[ans] ANS-266 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

Frank Karnauskas Frank at GoKarns.com
Sun Sep 23 02:26:47 UTC 2018


AMAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-266


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and 
information 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://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 dot org.


In this edition:

* 2018 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Results
* Help ARISS Raise Funds for Critical ISS Radio Upgrades
* AMSAT President Upcoming Ham Nation Interview on September 26th
* Reminder - Registration Deadlines for 2018 AMSAT Space Symposium
* Reminder - October 15 Deadline for Space Symposium Papers
* AMSAT Rover Awards Update
* SiriusSat First Signals Competition Winners Announced
* New Indonesian Cubesat to Include Amateur Radio APRS Transponder
* LimeSDR Blogs About Open Satellite Project
* The European Astro Pi Challenge is Back for 2018/2019
* Call for Volunteers: ANS Seeks Rotating Editors
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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ANS-266 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 266.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD
September 23, 2018
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-266.01


2018 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Results

As a result of the 2018 Board of Directors Election Tom Clark, K3IO; 
Mark Hammond, N8MH; and Bruce Paige, KK5DO; will serve on the board 
for two years.

The First Alternate is Peter Portanova, W2JV. The Second Alternate 
is Scott Harvey, KA7FVV. Both will serve for a term of one year.

The results of the voting with 698 ballots cast are as follows:

Tom Clark, K3IO............574
Mark Hammond, N8MH.........507
Scott Harvey, KA7FVV.......176
Bruce Paige, KK5DO.........402
Peter Portanova, W2JV......359

Submitted by:
Martha Saragovitz, Manager
Clayton Coleman W5PFG, Secretary

[ANS thanks Martha Saragovitz, Manager and Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, 
Secretary for the above information]

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Help ARISS Raise Funds for Critical ISS Radio Upgrades

AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to 
raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. 
The upgrades are necessary to enable students to continue to talk to 
astronauts in space via Amateur Radio.

Please help by donating today
https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_e7Htwa_ab_47IcJ9

ARISS is in critical need of infrastructure upgrades to ensure 
that programs such as talking to astronauts in space using
Amateur Radio can continue. Through your donations ARISS seeks the 
following upgrades:

+ Next Generation radio systems that will support easier 
transition to enable new, exciting radio modes and capabilities for 
hams, students and the general public including:

* New Amateur Radio communication and experiment capabilities 
including an enhanced voice repeater and updated digital 
Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), and
* Slow Scan TV (picture up and downlinks) in both US and Russian 
segments of the ISS.

+ A new multi voltage power supply that will support present 
and future radio capabilities and allow wireless experiments to 
be conducted.

ARISS needs to build ten Next Generation radio systems to 
support the development of on-orbit operations, training and long 
term maintenance. This includes two units for on-orbit use (one unit 
each for the US and Russian segments), two units for flight spares, 
three units for training, one unit for testing, and two units for 
ground-based maintenance and troubleshooting.

AMSAT is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Donations are tax deductible to 
the extent allowed by law.

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO for the above information.]

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AMSAT President Upcoming Ham Nation Interview on September 26th

AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO will be featured on Ham Nation's 
September 26th episode #369.  Well known Amateur Radio journalist 
Gordon West, WB6NOA will interview Joe and discuss the latest news 
from AMSAT and ARISS. 

Joe remarked, "The opportunity for this interview couldn't have come 
at a better time. With the launch of ARISS's Fundrazr drive to 
sustain Amateur Radio operations on the ISS and AMSAT's own 
development needs, this interview will help get the word out to 
segments of the Amateur Radio community that don't normally track 
the Amateur Radio satellite community.

"Ham Nation is promoted well throughout Amateur Radio social media 
so the potential audience is substantial.  I hope everyone has a 
chance to watch the show and perhaps share it with your friends 
who might become interested in AMSAT and Amateur Radio in Space."

Ham Nation records live every Wednesday at 9:00pm Eastern / 
6:00pm Pacific / 01:00 (Thu) UTC. See it at:
https://twit.tv/shows/ham-nation

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

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Reminder - Registration Deadlines for 2018 AMSAT Space Symposium 

Make Your Hotel Reservations by October 10!

Hotel accommodations will be next door at the Marriott at the Space 
& Rocket Center, 5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama USA. Hotel 
reservations for the Symposium may be made by individual attendees 
directly with Marriott reservations at: 
 + 1-(800) 228-9290 or 
 + (256) 830-2222 or
 + On-line at http://tinyurl.com/Marriott-2018-Symposium-Hotel.

Please mention the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) 
reference number M-BIHHXTA for the group rate of $104 per night. 
 + The AMSAT group rate is available 10/31/18 to 11/04/18. 
 + Book by 10/10/18.
 + Marriott perks include free parking for attendees and 
   complimentary Wi-Fi.

Symposium Early Registration Rate Expires September 30!

Registration for the Symposium can be ordered on-line at:
https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-symposium/.
 + $60 Early Registration is through September 30, 2018.
 + $65 Registration is October 01, 2018 - October 26, 2018.
 + $70 Registration at the Door

AMSAT Annual Saturday Night Banquet Reservations Are Due October 20!

 + Dinner reservations are $50 per person and should be made by 
   October 20th to ensure accommodation.
 + Register online at: 
   https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-symposium/.

[ANS thanks the 2018 Symposium Committee for the above information.]

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Reminder - October 15 Deadline for Space Symposium Papers

AMSAT has issued the second call for papers for the 2018 AMSAT-NA 
Annual Meeting and Space Symposium. The symposium will be held at 
the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL on the weekend of 
November 2-4. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and 
poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the 
amateur satellite community. Prospects should send a tentative title 
of their presentation as soon as possible. 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 dot org.

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV for the above information.]

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AMSAT Rover Awards Update

The AMSAT Rover award is granted to stations who achieve a combined
25 points using any combination of the defined criteria posted at:
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-rover-award.

Points can be earned for each grid square activated outside of your 
home grid square using the FM, linear, and digital satellites. While 
FM contacts count for 1 point each multiplier points are available 
for contacts via the linear and digital satellites.

Additional points are available for photographs, publicity, social 
media promotion, and AMSAT Journal articles. The options are numerous 
so please refer to the Rover Award Website for all of the details.

Since the last Rover Award announcement in ANS-210 the following 
stations have qualified for the award:

Number     Callsign          Award Date
------     --------          ----------
028        K4FTP             30 Jul 2018
029        KB2YSI            15 Aug 2018
030        N3CRT             17 Aug 2018
031        N2WLS             19 Aug 2018
032        K2MTS             22 Aug 2018
033        AI6DO             23 Aug 2018
034        KD8RTT            18 Sep 2018

[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, 
KK5DO, for the above information.]

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SiriusSat First Signals Competition Winners Announced

Russian cubesats, SiriusSat-1 and SiriusSat-2, were deployed during 
a spacewalk from the ISS in August. A QSL card is available for all 
Amateur Radio operators who send reception reports to:
siriussat at sputnix.ru. 
 
Include your callsign, name, mailing address, time of reception, 
the satellite (RS13S or RS14S), and receiver description. A QSL 
card will be sent to your address.

Winners have been announced of the first signals competition among 
Radio Amateurs for the reception of the first signals from the
SiriusSat-1 and SiriusSat-2: 

+ Rocco Valenzano (W2RTV, USA)
+ Anton Janovsky (ZR6AIC, South Africa)
+ Vladimir Chyorny (EU1SAT, Belarus)
+ Mike Rupprecht (DK3WN, Germany)
+ Dmitry Pashkov (R4UAB, Russia)

The winners will receive a QSL card, a copy of the checklist 
employed by the cosmonauts for activation of the spacecraft 
prior to release and also books on space. Vladimir Chyorny has 
already been given Chris Hadfield's book "An Astronaut's Guide to 
Life on Earth" personally in Minsk, Dmitry Pashkov will be sent 
Stephen Hawking's book "A Brief History of Time," and foreign 
amateurs will receive Pavlov Shubin's illustrated album "The Space 
Rocket System N1-L3."

SiriusSat noted that radio amateurs received the first signals and 
appreciated the dissemination of information about the reception of 
data and the establishment and activation of a specially 
developed software system for the reception of telemetry and 
decoding the data from the spacecraft.

The satellites operate at these frequencies and call signs: 
 + SiriusSat-1 callsign RS13S frequency 435.570 MHz SSID 1;
 + SiriusSat-2 callsign RS14S frequency 435.670 MHz SSID 2 GMSK 4800 
 + modulation is used, protocol is standard AX.25
   G3RUH sending beacons every 30 seconds. 

Telemetry decoding/viewing software can be downloaded from:
http://sputnix.ru/ru/nashi-sputniki/siriussat-2
This page includes configuration instructions and files with test
signals.

[ANS thanks Sputnix.ru for the above information]

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New Indonesian Cubesat to Include Amateur Radio APRS Transponder

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the 
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have selected a team from 
Surya University in Indonesia for the UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE programme.
The KiboCUBE programme was launched in 2015 by UNOOSA and JAXA to 
offer educational and research institutions from developing 
countries the opportunity to develop cube satellites (CubeSats) 
for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS).

Thanks to the KiboCUBE programme, Surya University's cube 
satellite, Surya Satellite 1 (SS-1), will be the first cube 
satellite developed by an Indonesian University to be launched into 
space. The cube satellite will be equipped with an Automatic Packet 
Reporting System (APRS) that works on amateur radio 
frequencies. This will enable the cube satellite to transmit APRS 
messages to ground stations. Furthermore, SS-1 will be designed 
for a two-way communication use for educational and disaster 
mitigation purposes, which can be carried out by anyone with a 
valid amateur radio callsign. Access the full United Nations press 
release at http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=53079.

[ANS thanks the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and 
spaceref.com for the above information]

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LimeSDR Blogs About Open Satellite Project

Developer Lucas Teske has a very clear reason for having started the 
Open Satellite Project, an ongoing effort to develop open-source 
software for the receipt and decoding of satellite data using 
software-defined radio (SDR) hardware including the LimeSDR family. 

"The final goal is to have a generic satellite receiver that is easy 
to configure to a new satellite or protocol," project originator 
Lucas Teske explains of the Open Satellite Project and its 
open-source weather satellite software.

With input from the community, Teske has a clear roadmap for the 
Open Satellite Project's future development. "The main goal now is 
to have a single application that does everything," he explains. 
"So far OSP has several parts, which makes it somewhat hard to 
set up. We're re- writing the main application - now called 
SatHelperApp - in Go which helps a lot in making it cross platform
and 
easy to use. We also want to lower the costs of building a GOES 
Rebroadcast protocol (GRB) station, which provides the best images 
you can ever get from a satellite from the current generation - and 
also images from the Sun! The idea is to have a simple app that 
anyone could just download, follow some instructions for assembling 
the hardware, and get everything working, even if they don't have 
any technical skill for it."

To read more about the Open Satellite Project and find ways your 
station can help access the full article on-line at
https://limemicro.com/community/open-satellite-project/.

[ANS thanks LimeSDR for the above information]

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The European Astro Pi Challenge is Back for 2018/2019

ESA Education, in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is 
pleased to announce the launch of the 2018/2019 European Astro 
Pi Challenge. Students and young people are offered the amazing 
opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing 
computer programs that run on Astro Pis - special Raspberry Pi 
computers aboard the International Space Station.


Youths 19 or younger and live in an ESA Member or Associate Member 
State invited to form a team with at least friend of and apply to the 
Astro Pi Challenge's Mission Space Lab by sending their experiment 
idea by the end of October.

There are two themes for experiments: 
The 'Life on Earth' theme will use the Astro Pi computer Izzy, fitted 
with a near-infrared camera facing out of an ISS window, to study 
the Earth. The 'Life in space theme will use the Astro Pi computer
Ed, 
which is equipped with a camera for light sensing, and investigate 
life inside the Columbus module of the ISS. 

The complete announcement, rules and regulations can be found at
https://tinyurl.com/Astro-Pi-2018-2019. 

[ANS thanks the ESA and the Raspberry Pi Foundation for the above 
information.]

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Call for Volunteers: ANS Seeks Rotating Editors

The AMSAT News Service (ANS) is seeking volunteers to serve as
rotating editors for its weekly newsletter.

Editors work on a rotating schedule, each taking a different turn
editing a specific week's newsletter as scheduled by the ANS Editor
in Chief. Editors support each other by seeking and reporting to the
Editor of the week, information and resources of interest to the
AMSAT community. 

The number of newsletters assigned will be dependent
upon the number of available editors at any given time. The average
editor can expect to spend, on average, 4-5 hours for each
newsletter, dependent on available material. Prospective editors are
required to be AMSAT members in good standing and have a genuine
interest in satellite operation and an understanding of AMSAT's
mission. Former editing experience is a plus but not required.

If interested, please submit an inquiry, including your contact
information to ans-editor at amsat dot org.

[ANS thanks the ANS editors for the above information.]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

Western Colorado (DM77, DM67, DM57, DM58, DM59 DN50, DN60) -
September 28-30, 2018
Ron AD0DX will be back in Western Colorado Sept. 28/29/30. Plans
are Friday DM77, DM67; Saturday DM57, DM58, DM59; Sunday DN50, DN60.
Specific pass announces will be posted to his Twitter account.
https://twitter.com/ad0dx

North to Alaska (CO28) - October 5-9, 2018
Tucker, W4FS, will be in Juneau, AK, October 5-9th, using the
call sign W4FS/KL7. Weather permitting, he may slip up to Whitehorse
to use his new Canadian call VE9FS.  Watch his Twitter account for
specific plans. 
https://twitter.com/Whiskey4FoSho

Kure Beach, NC (FM13) - October 13-19, 2018
(Originally 9/22-28. Rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence)
Wayne, NM3B, will be operating holiday style from Kure Beach,
NC, October 13-19.  Send QSL for confirmation.

Bermuda (DXCC NA-005) - November 12-14, 2018
Tom, N2YTF, will be operating as N2YTF/VP9/P from Bermuda, NA-
005 vacation style Nov. 12, 13, 14; all FM passes (and perhaps a few
transponder birds).  Tom will also be working HF QRP portable from
the beach. Tom is looking for a 2m ssb tropo path to some US super
station(s). If interested, contact him directly.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al at yahoo dot com
Updated September 19, 2018

[ANS thanks Robert, KE4AL for the above information.]

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ARISS News

+ Updated Hosting Information Posted
The information on how to apply for an ARISS event has been updated
and posted at:
http://www.ariss.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact-in-the-us.html.

[ANS thanks Ken Ransom for the above information.]

+ Upcoming Contacts
Obie Elementary School, Kurashiki, Japan, direct via 8N4KLO 
The ISS callsign is scheduled to be NA1SS. 
The scheduled astronaut is Ricky Arnold KE5DAU. 
Contact is a go for: Wed 2018-09-26 08:47:27 UTC 53 deg.

Indian Trails Middle School, Winter Springs, FL, telebridge via VK4KHZ
The ISS callsign is scheduled to be NA1SS. 
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT. 
Contact is a go for: Thu 2018-09-27 17:52:47 UTC 74 deg.

+ Successful Contacts
Otori Elementary School, Sakai City, Japan, direct via 8N3OH.
The ISS callsign was NA1SS. 
The scheduled astronaut was Ricky Arnold KE5DAU.
Contact: Mon 2018-09-17 11:45:55 UTC 74 deg.

The total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1256. 
Each school counts as 1 event. 
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1203. 
Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot. 
Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 47. 

The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS 
contact: Delaware, South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, 
Northern Marianas Islands, and the Virgin Islands.

+ ARISS congratulates the following mentors who have now mentored 
over 100 schools:  
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 134 
Francesco IKØWGF with 132 
Gaston ON4WF with 123 
Sergey RV3DR with 107 

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

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Satellite Shorts from All Over

+ EA4GPZ's IberRadio LO-94 (DSLWP-B) Talk Available On-line
Daniel Estévez, EA4GPZ, gave a presentation about receiving the 
downlink from the Chinese lunar orbiting satellite LO-94 (DSLWP-B) on 
September 15 at the IberRadio Spanish Amateur Radio Fair. Daniel's 
presentation was in Spanish and he says he has finished adding 
English subtitles to the recording his talk. You can watch the video 
either with Spanish or English slides and either with Spanish or 
English subtitles. You may also download copies of the slides from 
this site.
https://destevez.net/2018/09/dslwp-b-talk-in-iberradio/.

[ANS thanks Daniel Estévez, EA4GPZ for the above information.]


+ British Amateur Television Club CAT18 Videos on YouTube

The British Amateur Television Club has released all videos of the 
CAT18 talks on their BATConline YouTube channel. 
https://tinyurl.com/ans-batc-cat18

The talks include:
ISS HAMTV Update - Ciaran, M0XTD & Phil Crump, M0DNY
Es'hail-2 Update - Graham @G3VZV & Dave Crump, G8GKQ 
The Future - Charles Brain @G4GUO

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and the British Amateur Television Club 
for the above information.]


+ AMSAT-DL Launches Updated Website

AMSAT-DL has launched their modernized website. Visitors can 
select German, Spanish, French, and English versions. See it at:
https://amsat-dl.org/ 

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information.]

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President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive 
additional benefits. Application forms are available from the 
AMSAT office.

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 
student rate for a maximum of six post-secondary years in this 
status.

Contact Martha at the AMSAT office for additional student 
membership information.

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

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