[jamsat-news:3297] [ans] ANS-200 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao @ vfr.net
2015年 7月 19日 (日) 09:58:31 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-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail
* W5KUB.com webcast with AMSAT; New Perk for Fox-1C donations
* School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact
* SA AMSAT Kletskous Solar Cell Purchase
* Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg
* International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Saturday, July 25
* Duchifat1 Updates
* Amateur Radio Geostationary Transponder and the Adventures of a Hacker
   Turned Ham
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-200 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 200.01
DATE July 19, 2015
BID: $ANS-200.01


AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballots in the Mail

Ballots have been mailed to AMSAT-NA members in good standing, and must be
returned to the AMSAT-NA office by 15 SEP 2015 in order to be counted. 
sent outside North America were sent by air mail. If you have not received
your ballot package in a reasonable time for your QTH, please contact the
AMSAT-NA office. Your completed ballot should be sent as promptly as 
and those from outside North American preferably by air mail or other
expedited means.

This year there are eight candidates:

Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Steve Coy, K8UD
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Mark Hammond, N8MH
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
Bob McGwier, N4HY
Bruce Paige, KK5DO

The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be seated as
voting Board Members with two year terms. The two candidates receiving the
next highest number of votes will be non-voting Alternate Board Members 
terms of one year. Please vote for no more than four candidates.

Please take the time to review the candidate statements that accompany the
ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board. Election of Board
members is both an obligation as well as an opportunity by our 
membership to
help shape the future direction of AMSAT-NA.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]


W5KUB.com webcast with AMSAT; New Perk for Fox-1C donations

Check out the AMSAT VPs of Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, and Operations,
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA on the W5KUB.com webcast from July 14th, talking 
about Fox and AMSAT.


Also, we have a new perk available for donations of $1,000 or more. Eighteen
donors will receive engraved, mounted solar panel protective covers actually
used on Fox-1C. Don’t miss this limited availability perk for supporting 
amateur satellite program! Donations may be made via the AMSAT website, 
via the
FundRazr crowdsourcing app at
or via the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]


School Shortlist for Tim Peake Space Station Contact

On Tuesday, July 14 at the UK Space Conference in Liverpool the names were
announced of the UK schools which have won the opportunity to contact UK
astronaut Tim Peake via amateur radio during his mission to the 
Space Station. Tim holds the call sign KG5BVI and is expected to use the
special call GB1SS from the amateur radio station in the Columbus module 
of the

Tim will launch to the ISS in December of this year and will spend 6 months
working and living in space. The Amateur Radio competition is a 
between the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) 
and the
European Space Agency (ESA).

Selected schools will host a direct link-up with the ISS during a two-day,
space related STEM workshop which will be the culmination of a large 
range of
learning activities using space as a context for teaching throughout the

ARISS UK (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) will provide and
set up all necessary radio equipment such as low earth orbit satellite 
antennas and radios, to establishing a fully functional, direct radio 
link with
the ISS from the schools’ very own premises. In a ten-minute window when the
ISS will be over the UK, an amateur radio contact will be established 
with Tim,
and students will be able to ask him questions about his life and work 
on board
the ISS.

Owing to the nature of scheduling the links, which is dependent on 
the exact orbit of the ISS and the crew schedules, the exact dates and times
for possible links will not be known until 2 weeks before the link up is
scheduled. The shortlisted schools will all be prepared for such scheduling
challenges and, by having a number of schools, we can ensure that all 
links are

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, said:
We’re delighted with the amount of interest in this exciting project and
look forward to working with the selected schools as they make a call into

Both Tim’s space mission and amateur radio have the power to inspire young
people and encourage them into STEM subjects. By bringing them together 
we can
boost their reach and give young people around the UK the chance to be 
in a space mission and a hands-on project that will teach them new skills.

The following schools have been shortlisted for a possible ARISS call 
with Tim
whilst he is in orbit on the ISS:

     Ashfield Primary School, Otley, West Yorkshire
     The Derby High School, Derby
     The Kings School, Ottery St Mary
     Norwich School, Norwich
     Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bristol
     Powys Secondary Schools Joint, Powys
     Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth
     Sandringham School, St Albans
     St Richard’s Catholic College, Bexhill-on-Sea
     Wellesley House School, Broadstairs

John Gould, G3WKL, President of the RSGB, said:
The Radio Society of Great Britain will be delighted to support
shortlisted schools by teaching their pupils about amateur radio and helping
them through their licence exams where appropriate. Members of our Youth
Committee are based across the UK and will be keen to visit the chosen 
in their area and chat to the pupils.

The ARISS UK Operations team will now work with the shortlisted schools to
prepare them for this exceptional opportunity during the mission of the 
British ESA Astronaut.

ARISS Europe http://www.ariss-eu.org/

[ANS thanks ARISS and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


SA AMSAT Kletskous Solar Cell Purchase

SA AMSAT made a significant investment in the KLETSKOUS project by placing
an order for solar cells with an overseas supplier. The solar cells will be
used to build the first prototype solar panels for testing with the power

The electrical power system (EPS) is the sub-system that provides various
other systems and the payload with power, and controls the charging and
conditioning of the batteries. The first prototype was tested with panels
borrowed from the Denel Dynamic CubeSat project. "We are looking forward to
building our own panels to meet the physical dimension requirements of the
space frame," Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, said. Fritz Sutherland, ZS6FSJ, who
built the prototype, which he showed at the recently held SA AMSAT Space
Symposium, designed the EPS. Both Hannes Coetzee and Frik Wolff, ZS6FZ, who
recently joined the project team, will build the solar panels.

The Kletskous project is funded by donations from radio amateurs. To learn
more about the project and how to make your financial contribution visit

[ANS thanks SA AMSAT and the SARL weekly news in English 2015-7-11 for the
above information]


Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg

The Pico and Nano Satellite Workshop in Würzburg will be held on September
15-16, 2015.

We are happy to announce that several national and international
institutions acknowledged the value of our workshop by providing
co-sponsoring for this event. Thus, we would like to point out the great
opportunity to further disseminate your scientific results as selected best
contributions will be invited for paper publication in a conference
proceedings in the IAA book series on Small Satellites.

If you want to take the opportunity to present your current progress in the
field of pico- and nano-satellites please do not forget to submit your
presentation abstract by sending an email to
pina2015 @ informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de
until July 20, 2015.

For more information and latest updates about the workshop please visit our


[ANS thanks the PiNa Team for the above information]


International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Saturday, July 25

There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space
Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford as well as visits to the satellite
construction facilities at the SSTL Kepler Building. The event is open 
to all.
Admittance is £10 for the day and car parking is free.

Speakers for Saturday, July 25

• Introduction by Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO OBE, FRS, FREng, FIET
• SSTL Update by Tony Holt, Director, SSTL
• The Satellite Applications Catapult PocketQube Kit by Chris Brunskill
• AMSAT-DL Presention by Peter Guelzow DB2OS
• What else does Space do for You! by Prof. Richard Holdaway, former 
   RAL Space
• The Nayif-1 opportunity by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG
• AMSAT-NA / Fox-1 Presentation by Drew Glassbrenner KO4MA
• Dutch Satellite Days by Ivo Klinkert PA1IVO

Further details at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Duchifat1 Updates

Duchifat1, launched 1 year ago, was supposed to have onboard a "standard"
space APRS transceiver operating on 145.825MHz.  That would have made the
satellite compatible with ISS, other APRS satellites and APRS-IS.

Unfortunately, a short time before launch, we realized that technically we
couldn't keep the intended 145.825MHz transceiver in the final satellite
configuration but we still wanted to make some contribution to amateur 
radio in
space.   After a quick research we discovered that the 2nd transceiver 
Duchifat1, the ISIS (Netherlands) TRXUV planned for Duchifat1's command and
telemetry can be programmed to also accept APRS packets!, however, 
limited to
14 characters long.  Also, the downlink digital modulation was not the 
space APRS of 1200bd AFSK but 1200bd BPSK, and the uplink frequency is 
in the
UHF band.

We therefore came with the idea of supporting COMPRESSED APRS, and 
instead of
the standard digipeater, we implement kind of "store&forward" function 
in which
the satellite collects packets during its flight in orbit and the 
students of
Herzliya Science Center will download those packets and display them on 
a world
map in a web site programmed by them.

We published here a few weeks ago the opening of this service and put in our
web site detailed instructions on how to use the Byonics TinyTrak4 (TT4)
tracker, with or without GPS to generate packets in the required format that
Duchifat1 will accept.  So far, TWO pioneers used this service. THANKS 

While the TT4 solution is still the best we know for sending your actual 
position to Duchifat1, we are happy to announce the 'APRS Encoder', a 
new tool
in our web site that can generate for you the COMPRESSED APRS packet for

The input for the new APRS Encoder is the station's (or nearby) coordinates
set that can be obtained from Google Maps, so this solution is naturally
adequate for stationary base stations, while mobile stations should 
still use
the Byonics TT4.

The output of the APRS Encoder is a 14 character long Compressed APRS packet
that can be converted to 1200bd AFSK with a hardware TNC or software 
like MIXW
– just copy the 14 chars string and paste it into the MIXW window. The MIXW
should be set to mode Packet, using the most common "VHF 1200 baud (Standard
1200/2200Hz)" setting.  Prior registration is required.

All the details on the satellite, the registration and the APRS Encoder 
are at
this link:
Please read all the documentation in the site.

We wish you all good luck and enjoy!

73 from 4X4HSC team: instructors 4Z1WS and 4X1DG, and the students!

[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Amateur Radio Geostationary Transponder and the Adventures of a Hacker 

HamRadioNow episode 211 features two presentations given at the TAPR/AMSAT
banquet on Friday, May 15 at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. The first is 
about the
Amateur Radio transponder on the geostationary satellite Es’hail 2 by 
Thani Ali
al-Malki followed by Adventures of a Hacker Turned Ham by Michael Ossmann

The night begins with a short presentation on what will be the first Amateur
Radio transponder on a geostationary satellite, a project of the Qatar 
Radio Society, with help from AMSAT DL (Germany). The satellite, 
is owned by the Qatar Satellite Company, and senior engineer Thani Ali 
will give the details. Western Hemisphere hams will be disappointed that the
satellite footprint won’t cover anything in North America or Australia, and
just a bit of South America. The satellite is primarily a communications 
for Qatar and the Middle East, but the ham transponder will also cover 
Africa and western Asia (but also missing the China coast and Japan).

Michael Ossmann, AD0NR, founder of Great Scott Gadgets grew up as a computer
nerd embracing the hacker ethos. Eventually Michael became very 
interested in
the security of wireless systems such as remote keyless entry, garage door
openers, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. He designed Ubertooth One, a Bluetooth 
that was successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Not one to rest, Michael later designed and successfully funded HackRF 
One, an
open source SDR platform that attracted the attention of the amateur radio
community. Michael talks about his unique perspective on the community as an
outsider looking in, why he resisted getting an amateur radio license for
years, and why he finally decided to join. Michael shares his thoughts 
on what
it means to be a hacker, what it means to be a ham, and what amateur 
radio may
look like in the decades to come.

TAPR President Steve Bible N7HPR‘s introduction establishes the youth theme
with an interesting survey of the crowd.


Previous editions of HamRadioNow

Es’hail 2 geostationary satellite

[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).

*Friday and Saturday, 7-8 August 2015 – Austin Summerfest in Austin TX*

*Saturday, 15 August 2015 – Arctic Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in
Fairbanks AK

*Sunday, 16 August 2015 – demonstration at Chena Hot Springs AK

*Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 August 2015 – Boxboro Hamfest and ARRL
New England Convention in Boxborough MA

*Saturday and Sunday,  5-6 September - ARRL Roanoke Division Convention
Shelby, NC Hamfest, AMSAT Forum scheduled for Saturday

*Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18 2015, AMSAT Symposium in
Dayton OH (Dayton Crown Plaza)

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]




Pima County 4H/Vail Vaqueros 4H Club, Tucson, AZ, direct  via W7LB
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS
The  scheduled astronaut was Mikhail Korniyenko RN3BF
Contact was not successful:  Wed 2015-07-15 18:01:42 UTC 67 deg
ARISS is attempting to determine  what happened.

Moon Day/ Frontiers of Flight  Museum, Dallas, TX, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut was Mikhail Korniyenko  RN3BF
Contact was successful: Sat 2015-07-18 16:58 UTC 84  deg
The Moon Day contact was successful with 11 questions asked and 10 fully
answered.  The answer to the 11th question was lost in the noise at LOS.

Participants asked the following questions:
1. How do you get internet?
2. How is your perspective of Earth different from ours who have not 
been to
3. What has been your most exciting and memorable experience during your 
    on the International space station?
4. As you don't have gravity in the Space Station, and nothing drops or 
    down, what happens to a scoop of ice cream in space when it melts? 
Once it
    has melted, can you suck it up with a straw? Have you ever tried that?
5. What happens to fire in space?
6. What do you eat when in space?
7. What happens if an astronaut gets sick in space?  Do they have a 
doctor on
    board? If not, do they have to go back to Earth early for treatment?
8. Has your time on the space station helped in the research of finding 
a way
    to send someone to Mars for a longer period of time?
9. If a meteorite, space junk, or another spacecraft collides with the ISS,
    or there was a fire on board, what kind of emergency procedures 
would be
    performed to ensure station integrity and crew safety?
10. What has been your biggest unexpected obstacle, and how did you 
solve it
     and still reach your goal?
11. How do you put on your spacesuit to go out in space?

Upcoming ARISS Contacts

Albert Park  College, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS/OR4ISS
The scheduled  astronaut is Mikhail Korniyenko RN3BF
Contact is a go for: Mon  2015-07-20 08:40:28 UTC 30 deg

for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

* Illinois High Altitude Balloon to Carry Repeater and SSTV

The Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments team at DePauw University
plans to launch a high altitude balloon, BASE-85, on August 8, 2015 at 07:45
CDT (UTC - 5). The launch will be from the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul,
Illinois which is approximately 100 miles south of Chicago. The amateur
radio payload on this balloon will include:

+ Telemetry: APRS: 144.390Mhz, APRS.FI: WB9SA-11; QRZ: WB9SA
+ Cross-Band FM Repeater: Uplink 144.34 MHz; Downlink 446.025 MHz.
+ SSTV unit will operate on 147.48 MHz using Scottie2 -
   72 seconds on 30 seconds off.
+ 900 MHz tracking system.
+ DF beacon at 443 MHz


[ANS thanks the BALLOON_SKED @ yahoogroups.com e-mail list for the above

ARISS SSTV Images Commmemorate 40th Anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Mission

40 years ago this week, the historic joint Apollo-Soyuz mission was
conducted.   Apollo-Soyuz (or Soyuz-Apollo in Russia) represented the first
joint USA-Soviet mission and set the stage for follow-on Russia-USA space
collaboration on the Space Shuttle, Mir Space Station and the International
Space Station.  The Soyuz and Apollo vehicles were docked from July 17-19,
1975, during which time joint experiments and activities were accomplished
with the 3 USA astronauts and 2 Soviet Cosmonauts on-board. Apollo-Soyuz
was the final mission of the Apollo program and the last USA human
spaceflight mission until the first space shuttle mission in 1981.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this historic international event,
the ARISS team has developed a series of 12 Slow Scan Television (SSTV)
images that will be sent down for reception by schools, educational
organizations and ham radio operators, worldwide.  The SSTV images are
planned to start sometime Saturday morning, July 18 and run through Sunday
July 19.  These dates are tentative and are subject to change.  The SSTV
images can be received on 145.80 MHz and displayed using several different
SSTV computer programs that are available on the internet.

We encourage you to submit your best received SSTV images to:


The ARISS SSTV image gallery will post the best SSTV images received from
this event at:


Also, as a special treat, on Saturday July 18 the ISS Cosmonauts will take
time out to conduct an ARISS contact with students attending the Moon
Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum event in Dallas Texas.  This Russian
Cosmonaut-USA Student contact is planned to start around 16:55 UTC through
the W6SRJ ground station located in Santa Rosa, California.  ARISS will use
the 145.80 MHz voice frequency downlink (same as the SSTV downlink) for the
Moon Day contact.

For more information on ARISS, please go to our web site:

The ARISS international team would like to thank our ARISS-Russia colleague,
Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, for his leadership on this historic commemoration.

[ANS thanks ARISS, and Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair 
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,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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