2007 AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting - Call for papers
This is the second call for papers for the 2007 AMSAT Space Symposium and
Annual Meeting to be held October 25-28, 2007
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are
invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite program. An
emphasis for this year is an educational outreach to middle and high school
students. In particular, papers on the following topics are solicited:
Students & Education, ARISS, AO-51, P3E, Eagle and other satellite-related
We request a one-page abstract as soon as possible. Camera ready copy on
paper or in electronic form will be due by September 1, 2007 for inclusion
in the printed symposium proceedings. Papers received after this date will
not be included in the printed proceedings.
Abstracts and papers should be sent to: Daniel Schultz N8FGV by e-mail to:
Just for fun I re-entered my call sign and password into Nova for
Space-track.org and now I can download the keps all OK.
My callsign and password were already in Nova but for some reason they
wouldn't work.....I had to re-enter them into Nova and now the bloody
program will download the keps....ain't computers and software great???
OK...no more dumb questions for a while.
73, Joe W2KJ
Haven't used Nova in several months and saw the alerts on the amsat BB about
problems caused by Celestrak.
I brought up Nova and used Space-Track to try and download via the Internet.
It doesn't appear that Nova is not connecting to Space-Track via the
Internet...I get a dialog box that says "downloading" but only receive 618
bytes or such and then the Nova program locks up.
Looks like something is missing or messed up in Nova 2.2b.
I just downloaded Satscape from the Amsat web page and tried downloading
keps and it appeared to work perfectly.
Something is wrong with Nova and I can't figure it out...any ideas out there
that might help me in finding the problem???
73, Joe W2KJ
If anyone interested I still have IC-970 for sale.
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Dear AMSAT friends
My TrakBox is for sale. Details:
* current installed version is 3.40e
The sale include:
* DC cable
* rotor cable (Yaesu G-5xxx series)
* TrakBox-II upgrade kit
* KD6IRE upgrade kit
* CD with manuals, mods, photos, etc.
I did both upgrades (one at the time), but for some reason
I can't remember, I returned to original configuration.
The box was made by me and it has no labels. It has some
minor scrachs and dents however.
Price: 250 Euro, including shipping to anywhere in the world
via registered airmail.
Euro countries buyers: Bank money transfer only!
Elsewhere: Western Union or PayPal.
Photos: please visit http://ct1eatsale.no.sapo.pt/
Thanks for your attention.
See you on P3E or Eagle.
73 F.Costa, CT1EAT
I am just getting started in satellites. I have a Yaesu G-5400B.
What interface would be good to use to interface the G-5400B to my
computer for automatic tracking? I have a new Dell with Microsoft
Vista. What software to use with the tracker?
I managed my one contact per FM bird also and then concentrated on AO-7
and VO-52. I didn't manage as many as George, but we did pretty well.
I found the FM birds to be much more orderly than in years past. I
thought that the one station who was handing out quick contacts to the
others worked very well. The REAL annoyance was the guy who was trying
to play traffic cop over the satellite saying "one contact per station!"
over and over and over again.
BTW, did anyone else hear some music being played over SO-50 during the
first FD pass, at about 1900Z?
73 de N8AU, Jim in Raymore, MO
Light travels faster than sound... This is why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak.
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 19:06:31 -0500
From: "George Henry" <ka3hsw(a)earthlink.net>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FD Contacts!
To: "amsat bb" <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
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Heard LOTS of stations on the first passes of AO-27, SO-50, and AO-51
that obviously didn't read the new rules,
making one contact after another, even after being told "only ONE
per FM satellite!"
I did manage to make my one contact each, and then focused on AO-07 and
VO-52 for the rest of the contest. Made 20
more contacts on those. AO-07 is very interesting to listen to when
being hit with too much power on CW... hearing someone's
voice being "bounced" by the ditty-dots!
Sure did miss FO-29!!!
> Ok, in a little panic here... Building a helix to get a bit more gain on
> the AO-51 mode L uplink, and I just realized that I don't know if it should
> be Left or Right-hand polarized. Which way should it go?
Not sure which way will really matter, since the AO-51 L/S antenna is not
circularly polarized. It's explained in Gould Smith's AO-51 book, and also
in the following PDF:
Page 7 in the PDF has a photo of the antenna and a brief description of
Did I miss a memo somewhere that said someone would be appointed Contact Cop for
each FM satellite?
I knew that each FM pass would be a zoo, it was really annoying when someone with
high power came on, didn't identify (!), and said (in a long, drawn-out
admonishment), that only one contact was allowed. It probably wiped out two or
three potential contacts. Plus, it was pretty much an embarrassment, as people
were watching us try work around this bozo.
Does anybody think this helps?