• [ANS] ANS-225 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Mark Johns, K0JM via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 12 20:04:15 2023
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    In this edition:

    * AM1SAT Satellite Contest, September 2023
    * Registration Open for 41st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual
    General Meeting
    * International AMSAT Conferences Taking Place
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
    * SpaceX Crew 8 Mission to Include Three U.S. Radio Amateurs
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    ANS-225 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2023 Aug 13

    AM1SAT Satellite Contest, September 2023

    AMSAT-EA will be on the air on all available satellites with the callsigns AM1SAT and AM2023SAT from September 4th to 17th, 2023 to celebrate the
    fourth edition of the AM1SAT trophy contest as part of the URE activities within the IberRadio 2023 event, the largest one in the world of amateur
    radio in Spain and Portugal (http://www.iberradio.es), and which will open
    its doors during the weekend of 16-17 in Avila, a city near Madrid, capital
    of Spain.

    The AMSAT-EA operators will activate the aforementioned callsigns from the different states and autonomous cities of Spain during the said period of
    time and with the objective in this edition to promote contacts with the maximum number of them.

    As part of this activity and to encourage participation, SILVER and GOLD diplomas will be available for the different modalities of satellites
    according to their footprint and orbital height, LEO, MEO (IO-117
    satellite) and GEO (QO-100 satellite), as well as a trophy for the station
    that works the greatest number of states in the total number of available satellites and another trophy for the one that contacts the greatest number
    of states on the satellite with the largest footprint and coverage (in this case, IO-117). These trophies will be physically sent at no cost to the winners.

    The third edition of the AM1SAT satellite contest, in 2021, finished with
    1327 QSOs including GEO and LEO contacts, with 57 different
    radio-countries, using 20 satellites and with the participation of 419 different competitors (callsigns).

    Full rules can be found here: https://www.amsat-ea.org/app/download/13570625/AM1SAT+CONTEST+2023+-+RULES.

    [ANS thanks Félix Páez, EA4GQS, AMSAT-EA 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!

    Registration Open for 41st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting

    The 41st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting will be
    held on Friday through Saturday, October 20-21, 2023 at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas. Highlights of all scheduled events include:

    - AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting, October 19-20
    - 41st AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting, October 20-21
    - Friday Night Social and Auction, October 20
    - AMSAT Banquet and Reception, October 21
    - AMSAT Member Breakfast, October 22

    Prices for the Symposium, the Banquet and the Member Breakfast remain the
    same as last year:

    - Friday and Saturday Symposium and General Meeting $75
    - Saturday Evening Banquet $55
    - Sunday Morning Member Breakfast $15

    You can register online for individual events or all events at: https://launch.amsat.org/event-5363188.

    The Sheraton DFW Airport is located adjacent to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and provides complimentary, scheduled shuttle to and
    from the airport. Complimentary parking is available for those who drive to
    the Symposium. The hotel address and phone number is:

    Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
    4440 W John Carpenter Fwy.
    Irving, TX 75063

    Rooms are available for check-in on Wednesday, October 18 and check out
    Sunday, October 22.

    - Standard room with single King bed is **SOLD OUT** ACT FAST! GET YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!
    - Standard room with two Queen beds is $137.00*

    * Rate does not include state and local taxes of 15%

    For Phone Hotel Reservations:
    Call 972-929-8400. Ask for rate RADIO AMATEUR SATELLITE.

    For Online Hotel Reservations click on this link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id8995 6666782&keyP&appsvlink

    Please send your Symposium questions or comments to info [at] amsat [dot]

    We, at AMSAT, are excited to be able to host our 41st annual Symposium this year. We hope that you can join us in celebrating Amateur Radio in Space.

    [ANS thanks 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.

    International AMSAT Conferences Taking Place

    + AMSAT-UK is pleased to announce that the 2023 Colloquium will take place alongside the RSGB Convention at Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes on the weekend of 14/15th October 2023.

    Full details of the Colloquium will be made available nearer the time on
    the AMSAT-UK website at https://amsat-uk.org As in previous years, the AMSAT-UK Colloquium will run as a separate stream within the RSGB
    Convention and will include presentations on a variety of satellite and
    space related topics.

    Entrance to the RSGB Convention is managed by the RSGB and you will be
    required to purchase Day Tickets for the Saturday and/or Sunday to attend
    the AMSAT-UK Colloquium. These can be booked via the RSGB website at https://rsgb.org/main/rsgb-2023-convention/ Early bird discounts are being offered by the RSGB via their website.

    + AMSAT-DL was founded in 1973, so this year we can look back on 50 years
    of space exploration. We have taken this as an opportunity to put this
    year’s symposium in a special setting. Ticket sales are now availab
    le at
    https://shop.amsat-dl.org/. The festive conference and symposium will be
    held Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17, 2023.

    With a view to the 50-year history of AMSAT-Germany and its mission of promoting amateur radio via satellites, the celebratory conference
    OSCAR 10 to OSCAR 100: 50 years of AMSAT-DL in service to science, research
    and education” will take place at the Bochum Observatory radome. Accomodations are limited, and the booking of the overnight stays is only possible via the AMSAT-DL store. See https://amsat-dl.org/en/ticket-sales-festive-conference-50-years-amsat-dl/
    for more information.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-DL 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

    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for August 11

    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. Elements in
    the TLE bulletin files are updated daily. TLE bulletin files are updated to
    add or remove satellites as necessary Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more frequently if new high interest satellites are launched. More
    information may be found at

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

    ATHENOXAT-1 NORAD Cat ID 41168 decayed from orbit on 8 August 2023

    [ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager for the
    above information]

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