• [ANS] ANS-085 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Mark Johns, K0JM via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Sat Mar 25 23:28:31 2023
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    In this edition:

    * AMSAT at Dayton Hamvention - Call for Volunteers
    * The January/February AMSAT Journal is Available
    * The Secrets of Rocket Design Revealed
    * Austria restricts 23cm band operation
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 23, 2023
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    ANS-085 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2023 Mar 26

    AMSAT at Dayton Hamvention - Call for Volunteers repeated from last week.

    It's less than eight weeks away when Amateur Radio's biggest event of the
    year happens at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. That's right,
    May 19-20 is Hamvention time when over 30,000 of our closest friends get together to get a first hand look at the latest products and to catch up
    with friends from around the world.

    With over 1,200 square feet of exhibit space, AMSAT is a major Hamvention exhibitor with displays from Engineering, Operations, Educational
    Relations, the AMSAT Store and much more. Last year in 2022, about 35
    people assisted with the AMSAT booth. It was the efforts of those
    volunteers that made the 2022 Dayton Hamvention a success for AMSAT. The interaction with AMSAT members, satellite operators, designers, and
    builders makes the whole experience a lot of fun.

    Would you consider helping AMSAT at the Hamvention this year? Whether
    you're available for only a couple of hours or if you can spend the entire weekend with us, your help would be greatly appreciated.

    If you will be attending Hamvention and can help, please send an e-mail to
    Phil Smith, W1EME, AMSAT Hamvention Coordinator via w1eme [at] amsat

    [ANS thanks Phil Smith, W1EME, AMSAT Hamvention Coordinator 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!

    The January/February 2023 issue of The AMSAT Journal is now available to members on AMSAT’s Member Portal.

    The AMSAT Journal is a bi-monthly digital magazine for amateur radio in
    space enthusiasts, published by the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). Each issue is your source for hardware and software projects, technical tips, STEM initiatives, operational activities, and news from
    around the world.

    [ANS thanks Joe Koronowski, Editor AMSAT Journal for the above information] ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    The Secrets of Rocket Design Revealed

    Tory Bruno, CEO of ULA shares some of the little-known techniques and implications of rocket architectural design. The discussion is fascinating
    and a valuable set of observations for those who are not in the business.
    Why big rockets sometimes do less. Why little rockets sometimes cost more.
    And why every rocket has its very own, perfect mission.

    There is no single, best rocket. Different rockets do different things. As
    it turns out, the design of a rocket flows directly from the mission the
    rocket is intended to do, and there are many different missions. Any given rocket is optimal for a specific orbit and payload. Its efficiency falls
    off as we move away from that perfect case.

    The entire Blog is comprehensive and available at: https://bit.ly/42BIAOA

    [ANS thanks Tory Bruno, CEO of ULA and the Medium platform 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.

    Austria restricts 23cm band operation

    Austria has become the latest country to impose restrictions on Amateur
    Radio operation in the 23 cm band (1240-1300 MHz) to protect to protect ground-based receivers for the Galileo RNSS satellite constellation.

    Advice from Austria’s national amateur radio society ÖVSV cite
    s changes to
    the legal conditions in the AFU area from 03/13/2023:
    Annex 2 of the Amateur Radio Ordinance is omitted and is now regulated in
    the Frequency Use Ordinance Annex 4. This results in some changes in the frequency ranges and powers.
    For the KW bands 80m, 40m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m, 1KW (High-Power) can
    now be approved for Class 1 FA after 1 year of trouble-free operation.
    Thus, the power limitation of 7100-7200 kHz (previously only 200W) in
    the 40m band is eliminated and AFU has primary status.
    30m band still only max. 200W if power level B or C approved (no change
    160m band from 1810-1850 kHz now max. 200W if power level B or C
    approved and AFU has primary status.
    160m band from 1850-2000 kHz only max. 100W (now instead of 1950 kHz up
    to 2000 kHz)

    2023-03-13 Austrian Regulations
    The 6m band has been extended from 52-54MHz. (Limited until 31.12.2030,
    for research WRAN)
    -from 50-52 MHz now max 200W if power level B or C approved and AFU has
    primary status.
    -from 52-54MHz only max 100W.
    On the 70cm band now also allowed as already on 2m high-power (up to
    1KW), if power level B or C approved (but only EME and MS with Yagis from
    at least 15dBd gain)
    The 23cm band was kept, but the performance was severely limited
    -only 10W allowed (previously max. 200W were allowed)
    -Repeaters with more than 16kHz bandwidth must cease operation by
    December 31, 2024.
    On all higher FM bands (except 10 GHz, since only 40dbW EIRB) now also
    max. 200W (previously only 100W) allowed.
    On 24GHz AFU has only secondary status

    Please note the new conditions.
    Kurt Baumann OE1KBC

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and Kurt OE1KBC 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

    No Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 26, 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/

    The following satellites have decayed from orbit and have been removed from this week's AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:


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



    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.

    “Valle de Camargo” High School, Revilla de Camargo, Spain,
    direct via
    EA1FBG. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled
    crewmember is Steve Bowen KI5BKB. The ARISS mentor is IKØUSO. Contact
    is go
    for: Mon 2023-03-27 15:09:00 UTC 36 deg.

    Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia. Direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS. The downlink frequency i
    presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Andrey Fediaev. The ARISS mentor is RV3DR. Contact is go for Thu 2023-03-30 08:20

    Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai, UAE, direct via A68MBR. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Sultan
    Al Neyadi KI5VTV. The ARISS mentor is ON6TI. Contact is go for: Fri
    2023-03-31 08:49:06 UTC 72 deg

    Aznakayevo, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign
    is presently scheduled to be RSØISS. The downlink frequency is present
    scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Sergey Prokopyev.
    The ARISS mentor is RV3DR. Contact is go for Fri 2023-03-31 13:50 UTC

    Stone Magnet Middle School, Melbourne, Fl, direct via AJ9N. The ISS
    callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Steve
    Bowen KI5BKB. The ARISS mentor is AJ9N. Contact is go for: Fri 2023-03-31 18:07:55 UTC 50 deg

    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

    ARISS from Twitter: We've updated our username here on Twitter to
    @ARISS_Intl to make us easier to find. If you are all ready following,
    thanks! There's nothing for you to do.

    [ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors
    for the above information]


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    (DXCC : EA6 Balearic is. / GRIDS : JN10+JN20+JM19+JM29 / IOTA : EU-004) Philippe, EA4NF will be operating on satellite from MENORCA Island as
    EA6/EA4NF from April 5 to 8, 223. Portable activation with a FT818ND and a FT817ND operating in full Duplex with an Alaskan Arrow Antenna and also handheld+whip antenna. April 5-8, 2023 FM SAT & LINEARS. QSL via LoTW as EA6/EA4NF. Keep an eye on Philippe’s Twitter feed for further updat
    es :

    CY0S, the Sable Island DXpedition, is equipped with satellite gear and will attempt satellite operations as schedule and conditions permit. Operations
    will be announced on https://hams.at/ Sable is mostly in grid GN03, with
    parts of the island in both FN93 and GN04. The expedition is set up in
    FN93xw, very near the GN03/FN93 grid line. (ANS thanks https://t-rexsoftware.com/cy0s/frequencies.htm for the above information)

    Joe, KE9AJ will be in New Mexico Mar 26-30. Then onto DN70 in Colorado Apr 1-10. He will have his IO-117 gear with him. This will be a family trip so
    sat operations will be as time permits. Watch his Twitter Feed and AMSAT Upcoming Satellite Operations web page for more info as it becomes

    The AMSAT Upcoming Satellite Operations web page may be found at: https://www.amsat.org/satellite-info/upcoming-satellite-operations/

    [ANS thanks Ian Parsons, K5ZM, AMSAT rover page manager, and https://t-rexsoftware.com/cy0s/frequencies.htm 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.

    AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford K6LCS has a satellite presentation
    scheduled with a group in Thames Valley, England (5/11/23)
    Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun “How to Work the Eas
    Satellites” Zoom presentation would be appropriate for your convent
    ion or
    club? Always included are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS. And pre-presentation questions are welcome. Contact Clint Bradford, K6LCS, at https://www.work-sat.com/

    Hamvention 2023 is coming! Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center,
    May 19 - 21. AMSAT will have a full display as detailed by Phil Smith W1EME above. Please reach out to Phil if you can help.

    [ANS thanks the AMSAT Events page for the above information]


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + Doug Papay, K8DP has continued to document the GreenCube IO-117 user
    lists by providing a very nice mapping page using the Google My Maps application. It is well worth a browse if you are considering using the satellite or are already involved. See: https://bit.ly/3LCKmsR. [ANS thanks
    the Doug Papay, K8DP for the above information]

    + After 15 years in space, NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere
    mission has ended. NASA first noticed issues with AIM’s battery in
    but the probe was still sending a “significant amount of data
    back to
    Earth. NASA says AIM has now become unresponsive. Launched in 2007, AIM
    studied noctilucent or night-shining clouds, which can last hundreds of
    years in the Earth's upper atmosphere. It was only meant to operate up for
    two years, but it’s provided data for multiple groundbreaking studi
    including a study that found methane emissions are causing night-shining
    clouds to form more frequently. (ANS thanks Engadget for the above

    + The world's first 3D-printed rocket launched successfully on Wednesday, marking a step forward for the California company behind the innovative spacecraft, though it failed to reach orbit. Billed as less costly to
    produce and fly, the unmanned Terran 1 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:25 pm (0325 GMT Thursday) but suffered an "anomaly" during second-stage separation as it streamed towards low Earth orbit, according
    to a livestream broadcast by aerospace startup Relativity Space. More may
    be found at https://bit.ly/3K1sSoI [ANS thanks Chris Lefkow and Lucie
    Aubourg of AFP, and Space Daily for the above information]

    +NASA planning to spend up to $1 billion on space station deorbit module. WASHINGTON — NASA is projecting spending nearly $1 billion on a tug
    deorbit the International Space Station at the end of the decade to provide redundancy for safely disposing of the station. NASA released additional details March 13 about its fiscal year 2024 budget proposal. An outline of
    the proposal, published by the White House March 9, requested $27.2 billion
    for the agency, a 7.1% increase from 2023 that roughly keeps pace with inflation. One of the biggest new initiatives in the budget is the ISS
    deorbit tug, which would be used to perform the final lowering of the station’s orbit to ensure it reenters over the South Pacific. NASA
    indicated its plans for the tug in a request for information last August,
    but offered few specifics about the vehicle in the budget request. [ANS
    thanks Jeff Foust of Space News for the above information]

    +Is it possible that SpaceX has succeeded in making orbital launches
    boring? Increasingly, the answer to this question appears to be yes. On
    Friday the California-based company launched two Falcon 9 rockets within
    the span of just a little more than four hours. At 12:26 pm local time, a Falcon 9 rocket carried 52 of SpaceX's Starlink satellites into low-Earth
    orbit from a launch pad at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. A
    mere 4 hours and 12 minutes later, another Falcon 9 rocket delivered two
    large communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit for the Luxembourg-based satellite company SES from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This
    broke SpaceX's record for the shortest duration between two launches.
    However, the overall record for the lowest time between two launches of the same rocket still belongs to the Russian-built Soyuz vehicle. In June 2013, Roscosmos launched a Soyuz booster from Kazakhstan, and Arianespace
    launched a Soyuz from French Guiana within two hours. Those launches were conducted by two separate space agencies on separate continents, however.
    More may be found at https://bit.ly/42xueil. [ANS thanks Eric Berger of ARS Technica for the above information]


    Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

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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.org


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