[ans] ANS-209 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Sun Jul 28 00:00:08 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-209

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:

* CAS-7B Launched and Operational
* Upcoming ARISS SSTV Events
* AMSAT-Chile developing CESAR-1 FM / digital satellites
* FO-99 Transponder Activated over North America, Other Activations
 Scheduled
* LO-94 Lunar Impact Expected on July 31st
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 26, 2019
* How to Support AMSAT
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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ANS-209 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 105.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 28, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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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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CAS-7B Launched and Operational

On July 25, 2019, CAMSAT's CAS-7B satellite was successfully launched
on the first orbital launch of iSpace's Hyperbola-1 rocket.

CAS-7B is in a very low earth orbit with an apogee of 296 km and a
perigee of 278 km. The inclination is 42.7 degrees. At this altitude,
decay is expected by August 11th.

CAS-7B carries a 100 mW CW telemetry beacon at 435.715 MHz and an FM
transponder with an uplink of 145.900 MHz (16 kHz bandwidth, no tone
required) and a downlink of 435.690 MHz (100 mW).

Many QSOs around the world have been reported via the FM transponder.
Reports indicate the transponder requires a considerable amount of
EIRP to access and that the satellite is spinning fast causing rapid
fading of signals.

More information about CAS-7B can be found at
https://www.amsat.org/camsat-cas-7b-is-ready-for-june-launch/

[ANS thanks CAMSAT and JA0CAW for the above information.]

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Upcoming ARISS SSTV Events

ARISS Russia plans to activate the MAI-75 SSTV experiment on July 29
with images starting at 13:15 UTC ending at 21:25 UTC, then again
starting July 30 at 13:50 UTC ending 19:30 UTC. Downlink frequency is
145.800 MHz FM using the PD-120 SSTV mode.

ARISS plans to commemorate Owen Garriott's outstanding accomplishments
with ham radio in space during an ISS SSTV event starting 09:40 UTC on
August 1 and ending 18:15 UTC on Aug 4. Downlink freq will be 145.800
MHz FM using the PD-120 SSTV mode.

However, there is a possible switch out in images for SSTV event
scheduled for August 1-4. This may result in planning an additional
SSTV event for the end of August that would feature the Owen Garriott
commemorative images at that time. We expect an update on this after
July 26th

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]

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AMSAT-Chile developing CESAR-1 FM / digital satellites

AMSAT-CE is designing and building five satellites, to be used by
radio amateurs around the world, which will allow a series of
scientific experiments in the field of digital communications, as well
as gravimetric and orbitgraphic studies.

Of these five satellites, one will be the engineering prototype, three
will be flight units, and the remaining one will be used to check or
replicate on the ground the operation of the units that are in space.

AMSAT-CE has also promoted the installation of three earth stations,
in Iquique, Temuco and Pto. Montt.

Technical characteristics

*CESAR-1 is of microsat technonogy (cube shape, 23 cm per edge).

*The satellite reception frequencies will be in the 145 MHz band
(5 channels) and 1,575 MHz (GPS).

*The satellite transmission frequencies will be in the 436 MHz band
(2 channels).

*The modulation will be FSK (AX.25 9.6 kbps) or narrowband FM.

*The magnetic stabilization will be by permanent magnets.

*It will have a magnetic brake (the rotation due to the photonic spin
will be stopped by seven bars of hydrogen steel, which will cut lines
of force from the earth's magnetic field).

*The estimated useful life is 10 years.

*The mass will be approximately 12 kg

*The period will be 100 minutes (that's about 14 revolutions a day).

*The satellite platform consists of 5 modules made of space aluminum
AL6061-T6.

*The electrical energy will be stored in a Saft NiCd battery, made up
of 8 batteries of 7 Ah each.

*The solar cells will be Spectrolab, triple junction (GalnP2-GaAs-Ge),
or the like.

Contributions of the CESAR-1 Project to the Country

AMSAT-CE satellites will be added to the projects already undertaken
by the Chilean Air Force (FASAT) and the University of Chile (SUCHAI),
but they have as their main characteristic that they are the first
ones that are being designed and built entirely in the country, which
constitutes a huge challenge, and a scientific and technological
contribution.

Among the benefits that the country and the amateur radio can obtain
from AMSAT-CE satellites are:

- Education (interest young people in space radiocommunications)
- Support in emergency situations
- Scientific experimentation (in the frame for experiments)
- Boosting a national aerospace industry
- Experimentation with the Internet
- National Amateur Radio Unit, and
- International recognition for the country.

Experiments

The CESAR-1 satellite will have five main (E) experiments:

E1 A digital transponder between two earth stations, to be used in
real time, during the period in which both are being illuminated by
the satellite (radio-packets in AX.25 at 9,600 kbps).

E2 A digital transponder between two earth stations, to be used in
deferred time, as an electronic message box (Store & forward with
radio-packets in AX.25 at 9.6 kbps).

E3 An analog repeater that will allow two earth stations that are
being illuminated by the satellite to be linked, to broadcast audio
(voice) in real time, in FM mode.

E4 Communication between two terrestrial repeaters, with link to the
satellite, which will allow long distance, but temporary, calls to
low-power portable stations (voice, FM, 147 MHz access), and

E5 An on-board GPS receiver, which will collect information for
gravimetric and orbitgraphic research.

The orbit of CESAR-1 will be low, polar and heliosynchronous
(about 800 km high).

*In any case, given the time elapsed, it is possible that both the
experiments and the electronic part considered for them must be
modernized.

Cost of the Project and its Financing

The cost of the project, in money, amounts to about USD 700,000
(necessary for the construction of five satellites, launch of one,
implementation of two command and control stations, and three
terrestrial repeaters).

Of that amount, around USD 300,000 have already been contributed by
external sponsors, and by members of the AMSAT-CE Foundation.

However, we have not yet been able to obtain the financing of the
remaining USD 400,000

Additionally, and conservatively, we estimate that the project
requires some 36,000 man-hours of managers and specialists.

Much of those 36,000 hours have already been or are being voluntarily
contributed by the AMSAT-CE partners.

Essentially, the monetary resources that are still missing are needed
to finance the solar cells of CESAR-1, hire professional services to
finish the construction of what is pending, and cover the costs of
the tests and the first launch.

Project status

Although it is a radio amateur project, it does not cease to
correspond to a professional and complex project.

But the more than 20 years we have been working - without reaching the
goal - have exhausted some of our partners, and this has generated a
shortage of volunteers.

It has not been easy to finish the first satellite - which should have
flown in the late 1990s - because in Chile there is still not enough
awareness about the possibilities offered by space activity to the
country.

Despite this, the construction of CESAR-1 is quite advanced (more
than 70%):

-5 mechanical satellite structures are built.
-8 UHF transmitters are finished, and aligned in their working
frequencies.
-The sources of power are finished.
-The receivers have an advance of 90%.
-The GPS experiment has an advance of 70%.
-In the OBC with its EDAC and RAM disk, the software needs to be
refined.
-The international coordination of frequencies in the ITU was
concluded, but today it would have to be reactivated, for the time
elapsed.
-There are, yes, the photovoltaic cells, the assembly in Chile and the
final tests (which will probably be done in Brazil).
-It is also necessary to reactivate the obtaining of the pitcher.

Website: https://www.amsat-ce.org/proyecto-cesar

[ANS thanks AMSAT-CE for the above information.]

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FO-99 Transponder Activated over North America, Other Activations
 Scheduled

On July 25, 2019, the V/u linear transponder on FO-99 (NEXUS) was
activated over North America for the first time. Stations heard
include W5CBF, KB4PML, N4QX, AA5PK, KX9X, N8HM, K0FFY, and N2ACQ.

FO-99 is active on a schedule. The power budget does not permit full-
time transponder operations. Schedule updates can be found on Twitter
at https://twitter.com/GsNihonuniv

Upcoming North American FO-99 operations:
Victoria, Canada - August 17th - 04:28:33 UTC - 04:40:01 UTC
Denver, US (SSTV) - August 24th - 03:30:20 UTC - 03:41:50 UTC
Topeka, US - August 31st - 02:34:47 UTC - 02:45:45 UTC

Operations are performed from about 5 minutes before the listed AOS
to 5 minutes after LOS.

Transponder frequencies are 145.900 MHz - 145.930 MHz up and 435.880
MHz - 435.910 MHz down, inverting.

The SSTV / digitalker downlink is 437.075 MHz.

The Nihon University Ground Station asks that stations completing
QSOs via FO-99 upload their audio to Twitter or the NEXUS website.
http://sat.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp/nexus/E0_Top.html

[ANS thanks the Nihon University Ground Station and Paul Stoetzer,
N8HM, 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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LO-94 Lunar Impact Expected on July 31st

Here is the LO-94 (DSLWP-B) UHF plan for the following days:


29 Jul 00:15 to 02:15
29 Jul 04:30 to 06:30
29 Jul 20:00 to 22:00
30 Jul 05:30 to 07:30
30 Jul 16:20 to 18:20
31 Jul 06:30 to 08:30
31 Jul 13:24 to 15.24
1 Aug 05:30 to 07:30

All time in UTC. GMSK on both freq & JT4G on 435.4. JT4G repeater
message on 436.4 TBD.


Lunar impact expected to be at about 31 Jul 14:20. Later windows for
backup.

SSDV album: http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/dashboard/pages_en/pics-b.html

Online JT4G telemetry forwarder:
http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/dashboard/pages_en/jt4g_forwarder.html
JT4G telemetry display:
http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/dashboard/pages_en/jt4g.html
GMSK telemetry:
http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/dashboard/pages_en/telemetry-b.html


[ANS thanks Wei Mingchaun, BG2BHC, Harbin Institute of Technology,
for the above information]

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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for July 25, 2019

The following Amateur Radio satellites have decayed from orbit and
have been removed from this week's TLE distribution.

NJUST-1   - NORAD CAT ID 42722 - Decayed 07/20/2019 (per Space-Track)
AOXIANG-1 - NORAD CAT ID 42735 - Decayed 06/26/2019 (per Space-Track)

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

CAS-7B - TEMPORARY CAT ID 99999 (This CAT ID will be changed to a
permanent ID later.)
The initial TLE supplied by Alan Kung, BA1DU on July 25, 2019 on
AMSAT-BB.

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

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         25% of the purchase price of each product goes
           towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
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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
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* 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
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* 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

+J6 St Lucia, (FK94) July 21 – August 3, 2019
Frank, K3TRM, will be operating as J6/K3TRM from Gros Islet, St.
Lucia (FK94mb) between July 21 – August 3, 2019. Activity will be on
40-6M using SSB, CW, and Digital (RTTY & FT8) and satellite. More
info available on Frank’s QRZ page: https://www.qrz.com/db/J6/K3TRM
and Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/k3trm

+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.

+West Yellowstone (DN44) August 2-3, 2019
Dennis, N7EGY, will be attending a family reunion August 2-3, and
should be able to sneak away for a few FM passes.  Keep an eye on
Dennis’ Twitter feed for further updates:  https://twitter.com/n7egy1

+AZ NV UT (DN25-DN28, DM37-DM38, DM46-DM47)  August 3-10, 2019
Ian, K5ZM, will be wandering through the Southwest August 3rd – 10th,
mostly operating as W3ZM/7:

Aug 03: NV DM25/DM26 line
Aug 04: AZ DM36
Aug 06: NV and UT DM27/DM28/DM37/DM38
Aug 07: AZ DM46 + UT DM47
Aug 10: NV DM25/DM26 line
Aug 05 & 08: non ham stuff = K5ZM
Aug 09: TBD!

Watch for updates on Ian’s Twitter feed:  https://twitter.com/k5zm_

+Florida Keys (EL95) August 4-11, 2019
Philippe, EA4NF will be operating from EL95 (Key Largo and Brickell
Key) as KC3NSG, from August 4 to 11, 2019.  FM and Linears.  QSL via
LoTW.  Keep an eye on Philippe’s Twitter feed for further updates:
https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT

+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

+FP - 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

+Goose Bay, Labrador (FO93) August 12-14, 2019
Chris, VE3FU, will be visiting family / friends and maintenance of
his HF remote station in FO93, but he should be on the FM sats as
VO2AC. Chris will try to post here before each pass, so keep an eye
on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ChrisVE3FU

+6Y - Jamaica (FK18) August 12-19, 2019
Philippe, EA4NF will be operating from JAMAICA (IOTA NA-097 – Grid
FK18) in Satellite with the special call 6Y4NF from August 12 to 19,
2019.  QRV Satellite in FM and SSB.  QSL via LoTW.  Keep an eye on
Philippe’s Twitter feed for further updates :
https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT.

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

+Ballots for the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election have been
mailed. Candidate statements may be found at
https://www.amsat.org/2019-board-statements/

+AMSAT's RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E satellite is now expected to launch
this fall. RadFxSat-2 will fly on the ELaNa XX mission on the second
flight of Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne.

+With the newest FM satellite, CAS-7B, now in orbit, we take a look
back at the first satellite configured as an FM relay, AO-21 / RS-14,
for #ThrowbackThursday #AMSAT50th
https://twitter.com/AMSAT/status/1154373271023947777

+Robert Bankston, KE4AL, tweeted about the first "walkie-talkie
satellite terminal" used by KB4CRT to work stations through AO-10.
https://twitter.com/KE4ALabama/status/1154240267706339331

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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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