AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ANS-128
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In this edition:
* Kick-Off Hamvention with Dinner at Tickets * AMSAT Forum Scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022 * IARU Coordinates Amateur Radio Payload for Chinese Space Station * Amateur Radio and AMSAT-UK Featured at EMFcamp 2022 * Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for May 5, 2022 * ARISS News * Upcoming Satellite Operations * Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events * Satellite Shorts From All Over
ANS-128 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
To: All RADIO AMATEURS From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation 712 H Street NE, Suite 1653 Washington, DC 20002
DATE 2022 May 08
Kick-Off Hamvention with Dinner at Tickets
The annual AMSAT "Dinner at Tickets" party will be held at Tickets Pub & Eatery on Thursday, May 19 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT. There is no program or speaker - just good conversation. Everyone is invited regardless of whether or not they helped with setup or plan to work in the booth. Tickets has a great selection of Greek and American food and great company! Food can be ordered from the menu; drinks (beer, wine, sodas and iced tea) are available at the bar. Come as you are; no reservations required. Bring some friends and have a great time the night before Hamvention. Tickets Pub & Eatery is located at 7 W. Main St, Fairborn, OH 45324. (Telephone (937) 878-9022)
[ANS thanks Phil Smith, W1EME, AMSAT Hamvention Manager for the above information.]
+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+ The 2022 AMSAT President's Club coins have arrived! To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on October 15, 1972, this year's coin features an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6. Join the AMSAT President's Club today and help Keep Amateur Radio in Space! https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/ +=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+
AMSAT Forum Scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022
The AMSAT Forum will be in Room #2 on Saturday May 21, 2022 from 12:10 PM to 1:40 PM EDT.
AMSAT Forum Hamvention 2022 AMSAT Status Report: Robert Bankston KE4AL, AMSAT President, will highlight recent activities within AMSAT and discuss some of our challenges, accomplishments, projects, and any late breaking news.
- AMSAT Engineering Program: Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT Vice President for Engineering, will talk about the Current and upcoming satellite missions.
- AMSAT Education: Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT Vice President Education Relations will talk about the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator.
- AMSAT Development: Frank Karnauskas, N1UW, Vice President of AMSAT Development, will report on AMSAT Youth Initiative and its features.
So, arrive early, grab a seat, take in some air conditioning and catch up on the latest AMSAT happenings!
[ANS thanks Phil Smith, W1EME, AMSAT Hamvention Manager for the above information.]
IARU Coordinates Amateur Radio Payload for Chinese Space Station
The CSSARC is the Amateur Radio payload for Chinese Space Station, proposed by Chinese Radio Amateurs Club (CRAC), Aerospace System Engineering Research Institute of Shanghai (ASES) and Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT). The payload will provide resources for radio amateurs worldwide to make contacts with onboard astronauts or to communicate with each other.
The first phase of the payload is capable of providing the following functions utilizing the VHF/UHF amateur radio band: 1. V/V or U/U crew voice; 2. V/U or U/V FM repeater; 3. V/V or U/U 1k2 AFSK digipeater; 4. V/V or U/U SSTV or digital image.
The following frequencies have been coordinated: - V/V crew voice NFM 145.850, 145.985 - U/U crew voice NFM 435.050, 436.510 - V/U FM repeater NFM 145.875, 436.510 - U/V FM repeater NFM 435.075, 145.985 - V/V digipeater AFSK-FM 1200 145.825, 145.825 - U/U digipeater AFSK-FM 1200 437.550, 437.550 - V/V imaging SSTV-FM 145.850, 145.985 - U/U imaging SSTV-FM 435.050, 436.510
A launch to the Chinese Space Station is planned for the third quarter of 2022 from Wenchang.
[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information.]
Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows, and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space. https://amsat.org/product-category/hardware/
Amateur Radio and AMSAT-UK Featured at EMFcamp 2022
The popular Electromagnetic Field event takes place June 2-5, 2022 at the East nor Castle Deer Park, Hereford shire, UK.
Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that's lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Thousands of curious people will descend on the friendly open space to learn, share, and talk about what they love. EMF camp will feature a full program of talks and workshops and there will be both an Amateur Radio Village GX1EMF and an AMSAT-UK Village GB4EMF.
Among the satellite-related talks are: - Hacking the Radio Spectrum with GNU Radio by Dave Rowntree M0IEG - Receiving amateur radio satellite beacons by Damian Bevan G4WPO - Launching a Rocket, Suspended by a Balloon by Dave Johnson G4DPZ - Inside Datatrak: resurrecting a radio navigation network by Phil Pemberton M0OFX - 2500 nerds, one pathetic robot by Chris Stubbs M6EDF - Astro Pi Mark II - how to send a Raspberry Pi from a factory in Wales to the International Space Station by Richard Hayler
More information is available at https://www.emfcamp.org/.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]
Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition? Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff from our Zazzle store! 25% of the purchase price of each product goes towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear
Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for May 5, 2022
The following satellite has been added to this week's AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:
AO-85 NORAD Cat ID 40967. There is a question as to rather AO-85 has "woke up" so I will include its TLE for the time being. Remember when AO-07 woke up after a long sleep?
The following satellites have decayed from orbit and have been removed from this week's AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:
FO-98 (ORIGAMISAT-1) NORAD Cat ID 43933 (decayed form orbit on 4/30/2022 per Space-Track). NO-103 (BRICSAT 2) NORAD Cat ID 44355 (decayed form orbit on 4/20/2022 per Space-Track).
[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the above information.]
Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.
+ Upcoming Contacts
Scuola Secondaria di I Grado G. Leopardi, Macherio, Monza e Brianza, Lombardia, Italy, telebridge via K6DUE The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The scheduled crewmember is Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF. Contact is go for Friday May 13, 2022 at 09:07:23 UTC.
+ Completed Contacts
Istituto Comprensivo 1 Chieti, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy, direct via IZ6BMP and telebridge via IK1SLD. The ISS callsign was IR0ISS. The downlink frequency was 145.800 MHz. The crewmember was Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF. Contact was successful on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 07:49:17 UTC
The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html
The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors for the above information.]
AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an Amateur Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/
Upcoming Satellite Operations
IJ39 Jean-Philippe, F1TMY is QRV as 3X2021 from Conakry, Guinea. He is active on Satellite QO-100 from Grid Square. His length of stay is unknown.
Hawaii K5ZM: May 16-26.
FN33 KC1MEB & NU1U: sometime between May 27-29.
EL84 WL7T: June 24-27.
DM42 W3IPA will be on FM passes vacation style from July 30 to August 6 . Possible gridline operation on DM41. More updates closer to that week.
QK25 ND9M/MM is on his merchant marine ship anchored just off Saipan and expects to be there for a few weeks. He will try to be QRV as ND9M/KH0 from the island itself over the next few weekends, probably Fridays in the afternoon and evening, possibly Saturday evenings as well. Check Twitter @ND9M updates.
EN 57, EN67 and EN56 N8MR: August 6 through August 13. More info as the date gets closer.
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, and the ARRL DX Newsletter for the above information.]
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.
Hamvention May 20-22, 2022 Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Center 120 Fairgrounds Road Xenia, OH 45385 https://www.hamvention.org
2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention Friday, October 7, 2022 to Sunday, October 9, 2022 Event Center at Archer 3921 Archer Pkwy Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007 https://wyhamcon.org/site
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above information.]
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ The 2022 CubeSat Developers Workshop has come and gone but the presentations live on. You can stream these excellent presentations at https://www.cubesatdw.org/. [ANS thanks cubesat.org for the above information.]
+ AMSAT-SM in Sweden celebrated 40 years as an organization and group on May 7, 2022. They started in the town of Oskarshamn in 1982 and have continuously worked for information about Amateur Radio in space and trying to make the interest for ham radio satellites in Sweden getting larger. The people behind AMSAT-SM today are Hakan SM7WSJ, Inge SM4JLX and Lars SM0TGU. We hope they are active for many years to come! [ANS thanks AMSAT-SM for the above information.]
+ In a scene from Netflix TV series Yakamoz S-245, it seems that the main software used at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey is SatPC32, Airspy, SDRSharp, MMSSTV, Orbitron and probably the AMSAT-UK Dashboard. Read the story at https://www.rtl-sdr.com/. [ANS thanks rtl-sdr.com for the above information.]
+ Raspberry Pi and its partners at ESA Education are excited to announce that 299 teams have achieved flight status in Mission Space Lab of the 2021/22 European Astro Pi Challenge. This means that these young people’s programs are the first ever to run on the two upgraded Astro Pi units on board the International Space Station. Mission Space Lab gives teams of young people up to age 19 the opportunity to design and conduct their own scientific experiments that run on board the ISS. It’s an eight-month long activity that follows the European school year. The exciting hardware upgrades inspired a record number of young people to send us their Mission Space Lab experiment ideas. Read the full story at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-128-RaspberryPi. [ANS thanks raspberrypi.org for the above information.]
What it's like to become a NASA astronaut? More than 18,000 Americans competed in the last round of NASA's astronaut selection. The new candidates will be announced Wednesday (June 7), and will report for basic training in August. See what it takes to be a NASA astronaut and what happens after the selection at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-128-Astronauts. [ANS thanks space.com for the above information.]
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73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
This week's ANS Editor, Frank Karnauskas, N1UW n1uw at amsat dot org