[jamsat-news:3470] [ans] ANS-309 AMSAT NEWS SERVICE WEEKLY BULLETINS

Chris Bradley kg5jup @ gmail.com
2017年 11月 5日 (日) 09:32:51 JST


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Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
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In this edition:

* QUIKCOM-1 Module Update
* Update Patch for FoxTelem
* New Grid Master Awarded
* Countdown Continues for RadFxSat/Fox-1B Launch on November 10
* Satellite Operating Road Trip Announced - This Week
* AMSAT Describes RadFxSat/Fox-1B Commissioning Plans
* NASA JPSS-1 and ELaNa XIV/RadFxSat/Fox-1B Launch Briefings and Events

* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 309.01
November 5, 2017
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QUIKCOM-1 Module Update

The QIKCOM-1 module was to be powered by 28 volts after the host
deployed its solar panels, charged its batteries and determined that
was nominal.  Since QIKCOM-1 also had a completely separate QIKCOM-
11 VHF
beacon and separate antenna to come on over the USA too, and neither
been heard, we assume the module has not been powered up.  Both the
and QKCOM-1 were delivered about two and a half years ago and spent
most of
that time stored on ISS awaiting deployment.

We thank everyone who listened after the deployment on Friday, but
both transmitters are on common APRS frequencies, monitored
routinely in
USA and around the world we will surely see it anyway if it powers up.

Since it was deployed from ISS to avoid re-contact later, then it
will be
in essentially the same orbit but going lower.  And lower orbits go
faster.  Deployed at 0.3 m/s or about 1kph, my guess is it will gain
20 seconds a week.in front of ISS AOS as a wild guess.

Bob Bruninga, WB4APR

[ANS Bob Bruninga WB4APR for the above information]


Update Patch for FoxTelem V.1.05 Available for Download

If you have already installed FoxTelem Version 1.05w in preparation
for RadFxSat it is recommended that you install an update patch. This
will upgrade you to 1.05x.

This patch fixes the following bugs with v1.05w or earlier 1.05
* When two spacecraft are tracked and "When Above Horizon" is set to
  and stop the decoder, the decoder NEVER starts.
* If the matched filter is selected for DUV then FoxTelem crashes
* When a spacecraft is being decoded, the position is not updated on
* When the decoders is automatically stopped/started, then the FunCube
  Dongle becomes disconnected

To apply this patch simply copy the jar file into your Version 1.05
installation directory and overwrite the existing file.

If you are running FoxTelem Version 1.04f or earlier, you should
the full release for Version 1.05x

The files for the full release and the patch are here:

[ANS thanks Chris, G0KLA/AC2CZ for the above information]


New Grid Master Awarded

Rick, WA4NVM and Damon, WA4HFN have teamed up to promote the
use of amateur satellites and support AMSAT North America with
a series of awards for satellite operators.

On November 3 Damon announced, "Congrats to Al, XE2AT for earning
Grid Master Award #6". The Grid Master Award is given for confirmed
satellite contacts with all 488 U.S. Grids.

Previous Grid Master award winners include:
#1 John     K8YSE    5/16/2014
#2 Doug     KD8CAO  12/15/2014
#3 Rick     WA4NVM   4/26/2015
#4 Glenn    AA5PK    8/22/2017
#5 Clayton  W5PFG    9/14/2017

In addition to the Grid Master award Rick and Damon also sponsor
these satellite operating awards:

+ Got Grids Award - for 1 satellite contact in each of the
  10 maiden head grids blocks in the US

+ 5 in EM55 Award - for 5 satellite contacts with operators
  in EM55

+ These awards are available at no cost but Rick and Damon request
  you make a donation to AMSAT-NA.

For more information visit their web site:

[ANS thanks Damon, WA4HFN for the above information]

Countdown Continues for RadFxSat/Fox-1B Launch on November 10

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is scheduled for launch at 01:47 PST (09:47 UTC) on
November 10, 2017. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA
ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar
Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission. JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II
from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

RadFxSat is a partnership with Vanderbilt University ISDE and hosts
four payloads for the study of radiation effects on commercial off the
shelf components. RadFxSat features the Fox-1 style FM U/v repeater
with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on
145.960 MHz. See: https://www.amsat.org/countdown-to-launch-radfxsat-fox-1b/

Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via
the "DUV" subaudible telemetry stream and can be decoded with the
FoxTelem software.

Existing users of FoxTelem will get an upgrade notice and a download link
when they next re-launch FoxTelem.

If you have not tried FoxTelem before then you can download it from here:
(see related news item below for software patch information0

Launch updates are available via the United Launch Alliance web:
and also at: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-309-Spaceflightnow-Launch

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Engineering and Operations Teams for the above

Satellite Operating Road Trip Announced - This Week

On Friday Dave, KG5CCI revealed plans for road trip with the goal of
activating grids via satellite from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North
and South Dakota.

Dave wrote, "I'll go north on Nov 5th, and try to activate at least
a few grids in the state of Missouri (since that's a needed WAS entity)
and once in EN21 I'll likely rove around the local area (Iowa and Nebraska)
and hit up EN20/11/10 while there."

On November 9th, 10th, and 11th, he plans to meet up with Wyatt, ACORA.
The dynamic duo will go blasting thru the frozen plains of South and North
Dakota hoping activating numerous grids on Satellites and 6m MSK144.

The planlooks generally like this:
Watch Dave's twitter @KG5CCI for alerts.

In conclusion, Dave said, "Unfortunately the only way to make a trip
like this work, is with a tight schedule, and we both have to get back
to our real lives after only a few days off. This means we will likely
only do 1 or maybe 2 passes from each grid. Emphasis will be on grid
lines when possible, and high, US wide footprints when available."

[ANS thanks Dave, KG5CCI for the above information]

AMSAT Describes RadFxSat/Fox-1B Commissioning Plans

AMSAT Vice-President Engineering, Jerry Buxton, NØJY wrote what to
initially expect when the AMSAT RadFxSat/Fox-1B cubesat is launched
as a passenger on NASA's ELaNa XIV mission on Friday, Nov. 10, from
Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Liftoff will be aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from
Space Launch Complex 2 and is targeted for 1:47 a.m. PT (4:47 a.m. ET,
9:47 am UTC) at the opening of a 65-second launch window. Launch cov-
erage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website at
1:15 a.m. PT.

RadFxSat/Fox-1B will automatically come up in Beacon Mode, transmitting
a beacon and voice ID (Veronica saying "RadFxSat Safe Mode") every two
minutes, starting about 50 minutes after deployment. The AMSAT command
stations will want to see voltage and current data to determine that
it's healthy and conduct various tests before opening it up for general

Telemetry makes the engineering and operations teams very happy,
starting ASAP after startup (~55 minutes after deployment) and for
the next 72-96 hours at least as we look for successful startup, watch
the general health and function as the satellite begins to acclimate
to space, and perform the on orbit checkout. Ground stations are also
invited to continue uploading received telemetry for the life of the

If you are capturing telemetry with FoxTelem please be sure that "Upload
to Server" is checked in your settings, and your Ground Station Params
are filled in as well. You can help AMSAT and everyone waiting to get
on the air with RadFxSat tremendously, by capturing RadFxSat telemetry.

In the initial Beacon Mode, the transmitter is limited to 10 seconds on
time then does the two minutes off cycle as Paul pointed out. For those
of you capturing telemetry, that means that you will only see Current
frames and no High or Low frames because the High and Low are truncated
as it takes just over 10 seconds to send two frames. Veronica may also
be cut off before she gets to say her whole ID string. If Veronica is
speaking, "RadFxSat Fox-1B Safe Mode" which is the full ID, if it's cut
off then we're still in Beacon Mode. If we are seeing good data from
user telemetry data, it is likely when it comes over the U.S. for the
first good pass we will command it from Beacon Mode to normal Safe Mode,
which then puts RadFxSat in full (still Safe Mode though) operation and
transmits a full two frames of telemetry which is one Current frame
followed by, and alternating each ID cycle, a High or a Low frame.
Veronica now has time to make the whole ID announcement, in Safe Mode.

Jerry, NØJY commented further ...

Help your friends and all of our satellite ham friends get on the air
and have fun sooner by being polite and patient!

The on orbit checkout procedure is similar to Fox-1A/AO-85 and could
be completed in as little as a few days if we have the cooperation of
the users. It is very important, not to mention just plain good Amateur
Operating Practice, to refrain from using the transponder uplink so we
can do the on orbit tests, including when we turn on transponder mode
for testing. I can't stress enough, the importance of this cooperation
not just for us but for all users, simply having a little patience so
we can conduct the tests as quickly and accurately as possible.

AMSAT will make it broadly known when the tests are complete and the
transponder is available for all to use. If you hear someone on the
transponder, please don't assume that it is open for general use -
check the AMSAT website, Facebook, Twitter, to be sure you're not
accidentally jumping in with and unwittingly interfering with the
commissioning process.

Lots of hams put thousands of volunteer hours of their time into making
RadFxSat happen. Just like any ham radio project you might undertake,
we build satellites. We do it because we like to, and when we're done
we freely share our project with hams everywhere as is the spirit of
amateur radio.

I am asking all satellite hams to contribute just a little bit of your
time to the fun now, by being patient and just gathering telemetry,
not using the transponder uplink, and helping us complete the last few
days of getting RadFxSat in orbit and operating for all of you.

Thank you very much, see you on the bird!

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice-President Engineering, Jerry Buxton, NØJY, for the
above information]

NASA JPSS-1 and ELaNa XIV/RadFxSat/Fox-1B Launch Briefings and Events

AMSAT RadFxSat/Fox-1B will be launched as a passenger on NASA's ELaNa
XIV mission. The primary payload for this flight is the Joint Polar
Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), the first in a new series of four highly
advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites, which will help increase weather
forecast accuracy from three to seven days out.

JPSS-1 and ELaNa XIV (including RadFxSat/Fox-1B) is scheduled to launch
on Friday, Nov. 10, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Liftoff
aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Space Launch
Complex 2 is targeted for 1:47 a.m. PT (4:47 a.m. ET, 9:47 am UTC) at the
opening of a 65-second launch window. Launch coverage will begin on NASA
Television and the agency’s website at 1:15 a.m. PT.

Visit the NASA JPSS-1 Briefings and Events page for a full description
of the JPSS-1 mission and a timeline of press and launch events:

The ELaNa missions generally get discussed on the L-2 Day Prelaunch
News Conference and Science Briefing followed by CubeSat owner inter-

As AMSAT approaches the launch of RadFxSat/Fox-1B, Jerry Buxton, NØJY,
Vice-President Engineering, compiled a playlist of the streaming and
recorded videos he made as we went through the final testing and qual-
ification of the flight model: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-288-Fox1B-YouTube

On a related topic the next AMSAT-NA CubeSat of the Fox Team is Fox-1Cliff.
Here are links to videos showing Fox-1Cliff's "ride":

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice-President Engineering, Jerry Buxton, NØJY, for the
above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ D-Star One is a 3U CubeSat, designed for technology
  demonstration. It will qualify a novel EPS and a new OBC, developed
  and built by GOS in Berlin. Among other payloads, the satellite will
  have four D-Star communication modules onboard. Two of these modules
  will be fully dedicated to the amateur radio community. The other two
  modules will be used for TT&C. **A downlink frequency of 435.700 MHz
  has been coordinated**

[ANS thanks AMSAT UK for the above information.]

+ Page 12 of the November issue of SatMagazine features an article
  on the Jordanian JY1-SAT CubeSat which will carry an Amateur Radio
  linear transponder. Download the magazine PDF
  from http://www.satmagazine.com/ (via AMSAT-UK)

  [ANS thanks JoAnne, K9JKM for the above information.]

+ The new version of the VHF handbook is available in the "Resources"
section of the iaru website and can be accessed at:

[ ANS thanks IARU Region 1 and AMSAT-UK for the above]

+ 5K0, SAN ANDRES ISLAND (Update).  Members of the Grupo Yaguarete
DX, whopostponed their DXpedition
(which was scheduled between October and November) to Sint Martin due to
the extreme damage by hurricane Irma, have now re-scheduled to be active
 as 5K0T from San Andres Island (NA-033)
between November 12-26th. Operators mentioned are Joe/LU1FM (Team Leader),
Dan/LU9FHF, Andy/LU2JCW, Wally/LU3FMD, Fer/LU6FOV and Bob/KK6EK. Activity
will be on 160-10 meters, using CW, SSB, Digital modes (PSK31 and FT8)
and the Satellites. They plan to have 3 HF stations and one satellite
station on the air. Complete list of equipment is available on QRZ.com.
QSL via LU1FM. The 5K0T DXpedition will be officially supported by the
Cordell Expedition's DXA3 logging system <www.dxa3.org>. For more details
and updates, see: http://tarjetasqsl.com.ar/5k0t/index.html

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1333 for the above information]

+ FalconSAT-3, CAS-4A, CAS-4B Now Supported in LoTW.
The ARRL released TQSL configuration file version 11.2.
FalconSAT-3, CAS-4A, and CAS-4B are now supported in LoTW.

Note that FalconSAT-3 is abbreviated FS-3. (via ARRL)

[ANS thanks A.R.R.L. for the above information]


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This week's ANS Editor,
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