[jamsat-news:3347] [ans] ANS-059 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os @ cfl.rr.com
2016年 2月 28日 (日) 10:56:48 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:

* eBay Donations for AMSAT
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Satellite DXCC Nearly 20 Years in the Making
* 2016 AMSAT Field Day
* Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems to Support Atlas V CubeSat Rideshare 
* UK and Malta University Satellite Collaboration

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 059.01
  From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
February 28, 2016
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eBay Donations for AMSAT

Are you an eBay seller? One item, ten items, or a full-time business you
can donate a percentage of your winning bid to AMSAT. To do so, do not
list your item with the basic listing tool, select advanced tools. eBay
will give you a warning message that it is for large volume sellers,
however this is where the eBay for Charity tool is found.

You can 'select another nonprofit you love' and search for either AMSAT
or Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. Choose the percentage amount of
the sale you would like to donate to AMSAT and boom. When your item
sells and the winning bidder pays, eBay will deduct the percentage from
your take and forward it to AMSAT.

Sometimes we are getting rid of our old equipment, sometimes selling
something new. In any case, won't you consider giving a piece of the pie
to a new satellite and choose AMSAT for your eBay for Charity.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]


Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Gesamtschule Leverkusen Schlebusch,  Leverkusen, Germany, direct via DLØIL
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled  to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact is a  go for: Mon 2016-02-29 12:05:58 UTC 78 deg

National Urban Alliance  for Effective Education (NUA), Syosset, New York,
telebridge VK5ZAI
The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Tim  Kopra KE5UDN
Contact is a go for: Tue 2016-03-01 16:45:18 UTC 53 deg

Powys Secondary Schools, Mid Wales, UK, direct via GB4PCS
The  ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS
The scheduled astronaut is  Timothy Peake KG5BVI
Contact is a go for: Sat 2016-03-05 10:55:19 UTC 59  deg


The  next window to submit a proposal for an upcoming contact is now open.
The  window is open from 2016-02-15 to 2016-04-15 and would be for contacts
between  2017-01-01 and 2017-06-30.

Check out the ARISS website  http://www.ariss.org/ or the ARRL website
http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact for full  details.

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


Satellite DXCC Nearly 20 Years in the Making

It took nearly 20 years, but AMSAT Vice President of Operations Drew
Glasbrenner, KO4MA, finally qualified for Satellite DXCC. Glasbrenner 
the requisite number of QSLs for checking at the Orlando HamCation February
12-14, and ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, 
KO4MA’s achievement.

“It's been a long process getting to satellite DXCC,” said Glasbrenner, 
who got
into satellite operating around 1993, and was only on RS-12 (Mode K) for 
a long
time. “This was the Russian satellite payload that used 15 meters up, and 10
meters down,” he explained.

His activity stagnated for a long time during and after his college 
years, but
in 1999 he got involved in working the LEO satellites, such as UO-14 and 
“then FO-20 and FO-29 for a little more distance, and then on the 
perigee passes
of AO-10, when it was still semi-usable,” he added.

“When AO-40 was launched into a high-Earth orbit, I dove into Mode U/S with
gusto,” Glasbrenner recounted. During the 3 years that AO-40 was active, he
spent many late nights and early mornings looking for the next new one.
“Eventually I was using a 3 foot solid dish with preamp and 
downconverter for
the Mode S downlink, and this is when some of my most exciting contacts 

Highlights included working VU2MKP at a few degrees of elevation to the 
right after the satellite came up, and working KH2GR in the other direction,
“while the satellite was off-pointing and the spin fades were 
horrendous, and
timing each call during peaks.”

When AO-40 went silent, Glasbrenner said he was about a dozen short of 
DXCC, and
he realized that he’d have to be proactive to finish up with just LEO
satellites. Many of his new ones came from operators who went the extra 
mile to
operate from places like the Caribbean and Greenland.

“The absence of operational HEO satellites makes satellite DXCC nearly
impossible for newer operators,” he said, “but I'm confident that continued
membership and support of AMSAT by any operator interested in satellites 
result in the successful return to high orbit by one of the several
opportunities currently being pursued by the organization. Strike while 
the iron
is hot!”

Bernhard Dobler, DJ5MN, has been at the top of the DXCC-Satellite standings
since 2000, and has 274 entities confirmed.

{ANS thanks ARRL and Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]


2016 AMSAT Field Day

It's that time of year again; summer and Field Day!  Each year the American
Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day as a “picnic, a campout, 
for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!”  The event 
place during a 24-hour period on the fourth weekend of June.  For 2016 
the event
takes place during a 27-hour period from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 25, 2016
through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 26, 2016. Those who set up prior to 1800 
UTC on
June 25 can operate only 24 hours.  The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
(AMSAT) promotes its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur
satellites, held concurrently with the ARRL event.

With the loss of AO-51, VO-52 and SO-67 this year it is going to be as
challenging as last year. A few new satellites are up there to take some 
of the
load. If you are considering ONLY the FM voice satellites like SO-50 for 
AMSAT Field Day focus. Don't, unless you are simply hoping to make one 
for the ARRL rules bonus points. The congestion on FM LEO satellites is 
so intense that we must continue to limit their use to 
This includes the International Space Station. You will be allowed one 
QSO if
the ISS is operating Voice. You will also be allowed one digital QSO 
with the
ISS or any other digital, non-store-and-forward, packet satellite (if

It was suggested during past field days that a control station be allowed to
coordinate contacts on the FM satellites. There is nothing in the rules that
would prohibit this. This is nothing more than a single station working 
QSO’s. If a station were to act as a control station and give QSO’s to every
other field day station, the control station would still only be allowed 
to turn
in one QSO per FM satellite while the other station would be able to 
submit one

The format for the message exchange on the ISS or other digital packet 
is an unproto packet to the other station (3-way exchange required) with 
all the
same information as normally exchanged for ARRL Field Day,

If you have worked the satellites on Field Day in recent years, you may have
noticed a lot of good contacts can be made on some of the 
less-populated, low-
earth-orbit satellites like FO-29, AO-7, or AO-73. During Field Day the
transponders come alive like 20 meters on a weekend. The good news is 
that the
transponders on these satellites will support multiple simultaneous 
The bad news is that you can't use FM, just low duty-cycle modes like 
SSB and


The AMSAT Field Day 2016 event is open to all Amateur Radio operators.  
are to use the exchange as specified in ARRL rules for Field Day. The AMSAT
competition is to encourage the use of all amateur satellites, both 
analog and
digital. Note that no points will be credited for any contacts beyond 
the ONE
allowed via each single-channel FM satellite. Operators are encouraged 
not to
make any extra contacts via theses satellites (Ex: SO-50). CW contacts and
digital contacts are worth three points as outlined below.

1.  Analog Transponders

ARRL rules apply, except:

- Each phone, CW, and digital segment ON EACH SATELLITE TRANSPONDER is
considered to be a separate band.

- CW and digital (RTTY, PSK-31, etc.) contacts count THREE points each.

- Stations are limited to one (1) completed QSO on any single channel FM
satellite. If a satellite has multiple modes such as V/u and L/s modes both
turned on, one contact each is allowed. If the PBBS is on - see Pacsats 
ISS (1 phone and 1 digital), Contacts with the ISS crew will count for one
contact if they are active. PCSat (I, II, etc.) (1 digital),

- The use of more than one transmitter at the same time on a single 
transponder is prohibited.

2.  Digital Transponders

For the Pacsats (GO-32, etc.) or ‘Store and Forward’ hamsats, each 
satellite is
considered a separate band.  Do not post "CQ" messages.  Simply upload ONE
greeting message to each satellite and download as many greeting messages as
possible from each satellite.  The subject of the uploaded file should 
be posted
as Field Day Greetings, addressed to ALL.  The purpose of this portion 
of the
competition is to demonstrate digital satellite communications to other 
Day participants and observers.  Do not reply to the Field Day Greetings
addressed to ALL.

The following uploads and downloads count as three-point digital contacts.

(a)  Upload of a satellite Field Day Greetings file (one per satellite).
(b)  Download of Satellite Field Day Greetings files posted by other 
Downloads of non-Field Day files or messages not addressed to ALL are 
not to be
counted for the event.  Save DIR listings and message files for later 
"proof of

Please note AMSAT uploaded messages do not count for QSO points under 
the ARRL

Satellite digipeat QSO's and APRS short-message contacts are worth three 
each, but must be complete verified two-way exchanges. Remember, only one
digipeat contact is allowed for the ISS and other satellites in this mode.

The use of terrestrial gateway stations or internet gateways (i.e. EchoLink,
IRLP, etc.) to uplink/downlink is not allowed.
Sample Satellite Field Day Greetings File:

Greetings from W5MSQ Field Day Satellite station near Katy, Texas, 
EL-29, with
20 participants, operating class 2A, in the AMSAT-Houston group with the 
Amateur Television Society and the Houston QRP club.  All the best and 73!

Note that the message stated the call, name of the group, operating 
class, where
they were located (the grid square would be helpful) and how many 
operators were
in attendance.

3.  Operating Class

Stations operating portable and using emergency power (as per ARRL Field Day
rules) are in a separate operating class from those at home connected to
commercial power.  On the report form simply check off Emergency or 
for the Power Source and be sure to specify your ARRL operating class 
(2A, 1C,


The Satellite Summary Sheet should be used for submission of the AMSAT 
Field Day
competition and be received by KK5DO (email or postal mail) by 11:59 
Monday, July 11, 2016. The preferred method for submitting your log is 
via e-
mail to kk5do @ amsat.org or kk5do @ arrl.net.

You may also use the postal service but give plenty of time for your 
results to
arrive by the submission date. Add photographs or other interesting 
that can be used in an article for the Journal.

You will receive an email back (within one or two days) from me when I 
your email submission. If you do not receive a confirmation message, 
then I have
not received your submission. Try sending it again or send it to my 
other email

If mailing your submission, the address is:

Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Director of Awards and Contests
PO Box 310
Alief, TX 77411-0310.

Certificates will be awarded to the first-place emergency power/portable 
at the AMSAT General Meeting and Space Symposium in the fall of 2016.
Certificates will also be awarded to the second and third place
portable/emergency operation in addition to the first-place home station 
on emergency power. A station submitting high, award-winning scores will be
requested to send in dupe sheets for analog contacts and message 
listings for
digital downloads.

You may have multiple rig difficulties, antenna failures, computer glitches,
generator disasters, tropical storms, and there may even be satellite 
but the goal is to test your ability to operate in an emergency 
situation.  Try
different gear.  Demonstrate satellite operations to hams that don't 
even know
the HAMSATS exist.  Test your equipment. Avoid making more than ONE 
contact via
the FM-only voice HAMSATS or the ISS, and enjoy the event!

Complete copies of the rules and recommended submission form can be 
found on the
AMSAT web site.

2016 PDF Field Day Rules

2016 MS-Word Field Day Rules

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]


Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems to support Atlas V CubeSat Rideshare initiative

Tyvak is responsible for identifying, obtaining, and integrating CubeSat
customers on the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle system.

Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding 
(MOU) with
United Launch Alliance (ULA) to serve as the primary Auxiliary Payload 
on CubeSat Rideshare Initiative efforts through Dec. 31, 2019.

ULA's CubeSat Rideshare Initiative enables rideshare opportunities on 
its Atlas
V launch vehicle and aims to tap into a growing market of small 
satellites with
applications in education, scientific research, U.S. Government and 
business. CubeSats are miniaturized satellites originally designed for 
use in
conjunction with university educational projects and quickly becoming a
dependable tool for advance missions. CubeSats are made of one or more 
called U's, measuring 10cm x 10cm x 10cm with a mass of 1.33 kilograms.

Under this MOU, Tyvak will provide low-cost access to space for both 
and U.S. Government CubeSat customers, as well as no-cost access to 
space for
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) CubeSat customers for
rideshares on ULA's Atlas V launch vehicles.

Tyvak is responsible for identifying, obtaining, and integrating CubeSat
customers on the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle system. In addition, as part 
of the
agreement with ULA, Tyvak will provide for no cost up to three STEM CubeSat
slots for each Atlas V 24U capacity launch opportunity for educational

"Tyvak is thrilled to have been selected for this opportunity with a 
launch Provider like ULA," said Tyvak President and Chief Executive Officer
Anthony Previte. "This MOU brings key opportunities to Tyvak and to the 
nanosatellite community."

"As America's ride to space, ULA is transforming rideshares so that 
will now have predictable manifest slots for their payloads," said Tory 
ULA president and CEO. "We are driving innovations like this program 
which will
make space more affordable and accessible for all manner and size of payload

[ANS thanks SpaceDaily for the above information]


UK and Malta University Satellite Collaboration

The UK’s University of Birmingham, the University of Malta, the Malta 
Radio League (MARL) and the Italian Astrodynamics company, GAUSS Srl are
collaborating on a project to send a PocketQube satellite with an 
amateur radio
payload into space.

The Times of Malta newspaper reports:

The 5x5x5 cm device, referred to as a PocketQube pico-satellite, will be
launched in 2018 into a sun-synchronous low earth orbit (LEO) and will 
be used
to validate on-board equipment that will study the properties the Earth’s

This project will pave the way for a swarm of eight such satellites that 
spread over a large geographical area and hence gain better coverage of
changeable ionospheric conditions which affect radio communications.

The collaboration has brought together two Maltese post graduate engineering
students – Darren Cachia in Malta and Jonathan Osairiis Camilleri (Ozzy), a
Ph.D. student at the University of Birmingham – who have joined efforts 
and are
developing the satellite platform and the scientific payload respectively.

The mission is expected to last about 18 months and will relay 
information back
to Earth that will be accessible to anyone owning a simple ham radio set.
Information will be made available in due course to allow schools and 
individuals to participate using inexpensive equipment.

[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,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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