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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.

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In this edition:
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium Video and Powerpoint Available On-line
* CW Contest Milestone
* SpaceJam-3 Introduces Scouts to Amateur Radio in Space
* UT Austin Requests Help to Track BEVO1
* Satellite shorts
* ITAR Update
* ARISS Status - 03 August 2009

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AMSAT-UK Colloquium Video and Powerpoint Available On-line

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 221.01
August 9, 2009
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The videos of the presentations at this years successful AMSAT-UK
Colloquium in Guildford are now available to watch on the British 
Amateur Television Club (BATC) website

Among the fascinating video presentations are:

+ FUNcube, the new AMSAT-UK linear transponder satellite project 
  by Graham Shirville G3VZV
+ AMSAT-NA Update by Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA
+ AMSAT-DL Update by Peter Guelzow DB2OS
+ Electronics and Teddy Bears: A Near-Space Adventure" 
  by Ed Moore M0TEK and Fergus Noble M0NBL, Cambridge University
+ Engineers Wanted! Tempting Teenagers to Explore Technology 
  by Garry Bulmer, Software Architect
+ Medium Earth Orbits by David Bowman G0MRF

All 18 videos can be seen at http://www.batc.tv/ Click on the "Film 
Archive" icon on the left to see all the videos available then select 
the video you wish to see (they start with 2009 AMSAT). To see the 
video full screen click on the icon at the bottom of the video player.

PDFs of the slides from the presentations can be found on the AMSAT-UK
website at:

Thanks to the BATC for recording and editing the videos (a time 
consuming job) as well providing this invaluable video service 
at batc.tv for the  Amateur Satellite community.

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]


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CW Contest Milestone

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 221.02
August 9, 2009
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate (August 4, 2009)
2008 CQ World Wide CW Contest Marks Major Milestone 
for K0DQ Becomes Possibly the Only Person Ever 
to Win All Six Major Ham Radio Contests
 Scott Redd, K0DQ, operating the 2008 CW weekend of the 
CQ World Wide DX Contest from Aruba as P40Q, racked up 
over a million more points than his closest competitor 
in the Single-Operator Low Power Class, and became 
perhaps the only person ever to win single-op world 
championships in all six major ham radio DX contests.
"I don't know of anyone else" who has won all the major 
contests, said CQWW Contest Director Bob Cox, K3EST, in 
announcing the results, which will be published in the 
September issue of CQ magazine. 
Scott had his first taste of contest victory back in 1966, 
as a young Navy officer posted to Uruguay and operating 
CX2CO in the phone weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest. 
Over the succeeding years, Scott worked his way through the 
Navy ranks to Vice Admiral and became Commander of the Fifth 
Fleet, then served as a civilian in the Iraq Coalition P
rovisional Authority and as Director of the National 
Counterterrorism Center before retiring in late 2007. But ham 
radio and contesting were never far away, and operating from 
Mexico as XE1IIJ in the early 1970s, Scott won single-op world 
championships in the CQWW Phone Contest, the ARRL DX Phone and 
CW Contests and the CQ WPX Phone Contest. Thirty years later, 
when his professional life permitted a little more hamming time, 
Scott added the WPX CW crown as P41P, operating from P43P's 
station in Aruba, in 2002. The only prize that eluded him 
-- until now -- was the CQWW CW.
"I've been trying like a son-of-a-gun to win (the) CQ World 
Wide CW," Scott commented in a 2008 interview with CQ. "I've 
come in number two, I've come in number three, but I've never 
won that one . so that's still my goal, every time I get close, 
in CQ World Wide CW, to win the world."
When informed that he had finally achieved that goal, K0DQ said, 
"I guess the message is if you keep at it long enough good things 
happen. In this case, four decades. It's been a great ride ... 
and it's still magic!"
CQ congratulates Scott -- already a member of the CQ Amateur 
Radio Hall of Fame, for his contesting achievements on 
top of all his other achievements.
[ANS thanks CQ Magazine for the above information]


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SpaceJam-3 Introduces Scouts to Amateur Radio in Space

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 221.03
August 9, 2009
BID: $ANS-221.03

While the world was watching replays of the history making moon 
walk last week, dozens of Illinois Boy Scouts were taking their 
first steps toward space technology.

Space Jam 3 got off the ground last week with a high altitude 
balloon launch in Rantoul, Illinois.  Space Jam is sponsored 
by DePauw  University.  It's purpose is to get Scouts into 

With assistance from the Vermillion County Amateur Radio Asso-
ciation, they were able to launch a helium filled balloon and 
use the cross band repeater for amateur radio contacts across 
the Midwest.

The longest radio contact occurred when the balloon reached the 
99-thousand foot level. Two stations, one in Walbridge, Ohio the 
other in Mexico, Missouri, completed a 470 mile QSO.

On the ground, Dave Cline KB9ZMF, said he thought 200 Boy Scouts 
were on the radios throughout the Space Jam. They also worked on 
high tech merit badges in Space Exploration, Aviation, Radio & 
Electronics and on Nuclear Science Composite Materials

Talking with Astronaut Robert Thirsk, VA3CSA, onboard the Inter-
national Space Station, topped the weekend Space Jam activities.
Space Jam Four is already being planned for August of 2010.

[ANS thanks Amateur Radio NewslineT Report 1668 - July 31 2009
 for the above information]


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UT Austin Requests Help to Track BEVO1

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 221.04
August 9, 2009
BID: $ANS-221.04

Last week STS-127 deployed DragonSat last week via its Space Shuttle 
Picosatellite Launcher (SSPL) system. Dragonsat was the designation 
for both Aggiesat2 and Bevo1 (DragonSat = AggieSat2 + BEVO1). They 
were ejected together from the SSPL, but it appears that they failed 
to separate.

As of ANS press time still no signals have been received from BEVO1, 
although beacon packets were heard from AggieSat2. The current theory 
on the state of the satellites is that only partial separation occur-
red. The inhibit switches keeping the satellites powered off have been 
closed, allowing the satellites to boot up. However, it is likely that 
the antennas did not deploy correctly, leaving the antennas disconnec-
ted from their respective transmitters. AggieSat2 transmits with 1W of 
power so it is easier to hear, while BEVO1 only transmits with 200mW 
during beacon mode.

AggieSat-2 transmits on 436.250 MHz using a proprietary data format. 

BEVO1 Downlink Information:

Beacon Mode
Downlink Freq: 437.325 MHz
Modulation: FM, 200mW, Morse Code, ~20 WPM

Data Mode
Downlink Freq: 437.325 MHz
GMSK, 1W, 9600 baud, AX.25 (default)
FM, 1W, Bell 202, AX.25

UT Austin has also posted some pictures here:

The 2-line tracking elements are:
1 35690U 09038B   09217.97658609 +.00019083 +00000-0 +10072-3 0 00133
2 35690 051.6416 050.8490 0005305 104.3300 255.8301 15.80669917001027

[ANS thanks Karla Vega, KE5FKU for above information]


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Satellite shorts

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 221.05
August 9, 2009
BID: $ANS-221.05

+AMSAT-UK's FUNcube Amateur Radio satellite project is featured in this 
week's Electronics Weekly email newletter and a longer article should 
appear in the next issue of the printed magazine which will also be 
available in digital format. See http://tinyurl.com/kmlssm for the
article in the e-mail newsletter.

A free subscription to the digital version of Electronics Weekly maga-
zine is available at:

Electronics Weekly Magazine is on-line at:

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]

+ Gould, WA4SXM reported the AO-51 Command Team has set the satellite
  into the following configuration:
  FM repeater  V/U (620 mW)
  Uplink  145.920 MHz FM
  Downlink  435.300 MHz FM

  FM 9k6 digital (590 mW)
  L band uplink on  1268.700 MHz
  Downlink  435.150 MHz FM

+ AMSAT INDIA July News letter is available for download at
  http://www.amsatindia.org/Newsletter or directly at

+ Makoto, JI5RPT will operate as JD1BLY and Yoshihi, JO1LVZ will
  operate as JD1BNF from Chichijima, Ogasawara Island, Japan be-
  tween August 9-15. Satellite operation is planned. QSLs via 
  homecalls. (DXNL DX Newsletter #1635 - Aug 5, 2009)


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ITAR Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 221.06
August 9, 2009
BID: $ANS-221.06

AMSAT Files CJ Requests with US State Department

The  Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation filed four 
Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) requests with the Directorate 
of Defense Trade Controls, US State Department last week. 
These requests ask that the four commodity groups that 
AMSAT provided support for AMSAT-DL's Phase 3-E project 
(SDX, IHU-3, Can-Do! Bus, and thermal design) be 
transferred to the Department of Commerce and be regulated 
under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 
removing them from ITAR (International Traffic in Arms 
Regulations) managed by the State Department's DDTC.  

"Our CJ requests are based upon AMSAT's status as a not-
for-profit corporation that adheres to 'open source' and '
public domain' principles where all of our technical activities 
are freely available through the Internet and publications, such 
as the "AMSAT Journal", observed AMSAT President Barry Baines, 
WD4ASW.  "Given the open nature of our activities, the focus 
on scientific and educational purposes of our satellites, 
and lack of military applications, we believe that our activities 
in these areas are better suited for EAR rather than ITAR", 
said Barry.  

The CJ requests will be reviewed by the Directorate of Defense 
Trade Controls as well as other federal agencies such as the 
Commerce Department and Department of Defense.  AMSAT expects 
this review to take several months before a decision is made by 
DDTC whether to grant the request.

AMSAT's involvement with P3-E halted in 2006 due to concerns over 
possible ITAR violations. In January 2009, AMSAT filed a 'Voluntary 
Disclosure' with DDTC outlining AMSAT's activities with AMSAT-DL 
and AMSAT-UK on P3-E. In March 2009, DDTC advised AMSAT that ITAR 
violations did occur but that the case was being closed.  AMSAT 
was admonished not to violate ITAR in the future.  Subsequent to 
receiving DDTC's letter closing the case, AMSAT is now seeking a 
means to re-establish technical exchanges in support of P3-E 
while abiding under rules administered by the Commerce Department.

Further details on AMSAT's  efforts to comply with ITAR while 
developing ways which will allow AMSAT satellite builders to 
work cooperatively with foreign nationals on amateur radio satellite 
projects will be available in the next issue of the "AMSAT Journal."

[ANS thanks, Barry, WD4ASW, for the above info]


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ARISS Status - 3 August, 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 221.07
August 9, 2009
BID: $ANS-221.07

1.	ARISS School Contact with Space School

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact 
has been conducted with the United Space School in Seabrook, Texas on 
Wednesday, August 5 at 13:47 UTC via telebridge station ON4ISS. 
The school is a once a year session of high school students that 
meets annually in the NASA/Clear Lake Area.  These students come 
from around the world for a two week session, during which they 
stay with local host families while being mentored by astronauts, 
engineers, and scientists to design a mission to Mars as their 
team project.  Class sessions are held at the University of 
Houston at Clear Lake. The contact allowed students to learn 
firsthand what the experience of spaceflight is like.  They will 
use this knowledge in putting together their team project 
presentation, which they will present to the Houston space 
community at the end of their session.

2.	ARISS Contact with Hospital for Sick Children

On Thursday, July 30, patients of the Hospital for Sick 
Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada participated in an 
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
contact.  Children spoke with Astronaut Robert Thirsk, 
VA3CSA via telebridge station ON4ISS in Belgium and were 
able to ask 18 questions about life in space. Nearly 100 
people were present for the event and the contact was 
broadcasted throughout the hospital on closed circuit television.

3.	ARISS Contact Between Michael Barratt and Summer Playground Camp 

Borough of New Providence, NJ, Summer Playground Camp in 
New Providence, New Jersey took part in an Amateur Radio on 
the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Thursday, 
July 30. Ten children asked twenty questions of Expedition 19's 
Michael Barratt, KD5MIJ in front of an audience of approximately 
100 people. This was a town sponsored summer camp activity for 
elementary school children (K - 6).  The New Providence Amateur 
Radio Club (NPARC) has been involved with this type of camp for 
the last five years and regularly provides an introduction to 
amateur radio on the air by setting up HF and VHF stations so 
that campers may communicate with hams around the world. The 
ARISS contact was an extension of this activity.

4.	ARISS News on Amateur Radio Newsline

On July 31, Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1668 reported on the 
Scout Space Jamboree in Rantoul, Illinois which included an 
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. 
To view "Ham Radio in Space:  Space Jam 3 in Illinois," 
see: ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News-A/news.txt

5.	ARISS International Meeting Minutes Posted

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team 
held its annual meeting at the European Space Research and 
Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands in June. Minutes 
are now available and have been posted to the ARISS Web site.  

6.	ARRL Articles on FUNcube

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) posted a Web story on 
a new AMSAT-UK (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) satellite 
project, FUNcube. FUNcube is a cubesat which will educate 
youth about radio, electronics and physics. For more 
see: http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/07/29/10985/?nc=1
The article may also be found in the ARRL Letter:

7.	SuitSat-2 Demo

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
SuitSat-2 prototype was demonstrated at the Microchip 
Master's conference which was held in Phoenix on 
July 29 - August 1. See:

8.	De Winne Comments on Importance of Amateur Radio on ISS 

During a recent Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) contact, Astronaut Frank De Winne was asked about the 
importance of amateur radio on the ISS. He answered that the 
radio was an important means of psychological support.  
The audio of this contact may be found on the ARISS-Europe 
Web site. See:

9.	ARISS Teleconference Minutes Posted

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
team held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 21.  Agenda 
items included a recap of the face-to-face meeting held in 
the Netherlands and the status of the SuitSat-2 project. 
The minutes have been posted.  
See: http://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2009-07-21.htm

10.	MAI-75 Experiments Planned

MAI-75 (Moscow Aviation Institute) experiments are planned for 
August 3 and 4. The VC-H1 unit will run in auto mode (Robot-36 
and transmitting once every 3 minutes) and should be operational 
on 145.800 MHz from approximately 0800-1600 UTC each day. 
Information on the MAI-75 experiment is available 
at: http://www.energia.ru/eng/iss/researches/education-26.html

11.	Astronaut Training Status - Simulated Contact Scheduled

A simulated contact is planned for Thursday, August 6 at 
approximately 13:30 UTC. The contact will be between Euro 
Space Camp (ESC) and Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA. Audio should be 
available on EchoLink and IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project). 
The training session is a terrestrial-based amateur radio contact 
using Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) equivalent equipment.

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


In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project
Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms
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