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[jamsat-news:2201] ANS-127 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin


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active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating
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******************** AMSAT 2006 Space Symposium **************************

The AMSAT web team has posted informational pages on the AMSAT web site.
You can find the announcement with many links at:


In this edition:

* Reminder - Opportunities to Participate With AMSAT at Dayton
* 2006 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium Call for Papers: First Announcement
* SuitSat is Still in the News
* AMSAT Awards
* ARISS Status for the Week of May 1, 2006
* View Re-creation of Huygens Probe Landing on Titan
* Milestones Reached - Congratulations

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Reminder - Opportunities to Participate With AMSAT at Dayton

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 127.01
May 7, 2006
BID: $ANS-127.01

The main AMSAT Forum at the 2006 Dayton Hamvention will be held Saturday
morning, May 20th, from 8:15 AM to 10:45 AM in Forum Room 1. We have a
great program scheduled so come by and spend Saturday morning with us to
find out the most up to date information on P3E, EAGLE, AO-51, ARISS and

Barry Baines, WD4ASW, AMSAT's VP-Marketing & User Services, will moderate
the forum which includes these topics:
1. Rick Hambly, W2GPS, President, AMSAT-NA "Phase 3-E Satellite Design and
   Development Status."
2. Jim Sanford, WB4GCS, EAGLE Project Manager "Eagle Project Overview and
   Status Report."
3. EAGLE Project Development Team "Technology Update: Software Defined
   Transponder, Internal Housekeeping Unit, Energy Storage Experiments,
   and Structure Analysis."
4. Gould Smith, WA4SXM, Director Field Operations, AMSAT-NA "Introduction
   to AO-51 Operation with a Command Station Update."
5. Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, VP-Human Space Flight, AMSAT-NA "ARISS & SuitSat:
   Current Status & Future Opportunities."

Special emphasis will be placed on the status of the AMSAT-NA EAGLE
satellite project and the AMSAT-DL P3E satellite.

The AMSAT Educator's Forum will be held Saturday from 11:30 to 12:15 AM
in Forum Room 5 where Dr. H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, Director of Education of
AMSAT-NA will host "Shared Experiences of Using Satellites in the Class-

Live satellite demonstrations will be another AMSAT feature at Dayton.
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Keith Pugh, W5IU and other volunteers will be
making live satellite contacts Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the
Dayton Hamvention.  Contacts on both the FM and SSB satellites will be
demonstrated outside the Ball Arena entrance, just a short distance from
the AMSAT booth.

AMSAT will also be demonstrating operation through the future Eagle and
P3E SDX (Software Defined Transponder) located in the AMSAT booth.  Bob
McGwier, N4HY, Tom Clark, K3IO and Howard Long, G5LVB will have an SDX
operating and also have live displays of signals in the 50 kHz pass

While you are in town plan to take advantage of AMSAT's Thursday night
'Pizza and Suds' gathering at Mario's Piazza.  The Friday night Banquet
will be at the Amber Rose. Contact Nancy Makley, kc8gyw@amsat.org to make
your reservations for both events.

Gould Smith, AMSAT Director Field Operations, issued a call for volunteers
at Dayton 2006, "We are looking for a few good men or women to help at the
AMSAT booth during the Dayton Hamvention. The booth will be open Friday
May 19th from 9 AM to 6 PM, Saturday May 20th, 8 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 8 AM
to 1 PM.

We need people to answer questions about satellite operation, take donations
for publications and trinkets, memberships and renewals, demonstrate
software and assist with satellite demos. Please volunteer for a two hour
shift each day while you are attending the Hamvention. If you can only find
an hour, that will also be welcomed.  Sign up in advance by sending Gould an
email at: wa4sxm@amsat.org.

Many more details of AMSAT at Dayton can be found on-line at
Follow the Dayton links.

Gould, WA4SXM
AMSAT Director Field Operations

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM, AMSAT Director Field Operations for the above


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2006 AMSAT-NA Space Symposium Call for Papers: First Announcement

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 127.02
May 7, 2006
BID: $ANS-127.02

Invitation: Speakers are invited to submit and present papers dealing with
the science of Amateur Radio Satellites and associated technologies for the
AMSAT 2006 Space Symposium.  The Symposium will be held at the Crowne Plaza
Hotel in Foster City, California, approximately 10km south of San Francisco
International Airport.

Since the 2005 Symposium was cancelled due to hurricane damage caused by
hurricanes Katrina and Rita, speakers originally scheduled for the 2005
Symposium are invited to re-submit papers for the 2006 Symposium.

For more information please refer to:

Topics: Recommended topics include but are not
limited to the following categories:

Microsatellite Projects
Cubesat and Nanosatellite Projects
Attitude Determination and Control
Digital Modes
Education and Outreach
Launch Opportunities
Status Reports

Other Activities:
The AMSAT Board of Directors will meet on 5-6 October.
The AMSAT Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 6 October.
AMSAT International will meet 8 October
The IARU Satellite Committee will meet during the Symposium and will
      hold a public round table discussion on frequency coordination on
      8 October
The ARISS International Delegates Meeting will be held on 9-10 October
"Birds of a Feather" sessions (BOFS) will be available on request

Deadline: Applications to present papers must be submitted by 15 July 2006.
Papers must be submitted no later than 1 August 2006.

Procedure: The planning committee has created an online registration system
where you can submit your abstract and track it. Using this system you will
allow you to submit your paper and any subsequent changes online.
Visit the 2006 Symposium Paper Registration webpage for instructions:

Organizer: Project OSCAR.  Contact Emily Clarke, N1DID for additional

Venue: See the 2006 Space Symposium web page for additional information
the venue: http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/

[ANS thanks Emily, N1DID for the above information]


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SuitSat is Still in the News

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 127.03
May 7, 2006
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This week, Frank Bauer, KA3HDO who is the ARISS International Chairman
and AMSAT's V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs provided an update on
SuitSat, the amateur radio space suit that continues to inspire the world.

Frank said, "SuitSat-1's re-entry is coming few weeks from now.  Would
anyone like to enter a "Chicken Little" contest?"  For those unfamiliar
with this term, it refers to the "sky is falling" from the Chicken Little
story. You are invited to pick the date that SuitSat-1 will fall from the
sky.  Amateurs have begun posting their Chicken Little dates on-line at
the AMSAT bulletin board:  amsat-bb@amsat.org.  The winner is the person
who picks the date closest to the re-entry event.  Prizes include bragging
rights as well as the fame and notoriety associated with successful re-entry

Frank also noted that SuitSat-1 is still being featured in the popular

+ The 2006 "100 Best" of everything as compiled by Reader's Digest includes
  the "Best Empty Suit"--SuitSat.  In the paper edition, SuitSat is listed
  as the 25th best.  It can also be viewed on the Reader's Digest web site.
  To view the write up (38th item from the top), see:

+ Popular Science plans to highlight SuitSat in an upcoming magazine.

+ Boys Life (scouting magazine) will have an article and pictures in the
  next couple of months.

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO for the above information]


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AMSAT Awards

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 127.04
May 7, 2006
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Bruce Paige, KK5DO, who is AMSAT's Director Contests and Awards says this
week, congratulations go out to all of the following.

Phet Imtonkhum  HS4POV AMSAT Satellite Communicators Club Award
Stefan Meszaros DL3SEM AMSAT Satellite Communicators Club Award
Richard Nelson  W2ACY  AMSAT Satellite Communicators Club Award
Chris Pakulski  KB8FNC AMSAT Satellite Communicators Club Award

Terry Moorby    VE3DIJ South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communication
                       Achievement Award #US95

Yoshi Esaki     JA6BX  W4AMI Award #42
Rick Behma      VE4AMU W4AMI Award #43

These are the last of the 51 on 51 Awards as the closing period for
submissions was April 30, 2006.

Kyle Yoksh      K0KN   51 on 51 Award #67
Yohsio Esaki    JA6BX  51 on 51 Award #68
Iji Yoshitomo   JA6PL  51 on 51 Award #69
Ricky Behma     VE4AMU 51 on 51 Award #70

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]


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ARISS Status for the Week of May 1, 2006

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 127.05
May 7, 2006
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1.	Successful School Contacts

Bob Jones High School in Madison Alabama had an ARISS contact on Monday,
May 1 via the telebridge station VK5ZAI in Australia.

Jaanimmarik School in Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada had an ARISS contact on
Thursday, May 4 also via the telebridge station VK5ZAI in Australia.

2.	ARISS Members Participated in Space Day on May 5

ARISS members participated in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Space
Day activities on Friday, May 5. An AMSAT exhibition booth was set up
at the event and included an ARISS display. Representatives displayed
ISS Ham hardware and informed students and the general public of the
ARISS program. They also talked about how AMSAT builds small satellites
and displayed the Cal-Poly Cubesat model and picosats.

3.	ARISS School Demonstrates Satellite Communications

On Monday, April 24, Larry Phelps, K4OZS, demonstrated satellite communi-
cations to two classes of fifth grade students at Romeo Elementary School
in Dunnellon, Florida using the AMSAT Oscar (AO-51) satellite repeater.
He received calls from many stations to the delight of the students.This
demonstration was part of the preparation for an upcoming ARISS contact
at the school. Phelps held another demonstration at the school in April
2005 and is a member of the Silver Springs Radio Club which will assist
in the upcoming contact. Active in amateur radio, he also recently received
a QSL card for a contact with Bill McArthur, KC5ACR.

4.	SuitSat Video

On April 18, Kevin Fetter from Brockville, Ontario, Canada videotaped
SuitSat as it passed overhead. The video may be found on the Space Weather
website, http://spaceweather.com/. Select April 28 under ÷·iew Archivesto view the video.

5.	Marcos Pontes Pleased with ARISS Contacts

Brazilian astronaut Marcos Pontes, PY0AEB, visited Bauru, Sa?o Paulo, Brazil
to give a speech and while there, he presented a gift to Fabiano Moser,
PY5RX, to commemorate Pontescontact with him via amateur radio while he
was on board the ISS.  He remarked how nice it was to hear many people
calling to him on the radio in his native language and because of this,
he never felt alone. See: http://www.issfanclub.com/node/4958

6.	Commander Active on ARISS Radio

ISS Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, has been very active on the ISS
Ham radio equipment over Russia.  He has been heard making daily voice
contacts over Siberia and has also made some contacts over European Russia
as well.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI for the above information]


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View Re-creation of Huygens Probe Landing on Titan

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 127.06
May 7, 2006
BID: $ANS-127.06

A recent article posted at http://www.saturndaily.com points readers
to a link at the NASA Jet Propulsion Labs on-line Planetary Photo
Journal featuring a movie, viewable on your computer, of the Descent
Imager/Spectral Radiometer camera on board the European Space Agency's
Huygens probe landing on Saturn's moon Titan on Jan. 14, 2005.

To view the QuickTime movie visit the JPL site at:
(Be patient and allow time for the entire site to load.)

The almost four-hour-long operation of the camera is shown in less
than five minutes. The first part of the movie shows how Titan looked
to the camera as it acquired more and more images during the probe's
descent. Each image has a small field of view, and dozens of images
were made into mosaics of the whole scene.

Sounds from a left speaker trace Huygens' motion, with tones changing
with rotational speed and the tilt of the parachute. There also are
clicks that clock the rotational counter, as well as sounds for the
probe's heat shield hitting Titan's atmosphere, parachute deployments,
heat shield release, jettison of the camera cover and touchdown.

Sounds from a right speaker go with the Descent Imager/Spectral
Radiometer activity. There's a continuous tone that represents the
strength of Huygens' signal to Cassini. Then there are 13 different
chimes - one for each of instrument's 13 different science parts -
that keep time with flashing-white-dot exposure counters. During
its descent, the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer took 3,500

More details can also be read on-line at:
(careful with the line wrap).

[ANS thanks SpaceDaily.com, SaturnDaily.com, and NASA Jet Propulsion
 Labs for the above information.]


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Milestones Reached - Congratulations

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 127.07
May 7, 2006
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Pop, VU2POP, Secretary of AMSAT India, reminds us to wish Happy Birthday
to HAMSAT VO-52 which turns one year old and is still going strong.  Thank
you to the Indian Space Research Organization for the wonderful gift of

Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, Producer of Amateur Radio Newsline says that next
week the on-the-air newscast will reach #1500.  That translates into 28.8461
years of doing Westlink which became Newsline -- and never missing a
or air-date.  Newsline frequently features AMSAT events in its broadcasts.
Congratulations to the Newsline team and we look forward to sharing lots
more of the excitement of Amateur Radio in space!


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,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org
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