• [ANS] ANS-304 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Mark Johns, K0JM@21:1/5 to All on Sun Oct 31 12:48:00 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
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    In this edition:

    * AMSAT Board of Directors Meets, Officers Elected
    * AMSAT Board of Directors Hears Various Reports
    * AMSAT Board of Directors Considers Various Proposals
    * 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium a Success
    * New Version of WSJT-X Available
    * FO-29 operation schedule for Nov. 2021
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-304 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2021 Oct 31

    AMSAT Board of Directors Meets, Officers Elected

    The AMSAT Board of Directors, including newly elected Board members, met
    via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 29. The day-long meeting included the election of officers for the 2022 year. Elected were:

    * President, Robert Bankston, KE4AL
    * Executive Vice President, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
    * Vice-President Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY
    * Vice-President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
    * Vice-President of User Services, vacant
    * Vice-President Educational Relations, Alan Johnston, KU2Y
    * Vice-President Development, Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
    * Secretary, vacant
    * Treasurer, Steve Belter, N9IP

    The Board Meeting was livestreamed on YouTube and open to public view.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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    AMSAT Board of Directors Hears Various Reports

    The AMSAT Board of Directors, including newly elected Board members, met
    via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 29. The day-long meeting included hearing reports
    on a vast array of projects and initiatives from officers and team leaders:

    * President Robert Bankston, KE4EL, reported that membersip numbers are
    holding strong, and that recent administrative modernization has reduced overhead costs by more than 30%.
    * Treasurer Steve Belter, N9IP, affirmed the good news about finances.
    AMSAT is operating "in the black," and new electronic systems for handling transactions are working well.
    * VP Development, Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, noted that, despite AMSAT's solid financial standing, additional funds are needed to design, build, and
    launch satellites. Thus, an effort to apply for grants from philanthropic organizations and corporate sponsors is underway. He also updated plans
    for the AMSAT Youth Initiative to launch in early 2022.
    * VP Educational Relations, Alan Johnston, KU2Y, reported on the CubeSat Simulator and High Altitude Balloon projects that have been utilized in classrooms and school amateur radio clubs. Volunteers are being sought to develop lesson plans and curriculum for junior high and high school
    * David Taylor, W8AAS, AMSAT Delegate to ARISS-International, updated the
    Board on ARISS school contacts, classroom lessons and hardware kits, as
    well as the on-board equipment on the space station.
    * Executive Vice President, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, reported on regulatory
    issues, including loss of the 3.3-3.5 GHz band and new leadership at the
    * Vice-President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, provided a recap of current AMSAT satellites and their status. It was noted that AO-91 and
    AO-92 are in the "end of life" mode, and users are implored to avoid
    accessing these satellites during eclipse.
    * Following a recess for lunch, AMSAT Journal editor, Joe Kornowski,
    KB6IGK, previewed ong-range plans to move the Journal from Adobe Acrobat
    format to a fully digital format that would allow live links to resources
    both on and beyond the member portal.
    * Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, AMSAT Website and IT Manager, updated the Board on
    the past year's transition to a new email platform and highlighted the
    demands for more expertise as web and IT services become more critical to
    the organization.
    * AMSAT Contests and Awards, and the AMSAT Store, are both managed by Bruce Paige, KK5DO. Ways of promoting awards and store items were discussed.
    * VP Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reported on future satellite
    - Linear Transponder Module currently being provided to the University of Maine for their MESAT1 to be launched next year.
    - GOLF-TEE is under construction and has been added to a launch manifest, tentatively for summer of 2022. Supply chain issues are impacting
    - GOLF-1 is planned for delivery one year after completion of GOLF-TEE.
    Much about this and future GOLF satellites will depend on what is learned
    from GOLF-TEE.
    - Orbital Debris Assessment Regulations (ODAR) complicate the design and licensing of the GOLF 3-U platforms. NASA/FCC assessments assume a
    worst-case scenario in which everything fails. If everything works, the
    service life of the satellite is drastically reduced.
    - Current projects are stretching the available human resources, and additional volunteers are needed to assist in the building of satellite hardware.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


    AMSAT Board of Directors Considers Proposals

    At an online Zoom meeting held on Friday, Oct. 29, the AMSAT Board of
    Directors considered a list of proposals. Adopted were...

    * Resolved, that the Board of Directors authorizes the senior officers to acquire a commercially-built FM satellite, including a launch, contingent
    on funding being received from external sources covering at least 90% of
    the total cost.

    * To authorize the creation of a working group to evaluate opportunities
    for a flight to a High Earth Orbit / Highly Elliptical Orbit.

    * That the President be instructed to create an ITAR/EAR/Open Source policy
    and that he be authorized to expend up to $10,000 for the retention of
    legal counsel to assist in the effort.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

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    2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium a Success

    The AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium a Success was held online on Saturday, Oct. 30.

    Due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, AMSAT changed plans
    for its 39th Annual Symposium and General Meeting from an in-person event
    to a virtual event. Additionally, the 2021 AMSAT 39th Annual Space
    Symposium and General Meeting was 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.

    Highlights of the event included
    * Bob McGwier, N4HY, presented a tribute to the life and work of Dr. Tom
    Clark, K3IO
    * Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, with Mark Hammond, N8MH, presented a summary of the efforts to recover AO-109
    * Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T/NB2T, IARU Satellite Advisor, provided an update on the work of the IARU Satellite Panel
    * Mike Parker, KT7D, University of Arizona, gave a briefing on the CatSat project
    * Nick Pugh, K5QXJ, presented on the University of Louisiana CAPE satellite program
    * Jonathan Brandenburg, KF5IDY, presented on Open Source Flight Software Frameworks from NASA
    * Bob McGwier, N4HY, presented a paper on OREKIT software
    * Alan Johnston, KU2Y, Jim McLaughlin, KI6ZUM, and David White, WD6DRI
    provided a briefing on the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator and CubeSatSim Lite
    * David White, WD6DRI, Jim McLaughlin, KI6ZUM, Bernadette Lally, and Alan Johnston, KU2Y presented on the use of high-altitude balloon transponders
    as tools for STEM education
    * Dave Taylor, W8AAS, and Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, provided an overview and
    update on ARISS
    * VP Engineering, Jerry Buxton, N0JY, provided updates on the Fox and GOLF programs

    The day ended with the AMSAT Annual General Meeting, at which public announcement was made of some of the proposals approved by the AMSAT Board
    of Directors the previous day.

    The 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium and Annual
    General Meeting will be available to the general public on AMSAT's YouTube channel, https://youtu.be/RTvcceM7Tz0 at no cost.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


    New Version of WSJT-X Available

    The WSJT-X development team has announced the general availability release
    of WSJT-X version 2.5.1. This release mainly contains improvements and
    repairs defects related to Q65 and JT65 when used with nonstandard and
    compound call signs. Those planning to use Q65 or JT65 to make weak-signal contacts involving a nonstandard call sign should upgrade to this version.
    Also included is a new feature for microwave aircraft scatter, as well as repairs for bugs detected since the general availability release of version 2.5.0. A complete listing of changes is available in the Release Notes.
    Links to WSJT-X 2.5.1 installation packages for Windows, Linux, and Mac are available.

    [Amateurs using FT4 or other digital modes on linear satellites are
    reminded to reduce power to the absolute minimum necessary for
    communication in order to avoid taxing the transponder power budget. In
    FT4, it is seldom necessary to run more than a watt or so to achieve
    perfect copy through RS-44 or other satellites.]

    [ANS thanks ARRL 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!



    FO-29 operation schedule for Nov. 2021

    The FO-29 transponder will be switched on as the satellite passes over
    Japan on the following dates and times. It will remain on until the onboard
    low voltage safety circuit triggers shutdown. Thus, the satellite may or
    may not be active when passing over areas in eclipse. All dates and times
    are UTC:

    6th 00:05- 10:23- 23:10-
    7th 11:12-
    13th 00:40- 10:58- 23:45-
    14th 11:47-
    19th 23:30-
    20th 11:32-
    21st 00:20- 10:35-
    27th 00:05- 10:21- 23:10-


    Also, schedules for FO-99 are published periodically at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p27

    [ANS thanks Hideo Kambayashi, JH3XCU, and JAMSAT for the above information]

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    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.

    A successful school contact was completed on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 18:31z between astronaut Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and Tarwater Elementary School, Chandler, AZ, using a multi-point telebridge via W7MRF. Congratulations to
    the Tarwater Elementary School students and Shane! The contact was
    livestreamed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPilOdNyB3F9NG8F8TTK_Bw

    The next schedule contact is with Ural State University of Railways and Communications, Yekaterinburg, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS and the scheduled astronaut is Pyotr
    Dubrov. Contact is go for 2021-11-11 at 16 00 UTC.

    The next ARISS mode change is expected to occur at the end of October.

    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

    Galapagos Islands: HD8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Members of the Tifariti Gang/DX Friends will be active as HD8R from Galapagos Islands (SA-004) between
    October 26th and November 7th. Operators mentioned are Toni/EA5RM (Team Leader), Alberto/EA1SA, Gen/EA5EL, Raul/EA5KA, Javier/EA5KM, Manuel/EA7R,
    Jose Ramón/EA7X, Flo/F5CWU, Jean Jacques/F5NKX, Tony/F8ATS, Fausto/HC5
    Faber/HK6F, Simone/IK5RUN and Fabrizio/IN3ZNR. The pilot station will be
    Tony, EC7ZK. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 60m, using CW,
    SSB, the Digital modes and low orbit satellites, with at least 4 stations
    that include Spiderbeams, verticals, Inverted “Ls” and beve
    rages. Check
    with K9JKM for details.

    NA-008. (Zone 2) After being silent for 18 months, operators Alex/VE1RUS
    and Pierre/VE3TKB will once again be active as VY0ERC from the Eureka
    Weather station this October. This station is operated by the Eureka
    Amateur Radio Club [probably the most northerly located amateur radio club
    in the world] from Eureka, Nunavut. The VY0ERC team (VE1RUS and VE3KTB) is
    now in preparation to be active from the Polar Environment Atmospheric
    Research Laboratory between October 12th and November 22nd, (time and
    weather conditions permitting). They plan to participate in CQWW DX SSB and
    the ARRL Sweepstakes Contests. Outside of the contests, the suggested bands
    are 40 and 20 meters (possibly 80m), as well as FM satellites (from ER60,
    EQ79) using SSB, the Digital modes (FT8 and RTTY) and very slow CW.
    Activity will be limited to their spare time. QSL via M0OXO, OQRS or
    direct. For updates, see:https://twitter.com/vy0erc

    [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.

    None currently scheduled.

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


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + A video of the talks given at the 36th annual AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium
    on October 24, 2021, is now available on YouTube, see https://amsat-uk.org/2021/10/25/video-of-amsat-uk-space-colloquium-talks/
    (ANS thanks Trevor Essex, M5AKA, and AMSAT-UK for the above information)

    + The Philippines’ second microsatellite, Diwata-2, marked its thir
    d year
    in space on Thursday, Oct. 29. The 57-kilogram satellite was launched into space on Oct. 29, 2018 hitching a ride via H-IIA F4 rocket from the
    Tanegashima Space Center in Japan at 04:08z, and started orbiting in space
    at 04:51. (ANS thanks the Manila Bulletin for the above information)

    + A distance record has been claimed on AO-109. K8YSE in EN91dh reported completing a CW QSO with AA5PK in DM91sk on 26-Oct-2021 at 01:22 UTC. Also,
    a new distance record has been set on PO-101 (@Diwata2PH ). F4DXV in
    JN04or70cl and A65GC in LL74el99hm completed a 5,256 km QSO on 10-Oct-2021. Congratulations to all! Distance records for all satellites are recorded at https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/ (ANS thanks Paul
    Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive VP, for the above information)

    + Due to weather, lift off for SpaceX’s newest Dragon spaceship Endurance”
    has been postponed to Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 05:10z. The launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will carry Raja Chari, KI5LIU, Tom Marshburn,
    KE5HOC, Matthias Maurer, KI5KFH, and Kayla Barron, KI5LAL. Watch continuous coverage of their entire ride on NASA TV at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive.
    (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

    + A TV meteorologist in Louisville, KY, Bryce Jones, did a Halloween
    feature story on "Zombie Satellites." You can read his spooky story at https://bit.ly/314td61 (ANS thanks WDRB.com for the above information)

    + AMSAT's December 2020 Financial Review has been posted to the AMSAT
    website at https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Financial_Statem ent_Review_2020.pdf

    + The minutes of the June 1, 2021 AMSAT Board of Directors Teleconference
    have been posted to the AMSAT website at https://bit.ly/2ZzCvGm


    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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