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[jamsat-news:3192] ANS-230 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including 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

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.

In this edition:

* AMSAT Journal Mailing Glitch
* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots Due September 15th
* NASA Fellowship, Internship, and Scholarship Opportunities for Spring 2014
* Hams in Space to Appear at the Joplin Hamfest
* OPUSAT CubeSat to Test Lithium-Ion Capacitors
* NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions
* UK High Altitude Society (UKHAS) Conference, September 7

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-230.01 ANS-230 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 230.01
August 18, 2013
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AMSAT Journal Mailing Glitch

The June/July issue of the Journal is now arriving.  Members with sharp eyes
have noticed that while the address is correct, the name, callsign, and
membership status are incorrect. This was caused by a problem with the printer
software.  They have been very apologetic, and have assured us the problem has
been solved. There is no need to contact the AMSAT office since they are aware
of the issue, and the membership data is correct in their records.

[ANS Alan, W4SCA, for the above information]


AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots Due September 15th

A reminder that all members in good standing should have received their ballots,
and that that in order to be counted, they will need to be received at the AMSAT
office by September 15th. This year we have 8 candidates for 4 voting Board
members and 2 non-voting Alternates. Your vote is especially important this year
in selecting those who will help guide AMSAT-NA. If you have not submitted your
ballot, please review the candidate biography and position statements you
received, as well as the Minutes of the Board Meeting published in the May/June
issue of the AMSAT Journal. Then make your voice heard by voting.

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


NASA Fellowship, Internship, and Scholarship Opportunities for Spring 2014

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide
students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio
of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by
NASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the Office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to
find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship
opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application for
recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or NIFS. This
innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of
higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship
opportunities in one location. A single application places the student
in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for spring 2014 opportunities are due Oct. 11, 2013.

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online
application for recruiting NIFS, visit https://intern.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Aug. 15, 2013 for the
above information]


Hams in Space to Appear at the Joplin Hamfest

The Hams in Space Team of KYF-Eddy Paul, ACDX-Jeremy Widner, and
KDHKD-Randy Schulze will be appearing at the Joplin Hamfest at
Joplin, Missouri Friday and Saturday, August 23rd and 24th. The Hams
in Space presentation provides hams with information how to
successfully get on the air with FM Amateur Radio Satellites, in most
cases with equipment they already possess, or by obtaining a few
specialized, inexpensive items. While explaining the techniques and
procedures, an emphasis of "Keep it Simple" and "Have Fun" is stressed

This Hamfest, sponsored by the Joplin Amateur Radio Club, will be at
the Holiday Inn Convention Center, located near Exit 8-B off of
Interstate 44 in Joplin. This event, which is one of the largest
Hamfests in the region, opens its doors at 3:00 PM Friday until 9:00
PM, and from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Saturday.

The Hams in Space Classroom presentation will likely occur on
Saturday. We plan on scheduling one or two "hands on" demonstrations
during the Hamfest, weather permitting, and a good pass of SO-50
fitting into the schedule. Satellite enthusiasts not attending the
Hamfest are encouraged to be on the air to work the new guys trying
out satellite work for the first time.

For more information on Hams in Space, go to: http://hamsinspace.com.
For more information on the Joplin Amateur Radio Club Hamfest, go
to: http://www.joplin-arc.org and http://hamsinspace.com.

[ANS thanks Randy Schulze, KDHKD for the above information]


OPUSAT CubeSat to Test Lithium-Ion Capacitors

The OPUSAT CubeSat, built by students at the Osaka Prefecture University Small
Spacecraft Systems Research Center (SSSRC), will test Lithium-Ion Capacitors in

Lithium-Ion Capacitors have a high energy density (reportedly 14 Wh/kg) and so
could potentially be of use in small satellites such as CubeSats where space and
mass are at a premium.

OPUSAT will have deployable solar panels and Maximum Power Point Tracking
(MPPT). The downlink on 437.150 MHz will be CW, 1200 bps AFSK or 9k6 GMSK

A launch is planned on the JAXA H-2A-202 rocket in Spring 2014 into a 400 km
circular 65 deg orbit along with the primary payload Global Precipitation
Measurement (GPM) Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR). There should be a
number of other satellites carrying amateur radio payloads on the launch,
 STARS-2  Kagawa University
 TeikyoSat-3  Teikyo University
 ShindaiSat  Shinshu University
 INVADER  Tama Art University
 ITF-1  University of Tsukuba

OPUSAT website in Google English http://tinyurl.com/OPUSAT

The satellite has attracted the attention of the press. Read one Japanese
newspaper story in Google English at http://tinyurl.com/Nikkan-OPUSAT-130815

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, for the above information]


NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

NASA is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative.
Proposals must be submitted electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST Nov. 26.

From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by Feb. 7.
Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to
see their creations launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission
between 2014 and 2017. NASA will not provide funding for the
development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a
launch opportunity.

CubeSats are a class of cube-shaped research spacecraft called
nanosatellites. They are approximately 4 inches long, have a volume of
about 1 quart and weigh less than 3 pounds.

CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA's strategic plan
and educational vision and goals. The research should address specific
aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or

From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89
payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch
opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12
satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled
for launch later this year.

For additional information on NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative
program, visit:


[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]


UK High Altitude Society (UKHAS) Conference, September 7

There are a few tickets still available for the UKHAS conference at the
University of Greenwich, London on Saturday, September 7.

The UK High Altitude Society (UKHAS) conference attracts those interested in
learning about building and flying High Altitude Balloons or in tracking their
434 MHz signals.

The conference is open to all, you don't have to have flown a High Altitude
Balloon, you'll probably get more out of it as a total beginner as there will be
a huge wealth of experience in the room you can speak to.

There is an impressive line-up of speakers in addition to which there will be
workshops, demonstrations along with assessments and exam for the amateur radio
Foundation licence. Among the presentations will be one on Narrow Band TV by
Phil Heron 2I0VIM.

Workshops :
Balloon Q&A  James Coxon M6JCX
Pi  Dave Akerman M6RPI
Foundation Exam Preparation  Phillip Crump M0DNY
Knots!  Anthony Stirk M0UPU

Balloon -> ISS APRS Setup  James Coxon M6JCX
Setting up Receiving Station  Anthony Stirk M0UPU

The current itinerary (subject to change!) is at

You can get tickets at

James M6JCX and Anthony M0UPU report that the British Amateur Television Club
batc.tv have kindly agreed to attend to give the conference the AMSAT
treatment so for those of you unable to make it we hope to finally stream the
conference. They will where time permits also take questions from people
watching remotely.

The conference will start at 0930 and finish 1700, afterwards there will be the
traditional pub trip this time into Greenwich.

[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, 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

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