[amsat-bb] ANS-353 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Pedro Sousa pedro at dutrasousa.name
Sun Dec 18 14:33:39 UTC 2016


Just a correction: the Christmas Weekend Operation will be on HM58, and 
not HM85.

73s Pedro CU2ZG

On 2016-12-18 00:51, Lee McLamb wrote:
> ANS-353
> 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
> satellites.
> 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:
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> In this edition:
> * Gould Smith, WA4SXM appointed Director-Field Operations
> * AO-73/FUNcube Holiday Transponder Operation
> * HM85 Christmas Weekend Operation
> * 18 Years of SSTV and Human Spaceflight
> * WB8ELK Balloon Completes Second Lap Around the World
> * 18th Annual Long Island Section Convention
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> ANS-353 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
> AMSAT News Service Bulletin 353.01
> DATE December 18, 2016
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> Gould Smith, WA4SXM appointed Director-Field Operations
> AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW has appointed G. Gould Smith, 
> WA4SXM as
> Director-Field Operations.  The public announcement was made during 
> the Field
> Operations Forum held in conjunction with the 34th AMSAT Space 
> Symposium held on
> board Carnival Liberty on 12 Nov 2016.
> Field Operations consists of AMSAT volunteers who serve as Area 
> Coordinators in
> their local areas.  As “Ambassadors of AMSAT”, they give AMSAT 
> presentations at
> local club meetings or at hamfests, manage an AMSAT table/booth at a 
> hamfest, or
> support local satellite operations as ‘elmers’ to new satellite 
> operators.
> Gould previously served as Director-Field Operations from 2004-2008 
> prior to
> becoming VP-User Services from 2008-2013.  Gould is also the author of 
> several
> books published by AMSAT starting in 1990 with “Getting Started With 
> Amateur
> Satellites” the current AMSAT publication that carries his name. Due 
> to medical
> issues, Gould was forced to resign from the Board of Directors and as 
> VP-User
> Services in 2014 to focus on his medical concerns.  Two years later, 
> Gould’s
> medical recovery is now such that he’s once again in position to 
> support AMSAT.
> In conjunction with this transition, Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK now 
> serves as
> “Lead Area Coordinator”, essentially functioning as Gould’s Executive 
> Officer.
> Together, Gould and Patrick will work to enhance the Field Organization.
> “Having Gould back in an AMSAT leadership role is welcome news” notes 
> President Barry Baines, WD4ASW.  “Gould is passionate about amateur 
> radio in
> space and wants to encourage amateurs to become involved with satellite
> operations.  The Field Organization will benefit from Gould’s focus on 
> providing
> support to our Area Coordinators and developing materials that will 
> assist our
> volunteers to speak on AMSAT’s behalf at club presentations and 
> hamfests.”
> Initially, Gould has been spending some time getting back up to speed 
> on the
> current status of the Field Organization and establishing a line of
> communication with the Field Ops Team.  Gould notes, “As a long time 
> volunteer I am excited to be re-engaging with the organization since 
> my health
> has improved significantly. The Field Operations position is one that 
> I have
> experience with and am looking forward to leading with the help of 
> Patrick,
> WD9EWK. I have looked at the current Area Coordinator list and their 
> activities
> and know most of the members. One of the first things I will be doing 
> is getting
> to know the newer coordinators and determining how best we can serve 
> AMSAT, it's
> members and prospective members. Please let me know of any ideas or 
> suggestions
> to improve he Field Operations team.”
> [ANS thanks AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, for the above 
> information]
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> AO-73/FUNcube Holiday Transponder Operation
> The AO-73/FUNcube plan for the Holidays is to switch to continuous 
> transponder
> mode on Wed 22 Dec pm UTC, and revert back to auto transponder 
> switching on
> Sunday 8 Jan 2017 ppm UTC.
> Have FUN with the transponder.
> [ANS thanks Jim, G3WGM, for the above information]
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> HM85 Christmas Weekend Operation
> Pedro, CU2ZG, reports that Christmas HM58 operation will take place from
> December 23rd to December 25th.  Pedro will be SSB equipped and plans to
> operate on the following satellites:  AO-7, FO-29, SO-50, AO-73, EO-79,
> XW-2A/B/C/D/F, and AO-85.
> Logs will be uploaded as CU2ZG.
> [ANS thanks Pedro, CU2ZG, for the above information]
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> 18 Years of SSTV and Human Spaceflight
> December 12, 2016, marked the 18th anniversary of the activation of 
> the MIR SSTV
> Amateur Radio developed System which was transported and put aboard  
> the MIR
> Space Station.  The MIR SSTV System  sent pictures over a period of 
> about 2
> years and 4 months to the delight of Amateur Radio Operators and others
> worldwide. (Mir was deorbited in March, 2001) For those interested in 
> this
> historical event and background, the publication Amateur Television 
> Quarterly
> (ATVQ), Spring 2015 issue has an article, “How Did the  MIR SSTV 
> System come
> into Existence”?   Back issue copies of ATVQ containing  this article are
> available via WA6SVT at aol.com.  See also web address: 
> www.ATVQuarterly.com.
> A  small sampling of perhaps thousands of received pictures may be 
> found in web
> sites:
> http://www.marexmg.org/marexmirweb/fileshtml/galleryimagepage1.htm
> http://www.qsl.net/dg7ro/afu/mirsstv.htm
> Background information and initial efforts on developing the MIR 
> System and
> early efforts to provide SSTV for the ISS may be reviewed  at:
> http://www.marexmg.org/fileshtml/sponsorspeople.htm
> The ISS is now transmitting a similar series of SSTV Transmissions to 
> that of
> MIR:
> https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv
> [ANS thanks Farrell, W8ZCF, for the above information]
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> WB8ELK Balloon Completes Second Lap Around the World
> After flying for over 41,000 miles, the WB8ELK HF WSPR Skytracker 
> balloon has
> completed its second lap after crossing over into Indiana on 12 Dec 
> 2016. For
> those of you capable of listening to 20m WSPR mode, it transmits at 
> the 4-minute
> and 6-minute marks every 10 minutes on 14.09560 MHz USB during 
> daylight hours.
> [ANS thanks Bill WB8ELK and the BALLOON_SKED group on yahoogroups for 
> the above
> information]
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> 18th Annual Long Island Section Convention
> Ham Radio University (HRU) is scheduled for January 8th, 2017, there 
> will be 30
> forums with Tom Gallagher, CEO, of ARRL as the keynote speaker.
> Peter, W2JV, will be doing a forum at 10 AM on ‘Getting Started with 
> the Amateur
> Satellites”, AMSAT will have a table in the club room to answer your 
> questions.
> There will be demonstrations on the air as time and weather permits, 
> on both the
> FM and linear transponder satellites.  Look for W2JV, or others on the 
> air.
> [ANS thanks Peter, W2JV, for the above information
> /EX
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> 73,
> This week's ANS Editor,
> Lee McLamb, KU4OS
> ku4os at amsat dot org
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