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In this edition:
* Dollar-for-Dollar Match on your ARISS Donation Thru June 17, 2019
* Call for Nominations - AMSAT Board of Directors
* AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites
* Lightsail-2 Scheduled for Launch June 22 - Beacon on 437.025 MHz
* AMSAT-EA FossaSat-1 Receives IARU Coordination
* QO-100 meets HAM RADIO 2019 in Friedrichshafen
* ARISS SSTV Planned Over Russia for Moscow Aviation Institute
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Send Your Name (and callsign) to Mars
* RS-10 Downlink Provides Unique Troubleshooting Solution
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-153 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 153.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE June 2, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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Dollar-for-Dollar Match on your ARISS Donation Thru June 17, 2019
During the ARISS Forum at the Hamvention, it was announced, that
between now and June 17, that an anonymous donor will equally match
one dollar for each dollar donated up to $10,000.
Here is an excellent opportunity to get the most from your donations
to the ARISS FundRazr. The FundRazr Project was initiated to raise
$150,000 towards the ARISS Radio Upgrade on ISS. To date 90
contributors have donated $24,840 to the campaign, about 17% of the
goal. $10,000 of your dollars, donated now, will raise that total to
$44,840, including the matching funds. It would be great if we could
actually achieve one-third of our goal ($50,000) by mid-June.
Please donate today at
[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]
AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit. Support AMSAT's
projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/
Call for Nominations - AMSAT Board of Directors
It's time to submit nominations for the upcoming AMSAT Board of
Directors election. Four directors' terms expire this year: those of
Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA;
and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM. In addition, up to two Alternates may be
elected for one-year terms.
A valid nomination requires either one Member Society or five current
individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT member for
Director. Written nominations, consisting of the nominee's name and
call, and the nominating individuals' names, calls and individual
signatures should be mailed to:
10605 CONCORD ST STE 304
KENSINGTON MD 20895-2526
In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which
is the preferred method, the intent to nominate someone may be made
by electronic means. These include e-mail, fax, or electronic image
of a petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to
martha at amsat.org or faxed to +1-301-822-4371.
No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive at the AMSAT
office no later than June 15th. If the nomination is a traditional
written nomination, no other action is required. If electronic means
are used, a verifying traditional written petition MUST be received at
the AMSAT office within 7 days following the close of nominations
on June 15th.
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT THIS SECOND, WRITTEN VERIFICATION ARE
NOT VALID UNDER THE EXISTING AMSAT BYLAWS.
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]
AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites
The weekend of June 22-23, 2019 is Field Day! Each year the Ameri-
can Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day. The Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes our own version of Field Day
focused on operation via the amateur satellites, held concurrently
with the ARRL event.
The AMSAT Field Day 2019 event is open to all Amateur Radio opera-
tors. Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules
for Field Day. The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all
amateur satellites, both analog and digital.
The congestion on FM LEO satellites is always so intense that we must
continue to limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes
the International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the
ISS is operating Voice.
Note that no points will be credited for any contacts
beyond the ONE allowed via each single-channel FM sat-
ellite. Operators are encouraged NOT to make any extra
contacts via the FM satellites.
Information for the operational satellites can be found in the tables
posted on-line on the AMSAT web:
+ FM Satellite Frequencies
+ Linear satellite Frequencies
Up-to-date satellite status reports are posted by users at:
AO-92 may be in L/v for the first part of the event, depending on
command station availability. Keep an eye on @AMSAT on Twitter for
expected L/v mode change times.
An article by Sean Kutzko, KX9X, “Get on the Satellites for ARRL
Field Day”, published in the June 2018 issue of QST is reprinted
with the ARRL’s permission can be accessed at:
The full set of rules (including downloadable documents) are
posted at: https://www.amsat.org/field-day/
[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO,
for the above information]
Lightsail-2 Scheduled for Launch June 22 - Beacon on 437.025 MHz
LightSail is a citizen-funded project from The Planetary Society.
This cubesat will be propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit.
LightSail 2 is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy on
June 22, 2019, and we will attempt the first, controlled solar sail
flight in Earth orbit.
LightSail 2 will ride to space aboard the Department of Defense
Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission which will send 24 spacecraft
to 3 different orbits. LightSail 2 itself will be enclosed within
Prox-1, a Georgia Tech-designed spacecraft originally built to demon-
strate close-encounter operations with other spacecraft. Prox-1 will
deploy LightSail 2 seven days after launch.
After a few days of health and status checks, LightSail 2's four
dual-sided solar panels will swing open. Roughly a day later, four
metallic booms will unfurl four triangular Mylar sails from storage.
The sails, which have a combined area of 32 square meters [344 square
feet], will turn towards the sun for half of each orbit, giving the
spacecraft a tiny push no stronger than the weight of a paperclip.
For about a month after sail deployment, this continual thrust should
raise LightSail 2's orbit by a measurable amount.
LightSail 2 will fly in a 24-degree inclination, 720 km, circular
orbit. At latitudes of 42 degrees north it will reach a maximum
elevation of 10 degrees above the horizon.
Lightsail-2 has been issued an experimental radio license WM9XPA and
transmit on 437.025 MHz. A morse beacon will transmit the callsign
every 45 seconds. A packet beacon will transmit AX.25, FSK 9K6 bps
Beacon information is available at:
Documentation of the downlink telemetry data structure is posted at:
[ANS thanks the Planetary Society for the above information]
AMSAT-EA FossaSat-1 Receives IARU Coordination
The IARU reported that AMSAT-EA FossaSat-1 satellite has received a
downlink coordination to operate on 436.700 MHz with LoRa 125kHz,
Chirp Spread Spectrum Modulation, 180 bps, 100mW; and, FSK RTTY 45
baud ITA2, 100mW 183hz Shift.
The planned mission objectives for the 5x5x5cm 250gram satellite are:
+ General development of miniaturized and inexpensive satellite
systems for space applications using off the shelf components.
+ Testing a new solar panel mechanism, making this satellite the
smallest to have deployable solar arrays. These solar arrays will
additionally increase the radar reflectivity significantly to
that of a standard cubesat.
+ The promotion & involvement of students in aerospace development
on an international level, giving them the opportunity to test
their hardware and software experiments on the satellite. AMSAT-EA
will be hosting STEM workshops & competitions for secondary stu-
dents to participate in, a full section of the satellite is dedi-
cated to these experiments for educational research.
+ The main mission of the satellite is the testing of a new experi-
mental RF chirp modulation called LoRa, this new modulation hugely
increases the link budget, reduces the power consumed and reduces
the cost of receivers.
Students & Amateurs will be able to receive telemetry from the satel-
lite with inexpensive hardware, expanding & promoting the amateur
satellite community among youth.
Uplink challenges will also be carried out with rewards for amateurs.
AMSAT-EA will provide decoding software for SDR use in order to allow
anyone to decode LoRa using common existing hardware & host software
for users to submit telemetry data, making all data public and reward-
ing users with certificates & awards.
The IARU coordination announcement can be accessed at:
[ANS thanks AMSAT-EA and the IARU for the above information]
QO-100 meets HAM RADIO 2019 in Friedrichshafen
Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, President of AMSAT-DL invites everyone to meet
members of the QARS, AMSAT-DL and also QO-100 users, face-to-face at
the HAM RADIO 2019 exhibition from June 21-23 June in Friedrichshafen.
A special event station DL50AMSAT will be operating live from the
AMSAT-DL booth, DATV (DVB-S2) transmissions are also planned.
There will be several lectures around Qatar-OSCAR 10 and you can meet
the P4-A team at the QARS and AMSAT-DL stands, which are located next
to each other.
We also welcome members of the BATC team at our booth.
For more information visit:
[ANS thanks Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, President of AMSAT-DL for the above
ARISS SSTV Planned Over Russia for Moscow Aviation Institute
A Russian MAI-SSTV event is planned for Wednesday, June 5 from
12:00-16:00 UTC and June 6 from 11:30-15:30 UTC. Transmissions are
expected to be at 145.800 MHz in SSTV mode PD120. Based on the times
received, SSTV signals are not expected over N. America.
This event uses a computer in the ISS Russian Segment, which stores
images that are then transmitted to Earth using the ARISS Amateur
Radio station located in the Service Module which employs the
Kenwood TM-D710E transceiver.
Amateur radio operators and other radio enthusiasts are invited to
post the images they receive at
Please note that the event is dependent on other activities,
schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and is subject to
change at any time.
Online WebSDR receivers can be used to receive signals from the
International Space Station at SUWS WebSDR located Farnham near
London http://farnham-sdr.com/ and R4UAB WebSDR located European
For updates check Twitter at
[ANS thanks ARISS and AMSAT-UK for the above information.]
Upcoming Satellite Operations
for latest information.
Pre-Hot Rod Power Tour Rove (Wyoming to Tennessee) – June 2-7, 2019
On June 2nd, RJ, WY7AA and the Elco will head South to start roving
on the DM77/78 gridline, heading east working gridlines and corners
along the way all the way to EM87/88 hopefully. RJ will try to be on
as many FM passes as possible, with a few linears as time allows.
Follow RJ on APRS.fi as WY7AA-9, as he will not have Twtter access
along the road. Checkout WY7AA’s QRZ page for specific plans he will
post before he leaves, and @dtabor (N6UA) will help by posting on
Twitter if he has any updates from the road.
EM57/EM67 Line – June 4, 2019
Michael, N4DCW, will be at the EM57/67 line on June 4, 2019. He’ll
post satellite passes a week before on twitter and the -bb, but
will plan for the AO-9x and SO-50 midday passes. FM only. The day
of, Michael will post updates via his twitter feed:
Hot Rod Power Tour Rove (North Carolina to Ohio) – June 8-14, 2019
From June 8th to 14th, WY7AA will be traveling with several thous-
and other Hot Rods along a winding route from NC to OH. RJ will
mostly be activating in the evenings on FM passes including grids
EM95, FM06, EM86, EM78, EM69, EN71, and EN81. Checkout the event
route: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-153-HotRods And if anyone is anywhere
close to the route, come out and see the spectacle and let RJ know
on Twitter if you are coming out. Follow RJ on APRS.fi as WY7AA-9.
#HomewardBoundRove (DN13, DN14, DN21, DN22, DN23) – June 14-18,2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be hitting a few grids on his way home. Look for
DN13/DN14 line on June 14th, DN21/DN22 line June 15th, DN22 June 17,
and DN23 June 18th. FM only. Pass times expected between 1700-200
0UTC. Specific passes to be posted on Casey’s Twitter feed:
Post Hot Rod Power Tour Rove (New York to Wyoming) – June 15-27, 2019
Following the Hot Rod Power Tour, I will be heading to FN02 for a
few days and plan to work FN01/11 gridline around June 17-18. Details
to follow. I will be heading as far east as FN32 and then eventually
working my way back to DN71. Specifically looking for EN01/02 along
the way. Details will be posted to Twitter and my QRZ page as the
trip plans unfold. Follow him on APRS.fi as WY7AA-9, as he will not
have Twitter access along the road.
#JosephOrBustRove (DN04, DN05, DN15) – June 28-30, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be wandering around Eastern Oregon and decided
to do a little grid activating. Look for Casey on FM passes in DN04
mid-Friday, June 28th, in DN15 Friday night to Saturday evening,
and DN05 Sunday morning. Specific passes to be posted on Casey’s
Twitter feed https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ
Iceland (HP95 IP15 IP25 IP03 HP03) – July 13-19, 2019
Adam, K0FFY, is taking his family (and his radios) to Iceland. Tenta-
tive schedule is HP95 July 13, IP13 and IP15 July 14-15, IP25 July 16,
IP03 or HP93 July 17-18, and HP94 July 19. There’s a lot to see, so
passes will be best effort and announced on Twitter shortly prior.
Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org
[ANS Thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]
Send Your Name (and callsign) to Mars
NASA Press Release May 21, 2019
NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — etched
on microchips — to the Red Planet with NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which
represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip to another
planet. The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with
the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.
The opportunity to send your name to Mars comes with a souvenir board-
ing pass and "frequent flyer" points. From now until Sept. 30, you can
add your name to the list and obtain a souvenir boarding pass to Mars
The Microdevices Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
in Pasadena, California, will use an electron beam to etch the submit-
ted names onto a silicon chip with lines of text smaller than one-
thousandth the width of a human hair (75 nanometers). At that size,
more than a million names can be inscribed on a single dime-size
microchip. The chip (or chips) will ride on the rover under a glass
For more information on Mars 2020, visit:
For more about NASA's Moon to Mars plans, visit:
[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]
RS-10 Downlink Provides Unique Troubleshooting Solution
Terry Osborne, ZL2BAC, recalls a troubleshooting solution utilizing
the downlink from the RS-10 satellite as he was resolving an HF noise
problem in the radio system of New Zealand's Maritime Radio Network.
The New Zealand network consists of a chain of VHF base stations, an
HF Transmitter site and an HF Receiving site. These are all linked
back to an Operations Centre in Lower Hutt (near Wellington).
During commissioning, Terry was visiting the Operations Centre where
the operators mentioned that the HF receivers were very noisy. This
didn't sound right since the receiving site had been chosen because
it was in a remote area well away from any man made noise.
Terry said, "To check how well the receivers were working I gave the
operators the frequency and a week of pass times for RS-10. This was
on a Friday. On Saturday I turned on my receiver at home on RS-10.
My receiver was a TenTec Argonaut 505 with DGFet preamp and a half
wave dipole at about 10 feet. RS-10's downlink boomed in at about 5x7.
The Maritime operators heard nothing on their receivers. I fed the
audio down the phone line to convince them it was working."
The four HF receivers are fed from a Multicoupler that has a "Low
Noise" amplifier feeding a splitter. On the following Monday, the
technicians from the maintenance base visited the site and at AOS
of RS-10, turned off the power supply to the multicoupler. The Oper-
ations Centre reported down went the HF noise and up came the signal
Terry reported on the solution, "There were many options for the 'Low
Noise' amplifier in the multicoupler ranging from a 2dB noise figure
10 dB gain version up to a 30dB gain 15dB noise figure version. Upon
removing the lid from the multicoupler it revealed that the 30dB gain
15dB noise figure version had been supplied rather than the 2dB noise
figure 10dB gainversion specified. It turned out that the manufacturers
of the Multicoupler hadn't actually made one with a 2dB NF/10dB Gain
amp before and had just supplied their standard version. Putting in
the right amplifier solved the problem."
In closing, Terry wrote, "Satellite operators who have worked with
preamps will recognise this problem."
[ANS sends an 'Ahoy' with a tip of the sailing hat and thanks Terry
Osborne, ZL2BAC for the above information]
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ Virgin Orbit has posted updated information about the LauncherOne
initial flight which is AMSAT's RadFxSat-2 (Fox-1E) ride to orbit:
This cubesat will feature a V/u inverting analog SSB/CW transponder
and a digital beacon:
Uplink: 145.890 - 145.860 MHz LSB
Downlink: 435.760 - 435.790 MHz USB
Beacon: 435.750 MHz 1200 baud BPSK
+ AMSAT is pleased to offer a set of Titleist Pro V1x golf balls. One
bears the GOLF-TEE logo, one the GOLF-1 logo and one the AMSAT 50th
Anniversary logo. There are also a set of the same 3 golf balls
with the logos that have also been signed by 3 of the AMSAT presi-
dents. Keith Baker, KB1SF, has signed the GOLF-TEE ball, Barry
Baines, WD4ASW, has signed the GOLF-1 ball and Joe Spier, K6WAO,
has signed the AMSAT 50th Anniversary ball. The set of 3 balls is
$50 plus shipping. The set of 3 balls with the 3 AMSAT President
signatures is $100 plus shipping. Take care of your Father's Day
shopping on-line at:
+ The ARISS team has posted an album of photos in memory of Keith
Pugh, W5IU - SK at http://tinyurl.com/ANS-153-ARISS-W5IU-Album
(facebook). Keith was an active AMSAT and ARISS volunteer. He pas-
sed away on May 24. A memorial service for Keith Pugh, W5IU, will
be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, in the Sanctuary of First
Presbyterian Church with a reception following. 1000 Penn St, Fort
Worth, TX 76102.
Obituary for Keith:
+ The Tico Times in Costa Rica featured an article about the ARISS
contact with the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC), Los
Suenos, Costa Rica on May 27.
+ AMSAT-DL AMSAT Deutschland released a video of theQatar-OSCAR 100
(P4-A/ Es'hail-2) launch with a SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida:
+ NASA TV will provide live coverage as a SpaceX Dragon cargo space-
craft is set to return to Earth from the International Space Station
Monday, June 3. NASA Television and the agency’s website will pro-
vide live coverage of the craft’s release beginning at 11:45 a.m.
EDT. (UTC - 4) Around noon, flight controllers at mission control
in Houston will deliver remote commands to the station’s Canadarm2
robotic arm to detached Dragon from the Earth-facing port of the
+ The Science Museum's YouTube channel has a video of the first
astronaut from the UK, Helen Sharman GB1MIR, who used amateur
radio to talk to students in schools across the UK. In May 1991,
Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space. The Soyuz TM-12
mission, which included Soviet cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky,
U7MIR and Sergei Krikalev U5MIR, launched on May 18, 1991 and
lasted eight days, most of that time spent at the Mir space sta-
tion. Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/x0-nMl0jf5E
+ The European Space Agency's Astro Pi Challenge which allows students
to design an experiment, write the code, and then have it run by an
astronaut aboard the International Space Station, enjoyed a student's
success recently when one of the Astro Pi units running a Raspberry
Pi 1 B+ and a Raspberry Pi Camera Module captured the approach of a
Soyuz spacecraft arriving at the ISS. Check out the photos and learn
+ Sean Kutzko, KX9X, has written a contribution to DX Engineering’s
blog “On All Bands.” In this article, he writes about the basics
of VHF propagation, to help you stay active during the solar mini-
mum: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-153-KX9X-VHF -and- a newly released
blog entry covers the basics of satellite operation:
+ Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, Radio Club of America Young Achiever Award,
Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure participant, recipient of an
AMSAT Presidential Award is interviewed in a webcast ‘Sankalp’
from NewView Studios: https://youtu.be/TUce-WyZPdc The Sankalp
program showcases and inspires youth in the community.
+ The Cal Poly CubeSat Team is requesting input to fill out their
survey where they are gathering information about the connectors,
electrical interfaces, and communication protocols currently in
use by CubeSat and payload developers. The feedback will be used
to help design the XCube platform, which will create opportunities
for CubeSats to fly on NASA’s high altitude aircraft for testing
and calibration purposes. Access the survey at:
+ Edmund Spicer, M0MNG, made a video about his visit to Hamvention 2019.
The AMSAT satellite demonstration station operated by Paul, N8HM and
Matt, NJ4Y is shown: https://youtu.be/nnbQbJnkxs0?t=861
+ The May 2019 issue of SatMagazine is available at:
+ The June 2019 issue of CQ-DATV magazine is available at:
[ANS thanks everyone 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
73 and remember to behave and to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat dot org
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