[jamsat-news:3625] [ans] ANS-188 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin

Mark D. Johns via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2019年 7月 7日 (日) 07:58:53 JST


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In this edition:

* 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Update
* Candidates for the AMSAT Board of Directors Announced
* Frank Karnauskas, N1UW Appointed as AMSAT VP for Development
* First Ever Contact via Moon Orbiting Transponder on LO-94
* First Call for Papers for the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Symposium
* Take W3ZM on the Road!
* ARISS-International Delegates Meet in Montreal
* JAISAT-1 telemetry beacon downlink on 435.325 MHz FM 4k8 GMSK
* Additional Amateur Radio Payloads to Launch with JAISAT-1
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for July
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 188.01
DATE: 2019 July 7
BID: $ANS-188.01

2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Update

The 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election will be conducted dif-
ferently than in past elections. In previous years, the balloting pro-
cess was handled by multiple vendors. This year, AMSAT has contracted
with a single, independent party, ElectionBuddy, to conduct and fully
manage the election process.

A ballot card will be mailed to all current members in accordance with
the organization’s by-laws by or on July 15, 2019. You may cast your
ballot by visiting a unique URL or utilizing the QR code printed on the
card.  If you do not receive your ballot, you will need to contact
ElectionBuddy.  ElectionBuddy will be responsible for distributing
ballots, collecting ballots, and tallying votes.

Individual candidates’ statement of qualification (biographies) will be
published on AMSAT’s website and will be displayed on the ElectionBuddy
website available to eligible voters.

AMSAT believes this voting system will result in greater election
integrity as it removes the potential for any perceived conflicts of
interest. ElectionBuddy will manage AMSAT’s voter list and interaction
with members regarding the election. This ensures voter anonymity.
Individual ballot responses will never be shared with any volunteer or
paid AMSAT staff.

Because AMSAT has contracted ElectionBuddy for a fully managed elec-
tion, they will be voters’ single point of contact regarding any ballot
issues. The AMSAT Secretary or Office Manager may direct you to contact
ElectionBuddy in situations deemed part of this fully managed election.
Questions will not be answered on the AMSAT-BB or organizational Social
Media accounts.

In the event that you are unwilling or unable to cast your ballot via
the online mechanism, ElectionBuddy will mail you a specific ballot
that must be returned to them within the parameters of our election
time frame so that it is received by the office no later than Sept-
ember 15, 2019. If you choose this option, please understand it is at
an increased cost to the organization.

Clayton L. Coleman, W5PFG
AMSAT Secretary

[ANS thanks Clayton L. Coleman, W5PFG, AMSAT Secretary, for the above


Candidates for the AMSAT Board of Directors Announced

The corrected list of 2019 candidates, in alphabetical order by last
name are:

Jerry Buxton, N0JY
Howard (Howie) Defelice, AB2S
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
Jeff Johns, WE4B
Brennan Price, N4QX
Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
Michelle Thompson, W5NYV

This year AMSAT membership will select four candidates to the Board
of Directors. The four candidates receiving the highest number of
votes will be seated as voting members of the Board of Directors. Two
alternate directors will be selected based on the next highest number
of votes received.

Ballots will be mailed to the AMSAT membership by July 15, 2019.

The election closes September 15, 2019.

[ANS thanks Clayton L. Coleman, W5PFG, AMSAT Secretary, for the above


Frank Karnauskas, N1UW Appointed as AMSAT VP for Development

The AMSAT Board of Directors has elected Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, Vice
President - Development This position carries the responsibility for
fund raising, marketing and public relations for AMSAT programs. In
addition to enhancing the AMSAT and ARISS brands within their tradi-
tional spheres, this position is expected to broaden the appeal of its
activities to a wider market. This includes the educational, corporate
and philanthropic sectors.

Joe Spier explains, "The cost of planning, building and launching
satellites has risen exponentially over the past years.  It is
essential that we not only raise the Amateur Radio community's
financial participation in these programs, we need to enlist the
support of outside entities.  We can only do this by demonstrating
the value that Amateur Radio satellites bring to society's best
interests.  This is especially true for youth and educational
programs where AMSAT's and ARISS' growth lies."

Frank comes to this position with a forty-five year career as a
sales and marketing executive in the consumer and industrial
markets. He was first licensed in 1963 and has been a long-term
member of AMSAT and the ARRL. Frank also contributes to AMSAT
as an AMSAT News Service Rotating Editor.

[ANS thanks AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO for the above information]


             2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary
              of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
           To help celebrate, we are sponsoring the
            AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
                Full details are available at


First Ever Contact via Moon Orbiting Transponder on LO-94

Daniel Estevez, EA4GPZ, reported on the details of the first contact
via a lunar orbiting repeater that was accomplished via China's
DSLWP-B (LO-94) satellite.

EA4GPZ wrote, "In parallel [with the solar eclipse testing], the GMSK
to JT4G repeater onboard DSLWP-B was used to make a QSO between BY2HIT,
the Harbin Institute of Technology Amateur radio club, and Reinhard
Kuehn DK5LA. This is the first ever Amateur radio QSO made through a
lunar orbiting repeater. It was reported by Wei Mingchuan, BG2BHC."

Continuing, "Using the GMSK to JT4G repeater is not easy, in terms of
the signal power needed for the uplink. There were plans to make a QSO
between BY2HIT and Reinhard since many months ago, but previous
attempts didn't work out. My congratulations to the people at both
sides of the QSO, who have achieved it a month before DSLWP-B crashes
against the lunar surface.

"The GMSK to JT4G repeater works by sending commands to the satellite
which embed a 13 character message, using the same frequency and a
similar protocol to the one used to command the camera and other sat-
ellite functions. The precise definition of this mode is a 7.8125 baud
FSK modulation with a shift of 394.53125Hz. Each FSK tone is "spread"
with a 250 baud GMSK 32 bit syncword. The CCSDS 32 bit syncword is used
to mark the beginning of a packet, and a Reed-Solomon (64,32) code is
used for FEC, together with CCSDS scrambling. Such a message takes a
bit longer than one minute to transmit. The uplink is in the 2m Amateur
satellite band.

"The repeater downlink is the usual JT4G downlink of DSLWP-B in the
70cm Amateur satellite band. The 13 character messages sent in the
uplink command replace the usual JT4G telemetry, being repeated as
a free-form JT4G message. In the case of this QSO, the B1 radio at
436.400MHz was used. This radio was also used to transmit the images
using GMSK SSDV."

Access EA4GPZ's full report at:

[ANS thanks Daniel Estevez, EA4GPZ for the above information]


First Call for Papers for the 50th Anniversary AMSAT Symposium

The 50th Anniversary AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium will be
held on the weekend of October 18 – 20 at The Hilton Arlington, 950
North Stafford Street, Arlington, Virginia. Proposals for papers,
symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any
topic of interest to the amateur satellite community. We request a
tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, with final
copy to be submitted by September 23rd for inclusion in the printed
proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz at

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


Take W3ZM on the Road!

Leading up to the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Space Symposium and Gen-
eral Meeting, to be held in Arlington, VA, October 18 – 20, 2019,
AMSAT’s call sign, W3ZM, will operate from all 50 States, the District
of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Not only is this your chance to get
Worked All States-Satellites under the W3ZM call sign, but, also, your
chance to be a part of this historic effort.

Note:  When operating outside of the “3” call area, operators will
append the W3ZM call sign with “/(call area).” As an example, someone
operating from Texas will use W3ZM/5; from Hawaii, W3ZM/KH6; from
Alaska, W3ZM/KL7; and from Puerto Rico, W3ZM/KP4.

To make this happen – We need your help! Please volunteer to get on
the air and activate your State, using AMSAT’s W3ZM call sign, as well
as to cover those States without an active AMSAT Member.  Activations
of other United States Territories (i.e. Guam, American Samoa, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
are also welcome.

To volunteer and operate using AMSAT’s W3ZM call sign, you must:
- Be a current member of AMSAT
- Obtain permission by emailing AMSAT VP of User Services, specifying
  the requested date(s) and location(s)
- Submit an ADIF log of contacts made for upload to LoTW by AMSAT, as
  instructed in your notice of approval to use the W3ZM call sign

Additional information and a schedule of operations may be found at:

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


ARISS-International Delegates Meet in Montreal

Nine nations were represented as Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) held its 2019 “face-to-face” meeting of interna-
tional delegates at the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal, June 26–28.
ARISS-Canada was the host for the gathering. A high point of the con-
ference came when Kenwood software manager Shin Aota, JL1IBD, present-
ed two Kenwood TM-D710GA transceivers to ARISS-Russia delegate Sergey
Samburov, RV3DR. One of the TM-D710GA radios will replace aging
Amateur Radio equipment currently in use on the International Space
Station, while the other will remain on Earth as a spare for training
cosmonauts. For more than a year, these radios have undergone detailed
NASA qualification testing followed by final software configuration
and verification.

“With today’s transfer of the radios to ARISS-Russia, we are one step
closer to an enhanced Amateur Radio system on board the ISS, support-
ing various operations such as SSTV, voice communication, APRS, and a
variety of experiments,” ARISS-International said in announcing the
presentation. The ARISS Hardware Team met on June 25.

Those on hand for the event included Radio Amateurs of Canada President
(RAC) and ARISS-Canada Delegate for RAC Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA;
AMSAT-NA President Joe Spier, K6WAO, and AMSAT-Italia President
Emanuele D’Andria, I0ELE. ARRL Southeastern Division Director Greg
Sarratt, W4OZK, attended in his role as chair of the ARRL Board’s new
ARISS Committee. Rosalie White, K1STO, represented ARRL as an ARISS-US
delegate and handled the duties of ARISS-International Secretary. The
other ARISS-US delegate was Dave Taylor, W8AAS.

The French government’s proposal to consider 144–146 MHz for possible
allocation to the Aeronautical Mobile Service drew some discussion.
Other topics included ARISS’ future participation in NASA’s Deep Space
Gateway (DSG) program. ARISS is the only noncommercial entity whose
ideas are under study by the program. The ARISS plan focuses on Amateur
Radio communication, including optical communication channels, as well
as equipment development, team cooperation, education, and public out-

Canadian Space Agency Program Manager of the Lunar Gateway Program Ken
Podwalski noted that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced
that Canada will go to the moon. CSA provided the “Canadarm” robotic
arm for the space shuttle and contributed the Mobile Servicing System,
a sophisticated robotics suite that plays a critical role in ISS oper-

White and Taylor presented the ARISS-US Region Report, highlighting
many of the accomplishments of the US team since the last ARISS face-
to-face meeting.

Dave Honess of the European Space Agency presented some ideas for en-
hanced ARISS educational outreach. A future SSTV session to honor Owen
Garriott, W5LFL (SK), also came in for some discussion. Garriott was
the first space traveler to use Amateur Radio from space. — Thanks to
Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS Public Relations, and Rosalie White, K1STO

[ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]


JAISAT-1 telemetry beacon downlink on 435.325 MHz FM 4k8 GMSK

JAISAT-1 was launched on July 5, 2019 at 05:41:46z along with a total
of 33 satellites from 12 countries.

The JAISAT-1 telemetry beacon is at 435.325 MHz. The telemetry signal
format is 4k8 GMSK Mobitex (same as Dstar one Sparro and iSAT CMX990
Mobitex Format) in accordance with the details from the IARU satellite
co-ordinator site:

This is keplerian element from simulated orbit the following as below:
1 77777U 19001a   19186.41724769  .00000000  00000-0  00000-0 0 00015
2 77777 098.5564 148.1307 0015651 161.6334 118.6706 15.15099188000017

All amateur radio operators capable of receiving signals from the
JAISAT-1 satellite are invited to send the data by email to:
jaisatonetele @ gmail.com
The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand will have a SWL card to confirm

[ANS thanks Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN, Project Manager of JAISAT-1,
for the above information]


Additional Amateur Radio Payloads to Launch with JAISAT-1

When JAISAT-1 launches in July from the Vostochny Cosmodrome it will
fly with additional amateur radio payloads, summarized below.

Berlin Technical University (Germany) Beesat-9 Coordination details at:
A 1U Cubesat, BEESAT-9 is an educational, experimental satellite.
The main objective is to verify 3- axes stabilization using a GPS
receiver, reaction wheels and magnetorquers. A camera will take
pictures of Earth to verify the attitude of the satellite. A new
attitude control actuator, developed in a PhD thesis, will be first
flown on BEESAT-9. The operations of the spacecraft will be conducted
in lecture courses under the guidance of licensed radio amateurs.

The satellite will have a digipeater function to mirror a signal to
another satellite or ground station. Furthermore, it will provide a
beacon signal for radio amateurs, including telemetry. The amateur
radio community is highly encouraged to collect telemetry data pack-
ets, plans for special operations e.g. experiments shall be announced
to the amateur radio community on the Internet. It is also planned
to include the amateur radio community to receive parts of pictures,
which will then be put together by TU Berlin and published on the
Website and on social networks. proposing to use a UHF downlink with
4k8 or 9k6 Mobilex GMSK modulation. A downlink on 435,950 MHz has
been coordinated by the IARU.

BEESAT-9 Will fly with BEESAT10-13 and MOVE-2B. More info from:

Munich Technical University (Germany) will demonstrate their inno-
vative cubesat bus by launching MOVE-IIb. Coordination details at:
A 1U CubeSat. Proposing a VHF QPSK 12k5 Bit/s downlink for telemetry
and mission data with a UHF uplink capability for a cross band repeat-
er. A downlink on 145,840 MHz has been coordinated. No additional
amateur radio repeater operation is available at press time. The IARU
release suggests to monitor for updated information on the mission
website at: https://www.move2space.de/

Tallinn Technical University (Estonia) - an educational satellite
TTU101 developed to test Earth observation cameras and a novel high
speed X-band communication system. Coordination details at:
The mission of TTU satellite is to perform remote sensing in visible
and IR electromagnetic spectrum from 500-600 km polar orbit with 1U
cubesat for educational and technology demonstration purposes. Another
mission task is to test amateur 10.450 - 10.500 GHz band frequencies
for high-speed data downlink operations. Proposing a 435 MHz downlink
with data rates up to 9k6 GFSK/GMSK and also OQPSK downlink on
10.45 GHZ at data rates up to 20Mbs. Downlinks on 10460.000 MHz and
435.450 MHz with a beacon on 435.500 MHz have been coordinated.
More info at:

Royal Institute of Technology KTH (Sweden) -  SEAM-2.0 scientific
spacecraft for measuring the magnetic field of the Earth.
A 3U CubeSat intended to test a deployable boom carrying miniature
sensors for measuring magnetic fields. A commercial S Band transceiver
will operate in addition to a UHF transceiver using 9k6 GMSK. A down-
link on 437.250MHz has been coordinated.

University of Wuerzburg (Germany) - SONATE, a cubesat for technology
demonstration, and orbital verification of various satellite compon-
ents and autonomous payloads. Coordination details at:
The educational objective of this mission includes opportunities
students to build and operate radio communication systems of space
and ground segment systems. Such a system is the amateur payload of
this satellite, a transceiver which is currently built by several
students over the course of their theses. This transceiver will
initially provide regularly SSTV downlinks with images from one of
the on-board cameras. Other thesis for instance address the antenna
deploy mechanism. The following downlink frequencies have been
coordinated: 9k6 GMSK/GSFK AX25 telemetry 437.025 MHz and for SSTV
145.840 MHz

SkyFox Labs (Czech Republic) - Lucky-7 cubesat will demonstrate
innovative solutions for 1U cubesat platform. Coordination details at:
In addition to radio frequency operation the satellite includes high
power LEDs transmitting in visible spectra (blue) to demonstrate EPS
high power handling capability. Also included is a Digital Color cam-
era module which will be used aboard the satellite to capture the
images of Earth to confirm ADCS stabilization functionality and
"high" data transfer throughput capability of the custom-built FSK
onboard radio. A downlink on 437.525 MHz has been coordinated for a
FSK downlink at variable bit rates up to 9k6. Data format information
will be made available at http://www.lucky7satellite.org

Additional launch information can be found at:

[ANS thanks the IARU and parabolicarc.com for the above information]


VUCC Awards-Endorsements for July

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
ARRL for the period June 1, 2019 through July 1, 2019. Congratulations
to all those who made the list this month!

CALL 01 Jun  01 Jul 2019
      K5OE 1008 1079
      K6FW 794 801 Correction
      WD9EWK 550 567
      N3GS 454 525
      NS3L 457 475
      K9UO 351 400
      W5TD New 381
      MI6GTY 281 354
      KE8AKW 258 329
      W7JSD 279 309
      G0ABI 305 306
      AD0HJ 250 282
      KC9ELU 229 233
      AJ4A 225 230
      AB1OC 177 184
      N7EGY 100 169
      PU8RFL 157 166
      PS8MT 156 165
      AA8CH/N8R New 113
      KC9VGG New 102
      N6REK New 100
      WD9EWK (DM45) New 100

[ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN for the above information]


Upcoming Satellite Operations

Hawaii (BL20) – July 5-8, 2019
Mark, N8MH will be operating as N8MH/KH6 and as W3ZM/KH6 July 5-8 from
BL20, FM and linears. Possibility of other grids once there. Watch the
Twitter feed for further announcements: https://twitter.com/N8MH

Wabakimi Provincial Park, Ontario (EO50) – July 4-10, 2019
Fred, VE3FAL, is heading off to Wabakimi Provincial Park July 4th-10th
and will activate EO50 via FM satellites. Keep an eye on Fred’s Twitter
feed for further updates: https://twitter.com/Fred_VE3FAL

UP and Ontario (EN85, EN86, EN87) July 6-13, 2019
Chris, AA8CH, is heading back up north MI July 6th. Staying in EN85,
will also hit EN86 if any requests. July 13 going to stay in EN76/VE3,
with activation of EN86/EN87 planned. DM or email Chris, if you need
one of ’em. Keep an eye on Chris’ Twitter feed for further updates:

Montana (EN55) July 8-10, 2019
Dennis, N7EGY, will be in DN55 starting the evening of July 8th thru
~1800z July 10th. First priority is moving his daughter & family into
their new home, but he’ll sneak away to play on the birds as able.
Keep an eye on Dennis’ Twitter feed for specific pass announcements:

Iceland (HP93, HP94, HP95, IP03, IP05, IP13, IP14, IP15, IP24, IP25,
IP35) – July 13-19, 2019
Adam, K0FFY, is taking his family (and his radios) to Iceland. He’ll
be staying in HP95 on July 13, IP15 on July 14-15, IP25 on July 16,
IP03 on July 17-18, and HP94 on July 19. In total, he’ll be passing
through HP93, HP94, HP95, IP03, IP05, IP13, IP14, IP15, IP24, IP25, &
IP35. There’s a lot to see, so passes will be best effort & announced
on Twitter shortly prior:  https://twitter.com/K0FFY_Radio

For more information on the latest satellite roves and special events:

[ANS thanks KE4AL for the above information]


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Several AMSAT members will be operating on satellites during the
  13 Colonies Special Event this weekend:
  N2OA will be operating as K2A from FN03
  KG4AKV will operate as K2J from North Carolina
  N3CAL will represent Maryland from FM18 as K2F
  For more information see:
  (ANS thanks N2OA, KG4AKV, and N3CAL for the above information)

+ An ARRL video introducing amateur radio to the public includes AMSAT
  Members N8HM, KM4LAO, and NP4JV:
  (ANS thanks ARRL for the above information)

+ Lunar-OSCAR 94 successfully imaged the solar eclipse from lunar
  orbit on July 2. The images were downloaded by BY2HIT and PI9CAM.
  (ANS thanks Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for the above information.)

+ A nicely detailed description of equipment needed for access to the
  geosynchronous QO-100 by Tobias Mädel, DL4TMA was recently posted at:
  (ANS thanks Tobias Mädel, DL4TMA, for the above information)

+ NASA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11
  Moon mission and look to the future of exploration on the Moon and
  Mars with a live, two-hour television broadcast Friday, July 19, and
  partner-led events taking place across the country from July 16
  through July 20. For details, see:
  (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

+ The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft sprang loose from its
  Prox-1 carrier vehicle as planned on July 2, and sent its first
  signals back to mission control at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Cali-
  fornia. The satellite, with callsign WM9XPA, sends AX.25 FSK telem-
  etry at 9600 bps on 437.025 MHz. Full news release at:
  (ANS thanks The Planetary Society for the above information)

+ A reminder that AO-85 is in a low battery voltage condition. Please
  do not use the satellite while it is in eclipse, even if you hear it.
  Please send reports to the AMSAT-BB. They are welcome and helpful.
  (ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the above information.)

+ On July 1, 1976, the main exhibition hall of the National Air and
  Space Museum in Washington, DC opened. AMSAT was on site with a
  portable satellite station on the steps of the museum and President
  Ford's dedication speech was transmitted through AO-7. Photos of
  this event were posted by AMSAT at

+ The submission deadline for AMSAT Field Day scores is July 8th.



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 Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,

K0JM at amsat dot org
Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA

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