[ans] ANS-293 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Mark D. Johns mjohns+K0JM at luther.edu
Sat Oct 19 23:00:00 UTC 2019


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In this edition:

* 2019 AMSAT Symposium Underway! Livestream Available
* AMSAT Board of Directors Announces 2019 Officers
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium Videos Available
* Cubesat Simulators Launched
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 293.01
DATE 2019-Oct-19
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2019 AMSAT Symposium Underway! Livestream Available

The 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting has begun,
and will continue through Sunday, October 20, 2019, at The Hilton Ar-
lingtonin in Arlington, Virginia. Sessions are being live streamed at

The AMSAT Board of Directors met just before the Symposium, Oct. 16-17,
at the same hotel.

The Symposium, which celebrates 50 years of AMSAT, features OSCAR Park
–- a display of satellites from throughout the history of amateur rad-
io in space. Paper presentations and the AMSAT Annual General Meeting
will also be featured. The schedule of presentation is available at

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President for
the above information]


AMSAT Board of Directors Announces 2019 Officers

These are the results of the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors meeting
vote for Officers:

* Joe Spier, K6WAO, of Reno, Nev., as President
* Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, of Washington, DC, as Executive Vice President
* Jerry Buxton, N0JY, of Granbury, Texas, as Vice-President Engineer-
* Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, of New Port Richey, Fla., as
       Vice-President Operations
* Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, of Silver Spring, Md., as
       Vice-President Human Spaceflight
* Robert Bankston, KE4AL, of Dothan, Ala. as Vice-President User Ser-
* Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, of Burnsville, Minn. as Vice-President Devel-
* Alan Johnston, KU2Y, of Philadelphia, PA as Vice-President Educa-
  tional Relations
* Brennan Price, N4QX, of Vienna, Va., as Secretary
* Robert Bankston, KE4AL, of Dothan, Ala., as Treasurer
* Martha Saragovitz of Silver Spring, Md., as Manager

The Board of Directors appointed officers for the new year at its
meeting in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Officers are selected
by the Board from among the AMSAT membership, based on expertise and

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, Executive Vice President for the
   above information]



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AMSAT-UK Colloquium Videos Available

Videos of the presentations given at the AMSAT-UK International Space
Colloquium, which was held as part of the RSGB Convention in Milton
Keynes, October 12-13, 2019, are being made available on YouTube.

The first of the videos is the fascinating presentation on the WUSAT-3
CubeSat project given by Professor Julia Hunter-Anderson of the Uni-
versity of Warwick which highlights the potential use of CubeSats for
wildlife tracking.

Other presentations are expected to be uploaded in the coming weeks.

The AMSAT-UK videos are located on their YouTube channel at

AMSAT-UK wishes to thank the British Amateur Television Club and Wouter
Weggelaar, PA3WEG, for their work in recording, editing and uploading
these videos.

[ANS thanks Trevor Essex, M5AKA, and AMSAT-UK for the above informa-


Cubesat Simulators Launched

Dr. Alan Johnston, KU2Y, Vice President - Educational Affairs has
announced the general availability of the AMSAT Cubesat Simulators.
Speaking at the 37th Annual Space Symposium, Alan reports that since
the prototype Cubesat Simulators were introduced at Hamvention in May,
2019, the simulators  have undergone testing and final release.  Among
the schools testing the simulators was Bishop O'Connell High School in
Arlington, Virginia.  Science and Engineering teacher Melissa Pore
presented to the symposium audience her experience with using a
simulator in one of her engineering clubs and how her student
benefitted from their use.

A Cubesat Simulator is a self-contained satellite model that reports
solar cell performance via standard AFSK 1200 BPS AX.25 telemetry.
The telemetry can be decoded with a simple SDR ground station.  A
Cubesat Simulator package consists of the 1U simulator, a halogen work
light to simulate sunshine, and a motorized rotating turntable that
mimics the satellite tumbling through space.  The four  loaner
packages are packed and shipped in a hard case.  The simulator is
shipped prepaid while the user pays return shipping.

Persons interested in borrowing a CubeSat Simulator for a local
presentation is encouraged to contact Alan at KU2Y at amsat dot org.

[ANS thanks Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT Vice President - Educational



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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution

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

TNS 0-2 - NORAD CAT ID 42914 - Decayed 10/15/2019 (per Space-Track).

Last week a number of "N"s were present in a few TLEs which caused some
programs to reject those TLEs. Note: Some (but not all) of the raw TLEs
from SpaceTrack have plus signs (+) which are not necessary. All plus
signs (+) in the TLEs are routinely changed to a blank space.

Last week all plus signs were incorrectly changed to the letter "N".
This was due to a change in the formatting program and a typing error
that substituted a "N" instead of a single blank space everytime a plus
sign was present. That problem has been corrected and should not be an
issue in the future.

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, for the above information]



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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

An International Space Station school contact was completed with par-
ticipants at Science & Technologie e.V. event: Science Days, Teningen,
Germany on Thursday, Oct. 17. The event lasted approximately 9 minutes
and 30 seconds, direct between OR4ISS and DN1EME. The contact was
audible over Germany and adjacent areas on the 145.80 MHz downlink.

ARISS has received word that the EVA that took place on Friday, Oct.
18 has caused changes to the schedule. Thus, some contacts now have
new times.

Istituto Comprensivo Statale “Diego Valeri”, Campolongo Maggiore,
Italy, direct via IQ3RW and Istituto Comprensivo Ladispoli1, Ladispoli,
Italy, direct via IKØWGF, the ISS callsign is presently scheduled to
be IRØISS and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP. The
contact is go for: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10:27:13 UTC (26 degrees)

Watch for live stream from IQ3RW side of the contact at:

Watch for live stream from IKØWGF side of the contact directly on the
AMSAT Italia youtube channel:

Liceo Scientifico Teresa Gullace, Rome, Italy,direct via IZØDIB and
I.S.I.S. “ Zaccagna - Galilei” sede “G. Galilei”, Carrara. Italy, di-
rect via IQ5VR, the ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS
and the scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP. Contact is go
for: Thursday, Oct. 24 at 11:13:40 UTC (79 degrees)

I.I.S. “Ciampini-Boccardo”, Novi Ligure, Italy, direct via I1LJV and
I.T.I.S. "Magistri Cumacini", Como, Italy, direct via IZ2MCC, the ISS
callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS. The scheduled astronaut
is Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP. Contact is go for: Friday, Oct. 25 at
10:24:39 UTC (83 degrees)

The ARISS webpage is at https://www.ariss.org/

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, of the ARISS operation team for the
 above information]



   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/



Upcoming Satellite Operations

St. Lucia, October 19-28, 2019
Jay, AA4FL, will be in St. Lucia for the J68MD CQWW SSB Contest Team.
Jay will be doing OSCAR satellite operation as J6/AA4FL, by schedule
as he is visiting vacation style in varying locations. His schedule
will depend on shifts as a team member of the CQWW J68MD team. E-mail
per QRZ to coordinate both FM simple SATs and SSB linear transponder
bird QSO schedules.  Radios will be a FT-817ND and FT-818ND for full
duplex operation using an Arrow II antenna.

Oregon, DN04, October 21, 2019
KI7UNJ will be QRV on Oct. 21, from 1653z to 1910z, FM only.

Colombia, through October, 2019
The special event stations J500LDV, 5J500D, 5J500L, and 5J500V will
commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death on the
air until the end of October. QRV on 80 to 10m on CW, SSB, digital
modes, and via satellite. An award program will be available as well.

Texas, EL06, EL16 and adjacent grids, November 2-9, 2019
Ron Bondy, AD0DX, reports on Twitter that he will be flying to San
Antonio and hopes to activate as many as 10 south Texas grids. Watch
Twitter @ad0dx for details.

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 empahasis on the grid that got
away – BK28. Keep an eye on Alex’s Twitter feed for further announce-
ments: https://twitter.com/N7AGF

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT Vice-President of User Ser-
  vices for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The AMSAT Office will be closed on Monday, October 21 as the AMSAT
  Symposium wraps up.
  (ANS thanks Martha Saragovitz, AMSAT Manager, for the above informa-
   tion -- you deserve a day off, Martha!)

+ Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir carried out history’s
  first all-female spacewalk Friday, floating outside the Internation-
  al Space Station and successfully installing a 230-pound replacement
  battery charger in the lab’s solar power system. The historic excur-
  sion was carried out in a blaze of public interest that rose all the
  way to the White House.
  (ANS thanks Spaceflight Now for the above information)

+ NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has named Douglas Loverro as the
  agency’s new associate administrator for the Human Exploration and
  Operations Mission Directorate. Loverro succeeds former astronaut
  Kenneth Bowersox, who has been acting associate administrator since
  July. Previously, Loverro spent three decades in the Department of
  Defense and the National Reconnaissance Office developing, managing,
  and establishing national policy for the full range of national
  security space activities.
  (ANS thanks spaceref.com for the above information)

+ SpaceX is seeking approval to add up to 30,000 more satellites to
  its Starlink broadband network, on top of 12,000 spacecraft already
  authorized by U.S. government regulators, according to filings sub-
  mitted to the International Telecommunication Union.
  (ANS thanks Spaceflight Now for the above information)

+ Possibly related to the previous news item, LeoLabs announced that
  they plan to build four additional radar installations for tracking
  space debris. Their current installations can track objects down to
  about a 10 cm diameter, but with their new installations they’ll
  theoretically be able to track objects as small as 2 cm. In general,
  current radar systems tend to be limited on the lower end to objects
  in the 5-10 cm range. Systems like LeoLabs’ and the U.S. Air Force’s
  upcoming Marshall Islands-based Space Fence will improve coverage,
  but still won’t see the 128 million objects from 1 mm to 1 cm, which
  have the potential to disable or completely destroy a satellite.
  (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

+ Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who became the first person in his-
  tory to spacewalk in 1965, has died aged 85. He went on to become
  the commander of Soyuz-Apollo, the first ever joint US-Soviet mis-
  sion in 1975. Leonov died at Moscow's Burdenko hospital on Friday,
  Oct. 11 after a long illness.
  (ANS thanks BBC.com for the above information)



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 addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT

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

73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,

K0JM at amsat dot org

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