My HF transceiver, and ageing Yaesu FT767GX, is slowly dieing. After 22
years in my service (and a few more with the prior owners), the memory
battery has failed. The rig still works, but gets a factory reset
whenever turned off. Annoying.
I have an opportunity to pick up a clean Kenwood TS-870-AT, which I
expect would make for a fine replacement, but I've always thought that
the Yaesu FT-847 would be a better choice. My current satellite rig is
a Yaesu FT-736R, which I really like.
As a satellite rig, is the 847 significantly better than the 736R? Does
it have any annoying "personallity" traits (e.g. Kenwood TS-2000's
Before I pass up the Kenwood 870 (and while there's a Yaseu 847 on
eBay...), should I jump on one or the other, or muddle along with what I
have until something better turns up?
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In this edition:
* AMSAT Officer Appointments
* Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations
* 6th European CubeSat Symposium
* ARISS News
* NASA Invites Public to Send Your Name to Mars – Starting on Orion’s
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 285.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
October 12, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Officer Appointments
The following Officers of AMSAT-NA for 2014-2015 were appointed by the
Directors at their annual meeting held in Baltimore, MD.
President Barry Baines WD4ASW
Executive Vice President Open
VP Human Space Flight Frank Bauer KA3HDO
VP Engineering Jerry Buxton N0JY
VP Operations Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA
VP User Services JoAnne Maenpaa K9JKM
VP Educational Relations E. Mike McCardel KC8YLD
VP Marketing Open
Secretary Alan Biddle WA4SCA
Treasurer Keith Baker KB1SF/VA3KSF
Manager Martha Saragovitz
[ANS thanks JoAnne, K9JKM, for the above information
Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations
AMSAT is excited to announce that a new premium collectable is now
qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program. AMSAT has commissioned a
unique challenge coin for donors who have contributed at the $100 level or
higher. This challenge coin is shaped as an isometric view of a Fox-1
complete with details such as the stowed UHF antenna, solar cells, and
lens viewport. Struck in 3mm thick brass, plated with antique silver, and
finished in bright enamel, the coin is scaled to be approximately 1:4
1 inch along each of the six sides. The reverse has the AMSAT Fox logo.
Coins will also be made available to qualifying donors that have contributed
since the Fox-1C announcement on July 18, 2014 upon request. Donations
made via the AMSAT website, via the FundRazr crowdsourcing app at
http://fnd.us/c/6pz92/sh/561Zd, or via the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728.
The Fox program is designed to provide a platform for university
space, as well as provide FM repeater capability for radio amateurs
Fox-1A and 1C are set to launch in 2015, and Fox-1B (also known as
awaiting NASA ELANA launch assignment. Further information on the Fox
can be found at http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=1113.
You may donate here via PayPal. Donations will be marked specifically for
Fox-1C. Note that PayPal usually allows you to donate with a credit
if you do not have a PayPal account. However, PayPal requirements differ
depending on your country. We have no control over this issue.
[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]
6th European CubeSat Symposium
The 6th European CubeSat Symposium will take place from October 14-16,
Estavayer-le-Lac in Switzerland.
The Symposium has attracted more than 100 abstracts submitted from 31
countries. Von Karman Institute and Swiss Space Systems are proud to
CubeSat community by coorganising this leading CubeSat event in Europe,
first time in Switzerland.
Von Karman Institute continues to act as the coordinator of the World’s most
ambitious CubeSat Project QB50, whereas Swiss Space Systems is designing an
innovative launcher specifically for small satellites to bring the
to 25% of today’s market value.
The symposium abstracts are available at
6th European CubeSat Symposium https://www.cubesatsymposium.eu/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
The Winter Gardens Primary School, Canvey Island, United Kingdom and Pilton
Bluecoat School, Barnstaple, United Kingdom, telebridge via W6SRJ
Contact was successful on Wednesday 2014-10-08 at 10:08:49 UTC.
Team Sky and Rocket (NPO Sora-To-Rocket-Dan), Kariya, Aichi, Japan, is
for a direct contact via 8J2YSM,Thursday 2014-10-09 09:00:05 UTC.
Indiana Area School District, Indiana, PA, is scheduled for a telebridge
via IK1SLD on Friday, 2014-10-17 16:41:45 UTC.
ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above contacts. Due to
the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at present, the Ericsson
is going to be used for these contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for
their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to aj9n(a)amsat.org or
From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, there will be no US Operational Segment
hams on board ISS. So any schools contacts during this period will be
by the ARISS Russia team.
[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]
NASA Invites Public to Send Your Name to Mars – Starting on Orion’s
by Ken Kremer on October 8, 2014
NASA invites you to send your name to Mars via the first Orion test
December 2014. Deadline for submissions is Oct 31, 2014. Join over 170,000
others! See link below. Credit: NASA
Here’s your chance to participate in NASA’s ‘Journey to Mars’ and the first
flight of the new Orion spacecraft that will eventually transport humans
NASA invites you to send your name to Mars. And the adventure starts via the
first Orion test flight dubbed Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1)
blastoff on December 4, 2014 from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
This week NASA announced that the public can submit their names for
a dime-sized microchip that will travel on spacecraft voyaging to
beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.
Join over 170,000 others who have already signed up in just the first
Since the Orion EFT-1 mission is set to launch in less than two months, the
deadline to submit your name is soon: Oct 31, 2014.
“NASA is pushing the boundaries of exploration and working hard to send
to Mars in the future,” said Mark Geyer, Orion Program manager, in a NASA
“When we set foot on the Red Planet, we’ll be exploring for all of humanity.
Flying these names will enable people to be part of our journey.”
How can you sign up to fly on Orion EFT-1? Is there a certificate?
NASA has made it easy to sign up and you can also print out an elegant
Click on this weblink posted online by NASA today:
[ANS thanks Universe Today and NASA for the above information]
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Lee McLamb, KU4OS
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FUNcube Team Member
I dismantled my satellite station at FM29PE in Ocean View NJ today. I worked
one more AO07 pass to make my last contacts with my Oscar class station at
FM29PE. I operated the sats continuously from this location since 1997. It
was a great 17 years. I just went through my sat contacts. 16,386 contacts,
82 countries( I should of got up in the middle of the night more often for
the rare DX that was on AO40, I'm sure I would of got sat DXCC), I'm not
sure how many grids, but it's a lot J , made two way contacts on over 16
different satellites, and space to earth voice contacts on three different
orbiting stations, not to mention all the wonderful time I had working all
the PACSATS. Well one moves on, I plan on living in Florida near the beach
in the winter and Ocean City NJ almost on the beach in the summer,
locations that aren't compatible with large high gain antennas on any band.
The final disposition of my sat antenna system was to give the large beams
away to a good home, and keep some components to build a portable station
with the Cushcraft AOP-1 antenna set that I purchased several years ago 'new
in the box', that I kept squirreled away. I also saved the rotor, pre-amps,
2.4 gig stuff, a 1.2gig 70 watt amp, IC-9100,and some hardline to hook it
up. So I will be back on the birds sort of serious in the near future. The
station I'm going to put together will be portable enough to be taken down
and moved in my Honda Pilot from NJ to FL while we snowbird it, without
upsetting my wife too much J.
I want to mention that the last three stations I worked from my FM29PE
location today were..
F4EJW, it was good to work just one more DX station.
KC9ELU, Good to work you again Mike, we will be back shortly.
K3SZH, It was very fitting to work Joe, everyone's favorite AO07 op as the
last contact, thanks Joe.
We will be on some SO-50 passes, and of course I will keep the ISS digi up
that is located at my other home we're keeping in NJ. And I plan on working
the AMSAT booth in Orlando, and Dayton this year, see you guys there.
73 Jeff kb2m
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I have been in contact (email) with several European stations. I am always looking for dx opportunities on AO-7. If you see that chance drop me a email for possible QSO. I can usually acquire AO-7 at about 2-3 degrees.
73 Bob W7LRD
How you wind a coil makes a BIG difference.
Ever wonder why your projects don’t work like the authors?
Im winding 42 turns onto a 1 Megohm 1/4W resistor to make a loading coil to
make a 5’ whip antenna on a cubesat tune to 28 MHz.
I was getting nowhere trying to add and subtract turns. With a bandwidth
of only 200 kHz it was inconsistent getting to 28.120 center freq.
Then I simply took the same length of wire and tried 3 methods all with the
same number of turns.
1, down-and-back-and forward for 3 layers = 24.5 MHz
2, left-to-right but scrambled 3 layers along the way = 30.0 MHz
3, just a little squeezing of turns that had loosend = 28.8 MHz
Wow, just changing the winding method moves the 0.2 MHz bandwidth as far as
The difference of course is the stray capacitance between the end turns.
So winding method is important!
Just thought I’d share the results…
Paul Stoetzer N8HM, an AMSAT Area Coordinator
who is currently giving a presentation for the
HacDC Amateur Radio Club in Washington DC,
will be on the upcoming AO-73 pass at 0130 UTC
(2130 EDT) tonight to demonstrate amateur
satellite operating for the club. He will be on the
air from the rooftop of the building where the
meeting is taking place, a church in northwest
Washington north of the White House. If you are
along the east coast, please get on and give
N8HM a call.
To (hopefully) ensure N8HM is able to make a QSO
on that pass, I will also be on the pass from my
very portable station outside the church. Two
stations on a satellite pass from Washington DC!
:-). Apologies for the short notice of the demo