• [ANS] ANS-318 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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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 news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

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    In this edition:

    * AMSAT is looking for Volunteers
    * Z-Sat launched 8 November 2021, Communication established
    * IARU Work Group Works to Protect 23 cm Amateur Band
    * Space Physics Professor Seeks Radio Amateurs' Help in Making Space Physics Data Audible

    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution as of November 11, 2021
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-318 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2021 Nov 14

    AMSAT is looking for Volunteers

    Keeping Amateur Radio in Space is a team effort and the work of AMSAT is carried out entirely by volunteers. AMSAT needs people with a wide range of technical and non-technical skills. In short, WE NEED YOU! There is no pay,
    but a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that you are helping make
    something happen.

    AMSAT has volunteer openings in several senior leadership roles, including

    • Vice President of User Services
    • Secretary
    • Volunteer Coordinator
    • Public Information Officer

    In addition, we have several volunteer opportunities to support functions within AMSAT to include Engineering, News Services, and Administration.

    Submit resume or CV with a cover letter explaining what position(s) you are interested in, to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, Executive Vice President or email info [AT] amsat.org


    Robert Bankston, KE4AL
    Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)

    [ANS thanks the Robert Bankston, KE4AL, President and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, Executive Vice President, AMSAT for the above information]

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    Z-Sat launched 8 November 2021, Communication established

    Yasutaka Narusawa, JR2XEA, of the Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club reports the satellite Z-Sat was launched on an Epsilon rocket on November 8 Nov 2021 Uchinoura Space Center. The 50 kg class infrared observation microsatellite
    was developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It was part of an 8 mission payload that included RAISE-2, DRUMS- a unique debris removal satellite, and four cubesats that also included Nanodragon and KOSEN-1. The Z-Sat CW beacon signal (145.875MHz) contains information such as satellite battery voltage
    and is very important to monitor for survival information immediately after
    the satellite is put into orbit. Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club would appreciate reports sent to jr2xea <at> nagoya.so-net.jp or via Twitter at

    Initial TLE is as follows;
    1 99999U 00000A 21313.08704961 .00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 00003
    2 99999 097.6003 012.6148 0016801 247.1903 152.6649 15.02606103005884

    Early reception reports came in from Pedro Converso, LU7ABF and Bob
    Stricklin, N5BRG.

    Bob Stricklin commented: "I also copy Z-Sat at 15:16 to 15:27 UTC Nov 9.
    Copied HELLO WORLD. and S2 00 86 83 00. S1 line was difficult to copy. CW
    seem to speed up a lot. Will keep trying. I notice I could still hear beacon over ~2 minutes past calculated window based on Sat32 tracking so Keplerian data may need to be improved. Beacon Frequency at my LOS was 145,872,150 Hz. Signal was strong for me."

    Later Bob added: "Z-Sat is CW Beacon only now, 20 to 25 WPM. I have not read any plans for Z-Sat to do anything else. Has a nice signal. Frequency is 145.875 MHz. Starts out at about 145.877 and finishes at about 145.873 or so with Doppler. I think they would like all the reports they can get in these early few days to establish conditions on bird. Just copied it on a pass at
    my QTH."

    Nov 10 03:21 to 03:44 UTC
    S1 2C BC BC 7D
    S2 00 7F 7F 00
    Battery 1 Voltage 22.12 V
    Battery 2 Voltage 22.12 V
    Vref 11.20 V
    Battery Temp 12.10 Deg C
    Radio Temp 12.10 Deg C
    Z Plane Current 0 <— May be a problem here. Voltage is dropping and temp is also.

    Follow Z-Sat at: https://twitter.com/KOMAKI_AMSATCOM. Editors note: The TLE
    for other sats in the payload are in the weekly changes report from Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager elsewhere in this newsletter.

    [ANS thanks Yasutaka Narusawa, JR2XEA of the Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club and
    Bob Stricklin, N5BRG for the above information]


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    IARU Work Group Works to Protect 23 cm Amateur Band

    A work group from the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 is preparing reports to help protect the 23 cm amateur band (1.2 GHz) when the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference meets to consider remedies to interference with radionavigation systems.

    The working party is considering simulations provided by two administrations
    to estimate the interfered area that might exist around a 23cm band amateur service transmitter. A number of amateur station configurations are under consideration identified as “Home Station 1”, “Home Station 2” and “Permanent Station” (e.g. Repeater station) based on characteristics developed and contributed by the IARU. Both narrowband and wideband emissions are considered. Two further scenarios are included in which “Home Station 1” operates with antenna uptilt as an amateur satellite uplink station and
    in which “Home Station 2” operates with antenna uptilt as an E-M-E

    The IARU representatives contributed to an off-line email discussion to
    ensure the amateur station parameters used are more representative than those that had been proposed in the original contribution papers. The studies were revised based on these negotiations during the meeting and are reflected in
    the draft working document. The interim results show interference distances
    of up to several km depending on the antenna and power level assumed. Work on these studies will continue into the next meeting.

    The IARU is working to ensure the amateur services are realistically represented in the studies as they move forward and remain consistent with
    the information developed in WP5A. It remains vital that national amateur communities present their views on the importance of this band to their national regulators in a consolidated and consistent manner.

    The work on this topic will continue throughout the year both in ITU R and in the regional telecommunications organisations and the IARU is committed to ensure every group hears the amateur position on this important microwave

    The summary report from the WP4C meeting can be found at: https://bit.ly/3c4Rco0

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


    Space Physics Professor Seeks Radio Amateurs' Help in Making Space Physics
    Data Audible

    Professor Martin Archer of Imperial College London wants to know the best approach to making space physics data audible. Archer is the UKRI (UK
    Research and Innovation) Stephen Hawking Fellow in Space Physics and Public Engagement and is working in the fields of citizen science and data sonification. He is seeking individuals to complete a survey, the results of which may help him to determine the best way to give space physics data a voice. See: https://imperial.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_295iuL4yxfaQ0Qu

    "Our sense of sound can be a powerful tool in exploring and analyzing data collected from satellites. But what is the best way to make this data
    audible?" Archer asks. Space science researchers at Imperial College London
    are asking for input from communities with relevant expertise -- such as
    those involved with audio, citizen science, music, public engagement, and science communication. HamSCI Founder Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, believes the list could also include radio amateurs.

    "Given the connection between radio propagation and geomagnetic disturbances, along with the fact that hams are so used to listening to signals in noise,
    we think the amateur community would have valuable input," he said.

    Specifically, the project seeks the best method of making ultra-low-frequency waves around Earth audible. Archer believes feedback from radio amateurs and others could help space scientists to improve science communication, public engagement, and citizen science.

    Completing the survey should take no longer than 10 minutes. A participant information sheet offers greater detail. Direct questions should be sent to Archer via email (m.archer10 at imperial dot ac dot uk.

    [ANS thanks the 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 solar
    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!



    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution as of October 14, 2021

    The following satellites have been added to this week’s AMSAT TLE Distribution:
    LEDSAT - NORAD Cat ID 49069 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for ID) Binar-1 - NORAD Cat ID 49272 (Thanks to Space-Track for ID)
    TeikyoSat 4 - NORAD Cat ID 49396 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for ID) Z-Sat - NORAD Cat ID 49399 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for ID) KOSEN 1 - NORAD Cat ID 49402 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for ID)

    Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, reports NO SIGNAL from NanoDragon as yet.

    [ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager 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.

    Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2021-09-15 15:30 UTC

    None reported.

    ​Columbus Module radios:
    - IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS - Configured. Supporting cross band
    repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down) . Next planned mode
    change is to packet operation (145.825 MHz up & down) targeting early December.​​

    - Power down for COL experiment on Nov 24, Progress docking Nov 25 and 6R module docking on Nov 26. OFF Nov. 24 at 09:45 and ON Nov 26 at TBD UTC.

    - Power down for upcoming US EVA on Nov. 30.
    - Supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

    Service Module radios:
    Kenwood D710E – STATUS - Radio usually off.​ ​​
    - Power down Progress docking Nov 25 and 6R module docking on Nov 26. OFF
    Nov. 24 at 09:45 UTC.

    - Power down for upcoming US EVA on Nov. 30.
    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

    Quick Hits:
    AD0HJ: Check out his Twitter for details passes, and sickening good handwriting.

    EN01/11: 11/13
    DN90/91: 11/14
    DN80/81: 11/15

    Major Roves:
    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

    Winterfest, the ARRL Midwest Division Convention
    Collinsville, IL Jan 22 2022

    ARRL National Convention and Orlando Hamcation Feb 10-13 2022
    Registration details at http://www.arrl.org/arrl-expo
    Updates may be found at: https://www.amsat.org/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.

    AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford, K6LCS, makes online presentations to Amateur Radio clubs and other interested organizations. Contact Clint at http://www.work-sat.com or by phone at 909-999-SATS (7287) to arrange a presentation.

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, and Clint
    Bradford, K6CLS for the above information]


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + AMSAT Ambassador Daryl Young (K4RGK) and his wife Lori (K4UPI) represented AMSAT at the Stone Mountain Hamfest on 11/6/2021. The hamfest is the largest in the state of Georgia and serves as the ARRL Georgia Section state convention. (ANS thanks Joe Domaleski, KI4ASK, for the above information)

    + In light of of the successful launch of the Z-Sat, Mike Sartoretti, KC2SYF reminds all S.A.T. device users to autoupdate their devices in order to
    acquire the new TLE. (ANS thanks Mike Sartoretti, KC2SYF, of CSN
    Technologies for the above information.)

    + Paul Stoetzer Tweeted: "Congratulations to @KE9AJ and @FG8OJ on the new CAS-4A record of 4,978 km!". https://amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/
    Joe Werth, KE9AJ, announced the feat on Nov 6, 2021 via Twitter: "Amazing QSO this morning on CAS-4A with my friend Bertrand, @FG8OJ from the Colorado mountain summit in DM79iq, for a new #AMSAT distance record of 4978.0 km. Thanks Bertrand!" (ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the above

    + The International Space Station performed a short engine burn on Wednesday
    to avoid potentially hitting a chunk of space junk. At 2015 UTC, the
    thrusters on Russia's Progress MS-18 transport cargo vehicle, which is docked to the ISS, fired for 361 seconds to perform the small nudge, Roscosmos said. The agency confirmed on Twitter it had successfully performed the shift, and that the ISS is now safe from a fragment of China’s Fengyun-1C weather satellite that was whizzing by. [Note: Amateurs using the ARISS repeater will want to update their keps following this change in orbit.] (ANS thanks TheRegister for the above information)

    +Raja Chari, KI5LIU, a veteran U.S. Air Force test pilot and combat veteran,
    is the first rookie astronaut to command a NASA space mission since the final crew blasted off to the Skylab space station in 1973. The 44-year-old Air
    Force colonel was in command of the brand new SpaceX Dragon, named, “Endurance,” that docked to the International Space Station on Thursday
    for a nearly six-month expedition. Aboard the station, Chari and his
    crewmates will perform scientific experiments and maintain the orbiting research lab alongside another NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts who launched on Russian Soyuz spaceships. (ANS thanks Space Flight Now for the above information)

    + The European Space Agency's RadCube, for surveying space weather in
    low-Earth orbit, has completed its rigorous commissioning phase, culminating
    in the extension of a magnetometer boom longer than the miniature satellite itself. RadCube is a mission to demonstrate miniaturised technologies for measuring this space radiation environment as well as magnetic field
    strength. RadCube is a '3-unit' CubeSat, very similar to the planned AMSAT
    GOLF spaceframes. It was developed for ESA by C3S in Hungary. (ANS thanks Space Daily for the above information)

    + Two NASA astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday, Nov. 30, for a spacewalk to replace a faulty antenna system. NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn, KE5HOC, and Kayla Barron, KI5LAL, will exit the Quest airlock around 12:10 UTC to replace an S-band Antenna Subassembly
    (SASA) with a spare already available on the station’s truss structure. The space station transmits low-rate voice and data with flight controllers on
    the ground over the S-band of radio frequencies. (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

    + Two Chinese taikonauts completed a space walk on Monday outside the core module of a future space station, with 41-year-old Wang Yaping becoming the first Chinese woman to perform the maneuver, state media reported. Zhai Zhigang, 55, mission commander of Shenzhou-13, opened the hatch of the core cabin Tianhe at 18:51 p.m. (1051 GMT) on Sunday, and was joined by Wang for a space walk that lasted 6-1/2 hours. (ANS thanks Reuters for the above information)

    + John Grant, a Lecturer in Soil Science, Southern Cross University in
    Lismore, Australia, has calculated that the Moon's surface "regolith" is made up of approximately 45% oxygen -- enough oxygen to support all eight billion people on Earth for somewhere around 100,000 years. But that oxygen is
    tightly bound into the minerals that can only be released by electrolysis, which requires a great deal of energy. This process is commonly used in manufacturing, such as to produce aluminium. In this case, the oxygen is produced as a byproduct. On the Moon, the oxygen would be the main product
    and the aluminium (or other metal) extracted would be a potentially useful byproduct. (ANS thanks Space Daily for the above information)


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    73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

    This week's ANS Editor, Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ
    kd4iz at frawg dot org

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