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[jamsat-news:2618] ANS-039 AMSAT News Service 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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

In this edition:

* AMSAT India Sponsors VO-52 Operating Certificate
* Volunteers Needed for AMSAT-DC Spring Conference
* George Caswell, W1ME Silent Key
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of February 2, 2009

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-039.01
AMSAT India Sponsors VO-52 Operating Certificate

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 039.01
February 8, 2009
BID: $ANS-039.01

Nitin, VU3TYG announced AMSAT India will issue a certificate for 
Amateur Radio operators who establish two way contact thru VO-52 
between January 26, 2009 until May 5, 2009.

The first fifty certificates have been sponsored by a well-wisher 
which includes postage. After the 50 certificates have been issued
a fee will apply. AMSAT India will announce these details when the
information is available. 
Please send your QSL card containing the details of the QSO on VO-52 
AMSAT India at the following address: 

AMSAT India (Regd.) 
No. 201, 2nd Main Road, 
Mahalakshmi Layout, 
Bangalore 560086 

Also include your mailing address where you would like to have the 
certificate sent to.

[ANS thanks Nitin, VU3TYG for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-039.02
Volunteers Needed for AMSAT-DC Spring Conference

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 039.02
February 8, 2009
BID: $ANS-039.02

Maryland-DC AMSAT Area Coordinator, Pat Kilroy, N8PK will kick off
planning sessions for the next AMSAT-DC gathering.  If you would 
like to help with this event please send Pat an RSVP e-mail soon
to n8pk@amsat.org. Pat will send you the call-in telephone number
for the planning conference calls.

Pat says, "Our first planning session conference call will take place 
during the week of February 8-14, most likely on Thursday evening at 
7:00 PM EST.  The first agenda item will be to discuss the location 
and date of the all-day event."  

Pat is proposing individuals and groups of Amateur Radio operators
form teams who compete at this AMSAT-DC workshop to create and
operate a simulated satellite mission. The first groups will build a 
PICetSat II flight module from a kit of electronic parts on a small 
printed circuit board. The second groups will set up simple satellite 
ground stations. The third groups will be in charge of setting up and 
loading software in the computers at the ground stations to decode 
the telemetry and to analyze it according to a set of instructions.

This event will be perfect for beginners and advanced satellite
users alike, all ultimately working together to "launch" the flight
module, receive the downlink, and decode the telemetry. Instructions
will be provided in advance of the event to enhance preparation.

More details will follow as planning commences!

[ANS thanks Pat Kilroy, N8PK for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-039.03
George Caswell, W1ME Silent Key

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 039.03
February 8, 2009
BID: $ANS-039.03

AMSAT received the sad news that George Caswell, W1ME died peace-
fully at the Maine Veterans Home on February 3rd after a lengthy 

George was a very active AMSAT Area Coordinator in Northern New 
England. For a number of years,  George conducted a weekly AMSAT 
net on a number of linked repeaters stretching from Rhode Island 
to Maine (including one on top of Mt. Washington).  

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW reflected, "He brought 
enthusiasm, knowledge and a sense of humor to these nets which 
attracted check-ins. Needless to say, those 'wide area' nets 
attracted numerous newcomers to what we do, not to mention gen-
erating countless new AMSAT memberships as a direct result. George 
enjoyed awarding 'Certificates of Recognition' to those that 
participated in these nets since he knew that 'wall paper' was 
one way to foster continued interest.  I still have the 'Certificate 
of Recognition' signed by George in 1996 which he gave me when I 
visited him and participated in one of his nets."   

George served as a recruiter for AMSAT's Field Operations Team, 
encouraging AMSAT members to become area coordinators and to 
establish an AMSAT presence in their local areas.  A number of 
area coordinators in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire 
and Maine were recruited and encouraged by George. He also repre-
sented AMSAT at various hamfests in Northern New England. 

George and his wife Caroline, W1MRE brought AMSAT to Maine as 
they teamed up to organize the 18th AMSAT Space Symposium that 
was held in Portland, ME October, 2000. At this event people 
outside of New England and the Field Ops team got to know George.

George set up and operated the first ISS school contact to take
place in Maine. In February, 2005, he set up his radio station at 
the Rockland, ME high school as part of a PenBay radio club activity 
and contacted the International Space Station, allowing high school 
students to communicate with the astronauts aboard. It was one of 
the highlights of his amateur radio involvement.

Barry sums it up, "For many of us, George Caswell, W1ME was the face 
of AMSAT in New England.  His kindness, gracious outlook on life, 
infectious enthusiasm for satellite operations and amateur radio in 
general touched  many people and made a difference in their lives."

Donations in George's Memory may be made to:
Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter 170 US Route 1, Suite 250
Falmouth, ME 04105.

[ANS thanks Barry Baines, WD4ASW for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-039.04
Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 039.04
February 8, 2009
BID: $ANS-039.04

+ YouTube video of the ARISS contact with Ellis Elementary School 
  in Belleville, Illinois, is available on-line at:
  player_embedded (watch line wrap on very long URL).

+ Audio and video from the Humber College, Toronto contact with the
  ISS is available at: 
  http://www.cbc.ca/radioshows/AS_IT_HAPPENS/20090202.shtml (audio)
  wcollegeradio0202 (watch the line wrap).

+ Paul Willmott, VP9MU released an updated Reference Manual for the 
  General Astrodynamics Library (GAL) at:

+ Listen for Andy, W5ACM/MM between February 8 and February 14 via 
  AO-51. He hopes to put some new grids on the air while we are out 
  on the water between Galveston, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Roi Tan. 
  Radio will be a a DJ-580Ts with several LiPo battery packs.

+ A video tour of the Altair Lunar Lander is available at:
  http://tinyurl.com/d5btqx  (via UniverseToday).

+ NASA and Google announced the release of a new Mars mode in Google 
  Earth that brings to everyone's desktop a high-resolution, three-
  dimensional view of the Red Planet. Additional information is on-
  line at http://tinyurl.com/b567u9 (Via MarsDaily).

+ An interesting article about a planned 500 meter diameter radio 
  telescope in China is available on-line at: http://tinyurl.com/b8sv2k 
  In contrast the radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico 
  is 305 meters in diameter (via UniverseToday).
[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-039.05
ARISS Status Report for the Week of February 2, 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 039.05
February 8, 2009
BID: $ANS-039.05

1. School Contacts

Humber College Institute of Technology and Higher Learning in Toronto, 
Ontario, Canada completed an ARISS contact on Monday, February 2. It 
has assembled the primary ground station right on the main campus, and 
it is hoped that it will inspire future students in conducting similar 

Pilton Bluecoat Junior School in Barnstaple, Devon, England completed 
an ARISS contact on Friday, February 6. The school has planned an event 
with the theme "Our Home in Space - The Final Frontier," in which stu-
dents learn about Earth as part of the wider universe. 

Stdtisches Gymnasium Herzogenrath in Herzogenrath, North Rhine-West-
phalia, Germany completed an ARISS contact on Saturday, February 7. The 
school has an amateur radio club whose members initiated the ARISS 

College of Agriculture, Central Agricultural University in Imphhal, 
Assam, India has been scheduled for an ARISS contact on Sunday, 
February 8 at 10:06 UTC via telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia.

2. Russian Students Radio ISS

Students attending the Palace of Children's and Youth's Creativity 
in Tver, Russia experienced a successful ARISS contact on Tuesday, 
January 27. The children prepared 9 questions to ask cosmonaut Yuri 
Lonchakov, RA3DT. Approximately 300 people attended the event including 
cosmonaut S. Treshchev and ARISS delegate Sergey Samburov. The Governor 
of Tver Region, Dmitry Vadimovich Zelenin was also invited. The contact 
was made possible through the Amateur Radio Club, "Club-22," and its 
chairman, Sergey Kemov, RA3IS.

3. Successful Canadian Elementary School Contact

On Tuesday, January 27, Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, participated in an ARISS 
contact with students attending Castor Valley Elementary School in 
Greely, Ontario, Canada. He answered all 16 questions posed to him by 
the youth as an audience of 750 students, parents and guests looked 
on. The students initiated the contact, thanked Mike for the contact 
midway through the session, and finished the rest of the questions.  
Media covered the event and the school was featured on the CTV 6 
o'clock news.

4. French University Contact Successful

Students attending CERAM EAI in Sophia Antipolis, France participated 
in an ARISS contact on Thursday, January 29 via telebridge station 
VK4KHZ in Australia. Students were able to ask 15 questions of Mike 
Fincke, KE5AIT, before interference made the downlink unreadable. 
Approximately 50 students, faculty members and guests witnessed the 
event which was covered by the media.  The audio was fed into the 
EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers and received 11 connections from 
9 different countries.  A short write up and contact audio have been 
posted to the ARISS-Europe Web site.  
See: http://www.ariss-eu.org/2009_01_30.htm

5. French School Contact Successful

Youth attending Ecole & Collge Jean XXIII, a private primary & 
secondary school in Pamiers, France, experienced an ARISS contact 
on Friday, January 30. Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, answered 18 questions 
prepared for him by the students as 150 people gathered to watch. 
Media coverage included La Gazette Ariegeoise, Le Petit Journal, 
France 3 and Ariege News. The event is also expected to be reported 
by La Depeche du Midi, Radio Transparence, Radio Montaillou and Sud 
Radio.  A summary with audio has been posted to the ARISS-Europe Web 
site.  See: http://www.ariss-eu.org/2009_01_31.htm

6. General Radio Operations

Mike Fincke, KE5AIT and Yuri Lonchakov, RA3DT made general voice 
contacts over the last week.  Among those contacted were stations 
in the U.S., Canada, Russia and Brazil. They also had the radio 
running in packet mode and crossband repeater mode and transmitted 
several Slow Scan Television (SSTV) images. 

7. ARISS International Team Meeting Held

The ARISS team held its monthly teleconference on January 27. Among 
the agenda items discussed were the ARISS Face to Face Meeting to be 
held in the Netherlands in June, Richard Garriott's mission and 
SuitSat-2 status.  Minutes have been posted.  See:

8. K6DUE Replaces NN1SS

K6DUE, callsign of the late Roy Neal, will now be used for the Inter-
national Space Station Amateur Radio Club, replacing the Greenbelt, 
Maryland telebridge ground station callsign, NN1SS.  Neal was instrum-
ental in persuading NASA to fly amateur radio on the space shuttle 
and helped establish the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) 
working group, which ultimately led to the internationally-based 
ARISS program. The story was reported on the Amateur Radio Newsline. 

[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. With that keep
in mind if you show me a piano falling down a mine shaft I'll show you
A-flat miner.

This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
K9JKM at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA