[jamsat-news:3385] [ans] ANS-262 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm @ gmail.com
2016年 9月 18日 (日) 11:03:35 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:

* RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Prepped/Packed for Shock Test
* IMPORTANT notice for AMSAT Symposium Cruise Attendees
* KX9X Plans for NPOTA Satellite Operation
* University Students Shown Amateur Radio
* Plan Ahead for New Years AMSAT CW Activity Day on the Satellites
* 2016 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Results
* US ARISS Contacts -Call for Proposals Remains Open through Nov 1
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-262 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 262.01
September 18, 2016
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RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Prepped/Packed for Shock Test

AMSAT VP of Engineering, Jerry Buxton N0JY, has posted a video of
the final day of RadFxSat live testing, where the satellite gets one
more time in the sun and on the air for data on power and

In the video Jerry secures the solar panel covers, does a preflight
initialization, and packes it up to send off to Tyvak in California
for shock testing, which occurs September 22-30.  after the shock
test the satellite will come back to Fox Labs for post-shock testing
to make sure nothing broke. Next she will be taken to Orlando for
vibe and bakeout October 10-14.  That will be the finish, and
RadFxSat will then wait in Fox Labs for delivery/integration in
January 2017 with a March 16, 2017 launch date.

Watch the 38 minute video:

[ANS thanks Jerry N0JY for the above information]


IMPORTANT notice for AMSAT Symposium Cruise Attendees


If you are attending the 2016 AMSAT Symposium Carnival cruise, your
final payment is likely due. The majority of our accounts were due
September 12.

If your scheduled payment method fails, Carnival will attempt to
contact you by phone or email.

Please take a moment to ensure your final payment has been made.


If you have not registered on the Carnival website to supply your
guest information, you should consider doing so by going to the link
below and choosing "Create Account."


Signing up on their website allows you to pre-enter required boarding
information, schedule shore excursions for Cozumel, and set payment
method for onboard purchases. Non-USA passengers, this is the best
method to enter all your passport details.

Please reply directly to me off-BB if you have any questions.  I am
inundated with email at the moment so it may be 24-48 hours before I

[ANS thanks Clayton W5PFG for the above information]


KX9X Plans for NPOTA Satellite Operation

Sean Kutzko, KX9X, says he will be hitting the road 9/24-9/28 to put
several NPOTA units in New York's Hudson Valley on the air. Becky
Schoenfeld, W1BXY and Sean will activate Martin van Buren (NS50),
Thomas Cole (AA23), the FDR home (NS36), Eleanor Roosevelt (NS14) and
Vanderbilt Mansion (NS74) on HF SSB/CW plus the following satellites:
SO-50, FO-29, XW-2A/2C/2F, and will even try AO-7 and AO-73.

They won't know specific operating schedules until the night before;
follow KX9X on Twitter for real-time info during these NPOTA
activations. They will sign and log as KX9X/2 and W1BXY. Satellite
gear will be two 817s, preamps, and an Arrow. Activations will be
daytime-only. Sean likes hanging out below the center of the passband
on the analog sats.

[ANS thanks Sean Kutzdo, KX9X, for the above information]


University Students Shown Amateur Radio

AMSAT-India Regional Coordinator Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP reports on
the ‘Ham Radio – Practical Insight’ session given to 150 students at
Parul University.

Wonderful hands on session on ‘Ham Radio – Practical Insight’ was
conducted at prestigious Parul University – Baroda (Gujarat, India)
on September 8, 2016. Around 150 Engineering (EC) student & faculties
participated in the program & gain knowledge on the subject.

In-depth Presentation on Ham Radio, Interesting Ham Radio Events,
Video Documentary & SSTV Live demo was carried out by Rajesh Vagadia
VU2EXP. Students were excited to see line by line SSTV transmission
on the projected screen. To learn with fun, students were allowed to
make collective noise during transmission to observe their effect in
the SSTV reception!!!

Number of technical & general queries satisfied in Q&A session.
Sunny VU2PMU Shared his Ham Experience & Sardool VU2OPX Selected few
student with small Quiz.

VHF Demo (Modulation test) was nicely carried out by GIAR team
member Ankit VU3NMQ, Sardool VU2OPX, Sunny VU2PMU & myself. Student &
faculties learnt the potential of Ham Radio hobby & enjoyed the event
at the fullest.

I thank my fellow hams for their kind support and also thankful to
Prof. Jay Patel & Prof. Niraj Tever from Parul University to nicely
coordinate the event.

Wish this Ham event act as small SPARK (ignition) & in future some
of the student may fly high in World of Amateur Radio!

AMSAT-India http://amsatindia.org/

[ANS thanks Rajesh P. Vagadia VUEXP via AMSAT-UK for the above


Plan Ahead for New Years AMSAT CW Activity Day on the Satellites

Thanks to all who participated in AMSAT's Straight Key Night 2016,
held in memory of Ben Stevenson, W2BXA. For 25 years, AMSAT has
sponsored SKN on OSCAR, and it's been my pleasure to conduct this

While Morse as a license qualification has gone the way of the spark
gap, I am pleased to see that amateur CW activity is as popular as
ever. Straight keys and "bugs", however, have found a niche primarily
with the boat anchor crowd, and AMSAT's insistence on their use in
OSCAR SKN has held down participation. Similar considerations have
led ARRL to broaden its annual HF event to include all forms of CW,
even computer-generated. The idea is to encourage everyone to enjoy
CW operation, no matter how they choose to do it. We agree 100%.

So, in with the new: AMSAT CW Activity Day.

As with the old SKN, it will be a fun event, not a contest, and will
run for 24 hours on January 1, 2017 (UTC). All forms of CW are
welcome. Since it is not a contest, there is no required exchange. A
QSO is a QSO. Working the same station on more than one satellite is

Instead of submitting Best Fist nominations, all participants are
asked to post their results, including "Soapbox" comments, to AMSAT-
BB. Please include the satellites you used, and the number of CW QSOs
you had on each. While it is not necessary to post your full log, you
may do so if you wish.

CU on CW!

[ANS thanks Ray Soifer, W2RS, for the above information]


2016 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Results

As a result of the 2016 Board of Directors Election, Tom Clark,
K3IO; Mark
Hammond, N8MH; and Bruce Paige, KK5DO; will serve on the board for two

The First Alternate is Paul Stoetzer, N8HM and the Second Alternate is
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG. Both will serve for a term of one year.

The results of the voting with 697 ballots cast are as follows:

Tom Clark, K3IO..................547
Mark Hammond, N8MH...............504
Bruce Paige, KK5DO...............396
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM..............362
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG...........200

Submitted by:
Martha Saragovitz, Manager
Paul Stoetzer, Secretary

[ANS thanks Martha Saragovitz, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM for the above


US ARISS Contacts -Call for Proposals Remains Open through Nov 1

Message to US Educators
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Contact Opportunity

Call for Proposals
Proposal Window September 1 - November 1, 2016

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 July 1, 2017 and December 31,
2017. 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 November 1, 2016. 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 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 dates and times of the radio contact.

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 and CASIS (Center for
the Advancement of Science in Space).

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
Please direct any questions to ariss at arrl dot org.

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), the
Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  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 www.arrl.org.

Also, join us on Facebook:  Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) / Follow us on Twitter:  ARISS_status

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between C.E.PR. Almadén, Jaén, Spain
and Astronaut Kate Rubins  KG5FYJ using Callsign OR4ISS. The contact
began Thu 2016-09-15 08:14:19 UTC and lasted about nine and a half
minutes. Contact was direct via EA7URJ.
ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKØWGF.

School Information:
Primary Education State School. This school year (2013/2014) there
are 420 students from 6 to 12 years old. C.E.PR. Almadén is a
Multilingual School with Français as L2 and English as L3.

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ NPOTA Activation Video Posted

  John Brier KG4AKV announced that he has posted a video of his SO-50
  satellite activation from August 29th 2016 at the Wright Brothers
  National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The NPS unit
  is NM29 and the grid square is FM26.

  The video can be viewed at:

  [ANS thanks John KG4AKV for the above information]

+ September issues of SatMagazine and MilSatMagazine are available
  for download.


  [ANS thanks Satnews for the above information]

+ Measuring Sky Angles With Your Hand

  Have you ever worked portable and wondered just how close you were
  holding your antenna in reference to the necessary altitude and
  azimuth to be on target with your satellite?

  You can use your hands to measure degrees of the sky. There is a
  method common in astronomy for measuring sky angles. Here’s how they
  describe it on One Minute Astronomer:

  "Your hands and fingers are a remarkably accurate (and convenient)
  measuring tool. When you hold your hand at arm’s length, you can
  estimate angles like this:

  Stretch your thumb and little finger as far from each other as you
  can. The span from tip to tip is about 25 degrees.

  Do the same with your index finger and little finger. The span is 15

  Clench your fist at arms length, and hold it with the back of your
  hand facing you. The width is 10 degrees.

  Hold your three middle fingers together; they span about 5 degrees

  The width of your little finger at arm’s length is 1 degree."


  See also

  [ANS thanks oneminuteastronomer.com and make zone.com for the above



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
aa8em at amsat dot org
Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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