• [ans] ANS-313 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

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    In this edition:

    * Neutron1 Launched from the ISS
    * VUCC Awards-Endorsements for November 2020
    * AMSAT GridMaster Award
    * IARU Coordinates Frequencies for Six Satellites in October
    * ARISS Team Attends ISS National Lab Education Summit
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * ARISS News
    * Satellite Shorts from All Over

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    ANS-313 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 313.01
    November 08, 2020
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    Neutron1 Launched from the ISS

    Hawaii's first 3U CubeSat designed to detect neutrons was launched on

    November 5, 2020 by the ISS and is now in Low Earth Orbit.

    The science payload, a small neutron detector developed by Arizona

    State University, will focus on measurements of low-energy secondary

    neutrons - a component of the LEO neutron environment.

    For the first month and during the spacecraft commissioning phase,

    the beacon will transmit 1200bps BPSK every 60 seconds on the IARU

    coordinated frequency of 435.300MHz . The Hawaii Space Flight

    Laboratory welcomes the worldwide Amateur Radio community to collect

    the beacons and forward them to n1-info@hsfl.hawaii.edu. The beacon

    format is now public and published at:


    After the initial commissioning phase, Amateurs will be able to use

    the V/U FM repeater during available times and according to the

    available power budget. Stay tuned for more mission updates on their

    Twitter account @HSFLNeutron1 and their website:


    [ANS thanks the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory for the above


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

    VUCC Awards-Endorsements for November 2020

    Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the

    ARRL for the period October 1, 2020 through November 1, 2020.

    Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

    CALL Oct Nov

    KO4MA 1753 1779
    N3GS 652 679
    N0JE 655 675
    KE4AL 625 631
    K7TAB 600 627
    WD9EWK(DM43) 623 625
    KI7UNJ 551 576
    N9FN 450 486
    K0JM 300 403
    N5BO New 401
    N4DCW 300 400
    WA9JBQ 355 375
    VE6WK 207 355
    AK7DD 255 326
    KS1G 285 325
    KF6JOQ 251 303
    W4DTA 275 301
    N6RFM 226 276
    W2ZF 101 276
    K8BL 257 274
    N7AGF 200 240
    N3CAL 171 181
    W7YED 127 163
    DL6IAN New 154
    K3HPA 128 150
    EA2AA 125 148
    NA1ME 100 126
    WD9EWK(DM42) 100 126
    WY4X New 108
    N7UJJ New 101
    F4BKV New 100
    W4WT New 100

    If you find errors or omissions. please contact Ron off-list at

    <mycall>@<mycall>.com and he will 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.]


    AMSAT GridMaster Award

    With last week's activation of DL88, there are 4 new recipients of the

    GridMaster award. They all sent in their applications within days of

    each other.

    #16 Chris AA8CH
    #17 Robert KE4AL
    #18 George N3GS
    #19 Kerry WC7V

    Awesome job and thanks to K5Z for activating the grid!

    [ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO for the above information.]

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    IARU Coordinates Frequencies for Six Satellites in October

    During the month of October the IARU coordinated frequencies for six

    upcoming Amateur Radio satellites:

    + OreSat0 (Portland State Aerospace Society at Portland State

    University is a 1U CubeSat. The mission is to provide flight heritage

    to the "OreSat bus", an open source card-cage based system that is

    ideally suited for education CubeSat projects involving

    interdisciplinary teams of students. Downlinks on UHF using CW

    beacon, 9k6 G3RUH AX25/APRS packet beacon and a 96k GMSK

    engineering downlink. Also downlink on S Band using amateur 802.11b

    DPSK with 11M chip/sec spread and 1 Mbps data rate for bulk mission

    data. Downlinks on 436.500 MHz and 2425.00 MHz have been

    coordinated. Planning a launch with Momentus Space from Cape

    Canaveral in February 2021 into a 450 km polar orbit. More info at:

    http://oresat.org/ and https://github.com/oresat.

    + TartanArtibeus-1 (Carnegie Mellon University) is a 1P PocketQube.

    Amateur Radio community globally will be provided with a delay

    ping-back service, allowing Amateurs to send messages, with replies

    from the satellite transmitted later. A UHF downlink using 3kbps FSK

    compatible with RadioHead library. A downlink on 437.170 MHz has

    been coordinated. Planning a SpaceX launch from KSC in December 2020

    into a 550km SSO.

    + SATLLA-2 (Ariel University) is a 2P picosat that will take

    low-resolution photos and will broadcast the photos over the Amateur

    Radio with its position in orbit and data from its sensors. UHF and S

    Band downlinks using LORA from 476bps to 9k6 bps. Downlinks on

    437.250 MHz and 2401.000 MHz have been coordinated.Planning a SpaceX

    launch into a 410 km 52 degree orbit in December 2020.

    + CSIROSat-1 (University of South Australia & CSIRO) is a 3U CubeSat

    mission that will perform hyperspectral infrared imaging of the earth

    for scientific research purposes. An experimental two-way link for

    Amateur Radio operators to exchange short messages through a

    ‘ping-pong’ arrangement of data exchange is among the several

    communications experiments. Proposing a 9k6 FSK downlink. A downlink

    on 437.315 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a launch from Cape

    Canaveral in March 2021 into an ISS orbit.

    + PyCubed-1 (Carnegie Mellon University) is a 1P PocketQube that will

    test a novel 3-axis attitude control system based on magnetic torque

    coils. In addition, it will test new low- power LoRa radios in

    low-Earth orbit which will be of interest to many other Amateur Radio

    small satellite operators. Proposing a 3kbps UHF downlink. A downlink

    on 437.290 MHz has been coordinated. Packets are standard LoRa format

    and are compatible with the RadioHead library. Planning a SpaceX

    launch from KSC into a 550 km SSO in December 2020.

    + Grizu-263A (Zonguldak Bülent Ecevit University) is a pocketcube

    satellite with a digipeater mode that will allow forwarding of

    received messages back to earth to support communication between

    Amateur Radio operators. Proposing a UHF downlink using 4k8 FSK. A

    downlink on 437.190 MHz has been coordinated. Planning a SpaceX

    launch from Vandenberg into a 500 600 km SSO in December 2020.

    Information on these and other upcoming satellites can be found at:


    [ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]

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    ARISS Team Attends ISS National Lab Education Summit

    A group of ARISS team members took part in the three-day ISS National

    Lab Education Summit on October 26-28, 2020. On Day 1, Space Station

    Explorers Senior Education Manager Dan Barstow gave a presentation

    titled “20 Years of STEM Education—the ISS National Lab Report. His

    talk highlighted several of the Space Station Explorers programs,

    and one was ARISS. Barstow related a small amount of ARISS’s long

    history, described how it enhances youth education, and displayed

    some of ARISS’s metrics on engaging youth.

    Frank Bauer shared additional comments on ARISS activities and plans

    such as this past summer’s balloon race using amateur radio payloads

    and how ARISS transformed its school contacts in ways that

    safeguarded students from Covid.

    Rosalie White added that ARISS is not just K-12; colleges and

    universities often host ARISS contacts with the students mentoring

    elementary schools. She thanked Barstow for describing ARISS as

    “having the power to combine ham radio and space exploration into a

    magical elixir to engage students.”

    Day 3 sessions focused on upcoming activities allowing students to

    engage with the ISS. At another session, Barstow introduced the

    Student Mission Control project, an initiative where students can

    receive live ISS telemetry data in a mission control setting, and

    then analyze and interpret the data. Barstow described the ARISS

    contribution to this initiative, where on-board telemetry data

    acquired by sensors attached to an ARISS-developed Raspberry Pi

    computer can be transmitted from the ARISS on-board radio system and

    directly received on the ground and evaluated by the Mission Control


    [ANS thanks ARISS for the above information.]


    Upcoming Satellite Operations

    CN73,CN74,CN82,CN83, November 6-8, 2020
    @KF6JOQ will be operating holiday style on FM. He will tweet as

    soon as he knows were and when. His main goal is CN73/83 and to run

    doubles. "Hope I can help a few."

    KH67, November 11-21, 2020
    7Q7RU on AO-7, RS-44 and QO-100. More information at: https://dxpedition.wixsite.com/7q7ru

    HH02, November 13-15, 2020
    Sandro Ribeiro, PY1SAN and Claudio Marcelo, PY1CMT are QRV on QO-100

    with some opportunities AO-07, FO-29 or RS-44 using CW and SSB as

    ZX6BA from Prado, Brazil, Bahia. The activity will be on several HF

    bands too, using CW and FT8 on an Alex Loop Antenna with 5 watts.

    QSL via LoTW.

    FN53/54/55/56/57/64/65/66/67 November 13-18, 2020

    @KL7TN will be in Maine. Details to follow.

    GG99, November 16-18, 2020.
    Sandro Ribeiro, PY1SAN and Claudio Marcelo, PY1CMT are QRV on QO-100

    and maybe AO-07, FO-29, RS-44 using CW and SSB as PR1S from

    Nova Almeida, Brazil, Espirito Santo. Activity will be on several HF

    bands too, using CW and FT8 on an Alex Loop Antenna with 5 watts.

    QSL via LoTW.

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


    Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

    November 11, 2020
    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. The

    demo will be on SO-50 at 2323UTC. He will be using the club call

    WB7TBC and the church is in Grid DM33wp. He may try to get a student

    on the air. Please keep an ear out for Rick and respond to his call

    as the kids will appreciate it. Rick will send a reminder as the

    date gets closer.

    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

    No ARISS contacts are currently scheduled.

    November 12: ARISS educator Kathy Lamont is scheduled to give a talk

    at the online Virginia Association of Science Teachers Conference.

    Her presentation is titled “How to Talk with an Astronaut 250 Miles

    Above You.”

    The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

    The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

    The deadline for United States organizations to submit an ARISS
    contact proposal is November 24, 2020. For more information, visit http://www.ariss.org/.

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


    Shorts from All Over

    * EIRSAT-1 Video Available Online

    The EIRSAT-1 CubeSat, built by students at University College Dublin

    is due for launch on the Vega rocket in early 2021. David Murphy,

    EI9HWB and Fergal Marshall of the EIRSAT-1 team gave a comprehensive

    technical run-through of the satellite’s payload, subsystems and

    onboard communications. You can watch the entire video presentation

    at: https://amsat-uk.org/.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]

    * Tel Aviv TAU-SAT1 Gets Press Coverage

    The Times of Israel posted an informative article on the Tel Aviv

    University's plans to launch a "shoebox-size" satellite next year.

    Read the article at: https://tinyurl.com/ANS-313-Tel-Aviv.

    [ANS thanks Mark Johns, K0JM 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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