AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and infor-
mation service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Amateur Satellite
Corporation. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space
including reports on the activities of a worldwide group of Amateur
Radio operators who share an active interest in designing, building,
launching and communicating through analog and digital Amateur Radio
The news feed on http://www.amsat.org
publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.
Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org
In this edition:
* ARISS-I Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Plans for the Future of
Amateur Radio in Human Spaceflight
* AMSAT Space Symposium at Sea a Success!
* NEON - NASA Educators Online Network Free STEM Education Webinars
* Lunar Amateur Radio Satellites DSLWP-A1/A2
* XW-1/HO-68 Restoration Work - Listening Reports Requested
* Jim Wilson, K5ND Earns Satellite VUCC
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-325.01
ANS-325 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 325.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
November 20, 2016
To All RADIO AMATEURS
ARISS-I Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Plans for the Future of
Amateur Radio in Human Spaceflight
The ARISS-I delegates met this week in Houston, Texas at the ISS
Conference Facility to celebrate 20 years of Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS). Prior to and during the
conference, over 50 delegates and guests from Russia, Japan, Italy,
German, the UK, and North America had the option for a behind the
scenes tour of Johnson Space Center. The conference also had special
guest visits from Astronauts Mike Fincke, Ken Cameron, and Cosmonaut
The delegates and guests also were able to tour the W5RRR Johnson
Space Center Amateur Radio Club and utilize the club's amateur radio
The three main tracks of the conference were covered in two tracks
per day to maximize the short time span of the 4 day meeting with the
international delegates. Delegates who could not attend in person
utilized video conferencing. ARISS Benefactors such as SCaN (Space
Communications and Navigation office at NASA-JSC) and CASIS (Center
for the Advancement of Science in Space) also attended in-person and
The three main tracks were Sustainability & Funding, Hardware
Development, and Educational Impact. Plenary Sessions were held in
the mornings on selected topics of great interest to all attendees.
Members also met informally at Ken Ransom's house (N5VHO) for a BBQ -
"Texas Style." The 20th Anniversary Dinner was held overlooking
Galveston Bay. Much work, many thanks, and a wonderful spirit of
international camaraderie was evident by the end of the week at this
International Face-to-Face meeting.
The future of Amateur Radio in Human Space was discussed heavily and
many tasks were undertaken by the delegations to report back or
develop a response. Summarizing one comment at the end of the
meeting, "This week, just as with any ARISS contact, as we approach
LOS (loss of signal), I know it's coming soon, but I don't want it to
The international attendees expressed great appreciation for the
20th Anniversary ARISS Face-to-Face Meeting organizing committee lead
by Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chair and AMSAT-NA Vice
President, Human Spaceflight, Rosalie White, K1STO, ARISS Delegate,
Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, ARRL, Mark Steiner, K3MS, ARISS, and Ms. Janet
Next year's ARISS International Face-to-Face Meeting is schedule for
September 2017 in Rome, Italy.
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]
AMSAT Space Symposium at Sea a Success!
The 2016 AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting held aboard the
Carnival Liberty in the Gulf of Mexico is now history! Approximately
70 AMSAT members as well as family and friends from the United
States, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, and the Azores
enjoyed the presentations, activities, and camaraderie during the
four day cruise, which departed from Galveston, Texas and included a
port call at Progreso, Mexico. Look for more details about the
Symposium presentations and activities in the next issue of The AMSAT
Due to a lack of internet bandwidth, live audio of the 2016 AMSAT
General Meeting was not available via Echolink. Please see the
following slides presented during the General Meeting by AMSAT
President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, for an update on the status of AMSAT:
For selected photos see this post on the AMSAT website:
[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]
NEON - NASA Educators Online Network Free STEM Education Webinars
Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC)
at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars
open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about
activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring
NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To
register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar
November 21, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. ET: NASA Technology in Your
Classroom: Images and Data (Grades 4-10) - Explore NASA resources for
using images and data in the classroom. These resources can be used
to engage students, illustrate concepts, and develop educational
exhibits, programs or products. Learn about the latest science
discoveries and more at http://nasawavelength.org/data-and-images
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/203264
November 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. ET: Astrobiology and the Origin of
Life (Grades 6-12) - Learn how NASA has turned the search for alien
life from science fiction to a quickly growing research field. Topics
in earth and space science linked to biology will help us understand
the most current theories for how life came to be here on Earth and
where we could find it next. Classroom activities fit for numerous
grade levels will put this exploration into the hands of our next
generation of scientists! Register online to participate.
November 22, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. ET: NASA Technology in Your
Classroom: NASA Apps for All Ages (Grades K-12) - NASA has over 50
FREE apps for educational use. Learn how to use and integrate some of
the applications in the classroom setting. Virtual reality, 3-D
exploration and NASA missions come alive with the use of these apps.
Engage students on topics such as earth science, the solar system,
robotics and space station research through the usage of technology
apps. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/202778
For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar
schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/
SPACE EXPLORATION EDUCATORS CONFERENCE (SEEC)
February 9-11, 2017
at Space Center Houston
1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058
Experience three days of complete immersion into the out-of-this
world adventure of space exploration!
This conference is for grades kindergarten to 12th – and not just
for science teachers! Space Center Houston strives to use space to
teach across the curriculum. The activities presented can be used for
science, language arts, mathematics, history, and more.
Attend sessions hosted by the actual scientists and engineers
working on exciting endeavors like the International Space Station
and explorations of Mars and the planets beyond. Hear from the
astronauts leading the charge in exploration! Come learn about the
bold vision to send humans back to the Moon and off to Mars! Attend
sessions presented by educators and receive ready to implement
classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Network with
fellow educators, take back a multitude of cross-curriculum ideas and
activities and earn 24 hours of continuing professional education
For more information or to register, visit :
email seec(a)spacecenter.org or call (281)
[ANS thanks NEON for the above information]
Lunar Amateur Radio Satellites DSLWP-A1/A2
Mingchuan Wei BG2BHC reports DSLWP is a lunar formation flying
mission for low frequency radio astronomy, amateur radio and
education, consists of 2 microsatellites.
Developed by students at the Harbin Institute of Technology the
amateur radio payload onboard DSLWP-A1 will provide telecommand
uplink and telemetry / digital image downlink. An open telecommand is
also designed to allow amateurs to send commands to take and download
The satellites are 50x50x40 cm with a mass of about 45 kg and are 3-
axis stabilized. Two linear polarization antennas are mounted along
and normal to the flight direction.
The team proposes downlinks for A1 on 435.425 MHz and 436.425 MHz
while downlinks for A2 would be 435.400 MHz and 436.400 MHz using
10K0F1DCN or 10K0F1DEN 250 bps GMSK with concatenated codes or JT65B.
Planning a launch into a 200 x 9000km lunar orbit in June 2018.
Further info at http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn/
IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination pages
[ANS thanks Southgate ARN for the above information]
XW-1/HO-68 Restoration Work - Listening Reports Requested
China's professional space TT&C network has been monitoring XW-1
telemetry Since November 12 in an effort to restore its work. If
anyone has heard the CW beacon signal at 435.790 MHz, Please contact
Alan Kung, BA1DU, camsat (at) vip.163.com
[ANS thanks Alan BA1DU for the above information]
Jim Wilson, K5ND Earns Satellite VUCC
Congratulations to Jim Wilson, K5ND on earning his Satellite VUCC
award for working 100 grids. At the same time, because so many grid
expeditions were confirmed on LoTW, he also qualified for the VUCC
endorsement sticker for 125 grids.
Jim wrote, "Thanks everyone for taking the time to enter your QSOs
on Logbook of the World or to send me QSL cards in response to my own
card. As I’ve mentioned before, it has been such a blast to work all
these grids and to figure out how to work both the FM and linear
[ANS thanks JoAnne K9JKM for the above information]
+ A Successful contact was made between Col·legi Asuncion de Ntra.
Sra., Barcelona, Spain and Astronaut Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD using
Callsign NA1SS. The contact began 2016-11-17 08:25 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was telebridge via W6SRJ.
ARISS Mentor was Marcelo IKØUSO.
In 2016, Col·legi Asuncion de Ntra. Sra. is celebrating the 140th
anniversary of the 1876 founding of the school.
The school has approximately 600 students of Kindergarden (from 3 to
6 years of age), Primary (6-12 years old) and Secondary (from 12 to
16 years old) and is located in Barcelona, in the Poblenou
neighbourhood, belonging to Sant Martí district.
It was a very rewarding finish the anniversary by contacting with
the International Space Station as the main activity of a set of
Interdisciplinary Didactic Projects and multiple age level
Col·legi Asuncion de Ntra. Sra's aim is to engage every student in
these activities, which are not only STEM/STEAM related, but also
cover geography, languages, history and others.
Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
Private Salesian High School named of St. Dominic Savio, Wroclaw,
Poland, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD
Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-11-25 11:12:47 UTC
ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above
ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to
send your reports to aj9n at amsat.org
or aj9n at aol.com
Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.8Ø MHz.
All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise
Several of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS
website and not being able to get in. That has now been changed to
Note that there are links to other ARISS websites from this site.
Looking for something new to do? How about receiving DATV from the
If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for complete
details. Look for the buttons indicating Ham Video.
If you need some assistance, ARISS mentor Kerry N6IZW, might be
able to provide some insight. Contact Kerry at kbanke(a)sbcglobal.net
ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored
over 100 schools:
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 123
Gaston ON4WF with 121
Francesco IKØWGF with 118
The webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy. Out of
date webpages were removed and new ones have been added. If there
are additional ARISS websites I need to know about, please let me
Note, all times are approximate. It is recommended that you do your
own orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the
listed time. All dates and times listed follow International
Standard ISO 8601 date and time format YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS
The complete schedule page has been updated as of 2016-11-18 08:00
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.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1093.
Each school counts as 1 event.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1058.
Each contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
Total number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 47.
A complete year by year breakdown of the contacts may be found in the
Please feel free to contact Charlie, aj9n at amsat.org
or aj9n at
, if more detailed statistics are needed.
The following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact:
Arkansas, Delaware, South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam,
Northern Marianas Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
QSL information may be found at:
ISS callsigns: DPØISS, IRØISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS, RSØISS
The successful school list has been updated as of 2016-11-18 08:00
Frequency chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes
showing Doppler correction as of 2005-07-29 04:00 UTC
[Editor's Note: Please note truncation of above address. Please use
care when copy/pasting the above URL]
Listing of ARISS related magazine articles as of 2006-07-10 03:30
Check out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts
Exp. 49 on orbit
Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ W1NU, Satellite DXCC No. 3, SK
The December 2016 issue of QST reports the passing of Vic Politi,
W1NU, among its Silent Keys department article. Vic was 93. Before
going into assisted living several years ago, he was on top of the
DXCC Honor Roll. Vic held Satellite DXCC No. 3, earned entirely via
LEO satellites. In 1992, he was AMSAT SKN's first Best Fist winner.
[ANS thanks Ray W2RS for the above information]
+ PSAT digipeater is back on. As well as its 28.121 ten meter
PSK31 uplink and 435.350 MHz downlink.
[ANS thanks Bob WB4APR for the above information]
+ The 2016 edition of the book "Getting Started with Amateur
Satellites" is once again available from the AMSAT-UK shop.
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK 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,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
aa8em at amsat dot org