[jamsat-news:3272] [ans] ANS-095 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm @ gmail.com
2015年 4月 5日 (日) 09:39:34 JST


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 Plans Dayton Rollout for 2015 "Getting Started" Satellite Book
* TAPR/AMSAT Joint Hamvention Banquet Will be on May 15
* March/April Edition of the AMSAT Journal Sent to Printers
* LibreCube Open Source CubeSat Projects
* AMSAT-SM Announces Committee for 2015-2016
* ISS Slow Scan TV Expected Weekend of April 11
* GRACE mission P-PODs including Fox-1A were integrated in the NPSCuL
* Wisconsin Balloon Launch Includes 2M Voice Beacon
* Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 9 to the
  International Space Station
* 21st Century Teacher Academy
* US ARISS School Proposal Window Closes in 10 Days
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-095 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 095.01
DATE April 5, 2015
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AMSAT Plans Dayton Rollout for 2015 "Getting Started" Satellite Book

Gould Smith's book, "Getting Started With Amateur Satellites", is
being updated to tell you all about how you can get ready to operate
through the Fox-1 satellites launching later this year. Additional
chapters in the book tell you about tracking software, orbital
mechanics, antennas, radios, Doppler tuning, and operating
techniques. Chapters are also being added to tell you about the new
satellites soon becoming available for amateur radio.

Going beyond brief descriptions in hamfest flyers, this book will
provide a complete reference for new satellite users to assemble a
basic station and to make your first satellite contacts. Also this
book you will teach you how to incrementally upgrade your initial FM
satellite station, time and budget permitting, to include automated
tracking as well as operating through the CW/SSB linear passband

A companion Fox-1A reference sheet is also being planned for release
at Dayton. This will be made available for AMSAT's FieldOps team for
distribution at hamfests and satellite operating demonstrations.

Watch for the 2015 "Getting Started With Amateur Satellites" book
and reference sheet at the AMSAT booth at the Dayton Hamvention. The
book will also be available in the AMSAT Store shortly after Dayton:

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


TAPR/AMSAT Joint Hamvention Banquet Will be on May 15

Join us at the Dayton Hamvention this year for the TAPR/AMSAT
Banquet on Friday evening, May 15. Doors open at 1830 for a cash bar,
with buffet dinner served at 1900.

Reservations must be made in advance in the AMSAT Store:
http://store.amsat.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=88 with
the cost of $35 per person. Tickets will not be sold at Dayton.
Tickets purchased online may be picked up at the AMSAT booth (433-
435, 444-446). Orders must be placed by 1800 EDT, Tuesday, May 12th.
No exceptions.

Come hungry and loosen your belt a notch. The dinner menu includes:

+ Choice of entree:
  o Prime Rib of Beef
  o Chicken Piccata with Lemon Caper Sauce
  o Medallions of Grilled Pork Tenderloin
+ Fresh Mashed Potatoes
+ Wild Rice Pilaf with Pecans and Apricots
+ Fresh Garden Tossed Salad
+ Rolls
+ Assorted Cakes and Cheesecakes
+ Coffee and Ice Tea
+ There will be a cash bar serving beer, wine, and mixed drinks.

Watch for the upcoming announcement of this year's after dinner

The dinner will be held at:
  Jefferson Room
  The Kohler Presidential Banquet Center
  4548 Presidential Way
  Kettering, OH 45429

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Dayton Hamvention Posse for the above


March/April Edition of the AMSAT Journal Sent to Printers

March/April edition of the AMSAT Journal was sent to the printers
March 31. Editor JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM, Would like to thank Bernhard,
VA6BMJ; Douglas, KA2UPW/5; James, K3JPH; and Joe, KB6IGK, for their
help on getting this issue ready.

Contents include
+ AMSAT Announcements - Board of Directors Nominations Notice
+ Apogee View
Barry Baines, WD4ASW
+ Amateur Satellites at Anchorage Engineer's Week
Craig Bledsoe. KL4E
+ Pairing SDR dongles with smaller Windows 8.1 tablets
Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK
+ The Gizmo Revisited
Art Payne VE3NGF
+ AMSAT Field Day
+ The Satellite Attitude Manipulating System (SAMS) Prototype
Mark Spencer WA8SME
+ AMSAT Nets
Keith Pugh W5IU
+ IARU: 29 MHz Uplinks
Ray Soifer W2RS
+ AMSAT Engineering Update
Jerry Buxton NØJY
+ ARISS SSTV Results
+ AMSAT at the HamCation
+ AMSAT and University of Iowa Partner on Scientific Payload
  for Fox-1D
+ Orbital Debrief for March/April 2015
Paul Stoetzer N8HM
+ Minutes of the 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Meeting

[ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM for the above information]


LibreCube Open Source CubeSat Projects

Those of you interested in open source may want to have a look at
www.librecube.net where you will find a number of common CubeSat
products available for you.

You may freely modify, produce, improve, and share them. Please read
the included license files for details.

They are hosted by LibreCube, a non-profit initiative that has the
objective to promote open source CubeSat design and foster
collaboration among the CubeSat community.

Your Feedback is most welcome.

[ANS thanks LibreCube and the CubeSat mailing list for the above


AMSAT-SM Announces Committee for 2015-2016

AMSAT-SM Committee for 2015-2016 has been announced

Chairman Hakan - SM7WSJ
Secretary Lars - SM0TGU
Treasurer Kim - SM1TDX.

At the moment AMSAT-SM has 148 members but only a few are active via
satellite. But, we are still alive and we are very active with news
on our website and Twitter.

AMSAT-SM is the Swedish section of AMSAT with aprox 150 members
(2015). One of our objectives is to inform Swedish hams about the fun
with amateur satellites! Not many SM hams are active via satellite at
the moment. With the help from our swedish webpage and HF-net we hope
that more swedish hams should be using amateur satellites.
The AMSAT-SM annual meeting is held every spring. We run a HF-net on
80 meters every Sunday with lots of news about satellites and space.

AMSAT-SM website

English language website

AMSAT-SM is using the Internet homepage for members information and
news. You can find articles, news, links and lots of more information
about satellites. The large main page is only in Swedish because
there are allready a lot of good sites about amateur satellites in
english. We provide the following information:

FAQ and technical page
New amateur satellites update
Latest telemetry from several microsats
A news service on the homepage called e-Journal
Active on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. See links on right frame on

AMSAT-SM has a mailing list (just like the AMSAT-BB list) that was
started in 1998. Most of the mail are in swedish, but you are welcome
to subscribe.
Send an e-mail to: amsat-sm-subscribe @ yahoogroups.co.uk

Contact: You can reach AMSAT-SM at:

c/o Lars Thunberg
Revirvägen 17
192 73 Sollentuna

info at amsat.se

English website

[ANS thanks Lars Thunberg SM0TGU and AMSAT-SM for the above


ISS Slow Scan TV Expected Weekend of April 11

In commemoration of the 54th anniversary of the first human
spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin which took place on April 12, 1961, the
Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced that SSTV activity
will take place from the ISS. As with similar to events this past
winter the images can be captured on 145.800 MHz FM using SSTV mode

Those capturing images are encouraged to upload them to
Uploaded images may be viewed at

Please be advised that situational demands on crew time could result
in postponement or cancellation of any ARISS activity. Please pay
attention to the possibility of any change in scheduling.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


GRACE mission P-PODs including Fox-1A were integrated in the NPSCuL

UPDATE - The P-PODs were delivered to Naval Postgraduate School this
week and have been integrated in the NPSCuL.

The video linked below was provided to all of the GRACE mission
CubeSat teams by Justin Foley of Cal Poly.

Justin says "A few years back we put together a video that outlines
the process we go through to get CubeSats on the Atlas V. This video
follows the payload we put on NROL-36, aka OUTSat, which launched
from VAFB and carried 11 cubes. The process is very similar to what
your satellites are going through now."


Photos of the P-POD integration in the Cal Poly clean room, which is
where this video begins the story, can be viewed at
http://www.amsat.org/. The last two CubeSats were integrated in their
P-POD March 26. All of the P-PODs then head up to the Naval
Postgraduate School next week for integration in the NPSCuL and
acceptance testing, and then be sent on to Vandenberg (cue video) -

[ANS Thanks to Justin D. Foley for the YouTube video link and AMSAT
for the above information]


Wisconsin Balloon Launch Includes 2M Voice Beacon

Wisconsin HAB is doing our second launch, which is participating as
part of the Global Balloon Space Challenge.

Date: 4/18/2015
Time: 8:00 AM CDT Setup, 9:00 AM CDT Launch

If you want to see it in person, EVERYONE is welcome to stop out and
watch. It's at a park so there's lots of room. Join us!

Highland Village Park, located at 755 N Park St, Highland, WI 53543
(about 1 hour West of Madison, WI)

If you can't make it in-person, watch it LIVE on YouTube. That's
right, we will be streaming LIVE on YouTube @

If you're into amateur radio, you can monitor our chase & tracking
at FM38  http://www.fm38.org/tiki-index.php.
Additionally, we will be transmitting a voice beacon on 146.430 MHz
and using Simplex @ 146.550 Mhz during the recovery effort.

If you are a visual person and want to follow the balloon via Google
you can visit http://aprs.fi/.

Additionally, we will be updating Facebook and tweeting @WisconsinHAB

[ANS thanks Wisconsin High Altitude Ballooning and the
Balloon_Sked at yahoogroups.com mailing list for the above


Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 9 to the
International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the
Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with
NanoRacks LLC, announce an authentic science, technology, engineering
and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the
U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight
opportunity, Mission 9 to the International Space Station, or ISS,
gives students across a community the ability to design and propose
real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the ISS. This
opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program,
or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a real microgravity
research minilaboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity
experiment and all launch services to fly the minilab to the space
station in spring 2016 and return it to Earth. An experiment design
competition in each community -- engaging typically 300+ students --
allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for
their community's reserved minilab. Content resources for teachers
and students support foundational instruction on science in
microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming
leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community,
embracing a learning community model for STEM education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college.
Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to
participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no
later than April 30, 2015. The National Center for Earth and Space
Science Education is available to help interested communities in the
U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 9 to
International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC
working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the
utilization of the International Space Station as a national
laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space
(http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a
list of all SSEP national partners, visit

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP
National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein @ ncesse.org.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- April 2, 2015 for the
above information]


21st Century Teacher Academy

The 21st Century Teacher Academy, or 21CTA, is a unique educator
professional development workshop opportunity for K-12 educators. The
workshop is designed to immerse teachers in the best practices and
methodologies to develope and implement real-world, project based learning,
or PBL, curriculum using NASA's missions. 21CTA is sponsored by the Office
of Education and Public Outreach at NASA's Ames Research Center, and funded
by NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

21CTA is a two-week workshop held July 8-22, 2015. The workshop will be led
by content experts, PBL experts, technical subject matter experts and a
master teacher. The workshop will take place at NASA's Ames Research Center
in Moffett Field, California. Attendees will receive a $4,500 stipend.
Teacher teams are highly encouraged!

Applications are due April 30, 2015. Interested K-12 educators should apply
through NASA's One-Stop Shopping Initiative website at

If you have questions about the 21st Century Teacher Academy, please email
ARC-TeacherAcademy @ mail.nasa.gov.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- April 2, 2015 for the above


US ARISS School Proposal Window Closes in 10 Days

ARISS is now accepting proposals for U.S. schools wishing to
schedule contacts between their students and the International Space
Station for the next cycle. Details on submitting proposals can be
found below in the attached ARRL News Release.

Message to US Educators

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

Contact Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window February 15 - April 15, 2015

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates
that the contact would be held between *January 1, 2016 and June 30,
2016*. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact
contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS
is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed
education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2015.
Proposal information and documents can be found at

The Opportunity

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators
to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate
changes in contact dates and times.

Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space
agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational
opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to
enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students
around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed
by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American
Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.

More Information

Interested parties can find more information about the program at
www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.

For proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of
Information Sessions go to www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

Please direct any questions to ariss at arrl.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between CEPES, Jodoigne, Belgium and
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti IZØUDF using NA1SS The contact began
04-01 09:20 UTC  and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact
was telebridged via K6DUE.
ARISS Mentor was ON4WF.

+ A Successful contact was made between Mimar Sinan Özel Okullari,
Istanbul, Turkey and Samantha Cristoforetti IZØUDF using NA1SS The
contact began 04-01 09:20 UTC  and lasted about nine and a half
minutes. Contact was telebridged via K6DUE.
ARISS Mentor was ON4WF.

>From  2015-05-11 to 2015-06-14, 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.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above


Satellite Shorts From All Over

Links to ISS and SSTV Related Links as Reported by AMSAT-UK.ORG

ISS Fan Club - Tracking / Predictions

Free MMSSTV Slow Scan TV software


For more on Slow Scan Television SSTV, see this article SSTV - The

How to be successful with the ISS Slow Scan Television (SSTV)
imaging system

IZ8BLY Vox Recoder, enables you to record the signals from the ISS
on 145.800 MHz while you're away at work

ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) Blog and Gallery

Information on the MAI-75 SSTV experiment

Video showing reception of SSTV using the FUNcube Dongle Pro SDR and
SDR-RADIO going into Virtual Audio Cable (VAC) then to MMSSTV

ISS SSTV received online with SUWS WebSDR

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK 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

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,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org
Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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