[jamsat-news:3269] [ans] ANS-081 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Joseph Spier wao @ vfr.net
2015年 3月 22日 (日) 15:15:23 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

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Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

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In this edition:

* AMSAT Hotel Room Reservations for Dayton Hamvention
* AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention -- First call for volunteers
* ITU Symposium Endorses Small Satellite Regulation and Communication 
* Young Ham’s First Contact is via OSCAR Satellite
* Two Million Packets Uploaded to Data Warehouse (AO-73)
* Astronaut Issues Challenge for UK Students to Contact ISS
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-081 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 081.01
DATE March 22, 2015
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AMSAT Hotel Room Reservations for Dayton Hamvention

Once again, this year, as in previous years AMSAT has reserved a block of
rooms for the Dayton Hamvention at the Country Inn & Suites in Fairborn,
Ohio. The cost is $109 per night. The cutoff date for reservations is April

First priority will be given to AMSAT members assisting with the booth
operations, satellite operating demonstrations, and the AMSAT Forum
presentations. Call Martha at the AMSAT office at 301-822-4376 to give her
your arrival/departure dates and your credit card information.

[ANS thanks Martha at the AMSAT Office for the above information]


AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention -- First call for volunteers

Last year, we had 52 people assist with the AMSAT booth at the Dayton.  It
was the efforts of those volunteers that made the 2014 Dayton Hamvention a
success for AMSAT.

The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers, and
builders makes the whole experience a lot of fun.

The 2015 Hamvention is May 15-17.  Would you consider helping AMSAT at
Dayton this year?

Whether you're available for only a couple of hours or if you can spend the
entire weekend with us, your help would be greatly appreciated.

Please send an e-mail to Steve, n9ip @ amsat.org if you can help.

[ANS thanks AMSAT's Hamvention Chairman Steve Belter, N9IP for the above


ITU Symposium Endorses Small Satellite Regulation and Communication Systems

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) representatives were in Prague
earlier this month to join discussions on the regulatory aspects of 
orbits and
spectrum usage for nanosatellites and picosatellites. On hand for the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium and WorkshopMarch 2-4
were IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, and former IARU Region 1
President Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T. In particular, discussions 
centered on
the application of the ITU Radio Regulations. The symposium concluded 
with the
unanimous endorsement of the “Prague Declaration on Small Satellite 
and Communication Systems.”

“The symposium provided a unique opportunity for experts to examine the
procedures for notifying space networks and consider possible 
modifications to
enable the deployment and operation of small satellites,” said ITU 
General Houlin Zhao. “‘The Prague Declaration’ represents an important 
step in
this direction.”

More than 160 participants from some 40 countries attended the 
symposium. The
gathering is being considered an important step in preparing for the 
2015 World
Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva November 2-27.

Delegates discussed challenges facing small satellite development, including
aspects related to national and international legal and regulatory issues,
frequency management, and radiocommunication standardization. Participants
reiterated the need to ensure the long-term sustainability of small 
in outer space. They stressed the importance of implementing national
regulatory frameworks that clearly define the rights and obligations of all
stakeholders, in conformance with international laws, regulations, and
procedures established by the UN General Assembly, the United Nations 
on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and the and ITU.

These regulatory issues relate to the registration of objects launched into
outer space, frequency coordination, and the registration of satellite
networks, as well as compliance with the space debris mitigation guidelines.

ITU Radiocommunication Bureau Director François Rancy, said the ITU, in
partnership with key players, including academe, “is addressing newly 
requirements by various industry sectors to place small communication 
systems in orbit. “We are examining the regulatory aspects of the use of 
frequency spectrum and satellite orbits to facilitate the launch and 
of a new generation of small satellites,” he said.

The symposium was organized by ITU in cooperation with ITU Academia Member,
the Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering (CTU 


[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


Young Ham’s First Contact is via OSCAR Satellite

8-year-old radio amateur Hope Lea, KM4IPF made her first contact just 45
minutes after her callsign appeared in the FCC database. The contact with
Arthur, K4YYL, via the FO-29 satellite, took place on March 11, 2015 at
2100 UT.

Her elder sister Faith, WA4BBC and brother Zechariah, WX4TVJ got to work 
as well. They had both gained their US Technician licenses in February and
upgraded to the US General a couple of weeks later.

Hope’s younger sister is studying for her license.

Video of the contact is posted here:

FO-29 information

John Heath G7HIA describes how to work FO-29 in this article

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


Two Million Packets Uploaded to Data Warehouse (AO-73)

The FUNcube team are pleased to announce that the Data Warehouse has 
two million packets of telemetry data from ground stations around the world.

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) was launched on November 21, 2013 and since then radio
amateurs and schools have been receiving the telemetry packets 
transmitted by
the satellite and passing them to the AMSAT-UK Data Warehouse for 
analysis and

There are normally several people uploading the same packet but for the 2
millionth it was an individual:

• Carlos Eavis, G3VHF

The Data Warehouse statistics as of 09:53 UT on March 15, 2015 were:

Number of registered users: 1529
Number of active users (data received in last two weeks): 193
Number of active users since launch: 818

Number of packets transmitted by satellite since deployment: 8312304 
(2.13 GB)
Number of packets uploaded by users before de-duplication: 8539662(2.19 GB)

Number of packets stored in warehouse: 2000000 (512 MB)

Number of packets recovered & stored – Time – Coverage
• Realtime 2M – 115 days – 25%
• HiRes 3.9M – 1085 minutes – 19%
• WOD 0.56M – 385.78 days – 80%

As always, many thanks for all those individuals and groups who are sending
data to the warehouse.

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Telemetry:
• Dashboard App
• Data Warehouse Archive
• Whole orbit data

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Astronaut Issues Challenge for UK Students to Contact ISS

Tim Peake KG5BVI, the first British ESA astronaut, has issued an 
invitation to
UK school pupils to contact him via amateur radio whilst he is in space.

Tim will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in November of this
year and will spend 6 months working and living on the ISS. Thanks to a
collaboration between Amateur Radio on the International Space Stations
(ARISS), the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) 
and the
European Space Agency (ESA), UK school pupils will be able to contact him
whilst he is on board the ISS via a scheduled amateur radio link-up.

The selected schools/organisations will host a direct link-up with the
International Space Station during a two-day, space related STEM workshop.
ARISS UK will provide and set up all necessary radio equipment (for example,
low earth orbit satellite tracking antennas and radios) to establishing 
a fully
functional, direct radio link with the International Space Station from 
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 
to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

During the contact with Tim the students will be able to hear and 
see his response immediately. Tim will be using the amateur radio callsign
GB1SS whilst he is talking to UK based schools.

Schools throughout the United Kingdom are being invited to host one of a
limited number of these in-flight calls, which will include space workshops
where students can explore space, space related technologies, the 
relevance of
space to our digital lives and even analyse data being sent down from 

The students taking part in the link-up will have to obtain their full 
radio licence to be eligible to operate the radio and one lucky student 
at each
of the selected schools will be responsible for making contact with the ISS.

An RSGB team and the ARISS UK Operations team will work with the chosen
schools to prepare them for this exceptional opportunity during the 
mission of
the first British ESA Astronaut.

Tim Peake said:
“I hope to share as much of my mission as possible and am delighted that I
will be able to talk to UK students when the ISS flies over Britain, 
thanks to
the radio amateur equipment on board the International Space Station and the
ARISS programme.”

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, added:
“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.”

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, R.S.G.B. Lead for ARISS and ARISS Operations in 
the UK,
“Tim Peake, and his Principia mission to the ISS, offers students a unique
insight to space and amateur radio. ARISS (Amateur Radio on the 
Space Station) is delighted to be able to help UK students connect with Tim
whilst he is in space, using only amateur radio equipment on the ISS and in
schools, to help inspire our future generations of scientists, technicians,
engineers and mathematicians.”

John Gould, G3WKL, President of the RSGB said:
“The RSGB is delighted to be able to support the UK Space Agency and Tim’s
journey into space, and looks forward to working with the selected schools.”

How to Apply
The opportunity to be involved in this exciting project opens 20 March 2015.
Eligible institutions are invited to apply in order to register their 

Stage 1 application forms, available from the European Space Education
Resource Office web site at
must be returned no later than Friday 24 April 2015.
Schools/Institutions that are to be invited to proceed to Stage 2 will be
notified in the week commencing 11 May 2015.

Stage 2 applications must be submitted and received by 26 June 2015.
There will then be a selection process involving the UK Space Agency, ESA,
ARISS and the RSGB. The successful schools will be announced at the UK Space
Conference on 14 July 2015.

UK National STEM Centre – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

[ANS thanks RSGB and 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, 28 March 2015 – Greater Houston Hamfest and 2015 ARRL Texas
State Convention in Rosenberg TX (southwest of Houston)

*Saturday, 28 March 2015 – Tucson Spring Hamfest in Tucson AZ (22nd
Street, east of Columbus Blvd.)

*Friday, 3 April 2015 – presentation for the Associated Radio Amateurs
of Long Beach in Signal Hill CA (Signal Hill Community Center)

*Friday, 17 April 2015 – presentation for the Oro Valley Amateur Radio
Club in Tucson AZ

*Friday through Sunday, 1-3 May 2015 – ARRL Nevada State Convention in
Reno NV (Boomtown Casino Hotel)

*Saturday, 2 May 2015 – Cochise Amateur Radio Association Hamfest in
Sierra Vista AZ

*Thursday, 14 May 2015 – presentation for the Escondido Amateur Radio
Society in Escondido CA

*Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15-17 2015, Dayton Hamvention in
Dayton OH (Hara Arena)

*Saturday, 6 June 2015 – White Mountain Hamfest in Show Low AZ

*Friday and Saturday, 12-13 June 2015 – HAM-COM in Irving TX (west of

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

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

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]



Recent Contacts

* Direct contacts with students at Collège Paul Langevin, Saint Junien,
France, via  F8KFZ/P, and at Ecole La Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, 
France, via
F6KFA/p were successful Thu 2015-03-19 08:17:56 UTC. Astronaut Samantha
Cristoforetti, IZØUDF answered questions for students at each school 
from the
ISS.  French astronaut Claudie Haigneré was on hand at Ecole La Malmaison to
answer additional questions.

The event could be seen in this link from Paul Langevin/F8KFZ (Contact 
at 23'15")

and from this link from La Malmaison (Contact starts at 57'10")

Collège Paul Langevin

The Collège Paul Langevin, situated in the town center of Saint-Junien 
in the
west of the Haute Vienne and the Limousin (400 km south of Paris), is a 
primary school that became a general mixed college in 1964. The college 
a general teaching syllabus and a further syllabus for teaching children of
special needs. The college is composed of 6 sixth year classes, 5 fifth year
classes, 5 fourth year classes, and 4 third year classes. Languages 
taught are
English, German, Spanish, and Latin. The college also has an athletic 

This school year, 2014–2015, the college has 615 students split over the 
years. This includes the special needs children who benefit from 
inclusion in
class life. There are 64 Students in this special needs program. These 
have significant and persistent difficulties in terms of academic 
learning, but
do not have intellectual disabilities.

Ecole La Malmaison

The elementary school La Malmaison is located in the department of Hauts-de-
Seine in the city of Rueil-Malmaison, about 15 km west of Paris, and 10 
km away
from the Versailles Palace. The school is surrounded by famous historic 
the Castle of Malmaison, where Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine de
Beauharnais lived at the end of the 18th Century; the banks of River Seine,
depicted by famous Impressionist painters (Renoir, Manet, and Monet) at 
the end
of the 19th century; Mount Valerien, with its national memorial of 2nd World
War French combatants; and the National Archeologic museum in the Castle 
of St
Germain-en-Laye city nearby.

The goal of this ARISS project is to encourage the children to study
scientific activities like  life aboard the ISS, the solar system, the 
day and
night caused by earth rotation, electricity experiences, the air quality on
Earth and on the ISS, the weight on earth and the zero-gravity in space. 
ARISS project is an opportunity to visit the Amateur RadioClub Station 
of Rueil-
Malmaison (F6KFA) and discover their experiences on radio waves phenomena,
learn the Morse code, and more.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

* Telebridge contacts with students at CEPES, Jodoigne, Belgium, and with
students at Mimar Sinan Özel Okullar i, Istanbul,Turkey, via K6DUE are
scheduled for Wed 2015-04-01 09:20:45 UTC 49 deg. Students will interview
astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF.

CEPES School

Cepes is situated in Jodoigne, a city in the French speaking region of
Belgium. It is a secundary school with 810 students. The students 
in the ARISS project specialize in Sciences, Mathematics, Languages and 
Sciences. They are 15 -20 years old.

During this school year, the curriculum is oriented to the ARISS contact :
  - Movements of the Earth and planets
  - Acquisition of scientific vocabulary
  - Studies of volumes and surfaces
  - Graphic studies
  - Use of instruments and techniques in model building
  - Study of the concept of scale and scaling in model building
  - Electricity: electrical systems
  - Read a map, compass rose, latitude, longitude
  - The effect of weightlessness on the human body
  - Translation of ARISS contact questions from French into English

Mimar Sinan Collage

Mimar Sinan College is situated in Istanbul, Turkey. The students prepared
the questions after they learned about the ISS during science 
lessons.They also
watched videos of astronauts working in the ISS.

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

PQ2 Brazil Satellite Operation March 20-22 Delayed

Just a heads up for a DX opportunity that was scheduled to occur 
The expedition expects a delay of 30 days before the expedition will occur.

Original Message:
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1206

PQ2, BRAZIL (Satellite/6m Op). Operators Pedro/PR8ZX and Augusto/PU8MET
will be active as PQ2ZXT and PQ2/PU8MET, respectively, from Tocantins State
(WW Loc. GI64) between March 20-22nd. Activity will be on the satellites and
6 meters. There are very few operators in this state. QSL via LoTW or
their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB for the above information]

N2IEN in Haiti 4/4-4/6

DXpedition to HH coming April 4-6!! Mostly HF cw, some SSB. And will
try to work SO 50 satellite. Hopefully I'll also be QRV RTTY.

Pat has done very well from the rarely heard FJ and VP2V over the past
month with his Yaesu VX-8 and Arrow antenna. His QSL manager is NR6M.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-BB and Paul, N8HM 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,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org
Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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