February 24, 2024

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Via AMSAT: ANS-205 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins for July 24th


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In this edition:

  • Call for Papers – 2022 AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting
  • May/June 2022 Issue of The AMSAT Journal Now Available
  • New Satellites Now In Orbit
  • Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for July 21, 2022
  • ARISS News
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
  • Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-205 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002

DATE 2022 Jul 24



The 40th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting
is scheduled to be held in Bloomington, MN on Oct 21 – 23, 2022.

More information will follow in future editions of ANS.


Call for Papers – 2022 AMSAT Space Symposium & Annual General Meeting

This is the first call for papers for the 40th annual AMSAT Space Symposium to be held on the weekend of October 21-22, 2022 at the Crowne Plaza Suites hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Proposals for symposium papers and presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur satellite community. We request a tentative title of your presentation as soon as possible, with final copy submitted by October 14 for inclusion in the symposium proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV at n8fgv at amsat.org

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV, AMSAT Symposium Proceedings Editor, for the above information]


The 2022 AMSAT President’s Club coins have arrived!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its launch on
October 15, 1972, this year’s coin features
an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 6.
Join the AMSAT President’s Club today and help
Keep Amateur Radio in Space!


May/June 2022 Issue of The AMSAT Journal Now Available

The May/June 2022 issue of The AMSAT Journal is now available to members on AMSAT’s Member Portal at https://launch.amsat.org/The_AMSAT_Journal

The AMSAT Journal is a bi-monthly digital magazine for amateur radio in space enthusiasts, published by the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT). Each issue is your source for hardware and software projects, technical tips, STEM initiatives, operational activities, and news from around the world.

Inside the Current Issue:

+ Apogee View – Robert Bankston, KE4AL
+ Educational Relations Update – Alan Johnston, KU2Y
+ Using Recovered National Weather Service RS-41 Radiosondes for Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloons – David White, WD6DRI, Randy Standke, KO6RS, Kerry Banke, N6IZW, Jim McLaughlin, KI6ZUM, Phil Karn, KA9Q, Gene Swiech, WB9COY, Alan Johnston, Ph.D, KU2Y
Spotlight on the APRS Satellites – Keith Baker, KB1SF/VA3KSF
+ AMSAT 2022 Board of Directors Election – Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
+ Hamvention 2022 Photos

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

New Satellites Now In Orbit

On July 13th, several satellites with amateur radio payloads were launched on the inaugural launch of ArianeSpace’s Vega-C rocket. The satellites were placed into a circular MEO orbit of approximately 5,900 km with a 70 degree inclination.

The AstroBio and Greencube satellites carry amateur digipeater packages that may be useful for long-distance QSOs.

On July 21st, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev and ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti conducted an EVA during which they released ten Radioskaf CubeSats into orbit. SSTV and audio signals have been received from many of these satellites so far.

RS10S (aka SWSU-55 No. 1 & R-390 (SWGU No. 5))
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.050 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS11S (aka SWSU-55 No. 2 (SWGU No. 6))
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.062 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS1S (aka SWSU-55 No. 3 (SWGU No. 7))
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.075 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS2S (aka SWSU-55 No. 4 (SWGU No. 8))
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.082 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS3S (aka SWSU-55 No. 5 (SWGU No. 9))
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.100 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS4S (aka SWSU-55 No. 6 (SWGU No. 10))
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.087 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS5S (aka SWSU-55 No. 7 & R-390 (SWGU No. 11))
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps .AX25 AFSK
Payload: 437.1125 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps .AX25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS6S (aka SWSU-55 No. 8 (SWGU No. 12))
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.000 MHz 1200/2400/4800 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS9S (aka Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan 1)
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.025 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

RS12S (aka Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan 2)
Telemetry: 437.050 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK
Payload: 437.0125 MHz 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK, SSTV, AUDIO, TEXT

More information about these satellites can be found at https://r4uab.ru/2022/07/21/kosmonavt-oleg-artemev-s-borta-mks-zapustil-rossijskie-sputniki-po-programme-ke-radioskaf/

[ANS thanks PE0SAT, ST2NH, and R4UAB for the above information]

Changes to the AMSAT TLE Distribution for July 21, 2022

The following satellites have been added to this week’s AMSAT-NA TLE

MTCube 2 NORAD Cat ID 53106 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for identification).
AstroBioCubeSat NORAD Cat ID 53107 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for identification).
GREENCUBE NORAD Cat ID 53109 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for identification).
CELESTA NORAD Cat ID 53111 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for identification).
CTIM NORAD Cat ID 52950 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for identification).

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager for the above information]


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Scheduled ARISS Contacts

Buehler Challenger & Science Center, Paramus, N.J., multi-point telebridge via VK4KHZ

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled crewmember is Bob Hines KI5RQT
Contact is go for: Thu 2022-07-28 16:14:08 UTC 25 deg

Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS continues to be making general contacts on the cross-band repeater. He is using NA1SS. If any crewmember is so inclined, all they have to do is pick up the microphone, raise the volume up, and talk on the crossband repeater. So give a listen, you just never know.

ARISS Radio Status

Columbus Module radios:
IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Configured. Default mode set for cross band repeater (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down).
* Capable of supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

Service Module radios:
IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS – Not Active. Default mode set for packet operations (145.825 MHz up & down)​

* Capable of supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts, packet, SSTV and voice repeater ops.

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at https://bit.ly/3O8Rr2W

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors, for the above information]


AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an Amateur
Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

Support AMSAT’s projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/


Upcoming Satellite Operations

Quick Hits:

W8LR: EM98 EM99 possible 7.27 – if you need either or both of these grids contact me via DM or w8lr@twc.com . I will not have a schedule and all passes, if any, will have to be pop-up and last minute unless on a sked. Sorry.

N5LEX: FM03 for those that need it Friday (7/22) Afternoon and evening passes 2022-07-22 FM and Linear, avoiding AO-91 at 1600. Can arrange AO-07 at 18:20 for Germany/Netherlands etc.. More details to come

VE3FU / VO2AC: July 25 to August 8 I’ll be on vacation in VO1. I’m hoping to activate the following grids: GN07, GN08, GN09, GN18, GN19, GN29, GO10, GO11, & GO21. I’ll be VO1FUA. Holiday style. Linears and FM. I’ll do my best to post on Twitter before each pass.

VE3FU / VO2AC: Saturday July 23 I’ll be on from FN67 early in the morning and making stops in FN66 and FN65. I’ll be VE3FU/9 in all 3 grids. I’ll do my best to post here before each pass.

VE3FU: Friday July 22 I’ll be passing through FN46 and FN57 on my way to FN67 for the night. I should be in FN46 ~14Z-16Z and FN57 ~18Z-20Z. FN67 will be later in the evening. I’ll be VE2FUA in FN46, VE2FUA or VE3FU/9 in FN57, and VE3FU/9 in FN67.

W3IPA: DM42 vacation planned for Jul 30- Aug 6th will be on FM passes vacation style. I will be close to DM41 so might be able to work a gridline. Will post more updates closer to that week!

AD0HJ: will at EN22/23 and will be available on the late afternoon / early evening of Tuesday July 26th? Not sure who else needs either of those grids.

N8MR: Will be in EN57 with frequent roves to EN56 and EN67 Aug 6-13. Listening for EU, Car, SA CA. Prefer linear sats, FM sats poss. Sked depends on wx, etc.

EA7TN: Will be operating FM sats from FK58sr as HI7/EA7TN from July 21st to 29th. Holiday style, just an FT-4X and an Arrow from the beach.

Major Roves:

AD0HJ is heading out again!: Will be attending a work training event during the week of August 1st in Hesston, KS. Look for me to activate several grid squares via satellite on my trip down there and back. Pass schedules posted on Twitter and on the https://bit.ly/3vaUiAP website.

Grids: EN11/21, EN10/20, EM18/19, EM16/17.

KX9X & N9NCY Wild West Rove: Sean and Nancy’s Wild West Rove has been scaled back, but is still going forward. They will now be on the road from July 13-25 while hiking in National Parks. They will travel through seven states and 38 grids, planning activation on FM and linear satellites. Extensive operation in Montana and North Dakota in the Canadian border grids beginning July 20. There will also be 6 meter and occasional HF POTA activity as well.

Grids they will pass through, in order:
DN28 – 38: July 16th to the 20th.

Remaining Grids from July 20 to 24.

DN48 – 58 – 68 – 78 – 88 – 87 – 97 – 96 – 95

EN05 – 06 – 16 – 15 – 25 – 26 – 25 – 35

EN34 – 33 – 32 – 42 – 41 – 40 – 50

Complete info on their trip can be found on their website https://www.wildwestrove.com/


EA4NF, Philippe will be operating as 8P9NF on LEO Satellites from BARBADOS, in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies and the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands.

Philippe will operate using his portable LEO sat station (Yaesu FT818ND+Yaesu FT817ND) and Arrow antenna added to a Walkie Kenwood TH-d7 and a whip antenna to cover short, mid and long distances on both modes (FM & SSB)

Great opportunity to contact this very rare DXCC on satellites.

§ August 8-12, 2022


§ Grids : GK03

§ IOTA : NA-021

§ FM & Linear SATS

§ QSL as 8P9NF on LoTW

INFO on Twitter: @EA4NF_SAT

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the above information]

Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events.

+ Satellite Educators Association 35th Annual Convention
Friday, July 29, 2022 to Saturday, July 30, 2022
California State University, Los Angeles and on-line

Fredric Raab, KK6NOW, will be presenting “Classroom Activities with the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator” showcasing the work by the CubeSatSim Educational Materials Team: Paul Graveline, K1YUB, Alan Johnston, KU2Y, Fredric Raab, KK6NOW, Mark Samis, KD2XS and David White, WD6DRI.

+ HamXposition
August 27-28, 2022
Marlborough, MA

+ 2022 Rocky Mountain ARRL Division Convention
October 7, 2022 – October 9, 2022
Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above information]


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Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ FO-29 has returned to full sunlight and the analog transponder has been enabled. FO-29 will remain in full sunlight until approximately April 14, 2023. The analog transponder should remain active for the duration of the full sunlight period. (ANS thanks JARL and John Papay, K8YSE, for the illumination prediction)

+ A new distance record has been claimed on HO-113. VE1CWJ worked 9A1CAL on 11-Jul-2022 at 12:59 UTC – a distance of 5,962 km. Who will be the first to break 6,000 km on this satellite? https://www.amsat.org/satellite-distance-records/ (ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, AMSAT Executive Vice President)

+ The 48th AMSAT GridMaster Award has been issued to Keith Austermiller, KB9STR, for working all 488 grid squares within the continental United States. https://www.amsat.org/gridmaster/ (ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards)

+ AMSAT Rover Award #67 has been issued to Jim, WU0I, and #68 has been issued to Carlos, LU7MC. Congratulations to all our new award recipients! https://www.amsat.org/amsat-rover-award/ (ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards)

+ Private investment in the space sector dropped in the second quarter of 2022. The drop indicates that the space industry isn’t immune to the economic issues plaguing other industries as a possible recession looms. A new report from Space Capital shows that this year is expected to come in far below 2021’s record-breaking year for investment in the space industry. But the report notes that, “We do not believe that the space economy is at existential risk.” It might be harder for parts of the industry, such as launch providers, to get funding in a difficult market like this one. But other space tools — like GPS — are already built into the fabric of how governments and average people live their lives, potentially insulating it from market downturns. (ANS thanks Axios Space for the above information)

+ A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule loaded with more than 5,800 pounds of supplies and experiments docked with the International Space Station at 11:21 a.m. EDT (1521 GMT) on Saturday, July 16, delivering a NASA instrument to study the mineral content of dust storms and several small CubeSats slated for deployment from the complex. The unpiloted supply ship launched Thursday evening, July 14, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. (ANS thanks Spaceflight Now for the above information)

+ In an unanticipated move, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin was dismissed on July 15th. No reasons were given for the dismissal. The ever-outspoken leader of the agency since 2018 became particularly bombastic in his nationalistic threats and grandstanding after the invasion of Ukraine . This strained relations with ESA and NASA above and beyond the diplomatic tensions already caused by the unprovoked invasion. On the same day as his dismissal, Roscosmos and NASA signed a long-anticipated seat exchange agreement to fly ‘integrated crews’ to the ISS aboard Crew Dragon and Soyuz. First flights including members of the opposite agency will be this fall with Crew-5 and Soyuz MS-22. Rogozin’s replacement is Yuri Borisov, a long-time figure in Russian defense and politics. (ANS thanks The Orbital Index for the above information)


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73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week’s ANS Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org

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