• [ANS] ANS-065 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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    In this edition:

    * AMSAT Receives $93,795 ARDC Grant for 3U Spaceframe Development
    * Ray Soifer, W2RS, SK
    * ARISS to Support Axiom Space Crew Members on First Private ISS Mission
    * VUCC Satellite Awards/Endorsements For March 2022
    * Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for March 3, 2022
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-065 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2022 Mar 6

    AMSAT Receives $93,795 ARDC Grant for 3U Spaceframe Development

    AMSAT has just received a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) for the development of a 3U spaceframe with
    deployable solar panels. This standardized 3U CubeSat space frame will
    serve as the mechanical platform for AMSAT’s GOLF series of satelli
    tes as
    well as a new generation of low earth orbit FM satellites. The spaceframe design will be available to the public under an open access agreement.

    Central to the development of the 3U spaceframe, AMSAT will build three flight-ready spaceframes for an upcoming series of satellites with
    potentially enhanced flight control, payload and communication capabilities

    The need for a 3U spaceframe with deployable solar panels goes back to the original design requirements for the Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint (GOLF) satellites that would return AMSAT to Highly Elliptical Orbits (HEO). The benefit of this program will provide satellites with wider coverage and
    longer access times to the entire Amateur Radio satellite community

    While that requirement still stands and the development of the GOLF
    satellites moves forward, the AMSAT Board of Directors' decision to approve
    an additional new series of Low Earth Orbit (LEO), named Fox Plus (Fox+), underscored the need for a more robust spaceframe that can support advanced educational and experimental payloads in LEO as well. The payload and power capabilities of such a spacecraft would serve as the platform for a series
    of higher-power satellites in LEO that would carry educational and
    scientific experiments in support of AMSAT’s Youth Initiative (Kidz
    This series of satellites, referred to as LOWER (Lower Orbit Within Everyone’s Reach) would be highly accessible to youth participants
    with the
    most rudimentary equipment.

    Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT President, comments, "This grant not only accelerates AMSAT's efforts to fly satellites with greater communications capabilities at higher orbits, it supercharges our efforts to bring
    educational opportunities and engineering innovations to Amateur Radio satellite at all orbits to hams around the world. While our LEO satellites
    help entry level hams become enthusiastic about space communications, our
    HEO satellites give advanced users the opportunity to push the limits of technology. Both programs are important to AMSAT’s mission of educa
    tion and
    scientific advancement.”

    “AMSAT is indebted to ARDC for helping to bring this effort closer
    reality. Still, with this generous award, AMSAT must still fund an
    additional $231,000 for other hardware development and launch preparation
    costs for just one GOLF series satellite. Our continued effort to raise
    funds is essential if we are to Keep Amateur Radio in Space.”

    As mentioned above, the new spaceframe is key to the development of the
    GOLF and Fox+ programs. Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President -
    Engineering leads the development of the GOLF satellite program while
    Jonathan Brandenburg, KF5IDY, Assistant Vice President - Engineering leads
    the new Fox+ program. Both RF Engineers and Mechanical Engineers are sought
    to help bring these programs to fruition. Potential volunteers should refer
    to https://www.amsat.org/volunteer-for-amsat/ for more information on how
    they can become part of this exciting move forward.

    [ANS thanks Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, AMSAT Vice President - Development, for
    the above information.]

    The 2022 AMSAT President's Club coins have arrived!
    To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on
    October 15, 1972, this year's coin features
    an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6.
    Join the AMSAT President's Club today and help
    Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

    Ray Soifer, W2RS, SK

    Raphael (Ray) Soifer, W2RS, passed away on March 1, 2022 at his home in
    Green Valley, AZ. He was 78 years old.

    Notably, as a teenager in 1960, Ray (then K2QBW) completed the first known amateur radio QSO via satellite ionization trail reflection with future
    AMSAT Founding President Perry Klein, then-K3JTE (now W3PK). Time Magazine published an article about this accomplishment in its March 14, 1960
    edition. ( http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,871561,00.html)

    Building on his earlier achievements, Ray completed the first reported intersatellite relay communication between two earth stations in any radio service with Ben Stevenson, W2BXA, on January 26, 1975. This was done while AMSAT-OSCAR 7 and AMSAT-OSCAR 6 were in close proximity, allowing AO-6's
    145 MHz to 29 MHz transponder to relay signals from AO-7's 432 MHz to 145
    MHz transponder.

    Ray held a number of AMSAT positions throughout the years, including
    serving on the Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President and
    Acting President.

    A relentless promoter of satellite operations, he held DXCC Satellite #13
    and Worked All Continents Satellite #6, earned entirely using LEO
    satellites. He also authored numerous articles for publications including
    The AMSAT Journal, QST, and RadCom.

    From 1995 to 2005, Ray chaired the annual International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Satellite Forum. He served as the Secretary and later Chairman of
    the IARU Region 2 VHF/UHF Committee and also served as a member of the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel.

    An avid CW operator, Ray organized Straight Key Night - which later became AMSAT's CW Activity Night - for many years. This event is held on satellite
    in conjunction with the ARRL's annual New Year's Eve event.

    Ray is survived by his wife and two sons.

    More information on service arrangements and condolences will be published
    when available.

    [ANS thanks the Green Valley Amateur Radio Club and 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.

    ARISS to Support Axiom Space Crew Members on First Private ISS Mission

    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, Inc. (ARISS-USA) is
    pleased to announce that two crew members scheduled to fly on Axiom
    Mission-1 (Ax-1), the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, will utilize the ARISS on-board radio resources to conduct
    six school connections via amateur radio.

    These ARISS school contacts will be conducted with Ax-1 crew members Mark Pathy, from Canada, and Eytan Stibbe, from Israel. Both Pathy and Stibbe
    are fully trained on the use of the ARISS radio system, located in the ISS Columbus module, and have studied and passed their amateur radio license
    exams. Mark Pathy’s amateur radio callsign is KO4WFH. Eytan Stibb
    amateur radio callsign is 4Z9SPC.

    As part of the "Rakia" mission, Eytan Stibbe will use ARISS facilities
    aboard the International Space Station to hold talks with middle school and high school students in Israel while the ISS will be above Israel. A total
    of 40 school classes are expected to participate in the project, and in the weeks preceding the launch, the students from Israel will participate in theoretical and practical sessions to learn about radio-based communication

    Mark Pathy, under the personal mission theme of 'Caring for people and the planet', will connect with elementary and high schools across Canada while
    on board the ISS. Pathy will be answering questions developed by the
    students, ranging from how his body has reacted to being in space to how to
    do everyday things in zero gravity and thoughtful questions around the
    state of our planet. The conversations are part of Pathy’s educatio
    program through which schools also benefit from STEM content and mentorship

    “The long-held dream of private missions to stations in space becom
    es a
    reality on Ax-1. ARISS is proud to collaborate with Axiom Space, Mark
    Pathy, and Eytan Stibbe on this flight and support the Ax-1 crew members through amateur radio contacts that will inspire, engage and educate school students in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM)
    topics,” said Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Executive Director of ARISS-USA
    Chair of ARISS International.

    “Axiom is proud to help enable the educational work of ARISS-USA on
    historic mission,” said Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Executive Vice Pres
    ident of
    Government Operations and Strategic Communications for Axiom Space.
    years, ARISS and its programs have inspired students across the globe to
    pursue interests in science, technology, engineering and math, and we are pleased that Ax-1 will join the list of missions that have contributed to
    this important educational work.”

    The Ax-1 mission includes an international crew of four with Axiom’
    Michael Lopez-Alegria, former NASA astronaut and Axiom VP, serving as commander. The Ax-1 mission is currently scheduled to launch on March 30, 2022.

    [ANS thanks ARISS-USA for the above information]


    VUCC Upgrades/Endorsements for March 1, 2022

    February 01, 2022 to March 01, 2022. ------------------------------------------------------------
    K8YSE 2007 2035
    WC7V 1250 1256
    N8RO 1124 1128
    N1AIA 604 613
    VE1CWJ 585 609
    AF5CC 582 600
    ND0C 555 561
    W8LR 526 548
    S57NML 409 508
    W2ZF 276 467
    PV8DX 423 428
    KC1MMC 230 355
    W0JW 103 341
    W4DTA 301 327
    RA3DNC 276 305
    VE3KY 251 278
    KG4AKV 100 254
    KE7RTB 200 250
    N8MR 206 227
    N3CAL 214 224
    K3HPA 201 205
    N0GVK New 203
    JH0BBE 129 133
    W1AW New 103
    SA5IKN New 101 ------------------------------------------------------------

    N0GVK is first home station from EN00 and 1st Nebraska
    SA5IKN is first home station from Sweden and JO89

    Is anyone ever going to catch that K8YSE guy?

    [ANS thanks Jon Goering, N7AZ, for the above information]


    Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for March 3, 2022

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

    NO-116 - NORAD Cat ID 51031 (NO-116 was formally SanoSat-1.)

    At the request of AMSAT-Nepal, AMSAT hereby designates SanoSat-1 as
    Nepal-OSCAR 116 (NO-116). We congratulate AMSAT-Nepal and their partners,
    thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and
    wish them continued success on this and future projects.

    [Thanks to ANS and Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations/OSCAR
    Number Administrator for the above information.]

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

    Quetzal 1 - NORAD Cat ID 45598 (Deorbited Feb 27, 2022. Confirmed by Space-Track.)

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


    ARISS News

    Contact schedule TBD

    The USOS ARISS station is currently operating in voice cross-band repeater

    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

    EA8/EA4NF: March 4-6 IL07, IL17 Hierro Island! If you want to try a QSO
    with this rare island,check FP and contact Philippe before to be in his NA shortlist.

    From the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1555:

    PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS. Frank, K3TRM will be active as PJ5/K3TRM from St.
    Eustatius Island (NA-145) between March 6-12th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB, RTTY, FT8 and the satellite. QSL via K3TRM, by the
    Bureau, direct, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

    (Note that PJ5 & PJ6 are one DXCC entity - Saba & St. Eustatius - please
    keep this in mind if you are chasing DXCCs and want to hop into a pileup!)

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, and the Ohio/Penn
    DX Bulletin No. 1555 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.

    N4HF will be at two events:

    Charlotte NC Hamfest (forum & demo(s), Saturday only)
    March 11-12
    Cabarrus County Arena & Events Center
    4551 Old Airport Rd, Concord, NC 28025
    (Note: 2 day hamfest, but only open 4 hours on Friday the 11th.)

    Raleigh NC Hamfest (info table and demos; possible forum, but not likely at this point)
    April 16
    Jim Graham Building – NC State Fairgrounds
    4285 Trinity Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

    Other events with a scheduled AMSAT presence:

    + CubeSat Developers Workshop
    April 26–28, 2022
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    + Hamvention 2022
    May 20, 2022 to May 22, 2022
    Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center
    210 Fairground Road
    Xenia, Ohio 45385

    + 2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
    October 7, 2022 – October 9, 2022
    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

    + CubeSat Design Specification Rev. 14.1 has been released by the Cal Poly CubeSat Laboratory Team. It is available at

    + JAMSAT has posted the March FO-99 Operating Schedule at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p91

    + Ham Radio Outlet interviewed AMSAT President Robert Bankston, KE4AL, at
    the 2022 Orlando Hamcation. A video of this interview is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?vTK3TcJNWA


    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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