• [ANS] ANS-281 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    From Mark Johns, K0JM via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Sat Oct 7 20:08:24 2023
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    In this edition:

    * Symposium Registration Deadlines Drawing Near
    * ARISS SSTV Event Rescheduled to October 16-20, 2023
    * Amateurs Participate in Annular Solar Eclipse Event on October 14
    * NEXUS (FO-99) Operation Schedule and JAMSAT DXpedition
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
    * VUCC Satellite Standing October 2023
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    ANS-281 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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

    DATE 2023 Oct 08

    Symposium Registration Deadlines Drawing Near

    Persons planning to attend the 41st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting, October 20-21, 2023 – Dallas, TX should be aware o
    f the
    upcoming deadlines.

    + The deadline for Symposium registrations with tickets to the Saturday evening banquet or the Sunday morning members breakfast is Friday, October 13th. MEALS CANNOT BE ORDERED AFTER THAT DATE.

    + The deadline for the guaranteed group rate has passed but you can call
    the hotel at 972-929-8400 then press #1. Request “Rodriguez
    Coordinator and ask for rate RADIO AMATEUR SATELLITE. A room at that rate
    might still be available depending on availability.

    The rate for a standard room with two Queen beds is $137.00 plus state and local taxes of 15%. Rooms may be available for check-in on Wednesday,
    October 18 and check out Sunday, October 22.

    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

    + The deadline for submitting proposals for presentations at the Symposium
    is NOW. If you have been entertaining submitting a paper at the Symposium, contact Dan Schultz, N8FGV, AMSAT Symposium Proceedings Editor, immediately
    at n8fgv [at] amsat [dot] org.

    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.


    Thursday, October 19, 2023
    8:00 AM – 6:00 PM AMSAT Board Meeting
    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Pre-Registration Check-in

    Friday, October 20, 2023
    8:00 – 12:00 Noon AMSAT Board Meeting (Closed Session)
    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Registration
    1:00 PM – 1:15 PM AMSAT Symposium Kickoff, President’s Welc
    1:15 PM – 5:00 PM Paper Sessions
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Informal Dinner on your own
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM AMSAT Reception and Auction, Cash Bar Available

    Saturday October 21, 2023
    8:00 AM – 11:45 AM Registration
    8:00 AM – 8:15 AM AMSAT Symposium Welcome
    8:15 AM – 12:00 Noon Paper Sessions
    1:00 PM – 3:15 PM Paper Sessions
    3:30 PM – 4:45 PM AMSAT Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
    6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Attitude Adjustment (Social), Cash Bar
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM AMSAT Banquet, Cash Bar

    Sunday October 22, 2023
    7:30 AM – 9:00 AM AMSAT Member Breakfast

    [ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]


    Hungary Lil' Buckaroo?
    Make Your Reservation for the Symposium Banquet Today!
    (Deadline is is Friday, October 14)
    It's a Belt Bustin' Texas Style Barbecue with
    Smoked BBQ Sliced Brisket and Roasted BBQ Chicken
    BBQ Baked Beans, Southern Style Potato Salad, Roasted Corn
    Salad Greens, Corn Bread, Pecan Pie and all the fixin's!
    More Info At: https://tinyurl.com/AMSAT2023


    ARISS SSTV Event Rescheduled to October 16-20, 2023

    The transmission of images via the SSTV protocol as part of the experiment “About Gagarin from Space” from the International Space Sta
    tion is
    postponed to October 16-20, 2023 due to technical problems.

    Images will be transmitted from the International Space Station via the
    SSTV protocol as part of the “About Gagarin from Space” exp
    eriment. The
    topic of the program is the first artificial Earth satellite, amateur radio satellites, school satellites.

    SSTV images will be transmitted on 145.800 MHz using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver. They are expected to use the PD-120 SSTV format.

    The “Russia ISS SSTV” diploma is awarded to radio amateurs
    (observers) for
    receiving SSTV (slow-scan television) broadcasts from aboard the
    International Space Station (ISS) as part of the space experiment (SE)
    “About Gagarin from Space.” To receive the “Russia
    ISS SSTV” Diploma, one
    must receive and decode three images transmitted over a radio channel from
    on board the ISS using the SSTV protocol only on the days of the
    experiment. Each image must be at least 90% complete and of acceptable
    quality. Information on earning the certificate is available at https://r4uab.ru/diplom-iss-sstv/.

    AMSAT Argentina is also offering a diploma for reception of ISS SSTV
    images. Learn more at http://amsat.org.ar/?f

    [ANS thanks Ignacio Granados Vega, TI3IES, and R4UAB.ru 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!

    Amateurs Participate in Annular Solar Eclipse Event on October 14

    An annular solar eclipse will make its appearance in the skies over parts
    of North America on October 14, creating a singular spectacle for those in
    its path — and a rare opportunity for amateurs to contribute to sci

    The dazzling celestial event will allow millions of people to witness
    awe and the wonder of seeing a beautiful ring of fire eclipse,” sai
    d Peg
    Luce, acting director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA headquarters.

    The “ring of fire” nickname comes from the appearance of an
    nular solar
    eclipses, which are like total solar eclipses, except the moon is at the farthest point in its orbit from Earth, so it can’t completely bloc
    k the
    sun. Instead, the sun’s fiery light surrounds the moon’s sh
    adow, creating
    the so-called ring of fire.

    The annular solar eclipse will begin in the United States at 16:13 UTC
    (9:13 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time) and pass from the Oregon coast to Texas

    Gulf Coast, appearing in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas. The
    lunar shadow will also be visible in parts of California, Idaho, Colorado
    and Arizona.

    After leaving the U.S., the eclipse will cross Mexico, Belize, Honduras,
    Panama and Colombia before ending off South America’s Atlantic coas
    t at
    Natal, Brazil.

    Weather permitting, a cresecent-shaped partial solar eclipse, where only
    part of the sun is covered by the moon, will be visible October 14 in all
    49 continental US states, including Alaska, according to NASA. Use the agency’s interactive eclipse map to check when the eclipse will pas
    s over
    your area: https://bit.ly/3rCbSz1

    For those unable to see the eclipse, NASA will share a live stream
    beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on eclipse day, sharing views from Albuquerque,
    New Mexico, Kirbyville, Texas, and White Sands, New Mexico, according to
    Kelly Korreck, eclipse program manager at NASA.

    “The next annular eclipse seen in this part of the country is actua
    going to be in 2046,” Korreck said. “It’s going to
    be a long stretch before
    we will see this phenomenon again, so we’re really encouraging folk
    s to go
    out there and observe safely.”

    It’s never safe to look directly at the sun without using specializ
    protection, and there is no phase of an annular eclipse that is safe to
    view with the naked eye because the sun’s light is never completely

    To view the annular eclipse, wear certified eclipse glasses or use a
    handheld solar viewer. Sunglasses won’t work in place of eclipse gl
    asses or
    solar viewers, which are thousands of times darker and held to an
    international standard, ISO 12312-2.

    A Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) will be held from 1200 - 2200 UTC, and participants may use any band or mode (except WARC bands). Researchers will take the submitted logs and work to derive meaningful observations from the data. All radio amateurs need to do is operate using any mode and any band
    for all or part of the day, then upload their logs. Participation can be
    from anywhere; you don't need to be near the path of the eclipse to
    contribute valuable data. For SEQP contest and rules, visit www.hamsci.org/contest-info.

    For information on the Gladstone Signal Spotting Challenge using CW, WSPR,
    and FST4W, go to https://www.hamsci.org/contest-info.

    ARRL members can find out more about the SEQP by reading "The Solar Eclipse
    QSO Party: A Fun Way to Support Radio Science" in the September/October
    2023 issue of On the Air magazine.

    [ANS thanks CNN.com and ARRL 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.

    NEXUS (FO-99) Operation Schedule and JAMSAT DXpedition

    The October operating schedule for JAMSAT FO-99 is available at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p#41. However, There is an error in the value
    shown in the table due to the altitude drop of the satellite. Please use
    the displayed time as a guide and check “Satellite Tracking
    on the JAMSAT
    website for exact transit times.

    [ANS thanks Y.Ohtani, JH4DHX/3, of the JAMSAT NEXUS operations team for the above information]

    JAMSAT also reports that the VK9QO Cocos (Keeling) Island DXpedition coming
    up in November will include satellite operation on QO-100, IO-117, and
    RS-44. Unfortunately, there are not likely to be mutual windows when any satellite footprints include the island and North America. However, some amateurs in Hawaii may enjoy brief opportunities for this DX on IO-117.

    [ANS thanks Mikio Mouri, JA3GEP/VK9QO, and JAMSAT 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 Oct. 6

    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 satellites have been removed from this week's AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:

    Grizu 263a NORAD Cat ID 51025 Decayed from orbit on or about 01 October 202
    PICSAT NORAD Cat ID 43132 Decayed from orbit on or about 01 October 2023 NUSAT-2 Norad Cat ID 41588 Decayed fromorbit on or about 02 October 2023
    Suchai 1 NORAD Cat ID 42788 Decayed from orbit on or about 05 October 2023

    [ANS thanks AMSAT Orbital Elements page for the above information]

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