[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][JAMSAT Home]

[jamsat-news:2621] ANS-046 AMSAT News Service


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:

* Scratch 2 Satellites
* Dieter Schliemann, KX4Y  SK
* DX Expedition to Desecheo
* Listen for KAGAYAKI Satellite
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of February 9, 2009

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-046.01
Scratch 2 Satellites

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 046.01
February 15, 2009
BID: $ANS-046.01

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Two big communications satellites collided in the
first-ever crash of two intact spacecraft in orbit, shooting out a pair
of massive debris clouds and posing a slight risk to the international
space station.

NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the
crash, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday.

"We knew this was going to happen eventually," said Mark Matney, an
orbital debris scientist at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

NASA believes any risk to the space station and its three astronauts is
low. It orbits about 270 miles below the collision course. There also
should be no danger to the space shuttle set to launch with seven
astronauts on Feb. 22, officials said, but that will be re-evaluated in
the coming days.

The collision involved an Iridium commercial satellite, which was
launched in 1997, and a Russian satellite launched in 1993 and believed
to be nonfunctioning. The Russian satellite was out of control, Matney said.

The Iridium craft weighed 1,235 pounds, and the Russian craft nearly a ton.

No one has any idea yet how many pieces were generated or how big they
might be.

"Right now, they're definitely counting dozens," Matney said. "I would
suspect that they'll be counting hundreds when the counting is done."

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-046.02
Dieter Schliemann, KX4Y  SK

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 046.02
February 15, 2009
BID: $ANS-046.02

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO wrote on behalf of the Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) program, "It is with great
sadness that I announce the passing of Dieter Schliemann, KX4Y."

Frank continued, "Those that knew Dieter recognized that he was
a 'class act', a great gentleman and colleague who will be sorely
missed by all.  Dieter was instrumental in leading and supporting
many key activities in AMSAT and on the ARISS program."

For ARISS, Dieter led the school contact IRLP/Echolink initiative.
Through this amateur radio VOIP system, Dieter and his team substan-
tially extended the reach of the school contacts.  And through his
efforts, tens of thousands of school students and ham radio operators,
world-wide, could listen to other school contacts, enhancing education
and giving all a better understanding of what it is like to live and
work on the ISS.

Frank remembers, "Dieter's diplomacy, teambuilding skills and atten-
tion to the details were impeccable and were well respected within
the team. He rose to the challenge when I asked him to lead the IRLP/
Echolink team. At the time, there were strong, divergent opinions on
the use of IRLP and Echolink on ARISS.  He singlehandedly developed
a cohesive team that is producing great results and are enjoying
working together.

Over the past couple of years, Dieter fought a long and courageous
battle with cancer.  A month ago, all of us thought he was on the road
to recovery. Unfortunately, that did not come to pass.  Through it all,
Dieter remained the gentle, caring person that we all have grown to
love. And during his illness, he remained dedicated to his AMSAT and
ARISS causes and responsibilities.  When he received the surprising
news from the doctors that he had only two weeks to live and despite
being weak from a long hospitalization, Dieter got on the e-mail and
worked a transition plan to ensure the IRLP/Echolink capabilities on
ARISS continues. What a great, compassionate, and loving human being!"

Frank first met Dieter behind the AMSAT Booth at Dayton, where he was
one of the mainstay individuals supporting AMSAT efforts at the Ham-
vention.  Reflecting on Dieter's support to AMSAT, AMSAT Board Member
Gould Smith, WA4SXM, stated, "Two years ago Dieter told me that the
only reason he came to Dayton was to work in the AMSAT booth and to
talk with people about AMSAT". And he supported AMSAT in many other
ways, including his efforts as an Area Coordinator, where he mentored
a countless number of satellite enthusiasts. We are eternally grateful
for all Dieter has done for AMSAT and the ARISS program.  And we will
miss him dearly."

AMSAT 20 Meter Net Control, Keith Pugh, W5IU remininsced, "My memories
of Dieter started during the AO-10 and AO-13 heyday. Dieter was an
excellent example of the ideal contributor to our marvelous hobby. He
constantly provided positive ideas and assistance for every phase of
the AMSAT and ARISS efforts.  Never complaining, always jumping in and
doing what he suggested - not saying 'why don't you do this.'  He will
be truly missed by everyone and deserves a special place in Amateur
Radio Heaven."

Frank concluded, "On behalf of the ARISS and AMSAT teams, we wish to
express our deepest sympathy to the Schliemann family and friends.
We think of especially his wife Tina and his good friend Ron Arsenault,
N1NYR, who helped Dieter and the Schliemann family throughout Dieter's
long illness."

Alan Sieg WB5RMG went to the visitation and described his experience,
"This evening I introduced myself to Dieter's wife Tina. We had never
met. When she saw my AMSAT badge she grabbed onto my hand and held it
for at least 10 minutes, like we were long-lost friends. She said she
was so glad that AMSAT could come to the visitation, and went on to
tell me about all the wonderful email and phone calls she has received
from all over the world. She understood what AMSAT meant to Dieter, and
was so proud that the people of AMSAT recognized what a good man he was.
She asked me to let everyone know how thankful she was that Dieter had
so many wonderful friends ... Thank You All" from Tina"

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of North Alabama,
LLC, 311 Bob Wallace Ave., Ste. 101, Huntsville, AL 35805 or to your
favorite charity.

[ANS thanks Frank KA3HDO, Gould WA4SXM, Keith W5IU for the above


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-046.03
DX Expedition to Desecheo

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 046.03
February 15, 2009
BID: $ANS-046.03

Updates from www.kp5.us indicate that at least part of the team is now
on Desecheo, and will soon begin HF operations as K5D. Thanks to the
support of AMSAT-NA, the team is equipped with a Kenwood D7 HT and Arrow
antenna, as well as training on using the FM satellites. AMSAT-NA would
like to thank Doug Faunt N6TQS, Tim Lilley N3TL, and Patrick Stoddard,
WD7EWK for their generous donations of equipment for this and future
DXpedition, as well as Keith Pugh, W5IU for training assistance.

Satellite operation is not expected to begin until the second half of
the DXpedition, and then only on an as available basis. A second
repeater on AO-51 (145.88/435.150) will be activated on February 16th
and reserved -only- for contacts with K5D while within sight of the
island. K5D may be active on either AO-51 repeater, SO-50 or the ISS
voice repeater modes if available. Operation on the transponder
satellites is not expected unfortunately. Outside of range of Desecheo,
users are encouraged to operate under the standard AO-51 QRP rules.
These guidelines are 10 watts output or less, to omnidirectional or
handheld antennas only. Telemetry collection operations on AO-51 will
occasionally interrupt the  435.150 downlink on US west coast passes not
in range of Desecheo.

Users attempting contact with K5D should be aware the the DXpedition
does not wish to exchange grid squares during the QSO in order to allow
more operators the chance for a QSO. Their grid square is FK68, same as
most of Puerto Rico. Please be courteous and limit yourself to one QSO.
Logs are expected to be available online at http://www.kp5.us/ . Many
prolific DXpeditioners are on this trip, and a positive experience with
satellite may result in increased participation by future expeditions.

Good Luck on working a new one on satellite!

73, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Operations

[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-046.04
Listen for KAGAYAKI Satellite

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 046.04
February 15, 2009
BID: $ANS-046.04

Listen for KAGAYAKI Satellite

The KAGAYAKI satellite has not been heard since it was launched
with Japan's January 23 GOSAT satellite. KAGAYAKI was to transmit
morse code on FM after separation from the H-2A booster.

If operational KAGAYAKI should be tranmitting morse code on FM
or 9600bps packet at 437.375MHz. The command team thinks the sat-
ellite'soutput power may very low because the antenna or solar
panel has not extended properly. Ground controllers have been
searching for a downlink signal using a spectrum analyzer.

Object D is thought to be KAGAYAKI:

1 33495U 09002D   09036.75334341 -.00000021  00000-0  46489-5 0   433
2 33495 098.0277 148.2199 0008919 016.5422 343.6081 14.70127932  1978

Please monitor for KAGAYAKI. If heard please send your report to Masa,
JN1GKZ (m-arai@a.email.ne.jp) and he will relay the information to the
command station.

English web site is available.

[ANS thanks Masa, JN1GKZ for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-046.05
ARISS Status Report for the Week of February 9, 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 046.05
February 15, 2009
BID: $ANS-046.05

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Status Report
February 9, 2009

1. Upcoming School Contacts

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was
planned & completed for Istituto Comprensivo Pietrasanta1-Scuola
Secondaria 1 Grado "Padre Eugenio Barsanti" in Pietrasanta, Lucca,
Italy on Tuesday, February 10 at 10:24 UTC. Students have been learning
about the planets, planetary systems, rocket technology and radio
communications. They have applied their knowledge of English in writing
and rehearsing space related questions for the astronaut. They have
studied the history of spaceflight and have written essays on space
related topics. They have also learned about world geography and have
developed cooperation and teamwork skills.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was
scheduled with Alexandroupolis School of Special Education and 11th
Alexandroupolis Primary School in Alexandroupolis, Greece. The contact
took place on Wednesday, February 11 at 07:43 UTC. Astronomy and amateur
radio lectures were given in preparation for the event.  Special
attention has been given to the role of humanity and science and to the
every day life of an astronaut. The ISS courses have been based on ESA's
education tool "ISS Education Kit."

2. Canadian Contact Successful

On Monday, February 2, students from Humber College Institute of
Technology and Higher Learning in Toronto, Ontario, Canada participated
in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact.
Approximately 100 students gathered in the lab where the radio gear was
built and watched as students posed 12 questions to Sandra Magnus,
KE5FYE. There was national coverage of the event and it was broadcasted
on morning television and radio - Canada AM (CTV Network). The Toronto
Star and Toronto Sun were also present.  The audience reached in Toronto
was estimated to be over 3,000,000.

To view the Toronto Sun article, go to:

Toronto Star's story may be found at:

For CTV coverage, see:

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) network carried a 14 minute
piece on the Humber College contact that included an 8 minute interview
with one of the lead students, followed by a 6 minute clip of the
students and Sandy. The story also ran on the show "As it Happens,"
which is part of CBC's national network program feed and airs coast to
coast beginning at 18:30 in each respective time zone. It was then
posted on the Web:
http://www.cbc.ca/radioshows/AS_IT_HAPPENS/20090202.shtml (The interview
starts at approximately 16:50 in part one. Contact audio runs from 21:30
to 24:00.)

The February 3 issue of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics' (AIAA) Daily Launch also picked up on the news.  It posted
a summary, "College Students Contact ISS with Home Built Antenna,"
citing and providing a link to the CBC article:

3. UK Students Radio ISS

Students attending Pilton Bluecoat Junior School in Barnstaple, Devon,
England experienced a successful Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, February 6. Sandra Magnus,
KE5FYE answered 20 questions posed to her by ten children as an audience
of approximately 260 students and guests looked on.  Two newspapers
covered the event. The contact video is available for viewing.  Go to:

4. ARISS Contact with German School, a Success

On Saturday, February 7, Stdtisches Gymnasium Herzogenrath in North
Rhine-Westphalia, Germany participated in an Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) contact with Mike Fincke, KE5AIT.
Students were able to have 18 questions answered before the ISS went
over the horizon.  Approximately 350 students, teachers and parents were
in attendance.  The national television channel WDR, two radio stations
WDR-Radio and Radio Aachen, and a few local newspapers covered the
event. The audio was also fed into the EchoLink AMSAT server. The
Aachener Zeitung article (in German) may be found here:

5. Assam, India Students Speak with Mike Fincke

The College of Agriculture, Central Agricultural University in Imphal,
Assam, India took part in a successful Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Sunday, February 8 via
telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. Fourteen of the 16 questions
prepared for the contact were answered by Mike Fincke, KE5AIT.
The audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers and
received 9 connections from 6 countries. An article ran in the Morung
Express. See: http://www.morungexpress.com/regional/13605.html

6. Article Posted on Axam Jatiya Vidyalaya Contact

On January 7, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact was conducted between Mike Fincke, KE5AIT and Axam
Jatiya Vidyalaya students in Guwahati, India. The Assam Tribune
published an article on the event in its February 7 Horizon supplement.
See: http://www.assamtribune.com/feb0709/horizon.html

7. Ellis Elementary School Contact Video

On December 8, 2008, Ellis Elementary School in Belleville, Illinois
experienced an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact with Sandra Magnus, KE5FYE.  St. Louis public television KETC
featured the contact on its "Living St. Louis" program.  The video has
been posted to YouTube.  See:


[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