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[jamsat-news:2979] ANS-198 AMSAT 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.

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In this edition:
* ARISSat-1/KEDR Activation Planned; Deployment Update
* DARA Fund Challenge Reminder
* Special Event Station: Celebrating the Flight of Liberty Bell 7
* Terrestrial APRS Golden Packet Test 24 July 2011
* 2011 AMSAT Symposium and Annual Meeting
* Free Sample Edition of OSCAR News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status - 11 July 2011

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ARISSat-1/KEDR Activation Planned; Deployment Update

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 198.01
July 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-198.01

ARISSat-1/KEDR Project Manager Gould Smith, WA4SXM said this week the latest
status, discussed during the International ARISS 
teleconference Sergey Samburov,
RV3DR announced the ARISSat battery will be charged late July and a test of the
system will be conducted on the ISS from 1915 UTC 
30 July to about 1200-1400 UTC
31 July.

During the test ARISSat-1 will be in LOW power mode, this means that it will
transmit about 40 seconds and then shut down for 
2 minutes and then transmit for
40 seconds, etc. The standard ARISSat-1/KEDR 2m downlink band plan should be
transmitted. Additionally, the FM signal also downlinked on 437.55 MHz.

As to the date of deployment, Gould summarized, 
"The deployment date for ARISSat
is still subject to change. As of July 14 we are looking at a 3 Aug 2011 date
for EVA 29 and the ARISSat-1/KEDR deployment. The 
ARISSat/KEDR deployment is the
first task of the EVA, so it will occur fairly soon after the EVA begins. We
will let everyone know more as we know more."

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. See the next news item for pointers to get
your station ready to receive the SSTV images.

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/KEDR 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

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/KEDR Frequency Guide:
http://tinyurl.com/4t497t2 (amsat.org)

ARISSat-1/KEDR Presentation Slides (~1MB)
http://tinyurl.com/4n4pzkm (amsat.org)

ARISSat-1/KEDR Dayton Presentation Slides
http://tinyurl.com/6zrfmzv (amsat.org)

Follow ARISSat-1/RadioSkaf-V on Twitter:
In USA you can also text 'follow Arissat1' to 40404 with your
cell phone. (leave off the quotes).

[ANS thanks ARISSat-1/KEDR Project Manager Gould Smith, WA4SXM for
  the above information]


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DARA Fund Challenge Reminder

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 198.02
July 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-198.02

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) fund raising challenge
for AMSAT continues 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 program.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Headquarters for the above information]


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Special Event Station: Celebrating the Flight of Liberty Bell 7

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 198.03
July 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-198.03

The 50th Anniversary of the Flight of the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft
by astronaut Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom will be celebrated by the Hoosier
Hills Ham Club.  This, by activating special event station W9GUS on
Saturday, 23 July 2011.

The station will be located in Spring Mill State Park at the Grissom
Memorial near Mitchell Indiana. Operation will be 10 am to 4 pm Central
U-S Daylight Savings Time with stations on 40, 20 and possibly 6 meters.

Gus Grissom was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and
a United States Air Force pilot.  He was the second American to fly in
space and the first astronaut to fly in space twice. Grissom along with
fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee died during a pre-launch
test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral on 27 January 1967
when a spontaneous fire broke out in their command module.

[ANS thanks Amateur Radio NewslineT Report 1770 - July 15 2011
  for the above information]


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Terrestrial APRS Golden Packet Test 24 July 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 198.04
July 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-198.04

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR invites you to join in the terrestrial annual
APRS Golden Packet attempt on Sunday 24 July Noon to 1600 local
time. During this test Bob needs you and your D700 to drive/hike
to the top of some of the highest mountains in the USA and set up
as a portable APRS digipeater to see if we can link a Golden Packet
across thousands of miles.

There is an attempt along the Appalachian Trail from Alabama to
Maine and along the Pacific Crest trail from San Diego to Seattle.
Good portable stations are needed on many mountain tops!

See these web pages for the details:
EAST COAST: http://www.aprs.org/at-golden-packet.html
WEST COAST: http://aprs.org/pct-golden-packet.html

[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR for the above information]


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2011 AMSAT Symposium and Annual Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 198.05
July 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-198.05

The 2011 Symposium hotel and registration web pages are now available on the
AMSAT web site. The Symposium will be held in San Jose, CA November 4-6. The
hotel selected is the Wyndham San Jose, close to the airport. Additional
information about the 2011 AMSAT Symposium will be posted on the web site as it
becomes available.

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


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Free Sample Edition of OSCAR News

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 198.06
July 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-198.06

AMSAT-UK have made available a free PDF of the Spring 2011 edition
of their newletter OSCAR News.

It contains reports on four UK CubeSat projects currently being devel-
oped. News of new South African CubeSats and details of the telemetry
on ARISsat-1/KEDR currently scheduled to be deployed from the Inter-
national Space Station in August.

A printed copy of OSCAR News is posted to members each quarter.

Membership of AMSAT-UK is open to anyone who has an interest in Amateur
Radio satellites/space activities, including the ISS. You do not have
to have an amateur radio licence to join, many of our members are inter-
ested in listening to satellites and decoding the telemetry.

Read the OSCAR News PDF at

Join AMSAT-UK at

AMSAT-UK Colloquium July 30-31 Guildford

AMSAT-UK: http://www.uk.amsat.org/

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 198.07
July 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-198.07

+ SO-67 has returned to operation after recovery from a cosmic ray
   upset. Operation over Australia, New Zealand, Japan is planned
   for July 18-31. The latest details are posted at:

+ 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)

+ The next date for the July Hudson Valley Satcom net is 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)

+ Heads up this August 5-7: Be sure to look for W1AW/5 operating on
   all available satellites from Taos, New Mexico during the 2011 ARRL
   Rocky Mountain Division Convention. http://www.2011convention.org.
   More information can also be found on Ollie's AB1JO QRZ page:

+ A new free sample edition of RadCom is now available to read on-line
   or download from the RSGB website. The sample RadCom is available in
   digital magazine format for reading on-line (Flash plug-in required).
   For those who would like to save the magazine to their computer, a
   24MB PDF version is available: http://www.rsgb.org/sampleRadCom/

+ Dave, KB5WIA plans a grid-expedition to the rare grid squares in
   California's Lost Coast. If all goes well, he plans to be active
   from the grid intersection of CM79, CM89, CN70, and CN80 on Sunday
   August 7th and Monday August 8th. His plans include operating via
   as many linear and FM bird passes as available. Dave will post
   more information in his blog at: http://tinyurl.com/6z5xpjx

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 11 July 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 198.08
July 17, 2011
BID: $ANS-198.08

1. Japanese Contact Successful

On Friday, July 8, students from the Matsumoto 
School for the Visually Impaired,
Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan participated in an Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) contact with on-orbit astronaut Satoshi Furukawa KE5DAW.
An audience of approximately 40 people listened as eight students got in one
question each before the ISS went over the horizon. Media coverage included 5

The school, founded in 1912, currently has an enrollment of 29 students of all
ages, that all have one or more disabilities. By participating in this NASA
educational program, students have become more interested in space and
international communication.

2. Status of ARISS U.S. Proposal Process

ARISS has received 100 inquiries about the U.S. proposal process for contacts
that will be scheduled during the January  July 
2012 time frame. Proposals have
started to come in and may be submitted until the deadline of July 15, 2011.
Another window of opportunity for U.S. schools and organizations to submit
proposals will open later in the year.

[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
Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are
available from the AMSAT Office.

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA