• [ANS] ANS-052 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Paul Stoetzer@21:1/5 to All on Sun Feb 21 11:07:55 2021
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    The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes
    news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities
    of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active
    interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog
    and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

    The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in
    Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

    Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor@amsat.org

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    In this edition:

    * Replays of AMSAT Presentations at HamCation Available
    * FO-29 March Operations Schedule
    * VUCC Awards-Endorsements for February 1, 2021
    * Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for February 18, 2021
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 052.01
    From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
    712 H Street NE Suite 1653
    Washington, DC 20002

    DATE 2021 Feb 21

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    Replays of AMSAT Presentations at HamCation Available

    AMSAT participated in the 2021 Virtual Orlando HamCation on Sunday,
    February 14, 2021. Replays of the presentations are available on YouTube:

    AMSAT CubeSat Simulator - Dr. Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT Vice President - Educational Relations

    AMSAT: Onward and Upward - Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT President https://www.youtube.com/watch?v74-Jpuu2I and continuing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?vX19ohrd-I

    AMSAT Engineering Updated - Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President - Engineering

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


    FO-29 March Operations Schedule

    All times are UTC
    The operation is until UVC (under-voltage control) operates. The battery
    dates from 1996, and cannot be fully charged. Note that this seldom allows
    for operation over North America.

    DD on times
    6 00:45- 02:30-
    7 01:35- 03:20-
    13 01:20- 03:05-
    14 00:25- 02:10-
    20 01:55- 03:40-
    21 01:00-
    27 00:45- 02:30-
    28 01:35- 03:20-

    [ANS thanks Akira Kaneko, JA1OGZ, for the above information]


    VUCC Awards-Endorsements for February 1, 2021

    Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the ARRL
    for the period January 1, 2021 through February 1, 2021. Congratulations to
    all those who made the list this month!

    CALL Jan Feb

    WA4NVM 1557 1568
    WD9EWK (DM43) 630 632
    VE7CEW 501 555
    NM3B 481 553
    N9FN 499 526
    N7EGY 502 501 ??
    ND0C 450 500
    AC9O 359 475
    W0NBC 435 437
    PV8DX 373 412
    KF6JOQ 353 403
    AK7DD 376 390
    W8LR 300 328
    S57NML 205 291
    K5ZM 179 277
    VE4MM 227 263
    VU2LBW 246 260
    VE6WQ New 232
    KV4T New 219
    DG7YEO New 217
    KF0QS 115 205
    NA1ME 175 200
    W4ALF 102 200
    WD9EWK (DM41) 176 187
    WA8ZID 126 176
    DG3YJB New 103
    HB9GWJ New 102
    VE6BMX New 102
    AA8CH (EN84) New 101
    AB0XE New 100
    KN4ZUJ New 100
    KS4YT 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]

    Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
    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.

    Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for February 18, 2021

    The following satellite has been added to this week's AMSAT TLE

    UVSQ-SAT - NORAD Cat ID 47438.
    Thanks to Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, for this satellite identification.

    Editor's Note: Per Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, the identification of UVSQ-SAT as object number 47438 is not yet certain as the distance between objects
    47438 and 47437 is less than 25 km. It may take several more weeks for the objects to separate enough to determine which is UVSQ-SAT with 100%

    [ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the above information]


    AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it all
    begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable sol
    panels, propulsion, and attitude control. Come along for the ride. The
    journey will be worth it!



    ARISS News

    The next contacts are probably going to be via the Kenwood TM-D710E radio located in the Service Module. You may or may not notice a difference in signal when compared to the Kenwood TM-710GA that is in the Columbus module

    John F Kennedy High School, Denver, CO, Multi-point telebridge via NA7V
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
    The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html
    The scheduled astronaut is Mike Hopkins KF5LJG
    Contact is go for: Wed 2021-02-24 18:41:13 UTC 48 deg

    Watch for live stream at: https://youtu.be/1RgszX0npbQ

    The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

    The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

    [ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors
    for the above information]


    Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
    Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
    from our Zazzle store!
    25% of the purchase price of each product goes
    towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space


    CAPE-3 CubeSat Launched

    The University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette student-built CAPE-3
    satellite was launched on January 17. A 1-U CubeSat, CAPE-3 includes a "digipeater and experimental UHF adaptive radio." An AX-25 telemetry
    downlink has been coordinated on 145.825 MHz and a 1k2 frequency-shift
    keying (FSK) downlink has been coordinated on 435.325 MHz, "which may burst
    to 100 kHz bandwidth," according to the IARU Amateur Satellite Coordination page.

    CAPE-3 is the third cube satellite in the CAPE series. The primary
    educational mission is to allow grade-school classrooms to access the Smartphone CubeSat Classroom, and run interactive experiments through an experimental smartphone ground-station grid.

    The secondary mission is to perform scientific experiments involving
    radiation detection and take pictures of Earth.

    The solar-powered spacecraft, created by UL Lafayette's CAPE Satellite
    Team, was launched with nine other CubeSats as part of NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program. A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket attached beneath a wing of a customized Boeing 747 was dropped high above
    the Pacific Ocean. It climbed about 225 miles above Earth and then ejected
    the satellite.

    Information on the ElaNa program can be found in PDF format at https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/lsp_elana_20_fact_shee t.pdf

    The CAPE satellites are named for the university's Cajun Advanced
    Picosatellite Experiment program, designed to prepare students for careers
    in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

    [ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    ****Watch Twitter, there are lots pop-up roves happening lately, and I
    can’t keep this page updated with all of them.****

    Spring Training Rove! KX9X will be heading down to Ft Myers, FL the week of March 7 for some sun and baseball. Will activate EL86 & 96 holiday style
    for sure, possibly a couple other grids as well. Linear/FM. Details soon.

    N6UA: I’ve had enough of the arctic zephyr … I’m he
    aded south. I don’t have
    exact details yet – but the plan is to rove to DM74 for passes on F
    19th. I’ll be overnight, so plenty of opportunities. Probably heade
    d down
    via the “7s” and home into the “8s”

    CM93 Possibility: N6DNM Very long shot, but might want to put it on your calendar for May 15th, if you can figure out where it is and for SOTA
    folks, that would be W6/SC-336, Santa Rosa Island, activated only once

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the above information]


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    AMSAT Ambassador and ARRL registered instructor Clint Bradford, K6LCS, is certainly keeping busy!

    He reports these upcoming satellite presentation dates …

    02/17 - St. George, Utah
    02/23 - Franklin, Indiana
    03/10 - Trenton, New Jersey
    03/11 - Clearwater, Florida
    03/13 - QSO TODAY 2021 Virtual Convention (https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/
    03/16 - Palm Springs, CA
    03/20 - Bonham, Texas
    04/01 - Orem, Utah
    06/15 - East Massachusetts

    … and more being scheduled.

    Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun “How to Work the Eas
    Satellites” Zoom presentation would be appropriate for your conven
    tion or
    club? Always includes are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS …
    pre-presentation questions are solicited and welcome.

    Send Clint an email or call!

    Clint Bradford K6LCS
    909-999-SATS (7287)

    [ANS thanks Clint Bradford, K6LCS, AMSAT Ambassador, and Paul Overn,
    KE0PBR, AMSAT Events Page Manager, for the above information]

    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + Virgin Orbit published a Payload Profiles video that showcases AO-109 (RadFxSat-2). The video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?vVSpX0vWJI&featureutu.be

    + The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars on February
    18, 2021. AMSAT-DL tracked signals from the cruise stage until the rover separated approximately 10 minutes before landing on their 20 meter dish at
    the Bochum Observatory. A replay is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v6CQLyS1Lo

    + EO-88 (Nayif-1) celebrated its 4th birthday on February 14th. Carrying a FUNcube linear transponder, the satellite continues to provide a high power telemetry downlink when in sunlight and a linear transponder for amateur
    radio operations in eclipse.

    + Several new products are available on the AMSAT Zazzle store, including a
    set of coasters, a watch, a t-shirt featuring the AMSAT round logo, and
    more. Check out the new items! 25% of the purchase price goes towards
    Keeping Amateur Radio in Space. https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

    + All issues of The AMSAT Journal dating back to 2014 are now available to AMSAT members on AMSAT’s new membership portal. The 1969-2013 archi
    ve will
    be added at a later date. All editions of AMSAT’s Symposium Proceed
    ings are
    also available for members. If you’re a current AMSAT member, get l
    ogged on
    today. If you are not yet a member, consider joining today at https://launch.amsat.org/

    + The 2020 edition of AMSAT’s Getting Started with Amateur Satellit
    es is
    now available on the AMSAT store. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite information, and is
    the premier primer of satellite operation. The book is presented in
    DRM-free PDF format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your
    first contacts on a ham radio satellite. The digital download is available
    for $15 at https://tinyurl.com/2020GettingStarted. The print edition is $30 plus shipping and is available at https://tinyurl.com/GS2020Print


    In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
    President’s Club. Members of the President’s Club, as susta
    ining donors to
    AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. President’s Club donations may be made at https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/

    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 6 post-secondary years in this status.

    Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

    73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space,

    This week’s ANS Editor,

    Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
    n8hm at amsat dot org

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