[jamsat-news:3664] [ans] ANS-359 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Mark D. Johns via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2019年 12月 15日 (日) 09:00:00 JST


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In this edition:

* Calling All Radio Amateurs: Help Find OPS-SAT!
* FCC Moves to Remove 3.4 GHz Amateur Satellite Allocation
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
* FoxTelem version 1.08w Released
* AMSAT-EA works against the clock on GÉNESIS satellites
* New NASA eBook Reveals Insights of Earth Seen at Night from Space
* Israel Applauds Successful Launch of Duchifat3
* Ham Radio University Satellite Operations Forum on January 4
* Possible ARISS SSTV Operation Before Year's End
* Recent ARISS Contacts
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 359.01
DATE 2019 Dec 15
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Calling All Radio Amateurs: Help Find OPS-SAT!

Calling all radio amateurs! The European Space Agency (ESA) is chal-
lenging anyone with amateur radio equipment to catch the first signals
from OPS-SAT, ESA’s brand new space software laboratory.

On 17 December, OPS-SAT will be launched into low-Earth orbit on a
Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, together with ESA’s Cheops

Once launched, the satellite will deploy its solar panels and ultra-
high frequency antenna, and then start to send signals back home.

Could you be the first on Earth to catch them? ESA’s mission control
team in Darmstadt are asking for your help to find the fledgling Cube-

OPS-SAT is a first-of-its-kind CubeSat dedicated purely to experimen-
tation. It carries a wide variety of advanced payloads allowing ‘Ex-
perimenters’ to deploy and test their software and apps in space.

Anyone can apply to be an Experimenter! Find out more about the mis-
sion, and how to apply, here: https://tinyurl.com/ul8327f

Lift-off is scheduled for 08:54:20 UTC on 17 December. Deployment will
begin 15044.6 seconds later (T+15044.6 seconds), expected to be at
13:05:04 UTC. OPS-SAT will begin transmitting 15 minutes after satel-
lite deployment and after ultra-high frequency (UHF) antenna and solar
array deployment have been confirmed. The first two passes over Europe
are expected on the same evening.

To track OPS-SAT, a preliminary launch TLE is available here, and will
be updated as soon as new orbital information is available.

Main downlink characteristics:
Space segment transceiver GomSpace NanoCOM AX100
Frequency UHF – 437.2 MHz
Modulation GMSK
Occupied Bandwidth 25 kHz
Baudrate 9k6
Modulation Index 0.5
More information can be found at:

[ANS thanks ESA for the above information]



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FCC Moves to Remove 3.4 GHz Amateur Satellite Allocation

AMSAT (@AMSAT) tweeted at 11:51 AM on Thu, Dec 12, 2019: "At today's
Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission passed a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking proposing to delete the amateur allocation at
3.3-3.5 GHz, including the amateur satellite service allocation at
3.4-3.41 GHz."

Later, @AMSAT tweeted:
"Noting the importance of microwave spectrum for future amateur satel-
lites in HEO and/or GEO orbits and beyond, AMSAT will file comments
in this proceeding opposing the deletion of this amateur satellite
service allocation."

Watch ANS bulletins for future developments.

[ANS thanks @AMSAT for the above information]


Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution

The following Amateur Radio satellite has been added to this week's
TLE distribution:

SMOG-P - NORAD CAT ID 44832 (per Nico Janssen, PA0DLO).
1 44832U 19084J   19346.85910300 .00001000  00000-0  50000-4 0    05
2 44832  97.0009 211.0657 0089111 218.3064 289.3286 15.64885322    06
Frequency: 437.1497 MHz.

The Israeli student satellite Duchifat3 was successfully placed in or-
bit by ISRO (India) on December 11, 2019 along with several other sat-
ellites. Therefore, it will take a while for those objects to separate
enough to accurately identify Duchifat3. The following is a set of
preliminary TLEs supplied by Nicholas Mahr, KE8AKW (via AMSAT-BB) on
December 12, 2019 for your use:

1 84101U          19345.41319444  .00000000  00000-0  50000-4 0    08
2 84101  37.0000 148.0000 0001442   0.0000 140.0000 15.02563222    03

On Dec. 13, Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, verified Doppler measurements show-
ing that Duchifat 3 is object 44854 (2019-089C). The telemetry down-
link frequency is 436.400 MHz. AMSAT

Another PocketQube on this launch (only 5 cm on a side!0 has been iden-
tified as ATL 1
1 44830U 19084G   19346.85945000 .00001000  00000-0  50000-4 0    08
2 44830  96.9998 211.0781 0044791 228.7076 277.5196 15.64736264    09
Frequency: 437.1741 MHz.

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, Orbital Elements Manager, and Nico
Janssen, PA0DLO, for the above information.]


FoxTelem version 1.08w Released

Chris Thompson, AC2CZ/G0KLA, has announced the release of version 1.08w
of the FoxTelem software. This is a bug fix release to FoxTelem. If you
have been seeing issues then you should upgrade to this new version.

Primarily it addresses the following:
* Crashes seen at run time
* Issue with DDE transmission to SatPC32 which can hang FoxTelem or
  another program using DDE
* Some minor issues with HuskySat graphs and display

It is available as usual here:

Thanks to all who reported bugs and issues. Keep them coming. Please
advise Chris if you see any other issues via g0kla <at> arrl.net

Fox-in-a-box orders from the AMSAT Store after December
13, 12:01 UTC (that is, by the time you see this) will also ship with
FoxTelem V1.08w.  The FIAB download directory has not yet been upgrad-
ed, but a downloaded SD card as well as existing cards are very easy
to upgrade. Please see previous articles here and in the ANS for how
to do it.

[ANS thanks Chris Thompson, AC2CZ/G0KLA, and Burns Fisher, WB1FJ for
 the above information]


AMSAT-EA works against the clock on GÉNESIS satellites

AMSAT EA is workin against the clock, together with students from the
European university, in the development of the GENESIS satellites. The
1.5 P pico sats, measuring 7.5x5x5cm are expected to be launched from
the United States in February 2020. These satellites are based on the
designs of EASAT-2 engineering and will allow testings of the EASAT-2

The estimated time in orbit of the GENESIS is estimated at around a
month. They incorporate the linear transponder receiver module design-
ed for EASAT-2 and an Amplitude Shift Keying (ASK) transmitter. They
will offer functionality of a regenerative repeater in ASK and CW and
also incorporate the ionic motor experimental for pocketqubes devel-
oped by Applied Ion Systems.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-EA for the above information]


New NASA eBook Reveals Insights of Earth Seen at Night from Space

Earth has many stories to tell, even in the dark of night. Earth at
Night, NASA’s new 200-page ebook, is now available online and includes
more than 150 images of our planet in darkness as captured from space
by Earth-observing satellites and astronauts on the International
Space Station over the past 25 years. The book is free for download in
Kindle, ePub, and PDF formats at

“Earth at Night” shows how scientists use images such as this astronaut
photo of the Gulf of Mexico taken from the International Space Station
over the southern United States to study our changing planet.

The images reveal how human activity and natural phenomena light up the
darkness around the world, depicting the intricate structure of cities,
wildfires and volcanoes raging, auroras dancing across the polar skies,
moonlight reflecting off snow and deserts, and other dramatic earthly

“Earth at Night explores the brilliance of our planet when it is in
darkness,” wrote Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s
Science Mission Directorate, in the book’s foreword. “The book is a
compilation of stories depicting the interactions between science and
wonder. I am pleased to share this visually stunning and captivating
exploration of our home planet.”

In addition to the images, the book tells how scientists use these
observations to study our changing planet and aid decision makers in
such areas as sustainable energy use and disaster response.

NASA brings together technology, science, and unique global Earth ob-
servations to provide societal benefits and strengthen our nation. The
agency makes its Earth observations freely and openly available to
everyone for use in developing solutions to important global issues
such as changing freshwater availability, food security and human

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]


Israel Applauds Successful Launch of Duchifat3

Israel has applauded the successful launch of Isro’s PSLV-C48 rocket
that put an experimental satellite built by students of its country
into orbit on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The Cuchifat-3 Israeli satellite was
among nine foreign customer satellites piggybacking on India's primary
payload Risat-2BR1, a military radar imaging satellite. The launch oc-
curred at 09:55 UTC. Full article at https://tinyurl.com/uz7p35u

Duchifat3 was built by high school students supported by Herzliya
Science Center in Israel and carries an on-board camera for earth
imaging. The V/u FM transponder has an uplink of 145.970 MHz and a
downlink of 436.400 MHz -- however some reports indicate that the FM
repeater downlink may actually be at 436.420 MHz.

[ANS thanks The Times of India and AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Ham Radio University Satellite Operations Forum on January 4

The 21st annual Ham Radio University, on Saturday, January 4, 2020
is a "A day of education to share ideas, experiences, knowledge and
fellowship among Amateur Radio operators." The event will be held at:

LIU / Post
Hillwood Commons Student Center
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
Web: http://hamradiouniversity.org/

The suggested donation $5 - no preregistration is required! Doors
open at 7:30 AM with first forums at 8:30 AM.

Satellite operation is a part of the learning experience:
11:00 a.m. Satellite Operations for Beginners by Frank Garofalo WA2NDV

[ANS thanks the Ham Radio University for the above information]



    AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
    radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
          be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
   Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/


Possible ARISS SSTV Operation Before Year's End

ARISS reports the possibility of a worldwide commemorative SSTV opera-
tion from the International Space Station on Friday, Dec. 27 or Satur-
day, Dec. 28 and following days. The SSTV downlink frequency is
145.800 MHz. ARISS will provide more information as it becomes avail-
able. Watch the amsat-bb and follow @ARISS_status on Twitter for up-

An SSTV system is an integral part of one of the ARISS ham radio sta-
tions, NA1SS/ RS0ISS in the Service Module. It transmits and receives
JPEG still images.This system utilizes the Kenwood D700 and D710 ra-
dios and the ARISS antennas mounted on the Service Module. The SSTV
equipment also includes SpaceCam and MMSSTV software, a radio/computer
interface module and data cables. A Kenwood VC-H1 is also used to pro-
vide near real-time automatically transmitted images once every 3 min-
utes, when active.

A Kenwood D710 radio located in the Service Module was deployed by the
Russian Space Agency, Energia to provide extended support of imaging
experiments using various SSTV formats. It employs SpaceCam and MMSSTV
software to transmit stored images.

The current Expedition 61 crew aboard the ISS includes Dr. Andrew
“Drew” Morgan, KI5AAA, an emergency physician in the U.S. Army; veter-
an pilot Cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, RK6ATR; Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP,
an Italian Air Force officer, pilot, and engineer; pilot Cosmonaut
Oleg Skripochka; biologist Dr. Jessica Meir; and electrical engineer
Christina Koch.

[ANS thanks ARISS and NASA for the above information]


Upcoming and Recent ARISS Contacts

Istituto Comprensivo “Japigia 1 – Verga”, Bari, Italy, direct via
IZ7RTN and Istituto Comprensivo “Caporizzi – Lucarelli”, Bari, Italy,
direct via IZ7RTN. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be
RØISS, The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP. Contact is
go: Fri 2019-12-20 12:35:30 UTC 77 deg

There are few upcoming ARISS school contacts due to school holiday
vacations around the world. Recent contacts were:

A contact with About Gagarin From Cosmos, City of Kursk, Russia and
City of Ufa, Russia, direct via RZ9WWB was scheduled for Wednesday,
Dec. 11. The ISS callsign was scheduled to be RSØISS, and the sched-
uled astronaut was Alexander Skvortsov, RK6ATR.

A contact with Woodridge Middle School, High Ridge, MO, direct via
NØKBA was scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12. The ISS callsign was
scheduled to be NA1SS, and the scheduled astronaut was to be Luca
Parmitano, KF5KDP.

ANS has verified that these contacts took place as scheduled.

The ARISS contact with Council Rock High School South students at
the Northampton, Pennsylvania school on Thursday, December 5 rece-
ived local press coverage in the Bucks County Courier Times news-
paper: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-349-ARISS-CouncilRock

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]



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Upcoming Satellite Operations

For "Ham Radio Day Aboard the Queen Mary" on Saturday, 14 December
2019. Endaf Buckley, N6UTC, and Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, will work
passes as W6RO between 1700 UTC and 0100 UTC (9am-5pm Pacific time)
from the Sports Deck on the RMS Queen Mary, next to the W6RO Wireless
Room. More information about this event is available at:
and at
On Sunday, 15 December 2019, N6UTC and WD9EWK will go north of the
Los Angeles area to the DM04/DM05/DM14/DM15 (35.0 N 118.0 W) grid
intersection. They plan on working passes for a few hours there,
starting with an AO-92 pass around 1740 UTC.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Board member Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK, for the above

South Florida (EL95, EL96)  December 11-15, 2019
James, K4WPX, will be in EL96/95 December 11th-15th, vacation style,
mostly evening passes, FM only. James will be staying in EM96 but
~1mile from the EM95 line, so he can skip over there for some passes,
too. Pass announcements via Twitter:  https://twitter.com/k4wpx

Hawaii (BK19, BK28, BK29, BL20) December 21-28, 2019
Alex, N7AGF, is heading back to Hawaii over Christmas. This will be a
holiday-style activation, with special empahasis on the grid that got
away – BK28. Keep an eye on Alex’s Twitter feed for further announce-
ments: https://twitter.com/N7AGF

Big Bend National Park (DL88)  March 16-17, 2020
Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend Nation-
al Park to put grid DL88 on the air.  Details will be added here, as
they come available, but you are more than welcome to keep an eye on
their individual Twitter feeds:  https://twitter.com/ad0dx,
https://twitter.com/dtabor, and https://twitter.com/W3ARDstroke5

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP-User Services, for the
 above information]

XT2, BURKINA FASO (Reminder). Harald, DF2WO, is once again active as
XT2AW from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, until December 20th. Activity is
usually holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. He states that he works mostly on the Digital modes (FT8, PSK31,
JT65 and RTTY) and slow CW. He will concentrate on 160/80/60 meters.
"PLS Skeds for 80 and 160." He will also be active on the Satellites
(including 3W into 85cm dish for QO-100) See QRZ.com more details. QSL
via M0OXO, direct or by M0OXO's OQRS (www.m0oxo.com/oqrs/).

ZZ, BRAZIL (WFF Op). Operators Joao Carlos/PU4GOD, Leo/PY1CC, Aldir,
PY1SAD and Eduardo/PU1REC will be active from the headquarters of the
Restinga de Jurubatiba National Park (PYFF0226) with special callsign
ZZ1F between December 12-15th. This is during the first weekend of the
Brazilian Parks event, under the coordination of Ronaldo (PS8RV).
Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters including VHF using
CW, SSB, Satellites and the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or QRZ.com.

[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1443 for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Some observers have reported that satellite JY1 is, at least occa-
  sionally, transmitting image data from its on-board camera.
  (ANS thanks Hasan Schiers, N0AN, for the above information)

+ Want to build a satellite? A scholarly book, "Low Earth Orbit Satel-
  lite Design" by Dr. George Sebestyen, Steve Fujikawa, Alex Chuchra,
  and Nick Galassi, was recently published by Springer, Inc. This
  book offers an in-depth guide to engineers and professionals seeking
  to understand the technologies behind Low Earth Orbit satellites. At
  $139.99 for the hardcover edition, it might be a pricey stocking-
  stuffer, but paperback and ebook editions are cheaper, and Springer
  is running a holiday book special:
  (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

+ ESA’s short film, The Burn, takes us into the heart of Europe’s mis-
  sion control during a critical moment in the life of a future mis-
  sion. Filmed on site in Darmstadt, Germany, with the help of volun-
  teers (many of whom are real-life spacecraft controllers), The Burn
  illustrates the critical importance of decades of investment in
  state-of-the-art mission operations infrastructure and highly train-
  ed teams to flying Europe’s most daring space missions. View the
  film at: https://tinyurl.com/yxxewnjt
  (ANS thanks ESA for the above information)

+ NASA's Space Launch System, or SLS, aims to carry astronauts to the
  moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis project, and has been described
  as "the most powerful rocket ever built." The SLS has just completed
  its latest round of testing: a "test to failure" pressure test of
  the main liquid hydrogen tank. The tank withstood more than 260% of
  expected flight loads before buckling and rupturing! The tank was
  pushed to its limit and failed at the point predicted by the ana-
  lysts, which is good news for the models used by NASA.
  (ANS thanks engadget.com and NASA for the above information)

+ Meade Instruments, a company familiar to backyard astronomers, has
  filed for bankruptcy. The company has fallen on hard times in recent
  years, as they’ve faced increasing competition. Meade also recently
  lost a lawsuit, which pushed them over the edge into bankruptcy. The
  company is based in Irvine, California, and was founded in 1972.
  They started out selling small refracting telescopes. They expanded
  and now sell telescope models worth up to $10,000.
  (ANS thanks Universe Today for the above information)

+ The Orbital Index blog (orbitalindex.com) maintains a directory of
  free space-related software resources for space hobbiests at:
  (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)

+ The Orbital Flight Test of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is
  scheduled for Dec. 20 at 6:36 a.m. EST. The uncrewed flight test
  will be Starliner’s maiden mission to the International Space Sta-
  tion for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
  (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)



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