• [ANS] ANS-353 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.

    The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in
    Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

    Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor [at]

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    In this edition:

    * CAMSAT XW-3 (CAS-9) Satellite to Launch December 25th
    * 60th Anniversary of OSCAR 1
    * Slides and Recordings of Open Source CubeSat Workshop Available
    * ISS SSTV Event Planned for December 26 - 31
    * Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for December 16, 2021
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-353 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2021 Dec 19

    CAMSAT XW-3 (CAS-9) Satellite to Launch December 25th

    CAMSAT's XW-3 (CAS-9) satellite has been installed on the CZ-4C Y39 launch vehicle at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in China, and related work
    is in progress as planned.

    If all goes well, the satellite will be launched on December 25, 2021, it
    is piggybacked on the rocket with governmental primary payload ZY-1(02E)
    earth resources satellite. The orbit will be a circular sun-synchronous
    orbit with an altitude of 770.1 kilometers and an inclination of 98.58
    degrees, the orbital period is 100.14 minutes.

    The user's manual of the XW-3 (CAS-9) satellite for radio amateurs is
    available at https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/XW-3_Amateur_Rad io_Satellite_Users_Manual_V1.0.pdf,
    precise TLE will be available later.

    [ANS thanks Alan Kung, BA1DU, CAMSAT, for the above information]

    Join the 2021 President's Club!
    Score your 2" 4-Color Accent Commemorative Coin.
    This gold finished coin comes with
    Full Color Certificate and Embroidered "Remove Before Flight" Key Tag
    Donate today at
    You won't want to miss it!

    60th Anniversary of OSCAR 1

    December 12th was the 60th anniversary of the launch of OSCAR 1, the
    world's first private spacecraft.

    An article entitled "How Amateur Radio Fanatics Launched The World's First Private Communications Satellite" appeared in Inverse. This article is
    largely based on an interview with Lance Ginner, K6GSJ, one of the
    designers of OSCAR 1 and can be found at https://www.inverse.com/science/60-oscar-1-presaged-the-cubesat-era

    A video of Lance Ginner's 2011 AMSAT Symposium Keynote describing the early days of Project OSCAR is available at

    Ginner also took part in the Foundations of AMSAT panel at the 50th
    Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium in 2019. Video of this panel is available
    at https://www.youtube.com/watch?vmn4gjvuTI

    [ANS thanks Inverse, AMSAT, and Dave Hartzell, AA7EW, for the above information]


    Slides and Recordings of Open Source CubeSat Workshop Available

    The slides and recordings of last week's Open Source CubeSat Workshop can
    be found here: https://events.libre.space/event/5/contributions/

    Thanks to all attendees, speakers & community for making this event all
    about interesting projects, inspiring ideas and collaborations revolving
    around open source, CubeSats and space technology.

    [ANS thanks Artur Scholz, Open Source CubeSat Workshop Committee, for the
    above information]


    ISS SSTV Event Planned for December 26 - 31

    An ARISS SSTV Event is planned for December 26 through December 31. The
    general theme will be lunar exploration.

    The event will take place at the usual frequency of 145.800 MHz and the
    planned mode is PD 120. The event is scheduled to start at 18:25 UTC on December 26th and conclude at 17:05 UTC on December 31st.

    [ANS thanks ARISS 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.

    Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for December 16, 2021

    The following satellite has decayed from orbit and has removed from this
    week's AMSAT TLE Distribution:

    AztechSat-1 - NORAD Cat ID 45261 (Decay date per Space-Track was 12-10-2021

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


    ARISS News

    Berufliche Schule Direktorat 1 Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany, telebridg
    e via
    ON4ISS (***)

    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
    The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz (***)
    The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html
    The scheduled crewmember is Matthias Maurer KI5KFH

    Contact is go for: Tue 2021-12-21 08:24:05 UTC 81 deg (***)

    The next mode change to voice cross band repeater is expected to occur in
    early January, 2022.

    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

    W8MTB: On Wednesday December 29, I will be in EN71. If you need EN71 please email me and let me know so I can listen for you. No passes are a 100% guarantee but, most likely I’ll be on AO-91 and maybe SO-50.

    Radio Operadores del Este Club (KP3RE) and its FB Ham Satelites Puerto Rico page will be giving away until December 31, 2021 all the stations that have contacted Puerto Rico’s 4 grids FK67, FK68, FK77 and FK78 on Sat Mo
    de. Need
    LOTW evidence (Photos) request via kp4rv@yahoo.com

    [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.

    Clint Bradford, K6LCS, now have has presentations lined up to start the new year, including three clubs in Canada, and clubs in Florida, California,
    New York and Nevada!

    Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun “How to Work the Eas
    Satellites” Zoom presentation would be appropriate for your conven
    tion or
    club? Always included are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS. And pre-presentation questions are solicited and welcome.

    Send an email or call!

    Clint Bradford K6LCS
    AMSAT Ambassador, ARRL instructor

    909-999-SATS (7287)

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, and Clint
    Bradford, K6LCS, 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

    + The Lea Family is well-known in the Amateur Radio community. Recently,
    James underwent heart surgery and the procedure didn't go as planned. Jason Johnson has started a GoFundMe to help the Lea Family at this difficult
    time https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-lea-family (Thanks to Jason

    + AMSAT wishes Scott Higginbotham a happy retirement! As mission manager of three NASA ELaNa missions, you helped AMSAT in sharing amateur radio
    satellite communication and student STEM experiment data worldwide for all
    to see. Thank you, and a hearty ham radio Morse Code "73"! (Thanks to Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President - Engineering)


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    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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