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In this edition:
* ARISS SSTV Event Commemorating 20 Years of Operations Continues
* AMSAT CW Activity Day - January 1st
* FoxTelem v 1.09n5 Released
* Virgin Orbit LauncherOne Launch Window Now Likely Mid-January
* AO-7's Full Sun Season Ends
* ARISS News
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts from All Over
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ANS-362 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 362.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE December 27, 2020
To All RADIO AMATEURS
ARISS SSTV Event Commemorating 20 Years of Operations Continues
An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International
Space Station (ISS). This will be a special SSTV event to celebrate
the 20th anniversary of ARISS on board the International Space
Station. The event is scheduled to begin on December 24 at 16:40 UTC
and continue through December 31 ending at 18:15 UTC. Dates are
subject to change due to ISS operational adjustments.
Images will be downlinked at 145.8 MHz +/- 3 KHz for Doppler shift and
the expected SSTV mode of operation is PD 120. Radio enthusiasts
participating in the event can post images they receive at the ARISS
SSTV Gallery at https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/
After your image is posted at the gallery, you can acquire a special
award by linking to https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/
directions for submitting a digital copy of your received image.
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]
AMSAT CW Activity Day 2021
You are cordially invited to participate in CW Activity Day 2021,
sponsored by AMSAT for amateurs around the world. Operate CW through
any amateur satellite on 1 January 2021 UTC. Straight keys and bugs
are encouraged but not required. You need not send in a log, but are
encouraged to post a brief report of your activity on the amsat-bb
Protect your satellites! Please remember to use the minimum power
needed to complete your QSOs. CU on the birds!
[ANS thanks Ray Soifer, W2RS, for the above information]
Purchase AMSAT Gear on our Zazzle storefront.
25% of the purchase price of each product goes
towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
FoxTelem v 1.09n5 Released
I have a slightly updated version of FoxTelem. This is not a
mandatory upgrade and you won't get a reminder message.
This includes just a couple of fixes:
* Allow both Mode and Freq to be switched automatically in Find Signal
mode, assuming Auto Start is on. This might be important to you if
you use Find SIgnal and you want to track Fox-1E and the existing Fox
* Support a 12kHz IF for BPSK as requested by SatNogs. This will
allow the IF from the SatNogs receiver to be decoded, including any
recordings that are made by SatNogs ground stations.
* Display correct error messages on WOD tab when T0 or keps not
If those are important to you then feel free to upgrade.
The release is available here:
If you are upgrading from 1.09n3 then you only need to replace the jar
file. If you know how to do that, then the jar file is here:
If you have questions then feel free to send me an email.
[ANS thanks Chris Thompson, AC2CZ/G0KLA, AMSAT FoxTelem Developer, for
the above information]
Virgin Orbit LauncherOne Launch Window Now Likely Mid-January
Via @Virgin_Orbit on Twitter:
Update from Mojave: as our teammates cleared their preventative
quarantines, we got back into our pre-launch operations. Sunday and
Monday, we completed our final wet dress rehearsal — the last big test
we had planned prior to our launch.
Our policies around social distancing were strict before, but we’ve
since implemented even more extreme measures to ensure the health and
safety of our team. A full 2/3rds of the small crew who were on-site
for our previous WDR supported this latest rehearsal remotely.
Our hardware is basically ready to go, as is our team. We are working
with our partners in government and with our customers to identify
our new candidate launch windows. We’ll publish new dates as soon as
they are final, but currently, the window is likely to be mid-January.
Finally: to all of our friends, neighbors, and families, we wish you a
joyous, safe, socially distanced, disinfected holiday season. As 2020
winds down and we all prepare to enter a new chapter, please take care
of yourselves and your loved ones — and wear a mask!
[ANS thanks Virgin Orbit for the above information]
AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it
all begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable
solar panels, propulsion, and attitude control. Come along for the
ride. The journey will be worth it!
AO-7's Full-Sun Season Ends
On December 26th, AO-7 began entering eclipse each orbit after two
months of continuous sunlight. This means that the 24 hour timer
will no longer switch the satellite between Mode A and Mode B each
day as the satellite normally powers up in Mode B after exiting
Joe Werth, KE9AJ, was a strong advocate for Mode A operation this
season, making 18 QSOs, including 4 transatlantic QSOs, using a 10m
moxon for the downlink. On October 19th, operating portable in EN50,
he worked Jérôme LeCuyer, F4DXV, in JN15, a distance of 7,088 km.
Although longer distance QSOs have certainly been made on AO-7 Mode A,
this represents the longest distance QSO claimed for AMSAT records.
The next full sun period is estimated to begin on September 10, 2021
and last until April 7, 2022.
[ANS thanks AMSAT Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for
the above information]
Twenty years of ARISS!
On December 21, 2000 at 20:29 UTC, Luther Burbank School in
Burbank, IL had ARISS contact number 1. I was privileged to be the
control operator and ARISS mentor for that first contact. We failed
two days earlier, but we figured out what had gone wrong and on the
second day, we had a highly successful contact with Bill Shepherd
KD5GSL who operated NA1SS. Since that first contact, ARISS has had
1411 total events; all of them an unforgettable experience for
everyone involved. I am sure the crewmembers have enjoyed the
contacts just as much as the schools.
I thank my ham crew who worked in putting together contact number 1
(try putting antennas up with minus 30 degrees windchill factors), the
students who went into the great unknown (someone has to be first),
the school staff who knew they had the right students to make it
happen, and the parents who pushed their student to participate.
Now ARISS embarks on the next 20 years of space exploration. In the
not-too-distant future, a school may be talking to a crewmember who is
orbiting the moon. So, stay tuned where ARISS goes next.
Please check for additional 20th year anniversary messages at
The latest information on the operation mode can be found at
The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, ARISS Operations, for the above
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating
through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club
meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.
No upcoming presentations listed
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, 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.
Upcoming Satellite Operations
****Watch Twitter, there are lots pop-up roves happening lately, and
I can’t keep this page updated with all of them.****
N4DCW: EM66 12/27
W9TWJ: Either next Tuesday 12/29 or Wednesday 12/30, AB5SS and I will
be loading up and activating EL28 (maybe a few other surrounding) – FM
Please submit any additions or corrections to ke0pbr at gmail.com
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, 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/
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ AO-92 was returned to service on Christmas Day. Due to the condition
of the satellite's batteries, please do not use the satellite when
it is in eclipse (when the satellite is not in sun). It is unknown
how long it will continue to operate. AO-91 is also experiencing
battery issues. Please do not use AO-91 in eclipse.
+ Want to try ham radio satellite operating but don’t think you have
the gear you need? Check out Sean Kutzko. KX9X's latest video for
DX Engineering & see how you can work satellites using gear you may
already have in your shack! https://youtu.be/tKZ_qCfGn5A
+ The Los Angeles Times published an article about ham radio aboard
the ISS entitled "Living in space can get lonely. What helps?
Talking to random people over ham radio" on December 23rd.
also published an article on ARISS:
+ AMSAT Secretary Jeff Davis, KE9V, reports on his blog that the
Twin Cities DX Association included a member profile of Senior
AMSAT News Service Editor Mark Johns, K0JM, in the December 2020
edition of the Gray Line Report.
+ Astronomers have encountered a mystery surprisingly close to Earth.
Using the Parkes telescope in Australia, scientists discovered a
strange radio signal coming from Proxima Centauri, the star system
closest to the Sun. The signal occupies an oddly narrow 982MHz band
that’s unused by human-made spacecraft, yet not possible through
known natural processes. The frequency shifts up, too, rather than
down like you’d expect for a planet. Even though the cause is likely
something other than extraterrestrial life, the eventual answer
could be very useful. (ANS thanks Engadget.com
for the above
+ Several new products are available on the AMSAT Zazzle store,
including a set of coasters, a watch, a t-shirt featuring the AMSAT
round logo, and more. Check out the new items! 25% of the purchase
price goes towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
+ All issues of The AMSAT Journal dating back to 2014 are now
available to AMSAT members on AMSAT's new membership portal. The
1969-2013 archive will be added at a later date. All editions of
AMSAT's Symposium Proceedings are also available for members. If
you're a current AMSAT member, get logged on today. If you are not
yet a member, consider joining today at https://launch.amsat.org/
+ The 2020 edition of AMSAT’s Getting Started with Amateur Satellites
is now available on the AMSAT store. A perennial favorite, Getting
Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite
information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The
book is presented in DRM-free PDF format, in full color, and covers
all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.
The digital download is available for $15 at
. The print edition is $30
plus shipping and is available at
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. President's Club donations may be made at
Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership
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Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/
73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space,
This week's ANS Editor,
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org