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[jamsat-news:3019] ANS-310 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:

* AMSAT Board of Directors Names Senior Officers for 2011-2012
* Project OSCAR and AMSAT Commemorate 50th Anniversary of OSCAR 1
* ARISSat-1/KEDR Team Challenge to Catch the Last ARISSat-1 Telemetry
* Asteroid Ping Experiment November 8 For Suitably Equipped Stations
* Montana State University Explorer-1 Prime Cubesat Featured in Press
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-310.01
AMSAT Board of Directors Names Senior Officers for 2011-2012

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 310.01
November 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-310.01

Election of AMSAT's Senior Officers was one of the first orders of 
business to be settled once the AMSAT Board of Directors meeting 
opened on November 3, prior to the start of the 2011 AMSAT Space 
Symposium held in San Jose, California.

The following positions were voted upon and filled:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW       President                     
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA    Vice-President Operations     	
Gould Smith, WA4SXM        Vice President User Services  
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX       Vice-President Engineering    
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA        Secretary                     
Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF  Treasurer                     
Martha Saragovitz Manager                       

The following Senior Officer positions remained open at this time
awaiting appointments:
Executive Vice President
Vice-President Human Spaceflight
Vice-President Marketing

The AMSAT Board of Directors elected on September 15 include:
Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Dr. Thomas A. Clark, K3IO
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Lou McFadin, W5DID
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
Gould Smith, WA4SXM
Mark Hammond, N8MH (First Alternate)
Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK (Second Alternate)

Other items on the Board of Directors agenda included:

+ Reports from the President, Secretary, and Treasurer
+ Budget approval for 2012
+ Technical Issues to be addressed included:
  o Regulatory Issues Affecting AMSAT (ITAR and HR607)
  o ARISSat-1
  o Project Fox
  o ARISS and ARISS-International
  o AMSAT Lab Update/Storage
  o Operations Team Report
  o User Services Report

Details of these reports will be presented in upcoming ANS bulletins
and in The AMSAT Journal.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Board of Directors for the above information]


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Project OSCAR and AMSAT Commemorate 50th Anniversary of OSCAR 1

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 310.02
November 6, 2011
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The AMSAT 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium coincides with the cele-
bration of the 50th anniversary of OSCAR 1.

Bob Allison, WB1GCM of ARRL's Technical Lab led the effort to
refurbish the OSCAR 1 prototype on display at ARRL headquarters.
With the help of Symposium Banquet Speaker and OSCAR 1 developer 
Lance Ginner, K6GSJ, Bob and his team got OSCAR 1 operational

The refurbished OSCAR-1 was on display at the ARRL exhibit area at
the 2011 Dayton Hamvention. The OSCAR 1 prototype was again on disp-
lay during the AMSAT Symposium where everyone was able to once again
hear the CW transmissions (now managed by a PIC controller) in the 
145 MHz band.

Additionally, the AMSAT News Service will re-run the weekly Project
OSCAR Newsletters to commemorate the 50th anniversary of OSCAR 1.
During the November/December 2011 time frame you will be able to 
share the excitement of the launch campaign that started it all 50 
years ago.

Watch for the re-publication of the Project OSCAR Newsletters in the
AMSAT Journal. The Newsletters were hand-typed back in 1961. Thanks
to Don Ferguson, KD6IRE for scanning the original documents announ-
cing OSCAR 1.

[ANS thanks Project OSCAR and the 2011 Symposium Committee for the
 above information]


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ARISSat-1/KEDR Team Challenge to Catch the Last ARISSat-1 Telemetry

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 310.03
November 6, 2011
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Now that the submissions are complete for the Chicken Little Contest
AMSAT is announcing a new contest to "Catch the Last ARISSat-1 Tele-

With luck, we will have real time data to go along with the final re-
entry. While telemetry sent by e-mail is valuable and requested, this
contest will be judged solely on data sent through the official 
ARISSatTLM programs directly to the Internet telemetry server.

How do you enter? Simple. Just submit ARISSat-1 telemetry over the 
Internet using either ARISSatTLM telemetry program. You can use the 
PC version or the MAC version of ARISSatTLM and you are automatically 

Are there separate categories for entrants?  No.  

How is the winner determined? The call, or name, in the last block 
of data received by telemetry server wins.  

How will the winner be announced? Via the usual AMSAT News Service, 
and on the Chicken Little Contest site.
(see: http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/ARISSat/ARISSatContest)

If ARISSat-1 fails sometime before reentry, does it count? Yes!
Engineering data is essential input for future projects!

What do I get if I win? A certificate in PDF format suitable for 
framing, and the gratitude of the ARISSat-1/KEDR team.

In short, just keeps those telemetry blocks flowing!

Remember: you can see the latest ARISSat-1 telemetry at

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


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Asteroid Ping Experiment November 8 For Suitably Equipped Stations

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 310.04
November 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-310.04

On Tuesday, November 8, at 6:28 p.m. EST, an asteroid the size of an 
aircraft carrier will soar past our planet at a distance closer than 
the Moon… and NASA scientists will be watching! Suitably equipped
amateur stations may enjoy looking over their shoulder ...

The 400 meter diameter near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 will be making 
a 0.85 lunar distance flyby of Earth on November 8. Michael Busch at
the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences notes this may an
opportunity for amateur satellite operators to observe the fly-by.

UCLA will be conducting an extensive campaign of radar observations 
with the Arecibo Observatory, the Deep Space Network Goldstone facil-
ity, and the Green Bank Telescope and the Very Long Baseline Array.

Because YU55 will be so close to Earth, its radar echo will be 
detectable with even small antennas (~1 m^2). YU55's echo will be 
a slowly drifting signal with a bandwidth of ~1 Hz within a few kHz 
of 2380 MHz or 8560 MHz.

This will present amateur radio operators an opportunity to receive
the radar reflections off of the asteroid because of the big dish,
big signals originating from Arecibo and Goldstone.

On November 8, 2011, 19:15 - 19:30 UTC, Arecibo will be transmitting 
a continuous wave tuned to put the asteroid's echo at a constant 
2380.000000 MHz at the Green Bank Telescope.  Observers elsewhere on 
Earth will see the echo within 2 kHz of 2380 MHz, Doppler-shifted by 
the Earth's rotation. It will be slowly drifting in frequency and 
have a bandwidth of ~0.6 Hz.

On November 9, 2011, 01:30 - 02:00 UTC, the Goldstone Deep Space Net-
work facility will be be transmitting a continuous wave tuned to put 
the asteroid's echo a constant 8560.000000 MHz at a second antenna at 
the Goldstone site. Other observers may see the echo shifted by as 
much as 6 kHz, and it will have a bandwidth of ~2 Hz.

Initial information can be found on-line at: 

UniverseToday posted an article about this event at:

[ANS thanks Michael Busch, UCLA Department of Earth and Space 
 Sciences for the above information]


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Montana State University Explorer-1 Prime Cubesat Featured in Press

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 310.05
November 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-310.05

Space-Travel.com posted a story about Montana State University's Ex-
plorer-1 Prime Cubesat launched on October 28 from Vandenberg AFB in
California. (see: http://tinyurl.com/6h7opyf for their full report)

Montana State University now has a satellite in space. Shortly before 
4 a.m. Mountain time on October 28, a student-built satellite called 
Explorer-1 [Prime] roared into the sky on a NASA rocket.

Within three hours of launch, ham radio operators in France, England 
and The Netherlands had reported hearing from the satellite. A few 
minutes later, the satellite was heading over the North Pole toward 

Approximately 125 students designed, built and tested the satellite 
over the past five years. The satellite, sponsored by the Montana 
Space Grant Consortium, was MSU's first satellite to make it into 
orbit. A previous satellite, called MEROPE, rode onboard a Russian 
rocket that crashed in 2006. A twin to Explorer-1 [Prime] was launch-
ed in March this year, but it failed to reach orbit because of an 
anomaly with the TAURUS-XL rocket that carried it.

But when NASA's satellite separated from the rocket Friday morning, 
the students started cheering. Half an hour later, when the Explorer-1 
[Prime] sprang from its container and entered orbit, no one held back.

MSU's satellite was one of six university-built satellites onboard 
the Delta II rocket. All six are aluminum cubes weighing no more than 
2.2 pounds and measuring about four inches per side. That standardized 
size allows university-built satellites, called "CubeSats," to fit 
into an enclosed container called a P-POD.

The Explorer-1 [Prime] will circle the Earth every 90 minutes in an 
283 to 503 mile elliptical orbit.

MSU built the Explorer-1 [Prime] to replicate the scientific mission 
of the Explorer-1 mission which was launched on Jan. 31, 1958, and 
detected the existence of a band of energetic charged particles held 
in place by the Earth's magnetic field.

The band was named the Van Allen Radiation Belt after the late James 
Van Allen, who directed the design and creation of instruments on 

Satellite: Explorer-1[PRIME] Flight Unit 2
Downlink Freq:  437.505 MHz
EIRP: -0.7dBW
Modulation Scheme: Non-Coherent FSK
Protocol: KISS Custom
Baud Rate: 1200

[ANS thanks Space-Travel.com for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 310.06
November 6, 2011
BID: $ANS-310.06

+ ARISS School Contacts this week from the ISS will present addi-
  tional opportunities to directly copy the downlink from orbit on 
  145.800 MHZ:

  Rehabilitationszentrum für Kinder und Jugendliche, Affoltern am 
  Albis, Switzerland, direct via HB9TSO on Wed 2011-11-09 14:21:11 
  UTC 75 deg

  Donald P. Sutherland School, Nassau, New York, direct via N2SQU 
  on Thu 2011-11-10 19:35:18 UTC 58 deg (via AJ9N)

+ A nice on-line satellite activity logger can be found at:
  http://dxworld.com/satlog.html (via WA4HFN)

+ The original TV news reports about the United Kingdom's first Ama-
  teur Radio satellites, UOSAT-1 (OSCAR-9) and UOSAT-2 (OSCAR-11), 
  can now be seen on the web. In 'Talking Satellite', made Feb. 15, 
  1983, Martin Sweeting G3YJO talks about OSCAR-9 and it's speech 
  synthesizer. In 'British Satellite', made February 7, 1984, Martin 
  Sweeting G3YJO talks about OSCAR-11 due to be launched the follow-
  ing month. Links to both videos are posted on the Southgate ARC 
  News website: http://tinyurl.com/64lvghw

+ A TV news report first broadcast Aug. 4, 1985 shows a contact be-
  tween RSGB HQ in Potters Bar and Astronaut Tony England W0ORE in 
  the Challenger shuttle on mission STS 51-F. Tony W0ORE was running 
  a Motorola model MX-340 handheld 2-meter transceiver and a Robot 
  Research model 1200C slow-scan television scan converter with an 
  antenna fitted on the inside of one of Challengers windows. RSGB 
  General Manager David Evans G3OUF was among those at the Society's 
  station GB3RS. It is believed the voice contact was carried out on 
  145.550 MHz FM and the RSGB HQ team acheived a first with a two-way 
  exchange of Slow Scan TV (SSTV) pictures. A link to the video is
  is posted on the Southgate ARC site at: http://tinyurl.com/673f4k8
+ Amateur Radio Satellite activity and instruction video by the Hams 
  in Space Team at Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri is posted at:
  The Hams in Space web page is at: http://hamsinspace.com/

+ Watch the laws of physics in action as the International Space Sta-
  tion is boosted into a higher orbit. While Expedition 29 Commander 
  Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov 
  float freely the acceleration of the orbiting complex is evident.
  See: http://tinyurl.com/6gg996y (nasa.gov)

+ A 500+ page free book is available for download from the NASA Ar-
  chives. "Read You Loud and Clear! ... The Story of NASA's Space-
  flight Tracking and Data Network", by Sunny Tsiao can be found at:
  http://tinyurl.com/655t765 (nasa.gov)

+ The next Hudson Valley Satcom net is November 10 at 8PM EST
  (UTC-5). 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 avail-
  able at: http://www.hvsatcom.org (Stu, WA2BSS)

[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,
please keep in mind the ham who was taken to the emergency room after
accidentally swallowing a handful of coins. When the doctor asked the
nurse about the patient's condition, the reply was, "No change yet!"

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA