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worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in
designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital
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In this edition:
* ARISSat-1 Operations on 12 April 2011
* Celebrate Yuri - ARISSat-1 Activation
* AMSAT Gets Ready for Dayton Hamvention 2011
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Recent School Contacts

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-093.01
ARISSat-1 Operations Possible 11-13 April UTC

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.01
April 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-093.01

The ARISSat-1 satellite, presently still inside the ISS, will be turned on and
use an external antenna from the afternoon of 11 April UTC through the morning
of 13 April to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first manned
space flight. More specific times will be announced as they become available.
AMSAT will support this event and issue 
certificates to those stations reporting
reception of the ARISSat-1 signals. Roscosmos has announced that the satellite
will be deployed into orbit during the next EVA in July of this year.

The release of a development version of the 
BPSK/CW decoding software next week.
Schedule specifics of the 12 April operation transmissions are not available
yet. These will be posted on the AMSAT and ARISSat1 web sites and in ANS when

The transmissions on the 12th will see ARISSat-1 in low power mode, this means
40-60 secs on, 2 minutes off. It should be a challenge to find and tune the CW
signal then decode some BPSK data during the short on times. This mode was
developed to be used when the batteries are low or the satellite is in eclipse.
During this even data and information will be collected to improve the BPSK
demodulating, decoding and display software. Those with the FUNcube Dongle and
SDR-IQ and variants are encouraged to record the wideband transmissions to help
us better understand the signals and improve the ground station software.
Information on where to send the recordings will be available on the AMSAT and
ARISSat1 Web sites.

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


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-093.02
Celebrate Yuri - ARISSat-1 Activation

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.02
April 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-093.02

RSVP MANDATORY - April 12 is bringing us the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's
space flight - as well as (hopefully!) an activation of ARISSat-1.

Clint Bradford, K6LCS, invites those in the Mira Loma, CA area to come and have
some fun that night!

The party Web site URL is

There will be exclusive videos to share (even one from Bill Nye, the Science
Guy!), history to relate, and - if all works well (grin) - Clint will record
celebratory transmissions from the International 
Space Station and amateur radio
satellite ARISSat-1 at 5AM that morning to show you all while you are here!
(There's another great pass of the ISS at 9:41PM - but that's technically April
13 GMT... )

Let's use this date to promote everything we've been working on for years: the
ham radio hobby, AMSAT, and the future of manned space travel.

RSVP MANDATORY - So we'll know how many goodies to have on hand! Send an email
as soon as you can, please! FAMILY- AND CHILDREN-FRIENDLY! (No pony rides, but
they can pet noses of our horse and donkey!)

Appetizers, soft drinks, a little wine, and miscellaneous munchies will be
served. Prizes, handouts, and freebies to all. The rumor that an official "Yuri
Gagarin Commemorative T-Shirt" being given away as a door prize has been ...

Bring a light jacket - in case we try to work the 9:41PM pass. S'mores and fire
pits outside? OF COURSE! Rain or shine ...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 6PM to 10PM
Clint and Karen Bradford's house
5085 Trail Canyon Drive
Mira Loma CA 91752
909-241-7666 - Clint cell
Email - clint@clintbradford.com

[ANS thanks Clint, K6LCS, for the above information]


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AMSAT Gets Ready for Dayton Hamvention 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.03
April 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-093.03

The 2011 Dayton Hamvention will be held this year May 20-22. This
year featured AMSAT attractions include:

+ Operational ARISSat-1 Prototype
+ Astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, will be attending as a special
   guest of the ARRL and AMSAT. Doug will visit the AMSAT booth on
   both Friday and Saturday.
+ AMSAT theme for 2011 is "Providing Education Through Amateur

Check out AMSAT's Hamvention posted at ...
for the latest events:

+ AMSAT theme for 2011 is "Providing Education Through Amateur

+ ARISSat-1

+ AMSAT Thursday Night Get-together

+ AMSAT Forum

+ AMSAT/TAPR Banquet

This is the 60th year of the Dayton Hamvention, sponsored by DARA
(Dayton Amateur Radio Association). As has been the case for the
many years the Hamvention will be at the Hara Arena Complex on the
north side of Dayton. Further information on Hamvention 2011,
including advance ticket sales and motel accommodations, can be
found at http://www.hamvention.org.

AMSAT will occupy the same booths (444-449) in Ball Arena, right
across from the ARRL area and just inside the door from the Satel-
lite Demonstration area. Plan to visit all of the AMSAT activities!

The fifth annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be Friday night May 20 at the Kohler
Presidental Banquet Center. The Banquet speaker will be  David Rowe, VK5DGR
talking on The Village Telco. Additional 
information about the talk can be found
on the AMSAT Web site, 2011 Hamvention, Banquet page.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Go to the Dayton
Banquet 2011 link:
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/hamvention/2011/Banquet.php to find
information about reservations and additional information.

AMSAT has only a few rooms left in the reserved block at the Country
Inn & Suites in Fairborn, OH. Please contact Martha at the AMSAT
office for room price and availability during Hamvention. Priority
for rooms will be given to those volunteering to work in the AMSAT
booth for multiple 2 hour shifts during Hamvention. The phone
number for the AMSAT office is 301-589-6062. Other hotels in the
immediate area of the Country inn & Suites include the Fairfield
Inn, Ramada Inn, Hampton Inn, Fairborn Holiday Inn, Red Roof Inn
and the Homewood Suites if additional accommodations are needed.

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


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-093.04
Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.04
April 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-093.04

+ Look for Bryan, KL7CN to be active in a holiday-style DXpedition
   on the FM satellites from various Caribbean locations starting
   Sunday, April 3. Bryan will start /KP4 from San Juan, and then
   operate /MM from as many grids as we can, followed by J6/ from
   St. Lucia, then as V25CN from Antigua, then as a very special
   FS/PJ7 operation from the border monument on St. Martin, then
   /KP2 from St. Croix, and finally again as /KP4.

+ A video of the March 26 launch of an Amateur Radio near-space
   balloon by the Old Towne Middle School in Ridgeland, MS is now
   available at: http://tinyurl.com/42ufohw (Southgate)

+ Two videos of the Amateur Radio satellite SwissCube are now
   available at: http://tinyurl.com/3uqlhn4 (Southgate)

+ Russia's Elektro-L weather forecasting spacecraft captured a
   stunning view of the Moon over the Red Sea region of the Earth.
   It can be viewed at:http://tinyurl.com/4ajwqs5 (UniverseToday)

+ NASA is offering you a chance to vote for your favorite tunes
   to be played as the wake up song during the STS-134 mission, which
   is currently scheduled to launch on April 19, 2011. Voting will
   be open until mission launch day. You can find the list and listen
   to the songs and cast your vote at:

+ Austin, Texas Fox News coverage of the ARISS school contact with
   the Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas is posted at:

+ AMSAT's Keeper of the Keps, Ray Hoad, WA5QGD reported this week,
   the following two changes have been made to the KEP distribution:
   1. FAST1-2 has separated into FAST1 and FAST2. Each now has its
      own set of KEPs as FAST1 (cat# 37227) and FAST2 (cat# 37380).
   2. The Cat# of NANOSAIL-D (listed in the KEPs as NANOSALD) has been
      corrected from Cat# 37225 to Cat# 37361 per Spacetrack website.
   You can subscribe to the AMSAT Keps mailing list at:

+ Congratulations and welcome home to Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC on the completion
   of a two month sea voyage where he provided dozens of wet-grids from
   his maritime mobile operation. Jim says he is working on getting his
   logs together and post a trip wrap up in a few days once he gets the
   numbers compiled. Jim wrote, "Thanks for helping to make the two-month
   voyage a memorable one!"

+ Luis, LU6QI reported continued success in stretching AO-7's footprint
   with a Mode B contact on March 26 with Sebastian, W4AS for a distance
   of 6715 km.

+ Tetsu, JA0CAW has posted three videos showing the AMSAT-UK FUNcube
   SDR Dongle being used to receive satellites:
   1. Using FUNcube Dongle with DK3WN satcontrol_fcd software, SDRadio
      software, and Delfi-C3 RASCAL software to decode telemetry:
   2. FUNcube Dongle receiving AO-51 satellite:
   3. FUNcube Dongle receiving UO-11 satellite:

+ Dave, KB1PVH is heading up the July 4th 13 Colonies Special Event.
   He is in need of satellite operators from NH, CT, NJ, and most
   likely RI. If you are from one of those states and want to be a part
   of the event email Dave directly at: kb1pvh@gmail.com  More infor-
   mation of the 13 Colonies Special Event can be found on-line at:

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Recent School Contacts

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 093.05
April 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-093.05

On Wednesday, March 23, Paolo Nespoli, IZŘJPA spoke with students from Istituto
Comprensivo di Verano Brianza – Scuola Media in Italy via an Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Nespoli, an alumnus of the
school, exchanged greetings with the youth and answered 15 of their questions.
Approximately 250 students, teachers and guests 
were on hand for the event which
received regional and local media coverage.  The contact supplemented course
studies emphasizing astronautics, astronomy, radio techniques and English.

Students from two schools in Italy, Istituto Comprensivo “G. Manzi” and
Istituzione Scolalstica “Saint-Roch” jointly 
participated in an Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli,
IZŘJPA on Saturday, March 26. The activity was part of a curriculum
concentrating on space, technology and human spaceflight.  Nespoli fielded the
students’ 34 questions over 2 consecutive ISS passes as 400 students and
visitors gathered for the event.  Regional and local media reported the event.

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


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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA