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In this edition:
* VE9 on Satellite
* Her Majesty's Royal Mint Special Event on Satellites
* V47JA St. Kitts on SO-50
* AMSAT 2017 Symposium Call for Papers
* IARU Aligns Satellite Coordination Guidelines with ITU WRC-15 Decisions
* Have you seen the Mayak satellite?
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 204.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 23, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
VE9 on Satellite
CANADA, VE. Mike, KI1U will be QRV as KI1U/VE9 from Grand Manan
Island, IOTA NA-014, from July 23 to 30. Activity will be on 40 to
10 meters using CW and various digital modes, including possibly the
new mode FT8, as well as possible activity on the FM satellites.
QSL to home call.
[ANS thanks the ARRL DX Bulletin 29 - ARLD029 for the above information]
Her Majesty's Royal Mint Special Event on Satellites
Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be operating from 'Her
Majesty's Royal Mint' at Llantrisant, South Wales, UK, call sign - GB4RME
(Royal Mint Experience) between July 30th and August 5, 2017
Locator: IO81HN WAB:ST08
The hours of operation on a daily basis have been limited, but we expect to
be operational between 0800 - 1730 hrs GMT.
It does restrict operation for satellite operations and passes in addition
of course AO-73 operates in data mode Monday to Friday when illuminated
(Auto mode). However on the first Sunday of the event (30th) and the last
day (Saturday 5th August) the transponder mode should be available if
The general other activities of the event will be on the HF bands using
CW, SSB, DATA RTTY and JT65.
This event will also include an exhibition and demonstrations of "Amateur
Radio". How key events, especially using satellites and the ISS, are key
players in the role of education and "STEM"
Note also this event also co-incident with the event taking place for "YOTA
2917" (GB17YOTA) and should be significant as a prime contact for
youngsters participating from world wide.
This special event station is a world first, operating from within a Mint,
and a Royal one at that.
Details about the mint can be viewed at:
QSL via GW0ANA, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW and ClubLog.
There will be a Web page set up for the operation on QRZ.com
[ANS thanks Ken, GW1FY, and Southgate for the above information]
V47JA St. Kitts on SO-50
John, V47JA/W5JON, has been operating on SO-50 from St. Kitts with some
success. The problem for him is that there is terrain in the way from
about 320 degrees, north to east. So he is limited to what he can work
from his house there.
John is putting together what he will need to operate portable from the top
of the hill where he will be able to see down to the horizon to the north.
Once he has everything together he will be able to work down low and work
more stations in the US. He is using an Arrow antenna and two FM mobile
units. He is not a new comeer to the birds but hasn't operated since the
HEO's went away years ago.
He will be on St. Kitts for a few weeks and he hopes to work everyone that
needs it. SO-50 only. He will QSL via LOTW but might wait until he
returns to Texas to get everyone uploaded.
[ANS thanks John, K8YSE, for the above information]
AMSAT 2017 Symposium Call for Papers
This is the first call for papers for the 2017 AMSAT Annual Meeting and
Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 27, 28, 29, 2017 at
the Silver Legacy Resort, Reno, Nevada. Proposals for papers, symposium
presentations and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest
to the amateur satellite community. We request a tentative title of your
presentation as soon as possible, with final copy to be submitted by
October 6 for inclusion in the printed proceedings. Abstracts and papers
should be sent to Dan Schultz N8FGV at n8fgv at amsat.org
[ANS thanks Dan, N8FGV, for the above information]
IARU Aligns Satellite Coordination Guidelines with ITU WRC-15 Decisions
As the global federation of national associations of radio amateurs in more
than 150 countries, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for many
years has provided frequency coordination services for amateur satellites
free of charge. Often these satellites are constructed by students at
universities and other institutions as a part of their educational
experience. In general, they have been licensed to operate in the amateur-
satellite service, which is defined by the Radio Regulations of the
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as having the “…purpose of
self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations carried out
by amateurs, that is, by duly authorized persons interested in radio
technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest.”
Some administrations have issued experimental licenses for such satellites
operating in amateur-satellite frequency bands. The IARU has coordinated
these satellites as well, to reduce the possibility of harmful interference
that might result from uncoordinated operation. Since 1 July 2014 it has
not been possible to coordinate experimental satellites in the 144-146 MHz
band because of the high probability of harmful interference in this
heavily used band.
Educational satellite projects have grown in popularity as launch
opportunities have increased. In 2012 the ITU World Radiocommunication
Conference took note of the proliferation of what in Resolution 757
(WRC-12) it called “nanosatellites and picosatellites” and invited WRC-18
(now scheduled for 2019) to consider steps to facilitate their deployment
and operation. Two Reports, ITU-R SA.2312 (09/2014) and ITU-R SA.2348
(05/2015), are instructive regarding the characteristics, definitions,
spectrum requirements, and notification procedures of and for such
satellites, which generally must use spectrum below 1 GHz for operational
At the following WRC in 2015, in place of Resolution 757 the Member States
of the ITU adopted Resolution 659 (WRC-15) in which it was noted that the
use of 144-146 MHz and 435-438 MHz by non-amateur satellites is not in
accordance with the definition of the amateur-satellite service in the
Radio Regulations. Resolution 659 cites the two reports mentioned above and
makes it clear that the spectrum needs of what are now called “non-
geostationary satellites with short duration missions” should be met either
within the service in which the space station is operating or within the
space operation service. Further, if new or upgraded allocations to the
space operation service are required, studies should be limited to the
frequency ranges 150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz.
Accordingly, effective 1 August 2017 the IARU will be following revised
guidelines for satellite frequency coordination.
The strong preference is for all satellites using spectrum allocated to the
amateur and amateur-satellite services to operate under amateur licenses
and within the definition of the amateur-satellite service and the service-
specific Article 25 of the Radio Regulations. The IARU believes the
definition is sufficiently broad to encompass nearly all educational
satellite projects that include giving students hands-on experience with
radiocommunication and are conducted under an amateur license.
The IARU will only coordinate a non-amateur satellite if an administration
directs in writing that it be operated in an amateur-satellite band under
an experimental or other non-amateur
Satellites with combined amateur and non-amateur missions will continue to
[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]
Have you seen the Mayak satellite?
By Deborah Byrd, EarthSky News in HUMAN WORLD | SPACE | July 18, 2017
On July 14, an amateur group in Russia launched a small satellite
called Mayak. They said it would become the “brightest shooting star”
in the sky. Why’d they do it? Here’s how to look for it.
A team of young Russians – led by Moscow State Mechanical Engineering
University (MAMI) – managed to raise more than $30,000 on Russian
crowdfunding website Boomstarter, in order to launch their own small
satellite. The satellite is called Mayak, which means beacon in English.
It’s a cubesat, roughly the size of a loaf of bread. And it’s up there.
Mayak went into space on July 14, 2017, as part of a secondary payload,
launched on a Soyuz 2.1v vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
It’ll be orbiting Earth, about 370 miles (600 km) high, for the coming
month. It’s supposed to be very, very bright, so bright that it would,
supposedly, ruin night skies and threaten astronomy.
Satellite tracking websites like Heavens Above are already trying to
follow it, hoping to offer information on Mayak’s passes over various
parts of the world. Heavens Above commented: "A new small satellite
has just been launched which will deploy a large reflector once in
orbit and has the potential to be very bright. We now have a
provisional orbit from Space-Track which you can use to generate
predictions. Please note that the magnitude estimates are possibly
very inaccurate until actual observations are reported."
now has pass predictions up for the new Russian
reflector sat "Mayak," listing it as NORAD ID 2017-042F/42830.
Plus Mayak has its own app, available to those who back the project.
How bright is Mayak? Brightness estimates have varied, but the
idea was that it would be the brightest shooting star in the sky.
Some estimated it would be nearly as bright as Venus, the sky’s
brightest planet. Its brightness is part of its purpose, which
is partly, simply, to inspire people.
From Mayak’s website: The main objective of the project is to
make cosmonautics and space research poplar in Russia, as well
as to make scientific and technical researches attractive to
Also from Mayak’s website:
Question: Why did you build the satellite?
Answer: Everyone is used to think that flying into space is a
privilege of state and military corporations. We wanted to
prove that space is simpler and closer than it seems, and a
team of enthusiasts can launch a satellite into space!
This The video shows Mayak’s launch, along with 72 other
satellites, on July 14, 2017 at 9:36 Moscow Time from the
Baikonur cosmodrome: https://youtu.be/E0X0KfEnJAk
[ANS thanks EarthSky News for the above information]
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Lee McLamb, KT4TZ
kt4tz at amsat dot org