[jamsat-news:3523] [ans] ANS-196 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Frank Karnauskas via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2018年 7月 16日 (月) 05:06:18 JST




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In this edition:

*  AMSAT-NA Files Comments on FCC Docket #18-86 Small Satellite 

  Licensing Procedures

* CubeSats to Deploy from International Space Station on July 13

* BIRDS-2 Constellation CubeSats Transported to ISS for August 


* ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off 

  Amateur Spectrum

* UN/Brazil Symposium on Basic Space Technology September 2018

* World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open

* Analysts Predict a Golden Age for Cubesats
 If they Can 

  Get Launched

* ARISS News

* Call for Volunteers, ANS Seeks Rotating Editors

* Satellite Shorts From All Over



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ANS-196 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins


AMSAT News Service Bulletin 196.01


July 15, 2018


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AMSAT-NA Files Comments on FCC Docket #18-86 Small Satellite 

Licensing Procedures


On July 9, 2018, AMSAT filed comments with the Federal Communications 

Commission on their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In the Matter of

Streamlining Licensing Procedures for Small Satellites (International

Bureau Docket #18-86). AMSAT's comments as filed can be found at:



(A copy of AMSAT's comments document can be accessed on the ECFS

page, using the Document Download link)


In the comments, AMSAT reviewed the significant contributions made by

the organization and the amateur radio community. The comments note

that the many scientific and technological achievements made by AMSAT

satellites directly led to many groups, including government,

non-profit, and commercial organizations becoming interested in

developing small satellites of their own. AMSAT also discussed the

suitability of authorizing certain satellites built by universities

and non-profit organizations in the amateur satellite service and

expressed opposition to satellites licensed as experimental under Part

5 of the Commission's regulations operating in the amateur satellite

service bands.


Interested parties may file reply comments on or before August 7, 2018.


[ANS thanks AMSAT Executive Vice-President, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM for

the above information]




CubeSats to Deploy from International Space Station on July 13


Japan’s space agency JAXA has announced that nine CubeSats will be 

deployed from the International Space Station on July 13. Three of 

the satellites - EnduroSat AD, EQUISat, and MemSat - will transmit 

telemetry in the 70-centimeter Amateur Radio band. EnduroSat AD will 

transmit on 437.050 MHz (CW, 9.6 kB GFSK); EQUISat will transmit on 

435.550 MHz (CW, 9.6 kB FSK), and MemSat will transmit on 437.350 MHz 

(9.6 kB BPSK). 


[ANS thanks ARRL News for the above information.]




BIRDS-2 Constellation CubeSats Transported to ISS for August 



The second generation of CubeSats in the BIRDS constellation now is 

on board the International Space Station (ISS) and set for deployment 

in early August using the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) 

module’s remote manipulator arm. The June 29 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch 

carried the BIRDS-2 CubeSats, MAYA-1, BHUTAN-1, and UiTMSAT-1, built 

by students from Malaysia, Bhutan, and the Philippines at the hosting 

Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. All CubeSats have identical 

designs and utilize the same frequencies. While independently made, 

operation and control of the three CubeSats will be shared by three 

teams after the spacecraft are released into space. All three 

CubeSats will transmit a CW beacon on 437.375 MHz. They will be 

operational for 6 months.


“The three will form a constellation, orbiting the Earth from 

different places. This will provide the countries more opportunities 

to make measurements and run experiments than just with using one 

CubeSat, explained Joel Joseph Marciano, Jr., manager of the PHL-

Microsat program in the Philippines. The primary mission of BIRDS-2 

CubeSat constellation is to provide digital message relay service to 

the Amateur Radio community by means of an onboard APRS digipeater on

a frequency of 145.825 MHz.


Another mission of the BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation is to 

demonstrate a store-and-forward system, investigating technical 

challenges through experiments on appropriate data format, multiple 

access scheme, and file-handling protocol while complying with 

limited operational time and power constraints.


The BIRDS-2 CubeSat store-and-forward system will collect data from 

remote ground sensors, store it onboard, and download it to the 

BIRDS-2 ground station network, begun last year during the BIRDS-1 

CubeSat constellation project.


The CubeSats will carry two identical cameras with different lenses 

to capture images with varying resolution. The cameras will also be 

used to capture a minimum-resolution video from space for 

experimental purpose.


The CubeSats will also carry magnetic field sensors to measure the 

magnetic field in space and compare it with that measured on ground.


Additional experiments will use the BIRDS-2 CubeSat constellation to 

enhance research and experiment in single latch-up event detection, 

magnetic field measurements, and flight testing of a newly designed 

GPS chip to demonstrate its low-power operation capabilities in 

space. Students will also explore a passive attitude stabilization 

mechanism. All measurements and image data will be made available on 

the BIRDS-2 project website.


BIRDS-2 aims to promote awareness of Amateur Radio communication and 

Amateur Satellites among the general public and students, especially 

in the participating nations. 


[ANS thanks AMSAT News Service for the above information.]




ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off 

Amateur Spectrum


ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite 

experimentation by educational institutions under Part 97 Amateur 

Service rules, while precluding the exploitation of amateur spectrum 

by commercial, small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 

Experimental rules. In comments filed on July 9 in an FCC proceeding 

to streamline licensing procedures for small satellites, ARRL 

suggested that the FCC adopt a bright line test to define and 

distinguish satellites that should be permitted to operate under 

Amateur-Satellite rules, as opposed to non-amateur satellites 

authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules.


Specifically, it is possible to clarify which types of satellite 

operations are properly considered amateur experiments conducted 

pursuant to a Part 97 Amateur Radio license, and [those] which 

should be considered experimental, non-amateur facilities, properly 

authorized by a Part 5 authorization.


ARRL said it views as incorrect and overly strict’ the standard the 

FCC has applied since 2013 to define what constitutes an Amateur 

Satellite, forcing academic projects that once would have been 

operated in the Amateur Satellite Service to apply for a Part 5 

Experimental authorization instead. This approach was based, ARRL 

said, on the false rational that a satellite launched by an 

educational institution must be non-amateur bcause instructors 

were being compensated and would thus have a pecuniary interest in 

the satellite project. ARRL said well-established Commission 

jurisprudence contradicts this view.


ARRL told the FCC that justification exists to expand the category 

of satellite experiments conducted under an Amateur Radio license, 

especially those in which a college, university, or secondary school 

teacher is a sponsor. But, ARRL continued, a compelling need exists 

to discourage Part 5 Experimental authorizations for satellites 

intended to operate in amateur allocations by non-amateur sponsors, 

absent compelling showings of need.


There is no doubt but that Amateur Radio should be protected against 

exploitation by commercial entities, and there should be a 

compelling justification for a Part 5 Experimental license issued 

for a satellite experiment to be conducted in amateur spectrum, ARRL 

said. A defining criterion for this latter category should be that 

there is no other spectrum practically available in lieu of Amateur 

Radio allocations.


ARRL noted that International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) policy 

regarding satellites operated in Amateur Radio spectrum is only to 

coordinate satellites where licensees and control operators are radio 

amateurs and having a mission and operation consistent with the 

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations’ 

definitions of the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services.


Resolution 659, adopted at World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 

2015, included protective language against non-amateur satellites 

operating in Amateur-Satellite spectrum, and the exclusion of any 

amateur bands from spectrum that might be considered at a future WRC 

for allocation to the Space Operation Service.


IARU announced in 2017 that it would no longer coordinate non-amateur 

satellite operations and adopted new satellite frequency coordination 

guidelines. Under that policy, educational and university satellites 

may be coordinated only when an identified amateur component exists, 

and the mission is to teach and train students in satellite 

communication and building and launching satellites. The individual 

responsible for the satellite’s communications must be an Amateur 

Radio licensee. IARU will also continue to coordinate space stations 

operating under an amateur license and having a clear amateur 

mission, as well as satellites where a licensing administration 

directs the use of an amateur band.


ARRL asserted that incorporating Amateur Radio in experiential 

learning using small satellites  e.g., CubeSats is good for 

Amateur Radio, for students, and for the advancement of technology, 

and it urged the FCC to adopt a regulatory paradigm that encourages 

this approach.


AMSAT-NA also filed comments in the proceeding. The AMSAT remarks 

reflect several of the same concerns expressed by ARRL, including the 

suitability of authorizing certain satellites built by universities 

and non-profit organizations in the Amateur Satellite Service, and 

expressing opposition to satellites licensed as experimental under 

FCC Part 5 rules operating in the Amateur Satellite bands. 

Interested parties may file reply comments in the proceeding, IB 

Docket No. 18-86, by August 7, 2018.


[ANS thanks ARRL News for the above information.]




UN/Brazil Symposium on Basic Space Technology September 2018


The theme for the United Nations/Brazil Symposium on Basic Space 

Technology is "Creating Novel Opportunities with Small Satellite 

Space Missions".  The symposium will be held September 11-14, 2018 

in Natal, Brazil.


The objectives of the UN/Brazil Symposium will be to:

1. Review the status of capacity-building in basic space technology 

for small satellites including lessons learned from the past and on-

going development activities with focus on regional and 

international collaboration opportunities, in particular for 

countries in Latin America and Caribbean;

2. Examine issues relevant to the implementation of small satellite 

programmes, such as organizational capacity-building, development, 

testing infrastructure and launch opportunities;

3. Review evolving capabilities and state-of-the-art applications of 

small satellite programmes and technological developments associated 

with them, with particular focus on applications for agriculture, 

environment and urban monitoring, and education that support 

sustainable growth, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable 


4. Elaborate on regulatory issues related to space technology 

development programmes, such as frequency allocation, space debris 

mitigation and other issues that may arise with the newly emerging 

trend of small satellite constellations;

5. Elaborate on legal issues and responsibilities related to space 

technology development programmes, such as those that arise from 

the sources of international space law;

6. Discuss the way forward for the Basic Space Technology Initiative 

(BSTI), and its capacity-building and international cooperation 

activities in support of UNISPACE+50.


More information is available at:



[ANS thanks UN Office for Outer Space Affairs for the 

above information.]





World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open


Registration is open worldwide for Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air 

(JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet. JOTA-JOTI take place 

October 19 – 21 — always the third weekend of October. JOTA 

Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, encourages JOTA groups to register 

as soon as possible.


“The sign-up system this year is much simpler,” Wilson told ARRL. 

“There is no need to first register an account at scout.org before 

signing in.” Wilson said JOTA-JOTI will generate “an explosion of 

communication across the Amateur Radio airwaves and the internet.”


He anticipates that more than 1 million Scouts and Guides will take 

part in more than 150 countries. A JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide is 

available. “JOTA began in 1957 following the World Jamboree that year, 

when the ham radio operators gathered over coffee and thought about 

doing the on-the-air part of Jamboree every year,” Wilson recounted.


This year will mark the 61st JOTA (and the 22nd year of JOTI). “Many 

JOTA Amateur Radio stations are also starting to use JOTI channels, 

like ScoutLink, to more readily connect with Scouts around the 

world,”  Wilson told ARRL. “Other channels include Skype, YouTube, 

and social media.”


Wilson said once groups have registered, other locations around the 

world will know to look for them. “Likewise, you’ll be able to see 

at a glance all the rest of the locations from across town to the 

other side of the Earth,” he added.


A participants' guide is available at:



(Editor's Note:  Amateurs interested in supporting a local scouting

organization should contact the local leadership directly and offer 

support.  The amateurs and the scouting group can use the 

Participants Guide to plan their Jamboree event and register 

with the World Organization of the Scout Movement.)


[ANS thanks ARRL News for the above information.]




Analysts Predict a Golden Age for Cubesats
 If they Can Get Launched


If predictions from recent analyst reports are correct, CubeSat 

builders are about to enter a five-year period of intense growth as 

the commercial space industry  transitions to small-satellite-centric 

business models in order to meet demand for new applications and 

increased access to space. But, the size of the growth spike will be 

dependent on the availability and cost of small satellite launch 



While demand clearly exists for CubeSats, the availability 

and cost of small satellite launch services remain a variable in 

the equation. Projected growth rates for small satellite launch 

services are not consistent with those projected for the spacecraft 



The complete article is available at:



[ANS thanks satellitetoday.com for the above information.]






Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule (As of July 10, 2018)

Essex Heights Primary School, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 

telebridge via VK4KHZ (Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT).  

Tue 2018-07-17 08:24:52 UTC 85 deg


7th International Aerospace School. I.N. Sultanova Rep. 

Bashkortostan, Ufa, Russia, direct via TBD.  The ISS callsign is 

presently scheduled to be RSØISS.  The scheduled astronaut is 

Oleg Artemyev.  Contact is a go for 2018-07-20 20:15 UTC.


ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now 

mentored over 100  schools:  

Francesco IKØWGF with 132

Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 129

Gaston ON4WF with 123

Sergey RV3DR with 103


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




Call for Volunteers, ANS Seeks Rotating Editors


The AMSAT News Service (ANS) is seeking volunteers to serve as

rotating editors for its weekly newsletter.


Editors work on a rotating schedule, each taking a different turn

editing a specific week's newsletter as scheduled by the ANS Editor

in Chief. Editors support each other by seeking and reporting to the

Editor of the week, information and resources of interest to the

AMSAT community. The number of newsletters assigned will be dependent

upon the number of available editors at any given time. The average

editor can expect to spend, on average, 4-5 hours for each newsletter,

dependent on available material. Prospective editors are required to

be AMSAT members in good standing and have a genuine interest in

satellite operation and an understanding of AMSAT's mission. Former

editing experience is a plus but not required.


If interested, please submit an inquiry, including your contact

information to ans-editor @ amsat.com.


[ANS thanks the ANS editors for the above information]




Satellite Shorts From All Over


+ Youngsters-on-the Air Features Satellite Operation

The YOTA event scheduled for August 8-15, 2018 in Gauteng, 

South Africa.  Events include a high altitude balloon launch, 

building a model cubesat and instruction on working amateur 

satellites.  For more information click "YOTA ZS Newsletter 1" at:


[ANS thanks Youngsters-on-the-Air for the above information.]


+ Nunavut and Bermuda Satellite Operations

NA-008. (Zone 2) Pierre/VE3KTB will once again active from the 

Eureka Weather station and the Eureka Amateur Radio Club [probably 

the most northerly located amateur radio club in the world] from 

Eureka, Nunavut(NA-008), as VY0ERC between July 8-21st. The 

suggested bands are 40 and 20 meters, as well as FM satellites, 

using SSB, the digital modes and very slow CW. Activity will be 

limited to his spare time. QSL via M0OXO, OQRS or direct.


VP9, BERMUDA. Steve, KU9C, will once again be active as KU9C/VP9 

from Ed, VP9GE's, QTH between July 11-17th. During the IARU HF 

Championship he will operate as VP9HQ/RSB, the VP9 IARU Headquarters 

station. Outside of the contest look for activity on the SO-50 and 

AO-85 FM satellites. QSL VP9HQ and the KU9C/VP9 callsigns to his 

home callsign.

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1371 for the above 



+ Logging Satellite Contacts on Logbook of the World

Charlie Reiche, N3CRT has made a YouTube video showing how to use the

TQSL program to create and upload logfiles for satellite contacts

via ARRL's Log Book of the World.  Watch the 7:33 viveo at:


[ANS thanks Charlie, N3CRT for the above information.]


+ AMSAT President Talks Cubesats at SEA-PAC

Joe Spier K6WAO, AMSAT President fascinated SEA-PAC attendees on the 

beach on June 1, 2018.  SEA-PAC is the largest ham radio convention 

in the northwest US.  Watch the 4:11 video at:


[ANS thanks Randy, K7AGE for the above information.]


+ Updated Fox Operating Guide/Recruiting Flyer

AMSAT published a two-page, full-color flyer on June 6, 2018.  The 

front side of the flyer can be used for recruiting hams into the 

world of amateur satellites and AMSAT membership.  The reverse side 

offers simple instructions on how to listen and how to make 

contacts on the Fox series of satellites.  Download either the high 

or low resolution files at:


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


+ RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E declared Mission Ready!

Details to follow!

[ANS thanks Jerry, N0JY 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




This week's ANS Editor,

Frank Karnauskas, N1UW

n1uw at amsat dot org



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