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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:
* Getting Ready for ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V Operation
* Call For Articles - Brief Author's Guide to the AMSAT Journal
* DX & Rare Grids
* Reminder: The DARA Matching Gift Challenge
* Satellite Shorts
* ARISS Report

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-184.01
Getting Ready for ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V Operation

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 184.01
July 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-184.01

Getting Ready for ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V Operation

Here are some reminders to help you get your station ready for
operation. Your 2-meter FM radio or HT will work well to receive the FM
voice messages 
and SSTV on the
145.950 MHz downlink.

You will need a SSB-capable receiver to copy the BPSK telemetry beacon, the
CW beacons, 
and the linear transponder passband.

Read about the details ...

145.950 MHz FM Downlink:
FM transmissions will cycle between a voice ID as RS01S, select tele- metry
values, 24 international 
greeting messages in 15 languages and SSTV images. One of the messages will
be a conversation 
between Yuri Gagarin and ground control.

435 MHz - 145 MHz Linear Transponder:
The linear transponder will operate in Mode U/V (70 cm Up, 2m Down).
It is an 16 KHz wide inverting passband and the convention will be to TX LSB
on the 435 MHz 
uplink and RX USB on the 145 MHz downlink. This mode is designed to work
with low power 
transmitters and omni antenna.

145.919 MHz/145.939 MHz CW Beacon:
The CW transmissions will be callsign ID RS01S, select telemetry, and
callsigns of people actively 
involved with the ARISS program.

145.920 MHz SSB BPSK-1000 Telemetry:
The BPSK transmissions will feature a new 1kBPSK protocol developed by Phil
Karn, KA9Q to be 
readable in low signal level conditions. 
The BPSK data will transmit satellite telemetry.
The ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V BPSK-1000 downlink is transmitted in SSB mode on
145.920 MHz. When 
the CW2 beacon on 145.919 MHz is active this indicates that the BPSK-1000
format is being transmitted. 
If the CW1 beacon on 145.939 MHz is active this indicates the backup of
BPSK-400 format is being transmitted.

Transmitting at 100 mW, both BPSK rates include Forward Error Correction
(FEC) and it is expected that
 modest quarter-wave antennas with low-loss coaxial cable will provide
sufficient signal strength for 
decoding and display by the ARISSatTLM software.

Download the Windows ARISSatTLM free ground station soundcard demodulator
and display software: 

Download the Mac ARISSatTLM software:

The ARISSatTLM software user guide is available:
http://tinyurl.com/42uhtyf (amsat.org)

Get your color ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V Frequency Guide:
http://tinyurl.com/4t497t2 (amsat.org)

ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V Presentation Slides (~1MB) http://tinyurl.com/4n4pzkm

[ANS thanks the ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V Team for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-184.02
Call For Articles - Brief Author's Guide to the AMSAT Journal

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 184.02
July 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-184.02

Call For Articles - Brief Author's Guide to the AMSAT Journal

You are invited to share your amateur radio in space ideas and experiences
with fellow 
satellite operators.  
The AMSAT Journal, a bi-monthly publication of AMSAT-North America, brings
you  the
 latest information  in satellite mission planning, satellite- related
hardware design and
 construction, satellite-related
 sof- tware design and implementation, and amateur radio earth station

There are plenty of opportunities for you to share your ideas and experience
across all 
Did you homebrew a successful antenna?  Which setup did you use for your
first satellite
con- tacts?  A brief write-up and photos are appreciated by everyone!

Do you have ideas about future amateur radio space missions?  Can you
describe unique 
aspects of a particular orbit and the equip- ment needed to make it work?
Simply type out 
your ideas on your computer and send them in.  Let the AMSAT Journal
editorial team do the
clean up and formatting for you.

Its easy to send your article to the AMSAT Journal e-mail box via
 There is no need to do any special formatting on your submission because
the final layout 
format is driven by the magazine's typesetting software.  All you need to
include is:

+ Your text in MS-Word or plain text format Graphics saved in separate 
+ files (jpg, gif, tiff)

(Actually, an MS-Word file with embedded graphics is the most diffi- cult
format to typeset.)

If you have any questions, or need some help feel free to contact the
editors at the AMSAT
 Journal at journal@amsat.org.  One of us will get back to you as soon as we

Ed Long, WA4SWJ Editor-in-Chief
Tim Lilley, N3TL Assistant Editor
Bill Hook, W3QBC Assistant Editor

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Journal for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-184.03
DX & Rare Grids

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 184.03
July 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-184.03

+ Listen for Eric W4OTN, Amanda KI4IWS, Robin WA4WPD, Bill KG4CXY
  on July 29 to August 1 as they activate N4I from Core Banks Barrier
  Island (IOTA NA-067, USi NC033S, WLOTA 0596), Pamlico County, North
  Carolina. They will participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest. Outside of
  the contest they plan to be active 80-10m CW and SSB. Operation on 6m
  and satellites is being planned as well. QSL W4OTN via the bureau or
  direct at the address on QRZ.com. (rsgbiota.org)

+ Paul, 2E1EUB will be operating mobile on AO-7 and other satellites
  from the Islands of Harris and Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland
  for about 2 weeks between July 2-11. During this trip Paul will also
  be mobile in northern Scotland and the Island of Skye. He will also
  post information on his QRZ.com callsign lookup for 2E1EUB.

[ANS thanks Eric, Amanda, Robin, Bill & Paul for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-184.04
Reminder: The DARA Matching Gift Challenge

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 184.04
July 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-184.04

Reminder: The DARA Matching Gift Challenge

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) has announced a fund raising
 for AMSAT whereby they will match on a 1:3 basis up to $5,000.00 for
donations made in 2011. 
That is, for every $3.00 that AMSAT raises, DARA will provide $1.00 up to a
maximum of $5,000
 donated by DARA. 

AMSAT kicked off the fundraising campaign at the Hamvention, where donations
began count 
against this goal. Please consider making a donation to AMSAT at Hamvention
or anytime this 
Spring as we strive to meet this goal. 

We appreciate DARA's support for AMSAT and see this as an opportunity for
donors to increase
 the impact of their donations by taking advan- tage of this matching

[ANS thanks AMSAT Headquarters for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-184.05
Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 184.05
July 3,  2011
BID: $ANS-184.05

Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The dates for the July Hudson Valley Satcom net are July 7
  and July 21 at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 4).
  You can tune in via the 146.970 MHz Mt. Beacon repeater,
  PL 100.0 or via EchoLink on the N2EYH-L node. More info
  is available at: www.hvsatcom.org (Stu, WA2BSS)

+ NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory posted an 11-minute animation
  depicting key events of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission,
  which will launch in late 2011 and land a rover, Curiosity, on
  Mars in August 2012. Watch on-line at: 
  http://tinyurl.com/6bx2g3r (nasa.gov)

+ AMSAT can be found on Facebook at:

+ Luis, LU6QI continues to enjoy success with the fine art and
  science of stretching the AO-7 footprint. He reports DX con-
  tacts with Louis, KD5GM on CW on AO7 Mode B, June 22 for a
  distance of 7631 km. Luis had a DX contact with Allen, N5AFV,
  on June 24 via CW on AO7 Mode B for a distance of 7644 km.

+ Nader ST2NH appeared on Ashorooq TV to describe the University of
  Khartoum Cubesat project - KN-Sat1. The 11 minute interview was in
  Arabic and can be seen on the Southgate ARC News Website at:
  http://tinyurl.com/66lab38 (Southgate)

+ John, K8YSE posted Field Day recordings for AO-51, AO-27 and SO-50
  on his website: http://www.papays.com/sat

+ AMSAT has received the sad news of the death of Leanore Guimont,
  KA6UCD, the wife of Dave, WB6LLO. For many years no Symposium
  would be complete without the Dave and Leanore "jewelry" contest. 
  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave. He has requested no cards
  or email be sent.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-184.06
ARISS Status - 27 June 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 184.06
July 3, 2011
BID: $ANS-184.06

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Status Report June
27, 2011

1. Japanese Contact Successful

On Tuesday, June 21, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact was 
held between Nankan 4th Elementary School in Tamanagun, Kumamoto,  Japan and
astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, KE5DAW. There was a delay in making contact, but
once established, 
the students got in nine questions. This unique activity supplemented lesson
plans about amateur 
radio technology and the International Space
 Station mission.   An audience of approximately 100 attended the event
which was covered 
by 5 newspapers and 5 television stations, including NHK (Japan Broadcasting

2. ARISS International Team Teleconference Held 

The monthly ARISS International Team meeting was held on Tuesday, June 21.
Topics covered
 included the upcoming ARISS Face to Face meeting in October and a status on
the ARISSat-1 
satellite, designated KEDR in Russia.  Minutes have been
posted: https://www.rac.ca/ariss/arisstel2011-06-21.htm

3. News of U.S. ARISS Proposal Process Distributed

The NASA EXPRESS message sent on June 16 included an item on ARISS contact
for U.S. schools using the new proposal process. Also made aware of  these
opportunities were
other U.S. education organizations such as Solar System Ambassadors, Space
Grant  Community,
 INSPIRE, WISH, Endeavor Fellows and the Museum Alliance.

4. Astronaut Training Status 

Don Pettit, KD5MDT, and André Kuipers, PI9ISS, were given an ARISS preflight
session on June 22.  
The two astronauts hope to participate in ARISS contacts during their flight
with Expedition
30 which will launch in November 2011.

5. ARISS Items in ARRL Letter 

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) ran two ARISS items in its June 23
ARRL Letter.  
The first story is about the astronauts who recently passed their amateur
radio Technician  exams 
and were issued call signs. This piece is titled "NASA Astronauts and
Astronaut Candidates Earn 
Amateur Radio Licenses."  The second item is titled "Field Day from Space:
 International Space Station Could be Active for ARRL Field Day."  Both
stories may be viewed at:

6. AMSAT Covers ARISS Proposal

The AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) News Service June 26
(ANS-177) included another announcement about the new ARISS proposal process
for U.S. schools.
 "July 15 Deadline to File ARISS Contact Proposals" may be found here: 

[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, 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
 will be eligible to receive additional benefits.
 Application forms are 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