[jamsat-news:3586] [ans] ANS-020 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Frank Karnauskas via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2019年 1月 20日 (日) 09:13:11 JST


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and 
information 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 
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digital Amateur Radio satellites.

The news feed on http://amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio 
in space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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In this edition:

* Knacksat in Safe Mode: Reports Needed
* NEXUS Launch Update
* OrigamiSat-1 Launch Update
* AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program
* CubeSat Postdoc Job Opening at University of Arizona
* CubeSat Training Offered April 23-25, 2019
* Upcoming Satellite Launches Announced
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Shorts from All Over

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ANS-020 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 000.01
January 20, 2010
BID: $ANS-020.01

Knacksat in Safe Mode: Reports Needed

Before the New Year 2019 Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN, Khun Chawalit, 
E20KEW and Khun Krisada, E21EJC visited Prof Dr. Suwat, the Knacksat
Project Leader, and Dr. Pongsathorn, the Knacksat Project Team
at the King Mongkut Institute of Technology North Bangkok (KMUT-NB) 
to enquire about the status of the Knacksat satellite following its 
SSO-A launch by a Space X rocket on December 3, 2018.

Due to problems with the Space X rocket, the launch had been postponed
several times and the satellite's batteries may have become depleted 
by the time the satellite was finally launched by SSO-A. When the 
deploy switch was to have been working for about 30 minutes the 
VHF/UHF antennas would have deployed with heat from the nichrome

A lower than normal battery power and the need for high-voltage to 
deploy the antenna may be the reason that Knacksat then entered the 
Safe Mode.  This is done in order to charge the battery and to await 
orders from the HS0AK Ground Station.  The Knacksat team is confident 
that the satellite is still in a state of sleep.  They expect that it 
may take many months to charge the battery to get to the original 
energy level.

The Knacksat team urgently needs help in receiving reports of the CW 
beacon signal on 435.635 MHz because Knacksat will send the CW beacon 
signal when the solar cell panel receives enough sunlight to charge 
the battery. Hence, there may be a signal from the CW beacon with 
power of just 10-100 mW from the satellite at any time.

The Knacksat team has prepared rewards for anyone who sends them 
details with a signal report received from Knacksat including QSL
cards, Knacksat shirts, etc. Anyone who copies the satellite should
please send an email to knacksat @ gmail.com or enter a report at: 

Since the satellite was launched about one month ago only two persons 
have received the CW beacon. The signal has been very weak such that 
the CW could not be fully copied and the telemetry could not be fully 
decoded. Therefore, they urgently request operators to study the 
information below and email knacksat @ gmail.com if they are able to 

1. The need is for an amateur radio station with an EME-capable 
antenna. The UHF frequency at 435.635 MHz requires an antenna with 
very high gain to receive the very weak CW beacon signal.

2. The need is also for a station so equipped to try to send an MP3 
sound file to change the uplink VHF frequency.  This will wake up 
the satellite from the Safe Mode.

If any AMSAT member knows of anyone who can help please contact the 
Knacksat team as quickly as possible.

Tanan adds, "Thank you for helping the satellites of Thailand. In
the near
future and not later than the second quarter of 2019 JAISAT-1 (Joint 
Academy for Intelligent Satellites for Amateur Radio of Thailand) 
will be launched and we will keep you informed of progress with 
further news."

Details can be found at http://www.knacksat.space/

[ANS thanks Tanan Rungseeprom, HS1JAN, JAISAT 1 Satellite Project 
Manager for the above information.]


NEXUS Launch Update

Japan conducted its first launch of 2019 Friday, using a Epsilon 
rocket to launch seven satellites into orbit, including NEXUS. 
The Epsilon lifted off from the Uchinoura Space Centre at 00:50 UTC.

Nihon University’s NEXUS satellite is a single-unit CubeSat equipped 
with a camera and an amateur radio transponder. The satellite’s 
objective is to demonstrate its amateur radio system, which is 
anticipated to allow a faster relay of data than comparable existing 

Initial reception reports were received by NP4JV, OK2GZ, F5YG, PA0DLO 
and PT9KK.

The latest known reception reports indicate that NEXUS is object 
43933, 2019-003B and its downlink is 437.0732 MHz.

Its linear transponder and data frequencies are:

Uplink:   145.900-145.930 MHz (CW/LSB)
Downlink: 435.880-435.910 MHz (CW/USB)
CW/Data:  435.900 MHz & 437.075 MHz
Callsign: JS1YAV

[ANS thanks Jarda, JA1OGZ and nasaspaceflight.com for the above 


OrigamiSat-1 5.8Ghz CubeSat Launch Status

OrigamiSat-1 (3U CubeSat, JS1YAX) developed by Tokyo Institute of 
Technology was also launched with NEXUS on January 18, 2019.  It has 
a 500 km sun synchronous orbit.

The main purposes of this satellite are:

- Technology acquisition of high-speed data downlink in 5.8GHz band 
  from a satellite to ground stations
- On orbit demonstration for deployment of a membrane with SMA (Shape 
  Memory Alloy) antenna.

The downlink frequencies are:
437.505MHz (20K0F2D (1200bps) and 500HA1A) (Constant use)
5.840GHz (420KF1D (115kbps)) (Emission will be scheduled)

The expected TLE will be almost same as NEXUS since OrigamiSat-1 will 
be deployed from 100sec earlier than NEXUS.

The detail of the mission and telemetry format are available at:

[ANS thanks Hiroki Nakanishi, JQ1YCZ and the Tokyo Institute of 
Technology for the above information.]

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AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program

To help celebrate 50 years of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space, AMSAT 
is proud to announce the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.  
Throughout 2019, your satellite and HF QSOs can help you achieve one 
of these special awards.  A summary of the three awards are as 

+ 50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement 
  Award (Limited Edition)

Unlike the AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award, the 50th 
Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award will be 
issued on one of the original goldenrod paper stock certificates and 
signed by AMSAT's founding President, Perry Klein, K3TJE (now W3PK).  
With only 20 original certificates available, this award will 
certainly become a collector's item.  The first 20 applicants to 
successfully submit 20 confirmed, qualifying contacts made after 
March 3, 2019 on any satellite will receive this award.

+ 50th Anniversary AMSAT Satellite Friends of 50 Award

To achieve this award, you must work 50 amateur radio operators on 
any satellite during 2019.

+ AMSAT on HF 50th Anniversary Award

To achieve this award, you must work at least one AMSAT Member on any 
HF band, on any mode.

Complete information on the specific requirements to earn these 
awards can be found at:

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


              Fox-1 CubeSat Model Kits Available

This exciting model is printed in color on heavy stock paper and 
includes all components. The instructions are carefully prepared 
to allow for easy assembly requiring scissors, glue etc.

The completed model will be a perfect addition to any satellite
operator's shack, and a chance to show visitors what is being done 
by AMSAT today.

All proceeds will go to supporting AMSAT's satellite projects.
The price is $40 plus shipping.  Order yours today at:



CubeSat Postdoc Job Opening at University of Arizona

The University of Arizona (UA) Department of Astronomy and Steward 
Observatory (SO) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research 
Associate to work with Dr. Ewan Douglas on space astrophysics 
instrumentation and high contrast observational astronomy. Candidates 
with particular interests or experience in any of the following areas 
are encouraged to apply:

- Astronomy and planetary science instrumentation in space, such as 
  small/nano-satellites and sounding rockets,
- Laboratory testing and simulation of coronagraphic systems for high 
  contrast imaging of exoplanets and debris disks,
- CubeSat mission design and operations,
- Reduction and analysis of coronagraphic observations of debris 

Candidates should have a PhD in astronomy, planetary science,
optical or aerospace engineering, or a closely related field. The 
position will provide opportunities for outreach and student 
engagement, and applicants with experience or interest in outreach
encouraged to apply. Experience contributing to open source hardware 
and software projects is also desirable.

A new interdisciplinary SmallSat initiative at the UA includes 
construction of integration and test facilities as well as a CubeSat 
ground station. UA/SO offers a world-class research environment in 
ground and space-based astrophysics with strong interdisciplinary 
programs across the Departments of Astronomy, Physics, Planetary 
Sciences, and the UA Data Science Institute. Steward Observatory 
provides direct access to various world-class facilities for ground-
based radio and optical observing. Among these are the Large
Telescope and 6.5m aperture telescopes located in both the northern 
and southern hemispheres.

Recent PhDs with experience building a CubeSat payload are strongly 
encouraged to apply to this flexible position.

This position is expected to last up to 2 years starting fall 2019. 
To apply, go to https://uacareers.com/postings/search and apply to 
Posting Number P20717. 

[ANS thanks the University of Arizona for the above information.]


CubeSat Training Offered April 23-25, 2019

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has announced a training course it will be 
hosting shortly after the 2019 CubeSat Developers Workshop. Persons 
interested in learning more about CubeSat development, mission  
success, and connecting with experienced individuals are encouraged 
to attend.
Information on what will be covered in the training is available at:

If you are interested in attending the workshop or have questions, 
send an email to: cubesat-workshop @ calpoly.edu. 

February 1, 2019 is the deadline to inform them of your interest. 

[ANS thanks CubeSat for the above information.]


Upcoming Satellite Launches Announced

The International Amateur Radio Union has announced approved 
frequency coordination for the following satellites:

+ CAS-7A
A Micro satellite 750L x 650W x 260H mm with a mass of 27 kg with the 
following highlights: 
  - H/T Linear Transponder
  - H/U Linear Transponder
  - HF CW Telemetry Beacon
  - V/U Linear Transponder
  - V/U FM Transponder
  - UHF CW Telemetry Beacon
  - UHF AX.25 4.8k/9.6kbps GMSK Telemetry
  - 3cm AX.25 1Mbps GMSK Image data transmission
  - On board camera
  - 3-axis stabilization system 
  - Planning a launch on April 5th 2019 from Jiuquan into a 400x320km 
    42.7 degree inclination orbit.
  - Sponsor: Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT)

+ CAS-7B
A spheriform spacecraft of 500 mm diameter with a mass of 3kg with the
following highlights:
  - UHF CW Telemetry Beacon
  - V/U FM Transponder
  - Spinning stabilization
  - Planning a launch on April 5th 2019 from Jiuquan into a 400x320km 
    42.7 degree inclination orbit.
  - Sponsor: Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT)

+ TTU101
A 1U cubesat with the following highlights:
  - Remote sensing in visible and IR electromagnetic spectrum 
  - 10.450 – 10.500 GHz high-speed data downlink operations
  - 435 MHz downlink with data rates up to 9k6 GFSK/GMSK
  - 10.45 GHZ downlink  at data rates up to 20Mbs OQPSK. 
  - Planning a launch in Q3 2019 into a SSO 500-600 km polar orbit 
    from Vostochny launch base.
  - Sponsor: Tallinn University of Technology

[ANS thanks the IARU and AMSAT-UK for the above information.]


Upcoming Satellite Operations

+ Costa Rica (EK71) – January 19, 2019
Vic, TI2VLM will be operating from Costa Rica, grid EK71, 
Saturday, January 19th.  Only two passes: AO-91 @ 18:03 UTC and 
SO-50 @ 18:56 UTC.

+ Marion, NC (EM85, EM95) – January 19, 2019
Andrew, N4LAZ, will activate the EM85/EM95 gridline Saturday, 
January 19th. Planned passes are AO-92 at 16:24utc, AO-91 at 
16:34Z, and SO-50 at 17:10Z.  Watch https://twitter.com/N4LAZ for 
any updates.

+ Ocean Shores, WA (CN76, CN77) – January 19-20, 2019
Ron, AD0DX, will activate the CN76/CN77 gridline Saturday evening 
until noon Sunday (PST).  Based on flight arrival time, plus 2.5 
hour drive, Ron expects to be on FM and linear satellite passes 
sometime shortly after 01:00Z, Saturday night.  Check out Ron’s 
@ad0dx Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/ad0dx for further 

+ Quartzfest Arizona (DM23) – January 19-27, 2019
John, N7JY, will be operating FM satellites on a holiday schedule. He 
may also visit some adjoining grids.  There will likely be other hams 
operating from the event, located a few miles south of Quartzsite AZ. 
QSL via LOTW, or you can send your card with SASE

+ Las Vegas NV and NW AZ (DM25, DM26, DM36) – January 20-22, 2019
David, AD7DB, will be in Las Vegas at DM25/26 line, operating on FM 
satellites on a holiday schedule. In addition, weather permitting, 
sometime on Monday, January 21, 201919 he will make a side trip to 
Beaver Dam AZ to activate from DM36aw. Updates will be on Twitter as 
the time approaches: https://twitter.com/ad7db

+ Labrador (GO11) – January 23-25, 2019
VE3FU, VO1HP, and VE9CB will be participating in the CQ160 CW Contest 
from the Point Amour Lighthouse in Labrador (GO11), which will be
held January 25, 2200Z – January 27, 2200Z, 2019.  This is important, 
because, if time permits they will be active on AO-85, AO-91, and 
AO-92 passes before the contest.  Call signs are expected to be 
VO2AC and VO2AAA.  Note: this is preliminary information.  Keep your 
eye on https://twitter.com/chrisve3fu and 
https://www.qrz.com/db/vo2ac for possible updates.

+ Eureka Nunavut (ER60, EQ79) – February 3, – 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.

+ Texas (DM80, DM70,DM71, DL79, DL90) February 10-14, 2019
Clayton, W5PFG will be operating satellites daily in vacation-mode 
from grid DM80. He will also operate a few passes from grids DM70, 
DM71, DL79, and DL89. Those specific passes will be advertised on 
Twitter @w5pfg.  You don't need to be a Twitter user to see his 
feed. Just visit  http://www.twitter.com/w5pfg to see his Tweets.

+ Nevada (DM15, DM16, DM17, DM18, DM25, DM26, DM27, DM28, DM37, DM36) 
  – February 8-11, 2019
Casey KI7UNJ and Jonathan KI5BEX are planning a joint roving trip to 
Nevada, February 8-11, 2019. Planned activations include the 
DM15/16/25/26 grid corner Friday morning, the DM16/26 gridline Friday 
afternoon, DM17/18 gridline Saturday morning, DM27/28 gridline 
Saturday evening, DM27/37 gridline Sunday morning, and DM36/37 
gridline Sunday evening. This will be FM only. All contacts uploaded 
to LoTW upon return. Check out @KI7UNJ Twitter feed for specific 
passes at https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ and follow them on 
aprs.fi KI7UNJ-7.

+ 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.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL for the above information.]



+ Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of January 15, 2019

Ashbury College Junior School, Ottawa, ON, Canada, telebridge via 
VK5ZAI. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The 
scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques KG5FYI. Contact is go for: 
Wed 2019-01-23 19:51:36 UTC 22 degrees.

+ ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored 
over 100 schools:  

Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 135
Francesco IKØWGF with 132
Gaston ON4WF with 123
Sergey RV3DR with 108

+ On January 12th, A half hour phone contact was arranged by ARISS 
between astronaut Mike Fossum and boys and girls attending the 25th 
Australian Scout Jamboree held at The Bend race track in southern 
Australia.  Fifteen scouts from the camp engaged Fossum in questions 
about his flights into space. At the camp were over 8,500 scouts and 
1,500 leaders, and an additional 3,000 parents, family and junior 
scouts allowed to visit just for that day. Audio of the event was 
carried over the British Amateur TV Club online streaming system and 
was sent to the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) and to EchoLink 
for distribution to the ham radio community and also to a local FM 
radio station for broadcast. 

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N and ARISS for the above information.]


     AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign
     to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades
     on ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to
     continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio.

           For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:



Satellite Shorts from All Over

+ AMSAT Office Closed January 21, 2019
The AMSAT Office will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of
Martin Luther King Jr Day.

[ANS thanks Martha Saragovitz for the above information.]

+ Es’hail-2 NB and WB IOT testing continues
A lot of stations in the footprint of Es’hail-2 (P4-A) have noticed 
that the Narrow Band (NB) transponder and the Wide Band (WB) 
transponder has been activated again, clearly visible on the 
transponder noise.

AMSAT-DL would like to remind again: NO UPLINK OF SIGNALS PERMITTED!

This is still part of the official testing by MELCO engineers before 
the transponder will be officially handed over to Es’hailSat and QARS.

MELCO is performing some passive tests for noise pedestal 
measurements and profiling of the transponder characteristics, 
similar to the ones performed in late December at the 24°E position. 
Meanwhile Es’hail-2 reached his final position at 25.9°E.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information.]

To mark the 50th anniversary of AMSAT, Federal Network Agency has 
allocated the call sign DL50AMSAT to AMSAT Germany for 1 year. Under 
this call sign amateur radio AMSAT-DL will be active via satellite 
over and over again. Also, the P4-A ground station at AMSAT-DL 
headquarters in Bochum will use the DL50AMSAT call sign.

Check QRZ.com for operational announcements.
QSL's eQSL are preferred..

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information.]

+ EQUIsat Online SatNOg Decoder
This website allows you to decode receptions of Brown Space 
Engineering's first satellite, EQUiSat by providing either an audio 
file or specifying a SatNOGS satellite observation to decode. You 
then receive an email with any data decoded from the transmission. 
You can also automatically submit that data to their database and 
have your reception posted on Twitter. Complete information at:

[ANS thanks Brown Space Engineering for the above information.]

+ Knacksat Antenna Deployment Test Video
A four minute video of testing the Knacksat antenna deployment can 
be viewed at:

[ANS thanks Tanan Rungseeprom, HS1JAN, JAISAT 1 Satellite Project 
Manager for the above information.]

+ MySat-1 Opened Up Opportunities for UAE Youth in Space
An interesting article in the Gulf News newsletter describes how the 
building of MySat-1 by 20 graduate students has inspired youth in 
the United Arab Emirates.  Read the article at: 

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

+ ICOM IC-9700 Previewed in UK
Icom UK has been fortunate to have had an engineering sample of the
IC-9700 VHF/UHF SDR Transceiver to evaluate for a short time. Read 
some comments and watch a video overview at:

[ANS thanks Southgate Amateur Radio News 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 
additional benefits. Application forms are available from the 
AMSAT office.

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 
student rate for a maximum of six post-secondary years in this 

Contact Martha at the AMSAT office for additional student 
membership information.

This week's ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

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