[amsat-bb] ANS-234 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao at vfr.net
Sun Aug 21 02:07:35 UTC 2016

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

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Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* Call for 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers
* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots Due by September 15th
* Happy 20th Birthday to FO-29!
* 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Registration Reminder
* Amateur Radio BIRDS CubeSat Constellation
* RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) Launch Scheduled for December 2017
* Graham Shirville G3VZV to be next BATC President
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 234.01
DATE August 21, 2016
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Call for 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Papers

The 2016 AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting and Space Symposium will be held on the
weekend of November 10- 14, 2016. Proposals for papers, symposium
presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of 
to the amateur  satellite community. We request a tentative title of your
presentation  as soon as possible, but no later than September 15th. The
final copy must be submitted by October 15th for inclusion in the printed
proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz at
n8fgv at amsat.org

The 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held aboard the
cruise ship Carnival Liberty departing from the port of Galveston,Texas on
November 10, 2016 and returning to port on November 14, 2016.

[ANS thanks 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Committee for the above information]


AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots Due by September 15th

Ballots have been mailed to AMSAT-NA members in good standing, and
must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office by September 15, 2016 in order
to be counted. Those 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 AMSAT-NA office. Your completed ballot
should be sent as promptly as possible, and those from outside North
American preferably by air mail or other expedited means.

This year there are five candidates:

Tom Clark, K3IO
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM

The three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be
seated as voting Board Members with two year terms. The two candidates
receiving the next highest number of votes will be non-voting
Alternate Board Members with terms of one year. Please vote for no
more than three candidates.

Please take the time to review the candidate statements that accompany
the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board. 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.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]


Happy 20th Birthday to FO-29!

Happy 20th Birthday to Fuji-OSCAR 29! FO-29, known as JAS-2 (Japan Amateur
Satellite #2) prior to launch, was built by the Japan Amateur Radio League
and launched on August 17, 1996 from Tanegashima Space Center on an H-II
launch vehicle into a 1,323 km x 800 km orbit with an inclination of 98.5
degrees. In addition to a 100 kHz wide analog Mode V/u (JA) transponder,
the satellite also includes a packet BBS and digitalker. While the packet
BBS and digitalker are non-functional, the analog transponder continues to
provide excellent service to the present day.

With an apogee of 1,323 km, FO-29 provides satellite operators with 
DX opportunities every few months when the passes over a certain area 
are at
or near apogee. Intercontinental QSOs are regularly reported, including
between Japan and Alaska as well as North America and Europe. Although the
theoretical maximum range at apogee is 7,502 km, the excellent sensitivity
of the transponder as well as it’s strong and solid 1 watt downlink signal
allows that distance to be stretched when the conditions are suitable. The
longest distance QSO made via FO-29’s analog transponder occurred on
August 27, 2015 with an unscheduled 7,599.959 km contact between KG5CCI in
Arkansas and F4CQA in France.

The sensitivity of the transponder and Mode V/U configuration also allow
for the effective use of minimal equipment. QSOs have been reported using a
single Yaesu FT-817 transceiver and the stock rubber duck antenna. Taking
advantage of the large footprint and ease of use, the K1N DXpedition to
Navassa Island made a total of 29 QSOs during two passes of FO-29 on
February 12, 2015 using a single Yaesu FT-817 along with an Arrow antenna,
activating that extremely rare DX entity on satellite for the first time
since 1978. To this day, FO-29 remains the most widely used linear 
satellite and an ideal satellite for beginners looking to become active on
the linear transponder satellites to try first. The FO-29 control station
maintains a blog (in Japanese) at
The JARL also offers an award for confirmed QSOs with ten different 
via FO-29.


[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and Paul, N8HM for the above information]


2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Registration Reminder

-          Booking your Carnival Cruise does not register you for the
AMSAT Symposium.  There is a charge for each Symposium attendee of
$40.  This fee applies to those who will attend the technical
presentations only and includes a copy of the printed Proceedings.
Additional guests are entitled to attend all other events. The
registration form is available from the AMSAT office or store website.
Online Symposium registration:


-          Ground transportation options have been added to the FAQ
page on the AMSAT Symposium web page.  Carnival offers round-trip
transportation from HOU airport to the cruise terminal at
approximately $74 per person, IAH airport $94 per person.  If you are
traveling to the Board of Directors meeting, you may still utilize the
Carnival transportation option for your return to the airport from the
cruise terminal.  However, you will need to obtain other
transportation between the airport and the Galveston DoubleTree hotel.

Cruise information may be found at:

[ANS thanks 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium Committee for the above information]


Amateur Radio BIRDS CubeSat Constellation

The BIRDS constellation, planned to deploy from the ISS in 2017, will 
of four 1U CubeSats (BIRD-B, BIRD-J, BIRD-G and BIRD-M). They are made 
of the
exactly same design including the radio frequencies to be used and will be
deployed together.

The main mission of the constellation is to do experiments on radio
communication with a CubeSat constellation via a network of UHF/VHF amateur
radio ground stations all over the world.

The challenge is to distinguish each satellite from the four satellites
transmitting with the same frequency, hand over operation of a satellite 
one ground station to another and assemble the satellite data, such as
housekeeping telemetry, music and the Earth images, obtained at different
ground stations.

Amateur radio enthusiasts are asked to join the network to assist in the 
downlink and reconstruction of the patchy satellite data into one meaningful
data. Orbit information and operational plan of each satellite will be made
available to the amateur radio community in the world. Software to 
decode the
satellite data will be also made available.

The respective amateur ground stations that can successfully decode the
telemetry data, music and the Earth images, shall receive a QSL card 
from the
BIRDS team. The data reconstructed by the effort of the amateur ground 
network will be made public to share the sense of satisfaction and 

A particularly interesting mission of BIRDS project is the SNG mission that
exchanges music via a digi-singer. It is an outreach-oriented mission. 
music in MIDI format is uploaded from ground. Then the MIDI file is 
on-board using a vocal synthesizer. Finally, the processed music is sent 
to Earth using UHF antenna as voice FM data.

During organized events on space utilization with schools or general public,
music could be heard using a common hand-held receiver and hand-made Yagi
antenna positioned to track the satellite at each given pass over the 
This has a tremendous effect on awareness of radio communication among 
children and general public, especially in the countries participating 
in the
BIRDS project, Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

Proposing to use CW, 1k2 AFSK FM, audio FM and 9k6 GMSK downlinks. 
Planning a
JAXA sponsored deployment from the ISS during 2017.

BIRDS project information:

Download the Paper – IAA-CU-15-01-16 Five-nations CubeSat constellation; An
inexpensive test case for learning and capacity building


The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination pages are hosted by AMSAT-UK at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) Launch Scheduled for December 2017

AMSAT has been informed that the launch for the NASA Educational Launch of
Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XX mission carrying RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) has been
scheduled for December 2017.

In addition to RadFxSat-2, the ELaNa XX mission will carry 12 CubeSats
constructed both by NASA and several universities around the United 
States. The
mission will be launched by Virgin Galactic on their LauncherOne air 
launch to
orbit system from Mojave, CA

RadFxSat-2, like RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is a partnership opportunity between the
Vanderbilt University Institute for Space and Defense Electronics and 
will carry a similar radiation effects experiment, studying new FinFET

RadFxSat-2 will be the fifth Fox-1 satellite built by AMSAT. Fox-1A, now 
OSCAR 85 (AO-85), was launched on October 8, 2015 and is fully operational,
providing science data from it's onboard experiments and FM transponder 
for the amateur radio community. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D are scheduled for 
this fall and RadFxSat is scheduled to launch in early 2017.

The RadFxSat-2 spacecraft bus will be built on the Fox-1 series but will
feature a linear transponder “upgrade” to replace the standard FM 
in Fox-1A through D. In addition, the uplink and downlink bands will be
reversed from the previous Fox satellites in a Mode V/u (J) 
configuration using
a 2 meter uplink and 70 cm downlink. The downlink will feature a 1200 
bps BPSK
telemetry channel to carry the Vanderbilt science data in addition to a 
30 kHz
wide transponder for amateur radio use.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and Paul, N8HM for the above information]


Graham Shirville G3VZV to be next BATC President

The British Amateur Television Club (BATC) has announced that Graham
Shirville, G3VZV, has been chosen to be the organization's next 
President. He
first joined BATC in the early 1970’s, where he supported the development of
the network of ATV repeaters in the UK for many years.

More recently he has been closely involved with the development of the HamTV
system on the ISS and with the schools contacts with Tim Peake during his
Principia Mission.

Graham has also been a driving force behind AMSAT-UK’s FUNcube satellite
projects and was briefly shown working on the FUNcube-1 satellite in the 
Youth video Amateur Radio – a 21st Century Hobby.

He provided the deployment mechanism for the Slow Scan Television (SSTV)
satellite ARISSat-1/KEDR which was released from the International Space
Station by cosmonauts Sergei Volkov RU3DIS and Alexander Samokutyaev.

British Amateur Television Club


[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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).

*Saturday, 3 September 2016 - Shelby Hamfest in Shelby, NC (ARRL North
Carolina State Convention) - AMSAT Forum Only

*Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 September 2016 Boxboro Hamfest in Boxborough,
MA (ARRL New England Division Convention)

*Friday, 23 September 2016 – presentation at Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Amateur Radio Club in Pasadena CA

*Friday and Saturday, 21-22 October 2016 – CopaFest 2016, south of
Maricopa AZ

*Saturday, 12 November 2016 – Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Marana AZ

*Saturday, 3 December 2016 – Superstition Superfest in Mesa AZ

*Saturday, 14 January 2017 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2017 in Phoenix AZ

*Saturday, 4 February 2017 – Palm Springs Hamfest in Palm Springs CA

*Friday-Sunday, 10-12 February 2017   Orlando HamCation in Orlando, FL

*Friday and Saturday, 17-18 February 2017 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]



Successful Contacts

*  Daisen Elementary School,  Saihaku-gun, Japan, direct via 8J4DISS
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Takuya Onishi  KF5LKS
Contact was successful: Sat 2016-08-20 08:50:19 UTC 42 deg
Signal was very clear and strong.
13 students prepared 26 questions. They got 15 answers.
News papers : 4
TV : 5
Audience: 210


Oyama Elementary School is near the Oyama National Park in Tottori
Prefecture. It is a small elementary school with a population of 76.
This school contact will involve 13 students in the sixth grade
(ages 11 and 12), who will interview astronaut Onishi.

*  Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, Vestal NY, direct via K2ZRO
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS
The  scheduled astronaut was Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact was successful: Thu  2016-08-18 16:24:42 UTC 29 deg

*  A telebridge contact via IS1SLD with students attending Space Camp at 
U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL, USA, was successful Thu 
14:48:24 UTC 83 deg.

*  A direct contact via OK2KET with the OK2KJT Radioclub, Valasska Polanka,
Czech Republic, was successful Wed 2016-08-10 18:56:17 UTC 90 deg.

Upcoming Contacts

*  The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN, direct via  N9DR
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled  astronaut is Kate Rubins KG5FYJ
Contact is a go for: Tue 2016-08-23  15:09:15 UTC 42 deg

Founded in 1925, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis creates immersive,
interdisciplinary experiences that promote inquiry-based family learning
across the arts, sciences, and humanities. The museum is a 473,000 square
foot, five-level facility that houses 11 permanent exhibit galleries, two
traveling exhibit spaces, a children’s theater, a planetarium, a public
library, a preschool, and a collection of more than 115,000 artifacts and
objects. Most recently, the Children’s Museum opened Beyond Spaceship 
and immersive exhibit focused on human space travel.  Beyond Spaceship 
features three components: a recreation of portions of the inside of the
International Space Station (ISS); a one-of-a-kind, immersive space object
experience called the Schaefer Planetarium & Space Object Theater; and an
Astronaut Wall of Fame, which will pay tribute to more than 30 astronauts
with ties to Indiana.

Hosting more than one million visitors each year, the museum has received
numerous accolades, including being named one of the top 3 science centers
in the country by Family Fun magazine. The museum has been ranked as the
number one children’s museum by Forbes.com. Through a variety of free and
discounted admission programs for under-served populations, as well as its
community outreach efforts targeting local neighborhood residents and
urban public schools, the Museum ensures that its visitor population is

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

International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend - Satellite operation

On the AMSAT-BB, Ken, GW1FKY reports:
With reference to the question about satellite operation for this years
"International Lighthouse /Lightship "
events  ( ILL ) dates Saturday 20 th and Sunday 21st august  2016.
Over here in Wales ( United Kingdom ) the " Barry Amateur Radio Society "
will be operating from a twin pair of lighthouses located at "NASH POINT"
situated on the coast of the Bristol Channel -  South Wales.
We will be limited to operation during approx. 0700 -1600 hrs GMT only I
regret to say.

" In addition to operating on the HF and VHF bands I also plan to set up
my portable satellite equipment for operation and contacts during suitable

Callsign /Lighthouse and details as follows
GC6BRC - Lighthouse ( High ) Ref:  UK0071:
GC4BRS - Lighthouse ( Low )  Ref:  UK0072

Locator Ref: IO81FJ
QSL Manager : MW0DHF (Philip King)
Weather is not looking to good - hopefully it will not deter our plans  for

[ANS thanks Ken, GW1FKY and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

YX0V DXpedition to Aves Island to Include Satellite Operations

The YX0V DXpedition to Aves Island, scheduled for August 31, 2016 –
September 10, 2016, will include satellite operations. Aves Island, a
dependency of Venezuela located west of Dominica and Guadeloupe in the
Caribbean Sea (grid FK85eq), is currently the 17th most wanted DXCC entity
on the Club Log DXCC Most-Wanted List and was last on the air in 2007. It
was active on satellite during the YV0D expedition in 2004, but only three
QSOs were made before the DXpedition was cut short due to rain.

Satellite plans are yet to be finalized. YX0V information can be found on
their website at
on Twitter at
and on Facebook at

[ANS thanks Paul, N8HM 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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