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In this edition:
* AMSAT Board of Directors Elections Results
* July/August AMSAT Journal Is Now Available
* RAC Canada 2020 Conference and AGM is this Sunday
* AO-7 Approaching Return To Full Illumination
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
* Ham Radio Club Talk Collection On YouTube
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 264.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE 2020 September 20
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Board of Directors Elections Results
Balloting for the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation’s 2020 Board of
Directors election concluded September 15. Of the 1,233 envelopes
returned, 1,231 could be associated with a unique member.
Ballots were separated from the envelopes to maintain secrecy and
counted by the Secretary over three sessions conducted on September
16, 17, and 18. Candidates, Directors, Officers, and tellers chosen by
the Secretary were invited to observe the opening of returned
envelopes and handling of ballots during the count.
Five envelopes contained reports of deceased members, resulting in a
total of 1,226 ballots scrutinized.
The number of votes cast for each candidate is as follows:
Mark Hammond, N8MH 707
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM 703
Bruce Paige, KK5DO 667
Howie DeFelice, AB2S 550
Bob McGwier, N4HY 534
Jeff Johns, WE4B 429
Four ballots were spoiled.
Accordingly, pursuant to Article III, Section 4 of the Bylaws:
Mark Hammond, N8MH, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, and Bruce Paige, KK5DO, have
been elected as Directors of the Corporation for terms ending in 2022.
Howie DeFelice, AB2S, has been elected as First Alternate Director of
the Corporation for a term ending in 2021.
Bob McGwier, N4HY, has been elected as Second Alternate Director of
the Corporation for a term ending in 2021.
The Secretary thanks the candidates for their cooperation during the
election process, those who observed the counting for their time and
scrutiny, and the members of the Corporation for their interest and
(ANS thanks Brennan Price, N4QX, AMSAT Secretary for the above infor-
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AMSAT office
is closed until further notice. For details, please visit
July/August AMSAT Journal Is Now Available
Due to COVID-19, the July/August 2020 issue of The AMSAT Journal will
only be available to members on AMSAT’s Member Portal. Please visit
launch.amsat.org to view/download your copy today.
The AMSAT Journal is a bi-monthly magazine for amateur radio in space
enthusiasts, published by the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
(AMSAT). Each issue is your source for hardware and software projects,
technical tips, STEM initiatives, operational activities, and news from
around the world.
Inside the Current Issue
Engineering Update, Jerry Buxton N0JY
User Services Update, Robert Bankston KE4AL
Treasurer's Report, Robert Bankston KE4AL
Educational Relations Update, Alan Johnston KU2Y
AMSAT Field Day 2020, Bruce Paige KK5DO
For Beginners — Amateur Radio Satellite Primer VI,
Keith Baker KB1SF/VE2KSF
Satellite Cyber Threats, Omar Álvarez-Cárdenas XE1AO; Miguel A.
García-Ruiz VE3BKM; Margarita G. MayoralBaldivia XE1BMG; Raúl
T. Aquino-Santos (SWL)
Integration of a Distributed Ground Station Network, M.A.Mendoza-
Bárcenas (SWL); Rafael Prieto-Meléndez (SWL); Alejandro Padrón-
Godínez (SWL); Gerardo Calva-Olmos (SWL), Omar Álvarez-Cárdenas
XE1AO; Margarita G. Mayoral-Baldivia XE1BMG; Alfonso TamezRod-
ríguez • XE2O
Satellite Antenna Tracking Using Goto Telescope Mounts,
Dwayne Sinclair • NA6US
[ANS thanks AMSAT 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.
RAC Canada 2020 Conference and AGM is this Sunday
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to welcome all Amateurs to the RAC
Canada 2020 Conference which will be held on Sunday, September 20 be-
fore the RAC Annual General Meeting.
Complete descriptions of all of the presentations can be found on the
RAC website at:
There is no registration fee for this event and registration is now
Canada 2020 Conference Overview:
The RAC Canada 2020 Conference is an interactive mini-conference that
will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics as
shown below. Whether you are a new Amateur or have been enjoying Ama-
teur Radio for many years there will be something of interest for you
Given the great response we have received, we have now decided to ex-
tend the schedule to include a keynote presentation followed by three
Each session will have multiple presentations so that participants can
choose those presentations that are of most interest to them. In addi-
tion, all sessions will be recorded for viewing later so you won’t miss
out if two of your favourites take place at the same time.
Keynote presentation: 12 noon to 12:50 pm ET
First session (4 presentations): 1 pm to 1:50 ET
Second session (4 presentations): 2 pm to 2:50 ET
Third session (3 presentations): 3 pm to 3:50 ET
The Annual General Meeting will then begin after the Conference at
4 pm ET.
Conference Presentations and Schedule:
The following is a list of presentations and the schedule of events:
Keynote Presentation: 12 noon to 12:50 pm ET
“A Fireside Chat”: “Amateur Radio during the Global Pandemic and
An informal discussion featuring the following distinguished guests:
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA: President, Radio Amateurs of Canada
Tim Ellam, VE6SH: President, International Amateur Radio Union
Rick Roderick, K5UR: President, American Radio Relay League
Steve Thomas, M1ACB: General Manager, Radio Soc'ty of Great Britain
In these unprecedented times, this is an excellent – and possibly
historic opportunity – to engage in a discussion on the challenges
we face today and the future of Amateur Radio.
First session: 1 pm to 1:50 pm ET
Getting Started with Amateur Radio Satellites –
Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
Amateur Radio and Youth –
Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ
Amateur Radio Challenges in Canada’s North –
Ron Thompson, VE8RT and Angela Gerbrandt, VY0YL
CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition –
Phil McBride, VA3QR
Second session: 2 pm to 12:50 pm ET
6m FT8 DXing –
Ron Schwartz, VE3VN
Contesting: Remote Operating –
Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, Tom Haavisto, VE3CX & Gerry Hull, VE1RM
VO2AC: Contest DXpedition to Labrador (CQ Zone 2) –
Chris Allingham, VE3FU/VO2AC
Amateur Radio Hotspots: A Quick Overview –
Allan Boyd, VE3AJB
Third session: 3 pm to 3:50 pm ET
La proposition d’une classe d’entrée pour les radioamateurs
(en français) – Guy Richard, VE2QG/VE2XTD
Amateur Radio: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow –
Allen Wootton, VY1KX
High Altitude Balloons: The Elevation Education –
Kelly Shulman, VE3KLX
[ANS thanks Radio Amateurs of Canada and Southgate ARC for the above
AO-7 Approaching Return To Full Illumination
AO-7 is approaching a return to full illumination, sometime around
September 25. This period will last until approximately December 26.
During this time, it is likely AO-7 will switch between Modes A and B
(2m/10m, and 70cm/2m) every 24 hours. Get those 10m antennas ready to
enjoy mode A every other day.
On another note, here’s a reminder and request to remember to keep the
power down. Recently, I’ve observed sometimes several different sta-
tions, usually in the middle of the passband, ditting away on CW in an
attempt to find themselves. This often bounces the entire passband up
and down, and sometimes causes the transponder to reset (“flip”) to
Mode A. Try to find yourself with very low power, or on SSB, or best,
with full Doppler control, and the other users will thank you. If you
have to use high power to find yourself, your receive antenna and sys-
tem probably needs improvement. SSB users should also watch their up-
link power carefully.
[ANS thanks Andrew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations, for the
Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
from our Zazzle store!
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towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution
The following satellites have been and removed from this week's AMSAT-
NA TLE Distribution:
OBJECT D - Cat ID 46275.
OBJECT F - Cat ID 46277.
To understand why, first consider that at this time about 52 satellites
have been placed in orbit, so far. Nico Janssen, PA0DLO, has determined
that Object D and Object F cannot be either AmicalSat or TTU 110. This
based on the fact that Object D and Object F are in the SAME group of
satellites (and orbit) into which UPMSat 2 (Cat. ID 46276) was launched.
AmicalSat and TTU 100 are in another (and later) group of satellites
that were launched later into a higher orbit and are now about a half
an orbit away from UPMSat 2 (and Object D and Object F). This is quite
a bit of good detective work by Nico!
There's more! Since TTU 100 is not transmitting, it is really not pos-
sible to identify TTU 100 by radio signal at this time. (The group that
TTU 100 was launched still makes it sure that Objects D and F are not
AmicalSat and TTU 100.) So TTU 100's Catalog Number is still (at this
And so ... the following satellite has been and added to this week's
AMSAT-NA TLE distribution:
AmicalSat - Cat ID 46287.
Again, a big thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO.
[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the
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.
Avellaneda Ikastetxea, Sodupe, Spain, telebridge via ZS6JON
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut was Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR.
The contact was scheduled for Friday, 9-18-2020 at 12:56:34 UTC.
The contact was successful.
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team men-
tors 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
EM26/27 “Late this week or This weekend” @KL7TN
JM08, 9/17 -9/21 @EA6/EA4NF. Formentera Island. DXCC EA6 – Grid JM08 –
IOTA EU-004, LEO SAT FM & LINEARS, QSL via LoTW as EA6/EA4NF. For this
new sat portable activation, Philippe will bring with him his Yaesu
FT818ND and a FT817ND operating in full Duplex on all LEO satellites
with an Alaskan Arrow Antenna.
CN86, 9/19 & 9/20, @N7AME : I hope to access the FM satellites AO-91,
and AO-92 on most passes during September 19 and 20 during the WWDXC
Salmon Run. If they count, I will be at Lewis and Clark SP WA (K-3221)
and in Lewis County which will be Grid CN96.
K5TA will be on the air as W6H occasionally until this Sunday, 20-Sep,
as New Mexico's satellite representative in the “Route 66 On The Air”
special event. For general info visit http://w6jbt.org/?page_id=19.
QSL via K8TE. Our coordinator is working on getting a certificate for
LoTW, but it’s not up yet. Besides, the paper cards are nice-looking.
Christy, KB6LTY, is also on sats as W6D from San Bernardino County —
you remember the old song “…Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino!”
-Scott K5TA DM65 Albuquerque.
CN76/77 10/3 and 10/4 @AD0DX Just booked tickets for beautiful Ocean
Shores, WA… CN76/CN77 grid line Sat Oct 3 approx 0000z to Sun Oct 4th
approx 1700z, pass details closer to the trip
Beginning this Saturday, 19 Sept thru Friday, 25 Sept, @kylee_ke0wpa
and @ND0C will be doing some holiday roving in several Iowa grids:
EN11, EN12, EN20, EN21, EN22 and EN30 – some lines. None of them are
particularly rare, but we’ll be there nevertheless. Operation will be
limited by work commitments and family activities, but we will focus
on AO-91 and SO-50 and maybe some linears. Hope to turn a few grids
green for some folks. Please play nice, i.e. no blind calls, no stomp-
ing and allow the QSOs to be completed!
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
Clint Bradford K6LCS has booked his “Work the FM Voice Satellites With
Minimal Equipment” presentation for the clubs:
10/27/2020 – Cherryland ARC / Traverse Bay ARC
TBD – Antelope Valley (CA) ARC
TBD – A private presentation for a Boy Scout troop in Danville, Penn.
These will be Zoom presentations. Everyone is asked to update their
copies of the Zoom application – by directly visiting Zoom.us.
The 38th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting in-
person event scheduled to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota has been
canceled. The event will be shifted to a virtual, online platform.
The in-person event was scheduled to occur Friday, October 16th -
Sunday, October 18th. As the 2020 virtual event plans are developed,
they will be announced via the usual AMSAT channels.
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ Last week Jupiter had 79 moons. This week it may have 600 more, in-
cluding some that go backwards! A new study says that there may be
as many as 600 small “irregular moons” orbiting Jupiter. An irregular
moon is a minor object that used to orbit the Sun, but was captured
by a giant planet early on in the Solar System’s history. Having
swapped from being Sun-orbiting to planet-orbiting, they often have
“eccentric” orbits; distant, inclined and retrograde—they orbit back-
wards. (ANS thanks Forbes.com for the above information)
+ Rajesh Vagadia, VU2EXP, from Gujarat State in western India, and
Lucky Bijanki, VU2LBW from Bangalore in southern India, successfully
worked one another via six different FM Satellites in single day on
September 9. It's a record for such satellite activities in the
region. Satellites worked were AO-91 (0650Z), PO-101 (0830Z), AO-27
(1305Z), SO-50 (1514Z), AO-92 (1712Z) & ARISS - ISS (1714Z). (ANS
thanks Rajesh Vagadia, VU2EXP, for the above information)
+ A small leak of ammonia has been detected at the U.S. segment of the
International Space Station (ISS). Ammonia is used in transferring
heat from the US segment on the ISS to space. Moderate levels of
ammonia are not so dangerous, but exposure to high concentrations of
it can be a health hazard. The leak is at a rate of about 700 grams
[1.5 pounds] per year. There is no threat to the ISS crew. A similar
situation occurred in 2017 and was resolved. (ANS thanks Space Daily
for the above information)
+ Earth observation satellites are playing a key role in analyzing and
responding to the fires in the western U.S. NASA’s Fire Information
for Resource Management System provides daily fire point-source de-
tection, along with real time geofenced updates, world wide. NASA
also provides a dashboard of world temperature. (ANS thanks The Or-
bital Index for the above information)
+ It was like the opening scene from a movie: cars pulled over on a
busy freeway, with everyone gawking in disbelief at what they were
seeing. Drivers in New Jersey on September 14 thought a flying saucer
was hovering above them. But in reality, it was just another day in
2020 and the UFO was an aircraft from planet Earth: the Goodyear
Blimp. With just the right lighting conditions, viewing angle and
reflections, the blimp looked just like a classic flying saucer.
(ANS thanks Universe Today for the above information)
+ Following requests from many amateurs outside South Africa, AMSAT-SA
now offers its hand-held VHF/UHF yagi for export if ordered in a
batch of 6, at R950 each (approx US $65), total for a batch of 6
R5700. (approx US $ 390). Available to countries in the European
Union and the USA. For more information, see
In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the
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
73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor, Mark D. Johns, K0JM
k0jm at amsat dot org