• [ANS] ANS-232 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Paul Stoetzer via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 19 20:09:50 2023
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    In this edition:

    * Registration Open for 41st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual
    General Meeting
    * 2023 AMSAT Symposium Call for Papers
    * Amateur Radio Operator Contacts Spacecraft
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for August 18, 2023
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on the activities
    of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active
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    ANS-232 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2023 August 20

    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
    – 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
    – 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]

    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!

    2023 AMSAT Symposium Call for Papers

    Papers are now being acceptedfor the 41st annual AMSAT Space Symposium to
    be held on the weekend of October 20-21, 2023 at the Sheraton DFW Airport
    in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

    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 12 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]

    Need new satellite antennas? Purchase an M2 LEO-Pack
    from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
    AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
    Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

    Amateur Radio Operator Contacts Spacecraft

    The headlines are sensational, although a bit exaggerated: "Ham Radio
    'hacks' NASA Satellite". While the phrase is eye-catching for social media,
    the truth is just as exciting. Amateur radio astronomer Scott Tilley,
    VE7TIL, has made contact with NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft, which passed
    Earth for the first time in 17 years.

    The STEREO-A (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) spacecraft was
    launched on October 25, 2006, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with its twin sister ship, STEREO-B. Both spacecraft were on a mission to circle behind
    the and send images back to Earth so scientists could make 3D models of
    solar activity. In 2014, STEREO-B failed and was not heard from again.

    "I'm having fun with STEREO-A," Tilley reported to Spaceweather.com. "The spacecraft is close to Earth this summer, and I can now receive its signal using a small 26-inch dish in my backyard."

    Scott Tilley's, VE7TIL, dish antenna for receiving NASA STEREO-A
    spacecraft. [Photo courtesy of Scott Tilley]

    Tilley began hearing rumors that other radio operators were picking up
    signals from STEREO-A on 8443.580 MHz. He decided to check it out. "The
    central carrier is very loud, almost 30 dB above the noise," he said. "I
    also noticed data sidebands, which are unusual to see on such a distant
    object for my small antenna."

    Tilley was able to decode and demodulate STEREO-A's signal using a special program written by Alan Antonie, F4LAU, known as SatDump, and now, he is monitoring almost all of STEREO-A's science instruments, including its
    Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUVI), two coronagraphs (COR1 and COR2), the heliospheric imager (HI), and a solar radio burst receiver (S/WAVES).

    STEREO-A's closest approach to Earth was scheduled to occur on August 17,

    Amateur radio operators who would like to monitor STEREO-A can check out Tilley's technical blog for more information.

    [Thanks to Spaceweather.com and NASA for updated information in this story]

    [ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

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    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 18, 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 Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the
    above information]

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