• [ANS] ANS-185 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Mark Johns, K0JM@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jul 4 08:26:18 2021
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    In this edition:

    * "Clean Sweep" on Satellites Possible in 2021 13 Colonies Event
    * MIR-SAT1 Designated as MIRSAT-OSCAR 112 (MO-112)
    * Youth on the Air Camp 2021 to be On the Satellites
    * The AMSAT-SA Space Symposium on 10 July
    * VUCC Awards-Endorsements for July 1, 2021
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for June 30, 2021
    * NASA to Air Departure of SpaceX Cargo Dragon from Space Station
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-185 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 185
    From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
    712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
    Washington, DC 20002

    DATE 2021 July 4

    "Clean Sweep" on Satellites Possible in 2021 13 Colonies Event

    The 2021 edition of the annual 13 Colonies special event is July 1,
    2021-1300 UTC to July 8, 2021-0400 UTC. This year, a "clean sweep"
    (working stations in all 13 states that were the original 13 U.S. Colonies)
    is possible via satellite! Yes, one or more stations in each state have volunteered to be active on the satellites this year.

    More info on 13 Colonies is at http://www.13colonies.us/ including
    information on the exchange, logging, individual state QSLs, and
    certificates. DXsummit is recommended for spotting, and many of the
    satellite ops are active on Twitter and self-spot there as well.

    The special event stations will identify with special calls as follows:
    K2A - New York
    K2B - Virginia
    K2C - Rhode Island
    K2D - Connecticut
    K2E - Delaware
    K2F - Maryland
    K2G - Georgia
    K2H - Massachutsets
    K2I - New Jersey
    K2J - North Carolina
    K2K - New Hampshire
    K2L - South Carolina
    K2M - Pennsylvania
    WM3PEN - Philadelphia bonus station
    GB13COL - Great Britain bonus station
    TM13COL - France bonus station

    [ANS thanks Steve Greene, KS1G (one of the K2B/Virginia activators) for the above information]


    MIR-SAT1 Designated as MIRSAT-OSCAR 112 (MO-112)

    On June 22, 2021, MIR-SAT1 was deployed from the International Space
    Station by JAXA. MIR-SAT1 is a project of the Mauritius Research and
    Innovation Council and carries a digipeater and camera experiment. Further information is available at https://spacemauritius.com.

    At the request of the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council, AMSAT
    hereby designates MIR-SAT1 as MIRSAT-OSCAR 112 (MO-112). We congratulate
    the owners and operators, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and wish them a long mission and continued success on
    this and future projects.

    ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator, for the above information.

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    Youth on the Air Camp 2021 to be On the Satellites

    The first Youth on the Air (YOTA) camp for young radio amateurs in North, Central, and South America begins on July 11 in West Chester, Ohio. Among
    other activities, campers will be operating special event station W8Y from
    both the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester Township and from the camp hotel. The camp will run until July 16.

    "We are at 23 campers," said Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. "We are very excited to finally bring this program to the Americas. Our young people are bringing an incredible lineup of hands-on sessions for their peers. We hope this pilot gives us the information we need to replicate this camp over multiple locations for years to come. We also hope this brings a more
    robust community of young hams into amateur radio."

    The long-awaited summer camp for up to 30 hams aged 15 through 25 had been
    set to take place in June 2020, but it had to be rescheduled until summer
    2021 because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns. The camp for young hams in the Americas took its cue from the summer Youngsters on the Air camps held for
    the past few years in various IARU Region 1 countries.

    W8Y will be on the air as campers complete projects, between sessions, and during free time. Dedicated operating times on HF will be Monday, July 12,
    0100 - 0330 UTC; Tuesday, July 13, 0000 - 0330 UTC and 1800 - 2130 UTC. Dedicated satellite station operating times will be Thursday, July 15, 1400
    - 1700 UTC, and Friday, July 16, 1500 - 1700 UTC.

    An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact is currently set for either Wednesday, July 14, at 1503 UTC, or KM4BUN
    operates as K8O during YOTA Month 2020.

    Thursday, July 15, at 1416 UTC. It will be streamed live on the Youth on
    the Air YouTube channel. The camp opening observance on Sunday, July 11,
    2100 - 2230 UTC, will feature keynote speaker Tim Duffy, K3LR. The
    hour-long closing ceremony on Friday, July 16, will get under way at 1700
    UTC. The YouTube channel will also feature a daily video highlighting the activities of the previous day.

    ARRL and The Yasme Foundation donated project kits for the campers. X
    Tronics provided temperature-controlled soldering stations. The brochure on
    the Youth on the Air website includes more details about the camp. For additional information, contact Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

    [ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]

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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.

    The AMSAT-SA Space Symposium on 10 July

    The programme for the 2021 AMSAT SA Space Symposium has been published on
    the SARL and AMSAT SA websites.

    Attendance for AMSAT SA and SARL members is free. There is a small charge
    for non-members.
    The symposium will be held on the BlueJeans platform starting at 08:00 UTC
    on Saturday 10 July 2021.

    The keynote address will be delivered by Val Munsami, the CEO of the South African National Space Agency. Dr Gary Immelman ZS6YI will talk about a
    novel way to get going on QO-100, amateur radios first geostationary

    Dr Pierre Cilliers will talk about space weather activities at SANSA in Hermanus, Dr Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, lead of the HAMSci in the USA will present a paper entitled "The Ionosphere from your Backyard", Hannes
    Coetzee, ZS6BZP and Anton Janovsky, ZR6AIC will review the development of AfriCUBE and Burns Fisher, WB1FJ of AMSAT NA will talk about Raspberry Pi
    in my shack, a push-button user interface".

    More details about the presentation will be released in the coming week.
    Keep an eye on http://www.amsatsa.org.za/

    [ANS thanks Southgate ARC 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!



    VUCC Awards-Endorsements for July 1, 2021

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

    Congratulations to Christy KB6LTY on achieving the AMSAT GridMaster!

    CALL June July

    K8YSE/7 842 872
    KK5DO 781 793
    NS3L 695 697
    WD9EWK (DM43) 650 655
    N9IP 635 640
    PS8ET 550 600
    VE6WK 404 512
    VE1VOX 400 507
    KF6JOQ 453 503
    WB7VUF 404 455
    W8LR 425 453
    AK8CW DM37 425 451
    KS1G 427 451
    K5TA 400 450
    KC7JPC New 399
    VE4MM New 350
    VE1CWJ New 335
    KN2K 253 300
    N7ZO 275 300
    AB1OC 267 285
    EA2AA 251 280
    N8URE (FM19) 263 279
    KK4CF 100 200
    K3HPA 150 176
    RA3DNC 142 156
    N8MR 115 154
    KC1MMC New 150
    N1KM New 150
    VE3KY 128 150
    WA7HQD 149 150
    WD9EWK (DM54) 125 145
    KC2JED New 132
    DL1DUO New 130
    HC2FG New 130
    WD9EWK (DM45) 106 127
    DF2PI New 116
    N2VAJ New 103
    KE7RTB 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 a lot of the work!

    [ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN, for the above information]

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    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for June 30, 2021

    MIR-SAT1 (Mauritian Infra-Red Satellite 1) was launched from the Japanese
    ISS Kibo module at 10:55 UTC on 6-22-2021.

    MIR-SAT1 has been identified as NORAD Cat ID 48868 as per Pierros Papadeas, SV1QVE and Nico Janssen, PA0DLO.

    The current TLE for MIR-SAT1 per Space-Track are as follows:

    1 48868U 98067SP 21179.69602259 .00013025 00000-0 23878-3 0 9995
    2 48868 51.6439 285.7711 0003006 182.6608 177.4342 15.49640979 1031

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


    NASA to Air Departure of SpaceX Cargo Dragon from Space Station

    NASA’s SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter, loaded with approximately 5,0
    pounds of scientific experiments and other cargo from the International
    Space Station, will depart Tuesday, July 6, bound for a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday, July 8, completing the company’s 22nd comm
    resupply services mission for NASA.

    Live coverage of the departure will begin at 14:45z Tuesday, July 6, on
    NASA Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app. NASA will
    provide coverage of the splashdown.

    Ground controllers at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, will command Dragon
    to undock from the space-facing port on the station’s Harmony modul
    e at
    15:00z, with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough monitoring aboard the station.
    The cargo craft will physically separate from the station five minutes
    later before firing its thrusters to move a safe distance away prior to a deorbit burn that will begin its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.
    is expected to make its parachute-assisted splashdown around 04:00z
    Thursday, July 8.

    Splashing down off the coast of Florida enables quick transportation of the science aboard the capsule to NASA’s Space Station Processing Facil
    ity at
    the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and back into the han
    ds of
    the researchers. This shorter transportation time frame allows researchers
    to collect data with minimal sample exposure to gravity.

    Dragon launched June 3 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A
    at Kennedy, arriving at the station a little less than 16 hours later. The spacecraft delivered more than 7,300 pounds of research investigations,
    crew supplies, and vehicle hardware to the orbiting outpost. Dragon
    external cargo “trunk” carried six new ISS Roll-Out Solar A
    rrays (iROSAs),
    two of which Expedition 65 crew members Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet, an
    ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut, installed during three spacewalks
    June 16, 20, and 25.

    Some of the scientific investigations Dragon will return to Earth include:

    * Lyophilization-2 examines how gravity affects freeze-dried materials and could result in improved freeze-drying processes for pharmaceutical and
    other industries. Freeze-drying also has potential use for long-term
    storage of medications and other resources on future exploration missions.
    * Molecular Muscle Experiment-2 tests a series of drugs to see whether
    they can improve health in space, possibly leading to new therapeutic
    targets for examination on Earth.
    * Oral Biofilms in Space studies how gravity affects the structure, composition, and activity of oral bacteria in the presence of common oral
    care agents. Findings could support development of novel treatments to
    fight oral diseases such as cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis.

    Learn more about SpaceX missions for NASA at: https://www.nasa.gov/spacex

    [ANS thanks NASA for the above information]



    Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between
    amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with
    astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The
    downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

    Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2021-07-01 04:30 UTC

    Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

    TBD, Russia, direct via TBD
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
    The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
    The scheduled cosmotronaut is Pyotr Dubrov
    Contact is a go for 2021-07-14 20:10 UTC

    Watch for possible operation mode change sometime after ARRL Field Day.
    Exact date and time TBD but it will probably be after the week of
    2021-07-12 to 2021-07-18.

    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]

    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

    Upcoming Roves:
    Quick Hits:

    WY7AA: FI will be in FN02 starting 6/6 for a few weeks. Operating Sats.
    holiday style. If you need FN01, FN02, FN03, FN12 please let me know and we
    can try to set something up. FN01,03, and 12 will likely each be one day
    roves. FM and SSB

    ND0C and KE0WPA: In June @kylee_ke0wpa and I, along with our resident photojournalist (Mom/Amy), will be taking a family excursion to the
    southwest and working some sats as time permits. Here are the less commonly worked grids from which we plan to operate. We will hit other grids too.
    DM67 6/15 – 6/17, DM56 6/18, DM45 6/19, DN63 7/2, DN64 7/2 & 7/3

    N5LEX: CN98 last week of June.

    VP2V/K3TRM: I will be operating from Tortola, British Virgin Islands as VP2V/K3TRM on July 4-17, 2021. Activity will be on 40-6M SSB & digital, and satellite.

    DM62: K5TA, tentatively planning for DM62 ~9-July, when there are are
    several good passes mid-day, making it a doable day-trip.

    EN57/67: @SeanKutzko KX9X and @Nancy_N9NCY will celebrate Sean’s bi
    in the Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula July 15-19. Look for them on F
    M and
    SSB satellites, with the possibility of some Parks On The Air activity as

    Major Roves:

    July 6-7 DN43 with a daytime rove to DN42/43/52/53 corner on 7/7
    July 10 DN24 daytime passes
    July 11 DN25 daytime passes
    July 12 DN27 with a guest Gridmaster hopefully
    July 13-16 DN28 holiday style
    July 17 DN38 holiday style
    July 18 DN47/48 daytime passes
    July 21-23 DN54 holiday style
    July 25-27 DN64 holiday style
    July 30-31 DN63 holiday style

    July 7, 10, 11, 18 will all be planned trips just for Sat passes FM and
    SSB. I will try to publish passes ahead of time on Twitter and QRZ. The remainder of the trip will be camping in remote areas with little to no internet or Twitter. I will get info out as I can, but I won’t be
    able to
    setup skeds ahead of time. Lots of POTA activations on Sats and HF as well

    Please submit any additions or corrections to Ke0pbr (at) gmail.com

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


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

    Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in space?

    AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

    AMSAT Ambassador and ARRL registered instructor Clint Bradford, K6LCS, is certainly keeping busy! He reports a long list of completed online presentations. Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun “How
    to Work
    the Easy Satellites” Zoom presentation would be appropriate for you
    convention or club? Always includes are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and
    ARISS … and pre-presentation questions are solicited and welcome. S
    Clint an email or call!

    Clint Bradford K6LCS
    909-999-SATS (7287)

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


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + AMSAT is pleased to announce that the 39th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium
    and Annual General Meeting will be held in late October at the Crowne Plaza Suites: MSP Airport - Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Crowne Plaza Suites is conveniently located adjacent to the American Blvd station
    on the Metro Blue Line, providing easy access to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, downtown Minneapolis, and the Mall of America. The
    AMSAT Board of Directors will meet prior to the Symposium. Further details, including final dates, hotel reservation details, tours, and other events
    will be shared in the coming months. (ANS thanks the 2021 Symposium
    Committee for the above information)

    + D-Orbit, a European launch services company, has announced that they have launched the first "amateur" satellite from the nation of Kuwait. The
    launch was carried out on June 30 by a SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. The satellite, named “QMR-K
    means “Moon of Kuwait”, translated from Arabic, appears to
    have been built
    commercially. It will transmit 9600 bps GMSK, as well as Morse ID of
    LZ0KWT, and a recording of the Kuwait National Anthem on 436.5 MHz. There
    is no record of international frequency coordination with the IARU. More information at https://www.orbitalspace.org/qmr-kwt (ANS thanks D-Orbit
    for the above information)

    + On the same June 30 SpaceX launch, which carried a total of 88 small satellites into orbit, was Painani-II, a 3U cubesat built by the University
    of the Mexican Army and Air Force. It will transmit telemetry, images, and
    AX25 packet on IARU-coordinated frequencies of 437.475 and 2410.300 MHz.
    (ANS thanks Spaceflight.com and IARU for the above information)

    + The ANS search engines have turned up myriad references to amateur
    satellites across the news media this week. Small town papers around the country picked up news releases from ham groups who were anxious to get the media contact bonus points added to their Field Day logs. It appears that
    many of these releases mention satellites for the "cool factor," even when
    no satellite operation actually took place. Misinformation was abundant in
    the published articles. But as they say, any publicity is good publicity!
    (ANS thanks Mark Johns, K0JM, for the above information)

    + The Mauritius Amateur Radio Society (MARS) is still anxious for telemetry reports from the MIR-SAT 1 satellite launched on June 22. MIR-SAT 1
    transmits on 436.925 MHz and decoders are available for download at https://github.com/daniestevez/gr-satellites/blob/master/python/telemetry/m irsat1.py
    (Thanks to Daniel Estevez, EA4GPZ) or https://www.g0kla.com/pacsat/index.ph
    (Thanks to Chris Thompson, AC2CZ). All received data should be uploaded to Satnogs.org, and award certificates may be received in exchange by applying
    to https://bit.ly/3qKyb0Q (ANS thanks Jean Marc Momple, 3B8DU, for the
    above information)

    + The first three "taikonauts" (as Chinese astronauts are often known)
    aboard China's Tiangong space station are enjoying a menu of more than 120 dishes. Meals include shredded pork in garlic sauce, kung pao chicken,
    black pepper beef, pickled cabbage and many more. The foods are usually
    solid, boneless, in small pieces and selected to meet the astronauts'
    personal tastes. CCTV also reports that astronauts use condiments such as
    pork sauce and Sichuan pepper sauce to help adjust to the temporary loss of sense of taste experienced in microgravity. The space agency also boasted
    that the station is equipped with a microwave oven, so that the crew can
    enjoy their food hot. (ANS thanks space.com for the above information)

    + Wally Funk, age 82, a pilot with more than 19,600 flight hours and best
    known as one of the "Mercury 13" group of women who passed NASA astronaut medical exams in the 1960s, will be on the first crewed New Shepard flight
    July 20, along with billionaire Jeff Bezos. NASA made no effort to fly the Mercury 13 women, and did not formally select any female astronauts until
    Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in June 1983. Funk will
    now be the oldest person yet to fly into space. (ANS thanks Spacenews.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 Store.

    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. Contact info [at]
    amsat.org for additional student membership information.

    73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
    This week's ANS Editor, Mark Johns, K0JM
    k0jm at amsat dot org

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