[ans] Corrected Title: ANS-160 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Mark D. Johns mjohns+K0JM at luther.edu
Sat Jun 8 23:06:29 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-160

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,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
satellites.

The news feed on http://www.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:
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In this edition:

* AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites
* Final Call for Nominations - AMSAT Board of Directors
* AMSAT President Awarded Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal
* 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium, October 18-20, 2019
* Dollar-for-Dollar Match on your ARISS Donation Thru June 17, 2019
* AO-85 Back in Operation
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for June 2019
* 2019 Edition of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites Available
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* CAMSAT Announces Upcoming Launch of CAS-7B
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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ANS-160 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 160.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE YYY
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites

Most hams know about the ARRL Field Day event each June, and most who
have participated in an ARRL Field Day in recent years are aware that
a satellite contact will gain 100 bonus points for a participating
station. However, all may not be aware that there is a parallel event
sponsored by AMSAT that is geared exclusively to satellite operation.

The AMSAT Field Day 2019 event is open to all Amateur Radio operators.
Amateurs are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules for Field
Day. The AMSAT competition is to encourage the use of all amateur sat-
ellites, both analog and digital.

Note that no points will be credited for any contacts beyond the ONE
allowed via each single-channel FM satellite. Operators are encouraged
not to make any extra contacts via theses satellites (Ex: SO-50).

CW contacts and digital contacts are worth three points. Satellite
digipeat QSO’s and APRS short-message contacts are worth three points
each, but must be complete verified two-way exchanges. The one contact
per FM satellite is not applied to digital transponders.

The use of terrestrial gateway stations or internet gateways (i.e.
EchoLink, IRLP, etc.) to uplink/downlink is not allowed. Complete
rules and scoring details may be found at:
https://www.amsat.org/field-day/

Certificates will be awarded for the first-place emergency power/port-
able station at the AMSAT General Meeting and Space Symposium in the
fall of 2019. Certificates will also be awarded to the second and
third place portable/emergency operation in addition to the first-
place home station running on emergency power. A station submitting
high, award-winning scores will be requested to send in dupe sheets
for analog contacts and message listings for digital downloads.

You may have multiple rig difficulties, antenna failures, computer
glitches, generator disasters, tropical storms, and there may even be
satellite problems, but the goal is to test your ability to operate in
an emergency situation. Try different gear. Demonstrate satellite
operations to hams that don’t even know the HAMSATS exist. Test your
equipment. Avoid making more than ONE contact via the FM-only voice
HAMSATS or the ISS, and enjoy the event!

[ANS thanks AMSAT/KK5DO 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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Final Call for Nominations - AMSAT Board of Directors

It's time to submit nominations for the upcoming AMSAT Board of
Directors election. Four directors' terms expire this year: those of
Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA;
and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM.  In addition, up to two Alternates may be
elected for one-year terms.

A valid nomination requires either one Member Society or five current
individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT member for
Director.  Written nominations, consisting of the nominee's name and
call, and the nominating individuals' names, calls and individual
signatures should be mailed to:

AMSAT
10605 CONCORD ST STE 304
KENSINGTON MD 20895-2526

In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which
is the preferred method, the intent to nominate someone may be made
by electronic means. These include e-mail, fax, or electronic image
of a petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to
martha at amsat.org or faxed to +1-301-822-4371.

No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive at the AMSAT
office no later than June 15th.  If the nomination is a traditional
written nomination, no other action is required.  If electronic means
are used, a verifying traditional written petition MUST be received at
the AMSAT office within 7 days following the close of nominations
on June 15th.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT THIS SECOND, WRITTEN VERIFICATION ARE
NOT VALID UNDER THE EXISTING AMSAT BYLAWS.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]

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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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37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium, October 18-20, 2019

AMSAT has announced that the 2019 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium
and General Meeting will be held on Friday through Sunday, October 18-
20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. The location will be The Hilton
Arlington, 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22203.

The Hilton Arlington is located in the heart of the Ballston neighbor-
hood of Arlington, VA. Connected to the Ballston Metro Station, the
hotel offers easy and effortless access to Washington D.C.’s top tour-
ist destinations like the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and
historical monuments. The hotel is six miles from Reagan National
Airport and the National Mall.

The AMSAT Board of Director’s Meeting will be held just before the
Symposium, October 16-17, at the same hotel.

The current plan includes tours of Washington D.C./Baltimore area on
Sunday and Monday, October 20-21. The banquet speakers will celebrate
AMSAT’s long history, and an OSCAR Park display also is planned,
so please plan join us for the 50th Anniversary Symposium — you would
be glad you did.

You can make hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at
703-528-6000. The group name is AMSAT, Radio Amateur Satellite Corpor-
ation.

A link for online reservations will be posted at a later date.
Symposium and banquet tickets will be available for purchase on the
AMSAT store in July.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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Dollar-for-Dollar Match on your ARISS Donation Thru June 17, 2019

During the ARISS Forum at the Hamvention, it was announced, that
between now and June 17, that an anonymous donor will equally match
one dollar for each dollar donated up to $10,000.

Here is an excellent opportunity to get the most from your donations
to the ARISS FundRazr. The FundRazr Project was initiated to raise
$150,000 towards the ARISS Radio Upgrade on ISS. To date 90
contributors have donated $24,840 to the campaign, about 17% of the
goal. $10,000 of your dollars, donated now, will raise that total to
$44,840, including the matching funds. It would be great if we could
actually achieve one-third of our goal ($50,000) by mid-June.
Please donate today at
https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_6ruVeeeNzOa6ruVeeeNzOa

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

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AMSAT President Awarded Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal

AMSAT President and ARRL Life Member Joe Spier, K6WAO, has been
awarded the Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious award granted
to individuals and organizations for outstanding global contributions
to Amateur Radio.

Joe Spier, K6WAO is a long time supporter of Amateur Radio in Space
and international cooperation. K6WAO is the President of the Radio
Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). He has also served AMSAT as
Executive Vice President, and Vice President, Educational Relations.

He is a long term supporter of Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) and scientific, technical, engineering, and
mathematics education. Spier is an AMSAT Life Member. He also is a
Life Member of American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Society
of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA).

The award's namesake, Ernst Teodorovich Krenkel, was a radio amateur
who, over the years, used the call signs RAEM, U3AA, and UA3AA. Born
in Poland, Krenkel was an Arctic explorer who took part in the first
Soviet "drifting station," North Pole-1. He was made a "Hero of the
Soviet Union" in 1938 for his exploits.

Krenkel's son, T.E. Krenkel, is among the four signatories to the
award certificate. The younger Krenkel, a professor at the Moscow
Technical College of Telecommunication and Informatics, said his
father was an avid radio amateur who served as the first chairman
of the Central Radio Club in the USSR.

Krenkel's image appears on postage stamps from the USSR and Russia,
and he authored a biography entitled My Callsign is RAEM. In the era
when all radio amateurs received QSL cards via Box 88, Moscow, Krenkel
was allowed to have his own postal address on his QSLs and was issued
the non-standard RAEM call sign.

Information about the Krenkel Medal can be found at:
http://krenkelmedal.org/index.php?id=49

[ANS thanks the Russian National Academy of Researches and
 Discoveries for the above information]

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AO-85 Back in Operation

AO-85 is almost back in full sun. It was commanded on at about 1200Z
on Friday morning, June 7. The repeater is on, but so far no DUV tele-
metry, so IHU must not be working. Also, repeater isn't dropping be-
tween uplinks as it should in this mode. But it has been left on, so
users should feel free to use while you can. Reports too please!

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

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VUCC Awards-Endorsements for June 2019

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
ARRL for the period May 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019 . Congratulations
to all those who made the list this month!

CALL    01May 01Jun

NP4JV    730    763
W5RKN    660    675
KE4AL    502    556
AA8CH    500    550
NS3L     426    457
VE7CEW   386    428
K9UO     300    351
HP2VX    108    300
KK4YEL   200    300
AD0HJ    225    250
PT9BM    203    225
WW8W     181    201
ND0C     New    153
W1OH     101    126
W5PFG(DM95)109  125
KL2DN    100    112
WB4SON   New    106


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

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2019 Edition of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites Available

The 2019 Edition of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites, the de-
finitive reference for the new or experienced amateur satellite oper-
ator is now available from the AMSAT store for $25 + shipping.

This definitive reference is written for the new satellite operator by
Gould Smith, WA4SXM, but includes discussions for the experienced op-
erator who wishes to review the features of amateur satellite communi-
cations. The new operator will be introduced to the basic concepts and
terminology unique to this mode. Additionally, there are many prac-
tical tips and tricks to ensure making contacts, and to sound like an
experienced satellite operator in the process.

Newly revised in May 2019 with information on new satellites and addi-
tional information about operating and logging satellite QSOs. It also
includes information on several satellites of interest to hams
expected to be launched in the coming year.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

For latest information, see:
https://www.amsat.org/satellite-info/upcoming-satellite-operations/

Hot Rod Power Tour Rove (North Carolina to Ohio) – June 8-14, 2019
WY7AA will be traveling with several thousand other Hot Rods along a
winding route from NC to OH. RJ will mostly be activating in the even-
ings on FM passes including grids EM95, FM06, EM86, EM78, EM69, EN71,
and EN81. Checkout the event route: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-153-HotRods
And if anyone is anywhere close to the route, come out and see the
spectacle and let RJ know on Twitter if you are coming out. Follow RJ
on APRS.fi as WY7AA-9.

#HomewardBoundRove (DN13, DN14, DN21, DN22, DN23) – June 14-18,2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be hitting a few grids on his way home. Look for
DN13/DN14 line on June 14th, DN21/DN22 line June 15th, DN22 June 17,
and DN23 June 18th. FM only. Pass times expected between 1700-2000
UTC. Specific passes to be posted on Casey’s Twitter feed:
https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ

Drummond Island (EN85, EN86) – June 15-18,2019
Chris, AA8CH, will be up on Drummond Island again June 15-18, staying
in EN86 and also activating EN85 as well.  Open to any sked requests
if someone needs either grid.  May activate EN74, 75, 76 on the way
there or back depending. Will try to post passes to @charliehotel10
twitter if possible.

Post Hot Rod Power Tour Rove (New York to Wyoming) – June 15-27, 2019
Following the Hot Rod Power Tour, WY7AA will be heading to FN02 for a
few days and plan to work FN01/11 gridline around June 17-18. Details
to follow. He will be heading as far east as FN32 and then eventually
working his way back to DN71. Specifically looking for EN01/02 along
the way. Details will be posted to Twitter and his QRZ page as the
trip plans unfold. Follow him on APRS.fi as WY7AA-9, as he will not
have Twitter access along the road.

#JosephOrBustRove (DN04, DN05, DN15) – June 28-30, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be wandering around Eastern Oregon and decided
to do a little grid activating. Look for Casey on FM passes in DN04
mid-Friday, June 28th, in DN15 Friday night to Saturday evening,
and DN05 Sunday morning. Specific passes to be posted on Casey’s
Twitter feed https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ

Iceland (HP95 IP15 IP25 IP03 HP03) – July 13-19, 2019
Adam, K0FFY, is taking his family (and his radios) to Iceland. Tenta-
tive schedule is HP95 July 13, IP13 and IP15 July 14-15, IP25 July 16,
IP03 or HP93 July 17-18, and HP94 July 19. There’s a lot to see, so
passes will be best effort and announced on Twitter shortly prior.
https://twitter.com/K0FFY_Radio

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

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

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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2019-06-04 01:00 UTC

Dům dětí a mládeže Olomouc (House of Children and Youth Olomouc),
Olomouc, Czech Republic, direct via OK2KWX
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV
Contact is go for: Sat 2019-06-08 13:05:59 UTC 90 deg

Peninsula Grammar, Melbourne, Australia, telebridge via VK4KHZ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV
Contact is go for: Thu 2019-06-13 11:10:52 UTC 79 deg

Smithsonian Air and Space – Udvar-Hazy, Chantilly, VA, USA,
telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV (***)
Contact is go for: Sat 2019-06-15 18:11:51 UTC 42 deg

Note, all times are approximate.

[ANS thanks ARISS/AJ9N for the above information]

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CAMSAT Announces Upcoming Launch of CAS-7B

CAMSAT, the Chinese Amateur Satellite Group, has announced the upcom-
ing launch of a short-life experimental sail satellite carrying an FM
repeater within the next few weeks. CAS-7B ( BP-1B ) is scheduled to
be launched at the end of June this year, according to a June 1 news
release that has been widely disseminated.

Because of the orbital apogee and the size and mass of the satellite,
the orbital life of the satellite is expected to be only one week, up
to a maximum of one month, which will also provide with an opportunity
for hams to track and monitor satellite entering the atmosphere.

The launch will use a new launch vehicle from a small commercial
rocket company. This is the first launch of this launch vehicle, and
there is a large possibility of failure. However, if successful, the
satellite will send CW telemetry on 435.715 MHz. There will also be an
FM crossband repeater with uplink at 145.900 MHz and downlink at
435.715 MHz.

AMSAT-UK has made the full news release available online at:
https://bit.ly/2Wo78w5

[ANS thanks CAMSAT for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The CubeSat Standards Handbook is a summary of freely available
  space standards with potential application for the CubeSat domain.
  There is a recent version of the CubeSat Standards Handbook at:
  https://bit.ly/2MoDxhp
  (ANS thanks Artur Scholz of LibreCube Initiative for the above
  information)

+ An article celebrating the success of the Chip-Sat swarm was pub-
  lished by the Standford University News service and can be seen at:
  https://stanford.io/2F3UhVt
  (ANS thanks @zacinaction on Twitter for the above information)

+ There have been many questions posted recently in various social
  media channels concerning activity on PO-101. A schedule of PO-101
  activity is posted weekly at: https://twitter.com/Diwata2PH
  (ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the above information)

+ The Group for Earth Observation (GEO) aims to enable amateur recep-
  tion of weather and earth imaging satellites. The GEO Newsletter
  weather satellite publication is available for free download at:
  http://www.geo-web.org.uk/geoquarterly.php
  (ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information)

+ CubeSat Developers Workshop talks now available to view at:
  https://bit.ly/2ETUhqD
  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.)

+ A very good article about the cubesat simulator is posted at:
  https://bit.ly/2KtFdnv
  (ANS thanks www.rtl-sdr.com for the above information)

+ An article on the advantages of using 3-D printing to create feed
  horns and antennas for satellite stations can be found at:
  http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=944589183
  (ANS thanks SatMagazine.com for the above information)

+ An article concerning possible changes to the 1240-1300 MHz band
  allocation can be found at: https://bit.ly/2IqTjDv
  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information)

+ TAPR Board of Directors election results: There were 144 votes cast
  in the TAPR Board of Directors election, as follows:
   Scotty Cowling WA2DFI: 133
   George Byrkit K9TRV: 114
   John Koster W9DDD: 106
   Brian Rogers N1URO: 61
  Therefore, WA2DFI, K9TRV and W9DDD have been elected to the Board of
  Directors to serve three year terms.
  (ANS thanks Stana Horzepa, WA1LOU, TAPR Secretary for the above
  information)

+ The RACE mission concept involves two ‘6-unit’ CubeSats that will
  fly together in close formation and perform close-proximity opera-
  tions. These will include rendezvous and docking, and the ability to
  perform a close flyby around uncooperative targets, such as derelict
  satellites. Full article at: https://bit.ly/2EWJCvI
  (ANS thanks the European Space Agency for the above information)

+ The blog, "On All Bands," has two recent posts on how to work
  amateur satellites. Part 1 is at:
  https://tinyurl.com/y6hxcujl
  Part 2 is at:
  https://tinyurl.com/y54dr8sk
  (ANS thanks Sean Kutzko, KX9X, for the above information)

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In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
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 help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,

K0JM at amsat dot org


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