AO-85 passes sounded good over the east coast this weekend. However, I set
up for the 04:06 pass and only heard what sounded like the satellite back
in test mode (female voice announcing this is Fox-1).
What is the status for this week, as there is a very good overhead pass
today at 20:06 UTC?
On a side note, I like others I believe, have found that getting into AO-85
with your HT and handheld Arrow or Elk antenna to be almost impossible.
Last evening I set up the Icom and used 20 watts, that was the first time I
actually made more than one contact.
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Dearborn Public Schools, Dearborn, Michigan on 27 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:01 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K8UTT. The contact should be audible the eastern U.S, and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
School Story not available at this time
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. How do you brush your teeth?
2. What do you do if you get ill or hurt?
3. What is the official language on board the International Space Station?
4. How would you describe the feeling of being in space?
5. What do you eat in space?
6. Do you see the earth, sun, and moon rotate?
7. What was it like when the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse came into your view?
8. What is your most recent, successful experiment you have done at the
International Space Station?
9. How do you sleep when there's no gravity holding you to a bed?
10. How do you stay fit in space?
11. When you were about to take off, how did you feel?
12. Do you have any side effects when you return to earth?
13. How do astronauts cope with the psychological stress of being away from
their families and friends for a long time?
14. How does our digestive system work in space with no gravity? How does
the food go down the throat and stomach?
15. How long can an astronaut stay in space before having to come back to
16. Is there a way that the space rocket ships could reduce the amount of
energy they use?
17. How does not having a normal day/night cycle affect your sleeping and
18. Why do you lose bone mass when you come from space?
19. Because of the fact that up in space there is zero gravity, how does it
feel when you come down from space and back to earth?
20. if there was something you could change about your space environment,
what would it be?
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Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN
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I have been keeping a record of telemetry frames received (as per the total
shown in bottom right of software vs totals appearing in AMSAT Fox
My findings are shown below which show some large differences.
I have tried to understand where/why/how etc but can't find much to read
about the subject.
I am wondering if the server is not receiving all the packets then are the
experiments affected by this?
Can anyone explain why there are differences and what it means? According to
the software zero frames are queued so I am puzzled.
Has anyone else noticed this or am I the only person documenting this.
The table is below (I hope it comes out OK on the BB, if not please PM me
and I'll forward to whoever would like it to review)
Decoded total in software
Difference between PC & Server totals
Great job to all involved.
73 Dave (M0SAT)
Launched from Huntsville, AL on Friday, a 36" Mylar party balloon carrying an APRS transmitter (WB8ELK-3) is now about 300 miles east of Florida and managed one digipeater hit from that position this morning. If anyone in eastern Florida can point a gain antenna east they might be able to copy the APRS packets which I also transmit on 144.340 MHz once a minute. It is currently 300 miles east of Melbourne FL slowly heading south towards the eastern Bahamas. It is solar-powered only so will only operate during the day today.
We are doing some updates to the warehouse today in preparation for
There maybe some short outages in upload capabilities, the dashboard will
back off until it see the warehouse again and upload any outstanding
Any problems please contact me directly.
The ao73 has problems.
First of all the uplink could be as much as 5-10 kHz off from the published
numbers.so send a series of dits from your cw key while you sweep around
with ur uplink vfo to find yourself.
Once you find yourself, you have to adjust your uplink frequency about 200
hz per 30 min to keep up a drifting oscillator on the bird while monitoring
your downlink.once u get the hang of it,
It's not so bas.its a very very good with a great receiver ! P.S IT'S ONLY
AFTER DARK ON WEEK DAYS AND ALL WEEKEND FOR AMATEUR USE.
Yes, after trying everything that I could think of with no luck, it occurred to me that I could dump the data that had been received previously (when "upload" was turned off) and replay my I/Q file once again into the Fox Telem software with "upload" turned on.
That worked, but only 4 packets uploaded even though the software indicated 10 decodes. Not sure why, but I was satisfied... I don't consider it a competition; I really just wanted to get completely through the process and actually have some data upload to the site.
I do have some observations that I'll share on the chance that it helps someone else.
While several bit rates are available in the Fox Telem software on a drop-down menu, the documentation recommends 48,000. So, before replaying my I/Q file that last time, I reconfigured SDR# as well as the VB-Cable audio link to both work at 48,000. Sure enough, I decoded many more packets than I had previously. Going forward I'll capture the data with those settings.
Last night's pass might have been unique in that it was a minute of slow-speed data but then transitioned to high-speed. So, I had to replay my I/Q file twice... once with the Fox Telem software set to slow data and again with it set to high. However, I realize now that I could have easily paused the playback in SDR#, stopped the Fox Telem input, switched to high speed, and resumed the playback.
Since I'm not going to have an internet connection during the initial data capture, it would appear that the correct sequence of events for my configuration will be to only use the Fox Telem software during a fly-over to give me some feedback as to how well I'm receiving. I'll then dump the resulting payload and replay the recorded I/Q file with an active internet connection and the Fox Telem software set to upload. It would be wonderful if the software would "store & forward" the packets once online, but this might be a blessing in disguise as there is every chance that I'll have a better result decoding under controlled conditions where I'm don't have my hands full with an antenna, etc.
Also, I see that many people with more advanced setups are able to play their recorded I/Q .wav files directly in the Fox Telem software. I did not have any success with that and I actually liked replaying my recordings in SDR# so that I could verify that I was centered on the carrier and make minor frequency adjustments. I was also tweaking output levels on replay. I didn't really know if there was any benefit in that, but I told myself that I was keeping the waveforms on the Fox Telem software as "clean" as possible in hopes of more decodes. Similar apps give some level feedback so you'll know if you are feeding it at the right volume, but it's still a really nice app.
At any rate, I was pretty tickled with any success at all and VERY appreciative of the information that others have shared.
In summary, my setup is:
-Arrow dual-band antenna (will test some future passes with omni QFH when elevation is high)
-$20 RTL-SDR dongle
-SDR# on Windows-7, FM-narrow @ 32k bandwidth with audio set to 48,000, doppler tracking from Orbitron
-VB Cable set to 48,000
-Fox Telem software with AF input set to VB-Cable @ 48,000
----- Original Message -----
From: David G0MRF
Sent: Saturday, October 10, 2015 03:28
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] How to Know When Your AO-85 Telemetry Has Been Uploaded?
There is a K4KDR-FM17 in the list with 4 somethings (frames payloads packets or whatever)
From: Scott <scott23192(a)gmail.com>
To: amsat-bb <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>
Sent: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 2:45
Subject: [amsat-bb] How to Know When Your AO-85 Telemetry Has Been Uploaded?
My Fox 1 Telemetry Analysis Tool is showing "Decoded: 8" and "Queued: 0" at
bottom of the screen.
I have my station details complete and the box to
"Upload to Server" is
Not seeing my call sign on the Leaderboard
Statistics page, but I have no
idea how long to wait before I should expect
some feedback from an upload
to be reflected on that page.
Is there some way
to know when the Windows App has completed an upload
logging enabled and see a line as follows:
Trying Primary Server:
... but no indication of a successful -or- failed
upload. I do have an
active internet connection.
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I am about to go to my yard for one more AO-85 pass,
around 0840 UTC (0140 PDT) tonight. It is nice outside,
and I am still awake. If anyone is on, please feel free
to call me. Otherwise, I plan on trying different transmit
power levels, narrow vs. wide FM, & various power levels,
all while making an RF recording from my SDRplay and HDSDR
receive setup. After the pass, a telemetry upload before
calling it a (late) night, and another upload to Logbook
of the World for my QSOs during the day and this evening.
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In this edition:
* FoxTelem 1.01 Released
* ARISS-US Proposal Deadline Approaching
* 2016 CubeSat Launch Initiative Opportunity
* SAREX Reflector to be Closed 1 November 2015
* Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
* Astro Pi Launch Changed
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 298.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
October 25, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
FoxTelem 1.01 Released
Version 1.01 of FoxTelem is being released. You can download it from:
This is a patch release. If you already have 1.00 installed then download
the file FoxTelem_1.01_patch.zip
Only two files have changed (plus the manual). Copy these files into your
You can also download the whole install file and install it in a new
You can use the settings menu to continue using your existing log
files. Ask if you need
Lots has changed in this release and many bugs have been fixed. Please
any issues that you see.
* Send the frames to both primary and secondary server, if required
* Set the default fcd frequency to 145930 so that Fox-1A, Fox-1Cliff
will be in the passband
* Allow user to select UDP or TCP for upload to the server (but use
UDP for now
* Shorten the period between passes so that graphs look continuous
* Ignore duplicate high speed radiation frames - needed for processing
from the server
* Do not change the FCD LNA or Mixer Gain. Leave unchanged.
* Do not open the FCD unless the start button is pressed
* Allow graphs to be hidden so that average or deriv is easier to see
* Fixed a bug where the last 2 bytes of the radiation telemetry were not
* Allow Vanderbilt radiation experiment to be graphed
* Allow the gain to be set on the FCD (rather than hard coded)
* Notify the user when a new release is available
* Astro Pi Launch Changed
[ANS thanks Chris, G0KLA, for the above information]
ARISS-US Proposal Deadline Approaching
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates
that the contact would be held between July 1 and December 31, 2016.
Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact
dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed
The deadline to submit a proposal is November 1, 2015.
The last of the information sessions will be offered Wednesday,
at 2300 UTC. Advance registration is necessary. E-mail ARISS
Interested parties can find more information about the program at
www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.
For proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of
Information Sessions go to http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-
contact. Please direct any questions to ariss(a)arrl.org
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]
2016 CubeSat Launch Initiative Opportunity
NASA has opened the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative to
growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA's space
The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a
get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of
building and operating small research satellites. The initiative also
low-cost pathway to space for research in the areas of science, exploration,
technology development, education or operations consistent with NASA's
Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by 4:30 p.m. EST,
2015. NASA plans to select the payloads by Feb. 19, 2016, but selection
guarantee a launch opportunity. Selected experiments will fly as auxiliary
payloads on agency rocket launches or be deployed from the International
Station beginning in 2016 and running through 2019. NASA does not provide
funding for the development of the small satellites, and this opportunity is
open only to U.S. nonpro?t organizations and accredited educational
For additional information about this opportunity and NASA's CubeSat Launch
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jason Crusan at
[ANS thanks NASA Education Express Message -- Oct. 22, 2015 for the above
SAREX Reflector to be Closed 1 November 2015
At the request of the ARISS US Team, AMSAT-NA Vice President for Human
Spaceflight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO has announced that the SAREX reflector
closed 1 November 2015, and its functions folded into the AMSAT-BB list.
explained that at one time operations from the Space Shuttle and the ISS
considered as sufficiently different from other satellite operations as
separate forums for their respective interest communities. More recently,
changes in the human spaceflight operations, the new generation of
and the interests of the general AMSAT community have removed the
What does this mean to the current subscribers? If you are subscribed to
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human spaceflight announcements, please go to
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SAREX subscription will not be automatically carried over since not everyone
will wish to do so.
[ANS thanks Alan WA4SCA for the above information]
Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
Dearborn Public Schools, Dearborn, Michigan, USA, direct via K8UTT
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for Option #3: Tue 2015-10-27 16:01:59 UTC 57 deg
Daggett Montessori School K-8, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, direct via K5COW
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS
Contact is a go for Option #4: Thu 2015-10-29 14:12:56 UTC 31 deg
A listing of all scheduled school contacts, and questions, other ISS related
websites, IRLP and Echolink websites, and instructions for any contact
be streamed live is available at the following link.
[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N, for the above information]
Astro Pi Launch Changed
Two specially augmented Raspberry Pi’s called Astro Pi‘s were planned to fly
with UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI to the International Space Station
On the ISS the Astro Pi’s are planned to run experimental Python programs
written by school-age students; the results will be downloaded back to
made available online for all to see. It is hoped that subsequently one
will be used to provide a video source for the amateur radio HamTV
in the ISS Columbus module.
It appears the amount of cargo on Tim’s Soyuz flight was overbooked so
Pi’s will instead fly to the ISS on an Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo
The launch is currently planned for December 3 at 22:48 UT on an Atlas V
from Cape Canaveral AFS in Florida.
Read the full story on the Raspberry Pi site
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
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Managed to get 4 more telemetry packets from LilacSat-2 tonight. Location was not good (trees, etc.) so even though 4 isn't a lot, I was happy to get anything at all. Having all kinds of fun with that little Arrow antenna. Should have bought one of those a long time ago.
If there was any voice traffic, I was not able to copy it. The pre-configured software made available by the Chinese project team does feed audio to the speaker, but my guess is that they have optimized it for data.
The last time I was able to coordinate my schedule with a fly-over, I did hear the audio more clearly but my location was also much better.
There are not a lot of "contributor" names on their website (http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/lilac_en/pages/allCon.html), so I'll bet they would appreciate more help.
Not that more conventional cubesat telemetry with Windows apps is necessarily the easiest thing in the world to do, but if you want a fun challenge, get a copy of the bootable system that the LilacSat team has put online. I'm one of those people who said I would NEVER venture into GNU Radio, but heck... if someone wants to completely pre-configure it for me, I can't think of a better way to learn.
The original download link had issues; you can get a copy from one of the better links that they list here:
... I believe I used the DropBox link.
If you are not comfortable creating a bootable flash drive from an image, I'll bet you know someone who is familiar with the process. Of course there is always help online & I'm glad to help since I have it up and running. (be sure to create the "persistent" type of drive so that your settings are saved)
Montpelier, VA USA
Here are tonight's packets:
A6 54 35 00 13 A1 39 02 0A 1A CC 09 A2 19 E8 03 C0 08 74 01 00 00 01 03 77 00 00 00 00 00 0A 05 B4 33 39 00 00 67 00 00 00 55 54 00 61 00 0D 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 01 00 01 AB B4 00 00 1E 00 00 00 00 F5 59 2F 18
A6 54 39 00 13 A1 3A 02 0A 1A DE 09 A2 19 E8 03 C0 08 77 01 00 00 01 03 78 00 00 00 00 00 10 05 C3 A9 39 00 00 67 00 00 00 55 54 00 61 00 0D 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 01 00 01 8D B4 00 00 1E 00 00 00 00 E8 2A 2A 7B
A6 54 3D 00 13 A1 38 02 0A 1A DE 09 A2 19 E5 03 C0 08 7A 01 00 00 01 03 79 00 00 00 00 00 19 05 D2 1F 3A 00 00 67 00 00 00 55 54 00 61 00 0D 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 01 00 01 6E B4 00 00 1D 00 00 00 00 65 8A 4D AD
A6 54 21 00 13 A1 3C 02 0A 1A C9 09 A2 19 E8 03 C0 08 7D 01 00 00 01 03 7A 00 00 00 00 00 11 05 E1 95 3A 00 00 67 00 00 00 55 54 00 61 00 0D 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 01 00 01 50 B4 00 00 1E 00 00 00 00 2C 6A AF 80