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[jamsat-news:2024] ANS-093 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins


ANS-093

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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

ans-editor@amsat.org

In this edition:
* ANS Editors Wanted
* AMSAT-DC Meeting
* Special Event Station
* AMSAT AT Dayton
* ARISS Status


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-093.01 ANS Editors Wanted

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 3, 2005
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-093.01

The AMSAT News Service (ANS) is currently seeking volunteer editors to
assist with the preparation of the Weekly Bulletins. Volunteers will
work with the existing ANS editors on a rotating schedule to produce the
weekly news bulletin. In a typical rotation each editor is responsible
for producing the bulletins once a month. Since the entire ANS staff is
volunteer, we always work together to accommodate personal schedules and
unforeseen events.


If you'd like to be part of the team please contact me using the email address ku4os@amsat.org


Lee McLamb-KU4OS, ANS Senior Editor


[ANS thanks Lee, KU4OS for the above information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-093.02 AMSAT-DC Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.02
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 3, 2005
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-093.02

AMSAT-DC MEETING AND SPACE SEMINAR

The next gathering of AMSAT members and friends in
the greater Washington, D.C. area will take place on
Saturday, May 14, in Greenbelt, Maryland.  All radio
amateurs and all educators are invited to attend.

Amateur satellites and high-altitude balloon activities
are scheduled to be showcased during this all-day event.
There will be a series of presentations, several "show
'n' tell" demonstrations, lively discussions, a group
photograph opportunity and a social period.  These
local gatherings in the D.C. area are now a tradition,
having occurred at least annually every year since
1992 with great success.

The meeting will get underway at 10 A.M. and run
through 4 P.M. in the Visitor Center auditorium at
the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Informal talk-in will be on 146.835 MHz WA3NAN/R.
You can't miss the location on the local APRS map,
but the Visitor Center can also be found under
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/about/maps.html

There are still slots open for presenters and hardware
demonstrations, so contact the host Pat Kilroy, N8PK,
soon if you are willing to share your experiences.

Volunteers are always welcomed leading up to the
meeting day.  Coordination is being done in advance
on the amsat-dc mail list.  Otherwise, you can lend
your support directly to the host by e-mail at
n8pk@amsat.org.

Late breaking changes to the meeting and other news
can be found at http://patkilroy.com/amsat-dc/


[ANS thanks Pat, N8PK, for this information]


/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-093.03 Special Event Station

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.03
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 3, 2005
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-093.03

The Green Valley Amateur Radio Club, Green Valley AZ, will be conducting
a special event station operation on Saturday, 9 April.  The theme of
the event is Community Emergency Awareness, with emphasis on the
contribution of Amateur Radio, and GVARC in particular, to emergency
services.  Local news media have been invited.

In addition to HF operation (see April QST, p. 98), special event
station N7GV will be active on AO-51 at approximately 1732-1746 UTC, and
on SO-50 at approximately 1843-1857 GMT, looking for contacts from grid
square DM41.  A special certificate will be available, free of charge,
to anyone working the station.  Please send SASE with your QSL card to
Gene Schouweiler, W0KAD, 214 N. Crocodile Rock Dr., Green Valley, AZ
85614.

[ANS Thanks Ray, W2RS, for this information]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-093.04 AMSAT AT Dayton

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.04
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 3, 2005
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-093.04

To All,
It is not too early to prepare for Dayton attendance or activities.  If
you plan to assist at this year's booth, contact Barry Baines, WD4ASW,
for details.  You can contact Martha at Headquarters for information on
rooms on a first come first serve basis and with priority to those that
will be assisting at the Hamvention booth.
There will be several gatherings as last year.  See the Web site
www.amsat.org for details.  If you have a sincere interest in AMSAT
satellite activities and projects, these are the opportunities to meet
with the people that can answer your questions in an informal
environment. A fun time to boot!
Give some of your time in the "booth" and become one of our favored
friends- a volunteer.

[Submitted by Dee, NB2F for ANS]

/EX


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-093.05 ARISS Status 4/1/05

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.05
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
March 28, 2005
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-093.05


ARISS Status March 28, 2005


1.ARRL Article on St. Martins Contact


On March 17, students from St. Martins Lutheran College in Mt Gambier,
Australia, spoke with Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW, via the telebridge station,
WH6PN, in Hawaii. Echolink was successfully used for this contact.
Twenty-nine connections were made on the AMSAT server.  Another
twenty-six connections were made on the edu-net server to which a
Russian server was also connected. Stations from at least 15 countries,
including Iraq, monitored the audio. ARRL covered the event in a web
story entitled, ŇĘustralian Youngsters Quiz ISS Commander via Amateur
Radio. See:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/03/22/103/?nc=1

2.Upcoming School Contacts

The Science Discovery Center in Denton, Texas has been scheduled for
an ARISS contact.  It will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at 16:37 UTC.
The students at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Goffstown, New
Hampshire will have their chance to speak to Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW, on
Tuesday, April 5 at 18:26 UTC.

A NASA Explorer School, Flory Academy, in Moorpark, California, has
been approved for an ARISS contact.  It has been scheduled for Friday,
April 8 at 18:12 UTC via the telebridge station, NN1SS in Greenbelt,
Maryland.  Ota Lutz, KD5UQZ, one of the Aerospace Education Specialists
(AESP) trained by JSC√‘ Nick Lance, is the radio coordinator for the
contact.

3.ISS Ham Radios to be Cycled

In preparation for the March 28 EVA, the ARISS radios were turned off
on March 27. They will be turned on again prior to the school contact
scheduled for March 29.

4.Outgassing Tests Performed

The SSTV outgassing tests have been performed in White Sands, New
Mexico.	The approval process continues as the reports on the hardware
test results are written.

5.SuitSat Meeting Held

The U.S. SuitSat team met via teleconference on Thursday, March 24. The
discussion covered the status of each satellite component. Also covered
was Kenneth Ransom√‘ meeting with a Russian EVA specialist in Houston
who relayed information on how to mount the earth sensor to the helmet
and the switches to be used on the project.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for this information]

/EX


In addition to regular membership, AMSAT 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. Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.

73,
This weeks ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
nb2f at amsat dot org
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