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[jamsat-news:2770] ANS-010 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:

* BoD Adopts Accepted Use Policy For AMSAT Mail Lists
* AO-51 Spacecraft Reorientation Planned in January
* AMSAT at the Cowtown Hamfest - 15 & 16 January 2010
* AMSAT Awards
* New Student Satellites Announced by India and University of Colorado
* How's Satellite DX?
* Final Call: Remember to Nominate SKN Best Fist

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-010.01
AMSAT Adopts Accepted Use Policy For AMSAT Mail Lists

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 010.01
January 10, 2010
BID: $ANS-010.01

The AMSAT Board of Directors unanimously adopted an Accepted Use 
Policy for the AMSAT Public Mailing Lists on January 5, 2010. This 
policy takes effect immediately and applies to all those using the 
AMSAT mailing lists.

Following the October 2009 AMSAT Board meeting Gould Smith, WA4SXM 
AMSAT VP of User Services appointed a committee to develop a use policy 
for the mailing lists. The members of the committee did an outstanding 
job of putting together a document that is acceptable to all the com-
mitte members and was passed without change by the BoD. Thank you to 
the committee members: Stephen Belter, N9IP; Alan Biddle, WA4SCA; 
Mark Hammond, N8MH; Samudra Haque, N3RDX; and Paul Williamson, KB5MU.

The policy has been added to the AMSAT Web site and will be included 
as part of the process when applying to join any of the AMSAT mailing 
lists. The link to the PDF file can be found at: http://www.amsat.org

Acceptable Use Policy for the AMSAT Public Mailing Lists

Approved by the AMSAT BoD 5 January 2010

The AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) public mailing list carries 
general AMSAT information and discussion.  The purpose of this 
mailing list is to provide a forum for general discussion of any 
satellite-related topic.  

The Space Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) public mailing list con-
tains information and discussion pertaining to amateur radio opera-
tion on manned space missions, including the Space Shuttle, Mir 
(formerly), and the International Space Station.  The name is left
over from the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) aboard Space 
Shuttle flights.  It is now mainly concerned with ARISS operations 
aboard the International Space Station.
There are also regional AMSAT public mailing lists (e.g., AMSAT-DC, 
AMSAT-Florida, and AMSAT-NE) and numerous private mailing lists (e.g., 
Board of Directors, Officers, AO-51 operations, etc.).

Anyone can read the messages posted on any of the public mailing lists, 
and many people from around the world do so.  Our audience includes AMSAT 
members, board members, and officers.  At any given time, the readers may 
also include amateur radio operators, shortwave listeners, minors, poten-
tial financial donors, potential launch providers, officials from other 
amateur radio and satellite organizations, officials from international 
space agencies, and equipment suppliers and manufacturers. 

Since the archives of the public mailing lists are available on the 
AMSAT website, the contents of individual messages are easily found 
using common search engines. Because of this wide readership, AMSAT 
insists that messages posted on its public mailing lists conform to 
this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

Acceptable Content

We embrace diversity of opinions and values.  In order to preserve a 
constructive environment, we do insist that messages contain appro-
priate content and are respectful of the members and readers of the 
list. All posts should include the author's first name and call sign, 
or full name if not currently licensed.

In general, messages for the AMSAT mailing lists should be related to 
amateur radio satellites.  Examples of on-topic posts include:

+ Announcements of general interest, including but not limited to AMSAT 
  news, meetings, satellite availability, and DXpeditions.

+ Technical discussions, including the physics of space flight, modula-
  tion techniques, satellite design, RF path loss calculations, noise 
  figure, etc.

+ Inquiries and suggestions about choosing equipment, learning operat-
  ing techniques, and troubleshooting problems.

+ Discussion of AMSAT plans and policies in ways that foster better 
  understanding of the opportunities, trade-offs, and limitations that 
  AMSAT faces, and constructive suggestions for improvement.

+ Posting of amateur radio satellite-related equipment and software 
  available for sale.

Unacceptable Content

Strong disagreements on issues are inevitable, but the AMSAT mailing 
lists are not the place for exchanges which become spiteful, unproduc-
tive exchanges.  If  you must have a heated exchange, it should be 
conducted privately and not in public on a mailing list.

We define unacceptable content as anything that is:
+ Illegal
+ Insulting, abusive, harassing, or threatening
+ Knowingly false or misrepresentative

Enforcement of this AUP

Access to the AMSAT mailing lists is a privilege and not a right.  
While these rules cover most common situations, they cannot anticipate 
everything. Consequently AMSAT reserves the right to take any actions 
it deems appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused.

Violators of this policy may be subjected to manual moderation or have 
their ability to post messages suspended.  Violators may or may not be 
warned prior to enforcement.

If you feel that you've been unfairly blocked from the list, you may 
appeal your situation in writing to:

  The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
  Attention:  AMSAT-BB
  850 Sligo Avenue, Suite 600
  Silver Spring, MD 20910

Your letter of appeal will be forwarded to the VP of User Services and 
the Director of Electronic Communications for consideration.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors for the above information]


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AO-51 Spacecraft Reorientation Planned in January

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 010.02
January 10, 2010
BID: $ANS-010.02

AMSAT-NA VP Operations, Drew KO4MA says AO-51 is back in to it's 
normal configuration between January 4 - January 31:

FM Repeater, V/U
Uplink:   145.920 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.300 MHz FM (570 mw)

9k6 BBS and Telemetry
Uplink:  1268.700 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.150 MHz FM (450 mw)

Sometime in early January the AO-51 Operations Team plans to use 
the reversible magnet to reorient the spacecraft to the normal 
polarity favoring the northern hemisphere. 

Toward the end of January 2010 the schedule may allow for L/U voice 
configuration on the 435.150 downlink between telemetry collections. 
The AO-51 schedule will be updated when this mode becomes available:

Please address all AO-51 inquiries to the Operations Committee via 

[ANS thanks the AO-51 Operations Team for the above information]


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AMSAT at the Cowtown Hamfest - 15 & 16 January 2010

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 010.03
January 10, 2010
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Keith, W5IU reports that AMSAT will have a strong presence at the 
Cowtown Hamfest in Fort Worth, TX, on 15 and 16 January 2010. AMSAT 
will maintain a booth both days of the event. 

Also Douglas Quagliana, KA2UPW/5, will have two hours of forum time 
on Saturday afternoon to present an "Introduction to Amateur Radio 
Satellites" and monitoring the health of satellites by capturing and 
decoding telemetry. Douglas is very knowledgeable in both of these 
areas and is an excellent speaker. 

Live demonstrations of communications through the current satellites, 
including the new ones, will take place on both days.  

This Hamfest is sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Amateur Radio Club.  
Additional details are available at: http://www.cowtownhamfest.com/

[ANS thanks Keith, W5IU for the above information]


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AMSAT Awards

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 010.04
January 10, 2010
BID: $ANS-010.04

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce KK5DO says congratulations
are in order for these satellite operators earning awards this month:

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for 
making their first satellite QSO:

Luis Benvenutty, WP4NYY
Anotnio Barbieri, I0JOW

The following have earned the South Africa Communications Achievement 

Neven Nrdljas, 9A5YY #US140
Kent Frazier, K5KNT #US141

The following have earned the W4AMI Achievement Award (for 1000 

David Webb, KB1PVH #59

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO for the above information]


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New Student Satellites Announced by India and University of Colorado

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 010.05
January 10, 2010
BID: $ANS-010.05

A new Amateur Radio Satellite from India, named StudSat (STUDent 
SATellite) is slated for a March 2010 launch and will carry a 
camera capable of 90 metre resolution which will be used to perform 
the function of a remote sensing satellite and take images of earth's 

The satellite resembles a small cube of size (10 cm x 10 cm x 13.5 cm), 
weighing about 850 gm and has a volume of 1.1 litres. The satellite is 
intended to be launched in 700 km Sun-synchronous orbit on an Indian 
launcher. StudSat plans to use a 10mW CW beacon on UHF and also a half 
duplex 9k6 or 4k8bps FSK TC/TLM link with 1 watt output also on UHF.
This satellite has been coordinated by the IARU but the only frequency
information available at this time states that 437 MHz will be used.

Further information on StudSat can be found at

The University of Colorado at Boulder has been awarded $840,000 from 
the National Science Foundation for students to build a tiny spacecraft 
to observe energetic particles in space that should give scientists a 
better understanding of solar flares and their interaction with Earth's 

Scheduled for launch in 2012, the three-year grant to CU-Boulder's Labor-
atory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and the aerospace engineering 
sciences department involves the development of a 5-pound, loaf of bread-
sized spacecraft carrying a miniature instrument package to observe ener-
getic particles tied to "space weather" in the near-Earth environment.
This satellite has been coordinated by the IARU but no specific frequency
information is available at this time. 

[ANS thanks SouthGate Amateur Radio News for the above information]


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How's Satellite DX?

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 010.06
January 10, 2010
BID: $ANS-010.06

On January 8, 2010 Piraja, PS8RF worked Andre, ZS2BK via AO-7 (Mode B)
in a footprint limit 34 second time window. The distance between the
stations was 7694 Km. See the sound/video in youtube:

On AO-51 Piraja reports additional satellite DX with several contacts
with Hugo, EA8HB on Las Palmas Island with strong signals. On January 6
Piraja heard the N1EL calling him, which is 5579 Km from him.

On January 4 Bob, W7LRD copied 2E1EUB and MM5AJW on an AO-7 pass. Bob 
said it was the first time I heard anything other that Mika, OH8MBN. 
He invites European stations help him to stretch the AO-7 footprint. 

Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL reported FO-29 should come out of the eclipse soon.
JARL continues to test the satellite and an operating schedule may be 
announced soon.

Dave, KB1PVH noted this week that Perry, WB8OTH has now reached 6000 QSOs 
on the satellites. Nice job!

SA-AMSAT says SumbandilaSat has reduced its power level to 2.5 watts to 
conserve power for other operations related to the primary mission.
Initial reports from stations in Australia indicate that the reduction 
was  hardly noticeable and that the signals remain stronger than most 
other amateur radio satellites. The SO-67 schedule is published on-line 
at http://www.amsatsa.org.za.

The DX Newsletter DXNL 1657 - Jan 6, 2010 reported that XR9JA will be 
the callsign of Luis, XQ5CIE, Carlos, CE6UFF, Didier, F6DXE, and Dago-
berto, CE5COX, from Jan 10-24 for their DXpedition to the Chilean
naval base "Arturo Prat" on Greenwich Island belonging to the South
Shetland Islands (AN-010). Operation will take place in CW, SSB, PSK31
on 160m-6m and via satellite on AO-51. Their QSL manager is CE5JA (direct 
or via bureau) and more information is available online at: 

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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Final Call: Remember to Nominate SKN Best Fist

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 010.07
January 10, 2010
BID: $ANS-010.07

Many thanks to all who participated in Straight Key Night on 
OSCAR 2010. If you have not already done so, please take a 
moment to nominate someone you worked for Best Fist. Your nom-
inee need not have the best fist of those you heard, but only 
of those you worked.

Please send your nomination to Ray at w2rs@amsat.org. A list 
of those nominated will be published in an ANS bulletin in early 
February, and in The AMSAT Journal.

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS 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. And, for those of
you going to Cowtown, please keep in mind that when NASA puts a bunch of
Holsteins into low earth orbit it will be the herd shot around the world.

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA