• [ANS] ANS-233 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:

    * Call for Papers - 2022 AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting
    * 40th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting, Oct. 21-22
    * Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for August 18, 2022
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

    ANS-233 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2022 Aug 21

    Call for Papers - 2022 AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting

    This is a call for papers for the 40th annual AMSAT Space Symposium to be
    held on the weekend of October 21-22, 2022 at the Crowne Plaza Suites hotel
    in Bloomington, Minnesota.

    Proposals for symposium papers and 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 14 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, AMSAT Symposium Proceedings Editor, 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!


    40th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting, Oct. 21-22

    40th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting, Oct. 21-22
    The 40th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting will take place
    in Bloomington, Minn. on Oct. 21-22, 2022. Highlights of all scheduled
    events include:

    – AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting, October 20-21
    – 40th AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting, October 21
    – Friday Night Social and Auction, October 21
    – AMSAT Banquet and Reception, October 22
    – AMSAT Ambassador Breakfast, October 23

    A preliminary schedule is available on the AMSAT Member Portal, launch.amsat.org, under the Events tab.

    Crowne Plaza is located adjacent to the Minneapolis / St. Paul
    International Airport and provides complimentary, scheduled shuttle to and
    from the airport. Nearby attractions include Mall of America with
    Nickelodeon Universe Theme park, Target Field, and the Minnesota Zoo.

    You can make hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at (952) 854-9000. The group code is ASG (Amateur Satellite Group). Hotel
    reservations can also be made online at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-219-Symposium-Rooms.

    Symposium tickets and banquet reservations may be purchased on the AMSAT
    Member Portal. Log into https://launch.amsat.org/ and clock on the Events

    We at AMSAT, are excited to be able to host an in-person Symposium this
    year. We hope that you can join us in celebrating Amateur Radio in Space.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


    Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for July 21, 2022

    Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps
    in the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical model of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly updates are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. TLE bulletin
    files are updated Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if
    new high interest satellites are launched. More information may be found at https://www.amsat.org/keplerian-elements-resources/

    There were no changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution this week.

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

    Scheduled ARISS Contacts

    Hospital School Program in partnership with Seacrest Studios at Monroe
    Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN., direc
    t via

    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
    The scheduled crewmember is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS

    Contact is go for: Wed 2022-08-24 17:42:54 UTC 27 deg

    Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS continues to be making general contacts on the
    cross-band repeater. He is using NA1SS. If any crewmember is so inclined,
    all they have to do is pick up the microphone, raise the volume up, and
    talk on the crossband repeater. So give a listen, you just never know.

    ARISS Radio Status

    Columbus Module radios:
    IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS - Configured. Default mode set for c
    band repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down).

    * Powered OFF for Russian EVA on September 02.
    * Capable of supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

    Service Module radios:
    IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS - Configured. Default mode set for p
    operations (145.825 MHz up & down)

    * Capable of supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts, packet, SSTV and
    voice repeater ops.
    * Powered OFF for Russian EVA on September 02.

    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:

    AA6MU: CN81 August 9-31, Linears and FM.

    AdDDB: Activating DM24, DM25 and DM35, Aug 20,21,22, FM passes. Kingman and Mohave Valley AZ area. Holiday style but I’ll try to post ahead of

    N8AJM: From September 12 to 16 I hope to be in EM85. I will be working FM
    only with no set schedule. I may also activate a few grids on the way down
    from EN72. I will try to post all passes on hams.at

    KI7QEK: Will I’m taking a family vacation in British Columbia and A
    from August 27-September 3, and planning to bring FM and linear gear. “Holiday style” so no promises on passes, but I will be pas
    sing through
    these grids: DN09, DO00, DO01, DO11, DO20 & DO21

    [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.

    + HamXposition
    August 27-28, 2022
    Marlborough, MA

    + 2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
    October 7, 2022 – October 9, 2022
    Event Center at Archer
    3921 Archer Pkwy
    Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007

    + 2022 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium
    October 8–9, 2022
    Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

    + 40th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting
    October 21–22, 2022
    The Crowne Plaza Suites, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN https://launch.amsat.org/event-4922878

    [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

    + Icom announced the IC-905, a portable 2m/70cm/1.2 GHz/2.4 GHz/5.6 GHz transceiver with an optional 10 GHz module, at the Tokyo Ham Fair on August 19th. Details regarding pricing, availability, and features applicable to satellite operators were not available at the time of this writing.

    + The QSO between Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS, on the ISS and 8-year-old
    Isabella Payne continues to garner press attention, including this CNN
    story: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/17/uk/girl-iss-amateur-radio-scn-scli-intl- gbr/index.html

    + FalconSat-3 continues to operate, but due to poor battery condition, the transmitter needs to be reactivated by command stations periodically. The satellite is expected to re-enter in 6-9 months, so now is the time to use
    it! (Thanks to Mark Hammond, N8MH, AMSAT Command Station)

    + Artemis I, the first uncrewed launch of NASA's Space Launch System and
    Orion capsule on a mission around the moon, will carry a number of CubeSats
    and other payloads to the moon, including Omotenashi, which will transmit
    in the 70 cm amateur radio band. Radio frequencies can be found at https://sgcderek.github.io/blog/artemis-1.html. The launch is currently scheduled for August 29th. (Thanks to NASA, Derek, OK9SGC, and David, G0MRF

    + NASA is also encouraging the general public to track the S-band telemetry from Artemis I. https://sam.gov/opp/9e894407ff12427d800b2457421914e0/view?linkId746350
    (Thanks to NASA and Scott, K4KDR)

    + Congratulations to Grace Papay, KE8RJU, for working her 50th state for satellite WAS. Operating portable overlooking Lake Michigan on August 18th,
    she worked KJ7NDY, on vacation in Hawaii, for her 50th state.


    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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