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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.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:


In this edition:
* SKN Results
* ARRISSat-1 Update
* AO-11 Report
* AMSAT-DC Spring-Summer Workshop in planning
* 2 Notes from SA AMSAT
* ARRL Announces Teachers Institute TI-2 Space Curriculum
* Codec2 Alpha Release Demonstration
* ARISS Status - 31 January 2011
* AMSAT at the Orlanda Vacation
* Volunteer Request

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-037.01
SKN Results

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.01
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.01

Many thanks to all who participated in AMSAT's 
Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2011, this year's event 
held in memory of Dick Peacock, W2GFF.  Despite the 
frequent necessary power-management shut-downs of AO-51, 
activity was generally good, with AO-7, FO-29 and VO-52 
picking up the load.  A big "Well Done!" to all of 
the command stations. 
The following participants each received one or more 
"Best Fist" nominations:
As can be seen from the list, from its very modest, 
informal beginnings on the North American east coast 
AMSAT net in the 1970s, SKN on OSCAR is now a worldwide
 event.  Long may it continue, and we hope to
 see you next year!

A Big well done to Ray for once again giving his time and
Effort to compilation of the results and moderating the
Straight Key Night.
Ray, W2RS

[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-037.02
ARISSat-1 Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.02
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.02

The ARISSat team is anxiously awaiting the deployment of ARISSat-1 
from the ISS during an EVA on 16 Feb 2011.
NASA will cover the EVA on NASA Select TV.  We don't have a final 
time during the EVA when the deployment task will occur.
We are continuing to work on the arissat1.org site and adding 
information, people can also follow on Twitter  @Arissat1.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM, for the above information]


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AO-11 Report

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.03
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.03

 OSCAR-11 REPORT   31 January 2011

This report covers the period from 31 December 2010 to 31 January 2011. 
During this time the satellite has been heard from 31 December 2010 to 
10 January 2011, and from 21 January to 30 January . It is expected to 
switch-on again 10 February for ten days, and remain silent for the 
remainder of the month.

Excellent signals have been reported from stations located around the 
world, and good copy obtained from decoded telemetry frames.

The satellite is now transmitting during eclipses, although signals are 
weaker at those times. This indicates that there is still some capacity 
remaining in the battery.

The on-board clock is now very stable.  It gained eight seconds 
during January.

The VHF beacon frequency is 145.826 MHz.  AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry

Reception reports have been received from Christian SWL-CHMY, Mike DK3WN, 
Campo PY5JAP, Ron WB0SOK and Horatio CX8AF. Many thanks for those and to 
everyone who posted reports on the satellite status website.

At the present time, while OSCAR-11 is operating in a predictable way, 
I no longer need direct reports or files by e-mail. However, could all 
listeners continue to enter their reports on the general satellite 
status website. This is a very convenient and easy to use facility, which 
shows the current status of all the amateur satellites, and is of use to 
everyone. Reports around the expected times of switch-on and switch-off 
are of special interest, especially for times 12:00 - 17:00 and 22:00 - 
07:00 UTC, to when the satellite is out-of-range in the UK . The URL 
is http://oscar.dcarr.org/index.php

A longer version of this report report is available on my website, and 
new listeners to OSCAR-11 should read this for further information. 
The URL is www.g3cwv.co.uk/oscar11.htm .
This page contains a links to the longer report, a short audio clip to 
help you identify the satellite and a file of the last telemetry received. 
The website also contains an archive of news & telemetry data which is u
pdated from time to time, and details about using a soundcard or hardware 
demodulators for data capture. There is also software for capturing data, 
and decoding ASCII telemetry.

If you place this bulletin on a terrestrial packet network, please use the 
bulletin identifier $BID:U2RPT153.CWV, to prevent duplication.

73 Clive G3CWV   xxxxx@amsat.org (please replace the x's by g3cwv)

[ANS thanks Clive, G3CWV, for the above information]


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AMSAT-DC Spring-Summer Workshop in planning

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.04
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.04

AMSAT Maryland-DC Area Coordinator Pat Kilroy, N8PK invites East 
Coast satellite operators to participate with him to plan, organize 
and conduct the 2011 AMSAT-DC Spring (or summer) Workshop. Pat says
the focus of the event will be To BUILD AND TEST something.

"Something" may include a PICetSat II flight module, a SoftRock SDR
project, SDR Cube transceiver, a photovoltaic system battery charging 
regulator deep-cycle 90AH batteries, and the door is open for more

Such a workshop for any of these projects  will take nearly a whole 
day on which to make good progress. Pat is looking for a free or low 
cost meeting place. The free facility at Goddard Space Flight Center
in Greenbelt, Maryland is availble subject security screening such as
at the last Workshop.

Pat needs to know if there is enough interest? PLEASE RESPOND soon, 
by Tuesday, February 7, 5 PM, to amsat-dc@amsat.org list (preferred) 
or privately to Pat at n8pk@amsat.org. Pat hopes to hear from a great
team of volunteers! Please pass the word!

[ANS thanks AMSAT Maryland-DC Area Coordinator Pat Kilroy, N8PK for
 the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-037.05
2 Notes from SA AMSAT

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.05
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.05

*1 SA AMSAT Announces SAiSAT A Journey Into Tomorrow

This week SA AMSAT announced two new satellite initiatives. The first
is a long-term research and development project called SAiSAT.

The Southern Africa Amateur Radio Satellite Association (SA AMSAT) 
which is affiliated to other AMSAT groups around the world is pro-
posing an exciting satellite project and is inviting the partici-
pation of South African Universities  and Universities of Technology 
in the development and construction of a completely South African 
Amateur Radio experimental satellite.

The objective of this satellite is to demonstrate South Africa's 
ability to engineer a satellite, employing the latest technology, 
and new innovations. In addition to some feasibility projects for 
future commercial use. The aim of the project is to contribute to 
propelling South Africa into a world position as a technology 

SAiSAT is based on the CubeSat satellite design. SAiSAT plans to 
use fold out panel a total of 24 in all that support solar panel 
steering in order to capture the maximum energy available from the 
sun. The rear of the solar panels is free for project use. They have 
the potential to house 24 projects depending on size.

An additional research proposal is that the outer rim of each panel 
is fitted with pcb tracks in the form of a coil:
+ To generate additional power from the Earth's magnetic field. 
+ To torque stabilise the satellite against the Earths magnetic field. 
+ To give orientation data to resolve the attitude of the satellite.
+ Take additional unused power from the batteries and elevate the 	
  satellite into an every increasing orbit thus extending its use-
  fulness and orbital life.
+ Possible to create an 12 antenna arrary
  * Provide a steerable antenna array with gain, thus reducing 
    the necessary radio frequency power needed to maintain contact
    with earth.
  * Provide a radio Doppler system on board so the satellite can 
    confirm and report position, and supply the radial of interfering 
  * Provide a vital radio redundancy feature from antenna failure.
  * Provide static charge data.
  * Provide residual atmospheric density readings

SA AMSAT has issued an open invitation to tertiary institutions and 
individuals to participate in the project.  A project meeting is 
scheduled on Friday 25 March ahead of the annual Space Symposium 
which will take place the next day. Full details are posted at:

*2 SA AMSAT Announces Kletskous Amateur Radio Satellite Project

Project Manager Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP invites amateur satellite
operators world-wide to monitor the SA AMSAT web page for project
plans of the Kletskous satellite. (http://www.amsatsa.org.za)

Kletskous is a hands-on CubeSat aimed at promoting greater involve-
ment in satellite activity by South African Radio Amateurs. The first 
draft of a project plan will be available soon on the SA AMSAT web. 
Regular updates will be posted as the project develops.

Hannes is inviting interested persons to join the team. "We are par-
ticularly looking for radio amateurs with RF design experience, 
antenna design experience and software writing experience. Send 
your contact details and a short description of you technical 
background to saamsat@intekom.co.za.

[ANS thanks SA AMSAT and Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP for the above


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ARRL Announces Teachers Institute TI-2 Space Curriculum

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.06
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.06

ARRL Announces Teachers Institute TI-2 Space Curriculum

The ARRL Education Services Department has announced the 2011 
schedule for the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI) 

Offered through the ARRL's Education & Technology Program, the 
Teachers Institute is a four-day, expenses paid, in-residence 
learning opportunity designed for motivated teachers and other 
school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology 
and bring that knowledge to their students. 

A variety of topics are covered during the TI, including basic 
wireless technology literacy, electronics, the science of radio, 
radio astronomy, how to bring space into the classroom, ham radio 
operation, introduction to microcontrollers and basic robotics. 
While participants do not need to have an Amateur Radio license 
to attend the basic TI sessions, one is required for the advanced 
(TI-2) session.

TI-2 Space is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association. 
The TI-2 Space curriculum focuses on the nuts and bolts of setting 
up and operating a satellite ground station. This serves as excellent 
preparation for a scheduled contact with the ISS through the Amateur 
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. But it also 
provides instruction for continued use of satellites and other man 
made space assets to explore naturally generated signals, space and 
a variety of topics. Dates of the Institute are July 11-14, 2011. 
The application deadline is May 15, 2011.

The course will be 4 days: the first half will be setting up and 
learning to operate the ground station, the second half will be 
practice making satellite contacts and instruction in using space 
borne assets in the classroom. Participants will receive all the 
equipment necessary to set up a basic satellite ground station.  
They will participate in an antenna building party (an activity 
they can duplicate back home with their students). 

Though participants need not hold an amateur radio license to enroll 
in all other sessions of the TI, to be considered for a seat in TI-2 
Space, participants must possess at least a Technician class license 
at the time of application.  Priority for attending the TI-2 Space 
session will first be given to teachers who are signed up for an 
ARISS contact; second, to TI graduate teachers who have completed an 
ARISS contact; third to TI graduates who want to learn more about 
bringing space related activities into their classrooms.   

This session has a class limit of 8 participants, so apply early!
Full information and applications are on-line at:

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


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Codec2 Alpha Release Demonstration

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.07
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.07

Codec2 Alpha Release Demonstration

If you attended the 2010 AMSAT Space Symposium you heard the talk 
by Bruce Perens, K6BP about the Codec2 Project, the open-source, 
low-bit rate voice codec that is being led by David Rowe VK5DGR.

Bruce, VE9QRP recently completed an internet bitstream concact 
with Paul, ZL3IN using an alpha-level release of Codec2. Bruce 
made a  video of the conversation using the actual audio of the 
digital audio. You are invited to view/listen to the Codec2 dem-
onstration at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k-nhHE6CrI

This demonstration is running at 2500 bps. Bruce wrote, "We're
aiming for 2400 bps with Forward Error Correction, it could make 
satellite voice communication comprise a smaller bandwidth, offer-
ing less demanding downlink systems. Because it is open source, 
the codec could even be implemented in the satellite, perhaps to 
provide voice-encoded telemetry for a FUNcube-like project of the 

The Codec2 site is http://www.rowetel.com/blog/?page_id=452

The source files of Bruce's conversation with ZL3IN, and many 
ancillary Codec2 materials are available on his blog:

[ANS thanks Bruce, VE9QRP for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 31 January 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.08
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.08

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 
Status Report January 31, 2011

1. Upcoming School Contacts

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact
Arsaniq School in Kangiqsujuaq, Wakeham Bay, Quebec, Canada on Monday, 
January 31 at 19:26 UTC was successful via telebridge station LU8YY in 
Argentina will handle the radio connection. Students have learned about 
the ISS through videos, the internet and guest speakers.

Collge Joseph Chassigneux, located in Vinay, France, was completed on 
Tuesday, February 1 at 07:02 UTC. Through this activity, teachers hope 
to expose students from mostly rural villages to the outside world. In 
French class, students have written articles for the school magazine 
about life on the ISS as well as items about their preparations for the 
radio contact. They have learned technical terms in English, built CW 
circuits in Physics and have studied continents and countries in Geography. 
Amateur radio operators plan to discuss the technical aspects of the 
contact with the youth.

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was 
completed with Buehl-Realschule Dornstadt in Dornstadt, Germany on
February 2 at 07:32 UTC. Students have been introduced to wireless 
technology and have participated in related hands-on activities. In
workshops have been planned which will teach about the challenges faced in 
space travel.  

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was 
scheduled and completed for Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, San Diego, 
California on Thursday, February 3 at 17:12 UTC. Through projects and 
hands on activities, students have been learning about electromagnetic 
waves, astronomy and other space-related topics.  

2. Paolo Nespoli Speaks with Marco da Melo Students via ARISS 

Istituto Comprensivo "Marco da Melo" in Mel, Belluno, Italy took part in 
an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on 
Tuesday, January 25. 
Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZJPA answered the students' 21 questions over 
two ISS passes and exchanged greetings with the audience. Nearly 250 
students, teachers and visitors were in attendance for the contact.  
Regional television RAI and local media and newspapers covered the event. 
Video streamed over the internet received over 50 connections.  
The ARISS contact was the featured event of a curriculum covering 
telecommunications, electrophysics and telegraphy.  

3. Successful ARISS Contact with Polish School

On Wednesday, January 26, astronaut Cady Coleman, KC5ZTH participated in an 
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with
ages 15 - 18, from Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace Nr I im. Stanislawa Staszica in 
Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland. Coleman answered 20 space-related questions

posed to her by the youth. Approximately 150 students, teachers and guests 
were on hand for this event which was covered by several media outlets.  
In addition to the required science curriculum, the school sponsors 
astronomy and amateur radio clubs as well as featured activities such 
as this ARISS contact, in order to stimulate students' scientific interests.

4. Nelson County Area Technology Center Sponsors ARISS Contact

On Friday, January 28, on-orbit astronaut Cady Coleman, KC5ZTH took part 
in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact 
with Foster Heights Elementary School students in Bardstown, Kentucky. 
Nelson County Area Technology Center students operated the amateur 
radio equipment during the pass during which Coleman answered 16 
questions. An audience of approximately 100 people attended the event, 
including a representative from the Kentucky Department of Education. 
Television stations and newspapers covered the contact. To view the 
Kentucky Standard article, go to: 

5. Civitavecchia, Italy Students Radio ISS

The primary school "Alessandro Cialdi" in Civitavecchia, Italy 
participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station 
(ARISS) contact on Saturday, January 29.   ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, 
IZ0JPA answered 17 questions posed by the students from "Autorit Portuale" 
in Civitavecchia (Port authority of Rome) where an audience of nearly 
200 students, teachers, visitors and media gathered for the contact. 
Before the ISS call, ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF 
introduced the event with a presentation on the ARISS program.  
Regional and local media and newspapers covered the event and the 
video, streamed on the internet by AMSAT-Italia, received 60 connections.

6. AMSAT - ARISSat-1 Delivered to the ISS

On January 27, ARISSat-1 was launched on Progress 41P and arrived at the 
ISS on Saturday, January 29.  The satellite is expected to be deployed 
during a Russian EVA on February 16.  The January 30 AMSAT (Radio Amateur 
Satellite Corporation) News Service bulletin (ANS-030) included an 
update on ARISSat-1. "ARISSat-1 Arrives at the International Space 
Station" may be found at:  

The AMSAT Web site has also been revised to include the latest 
information on ARISSat-1 with links to several news stories covering 
the satellite.  See: http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/index.php

7. ARRL Story on ARISSat-1 Launch

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran an item on the launch of 
ARISSat-1 aboard Progress 41P.  See: 

8. Amateur Radio Newsline Covers ARISS

On January 28, the Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1746 posted an item, 
"ARISSat-1 Set for Trip to the ISS" under its heading Ham Radio in 
Space. See: ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News/news.txt

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


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AMSAT at the Orlanda Vacation

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.09
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.09

AMSAT Will Be at the Orlando Hamcation February 11-13

AMSAT VP Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA reminds everyone that 
the Orlando Hamcation is just a week away, and AMSAT will be there 
in force. Here are the details of the hamfest ...

   Orlando HamCation 2011
   February 11, 12, 13
   Central Florida Fairgrounds
   Orlando, Florida 32808
   Friday: Noon to 6pm
   Saturday: 9am to 5pm
   Sunday: 9am to 2pm

AMSAT has a forum scheduled Saturday from 1:45 to 3:15, and this 
year it is INSIDE! ARISSat-1 will be one of the main topic of dis-
cussion. The ARISSat-1 engineering model will be on display, and on 
the air. Drew will have a FUNcube Dongle Pro on display and in use.
Tune your HT to 145.950 MHz to copy the FM downlink transmitting
live from the hamfest.

AMSAT will also have live satellite demonstrations, ranging from 
simple handheld/portable operations, to fully automated systems. 

Drew is also planning on having materials on hand for new members 
to build their own CJU 435 MHz antenna, for free as incentive to 
join and support AMSAT.

To make this all happen, we need your help. Orlando has become 
AMSAT's busiest hamfest behind Dayton, and we need current members 
to assist in the booth. If you can help answer questions and talk 
up the amateur satellite program, please consider putting in a 
few hours behind the table. Drop Drew an email at ko4ma@amsat.org, 
and let him know when you can come by and help out!

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the above information]


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Volunteer Request

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 037.10
February 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-037.10

Volunteer request
The ARISSat-1 team is looking for volunteers to manage the QSL operations
ARISSat-1. There will be recognitions for voice, CW, SSTV, telemetry and
Word reception reports. We expect to have participation from many students
classes worldwide. Please contact Gould at wa4sxm at amsat dot org if you
help us with this part of the project.

[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM, 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