AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ANS-364
The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in space including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building, launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio satellites.
The news feed on http://amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in space as soon as our volunteers can post it.
Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor at amsat dot org.
In this edition:
* AMSAT CW Activity Day January 1, 2019 In Memory Of W3XO * Soyuz Flight Deploys Amateur Radio Satellites * In-Orbit Test (IOT) of Es’hail-2 AMSAT P4-A transponders * Changes to the AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for December 27, 2018 * Ham Talk Live Podcast Featuring KO4MA * Multiple Flight Projects Selected by International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory * AMSAT Awards Update * Upcoming Satellite Operations * Satellite Shorts from All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 364.01
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AMSAT CW Activity Day January 1, 2019 In Memory Of W3XO
You are cordially invited to participate in AMSAT's third annual CW Activity Day. It will be held from 0001 to 2400 UTC on January 1,2019.
This year's event is being held in memory of AMSAT past president Bill Tynan, W3XO. Bill operated primarily SSB, but would always come back to my CW call. Bill's experience reminds us that one need not be a CW specialist to enjoy the mode.
CW Activity Day rules are very simple: there aren't any. Just operate CW through any amateur radio satellite. Straight keys and "bugs" are encouraged, but not required. The important thing is to get on the air and have fun, as Bill did.
[ANS thanks Ray Soifer, W2RS for the above information.]
Soyuz Flight Deploys Amateur Radio Satellites
The Soyuz flight on December 27th carrying a pair of Kanopus V remote sensing satellites also deployed two German Orbital Systems D-Star ONE satellites: D-Star ONE - Sparrow and D-Star ONE - iSat. Beacons have been successfully received. These satellites carry a D-STAR parrot repeater that will be available for use by amateur radio operators. The uplink is 437.325 MHz and the downlink is 435.525 MHz.
The flight also deployed the UWE-4 1U CubeSat carrying an electric propulsion experiment and a 70cm 9k6 AX.25 digipeater. The uplink and downlink frequency is 437.375 MHz. The digipeater will be active after the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP)
More information on the launch and other payloads deployed can be found at http://russianspaceweb.com/kanopus-v5-v6.html
[ANS thanks Russian Space Web, German Orbital Systems and the IARU for the above information]
In-Orbit Test (IOT) of Es’hail-2 AMSAT P4-A transponders
AMSAT-DL notes that the In-Orbit testing (IOT) of the P4-A ham radio transponders on Es’hail-2 have started.
In a statement regarding the status of the transponders for amateur radio use AMSAT-DL said, "However: Please be reminded, that under no circumstances uplink attempts should be done! Like everyone, we are very excited by the received signals so far and we do appreciate any monitoring and receiving reports from the amateur radio community. We are happy to see how much interest and enthusiasm this satellite already created in our community."
And continuing, "Any unsolicited transmissions will delay the commis- sioning and maybe even worse, might influence our good relation with Es’hailSat during this project.
When a new satellite is launched, a number of tests are performed to verify that the stress loads imposed by the launch have not affected the on-board systems. An RF in-orbit test (IOT) is conducted to verify the performance of communication payloads. These operations are typic- ally performed by the manufacturer of the satellite, in this case by MELCO engineers. These operations also include both AMSAT P4-A trans- ponders on-board Es’hail-2. Such acceptance tests are part of the commercial contract and usually consists of Power, Frequency and other measurements like: Gain transfer, EIRP, In-Band and Out-Band response, receive & transmit antenna cross-polarization isolation, antenna gain, Gain-to-temperature ratio (G/T), Gain adjustments, TWT settings, Spacecraft spurious signal search, intermodulation, LO and beacon frequency stability and much more…
When all IOT tests are successful performed, the satellite will be moved to it’s final position at 26°E and handed-over to it’s owner Es’hailSat.
Please understand that AMSAT-DL is not authorized to give any details of the above operations in advance.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information]
Changes to the AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for December 27, 2018
The identification of the 64 satellites launched by SpaceX SSO-A mission on December 3, 2018 continues. As noted last week, the consensus is that the spacing between unidentified satellites is STILL not to a point where positive identification is possible. In the past, two weeks after launch has been the time when distance between cubesats increases enough to identify most individual sat- ellites. But, this time, we must wait for more separation.
There are no major changes to the previous AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution (Thursday, December 20, 2018) for the IDENTIFIED SSO-A launch objects at this time except for the following comments:
(1) There is a disagreement between this week's TLE distribution (Thursday, December 27, 2018) and the Space-Track data of the same date. Space-Track shows PWSat 2 as OBJECT 43814, but detailed doppler analysis suggests that PWSat 2 is object 43775 or 43779. Hopefully this will be resolved in the coming week. In the mean time, all three objects 43775, 43779, and 43814 are included in this week's distribution with PWSat 2 shown as CAT ID 43775.
(2) Space-Track has decided that OBJECT 43769 is now FLOCK 3S 1 (a commercial satellite). OBJECT 43769 was the object that we had used last week for AO 95. So, we are now going to use OBJECT 43771 for AO-95. OBJECT 43771 is the other object we think may be AO-95. Remember these objects are still too close together so we must wait for more separation. Patience!
(3) Also we are still awaiting greater separation for JO 97 (ex JY1Sat). JO-97 is shown as OBJECT 43803 but may be 43801. The downlink is 145.839085 MHz.
(4) The following objects have been identified as non-amateur radio satellites and have been removed from this week's distribution: EXCITE - CAT ID 43758 (identified by Space-Track, non-amateur) KAZSTSAT - CAT ID 43783 (identified by Space-Track, non-amateur) FLOCK 3S 3 - NORAD CAT ID 43788 (identified by Space-Track, non- amateur) FLOCK 3S 2 - NORAD CAT ID 43821 (identified by Space-Track, non- amateur)
Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, and Alan Biddle, WA4SCA, for this week's update details.
[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD for the above information.]
Ham Talk Live Podcast Featuring KO4MA
If you missed the Ham Talk Live show featuring Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, on December 27 you can play back a recording of this episode at: https://www.spreaker.com/show/ham-talk-live then select Episode 146 - Making the Most of Satellite Time 27 Dec
Drew and Neil discussed getting the most out of satellite time. They talked about what to say, when to say it, and other etiquette and protocol issues so that you can make the most of your satellite operation!
Ham Talk Live is also available as a podcast on nearly all podcast sites: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Podcasts; and it's also available on YouTube.
[ANS thanks Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, and Ham Talk Live for the above information]
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Multiple Flight Projects Selected by International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory
The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory today announced multiple flight projects stemming from a variety of scientific and educational concepts that are in development to launch to the orbiting national laboratory. Each of the investigations selected for the ISS National Lab will benefit life on Earth by exploiting unique advantages of research in space. These projects represent a diverse mixture of scientific objectives and interests from commercial partners, academic investigations, and education initiatives to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Below is an overview of recently selected investigations by the ISS National Lab:
Blast Off! Story Time From Space: Engaging Young Learners in STEM and Literacy Twin Cities Public Broadcasting Service PI: Rita Karl and Patricia Tribe
Blast Off! is a multiplatform initiative dedicated to engaging young learners (ages 2-8) in reading and hands-on science. Twin Cities PBS and Story Time From Space are developing Blast Off! as a pilot project for PBS. This program has the potential to reach millions of viewers, providing information on living and working in space and on microgravity's effects on science. This project is being done in partnership with the Story Time From Space educational program.
[ANS thanks Spaceref.com for this information.]
AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio. We have reached a great milestone with $16,695 raised or about 10% towards our goal. This would not have been possible without your outstanding generosity!!
For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:
AMSAT Awards Update
Here we are, the last half of 2018, in fact the end of 2018, I have been posting all the Rover Awards on my Twitter account and tagging @AMSAT. I will include all the Rover Awards here for those that do not have Twitter.
What will you be doing for AMSAT's 50th Anniversary in 2019. Stay tuned for some operating awards we have for you, AMSAT Members and Non-AMSAT Members. ------
AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award for making their first satellite QSO Mike Lozano, KI7WIB Harry Mueller, W1HMM Kirk Miller, W0KM Dennis Madarang, KD2QET Colbie Dison, KN4NIM Nathan Binder, BSA Troop 738 Jeffrey Howell, KO9P Alex Van Patten, KC3LPC Martin Gibson, VK2GIB Tom Zimmerman, W9TTY Michael Barry, KN4CFD Billy Penley, KN4MKB Bentley Skibell, WM1K Rich Olson, W9TIT Tom Snowden, KI7SNW
AMSAT Communications Achievement Award Brad Brooks, WF7T, #585 Brennan Price, N4QX, #586 Michael Lozano, KI7WIB, #587
AMSAT South Africa Satellite Communications Achievement Award Brad Brooks, WF7T, #US209 Brennan Price, N4QX, #US210
AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award Charles Reiche, N3CRT, #96
AMSAT Rover Award (New for 2018)
Rover Call ===== ======== 028 K4FTP 029 KB2YSI 030 N3CRT 031 N2WLS 032 K2MTS 033 AI6DO 034 KD8RTT 035 AD7DB 036 AB5SS 037 W9TWJ 038 WN9Q 039 KM6NJL 040 KM4LAO
To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org and click on Services then Awards.
[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards for the above information]
Upcoming Satellite Operations
+ Oahu (BL01, BL11) – December 28 to January 1, 2019 Gabe, AL6D willbe heading to Oahu, Hawaii, at the end of the year. Plan is to operate from BL01 and BL10, linears and FM. Trip is dependent on availability of cockpit jumpseat, so subject to cancel- lation. Keep an eye on the @AL6D_Alaska Twitter for further updates https://twitter.com/AL6D_Alaska
+ Azores (HM58) – December 30 to January 2, 2019 Pedro, CU2ZG, will spend the long New Year’s weekend in HM58. Pedro will operate holiday style on FM and linears. Skeds are accepted and preferred, but keep in mind that being a family trip availability constrains might occur. Confirmations via LoTW using plain CU2ZG will be uploaded the following week, and any direct QSL will get a proper reply. Updates posted on Twitter and publicly viewable at https://twitter.com/pdsousa.
+ Point Pelee National Park, Canada (EN81) – January 1, 2019 Ron, AD0DX, and Mike, W8LID plan to active Point Pelee National Park on New Year’s Day to kick of the Canadian National Parks on the Air (CNPOTA) event. Keep an eye on their Twitter accounts for further updates: https://twitter.com/ad0dx and https://twitter.com/w8lid
+ Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – January 5, 2019 Ron, AD0DX will activate the CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06 grid corner on January 5th. Keep an eye on the @ad0dx Twitter feed for more updates https://twitter.com/ad0dx
+ Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – January 12, 2019 David, AD7DB, will be in the area of Kettleman City CA near a conver- gence of four grids, operating on FM satellites. Grids (maybe grid- lines) will depend on the satellite passes. Operation expected from 1700 UTC through 2300 UTC. Updates will be on Twitter as the time approaches: https://twitter.com/ad7db
+ Quartzfest Arizona (DM23) – January 19-27, 2019 John, N7JY, will be operating FM satellites on a holiday schedule. He may also visit some adjoining grids. There will likely be other hams operating from the event, located a few miles south of Quartzsite AZ. QSL via LOTW, or you can send your card with SASE
+ Las Vegas NV and Northwest AZ (DM25, DM26, DM36) – January 20-22, 2019 David, AD7DB, will be in Las Vegas at DM25/26 line, operating on FM satellites on a holiday schedule. In addition, weather permitting, sometime on Monday 01/21/19 he will make a side trip to Beaver Dam AZ to activate from DM36aw. Updates will be on Twitter as the time approaches: https://twitter.com/ad7db
[ANS Thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, for the above information]
Satellite Shorts from All Over
+ PW-Sat2 Sail Deployment PW-Sat2 has deployed its deorbiting sail experiment ahead of schedule. See PWSat2 on Twitter for more information https://twitter.com/PWSat2 (PWSat2 on Twitter)
+ NJ4Y Worked All States Congratulations to Matt, NJ4Y for earning the ARRL Worked All States - Satellite award #367. Matt tweeted, "This is probably the toughest radio award I've ever worked towards, and one of my favorites. Thanks especially to AC0RA, K8BL, and AL6D for my last 4 states over the past year, Oregon, Mississippi, Alaska, and Hawaii! (NJ4Y via Twitter)
+ NPR Highlights Cubesats National Public Radio posted an article on December 26th entitled "What's Next for Tiny Satellites." The article may be found at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-364-NPR
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Happy New Year and 73, This week's ANS Editor,
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM n8hm at amsat dot org