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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-345

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:

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In this edition:
* Radio Club of America Names AMSAT's Tom Clark K3IO Fellow
* This Week 50 Years Ago: OSCAR 1 Launched December 12, 1961
* AO-27 Scheduler Data Update
* IARU Coordination Request for Kagawa University Tethered Satellite
* ISS Sp-Ex Shadow Beacon Experiment Postponed to May-June 2012
* SKN On OSCAR 2012 In Memory Of W1JSM
* Pacific Islands Activation on Satellites
* ARISS UPDATE
* Delfi-n3Xt Satellite Includes Amateur Linear Transponder
* Doug Loughmiller, W5BL Appointed AMSAT JOURNAL Editor
* Mark Hammond, N8MH Appointed AMSAT VP-Educational Outreach


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Radio Club of America Names AMSAT's Tom Clark K3IO Fellow

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.01
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.01

Radio Club of America Names AMSAT's Tom Clark K3IO Fellow

At its annual Awards Banquet held this year at the Texas Motor
Speedway near Fort Worth November 19th, the Radio Club of America
honored AMSAT's Tom Clark, K3IO, by elevating him to the rank of
Fellow in that prestigious organization.

The Radio club of America is the oldest radio club in the World,
dating back to 1909. Among its members have numbered such nota-
bles as Major Edwin H. Armstrong, the inventor of the superhet-
erodyne circuit, the super-regenerative detector and the system
of Frequency Modulation still used today for police, fire and most
other two-way radio communication as well as broadcasting. Other
Radio Club of America members included Fred M. Link, an early
two-way radio equipment manufacturer, David Sarnoff of RCA and
Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA.

Next year's Awards Banquet will revert back to its customary venue,
the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

[ANS thanks Bill Tynan, W3XO, AMSAT Life Member No. 10 and Radio
 Club of America Fellow for the above information]

/EX



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This Week 50 Years Ago: OSCAR 1 Launched December 12, 1961

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.02
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.02

This Week 50 Years Ago: OSCAR 1 Launched December 12, 1961

The AMSAT News Service is re-running the Project OSCAR Newsletters
to commemorate the 50th anniversary of OSCAR 1. During the November/
December 2011 time frame you will be able to share the excitement of
the launch campaign that started it all 50 years ago.

The Newsletters were hand-typed back in 1961. Thanks to Don Ferguson,
KD6IRE for scanning the original documents announcing OSCAR 1.

-----
<Begin Commemorative Message>

O S C A R    N E W S L E T T E R

December 12, 1961

OSCAR SATELLITE IN ORBIT
OSCAR SATELLITE IN ORBIT
OSCAR SATELLITE IN ORBIT

At 2041 GMT, 12 December 1961 the Oscar satellite was hurled into
orbit by the Discoverer XXXVI launching vehicle from Vandenberg Air
Force Base, California. The satellite immediately went into a North-
South orbit and was picked up loud and clear by the hams at KC4USB
(Marie Byrd Base) at the South Pole a few minutes after launch. The
word was quickly relayed back to the Oscar Tracking Station, K6QEZ,
by W4ABY. Acquisition was also obtained by hams at Kodiak, Alaska
and by KH6UK in Hawaii on the first pass.

Oscar is on a frequency between 144.990 and 145.008 and has tremen-
dous c.w. signal strength on a direct, overhead pass! Tracking re-
ports have begun to flow into the Center. W1AW heard the first pass
S9 over the East coast.

The following telegram was received by the Center from the RSGB:
OSCAR HEARD 0055 GMT X KEYING OK X STRENGTH NINE PLUS X DOPPLER
SEVEN KC X FURTHER DATA AIR HAIL X.

Orbit is being computed, but insufficient time has elapsed to per-
mit predictions to be made of time Oscar will pass over your area.
Listen to W1AW and the Voice of America for orbital predictions.
Continuous 24-hour a day monitoring is essential until predictions
are established. In fact, this monitoring is urged to check for
unpredicted reception at times when the Oscar satellite is theo-
retically out of range! Our thanks to the Air Force and men of
Vandenburgh AFB who helped to make this historic milestone pos-
sible!

Actual launch was attended by W6SAI, K6LFH, W6MLZ and W0TSN. Full
Oscar story in February QST and CQ and more details in our next
news letter!

LISTEN T0 OSCAR! 'SEND ALL REPORTS TO PROJECT OSCAR, BOX ---,
SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

<End of Commemorative Message>

[ANS thanks Don Ferguson, KD6IRE and Project OSCAR for the above
 information]

/EX

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AO-27 Scheduler Data Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.03
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.03

AO-27 Scheduler Data Update

The AO-27 web site remains offline due to connectivity problems.
AO-27 Control Station, Mike Wyrick, NU3C provided the latest data
files for the Java-based AO-27 Satellite Scheduler website main-
tained by George Henry, KA3HSW.

George has uploaded them to the AO-27 Satellite Scheduler website
so that users of the Java scheduler program can update their files.
Simply download them to the same folder that the Scheduler resides
in. DO NOT use the "Update Data" option from within the program, as
it will try to connect to the AO-27 website, which is still down.

The Java AO-27 Satellite Scheduler website is:
http://sites.google.com/site/ao27satellitescheduler/

[ANS thanks George Henry, KA3HSW for the above information]

/EX


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IARU Coordination Request for Kagawa University Tethered Satellite

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.04
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.04

IARU Coordination Request for Kagawa University Tethered Satellite

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination pages hosted by AMSAT-UK
have posted information regarding a new tethered satellite named
STARS-II which will be built by students at Kagawa University in
Japan.

STARS-II consists of Mother Satellite (MS) and Daughter Satellite
(DS) connected by tether. The mission will include formation flight,
tether deployment, attitude control and photographing each other.
1. Mother Satellite deploys tether with Daughter Satellite at end;
2. Daughter Satellite robotically controls attitude of CCD camera;
3. Mother Satellite and Daughter Satellite communicate via Bluetooth.

Proposed frequencies are:

80mW CW beacon
Mother Satellite:   437.245 MHz
Daughter Satellite: 437.255 MHz

800mW AX25 1200bps FM telemetry downlink
Mother Satellite:   437.405MHz
Daughter Satellite: 437.425MHz

Telemetry formats have been published at:
http://stars1.eng.kagawa-u.ac.jp/english/STARS-II_telemetry_format.html

Plans include a launch to a 600-800km sun synchronous orbit in the
2011-2012 timeframe.

An English version of STARS-II web page can be found at:
http://stars1.eng.kagawa-u.ac.jp/english/index.html

The IARU Coordination request can be seen on AMSAT-UK web:
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/formal_detail.php?serialnum=170

[ANS thanks Kagawa University and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

/EX



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ISS Sp-Ex Shadow Beacon Experiment Postponed to May-June 2012

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.05
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.05


ISS Sp-Ex Shadow Beacon Experiment Postponed to May-June 2012

Word has been received from Russia that the ISS Shadow-Beacon
Experiment announced in ANS-324 has been postponed until the
May-June 2012 timeframe. This will give time for a new amateur
transceiver to be delivered to the ISS by cargo vehicle and
give the crew more time to prepare for the experiment. The
SpEx website is: http://knts.tsniimash.ru/Shadow/en/

[ANS thanks TSNIIMASH for the above information]

/EX


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SKN On OSCAR 2012 In Memory Of W1JSM

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.06
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.06

You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR
2012, conducted by AMSAT for all radio amateurs throughout the world.
This year's event is dedicated to the memory of Don Brown, W1JSM, who
passed away in 2011, aged 90. Don was a longtime, enthusiastic VHF/UHF
and satellite operator, and one of our most frequent Best Fist winners.

As always, SKN on OSCAR is simple and informal. Just operate CW through
one or more satellites on 1 January 2012 (0000 to 2400 UTC), using a
straight hand key.

There is no need to send in a log, but all participants are encouraged
to nominate someone they worked for Best Fist. Your nominee need not
have the best fist of anyone you heard, only of those you worked. Send
your nomination to w2rs@amsat.org. A list of those nominated will appear
in ANS in early February.

[ANS thanks Ray Soifer, W2RS for the above information]

/EX


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Pacific Islands Activation on Satellites

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.07
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.07

Pacific Islands Activation on Satellites

The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1039 released on December 5, 2011
says that two satellite operations are planned from islands in
the Pacific Ocean:

JD1, OGASAWARA. Makoto, JI5RPT, will once again be active as JD1BLY
from Chichijima Island (AS-031), Ogasawara, between December 24th
and January 2nd, 2012. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, including
the satellites, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (NO 6m EME).
QSL via his home callsign JI5RPT. His log search will be available
on his Web site at: http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1
He will also use Twitter to inform his real-time activities at:
http://twitter.com/jd1bly

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Operators Buchi, JO3FRH and Masa, JE4SMQ will
be active as KH0UY and KH0K, respectively, from Saipan, Northern
Mariana Islands between January 7-10th, 2012. Activity will be on
80-6 meters, plus the satellites. QSL via their home callsigns,
direct or by the Bureau.

[ANS thanks The Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin for the above information]

/EX


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ARISS UPDATE

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.08
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.08


1.	Upcoming School Contact

Nuvviti School in Ivujivik Nunavik, Quebec, Canada succeeded with
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on
Monday, December 5 at 18:10 UTC via station WH6PN in Hawaii. Students
formed a space club and are learning about the ISS via videos, the
internet and guest speakers. They are also learning about correct radio
usage and protocol and are working on science-related projects that they
will display in the gym. First Air and the Makivik Corporation are
sponsors of the contact.

2.	New Proposal Cycle for ARISS-US Contacts

NASA Teaching From Space (TFS) office recently announced a new proposal
cycle for ARISS-US contacts.  The deadline for submitting proposals is
January 30, 2012 for contacts to be held in the July 15, 2012 January
15, 2013 timeframe. TFS has received several inquiries and proposals are
already coming in. An informational session will be held on Wednesday,
December 7 at 12 PM CST (1800 UTC) to answer any questions concerning
the proposal process.  To attend the session or to have questions
answered, contact TFS at JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or call
281-244-1919.
For more information, see the TFS Web site:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/ari
ss.html

Also see the ARRL article (includes dates for future information
sessions):
http://www.arrl.org/news/apply-now-to-host-a-real-time-conversation-with
-crewmembers-onboard-the-iss

3.	AMSAT News Service Covers ARISS

On Sunday, December 4, AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) News
Service bulletin (ANS-338) included a status on ARISSat-1.
ŢRISSat-1/KEDR Orbit Losing 1.5 KM Per Daymay be found at:
http://amsat.org/pipermail/ans/2011/000572.html

4.	Amateur Radio Newsline Covers ARISS

On December 2, the Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1790 posted a story
about ARISSat re-entering Earth atmosphere.  The article, ũam Radio
in Space: ARISSat-1 Approaching Last Days On-Orbit,may be viewed at:
ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News/news.txt

 [ANS thanks Carol, KB2LBI, for the
  above information]

/EX


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Delfi-n3Xt Satellite Includes Amateur Linear Transponder

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.09
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.09


Delfi-n3Xt Satellite Includes Amateur Linear Transponder

Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has announced their
new 3U Cubesat mission, Delfi-Next mission, or Delfi-n3Xt, scheduled
for launch in September, 2012 on-board a Dnepr rocket. Delfi-n3Xt is
the successor to the Defli-C3, DO-64 flight launched in 2008.

The good news for amateur radio operators is that Delfi-n3Xt includes
a linear transponder service as a return favour since the radio ama-
teur community allows Delfi to use their frequencies.

The Delft frequency coordination request on the IARU page says that
the linear transponder uplink and downlink frequencies are the same
as those used on the earlier DO-64 mission:

Uplink:   435.570 - 435.530 MHz
Downlink: 145.880 - 145.920 MHz (inverting) 400mW PEP

Using the Delft RASCAL software amateur radio groundstations have
been able to receive the telemetry downlink from DO-64 and automa-
tically forward the data to a server at Delft University. This soft-
ware is JAVA based and runs on multiple platforms. The software and
installation instructions are available from Delft University at:
http://tinyurl.com/cg3qs8j (delfispace.nl)

Scientific, Technological, and Engineering, goals of the Delfi-n3Xt
mission include:

+ Hands-on education and training of students
+ On-orbit configurable, high-efficiency transceiver platform
+ Development on the nano-satellite spacecraft bus
+ Attitude control with an on-board micro-propulsion system
+ Onboard experiment on hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells
  from the micro-electronics institute DIMES from the TU Delft.
+ Experimental S-band transmitter 2401.500 MHz downlink
+ Single-Point-Of-Failure-free OnBoard Computer (OBC)
+ Robust Command and Data Handling System, with significant less
  Bit-Error-Rate (BER) and more failure tolerance than on Delfi-C3.

The Delfi web pages can be found at:
have a look at: http://www.delfispace.nl/

The IARU Satellite Frequency coordination page can be found at:
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=138

[ANS thanks Jan PE0SAT, and the TU-Delft Delfi-n3Xt Team for
 the above information]

/EX


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Doug Loughmiller, W5BL Appointed AMSAT JOURNAL Editor

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.10
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.10

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW has announced the appointment of
Doug Loughmiller, W5BL as the new editor of the AMSAT Journal effective
1 JAN 12.  Doug takes the reins from Ed Long, WA4SWJ who has served as
editor for over seven years.  Barry noted, "Ed has done a masterful job
of producing the Journal, creating a magazine that is well designed and
well regarded within the amateur radio community.  After such a long
stint as editor, Ed has decided that it is time for new blood."
Doug, W5BL is returning to ctive dutywithin AMSAT.  A former
President of AMSAT, Doug brings knowledge of AMSAT and its storied
history coupled with a desire to help AMSAT now that he has time to
support AMSAT once again.  Doug is looking for articles for publication,
so feel free to contact him with material for inclusion in the Journal.
If youe been active on the satellites, represented AMSAT at hamfests
or club meetings, or done some home brewing of satellite equipment, and
would like to write an article of your experiences, Doug is anxious to
hear from you.

[ANS Thanks WD4ASW, Barry, for the above information]

/EX


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Mark Hammond, N8MH Appointed AMSAT VP-Educational Outreach

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 345.11
  From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
December 11, 2011
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-345.11

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW has announced the appointment of
Mark Hammond, N8MH as AMSAT Vice President-Educational Relations.  Barry
noted, "The subject of educational outreach was well discussed at the
2011 AMSAT Symposium, based upon the paper that I presented as well as
other presentations that outlined some of the challenges that AMSAT has
experienced in creating a structure for fulfilling our mission component
regarding education.  Mark has agreed to help AMSAT establish and
coordinate an education initiative program and serve as AMSAT senior
point of contact with outside organizations regarding educational
outreach."
Given the increasing importance of fulfilling education goals as
justification for launch opportunities, this is an increasingly
important subject for AMSAT.  Mark is aptly suited for this position as
he is a professor of biology and the Dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC and is very familiar
with the potential for using the amateur radio satellites as a teaching
resource and understands the teacher perspective as well.

ANS Thanks WD4ASW, Barry, for the above 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 week's ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
Nb2f at amsat dot org





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