[jamsat-news:3592] [ans] ANS-048 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2019年 2月 17日 (日) 10:52:35 JST


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In this edition:

* QO-100 released by QARS
* ARRL Adds JO-97, FO-99, QO-100 to LoTW Configuration File
* New Distance Record on AO-91
* Call for Papers - Digital Communications Conference
* KickSat 2 Is Alive And Kicking
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 048.01
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QO-100 released by QARS

Following the successful launch of Es'hail-2, the new Es'hailSat
teleport was inaugurated on February 14, 2019.

Prior to its official inauguration and opening the QO-100 NB Tran-
sponder was opened for experimental use on February 12. The Qatar
Amateur Radio Society (QARS) invited radio amateurs worldwide to
make good use of the NB transponder and make contacts with each
other. In parallel to the experimental operation, Es'hailSat, QARS
and AMSAT-DL monitored transponder performance and optimized trans-
ponder parameters.

Access the full article with photos on the AMSAT-DL website:

Stations finding themselves out of the footprint of QO-100 or
those who have not had the opportunity to acquire 10 GHz down-
link receiving capability can join in the action using on-line
WebSDR resources:

+ In co-operation with AMSAT Deutschland, the British Amateur
  Television Club will be operating a WebSDR for the narrowband
  segment, and a Spectrum Viewer for the wideband (DATV) segment.
  The Goonhilly Earth Station is supporting the project, providing
  hosting for the Ground Station facility at their world-famous
  site in Cornwall, UK:  https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

+ The IS0GRB Es'Hail2 (QO-100) SAT 26E WebSDR receiver, located
  in Dolianova, South Sardinia island, Italy, JM49OJ, operated
  by Roberto, IS0GRB, using a 100cm parabolic dish can be
  accessed at: http://websdr.is0grb.it:8901/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information]


ARRL Adds JO-97, FO-99, QO-100 to LoTW Configuration File

On February 14, 2019, the ARRL released version 11.7 of the Logbook of
the World configuration file adding the ability to confirm QSOs made
through JO-97, FO-99, and QO-100 via LoTW.

LoTW users should receive a prompt to update their configuration file
when opening recent versions of TQSL. The file can also be downloaded
at https://lotw.arrl.org/lotwuser/config.tq6

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]


New Distance Record on AO-91

PR8KW GI77 - Gustavo
?Tks @eb1ao for new record on AO91 2019-02-13 14:23z 6133km.
PR8KW GI77um73sc <> EB1AO IN52pf89tw.
73 de PR8KW GI77um

[ANS thanks PR8KW via Twitter for the above information]


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Call for Papers - Digital Communications Conference

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the ARRL/TAPR
Digital Communications Conference (DCC), to be held September 20-22
at the Marriott Detroit Metro Airport Hotel. Papers will also be
published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to
attend the conference to have their papers included in the
Proceedings. The submission deadline is August 5, 2019. Submit papers
to via e-mail to maty @ arrl.org, or via post to Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB,
ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Papers will be published
exactly as submitted, and authors will retain all rights.

[ANS thanks Steve Ford, WB8IMY, for the above information]


KickSat 2 Is Alive And Kicking

The first couple of days after KickSat 2 was deployed from Cygnus NG
10 no downlink signals were received from the satellite. But today I
received several short and weak transmissions from KickSat 2. So it
appears to be alive and transmitting short telemetry bursts on
437.5077 MHz.

KickSat 2, object 44046, is to deploy up to 104 small Sprite
satellites into its low orbit. All these Sprites will then transmit
on 437.240 MHz with 10 mW and are expected to reenter within weeks.

[ANS thanks Nico PA0DLO via Amsat-bb for the above information]


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Upcoming Satellite Operations

Eureka Nunavut (ER60, EQ79) – February 3, to March 29, 2019
Eureka ARC, VY0ERC, will be QRV from Eureka, NU (NA-008), February 3
until March 29, 2019.  Time and weather permitting, they expect to be
on the FM satellites from ER60 and EQ79.  Announcements will be
posted on Twitter at https://twitter.com/vy0erc.

3A, MONACO (JN33) – February 15-18, 2019
Philippe, EA4NF, will be active as 3A/EA4NF from Monaco, between
February 15-18th. Priority will be given to FM and SSB Satellites to
get confirmed as much as possible this rare DXCC country to the
amateur radio satellite community. HF activity will be on 20 meters
SSB, but on the QRP mode (5w). QSL via LoTW.

Yuma Hamfest (DM22) – February 15-16, 2019
Patrick, WD9EWK, will have an AMSAT booth at the Yuma Hamfest in
southwestern Arizona on Friday and Saturday, 15-16 February 2019.
This year’s hamfest also serves as the 2019 ARRL Southwestern
Division Convention. The hamfest will be at the Yuma County
Fairgrounds, along 32nd Street between Pacific Avenue and Avenue 3E,
and south of I-8 exit 3, in Yuma. The fairgrounds is across the
street from Yuma International Airport and Marine Corps Air Station.
More information about the hamfest is available from:

During the hamfest, Patrick will have demonstrations of satellite
operating from outside the main hall on the fairgrounds. If you hear
WD9EWK on passes during those two days, please feel free to call and
be a part of the demonstrations. Patrick may not be able to work
every possible pass from the hamfest, but hopes to work a variety of
passes in FM, SSB, and even packet. The hamfest site is in grid DM22.
Contacts made with WD9EWK will be uploaded to Logbook of the World,
and QSL cards for contacts made with WD9EWK will be available on
request after the hamfest (please e-mail me directly with the QSO

During the hamfest, he will use his @WD9EWK Twitter account to post
updates from the hamfest. If you do not use Twitter, you can still
see these updates in a web browser at: http://twitter.com/WD9EWK

Imperial Valley (DM12, DM22) – February 17, 2019
After the end of the upcoming Yuma Hamfest, Patrick, WD9EWK, plans
to make a drive west to the DM12/DM22 grid boundary along I-8 near
the west end of California’s Imperial Valley on Sunday, 17 February
2019. He hopes to work passes for a few hours out there, with much
cooler weather than what he experienced last July when he was
previously out there. ?? The DM12/DM22 grid boundary, at the town of
Ocotillo, is in Imperial County.

Patrick will use his @WD9EWK Twitter account to send updates. Even
without a Twitter account, these updates will be visible in a web
browser at: http://twitter.com/WD9EWK

His travel out to the DM12/DM22 line should be visible on APRS as
WD9EWK-9: http://aprs.fi/WD9EWK-9

Isla del Culebra, Puerto Rico (FK78) – February 22-24, 2019
Radio Opordores del Este, KP3RE, is preparing for their Culebra IOTA
(NA-249) Expedition 2019.  Satellite operations are planned for AO-
91, AO-92, SO-50, and IO-86.

Turks and Caicos Islands (FL31) – February 28 – March 9, 2019
Adrian, AA5UK, will be heading to Providenciales in the Turks and
Caicos Islands from Feb 28th through March 9th, 2019. He will be
operating holiday style on HF and Satellites as VP5/AA5UK from grid
FL31UU14. Focus will be on the linear satellites, with some FM
activity depending on pile-up civility. Hope to work some European
stations as location favors the East. Pass announcements will be made
via Twitter: https://twitter.com/AA5UK and periodically via amsat-bb.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org
Updated February 15, 2019

For most recent updates visit:

[ANS thanks Robert KE4AL for the above information]



+ 2019-02-13 20:10 UTC between David St-Jacques KG5FYI using ISS
  callsign NA1SS and College Park School, Lloydminster, Alberta,
  Canada Contact was direct via VA5ISS. ARISS Mentor was Brian VE6JBJ.

+ 2019-02-14 14:30 UTC between David St-Jacques KG5FYI using ISS
  callsign NA1SS and Faith Christian Academy, Orlando, FL, USA.
  Contact was direct via W9DWJ. ARISS Mentor was Dave AA4KN.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

There are no scheduled contacts this week.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above


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Shorts From All Over

+ Videos from the 2018 TAPR Digital Communications Conference are
  available at:

  [ANS thanks TAPR for the above information]

+ Information for a Raspberry Pi - based SSTV receiver can be found

  [ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM for providing the above information]

+ Humorous Anecdote

John, C6ATS, reports that while working an SO-50 pass from his boat in
FL22 on February 12th, a wind gust caused his Elk antenna to fall off
its handle and blow overboard. Luckily, it was still attached to the
coax and he was able to haul it back on board and work a few more
stations before LOS.

  [ANS thanks @ItinerantHam via Twitter for the above information]

+ Congratulations to Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX. who was the Keynote Speaker
at the 'Students Involved with Technology(SIT) Conference-2019' on
February 9th at Heartland Community College. His inspirational speech
was addressed to the SIT Conference, 'For Students By Students',
which was filled with workshops to showcase technology, tools and
skills. Dhruv organized an ARISS contact with his school last year
and he was a speaker at the AMSAT Space Symposium in Huntsville, AL
in October, 2018.

  [ANS thanks Hari Rebba via AMSAT facebook

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This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
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