Here's something that lots of hams on the satellites could use, especially
those with large beams and transceivers that can't be set lower than 5
I'm currently using Log4OM software and discovered that in the case where a
multigrid QSO is logged (Station is on a grid boundary) the software has
- Seems to upload to LoTW ok, but downloads from LoTW only one
grid is marked as confirmed.
- The internal award tracking only recognizes one Grid.
HRD Logger has similar issues.
Does anyone have logging software (N3JFP, DXKeeper, etc.) that handles
multi-grid QSO's correctly , especially LoTW/eqsl upload download
I'm happy they will at least be trying SO-50, but I wish they would have taken AMSAT up on our offer of equipment and training for operations on the transponder satellites. For the K5D expedition we had multiple FM sats, and we designated a 2nd repeater on AO-51 for just K5D and it was still an awful mess. Even an 817 with the same arrow would allow them to run half duplex, split freq ops on FO-29 and would result in many easier QSOs. Sean, if you have any influence with Gregg, please ask him to consider taking along a 817 to make use of the SSB birds, in particular FO-29. I will go to Georgia to train him in it's use.
73, Drew KO4MA
>From: "Sean K." <kx9x(a)yahoo.com>
>Sent: Jan 8, 2015 8:52 AM
>To: Amsat-bb Mailing List <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>
>Subject: [amsat-bb] K1N Navassa DXpedition will be on SO-50
>I just heard from K1N Navassa DXpedition member Gregg Marco, W6IZT. He writes:
>"We will be bringing an HT and an Arrow antenna in hopes ofmaking some Qs on SO-50. Dates and times of operation will be dependent uponoperator availability at the time of a viable pass. CU in the pile-upsGreggW6IZT"
>Operation will only be on SO-50; no other satellites are being considered.
>The K1N Navassa DXpedition is the number one most-needed country in the world by HF DX'ers. Exact dates are still being determined, but the operation is slated for the first two weeks of February. Complete info can be found at http://www.navassadx.com
>This will be an extremely rare opportunity to work KP1 on satellite, possibly once in a lifetime. Please consider sending them a donation to cover expenses.
> Sean Kutzko
>Amateur Radio KX9X
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I just heard from K1N Navassa DXpedition member Gregg Marco, W6IZT. He writes:
"We will be bringing an HT and an Arrow antenna in hopes ofmaking some Qs on SO-50. Dates and times of operation will be dependent uponoperator availability at the time of a viable pass. CU in the pile-upsGreggW6IZT"
Operation will only be on SO-50; no other satellites are being considered.
The K1N Navassa DXpedition is the number one most-needed country in the world by HF DX'ers. Exact dates are still being determined, but the operation is slated for the first two weeks of February. Complete info can be found at http://www.navassadx.com
This will be an extremely rare opportunity to work KP1 on satellite, possibly once in a lifetime. Please consider sending them a donation to cover expenses.
Amateur Radio KX9X
Congratulations to Dariusz Dabek, SP9TTX, for becoming the
sixth recipient of the 73 on 73 Award. He submitted a list of 78
stations worked via AO-73 between September 1, 2014 and January 3, 2015.
Reviewing the recent log submissions for the award, it appears that the
full time transponder activation over the holiday season attracted several
new users to the satellite.
For more information on the award see
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
After the Thunderbird Hamfest wraps up on Saturday
morning, I'm planning to work at least 3 passes from
a city park in north Phoenix on the DM33xp/DM43ap
boundary (112 degrees West longitude). I am planning
to work passes between 2130 and 2330 UTC, which would
include two SO-50 passes and one FO-29 pass covering
most of the continental USA. Neither of these grids
are rare, but DM33 isn't on the satellites as much as
DM43. I'll work from the same spot I used for many
years, logging almost 6000 QSOs between late 2007 and
As I usually do, all QSOs made from this location will
be uploaded to ARRL's Logbook of the World. QSL cards
will be available, which will show the display from my
GPS receiver and indicate both grids as part of the QTH
listed on the card. If you would like a card for a QSO
from this location, please e-mail me with QSO details.
No need to first send me a card or SASE.
I will have an AMSAT table at the Thunderbird Amateur
Radio Club's hamfest on Saturday, 10 January 2015, in
Phoenix AZ. The hamfest will be at the Northwest
Community Church, on 43rd Avenue between Greenway and
Bell Roads in north Phoenix. Not too far from either
the I-17 or AZ-101 freeways. More information about
the hamfest is available at:
During the hamfest, WD9EWK will be on various passes
for on-air demonstrations of satellite operating. I
also plan on trying ISS and/or NO-44 passes using my
TH-D72A HT, along with FO-29 and (hopefully!!!) AO-73
around 1300-1900 UTC. If you hear me on a pass, please
call and be a part of the demonstration. If you see
me on the ISS digipeater or NO-44 in packet, please
note that I will only be able to see APRS messages
from similar radios or software like UISS. I will
try to use those messages to complete QSOs with anyone
on those passes. All QSOs made at the hamfest will be
confirmed via ARRL's Logbook of the World. QSL cards
will also be available - please e-mail me with QSO
details, and I will send a card if you're in my log.
Other upcoming events with AMSAT presence:
Dear AMSAT community,
My name is Bungo Shiotani and I am a PhD student working with Dr. Norman Fitz-Coy at the University of Florida. As part of my PhD research I have put together a survey to assess the potential impacts that containerized satellites have on the debris population in low Earth orbit. I would like you to participate and to forward this survey to others that you know. Thank you for your help in advance!
73, Bungo KK4LXH
Bungo Shiotani, KK4LXH
Space Systems Group
University of Florida
(352) 846 3020
Dear Fellow Member of the Space Community,
My name is Bungo Shiotani and I am a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Norman Fitz-Coy at the University of Florida. I am requesting your assistance with this survey to assess the potential impact that containerized satellite have on the debris population in low Earth orbit. The results will be used as part of my Ph.D. dissertation to create a statistical database and to quantify the growth of debris population. We hope the outcome will increase the awareness to the community regarding the potential growth of debris population due to containerized satellites.
Your identify will not be collected unless you choose to disclose it in the survey. Additionally, if you would like the results sent directly to you, please disclose your contact information when requested in the survey.
Please respond to this survey by Friday, February 27th 2015. The survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete.
Survey link: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8CYyyDTFUGKHFbL
Please forward this information to other members of the space community.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact us:
Dr. Norman Fitz-Coy
We would like to thank you in advance for your participation in completing this survey.
Thank you and best regards,
Space Systems Group
University of Florida
(352) 846 3020
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft were set to liftoff from
Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for
their fifth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the orbiting lab.
During the terminal count engineers observed drift on one of the two
thrust vector actuators on the second stage that would likely have
caused an automatic abort. Engineers called a hold in order to take a
closer look. SpaceX is scrubbed for today and we are now targeting
launch on Jan. 9th at 5:09am ET.
The SpaceX launches are streamed live on Livestream. Very cool!