Here is another news item that is best sent now rather than waiting
for the news cycle.
NASA TV will televise the arrival and docking of Cygnus at the
International Space Station. The schedule (as of now) is:
Sunday, September 29
08:30 UTC (4:30 a.m. EDT: Cygnus rendezvous, grapple and berthing
coverage begins on NASA Television.
11:15 UTC (7:15 a.m. EDT): Grapple of Cygnus by International Space
Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm
13:15 UTC (9:15 a.m. EDT): Cygnus berthing to Earth-facing port of
Harmony node begins
17:00 UTC (1 p.m. EDT): Cygnus Post-Capture News Conference
73 de JoAnne K9JKM
Editor, AMSAT Journal
Didn't AMSAT people invent this method/technique? Tape measure antennas on satellites?
At 04:12 AM 9/28/2013 +0000, B J wrote:
>On 9/28/13, Bryce Salmi <bstguitarist(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> I was watching the Canadian Space Agencies BROLL video of the CASSIOPE
>> satellite due to launch in a few days and noticed a neat antenna. The video
>> link below starts at the appropriate point in the video (feel free to watch
>> the whole video too). For what looks like it is essentially steel tape
>> measure metal... that's quite an intense antenna and deployment! I'm used
>> to seeing these on cubesats and other small satellites but this is very
>> neat to see too.
>It looks like it's the descendant of what was used on Canada's first
>Many years ago, there was a documentary about the early days of
>Canada's satellite program and I remember this was mentioned.
>Unfortunately, I don't remember what the name was.
>Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL
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Why don’t we see simple ¼ wave 75 ohm lines used as a first step in
matching a 140 Ohm Helix to 50 ohms?
The ¼ wave line would give an easy 112 ohms and then it shouldn’t be that
hard to do a little additional construction matching to get to 140?
(building a 2.4 GHz pop-out helix that compresses flat for launch)
I noticed today that SATPC32 failed on downloading keps from AMSAT.
I found the URL had changed to
(www was changed to ww2)
Is this a permanent change? Maybe this was in response to the rebuild
"A closed mouth gathers no feet"
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Are you looking for a good excuse to visit the 2013 AMSAT Symposium in Houston?
It is with great pleasure that I announce the return of Hector
Martinez, CO6CBF, to the AMSAT Symposium. Last year, Hector’s
presentation on “Cuban style” satellite operation was well-received by
the attendees. Don’t miss this year’s!
Since his visit to Orlando, Hector has been busy in Cienfuegos
completing his fundamental university studies. As the recipient of
the “Gold Award,” he was honored for his diligence by the university’s
rector. He now looks forward to continuing his education in a
The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors has graciously extended Hector an
invitation to the Symposium following his successful presentation in
Orlando last year. This year’s process to obtain US visa approvals
went smoothly and on schedule due to the guidance and experience of
Hector’s travel expenses are guaranteed by private donations - not
AMSAT-NA. If you wish to contribute please contact Clayton, w5pfg at
arrl dot net. You may also contact W5PFG via postal mail at the FCC
callbook-listed PO BOX. Clayton is Hector’s formal sponsor and
coordinator for this year’s symposium visit.
I wish to personally thank the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors and
especially recognize Patrick, WD9EWK, for supporting Hector’s
opportunity to present in Houston this year.
A reminder that the deadline for ordering 2013 Symposium commemorative shirts is October 1st. There
shirts will be available for pickup at the Symposium, but cannot be ordered there, or on the AMSAT
Store. More information, and a downloadable order form, can be found on the AMSAT web site: