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In this edition:
* Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting - Oct. 30, 2021
* UVSQ-SAT FM repeater ON September 26
* Temporary Shutdown of AO-92 and FalconSat-3
* ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew
* Proposal to Ban All 300-2000 MHz Transmissions on Far Side of the Moon
* FO-29 Operation Schedule for October 2021
* Space Station Crew to Relocate Soyuz
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
ANS-269 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
To: All RADIO AMATEURS
From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002
DATE 2021 Sept 26
Virtual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting - Oct. 30, 2021
Due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, AMSAT has changed
plans for its 39th Annual Symposium and General Meeting from an in-person
event to a virtual event.
This is a chance for "Amateur Radio in Space" enthusiasts from all corners
of the globe to learn more about AMSAT's Strategic Plan, GOLF program,
CubeSat Simulator and other exciting developments taking place in the
amateur satellite world.
AMSAT will host its 2021 AMSAT Virtual Space Symposium and Annual General
Meeting on Zoom for its members on Saturday, October 30th from 9:00am CDT –
5:00pm CDT (UTC-5). The event will be a combination of pre-recorded video
segments along with live question and answer sessions.
Registration for members is required and is available on AMSAT's Member
. Registration is free and registered attendees
will receive a digital copy of the AMSAT Symposium Proceedings, entered
into the Symposium prize drawings, and be able to participate in
discussions during each question and answer session.
The 2021 AMSAT Virtual Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting will be
available to the general public on AMSAT's YouTube channel,
at no cost.
Final papers for the Symposium Proceedings must be submitted by October 18,
2021 to Dan Schultz, N8FGV, n8fgv at usa dot net. Symposium presentations
should be limited to 15 minutes of pre- recorded video. Video presentations
must be submitted by October 18, 2021 to Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, n8hm at arrl
dot net. We ask that presenters be available to take questions via Zoom
following the airing of their pre-recorded video.
9:00am CDT - Opening Remarks
9:15am CDT – 2:00 pm CDT - General Presentations
2:00pm CDT – 3:00 pm CDT - AMSAT Education / CubeSat Simulator
3:00pm CDT – 4:00 pm CDT - AMSAT Engineering
4:00pm CDT – 5:00 pm CDT - 2020 AMSAT Annual General Meeting
Questions regarding the Symposium can be directed to info at amsat dot org.
[ANS thanks the Symposium organizers for the above information]
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UVSQ-SAT FM repeater ON September 26
The LATMOS team has programmed the UVSQ-SAT satellite to go into
transponder mode on Sunday, September 26, 2021 starting at 12:00 UTC. The
transponder will be active for 11 consecutive hours.
From September 25th 12:00 UTC, an ASCII message will be broadcast to
announce that the transponder mode will be activated. To decode the
message, you can use the UVSQ-SAT Decoder software:
ApplicationUVSQsatDecoder/src/site/markdown/UserManual.md · 21-ecr-uvsqsat
· xtof / JOSAST · GitLab (electrolab.fr)
Frequencies used :
437.020 MHz - BPSK - GR3UH 9k6
FM Transponder :
Uplink frequency: 145.905 MHz
Downlink frequency: 437.020 MHz
More information on the satellite: UVSQsat (amsat-f.org
) and project :
[ANS thanks Christophe Mercier, Président AMSAT-Francophone, for the above
Temporary Shutdown of AO-92 and FalconSat-3
AO-92 has started to change its behavior after a number of weeks powered
on. In particular, the IHU has come back on and switched to safe mode.
This is likely due to low voltage during eclipse when it should be drawing
very little if no one uses it.
N8MH also reports that he is turning off FalconSat's transmitter for a
while due to low voltage.
The AMSAT Ops team is going to shut both down for a while in hopes they
AO-91 still seems to be ok!
[ANS thanks Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, AMSAT Engineering Team, for the above
ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew
Starting on October 1, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) will accept applications from US schools, museums, science centers,
and community youth organizations — individually or working together —
interested in hosting amateur radio contacts with crew members on the
International Space Station (ISS). Contacts will be scheduled between July
1 and December 31, 2022. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the
exact contact dates. ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw a
sizeable number of participants and integrate the contact into a
well-developed education plan.
The deadline to submit is November 24. Proposal information and more
details, including expectations, proposal guidelines, and a proposal form
are on the ARISS-US website. An ARISS introductory webinar session will be
on October 7 at 8 PM ET (2400 UTC). Sign up via Eventbrite.
Each year, ARISS provides tens of thousands of students with opportunities
to learn about space technologies and communications through amateur radio.
Crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will participate
in scheduled amateur radio contacts. These contacts are approximately 10
minutes long and allow students to interact with the astronaut through a
The program offers learning opportunities by connecting students to
orbiting astronauts through a partnership that includes ARRL, AMSAT, and
NASA, as well as other amateur radio organizations, and space agencies in
Russia, Canada, Japan, and Europe. The program’s goal is to inspire
students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Amateur Radio.
“Educators overwhelmingly report that student participation in the ARISS
program stimulates interest in STEM subjects and in STEM careers,” ARISS
said in announcing the contact opportunities. ARISS says enthusiasm sparked
by a school contact also may lead to an interest in ham radio among
students and to the creation of ham radio clubs in schools. Some educators
have even become radio amateurs after experiencing a contact with an ISS
ARISS is celebrating 20 years of continuous amateur radio operations on the
ISS. Contact ARISS-US for additional information.
[ANS thanks ARISS and ARRL 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.
Proposal to Ban All 300-2000 MHz Transmissions on Far Side of the Moon
Discussions about spectrum allocation, familiar to amateurs and to Global
Navigation Satellite Systems designers and manufacturers on Earth, are now
taking place regarding the lunar environment.
The online journal, "Inside GNSS" reports on the proposal to ban all radio
transmissions between 300 MHz and 2000 MHz in the area designated the
Shielded Zone of the Moon (SZM), this would also be applicable to Mars.
The spectrum would instead be used for radio astronomy operations, this
would mean the Amateur Satellite Service allocations at 435 MHz and 1260
MHz would no longer be available to spacecraft in Lunar orbit such as
Lunar-OSCAR 93 and Lunar-OSCAR 94 (Longjiang-1 and 2), see
The Inside GNSS story says: The Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG)
also has defined frequency bands allocated in the lunar region. These Radio
Regulation and Recommendations therefore apply to the lunar GNSS
frequencies, since a GNSS system made of lunar orbiters will cover all the
far side of the Moon, and therefore must not create harmful interference on
future radio astronomy observations in that zone.
The ITU Radio Regulation defines the SZM as follows: “The shielded zone of
the Moon comprises the area of the Moon’s surface and an adjacent volume of
space which are shielded from emissions originating within a distance of
100,000 km from the center of the Earth”. Because Mars is regularly in the
SZM, the specific Radio Regulation protecting radio astronomy in the SZM is
therefore also applicable to Mars.
Read the full story at
[ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above information]
AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it all
begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable solar
panels, propulsion, and attitude control, now manifested for launch on
NASA's ELaNa 46 mission. Come along for the ride. The journey will be
FO-29 Operation Schedule for October 2021
JAMSAT has announced the following FO-29 operation schedule for October
2021. The satellite will be switched on while over Japan on the following
dates and times (UTC). The transponder will remain on until the satellite's
low voltage safety trigger shuts it down. Thus, the transponder may or may
not be active by the time the satellite is over North America or other
areas of the globe.
2 00:40- 10:58- 12:42- 23:45-
3 10:00- 11:45-
9 09:48- 11:33-
10 00:20- 10:38- 12:23-
16 00:05- 10:23- 12:07- 23:10-
17 11:14- 12:57-
23 00:41- 10:58- 23:45-
24 10:03- 11:48-
30 09:47- 11:33-
[ANS thanks Hideo Kambayashi, JH3XCU, for the above information]
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Space Station Crew to Relocate Soyuz
Three residents of the International Space Station will take a short ride
aboard a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft Tuesday, Sept. 28, relocating the
spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of the next set of station crew
members. [Amateurs should be aware that all amateur radio operations aboard
the ISS are switched off during docking and space walk operations -- Ed.]
Expedition 65 flight engineers Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, of NASA and Oleg
Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos will
undock from the station’s Earth-facing Rassvet module at 1221z. They will
dock again at the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module at 1300z This will
be the first time a spacecraft has attached to the new Nauka module, which
arrived at the station in July.
Live coverage of the maneuver will begin at 1200z on NASA Television, the
NASA app, and the agency’s website.
The relocation will free the Rassvet port for the docking of another Soyuz
spacecraft, designated Soyuz MS-19, which will carry three Russian crew
members to the station in October. Soyuz commander and cosmonaut Anton
Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and spaceflight participants Klim Shipenko and
Yulia Peresild are scheduled to launch to the station Tuesday, Oct. 5, from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
This will be the 20th Soyuz port relocation in station history and the
first since March 2021.
Vande Hei and Dubrov are scheduled to remain aboard the station until March
2022. At the time of his return, Vande Hei will have set the record for the
longest single spaceflight for an American. Novitskiy, Shipenko, and
Peresild are scheduled to return to Earth in October aboard the Soyuz MS-18
[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]
Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between
amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with
astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The
downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.
A contact was successfully completed on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 18:05z between
astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, and Children’s National Hospital,
Washington, DC, via a multi-point telebridge through IK1SLD.
Congratulations to the Children’s National Hospital students and Akihiko!
Another contact was successfully completed on Friday, Sept. 24 at 10:43z
between astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, and SPDW Voortrekker Movement,
Oranjeville, South Africa, direct via ZS9SPD. Congratulations to the SPDW
Voortrekker Movement students and Akihiko!
A contact is scheduled for Monday, 2021-09-27 at 08:55z with Amur State
University, Blagoveshchensk, Russia, direct via TBD. The ISS callsign is
presently scheduled to be RSØISS, and the scheduled Cosmonaut is Pyotr
A contact is scheduled for Saturday, 2021-10-02 at 12:40z with Lycée Pierre
Paul Riquet, St Orens De Gameville, France and CSUT University Space Center
of Toulouse, Toulouse, France. This will be a multi-point telebridge via
IK1SLD. The ISS callsign is presently TBD, and the scheduled astronaut is
Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG.
The latest information on the operation mode can be found at
The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors
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/
Upcoming Satellite Operations
K8BL will be going back to FN01, 02 & EN92 soon. He is looking to do FN14
2M0SQL will be operating as GB2KDR at the Keith and Dufftown Heritage
Railway at Dufftown Railway Station (IO87) as part of Railways on the Air (
) on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 & 26. He
expects to be on LEO Linear and FM sats throughout the weekend will try to
announce pass info on Twitter @2m0sql
Please submit any additions or corrections to Ke0pbr (at) gmail.com
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the above
Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
AMSAT will host its 2021 AMSAT Virtual Space Symposium and Annual General
Meeting on Zoom for its members on Saturday, October 30 from 9:00am CDT –
5:00pm CDT (UTC-5). [See complete article above.]
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through
amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests,
conventions, maker faires, and other events.
AMSAT Exhibit at 2021 Radio Expo
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Boone County Fairgrounds
2021 Wyoming ARRL Section Convention
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above
Satellite Shorts From All Over
+ Peter Goodhall, 2M0SQL, in IO87jp, and Dana Rushton, VE1VOX, in FN85ii
set a new QSO Distance Record for UVSQ-SAT of 4,224 km Sept. 12, 2021 at
13:22z. Also, Bernd Scholer, DL6IAN, in JN49gb90, and Joe Werth, KE9AJ, in
EN50fn57, set a new AO-7 Mode A QSO Distance Record of 7,248 km on Sept.
17, 2021 at 17:44z. Congratulations! (ANS thanks Dana Rushton, VE1VOX, and
Peter Goodhall, 2M0SQL, for the above information)
+ NASA invites learners of all ages, including students and teachers who
recently returned to the classroom environment, to register for a special
event ahead of the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb
STEAM Day: A Learning Journey Together is a virtual, interactive event that
will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 30.
Register at: https://go.nasa.gov/WebbSTEAMDay
(ANS thanks NASA for the
+ Three Chinese astronauts safely returned to Earth on Friday, Sept. 17
after completing the first crewed mission aboard the Tianhe space station
module. Commander Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo touched down
inside the designated landing zone near Dongfeng in the Gobi Desert, Inner
Mongolia, at around 05:34z. The Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center
declared the Shenzhou-12 a “complete success.” (ANS thanks SpaceNews.com
for the above information)
+ UK stations must have Electromagnetic Field (EMF) assessments in place
for operation above 110 MHz from 18th November 2021. Some RSGB guidance on
EMF is here: https://rsgb.org/main/technical/emc/emf-exposure/
AMSAT-UK for the above information)
+ The head of NASA’s space operations division said this week an unpiloted
test flight of Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule to the International Space
Station, delayed from August by valve problems, will likely not launch
until next year. Boeing’s Starliner test flight was supposed to launch last
month to the International Space Station on a final demonstration of the
crew capsule before it flies with astronauts. But managers scrubbed a
launch attempt Aug. 3 after some of the valves inside the Starliner service
module failed to open during a pre-flight checkout. (ANS thanks
for the above information)
+ A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft filled with more than 4,600
pounds of supplies and valuable scientific experiments bound for NASA’s
Space Station Processing Facility is set to leave the International Space
Station on Thursday, Sept. 30. NASA Television, the agency’s website, and
the NASA app will broadcast the spacecraft’s departure live, beginning at
12:45z (8:45 a.m. EDT). (ANS thanks NASA for the above information)
Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/
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* Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
* Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at
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* Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status
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for additional membership information.
73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!
This week's ANS Editor, Mark Johns, K0JM
k0jm at amsat dot org