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In this edition:
* HuskySat Successfully Lifted into Space
* ARISS Contact Opportunities - Call for Proposals
* FoxTelem Version 1.08r Released
* Fox-in-a-Box Upgrades for FoxTelem V 1.08
* AMSAT Seeks Digital Communications Team Members
* The 39th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference
Announced September 11-13, 2020, Charlotte, NC
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 2019
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 307.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
November 3, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
HuskySat-1 Successfully Lifted into Space
A Cygnus cargo spacecraft carrying the University of Washington's
HuskySat-1 was successfully launched atop a Northrup Grumman Antares
rocket Saturday morning, November 2, 1459 UTC.
The Cygnus spacecraft will dock with the ISS on November 4. Cygnus
is then scheduled to depart the ISS on January 13, 2020 and raise
its orbit to approximately 500 km where HuskySat-1 and SwampSat will
be deployed. After deployment, HuskySat-1's 1200 bps BPSK beacon on
435.800 MHz should be active.(This beacon is decodable with the
latest release of FoxTelem.) HuskySat-1 is expected to run its
primary mission (testing a pulsed plasma thruster and experimental
24 GHz data transmitter) for thirty days. The satellite will then
be turned over to AMSAT for Amateur Radio operation, featuring a
30 kHz wide 145 to 435 MHz linear transponder for SSB/CW
For those interested in reading about HuskySat-1's development and
its science, read the UW News article at
[ANS thanks SpaceNews.com
, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, and UW News for the
ARISS Contact Opportunities - Call for Proposals
- Current Proposal Window is October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019
- Upcoming Proposal Window is February 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program
is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur
Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates
that the contact for proposals submitted in the proposal window now
open would be held between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. ARISS
is happy to announce a second proposal window will open
February 1, 2020 for contacts that would be held between
January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits
will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio
contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will
draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a
well-developed education plan.
The deadline to submit proposals for contacts between July 1, 2020
and December 31, 2020 is November 30, 2019. The proposal window for
contacts between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 will open on
February 1, 2020 and close on March 31, 2020. Proposal information
and documents can be found at www.ariss.org
. Two ARISS Introductory
Webinar sessions will be held on November 7, 2019. The first is at
6:00 PM ET and the second is at 9:00 PM ET. The same material will
be covered during both sessions, so choose the session that best fits
your schedule. The Eventbrite link to sign up is
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 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 classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford
education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from
astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn
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 complexity of scheduling activities aboard the
ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate
changes in dates and times of the radio contact.
Amateur Radio organizations around the world with the support of NASA
and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe present
educational organizations with this opportunity. The ham radio
organizations' volunteer efforts provide the equipment and
operational support to enable communication between crew on the ISS
and students around the world using Amateur Radio.
For proposal information and more details such as expectations,
proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of
Information Webinars, go to www.ariss.org
. Please direct any
questions to ariss.us.education(a)gmail.com.
[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS PR for the above information.]
Video recordings of the 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium have been posted:
(This page should be accessible to all)
The Foundations of AMSAT - 2019 AMSAT Space Symposium Banquet Panel
is posted at: https://youtu.be/bRmn4gjvuTI
FoxTelem Version 1.08r Released
Chris Thompson, G0KLA has released Version 1.08r of FoxTelem. This
release provides several enhancements and needed changes for FOX-1E
and HuskySat, a partnership with the University of Washington.
Users will need to download this version to successfully decode data
from the two new spacecraft which will transmit BPSK telemetry on
70cm. (Chris suggests now is a good time to put up a 70cm antenna
if you do not have one!)
After version 1.08p was released earlier this week, IC-9700 users
immediately noticed difficulties. Version 1.08r was immediately
released. Chris notes:
" There were two issues that prevented good decodes from the IC-9700:
1 - The IF output of the IC-9700 is not a true IQ signal and you have
both a lower and upper sideband image. One has the bits flipped
upside down. Historically FoxTelem has coped with the bits with
either sense, even though only one is "correct", so 1.07 decoded
fine from the wrong image. I had introduced a bug that meant the
"bit flip" check was not run. That code is back in.
2 - There was also an issue where the algorithm that finds the signal
was not being run if SatPC32 position was being read. That was a
common configuration for IC-9700 owners, so it compounded the
problem. The code is now fixed."
Key changes include the following:
- PSK decoders are easier to select.
- Automatically change the band from 2m to 70cm and the mode from
FSK to PSK if needed (and enabled).
- Allows default mode to be set for each spacecraft.
- No longer overwrites the user settings (e.g. as max/min frequency)
when spacecraft files are updated.
- Saves the properties whenever they are changed (rather than just
- Allows the user to change the display name for a spacecraft without
changing the KEPS name.
- Prevents FOXDB from being corrupted when power restarted.
- Better memory management so that long running FoxTelem sessions
do not end up out of memory.
- Allows MAX and MIN records to be displayed in table on the
- Shows the Capture Date for the record being displayed (e.g. RT,
- Deletes existing files when server data is downloaded.
- Ties the STP date more accurately to the position of the SYNC word
in the bit buffer to avoid stamping frames with the same date.
- Many small bugs and crashes fixed.
A full list of changes can be found at
You can download the new release at
Feel free to email Chris with any questions, suggestions or bug
reports to chrisethompson at gmail dot com.
[ANS thanks Chris E. Thompson, G0KLA for the above information.]
The 2019 AMSAT Symposium Proceedings USB flash drives,
featuring 1.98 GB of information, including the 2019
Proceedings and all previously published Proceedings
dating back to 1986 are now available on the AMSAT store
(allow 10 business days for the next batch to be loaded with the
Fox-in-a-Box Upgrades for FoxTelem V 1.08r
In addition to Chris Thompson's announcement. Burns Fisher, WB1FJ
reports that version of FoxTelem has been tested on Fox-in-a-Box
installations (FoxTelem running on a Raspberry Pi). Starting
immediately with serial number 110, FoxTelem Version 1.08r will be
included on the SD cards that are ordered from the AMSAT store. (It
is not yet on the download file.)
If you have a Fox-in-a-Box with an older version and you wish to
upgrade it (highly recommended) follow these steps:
- Download http://amsat.us/FoxTelem/linux/FoxTelem_1.08p_linux.tar.gz
to the Desktop using the browser on your FIAB.
- Double-click the file to extract it to a directory(folder) named
- Next, stop the running FoxTelem and edit the file on your desktop
named "StartFoxTelem". (Right-click and choose Text Editor.)
- About the third line from the bottom, change "foxtelem_1.07_linux"
to "FoxTelem_1.08r_linux". (Be sure the capital letters are right.)
- Exit from the editor and double-click on "StartFoxTelem" and chose
- The new FoxTelem will start running and, as described in the
manual you will start getting questions about whether you want to
upgrade. Say yes to each question.
After FoxTelem has started successfully, you should be all set, and
FoxTelem should start automatically every time your reboot.
If you have any issues, please Burns know at wb1fj at amsat dot org.
[ANS thanks Burns Fisher, WB1FJ 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.
AMSAT Seeks Digital Communications Team Members
AMSAT is in the process of redesigning its website and is looking to
immediately fill key volunteer member additions to its digital
communications team. Available positions include a Webmaster,
Content Managers, and an Online Store Co-Manager. Candidates must
have experience with Word press and be a current AMSAT member.
The Webmaster works as an integral member of the AMSAT Digital
Communications Team in planning, organizing, implementing, and
supporting strategic web technologies. Under minimal supervision,
the Webmaster collaborates with the Digital Communications team and
AMSAT Development to facilitate ongoing content creation, development
of standards, and overall management of AMSAT's website and member
portal. The primary objectives of the Webmaster are to ensure that
AMSAT's digital presence accurately portrays the character, quality
and heritage of AMSAT, provide an efficient user experience, and
serve to increase recruitment and financial contributions.
Web Content Managers:
Web Content Managers ensure AMSAT's website and webpages follow best
content practices and meet the diverse needs of internal and external
customers. As part of the AMSAT Digital Communications Team,
Website Content Managers must understand the organizational needs,
map them to the end-user needs and work with applicable AMSAT
departments to create content strategy and plan for individual
Online Store Co-Manager:
The Online Store Co-Manager updates and refreshes the AMSAT Store
when new merchandise becomes available, deletes merchandise when no
longer available, and updates pricing and shipping information when
necessary. Experience in WooCommerce is required.
If you want to be a part of the solution in delivering the quality
web services AMSAT members deserve, we could sure use your help.
Please contact the AMSAT VP of User Services at
ke4al (at) yahoo (dot) com.
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL 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/
The 39th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference
Announced September 11-13, 2020, Charlotte, NC
Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier
technical conference of the year, the 39th Annual ARRL and TAPR
Digital Communications Conference to be held September 11-13, 2020
in Charlotte, NC. The conference location is the Renaissance
The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an
international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work,
and present new ideas and techniques. Presenters and attendees will
have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent
hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and
Topics include, but are not limited to: Software Defined Radio (SDR),
digital voice , digital satellite communications, Global Position
System (GPS), precision timing, Automatic Packet Reporting
System(tm)(APRS), short messaging (a mode of APRS), Digital Signal
Processing (DSP), HF digital modes, Internet interoperability with
Amateur Radio networks, spread spectrum, IEEE 802.11 and other
Part 15 license-exempt systems adaptable for Amateur Radio, using
TCP/IP networking over Amateur Radio, mesh and peer to peer wireless
networking, emergency and Homeland Defense backup digital
communications, using Linux in Amateur Radio, updates on AX.25 and
other wireless networking protocols.
Complete conference details including registration information,
call for papers and preliminary agenda can be seen at
[ANS thanks TAPR for the above information.]
VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 2019
Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
ARRL for the period October 1, 2019 through November 1, 2019.
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!
Call Sep Oct
W5RKN 675 694
N0JE 569 637
K9UO 475 500
W5TD 384 392
AC9E 352 353
HP2VX 300 351
AD0HJ 325 350
K5IX 325 350
W7JSD 309 336
G0IIQ 112 251
ND0C 200 250
WB8TGY New 210
N4DCW New 201
KC9VGG 127 200
NX2X 119 178
KC9UQR 132 172
W0NBC 137 152
VE1VOX New 126
N4QX 120 125
AA0MZ 102 112
WA9JBQ New 104
N9FN New 103
PU8MGB New 102
KI4US New 101
AB4GE New 100
N0RC New 100
S57NML New 100
W2ASC 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!
[ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN for the above information.]
Upcoming Satellite Operations
South TX (EL0x and EL1x) November 2-9, 2019
Ron, AD0DX, will be vacationing in McAllen TX area the week of
Nov 2 - 9. Ron is flying in and out of San Antonio (EL09) and
staying in EL06. He hopes to activate most of the surrounding grids
(EL06, EL07, EL08, EL09, EL15, EL16, EL17, EL18, and EL19) over the
week. Ron will tweet details during the trip at
EM68/69 November 3-5, 2019
Tanner, W9TWJ, will be vacationing in Illinois, November 3 - 5.
Key word is vacation, but he will jump over to activate the EM68/EM69
gridline on FM satellites. Watch Tanner's Twitter feed for further
announcements at https://twitter.com/twjones85
Nunavut, Canada (ER60) November 11 - December 6, 2019
The Eureka Amateur Radio Club, VY0ERC, will be on station, the Polar
Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory, November 6 through
December 11. They have some house keeping duties to perform on
arrival and just before they leave, not to mention that it's wicked
cold up there (-25 to -35C not counting windchill), so keep an eye
on the VY0ERC twitter feed for announcements on when they plan to
step outside at https://twitter.com/vy0erc
EA9 Melilla (IM85) November 18-21, 2019
Philippe, EA4NF, will be operating from Melilla as EA9/EA4NF from
November 18 to 21, 2019. This very small Spanish territory located in
Northern Africa, which is a very rare GRID and is listed as one of
the Most Wanted SAT DXCC. Updates and passes on Philippe's Twitter
Key West (EL94) December 3-6, 2019
Tanner, W9TWJ, will be vacationing in Key West December 3 - 6.
Key word is vacation, but he will jump on some FM satellite passes
to activate EL94 for those that need it or just want to chat.
Watch Tanner's Twitter feed for further announcements at
Hawaii (BK19, BK28, BK29, BL20) December 21-28, 2019
Alex, N7AGF, is heading back to Hawaii over Christmas. This will be
a holiday-style activation, with special emphasis on the grid that
got away - BK28. Keep an eye on Alex's Twitter feed for further
announcements at https://twitter.com/N7AGF
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL for the above information.]
The digital download version of the 2019 edition of
Getting Started with Amateur Satellites is now available as a
DRM-free PDF from the AMSAT Store. Get yours today!
* Completed Contacts
Farmwell Station Middle School Space Dreamers, Ashburn, VA, direct
The ISS callsign was NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut was Drew Morgan KI5AAA.
The contact was successful on October 29, 2019 at 15:01:27 UTC.
* Upcoming Contacts
Private UKEB School, Izmir, Turkey, telebridge via K6DUE
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.
Contact is go for Tuesday, November 5, 2029 at 12:34 UTC.
Istituto Comprensivo "G.B. Perasso", Milano, Italy and Istituto
Comprensivo Montignoso - Scuola secondaria I grado
"G.B.Giorgini", Montignoso, Italy
Telebridge via VK5ZAI.
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.
Contact is go for: Wednesday, November 6 2019 at 09:27:34 UTC.
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N for the above information.]
Shorts from All Over
* AmazonSmile Purchases Add Up!
AmazonSmile recently reported that the Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation received a quarterly donation of $280.92 thanks to
customers shopping at smile.amazon.com
. To date, AmazonSmile has
donated a total of $4,194.21 to AMSAT.
[ANS thanks Dr. Thomas A Clark, K3IO for the above information.]
* GNU Radio Conference Recordings Available
The GNU Radio Conference was held September 16-20, 2019 at the
Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. A total
of 41 talks across a variety of topics are now available on YouTube.
The GNU Radio Conference staff thanks all the speakers for their
participation. View the playlist of presentations at
[ANS thanks GNU Radio for the above information.]
* Building a Raspberry Pi-Based SatNOGS Ground Station
Corey Shields uses a Stegoboard 122 kit with the new Raspberry Pi4
to rebuild his ground station. What resulted is a pretty cool
wall-mounted ground station. Read the full article at
[ANS thanks Corey Shields for the above information.]
* News from the First Week of WRC
Week 1 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference in
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November 1, 2019 saw agreement reached on
several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had
revealed consensus. Those were the easy ones; the rest will be more
difficult. Read the full report at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-307-WRC
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]
* The Dzhanibekov Effect (Or, Tennis Racket Theorem) and AO-73
Dave Johnson, G4DPZ, posted an analysis of the AO-73 rotation and
flip. Dave says, "We have speculated why the satellite spins up and
down and occasionally flips the direction of spin. Recently
Jason Flynn, G7OCD found a YouTube video that might explain the flip
which introduces The Dzhanibekov Effect or Tennis Racket Theorem in
regards to stability of rotating bodies (such as spacecraft)." Read
the article and watch the video at:
[ANS thanks Dave Johnson, G4DPZ for the above information.]
* Amateur Radio and Linux - A Beginners Guide
Linux and Amateur Radio is a PDF presentation about Amateur Radio
and Linux presented by : Dave Mamanakis, KD7GR. This presentation
cover basic concepts of the open source operative system. View the
presentation at https://tinyurl.com/ANS-307-Linux
[ANS thanks the DX Zone for the above information.]
* Amateur Radio CubeSat Demonstration at Goddard, November 3, 2019
The Goddard Amateur Radio Club members invite the public to see a
demonstration of an Amateur Radio CubeSat simulator. The simulator
consists of a solar/battery powered CubeSat that beacons telemetry
data and a Raspberry Pi-based ground station that will receive and
display the data in real time. The club will also set up radio
equipment and attempt to communicate with other hams across the
country using amateur satellites as they pass overhead. Club members
will be on hand to explain the use of Amateur Radio satellites and
equipment. The event is open to the public from 12:00 to 4:00 PM.
The Center is located at 9432 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20771.
[ANS thanks Patch.com
for the above information.]
* ESA Announces New ISS Opportunity for University Students
ESA Education is inviting university student teams to submit
proposals related to designing, building and operating an experiment
that will be launched to the International Space Station and hosted
inside the ICE Cubes facility for up to 4 months. The deadline for
letters of intent is December 1, 2019. Full details can be seen at
[ANS thanks ESA for the above information.]
* CQ-DATV November Issue Available
The November issue of CQ-DATV has arrived and is ready for
downloading. This month's issue includes plans for a 70 cm, DVB-T,
television repeater with a duplexer. Download the free, complete
[ANS thanks CQ-DATV for the above information.]
* Satellite: The "Go To" Solution for Resilient Emergency Response
Independent from terrestrial and wireless infrastructure, satellite
communications provide a secure and reliable solution that can be
deployed quickly for disaster response or national emergencies. A
thorough analysis of why satellites can be useful in widespread
emergency situations by a commercial provider. Read the full story
[ANS thanks SatMagazine for the above information.]
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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
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enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the
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Contact Martha at the AMSAT office for additional student
This week's ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org
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