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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.

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******************* AMSAT 2007 Space Symposium *************************

The Wireless Association of South Hills Amateur Radio Club announces the
2007 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held at the Pittsburgh Airport
Marriott Hotel on Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28, 2007.
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:
* 2007 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting
* FO-29 Returns to Semi-Operational Status
* Symposium Station
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of August 13, 2007

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2007 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 231.01
August 19, 2007
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The Annual AMSAT Symposium of October 26, 27 & 28 can now be accessed
via the AMSAT Website. Make your reservations early and save.  See all
that is offered and make your plans now to attend.
The 2007 AMSAT Space Symposium registration form is online.  Go to
the AMSAT website and click on 2007 AMSAT Symposium (left hand side of
page ). That will link you to the Symposium site and registration.

73- Martha - Manager

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


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FO-29 Returns to Semi-Operational Status

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 231.02
August 19, 2007
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FO-29 Returns to Semi-Operational Status

After experiencing problems with its battery and charging system
FO-29 was turned off on May 4, 2007.  The control station at JARL
worked on failure analysis and battery reconditioning.  The team
has been successful in partially recovering the satellite and this
past week reported, "FO-29 is semi-operational!"

Masa, JN1GKZ in Tokyo provided additional details, "The FO-29 battery
is almost dead and the automatic recovery function does not work.
This means transmitter will stop after eclipse and a wake up command
by the JARL Command Staion is needed to start the satellite.

FO-29 users are requested to please keep their downlink signal weaker
than the beacon.  JARL posts daily FO-29 operating schedules via
the amsat-bb mailing list. Telemetry reception reports are welcomed.
Please send reports to lab@jarl.or.jp.

Mika, OH8MBN reports from Finland, "Great signal levels, the bird
works just fine!! Thanks to guys at JARL command station for bringing
this great satellite back alive!"

Bruce, VE9QRP said, "I can report that from my location on the east
coast of Canada, it was audible well past the point when SatPC32 be-
lieved the bird was in eclipse. I believe I could hear the beacon down
to LOS. Thank you for all the hard work you put into making FO-29
work again."

[ANS thanks Mineo, JE9PEL and Masa, JN1GKZ for the above information]


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Symposium Station

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 231.03
August 19, 2007
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One of the events that will take place at the 2007 AMSAT Space Symposium
is an operating satellite ground station will be available for use and
demonstration.  This station will have the capability to automatically
track satellites using 2-meter and 70-cm circular polarized antennas and
a Yaesu FT-847 that is appropriately computer controlled.  We would like
to demonstrate communication with digital satellites like GO-32 and
AO-51 using WISP but we need assistance.  We would also like to have
telemetry capture and analysis demonstrated.  If any Pittsburgh area
amateurs have the expertise to help us demonstrate satellite digital
communication and telemetry capture please contact Kevin Smith, N3HKQ at
n3hkq@amsat.org or call 412-953-4957.  Any assistance is greatly

Kevin Smith, N3HKQ
2007 AMSAT Space Symposium Co-Chair

[ANS thanks Kevin, N3HKQ, for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of August 13, 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 231.04
August 19, 2007
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ARISS Status Report for the Week of August 13, 2007

1. ARISS Contact with New York Community Center

On Tuesday, August 7, an ARISS contact took place between the
One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center in Queens, New York and
Clay Anderson, KD5PLA, via the telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii.
Twelve students had 23 questions answered by the astronaut as a
gathering of 50 people looked on. There was some press interest
in the event and the center expects to receive local media coverage.
Eleven stations connected to EchoLink from the USA and England,
including 3 repeater nodes.

2. Upcoming School Contact

Nanjing No. 3 High School in Nanjing, Jiangsu, P.R. China has been
scheduled for an ARISS contact on Sunday, August 26 at 10:44 UTC.
To prepare for the contact, elective courses will be offered on
amateur radio and contests will be held to determine the best essays
and cartoons concerning ARISS. Other schools in the area will be
invited to the event. The school has an active amateur radio club
which was established in 1992 and has been a five time winner of
the national youth amateur radio contest. Local hams and businesses
will support the students with the contact. Extensive media coverage
is expected from newspapers, television and radio stations and the

An article by The People's Daily about the upcoming contact can be
viewed on-line at:

3. ARRL Article on Educator Astronaut

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran a web story on Barbara
Morgan, KD5VNP, and the STS-118 mission. Morgan plans to talk with
school children in Idaho during her flight.
See: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/08/08/100/?nc=1

[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,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
nb2f at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA