Monday, April 13, 2009

ANS report

AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-102
 
ANS is a free, weekly, news and information service of AMSAT North
America, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS 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.
 
Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to:
 
 

In this edition:
* Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, wins 2009 Hamvention Special Achievement
Award
* AMSAT Forum at Dayton Hamvention
* KiwiSat Status Update
* Further Delays for  SumbandilaSat Launch
* Satellite Shorts From All Over
* Wind Farm interference
* Busy Week of Successful ARISS Contacts
* ARISS Status - 06 April 2009
 

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Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, wins 2009 Hamvention Special Achievement Award
 
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 102.
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 12, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-102.
 
Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, is a legendary video game programmer/designer
and ham radio operator who was the sixth private citizen to fly to the
International Space Station (ISS).
 
Like his father, Owen Garriott, W5LFL, who made history as the first
ham to communicate from space with radio amateurs during the STS-9
Space Shuttle mission, Richard was a ham radio pathfinder in his own
right through on-orbit experimentation, implementation of new capabil-
ities, extensive operations using many diverse operations modes, and
phenomenal educational outreach initiatives that inspired and trans-
formed the lives of tens of thousands students, worldwide.
 
Garriott was the most prolific ham radio operator to fly on a short
duration (<15 day) mission. During his 10 day stay on the ISS over 500
2-way voice QSOs were conducted, over a thousand SSTV images were down
linked. He communicated with tens of thousands of students in schools
around the world. Garriott also had numerous random chats with scouts
world-wide as part of the amateur radio Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).
 
Hamvention® Chairman Carl Rose, K8CPR, praised the winners, saying:
"On behalf of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and Hamvention®
2009
it is my pleasure to congratulate this year's Award Winners. Their
outstanding contributions and the many years of service exemplify what
the amateur radio service is."
 
Richard will also be the keynote speaker at the AMSAT/TAPR Banquet
during Hamvention 2009. The Banquet will be on Friday evening,
15 May 2009. There is limited seating for the banquet, and tickets
may be purchased for $30 on-line at the AMSAT store or by contacting
Martha at the AMSAT office.
 
Richard will give a short presentation at the AMSAT Forum on Saturday
morning, and visit the AMSAT & ARRL booths.
 
[ANS thanks The Dayton Amateur Radio Association for the above
 information]
 
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AMSAT Forum at Dayton Hamvention
 
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 102.
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 12, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-102.
 
The AMSAT Forum at the 2009 Dayton Hamvention will be on Saturday,
16 May from 11:15 to 13:30 in Room 5.
 
The speakers and their topics at this year's forum are listed below,
the order will probably change. The Hamvention site now has the entire
list of Forums and times posted on their web site
 
AMSAT Forum
-----------
Moderator:  Rick Hambly, W2GPS  AMSAT Past President and current
member of the Board of Directors
 
Richard Garriott, W5WKQ On October 12, 2008 Richard Garriott launched
into space aboard Soyuz TMA 13 and became the first second generation
american in space. Richard's father Owen is a NASA astronaut and carried
 
the first ham radio to orbit on his second flight in 1983 aboard the
9th shuttle flight. Richard will touch on his training, the flight and
his impressions from space, and highlight his ham radio activities.
 
Barry Baines, WD4ASW AMSAT President "AMSAT Status Report:  What is
happening with AMSAT?"  Barry will highlight current activities within
AMSAT and discuss some of the challenges facing the organization.
 
Gould Smith, WA4SXM, AMSAT VP-Member & User Services and SuitSat-2
Systems Engineer "SuitSat-2 Status Report".  Gould will provide an
overview of AMSAT's current engineering project which is projected
being developed for ARISS to be shipped to Russia this Fall for event-
ual placement on the International Space Station and subsequent release
into space.
 
Drew Glasbrener, KO4MA, AMSAT VP-Operations, "AMSAT Satellite
Operations Update" which will provide an overview of current satellite
operations as well as discuss future satellite opportunities currently
under consideration.
 
Will Marchant, KC6ROL, AMSAT VP-Human Space Flight, "A Ham Radio
Operator's View of ARISS".  He will outline several new initiatives
under development for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) that will interest amateur radio operators.
 
Lou McFadin, W5DID, ARISS Hardware Manager  "Antennas for the Columbus
Module"  Lou will discuss the latest piece of amateur radio equipment
to be shipped to the European Space Agency for deployment to the ISS
and explain the significance of this development.
 
[ANS thanks Gould, WA4SXM, for the above information]
 
/EX
 

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KiwiSat Status Update
 
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 102.
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 12, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-102.
 
In a gesture of support for KiwiSAT the Auckland VHF Group (NZART
Branch 66) have donated $1000 for the purchase of the special Alu-
minium blocks from which the very structure of KiwiSAT will be milled.
For maximum stability, light weight and overall integrity, the frame
of our satellite will be milled from solid blocks of Aluminium.
 
Over the next few weeks KiwiSAT will finally start to take shape.
There is much work to be done but we now making "solid" progress.
 
Mike Jack of Stanier Engineering, a small specialist precision engin-
eering company based in Auckland, is now milling the main frame from
those solid blocks. The first tray is to hand and looking  great.
Strength and precision are two major factors as this first plate, the
foundation stone for the final structure, will carry the whole load
at launch.
 
We are most grateful to Mike for the use of his costly machinery and
for donating his very valuable time to this project.
 
Many more details and video of the milling process are available on
the KiwiSatweb site: http://kiwisat.org/index.html
 
[ANS thanks AMSAT-ZL for the above information]
 
/EX
 

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Further Delays for  SumbandilaSat Launch
 
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 102.
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 12, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-102.
 
Launch date is now  only late July 2009
 
In early January the Department of Science and Technology signed
the SumbandilaSat launch contract with Roscosmos setting the
launch date at 25 March  2009. This date was later postponed till
May but the latest is a further postponement till late July. No
reasons have been given. However rumors have it that one of the
main payloads is delayed.
 
The fact that launch will now take place on a Soyuz launcher at
Baikonur as opposed to the previous Shtil from a submarine, en-
sured that a new Interface Control Document (ICD) had to be issued.
This meant that each element of the new ICD had to be check against
the previous one and an impact report on the differences had to be
compiled. Normally the base plate modifications, various types of
vibration, and some electrical issues from the basis of the changes
but the ICD is very comprehensive and contains all elements related
to on-site safety.
 
>From 25 August 2008 to the present time SunSpace, with permission
from the DST and under contract to Stellenbosch University, conducted
systems tests at ISSA to ensure that the satellite is launch-ready
after its been moth balled for more than two years. All the individual
systems have been declared functional and the only outstanding items
are some control system software updates caused by the change in orbit
parameter from South-North to North-South. The updates have been
tested, work and will be uploaded within the week. Final mission
scenario testing will then be carried out and is expected to be
successful.
 
[ANS thanks SA AMSAT for the above information]
 
/EX
 

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Satellite Shorts From All Over
 
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 102.
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 12, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-102.
 

+ The Hudson Valley Satcom group Net meets Thursdays at 8 PM EST.
   The Echolink node is n2eyh-l. You are invited to join and share
   your satellite knowledge. (via WA2AQH)
 
+ Ed, WA4SWJ, AMSAT Journal Editor reports that the March/April
   issue of the Journal has been uploaded to the printer. You should
   have it in your hands in 2-3 weeks.
 
+ Ciaran, M0XTD has posted the video of the UK contact with Charles
   Simonyi from March 30 at:
   http://www.it-sparkles.co.uk/ARISS/Parkside.aspx - there are links
   to wmv, mov, mp4 and mpeg versions. Howard G6LVB has also made his
   video available at: http://www.g6lvb.com/ParksideCut.wmv (138MB).
 
+ Neven, 9A5YY plans to operate on AO-51, AO-27 and SO-50 with his
   handheld Yaesu VX-7R and AL-800 antenna during his stay in Peru
   April 11-19. Listen for the  callsigns 9A5YY/OA4 from Lima and as
   9A5YY/OA7 from Cuzco.
 
+ The Teresina DX Group is preparing for the PS8DX DXpedition to
   Brazil's Canary Island (IOTA-072) on the coast of Piaui, Brazil
   in grid GI97bf. Dates of operation will be between April 29 to
   May 3. Satellite operation will include AO-7, FO-29, AO-51, VO-52,
   SO-50 and ISS if available. Team members include PS8BBC, PS8DX,
   PS8ET, PS8FSM, PS8HF, PS8JN, PS8NF, PS8PY, PS8RF,PS8TV.
 
[ANS thanks everyone for the above information]
 
/EX
 

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Wind Farm interference
 
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 102.
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 12, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-102.
     
The UK regulator, Ofcom, has published a document about the effects
of interference to UHF & SHF communications by Wind Farms.
 
The report, by ERA Technology Ltd and Aegis Systems Ltd, describes
a technical study in which a series of measurements were carried out
with regard to the presence of wind turbines near to wireless services.
The purpose of the study was to enhance understanding of the effects
of wind turbines near to wireless services
 
Some of their findings include:
 
*  A single turbine can produce measured fades as large as 3 dB for
   UHF scanning telemetry links and 2 dB for fixed links operating
   between 1.5 and 18 GHz, when the turbine is lying on the trans-
   mitter-receiver path.
 
*  A wind farm (with seventeen turbines) can produce measured fades
   as large as 10 to 15 dB for 1% of the time when the wind farm is
   lying on the transmitter-receiver path.
 
The full report in PDF Format is available:
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radiocomms/ifi/licensing/classes/fixed/Windfarms/
rf_
measurement/windfarm_report.pdf
 
[ANS thanks Trevor, M5AKA, for the above information]
 
/EX
 

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Busy Week of Successful ARISS Contacts
 
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 102.
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 12, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-102.
 
1. U.K. Students Contact the ISS
 
On Monday, March 30, students from Parkside Community College in
Cambridge, U.K. took part in an Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS)  contact.   Spaceflight Participant Charles
Simonyi, KE7KDP/HA5SIK answered 17 questions put to him by the
students as an audience of approximately 200 watched. British Amateur
Television Club (BATC) streamed video of the event on its Web site.
 
2. U.S. Girls Speak with Spaceflight Participant via Radio
 
The Girl's Middle School (GMS) in Mountain View, California exper-
ienced a successful Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) contact on Monday, March 30 via telebridge station K6DUE in
Maryland. Twenty girls asked one question each of Charles Simonyi,
KE7KDP/HA5SIK as sixty students looked on. The audio was fed into
the EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers and received 15 connections
from stations in the U.S., Poland, Italy, Germany, England, Canada
and Brazil.
 
3. ISS Radio Contact with Japanese Students
 
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact
took place on Tuesday, March 31 between Mike Fincke, KE5AIT and
students from Science Dream Association (SDA) in Kobe-city, Japan.
The original scheduled pass was too low for a successful contact.
Mike Fincke and Koichi Wakata made a connection on the following
pass and Fincke was able to answer 22 questions before the ISS went
over the horizon.  An audience of approximately 100 people attended
the event and four newspapers provided media coverage.
 
4. ARISS Contact with Puerto Rican Students
 
On Tuesday, March 31, students attending Marcelino Canino Middle
School in Dorado, Puerto Rico participated in an Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with Spaceflight
Participant Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP/HA5SIK.  Simonyi answered all
15 questions posed to him by the children. Approximately 300 stu-
dents and 60 adults, including the Secretary of Education, were
present for the event.  There was no media coverage, but the school
plans to provide television stations with a DVD of the contact. 
Marcelino is a 2005 NASA Explorer School (NES).
 
5. Australian Students Question Astronaut
 
Kalori Catholic School students in Wallaroo, Australia spoke with
Mike Fincke, KE5AIT on Wednesday, April 1. The Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was facilitated
by telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii. Students were able to have
all seventeen questions answered.  The audio was fed into the Echo-
Link AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers and received six connections from
stations in England, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S.
 
6. Florida Students Speak with Spaceflight Participant
 
Milwee Middle School students in Longwood, Florida spoke with
Charles Simonyi,KE7KDP/HA5SIK on Wednesday, April 1.  This Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was made
possible through telebridge station ON4ISS in Belgium.  The stu-
dents were able to ask 11 questions of the spaceflight participant
before the ISS went over the horizon. The audio was fed into the
EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers and received 10 connections from
stations located in Belgium, England, Germany, Switzerland and the
U.S.
 
7. Japanese Students Radio ISS
 
On Thursday, April 2, students from Miyahara Elementary School in
Saitama, Japan participated in an Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) contact. Fourteen students asked one question
each of Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA in front of an audience of 450. Media
coverage included two television stations, including NHK (The Japan
Broadcasting Corporation), seven newspapers and two magazines.
 
8. ARISS ­ France Contact Successful
 
Albert Camus and Jules Verne Elementary Schools in Viry Ch√Ętillon,
France experienced a joint Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) contact on Thursday, April 2. Mike Fincke, KE5AIT
answered 16 questions posed to him by the students. Approximately
150 were present for the event including the mayor of Viry-Chatillon
and Mr. Alberto Novelli, representing ESA.  Local newspapers and
"Le Parisien" reported the news. The audio was fed into the EchoLink
AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers and received three connections from stations
in the U.S., China and England.
 
This was the last contact of Expedition 18 and Mike Fincke's 40th
contact during this increment.
 
9. Carl Sandburg Elementary Participates in ARISS Contact
 
On Thursday, April 1, students attending Carl Sandburg Elementary
School in Kirkland, Washington experienced an Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) contact which was made possible
through telebridge station W6SRJ in California. Charles Simonyi,
KE7KDP/HA5SIK answered the 20 questions put to him by the students.
An audience of approximately 75 students, teachers and parents were
present for the contact.  The audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT
and JK1ZRW servers and received ten connections from stations locat-
ed in England, New Zealand, Turkey and the U.S.
 
King-TV posted an article covering the event.  See:
http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_040209EDB-space-station-simonyi
-KC
.98b4140c.html
 
[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for the above information]
 
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ARISS Status - 06 April 2009
 
AMSAT News Service Bulletin 102.
>From AMSAT HQ SILVER SPRING, MD.
April 12, 2009
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-102.
 
1. ARISS News on Amateur Radio Newsline
 
On April 3, the Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1651 ran 2 Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) news items. The first,
"Names in the News: Dayton Hamvention Announces 2009 Award Winners,"
covers Richard Garriott as the Special Achievement Award recipient.
The second item, "Ham Radio in Space: KE7KDP Again Operating from
the ISS," is about Charles Simonyi's mission, including his ARISS
school contacts.  See: ftp://ftp.arnewsline.org/quincy/News/news.txt
 
2. Charles in Space Web Site
 
The Charles in Space Web site has a section where the public has posted
space related questions concerning Charles' current mission and his
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) activities.
To view the questions and answers, see:
http://www.charlesinspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Read_the_Answers.wel
come#
 
3. General Contacts and SSTV
 
Over the past week, Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP/HA5SIK made several
general contacts with ground stations around the world including
those in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Hungary and Venezuela. He also
transmitted Slow Scan Television (SSTV) images using the VC-H1. Images
may be viewed on the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
(ARISS) SSTV gallery site: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/SSTV/
 
4. Astronaut Training Status
 
On Monday, March 30, the Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) team provided training to Mike Fossum to prepare him
for the ham radio licensing exam. ARISS member Kenneth Ransom is
also working with other astronauts from Expeditions 25 - 28 to get
them trained and licensed.
 
[ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for the above information]
 
/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 additional benefits. Application
forms
are
available from the AMSAT Office.
 
73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

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