Saturday, December 07, 2019


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In this edition:

* AMSAT Member Melissa Pore, KM4CZN, Named 2020 Carole Perry Educator
  of the Year
* AMSAT Vice President - Educational Relations Alan Johnston, KU2Y,
  Participates in Hackaday Hack Chat
* AMSAT to Join ARRL in Opposition to FCC Proposal to Eliminate 3.3 -
  3.5 GHz Amateur Allocation
* Chris Taron, NK1K, Completes Satellite DXCC via LEO Satellites
* Duchifat3 with V/u FM Transponder to Launch December 11
* Donate to AMSAT Tax-Free From Your IRA
* AZTECHSAT-1 Cubesat to Transmit Emergency Traffic using WINLINK
* AMSAT-SA to Shift Main Focus to AfriCUBE, a Digital SDR CubeSat
* LSF Heads Back to Orbit with the Qubik Mission
* VUCC Awards And Endorsements for November 2019
* Upcoming ARISS Activities
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT Member Melissa Pore, KM4CZN, Named 2020 Carole Perry Educator
of the Year

The Orlando HamCation has announced that AMSAT member Melissa Pore,
KM4CZN, is the 2020 receipient of the Carole Perry Educator of the
Year Award. This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made an
outstanding contribution educating and advancing youth in Amateur
Radio. It was first awarded in 2018 to its namesake, Carole Perry,
WB2MGP, in honor of her work as an educator teaching students about
ham radio.

Melissa has been an educational professional for over 20 years and
currently teaches at Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School. Along with
teaching engineering and computer scienve, she is also involved in the
school's amateur radio and engineering clubs. Her students held demon-
strations at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center's Innovation Day. Some of
her other educational endeavors include working on the first satellite
to be launched and built by an elementary school and co-facilitating a
workshop at Space Port Area Conference for Educators 2019.

Melissa has a Technician Class radio license and is a member of AMSAT,
NASA Goddard Amateur Radio Club and ARRL. She is involved in ARISS as
an Ambassador on the US Education Team. She will be presenting an
ARISS Workshop at the Space Exploration Educators Conference 2020.

AMSAT congratulations Melissa on this well-deserved honor!

[ANS thanks the Orlando HamCation for the above information]


AMSAT Vice President - Educational Relations Alan Johnston, KU2Y,
Participates in Hackaday Hack Chat

AMSAT Vice President - Educational Relations Alan Johnston, KU2Y,
participated in a Hackaday Hack Chat on December 4, 2019.  Built for
about $300 using mostly off-the-shelf and 3D-printed parts, the
simulator lets satellite builders work the bugs out of their designs
before committing them to the Final Frontier.

Logs from the chat are available at:

More information about the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator project can be
found at

Dr. Johnston also recently presented at the Radio Club of America's
Technical Symposium. His presentation, entitled "Designing the AMSAT
CubeSat Simulator: A Functional Satellite Model for the Classroom" is
available at:

[ANS thanks Hackaday and Alan Johnston, KU2Y, for the above information]


AMSAT to Join ARRL in Opposition to FCC Proposal to Eliminate 3.3 -
3.5 GHz Amateur Allocation

At its December 12th open meeting, the Federal Communications
Commission is expected to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
that proposes to remove the amateur allocation at 3.3 - 3.5 GHz,
including the amateur satellite service allocation at 3.4 - 3.401 GHz.

The ARRL plans to file comments opposing the deletion of the amateur
allocation. AMSAT also plans to file comments in opposition to this
proposal and we are coordinating our efforts with the ARRL.

More information on the FCC proposal can be found on the ARRL's
website at

[ANS thanks AMSAT Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, and
 the ARRL for the above information]


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Chris Taron, NK1K, Completes Satellite DXCC via LEO Satellites

Chris Taron, NK1K, recently completed his satellite DXCC award with
all QSOs made using LEO satellites. His 100th DXCC entity worked came
courtesy of Phillipe Chateau, EA4NF, who was operating as EA9/EA4NF in
Melilla, on November 19th. Chris posted a recording of his QSO via
AO-7 at The LoTW confirmation a few days
later left him at 99 DXCCs confirmed. A QSL card received from VP2V/
DL7VTX on December 5th put him over the top with 100 DXCC entities

AMSAT congratulates Chris on his great achievement!

[ANS thanks Chris Taron, NK1K, for the above information]


Duchifat3 with V/u FM Transponder to Launch December 11

Duchifat3, carrying a V/u FM transponder, will launch on the PSLV-C48
mission, currently scheduled for launch at 09:55 UTC on December 11,
2019 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR in India. The planned orbit
is 576 km circular with an inclination of 37 degrees.

Duchifat3 was built by high school students supported by Herzliya
Science Center in Israel and carries an on-board camera for earth
imaging. The V/u FM transponder has an uplink of 145.970 MHz and a
downlink of 436.400 MHz.

Telemetry will be transmitted using 9k6 BPSK with AX.25.

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]


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AZTECHSAT-1 Cubesat to Transmit Emergency Traffic using WINLINK

The AZTECHSAT-1 Cubesat travels to the space station on the 19th SpaceX
Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-19) contract mission for NASA
integrated within a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) and launches from
the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD). The J-SSOD is handled
by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Purpose
Experiment Platform (MPEP) outside the space station.

AZTECHSAT-1 has received IARU coordination for a downlink frequency of
437.300 MHz using 9k6 GMSK or FSK. The cubesat will also carry a Global-
star radio.

The cubesat will listen for emergency messages in the 439 MHz frequency
range and then retransmit these messages for amateur radio operators to
copy on the 437.300 MHz downlink using the  WinLink protocol.

AZTECHSAT-1 will create a Saturation Map of 435-438 MHz by listening for
the whole orbit and returning captured data to the ground station using
the 437.300 MHz amateur radio downlink plus a 1600 MHz Globalstar link.

The emergency messages received via globalstar to the AZTECHSAT-1 ground
station will be shared on the project's website. A certificate will be
available for amateur stations receiving the emergency message(s)
submitted via their website and confirmed by the AZTECHSAT-1 team.

Full details are posted on the AZTECHSAT-1 web:

[ANS thanks the IARU and the AZTECHSAT-1 at Universidad Popular
 Autonoma del Estado de Puebla]


AMSAT-SA to Shift Main Focus to AfriCUBE, a Digital SDR CubeSat

The AMSAT-SA CubeSat development team has shifted their CubeSat devel-
opment focus from an analogue transponder to a digital SDR based unit.
The development of the AfriCUBE digital SDR transponder under the
leadership of Anton Janovsky, ZR6AIC has reached an advanced stage and
will soon be ready to undergo its first field trials.

The team is not abandoning the development of the KLETSKous analogue
transponder, which performed well during the BACAR 7 flight on 12
October 2019. Leon Lessing, ZS6LMG has taken the development to this
point but unfortunately, due to personal commitments, cannot continue
to work on Kletskous. "I would like to thank Leon for his support and
wish him well in his future endeavours," Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, AMSAT
-SA CubeSat project leader said.

During the BACAR flight test it showed that some further development
is needed to improve the transponder's receiver sensitivity. "Here is
a great opportunity for young enthusiastic engineers in the amateur
radio community to take on the challenge. I invite interested persons
with RF experience to contact me and become part of the team. While
there is no financial reward, the experience and achieving something
great that will fly in space outweighs this many times. It will
certainly look good on anyone's CV", Hannes said.

The EPS (electronic power system), space frame and stabilisation
system are complete. The development of the solar panel and antenna
deployment systems are making good progress. Frik Wolf, ZS6FZ said he
will be ready by mid-January 2020 for project review and field

Currently work on a new onboard control system has been paused while
Fritz Sutherland, ZS6FSJ is working with Anton Janovsky to get
AfricaCUBE ready for on-the-air trials.

Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL will continue work on the documentation
crucial to secure a launch opportunity and Hans van de Groenendaal,
ZS6AKV will work on frequency allocations and explore launch oppor-
tunities and the marketing of the project.

AMSAT-SA is continuing its dialogue with SANSA and its contractor to
place a transponder on EOSAT-1, a planned high performance
earth-observation satellite designed to produce data for a broad range
of earth observation applications. The development of AfriCUBE will
enhance this opportunity.


AMSAT SA invites radio amateurs with RF, electronic and software
experience to join the Satellite Development team and contribute to
technology and human capital development in South Africa. The team
meets every alternate Monday on a Skype conference and quarterly face-
to-face. Send your contact details and your main interest in the
CubeSat project to Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP or
another team member will contact you.

[ANS thanks AMSAT-SA and the South African Radio League for the above


LSF Heads Back to Orbit with the Qubik Mission

Libre Space Foundation is proud to announce that it is currently dev-
eloping and integrating 2 pocketqube satellites (QUBIK-1 & QUBIK-2)
and supplying a pocketqube deployer (PICOBUS) to be flown as part of
the DREAM payloads program on the inaugural Firefly Alpha launch
from Firefly Aerospace.

The project consists of two 50x50x50mm Pocketcubes each of approx
250g. The project mission is for the satellites to conduct a series
of telecommunications related experiments, while at the same time,
ground station analysis of the received signals will try to exploit
doppler variations in order to perform orbit determination and satel-
lite identification from radio amateur stations around the world. The
telecommunication experiments will use several different modulation,
coding and framing schemes, with the intention to provide insights
about their performance at nano-pico-satellite missions. In addition
the frame itself will be organized in such a way so spacecraft identi-
fication can be performed as early as possible from the PHY (using
orthogonal or PN sequences). Proposing UHF downlinks using either
GFSK, GMSK or BPKS at 9k6 or 19k2 bps with QPSK at bit rates of 19k2
or 38k4 bps. Planning a Firefly launch from Vandenberg in March 2020
into a circular 300km 97 degree orbit together with GENESIS-N,

Frequency coordination is pending with the IARU:

[ANS thanks LibreSpace for the above information]


VUCC Awards And Endorsements for November 2019

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the
ARRL for the period November 1, 2019 through December 1, 2019.

Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

CALL    01Oct  01Nov
KO4MA    1694   1701
WA5KBH    738    744
W5RKN     694    702
N3GS      597    601
VE7CEW    478    501
KK4YEL    400    413
AD0HJ     353    375
N7EGY     300    351
W5CBF     New    179
N0RSR     New    154
N0RC      100    104
EA8CXN    New    101
VE2NGO    New    100
VU2LBW    New    100

If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list at
w5rkn at w5rkn dot com and I'll revise the announcement. This list was
developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for the two months. It's
a visual comparison so omissions are possible. Apologies if your call
was not mentioned. Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that
are rarely on the birds. They are doing most of the work!

[ANS thanks Ron Parsons, W5RKN, for the above information]


ARISS Activities

About Gagarin From Space Conducting an amateur radio session with
students of "Amur State University Blagoveshchensk", Blagoveshchensk,
Russia, direct via RКØJ (***)
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Oleg Skripochka
Contact is go for Thu 2019-12-05 08:52 UTC

Council Rock High School South, Holland, PA, direct via KC3NGG
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA
Contact was successful: Thu 2019-12-05 17:56:31 UTC 71 deg (***)

B. Pascal Institute - Public School, Rome, Italy, direct via IKØMGA
and Istituto Comprensivo Lipari “S. Lucia”, Lipari, Italy, direct via
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
Contact is go for: Sat 2019-12-07 11:44:00 UTC 45 deg

Greenwood Primary School, Greenwood, Western Australia, Australia,
telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA
Contact is go for: Tue 2019-12-10 10:55:14 UTC 53 deg

City of Kursk, Russia and City of Ufa, Russia, direct via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Skvortsov
Contact is go for: Tue 2019-12-11 10:10 UTC

Woodridge Middle School, High Ridge, MO, direct via NØKBA
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
Contact is go for: Thu 2019-12-12 15:29:16 UTC 29 deg

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, and David Jordan, AA4KN, ARISS opera-
tion team members, for the above information]


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Upcoming Satellite Operations

Satellite Shorts:
Dec 12th  ND0C  EM09 – 1647z on AO-91 & 1708z on AO-92
Dec 12th  ND0C  EN00 – 1821z on AO-91 & 1843z on AO-92

South Florida (EL95, EL96)  December 11-15, 2019
James, K4WPX, will be in EL96/95 December 11th-15th, vacation style,
mostly evening passes, FM only.  James will be staying in EM96 but
~1 mile from the EM95 line, so he can skip over there for some passes,
too. Pass announcements via Twitter:

Hawaii (BK19, BK28, BK29, BL20) December 21-28, 2019
Alex, N7AGF, is heading back to Hawaii over Christmas. This will be a
holiday-style activation, with special empahasis on the grid that got
away - BK28. Keep an eye on Alex's Twitter feed for further announce-

Big Bend National Park (DL88)  March 16-17, 2020
Ron AD0DX, Doug N6UA, and Josh W3ARD will operate from Big Bend
National Park to put grid DL88 on the air.  Details will be added here
as they come available, but you are more than welcome to keep an eye
on their individual Twitter feeds:,, and

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at)

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP - User Services, for the
above information]


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    radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
          be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.
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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Albert “Al” Noe (81), KL7NO, from Fairbanks Alaska, passed away
Monday evening, November 25, 21 months after being diagnosed with
stage 4 Pancreatic cancer.   Al was an avid 6 meter operator just
outside of Fairbanks, Alaska in grid BP54.   He was still active on 6
meters up until the very end.   For over 40 years Al provided EME,
AMSAT, and many other contacts on 6, 2, 1.25 meters, 70 & 23 centi-
meters from his Alaska QTH just outside of Fairbanks.   Blanchard
Family Funeral Home in Fairbanks will be handling Al’s services and
an obituary will be published at a later date.
(Via the Central States VHF Society)

+John Toscano, W0JT, passed away Wednesday, November 27, in San
Antonio.  He fought a long battle against many health problems during
the last several years.  Since moving to Texas, he had almost com-
pleted his dream station (6-m through 10 GHz) at a great location (20
dB hilltop) and participated in both AMSAT and RMG club activities.
Previously, while in Minnesota, he was a very active NLRS member on
the VHF/UHF/SHF bands with fixed, rover and portable stations.  As a
retired pharmacist and U of MN assistant professor, John will be
remembered for his programming contributions with his 10 GHz contest
logging/scoring program and his on-line contest activity spreadsheets.
He also had many interests in astronomy and astrophysics.
(Via the Central States VHF Society)

+ From Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1442:
FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON (Early Announcement). Eric, KV1J, will
once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO
FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between June 30th and July
14th, 2020. This is his 14th trip to the island. Activity will be on
160-10 meters (no 60m - not authorized) using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8/FT4
(but primarily SSB, RTTY and FT8/FT4) and the satellites. He will
generally be on the highest frequency band that is open (favoring
12/10m). He will be active in the IARU HF World Championship
(July 11-12th). ADDED NOTE: Eric will usually try to be on as many
Satellite passes as he can when the WX is good, generally favoring the
FO-29, XW-2x, AO-7, and possibly the FM birds. Weekends may be limited
since he will be concentrating on the low(er) bands and contests. QSL
via KV1J, direct or by the Bureau. Also eQSL and LoTW. For more
details and updates, check out his Web page at:

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