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In this edition:
* AMSAT Ambassadors to Speak at QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
* Revised QO-100 WB Transponder Bandplan and Operating Guidelines
* Rubins and Noguchi assemble solar array fixtures outside ISS.
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for March 1 2021
* India, Brazil Launch Amazônia-1 On PSLV Rocket
* IARU Region 1 Participates in ITU WRC-23, Prep for 23cm Allocations
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for February 4, 2021
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
ANS-066 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 066.01
To: All RADIO AMATEURS
From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002
DATE 2021 March 07
AMSAT Ambassadors to Speak at QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
Several AMSAT Ambassadors are scheduled to speak at the QSO Today Virtual
Ham Expo on Saturday, March 13, 2021. The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo to be
held on March 12-14, 2021 features many speakers over a wide range of
technical and operating topics. Among the speakers will be two AMSAT
Ambassadors presenting in the Space Auditorium on Saturday March 13, 2021:
Working the Easy FM Amateur Satellites
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
From getting licensed to finding local clubs to working the easy FM
amateur satellites with minimal investment! Well cover all the basics for
you with plenty of ways to submit any questions you may have afterwards.
Let's get you working the birds ASAP!
Clint Bradford has been a ham since 1994, and is also involved in the
commercial side of the communications industry. His How to Work the Amateur
Satellites With Your HT presentation has informed and delighted more than
100 audiences over the past few years - clubs, conventions, and hamfests
not only in Southern California, but also clubs across North America and
Canada. He is an ARRL educator, AMSAT Ambassador, and member of several
AMSAT chapters across the planet.
Getting on the air with Amateur Radio Satellites
Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
Tom will provide an introduction to what you need to know to become active
on FM satellites and beyond.
Tom was licensed in 1985. Although he was aware of Amateur Radio space
communications, he thought it was just too far beyond the means of the
average ham. In 2009, he caught the bug from the late Keith Pugh, W5IU. The
realization that he already had a radio that would work with the then
existing FM satellites was all he needed. He now not only actively enjoys
communicating through the current fleet of Amateur Radio satellites, but
loves to communicate his passion and experience to those who have never yet
experienced the thrill. Professionally, Tom Has worked in the broadcast
television and video fields as a production and systems engineer.
Also scheduled to present are AMSAT's Human Space partners at ARISS:
How to Enjoy Amateur Radio Contacts with the International Space Station
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO & Rosalie White, K1STO
You can enjoy ham radio contacts through the ARISS radios on the
International Space Station. Well explain how you can have fun trying ARISS
packet, SSTV and repeater mode. Intermediate level & even beginners learn
how to try off-the-planet hamming.
Frank H. Bauers aerospace career spans over 40 years within NASA and
private industry. Mr. Bauers primary research interests include space borne
applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and space vehicle
formation flying. He was the principal investigator of 4 spaceflight GPS and
formation flying experiments including the AMSAT-OSCAR-40 GPS experiment,
investigating the use of GPS above the constellation. His hobbies include
astronomy, amateur radio, and flying. Hes the founder of ARISS-USA, which
enables amateur radio on the ISS.
Rosalie White is an ARISS-US Delegate to the International Space Station
(supported by NASA). Her specialties are STEM, Aerospace, NASA, Amateur
Radio, and Aviation.
Complete information is available at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com
[ANS thanks QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo for the above information.
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QO-100 WB Transponder Bandplan and Operating Guidelines
Version 3 February 2021 The following updated DATV (DVB-S2) bandplan and
guidelines are designed to enable the most efficient use of the QO-100
wideband transponder (WB) for all amateur radio satellite users. Please
make sure that you understand the guidelines and follow them accordingly.
The use of DVB-S2 as the most efficient transmission mode is advised.
Additional information and graphics may be found at: https://bit.ly/2NXQYqm
[ANS thanks Peter Gülzow, DB2OS of AMSAT-DL for the above information]
Rubins and Noguchi assemble solar array support fixtures outside ISS.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Soichi Noguchi, a Japanese astronaut who last
walked in space more than 15 years ago, ventured outside the International
Space Station Friday and completed assembly of two solar array support
fixtures, part of a $100 million power system upgrade.
After handling multiple struts and bolts, Rubins reported a small pin-prick
hole in one of her gloves and while there was no leakage and no emergency,
she expressed concern about moving too far from Noguchi for additional work.
Theres a hole in my right index finger through the RTV (insulation), she
told astronaut Frank Rubio in mission control. Its unchanged in
appearance. And we have a middle finger peeling, my right middle finger, and
gaps in the RTV on my left middle finger.
With installation of the solar array support fixtures complete, Rubio asked
how she felt about leaving Noguchi, moving back to the space station airlock
to drop off tools and then heading out to the European Columbus laboratory
module to complete electrical connections for a recently installed
This is kind of a pinprick hole versus RTV peeling, Rubins replied. So
Im mildly concerned about going real far from Soichi.
Rubins suit maintained the proper pressure throughout, but given time lost
earlier assembling the solar array supports, flight controllers opted to
call it a day without pressing ahead with work to finish wiring up the
experiment platform. Additional Information at:https://bit.ly/3bmvUmf
[ANS thanks William Harwood of SpaceflightNow.com
for the above information]
VUCC Awards-Endorsements for March 1 2021
Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the ARRL
for the period February 1, 2021 through March 1, 2021. Congratulations to
all those who made the list this month!
CALL Feb Mar
XE2AT 899 946
W5RKN 739 740
N3GS 679 687
NS3L 625 650
N1AIA 494 604
PS8ET 450 550
N5BO 500 525
AF5CC 461 477
N4DCW 450 476
AK7DD 390 400
VE1VOX 170 400
W8LR 328 353
KE0WPA 229 345
N6RFM 276 302
VE4MM 263 279
K8BL 274 278
AB1OC 264 267
DF2ET 129 250
F6GLJ 103 220
N8URE (FM19)186 214
F4BKV 100 200
KN2K New 155
N8URE (EL95)113 134
DL6KBG 111 125
M0SKN New 108
KC5TT New 100
N2CJ New 100
If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list
at<mycall>(a)<mycall>.com and I'll revise the announcement.
This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for the two
months. It's a visual comparison so omissions are possible. Apologies if
your call was not mentioned. Thanks to all those who are roving to grids
that are rarely on the birds. They are doing most of the work! Ron W5RKN
[ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN for the above information]
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Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
India, Brazil Launch Amazônia-1 On PSLV Rocket
The Indian Space Research Organization has launched their first mission of
2021 with a flight of their Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to deliver
Brazils Amazônia-1 satellite, along with 18 co-passengers, into
Liftoff from First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at
Sriharikota, India, occurred Sunday, 28 February at 10:24 IST at the launch
site which is 04:54 UTC, or Saturday, 27 February at 23:54 EST.
Amazônia-1 is the first Earth observation satellite designed, built, tested,
and operated completely by Brazil and is the first of three such satellites
planned by the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), a Brazils space
research and exploration company.
The 18 co-passengers, included 12 SpaceBEEs, SAI-1 Nanoconnect-2, Sindhu
Netra, UNITYsat, and SDSat.
The SpaceBEEs satellites, developed by Swarm Technologies Inc., will be used
for two-way satellite communication and data relay while the SAI-1
Nanoconnect-2 satellite, developed and funded by the Space Instrumentation
Laboratory of the National University of Mexico, will examine the use of the
GlobalStar satellite phone network as a secondary communication channel for
Sindhu Netra is an Indian-developed AIS-based (automatic identification
system) marine traffic monitoring satellite built by students at the
Peoples Education Society Universitys Crucible for Research and Innovation
wing. Funding was provided by the Defense Research and Development
Organization of India.
Joining its other co-passengers is the UNITYSat mission which itself
contains the JITsat, GHRCESat, and SriShakthiSat satellites. The trio of
satellites will form an amateur radio and IoT (Internet of Things) service
satellite. The mission was developed by the Jeppiaar Institute of
Technology, G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering, and the Sri Shakthi
Institute of Engineering and Technology. [No amateur frequency coordination
records appear in the IARU satellite database for these satellites -- Ed.]
SDSat (Satish Dhawan Satellite), named after the Chairman and founding
father of the Indian Space Program, was developed by SpaceKidz India to
measure magnetic fields and space radiation. The satellite also carries
25,000 names designed to create awareness and educate the general public
about space sciences.
This was the 53rd mission for the PSLV rocket and marks the first dedicated
PSLV commercial mission for New Space India Limited, an Indian government
company under the Department of Space and the commercial arm of the Indian
Space Research Organization.
[ANS thanks Spaceflight.com
for the above information]
IARU Region 1 Participates in ITU WRC-23 Preparation for 23cm Allocations
The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis, G4SJH reports a
meeting of the ITU-R Working Party 4C (WP4C) was held between February
15 and 19 which discussed the amateur radio allocation at 1240 1300 MHz.
During the week 15 to 19 February, the preparatory work for WRC-23 agenda
item 9.1b continued in ITU-R Working Party 4C (WP4C). The WRC agenda item
has initiated technical studies on coexistence between the radio navigation
satellite service (RNSS) and the amateur services in the 23 cm band. As
usual, the IARU participated in the meeting and delivered key information on
amateur activities in this important microwave band. This information is
vital to ensure the amateur services are realistically represented in the
studies as they move forward.
To assist with this the IARU Region 1 is developing supporting material that
Member Societies can refer to when addressing the topic with their National
Regulator. The work on this topic will continue throughout the year and
beyond, both in ITU-R and in the regional telecommunications organisations,
and the IARU is committed to ensure every organisation understands the
amateur position on this important microwave band.
[ANS thanks JoAnne Maenpaa and the South African Radio League SARL News 28
February 2021 for the above information]
JAMSAT Symposium 2021 Information Posted: March 2, 2021
From Google Translate: JAMSAT will hold the annual meeting and JAMSAT
Symposium 2021 as follows. This year, due to the influence of the new
corona, it will be held online. The annual general meeting is for members
only, and the symposium and the social gathering after the symposium are
open to anyone who is interested in satellite communications. We posted the
"Symposium 2021 Holding Information" earlier, but we will post it again,
including the social gathering.
Date and time:
Saturday, March 20th, General Assembly (members only)
Saturday, March 20th, 9: 00-9: 45 (Reception: Posted in newsletter)
Symposium: Saturday, March 20th, 10:00 ~ 17: 45
Social gathering: Saturday, March 20th, 18: 00 ~
Venue: ZOOM, ZOOM, free of charge, symposium
More information in Japanese available at: https://bit.ly/3uUlXEf
[ANS thanks Nao Goto of JAMSAT 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!
Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for March 4, 2021
The following satellite has decayed from orbit and has been removed from
this week's AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution:
TW-1C - NORAD Cat ID 40926 (Decayed 2-27-2021 per Space-Track).
[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the above
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ARISS NEWS: Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2021-03-01 22:00 UTC
Sterling MS, Ashburn, VA, multi-point telebridge via ON4ISS
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The downlink frequency
is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The latest information on the
operation mode can be found at
. The scheduled
astronaut is Shannon Walker KD5DXB.
Contact is go for: Tue 2021-02-09 14:44:48 UTC 66 deg
Watch for live stream at https://youtu.be/qVhBweqjCo4
Red Hill Lutheran, Tustin, CA, telebridge via NA7V
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz. The latest
information on the operation mode can be found at
The scheduled astronaut is Mike Hopkins KF5LJG. Contact is go for: Wed
2021-02-10 18:26:15 UTC 65 deg.
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.
[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
Spring Training Rove! KX9X will be heading down to Ft Myers, FL the week of
March 7 for some sun and baseball. Will activate EL86 & 96 holiday style for
sure, possibly a couple other grids as well. Linear/FM. Details soon.
@K8BL will be in EM54 3/4 3/7.
@AK7DD and Ledger: We will be headed to DN41 on the 14th of March. My plan
is to hit DN30 on the way up. Our plans are to be in the area there until
around the 24th of March, and we will hit a few of our normal activation
grids on the way home, DN30, DM39 & DM49, etc. Anyhow, once we have landed
in DN41, we will be doing a handful of roves in Utah and Idaho as time
W7LT: DN04/05/14/15/24/25/27/28/34/35/37/38/47/48 schedule
change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Will try to stick
to it as best I can. Click here for details: https://bit.ly/3q783ew
CM93 Possibility: N6DNM Very long shot, but might want to put it on your
calendar for May 15th, if you can figure out where it is and for #SOTA
folks, that would be W6/SC-336, Santa Rosa Island, activated only once
Please submit any additions or corrections to Ke0pbr (at) gmail.com
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, and JoAnne
Maenpaa, K9JKM for the above information]
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in space?
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through
amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests,
conventions, maker faires, and other events.
AMSAT Ambassador and registered ARRL instructor Clint Bradford K6LCS AMSAT
Ambassador and ARRL registered instructor Clint Bradford, K6LCS, is
certainly keeping busy!
Think a 90-minute lively, informative, and fun How to Work the Easy
Satellites Zoom presentation would be appropriate for your convention or
club? Always includes are overviews of the ARRL, AMSAT, and ARISS
pre-presentation questions are solicited and welcome.
Cliff reports these upcoming satellite presentation dates:
03/10 Trenton, New Jersey
03/11 Clearwater, Florida
03/13 QSO TODAY 2021 Virtual Convention. See: https://bit.ly/2OkDRiV
03/16 Palm Springs, CA
03/20 Bonham, Texas
04/01 Orem, Utah
06/15 East Massachusetts
Send Clint an email message, and book a date! Contact:
Clint Bradford K6LCS
k6lcs at ham-sat dot info
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+Getting It Right: JAGSAT CubeSat Sponsor
Last week's ANS-059 AMSAT Weekly Bulletin incorrectly reported that the 2U
Cubesat JAGSAT was a project of the University of Alabama. Everyone who
knows the difference between Southern grits and Minnesota lutefisk can tell
you that the University of Alabama's mascot is an elephant named "Big Al."
JAGSAT is a project of the University of Southern Alabama whose mascot is,
of course, a Jaguar named Southpaw. ANS-059 Rotating Editor Frank
Karnauskas, N1UW apologizes for the error.
[ ANS thanks John Klingelhoeffer, WB4LNM for catching this error.]
+ Humor and News...
+ Rocket Labs CEO eats his hat because he once said he would not fly a
reusable rocket. Then came Neutron... Watch on YouTube:
[ANS thanks Orbital Index and Rocket Lab for the above information]
+ SpaceX ends 3rd Starship landing attempt in flaming success before
exploding minutes later
Third time's a charm? Not so for SpaceX, whose unmanned rocket exploded on
the ground Wednesday after carrying out what had seemed to be a successful
flight and landing -- fresh on the heels of two fiery crashes. It was yet
another flub involving a prototype of the Starship rocket, which SpaceX
hopes one day to send to Mars. "A beautiful soft landing," a SpaceX
commentator said on a live broadcast of the test flight, although flames
were coming out at the bottom and crews were trying to put them out. The
rocket exploded a few minutes later, lurching into the air and crashing back
to the ground.
More information may be found at: https://bit.ly/3v0x4vJ
[ANS thanks to the SpaceDaily.com
staff writers for the above information]
+SpaceX sticks 75th Falcon rocket landing after launching 60 more Starlink
March 4, 2021
Launching through a blanket of low-hanging clouds and light mist, a SpaceX
Falcon 9 rocket thundered into the sky over Floridas Space Coast early
Thursday and delivered 60 more Starlink internet satellites to orbit. The
rockets first stage touched down on SpaceXs floating landing platform in
the Atlantic Ocean to complete its eighth trip to space and back. Additional
information at: https://bit.ly/3uTFSmX
[ANS thanks to Stephen Clark of SpaceFlightNow.com
for the above
AMSAT Thanks AmazonSmile Shoppers
AmazonSmile shoppers who designated Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation as
their charity have made a difference during the past holiday shopping
season. AmazonSmile reports that it has deposited a total of $498.31 to the
AMSAT coffers for purchases made between October 1 and December 31, 2020.
You can join the crowd and help AMSAT earn even more. Go to
to create your account and designate "Radio Amateur
Satellite Corporation" as your charity. Just remember, when you go shopping
start with AmazonSmile so your purchases are credited to AMSAT. Thank you,
[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]
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 additional benefits.
Application forms are available from the AMSAT Store.
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 student rate for a
maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status. Contact info [at]
for additional student membership information.
73 and Remember to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor, Jack Spitznagel, KD4IZ
kd4iz at frawg dot org