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[jamsat-news:1801] ANS-168 Weekly Satellite Report

This report is organized into 2 parts.
Part 1 - operational analog amateur satellites.
Part 2 - operational digital amateur satellites.

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BID: $ANS-168.S1

Launched: November 16, 2000 aboard an Ariane 5 launcher
from Kourou, French Guiana.
Status: Currently, the U/V/L-1/L-2 to S-2/K passband is active
at various times.
Uplink      V-band    145.840 - 145.990 MHz CW/LSB
        U-band    435.550 - 435.800 MHz CW/LSB
        L1-band  1269.250 - 1269.500 MHz CW/LSB
        L2-band  1268.325 - 1268.575 MHz CW/LSB
        S1-band  2400.350 - 2400.600 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink:   S2-band   2401.225 - 2401.475 MHz CW/USB
        K-band 24,048.010 - 24,048.060 MHz CW/USB
Beacon:     2401.323, 24,048.035

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

The AO-40 passbands are once again on. Please check the schedule for

The AMSAT AO-40 beacon+20 net has resumed. Net announcement date and
times are posted to the AMSAT-BB.

Upcoming DX:
July 18-25 Lesotho 7P8.

AMSAT is sponsoring a contest to celebrate AO-40's 3rd Birthday,
September 16, 2003, 0000 UTC and ending November 17, 2003, 0000 UTC.
Email Bruce Paige, KK5DO, kk5do@amsat.org for more details.

Gene, W3PM has an Excel spreadsheet that will help evaluate your
AO-40 groundstation. Download it at:

Scott, NX7U has written a stand-alone version of Gene Marcus' link budget
spreadsheet. Two advantages/features:
1. Doesn't require Excel to run.
2. Will calculate your uplink SNR based on a Nova for Windows listing
file, plus the maximum transmit power to keep from triggering LEILA.
Download it at: http://members.cox.net/nx7u/ao40/Software

The "AO-40 FAQ", compiled by Steve, VK5ASF is now available at:

Ground stations capturing telemetry from AO-40 are asked to send a
copy of the data to the AO-40 archive at: ao40-archive@amsat.org.

For the current transponder-operating schedule visit:

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DL for this information]
Worldwide packet uplink:    145.990 MHz FM
Region 1 voice uplink:      145.200 MHz FM
Region 2/3 voice uplink:    144.490 MHz FM
Worldwide downlink:     145.800 MHz FM
TNC callsign:           RS0ISS-1

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

The current Expedition 7 crew is:
Commander Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP
Flight Engineer Ed Lu, KC5WKJ

The Packet system is currently non-operational.

Alain, IZ6BYY and Claudio, IK1SLD wish to announce the opening
of the ISS Fan Club. Visit: http://www.issfanclub.com

The ISS Fan Club announces the introduction of the "ISS
Achievement Award". Visit: http://www.issfanclub.com/iaa

Information on how to access the Amateur Radio equipment aboard
the ISS is available at:

The ISS daily crew schedule can be found at:
When crew members have free time, they may be available for
Amateur Radio operations.

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

The QSL routes for W/VE stations working the International
Space Station (all callsigns):

U.S. stations (a SASE is required to get a QSL in return):
Margie Bourgoin, KB1DCO
Attn: ARISS Expedition-1 (or 2, 3, etc.) QSL
ARRL, 225 Main Street
Newington, Connecticut 06111

Canadian stations:
Radio Amateurs of Canada
Attn: ARISS Expedition-1 (or 2, 3, etc.) QSL
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
Ottawa, Ontario KEG 0Z5

European stations (a SASE and 2 IRC's are required to get
a QSL in return).
14 bis, rue des Gourlis
92500 Rueil Malmaison

More information is available at: http://ariss.gsfc.nasa.gov/

[ANS thanks Will Marchant, KC6ROL, and Jean-Louis Rault, F6AGR,
for this information]
Uplink:     145.850 to 145.950 MHz CW/USB Mode A
        432.125 to 432.175 MHz CW/LSB Mode B
Downlink:    29.400 to  29.500 MHz CW/USB Mode A
        145.975 to 145.925 MHz CW/USB Mode B
Beacon:     29.502 MHz, 145.972 MHz, 435.1 MHz, 2304.1 MHz
Launched: November 15, 1974 by a Delta 2310 from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
Lompoc, California. Status: Semi-operational in sunlight. 

After being declared dead 21 years ago in mid 1981 due to battery failure,
AO-7 has miraculously sprung back to life and was first detected by
Pat Gowen, G3IOR on June 21, 2002 at 1728 UTC. Jan King, W3GEY reports
AO-7 is running off the solar panels only. It will only be on when in
sunlight and off in eclipse. Therefore, AO-7 will reset each orbit and
may not turn on each time.

On July 11, 2002 AO-7 was successfully commanded for the first time since
it was declared dead 21 years ago. Commands were sent and accepted to
change the CW beacon code speed.

Command investigation continues. So far, 11 different commands have been
accepted by AO-7.

Yoshi Imaishi, JF6BCC is compiling an excellent list of observations.
Please send him whatever you have. jf6bcc@jarl.com
You can view the list at:

Tim, K3TZ has written a program to decode AO-07 telemetry.
The program can be downloaded at:

For more AO-7 info: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/ao7.html

[ANS thanks Pat Gowen, G3IOR and Jan King, W3GEY for this information]
AO-10 OSCAR 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.

AO-10 has been locked into a Mode-B, 70-cm uplink and
2-meter downlink for several years.

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

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

Ray, W2RS, has revised the AO-27 FAQ on < www.amsat.org > to
include information on UO-14.

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-14 information]
Uplink:     145.858 to 145.898 MHz CW/USB
Downlink:   29.354 to 29.394 MHz CW/USB
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 antenna information for mode-A operation.
The WB6LLO web site URL is:

[ANS thanks Dave Guimont, WB6LLO, for this information]
FO-20 JAS-1b
Uplink:     145.90 to 146.00 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink:   435.80 to 435.90 MHz CW/USB
Beacon:     435.795
Launched: February 07, 1990 by an H1 launcher from the Tanegashima
Space Center in Japan.
Status: Operational. FO-20 is in mode JA continuously.

FO-20 has been reported silent by numerous operators.

Tak, JA2PKI, reported FO-20 control station operators believe that the
UVC (Under Voltage Controller) is now 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]
Beacon:     145.828, 435.319 MHz
Launched: November 28, 2002 aboard a Kosmos 3-M rocket from Plesetsk.
Status: Telemetry heard on the 70 cm beacon.

RS-20 is an experimental payload aboard the Russian satellite known as
Mozhayets -- a navigational and scientific satellite. RS-20 transmits
CW telemetry. Each frame begins and ends with the call sign RS-20.

Table for decoding telemetry is as follows:
Name   Limits      Decoding          Assignment

RS 20                                The  callsign
UBS    N=100:170   U=N / 10 Volts    On board voltage
IBS    N=10:250    I=N / 100 Ampers  On board current
USUN   N=0:180     U=N / 10 Volts    Charge voltage from solar battery
ISUN   N=0:180     I=N / 100 Ampers  Charge current from solar battery
ITXA   N=0:170     I=N / 100 Ampers  D.C. current of the 435 MHz Tx
PTXA   N=0:70      P=N / 10 Watts    UHF power of the 435 MHz Tx
TTXA   N=50:190    T=N - 100 deg C   Temperature of the 435 MHz Tx
ITXB   N=0:150     I=N / 100 Ampers  D.C. current of the 145MHz Tx
PTXB   N=0:70      P=N / 10 Watts    VHF power of the 145MHz Tx
TTXB   N=50:190    T=N - 100 deg C   Temperature of the 145MHz Tx
TEXT   N=30:250    T=N - 100 deg C   Temperature of the outer case
TINT   N=30:190    T=N - 100 deg C   Temperature of the inner case
TOR    N=10:250    T=N - 100 deg C   Temperature of the Earth sensor
UOR    N=0:100     U=N / 10 Volts    Temperature of the Sun sensor
MTX    N=0:255     Table of operational modes. The housekeeping info.
MRX    N=0:255     Table of operational modes. The housekeeping info.
RS 20                                The callsign

Please send reception reports to:
plis@kaluga.ru or zaitzev@izmiran.rssi.ru

[ANS thanks Alexander N. Zaitzev, RW3DZ for this information]
Uplink:     145.850 MHz FM
Downlink:   436.795 MHz FM
Launched: September 26, 1993 by an Ariane launcher from Kourou,
French Guiana. Status: Semi-operational, mode J.

AO-27's orbit has moved the satellite into a period of Full Orbit Solar
Illumination. Due to this, the TEPR method of timing the Transmitter does
not work. Therefore AO-27 cannot turn its transmitter on by itself and can
only be turned on by ground station command.

April 5th, 2003
We have turn on the Scheduler. Weekend morning passes will be on for
10 minutes every pass. During the week it will be on digital mode. 

The latest information on AO-27 from control operator Michael
Wyrick, N3UC (former N4USI), can be found at:

An AO-27 question-and-answer page is available on the AMSAT-NA web
site, with updates by Ray, W2RS. The URL is:

[ANS thanks AMRAD for AO-27 information]
FO-29 JAS-2
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
Beacon:     435.795 MHz

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

FO-29 has been reported silent by numerous operators. The command team
would like any reception reports. Please send them to either the
AMSAT-BB or to Masa, JN1GKZ - jn1gkz@qsl.net

Mineo, JE9PEL, has an FO-29 satellite telemetry analysis program that
will automatically analyze all digital telemetry from the satellite
(such as current, voltage and temperature). FO29CWTE is available at:

[ANS thanks Kazu Sakamoto, JJ1WTK, for the FO-29 status reports]
Uplink:         145.850 MHz
Downlink:       436.775 MHz 
Broadcast Callsign: SASAT1-11
BBS:            SASAT1-12
Launched: September 26, 2000 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Status: Operational but intermittent.

The spacecraft is operating in Mode-J, currently configured as an
analog FM voice repeater, as power and spacecraft experiments permit.

Further information is available at:

[ANS thanks Turki Al-Saud for this information]
Uplink:         145.850 MHz (67.0 Hz PL tone)
Downlink:       436.800 MHz 
Launched: December 20, 2002 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Operational.

SO-50 carries several experiments, including a mode J FM amateur repeater
experiment operating on 145.850 MHz uplink and 436.800 MHz downlink.
The repeater is available to amateurs worldwide as power permits, using a 67.0
Hertz tone on the uplink, for on-demand activation.

[ANS thanks Turki Al-Saud for this information]



BID: $ANS-168.S2

UO-11 OSCAR-11
Downlink:   145.826 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: Semi-operational.

OSCAR-11 now  operates in a default mode, controlled by the watch-dog
timer. The satellite transmits continuous ASCII telemetry for about
8 - 9 days on 145.826 MHz., followed by about 10 - 12 days of
silence. These times appear to be somewhat variable, and this regular
sequence might be interrupted by ground control.
The mode-S beacon on 2401.5 MHz transmits continuously.

At the present time, ground control are unable to command the
satellite, due to low temperatures affecting the command decoder.
They will attempt to command the satellite when the command decoder
temperature has risen to 15C.

A Windows Soundcard program for displaying and capturing OSCAR-11 data
is now available. This is MIXW2, a general purpose Amateur Radio data
communication program written by Nick Fedoseev UT2UZ.
You can download the program from www.mixw.net
You need the latest version 2.07. Unfortunately the documentation for
this version of MIXW2 does not cover the OSCAR-11 application. However
there is a package of instructions and examples on G3CWV's website (URL

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

[ANS thanks Clive Wallis, G3CWV, for OSCAR-11 status information]
Uplink:         145.90 145.92 145.94 145.96 MHz FM
            (using 1200-baud Manchester FSK)
Downlink:       437.026 MHz SSB (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.

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

[ANS thanks Miguel Menendez, EA1BCU, for AO-16 status information]
Uplink:         145.900 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.

UO-22 has been reported as silent.

On April 26, 2003 Chris Jackson, G7UPN reported:

We're still assessing the situation, but as I posted late last year,
when UO-22 entered eclipses again (last week) it was unlikely that
the battery would supply sufficient power to operate the spacecraft.
This is indeed the case, and the spacecraft is therefore now unusable
at this time.

On May 10, 2003 Chris reports:

Possibly it is permanent. It is currently experiencing eclipses and can
not support operations. I haven't run the analyses yet to see when this
season ends, and for how long it will be in permanent sunlight again
next time around, but it may be possible to revive it for a while at least.

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

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for UO-22 information
and Jim Weisenberger, AA7KC, for status information]
Uplink:         145.875 145.900 145.925 145.950 MHz
            FM (1200-baud)
Downlink:       435.812 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.

On November 18, 2002 Alberto, IK2BD reported:

The current configuration of IO-26 allows only limited telemetry in MBL (safe)
mode. To enable full telemetry and digipeating, we must re-load the full IHT
high level software suite. This was delayed several times, but we plan to do
that in the near future. When the IHT code is running, the bulletin will
announce that.

[ANS thanks ITAMSAT Project Manager Alberto E. Zagni, I2KBD, for
IO-26 information]
Uplink/downlink:    145.827 MHz 1200 baud AX.25 AFSK via W3ADO-1
Aux/Uplink:     435.250 MHz 9600 baud via PCSAT-2 (off)
APRS Downlink:      144.390 MHz (Region 2)
Launched: September 30, 2001 aboard an Athena-1 rocket from the
Kodiak, Alaska launch complex. Status: Operational.

PCSat is a 1200-baud APRS digipeater designed for use by
stations using hand-held or mobile transceivers. Downlinks feed a
central web site < http://pcsat.aprs.org >. The APRS-equipped
PCSat was built by midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy
under the guidance of Bob Bruninga, WB4APR.

PCsat is back to Eclipses. On the 2148z pass over the USA 04/27/03,
the callsign was set to NODIGI and the PCsat digi was turned off.
She was in negative power budget.

PCsat continues to be usable for short packets during afternoon sun
passes. The next full sun period will be the last 2 weeks of July.

A new version of PCSAT.EXE has been posted at:

For more information, visit the PCSat web site at:

[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, for PCSat information]
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.

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.

[ANS thanks Chris Jackson, G7UPN/ZL2TPO, for this information]
Uplink          435.275 1200-baud AFSK
Downlink        145.825 9600-baud FSK
            (optional voice message)
Broadcast callsign: DP0AIS
Launched: December 20, 2002 aboard a converted Soviet ballistic
missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Status: Operational.

AO-49 (SAFIR-M) is a German amateur radio payload onboard the
small German scientific satellite "RUBIN-2".

AO-49 was built by the German amateur radio association
"AATiS e.V." (German acronym for "Arbeitskreis Amateurfunk
und Telekommunikation in der Schule", which means: 'working group
for amateur radio and telecommunications in schools').
AO-49 is designed as a "store and broadcast" system for APRS
based messages, dedicated for the use of schools in combination
with the existing WX-Net and planned buoy experiments in Germany.

No transmissions detected since the 1st of February 2003!
It appears AO-49 is not properly aligned to illuminate the solar
panels. This should end soon. Due to its orbit, AO-49 will be in a
phase without eclipses until 13Feb03.

Martin DG8UAU has written a small software program "SAFIR-M Decoder"
to allow decoding of the received DATA0 frames. It is available at:
http://amend.gmxhome.de in the section Aktuelles.

Details on AO-49 (SAFIR-M) can be found at:
Information about AATiS e.V. is available at:

[ANS thanks Oliver Amend, DG6BCE for this information]


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ANS would like to thank Mike Seguin, N1JEZ, ANS principal satellite
investigator and Jerry Brown, K5OE for helping provide current satellite

ANS is always dedicated to past ANS editor 'BJ' Arts, WT0N, and to the
memory of longtime AMSAT supporters Werner Haas, DJ5KQ, Dennis Kitchen,
G0FCL and John Branegan GM4IHJ.

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