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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:
* Deadline for Submitting AMSAT BoD Ballots Approaching
* Dr. Scott Sanford, AMSAT Symposium Tour Speaker
* 2006 AMSAT Symposium Final Call for Papers
* AO-51 Operating Schedule for September 2006
* JAMSAT Announces a New Satellite Operating Award
* Commission Probing Dnepr Crash Presents Preliminary Conclusions
* ARISS Status - 28 August 2006

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Deadline for Submitting AMSAT BoD Ballots Approaching

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 246.01
September 3, 2006
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If you have not mailed your AMSAT ballot , now is the time to do so!
The ballot must arrive at the office by September 15th.  Look over
the bios at

[ANS thanks Martha at AMSAT HQ for the above information]


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Dr. Scott Sanford, AMSAT Symposium Tour Speaker

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 246.02
September 3, 2006
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AMSAT, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, is very pleased to
announced that NASA Principal Investigator, Dr. Scott Sanford has
generously accepted our invitation to provide a key presentation during
the Symposium tour of the Ames Exploration Center.  Dr. Sanford, who is
co-director of the NASA Ames Astrochemistry Laboratory, will speak about
sample return from comets and asteroids in general, and specifically
about the Stardust Sample and Return Mission to Comet Wild 2.

Dr. Sanford was one of the original team members to propose capturing
dust from a comet and bringing it back to Earth. Stardust was launched
in February 1999, and in January 2004 approached Wild 2 within 150 miles
of the nucleus, collecting samples and capturing detailed imagery of the
comet's surface.  On January 15th 2006 Stardust re-entered the Earth's
atmosphere and successfully completed it's mission after landing in the
salt flats of northwestern Utah.

So be sure to join us Sunday afternoon for what promises to be an
exciting event.

The 2006 Space Symposium will be a joint meeting with the ARISS
International Delegates and will also include the IARU Satellite
Advisory Panel annual meeting, and a meeting of AMSAT International
Delegates.  For additional information and to register for
transportation to the Ames Exploration Center please visit the AMSAT
website at http://www.amsat.org/symposium.

Emily Clarke, N1DID
Symposium Chair

[ANS thanks Emily, N1DID, for the above information]


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2006 AMSAT Symposium Final Call for Papers

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 246.03
September 3, 2006
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2006 AMSAT North America Space Symposium
6-8 October 2006, Foster City, California
Call for Papers: Final Call

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. This is an annual Symposium,
however 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.

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

平    AMSAT Eagle
平    Microsatellite Projects
平    Cubesat and Nanosatellite Projects
平    ARISS
平    Attitude Determination and Control
平    Propulsion
平    Communications
平    Mechanical
平    Antennas
平    Groundstations
平    Digital Modes
平    Education and Outreach
平    Launch Opportunities
平    Status Reports

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

Deadline: Applications for papers must be received ASAP.  Papers must be
submitted no later than 12 September 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:

Contact Emily Clarke, N1DID for additional information or Jean Fletcher
KG6IAK for additional information

Venue: See the 2006 Space Symposium web page for additional information
about the venue.

[ANS thanks Emily, N1DID, for the above information]


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AO-51 Operating Schedule for September 2006

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 246.04
September 3, 2006
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Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, has posted the AO-51 operating schedule for
September.  Drew explains, "We've tried to include a little bit of
everything this month". Drew also requests that all requests to the
ao51-modes@amsat.org list include "AMSAT" in the subject line. This will
help sort out the valid requests from the waves and waves of spam that
must be filtered through to be forwarded to the rest of the Committee.

Mode changes generally occur at ~0200Z on the dates indicated below.

September 1 to September 4
FM Repeater, V/S
Uplink: 145.920 Mhz FM, No PL Tone
Downlink: 2401.200 Mhz FM

September 4 to September 11
FM Repeater, V/U, High Power Mode
Uplink: 145.920 Mhz FM, 67 hz PL Tone
Downlink: 435.300 Mhz FM

September 11 to September 18
FM Repeater, L/S
Uplink: 1268.700 Mhz FM, No PL Tone
Downlink: 2401.200 Mhz FM

September 18 to September 24
"Normal" Mode
FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink: 145.920 Mhz FM, 67 hz PL Tone
Downlink: 435.300 Mhz FM
9k6 Digital, V/U, PBP BBS (Pacsat Broadcast Protocol BBS)
Uplink: 145.860 Mhz FM, 9k6 PBP Digital
Downlink: 435.150 Mhz FM, 9k6 PBP Digital

September 24 to October 2
38k4 Digital, V/U, PBP BBS (Pacsat Broadcast Protocol BBS)
Uplink: 145.860 Mhz FM, 9k6 PBP Digital
Downlink: 435.150 Mhz FM, 38k4 PBP Digital 

73, Drew KO4MA
For the AO-51 Operations Group

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


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JAMSAT Announces a New Satellite Operating Award

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 246.05
September 3, 2006
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Mikio Mouri, JA3GEP, President of Japan-AMSAT (JAMSAT) announced the
availability of the new JAMSAT Five Stars Award on August 17, 2006.

JAMSAT's goal is to get more activity on amateur radio satellite
communications, to get more hams interested in this aspect of the
hobby,and to protect the frequency allocation of the amateur satellites.

This Award is opened for world wide, with following rules.

1. The applicant is required to establish a QSO with five(5) different
   stations over five (5) different Satellites. (Total 25 QSL Cards

2. Each specific satellite is counted once, even the QSO was made on
   different mode or band on the same satellite.

3. Valid only for 2way QSOs. Cross mode QSOs are not valid on this

4. The QSOs using Digital mode and SSTV are valid, however you are
   requested to get QSL Cards. (e-QSL is not acceptable.)

5. No specific endosement (eg. CW, SSB) is provided.

6. QSOs made after the January 1st, 2006 at 00:00 UTC are valid.

7. As for the application, no specific format is provided. You can use
   your own QSO list, however it is recomended to use formats used by
   ARRL or JARL.  You need to have your application certified by 2
   local radio amateurs, but please DO NOT send QSL cards to us. (We
   can not take any responsiblity for them.)

8. Fee on the application:  Outside of Japan please send Ten(10) "NEW"
   IRCs with the application.  Japanese radio amateurs should include
   800 yen by Postal Money Order.  (If you are a member of the JAMSAT,
   then 400 yen is applicable).

9. Donations are welcomed:  This is not a requirement, but any donations
   to build new amateur satellites will be most welcome.  If you wish to
   donate, please add this amount to your award application fee. JAMSAT
   will remit your donations to AMSAT-DL and/or AMSAT-NA accordingly.
   (Please understand that the JAMSAT-Board is entitled to divide the
   sum of donations for each party and project.)

10. Mailing address--Please forward your application to the following.

    For the attention of Mr. S. Murakami
    PO Box 26, Mizushima Post Office,
    Kurashiki, Okayama 712-8691, Japan

11. Questions and Information
    If you have had any questions, please send your message by e-mail
    to:  madoguchi@jamsat.or.jp

[ANS thanks JAMSAT for the above information]


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Commission Probing Dnepr Crash Presents Preliminary Conclusions

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 246.06
September 3, 2006
BID: $ANS-246.06

The commission investigating the crash of the Dnepr launch vehicle in
Kazakhstan in July has come to its preliminary conclusions regarding the
cause of the accident, Kosmotras, the company responsible for the
rocket's launch, said in a press release and reported by Interfax.

"The conclusions presented by the commission in its preliminary report
indicate that the command system functioned without a hitch during the
rocket's launch," the release reads.

The report continues, "A brief malfunctioning of the hydraulic gear of
one of the combustion chambers of the first stage's engine unit is the
reason behind the abortive launch.  The cause of the hydraulic gear's
failure has been established. The commission is preparing
recommendations on how to repair this problem".

[ANS thanks the Moscow Staff Writers at SpaceDaily.com for the above


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ARISS Status - 28 August 2006

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 246.07
September 3, 2006
BID: $ANS-246.07

1.  Japanese School Contact 

Sendai Municipal Yoshinari Junior High School in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
experienced an ARISS contact on Friday, August 25. Only five students
were able to have their questions answered due to technical difficulties
the school experienced with the audio. An audience of approximately 240
students, teachers and parents attended. Four television stations
including NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and five newspapers
covered the contact. 

2.  Change Made to Spaceflight Participants

Japanese businessman and space visitor Dice-K Enomoto was expected to
fly on the next Soyuz flight in September.  He has experienced some
medical issues and will not be able to participate. His backup, Iranian
American businesswoman Anousheh Ansari, will take his place.  The ARISS
team is making arrangements for her training and school contacts. News
of the switch may be found in the following articles: 

"American Businesswoman Could Step In as Next Civilian Space Traveler"

"Space Adventures' Client, Anousheh Ansari, Prepared to Take Flight"

3.  ARRL Articles on SSTV Testing, SuitSat-1 and Upcoming Atlantis

ARRL covered the Slow Scan Television (SSTV) testing that has been
carried out on the ISS in an article, "ISS Crew, ARISS Team
Troubleshooting Slow-Scan TV System."  See:

SuitSat-1 was deployed on February 3, 2006.  It is expected to reenter
the earth's atmosphere in the very near future.  See:

ARRL posted a short story on the upcoming shuttle flight entitled "Two
radio amateurs to be aboard shuttle Atlantis." See:

4.  ARRL Article on Australian Contact

On August 18, Australian Reece and Devonport High School students
experienced an ARISS contact. ARRL's article, "Astronaut, Tasmanian
Students Work Through ISS Ham Radio Contact Glitches," may be found at:

5.  ARRL Magazine QST Articles 

Several ARISS related articles were published in the September issue of
QST. The first is an article by ARRL writer Rick Lindquist, N1RL, about
Thomas Reiter, DF4TR, (with his picture) being delivered to the ISS as a
new crew member.  It is titled "Shuttle Drops off New ISS Ham Radio Crew
Member."  There is another story by Lindquist which covers Bill McArthur
earning the Worked All States (WAS) award and inspiring students to
pursue science, space and radio. It includes a picture of ARISS Chairman
Frank Bauer awarding a special WAS plaque to McArthur and is entitled,
"Astronaut Honored for WAS, Inspiring Others from Space."  A column
written by ARRL's Steve Ford, WB8IMY, is entitled "APRS and the ISS" and
talks about how to try APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System) with
the ISS, and how this activity is educational and entertaining.

[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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA