AMSAT NEWS SERVICE ANS-342
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In this edition: * AO-16 Requires Several Restarts * ARISS 25th Commemorative Event to Feature 9K6 Packet This Week * Sumbandilasat to be Launch from Baikonur * ARISS Status - 01 December 2008
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-342.01 AO-16 Requires Several Restarts
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 342.01 From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. December 7, 2008 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-342.01
AO-16 Command Station, Mark N8MH reported this week, "As expected, over the last few days AO-16 has started to again experience 'shutdowns'. So far I've restarted the bird three times, and each time it appears to stay up for a day or more. We can expect the situation to worsen, as the eclipse periods get longer and the satellite temperatures continue to go down. We've been warning you, get those AO-16 contacts in now!"
Mark says he will try to restart AO-16 as long as possible when his schedule allows him. Satellite operator reports to the OSCAR Satellite Status page by KD5QGR at http://oscar.dcarr.org/ are very helpful.
Mark continues, "If the birds is operational in voice mode, you should clearly hear the "not-so-repressed carrier" on the downlink. I have a special request - if you do not hear the carrier, please do not transmit to AO-16, as your transmissions make it difficult to command the satellite. And, if you hear the "hummmming" of the PSK transmitting, again please do not attempt to transmit to the bird; it's likely that I have restarted the bird and need to collect tele- metry before configuring it into voice mode. Thanks to all you faith- ful AO-16 operators!"
Current operational mode for AO-16 (as available!):
Mode FM Voice Repeater ( Downlink is DSB) Uplink : 145.9200 MHz FM Downlink 437.0260 MHz SSB
[ANS thanks Mark, N8MH for the above information]
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-342.02 ARISS 25th Commemorative Event to Feature 9K6 Packet This Week
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 342.02 From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. December 7, 2008 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-342.02
As promised by ARISS, the 25th Anniversary Commemorative radio event started operations from the ISS amateur radio station this week. Early in the week several amateur stations around the world were able to copy the slow-scan television (SSTV) pictures trans- mitted from the ISS. On Friday, December 5 the ARISS crossband FM repeater was enabled with several stations reporting excellent signals. When the crossband repeater is operational its uplink is on 437.800 MHz FM with its downlink on 145.800 MHz FM. Remember to adjust for doppler shift when operating in this mode.
For the week of December 7-12 ARISS will run a test of 9600 baud packet operations on the simplex frequency 145.825 MHz.
To celebrate our 25 years of amateur radio operations from space, the ARISS team has planned a set of special event opportunities during the month of December and part of January. A special certi- ficate is being developed for those who communicate with the ISS, either 2-way direct (with the ISS crew,the digipeater, or cross band repeater), or 1-way reception of SSTV or voice downlink. Several "surprises" planned over the month-long celebration. The surprises will be announced once ARISS is pre-positioned to accomplish them.
ARISS reminds everyone that ISS flight requirements related to EVA and vehicle activity may require the radio to be off for some portion of this schedule. And school contacts and general QSO opportunities by the crew will also preempt this schedule for short periods of time. But remember that if you hear these, you still qualify for a commemor- ative certificate.
[ANS thanks Frank, KA3HDO, AMSAT-NA V.P. for Human Spaceflight Programs and ARISS International Chairman for the above information]
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-342.03 Sumbandilasat to be Launch from Baikonur
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 342.03 From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. December 7, 2008 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-342.03
It is official! South Africa's second satellite, SumbandilaSat, will be launched from the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome in the December to March time frame.
SumbandilaSat has been unpacked and is undergoing testing at SunSpace in Stellenbosch before it will be shipped to Russia for integration with the launch vehicle. Engineers at the launch site are preparing a special adapter ring to accommodate the Sumbandila structure on the rocket.
"Sumbandila" means showing or pointing the way. Freely translated into English "Pathfinder"
The Amateur Radio Payload will be operating in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch Software Defined Receiver project as it will share the VHF receiver and UHF transmitter used by the SDR project.
SA AMSAT has designed and built a control system to facilitate the following operations:
* V/U voice transponder with an uplink in the 2 metre band and a downlink in the 70cm band.
* A parrot repeater (voice digipeater)
* A voice beacon
The control unit will command the various function of the transponder and handle the parrot and beacon messaging. On receipt of a tone from the VUCU VHF receiver, the CTCSS tone will be decoded and depending on the tone received the unit will command the VU transponder operation or the parrot repeater. In the transponder mode the satellite will act like a cross-band FM repeater and allow two way communications with other stations on the ground.
If the tone received indicates parrot operation, the interface unit will record 20 seconds of audio on its VHF uplink receiver and replay the recorded audio on the UHF downlink.
Should, for a predetermined period, there be no tones received, the controller will initiate a voice beacon, transmitting a pre-recorded message at regular intervals. This facility will offer many opportunities for educational projects.
[ANS thanks SA AMSAT for the above information]
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-342.04 ARISS Status - 01 December 2008
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 342.04 From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD. December 7, 2008 To All RADIO AMATEURS BID: $ANS-342.04
1. Upcoming School Contacts
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled with Ellis School in Belleville, Illinois on Monday, December 8 at 16:54 UTC. Space studies have been integrated into the school curriculum. Students have created solar system models, written reports and given presentations to their classes. They have designed rockets and given talks to the class about where the rockets will go and what they will do in space. They have planned space colonies and determined how the astronauts will travel, how they will obtain food and where they will live. They have also sampled space food. Students have learned about Expedition 18, the Space Shuttle, the international partners and the ISS and amateur radio. The class is currently growing seeds that were flown in space.
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for Stephen F. Austin Elementary School in Richmond, Texas on Tuesday, December 9 at 15:43 UTC. Students have studied space and the identifying characteristics of objects in our solar system including the sun, planets, and moon. Each year the 5th grade students participate in a simulated space shuttle mission, performing tasks that would happen on a regular shuttle flight. Each grade level is involved in some manner with the various missions that occur throughout the day. The school has integrated the ARISS contact as part of this activity.
The Istituto Comprensivo "Marco Polo," in Grado, Italy has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, December 10 at 10:08 UTC.
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled with 2 Circolo Didattico San Giuseppe in Mola di Bari, Bari, Italy on Friday, December 12 at 14:14 UTC. Lesson plans have been developed for students that cover amateur radio and space missions. Newspapers, radio and television, both local and regional, will report on the event.
2. New Zealand Homeschoolers Experience ARISS Contact
Wairarapa Home School Association students from Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Wednesday, November 26 via telebridge stations VK5ZAI and VK4KHZ, both in Australia. Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, answered all 15 questions asked. The audio was available on EchoLink and Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP). This was the second ARISS contact performed with New Zealand students.
3. Video of ARISS - International Education Week Contact
Students from Poolesville, Maryland, Raleigh, North Carolina and Quito, Ecuador experienced a joint Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, November 14 as part of International Education Week (IEW). A video of the participating students from North Carolina and Ecuador has been posted to YouTube. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d3D66DbBEo
4. CQ VHF Article on ARISS Meetings
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) member Keith Pugh, W5IU, wrote an article for the Fall 2008 issue of CQ VHF which covered the ARISS meetings held in Moscow during July 2008. An excerpt from the article may be viewed here: http://www.cq-vhf.com/Fall08Sat.html
5. ARISS Commemorative Event
Twenty-five years ago, Owen Garriott, W5LFL, became the first amateur radio operator to talk to hams from space on the STS-9 Space Shuttle Columbia mission which was launched on November 28 and landed on December 8, 1983. To celebrate this event, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) commemorative event will be held during the month of December through early January. A special certificate is being developed for those who communicate with the ISS, either 2-way direct (with the ISS crew, the digipeater, or cross band repeater), or 1-way reception of SSTV or voice downlink. For more details, see: http://www.ariss-eu.org/2008_11_30.htm
[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for the above information]
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73, This week's ANS Editor, Lee McLamb, KU4OS ku4os at amsat dot org