• [ans] ANS-278 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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    In this edition:

    * Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting - October 17
    * AMSAT-UK Colloquium Online - October 11
    * ARISS Worldwide SSTV Event - October 4-8
    * Happy 27th Birthday, AMRAD-OSCAR 27
    * FCC Deletes 3.4 GHz Amateur Satellite Service Allocation
    * Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Launches Delayed
    * VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 2020
    * Message to US Educators: ARISS Contact Opportunity - Call For Proposals
    * Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for October 1, 2020
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * AMSAT Awards News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Satellite Shorts from All Over

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    ANS-278 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 278.01
    DATE October 4, 2020
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    Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting - October 17

    Learn more about AMSAT's GOLF program, ARISS, AREx, the AMSAT CubeSat
    Simulator and other exciting projects taking place in the amateur
    satellite world.

    The 2020 Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting will
    be held on Saturday, October 17th from 9:00am CDT – 5:00pm CDT
    (UTC-5). Symposium presentations will be a combination of pre-recorded
    video segments along with question and answer sessions held via a Zoom

    The Symposium will be made available for free live on AMSAT’s YouTube channel.

    Registered attendees will receive a digital copy of the AMSAT
    Symposium Proceedings and will be entitled to join the Zoom meeting.
    Only registered attendees will be able to participate in the question
    and answer sessions. Registered attendees will also be entered into
    prize drawings. Registration is free and available only for AMSAT
    members at launch.amsat.org. Registration will close on Friday,
    October 16th at 5:00pm CDT.

    Final papers for the Symposium Proceedings must be submitted by
    October 5, 2020 to Dan Schultz, N8FGV, n8fgv at usa.net.

    Symposium presentations should be limited to 15 minutes of pre-
    recorded video. Video presentations must be submitted by October 10,
    2020 to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, n8hm at arrl.net. We ask that presenters
    be available to take questions via Zoom following the airing of their pre-recorded video.

    Tentative Schedule

    9:00am CDT - Opening Remarks
    9:15am CDT – 12:45pm CDT - General Presentations
    1:00pm CDT – 2:00pm CDT - AMSAT Education / CubeSat Simulator
    2:00pm CDT – 3:00pm CDT - ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International
    Space Station) / AREx (Amateur Radio Exploration)
    -ARISS: 2020 Update
    -Next Generation Radio System – First Element Operations and Future
    System Plans
    -AREx/Lunar Gateway and Other Lunar Opportunities
    3:00pm CDT – 4:00pm CDT - AMSAT Engineering
    4:00pm CDT – 5:00pm CDT - 2020 AMSAT Annual General Meeting

    [ANS thanks the 2020 AMSAT Symposium Team for the above information]


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    AMSAT-UK Colloquium Online - October 11

    The Online AMSAT-UK Convention takes place on Sunday, October 11, from
    11am BST (10:00 GMT) to approximately 5pm, with a break for lunch, and
    several short breaks during the day. You don’t have to be a member of AMSAT-UK to participate, and the event is free of charge but please
    register at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-278-AUK ASAP.

    Those who are registered will be entered for a number of free raffles
    which will take place during the event.

    Among the many talks and demonstrations during the day are:

    1100 BST (1000 GMT) Official opening by Martin Sweeting G3YJO
    1105-1125 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
    Update by Ciaran Morgan M0XTD
    1135-1200 Decoding Mars spacecraft – Bits and pieces you can learn
    from spacecraft telemetry by Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ
    1210-1230 Tevel FM transponder satellite constellation by David
    Greenberg 4X1DG
    1240-1300 LUNART – A Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder Project by Peter
    Gülzow DB2OS
    1400-1420 FUNcube next, to boldly go… creating an open platform in
    space by Phil Ashby M6IPX
    1430-1450 QO-100 Demonstration by Mike Willis G0MJW
    1500-1520 Getting Goonhilly’s 32m antenna ready to support ESA
    missions by Matt Cosby Director of Space Engineering at Goonhilly
    Earth Station Ltd
    1530-1550 AMSAT North America Engineering Update by Jerry Buxton N0JY
    1600-1620 LEO Sat demonstration by Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA

    Please register online at http://tinyurl.com/amsatukreg2020

    Schedule of the day’s events https://tinyurl.com/ANS-278-AUKProg

    AMSAT-UK Colloquium Page https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


    AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it
    all begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable
    solar panels, propulsion, and attitude control. Come along for the
    ride. The journey will be worth it!



    ARISS Worldwide SSTV Event - October 4-8

    An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International
    Space Station (ISS) for early October. The event is scheduled to begin
    on October 4 at 14:00 UTC for setup and operation and continue until
    October 8 ending at 19:15 UTC. Dates and times subject to change due
    to ISS operational adjustments.

    Images will be downlinked at 145.8 MHz +/- 3 KHz for Doppler shift and
    the expected SSTV mode of operation is PD 120. The main theme of this collection of images will be Satellites. Radio enthusiasts
    participating in the event can post and view images on the ARISS SSTV
    Gallery at https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/

    After your image is posted at the gallery, you can acquire a special
    award by linking to https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/ and follow
    directions for submitting a digital copy of your received image.

    [ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS PR, for the above information]


    Happy 27th Birthday, AMRAD-OSCAR 27

    Happy 27th birthday to AMRAD-OSCAR 27, still alive and operating

    For an amateur radio satellite operator in the early 1990s, working on
    a satellite project based on the AMSAT Microsat design was a dream

    The hams on the team (including Dino Lorenzini, Mark Kanawati, Steve
    Greene and Mike Wyrick) couldn't help but include an amateur radio
    payload, and were successful with the help of fellow amateurs and the
    local Vienna, Virginia Amateur Research and Development (AMRAD) group:
    Paul Renaldo, Andre Castillot, Dave Rogers, Glenn Baumgartner, Sandy
    Sanders, Matt Butcher, Randy Mays, and Terry Fox, and with help from
    AMSAT’s Lyle Johnson, Chuck Green, and Jim White, among many others.

    EYESAT-1/AO-27 launched (with the amateur payload and an extra UHF
    antenna for the downlink) at 0145 UTC September 26, 1993. [Ariane-4
    V59 also launched amateur satellites KO-25, IO-26, and PO-28, SSTL’s Healthsat-2, the Stella research satellite, and the Spot-3 earth
    observation satellite.] The satellite was commanded on during the
    next orbit and the first QSO on the amateur payload was made the
    following morning on September 27, 1993. (We think – does anyone have
    an archive of amsat-bb emails from 1993 who can check?)

    AO-27 was the first FM “bent pipe” satellite and proved to be easy to
    work with a strong downlink and sensitive receiver. The amateur FM
    repeater has served many Hams worldwide and was one of the first “Easy Sats”. AO-27 was later used for the first successful D-Star mode
    satellite QSO. The 800km orbit provides continent-spanning coverage.
    At least one station is known to have worked 49 states solely via

    And here we are today, the 27th of September, 2020, celebrating the
    27th birthday of AO-27!

    Thanks to Mike Wyrick N3UC who babysat the spacecraft for the last 27

    And thanks to all those who helped. There are many untold stories and
    photos we hope to share in the near future.

    Current information on AO-27’s operating schedule is at www.ao27.net

    [ANS thanks Mark Kanawati, N4TPY, Mike Wyrick, N3UC, and Steve Greene,
    KS1G, for the above information]


    FCC Deletes 3.4 GHz Amateur Satellite Service Allocation

    At its open meeting on September 30, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Report and Order that sunsets amateur use of the
    3.3-3.5 GHz band. This spectrum includes the 3.40-3.41 GHz amateur
    satellite service allocation.

    AMSAT had previously filed comments opposing the FCC's proposal to
    delete this spectrum.

    The adopted Report and Order can be found at

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


    Chinese Amateur Radio Satellite Launches Delayed

    CAMSAT says the CAS-7A launch has been postponed until next May, and
    CAS-5A until next June.

    “Because of COVID-19, many things have been delayed,” CAMSAT’s Alan
    Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL. He said an announcement would be made closer
    to the announced launches.

    CAMSAT said last spring that CAS-7A would launch in mid-September; the
    launch has been postponed multiple times since first announced. CAS-5A
    was predicted to launch in October. Both satellites will carry two
    transponders that include HF, in a configuration similar to that of
    the Russian RS satellites decades ago.

    CAS-7A will be placed into a sun-synchronous orbit with an inclination
    of 98° at 500 kilometers above Earth. The transponders will have a
    bandwidth of 30 kHz. According to the IARU amateur satellite frequency coordination page, the HF/HF linear transponder will uplink on 15
    meters — 21.245–21.275 MHz, and downlink on 10 meters — 29.435-21.465 MHz. A CW beacon will transmit on 29.425 MHz. The HF/UHF transponder
    will uplink at 21.3125–21.3275 MHz, and downlink at 435.3575–435.3725
    MHz. A CW beacon for that transponder will transmit on 435.430 MHz.

    The CAS-5A nanosatellite, with a 6U form factor, carries two HF
    transponders and two VHF/UHF transponders. While in orbit, it will
    deploy the tiny CAS-5B femtosatellite, which will weigh just 0.5

    The array of CAS-5A linear transponders will include HF/HF, HF/UHF,
    and VHF/UHF with 30-kHz passbands (except 15 kHz for the HF/UHF

    CAS-5A will include CW telemetry beacons on HF and UHF. The HF CW
    beacon will be at 29.465 MHz, and a UHF telemetry beacon will be at
    435.57 MHz. Other beacons include the HF/HF transponder beacon at
    29.490 MHz; the HF/UHF transponder beacon at 435.505 MHz, and the VHF/
    UHF transponder beacon at 435.540 MHz. Telemetry will be transmitted
    at 435.650 MHz. The V/U linear transponder will uplink at 145.820 MHz;
    the V/U FM transponder will uplink at 145.925 MHz. Terrestrial
    stations will access the transponders at 21.385 – 21.415 MHz.

    [ANS thanks ARRL for the above information]


    VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 2020

    Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
    ARRL for the period September 1, 2020 through October 1, 2020.
    Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

    WOW! Long list again this month! Almost a record.

    CALL Sept October

    K8YSE 1935 2007 Only 30393 to go!
    N8HM 1102 1127
    N8RO 1070 1075
    K8YSE/7 671 842
    W5RKN 721 732
    WD9EWK (DM43) 617 623
    K9UO 575 600
    AD0HJ 478 500
    KE8FZT 450 475
    MI6GTY 459 460
    N7EGY 456 457
    W4ZXT 327 431
    KJ4EU 261 404
    XE2RV 262 385
    KC9UQR 351 377
    KC9VGG 336 374
    AC9O 204 359
    K5CIS 250 300
    WB7QXU 204 252
    KF6JOQ 201 251
    KB9STR 138 229
    PU4JOE 150 210
    AA8CH/N8R 113 206
    K5TA 101 202
    W8LR 149 175
    KJ4M 170 171
    N5EKO 108 152
    N7AME 148 150
    N1PEB (FN42) New 138
    W7YED New 127
    KO4AQF 104 126
    WB9VPG New 116
    K1ECU 100 115
    N5BLY New 106
    KC3KJQ New 103
    K2KA New 102
    N8SGZ New 100

    If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list at <mycall>@<mycall>.com and I'll revise the announcement.
    This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings
    for the two months. It's a visual comparison so omissions
    are possible. Apologies if your call was not mentioned.
    Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely
    on the birds. They are doing most of the work!

    [ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN, for the above information]


    Message to US Educators: ARISS Contact Opportunity - Call For

    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
    is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
    organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
    Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates
    that the contact would be held between July 1, 2021 and December 30,
    2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact
    dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking
    for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and
    integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

    The deadline to submit a proposal is November 24th, 2020. Proposal
    information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines
    and the proposal form can be found at www.ariss.org. An ARISS
    Introductory Webinar session will be held on October 8, 2020 at 8
    PM ET. The Eventbrite link to sign up is: https://ariss-proposal-webinar-fall-2020.eventbrite.com

    The Opportunity

    Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate
    in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are
    approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students to interact with
    the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.

    An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur
    Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and
    classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences
    the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to
    live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on
    the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about
    satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science.
    Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of
    scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio

    Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA
    and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present
    educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio
    organizations’ volunteer efforts provide the equipment and operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS and students
    around the world using Amateur Radio.

    Please direct any questions to ariss.us.education at gmail.com.

    [ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS PR, for the above information]


    Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for October 1, 2020

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

    MO-105 - Cat ID 44832 (decay epoch = 2020-09-28 0:00 UTC per Space-
    Track). The UTC time is an approximation.

    Note: The decay epoch predicted by Space-Track for MO-106 - Cat ID
    44830 is 2020-10-15.

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


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

    Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in

    AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating
    through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club
    meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

    Due to COVID-19, many hamfest and events around the United States have
    been canceled or postponed. While we make every effort to ensure the information contained below is correct, there may be some that we

    Clint Bradford K6LCS has booked his “Work the FM Voice Satellites With Minimal Equipment” presentation for various clubs.

    10/27/2020 – Cherryland ARC / Traverse Bay ARC
    TBD – Antelope Valley (CA) ARC
    TBD – A private presentation for a Boy Scout troop in Danville,

    These will be Zoom presentations. Everyone is asked to update their
    copies of the Zoom application – by directly visiting Zoom.us.

    [ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT Vice President - User
    Services, 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.


    AMSAT Awards News

    Gerry Krebs, N0JE, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, are the latest recipients
    of AMSAT's GridMaster Award. This award was first introduced by Star
    Comm Group in 2014. AMSAT thanks Damon Runion, WA4HFN, and Rick
    Tillman, WA4NVM, for not only sponsoring this award since its
    inception, but, also, entrusting AMSAT with the honor of carrying on
    this important award for the benefit of the entire AMSAT community.

    The GridMaster award is available to all amateurs worldwide who submit
    proof with written confirmation of contacts with each of the 488
    maidenhead grids located within the contiguous United States of

    More information about this award can be found at https://www.amsat.org/gridmaster/

    [ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards,
    for the above information]


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    JQ78, JW7xK, 10/7 – 10/12 JW7XK (or maybe LA7XK) will be active on
    RS-44 on as many passes as possible His focus is to work NA and maybe
    also JA, when/if it is possible. Our QTH will be in JQ78. He is using
    an Arrow Antenna 10el. on 70 and 4 el on 2 mounted on a tripod with a
    small homemade antenna rotor. I am using filters and preamps on both
    2m and 70cm. link frequency 435660 +/- Doppler.

    EM05/06 and EM04/14, @KL7TN, 10/4 and 10/5

    DK78/ DK79, @XE1HG will be there on Oct 12th so going to activate DK78
    and DK79, Holiday style on FM until now, If I have the chance to carry
    some brick will be on linears too. More to confirm as soon as the date
    get closer.

    CN76/77 10/3 and 10/4 @AD0DX Just booked tickets for beautiful Ocean
    Shores, WA… CN76/CN77 grid line Sat Oct 3 approx 0000z to Sun Oct 4th
    approx 1700z, pass details closer to the trip

    EL Grids, @N1PEB 10/10 -10-14: 10/10 EL95 Key Largo, 10/11 EL94 Key
    West, 10/12 EL84 Dry Tortuga, 10/13 EL94 Key West, 10/14 TBD

    Please submit any additions or corrections to ke0pbr at gmail.com

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, for the above information]


    AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
    radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
    be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

    Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + AO-7 is now in constant sunlight and the 24 hour timer is switching
    the satellite between Mode A and Mode B. The exact time of the switch
    has not yet been determined, but it appears that it is currently in
    Mode A on odd-numbered days and Mode B on even-numbered days.

    + The Moscow Aviation Institute's MAI-75 ISS SSTV activity occurred on September 30 and October 1. Images received can be viewed at https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/

    + A Russian Soyuz rocket carrying 22 satellites, some transmitting on
    amateur bands, successfully launched on September 28. More information
    on this launch can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-278-Soyuz

    + The independent accountant's review of AMSAT's 2019 financial
    statements is now available on the AMSAT website. https://amsat.org/audit-and-other-financial-reports/

    + Several new products are available on the AMSAT Zazzle store,
    including a set of coasters, a watch, a t-shirt featuring the AMSAT
    round logo, and more. Check out the new items! 25% of the purchase
    price goes towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.

    + AMSAT Remove Before Flight keychains are again available on the
    AMSAT store. Purchases help Keep Amateur Radio in Space! https://www.amsat.org/product/amsat-remove-before-flight-keychain/

    + All issues of The AMSAT Journal dating back to 2014 are now
    available to AMSAT members on AMSAT's new membership portal. The
    1969-2013 archive will be added at a later date. All editions of
    AMSAT's Symposium Proceedings are also available for members. If
    you're a current AMSAT member, get logged on today. If you are not yet
    a member, consider joining today at https://launch.amsat.org/

    + The 2020 edition of AMSAT’s Getting Started with Amateur Satellites
    is now available on the AMSAT store. A perennial favorite, Getting
    Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite
    information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The
    book is presented in DRM-free PDF format, in full color, and covers
    all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.
    The digital download is available for $15 at https://tinyurl.com/2020GettingStarted



    In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
    President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
    donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
    tional benefits. President's Club donations may be made at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-PresClub.

    Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
    at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
    enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
    dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.

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

    73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space,

    This week's ANS Editor,

    Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
    n8hm at amsat dot org
    Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA https://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

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