[ans] ANS-279 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

Frank Karnauskas n1uw at gokarns.com
Sun Oct 6 00:08:26 UTC 2019


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-279


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:
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In this edition:

* AO-7 to Enter Full Illumination Period October 9, 2019
* 2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11
* New ARISS Proposal Window is October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019 
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for September 2019
* Amateur Radio Gets Temporary Use of 2400 MHz in Spain
* AMSAT-SA to Fly Cubesat Transponders on Balloon Flight
* SSTV Event Planned for ARISS on October 9, 2019
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Satellite Shorts from All Over


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ANS-279 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 279.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
October 06, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AO-7 to Enter Full Illumination Period October 9, 2019

On or about October 9, AO-7 will enter a period of full 
illumination that will last until approximately December 2. 
During this time, the satellite's onboard timer should switch 
it between Mode A (145 MHz uplink / 29 MHz downlink) and Mode 
B (432 MHz uplink / 145 MHz downlink) every 24 hours.

To check or report the satellite's current mode, please see the
AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page at
https://www.amsat.org/status/.

Reporting observations during the first few days of the full
illumination period will be helpful for determining the approximate
time of the daily mode change.

Historical information on AO-7's systems, including the functioning
of the 24 hour timer, and operational plans can be found in the
AMSAT-OSCAR 7 Technical Operations Plan And Experimenter's Guide,
available at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-AO-7.

Mode V/A (A) Linear Transponder (Non-Inverting):
Uplink:  145.850 - 145.950 MHz SSB/CW
Downlink  29.400 -  29.500 MHz SSB/CW

Mode V/A (A) TLM Beacon:
Downlink 29.5020 MHz CW

Mode U/V (B) Linear Transponder (Inverting):
Uplink:  432.125 - 432.175 MHz SSB/CW
Downlink 145.975 - 145.925 MHz SSB/CW

Mode U/V (B) TLM Beacon:
Downlink 145.975 MHz CW

Mode U TLM Beacon
Downlink 435.100 MHz CW

Additional frequency details are also posted at:
https://www.amsat.org/two-way-satellites/ao-7/

[ANS thanks AMSAT Operations for the above information.]


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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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2019 AMSAT Symposium On-line Registration Open Until October 11

An on-line 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 October 11, 2019
per the following schedule:

Registration September 16, 2019 - October 11, 2019 is $65 (on-line).
Registration at the Door is $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 
Proceedings 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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New ARISS Proposal Window is October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019 

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program 
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and 
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur 
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS 
anticipates that the contact would be held between July 1, 2020 and 
December 31, 2020. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the 
exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, 
ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of 
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed 
education plan. 

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 30, 2019.  Proposal 
information and documents can be found at www.ariss.org. 

The Opportunity 
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate 
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are 
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact 
with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session. 

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via 
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space 
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford 
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from 
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn 
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an 
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless 
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human 
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the 
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes

in dates and times of the radio contact. 

Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA 
and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present 
educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio 
organizations' volunteer efforts provide the equipment and 
operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS 
and students around the world using Amateur Radio.  

More Information
For proposal information and more details such as expectations, 
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of 
Information Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.

Please direct any questions to 
ariss dot us dot education at gmail dot com. 

[ANS thanks the 2019 ARISS for the above information.]


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VUCC Awards-Endorsements for September 2019

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

CALL   Sep  Oct 

WC7V 1200 1218 
N9EAT 550 706 
AA8CH 584 620 
N3GS 525 597 
WD9EWK (DM43) 575 585 
VE7CEW 428 478 
K9UO 450 475 
KK4YEL 300 400 
AD0HJ 300 325 
PS8ET 274 303 
WI4T 101 301 
N7EGY 250 300 
K7VNE New 150 
KS1G 102 134 
N7AME 125 127 
N4QX 106 120 
KJ4M New 102 
N4BAF New 100 
     
If you find errors or omissions. please contact Ron Parsons, 
W5RKN off-list at <hiscall>@<hiscall>.com and he will revise 
the announcement.  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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Amateur Radio Gets Temporary Use of 2400 MHz in Spain

Spain’s national amateur radio society URE reports that amateurs will 
be allowed to use 2,400.050 to 2,409.500 MHz for QO-100 (Es’hail-2) 
geostationary satellite contacts until Dec 26, 2020.

A translation of the URE post says:

At the request of the Spanish Amateur Radio Union (URE), last March 
the Secretary of State for Digital Advance authorized until 
September 26, 2019 under certain conditions and on a temporary and 
experimental basis the realization of emissions from the amateur 
service in the frequency band 2400,050 to 2409,500 MHz.

The URE has again requested the Secretary of State for Digital 
Advance the extension of the aforementioned administrative 
authorization for a period of one year.

On September 26, the Resolution of the Secretary of State for Digital 
Advance is approved by the resolution Authorize until 
December 26, 2020 to the holders of amateur radio authorizations, the 
realization of emissions from the amateur service in the frequency 
band 2,400,050 to 2,409,500 MHz., With a maximum eirp of 1500 watts 
and using directive antennas with a gain not less than 22.5 dBi, from 
authorized amateur radio stations located anywhere in the national 
territory to the QO-100 satellite located in the 25.9ºE orbital 
position of the geostationary orbit.

See the resolution of the Secretary of State for Digital Advance at
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-Spain.

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


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AMSAT-SA to Fly Cubesat Transponders on Balloon Flight

The Secunda Amateur Radio Club in South Africa will be launching a 
high-altitude balloon on Saturday 12 October 2019. AMSAT SA will 
have two payloads, Kletskous and AfriCUBE. Both transponders are 
part of the AMSAT SA CubeSat programme and will be tested on the 
BACAR 7 balloon. 

The Kletskous transponder which has been developed and built by 
Leon Lessing, ZS6LMG has an uplink on 435,155 MHz plus/minus 15 kHz 
and a downlink on 145,865 MHz plus/minus 15 kHz. It is a linear
transponder supporting FM and SSB transmissions. 

AfriCUBE, the brainchild of Anton Janovsky, ZR6AIC has an uplink on 
435,100 MHz plus/minus 40 kHz and a downlink on 145,950 MHz 
plus/minus 40 kHz. AfriCUBE supports several modes including FM, 
SSB, SSTV and CW. Please consult the band plan and ground station 
requirements on www.amsatsa.org.za. A voice beacon will operate on 
10,480 GHz with the call sign ZS6BZP.

Additional payloads will also transmit RTTY telemetry on 434,650 MHz 
and 1,296,600 MHz CW. The Hammies club has built a SSTV payload oper-
ating on 144.500 MHz. Standard APRS on 144.800 MHz is also available. 
The 10 GHz band is also active with a beacon. ZS6WBT will have a 
voice beacon on 145.550 MHz reading out flight information. ZS6IIX 
will be attempting an altitude and distance record for 868 MHz 
LORAWAN equipment.

Please send all the telemetry and SSTV info decoded to 
admin at stratosfeer.co.za. The BACAR team will send you a certificate 
of participation as well. For the final detail frequencies and 
latest flight predictions from Wednesday 9 October 2019 visit 
www.sarl.org.za and www.amsatsa.org.za frequently before the flight.

[ANS thanks the SARL weekly news in English 2019-10-5 for the above
 information]


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SSTV Event Planned for ARISS on October 9, 2019

An SSTV event employing the Russian MAI-75 experiment is planned for 
October 9 from 09:50 to 14:00 UTC and on Oct 10 from 08:55 to 
15:15 UTC.  The frequency will be 145.800 MHz and the mode will be 
PD120 SSTV. For more details, visit the Amateur Radio on the ISS 
(ARISS) Facebook page.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]


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          The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
     Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as a
        DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store.  Get yours today!
           https://tinyurl.com/ANS-237-Getting-Started

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

+ Briefly

MD (& DE?)   W3ZM/3 (N8HM),  Oct 6
DN05,DN06   KC7JPC & KI7UXT,   Oct 6, 1500z-2100z, FM & Linears
DN03 - KI7UNJ, October 7, 1700Z to 1910Z, FM only
EL99 - K4WPX, October 11-12 (evening) and possibly morning/afternoon 
  on October 13; FM only
EM45,EM46 (possible EM45/46/55/56) - N4DCW, Oct0ber 13, 1616Z to 
  1810Z; FM only
EM25,EM35 - WI4T, October 15-16; holiday style
DN04 - KI7UNJ, October 21, 1653Z to 1910Z; FM only
EN67   WN9Q,  Oct 8

+ CM79, do we need to say more? – October 7-9, 2019
Super Rover Ron, AD0DX, has a little vacation time to burn, so he’s 
heading to CM79, October 7-9. Day 1 will be getting set up in camp 
and scouting out the CM79/CM89/CN70/CN80 corner, so there is a slight 
chance Ron will jump on a pass or two on October 7. Day 2 & 3 
(October 8-9) are main days for operation. Steep terrain, lots of 
trees, and a formidable ridgeline will ultimately decide his 
operating position and pass availability, but the main objective is 
CM79. FM and Linears. Limited (if any) cell coverage, but Ron will 
Tweet when he can: https://twitter.com/ad0dx.

In addition, Ron will be driving up to Seattle via the 101 on his way 
back home, with planned stops in CN70, CN71, CN72, CN73, and CN74.

+ Hungary (JN97) October 7-10, 2019
Pedro, CU2ZG, will be in Budapest on business, but he is bringing 
his sat gear as HA/CU2ZG. FM only and subject to availability. Follow 
Pedro on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/pdsousa.

+ Svalbard (JQ78) October 9-11, 2019
Halvard (LA7XK), along with Just (LA9DL) and Erling (LA6VM), are 
going to Svalbard for the phone portion of the Scandinavian Activity 
Contest (SAC). They will arrive in JW mid-day on Wednesday October 9 
and return mid-day on Monday October 14.  

They will be QRV via FO-29 from Wednesday October 9 to Friday 
October 11 during the local evenings between 1630Z and 0100Z. Call 
sign will be JW7XK and the locator is JQ78. Our best takeoff will be 
from 240 degrees via west and north to about 34 degrees. In that 
sector the elevation will be 1 to 2 degrees. We are renting a car up 
there and will drive west from the city out passed the airport for 
the best takeoff. We should be able to work most of USA and Canada 
and also Alaska.  They will alternate between SSB and CW, using an 
IC-9700 and an Arrow antenna.

+ #AMSATandAngling (DM15, DM06) October 11-13, 2019
Ed, KN6DBC, is going fishing (literally), but he is bring gear to 
work FM Satellites. October 11 he’ll be in DM15, and October 12 and 
13 in DM06. Visit Ken’s Twitter feed for specific pass schedule and 
further updates: https://twitter.com/KN6DBC.

+ Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – October 19, 2019
David AD7DB will re-visit the four grids near Kettleman City CA. 
AO-91, AO-92, SO-50 will be used, with eastern passes a priority. 
Maybe PO-101 if it’s on, and AO-85 if it’s not too finicky.  Contacts 
will be put on LOTW following the trip.  
Updates on Twitter https://twitter.com/ad7db.

+ Hawaii (BK19, BK28, BK29, BL20) December 21-28, 2019
Alex, N7AGF, is heading back to Hawaii over Christmas. This will be 
a holiday-style activation, with special emphasis on the grid that 
got away – BK28. Keep an eye on Alex’s Twitter feed for further 
announcements at https://twitter.com/N7AGF

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


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          The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
     Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as a
        DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store.  Get yours today!
           https://tinyurl.com/ANS-237-Getting-Started

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ARISS Activities & Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

+ Completed Contacts

The Southwest State University of Kursk, Kursk, Russia, direct 
  via UB3WCL 
The ISS callsign was RSØISS.
The astronaut was Aleksey Ovchinin .
Contact was successful Saturday, September 28, 2019, 14:35 UTC.

UAE school #2 with Space Flight participant, direct via A68MBR 
The ISS callsign was RSØISS.
The astronaut was Hazza Al Mansour. 
Contact was successful Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11:20 UTC.


+ Upcoming Contacts

School in Russia TBD direct via TBD 
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is TBD 
Contact is go for Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 06:05 UTC

Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia, direct via TBD 
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS 
The scheduled astronaut is Aleksey Ovchinin 
Contact is go for Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 08:25 UTC

Bampton School, Bampton, United Kingdom, direct via G2LV 
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA
Contact is go for: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 12:51:26 UTC 27 deg 
Watch for live stream at https://live.ariss.org  

Collège Robert Doisneau, Sarralbe, France, direct via F6KFT 
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS 
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP 
Contact is go for: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 14:29:21 UTC 53 deg 

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N  for the above information.]


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Satellite Shorts from All Over

+ FO-29 Update

>From JARL FO-29 control center as of October 3, 2019:

FO-29 Transponder will be available until under voltage control 
activates in the CW telemetry. The current schedule is as follows 
(UTC date and time):
1
October 5, 06:40-15:00
October 6, 07:25-17:35
October 12, 05:30-15:35
October 13, 08:00-14:40
October 19, 07:45-14:25
October 20, 05:10-15:15

[ANS thanks Alan Biddle, WA4SCA for the above information.]


+ ESA Academy Hosts CubeSat Academy
ESA Academy hosted the CubeSats Hands-On Training Week 2019. The 
training ran  from September 16 - 20, 2019.  It was held at ESA 
Academy's Training and Learning Centre, ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium.  The 
event was attended by twenty-six university students from fifteen 
different ESA Member States and Canada.

The Training Week had a clear objective: transfer hands-on knowledge 
to university students who are keen to start their own educational 
CubeSat initiatives, or who are already at the conceptual or 
preliminary design stage of a CubeSat project at university.  

The full article posted at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-ESA-Academy.

[ANS thanks ESA for the above information.]


+ Cubesat Developers 2020 Workshop Announced

Cubesat has announced its 2020 Developers Workshop will be held 
May 4–6, 2020 at the California Polytechnic State University, 
San Luis Obispo Cal Poly Performing Arts Center, 
San Luis Obispo, CA.  Workshop details are available at
cubesat-workshop at calpoly.edu. 

[ANS thanks Cubesat for the above information.]


+ Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Professor and Computer Engineering 
  Student Help Cambodian High School’s Quest to Launch Nation’s 
  First CubeSat

A two-person team from Cal Poly helped the Cambodian space program 
get off the ground in August.  The pair traveled to the capital city 
of Phnom Penh to assist a group of high school seniors, with the goal 
to install and test the students’ ground station for tracking 
satellites — not to launch a national program. But they were happy to 
play a role in the potentially history-making student project as 
well as the bigger picture of lifting the nation into orbit.  An 
excellent story can be read at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-Cal-Poly.

[ANS thanks Cal Poly News for the above information.]


+ Santa Rosa Middle School ARISS Contact Gets Good Press

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat gave the Middle School's ARISS 
contact on October 1, 2019 excellent coverage.  Read the article at 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-279-Santa-Rosa.

[ANS thanks JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM for the above information.]


+ The Rise of the Smallsat Gaining Traction

Satellites of less than 180 kilograms are becoming increasingly 
popular because of their ability to enable new technologies and 
achieve revolutionary results. No longer used exclusively by 
government agencies, satellites — and in particular — small 
satellites (smallsats) are gaining in popularity with the private 
sector.  SatMag describes the current trend and why the use of 
smallsats is on the rise.  Read the full article at 
http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=8941393.

[ANS thanks SatMag.com for the above information.]


+ World Space Week, 4-10 October

The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space 
Week (WSW) will be held each year from October 4-10. The dates were 
in recognition of the October 4, 1957 launch of the first human-made 
Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space 
exploration and the October 10, 1967 signing of the Treaty on 
Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and 
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial 
Bodies.  The theme for World Space Week 2019 is "The Moon: Gateway 
to the Stars".

During World Space Week space education and outreach events are 
organized by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, 
planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs around the world. Find an 
event near you at 
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/outreach/events/wsw/index.html

[ANS thanks the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs 
for the above information.]


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73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

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