I have submitted my report via the Sprout website. 25 may 2014 1308 utc, slightly later than yesterday's keps predicted.
I used an SDR receiver (FCD ProPlus )and took a screendump.
I was surprised that on replay the modulation was not afsk ie no tones heard -just heard the rushing noise and saw the data on the dump. is that normal for gmsk?
So I sent the sdr image file instead of the hex code - hope they find it as it was only possible to do this under the sstv section of thew ebsite.
73 de andy g0sfj
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* SPROUT microsatellite launched with SSTV and digitalker
* 2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Deadline Approaching
* New launch date for UKube-1
* Dayton Satellite Demonstrations Videos
* 2015 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
* NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 145.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
May 25, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
SPROUT microsatellite launched with SSTV and digitalker
SPROUT is a 7.1 kg microsatellite launched on the JAXA ALOS-2 mission
on May 24th from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan to a 654km sun
This satellite is a project of Nihon University and includes some
amateur radio payloads and experiments, including CW telemetry, an FM
digipeater, digitalker and message box, and live and preloaded SSTV
Nihon University enjoyed previous success with SEEDS-II, aka CO-66.
SPROUT Preliminary TLE
1 00000U 14001A 14144.15426352 .00000000 00000-0 00000-0 0 10
2 00000 097.8740 241.6133 0035980 058.6810 194.6458 14.85960816 15
Size: 214x210x220 mm
Weight: 7.1 kg
Mode: 1200bps AFSK, 9600bps GMSK
CW downlink 437.525 MHz
FM packet downlink 437.525 MHz
Digi-peater uplink 437.600 MHz
Digi-talker downlink 437.600 MHz
SSTV downlink 437.600 MHz
Telemetry software can be found at
[ANS thanks Mineo, JE9PEL, for the above information]
2014 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Deadline Approaching
It is time to submit nominations for the upcoming open seats on the
Board of Directors. A nomination requires either one Member Society or five
current individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member
for Director. Three terms expire normally this year. In addition, a
will be elected for one year to fill the remainder of an unexpired term.
Up to two
Alternates may be elected for one year terms.
In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which
and is the preferred method, nominations may be made by electronic
include e-mail, FAX, or electronic image of a petition. Electronic
petitions should be sent
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of names, calls and individual signatures should be mailed to:
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No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than June
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following the close
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[ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, AMSAT Corporate Secretary, for the above
New launch date for UKube-1
The CubeSat UKube-1 will be launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on a
Fregat-M rocket which has Meteor-M 2 as the primary payload. The new
planned launch date
for UKube-1 is June 28, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT with separation +9253 s
(-1859.49, -3817.49, -5581.72) km (912.1, 6027.9, -4426.4) m.s-1 (TBC).
UKube-1 carries a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards (FUNcube-2) providing a
linear transponder and educational telemetry beacon.
Description of UKube-1 from Clyde Space:
UKube-1 is a 3U CubeSat has been designed and manufactured by Clyde
Space at their high-tech
facility on the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow. This CubeSat
is one of the most
advanced of its kind, the complexity of the spacecraft highlighted by
the nature of the 6
independent, advanced payloads being flown by the mission. The UKube-1
mission is the pilot for
a collaborative, national CubeSat programme bringing together UK
industry and academia to fly
educational packages, test new technologies and carry out new space
research quickly and
Payloads on UKube-1 include: the first GPS device aimed at measuring
weather; a camera that will take images of the Earth, and test the
effect of radiation on space
hardware, using a new generation of imaging sensor; an experiment to
feasibility of using cosmic radiation to improve the security of
communications satellites and
to flight test lower cost electronic systems; an advanced mission
interface computer to enable
serious number crunching on tiny spacecraft; a high rate S-Band
transmitter and patch antenna;
an outreach payload that allows school children to interact with the
UKube-1 communications subsystem:
Telemetry downlink 145.840 MHz
FUNcube subsystem beacon 145.915 MHz
400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
- 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
- 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink
Other satellites on the Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M launch are: Meteor-M 2,
SkySat 2, TechDemoSat 1 (TDS 1),
AISSat 2, Baumanets 2, Relek, DX 1, Venta 1, UKube 1.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
Dayton Satellite Demonstrations Videos
After a very successful set of demonstrations at the Dayton Hamvention,
several videos have been posted to YouTube by some of the operators.
We've gathered some of them together with links from the AMSAT
website for your viewing pleasure.
[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]
2015 NASA Aeronautics Scholarships
Applications are now being accepted for 2015 NASA Aeronautics
Scholarships. The program awards scholarships focused on aeronautical
research and related degree programs at both the undergraduate and
graduate levels. NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
sponsors the program.
Undergraduate students with at least two years of study remaining will
receive up to $15,000 per year for two years and the opportunity to
receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center
during the summer. Graduate students receive up to $46,000 per year
for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000
stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive
summers. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United
Due to the One Stop Shopping Initiative maintenance, the scholarship
application deadline has been extended to June 2, 2014.
Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping
Initiative at https://intern.nasa.gov/. Applicants should be sure to
select "scholarships" for the type of application.
[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message for May 15, 2014 for
the above information]
NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships
The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate
students for fall 2014 internships. The History Program Office
maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA
personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others
from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several
books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of
websites on NASA history.
Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior
knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen
interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed.
Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential. Experience
with social media is a plus.
Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a
variety of information requests, writing posts for the NASA history
twitter and Facebook pages, editing historical manuscripts, doing
research and writing biographical sketches, and identifying and
Fall 2014 internship applications are due June 1, 2014.
For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.
If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Bill
Barry at bill.barry(a)nasa.gov.
[ANS thanks the NASA Education Express Message for May 15, 2014]
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This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org
Good question with a bazillion answers. It all depends on what the venue
will be. Small groups, large groups, are they looking for introductory
material or something in depth, will the timing be during a pass, what do
you want to accomplish.lots of things impact what will be presented.
I'd suggest you look into presenting something that matches a requirement to
satisfy an award the scouts can walk away with. Perhaps a requirement for a
Bear Arrow Point Award. I saw major categories for:
Each category has some requirements that could be addressed during your
presentation. In my mind, setting up to take a NOAA satellite pass might
fit into a number of these categories (of course it all depends on when the
scouts will be in the area). This would give you connections to all the
categories listed above. You might have the scouts make a model of a
CubeSat and then witness a FunCube pass so they can see the data (graphs)
that are the outcome of the telemetry (interpreting the graphs would be
pretty heady stuff of a scout camp venue).
In any event, you're going to have your hands full between the venue, age,
time limitation and the bell schedule of the event. If all the stars align
and there is an appropriate pass, all it will take is for the previous
presentation to run over, and all your careful planning is out the window.
So a backup plan is in order. BE PREPARED I guess is the word of the day.
Hope you have a busy time.
The K4AMG Club has been approached by a CUB SCOUT summer camp coordinator.
The camp will be held in Norfolk, VA at an Elk's Lodge on Friday June 27th.
Age range of kids are 6 -10 years old.
Looking for suggestions of what to do. They are willing to give us 1 - 2
Example: Toss the satellite where kids stand in a circle and spin a 4"
square box around to show orbit and spin.
So now it is time for your ideas.
Would like to have your responses in the next 5 days ... what should these
kids now ... what can they learn!
Mark Spencer, WA8SME
Education and Technology Program Consultant
ARRL, the national association for Amateur RadioTM
43 Pinelock Dr.
Gales Ferry, CT 06335
For those who are wondering who to make a sked with in each grid field
Here is a sample log of stations you may look for and how to send in your log
Grid Field Call Grid Date Time Mode Satellite
CN W7LRD CN87 28-Mar-14 0:38 SSB FO-29
CM W6RQR CM99 24-May-14 0:55 SSB FO-29
DN W0DHB DN70 16-Jan-14 23:57 SSB FO-29
DM K8YSE/7 DM43 20-Jan-14 13:28 SSB FO-29
DL W5PFG DL79/DL89 10-Mar-14 14:10 SSB FO-29
EN NR0T EN34 12-Jan-14 23:58 SSB FO-29
EM N8RO EM00 28-Jan-14 0:13 SSB FO-29
EL N5AFV EL29 7-Mar-14 0:24 SSB FO-29
FN NM3B FN01 30-Jan-14 23:14 SSB FO-29
FM W1AW/4 FM16 9-Apr-14 0:03 SSB FO-29
Thank you Paul
WA4HFN em55 Damon
I am probably the first station to listen to Sprout, just 55 minutes after launch !
SPROUT por PY4ZBZ em 24-05-2014 Em 24-05-2014,e apenas 55 minutos depois do
lançamento as 03:05 UTC, copiei o sinal CW: sprout ...
View on www.qsl.net Preview by Yahoo
73 de Roland PY4ZBZ
Looks like LitSat-1 decayed overnight.
39570 LITSAT 11998-067EP LTU 2014-05-23 11:22:00 2014-05-23
0:00:000.0885 decay_msg TLE Historical
Too bad we never got to try out the linear transponder over North America.
LituanicaSAT-1 is still up there and expected to decay around June
29th (per http://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=39571#TOP).
Interesting that the orbits of two CubeSats deployed at the same time
are decaying much differently. Since the two satellites are identical
in size, the antenna configuration and mass must be more favorable on