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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:
* Special ARISS Certificate
* AMSAT donor operations loaners
* AMSAT's Volunteer Reporting System Needs Your Input
* SKN on OSCAR 2009
* ARISS Status - 08 December 2008

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Special ARISS Certificate

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 349.01
December 14, 2008
BID: $ANS-349.01


The ARISS team has had a number of queries on several topics.  It is
hoped that this e-mail will answer these for you.

1)  25th Anniversary of Ham in Space Special Event Certificate---Many
have asked how to receive the special certificate and what qualifies you
for the certificate.

Qualification:  Those that have had 2 way communications with the ISS on
Voice, Packet (APRS), or through the voice repeater.  And those that
have heard the ISS from space in any of the ARISS operations modes
(Voice, SSTV, School Contact, Voice Repeater, Digital).  Valid dates to
qualify for certificate:  November 30 to January 15.

Receiving the Certificate:
A) Please note on your QSL the ARISS mode of operation (e.g. SSTV,
voice, school, etc) and whether the contact with you was 1 way (receive
only) or 2 way.
B) Send your SASE to the normal ARISS QSL volunteer distributor in your
area of the world.
C) On the outside of the QSL envelope, please include the words "25th
Anniversary Certificate"
D) Make sure your envelope is big enough to accept an 8.5 by 11 inch
certificate and includes the proper postage.
E) Go to www.ariss.org if you do not know where to send your QSL and
please use one of the standard international QSL distributors that are
noted on the Web page.

Important note:  We will be sending your certificate to the volunteer
distributors in bulk AFTER the event is over.  (This saves workload and
money).  So do not expect to see it until 1-2 months after the event
closes on January 15.

2)  Richard Garriott QSL Card---there are have several queries about the
final results of Richard Garriott's flight and how the QSL cards will be

QSO Results:  Richard made over 500 voice QSOs during his flight,
clearly more than any single ham has made on-orbit during a short
duration mission. And he sent down about 1000 SSTV images during his flight.

QSL Card:  Those that had a QSO with Richard can receive an ARISS QSL
card using the normal ARISS process.  (See www.ariss.org).  Richard
Garriott is also planning a personal card which is in development.  Once
it is developed, they will be shipped to the ARISS international QSL
distribution volunteers for distribution.  The current plan is that
those that have already sent in for an ARISS QSL card will also get a
Richard Garriott personal card once it is available.  If you made a
contact with Richard, have not sent in your QSL, and would like
Richard's personal QSL card, please stand by for QSL distribution
instructions until the QSL card is ready.  The distribution of this
special QSL will parallel how we are distributing the 25th Anniversary

3)  SSTV Operations Web Site---The ARISS team appreciated the special
web page support from UC Berkeley.  They allowed us to use their server
to support SSTV operations during the Richard Garriott's flight.  This
was a temporary solution.  The web site is currently down while we move
the web pages from the Berkeley site to the AMSAT server.  This should
be completed in the next few days.  You will see a follow-on e-mail with
details on connecting up to the SSTV Operations server.  We thank you
for your patience.

On behalf of the ARISS International team of volunteers, I thank you all
for your interest and participation in the ARISS Program.

73,  Frank Bauer, KA3HDO
AMSAT V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs
ARISS International Chairman

[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO, for the above information]


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AMSAT donor operations loaners

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 349.02
December 14, 2008
BID: $ANS-349.02

The AMSAT Operations team is in the process of acquiring a few sets of
basic loaner gear that will be available to DXpeditions and other groups
in order to promote activity on the satellites. Initially these will
consist of simple FM portable stations including a full duplex dual band
HT and an Arrow or other suitable antenna. Depending on the success of
the program, we will likely expand it to include the transponder and
digital satellites as well. We also expect to be able to integrate AO-51
operations into the program. In the recent past, similar efforts have
been undertaken by individuals within AMSAT, including W9AE's AO-40
package, and KO4MA's gear loaned to the KG4SB Gitmo operation.

Thanks to the past generosity of AMSAT-OZ and a few individual donors to
a prior personal effort to equip a Peruvian university station for
AO-40, I have approximately 140 dollars to redirect to this project. To
complete the first phase of this, I'd like to have on hand two split
boom Arrow antennas with diplexers and two late model full duplex
handhelds. The preferred rig is the Kenwood D-7 or Yaesu FT-530. These
will be packaged together in two custom crush-proof PVC carrying tubes.
We already have a major DXpedition to a location within LEO range of
most of North America interested in participating in the early part of 2009.

If businesses, organizations or individuals would like to assist in this
program, please email me at ko4ma@amsat.org. All sponsors will receive
full recognition from AMSAT for their participation. As indicated above,
our major needs at this point are two split boom Arrow antennas with
diplexers and two full duplex dual band HTs.

73 and thanks for your support of AMSAT,
Drew KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Operations

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


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AMSAT's Volunteer Reporting System Needs Your Input

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 349.03
December 14, 2008
BID: $ANS-349.03

AMSAT's Volunteer Reporting System Needs Your Input

AMSAT Treasurer, Gunther W8GSM requests AMSAT volunteers update their
Time spent on AMSAT Projects in the Volunteer Reporting System.  See:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/volunteers/login.php - and -

Gunther said, "AMSAT's audit firm is going to start the 2008 Audit
On January 15, 2009 in an attempt to get it out in a more timely manner.
To that end, I need to ask all of you to submit your VRS volunteer time
reports to the web site prior to December 31 of this year. I have work
to do on that data and need the first couple weeks in 2009 to get that

[ANS thanks Gunther, W8GSM for the above information]


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SKN on OSCAR 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 349.04
December 14, 2008
BID: $ANS-349.04

SKN on OSCAR 2009

Ray Soifer, W2RS extends the annual cordial invitation to all radio
amateurs worldwide to participate in AMSAT's Straight Key Night (SKN)
on OSCAR 2009.

Participating in SKN on OSCAR 2009 is easy. No rules, no scoring and
no need to send in a log. Just operate CW through any OSCAR between
0000 and 2400 UTC on 1 January 2009, using a straight hand key.

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 of those you heard, just of those
you worked. Please send your nomination to w2rs@amsat.org. A list of
those nominated will appear in ANS and The AMSAT Journal.

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


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ARISS Status - 08 December 2008

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 349.05
December 14, 2008
BID: $ANS-349.05

1.	India College Experiences Successful Contact

Students attending St. Anthony√‘ College in Shillong, India participated
in a question and answer session with Mike Fincke, KE5AIT. The Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact took place on
Monday, December 1 via telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii. Over 700
students, staff and guests witnessed the contact as 11 students asked
one question each of the astronaut.  Television stations covering the
news included DD National, Peitngor Cable News (PCN) Channel and Ri
Khasi Channel. The Shillong Times, Meghalaya Guardian, Sentinel and
other Khasi local newspapers were also present.  St. Anthony's college
is the alma mater of Mr. Rupesh Saikia, father-in-law of astronaut Mike

2.	Canadian Contact Successful

Quispamsis Elementary and Middle Schools in New Brunswick, Canada
experienced an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact on Thursday, December 4. Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, answered 20
questions posed to him by twenty students. Representatives from the
School District and the Municipal, Provincial and Federal Government
were invited. Audio was fed into the EchoLink server and received four
connections. Media coverage included television, radio and newspapers.
The Telegraph Journal ran an article on the contact.  See:

CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) News also covered the event. Go to:

Radio station Country 94 CHSJ posted a short summary:

3.	ARRL Article on ARISS - IEW Events

Students from Poolesville, Maryland, Raleigh, North Carolina and Quito,
Ecuador experienced a joint Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, November 14 as part of International
Education Week (IEW). They connected again for another informative
session with amateur radio operators from around the world and an expert
panel which included astronaut Don Thomas.  The American Radio Relay
League (ARRL) ran an article on these events.  See:
http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/12/02/10489/?nc=1  The ARRL Letter
printed the story in its December 5 issue.  See:

5.	ARRL Covers ARISS Special Event

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) posted a story on the Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) special event to
celebrate 25 years of ham radio in space.  To view the article, go to:
The ARRL Letter included the news in its December 5 issue.  See:

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


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This week's ANS Editor,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
nb2f at amsat dot org

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