Sunday, August 11, 2019



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In this edition:

* 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium Banquet Speakers Announced -
  Tickets Now Available
* FUNcube-1/AO-73 Entering Continuous Sunlight
* ARRL/TAPR 2019 Digital Communications Conference Call for Papers
* BRICSAT2 and PSAT2 Get OSCAR Designations
* 19th Global Symposium for Regulators
* SSA Defends 23cm Band Against Galileo Threat
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts from All Over

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50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium Banquet Speakers Announced -
Tickets Now Available

AMSAT is pleased to announce that the AMSAT Symposium Saturday
Evening Banquet on Saturday, October 19th will feature a panel of
guest speakers presenting "The Foundations of AMSAT" followed by a
question and answer period. Guest speakers will include:

- Lance Ginner, K6GSJ (Project OSCAR)
- George Jacobs, W3ASK (Author, Diplomat)
- Dr. Perry Klein, W3PK (Founding President of AMSAT)
- Dr. Owen Mace (Australis-OSCAR 5 Builder, University of Melbourne)
- Richard Tonkin (Australis-OSCAR 5 Builder, University of Melbourne)
- Jan King, W3GEY (Founding member of AMSAT and Australis-OSCAR 5
  Project Manager)

The 50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting will
be held on Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, 2019, in Arlington,
Virginia at The Hilton Arlington. Symposium registration is available
for $60 from now until September 15th. Banquet tickets are $55. 
Tickets are now available on the AMSAT Store at

Tickets are also now available for the Sunday tour. On Sunday,
October 20th, a bus tour will take attendees to the
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the National Air and Space
Museum. Two large hangars display thousands of aviation and space
artifacts, including a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a Concorde, and the
Space Shuttle Discovery.  Bus capacity is limited to 35 attendees.
Tickets are $30 per person.  Attendees who wish to drive may also
join the tour group. Parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center is $15.

On Monday, October 21st, AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO, will lead
a walking tour of the National Mall. No reservations are required. 
Transportation to the National Mall will be via the Washington Metro.

Additional information, including hotel reservation information is
available at

[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]



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FUNcube-1/AO-73 Entering Continuous Sunlight

FUNCube-1/AO-73 is due to enter continuous sunlight in a few days
time and the operations team have decided to set the satellite to the
education mode full time.  This means full power beacon with no
transponder and no eclipse auto switching. 

One of the effects of this is that the temperature of the satellite
will increase.  This will allow the FUNcube operations team to
follow the effects of continuous sunlight more easily and, in theory,
should keep the satellite cooler as more energy should be radiated
from the structure as RF.

They predict that the satellite will start experiencing eclipses
again on approximately 7 May 2020.  The team may put the satellite
back into transponder mode while it is in continuous sunlight, and
will make an announcement if they do so.

[ANS thanks Jim, G3WGM for the above information.]


ARRL/TAPR 2019 Digital Communications Conference Call for Papers

The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) will be held in
Detroit, Michigan September 20-22, 2019.  The location will be
located near the airport.

Technical Presentations & Papers are solicited for presentation at
the DCC and for publication in the Annual Conference Proceedings. 
The proceedings are published by the ARRL.  Submitting a paper is not
required to make a presentation at the conference.  Conversely, it is
not necessary that a  technical paper be presented at the DCC to be
published in the annual proceedings.

Persons interested in making a technical presentation should contact
TAPR President, Steve Bible, N7HPR at steven dot bible at

Submission of technical papers are due by August 12, 2019 and should
be submitted to:

Maty Weinberg
ARRL 225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111

or via the Internet to maty at arrl. dot org.

Full Details on Call for Papers & Submission Guidelines at:

[ANS thanks Mark Thompson, WB9QZB for the above information.]


BRICSAT2 and PSAT2 Get OSCAR Designations

On June 25, 2019, the United States Naval Academy PSAT2 and BRICSAT2
cubesats were launched on a Falcon Heavy launch vehicle from the
Kennedy Space Center in Florida. PSAT2 and BRICSAT2 were developed by
Naval Academy students in the USNA Satellite Lab and operated in
cooperation with the USNA Amateur Radio Club. PSAT2 carries a PSK31
transponder, digipeater, SSTV-downlinked camera images, and a DTMF to
voice/APRS system. BRICSAT2 carries a digipeater and thruster
experiment. Both satellites are currently active.

At the request of the Naval Academy Amateur Radio Club, AMSAT hereby
designates BRICSAT2 as Navy-OSCAR 103 (NO-103), and PSAT2 as
Navy-OSCAR 104 (NO-104). AMSAT congratulates the owners and operators,

thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community,
and wish them a long mission and continued success on this and future

[ANS thanks AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator Drew
Glasbrenner, KO4MA, for the above information.]


19th Global Symposium for Regulators

Small-Satellites, High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) and 47 GHz
were among the topics discussed at the ITU-D 19th Global Symposium
for Regulators in Port Vila, Vanuata, July 9-12.

The background paper 'Preparing for WRC-19   Understanding the issues
at stake and the impact of decisions to be made' was among the
meeting documents in which 47.0-47.2 GHz is noted as one of the
candidate bands for IMT-2020 (International Mobile Telecommunications)

and 47.2-47.5 GHz for HAPS.

Regarding Small-Satellites the document says:

"At WRC-15, a proposal for a new agenda item for WRC-19  to consider
modifications to the regulatory procedures for notifying satellite
networks to accommodate nanosatellite and picosatellite missions  was
submitted. WRC-15 decided not to include this as a specific item on
the WRC-19 agenda, because it concluded that this matter could best
be dealt with by the ITU-R under the standing WRC agenda item 7.

"Considering that the size of a satellite is independent of the nature

of the service that it is intended to provide, a simplified
regulatory regime needs to be developed for non-GSO satellites with
short-duration missions, independent of the size of the satellite.


"Furthermore, it is important to ensure that any satellite radio-
frequency operation avoids harmful interference to incumbent and
authorized systems and services. The two frequency bands below 1 GHz
under consideration for new or upgraded allocation to the SOS
(150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz) are used for a wide variety of
terrestrial and space applications, including for safety of life
purposes, and some of these bands are heavily used on a consistent
basis. Nevertheless, if new allocations to the SOS in these frequency
bands are considered, they should not put undue constraints on any
incumbent services."

You can download the complete PDF at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]


SSA Defends 23cm Band Against Galileo Threat

Sweden's national amateur radio society, the SSA, has sent a
supplementary letter to the communications regulator PTS ahead of the
next meeting of the CEPT ECC Conference Preparatory Group CPG-19.

The SSA report:

At a previous CEPT meeting (PTA), France has proposed an agenda item
to WRC-23 that the coexistence between satellite navigation
(e.g., Galileo) and amateur radio in the band 1240-1300 MHz should be
investigated. The proposal was voted down at the preparatory PTA
meeting, but France has now sent letters to the various
telecommunications authorities with a request that they now support
this proposal at the forthcoming CPG19-9. SSA opposes this.

SSA has therefore sent a supplementary letter to PTS about our 23 cm
amateur band. Our section leader for IARU and VUSHF Mats SM6EAN
explains the background and our opinion on our section pages. Here
you can also read the new letter to PTS.

Link to the letter in Google English is available at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information.]


Upcoming Satellite Operations

St Pierre et Miquelon (GN16)   August 10-18, 2019
A DXpedition is planned to St Pierre et Miquelon, August 10th through
the 18th. The team will operate as T05M will from Ile aux Marins on
6-160m, but there is a possibility of some FM Satellites. Keep an eye
on their website for updates at

Santa Rosa Island, CA (CM93)   August 12-14, 2019
Ron, AD0DX, is heading back to Santa Rosa Island, August 12th -14th. 
When not distracted by the feathered-birds, Ron will be on FM and
linear satellites as W6R.  Keep an eye on Ron's Twitter feed for
updates at the dates get closer at

Goose Bay, Labrador (FO-93) August 12-14, 2019
Chris, VE3FU, will be visiting family / friends and maintenance of
his HF remote station in FO93, but he should be on the FM sats as
VO2AC. Chris will try to post here before each pass, so keep an eye
on his Twitter feed at

6Y Jamaica (FK18) AUGUST 12-19, 2019
Philippe, EA4NF will be operating from Jamaica (IOTA NA-097   Grid
FK18) in Satellite with the special call 6Y4NF from August 12 to 19.
QRV Satellite in FM and SSB.  QSL via LoTW.  Keep an eye on
Philippe's Twitter feed for further updates at

AM1SAT (All Grids in Spain)  September 9-15
AMSAT-EA will be transmitting its special call AM1SAT via all active
satellites from September 9th to September 15th as part of the
V RadioHam Fair IberRadio 2019 activities. IberRadio is the biggest
event for the ham community in Southwest Europe and will open doors
September 14th and 15th . Learn more about IberRadio at

AM1SAT call sign will be active from a minimum of 14 different grids
during that time to help satellite operators to collect as much EA
locators as possible.

As part of this activity and in order to promote the participation,
AMSAT-EA is sponsoring the AM1SAT Special Award in two categories:

More info available at and as a pdf at

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL for the above information.]



    AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign
    to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades
    on ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to
    continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio.
     We have reached a great milestone with $33,250 raised
    or about 17% towards our goal. This would not have been
         possible without your outstanding generosity!!

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+ Upcoming Contacts

Loreto College, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, telebridge via
The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be IRĂ˜ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
Contact is go for: Thu 2019-08-15 09:17:06 UTC 53 deg
Watch for live stream at starting about 15 min before

+ Completed Contacts

Kyoto Tachibana Junior & Senior High School, Kyoto, Japan, direct via
The ISS callsign was NA1SS.
The astronaut was Nick Hague KG5TMV.
Contact was successful: Thu 2019-08-08 10:36:37 UTC.

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N  for the above information.]


Satellite Shorts from All Over

+ AMSAT Featured in Special 300th Edition of ICQ Podcast

The ICQ Podcast team released their 300th edition on August 4, 2019
which features an interview with AMSAT Treasurer and Past President
Keith Baker, KB1SF.

Released fortnightly on a Sunday at 0900 GMT the ICQ Podcast is
available either as an MP3 download or as a YouTube version with
optional auto-generated subtitles.  In this edition, Martin Butler,
M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard, M0TCH, Dan Romanchik, KB6NU and
Frank Howell, K4FMH to interview Keith.  The interview begins
at 1:10:30 into the show and can be heard at

[AMSAT thanks Trevor Essex, M5AKA for the above information.]

+ OSCAR-94 Crashes on the Moon

Lunar-OSCAR 94 (a.k.a. LongJiang 2 and DSLWP-B) crashed onto the
far side of the Moon on July 31 around 14:08 UTC, ending its very
successful amateur radio mission around the Moon.  Launched on
May 20, 2018, OSCAR achieved several historical firsts.  The
complete story can be read at

[ANS thanks Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for the above information.]

+ ARRL Updates LOTW with Three New Satellites

On August 5, 2019 the ARRL updated Logbook of the World to include
three new satellites: BO-102, NO-103, and NO-104 this morning.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the above information.]

+ AMSAT-DL Building Antarctic Ground Station for QO-100

AMSAT-DL is hurriedly building a ground station for Antarctica that
will link to QO-100.  The purpose for the installation is to provide
a scientific platform to engage students in studying climate change
and its effects in the polar regions.

Read the complete article at

[ANS thanks AMSAT-DL for the above information.]


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This week's ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org

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