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[jamsat-news:1180] * SpaceNews 15-Nov-99 *
SB NEWS @ AMSAT $SPC1115
* SpaceNews 15-Nov-99 *
MONDAY NOVEMBER 15, 1999
* LEONIDS APRS EXPERIMENT *
ARRL Headquarters station W1AW will be participating in an APRS meteor
scatter experiment, November 12 through 19, during the Leonids meteor
shower. Beginning at 2100 UTC on 12 November, W1AW will be monitoring and
beaconing on 53.530 and 147.585 MHz continuously. QSLs will be available
for all stations receiving W1AW's APRS beacons (please include an SASE).
For more information concerning the Leonids APRS experiment, see the November
issue of QST, page 46. Each day the call signs of stations received at W1AW
will be posted on the Web at:
[Info via Steve Ford, WB8IMY, QST Managing Editor]
* SUNSAT SCHEDULE CHANGE *
The SUNSAT ground control team at the University of Stellenbosch will be
loading new software onto the SUNSAT satellite. As a result, there will
be no SUNSAT operation over Africa and operation over other areas as
previously scheduled is doubtful. The SUNSAT ground control team
apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
[Info via Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS5AKV, firstname.lastname@example.org]
* RHODE ISLAND ROCKET LAUNCH *
There's a tremendous event coming up November 18 that involves Leonids,
ham radio, balloons, and rockets. It's called Aviation and Space
Education Day and is part of the Rhode Island Rockets for Schools
At an old navy airfield in Charlestown, Rhode Island, more than one
thousand students will gather from several states to launch all classes
of model rockets and, if weather permits, three high altitude balloons
including the SkyQuest 3 hamradiosonde. One of the high power model
rockets will loft an ATV camera and transmitter.
Perhaps the highlight of the festivities is the firing of a Viper-Dart
sounding rocket into a 60 mile high suborbital flight with the goal of
collecting comet dust from the Leonids meteor shower. The Viper rocket
engine will fall into the ocean close to shore, and the GPS radio-equipped
nosecone will be tracked and recovered southeast of Block Island by the
US Coast Guard.
This marks the first time ever a missile will be launched into space
from any New England state.
The SkyQuest 3 will be carrying a CW and RTTY modulated 2 meter transmitter
that should be heard at least 250 miles away when it reaches its peak
Southern New England CW and RTTY Balloon SkyQuest 3 Info:
Region: Coastal Rhode Island / Charlestown
Date/Time: Thursday, November 18 / 11:30 AM EST, 1630 UTC
Location: Charlestown, Rhode Island at Ninigret
State Park (former Navy airfield) 30
miles south-southwest of Providence
Coordinates: 41.367 north latitude
71.664 west longitude
Telemetry: Inside temp, outside temp for CW;
two temps and battery voltage in RTTY.
Note: neither of the following signals
is FM mode or audio on FM
~144.06 MHz CW and on-off keyed RTTY
(vertically polarized, ~ 1/2 watt)
~433.98 MHz at ~10 milliwatts (vertically
polarized); duplicates above telemetry.
Further information may be found at:
Rhode Island Rockets for Schools website:
[Info via Hank Riley, N1LTV]
* SATGATE HELP NEEDED *
Andrew, G8TZJ, is soliciting aid in expanding the current Satgate network.
The Satgate network passes personal mail from the terrestrial BBS network
in one country to the packet network in another country by using the UO-22
pacsat satellite. This delivers packet radio mail quickly and efficiently
between sender and receiver. Many such messages can be seen as Type 18
files on UO-22 addressed to GATEWAY.
To be a Satgate, a pacsat station and a BBS are required, preferably
running WiSP and FBB, but other software can also be used.
Over the past year, a number of Satgates have been lost, and the Amateur
Radio Service could certainly benefit by replacing them or by adding new
ones. Some of our present Satgates may even be replaced.
In particular, Satgates are needed in:
The Western half of the USA / VE7
Any country in Asia
The european part of Russia
Interested parties should contact Andrew on OSCAR-22 or via email at
[Info via Andrew, G8TZJ (One of the satgate co-ordinators)]
* THANKS! *
Thanks to all those who recently sent messages of appreciation to SpaceNews,
* FEEDBACK/INPUT WELCOMED *
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