[jamsat-news:3613] [ans] ANS-125 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletin - May 5, 2019

Frank Karnauskas via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2019年 5月 5日 (日) 11:09:21 JST


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In this edition:

* Call for Nominations - AMSAT Board of Directors
* Buxton and Glasbrenner Address CubeSat Developers Workshop 
* AO-91 Anomaly on April 30th Resolved
* Es'hail-2 Awards at RSGB AGM
* AMSAT Academy Registration Closes May 10, 2019
* First Mauritius Satellite Effort Begins
* Fly Your Satellite! 2 Team completes Phase D Workshop
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for April 2019
* CSVHFS Solicits Papers, Presentations and Posters for Conference
* World Scout Jamboree Will Feature Amateur Radio Satellites
* Fifty Years of AMSAT History - What Happened in May
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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Call for Nominations - AMSAT Board of Directors

It's time to submit nominations for the upcoming AMSAT Board of
Directors election. Four directors' terms expire this year: those of
Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA;
and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM.  In addition, up to two Alternates may be 
elected for one-year terms.

A valid nomination requires either one Member Society or five current
individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT member for
Director.  Written nominations, consisting of the nominee's name and
call, and the nominating individuals' names, calls and individual
signatures should be mailed to:

10605 CONCORD ST STE 304
KENSINGTON MD 20895-2526

In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which
is the preferred method, the intent to nominate someone may be made 
by electronic means. These include e-mail, fax, or electronic image 
of a petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to 
martha @ amsat.org or faxed to +1-301-822-4371.

No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive at the AMSAT
office no later than June 15th.  If the nomination is a traditional
written nomination, no other action is required.  If electronic means
are used, a verifying traditional written petition MUST be received at
the AMSAT office within 7 days following the close of nominations
on June 15th.


[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]


Buxton and Glasbrenner Address the CubeSat Developers Workshop

Vice President of Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY and Vice Pres-
ident of Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA recently addressed the 
Cubeshop Developers Workshop held on April 23-25, 2019 at 
San Luis Obispo, California.

In the presentation Drew Glasbrenner described the process for 
applying for an Amateur or Experimental license for a satellite.  In 
the application process both the Federal Communications Commission 
and International Amateur Radio Union must be coordinated.

Jerry Buxton also helped the audience understand the aspects of a 
proposed satellite that the FCC considers qualifying for an Amateur 
Radio satellite license and which aspects might qualify the proposed 
satellite for a different service. 

The complete presentation can be viewed at:

[ANS thanks Jerry Buxton, N0JY, Vice President of Engineering and 
Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, Vice President of Operations for the above 


AO-91 Anomaly on April 30th Resolved

Around 0500 UTC on April 30, 2019, several operators, including
BX2ABT and K4KDR, reported that AO-91's FM repeater was not passing
transmissions. WA4SCA reported that the voice ID beacon signal was 
normal, but when the repeater was brought up, there was an odd signal
with no telemetry.

At approximately 1608 UTC, AMSAT Vice President of Operations Drew 
Glasbrenner, KO4MA, commanded an IHU reset which resolved the issue.

Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, from the AMSAT Flight Software team believes
that "some bits got flipped in the data for the software high pass 
filter, which would explain why there was trash in what should have
been the telemetry audio frequency band (below 200 Hz)."

[ANS thanks AMSAT Vice President of Operations Drew Glasbrenner,
KO4MA, and Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, AMSAT Flight Software, for the above


Es'hail-2 Awards at RSGB AGM

At the RSGB AGM in Birmingham on Saturday, April 28, 2019 two awards 
were made in recognition of work related to the amateur radio 
transponders on the geostationary satellite Es'hail-2 / QO-100.

The prestigious Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communication 
was awarded to Peter Gülzow, DB2OS for his leadership of the team 
responsible for the Qatar-OSCAR-100 mission which is now in service.

The Fraser Shepherd Award for Research into Microwave Applications 
for Radio Communication was awarded to Dave Crump, G8GKQ, 
Phil Crump, M0DNY, Noel Matthews, G8GTZ and Graham Shirville, G3VZV 
for enabling access for all the amateur radio community to QO-100 
by developing and installing a Narrow Band transponder WebSDR, and 
wide band transponder spectrum monitor.

After the award presentation Dave, Phil and Noel gave a talk on 
Es'hail-2 / QO-100 covering a brief history of how the project came 
about, an overview of equipment required to operate QO-100 and an 
introduction and a demonstration of the WebSDR and spectrum monitor, 
which allow you to listen to stations on the narrow band segment 
using only a standard web browser.

Graham Shirville G3VZV was unable to be present to collect the award 
as on that Saturday he had to attend the key IARU Region 1 
VHF/UHF/uW (C5) meeting in Vienna.

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


AMSAT Academy Registration Closes May 10, 2019

Amateur Radio satellite enthusiasts are reminded that registration
for the AMSAT Academy on May 10, 2019.

AMSAT Academy will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 9:00am to 
5:00pm, at the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) Clubhouse, 
located at 6619 Bellefontaine Rd, Dayton, Ohio.  It's a unique 
opportunity to learn all about amateur radio in space and working 
FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites currently in orbit.

Registration Fee includes:

- Full day of instruction, designed for both beginners and advanced 
  amateur radio satellite operators, and taught by some of the most 
  accomplished AMSAT operators.

- Digital copy of Getting Started with Amateur Satellites, 2019 
  Edition ($15 value)

- One-Year, AMSAT Basic Membership ($44 value)

- Pizza Buffet Lunch

- Invitation to the Thursday night AMSAT get together at Ticket Pub 
  and Eatery in Fairborn.

AMSAT Academy 2019 Registration Fee: $85.00. Registration closes 
May 10, 2019. No sign ups at the door. No refunds, No cancellations.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]


First Mauritius Satellite Effort Begins 

Jean Marc Momple, 3B8DU reports that the first 3B8 satellite project, 
MIR-SAT1 is moving in the right direction.  Jean Marc says, 

"3B8 Radio Amateurs are deeply involved with the project and this has 
already created a new generation of potential hams, about 7 more 
candidates taking the exams in beginning May with at least 5 only 
due to the "bird". In spite the figure may seems low, there are only 
about 20 active OM's in 3B8, thus actually a relative huge progress 
in terms of potential HAM population.

"The first secondary school (college) has built a receiving ground 
station last week and already received their first LEO's signals. 
This is a pilot project which will be extended to many schools in 
the coming months and surely create motivation for hundreds of 
students to become HAMs, hopefully we will see the HAM population 
grow exponentially in the coming months. (This is my personal goal.)
"This project has the full support of the Mauritius Government and 
fully financed by the Mauritius Research Council which is a 
non-profit organization for the development of science and 
technological innovation.

"The satellite will be launch by JAXA end this year from the ISS. 
The final design is being finalized and details will be in shared to 
all on our web site.  IARU coordination will be applied for shortly, 
as soon as the final design completed.

"I would eventually request the HAM community to help us to collect 
telemetry when the "bird" is launched by end of this year. We will 
keep you informed."

More information is available at: https://spacemauritius.com

[ANS thanks Jean Marc Momple, 3B8DU for the above information.]


Fly Your Satellite! 2 Team completes Phase D Workshop

The six CubeSat teams participating in Fly Your Satellite! 2 
attended the FYS Phase D Workshop hosted at ESA Education’s Training 
Centre in ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium, from 8-12 April 2019. The workshop 
was prepared by the Fly Your Satellite! team in collaboration with 
the Training and Learning Programme, as part of the ESA Academy 

Phase D of Fly Your Satellite! comprises satellite integration; 
functional tests in ambient conditions, environmental tests, and 
concludes with the Flight Acceptance Review. The workshop’s 
objective was to help prepare students for this upcoming Phase by 
giving them both theoretical insight and hands-on experience of 
working in a laboratory, and to perform visual inspections of the 
CubeSat models. 

Participants were able to bring their hardware into the new CubeSat 
Support Facility to perform the inspections and checks together with 
ESA professionals. This allowed the students to become familiarised 
with good working standards, and to discover any critical hardware 
issues early in the process. At the Training and Learning Facility 
they attended insightful lectures, exercises and group simulations 
on topics such as vibration testing, product assurance, and 
spacecraft operations. 

They also participated in demonstrations held at the CubeSat Support 
Facility: with a dummy load installed, the 20 kN Electrodynamic 
Shaker system was used to simulate the vibrations that their 
satellites will experience during testing and launch, and they were 
introduced to the Thermal Vacuum Chamber that will be used to 
simulate the harsh conditions of space by recreating vacuum and 
temperature conditions from intense heat to extreme cold. 

The complete story is available at: 

[ANS thanks the European Space Agency for the above information.]


VUCC Awards-Endorsements for April 2019

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by 
the ARRL for the period April 1, 2019 through May 1, 2019. 
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month! Lots of 
activity at the high end and low end of the list this month. Great!


KO4MA   1656 1673 
WA4NVM   1522 1536 
N8HM   1068 1102 
N8RO   1065 1068 
K6FW   743 794 
WD9EWK   537 550 
K7TAB   430 531 
N3GS   409 454 
NS3L   400 426 
AE5B   368 384 
KE8FZT   301 325 
AB5SS   102 306 
G0ABI   252 304 
K5IX   250 300 
K9UO   265 300 
NR0T   200 274 
KE8AKW   New 258 
AD0HJ   200 225 
AJ4A New   225 
AD0DX   167 219 
K2MTS   100 201 
AB1OC   150 177 
KJ4EU   101 151 
WD9EWK   (DM41) 107 127 
LW2DAF   120 125 
W0NBC   New 106 
KL2DN   New 100 
N7EGY   New 100 
VE3CWU   New 100 
WD9EWK   (DM42) New 100 

If you find errors or omissions. please contact Ron, W5RKN off-list 
at <mycall>@<mycall>.com and he will revise the announcement. This 
list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for The two 
months. It's a visual comparison so omissions are possible. 
Apologies if your call was not mentioned. 

Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely on the 
birds. They are doing most of the work!

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


World Scout Jamboree Will Feature Amateur Radio Satellites

Amateur Radio will play a role in this summer’s 24th World Scout 
Jamboree in West Virginia, the first World Jamboree held in North 
America.  Thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders from some 200 
countries are  expected to attend. The Jamboree’s Amateur Radio 
exhibit will use the call sign NA1WJ — North America’s 1st World 
Jamboree. It will be on the air during the event, from July 22 
until August 2.

The goals of the Amateur Radio station at the World Scout Jamboree 
are to introduce Amateur Radio to Scouts and Scout leaders through 
hands-on participation in two-way communication with other stations 
across the globe. 

Amateur Radio activities at the Jamboree will include Amateur Radio 
satellite contacts and a scheduled Amateur Radio on the 
International Space Station (ARISS) contact with an ISS crew member.

One or two balloons launches with Amateur Radio payloads are planned 
and tracking them as they cross the Atlantic. 

The demonstration station will include multiple operating positions 
offering a variety of modes including two satellite communication 
systems. The antenna farm will include satellite antennas with 
azimuth and elevation control.

Each station will be able to accommodate four participants at a time, 
plus one control operator. The goal is to give each participant up 
to about 10 minutes of operating time.

More information is available at:

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information.]


CSVHFS Solicits Papers, Presentations and Posters for Conference

The Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) is soliciting papers, 
presentations, and poster displays for the 53rd annual CSVHFS 
Conference, July 25 – 27, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Topics may include 
all aspects of weak-signal VHF and higher Amateur Radio activities 
are welcome. You do not have to attend the conference or to present 
in order to have it included in the conference Proceedings.

Topics of interest include antennas, low-noise preamps, construction, 
RF amplifiers, propagation, test equipment, regulatory topics, 
Earth-Moon-Earth, operating, digital signal processing, 
software-defined radio, and digital modes.

Submit papers for the Proceedings to Kent Britain, WA5VJB, no later 
than May 12. Coordinate presentations and posters with Donn Baker, 
WA2VOI, no later than June 2. For more information, visit the CSVHFS 
website (“Guidance for Proceedings Authors,” “Guidance for 
Presenters,” and “Guidance for Table-Top/Poster Displays”).

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information.]


Fifty Years of AMSAT History - What Happened in May (Or, thereabout)

Here's a quick look at the month of May for the past fifty years:

+ 2013
NASA Announces AMSAT Fox-1 Launch Date
NASA announced on May 13, 2013 that AMSAT's Fox-1 has been assigned
for launch in 2014 on the ELaNa XII mission.  It's orbit has a 
lifetime of about 11 years.

Apogee View Touts Fox-1 Design
President Barry Baines, WD4ASW explains AMSAT's vision to offer 
other cubesat builders such as universities and to partner with 
scientific payload providers on joint missions.  This approach 
ensures that amateur radio is integral to future missions 
providing a RF package while those supporting the science package 
pays for the flight.

+ 2009
Apogee View Reports Hamvention Highlights
President Barry Baines, WD4ASW enthusiastically reports on the 
development of SuitSat-2 and the presentation by Owen Garriott, W5KWQ 
at the AMSAT-TAPR banquet.

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO is presented the ARRL President's Award
ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN presents the ARRL President's
Award to Frank Bauer, KA3HDO for his leadership in making Amateur 
Radio present in NASA sponsored activities on the Space Shuttle, 
Space Station MIR and the ISS.

+ 1999
Apogee View Gives Hams a Wake Up Call!
Keith Baker, KB1SF details the plans for a Russian satellite that 
would essential serve as an advertising platform for Swiss watch 
maker SWATCH. Thanks to lobbying by the IARU and several national
Amateur Radio  societies, the planned satellite was scrapped.  This
experience demonstrates how Amateur Radio frequencies are always 
under attack and must be protected.

UoSAT-12/OSCAR 36 Successfully in Orbit!
Spirits are flying high with the successful launch on April 21st
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Russia.  Initial telemetry and first 
CCD camera images were successfully received.

+ 1985
Soviet RS-9 and RS-10 Satellites Scheduled for Launch
Mode A and Mode K transponders as well as robot stations are 
explained.  Hams should be prepared for over-the-horizon contacts.

The Digital Front
Although the launch of PACSAT is still over 18 months away, a log of 
digital action is already available. UoSAT-OSCAR-9 is the easiest 
satellite to hear with minimal equipment.  Telemetry beacons from 
other satellites give hams a chance to develop their stations.

+ 1980 (March)
Orbit Magazine Debuts
The countdown begins for a new era in Amateur Radio satellite 
communications. The Molniya type orbit is explained and how it will 
provide communications coverage for up to 15 hours a day to hams in 
the northern hemisphere.

Helix to the Rescue!
In preparation for AMSAT Phase III, innovative ideas for 70cm 
antennas and antenna mounted transverters and preamps will help 
ensure solid QSO's when the new bird arrives.

1969 (June)
Introducing the Newsletter
Perry Klein, K3JTE reports that the Australis-Oscar A satellite (the 
first AMSAT undertaking) was delivered to Goddard Space Center and 
undergoing final tests.  Hams are advised to monitor W1AW for 
bulletins as the launch date approaches.

"Cap" Petry, W3AWN, Vice President - Operations outlines AMSAT's 
purpose and plans and invites direct participation by hams and clubs 
throughout the world.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]


Upcoming Satellite Operations (Updated May 1, 2019)

+ Northern Border Security Check (MN to WA) – April 29 to 
May 4 or 5, 2019 
Alex, N7AGF, is all set for his semiannual rover trip to activate 
rare and somewhat rare grids, from April 29th to May 4th or 5th (or 
longer depending on how things go).  Alex will fly into Minneapolis 
and drive back to his home grid CN88, activating as many ENx8, ENx7, 
DNx8,and DNx7 grids as possible along the route. The hope is to hit 
many corners and lines. Alex  will be on both linear and FM birds.
As always, activations and route details will be posted to his 
Twitter @N7AGF at https://twitter.com/N7AGF.  Alex will also be on 
APRS at https://aprs.fi/N7AGF-10 . In areas of limited cell service, 
he’ll be using inReach. Email or hit Alex on twitter with grid 
requests, route suggestions, or hot tourist attractions in Minot.

+ Northeast North Dakota (EN06/EN07/EN08/EN16/EN17/EN18) – 
May 2-5, 2019
Mitch, AD0HJ, is heading out to the Grand Forks, ND Hamfest on 
May 4th, but also just goofing off for a few days in the general 
area.  Mitch will be limited to working the FM Satellites only 
(SO-50, AO-91, AO-92). Plans are to work EN17/18 on May 2, EN07/08 
on May 3, EN17/18 again on May 4 (day of hamfest), and then EN06/16 
on May 5. A full pass schedule will be viewable on the Twitter 
https://twitter.com/KE4ALabama/status/1116524856781230080, and up-to-
date pass info on Mitch’s Twitter feed https://twitter.com/AD0HJ.

+ Pennsylvania (FN11,FN21) – May 5, 2019
Steve, NS3L, will activate the FN11/FN21 gridline mid-morning to 
early afternoon of May 5th.  In addition, he might go to FN12 
afterward. FM & SSB Linear birds. Note, fair weather trip only. If 
heavy rain is forecast, he might postpone & reschedule. During the 
trip, Steve will be beaconing on APRS NS3L-9.  See Steve’s Twitter 
feed for further updates https://twitter.com/NS3L

+ FN13/FN14 Gridline – May 11-12, 2019
Michael, K2MTS will be in FN13/14 May 11-12, 2019, operating holiday 
style.  Check Michael’s Twitter feed https://twitter.com/k2mts 
for specific pass announcements.

+ EL18/EL28 Gridline – May 11, 2019
Clayton, W5PFG, will be activate the EL18/EL28 gridline May 11th, 
16:30-18:40 UTC.  FM only, AO-91 and AO-92.  Watch Twitter feed for 
more updates: https://twitter.com/w5pfg

+ Pennsylvania (FN00) – May 13-15, 2019
Tanner, W9TWJ, will be back in FN00 May 13th-15th, if anyone still 
needs it. Possible he will also do the 15th in EN90 again. FM evening 
passes. Will look into FN01 to see if it’s possible. Watch Tanner’s 
Twitter feed for pass details https://twitter.com/twjones85.

+ NE SD WY CO TX Road trip (DN81, DN83, DN74, DN71, DM77, DM95, DM85) 
– May 18-28, 2019
Clayton, W5PFG is hitting the road and bringing his AMSAT gear with
 May 18 DN91 (NE)
 May 19-23 DN83 (SD)
 May 23-24 DN74 (WY)
 May 24-26 DN71 (WY)
 May 26-27 DM77 (CO)
 May 27-28 DM95/DM85 (TX).
All FM/SSB satellites, holiday-style. Open to schedules with EU. 
Twitter Watch Twitter feed for more updates: 

+ Southwest South Dakota (DN83++) – May 19-23, 2019
Clayton, W5PFG, will be operating from DN83 on all FM/SSB satellites 
holiday style, May 19-23. Open to schedules with EU.  In the days 
proceeding he’ll be on from DN91 and in the days following from 
DN74, DN71, potentially DN70, and lastly DM99. Check Twitter @w5pfg

+ Texas (EM13, EM22, EM23) – May 19-21, 2019
Ryan, AI6DO, has an upcoming business trip for fried pies and a 
satellite rove: Planning EM13 5/20 & 5/21, EM22/23 grid line 
0000-0300 5/20 & 5/22 UTC (5/19 & 5/21 local). Probably FM & APRS 
only. Updates via Twitter https://twitter.com/AI6DO

+ Point Pelee National Park, Canada (EN81, EN82) – May 25, 2019
KM4LAO, Ruth, will head north of the border to activate Point Pelee 
National Park in Ontario EN81, Saturday, May 25th.  Ruth may also do 
a pass or two from EN82 as time allows.  Plan is for FM and linear 
satellite passes, as well at QRP HF.  Call sign for this activation 
and subsequent LoTW upload will be KM4LAO/VE3.  This will also be a 
CNPOTA activation, so please upload your log to the CNPOTA website 
https://cnpota.ca/.  Further announcements will be posted on Ruth’s 
Twitter feed https://twitter.com/KM4Ruth as we get closer to the 
activation date.

+ Pacific Northwest (CN85, CN83/CN84, CN76/CN86) – May 31 to 
June 2, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, will be on in CN83/84 Friday, May 31st, CN85 Saturday, 
June 1st, and CN76/86 Sunday, June 2nd.  Pass list to come in next 
few weeks.

+ 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.  There’s a lot 
to see, so passes will be best effort and announced on Twitter 
shortly prior.  https://twitter.com/K0FFY_Radio

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



+ Completed Contacts:

Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca (OAM), Costitx (Mallorca-Islas 
Baleares-España), Spain, telebridge via W6SRJ
Participating schools: Colegio San José Obrero, Palma de Mallorca 
(Islas Baleares-España), Spain and Colegio Luis Vives, Palma de 
Mallorca(Islas Baleares-España), Spain.

The ISS callsign was NA1SS.  The astronaut was Nick Hague, KG5TMV.
Contact was successful: Mon 2019-04-29 11:48:40 UTC.

+ Scheduled Contacts:

Mildred Hall School, Yellowknife, NT, Canada, telebridge via LU8YY
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques, KG5FYI.
Contact is go for: Fri 2019-05-03 18:32:19 UTC 59 deg.

Walter Murray Collegiate Institute, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 
Canada via LU8YY
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut is David St-Jacques, KG5FYI.
Contact is go for: Mon 2019-05-06 17:35:50 UTC 40 deg.

Moriah Central School, Port Henry, NY, telebridge via K6DUE
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague, KG5TMV.
Contact is go for: Tue 2019-05-07 13:15:35 UTC 55 deg.

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


Satellite Shorts from All Over

+ Space Daily Picks Up N4ADK Radio Astronomy Article
Adam Kimbrough's, N4ADK article entitled "Satellite Constellations 
and Radio Astronomy" was recently published by Space Daily. Adam 
discusses how the growing presence of earth orbiting satellites can
affect the science of radio astronomy, When considering the 
continuation of high-level science provided by radio astronomy, a 
new challenge for the world's engineers arises.

The complete article can be read at: 

[ANS thanks Adam Kimbrough, N4ADK for the above information.]

+ Meet OSCaR...Not OSCAR
Researchers are developing a cleanup cubesat called OSCaR (Obsolete 
Spacecraft Capture and Removal), which would hunt down and de-orbit 
debris on the cheap using onboard nets and tethers. And OSCaR would 
do so relatively autonomously, with little guidance from controllers 
on the ground.

The spacecraft is a 3U cubesat and will be capable of capturing and 
removing four pieces of debris, Anderson said. When that work is 
done, the cleanup cubesat will de-orbit itself within five years.
Complete information at: 

[ANS thanks Space.com for the above information.]

+ ISS R&D Conference Extends Deadline for Technical Abstracts 
to May 10
Don't miss the opportunity to join the technical session speaker 
lineup at the 2019 International Space Station Research and 
Development Conference (ISSRDC), July 29-August 1, in Atlanta, 
Georgia. The ideas, insights, and discussions that arise from 
ISSRDC technical sessions are among the top reasons attendees 
return to ISSRDC year after year.

The technical review team will accept abstracts until May 10 at 
11:59 P.M. EDT. View the submission guidelines for the topic areas 
or submit an abstract.

For more information see: https://www.issconference.org/

[ANS thanks ISS National Lab for the above information.]

+ Win a Free Launch of a 1U Cubesat
All IAF member organizations are invited to participate in the 
competition and profit from this opportunity to win a launch operated 
by GK Launch Services, planned for the second quarter of 2020. 
This competition's priority is to reach out to Space University teams 
from emerging countries. 

The launcher will be Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat. The new generation of Soyuz 
launchers features high reliability and multi-functionality and will 
be launched from Baikonur.

Read the complete article at: 

[ANS thanks Spacenews for the above information.]

+ Free Issue of CQ-DATV Reviews Equipment for Es'Hail2
Digital amateur television enthusiasts might be interested in the 
May 2019 issue of CQ-DATV. In includes a review of transmitters and 
receivers suitable for use with the Es'Hail2 transponder.

The free issue can be downloaded at: https://cq-datv.mobi/71.php

[ANS thanks CQ-DATV for the above information.]

+ BeEagleSat Deorbited
Amateur Radio satellite BeEagleSat - CAT ID 42736 deorbited on 
04-27-2019 and has been removed from the AMSAT-NA TLE distribution.

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD for the above information.]

+ W5RRR Johnson Space Center ARC Makes Satellite WAS	
Congratulations to the Johnson Space Center ARC W5RRR for completing
satellite Worked All States! Thank you N7AGF for four new grids and 
North Dakota on FO-29. That completes satellite WAS for W5RRR! 73 
from Houston!

[ANS thanks AMSAT via Twitter for the above information.]

+ Happy 60th Birthday to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
May 1, 2019 marked the 60th anniversary of the commissioning of 
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

In 1978, AMSAT erected a lab near the visitor center on the Goddard
Space Flight Center campus. Known as the "fishbowl," AMSAT's Phase
3A spacecraft was constructed here. Pictures at

[ANS thanks AMSAT Twitter 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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