[ans] ANS-061 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

Frank Karnauskas n1uw at gokarns.com
Sun Mar 1 00:04:50 UTC 2020


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-061


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:

* Upcoming SpaceX CRS-20 Launch
* FO-29 Operational Schedule 
* Georgia Institute of Technology GT-1 To Feature Amateur Radio Robot 
  Operation
* K7UAZ Radio Club Helps Prepare Satellite Radio Station for Space 
  Camp at Biosphere 2
* New QO-100 Band Plan Announced
* ARISS News
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts from All Over


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ANS-061 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 061.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
March 01, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-061.01


Upcoming SpaceX CRS-20 Launch

The spouse of ARISS Hardware team member Ed Krome, K9EK, pointed out 
that the ARISS next generation radio system, the InterOperable Radio 
System (IORS) is prominently described as a primary payload, not 
secondary, on the SpaceX CRS-20 mission which will be launched no 
earlier than March 6, 2020 (ET).

The ARISS Team wants to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone that 
has contributed to helping ARISS realize this major milestone

It should be noted that the ARISS hardware team is still very busy on 
IORS development and final certification.  While certified for launch 
and stowage on ISS, the team is still in deep into the final 
certification of the IORS for flight operations.  Also, the build of 
the second flight unit is in progress in Florida and in San Diego. 
While CRS-20 represents the launch of SN 1001, the first flight unit, 
it also represents the beginning of the "ARISS factory build" and 
certification of all ten units.  

The ARISS team also notes that November 13, 2020 will represent the 
20th year of ARISS continuous amateur radio operation on ISS!

[ANS thanks Frank Bauer, KA3HDO AMSAT Vice President, Human Space 
Flight for the above information.]


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FO-29 Operational Schedule

The operation of Fuji 3 (FO-29) has been unstable, but the 
transmitter will be turned on in the next pass. Since the date and 
time are in UTC, add 9 hours to convert to Japan time.

The operation is until the UVC (lower limit voltage control) 
operates.

[Scheduled time to turn on the analog transmitter of Fuji 3 (UTC)]

March 1 04:00- 14:05 
March 2 04:45- 14:55 
March 7 03:40- 05:25- 13:50 
March 8 04:30- 06:15- 14:40 
March 14 04:15- 06:00- 14:25 
March 15 03:25- 05:10- 15:15 
March 21 03:10- 04:55- 15:00 
March 22 04:00- 05:45- 14:05 
March 28 03:45- 05:30- 13:50 
March 29 04:35- 06:20- 14:40 

Because of data acquisition, besides this operation plan, the 
transmitter may be turned on for a short time.

[ANS thanks JARL for the above information.]

                                                                   
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Georgia Institute of Technology GT-1 To Feature Amateur Radio Robot 
Operation

The Glenn Lightsey Research Group, Space Systems Design Lab at the 
Georgia Institute of Technology is sponsoring a 1U CubeSat mission. 
The primary function of GT-1 is to be an educational proof of concept 
and satellite bus demonstrator. It will use this mission as an 
opportunity for undergraduates to get involved in all parts of a 
space mission, from design to implementation and sustainment. It will 
test a prototype deployable antenna and solar panels, which can be 
used for future missions derived from the same baseline design, and 
with inclusion of additional experimental equipment. 

It will operate with AX.25 protocol to collect telemetry data. In 
partnership with the W4AQL Georgia Tech Amateur Radio Club, the 
satellite will also host a digital contact ROBOT payload, inspired by 
the Russian ham satellites RS-12 and RS-13. It will collect QSO 
information from individuals who contact the ROBOT as it orbits. The 
satellite will also function as a standard digipeater. Proposing a 
9k6 UHF downlink using G3RUH FSK modulation. Planning a JAXA 
deployment from the ISS in October 2020. A downlink on 437.175 MHz 
has been coordinated.

[ANS thanks IARU for the above information.]


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K7UAZ Radio Club Helps Prepare Satellite Radio Station for Space Camp 
at Biosphere 2 

In preparation for the upcoming Space Camp at Biosphere 2 , members 
of the University of Arizona K7UAZ Amateur Radio Club are helping 
with the placement of an Amateur Radio satellite ground station.  The 
first step was to mount the Yaesu G-5500 az-el rotor system to a 
Rohn 45 tower. The complete station will include circularly polarized 
M2 beam antennas for 2m and 70cm, an Icom IC-9700, computers and 
tracking software. 

Curt Laumann, K7ZOO, Station Manager for the K7UAZ club reports that 
Space Camp management is enthusiastic about having UAZ students help 
with the installation and setup of the station.  Student involvement 
will also include calibrating the rotator system, mapping the 
artificial horizon for the tracking software and integration and 
testing the tracking software with the radio.

Now in its third year, Space Camp at Biosphere 2 will be held 
August 3-8, 2020.  Space Camp at Biosphere 2 is a joint effort with 
the University of Arizona Biosphere 2, the Arizona NASA Space Grant 
Consortium, and the University of Kyoto, Japan.  Students attending 
the camp will experience college-level curriculum and activities 
focusing on the biological/environmental facets of space travel.

More information  on Space Camp at Biosphere 2 is available at 
https://spacegrant.arizona.edu/research/spacecamp

[ANS thanks Curt Laumann, K7ZOO for the above information.]


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New QO-100 Band Plan Announced

Just in time for the 1-year anniversary of the successful 
commissioning of the two transponders of Qatar-OSCAR 100, an encore 
is pending: The capacity of the NB transponder will be expanded from 
about 250 KHz to almost 500 KHz.

In addition to extended areas for the various operating modes, more 
space is also being created in particular for "mixed mode" and other 
special operating cases. In addition to frequencies reserved for 
emergency radio operations, more experiments are to be made possible 
here.

But all this only with a maximum bandwidth of 2.7 kHz. Automatic 
operation requires a special license from the local licensing 
authorities and must be coordinated with the operator beforehand; 
this task is performed by AMSAT-DL on behalf of QARS and Es'hailSat. 
To take account of user behavior, AMSAT-DL has almost doubled the 
SSB range in particular.

Detailed information is available at 
https://amsat-dl.org/en/neuer-qo-100-bandplan/

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


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ARISS News

* Upcoming Contacts

River Ridge High School, New Port Richey, FL.
Direct via WA3YFQ.
The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA.
The contact is a go for Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 15:17:44 UTC.

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


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Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating 
through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club 
meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

Current schedule:

March 6, 2020, Irving Hamfest, Irving, TX
March 14-15, 2020, Science City on University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
March 21, 2020, Midwinter Madness Hamfest, Buffalo, MN
March 21, 2020, Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Hamfest, Scottsdale, AZ
March 28, 2020, Tucson Spring Hamfest, Tucson, AZ
March 29, 2020, Vienna Wireless Winterfest, Annandale, VA
May 2, 2020, Cochise Amateur Radio Assoc. Hamfest, Sierra Vista, AZ
May 8-9, 2020 Prescott Hamfest, Prescott, AZ
May 15-17, Hamvention, Xenia, OH
June 12-13, 2020, Ham-Con, Plano, TX

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


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Upcoming Satellite Operations

- Shorts
Mar 14-15  DN26/36  KC7JPC  Linears (and possibly FM)

- Big Bend National Park (DL88)  March 16-17, 2020
Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend 
National Park to put grid DL88 on the air.  Details will be added 
here, as they come available, but you are more than welcome to keep 
an eye on their individual Twitter feeds:  https://twitter.com/ad0dx, 
 https://twitter.com/dtabor, and https://twitter.com/W3ARDstroke5

- #NevadaMayhem part 1: Central Nevada (DM19) March 21, 2020
David, AD7DB, will venture deep into Central Nevada to specifically 
activate grid DM19 on Saturday March 21.  This is actually down a 
side road from "The Loneliest Road in America."  Hardly any hams even 
live in that grid. It's for sure that few ever activate it.  On the 
way there, Friday March 20, he will try to also activate some or all 
of:  DM06, DM16, DM07, DM08, DM17 and DM18.  Going home Sunday, 
March 22, he will try to visit them again.  This will be on FM 
satellites only. Internet and cell coverage may be very poor up there 
but for updates check Twitter: https:/twitter.com/ad7db

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


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Satellite Shorts from All Over

AMSAT SA Space Symposium Announced

* The AMSAT SA Space Symposium will be held on July 11, 2020. 
Prospective authors are invited to propose papers by submitting a 
brief synopsis to admin at amsatsa.org.za before Friday, 
February 28, 2020.  While the call for papers is ongoing till the end 
of February, AMSAT SA is pleased to announce that Burns Fisher WB1FJ, 
of AMSAT NA will delivery two papers  at the symposium: Fox-in-a-box, 
Fox telemetry reception using an inexpensive Raspberry Pi and a 
J-pole antenna including a discussion on the  optimal positioning for 
a J-pole antenna for satellite reception and an overview of what is 
in orbit currently and expected in the near future and their features.


More information available at http://www.sarl.org.za/

[ANS thanks SARL for the above information.]


* MEMESat-1 Proposed

Let's Go to Space, Inc.'s first satellite mission is the Mission for 
Education and Multimedia Engagement, better known as MEMESat-1. This 
spacecraft will be a 1U amateur radio CubeSat. It's primary mission 
is to serve as an FM Repeater and to downlink donor submitted memes 
via UHF SSTV protocol. MEMESat is also being created to engage people 
through the sharing of memes from space and help fund small satellite 
focused research. 

More information available at https://letsgo2space.com/memesat-1-3/

[ANS thanks Michael Frazier, KJ5Z for the above information.]


* Two Commercial Satellites Link Up for First Time

A Northrop Grumman robotic servicing spacecraft has hooked up with an 
aging Intelsat communications satellite more than 22,000 miles over 
the Pacific Ocean, accomplishing the first link-up between two 
commercial satellites in space, and the first docking with a 
satellite that was never designed to receive a visitor.

Northrop Grumman's first commercial Mission Extension Vehicle, or 
MEV 1, will take over propulsion responsibilities for Intelsat 901, 
which is running low on fuel after more than 18 years in service 
relaying data and television signals. MEV 1 is the first spacecraft 
of its kind, and officials say the successful link-up with Intelsat 
901 is a harbinger for a new era of commercial satellite servicing.

The automated docking early Tuesday also marked the first connection 
of two satellites in geosynchronous orbit, a region high above the 
equator where spacecraft move at speeds that match the rate of 
Earth's rotation.

Complete information at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-061-Grumman

[ANS thanks SpaceFlightNow.com 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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