[jamsat-news:3622] [ans] ANS-174 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

E.Mike McCardel via ANS ans amsat.org
2019ǯ 6 23 () 10:25:48 JST


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation 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 designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio

The news feed on http://www.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:

* Candidates for the AMSAT Board of Directors Announced
* Help Celebrate AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary – Take W3ZM on the Road!
* Lightsail-2 Scheduled for Launch June 24 - Beacon on 437.025 MHz
* NASA Lightsail-2 PR and TV Coverage
* Listening to Lightsail-2 Co-passengers
* AMSAT President Joe Spier Speaks With SIP Interns
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* How to Support AMSAT
* Shorts From All Over

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ANS-174 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 174.01
June 23, 2019
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Candidates for the AMSAT Board of Directors Announced

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

Jerry Buxton, N0JY
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


Help Celebrate AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary – Take W3ZM on the Road!

Leading up to the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Space Symposium and
General Meeting, to be held in Arlington, VA, October 18 – 20, 2019,
AMSATs 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/WP4.

To make this happen – We need your help!  Please volunteer to get on
the air and activate your State, using AMSATs 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 AMSATs 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

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


             2019 marks AMSATs 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


Lightsail-2 Scheduled for Launch June 24 - Beacon on 437.025 MHz

LightSail is a citizen-funded project from The Planetary Society.
This cubesat will be propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit.
LightSail 2 is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy on
June 24, 2019, and we will attempt the first, controlled solar sail
flight in Earth orbit.

LightSail 2 will ride to space aboard the Department of Defense
Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission which will send 24 spacecraft
to 3 different orbits. LightSail 2 itself will be enclosed within
Prox-1, a Georgia Tech-designed spacecraft originally built to demon-
strate close-encounter operations with other spacecraft. Prox-1 will
deploy LightSail 2 seven days after launch.

After a few days of health and status checks, LightSail 2's four
dual-sided solar panels will swing open. Roughly a day later, four
metallic booms will unfurl four triangular Mylar sails from storage.
The sails, which have a combined area of 32 square meters [344 square
feet], will turn towards the sun for half of each orbit, giving the
spacecraft a tiny push no stronger than the weight of a paperclip.
For about a month after sail deployment, this continual thrust should
raise LightSail 2's orbit by a measurable amount.

LightSail 2 will fly in a 24-degree inclination, 720 km, circular
orbit. At latitudes of 42 degrees north it will reach a maximum
elevation of 10 degrees above the horizon.

Lightsail-2 has been issued an experimental radio license WM9XPA and
transmit on 437.025 MHz. A morse beacon will transmit the callsign
every 45 seconds. A packet beacon will transmit AX.25, FSK 9K6 bps

Beacon information is available at:
Documentation of the downlink telemetry data structure is posted at:

[ANS thanks the Planetary Society for the above information]


NASA Lightsail-2 PR and TV Coverage

NASA Television coverage is scheduled for an upcoming prelaunch
activity and first nighttime launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket,
which will be carrying four agency technology missions to help
improve future spacecraft design and performance.

The launch window for the Falcon Heavy opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT
Monday, June 24, from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida. The launch, as well as a live technology
show, will air NASA Television and the agency's website.

SpaceX and the U.S. Department of Defense will launch two dozen sat-
ellites to space, including four NASA payloads that are part of the
Space Test Program-2, managed by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile
Systems Center. The four payloads include two NASA technology demon-
strations to improve how spacecraft propel and navigate, as well as
two NASA science missions to help us better understand the nature
of space and how it impacts technology on spacecraft and the ground.

Full NASA TV coverage is as follows: (all times EDT)

Sunday, June 23
.       Noon - NASA prelaunch technology TV show from Kennedy.
Subject matter experts will explain each NASA mission and answer

Monday, June 24
.       9:30 p.m. -  Live NASA TV coverage begins of the return to
Earth  of NASA astronaut Anne McClain and two other International
Space  Station residents, with landing scheduled at 10:48 p.m.
(Public Channel)
.       11 p.m. - NASA TV launch commentary begins ahead of the
targeted 11:30 p.m. launch. NASA TV will simulcast the SpaceX STP-2
webcast starting about 15 minutes before liftoff. (Media Channel)

Prelaunch and launch day coverage will include blog updates as
milestones occur:
Learn more about the NASA technologies aboard this launch:

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]


Listening to Lightsail-2 Beacon Co-passengers

Here are some of the "amateur radio in name only" beacont co-
passengers on the LightSail launch Monday night. Unless otherwise
noted, most are downlink-only satellites.

TBEX-A             437.485 MHz         9K6 AX.25 GMSK
TBEX-B             437.535 MHz         9K6 AX.25 GMSK
Oculus-A SR        437.200 MHz         9K6 AX.25 GMSK
CP9                437.505 MHz         9K6/19K2/38K4 AX.25 FSK
BRICSat-2          145.825 MHz         1K2/9K6 APRS digipeater
                   437.975 MHz         Telemetry
PSAT-2             145.825 MHz         1K2 APRS digipeater
                   28.120 up/435.350   PSK-31
Armadillo          435.525 MHz         38K4 GMSK + CW telem
Prox-1             437.345 MHz up/2.3 GHz non-amateur downlink

Be aware that the two new APRS digipeaters, BRICSat-2 and PSAT-2
are being launched into a 28 degree inclination orbit which might
limit their accessibility over many populated areas. That said
Bob Bruninga WB4APR supplies the following information:

PSAT2 on 145.825 MHz with:
* APRS-to-Voice,
* DTMF-to-Voice/APRS,
* PSK31 HF up - UHF 435.350 down
* SSTV camera down on same UHF audio

And, her sister USNAP1 (APRS digi) on 145.825
Initially, only telemetry once a minute, and PSK31 every 20 secs.
Launch window begins at 1130 PM EDT (4 hour window).


[ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM and Bob WB4APR for the above information]



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AMSAT President Joe Spier Speaks With SIP Interns

AMSAT president Joe Spier recently addressed the Space
Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Internship Project (SIP) at
Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

During the June 17 event students in the program were provided with
two opportunities to learn about space communications from widely
different perspectives. The first session was led by Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) president Joe Spier – the second by
Dave Israel, the Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) projects
divisions lead architect.

With Spier, SCaN interns got the chance to learn about AMSAT, a
volunteer organization that designs, builds, launches and commands
amateur radio payloads on satellites. SCaN intern and ham Caitlyn
Singam was required to pass a rigorous FCC exam to be given her
unique callsign, AC3AG, at the highest level of certification,
Amateur Extra-class. Given her history with amateur radio the talk
was particularly inspiring.

I actually ended up talking to Mr. Spier afterwards about getting
involved in AMSAT, Singam said. It was really exciting.

Singham enjoyed learning about Spiers unconventional route to
AMSAT, which she related to in her own academic career. Ive had an
interesting route myself, with biological sciences and a masters in
systems [engineering] in the fall, she said.

Spiers route took him from a background in geology to becoming a
leader in the small satellite community.  He had early dreams of
becoming the first to climb Olympus Mons, the highest peak on Mars.
Today, he refers to the interns as the Mars generation, hoping that
an intern today might summit that peak in the near future.

He shared his personal strategy on making big NASA dreams come true:
I always clarified it by saying, If I cant be that person, I want
to help someone else be that person.ǡ

In the afternoon, SCaN interns met with ESCs lead communications
architect for an overview of division projects. Israels work at NASA
spans 30 years. Interns heard about topics ranging from the
development of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) in the late
1980s to the Space Mobile Network, a concept for an interplanetary
internet that Israel envisions coming to fruition in the near future.

Israel, like Spier, offered the SCaN interns in attendance some

Never keep any good ideas to yourself, and dont worry about asking
questions from a different perspective, Israel said. A question
from a different perspective gets people to think about it in a
different sort of way.

"Never keep any good ideas to yourself, and don't worry about asking
questions from a different perspective."

Dave Israel, ESC Communications Architect

To Grace McFassel, a SCaN intern who attended the talk, Israels
story was not only interesting, but inspiring. He [has] this
specific skillset that he dearly loves, and hes used that to carry
himself through by finding niches where he can be useful, McFassel
said. Its a good lesson to carry forward.

To learn more about SIP or SCaN, visit NASA.gov/SCaN. To apply for
internships, visit intern.nasa.gov.

The full article can be viewed at:

[ANS thanks Emily Cavanagh, NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center,
via their Explorations & Space Communication Website for the above



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Upcoming Satellite Operations as of June 21, 2019

Post Hot Rod Power Tour Rove (New York to Wyoming) – June 15-27, 2019
Following the Hot Rod Power Tour, RJ, WY7AA, will be heading to FN02
for a few days and plans to work FN01/11 gridline around June 17-18.
Details to follow. He will be heading as far east as FN32 and then
eventually working his way back to DN71. Specifically looking for
EN01/02 along the way. Details will be posted to Twitter and his QRZ
page as the trip plans unfold. Follow RJ on APRS.fi as WY7AA-9, as he
will not have Twtter access along the road.

Lost in the Hertz (DN06/07/16/17) – June 23, 2019
Kell (KI7UXT) and John (KC7JPC) will rove to DN06/07/16/17 grid
corner (plan A) or DN06/07 grid line (plan B) and work FM satellites
and if time/pass permits work a few linear satellites. Expect a 18:00
UTC start time.  Check out Kells Twitter feed for specific passes:

#JosephOrBustRove (DN04, DN05, DN15) – June 28-30, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be wandering around Eastern Oregon and decided
to do a little grid activating.  Look for Casey on FM passes in DN04
mid-Friday, June 28th, in DN15 Friday night to Saturday evening, and
DN05 Sunday morning.  Specific passes to be posted on Caseys Twitter
feed https://twitter.com/KI7UNJ

Hawaii (BK29, BL20) – June 27 to July 8, 2019
Mark, N8MH will be operating a bit as N8MH/KH6 June 27-July 3 from
BK29 and July 5-8 from BL20, FM and linears.  Possibility of other
grids once there.  Watch Marks Twitter feed for further
announcements: https://twitter.com/N8MH

mini-Route 66 Rove (DM94/95, EM05/15, EM14, EM23/24) June 28 – July
5, 2019
John, AB5SS, will be driving east from DM85 on a mini-Route 66 trip
starting June 28, staying/passing through DM95/94, EM05/15, stopping
in EM14 for July 2-4th, then head home thru EM24/23 on July 5th.
Operating holiday-style, as family allows, posting activations to
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TxRadioGeek

South Dakota (EN04, EN05) – July 2-3, 2019
Lucky for us, Mitch, AD0HJ, will be stopping at the EN04/05 gridline
from July 2nd 22:37z to July 3rd 13:27z,  on his way to Iowa.  Mitch
will working the FM Satellites (SO-50, AO-91, AO-92). Check Mitchs
Twitter feed for further announcements:  https://twitter.com/AD0HJ

Iceland (HP95 IP15 IP25 IP03 HP03) – July 13-19, 2019
Adam, K0FFY, is taking his family (and his radios) to Iceland.
Tentative schedule is HP95 July 13, IP13 and IP15 July 14-15, IP25
July 16, IP03 or HP93 July 17-18, and HP94 July 19.  Theres a lot to
see, so passes will be best effort and announced on Twitter shortly
prior.  https://twitter.com/K0FFY_Radio

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org

[ANS thanks Robert KE4AL for the above information]



+ 2019-06-13 11:10 UTC between Nick Hague KG5TMV using ISS callsign
  NA1SS and Peninsula Grammar, Melbourne, Australia Contact was
  telebridge via VK4KHZ. ARISS Mentor was Tony VK5ZAI.

+ 2019-06-15 10:39 UTC between Cosmonaut Oleg Konenenko using ISS
  callsign RSISS and GBPOU RM "Saransk Polytechnic College",
  Saransk, Russia Contact was direct via R4UAB. ARISS Mentor was
  Sergey RV3DR.

+ 2019-06-15 18:11 UTC between Nick Hague KG5TMV using ISS
  callsign NA1SS and Smithsonian Air and Space – Udvar-Hazy,
  Chantilly, VA, USA Contact was telebridge via W6SRJ. ARISS Mentor
  was Dave W8AAS.

+ 2019-06-19 08:49 UTC between David St-Jacques KG5FYI using ISS
  callsign OR4ISS and King Island District High School, Currie, TAS,
  Australia Contact was telebridge via IK1SLD. ARISS Mentor was
  Shane VK4KHZ.

+ 2019-06-20 12:48 UTC between Nick Hague KG5TMV using ISS
  callsign NA1SS and Rowan Preparatory School, Claygate, United
  Kingdom Contact was direct via GB4RPS. ARISS Mentor was Ciaran

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI, direct via W8TCM
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV
Contact is go for: Fri 2019-06-28 14:02:16 UTC 25 deg
Watch for live stream at:

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



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[ANS thanks the AMSAT office for the above information.]


Shorts From All Over

+ Richmond, BC Radio Club Field Day Article

  Here is a nice article announcing Richmond (British Columbia) ARC
  satellite presence for Field Day:


  [ANS thanks Alan Campbell / Richmond News for the above information]

+ JAISAT-1 to Launch July 5

  JAISAT-1, built by the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand and
  carrying a VHF/UHF linear transponder, is scheduled to launch on
  July 5, 2019 from Vostochny Cosmodrome on a Soyuz/Fregat launch

  [ANS thanks JM3LGF via Twitter for the above information]

+ New Distance Record via AO-91

  News received via the South Africa Radio League's SARL Weekly News
  in English 2019-6-22 report that a news distance record was set via
  the AO-91 satellite. On Friday 21 June at 12:07 UTC Andre, ZS2BK
  in grid KF26SB made a FM QSO with Richard, 9G5AR in grid IJ95VN
  and the distance is 5243.9 km. Well done to Andre and Richard!

  [ANS thanks SARL News for the above information.]

+ Congratulations AE4FH, WX4TVJ, KM4LAO & AI6V on receiving
  scholarships awarded by ARRL Foundation!

  [ANS thanks ARRL for the above information.]

+ The AMSAT Journal Editor-in-Chief Joe Kornowski KB6IGK would like
  to share your Filed Day Satellite setup pictures.

  Please send your pictures in TIF, GIF or JPG format accompanied
  with a text description. Please do not embed graphics or photos
  in your manuscript. Please snd submissions to journal at amsat.org.

  Selected photos will apear in a futire edition of The AMSAT Journal.

  The AMSAT Journal reserves the right to selct materials based on
  suitability of content and space considerations.

  [ANS thanks Joe KB6IGK for the above information.]

+ The May/June edition of The AMSAT Journal has been mailed and
  members should be receiving them.

  In this issue:

  Apogee View by Joe Spier K6WAO

  AMSAT CubeSat Simulator Part 3: Failure Simulations and
  Troubleshooting by Alan B. Johnston KU2Y and Pat Kilroy N8PK

  Tom Clark, K3IO, and the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), By Bob

  RF Generator Techniques for Space Applications by Jurgen Vanhamel

  DM31 Activation, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument by Patrick
  Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK

  Hamvention 2019 in pictures

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  [AMSAT thanks The AMSAT Journal editorial staff for the above



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This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
aa8em at amsat dot org
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