[ans] ANS-076 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne K9JKM k9jkm at comcast.net
Sat Mar 16 23:54:57 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-076

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,
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In this edition:

* AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention -- Call for volunteers
* Out of This World Auction Sponsored by ARISS
* 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications
   Achievement Award
* Lilacsat-1 LO-90 Re-entry Commemorative Competition
* ARRL TI-2 Teachers Institute Includes Amateur Satellite Telemetry
* ARRL Supports No Change to Table of Allocations for 45.5 -
   47 and 47 - 47.2 GHz Bands
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* AMSAT-DL QO-100 Up- and Downconverter Kit Modifications Announcement
* Changes to the AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution This Week
* Satellite/AMSAT Presentation at Phoenix AZ - March 21, 2019
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for February 2019
* GPS Network May Experience Errors in "Week Number" Rollover
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-076 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 076.01
 From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE March 17, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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    AMSAT relies on your donations to Keep Amateur Radio in Space
      Please consider a one-time or recurring donation today at
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AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention -- Call for volunteers

Last year, we had about 40 people assist with the AMSAT booth at
the Hamvention. It was the efforts of those volunteers that made
the 2018 Dayton Hamvention a success for AMSAT.

The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers,
and builders makes the whole experience a lot of fun.

The 2019 Hamvention is May 17-19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds
in Xenia, Ohio. Would you consider helping AMSAT at the Hamvention
this year? Whether you're available for only a couple of hours or
if you can spend the entire weekend with us, your help would be
greatly appreciated.

Please send an e-mail to Phil, w1eme at amsat.org if you can help.

[ANS Thanks W1EME for the above information]

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     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,
     ensure reliable packet operations and to keep the immensely
                  popular SSTV operations running.
      We have reached a great milestone with $17,255 raised
     or about 12% towards our goal. This would not have been
          possible without your outstanding generosity!!

    ARISS has a lot of exciting upgrades to the ISS Radio system
    coming up. And we are in the expensive fabrication and testing
    phase right now. So every dollar counts!!

           For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:

      https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_e7Htwa_ab_47IcJ9

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Out of This World Auction Sponsored by ARISS

March 6, 2019  — The ARISS-US team (Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station) will auction two very unusual items in its first-ever
auction!  Picture yourself as the winning bidder and proud owner of a
unique JVC Kenwood TS-890S signed by astronauts!  Or, you could be top
bidder on a special astronaut-signed 6-volume boxed set 2019 ARRL
Handbook!

Bidding starts April 8th at 12:00 UTC and ends April 14th at 22:00 UTC.

You could own this one-of-a-kind beautiful Kenwood TS-890S; your ham
station would boast the only Kenwood in the world showcasing astronaut
signatures.  Your top bid on the limited edition boxed-set 2019 ARRL
Handbook for Radio Communications would mean your bookshelf includes
astronaut signatures among your book collection.

JVC Kenwood, a proud supporter of ARISS, generously gave a brand new
TS-890S for ARISS to auction.  They first offered the radio for sale
in the US in the last half of 2018.  Kenwood has been a super support-
er of ARISS for years, and it was the company’s idea for this radio,
with astronaut signatures, to be an exclusive that just one ham opera-
tor could own! The company hopes you’ll be a bidder who wants to sup-
port ARISS.

The limited edition 2019 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications sold
out fast once ARRL posted their ad.  It was the first time that ARRL
divided the Handbook into volumes, which nestle in a hard slipcase.
ARRL, an ARISS sponsor along with AMSAT and NASA, saved back one boxed
set to give ARISS for the fund-raiser auction.

When you bid in this auction you could be the crucial person who helps
ARISS launch its new custom-built higher-power radio system in 2019
with its voice repeater and improved packet APRS and SSTV capability
that thousands of hams enjoy. The new system will replace the aging,
problematic units currently on the ISS.  You may be the winning bidder
who helps ARISS continue introducing ham radio to thousands of
students, teachers, parents, and whole communities—and inspiring
students about science, technology, engineering, math, and radio!

Don't forget; set yourself a reminder: bidding starts April 8th at
12:00 UTC and ends April 14th at 22:00 UTC.

Be the winning bidder for one or both of these two exclusive offerings
and you’ll own a rare article that makes your ham station a classic!
More auction details will soon be posted at www.ariss.org including
that winning bidders will be responsible for shipping costs and for
handling any required customs paperwork.  ARISS thanked JVC Kenwood
and ARRL for their generous support.

And if you don’t do auctions, please contribute a donation to help
ARISS launch its new radio system into space—look for the Donate but-
ton near the top right corner of the www.ariss.org page.  Thank you!

About ARISS

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a coopera-
tive venture of international amateur radio societies and the space
agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS).  In the
United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (
AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the
Advancement of Science in space (CASIS) and National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote
exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio
between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or
public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educa-
tors, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies,
and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.

Media Contact:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
ARISS PR
aa4kn at amsat.org

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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              2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary
               of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
            To help celebrate, we are sponsoring the
             AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
                 Full details are available at
     https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/
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50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award

Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards says the
50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
Award is now online:
https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/

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 certi-
ficates and signed by AMSAT’s founding President, Perry Klein,
K3JTE (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, qual-
ifying contacts on any satellite will receive this award.

A qualifying contact is defined as the establishment of two-way
communication on any amateur radio satellite, with another station
in a U.S. state, Canadian call area, or DXCC entity, no two of
which may be the same. A U.S. state shall mean any state of the
United States and the District of Columbia.

All contacts must be made between March 03, 2019 00:00 UTC and
December 31, 2019 23:59 UTC. Refer to the 50th Anniversary Awards
program page (above) for the complete set of requirements and sub-
mission instructions.

As of March 15 Bruce says he issued 50th Anniversary Satellite
Communication Achievement Awards to these satellite operators:
Award #  Callsign
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  590     W5RKN
  591     K7TAB
  592     KG5GJT
  593     KB6LTY
  594     KC9VGG
  595     K6FW
  596     N1RCN
  597     K5IX
  598     WD9EWK
  599     KI7UNJ
  601     VA3NNA

(Award #600 was not a 50th certificate and went to W5RTX.) There
are 9 more 50th Anniversary Anniversary Satellite Communication
Achievement Awards still available.

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

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Lilacsat-1 LO-90 Re-entry Commemorative Competition

Wei Mingchuan, BG2BHC, at the Harbin Institute of Technology in
China says LO-90 (Lilacsat-1) is about to re-enter so the LO-90
team has announced the Lilacsat-1 Commemorative Competition (LOCC).
Use Google translate to learn more of Lilacsat-1 at:
http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/wp/

The contest period begins on March 16, 2019 at 00:00 UTC and con-
tinues until Lilacsat-1 re-enters. The competition consists of two
operating categories:

+ Amateur Radio Telemetry Group
   - Receive and upload as many telemetry packets as possible
     within the competition period.
+ Amateur Radio Communication Group
   - Make as many bidirectional QSO as possible in as many grid
     locator as possible within the competition period.

For the telemetry competition each successfully uploaded telemetry
packet to the Harbin Institute of Technology server counts as one
point. BG2BHC advises there is a change to the Lilacsat-1 telemetry
upload proxy address. Those using http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn should
change it to http://data.lilacsat.online in proxy window of the
dashboard.

For the amateur radio communication competition a bidirectional
contact consists on exchange of callsign and grid locator. Each
QSO will count as one point. Each different grid counts as one
multiplier. Duplicate QSOs with the same callsign do not count.

Scoring and Awards
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In the Amateur Radio Telemetry Group: final score = basic point
which is the total number of telemetry packets uploaded. All
telemetry data uploaded qualifies for a LilacSat-1 QSL card.

In the Amateur Radio Communication Group:
final score = basic point * multiplier

+ China: top 3 certificates issued.
+ World: Top 10 certificates issued.
+ The ham who receives the last downlink signal in the world
   and successfully uploads it to the server will receive a
   special gift.
+ Honor stickers - portable stations set up and operated in
   the field for this contest will receive a "Fiel " sticker
   affixed to the certificate. (Include a photo of the portable
   station.)

The LO-90 team will publish the telemetry package list received
from March 16, 2019 00:00 UTC to LilacSat-1 re-entry. Telemetry
participants should send an e-mail with your callsign and address
to: locc at lilacsat.online. (no later than April 30, 2019 00:00 UTC)

Communication category participants should submit logs in Cabrillo
or Excel XLS format containing your e-mail address, sent/received
exchange information, UTC time of QSO. Send logs and information
to locc at lilacsat.online no later than April 30, 2019 00:00 UTC.
Include your photo of portable operation if applicable.

LO-90 (LilacSat-1) operates on an FM uplink with a Codec2 digital
voice downlink. A Linux Live ISO image with the decoder can be
downloaded from:  http://tinyurl.com/ANS-074-LO90-LiveCD
(This will also work on Windows systems by booting off of the
Linux Live CD. Then you reboot back into Windows when the pass is
completed.)

LO-90 Lilacsat-1 (http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/wp/?page_id=594)
Uplink:   145.985 MHz FM
Downlink: 436.510 MHz Codec2 digital voice

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, has documented his LO-90 operating setup in
his article, "Digital Voice on Amateur Satellites: Experiences
With Lilacsat-OSCAR 90", published in the January/February 2019
issue of the AMSAT Journal. A PDF copy of this article can also be
accessed on AMSAT's Station and Operating Hints page:
to https://www.amsat.org/station-and-operating-hints/

AMSAT-UK has posted an article about Lilacsat-1 at:
https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/lilacsat-1/

Orbital evolution estimates for Lilacsat-1 posted on DK3WN's page
indicate re-entry around March 31: http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=93929

[ANS thanks the LO-90 team and the Harbin Institue of Technolgy
  for the above information]

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           Purchase AMSAT Gear on our Zazzle storefront.
           25% of the purchase price of each product goes
             towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
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ARRL TI-2 Teachers Institute Includes Amateur Satellite Telemetry

The ARRL announced 2019 Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology
sessions. As part of its educational outreach through the Education
& Technology Program (ETP), ARRL will offer week-long sessions of
the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology in July at ARRL Head-
quarters in Newington, Connecticut.

Applicants to the advanced TI-2 “Remote Sensing and Data Gathering”
workshop are required to have completed TI-1 and be licensed Amateur
Radio operators. Interested educators can find all the details and
apply online at: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-076-ARRL-TI2

The TI-2 “Remote Sensing and Data Gathering” workshop will concen-
trate on analog-to-digital conversion and data sampling. Partici-
pants will receive telemetry from Amateur Radio satellites and apply
it to math and science topics. TI-2 participants are also introduced
to a marine research buoy equipped with environmental sensors and
taught how to create a similar design with a microcontroller to sample
the data, configure it for Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)
transmission, and receive and upload data to a spreadsheet for analysis.

For more information, contact ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris
Bickell, K1BIC, at ARRL Headquarters.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

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ARRL Supports No Change to Table of Allocations for 45.5 -
47 and 47 - 47.2 GHz Bands

The FCC has opened a brief window for public comment on
recommendations approved by the World Radiocommunication Conference
Advisory Committee (WAC). Comments are due March 18 on International
Bureau Docket 16-185. The FCC said the short comment period was
necessary to allow time to finalize the US position for submission
to the upcoming meeting of the Inter-American Telecommunication
Commission (CITEL).

The Public Notice can be found in PDF format at,
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-172A1.pdf .

Addressing WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.13, which serves to identify
spectrum above 24.25 GHz that may be designated for International
Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), ARRL has recommended no change in
the 45.5 - 47 and 47 - 47.2 GHz bands, with hopes that commenters
will agree. The 47 - 47.2 GHz band is allocated to the Amateur and
Amateur Satellite services.

ARRL and other no-change proponents point out that no sharing and
compatibility studies were performed between IMT-2020 systems and
the relevant incumbent services in the 45.5 - 47 GHz and 47 - 47.2
GHz bands, although sharing and compatibility studies for a number
of incumbent services were required under Resolution 238 of World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15).

"In the absence of ITU Radiocommunication Sector studies, the only
sustainable conclusion is that it has not been demonstrated that the
incumbent services in either band - the Mobile-Satellite Service,
the Radionavigation Service, and the Radionavigation-Satellite
Service in the 45.5 - 47 GHz band, and the Amateur and
Amateur-Satellite services in the 47 - 47.2 GHz band - can be
protected, as required by Resolution 238," asserts the proponents of
View B, which sides with no change to the current allocations.

"In this regard, the View A proposal to identify mobile spectrum in
the 45.5 - 47 GHz band for the terrestrial component of IMT, and to
allocate spectrum in the 47 - 47.2 GHz band to the mobile service
and identify the same for the terrestrial component of IMT, is
fatally flawed. The absence of studies in the responsible ITU-R task
group leaves the proposals unsubstantiated and incapable of
adoption."

View B proponents, including ARRL, are urging the FCC to accept the
proposals of the National Telecommunications Information
Administration (NTIA) for no change to the Table of Allocations in
the 45.5 - 47 GHz and 47 - 47.2 GHz bands.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

+ Eureka Nunavut (ER60, EQ79) – February 3, to March 29, 2019
   Eureka ARC, VY0ERC, will be QRV from Eureka, NU (NA-008). 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.

+ Radio Club de Heredia (EK70/EJ79) – March 17, 2019
   Vic (TI2VLM), Octavio (TI3ATS), and Minor (TI2YO) will activate the
   EK70,EJ79 gridline at the Radio Club de Heredia, TI0RHU 30th Anniver-
   sary Field Day. Planned satellite passes are: AO-92 @ 13:27z, SO-50
   at 16:37z, and AO-91 @ 17:47z. Watch for further announcements on
   Twitter: https://twitter.com/ti2vlm and
   https://twitter.com/OctavioAraya.

+ Key West, FL (EL94) – March 18-21, 2019
   Adam, K0FFY, will be in Florida Keys on March 18 through 21, activating
   EL94 vacation-style. Adam’s taking his linear gear to see who he can
   hear East and South of that location  If you still need EL94 please
   send direct message or email. Otherwise, he’ll be announcing on
   Twitter https://twitter.com/K0FFY_Radio

+ Ontario (EN93,EN94,FN03, FN04) – March 18-21, 2019
   Ron, AD0DX, with his tire still warm from his last roving trip, is
   heading to Ontario, March 28th for a one day, four grid, special.
   Ron will tweet passes the day of the rove, which will most likely
   be morning passes. Follow Ron on his journey at
   https://twitter.com/ad0dx

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org

[ANS thanks Robert, KE4AL for the above information]

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AMSAT-DL QO-100 Up- and Downconverter Kit Modifications Announcement

AMSAT-DL has recommended a modification to their QO-100 Upconvert-
er and Downconverter kits which were shipped prior to March 1 to
improve performance of the uplink SSB transmit signal and address
reduced gain of the downlink wide-band DATV reception. Refer to
AMSAT-DL's post at: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-076-AMSAT-DL-Converter

Kits being shipped currently will already have the modification.
The changes primarily affect the wide-band DATV signal so the users
of the narrow-band CW/SSB only operations are less affected.

Users able to perform the modification themselves will find the
instructions posted at:
https://amsat-dl.org/en/fix-fuer-qo-100-downconverter

For users unable to make the modification themselves AMSAT-DL says
instructions for exchange of the old kits will be published soon.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information]

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Changes to the AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution This Week

Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, noted changes to
the AMSAT-NA TLE distribution this week.

Exseed, Irvine 2 and VisionCube cubesats are not transmitting. They
are part of the SpaceX SSO-A 12-03-2019 mission. Since they are not
transmitting, the remaining objects listed by Space-Track are either
one of these three non-transmitting amateur satellites or they are
non-amateur satellites. Therefore, the remaining unidentified satel-
lites on the SpaceX AAO-A mission can be removed from the AMSAT-NA
TLE distribution.

The following satellites have been removed from this week's AMSAT
TLE distribution:
OBJECT D - CAT ID 43761
OBJECT P - CAT ID 43771
OBJECT T - CAT ID 43775
OBJECT U - CAT ID 43776
OBJECT W - CAT ID 43778
OBJECT X - CAT ID 43779
OBJECT AH - CAT ID 43789
OBJECT AV - CAT ID 43801
OBJECT BA - CAT ID 43806
OBJECT BD - CAT ID 43809
OBJECT BE - CAT ID 43810
OBJECT BS - CAT ID 43822

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager for the
  above information]

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Satellite/AMSAT Presentation at Phoenix AZ - March 21, 2019

Patrick, WD9EWK, will give a how-to presentation on working amateur
satellites and AMSAT at the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club's monthly
meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

The meeting site is room 147 at the North Valley campus of Northern
Arizona University, 15451 N. 28th Drive in Phoenix AZ (northwest
corner of I-17 and Greenway Road).

More information is available at:
http://www.w7tbc.org/content.php?128-general

Patrick plans to demonstrate satellite operating depending on how
the meeting goes. Possible passes that evening include SO-50 around
7:55pm (0255 UTC), a low AO-92 pass at 8:42pm (0342 UTC), and another
SO-50 pass at 9:35pm (0435 UTC).

If WD9EWK is on any of those passes, please feel free to give him
a call and be a part of the demonstrations. The meeting site is in
grid DM33. QSOs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World, and QSL
cards are available on request (please e-mail WD9EWK directly with
QSO details if you would like a QSL card).

[ANS thanks Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, for the above information]

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VUCC Awards-Endorsements for February 2019

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by
the ARRL for the period February 1, 2019 through March 1, 2019.
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month! There
were lots of new Not-in-my-home-grid awards this month.

CALL        01Feb  01Mar
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WC7V        1199   1200
AA5PK       1049   1055
WD9EWK       525    537
NS3L         375    400
AF5CC        351    381
AE5B         342    368
KE8FZT       275    301
W7JSD        257    279
K9UO         202    225
WB7VUF       107    206
N2NL         New    179
N1PEB        125    138
WD9EWK(DM22) 108    131
W5PFG(DM80)  New    125
WD9EWK(DM31) New    110
W5PFG(DM95)  100    109
TI2VLM       New    106
W5PFG(DM93)  New    105
KS1G         New    102
PU4JOE       New    101
W1OH         New    101

If you find errors or omissions please contact Ron off-list at
<mycall>@<mycall>.com and he'll revise the announcement. This list
was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for The two
months. It's a visual comparison so omissions are possible.
Apologies if your call was not mentioned.

Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely on
the birds. They are doing most of the work!

[ANS thanks Ron, W5RKN, for the above information]

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GPS Network May Experience Errors in "Week Number" Rollover

The GPS network will encounter a small millennium bug of its own
in April when the network's "week number" rolls back to zero.

This known issue especially could affect those who use GPS to obtain
accurate Coordinated Universal Time. In the GPS network, the number
of the current week is encoded into the message the GPS receives
using a 10-bit field. This allows for weeks ranging from zero to
1023. The current period began on August 1, 1999.

On April 6, 2019, the week number rolls over to zero and starts
counting back up to 1023.

This should not affect later-model GPS receivers that conform to
IS-GPS-200 and provide UTC, but testing carried out by the
US Department for Homeland Security raised the possibility that
some units may misinterpret the rollover, shifting the date back
to January 6, 1980, or possibly to another incorrect date.

An affected GPS not only may report the incorrect date, but time
accuracy that is critical to precise location data could be
compromised. A nanosecond error in GPS time can equate to 1 foot of
position or ranging error, according to DHS-published guidelines
that explain the issue and suggest how to address it. View the offi-
cial release at: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-076-DHS-GPSRollover

[ANS thanks the Department of Homeland Security, National Cyber-
  security & Communications Integration Center for the above
  information]

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        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
      https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-membership/
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Congratulations to these stations for establishing a new
   distance record via satellite:
   > FalconSAT-3 (V/U Digipeater) – 3,157 km. KE8AKW in EN80xv
     with KB6LTY in DM14jl. 15-Mar-2019 at 00:41 UTC.
   > AO-92 (L/V) – 3,626 km. WD9EWK in DM43bl with N1JEZ in FN44ar.
     15-Apr-2018 at 16:36 UTC.
   Visit the distance records page at:
   https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/

+ The engineering beacon on Es'Hail QO-100 is active. Legacy
   software that decoded the AO-40 beacon will also work on
   QO-100: http://www.moetronix.com/ae4jy/ao40rcv.htm If QO-100
   is out of range for your station use the WebSDR at:
   https://eshail.batc.org/.uk/nb/ and tune the receiver to the
   Upper Beacon.

+ AMSAT's Fox Operating Guide hamfest and demo handout sheet
   has been updated to reflect the current operational status
   of AO-85 and AO-95. The high and low resolution PDF files
   are available on their links at:
   https://www.amsat.org/station-and-operating-hints/

+ It is possible to search AMSAT's archives (amsat-bb and ANS)
   by using the "site:" command in Google. For example, to find
   all mentions of the word "Diplexer" in amsat-bb, type this
   line into a browser opened to the Google front page:
   Diplexer site:http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb
   To restrict the search to a particular year, type
   Diplexer site:http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2014
   The AMSAT News Service (ANS) archives are searchable in
   a similar manner (for example hamvention in 2016):
   hamvention site:http://amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2016
   (Thanks to Dan Schultz N8FGV)

+ On-line tweets indicate that the Philippine Diwata-2
   satellite carrying an amateur radio FM transponder and
   APRS digipeater may be activated around March 29.
   The IARU has coordinated an FM downlink for voice, APRS
   and telemetry on 145.900 MHz and an FM voice uplink on
   437.500 MHz. Additional Diwata-2 information is posted at:
   http://phl-microsat.upd.edu.ph/diwata2
   https://www.facebook.com/PHLMicrosat

+ If you have lost you authorisation code for the AMSAT-UK
   FUNcube dashboards, there is a page on which you can request
   this code to be sent to your registered email address. See:
   http://data.badgersoft.com/recover-authcode  (via G4DPZ)

+ Check out IZ5RZR's Two SatNOGS Satellite Rotators video posted
   at: https://youtu.be/tcdItBsMnC0

+ The Internet Archive site makes all issues of 73 Magazine
   available: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-074-InternetArchive-73
   Tools at https://mikeyancey.com/73mag/index.php offer indexed
   searches of the archive.

+ The March PDF of the weather satellite publication 'GEO News-
   letter' produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now
   available for free download. The Group for Earth Observation's
   aim is to enable amateur reception of weather and earth imaging
   satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch in the near
   future. Membership in GEO is free. Among the articles in this
   newsletter is How to "Receive X-Band Weather Satellites" by
   Jean-Luc Milette. Download the March 2019 GEO Newsletter from
   http://www.geo-web.org.uk/geoquarterly.php

+ Papers for IARU-R1 Vienna meeting can be accessed at:
   https://vienna.iaru-r1.org/conference-documents/c4/
   > C4-002 bandplanning 15m satellites
   https://vienna.iaru-r1.org/conference-documents/c5/
   > C5-011 @G3VZV Satellite Coordinator’s Report
   > C5-011 Annex to SCR
   > C5-012 2400 MHz satellite bandplanning
   > C5-029 Amateur Satellites

+ On March 14 NASA announced the projects selected in the 10th round
   of candidates for CubeSat space missions:
   http://tinyurl.com/ANS-076-NASA-10th-Round
   None of these satellites were found on the IARU Coordination pages
   at this time.

+ A free PDF of the current Raspberry Pi focused magazine, MagPi,
   issue 79, for March, 2019 is available now at:
   https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/issues/79/
   The next issue of MagPi will feature articles on Amateur Radio
   Projects in issue 80, available for free download starting on
   March 28.

+ The March 2019 Edition of SatMagazine is provided free by Satnews
   Publishers and is available to read online or download at:
   http://www.satmagazine.com/

+ The March 2019 issue of CQ DATV magazine is available for download
   at: https://cq-datv.mobi/69.php

+ The 2019 Cubesat Developers Workshop will be held April 23-25,
   2019 at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
   The schedule and additional information is posted at:
   http://www.cubesat.org/workshop-information

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

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donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
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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 stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.

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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