[ans] ANS-250 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Mark Johns, K0JM k0jm.mark at gmail.com
Sun Sep 6 12:51:35 UTC 2020


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In this edition:

* ARISS First Element of the Interoperable Radio System is Operational
* FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Proposal open for comment
* Successful Vega Mission Launches the Amicalsat Project Satellite
* TEVEL Mission Nears Projected Launch Date
* Changes to the AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for September 3, 2020
* VUCC Satellite Awards and Endorsements
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 250.01
DATE 2020 Sept 06
BID: $ANS-250.01

First Element of ARISSNext Generation (Next-Gen) Radio System
Installed in ISS ColumbusModule

September2, 2020—The ARISS team is pleased to announce that installa-
tion and set up of the first element of the InterOperable Radio System
(IORS) has been completed and amateur radio operations with it are now
underway. This first element, was installed in the International Space
Station Columbus module. The IORS replaces the Ericsson radio system
and packet module that were originally certified for spaceflight on
July 26, 2000.

Initial operation of the new radio system is in FM cross bandrepeater
mode using an uplink frequency of 145.99 MHz with an access tone of
67Hz and a downlink frequency of 437.800 MHz. System activation was
first observed at 01:02 UTC on September 2. Special operations will
continue to be announced.

The IORS was launched from Kennedy Space Center on March 6, 2020 on
board the SpaceX CRS-20 resupply mission. It consists of a special,
space-modified JVC Kenwood D710GA transceiver, an ARISS developed
multi-voltage power supply and interconnecting cables. The design,
development, fabrication, testing, and launch of the first IORS was an
incredible five-year engineering achievement accomplished by the ARISS
hardware volunteer team. It will enable new and exciting capabilities
for ham radio operators, students, and the general public. Capabilities
include a higher power radio, voice repeater, digital packet radio
(APRS) capabilities and a Kenwood VC-H1 slow scan television (SSTV)

A second IORS undergoes flight certification and will be launched later
for installation in the Russian Service module. This second system en-
ables dual, simultaneous operations, (e.g. voice repeater and APRS
packet), providing diverse opportunities for radio amateurs. It also
provides on-orbit redundancy to ensure continuous operations in the
event of an IORS component failure.

Next-gen development efforts continue. For the IORS, parts are being
procured and a total of ten systems are being fabricated to support
flight, additional flight spares, ground testing and astronaut train-
ing. Follow-on next generation radio system elements include an L-band
repeater uplink capability, currently in development, and a flight
Raspberry-Pi, dubbed “ARISS-Pi, ”that is just beginning the design
phase. The ARISS-Pi promises operations autonomy and enhanced SSTV

ARISS is run almost entirely by volunteers, and with the help of gener-
ous contributions from ARISS sponsors and individuals. Donations to the
ARISS program for next generation hardware developments, operations,
education, and administration are welcome -- please go to
https://www.ariss.org/donate.html to contribute to these efforts.

(ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN of ARISS PR for the above information)


ARLB021 FCC Application Fee Proposal Proceeding is Open for Comments

Comments are being accepted on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
 in MD Docket 20-270, which proposes application fees for radio
amateurs. Formal deadlines for comments and reply comments will be
determined once the NPRM appears in the Federal Register. Comments may
be filed now by using the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS),
located at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings, and posting to MD Docket N
o. 20-270. The docket is already open for accepting comments, even
though deadlines have not yet been set.

The NPRM can be found online in PDF format at:

A review current of information on this proposal follows:
Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio li-
cense application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed this week. In-
cluded in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, re-
newal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests.
Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes
of address, and annual regulatory fees.

The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the
“Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services
Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act."

The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated
fee structure to a cost-based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the
FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use
the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio
Service that had been excluded by an earlier statute. The 2018 statute
excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not from
application fees.

“Applications for personal licenses are mostly automated and do not
have individualized staff costs for data input or review,” the FCC said
in its NPRM. “For these automated processes — new/major modifications,
renewal, and minor modifications — we propose a nominal application fee
of $50 due to automating the processes, routine ULS maintenance, and
limited instances where staff input is required.”

The same $50 fee would apply to all Amateur Service applications, in-
cluding those for vanity call signs. “Although there is currently no
fee for vanity call signs in the Amateur Radio Service, we find that
such applications impose similar costs in aggregate on Commission re-
sources as new applications and therefore propose a $50 fee,” the FCC

The FCC is not proposing to charge for administrative updates, such as
mailing address changes for amateur applications, and amateur radio
will remain exempt from annual regulatory fees. “For administrative up-
dates [and] modifications, which also are highly automated, we find
that it is in the public interest to encourage licensees to update
their [own] information without a charge,” the FCC said.

The FCC also proposes to assess a $50 fee for individuals who want a
printed copy of their license. “The Commission has proposed to elimi-
nate these services — but to the extent the Commission does not do so,
we propose a fee of $50 to cover the costs of these services,” the FCC

The Ray Baum’s Act does not exempt filing fees in the Amateur Radio
Service. The FCC dropped assessment of fees for vanity call signs sev-
eral years ago.

Deadlines for comments and reply comments will be determined once the
NPRM appears in the Federal Register. Interested parties may file com-
ments by using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), post-
ing to MD Docket No. 20-270. This docket is already open to accept com-
ments, even thoughdeadlines have not yet been set.

[ANS thanks ARRL News for the above information]


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Vega rocket (VV16) was sucessfully launched September 3, 2020. The
rocket left Kourou on 3 September, 2020 at 01h51 UTC with 53 satellites
on board.

One of the satellites launched is the Amicalsat satellite
built by the CSUG (Centre Spatial Universitaire Grenoblois). Measure-
ments made by the satellite will be available to all and will assist
radio amateurs in making propagation predictions.

The project's website (in English) has just been put online:

AMSAT-F supported this project. Additional information may be found at:

Linux & Windows Software is provided for decoding the Amicalsat tele-
metry and for sending it to the SatNogs database. An English version of
the user manual is available at: https://bit.ly/2QILo8S

Beacon    Frequency    Modes        Callsign
UHF        436.1 MHz     AFSK 1200     RS17S
S band    2,415.3 MHz    GFSK 1000 kb/s

Reports are welcome. Thank you for your help.

The first 5 people who receive a frame from AmicalSat will receive a
gift. To submit your frame uses the satnogs SIDS or email
satellite at adri38.fr.

2 other satellites are on this mission:

Satellites            beacon  frequency        Modes            Identifier
UPMSat-2            UHF        437.405 MHz        AFSK 1200        UPMST2
TTU100 Primary        UHF        435.450 MHz        1k2, 9k6, CW    TTU100
TTU100 Secondary    SHF        10465.000 MHz    OPSK 62.5 Kbs and 20 Mbs

UPMSat-2: https://bit.ly/2EL4VTO
TTU100: https://bit.ly/2QXRmmN

Projected TLE (Updated 03 September, 2020 after launch announcement):
1 74002U 14900A   20247.14839410  .00000000  00000-0  50000-4 0    04
2 74002  97.4424 320.0103 0002779  53.5911 328.5572 15.10021350    03

[ANS thanks Christophe Mercier, Amsat-F chairman for the above informa-


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TEVEL Mission Nears Projected Launch DATE

TEVEL, a mission with eight identical CubeSats, has been coordinated
and approved by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), and is
scheduled for launch from India sometime this fall. The project, lead
by the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a private research college
in Herzliya, Israel, consists of high-school students’ educational sat-
ellite experiments that involve telemetry beacons for educational re-
search activities. But also on board are FM amateur radio transponders.
Telemetry will 9k6 BPSK AX25 telemetry downlinks. But each satellite
can be commanded to operate as U/V FM transponders. Planning a launch
into a 580 km 98 degree orbit in September 2020. The eight spacecraft
in the TEVEL mission, identified as T1OFK, T2YRC, T3TYB, T4ATA, T5SNG,
T6NZR, T7ADM, T8GBS will all downlink for beacon, telemetry and trans-
ponder on 436.400 MHz and the transponder input on 145.970 MHz.

[ANS thanks IARU for the above information]


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Changes to the AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for September 3, 2020

The names of the following satellites have been changed as follows:

S-Net G (Cat ID 43186) is now S-Net D
S-Net H (Cat ID 43186) is now S-Net B
S-Net J (Cat ID 43186) is now S-Net A
S-Net K (Cat ID 43186) is now S-Net C
Thanks to Sebastian Lange (DL7BST) for the above update.

Arianespace launched 53 new satellites on Thursday, September 3, 2020
at 01:51 UTC on a Vega POC (Proof of Concept) mission to test their
new SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service) satellite dispenser. At
least two new satellites, TTU-100 and UPMSAT 2, carry amateur radio
transmitters have been placed in orbit. So far only UPMSAT 2 has been
identified as Cat ID 46277. More later.

The following satellite has been and added to this week's AMSAT-NA TLE

UPMSat 2 - Cat ID 46277.
Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, for determining which object is UPMSat

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the
above information]

VUCC Awards-Endorsements for September 2020

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
ARRL for the period August 1, 2020 through September 1, 2020.
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

CALL   August  September

K8YSE  1926    1935  This was missed last month
WA5KBH  759     766
W5RKN   708     721
AA8CH   641     702
N6UK    675     687
N0JE    652     655
NS3L    575     600
KI7UNJ  527     551
AD0HJ   450     478
AF5CC   425     461
KE8FZT  428     450
N9FN    403     450
PS8ET   434     450
W7JSD   355     375
WA9JBQ  326     355
KC9UQR  326     351
KC9VGG  310     336
N3CRT   200     303
K0JM    New     300
KS1G    233     285
WW8W    228     260
K5CIS   150     250
KX9X    100     219
WB7QXU  140     204
KF6JOQ  101     201
WD9EWK  164     176 (from DM41)
KX9X    New     175 (from EN50)
LW2DAF  130     166
W8LR    100     149
KB9STR  104     138
K1PAD   New     130
DF2ET   New     129
WA8ZID  New     126
PP2RON  New     106
KI4ASK  New     105
KO4AQF  New     104
K5TA    New     101
LU3FCA  100     101
NA1ME   New     100

If you find errors or omissions, please contact Ron Parsons W5RKN
at <mycall>@<mycall>.com and he will revise the announcement.
This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for two
months. It's a visual comparison so omissions are possible. Apologies
if your call was not mentioned.
Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely on the
birds. They are doing most of the work!

[ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN for the above information]



Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between
amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with
astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The
downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2020-09-01 01:30 UTC
Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:
The KMO Kolska Wyspa, Koło, Poland, telebridge via VK6MJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Chris Cassidy KF5KDR
Contact is go for: Wed 2020-09-02 12:58:11 UTC 75 deg
There has been no report about the success of this contact.

College Raymond Sirot, Gueux, France, telebridge via VK5ZAI
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Chris Cassidy KF5KDR
Contact is go for: Thu 2020-09-10 08:17:01 UTC 57 deg

There is a new radio on board the ISS.
The Kenwood D710GA is now in use. The crossband repeater is now avail-
able when the radio is not being used for ARISS school contacts. The
frequencies are 145.99 MHz up (67 tone) and 437.800 MHz down.  Watch
the Doppler on the downlink.

ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools
and the public in general.  As such, we may have last minute cancella-
tions or postponements of school contacts.  As always, I will try to
provide everyone with near-real-time updates.

The following schools have now been postponed or cancelled due to

Green Bank Elementary Middle School, Green Bank, WV

No new schools

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team men-
tors 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

DM07, DM08: N6REK will be on vacation next week in the Eastern Sierra
and plans to work AO-91, AO-92 and PO-101 from the DM07/08 gridline
on a holiday schedule from Wednesday, Sept. 2 to Saturday, Sept. 5.
Watch the AMSAT BB for details.

@WA9JBQ has been working through Idaho hitting DN24,DN25,DN26 DN34,
DN16, DN15, and DN14. He started August 15th, then moved into Montana
for DN35,DN36, DN37, DN38 DN49 DN47. He will be out a total of 5-6
weeks working mostly FM but also some linear birds. Details will be
posted on twitter.com.

@AD7DB is heading out to hit a few grids: #Roving announcement! He
hopes to activate on Fri 9/11/20 and Sun 9/13 include DM06, DM07,
DM08, DM16, DM17 and DM18. He will operate all day Saturday 9/12
from DM19. He is taking just FM gear. More info as date gets closer at:

[ANS thanks Paul Overnfor, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the
above information]


Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

Clint Bradford K6LCS has booked his “Work the FM Voice Satellites With
Minimal Equipment” presentation for the following clubs:
09/02/2020 – Garden State ARA, New Jersey
09/14/2020 – North Agusta Belevedere Radio Club
10/27/2020 – Cherryland ARC / Traverse Bay ARC
TBD – Antelope Valley (CA) ARC
TBD – A private presentation fo a Boy Scout troop in Danville, PA
These will be Zoom presentations. Everyone is asked to update their
copies of the Zoom application – by directly visiting Zoom.us.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP-User Services for the
above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ 4A50, MEXICO (Special Event). Look for special event station 4A50CRH
  to be active between September 1st and December 31st. Activity is to
  celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Club de Radioaficionados Hidro-
  calidos (XE2CRH). Operations will be on 160-6 meter, satellites, CW,
  SSB, FM, and the Digital modes. QSL via XE2AU, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog.
  Every QSO will be confirmed. (ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
  for the above information)

+ Flying for the first time since a failure in early July, Rocket Lab’s
  Electron launcher delivered Capella Space’s first commercial radar
  remote sensing satellite to orbit after lifting off from New Zealand
  on Sunday, August 30. The successful mission signaled a return to
  launch operations for Rocket Lab after suffering a failure on the
  last Electron flight July 4. Investigators traced the cause of the
  failure to a single faulty electrical connector on the second stage,
  which detached in flight and led to a premature engine shutdown.
  (ANS thanks Spaceflight Now for the above information)

+ A Falcon 9 rocket dodged stormy weather and successfully placed an
  Argentine radar observation satellite into an orbit over Earth’s
  poles Sunday on SpaceX’s 100th launch. Instead of launching toward
  the northeast or east, the Falcon 9 darted through a cloudy sky and
  arced to the south-southeast from Florida’s Space Coast, then made a
  right turn to fly along the east coast of Florida over Fort Lauder-
  dale and Miami on the way to a polar orbit. The launch Sunday was the
  first from Cape Canaveral to fly on a southerly track since 1969.
  (ANS thanks Spaceflight Now for the above information)

+ A long-retired NASA satellite burned up in Earth's atmosphere last
  weekend, the agency has confirmed. NASA launched the satellite, c
  alled Orbiting Geophysics Observatory 1, or OGO-1, in September 1964,
  the first in a series of five missions to help scientists understand
  the magnetic environment around Earth. OGO-1 was the first to launch
  but the last to fall out of orbit; the satellite had circled Earth
  aimlessly since its retirement in 1971. (ANS thanks space.com for the
  above information)

+ Dave, AA4KN relays that Patrice, 3B8FA, and Jean Marc, 3B8DU, held a
  successful QSO using the new IORS, repeater function: Jean Marc wrote:
  "Just to let you know that Patrice (3B8FA) and myself did superb QSO
  via the ISS FM repeater just a few minutes ago (reported 2 September,
  2020 @ 02:22:30). Working fine 59+ both ways on V/U (145.990/437.800
  MHz),   really nice to have the ISS repeater back on air." (ANS thanks
  Dave AA4KN  of ARISS PR for the report)



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