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In this edition:
* HamTV Transmitter Launched to ISS
Gets Make Over
* Have You Received Your 2013 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballot?
* AMSAT Mentions and Articles of interest in the Press
* Radio Scouting – ARISS Contact Reception Report
* Radio Ham’s Leaky Spacesuit
* Curiosity First Anniversary Event
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-216 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 216.01
From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
DATE August 4,
To All RADIO AMATEURS
HamTV Transmitter Launched to ISS
On Saturday, August 3 at 1948 UT the Japanese HTV-4 cargo vessel was
successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS). On-
board was the HamTV transmitter and a number of CubeSats carrying
amateur radio payloads.
The Japanese space agency JAXA has announced details of four
CubeSats on the launch. They will be deployed from the ISS by the JEM
Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) between October 2013 and
The four CubeSats are:
• PicoDragon a 1U CubeSat developed by Vietnam National Satellite
Center(VNSC), University of Tokyo, IHI aerospace. CW beacon on
437.250 MHz and 1k2 AFSK AX.25 telemetry on 437.365 MHz
• ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X 1U CubeSats developed by Nanorack,
NanoSatisfi. ArduSat-1 437.325 MHz 9k6 MSK CCSDS downlink. ArduSat-X
437.345MHz 9k6 MSK CCSDS downlink.
• TechEdSat-3 a 3U CubeSat developed by NASA Ames Research Center
The company NanoRack has announced it is sending 36 Units of
CubeSats to the ISS (believed to be 26 separate CubeSats, some 2U or
3U in size). At the time of writing it is believed they will be going
on a later cargo vessel.
The main mission of HamTV is to perform contacts between the
astronauts on the ISS and school students, not only by voice, but
also by unidirectional video from the ISS to the ground within the
The ESA Columbus module on the ISS will host the 2.4 GHz video
transmitting station in addition to the existing 144 MHz FM amateur
radio station. This new equipment can broadcast images from the ISS
during the school contacts or other pre-recorded video images up to
24 hours a day to allow ground stations tuning.
It is planned to transmit DVB-S signals on 2.4 GHz at either 1.3Msps
or 2.3Msps with 10 watts of RF.
The IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel have
announced frequencies of 2422.0 MHz and 2437.0 MHz.
HamVideo is the name of the onboard DATV S-band transmitter. HamTV
is the name of the complete system, comprising DATV downlink and VHF
voice uplink. Kaiser Italia SRL was the prime-contractor for the
design and development of the flight and ground segment
Read the HamTV overview paper here.
HamTV Link Budget
HamTV on Facebook
ARISS DATV Antennas Installed on Columbus
Spaceflight story – Japan’s HTV-4 launches supplies and science to
the ISS http://tinyurl.com/ANS-216-C
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
Thanks to the effort of a bunch of people , especially Brent Salmi,
Steve Kenwolf and Brent Salmi, we have pushed a new, more colorful
theme to the AMSAT web site, as well as some updated content. We
are by no means done, and welcome the assistance of others to
generate content and features for the site. We are using the
WordPress content management system. so changing content is much
simpler than earlier schemes used on www.amsat.org
. It's got a nice
web based interface that should be familiar to anyone with basic word
processing skills. If you see something you think you can improve on,
drop Joe Fitzgerald note, jfitzgerald at alum dot wpi dot edu !
[ANS thanks Joe KM1P for the above information]
Have You Received Your 2013 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballot?
Ballots were mailed to members in good standing by July 15th, and
must be returned to the AMSAT-NA office no later than the close of
business on September 15th, 2013. If you have not received your ballot
by August 5th, please contact the AMSAT Office. Ballots sent to
members outside North America are automatically sent via air mail. It
is suggested that they be returned the same way.
This year there are eight candidates running for the AMSAT-NA Board of
Directors. The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes
will be seated as voting Board Members with two year terms. The two
candidates receiving the next highest number of votes will be
non-voting Alternate Board Members with terms of one year. Please
vote for no more than four candidates.
AMSAT-NA Board candidates in alphabetical order by last name:
Barry Baines, WD4ASW
Alan Biddle, WA4SCA
Steve Coy, K8UD
Frank Griffin, K4FEG
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Brian Klofas, KF6ZEO
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX
[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]
AMSAT Mentions and Articles of Interest in the Press
The August CQ Magazine mentions the Fox-1 Ham Radio CubeSat
frequency announcement and the availability of the 2013 Dayton AMSAT
Forum on YouTube. In addition to these are articles on EME from
Antartica and the ESTCube-1 CubeSate
The August Monitoring Times cover story is "How to Become an ISS
APRS Gateway", by Christopher Friesen, VE4CWF. Keith Pugh's,
KB1SF/VA3KSF, Amateur Radio Satellites column covers Saudisat 1C (SO-
50, ESTCube-1 and Fox-1A.
Note that Grove Enterprises has announced that it will cease
publication of Monitoring Times in December of this year.
[ANS thanks ANS Editors for the above information]
Radio Scouting – ARISS Contact Reception Report
The Boy Scout’s of America 2013 Jamboree included many radio
activities by the club station K2BSA. The station was on the air on
various frequencies and modes of operation and had a planned contact
with astronauts aboard the international space station as part of the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program.
ARISS contacts are important opportunities for students to learn
about amateur radio, space exploration, science and technology. They
also offer radio hobbyists a unique opportunity to monitor
communications from the most impressive human-built structure ever
sent into a Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Participating in “Radio Scouting,”
the general term used to describe the activities associated with
amateur radio and scouting, also affords scouts the opportunity to
earn their radio merit badges.
The space station was making a relatively low 30 degree pass to the
south of my location. I copied amateur radio station NA1SS’s half of
the contact by climbing to the peak of my roof to get as free from
the trees and other rooftops as possible and used my Yaesu FT-60R
handheld transceiver and my “Slapshot” antenna.
The following is my official reception report:
Date: July 20, 2013
Time: 15:34 to 15:38 UTC
Frequency: 145.800 +/- Doppler shift
Signal: Full quieting
Comments: I copied NA1SS making contact with K2BSA and begin
answering questions. It sounded like Italian astronaut Luca
Parmitano, KF5KDP was conducting the QSO. Parmitano answered
questions about whether he was a scout, how they clean up after
themselves, and the use of robotics in space. I copied two audio
clips, the first and clearest clip is 3 minutes long. Fortunately my
clip contains the audio with both call signs being used by Parmitano.
See the full article with links to the audio at
(Flash player required)
[ANS thanks Christopher VE4CWF for the above information]
Radio Ham’s Leaky Spacesuit
In edition 683 of Jonathan’s Space Report (JSR) Jonathan McDowell
provides the history of the spacesuit of radio amateur Luca Parmitano
KF5KDP which developed a water leak inside the helmet during a
spacewalk on July 9, 2013.
The spacewalk was abandoned and he was assisted back to the
International Space Station (ISS) by Chris Cassidy KF5KDR.
The suit Luca Parmitano KF5KDP used for the extravehicular activity
(EVA) was EMU 3011. It had three previous station tours, here is its
Flight 1 STS-79 1996 Sep 16-1996 Sep 25 (Apt, not used)
Flight 2 STS-83 1997 Apr 4-1997 Apr 8 (Spacelab, Gernhardt,
Flight 3 STS-94 1997 Jul 1-1997 Jul 17 (Spacelab, Gernhardt,
Flight 4 STS-91 1998 Jun 2-1998 Jun 12 (Chang, not used)
Flight 5 STS-95 1998 Oct 29-1998 Nov 7 (Robinson, not used)
Flight 6 STS-96 1999 May 27-1999 Jun 6 (Barry, 1 EVA)
Flight 7 STS-101 2000 May 19-2000 May 29 (Horowitz, not used)
Flight 8 STS-106 2000 Sep 8-2000 Sep 20 (Backup, not used)
Flight 9 STS-97 2000 Dec 1-2000 Dec 11 (Tanner, 3 EVA)
Flight 10 STS-100 2001 Apr 19-2001 Jul 25 (ISS tour, Hadfield (2),
down on 104)
Flight 11 STS-109 2002 Mar 1-2002 Mar 12 (HST, Massimino(2))
Flight 12 STS-111 2002 Jun 5-2005 Aug 9 (ISS tour, Sellers
(3),Pettit(2), down on 114)
Flight 13 STS-126 2008 Nov 15-2009 Nov 27 (ISS tour, down on 129,
Flight 14 STS-132 2010 May 14-present (ISS tour; Williams (1),
Hoshide (2), Parmitano(2))
EMU 3011 incorporates the PLSS 1011 backpack – this contains most of
the systems and you can think of it as the core of the suit
considered as its own spaceship, with the other components as a
relatively inert bubble containing the human occupant. Before the EMU
3000 series nomenclature was adopted, PLSS 1011 flew multiple times:
Flight 1 STS 61-B 1985 Nov 27-1985 Dec 3 EMU 1070/PLSS 1011
(Spring, 1 EVA)
Flight 2 STS-26R 1988 Sep 29-1988 Oct 3 EMU 1090/PLSS 1011
(Lounge, not used)
Flight 3 STS-27R 1988 Dec 2-1988 Dec 6 EMU 1090/PLSS 1011
(Ross, not used)
Flight 4 STS-29R 1989 Mar 13-1989 Mar 18 EMU 1090/PLSS 1011
(Springer, not used)
Flight 5 STS-28R 1989 Aug 8-1989 Aug 13 EMU 1098/PLSS 1011
(Brown, not used)
Flight 6 STS-36 1990 Feb 28-1990 Mar 4 EMU 2008/PLSS 1011
(Thout, not used)
Flight 7 STS-41 1990 Oct 6-1990 Oct 10 EMU 2008/PLSS 1011
(Akers, not used)
Flight 8 STS-39 1991 Apr 28-1991 May 6 EMU 2008/PLSS 1011
(Harbaugh, not used)
Flight 9 STS-48 1991 Sep 12-1991 Sep 18 EMU 2008/PLSS 1011
(Buchli, not used)
Flight 10 STS-46 1992 Jul 31-1992 Aug 8 EMU 2021/PLSS 1011
(Chang, not used)
Flight 11 STS-73 1995 Oct 20-1995 Nov 5 EMU 2034/PLSS 1011
(Coleman, not used)
So, this PLSS has flown a total of 25 times in space over 28 years –
although of course there’s a bit of a “grandfather’s axe” paradox
involved as it’s not clear how many of the original components remain.
The article includes a video of NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy KF5KDR
showing where the water leaked. See the full story with video at
Jonathan’s Space Report (JSR)
NASA press release
[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]
Curiosity First Anniversary Event
NASA officials and crew members aboard the International Space
Station will observe the first anniversary of the Curiosity rover's
landing on Mars at a public event in Washington from noon-1:30 p.m.
EDT Tuesday, August 6.
The event will be broadcast on NASA Television and streamed live on
the agency's website.
Media and the public are welcome to attend to hear highlights from
the Mars Science Laboratory's first year of investigations, learn
about upcoming NASA robotic missions to the red planet, and speak
with astronauts conducting experiments in space that will enable
human exploration of Mars in the 2030s.
Those interested in attending should plan to arrive at NASA
Headquarters, 300 E St. SW, by 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited.
Participating will be:
• Charles Bolden, NASA administrator
• Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR and Karen Nyberg, NASA astronauts, live from
the space station
• Jim Green, director, Planetary Division, NASA's Science Mission
• Sam Scimemi, director, NASA's International Space Station Program
• Prasun Desai, acting director, Strategic Integration, NASA's Space
Technology Mission Directorate
The Mars Science Laboratory mission successfully placed the one-ton
Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, UTC and EDT
(evening of Aug. 5, 2012, PDT), about 1 mile from the center of its
12-mile-long target area.
Within the first eight months of a planned 23-months primary
mission, Curiosity met its major science objective of finding
evidence of a past environment well-suited to support microbial life.
With much more science to come, Curiosity's wheels continue to blaze
a trail for human footprints on Mars.
To follow the conversation online about Curiosity's first year on
Mars, use hashtag #1YearOnMars or follow @NASA and @MarsCuriosity on
For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information,
For more information about NASA's exploration of Mars, visit:
For more information about the International Space Station, visit:
[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]
+ A Successful contact was made between Italian Bilingual School,
Leichhardt (Sydney), New South Wales, Australia and Astronaut Luca
Parmitano, KF5KDP using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2013-07-30
08:26 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was
telebridged via VK4KHZ. IN3GHZ served as the ARISS Mentor.
The Italian Bilingual School in New South Wales Australia offers
your child a unique educational opportunity to achieve excellence
through bilingualism. The study of Italian offers students a window
into a culture of beauty, a vehicle for creative individuality and an
appreciation of the musicality in language. Italian is, after
English, the most widely spoken language in Australia. Over half a
million Italian Australians use the language every day.
The study of Italian prepares our students for the challenges of a
multicultural global community by deepening their understanding of
+ A Successful contact was made between Oshkosh Air Venture Air
Show, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA and Astronaut Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP
using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2013-08-01 17:01 UTC and
lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridged via
AH6NM. KA3HDO served as the ARISS Mentor.
With 500,000 visitors to EAA's AirVenture each year and a student
membership of more than 20,000, the Experimental Aircraft Association
(EAA) is a gateway to aerospace for many young people. The young
people present for the contact with the space station were very
diverse and reflect the range of people who are active in our
organization. This includes a large group of 125 young women and
their mentors as part of WomenSoar, where young women can find
amazing opportunities with aerospace. Attending, also, were groups
from aviation high schools from Florida and California whom
participated in the ham radio contact with the ISS crew. And
finally there were additional attendees of all ages who listened and
participated with great interest. The EAA believes that inspiring
the next generation is work worth doing. We believe in working to
grow interest by sharing compelling, real life stories of people who
have found rewarding careers and lifestyles through Aerospace. We
hope to grow participation in aviation and space and all of its
related areas through this once in a lifetime opportunity to talk
with astronauts in space and the folks we will have with us on the
ground. The ARISS contact an amazing way to help these outstanding
students reach that goal.
+ A Successful contact was made between Space Jam 7 at the Octave
Chanute Aerospace Museum, Rantoul, IL, USA and Astronaut Christopher
J. Cassidy, KF5KDR using callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2013-08-03
20:46 UTC and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was
telebridged via LU8YY. AJ9N served as the ARISS Mentor.
We live in a fast-paced world impacted by evolving technology. Space
Jam 7 was developed to catch up with the interests and needs of our
youth involved in scouting. While scouting will always address
camping and pioneer skills, Our objective at the event was to teach
STEM technology merit badges and skills required by tomorrow's
pioneers, the astronauts. Three of our 44 major activities involved
robotics. In addition to 2 Space Exploration classes we taught the
Aviation merit badge (including actual flights), introduction to
Scuba, Metal Work, Geology, Inventing, Electronics and Electricity.
For the first time we offered Cinematography merit badge and a class
where Scouts and adults could earn their ham radio license.
We were attended by 2000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and leaders from 20
different states, who flew, drove and took the train from across the
country. 350+ volunteers put this together because they love what
they do. Of course our signature merit badge was again the Duck Tape
merit badge that we do just for fun.
Our theme this year was the Future of Space Exploration and our
answer to that implied question is not so much about going to the
planet Mars but the education of these youth who will get us there
and who asked questions of the astronauts aboard the International
Epet Nº 2, Gral. Pico, Argentina, telebridge via LU8YY
Contact is a go for: Tue 2013-08-06 11:48:35 UTC
Ecole Primaire Pasteur, Fleurance, France, telebridge via LU1CGB
Contact is a go for: Wed 2013-08-07 11:01:18 UTC
ARISS is requesting listener reports for the above contacts. Due to
issues with the Kenwood radio that are not fully understood at
present,the Ericsson radio is going to be used for these contacts.
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.
US Hams, don’t forget that there is a new process for US school
proposals. For US schools to have an ARISS contact, they must fill
out a proposal, submit it to NASA, and see if they are approved or
not. Once a school is approved and put on the list, an ARISS mentor
will be assigned to assist the school.
NASA will have two open windows a year for schools to submit a
proposal. You must go through NASA to get the proposal material.
Contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, at
JSC-TFS-ARISS at mail dot nasa dot gov or by calling them at
The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS
contact: Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, North Dakota, Rhode Island,
South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern
Marianas Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school contacts, and
questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites,
and instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.
A complete year by year breakdown of the contacts may be found in
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and Dave AA4KN for the above
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ 432 and Above EME Newsletter is now online
+ Frank Griffin, K4FEG, reported to the AMSAT-BB, "it is my opinion
that we are quickly approaching the end of the Eclipse Cycle for AO7
In May of 2014 I hope to look at the beginning of the Eclipse Cycle
and work at predicting the beginning and end of it better.
This has been a fun exercise for me and I appreciate those from
around the world that forwarded their observations to me.
Now it is time to sit and wait to see if the switches start back on
August 2, 2013 at @21:00 UTC"
+ In a follow-up post Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, adds "The "AMSAT-OSCAR 7
Technical Operator's Plan And Experimenter's Guide" found starting on
page 75 of this PDF, http://ka9q.net/AMSAT-Newsletter-1974.pdf
that the clock automatically switches the satellite to Mode B at 0000
GMT. If the clock is reset by eclipse to 0000, it stands to reason
that it would always come up in Mode B out of eclipse."
Paul later reported Interestingly, it looks like it's still in Mode
B based on status reports, and hasn't switched to Mode A at all
despite being in full illumination for more than 48 hours at this
Even though it's not fully eclipsed at any point in it's orbit now,
maybe it's still not receiving enough sunlight to remain powered up
at some point during it's orbit?
Telemetry reports would be very interesting to see what the onboard
clock is reading.
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This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org