[jamsat-news:3643] [ans] ANS-258 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

Mark D. Johns via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2019年 9月 15日 (日) 08:00:00 JST


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including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
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In this edition:

* Request For Cooperation in Receiving FO-29 (Fuji 3)
* NO-104 Camera Will be 'Live' This Week
* Chinese Taurus-1 Amateur Satellite Launched
* Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Awards Grant to ARISS
* IARU Region 3 Approves New 15m Satellite Allocation
* Improvements to the AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page
* Volunteer Opportunity - AMSAT Looking for Graphics Designer
* Nine US Schools Moved Forward in ARISS Selection Process
* AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, October 12-13
* Final Steps Taken Toward ELaNa 25 Amateur Satellite Launch
* AMSAT Academy at the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* DM02 Satellite Expedition Sunday, September 22 - N6O/MM
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-258 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 258.01
DATE 2019-Sept-15
BID: $ANS-258.01

Request for cooperation in receiving Fuji 3 (FO-29)

The amateur satellite “Fuji 3” has been unable to confirm the opera-
tion of CW telemetry and heterodyne repeaters after 21:45 (UTC) on
July 9, 2019, but is more unstable than yesterday. However, while con-
firming the operation of CW telemetry and heterodyne repeaters, we con-
tinue to test for stable operation.

Therefore, those who can receive CW telemetry of Fuji No. 3 (FO-29)
will try to start with a command during the next pass through Japan,
so please report the reception report to the following address.

(Time of pass through Japan)
2019/09/14 06:40 16:45 (UTC)
2019/09/15 05:40 17:35 (UTC)

[Send email address of received report] oper @ jarl.org

We ask for your cooperation in collecting information on Fuji 3 of
many users.

JARL Secretariat Member Section “Fuji 3” Telemetry


NO-104 Camera Will be 'Live' This Week

Controllers for NO-104 (PSAT-2) announced on September 13 that they
have commanded the camera to take a picture and store it into memory
every 10 minutes. This mode should last for 7 days or at least to next
commanding session on Monday.

The transmitting counter, which selects a picture for downlink, is not
sychronized with the camera, so there is an uncertain delay between ac-
quiring a picture and its transmission, up to a maximum of 64 minutes.
Every picture will be downlinked just once so every reception counts.
The downlink is not operating during eclipse.

Further info on https://github.com/alpov/PSAT-2/blob/master/README.md

[ANS thanks Ales Povalac, OK2ALP, and Tomas Urbanec, OK2PNQ, for the
 above information]


Chinese Taurus-1 Amateur Satellite Launched

BG2BHC reported on Twitter that Taurus-1 launched on Thursday, Sept. 12
on the CZ-4B launch from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Taurus-1
carries an FM to Codec2 repeater that operates using the same protocol
as LO-90 (LilacSat-1) and can use the same software (after frequencies
are changed). FM uplink is on 145.820 MHz, downlink on 436.760 MHz,
and the telemetry downlink is on 435.840 MHz.

CelesTrak currently has three objects from the launch cataloged out of
an expected four. The currently cataloged objects are 2019-059A,
2019-059B, and 2019-059D. TLEs can be found at

Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, reports that Doppler measurements suggest that
Taurus 1 is object 44530 (2019-059C), and the actual measured telemetry
downlink frequency: 435.8387 MHz. TLEs can be found at

For more information about this unique analog uplink, digital downlink
system, see the AMSAT Journal article / Symposium paper about LO-90 at

[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, adn Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, for the
 above information]


Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Awards Grant to ARISS

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a very
generous grant to ARISS for the Next Generation radio system. ARDC is
the owner and manager of the Internet network known as the AMPRNet. In
June of 2019, ARDC initiated a philanthropic endeavor to provide
monetary grants to organizations, groups, projects, and scholarships
which have significant potential to advance the state of the art of
Amateur Radio, and digital communications in general.

The ARISS Next Generation radio system (or Inter Operable Radio System
- IORS) will support easier radio mode transition, to enable new,
exciting capabilities for hams, students and the general public

+New amateur radio communication and experimentation capabilities,
including an enhanced voice repeater and updated digital packet radio
(APRS) capabilities.

+Slow Scan TV (picture up and downlinks) in both the US and Russian
segments of ISS.

+New multi-voltage power supply will support present and future radio
capabilities and allow wireless experiments to be conducted.

In July, the Inter Operable Radio System successfully completed a
battery of stressful tests required as part of the final certification
of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space
Station. Final assembly of the flight safety certification in
preparation for launch is now underway and ARISS is working towards
launch ready status by the end of the year.

For more information on the award please see:

To contribute to ARISS and the IORS please see:

ARISS and AMSAT thank ARDC for their generosity in supporting this
important project.

[ANS thanks ARISS, the AMSAT office, and ARDC for the above informa-



             Symposium Papers Due September 23rd!

  Final copies of papers must be submitted by September 23rd for
            inclusion in the printed proceedings.

     Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz
             at n8fgv(at)amsat.org



IARU Region 3 Approves New 15m Satellite Allocation

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) - Region 3 (Asia-Pacific
Region) Directors meeting was held in Tokyo September 2-3. A modified
interim Region 3 bandplan was approved which included an Amateur-Sat-
ellite Service allocation in the 15m band. The modified interim Region
3 bandplan proposed by the Region 3 Bandplan Committee was approved. A
notable change was addition of a satellite portion in 15m Band as
agreed at the last Region 3 Conference. The interim IARU Region 3 band-
plan is available at: https://tinyurl.com/y637aw47  A complete report
of the Region 3 Directors meeting may be found at:

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]



    AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign
    to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades
    on ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to
    continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio.
     We have reached a great milestone with $33,580 raised
    or about 22% towards our goal. This would not have been
         possible without your outstanding generosity!!

          For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:




Improvements to the AMSAT Live OSCAR Satellite Status Page

Thanks to the efforts of new member Ed Little, KN6DBC, improvements
have been made to www.amsat.org/status<http://www.amsat.org/status>,
specifically, some filtering of the "Your Callsign" field has been
added in an effort to reject the occasional nonsense report. The entry
must look like a callsign, for example it must have at least one digit,
it must not end with a digit etc.

As a bonus, the "Your Grid Square" field has been added. Separate en-
tries are now preferred instead of workarounds like KM1P-FN42.

AMSAT maintains this page  to give a single global reference point for
all users in the Amateur Satellite Service to show the most up-to-date
status of all satellites as actually reported in real time by users
around the world. Please help others and keep it current every time
you access a bird.

[ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, 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/



Volunteer Opportunity - AMSAT Looking for Graphics Designer

AMSAT has a need for a volunteer graphics designer to occasionally
assist with page layout of our in-house advertising panels for the
AMSAT Journal. The Journal uses Adobe InDesign software to publish
but our software can import and place PDF and JPG formatted pages
that you create with the graphics tools of your choice.

If you can fill this need contact Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT
VP-User Services at ke4al (at) amsat.org.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


Nine US Schools Moved Forward in ARISS Selection Process

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has ann-
ounced the schools/host organizations selected for amateur radio con-
tacts with the ISS during the first half of 2020. A total of 9 of the
submitted proposals during the recent proposal window have been accept-
ed to move forward in the processes of planning to host a scheduled
amateur radio contact with crew on the ISS. The primary goal of the
ARISS program is to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engin-
eering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities and raise their awareness of
space communications, radio communications, space exploration, and re-
lated areas of study and career possibilities.

The ARISS program anticipates that NASA will be able to provide sched-
uling opportunities for the 9 US host organizations during the January
to June 2020 time period. They are now at work completing an acceptable
equipment plan that demonstrates their ability to execute the ham radio
contact. Once their equipment plan is approved by the ARISS Technical
Mentors, the final selected schools/organizations will be scheduled as
their availability and flexibility match up with the scheduling oppor-
tunities offered by NASA.

The schools and host organizations are:
Celia Hays Elementary School, Rockwall, Texas
Golden Gate Middle School, Naples, Fla.
J.P. McConnell Middle School, Loganville, Ga.
Kittredge Magnet School, Atlanta, Ga.
Maple Dale Elementary School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn.
Oakwood School, Morgan Hill, Calif.
Ramona Lutheran School, Ramona, Calif.
River Ridge High School, New Port Richey, Fla.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooper-
ative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space
agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the
United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
(AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab
and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary
goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engin-
eering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts
via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in
classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts,
students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space
technologies, and amateur radio.

For more information, see www.ariss.org.

[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]


AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, October 12-13

The AMSAT-UK Colloquium, incorporated into the RSGB Convention, will
take place October 12-13 at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre,
Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.

A webstream of the Colloquium talks will be available at

Booking for the RSGB Convention which includes the AMSAT-UK Colloquium
is at https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

The weekend event attracts an international audience that ranges from
those involved in building and operating Amateur Radio satellites to
beginners who wish to find out more about this fascinating branch of
the hobby.

Included will be a roundup of a number of new live and potential space-
craft projects that are under investigation and/or development, plus
all the usual networking opportunities, the gala dinner, auction and

Travel Information http://kentshillpark.com/how-to-find-us

The full schedule for both the AMSAT-UK Colloquium and RSGB Convention
talks is at https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


Final Steps Taken Toward ELaNa 25 Amateur Satellite Launch

The upcoming NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission
25 is scheduled to boost several new satellites carrying amateur radio
into space this fall.

The launch will carry more than a dozen cubesats to the ISS for deploy-
ment, including two satellites of particular interest to amateurs:

  TJREVERB - Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, Va. will carry
    a 145.825 MHz APRS digipeater. Information on TJREVERB may be found
at https://activities.tjhsst.edu/cubesat/index.php

  HuskySat – University of Washington, Seattle will be boosted into a
    higher, 500km orbit via the Cygnus external deployment device, and
    will carry a V/U linear transponder provided in cooperation with
AMSAT. The HuskySat web page is
Although launch schedules and manifests are always subject to change,
other satellites announced for the ELaNa 25 launch that have secured
IARU coordination for amateur frequencies are:
  Argus – St. Louis University, Mo. (437 MHz telemetry)
  AzTechSat-1 – NASA Ames Research Center, Calif. (437 MHz telemetry)
  CySat – Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (436 MHz telemetry)
  Phoenix – Arizona State University, Tempe (437 & 2400 MHz telemetry)
  RadSat-U – Montana State University, Bozeman (437 MHz telemetry)
  SPOC - University of Georgia, Athens (437 & 2400 MHz telemetry)
  SwampSat II - University of Florida, Gainesville (437 & 2400 MHz

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK 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


AMSAT Academy at the Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest

AMSAT® Academy 2.0, which builds on last year's day-long course to in-
clude: guidance on how to set up a portable satellite ground station;
guidance on how to join a growing network of stations that capture,
record, and submit amateur-radio satellite telemetry to a central re-
pository; and practical tips for breaking the ice with local schools
in order to fold amateur-radio satellite and Amateur Radio in the In-
ternational Space Station (ARISS) activities into STEM education ef-

This year's AMSAT® Academy instructors include Robert Bankston, KE4AL,
vice-president, User Services, Amateur Radio Amateur Satellite Corpor-
ation (AMSAT), Ron Bondy, AD0DX, an AMSAT® Ambassador, and long-time
satellite enthusiasts Dan Eggert, AC9E, and Bill Ripley, KY5Q, an em-
bedded-systems architect. The course fee is $30, and includes break-
fast and a copy of the organization's "Getting Started with Amateur

Info about the hamfest is http://www.dukecityhamfest.org.  Specific
info on the AMSAT Academy is at:
http://www.dukecityhamfest.org/amsat-academy .

[ANS thanks Bill Ripley, KY5Q, for the above information]


Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Templestowe College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, telebridge via
VK6MJ. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The sched-
uled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV. Contact is go for: Wednesday, 18
September, 2019 at 08:06:32 UTC 42 deg

Boys and Girls Club, Ft. Meade, MD., telebridge via VK4KHZ. The ISS
callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut
is Nick Hague KG5TMV. Contact is go for: Friday, 20 September, 2019 at
19:58:23 UTC 54 deg

School in Bulgaria, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently
scheduled to be RSØISS. The scheduled astronaut is TBD. Contact is go
for Tuesday, 24 September at 16:10 UTC.

[ANS thanks ARISS team member Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, for the above


DM02 Satellite Expedition Sunday, September 22 - N6O/MM

Alex, N7AGF, and Ron, AD0DX, are planning to activate DM02 on Sunday,
September 22, 2019 on FM and Linear satellites.

It's a 5 or 6 hour boat trip to anchor off San Clemente Island. We
will be on the water for 22 hours and operating around 10 hours
beginning around 3:00 AM PDT (1000Z) on Sunday, September 22
The cost of the boat is $2500 and we would appreciate contributions
to help offset this cost. In the 24 hours after posting to Twitter we
have received around $1300 which Alex and I are very thankful for. The
island has Verizon and AT&T and Alex has a Garmin InReach so we
should be able to tweet passes. The plan is to make as many passes as
possible once we start operating around 3:00 AM PDT. We may skip some
of the low western passes.

We will be using N6O/mm and we have a qrz.com page with all the
details: https://www.qrz.com/db/N6O

If you need the grid please give us a call!

Of course this is dependent on the weather, but the captain says it
has been a good September so far. If you are able to contribute
financially we really appreciate the help to offset some of our
costs. Details to contribute are on the N6O QRZ.com webpage.

[ANS thanks Ron, AD0DX, and Alex, N7AGF, for the above information.]


Upcoming Satellite Operations

EN54/EN64 September 13-15
Brad Smith, KC9UQR, will be active on AO-91 and AO-92 while traveling
this weekend in Wisconsin.

DN11/DN12 + DN03  September 17, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ is heading to the DN11/DN12 line, September 17th.  Look
for him on SO-50, AO-92, and AO-91, between 1657z and 1812z.  On the
way back, Casey will make a quick stop in DN03 to catch te 2043z PO-101
pass.  Watch Casey’s Twitter feed for further updates

DM02/mm (need we say more)  September 22, 2019
Ron, AD0DX, and Alex, N7AGF, are chartering a boat to the ultra-rare
DM02 grid square. They will use the special event call sign November 6
Ocean/Maritime Mobile. Expected window of operation is from 1000z to
1900z, Sunday, September 22nd. More information is available on QRZ
https://www.qrz.com/db/N6O to include how you can help support this
monumental operation. Ron and Alex are expected to have cellular
service out there, so keep an eye on their Twitter feeds
https://twitter.com/ad0dx and https://twitter.com/N7AGF

FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON (GN17) September 24 to October 8, 2019
Eric, KV1J, will once again be oper ating from the Island of Miquelon
(NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between Septem-
ber 24th and October 8th. This is his 13th trip to the island. Activi-
ty will be on 160-6 meters (no 60M – not author ized) using CW, SSB,
RTTY, FT8 (but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8) and the satellites. He will
generally be on the highest frequency band that is open (favoring
12/10m). He will be active in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 28-
29th). ADDED NOTE: Eric will usually try to be on as many Satellite
passes as he can when the WX is good, generally favoring the FO-29,
XW-2x, AO-7, and possibly the FM birds. Eric states, “Equipment is two
FT-817s and an Arrow dual band yagi. I’ll favor the SSB birds usually
higher in the passband, but will also try FM if they do not get too
busy. Satellite logging is by paper so may not get loaded to LoTW until
the week after I return to the USA.” Weekends may be limited since he
will be concentrating on the low(er) bands and contests. QSL via KV1J,
direct or by the Bureau. Also eQSL, ClubLog and LoTW. For more details
and updates, check out his Web page at:

Remember to check out W3ZM On the Road for additional upcoming
activations! https://www.amsat.org/events/was-w3zm/

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ The AMSAT-LU WSPR Picoballoon on 14.0956 USB released August 31 is
  about to complete its first circumnavigation of the globe after tra-
  veling 33,000 km in 12 days. AMSAT-LU appreciate any WSPR stations
  that help to receive it, AMSAT-LU will recognize with a certificate
  to stations that capture its 25 mW beacon. Also the APRS PicoBalloon
  (145.825 via Sat 1W) will be returning to South America. Full story
  with links at https://tinyurl.com/y5xkbrbr
  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information)

+ For Flashback Friday, AMSAT released disk images of Bob McGwier,
  N4HY's QUIKTRAK for both the Commodore 64 and Apple II to provide a
  fun look back at the state-of-the art in satellite tracking in the
  mid-1980s. Check them out at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-258-FBF

+ The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Hawaii has
  applied to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for frequency
  coordination for the amateur radio payloads aboard its Neutron-1
  spacecraft. The amateur payload will provide a V/U FM voice repeater
  for amateur and educational purposes. Proposed are 1k2-9k6 AX telem-
  etry and FM voice UHF downlink and a VHF FM uplink. The Neutron-1
  website is: https://www.hsfl.hawaii.edu/web/neutron1/
  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information)

+ Japan called off a planned cargo ship launch to the International
  Space Station on September 10 after a fire erupted on the launch
  platform for the mission's rocket.
  (ANS thanks Space.com for the above information)

+ The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) has signed a 5-year
  agreement to keep Dayton Hamvention® at the Greene County Expo Cen-
  ter. The agreement was announced on September 9.
  (ANS thanks ARRL for the above information)

+ After years of construction, China’s new radio telescope is in ac-
  tion. The telescope, called FAST (Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spher-
  ical Radio Telescope) has double the collecting power of the Arecibo
  Observatory in Puerto Rico, which has a 305 meter dish. Until now,
  Arecibo was the world’s largest radio dish of its type.
  (ANS thanks Universe Today for the above information)

* The College of Engineering at Villanova University has published a
  very nice feature story about the University's involvement with ham
  satellites. The article, titled, "They May be Building Nanosatel-
  lites, but there’s Nothing Small about Villanova’s CubeSat Club,"
  may be found at: https://tinyurl.com/yytj6vsj

+ An article by Karl-Heinz Krawczyk, DL1GKK, describes how to install
  amateur radio software on the Raspberry Pi to provide the popular
  data modes, SSTV, satellite tracking, SDR, rig control and logbook.
  The English language article is available on the site of Indonesia's
  national amateur radio society ORARI: https://tinyurl.com/y4gb82hb
  (ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information)

+ An interesting article on Satellite collisions has been published
  this week in SatNews Daily: https://tinyurl.com/yyk3f2q2
  (ANS thanks Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, for the above information)

+ Help AMSAT return to Greater Orbits with Larger Footprints with ex-
  citing technologies like attitude determination and control, and
  software-defined transponders utilizing microwave bands. Consider a
  one-time or recurring donation today: https://tinyurl.com/y5kupb55



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,

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