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[jamsat-news:2422] ANS-308 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:
* Bob McGwier, N4HY, speaking at Texas Microwave Society Meeting
* PCSAT-1 recovery in work
* Over 300 QSOs for Sputnik Satellite Special Event Station
* SatPC32 ver 12.7 released
* ARISS Status - 29 October 2007

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Bob McGwier, N4HY, speaking at Texas Microwave Society Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 308.01
November 4, 2007
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Bob McGwier, N4HY, Vice President of Engineering for AMSAT, Software
Expert, heavy contributor to Software Defined Radios, and all around
entertaining speaker will be the guest speaker at the 10 Nov 2007 North
Texas Microwave Society Meeting. This meeting will be held at the
University of North Texas Student Union building in Denton, TX. People
start gathering at 12:00 PM and the meeting starts at 1:00 PM.

With Bob's announcement of AMSAT's Phase 4 Lite project at the AMSAT
Space Symposium last weekend, this should be a very interesting meeting.
Bob is "up to speed" on all of AMSAT's projects and is deeply involved
with Flex Radio and others in Software Defined Radios. 

While this is the same day as the NCTECH Hamfest in Azle, TX, you can attend
both if you play your cards right. Plan to join us for an informative meeting
and help pass the word.

[ANS thanks  Keith, W5IU, for the above information]


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PCSAT-1 recovery in work

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 308.02
November 4, 2007
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PCSAT-1 responded to all RESTORE commands on the 1320Z pass on 02 November 

On the next pass (now in full sun), she remembered it all and
was fully operational (though the transmitters were again cross
connected meaning that relay had dropped out in the dark over
Europe. But we set the relay again and she should be fine.
PLEASE limit all operations to DAYLIGHT hours only, and PCSAT-1
should be good for the next few weeks. Also, on the same
145.825, you should also hear ANDE and ARISS. That's 18 passes
a day!

RULE: If you see packets from both PCSAT-1 and PCSAT-11 on the
same frequency, then STOP digipeating. The transmitters are
cross connected and consuming TWICE the battery power (which we
don't have). You can confirm what is happening prior to your
pass by checking the packets on http://pcsat.aprs.org If you
see packets from both the -1 and -11 callsign via the same
satgates, then the transmitters are cross connected and should
not be used. Also avoid any use after dark.

PCSAT-11 downlink is on 144.39 over North America so all mobiles
on the normal APRS channel can be alerted when it is in view.

And full details on http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/pcsat.html

[ANS thanks Bob, WB4APR, for the above information]


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Over 300 QSOs for Sputnik Satellite Special Event Station

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 308.03
November 4, 2007
BID: $ANS-308.03

Many thanks to all stations who managed to have a QSO with the sputnik special
event Satellite station GB5OSO, well done! QSL cards have yet to come from the
printers so it may be a while before they arrive.

The event went very well with 300+ QSO's in 33 DXCC countries on AO-7, AO-27,
SO-51, AO-51 and VO-52, in all 170+ stations were logged many of whom were
worked on more than one satellite and special thanks to the two stations who
were worked on all 5 birds namely G1OCN and ON5NY. Also many thanks to JA0CAW
and JH1EKH who were able to organise a connection via EchoLink to SO-50 and 
AO-51 whilst they were over Japan. There was also some activity on HF.

[ANS thanks Robert, G8ATE, for the above information]


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SatPC32 ver 12.7 released

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 308.04
November 4, 2007
BID: $ANS-308.04

SatPC32 version 12.7 has been released by Erich Eichmann, DK1TB.

What's new in verions 12.7:

1. The program now comes with additional sets of 2D and 3D
 physical world maps. Via mouse click the user can switch
 between political and physical maps.

2. The political 2D world maps have been updated. Now they show
 the border lines of the successor states of the former
 Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia.

3. The programs (SatPC32, SatPC32ISS and Wisat32) now support
  rotor steering with the Italian rotor system ProSistel.

4. The "Uplink Calibration" feature has been expanded. With
 previous versions this function could only be used with
 "normal" SSB satellites (SSB on Uplink and Downlink). Now
 it also works with mixed-mode satellites (Uplink: SSB,
 Downlink:FM). Sometimes AO-51 is using this mode.

 The "Uplink Calibration" function allows users to automatically
 calibrate the Uplink frequency for best audio pitch of their
 downlink signal and to save the change. With future program
 starts the user will then immediately hear his own downlink
 when he switches to that satellite, without the necessity to
 tune around and produce QRM.  

 Important: With SSB/FM satellites the SatPC32 control "V"
 must be switched to "V+" before the "Uplink Calibration"
 function can be used.

5. The programs (SatPC32, SatPC32ISS,Wisat32) no longer use the
 IOPort.SYS driver for port access. This driver doesn't work on
 64-bit systems. So, no special version of these programs is
 necessary for 64-bit systems.

 The driver was used to steer the German rotor interface IF-100.
 Since direct steering of this Interface by SatPC32 is no longer
 possible the update includes a little server program similar to
 the rotor driver files for the other interfaces and controllers
 supported by SatPC32. The new IF-100 server program is only
 functional with 32-bit systems. The other rotor interfaces and
 controllers - except the FodTrack interface and the KCT-Tracker -
 are supported with 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

6. Some minor improvements have been made with SatPC32ISS, WinAOS
 and WinListen.

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 29 October 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 308.05
November 4, 2007
BID: $ANS-308.05

1. Giosu Carducci Contact, a Success

The first Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact of
Expedition 16 took place on Tuesday, October 23. Seventeen students from 
Giosu Carducci in Santa Marinella, Italy asked one question each of Clay 
Anderson, KD5PLA as an audience of approximately 265 students, guests and 
reporters gathered for the event. The audio from this contact was fed into 
the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW (277 208) servers and received 22 
connections, of which 3 were repeater nodes, from 6 countries. The audio was 
also fed into the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) Discovery Reflector 
9010. Two television stations, two radio stations and all local newspapers 
covered the event. A write up with photos and audio may be found on the 
ARISS-Europe Web site. See:

3. AMSAT-NA Space Symposium

The 2007 Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) Annual Meeting and Space
Symposium was held Friday  Sunday, October 26 -28 in Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania. Four presentations were given covering the Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) program. The ARISS contact with the 
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the SuitSat-2 project status, human 
spaceflight, and the long term impact of the SAREX and ARISS programs were 
all presented.

4. Space Jamboree Article and Update

A local newspaper, The Fountain County Neighbor, ran an article on the October 
6 Boy Scouts of America Space Jamboree held at Camp Robert Drake in Oakwood,
Illinois. The Scouts participated in a NASA Mission to Mars Expedition through 
a Digital Learning Lab and approximately 400 witnessed an Amateur Radio on 
the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Over one hundred scouts 
earned their Radio Merit Badges during the event.

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for the above information]


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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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