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[jamsat-news:1881] ANS-25 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins


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.

In this edition:
*  AMSAT-NA President's Letter, January 2004
*  PCSat Status
*  AO-40 Schedule and Attitude Update
*  Satellite DX News
*  IARU Amateur Satellite Website
*  ARISS Status 20 January 2004
*  Gilmour Academy - First ARISS contact of 2004
*  This Week's News in Brief

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AMSAT-NA President's Letter, January 2004

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.01 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  January 25, 2004
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January, the start of a New Year and one which I believe will be an
excellent year for AMSAT.

Echo is due for launch in a window which starts March 31st and continues
through April and into May. Of course we are all looking for the launch to
be early, but that does not depend on AMSAT as much as on the Launch
Agency. Our ECHO Launch Fund Campaign is progressing well and is now over
$51K almost half way towards the goal of $110K which would pay off the costs
incurred in launching the satellite and maintain our reserve fund at a level
which would enable an early return to working on EAGLE.

AMSAT is auctioning off a beautiful sculpture of AO-40. I thought that  you
might be interested in looking at it. Please point your browser to our  eBay
auction at
Or, you can go to http://www.amsat.org and click on the link on the main
page. So far the response has been excellent, please take a look and if you
would  like to buy this sculpture, please put in your bid, the donation to
AMSAT will go into the ECHO launch Campaign Fund.

I would also like to acknowledge a donation of $1000 from AMSAT-YV toward
the Launch Campaign. Every donation is gratefully received, this is the only
way in which we can design build and launch our satellites.

ECHO is now in the final stages of integration and test, it has made its
first flight, by aircraft, and is now in Colorado where the flight ready L
and S band units are to be installed and where the Digital Voice Recorder
will be integrated all within the next week or two. In my next letter I hope
to be able to report that ECHO is either on it's way or is packed and ready
to go to the  launch site.

Many thanks must go to those who have worked so hard and diligently on the
ECHO project.

Robin Haighton VE3FRH
President AMSAT

[ANS thanks Robin, VE3FRH for the above information]


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PCSat Status

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.02 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  January 25, 2004
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PCSat is now in negative power budget and practically unusable.

The Command Team will try for a few more days to turn everything off
(INCLUDING THE DIGI) to try to get it through eclipses.  When the digi is
off, the only packet you will see is the 1/min telemetry packet and it will
be from the callsign of NODIGI...

It was a good run.  We got 33 days out of it this time....

Pasco was restored to full operations on 15 Dec 2003, 2 days before full sun
and she supported users to over 50 a day around the world through the end of
the year.

She entered eclipses again on 1 Jan 2004, yet continued to support even
growing numbers of users.  During this same time, the ISS packet system
became operational again, further attracting users to this mode.  Often,
Pasco logged 60+ users (the size of our WEB log) in just over 12 hours.

Bob, WB4APR, tells what happened, "Over the weekend of 17-19 Jan 2004 we
lost her back to  negative power again.  During the last pass on Friday the
16th all telemetry looked good and I restored the 72 hour timer and we were
all set for the weekend.  But with seconds before LOS, I noticed that
although the telemetry was showing, and I had commanded the TX's to isolate,
they weren't.  The relay was stuck.  And it was our last pass for the next
16 hours."

Bob continues, "All weekend the 3 Command Stations around the world tried to
re-energize this stuck relay, and I came in on Saturday and was sure I was
successful, but again, on each eclipse we lost it again.  Finally on Tues.
and Wed, we also were able to fully command it, but the eclipses are just
too long and she dies on the dark side."

As a result Pasco has returned to the catch-as-catch can mode until next
full Sun in May.  This is the longest period PCSat has been without a full
Sun period since launch.

The Command Team will continue to attempt recovery for a few more days.
After that there will be no further attempts to turn
off the DIGI and PCSat will revert back to the mode of  "if you can hear it,
work it..."  And that will only be in the SUN...

[ANS thanks the Bob, WB4APR, for the above information]


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AO-40 Schedule and Attitude Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.03 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  January 25, 2004
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As noted in the N-block below, the schedule for AO-40 has been modified to
have the passbands active from MA =40 to MA = 180.
Current ALON/ALAT is approximately 352 / 0.

The eclipse season has begun again with pre-perigee eclipses.  For the near
future these will peak at a little over one hour in length.

   QST AMSAT AO-40          SCHEDULE                 2004-01-22
                     MA      002   040   180   002
                     S2/K-Tx  |  S  |  S  |  S  |
                     MB       |  *  |  *  |  *  |
                     RUDAK    |     |     |     |
                     V/U-Rx   |  U  |  U  |  U  |
                     Uplink   |     | UL1 |     |

[ANS thanks Stacey, W4SM, for the above information]


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Satellite DX News

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.04 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  January 25, 2004
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Charlie, VR2XMT (in Hong Kong), has recently been on AO40.  Charlie reports
that his next opportunity to work the eastern parts of North America is 31
January at 0820 UTC.  The squint should be a bit better then, but he will
still have a mountain to his east!  Charlie plans to be on an uplink
frequency of 435.640.  Charlie's grid locator is OL72cm

George, DU1/GM4COK in the Philippines, says that he also plans to be on
AO-40 on 31 January at 0820 UTC for a window to the eastern part of North
America.  He will be at work during all the other windows between now and
then.  He says he has previously worked as far east as Florida, so he should
be able to work most or all of the East Coast.

[ANS thanks Wayne, W9AE, for the above information]


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IARU Amateur Satellite Website

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.05 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  January 25, 2004
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The IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination web site has recently been
updated with additional information about a number of cubesat projects there
are also details of three new microsats!

The most recent update was for UniSat3 being built by La Sapienza University
Roma .  UniSat3 is a 12 kg microsat intended to be launched by Dnepr
scheduled for 31st March 2004 together with Oscar Echo. The satellite is
expected to contain a V/U FM transponder and 9k6 GMSK telemetry downlink.
Proposing to use the same frequencies as are used by AO-27

The web site contains brief details of all forthcoming satellites that are
planned to operate in the amateur satellite service and that are known to
the frequency coordinating team at this time.

You can read all the details by visiting:

[ANS thanks Graham, G3VZV, for the above information]


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ARISS Status 20 January 2004

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.06 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  January 25, 2004
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 1. Upcoming School Contacts
The next ARISS contact is scheduled for Kings School in Canterbury, England.
This school was selected by astronaut Mike Foale, KB5UAC, and will take
place on January 28, 2004.  An ARISS contact is also being scheduled for
James Bay Elementary School in Houston, Texas. This contact is being planned
for the first week of February.

2. ARISS International Educational Outreach Committee Meeting Held
The ARISS Educational Outreach/School Selection Committee met on Thursday,
January 8. Items discussed included negotiating crew time for the ARISS
contacts, the Roy Neal, K6DUE, Commemorative Special Event, and the next
ARISS International Meeting to be held in the Netherlands in March, 2004.
Minutes were posted to the ARISS web site. See:
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/arissschm.htm  - Jan 08 2004

3. ARRL Article on Expedition 9 Crew Change
ARRL ran a Web story on the Expedition 9 crew change entitled, "Chiao to Sub
for McArthur as Next ISS Commander." See:

4. ARISS Team Plans for Engineering Checkout Passes
The ARISS team has been planning two engineering checkout passes which need
to be run prior to the use of the Phase 2 Kenwood radio system during school
contacts. The plan is to run two tests. One test will be run during a pass
over Russia, using Sergej Samburov's radio station, R3K. The other test will
be run during a pass over the U.S. in which three U.S. stations, W5RRR at
JSC, W5DID in Orlando, and NN1SS at GSFC, will be bridged together by phone,
and uplinks will be coordinated through the phone bridge. These tests are
tentatively scheduled to take place in February.

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO, for the above information]


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Gilmour Academy - First ARISS contact of 2004

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.07 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  January 25, 2004
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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station successfully contacted
students at Gilmour Academy in Gates Miles, Ohio via the ARISS program
(Amateur Radio on the International Space Station). Contact was made on
Friday, 02 January 2004 at approximately 14:00 UTC via amateur radio
equipment aboard the space station.

Gilmour Academy is a two-division private school with a Catholic tradition.
Gilmour is located in the Village of Gates Mills, which is 25 miles east of
the center of Metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio. The lower school is Montessori
through 6th grade, and the upper school is 7th through 12th grades. The
Academy has an amateur radio station, ND8GA, which is located in the upper
school where our enrollment (Grades 7-12) is approximately 400 students.

During their brief adventure, students asked astronaut Mike Foale 12

Their were about 50 people in the audience. Also present were at least one
newspaper and Fox TV.

Thanks to Dr. Foale and the ARISS team for the first ARISS contact of the
new year!

[ANS thanks Scott Lindsey-Stevens, N3ASA, for the above information]


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This Week's News in Brief

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 025.08 From AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD.  January 25, 2004
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**   This time next year, ESA's Huygens spaceprobe will be descending
through the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, becoming the first
spacecraft to land on a body in the outer Solar System. In January 2005,
Huygens will parachute below the clouds to see what is really going on. Its
battery of instruments will return over 1000 images as it floats down and
samples the chemistry of this exotic place.  --SpaceDaily

**   The ARRL will ask the FCC to create a new entry-level Amateur Radio
license that would include HF phone privileges without requiring a Morse
code test. The League also will propose consolidating all current licensees
into three classes, retaining the Element 1 Morse requirement--now 5
WPM--only for the highest class.  --ARRL

**  The Austrian Amateur Transmitter Federation says that a Broadband over
Power Line  field test in the city of Linz has been cut short as a result of
excessive radio interference.  According to the national ham radio society,
the Government Ministry for Commerce, Innovation and Technology closed down
Linz Power Company's B-P-L pilot project because it was generating
interference on the HF bands.  --Newsline


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.
Application forms are available from the AMSAT-NA Office.

AMSAT-NA has developed an on-line volunteer survey, designed to
identify the interests and skills of those who may be available to directly
help in efforts to develop the amateur satellite program. The survey is
designed to be completed and returned on-line, and takes only a few minutes
to fill out.  To request the survey, simply send an e-mail request
to:volunteer at amsat.org

This weeks ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS, ku4os at amsat.org

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