[ans] ANS-251 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Sun Sep 8 00:00:11 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-251

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 Board of Directors Election Ballots Due September 15
* 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium Preliminary Schedule Now Available
* 2019 AMSAT Symposium Early-Bird Registration Ends September 15
* DM02 Satellite Expedition Sunday, September 22 - N6O/MM
* VUCC Awards & Endorsements for August 2019
* How to Support AMSAT
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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ANS-251 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 251.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
September 8, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-251.01

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      Don't miss the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium
            October 18-20 in Arlington, VA.
         https://www.amsat.org/amsat-symposium/

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AMSAT Board of Directors Election Ballots Due September 15


Votes must be received no later than Sunday, September 15, 2019 in
order to be counted in the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election.
AMSAT members should have received ballots by mail. Members who have
not yet received their ballot must contact ElectionBuddy via email to
amsat at electionbuddy.com

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

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2019 AMSAT Space Symposium Preliminary Schedule Now Available

A preliminary schedule of events for the 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium
has been posted to the AMSAT website.

It can be accessed at https://www.amsat.org/symposium-schedule/

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information.]

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2019 AMSAT Symposium Early-Bird Registration Ends September 15

An early-bird registration rate for the 37th Annual AMSAT Space
Symposium and General Meeting, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20,
2019, in Arlington, Virginia, is available through September 15, 2019
per the following schedule:

Early Registration Through September 15, 2019 ......... $60
Registration September 16, 2019 – October 11, 2019 .... $65
Registration at the Door .............................. $70

You can complete your registration on-line via the AMSAT Store:
https://www.amsat.org/product-category/amsat-symposium/

This year, all registrants will receive a digital copy of the Proceed-
ings on a thumb drive. Attendees may purchase a hard copy for $25.00.
Non-attendees may put their name on a waiting list for a hard copy, if
there are any left over. The digital version of the Proceedings will
be made available on the online store shortly after the Symposium
concludes.

Student Registration is 50% off and does not include the Proceedings.

[ANS thanks the 2019 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information.]

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             Symposium Papers Due September 23rd!

  Final copies of papers must be submitted by September 23rd for
            inclusion in the printed proceedings.

     Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz
             at n8fgv(at)amsat.org

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DM02 Satellite Expedition Sunday, September 22 - N6O/MM

Alex, N7AGF, and Ron, AD0DX, are planning to activate DM02 on Sunday,
September 22, 2019 on FM and Linear satellites.

It's a 5 or 6 hour boat trip to anchor off San Clemente Island. We
will be on the water for 22 hours and operating around 10 hours
beginning around 3:00 AM PDT (1000Z) on Sunday, September 22
The cost of the boat is $2500 and we would appreciate contributions
to help offset this cost. In the 24 hours after posting to Twitter we
have received around $1300 which Alex and I are very thankful for. The
island has Verizon and AT&T and Alex has a Garmin InReach so we
should be able to tweet passes. The plan is to make as many passes as
possible once we start operating around 3:00 AM PDT. We may skip some
of the low western passes.

We will be using N6O/mm and we have a qrz.com page with all the
details: https://www.qrz.com/db/N6O

If you need the grid please give us a call!

Of course this is dependent on the weather, but the captain says it
has been a good September so far. If you are able to contribute
financially we really appreciate the help to offset some of our
costs. Details to contribute are on the N6O QRZ.com webpage.

[ANS thanks Ron, AD0DX, and Alex, N7AGF, 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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VUCC Awards & Endorsements for August 2019

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

CALL 01Aug 01Sep
K8YSE    1884 1926
KO4MA    1673    1694
WA4NVM    1536 1544
N8RO    1068 1070
K8TL    982 1012
N6UK    626 675
N9IP    625 635
KE4AL    556 602
NS3L    505 526
W7QL    401 451
K9UO    425 450
PV8DX    360 373
AC9E    300 352
AD0HJ    282 300
PS8ET    275 274
N7EGY    200     250
W0NBC    106 137
KC9UQR    113 132
AI9IN    100 125
N7AME        100 125
N4QX    100 106
AA0MZ    New 102
KI0G    New 102
DL4ZAB    New 101
KD8RTT  New 101
WD9EWK (DM54) New 101
W7BMD    New 100

If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list at
<mycall>@<mycall>.com and I'll revise the announcement. 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 not mentioned. 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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          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 $4,194.21 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 $33,580 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

+Canyon Tour (DM35, DM36, DM37, DM45, DM46)  September 7-16, 2019
RJ, WY7AA, will be traveling from WY to Vegas and then off to the
Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon and back to Vegas. He will certainly be
activating DM35,36,37,45, and 46, and who knows what else he will
throw in on his way there and back. Watch RJ’s Twitter feed for
details. https://twitter.com/WY7AA

+AM1SAT (All Grids in Spain)  September 9-15, 2019
AMSAT-EA will be transmitting its special call AM1SAT via all active
satellites from September 9th to September 15th as part of the V
RadioHam Fair IberRadio 2019 activities. IberRadio is the biggest
event for the ham community in Southwest Europe and will open doors
September 14th and 15th . Learn more about IberRadio at
http://www.iberradio.es.

AM1SAT call sign will be active from a minimum of 14 different grids
during that time to help satellite operators to collect as much EA
locators as possible.

As part of this activity and in order to promote the participation,
AMSAT-EA is sponsoring the AM1SAT Special Award in two categories:
SILVER and GOLD

More info available at https://www.amsat-ea.org/

+DN11/DN12 + DN03 - September 17, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, is heading to the DN11/DN12 line, September 17th. Look
for him on SO-50, AO-92, and AO-91, between 1657z and 1812z.  On the
way back, Casey will make a quick stop in DN03 to catch the 2043z
PO-101 pass.  Watch Casey’s Twitter feed for further updates
https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ

+DM02 - September 22, 2019
Ron, AD0DX, and Alex, N7AGF, are chartering a boat to the ultra-rare
DM02 grid square. They will use the special event call sign November 6
Ocean/Maritime Mobile. Expected window of operation is from 1000z to
1900z, Sunday, September 22nd. More information is available on QRZ
https://www.qrz.com/db/N6O to include how you can help support this
monumental operation. Ron and Alex are expected to have cellular
service out there, so keep an eye on their Twitter feeds
https://twitter.com/ad0dx and https://twitter.com/N7AGF

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

+AMSAT Argentina reports that the digipeater on BugSat-1 / Tita is
active at 9K6 AFSK, call=LU7AA, also a ?DX? command should give
stations heard.
Passes & Frequencies at http://amsat.org.ar/pass?satx=tita Pwr is 2W.
(Via LU7AA, AMSAT Argentina)

+A Japanese cargo spacecraft loaded with more than four tons of
supplies,spare parts and experiment hardware is scheduled to launch
from theTanegashima Space Center in southern Japan to the Inter-
national Space Station at 5:33 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 10 (6:33 a.m.
Sept. 11 in Japan). Live coverage of the launch and capture will air
on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
(Via NASA, https://tinyurl.com/ANS-251-NASA)

+Having trouble uploading satellite QSOs to ARRL's Logboook of the
World? See AMSAT's guide at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-251-LoTW

+Looking for information about satellite frequencies or operating
status? The AMSAT website has you covered!
https://www.amsat.org/two-way-satellites/

+It's going to be an exciting fall for Amateur Radio in Space! The
50th Anniversary Space Symposium will take place in October and the
launches of both RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E and HuskySat-1 carrying an AMSAT
V/u transponder are expected to occur.

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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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