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ANS-309 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin
AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin 309.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD
DATE November 5, 2018
To All RADIO AMATEURS
Fox-1Cliff Launch Membership Drive
Free Digital Copy of “Getting Started with Amateur Satellites” for
New or Renewing Members
The next AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1Cliff, is scheduled to launch on
Spaceflight’s SSO-A mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air
Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater as well as AMSAT’s
Uplink: 435.300 MHz FM voice (67.0 Hz CTCSS tone)
1267.300 MHz FM voice (67.0 Hz CTCSS tone)
Downlink: 145.920 MHz FM voice; AFSK digital data up to 9600 bps
Transmit power: 600 mW nominal
As part of the preparations for the launch of Fox-1Cliff, AMSAT is
making the “Getting Started With Amateur Satellites” book available
for a limited time as a download with any paid new or renewal
membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This offer is only
available with purchases completed online, and for only a limited
time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year
with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the premier
primer of satellite operation. The 186 page book is presented in PDF
format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your first
contacts on a ham radio satellite.
Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT store
and selecting any membership option.
While there, check out AMSAT’s other items, including the M2 LEOpack
antenna system, Arrow antennas, AMSAT shirts, and other swag. Be sure
to view your cart before going to checkout. If you add a membership
and then go directly to checkout, you’ll never see an option to add
your free gift.
Fox-1Cliff carries the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt
University Low Energy Proton (LEP) radiation experiment, and the
standard Fox-1 Penn State University–Erie gyroscope experiment.
Virginia Tech provided a VGA camera which is the same as AO-92 but
will provide images at a higher 640 x 480 resolution. These non-SSTV
images will be decoded in the FoxTelem software.
Fox-1Cliff, unlike the other three Fox-1 FM spacecraft, does not have
an active AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) on the uplinks.
Fox-1Cliff’s Data Under Voice (low-speed telemetry) will be the same
as for AO-85, AO-91, and AO-92. It will be supported by the same
FoxTelem software already released.
As with AO-92, a high-speed mode will be used to support the Virginia
Tech VGA camera experiment. This mode will be active for 40 minutes
by ground command before reverting to standard U/v repeater voice
Fox-1Cliff is named in honor of long-time AMSAT member, contributor,
and benefactor Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (SK), who passed away in 2016.
Cliff’s contributions to AMSAT and other amateur satellite programs,
including serving as an adviser during the initial development of the
CubeSat specification at California Polytechnic State University,
earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from Project OSCAR in 2006.
In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers life memberships,
and sustaining donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to
receive additional benefits. Application forms are available from
the AMSAT Office.
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 Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
73 and Remember to help keep Amateur Radio in space,
This week's ANS Contributing Editor,
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org