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[jamsat-news:2981] ANS-205 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins (Re-transmission)

Retransmission due to formatting problem of earlier release.


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:
* EVA for ARISSat-1/KEDR Deployment Planned for August 3
* AMSAT Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail
* Satellite Awards
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium to Activate Station for ARISSat-1/KEDR Test
* 2011 AMSAT Symposium and Annual Meeting
* 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium First Call for Papers
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARRISat-1 PCSAT32 Doppler info
* AMSAT-UK Joins Response to DCMS Spectrum Plan Affecting Satellite Band
* ARISS Status - 18 July 2011

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EVA for ARISSat-1/KEDR Deployment Planned for August 3

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.01
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.01

Gould summarized, "As of July 22 we are looking at an August 3, 2011
date for EVA 29 and the ARISSat-1/KEDR deployment, subject to change 
due to ISS schedules. The preliminary Russian EVA-29 timeline shows 
the ARISSat-1/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."

The ARISSat-1/KEDR battery is scheduled to be charged 24 hours begin-
ning 24 July at 09:45 UTC. A test of the satellite inside the ISS is 
scheduled to run from 1900 UTC on Saturday, July 30 and turned off at 
14:30 UTC on July 31.

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 

145.919 MHz/145.939 MHz CW Beacons
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. When the CW2 beacon on 
145.919 MHz is active this indicates that the BPSK-1000 format is be-
ing transmitted. If the CW1 beacon on 145.939 MHz is active this the 
backup of BPSK-400 format is being transmitted.

To find the links to the ARISSatTLM software for Windows and Mac, 
SSTV software for Windows and Mac, and ARISSat-1/KEDR technical data 
please go to http://www.amsat.org.

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


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AMSAT Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.02
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.02

The AMSAT Office has mailed the 2011 Ballot for the AMSAT Board of
Directors. The deadline for the receipt of your ballot in Silver 
Spring, MD is September 15, 2011.

Four director's terms expire this year:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX

The 2011 AMSAT Official Ballot for the Board of Directors includes
these  nominees (alphabetically by last name):

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Steve Coy, K8UD
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK

The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be
seated as  full Board members for two year terms. The two candi-
dates receiving the next highest number of votes will be seated as 
alternate Board members for one year terms.

A statement and biographical information from each candidate is
included in the ballot mailing for your review. Your vote is 
important and is one of the privileges of AMSAT membership.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Headquarters for this information]


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Satellite Awards

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.03
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.03

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO observed
this week, "Normally I am able to wait 4-6 weeks before posting a 
list of AMSAT awards. However, something must have gotten in the 
water and in the past few days the awards have sky rocketed."

Bruce noted the effort of Matt, N8MS, at the ARRL Teacher's Insti-
tute 2, where 8 ham teachers worked their first satellite contact. 
They are included in the list below. Congratulations to all!

The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club 
for making their first satellite QSO.
+ Pam Kalafice, KD8MUC
+ George Wheeler, W7LX
+ Thomas Maxwell, AE5QB
+ Jerry Taylor, AC0PF
+ Stephen McClune, KB3FKO
+ Larry Brim, KI6FBT
+ Jackie Smith, KJ4SVQ
+ Larry Kendall, K6NDL
+ Samuel Saladino, NW9T
+ Walter Lemons, AE5IT
+ Stephen Reinen, N8BP
+ Lee Olson, N9LO
+ Thomas Talley, KA9QPG

The following have earned the AMSAT Communications Achievement Award.
+ George Henry, KA3HSW, #540
+ Brandon Rasmussen, K7BBR, #541

The following have earned the South Africa Satellite Communications 
Achievement award.
+ George Henry, KA3HSW, #US169
+ Brandon Rasmussen, K7BBR, #US170

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org

[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO
 for the above information]


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AMSAT-UK Colloquium to Activate Station for ARISSat-1/KEDR Test

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.04
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.04

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, 
Guildford, GU2 7XZ, England will be taking place during the acti-
vation of ARISSat-1/KEDR. 

Members of AMSAT-UK hope to be active during the ARISSat-1 tests 
from the GB4FUN communications module situated in the Holiday Inn 
parking lot. See GB4FUN: http://www.gb4fun.org.uk/ 

It is intend to use the GB4FUN station equipment to listen to the 
various ARISSat-1/KEDR signals. In addition they will be experi-
menting with the use of FUNcube Dongle software defined radios to 
receive the ARISSat-1/KEDR signals with a variety of different 

The Colloquium is open to all Radio Amateurs and SWL's. Either day 
passes or full packages comprising overnight accommodation and meals 
are available. For futher information see: 

BATC and AMSAT volunteers will be streaming video of the event live, 
enabling it to be seen around the world.

Clearly a webcast cannot match actually being there, with the oppor-
tunity to chat to satellite builders and inspect space hardware, but 
if you can't get to Guilford then the webcast provides the next best 

The webcast will be at http://www.batc.tv

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA for the above information]


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2011 AMSAT Symposium and Annual Meeting

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.05
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.05

AMSAT announces the 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held on Friday, 
November 4th through Sunday, November 6th in San Jose, CA. This annual 
gathering will feature:

+ Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
+ Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
+ Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members (Nov. 3-4)
+ Meet Board Members and Officers
+ Annual General Membership Meeting
+ Annual Banquet-Keynote Speaker and Door Prizes

The 2011 Symposium hotel and registration web pages are now available 
on the AMSAT web site. You may register for the Symposium and Annual
Banquet at the AMSAT Store: 

The hotel selected is the Wyndham San Jose, close to the airport. The
AMSAT discount rate is $79.00+taxes per night. The reservation block
code when calling the hotel directly is "AMSAT". The hotel telephone
number is 408-453-6200. If you are making reservations on-line use 
1031FSJAM for the group code. The direct link to the hotel web page 
is: http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/SJCAP/main.wnt

If you are planning to book a room on dates other than November 2, 
3, 4, 5, you will have to call the hotel directly and ask for *in-
house reservations*. You can get the $79 rate 3 days before and 3 
days after the above dates but you cannot book the room on their 
website. Any problems, give Martha a call at the AMSAT Office:

Additional information about the 2011 AMSAT Symposium will be posted 
on the AMSAT web site as it becomes available.

[ANS thanks the 2011 Symposium Committee for the above information]


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2011 AMSAT Space Symposium First Call for Papers

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.06
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.06

This is the first call for papers for the 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium 
to be held Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th at the 
Wyndham San Jose Hotel, San Jose, California. 

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster presentations 
are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite community. 

We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, 
with final copy submitted by October 1, 2011 for inclusion in the 
printed proceedings. 

Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV, at: 

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV for the above information]


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ARRISat-1 PCSAT32 Doppler info

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.07
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.07

The deployment of ARRISat-1 is approaching. Here is a collection of
data on the various modes for use in configuring SATPC32. Note that 
you will need to  tweak the sideband frequencies slightly to account 
for rig calibration and other issues, as usual, but these should be 
close. You can paste  these in the DOPPLER.SQF file, but before you 
do, please read on!  


Since ARISSat-1 will be deployed by a gentle push from the ISS by 
Cosmonauts, the ISS Keps will be good until separate Keps are re-
leased by Space Track. One way to handle the transition is to change 
the Doppler information slightly:


Paste the ARISSat-1 data as desired, and also paste the ISS version 
of the data into the DOPPLER.SQF file after the regular ISS data. For 
the final test aboard the ISS, and initially  after deployment, select 
ISS tracking, and then select the desired ARRISat-1 frequency data at
the end of the list in the CAT window.  

After the ISS and ARISSat-1 are far enough apart that independent Keps
are available, you can begin using ARISSat-1 as a separate object by 
adding it to the objects you track in the Satellites menu window. The 
satellite may be identified as ARISSat-1, but may well have some other 
designation which will be reported. If it is not ARRISat-1, then change 
the name in the first group above to that used in the Keps. They must 
agree exactly for SATPC32 to match the Doppler data with the satellite. 
(You can also use the AmsatNames.txt file, which is covered in the 
SATPC32 documentation.) You can then delete the extra ISS data if you 
wish. They won't hurt anything, but it will clean up the ISS CAT window.

[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.08
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.08

+ Congratulations to Ron, N8RO for attaining Satellite VUCC # 219!

+ Look for Makoto, JI5RPT to be active as JD1BLY from Chichijima 
  Island (IOTA AS-031) Ogasawara. Operation is planned for 40m to 6m 
  and Satellite CW/SSB/DIGI between August 1-7. QSL via JI5RPT. Web 
  based log will be found at: http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1/  and you are 
  also invited to monitor Twitter: http://twitter.com/jd1bly 

+ TP50, FRANCE. The "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC - 
  TP2CE) will be active as TP50CE during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 
  30-31). Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Euro-
  pean Social Charter. Operations are usually on all HF bands and modes, 
  possibly the satellites. QSL via F5LGF. An online log search will be 
  available at: http://ewwa.free.fr (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1019)

+ The Amateur Radio functions of the Tokyo university PRISM satellite 
  have been tested and it is hoped it will be generally available soon.
  It carries a beacon on 437.250 MHz and a data downlink on 437.425 MHz
  with a downlink power up to 3 watts.
  PRISM Web: http://www.space.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/prism/en/main.html
  Snapshot of decoding screen captured by Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL:

+ A 47 minute video of Space Shuttle Atlantis undocking from the 
  International Space Station can be viewed at UniverseToday.com
  Additional video can be viewed at: 

+ NASA released the videos taken from the cameras mounted on the 
  solid rocket boosters for Atlantis' launch for the STS-135 
  mission: http://tinyurl.com/6z3gohl (UniverseToday.com)

+ The schedules for Australasia and Eastern Asia for 18 - 31 July 
  are now on http://www.amsatsa.org.za. The next schedule starts
  on August 1 with the Americas.

+ The AO-7 footprint continues to be long according to Luis, LU6QI.
  He reports a successful AO-7 Mode B contact with Drew, KO4MA for
  a distance of 7062 KM. Luis invites more North American stations
  to attempt a contact via AO-7 Mode A or B, and FO-29. Contact
  Luis by e-mail to set up a schedule:  lu6quintas@gmail.com

+ Bill OM3BD/NZ5N operating from Grid JN88mf reported good conditions 
  on AO-7. He worked 10 stations, including KD8CAO, WB8TGY, and K8YSE.

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


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AMSAT-UK Joins Response to DCMS Spectrum Plan Affecting Satellite Band

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.09
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.09

The UK Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), a government
agency, consultation sought opinion on the release of 500MHz of public 
sector spectrum by 2020. The full UK Government document may be viewed 
on-line at:

A joint response from the RSGB, UK Microwave Group, AMSAT-UK and 
BATC is among the 31 responses to the DCMS consultation on releas-
ing public sector spectrum.

The response notes that the Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite ser-
vices successfully share spectrum with the current public services 
under consideration for reallocation. In regards to the proposed 
spectrum under consideration for reallocation the joint Amateur Radio 
response states that the 435-438 MHz sub-section is the largest 
active band for international amateur satellites.

RSGB, UK Microwave Group, AMSAT-UK and BATC invite further consulation
with the DCMS, "We would caution that any precipitous decision and un-
coordinated release would impair a raft of innovative activity that is 
aligned with many DCMS and other national goals. We therefore look for-
ward to further discussions with DCMS."

The joint RSGB, UK Microwave Group, AMSAT-UK and BATC response can be
read at: http://tinyurl.com/3stw6wn (culture.gov.uk)

All of the responses can be read at:

[ANS thanks the Southgate ARC News Site for the above information]


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ARISS Status - 18 July 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 205.10
July 24, 2011
BID: $ANS-205.10

1. Ottawa Contact Successful

On Thursday, July 14, the City of Ottawa Sports Recreation Camp in
Ontario, Canada took part in an Amateur Radio on the International 
Space Station (ARISS) contact. Telebridge station W6SRJ in Califor-
nia provided the connection. One hundred twenty-five students, twelve 
counselors and many parents were present for the  event and watched 
as the youth asked 16 questions of ISS crew member Ron Garan, KF5GPO. 
Global National (Canadian network) aired the story nationally and 
Your Ottawa Region posted an article on its site: 

2. ARISS-U.S. Receives Proposals for Contacts

The NASA Teaching From Space Office  received over 100 inquiries 
about the U.S. proposal process for ARISS contacts that will be 
scheduled during the January - July 2012 time frame. Twenty-five 
schools met the July 15 deadline and submitted proposals. The sel-
ection process will begin shortly. Another window of opportunity 
for U.S. schools and organizations to submit proposals will open 
later in the year. 

3. ARRL QST Posts ARISS News

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) included an ARISS item in its
August QST about ARRL at Hamvention, and highlighted Astronaut Doug 
Wheelock's participation, particularly with the youth activities. 

4. AMSAT Provides ARISSat-1 Status

The AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) News Service July 17
bulletin (ANS-198) included a status on ARISSat-1. The battery will 
be charged July 27 or 28 and a test will be conducted on the ISS over 
the weekend of July 30-31. Deployment is scheduled for August 3.  
"ARISSat-1/KEDR Activation  Planned; Deployment Update" may be viewed
here: http://amsat.org/pipermail/ans/2011/000532.html

5. Amateur Radio Newsline on ARISSat-1 Deployment

On July 15, the Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1770 included a status
on the deployment date of ARISSat-1. The story may be found under the 
heading "Ham Radio in Space." 
See: ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News/news.txt

[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,
Dee Interdonato, NB2F
nb2f at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA