Got up this morning, got my coffee and turned on the computer to check
satellite passes. As the computer was loading the weather came up, 34
degrees with 18 to 20 MPH wind. I didn't even bother checking the birds,
living in Phoenix AZ I don't have warm enough clothes to go out in that
weather for any length of time. Oh well, I'll check later for the
Hope you all had a great Christmas.
Ed, N7EC, DM33wu
AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
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including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
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In this edition:
* Fox-1Cliff and -1D Matching Contribution Offer
* AMSAT SKN on OSCAR 2016 This Week
* ARISS Celebrates 15 Years of School Contact
* AMSAT Awards
* EO-79 Transponder Activation
* NASA Commercial Crew Program 2016 Children's Artwork Calendar
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 361.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
December 27, 2015
To All RADIO AMATEURS
Fox-1Cliff and -1D Matching Contribution Offer
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to AMSAT members and satellite
In this season of giving, we’ve had a generous offer for matching funds
$1,000 for those that contribute to the Fox-1Cliff and -1D crowdsourcing
campaign at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/6pz92/ab/561Zd between now and
December 31st. Make your donation twice as valuable by taking advantage
opportunity and contributing before the end of the year, and help AMSAT
launch of the next two satellites in the Fox-1 series.
Slated for launch in 2016 on the inaugural Spaceflight SHERPA mission
SpaceX Falcon 9, Fox-1Cliff and -1D carry university experiments from
Pennsylvania State-Erie, Vanderbilt, University of Iowa, cameras
Virginia Tech, as well as amateur radio voice repeaters capable of U/V
Donations of $100 or more are eligible for a special AMSAT Fox challenge
and $1,000 or more qualifies for a plaque with an actual solar panel
Fox-1Cliff or -1D. (We’ve nearly exhausted our coin supply and are
resupply from the mint. Plaques will be distributed sometime after
integration. Please be patient for delivery of either premium.)
AMSAT is a 501-(c)-(3) not-for-profit educational and scientific
amateur radio operators whose purpose is to design, construct, launch, and
operate satellites in space and to provide the support needed to encourage
amateurs to utilize these resources. Please consider a tax-deductible
contribution to AMSAT to help underwrite the development and launch
our Fox satellite program.
Donors wishing to provide additional matching funds please contact Drew
Glasbrenner, KO4MA at ko4ma(a)amsat.org.
[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]
AMSAT SKN on OSCAR 2016 This Week
You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR
sponsored by AMSAT for all radio amateurs throughout the world.
Operate CW through any amateur satellite from 0001 through 2400 UTC on 1
2016, using a manual, non-electronic key. Note that bugs are now
they are in similar ARRL and SKCC events.
There is no need to send in a log, but please nominate someone you
Best Fist. Your nominee need not have the best fist of those you heard,
those you worked. Send your nomination to w2rs(a)amsat.org.. A list of those
nominated will be published in early February.
This year’s event is being held in memory of Ben Stevenson, W2BXA
Licensed since 1929, Ben was one of the world’s top DXers on both HF and
satellites. He led the DXCC Honor Roll for many years, and among his many
awards were Satellite DXCC No. 1 and post-war Worked All Zones No. 1.
president of the North Jersey DX Association, Ben shared his knowledge and
enthusiasm with one and all.
[ANS thanks Ray, W2RS, for the above information]
ARISS Celebrates 15 Years of School Contacts
15 years ago today, on December 21, 2000, students at Burbank School in
Burbank Illinois, U.S.A. lined us and readied themselves for a very
event---the first school contact with the crew on the International Space
Station. ARISS mentor and radio operator Charlie Sufana, AJ9N and his team
of volunteers had aptly prepared the students, teachers and the public in
attendance for their historic contact. As AOS approached, Charlie began
calling NA1SS. Soon, Expedition 1 Commander Bill "Shep" Shepherd, KD5CDL
answered back and the students immediately began asking Shep their
questions. The rest is history.
Burbank school teacher, Rita Wright, who later became KC9CDL, continues to
be active in ARISS as a volunteer. Rita's 2004 AMSAT Symposium paper,
"Remember, We're Pioneers!" chronicles the Burbank school's journey to the
first ARISS contact and beyond. You are invited to download the paper at
With this historic event in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to
thank our volunteers from the ARISS operations team for their outstanding,
long term support to ARISS. These folks---our mentors, telebridge
and operations leaders---are the foundation of ARISS. They have made
nearly 1000 ARISS contacts successful since Burbank, 15 years ago. Without
them, the goals of ARISS: inspiration, exploration, education and
experimentation, could not be achieved. Their guidance, mentoring and
presentations, before, during and after the contact were crucial in
achieving these goals. Thank you all!!
As the ARISS team prepares for 2016, with many schools in the queue,
prepared, ready and waiting for their upcoming contacts, ARISS is
for another historic event---our 1000th school contact. Wow! 1000 ARISS
contacts!! To celebrate this historic event, I would ask those that
an ARISS student that has graduated and is now in a science, technology,
engineering or mathematics (STEM) field to please have them share their
story with us. Please pass this along to others and have them send their
stories to me at ka3hdo at verizon.net or to our web master at ariss at
We would like to compile these for our space agency customers and to share
the stories with the amateur radio community.
[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO, for the above information]
Here are our newest award recipients and end of the year finale.
Happy Holidays and Good DX to all
AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award
Adrian Liggins, VA3NNA
John Pate, W1XQ
Mission Bay ARC, KM3RKI
Jim Leahy, N0VVV
AMSAT Communication Achievement Award
Fernando Ramirez-Ferrer, NP4JV #568
AMSAT Sexagesimal Award
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG #172
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award
Frank Westphal, K6FW #84 1,000 contacts
John Papay, K8YSE/7 #85 1,000 contacts
AMSAT South Africa Communication Achievement Award
Fernando Ramirez-Ferrer, NP4JV #US196
To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org or
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards
[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]
EO-79 Transponder Activation
On December 21, 2015 at 1038 UT, the EO-79 transponder was turned on for a
The FUNcube transponder subsystem on QB50p1 (EO-79) had been provided by
UK and AMSAT-NL and is a similar subsystem as on FUNcube-1, but without the
telemetry downlink circuitry.
The current software running on EO-79 does experience occasional
these reboots happen, the transponder is automatically turned off and
to be turned back on by a command station. The FUNcube team has selected
command stations to do so, but be advised the transponder may be off.
AMSAT keps name: EO-79
Celestrak keps Name: QB50P1
Celestrak file: cubesat.txt
NORAD # 40025
COSPAR designator 2014-033-R
*Uplink:* 435.035-435.065 MHz LSB [See note below]
*Downlink:* 145.935-145.965 MHz USB
EO-79 has been set to only beacon the normal AX.25 beacon every 30 seconds
instead of 10 seconds. The beacon frequency is 145.815 MHz and consists
frames on BPSK. More details about the downlink can be found on the ISIS
Radio page at http://isispace.nl/HAM/qb50p.html
We kindly request you to share your experiences with the AMSAT Bulletin
everyone can benefit from operating tips and tricks, as well as being
on the status.
We would also welcome any observation related to the transponder
the AX.25 beacon comes on.
Just like FUNcube-1, the crystal oscillator circuits exhibit drift with
temperature. This means manual tuning will probably work best.
Mike Seguin N1JEZ notes: I found my downlink after setting my uplink
from published spec
SatPC32 tracking software Doppler SQF information used by Peter VK4NBL:
Lastly, the commanding team will not be available over Christmas, so the
activations are planned from today until Thursday 24th and from Monday 28th
until Thursday 31st
[ANS thanks Wouter, PA3WEG, and AMSAT-UK for the above information]
NASA Commercial Crew Program 2016 Children's Artwork Calendar
Some of the best works of art come from children who are only limited by
their imaginations, like the more than 150 young explorers from across the
country who submitted artwork depicting human spaceflight as they see it.
Sixteen masterpieces were chosen to be included in the NASA Commercial Crew
Program 2016 Children's Artwork Calendar, which is now available for
download in PDF format, at http://go.nasa.gov/1NVTww4. We offer a huge
"thank you!" to all the explorers, ranging in age from four to 12, who
submitted their work and hope that everyone will enjoy and use this
[ANS thanks the NASA Commercial Crew Program 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-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
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-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org
You see, Dave, this is way more information that I have managed to gather
in the whole of 2015. Thank you so much for that!
Fair enough, I didn't go to the symposium, but a whole lot of other people
didn't go, and we have no way to know otherwise, which I find a shame.
All your points are well understood. I only and very dearly hope that
what's possibly flying on the HEO is NOT the digital voice thing they are
talking about for the geostationary one. Fine on the 5/10 frequency
combination. That'll be a nice challenge!
One thing I don't understand: if they remove the engine, how does the HEO
bird get into high orbit?
Thanks again and 73.
On Sat, Dec 26, 2015 at 4:14 PM, David G0MRF <g0mrf(a)aol.com> wrote:
> Hi Pete.
> So, it's a lot of changes from the old P3E but then the plans for that are
> 15 years old.....So pretty much dead.
> The spaceframe for P3E is tested for flight (same as AO-13)
> Virginia tech are proposing to remove the engine and add a commercial
> payload but keep the general concept of an amateur radio satellite.
> All the transponder designs are 20 years out of date...So dustbin for them
> In their place goes a set of 10G transmitters and 5GHz receivers as the
> basis of a digital transponder.
> Not all new. A-NA are also using the same transponder technology on a
> hosted payload going to geosync orbit to cover the Americas.
> So that's one geosync hosted payload and another high earth orbit sat
> built around the P3E spaceframe. Both are 5G up and 10G down
> (Don't hold your breath though....these things have a habit of not quite
> working out as planned...but we all hope they will)
> David G0MRF
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pete Parisetti <peteparisetti(a)gmail.com>
> To: amsat-bb <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>
> Sent: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 15:32
> Subject: [amsat-bb] What on earth (or in space...) is going on?
> I have been sucked into a discussion that makes me feel like I have spent
> the last six months in a coma...
> In a nutshell:
> Now, let me remind you of the latest developments, as seen from a casual
> but highly interested observer like myself, and you will tell me if this is
> a sad joke or what.
> 1) From the AMSAT newsfeed, on July 25 we learn that "AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL,
> and Virginia Tech Announce Potential Phase-3E Opportunity".
> 2) In the following months there has been absolutely NO FOLLOW-UP, no
> information whatsoever on this potentially crucial piece of information.
> 3) A couple of days ago, completely out of the blue, we learn that "AMSAT
> Ground Terminal Development Expands to Texas".
> Hello? WTF is going on here? The P3E launch opportunity has morphed into a
> geostationary satellite (never heard a thing about that). The projct has
> morphed from a P3E "old school" satellite into this digital monster (never
> heard a thing about that). Things have developed to such an extent that now
> "ground terminals are being expanded"...
> Here's a link to the thread:
> 73 HNY Pete MM0TWX
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> to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions
> are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views of
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Includes: Raspberry Pi Model B+, MicroSD Card with working
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RTC Module w/batt, Interface PCB and components (some SMD type),
including pre-programmed PIC microcontroller, needed to build the control
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The RAZO and RAZEL units can be controlled using the LinuxCNC on a suitable
computer, or RASPI, the Raspberry Pi based tracking system running
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Instructions and details at http://ki4sbl.dodropin.org/CNCTRK along
with links to YouTube videos that describe and demonstrate the system.
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You bring RF gear, antennas, parallel cable, monitor, keyboard,
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View the web page and videos, please, before ordering.
A limited quantity of kits are available.
Ships to Lower 48 only (for now).
Thanks for reading and have fun!
A while back I asked about potentiometer cleaner, deoxit
was recommended. I see they have have a number of series
for cleaners and lubricates.
Which series would I want for scratchy potentiometers and
switch contacts? ie. D G F or X series?
Honestly that one and only contact I did not get your call so no QSL.
However I finally heard myself loud as hell had to turn the volume down. I know I did not have the headset on my bad...
BUT YAAAAEEEE I finally got through with full duplex.
That thing acts like a linear bird which I do not have all the right gear for. It is all over the place....
Anyway whom ever that was please let me know, we can not log it but it was pretty dam close...! :)
It still makes me crazy flip out just like the first time. Something to be said for a citizen to track a satellite in space talk on it with someone else... Just great I tell you.
Merry Christmas to me!!!
This is a reminder that the Colorado Amateur Satellite net will begin in 1
hour from now (7PM mountain time Thursday).
Please visit us on
9870, the Denver Reflector
40764, direct hookup to the repeater here. 41715, KC9ZHV hub at a data
center if I am out of bandwidth. More info on AllStar - amsatnet.info/#node
*AMSAT* unless there is an ARISS contact, then go direct to KD0WHB-L
449.625 (-) 141.3 ( WØKU Lookout Mountain)
447.225 (-) 141.3 (The STEM school repeater we set up)
447.850 (-) 141.3 (ACØKQ's repeater where he lives on TOP of saddleback
147.450 SIMPLEX (Aurora, CO)
446.275 (-) 100.0 Galena St. Local repeater at my house, giving a whopping
5 blocks of great coverage
Your Repeater here!, Email me if you want to link in or me to link your
echolink or allstar repeater in automatically (no automatic IRLP linking