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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:
* OSCAR 11 Report
* ARISS Status - 18 December 2007
* President's message
* Holiday Message

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 357.01
December 23, 2007
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     Participating in OSCAR SKN is fun and simple. No scoring and no
need to send in a log. Just operate CW through any OSCAR, using a
straight hand key, at any time between 0000 and 2400 UTC on January 1, 2008.

     In keeping with the friendly nature of this event, all participants
are encouraged to nominate someone they worked for Best Fist. Your
nominee need not have the best fist you heard, just the best of those
you worked. Please send your nomination to W2RS at w2rs@amsat.org. Those
nominated will be recognized in an AMSAT News Service bulletin, and in
The AMSAT Journal.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 357.02
December 23, 2007
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                    OSCAR-11 REPORT

20 December 2007


Please send reception reports to xxxxx@amsat.org (please replace xxxxx
by g3cwv) or post to amsat-bb. If you are able to record the satellite
as a WAV file, please do so, but let me know what you have, before
sending it!

If you need to hear what the satellite sounds like, please visit my
website www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/ The satellite transmits on
145.826 M Hz. set receiver to NBFM.


During the period 15 November to 19 December 2007 the satellite has
been heard from 18 to 20 November. Signals were variable in strength,
mostly weak.

The real time clock has lost a further 4.29 days since 08 October. When
last heard it was 74.26876 days slow.

I am indebted to Kevin WA6FWF, Peter ZL3TC, Armando N8IGJ and Thomas
HB0SKA for their reports. Many thanks.

Eclipses have continued and are expected until mid January 2008.
Although the maximum duration of the current eclipses is less than those
earlier this year, it is doubtful whether the satellite will be heard
for any sustained period. Even in continuous sunlight during September
and October the satellite was unable to support continuous operation.

It is likely than the satellite will only be heard by chance, by
stations listening for other satellites on 145.826 Mhz.

The current status of the satel lite, is that all the analogue telemetry
channels, 0 to 59 are zero, ie they have failed. The status channels 60
to 67 are still working. The real time clock is showing a large
accumulated error, although over short periods timekeeping is accurate
to a few seconds per month. The day of the month has a bit stuck at
'one' so the day of the month may show an error of +40 days for some
dates. The time display has switched into 12 hour mode. Unfortunately,
there is no AM/PM indicator, since the time display format was designed
for 24 hour mode.
More data is required to determine exactly when the date changes.

The spacecraft computer and active attitude control system have switched
OFF, ie. the satellite' attitude is controlled only by the passive
gravity boom gradient, and the satellite is free to spin at any speed.
When telemetry was last received it showed that one of the solar arrays
had failed, and there was a large unexp lained current drain on the main
14 volt bus. After 23 years in orbit the battery has undergone around
100,000 partial charge/discharge cycles, and observations suggest that
it cannot power the satellite during eclipses, or sometimes during
periods of poor solar attitude.

The watchdog timer now operates on a 20 day cycle. The ON/OFF times have
tended to be very consistent. The average of many observations show this
to be 20.7 days, ie. 10.3 days ON followed by 10.4 days OFF. However,
poor solar attitude may result may result in a low 14 volt line supply,
which may cause the beacon to switch OFF prematurely, and reset the
watchdog timer cycle. When this occurs, the beacon is OFF for 20.7 days.

The Beacon frequencies are -

VHF 145.826 MHz. AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry

UHF 435.025 MHz. OFF

S-band 2401.5 MHz. OFF

Listeners to OSCAR-11 may be interested in visiting my website. If you
need to know what OSC AR-11 should sound like, there is a short audio
clip for you to hear. There is an example of the latest telemetry
received from the satellite. The website contains an archive of news &
telemetry data. It also contains details about using a soundcard or
hardware demodulators for data capture. There is software for capturing
data, and decoding ASCII telemetry. The URL is

If you place this bulletin on a terrestrial packet network, please
use the bulletin identifier $BID:U2RPT140.CWV, to prevent duplication.

[ANS thanks Clive, G3CWV for the above information]


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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 357.03
December 23, 2007
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Are you looking for an end of the year tax deduction? Have you thought
about renewing your AMSAT Membership? What about joining the President's
Club? What about a spanking brand new enclosure for the LVB tracker
board? There is even an AMSAT branded clock and weather station.

The AMSAT online store is awaiting your visit. Please follow the direct
link below to make your purchase.


Afraid of embedded links... go to amsat.org and click on the Online
Store from the left margin.

AMSAT Store Manager

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 18 December 2007

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 357.04
December 23, 2007
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1.	ARISS - Russian School Contact

Kursk State Polytechnic University in Kursk, Russia experienced an
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on
Friday, December 14. The students and faculty had previously
participated in other ARISS contacts from Kursk, Sochi and Mt. Elbrus
with Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI. On this occasion,
the students were scheduled to speak with flight engineerYuri
Malenchenko, RK3DUP.

2.	ARISS School Application Updated

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team has
finalized the updated ARISS school contact application forms.  The
updated forms have been posted on the ARISS Web site. See:

3.	Kenwood Radio Software Approved

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team
request to have the Memory Control Program (MCP) software added to the
Expedition 17 SSC load has been approved. Once onboard, a crew member
will be tasked to restore the Kenwood radio to its proper launch

4.	ARISS SuitSat-2 Status

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team has
obtained solar panels for the SuitSat-2 project. Testing continues on
the RF and power systems.
A SuitSat-2 status presentation was given at the 2007 Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) Space Symposium held in Pittsburgh in
October. It has been posted on the AMSAT Web site.  See:

5.	ARRL Article on STS-122 Mission

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran an article on the STS-122
shuttle mission status. The shuttle will deliver the Columbus module
with the installed Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) antennas. See:

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


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President's report

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 357.05
December 23, 2007
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President's Report From the 2007 AMSAT-NA Annual Meeting

2007 Symposium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Over the past year AMSAT has developed a well-defined mission and
vision for an exciting future of amateur radio in space. In fact,
some of the items we have discussed here at the Symposium may perhaps
become known as the weekend that changed amateur radio.

In response to input from the members, AMSAT's Board of Directors
and Officers have undertaken a clearly defined Mission and Vision
of our current and on-going work:

AMSAT's Mission Statement

     + AMSAT designs, builds and operates experimental satellites and
       promotes space education as a non-profit, volunteer organization.
     + AMSAT develops and fosters partnerships with government, industry,
       educational institutions and fellow amateur radio societies.
     + AMSAT leads the way on technical and scientific innovation.
     + AMSAT develops and fosters an environment encouraging the
       training and development of designers and operators.

AMSAT's Vision Statement

     + AMSAT will deploy high earth orbit (HEO) satellites, initially
       with daily coverage, evolving to continuous coverage.
     + AMSAT will participate in human space missions.
     + AMSAT will support a stream of LEO satellites which are developed
       in cooperation with the educational community and other amateur
       satellite groups.

The New Reality

Going forward, we are realizing a new reality of the future of Amateur
Radio in space. There is a distinct shift away from the aegis of
government/military sponsored spaceflight to a field that will be
more and more driven by commercial consideration. This development
signifies that space missions will become driven by a business-case
model. While our new missions will provide great new services to the
Amateur Radio community, we cannot afford to pay millions for them.

The reality is that no one will pay for more "toys" for us to play
with. To gain the funding necessary our missions must excite the
funding sources. AMSAT will be required to fit into the business-case
models of just about every launch opportunity we wish to pursue in
the future.

Your Board of Directors and Officers have identified two key areas which
capture the attention and imagination of potential funding sources:

     + Education - The Phase IV geosynchronous satellite will enable
       TDRS-like support of ARISS. Ten minute school contacts will grow
       to hours-long contact with the Space Station. We are working on
       an expanded curriculum with the ARISS and NASA teams. We are
       planning the establishment of the AMSAT Institute which will
       train educators to bring space into the classroom using AMSAT's
       Phase IV facilities in conjunction with ARISS.

     + Emergency Communications - The Advanced Communications Payload
       is being co-developed as spaceflight and ground station gear
       available for rapid deployment or pre-positioning into disaster
       areas to provide 365/24/7 communication capability. This proposal
       is gaining some attention within the Homeland Security organization.

AMSAT's Current Development Plans

Consistent with our Vision Statement we are continuing development of
Phase III satellites. Budget and staffing for the Eagle satellite will
continue for 2007-2008.

AMSAT-NA is contributing staff and money toward completing AMSAT-DL's
Phase 3 Express Satellite in 2008. AMSAT-NA teamed with AMSAT-UK to
donate 25,000 Euros to AMSAT-DL for the completion of P3E.

Phase IV is not a replacement program at the expense of Phase III. The
same transponder gear already in development for Eagle and P3E remains
applicable to Phase IV. The new commercial launch reality mentioned
previously indicates we may actually be able to be launched earlier
to a high orbit if we fit into the Intelsat ride sharing model. We
need to be ready for this event.

Phase IV will enable AMSAT to concentrate more fully on the development
of space communications. The Intelsat platform will provide hundreds
of watts of power for 15 years eliminating the need for AMSAT to provide
solar cells, it will perform the station keeping and earth pointing
tasks, internal housekeeping will be simplified.

Once we have shown funding sources what AMSAT is capable of additional
launch opportunities will arise. Intelsat can drop off sub-payloads
into LEO, GTO, or GEO orbits on their way to their primary mission.
There are more doors open to the future if we realize and pursue the
new reality.

I invite you join AMSAT's exciting future. As we recognize and work
within the new reality of commercial spaceflight we will provide
exciting new services for amateur radio, emergency preparedness, and
education. The side effect of developing "services" will be that we
still gain what everyone is asking - high orbit transponders for us
to use and enjoy. AMSAT is to satellites what the Wright brothers
were to flight. We are "Amateur" only in the sense that we are not
paid in much the same sense that Olympic athletes are "Amateurs."


Rick Hamly, W2GPS
President, AMSAT-NA

[ANS thanks Rick, W2GPS for the above information]

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Holiday Greetings from the AMSAT News Service

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 357.06
December 23, 2007
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The crew at the AMSAT News Service wishes you and your family the best
of the holiday season and for an excellent, prosperous New Year too!
Thanks for reading!  Please continue to send news and comments to the
ans-editor@amsat.org mailbox.

The weekly ANS bulletins are also posted on-line at:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/news/ so you can read them there if you
are away from your e-mail.

Best wishes and Season's Greetings from all of us!

Gould  WA4SXM  Vice-President, User Services
Lee    KU4OS, Editor
Dee    NB2F, Editor
JoAnne K9JKM, Editor

[ANS thanks everyone 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