• [ANS] ANS-064 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Paul Stoetzer via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Sat Mar 4 19:05:33 2023
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    In this edition:

    * New Satellite Distance Records
    * VUCC Satellite Standings as of March 1, 2023
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 3, 2023
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    ANS-064 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2023 Mar 05

    New Satellite Distance Records

    IO-117 continues to provide a lot of DX fun for amateur satellite
    operators. Numerous satellite operators have reported receiving the ARRL's Worked All States and DX Century Club Satellite awards lately as well as CQ Magazine's Worked All Zones Satellite award (25 of 40 zones are required
    for the satellite award). For an example about the distances that can be
    worked via this satellite in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), two QSOs got very
    near the 13,000 km mark recently.

    On February 11, 2023, Dave Fisher, KG0D, worked Lucky Bijanki, VU2LBW. The distance between KG0D in CN88kd and VU2LBW in MK82tv is 12,939 km.

    Unfortunately for this claim, Hector Martinez Sis, W5CBF, worked Oleg Vakochine, A65BR, on January 29, 2023 at 21:00 UTC. The distance between
    W5CBF and A65BR is 12,996 km.

    Note that only real-time QSOs will be considered for distance records.
    Under the ARRL's current interpretation of their award rules, satellite
    QSOs involving delayed messaging or store-and-forward systems are not valid
    for WAS, DXCC, or VUCC. Thus, QSOs made over multiple orbits using this
    method will not be considered for inclusion in the AMSAT Satellite Distance Records archive.

    Also please note that the distance calculator at k7fry.com/grid is used to calculate all distances for AMSAT records purposes. This may not provide
    the most accurate distance under the most recent geodetic datum standards,
    but it is a consistent reference.

    Anyone who wants to claim a distance record via an amateur satellite should check the current list at https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/
    and email n8hm at arrl.net if they complete a new record distance. Audio
    and/or video of the QSO is encouraged but not required.

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

    The 2023 AMSAT President's Club coins are here now!
    To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its launch
    on June 16, 1983, this year's coin features
    an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 10.
    Join the AMSAT President's Club today and help
    Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

    VUCC Satellite Standings as of March 1, 2023

    VUCC Satellite Award/Endorsement Change Summary for February 01, 2023 to
    March 01, 2023.

    Callsign Feb 1 Mar 1 ------------------------------------------------------------
    N8RO 1151 1173
    AA5PK 1149 1162
    N0JE 775 879
    DL2GRC 628 725
    W8LR 687 703
    DF2ET 601 700
    KB9STR 508 681
    EA2AA 653 665
    KS1G 579 628
    KQ4DO 579 600
    N0GVK 401 543
    N8MR 425 452
    JK2XXK 310 429
    OZ9AAR 207 400
    IK7FMQ 254 304
    DL8GAM 220 250
    PA7RA 242 245
    JN1BPM 102 178
    K7TEJ 126 155
    AD2DD 125 150
    DL1COM New 133
    N6UTC (MOJAVE DE 101 126
    N9BX 100 125
    N6PAZ 110 121
    HL2WP New 115
    XE2YWH 108 114
    XE2YWH (DL82 - D 108 114
    XE2YWH (DL82) 113 114
    JS1LQI New 101 ------------------------------------------------------------

    Congratulations to the new VUCC holders.
    HL2WP is first VUCC Satellite holder from South Korea and PM47

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

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    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 2, 2023

    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/

    This week there are no additions or deletions to the weekly AMSAT TLE distribution.

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


    ARISS News

    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.

    Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:

    Jumeirah College Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, telebridge via VK4KHZ (***)

    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
    The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
    The scheduled crewmember is Sultan Al Neyadi KI5VTV

    Contact is go for: Tue 2023-03-07 08:45:03 UTC 27 deg (***)

    The crossband repeater continues to be active. 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

    Comments on making general contacts

    I have been seeing a lot of traffic on Facebook and I suspect on other
    social media sites with people asking why they are not hearing the crew
    make general contacts. First off the crew is very busy on the ISS and they simply may not have the time to just pick up the microphone and talk.
    Also, one needs to be aware of their normal daily schedule. I have listed below the constraints that we at ARISS have to follow in order to schedule
    the school contacts. Hopefully this will help you better schedule your opportunities.

    Typical daily schedule

    Wakeup to Workday startń.5 hours
    Workday start to Workday end hours
    Workday end to Sleepň hours
    Sleep to wakeupř.5 hours

    The crew's usual waking period is 0730 - 1930 UTC. The most common times to find a crew member making casual periods are about one hour after waking
    and before sleeping, when they have personal time. They're usually free
    most of the weekend, as well.

    SSTV events are not that often. So please check out https://www.ariss.org/
    for the latest information or watch for the ARISS announcements.

    And don’t forget that the packet system is active.

    As always, if there is an EVA, a docking, or an undocking; the ARISS radios
    are turned off as part of the safety protocol.

    ARISS Radio Status

    Columbus Module radios:
    IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS - Configured. Default mode is for cr
    oss band
    repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down).
    * Powering off for Soyuz 68 undocking on March 28. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Powering off for Russian EVA targeting April 19. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Powering off for Russian EVA targeting April 26. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Powering off for Russian EVA targeting May 04. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Powering off for Progress 84 docking on May 24. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Capable of supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

    Service Module radios:
    IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS - Configured. Default mode is fo pac
    operations (145.825 MHz up & down)
    * Powering off for Soyuz 68 undocking on March 28. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Powering off for Russian EVA targeting April 19. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Powering off for Russian EVA targeting April 26. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Powering off for Russian EVA targeting May 04. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Powering off for Progress 84 docking on May 24. OFF TBD . ON TBD.
    * Capable of supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts, packet, SSTV and
    voice repeater ops.

    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]


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    From AD7DB: AD7DB will activate FM satellites from DM31 on Sat March 18. I
    may also pop up in DM23 and or DM22 on March 17 and March 19. Follow me on Twitter for updates.

    Please submit any additions or corrections to k5zm (at) comcast (dot) net.

    [ANS thanks Ian Parsons, K5ZM, 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.

    Hamvention 2023
    May 19-21, 2023
    Stay tuned for announcements about AMSAT Hamvention activites, including
    the TAPR/AMSAT Dinner.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + The FO-99 operation schedule for March is available at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p!00 (Thanks to JAMSAT for this information)

    + The SpaceX Crew-6 mission launched to the ISS on Thursday March 2nd with
    the crew arriving on Friday. Sultan Al Neyadi, KI5VTV, is scheduled to make
    the first ARISS QSO from the new crew on Tuesday. (Thanks to NASA and ARISS
    for this information)

    + USA ARISS contact proposals for January 1, 2024 - June 30, 2024 are due
    March 31, 2023. For details see https://ariss-usa.org/message-to-us-educators-amateur-radio-on-the-internat ional-space-station-contact-opportunity-4/
    (Thanks to ARISS for this information)

    + FO-118's camera has been active with a new protocol to more easily reconstruct image data. For details, see version 2.1 of the user manual at https://mega.nz/file/4rIywT5L#WoZsMxzIkUKhqHTrYh__nvv_N9CGwVV-dLsJ2k4_2OA (Thanks to CAMSAT for the inforamtion)

    + Happy 54th Birthday to AMSAT! AMSAT was officially incorporated in the District of Columbia on March 3, 1969.


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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.org


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