• [ans] ANS-320 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins (1/2)

    From Mark Johns, K0JM via ANS@21:1/5 to All on Fri Nov 20 09:48:57 2020
    XPost: rec.radio.info


    The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
    mation service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS
    publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space including reports on
    the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who
    share an active interest in designing, building, launching and commun-
    icating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.

    The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
    Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

    Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:

    You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service
    Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see: http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

    In this edition:
    * Australian Space Communications Station To Feature Optical Data
    * WB4APR Seeking high power VHF stations for Leonids Meteor Shower
    * AMSAT Italia and Italian Space Agency ISS STEAM agreement
    * ORI sponsors the M17 VOCODER and hardware development
    * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for November ##, 2020
    * ARISS News
    * Upcoming Satellite Operations
    * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over
    * Tips for the New Operator - Mobile Apps

    SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-320.01
    ANS-320 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 320.01
    DATE 2020 November 15
    BID: $ANS-320.01

    Australian Space Communications Station Will Feature Optical Data

    The University of Western Australia (UWA) is set to install an optical communications station capable of receiving high-speed data transmis-
    sions from space. The communications station will be able to receive
    data from spacecraft from anywhere between low-Earth orbit (between
    100 miles and 620 miles above Earth's surface) to as far away as the
    surface of the moon -- some 240,000 miles away. Astrophotonics Group
    Leader Dr. Sascha Schediwy at UWA and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy (ICRAR) said optical communications are an emerging alterna-
    tive to radio waves and are expected to drastically improve data trans-
    fer capabilities from space.

    "Most current space communications rely on radio waves -- it's the same technology that brought us the voice of Neil Armstrong when the Apollo
    11 mission landed on the moon in 1969," Schediwy said. "Free-space op-
    tical laser communications has several advantages over radio, including significantly faster data rates and hack-proof data transfer. It's the
    next generation of space communications, and it's likely to be how
    we'll see high-definition footage of the first woman to walk on the

    The $535,000 ground station will use a 0.7-meter observatory-grade op-
    tical telescope donated to ICRAR, which will be fitted with atmospheric
    noise suppression technology developed at the university. The Western Australian ground station will be a joint venture between the UWA Astrophotonics Group, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quan-
    tum Systems (EQUS), and UK industry partner Goonhilly Earth Station,
    which handles data traffic and supports secure communications links for
    major satellite operators including Intelsat, Eutelsat, and SES Satel-

    Data from the station will be fed to Goonhilly's supercomputer data
    center in Cornwall, England by high-speed fiber. It will form part of
    a larger Australasian network of optical stations, led by the Austral-
    ian National University and supported by partners in South Australia
    and New Zealand.

    EQUS Director Andrew White said the Western Australian ground station
    could be the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and have ad-
    ditional applications in research in different fields.

    Goonhilly Chief Executive Ian Jones said the initiative is driving sat-
    ellite communications into the next generations of systems and techno-
    logies needed to support the "enormous" data volumes produced by space missions. "This data arises from science and other missions and, in the
    future, will come from lunar and Mars missions that involve remote op- erations, robotics, and AI," Jones said. The ground station is expected
    to be operational from early 2021 and open for business later that year.

    [ANS thanks Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor of The ARRL Letter for the
    above information]


    WB4APR Seeking high power VHF stations for Leonids Meteor Shower

    Bob Bruninga, WB4APR is seeking a several AMSAT operators with beams
    and high power transmitters to join in a Meteor Shower experiment.
    Bob writes:

    With the Leonids Meteor shower coming up after Midnight next Monday
    (Tues AM), maybe its time to have some fun with APRS again!

    Last time we did this was 1998 and over 48 MS packets were seen over
    500 to 600 miles on the APRS channel.. Here is the report: http://aprs.org/APRS-docs/LEONIDS.TXT

    This year I propose not a free-for-all but just a few HIGH power sta-
    tions transmitting and everyone else in the country checks the next
    morning to see what they copied. Best TX stations are those with sev-
    eral hundred watts and a beam. Even one such station would be a great
    test, because on 144.39 we would have maybe 10,000 full time normal
    APRS stations as receivers. In retirement, I don't have the power nor
    the beam.

    Up to 15 TX stations with power capability > 100W and beams would par- ticipate. Beams would be pointed toward distant population centers. The
    15 transmitting stations will be distributed in various parts of the
    country would TX a continuous keydown string of short packets for 15
    seconds every minute. Special software and APRS ID's will be used.
    Xmission will be on the 144.39 national APRS channel to maximize the
    number of people that might copy one.

    Transmissions begin at midnight local time and runs to 6 AM only to
    minimize any interference to other operators. This will result in local reception within about 20 miles of the TX station, but since the pac-
    kets have no path, they can only be heard in simplex range of a trans-
    mitter or via meteor scatter. If a meteor happens, someone within about
    400 to 600 miles is likely capture it. Because the APRS channel load
    in most areas is only a packet every 3 or 4 seconds and that gives
    everyone a receive window of 75% of the total slots available. Even if
    the TX stations are not synchronized, it doesnt matter because a given
    meteor path only exists for a fraction of a second between two fixed
    100 mile or so areas for that instant.

    The 15 high power TX stations will send is about 30 copies of the APRS
    grid format in a single burst every minute. This burst would look like: >GG##gg<CR>

    The TNC will concatenate probably seven to ten of these at a timel into
    dense packets with only a single TX delay, not 30 delays.

    The TNC has UNPROTO set to simply "APRS" no path! And set to CONVErSE..

    Adjust the number (30?) till the TX burst lasts 15 seconds each minute.
    The result is a complete grid in only 200 milliseconds each. Hopefully
    short enough so that occasionally one will get bounced somewhere by the extremely short meteor path bursts at VHF.

    Point beam toward an area with a dense ham population that is at least
    600 miles away. Vertical or Horizontal polarization will work.

    The PARS IS will be from the range METEOR-1 through METEOR-15

    RX stations will not need to do anything special. Any APRS software
    should capture and decode and plot a grid report if received overnight.

    For those who are interested, here is the 1998 experiment page: http://aprs.org/meteors.html Look about 75% down the page for the map
    of the 1998 2m experiment.

    [ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR for the above information]


    AMSAT Italia and Italian Space Agency ISS STEAM agreement

    AMSAT Italia and ASI, the Italian Space Agency, have subscribed a
    three-year framework program for joint initiatives in the area of the scientific culture development with particular interest in the aero-
    space field. The agreement also aims to develop interest of new genera-
    tions in the STEAM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,
    and Mathematics. In this framework AMSAT Italia will propose the Agency
    project with particular technical relevance and high dissemination
    value for a joint technical feasibility and, as national reference for
    the ARISS project, the association will involve ASI in the school con-
    tacts with the astronauts on board the ISS. On the other hand ASI will
    make available the resources at its operation centers for verification activities or test of devices developed for educational purposes. The
    2020-2023 framework program subscription confirms the collaboration
    between the Agency and our Association already started in 2011. More
    on the event on the AMSAT Italia web site <http://www.amsat.it>
    (in Italian).

    [ANS thanks Fabrizio Carrai, IU5GEZ of AMSAT Italia for the
    above information]


    ORI sponsors the M17 VOCODER and hardware development.

    Open Research Institute is proud to formally sponsor M17, an open
    source digital radio protocol, code, voice codec, and hardware project.
    The designs and technology are highly useful for digital radio uplinks
    or a wide variety of amateur satellite projects. The project is dyna-
    mic, international, accessible, modern, and welcoming. Open Research
    Institute is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to open source research and develop-
    ment for the amateur radio satellite service and beyond. Find out more
    at https://openresearch.institute

    Learn about M17 and get involved at https://m17project.org/

    [ANS thanks <Michelle Thompson W5NYV, Member AMSAT Board of Directors,
    CEO Open Research Institute> for the above information]


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


    Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for November 12, 2020

    The Neutron-1 cubesat was deployed from the ISS on 11-5-2020 at 10:40
    UTC, but its NORAD Catalog number has not yet been identified. Neu-
    tron-1 is a 3U cubeSat built by the Hawaii Space Flight Lab at the Uni-
    versity of Hawaii.

    The Hawaii Space Flight Lab has asked the world wide amateur to help
    collect beacon data as a part of this project. The IARU coordinated
    beacon frequency is 435.300 MHZ,1200bps BPSK every 60 seconds.

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 306.01 has further information on this pro-
    ject at the following url.

    Editor's Note: Also see comment in the Satellite Shorts section.

    A post launch TLE set (updated 11-9-2020) is available at the following URL. https://www.hsfl.hawaii.edu/
    Sources: AMSAT News Service and Hawaii Space Flight Lab

    A Chinese student/radio amateur satellite BY70-3 was launched 11-6-2020
    with a CZ 6 rocket. The IARU coordinated downlink frequency is 437.443
    MHz, 8000 bps BPSK. So far no signals have been recieved.
    Source: Nico Janssen, PA0DLO.

    [ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, 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.


    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


    ARISS NEWS for the week of 8 November, 2020

    ARISS has posted a special anniversary message and a video celebrating
    our 20th Anniversary on the ARISS Web Page: <http://www.ariss.org>.

    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

    A multi-point telebridge contact means that each student will be on
    the telebridge from their own home.

    ARISS is very aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on schools
    and the public in general. As such, we may have last minute cancella-
    tions or postponements of school contacts. As always, I will try to
    provide everyone with near-real-time updates. Watch for future COVID-19
    related announcements at https://www.ariss.org/

    The following schools have now been postponed or cancelled due to
    Postponed: No new schools
    Cancelled: No new schools

    Note, all times are approximate. It is recommended that you do your
    own orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the
    listed time.

    All dates and times listed follow International Standard ISO 8601 date
    and time format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS

    The complete schedule page has been updated as of 2020-11-10 16:00 UTC.
    (***) Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school contacts,
    and questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites,
    and instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.



    The successful school list has been updated as of 2020-10-14 18:00 UTC.


    The ARISS webpage is at https://www.ariss.org/. Note that there are
    links to other ARISS websites from this site.

    The main page for Applying to Host a Scheduled Contact may be found at https://www.ariss.org/apply-to-host-an-ariss-contact.html

    ARISS Contact Applications (United States)

    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 in-
    tegrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.

    The deadline to submit a proposal is November 24th, 2020. Proposal in- formation and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines
    and the proposal form can be found at www.ariss.org. An ARISS Intro-
    ductory Webinar session will be held on October 8, 2020 at 8PM 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 approxi-
    mately 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 satel-
    lite communication, wireless technology, and radio science.

    Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of sched-
    uling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexi-
    bility to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.

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

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

    For future proposal information and more details such as expectations,
    proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Informa-
    tion Webinars, go to www.ariss.org.

    ARISS Contact Applications (Europe, Africa and the Middle East)

    Schools and Youth organizations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East interested in setting up an ARISS radio contact with an astronaut on
    board the International Space Station are invited to submit an applica-
    tion from September to October and from February to April.

    Please refer to details and the application form at www.ariss-eu.org/school-contacts. Applications should be addressed by
    email to: school.selection.manager@ariss-eu.org

    ARISS Contact Applications (Canada, Central and South America, Asia
    and Australia and Russia)

    Organizations outside the United States can apply for an ARISS contact
    by filling out an application. Please direct questions to the appro-
    priate regional representative listed below. If your country is not specifically listed, send your questions to the nearest ARISS Region
    listed. If you are unsure which address to use, please send your ques-
    tion to the ARISS-Canada representative; they will forward your ques-
    tion to the appropriate coordinator.

    For the application, go to:

    ARISS-Canada and the Americas, except USA: Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD
    email to: ve3tbd@gmail.com

    ARISS-Japan, Asia, Pacific and Australia: Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ email
    to: ariss@iaru-r3.org, Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL)

    ARISS-Russia: Soyuz Radioljubitelei Rossii (SRR) https://srr.ru/

    ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts.
    ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to
    send your reports to aj9n@amsat.org or aj9n@aol.com.

    Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz unless otherwise noted. ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over
    100 schools:

    Francesco IKØWGF with 140
    Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 138
    Sergey RV3DR with 137
    Gaston ON4WF with 123

    The webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy. Out of date
    webpages were removed, and new ones have been added. If there are ad-
    ditional ARISS websites I need to know about, please let me know.

    Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1403.
    Each school counts as 1 event.
    Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1336.
    Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
    Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 48.

    The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact:
    South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Marianas Islands,
    and the Virgin Islands.

    QSL information may be found at:

    Frequency chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing
    Doppler correction as of 2005-07-29 04:00 UTC

    Check out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts https://reports.zoho.com/ZDBDataSheetView.cc?DBID=412218000000020415

    Exp. 63 now on orbit
    Kate Rubins KG5FYJ
    Sergey Ryzhikov
    Sergey Kud-Sverchkov

    About ARISS:

    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a coopera-
    tive venture of international amateur radio societies and the space
    agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the
    United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
    (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab
    and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary
    goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engin-
    eering, and mathematics (STEAM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts
    via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts,
    students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see


    Charlie Sufana AJ9N
    One of the ARISS operation team mentors

    [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

    Quick Hits:

    Note: Watch Twitter, there are lots pop-up roves happening lately, and
    I can't keep this page updated with all of them.

    DM89, 11/14 @N6UA Saturday might just be a good day to rove. Thinking
    of DM89 east of Denver – either around Last Chance or Agate, CO.

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

    BRAZIL BAHIA. Sandro Ribeiro PY1SAN and Claudio MARCelo PY1CMT are QRV
    on the QO-100 satellite (some opportunities AO-07, FO-29 or RS-44)
    using CW and SSB as ZX6BA from Prado (HH02) 13 to 15 November 2020.
    The activity will be in several HF bands too, using CW and FT8, por-
    table Alex Loop Antenna with 5 watts. QSL via LoTW.

    BRAZIL, ESPIRITO SANTO. Sandro Ribeiro PY1SAN and Claudio MARCelo
    PY1CMT are QRV on Satellite QO-100 (maybe AO-07, FO-29, RS-44) using
    CW and SSB as PR1S from Nova Almeida (GG99) from 16 to 18 November 2020.
    A activity will be in several HF bands too, using CW and FT8, portable
    Alex Loop Antenna with 5 watts. QSL via LoTW.

    Major Roves:


    @KL7TN will be in FN53/54/55/56/57/64/65/66/67 Nov 13-18. Details to

    Editor's Note: Don't forget to check out Paul Overn's GridMasterHeatMap
    on Twitter: https://bit.ly/35kUqB3 and Blog at: https://bit.ly/3eOpYT4

    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

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

    TBD – Antelope Valley (CA) ARC

    TBD – A private presentation for a Boy Scout troop in Danville, Penn- sylvania

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

    Clint will be conducting “working the easy satellites†sessions
    via Zoom on November 19, 2020 at 7pm Pacific. If you are interested in attending, please send him a private email for exact times and Zoom
    meeting number!

    [ANS thanks Clint Bradford, K6CLS for the above information]


    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    + Tausat, a 3U CubeSat created by university students at Herzliya Sci
    ence Center in Israel, received frequency coordination approval from
    the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on November 12. It will
    carry a U/V FM amateur radio transponder, as well as a 9k6 BPSK AX25
    telemetry downlink. The builders are planning a JAXA deployment from
    the ISS in February, 2021.
    (ANS thanks IARU for the above information)

    + NASA is inviting the public to take part in virtual activities and
    events ahead of the launch the agency's SpaceX Crew-1 mission with
    astronauts to the International Space Station. This is the first crew
    rotation flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9
    rocket following certification by NASA for regular flights to the
    space station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. The
    launch is targeted for 7:49 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 14, from Launch
    Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dra-
    gon is scheduled to dock to the space station at 4:20 a.m. Sunday,
    Nov. 15. Launch, prelaunch activities, and docking will air live on
    NASA Television and the agency’s website.
    https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive Additional Information is available at:
    (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

    + Rocket Lab launch delayed to November 19 UTC.
    See: https://twitter.com/RocketLab/status/1327691418970644481
    Previous announcement: The next Rocket Lab launch window is scheduled
    for November 15 UTC at 01:44 to 04:34. It's is called "Return to
    Sender". They are going to try to recover the first stage by captur-
    ing it by helicopter as it is descending.
    See: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/missions/next-mission/
    The payload is 30 cubesats, one of which (APSS-1) is a 1U student
    satellite from Auckland University. This one has a 9600 GMSK downlink
    in the 70CM band. The format and details are due to be published here
    in the next few days. https://apss.space.auckland.ac.nz/.
    To balance the payloads, a 3D printer version of "Gnome Chompski" has
    been attached to the kick stage. See:
    Gabe Newell who made the Gnome is going to donate $1 to Starship
    Children's Hospital for every person watching the launch live. For
    information about Starship Children's Hospital, see:

    Editors Note: at time of 11/11/2020 draft, a group message from Mark
    Jessop, VK5QI indicated that APSS-1's IARU frequency coordination re-
    quest has not been completed:
    (ANS thanks Terry Osborne ZL2BAC for passing along the above informa-

    + NROL-101 Mission Targeting Nov. 13 due to Hurricane Eta
    (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Nov. 11, 2020) -- Due to
    impending weather and escalation of Hurricane Eta, ULA is now target-
    ing Friday, Nov. 13, at 5:13 p.m. EST (2213 UTC) for the launch of
    the NROL-101 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. See
    https://bit.ly/35kiIeA for additional information.
    (ANS thanks the ULA editors for the above information)

    + NASA has extended the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System
    mission (CYGNSS) through 2023 with plans to revisit and possibly
    extend the mission through 2026. The constellation of microsatel-
    lites designed, built and operated by Southwest Research Institute
    with the University of Michigan, has made history over the last three-
    plus years, penetrating thick clouds and heavy rains to accurately
    assess wind speeds and better understand hurricane intensification.
    The NASA senior review panel rated the mission extension proposal as
    excellent, based on the current health of the constellation of instru-
    ments, particularly considering the low-cost nature of the sensors.
    (ANS thanks Space Daily for the above information)

    + SpaceX fired up the three rocket engines of its Starship SN8 proto-
    type for the second time last night at its testing facilities in Boca
    Chica, Texas. The event was a powerful blast of orange smoke — and
    flying sparks, as captured by onlookers on video. The video and addi-
    tional information is available at https://bit.ly/3lmcSPD
    (ANS thanks futurism.com for the above information)

    + Two Russian cosmonauts are scheduled to go outside the International
    Space Station on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to conduct a spacewalk that will
    initiate preparations for the arrival of a new Russian research
    module. Expedition 64 Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer
    Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos,
    will relocate an antenna from the Pirs docking compartment, to the
    Poisk module, the first in a series of tasks over the course of sev-
    eral spacewalks that will prepare Pirs for decommissioning, undocking,
    and disposal. The Earth-facing Pirs will be replaced by the new Rus-
    sian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, named "Nauka," Russian for "sci-
    ence," which is being prepared for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
    in Kazakhstan. The spacewalk is expected to last up to six hours.
    Live coverage of the Russian spacewalk will begin at 13:30z on NASA
    Television and the agency's website. The spacewalk is expected to be-
    gin about 14:30Z.
    (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)

    + A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off Saturday, Nov. 7 with
    India's EOS 1 radar imaging satellite and nine rideshare payloads for
    customers based in the United States, Luxembourg, and Lithuania. The
    successful mission was India’s first launch in nearly a year due to
    delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Also on Saturday, a new
    four-stage rocket operated by the Chinese launch company Galactic
    Energy succeeded on its inaugural flight, delivering a data relay
    microsatellite to an orbit 300 miles above Earth.
    (ANS thanks SpaceflightNow for the above information)

    + After its release from the ISS, many satellite enthusiasts have lis-
    tened for a signal from the Hawaii Spaceflight Lab's Neutron-1 cube-
    sat. Reports have not come flooding in. Shane Pule, KC3PPM shared an
    email with the UH-SFL with me that outlines a possible explanation:
    Aloha Shane, Thank you for this information, we appreciate you lis-
    tening for Neutron-1. We haven't been successful at contacting Neu-
    tron-1 yet. We have noticed a signal at 435.275MHz while tracking
    Neutron-1, and we are investigating this in the event that our signal
    is shifted by 25kHz. We are not sure what could have caused this, but
    there may be an issue with the SDR tuning onboard the spacecraft. 73,
    Amber Imai-Hong
    (ANS thanks < Shane Pule, KC3PPM > for the above information)


    Tips for the New Satellite Operator - Mobile Apps

    This is the second of a what I hope to be a monthly New Satellite Opera-
    tors Corner. I will offer AMSAT New Operator tips and links to AMSAT
    resources for new operators and posts from various interest groups where
    useful info is published. This weeks tip comes from Rick, WA6NDR via TH-D74A@groups.io. I hope you find this as useful as I have.
    Jack, KD4IZ, Editor, AMSAT News Service.

    There are many websites, cell phone, and desktop apps available for
    tracking satellites and learning about launches. For the beginner, the
    choices are bewildering and everyone seems to have a favorite. There
    are many choices available for all operating systems to choose from.
    Scott Harvey, KA7FVV, has a very comprehensive website with links to a tremendous amount of great information. He does an excellent job of
    distilling the basics and presenting them along with some great "how
    to" information. See: https://bit.ly/3nwx6H9

    Scott suggested a number of the rocket launch apps to me recently and
    I have been exploring them. He also suggested several tracking apps. I
    don't have an opinion or a recommendation for any of them yet, but I
    would encourage you to join me in looking these over.

    Of the launch apps I am looking over, the primary are Launchcraft,
    Spacelaunch, and Supercluster. All appear to be available for both iOS

    [continued in next message]

    --- SoupGate-Win32 v1.05
    * Origin: fsxNet Usenet Gateway (21:1/5)