[ans] ANS-166 AMSAT New Service Weekly Bulletin

Frank Karnauskas n1uw at gokarns.com
Sun Jun 14 00:18:42 UTC 2020


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-166

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:

* 38th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting Moving
  to Virtual Event
* 15 Canadian CubeSats to launch from 2021
* AMSAT Member Portal Huge Success!
* BY70-2 with FM-to-Codec2 Transponder Scheduled for July Launch
* Two Satellites Receive Frequency Coordination from the IARU
* IARU Submits Paper on Increasing Noise from Digital Devices
* New Satellite Distance Records Claimed
* ISS Runs 6558 Astro Pi Youth Programs in 2019/20
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires and Other Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over


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ANS-166 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 166.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
June 14, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-166.01


38th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting Moving 
to Virtual Event

The 38th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting 
in-person event scheduled to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota has 
been canceled. The event will be shifted to a virtual, online 
platform. This comes after a decision made between AMSAT's Senior 
Leadership and Board of Directors in response to the ongoing 
COVID-19 pandemic. While AMSAT recognizes the national challenges 
related to recent events in Minneapolis, they have no bearing on the 
Symposium decision whatsoever. We anticipate holding the 2021 Annual 
Space Symposium at the previously announced 2020 venue.

The in-person event was scheduled to occur Friday, October 16 through 
Sunday, October 18. As the 2020 virtual event plans are developed, 
they will be announced via the usual AMSAT channels. 

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]

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15 Canadian CubeSats to launch from 2021

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) report 15 CubeSat satellites are being 
built by students in Canada, all are expected to carry amateur radio 
payloads. The RAC post says:

"The Canadian Space Agency has been providing support and guidance to 
15 teams of university and college students across Canada who are 
building satellites. These satellites are in the “CubeSat” format, 
based on a standardized architecture of 10 centimeter cubes. All 15 
proposed satellites will be deployed from the International Space 
Station (ISS), possibly starting in 2021.

"RAC is involved in explaining how, and under what conditions, 
Amateur Radio can be used for communications with these spacecraft, 
and a requirement of the frequency coordination process with the 
International Amateur Radio Union is an endorsement from RAC.

"We were aware that the suspension of university classes due to the 
global pandemic could affect the teams’ progress, but I am pleased to 
report that all of the teams have chosen to use Amateur Radio 
communications and we continue to receive requests from them, although

at a slower rate than in the past. About half of the teams have now 
received endorsements for their projects from RAC and have sent 
their proposals to the IARU for frequency coordination.

"Designing and constructing CubeSats is a complicated, multi-year 
process. These projects will develop the students’ skills in many 
facets of engineering, science, technology, business and project 
management. Once in orbit, the satellites will also assist pure and 
applied scientific research and some may offer facilities that 
Amateurs across Canada and around the world can use."

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) for the 
above information.]

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AMSAT Member Portal Huge Success!

It's been 45 days since the launch of AMSAT's online Member Portal. 
In that short time, 1,060 members have logged in, and 254 new and 
previously expired members were added to AMSAT ranks.
   
Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT Vice President - User Services reports, 
"A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into transitioning our old 
dBase4 database into our new online Member Portal. It has been a 
humbling experience to see everything come together and the expanded 
services we can now offer our Members."

While the original plan was to spend the first couple of months 
getting members signed up, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice 
President took the initiative to collect, capture and upload the 
AMSAT Journals dating back to 2014 and make them accessible to AMSAT 
members. In addition, Paul also made added AMSAT's latest Amateur 
Satellite Frequency Guide as a member-only benefit. 

Robert adds, "This was a huge effort and added great value for AMSAT 
members. Be sure to thank Paul for making it happen. To all of 
the members who have already signed up on the new AMSAT Member Portal 
and those who I have exchanged emails with, I thank you. I hope the 
level of our service lives up to your expectations."

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President adds, "It's great 
to see the years of work behind this transition all finally come
together. Robert was the key person implementing this system but, as 
with anything, it was a team effort involving several people,
including:

- Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, now-President originally proposed a 
  managed membership solution to resolve the problems we ran into 
  for several years while attempting to build our own membership 
  solution using open-source tools,

- Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P - AMSAT IT team lead who has provided an 
  immense amount of support and leadership for our IT systems for 
  many years, 

- Matt Alberti, KM4EXS - An invaluable member of our IT team, and, 

- Martha Saragovitz - Our long-time office manager."

For those who have not signed up, it's a fairly simple process and 
takes only a few minutes of your time.
  
It is important that each and every member logs in and MAKES SURE 
THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION IS UP TO DATE.  While you're there, take a 
moment to download the current satellite frequency guide and to 
browse The AMSAT Journal Archive. 
  
If you not a member, there is no better time to join. Visit 
https://launch.amsat.org/.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT Vice President - User 
Services and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President 
for the above information.]

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AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it 
all begins with GOLF-TEE - a technology demonstrator for deployable 
solar panels, propulsion, and attitude control. Come along for the 
               ride. The journey will be worth it! 

                  https://tinyurl.com/ANS-GOLF

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BY70-2 With FM-to-Codec2 Transponder Scheduled for July Launch 

Wei Mingchaun, BG2BHC, reports on Twitter that BY70-2 is scheduled 
to launch in July. BY70-2 will serve as a replacement for BY70-1, a 
2U CubeSat which launched on December 26, 2016. Due to a booster 
failure, BY70-1 was placed in an elliptical orbit with a low perigee 
and the satellite's orbit decayed in February 2017. 

Unlike BY70-1, which carried an FM transponder, BY70-2 will carry an 
FM-to-Codec2 transponder similar to the ones on board LO-90 and 
Taurus-1. More information about working this type of transponder can 
be found in an article entitled "Digital Voice on Amateur Satellites: 
Experiences with LilacSat-OSCAR 90" by Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, in the 
January/February 2019 issue of The AMSAT Journal. The article can 
also be found on the AMSAT website at 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-166-BY70-2.

BY70-2 is scheduled to launch into a sun-synchronous orbit with an 
altitude of approximately 500 km. As a replacement, the satellite is 
sharing BY70-1's IARU coordination and ITU API notification. The 
uplink frequency will be 145.920 MHz and the downlink frequency will 
be 436.200 MHz.

[ANS thanks Wei Mingchaun, BG2BHC, for the above information]

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Two Satellites Receive Frequency Coordination from the IARU

+ CAS-7C is planned by the Chinese Amateur Satellite Group - CAMSAT . 
A 2U CubeSat with a V/U transponder with a CW beacon will also deploy 
a carbon fibre rope with 1 mm diameter and 1080 meters length. Launch 
is planned on September 15 from Jiuquan Launch center into a 500km 97 
degree inclination orbit together with CAS-5B and CAS-7A. Downlink 
for CW telemetry beacon is 435.715 MHz Downlink for a FM transponder 
is 435.690 MHz with an uplink on 145.900 MHz.

+ KITSUNE is planned by the Kyushu Institute of Technology. KITSUNE 
is a 6U CubeSat carrying four missions,1) a high resolution camera 
will capture 5 meter-class resolution images; 2) a C-band 
demonstration will demonstrate up to 20Mbps amateur high-speed data 
downlink; and 3) a C-band mobile ground station will uplink a command 
to take 2 megapixel compressed images and downlink immediately to 
demonstrate downlink speed up to 1Mbps. A fourth mission, to detect 
the time delay between uplink command sent from the ground station 
and receiving time on the satellite side is not Amateur Radio 
related.  

Launch from the ISS is planned during 2020. A CW beacon will operate 
on 437.375 MHz CW beacon. HK data using 4k8 GMSK will operate at 
5840.000 MHz.  More info is available at https://kitsat.net/kitsune.

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]

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IARU Submits Paper on Increasing Noise from Digital Devices

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) electromagnetic 
compatibility (EMC) specialists Tore Worren, LA9QL, and Martin Sach, 
G8KDF, have submitted a paper to the International Special Committee 
on Radio Interference (CISPR) concerning the increasing impact of 
multiple digital devices on noise levels in the radio spectrum. 

The paper was considered at the CISPR Steering Committee in late May 
and it was adopted for circulation to the CISPR National Committee 
for comment as a Committee Draft, with a view toward its becoming a 
CISPR Report. 

“IARU hopes that the result of this will be amendments to the way in 
which standards are developed to recognize the need to properly 
consider the cumulative impact of multiple devices,” said IARU 
Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, in an IARU news brief.

[ANS thanks the ARRL and the IARU for the above information.]

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New Satellite Distance Records Claimed

A slew of new records have been claimed for old and new satellites 
alike!

First up is the new DX sensation, RS-44. It's strong downlink and 
exceptional sensitivity has allowed for several QSOs beyond its 
theoretical 7,942 km maximum surface range. Hector Martinez, W5CBF, 
in Lake Charles, LA reports working Antonio Gutierrez, DL4EA, in 
Böblingen, Germany on May 26, 2020 at 23:07 UTC - a distance of 
8,357km. The previous record of 8,314 km by KI7UNJ and EB1AO stood
just
nine days.

For the QSO, Hector used an Alaskan Arrow antenna and an Icom 
IC-9700 on the roof of the 310' tall Capital One Tower in Lake 
Charles, LA, offering an exceptional view of the northern sky. 

Next, Guillermo Guerra, OA4/XQ3SA, in Lima, Peru reports that he 
completed a QSO with Alex Diaz, XE1MEX, in Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico 
via AO-92 in Mode L/v on June 3, 2020 at 04:07 UTC. The 4,202 km 
distance this QSO covered exceeds the prior AO-92 Mode L/v record of 
3,730 km, held by N7AGF and N1JEZ. 

Since its revival last month, AO-27 has enjoyed considerable 
popularity despite only being active for approximately 4 minutes per 
orbit over mid-latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. Krissada 
Futrakul, E21EJC, in Bangkok, Thailand reports completing a QSO with 
Vladiir Vassiljev, R9LR, in Tyumen, Russia on June 9, 2020 at 2
3:35 UTC. The distance covered by this QSO was 5,682 km, eclipsing 
the previous record of 5,119 km held by WD9EWK and VO1ONE from 
February 2006.

Finally, record claims for satellites that are no longer in service 
are also welcome. Andre Van Deventer, then-ZS6UK (now ZS2BK), reports 
that he completed a QSO from his previous QSO near Johannesburg, 
South Africa with David Guimont, WB6LLO, in San Diego, California via 
AO-10 Mode B on September 2, 1983. This QSO covered a distance of 
16,625 km. The previous record was claimed by W0RPK for a 15,242 km 
QSO with VK8OB in April 1984. 

A claim has also been received for a QSO via AO-13 Mode B. Alejandro 
Alvarez, LU8YD, reports a QSO with Tetsuhiro Inoue, JE2VVN, on 
June 3, 1996. The distance between the two stations was 17,802 km, 
eclipsing the previous record held by AD7D (then-KA7LDN) and FR5DN of 
17,097 km.

AMSAT's list of distance records for amateur satellites can be found 
at https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/. Please email 
n8hm at amsat.org if you wish to claim a new record, longer distance 
QSO not yet documented, or records for any other satellite/
transponder not yet listed. Claims that exceed 5% beyond the 
theoretical maximum range of the satellite may require additional 
evidence, such as audio recordings of the QSO in order to be listed. 
Exceptional claims may be referred to a panel of experienced 
satellite operators for adjudication. 

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

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ISS Runs 6558 Astro Pi Youth Programs in 2019/20

The team at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in collaboration with ESA 
Education, announced that all of this year’s successful Astro Pi 
programs have now run aboard the International Space Station.

This year, a record 6350 teams of students and young people from all 
25 eligible countries successfully entered Mission Zero, and had 
their programs run on the Astro Pi computers on board the ISS for 30 
seconds each.

The Mission Zero teams measured the temperature inside the ISS 
Columbus module and used the Astro Pi LED matrix to display the 
measurement together with a greeting to the astronauts, including 
Chris Cassidy, who oversaw this year’s experiments. 

In addition, 208 teams of students and young people are currently in 
the final phase of Astro Pi Mission Space Lab. Over the last few 
weeks, each of these teams has had their scientific experiment run on 
either Astro Pi Ed or Astro Pi Izzy for 3 hours each. 

Teams interested in life on Earth used Astro Pi Izzy’s near-infrared 
camera to capture images to investigate, for example, vegetation 
health and the impact of human life on our planet. Using Astro Pi 
Ed’s sensors, participants investigated life in space, measuring the 
conditions on the ISS and even mapping the magnetic field of Earth. 

This year a problem was encountered during the deployment of some 
experiments investigating life on Earth. When it downloaded the first 
batch of data from the ISS, it was realized that Astro Pi Izzy had 
an incorrect setting, which resulted in some pictures turning pink. 
Not only that, the CANADARM was the middle of Izzy’s window view.

All Mission Space Lab teams have now received their data back from 
the ISS to analyse and summarized in their final scientific reports. 
So that they can write their reports while social distancing measures 
are in place, program managers are sharing special guidance and 
advice on how best to collaborate remotely and have extended the 
submission deadline to July 3, 2020.

The programs teams sent this year were outstanding in their quality, 
creativity, and technical skill. A jury of experts appointed by ESA 
and the Raspberry Pi Foundation will judge all of the Mission Space 
Lab reports and select the ten teams with the best reports as the 
winners of the European Astro Pi Challenge 2019/20. Each of the ten 
winning teams will receive a special prize. Every team that 
participated in Mission Zero or Mission Space Lab this year will 
receive a special certificate in celebration of their achievements 
during the European Astro Pi Challenge. 

More information at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-166-RaspberryPi

[ANS thanks the Raspberry Pi Foundation for the above information.]

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Upcoming Satellite Operations

+ Quick Hits
EM58 (Saturday 7/11/20) N4DCW 15:00 – 18:00

+ Major Roves:
DL88: 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 Monday July 6, 2020. They will be using the K5Z call sign. 
More information is available at the K5Z QRZ Page.

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

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Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires and Other Events

+Shelby NC Hamfest - September 4-5, 2020
Philip Jenkins, N4HF is planning to set-up an information table 
and to present a forum at the Shelby NC Hamfest Friday and 
Saturday, Sept 4 and 5. (The hamfest runs September 4-6. but Philip 
will probably only be there Friday and Saturday.) Demonstrations are 
possible if he can get others to help. For information or if you 
want to help, contact N4HF.

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

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ARISS News

Upcoming School Contacts

I.E.S. Pedro de Valdivia, Villanueva de la Serena, Spain, Multi-point 
telebridge via ON4ISS 
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS. 
The scheduled astronaut is Chris Cassidy KF5KDR. 
Contact is go for: Tuesday June 16, 2020, 12:25:27 UTC (84 deg). 
Watch for live stream at: https://youtu.be/PyNqsTMqAoQ 

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

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Shorts from All Over

+ Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI Honored

Congratulations to Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI in being recognized and 
awarded the Order of Australia medal (AM) in the June 8th Queens 
Birthday honors list. For those that don't know what Tony has done, 
he has mentored 65 ARISS schools and been the telebridge station for 
58 ARISS contacts.  Plus he was very involved with SAREX.  The actual 
announcement can be found on page 7 of 28 at: 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-166-VK5ZAI.

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


+ New Sun Clock Quantifies Extreme Space Weather Switch On/Off

Extreme space weather events can significantly impact systems such as 
satellites, communications systems, power distribution and aviation. 
The clock will help scientists to determine more precisely when the 
risk for solar storms is highest and help to plan the impacts of 
space weather on our space infrastructure, important since the next 
switch on of activity may be imminent as solar activity moves from 
its current minimum. Complete information at: 
https://preview.tinyurl.com/ANS-166-Clock

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


+ Back Issues of AMSAT Publications Needed

All issues of the AMSAT Journal and other publications from 2014 to 
the present are available for members via the AMSAT Membership 
Portal. However, AMSAT's archives have a gap. If anyone has copies of 
The AMSAT Journal or its sister publications, The Amateur
Satellite Report, or other AMSAT periodical from 1988, 1989, 1990, 
1991, or 1992, please let Paul Stoetzer, N8HM know. AMSAT will 
reimburse for mailing costs both ways for use of these publications 
if electronic copies are not available. In the short term, members 
should expect to see other resources made available in the Membership 
Portal very soon. 

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

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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,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

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