[amsat-bb] ANS-340 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os at cfl.rr.com
Sun Dec 6 03:22:42 UTC 2015


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 Ground Terminal Development Expands to Texas
* AMSAT SKN on OSCAR 2016 In Memory of W2BXA
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2015-12-02  20:30 UTC
* WRC-15 Satellite News
* Cubesat by an Elementary School Will be Aboard the Orbital-ATK Cygnus 
* 73 on 73 Award Recipients

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ANS-340 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 340.01
  From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
December 6, 2015
BID: $ANS-340.01

AMSAT Ground Terminal Development Expands to Texas

Hardware consisting of Ettus Research USRP X300 SDR, USRP B210 SDR, 
Daughterboard, GPDSO Kits, and antennas have been ordered from National
Instruments Corp. for delivery to Bill Reed NX5R in Dallas TX to equip a 
community for development of the AMSAT Ground Terminals. These terminals 
will be
used for the Phase 4B and other digital/microwave satellites being 
developed by
AMSAT and in partnership with Virginia Tech.

Michelle Thompson W5NYV has been leading the effort in the San Diego CA 
which started up when the P4B project was announced earlier this year. 
radio operators in the Southern California area from AMSAT, Palomar Amateur
Radio Club, and the San Diego Microwave Society have been implementing a
terrestrial system to mimic the ground and space segments of a digital 
communications link and developing code and hardware techniques for use 
in the
P4B and future HEO opportunities that AMSAT is pursuing. Expanding the 
system to
the Dallas area will allow more collaboration, development, and testing 
and North Texas Microwave Society amateurs with San Diego and other 
regions. The
investment in equipment and community building will increase the number and
quality of ideas in developing this next generation system of amateur radio
satellite communications.

Another development system is being planned for the east coast. AMSAT is
actively recruiting individuals and groups that want to work together to
establish increased regional technical activity in support of satellite 
goals. Rick Hambly W2GPS has campaigned for the creation of this very 
type of
activity on the east coast for many years. Successful east-coast 
expansion will
add even more variability and expertise to the project.

By involving amateurs who have expertise in both microwave and digital
communications and in varying terrain and conditions, as well as including
people with various backgrounds and experience, AMSAT plans to produce a 
terminal that will be useful with a variety of next generation satellites
including Phase 4B, Phase 3E, the Heimdallr Lunar Cube Quest CubeSat, and an
AMSAT developed HEO CubeSat. These are all projects currently being 
pursued by
the AMSAT Engineering and ASCENT (Advanced Satellite Communications and
Exploration of New Technology) Teams.

“The development of a ground terminal along with satellite projects is 
part of a
plan to offer a way for amateurs to buy, build, or access ideas to 
develop their
own ground terminals which will be useful for many future AMSAT satellite
mission for years to come” said AMSAT-NA Vice President of Engineering Jerry
Buxton, N0JY.  “The concept of common uplink (5 GHz) and downlink (10 GHz)
frequencies with software defined transponders allows many different
experimentation and communications opportunities ranging from simple 
texting to
voice, streaming video, data exchange, and reliable EMCOMM access in remote
areas, with bandwidths to support many satellites and users.”

If you are interested in supporting the effort please visit
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=1121 to submit a request. While those who 
live in
the San Diego, Dallas, or Maryland areas may find it easier to participate,
volunteers from other areas are welcome to join and contribute remotely.

[ANS thanks Jerry, NØJY, for the above information]


AMSAT SKN on OSCAR 2016 In Memory of W2BXA

You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR 
sponsored by AMSAT for all radio amateurs throughout the world.

Operate CW through any amateur satellite from 0001 through 2400 UTC on 1 
2016, using a manual, non-electronic key.  Note that bugs are now 
allowed, as
they are in similar ARRL and SKCC events.

There is no need to send in a log, but please nominate someone you 
worked for
Best Fist.  Your nominee need not have the best fist of those you heard, 
just of
those you worked.  Send your nomination to w2rs at amsat.org..  A list of those
nominated will be published in early February.

This year’s event is being held in memory of Ben Stevenson, W2BXA 
Licensed since 1929, Ben was one of the world’s top DXers on both HF and
satellites.  He led the DXCC Honor Roll for many years, and among his many
awards were Satellite DXCC No. 1 and post-war Worked All Zones No. 1.  
president of the North Jersey DX Association, Ben shared his knowledge and
enthusiasm with one and all.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]


Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2015-12-02  20:30 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

Nanasawa Kibounooka Elementary School, Atsugi, Japan,  direct via 8N1NKSG
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The  scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Contact was successful: Wed  2015-12-02 09:33:51 UTC 61 deg

Yayoi Elementary School,  Yatomi, Japan, direct via 8N2YAYOI
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled  to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH
Contact is a go  for: Fri 2015-12-04 09:25:46 UTC 57 deg

Dragonskolan, Umeå,  Sweden, telebridge via LU1CGB
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go  for: Fri 2015-12-04 10:15:01 UTC 72 deg

Ingushetia, Russia, direct  via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled  astronaut is Sergey Volkov RU3DIS
Contact is a go for: Sat 2015-12-05 16:25  UTC

Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski Junior High School, Swietajno, Poland,
telebridge via LU1CGB
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go  for: Tue 2015-12-08 08:19:31 UTC 62  deg

[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]


WRC-15 Satellite News

In his report for Day 16 of the WRC-15 conference Colin Thomas G3PSM says:

   Discussions took place on suggested frequency bands for possible new 
or an
   upgrade of existing allocations to the space operations service 
within the
   frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz, 400.15-420 MHz [and 420-450 MHz] for 
   duration satellites.

   This potential future agenda item is an attempt to overcome the 
problem of
   non-amateur nano- and pico-satellites using the amateur service bands. No
   decision was reached and the document has been passed to plenary for 

More reports about WRC-15 activities can be found at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information


Cubesat by an Elementary School Will be Aboard the Orbital-ATK Cygnus Launch

NASA will enable the deployment of three small research satellites, or 
selected through the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) for two 
universities and
one primary school as part of the ninth installment of the Educational 
Launch of
Nanosatellite (ELaNa) missions.

Full story at this URL:


[ANS thanks SpaceDaily for the above information]


73 on 73 Award Recipients

Paul Stoetzer N8HM reports more awards have been issued for contacts 
made via
the AO-73 (FUNcube-1) amateur radio satellite.

The 73 on 73 Award aims to promote activity on AO-73. The requirements are

1. Work 73 unique stations on AO-73.
2. Contacts must be made on or after September 1, 2014.
3. There are no geographic restrictions on your operating location.

The latest recipients are:
20. David D’Aliesio IW0HLG – 31 May 2015
21. Kiyosi Hasegawa JA3FWT – 22 June 2015
22. Mariusz Kocot SQ9MES – 28 June 2015
23. Hector Luis Martinez W5CBF – 12 July 2015
24. George K. Carr II WA5KBH – 17 July 2015
25. Michel Ribot F6GLJ – 18 July 2015
26. Paul Stoetzer N8HM – 21 July 2015
27. Jeffrey Lamb NX9B – 2 August 2015
28. Imre Füzi HA1SE – 13 September 2015
29. Herman Blom PB0AHX – 1 November 2015
30. Joseba Andoni Barrio – 22 November 2015

Full information on how to apply is at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK 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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