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[jamsat-news:2824] ANS-136 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 Forum at Dayton - News of Amateur Radio in Space
* Reminder: The Dayton $5000 Challenge Extended to September 1
* Two More Astronaut Hams
* IARU Publishes Revised Requirements for the Amateur Satellite Service
* Venus Bound UNITEC-1 Amateur Radio Forum Web Pages Established
* AMSAT-India Reports Several University Cubesats Under Development
* Vietnamese CubeSat Under Development
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT Forum at Dayton - News of Amateur Radio in Space

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.01
May 16, 2010
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This weekend was the Dayton Hamvention and one of the features 
included the 2010 AMSAT Forum on Saturday, May 15 from 11:15 am 
to 1:30 pm. See the list of topics introduced by AMSAT Board 
Member Alan Biddle, WA4SCA:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW, AMSAT President, presented the "AMSAT Status 
Report" as a mid-year update about  what is happening within AMSAT.
Barry highlighted current activities within AMSAT and discusses some 
of the challenges facing the organization.

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations, told attendees about
"AMSAT Satellite Operations and International Satellite Operations". 
Drew discussed operational AMSAT satellites and updates on new and 
future International Satellites.

Mike Forsythe, AC2V, Team Leader of the successful K4T DXpedition
spoke about "Integrating Satellite Operations into DXpeditions". Mike
discussed how to have satellite operations as a major part of DXpedi-
tions,involving youth and making it all work on green power!

Gould Smith, WA4SXM,AMSAT VP User Services, and AMSAT Project Manager 
for ARISSat-1 spoke on "Getting ARISSat-1 Ready to Fly". Gould's talk 
covered the current status of the satellite project, testing and the 
delivery of two satellites to Russia in July.

Alex Harvilchuck, N3NP, Systems Engineer with IBM, and the NextGen 
CubeSat Program Manager reported progress on the "NextGen CubeSat 
Program Update". A team of Binghamton University engineering students 
have been modifying the power systems from ARISSat-1 for use in a 3U 
CubeSat, with a U/V linear transponder, for AMSAT.

Watch for more AMSAT news from Dayton in future ANS reports!

[ANS thanks AMSAT Team at Dayton for the above information]


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Reminder: The Dayton $5000 Challenge Extended to September 1

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.02
May 16, 2010
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The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) will match one-for-one any 
donations made to AMSAT between now and September 1, 2010 up to a maxi-
mum of $5,000. Please support "Getting AMSAT Back into Space" and help 
us raise the funds needed for our next satellite project.

AMSAT's Project "Fox" is a cubesat that will provide a 2 meter-70 Centi-
meter FM transponder that will match the ground performance of AO-51. 
You can send your donation to: AMSAT, 850 Sligo Ave #600, Silver Spring 
MD 20910. If you prefer, you can call Martha at the AMSAT office (US 
call toll free at 888-322-6728 or 301-589-6062) and contribute with a 
credit card.

We will be accepting 'Getting AMSAT Back into Space' donations at 
various hamfests where AMSAT has a presence, including the Hamvention. 
You can also make contributions online in the AMSAT Store: 

[ANS thanks Martha at the AMSAT Office for the above information]


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Two More Astronaut Hams

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.03
May 16, 2010
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The ARISS Status Report this week says two more astronauts have 
received their Amateur Radio Licenses.  

Ron Garan of Expedition 27 completed testing for his amateur radio 
license and has been issued KF5GPO.
Kevin Ford has been issued the callsign of KF5GPP and is currently 
training  for a future expedition crew assignment.

Andre Kuipers had an ISS amateur radio review session on May 4 in 
preparation for his tour on the ISS as part of the Expedition 30 crew. 
Don Pettit will join him as part of that crew.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


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IARU Publishes Revised Requirements for the Amateur Satellite Service

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.04
May 16, 2010
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In preparation for frequency allocation negotiations the IARU has pub-
lished a full specification at http://www.iaru.org/ac-09spec.pdf

Items of interest to the Amateur Satellite Service include:

+ An allocation for the Amateur Satellite Service is sought in the 
  50-54 MHz range to bridge the gap between 28 MHz and 144 MHz. 

+ The Amateur Service requires retention of the existing allocations 
  in the 420-450 MHz band and opposes new uses by other services or 
  low-power devices except where sharing or compatibility studies 
  have been satisfactorily concluded. Because of the crowding of the 
  existing band 435-438 MHz with unmanned amateur satellites and 
  manned space stations, it is desirable to study expansion of the 

+ The Amateur Service seeks retention of the band 1240-1300 MHz. The 
  Amateur-Satellite Service seeks retention of the band 1260-1270 MHz 
  and deletion of the "Earth-to-space only" restriction. 

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]


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Venus Bound UNITEC-1 Amateur Radio Forum Web Pages Established

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.05
May 16, 2010
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As reported previously, on May 17 Japan's Space Agency JAXA plans to 
launch its Planet-C Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" mission to Venus. 
Also aboard will be UNITEC-1, a 15 kg, 35cm cubed nano-satellite devel-
oped by twenty-two universities and colleges of UNISEC (University 
Space Engineering Consortium).

UNITEC-1 be inserted into a Venus encounter trajectory and will become 
the world first university satellite which goes beyond Lunar orbit. The 
main mission of UNITEC-1 is to perform technological experiments of 
on-board computers and test long-range, inter-planetary communication 
using amateur radio frequencies:

Downlink Frequency: 5840.000MHz, band width 20MHz
Transmission Power: 4.8W/antenna, 9.6W total
Antenna:	        2 Microstrip patch antennas
Modulation:	        AFSK/FM 1200bps during LEO flight 
                    CW 1bps during Interplanetary flight
Callsign:           JQ1ZUN

UNITEC will rely heavily on amateur radio stations around the world
to receive its microwave downlink signal. The team has created an 
Amateur Radio forum which is planned to evolve into a site for the
latest information as well as provide a path to upload received data.
See: http://sites.google.com/site/unitec1ops/amservice

Software to aid in the tracking of the satellite and decoding the
received telemetry is posted at:
This includes the Initial Orbit Estimation Sheet, Unitec 1 Orbit 
Estimation, and Receiving Data Analyzer

A forum to upload received UNITEC-1 data is under construction at:

Many additional details are available on the UNITEC-1 Operations page:

The UNITEC-1 team will use a special version of Spectran, that pro-
duces a log file of all the frequency peaks found. This will allow 
them to do an offline analysis. You can download this special ver-
sion of Spectran from I2PHD, Alberto's site:

[ANS thanks the UNITEC-1 Team and Alberto, I2PHD for the above 


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AMSAT-India Reports Several University Cubesats Under Development

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.06
May 16, 2010
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AMSAT-India attended the first Indian Small Satellite Systems Con-
ference at ISRO Bangalore. VU2POP reported that 26 univerities in
India have established amateur radio clubs and are in various stages
of Amateur Radio Satellite development.

VU2POP wrote, "As of now most of the university satellites are either 
digital with only beacon downlink and no voice transponder. AMSAT 
India has two linear tranponders ready. We are asking ISRO for a higher 
orbit to cover a larger foot print and longer pass duration for future
AMSAT-India satellites".

As a reminder, on VO-52's 5th Birthday the HAMSAT team and ISTRAC has 
requested user feedback from the Amateur Radio community. Send your 
feedback to Mani, VU2WMY at wmy@isac.gov.in or vu2wmy_mani@yahoo.com.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-India Technical Director, Pop VU2POP for the above


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Vietnamese CubeSat Under Development

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.07
May 16, 2010
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News has been received from Vu Trong Thu, XV9AA, in Hanoi of a 
Vietnamese 2U CubeSat under development. Thu wrote, "We hope to 
complete the F-1 satellite by the end of 2010 and launch it to 
Sun-synchronous, 98 deg inclination LEO. At the moment we are 
negotiating with several launch providers to find a way into 
orbit but the high launch cost is really an issue. If we can 
solve the budget issue, we'll be ready to launch our cubesat 
in 2011."

The satellite carries several low-resolution cameras to take photos 
of the Earth along with temperature and magnetic sensors to study 
space environment. Some of the project goals for the F-1 satellite
+ Students to learn about aerospace engineering. 
+ Demonstrate the application of COTS products to reduce cost and 
  time developing a small satellite.
+ Survive in space environment for at least a year.

The satellite will use amateur VHF and UHF frequencies. The IARU has
coordinated at downlink frequency of 437.485 MHz to support a 1200 baud 
AX.25 telemetry link. The F-1 satellite will also transmit a beacon us-
ing a modulated Morse code audio signal on FM carrier when it is not in 
range of the earth station in Hanoi. In case of emergency, DTMF tones 
can be used to control the satellite to some extent. The satellite also 
carries a COTS transceiver (using UHF frequency) from Microhard Systems 
to experiment with higher data transmission speed.

A breadboard model of the satellite has been built and the communication
link has been tested at a range of 50km. The team is now working on the
Engineering Model of the satellite and more tests are planned including 
shock, vibration and thermal tests.

The F-1 team leader Thu can be reached at: thuvt@fpt.com.vn
Their web page is at: http://fspace.fsoft.com.vn/

[ANS thanks Thu, XV9AA for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.08
May 16, 2010
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+ This week the ISS activated SSTV over Europe for the MAI-75 experi-
  ment. If you have received images please send them via the ARISS SSTV 
  submission page: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/SSTV/submit.php
  Also see the ARISS SSTV gallery page:

+ NASA Science News says a unique sky view will be visible as Venus 
  and the Moon are gathering for a sunset conjunction on Sunday, 
  May 16th. On that night, the ISS is going to be flying over many 
  US towns and cities. And if space shuttle Atlantis launches on 
  schedule people could witness a rare meeting of the shuttle, sta-
  tion, Venus and the Moon. Details and observing tips may be found 
  in the story from Science@NASA: http://tinyurl.com/334954k

+ Congratulations to Bobby, KF4GTA for being selected to participate 
  in NASA's STS-132 Tweetup from the final launch of the space shuttle 
  Atlantis which took place on Friday, May 14. Bobby's tweets were
  published at: http://www.twitter.com/kf4gta

+ UniverseToday has posted a very interesting video hosted by Astro-
  naut Mike Massimino about what he describes as, "This is the deepest, 
  darkest secret about spaceflight. People always ask us about UFOs 
  and aliens, and we've got nothing for them. But they don't know about 
  this!" Watch at: http://tinyurl.com/25gdzxq  (UniverseToday.com)

+ The Camb-Hams DX'Pedition to Harris 2010 operated on satellites. They
  have a video of us assembling the HyGain 2m and 70cm OSCAR antennas 
  on a 2 inch mast at about 12 feet. Watch - How To Build Satellite 
  Antennas in 30 Seconds at http://tinyurl.com/23mmvww  (SouthGate ARC)

+ Henk Hamoen PA3GUO has made available some videos about Amateur Radio 
  CubeSats. See: http://tinyurl.com/2gybunt (SouthGate ARC)

+ A YouTube video shows how to use WebSDR which enables you to receive 
  the LF and HF amateur radio bands via a web controlled receiver that 
  supports multiple users. WebSDR is a free website that anyone can use 
  to receive short wave ham radio. It will function on SSB and CW modes.   
  Watch at: http://tinyurl.com/23ol4j7 (Please click the quality button 
  and raise it to 720p before making the video full screen to see all 
  the details. The WebSDRs can be found on-line at: http://www.websdr.org.

[ANS thanks everyone 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, with that
please keep in mind the radio amateur who was LED to believe it was a 
good time for this humor: His friends were shocked and their stomach
did flip-flops but he soon rectified the situation and that phase soon
passed. We were no longer choked up and encountered no more impedance
to our progress.

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA