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[jamsat-news:2016] ANS-079 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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:


In this edition:
* AMSAT KEPS distribution approved by AFSPC
* AFSPC KEPS policy requires email addresses
* ANS Editors Wanted
* AO-51 operating mode info
* ARISS Status - 14 March 2005

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-079.01
AMSAT KEPS distribution approved by AFSPC

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 079.01
March 20, 2005
BID: $ANS-079.01

AMSAT's request to redistribute Keplerian data has been APPROVED as of 
18 March 2005 in accordance with Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) 
Commander's authority.

We are "good to go" and next weeks AMSAT Keplerian data distribution 
will originate from AFSPC Space Track web site.

Ray Hoad, WA5QGD said, "I want to acknowledge the help and support that
LtCol Maloney at AFSPC has given to AMSAT and the Radio Amateur
Satellite Community at large."  Ray continued, "Thank you LtCol Maloney
for your help and consul in preparing our request."

Thanks also are extended to all the AMSAT and ARRL leaders who helped in
preparing AMSAT's response to AFSPC.  Thank you for your timely support.

[ANS thanks Ray, WA5QGD for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-079.02
AFSPC KEPS policy requires email addresses

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 079.02
March 20, 2005
BID: $ANS-079.02

Under the interim policy adopted by Headquarters Air Force Space Command
(HQ AFSPC), AMSAT is required to annually supply the email addresses of
KEPS mailing list subscribers.  On 24 March 2005 AMSAT will be supplying
AFSPC with a copy of our Keplerian Data distribution list in 
compliance with the new law regarding distribution of governmental
Below is a reminder of the subscribe/unsubcribe process for receiving 
distribution of the AMSAT format keplerian data.

All routine administrative requests about mailing lists should be sent 
to majordomo@amsat.org <mailto:majordomo@amsat.org> and not to the 
mailing list address. This includes all requests to subscribe or 
unsubscribe. These requests will be handled automatically, so you must 
use a precise format. For details on the format, send email containing 
just the word


in the body of the message and the system will mail the details to you.

OR ....

Send SUBSCRIBE KEPS or UNSUBSCRIBE KEPS message to majordomo@amsat.org
[ANS thanks Ray, WA5QGD for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-079.03
ANS Editors Wanted

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 079.03
March 20, 2005
BID: $ANS-079.03

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]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-079.04
AO-51 operating mode info

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 079.04
March 20, 2005
BID: $ANS-079.04

A table which shows the current AO-51 mode has been added to the front
page of the website, www.amsat.org  The indicated mode is based on the
published schedule or announcements and will usually occur at ~0200

The complete schedule for the upcoming month in both text as well as a
graphic time table can also be found on the web site at 

[ANS thanks Emily, W0EEC for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-079.05
ARISS Status - 14 March 2005

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 079.05
March 20, 2005
BID: $ANS-079.05

1. Texas School Contact Successful

Rains High School in Emory, Texas is predominately made up of low income
students, and participating in programs such as ARISS is rare for the
school. On March 8, students were given an opportunity to speak with
Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW, via the telebridge station, WH6PN in Hawaii.
Students were able to ask 15 questions. At least one television station
covered the event. The audio was streamed over the internet, compliments
of MCI. It was also heard over EchoLink, where over 230 stations
monitored the contact, from areas including Japan, India, Europe, and
North America.

2.ARRL Article on Bentley Contact 

The fourth graders at Bentley School began studying Space in September.
They learned about the International Space Station and Expedition 10, in
particular.  Following the ISS current events in daily newspapers, they
worked in small groups to determine the best questions to ask Leroy
Chiao, and practiced for the contact, to determine the number of
questions that might be answered.  They again worked in small groups so
that they could present information to the audience, in the event that
all of their questions were not answered. The students wore "Expedition
X" T-shirts for the event.  Students and teachers both thought that
Leroy answered their questions with much enthusiasm, and the children
liked having the astronaut call them by their first names, making the
contact a very personal event for each of them.  The February 28 contact
was covered in the ARRL article, entitled, "ISS Crew Commander Addresses
Litter, Space Station 'Tilt' in Ham Contact." See:

3. St John's School Video  St. John's School in Houston, Texas had an
ARISS contact with Leroy Chiao on February 23, 2005. The video of the
event can be found on the school's website. Go to:
http://www.sjs.org/news/news/detail.asp?newsid=151565# and click on
"Space Station Hook Up." Select:  iss contact_300k.swf.

4. Astronaut Training 

On March 9, Kenneth Ransom held an amateur radio training session for
the backup crew members of Expedition 12. Clay Anderson (KD5PLA), Jeff
Williams (KD5TVQ) and Leo Eyharts attended. Covered in the class were
school operations, radio capabilities, and radio modes of operation.
Astronauts Anderson and Williams are currently slated as the primary
crew of Expedition 14.

5. ARISS School Selection Committee Meeting Held

The ARISS Educational Outreach/School Selection Committee met via
teleconference on Thursday, March 10. The minutes will be posted to the
ARISS website in the near future.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI for the above information]


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.

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