The data reception App for our
satellite ITF-1 (YUI) is now available at the Google Play Store. You
can find it with keyword “TSUMUGI” or “ITF-1?.

After deployment, the first path was right above western Europe from
7:20 pm on February 27 UT. It is before the path above Japan. We
strongly want to obtain reception data. Report via the Web Form is
greatly appreciated, but just e-mail “heard” would be very helpful.

The 1U CubeSat was built by students at the University of Tsukuba.
The formal name ITF-1 comes from the initial letter of the university
slogan “Imagine The Future”.  The satellite also has a popular name
YUI which means “bond” in Japanese, it came from the project’s
concept‚ “Creating the Worldwide Human Community”.

ITF-1 has the callsign JQ1ZLO and the 437.525 MHz satellite beacon
will send telemetry by a Morse Code audio tone on an FM transmitter
running 300 milliwatts output.

The Project Manager is Ms. Ayano Okamura a fourth-year student of
the College of Engineering Systems‚ School of Science and Engineering.

Preliminary Keplerian Two Line Elements (TLEs) ‘Keps’

Detailed information is at

Launch of Japanese amateur radio satellites

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention -- First call for volunteers

Last year, we had 41 people assist with the AMSAT booth at the
Dayton.  It was the efforts of those volunteers that made the 2013
Dayton Hamvention a success for AMSAT.

The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers,
and builders makes the whole experience for participants a lot of fun.

The 2014 Hamvention is May 16-18.  Would you consider helping AMSAT
at Dayton this year?

Whether you're available for only a couple of hours or if you can
spend the entire weekend with us, your help would be greatly

Please send an e-mail to Steve, n9ip at amsat dot org if you can help.

[ANS thanks Steve N9IP for the above information]


Free Online Course -- Space Systems Engineering 101

Space Systems Engineering 101, a new massive open online course from
NASA and the Saylor Foundation, launches on March 3, 2014. The
six-week general-audience course is free to the public and provides a
unique opportunity to learn from and alongside NASA's engineers.
Students who participate can earn a free certificate.

The course will feature lectures from NASA scientists and engineers
and Google Plus Hangouts with NASA personnel. Winners of an optional
project competition will receive a chance to tour NASA's Goddard Space
Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

For more information and to register for the course, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Feb. 20, 2014 for the
above information]


Free NASA Online Course -- Teaching Tomorrow's Engineers

NASA Educator Professional Development and the National Science
Teachers Association have joined forces to create and offer this
first-of-its-kind online course for middle school educators.
Participants can earn a certificate acknowledging 15 hours of effort.
Graduate credit is available for a fee.

Module 1: Introduction to the Engineering Design Process
Event Dates: March 26, March 31, April 7 and April 17, 2014

Module 2 (optional): Implementing the Engineering Design Process in
Your Classroom
Event Dates: April 21 and April 28, 2014

For more information about the course and to register online, visit

Questions about this series opportunity should be directed to John
Entwistle at john.d.entwistle at nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message -- Feb. 27, 2014 for
the above information]


Ham Video Commissioning now scheduled

The Ham Video transmitter, which is stored in the Columbus module of
the International Space Station, will be installed March 6, 2014. The
transmitter will be powered on briefly, just the time needed to check
that the connection cables to the antenna, to the power supply and to
the camera are installed properly. All control LEDs nominal, the
transmitter will be considered ready for Commissioning and will be

The first Commissioning step is planned March 8. Michael S. Hopkins
KF5LJG will power on the Ham Video transmitter in configuration 1:
ARISS antenna 41 Frequency 2.422 GHz Symbol rate 1.3 Ms/s The
transmission will start shortly before the pass of the ISS over the
Matera ground station in south Italy at approximately 13.29 UTC.

The ground station will stream the video over the BATC server
http://www.batc.tv/ .Please select Member Streams and ISS.
During the pass, different configurations will be tested with ARISS
antenna 41.

After the pass, the Ham Video transmitter will stay powered on in
configuration 1 till the following Commissioning step, which is
planned Sunday March 9, 2014 at approximately 12.40 UTC.

For about 24 hours, the DATV signal will be transmitted permanently,
but the camera will be powered off. The reason is, that the camera is
battery powered and no provisions are made for frequent battery
replacement. This mode is called "blank" transmission.

During Commissioning step 2, different configurations will again be
tested, this time with ARISS antenna 43. The Matera ground station
will stream the video over the BATC server.

Possibly, blank transmissions will occur in the period between
Commissioning step 2 and the following step, which is not yet
We will circulate Ham TV Bulletins to inform on blank transmissions.

Reports on reception of blank transmissions are very welcome.
Reports can be filed via this webpage:
Participants using the Tutioune receiving software, developed by
Jean Pierre Courjaud F6DZP, can record as well as stream detailed
parameters of the received signal. Please see:
http://www.vivadatv.org/ http://www.vivadatv.org/
Thank you for your participation

[ANS thanks Gaston ON4WF, Stefan VE4NSA and HamTV Bulletin #7 the
above information]



Succesful Contacts

+ A Successful contact was made between Exploration Place, Wichita,
KS, USA, and Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA using callsign NA1SS.
The contact began 2014-02-28 16:24:0418:04 UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes.
Contact was direct via WØSOE. ARISS Mentor was W5IU.

Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages interactive
environments, hands-on experiences, Kansas' largest domed theater -
the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium - imaginative spaces, and
outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic
Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kan.   www.exploration.org .
www.facebook.com/ExplorationPlace . www.Twitter.com/DiscoverAtEP

Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet Elementary is
located in Wichita, Kansas. Mueller became an aerospace and
engineering magnet in 2008 and received a federal grant in 2010 to
support the magnet themes with new curriculum, professional
development, supplies and technology for teaching aerospace and
engineering with a STEM emphasis. It is the only aerospace magnet in
the state of Kansas and the first school in Kansas to identify itself
as a STEM magnet school.

The Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Inc., established in December, 1932,
is organized as a 501c3 Non Profit corporation. Its objectives and
purposes are to encourage the public to recognize the value of the
amateur radio service and enhance the voluntary noncommercial
communication service by providing emergency and other useful
communication; extend every amateur operator's ability to contribute
to the advancement of the radio art; improve the service by advancing
skills in the communication and technical areas; expand the number of
trained operators and technicians in the amateur radio corp.; and
enhance international gook will through amateur radio.

For this ARISS event these three entities are came together to
provide a unique opportunity for the students to speak to astronauts
on board the ISS. The contact would not have been possible without
technical assistance from the Wichita Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Exploration Place has worked with Mueller Elementary for several
years on projects and is excited to once again provide this
opportunity with support from NASA.

+ A Successful contact was made between Musashino Elementary School of
Hamura-shi, Hamura, Japan, and Astronaut Koichi Wakata KC5ZTA using
callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2014-03-01 08:14:19 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via 8N1MA. ARISS
Mentor was 7M3TJZ.

Hamura city is located in about 45 kilometers to west from Tokyo-to
center, and is wrapped in naturalness around the Tama River.
The area is 9.91 square kilometers. The Tama River flows to the
south from the west of city, and it's learned about as a town with an
intake of the Tamagawa water supply excavated in the Edo Period.
The Musashino elementary school was founded in 1979 and 610 students
are on the register now.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Space experiments "about Gagarin FROM  SPACE"
Centre Tourism and Youth Policy Ruzaevo Municipal District, Republic
of Mordovia, direct via UB3UAD
Contact is a go for 2014-03-02 10:24  UTC

Space experiments "about Gagarin FROM SPACE"
Center of Space  Communications, St. Petersburg, who are winners
of the contest "Ask your  question astronaut.",direct via RA1AJN
Contact is a go for 2014-03-03 09:33  UTC

Space experiments "about Gagarin FROM SPACE"
Secondary  school ? 50 YA Gagarin Kursk, direct via RW3W
Contact is a go for 2014-03-03  11:09 UTC

Central Square Middle School Amateur Radio Club, Central  Square, NY,
direct via KC2ILA
Contact is go for: Mon 2014-03-03 14:05:15 UTC

Rock Bridge Elementary School, Columbia, MO, direct via  KMØR
Contact is a go for: Wed 2014-03-05 14:00:13 UTC

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ ITF-1 information right after deployment requested.

  JJ3GRX Toshi, project member of the satellite ITF-1 "YUI" launched
  on Feb.27, reports "As you may know, we have not succeeded to
  receive any signal from the satellite."

  We are gathering the information especially before 1st reach to

  If you monitored 437.525MHz between 19:13 - 20:15 Feb.27 (UTC),
  please report the information.

  "Monitored the freq. but no signal" is now very precious
  information for us. If it is the case for many stations, we must
  consider the power supply problem.

  Providing the information is greatly appreciated.

  [ANS thanks Toshihiro KAMEDA, JJ3GRX for the above information]

+ Owen Garriott (W5LFL) will speak about his experiences on Skylab at
  the National Air and Space Museum on March 13. Tickets are free but
  must be reserved at
  [ANS thanks Dan Schultz N8FGV for the above information]

+ CQ-DATV 9 (March) is now available for download from

+ Celebrating Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's 80th Birthday

  Keep an ear open during the entire month of March for Russian
  special event station UE 80 HS.

  This operation is being held to celebrate the 80th anniversary of
  Russia's first astronaut Yuri Gagarin who was born on March 9th

  Gagarin was the first human to journey into space when his Vostok
  spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on  April 12th, 1961.

  If you work UE 80 HS, please QSL via RW 6 HS.

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

+ Satellite Activation Planned From Isle of Lewis

  Members of the Camb-Hams will once again be active as GS3PYE/p, but
  this time from the Decca cottage, on the Isle of Lewis (IOSA OH01,
  SCOTIA HI21, WLOTA 1477, Outer Hebrides, between April 26th and May
  3rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using five stations on the
  air, simultaneously, and all capable of running the legal power
  limit from five amplifiers. Also, look them on 6m and 4m which has
  a great take-off to the UK and Europe using the legal power limit.
  With the success of EME in the past years, the group plans a 2m
  and 23cm EME station with a focus on 23cm. There will also be
  2m/70cm Satellite activity. QSL via M1ACB. For more information and
  updates, visit:

  [ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1152 for the above



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EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
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