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[jamsat-news:2229] ANS-190 AMSAT Weekly Bulletins


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active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating
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In this edition:
* AO-51 July Schedule
* Industry Software Donatations to AMSAT
* New AO-51 Operations Committee Members
* ARISS Status - 03 July 2006

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-190.01
AO-51 July Schedule

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 190.01
July 9, 2006
BID: $ANS-190.01

Tenative and subject to change:

July 1 to July 31

FM Repeater
Downlink 435.300 mHz FM
Uplink 145.920 mHz FM with 67 hz Tone

Digital / PBBS
Downlink 435.150 mHz FM 9k6 Digital
Uplink 145.860 mHz FM 9k6 Digital
PBBS Active
Telemetry Downlink and Digipeater Active (No Unattended Digipeater Ops

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, explains that the current schedule for July
indicates AO-51 will be in the normal voice and digital configuration
for the entire month. This schedule is, as stated, tentative and subject
to change. Due to real world obligations, the command opportunities this
month were limited and uncertain and it was decided that the best
solution would be to provide a solid schedule that would always provide
the standard V/U voice repeater on the 435.300. If the chance presents
itself, we may experiment with a few new combinations on the 435.150
downlink, using a L band digital or voice uplink. These experimental
modes will be announced via the web page as well as amsat-bb in advance
of any mode changes. L uplinks and S downlinks have been heavily
requested the last 2 months, and the Operations Committe has taken
notice and will include these modes in future schedules.

The digipeater is now on again and will remain on as long as it does not
interfere with the PBBS users. While the Operations Committee assesses
how this impacts the PBBS users, it is requested that there be no
unattended digipeater operations.  Be aware that AO-51, unlike previous
PACSATS, only has one uplink frequency for the PBBS, and runs about 0.3
watts on the digital transmitter during the longer eclipse season (which
is now). Also, the earlier releases of TLMEcho do not display the digi
status correctly.

The Operations Committee would appreciate feedback on how well it works.
A lack of feedback will probably be viewed as a lack of interest, so
everyone is encouraged to report their success or failure.
Please remember to submit your mode requests and special events well in
advance of your event to ao51-modes@amsat.org for consideration.
[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-190.02
Industry Software Donatations to AMSAT

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 190.02
July 9, 2006
BID: $ANS-190.02

Bob McGwier, N4HY, AMSAT Vice President Engineering, reports that AMSAT
has recently been very successful in acquiring donations which will
greatly benefit the Eagle Team in their design and analysis tasks.  Bob
said, "I wanted to bring to the attention of the Board and our members
some of our AMSAT President's recent activities."

Rick Hambly, W2GPS, AMSAT President has been primarily responsible for
getting us university/educational status with several organizations
including a donation from Texas Instruments of their Code Composer
Studio Platinum Edition software valued at $10,785 USD and  Cadence
Design Systems' OrCAD(R) PCB Designer with PSpice and PSpice(R) Advanced
Analysis valued at $185,915 USD.

Other significant donations are also being developed and hopefully can
be announced shortly.

Bob continued, "We owe Rick a thank you for his leadership on this.
Every time I have asked him to try, he has, and on all attempts he has

Rick concluded, "AMSAT is very appreciative of the donations we're
receiving from such major players in the industry.  With these donations
and the continuing financial support of our members the momentum within
the Eagle Project is growing every day."

[ANS thanks Bob, N4HY and Rick, W2GPS for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-190.03
New AO-51 Operations Committee Members

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 190.03
July 9, 2006
BID: $ANS-190.03

Drew Glassbrenner, KO4MA, recently announced several new members have
joined the AO-51 Operations Committee. Drew said, "I would like to thank
the following new members for volunteering to help with the committee:

WD9EWK/VA7EWK Patrick Stoddard
N8MH Mark Hammond
OZ1MY Ib Christoffersen
VK5HI Colin Hurst"

These volunteers will be joining existing committee members Drew
Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and Mike Kingery, KE4AZN.

Drew added, "Personally I'd like to thank Roy Welch, W0SL, and Clare
Fowler, VE3NPC, for their service with the committee over the past many

Drew continued, "Some of the goals I have set out for the committee and
hope to accomplish are; acknowledging every email sent to the ao51-modes
address, having a completed schedule posted 2 weeks before the beginning
of the month, improved support of large special events such as JOTA and
Kids Day, and better publication of AO-51 related information via the
amsat-bb, webpage, and AMSAT Journal."

Suggestions and offers of help are always welcome via the
ao51-modes@amsat.org address.

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-190.04
ARISS Status - 03 July 2006

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 190.04
July 9, 2006
BID: $ANS-190.04

1. ARISS-Kuwait Contact Successful

The first ARISS contact with children in Kuwait took place on Wednesday,
June 28. Eleven students at the Kuwait Scientific Center in Salmiyah
spoke to Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, via the telebridge station WH6PN in
Hawaii. Twenty-two questions were asked as an audience of approximately
forty people gathered to witness the contact. The event received
extensive media coverage which included the following: Al-Hadaf,
Al-Yaqaza and Al-Nahdha (Weekly Arabic magazines), The Daily Star (Daily
Arabic Magazine), Al-Qabas and Al-Rai Al-Am (Local daily newspapers),
Arab Times and Kuwait Times (local daily English newspapers), Layalina
(Arabic bi-monthly magazine), Kuwait National Television for an evening
program, Kuwait National TV Children's Program, KUNA (Kuwait News
Agency) and Kuwait Science Club Media. To view KUNA's news coverage on
the event, see:

English version no pictures. 
Arabic version with pictures. 

The audio from this contact was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377)
and JK1ZRW (277 208) servers and received 15 connections, of which 2
were repeaters, from 7 countries.  IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010 had 3
connections from Canada. The audio was also webcast by Verizon
Conferencing and through the Scientific Center Kuwait.

2.  ARISS International Team Meeting Held

The monthly ARISS International Team meeting was held on June 27.
Topics of discussion included the ARISS International face to face
meeting to be held in San Francisco in October, school contacts with ESA
astronaut Thomas Reiter, DF4TR, and the work toward an amateur radio
license for Japanese space visitor, Dice-K Enomoto, scheduled to fly
this fall. Minutes will be posted to the ARISS website in the near

3.  AMSAT and ARISS-International Meetings, October 2006

The AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting and Space Symposium and the ARISS
International Meeting will be held October 5 - 10, 2006 in San
Francisco. Online registration in now available. See:

[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.

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