[ans] ANS-027 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Mark D. Johns mjohns+K0JM at luther.edu
Sat Jan 26 22:36:21 UTC 2019


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In this edition:

* OrigamiSat-1 Requests Help for Testing 5.84 GHz Downlink
* OrigamiSat-1 Reception Challenges
* AO-85 Operations Re-Started - Telemetry Requested
* ARISS TV Transmitter Back on Earth for Inspection, Possible Repair
* ARISS Officers Elected
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Limited ISS SSTV Scheduled for January 30 - February 1
* Registration Open for "VHF Super Conference"
* AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* NASA Administrator Addresses Furloughed Employees
* Australia’s First Commercial Launch Facility to be Built
* India Will Fly 100 Student Satellites
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-027 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 027.01
DATE 2019-January-27
BID: $ANS-027.01

OrigamiSat-1 Requests Help for Testing 5.84 GHz Downlink

The OrigamiSat-1 Team is requesting suitably equipped ground stations
to participate in receiving the 5.84GHz telemetry downlink from their
CubeSat. The satellite transmits on the same frequency with FITSAT-1,
Niwaka sat, which were launched in 2013 by Fukuoka Inst. Tech. in

The team added, "Although our satellite suffers from reset problem,
we hope that we will start testing 5.8 GHz early in the week of
January. 28. First we will test it only above Japan, and see whether
we can do it outside Japan also. Please stay tuned!"

[ANS thanks the OrigamiSat-1 for the above information]

OrigamiSat-1 Reception Challenges

Tracking Origamisat-1 is a real challenge. It is a LEO, so is only
visible for 10-15 minutes depending on the pass. The challenge is not
only tracking the satellite both AZ and EL with a dish that has maybe
3-5 degree beamwidth, but the Doppler can run a little over ±100 kHz.

The 5.84 GHz downlink is 420KF1D 115kbps. It transmits for 10 secs and
is then off for 5 secs and then repeats.

In 2012, N1JEZ was able to detect a similar satellite, NIWAKA, using
a portable 5.760 GHz rig. That rig consisted of a 2' dish with my DEMI
5760 transverter and for an IF, a Funcube Dongle SDR tuned to 224.000
MHz. The original Funcube only had 96 kHz bandwidth, but he will use
a Funcube Pro+ for OrigamiSat, which has 196 kHz bandwidth. This
should minimize tuning during the pass.

N1JEZ would like to be in touch with others who may be attempting to
track OrigamiSat-1 to coordinate efforts.

[ANS thanks the N1JEZ for the above information]

AO-85 Operations Re-Started - Telemetry Requested

As of 1324Z on January 26, control operator N8MH reported via Twitter
that AO-85 has been returned to transponder mode, but will likely be
switching in and out of safe mode. The satellite is open for use as
power permits.

AO-85 entered a period of low-voltage on its batteries in December,
2018 and has been off the air to allow undisturbed recharging of
its batteries.

On January 23, AMSAT VP Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, wrote:
"We are trying to get AO-85 back in repeater mode, but it's resetting.
We could use as much telemetry as possible please."

The Data-Under-Voice (DUV) telemetry is decoded and uploaded to the
Fox Data Warehouse with the Fox Telem software available on the AMSAT
web: http://www.amsat.org/tlm/leaderboard.php?id=0&db=FOXDB

Stations not equipped to receive and decode the telemetry can monitor
the latest reports at: http://www.amsat.org/tlm/health.php?id=1&port=

[ANS thanks N8MH and AMSAT VP Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for
the above information]

ARISS TV Transmitter Back on Earth for Inspection, Possible Repair

The malfunctioning Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) “HamTV” transmitter now is back on Earth for repair or
replacement, and it likely won’t be until sometime in 2020 at the
earliest that Amateur Radio TV (DATV) capability will be restored to
the orbiting laboratory. Onboard repair was not possible.

Also known as “Ham Video,” the DATV system transmissions were not seen
by ARISS ground stations as of last April, and a subsequent test using
a second L/S band patch antenna on the ISS Columbus module failed. The
DATV transmitter since February 2016 has served to provide a visual
dimension to ARISS school and group ham radio events.

Late last year, the ISS crew packed the HamTV unit and stowed it on
the SpaceX-16 Dragon vehicle, which undocked and departed from the ISS
on January 13. The HamTV unit returned to Earth when Dragon success-
fully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, the first nighttime splash-
down and recovery of a Dragon vehicle.

ARISS Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, told those
attending the January ARISS meeting that the HamTV unit would be
processed and sent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In time, ARISS will
coordinate shipment of the unit to Kayser-Italia, which built the
transmitter, where it will undergo a full failure investigation by
ARISS, AMSAT-Italia, and the Kayser-Italia team. Depending on the
outcome of the inspection, ARISS will decide the best way to move

ARISS expressed gratitude to NASA, CASIS, and the team working with
NASA Ham Payload Integration Manager Mitch Polt for organizing the
return of the unit.

Given various handling protocols, the unit is not expected to be
received by NASA until this spring, and tests in Europe not completed
until this fall.

If the HamTV unit is able to be repaired or refurbished, another wait
would ensue. Documentation is required 50 days before a safety
certification meeting, and all must be approved 2 months prior to
launch, which could take place in a little more than a year. ARISS
said it also will prepare for the possibility that repairs are not
feasible and be ready to move forward with a new, improved HamTV unit.

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]

ARISS Officers Elected

ARISS-International Delegates recently held their election of ARISS-
International Officers and the results are as follows:

ARISS Delegates elected Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, as ARISS-International
Chair; Oliver Amend, DG6BCE, as ARISS-International Vice Chair, and
Rosalie White, K1STO, as ARISS-International Secretary-Treasurer for
the 2019-2020 term.

[ANS thanks AA4KN for the above information]

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Colégio Campo de Flores, Almada, Portugal, direct via CS5SS
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques KG5FYI
Contact is go for: Sat 2019-02-02 15:23:19 UTC

Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia, direct via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Oleg Konenenko
Contact is go for Tue 2019-02-05 08:25 UTC

Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz. ARISS is always glad
to receive listener reports for the above contacts.  ARISS thanks
everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your
reports to aj9n at amsat.org

As of the end of 2018, ARISS has facilitated a total of 1228 contacts
between the International Space Station and schools on earth!

[ANS thanks AJ9N for the above information]

Limited ISS SSTV Scheduled for January 30 - February 1
Information received on the ISS Ham (@RF2Space) twitter feed on
23 Jan 2019 from Houston, TX reports that the next SSTV activa-
tion from the ISS will be very limited in operational time.

The ISS SSTV blog ( https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/ ) says that
Inter-MAI (Moscow Aviation Institute) will be conducting their
SSTV experiment from January 30 - February 1.

It appears from the scheduling that the experiment will only be
active during a couple of orbits that overfly Moscow instead of
a continuous operation. Rough time periods of activation appear
to fall between the hours of 13:00 - 19:00 UTC. Activity should
occur on the traditional 145.800 MHz downlink.

Captured images can be posted at:

[ANS thanks Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO for the above information]

Registration Open for "VHF Super Conference"

Registration is now open for the 2019 VHF Super Conference to be held
April 26-28, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International
Airport in Sterling, VA. The conference is sponsored by Southeastern
VHF Society, North East Weak Signal Group and the Mt. Airy VHF Radio
Club, and is hosted by the Grid Pirates Contest Group and Directive
Systems and Engineering.

Complete information is at http://vhfsuperconference.com/

AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program

          For a limited time, new and renewing AMSAT members
                 will receive a free digital copy of
               "Getting Started with Amateur Satellites"
             Join or renew your AMSAT membership today at

To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT
is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one
of these special awards.  A summary of the three awards are as

+ 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
  Award (Limited Edition)

Unlike the AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award, the 50th
Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award will be
issued on one of the original goldenrod paper stock certificates and
signed by AMSAT's founding President, Perry Klein, K3TJE (now W3PK).
With only 20 original certificates available, this award will
certainly become a collector's item.  The first 20 applicants to
successfully submit 20 confirmed, qualifying contacts made after
March 3, 2019 on any satellite will receive this award.

+ 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award

To achieve this award, you must work 50 amateur radio operators on
any satellite during 2019.

+ AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

To achieve this award, you must work at least one AMSAT Member on any
HF band, on any mode.

Complete information on the specific requirements to earn these
awards can be found at:


              Fox-1 CubeSat Model Kits Available

This exciting model is printed in color on heavy stock paper and
includes all components. The instructions are carefully prepared
to allow for easy assembly requiring scissors, glue etc.

The completed model will be a perfect addition to any satellite
operator's shack, and a chance to show visitors what is being done
by AMSAT today.

All proceeds will go to supporting AMSAT's satellite projects.
The price is $40 plus shipping.  Order yours today at:


[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT-NA VP of User Services for
the above information.]

Upcoming Satellite Operations

+ Quartzfest Arizona (DM23) – January 19-27, 2019
John, N7JY, will be operating FM satellites on a holiday schedule. He
may also visit some adjoining grids.  There will likely be other hams
operating from the event, located a few miles south of Quartzsite AZ.
QSL via LOTW, or you can send your card with SASE

+ Labrador (GO11) – January 23-25, 2019
VE3FU, VO1HP, and VE9CB will be participating in the CQ160 CW Contest
from the Point Amour Lighthouse in Labrador (GO11), which will be
held January 25, 2200Z – January 27, 2200Z, 2019.  This is important,
because, if time permits they will be active on AO-85, AO-91, and
AO-92 passes before the contest.  Call signs are expected to be
VO2AC and VO2AAA.  Note: this is preliminary information.  Keep your
eye on https://twitter.com/chrisve3fu and
https://www.qrz.com/db/vo2ac for possible updates.

+ Nevis Island (FM87) - January 25 - February 6
Mel, W8MV reports that he will be active on the FM satellites, SO-50,
AO-91 and AO-92 as V4/W8MV.

+ Eureka Nunavut (ER60, EQ79) – February 3, – March 29, 2019
Eureka ARC, VY0ERC, will be QRV from Eureka, NU (NA-008), February 3
until March 29, 2019.  Time and weather permitting, they expect to be
on the FM satellites from ER60 and EQ79.  Announcements will be
posted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/vy0erc.

+ Texas (DM80, DM70,DM71, DL79, DL90) February 10-14, 2019
Clayton, W5PFG will be operating satellites daily in vacation-mode
from grid DM80. He will also operate a few passes from grids DM70,
DM71, DL79, and DL89. Those specific passes will be advertised on
Twitter @w5pfg.  You don't need to be a Twitter user to see his
feed. Just visit  http://www.twitter.com/w5pfg to see his Tweets.

+ Nevada (DM15, DM16, DM17, DM18, DM25, DM26, DM27, DM28, DM37, DM36)
  – February 8-11, 2019
Casey KI7UNJ and Jonathan KI5BEX are planning a joint roving trip to
Nevada, February 8-11, 2019. Planned activations include the
DM15/16/25/26 grid corner Friday morning, the DM16/26 gridline Friday
afternoon, DM17/18 gridline Saturday morning, DM27/28 gridline
Saturday evening, DM27/37 gridline Sunday morning, and DM36/37
gridline Sunday evening. This will be FM only. All contacts uploaded
to LoTW upon return. Check out @KI7UNJ Twitter feed for specific
passes at https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ and follow them on
aprs.fi KI7UNJ-7.

+ Isla del Culebra, Puerto Rico (FK78) – February 22-24, 2019
Radio Opordores del Este, KP3RE, is preparing for their Culebra IOTA
(NA-249) Expedition 2019.  Satellite operations are planned for
AO-91, AO-92, SO-50, and IO-86.

+ Turks and Caicos Islands (FL31) – February 28 – March 9, 2019
Adrian, AA5UK, will be heading to Providenciales in the Turks and
Caicos Islands from Feb 28th through March 9th, 2019. He will be
operating holiday style on HF and Satellites as VP5/AA5UK from grid
FL31UU14. Focus will be on the linear satellites, with some FM
activity depending on pile-up civility. Hope to work some European
stations as location favors the East. Pass announcements will be made
via Twitter: https://twitter.com/AA5UK and periodically via amsat-bb.

[ANS thanks KE4AL and KO4MA for the above information.]

NASA Administrator Addresses Furloughed Employees

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has released an internal memo to
employees and contractors affected by the current partial government

Bridenstine wrote to explain the legal requirement for additional
furlough notices made necessary because the shut-down has extended
beyond the initial 30-day notification. He added words of encourage-
ment to those going without pay.

"I want you to know how much I appreciate your patience and commitment
during this unique time in American history. I understand this
furlough is a real hardship for many of you and while civil servants
will eventually receive back pay, the situation is not as clear for
many of our family members in the contracting community. We are work-
ing with procurement and contracting officers to mitigate the impacts
for you as we all look forward to the ultimate resolution of this
lapse in appropriations.

"The hard work of both our civil servants and contractors is deeply
appreciated. You are performing with incredible focus and determina-
tion to ensure the safety of the crew on the International Space
Station and the continued safe operations of our missions in space and
in development here on the ground," Bridenstine wrote.

While many NASA employees are idle, those involved in the support of
critical systems, such as ISS crew support, are working without pay
during the shutdown.

[ANS thanks http://www.spaceref.com for the above information]

Australia’s First Commercial Launch Facility to be Built

Southern Launch will begin developing the infrastructure to deploy
nanosatellites from the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. Called the
Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, the 2940-acre site is approx-
imately 185 miles northwest of Adelaide and 300 miles south of
Woomera, the Australian military launch site.

The company hopes to begin construction early in 2019 and operational
by the end of the year. Southern Launch will target rockets with pay-
loads between 50kg and 400kg, like Rocket Lab’s Electron, that carry
microsatellites into polar or sun synchronous orbits.

Full article at https://tinyurl.com/y8kyp3p9

[ANS thanks The Lead South Australia editor Jim Plouffe for the above

India Will Fly 100 Student Satellites

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will select over 100
students from across India and give them a practical experience of how
satellites are built under the new "Young Scientist Programme."

The initiative, intended to arouse interest in this arena of science
and engineering, is patterned on a similar program run by NASA in the

Six incubation centers will be established in various parts of India,
and students will be able to use these centers for R&D purposes.
The first such center has been established in the state of Tripura, in
the eastern part of India.

[Full article at https://tinyurl.com/yd5uwxnq]

Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ JAMSAT just released a YouTube video about their NEXUS cubesat at
  https://www.youtube.com/embed/u40gwM2lUPw  and images of NEXUS at
  (JAMSAT on facebook)

+ The IARU has launched a new web page highlighting those
  satellites that have had their request for Amateur Satellite
  Frequency Coordination DECLINED:
  (AMSAT-UK via Twitter)

+ ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now worked with
  students in more than 100 schools:
     Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 135
     Francesco IKØWGF with 132
     Gaston ON4WF with 123
     Sergey RV3DR with 108
  (via AJ9N)

+ One of Orbcomm’s first-generation satellites broke up Dec. 22,
  resulting in 34 trackable objects, according to the U.S. Air Force’s
  18th Space Control Squadron. Orbcomm says the company is still
  investigating the cause of the breakup, and that the damaged OG1
  satellite was no longer providing service. More than 90 percent of
  Orbcomm’s communications traffic goes through its newer OG2
  satellites launched in 2014 and 2015.
  (ANS thanks SpaceNews for the above information)

+ A celebration of life was held on January 22 in Tucson, AZ in
  memory of long-time AMSAT member Larry Brown, W7LB. Larry was one of
  the net control stations for the AMSAT 20 meter international net on
  14.282 MHz Sundays at 1900z.
  (ANS thanks W2RS for the above information)

+ A story about a group of students in Kolkata listening in on an ISS
  pass was featured in the Times of India, one of the world's largest
  circulation newspapers, on January 23. The article may be found at

+ The CBS program, "60 Minutes" will air a segment on small satellites
  this Sunday, January 27. Preview at https://tinyurl.com/y7lfe7o9



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