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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    ANS-169 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins


    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:
    ans-editor at amsat.org

    In this edition:
    * AMSAT 2012 Symposium Weekend Schedule Posted
    * Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors
    * Viet Nam F-1 CubeSat Team Invites You to Send Your Name to Space
    * 1st Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop Video and Presentations Available
    * Credit Card Sized Raspberry Pi Computer Board Runs Ham Radio Software
    * Satellite Shorts From All Over
    * ARISS Status - 21 May 2012

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    ANS-169 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 169.01
    June 17, 2012
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    AMSAT 2012 Symposium Weekend Schedule Posted

    The 2012 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium will be held in Orlando, Florida on the weekend of October 26-28, 2012 at the Holiday Inn, Orlando Airport Hotel.

    The Symposium weekend will feature:
    • Space Symposium with Amateur Satellite Presentations
    • Operating Techniques, News, & Plans from the Amateur Satellite World
    • Board of Directors Meeting open to AMSAT members
    • Meet Board Members and Officers
    • Annual General Membership Meeting
    • Annual Banquet—Keynote Speaker and Door Prizes

    To help you plan your trip to Orlando the 2012 Symposium Committee has posted a high-level schedule of the weekend's events.

    Preliminary 2012 Symposium Schedule

    Thursday 25 October 2012
    AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting 8am - 9pm

    Friday 26 October 2012
    AMSAT Board of Directors Meeting 8am - Noon
    Trips to SkyCraft 9am - Noon
    AMSAT Symposium 1pm - 5pm

    Saturday 27 October 2012
    Symposium 8am - 3pm
    AMSAT General Meeting 3:30pm
    AMSAT Banquet 6:30pm - 10pm

    Sunday 28 October 2012
    7:30am AMSAT Area Coordinator's Breakfast
    Local trip of Interest TBD

    Monday 29 October 2012
    Special trip to Kennedy Space Center 8am-6pm
    Contact Martha if interested

    Watch the AMSAT Symposium Web Pages  for the latest information.

    [ANS thanks the 2012 Symposium Committee for the above information]

    Candidates for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors

    There are six candidates running for the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors. Three of the candidates are current members of the Board whose term expires this year. Ballots will be mailed to the membership by July 15th, and must be received at the AMSAT-NA Silver Spring, MD office no later than the close of business on September 15th, 2012.

    The nominees include (in alphabetical order):
    • Tom Clark, K3IO *
    • Steve Coy, K8UD
    • Mark Hammond, N8MH
    • Lou McFadin, W5DID *
    • Gould Smith, WA4SXM *
    • Patrick E. Stoddard, WD9EWK

    * Incumbent

    [ANS thanks Alan, WA4SCA, for the above information]

    Viet Nam F-1 CubeSat Team Invites You to Send Your Name to Space

    The latest news from the F-1 CubeSat Team, posted on their website blog  and on the AMSAT-UK web  with additional photos reports that the satellite's flight safety review is complete and the FSpace team together with their partner NanoRacks LLC has satisfied the technical requirements and standards set by the launch vehicle provider.

    F-1 CubeSat is ready for its scheduled launch in July 21, 2012 from Japan. If everything goes according to plan, the F-1 CubeSat will be delivered to Japan by the end of June. Then along with four other CubeSats (RAIKO, WE-WISH, FITSAT-1 and TechEdSat) F-1 will be loaded onboard HTV-3 “Kounotori” transfer vehicle for integration with the JAXA HII-B launch vehicle.

    These CubeSats will remain aboard the ISS until September, 2012 when Japanese astronaut and radio amateur Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI should deploy it into space from the ISS using the Kibo robot arm.

    F-1 carries two Yaesu VX-3R transceivers using 145.980 and 437.485 MHz.

    The FSpace team are offering the public a chance to send their name/callsign and a message into space onboard the F-1 CubeSat. You will also be presented with a certificate!

    [ANS thanks the FSpace Team and AMSAT-UK for the above information]

    1st Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop Video and Presentations Available

    Video and presentations from the 1st Interplanetary CubeSat Workshop, held in and around MIT and Boston on May 29-30 are available for downloading . Copies and videos of all the presentations, posters and ancillary sessions can be found by clicking on their titles.

    Please note that this conference was an open conference and did not wish to discuss information restricted by ITAR. U.S. citizens and permanent residents were responsible for ensuring that technical data presented was not restricted by ITAR and that ITAR controlled information was not discussed with non-U.S. citizens.

    [ANS thanks the iCubeSat Workshop for the above information]

    Credit Card Sized Raspberry Pi Computer Board Runs Ham Radio Software

    AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NA member Dave Johnson, G4DPZ, has been using the Raspberry Pi to run amateur radio satellite software.

    The £22 ($35) Model B Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized ARM-based computer board that plugs into a TV and a keyboard. Based around the 700 MHz ARM11 processor the board has 256 MB SDRAM, two USB ports, Ethernet with composite and HDMI video outputs. Low-level peripherals are GPIO pins, SPI, I²C, I²S and UART.

    It was developed in Cambridgeshire by a UK registered charity, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing.

    Dave’s Raspberry Pi runs Debian Squeeze with Xwindows and is accessed using VNC over his shack network.

    The first amateur radio application he got running was the GPredict satellite tracking software, thanks go to Alex Csete OZ9AEC for making such a portable implementation. Dave found the sofware and updates of the Keplerian Two Line Elements from the Internet worked perfectly.

    More information about the Raspberry Pi can be found on-line .

    GPredict free real-time satellite tracking and orbit prediction software can be found on-line 

    See also AMSAT-UK web  for photos and additional information about the Raspberry Pi.

    [ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]

    Satellite Shorts From All Over

    • Nick Pugh, K5QXJ posted a video  recorded during an AubieSat-1 pass after its recent on-orbit reconfiguration.
    • Plan Ahead! To celebrate Venezuelan Navy Day, members of the Grupo DX Caracas will be active as YW5B from La Blanquilla Island between July 11-16. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, Satellites, FM and the Digital modes. (Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1065)
    • The next Hudson Valley Satcom net date is Thursday June 21, 8PM EDT (UTC-4 UTC) on the 146.97 MHz MBARC Repeater (PL 100). The echolink connection has been experiencing problems so you are invited to send an e-mail to N2OXV at arrl.net to make sure that the N2EYH-L EchoLink node is available if you plan to join via this route. (Stu, WA2BSS)
    • video of the AMSAT-UK FunCube Dongle receiving the HORYU-2 Satellite  is posted on-line. You will also find links describing the satellite and a link to software for telemetry decoding.
    • VE7BQH  has just updated his 2m and 6m antenna comparison tables and provided additional information on each antenna. The changes are explained by him along with links to both text and spreadsheet versions of the tables.

    [ANS thanks everyone for the above information]

    ARISS Status - 11 June 2012

    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Status Report June 11, 2012

    1. Japanese Contact Successful
    On Wednesday, June 6, students attending Kawatinagano Higashi Junior High School in Kawatinagano, Osaka, Japan took part in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with André Kuipers, PI9ISS on ISS. At the beginning of the contact the school was experiencing a power blackout, but recovered in time so that all children were able to ask their questions. The event supplemented lessons about space and the ISS.

    2. Astronaut Training Status
    Astronaut Jeannette Epps took and passed her amateur radio license exam last week and was given the callsign KF5QNU. She is not assigned to any future ISS expedition crews at this time.

    [ANS thanks Carol, KB3LKI, for the above information]


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    Primary and secondary school students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly rate. Post-secondary school students enrolled in at least half time status shall be eligible for the student rate for a maximum of 6 post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership information.

    This week's ANS Editor,
    Lee McLamb, KU4OS
    ku4os at amsat dot org
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