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[jamsat-news:3080] ANS-148 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins


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worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in
designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital
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In this edition:
* AMSAT Submits NASA Edison Program Proposals
* ARISS Call For Volunteers
* North America Rare Grid EK69 Activation From Cayo Culebra Island
* High Altitude Balloon Crossband Repeater Payload Northeast USA
* Satellite Operations Planned for Worldwide Museum Ships Weekend
* Dayton Hamvention Satellite Demonstration Area Videos Posted
* UKube-1 is Taking Shape
* Listen to HORYU-2 on the Web
* ARISS Status - 21 May 2012

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-148.01 ANS-148 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 148.01
May 27, 2012
BID: $ANS-148.01

AMSAT Submits NASA Edison Program Proposals

This week the Board of Directors announced AMSAT was a partner in a
pair of Phase-2 NASA Edison Program proposals that were successfully
submitted on Tuesday May 22, 2012.

If selected, these proposals would provide AMSAT and its partners
with the funds to construct and launch new amateur radio satellites.
Due to the highly competitive nature of this program, no additional
information can be released at this time.

NASA intends to announce the winning proposals in the Fall of 2012.
More information will be released as it becomes available.

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


ARISS Call For Volunteers

During the Dayton Hamvention AMSAT and the ARRL announced opportun-
ities for amateur radio satellite operators to join the ARISS Pro-
gram (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) in roles as
Technical Mentors and Ground Station Operators.

On Friday and Saturday of the Hamvention AMSAT Vice President for
Educational Relations Mark Hammond, N8MH took advantage of the ARRL
Stage to explain these roles for radio amateurs who serve as an ad-
vising and coordinating liaison between NASA, the school or group
making the ARISS contact, and the Ground Station Operators, who set
up the satellite station at the contact location.

This week the ARRL published the ARISS recruiting program on the web
with a call for volunteers. The ARRL said, "Public awareness of the
ARISS program is growing as a result of a new proposal process, and
promotion by NASA through its broad outreach to schools and teachers.
This presents the Amateur Radio community with an opportunity to
reach out to even more schools in locations across the US through the
ARISS program.

See the ARRL web for full details of the ARISS call for volunteers:

With the help of experienced Amateur Radio volunteers, and coordi-
nation from the ARISS partnership team, crew members speak directly
with large youth audiences in a variety of public forums --school
assemblies, science museums, Scout camporees and jamborees and space
camps-where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about
space, space technologies and  Amateur Radio.

There are two ways to get involved:

Volunteer with a Ground Support Team
We are recruiting clubs and individuals throughout the US who are
able and willing to support the ARISS program in their local com-
munities. Optimally, this means setting up direct Amateur Radio con-
tacts with the ISS. Direct contacts provide the best opportunity to
showcase Amateur Radio and offer students a firsthand experience. An
ARISS event can open the door for an ongoing relationship between
local ham radio clubs and schools, providing students with continuing
opportunities to explore radio science, satellite communications and
wireless technology with Amateur Radio.

Volunteer as an ARISS Technical Mentor
ARISS is also seeking additional volunteers to train to support the
program in the liaison capacity as US ARISS Technical Mentor who will
serve as the coordinators between NASA operations and the local on-
site support teams at the event site. They serve as advisors to the
local Ground Support Volunteers and need the same skills as well as
hands-on satellite communications experience. Technical Mentors com-
municate with the other mentors on the ARISS international operations
team to coordinate ARISS contacts via telebridge stations around the
world. They assimilate and transfer this information to the local
Ground Support Volunteers who complete all of the arrangements for a
scheduled ARISS contact.

The ARISS program is a cooperative venture of NASA, the ARRL and
AMSAT and other international space agencies. ARISS organizes and
schedules contacts via Amateur Radio between ISS crew members and
educational organizations.

+ Again ... More details about volunteering to assist with ARISS can
  be found at the ARRL website at:

+ Amateur radio operators interested in becoming involved as a
  ground support team or technical mentor are invited to send an
  email to:  ARISS.Recruit@verizon.net

[ANS thanks ARRL, ARISS, and AMSAT for the above information]


North America Rare Grid EK69 Activation From Cayo Culebra Island

Members of the Radioclub Cancun will be active as 4A3RCC from Cayo
Culebra Island, Mexico (NA-200) between June 1-3. Activity will be
on 80-6 meters and possibly the Satellites. Special attention will
be on 6m. Operators include: Jose Angel, XE3PP; Guillermo, XE3RA;
Zalo, XE3N; Julio, XE3PHM; Jorge, XE3PBL; and Julio, XE3JMA.

Cayo Culebra is located on Reserve of Biosphere of Siaan Ka'an.

For more details, see the following Web page at:

The main contact is Jose Angel Yanez, XE3PP
Presidente / President
EMAIL: radioclubcancun@hotmail.com

QSL via EA5FL:
Apartado Postal : 252
03700 - DENIA

[ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1063 for the above


High Altitude Balloon Crossband Repeater Payload Northeast USA Amateur radio operators in New England and northern Atlantic coast in the US and Canada are invited to listen and operate via the cross- band repeater payload on a high altitude balloon flight from Hermon, Maine. Launch is planned for June 2, 2012 at about 0830 EDT (UTC-4) by members of the Pine State Amateur Radio Club as one of the events during the 25th Annual Bangor Hamfest at Hermon High School. The club is working with the University of Maine Electrical and Computer Engin- eering Department to plan and execute the flight.

The crossband repeater frequencies are:
Uplink:   147.570 MHz
Downlink: 446.100 MHz

The payload will also include APRS for position and altitude track-
ing. University of Maine tracking information can be found at:

Coverage for the VHF/UHF repeater is estimated to be more than 450
miles. Stations as far away as western New York, Long Island, all of
New England, and Maritime Canada should be able to work it.

The PSARC High Altitude Balloon team will award a certificate for
the station furthest away from the balloon to make contact through
the repeater. Please join in to help set a distance record for the

The latest launch information and more details are available on-line:
http://eece.maine.edu/umhab/ (which will be updated shortly before
the launch.)

[ANS thanks Steve Jordan, KD1OM, President PSARC and Stuart
 Ballinger, WA2BSS for the above information]


Satellite Operations Planned for Worldwide Museum Ships Weekend

Museum Ships Weekend Coming Up June 2-3, 2012
by Allen F. Mattis, N5AFV, n5afv at amsat.org

The worldwide Museum Ships Weekend Event (MSWE) will be held for two
days, June 2-3, 2012. Last year 83 ships in 13 countries around the
world participated in the event. Amateur radio operators make special
event contacts from these museum ships on all amateur radio bands
with most of the contacts taking place on the HF bands. In the past
several years only two or three museum ships in North America have
made satellite contacts during the event.

This year a number of Houston area AMSAT members, W5ACM, N5AFV and
WC5WM, will participate with the Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club
(BVARC) operating club station KK5W from Seawolf Park on Pelican
Island in Galveston, Texas. Seawolf Park is home to two Second World
War vintage museum ships - the destroyer escort USS Stewart (DE-238)
and the submarine USS Cavalla (SS-244). As a result, a contact with
KK5W counts for two ships. Amateur radio operators who make contacts
with 15 or more ships qualify for a handsome certificate.

The BVARC KK5W station plans to operate the afternoon passes of AO-27
and FO-29 on Saturday June 2nd and hope other AMSAT members will be
operating from other ships. This will be their fifth year participat-
ing in the MSWE and hope to make their first MSWE satellite contact
with another museum ship this year.

If any AMSAT members are interested in this event they may visit the
MSWE website: http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/index.html to find out if
any museum ships near them are participating.

[ANS thanks Allen Mattis, N5AFV for the above information]


Dayton Hamvention Satellite Demonstration Area Videos Posted

Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK recorded three videos of satellite
passes that were worked from the AMSAT demonstration station at last
weekend's 2012 Dayton Hamvention.

The videos are now available on Patrick's YouTube channel:

Two of the three videos were from VO-52 passes last Friday (18 May)
and Saturday (19 May). Later on Saturday, the third video from an
SO-50 pass was recorded.

You will see Keith Pugh, W5IU; Doug Papay, KD8CAO, and Roger Ley,
WA9PZL taking care of the antenna. Keith's equipment is used for
the demonstration station is two Yaesu FT-817s, two homebrew an-
tennas (3-element 2m Yagi, 6-element 70cm Yagi), and a laptop run-
ning SatPC32 to control the radios. The radios and laptop are
powered from a large 12V battery.

[ANS thanks Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK/VA7EWK for the above information]


UKube-1 is Taking Shape

AMSAT-UK is reporting UKube-1, the UK Space Agency's first Cubesat
mission, has reached an important milestone. Two payloads have now
undergone pre-integration testing at Clyde Space's facilities in

UKube-1, is a collaboration between the UK Space Agency, industry
and academia. Open University payload C3D and University of Bath
payload TOPCAT were the first of the four payloads selected to be
tested. These workshops provided the first opportunity to carry out
physical and functional testing between the protoflight payloads
and platform subsystems.

The tests confirmed physical, electrical and operational interfaces
between the subsystems. The tests represent the successful handover
to flight integration and delivery from the interface emulator (sup-
plied to payload teams by Clyde Space at the start of the program to
facilitate rapid parallel development of subsystems).

C3D is a small imager which will take pictures of the earth and
investigate radiation damage effects in space. It uses new sensor
technology developed for space conditions.

TOPCAT (Topside Ionosphere Computer Assisted Tomography) will meas-
ure space weather conditions to inform users of the Global Position-
ing System (GPS) users using a dual-frequency GPS receiver designed
especially for use in space.

With the remaining payloads due to be tested over the coming few
weeks, the program continues confidently towards full integration
in July.

UKube-1 will also take an educational subsystem called FUNcube, de-
veloped by the voluntary organisation AMSAT-UK, to encourage young
people to learn about radio, space, physics and electronics. It con-
tains a 1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon and a 435/145 MHz linear

See these links to AMSAT-UK for more information:
UKube-1 on BBC TV http://www.uk.amsat.org/5983
UKube-1 to launch in 2013 http://www.uk.amsat.org/5933

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Listen to HORYU-2 on the Web

Andrei YO8SSQ and Cezar YO8TLC have made available a web based
receiver to enable listeners to hear the new amateur radio satel-
lite HORYU-2 when it's within range of Romania.

The WebSDR receiver is located at the Astronomical Observatory
Department of "Stefan cel Mare" University in Suceava, Romania,
latitude 47.6417N longitude 26.2453E, grid locator KN37cp. The
height ASL is 350m.

The hardware consists of two SDR receivers which are fed into
48 kHz sound cards on an AMD Sempron 2600+ computer running Vec-
tor Linux.

The web page displays a track showing the current position of HORYU-2
and also provides coverage of the 3.5 MHz (80m) band.

Listen to the HORYU-2 and 80m WebSDR at http://sdr.opt.ro:8901/

More information about HORYU-2 437.375 MHz (+/- 9 kHz Doppler shift)
at http://www.uk.amsat.org/7404

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


ARISS Status - 21 May 2012

1. ARISS International Team Meeting Held

The ARISS International Team monthly meeting was held on May 15. Discussions
included a status of the Ham TV project.  Minutes have been posted:

2. Astronaut Training Status

Chris Hadfield, KC5RNJ/VA3OOG and Thomas Marshburn, KE5HOC, both slated to fly
with Expedition 34, acquired their preflight training during a session on May
14.  Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO (Expedition 40) took his introductory/ basic
operations class on May 9.

Kevin Ford, KF5GPP is scheduled for a preflight session on May 22. He is
scheduled to launch with the Expedition 33 crew in October 2012.

[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 addi- tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.

Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership

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

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA