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In this edition:
* New AO-85 Distance Record Claimed
* First-Ever D-STAR Satellite to Launch
* TAPR Digital Forum Schedule at Dayton Hamvention, Friday, 5/20
* Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Named as IARU Satellite Adviser
* Contest - Catch the signal of e-st at r-II CubeSat
* Satellite DX Operation
* ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
* ULA University CubeSat Competition
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-108 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 108.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE April 17, 2016
To All RADIO AMATEURS
New AO-85 Distance Record Claimed
5,751 km is the new claimed distance record for a QSO on AO-85.
Betrand Demarcq, FG8OJ, in Saint-Francois, Guadeloupe (FK96ig) worked
Jose Elias Diaz Rodriguez, EB1FVQ, in Vigo, Spain (IN52pe) at 19:15
UTC on April 14, 2016. A recording of the QSO is available here:
The AMSAT Satellite Distance Records page is located at
New record claims may be sent to
n8hm at amsat.org.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and Paul, N8HM for the above information]
First-Ever D-STAR Satellite to Launch
The first-ever satellite to carry a D-STAR (Digital Smart Technologies for
Amateur Radio) Amateur Radio payload into space is expected to launch on
April 22 from Guiana. The OUFTI-1 (Orbital Utility For Telecommunication
Innovations) CubeSat is one of three CubeSats developed by student teams
the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office "Fly Your Satellite!"
program, which is aimed at training the next generation of aerospace
professionals. The satellites arrived in South America on March 25,
by the student teams a few days later.
On March 30 the students pulled the "Remove Before Flight" pins and
successfully verified that their CubeSats were ready for launch before
replacing the access ports on the P-POD, which will secure the CubeSats
to and during launch and then will release them into orbit. The next
students will have contact with their respective CubeSats will be through
their spacecraft's communication link, after the CubeSats have been
into orbit. Once thermal-optical tape has been applied to the P-POD to
the CubeSats from extreme thermal radiation during the launch phase, the
will be integrated with the Soyuz launch vehicle.
Constructed by students at the University of Liege in Belgium (ULg),
will be the first satellite to carry an Amateur Radio D-STAR transponder.
Developed by the Japan Amateur Radio League, D-STAR enables the
transmission of voice and digital data as well as call sign-based
"The OUFTI-1 D-STAR repeater will be available either as a direct
communication repeater between two users, and as an extension of the ULg
D-STAR repeater," explains the article "D-STAR digital amateur
in space with OUFTI-1 CubeSat" by Jonathan Pisane, ON7JPD; Amandine Denis,
ON4EYA, and Jacques Verly, ON9CWD, all of ULg. The CubeSat's frequencies
145.950 MHz (FSK AX.25), and D-STAR down, with an uplink at 435.045 MHz.
OUFTI-1 will carry a CW beacon transmitting on 145.980 MHz.
The other two CubeSats are from Italy and Denmark. The CubeSat e-st at r-II
the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy, will demonstrate an attitude
control system using measurements of Earth's magnetic field. It will
CW and 1.2 k AFSK on 437.485 MHz. AAUSAT4 from the University of Aalborg,
Denmark, will operate an automated ocean vessel identification system.
transmit on 437.425 MHz.
[ANS thanks the ARRL Letter for the above information]
TAPR Digital Forum Schedule at Dayton Hamvention, Friday, 5/20
TAPR Digital Forum Schedule
Moderator: Scotty Cowling, WA2DFI
9:15 to 9:25 am Introduction by Steve Bible, N7HPR, TAPR President
9:25 to 9:35 am "Write for QST/QEX" by Kai Siwiak KE4PT, QEX Editor
9:35 to 10:00 am "SatNOGS - A network of open source satellite ground
stations". by Corey Shields KB9JHU
Abstract: CubeSat operators tend to have few ground stations of their
rely on amateur operators to help collect telemetry. With CubeSat
on the rise, more and more data is lost as there are not enough ground
listening. The SatNOGS Project is a Network of Open Source Satellite Ground
Stations, focusing on Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. In this
we introduce SatNOGS as a way to increase the amount of data collected from
these satellites and returned to their operators. Learn what the SatNOGS
project is, how it works, and what we have planned for the future of amateur
radio satellite reception.
10:00 to 10:25 am "HamWAN High Speed IP Radio Network" by Bryan Fields, W9CR
Abstract: Presented will be an amateur radio high-speed IP backbone concept
(HamWAN) with an emphases on building regional highly available networks.
Utilizing the same techniques which enable the Internet, Amateur Radio
may be built connecting projects to the Internet or other sites.
be an update on the regional HamWAN network deployments.
10:25 to 10:50 am "SDR Disrupt" by Chris Testa, KD2BMH
Abstract: Tools and techniques for software defined radio continue to evolve
at a rapid pace, and we'll go over the landscape and advancements in SDR
technologies this past year. Numerous technologies are driving the
performance curve to a new level of efficiency. We'll take a look at John
Stephensen, KD6OZH's mesh project (part of TAPR), which helps pave the
next-generation wireless links. Latest developments in digital voice
10:50 to 11:15 am "Spectrum Monitoring with Software Defined Radio" by Mike
Abstract: Having developed HackRF One, the world's lowest cost wideband
Software Defined Radio transceiver, the HackRF project continues to produce
open source hardware designs for SDR. Find out about our designs in
now and our ideas for future boards that will enable the next generation
More information about TAPR activities at the Dayton Hamvention at:
[ANS thanks TAPR for the above information]
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Named as IARU Satellite Advisor
The International Amateur Radio Union is pleased to announce that Hans
Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, is appointed to serve as IARU Satellite Advisor.
The appointment is effective immediately. Blondeel Timmerman was first
licensed in 1980 and has served as VERON HF Manager from 2000-2001 and as
VERON Vice President from 2001-2008. He was a member of the IARU Region 1
Executive Committee from 2002-2008 and served as IARU Region 1 President
2008-2014. Blondeel Timmerman has served as EUDXF President since 2004 and
currently serves as a YASME Foundation Director. He is retired from the
Netherlands Army Signal Corps after a 38 year career working on satellite
projects and spectrum management. He lives in the Netherlands with his
Margareet, K2XYL and has 2 adult sons.
The IARU Satellite Advisor represents the IARU to the satellite
the various amateur satellite organizations and performs satellite
coordination according to the guidelines established by the IARU. In
addition, the position calls for maintaining a database of coordination
requests and letters, report to the IARU Administrative Council on issues
related to satellites and satellite frequency coordination and, if
to provide technical and operation advice to assist the representation
amateur satellite service to the International Telecommunication Union.
Satellite Advisor is assisted by a panel of volunteer satellite advisory
Blondeel Timmerman replaces Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, who has
IARU Satellite Adviser since 1994. Van de Groenendaal has established many
of the procedures used for amateur satellite frequency coordination and has
been a critical contributor to the process of satellite frequency
for IARU. The IARU is grateful for Hans van de Groenendaal’s excellent
and thanks him for his years of service in this important position. He will
remain as special adviser to the satellite committee.
Any additional information can be obtained from the International Amateur
Radio Union, PO Box 310905, Newington, CT 06131-0905 USA
Phone +1 860 594 0200
Fax +1 860 594 0259.
IARU Satellite Page
[ANS thanks the IARU and the ARRL for the above information]
Contest - Catch the signal of e-st at r-II CubeSat
We are the CubeSat Team of Politecnico di Torino, and we are writing to
you about the contest we have announced today.
The CubeSat Team is a student team of Politecnico di Torino involved in the
design and development of small platforms for scientific missions and for
testing new technologies. We are guys enthralled by space activities.
Undergraduate and graduate students work together with researchers and
professors to create a real hands-on experience.
“SPACE IN A CUBE: MISSIONS OF THE FUTURE” is our motto! We believe that
satellites can contribute to a broad set of science goals and space based
services. Our CubeSat missions aim at conceiving new scenarios and
technologies to serve the scientific community while educating students
challenging field of aerospace engineering.
Our first CubeSat, e-st at r-I, was launched into orbit on February 2012,
second satellite, e-st at r-II, will be launched next week: the Soyuz
VS14 is scheduled on April 22, 2016, at exactly 09:02:13 p.m UTC, from the
European spaceport in French Guiana
It is just one week to launch… it’s time for us to prepare for operations.
To celebrate this date, we invite the radio-ham community to support the
e-st at r-II mission by participating in the contest to listen for our CubeSat
We have prizes for the first to receive the e-st at r-II signal and for the
who provides us with the higher number of packets received in the first
All details of the competition can be found at our official webpage:
Follow the daily updates on our Facebook page
Thank you in advance for your help in collecting TLM packets….. and
break a leg!
[ANS thanks JoAnne, K9JKM and the CubeSat Team of Politecnico di Torino for
the above information]
Satellite DX Operation
Bahamas (FL15) - Bryan Green, KL7CN, plans to be active during daytime
passes of FO-29 and SO-50 from Nassau, Bahamas as C6ACN on Tuesday,
April 19, 2016 and from Coco Cay, Bahamas midday on Wednesday, April
20, 2016 (times TBD). The plan is subject to change. See @kl7cn on
Twitter for updates.
Posted on the AMSAT Upcoming Satellite Operations page
[ANS thanks Paul, N8HM for the above information]
ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 35th Annual
Digital Communications Conference, to be held September 16-18 in
St. Petersburg, Florida. Papers will also be published in the Conference
Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their
included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline is July 31, 2016.
The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international
technically minded radio amateurs to meet and present new ideas and
techniques. Paper/presentation topic areas include -- but are not
limited to --
software defined radio (SDR),
digital satellite communication,
digital signal processing (DSP),
HF digital modes,
adapting IEEE 802.11 systems for Amateur Radio,
Global Positioning System (GPS),
Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS),
Linux in Amateur Radio,
AX.25 updates and Internet interoperability with Amateur Radio networks.
Submit papers to via e-mail to
maty at arrl.org<mailto:maty at arrl.org>
or via postal mail to:
Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL,
225 Main St,
Newington, CT 06111.
Papers will be published exactly as submitted, and authors will retain all
rights. Please do not email zip files as these will be rejected by our
[ANS thanks Steve Ford, WB8IMY ARRL QST Editor for the above information]
ULA University CubeSat Competition
To U.S. colleges and universities:
United Launch Alliance has posted the application for its University CubeSat
Competition and entries are due June 1, 2016!
The application and more information is located at
[ANS thanks ULA and CubeSat.org mailing list for theabove information]
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).
*Monday, 25 April 2016, AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW will give “An
Overview of AMSAT” presentation to the Greensboro (NC) Amateur Radio
Assocaition. The meeting will be held at Captain Bill’s Seafood restaurant
located at 6108 W Market St, Greensboro, NC. Attendees meet for dinner
1815 with the club meeting starting at 1915. The club’s website is
*Friday through Sunday, 29 April-1 May 2016, ARRL Nevada State Convention
in Las Vegas NV
*Saturday, 7 May 2016 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association Hamfest in Sierra
*Saturday, 14 May 2016 – Matanuska Amateur Radio Association Hamfest in
*Saturday, 4 June 2016 – White Mountain Hamfest in Show Low AZ
*Saturday, 13 August 2016 – KL7KC Hamfest in Fairbanks AK
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]
Colegio Santa Rosa, Yerba Buena, Argentina, direct via LU1KCQ
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact was successful!
Congrats to Argentina on this ARISS event and contact with Jeff Williams!
All 16 questions answered by Jeff Williams
170 students present with Teachers and others.
3 TV and 3 Radio Stations on site !
Gagarin from Space. This session was amateur radio communications, Orla,
Russia, direct via RK3EWW
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut was Yuri Malenchenko RK3DUP
Contact was successful for 2016-04-16 15:14 UTC
From Claudio, IK1SLD in Italy:
Today the contact with RK3EWW Gagarin from Space was succesful.
Communications opened at 15:14:45 UTC and from my home I was able to
This is the link to the file (of course I copied only the cosmonaut answer):
USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington, D.C., telebridge via
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut was Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact was successful: Sat 2016-04-16 18:19:28 UTC 78 deg
St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill on Sea, UK, direct via GB4SRC
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-04-18 14:56:06 UTC 85 deg
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill on Sea, UK on 18 Apr.
The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:56 UTC. The duration of
the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be
direct between GB1SS and GB4SRC. The contact should be audible over the
adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the
downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
St Richard's Catholic College is a Science Specialist school tucked between
the South Downs and the English Channel. We have 1000 pupils on roll
Years 7-11. We provide an inclusive education for Catholic and Christian
pupils covering an extended catchment area covering approximately a 30 mile
radius. St Richard's was awarded Teaching School status late in 2014 and we
are the lead school in the Thrive Alliance, an association of primary
secondary schools and a sixth form college as well as lead in the Sussex
Science Subject Hub. We are also a strategic partner in the Sussex Maths
St Richards' Science department enjoys a very strong relationship with the
University of Sussex (particularly Astronomy & Physics); University of
Greenwich (Outreach)and we sit on the STEM Focus Group hosted by the
University of Brighton's STEMSussex.
We are a keen supporter of STEM events in our region, with particular
at the Annual STEMFest event where we have won prizes at the National
and Engineering Competition for the last four years, twice through to
competition. STEMSussex have used St Richard's STEM Clubs' provision as an
exemplar due to its success in engaging pupils of all abilities across all
year groups. The department has also enjoyed high quality Continuous
Professional Development engagement in the STEM agenda with involvement in
'Space as a context for teaching science' courses and a future STEM project
with the University of Reykjavik in Iceland.
We enjoy Space Camp UK, a residential trip with all things "spacy" at the
National Space Centre and Duxford. The coordinating teacher, Dr Joolz
is the curriculum enhancement for science and is also an enthusiastic
Ambasador" and has worked with the Tim Peake Primary Project at Parklands
Infants Eastbourne, Dallington School in Dallington, Pebsham Primary in
Bexhill on Sea and Vinehall School in Heathfield as part of this link up.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. You have mentioned in an earlier call that you have been sleeping very
well on the Space Station. Is that still the case or have you found
cumulative effects after four months in space ?
2. As the ISS hosts astronauts from many different nationalities, what
public holidays do the crew observe, if any, and how are they chosen?
3. St Richards and two of our Primary Project Partner school,
Vinehall are taking part in the RHS 'Rocket Science' Experiment
Principia Mission. How will the results from this experiment
influence future planning for growing similar samples in another
4. We have seen the preparation with Heston Blumental of an exciting
astronaut menu for the mission - does the food taste the same in
it did on Earth?
5. In a sealed spacecraft like the International Space Station, how is the
air quality monitored and controlled?
6. We see the wonderful time lapse images of the ISS orbiting the
what I like looking at are the stars and making out the
Do you do any astronomical research on the ISS?
7. During the mission you yourself are part of experiments using the
designed MMS Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure Analyser to collect
data for the NASA Fluid Shifts investigation. Which aspect of the
self-experimentation has been the most interesting or challenging?
8. Are there any experiments that rely on naked flames on the ISS? If so,
how are they carried out and what low gravity precautions are employed?
9. If I oversleep my parents will wake me up - have you overslept on
and had to be woken up by someone?"
10. The distance between Bexhill and Brighton is 31 miles with a journey
time by car of nearly 50 minutes. How much time would it take for the
ISS to do this trip?
11. What are the greatest challenges of living in space and in retaining a
permanent crew on board the ISS?
12. You have tweeted some amazing and beautiful images of the aurora. Have
you been able to monitor solar flare or CME activity and correlate to
the brightness of the aurora?
13. How does it feel to be able to see all humanity?
14. Is the ISS affected by the Earth's magnetic field?
15. On Sunday you will be joining thousands of others in taking part in
London Marathon. What special routines have you trained for this in
16. In the London marathon, runners will have natural cooling as the run -
how do you regulate your body temperature in a sealed environment
as the ISS?.
17. We understand you are taking part in the Skin B research on the ISS?
Can you share any interesting findings?
18. You have tweeted that having a bacon sandwich and cup of tea on
at the ISS was the best welcome possible. What food are you looking
forward to on landing?
19. What is special about space suits that help you breathe in space
20. How smooth was the launch in December?
STEM Trajectory Initiative with Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque
New Mexico, direct via NM5HD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-04-22 17:32:37 UTC 83 deg
Wellesley House School, Broadstairs, Kent, UK, direct via GB1WHS
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact is a go for: Sat 2016-04-23 12:10:50 UTC 62 deg
for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.
[ANS thanks ARISS, Dave, AA4KN, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]
Satellite Shorts From All Over
FemtoSat Under Development
Now we're getting even smaller than a 1U ... try 3cm x 3cm x 3cm. Meet
[ANS thanks JoAnne, K9JKM for the above information]
Satellite Show in Moreno Valley, CA 05/05/16
Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be presenting his "How to Work the FM
Amateur Satellites With Your HT" session at the Moreno Valley
Amateur Radio Association on Thursday, May 5, 2016. ALL are
welcome to attend.
“The MVARC has been a LONG-time supporter of the ARRL, quite
active in their communities, and I am honored that they are asking
me back for another presentation,” Clint writes.
Attendees will be shown everything needed to work the FM voice ham
satellites - with a re-occurring theme of, "Most hams already have
most of the necessary equipment ... " Attendees can download a
four-page tutorial beforehand at ...
... and Clint welcomes pre-presentation questions. Call him at
909-999-SATS (909-999-7287), or send email to clint at clintbradford.com .
May 5, 2016
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, CA 9257
Meeting Room at Parking Lot Number 9
Call-in frequency 146.500 simplex once you are in the park.
(Just tell the Ranger at the gate you are going to the MVARA
ham radio meeting - you won’t need to pay admission at the gate.)
[ANS thanks Clint, K6LCS 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,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org
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