[jamsat-news:3502] [ans] ANS-105 AMSAT NEWS SERVICE WEEKLY BULLETINS

Chris Bradley via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2018年 4月 8日 (日) 23:27:04 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:

* Russian SSTV Event to Celebrate Cosmonautics Day
* AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Speaker - Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for March 2018
* Balloons launched BLT-49.1 still afloat and heading for Florida
* Upcoming ARISS contact with Pinson Valley HS, Pinson, AL
* Major Rove Announcement
* JSpOC Approves AMSAT for Re-distribution of Keplerian Elements
* ARRL and CQ Magazine Announce Launch of CQ’s WAZ Award Support on
ARRL's Logbook of the World
* Call for Papers and Presentations - Central States
VHF Society, Inc. Conference
* AMSAT Announces Hamvention Forum Speaker Line Up
* AMSAT Activities for Hamvention 2018

Russian SSTV Event to Celebrate Cosmonautics Day

ARISS Russia is planning a special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) event
from the International Space Station in celebration of Cosmonautics
Day. The transmissions are to begin on April 11 at 11:30 UTC and run
through April 14 ending at 18:20 UTC.

Supporting this event is a computer on the ISS Russian Segment,
which stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using amateur
radio, specifically the onboard Kenwood TM-D710E transceiver.
Transmitted images will be from the Interkosmos project period of the
Soviet space program (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interkosmos).
Images received can be posted and viewed at
http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php .The
transmissions which were coordinated with the ARISS scheduling team,
will be broadcast at 145.800 MHz using the PD-120 SSTV mode.

Please note that the event is dependent on other activities,
schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and are subject to
change at any time.

Please check for news and the most current information on the
AMSAT.org and ARISS.org websites, the AMSAT-BB @ amsat.org, the ARISS
facebook at Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS)
and ARISS twitter @ARISS_status.


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 public forms. Before and during these radio contacts,
students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space,
space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see

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/TAPR Banquet Speaker - Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK

The twelfth annual joint AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be held on Friday,
May 18 at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center, 4572 Presidential
Way, Kettering, OH 45429 (just south of Dayton). Doors open at
6:30 PM for a cash bar with the buffet dinner served at 7:00 PM.

Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK, will present on her innovative ideas and
adventures in Amateur Radio. Jeri is an American entrepreneur,
self-taught engineer, and an autodidact computer chip designer and

She gained notoriety in 2004 for creating a complete Commodore 64
system on a chip housed within a joystick, called C64 Direct-to-TV.
That "computer in a joystick" could run 30 video games from the
early 1980's, and at peak, sold over 70,000 units in a single day
via the QVC shopping channel.

Ellsworth co-founded CastAR (formerly Technical Illusions) in 2013
and stayed with the company until its closure on June 26, 2017. In
2016, she passed all three amateur radio exams, earned her Amateur
Extra license, and received the AI6TK callsign. This has now launched
new adventures into Amateur Radio. She has been featured in January
2017 QST and in YouTube videos from Quartzfest earlier this year.
Jeri has been given a free hand to speak on whatever topic she wishes
(as long as it's amateur radio, somewhat).

[ANS thanks AMSAT's Havention 2018 Team for the above information]

VUCC Awards-Endorsements for March 2018

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite
Awards issued by the ARRL for the period March 1, 2018
through March 31, 2018.
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

There were several calls which decreased by one this month.
These are not listed below.

CALL    1Mar18  1Apr18

KK5DO    780    781
WA5KBH   659    728
N4UFO    715    724
N9IP     574    589
W5RKN    554    575
N9EAT    410    428
WD9EWK   400    425
KE4AL    252    317
K7TAB    274    306
W7QL     275    300
AA8CH    104    175
PT2AP    102    172
PS8ET    127    157
N3GS     101    130
N7AGF    101    126
G0ABI    116    122
AL6D            112 (NEW VUCC)
W1AT            102 (NEW VUCC)

If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list
at <mycall>@<mycall>.com
and I'll revise the announcement.

This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf
listings for March 1, 2018. and April 1, 2018. It's a visual
comparison so omissions are possible.  Apologies if your
call was not mentioned.  Thanks to all those who are
roving to grids that are rarely on the birds.  They are
doing most of the work!

[ANS thanks for Ron Parsons for the above information]

Balloons launched March 17 - BLT-49.1 still afloat and heading for

Ballons were launched 17 March from the Houston Hamfest, we had a
balloon launch talk byAndy MacAllister, W5ACM, followed by two
balloon launches.  The first launch at 9:05am was BLT-49.2 and was a
300g 'popper' latex balloon carrying a digital Fireball smart beacon
sending the temperature in CW on 14.318 MHz & 28.322 MHz.
We copied the weak CW beacon until 11:45am and believe it burst at
over 110,000 feet based on the time aloft and temperatures we were
Very successful flight!

The second launch of BLT-49.1 occurred about 9:06am and was a
balloon (1m Qualatex Mylar) carrying a PecanPico 5 APRS tracker.  It
very slowly into the sky, escorted by several drones videoing the
headed north then shot off to the east passing over Houston,
Beaumont and
New Orleans.  After avoiding a few thunderstorms along the way, it is
currently just below Panama City, FL at ~30,000 feet heading for
Orlando &
KSC!  It can be tracked on aprs.fi or tracker.habhub.org (see links
After crossing Florida, we're hoping to hear from it again on the
other side
of the Atlantic

[ANS thanks John, AB5SS for the above information]

Upcoming ARISS contact with Pinson Valley HS, Pinson, AL

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at Pinson Valley HS, Pinson, AL on Apr. 10. The event is
scheduled to begin at approximately 18:02 UTC. The duration of the
contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will
be direct between NA1SS and KN4BBD. The contact should be audible
over the state of Alabama and adjacent areas. Interested parties are
invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is
expected to be conducted in English.

Pinson Valley High School is located in Central Alabama near the
city of Birmingham and is one of 57 schools in the Jefferson County
School system. We are a very diverse school with approximately 1100
students in grades 9-12. At PVHS students have many options for
academic programs and extracurricular involvement. We have
opportunities for students to take Advanced Placement or Dual
Enrollment classes, a growing career technical education academy, and
a very popular fine arts academy. We hope that our participation in
the ARISS contact will build an increased interest in STEAM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) course pathways.
There are many sport teams for both male and female athletes.  On
December 8, 2017 our football team won the Alabama 6A State
Championship, a first for our school.  Our motto is "At Pinson Valley
High School we promote achievement, respect, and success."  Go

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time

1. By having zero gravity, what type of exercises you have to do to
keep your

   body from losing mass?

2. What prompted your interest or love of space?

3. Psychologically, what is the most challenging aspect of being in

4. What type of research are you currently conducting on the ISS?

5. When you receive food supplies in space can you make special
request for

   certain foods?

6. What can a high school student do now to prepare for a potential
career in


7. How much education and training does an astronaut typically have?

8. Theoretically could NASA power future rockets/spaceships via

   fusion, similar to the sun?

9. What is the scariest part of space travel; the launch, living on
the ISS,

   or re-entry?

10. What happens if someone was to have a heart attack, get sick, or

    another medical emergency in space?

11. What is a typical day aboard the ISS like?

12. Since the ISS hosts astronauts from different countries, what
language is

    spoken aboard the ISS?

13. Besides your family, what do you miss most about life on earth?

14. What fuels the ISS?

15. What kind of medical testing does an astronaut have to go
through to be

    physically and mentally ready for duty?

16. Can you easily communicate with your family members while you
are aboard

    the ISS?

17. What are some hazards in space?

18. Have any organisms been born or conceived in space?

19. What happens if a fire occurs on the ISS?

20. Since you cannot really take a good shower in space, is the ISS

[ANS thanks AMSAT EDU News for the above information]

Major Rove Announcement

Announcing a major rove for satellite operators; the Springtime Rove
to The Great White North!
Doug Tabor, N6UA and Ken Alexander, VE3HLS will be teaming up to
travel north to the James Bay area of Quebec to activate as many FO
grids as are accessible by road, in the time we have.  Our plan is to
leave Toronto on May 5th, entering FO the next day, and spending 7 to
8 days activating rare grids.
This area is extremely remote.  The James Bay Road is the main
corridor through the area and was built by Quebec Hydro to support
construction of a province-wide network of hydroelectric projects.
It's 610 km long.  There are gas stations at each end and another
somewhere in the middle.  Likewise, the Route du Nord is a 406 km
gravel road with no services.  There is no cellphone service once you
leave Matagami, QC, the southern terminus of the James Bay Road.  We
will only have internet access when we get to a town.  The road will
take us through, and give us access to
With so many satellites currently available, having two operators
will insure that everyone will have a chance to work one of us.  If
two satellites are in view at the same time, we'll be on both of
them!  We will also allocate ourselves so as to be present on as many
FM satellites as are available to us.
Our plans aren't complete yet.  We may activate other grids, or be
forced to rein in our expectations depending on available time and
the conditions we encounter.  We will provide updates in the coming

[ANS thanks Ken, VE3HL & SDoug, N6UA for the above information]

JSpOC Approves AMSAT for Re-distribution of Keplerian Elements

AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, says, "I am
pleased to
announce that AMSAT's request to re-distribute JSpOC Keplerian
elements from
SpaceTrack has been approved for the period April 1, 2018 to April
1, 2019.
Our USSTRATCOM ODR (Orbital Data Request)
to distribute the AMSAT-NA TLEs was approved on March 27, 2018."

Thanks to JSpOC, Perry Klein, W3PK and Paul Williamson, KB5MU for
their help
in this process.

We are "good to go" for another year.

On another note, sadly, the PICSAT team has announced today that
no longer operational. But, Ray will continue to carry PICSAT TLEs for
now.(Remember AO-07?)

[ANS thanks AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, for
the above

ARRL and CQ Magazine Announce Launch of CQ’s WAZ Award Support on
ARRL's Logbook of the World

Newington, CT and Hicksville, NY – April 2, 2018
Officials from CQ magazine and ARRL, The national association for
Amateur Radio®, are excited to announce the launch of support for CQ
magazine’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program on ARRL’s Logbook of
the World (LoTW) system, effective Monday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m. EDT
(14:00 UTC).

The goal of the project was to create the proper technical support
system to enable amateur radio operators to submit LoTW confirmations
for WAZ credit and that has been accomplished, say CQ and ARRL

“We are very pleased that participants in CQ's WAZ award program
will now be able to use their LoTW confirmations for award credit,”
said CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. “CQ WPX Award participants have
found it very helpful and we are sure it will be equally helpful for
those pursuing WAZ and its many variations.”

ARRL First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, concurred. “Users of
LoTW have been telling us for some time that they would like to use
QSLs from LoTW to apply for the WAZ award. They will now be able to
select confirmations to be used for WAZ credit.”

Beta testing for bringing CQ magazine's WAZ award program into
ARRL’s LoTW system had been underway since mid-December. Any problems
in the implementation discovered by testers were corrected by the
technical support team. Also, the documentation has been improved by
feedback from the testers. At the same time, each LoTW user was given
an additional WAZ account.

Standard LoTW credit fees and separate CQ award fees will apply.

Logbook of the World is ARRL's electronic confirmation system for
amateur radio contacts. It provides a confirmation when both stations
in a contact submit their logs to the system and a match between the
logs is confirmed. LoTW has supported the CQ WPX Award program since

CQ Communications, Inc. is publisher of CQ Amateur Radio magazine
and is the world's largest independent publisher of amateur radio
magazines, books and videos. Worked All Zones is the second-oldest
active award program in amateur radio, behind only the International
Amateur Radio Union's Worked All Continents award.

ARRL The national association for Amateur Radio®, represents the
interests of Amateur (or “ham”) Radio operators across the country.
Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim as The American Radio Relay
League, ARRL has a proud history of achievement as the standard-
bearer in amateur affairs. Now in its second century, the
organization remains focused on “advancing the art, science, and
enjoyment of Amateur Radio.”

[ANS thanks CQ Communications, for the above information]

Call for Papers and Presentations - Central States
VHF Society, Inc. Conference

The Central States VHF Society, Inc. is soliciting both authors for the
"Proceedings of
the Central States VHF Society" and presenters for the technical sessions
at its 2018
Conference to be held in Wichita, KS July 26-29, 2018.

Further information for both authors and presenters may be found on the
2018 Conference
website <www.2018.CSVHFS.org under "Guidance Documents."

Topics for both papers and presentations include all topics related to
weak-signal VHF and
above amateur radio activities, including:
* Antennas: including Modeling, Design, Arrays, and Control
* Test Equipment: including Homebrew, Commercial, and Measurement
Techniques & Tips
* Construction of equipment: such as Transmitters, Receivers, and
* Operating: including Contesting, Roving, and DXpeditions
* RF power amps: including Single and Multi-band Vacuum Tube, Solid-state,
and TWTAs
* Propagation: including Ducting, Sporadic E, Tropospheric, Meteor Scatter,
* Pre-amplifiers (low noise)
* Digital Modes : such as WSJT, JT65, FT8, JT6M, ISCAT, etc.
* Regulatory topics
* Moon Bounce (EME)
* Software-defined Radio (SDR)
* Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Topics such as FM, repeaters, packet radio, etc., are generally considered
outside of the
scope of papers being sought. However, there are always exceptions.  Please
contact either
Kent Britain, WA5VJB (wa5vjb (at) wa5vjb.com) or Donn Baker, WA2VOI (wa2voi
mninter.net) if you have any questions about the suitability of a
particular topic.

For presenters, we would appreciate a brief abstract of your presentation
topic on or
before Tuesday, May 15th to help us with the program schedule.  The final
materials (i.e., PowerPoint, etc. files) are due at the Conference on
Friday morning (July
27th).  However, for supporting material (NOT the presentation itself) to
be published in
the Proceedings, it must be received by Tuesday, May 15th.

For papers to be published in the Proceedings, final copies must be
received by Tuesday,
May 15th.  Note that you do not have to attend the Conference nor present
your paper to
have it published in the Proceedings.

[ANS thanks Donn, WA2VOI for the above information]

AMSAT Announces Hamvention Forum Speaker Line Up

The AMSAT Forum at Hamvention 2018 will be held on Saturday,
May 19 in Forum room 4 at 2:45-3:45 PM. The speaker and topic
line up includes:

+ Moderator: Keith Baker, KB1SF / VA3KSF

+ "AMSAT Status Report" by Joseph Spier, K6WAO, AMSAT-NA President,
 who will highlight recent activities within AMSAT and discuss
 some of our challenges, accomplishments, projects, and any late
 breaking news.

+ "AMSAT Engineering Program" by Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT-NA Vice
 President for Engineering, will talk about the Fox-1 and Golf
 (Greater Orbit Larger Footprint) Projects.

+ "ARISS Report 2018" by Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT-NA Vice President
 for Human Spaceflight will discus ARISS' "Next Generation ARISS
 Radio System" on the International Space Station.

[ANS thanks Forum Moderator Keith baker, Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF
 for the above information]

AMSAT Activities for Hamvention 2018

Stop by the AMSAT booth (1007-1010 & 1107-1110) Friday 9am-6pm,
Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-1pm to meet board members, officers,
and active satellite operators. You'll be able to ask questions
and see demonstrations of AMSAT's current and upcoming technologies.

Well dressed satellite operators will look forward to picking up
the latest AMSAT "swag" and fashions for 2018. Gould Smith's book,
"Getting Started With Amateur Satellites", has been updated for
2018 and will be on sale during the Hamvention.

The AMSAT Forum at Hamvention 2018 will be held on Saturday,
May 19 in Forum room 4 at 2:45-3:45 PM.

Amateur Satellite Demonstrations
Amateur Satellite operation demonstrations will be held every day
outside the main Maxim Hall (Building 1 or E1) entrance. AMSAT will be
be demonstrating actual contacts with the operational amateur satellites.
We especially invite youth to make a contact via an amateur satellite.
All are invited to observe, participate and ask questions. Satellite
pass times will be posted at the AMSAT booth and in the demo area.

Annual AMSAT "Dinner at Tickets" Party
The annual AMSAT "Dinner at Tickets" party will be held Thursday at
1800 EDT at Tickets Pub & Eatery at 7 W. Main St, Fairborn, OH. Feast
on a great selection of Greek and American food and great company! No
program or speaker, just good conversation. Food can be ordered from
the menu, drinks (beer, wine, sodas and iced tea) are available at the
bar. Leave room for dessert, there's an in-house ice cream shop! Come
as you are. Bring some friends and have a great time the night before

The twelfth annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be held at the Kohler
Presidential Center on Friday at 1830 EDT. This dinner is always a
highlight of the AMSAT and TAPR activities during the Dayton Hamven-
tion. We are pleased to announce that Jeri Ellsworth, AI6TK will be
our speaker. Jeri will present her innovative ideas and adventures in
Amateur Radio.

Banquet seating is limited to the number of meals reserved with the
Kohler caterers based on the number of tickets sold by the deadline.

Tickets ($37 each) may be purchased from the AMSAT store:

The banquet ticket purchase deadline is Tuesday, May 15. Banquet
tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the
AMSAT booth. 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 of the banquet center.

[ANS thanks AMSAT's Havention 2018 Team for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Karhu Koti has created a mutual window calculator for satellites
  between two locations. See: https://www.karhukoti.com/webtracker

+ An interesting twitter post about the 'live' on-line tracking sites


+ Not your typical space junk article. It leads with the release of
100+ sats
by the same Indian rocket that launched AO-

+ Here's something to think about.  L band is a lot of fun.  We do
get 24 hours once a week (not complaining).  With several ISS passes
every day. It is a good reflector.  Plus we can use CW, SSB, many
digi modes.  Just google it.

+ Next Rocket Lab launch window is starting 20th April 00:30 UTC for
4 hours.
This window repeats for the following 14 days.

See: http://rocketlabusa.com/news/updates/rocket-lab-to-launch-first-
It will be probably be watchable live from their web site.

Terry Osborne ZL2BAC

+ AMSAT's plans for Hamvention 2018 for the dates May 17-20 have
been posted:



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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,
Chris Bradley, AA0CB
aa0cb at amsat dot org
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