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In this edition:
* AMSAT Member KC9ZJX Receives 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Award
* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for January 2, 2020
* Space Fence nearing operational acceptance by U.S. Air Force
* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for January 2020
* Winter Field Day to Include Limited Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
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AMSAT News Service Bulletin 005.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE 2020 Jan 05
To All RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT Member KC9ZJX Receives 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Award
Congratulations to AMSAT member Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, winner of the
Bloomington and Normal (Illinois) Human Relations Commissions 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. award. The commission chooses people who re-
flect the ideology of the late Dr. King.
Rebba is a sophomore at Normal Community High School. He is a volun-
teer and/or member of YMCA/YWCA, Illinois 4-H, Multicultural Leader-
ship Program (MCLP), National Computer Science Honor Society, and
First Robotics. He is also Amateur Radio Newsline's 2019 Young Ham
Of The Year. Rebba gave the youth presentation at AMSAT 36th Annual
Symposium Huntsville, Alabama in 2018 where is also received AMSAT's
The announcement is posted on-line at:
[ANS thanks WGLT.org
, NPR Radio from Illinois State University,
for the above information]
Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for January 2, 2020
Correction to the addition of FloripaSat 1 to last week's TLE distri-
FloripaSat 1 is NORAD CAT ID 44885.
Also the first part of the TLE distribution was left off the
orb19360.2l.amsat file sent last week. The second file sent
orb19361.2l.amsat contained the full list of satellites.
We are still awaiting the identification of CAS-6. Or... Use the keps
for FloripaSat 1 (NORAD CAT ID 44885) for CAS-6 per suggestion of Joe
Fitzgerald, KM1P. This, of course, assumes that CAS-6 is in fact
[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager, for the
Space Fence nearing operational acceptance by U.S. Air Force
According to NASA’s most recent Orbital Debris Quarterly News, NASA
calculates about 17.6 million pounds of objects are in earth orbit.
That number will only grow as more commercial space projects launch
massive constellations with thousands of smallsats, presenting a huge
problem for both U.S. government and commercial organizations.
That’s where the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence will play a crucial role.
Using advanced solid-state S-band radar technology, the Space Fence
radar located on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, it will play
a critical role in the everyday lives of Americans who are becoming
more dependent on space-based technologies for everything from weather
forecasting, banking, global communications to GPS navigation.
Today, these critical services are being threatened by hundreds of
thousands of objects and space debris orbiting the Earth. Frequent col-
lisions and deterioration of assets, such as defunct satellites and
rocket boosters, have increased the amount of space debris and raised
the risk of future collisions in space.
The Air Force Space Surveillance Network currently tracks about 25,000
objects. When Space Fence comes online, the catalog will experience
significant growth and when fully operational, Space Fence will be the
world’s largest and most advanced radar system, providing unprecedented
space situational awareness.
Beyond cataloging objects, Space Fence will detect closely-spaced ob-
jects, breakups, maneuvers, launches and conjunction assessments from
LEO through GEO.
Space Fence is currently in a trial period and expected to become fully
operational in 2020.
[ANS thanks Milsat Magazine for the above information]
Purchase AMSAT Gear on our Zazzle storefront.
25% of the purchase price of each product goes
towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
VUCC Awards-Endorsements for January 2020
Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
ARRL for the period December 3, 2019 through January 1, 2020.
Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!
AA5PK 1064 1074
AA8CH 620 641
N3GS 601 624
NS3L 526 551
W5CBF 179 533
K9UO 500 528
AA9LC 416 514
W7QL 451 478
PS8ET 303 326
G0ABI 306 320
WB7VUF 206 319
AA4QE 204 305
KC9VGG 200 228
KC9UQR 172 196
N9FN 103 194
W4AQT 153 179
W5CBF(EM21) New 179
W0NBC 152 176
KJ4M 102 170
W9VNE New 169
VE1VOX 126 155
W4DFU 116 151
AI9IN 125 150
N7AME 127 128
WA9JBQ 104 125
VU2LBW 100 114
KC8AMH New 101
N3CAL New 100
YO2CMI New 100
If you find errors or omissions, please contact W5RKN at w5krn.com
This list was developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for the
two months. It's a visual comparison so omissions are possible. Apolo-
gies if your call was not mentioned. Thanks to all those who are rov-
ing to grids that are rarely on the birds. They are doing most of the
[ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN, for the above information]
Winter Field Day to Include Limited Satellite Operations
Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in Jan-
uary each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST)
Sunday. For 2020 the dates are January 25th and 26th. Station set-up
may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on the Friday before.
Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total.
All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters. Any
mode that can faithfully transmit the exchange intact without a conver-
sion table... CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV,
RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc... (note FT8 is excluded).
Satellite contacts do not count as a new mode/band multiplier. Satel-
lite contacts are limited to ONE ONLY per entry so as to not tie up
satellite frequencies with stations calling CQ WFD.
Three operating categories are available:
Indoor: Operation from inside a remote, insulated, heated, and weather-
protected structure where an Amateur station is normally not available.
Outdoor: Operation from a location partly or fully exposed to the ele-
ments and at least 30 feet away from your normal station location and
not using any part of a previously erected antenna system or station.
Home: Operation from inside a home or inside another structure attach-
ed to a home that could or would be the usual location of an Amateur
For additional information, see: https://www.winterfieldday.com/
[ANS thanks the Winter Field Day Association for the above information]
Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
Want to see AMSAT in action or learn more about amateur radio in space?
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating
through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meet-
ings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.
January 6, 2020 West Valley Amateur Radio Club, Sun City, AZ
January 11, 2020 Thunderbird ARC Hamfest, Glendale, AZ
January 17-18, 2020 Cowtown Hamfest, Fort Worth, TX
February 7-9, 2020 Hamcation, Orlando, FL
March 6, 2020 Irving Hamfest, Irving, TX
May 15-17, 2020 Hamvention, Xenia, OH
June 12-13, 2020 Ham-Con, Plano, TX
A copy of the AMSAT hamfest brochure is available for download at:
This color brochure is designed to be printed double-sided and folded
into a tri-fold handout.
To include your upcoming AMSAT presentation and/or demonstration,
please send an email to ambassadors (at) amsat (dot) org.
For additional information on the AMSAT Ambassador Program, see:
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, Director, AMSAT Ambassadors for
the above information]
Upcoming Satellite Operations
Due to weather concerns, the W5M/MM satellite expedition to EL58 is
being postponed to Sunday Jan 5th. For updates, follow on Twitter
Lucas Gusher Special Event (EM20) January 11-12, 2020
The Beaumont Amateur Radio Club will be operating using the call-
sign K5S on various HF bands including as many CAS-4A, CAS-4B,
AO-91, AO-92 passes that we can. SO-50 and XW-2A also possible.
More information about K5S can be found on qrz.com
Labrador (GO11 +) January 19-27, 2020
Chris VE3FU, Dave VE9CB, and Frank VO1HP will be active as VO2AC
in the 2020 CQ160 CW contest, January 24-26, from Point Armour
Lighthouse, in Labrador. If time permits before the contest, they
may be active on FM satellites from GO11 as VO2AC or VO2AAA.
Depending on weather and timing of passes, you might catch them on
FM satellites as they make their way from FO93 to GO-11, passing
through FO92, GO02, GO13, GO12, and GO22 along the way, but no
promises. They will also make the reverse trek on January 27.
Big Bend National Park (DL88) March 16-17, 2020
Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend
National Park to put grid DL88 on the air. Details will be added
here, as they come available, but you are more than welcome to
keep an eye on their individual Twitter feeds:
Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at) amsat.org
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP User Services for
the above information]
AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an amateur
radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ TAPR PSR Digital Journal Winter 2020 Edition Available at:
(ANS thanks TAPR for the above information)
+ The January/February 2020 SARC Communicator newsletter is available
This edition has 75 pages of projects,
news, views, and reviews from the SW corner of Canada. Find out
about the northernmost amateur radio station: "VY0ERC: What is life
like at the farthest north Amateur Radio Club in Canada?" starting
on page 14.
(ANS thanks Surrey Amateur Radio Communications for the above info)
+ A CBC Hamilton news feature on John David, VA3JHD, and his work with
the Canadian Forces Affiliate Radio Systems (CFARS), briefly mentions
amateur satellites. See the article at: https://tinyurl.com/rmbpfxa
(ANS thanks CBC Hamilton for the above information)
+ Work is going "smoothly" on the Chandrayaan-3 mission to put a rover
probe on the moon's surface, Indian Space Research Organisation
chairman K. Sivan told a press conference. India is seeking to become
only the fourth nation after Russia, the United States and China to
put a mission on the moon's surface and boost its credentials as a
low-cost space power. The country's Chandrayaan-2 module crashed on
the moon's surface in September.
(ANS thanks spacedaily.com
for the above information)
+ China has just released the first batch of #ChangE4 science data! The
first ever mission to land on the the far side of the Moon. This is
actually a really cool and user friendly website. To access in En-
glish visit: http://moon.bao.ac.cn/index_en.jsp
+ E-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the December 2019 edition of
OSCAR News, issue 228. For details, see:
Also, a video on a recent moonbounce and satellite expedition to
Botswana may be found on the AMSAT-UK website:
(ANS thank AMSAT-UK and Trevor Essex, M5AKA, for the above informa-
+ Congratulations to Chris Taron, NK1K, on the achievement of DXCC via
LEO satellite! This is a remarkable achievement matched by few.
(ANS thanks Twitter @NK1K for the above information)
+ Congratulations to WA7FWF on uploading 1 million Fox Telemetry
frames to the server. For more information on capturing telemetry
from the Fox satellites, see:
(ANS thanks Mark Hammond, N8MH, AMSAT Board Member, for the above
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 help keep amateur radio in space,
This week's ANS Editor,
K0JM at amsat dot org