Monday, June 27, 2016

India Launches Amateur Radio Satellites

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched several satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads. Satellites put into orbit include Swayam-1, a 1U CubeSat that carries a digital store-and-forward messaging system for use by the Amateur Radio community.

"We are eagerly waiting for your reception report of the CW beacon at 437.025 MHz. You can also get the decoded beacon data by entering 'beacon' in Swayam beacon signal decoder available on our website," said Rupesh Lad, VU2LRD/VU2COE of the College of Engineering Pune CSAT team.

The website can be found at, http://beaconsignaldecoder.weebly.com/
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Swayam-1 is in a low-Earth polar orbit. It operates on 437.025 MHz with a power output of 1 W.

Other satellites on the launch that carried Amateur Radio payloads include BEESAT-4 (435.950 MHz - 4800 bps GMSK, CW); BIROS (437.525 MHz - 4800 bps GMSK); Max Valier (145.860 MHz down, 145.960 MHz CW beacon), and Sathyabamasat (145.980 MHz - 2400 bps BPSK).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fox-1Cliff, Fox-1D Launch Now Scheduled for Fall 2016

AMSAT has been informed that the launch period for Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D has been moved and is now commencing on September 1, 2016 and ending on November 30, 2016.

Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D will be integrated onto the Spaceflight SHERPA platform for its maiden flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launching into a sun-synchronous orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Fox-1Cliff and Fox-1D carry university experiments from Pennsylvania State-Erie, Vanderbilt, University of Iowa, cameras provided by Virginia Tech, as well as amateur radio voice repeaters capable of U/V or L/V operation.

Fox1-Cliff Logo Fox-1D Logo

Post courtesy of AMSAT website and N8HM

Sunday, June 19, 2016

AMSAT News Service ANS-171

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information 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 satellites.
 
The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.
 
Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor at amsat.org.
 
In this edition:
* 2016 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced
* May/June 2016 Issue of The AMSAT Journal Sent To Press
* Amateur Radio Geostationary Satellite Phase 4B Information
* ISRO PSLV-C34 will Launch 20 Satellites from Space Centre at Andhra Pradesh June 22
* Data Modes on Ham Radio Satellites
* LibreCube Initiative Invites Comments on CubeSat PC Board Standardization
* Special Calls From Brazil on the Satellites
* Special Event Station K1D to Operate Satellites on Field Day 2016
* ARISS Delivers the Excitement of Space Exploration to UK Students
* NASA Astronaut Scott Tingle Earns Amateur Radio License, KG5NZA
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
 
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-171.01
ANS-171 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 171.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE June 19, 2016
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-171.01
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2016 Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Announced
 
The 2016 candidates, in alphabetical order by last names are:
 
Tom Clark, K3IO
Clayton Coleman, W5PFG
Mark Hammond, N8MH
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
 
This year AMSAT-NA will be electing three voting members of the Board of Directors. These will go to the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes. In addition, there will be two alternates chosen, based on the next highest number of votes received.
 
Ballots will be mailed to the AMSAT-NA membership by July 15, 2016 and must be received at the AMSAT office by September 15, 2016 in order to be counted. Those sent outside North America will go by air mail. If you have not received your ballot package in a reasonable time for your location, please contact the AMSAT office. Completed ballots should be returned as promptly as possible, and those from outside
North America preferably by air mail.
 
Election of Board members is both an obligation as well as an opportunity by our membership to help shape the future direction of AMSAT. Please take the time to review the candidate statements that will accompany the ballot and determine who you wish to see on the Board. You have the option to vote for up to three candidates.
 
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA Secretary, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the above information]
 
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May/June 2016 Issue of The AMSAT Journal Sent To Press
 
The May/June 2016 issue of The AMSAT Journal has gone to press and should be arriving in member's mailboxes soon.
 
In this issue:
*Dateline Dayton - Notes from Hamvention 2016 - Joe Kornowski, KB6IGK and Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF
*Tom Clark, K3IO, Receives ARRL President's Award
*GNU Radio Companion Protoype for a Dual Analog/Digtal Transponder System for the AMSAT GEO Mission - Dr. William C. Headley, KM4KAL, Dr. Robert McGwier, N4HY, and Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO
*Orbital Debrief - Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
*Member Footprints - John Smith, KI4RO
*An Arduino Controlled GPS Corrected VFO - Gene Marcus, W3PM/GM4YRE
*On the Grids - Melvin C. Vye, W8MV
*AMSAT Activites at Greater Houston Hamfest 2016 - Allen F. Mattis, N5AVF and Andy MacAllister, W5ACM
*GOTA Station Demos Satellites to Over 400 Students - Richard Siff, WA4BUE
 
[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA Secretary, Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the above information]
 
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Amateur Radio Geostationary Satellite Phase 4B Information
 
At website hosted by the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech lists the relevant information available for the Phase 4B HEO Satellite. The beginning parts of the brochure state:
 
Hands  on,  Minds  on;  RF  and  Security Research at Virginia Tech:
*  On-orbit learning laboratory to develop new capabilities in satellite    communications and amateur radio
*  Digital protocols to enable push-to-talk, WiFi, streaming video, etc.
*  Onboard  processing  -  geolocation,  co-channel, machine learning
*  App development and real time experimentation
*  Beam steering and coordinated collection
*  User authentication and prioritization
*  Open cryptography
 
AMSAT Phase4B Project Program Specifications:
*  SDR-based 5 & 10 GHz amateur satellite payload being designed to take
    advantage of a geosynchronous launch opportunity
*  Rideshare opportunity on the US Air Force Remote Sensing Program Office
    Wide Field of View (WFOV) geosynchronous satellite being designed by
    Millennium Space Systems
*  Software-defined  radio (SDR) payload from Rincon Research Corporation
 
Dr. McGwier has promised upcoming articles for the AMSAT Journal and QST.
see the full description at: http://www.hume.vt.edu/geo/
 
[ANS thanks Bob McGwier, N4HY, and the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech, for the above information]
 
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ISRO PSLV-C34 will Launch 20 Satellites from Space Centre at Andhra Pradesh
June 22
 
The Indian Space Agency has announced that it would be launching twenty
satellites from its Sriharikota barrier Island base off the southeast coast
on June 22.
 
According to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will lift off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with 20 satellites at 9.25 am that day. While the rocket's main cargo will be India?s 725.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation, the other 19 satellites weighing around 560 kg are from Canada, Germany, Indonesia and the United States as well as one satellite each from Sathyabama University, Chennai, and the College of Engineering, Pune, said the Indiatoday.in report.
 
The satellites will be launched from the second launch pad with a total payload of 1,288 kg. The whole mission will take approximately 26 minutes for its completion. The images sent by the Cartosat satellite will be useful for cartographic, urban, rural, coastal land use, water distribution and other applications. The Cartosat series of satellites was originated in India and is a part of Indian Remote Sensing Program.
 
According to Indiatoday.in, the Swayam satellite weighing 1kg from Pune will provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM radio community. HAM Radio, or Amateur Radio, is a popular service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or mobile phones.
 
The 1.5 kg Sathyabamasat from Sathyabama University will collect data on greenhouse gases.
 
Satellite      Uplink    Downlink  Beacon    Mode
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BEESAT-4         .      435.950  435.950  4800bps GMSK,CW
BIROS            .      437.525     .     4800bps GMSK
LAPAN-A3      435.880   145.880  145.825  FM,APRS
Max Valier       .      145.860  145.960  CW
Sathyabamasat    .      145.980     .     2400bps BPSK
Swayam COEP      .      437.025  437.025  1200bps BPSK,CW
Venta-1          .         .     437.325  CW
------------  -------  --------  -------  ---------------
 
 
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and newsgram.com for the above information]
 
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Data Modes on Ham Radio Satellites
 
Tony Bombardiere, K2MO has released a video showing operation of PSK31, PSK63, and Hellshreiber on the amateur radio satellites.
 
He demonstrates WinPSK and IZ8BLY?s Hellschreiber which both have satellite
capabilities. Essentially, the applications make it easy for the operator to monitor digital signals on the satellites downlink while simultaneously transmitting on the satellites uplink; it?s accomplished by utilizing the sound cards full-duplex operation.
 
 
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK and Tony Bombardiere, K2MO, for the above information]
 
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LibreCube Initiative Invites Comments on CubeSat PC Board Standardization
 
On June 16 Cubesat.org announced on their cubesat@cubesat.org e-mail list that the LibreCube Initiative, a community-driven initiative to provide open source solutions for space and earth exploration, is seeking input to formalize the mechanical specification of the stacked PC/104 circuit boards utilized in most CubeSat designs.
 
The LibreSat project invites inline comments into the draft document:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vEx4Wg5NjpI21a7JNdPjHnXPRjmNMTzArlYTK1sg1Ng/edit?usp=sharing 
 
You may also discuss about it in the forum:
http://librecube.net/forums/topic/librecube-board-specification/
 
When finalized, this specification shall become binding for future LibreCube
open source CubeSat projects, but may be useful to other members of the
CubeSat community as well.
 
More information about the LibreCube project can be found on their web page:
http://www.librecube.net
 
The e-mail contact provided on the announcement is:
Email: artur.scholz@librecube.net
 
[ANS thanks CubeSat.org and LibreCube.net for the above information]
 
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Special Calls From Brazil on the Satellites
 
The Brazilian Amateur Radio Satellite Community of ARSATC, is celebrating its first "birthday" on the air with the calls ZV8SAT, ZX9SAT, ZV1SAT, and ZV2SAT until the end of the month. They will be QRV on the Satellites; QSL for all calls via PT9BM and LoTW. More information is on-line at: http://www.arsatc.org/home.html
 
[ANS thanks the DXNL 1993 - June 15, 2016 DX Newsletter for the above
information]
 
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Special Event Station K1D to Operate Satellites on Field Day 2016
 
Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2016 is June 25-26. In an effort to encourage more kids and their families to get involved in the hobby, the kids at Ham Radio (dot) World are working to put an all-kids Special Event ARRL Field Day station on the air in 2016. This station will have the special event call sign of K1D and it will be set-up, operated, and put away by kids who are ham radio operators.  Kids of all ages and their parents (both licensed hams and non-hams alike) are encouraged to come out and participate in this exciting event.  New hams and even non-hams can
experience the excitement of talking to people around the world with the Get On the Air (GOTA) station, which will have the callsign K4G. Both  stations will operate from grid EL99IA in Deland, Florida, USA.
 
The kids will be on the HF bands and on the Amateur Radio satellites. 

K1D will be joined by AMSAT?s Vice-President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, who will be a kid-for-a-day to help get the kids on the linear satellites.  Look
for them and give them a shout!
 
The K1D Special Event Field Day station will be built by the kids prior to the Field Day activities.  The kids have built a solar power solution "from scratch" to use to power their K1D Special Event Field Day station. Kyocera Solar and West Mountain Radio have graciously donated parts to this solar power supply ? THANK YOU!  They also plan on using a Genasun MPPT Charge Controller to manage charging the battery.  Emmett of Radiowavz.com is providing a Sentinel Expedition Hex Beam for K1D. Finally, the kids have built their own W7FG True Ladder Line antenna with parts provided by TrueLadderLine.com and are building additional antennas to use for Field Day.  Keep watching Ham Radio (dot) World for videos of the kids as they
build their Special Event Station.
 
Join WX4TVJ (Zechariah), who was licensed at 12 years old, AE4FH (Faith Hannah), who was licensed at 10 years old, KM4IPF (Hope), who was licensed at 8 years old, & 7 year old Grace (KM4TXT)for Field Day 2016. Listen for them on the air and give them a break by making K1D one of your 2016 Field Day contacts.
 
For helping to encourage youth in amateur radio, stations who work K1D and/or K4G during the 2016 ARRL Field Day will be eligible for a special K1D/K4G Commemorative QSL card. More information at http://hamradio.world/
 
[ANS thanks James, WX4TV for the above information]
 
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ARISS Delivers the Excitement of Space Exploration to UK Students
 
Two stories shared in UK media capture the excitement and reward of the UK's ARISS ham radio operations team?s efforts in connection with Tim Peake's Principia Mission.
 
Carole Cadwalladr, a writer from The Guardian (a UK national newspaper) was present for the ARISS contact on May 9 at The King?s School, Ottery St. Mary in Devon, UK.  In the Sunday, May 29 edition, she posted a story that beautifully captures the spirit of space adventure and how the ARISS  program brings that excitement to students, their educators, and their communities in profound ways.  The story is at: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/may/29/tim-peake-ground-control-revive-science-interest-schools-space
 
TXFactor produced a documentary about the ARISS program?s interface with Tim Peake's Principia Mission. The documentary describes the process UK schools undertook to apply for a scheduled radio interview with Peake, and preparations for the contact opportunity by the King?s School in Devon. It details the station set up by the ARISS UK Operations team which accomplished successful radio contacts between 10 UK schools during Peake's Principia endeavor. Seven of these ten contacts included the reception of HamTV signals both at the school (using a mobile based ATV reception facility) and a 3.8m dish located at the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.
Watch the video on YouTube at: http://www.txfactor.co.uk/txf011.shtml
 
[ANS thanks ARISS for the above information]
 
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NASA Astronaut Scott Tingle Earns Amateur Radio License, KG5NZA
 
NASA Astronaut Scott Tingle Earns Amateur Radio License. He is now the owner
of call sign KG5NZA and will support ARISS on upcoming ISS Expeditions 53
and 54.
 
NASA Astronaut Scott D. Tingle has just earned his Amateur Radio license, passing his exam on June 3, 2016. The FCC issued the call sign, KG5NZA, to him on June 8.  In January, as he began some NASA training in Russia he requested the license study material.  He had heard about ARISS during his astronaut training, and in January, decided to study on his own. The astronaut training program runs for at least two years, is intense, and heavily loaded with all types of required studies, and Amateur Radio is
optional.  Tingle earned his technician license and plans to use it to support ARISS during his scheduled time on the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 53 crew.  Launch is tentatively planned for fall of 2017.  His stay continues into Expedition 54.
 
Tingle graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1988 with a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in fluid mechanics and propulsion.  A captain in the United States Navy, he has  served as a combat pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan and has earned copious awards and commendations. He was selected for the astronaut program in 2009 as one of 14 members of NASA Astronaut Group 20, and graduated in 2011.
 
ARISS Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said, "The ARISS Team is excited to see continuing great interest among the Astronauts and Astronaut Candidates who are looking forward to supporting Amateur Radio activities through the ARISS platform."
 
About ARISS
 
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with
large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, go to:
 
 
Also, join us on Facebook: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
Follow us on Twitter: ARISS_status
 
[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN and ARISS for the above information]
 
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AMSAT Events
 
Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations, forums, and/or demonstrations).
 
*Wednesday, 6 July 2016 ? Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society meeting
in Chehalis WA
*Saturday, 13 August 2016 ? KL7KC Hamfest in Fairbanks AK

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News
 
Sucessful Contacts
 
* A telebridge contact via VK4KHZ with students at Briargreen Public  School, Nepean, ON, Canada was successful Mon  2016-06-13 at 15:19:15 UTC 31 deg.
Astronaut Timothy Peake, KG5BVI answered 15 questions for an audience of
250 students along with parents and visitors.
 
Briargreen is an amazing K-6 open-concept school nestled in a suburban community of west Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. It is a caring community of diverse students, teachers and parents, who love to share both our in-class and out-of-class experiences with each other. Some of our noteworthy  special events include our Kindergarten Chinese New Year parade, Terry Fox Run activities and junior community games days. Our learning community has some of the most wonderful students in the world! Visit our website at
 
* Glenmore State High School,  Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, telebridge via W6SRJ

The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut was Tim Kopra KE5UDN
 
A telebridge contact via W6SRJ with students at Glenmore State High School,
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia was successful Mon 2016-06-06 08:39:31 UTC 31 deg.
 
The audience assembled in the school?s 500 seat sports stadium.  All seats were filled with an additional 100 persons standing as  astronaut Tim Kopra, KE5UDN provided answers to questions from students.
 
Glenmore High School is a modern, progressive secondary school providing quality education for students from years 7 to 12. Since its establishment in 1975 Glenmore High School has earned a reputation for high quality educational programs and services which develop a passion in students for learning and life.
 
Glenmore SHS runs an extension Science/Math program named "SCOPE" where
students enroll and work through year levels at an accelerated rate, which allows them to finish traditional schooling early and conduct further studies at our local university, to which we are partnered (Central Queensland University), during their final year of schooling.
 
Students in the "SCOPE- Science" program are encouraged to participate in our schools astronomy club and robotics club as an extra curricula activity. The schools astronomy club works with local primary schools, teaching about space and running viewing evenings.
 
* Bouze Island Elementary and Junior High School, Homeji,  Japan, direct via 8N3B The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS The scheduled astronaut was Timothy Peake KG5BVI. A direct contact via 8N3B with students at Bouze Island Elementary and Junior High School, Homeji, Japan, was successful Sat  2016-06-04 08:31:09 UTC 74 deg. Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI answered 16 questions for students and an audience of 500.
 
Watch a video of the interview at http://www.ariss.jp/bouze/bouze.wmv
 
Bouze Island is one of the Ieshima small Islands which are located in the Seto Inland sea of Hyogo Prefecture in Japan. There are about 1400 people on the island and are part of the marine products industry. They live with simplicity and are friendly.  But the students of this Island have not had a chance for scientific experience as part of their school education because of their remote location. There are 140 persons in the elementary school and 100 persons in the junior high school.

Upcoming Contacts
* Chuvash Republic, Russia, direct via TBD
The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be RS?ISS
The scheduled astronaut is  Oleg Skripochka RN3FU
Contact is a go for Sun 2016-06-19 09:30 UTC

Watch http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Dave, AA4KN, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

AMSAT Argentina Balloon Flight with Crossband Repeater AMSAT Argentina plans a high altitude balloon launch carrying a crossband repeater from Las Heras in the Mendoza province on July 9, 2016. Launch is currently planned for 10:00 AM local time, depending on weather conditions. AMSAT Argentina will also present news of their satellite plans.
 
NEA-1 Repeater Information
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Uplink:    145.725 Mhz FM (123.0 Hz CTCSS)
Downlink:  436.725 Mhz FM
APRS information will be relayed via:
http://aprs.fi/?call lu7aa-1 BALLOON NEA - 1
 
[ANS thanks AMSAT Argentina for the above information]

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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 additional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.
 
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 student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership
information.
 
73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org
 

Trio of Radio Amateurs Returns to Earth from the ISS

 
The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 47 crew members (NASA Photo)
Three radio amateurs who had been onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for a little more than 6 months landed safely back on Earth, touching down in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz transporter. Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, KE5UDN; Flight Engineer Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, and Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, undocked from the space station early on July 18 (the evening of Friday, July 17, in US time zones) in a Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft commanded by Malenchenko, after spending 186 days in space since arriving at the ISS in December. Kopra now has 244 days in space on two flights, while Peake, on his first mission, spent 186 days. Wrapping up his sixth mission, Malenchenko now has logged 828 cumulative days in space, making him second on the all-time list behind Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, RN3DT.
 
As the Soyuz undocked from the station, ISS Expedition 48 officially began under the command of Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ. Williams and crewmates Oleg Skripochka, RN3FU, and Alexey Ovchinin will operate the station for 3 weeks until the arrival of the next crew increment. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ; Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, and Takuya Onishi, KF5LKS, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are set to launch on July 6 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
 
“The crew completed the in-flight portion of NASA human research studies in ocular health, cognition, salivary markers, and microbiome,” NASA said. “From the potential development of vaccines, to data that could be relevant in the treatment of patients suffering from ocular diseases, such as glaucoma, the research will help NASA prepare for human long-duration exploration while also benefiting people on Earth.”
 
The three crew members were on hand on the ISS for the April arrival of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), an expandable habitat technology demonstration. The BEAM was attached to the space station and expanded to its full size for analysis over the next 2 years.
 
While onboard the ISS, Kopra and Peake scored some milestones for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. On March 10, Kopra conducted the 1000th ARISS school group contact with students in North Dakota. Peake made use of Amateur Radio in his “Principia Mission” outreach, which aimed to directly engage students with communication technologies, inspiring them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. During his time in space, Peake hosted 10 ARISS school group contacts, including the first to take advantage of the HamTV digital Amateur Radio television (DATV) system when he spoke with students on February 11 at a school in England. The DATV system in the Columbus module of the ISS allowed students at Royal Masonic School, home of GB1RSM, to see as well as listen, as Peake, operating as GB1SS, answered their questions about life in space.
 

LightSail 2 Hamsat to transmit Morse code from space

 
During last year's LightSail 1 mission, dozens of radio enthusiasts around the wrote in to tell us they heard our solar sailing CubeSat chattering away in low-Earth orbit.
Every few seconds, LightSail automatically transmits a beacon packet. These packets can be picked up by ground stations and decoded into 238 lines of text telemetry that describe the spacecraft's health and status. Everything from battery current to solar sail deployment motor state is included. We still plan to better support the worldwide radio community's efforts to help us capture those packets; that work is temporarily on the back burner while the engineering team focuses on getting the spacecraft ready for delivery.
 
Many off-the-shelf CubeSat software packages also have an option to transmit Morse code beacons, and for the LightSail 2 mission, we're activating this feature. Every 45 seconds, the spacecraft will transmit "L-S-2," and radio operators tuned in to the spacecraft's 437.325 megahertz frequency should be able to hear it.
In Morse code, L-S-2 looks like this:
 
.-.. / ... / ..---
 
If you capture the beacon using software-defined radio, it looks like this:
LightSail 2 Morse code beacon (.-.. / ... / ..---)
Justin Foley / The Planetary Society
LightSail 2 Morse code beacon (.-.. / ... / ..---)
 

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Whistler TRX-1 DMR/NXDN Capable HH

Here is the release photo from Whistler of their soon to be released DMR/NXDN and other digital mode TRX-1 HH scanner.

New Whistler TRX-1 HH Scanner

New Summer 2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available


 
Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH. This all important semi-annual information resource is your electronic guide to the world of shortwave radio listening.

Shortwave radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Shortwave radio broadcast aren’t restricted by country borders or oceans, and can propagate thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, in over 300 different languages and dialects. These worldwide transmissions are monitored on internationally assigned radio frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz.

There are even broadcasts from the dark side, transmitted from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are wrapped in mystery and intrigue, and they usually exist to bring about some sort of political change to the country they are targeting. Programming may largely be half-truths or sometimes even outright lies, but it is essentially propaganda for their cause.

Listeners who live in the United States can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have an inexpensive shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon electronic book is your ticket the travel the world via radio. The ISWBG is a 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” of the known longwave and shortwave radio stations currently broadcasting at time of publication. This unique radio hobby resource is the “only” radio hobby publication that has by-hour station schedules that include all language services, frequencies and world target areas.

New In this sixth edition of the ISWBG is a lead story on clandestine broadcast and broadcasters with the latest schedules and frequencies you need to hear these intriguing transmissions. There is also an expanded special feature on Who’s Who in the shortwave radio spectrum. This story covers services and frequencies outside the regular broadcast and amateur radio bands, and includes our new, exclusive Hot HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list.

Also new in this edition is increased frequency and station coverage of longwave broadcasters, selected medium wave broadcast frequencies used by international broadcasters, and all known international standard time and frequency stations transmitting worldwide.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Summer 2016 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FV3FL72/. The price for this latest edition is US$6.49. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

This new e-publication edition is a much expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide that was formerly published in the pages of the former Monitoring Times magazine for well over 20 years. This one of a kind e-book is published twice a year to correspond with shortwave station’s seasonal time and frequency changes.

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You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Van-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of news and major events as they happen.

Whether you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to get in on the action outside of the ham bands, then this new electronic book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.

Here are a few of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased previous editions of this Amazon e-book.
Excellent Shortwave Introduction and Program Guide by Don K3PRN

Excellent, very reasonable guide to shortwave radio. As a long time shortwave listener, the listing of all shortwave stations by UTC time is very useful to me. I had previously a shortwave website that listed only English broadcasts rather than an all station listing with the language that will be broadcast. I would highly recommend this e book for all new shortwave listeners and those that interested in a very portable listing of all stations by UTC. I only hope that this will be updated twice a year for many more years.
Good Product by Radio Freq 

Since Monitoring Times stopped publishing shortwave radio schedules, there has been a dearth of resources for radio-heads. This guide nicely fulfills gap. It is very comprehensive.
It is nice someone is dedicated to SWL by Robert K. Mallory 

Very concise and well organized. Not much to choose from these days, it is nice someone is dedicated to Shortwave Radio Listening.
Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer

Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found nowhere else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.
Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka

I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.
NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski, Jr.

This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year.
This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson 

When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (mt-shortwave.blogspot.com).
Good value by DrP 

This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.
Shortwave Is Not Quite Dead by James Tedford (Bothell, WA United States)

It was barely breathing as of late, but there is still a lot you can hear on shortwave radio. You need more than a little dedication, and a better-than-adequate radio to hear what remains on the HF bands, but if you have those, you will be rewarded with a lot of interesting audio programming. This book is a good guide to what is currently available over the international airwaves.

Friday, May 13, 2016

AMSAT News Service ANS-136

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
satellites.
 
The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur
Radio in Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.
Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
ans-editor at amsat.org.
 
In this edition:
* STMSat-1 SSTV CubeSat to deploy from ISS May 16
* 2016 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Notice
* AMSAT/TAPR Banquet at the Dayton Hamvention
      TUESDAY MAY 17th SIGN UP DEADLINE
* Dayton AMSAT Demonstration Plans
* ÑuSat-1 to Carry AMSAT Argentina Linear Transponder
* ARISS at Dayton Hamvention
* CY9C DXpedition to St. Paul Island Announces Satellite Operation
* Top 10 Reasons to Come to Dayton HAMVENTION
* Saturday AMSAT Dayton Forum
* AMSAT Thursday Dinner and Beverages at Tickets Pub and Eatery
* ARISS News
 
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-136.01
ANS-136 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 136.01
From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
 
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-136.01
 
STMSat-1 SSTV CubeSat to deploy from ISS May 16
A Slow Scan TV (SSTV) CubeSat developed by students at Saint Thomas
More Cathedral School (STM) in Arlington, VA, is set to be deployed
from the International Space Station between 1400 and 1500 UT on May
16. For latest date/time check
https://twitter.com/STMSAT11.
 
STM is thought to be the first Elementary school to build their own
satellite, even Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade
students were involved in the project.
 
The satellite, a 1U CubeSat called STMSat-1, will transmit a SSTV
Robot36 mode signal on 437.800 MHz.
 
Middle School Students took the initiative to begin exploring how to
receive data from the CubeSat and formed a Ham Radio Club. There,
they learned the basics of operating a ham radio station and explored
Slow Scan Television as an option for receiving images once the
satellite is deployed.
 
How Did 400 Grade School Students Built A Nano-Satellite?
http://tinyurl.com/ANS136-NanoSat
 
Watch the CBS This Morning show report on the satellite
http://tinyurl.com/ANS136-CBS-MorningShow
STMSat-1
https://twitter.com/STMSAT11
https://www.facebook.com/stmsat1/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/491135804399695/
http://www.stmsat-1.org/
[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]
 
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2016 AMSAT-NA Board of Directors Nominations Notice
It’s time to submit nominations for the upcoming AMSAT-NA Board of
Directors election. Three director’s terms expire this year: Tom
Clark, K3IO, JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM, and Lou McFadin, W5DID. In
addition, up to two Alternates may be elected for one year terms.
A valid nomination requires either one Member Society or five current
individual members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT-NA member for
Director. Written nominations, consisting of the nominee’s name and
call, and the nominating individual’s names, calls and individual
signatures should be mailed to: AMSAT-NA, 10605 Concord St, #304
Kensington, MD 20895-2526.
 
In addition to traditional submissions of written nominations, which
is the preferred method, the intent to nominate someone may be made by
electronic means. These include e-mail, Fax, or electronic image of a
petition. Electronic petitions should be sent to MARTHA at AMSAT.ORG
or Faxed to (301)822-4371.
 
No matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive no later than June
15th at the AMSAT-NA office. If the nomination is a traditional
written nomination, no other action is required. If it is other than
this, i.e. electronic, a verifying traditional written petition MUST
be received at the AMSAT-NA office at the above address within 7 days
following the close of nominations on June 15th.
 
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT THIS SECOND, WRITTEN VERIFICATION ARE  NOT VALID UNDER THE EXISTING AMSAT-NA BYLAWS.
 
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
AMSAT-NA Secretary
[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]
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AMSAT/TAPR Banquet at the Dayton Hamvention
The tenth annual joint AMSAT/TAPR Banquet will be held on Friday
evening, May 20th. This dinner is one of the main AMSAT activities
during the Hamvention. Tickets ($35 each) may be purchased from the
AMSAT store at www.amsat.org.
THE BANQUET TICKET PURCHASE DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, MAY 17th.
The Banquet will take place at the Kohler Presidential Banquet
Center, 4572 Presidential Way, Kettering, OH 45429 (just south of
Dayton). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a cash bar with the buffet
dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
 
AMSAT and TAPR alternate the task of providing a speaker for the
banquet. It is AMSAT¹s responsibility this year.
 
Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, will present “It¹s just software, right?”
She will survey the AMSAT Ground Terminal: Who, what, when, where,
why, and how we¹re designing open source radio solutions for the next
generation of AMSAT payloads.
 
Michelle is AMSAT¹s Team Leader for the design and execution of the
AMSAT Ground Terminal. The goal is to create a ³5 and Dime² (5 and
10 GHz) digital SDR transceiver that will support both voice and data
modes, for both general QSOs and emergency communication, for the
Phase 4B satellite and for future AMSAT projects. This is an effort
to design an inexpensive ground terminal for amateurs that would cost
tens of thousands of dollars commercially, for as much under $1,000
as we can get it.
 
A true renaissance woman, in addition to being an engineer and a
licensed amateur radio operator, Michelle has worked for Qualcomm,
attends Burning Man, and is a longtime DEFCON participant. She is
also the lead for Organ Donor (an AI pipe organ). Her Phase 4B Weekly
Ground Engineering Reports are fascinating reading.
 
Seating is limited to the number of meals we reserve with the Kohler
caterers based on the number of tickets sold by the deadline. Tickets
purchased online may be collected at the Books, Shirts & Memberships
corner of the AMSAT booth (445-446).
 
[ANS thanks Steve N9IP and the AMSAT Office for the above information]
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Dayton AMSAT Demonstration Plans
 
AMSAT will again have a demo station at the Dayton Hamvention this
year. The station will be located outside the main entrance to Ball
Arena, near the AMSAT booth.
 
This year, the focus of many of the demonstrations will be on the use
of inexpensive software defined radio (SDR) equipment as a downlink
receiver. Using an SDR like a FUNcube Dongle Pro+, SDRPlay, or AirSpy
allows owners of common all-mode transceivers with VHF/UHF
functionality (such as the Yaesu FT-817, Yaesu FT-857, Icom
IC-706MKIIG, or Icom IC-7100) to add full duplex satellite capability
for use with linear transponder satellites at minimal cost. The
receiver used will consist of a FUNcube Dongle Pro+ with a low cost
10.1″ Windows 10 tablet.
 
We may also use other radio combinations during the weekend.
Demos will take place during satellite passes from 8:00am (12:00 UTC)
until 5:00pm (21:00 UTC) on Friday and Saturday and from 8:00am until
12:00pm (16:00 UTC) on Sunday. Please keep in mind that the RF
environment at the Hamvention is challenging and the arena blocks low
elevations to the north and northwest. Due to these factors, we will
only be attempting passes with a peak elevation greater than 10
degrees. Please stop by for any satellite pass or at any other time if
you have questions about satellite operating.
 
A special demonstration on SO-50 will take place during the 12:19pm
(16:19 UTC) pass on Saturday May 21st. Nine year old Hope Lea, KM4IPF,
will operate that pass after completing her talk at the ARRL Youth
Forum.
 
If you are not attending the Hamvention, please call us if you hear
the AMSAT demo station on the air!
 
AMSAT DAYTON HAMVENTION DEMOS – 2016
TZ = UTC
N 39.820328 W 84.255224 ELEV. 296 M
MIN PEAK ELEV. = 10 DEG
GRID = EM79ut
* = Listen Only Pass – Telemetry, Doppler, Ant. Perf, etc.
WinAos QTH: -84.3/39.8 T#: 14019 Sat.: 12 [Standard]
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Day Objects AOS (U) LOS Period maxEl AZ
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20.05.2016 XW-2A 12:17 12:26 09 62 016 – 187
20.05.2016 ISS * 12:28 12:37 09 40 300 – 143
20.05.2016 NO-84 * 12:28 12:38 10 21 294 – 168
20.05.2016 AO-85 12:45 12:59 14 62 200 – 036
20.05.2016 XW-2F 12:52 13:01 09 19 351 – 224
20.05.2016 AO-85 14:26 14:40 14 23 249 – 025
20.05.2016 AO-73 14:51 15:02 11 56 018 – 185
20.05.2016 EO-79 * 15:04 15:14 10 14 119 – 004
20.05.2016 SO-50 15:53 16:06 13 50 332 – 137
20.05.2016 FO-29 16:01 16:17 16 18 111 – 358
20.05.2016 AO-73 16:28 16:36 08 11 343 – 242
20.05.2016 EO-79 * 16:39 16:50 11 49 180 – 343
20.05.2016 SPROUT * 16:50 16:59 09 14 039 – 152
20.05.2016 UKUBE-1 * 16:57 17:08 11 30 025 – 171
20.05.2016 SO-50 17:34 17:45 11 17 309 – 187
20.05.2016 FO-29 17:43 18:02 19 88 163 – 348
20.05.2016 AO-07 18:12 18:28 16 15 099 – 356
20.05.2016 SPROUT * 18:25 18:36 11 44 004 – 209
20.05.2016 UKUBE-1 * 18:33 18:44 11 22 357 – 225
20.05.2016 FO-29 19:31 19:46 15 16 219 – 331
20.05.2016 AO-07 20:01 20:22 21 67 150 – 346
WinAos QTH: -84.3/39.8 T#: 14020 Sat.: 12 [Standard]
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Day Objects AOS (U) LOS Period maxEl AZ
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21.05.2016 NO-84 * 12:04 12:14 10 22 295 – 167
21.05.2016 XW-2F 12:39 12:49 10 26 358 – 217
21.05.2016 AO-85 13:11 13:25 14 59 222 – 030
21.05.2016 XW-2C 13:12 13:20 08 11 345 – 238
21.05.2016 XW-2A 13:17 13:26 09 19 353 – 223
21.05.2016 SO-50 14:38 14:50 12 17 340 – 108
21.05.2016 AO-85 14:54 15:05 11 12 274 – 021
21.05.2016 AO-73 15:10 15:21 11 80 011 – 196
21.05.2016 EO-79 * 15:16 15:26 10 18 127 – 004
21.05.2016 SO-50 16:19 16:31 12 61 324 – 157
21.05.2016 FO-29 16:49 17:08 19 39 137 – 353
21.05.2016 EO-79 * 16:51 17:02 11 36 187 – 339
21.05.2016 SPROUT * 17:04 17:15 11 21 029 – 163
21.05.2016 UKUBE-1 * 17:14 17:26 12 45 020 – 182
21.05.2016 FO-29 18:34 18:53 19 42 189 – 342
21.05.2016 SPROUT * 18:40 18:51 11 30 360 – 217
21.05.2016 UKUBE-1 * 18:51 19:00 09 15 349 – 237
21.05.2016 AO-07 19:03 19:22 19 31 122 – 351
21.05.2016 AO-85 20:04 20:14 10 15 345 – 100
21.05.2016 AO-07 20:54 21:15 21 61 173 – 341
WinAos QTH: -84.3/39.8 T#: 14021 Sat.: 12 [Standard]
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Day Objects AOS (U) LOS Period maxEl AZ
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22.05.2016 ISS * 12:19 12:27 08 17 288 – 162
22.05.2016 XW-2F 12:27 12:37 10 36 001 – 210
22.05.2016 XW-2A 12:44 12:54 10 47 006 – 203
22.05.2016 XW-2C 13:00 13:09 09 16 350 – 229
22.05.2016 AO-85 13:37 13:51 14 29 242 – 026
22.05.2016 AO-73 13:53 14:02 09 12 037 – 147
22.05.2016 SO-50 15:04 15:16 12 35 337 – 128
22.05.2016 EO-79 * 15:28 15:39 11 24 135 – 359
22.05.2016 AO-73 15:29 15:40 11 48 005 – 206
22.05.2016 FO-29 15:56 16:12 16 17 110 – 359
[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]
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ÑuSat-1 to Carry AMSAT Argentina Linear Transponder
Launch Scheduled for May 30, 2016.
 
The Argentinian earth observation satellite ÑuSat-1 will carry a
linear transponder built by AMSAT Argentina. The satellite is
scheduled to launch on a CZ-4B rocket from Taiyuan Satellite Launch
Center in China on May 30, 2016 into a 500 km sun-synchronous orbit
with an inclination of 97.5 degrees and a Local Time of the Ascending
Node (LTAN) of 10:30.
 
The AMSAT Argentina U/v inverting transponder, named LUSEX, wiil
have an uplink of 435.935 MHz to 435.965 MHz and a downlink of
145.935 MHz to 145.965 MHz. Total power output is 250 mW. There will
also be a CW beacon at 145.900 MHz with a power output of 70 mW.
For more information, see the AMSAT Argentina Facebook group.
https://www.facebook.com/Amsat.LU/
[ANS thanks AMSAT Argentina for the above information]
 
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ARISS at Dayton Hamvention
 
If you will be attending Hamvention next week, be sure to stop by
the AMSAT area in the Ball Arena. We will have members of the ARISS
team on-hand at all times and some of our ISS hardware (radios and an
antenna) on display.
 
During the AMSAT Forum (Saturday, 11:15-1:30), Frank Bauer will be
presenting ARISS status and future plans.
 
Also on Saturday, from 2:30-3:00, we will have a face-to-face
meeting for anyone interested in ARISS. We’d like to see members of
the ARISS team there. We will meet outside near AMSAT’s Satellite
Demo area (outside the Ball Arena entrance) or, if it’s raining,
inside at the ARISS display.
[ANS thanks Dave W8ASS for the above information]
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CY9C DXpedition to St. Paul Island Announces Satellite Operation
 
The CY9C DXpedition to St. Paul Island, scheduled for August 19, 2016
– August 29, 2016, has announced that Lee Imber, WW2DX, has joined the
DXpedition team and will add satellite operations, as well as 2 meter
EME and 6 meter operations, to the DXpedition plans.
 
St. Paul Island is located in gridsquare FN97 in the Cabot Strait
between Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and Cape Ray, Newfoundland and
is a separate entity on the ARRL DXCC list. It also counts as a
country for the AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement
Award, AMSAT OSCAR Sexagesimal Award, and AMSAT OSCAR Century Award.
Most of Europe and North America should be easily workable from this
location. St. Paul Island has not been activated on satellite since
July 1998.
 
For further information about the DXpedition, please see the CY9C
DXpedition website (http://www.cy9dxpedition.com/)
This operation and other planned amateur satellite grid/DX operations
are posted on the AMSAT Upcoming Satellite Operations page
(http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=3921)
[ANS thanks Paul N8HM for the above information]
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Top 10 Reasons to Come to Dayton HAMVENTION
 
10. Rub shoulders with 25,000 of your best friends at the largest
hamfest in the United States, including all of the AMSAT Directors
and senior officers. See the latest equipment from Icom, Yaesu,
Kenwood, Flex, Alinco, M2, Arrow, and many other manufacturers of
amateur radio equipment and accessories. Take advantage of
discounted pricing you won’t find anywhere else.
9. Find out how to organize a contact with the astronauts on the
International Space Station for your local school or youth group from
our Education and ARISS experts.
8. Pickup the latest AMSAT golf shirts, T-shirts, and hats. Get
your copy of the updated “Amateur Satellite Frequency Guide”
(laminated frequency chart) and Gould Smith’s just revised “Getting
Started with Amateur Satellites” (book). We’ll also have assembled
wide-band preamps and antennas that are great for portable
operation.
7. See demonstrations of SatPC32 and MacDoppler satellite tracking
software, and get your operational questions answered. Meet Don
Agro, author of MacDoppler (Friday & Saturday, 2-3 p.m.). See a
demonstration of the LVB Tracker, a computer interface to the Yaesu
azimuth-elevation rotors. Talk with Mike Young, who has built more
LVB Trackers than anyone else. Assembled LVB Trackers will be
available.
6. Hear a team presentation at the joint AMSAT/TAPR dinner on the
new AMSAT Ground Terminal (AGT). AGT is using Five and Dime (5 GHz
uplink, 10 GHz downlink) technology that is being developed for the
Phase 3E (P3E) HEO satellite, the Phase 4B (P4B) geosynchronous
satellite, and the Cube Quest Challenge (CQC) lunar mission. While
much of the P3E and P4B *satellite* development is classified, the
AGT is all open source and public information.
5. Hear the latest on the *five* Fox satellites, P3E, P4B, CQC, the
International Space Station, other current and future satellites,
education news, and an AMSAT update at the AMSAT Forum Saturday, from
11:15 to 1:30.
4. Get one-on-one guidance on setting up your satellite station and
making contacts at our “Beginner’s Corner”. Witness live
demonstrations of contacts through satellites AO-7, AO-73, AO-85, FO-
29, SO-50, XW-2A, XW-2C, and XW-2F using handheld antennas.
3. Meet and interact with some of the Engineering Team members
working on the Fox-1 satellites and our new Five and Dime AMSAT
ground terminal. Learn all of the public information and get
breaking news on the Virginia Tech plans for the Phase 3E and Phase
4B satellites.
2. Get satellite station and operating tips from some of the best
satellite operators in the country, including John Papay K8YSE (1,575
grids confirmed), Doug Papay KD8CAO (1,159 grids), Drew Glasbrenner
KO4MA (1,343 grids), Paul Stoetzer (450 grids), and Wyatt Dirks AC0RA
(938 grids).
1. Receive special premiums when you join or renew your AMSAT
membership at Dayton, including an updated “Amateur Satellite
Frequency Guide” (laminated frequency chart), and special pricing on
the SatPC32 satellite tracking software.
[ANS thanks Steve N9IP for the above information]
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Saturday AMSAT Dayton Forum
The AMSAT forum will be Saturday morning from 11:15 a.m. through
1:30 p.m. in Forum Room 5. See the commercial vendor layout map in
the Hamvention program or the Hamvention website for the location of
Forum Room 5 (same as the last few years).
The following speakers will be presenting at the AMSAT Forum,
moderated by Mark Hammond, N8MH:
“AMSAT Status Report” Barry Baines, WD4ASW, AMSAT-NA President, will
highlight recent activities within AMSAT and discuss some of our
challenges, accomplishments, projects, and any late breaking news.
“AMSAT-NA Satellite Program” Jerry Buxton, N0JY, AMSAT-NA
Engineering Vice President, will review the upcoming launches of four
Fox spacecraft and exciting new engineering developments.
“AMSAT’s HEO and GSO Plans” Bob McGwier, N4HY, AMSAT-NA Director,
will discuss AMSAT-NA opportunities for High Earth Orbit and Geo-
Synchronous Orbit satellites.
“AMSAT Satellite Operations” Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT-NA
Operations Vice President, will survey the current operational
amateur satellites, as well as those planned for launch in the next
year.
“ARISS Report 2016” Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, AMSAT-NA Vice President for
Human Spaceflight, will discuss ARISS developments & operation on the
International Space Station.
“Teaching STEM Using the Fox Satellites” Joe Spier, K6WAO, AMSAT-NA
Educational Relations Vice President, will explain how the Fox MEMS
gyroscopes, radiation experiments, and cameras will be used to teach
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
[ANS thanks AMSAT Office for the above information]
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AMSAT Thursday Dinner and Beverages at Tickets Pub and Eatery
Dinner and beverages at Tickets Pub and Eatery
Thursday night, 1800-2000. The annual AMSAT “Dinner at Tickets”
party will be held Thursday, May 19, at 1800 EDT at the Tickets Pub &
Eatery. Everyone is invited regardless of whether or not they helped
with setup or plan to work in the booth.
You’ll find a great selection of Greek and American food and
excellent company! No program or speaker, just good conversation.
Food can be ordered from the menu; drinks (beer, wine, sodas and iced
tea) are available at the bar. Come as you are. Bring some friends
and have a great time the night before Hamvention®.
Tickets Pub and Eatery,
7 W. Main St.
Fairborn, OH 45324
(937) 878-9022
http://www.ticketspub.com/
[ANS thanks AMSAT Office for the above information]
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ARISS News
+ A Successful contact was made between The Kings School, Ottery St
Mary, Devon, UK and Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI using Callsign
GB1SS. The contact began 2016-05-09 09:26 UTC and lasted about nine
and a half minutes. Contact was direct via GB1OSM.
ARISS Mentor was Ciaran MØXTD.
+ A Successful contact was made between H.A.L. School, Lucknow,
India and Astronaut Tim Kopra KE5UDN using Callsign NA1SS. The
contact began 2016-05-12 08:11 UTC and lasted about nine and a half
minutes. Contact was telebridge via K6DUE.
ARISS Mentor was Satoshi 7M3TJZ.
+ A Successful contact was made between AstroNuts Kids Space Club
Academy, David Dunlap Observatory, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada,
and Astronaut Timothy Peake KG5BVI using Callsign NA1SS. The contact
began 2016-05-14 17:37:12 UTC and lasted about nine and a half
minutes. Contact was telebridge via W6SRJ.
ARISS Mentor was Steve VE3TBD.
Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2016-05-13 06:30 UTC
Quick list of scheduled contacts and events:
Essex Heights Primary School, Mount Waverley, Victoria, Australia,
telebridge via VK5ZAI
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-05-20 08:35:16 UTC
[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above
information]
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/EX
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
Office.
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
information.
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This week’s ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM, former KC8YLD
kc8yld at amsat dot org
 

Monday, March 21, 2016

A new toy has arrived here at the radio ranch!

Will this is an interesting new day here on the radio ranch in western NC. My new Uniden BCD436HP has arrived and I've given it a brief tour before I start digging in. Got the Sentinel software installed, firmware and database updated, and the basic settings updated.
 
Now it is time to dig into what is being loaded from RadioRef (I can see that needs a lot of work as usual) and set up some other local stuff. Will spend some extra time learning the insides for sure as this beauty does a lot.
 
Thinking about swapping the 4gb for a 32gb, might as well give it max smoke. Also needs to see if I can knock down some of the stuff in that RRR db that I will never use here in the east (i.e. no Canada, west coast etc).
 
Many thanks to Fred and the gang at Universal Radio for their usual fast, prompt and courteous service. Everything arrival well packed and safe. If you are looking for a great American company to purchase your radio equipment from, do what we do, buy from the pros from Universal.
 
So blog reader, hope you will follow me on this new adventure scanner adventure. I will be posting lots freqs as I go along and you may find a few here that you can use.
 
More soon. El Jefe (aka The Chief)