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    In this edition:

    * AMSAT 2020 Virtual Symposium Schedule Announced

    * UH Satellite Successfully Blasts into Space
    * ARISS to Celebrate 20 Years of Ham Radio on the ISS

    * IARU Region 2 Releases 2020 Band Plan Revision
    * Two More Astronauts Earn Amateur Radio Licenses
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * ARISS News
    * Satellite Shorts from All Over

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    ANS-285 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 285.01
    October 11, 2020
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    AMSAT 2020 Virtual Symposium Schedule Announced

    The 2020 Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting

    will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00AM CDT - 5:00PM CDT

    (UTC-5). Symposium presentations will be a combination of

    pre-recorded and live video segments along with question and answer

    sessions held via a Zoom meeting.

    The Symposium will also 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. Registration will close on Friday, October 16, 2020 at

    5:00PM CDT.

    Register today at https://launch.amsat.org/Events/.

    2020 Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting

    Schedule - All times Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

    - 09:00 Opening Remarks

    - 09:15 AMSAT GOLF-TEE System Overview and Development Status

    Eric Skoog, K1TVV

    - 09:45 GOLF IHU Coordination

    Burns Fisher, WB1FJ

    - 10:15 GOLF Downlink Coordination

    Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, and Chris Thompson, AC2CZ/G0KLA
    - 10:45 FUNcube Next

    Phil Ashby, M6IPX, and Graham Shirville, G3VZV

    - 11:15 LunART (Luna Amateur Radio Transponder)

    Peter Guezlow, DB2OS
    - 11:45 CatSat HF Experiment Overview

    Mike Parker, KT7D, and Chris Walker, K7CKW
    - 12:15 Neutron-1 CubeSat

    University of Hawaii
    - 12:45 Break

    - 13:00 AMSAT Education / CubeSat Simulator

    Alan Johnston, KU2Y

    - Overview of CubeSat Simulator Project
    - Live or pre-recorded demonstrations of CubeSat Simulator
    - 14:00 ARISS / AREx

    Frank Bauer, KA3HDO

    - ARISS: 2020 Update

    - Next Generation Radio System - First Element Operations and

    Future System Plans

    - AREx/Lunar Gateway and Other Lunar Opportunities

    - 15:00 AMSAT Engineering Update

    Jerry Buxton, N0JY

    - Fox-1 Program Lessons Learned

    - GOLF Update

    - 16:00 2020 AMSAT Annual General Meeting

    - 17:00 Close of Symposium

    [ANS thanks the AMSAT office for the above information.]

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
    is closed until further notice. For details, please visit

    UH Satellite Successfully Blasts into Space

    Neutron-1 successfully launched as part of an International Space

    Station (ISS) resupply mission from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in

    Virginia on Friday, October 2. The small satellite involved more than

    100 University of Hawai'i students, faculty, staff and volunteers,

    and will measure neutrons in space and radiation coming from the Sun.

    Neutron-1 was aboard the ELaNa 31, NG-14 rocket as part of a

    rideshare mission, which included other satellites, and will be in

    space for approximately one year. When astronauts set up the deployer

    pod for launch out of the ISS around mid-November, Hawai'i Space

    Flight Laboratory (HSFL) will continue to be the primary driver for

    the Neutron-1 mission.

    Neutron-1 carries an FM repeater: A downlink on 435.300 MHz and an
    uplink on 145.840 MHz have been coordinated.

    UH students, faculty, staff and volunteers were able to view the

    rocket launch live on NASA TV and can be viewed on the HSFL website.

    “I am thrilled. This is a great achievement of the University of

    Hawai'i’s Neutron-1 team of students, staff and faculty,” said

    Peter Englert, a Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

    (HIGP) researcher and principal investigator for the Neutron-1

    mission. “It demonstrates the quality of undergraduate education and

    research in space science and engineering at the university.”

    “This mission development demonstrates that HSFL can deliver flight

    hardware and work collaboratively with other institutions regarding

    NASA planetary exploration,” said Lloyd French, HSFL researcher and

    project manager for the Neutron-1 mission. “Small spacecraft and

    cubesat architectures are the next generation of planetary robotic

    exploration, and HSFL is poised to take advantage of the


    This is HSFL’s second completed spacecraft. In 2016, the first

    iteration of the Neutron-1 payload was lost due to a failed

    suborbital rocket that was launched from Wallops Flight Facility.

    “Watching the NG-14 launch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

    was an amazing opportunity to reflect how far we have come as a team,

    how many students were impacted by the project, and all of the

    lessons that were learned along the way,” said Amber Imai-Hong, an

    avionics engineer at HSFL and ground station coordinator for the

    Neutron-1 mission. “Watching a rocket ascend to space is always

    amazing, and to know that this leg of the journey is complete was a

    huge relief.”

    The team is now gearing up for mission operations. HSFL will control

    Neutron-1 via the GlobalStar network, and partner with Amateur Radio

    operators to communicate with the satellite through HSFL’s Kaua'i

    Community College Ground Station to receive and send messages to the

    satellite when it is released from ISS in November.

    The Neutron-1 project was funded by a NASA EPSCoR Research

    Infrastructure Development award, and the team conveys special thanks

    to the Air Force Research Lab for providing solar cells for the


    [ANS thanks the University of Hawai'i News for the above information.]


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    ARISS to Celebrate 20 Years of Ham Radio on the ISS

    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will soon

    celebrate 20 years of continuous ham radio operations on the

    International Space Station (ISS). NASA is commemorating the

    milestone with a newly produced infographic highlighting the

    educational contacts via amateur radio between astronaut crew members

    aboard the ISS and students. Over its 20 years, ARISS has supported

    nearly 1,400 scheduled ham radio contacts with schools, student

    groups, and other organizations.

    Planning for ARISS began in 1996 as a cooperative venture among

    national amateur radio and amateur satellite societies, with support

    from their respective space agencies. The ARISS ham radio gear

    actually arrived on the station before the Expedition 1 crew, headed

    by Commander Bill Shepherd, KD5GSL. The FCC issued ham radio call

    sign NA1SS for ISS operations. After Expedition 1 arrived on station,

    some initial tests with ARISS ham radio ground stations and

    individual hams confirmed the ham gear was working properly. The

    first ARISS school contact was made with students at Luther Burbank

    Elementary School in Illinois on December 21, 2000, with Shepherd at

    the helm of NA1SS on the ISS, and ARISS operations team mentor

    Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, guiding the operation on the ground.

    NASA produced a video of students talking with astronaut

    Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, during an ARISS contact in May 2020.

    Before and during scheduled ham radio contacts, students, educators,

    parents, and communities learn about space and related technologies,

    and radio communication using amateur radio. ARISS has inspired

    thousands of students, promoting exploration through educational

    experiences spanning science, technology, engineering, the arts, and


    ARISS relies on a large network of amateur radio operator volunteers,

    many associated with radio clubs in the communities where students

    and groups participating in the contact reside. ARISS volunteers

    support satellite ground stations, serve as technical mentors, and

    provide additional help in the areas of education, community

    outreach and public relations.

    While student-to-astronaut radio contacts are a primary objective for

    ARISS, the capability has also inspired further experimentation for

    Amateur Radio in space and evaluation of new technologies. In

    September, ARISS announced that the initial element of its next-
    generation ham radio system had been installed in the ISS Columbus

    module. The new radio system replaces equipment originally certified

    for spaceflight in mid-2000. The onboard ham station also provides a

    contingency communications system for the ISS crew. Several

    astronauts have also enjoyed using NA1SS to make casual contacts

    with — and delighting — earthbound members of the ham radio


    In the US, ARISS sponsors include ARRL, AMSAT, and NASA, the ISS

    National Lab-Space Station Explorers, and NASA’s Space Communications

    and Navigation program. Global organizing partners include

    International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies as well as

    AMSAT organizations, and space agencies in Canada, Europe, Russia,

    Japan, and elsewhere.

    The next proposal window for US schools and educational organizations

    to host an amateur radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS

    opened on October 1 for contacts that would take place from July

    through December 2021.

    Like many educators who have coordinated ARISS radio contacts for

    their students, teacher Rita Wright, KC9CDL, an ARRL member,

    described the first ARISS school contact as inspirational and having

    a lasting impact on their community. Five months after their contact,

    nearly 500 students greeted Bill Shepherd when he visited Luther

    Burbank School. Wright said it was “like tossing a pebble into a


    “The ripple effects are still occurring, and I suspect will continue

    to occur for a long time,” she said. “We have a young staff, and

    witnessing these events has inspired some to look for other

    interdisciplinary projects. They are beginning their dream. Many of

    our students are looking forward to careers associated with the

    space industry.”

    [ANS thanks the ARRL 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!



    IARU Region 2 Releases 2020 Band Plan Revision

    International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 (IARU R2) — the Americas —

    has released the September 2020 revision of its Band Plan and made

    procedural changes to shorten the time to reflect future adjustments.

    The Band Plan includes a change approved at the October 2019 General

    Assembly to add an Amateur Satellite uplink subband, 21.125 to

    21.450 MHz, on a non-exclusive basis. This matches similar changes

    in the Region 1 and Region 3 band plans.

    A number of administrative changes have been made to the text,

    although the Band Plan itself has not been modified. These changes


    - Modifications to the wording of the Band Plan to ensure that

    national regulators understand it is a voluntary document, and that

    countries may depart from the plan based on national requirements.

    - Definitions additions: Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF),

    primary service, secondary service, and several acronyms.

    - Inclusion of information detailing the primary and secondary users

    in each amateur radio allocation band.

    - Correction of minor typographical errors.

    At its May 2020 meeting, the IARU R2 Executive Committee added text

    to the Standard Operating Procedures that provides a process for the

    Band Plan to be updated in a more timely manner. Prior to this

    change, Band Plan modifications could only be approved at a General

    Assembly, held once every 3 years. Under the new provision, the Band

    Planning Committee may circulate proposed changes to member-societies

    with the approval of the Executive Committee. “Should no more than

    one objection be received within a 60-day period, the change shall be

    deemed accepted and reported as such at the next conference,” the

    Band Planning Committee’s terms of references state.

    The IARU R2 Band Planning Committee has a member from each of the

    seven areas in Region 2, and one of those members also serves as the

    committee’s chair. The current Committee Chair is Alphonse Penney,


    [ANS thanks the ARRL and George Gorsline, VE3YV, IARU Region 2

    Secretary for the above information.]


    Two More Astronauts Earn Amateur Radio Licenses

    Although the lockdown of Johnson Space Center (JSC) postponed Amateur

    Radio training and licensing over the past seven months, NASA ISS

    Ham Project Coordinator Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, was able to work with

    all of the new astronaut-class graduates, as well as offer some

    refresher courses with already-licensed astronauts. Licensed

    astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) may operate the

    on-station ham radio equipment without restrictions.

    Astronauts often participate in Amateur Radio on the International

    Space Station (ARISS) contacts with schools and groups on Earth.

    NASA Astronaut Kayla Barron, who completed her introductory course

    in June and received basic ham radio operations training in late

    September, recently tested and received the call sign KI5LAL.

    European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer passed his Amateur

    Radio exam on July 30, and he got his basic ham operations training

    in July. He now is KI5KFH.

    Astronauts Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD, and Shannon Walker, KD5DXB,

    completed the refresher course earlier this year. Two other new

    astronauts are in the queue to take the Technician license exam.

    [ANS thanks the ARRL and Rosalie White, K1STO for the above


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    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    - JQ78, October 7–12, 2020

    JW7XK (or maybe LA7XK) will be active on RS-44 on as many passes as

    possible. His focus is to work NA and maybe JA, when/if it is

    possible. Link frequency 435.660 +/- Doppler.

    - JN15jo, October 19, 2020
    Jerome, F4DXV, is planning to be on RS-44 beginning at 20:00 UTC

    specifically for North America. The footprint covers much of eastern

    NA. This is a difficult operation after dark and Jerome hopes that

    many will take advantage of the opportunity to work this very rare

    grid. RS-44 will bee around 1430km.

    - CN98/DN08, October 12, 2020
    @AD0DX until Sunday. Holiday style.

    - DN17/DN18 Line, October 12, 2020
    @AD0DX and @KI7JPC and maybe @KI7UXT.

    - DN13, DN23, DN22, October 16-19, 2020
    @KI7UNJ, no pass list, follow him on twitter.

    October 16 on the DN13/23 Line.

    October 17 in DN22.

    October 18 in DN22.

    October 19 on the DN13/23 line.

    - FN44/FN54, October 11-16, 2020
    KQ2RP will be on FM birds from FN54 with occasional FN44/54 line.

    FN53 is possible. Logging as KQ2RP/1.

    DK78/ DK79, October 12, 2020

    @XE1HG will be holiday style on FM and maybe some linears.

    EL Grids, October 10-14, 2020

    October 10 in EL95 Key Largo.

    October 11 in EL94 Key West.

    October 12 in EL84 Dry Tortuga.

    October 13 in EL94 Key West.

    October 14 TBD.

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


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

    Clint Bradford K6LCS has booked his “Work the FM Voice Satellites

    with Minimal Equipment” presentation for the clubs. The next Zoom

    presentation is on October 27, 2020 for the Cherryland ARC/Traverse

    Bay ARC.

    [ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL 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/


    ARISS News

    * Completed Contacts

    Gagarin From Space Radio Amateur Session With Students Of The

    International Aerospace School At Amgu Blagoveshchensk,

    Amur State University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia direct via RKŘJ.

    The ISS callsign was RSŘISS.

    The astronaut was Anatoli Ivanishin.

    The contact was successful on September 28, 2020 at 08:48 UTC.

    * Upcoming Contacts

    Ramona Lutheran School, Ramona, CA, direct via N6ROR.
    The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.

    The scheduled astronaut is Chris Cassidy KF5KDR.

    Contact is go for: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 16:26:13 UTC.

    [ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N for the above information.]


    Shorts from All Over

    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for October 8, 2020

    Update on decaying satellites:

    - The decay epoch predicted by Space-Track for EnduroSat One -

    Cat ID 43551 is 2020-10-15.

    - The decay epoch predicted by Space-Track for MO-106 -

    Cat ID 44830 is 2020-10-09.

    Decay has occurred or is eminent.

    [ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD for the above information.]

    * Next Rocket Lab Launch Window Starts October 20, 2020 UTC

    'In Focus' is a rideshare mission to low Earth orbit for Planet and

    Spaceflight Inc.’s customer Canon Electronics. The mission will

    deploy a total of 10 satellites to precise and individual orbits

    from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand. The

    scheduled launch time is 21:14 UTC. Full details can be seen at


    [ANS thanks Terry Osborne, ZL2BAC for the above information.]

    * British Columbia Radio Amateur Hears Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    According to a Spaceweather.com report, Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, in

    British Columbia, Canada, received a signal from the NASA Mars

    Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), flying just 274 kilometers (about 170

    miles) above the red planet’s surface. The signal was an X-band

    carrier containing no data or telemetry.

    “Its purpose is to allow for Doppler tracking,” Tilley explained.

    “The rapid change in pitch of the signal is caused by the relative

    motion of the satellite and the observer.” He used a homemade

    satellite dish to hear the orbiter.

    Tilley enjoys tracking down signals from “dead” satellites, zombie

    satellites, and spy satellites, but the MRO was a first for him.

    “MRO’s signal is weak, but it is one of the louder signals in Mars

    orbit,” he said. “The spacecraft has a large dish antenna it uses as

    a relay for other Mars missions. With the proximity of Mars these

    days, it was the perfect time to try.”

    In 2018, Tilley saw the “signature” of the Imager for Magnetopause-
    to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE), a NASA spacecraft believed to

    have died in 2005. That discovery delighted space scientists.

    [ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information.]

    * Rocket Lab CEO Warns of Space Junk

    In 1978, NASA scientist Donald Kessler warned of a potential

    catastrophic, cascading chain reaction in outer space. Today known

    as "Kessler Syndrome," the theory posited that space above Earth

    could one day become so crowded, so polluted with both active

    satellites and the detritus of space explorations past, that it

    could render future space endeavors more difficult, if not


    Last week, the CEO of Rocket Lab, a launch startup, said the

    company is already beginning to experience the effect of growing

    congestion in outer space. Read the complete story at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-285-Space-Junk

    [ANS thanks CNN for the above information.]


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    This week's ANS Editor,
    Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
    n1uw at amsat dot org

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