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[jamsat-news:1602] ANS 285




AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS 285

ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North
America, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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.

ANS is first released worldwide via the AMSAT ANS e-mail reflector,
followed by a live radiocast on the AMSAT-NA 20-meter net held each
Sunday on 14.282 MHz. Pre-net operations start at 18:00 UTC, with
current ANS bulletins transmitted to the eastern U.S. at 19:00 UTC and
to the western U.S. at 19:30 UTC. 

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In addition to regular membership, AMSAT-NA 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.
Initially, there will two levels for donations - Gold and Silver.
Application forms are available from the AMSAT-NA Office.

This edition of ANS is dedicated to the memory of Steve Linn, N4CAK,
of Lower Allen Township, Pennsylvania. Linn and his wife Lesley
tragically died as a result of an automobile accident in Maryland. The
couple's two children survived the wreck. N4ACK was a valued
employee of the FCC and a good friend to the Amateur Radio
community. [ANS thanks the ARRL for this information]

ANS is always dedicated to the memory of past ANS editor 'BJ'
Arts, WT0N, and to the memory of long-time AMSAT supporters
Werner Haas, DJ5KQ, and Dennis Kitchen, G0FCL.

ANS salutes John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, co-inventors of the
transistor (the basis for modern electronics). Bardeen and Brattain
are among the inaugural group of 50 inductees into the CQ Amateur
Radio Hall of Fame. The Hall was established to recognize those
individuals (whether licensed radio amateurs or not), who significantly
affected the course of Amateur Radio; and radio amateurs, who, in the
course of their professional lives, had a significant impact on their
professions or on world affairs. AMSAT and OSCAR supporters/notables
on the CQ Hall of Fame list include K1JT, K1ZZ, W6SAI, W2SKE, W8JK,
K7UGA, W6ZH, W3ASK, W1HR, KA9Q and W3IWI. [ANS thanks CQ
Amateur Radio magazine, published by CQ Communications, Inc. for
this information]

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-285.01
AO-40 UPDATE

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 285.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 12, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-285.01

AO-40 may help change the way we travel to and from space, following
initial testing of the GPS receivers onboard the satellite.

NASA provided two GPS receivers for AO-40, wanting to know if
GPS signals from outside NASA's own ring of satellites could be
useful. They turned to AMSAT to find out.

The two AO-40 GPS receivers, receiver A (used at apogee) and receiver
B (for perigee), would help provide the information. AMSAT-NA's Jim
White, WD0E, recently reported good received signals, even out to
52,000 kilometers. Data from the GPS receivers was downlinked via
AO-40's S-band transmitter and the RUDAK system.

Currently, the received data is being analyzed.

If the data provides useful information, future high orbit satellites will
be able to take advantage of GPS data for autonomous navigation
and stationkeeping.

AO-40 activity continues.

RUDAK was turned on again during orbit 433 to allow control stations
to downlink additional GPS data.

Mike, KD9KC, reports his first contacts via AO-40, using mode U/S.
Mike tells ANS of contacts with VE7FM, W8GSM, N4WYK, N9MUH,
K5OE and PY0DGV. "Thanks again to all the people who helped me
with both effort and knowledge, allowing me to make the transition to
AO-40," said KD9KC.

Masa, JA1ATI, reports success with AO-40 K-band reception. His
received signals were S-1 to S-2 with heavy QSB. His system
includes a dish with a dual mode horn and preamp.

AO-40 is currently in a long period during which the Earth eclipses
the Sun near perigee. These actually began about August 28th, and
will rapidly increase in length. The will continue well into June 2002.

For the current transponder operating schedule visit:

http://www.amsat-dl.org/journal/adlj-p3d.htm

Stay tuned to ANS, the official source of AO-40 information.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and AR Newsline for this information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-285.02
AMSAT-NA SYMPOSIUM CONCLUDES

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 285.02 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 12, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-285.02

Over 150 satellite enthusiasts recently traveled to Atlanta for the 19th
AMSAT-NA Symposium and Annual Meeting. Attendees heard
presentations on a wide range of amateur satellite-related topics.
Symposium attendees also packed presentations on the progress of
AO-40, Project JJ, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station,
along with  and various technical topics relating to amateur satellite
work. 

Speaking of Project JJ, AMSAT-NA is currently looking for an
official name for the project. Entries can be sent to President VE3FRH
using  < ve3frh@amsat.org > through November 30th.

Steve Diggs, W4EPI, chaired the conference.

ANS has received many favorable comments about the Symposium.

Antonio, EA4LE, enjoyed the 24 GHz Working Group Session and was
impressed by the number of attendees and their contributions. Jim,
W5VZF, reported terrific presentations and wonderful visits. "It was
great to see old friends again and make some new ones," said W5VZF.

AMSAT Awards Manager Bruce Paige, KK5DO, tells ANS that for those
who were not fortunate to be able to attend the Symposium in Atlanta,
each of the papers presented is now available via the Internet. Visit
< http://www.amsatnet.com > and follow the links to the 2001
Symposium audio.

AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, was re-elected without
opposition to another term at the board meeting. Haighton told the
annual business meeting that AMSAT-NA now has more than 5000
members "and continues to grow."

Proceedings of the AMSAT-NA 19th Space Symposium and AMSAT-NA
Annual Meeting are available from ARRL.

The 2002 AMSAT-NA Symposium and Annual Meeting will take place
November 8-11 in Fort Worth, Texas.

On behalf of AMSAT-NA, ANS would like to express appreciation to
Steve and Diana Diggs and their support organization for the wonderful
job done in hosting the 2001 Symposium.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and the ARRL for this information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-285.03
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE SUCCESSFUL

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 285.03 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 12, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-285.03

The 2001 Digital Communications Conference recently held in
Cincinnati, Ohio has been labeled a complete success. The conference
was co-sponsored by the ARRL and the Tucson Amateur Packet Radio
group (TAPR).

APRS, the Easy-Trak antenna rotator controller, a K8UD satellite
seminar, PSK31 (and other innovative digital communications
modes), DSP and digital voice technology - along with a K3RXK
presentation on the history of Amateur Radio in space - was
just some of the information presented at the Conference.

The 2002 Digital Communications Conference will be held in Denver,
Colorado.

[ANS thanks TAPR and the ARRL for this information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-285.04
ANS IN BRIEF

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 285.04 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 12, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-285.04

ANS news in brief this week includes the following:

** Speculations about life on Mars have always caused a great interest
and recently several articles have described the discovery of Martian
surface organisms in the South Polar Region of Mars. The data revealed
a region active with interesting and intriguing physical phenomena, but
does not suggest the existence of life. -SpaceDaily

** A totally new licensing structure for ham radio has come to the United
Kingdom as the Radio Society of Great Britain announced changes that
are designed to make Amateur Radio more attractive as a technical
hobby. The changes include lowering the Morse code speed
requirement, combining some license categories, allowing trainees to
operate under supervision and the introduction of a new Foundation
Class license. -ARNewsline

** Ray, W2RS, reports that during the IARU Region 2 Conference in
Guatemala City, he was active as TG9/W2RS using an HT and whip
antenna. "Although conference duties prevented me from operating as
much as I would have liked, I managed to get on 5 passes of UO-14
and 4 passes of AO-27," said W2RS. A total of 39 contacts were made
with 27 different stations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Belize and
Guatemala. QSL cards for TG9/W2RS should go to Ray's home
address. -Ray, W2RS

** NASA researchers using 22 years of satellite-derived data have
confirmed a theory that atmospheric energy around the Earth regulates
temperatures in the upper atmosphere of the Arctic, and play a role in
controlling ozone losses in the stratosphere. These findings may help
scientists predict stratospheric ozone loss in the future. -SpaceDaily

** A team of five operators from the Whitton Amateur Radio Group in the
United Kingdom will visit the island of Malta October 23-30th. The team
will participate in the CQ-WW SSB contest, but will also take UHF and
S-Band equipment for AO-40. The callsign will be allocated upon arrival,
but traditionally, visitors are given a 9H3 prefix. -David, G0MRF

** Scientists have been mystified by observations that when sea ice on
one side of the South Pole recedes, it advances farther out on the other
side. New findings from NASA's Office of Polar Programs suggest that
this is the result of El Ninos and La Ninas driving changes in the
subtropical jet stream, which then alters the path of storms that move
sea ice around the South Pole. -SpaceDaily

** Members of the XE1RCS Contest Group will activate Isla de
Lobos, November 1-4th. This IOTA operation will include both HF
(voice and CW), 6 meters, and one (or more) FM satellite. The
special call and QSL information will be announced shortly.
-Ramon, XE1KK

** The International Amateur Radio Union Administrative Council has
resolved that it supports 'the removal of Morse code testing as an ITU
requirement for an Amateur Radio license to operate on frequencies
below 30 MHz. The Council also resolved to urge member societies
(as an interim measure) to seek Morse code testing speeds not
exceeding five words per minute. -ARRL

** Deep Space-1 has successfully navigated past a comet, giving
researchers the best look ever inside the glowing core of icy dust and
gas. The space probe's close encounter with comet Borrelly provided the
best-resolution pictures of the comet to date. The already-successful
craft whizzed by 1,400 miles from the rocky, icy nucleus of the comet.
-SpaceDaily

** A bid to tax a piece of the heavens has been brought back to Earth
as the California Board of Equalization has approved a rule that prohibits
state and local taxes from being assessed on satellites. The ruling ended
a debate sparked by an attempt by the city of Los Angeles to collect
property taxes on at least eight satellites owned by Hughes Electronics.
The satellites, parked in a geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the
equator, were worth an estimated $100 million each when new.
-Larry, N1TX

** Bob, WB4APR, reports PCSat is still resetting randomly, thus the
satellite is often in a different mode than intended for users. To avoid
any frustration to users (and until control stations figure out what is
going on) WB4APR recommends operating procedures be set so that
NORMAL user mode and RESET mode are the same. Stations are
authorized to digipeat via the W3ADO-1 or W3ADO-2 callsigns in
accordance with the recommended procedures posted on the satellite
and web page. -Bob, WB4APR

** The Cassini mothership is expected to release the Huygens data
package in February 2005 for its brief journey down to the surface of
Saturn's moon Titan. The Huygens probe came through its latest in-flight
checkout recently with flying colors. Signals sent from the Cassini
spacecraft (when it was almost 1-billion kilometers from home) indicated
that all is well with the probe's sensitive systems. -SpaceDaily

--ANS BULLETIN END---

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-285.05
WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 1

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 285.05 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 05, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-285.05

Phase 3D / AMSAT OSCAR 40 / AO-40
Launched: November 16, 2000 aboard an Ariane 5 launcher
from Kourou, French Guiana. 
Status: Currently, the U/L-1 to S-2 passband is active.
Uplink    	U-band    435.550 - 435.800 MHz CW/SSB
                  	L1-band  1269.250 - 1269.500 MHz CW/SSB
                  	L2-band  1268.325 - 1268.575 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink  	2401.225 - 2401.475 MHz CW/SSB

For the current transponder operating schedule visit:

http://www.amsat-dl.org/journal/adlj-p3d.htm

AO-40 experimental transponder operation started on May 05, 2001 at
approximately 08:00 UTC when the U-band and L1-band uplinks were
connected to the S-2 transmitter passband downlink via the Matrix
switch.

Pieter Tjerk, PA3FWM, recently announced the availability of a new
program for decoding and viewing AO-40 telemetry under the Linux
operating platform, called ao40tlmview.

AO40tlmview can be downloaded from:

http://www.cs.utwente.nl/~ptdeboer/ham/ao40/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL and the ARRL for this information]

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION/ARISS
Worldwide packet uplink:  145.990 MHz
Region 1 voice uplink:       145.200 MHz
Region 2/3 voice uplink:    144.490 MHz
Worldwide downlink:          145.800 MHz
TNC callsign                       NOCALL

ARISS initial station launched September 2000 aboard shuttle Atlantis.
ARISS is made up of delegates from major national Amateur Radio
organizations, including AMSAT.

Status: Operational.

A Finland student contact with ISS has been successfully completed.
The Finnish satellite operators found ISS just as planned and copied
ISS 5x9 with perfect audio.

The ISS packet station (normally) available for UI packets. The mailbox
and keyboard are currently disabled. Please see the packet section of
the ARISS web page before attempting to first work ISS on packet.

The ISS daily crew schedule (which gives an idea when crew members
have free time and may be available for Amateur Radio operations) can
be found at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/timelines/2001/may/index.html

U.S. callsign:                  NA1SS
Russian callsigns:          RS0ISS, RZ3DZR

The QSL routes for W/VE stations working NA1SS aboard the
International Space Station:

U.S. stations:
Margie Bourgoin, KC1DCO
Attn: ARISS Expedition-1 (or 2) QSL
ARRL, 225 Main Street
Newington, Connecticut 06111

Canadian stations:
Radio Amateurs of Canada
Attn: ARISS Expedition-1 (or 2) QSL
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
Ottawa, Ontario KEG 0Z5

European stations:
AMSAT-France
16, rue de la Vale
91360 Opine usr Ogre
France

A self-addressed, stamped envelope is required to get a QSL in return.
The ARISS international group has not yet finalized a QSL card design.
It will be a few months before cards become available. More information
about the project can be found on the ARISS web site at:

http://ariss.gsfc.nasa.gov

[ANS thanks ARISS team member Will Marchant, KC6ROL, for this
information]

RADIO SPORT RS-12
Uplink                           145.910 to 145.950 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink                       29.410 to 29.450 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon                         29.408 MHz
Launched: February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher
Status: RS-12 was re-activated in mode-A on January 1, 2001

The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK
RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at:

http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for RS-12 information]

RADIO SPORT RS-15
Uplink                           145.858 to 145.898 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink                       29.354 to 29.394 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon                         29.352 MHz (intermittent)
SSB meeting frequency     29.380 MHz (unofficial)
Launched: December 26, 1994 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
Status: Semi-operational, mode-A, using a 2-meter uplink and a
10-meter downlink

Dave, WB6LLO, has operating information for both RS-15 on his
web site. In addition to satellite data, antenna information for
mode-A operation is also featured. The WB6LLO web site URL is:

http://home.san.rr.com/doguimont/uploads

[ANS thanks Dave Guimont, WB6LLO, for this information]

OSCAR 10 AO-10
Uplink               435.030 to 435.180 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink           145.975 to 145.825 MHz CW/USB
Beacon             145.810 MHz (unmodulated carrier)
Launched: June 16, 1983 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, mode-B. AO-10 has
been locked into a 70-cm uplink and a 2-meter downlink for several
years.

DX continues to be heard and worked on AO-10.

W4SM has more information about the satellite at the following URL:

http://www.cstone.net/~w4sm/AO-10.html

[ANS thanks Stacey Mills, W4SM, for his AO-10 status information
and web site]

AMRAD AO-27
Uplink               145.850 MHz FM
Downlink           436.795 MHz FM
Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Operational, mode J.

Periodically, AO-27's analog repeater will be turned off for a few days at
a time to enable ground controllers to gather Whole Orbital Data (WOD),
to verify the health of the satellite.

An AO-27 question-and-answer page is available on the AMSAT-NA web
site. The URL is: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/intro/ao27faq.html

AO-27 uses a method called Timed Eclipse Power Regulation (TEPR) to
regulate the on-board batteries. In simple terms, TEPR times how long
the satellite has been in an eclipse (or in the sun) and decides what
subsystems to turn on or off. The AO-27 pages on the AMSAT-NA web
site include an explanation of TEPR AO-27 operations (at):

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/ao27.html

[ANS thanks AMRAD for AO-27 information]

UO-14
Uplink               145.975 MHz FM
Downlink           435.070 MHz FM
Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Operational, mode J

Tim, KG8OC, features UO-14 information on the Michigan AMSAT
web site - point your web browser to the following URL:

http://www.qsl.net/kg8oc

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-14 information]

JAS-1b FO-20
Uplink               145.90 to 146.00 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink           435.80 to 435.90 MHz CW/USB
Launched: February 07, 1990 by an H1 launcher from the Tanegashima
Space Center in Japan. Status: Operational. FO-20 is in mode JA
continuously

Tak, JA2PKI, reported FO-20 control station operators believe that the
UVC (Under Voltage Controller) now is regulating the transponder. The
controller monitors battery voltage and tries to protect the batteries from
over discharge.

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-20 status reports]

JAS-2 FO-29
Launched: August 17, 1996, by an H-2 launcher from the Tanegashima
Space Center in Japan. Status: Operational

Voice/CW Mode JA
Uplink  		145.90 to 146.00 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink           435.80 to 435.90 MHz CW/USB

Digital Mode JD
Uplink               145.850 145.870 145.910 MHz FM
Downlink           435.910 MHz 1200-baud BPSK or 9600-baud FSK
Callsign             8J1JCS
Digitalker           435.910 MHz

Last reported, the JARL FO-29 command station announced the
operation schedule of FO-29 through December 3, 2001 - is
mode JA

Mineo, JE9PEL, has a FO-29 satellite telemetry analysis program that
will automatically analyze all digital telemetry from the satellite (such as
current, voltage and temperature). The JE9PEL FO-29/shareware is
available at the following URL:

http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-29 status reports]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-285.06
WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 2

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 285.06 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 12, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-285.06

TIUNGSAT-1
Uplink               145.850 or 145.925 MHz 9600-baud FSK
Downlink           437.325 MHz
Broadcast callsign  	MYSAT3-11
BBS                        	MYSAT3-12

Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Operational at
38k4-baud FSK

Chris, G7UPN, tells ANS that TiungSat-1 has been operating at a data
rate of 38k4. Data recovery at 38k4 is reported to be extremely good with
efficiencies near 100%. The output power is at 8-watts "which should
provide a very good downlink," said Chris, adding "the downside is that
with the high power transmitter operating, the power budget is negative
so we can't support continuous operation."

According to G7UPN, TiungSat-1 now requires the Amateur Radio
station to switch the downlink 'on' when the satellite comes into range.
The way this works is for the ground station software to send a request
to the spacecraft to switch the downlink on. The spacecraft receives this
request and checks the battery voltage to see if it can support the
operation, and if it can it will activate the downlink.

TiungSat-1 is Malaysia's first micro-satellite and in addition to
commercial land and weather imaging payloads offers FM and FSK
Amateur Radio communication.

TiungSat-1, named after the mynah bird of Malaysia, was developed as
a collaborative effort between the Malaysian government and Surrey
Satellite Technology Ltd.

For more information on TiungSat-1, visit the following URL:

http://www.yellowpages.com.my/tiungsat/tiung_main.htm

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for this information]

KITSAT KO-25
Uplink               145.980 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink           436.500 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign  	HL02-11
BBS                         	HL02-12

Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Operational

Jim, AA7KC, last reported that KO-25 is operational with low traffic.
Downlink efficiency is in the 50% range.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for this information]

UOSAT UO-22
Uplink               145.900 or 145.975 MHz FM 9600-baud FSK
Downlink           435.120 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign	UOSAT5-11
BBS                             	UOSAT5-12

Launched: July 17, 1991 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Operational

Jim, AA7KC, last reported UO-22 is operational with moderate
individual and Satgate traffic. Downlink efficiency is in the 60% range.

UoSAT command station G7UPN reports to ANS that UO-22 had
been closed for amateur activity for a short duration while command
stations assess the state of the RAM disk. Over the past few weeks
there have been increasing difficulties downloading larger files from
the spacecraft. The store and forward communications system has
been reloaded.

More information on the satellite is available at the following URL:

http://www.sstl.co.uk/

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-22 information
and Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for status information]

OSCAR-11
Downlink              145.825 MHz FM (1200-baud AFSK)
Mode-S Beacon    2401.500 MHz
Launched: March 1, 1984 by a Delta-Thor rocket from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California. Status: Operational

Clive, G3CWV, reported to ANS that during the period of 14-August to
15-September, reliable signals have been received from the 145 MHz
beacon. The internal temperatures have continued to increase as the
solar eclipse times decrease. A rise of 2.5 degree C has been noted.
The temperatures are now 3.0 C and 1.6 C for battery and telemetry
electronics respectively. The battery voltage observed during daylight
passes has increased. The average value observed was 13.8 volts,
with a range of 13.4 to 14.2 volts. The improved battery voltage is also
a result of decreasing solar eclipse times, and this trend is expected to
continue for several months.

The operating schedule is unchanged.

ASCII status (210 seconds)
ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
BINARY SEU (30 seconds)
ASCII TLM (90 seconds)
ASCII WOD (120 seconds)
ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
BINARY ENG (30 seconds)
 
The ASCII bulletin is currently a static message, detailing modes and
frequencies of all active Amateur Radio satellites.

More information on OSCAR-11 is available at the following URL:

http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/

[ANS thanks Clive Wallis, G3CWV, for OSCAR-11 status information]

PACSAT AO-16
Uplink                           145.90 145.92 145.94 145.96 MHz FM
                                     (using 1200-baud Manchester FSK)
Downlink                       437.025 MHz SSB (RC-BPSK 1200-baud PSK)
Mode-S Beacon            2401.1428 MHz
Broadcast Callsign:       PACSAT-11
BBS                               PACSAT-12

Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, the digipeater command is on.

Telemetry is as follows:

uptime is 607/17:59:22.  Time is Fri Oct 12 21:36:26 2001
+10V Bus        10.100 V  PSK TX RF Out    1.535 W
+X (RX) Temp    -7.263 D  RX Temp          6.654 D
Bat 1 V          1.210 V  Bat 2 V          1.182 V
Bat 3 V          1.187 V  Bat 4 V          1.234 V
Bat 5 V          1.199 V  Bat 6 V          1.194 V
Bat 7 V          1.208 V  Bat 8 V          1.236 V
Bat 1 Temp       5.444 D  	Bat 2 Temp          5.444 D
Baseplt Temp     4.839 D  	+Y Array Temp  -22.390 D
PSK TX HPA Tmp   0.603 D  	+Z Array Temp  -12.709 D

Total Array C= 0.000 Bat Ch Cur=-0.444 Ifb= 0.190 I+10V= 0.269
TX:1009 BCR:1E PWRC:36D BT:1E WC:25 EDAC:1A

A new WOD collection of current graphics along with general
Information and telemetry samples can be found at:

www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu

[ANS thanks Miguel Menendez, EA1BCU, for AO-16 status information]

ITAMSAT IO-26
Uplink               145.875 145.900 145.925 145.950 MHz FM (1200-baud)
Downlink           435.822 MHz SSB
Broadcast Callsign         ITMSAT-11
BBS                                ITMSAT-12

Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, the digipeater function is on
and open for APRS users.

[ANS thanks ITAMSAT Project Manager Alberto E. Zagni, I2KBD, for
IO-26 information]

/EX

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-285.07
WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 3

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 285.06 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, OCTOBER 12, 2001
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-285.07

THE FOLLOWING ARE IN ORBIT BUT ARE NON-OPERATIONAL
AT THIS TIME:

UoSAT-12 UO-36
Uplink               145.960 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink           437.025 MHz 437.400 MHz
Broadcast Callsign         UO121-11
BBS                                UO121-12

Launched: April 21, 1999 by a Russian launcher from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome. Status: Unknown

UO-36 carries a number of imaging payloads, digital store-and-forward
communications and mode L/S transponders.

Paul, KB2SHU, tells ANS that UO-36 has not been operational (over
North America) since late July. 

The VK5HI viewer shareware for UO-36 is available on the AMSAT-NA
web site at the following URL:

ftp://ftp.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/display/ccddsp97-119.zip

Further information on UO-36 is available from: http://www.sstl.co.uk/

[ANS thanks Chris G7UPN/ZL2TPO, and the University of Surrey for
UO-36 information]

TMSAT-1 TO-31
Uplink               145.925 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink           436.925 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Broadcast Callsign:        TMSAT1-11
BBS                                TMSAT1-12 

Launched: July 10, 1998 by a Zenit rocket from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome. Status: Non-operational, no data downlinked
since December 18, 2000.

Chris G7UPN, (UoSAT operations manager) reports the
following to ANS:

The TO-31 downlink will be off over most areas, with the exception of
Europe and Thailand. This is required to allow control stations to
recondition the battery with minimum power drain.

ProcMail V2.00G has been released by G7UPN. This software permits
the processing of image files from TO-31. It has been posted to the
AMSAT-NA FTP site at the following URL:

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/software/win32/wisp

Many of the high-resolution color images transmitted by TMSAT are
Compressed using a UoSAT compression format. This format is
supported by the VK5HI CCD display program.

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for TO-31 status
information]

LUSAT LO-19
Uplink                           145.84 145.86 145.88 145.90 MHz FM
                                     (using 1200-baud Manchester FSK)
CW downlink                 437.125 MHz
Digital downlink             437.150 MHz SSB (RC-BPSK 1200-baud PSK)
Broadcast Callsign         LUSAT-11
BBS                                LUSAT-12
Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou, French
Guiana. Status: Beacon only. The CW beacon is sending eight telemetry
channels and one status channel on 437.126 MHz. No BBS service is
available. The digipeater is not active.

Telemetry is as follows:

Time is Fri Sep 28 23:02:00 2001
CW-Code: avt abu aun adv aan a6b ttu aee
 5V-reg.:   4.89 V      	8.5V-reg:   	8.68 V
 10V-Bat:  11.01 V      	10V-Curr:  	116.9 mA
 TX-Pwr :  0.938 W      	TX-Temp.:   	2.02 
 +Z-Sol.:   0.30 V      	Box-Temp:   	6.05 

CW-Code: avt abu ava ada auu a66 tta aee
 5V-reg.:   4.89 V      	8.5V-reg:   	8.68 V
 10V-Bat:  11.01 V      	10V-Curr:  	116.2 mA
 TX-Pwr :  0.918 W      	TX-Temp.:   	1.31 
 +Z-Sol.:   0.15 V      	Box-Temp:   	4.98 

CW-Code: avt aba av4 adt au4 a6e ttu aee
 5V-reg.:   4.89 V      	8.5V-reg:   	8.68 V
 10V-Bat:  10.94 V      	10V-Curr:  	115.5 mA
 TX-Pwr :  0.909 W      	TX-Temp.:   	0.25 
 +Z-Sol.:   0.30 V      	Box-Temp:   	4.27 

General information and telemetry samples can be found at:

www.telecable.es/personales/ea1bcu

[ANS thanks Miguel Menendez, EA1BCU, for LO-19 status information]

SO-41  SAUDISAT-1A
Uplink               to be released
Downlink           437.075 MHz 
Broadcast Callsign         SASAT1-11
BBS                                SASAT1-12

Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Unknown, this satellite
has been in orbit for almost 8 months. ANS has received no additional
information.

When/if operational, SaudiSat-1A will operate as 9600-baud digital
store-and-forward systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability.
One of two new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by
the Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and
Technology.

SO-42  SAUDISAT-1B
Uplink               to be released
Downlink           436.775 MHz
Broadcast Callsign         SASAT2-11
BBS                                SASAT2-12
Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Unknown, this satellite
has been in orbit for almost 8 months. ANS has received no additional
information.

When/if operational, SaudiSat-1B will operate as 9600-baud digital
store-and-forward systems as well analog FM repeater mode capability.
One of two new ham satellites from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia built by
the Space Research Institute at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and
Technology.

SUNSAT SO-35
Mode J Uplink:               145.825 MHz FM
Mode J Downlink:           436.250 MHz FM

Mode B Uplink:               436.291 MHz FM
Mode B Downlink:          145.825 MHz FM

Launched: February 23, 1999 by a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air
Force Base in California. Status: Non-operational

The SunSat team released the following statement, dated
February 1, 2001:

We regret to announce that the last communication with SunSat from our
ground station at the Electronic Systems Laboratory at Stellenbosch
University took place recently. We are certain, after having performed
several tests since the last contact, that an irreversible, physical failure
has occurred on the satellite. It is therefore unlikely that we will have
any further contact with SunSat, apart from the occasional visual sighting
by telescope!

When it was operational the SunSat package included 1200 and 9600
baud digital store-and-forward capability and a voice 'parrot' repeater
system in addition to Mode B/J operation with two VHF and two UHF
transmit-receive systems.

For more information on SunSat visit the following URL:

http://sunsat.ee.sun.ac.za 

[ANS thanks Garth Milne, ZR1AFH, for this information]

RADIO SPORT RS-13
Uplink                           21.260 to 21.300 MHz CW/SSB
Downlink                       145.860 to 145.900 MHz CW/SSB
Beacon                         145.860 MHz

Launched: February 5, 1991 aboard a Russian Cosmos C launcher
Status: non-operational (last operational in mode-T)

RS-12 was re-activated in January 2001. Prior to this switch RS-13 was
operational (mode T), but was apparently turned off following the recent
RS-12 switch.

The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK
RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at:

http://www.qsl.net/ac5dk/rs1213/rs1213.html

[ANS thanks Kevin Manzer, AC5DK, for this information]

KITSAT KO-23
Uplink               145.900 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink           435.170 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign         HLO1-11
BBS                                HLO1-12
Launched: August 10, 1992 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Intermittent operation with the downlink
transmitter operating at unpredictable intervals.

Jim, AA7KC, reported that KO-23's downlink transmitter continues in
non-operational status. Jim says that KO-23 shows some signs of trying
to recover, but no useful data has been downlinked. The duration of this
status is unpredictable. No data has been received since
October 28, 2000.

KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ, reports (from the KO-23 control team) that part
of the problem with non-operation has been the power budget aboard the
satellite. "We are not sure when the bird might turn off again due to
insufficient power. The capability of the onboard power system has been
less and less," said Kim. HL0ENJ also noted that as of October 30, 2000
the onboard computer was reset and a reboot of operational software
is/was underway.

[ANS thanks Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, and KyungHee Kim, HL0ENJ,
for KO-23 status information]

TECHSAT-1B GO-32
Downlink           435.225 MHz using HDLC telemetry
Launched: July 10, 1998 by a Russian Zenit rocket from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome. Status: Semi-operational.

Efforts were reported to be underway to bring GO-32 on line, however,
no information has been received by ANS (the last report was dated
November 1999).

Last reported, the satellite does transmit a 9600-baud burst every 30
seconds (the GO-32 beacon sends one short telemetry status
transmission of 44 bytes) and upon request the complete telemetry
buffer.

[ANS has no further information]

PANSAT PO-34
Uplink/downlink frequency (listed on the PanSat web site) 436.500 MHz
Launched: October 30, 1998 by the Shuttle Discovery. Status: Unknown

The satellite is not available for general uplink transmissions.

The Naval Postgraduate School developed PanSat. At the time of
launch, PanSat spread-spectrum digital transponders were to
be available to Amateur Radio operators along with software to utilize
this technology.

For more information, visit the official PanSat web site at:

http://www.sp.nps.navy.mil/pansat/

PanSat was the featured cover article on the July/August 1999 issue of
the AMSAT-NA Journal (the story written by KD6DRA and N7HPR).

[ANS has no further information]

DOVE DO-17
Downlink           145.825 MHz FM (1200-baud AFSK)
                          2401.220 MHz
Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Non-operational.

DOVE stopped transmitting in March 1998. The 145.825 MHz and
2401.220 MHz downlinks are off the air and the satellite has not
responded to ground station control.

[ANS has no further information]

WEBERSAT WO-18
Downlink           437.104 MHz SSB (1200 baud PSK AX.25)
Launched: January 22, 1990 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Non-operational.

WO-18 was last reported to be in MBL mode after a software crash.

[ANS has no further information]

SEDSAT-1 SO-33
Downlink           437.910 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Launched: October 24, 1998 by a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral,
Florida. Status: Semi-operational.

The satellite is not currently available for uplink transmissions and the
image and transponder recovery efforts have been unsuccessful.

SedSat-1 signifies Students for the Exploration and Development of
Space (satellite number one).

SedSat-1 has downlinked months worth of telemetry data on the
performance of its electrical power system parameters. The Nickel
Metal Hydride batteries on the spacecraft were experimental and
experienced some abuse due to a power negative situation. This
information has provided NASA with useful information. With the
exception of the imaging system and the use of the transponders,
SedSat-1 has been judged a success.

For more information on SedSat-1 visit the satellite web site at the
following URL:

http://seds.uah.edu/projects/sedsat/sedsat.htm

[ANS has no further information]

/EX

--ANS END---

ANS would like to thank Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, ANS principal satellite
investigator, for helping provide current satellite information.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

ans-editor@amsat.org

Daniel (Dan) James
AMSAT News Service Bulletin Editor
AMSAT-NA Vice President/Public Affairs
Amateur callsign: NN0DJ
Grid Square EN28iv
Warroad, Minnesota U.S.A.
E-mail: nn0dj@amsat.org

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