[ans] ANS-216 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Mark D. Johns mjohns+K0JM at luther.edu
Sat Aug 3 22:18:37 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-216

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In this edition:

* CAS-7B Designated BIT Progress-OSCAR 102 (BO-102)
* AMSAT and ARISS Designing Amateur Radio System for Lunar Gateway
* ARISS SSTV Owen Garriott Event Underway
* AMSAT Member Named Young Ham of the Year
* AMSAT member Wins Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham Award
* ARISS Next Gen System Completes Critical Flight Certification Tests
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for July 2019
* LightSail 2 Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for August 1, 2019
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts From All Over


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CAS-7B Designated BIT Progress-OSCAR 102 (BO-102)

On July 25, 2019, the CAS-7B (BP-1B) microsatellite was launched on a
Hyperbola-1 launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Space Center, China.
CAS-7B (BP-1B) was developed by the Chinese Amateur Satellite Group
(CAMSAT), and in cooperation with the Beijing Institute of Technology
(BIT). CAMSAT completed the project planning, design, build, and
testing, and manages the on-orbit operation of the satellite. BIT
provided the satellite environmental testing, launch support, and
financial support. Many students from BIT were involved with the
project, learning about satellite technology and amateur radio. The
satellite carries a CW telemetry beacon and FM repeater that has been
active since launch.

At the request of CAMSAT and the BIT team, AMSAT hereby designates
CAS-7B (BP-1B) as BIT Progress-OSCAR 102 (BO-102). We congratulate the
owners and operators of BO-102, thank them for their contribution to
the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on
this and future projects.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations and OSCAR
 Number Administrator, for the above information]

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AMSAT and ARISS Designing Amateur Radio System for Lunar Gateway

As announced at the AMSAT Forun at the Dayton Hamvention, AMSAT and
ARISS are working on the design of a ham radio system for NASA's Lunar
Gateway. The Gateway will be a small spaceship in orbit around the
Moon that will provide access to more of the lunar surface than ever
before with living quarters for astronauts, a lab for science and re-
search, ports for visiting spacecraft, and more. First sections of the
Gateway are scheduled for launch in 2022.

To make this happen we are leveraging the work and expertise of the
world-wide AMSAT organizations and the international ARISS community
in this endeavor. We have an international team working this and are
meeting 2x a month to mature the concept. In May we presented our
solid concept to NASA and got great, positive feedback. This was
followed up a few weeks later at the ARISS-I meeting at the Canadian
Space Agency (CSA) in Montreal where we received great feedback from
the CSA Gateway Program Manager after he saw our presentation.

The AREx (Amateur Radio Exploration) team have done some really good
work. The challenge for amateurs will be on the order of a 30 dB
signal path loss as compared to LEO. But the link margins on our de-
sign seem to close.

AMSAT NA, UK & DL and ARISS-together--are working this phenomenal ham
radio challenge.  Come to the AMSAT-NA Symposium in DC to hear more.

[ANS thanks Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight
 Programs, for the above information]

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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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ARISS SSTV Owen Garriott Event Underway

ARISS celebrates the life and accomplishments of astronaut,
scientist and ham radio pioneer Owen Garriott with a commemorative
SSTV event featuring images from Garriott's work with ham radio during
his missions in space.

The event began on August 1 at 09:40 UTC and is scheduled to end at
18:15 UTC on August 4. There are currently twelve separate images
being sent at 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120. As always,
activities are subject to change dictated by the crew's schedule.

Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at
http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php and users can
receive a special SSTV ARISS Award for posting images.
See https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ for details.

Also for simplicity, a new information tab for SSTV events has been
added to the ARISS website, under the General Contacts pulldown menu
at www.ariss.org. The latest updates can also be found at the ARISS
Facebook site Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS)
and on Twitter @ ARISS_status.

[ANS thanks ARISS and Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, for the above
information]

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AMSAT Member Named Young Ham of the Year

Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, of Normal, Illinois, has been selected as the
2019 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham
of the Year. Dhruv, 15, is the son of Hari Rebba, VU2SPZ, and Shailaja
Panyam. He is entering his sophomore year at the Normal Community High
School this fall.

He is a member of the Central Illinois Radio Club. Dhruv earned his
Technician Class license in 2013 when he was only 9 years old. He
followed it up by passing the test for a General Class license a year
later. Dhruv says his interest in amateur radio was sparked by a 2013
visit to the Dayton Hamvention(R) with his father, a long-time amateur
radio operator from India who settled in the U.S.

"He was going to the Hamvention and so I wanted to tag along," Dhruv
recalls. "There I got to see all the cool stuff like the Morse-Code
keyers and all the radios and everything and I decided to start study-
ing for my Technician class."

After getting his license, Dhruv became involved in Field Days and
public service events with the Central Illinois Radio Club, including
the "We Care Twin Cities Marathon" and the "Hop on for Hope Bike Ride/
Walk." Dhruv says he found a way to combine his interest in space and
engineering with his new hobby. He joined AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satel-
lite Corporation) and pursued his dream of a school contact with an
astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

In October 2017, he served as the lead control operator for an Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with students
at his school - the Chiddix Junior High School in Normal, IL - with
astronaut Joe Acaba, KE5DAR. In late July of this year, Dhruv helped
to facilitate another ARISS contact with international Scouts attend-
ing the World Jamboree in West Virginia and monitored the contact from
his home.

ARISS presentations at Dayton and Huntsville, his selection as an
ARISS mentor and networking with those putting together the ARISS con-
tact for the World Jamboree led to his role in the July 2019 contact.
In 2018, Dhruv was selected for the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX
Adventure. He traveled to Curacao Island in July 2018 where the PJ2Y
team made a record 6,262 contacts with 135 countries over five days.
Dhruv says he enjoyed operating his favorite mode, SSB. Dhruv has
earned many accolades for his amateur radio pursuits including the
"Young Ham Lends A Hand" award at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention Youth
Forum; "Presidential Award" from AMSAT; and the "Young Achievers
Award" from the Radio Club of America.

He also has traveled to India to promote amateur radio awareness and
spoke at the ZPH School, NP Kunta, India in January 2018. He discussed
the importance of wireless communications and their role during disas-
ters.  Dhruv started the "Universal Help Foundation" to help underpriv-
ileged students on a global scale. Among his first projects was a digi-
tal project at a girls' high school in NP Kunta, India this past Jan-
uary.   Dhruv also has an interest in robotics and has worked as a
mentor helping elementary school students build robots. This past
April, Dhruv's "MetalCow Robotics" team finished fourth overall in the
international competition sponsored by NASA in Detroit.

Dhruv says a visit to the AMSAT booth at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention
prompted him to sign on for the "Amateur Radio Exploration on the
Moon" project.   "We're designing an amateur radio system to be on the
Gateway Space Station and the Moon," he says.   Dhruv will be recog-
nized during the Huntsville Hamfest on Aug. 17 in the Von Braun Center,
Huntsville AL.

The Young Ham of the Year was inaugurated by William Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in 1986. Upon his passing in 2015, Bill's name was added to the award
as a memorial to his commitment to recognizing the accomplishments of
young people to the amateur radio service. Amateur Radio Newsline, CQ
Magazine and Yaesu USA are primary sponsors of the award, along with
Heil Sound Ltd. and Radiowavz Antenna Company.

[ANS thanks CQ Communications, Inc. for the above information]

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AMSAT member Wins Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham Award

The 2019 Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham Award goes to Marissa Robledo,
W4AQT. This particular Amateur Radio operator gazes at and studies the
skies almost daily. She has a deep interest in satellite communication
and loves sharing that interest with others. Her passion is evident in
awards she has received, forums where she has presented, along with
the activities in which she participates.

Marissa is a twelve year old General class license-holder who lives in
Montgomery, AL and is devoted to consistently learning and growing in
the great hobby of Amateur Radio. She exhibits enthusiasm, knowledge,
and rapid growth in many areas of Amateur Radio.

The formal presentation of this award will take place at the 2019
Huntsville Hamfest on August 17th, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.

[ANS thanks Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, Alabama Section Youth Coordinator,
for the above information]

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ARISS Next Gen System Completes Critical Flight Certification Tests

The Interoperable Radio System (IORS), ARISS’ next generation radio
system successfully completed a battery of stressful tests required as
part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and
operation on the International Space Station.

During the week of July 8, the IORS, consisting of the JVC Kenwood
D-710GA Radio and the AMSAT developed Multi-Voltage Power Supply, suc-
cessfully completed a series of Electro-magnetic Interference (EMI)/
Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) tests to ensure that the ARISS
hardware will not interfere with the ISS systems or other payloads.
Testing continued into the following week, where the IORS successfully
passed power quality and acoustics testing. These tests verified that
the ARISS IORS will not introduce harmful signals back into the ISS
power system and is quiet enough to meet ISS acoustic requirements.
ARISS Hardware Team members Lou McFadin, W5DID and Kerry Banke, N6IZW
were at the NASA Johnson Space Center supporting this two week battery
of tests in concert with the NASA test and certification team.

Kerry Banke states, “Since the IORS is being qualified to operate on
120VDC, 28VDC and Russian 28VDC as well as transmitting on VHF or UHF,
a lot of test combinations were required to cover all cases. Each in-
put voltage type was also tested at low, medium and high line voltage.
Moreover, additional permutations were required to test the IORS under
no load, medium load and full load at each voltage level. So it should
not be surprising why the tests took two weeks to complete.”

Successful completion of these tests represents a key milestone in
preparing the IORS for launch. ARISS can now begin final assembly of
the flight safety certification in preparation for launch. ARISS is
working towards launch ready status by the end of the year.

[ANS thanks ARISS 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 ARISS Contact Schedule

Quick list of scheduled contacts and events as of 2019-07-30 03:00 UTC:

Kyoto Tachibana Junior & Senior High School, Kyoto, Japan, direct via
8N3KT. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The sched-
uled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV. Contact is go for: Thu 2019-08-08
at 10:36:37 UTC 56 degrees maximum elevation

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]

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VUCC Awards-Endorsements for July 2019

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
ARRL for the period July 1, 2019 through August 1, 2019. Congratula-
tions to all those who made the list this month!

CALL      Jul     01Aug
      AA8CH 550 584
      WD9EWK 567 575
      NS3L 475 505
      AE5B ??? 442
      K9UO 400 425
      W5TD 381 384
      KE8FZT 325 350
      K5IX 300 325
      PS8ET 211 275
      WW8W 201 228
      AB1OC 184 215
      KJ4EU 151 206
      AA4QE 102 204
      N7EGY 169 200
      ND0C 153 200
      PR8KW  New 200
      LW2DAF 125 130
      KC9VGG 102 127
      KC9UQR New 113
      XE2YWH New 102
      K5ZM New 101
      N4QX New 100
If you find errors or omissions. please contact W5RKN. This list was
developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for the two months. It's
a visual comparison so omissions are possible. Apologies if your call
was omitted.

Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely on the
birds. They are doing most of the work!

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

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LightSail 2 Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

The Planetary Society's crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft is success-
fully raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.

Since unfurling the spacecraft's silver solar sail last week, mission
managers have been optimizing the way the spacecraft orients itself
during solar sailing. After a few tweaks, LightSail 2 began raising
its orbit around the Earth. In the past 4 days, the spacecraft has
raised its orbital high point, or apogee, by about 2 kilometers. The
mission team has confirmed the apogee increase can only be attributed
to solar sailing, meaning LightSail 2 has successfully completed its
primary goal of demonstrating flight by light for CubeSats.

On Monday, July 29, LightSail 2 sent home a new full-resolution image
captured by its camera during solar sail deployment. The perspective
is opposite to last week’s full-resolution image and shows the sail
more fully deployed. LightSail 2's aluminized Mylar sail shines
against the blackness of space, with the Sun peeking through near a
sail boom.

LightSail 2 uses the callsign WM9XPA and transmits its beacon on
437.025 MHz, AX.25, FSK, 9600 bps. Beacon parameters and more informa-
tion on the spacecraft may be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y5r6758v

[ANS thanks The Planetary Society for the above information]

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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for August 1, 2019

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

TANYUSHA 1 - NORAD CAT ID 42911 - Decayed 07/30/2019 (per Space-Track)

The following Amateur Radio satellites have been added to this week's
TLE distribution.

PSAT 2     - NORAD CAT ID 44354 (per Space-Track)
BRICsat 2  - NORAD CAT ID 44355 (per Space-Track)
Oculus-ASR - NORAD CAT ID 44356 (per Space-Track)
CP9        - NORAD CAT ID 44360 (per Space-Track)
Move-IIb   - NORAD CAT ID 44398 (per Nico Janssen, PA0DLO)
SONATE     - NORAD CAT ID 44400 (per Nico Janssen, PA0DLO)

The following Amateur Radio satellites have a name change in this
week's TLE distribution.

CAS-7B (now been designated as BIT Progress-OSCAR 102 or BO-102) has
now been assigned NORAD CAT ID 44443. Note that this is the current
best guess CAT ID for BO-102. Also the TLE drag number for BO-102 has
been rapidly increasing and is now at 0.01093482. BO-102 is expected
to decay from orbit in about eight days.

Object A (NORAD CAT ID 44339) is now identified as Prox-1.

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

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

+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.

+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

+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.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org
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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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The Space Communicator Club of Las Flores, Calif. provide a public
  website for monitoring Satellite APRS Packets received in the most
  recent 24 hour period: http://spaceCommunicator.club/aprs
  (ANS thanks Robert MacHale, KE6BLR, for the above information)

+ The Federal Communications Commission voted on August 1 to create a
  new licensing category for small satellite companies that will
  dramatically reduce launch fees. Full story at:
  https://tinyurl.com/y4k588ko
  (ANS thanks Texas Public Radio for the above information)

+ SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule arrived at the International
  Space Station on July 27, setting a new record for SpaceX's reusable
  spacecraft. The Dragon, which launched July 25 from Florida's Cape
  Canaveral Air Force Station atop a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, was on
  its third mission to space.
  (ANS thanks Space.com for the above information)

+ W3XO, the call sign held by former AMSAT President Bill Tynan (SK)
  has been issued to the Hill Country Amateur Radio Club of Kerrville,
  Texas, as a memorial. Bill was a leading member and past president
  of that club, as well as of AMSAT.
  (ANS thanks Ray Soifer, W2RS, for the above information)

+ 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/

+ Hackaday, an online journal for technical experimenters, published
  an article about the history of the AO-7 satellite on August 2. It
  can be read at:   https://tinyurl.com/yyy5oapn
  (ANS thanks hackaday.com for the above information)


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/EX

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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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