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[jamsat-news:2052] ANS-156 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.

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In this edition:

* Call for papers-2005 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting
* AMSAT Hamvention Wrapup
* AMSAT Kid's Day Reminder-11 June 2005
* ARISS Status - 30 May 2005

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Call for papers-2005 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 156.01
June 5, 2005
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This is the third call for papers for the 2005 AMSAT Space Symposium and
Annual Meeting to be held October 7 - 9, 2005 in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Proposals for papers and symposium presentations are invited on any
topic of interest to the amateur satellite program. 

We request a one-page abstract by June 15, 2005. Camera ready copy on
paper or in electronic form will be due by August 1, 2005 for inclusion
in the printed symposium proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be
sent to n8fgv@amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dan, N8FGV for the above information]


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AMSAT Hamvention Wrapup

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 156.02
June 5, 2005
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Dayton Hamvention 2005 is over and it was a great success for AMSAT.  On
Thursday night over 70 hams interested in satellites attended the AMSAT
Pizza n' Suds event.   This annual party is growing in popularity as an
AMSAT sponsored event.  As always, it was a great time to sit back and
talk to old friends and plan for the next few days at Hamvention.

The AMSAT booth had an excellent year.  Sales of books, shirts and other
AMSAT items were strong though out the weekend.  On Friday morning
former astronaut Tony England visited the AMSAT booth and had a chance
to meet many of the booth workers and AMSAT members.  All AMSAT members
owe a great "thank you" to all of the Dayton volunteers who worked at
the booth during Hamvention 2005.  

On Friday evening the AMSAT banquet at the Amber Rose was a great
success.  Many felt it was the best banquet ever.  It was a near sell
out with 84 members in attendance.  Former astronaut Tony England gave
an impressive talk on how knowledge gained from ham radio helped him
several times during his career with NASA as an astronaut.  Rick Hambly
also spoke about AMSAT and our future satellite programs.  

On Saturday morning the AMSAT forum at the Hamvention was crowded as
usual.  We had four excellent speakers who talked about the future of
the amateur radio satellites.  AMSAT Treasurer Gunther Meisse, W4GSM
video recorded the AMSAT forum and Dr. Tony England speech on Friday
night.  There may still be an opportunity for those who missed
Hamvention 2005 to see these events.   

In summary, thanks to all who attended AMSAT parties and the booth at
Hamvention 2005.  Thank you for the support to AMSAT for those who
joined as new members or renewed their membership at the booth.  A
special thanks to all who worked to make the AMSAT effort at Hamvention
2005 a great success!

[ANS thanks Ed, N8NUY for the above information]


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AMSAT Kid's Day Reminder-11 June 2005

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 156.03
June 5, 2005
BID: $ANS-156.03

AMSAT-NA and the AO-51 Operations Team will sponsor the second Kid's Day
on AO-51 for 2005. The event will run from approximately 1420 UTC 11
June until 0450 UTC 12 June. The event is open to all kids, worldwide.
All amateur radio stations are asked to use this short time window to
promote satellite operations with kids by actually showing a kid how to
make contacts via AO-51, providing a station to contact, or stepping
aside to allow others to make contacts with the kids.  During the event,
please limit contacts to stations that are operating with kids at the
microphone. This should allow the kids to have a nice QSO and pass some
information. Kids can tell their name, age, who is helping them operate
on AO-51, where they live, and other information about themselves. A
certificate is available from the AO-51 Team to any kid making a
successful Kid's Day contact. Please check the AMSAT Web Site, AO-51
Control Team Page, and other AMSAT news outlets for details on the

AO-51 will be configured in the following mode during the event. Please
note the change in the uplink frequency for the event.

Uplink:  145.880 MHz FM voice, 67 Hz tone
Downlink:  435.300 MHz FM voice

The digital transponder on 435.150 will be turned off during the event.

A certificate is available to any kid that makes a contact with another
amateur radio station during the AMSAT Kid's Day Event. The contacted
station does not have to be operated by a kid. To receive your
certificate, please mail a confirmation of contact to the following

AMSAT Kid's Day Certificate
c/o Michael Kingery - KE4AZN
1251 County Road 445
Enterprise, AL  36330

Your confirmation can be a QSL card from you or the amateur control
station, a note on a piece of paper, or anything you can come up with.
Use your imagination! Please add a short note (a couple of paragraphs)
about your experience talking through an operational amateur radio
satellite.  Some of the best cards and notes will be used for a future
AMSAT Journal article. Also, digital pictures and notes can be sent to
ke4azn@amsat.org for potential inclusion in the Journal article.  The
certificate is free, and no SASE is required. The certificate is
available to any kid, anywhere in the world.

[ANS thanks Mike, KE4AZN and the AO-51 Team for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 30 May 2005

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 156.04
June 5, 2005
BID: $ANS-156.04

1.California School Contact Successful

On Tuesday, May 24, Phillips' second crew pick, Village Elementary
School, in Coronado, California, experienced an ARISS contact via the
telebridge station NN1SS in Greenbelt, Maryland. Sixteen students and
their teacher asked 20 questions. Adam Phillips, nephew of John Phillips
and a third grader at the school, participated in the session.  The
audio was successfully fed through Echolink and the IRLP Reflector 9010.
It was also webcast.  The local newspaper, Coronado Eagle & Journal,
covered the event. 

2.Upcoming School Contacts

Zurich International School in Horgen, Switzerland has been approved for
an ARISS contact.  It will take place on Friday, 10 June at 0910 UTC.

3.ARRL Article on New York School Contact

Iroquois Middle School in Niskayuna, New York participated in an ARISS
contact on 16 May. ARRL covered the event in an article entitled, "It's
Not Really 'Zero Gravity' on Space Station, Astronaut Tells Youngsters."

4.SuitSat Status

The SuitSat Educational Proposal has generated interest from several

The U.S. team continues to work on hardware which is expected to be
shipped to Russia on June 10. Audio has been collected for use on
SuitSat. Greetings have been recorded in English, French, Spanish,
German, Japanese and Russian. A NASA Explorer School, Eastern Middle
School, supplied the voice message for the U.S. English contribution.

5.Astronaut Training

ESA French astronaut Leopold Eyharts has been scheduled for U.S. amateur
radio license training with Nick Lance and Kenneth Ransom. The training
sessions will tentatively begin on 31 May and continue over a two week

6.Student Teacher Training

Nick Lance participated in the Pre-Service Teacher Institute at JSC
where college students were taught how to incorporate math and science
into their elementary and middle school curricula. He taught an amateur
radio licensing course and twelve students passed the exam and received
their Technician Class licenses.

[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 week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org
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