[jamsat-news:3669] [ans] ANS-012 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for January 12

JoAnne K9JKM via ANS ans @ amsat.org
2020年 1月 12日 (日) 09:00:04 JST


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In this edition:

* Virgin Orbit Plans Flight Test of LauncherOne Rocket in February
* AMSAT Awards Update
* AMSAT at Cowtown Hamfest - Ft. Worth - January 17-18
* JARL Announces FO-29 Activation Schedule
* CAMSAT Says CAS-6 Activation for Amateur Use has been Delayed
* Telemetry Dashboard Available for SMOG-P and ATL PocketQubes
* MIT Radio Society W1MX January Lecture Series on “Everything Radio”
* AMSAT-DL Announces a New QO-100 DownConverter V3d
* AMSAT South Africa Space Symposium 2020 First Call for Papers
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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ANS-012 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 012.01
DATE January 12, 2020
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If you missed the live HamTalkLive podcast featuring Paul Stoetzer,
N8HM, AMSAT Executive VP on January 9 you can listen on demand any-
time at hamtalklive.com; or a podcast version on nearly all podcast
sites a few minutes after the live show is over including Apple Pod-
casts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Podcasts; and
it's also available on YouTube. A replay is also broadcast on WTWW
5085 AM on Saturday nights at approximately 6:30 pm Eastern. Look
for Episode 195 - AMSAT 50th Anniversary Recap 09 Jan


Virgin Orbit Plans Flight Test of LauncherOne Rocket in February

Virgin Orbit, AMSAT's launch for RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E, has announced
they expect to have their first test launch of LauncherOne, their
airborne-launched rocket, sometime in the second half of February.
The LauncherOne rocket is carried on the VO 747 Cosmic Girl aircraft.

If this first test flight is successful RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E is planned
for launch on the second flight of LauncherOne during 1Q 2020 on the
ELaNa XX mission.

Uplink:     145.860 MHz - 145.890 MHz LSB/CW
Downlink:   435.790 MHz - 435.760 MHz USB/CW (inverting)
Telemetry:  435.750 MHz 1K2 bps BPSK

Investigate the excitement at: https://virginorbit.com/ - and -

[ANS thanks Virgin Orbit for the above information]


AMSAT Awards Update

Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, reported, "Now
that 2019 is behind us, I thought I would catch up with the awards
issued the last half of the year."

AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award for making their first satellite QSO

+ Daniel Rahn, K8EC
+ Bernd Peters, KB7AK
+ Shane Hale, KE5HSS
+ Benny Chandra, YD0SPU
+ Martin Lipert, OK1UM
+ Helene Charbonneau, VE2AQM
+ Spiro Andy Loizos, VE2LZS
+ Stelios Alex Loizos, VA2LZS
+ Souly Loizos, VE2FFS
+ Adam Warrix, KD9NRT
+ Steffen Gross, DM3CW


AMSAT Communications Achievement Award

+ Jonathan Zylstra, KL2DN #620
+ Robert Bankston, KE4AL #621
+ Sloan Davis, KN4GQB #622
+ Walter Mercado Vazquez, KP4T #623


AMSAT Sexagesimal Satellite Communications Achievement Award

+ Robert Bankston, KE4AL #184


AMSAT Century Club Award

+ Robert Bankston, KE4AL #54


AMSAT South Africa Satellite Communications Achievement Award

+ Jonathan Zylstra, KL2DN #US222
+ Robert Bankston, KE4AL #US223
+ Sloan Davis, KN4GQB #US224


AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award (1,000-4,000)

+ Ron Parsons, W5RKN upgrade to 4000


AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award 5,000

+ Adrian Liggins, VA3NNA #35
+ Ron Parsons, W5RKN #36


AMSAT Rover Award

+ #043 N7EGY
+ #044 CU2ZG
+ #045 K9EI
+ #046 KR5Z
+ #047 N4DCW
+ #048 KC9VGG
+ #049 W3ZM/9 (OP KC9VGG)
+ #050 W5PFG


The next batch of AMSAT 50th Anniversary Satellite Friends of 50
awards are hot off the presses. Congratulations to:

+ WP4T

Visit https://www.amsat.org/amsat-50th-anniversary-awards-program/

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org and click on
Services then Awards.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and
  Awards, for the above information]


AMSAT at Cowtown Hamfest - Ft. Worth - January 17-18

AMSAT will be represented at the 2020 Cowtown Hamfest in Fort Worth,
TX on January 17 and 18 with a table, demos and presentations. If you
live in the North Texas area, this is a great event, well attended
and lots of vendors. Please put it on your calendar. Info posted at

AMSAT Ambassador Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, says he has openings to staff
the table, do the demos and assist with the presentations.

The Cowtown amateur Radio Club was a home for our dearly beloved and
SK, Keith Pugh, W5IU.  The organizers offered AMSAT a no charge table
space in the market area so a big thank you to them is in order.

Tom hopes you can plan to be a part of this fine event. If you can
assist in any way for AMSAT, please drop Tom an email at:
N5HYP @ arrl.net

Keep an eye on https://www.amsat.org/other-events/ for updates on
coming AMSAT events.

[ANS thanks AMSAT Ambassador Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, for the above


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    and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
           AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
                  Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.


JARL Announces FO-29 Activation Schedule

Due to battery problems FO-29 has been largely inactive - usually
activated over Japan while in range of the command station. Akira
Kaneko, JA1OGZ, FO-29 Command Station has posted an activation
schedule for additional access:

FO-29 Transponder Active (UTC)
1/12 05:05- 17:00
1/13 04:10- 05:55
1/18 04:50- 06:35
1/19 03:55- 05:40
1/26 04:30- 06:15

2/1  06:00-
2/2  06:50-
2/8  04:50-15:00
2/9  03:55-15:50
2/11 03:50-05:35
2/23 03:20-05:05
2/24 04:10-5:55-14:20

3/1  04:00-05:40-15:55
3/2  04:45-14:55

Uplink:   145.900 - 146.000 MHz LSB/CW
Downlink: 435.900 - 435.800 MHz USB/CW (inverting)
Beacon:   435.795 MHz

[ANS thanks Akira Kaneko, JA1OGZ, FO-29 Command Station for the above


CAMSAT Says CAS-6 Activation for Amateur Use has been Delayed
01/07/2020 - via ARRL

Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, tells
ARRL that some problems with the precise attitude determination of
the newly launched CAS-6 amateur radio satellite have delayed deploy-
ment of the antennas. The satellite was to have been put into service
within 3 days.

“If the V/UHF antennas are deployed now, additional torque may affect
determination of the satellite attitude,” Kung said. “Engineers need
to modify and upload the software, which will take some time.” He
said that taking into consideration the upcoming long Chinese New
Year holiday, the test work is planned to be completed sometime in
late February or early March. At that time, VHF/UHF antennas will
be deployed, and the amateur radio payload will be available for use.

Kung points out that the satellite’s CW beacon has been turned on,
although the antenna has not yet been deployed. “If you have a ‘big
ear,’ you may be able to receive weak signal leaked from an undeploy-
ed antenna on 145.910 MHz,” he said. “A polyimide cover on the anten-
na chassis can help to leak some RF signal.”

CAS-6 launched successfully on December 20, piggybacked on a TIANQIN-1
technology test satellite. The microsatellite will be known as
CAS-6/TIANQIN-1, and the call sign is BJ1SO. The primary launch pay-
load was the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite, CBERS-4A.

CAS-6 is in a sun-synchronous orbit with an apogee of 390 miles. It
carries a U/V linear transponder, with a downlink of 145.925, 20 kHz
passband (inverted) and an uplink of 435.28 MHz. The CW telemetry
beacon is on 145.910 MHz, while 4k9 baud GMSK telemetry will be trans-
mitted on 145.890 MHz.

[ANS thanks CAMSAT and the ARRL for the above information]


Telemetry Dashboard Available for SMOG-P and ATL PocketQubes

The SMOG-P and ATL PocketQube team at the Budapest University of Tech-
nology and Economics has released additional information about their
satellites recently launched by RocketLab from New Zealand.

SMOG-P digital downlink:  437.150 MHz
ATL    digital downlink:  437.175 MHz
More information on both satellites is posted at: http://gnd.bme.hu

SMOG-P (MO-105) is a 1p PocketQube (5x5x5 cm, 250 grams), a fully re-
dundant tiny satellite with an actual scientific payload: a flying
spectrum analyzer. It measures the scattered RF energy over the UHF
band (specifically, in the digital terrestrial TV band) that can be
detected in space.

ATL-1 (MO-106) is a larger 2p PocketQube featuring the same spectrum
analyzer experiment.

Both satellites transmit almost identical telemetry data. In addition
to basic CW telemetry carrying callsign, battery voltage and tempera-
ture, there is digital telemetry with variable data rate and coding
scheme. Most frequently, modulation is 1250 or 5000 bps GMSK. The data
is encoded either by the well-known "AO-40" FEC, or a shorter, pro-
prietary variant of it, but they can also use a more powerful, state-
of-art repeat-accumulate (RA) coding scheme.

Some practical information about receiving the telemetry:

A GUI telemetry receiver is available for Windows and Linux (soon for
OS X as well), and a command line receiver can also be used (Linux
only). Both can be downloaded from: https://gnd.bme.hu:8080/index

The programs are able to submit the received packets to the central
telemetry data base. This requires a quick registration, the login
credentials can be used with either of the decoders. There are some
issues with the GUI software that hopefully will be resolved within
a few days. These decoders assume either a USB receiver connected
through the sound card or an rtl-sdr receiver.

Thanks to Daniel Estevez, EA4GPZ, a high quality, full decoder and
packet uploader is also available for GNU Radio 3.8 within the out-
of-tree module gr-satellites. For uploading to the received packets,
it uses the same login as the "official" programs do:
This decoder can unleash the full potential of the RA FEC. You'll
need to put an FM demodulator in front of the flowgraph.

The team is looking forward to seeing many submissions on the "Leader-
board" from around the world: https://gnd.bme.hu:8080/leaderboard
Having many receiving stations around the globe could greatly improve
the global picture the spectrum analyzer payload can offer.

[ANS thanks the PocketQube team at the Budapest University of Tech-
  nology and Economics for the above information]


MIT Radio Society W1MX January Lecture Series on “Everything Radio”

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radio Society (W1MX) and
the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are
hosting a lecture series in January that may answer  some of your
questions about such topics as radar techniques, interferometry,
imaging, and radio astronomy, to antenna design and  modern chip-
scale RF devices. No prior experience with radio is necessary, and
all are welcome.

All lectures will take place in the Green Building — MIT’s tallest
academic building. Sessions will be live streamed and archived for
later viewing. The lectures have already kicked off on January 10
  with “The Next Generation of Weather Radar.” Other topics include
“Lightning Interferometry” (January 13); “Radio Noises from the Sky”
(January 15); “EDGES:  Measuring the Early Universe” (January 22);
“Antennas” (January 24), and “Chip-Scale THz Circuits and Sensors”
(January 29). Lectures begin at 5  PM ET and conclude at 7 PM.

MIT has posted details at: http://w1mx.mit.edu/iap/2020/

[ANS thanks the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the above


AMSAT-DL Announces a New QO-100 DownConverter V3d

The first version of the AMSAT-DL down converter was built in early
2019, enabling many stations to become active on QO-100 for the first
time. Since then, a lot of operating experience and new insights have
been gained, which have flowed into the new board V3d.

The AMSAT-DL DownConverter V3d is a completely new development. It
offers important functions for all QO-100 stations, no matter if you
work with VHF/UHF, HF transceiver, or an SDR. This new board can be
used as a central frequency converter assembly for your QO-100 sta-
tion providing stable clocks for all components meaning that addi-
tional external GPS modules are not required.

The specification for the AMSAT-DL DownConverter V3d includes:

+ Centralized clock generation with GPS or OCXO
+ Reference clock for the PLL in the LNB
+ Reference clock for a transmit mixer
+ Reference clock for an SDR
+ Short-circuit proof LNB phantom power
+ Connection for a dual LNB (for simultaneous NB and WB reception)
+ Downward mixing of the NB transponder into an amateur band
   (UHF/VHF or HF)
+ OLED display for displaying the operating status and the station

The full specification and list of features is posted at:
and you can order your unit at: https://shop.amsat-dl.org/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL 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!


AMSAT South Africa Space Symposium 2020 First Call for Papers

Papers are invited for presentation at the conference and publi-
cation on the web. Please send your synopsis by 28 February 2020
in a word document of no more than 300 words to:
admin @ amsatsa.org.za. Please tell us if you will be available to
present your paper at the conference ... speakers attend free.

The Symposium date is July 18, 2020 at the Premier Hotel Midrand.
The theme this year is "Amateur Radio in Space – exploring VHF,
UHF and Microwaves". Watch http://www.amsatsa.org.za/ for the
latest information.

[ANS thanks AMSAT SA 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/


Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

+ Sayama Mizutomi Community Center, Sayama, Japan, direct via 8J1SS
   The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
   The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
   Contact is go: Mon 2020-01-13 11:58:07

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, and David Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS opera-
tion team members, for the above information]


           Purchase AMSAT Gear on our Zazzle storefront.
          25% of the purchase price of each product goes
            towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space


Upcoming Satellite Operations

Satellite Shorts
+ January 17-19 EM17 KN6DBC  AO-91 & AO-92 night passes (@KN6DBC)

New Orleans, LA (EL49, EL58, EM59, EM40, EM50, EM60)
     January 14 – February 1, 2020. Adam, KC3OBS, will be roving
     EM40, EM50, EL49, EL59, January 14th – Feb 1. In between,
     Adam will be EL58, January 18th or 19th depending on weather,
     and in EM60 January 29. Adam will announce passes and updates
     on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sparky_husky

Lucas Gusher Special Event (EM20) January 11-12, 2020
     The Beaumont Amateur Radio Club will be operating using the call-
     sign K5S on various HF bands including as many CAS-4A, CAS-4B,
     AO-91, AO-92 passes that we can. SO-50 and XW-2A also possible.
     More information about K5S can be found on qrz.com.

Labrador (GO11 +) January 19-27, 2020
     Chris VE3FU, Dave VE9CB, and Frank VO1HP will be active as VO2AC
     in the 2020 CQ160 CW contest, January 24-26, from Point Armour
     Lighthouse, in Labrador. If time permits before the contest, they
     may be active on FM satellites from GO11 as VO2AC or VO2AAA.
     Depending on weather and timing of passes, you might catch them on
     FM satellites as they make their way from FO93 to GO-11, passing
     through FO92, GO02, GO13, GO12, and GO22 along the way, but no
     promises. They will also make the reverse trek on January 27.

Brennan Price, M/N4QX, will be active from grid square IO91 *as work
     permits* January 20-24. QSL *exclusively* via Logbook of the World.

Montserrat, January 26 to February 2
     Mel, W8MV, will be working the FM satellites using the callsign
     VP2MCV. He will then be operating from Antigua from February 2 to
     February 9. Mel is still waiting for the license so it is not yet
     known what the callsign will be from Antigua. QSL via LoTW.

Isla Perez, Mexico - EL52dj February 11-17
     Members of Radio Club Puebla DX will be active as 6F3A from Isla
     Perez (grid EL52dj), Mexico, between February 11-17. The operators
     mentioned are Patricia/XE1SPM (Team Leader), Ismael/XE1AY, Rey/
     XE1SRD and Ricardo/XE1SY. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/
     10/6 meters, and include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 15-16).
     QSL via XE1SY. ADDED NOTE: Ismael, XE1AY, reports that he doing
     CW and the satellites, and will also TX from EL50 and XE1AY/mm
     from EL51. (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1446)

Big Bend National Park (DL88)  March 16-17, 2020
     Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend
     National Park to put grid DL88 on the air.  Details will be added
     here, as they come available, but you are more than welcome to
     keep an eye on their individual Twitter feeds:
     https://twitter.com/ad0dx, https://twitter.com/dtabor, and

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

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


Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Need help getting your Icom IC-9700 working with SatPC32? Check
   out this guide written by Stefan Wagener, VE4SW posted on at:
   http://www.amsat.org --> Satellite Info --> Station and Operating
   Hints --> "The new Icom IC-9700 is a great satellite radio ..."
   document is at the bottom of the page. The direct URL to the PDF
   document is: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-012-IC9700-SatPC32

+ NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium announced the summer program
   for STEM Educators (grades 5-12), LiftOff 2020: Moon to Mars, a
   weeklong professional development training for teachers, June 21-26,
   2020. The application deadline is March 2, 2020. Workshops include
   learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme support-
   ed by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with infor-
   mation and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and
   field investigations that promote space science and enrichment
   activities for themselves and others. Visit the program website
   at: http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/

+ A new distance record has been set on the PO-101 (Diwata2H) FM
   transponder. F4DXV worked R9LR on 08-Jan-2020 at 22:57 UTC for
   a distance of 4,542 km. More posted at:

+ The AMSAT-DL radome to house their QO-100 antenna made it to Ant-
   arctica and is installed on top of Neumayer-Station III. Further
   work will be needed to be install it permanently. The station is
   also waiting for the AMSAT-UK FUNcube relay to arrive, pending wea-
   ther conditions for flying there. See the photo posted by HB9HCF:

+ A tweet from @AlbaOrbital reports that AMSAT Spain is signed up to
   fly on Alba Cluster 3. The Spanish satellite is a 1.5p PocketQube
   called Hades which is a satellite for amateur communications imple-
   menting a Bent-Pipe type repeater and with Store & Forward capabil-
   ities. See:

+ AMSAT-EA (Vocalía de Satellites de URE) has registered with IARU
   and the Spanish administration their GÉNESIS-L and GÉNESIS-N sat-
   ellites for launch in mid-2020. An introduction to the project:
   https://www.ure.es/satelites-genesis-de-amsat-ea/ - and -

+ A 3-axis rotor based on the Celestron NexStar telescope mount with
   hamlib and rotctl drivers is demonstrated at:
   https://youtu.be/Avp1ROEkgeA -and- https://youtu.be/BDTjnJm41mc

+ Stuart Thomas, KB1HQS, author of the ARRL book, "Portable Operating
   for Amateur Radio", describes construction of a Hiking Pole Yagi
   Antenna for Extreme Environments" on his web page:

+ Amateur radio talks featured at the popular DEF CON 27 event in
   Las Vegas during August 8-11, 2019. Watch Mark KR6ZY - Hunting tape
   measure yagis and offset attenuators - DEF CON 27 Ham Radio Village:
   https://youtu.be/KGQDQZT9lRQ - and - feast on the videos of hundreds
   of additional DEF CON talks posted at:
   (via Southgate)

+ In April 2020, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope will celebrate
   30 years since its launch. ESA/Hubble has produced a commemorative
   calendar of the telescope’s Hidden Gems that is now available for
   everyone to use and enjoy. See:

+ Opensource.com has published 12 open source resources for kids and
   young adults to learn from open source technology:

+ Did you ever dream of being a NASA astronaut? This spring, NASA once
   again will be accepting applications for New Astronauts! Stay tuned
   to http://nasa.gov/astronauts for upcoming information on how you
   can explore places like the Moon and Mars.

+ The Signal Path presents, "Tutorial on Theory, Characterization &
   Measurement Techniques of Phase Noise" in a video posted at:

+ If phase noise doesn't keep you up at night you've probably found
   yourself wondering why do mirrors flip left & right but not up and
   down? A video giving you the answer that this has to do with specu-
   lar reflection, mirrors being like windows into another world like
   alternate universes, just with in and out flipped! There's your
   answer! Have a good night after you watch at:



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Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
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Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership

73 and remember to behave and to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat dot org

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