I'll be operating from grid EM01 on the 2023Z FO-29 pass and the 2110Z AO-7 pass today.
If the predicted rain doesn't materialize on Saturday (26 December), I'll return to EM01 to work the 2246Z SO-50 pass until
my LOS at 2259Z, then switch to AO-7 for what's left of that pass.
Glenn / AA5PK
I am going to be leaving from en41 late on the 25th heading south via the
em3x/em4x grids until arriving in em30 midday on Sunday. Ill be heading
home sometime around January 1st via the em2x grids. Look for me on any of
the current sats.
Ps Ill be on 144.200 if you live somewhere along the path.
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
ARRL Awards Field Checker (WAS, 5BWAS, VUCC), VE
Houston AMSAT Net - Wed 0200z on Echolink - Conference *AMSAT*
Also streaming MP3 at http://www.amsatnet.com
Podcast at http://www.amsatnet.com/podcast.xml or iTunes
I was just attempting to access the transponder on an 11 degree pass of
EO-79 over eastern North America. Nothing heard from the transponder, so it
must have reset since the last pass over Europe.
I use Google maps on satellite view to determine a distant landmark (like a tree in neighbor's yard) that is true north of my antennas and then eye sight that along the antenna boom.
-----Oh... hang on, this may be an important point I've been missing all this
time, but this means one must determine the magnetic declination for
their QTH? Up to this point I had been just aiming my yagi via compass
and leaving it at that.
Sorry to hijack the thread here, but if this is the case, then the
difference between magnetic and true north will be very different
depending on your location.
I found the receiver to be more stable than ao73 but I also found the
downlink to be much weaker than I thought it should be since it supposed to
be the same radio as in the ao73.another good pass about midnight tonight
to try it out
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 historic
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 operators
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 gearing up
for another historic event---our 1000th school contact. Wow! 1000 ARISS
contacts!! To celebrate this historic event, I would ask those that know of
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(a)verizon.net or to our web master at ariss(a)arrl.org.
We would like to compile these for our space agency customers and to share
the stories with the amateur radio community.
Thanks es 73,
Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chair