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In this edition:
* Recurring Donations Feature Added to AMSAT.org
* D-STAR ONE Launched, Telemetry Received
* Ham Talk Live Podcast Featuring W6RO Satellite Operation
* PW-Sat2 Deorbit Sail Deployment - On-Board Camera Footage
* JAMSAT NEXUS V/U Mode-J CubeSat Scheduled to Launch January 17
* Australian National Scout Jamboree - AJ2019
* DL50AMSAT Callsign IG HamSpirit Satellite Weekend January 18-20
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for December 2018
* AMSAT South Africa Dual-Band VHF/UHF Yagi
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* AMSAT at Thunderbird Hamfest in Glendale AZ, 12 January 2019
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-006.01
ANS-006 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 006.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE January 6, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
Recurring Donations Feature Added to AMSAT.org
Would you like to donate to AMSAT and/or ARISS but can only afford a
little at a time? Even small amounts help, especially as they add up
over time! You can now use AMSAT’s recurring donations on the new
donation portal at https://www.amsat.org/donations/
This is a great way for everyone to donate $5-10 a month over time to
make a significant contribution.
Thank you for helping keep amateur radio in space.
[ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM for the above information]
D-STAR ONE Launched, Telemetry Received
German Orbital Systems reports a successful telemetry downlink has
been received. Their web page http://www.d-star.one/
ONE Sparrow and D-Star ONE iSat were successfully launched on Dec-
ember 27 as part of an ECM smallsat cluster on the Soyuz-2/Fregat
from Russia's Vostochny launch site. Additional details can be
found at: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-006-DSTAR-ONE
During the first orbits, beacons were received in the US, Germany,
Czech Republic and Belarus, confirming the successful separations
of the satellites on their target orbit 585 km, 97.73 deg, SSO.
D-Star ONE Sparrow and D-Star ONE iSat are a pair of 3U cubesats
which are equipped with four identical radio modules with D-Star
capabilities, all being operated in a half-duplex mode. At press
time DSTAR One Sparrow was planned to be used for amateur radio.
DK3WN received the first telemetry on December 29, 2018 with more
signals received by Scott, K4KDR and Vladimir, EU1SAT. Check the
German Orbital Systems web page for LEOP status and satellite
availability for contacts.
D-Star ONE Sparrow operates as a half duplex repeater:
Uplink: 437.325 MHz
Downlink: 435.525 MHz RF-Power: 800-1200 mW
Telemetry: 435.700 MHz 4k8 GMSK Mobitex (CMX990 Mobitex Format)
The telemetry format is documented at:
A telemetry decoder is available at:
Technical details for radio amateurs is posted at:
A D-Star voice message beacon transmits once a minute. All mod-
ules are operated in a power save mode. This means that they are
in idle for 40 seconds and then in receive mode for 20 seconds.
Once a signal has been received, the modules switch to receive
mode for five minutes. So it might be necessary to "ping" the
satellite a couple of times until an answer is received. Object
#43879 continues to be a likely fit for tracking at present.
[ANS thanks German Orbital Systems for the above information]
Ham Talk Live Podcast Featuring W6RO Satellite Operation
If you missed the January 3 Ham Talk Live show featuring Patrick
Stoddard, WD9EWK, Endaf Buckley, N6UTC, and David Akins, N6HHR,
discussing amateur radio and satellite operation on the RMS Queen
Mary you can play back a recording of this episode at:
Episode 147 - Aboard the Queen Mary, W6RO.
Patrick and Endaf recently made a trip to the ship to do satel-
lite operations, so they will report on that special event. David
will fill us in on the history of the ship's radio room and the
routine amateur radio operations from W6RO.
Ham Talk Live is also available as a podcast on nearly all podcast
sites: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart
Podcasts; and it's also available on YouTube.
[ANS thanks Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, and Ham Talk Live for the above
PW-Sat2 Deorbit Sail Deployment - On-Board Camera Footage
PW-Sat2, the second Polish student satellite, also launched on the
SpaceX Falcon 9 SSO-A flight with AMSAT Fox-1Cliff, is a student
project with the goal to test a new deorbit sail. The sail was
deployed on December 29, 2018. On-Board camera footage of the event
can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fbMzI9w4MM
Amateur radio operators are invited to take part in this mission.
Dashboard software to receive, decode and upload PW-Sat2 frames
to the PW-Sat2 cloud is available on their website:
The team has posted additional information at:
PW-Sat2 transmits on 435.275 MHz using 1k2 and 9k6 BPSK AX25.
[ANS thanks the PW-Sat2 team for the above information]
For a limited time, new and renewing AMSAT members
will receive a free digital copy of
"Getting Started with Amateur Satellites"
Join or renew your AMSAT membership today at
JAMSAT NEXUS V/U Mode-J CubeSat Scheduled to Launch January 17
The Japan AMSAT Association (JAMSAT) and students at the Nippon
University are jointly developing a CubeSat called NEXUS which will have
a 145 to 435 MHz (Mode-J) transponder and a 38 kbps data downlink.
Nippon University students have previously developed the SEEDS and
SPROUT satellites. NEXUS is an acronym of “Next Education X (cross)
Unique Satellite”, it will be 1U CubeSat with a mass of between 1 and
The NEXUS cubesat will:
+ Provide amateur radio communications via the 145/435 MHz
transponder and SSTV
+ Download pictures from the 640×480 pixel camera
+ Operate the data downlink at 38400 bps QPSK
+ Compare the performance of the data downlink when using AFSK,
GMSK and QPSK modes
NEXUS will be launched from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center located in
Kagoshima Prefecture on January 17, 2019 (JST) aboard an Epsilon rocket
together with OrigamiSat-1 and AOBA-Velox-IV into a 500 km sun sync-
Uplink: 145.900-145.930 MHz (CW/LSB)
Downlink: 435.880-435.910 MHz (CW/USB)
CW/Data: 435.900 MHz & 437.075 MHz
Separation from the rocket is planned for T + 4100 seconds after
launch at which time NEXUS will be powered on. CW telemetry infor-
mation will commence transmission 16 minutes, 40 seconds following
The NEXUS team has posted a PDF document in English describing the
planned initial operations, telemetry format, and preliminary TLEs
NEXUS website in Google English
JAMSAT in Google English
Read the AMSAT-UK posting at:
[ANS thanks JAMSAT and Nippon University for the above information.]
Australian National Scout Jamboree - AJ2019
Between January 4-14, 2019, 8400 Scouts from every Australian state
plus representatives from 18 nations will converge in Tailem Bend in
South Australia to participate in the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree
- AJ2019. Their special event station will be active using VI25AJ.
The special event station is expecting to showcase Amateur Radio to
approximately 2000 scouts over the duration of the Jamboree.
They will be active on the satellites as well as HF bands (SSB and
digital modes), IRLP and EchoLink.
They are looking for amateurs to give them a call during the
Jamboree to help give the scouts an amazing experience - and perhaps
take up the hobby on their return home.
Full schedule, modes and planned frequencies will be posted at:
[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information.]
AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign
to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades
on ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to
continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio.
We have reached a great milestone with $16,795 raised
or about 10% towards our goal. This would not have been
possible without your outstanding generosity!!
For more information and to DONATE TODAY visit:
DL50AMSAT Callsign IG HamSpirit Satellite Weekend January 18-20
The IG HamSpirit Satellite Weekend January 18-20 will feature the
new AMSAT-DL callsign DL50AMSAT on the air from Saxony on the Czech
border. Also planned are antenna construction and testing projects
and testing satellite tracking programs on a variety of operating
IG HamSpirit hosts several radio events during the year with this
event dedicated to amateur satellite operating. AMSAT-DL says you
can track the event on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag
[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information]
VUCC Awards-Endorsements for December 2018
Ron, W5RKN has provided the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards
issued by the ARRL for the period December 1, 2018 through January 1,
2019. Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!
CALL 01Dec 01Jan
KO4MA 1627 1656
WC7V 1159 1160
W5RKN 634 660
WD9EWK 513 525
NS3L 350 375
PV8DX 313 360
AE5B 300 342
N3GS 300 332
K8BL 252 257
PT9BM 176 203
AD0HJ 175 200
KK4YEL 102 200
N7AGF 175 200
K9UO 150 175
AD0DX 101 167
W4AQT 125 153
PU8RFL 134 146
PS8MT 130 145
PU8MRS 100 127
LW2DAF 110 115
WD9EWK(DM23) New 104
F6GLJ New 103
WI4T New 101
AI9IN New 100
If you find errors or omissions please contact Ron off-list at
<W5RKN>(a)<W5RKN>.com and he'll revise the announcement. This list was
developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for December 1, 2018
and January 1, 2019. It's a visual comparison so omissions are pos-
sible. 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]
AMSAT South Africa Dual-Band VHF/UHF Yagi
News from South Africa announces AMSAT SA is offering a dual-band
VHF/UHF antenna. AMSAT SA is indebted to Dr Gary Immelman ZS6YI
who has donated 200 units with all proceeds going to the AMSAT SA
Kletskous and AfriCUBE projects.
The antenna has two elements on 145 MHz and 3 elements on 435 MHz.
The Yagi has a unique element called a 'Open Sleeve' which is a
director very close to the driven element. The driven element is
sized for 2M. When operating on 70cm the 'Open Sleeve' acts as
part of the driven element on 70cm (Third harmonic of 2M).
The original concept was developed in 1946 by Dr J T Bolljahn of
the Stanford Research institute but was not introduced into amateur
radio until the 1950s. The AMSAT SA version is based on a design
by DK7ZB with modifications by WB5CXC.
The first South African version was a collaboration between Guy
Eales, ZS6GUY and Dr Gary Immelman, ZS6YI. It was developed for
YOTA 2018 where young people successfully used the antenna oper-
ating satellites using hand-held transceivers.
Although currently only available in South Africa, interested ama-
teur radio operators can access detailed specifications and photos
[ANS thanks AMSAT SA for the above information]
Upcoming Satellite Operations
+ Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06, DM07, DM08, DM17, DM18)
January 5-6, 2019 - Ron, AD0DX will be roving in Central California.
He plans to activate the DM06/DM16 grid line Saturday morning, the
DM 07/DM08/DM17/DM18 grid corner Saturday afternoon, and the
CM95/CM96/DM05/DM06 grid corner on Sunday. Keep an eye on the
@ad0dx Twitter feed for more updates https://twitter.com/ad0dx
+ Super Road Trip (Wyoming to Tennessee to Florida to Wyoming)
January 9, 2019 until he gets back home - Starting Jan. 9, RJ, WY7AA,
will be travelling from Wyoming to Tennessee to Florida, to New York
and back to Wyoming, staying approximately 10 days in each place and
activating grids whenever he can.
- First stop Tennessee – EM86, and will try roving to EM85, EL87, EL96.
- Next on to Florida – EL98, and will try roving to EL88, EL89, EL99.
- Next on to New York – FN02, and try try roving to FN01, FN03, FN11,
Travelling between each place, RJ will try to stop and work as he can,
but putting down miles will take priority most often. In addition, RJ
will be trying to operate mobile from time to time. FM birds for sure,
but will be trying to learn linears while on the trip. Specific pass
announcements will be posted to his Twitter feed:
) and to the AMSAT-bb reflector.
+ Central California (CM95, CM96, DM05, DM06) – January 12, 2019
David, AD7DB, will be in the area of Kettleman City CA near a
convergence of four grids, operating on FM satellites. Grids (maybe
gridlines) will depend on the satellite passes. Operation expected
from 1700 UTC through 2300 UTC. Updates will be on Twitter as the
time approaches: https://twitter.com/ad7db
+ Quartzfest Arizona (DM23) – January 19-27, 2019
John, N7JY, will be operating FM satellites on a holiday schedule. He
may also visit some adjoining grids. There will likely be other hams
operating from the event, located a few miles south of Quartzsite AZ.
QSL via LOTW, or you can send your card with SASE.
+ Las Vegas NV and Northwest AZ (DM25, DM26, DM36) – January 20-22, 2019
David, AD7DB, will be in Las Vegas at DM25/26 line, operating on FM
satellites on a holiday schedule. In addition, weather permitting,
sometime on Monday 01/21/19 he will make a side trip to Beaver Dam AZ
to activate from DM36aw. Updates will be on Twitter as the time
+ Nevada (DM15, DM16, DM17, DM18, DM25, DM26, DM27, DM28, DM37, DM36)
February 8-11, 2019 - Casey KI7UNJ and Jonathan KI5BEX are planning
a joint roving trip to Nevada. Planned activations include the
DM15/16/25/26 grid corner Friday morning, the DM16/26 gridline Friday
afternoon, DM17/18 gridline Saturday morning, DM27/28 gridline Saturday
evening, DM27/37 gridline Sunday morning, and DM36/37 gridline Sunday
evening. This will be FM only. All contacts uploaded to LoTW upon
return. Check out @KI7UNJ Twitter feed for specific passes
and follow them on aprs.fi KI7UNJ-7.
+ Turks and Caicos Islands (FL31) – February 28 – March 9, 2019
Adrian, AA5UK, will be heading to Providenciales in the Turks and
Caicos Islands from Feb 28th through March 9th, 2019. He will be
operating holiday style on HF and Satellites as VP5/AA5UK from grid
FL31UU14. Focus will be on the linear satellites, with some FM act-
ivity depending on pile-up civility. Hope to work some European
stations as location favors the East. Pass announcements will be
made via Twitter: https://twitter.com/AA5UK
and periodically via
Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL for the above information]
2019 is AMSAT's 50th Anniversary!
Watch this space for announcements of special events coming in 2019
Get ready to help celebrate with us at the Hamvention
Symposium 2019 promises to be a special event
Stand by for 50th anniversary operating events and awards
AMSAT at Thunderbird Hamfest in Glendale AZ, 12 January 2019
Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK will have an AMSAT booth at the Thunderbird
Amateur Radio Club's Thunderbird Hamfest 2019 on Saturday, 12 Jan-
uary 2019. The hamfest will be at a new site, at the Glendale Nazarene
Church on the corner of 59th Avenue and Cactus Road in Glendale, Ari-
zona. More information about the hamfest is available at:
During the hamfest, Patrick will have demonstrations of satellite
operating. If you hear WD9EWK on any passes, please call and be a
part of the demonstrations. The hamfest is located in grid DM33,
All QSOs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World after the hamfest.
If you would like to receive a QSL card for working WD9EWK during the
hamfest, please e-mail Patrick directly with the QSO details. If you
are in his log, he will send you a QSL card.
Patrick will post updates from the hamfest on his @WD9EWK Twitter
account. If you do not use Twitter, you can still see these updates
in a web browser at: http://twitter.com/WD9EWK
[ANS thanks Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK for the above information]
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ DK3WN reports that the 145.825 MHz APRS digipeater on NO-84
(PSAT) has been re-enabled and is available for operations.
The digipeater is turned off for a recharging period when
telemetry shows battery voltage is low.
+ AO-73 (FUNcube-1) is now back to "Educational" mode after
the holiday period (Transponder ON when in eclipse, with
low power telemetry; High power telemetry when illuminated
in sunlight.) Please keep tracking and sending in telemetry
as the FUNcube team tries to better understand the spin
effects over the next few months of full orbit sun. (AMSAT-UK)
+ AMSAT and radio amateurs extend best wishes and thank you to
Alain, IZ6BYY and Claudio, IK1SLD for 17 years of service to
the amateur space community on their ISSFanClub.com
closed down on January 1, 2019. Alain wrote,
"I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Thank you for your
visits and your attention".
+ A new ISS fan presence has been started at http://issfanclub.eu/
Blog entries from January 3 and 4 are posted. Many of the pages
are under construction in the new format.
+ CQ-DATV Magazine for January 2019 is available for download at:
Among the several features the article "Arduino SimpleSat Rotor
Controller" by Tom Doyle, W9KE may be of particular interest to
AMSAT satellite stations. Tom's controller uses the Yaesu GS232
command set to control a Yaesu G5500 AzEl rotor. The controller
was designed to be compatible with the SatPC32 tracking program
and should work with any tracking program that supports the Yaesu
GS232 format. (CQ-DATV Magazine via e-mail)
+ The Nashua Area Radio Society, N1FD has written a blog about
their work in supporting Hudson Memorial School (HMS) in their
bid to secure and hold an ISS Crew Contact.
+ An NPR radio news feature discusses, "What's Next For Tiny
Satellites?". about NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab's Marco cubesats
that accompanied the InSight lander mission to Mars. JPL says
their next cubesat mission will be a solar sail flight to a
near Earth asteroid. Read and listen at:
+ Good coverage for amateur radio and amateur satellites appeared in
the Shropshire Star newspaper's ooverage of the Wellington Young-
sters on the Air event, that saw young people talking to others from
across the world, all under expert supervision. It was one of the
events organised by Telford and District Amateur Radio Society to
help attract younger people to the world of 'ham' radio. Read the
article at: http://tinyurl.com/ANS-006-UK-YOTA
+ Bookings for the AMSAT SA Space Symposium are now open. The Symposium
will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Accolade Conference
Centre in Midrand, South Africa. The rate will be R400 per person
for AMSAT SA and SARL members and R600 for non-members. There is an
early bird rate of R350 for AMSATSA and SARL Members, if booked and
paid for by February 28, 2019. Accommodation is also available at the
hotel at R855 plus VAT. More details on www.amsatsa.org.za
+ A calendar of upcoming astronomical events, launches, and space-
craft operations available as Google or iOS calendars:
+ Greg, W4GHW, program coordinator for the Coastal Plains ARC, sent
a request for a presentation on any amateur satellites at their
club. They meet in Tifton, Georgia on the second Saturday of each
month. If you can help please e-mail Greg at w4ghw(a)arrl.net
+ A paper is available for downloading which may be of interest regard-
ing telemetry: "Easy-to-Build Satellite Beacon Receiver for Propa-
gation Experimentation at Millimeter Bands" can be accessed at:
+ There are some amateur radio connections with the New Horizons
probe which had a successful flyby of Ultima Thule on January 1.
Lee, KT4TZ worked on the launch in 2006. Dan, N8FGV works on the
New Horizons team now.
[ANS thanks everyone 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
73 and remember to behave and to help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,
JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM
k9jkm at amsat dot org