[ans] ANS-313 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

Frank Karnauskas n1uw at gokarns.com
Sun Nov 8 00:02:56 UTC 2020


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In this edition:
* Neutron1 Launched from the ISS
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for November 2020
* AMSAT GridMaster Award
* IARU Coordinates Frequencies for Six Satellites in October
* ARISS Team Attends ISS National Lab Education Summit
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 313.01
November 08, 2020
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Neutron1 Launched from the ISS

Hawaii's first 3U CubeSat designed to detect neutrons was launched on 
November 5, 2020 by the ISS and is now in Low Earth Orbit. 

The science payload, a small neutron detector developed by Arizona 
State University, will focus on measurements of low-energy secondary 
neutrons - a component of the LEO neutron environment. 

For the first month and during the spacecraft commissioning phase, 
the beacon will transmit 1200bps BPSK every 60 seconds on the IARU 
coordinated  frequency of 435.300MHz . The Hawaii Space Flight 
Laboratory welcomes the worldwide Amateur Radio community to collect 
the beacons and forward them to n1-info at hsfl.hawaii.edu. The beacon 
format is now public and published at: 

After the initial commissioning phase, Amateurs will be able to use 
the V/U FM repeater during available times and according to the 
available power budget. Stay tuned for more mission updates on their 
Twitter account @HSFLNeutron1 and their website: 

[ANS thanks the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory for the above 


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VUCC Awards-Endorsements for November 2020

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

CALL          Oct     Nov

KO4MA        1753    1779
N3GS          652     679
N0JE          655     675
KE4AL         625     631
K7TAB         600     627
WD9EWK(DM43)  623     625
KI7UNJ        551     576
N9FN          450     486
K0JM          300     403
N5BO          New     401
N4DCW         300     400
WA9JBQ        355     375
VE6WK         207     355
AK7DD         255     326
KS1G          285     325
KF6JOQ        251     303
W4DTA         275     301
N6RFM         226     276
W2ZF          101     276
K8BL          257     274
N7AGF         200     240
N3CAL         171     181
W7YED         127     163
DL6IAN        New     154
K3HPA         128     150
EA2AA         125     148
NA1ME         100     126
WD9EWK(DM42)  100     126
WY4X          New     108
N7UJJ         New     101
F4BKV         New     100
W4WT          New     100

If you find errors or omissions. please contact Ron off-list at 
<mycall>@<mycall>.com and he will revise the announcement. This list 
was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for the 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.]


AMSAT GridMaster Award

With last week's activation of DL88, there are 4 new recipients of the

GridMaster award. They all sent in their applications within days of 
each other.

#16 Chris AA8CH
#17 Robert KE4AL
#18 George N3GS
#19 Kerry WC7V

Awesome job and thanks to K5Z for activating the grid!

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO for the above information.]


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IARU Coordinates Frequencies for Six Satellites in October

During the month of October the IARU coordinated frequencies for six 
upcoming Amateur Radio satellites:

+ OreSat0 (Portland State Aerospace Society at Portland State 
University is a 1U CubeSat. The mission is to provide flight heritage 
to the "OreSat bus", an open source card-cage based system that is 
ideally suited for education CubeSat projects involving 
interdisciplinary teams of students. Downlinks on UHF using CW 
beacon, 9k6 G3RUH AX25/APRS packet beacon and a 96k GMSK 
engineering downlink. Also downlink on S Band using amateur 802.11b 
DPSK with 11M chip/sec spread and 1 Mbps data rate for bulk mission 
data. Downlinks on 436.500 MHz and 2425.00 MHz have been 
coordinated. Planning a launch with Momentus Space from Cape 
Canaveral in February 2021 into a 450 km polar orbit. More info at: 
http://oresat.org/ and https://github.com/oresat.

+ TartanArtibeus-1 (Carnegie Mellon University) is a 1P PocketQube.
Amateur Radio community globally will be provided with a delay 
ping-back service, allowing Amateurs to send messages, with replies 
from the satellite transmitted later.  A UHF downlink using 3kbps FSK 
compatible with RadioHead library. A downlink on 437.170 MHz has 
been coordinated. Planning a SpaceX launch from KSC in December 2020 
into a 550km SSO.

+ SATLLA-2 (Ariel University) is a 2P picosat that will take 
low-resolution photos and will broadcast the photos over the Amateur 
Radio with its position in orbit and data from its sensors. UHF and S 
Band downlinks using LORA from 476bps to 9k6 bps. Downlinks on 
437.250 MHz and 2401.000 MHz have been coordinated.Planning a SpaceX 
launch into a 410 km 52 degree orbit in December 2020.

+  CSIROSat-1 (University of South Australia & CSIRO) is a 3U CubeSat 
mission that will perform hyperspectral infrared imaging of the earth 
for scientific research purposes. An experimental two-way link for 
Amateur Radio operators to exchange short messages through a 
‘ping-pong’ arrangement of data exchange is among the several 
communications experiments. Proposing a 9k6 FSK downlink. A downlink 
on 437.315 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a launch from Cape 
Canaveral in March 2021 into an ISS orbit. 

+ PyCubed-1 (Carnegie Mellon University) is a 1P PocketQube that will 
test a novel 3-axis attitude control system based on magnetic torque 
coils. In addition, it will test new low- power LoRa radios in 
low-Earth orbit which will be of interest to many other Amateur Radio 
small satellite operators. Proposing a 3kbps UHF downlink. A downlink 
on 437.290 MHz has been coordinated. Packets are standard LoRa format 
and are compatible with the RadioHead library. Planning a SpaceX 
launch from KSC into a 550 km SSO in December 2020.

+ Grizu-263A (Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University) is a pocketcube 
satellite with a digipeater mode that will allow forwarding of 
received messages back to earth to support communication between 
Amateur Radio operators. Proposing a UHF downlink using 4k8 FSK. A 
downlink on 437.190 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a SpaceX 
launch from Vandenberg into a 500 600 km SSO in December 2020. 

Information on these and other upcoming satellites can be found at: 

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]


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ARISS Team Attends ISS National Lab Education Summit

A group of ARISS team members took part in the three-day ISS National 
Lab Education Summit on October 26-28, 2020.  On Day 1, Space Station 
Explorers Senior Education Manager Dan Barstow gave a presentation 
titled “20 Years of STEM Education—the ISS National Lab Report. His 
talk highlighted several of the Space Station Explorers programs, 
and one was ARISS. Barstow related a small amount of ARISS’s long 
history, described how it enhances youth education, and displayed 
some of ARISS’s metrics on engaging youth. 

Frank Bauer shared additional comments on ARISS activities and plans 
such as this past summer’s balloon race using amateur radio payloads 
and how ARISS transformed its school contacts in ways that 
safeguarded students from Covid. 

Rosalie White added that ARISS is not just K-12; colleges and 
universities often host ARISS contacts with the students mentoring 
elementary schools.  She thanked Barstow for describing ARISS as 
“having the power to combine ham radio and space exploration into a 
magical elixir to engage students.”  

Day 3 sessions focused on upcoming activities allowing students to 
engage with the ISS.  At another session, Barstow introduced the 
Student Mission Control project, an initiative where students can 
receive live ISS telemetry data in a mission control setting, and 
then analyze and interpret the data. Barstow described the ARISS 
contribution to this initiative, where on-board telemetry data 
acquired by sensors attached to an ARISS-developed Raspberry Pi 
computer can be transmitted from the ARISS on-board radio system and 
directly received on the ground and evaluated by the Mission Control 

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]


Upcoming Satellite Operations

CN73,CN74,CN82,CN83, November 6-8, 2020
@KF6JOQ will be operating holiday style on FM. He will tweet as 
soon as he knows were and when. His main goal is CN73/83 and to run 
doubles. "Hope I can help a few."

KH67, November 11-21, 2020
7Q7RU on AO-7, RS-44 and QO-100.  More information at:

HH02, November 13-15, 2020
Sandro Ribeiro, PY1SAN and Claudio Marcelo, PY1CMT are QRV on QO-100 
with some opportunities AO-07, FO-29 or RS-44 using CW and SSB as 
ZX6BA from Prado, Brazil, Bahia. The activity will be on several HF 
bands too, using CW and FT8 on an Alex Loop Antenna with 5 watts. 
QSL via LoTW.

FN53/54/55/56/57/64/65/66/67 November 13-18, 2020 
@KL7TN will be in Maine. Details to follow.

GG99, November 16-18, 2020.
Sandro Ribeiro, PY1SAN and Claudio Marcelo, PY1CMT are QRV on QO-100 
and maybe AO-07, FO-29, RS-44 using CW and SSB as PR1S from 
Nova Almeida, Brazil, Espirito Santo. Activity will be on several HF 
bands too, using CW and FT8 on an Alex Loop Antenna with 5 watts. 
QSL via LoTW.

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


Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

November 11, 2020
Rick Tejera K7TEJ from the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club (TBARC) 
will be giving a presentation and demonstration of satellite 
operations to the Northwest Christian School in Glendale, AZ. The 
demo will be on SO-50 at 2323UTC. He will be using the club call 
WB7TBC and the church is in Grid DM33wp. He may try to get a student 
on the air. Please keep an ear out for Rick and respond to his call 
as the kids will appreciate it. Rick will send a reminder as the 
date gets closer.


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No ARISS contacts are currently scheduled.

November 12: ARISS educator Kathy Lamont is scheduled to give a talk 
at the online Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference. 
Her presentation is titled “How to Talk with an Astronaut 250 Miles 
Above You.” 

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at

The deadline for United States organizations to submit an ARISS
contact proposal is November 24, 2020. For more information, visit

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


Shorts from All Over

* EIRSAT-1 Video Available Online

The EIRSAT-1 CubeSat, built by students at University College Dublin 
is due for launch on the Vega rocket in early 2021. David Murphy, 
EI9HWB and Fergal Marshall of the EIRSAT-1 team gave a comprehensive 
technical run-through of the satellite’s payload, subsystems and 
onboard communications.  You can watch the entire video presentation 
at: https://amsat-uk.org/.

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

* Tel Aviv TAU-SAT1 Gets Press Coverage

The Times of Israel posted an informative article on the Tel Aviv 
University's plans to launch a "shoebox-size" satellite next year. 
Read the article at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-313-Tel-Aviv.

[ANS thanks Mark Johns, K0JM for the above information.]


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This week's ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
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