[ans] ANS-201 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

Frank Karnauskas n1uw at gokarns.com
Sun Jul 19 00:02:52 UTC 2020


AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-201


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group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in 
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Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* AMSAT Board of Directors Election Packages Mailed July 14 
* HO-107 is Back!
* First Call for Papers - Virtual 2020 AMSAT Annual Meeting and 
  Space Symposium
* New D-STAR Reflector for AMSAT Use
* SpaceX to Launch AMSAT-EA EASAT-2 and Hades Satellites 
* DARC Finds Unauthorized Transmissions in 144 MHz Satellite Band 
* 1240-1300 MHz Discussed at CEPT SE-40 Meeting 
* IARU Coordinates Two New Satellites 
* Upcoming Satellite Operations 
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events 
* ARISS News 
* Satellite Shorts from All Over 


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ANS-201 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 201.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
July 19, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
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AMSAT Board of Directors Election Packages Mailed July 14

Brennan Price, N4QX, AMSAT Secretary reports that the ballots, 
candidate statements, and return envelopes for the 2020 AMSAT Board 
of Directors Election were prepared by Paladin Commercial Printing of 
Newington, Connecticut. Paladin mailed the packages from Hartford, 
Connecticut, on Tuesday, July 14, to members of record on July 1. 

Non-US addresses were sent first class (the only option for 
overseas). US addresses were sent pre-sorted standard, which is 
routine for mail that requires a two-way response time measured in 
weeks, as this does. 

Allowing for postal delivery standards and guard time, the Secretary 
will not consider a ballot as lost in post any earlier than August 12 
(four weeks after the mailing). This timing permits a replacement 
ballot to be mailed first class in both directions, even 
internationally, with time to spare under prevailing postal delivery 
standards.

Paladin has shipped materials for 100 blank election packages to
Price. 
Price will use these materials to assemble and mail replacement or 
substitute packages as necessary. These requests and packages will be 
tracked and accounted against the voter list and returned ballots to 
guard against duplicates, and will be identifiable against the package

mailed by Paladin for further verification and accounting by the 
tellers. Members desiring a replacement ballot package should contact 
Price no earlier than August 12.

The package is clearly labeled as election-related and contains:

1) An instruction and ballot sheet, with the ballot perforated,
2) A sheet of candidate statements, and
3) A No 9 return envelope, which bears the address to which ballots 
   should be returned and the member's name and address for 
   verification against the voter list and any replacement ballot 
   requests.

Secrecy at the time of counting will be maintained by separating the 
ballot from the envelope without inspection, placing the ballot in a 
receptacle, and scrutinizing the ballots after all have been 
separated from the envelopes. 

Ballots should be returned in the return envelopes provided to arrive 
at the designated Post Office Box in Vienna, Virginia, by 5 p.m. 
Thursday, September 15, 2020. Separation of the ballots from the 
envelopes and counting will occur as soon thereafter as practicable, 
and no later than September 30. 

Brennan can be reached at brennanprice at verizon.net for a query about 
membership status at any time or a replacement ballot after 
August 12. 

[ANS thanks Brennan Price, N4QX, AMSAT Secretary 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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HO-107 is Back!

On the evening of July 17, 2020, Vlad Chorney, EU1SAT, tweeted 
"Husky-1 ACTIVE!" with a screenshot from FoxTelem showing that he had 
received telemetry from HO-107 (HuskySat-1) which had been silent for 
nearly two months. About an hour after EU1SAT's tweet, the satellite 
passed over the eastern United States and AMSAT command stations 
KO4MA and N8MH copied telemetry. On subsequent passes, the satellite 
was successfully commanded.

Please continue to copy telemetry in FoxTelem. If you have removed 
HO-107 from your tracked satellites during its period of inactivity, 
please add it back. The transponder remains disabled while AMSAT 
Operations evaluates the telemetry from the satellite. 

[ANS thanks AMSAT Operations for the above information]

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First Call for Papers - Virtual 2020 AMSAT Annual Meeting and 
Space Symposium

This is the first call for papers for the Virtual 2020 AMSAT Annual 
Meeting and Space Symposium to be held on October 17, 2020. Proposals 
for papers and symposium presentations are invited on any topic of 
interest to the amateur satellite community. Further details 
regarding the virtual event will be announced shortly. We request a 
tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, with the 
final copy to be submitted by October 5, 2020 for inclusion in the 
Symposium Proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to 
Dan Schultz at n8fgv(at)amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV, 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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New D-STAR Reflector for AMSAT Use

It has been nearly two years since Walter Holmes, K5WH and friends 
created the AMSAT DMR Talkgroup 98006 and has been working with great 
success. About one year ago they created a YSF US AMSAT Reflector 
11689 to pull in others using Yaesu System Fusion digital radios. As 
these were working so well, they decided to bridge the two systems 
together so it would longer matter which of these digital 
technologies users had. Users could cross communicate between all 
users of both systems. 

After success with the DMR talkgroup and the YSF reflector for more 
than a year, there was plenty of interest in adding D-STAR capability 
to the same system.

Walter is happy to announce the creation of a new D-STAR reflector 
for that purpose.  It supports four different reflector names such as 
XLXSAT, XRFSAT, DCSSAT, and REFSAT that are all linked together so 
that all of these work the same. As most people that are familiar 
with D-STAR reflectors know, they usually have numbers for the 
reflectors, but it seemed more appropriate to switch from the number 
system to the Alpha name like SAT to make it easier to find in the 
list.

For those using hotspots, they will need to refresh or update their 
Pistar or BlueDV host files to see these entries before they will see 
this one in the pull-down list.

Walter adds, "We recommend that users use module C for the AMSAT 
conversations but several other modules are available if we find a 
need to stretch out a bit. But, the C module is the one also linked 
to a few other repeaters.

"The D-STAR SAT reflector is not currently bridged into the system as 
are the DMR and YSF reflectors, but we hope to have that linked in 
very soon after a little more testing.

"If you have D-STAR capability, we invite you to give it a try and 
see how  it works for you."

[ANS thanks Walter Holmes, K5WH for the above information]

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SpaceX to Launch AMSAT-EA EASAT-2 and Hades Satellites

Spain's national amateur radio society URE says SpaceX expect to 
launch the EASAT-2 and Hades satellites in December 2020.

AMSAT-EA, the URE satellite group, is building the satellites 
together with the European University of Madrid. The launch has been 
managed through the space broker Alba Orbital based in Glasgow. 

EASAT-2 and Hades will be launched into a sun-synchronous orbit 
between 500 km and 600 km and their main function is to act as analog 
and digital repeaters for radio amateurs. There is also a camera for 
SSTV transmissions provided by the Czech Republic that has already 
flown on the United States Marine Academy PSAT-2 satellite, and has 
now been adapted to fit into the PocketQube satellites. 

Both satellites are based on the PocketQube 1.5P (7.5 x 5 x 5 cm) 
architecture and represent an evolution of the previous GENESIS 
platform, whose GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N satellites are expected to 
fly before the end of the year with Firefly, in a joint collaboration 
with Fossa Systems and LibreSpace, which also launch their own 
satellites, all of them within the Picobus dispenser, developed by 
the latter. 

IARU has coordinated these frequencies:
- Hades - uplink 145.925 MHz, downlink 436.888 MHz 
- EASAT-2 - uplink 145.875 MHz, downlink 436.666 MHz

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

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DARC Finds Unauthorized Transmissions in 144 MHz Satellite Band 

The DARC reports unauthorized transmissions are taking place in the 
144 MHz satellite segment of the 2M amateur radio primary allocation. 

A translation of the DARC post reads:

"In the 144.010 MHz to 144.020 MHz range, illegally operated 
transmitters are increasingly being operated as "water vitalizers" 
or "water energizers". The manufacturer specifies 144.015 MHz as the 
transmission frequency in its product description.

"The DARC EMC department asks for further information with location 
information about conspicuous signals in this frequency range, in 
preparation for collective complaints.

"The devices apparently generate fields with considerable field 
strength and a long range. The signals appear increasingly in the 
morning or in the evening. The illegal transmitters are typically in 
operation for 5 to 60 minutes (integer multiples of 5 minutes). The 
signal is generally very stable in frequency, but occasionally shows 
short-term fluctuations of up to a few 100 Hz. Otherwise the carrier 
is not further modulated.

The frequency range 144.000 MHz to 146.000 MHz is assigned to the 
Amateur Radio service in Germany as the primary exclusive user."

A video of the interference caused by these devices and a map showing 
some of the cases so far detected in Germany can be seen at 
https://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/emv/

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

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1240-1300 MHz Discussed at CEPT SE-40 Meeting

The 69th meeting of CEPT ECC Working Group SE-40, held June 23-25, 
discussed the Amateur Radio 1240-1300 MHz band, the meeting documents 
are now available.

Several contributions were received for the ECC Report dealing with 
the coexistence between the radionavigation-satellite service and the 
amateur service in the frequency band 1240 - 1300 MHz. The 
contributions were incorporated in the draft ECC Report. The CPG 
arrangements for the preparation of WRC-23 for AI 9.1 topic b) was 
noted.

The Russian Federation noted:
- 1240-1260 MHz is by the GLONASS system
- 1260-1300 MHz are used by EU's Galileo, Beijing's Beidou, Japan's 
  QZSS and is planned to be used by Korea's KPS.

Among the documents available in Input, Info and Minutes are:
- SE40(20)052 Amateur Repeaters - IARU-R1
- SE40(20)051 Section 2 update WI_39 - IARU-R1
- SE40(20)050 Annex Draft report RNSS Amateur - Russian Federation
- SE40(20)049 Suggestions for RNSS and Amateur Service Compatibility, 
  Russian Federation
- Info 1 Amateur repeaters 23 cm - IARU-R1
- Info 3 Letter to SE40 chairman on updated of ITU-R M.1092 - 
  European Commission
- Minutes
- SE40(20)56A3 (1) Draft Report Amateur vs RNSS

Download the meeting documents from https://tinyurl.com/ANS-201-CEPT.

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

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IARU Coordinates Two New Satellites

- HIAPO
HIAPO is a 1U CubeSat mission that is a unique platform being 
used to provide engaging meaningful hands-on STEM curriculum for 
Hawaii students K-12. Part of this curriculum involves obtaining data 
about solar flares solar particle events and the disturbances of the 
Earth's magnetic field. The students can also collect data on solar 
events with relation to the propagation of radio waves reflected or 
refracted back towards the Earth from the ionosphere. During the 
lifespan of this mission that data will be available for amateur 
operators to download directly from the satellite. 

The Hawaii Science & Technology Museum was awarded a no-cost flight 
of the launch and a limited resources will not allow the development 
of an Amateur Radio digipeater. However if the launch date slips they 
plan to work with resources at AMSAT to develop a digipeater. 
Proposing a UHF downlink using 9k6 FSK with AX25. Planning a Firefly 
launch from Vandenberg in July 2020 into a 300 km orbit with 137 
degree inclination together with Serenity and Spinnaker 3. A downlink 
on 437.225 MHz has been coordinated.

- VZLUSAT-2
VZLUSAT-2 is 3U CubeSat project of the University of West Bohemia in 
Pilsen and Czech Aerospace Research Centre. Students from four Czech 
technical universities are involved along with members of an Amateur 
Radio community from The Czech Republic. 

The primary payload is the experimental Earth observation camera with 
an expected resolution around 30 to 50 m GSD. Secondary payloads of 
the mission are Radiation Orbital Monitor, Gama Ray Burst detector, 
X-ray detector and other sensors. This mission is fully open to Radio 
Amateurs who were also involved in the development of the satellite. 

The space segment uses two Amateur bands for communication: An S-band 
for payload data downlink (DVBS2 ETSI EN 302 307 standard, 2 MBd, 
QPSK), and UHF downlink beacon (GMSK 1200 Bd), telecommand uplink (
GMSK, 1200 Bd - 9600 Bd) and telemetry downlink (GMSK 4800, 9600 Bd). 
All the information is in an open format and everything needed for 
decoding is or will be published at: 
https://www.pilsencube.zcu.cz/vzlusat2/transmission.pdf. 

Planning a launch from Cape Canaveral in the time window from 
December 2020 to March 2021 into SSO 500-600 km. A downlink on 
437.325 MHz has been coordinated.

[ANS thanks the IARU 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

Quick Hits:

- Need Hawaii? On AO-7 Most days. NH7WN for a schedule.

- EN85, 86 and maybe 75 and 76, July 11-25. @AA8CH for a schedule.

- FN44/54, 7/22 - 7/31, KQ2RP: Just like last time, FM only.

- FN11+21 then 12+22 grid lines, 7/25, @NS3L Steve is heading out to 
  these lines. Schedule to come.

- EN20/30 Line, July 28-31, @KX9X Sean is moving quickly towards 
  his VUCC/R award by heading out again for two more grids. Watch his 
  Twitter for details.

- DM97/98 & EM08/09: Super Rover @AD0DX is heading out for the Kansas 
  QSO party and N0E. More to come.

Major Roves:

- @WY7AA is heading out again!
  Mon 7/20 DN67/68. All SSB and FM passes from about 1600-0400.
  Tue 7/21 DN57/58. All SSB and FM passes from about 1600-0400.
  Wed 7/22 Travel day no sats.
  Thu 7/23 DN55/56. All SSB and FM passes from about 1600-0400.
  Fri 7/24 DN65/66. All SSB and FM passes from about 1600-0400.
  Watch his QRZ page for details and updates.

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

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Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

No events posted.

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ARISS News

No pending school operations.

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

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Shorts from All Over

- Sean Kutzko, KX9X To Present "Working Satellites" at DXE Virtual 
  Hamfest and DX Academy July 25, 2020

Join Sean on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:15 EDT for his thirty-
minute presentation on Amateur Radio satellites.  Sean's presentation 
is part of the DX Engineering Virtual Hamfest and DX Academy. The 
event is free and open to all. Register at 
https://tinyurl.com/ANS-201-Sean

- Behind Scenes SpaceX Crew Dragon Mission You Haven't Seen

NASA has just released a new video. It starts with "You saw history 
made with the first crewed launch and docking of the SpaceX Crew 
Dragon, but you didn't see the flurry of activity on board the 
International Space Station...until now.

"Join Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy and his crew mates as 
they prepare their cameras to document the DM-2 launch, and look over 
their shoulders to witness the new American spacecraft dock to the 
station and deliver their new crew mates."

Watch the twelve minute video at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-201-Dragon.

[ANS thanks http://spaceref.com for the above information.]


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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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