[jamsat-news:3655] [ans] ANS-307 AMSAT News Service Weekly News Bulletin November 3, 2019

Frank Karnauskas via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2019年 11月 3日 (日) 10:11:25 JST


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In this edition:

* HuskySat Successfully Lifted into Space
* ARISS Contact Opportunities - Call for Proposals 
* FoxTelem Version 1.08r Released
* Fox-in-a-Box Upgrades for FoxTelem V 1.08
* AMSAT Seeks Digital Communications Team Members
* The 39th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference 
  Announced September 11-13, 2020, Charlotte, NC
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 2019
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 307.01
November 3, 2019
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HuskySat-1 Successfully Lifted into Space

A Cygnus cargo spacecraft carrying the University of Washington's 
HuskySat-1 was successfully launched atop a Northrup Grumman Antares 
rocket Saturday morning, November 2, 1459 UTC. 

The Cygnus spacecraft will dock with the ISS on November 4.  Cygnus 
is then scheduled to depart the ISS on January 13, 2020 and raise 
its orbit to approximately 500 km where HuskySat-1 and SwampSat will 
be deployed.  After deployment, HuskySat-1's 1200 bps BPSK beacon on 
435.800 MHz should be active.(This beacon is decodable with the 
latest release of FoxTelem.)  HuskySat-1 is expected to run its 
primary mission (testing a pulsed plasma thruster and experimental 
24 GHz data transmitter) for thirty days.  The satellite will then 
be turned over to AMSAT for Amateur Radio operation, featuring a 
30 kHz wide 145 to 435 MHz linear transponder for SSB/CW 

For those interested in reading about HuskySat-1's development and 
its science, read the UW News article at 

[ANS thanks SpaceNews.com, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, and UW News for the 
above information.]


ARISS Contact Opportunities - Call for Proposals 

- Current Proposal Window is October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019
- Upcoming Proposal Window is February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program 
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and 
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur 
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS.  ARISS anticipates 
that the contact for proposals submitted in the proposal window now 
open would be held between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.  ARISS 
is happy to announce a second proposal window will open 
February 1, 2020 for contacts that would be held between 
January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021.  Crew scheduling and ISS orbits 
will determine the exact contact dates.  To maximize these radio 
contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will 
draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a 
well-developed education plan. 

The deadline to submit proposals for contacts between July 1, 2020 
and December 31, 2020 is November 30, 2019.  The proposal window for 
contacts between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 will open on 
February 1, 2020 and close on March 31, 2020.  Proposal information 
and documents can be found at www.ariss.org. Two ARISS Introductory 
Webinar sessions will be held on November 7, 2019. The first is at 
6:00 PM ET and the second is at 9:00 PM ET. The same material will 
be covered during both sessions, so choose the session that best fits 
your schedule. The Eventbrite link to sign up is 

The Opportunity 
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate 
in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are 
approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact 
with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session. 

An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via 
Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space 
station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford 
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from 
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn 
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an 
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless 
technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human 
spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the 
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate 
changes in dates and times of the radio contact. 

Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA 
and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present 
educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio 
organizations' volunteer efforts provide the equipment and 
operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS 
and students around the world using Amateur Radio.  

More Information
For proposal information and more details such as expectations, 
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of 
Information Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.  Please direct any 
questions to ariss.us.education @ gmail.com. 

[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS PR for the above information.]


Video recordings of the 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium have been posted:
            (This page should be accessible to all)
The Foundations of AMSAT - 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium Banquet Panel
          is posted at:  https://youtu.be/bRmn4gjvuTI

FoxTelem Version 1.08r Released

Chris Thompson, G0KLA has released Version 1.08r of FoxTelem.  This 
release provides several enhancements and needed changes for FOX-1E 
and HuskySat, a partnership with the University of Washington.

Users will need to download this version to successfully decode data 
from the two new spacecraft which will transmit BPSK telemetry on 
70cm.  (Chris suggests now is a good time to put up a 70cm antenna 
if you do not have one!)

After version 1.08p was released earlier this week, IC-9700 users
immediately noticed difficulties.  Version 1.08r was immediately 
released.  Chris notes:

" There were two issues that prevented good decodes from the IC-9700:

1 - The IF output of the IC-9700 is not a true IQ signal and you have 
both a lower and upper sideband image.  One has the bits flipped 
upside down.  Historically FoxTelem has coped with the bits with 
either sense, even though only one is "correct", so 1.07 decoded 
fine from the wrong image.  I had introduced a bug that meant the 
"bit flip" check was not run.  That code is back in.

2 - There was also an issue where the algorithm that finds the signal 
was not being run if SatPC32 position was being read.  That was a 
common configuration for IC-9700 owners, so it compounded the 
problem.  The code is now fixed."

Key changes include the following:

- PSK decoders are easier to select.
- Automatically change the band from 2m to 70cm and the mode from 
  FSK to PSK if needed (and enabled). 
- Allows default mode to be set for each spacecraft.
- No longer overwrites the user settings (e.g. as max/min frequency) 
  when spacecraft files are updated.
- Saves the properties whenever they are changed (rather than just 
  at exit).
- Allows the user to change the display name for a spacecraft without 
  changing the KEPS name.
- Prevents FOXDB from being corrupted when power restarted.
- Better memory management so that long running FoxTelem sessions 
  do not end up out of memory.
- Allows MAX and MIN records to be displayed in table on the 
  telemetry tab.
- Shows the Capture Date for the record being displayed (e.g. RT, 
  MAX, MIN).
- Deletes existing files when server data is downloaded.
- Ties the STP date more accurately to the position of the SYNC word 
in the bit buffer to avoid stamping frames with the same date.
- Many small bugs and crashes fixed.

A full list of changes can be found at

You can download the new release at

Feel free to email Chris with any questions, suggestions or bug 
reports to chrisethompson at gmail dot com.

[ANS thanks Chris E. Thompson, G0KLA for the above information.]


       The 2019 AMSAT Symposium Proceedings USB flash drives,
        featuring 1.98 GB of information, including the 2019
        Proceedings and all previously published Proceedings
      dating back to 1986 are now available on the AMSAT store
(allow 10 business days for the next batch to be loaded with the


Fox-in-a-Box Upgrades for FoxTelem V 1.08r

In addition to Chris Thompson's announcement.  Burns Fisher, WB1FJ 
reports that version of FoxTelem has been tested on Fox-in-a-Box 
installations (FoxTelem running on a Raspberry Pi).  Starting 
immediately with serial number 110, FoxTelem Version 1.08r will be 
included on the SD cards that are ordered from the AMSAT store.  (It 
is not yet on the download file.)

If you have a Fox-in-a-Box with an older version and you wish to 
upgrade it (highly recommended) follow these steps:

- Download http://amsat.us/FoxTelem/linux/FoxTelem_1.08p_linux.tar.gz 
  to the Desktop using the browser on your FIAB.
- Double-click the file to extract it to a directory(folder) named 
- Next, stop the running FoxTelem and edit the file on your desktop 
  named "StartFoxTelem". (Right-click and choose Text Editor.) 
- About the third line from the bottom, change "foxtelem_1.07_linux" 
  to "FoxTelem_1.08r_linux". (Be sure the capital letters are right.) 
- Exit from the editor and double-click on "StartFoxTelem" and chose 
- The new FoxTelem will start running and, as described in the 
  manual you will start getting questions about whether you want to 
  upgrade.  Say yes to each question.  

After FoxTelem has started successfully, you should be all set, and 
FoxTelem should start automatically every time your reboot.

If you have any issues, please Burns know at wb1fj at amsat dot org.

[ANS thanks Burns Fisher, WB1FJ for the above information.]


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AMSAT Seeks Digital Communications Team Members

AMSAT is in the process of redesigning its website and is looking to 
immediately fill key volunteer member additions to its digital 
communications team.  Available positions include a Webmaster, 
Content Managers, and an Online Store Co-Manager.  Candidates must 
have experience with Word press and be a current AMSAT member.

The Webmaster works as an integral member of the AMSAT Digital 
Communications Team in planning, organizing, implementing, and 
supporting strategic web technologies.  Under minimal supervision, 
the Webmaster collaborates with the Digital Communications team and 
AMSAT Development to facilitate ongoing content creation, development 
of standards, and overall management of AMSAT's website and member 
portal.  The primary objectives of the Webmaster are to ensure that 
AMSAT's digital presence accurately portrays the character, quality 
and heritage of AMSAT, provide an efficient user experience, and 
serve to increase recruitment and financial contributions.

Web Content Managers:
Web Content Managers ensure AMSAT's website and webpages follow best 
content practices and meet the diverse needs of internal and external 
customers.  As part of the AMSAT Digital Communications Team, 
Website Content Managers must understand the organizational needs, 
map them to the end-user needs and work with applicable AMSAT 
departments to create content strategy and plan for individual 

Online Store Co-Manager:
The Online Store Co-Manager updates and refreshes the AMSAT Store 
when new merchandise becomes available, deletes merchandise when no 
longer available, and updates pricing and shipping information when 
necessary.  Experience in WooCommerce is required.

If you want to be a part of the solution in delivering the quality 
web services AMSAT members deserve, we could sure use your help.  
Please contact the AMSAT VP of User Services at 
ke4al (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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


   AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
   radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
         be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
  Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/


The 39th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference 
Announced September 11-13, 2020, Charlotte, NC

Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier 
technical conference of the year, the 39th Annual ARRL and TAPR 
Digital Communications Conference to be held September 11-13, 2020 
in Charlotte, NC. The conference location is the Renaissance 
Charlotte Suites.

The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an 
international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, 
and present new ideas and techniques. Presenters and attendees will 
have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent 
hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and 
practical applications.

Topics include, but are not limited to: Software Defined Radio (SDR), 
digital voice , digital satellite communications, Global Position 
System (GPS), precision timing, Automatic Packet Reporting 
System(tm)(APRS), short messaging (a mode of APRS), Digital Signal 
Processing (DSP), HF digital modes, Internet interoperability with 
Amateur Radio networks, spread spectrum, IEEE 802.11 and other 
Part 15 license-exempt systems adaptable for Amateur Radio, using 
TCP/IP networking over Amateur Radio, mesh and peer to peer wireless 
networking, emergency and Homeland Defense backup digital 
communications, using Linux in Amateur Radio, updates on AX.25 and 
other wireless networking protocols. 

Complete conference details including registration information, 
call for papers and preliminary agenda can be seen at 

[ANS thanks TAPR for the above information.]


VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 2019

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

Call  Sep  Oct

W5RKN    675    694
N0JE    569    637
K9UO    475    500
W5TD    384    392
AC9E    352    353
HP2VX    300    351
AD0HJ    325    350
K5IX    325    350
W7JSD    309    336
G0IIQ    112    251
ND0C    200    250
WB8TGY    New    210
N4DCW    New    201
KC9VGG    127    200
NX2X    119    178
KC9UQR    132    172
W0NBC    137    152
VE1VOX    New    126
N4QX    120    125
AA0MZ    102    112
WA9JBQ    New    104
N9FN    New    103
PU8MGB    New    102
KI4US    New    101
AB4GE    New    100
N0RC    New    100
S57NML    New    100
W2ASC    New    100

If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list at 
<mycall>@<mycall>.com and I'll 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 Ron Parsons, W5RKN for the above information.]


Upcoming Satellite Operations

South TX (EL0x and EL1x) November 2-9, 2019
Ron, AD0DX, will be vacationing in McAllen TX area the week of 
Nov 2 - 9. Ron is flying in and out of San Antonio (EL09) and 
staying in EL06. He hopes to activate most of the surrounding grids 
(EL06, EL07, EL08, EL09, EL15, EL16, EL17, EL18, and EL19) over the 
week. Ron will tweet details during the trip at 

EM68/69  November 3-5, 2019
Tanner, W9TWJ, will be vacationing in Illinois, November 3 - 5.
Key word is vacation, but he will jump over to activate the EM68/EM69 
gridline on FM satellites. Watch Tanner's Twitter feed for further 
announcements at https://twitter.com/twjones85

Nunavut, Canada (ER60) November 11 - December 6, 2019 
The Eureka Amateur Radio Club, VY0ERC, will be on station, the Polar 
Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory, November 6 through 
December 11.  They have some house keeping duties to perform on 
arrival and just before they leave, not to mention that it's wicked 
cold up there (-25 to -35C not counting windchill), so keep an eye 
on the VY0ERC twitter feed for announcements on when they plan to 
step outside at https://twitter.com/vy0erc

EA9 Melilla (IM85) November 18-21, 2019 
Philippe, EA4NF, will be operating from Melilla as EA9/EA4NF from 
November 18 to 21, 2019. This very small Spanish territory located in 
Northern Africa, which is a very rare GRID and is listed as one of 
the Most Wanted SAT DXCC.  Updates and passes on Philippe's Twitter 
at https://twitter.com/EA4NF_SAT

Key West (EL94) December 3-6, 2019 
Tanner, W9TWJ, will be vacationing in Key West December 3 - 6. 
Key word is vacation, but he will jump on some FM satellite passes 
to activate EL94 for those that need it or just want to chat. 
Watch Tanner's Twitter feed for further announcements at 

Hawaii (BK19, BK28, BK29, BL20) December 21-28, 2019 
Alex, N7AGF, is heading back to Hawaii over Christmas. This will be 
a holiday-style activation, with special emphasis on the grid that 
got away - BK28. Keep an eye on Alex's Twitter feed for further 
announcements at https://twitter.com/N7AGF

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


          The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
     Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as a
        DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store.  Get yours today!



* Completed Contacts
Farmwell Station Middle School Space Dreamers, Ashburn, VA, direct 
via K4LRG 
The ISS callsign was NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut was Drew Morgan KI5AAA.
The contact was successful on October 29, 2019 at 15:01:27 UTC.

* Upcoming Contacts
Private UKEB School, Izmir, Turkey, telebridge via K6DUE
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.
Contact is go for Tuesday, November 5, 2029 at 12:34 UTC.

Istituto Comprensivo "G.B. Perasso", Milano, Italy and Istituto 
Comprensivo Montignoso - Scuola secondaria I grado 
"G.B.Giorgini", Montignoso, Italy
Telebridge via VK5ZAI.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.
Contact is go for: Wednesday, November 6 2019 at 09:27:34 UTC.

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


Shorts from All Over

* AmazonSmile Purchases Add Up!

AmazonSmile recently reported that the Radio Amateur Satellite 
Corporation received a quarterly donation of $280.92 thanks to 
customers shopping at smile.amazon.com.  To date, AmazonSmile has 
donated a total of $4,194.21 to AMSAT.

[ANS thanks Dr. Thomas A Clark, K3IO for the above information.]

* GNU Radio Conference Recordings Available 

The GNU Radio Conference was held September 16-20, 2019 at the 
Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  A total

of 41 talks across a variety of topics are now available on YouTube. 
The GNU Radio Conference staff thanks all the speakers for their 
participation.  View the  playlist of presentations at

[ANS thanks GNU Radio for the above information.]

* Building a Raspberry Pi-Based SatNOGS Ground Station

Corey Shields uses a Stegoboard 122 kit with the new Raspberry Pi4 
to rebuild his ground station. What resulted is a pretty cool 
wall-mounted ground station.  Read the full article at 

[ANS thanks Corey Shields for the above information.]

* News from the First Week of WRC

Week 1 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference in 
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November 1, 2019 saw agreement reached on 
several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had 
revealed consensus. Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more 
difficult.  Read the full report at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-307-WRC

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

* The Dzhanibekov Effect (Or, Tennis Racket Theorem) and AO-73

Dave Johnson, G4DPZ, posted an analysis of the AO-73 rotation and 
flip.  Dave says, "We have speculated why the satellite spins up and 
down and occasionally flips the direction of spin. Recently 
Jason Flynn, G7OCD found a YouTube video that might explain the flip 
which introduces The Dzhanibekov Effect or Tennis Racket Theorem in 
regards to stability of rotating bodies (such as spacecraft)."  Read 
the article and watch the video at:

[ANS thanks Dave Johnson, G4DPZ for the above information.]

* Amateur Radio and Linux - A Beginners Guide

Linux and Amateur Radio is a PDF presentation about Amateur Radio 
and Linux presented by : Dave Mamanakis, KD7GR. This presentation 
cover basic concepts of the open source operative system.  View the 
presentation at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-307-Linux

[ANS thanks the DX Zone for the above information.]

* Amateur Radio CubeSat Demonstration at Goddard, November 3, 2019

The Goddard Amateur Radio Club members invite the public to see a 
demonstration of an Amateur Radio CubeSat simulator.  The simulator 
consists of a  solar/battery powered CubeSat that beacons telemetry 
data and a Raspberry Pi-based ground station that will receive and 
display the data in real time.  The club will also set up radio 
equipment and attempt to communicate with other hams across the 
country using amateur satellites as they pass overhead.  Club members 
will be on hand to explain the use of Amateur Radio satellites and 
equipment.  The event is open to the public from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. 
The Center is located at 9432 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20771.

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

* ESA Announces New ISS Opportunity for University Students

ESA Education is inviting university student teams to submit 
proposals related to designing, building and operating an experiment 
that will be launched to the International Space Station and hosted 
inside the ICE Cubes facility for up to 4 months.  The deadline for 
letters of intent is December 1, 2019.  Full details can be seen at 

[ANS thanks ESA for the above information.]

* CQ-DATV November Issue Available

The November issue of CQ-DATV has arrived and is ready for 
downloading.  This month's issue includes plans for a 70 cm, DVB-T, 
television repeater with a duplexer.  Download the free, complete
issue at 

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

* Satellite: The "Go To" Solution for Resilient Emergency Response 

Independent from terrestrial and wireless infrastructure, satellite 
communications provide a secure and reliable solution that can be 
deployed quickly for disaster response or national emergencies.  A 
thorough analysis of why satellites can be useful in widespread 
emergency situations by a commercial provider.  Read the full story 
at http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=1950983317

[ANS thanks SatMagazine for the above information.]


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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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