ANS-160 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins – AMSAT


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly information and knowledge service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Novice Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes information related to Novice Radio in Area together with studies on the activities of a worldwide group of Novice Radio operators who share an lively interest in designing, building, launching and speaking via analog and digital Novice Radio satellites.

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  • AMSAT Subject Day on the Satellites
  • Remaining Call for Nominations – AMSAT Board of Directors
  • AMSAT President Awarded Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal
  • 37th Annual AMSAT Area Symposium, October 18-20, 2019
  • Dollar-for-Dollar Match in your ARISS Donation Through June 17, 2019
  • AO-85 Back in Operation
  • VUCC Awards-Endorsements for June 2019
  • 2019 Edition of Getting Started with Novice Satellites Obtainable
  • Upcoming Satellite tv for pc Operations
  • CAMSAT Proclaims Upcoming Launch of CAS-7B
  • Satellite tv for pc Shorts From All Over

AMSAT Subject Day on the Satellites

Most hams know concerning the ARRL Area Day event every June, and most who have participated in an ARRL Subject Day in recent times are aware that a satellite tv for pc contact will achieve 100 bonus points for a collaborating station. Nevertheless, all is probably not aware that there is a parallel occasion sponsored by  AMSAT that’s geared solely to satellite operation.

The AMSAT Area Day 2019 occasion is open to all Newbie Radio operators. Amateurs are to make use of the trade as specified in ARRL rules for Area Day. The AMSAT competition is to encourage using all newbie satellites, each analog and digital.

Observe that no points will probably be credited for any contacts past the ONE allowed by way of every single-channel FM satellite. Operators are inspired to not make any additional contacts by way of theses satellites (Ex: SO-50).

CW contacts and digital contacts are value three factors. Satellite digipeat QSO’s and APRS short-message contacts are value three points each, but have to be full verified two-way exchanges. The one contact per FM satellite just isn’t utilized to digital transponders.

Using terrestrial gateway stations or web gateways (i.e. EchoLink, IRLP, and so on.) to uplink/downlink shouldn’t be allowed. Full guidelines and scoring particulars could also be discovered at:

Certificates shall be awarded for the first-place emergency energy/moveable station at the AMSAT Basic Assembly and Area Symposium in the fall of 2019. Certificates may also be awarded to the second and third place moveable/emergency operation in addition to the first-place house station operating on emergency energy. A station submitting excessive, award-winning scores shall be requested to ship in dupe sheets for analog contacts and message listings for digital downloads.

You might have a number of rig difficulties, antenna failures, pc glitches, generator disasters, tropical storms, and there might even be satellite issues, however the objective is to test your potential to operate in an emergency state of affairs. Attempt totally different gear. Show satellite operations to hams that don’t even know the HAMSATS exist. Check your gear. Keep away from making more than ONE contact by way of the FM-only voice HAMSATS or the ISS, and enjoy the event!

[ANS thanks AMSAT/KK5DO for the above information]

2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary  of Holding Newbie Radio in Area.
To help have fun, we’re sponsoring the AMSAT 50th Anniversary Awards Program.
Full particulars can be found at:

Remaining Name for Nominations – AMSAT Board of Directors

It’s time to submit nominations for the upcoming AMSAT Board of Directors election. 4 administrators’ terms expire this yr: those of Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM.  As well as, up to two Alternates may be elected for one-year terms.

A legitimate nomination requires either one Member Society or 5 current particular person members in good standing to nominate an AMSAT member for  Director.  Written nominations, consisting of the nominee’s identify and call, and the nominating people’ names, calls and individual signatures must be mailed to:

10605 CONCORD ST STE 304
KENSINGTON MD 20895-2526

In addition to conventional submissions of written nominations, which is the popular technique, the intent to nominate somebody could also be made by digital means. These embrace e-mail, fax, or electronic image of a petition. Digital petitions must be sent to martha at or faxed to +1-301-822-4371.

It doesn’t matter what means is used, petitions MUST arrive at the AMSAT office no later than June 15th.  If the nomination is a standard written nomination, no different action is required.  If electronic means are used, a verifying traditional written petition MUST be acquired at the AMSAT workplace inside 7 days following the close of nominations on June 15th.


[ANS thanks the AMSAT Office for the above information]

AMSAT depends on your donations to Hold Novice Radio in Area.
Please think about a one-time or recurring donation as we speak at:

37th Annual AMSAT Area Symposium, October 18-20, 2019

AMSAT has announced that the 2019 37th Annual AMSAT Area Symposium and Basic Assembly might be held on Friday by way of Sunday, October 18-20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. The situation shall be The Hilton Arlington, 950 North Stafford Road, Arlington, Virginia, 22203.

The Hilton Arlington is situated in the coronary heart of the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA. Related to the Ballston Metro Station, the lodge presents straightforward and easy entry to Washington D.C.’s prime tourist destinations like the Nationwide Mall, Smithsonian Museums and historic monuments. The lodge is six miles from Reagan Nationwide Airport and the Nationwide Mall.

The AMSAT Board of Director’s Assembly will probably be held simply before the Symposium, October 16-17, at the similar lodge.

The current plan consists of excursions of Washington D.C./Baltimore space on Sunday and Monday, October 20-21. The banquet speakers will rejoice  AMSAT’s lengthy historical past, and an OSCAR Park display is also deliberate, so please plan be a part of us for the 50th Anniversary Symposium — you’d be glad you probably did.

You can also make lodge reservations by calling the lodge immediately at 703-528-6000. The group identify is AMSAT, Radio Novice Satellite Company.

A link for on-line reservations shall be posted at a later date. Symposium and banquet tickets can be out there for buy on the AMSAT retailer in July.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

Greenback-for-Greenback Match on your ARISS Donation Through June 17, 2019

In the course of the ARISS Discussion board on the Hamvention, it was introduced, that between now and June 17, that an nameless donor will equally match one dollar for every greenback donated as much as $10,000.

Here is a wonderful opportunity to get probably the most out of your donations to the ARISS FundRazr. The FundRazr Undertaking was initiated to boost $150,000 in the direction of the ARISS Radio Improve on ISS. So far 90 contributors have donated $24,840 to the marketing campaign, about 17% of the objective. $10,000 of your dollars, donated now, will increase that complete to $44,840, including the matching funds. It might be nice if we might truly achieve one-third of our aim ($50,000) by mid-June. Please donate at present at:

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]

AMSAT President Awarded Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal

AMSAT President and ARRL Life Member Joe Spier, K6WAO, has been awarded the Russian E.T. Krenkel Medal, a prestigious award granted to individuals and organizations for excellent international contributions to Novice Radio.

Joe Spier, K6WAO is a very long time supporter of Novice Radio in Area and international cooperation. K6WAO is the President of the Radio Novice Satellite Company (AMSAT). He has also served AMSAT as Government Vice President, and Vice President, Instructional Relations.

He’s a long term supporter of Novice Radio on the International Area Station (ARISS) and scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematics schooling. Spier is an AMSAT Life Member. He is also a Life Member of American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Society of Novice Radio Astronomers (SARA).

The award’s namesake, Ernst Teodorovich Krenkel, was a radio newbie who, through the years, used the decision signs RAEM, U3AA, and UA3AA. Born in Poland, Krenkel was an Arctic explorer who took part in the first Soviet “drifting station,” North Pole-1. He was made a “Hero of the Soviet Union” in 1938 for his exploits.

Krenkel’s son, T.E. Krenkel, is among the many four signatories to the award certificates. The youthful Krenkel, a professor on the Moscow Technical School of Telecommunication and Informatics, stated his father was an avid radio novice who served as the first chairman of the Central Radio Club in the united states.

Krenkel’s picture seems on postage stamps from the united states and Russia, and he authored a biography entitled My Callsign is RAEM. In the period when all radio amateurs acquired QSL playing cards by way of Field 88, Moscow, Krenkel was allowed to have his own postal handle on his QSLs and was issued the non-standard RAEM name signal.

Information about the Krenkel Medal might be discovered at:

[ANS thanks the Russian National Academy of Researches and  Discoveries for the above information]

AO-85 Back in Operation

AO-85 is nearly back in full sun. It was commanded on at about 1200Z on Friday morning, June 7. The repeater is on, however up to now no DUV telemetry, so IHU should not be working. Also, repeater isn’t dropping between uplinks as it should on this mode. However it has been left on, so customers should be happy to make use of when you can. Reviews too please (amsat-bb) !

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations for the above information]

VUCC Awards-Endorsements for June 2019

The Might-June 2019 VUCC Endorsements can seen at:

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

2019 Edition of Getting Started with Newbie Satellites Obtainable

The 2019 Version of Getting Began with Novice Satellites, the definitive reference for the new or experienced newbie satellite tv for pc operator is now out there from the AMSAT retailer for $25 + delivery.

This definitive reference is written for the new satellite operator by Gould Smith, WA4SXM, but consists of discussions for the skilled operator who needs to assessment the options of newbie satellite communications. The brand new operator might be launched to the essential concepts and terminology distinctive to this mode. Additionally, there are various practical ideas and tips to make sure making contacts, and to sound like an skilled satellite tv for pc operator in the process.

Newly revised in Might 2019 with info on new satellites and additional information about operating and logging satellite QSOs. It also consists of info on several satellites of interest to hams expected to be launched in the coming yr.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

Upcoming Satellite tv for pc Operations

For up to date info, see:

CAMSAT Declares Upcoming Launch of CAS-7B

CAMSAT, the Chinese language Novice Satellite tv for pc Group, has introduced the upcoming launch of a short-life experimental sail satellite tv for pc carrying an FM repeater inside the next few weeks. CAS-7B ( BP-1B ) is scheduled to be launched at the end of June this yr, based on a June 1 information launch that has been extensively disseminated.

Because of the orbital apogee and the dimensions and mass of the satellite tv for pc, the orbital life of the satellite is predicted to be only one week, up to a most of one month, which may even provide with a chance for hams to track and monitor satellite getting into the environment.

The launch will use a new launch car from a small business rocket company. That is the first launch of this launch car, and there’s a giant risk of failure. Nevertheless, if profitable, the satellite will ship CW telemetry on 435.715 MHz. There will even be an FM crossband repeater with uplink at 145.900 MHz and downlink at 435.715 MHz.

AMSAT-UK has made the complete information launch obtainable on-line at:

[ANS thanks CAMSAT for the above information]

Satellite Shorts From All Over

  • The CubeSat Requirements Handbook is a abstract of freely out there  area requirements with potential software for the CubeSat area.  There’s a current model of the CubeSat Requirements Handbook at:  (ANS thanks Artur Scholz of LibreCube Initiative for the above info)
  • An article celebrating the success of the Chip-Sat swarm was revealed by the Standford University News service and could be seen at:   (ANS thanks @zacinaction on Twitter for the above info)
  • There have been many questions posted lately in numerous social  media channels regarding activity on PO-101. A schedule of PO-101  exercise is posted weekly at: (ANS thanks Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, for the above info)
  • The Group for Earth Statement (GEO) goals to allow newbie reception of weather and earth imaging satellites. The GEO Publication climate satellite tv for pc publication is on the market at no cost obtain at:  (ANS thanks Southgate ARC for the above info)
  • CubeSat Builders Workshop talks now out there to view at:  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above info.)
  • A very good article concerning the cubesat simulator is posted at:  (ANS thanks for the above info)
  • An article on some great benefits of using Three-D printing to create feed   horns and antennas for satellite tv for pc stations might be found at: (ANS thanks for the above info)
  • An article regarding attainable modifications to the 1240-1300 MHz band allocation might be found at:  (ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above info)
  • TAPR Board of Directors election outcomes: There were 144 votes forged in the TAPR Board of Administrators election, as follows:
    Scotty Cowling WA2DFI 133
    George Byrkit K9TRV 114
    John Koster W9DDD 106
    Brian Rogers N1URO 61

    Subsequently, WA2DFI, K9TRV and W9DDD have been elected to the Board of Directors to serve three yr terms.  (ANS thanks Stana Horzepa, WA1LOU, TAPR Secretary for the above info)

  • The RACE mission concept includes two ‘6-unit’ CubeSats that may fly collectively in close formation and carry out close-proximity opera-ions. These will embrace rendezvous and docking, and the power to perform an in depth flyby round uncooperative targets, resembling derelict satellites. Full article at:  (ANS thanks the European Area Agency for the above info)
  • The blog, “On All Bands,” has two current posts on methods to work novice satellites. Part 1 is at:  Part 2 is at:  (ANS thanks Sean Kutzko, KX9X, for the above info)

73 and keep in mind to help maintain newbie radio in area,

This week’s ANS Editor,
K0JM at amsat dot org