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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:
* AMSAT Symposium Banquet Speaker Announced
* AMSAT Fox to Become Fox-1 and Fox-2
* Worked 5 in EM55 Award List Continues to Grow
* FO-29 Reaches 15th Birthday
* BPSK-1000 Test Files and Downlink SDR Passband Recording Available
* NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions
* Time Running Out On The DARA Matching Gift Challenge
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* ARISS Status - 15 August 2011

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.01 AMSAT Symposium Banquet Speaker Announced

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.01
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.01

The Symposium committee is pleased to announce that Lance Ginner, K6GSJ has
agreed to be our banquet speaker. 2011 is the 50th anniversary of  the first
amateur satellite in space (OSCAR 1) and Lance was part of the team that
developed that satellite.

We are also pleased to announce that Alan Bowker, WA6DNR has volunteered to take
over the reins for the 2011 AMSAT Symposium in San Jose, CA. Alan was kind
enough to step in for Herb Sullivan, K6QXB who had to resign this week for
personal reasons.

The Symposium and Annual Meeting will be held Nov 4-6 at the Wyndham San Jose
Hotel adjacent to the San Jose airport. See the AMSAT Web site for details,
reservation form and additional information.

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


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.02 AMSAT Fox to Become Fox-1 and Fox-2

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.02
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.02

The AMSAT Fox CubeSat project is being split into a complementary
pair of new CubeSats named Fox-1 and Fox-2.

Fox-1 will address the need to quickly develop and launch a replace-
ment for the ailing AO-51. Fox-1 will include an FM transponder pair-
ed with a simple IHU for telemetry and control and fitted to a basic
CubeSat space frame. This small and highly focused set of capabilities
will significantly reduce the time needed for satellite development
and construction allowing for a launch target in the second half of

The advanced technology, research and development work, started for
the original Fox satellite, will be continued and rolled into Fox-2
including the software defined transponder. With Fox-1 addressing
the immediate need for an AO-51 replacement, Fox-2 will instead be
designed for a linear transponder mission. A linear transponder
requires considerably more power so Fox-2 will also include
an advanced power system and a cutting-edge space frame with deploy-
able solar panels. Fox-2 will have a launch target in the 2015 time

There are still opportunities for developers interested in working
on these satellites especially in the areas of project management,
systems engineering, thermal and mechanical design, CNC machining,
circuit design, software development, system test and test equipment

If interested, please send email to Tony Monteiro, AA2TX@amsat.org

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice-President of Engineering, Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
 for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.03 Worked 5 in EM55 Award List Continues to Grow

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.03
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.03

In an effort to help increase interest in satellites, hams in the
Memphis, Tennessee area have created a new award for working five
(5) different hams via satellite in the EM55 grid.

You do not have to be in your home grid to count the stations
worked. There are several satellite ready hams in EM55. Here is
the current list of EM55 based satellite operators that we know
N4MGT and W5KUB.

Send your log to WA4NVM or WA4HFN for checking, along with your
current mailing address. The award is free and should any dona-
tions be sent, they will be forwarded to AMSAT along with
your call and name.

This award will be effective 1 June 2011, therefore, all contacts
must be on or after this date.

Here is list of the Worked 5 in EM55 awards:

WA4NVM - 1  KB0RZD - 6  KB1RVT - 11  KM9U -   16  NX9B -   21
WA4HFN - 2  W5KUB -  7  AC0RA -  12  K4FEG -  17  KC0YBM - 22
KI4OTG - 3  AJ5C -   8  K4YYL -  13  K7TRK -  18  N8MS -   23
K8YSE -  4  CO6CBF - 9  KB1PVH - 14  KF7MYK - 19  W5PFG -  24
N9AMW -  5  WC7V -  10  N8RO -   15  KI6YAA - 20

[ANS thanks Rick, WA4NVM for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.04
FO-29 Reaches 15th Birthday

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.04
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.04

Japan's FO-29 satellite passed its 15th birthday on August 17th.
Thanks to the careful power system management by the operating
team the analog repeater continues to function well.

Recent telemetry received from FO-29 shows:
Operational continuous analog bus voltage: 15 ~ 16.5V
Solar generation current: 1050 ~ 1450mA
Battery Voltage: 16.0 ~ 17.5V
Charging current: 70m ~ 110mA
Transmit Power: 500 ~ 900mW
Assemblies Temperature: 0 ~ 11.5 °
Battery Temperature: 10.5 ~ 11.5 °

The linear transponder can be accessed on these frequencies:

Uplink:   146.000 - 145.900 MHz
Downlink: 435.800 - 435.900 MHz
Beacon:   435.795 MHz

The FO-29 Blog is on-line at:
A google english translation of the blog can be found at:

[ANS thanks T.Oguro, JG1KOE on behalf of the FO-29 Control Team
 for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.05 BPSK-1000 Test Files and Downlink SDR Passband Recording Available

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.05
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.05

Even if your station does not have a 2 meter SSB receiver capable
of copying the BPSK-1000 telemetry downlinked on 145.920 MHz there
are recorded files allowing you to experiment with the ARISSatTLM
software and Software Defined Radio (SDR) techniques in an off-
line mode.

Download and install ARISSatTLM software from:
The ARISSatTLM Software Quick Start Guide remains available from
the link on the AMSAT front page: http://www.amsat.org. This guide
describes software installation, real-time signal reception, and
playback of recorded BPSK-1000 telemetry files.

AMSAT-DK has made several recordings of the BPSK-1000 beacon with
their OZ7SAT station. Start at:
Then select a particular pass and download the recording.  The files
are about 65 MB each. Their system starts recording about 90 seconds
before AOS and continues to a bit after LOS as calculated for their
location in Copenhagen. These recordings can be played back using the
ARISSatTLM software (Start Sound Card, Open WAV File).

Additionally, the Morse Code Decoder window in the ARISSatTLM soft-
ware also works on HF. Tune in a CW signal using the Tuning Indica-
tor window. The decoded CW will stream across the Morse Code Decoder

Recording of Full ARISSat-1/KEDR Downlink Passband Available
Mark, N8MH recorded several passes of ARISSat-1 using the Funcube
Dongle (FCD) Software Defined Receiver and the HDSDR program. The
resulting file from a 10 min pass, recording the whole FCD passband,
is about 250MB. Mark posted a file on the AMSAT FTP server at:

This file can be played back using the HDSDR software which you can
download from: http://www.hdsdr.de/ Mark's recording was made with NO
correction for Doppler. About a minute into the recording (click to
fast forward, back up, etc. you'll see signals--CW telemetry, the
BPSK telemetry, the linear transponder, and the FM voice channel.
Move around, change modes, listen, etc. You can back up to a previous
spot on the recorded signal at will, just with a click.

Mark noted additional experimental and classroom opportunities, "If
the bug really bites you, you can install Virtual Audio Cable (VAC)
and have HDSDR use it as the output, and then configure a decoding
program (like ARISSatTLM or MMSSTV) to decode telemetry and/or SSTV
pics using VAC as the input. It's neat. You can print SSTV without
tuning for Doppler on playback. Tuning for the BPSK telemetry will
require adjustment for doppler shift."

Steve Belter, N9IP has put together an excellent tutorial on setting
and using HDSDR especially with the FCD. Find it in the Yahoo group:
You can read the on-line discussions using the FUNcube Dongle SDR
by joining their yahoo group at:

Howard, G6LVB, creator of the FUNcube Dongle SDR wrote this week that
he has released a new firmware version to correct a bug in the USB
streaming code which produced clicking every few seconds for some
users. The firmware image is here:

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


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.06 NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.06
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.06

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on
rockets planned to launch between 2012 and 2014. These miniature
spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payload on pre-
viously planned missions.

CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites.
The cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long,
have a volume of about one quart and weigh less than three pounds.

Proposed CubeSat investigations must be consistent with NASA's Stra-
tegic Plan and the Education Strategic Coordination Framework. The
research should address aspects of science, exploration, technology
development, education or operations.

Applicants must submit proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST on
Nov. 14, 2011. NASA will select the payloads by Jan. 30, 2012. Selec-
tion does not guarantee a launch opportunity. The selected spacecraft
will be eligible for flight after final negotiations when a launch
opportunity arises. NASA will not provide funding for the develop-
ment of the small satellites.

NASA recently announced the results from the second round of the Cube-
Sat Launch Initiative. From the first two launch initiatives, 32 pay-
loads made the short-list for launch opportunities in 2011 and 2012.
They are eligible for launch pending an appropriate opportunity and
final negotiations. The satellites come from 18 states: Alabama, Alaska,
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachu-
setts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York,
Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia.

For additional information about NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative program,

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express - Aug. 11, 2011 for the above


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.07 Time Running Out On The DARA Matching Gift Challenge

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.07
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.07

Donate to AMSAT and DARA will contribute matching funds. The Dayton
Amateur Radio Association (DARA) fund raising challenge for AMSAT
continues until September 1, 2011. DARA will match $1.00 for every
$3.00 donated up to $5,000.00.

AMSAT kicked off the fundraising campaign at the Hamvention, where
donations began count for the challenge. Please consider making a
donation to AMSAT and have your effort multiplied. We appreciate
DARA's support for AMSAT!

Your donation will support our "Getting AMSAT Back Into Space"
campaign by providing needed funds for AMSAT Project Fox Cubesat
which will provide a 2M to 70cm FM transponder matching the per-
formance of AO-51.

+ On-line at the AMSAT Store:

+ You may click on the donation widget on our http://www.amsat.org
  web page.

+ You may call Martha at the AMSAT Office:
  From the US call toll free at: (888) 322-6728
  From all other locations call: (301) 589-6062
  and you can send a fax to:     (301) 608-3410

+ You can send donations by postal mail to:
  850 Sligo Ave #600
  Silver Spring, MD, 20910

[ANS thanks AMSAT Headquarters for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.08 Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.08
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.08

+ James French, W8ISS, Editor of the Weekly Satellite Report apologizes
  for problems with his e-mail over the past few weeks which may have
  prevented a few WSR bulletins from being transmitted by the list.
  James reports being able to e-mail the bulletin but problems with his
  ISP have appeared to prevent delivery to the re-mailer. This week's
  WSR-231 appears to have been successfully distributed.

+ AMSAT received the sad news that Mark Austin, KB1GVR, became a
  silent key on August 8. Graveside services were held on August 18
  in Ellsworth, Maine. Mark's obituary can be read on-line at:
  http://tinyurl.com/3bcrkg4 (BangorDailyNews.com)

+ Dove OSCAR 17 video - January 22, 1990, saw the launch of the DOVE
  Amateur Radio satellite sponsored by AMSAT-Brazil and lead by Dr.
  Junior Torres DeCastro, PY2BJO. DOVE, an acronym for Digital Orbit-
  ing Voice Encoder, carried hardware capable of reproducing digitized
  speech, or controlling a Votrax speech synthesizer and transmitted
  AX.25 packet on 145.825 MHz. Watch the video, showing historic still
  pictures of DOVE: http://tinyurl.com/3o87x4f (Southgate ARC)

+ P-POD grows up: A 6U Canisterized Satellite Dispenser was displayed
  at the recent Small Satellites conference that will allow larger
  CubeSats to be deployed. Traditionally much smaller P-POD's (Poly
  Picosatellite Orbital Deployer) have been used to deploy CubeSats.
  The 6U CSD standard allows CubeSats up to 12 x 24 x 36 cm weighing
  12Kg to be deployed and is shown in a video:
  http://tinyurl.com/3hjmrmf (Southgate ARC)

+ UniverseToday posted STS-135 Redux: Launch Tribute Video at:

+ AMSAT's Keeper of the Keps, Ray Hoad, WA5QGD reported this week that
  ARISSat-1 has been added to the KEP distribution. The Catalog # is

+ Christian Diemoz, IX1CKN/HB9EYT/KC2YXI, has published a history of
  SAREX experiments and operations on the DXCoffee.com website:

+ Video of the Atlas-V launch of the Juno mission to Jupiter has been
  posted at:

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-233.09 ARISS Status - 15 August 2011

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 233.09
August 21, 2011
BID: $ANS-233.09

1. Caribbean Youth Radio ISS

On Monday, August 8, children attending the Caribbean Youth Science Forum
(CYSF), a regional event sponsored by the National Institute for Higher
Education, Research, Science & Technology (NIHERST) and located in
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, participated in an Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Telebridge station LU8YY in
Argentina provided the radio connection. The youth interacted with Astronaut
Satoshi Furukawa, KE5DAW on the ISS, receiving answers to ten of their questions
about space. The contact was integrated into the CYSF which included lectures,
field trips, projects and debates that promoted science, technology and
innovation. The forum hosted 250 students this year from 6 countries. Newsday
reported on the contact: http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,145262.html

2. Italian Camp Contacts ISS

A successful Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact
was held between on-orbit astronaut Ron Garan, KF5GPO and the Youth Hostel “La
Foresta” in Perugia, Italy on Thursday, August 11 via station K6DUE in
Greenbelt, Maryland. Garan fielded 18 questions posed to him by the children.
The camp, organized by Panda Adventure in cooperation with ESA /ESRIN, focuses
on space education and provides activities such as field researches,
experiments, use of technical instruments, and games to explore the Earth and

3. ARISS-U.S. Reviews Proposals

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-four schools met the July 15 deadline and submitted
proposals. The U.S. Selection Committee is currently reviewing the proposals and
will select U.S. schools by the end of the month. Another window of opportunity
for U.S. schools and organizations to submit proposals will open later in the

4. EE Times - ARISSat Blog

The fourth and fifth entries in EE (Electronic Engineering) Times “Chips in
Space” blog covering amateur radio satellite ARISSat-1 have been posted. See:



5. DXCoffee Article on Ham Radio in Space

The Italian site DXCoffee.com printed a story about the history of amateur radio
in space. The article covers amateur radio used by Owen Garriott, the Mir
station, SAREX and ARISS and includes recent contacts with Doug Wheelock and
Paolo Nespoli. “Radio in space: in the Beginning there was SAREX,” may be
viewed here: http://www.dxcoffee.com/eng/2011/08/10/radio-space-beginning-sarex/

[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

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