• [ans] ANS-299 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for Oct. 25

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    In this edition:

    * AMSAT Virtual Symposium Replay Available on YouTube
    * AMSAT Board of Directors Elects Robert Bankston, KE4AL, President
    * Satellite Acronyms Wiki Established
    * New Satellite Distance Records Claimed
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for October 22
    * FO-29 operation schedule for Nov. 2020
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over

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    ANS-299 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 299.01
    DATE 2020 October 25
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    AMSAT Virtual Symposium Replay Available on YouTube

    The 2020 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting was held via
    a Zoom Webinar on October 17, 2020 with over 200 AMSAT members in
    attendance. If you were not able to attend, a complete replay is
    available on the AMSAT YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/EHDgrI_w8hY

    The YouTube video is divided into chapters to make it easy to find the
    specific presentation you are looking for:

    0:00:00 Welcome
    0:02:07 AMSAT GOLF-TEE System Overview and Development Status
    0:43:02 GOLF IHU Coordination
    1:19:10 GOLF Downlink Coordination
    1:50:15 FUNcube Next
    2:13:50 LunART - Luna Amateur Radio Transponder
    2:45:35 CatSat HF Experiment Overview
    3:13:30 Neutron-1 CubeSat
    3:39:58 Progress and Development of Open Source Electric Propulsion
    for Nanosats and Picosats
    4:15:00 AMSAT Education
    5:14:00 ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) /
    AREx (Amateur Radio Exploration)
    6:14:00 AMSAT Engineering
    7:21:16 AMSAT Annual General Meeting

    AMSAT members may download the 2020 Symposium Proceedings at https://launch.amsat.org/Proceedings.

    The 2021 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting is expected
    to be held in the Minneapolis area in October 2021.

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


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


    AMSAT Board of Directors Elects Robert Bankston, KE4AL, President

    At its annual meeting, the AMSAT Board of Directors elected Robert
    Bankston, KE4AL, of Dothan, AL, President, succeeding Clayton Coleman,
    W5PFG. Bankston is a Life Member of AMSAT and has previously served
    as Treasurer and Vice-President User Services, as well as volunteering
    in several other capacities for AMSAT, including the development and
    launch of AMSAT’s online member portal and chairing the 2018 AMSAT
    Space Symposium held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, in
    Huntsville, Alabama. He also is an ARRL Life Member and holds an
    Extra Class license.

    Immediate Past President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, said “It has been
    both a joy and privilege to serve as President of AMSAT in 2020. In
    what has been a rather difficult year for many individuals in amateur
    radio, AMSAT, through its many supportive members, volunteers, and
    donors, has continued course on our vision of Keeping Amateur Radio in
    Space. With our initiatives such as modernizing the AMSAT office with
    a self-service member portal and the Linear Transponder Module, the organization has moved forward. With the talented and capable
    individuals sitting on AMSAT’s new Board and its Officers, I am
    confident in a bright future ahead for AMSAT and the amateur radio
    satellite service.“

    Other officers elected by the Board were:

    • Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, of Washington, DC, as Executive Vice President
    • Jerry Buxton, N0JY, of Granbury, TX, as Vice-President - Engineering
    • Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, of Brooksville, FL, as Vice President -
    • Jeff Davis, KE9V, of Muncie, IN, as Secretary
    • Steve Belter, N9IP, of West Lafayette, IN, as Treasurer
    • Martha Saragovitz, of Silver Spring, MD, as Manager
    • Alan Johnston, KU2Y, of Philadelphia, PA, as Vice President -
    Educational Relations
    • Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, of Burnsville, MN, as Vice President -

    [ANS thanks the AMSAT Board of Directors 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.


    Satellite Acronyms Wiki Established

    As with any specialized or technical endeavor, the language of amateur satellites is filled with terms, abbreviations, shorthands, and acro-
    nyms that become second nature to those who use them daily, but can be
    obscure to newcomers -- or even to old hands who begin to explore new
    aspects of satellite construction or operation. This became abundantly
    clear during the recent AMSAT Symposium, in which some of our hobby's
    top experts presented projects to the general memebership.

    In response to inquiries from Symposium participants, John Brier,
    KG4AKV, and Brad Brooks, WF7T, have initiated a wiki page for listing,
    and briefly explaining, the technical jargon of our field. When con-
    fused by an unfamilar batch of "alphabet soup," consult the wiki at: http://sats.wikidot.com/acronyms

    [ANS thanks John Brier, KG4AKV, for the above information]


    New Satellite Distance Records Claimed

    Casey Tucker, KI7UNJ, and Jérôme LeCuyer, F4DXV, have set a new record
    via RS-44. They completed an 8,402 km QSO between DN32 in Idaho and
    JN15 in France on October 19th at 07:15 UTC. This exceeds the prior
    record of 8,357 km set by W5CBF and DL4EA in late May.

    F4DXV also set another record during his trip to JN15. Shortly after
    setting the record on RS-44, Jérôme worked Michael Styne, K2MTS, in
    FN22 via AO-27. This QSO covered a distance of 5,904 km, eclipsing
    the prior record of 5,682 km set by E21EJC and R9LR on June 9th.

    In addition to these two new records, McKinley Henson, KE4AZZ, claimed
    the record for the NO-84 digipeater for a 3,439 km QSO with Christy
    Hunter, KB6LTY, on April 22, 2019.

    For more distance records, see the AMSAT Satellite Distance Records
    page at https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/

    [ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President, 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 October 22

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

    EnduroSat One - Cat ID 43551 - decay epoch is 2020-10-15 per Space-

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


    FO-29 operation schedule for Nov. 2020

    Time in UTC
    Nov. 1 03:15-
    Nov. 3 01:30- 03:10-
    Nov. 7 01:15- 03:00-
    Nov. 8 03:50-
    Nov.14 01:50- 03:35-
    Nov.15 02:40- 04:28-
    Nov.21 02:25- 04:10-
    Nov.22 03:15- 05:05-
    Nov.23 02:20- 04:05-
    Nov.28 01:15- 03:00-
    Nov.29 02:05- 03:50-

    [ANS thanks Hideo Kambayashi, JH3XCU, for the above information]



    ARISS is seeking alumni from Luther Burbank School, Burbank, IL. Stu-
    dents, families or staff who participated in the hamradio contact with
    Bill Shepherd on Dec. 21 2000, are asked to contact Charlie Sufana,
    AJ9N (aj9n at aol.com). This was ARISS school contact #1, and this is
    the 20th year since that event. ARISS would like to celebrate!

    Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between
    amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with
    astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The
    downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

    No school contacts are scheduled in the coming week.

    ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools
    and the public in general. As such, there may be last minute cancella-
    tions or postponements of school contacts. As always, ariss.org will
    try to provide near-real-time updates.

    [ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team men-
    tors 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/


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    Upcoming Roves:
    DL88: The K5Z DL88 expeditions is heading out!!!! @Ad0dx and @N6ua are
    heading out on 10/25. Weather looks great, and there is even a chance
    at some passes on the 26th. This is a daytime activation only because
    the Talley campground is closed currently. Head on over to QRZ.com and
    check out the K5Z page for all the details. Or, visit: https://www.amsat.org/satellite-info/upcoming-satellite-operations/

    Quick Hits:

    KH67,: 7Q7RU, AO-7, RS-44, QO-100, 11/11 thru 11/21.

    FN01: @K8BL will run over to PA tomorrow and I’ll have a chance to ac-
    tivate the EN91/FN01 Line. Not sure of the timing, but I’ll pop up on
    a few FM & Linear SATs. All Qs will be on LoTW a day or so afterward.

    KP44: OH8FKS is in KP44 until Sunday 10/25.

    Please submit any additions or corrections to Ke0pbr (at) gmail.com

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the
    above information]


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

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

    Rick Tejera K7TEJ from the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club (TBARC) will
    be giving a presentation and demonstration of Satellite operations to
    the Northwest Christian School in Glendale, AZ on Nov. 11th 2020. The
    demo will be on SO-50 at 2323UT. I will be using our Club call WB7TBC
    and the church is in Grid DM33wp. I may try to get a student on the
    air. Please keep an ear out for us and respond to our call, the kids
    will appreciate it. I’ll send outa reminder as the date gets closer.

    Clint Bradford K6LCS has booked his “Work the FM Voice Satellites With Minimal Equipment” presentation for the 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, Penn.
    These will be Zoom presentations. Everyone is asked to update their
    copies of the Zoom application – by directly visiting Zoom.us.

    [ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the
    above information]


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + After 196 days living and working in Earth's orbit aboard the Inter-
    national Space Station, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, re-
    turned from his third space mission Wednesday, Oct. 21, with cosmo-
    nauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency
    Roscosmos. Cassidy formally turned the station over to cosmonaut Ser-
    gey Ryzhikov on Tuesday, handing him a ceremonial “key” to the lab
    complex. Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, ar-
    rived at the station last Wednesday aboard their own Soyuz ship.
    (ANS thanks Spaceflight Now for the above information)

    + NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification,
    Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its ro-
    botic arm Tuesday, Oct. 20, and in a first for the agency, briefly
    touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from the surface for
    delivery to Earth in 2023. This well-preserved, ancient asteroid,
    known as Bennu, is currently more than 200 million miles from Earth.
    Bennu offers scientists a window into the early solar system as it
    was first taking shape billions of years ago and flinging ingredients
    that could have helped seed life on Earth. If Tuesday’s sample col-
    lection event, known as “Touch-And-Go” (TAG), provided enough of a
    sample, mission teams will command the spacecraft to begin stowing
    the precious primordial cargo to begin its journey back to Earth in
    March 2021. Otherwise, they will prepare for another attempt in Jan-
    uary. (ANS thanks www.asteroidmission.org for the above information)

    + China is building a new rocket to fly its astronauts to the moon. An-
    nounced at the 2020 China Space Conference last month, the vehicle
    could deliver 25 metric tons into a trans-lunar injection. The rocket
    consists of three, 5-meter (16.4') boosters and is 87 meters (285')
    tall. Liftoff mass will be ~2,200 metric tons, which is about three
    times that of the Long March 5 (the current heavy lifter in China’s
    rocket lineup). (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above informa-

    + Most of the aerospace world watched the skies over Antarctica and New
    Zealand for portions of Thursday night/Friday morning. Earlier this
    week, LeoLabs Inc, a company that tracks objects in Low Earth Orbit,
    issued a statement regarding two large objects which posed a “high
    risk” of collision at 00:56:40 UTC on 16 October 2020. Roughly one
    hour after the time of possible collision, LeoLabs confirmed “No in-
    dication of collision” via a statement on Twitter. The two objects
    held a greater than 10% chance of colliding 991 km above Antarctica.
    (ANS thanks nasaspaceflight.com for the above information)

    + The website, Hackaday recently featured an article about David Prut-
    chi, Ph.D., N2QG, and his home station that is capable of copying
    telemetry from deep-space satellites. Read the article at:
    https://bit.ly/2HqZMSb or read David's paper directly at:
    https://bit.ly/2FRSXs9 (ANS thanks hackaday.com for the above infor-

    + The University of Western Australia (UWA) is set to install an opti-
    cal communications station capable of receiving high-speed data
    transmissions from space. The communications station will be able to
    receive data from spacecraft from anywhere between low-Earth orbit to
    as far away as the surface of the moon - about 384,000km away. Dr.
    Sascha Schediwy, Astrophotonics Group leader at UWA and the Interna-
    tional Centre for Radio Astronomy (ICRAR), said optical communica-
    tions are an emerging alternative to radio waves and are expected to
    drastically improve data transfer capabilities from space. (ANS
    thanks AMSAT-UK and IT News of Australia for the above information)

    + Nokia says it has been tapped by NASA to build the first cellular
    communications network on the moon. The Finnish telecommunications
    equipment maker said Monday, Oct. 19, that its Nokia Bell Labs divi-
    sion will build a 4G communications system to be deployed on a lunar
    lander to the moon’s surface in late 2022. Nokia’s network will pro-
    vide critical communications capabilities for tasks astronauts will
    need to carry out, like remote control of lunar rovers, real-time
    navigation and high-definition video streaming, the company said.
    (ANS thanks apnews.com for the above information)



    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. Application forms are available from the AMSAT

    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.
    Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership information.

    73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
    This week's ANS Editor, Mark D. Johns, K0JM

    k0jm at amsat dot org
    Via the ANS mailing list courtesy of AMSAT-NA https://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

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