[jamsat-news:3499] [ans] ANS-077 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

JoAnne K9JKM k9jkm @ comcast.net
2018年 3月 18日 (日) 09:56:38 JST


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In this edition:

* Article Introduces AMSAT's GOLF-TEE and GOLF-1 Satellites
* ARISS-US Program Education Proposal Deadline is April 30, 2018
* AO-92 Operating Schedule Posted for Week of March 18-24
* AMSAT at the 2018 Hamvention -- Call for volunteers
* Top 10 Reasons to Come to AMSAT at the Hamvention
* AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites
* HuskySat-1 Applies for IARU Coordination for Linear V/U Transponder
* Thousands of Kilometers Via Satellite and a WAS Award Too
* Phase 4 Weekly Update 9 March
* Early Bird Bookings for the AMSAT-SA Space Symposium Now Open
* Melbourne University Student Space Program Update
* AMSAT Member Perry F. Crabill, W3HQX Silent Key
* China's DSLWP-A1/A2 Satellites to Transmit Amateur Radio Data
   from the Moon
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-077 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 077.01
DATE March 18, 2018
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Article Introduces AMSAT's GOLF-TEE and GOLF-1 Satellites

As a follow-up to the announcement that GOLF-TEE and GOLF-1 have
been selected for launches through NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative,
we've posted an article introducing the GOLF program on the AMSAT
website:  http://tinyurl.com/ANS-077-AMSAT-GOLF

[ANS thanks Paul, N8HM for the above information]


ARISS-US Program Education Proposal Deadline is April 30, 2018

ARISS News Release    No. 18-03
Dave Jordan, AA4KN
aa4kn @ amsat.org

International Space Station Astronauts are Calling CQ Students
ARISS-US program education proposal deadline is April 30, 2018.

March 15, 2018:  The Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from US schools,
museums, science centers and community youth organizations
(working individually or together) to host radio contacts with
an orbiting crew member aboard the International Space Station
(ISS) between January 1 and June 30, 2019.

Each year, ARISS provides tens of thousands of students with
opportunities to learn about space technologies and communications
through the exploration of Amateur Radio. The program provides
learning opportunities by connecting students to astronauts
aboard the International Space Station (ISS) through a partner-
ship between NASA, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, the
American Radio Relay League, and other Amateur Radio organizations
and worldwide space agencies. The program’s goal is to inspire
students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Amateur Radio. A ham
recently said, “ARISS shows how Amateur Radio is the most unique
hobby/service there is.”

Educators overwhelmingly report that student participation in the
ARISS program stimulates interest in STEM subjects and in STEM
careers. One educator wrote, “It exceeded our expectations--it
created a great interest in both amateur radio and in space
exploration. Our kids are completely inspired!” Ninety-two percent
of educators who have participated in the program have indicated
that ARISS provided ideas for encouraging student exploration
and participation. An educator even joined the ham ranks, saying,
“This chance for our school’s ARISS contact helped me see the
great value of the ham world. I just passed my Technician License
this weekend and have already signed up to take a General class.”

ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers
of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed,
exciting education plan. Students can learn about satellite
communications, wireless technology, science research conducted
on the ISS, radio science, and any related STEM subject. Students
learn to use Amateur Radio to talk directly to an astronaut and
ask their STEM-related questions. ARISS will help educational
organizations locate Amateur Radio groups who can assist with
equipment for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students.

The proposal deadline for 2019 contacts is April 30, 2018. Proposal
webinars for guidance and getting questions answers will be offered
March 29, 2018, at 7 p.m. EDT and April 16, 2018, at 4 p.m. EDT.
Advance registration is necessary. To sign up, go to

For more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and
the proposal form, visit:

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, tech-
nology, 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 www.ariss.org.

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]


AO-92 Operating Schedule Posted for Week of March 18-24

Drew, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations updated the AO-92 Operating Schedule
page for the coming week:

AO-92 operations are scheduled among the U/v FM repeater, L-Band
Downshifter, Virginia Tech Camera, and the University of Iowa’s
High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument (HERCI). Please keep
the uplink clear during passes with scheduled mode changes.

For the week of 18-24 Mar 2018, the following mode changes are

+ 18 March at approximately 1500 UTC we will enable the L band
   uplink for ~24 hours

+ 22 March at approximately 1345 we will enable the VT camera and
   high-speed data for ~40 minutes. This is a Caribbean and South
   America pass. Please be ready to copy high-speed data with FoxTelem,
   and keep the uplink clear at 1345UTC.

+ All other times the U/v repeater will be open continuously.

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


AMSAT at the 2018 Hamvention -- Call for volunteers

The 2018 Hamvention will be held on May 18-20, 2018 at Greene County
Fairground and Expo Center in Xenia Ohio. Planning is under way for
AMSAT's participation!

Phil, W1EME, AMSAT's Hamvention Team Leader is looking for team
leaders to assist him. If you can help please consider leading in
one of the unfilled positions at w1eme @ amsat.org

+ Volunteer Assistant
+ Publicity Assistant    - JoAnne K9JKM
+ Forum Assistant        - Keith KB1SF
+ Sales Assistant
+ Outdoor Demo Assistant - Paul N8HM
+ Facilities and Setup Assistant

We need as many volunteers as possible to help staff the AMSAT
booth during the Hamvention Last year, we had about 40 people assist
with the AMSAT booth at the Hamvention.  It was the efforts of those
volunteers that made the 2017 Hamvention a success for AMSAT.

1. May 17 - Booth setup on Thursday.
2. May 18, 19, 20 - Staff the booth during Hamvention hours to
    answer questions, enroll members, indoor demos, merchandise
    and book sales. (We will train you!)
3. May 20 - Booth teardown on Sunday

The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers,
and builders makes the whole experience a lot of fun.

Whether you're available for only a couple of hours or if you can
spend the entire weekend with us, your help would be greatly

Interested hams should contact Team Leader Phil Smith via email at:
w1eme @ amsat.org for information.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Hamvention Publicity Assistant JoAnne Maenpaa,
  K9JKM for the above information]


Top 10 Reasons to Come to AMSAT at the Hamvention

10. Rub shoulders with 25,000 of your best friends at the largest
     hamfest in the United States, including all of the AMSAT
     Directors and senior officers. See the latest equipment from
     Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, Flex, Alinco, M2, Arrow, and many other
     manufacturers of amateur radio equipment and accessories. Take
     advantage of discounted pricing you won't find anywhere else.

9. Find out how to organize a contact with the astronauts on the
    International Space Station for your local school or youth group
    from our Education and ARISS experts.

8. Pickup the latest AMSAT golf shirts, T-shirts, and hats. Get
    your copy of the updated "Amateur Satellite Frequency Guide"
    (laminated frequency chart) and Gould Smith's just revised for
    2018 "Getting Started with Amateur Satellites" book. We'll also
    have assembled wide-band preamps and antennas that are great
    for portable operation.

7. See demonstrations of SatPC32 and MacDoppler satellite tracking
    software, and get your operational questions answered. Assembled
    LVB Trackers will be available.

6. Hear the latest presentation at the joint AMSAT/TAPR dinner.

5. Hear the latest on the Fox and Golf satellites, the International
    Space Station, other current and future satellites, education news,
    and an AMSAT update at the AMSAT Forum Saturday, from 11:15 to 1:30.

4. Get one-on-one guidance on setting up your satellite station and
    making contacts at our "Beginner's Corner". Witness live demonstra-
    tions of contacts through satellites.

3. Meet and interact with some of the Engineering Team members
    working on the Fox and Golf satellites and our new Five and Dime
    AMSAT ground terminal.

2. Get satellite station and operating tips from some of the best
    satellite operators in the country.

1. Receive your 2018 laminated Satellite Frequency Chart when you
    join or renew your AMSAT membership at Hamvention. New members
    will receive the Frequency Chart and the latest edition of the
    AMSAT Journal.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Hamvention Publicity Assistant JoAnne Maenpaa,
  K9JKM for the above information]


AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites

It’s that time of year again; summer and Field Day! Each year the
American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day as a “picnic,
a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most
of all, FUN!”

The event takes place during a 23-hour period on the fourth weekend
of June. For 2018 the event takes place during a 27-hour period from
1800 UTC on Saturday, June 23, 2018 through 2100 UTC on Sunday,
June 24, 2018.

Those who set up prior to 1800 UTC on June 23 can operate only 24
hours. The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) promotes
its own version of Field Day for operation via the amateur sat-
ellites, held concurrently with the ARRL event.

This year should be easier than many years since we have more than
10 transponders and repeaters available. Users should check the
AMSAT status page at http://www.amsat.org/status/ and the pages
at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=177 for what is available in
the weeks leading up to field day.

To reduce the amount of time to research each satellite, see the
current FM satellite table at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=5012
and the current linear satellite table at

If you are considering ONLY the FM voice satellites, there are
SO-50, AO-85, AO-91, AO-92 and possibly PicSat. It might be easier
this year to make that one FM contact for the ARRL bonus points
with so many FM birds. The congestion on FM LEO satellites is
always so intense that we must continue to limit their use to
one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes the International Space
Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the ISS is operating Voice.

The full set of rules are posted at:

[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO,
  for the above information]


HuskySat-1 Applies for IARU Coordination for Linear V/U Transponder

The IARU Frequency Coordination pages show that the Husky Satellite
Lab at the University of Washington applied for frequencies on March 7
for HuskySat-1, a 3U CubeSat with propulsion capability.

Launch is planned for a high inclination LEO late 2018 on the ELaNA
XXIV mission. HuskySat-1 will become the first amateur satellite
from Washington state.

HuskySat-1 will demonstrate the capabilities of new technologies being
developed at the University of Washington and expand the capabilities
of CubeSats as a whole. In particular, a high-thrust pulsed plasma
thruster (PPT), and high-gain communications system will form the core
technology suite on board the satellite.

HuskySat-1 will carry AMSAT's 30 kHz wide V/u linear transponder for
amateur radio SSB/CW communications. The transponder is the same design
as the transponder being flown on RadFXSat-2/Fox-1E in 2018 including
the 1k2 BPSK telemetry channel. HuskySat-1 will also transmit BPSK
telemetry at 1 Mbps in the 24 GHz band.

In order to utilize the transponder and telemetry beacon, equipment
suitable for other linear transponder satellites such as FO-29 and AO-73
will be needed. Estimates are that a few watts into a small beam
should be adequate, with a small beam with a low noise preamp serving
for reception.

Additional details have been posted at:
IARU frequency coordination activities may be followed on-line at:

[ANS thanks the IARU, the Unviversity of Washington, and AMSAT-UK for 
the above information]


Thousands of Kilometers Via Satellite and a WAS Award Too

Listen to a recording of a 6005 KM contact with KE9AJ and
OA4/XQ3SA on March 11: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-077-AO7-QSO
Recording provided by NP4JV.

A 4100 KM contact via AO-92 between Kuthumabaka Ramesh, VU3FTP,
in Hyderabad City, India and Suryono P. Kebayoran Lama Selatan
YD0NXX, in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 9 can viwed at:

On March 10 K7TAB (DM43)worked VY0ERC (ER60) located at 80
degrees north via AO-91 for a 5250 KM QSO. Both stations used a
Kenwood TH-D72A HT running 5W.

MI6GTY (IO64) and N9EAT (EN41) enjoyed a 6010 KM QSO vis AO-91
on March 11. This is a new distance record for AO-91.
See: https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/

Jose, EB1AO in Spain (IN52) and David, W0DHB (DN70) completed
a 7606 KM contact on March 12 via AO-7. They had a 2 minute
window with 0.4 degrees for EB1AO (contact was made at 0.1 degree
elevation) and 2 degrees for W0DHB. Jose operated portable on
a hilltop with an IC-910 and Arrow Antenna. To date he has 34
states via satellite.

PS8ET (GI84) worked CU2ZG (HM77) for a 5096 KM contact wia
AO-91 on March 12.

Mikey, K7ULS reported working FG8OJ and PJ2/HB9WDF via FO-29
on March 13.

Now, a report on quantity vs distance ... congratulations to
Michael, K9EI for his completion of Satellite Worked All States.
He commented on Twitter, "Please let me say thank you to everyone
who helped me finally achieve my first WAS. I became a ham in 1977,
but never was involved enough to accomplish WAS. I am even more
satisfied that I was able to do it first on satellites among so
many friends. You’ve all been fantastic."

[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]


Phase 4 Weekly Update 9 March

Michelle Thompson, W5NYV has Phase 4 Weekly Report for 9 March 2018:
View it on-line to hear all the details at:

A summary of the key points discussed this week include:

+ Exploration of the use of the Ettus Research E310 and X310
   Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) devices.

+ GNU Radio Conference 2018 tickets are available:
   The whole conference is packed with wonderful experiences and fun.
   Come join Phase 4 Ground at our DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X workshop and
   hackfest on Friday! Presented by Open Research Institute, Inc.
   with a goal to produce an open source DVB-S2/X receiver in GNU
   Radio primarily for AMSAT. Please share with whoever you think
   would love to come! There will be a new user track as well as
   advanced content, workshops, vendors, demonstrations, and multiple
   social events.

Look for the Phase 4 articles coming in the March/April 2018 AMSAT

[ANS thanks Michelle Thompson, W5NYV and the Phase 4 Team for the above


Early Bird Bookings for the AMSAT-SA Space Symposium Now Open

Bookings for the annual AMSATSA Space Symposium which will be held
on May 19, at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria is now open.

The symposium features interesting subjects including development
of a new SDR transponder, building a ground station to operate Ama-
teur Radio's first geostationary satellite Es'hail-2, a BACAR-ready
10 GHz beacon to exercise your Es'hail-2 receiver, a practical approach
to improving modular system reliability, FunCube Data and some of its
secrets and a progress report on Kletskous and its next generation
transponder and systems.

Get the booking form and details on www.amsatsa.org.za.

[ANS thanks AMSAT South Africa for the above information]


Melbourne University Student Space Program Update

Gabriel, VK3EXO, provided an update to the Wireless Institute of
Australia regarding the Melbourne University  Student Space Program.

 From the RF perspective project personnel have successfully trans-
mitted packets between the ground station and the satellite radio.
They have interfaced the satellite radio with the flight computer
and the satellite antenna has been deployed.

The ACMA recently approved the frequency allocation request and will
be taking the application to the ITU on behalf of the project team.
This is a huge achievement, particularly for an entirely student led

A major milestone has been passed with power-up test of everything
to be included in the satellite all laid out on a flat surface called
a FlatSat. The next step is to perform extensive software and hard-
ware testing. The testing will be performed over the next few weeks.

The Mission Operations website development is going well and the team
is on track for launch at the end of this year / early next year.

[ANS thanks the Wireless Institute of Australia VK1WIA news for the 
above information]


AMSAT Member Perry F. Crabill, W3HQX Silent Key

This week Larry Wright, W8ANT, reported the sad news that Perry F.
Crabill, W3HQX, member of AMSAT, born in 1920, formerly of Washington,
DC and suburban Maryland and until his passing of Winchester Virginia,
is now a Silent Key at age 97.

Perry was first licensed as W3HQX in "19ought38" as he was wont to
say, worked for C&P telephone for many years, served in the US Navy
in World War Two as a radio technician (passing the difficult Eddy
test,) and was active for almost 70 years in a variety of amateur radio
activities. Known affectionately by the 147.300 repeater's "Question
Of the Day" group as "The Professor", Perry had a wide range of
on-the-air acquaintances.

A memorial service and celebration of his life was held on Saturday,
March 24 in Winchester, VA.

[ANS thanks Larry Wright, W8ANT for the above information]


China's DSLWP-A1/A2 Satellites to Transmit Amateur Radio Data from the Moon

China is planning to launch the Chang’e 4 lander and rover which is
slated to land on the far side of the moon in December. The lander
configuration will use a relay satellite for a control and data
link with Earth.

Also aboard this flight will be a pair of microsatellites, DSLWP-A1
and DSLWP-A2, which will test low-frequency radio astronomy and
space-based interferometry. These two lunar orbiting satellites
developed by students at the Harbin Institute of Technology will
include educational and amateur radio payloads (but not a trans-

The Amateur Radio payload on DSLWP-A1 will provide a telecommand
uplink and a telemetry and digital image downlink. Radio amateurs
will be able to transmit commands that allow them to send commands
to take and download an image. The IARU has coordinated downlinks
on 435.425 MHz and 436.425 MHz for A1.

Downlinks have been coordinated for A2 are 435.400 MHz and 436.400
MHz using 10K0F1DCN or 10K0F1DEN (10-kHz wide FM single-channel
data) 250 bps GMSK with concatenated codes or JT65B.

A1 and A2 will be deployed into a 200 × 9,000 kilometer lunar
orbit. The 50 × 50 × 40 centimeter spacecrafts each  weigh about
45 kilograms and are three-axis stabilized. Two linear polarization
antennas  are mounted along and normal to the flight direction.
The satellites will use the moon to shield them from radio emissions
from Earth for the long wavelength space-based interferometry experi-

The launch is anticipated for May or June on a CZ-4C vehicle, putting
the satellites’ deployment about 6 months ahead of the launch of the
Chang’e 4 lander and rover.

[ANS thanks the Harbin Institute of Technology, IARU, and ARRL for the 
above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The AmazonSmile Triple Donation Promotion Now Under Way
   Triple your impact! Until March 31, Amazon is tripling the
   donation rate on your first AmazonSmile purchase. You can
   name AMSAT to receive the donation from your purchase.

+ The Station and Operating Hints page has been updated to
   include WD9EWK's November/December 2017 AMSAT Journal article
   Working the FalconSAT-3 Digipeater (with Kenwood TH-D72 and
   TM-D710G radios) Read how to use the 9600bps AX.25 V/U digipeater.
   https://www.amsat.org/station-and-operating-hints/ and scroll down
   the page to the other digipeater articles.

+ Use the HA7WEN WebSDR at to listen to
   FO-29 traffic over Europe. (via Michel F6HTJ)

+ Enjoy a video made by the University of Bristol team's entry to
   the 2017 UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
   (UKSEDS)Lunar Rover Competition: https://youtu.be/ouL-cg1U0MI
   Visit http://ukseds.org/about/ to learn more about the UK’s national
   student space society.

+ The March PDF of the weather satellite publication GEO Newsletter
   produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for
   free download: http://www.geo-web.org.uk/geoquarterly.php

+ Amateurs preparing for our microwave future in space may find
   this information, relayed on the microwave @ mailmanlists.us
   e-mail reflector, useful. An Analog Devices RF Detector Surf
   Board is $10 evaluation kit containing an RF Power detector
   made up of three RF detector chips covering DC to 9 GHz,
   one with 80 dB range. Search for part number ADL5XDETECTRKIT
   at https://www.richardsonrfpd.com to figure out if you want one.
   Even if you don't buy anything the page has links to useful
   electronic design tools.

+ GM4VZY produces a weekly Weather Satellite Report listing
   polar orbiting and geostationary satellites transmitting
   on VHF and L-band:

+ Space enthusiasts, make room on your calendars. The Smithsonian
   Channel will premiere two sets of back-to-back space documentaries
   in late March and early April:

+ Not really satellite oriented but you guys are going to like this
   one anyways ... HF Voyager is an ocean-going drone currently making
   its way from Hawaii to California that can carry out amateur radio
   contacts in several digital modes. On-board in a waterproof container
   is an Elecraft KX3 and a Raspberry Pi computer enabling a variety of
   digital modes to be used. The station uses FT8 and PSK-31 on the 20
   meter band as its primary operating modes. You may also find it using
   WSPR in times of poor propagation. Call sign to look for? KH6JF/MM.
   More details and the current location of the drone are available at:



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

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