• [ANS] ANS-276 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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    In this edition:

    * Past AMSAT President and Director, and Amateur Satellite Pioneer Tom
    Clark, K3IO, SK
    * 2021 AMSAT Space Symposium to Honor the Late Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO
    * VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 1, 2021
    * Call for Papers for the AMSAT Space Symposium
    * October 1st JAXA Epsilon Launch Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Scrubbed, Launch Now October 3rd
    * Apogee View - From the July/August 2021 AMSAT Journal
    * Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for September 30, 2021
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-276 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2021 Oct 3

    Past AMSAT President and Director, and Amateur Satellite Pioneer Tom Clark, K3IO, SK

    AMSAT-NA Past President and ham radio satellite and digital pioneer Tom
    Clark, K3IO (ex-W3IWI), of Columbia, Maryland, died on September 28 after a short illness and hospital stay. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Clark
    accomplishments are legendary, and he left a lasting footprint in the
    worlds of amateur radio satellites and digital techniques.

    “His long-time technical achievements, mentoring to others, and tec
    leadership will be missed by his many peers and friends the world over,

    said Bob McGwier, N4HY.

    To honor Clark, AMSAT has rebranded its upcoming annual gathering as the
    2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting. It will take place on October 30 via Zoom. (AMSAT members may
    register to attend via AMSAT’s Membership and Event portal.) The ev
    ent will
    be livestreamed on AMSAT’s YouTube channel.

    A founding member of Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR), Clark was a
    co-founder of the TAPR/AMSAT DSP Project, which led to software-defined
    radio (SDR). He was a leader in the development of the AX.25 packet radio protocol. Clark served as AMSAT’s second President, from 1980 until
    He also served on the AMSAT and TAPR Boards.

    In concert with McGwier, Clark developed the first amateur Digital Signal Processing (DSP) hardware, including a number of modems. He developed the uplink receivers and the spacecraft LAN (local area network) architecture
    used on all the Microsats (AMSAT-OSCAR 16, Dove-OSCAR 17, WEBERSAT-OSCAR
    18, LUSAT-OSCAR 19, Italy-OSCAR 26, AMRAD-OSCAR 27, and TMSAT-OSCAR 31). McGwier said it was Clark who convinced him in 1985 that the future lay in

    “We started the TAPR/AMSAT DSP [digital signal processing] project,
    and it
    was announced in 1987,” McGwier recounted. “We showed in ou
    r efforts that
    small stations with small antennas could bounce signals off the moon, and, using the power of DSP, we could see the signals in our computer displays.

    This led to the software-defined transponder (SDX) for satellite work, including ARISSat and AMSAT’s Phase 3E.

    Clark received a doctorate in astrogeophysics from the University of
    Colorado. He went on to serve as Chief of the Astronomy Branch at NASA
    Marshall Space Flight Center and was a Senior Scientist at NASA Goddard
    Space Flight Center, where he was principal investigator for the Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) activity there.

    In 2005, Clark became the first non-Russian to be awarded a Gold Medal of
    the Russian Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the international
    VLBI network. He is a member of the 2001 class of CQ magazine’s Ama
    Radio Hall of Fame.

    In 2016, ARRL awarded Clark with its President’s Award, to recogniz
    e his 60
    years of advancing amateur radio technology. On that occasion, McGwier
    said, “There would be no AMSAT to inspire all of this work without
    Clark. Tom…saved the organization and inspired all of us to look to
    future and aim for the stars.”

    Clark was a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the International Association of Geodesy.

    [ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

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    2021 AMSAT Space Symposium to Honor the Late Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO

    The 2021 AMSAT 39th Annual Space Symposium and General Meeting has been
    renamed in honor of Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO (SK), Director Emeritus and
    President Emeritus of AMSAT and Amateur Radio satellite pioneer. Clark died
    on September 28th. He was 82.

    The 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium and Annual
    General Meeting will be held virtually on Zoom on October 30th. AMSAT
    members may register to attend via AMSAT's Member Portal, https://launch.amsat.org.

    The 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium will also be available to the general public as a livestream event on AMSAT's YouTube channel, https://youtu.be/RTvcceM7Tz0.

    Please join us to celebrate the many contributions of Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO,
    and the exciting opportunities of Amateur Radio in space.

    [ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT President, for the above


    VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 1,2021

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

    Congratulations to Douglas Tabor N6UA on achieving the AMSAT GridMaster

    CALL Sept. October

    K8DP 1262 1275 ex-KD8CAO
    N8RO 1105 1111
    N0JE 675 681
    ND0C 531 555
    KF6JOQ 503 553
    N4DCW 476 525
    VE1VOX 507 510
    WA4HFN 454 505
    K5TA 479 500
    W8LR 479 500
    KX9X 302 420
    DF2ET 300 400
    VE4MM 361 376
    EA2AA 346 375
    KX9X (EN50) 250 363
    KQ4DO 306 353
    KA9P 259 301
    AD5JK 102 263
    KD0ZW New 216
    XE2YWH 187 205
    VE3KY 182 201
    XE1MYO 100 200
    N8MR 154 175
    DG7RO New 172
    KN4ZUJ 100 170
    KC1MEB 102 168
    N8URE (EL95) 134 163
    N0RC 104 151
    N1DM New 151
    WD9EWK (DM25) New 120
    XE2YWH (DL82) New 110
    OE7BJT New 107
    XE2YWH (DL82) New 105
    9M2CQC New 104
    JH0BBE New 100
    W3VHF New 100
    XE2HWB 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]

    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.

    Call for Papers for the AMSAT Space Symposium Proceedings

    This is a call for papers for the 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting to be held virtually on the
    weekend of October 29-31, 2021.

    Proposals for symposium presentations are invited on any topic of interest
    to the amateur satellite community. We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, with final copy submitted by October 18
    for inclusion in the symposium proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be
    sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV 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 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!



    October 1st JAXA Epsilon Launch Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Scrubbed, Launch Now October 3rd

    The fifth launch of JAXA's Epsilon rocket was scheduled to take place on October 1st at 00:51 UTC. Due to ground equipment problems, the launch was scrubbed. The launch is now scheduled to occur at the time of release of
    this bulletin (00:00 UTC on October 3rd)

    This launch carries four amateur radio satellites: TeikyoSat-4(TS-4),
    Z-Sat, KOSEN-1, and NanoDragon.

    Information about these satellites can be found at the links that follow:

    Freq: 437.450 CW https://spacesystemsociety.jimdofree.com/projects/teikyosat-project/teikyos at-4-info/

    Freq: 145.875MHz CW https://twitter.com/KOMAKI_AMSATCOM/status/1443125922010308608

    Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club has an amateur radio station in Komaki City,

    The 50 kg class infrared observation microsatellite "Z-Sat" developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be launched by the Epsilon rocket on
    October 1st.

    After satellite separation, Z-Sat will start transmitting CW beacon of VHF band. The beacon signal is in Morse code and contains information such as satellite battery voltage. This information is very important as survival information immediately after the satellite is put into orbit.

    Therefore, if you can receive the beacon signal from the satellite
    immediately after the satellite launch, we would appreciate it if you could report it.

    Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club's twitter is open at the following address.

    Information on Z-Sat transmission frequency, data format, orbit TLE, etc.
    will be released in the future.


    Freq: 435.525MHz CW

    Freq: 437.365MHz 1.2k BPSK https://vnsc.org.vn/en/news-events/nanodragon-public-announcement/

    [ANS thanks Akira Kaneko, JA1OGZ, and Yasutaka Narusawa, JR2XEA, for the
    above information]


    Apogee View - From the July/August 2021 AMSAT Journal

    A Sustained FM Presence in LEO

    While our volunteer engineers focus their efforts on GOLF, developing the systems and technologies necessary for our path upward to HEO, we must not forget our responsibility to promote amateur radio satellites and encourage
    the next generation of operators and builders.

    Advancing the art and science is not enough. We also need to provide an
    easy entry point to amateur radio satellite communications to support of
    our space education and outreach activities.

    The Importance of EasySats

    AMSAT’s Echo (AO-51) and Fox-1 (AO-85, AO-91, and AO-92) satellites
    , as
    well as SaudiSat-1C (SO-50) have been the most widely used amateur
    satellites. What makes them so popular is their ability to provide basic
    radio communications, with very simple ground station equipment, and their
    ease of use. An FM repeater, even in a low Earth orbit (LEO), allows
    amateur radio operators to communicate over substantial distances using
    just a handheld transceiver (an HT) and a small handheld directional
    antenna. Cross-continental and, if you are lucky enough to live near the coast, transcontinental communications are possible.

    These so called “EasySats” have provided countless hours of
    enjoyment to
    thousands and thousands of amateur radio satellite operators around the
    world, making QSOs, chasing grids, and even just a chance to send out a
    casual hello to an old friend. More importantly, FM satellites are
    extremely valuable in providing an introduction to satellite communications
    and often used for demonstrations given at schools and public events.

    With AO-85’s battery failure and AO-91 and AO-92 on borrowed time,
    will soon find itself without an FM satellite in space. The time to act is now.

    The Proposal

    AMSAT’s Strategic Plan, Objective 4.1, FM Operations gives us fairl
    specific guidance: Develop, deploy, and support a series of 1u spacecraft
    to support continued FM amateur satellite operations in low Earth orbit.
    As such, any proposal must include a sustained FM presence in LEO.

    The Fox-1 CubeSat series taught us some valuable lessons. First, batteries
    in in a 1U CubeSat are more likely to have a three-year life span, rather
    than the expected five years. Keeping battery levels above the minimal
    voltage rating is critical. The popularity of AMSAT’s FOX-1 series
    especially at night, when the satellite was in eclipse, was the primary
    cause of their shortened battery life. Any proposal must include both
    battery management and battery failsafe. The design must include
    provisions that automatically switch the satellite to Low Power Mode
    (beacon and telemetry only), when the battery voltage drops to a cautionary level, and then automatically return to normal operations, when sufficient battery power is restored. In addition, the satellite must be designed so
    that when the battery fails, the transponder can continue to operate when
    the satellite is in sunlight. Similarly, the design should include an autonomous capability so that the FM repeater can operate without relying
    on ground control or a functioning processor in the command, control, and telemetry module. These safeguards and failsafes should extend the usable
    life of our satellites.

    Second, it is impossible to keep a strict schedule, when relying on a
    ride” under NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (El
    initiative. Once accepted into the program and manifested on a launch, you
    are at the mercy of the launch provider, and things don’t always go
    scheduled. Case in point, Fox-1D (AO-92) launched before Fox-1C (AO-95).
    To ensure the launch of one satellite every three years, we will need to purchase launches. In addition, we need to have a “flight spare
    standby in case there is an integration inspection issue with the primary satellite or a subsequent launch failure.

    The Challenges

    Every satellite project requires both people and funding. As mentioned already, all of our engineers are consumed by our GOLF program. This
    leaves us with either open-sourcing the project or purchasing a commercial, off-the-shelf satellite. Open-sourcing would work for the initial design process; however, there is no current precedent to allow the open-source building of a satellite under U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

    While there are many commercial companies that offer complete off-the-shelf
    1U CubeSat platforms, only one includes an FM repeater that meets our
    mission requirements. Purchasing a ready-to-fly CubeSat seems to be our
    best course of action, given AMSAT engineers’ focus on GOLF, but it
    at a cost.

    Two 1U FM CubeSats (flight model and flight spare), a 1U FM CubeSat
    engineering model (without solar panels) and a 500 KM, Sun-synchronous
    orbit launch will cost just over $283,000. Each additional launch, one
    every three years, will cost approximately $138,000, as we would only need
    to purchase one CubeSat and the launch.

    So that leaves us with the big question – How are we going to pay f
    or it?
    An FM satellite provides a world-wide benefit. Therefore, we need to
    conduct an international fundraising campaign, partner with other AMSAT organizations, and request funding from other organizations.

    The benefits of providing a sustained FM presence in LEO to promote and
    support amateur radio in space far outweighs the costs, especially when we implement a plan that allows our AMSAT engineers to continue their efforts
    on our path Onward & Upward.

    If approved by our Board of Directors, I hope you will support us.

    [ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT President, for the above


    Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for September 30, 2021

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

    CUTE - NORAD Cat ID 49263 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for the identification. Downlink frequencies of 437.24997 MHz and 2402.000 MHz have been IARU coordinated.)

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


    ARISS News

    Lycée Pierre Paul Riquet, St Orens De Gameville, France and CSUT Unive
    Space Center of Toulouse, Toulouse, France, Multi-point telebridge via

    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be FXØISS
    The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
    The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG

    Contact is go for: Sat 2021-10-02 12:40:14 UTC 34 deg

    Watch for Livestream at www.ariotti.com and

    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.

    Columbus Module radios:
    IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS - Configured. Supporting cross band
    (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down). Next mode change is to packet operation (145.825 MHz up & down) after the school contact on October 2.
    Power down for upcoming Soyuz docking on Oct. 05. Turning OFF Oct. 05 about 07:45 UTC. Back ON Oct. 05 about 18:50 UTC
    Power down for upcoming Soyuz undocking on Oct. 17.
    Power down for upcoming Progress relocate on Oct. 22-23.
    Supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

    Service Module radios:
    Kenwood D710E – STATUS - Radio usually off.
    Power down for upcoming Soyuz docking on Oct. 05. Turning OFF Oct. 05
    about 07:45 UTC.
    Power down for upcoming Soyuz undocking on Oct. 17.
    Power down for upcoming Progress relocate on Oct. 22-23.
    Supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts and SSTV.

    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

    K8BL: I’ll be going back to FN01, 02 & EN92 soon. Looking to do FN1
    4 this

    N4DCW: Looking like I’ll be in EM90 all next week 10/3-10

    N4DCW: Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 – EM85 Sat passes 1230Z-1400Z W4C/CM-036
    , Max
    Patch Mountain (8 pts) *Little/No cell coverage*

    VY0ERC in Nunavut (ER60) will be returning to the air between October 12,
    2021 and November 22, 2021, weather permitting.

    [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.

    2021 Wyoming ARRL Section Convention - Saturday, October 9, 2021

    Event Center at Archer
    3921 Archer Pkwy
    Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007


    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, 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

    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + JARL has released the FO-29 operation schedule for September. It can be
    found at https://www.jarl.org/Japanese/3_Fuji/fuji3-202108.htm

    + JAMSAT has released the FO-99 operation schedule for October. It can be
    found at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p27

    + Congratulations to Doug Tabor, N6UA, on receiving the 34th AMSAT
    GridMaster Award. The GridMaster Award is issued to amateurs who work and confirm QSOs via satellite with all 488 grid squares in the continental
    United States. More information at https://www.amsat.org/gridmaster/
    (Thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards)

    + An acrylic GridMaster desk plaque is now available on the AMSAT store for GridMaster Award recipients. https://www.amsat.org/product/amsat-gridmaster-acrylic-desk-plaque/


    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,

    Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
    n8hm at amsat dot org

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