[amsat-bb] ANS-068

Joe Spier wao at vfr.net
Sat Mar 8 23:30:15 PST 2014


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Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
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launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio

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In this edition:

* ISS HamTV Success (3-8-2014)
* ISS Ham Video now installed and ready for commissioning (3-6-2014)
* Satellite TLE Object ID’s
* FUNcube-1 (AO-73) 100+ days in orbit
* Mass Launch of 437 MHz Satellites
* Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL)— A 30th Birthday
   Celebration For UoSAT-2, OSCAR-11
* Two Close Calls For ZACUBE-1 CubeSat
* OSCAR DEMO and Youth Forum MAY 3, 2014
* Upcoming AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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ISS HamTV Success (3-8-2014)

On Saturday, March 8 test transmissions were made on 2422.0 MHz
using the HamTV equipment on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Digital TV signal was successfully received and web streamed to
a global audience via the Britsh Amateur Television Club (BATC)
server at http://batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=4 There were four live web
streams each from different receivers.

The HamTV transmitter is the culmination of over ten years work by
dedicated volunteers to establish an amateur radio TV transmitter on
the ISS. It uses patch antennas fixed on the Meteorite Debris Panels
(MDP) protecting the hull of the ISS Columbus module. These antennas
were installed while the Columbus module was being constructed. A
fund-raising campaign took place during 2005-7 to raise over 65,000
Euros for the antennas. Individual radio amateurs from around the
world donated generously as did several organisations including AMSAT-
UK and the RSGB.

The main mission of HamTV is to perform contacts between the
astronauts on the ISS and school students, not only by voice as now,
but also by unidirectional video from the ISS to the ground.

HamVideo is the name of the onboard DATV S-band transmitter. HamTV
is the name of the complete system, comprising DATV downlink and VHF
voice uplink. Kaiser Italia SRL was the prime-contractor for the
design and development of the flight and ground segment

Read the HamTV overview by Gaston Bertels ON4WF

Join the ISS HamTV Yahoo Group

Webstream of the TV transmissions

ARISS-EU HamTV Bulletins

HamTV on Facebook

[ANS thanks the HAM-TV comissioning team, ARISS, and AMSAT-UK for the
above information]


ISS Ham Video now installed and ready for commissioning (3-6-2014)

The Ham Video transmitter was installed in the Columbus module of
the International Space Station (ISS) on March 6, 2014 at
approximately 10.00 UT.

The transmitter was powered on briefly and all control LEDs were
nominal. Ham Video is declared ready for Commissioning.
The first Commissioning step is planned March 8, 2014. Using call
sign OR4ISS, crew 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
Western Europe at approximately 13.27 UT.

Acquisition of signal (AOS) at Matera ground station in south Italy
will be at approximately 13.29 UT.

Matera will receive the Ham Video signals with 3 different
receivers. The output of each receiver will be web streamed over BATC
channels ISS1, ISS2 and ISS3.

The ARISS ground station IK1SLD, located in Northern Italy, will
also receive the Ham Video signals and stream the video over BATC
channel ISS4.

The BATC server is available at http://www.batc.tv/

On BATC you can do the following:

- select ISS
- click on one of the ISS channels
- click on Multi screen selector
- select the channels you wish to watch
- click on Watch.

When multiscreen appears, volume is turned down by default. Turn the
volume up using the volume control slider below the image.

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 (see above) till the following
Commissioning step, which is planned Sunday March 9, 2014 at
approximately 12.40 UT.

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.

Sunday March 9, the transmission will start shortly before the pass
of the ISS over Western Europe at approximately 12.39 UT.
During Commissioning step 2, different configurations will again be
tested, this time with ARISS antenna 43. The Matera ground station
and IK1SLD will stream the video over the BATC server.

The plan is to resume blank transmission immediately after the pass
over Matera and to continue permanent transmission for one week, till
Sunday March 16, 2014. The frequency will remain 2.422 GHz, but
antenna ARISS 43 will be used.

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:

Webstream of the TV transmissions

ARISS-EU HamTV Bulletins on Facebook

HamTV https://www.facebook.com/Hamtvproject

[ANS thanks ARISS's Gaston Bertels, ON4WF and AMSAT-UK for the above


Satellite TLE Object ID’s

Nico Janssen PA0DLO reports the process of producing Object ID’s for
newly launch satellites has changed recently.

Writing on the AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) he says:

It seems that the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) has changed
some of their policies lately. After the launch of multiple small
satellites late last year it took a long time to get them all
identified. Apparently they don’t want to leave all the TBAs in their
database for a long time, so now they use a different approach: they
randomly assign the names of all satellites of a launch to the
observed objects and then wait for reactions from the users of the
satellites to see if the assignments are correct.

This is how e.g. the Cubesats, that recently were launched from the
ISS, got ‘identified’ only a few days after their launch. So of
course now we find that some identifications are wrong.

Doppler measurements clearly show that the following IDs are correct:
Object 39568, 1998-067EM, is LitSat 1
Object 39569, 1998-067EN, is LituanicaSat 1.

I am trying to get these corrected.

In the past the policy was to assign the ‘A’ object to the main
payload of a launch. Secondary payloads, like Cubesats, would then
get ‘B’, ‘C’, etc. So if the main payload initially was linked to the
wrong TLE set, this required some swapping of TLE sets some time
after the launch. Now they have decided to prevent this confusion by
simply leaving the main payload assigned to another object than ‘A’
if required. Therefore the GPM satellite now is assigned to 2014-009C
and this will not change anymore.

Satellite TLE Lottery Begins

Satellite Tracking

[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB, AMSAT-UK and Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for the above


FUNcube-1 (AO-73) 100+ days in orbit

Last weekend FUNcube-1 (AO-73) reached the milestone of having been
in space for 100 days – actually that should be clarified to mean
“terrestrial” days as the spacecraft itself has been subjected to
more than 1500 day/night cycles during this time.

We are very grateful to the 500+ stations who have been providing
FUNcube-1 telemetry data to our Data Warehouse. We now have more than
1GB of data in the repository – this is an amazing effort and
achievement from a spacecraft which is only transmitting at 1200bps.
Thanks everyone and please keep it coming:)

 From all the telemetry we can see that the spin rate decreased for a
time but now is speeding up again. External temperatures span a range
of 50C between the end of the sunlit phase and the end of the eclipse
period. Even inside the spacecraft the temperatures range over 25C.

All the subsystems continue to work well and are “well in the green”.

The increased solar activity is certainly having an effect on the
downlinked signal on many occasions. During such disturbances the
signal appears to be being affected by ionospheric scintillation
which distorts the BPSK stream and makes decoding much harder for
some minutes at a time.  This effect is not just apparent near the
magnetic poles as can be seen in this paper:

Users in the Northern hemisphere will have noticed that the evening
passes in amateur mode are becoming shorter as the spacecraft enters
sunlight again near the pole. This effect will increase as the season
progresses and we will be testing a plan to change the operating
schedule in a few weeks time. This test will involve placing the
spacecraft into continuous amateur/transponder mode for a number of
orbits – probably over a weekend.

Especially for educational users of FUNcube, we have placed all our
schools outreach material on one page for easy reference. It can now
all be found here:

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]


Mass Launch of 437 MHz Satellites

The largest ever launch of 437 MHz satellites is planned for March
16 at 0841 UT when 128 Sprite satellites will fly on the SpaceX
Falcon 9 CRS 3 mission to be deployed into a 325×315 km 51.5 degree
inclination orbit. You should be able to watch the launch live on

The project was originally conceived by AMSAT-UK member Michael
Johnson M0MJJ at Cornell University. Michael was the first project
manager who specified many aspects of the project, making it
technically and financially viable. He left the project in 2012 to
found PocketSpacecraft.com.

A Sprite is a tiny, 3.5 by 3.5 cm, single-board spacecraft that was
developed by Zac Manchester KD2BHC.

Each Sprite has a microcontroller, radio, and solar cells and is
capable of carrying single-chip sensors, such as thermometers,
magnetometers, gyroscopes, and accelerometers.

The 128 Sprites are carried in a 3U CubeSat called KickSat. They are
stacked atop a spring-loaded pusher and secured by a nichrome burn
wire system.

On reaching orbit KickSat will perform a de-tumble maneuver and
establish communication with Cornell University’s ground station.
After check-out, the spacecraft will be put in a sun-pointing
attitude and spun up to maintain that attitude.

A command signal from the ground station will then trigger the
deployment and the Sprites will be released as free-flying
spacecraft. After deployment, telemetry and sensor measurements from
the individual Sprites will be received through Cornell’s ground
station in Ithaca, NY, as well as several other amateur ground
stations around the world.

Due to the low orbit Sprites will have a short lifetime before they
reenter the atmosphere and burn up. In the best-case scenario the
orbital lifetime could be six weeks but realistically it may be
considerably shorter depending on atmospheric conditions, maybe a
matter of days.

All the Sprites operate on a single frequency of 437.240 MHz and use
Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). The transmitter runs 10 mW
output of Minimum Shift Keying (MSK) modulated binary data with each
data bit modulated as a 511 bit Pseudo-Random Number (PRN) sequence.
The ITU emission designator is 50K0G1D.

The KickSat CubeSat has downlinks on 437.505 MHz and 2401-2436.2 MHz.

KickSat Sprite Ground Station by Andy Thomas G0SFJ

British Interplanetary Society: Sprite Technical Summary

KickSat project information

BBC Worldwide TV interview with Zak Manchester KD2BHC. Unfortunately
this is censored in the UK only overseas viewers can see it. A proxy
server may be a way around it.

Check this site for the latest CRS 3 launch date

Pocket Spacecraft

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above announcement]


Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.(SSTL)— A 30th Birthday Celebration
For UoSAT-2, OSCAR-11

UoSAT-2 was launched on March 1st, 1984, from  Vandenberg Air Force
Base in the USA and carried some novel payloads, including a

Today, UoSAT-2 still transmits its VHF telemetry on a regular 11-day
cycle, although the satellite’s batteries are exhausted after some
160,000 charge cycles and transmissions are now detectable only when
it is in sunlight.  However, the telemetry continues to be tracked by
amateur radio satellite enthusiasts worldwide, using the predictable
transmissions to help calibrate their equipment.

Following the successful first microsatellite launch of UoSAT-1 from
the Surrey team in 1981, NASA again offered a second launch
opportunity—but with only 6 months warning! Rising to the challenge
and literally working day-and-night, the Surrey team comprising about
a dozen researchers and AMSAT members designed and built the 70kg
UoSAT-2 microsatellite just in time for the launch as a ‘piggyback’
passenger with NASA’s LANDSAT-5. Incorporating many of the lessons
learned from their first satellite, UoSAT-2 carried some novel
experiments – a “Digitalker” speech synthesizer, specifically
designed for school demonstrations of satellite telemetry and orbital
physics, alongside experiments including magnetometers, an early CCD
camera, a Geiger tube and a sensitive microphone to detect micro-
meteoroid impacts.

In the days before GPS, UoSAT-2 provided a novel communication
system for the 1988 Canadian-Soviet Ski-trek arctic expedition, a
group of intrepid explorers from Canada and the USSR who crossed the
Arctic Ocean from Siberia to Ward Hunt Island, just off Canada, via
the North Pole between March and June 1988. The position of the
skiers’ emergency beacon was calculated daily by US and Soviet COSPAS-
SARSAT ground stations, relayed to the Surrey Mission Control
Groundstation by telex, and uploaded to the UoSAT-2 Digitalker which
then ‘spoke’ the latitude and longitude of the ski party via its VHF
beacon. In a sun-synchronous, 650km low Earth orbit, UoSAT-2 flew
over the pole every 98 minutes at which point the group could receive
the broadcast from the satellite using their small handheld VHF
radios that were designed to work at very low temperatures. The
Digitalker communications system could also serve as an emergency
channel in the event that all other radio links failed. Thousands of
amateur radio listeners and schoolchildren also monitored the spoken
messages from the Digitalker and plotted the path of the expedition –
many using the then state-of-the-art BBC microcomputer! There’s more
about the Ski-trek expedition, and a recording of the Digitalker, on
the expedition home page at


UoSAT-2 was one of the first satellites to prove that commercial
grade microprocessors and memory chips, which had only just become
readily available, mass produced and cheaper in the early 80s as part
of the microcomputer revolution, could be used to build small, cost-
effective yet capable satellites. The idea of taking advantage of
commercially available technology and adapting it for space, instead
of using expensive ‘space-grade’ components, was virtually unheard of
at the time, but SSTL proved the concept was viable and has gone on
to build a highly successful business.

Today, UoSAT-2 is the longest-serving of 13 satellites that SSTL and
the Surrey Space Centre track from ground stations in Guildford, UK.

SSTL and the Surrey Space Centre have come very long way from those
early days of the 1980s!

The SSTL infosite may be accessed at


[ANS thanks SatNews Daily and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Two Close Calls For ZACUBE-1 CubeSat

The amateur radio ZACUBE-1 satellite, launched with FUNcube-1 on
November 21, 2013, recently had two close encounters with space
debris. The ZACUBE-1 team have issued this press release:

Week nine of the year will go down as quite an eventful week for
ZACUBE-1 (TshepisoSat), literally dodging two bullets involving
speeds in the kilometres per second range.

The first close approach notification arrived the morning of 25
February 2014 from the United States Joint Space Operations Center
(JSpOC) through the The South African National Space Agency (SANSA)
(A close approach notification is generated by the JSpOC to warn
spacecraft operators when their spacecraft will come in close
proximity to another object). The first order of business was the
identification of the other object. In this case “SCC# 21422?. Our
dance of death would be with the, now defunct, 2000 kg Russian built
COSMOS 2151 launched in 1991. As ZACUBE-1 carries no propulsion
system and with the COSMOS 2151 no longer functioning the only course
of action was to closely monitor the situation.

It was determined that the close approach event would occur over the
Antarctic and a search was started for possible ground stations that
could listen for signals from ZACUBE-1 directly after the event. Help
arrived in the form of our friends from the California Polytechnic
State University in San Luis Obispo, California, United States. The
Cal Poly ground station would see ZACUBE-1 approximately 30 minutes
after the event and be able to listen for its transmitted telemetry
beacon signal. In preparation ZACUBE-1 would be tracked and checked
on the last two passes over South Africa (22:50 SAST 26/02/2014 and
00:26 SAST 27/02/2014) a few hours before the event to ensure that
everything was OK and then again by the Cal Poly station.

With everything checking out and all systems nominal on the last
pass over South Africa all we could do was wait for news from

Great success! With Cal Poly confirming that ZACUBE-1 was alive and
well. We were able to further confirm this on the first pass over
South Africa.

This would have been enough excitement for the week, but soon after
verifying that ZACUBE-1 was OK we received our second close approach
notification! This time involving a piece of debris from a METEOR 2-5
satellite. The plan would be much the same, but with the event taking
place over Brazil we tried to make contact with some stations in
Brazil. Unfortunately nothing was heard over Brazil, but we received
notification of ZACUBE-1's signal from the University of Florida and
again from the California Polytechnic State University.

We would like to thank everyone that helped out during this time,
hopefully I did not leave anybody out. The folks from Cal Poly,
University of Florida, the Brazilian radio amateurs that tried on
very short notice and SANSA.

ZACUBE-1 carries a UHF beacon on 437.345 MHz and an HF beacon on
14099 kHz used to characterise the Superdarn antennas at the
Antarctic which study the ionosphere.

ZACUBE-1 information

First image captured by TshepisoSat (ZACUBE-1)

[ANS thanks SatNews Daily and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


OSCAR DEMO and Youth Forum MAY 3, 2014

The K4AMG Memorial Amateur Radio Club, Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia
is sponsoring a OSCAR Satellite seminar and OSCAR Demo at the Deep
Creek Public Library on May 3rd.
Our portable OSCAR station will be operational from 0900 - at least
1700 EDT.  An OSCAR and Youth Forum will be held in the main meeting
room of the library at 1500 EDT.

We will feature an amateur radio display inside.
AMSAT- NA will provide a CUBE SAT simulator.

SATCOMS will be on OSCAR SATs:
FO 29, VO 52, SO 50, and AO 7 if available.
We will listen for AO 73 and the International Space Station.

We also plan to have a HF "GOTA" station on the air.
Please Join us, You've "GOTA" Get on the AIR

[ANS thanks Rich, W4BUE for the above information]


Upcoming AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

Friday and Saturday, 14-15 March 2014 – Acadiana Amateur Radio
Association‘s Rayne Hamfest and ARRL Delta Division Convention at the
Rayne Civic Center in Rayne LA.  AMSAT will have a booth at this
event, and there may be satellite demonstrations during the event.

Saturday, 15 March 2014 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club‘s Springfest
in Scottsdale AZ (northeast of Phoenix).  AMSAT will have a table at
this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are planned.
Demonstrations at this hamfest will be done using the call sign
W1AW/7 as part of the ARRL centennial commemorations, and QSLing will
be handled by ARRL.

Saturday, 29 March 2014 – Radio Society of Tucson‘s 2014 Hamfest in
Tucson AZ.  AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – The Greater Baltimore Hamboree and
Computerfest 2014, including the Maryland Emergency Preparedness Expo
2014, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium MD.  AMSAT will
have a booth at this hamfest, and other AMSAT-related events may be

Saturday, 5 April 2014 – Amateur Radio Club of Parker County‘s
Weatherford Hamfest at the Central Christian Church in Weatherford TX
(west of Fort Worth).  AMSAT will have a table at this event, and
there may be satellite demonstrations during the hamfest.

Monday, 28 April 2014 – presentation at Franklin County Amateur
Radio Club meeting in Greenfield MA by Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT

Saturday, 3 May 2014 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association‘s Larry
Warren Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ (southeast of Tucson) – AMSAT will
have a table at this hamfest, and satellite demonstrations are

Saturday, 7 June 2014 – Kachina Amateur Radio Club‘s White Mountain
Hamfest in Show Low AZ (eastern Arizona, south of US-60/AZ-77/AZ-260)
– AMSAT will have a table at this hamfest, and satellite
demonstrations are planned.

Friday and Saturday, 13-14 June 2014 – Ham-Com in Plano TX (north of

Thursday through Sunday, 17-20 July 2014 – ARRL Centennial
Convention in Hartford CT.  AMSAT will host a day-long Satellite
Workshop on Thursday, and have a booth at the convention along with
an AMSAT Forum and demonstrations throughout the convention.

Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 August 2014 – Shelby Hamfest in Shelby NC
(west of Gastonia and Charlotte) – Barry Baines WD4ASW (AMSAT
President) will host an AMSAT Forum on Saturday of this weekend

Friday through Sunday, 12-14 September 2014 – ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention 2014 in San Diego CA (north of the city center,
near Montgomery Field airport & I-805/CA-163 interchange) – AMSAT
will have a booth at this convention, there will be on-air
demonstrations using satellites throughout the convention, and a
presentation on amateur satellites and AMSAT

AMSAT maintains and updated list of known upcoming events at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above announcement]



Recent Contacts:

A direct contact between astronaut Mike Hopkins KF5LJG and students
at Rock Bridge Elementary School, Columbia, MO, USA was successful
Wed 2014-03-05.

A direct contact with students at Central Square Middle School in
Central Square, NY, USA was successful Mon 2014-03-03.

A direct contact with students at Musashino Elementary School of
Hamura-shi, Hamura, Japan was successful Sat 2014-03-01.

A direct contact with students at Exploration Place, Wichita, KS, USA
via WØSOE was successful Fri 2014-02-28.

Next planned event(s):

  1. A direct contact with students at H. J. Cambie Secondary,
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, via VE7RAR is a go for:
Thu 2014-03-13 17:04:41 UTC 54 deg.

HJ Cambie Secondary is a public school in the Richmond School
District in British Columbia. We enroll approximately 700 students
from grade 8-12. Cambie is comprised of a diverse cultural population
of students. The student population of Cambie is composed of many
different cultures along with thirty different language groups – 67%
of our student population speaks a language other than English at

Cambie students are known for being strong leaders in our community.
We offer a variety of courses in Mathematics, Sciences, Social
Studies, the Arts, Business Ed, Athletics, and Modern Languages.
Cambie has a thriving Leadership program that begins in Gr 8 with our
Pathways program. Students in our leadership program give back a
great deal to our community and fundraise for local charities. We
have a strong Health Science program with work experience
opportunities for our students and First responder training. In
addition, Cambie has a world-class robotics club who competed at the
World Robotics Championships last year in Orlando.

Cambie students are comparing the uniqueness of the ARISS contact to
the first steps on the moon! This is a once in a lifetime experience
for them and big on the "coolness factor"!!! We feel like we have won
the lottery! This opportunity has brought a new energy to our
classrooms. The staff and students are engaging in learning on levels
that transcend the classroom walls. Music classes are performing
space theme songs, computer CADD classes are designing digital
mission patches, foods classes are learning about nutrition in space
and our Health Science students are discussing how physiology is
affected with space travel! The engagement opportunities the ARISS
contact has provided our school are endless. We are celebrating the
March 2014 ARISS contact with a 1.5 hour live show with speakers from
MDA (makers of the Canadarm) and Urthecast (who’s cameras were just
installed on the ISS), and interactive shows from Science World and
the HR MacMillan Science Centre. Our ARISS contact is being video
simulcast to a second gym in our school (where many elementary
students are also joining us), and broadcast to the web where other
schools across the district (and world) will be watching the live
video feed!

  2. A direct contact with students at Warren Consolidated Schools,
Warren, MI, USA via W8HP is a go for: Fri 2014-03-14 16:22:57 UTC 59

The mission of the Warren Consolidated Schools (WCS) district, in
partnership with families and community, is to achieve a level of
excellence in teaching and learning which enables all students to
become knowledgeable, productive, ethical, and successful citizens.
To help meet that goal, WCS supports programs in Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), which give students a real hands-
on experience in education.

The Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center [(MS)2TC]
has been built on the Warren Consolidated Schools district's
internationally successful high school, the Macomb Mathematics
Science Technology Center (MMSTC). While the high school program
integrates seamlessly mathematics, science and technology, the middle
school program integrates mathematics, science and informational
literacy (reading and writing) with technology infused into each
area. Both programs provide students with real-world, project-based
learning activities that challenge their thinking, broadens their
understanding of the world, and stretches their knowledge base while
meeting the developmental needs of the students they serve.

The (MS)2TC student population consists of students from five
different middle schools within the WCS district while the MMSTC
student population draws from eleven different school districts
within the county of Macomb in southeastern Michigan. Both schools
serve a diverse community of students who come from various
socioeconomic and ethnic groups.

The program goals of the MMSTC and (MS)2TC are to research, design,
implement, and develop a powerful, unique learning environment and
experience for high achieving students at the middle school and high
school level that integrates mathematics, science, English language
arts, and technology. To achieve this goal we have created a
curriculum framework based upon the Next Generation Science Standards
(NGSS) which integrates mathematics and literacy standards mirrored
in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering
the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA,
CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from
participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the
excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-
board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and
communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS
can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and
learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on
the website
(graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).

[ ANS thanks ARISS for the above update]


Satellite Shorts from all over

N5AFV Upcoming Operation from California DM13

Thursday, March 13, 2014 through Sunday March 16, 2014 N5AFV will be
in southern California DM13. Plans are to operate SO-50 passes when
the schedule permits. Operating equipment will be an Icom W32A HT with
a telescoping AL800 antenna. Satellite regulars N6NUG and WA6DIR are
often active from DM12 and DM14 respectively, but DM13 is not
activated as frequently on the satellites.

Great Houston Hamfest Activities

The Houston AMSAT Group will have an AMSAT booth and satellite
demonstrations at the Greater Houston Hamfest on Saturday March 22,
2014. The satellite demonstrations will take place during the morning
hours probably on FO-29 and SO-50. Other satellites may also be used
if conditions permit. The Greater Houston Hamfest continues to grow
and attendance is approaching one thousand persons.

[ANS thanks Allen Mattis, N5AFV for the above information]

HAM TV commissioning, Web-Video Link

Video from the HAM-TV Control Room in Italy during the commissioning

[ANS thanks ARISS and Francesco, IK0WGF for the above information]



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President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
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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-
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Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership

This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org

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