[jamsat-news:3498] [ans] ANS-070 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

Chris Bradley kg5jup @ gmail.com
2018年 3月 12日 (月) 12:07:01 JST


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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

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In this edition:

* Robertsville Middle School Students Will Send a CubeSat into Space
* Call for Volunteers - Dayton Hamvention
* Maidenhead Grid EL58hx Activation Memorial Day Weekend 2018
* FJ, St. Barthelemy Operations April 19-27
* Send Your Name to the Sun Aboard the Parker Solar Probe
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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Robertsville Middle School Students Will Send a CubeSat into Space

In November of last year, a team of Robertsville middle students,
educators, and Oak Ridge scientists submitted a proposal to NASA for
their Cube Satellite Launch Initiative (CSLI) in hopes of sending a
student-designed nanosatellite named, "RamSat" into space. NASA's
CSLI provides opportunities for small satellite payloads built by
various schools and non-profit organizations to fly on upcoming
launches. NASA provides CubeSat developers a low-cost pathway to
conduct scientific investigations in space, enabling students,
teachers, and industry partners to obtain hands-on development

In a letter received on March 2, 2018, we learned that our proposal
for RamSat was accepted for participation in the CSLI, an initiative
intended to provide launch opportunities during 2019, 2020, and 2021.
CubeSats are auxiliary payloads on planned NASA, other U.S.
Government, or commercial space flight missions, or deployments from
the International Space Station. We learned that our payload is one
of 21 satellites selected or prioritized for participation in the
ninth CSLI selection. Our acceptance was also announced on NASA's
website as RamSat, an education mission to develop and implement a
middle school STEM curriculum for building a CubeSat.

Peter Thornton, one of the RamSat team leaders from Oak Ridge
National Laboratory stated, "This is such an exciting opportunity for
the students! They will now have the chance to design, build, carry
out and own a satellite mission. They will be the mission scientists,
the communication specialists, and the logistics experts. They will
calculate orbits, learn to aim their satellite camera at selected
targets on the ground, radio their commands to RamSat, and receive
and interpret the digital data streams broadcast by RamSat,
containing imagery and all the other important data gathered on-
board. They'll be working as a team to identify and solve problems,
and they will be working with NASA professionals to integrate RamSat
into the launch and deployment missions. I can't think of a more
exciting project to ignite the students' curiosity and passion for
science and engineering."

The CSLI ride-share launch features spacecraft called
nanosatellites. CubeSats are sized in units, and one unit (1U) is 10
cm x 10 cm x 10 cm. To participate in the CSLI program, CubeSat
investigations must be in alignment with NASA's Strategic Plan. The
Robertsville Middle School proposal aimed to demonstrate alignment by
creating student-driven STEM-based lessons addressing educational
development needs relevant to NASA's strategic goals. The students'
targeted mission for their RamSat is to send a small camera and radio
encased in a 2U nanosatellite that will relay data and images from
space back to earth. With this information, students will study
reforestation patterns of vegetation lost in forest fires. The
student mission arose in response to a real-world connection they had
to the Gatlinburg fires last year.

[ANS Thanks OAK RIDGE SCHOOLS OAK RIDGE, TN for the above information]


Call for Volunteers - Dayton Hamvention
The 2018 Hamvention will be held on May 18-20 2018 at Green County
Fairground and Expo Center in Xenia Ohio. Planning is under way for
AMSAT's participation, and we are looking for volunteers in the
following areas: Volunteer Assistant, Publicity Assistant, Sales
Assistant, Outdoor Demo Assistant, Facilities and Setup Assistant.
Interested Hams should contact Team Leader Phil Smith via email at
w1eme @ amsat.org for information.

[ANS Thanks Phil Smith, W1EME for the above information]


Maidenhead Grid EL58hx Activation Memorial Day Weekend 2018

(Venice, LA, USA) Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA, and Clayton Coleman, W5PFG will
travel to the mouth of the Mississippi River in far Southeast
to activate maidenhead gridsquare EL58hx on Memorial Day weekend,
The primary activities will be on the 6m band and OSCAR satellites.
will be Wyatt's first activation of EL58 in Louisiana and Clayton's
second. Both operators have conducted multiple, successful portable
activations over the years, with Wyatt activating over 200 grid
and Clayton over 150. Dates, the operating location in the grid, and
transportation arrangements are confirmed.

The activation is scheduled to begin after 23:00 UTC on May 25 and
conclude by 20:00 UTC on May 27. All 6m operations will use the
AC0RA. All satellite operations will use the callsign W5PFG.  HF
operation will occur during slower periods on 6m and when there are
satellites in view. Those wishing to confirm HF contacts must do so
ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW.) 6m and Satellite confirmations
be available following the expedition on LoTW in addition to paper
accompanied with a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE.)

Further information will be released prior to the expedition. For
general inquiries contact Clayton, W5PFG, at w5pfg @ arrl.net. For 6m
operational questions contact Wyatt, AC0RA, at dirkswyatt10 @ gmail.com.

[ANS Thanks Clayton Coleman, W5PFG for the above information]


FJ, St. Barthelemy Operations April 19-27

AI5P, N0KV, W0ZA and WD0E plan to operate from Pointe Milou,
St. Barthelemy Island (IOTA NA-146/Grid Square FK87) from
April 19-27, 2018. Operation will be on 80-10 meters (SSB/CW/
RTTY) with satellite operation by WD0E. Conditions may largely
limit most activity to 20 meters and down. Operating 160 meters
is being considered; however, no antenna option is yet finalized.

Satellite operation will take place on several satellites. A
satellite and pass schedule will be announced on the AMSAT-bb
in advance.

Equipment includes three Elecraft K3's and two 500 watt Elecraft
amps. Antennas include a SteppIR crank IR vertical for 80-10
meters, a folding hexbeam by Folding Antennas (Germany) on 20-10
meters, LPDA's on 20 and 17 meters and verticals on 30 and 40

Operation will be as continuous as conditions warrant.  The Colorado
operators have decided to use FJ/N0KV as their callsign while AI5P
will be active as FJ/AI5P.

FJ/N0KV logs will be updated to LOTW while Rick's logs (FJ/AI5P)
will not since he continues to be an analog guy with an actual
key and pen/paper log.

Paper QSLs will be available from both N0KV and AI5P direct and
via the bureau.

For satellite operation we plan to be on as many passes of as many
satellites as possible focusing on the evening hours.  Equipment
will be an IC 910 and Arrow.  On Montserrat in 2015 we were on
FO-29 only.  For St. Barts we will also operate some FM satellites.
We will assemble a pass plan before we go and post it to this -bb.
We will stick to that plan as much as possible but of course condi-
tions may cause us adjust on  the fly. The operating location has
good visibility to the horizon from about the NW through N and E
to the SE. Other directions are somewhat obscured. QSLs handled as
written above.

[ANS thanks Jim White, WD0E for the above information]



AO-92 operations are scheduled among the U/v FM repeater, L-Band
Downshifter, Virginia Tech Camera, and the University of Iowa's High
Radiation CubeSat Instrument (HERCI). Please keep the uplink clear
passes with scheduled mode changes.
For the week of 11-17 Mar 2018, the following mode changes are
Approximately 1420UTC 11Mar we will enable the L band uplink for ~24
Approximately 1625UTC 14Mar we will enable the VT camera and high-
speed data
for ~40 minutes. This is a central US and Mexico pass. Please be
ready to
copy high-speed data with FoxTelem, and keep the uplink clear at
All other times the U/v repeater will be open continuously.

[ANS Thanks Drew KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations for the above information]


Send Your Name to the Sun Aboard the Parker Solar Probe

NASA will send your name on a microchip to the Sun aboard the
Parker Solar Probe mission due to launch in the Summer of 2018.
The probe will fly through the Sun's atmosphere and you can go
along for the ride.

To survive in the 2500° F solar environment the spacecraft and
instruments will be protected by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite
shield. At its closest approach the probe will be flying at
approximately 430,000 mph.

To submit your name follow the instructions starting at:

To learn more about the mission visit:

[ANS thanks NASA and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Gridders, Bob K8BL be staying in grid EM32 for the next couple weeks
and operating "holiday style" while visiting family. He can probably
work out going to adjacent Grids upon request. Besides LA, TX and
AR and OK are possibilities. QSOs will be in LoTW when I return
home the end of March.

[ANS Thanks Bob K8BL, for the above information]


+  I just wanted to thank Doug  N6UA for his dedication to the hobby
of Ham radio. Doug made an out of the way trip to nebraska to
confirm the state for several of us who needed it for WAS LOTW. Doug
fought 65 mph winds on the way and during the qso on Cas-4B . At
times the howling was so bad that the audio was distorted , however
Doug endured the elements and continued confirming the Grid/state for
many of us. On the return home Doug encountered several semi
accidents on I-25 . Thanks Doug for being so dedicated as to go out
of your in bad weather to give a new grid or state to your fellow

[ANS Thanks Jack KC7MG and Alex Weimer, for the above information]


+  N8FQ Satalite Sked page available for amateur use.

[ANS Thanks Joe, N3XLS for the above information]


+  Watch the development of a homebrew VHF mast head preamp design
by VU2POP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTDkRRtWTk8

[ANS Thanks VU2POP for the above information]


+ Information about China ham radio satellite to the moon

[ANS Thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


+ The schedule page at https://www.amsat.org/satellite-schedules/
has been
updated for the coming week for AO-92 operations. We could use more
stations feeding telemetry in auto or high-speed mode for the camera
run on Wednesday!

[ANS Thanks Andrew Glasbrenner for the above information]


+ All telemetry (image frames) received by anyone with FoxTelem are
to the AMSAT server (if you have selected "upload to server") and used
to construct a full image, in the same fashion that collecting many
diverse telemetry frames provides a more complete record of satellite
health and science data.  So you may not see a whole image on your own
FoxTelem, but you are helping everyone see the full image because you
may capture a frame that no one else did.  The more stations
the better the chances for full images.

Set your FoxTelem for "auto" source on the Input Tab and pitch in.
Thank you for being part of the fun and learning!

[ANS Thanks Jerry Buxton, NØJY, for the above information]


+ AYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Operators K0NR and KB9DPF will be QRV as ZF2NR
and ZF2PF, respectively, from Grand Cayman Island from March 10 to
17.  Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and
FT8.  This includes some FM Satellite activity from grid square
EK99.  QSL to home calls.

[ANS Thanks ARLD011 DX news bulletin for the above information]



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This week's ANS Editor,
Chris Bradley, AA5EM
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