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[jamsat-news:2633] ANS-074 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 at the Dayton Hamvention 2009
* Air Force Approves AMSAT Keplerian Element Distribution
* Mario Acuņa, LU9HBG Silent Key
* AMSAT-DC Spring Workshop April 25
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* UT1FG/MM Wet Grid Square via Satellite Expedition
* ARISS Status Report for the Week of March 9, 2009

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AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.01
March 15, 2009
BID: $ANS-074.01

AMSAT Board Member, Gould Smith, WA4SXM tells of AMSAT's plans at the 
2009 Dayton Hamvention will be held this year on 15 - 17 May 2009.

Gould says, "This is the 58th year of the Dayton Hamvention, sponsored 
by DARA (Dayton Amateur Radio Association). As has been the case for 
the many years Hamvention will be at the Hara Arena Complex on the 
north side of Dayton. Further information on Hamvention 2009, includ-
ing advance ticket sales and motel accommodations, can be found at 

See http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/hamvention/2009/Dayton.php for all
of the details of AMSAT at Dayton 2009.

AMSAT will occupy the same booths (444-449) in Ball Arena, right across 
from the ARRL area and just inside the door from the Satellite Demon-
stration area. Make your reservations early for all AMSAT activities!

AMSAT has a number of great activities planned during Hamvention. There 
will be a number of new offerings at the AMSAT booth. 

2009 is the 40th Anniversary of AMSAT and we will have many pieces of 
memorabilia on display highlighting 40 years of amateur radio in space. 

SuitSat-2 has been making a great deal of progress this past year. We 
will have on display all of the modules that will go into the Orlan 
space suit later this year, and we will be able to demonstrate most 
of them.

Space Traveler Richard Garriott, W5KWQ will be the speaker at the 
annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet. He will also give a short talk during the 
Saturday AMSAT Forum and spend some time at the AMSAT booth.  Reserva-
tions for the AMSAT/TAPR Banquet are now available through the AMSAT 
Store. See: http://www.amsat-na.com/store/item.php?id=100158

AMSAT has a limited block of rooms reserved at the Hampton Inn in 
Fairborn, OH. Please contact Martha at the AMSAT office (301-589-6062) 
or by e-mail at martha@amsat.org for room price and availability during 
the Hamvention. Priority for rooms will be given to AMSAT members vol-
unteering to work in the AMSAT booth for multiple 2 hour shifts during 
the Hamvention.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM for the above information]


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Air Force Approves AMSAT Keplerian Element Distribution

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.02
March 15, 2009
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Keeper of the AMSAT Keps, Ray Hoad, WA5QGD is pleased to announce 
that AMSAT NA has recieved approval to continue re-distribution of 
Keplerian elements from the Air Force Space Command data source 
(Space Track website) for the period April 1, 2009 to April 1, 2010.

Thanks to the AFSPC team and especially to Mr. Mark Riddle for their 
help in this process.

Ray said, "This means that the AMSAT Keplerian Elements in verbose 
format and the 2-line format can be freely distributed by those who 
recieve them from AMSAT.  AMSAT's two formats are each considered an 
AMSAT product and therefore can be freely distributed.  AMSAT asks 
that AMSAT NA be given credit as the source for your redistribution."

[ANS thanks Ray, WA5QGD for the above information]


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Mario Acuņa, LU9HBG Silent Key

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.03
March 15, 2009
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AMSAT Board Member, Tom Clark, K3IO told AMSAT this week, "It is 
with great sadness that I learned today of the passing of a long-
term friend of AMSAT, Mario Acuņa, LU9HBG." Mario was a very senior 
scientist/engineer at NASA Goddard where he made his name by providing 
magnetometers for nearly every deep-space and planetary mission since 
the 1970's. 

Tom recalled, "When a young Martin Sweeting wanted to fly magnetometers 
for navigation on the earliest UoSAT's, Mario was the 'go to' guy that 
put Martin on the right track. Since magnetometers are biased by metal 
and electrical currents in a spacecraft, Mario arranged for testing of 
the early UoSATs."

Tom also recalled Mario's assistance with the Phase-3 program, "When 
Jan King, Karl Meinzer, and I were trying to minimize radiation damage 
in critical Phase-3 components (like the IHU and CMOS logic), Mario was 
our mentor in helping to figure out the best way to minimize damage and 
teaching us how to apply tantalum to the top and bottom of ICs."

[ANS thanks Tom, K3IO for the above information]


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AMSAT-DC Spring Workshop April 25

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.04
March 15, 2009
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AMSAT-DC Area Coordinator Pat Kilroy, N8PK reports on plans for the 
AMSAT-DC Workshop to be held on Saturday, April 25, at the NASA 
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.  

A small "simulated satellite" kit will be built, tested and operated 
by individuals attending.  The completed kit, soon to be widely known 
as a PICetSat II module, is a simple remote sensing unit that serves 
as an expendable high-altitude small balloon payload.  It transmits 
downlink telemetry on the 70 cm Amateur Radio band.  

Other attendees will provide and configure radios, computers and 
software needed to receive, decode and analyze the PICetSat II 

Pat says, "The format of this year's workshop is an experiment unto 
itself for the few AMSAT-DC subgroup of members who are attempting 
to organize such an event for the first time."  

He adds, "This workshop may prove to be a fine training opportunity 
for one to learn the basics of the design, construction, testing, 
calibrating and operating an earth-orbiting satellite.  All of this 
in one long Saturday of fun!"

The planning sessions are being held each Thursday evening via a 
toll-free telephone conference.  If you wish to help organize or 
execute the workshop then contact Pat by e-mail for the details of 
connecting with the group on the telecon at Patrick.L.Kilroy@nasa.gov
as soon as possible.  

The cost of each kit will be determined soon, along with the admission 
structure.  For example, being evaluated is $90 for a kit plus AMSAT 
membership if one doesn't already have it.  The details of the 
registration process, workshop procedures and the associated costs 
are to follow in a later bulletin and on the AMSAT-NA and AMSAT-DC web 

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


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.05
March 15, 2009
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+ The Desecheo Island K5D DXpedition team made its first satellite 
  contact on Friday, February 20th with Andrew Glassbrenner, KO4MA, 
  in New Port Richey, Florida.  That QSO was conducted at 20:14 UTC 
  through the SO-50 ham radio bird.

+ Paul 2E1EUB will be active on all satellites from N.E.Scotland for
  the week starting March 21, 2009. Check out qrz.com under 2M1EUB 
  listing for more information.

+ Graham, G3VZV, has onboard the ship MV Minerva since March 7 which 
  is visiting the islands off lying Antarctica. The schedule included 
  visits to South Georgia (VP8) on March 12 &13th and Tristan da Cunha 
  (ZD9) on March 18 & 19th before arriving in Cape Town on March 24th. 
  Activity is planned via SO50, AO51 and the ISS (if available) from 
  the ship and, if licences can be obtained, from the islands. He will 
  be taking FM handhelds and an Arrow antenna and hopes to have some 
  internet access which can be used to arrange skeds if asked. Contact 
  info is: graham_at_shirville.com

+ Adrian, AA5UK, will be operating as ZF2AE from Grand Cayman and as
  ZF2AE/ZF8 from Little Cayman during his March 25th - April 8th 
  vacation on AO-51, SO-50 and FO-29.

+ QSLs for the W5ACM/C6A/MM Western Caribbean Cruise 2009 started 
  shipping on March 2, 2009. Operators/participants for this event 
  included W5ACM, WB5RMA, WA5TWT and WA5WOD. 

+ Go to http://tinyurl.com/c8jjzx for more information on how you can
  submit your suggestion to help NASA name the next ISS Module.

+ Mark, N8MH plans to host an AMSAT table at RARSFest in Raleigh, NC 
  on Saturday, April 11, 2009.  He is recruiting help to staff the 
  table and to answer questions. Please contact Mike directly at:
  N8MH at AMSAT dot ORG if you can help. Details for RARSFest can 
  be found at: http://www.rars.org/hamfest/

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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UT1FG/MM Wet Grid Square via Satellite Expedition

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.06
March 15, 2009
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Captain Yuri of the MV Bluebill announced he will be operating as 
UT1FG/MM from his ship April through June, 2009. His sea voyage
will take him from Northern Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean, the
Gulf of Mexico up to the Mississippi River, then southward toward
Mexico and Central America. Yuri says his current plans are to 
operate on AO-27, AO-51, SO-50, VO-52, FO-29, and AO-7. Over the 
past two years he already has logged many North American stations 
from his ship operations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. QSL 
via home call UT1FG.

[ANS thanks Yuri, UT1FG for the above information]


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ARISS Status Report for the Week of March 9, 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 074.07
March 15, 2009
BID: $ANS-074.07

1. School Contacts

An ARISS contact was held with the Da Vinci Science Center in Allen-
town, Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 14 via telebridge station WH6PN 
in Hawaii. Students submitted questions to ask the ISS crew through 
the Center's Teacher Leader Institute.  Eighteen students with the 
best questions were selected to speak with the astronaut and all 
students were invited to attend this educational activity.

Parkside Community College in Parkside, Cambridge, U.K. has been 
scheduled for an ARISS contact on Monday, March 30 at 16:54 UTC. 
Station GB4FUN will handle the connection.

The Girls' Middle School (GMS) in Mountain View, California has been 
scheduled for an ARISS contact on Monday, March 30 at 18:16 UTC via 
telebridge station K6DUE in Maryland. The contact is planned with 
spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP/HA5SIK. GMS is a 
small, independent school for girls in 6th - 8th grade.  The school's 
mission is to nurture and empower girls during this pivotal time in 
their lives.  It looks for non-traditional educational opportunities 
to help girls expand their horizons.  

An ARISS contact has been scheduled for Marcelino Canino Canino 
Middle School in Dorado, Puerto Rico. The contact will take place 
on Tuesday, March 31 at 15:29 UTC. A Microsatellite Student Program 
has been implemented where students design, construct, build and 
launch microsatellites which are then tracked and recovered with the 
help of amateur radio operators.   

Milwee Middle School in Longwood, Florida has been scheduled for an 
ARISS contact on Wednesday, April 1 at 17:48 UTC via telebridge 
station ON4ISS in Belgium.

Carl Sandburg Elementary School in the Lake Washington School District, 
Kirkland, Washington has been approved for an ARISS contact. The con-
tact is slated for Thursday, April 2 at 19:28 UTC, assisted by tele-
bridge station W6SRJ in California.

2. Padthaway Contact Successful

On Tuesday, March 3, students from Padthaway Primary School in 
Padthaway, Australia participated in an ARISS contact.  Telebridge 
station W6SRJ in California facilitated the connection, allowing 
fifteen students to ask the astronaut 20 questions. One hundred 
guests, including the mayor and his wife, attended the event and 
enjoyed a PowerPoint presentation and a showing of Mike Fincke's 
Expedition 9 video tour of the ISS. Media outlets were present and 
the audio was fed to local radio stations. The audio was also fed 
into the EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers with 6 connections made 
from stations in Australia, England, Italy and the U.S.

3. NASA Teaching From Space Site - Now Available

The NASA Teaching From Space (TFS) Web site is now on-line. A new 
ARISS section is also available.  For the TFS site, see:

To view the ARISS site directly, go to:

4. Astronaut Training Status

Three successful simulated ARISS contacts took place on Wednesday, 
March 4. The simulations were held between the following participants:

Technopolis, Belgium and Andre Kuipers, PI9ISS 
Ralph McCall School, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada and Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG 
Ralph McCall School, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada and Cady Coleman, KC5ZTH 

These training sessions were terrestrial-based amateur radio contacts 
using ARISS-equivalent equipment. Audio was available on IRLP.  

5. Amateur Radio Newsline Posts Article on Simonyi

On March 6, Amateur Radio Newsline (Report #1647) ran a story on 
Charles Simonyi's upcoming mission. "Ham Radio in Space:  Charles 
Simonyi, KE7KDP Heads Back to the ISS," may be viewed here: 

[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 please
keep in mind you know you are aging when you wake up looking like your 
driver's license picture. 

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA