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In this edition:
* AMSAT Field Day Submissions
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2016
* North Texas "Moon Day" for AMSAT, ARISS and Amateur Radio
* South Africa Satellite Day
* UAE Satellite Will Have Amateur Radio Transponder
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 185.01
From AMSAT HQ Kensington, MD.
July 3, 2016
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Field Day Submissions
Now that Field Day is only a blur, it is time to prepare your score and
it for the AMSAT Field Day results. All submissions are due by 11:59PM
Time on Monday, July 11, 2016. Bruce Paige, KK5DO, will then prepare the
and send it off to the editor of the AMSAT Journal who will have it in the
upcoming issue that goes to press shortly thereafter.
Please send your score sheet and photos to Bruce
kk5do(a)arrl.net or kk5do(a)amsat.org
You will receive an email back that day or the next day when Bruce has
your submission. If you do not receive the email, he did not get it. Don't
assume that because you sent it,it was received. Make sure you get the
[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]
AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2016
This year’s Colloquium is now only a few weeks away. The event, taking
place as usual at the Holiday Inn in Guildford, will be held over the
weekend of the 29/31st July.
A full programme of presentations, covering all aspects of the amateur
satellite world, has been developed for the Saturday and Sunday and a
“Beginners Session” is scheduled for the Friday afternoon. Sessions
will include updates on the many new satellites that are expected to
be launched over the next few months. This includes Eshail-2 which
will carry the first ever geostationary amateur radio transponder and
provide more than 8MHz of new intercontinental spectrum - it will
provide coverage to five continents. Additionally we will have a
session on how to develop software receivers using GNU radio, reviews
of the Tim Peake ARISS contacts and the STEM results achieved,
information about a new 76GHz satellite project, a review of how to
operate “in the field” and lots more.
As well as the presentations during the day, Libby Jackson, from the
UK Space Agency, with whom the ARISS UK team worked closely during the
Tim Peake mission, will be speaking during the Gala Dinner on the
Other highlights will include visits to the SSTL facilities (Friday
evening and Saturday morning) and the opportunity to see the special
ground station equipment that was used for all the ARISS contacts.
This will be available for use for contacts during passes of all the
available satellite transponders.
Visitors can either turn up on the day, book day passes on the website
or, if planning an overnight stay, now is the last week to make their
hotel bookings at the preferential rate and which have been
block-booked by AMSAT-UK. The URL for the AMSAT-UK shop to book day
passes is http://shop.amsat-uk.org
. If you wish to book overnight
accommodation, please contact the hotel direct on 01483 784413.
Please note that due to problems with their booking system THE HOTEL
WILL KEEP OUR RESERVED ROOMS UNTIL 6 JUL. Day passes cost £10 per day
(incl tea/coffee, etc) , please pay at the AMSAT-UK shop (not hotel
reception). If you wish to attend the Gala dinner on Saturday, please
book at least 7 days in advance, either with the hotel (by booking
dinner, bed, and breakfast), or at the AMSAT-UK shop.
As well at the AMSAT-UK shop, there will be a number of specialist
suppliers present, and we are hoping that the RSGB bookshop will also
Members and non-members will be made very welcome and booking info can
be found here https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/
The Colloquium team are looking forward to meeting many old friends
and making many new acquaintances during the event.
[ANS thanks Jim, G3WGM, Hon Sec AMSAT-UK, for the above information]
North Texas "Moon Day" for AMSAT, ARISS and Amateur Radio
July 16th, 2016 will be the date for the annual "Moon Day" at the Frontiers
of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas, TX, STEM event. Check out
for more information.
Moon Day is a large space exploration and science themed STEM event from
that features numerous exhibitors, technology demonstrations, an ARISS
with the ISS and AMSAT/Amateur Radio as key elements. Over 1500 attended
last year's event including many Boy/Girl Scouts and other young people and
families. This year's event might be even bigger.
As last year, AMSAT members from North Texas, along with the Dallas Amateur
Radio Club, will have a shared display space with STEM activities for
learn about satellites, orbital mechanics and the exciting possibilities of
personal communications through Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio satellites.
Aside from the indoor space, we want to be able to offer multiple
for satellite pass demos on the outside of the building as well.
Keith Pugh, W5IU, will be the ARISS Mentor/coordinator for the scheduled
contact and has a support team for that but we need other Amateur Satellite
enthusiasts to help man the display space and also to run the pass demos
the facility. Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, has communicated with the event
coordinator asking them to provide an approved outside space and published
promotion and "Carrots" to get people out there. Being summer and most
hot. Tom also asked if there could have some sort of tent or easy-up to
the sun from the operating point.
What is needed are people to man the inside display table, where you will
get to explain some of the basics of Amateur Radio satellites, orbits,
footprints and cubesat to hundreds of inquisitive young people. Also
needed are some experienced satellite and Amateur Radio operators who
willing to handle the heat outside and get people involved with this fun
aspect of our hobby. (With enough of us we can do shifts). There is quite
a good list of pass opportunities between 10a and 5p so you would not be
Please let Tom, N5HYP, or Keith, W5IU, know if you can join us and help
great public outreach for Amateur Radio and AMSAT.
[ANS thanks Tom, N5HYP, for the above information]
South Africa Satellite Day
AMSAT SA is planning to arrange a weekly satellite day to encourage radio
amateurs to operate satellites. The proposal is to dedicate preferred
satellite operation, for example Tuesday between 18:00 and 23:00. There
number of relatively easy to operate satellites. These will be
operating slots with details about the orbit and time over South Africa and
neighboring countries will be published in advance. AMSAT SA is
from radio amateurs who would be interested in participating. Please
proposals and ideas to saamsat(a)intekom.co.za
[ANS thanks the SARL weekly news in English 2016-7-2 for the above
UAE Satellite Will Have Amateur Radio Transponder
The United Arab Emirates newspaper The National reports on the Nayif-1
spacecraft developed by Emirati students from the American University of
in partnership with The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.
Nayif-1 carries a 435/145 MHz transponder (FUNcube-5) for amateur radio
communications. It is expected to launch along with other amateur radio
satellites such as Fox-1C and Fox-1D on a SpaceX rocket between
The National says:
Yousuf Al Shaibani, director general of The Mohammed bin Rashid Space
said the satellite’s development was a testament to its commitment to
“There is no doubt that the field of satellite design and manufacturing
is a new
industry to UAE universities and students,” Mr Al Shaibani said.
“The Emirati students possess the skills and capabilities to design and
CubeSat as a result of a knowledge-transfer strategy and cooperation between
academic and professional institutions that are launching real space
enabling students to see the product of their work as a reality in space.”
The satellite is about 10 cubic centimetres and weighs about 1 kilogram.
its most notable features is that it is programmed to transfer messages in
“This is a great achievement and a source of pride for all of us,” said
Kjerfve, chancellor of American University of Sharjah.
Nayif-1 CubeSat https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/nayif-1/
[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,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org