[jamsat-news:3338] [ans] ANS-010 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm @ gmail.com
2016年 1月 10日 (日) 10:52:47 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:

* Cruising to the 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium
* ARISS-US Receives $5,000 Grant from Yasme Foundation
* Best Fist Nominations Due
* Your 2015 Space Symposium Photos Needed!
* ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event Update
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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Cruising to the 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium

The 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held aboard a commercial
cruise ship departing from the port of Galveston, Texas.  Sail dates
are November 10-14 aboard the Carnival Liberty.  Galveston is
conveniently located near Houston, Texas with access from both the
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and the Houston Hobby
Airport (HOU.)  This cruise will embark on Thursday afternoon at
16:00 CST and return on the following Monday morning at 08:00 CST.
The trip includes two full days at sea and one day in port at
Cozumel, Mexico.  Symposium presentations and meetings will be
conducted during the days at sea to allow free time during the stop
in Cozumel.  The AMSAT Board of Directors meeting will occur on shore
at a Galveston hotel in the days prior to the Symposium.

This year's cruise ship venue offers an environment for significant
others, families, and friends to attend the AMSAT Symposium event
with you.  Many activities are available on a cruise ship including
musical and theatrical performances, comedy, dancing, and casino
gaming.  During the stop in Cozumel there are many onshore activities
and excursions available for your pleasure.  There will be no post-
Symposium tour offered since this venue incorporates the Cozumel

In preparation for this upcoming Symposium it is recommended you
obtain a passport for travel as soon as possible.   United States
residents may find the most convenient place to obtain a passport is
their nearest US Post Office. Not all USPS locations offer this
service; check the US Postal Service website:

Details on travel documents required for US citizens to take a
Carnival cruise originating at a US Port and returning to the same
port may be found here:

AMSAT is offering a group rate and booking code available starting
January 5.  Please book your cruise directly by calling 1-800-438-
6744 and dialing extension number 70005.  Our group name is AMSAT and
the group code is 8Z0FR5.  It is recommended you make reservations
very early since cabins are held for a short period of time.
Reservations require a $150 USD per person deposit.  The deposit is
fully refundable up until September 11.   Rates may vary depending
upon cabin type selected and occupancy.  Please utilize the group
code as this directly benefits the Symposium and the amenities we are
able to offer attendees.

Further details will be released in the coming months via ANS, AMSAT-
BB, and the AMSAT Journal.

[ANS thanks Clayton W5PFG for the above information]


ARISS-US Receives $5,000 Grant from Yasme Foundation

The ARISS-US Team is thrilled to announce that it received a $5,000
grant from the Yasme Foundation, awarded to support the development
of the power converters needed as a part of an extensive upgrade to
the entire ARISS radio system onboard the International Space

Ward Silver, N0AX, President of the Yasme Foundation, www.yasme.org,
said the Yasme Board decided to support ARISS, in part, as a catalyst
for individuals and other groups to follow suit by donating to the
radio system cause.  Ward commented:

“While you have a long way to go in funding the whole upgrade
project, we hope our grant will encourage organizations and
individuals to donate to ARISS. Yasme is happy to get that ball

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, noted that receiving
grants from more groups similar to Yasme can result in bigger
sponsors being much more likely to donate funds and in-kind resources
to the radio project. The 12 ARISS Delegates from around the world
had voted in August 2015 to move forward with the planning that will
ultimately develop all hardware needed for an upgraded ARISS radio
system if funding could be raised. ARISS Chair Bauer, explaining that
the power converters are critical to the overall ARISS equipment
upgrade, remarked:

“The Yasme grant will jump start the project by allowing the ARISS
hardware team to build a prototype converter, purchase critical parts
for the flight converters, and further develop the design.  We will
continue our pursuit of other funding so as to realize the completion
of the entire upgrade project.”

ARISS-US Delegate Rosalie White, K1STO, thanked Silver for his
personal effort in delineating ARISS’s hardware needs and goals to
the Yasme Board.  She added:

“Garnering the Yasme grant is a major step in helping ARISS progress
with our fundraising for the upgraded system.  We are elated to know
that Yasme has faith in ARISS and its goals of piquing the interest
of young people in science, technology, engineering, math, space,
communications, and amateur radio.”

Just three weeks ago in mid-December, a group of ARISS-US team
members were at Johnson Space Center solidifying plans for the design
of this next generation radio system. Other groups and individuals
interested in supporting ARISS goals through a donation can contact
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, at ka3hdo @ verizon.net or can go to the AMSAT
Website, www.amsat.org, and submit a donation directly using the
ARISS Donate button. ARISS rewards a beautiful ARISS Challenge Coin
to donors giving $100.00 or more.


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a
cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the
space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In
the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).The primary goal
of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled
contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and
students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help
of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly
with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and
during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and
communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.
For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and

[ANS thanks Yasme ans ARISS for the above information]


Best Fist Nominations Due

Ray Soifer, W2RS, would like to thank to all who participated in
AMSAT's Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2016.  If you haven't already
done so, please take a moment to nominate someone you worked for Best
Fist.  Your nominee need not have had the best fist of those you
heard, only of those you worked.

Send your nomination to w2rs at amsat.org

[ANS thanks Ray W2RS for the above information]


Your 2015 Space Symposium Photos Needed!

AMSAT Journal Editor, Joe Kornowski KB6IGK, reports that the AMSAT
Journal needs your photos from the 33rd Space Symposium in October
2015. Please send your hi-res photos, with captions if possible, to
journal at amsat.org by January 17.

[ANS thanks Joe KB6IGK for the above information]


ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event Update

The SSTV commemoration of the first ARISS contact events is now
tentatively planned for January 16. The transmission mode will be

Because preparations are still in process, it is suggested that you
stay tuned to AMSAT-BB and the AMSAT and ARISS web site for the
latest information on this event.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between Frederick W. Harnett Middle
School, Blackstone, Massachusetts, USA and Astronaut Timothy Peake
KG5BVI  using Callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2016-01-05 17:42 UTC
and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via
K6DUE. ARISS Mentor was AJ9N. This represents ARISS' 981st contact.

+ A Successful contact was made between Sandringham School, St.
Albans, Hertfordshire, UK and Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI using
Callsign GB1SS. The contact began 2016-01-08 08:47:47 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via GB1SAN. ARISS
Mentor was MØXTD. This represents ARISS' 982nd contact.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado “Benedetto Croce”, Civate, Italy,
telebridge via VK5ZAI The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be
NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN
Contact is a go for: Wed 2016-01-13 11:35:44 UTC

ARISS  is always glad to receive listener reports for the above
contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.
Feel free to  send your reports to aj9n @ amsat.org or aj9n @ aol.com.

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Event Update

The SSTV commemoration of the first ARISS contact events is now
tentatively planned  for January 16. The transmission mode will
be PD120.

Because preparations are still in process, it is suggested that you
stay tuned to AMSAT-BB and the AMSAT and ARISS web site for the
latest information on this event and others that ARISS plans to
conduct over the next few months.

Remember that the official page for all things ARISS is

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Satellite Operations from Cowtown Hamfest, January 15-16

  Keith Pugh W5IU, reports that the Cowtown Hamfest in Forest Hill,
  Texas, a suburg of Fort Worth, will be held Friday and Saturday, 15-
  16 January. Keith intends be on the air for  as many passes as he
  can during the hamfest hours.

  [ANS thanks Keith W5IU 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, AA8EM (Former KC8YLD)
kc8yld at amsat dot org
Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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