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In this edition:
* ARISS Contact Opportunity Call for Proposals
* Captain Yuri, UT1FG/mm Reported Heading Back to Sea
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-327.01
ANS-327 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 327.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
November 23, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
ARISS Contact Opportunity Call for Proposals
Proposal Window October 17 – December 15, 2014
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is
formal and informal education institutions and organizations,
working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on
the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between May 1,
and December 31, 2015. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the
contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and
contact into a well-developed education plan.
The deadline to submit a proposal is December 15, 2014.
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in
scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10
minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with the
astronauts through a question-and-answer session.
An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio
between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and
communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity
firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and
radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the
scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate
to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.
Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in
Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by
providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct
between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio.
US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite
ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.
Interested parties can find more information about the program at
. More details on expectations, audience, proposal
guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information
available at www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact
. Please direct any
[ANS thanks Debra, K1DMJ, for the above information]
Captain Yuri, UT1FG/mm Reported Heading Back to Sea
Early reports via e-mail exchanges indicate that Captain Yuri, UT1FG/mm may
be headed back to sea in December. He is reportedly slated to take over the
helm of the MV Greenwing which he will meet in either Canada or the on the
ports of the Great Lakes in the USA. Currently the MV Greenwing is off the
coast of Sicily and appears to waiting for a load to carry back to the USA
For those who want to do so, you will be able to "track" the ship on-line
using websites such as http://www.marinetraffic.com
You may need to provide one of the following identifiers to track the ship:
Ship Name: Greenwing
Ships Call Sign: P3GG9
Ships IMO #: 9230921
Ships MMSI #: 209996000
Historically, Captain Yuri has operated on the satellites with these
1) He operates 1/2 duplex with an Icom 706MKIIg rig with an ELK antenna
2) He is VERY good operator and speaks several languages well.
3) He has NO issues with the 1/2 duplex operations.
4) He works ALL of the available satellites, FM, Linear & even AO-7a.
5) He works ALL of the passes he can, EVEN in the middle of the night!
[ANS thanks Frank, K4FEG 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 addi-
tional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT
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 stu-
dent rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status.
Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org