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
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In this edition:
* AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballot Deadline Approaching
* W1AW/7 Satellite Operations
* Fox-1 Update - Slow Speed Telemetry
* Peruvian Cubesat Chasqui-1 Deployed From ISS
* ARISS News
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 243.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
August 31, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Ballot Deadline Approaching
A final reminder that Board of Directors ballots must be returned to the
NA office by 15 SEP 2014 in order to be counted. Your returned ballot
sent promptly, and those from outside North American preferably by air
other expedited means.
Normally there would be 3 full Board seats open this year, plus 2
However, with the passing of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX (SK), there will be an
additional full Board seat open to fill the remainder of his term. This
that the top three recipients of votes will have two-year terms, the
fourth most vote recipient serving as full member for one year. The
sixth highest vote recipients will serve as first and second Alternate,
respectively. You may vote for up to 4 individuals.
Election of board members is both an obligation as well as an
opportunity by our
membership to help shape the future direction of AMSAT-NA. Please take
to review the candidate statements that accompany the ballot and
you wish to see on the Board.
[ANS thanks Alan, W4SCA, for the above information]
W1AW/7 Satellite Operations
Following the schedule for W1AW/x portable activity during 2014, next
week will start the second of the two weeks W1AW/7 will air from
Arizona. The first W1AW/7 Arizona satellite activity in March was
successful (thanks, John K8YSE, for making good use of the K8YSE/7
station in Arizona that week). The next operation will be starting at
Wednesday, 27 August (2000 EDT/1700 PDT on
Tuesday, 26 August).
Patrick, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, will be operating as W1AW/7 on weeknights, and
during the Labor Day weekend (30 August-1 September) that falls within
this one-week period. He is working on having additional operators for
the weekday passes, when he won't be able to get on the radio. As
with any of the W1AW/x activities, ARRL will handle the QSLing. ARRL will
upload all W1AW/7 logs to Logbook of the World, in addition to the
paper QSL cards that will be available later.
If you also work other bands and want to work W1AW/7 from Arizona
next week, the W1AW/7 Arizona activity coordinator, Ned Stearns AA7A,
has a schedule showing when the other stations operating as W1AW/7
will be on - and on what band/mode combinations. This schedule is still
being assembled, so more slots will be filled in as we get closer to next
You can see that schedule at:
Satellite operating times will not appear on Ned's schedule, as Patrick is
coordinating that part of the W1AW/7 effort. Patrick will use the AMSAT-BB
list and his Twitter @WD9EWK feed (http://twitter.com/WD9EWK
) to send
out updates for the W1AW/7 satellite activity.
Good luck, and 73!
[ANS thanks Patrick, WD9EWK/VA7EWK, for the above information]
Fox-1 Update - Slow Speed Telemetry
The Fox-1 series of satellites feature a slow speed telemetry, with 200
being sent along with the transponder audio or voice ID activity. This
telemetry to be sent continuously during normal transponder operation
are taking place.
The slow speed data is contained in the audio spectrum below 300 Hz.
techniques, high pass filtering is applied to the uplink signal and
low pass filtering is applied to the telemetry audio which is generated
IHU, and the combined audio is sent on the downlink as the voice and data.
Forward error correction added to the downlink stream provides data
up to 1/4 second signal fades.
Fox-1A slow speed telemetry
Screen print of actual Fox-1A downlink slow speed telemetry received
air on a FUNcube Dongle Pro+ with SDR# and a decoded/displayed with
version of the AMSAT ground telemetry decoding software used in our testing
The slow speed data on Fox-1A contains four different payload types: Current
telemetry readings, High telemetry readings, Low telemetry readings, and
Vanderbilt University radiation experiment telemetry. The payloads are
transmitted in a scheduled rotation that delivers one payload or frame about
every 5 seconds. Current telemetry is thus received every 15 seconds,
experiment telemetry is received about twice every 15 seconds, and high
telemetry received once every minute (alternating minutes between high
The telemetry contains many satellite health and operation values, including
readings such as solar panel output, battery voltages, temperatures from
areas of the satellite, IHU performance, and the Penn State University
AMSAT will be providing free GUI software for decoding and displaying
and high speed telemetry from the Fox-1 series of satellites, as we get
to launch. The software will be similar to the user software that was
AMSAT has an immediate need to raise funds to cover both the launch
additional materials for construction and testing for Fox-1C. We have set a
fundraising goal of $125,000 to cover these expenses over the next 12
and allow us to continue to keep amateur radio in space.
Donations may be made through the AMSAT webpage at www.amsat.org
, by calling
(888) 322-6728 or by mail to the AMSAT office at 10605 Concord Street,
Kensington, MD 20895, USA. Please consider a recurring, club, or corporate
donation to maximize our chance of success with this mission. You may also
dontate via PayPal. Donations will be marked specifically for Fox-1C. Note
that PayPal usually allows you to donate with a credit card, even if you
have a PayPal account. However, PayPal requirements differ depending on your
country. We have not control over this issue.
You may also contribute through a special “crowd sourcing” campaign on
at the following link.
[ANS thanks Jerry, N0JY, for the above information]
Peruvian Cubesat Chasqui-1 Deployed From ISS
The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos announced that a nano satellite with the
designation, NS-1 was hand-launched during a space walk that began at
Monday, August 18, 2014.
The satellite is also referred to as the Peruvian Cubesat Chasqui-1 and
1.5 kg. The satelliteâ€™s main mission is to serve as a platform for testing
micro-electronics and optical devices used in cubesat applications.
Its secondary mission is to operate as an amateur radio satellite. Itâ€™s
downlink is 437.025 MHz. The craft will send information in CW mode. It also
transmits images stored in memory, photos taken by two on board cameras
send telemetry. Data transmissions will use either 1200 bps AFSK AX.25
bps GMSK modes.
[ANS thanks , for the above information]
A direct contact with students at Dorothy Grant Elementary School,
USA was successful Wed 2014-08-27 18:31:28 UTC 83 deg. Astronaut Alexander
Gerst, KF5ONO was able to answer 7 questions for students during the
Dorothy Grant Elementary School proudly earned the California Department of
Educationâ€™s 2013 Title I Academic Achievement Award and is a California
Distinguished School. This prestigious honor is a reflection of the
system of support for all students at all learning levels. Innovative
intervention strategies and differentiated instruction greatly impacted
wide student performance to meet state and federal standards of excellence.
On October 27, 2012, the Dorothy Grant Elementary Amateur Radio Club was
established. Each year nearly 50 students in the 4th and 5th grades
amateur radio and participate in activities and programs that teach them
electronics and radio communication techniques. Amateur radio has enhanced
reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and communication skills for all
students. The club recently installed a 50 ft. Rohn tower and beam
hopes of making more international contacts on 10, 15, and 20 meters.
The use of
technology is strongly emphasized throughout the curriculum and used as
to enhance class lessons.
A telebridge contact via IK1SLD providing an interview for students at SPACE
KAMP Sterrenlab, Noordwijk, The Netherlands with astronaut Alexander Gerst,
KF5ONO was successful Tue 2014-08-26 11:36:32 UTC 65 deg. Gerst answered 18
questions for students.
The Amicale Space Camp includes 25 children aged 8-13 years old of different
European nationalities. It includes children of the European Patent
and takes place in Noordwijk (Stay Okay hostel) from the 25th to the 29th of
August 2014. All camp activities are designed to entertain children,
their creative and manual skills, and teach them about science and
contact with the International Space Station will be a key activity in the
program as it gives the children the opportunity to talk with an
understand that space is an international endeavor.
A direct contact with students at Winfree Bryant Middle School, Lebanon,
was successful Tue 2014-08-26 16:12:47 UTC 24 deg. Astronaut Gregory
Wiseman, KF5LKT answered 16 questions for students.
[ANS thanks Charlie, AJ9N 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