[jamsat-news:3250] [ans] ANS-320 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao @ vfr.net
2014年 11月 16日 (日) 22:12:07 JST


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In this edition:

* Special-Event Station for 40th Anniversary of OSCAR 7 Launch
* 4M – End of Mission
* Predictions App for Deep Space Ham Radio Satellite
* Allocate Portion of Your eBay Sales as a Donation to AMSAT
* FUNcube-1's Birthday
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 320.01
DATE November 16, 2014
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Special-Event Station for 40th Anniversary of OSCAR 7 Launch

Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK has secured the special call sign W7O
(WHISKEY SEVEN OSCAR) for use in commemorating the 40th anniversary
of the launch of OSCAR 7 on 15 November 1974. He plans on having
this call on the air between 15 and 24 November 2014, working
satellites and possibly other bands. He will work satellite passes
from Arizona, including AO-7 passes, and hopes to recruit a small
group of operators who can work other passes that cover eastern North
America along with other places that he can’t work from his home QTH
(i.e. Europe, north Africa, South America). He may also recruit some
operators to work HF with this call.

Patrick will handle the QSL requests for W7O during this period.

“I am thinking of incorporating the original QSL card design AMSAT
used to confirm AO-7 reception reports from the 1970s in the W7O
card. (Does anyone have a good scan of both sides of that 1970s QSL
card? Not the 30th anniversary AO-7 card – I have those, and there
is a copyright on that design I do not wish to violate.) The QSL
cards will be printed after the W7O activity wraps up. I will also
upload W7O QSOs to ARRL’s Logbook of the World system.”

Please contact Patrick directly (patrick at wd9ewk dot net) if you
have any questions related to this operation, or if you are willing
to operate on satellites and/or HF as W7O during this 10-day period.

*Late Breaking*

Patrick followed up the original announcement with this
communication of directives via the AMSAT-BB.

“Thanks to all who have posted in public forums and sent me private
e-mails about the upcoming W7O operation. I am now ready to take
sign-ups for those who would like to operate as W7O during the 15-24
November (UTC time) period.

“An important point regarding who can operate as W7O… W7O can only
be operated from US territory, where amateur radio is regulated by
the FCC. It cannot be used from outside US territory, as these 1×1
special calls – just like US club calls – are not covered by any of
the arrangements like CEPT, IARP, or other agreements between the USA
and other countries. I have been asked by some non-USA hams who were
interested in operating as xxx/W7O or W7O/xxx in their countries.
I’m sorry – this is not possible.

“For the HF/6m operating, I will take signups for one-hour
increments on the HF bands (excluding 60m) plus 6m, for CW, phone,
and digital modes. For the 30m band, only CW and digital modes. I
am wanting to avoid two stations operating on the same band/mode
combination as W7O at the same time. If you are willing to operate
for 2, 4 or more hours at one time – please feel free to sign up for
more consecutive slots. Also, please let me know about your HF
station – rig(s), antenna(s), etc. If you do sign up, please follow
through with being on the air at the specified times. Stations will
be looking for W7O on the different bands.

“For the satellites, I am looking for operators in different parts
of the USA. In particular, operators in the eastern USA capable of
working Europe, north Africa, and South America along with North
America will be welcomed. Other operators who are not able to work
other continents are also welcome, but there has been interest from
hams outside of North America to work W7O on the satellites –
especially AO-7. I plan on working W7O on the satellites during
weeknights and as much as possible on the two weekends during this 10-
day period, but would be happy to share the work with others who may
want to work as W7O during those times.

“Operators would need to operate within the limits of their amateur
licenses. The W7O call does not grant additional privileges to the
operator. Operators are required to give their personal call signs
once per hour when operating under a 1×1 special call. For example,
saying “W7O, operated by (operator’s call)” would satisfy this
requirement. On the satellites with passes that are typically 10 to
20 minutes in length, giving the “W7O, operated by (operator’s call)”
announcement around the midpoint of each pass worked would be a good

“Once I get some operating commitments from operators, I will
publish the schedule through a link on my WD9EWK QRZ.com entry and my
web page. This way, others will know where and when to look for W7O
during this 10-day period.

“After the 24th, W7O operators would need to send me a log of
stations worked, with the usual bits of data – date/UTC time, call,
band (or bands, for satellite QSOs), mode, and (for satellites)
satellite name. I can handle ADIF log files, Excel spreadsheets,
text files, and logs pasted into the body of e-mails. If you are not
able to send me a file in any of these formats, please let me know,
so we can work out a way to get the logs. Logs will be uploaded to
Logbook of the World, and I (WD9EWK) will handle the QSL cards for

“Please e-mail me directly (patrick at wd9ewk dot net) if you’re
interested in operating as W7O, or if you have any other questions
about this operation.”

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


4M – End of Mission

The JT65B amateur radio payload, which successfully completed a
lunar flyby, has fallen silent after transmitting for 438 hours.

During the afternoon of November 10 the battery voltage dropped from
13.1V to 12.1V and continued falling. The last signal was received by
Rein W6SZ at 01:35 UT on November 11 when the battery voltage had
fallen to 8.4 volts.

Ghislain LX2RG posted the following to the Moon Net list:
Here at Luxspace, we have to thank you all for the reports, for the
tracking, and we also hope that we provided you with the challenges
you expected.

4M may possibly awaken from time to time if illumination becomes

We shall now endeavor to prepare the next one.

Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) LX0OHB-4M

4M Lunar Payload

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Predictions App for Deep Space Ham Radio Satellite

Two amateur radio satellites ARTSAT2: DESPATCH (437.325 MHz CW) and
Shin’en 2 (145/435 MHz linear transponder + 437 MHz WSJT) should be
launched into deep space at the end of November.

Masahiro JI1IZR has announced that prediction software is available
One of the new deep space small satellites, “ARTSAT2: DESPATCH”,
will be launched on the end of this month.
I developed a predict utilities that display the information got
from the Web API data provided by the “ARTSAT” project team.

You can get the utilities and information from:

You will also have the information of the satellite “ARTSAT2:

I appreciate your notice for the project.
Thank you.
Masahiro Sanada JI1IZR

Art and Ham Radio in Deep Space

Shin’en 2 has a linear transponder

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Allocate Portion of Your eBay Sales as a Donation to AMSAT

If you are selling items via eBay consider making a donation to AMSAT
by allocating a portion of your sale.

eBay describes their program as, "Integrated into eBay's regular
buying and selling platform, eBay Giving Works makes it easy for
people to support important causes, both in the U.S. and abroad. It
enables sellers to donate a portion of their sales and buyers to shop
while supporting their favorite charities - all the while giving
nonprofits an opportunity to engage new supporters."

Here is a link to AMSAT on the eBay Giving Works program. It includes
information on how to sell via the Giving Works program:

eBay users can also make direct contributions to any eBay Giving
Works-listed nonprofit using their PayPal account.

[ANS thanks eBay for the above information]


FUNcube-1's Birthday

The FUNcube Team reports:
It seems amazing to us that FUNcube-1 – AO73, was launched nearly
one year ago, in fact at 07:10 UTC on 21 Nov 2013. The very first
signals were received by ZS1LS in South Africa at 07:37 UTC and he
was even able to upload the resulting data to the Warehouse so the
results could be seen immediately.

We are extremely happy to say that, since then, the satellite has
been performing very satisfactorily, the battery voltage doesn’t drop
below 8 volts, and becomes fully charged within about 7 – 10 minutes
after re-entering sunlight from eclipse.

On Friday 21 Nov 2014, we will be celebrating the satellite’s first
birthday. To mark the occasion, we will be activating the transponder
earlier than normal – late on Thursday 20 Nov, so that it will be
available for use during the whole of Friday. So please make as many
contacts as possible through the transponder during Friday, FUNcube’s
actual birthday. You are invited to make a note of any stations
worked on this day, or any other comments on the FUNcube Forum.
Please use the existing “FUNcube-1's Birthday” topic, under the
Welcome heading. The URL of the Forum is

Please also remember the ’73 on 73" Award which is kindly being
organized by Paul Stoetzer N8HM. See
for more details.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of our
'users’, both those who download telemetry and forwarding it to the
warehouse, and of course, all users of the transponder. This
telemetry data is invaluable, both as an educational resource and to
enable us to see how the spacecraft systems are performing and
surviving. So far we have collected almost 400MB of unique data via
stations from all around the world.

Of course we are hoping that the satellite continues to function
nominally for several more years to come even though we may never
reach AO7’s record!

The AMSAT-UK Flickr Group is at
Please upload your pictures of amateur satellites, satellite ground
stations, satellite demonstrations or any other satellite related

73 on 73 Award

Data Warehouse – Telemetry Archive

Dashboard App – Telemetry Decoder

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around
the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where
AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working
amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations,
forums, and/or demonstrations).

* Saturday, 6 December 2014 – Superstition Superfest 2014 in Mesa AZ
(Mesa Community College, Dobson Road between Southern Avenue & US-60
exit 177)
* Sunday, 4 January 2015 – Ham Radio University in Bethpage NY
(Briarcliff College)
* Saturday, 10 January 2015 – Thunderbird Hamfest 2015 in Phoenix AZ
(43rd Avenue, between Greenway and Bell Roads)
* Friday and Saturday, 20-21 February 2015 – Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ
(Yuma County Fairgrounds, 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue & Avenue
3E, south of I-8 exit 3)
* Saturday TBD in mid-March 2015 – Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club
Hamfest in Scottsdale AZ
* Saturday, 28 March 2015 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ (22nd
Street, east of Columbus Blvd.)
* Saturday TBD in early May 2015 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association
Hamfest in Sierra Vista AZ
* Saturday TBD in early June 2015 – White Mountain Hamfest in Show
Low AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]



Upcoming Contacts

*    From  2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, there will be no US Operational
Segment (USOS) hams on  board ISS.  So any schools contacts during
this period will be conducted by the ARISS Russia  team.

Latest News

*    Lycée Européen Charles de Gaulle, Dijon, France, telebridge
via IK1SLD. Contact was successful at 2014-11-13 09:00 UTC 48 deg

The ARISS team reported:
"The Russian telebridge contact with Lycée Charles de Gaule in Dijon,
France went very well. Cosmonaut Elene Serova gave detailed answers
and 9
questions were answered. Signals were loud and clear. Claudio IK1SLD
did an excellent job, as usually.

Audience of 150, including school teachers and students as well as
regional and local authorities listened in. "

[ANS thanks ARISS, Gaston, ON4WF and Charlie, AJ9N for the above


Satellite Shorts From All Over

Updated W7O QSO Information

I'll be on AO-73 this (Friday 11/14) evening as W7O, for
the pass around 0458 UTC.  On Saturday morning(11/15), I'll
work 3 passes before I get tied up with work-related

SO-50 at 1422 UTC
FO-29 at 1430 UTC
AO-73 at 1651 UTC

 From what I've heard, John K8YSE/7 made the first
W7O satellite QSO this evening on SO-50 at 0011 UTC.
Christy KB6LTY was on the W7O mic from southern
California for that QSO.  I know others have been
working HF as W7O, and I'm gaining operators and
filling more slots in the W7O HF schedule.  Sounds
like there have been some interesting stories from
stations working W7O, including some who worked the
satellite in its first lifetime in the 1970s.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to work as
W7O, whether on the satellites or the HF bands.
The number of W7O lookups on QRZ was reset when I
put the current information on there, and several
hundred lookups have been recorded already.  There
is interest among the ham community in this old

[ANS thanks Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK and the AMSAT-BB for the above



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This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org
Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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