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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Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.
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In this edition:
* Nayif-1 Launched
* Satellite Operators on the Road
* Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
* RadFXsat-2 Receives IARU Frequency Coordination
* 14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop
* BY70-1 Re-entry
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ANS-050 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 050.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE February 19, 2017
To All RADIO AMATEURS
The Indian Space Agency ISRO successfully launched the amateur radio
Nayif-1 along with 103 other satellites, a record for a single launch.
C37 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra
at 03:58 UT on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Nayif-1 started transmitting about an hour after launch and radio
the west of the USA reported the first signals. The first frame of data
at the Data Warehouse was from Christy Hunter KB6LTY. Telemetry data was
received by WA6FWF, KA7FVV, WC7V, NC7V, K6FW, KE7QPV, WA9ONY, W5PFG, KK6AYK.
Ken Eaton GW1FKY reports he received his first frames of data when the
came in range of the UK at 10:07 UT.
The satellite looks to be in perfect health and it was placed in
before the end of the first day in orbit. Just like FUNcube-1, this mode
spacecraft sending high power telemetry when in sunlight and with the SSB/CW
transponder active when in eclipse. Already many contacts have been made
the transponder. As expected, the frequency stability of this spacecraft
better than its predecessors.
A new post-launch set of TLE’s has been issued by the launch authority
can be downloaded from http://amsat-nl.org/download/NAYIF_TLE.txt
Please note that these numbers are not based on JSpOC observations so we
yet have a valid catalog number.
During the Launch and Early Operation phase (LEOP) of the mission, the
command team have been headquartered at the American University of Sharjah
Ground station in the United Arab Emirates. They have been very grateful
the telemetry received from around the world. It has proven to be immensely
useful to the team in checking that the spacecraft is functioning correctly.
Our world-wide network has greatly impressed the many professionals that
been watching our activities. Already more than 100 ground stations are
submitting data to the Nayif Data Warehouse. Please continue uploading
as this will further enhance our knowledge about the spacecraft and the
environment through which it is traveling at 7.6 km/s.
The Nayif-1 Data Warehouse has been updated and now includes the Whole
High Resolution graphs and the upload ranking. It also includes telemetry
details from the ADCS sub-system – this is called the iMTQ and is capable of
actively magnetorquing. Over the coming days, we will be further
warehouse, so bear with us if it is unavailable for short periods of time.
Nayif-1 has been developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre
American University of Sharjah (AUS). The UAE’s first Nanosatellite was
developed by Emirati engineering students from AUS under the supervision
team of engineers and specialists from MBRSC within the framework of a
partnership between the two entities, aiming to provide hands-on
engineering students on satellite manufacturing.
The spacecraft includes a U/V linear transponder and telemetry
employs enhanced oscillator circuitry and includes an active attitude
determination and control system.
The operating frequencies for the spacecraft are:
145.940 MHz using 1k2 BPSK to the FUNcube standard.
Uplink on 435.045 – 435.015 MHz
Downlink on 145.960 – 145.990 MHz
The Nayif-1 Telemetry Dashboard can be downloaded from
A file to test that the Dashboard and Warehouse configuration are working
Nayif-1 Data Warehouse http://data.amsat-uk.org/nayif1/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
Satellite Operators on the Road
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Scott/KA9P and Ron/W9XS will be active as ZF2SC and
ZF2FB, respectively, from the Cayman Islands between February 22-28th.
Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters and the satellites. Operations
will typically be CW, with a KX1 or KX3, and Buddipole beams or verticals.
QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.
6E, MEXICO. A group of Ham Radio operators from Southern Mexico will be
operating from some Mayan archaeological sites from the Mexican States
of Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Quintana Roo, using the special
callsign 6E3MAYA between March 18-21st. Activity is to commemorate the
Spring Equinox which is so important for the Mayan culture. Activity will
be on 80-6 meters on CW, SSB, the satellites and the Digital modes. QSL
C6, BAHAMAS (IOTA Op). Operators John/M0IDA, Rob/M0VFC and Steve/M1ACB
hope to be active as C6APY from Little Harbour Cay, Berry Islands (NA-054,
WW Locator FL15do). They will fly into the Bahamas on March 2nd, but it
will take them a couple of days to get to the island, so they hope to be
active around March 4th - but this is very much weather dependent, as is
the whole operation. They will fly back to the UK on March 12th, which
means they will need to de-rig on the 10th or 11th, again varying according
to the weather. Operation probably won't be 24/7 - they will do as much
operating as they can, but eating and sleeping is back on the boat, there's
only three of them, and they will probably want to go for the occasional
swim as well. They will be running up to three stations simultaneously,
all Elecraft K3s at 100W. They will be generator powered and have to carry
the full week's fuel with them on the boat, hence no amps. They are
expecting that most QSOs will be on 40-15 meters; they will monitor the
higher HF bands as well and may venture on to 10/12m if propagation favors
them; similarly they may throw up an 80m dipole, but don't expect to do
very much, if anything, there. There will definitely be CW (op M0VFC) and
SSB (ops M0IDA and M1ACB); they may also do some data if time permits.
They should be active on some satellite passes with hand-held antennas:
the FM birds will only cover parts of the USA, and not EU, so they will
attempt some FO-29 passes as well. They are not satellite experts though,
so be patient with them. QSL is via M0OXO's OQRS system. They will upload
the logs to ClubLog and LoTW regularly throughout the trip, assuming all
the kit plays nicely. Watch Twitter for any other updates:
[ANS thanks Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin for the above information]
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Call for Proposals
Proposal Window February 15 - April 15, 2017
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is
formal and informal education institutions and organizations,
working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on
the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between
2018 and June 30, 2018. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine
contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and
contact into a well-developed education plan.
The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2017. Proposal
documents can be found at www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in
scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10
minutes in length and allow students to interact with the astronauts
An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio
between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and
communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity
firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and
about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an
opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and
radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the
scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate
to accommodate changes in dates and times of the radio contact.
Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in
Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by
providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct
between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio.
US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite
ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA and CASIS
for the Advancement of Science in Space).
Interested parties can find more information about the program at
For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal
guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information
Sessions go to
Please direct any questions to ariss(a)arrl.org.
[ANS thanks Dave, AA4KN, for the above information]
RadFXsat-2 Receives IARU Frequency Coordination
RadFXSat-2 is a 1U cubesat technology demonstration mission from Vanderbilt
University that has been accepted for launch as part of NASA’s CubeSat
Initiative. Vanderbilt University is partnered with AMSAT, who will
satellite and communications for the experiments onboard as part of the
AMSAT recently received IARU frequency coordination for a 1200 baud BPSK
telemetry downlink beacon on 435.750 MHz, and a mode V/u inverting
with an uplink of 145.860-145.890 MHz and a downlink of 435.760-435.790 MHz.
RadFXSat-2 is currently manifested as part of the ELaNA XX mission,
for no earlier than December 2017, on a Virgin Galactic Launcher One, from
Mojave, California. Other satellites on the mission include:
CACTUS-1 – Capitol Technology University, Laurel, Md.
ALBus – NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
SurfSat – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
Q-PACE – University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla.
CAPE-3 – University of Louisiana Lafayette, La.
MiTEE – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
PICS – Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
INCA – New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.
MicroMas-2b – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, Mass.
EXOCUBE – California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo, Calif.
PolarCube – University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.
[ANS thanks Drew, KO4MA, for the above information]
14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop
The 14th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop will be held in San Luis
April 26-28 2017. The schedule is now on the workshop website at the link
Prices are as follows:
3 Day Pass + Banquet
Early Bird Professional - $375
Professional - $475
Student - $150
1 Day Pass
Early Bird Professional - $160
Professional - $200
Early bird registration ends on March 17, 2017 so be sure to register
price goes up!
[ANS thanks the CubeSat Workshop Team for the above information]
The 2U CubeSat BY70-1 was built by students from the Beijing Bayi High
and carried into a 524 x 212 km orbit on a CZ-2D rocket launched from the
Taiyuan Space Launch Center on December 28, 2016.
On February 17, 2017, as the satellite started to burn up on its
the Earth’s atmosphere, this end of mission statement was posted on the
Dear friends of BY70-1:
Satellite BY70-1 has completed all designed missions. For the amateurs who
completed 2-way QSO using the repeater onboard, received effective satellite
telemetry, or obtained satellite camera photos, we would like to invite you
sending connection data package (audio or video evidence), satellite
data or photos received to Email: 6015(a)bayims.cn.
So that we can keep statistics records and deliver our appreciation
in public. We would be pleased to exchange QSL card for QSO users, and some
souvenirs for the telemetry or camera photos users.
We hope more Amateur youth space program will be brought to you in the near
E-mail Address: 6015(a)bayims.cn
Post Address: Mr Xiangming TAOBeijing Bayi School, 29# Suzhou Street,
Dist, Beijing, China
[ANS thanks Beijing Bayi High School and 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