[ans] ANS-195 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Sun Jul 14 00:00:08 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-195

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:

* 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Ballots Sent
* New Orbitrack iOS app free for Apollo 11 Anniversary
* Help Needed - JAISAT-1 Telemetry
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 11, 2019
* How to Support AMSAT
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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ANS-195 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 105.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 14, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-195.01

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    The 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium will be held
       October 18-20 in Arlington, VA. For details, see:

            https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

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2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Ballots Sent

AMSAT members should expect to see ballots for the 2019 AMSAT Board of
Directors election arriving in their mailboxes. The ballots have been
sent for printing and will be mailed on or before July 15.

The 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election will be conducted differ-
ently than in past elections. In previous years, the balloting process
was handled by multiple vendors. This year, AMSAT has contracted with
a single, independent party, ElectionBuddy, to conduct and fully
manage the election process.

You may cast your ballot by visiting a unique URL or utilizing the QR
code printed on the mailing. You also have the option of returning
your paper ballot in the supplied envelope to the AMSAT office. Please
do not  include any other correspondence in this envelope. It will be
opened only by ElectionBuddy.  If you do not receive your ballot, you
will need to contact ElectionBuddy via email: amsat at electionbuddy.com.

Individual candidates’ statement of qualification (biographies) are
displayed on the ElectionBuddy website available to voters and are
available on AMSAT’s website:

https://www.amsat.org/2019-board-statements/

Because AMSAT has contracted ElectionBuddy for a fully managed
election, they will be voters’ single point of contact regarding any
ballot issues. The AMSAT Secretary or Office Manager may direct you to
contact ElectionBuddy in situations deemed part of this fully managed
election.  Questions will not be answered on the AMSAT-BB or
organizational Social Media accounts.

In the previous election announcement, it was mentioned that voters
would have the option to request a special paper ballot. The election
process has been modified to eliminate this need. A single mailing has
been designed to better accommodate traditional and online voting.

Sincerely,
Clayton L. Coleman, W5PFG
AMSAT Secretary

[ANS thanks AMSAT Secretary Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, for the above
information.]

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New Orbitrack iOS app free for Apollo 11 Anniversary

n the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s first manned moon landing, a new
iOS app – Orbitrack – lets you explore the universe of spacecraft in
orbit around our home planet today, using cutting-edge augmented and
virtual reality technology.

Better yet: for just one day, July 20th, 2019, Orbitrack (normally
$4.99) will be offered for free on the iTunes Store.

>From the original developer of the award winning SkySafari™ apps,
Orbitrack is the first new release from Southern Stars since 2014.
It includes spectacular new graphics, incredibly detailed 3D
spacecraft models, fascinating illustrated mission descriptions, and a
new database of more than 8,000 satellites updated daily from n2yo.com
and celestrak.com.

Orbitrack includes many classified military satellites, and SpaceX’s
new Starlink mega-communications-satellite constellation.  Both visual
and radio observers will appreciate Orbitrack’s up-to-date catalog,
which includes frequencies and call signs for amateur radio
satellites, and predicts satellite passes and Iridium flares.

Orbitrack’s brand new voice-controlled virtual reality mode works with
any iPhone-compatible VR headset.  And its rewritten augmented reaiity
(AR) capability lets you identify satellites passing across the sky in
real time, using you phone’s GPS, camera, and motion-sensing hardware.

Orbitrack supports the latest Apple hardware and showcases the latest
iOS technologies.  Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis writes,
“When Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon, there were only 159
satellites in orbit.  Today, there are well over 40,000.  The
computing power of the entire lunar module would be dwarfed by today’s
smallest cell phones.  Offering our latest satellite tracking app for
free seemed a good way to celebrate the past, while also looking
forward to the future of spaceflight, both manned and unmanned.”

To download Orbitrack for iOS devices from the iTunes Store, follow
this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/orbitrack/id1092984911?mt=8

Available today for iOS devices, Orbitrack will be available for
Android in the 2nd half of 2019.

[ANS thanks Southern Stars for the above information]

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      New 2019 AMSAT Apparel Now Available on the Web

 Didn't make it to Hamvention but you want the latest in AMSAT
 haberdashery? The new 2019 tee-shirts, polo shirts and hats are now
 available in the AMSAT online store.  Browse the styles and sizes
 online and put your order in today at

    https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-apparel/

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Help Needed - JAISAT-1 Telemetry

JAISAT-1, a 3U CubeSat developed by the Radio Amateur Society of
Thailand was launched on July 5, 2019. The satellite carries a VHF/
UHF linear transponder for amateur radio use.

The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) and the JAISAT-1 Project
Teamare urgently seeking raw data that can be received from all
packets worldwide. Please send raw data and KSS files to RAST by email
at jaisatonetele at gmail.com.

The JAISAT-1 beacon signal is transmitted on 435.700 MHz in GMSK
Mobitex 4800 bps mode. Two other satellites on this launch also use
this engineering frequency.

The code for JAISAT-1 frames 1 in row 11 is:
41 (0x29)  - JAISAT UHF1
42 (0x2A)  - JAISAT UHF2

Example of signals in this format can be found with the the reception
of signals from the satellite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FDoE0oaesY

JAISAT-1 has been identified as 2019-038F. TLEs are below:

2019-038F
1 44419U 19038F   19190.66730395  .00001667  00000-0  10000-3 0  9996
2 44419  97.4914 152.5407 0020014 233.1737 126.7422 15.12176922   634


[ANS thanks Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN, JAISAT Project Manager 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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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 11, 2019

The following Amateur Radio satellites have been removed from this
week's TLE distribution. They are part of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy
STP-2 launch of June 25,2019 at 06:30 GMT from launch pad LC-39A at
the Kennedy Space Center. They have been identified by Space-Track.

OBJECT B - NORAD CAT ID 44340 - NPSAT1 (Non-Radio Amateur)
OBJECT C - NORAD CAT ID 44341 - OTB (Non-Radio Amateur)
OBJECT E - NORAD CAT ID 44343 - FORMOSAT7-3/COSMIC2-3
(Non-Radio Amateur)

The following Amateur Radio satellite has been added to this week's
TLE distribution.

LightSail-2 - NORAD CAT ID 44420 - Separated from PROX-1, CAT ID 44330

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager 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
             https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

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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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    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 $33,250 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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Upcoming Satellite Operations

+Iceland (HP93, HP94, HP95, IP03, IP05, IP13, IP14, IP15, IP24, IP25,
IP35) – July 13-19, 2019
Adam, K0FFY, is taking his family (and his radios) to Iceland. He’ll
be staying in HP95 on July 13, IP15 on July 14-15, IP25 on July 16,
IP03 on July 17-18, and HP94 on July 19. In total, he’ll be passing
through HP93, HP94, HP95, IP03, IP05, IP13, IP14, IP15, IP24, IP25,
IP35. There’s a lot to see, so passes will be best effort & announced
on Twitter shortly prior.  https://twitter.com/K0FFY_Radio

+CY9 St. Paul Island (FN97) – July 31 to August 8, 2019
CY9C will be on St. Paul Island July 31st through August 8th. This is
an all bands/mode dxpedition, with EME and Sats as well.  More info
available at http://cy9c.com/index.html.

+Washington Invasion (CN96/96 & DN06/07/17/17) – August 9-10, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be heading North to invade the State of
Washington, August 9th and 10th. Keep an eye on Casey’s Twitter feed
for specific pass announcements: https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ

+St Pierre et Miquelon (GN16) – August 10-18, 2019
A DXpedition is planned to St Pierre et Miquelon, August 10th
through the 18th. The team will operate as T05M will from Ile aux
Marins on 6-160m, but there is a possibility of some FM Satellites.
Keep an eye on their website for updates: http://fp2019.net/

+Santa Rosa Island, CA (CM93) – August 12-14, 2019
Ron, AD0DX, is heading back to Santa Rosa Island, August 12th -14th.
When not distracted by the feathered-birds, Ron will be on FM and
linear satellites as W6R.  Keep an eye on Ron’s Twitter feed for
updates at the dates get closer.  https://twitter.com/ad0dx

Remember to check out W3ZM On the Road for additional upcoming
activations!

https://www.amsat.org/events/was-w3zm/

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

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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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Satellite Shorts from All Over

+FO-29 has been offline since approximately 22:00 UTC on July 9th.
The amateur satellite community awaits word from the satellite's
operator, JARL, on the situation.

+AMSAT Operations activated the Virginia Tech Camera on AO-92 on July
10th and July 11th in support of the ARRL Teachers Institute. Images
captured can be found at http://www.amsat.org/tlm/showImages.php?id=4

+AMSAT Operations reports that AO-85 is shutting down each eclipse.
The satellite turns on several minutes after entering sunlight, when
voltages reach adequate levels to operate the satellite hardware.

+Virgin Orbit conducted a successful drop test of LauncherOne on July
10th. This was the final test prior to the first test flight of the
new air launch system. AMSAT's RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E is scheduled to
fly on the second launch of the LauncherOne, as early as late this
summer. Details on the test can be found at:
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-195-VO

+The AMSAT Board of Directors meeting minutes page was updated with
recent minutes.
https://www.amsat.org/minutes-of-the-board-of-directors/

+AMSAT financial audit/review reports and IRS Form 990 filings can
be found at https://www.amsat.org/audit-and-other-financial-reports/

+EA4GPZ's blog contains several updates on images captured by LO-94.
See https://destevez.net/ for details.

+This week's Flashback Friday Tweet from @AMSAT:
https://twitter.com/AMSAT/status/1149667412779786240
In the late 1970s, the AMSAT-GOLEM-80 Microcomputer Project was
designed as a low-cost and expandable Z80 or 8080 based microcomputer
for amateur radio applications. Details can be found in the Sept 1979
issue of Byte Magazine.
https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine-1979-09/page/n183

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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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