• [ANS] ANS-234 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Mark Johns, K0JM@21:1/5 to All on Sun Aug 22 07:12:17 2021
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    In this edition:

    * Contacts Completed Successfully Through AO-109
    * Registration Now Open for AMSAT Space Symposium
    * 2021 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Being Held
    * AMSAT Awards Update
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-234 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
    712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
    Washington, DC 20002

    DATE 2021 Aug 22

    Contacts Completed Successfully Through AO-109

    Several amateurs have reported successful operation through the AO-109 satellite, even though the satellite's power output has been determined to
    be less than 10 milliwatts.

    Carlos Cardon, W7QL in DN40, completed a contact with Dave Beumer, W0DHB in DN70, on August 12 using FT4. They repeated with additional QSOs on August
    15 and 18. Also on August 15, W7QL completed a contact with Alan Bowker,
    WA6DNR in CM87 using FT4. Further, W0DHB and Mark Johns, K0JM in EN35, completed an FT4 QSO through the satellite on August 18, and repeated with
    a second QSO on August 19.

    Carlos noted, "Based upon our testing the past couple of days, I think FT4
    QSOs should be consistently achievable on this satellite."

    These contacts have been an extension of digital mode experiments via
    satellite involving a larger number of stations, as reported earlier and in greater detail in the May/June 2020 issue of The AMSAT Journal.

    The stations involved have been fairly typical satellite setups without
    exotic additions. W7QL reports "using my IC-9700 (in Data mode, full power)
    and LEO-Pack antenna, with SatPC32 and WSJT-X." W0DHB, WA6DNR, and K0JM are using FlexRadio transcievers with transverters.

    All report using 75-100 watts of transmit power to get signals through
    AO-109, although care is taken to reduce power to 1 or 2 watts when using digital modes on other linear satellites, such as RS-44. While FT4 activity
    is generally at the low end of the downlink passband on other linear
    satellites (5 kHz above the bottom passband limit), activity on AO-109 has
    been on a downlink frequency of 435.770 (5 kHz below transponder center).

    Several other stations have reported experimenting with CW on AO-109. Take Tone, JK2XXK in PM85, completed a CW QSO with Tetsurou Satou, JA0CAW in
    PM97, on May 1, and other contacts among Japanese amateurs have followed.
    John Papay, K8YSE, Doug Tabor, N6UA, and Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, in addition
    to W7QL and W0DHB, have reported hearing or experimenting with CW on the
    bird in North America. K8YSE in EN91 and Stephan Greene, KS1G in FM18,
    reported a completed CW QSO on August 21.

    Mark Hammond, N8MH, AMSAT Director and Command Station, has also been
    paying close attention to AO-109 signals. He notes, "All you need is to use
    AF from the built in sound cards of the 9700, directly into WSJT-X, over
    USB cable. Then, have the radio use USB-D and LSB-D modes. It will probably give you a little better signal to noise I think? Seeing 3 kHz of the transponder downlink is plenty. Doppler correction is important, especially around TCA. Tell SatPC32 under the CAT tab to do Intervals of "0 Hz" for
    SSB/CW and use a Speed of x5."

    [ANS thanks Carlos Cardon, W7QL, for the above information]

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    Registration Now Open for AMSAT Space Symposium

    The 39th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting will be held
    Friday through Sunday, October 29-31, 2021, at the Crowne Plaza AiRE in Bloomington, Minnesota.

    Registration is now open for the event at https://launch.amsat.org/Events Student registrations are available at $40, and General registration is at
    $75. Registration for the Saturday evening Symposium Banquet is an
    additional $55. Full details are available at the registration website.

    The Crowne Plaza AiRE is located at 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN
    55245, adjacent to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and only steps away from the METRO Blue Line’s American Blvd. stop. Nearby s
    and tourist attractions include Mall of America, SEA LIFE at Mall of
    America, Nickelodeon Universe, and the Minnesota Zoo.

    The Symposium includes presentations, exhibit space, and the AMSAT Annual General Meeting. The preliminary schedule is presented at https://launch.amsat.org/event-4414716

    The AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting will be held before the Symposium,
    October 28-29, at the same hotel.

    Those attending may make hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly
    at (952) 854-9000 or (877) 424-4188 (toll free) or online by visiting crowneplazaaire.com. The group name is Amateur Satellite Group.

    Platinum and Titanium members of the AMSAT President's Club receive free admission to the Symposium and receive a complimentary lunch with the
    President on Saturday afternoon. Please email members@amsat.org to arrange registration.

    Presenters are invited to participate at the Symposium and/or submit a
    paper to the Symposium Proceedings. Read the Call for Papers at https://www.amsat.org/2021-amsat-symposium-proceedings-call-for-papers/ for more information.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT 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.

    2021 AMSAT Board of Directors Election Being Held

    The nomination period for the 2021 Board of Directors Election ended on Jun
    15, 2021. The following candidates have been duly nominated and their
    candidate statements can be found at link that follows:

    Joseph Armbruster, KJ4JIO
    Robert Bankston, KE4AL
    Jerry Buxton, N0JY
    Zach Metzinger, N0ZGO

    In accordance with our Bylaws, AMSAT must hold an election, even though we
    have four nominations for four open Director positions. As such, we will
    host electronic voting on our Member Portal this year, at no cost to the organization. Voting is now open and will close on September 15, 2021.

    When members click on the poll link, they will see their ballot (poll question). After choosing from the possible options, click the Submit butto
    to cast your vote. Unlike many online polls, the results of all votes cast,
    up to the point of your vote, will not be displayed. AMSAT members can only vote once. If you click the poll link again after already voting, a vote submitted message will be displayed. As four seats on the Board of Director
    are up for election this year, all four candidates will be seated on the
    Board when the voting period concludes on September 15, 2021.

    To read candidate biographies see:

    AMSAT members may access their ballots at: https://launch.amsat.org/Sys/Poll/25943

    [ANS thanks Jeff Davis, KE9V, AMSAT Secretary, 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, now manifested for launch on
    NASA's ELaNa 46 mission. Come along for the ride. The journey will be
    worth it!



    AMSAT Awards Update

    Here are the latest award updates for the first half of the year, plus a

    AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award for making their first satellite QSO

    John Wedge, VA6WEG
    Brandon Coon, KI5MJH
    Davy Jacobs, ON8ZJ
    Ryan Frederick, K7NZE
    Peter Spinelli, N4YOT
    John Hutchison, KI5NYZ
    Allen Beard, K4WSD
    David Johnston, WD6AOE


    AMSAT Communications Achievement Award

    Martin Schuette, N9EAT, #633
    Stephen DeVience, N8URE, #634
    Dave Lane, KB0RFY, #635
    Allen Beard, K4WSD, #636
    Wes Baden, NA1ME, #637
    Thomas Talley, K0CFI, #638


    AMSAT Sexagesimal Satellite Communications Achievement Award

    Martin Schuette, N9EAT, #190
    Stephen DeVience, N8URE, #191
    Wes Baden, NA1ME, #192


    AMSAT Century Award

    Martin Schuette, N9EAT, #57
    Wes Baden, NA1ME, #58


    AMSAT South Africa Satellite Communications Achievement Award

    Martin Schuette, N9EAT, #US236
    Stephen DeVience, N8URE, #US237
    Dave Lane, KB0RFY, #US238
    Allen Beard, K4WSD, #US239
    Wes Baden, NA1ME, #US240
    Thomas Talley, K0CFI, #US241


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

    Ken Bodholt, KI7UXT #US104 upgraded to 4,000
    Bernd Scholer, DL6IAN #US116 upgraded to 3,000
    Michael Mark, VE4MM, #117 upgraded to 2,000
    Stephen DeVience, N8URE, #US118
    Larry Callahan, KF6JOQ, #US119


    AMSAT Rover Award

    Rover Call
    #57 ND9M/MM
    #58 LA9XGA
    #59 WI7P
    #60 KF6JOQ


    GridMaster Award

    GridMaster Call
    #27 W9TWJ
    #28 W5RKN
    #29 KI7UXT
    #30 K8YSE/7
    #31 KB6LTY
    #32 KC9ELU

    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]

    Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
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    from our Zazzle store!
    25% of the purchase price of each product goes
    towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space


    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.

    The next scheduled contact is with Carl Fuhlrott-Gymnasium, Wuppertal,
    Germany, direct via DN1CFG. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS. The scheduled astronaut is Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI. The contact is
    go for: Monday, 2021-08-23 07:54:53 UTC, 81 degrees maximum elevation over Germany.

    The ARISS station is currently supporting packet operation (145.825 MHz up
    & down). Next mode change is to cross band repeater after the school
    contact on Aug 23 (after 08:05 UTC). The station will power down for
    upcoming U.S. EVA [spacewalk] on August 24. Shutdown scheduled for about
    19:00 UTC Aug 23. Power up scheduled for 07:45 UTC Aug 25.

    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

    WL7T will be putting a number of Alaska grids on the air, August 21-27:
    BP44, BP45, BP46, BP47, BP54, BP55, BP57, BP58, BP59, BP64, BP65, BP75,
    BP84, BP85

    VE7KPM: CN78, upcoming. 9/2 approx.

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


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

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

    Ambassador Clint Bradford, K6LCS, has online presentations scheduled for
    the following clubs:
    Sonoma (CA) ARC
    STARS - Easy Coast
    Fairlawn NJ
    Portland OR
    Longmont CO
    SW Florida
    Contact Clint at http://www.work-sat.com or by phone at 909-999-SATS (7287)
    to arrange a presentation.

    The 2021 HamXposition is taking place September the 11th and 12th, in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The convention has a new home at the Best
    Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center. If you would like to volunteer at
    the booth contact Phil Smith w1eme at amsat.org.

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the 39th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual
    General Meeting
    October 29-31, 2021
    Crowne Plaza AiRE
    3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55245.
    Complete information and registration at tinyurl.com/ANS-227-SYMPOSIUM.

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


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + The previously announced schedule of FCC amateur radio application fees likely will not go into effect before 2022. FCC staff confirmed during a
    recent virtual meeting with Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) that the agency is still working on the necessary changes to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) software and other processes and procedures that must be in
    place before it starts collecting fees from amateur applicants. Once it's effective, a $35 application fee will apply to new, modification (upgrade
    and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign
    applications. (ANS thanks ARRL for the above information.)

    + AMSAT-DL reports the antenna used by DP0GVN in Antarctica for the QO-100 geostationary satellite amateur radio transponder is completely destroyed. According to the Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI), a severe winter storm hit
    Atka Bay (Antarctica) at the end of last week. Unfortunately, the satellite antenna for the geostationary QO-100 amateur radio satellite was also completely destroyed during the storm, despite the weatherproof radome, so
    no school contacts with DP0GVN can take place until further notice.
    AMSAT-DL and AWI hope to erect a new antenna early next year, in particular
    to continue the very successful contacts with schools. (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK
    and AMSAT-DL for the above information.)

    + NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, and astronaut Akihiko Hoshide,
    KE5DNI, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday, Aug. 24, for a spacewalk to install
    a support bracket in preparation for future installation of the orbiting laboratory’s third new solar array. NASA will discuss the upcoming
    spacewalk during a news conference at 1800z (2 p.m. EDT) Monday, Aug. 23.
    Live coverage of the news conference and spacewalk will air on NASA
    Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app. [Amateurs shoul
    d be
    aware that all amateur radio transmissions are powered off during
    spacewalks.] (ANS thanks NASA for the above information.)

    + The Ingenuity helicopter on Mars has now completed its 12th flight, where
    it acted as a scout, looking ahead for dangerous terrain for it’s p
    in crime, the Perseverance rover. The 4-pound autonomous rotocraft climbed
    over almost 10 meters (33 ft) high, and traveled a total of 450 meters
    (1,476 ft) in 169 seconds. It flew over the over an area dubbed the
    Seitah’ region of Mars, where Perseverance will explore. (ANS thank
    Universe Today for the above information.)

    + Scientists have spotted a previously unrecognized feature of our Milky
    Way galaxy: A contingent of young stars and star-forming gas clouds is
    sticking out of one of the Milky Way's spiral arms like a splinter poking
    out from a plank of wood. Stretching some 3,000 light-years, this is the
    first major structure identified with an orientation so dramatically
    different than the arm's. (ANS thanks Space Daily for the above

    + NASA is calling on all sixth through 12th-grade educators and students to submit experiments for possible suborbital flights as a way of gaining firsthand experience with the design and testing process used by NASA researchers. The NASA TechRise Student Challenge invites students to
    design, build, and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and
    high-altitude balloons. Each winning team will receive $1,500 to build
    their experiment and an assigned spot to test it on a NASA-sponsored
    suborbital flight. For details, see https://www.futureengineers.org/nasatechrise (ANS thanks NASA for the
    above information.)


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

    In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

    * Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
    * 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.
    * Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

    Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional 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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