[ans] ANS-104 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Sun Apr 14 00:00:21 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-104

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:

* TAPR/AMSAT Banquet Speaker Announced
* Seats Still Available for AMSAT Academy
* AMSAT Activities at Hamvention 2019
* N8HM to Appear on Ham Talk Live April 18th
* Last Chance to Bid in ARISS Auction
* ARISS SSTV Event Continues Through 18:00 UTC April 14th
* Diwata-2 Designated Philippines-OSCAR 101 (PO-101)
* March/April 2019 Edition of Apogee View Posted
* How to Support AMSAT
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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ANS-104 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 104.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
April 14, 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
                 https://www.amsat.org/donate/

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TAPR/AMSAT Banquet Speaker Announced

TAPR has announced that the after-dinner speaker at this year's
TAPR/AMSAT Banquet on Friday, May 17th will be Dr. P. J. Erickson,
W1PJE, from the MIT Haystack Observatory. Dr. Erickson will will give
a presentation entitled “New Frontiers in Human Understanding of
Geospace: Radio Explorations of Near-Earth Space from Top to Bottom
Through Joint Amateur – Scientist Partnerships.”

Tickets for the 2019 TAPR/AMSAT Banquet are $40 and can be purchased
at https://www.amsat.org/p…/tapramsat-joint-hamvention-banquet/

Tickets must be purchased by 18:00 EDT / 22:00 UTC on May 14th.

[ANS thanks TAPR for the above information.]

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Seats Still Available for AMSAT Academy

Come join us the day before Hamvention for AMSAT Academy – a unique
opportunity to learn all about amateur radio in space and working the
FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites currently in orbit.

AMSAT Academy will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 9:00am to
5:00pm, at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Clubhouse,
located at 6619 Bellefontaine Rd, Dayton, Ohio.

Registration Fee includes:

+Full day of instruction, designed for both beginners and advanced
amateur radio satellite operators, and taught by some of the most
accomplished AMSAT operators.
+Digital copy of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites, 2019 Edition
($15 value)
+One-Year, AMSAT Basic Membership ($44 value)
+Pizza Buffet Lunch
+Invitation to the Thursday night AMSAT get together at Ticket Pub
and Eatery in Fairborn

AMSAT Academy 2019 Registration Fee: $85.00. Registration closes
May 10, 2019. No sign ups at the door. No refunds, No cancellations.

Registration may be purchased on the AMSAT Store.
https://www.amsat.org/product/amsat-academy-registration/

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

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AMSAT Activities at Hamvention 2019

For a complete list of AMSAT activities at the 2019 Hamvention, see
www.amsat.org/other-events/amsat-activities-at-hamvention-2019/
Below, two of these activities are highlighted:

AMSAT Forum, Forum Room 2
Saturday, 18 May 2019, 12:10 – 13:40 EDT
Moderated by Robert Bankston KE4AL, AMSAT Vice President–User Services

AMSAT Status Report – Joseph Spier, K6WAO, AMSAT President, will high-
light recent activities within AMSAT and discuss some of our
challenges, accomplishments, projects, and any late breaking news.

AMSAT Engineering – Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President–
Engineering, will talk about the Fox-1 and Golf (Greater Orbit, Larger
Footprint) Projects.

AMSAT Education – Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT Vice President–
Educational Relations will introduce the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator.

AMSAT User Services – Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT Vice President–
User Services, will discuss AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary Operating Event
and the new AMSAT Ambassadors Program.

Amateur Satellite Demonstrations
Outside Main Entrance – Maxim Hall (Building 1)
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 16 – 19 May 2019, 08:00 – 16:30 EDT
Amateur Satellite operation demonstrations will be held outside the
main Maxim Hall (Building 1 or E1) entrance. Every day, AMSAT will be
demonstrating actual contacts with the operational amateur satellites.
We especially want to invite youth to make a contact via an amateur
satellite. All are invited to observe, participate and ask questions.
Satellite pass times will be posted at the AMSAT booth (1007-1010 &
1107-1110) and in the demo area.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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N8HM to Appear on Ham Talk Live April 18th

It's almost time for the Dayton Hamvention! Be sure to tune in at
HamTalkLive.com for a preview each week until Hamvention!

On Thursday, April 18th, AMSAT Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer,
N8HM, will appear on the show to discuss the AMSAT Academy and the
other exciting activities AMSAT has planned for the 2019 Hamvention.

Ham Talk Live! is live every Thursday night at 9 pm EDT, and on your
favorite podcast app or on demand at HamTalkLive.com. And, HTL! is
rebroadcast on Saturdays on WTWW 5085 AM at about 6:30 pm EDT.

[ANS thanks Ham Talk Live 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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Last Chance to Bid in ARISS Auction

Bidding continues in the ARISS Auction! Bidders are moving fast
hoping to garner a special astronaut signed brand new JVC Kenwood
TS-890S!

Visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/323770952171 to bid on the TS-890S.
Bidding ends at 13:22 UTC on Monday, April 15th.

A special astronaut signed 6-volume boxed set 2019 ARRL Handbook
is also up for bid.

Visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/323770952890 to bid on the ARRL Hand-
book. Bidding ends at 13:23 UTC on Monday, April 15th.

Thanks to JVC Kenwood and ARRL, proceeds from the on-line auction
will benefit ARISS in its quest to launch a new custom-built higher-
power radio system in late 2019 with its voice repeater and improved
packet APRS and SSTV capability that thousands of hams can enjoy. The
new system will replace the aging, problematic units currently on the
ISS.  ARISS also needs funding to keep introducing ham radio to
thousands of students, teachers, parents, and whole communities — and
inspiring students about STEM and radio.

Kenwood has been a super supporter of ARISS for years, and it was the
company’s idea for this special radio to be an exclusive for one ham
to own. The limited edition boxed set 2019 ARRL Handbook sold out fast
last fall but ARRL saved one set for ARISS's fundraiser.

AMSAT, ARISS's sponsoring 501(c)(3) corporation, provided the auction
infrastructure.

If auctions aren't your thing, please consider a one-time or
recurring donation to ARISS at
https://www.amsat.org/donations/ariss-donations/


[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]

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                          CLOSEOUT

  2018 Symposium Proceedings and Getting
  Started Guides, now $15 + Shipping on
  the AMSAT Store while supplies last.

   https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-books-and-dvds/
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ARISS SSTV Event Continues Through 18:00 UTC April 14th

In commemoration of human spaceflight, the ISS is currently
transmitting SSTV pictures in PD-120 format. The event is scheduled
to continue until 18:00 UTC on April 14th.

The downlink frequency is 145.800 MHz FM. Any standard SSTV program
for computers or smartphones should be able to decode the PD-120
transmissions.

Participants may share their received pictures at
https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

Participants may also receive a special award for participating. See
https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ for details.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]

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Diwata-2 Designated Philippines-OSCAR 101 (PO-101)

On October 29, 2018, the Diwata-2 microsatellite was launched on a
H-IIA launch vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center, Tanegashima,
Japan. Diwata-2 was developed by the University of the Philippines
Dillman (UPD) and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute of
the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ASTI) under the PHL-
Microsat program (now succeeded by the STAMINA4Space program), and in
cooperation with Tohoku University and Hokkaido University.  The
project was funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
and monitored by the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and
Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD). The
satellite carries an amateur radio payload that has been tested and
is now ready for service.

At the request of the STAMINA4Space program, AMSAT hereby
designates Diwata-2 as Philippines-OSCAR 101 (PO-101). We congratulate
the owners and operators of PO-101, thank them for their contribution
to the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on
this and future projects.

73,

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator

PO-101 frequency information can be found at at
https://www.amsat.org/fm-satellite-frequency-summary/

Stay tuned to ANS and the AMSAT-BB for operational information.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR
Number Administrator 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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March/April 2019 Edition of Apogee View Posted

The March/April 2019 edition of Apogee View, a comprehensive update on
AMSAT's activities from AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, has been
posted to the AMSAT website.

https://www.amsat.org/apogeeview/

[ANS thanks AMSAT 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.
     We have reached a great milestone with $24,045 raised
    or about 16% towards our goal. This would not have been
         possible without your outstanding generosity!!

          For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:

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

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How to Support AMSAT

AMSAT relies on the support of our members and the amateur radio
community to Keep Amateur Radio in Space.

How can you help?

*Join AMSAT
 Both you and AMSAT will benefit when you join. You get the AMSAT
 Journal bimonthly and support from AMSAT Ambassadors. Member dues
 and donations provide AMSAT’s primary support.
 Join today at
 https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-membership/

*Become a Life Member
 Becoming a Life Member has never been easier. Now you can become a
 Life Member with 12 monthly payments of $74 through our online
 store.
 See https://www.amsat.org/product/lifetime-membership/ for details.

*Donate to AMSAT
 Make a one time or recurring donation to AMSAT today. Even as little
 as one dollar a month can make a difference!
 Donate today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/

*Purchase AMSAT gear on our Zazzle storefront.
 AMSAT receives 25% of the price of each sale on AMSAT logo
 merchandise from our Zazzle storefront located at
 https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

*Volunteer for AMSAT
 AMSAT relies on volunteers for nearly all of our activities. If you
 have an idea for how to help, please let us know, Details on
 volunteering can be found at
 https://www.amsat.org/volunteer-for-amsat/

[ANS thanks the AMSAT office for the above information]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

+Utah (DM48, DM58) – April 14-19, 2019
Bob, N6REK, will be roving in Utah from April 13 to the 19th.  He
plans to be on from DM58 from April 14-17, and then DM48 from April
17-19.  Bob will be FM satellites only, using the call sign N6REK/7,
and he will post the specific passes on the amsat-bb when we get
closer to those dates.

+Liechtenstein (JN47) – April 17-19, 2019
Phillippe, EA4NF, is off on another DXpedition.  This time, he is
heading to HB0/Lichtenstein.  Phillippe will operate under the
callsign HB0/EA4NF from Leichtenstein and HB9/EA4NF from Switzerland
(JN47s, on both FM and SSB satellites.  QSL via LoTW.  Updated info &
Pass announcements (Time+Frequencies) available on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT

+Arizona to West Virginia – April 18-21, 2019
Chris. K7TAB, is heading towards WV April 18th to 21st, a 2200-mile
sprint.  The priority is to cover distance, but he’ll need to take
some breaks to rotate coffee and work satellite passes.  Grids along
I-40 in AZ/NM/TX/OK, I-44 in OK/MO, I-70 in IL/IN/OH/PA are all fair
game!  FM + Linears.  Chris has a nice grid map with his route posted
on his Twitter feed and will post pass availability when he can.
https://twitter.com/K7TABravo

+Central and Northern Maine (FN53, FN54, FN55, FN56, FN57, FN65, FN66,
FN67) – April 26-28, 2019
Join Matt, W1PY and Sean, KX9X as they team up for a weekend of ham
radio through the Pine Tree State! Follow them as they activate the
Potato Field grids of central and northern Maine for the satellite
community, and hit some state parks on HF for the Parks on the Air and
WWFF communities. There will also be spontaneous activations of
curious roadside attractions as they roll through.

Grids to be activated on satellite:  FN53 – 54 – 55 – 56 – 57 – 65 –
66 – 67. A special effort will be made to activate the grid
intersection of FN56-57-66-67 in the potato field north of Caribou.
Detailed satellite operations schedule to be announced ASAP.

For more information, check out https://t.co/2irvAUBvAu and keep an
eye on Sean’s Twitter feed https://twitter.com/SeanKutzko.

+California (DM15) – April 27, 2019
Dave, AD7DB, will be in DM15 in the high desert town of North Edwards,
CA, just outside Edwards AFB.  Planned passes are AO-91, AO-92 and
SO-50.  More exact details on Twitter https://twitter.com/ad7db as the
time approaches.

+Northern Border Security Check (Minnesota to Washington) – April 29
to May 4 or 5th, 2019
Alex, N7AGF, is all set for his semiannual rover trip to activate rare
and somewhat rare grids, from April 29th to May 4th or 5th (or longer
depending on how things go).  Alex will fly into Minneapolis and drive
back to my home grid CN88, activating as many ENx8,ENx7,DNx8,and DNx7
grids as possible along the route.  The hope is to hit many corners and
lines.

Alex will be on both linear and FM birds.

As always, activations and route details will be posted to his
Twitter @N7AGF at https://twitter.com/N7AGF .  Alex will also be on
APRS at https://aprs.fi/N7AGF-10. In areas of limited cell service,
he’ll be using inReach.

Email or hit Alex on twitter with grid requests, route suggestions,
or hot tourist attractions in Minot.

+Northeast North Dakota (EN06/EN07/EN08/EN16/EN17/EN18) – May 2-5,
2019
Mitch, AD0HJ, is heading out to the Grand Forks, ND Hamfest on May 4th
, but also just goofing off for a few days in the general area.  Mitch
will be limited to working the FM Satellites only (SO-50, AO-91,
AO-92). Plans are to work EN17/18 on May 2, EN07/08 on May 3, EN17/18
again on May 4 (day of hamfest), and then EN06/16 on May 5. A full
pass schedule will be viewable on the Twitter announcement
https://twitter.com/KE4ALabama/status/1116524856781230080, and
up-to-date pass info on Mitch’s Twitter feed https://twitter.com/AD0HJ.

+Southwest South Dakota (DN83++) – May 19-23, 2019
Clayton, W5PFG, will be operating from DN83 on all FM/SSB satellites
holiday-style , May 19-23. Open to schedules with EU.  In the days
proceeding he’ll be on from DN91 and in the days following from DN74,
DN71, potentially DN70, and lastly DM99. Twitter @w5pfg

+Pacific Northwest (CN85, CN83/CN84, CN76/CN86) – May 31 to June 2,
2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be on in CN83/84 Friday, May 31st, CN85 Saturday,
June 1st, and CN76/86 Sunday, June 2nd.  Pass list to come in next
few weeks.

+Iceland (HP95 IP15 IP25 IP03 HP03) – July 13-19, 2019
Adam, K0FFY, is taking his family (and his radios) to Iceland.
Tentative 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.  https://twitter.com/K0FFY_Radio

[ANS Thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts from All Over

+ FUNcube on ESEO Payload Activated
  On April 12th, the FUNcube on ESEO 145.895 MHz 1k2 BPSK beacon was
  briefly activated, confirming the functionality of the payload.
  The FUNcube on ESEO payload consists of a 1k2/4k8 BPSK telemetry
  beacon and an L/v FM repeater with an uplink of 1263.500 MHz and a
  downlink of 145.895 MHz. Stay tuned for further information.
  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information)

+ FO-99 (NEXUS) Twitter
  The Nihon University Ground Station twitter account (@GsNihonuniv)
  is now posting operational updates for FO-99 in English.
  Check https://twitter.com/GsNihonuniv for FO-99 operational
  information.

+ AO-85 Keplerian Elements No Longer Restricted
  18 Space Control Squadron has removed the NEA status for an
  additional 43 objects, including AO-85. This means entities other
  than AMSAT, including Celestrak, may distribute the Keplerian
  elements for AO-85. They should appear in Celestrak's amateur.txt
  file shortly
  (ANS thanks T.S. Kelso of Celestrak for the above information)

+ Australian CubeSat to use 76 GHz Amateur Satellite Band
  An Australian CubeSat, CUAVA-1, is expcted to include a downlink
  on 76 GHz. Details at
  https://amsat-uk.org/2019/04/12/australian-cubesat-to-use-76-ghz/
  (ANS thanks the IARU Satellite Coordination Panel and AMSAT-UK)

+ The Orbital Index
  The Orbital Index is a newsletter written by Andrew Cantino and
  Ben Lachman. We strive to keep it focused, technical, and enjoyable.
  Basically you should be able to read it over lunch and learn
  something you didn’t know before. Subscribe or check out the
  archives at http://orbitalindex.com/
  (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

+ AD0DX Completes Satellite WAS
  Congratulations to AD0DX on receiving Satellite Worked All States
  #377. His last QSO for WAS was with N8HM in Washington, DC. For
  WAS, the District of Columbia counts as Maryland.
  (ANS thanks AD0DX and N8HM for the above information)

  (Editor's note - while DC is definitely not Maryland, I am happy
  to assist anyone who needs MD for WAS while this rule remains in
  place)

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/EX

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
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,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org


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