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[jamsat-news:2953] ANS-107 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:

* Come See AMSAT at Dayton Hamvention 2011
* Satellite Grid Opportunities From Mexico
* UK Marconi Day Special Events Station Plans Satellite Operation
* AO-51 Operational Again After Short Glitch
* Reminder: AMSAT at National Air and Space Museum's Space Day
* AMSAT France Disbands
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-107.01
Come See AMSAT at Dayton Hamvention 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 107.01
April 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-107.01

The 2011 Dayton Hamvention will be held this year May 20-22. AMSAT
will have new hats, golf shirts and tee shirts.  Also featured will
be a free "gift" with every new or renewing membership.

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 infor-
mation about the talk can be found on the AMSAT Web site, 2011 Ham-
vention, 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.

The AMSAT block of rooms at the Fairborn Country Inn & Suites are now 
closed. Please make your own accommdations for Hamvention 2011.

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


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Satellite Grid Opportunities From Mexico

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 107.02
April 17, 2011
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David XE3DX recently posted that he will be operating from
EK08, EK09, EK18 and EK19 from April 17th to the 30th.
These are grids that you don't hear very often so if you
are chasing grids, be on the lookout and please give David some
room. Also heard on AO-51 from EK18 was XE1SOV.

David uses LOTW, so if you make a contact you'll be able to get
confirmation without sending for a card. If he doesn't get your
call right, there will be no match in LOTW.

[ANS thanks David XE3DX and John K8YSE for the above information]


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UK Marconi Day Special Events Station Plans Satellite Operation

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 107.03
April 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-107.03

On Saturday, April 30, 2011 two members of the Barry Amateur Radio 
Society, South Wales, UK will be activating a Marconi Day Internation-
al Special Event Station from Flatholm Island located in the Bristol 
Channel. They plan to operate on many of the HF bands and amateur satel-
lites when access is possible. They will be using the club callsign 
GB4MBC. Operation from Flatholm Island is subject to weather for landing.
Additional information will be posted at QRZ.com.

[ANS thanks Ken Eaton, GW1FKY for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-107.04
AO-51 Operational Again After Short Glitch

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 107.04
April 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-107.04

This week the AO-51 Command Team received reports that AO-51 was down.
Mark N8MH, AO-51 Command Station noted, "Eclipses are still getting longer, 
and the sun angle is getting worse too. It probably has experienced a low 
battery trip." The AO-51 Command Team requests that users post their oper-
ational information on the OSCAR Status Page: http://oscar.dcarr.org/

The good news was that AO-51 resumed operation in time for Steve, KJ4FEL
to make his first satellite contact. Steve wrote, "AO-51 was working fine 
for the 2158Z, 4-13-2011 pass over my QTH (EM95md) during which I made my 
FIRST successful satellite QSO ever with K8YSE. Thank You K8YSE!!"

Heard from Mark, N8MH, "People like you are the reason that Drew KO4MA and 
I dropped what we were doing to run home from work early today to turn AO-51

back on. We're happy to hear about your first QSO!  Congrats."

Keep up with the latest AO-51 Control Team News on-line at:

[ANS thanks Mark, N8MH for the above information]


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Reminder: AMSAT at National Air and Space Museum's Space Day

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 107.05
April 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-107.05

Dave Taylor, W8AAS says that, "The Smithsonian National Air and Space
Museum has invited AMSAT to organize displays and activities at Space 
Day to be held on Saturday, 7 May from 10:30 to 3:00 at the Air & Space 
Museum on the National Mall."

Dave would like to hear from anyone who has space-related amateur radio  
artifacts, posters, activities or anything else they'd like to display.
Also needed volunteers who can staff our tables (either all day or any 
part), help with setup and tear down, and various other tasks. 

There are always lots of interesting exhibits to visit and visitors to 
talk with, so attending is fun and it helps promote ham radio.

ARISS will have various flight-type hardware on hand and also expects  
a radio contact with ISS.

To sign up contact Dave via e-mail: w8aas@amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dave Taylor, W8AAS for the above information]


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AMSAT France Disbands

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 107.06
April 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-107.06

Reports have been received that AMSAT France appears to have disbanded. 
According to a notice published in France URC News on Monday April 11th, 
21 leaders present at an Extraordinary General Assembly of AMSAT France 
voted over the weekend of April 9th to dissolve the organization.

The actual vote is reported as 11 votes in favor of going out of business 
and 10 in favor of continuing.  A short news release gave no reason for 
this decision. The original press release, in French is on line at:

[ANS thanks the URC News Site for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 107.07
April 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-107.07

+ William Shatner narrates a look back at how the idea for the space 
  shuttle was born; it also details what needs to happen for a space 
  shuttle mission to take place. Watch the video at:

+ NASA has a downloadable poster showing Fun Facts About the Space 
  Shuttle Orbiters posted at: http://tinyurl.com/6kblwea

+ Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 30th Annual 
  ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 
  16-18, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. These papers will also be pub-
  lished in the Conference Proceedings (you do NOT need to attend the 
  conference to have your paper included in the Proceedings). The sub-
  mission deadline is July 31, 2011. Please send papers to: Maty Weinberg, 
  ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. You can make your submission 
  via e-mail to: maty@arrl.org 

+ Luis, LU6QI continues to report stretching the AO-7 footprint with a 
  DX contact with Bob, N3LL in SSB Mode B on April 5, 2011, covering a
  distance of 6914.6 km. Luis also contacted Adrian ZF8/ZF2AE a few days 
  before, covering more than 6000 km. Luis wrote, "I am QRV for other 
  stations who would like to attempt a QSO either in SSB or CW. My grid 
  locator is FF66TQ. My mail is lu6quintas@gmail.com".

+ Hams like science so you will be interested in learning some quick 
  facts about NASA's next-generation space telescope. NASA has created 
  a short video to show you just how literally "cool" the James Webb 
  Space Telescope really is. In a 4 minute video produced at NASA's 
  Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., astrophysicist Amber 
  Straughn takes you on a quick journey of facts and images to explain 
  what the Webb will tell us about the cosmos. Watch the video at:
  http://tinyurl.com/3ze2ulq (Spacedaily.com)

+ The 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held Novem-
  ber 4-6 at the Wyndham San Jose in San Jose, California. The AMSAT 
  Board meeting will be at the same hotel on Thursday and Friday Novem-
  ber 3 - 4.  A special hotel rate for attendees has been negotiated 
  that includes free WiFi, parking and airport shuttle. 

[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 keep
in mind the ham who was the drummer in an orchestra. When he missed a 
beat the conductor commented that players who cannot follow notes have
their instrument taken away and are given two sticks so they can be the
drummer. The drummer was heard mentioning that when you cannot play the
drums they take away one of the sticks and make you the conductor.

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA