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In this edition:
* OSCAR Numbers Assigned for CubeSats QB50p1 and QB50p2
* Reception of the One Millionth Packet from FUNcube-1
* WD9EWK - 2014 Field Day Report
* AMSAT Field Day Satellite Contact Summary Sheet Due July 14
* ISS Contacts makes 2014 ARRL Field Day, One to Remember!
* Satellite Operation From Saint Pierre and Miquelon
* UKube-1 Launch Information
* ESA Competition! Remote Sensing with Multiple Cooperative Nanosats
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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ANS-187 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 187.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE July 06, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
OSCAR Numbers Assigned for CubeSats QB50p1 and QB50p2
In an email to Mr. Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG, AMSAT-NL and Mr. Jeroen
Rotteveel, ISIS CEO, OSCAR Number Administrator William A. (Bill)
Tynan, W3XO, announced,
"I have received your request for OSCAR Numbers for CubeSats QB50p1
and QB50p2 and from everything I can determine these spacecraft meet
all of the requirements necessary to receive OSCAR numbers.
"Therefore, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA President,
I hereby confer the designation European OSCAR 79 to CubeSats QB50p1
and European OSCAR 80 to CubeSat CubeSats QB50p2. These designations
can, of course, for convenience be shortened to EO-79 and EO-80.
I, and the entire amateur satellite community, hope for successful
missions for both EO-79 and EO-80 and congratulate AMSAT-NL and the
ISIS team as well as all who contributed to these new Amateur Radio
satellites for their success in building, testing and launching these
[ANS Thanks Bill W3XO and AMSAT-NA for the above information]
Reception of the One Millionth Packet from FUNcube-1
Many stations have been receiving the telemetry transmitted by
FUNcube-1, which has now been in orbit for 221 days. The spacecraft,
which has been operating nominally since launch, is providing on-
board health and science data for the many schools and colleges who
are already participating in the project around the world.
Since launch, data has been received by more than 650 stations
around the world and today our online Data Warehouse received its one
millionth packet of information. The Warehouse is now storing more
than 256MB of telemetry which is available for educational and
We have been successful in capturing almost 25% of all the telemetry
transmitted including almost all of the Whole Orbit Data. This
success is a great tribute to our designers of the Flight software,
the Dashboard programme and the matching Data Warehouse.
We are also immensely grateful to all the schools, colleges, radio
amateurs and other listeners who are providing this data and want to
encourage everyone to continue to listen to FUNcube-1 and to upload
the data to the Warehouse. This will help enable the project to
continue to provide a complete and current data set for analysis.
We would, of course, also love to have additional receiving stations
in the FUNcube Ground Station Network. This applies especially to
anyone near the poles or who is located on an island in the middle of
ocean. Their involvement would help us improve our rate of data
capture still further.
Our records show that there were three stations who actually managed
to upload the same one millionth packet to the Warehouse today. They
are G0EID, OM3BC and DL3SER. If they could contact "operations at
funcube.org.uk" we will arrange them to send them a small prize to
honour their contribution to the project.
[ANS thanks Graham G3VZV for the above information]
WD9EWK - 2014 Field Day Report
Even though I only worked the radios for a few hours on Saturday,
the 2014 Field Day was another fun time to be on the radio. I had
two objectives for this weekend - try to make a QSO with NA1SS,
and try a new radio on HF - which I was able to do. I was on some
satellite passes, making a couple of QSOs, which I'll submit to
both ARRL and AMSAT.
Knowing that the ISS would be passing by within minutes of the
start of Field Day, I was set up in my back yard for that. I used my
normal FM satellite setup (IC-2820H, Elk log periodic), with the
power cranked down to 5W to fall in the 1B QRP classification I
normally operate for Field Day, and was ready to go. About 5
minutes into the pass, and after hearing other stations' calls from
NA1SS, I heard my call coming from there. Within seconds, I was
getting e-mails, SMS messages, and tweets from friends who also
heard that. A nice way to start Field Day! I listened to the rest of
the pass, and recorded it. I was on the next ISS pass at 1952 UTC,
hoping to hear anything from the ISS on 70cm (around 437.550
MHz) while recording the 145.800 MHz downlink. Lots of activity
on 2m just like the earlier pass, but nothing up on 70cm. Did
anyone hear anything from the ISS on 70cm during Field Day?
A few hours later, with more shade in the back yard, I broke out the
HF setup. An FT-897D with autotuner and its internal battery packs,
set to 5W transmit power, and a Buddipole portable dipole with its
mast and tripod. Before I started on the satellites in late 2005, I
used to do a lot of portable HF operating, so it took no time to get
the antenna up and the radio ready to go. Although I heard Field
Day activity on most HF bands (10m was surprisingly quiet in the
late afternoon), I ended up working 15m and 6m SSB to get a few
I tried to work FO-29 during a western pass around sunset, but could
not get through with my normal SSB satellite setup - two FT-817NDs,
Elk log periodic. Lots of activity, with some who sounded like they
may have been overpowering the transponder a bit. Around 0400 UTC,
9pm for me in Arizona, there was a western SO-50 pass where I was
able to break through with my IC-2820H at 5W and Elk log periodic.
Lots of twisting the antenna around, trying to keep up with the
satellite and hear myself on the downlink. I made two QSOs there -
one that counted for QSO points and the satellite QSO bonus with
VA7VW, and the other was to respond to W6KA calling me. I did not
score the second QSO. I heard two other stations calling me, but
could not get back to them and complete those QSOs with so many
stations trying to get through. Some were not using PL tones on the
SO-50 uplink, which only made the situation worse.
I also wanted to make an SSB satellite QSO, so I tried AO-73 about
an hour later, at 0500 UTC. A high pass for me, I was able to make a
QSO with W5MSQ before another strong station overpowered the
transponder. I was using my two FT-817NDs and Elk log periodic for
the SSB pass, staying with my normal SSB satellite configuration
instead of getting the FT-897D set up for SSB operation. This was the
last QSO in my Field Day log.
I have already sent off my QSL request for the NA1SS QSO. Since I
recorded the audio from those two passes, I made slideshow videos of
them. The first pass, or the 1815-1822 UTC portion I could hear, can
be found on YouTube:
I removed the first couple of minutes of my recording, since it only
had my calls to NA1SS, and one unreadable response from NA1SS.
By the way, did anyone else record this ISS pass? Especially if you
are on the west coast? If so, please e-mail me directly.
My slideshow video of the later ISS pass (1953-1957 UTC) is at:
This was a shallow pass here, with maximum elevation of only 8
degrees, so this was a bit shorter than the earlier recording and
I had the audio recorder sitting near the IC-2820H for the first pass,
so it could pick up the speaker audio and my voice. For the later
pass, I had a patch cable running between the speaker jack on the
TH-D72A HT and the mic jack on the recorder, since I was not
planning to work the later pass on 2m. I had my Elk log periodic
antenna routed through a diplexer, so the 2m side was going to the
HT and the 70cm side to the IC-2820H, in the hopes of working
NA1SS on 70cm and recording the audio on 145.800 MHz.
Another summary of my Field Day activity, including some photos,
can be seen at:
I'm hoping to get out of town for next year's Field Day, which is
what I normally do. It is fun to work with a portable setup, but it
would be better if the outside temperature was not as hot as it
was in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon (108F/42C at one point,
in the shade of my back yard!).
[ANS thanks Patrick WD9EWK for the above information]
AMSAT Field Day Satellite Contact Summary Sheet Due July 14
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO says do not
forget to turn in your summary sheets in time so that your group can
be counted in AMSAT field day. The final date to send them in is July
14. The Satellite Summary Sheet can be found in the AMSAT Field Day
Rules document available in PDF format on the AMSAT web:
Attach your stories of field day and some pictures. In the past we
have been able to use almost all the pictures sent.
Send your submission to Bruce, KK5DO, by e-mail or postal mail. Your
Summary Sheet must be received by 11:59 P.M. CDT, Monday, July 14,
The preferred method for submitting your log is via e-mail to kk5do at
amsat dot org or kk5do at arrl dot net. You will receive an email
back(within one or two days) from Bruce when he receives your email
submission. If you do not receive a confirmation message, then he has
not received your submission. Try sending it again or send it to
Bruce's other email address.
You may also use the postal service but give plenty of time for your
results to arrive by the submission date.
If mailing your submission, the address is:
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Director of Awards and Contests
PO Box 310
Alief, TX 77411-0310
[ANS thanks AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO for
the above information]
ISS Contacts makes 2014 ARRL Field Day, One to Remember!
One of the highlights of this year's ARRL Field Day was a myriad of
voice contacts offered up by the International Space Station (ISS).
Through the efforts of crew member Reid Wiseman, many anxious ham
radio operators had the experience, perhaps for the first time, of
speaking with an astronaut orbiting Earth on board the ISS.
After an announcement on Tuesday, June 24, of possible voice
contacts from the ISS during the upcoming weekend, many Field Day
stations across the U.S. set up tracking equipment, radios and
antennas, vying for a brief chat with an orbiting astronaut.
Through various social media outlets, hams were able to track where
ISS voice transmissions were being received and in most cases, which
Field Day stations had made contact.
One group that was fortunate enough to connect with the ISS were The
Boy Scouts of Raymore, MO, Troop 32. Ham operator, Jim Reicher
comments ... " I bet the boys could be heard up in orbit even without a
radio when Reid answered our call!"
Field Day is held annually during the 4th weekend of June and is
sponsored by the American Radio Relay League or ARRL. The main
purpose of Field Day is to allow ham radio operators a chance to
practice their emergency response capabilities and serves as a
contest for Field Day stations to contact as many other Field Day
stations as possible within a designated 24 hour period.
[ANS thanks ARISS-I and Dave AA4KN for the above information]
Satellite Operation From Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Eric, KV1J, returns to Insel Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA
1417, Grid GN17) from July 5th to the 15th to operate as FP/KV1J.
QRV on 160-6m in SSB, RTTY, and some CW. He plans to follow the MUF
on the bands and pay particular attention to 6m. Depending on the
weather he also plans to operate via satellites.
Eric also plans to participate in the DL-DX RTTY Contest (July 5/6)
and the IARU contest. QSL via KV1J, LoTW, eQSL.
[ANS Thanks DX Newsletter for the above information]
UKube-1 Launch Information
UKube-1, the UK Space Agency's first CubeSat, carries a set of
FUNcube boards with a linear transponder and educational beacon. The
launch is scheduled from Pad 31/6 at Baikonur in Kazakhstan on
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 15:58:28 UT and to be deployed from the
final stage of the Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat-M launch vehicle at 18:32:42 UT.
The UKube-1 Operations Team has just issued their Launch Briefing.
This is accompanied by a spreadsheet showing the anticipated UK
passes for the first orbits together with a worksheet showing the
These documents can be downloaded at http://funcube.org.uk/news/
UKube-1 carries a number of experiments and payloads and also the
FUNcube-2 transponder and telemetry sub-system. This is intended to
support the current, very successful, operations of FUNcube-1 and to
provide an even better operational capability for schools and
colleges to use for hands on educational outreach around the world.
Further details of the educational outreach opportunities are
available here http://funcube.org.uk/education-outreach/
When the FUNcube-2 sub-system is activated, the 1k2 BPSK telemetry
will be downlinked on 145.915 MHz in the same way as already happens
A new FUNcube-2 Dashboard UI will be released shortly. This will
integrate directly with the existing FUNcube Central Data Warehouse
and existing usernames and authorisation codes can be re-used.
When the transponder is activated, the downlink passband will be
145.930 to 145.950 MHz and the uplink passband will be 435.080 to
It is anticipated that the FUNcube sub-system may be tested for
short periods during the next few weeks depending upon how the LEOP
AMSAT-UK personnel will be supporting the UKube-1 operations team at
Chilbolton during the immediate post launch period and will be
ensuring that regular status reports are made available via the
#cubesat IRC channel.
A web client is available at
AMSAT-UK and their colleagues at AMSAT-NL, are delighted that UKube-
1 is carrying this FUNcube sub-system and wishes every success to the
UKube Operations Team and to all the many contributors to the project.
There will be a presentation on the satellite's amateur radio
payload at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium being held at
the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ on July 26-27, the event is open
to all, further details at
* 145.840 MHz Telemetry downlink
* 145.915 MHz FUNcube subsystem beacon
* 400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
- 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
- 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
* 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
* 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink
Follow Helen Walker [email protected]
and Steve Greenland
@strickengremlin for up-to-date information on the UKube-1 launch.
FUNcube Yahoo Group
Like AMSAT-UK on Facebook
Data Warehouse - Telemetry Archive
Dashboard App - Telemetry Decoder
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
ESA Competition! Remote Sensing with Multiple Cooperative Nanosats
#1 - Land: To measure land characteristics over a wide spectral
range/resolution at a high spatial resolution on timescales that are
relevant to changes in the observables.
#2 - Atmospheric Chemistry: To measure NO2 content in the
troposphere with high temporal resolution over the diurnal cycle.
#3 -Weather: To measure tropospheric properties (e.g. temperature,
pressure, humidity, winds) on rapidly evolving timescales to support
forecasting of severe weather events
Proposals must be a joint submission by both academic/research and
industry institutions with a budget of 100K Euros for submission on
the 1 August 2014. Helen Harrison at the Satellite Applications
Catapult are looking for partners and if interested, email:
Helen dot Harrison at sa dot catapult dot org dot uk for further
[ANS thanks U.K. Cubesat Forum for the above information]
+ A Successful contact was made between Gymnasium Markt Indersdorf,
Markt Indersdorf, Bavaria, Germany and Astronaut Alexander Gerst
KF5ONO using callsign DPØISS. The contact began 2014-06-28 12:08 UTC
and lasted about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via
ARISS Mentor was Peter IN3GHZ.
+ A Successful contact was made between DLR Project Lab,
Neustrelitz, Germany and Astronaut Alexander Gerst KF5ONO using
callsign DPØISS. The contact began 2014-07-02 12:05:13 UTC and lasted
about nine and a half minutes. Contact was direct via DL1BLV.
ARISS Mentor was Francesco IKØWGF.
Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule
DLR School Lab, Braunschweig, Germany, direct via DH1ALF
Contact is a go for: Fri 2014-07-11 09:37:47 UTC
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is one of Europe's largest and
most modern research institutions. Here is where the aircraft of the
future are being developed and pilots trained, rocket engines tested
and images of distant planets analyzed. In addition, over 7,700 DLR
staff members are investigating next-generation high-speed trains,
environmentally responsible methods of generating energy, and much
DLR_School_Lab in Braunschweig investigates many topics related to
transportation: whether on the road, rails, or in the air. In various
experiments, school classes can acquaint themselves with the research
topics being studied at the science institutes at DLR Braunschweig.
German is the language expected to be used in the contact.
ARISS congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored
Gaston ON4WF with 117
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 102
Francesco IKØWGF with 102
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ Reid Wiseman KF5LKT Wins Twitter Award
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman KF5LKT has been putting on a social media
clinic since arriving at the International Space Station May 29. His
Twitter following has rocketed from less than 37,000 when the month
started to 126,000 today. There's a good reason for that, just check
out his best tweets from June:
[ANS thanks The Washington Post for the above information]
+ Last Call for Digital Communications Conference Papers
July 14 is the deadline to submit papers for the proceedings of 2014
ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference<http://www.tapr.org/dcc>
September 5 - 7, in Austin, Texas.
You do not have to attend the conference to have your paper included
in the proceedings. Your paper on any technical topic relevant to
amateur digital communications will be published as submitted and you
will retain all rights.
Please e-mail your submission no later than July 14 to Maty
Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL Production Coordinator, at maty(a)arrl.org. Send
text files and images separately and do not attach Zip files. Total
of attachments cannot exceed 5 Mbytes per message.
[ANS Thanks Steve Ford WB8IMY for the above information]
+ Spot the Space Station Looking at You
Spot the Station is a joint project by NASA, Esri, the Canadian
Centre of Geographic Sciences and Alexander Gerst and crewmate Reid
The locations and images will be collected throughout their mission
until Alexander, Reid and commander Maxim Suraev return to Earth in
Find out where the Station is and enjoy the same views as the
astronauts by visiting ESA's Space Station tracker. The orbital
outpost flies over the planet between latitudes 52+ N/S, reaching
from the tip of South America to the UK.
You are invited to share the view by taking a picture as the
astronauts streak through the night sky. It is not difficult. Keep
your camera steady on a tripod and make sure your exposure time is
more than 30 seconds. If all goes well, you should capture a white
streak that is the Station flying at 23 times the speed of sound.
For the complete story visit:
[ANS Thanks Space-Travel.com
for the above information]
+ World Space Week 2014
"The (UN) General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week
to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions
of space science and technology to the betterment of the human
Space: Guiding Your Way
World Space Week 2014 will be all about satellite navigation. In
this decade we see the number of satellite navigation systems grow
from one (GPS) to many (Galileo, Glonass, Beidou). At the same time
we see the number of applications for humanity rapidly increase too.
The relevance of positioning, navigation and timing from space is
much larger than many think. 2014 is a great year to highlight these
applications and benefits by choosing it as the central theme for
World Space Week.
We aim to inspire as many event organizers as last year with this
new theme. We are working with our partners in the space and space
applications industry to help us collect education and other material
for events. Please keep an eye on this website for more news soon.
[ANS Thanks World Space Week for the above information]
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This week's ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org