YES - The ISS will send you a QSL card for verified contacts!
Submit your request (QSL card, or typed report) and include ...
-the time in UTC
-frequency and mode (voice, packet, or SSTV)
Include a large self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient
postage. For US contacts, submit this to ...
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PS - Mini-writeup of yesterday's ISS contact:
PPS - For non-US contacts, please refer to:
Thank you for the FD QSOs to all we worked.
13 QSOs on FO 29
1 QSO VO 52
There were great passes on AO 7 but that is when we had our program problems.
K4AMG was the GOTA Station for the Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service, W4CAR
Hope everyone had a great FD.
I think we have a GHOST haunting our OSCAR antenna system
We use a KENPRO AZL ROTOR with AMSAT Tracker Interface Box, SATPAC program, and HP computer.
This happened at the beginning of the passes on VO 52 and FO 29, but not on AO 7 which we did not even hear.
The AZ rotor just took off spinning. Shutting the rotor control box off and resetting the program corrected the problem each time. The reset also included parking the rotor.
Has anyone had these GHOSTS before?
Happy FD 2 U
Hello to all
I just tried a contact for my FD record on the 1335z LO-78 pass. The bird
was sounding very good but no one was there during all the pass.
I will be on the next 1505z pass.
Catch you on the birds!
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In this edition:
* AMSAT Symposium Events and Tours
* W5PFG/P Activating DL79/DL89 Grids
* Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
* ARISS News
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 180.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
June 30, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Symposium Events and Tours
The AMSAT Symposium committee had a meeting this past weekend and made
some decisions on tours that will be held in conjunction with the
Note that we will have two events scheduled Sunday morning (October
12)--the Area Coordinators Breakfast and the ARISS Operations Team
Similar to last year's symposium, two opportunities for tours are
planned for the 2014 Space Symposium:
1) On Sunday October 12 (Afternoon), several Small Group/Light Rail
tours are being planned. Symposium participants can choose one of the
following tours: Baltimore Inner Harbor Tour (including the
Aquarium), the B&O Railroad Museum, Edgar Allen Poe House or the
National Electronics Museum
2) On Columbus Day, Monday October 13 we will take a bus to the
Washington Dulles airport area to tour the Udvar Hazy Air and Space
Museum. Udvar Hazy is a phenomenal museum with hundreds of aircraft
and spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, SR-71, Enola
Gay, and many others. The plan is to leave the hotel at 9 am and
return around 4 pm.
In order to get maximum benefit from all the holiday weekend events,
the symposium committee suggests that symposium participants consider
scheduling their airline flights for no earlier than 6 pm on Monday
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Symposium Committee, for the above information]
W5PFG/P Activating DL79/DL89 Grids
Clayton, W5PFG, has announced that he will be in the Big Bend area of
Texas next week.
He will operate satellite passes as his schedule allows.
June 29 - Small potential for very late evening passes from DL89
June 30 thru July 1 - Random passes from DL79/89
July 2 - Potential morning passes from DL89, evening from DM80
July 3 - Morning passes from DM80, some evening passes from DM70
July 4 - Random passes from DM80
There will be no visit to DL88jx on this trip.
[ANS thanks Clayton, W5PFG, for the above information]
Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names to be
etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu
The "Messages to Bennu!" microchip will travel to the asteroid aboard
the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security
Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. The robotic mission will
spend more than two years at the asteroid, which has a width of
approximately 1,760 feet (500 meters). The spacecraft will collect a
sample of Bennu's surface and return it to Earth in a sample return
The deadline to submit names online is Sept. 30, 2014. Participants
who submit their names to the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign will be
able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their
For more information and to submit your name, visit
Participants who "follow" or "like" the mission on Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/OSIRISREx) will receive updates on the
location of their names in space from launch time until the asteroid
samples return to Earth in 2023. Facebook fans also will receive
mission progress and late-breaking news through regular status
For more information about the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit
http://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and http://osiris-rex.lpl.arizona.edu.
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- June 12, 2014 for the
Scheduled contacts and events:
Ufa University, Ufa, Russia, direct via TBD
Contact was successful Sat 2014-06-21 14:45 UTC (***)
An ARISS contact is planned Wednesday July 2, 2014 at 12:05:13 UTC,
which is 14:05:13 CEST.
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO will answer questions from students
at DLR Project Lab, Neustrelitz, Germany.
Signals from the ISS will be audible over Europe on 145.800 FM.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe's largest and most
modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the future
developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested and images of distant
planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR staff members are
next-generation high-speed trains, environmentally responsible methods of
generating energy, and much more ...
DLR_School_Lab Neustrelitz was opened in September 2011 at DLR in
in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Here is where the data from various
received by means of large antennas, and subsequently processed. The
is available for visits of one or several days by school classes from
this most northerly
German state and further afield.
The contact will be conducted in German.
ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above contact. Due to
issues with the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at present, the
Ericsson radio is going to be used for these contacts. ARISS thanks
advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to
aj9n at amsat.org or aj9n at aol.com.
From 2014-11-10 to 2014-12-07, ARISS will be going into a period of no
contacts as there will be no hams onboard.
ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100
Gaston ON4WF with 117
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 102
Francesco IKØWGF with 101
Expedition 39/40 on orbit
Expedition 40/41 on orbit
Gregory Wiseman KF5LKT
Alexander Gerst KF5ONO
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the
agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the
IARU organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of
by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space
parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and
crewmembers on ISS
can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.
[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]
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President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining
donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive addi-
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Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students
enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the stu-
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Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org