[jamsat-news:3431] [ans] ANS-106 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel mccardelm @ gmail.com
2017年 4月 16日 (日) 10:45:00 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:

* Friday TAPR/AMSAT Banquet at Hamvention
* Packet From The International Space Station Is Back On 145.825 MHz
* AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention -- Call for volunteers
* Eldorado Space Program: The League of Extraordinary Space Cowboys
* N7S Special Event Station Commemorates First Shuttle Launch
* Live HAMTV France April 25-28
* IARU Frequency Coordination Announcement for PicSat
* Australian university students to launch satellite in 2018
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-106 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 106.01
April 16, 2017
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Friday TAPR/AMSAT Banquet at Hamvention

The eleventh annual joint TAPR/AMSAT Banquet will be held on Friday
evening, May 19th.  This dinner is one of the main AMSAT activities
during the Hamvention.  Tickets ($35 each) may be purchased from the
AMSAT store at http://tinyurl.com/ANS106-TAPR-AMSAT-Tickets.

The banquet ticket purchase deadline is Tuesday, May 16th. Banquet
tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the
AMSAT booth. Different from previous years, this year there will be
no tickets to pick up at the AMSAT booth. Tickets purchased on-line
will be maintained on a list with check-in at the door at the banquet

The Banquet will take place at the Kohler Presidential Banquet
Center, 4572 Presidential Way, Kettering, OH 45429 (just south of
Dayton). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a cash bar with the buffet
dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

AMSAT and TAPR alternate the task of providing a speaker for the
banquet. It is TAPR’s responsibility this year.

Carl Laufer will discuss “The World of Low Cost Software Defined
Radio.” Carl is the creator and author of the extremely popular RTL-
SDR Blog, author of the book, “The Hobbyist Guide to RTL-SDR,” and
supplier of the RTL-SDR dongle. The RTL-SDR dongle is a low-cost,
receive-only SDR receiver that hobbyists around the world are using
for a variety of radio receiver projects, and Carl blogs about them at

Seating is limited to the number of meals we reserve with the Kohler
caterers based on the number of tickets sold by the deadline.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Office for the above information]


Packet From The International Space Station Is Back On 145.825 MHz

The ARISS Team (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is
pleased to announce that packet from the International Space Station
(ISS) is once again on 145.825 MHz! ARISS did the foot work and
paperwork a few months ago to launch the last back-up Ericsson VHF
handheld radio to the ISS.  This work was begun in October after the
failure of the Ericsson unit that had been used on the ISS.  The
Ericssons have been operating on the ARISS for 16 years.  In the last
days of February, the SpaceX 10 launch vehicle, Dragon, flew to the
ISS with the HT onboard.  After the docking, ISS crew members had the
odious job of unloading and unpacking 5,500 pounds of cargo,
including the Ericsson HT.

ARISS got word Friday morning that we now have VHF capability back in
the Columbus module.  Followers of ISS Fan Club have already posted
that they've heard and used VHF packet, and are thrilled and happy to
have it again!

In 2015, ARISS began its first fundraising campaigns.  ARISS relies
on NASA, ARRL, AMSAT and many fine individual donors, along with
ARISS volunteers, to maintain the day-to-day operations and cover
those expenses along with all costs and work related to the hardware,
and building a new radio system, including the expensive space
certification tests.  Donors can go to  www.amsat.org and
www.ariss.org to support the program that excites hams and young
people and educators who are inspired by amateur radio on the ISS.

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.
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]


AMSAT at the Dayton Hamvention -- Call for volunteers

Last year, we had about 50 people assist with the AMSAT booth at the
Hamvention.  It was the efforts of those volunteers that made the 2016
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 2016 Hamvention is May 19-21 in a new venue: the Greene County
Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.  Would you consider helping AMSAT at the
Hamvention 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

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

[ANS thanks Steve N9IP for the above information]


Eldorado Space Program: The League of Extraordinary Space Cowboys

The Eldorado High School with a total of 156 students in grades
9-12 has an Engineering Class with about 10 students. This STEM
activity is mentored by Danny Ray Boyer, W5AHN.

You can read about their activities at the following web sites:
http://eldorado-space-cowboys.com/ and they are also on facebook:

The class is in the running for a $5,000 grant for their work in
their Space Program. The grant will be awarded by popular vote by
the San Angelo Area Foundation, Solar Cen Tex, and KIDY FOX San
Angelo who are committed to funding STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math) innovation in the Concho Valley, Texas.

Vote at the link below for your favorite video, and the 1st place
winner will win $5000! 2nd place - $3000! 3rd place - $2000!

Please share the link with your Ham friends and business & family
acquaintances to see if you can get them some more votes?

[ANS thanks Danny Ray Boyer, W5AHN, and the Eldorado Space Cowboys
for the above information]


N7S Special Event Station Commemorates First Shuttle Launch

The KB7QPS Air, Space, and Technology special event station will
operate from the Boeing Employees Amateur Radio Society club station
located at Seattle's Boeing Field. Additional operators around the
country may be utilizing their home station.

N7S commemorates the first launch of the Space Shuttle. QRV between
April 13 and 17.

This is one in a series of activities for marking historic
milestones in air and spacecraft technology. For a schedule of
remaining Special Event Station operations and QSL information see:

[ANS thanks the KB7QPS Special Event Station and the DXNL Newsletter
#2036 Apr 12, 2017 for the above information]


Live HAMTV France April 25-28

Daniel Cussen reported on the HamTV @ yahoogroups list that there may
be live HAMTV over France and Europe during the time period of April
25-28. The date of a school contact is not yet set but it will be a
daytime pass.

Audio may be on new VHF handheld not UHF.

ARISS expects have more definite news late next week.

HamVideo operational status aboard the ISS can be found at:

Ham Video downlink frequencies:
+ 2369 MHz
+ 2395 MHz
+ 2422 MHz
+ 2437 MHz
DVB-S modulation; Symbol rates: 1.3 Ms/s and 2.0 Ms/s
FEC : 1/2; NTSC format (SIF: 352×240 or D1:720×480)

[ANS thanks ARISS and Daniel Cussen for the above information]


IARU Frequency Coordination Announcement for PicSat


PicSat from CNRS/LESIA - Observatoire de Paris has received IARU
frequency coordination for their 3U CubeSat - Science mission: do a
photometric survey of Beta Pic star to detect light variation,
demonstrate feasibility of light injection in single mode fiber in
space. A UHF 9k6 BPSK downlink using AX25.
Amateur mission with FM transponder (VHF up, UHF down) Launch not yet
finalised but may be a PSLV into a 520km SSO in Q2 2017. More info at

** 435.525 MHZ has been coordinated for the downlink**
** Now planning a launch on PSLV C39 in September 2017**

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]


Australian university students to launch satellite in 2018

Students at the University of Melbourne are well advanced on a
program to build a nano-satellite, with the Wireless Institute of
Australia assisting in the IARU frequency and other coordination

Through the Melbourne Space Program (MSP) affiliated with the
University of Melbourne, all is moving ahead for a hand-over of the
nano-satellite in November and a launch as early as January 2018.

Funding comes from the University of Melbourne, while the Melbourne
Space Program is an organisation that holds the licensing, and other
matters related to the launch.

In a media release, the MSP revealed that plans are well under way
with rideshare provider SpaceFlight with a contract signed for a
November hand-off and its launch as early as January 2018. It has
involved a group of ambitious students, seeking to understand and
help redefine the Australian space sector through innovation in
education, economics and policy, as well as engineering.

Australia is the only Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) nation without a space agency. In 1966, University
of Melbourne students built Australia's first satellite that was
launched in 1970 as Australis Oscar 5 to be tracked by 200 radio
amateurs in 27 different countries.

The Melbourne Space Program has about 70 active members who are
students ranging from 1st year university to masters level and post-

The key objectives include being the first students to launch an
Australian nano-satellite, create education, research in space,
collaborate with academia and industry, and promote gender parity in
the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and Arts

Work was continuing to launch Australia's first nano-satellite and
more news is expected in coming months.

(Fred Swainston VK3DAC/VK4FE, WIA STEM Coordinator)

Aussies tracking satellite

Students of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences in Germany
will launch the COMPASS 2 cube-sat in May and are at looking for a
possible ground station partner in Australia.

WIA Director Fred Swainston VK3DAC/VK4FE, WIA STEM Coordinator says
the International Space Station Crew Fund Scholarship winner for
2017, Ian Benecken has asked the Wireless Institute of Australia for
help to track it.

COMPASS 2 is to be launched from a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle by
the Indian Space Research Organisation carrying other commercial

>From a polar 600 kilometre high orbit the cube-sat will beacon once
a minute the callsign of ON04DL (ON zero four DL) on 437.300 MHz.

The unique location of Australia makes it ideal for partner ground
stations, and already it has piqued an interest from the ARISS
telebridge centres on VK4, VK5 and VK6.

Soon to be published is software that anyone can use to decode the
beacon signal and the launch is likely to be on the 1st or 2nd week
of May.

If you wish to contact Ian Benecken, their email address is:
ian.benecken at alumni.fh-aachen.de

[ANS thanks the VK1WIA News for the above information]



+ A Successful contact was made between College Roger Martin Du
  Gard, Bellême, France and Astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG  using
  Callsign FXØISS. The contact began Fri 2017-04-14 15:20:44 UTC  and
  lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via F6KCO.
  ARISS Mentor was Joseph F6ICS.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

+ Brook Haven School, Sebastopol, CA, direct via  W6SRJ
  The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
  The scheduled  astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG
  Contact is a go for: Wed 2017-04-19  18:40:43 UTC

ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above

ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.

Feel free to send your reports to aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at

Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz

QSL  information may be found at:



The  successful school list has been updated as of 2017-04-04 06:00


Check  out the Zoho reports of the ARISS  contacts



Exp.  49 on orbit
Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD
Andrei Borisenko
Sergey  Ryzhikov

Exp. 50 on orbit
Peggy Whitson
Thomas Pesquet  KG5FYG
Oleg  Novitskiy

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Apollo 11 Capsule Going On Road Trip

  To accommodate the Smithsonian renovation of its gallery at the
  National Air and Space Museum in Washington, the Cpsule will vidit
  four US cities. The four city tour will include Houston, St. Louis,
  Pittsburg and Seattle as part of the a new exhibit: "Destination
  Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission".
  For more information visit:

  [ANS thanks Associated Press for the above information]




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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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