[ans] ANS-138 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Frank Karnauskas n1uw at gokarns.com
Sun May 17 00:00:15 UTC 2020


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-138

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 Receives PPP Funds During COVID-19 Pandemic 
* HuskySat-1 Transponder is Open 
* HuskySat-1 Designated OSCAR 107 (HO-107) 
* AMSAT Executive VP Congratulates HuskySat-1 Team 
* New Satellite Frequency Chart Is Free to Members 
* ARISS Continues Test of MultiPoint Telebridge Contact via  
  Amateur Radio 
* 10th Annual GNU Radio Conference Goes Virtual 
* AMSAT-EA Receives IARU Coordination for Two Satellites 
* AO-7 Delivers Stunning Contact
* UN Launches Second Space4Youth Competition 
* Upcoming Satellite Operations 
* ARISS News 
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events 
* Satellite Shorts from All Over 

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ANS-138 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 138.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
May 17, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-138.01


AMSAT Receives PPP Funds During COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 31, 2020, AMSAT's Board of Directors authorized the 
organization's leadership team to pursue relief afforded by the 
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 
Pursuit of this relief was in accordance with the Directors' 
fiduciary duty to pursue all funding sources available to sustain 
AMSAT's operations. 

AMSAT has received funds under the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection 
Program (PPP). Participation in this program gives us certainty that 
AMSAT will be able to continue uninterrupted service to our members 
during these uncertain economic times. It helps AMSAT offset cash 
flow losses due to the pandemic and avoid dipping into our reserves. 
Using reserves at this time would incur substantial realized losses 
due to fluctuating investment market conditions. Receiving the PPP 
funds also allows AMSAT to continue paying Martha, AMSAT's Office 
Manager of over 40 years, even though our physical office remains 
closed.

Although AMSAT remains in a healthy financial position with a strong 
balance of cash and reserves, the current economic situation and loss 
of events like Hamvention and Ham-Com will likely continue to 
negatively impact donations and membership renewals. 

AMSAT's senior leadership team continues to pursue avenues to reduce 
operational costs such as the recent successful roll out of the Wild 
Apricot membership management portal.

[ANS thanks Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, AMSAT President for the above 
information.]

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         Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
    is closed until further notice. For details, please visit
  https://www.amsat.org/amsat-office-closed-until-further-notice/

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HuskySat-1 Transponder is Open

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP - Operations reports that after a 
week of testing, the transponder on HuskySat-1 is enabled and open 
for use and testing. HuskySat-1 carries a V/u inverting transponder 
with a 145.910 to 145.940 uplink, 435.810 to 435.840 downlink. The 
telemetry beacon runs 1200 baud BPSK at 435.800

It's fairly sensitive, and 5-10 watts is plenty most of the time. 
There are some fades due to satellite orientation and some passes 
are definitely better than others. The operations and engineering 
teams are also watching a few anomalies. For those with spectrum 
scopes, lease keep an eye on the beacon during transponder 
operations. Strong signals may impact the beacon strength. Reports 
and observations are welcome to the amsat-bb mailing list.

HuskySat-1 is the Husky Satellite Lab at University of Washington's 
first cubesat, and the first mission with AMSAT's linear transponder 
module (LTM-1), a V/u transponder and integrated telemetry beacon and 
command receiver. UW recently completed their Part 5 operations and 
have graciously let AMSAT's Part 97 transponder operations commence. 
This transponder module is available for use in educational cubesat 
missions willing to enable the transponder for worldwide use. Contact
Drew Glasbrenner or Jerry Buxton, VP Engineering Jerry Buxton for 
additional details.

Congratulations to Husky Satellite Lab, and to the entire AMSAT
Engineering team for keeping amateur radio in space. Thanks to Dr.
Mark Hammond, N8MH for commissioning and operations support.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP - Operations for the 
above information.]

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HuskySat-1 Designated OSCAR 107 (HO-107)

On November 2, 2019, the HuskySat-1 cubesat launched on the Cygnus 
NG-12 mission from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. The satellite was 
constructed by the Husky Satellite Lab at the University of 
Washington, and utilizes an AMSAT-constructed radio system for 
primary communications. Deployed from the Cygnus vehicle on 
January 31, 2020 after departing the ISS, HuskySat-1 began a 3-month 
educational mission. Upon completion of that mission, the satellite 
began operation of a V/u linear transponder in Amateur Radio Service. 

At the request of the Husky Satellite Lab and AMSAT teams, AMSAT 
here-by designates HuskySat-1 as HuskySat-OSCAR 107 (HO-107). We 
congratulate the Husky Satellite Lab, thank them for their 
contribution to the Amateur Radio satellite community, and wish them 
continued success on this and future projects.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP - Operations for the 
above information.]

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AMSAT Executive VP Congratulates HuskySat-1 Team

"The first of what will be many AMSAT Linear Transponder Modules in 
orbit was opened for amateur use worldwide Sunday morning. I wanted 
to offer my thanks and congratulations to the team that made this 
possible:

AMSAT Engineering
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
John Klingelhoeffer, WB4LNM
Marc Franco, N2UO
Dan Habecker, W9EQ
Bob Davis, KF4KSS
Burns Fisher, WB1FJ
Eric Skoog, K1TVV
Chris Thompson, AC2CZ/G0KLA

AMSAT Operations
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Mark Hammond, N8MH

"And, last, but certainly not least, the entire team at the Husky
Satellite Lab at the University of Washington.

"The AMSAT Linear Transponder Module (LTM) is a crucial part of 
AMSAT's mission. The GOLF program will fulfill the first part 
of our mission statement, to deploy satellite systems with the goal 
of providing wide-area and continuous coverage, while ARISS and AREx 
fulfill the second part of our mission statement to continue active 
participation in human space missions. 

The LTM represents the primary work AMSAT is doing to "support a 
stream of LEO satellites developed in cooperation with the 
educational community and other amateur satellite groups". Five 
Fox-1 satellites have been completed. HO-107 is just the first of 
many more missions that will help us to Keep Amateur Radio in 
Space at a low cost to AMSAT. The future is bright!

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive VP for the above 
information.]

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New Satellite Frequency Chart Is Free to Members

AMSAT just released its updated Amateur Satellite Frequency Guide. It 
is currently available only to AMSAT Members, in the new online 
member portal under Member Resources.

Archives of The AMSAT Journal are also available under Journal. 
Currently, 2018 and 2019 are available with more years soon.

If you are an AMSAT Member and have not signed up on the new AMSAT
Member Portal, you are missing out. If your not an AMSAT Member, 
there's no better time to join!

Visit launch.amsat.org today!

[ANS thanks AMSAT Member Services for the above information.]

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ARISS Continues Test of MultiPoint Telebridge Contact via 
Amateur Radio

ARISS completed the second test of the new-style radio contact 
called Multi point Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio. The concept 
was developed for distance learning when schools closed worldwide due 
to COVID-19. The virus eliminated all opportunities for ARISS radio 
contacts at education organizations. 

The radio contact was completed on May 15 with ISS Commander 
Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR. A new ARISS telebridge ground station was 
operated by John Sygo, ZS6JON located near Johannesburg,South 
Africa. The telebridge linked to the astronaut and each youth tied 
in from home via their telephones. Each student took a turn asking 
their question of the astronaut. Their families, faculty and the 
public could also listen from home. 

The youth taking part in ARISS's second test belong to the Airdrie 
Space Science Club in Airdrie, AB, Canada. Prior to COVID, the 
students had participated in space and radio communications lessons 
such as balloon launches with ham radio payloads and building model 
rockets to launch. Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, one of the five club 
leaders related, "During this pandemic, our opportunities to develop 
kids' interest in space has been interrupted. This ARISS contact gets 
them looking back up, towards the sky, and imagining themselves as an 
astronaut one day."

[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS Public Relations for the 
above information.]

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10th Annual GNU Radio Conference Goes Virtual

GNU Radio Conference (GRCon) is a week-long conference that includes 
technical content and networking opportunities. It highlights design, 
implementation, and theory that has been practically applied in a 
useful way. GRCon attendees come from a large variety of backgrounds, 
including industry, academia, government, and hobbyists.

GRCon20 will be held starting September 14, 2020 online as a virtual 
event. Keynote speakers include Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, Managing 
Editor of QST magazine; Oona Räisänen (windytan) hacker of signals 
and computer programmer; and Jim St. Leger, Director Open Source, at 
Intel.

More information and registration is online at: 
https://www.gnuradio.org/grcon/grcon20/

[ANS thanks GNU Radio for the above information.]

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AMSAT-EA Receives IARU Coordination for Two Satellites

AMSAT-EA recently received frequency coordination from the IARU for 
two pocketcube satellites expected to launch in 2020.

Hades is a 1.5 p pocketcube satellite offering radio amateurs a 
linear transponder for SSB/FM/CW and digital modes.  It will also 
test the platform for future amateur satellites. A downlink on 
436.888 MHz and an uplink on 145.925 MHz have been coordinated. 
A regenerative transponder for FM/FSK/ASK and 0.05kbps-125kbps 
ASK/FSK/PSK telemetry, store&forward and data transmission from 
ground stations is also planned. A camera is expected to fly as an 
experimental payload. 

EASAT-2 satellite is Hades virtual twin with a downlink on 
436.666 MHz and an uplink on 145.875 MHz. Both satellites will be 
launched into a 400/500 km polar orbit together with Sanosat-1 and 
others in a Alba Orbital cluster 3 launch. 

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

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]

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AO-7 Delivers Stunning Contact
 
On Sunday, May 4, 2020, AO-7, a forty year old satellite, produced a 
stunning contact. At 17:20 UTC a contact was completed between 
Diego Fiel, LW2DAF in Buenos Aires (GF05rk) and Tom Ambrose, ZS1TA in 
Cape Town (JF95fx). The contact scanned a distance of 4329 miles 
(6927 km) across the South Atlantic with both stations aiming at 
only 2 to 3 degrees on the horizon.

Both stations had been watching the orbit predictions for several 
weeks and the suitable opportunities only occurred occasionally with 
both stations seeing the AO-7 satellite at the same time. Electrical 
noise particularly in Cape Town hampered the efforts with only small 
snatches being heard from time to time. That morning, however, the 
noise levels were low and a perfect contact was possible with full 
call signs and reports being exchanged.
  
[ANS thanks Tom Ambrose, ZS1TA for the above information.]

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UN Launches Second Space4Youth Competition

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) announced 
the second edition of its Space4Youth competition for young people 
worldwide to share their ideas on space policy and exploration.  

The Space4Youth Competition strives to show how young people can 
contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable 
Development Goals. This edition focuses on SDG 13, Climate Action, 
which the United Nations Secretary-General called the defining issue 
of our time. 

In order to participate, young people have to submit an essay on 
"Space as a tool to address climate challenges: examples from local 
communities".  

The selected winner and finalist(s) will be invited to present their 
essays at the 19th Space Generation Congress 2020. Winners will also 
have abstracts of their essays submitted to the 63rd session of the 
Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

For more information and instructions on how to participate, see: 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-138-Space4Youth

[ANS thanks the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs 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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Upcoming Satellite Operations

* Mitch (@ad0hj) Has decided to go check on the tree in North Dakota. 
  He has also said he will be activating a bunch of grids:
- 5/20 UTC DN96/97
- 5/21 UTC DN78/88
- 5/22 UTC DN76/77
- 5/23 UTC DN86/87
- 5/24 UTC EN06/16

* Ron (@AD0DX) and Doug (@N6UA) are making another run at the elusive 
DL88 in Big Bend National Park, TX. As we know they tried this grid 
back in March, and due to the mud couldn't’t get to the grid, so never

ones to quit, off they go again. Today the tentative date is Sunday, 
May 31, 2020. They will be using the K5Z call sign. More information 
is available at the K5Z QRZ Page.

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR for the above information.]

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ARISS News

The following schools have now been postponed due to COVID-19:  

- Srednja Skola Za Elektrotehniku I Racunalstvo, Rijeka, Croatia, 
  direct via 9A5G

- Canadian Cub Jamboree, Guelph/Eramosa, ON, Canada, 
  telebridge via TBD.

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

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Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

Current schedule:
- No scheduled events

The following events scheduled to have an AMSAT presence have been
CANCELED:

- May 8-9, 2020 Prescott Hamfest, Prescott, AZ
- May 15-17, Hamvention, Xenia, OH
- June 12-13, 2020, Ham-Com, Plano, TX

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Shorts from All Over

* Doppler SQF Line Generator

It seems like new satellites are appearing over the horizon nearly 
every day. For those who want to roll their own Doppler SQF lines, you

can use this generator developed by Mike Diehl, W8LID. Just enter 
the frequencies in the correct spot and presto!  You will find this 
great tool at:  https://www.amsat.org/doppler-sqf-line-generator/. 

[ANS thanks Dave Webb, KB1PVH for the above information.]


* "There's Nothing to Do, Dad (or Mom)!"

When the kids start getting bored around the house, check out 
NASA's STEM Engagement Page.  With activities sorted by age group, 
there's plenty fun parents and kids can enjoy on their own or 
together.  It's all at https://www.nasa.gov/stem.

Also available from the European Space Agency is a series of weekly 
projects and challenges that run now through September. Enjoy these 
entertaining and educational projects at: 
https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/2020/05/Expedition_Home 

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


* NASA Inks Deal with Roscosmos for Continued Rides to the ISS

With lingering uncertainty about when new U.S. commercial vehicles 
can regularly carry crews to the space station, NASA said Tuesday it
will pay the Russian space agency more than $90 million for a 
round-trip ticket to the International Space Station on a Soyuz 
spacecraft later this year. According to NASA, the deal with 
Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, will ensure continuous U.S. 
presence on the ISS in case of additional delays in getting new U.S. 
crew capsules ready for operational missions. Read the complete 
story at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-138-NASA-Ride

[ANS thanks SPACEFLIGHT NOW for the above information.]

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membership information.

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

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