• [ans] ANS-201 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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    The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and
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    group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in
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    Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
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    In this edition:

    * AMSAT Board of Directors Election Packages Mailed July 14
    * HO-107 is Back!
    * First Call for Papers - Virtual 2020 AMSAT Annual Meeting and
    Space Symposium
    * New D-STAR Reflector for AMSAT Use
    * SpaceX to Launch AMSAT-EA EASAT-2 and Hades Satellites
    * DARC Finds Unauthorized Transmissions in 144 MHz Satellite Band
    * 1240-1300 MHz Discussed at CEPT SE-40 Meeting
    * IARU Coordinates Two New Satellites
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * ARISS News
    * Satellite Shorts from All Over

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    ANS-201 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 201.01
    July 19, 2020
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    AMSAT Board of Directors Election Packages Mailed July 14

    Brennan Price, N4QX, AMSAT Secretary reports that the ballots,
    candidate statements, and return envelopes for the 2020 AMSAT Board
    of Directors Election were prepared by Paladin Commercial Printing of Newington, Connecticut. Paladin mailed the packages from Hartford,
    Connecticut, on Tuesday, July 14, to members of record on July 1.

    Non-US addresses were sent first class (the only option for
    overseas). US addresses were sent pre-sorted standard, which is
    routine for mail that requires a two-way response time measured in
    weeks, as this does.

    Allowing for postal delivery standards and guard time, the Secretary
    will not consider a ballot as lost in post any earlier than August 12
    (four weeks after the mailing). This timing permits a replacement
    ballot to be mailed first class in both directions, even
    internationally, with time to spare under prevailing postal delivery

    Paladin has shipped materials for 100 blank election packages to
    Price will use these materials to assemble and mail replacement or
    substitute packages as necessary. These requests and packages will be
    tracked and accounted against the voter list and returned ballots to
    guard against duplicates, and will be identifiable against the package

    mailed by Paladin for further verification and accounting by the
    tellers. Members desiring a replacement ballot package should contact
    Price no earlier than August 12.

    The package is clearly labeled as election-related and contains:

    1) An instruction and ballot sheet, with the ballot perforated,
    2) A sheet of candidate statements, and
    3) A No 9 return envelope, which bears the address to which ballots
    should be returned and the member's name and address for
    verification against the voter list and any replacement ballot

    Secrecy at the time of counting will be maintained by separating the
    ballot from the envelope without inspection, placing the ballot in a receptacle, and scrutinizing the ballots after all have been
    separated from the envelopes.

    Ballots should be returned in the return envelopes provided to arrive
    at the designated Post Office Box in Vienna, Virginia, by 5 p.m.
    Thursday, September 15, 2020. Separation of the ballots from the
    envelopes and counting will occur as soon thereafter as practicable,
    and no later than September 30.

    Brennan can be reached at brennanprice@verizon.net for a query about
    membership status at any time or a replacement ballot after
    August 12.

    [ANS thanks Brennan Price, N4QX, AMSAT Secretary for the above


    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
    is closed until further notice. For details, please visit


    HO-107 is Back!

    On the evening of July 17, 2020, Vlad Chorney, EU1SAT, tweeted
    "Husky-1 ACTIVE!" with a screenshot from FoxTelem showing that he had
    received telemetry from HO-107 (HuskySat-1) which had been silent for
    nearly two months. About an hour after EU1SAT's tweet, the satellite
    passed over the eastern United States and AMSAT command stations
    KO4MA and N8MH copied telemetry. On subsequent passes, the satellite
    was successfully commanded.

    Please continue to copy telemetry in FoxTelem. If you have removed
    HO-107 from your tracked satellites during its period of inactivity,
    please add it back. The transponder remains disabled while AMSAT
    Operations evaluates the telemetry from the satellite.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT Operations for the above information]


    First Call for Papers - Virtual 2020 AMSAT Annual Meeting and
    Space Symposium

    This is the first call for papers for the Virtual 2020 AMSAT Annual
    Meeting and Space Symposium to be held on October 17, 2020. Proposals
    for papers and symposium presentations are invited on any topic of
    interest to the amateur satellite community. Further details
    regarding the virtual event will be announced shortly. We request a
    tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, with the
    final copy to be submitted by October 5, 2020 for inclusion in the
    Symposium Proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to
    Dan Schultz at n8fgv(at)amsat.org

    [ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV, 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
    solar panels, propulsion, and attitude control. Come along for the
    ride. The journey will be worth it!



    New D-STAR Reflector for AMSAT Use

    It has been nearly two years since Walter Holmes, K5WH and friends
    created the AMSAT DMR Talkgroup 98006 and has been working with great
    success. About one year ago they created a YSF US AMSAT Reflector
    11689 to pull in others using Yaesu System Fusion digital radios. As
    these were working so well, they decided to bridge the two systems
    together so it would longer matter which of these digital
    technologies users had. Users could cross communicate between all
    users of both systems.

    After success with the DMR talkgroup and the YSF reflector for more
    than a year, there was plenty of interest in adding D-STAR capability
    to the same system.

    Walter is happy to announce the creation of a new D-STAR reflector
    for that purpose. It supports four different reflector names such as
    XLXSAT, XRFSAT, DCSSAT, and REFSAT that are all linked together so
    that all of these work the same. As most people that are familiar
    with D-STAR reflectors know, they usually have numbers for the
    reflectors, but it seemed more appropriate to switch from the number
    system to the Alpha name like SAT to make it easier to find in the

    For those using hotspots, they will need to refresh or update their
    Pistar or BlueDV host files to see these entries before they will see
    this one in the pull-down list.

    Walter adds, "We recommend that users use module C for the AMSAT
    conversations but several other modules are available if we find a
    need to stretch out a bit. But, the C module is the one also linked
    to a few other repeaters.

    "The D-STAR SAT reflector is not currently bridged into the system as
    are the DMR and YSF reflectors, but we hope to have that linked in
    very soon after a little more testing.

    "If you have D-STAR capability, we invite you to give it a try and
    see how it works for you."

    [ANS thanks Walter Holmes, K5WH for the above information]


    SpaceX to Launch AMSAT-EA EASAT-2 and Hades Satellites

    Spain's national amateur radio society URE says SpaceX expect to
    launch the EASAT-2 and Hades satellites in December 2020.

    AMSAT-EA, the URE satellite group, is building the satellites
    together with the European University of Madrid. The launch has been
    managed through the space broker Alba Orbital based in Glasgow.

    EASAT-2 and Hades will be launched into a sun-synchronous orbit
    between 500 km and 600 km and their main function is to act as analog
    and digital repeaters for radio amateurs. There is also a camera for
    SSTV transmissions provided by the Czech Republic that has already
    flown on the United States Marine Academy PSAT-2 satellite, and has
    now been adapted to fit into the PocketQube satellites.

    Both satellites are based on the PocketQube 1.5P (7.5 x 5 x 5 cm)
    architecture and represent an evolution of the previous GENESIS
    platform, whose GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N satellites are expected to
    fly before the end of the year with Firefly, in a joint collaboration
    with Fossa Systems and LibreSpace, which also launch their own
    satellites, all of them within the Picobus dispenser, developed by
    the latter.

    IARU has coordinated these frequencies:
    - Hades - uplink 145.925 MHz, downlink 436.888 MHz
    - EASAT-2 - uplink 145.875 MHz, downlink 436.666 MHz

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


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    DARC Finds Unauthorized Transmissions in 144 MHz Satellite Band

    The DARC reports unauthorized transmissions are taking place in the
    144 MHz satellite segment of the 2M amateur radio primary allocation.

    A translation of the DARC post reads:

    "In the 144.010 MHz to 144.020 MHz range, illegally operated
    transmitters are increasingly being operated as "water vitalizers"
    or "water energizers". The manufacturer specifies 144.015 MHz as the transmission frequency in its product description.

    "The DARC EMC department asks for further information with location
    information about conspicuous signals in this frequency range, in
    preparation for collective complaints.

    "The devices apparently generate fields with considerable field
    strength and a long range. The signals appear increasingly in the
    morning or in the evening. The illegal transmitters are typically in
    operation for 5 to 60 minutes (integer multiples of 5 minutes). The
    signal is generally very stable in frequency, but occasionally shows
    short-term fluctuations of up to a few 100 Hz. Otherwise the carrier
    is not further modulated.

    The frequency range 144.000 MHz to 146.000 MHz is assigned to the
    Amateur Radio service in Germany as the primary exclusive user."

    A video of the interference caused by these devices and a map showing
    some of the cases so far detected in Germany can be seen at https://www.darc.de/der-club/referate/emv/

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


    1240-1300 MHz Discussed at CEPT SE-40 Meeting

    The 69th meeting of CEPT ECC Working Group SE-40, held June 23-25,
    discussed the Amateur Radio 1240-1300 MHz band, the meeting documents
    are now available.

    Several contributions were received for the ECC Report dealing with
    the coexistence between the radionavigation-satellite service and the
    amateur service in the frequency band 1240 - 1300 MHz. The
    contributions were incorporated in the draft ECC Report. The CPG
    arrangements for the preparation of WRC-23 for AI 9.1 topic b) was

    The Russian Federation noted:
    - 1240-1260 MHz is by the GLONASS system
    - 1260-1300 MHz are used by EU's Galileo, Beijing's Beidou, Japan's
    QZSS and is planned to be used by Korea's KPS.

    Among the documents available in Input, Info and Minutes are:
    - SE40(20)052 Amateur Repeaters - IARU-R1
    - SE40(20)051 Section 2 update WI_39 - IARU-R1
    - SE40(20)050 Annex Draft report RNSS Amateur - Russian Federation
    - SE40(20)049 Suggestions for RNSS and Amateur Service Compatibility,
    Russian Federation
    - Info 1 Amateur repeaters 23 cm - IARU-R1
    - Info 3 Letter to SE40 chairman on updated of ITU-R M.1092 -
    European Commission
    - Minutes
    - SE40(20)56A3 (1) Draft Report Amateur vs RNSS

    Download the meeting documents from https://tinyurl.com/ANS-201-CEPT.

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


    IARU Coordinates Two New Satellites

    - HIAPO
    HIAPO is a 1U CubeSat mission that is a unique platform being
    used to provide engaging meaningful hands-on STEM curriculum for
    Hawaii students K-12. Part of this curriculum involves obtaining data
    about solar flares solar particle events and the disturbances of the
    Earth's magnetic field. The students can also collect data on solar
    events with relation to the propagation of radio waves reflected or
    refracted back towards the Earth from the ionosphere. During the
    lifespan of this mission that data will be available for amateur
    operators to download directly from the satellite.

    The Hawaii Science & Technology Museum was awarded a no-cost flight
    of the launch and a limited resources will not allow the development
    of an Amateur Radio digipeater. However if the launch date slips they
    plan to work with resources at AMSAT to develop a digipeater.
    Proposing a UHF downlink using 9k6 FSK with AX25. Planning a Firefly
    launch from Vandenberg in July 2020 into a 300 km orbit with 137
    degree inclination together with Serenity and Spinnaker 3. A downlink
    on 437.225 MHz has been coordinated.

    - VZLUSAT-2
    VZLUSAT-2 is 3U CubeSat project of the University of West Bohemia in
    Pilsen and Czech Aerospace Research Centre. Students from four Czech
    technical universities are involved along with members of an Amateur
    Radio community from The Czech Republic.

    The primary payload is the experimental Earth observation camera with
    an expected resolution around 30 to 50 m GSD. Secondary payloads of
    the mission are Radiation Orbital Monitor, Gama Ray Burst detector,
    X-ray detector and other sensors. This mission is fully open to Radio
    Amateurs who were also involved in the development of the satellite.

    The space segment uses two Amateur bands for communication: An S-band
    for payload data downlink (DVBS2 ETSI EN 302 307 standard, 2 MBd,
    QPSK), and UHF downlink beacon (GMSK 1200 Bd), telecommand uplink (
    GMSK, 1200 Bd - 9600 Bd) and telemetry downlink (GMSK 4800, 9600 Bd).
    All the information is in an open format and everything needed for
    decoding is or will be published at: https://www.pilsencube.zcu.cz/vzlusat2/transmission.pdf.

    Planning a launch from Cape Canaveral in the time window from
    December 2020 to March 2021 into SSO 500-600 km. A downlink on
    437.325 MHz has been coordinated.

    [ANS thanks the IARU 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 Satellite Operations

    Quick Hits:

    - Need Hawaii? On AO-7 Most days. NH7WN for a schedule.

    - EN85, 86 and maybe 75 and 76, July 11-25. @AA8CH for a schedule.

    - FN44/54, 7/22 - 7/31, KQ2RP: Just like last time, FM only.

    - FN11+21 then 12+22 grid lines, 7/25, @NS3L Steve is heading out to
    these lines. Schedule to come.

    - EN20/30 Line, July 28-31, @KX9X Sean is moving quickly towards
    his VUCC/R award by heading out again for two more grids. Watch his
    Twitter for details.

    - DM97/98 & EM08/09: Super Rover @AD0DX is heading out for the Kansas
    QSO party and N0E. More to come.

    Major Roves:

    - @WY7AA is heading out again!
    Mon 7/20 DN67/68. All SSB and FM passes from about 1600-0400.
    Tue 7/21 DN57/58. All SSB and FM passes from about 1600-0400.
    Wed 7/22 Travel day no sats.
    Thu 7/23 DN55/56. All SSB and FM passes from about 1600-0400.
    Fri 7/24 DN65/66. All SSB and FM passes from about 1600-0400.
    Watch his QRZ page for details and updates.

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


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

    No events posted.


    ARISS News

    No pending school operations.

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


    Shorts from All Over

    - Sean Kutzko, KX9X To Present "Working Satellites" at DXE Virtual
    Hamfest and DX Academy July 25, 2020

    Join Sean on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:15 EDT for his thirty-
    minute presentation on Amateur Radio satellites. Sean's presentation
    is part of the DX Engineering Virtual Hamfest and DX Academy. The
    event is free and open to all. Register at

    - Behind Scenes SpaceX Crew Dragon Mission You Haven't Seen

    NASA has just released a new video. It starts with "You saw history
    made with the first crewed launch and docking of the SpaceX Crew
    Dragon, but you didn't see the flurry of activity on board the
    International Space Station...until now.

    "Join Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy and his crew mates as
    they prepare their cameras to document the DM-2 launch, and look over
    their shoulders to witness the new American spacecraft dock to the
    station and deliver their new crew mates."

    Watch the twelve minute video at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-201-Dragon.

    [ANS thanks http://spaceref.com 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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