[jamsat-news:3471] [ans] ANS-316 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne K9JKM k9jkm @ comcast.net
2017年 11月 12日 (日) 09:36:28 JST


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In this edition:

* AMSAT RadFxSat/Fox-1B Launch Delay - New Plan NET November 14
* FoxTelem V.1.05 Available for Download - Including Update Patch
* RadFxSat Telemetry Reception Challenge
* Special Membership Offer for RadFxSat Launch
* Fox-1D Integrated, Ready for Launch
* NASA ELaNa XX Mission Launching RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Set for NET
   End of Q1 2018
* Donate to AMSAT Tax-Free From Your IRA
* November 15 Deadline for U.S. Proposals for ARISS Contacts
* D-Star ONE Launch on November 28
* November Satellite Activity Planned for HC8 Galapagos DXpedition
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-316 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 316.01
DATE November 12, 2017
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AMSAT RadFxSat/Fox-1B Launch Delay - New Plan NET November 14

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced on November 6 that the launch
of the Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat has been delayed due to a
faulty battery on the booster. The launch is now scheduled for Tuesday,
November 14th at 09:47 UTC. NASA TV coverage begins at 09:15 UTC.

Web streaming will be available on www.nasa.gov/ntv - launches are
also often streamed at http://www.ulalaunch.com and spaceflightnow.com

Continue reading for what you can expect after the launch and how you
can help ...


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. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via
the "DUV" subaudible telemetry stream and can be decoded with the
FoxTelem software:
https://www.amsat.org/foxtelem-software-for-windows-mac-linux/ .


At this time, pre-launch Keplerian elements are not expected to be
available. However, based on the Local Time of the Ascending Node
(LTAN) of the primary payload, 13:30, stations should expect to have
their initial ascending passes starting around noon local time.

The estimated time of "First Veronica," the initial beacon after
deployment, is 12:07 UTC. Due to the tight constraints on the primary
payload deployment, the secondary payloads may be delayed slightly, so
this should be considered the soonest the transmitter will be enabled.

Orbital elements will be published as soon as they are available on
the AMSAT website. Stations in Europe, South America, and North America
should point your beams south and have FoxTelem running while awaiting
the initial post-launch Keplerian elements.

Participation in telemetry collection by as many stations in as many
parts of the world as possible is essential as AMSAT Engineering looks
for successful startup and indications of the general health and
function of the satellite as it begins to acclimate to space.

If you are capturing telemetry with FoxTelem please be sure that
"Upload to Server" is checked in your settings, and that 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.

About 60 minutes after deployment, or 140 minutes after launch, the
satellite will start up in Beacon Mode. In this initial mode, the
transmitter is limited to 10 seconds on time and then will be off for
two minutes. For those of you capturing telemetry, that means that you
will only see Current frames and no High or Low frames. The High and
Low frames are truncated as it takes just over the 10 second limit to
send two frames. Veronica may also be cut off before she gets to say
her whole ID string as the full ID, "RadFxSat Fox-1B Safe Mode," is a
bit longer than the approximately 3.5 seconds she has in Beacon Mode.
If the voice ID is cut off, the satellite is still in Beacon Mode.

If AMSAT Engineering is seeing nominal values from the telemetry you
gather, the satellite will be commanded from Beacon Mode to Safe Mode
on the first good pass over the United States. In Safe Mode, the
satellite transmits a full two frames of telemetry (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.

The on-orbit checkout procedure for RadFxSat is similar to
Fox-1A/AO-85 and could be completed in as little as a few days if
users cooperate. It is very important, and good amateur operating
practice, to refrain from using the transponder uplink so the on-orbit
tests can be performed, including when the satellite is switched into
Transponder Mode for testing.

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 do not assume that it is open for general use -
check AMSAT's website, Facebook, and Twitter before transmitting to be
sure you do not interfere with testing.

AMSAT asks all satellite operators to contribute just a little bit of
your time by gathering telemetry, not using the transponder uplink, to
help complete the last few days of getting RadFxSat operating for the
amateur radio community.

Lots of hams put thousands of volunteer hours of their time into
making RadFxSat happen. Just like any ham radio project you might
undertake, AMSAT builds satellites. AMSAT volunteers do it because
they like to, and when they are done, AMSAT freely shares their
project with hams everywhere as is the spirit of amateur radio.

Thank you very much and see you on the bird!


RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Doppler Shift Correction

Memory 1 (AOS)     - TX 435.240 MHz (67.0 Hz Tone), RX 145.960 MHz
Memory 2 (Rise)    - TX 435.245 MHz (67.0 Hz Tone), RX 145.960 MHz
Memory 3 (TCA)     - TX 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz Tone), RX 145.960 MHz
Memory 4 (Descend) - TX 435.255 MHz (67.0 Hz Tone), RX 145.960 MHz
Memory 5 (LOS)     - TX 435.260 MHz (67.0 Hz Tone), RX 145.960 MHz

Frequencies are subject to change post-launch.

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


FoxTelem V.1.05 Available for Download - Including Update Patch

Given the United Launch Alliance Delta II launch delay to November 14
you have time to download and install AMSAT's FoxTelem Version 1.05
telemetry capture, decoding, and data warehousing software so your
ground station can participate and assist during the commissioning of

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 start
   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 the
* 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 install
the full release for Version 1.05x

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

The download package includes the latest version of the FoxTelem User

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


RadFxSat Telemetry Reception Challenge

Get FoxTelem set up and ready to go on Tuesday! The first amateur
radio operator that successfully receives RadFxSat (Fox-1B) telemetry
and uploads it to the AMSAT server will receive a commemorative 3D
printed QSL card.

RadFxSat is scheduled for launch at 1:47am PST (09:47 UTC) on Tuesday,
November 14th from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The first
transmission from RadFxSat is expected to occur around 12:07 UTC. Due
to a lack of prelaunch Keplerian elements, it is not known exactly
where the satellite will be when it makes it's first transmission.

For further details regarding the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP)
of RadFxSat operations, please see:

[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]


Special Membership Offer for RadFxSat Launch

As part of the preparations for the launch of RadFxSat on November
10th, AMSAT is making our "Getting Started With Amateur Satellites"
book available for a limited time as a download with any paid new
or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This offer is
only available with purchases completed online, and for only a limited
time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year
with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the premier
primer of satellite operation. The 182 page book is presented in PDF
format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your first
contacts on a ham radio satellite.

Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT store
at https://www.amsat.org/shop/ and selecting any membership option.
While there, check out our other items, including the M2 LEOpack
antenna system, Arrow antennas, AMSAT shirts, and other swag.

Thank you, and see you soon on RadFxSat!

[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]


Fox-1D Integrated, Ready for Launch

While RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is just days from launch, preparations for the
launch of the next Fox-1 satellite are already underway. On Monday,
November 6th, AMSAT Vice-President Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, 
Fox-1D to Spaceflight, Inc. in Seattle, WA where it was integrated into its
Innovative Solutions in Space QuadPack for delivery to India. Fox-1D will
launch on the next ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) flight, sched-
uled to take place by the end of December.

In addition to the Fox-1 U/v FM transponder, Fox-1D carries several univer-
sity experiments, including a MEMS gyro from Pennsylvania State University–
Erie, a camera from Virginia Tech, and the University of Iowa’s HERCI (High
Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument) radiation mapping experiment. Fox-1D
also carries the AMSAT “L-Band Downshifter” giving the option of utilizing
a 1.2 GHz uplink for the FM transponder.

Uplink:   435.350 MHz FM / 1267.350 FM MHz * (67 Hz CTCSS)
Downlink: 145.880 MHz FM
* Switchable by command station. Not operational simultaneously.

Read the full article, including photos, on the AMSAT web:

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM for the above information]


NASA ELaNa XX Mission Launching RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Set for NET
End of Q1 2018

AMSAT has been informed that the launch for the NASA Educational
Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XX mission carrying RadFxSat-2
(Fox-1E) is now scheduled "No Earlier Than" (NET) the end of Q1,

In addition to RadFxSat-2, the ELaNa XX mission will carry 12
CubeSats constructed both by NASA and several universities around
the United States. The mission will be launched by Virgin Galactic
on their LauncherOne air launch to orbit system from Mojave, CA

RadFxSat-2, like RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is a partnership opportunity
between the Vanderbilt University Institute for Space and Defense
Electronics and AMSAT and will carry a similar radiation effects
experiment, studying new FinFET technology.

RadFxSat-2 will be the fifth Fox-1 satellite built by AMSAT. Fox-1A,
now AMSAT-OSCAR 85 (AO-85), was launched on October 8, 2015 and is
fully operational, providing science data from it's onboard experi-
ments and FM transponder service for the amateur radio community.
Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D are scheduled for launch soon. RadFxSat/Fox-1B
is scheduled to launch November 10, 2017.

The RadFxSat-2 spacecraft bus will be built on the Fox-1 series but
will feature a linear transponder "upgrade" to replace the standard
FM transponder in Fox-1A through D. In addition, the uplink and down-
link bands will be reversed from the previous Fox satellites in a
Mode V/u (J) configuration using a 2 meter uplink and 70 cm downlink.
The downlink will feature a 1200 bps BPSK telemetry channel to carry
the Vanderbilt science data in addition to a 30 kHz wide transponder
for amateur radio use.

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


Donate to AMSAT Tax-Free From Your IRA

Are you over 70-1/2 years of age and need to meet your IRA's Required
Minimum Distribution for 2017? Consider making a donation to AMSAT!

Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, individuals
over 70-1/2 years of age may make direct transfers of up to $100,000
per year from a traditional IRA to an eligible charity without
increasing their taxable income. Consult your tax advisor or
accountant to make certain you are eligible.

AMSAT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational and scientific
organization whose purpose is to design, construct, launch, and operate
satellites in space and to provide the support needed to encourage
amateurs to utilize these resources. AMSAT's federal tax ID is

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Board of Directors for the above information]


November 15 Deadline for U.S. Proposals for ARISS Contacts

Reminder - November 15 deadline! The Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from U.S. schools,
museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host radio
contacts with an orbiting crew member aboard the International Space
Station (ISS) between July 1 and December 31, 2018. See ARISS website
for additional details on expectations, proposal guidelines, and the
proposal form: http://www.ariss.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact-in-the-us.html

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


D-Star ONE Launch on November 28

D-Star ONE is the first private German CubeSat and the first D-Star
communication spacecraft wordwide.

D-Star ONE will be launched on November 28, 2017 from Vostochny launch
site jointly with the Meteor-M ?2-1 mission of the Russian State Space
Corporation ROSCOSMOS. Final launch preparations are currently being

D-Star repeater & beacon frequencies:
Uplink:   437.325MHz
Downlink: 435.525MHz
RF-Power: 800mW

Additional information will be posted at: http://www.d-star.one/

Spaceflightinsider.com published an article about successful final
testing on D-Star ONE: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-316-Spaceflightinsider

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and the D-Star ONE team for the above information]


November Satellite Activity Planned for HC8 Galapagos DXpedition

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. An Argentinian group will be active as
HC8LU from San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands between
November 29 to December 8, 2017.

Operators include Alejandro/LU8YD, Alejandro/LU9VEA, Mario/LU7VB,
and Patricio/LU3YK. Pilot stations are Sergio/LU7YS and Javier/

Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mainly SSB and Digital modes
(WSPR, JT65, FT8, PSK31). Also operations on the satellites (LEO, FM
and SSB). QSL via IK2DUW.

Visit their Blog page for updates, at: https://hc8lu.blogspot.com.ar

[ANS thanks the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1331 for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Ever since the launch of OSCAR I in 1961, it has been traditional
   for amateur radio satellites to carry the name OSCAR, for "Orbiting
   Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio." At the request of the original
   Project OSCAR organization, AMSAT-NA now administers the numbering
   of OSCAR satellites. In anticipation of adding a new OSCAR on Tuesday,
   a listing of all 90 satellites that have received OSCAR designations
   has been posted to the AMSAT website at:

+ During launch and early operations phases of a cubesat deployment
   many satellite operators participate in an unofficial Internet Relay
   Chat (IRC) #cubesat channel on the Freenode network. IRC clients in-
   clude Nettalk, mIRC, the ChatZilla plugin for Firefox browser. A web
   based connection is available at: https://webchat.freenode.net
   (Nickname = Callsign; Channels = #cubesat) More information about the
   Freenode network is posted at: https://freenode.net

+ Damon, WA4HFN says congratulations are due to Al, XE2AT for his
   triple award winner for earning the following Squirt the Birds awards:
   o Grid Master #6
   o 5 in EM55 #61
   o Got Grids? #18
  These awards are free and we at Squirt the Birds support AMSAT NA
  Go to www.squirtthebirds.com for more info.

+ An article, "CubeSats are challenging" by Charles Phillips on 'The
   Space Review' at http://www.thespacereview.com/article/3364/1 offers
   university cubesat teams advice we already know ... "One good resource
   could be the busy amateur community that likes to listen for the down-
   link of satellites: a developer probably should have some amateurs
   lined up to listen just in case they are needed."

+ The Sun-Sentinel newspaper printed an article about the November 6
   ARISS contact with the South Florida Science Center in West Palm Beach
   with Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli:
   http://tinyurl.com/ANS-316-SunSentinelARISS (www.sun-sentinel.com)

+ The Chertsey Radio Club got some good publicity for both amateur radio
   and the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) satellite in the Heathrow Villager newspaper
   published on November 4, 2017. During the JOTA event the FUNcube-1 sat-
   ellite transmitted a special Fitter Message from Space that the Scouts
   successfully decoded: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-316-AMSATUK-Scouts

+ The November edition of the AMSAT-EA newsletter (in Spanish) is now
   available for download https://www.amsat-ea.org/contenidos/ -and, a
   PDF file in English: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-316-AMSATEA-English

+ Masa, JN1GKZ, informs us from Tokyo that JAXA is preparing for the
   deployment of NRCSD#13 from the ISS in the November 16-17 timeframe.
   NRCSD#13 includes the ELaNa XXII CubeSats: ASTERIA, Dellingr/RBLE,
   and OSIRIS-3U. OSIRIS-3U will transmit on 437.505 MHz with GMSK data
   rates up to 38k4. The cubesats were delivered by Dragon CRS-12 in
   August, 2017.

+ On November 13, Venus and Jupiter will rise together in the morning
   sky shortly before sunrise. Venus and Jupiter will come within a mere
   17 arcminutes of each other, and remain close for a day before and
   after the conjunction itself. (Reminder: Your fist held at arm's length
   measures about 10 degrees across. There are 60 arcminutes in 1 degree.)
   The two planets will be visible in the constellation Virgo, west of the
   waning crescent moon, which will be higher in the sky. Observers should
   look just south of east; the planets will be rising almost exactly ahead
   of the sun. https://www.space.com/33792-venus-jupiter-conjunction.html



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
information. And, with that consider the tale of the superconductor
who walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Get out! We don't serve
your kind here." The superconductor left without resistance.

This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat dot org

Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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