[jamsat-news:3437] [ans] ANS-134 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Lee McLamb ku4os @ cfl.rr.com
2017年 5月 14日 (日) 11:23:24 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:

* Top 10 Reasons to Come to Dayton
* Canadian Grid Expedition Announcement
* Asia Islands on the Air Satellite Activation
* South Korea Air Force Academy Proposes FM Repeater K2Sat to IARU
* Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships
* Vector Space Completes First Test Flight

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ANS-134 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 134.01
DATE May 14, 2017
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Top 10 Reasons to Come to Dayton

10. Rub shoulders with 25,000 of your best friends at the largest hamfest
in the United States, including most of the AMSAT Directors and senior
officers.  See the latest equipment from Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, Flex,
Alinco, M2, Arrow, and many other manufacturers of amateur radio equipment
and accessories.  Take advantage of discounted pricing you won't find
anywhere else.

9. Find out how to organize a contact with the astronauts on the
International Space Station for your local school or youth group from our
Education and ARISS experts.

8. Pickup the latest AMSAT golf shirts, T-shirts, and hats.  Get your copy
of the updated "Amateur Satellite Frequency Guide" (laminated frequency
chart) and Gould Smith's just revised "Getting Started with Amateur
Satellites" (book printed in color).  We'll also have assembled wide-band
preamps and antennas that are great for portable operation.

7. See demonstrations of SatPC32 and MacDoppler satellite tracking
software, and get your operational questions answered.  Meet Don Agro,
author of MacDoppler (Friday & Saturday, 2-3 p.m.).  See a demonstration
of the LVB Tracker, a computer interface to the Yaesu azimuth-elevation
rotors.  Talk with Mike Young, who has built more LVB Trackers than anyone
else.  Assembled LVB Trackers will be available.

6. Hear Carl Laufer talk about “The World of Low Cost Software Defined
Radio” at the AMSAT Banquet on Friday evening.  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.

5. Hear the latest on the *five* Fox satellites, Phase 5, the
International Space Station, other current and future satellites,
education news, and an AMSAT update at the AMSAT Forum Saturday, from
10:45 to 12:15.

4. Get one-on-one guidance on setting up your satellite station and making
contacts at our "Beginner's Corner".  Witness live demonstrations of
contacts through satellites AO-7, AO-73, AO-85, FO-29, SO-50, XW-2A,
XW-2B, XW-2C, XW-2D and XW-2F using handheld antennas.

3. Meet and interact with some of the Engineering Team members working on
the Fox-1 satellites and our new Five and Dime AMSAT ground terminal.

2. Get satellite station and operating tips from some of the best
satellite operators in the country, including John Papay K8YSE (1,591
grids confirmed), Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA (1,510 grids), Doug Papay KD8CAO
(1,200 grids), and Paul Stoetzer (904 grids).

1. Receive an updated "Amateur Satellite Frequency Guide" (laminated
frequency chart) when you join or renew your AMSAT membership at Dayton,
and take advantage of special pricing on the SatPC32 satellite tracking

[ANS thanks Steve, N9IP, for the above information]


Canadian Grid Expedition Announcement

Ken, VE3HLS reports he plans for the activation of four never-activated
on satellites grids (as far as he can tell) grids are coming together.

The expedition takes place next weekend, May 20th and 21st 2017; a
long weekend up here in Canada. He will be driving up from his home QTH
in FN03 and will arrive in Chibougamau QC on the afternoon of Saturday
May 20th.

There are several favorable passes on Saturday evening and hw hopes
to spend a few hours handing out FN29 to get warmed up. Sunday the 21st
looks like a bonanza of great passes! The trouble will be deciding when
to break so he can move to a different location. The plan at this time
is to set up on the FN29/39 boundary in the morning and operate there
for a few hours. Then he will move to FO20/30 and then FO20/FN29.

More information about operating schedules will be posted on amsat-bb
as he gets closer to departure date. He will also post information on
his QRZ page at https://qrz.com/db/VE3HLS

[ANS thanks Ken, VE3HLS for the above information]


Asia Islands on the Air Satellite Activation

Operators Makoto/JI5RPT and Toru/JI5USJ will be active as homecall/1 from
Shikine Island (North Izu Island) between 0000z, May 20th and 0000z, May
21st. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW,
RTTY and PSK31. There will also be satellite operations. Please note: In
case of heavy rain or other conditions, the operation schedule may vary. For
QSL info, please check QRZ.com for details.

[ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1314 for the above information]


South Korea Air Force Academy Proposes FM Repeater K2Sat to IARU

The Republic of Korea Air Force Academy has submitted a coordination 
request to
the IARU for the K2Sat satellite, a 3U CubeSat Mission.

The K2Sat's primary mission is to demonstrate satellite imaging and 
transfer, to
also test voice repeating capability.

The followings are the payloads:
1. On-board camera
2. On-board voice repeater proposing a V/U FM voice transceiver
3. 9k6 BSPK AX25 downlink for data and telemetry and planning
    a 2 Mbit QPSK downlink on S Band.

The launch is planned for a 500/600km SSO orbit in 2018.

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]


Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships

The Space Studies Board is seeking applicants for the Lloyd V. Berkner Space
Policy Internships for autumn 2017. The goal of the program is to provide
promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work
in the area of civil space research policy in the nation's capital.

Established in 1958, the Space Studies Board is the principal advisory group
providing independent scientific and programmatic advice to NASA and other
government agencies on all aspects of civil space research and associated
ground-based activities. Interns typically undertake one or more short-term
research projects designed to assist with or to enhance ongoing study

Applicants must be registered students (undergraduate or graduate) at a U.S.
university or college who have completed their junior year. Applicants
should have long-term career goals in space science research, applications
or policy.

Applications are due June 2, 2017.

For more information and a full list of eligibility requirements, visit

Please direct questions about this internship to Dr. David H. Smith at
dhsmith @ nas.edu.

[ANS thanks NASA Education Express for the above information]


Vector Space Completes First Test Flight

Vector Space has conducted a crucial test of their Vector-R rocket that the
company hopes will expand the small satellite launch market via small-scale
launchers.  As SpaceX has disrupted the large scale market, so does 
Vector Space
hope their new rocket system can disrupt the small scale market by 
the need for ride-share requirements small satellites currently face while
significantly lowering the cost to small satellite customers.

The first test flight, conducted on 3 May from the Mojave Desert in 
used a single-engine scaled-down model of the three-engine Vector-R 
rocket and
allowed the company to test aspects of launch operations – including its
infrastructure-lite launch architecture approach – for their rocket as 
well as
portions of its 3D-printed components and pressure-fed engine design.

The suborbital test flight launched from the Friends of Amateur Rocketry 
site in
California’s Mojave Desert at 12:00 PDT (19:00 GMT) on 3 May and reached a
maximum altitude of 1,370 m (4,500 ft).

The second test flight, expected in July, will radically shift launch 
to a never-before-used location – the U.S. state of Georgia – and will 
what Vector Space says is an innovative solution to various launch 
market needs
with an ability to launch from locations outside the standard U.S. Ranges.

This Georgia test will occur from Camden County – the state’s southern-most
county, which borders Florida’s north-eastern most boundary.

Following completion of the Vector-R test flight series, Vector Space 
plans to
introduce the Vector-R rocket for commercial launch operations in 2018.

 From there, the company currently has 12 commercial launches for the 
planned in 2019, with an eventual eye toward ramping up operations to 100
launches of the Vector-R later in its operational life.

[ANS thanks NASASpaceFlight.com for the above information]


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donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
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Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership

This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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