[jamsat-news:3536] [ans] ANS-231 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Chris Bradley (AA0CB) via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2018年 8月 20日 (月) 07:49:43 JST


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In this edition:

* AMSAT 2018 Symposium Second Call for Papers
* Call for Technical Papers & Presentations at DCC
* AMSAT Board of Director Elections Corrected Ballots Due
  September 15, 2018
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT 2018 Symposium Second Call for Papers

AMSAT has issued the second call for papers for the 2018 AMSAT-NA
Annual Meeting and Space Symposium to be held at the US Space and
Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL on the weekend of November 2-4.
Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster
presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur
satellite community. Prospects should send a tentative title of their
presentation as soon as possible. The final copy must be submitted
by October 15th for inclusion in the printed proceedings. Abstracts
and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz at n8fgv at amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV for the above information.]


Call for Technical Papers & Presentations at DCC,
Albuquerque, New Mexico
September 14-16, 2018

The ARRL and TAPR DCC is an international forum for radio amateurs
to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques.
Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas
and learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories,
experimental results, and practical applications.

All digital topics are covered at the DCC including digital voice,
data & video, SDR, DSP, precise timing, spread spectrum, networking
technologies and mesh networking.

Technical papers are being solicited for presentation at the ARRL
and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) and printed in the
annual Conference Proceedings published by the ARRL.  Presentation
at the conference is not required for publication although authors
who attend receive priority for a scheduling a presentation during
the technical forums.

If you would like to present a technical topic at the DCC and not
submit a technical paper email the topic of your presentation to the
TAPR Office at: taproffice at tapr dot org

Submission of technical papers for publication should be submitted
ASAP to Maty Weinberg, ARRL 225 Main Street Newington, CT 06111 or
via the Internet to maty at arrl dot org

More details about technical papers and guidelines for paper
submissions are available at:

[ANS thanks Mark Thompson for the above information.]


NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on
Commercial Spacecraft

NASA introduced to the world on Friday the first U.S. astronauts who
will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the
International Space Station - an endeavor that will return astronaut
launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle's
retirement in 2011.

"Today, our country's dreams of greater achievements in space are
within our grasp," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "This
accomplished group of American astronauts, flying on new spacecraft
developed by our commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, will launch a
new era of human spaceflight. Today's announcement advances our great
American vision and strengthens the nation's leadership in space."

The agency assigned nine astronauts to crew the first test flight
and mission of both Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew
Dragon. NASA has worked closely with the companies throughout design,
development and testing to ensure the systems meet NASA's safety and
performance requirements.

"The men and women we assign to these first flights are at the
forefront of this exciting new time for human spaceflight," said Mark
Geyer, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "It will
be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and
we can't wait to see them aboard the International Space Station."
Additional crew members will be assigned by NASA's international
partners at a later date.

NASA's continuous presence on the space station for almost 18 years
has enabled technology demonstrations and research in biology and
biotechnology, Earth and space science, human health, physical
sciences. This research has led to dramatic improvements in
technology, infrastructure and medicine, and thousands of spinoff
technologies that have improved quality of life here on Earth.

The new spaceflight capability provided by Boeing and SpaceX will
allow NASA to maintain a crew of seven astronauts on the space
station, thereby maximizing scientific research that leads to
breakthroughs and also aids in understanding and mitigating the
challenges of long-duration spaceflight.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is facilitating the development of a
U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of
achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the
International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. The public-private
partnerships fostered by the program will stimulate growth in a
robust commercial space industry and spark life-changing innovations
for future generations.

Further information at https://tinyurl.com/nasa-commercial-crew.

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]


AMSAT Board of Director Elections Corrected Ballots Due
September 15, 2018

Corrected ballots were mailed and members should have received them.
The new ballots, labeled "CORRECTED BALLOT 7/20/2018" are  printed
on yellow-colored cardstock.

Using the Yellow Ballots, please vote for no more than three of the
2018 candidates:

Tom Clark, K3IO
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Scott Harvey, KA7FVV
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Peter Portanova, W2JV

Candidate biographies can be viewed at:

The Directors positions will go to the three candidates receiving
the highest number of votes. In addition, there will be two alternate
members chosen, based on the next highest number of votes received.

Ballots must be received at the AMSAT office by September 15, 2018
in order to be counted. Those sent outside North America were sent
via air mail. If you have not received your ballot package in a
reasonable time for your location, please contact the AMSAT office.
Completed ballots should be returned as promptly as possible, and
those from outside North America preferably by air mail.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]


Upcoming Satellite Operations as of 9/19/2018

Geneva Switzerland - August 20-22, 2018
Brennan, N4QX, will be visiting Geneva Switzerland August 19-29,
operating under the call HB9/N4QX.  This will be a holiday style, FM
only trip.  Specific pass and grid activations will be posted on his
Twitter page, publicly viewable at https://twitter.com/BrennanTPrice

Santa Rosa Island (CM93 and CM94) - August 20-22, 2018
Ron, AD0DX, using the call sign W6R, will be operating from
Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands August 20-22 to activate
grid square CM93, with a few passes from the CM93/CM94 grid line.
Ron will be mainly active on the FM satellites AO-91, AO-92 and SO-
50.  Just learning to operate on the linear birds, he hopes to be
active on FO-29, CAS-4A and CAS-4B.  More information is available on
AD0DX's QRZ page, with updates while on the island will be posted on
Twitter, publicly viewable at https://twitter.com/ad0dx

Minnesota (EN27) - August 25-31, 2018
Kirk, N0KK, will be in EN27, with possible road trips to EN16/17 and
EN36, August 10th and 11th.  Kirk Will attempt as many FM passes as
possible on AO-91/92, SO-50.  Specific pass announcements will be
posted to Twitter, publicly viewable at

Lawrence, KS (EM28, EM29) - August 26-28, 2018
Greg, N4KGL, will be in activating the EM28/EM29 gridline, while
in Lawrence Kansas. More specific plans are forthcoming.

Kansas QSO Party (DM97) - August 26
Ron, AD0X will be participating in the Kansas QSO Party from DM97.
Updates will be posted on Twitter, publicly viewable at

Please submit additions or corrections to ke4al at yahoo dot com.

[ANS thanks Robert, KE4AL for the above information.]



+ Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2018-08-17 02:30 UTC
Friedrich-Franz-Gymnasium Parchim, Parchim, Germany, direct via DC1RSN

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be DPØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Gerst KF5ONO
Contact is a go for: Sat 2018-08-25 09:52:16 UTC 58 deg
Vidya Mandir Inter College, Meerut, India, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Ricky Arnold KE5DAU
Contact is a go for: Thu 2018-08-23 08:22:00 UTC 47 deg
Glenden State School, Glenden, Queensland, Australia, telebridge via VK5ZAI
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT (***)
Contact is a go for: Fri 2018-08-24 09:45:17 UTC 54 deg

[ANS thanks Charles Sufana, AJ9N for the above information.]

+ ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored
over 100 schools:

Francesco IKØWGF with 132
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 131
Gaston ON4WF with 123
Sergey RV3DR with 106

[ANS thanks Charles Sufana, AJ9N for the above information.]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Rocket Fever" in Downey CA, 18 August 2018
AMSAT will be part of a larger effort representing amateur radio at
"Rocket Fever", an event at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in
Downey, California. This event will take place on Saturday, 18 August
2018. More information about the event is available at:


The Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach and the Downey Amateur
Radio Club will be the local radio clubs spearheading the amateur
radio booth at the event:

http://aralb.org/ (ARALB)
http://darcarc.wordpress.com/ (Downey ARC)

During the day, there will be demonstrations using different
satellites from the grounds of the Columbia center. Most likely,
WD9EWK will be the call sign used for these demonstrations. If you
hear the demonstrations on the air, please feel free to call and join
in. The Columbia center is in grid DM03, Los Angeles County. If
WD9EWK is used for the satellite demonstrations, I will upload the
QSOs to Logbook of the World after the event, and QSL cards will be
available on request (no QSL card or SASE is needed; just e-mail me
with QSO details).

During this event, I will use my @WD9EWK Twitter account to post
updates and pictures. Even if you don't use Twitter, these posts are
available to anyone using a web browser at:

+ While many are preparing for the first Phase 4 amateur payload in
a geostationary satellite, the first Phase 5 amateur payload is
already operational in an elliptical orbit around the Moon. The last
transmissions from LongJiang 2 were on 2018-08-05 from
00:30 to 02:30 UTC and from 07:30 to 09:30 UTC on 435.400 MHz and
436.400 MHz.

Various experiments are being carried out with GMSK and JT4G
downlink signals. Stations with 'normal' amateur equipment can
receive the downlinks quite well. Downlink signals have even been
received with no more than an Arrow antenna, no preamp.

DK5LA was the first to have his signals relayed through LongJiang 2
on 2018-07-15. On August 4, the first picture of an onboard camera was
downlinked with SSDV. Other experiments will follow later. Why not
give LongJiang 2 a try?

[ANS thanks Nico, PA0DLO for the above information.]

+ The South Indian Ocian has many active satellite operators
in the region, mainly from Mauritius (3B8), Reunion (FR), South
Africa (ZS) as well as from Madagascar 5R8 sometimes. In spite many
countries reachable particularly on FO-29 they report not hearing
much traffic except for regular QSO's with Thailand thanks to
Kob, E21EJC.

Active operators reachable around the Indian Ocean (West Africa,
Middle-East, Asia and Oceania) may not be looking that way as they
are not expecting any traffic and also due to time difference.

Stations in the South Indian Ocean area would like to QSO with others
in that part of the globe. "Look for us on the birds!"

[ANS thanks Jean Marc, 3B8DU for the above information.]

+ The AMSAT-UK payload for the ESEO satellite was delivered to Italy
last week. The mode LV transponder and the antennas will be
integrated into the satellite over the next few weeks.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and David Bowman, G0MRF for the above

+ There will be an AMSAT village at EMFcamp. The Electromagnetic
Field event takes place at Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire
Aug 31-Sept 2. Electromagnetic Field (EMF) is a non-profit UK
camping festival for those with an inquisitive mind or an interest in
making things: hackers, geeks, scientists, engineers, artists, and

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]

+ The FCC has issued call sign WJ2XLT to LeoLabs for satellite and
space debris tracking from Menlo Park CA at 2.9-3 GHz with a
transmission power of 2,500,000 W. The licensee requested that
details be withheld from the public for 10 years.

[ANS thanks Experimental Radio Service for the above information.]

+ Chinese state missile maker CASIC and its commercial space
subsidiary Expace is preparing to launch its Kuaizhou-1A (Y8) solid
rocket before the end of September, carrying the Centispace-1-1S
test satellite into 700 km SSO.

This mission will be additional to the approximately 35 being
planned by main space contractor CASC for 2018.This means that
together with CASC, emerging players like Expace, Landspace and
potentially OneSpace, there could be around 40 Chinese launches
in 2018.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and Andrew Jones for the above information.]



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

73 and Remember to help keep Amateur Radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org
Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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