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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:
* New Ham Antenna Installed
* DQ11APOLLO Activation on All Bands
* Next Hudson Valley Satcom Net
* Satellite Shorts
* ARISS Status - 16 November 2009

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New Ham Antenna Installed

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 326.01
November 22, 2009
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New Ham Antenna Installed on the ISS Columbus Module

ARISS US Hardware Manager Lou McFadin, W5DID says that all the 
teamwork and effort to expand the ARISS amateur radio station 
aboard the ISS were successful this weekend when the new dual 
band 2m/70CM antenna was installed on the outside of ESA's 
Columbus module.

Lou congratulated the team, "This is an example of what can be 
achieved by volunteer hams working closely with a space agency.
This antenna project was funded entirely by AMSAT-NA and volun-
teers who built the antennas for both an ESA experiment and for 
ARISS. I am very proud of all the teamwork and effort that has 
gone into this project."

The new ARISS antenna is very similar to the antennas already on 
the Russian service module. Once the antennas are in place the
ARISS team will be working to bring amateur radio to the Columbus 

In conclusion Lou noted the tremendous contribution from ESA for  
the experiment, the launch and the EVA making this expansion of
amateur radio aboard the ISS possible.

[ANS thanks Lou McFadin, W5DID for the above the information]


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DQ11APOLLO Activation on All Bands

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 326.02
November 22, 2009
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DQ11APOLLO Activation on All Bands 

DQ11APOLLO is a special-event station of the Deutsche Amateuer-Radio-
Club (DARC) celebrating the 40th. anniversary of the first manned 
landing on the moon by NASA.

July 20, 2009 marked the 40th annnivesary of the first manned landing 
on the moon by the Apollo-11 mission. To celebrate this brilliant tech-
nical achievement of NASA, a group of space-flight enthusiast radio 
amateurs of the Deutsche Amateur-Radio-Club applied for the special-
event callsign DQ11APOLLO. It was issued on July 15, 2009 and is valid
365 days. The station will be activated on the mission-dates of the 
past Apollo flights on all HF, VHF & UHF-bands using SSB, CW, FM and 

The call will be activated during several occasions in 2009 and 2010:

Apollo 12 	November 14-24, 2009
Apollo 17 	December 07-19, 2009
Apollo 8 	December 21-27, 2009
Apollo 14 	January  31-Feb 9, 2010
Apollo 9 	March    03-13, 2010
Apollo 13 	April    11-17, 2010
Apollo 16 	April    16-27, 2010
Apollo 10 	May      18-26, 2010. 

Buereau-cards via DF3JO, c/o Deutscher Amateur-Radio Club-DARC, Germany
Direct-cards via DF3JO, Thomas Stinder, Braukkamp 11, 48249 Dlmen, Germany

Preference will be given to cards sent direct with return postage and 
will be answered directly. The alternative is to send cards via Bureau. 
The QSL cards DQ11APOLLO will be printed in late autumn with the first 
delivery expected in December 2009.

Many details are available at the DQ11APOLLO web page:

[ANS thanks the SouthGate ARC Site and DQ11APOLLO for the above


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Next Hudson Valley Satcom Net

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 326.03
November 22, 2009
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To all,
The next "HV Satcom" net is Thursday December 10 at 
8PM (EST), (Or 0100UTC), on the 146.97MHz. repeater, 
with in echolink
node of N2EYH-L.     For more info (and download pass
predictions go to;
The reason there was no Satcom net 
(Thursday of this week)
was that the "97" Repeater went down!   Also, 
there won't be
a "HV Satcom" net on Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving evening) 
Thanks,, Stu

Ballinger (WA2BSS)

[ANS thanks Stuart, WA2BSS, for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 326.04
November 22, 2009
BID: $ANS-326.04

CUTE=1.7 Satellite Captures Image

Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL reported the CO-65 control station received an 
image below from the CUTE-1.7 satellite camera. Their analysis indi-
cates the image was taken on October 28, 2009 and downloaded this
week. The image is from the region around 84.6392 degrees north 
latitude and was 128.3049 degrees longitude near the north pole. 

The CUTE-1.7 image can be viewed on-line at:


Antartica Planned for Activation on HamSats

Bill, K7MT, is going to work at the McMurdo base (AN-011) between 
Nov 15 and Feb 20, 2010. He will sign KC4USV mostly on 20m during 
Sundays. Listen for him in SSB on 14243 kHz, in CW on 14043 kHz or 
in PSK-31 on 14070 kHz. He plans to bring his Arrow II antenna and 
a Kenwood TH-7 which he can use also on amateur radio satellites. 
QSL via K1IED. His homepage can be found at: http://www.mt.net/~k7mt


Indonesia to Launch Rescue Radio HamSat 

The Bernama dot com on line newspaper reports that the Indonesian 
Amateur Radio Organization called Orari and the Indonesian National 
Institute of Aeronautic and Space plan to launch the ham radio bird 
next year. But so far the president of the Orari has not revealed 
the satellite's size nor its orbital distance from Earth.

According to the website, the new ham radio bird will be used to 
expand the nations ham radio communication network to remote districts. 
It went on to note that the satellite will play a major role in 
linking land, sea and air communication for rescue radio operations.

The article also noted that ham radio operators from Orari had become 
the alternative communication tool. This, during disasters like the 
tsunami in Aceh and the recent earthquake in Padang.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1683


Call for Papers 14th Annual Southeastern VHF Society Conference 
April 23rd and 24th, 2010 Morehead State University in Morehead, 

The Southeastern VHF Society is calling for the submission of papers 
and presentations for the upcoming 14th Annual Southeastern VHF 
Society Conference to be held at Morehead State University in Morehead, 
KY on April 23rd and 24th, 2010. Papers and presentations are solicited 
on both the technical and operational aspects of VHF, UHF and Microwave 
weak signal amateur radio.  

The deadline for the submission of papers and presentations is February 5, 
2010. All submissions for the proceedings should be in Microsoft Word 
(.doc). Submissions for presentation at the conference should be in 
PowerPoint (.ppt) format, and delivered on either a USB memory stick or 
CDROM or posted for download on a web site of your choice.

For further information about the conference 
please go to http://www.svhfs.org

Thank you,
Robin Midgett K4IDC
2010 Program Chair, SVHFS

[ANS thanks SVHFS for the above information]


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ARISS Status 16 November 2009

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 326.05
November 22, 2009
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(ARISS) Status Report November 16, 2009

1. Upcoming School Contact

Flanders District of Creativity and the Department of Education of 
the Flemish Government have teamed up for an Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, November 17 
at 13:44 UTC via station LU8YY in Argentina. The groups are partnering 
to organize the very first congress for kids in Belgium. A conference 
has been set up with keynote speakers and interactive workshops for 1200 
twelve year olds. Dirk Frimout and Sijtn Meuris will give a presentation 
about astronomy.

2. Italian Students Contact De Winne via ARISS 

On Friday, November 13, Frank De Winne, ON1DWN on the ISS spoke 
with youth from Scuola Istituto Salesiano "Sacro Cuore" Vomero in 
Napoli, Italy via an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) contact. De Winne answered twenty questions put to him by 
the students. Approximately six hundred children were present for 
the contact which highlighted a curriculum of English, astronomy 
and physics. Prior to the contact, the students learned from amateur 
radio operators about the history of radio transmissions, radio 
equipment, the structure and the scientific goals of the ISS, as 
well as real HF radio contacts with amateur radio stations from 
around the world.  After the contact, an ESA Communication Office 
representative gave a presentation on the ESA education program 
and ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli was present to meet with and talk 
to the students. There was extensive media coverage including 
television and newspapers as well as video streaming on the Web.

3. ARISS Contact Between Robert Thirsk and Montreal Schoolchildren 

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact 
was held between Marie-Rivier School in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and 
Robert Thirsk, VA3CSA on Friday, November 13 via telebridge station 
VK4KHZ in Australia. 
Sixteen questions were asked and answered during the space chat as 
students learned about the ISS and work and life in space.

4. ARISS International Team Meeting Held

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Team meeting 
was held on Tuesday, November 10. The team provided a status on both 
the Columbus module antennas and ARISSat-1.  
See: https://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2009-11-10.htm

5. ARRL Web Article on STS-129 Mission

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran a Web story on the 
STS-129 mission which will carry Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) antennas to the ISS 
and deploy them during the second spacewalk. 
See: https://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/11/12/11195/?nc=1

6. ARRL Letter Posts Two ARISS News Items

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) posted two ARISS 
(Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) articles in 
its November 12 issue of the ARRL Letter. The first item covers 
the STS-129 mission carrying ARISS antennas to the ISS.  The 
second is an article on the ARISS contact with Garfield Elementary 
School held in conjunction with the WHEELS NASA Exploration 
Experience traveling exhibit in Boise, Idaho. 
See: https://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/index.html?issue=2009-11-12

[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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