[ans] ANS-167 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Sun Jun 16 00:00:07 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-167

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:

* AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites
* Dollar-for-Dollar Match on your ARISS Donation Ends Monday!
* AMSAT Operations Updates AO-85 Status / AO-92 Field Day Plans
* AMSAT Engineering Slides From Ham-Com
* BIRDS-3 Satellites Deploy From ISS on June 17th
* IARU Region 1 Notes WRC-23 Proposals That Impact 144-146 MHz and
  1260-1270 MHz Amateur Satellite Service Bands
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for June 13, 2019
* How to Support AMSAT
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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ANS-167 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 167.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
June 16, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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   AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
   radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
     be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit. Support AMSAT's
         projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/

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AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites

The weekend of June 22-23, 2019 is Field Day! Each year the Ameri-
can Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day. The Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes our own version of Field Day
focused on operation via the amateur satellites, held concurrently
with the ARRL event.

The AMSAT Field Day 2019 event is open to all Amateur Radio opera-
tors. 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 satellites, both analog and digital.

The congestion on FM LEO satellites is always so intense that we must
continue to limit their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes
the International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the
ISS is operating Voice.

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        Note that no points will be credited for any contacts
        beyond the ONE allowed via each single-channel FM sat-
        ellite. Operators are encouraged NOT to make any extra
        contacts via the FM satellites.

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Information for the operational satellites can be found in the tables
posted on-line on the AMSAT web:

+ FM Satellite Frequencies
   https://www.amsat.org/fm-satellite-frequency-summary/

+ Linear satellite Frequencies
   https://www.amsat.org/linear-satellite-frequency-summary/

Up-to-date satellite status reports are posted by users at:
https://www.amsat.org/status/

AO-92 is expected to be in L/v mode for the first part of Field Day.
Details are in the Operations Update article later in this

An article by Sean Kutzko, KX9X, “Get on the Satellites for ARRL
Field Day”, published in the June 2018 issue of QST is reprinted
with the ARRL’s permission can be accessed at:
https://www.amsat.org/get-on-the-satellites-for-field-day

The full set of rules (including downloadable documents) are
posted at: https://www.amsat.org/field-day/

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                 CALL FOR AMSAT FIELD DAY PHOTOS

AMSAT Journal Editor Joe Kornowski, KB6IGK, asks that Field
Day participants share photos of their Field Day satellite
stations for publication in an upcoming edition of The AMSAT
Journal.
      Please email photos to journal at amsat dot org

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

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Dollar-for-Dollar Match on your ARISS Donation Ends Monday!

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 100
contributors have donated $26,200 to the campaign, about 17% of the
goal.

Please donate today at
https://fundrazr.com/arissnextgen?ref=ab_6ruVeeeNzOa6ruVeeeNzOa

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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AMSAT Operations Updates AO-85 Status / AO-92 Field Day Plans

AO-85's FM repeater is still active during the current period of
full illumination. Both downlink and uplink frequencies are off freq-
uency low and DUV telemetry is not active. Continued operations are
not guaranteed after the full illumination period ends on June 19.
Work it while you can!

AO-92 will be available in both U/v and L/v for Field Day this year.
The current plan is to command AO-92 to L/v on the 0416Z pass on June
22, the evening before Field Day. The 24 hour timer will then run to
expiration, and the satellite will revert to Mode U/v for the
remainder of Field Day weekend. The planned timing should provide for
at least one accessible pass for the continental US in L/v before
returning to U/v. If commanding to L/v on the 0416Z pass is not
successful, we will reattempt Field Day morning. Please keep the
uplink clear during commanding.

Additionally, requests were made to the LilacSat-2, IO-86 and PO-101
command stations for special scheduling of these FM repeaters for
Field Day. Please watch for these teams’ schedule announcements on
Twitter and amsat-bb prior to Field Day weekend. Note that IO-86
is only accessible to those stations below about 30 degrees of
latitude, but is a very strong repeater and easily worked to the
local horizon.

The FM repeaters on AO-91 and SO-50 are also expected to be available
as normal during Field Day.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA,
for the above information.]

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AMSAT Engineering Slides From Ham-Com

AMSAT Vice President-Engineering presented an update on AMSAT's
projects at Ham-Com 2019. Slides from the presentation are
available at available at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-167-N0JY

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, for
the above information.]

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BIRDS-3 Satellites Deploy From ISS on June 17th

JAXA has announced that the BIRDS-3 satellites, NepaliSat-1 (Nepal),
Raavana-1 (Sri Lanka) and Uguisu (Japan), will deploy from ISS on June
17th.

A live stream of the deployment will begin at 0835z on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrw3cMw10nQ&feature=youtu.be

The three satellites operate on same frequency, 437.375MHz, with a CW
beacon and 4800 bps GMSK.

More info is available on the BIRDS-3 Project website.

https://birds3.birds-project.com

[ANS thanks Masa, JN1GKZ, 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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IARU Region 1 Notes WRC-23 Proposals That Impact 144-146 MHz and
1260-1270 MHz Amateur Satellite Service Bands

IARU Region 1 notes that there are two proposals under discussion in
Europe as possible future Agenda Items at WRC 2023, which potentially
could impact important amateur radio frequencies. The following sets
out the current IARU position on these proposals.

A proposal from France to consider the band 144-146 MHz as a primary
allocation to the Aeronautical Mobile service, as part of a broader
consideration of the spectrum allocated to that service.
The band 144-146 MHz is allocated globally to the amateur and amateur
satellite services on a primary basis. This is one of the few primary
allocations to the amateur service above 29.7 MHz and as such is an
important and widely used part of the amateur spectrum with a vast
installed base of users and operational satellite stations.

IARU views with grave concern any proposal to include this band in the
proposed study. It will be representing this view energetically in
Regional Telecommunications Organisations and in ITU to seek to obtain
assurances that the spectrum will remain a primary allocation for the
amateur services.

A proposal to study the amateur allocation in the 1240-1300 MHz
("23cm") band following reported cases of interference to the Galileo
navigation system.

IARU is aware of a handful of cases where interference to the Galileo
E6 signal has been reported. In all cases these have been resolved by
local action with the full cooperation of the amateur stations
concerned.

IARU does not want the amateur service to affect the operation of the
Galileo system in any way. Joint studies have been carried out to
assess the true vulnerability of the system and, based on these, IARU
regards the proposal to initiate an Agenda item for WRC-23 as pre-
mature.

The IARU position is that proper technical assessment of the issues
involved should be made in the relevant CEPT study group. Proper
account needs to be taken of the operational characteristics of the
amateur service in order to develop sensible and proportionate
measures that will facilitate the continued utility of the band for
amateur experimentation whilst respecting the primary status of the
GNSS service.

IARU is ready to cooperate fully in any studies and shares the
objective of reaching a secure and permanent solution to the issues of
sharing in this band.

IARU asks its Member Societies to draw this information to the
attention of their members, and to refrain at this time from making
speculative public comments about the situation until further progress
has been made in regulatory discussions. IARU is also ready to discuss
this issue with other societies not in IARU membership.

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]

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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for June 13, 2019

The following amateur satellite has decayed and has been removed
from the AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:

ZA-AeroSat - CAT ID 42713 (reentered 06-02-2019).

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager 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.
     We have reached a great milestone with $26,200 raised
    or about 17% 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

* Support AMSAT when you make purchases from Amazon! So far, AMSAT
 has received $3,913.29 from AmazonSmile. Search for "Radio Amateur
 Satellite Corporation"
 https://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ext_twt_dshb_smi

* 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

+ #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 17th,
and DN23 June 18th.  FM only.  Pass times expected between 1700-
2000UTC.  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, I will be heading to FN02 for a few
days and plan to work FN01/11 gridline around June 17-18. Details to
follow. I will be heading as far east as FN32 and then eventually
working my way back to DN71. Specifically looking for EN01/02 along
the way. Details will be posted to Twitter and my QRZ page as the trip
plans unfold. Follow me 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.
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

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

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

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Satellite Shorts from All Over

+ From June 22-23, the FO-99 linear transponder will be activated
over Friedrichshafen, Germany and Bangkok, Thailand. See
https://twitter.com/GsNihonuniv for details.

[ANS thanks the Nihon University Ground Station for the above
information.]

+ Jim Heck, G3WGM, has announced that the AO-73 transponder will be
reactivated the weekend of June 14th and will be left on continuously
for the next week.

[ANS thanks Jim Heck, G3WGM, for the above information.]

+ The FM transponder on PO-101 is activated by schedule. Updates are
generally available weekly on their Twitter account. See
https://twitter.com/Diwata2PH

[ANS thanks the PO-101 / Diwata-2 team for the above information.]

+ Phase 3 launch anniversaries - Saturday was the 31st anniversary
of the launch of AO-13 (Phase 3C), launched on June 15, 1988. Today
(Sunday) is the 36th anniversary of the launch of AO-10, launched on
June 16, 1983.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

+ Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee is offering a CubeSat Research
Fellowship in the Department of Physics. The successful fellow will
develop and carry out a CubeSat mission with the help of undergraduate
students and technical staff. Funding for the project already exists,
and the department has excellent machine shop and other resources.
This is a two-year position with possibility for extension. Applicants
should hold a M.S. or Ph.D. in engineering, space science, or a
related discipline. Please see the full posting at
jobs.rhodes.edu/postings/3034.

[ANS thanks Rhodes College for the above information.]

+ Daniel Estévez, EA4GPZ, has shared several blog posts/articles of
note:

A LimeSDR Mini based QO-100 Ground Station
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-167-QO100

Identifying the stars shown in an image taken by the LO-94 lunar
orbiting amateur satellite.
https://destevez.net/2019/06/astrometry-with-dslwp-b-camera/

Report on LO-94's June imaging
https://destevez.net/2019/06/report-for-dslwp-b-june-imaging/

[ANS thanks Dani Estevez, EA4GPZ, for the above information.]

+ A tool for interplanetary missions that calculates ballistic transfers
between planets and moons: https://transfercalculator.com/

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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
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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