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[jamsat-news:3056] ANS-057 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins


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In this edition:
* AMSAT Theme at Dayton 2012: Running with Fox
* ARISS School Events Now Number Over 700
* ESA Reports Vega Cubesat Success
* MASAT-1 (MO-72) Team Releases Software and Web Page Updates
* Dedicated CubeSat Radio Spectrum Discussed at WRC-12
* Arizona Centennial Event K7UGA Station Reports 122 Satellite QSOs
* AA5UK Announces Plans for Hawaii Satellite Operation
* Satellite DX: XF1AA on Isabel Island
* Volunteers Needed for AMSAT at Timonium, MD on March 31
* ARISS Status Report - 20 February 2012

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 036.01
February 5, 2012
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AMSAT Theme at Dayton 2012: Running with Fox

The 2012 Dayton Hamvention will be held this year on 18 - 20 May 2012.
As has been the case for the many years Hamvention will be at the Hara
Arena Complex on the north side of Dayton. AMSAT will occupy the same
booths (444-449) in Ball Arena, right across from the ARRL area and
just inside the door from the Satellite Demonstration area.

The AMSAT theme for 2012 is "Running with Fox". We will have multipe
exhibits of the new AMSAT satellite on display.

Visit AMSAT's Dayton Hamvention page for all details on activities:

Some of the activities will include:

+ Life size Fox models will be on display as well as diagrams of
  the modules inside the 10cm square satellite.

+ Operational prototype of ARISSat-1 on display.

+ AMSAT Thursday Night Get-together at the Tickets Pub & Eatery.

+ The sixth annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be Friday night May 18
  at the Kohler Banquet Center. The price for the Banquet is $30.
  Seating is limited and reservations are required. Follow the
  links on AMSAT's Dayton page.

+ The AMSAT Forum will be on Saturday May 19.

AMSAT has a limited block of rooms reserved at the Country Inn &
Suites in Fairborn, OH. Please contact Martha at the AMSAT office
for room price and availability during Hamvention. Priority for
rooms will be given to those volunteering to work in the AMSAT booth
for multiple 2 hour shifts during Hamvention. The hotel web page is:

The phone number for the AMSAT office is 301-589-6062. Other hotels
in the immediate area of the Country inn & Suites include the Fair-
field Inn, Ramada Inn, Hampton Inn, Fairborn Holiday Inn, Red Roof
Inn and the Homewood Suites if additional accommodations are needed.

Further information on Hamvention 2012, including advance ticket sales
and motel accommodations, can be found at http://www.hamvention.org.


ARISS School Events Now Number Over 700

ARISS Operation Team Mentor Charlie Sufana, AJ9N reports that the
total number of  ARISS ISS-to-Earth school events is now at 701.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excite-
ment of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board
the International Space Station.

Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio
and crew members on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science,
technology, and learning.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the
participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES,
JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participa-
ting countries. Further information on the ARISS program is available
on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio
Amateurs of Canada).

The 700th school event was with The Academy@Shawnee City in Louisville,
Kentucky via a telebridge contact with ON4ISS on February 14. ARISS
says the special John Glenn event to commemorate the 50th anniversary
of Perth, City of Lights was successful on February 20. This marked
event number 701.

Planned school contacts for this coming week include:

+ ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk,  Netherlands, telebridge via IK1SLD. The
  schools that are involved are:  American school of The Hague,
  International School of Amsterdam, and The British  School in
  the Netherlands on Monday, February 27 at 12:45:29 UTC.

+ Parkside Elementary, Atlanta, GA, telebridge via K6DUE on Friday,
  March 3 at 16:42:29 UTC.

+ 5th Geniko Lykeio Katerinis, Katerini, Greece, direct via SX2ISS on
  Friday, March 3 at 17:03:52 UTC.

Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
A list of all of the ARISS School Events can be found at:

[ANS thanks ARISS Operation Team Mentor Charlie Sufana, AJ9N for
 the above information]


ESA Reports Vega Cubesat Success

The ESA provided a summary of the success of the cubesats launched
on the Vega mission on February 13. The web report said, "Shortly
after the seven ESA student CubeSats started their adventure in space
on board the Vega launcher yesterday, the university teams and radio
amateurs all around the world pointed their 'ears' towards space and
started to receive the first signs of life from the tiny spacecraft."

+ The Spanish XaTcobeo CubeSat was heard a couple of hours after
  launch (13 February 2012, 11:00 CET) during its first pass over
  the University of Vigo's ground station, and its signal was also
  tracked by many radio amateurs. The first data received show that
  the satellite's batteries are properly charged and that telemetry
  and telecommand systems work well, representing a very promising
  start for the mission.

+ The Hungarian team received the first signals from Masat-1 from a
  radio amateur in Florida less than two hours after launch, and by
  many others shortly after. A couple of hours later the team's ground
  station in Budapest gathered the first 'official' satellite data
  which confirmed that the spacecraft is in perfect shape.

+ PW-Sat, the Polish student CubeSat, was also heard loud and clear
  only a few hours after the launch. The signals have been heard both
  by the team's ground station and by several radio amateurs from the
  UK, India, Germany and the Netherlands.
+ The Italian UniCubeSat-GG team heard the first signals from the
  satellite, although they have not been decoded yet, shortly after
  launch, first from a Kentucky (US) ground station and then from the
  dedicated Rome ground station.

+ Initially weak signals were reported from the Italian e-st@r. On
  February 15 the e-st@r team reported signals from their CubeSat
  heard by their control ground station and other ham radio stations.

+ Weak signals have been received so far from the Romanian Goliat
  and the French Robusta CubeSats. These teams currently believe
  that their spacecraft may not have yet achieved a stable orient-
  ation after separation and sufficient battery charge level in order
  for their communication systems and antennas to transmit properly
  to the ground station. The situation will evolve in the course of
  the next several days, and further attempts to establish good
  communications links with those satellites will continue.

A joint effort from all CubeSat teams and radio amateurs from the
AMSAT network has now started, in order to be able to clearly detect
the satellites.

The full ESA report can be found on-line at:

[ANS thanks the ESA for the above information]


MASAT-1 (MO-72) Team Releases Software and Web Page Updates

The MASAT-1 team said this week that updated client software for
telemetry reception and decoding is available on their web at:

Some of the upgrades include:
+ The "Offline" label removed, the status of the automatic
  packet reporting is displayed.

+ Battery voltage constant (on the EPS panel) updated.

+ User selection between 626/1250 bps decoding.

+ The waterfall display shows tracks for the 0, CW and 1. The
  decoder has been reported to be most successful if tuning is
  set upward by 50-100 Hz from the tuning indicators. User
  experiences are invited to be sent to mezei@cubesat.bme.hu.

The automated received packet upload from the client software has
been updated to accept ham@cubesat.bme.hu or a@a.a as mail address
for those not wishing to send their actual address. Users can change
the e-mail address by editing the registration.txt file in the pro-
gram folder of the software package.

A statistics web page reporting on the numbers of packets forwarded
by amateur radio operators has been added:
The site has successfully received over 50000 packets from around
the world. The latest updates to the web and client software should
address initial concerns that 'no packets' have been received.

The MASAT-1 team thanks amateur radio operators for your outstanding
support. The MASAT-1 Important News for Radio Amateurs page is at:

The MASAT-1 mission home page is: http://cubesat.bme.hu

[ANS thanks the MASAT-1 Team for the above information]


Dedicated CubeSat Radio Spectrum Discussed at WRC-12

AMSAT-UK reports on their web that the recently concluded WRC-12
conference agreed to a resolution by the SmallSat, CubeSat, and
NanoSatellite community for dedicated spectrum allocation outside
of the 435 to 437 MHz amateur satellite band.

Wouter Jan Ubbels, PE4WJ with the Dutch space development company
ISIS says he was able to introduce a resolution at WRC-12 sub-
mitted by a number of countries, led by the Netherlands to pro-
pose an agenda item for WRC-2015 to conduct studies to identify
the spectrum needs of nano-and picosatellites, and furthermore to
study the associated regulatory constraints.

After the discussions at WRC-12, the resolution received partial
acceptance to begin study of the regulatory aspects for WRC-2018.

Wouter concluded, "This is very good news, and could mean that the
ITU notification process for nano-and picosatellites can become
greatly simplified in the future. We first of all would like to
thank all the supporting administrations for their support and
would like to invite the community to, through their administrations,
participate in the studies, so that the outcome will be as much as
possible line with the needs of the community. We will continue to
work on this subject and keep you updated through these lists and
at the various small / nano / picosatellite conferences and work-

The full news item can be viewed on the AMSAT-UK web at:

[ANS thanks Wouter Jan Ubbels, PE4WJ and AMSAT-UK for the above


Arizona Centennial Event K7UGA Station Reports 122 Satellite QSOs

Arizona AMSAT Area Coordinator, Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK and
Tom Kramer, NQ7R provided the satellite contacts for the K7UGA spec-
ial-event station. K7UGA was sponsored by the Central Arizona DX
Association in its commemoration of the Arizona statehood centennial.

Patrick reported, "Between Tom NQ7R and myself, we made 122 satellite
contacts. Tom worked his passes from his home in Casa Grande AZ (grid
DM42). For passes I worked at the start of the week through Thursday
afternoon, I operated from DM43 in the Phoenix area. For the passes I
worked Friday and Saturday, I was at the Yuma Hamfest. On Sunday morn-
ing,  I parked next to the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic
Park overlooking the Colorado River. Both Yuma sites are in grid DM22."

Patrick posted videos of his K7UGA operation:

+ SO-50 pass on Friday (17 February) morning at 1751 UTC:

+ AO-27 pass on Friday afternoon at 2032 UTC:

+ AO-27 pass on Saturday (18 February) afternoon at 2004 UTC:

+ VO-52 pass on Sunday (19 February) morning at 1538 UTC:

The K7UGA page on QRZ.com states that all QSL card requests be sent
with SASE to: K7BHM, 1623 N. Los Altos Ct., Chandler, AZ 85224-8357.

[ANS thanks Arizona AMSAT Area Coordinator, Patrick Stoddard,
 WD9EWK/VA7EWK for the above information]


AA5UK Announces Plans for Hawaii Satellite Operation

Adrian Engele, AA5UK says he will be traveling to Hawaii between
March 21 and April 4. This is primarily a vacation trip for sight-
seeing and scuba diving but satellite operation is also planned.

He will try to get on the satellites as often as his schedule permits
within vacation activities. His primary focus will be on FO-29, VO-52
and AO-7 Mode B passes. SO-50 and AO-27 may be attempted if conditions

+ March 21 - Fly from Chicago to Honolulu and Hilo.
+ March 22-25 - Operation from south of Hilo.
+ March 26 - April 1 - Kailua-Kona, Big Island in Hawaii.
+ April 2 - April 4: Oahu, Waikiki beach.

Adrian invites you to stay tuned via AMSAT-BB and his Twitter feed
@AA5UK for latest schedule information. He will also update his page
on QRZ.com in the coming weeks with additional information.

[ANS thanks Adrian Engele, AA5UK for the above information]


Satellite DX: XF1AA on Isabel Island

The OPDX Bulletin 1050 is reporting that a team of 10 operators,
from the Aguas-Calientes Amateur Radio Club will activate Isabel
Island, grid DL71, using the callsign XF1AA. The planned dates are
March 16th through the 21st.

Ismael, XE1AY, is one of the operators and is active on the satel-
lites. If you should hear Ismael on the birds, please give him the
airtime to work as many as he can. Good luck with the operation!

[ANS thanks John Papay, K8YSE for the above information]


Volunteers Needed for AMSAT at Timonium, MD on March 31

Pat Kilroy, N8PK says that volunteers are needed to staff the AMSAT
display and for satellite operating demonstrations at the Greater
Baltimore Hamboree and Computerfest on Saturday, March 31 in Timonium,
Maryland. This event is one of the largest Amateur Radio and technology
shows on the East Coast.

In addition to the AMSAT display and satellite demonstrations Pat is
planning to show the FUNcube Dongle and present show'n'tell talks for
visitors to the AMSAT booth.

Please contact Pat soon by e-mail (pat@patkilroy.com) if you can help!

For more info about the hamfest visit: http://www.gbhc.org/

[ANS thanks Pat Kilroy, N8PK for the above information


ARISS Status Report - 20 February 2012

1. Kochi Youth Radio ISS Astronaut

Kochi Gakuen Kochi Junior High School in Kochi, Japan experienced a
successful Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
contact on Monday, February 13. Students asked Dan Burbank, KC5ZSX,
11 questions about living in space. The contact was integrated into
the science curriculum.  Media coverage included three television
stations and three newspapers.

2. Astronaut Dan Burbank Speaks with Louisville Students

On Tuesday, February 14, youth attending The Academy @ Shawnee par-
ticipated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact with on-orbit astronaut Dan Burbank, KC5ZSX via
telebridge station ON4ISS in Belgium.  The contact took place at
the Challenger Learning Center in Louisville, Kentucky with the
assistance of the Louisville Astronomical Society. Approximately 40
people were in attendance and listened as Burbank chatted with stu-
dents about experiments on board the ISS and the effect space has on
the human body, among other topics.  The Academy, an inner city high
school of 500 students, has been designated as the Aerospace Magnet
School for Jefferson County Public Schools. The contact was part of
a comprehensive education plan to pique students' interest in Sci-
ence, Technology, Engineering and Math.

3. Astronaut Training Status

Astronaut Alexander Gerst passed his amateur radio license exam on
February 13 and is waiting for his callsign to be assigned. He is
scheduled to fly with Expedition 40 in May 2014.

An introductory session is planned for Gregory Wiseman, KF5LKT (Expe-
dition 40, May 2014) on Monday, February 27 and a preflight session
is scheduled for Expedition 32 astronauts Sunita Williams, KD5PLB
and Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI on Monday, March 5.  Williams and Hosh-
ide will fly later this 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