ANS-174 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for June 23 – AMSAT


The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly information and knowledge service of AMSAT North America, The Radio Novice Satellite Company. ANS publishes information associated to Novice Radio in area including 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 Newbie Radio satellites.

The news feed on publishes information of Novice Radio in area as soon as our volunteers can publish it. Please send any newbie satellite tv for pc information or studies to: ans-editor at amsat dot org.  You’ll be able to enroll for free e-mail supply of the AMSAT News Service Bulletins by way of the ANS Listing; to hitch this listing see:

In this edition:

  • Candidates for the AMSAT Board of Directors Introduced
  • Assist Rejoice AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary – Take W3ZM on the Street!
  • Lightsail-2 Scheduled for Launch June 24
  • NASA Lightsail-2 PR and TV Protection
  • Listening to Lightsail-2 Co-passengers
  • AMSAT President Joe Spier Speaks With SIP Interns
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • ARISS News
  • The best way to Help AMSAT
  • Shorts From All Over

Candidates for the AMSAT Board of Administrators Introduced

The 2019 candidates for the AMSAT Board of Directors, in alphabetical order by last identify are:

  • Jerry Buxton, N0JY
  • Howard (Howie) Defelice, AB2S
  • Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA
  • Jeff Johns, WE4B
  • Brennan Worth, N4QX
  • Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK
  • Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
  • Michelle Thompson, W5NYV

This yr AMSAT membership will select four candidates to the Board of Administrators. The 4 candidates receiving the very best number of votes will probably be seated as voting members of the Board of Administrators. Two alternate administrators shall be selected based mostly on the subsequent highest number of votes acquired.

Ballots will probably be mailed to the AMSAT membership by July 15, 2019.

The election closes September 15, 2019.

Clayton L. Coleman, W5PFG

Help Rejoice AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary – Take W3ZM on the Street!

Faucet or Click the photograph for the newest information

Main as much as the 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Area Symposium and Basic Assembly, to be held in Arlington, VA, October 18 – 20, 2019, AMSAT’s call sign, W3ZM, will function from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  Not solely is that this your probability to get Worked All States-Satellites beneath the W3ZM call sign, but, additionally, your probability to be part of this historic effort.

Word:  When operating outdoors of the “3” call area, operators will append the W3ZM name signal with “/(call area).” For instance, somebody working from Texas will use W3ZM/5; from Hawaii, W3ZM/KH6; from Alaska, W3ZM/KL7; and from Puerto Rico, W3ZM/WP4.

To make this occur – We’d like your assist! Please volunteer to get on the air and activate your State, utilizing AMSAT’s W3ZM call sign, as well as to cover these States with out an lively AMSAT Member. Activations of different United States Territories (i.e. Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands) are also welcome.

To volunteer and function using AMSAT’s W3ZM name signal, you need to:

  • Be a present member of AMSAT
  • Get hold of permission by emailing AMSAT VP of Consumer Providers, specifying the requested date(s) and site(s)
  • Submit an ADIF log of contacts made for upload to LoTW by AMSAT, as instructed in your discover of approval to use the W3ZM call sign
[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT VP of User Services for the above information]

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

Lightsail-2 Scheduled for Launch June 24 – Beacon on 437.zero25 MHz

Planetary Society photograph – click or faucet to visit the mission page.

LightSail is a citizen-funded challenge from The Planetary Society. After launch this cubesat can be propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit. LightSail 2 is scheduled to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy on June 24, 2019, and we’ll try the first, managed photo voltaic sail flight in Earth orbit.

LightSail 2 will experience to area aboard the Division of Defense Area Check Program-2 (STP-2) mission which can ship 24 spacecraft to 3 totally different orbits. LightSail 2 itself shall be enclosed within Prox-1, a Georgia Tech-designed spacecraft originally constructed to reveal close-encounter operations with different spacecraft. Prox-1 will deploy LightSail 2 seven days after launch.

After a couple of days of health and status checks, LightSail 2’s 4 dual-sided photo voltaic panels will swing open. Roughly a day later, 4 metallic booms will unfurl 4 triangular Mylar sails from storage. The sails, which have a combined space of 32 square meters [344 square feet], will turn in the direction of the sun for half of each orbit, giving the spacecraft a tiny push no stronger than the load of a paperclip. For a few month after sail deployment, this continual thrust should increase LightSail 2’s orbit by a measurable quantity.

LightSail 2 will fly in a 24-degree inclination, 720 km, circular orbit. At latitudes of 42 levels north it’s going to reach a maximum elevation of 10 degrees above the horizon.

Lightsail-2 has been issued an experimental radio license WM9XPA and transmit on 437.zero25 MHz. A morse beacon will transmit the callsign every 45 seconds. A packet beacon will transmit AX.25, FSK 9K6 bps knowledge.

Beacon info is obtainable at:
Documentation of the downlink telemetry knowledge construction is posted at:

[ANS thanks the Planetary Society for the above information]

NASA Lightsail-2 PR and TV Coverage

NASA Tv protection is scheduled for an upcoming prelaunch exercise and first nighttime launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, which will probably be carrying four agency know-how missions to help improve future spacecraft design and performance.

The launch window for the Falcon Heavy opens at 11:30 p.m. EDT Monday, June 24, from historic Launch Complicated 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Area Middle in Florida. The launch, in addition to a stay know-how show, will air NASA Television and the company’s web site.

SpaceX and the U.S. Department of Defense will launch two dozen satellites to area, including four NASA payloads which are a part of the Area Check Program-2, managed by the U.S. Air Drive Area and Missile Techniques Middle. The four payloads embrace two NASA know-how demonstrations to improve how spacecraft propel and navigate, as well as two NASA science missions to assist us higher understand the nature of area and the way it impacts know-how on spacecraft and the ground.

Full NASA TV protection is as follows: (all occasions EDT)

Sunday, June 23

  • Noon – NASA prelaunch know-how TV show from Kennedy. Subject matter specialists will explain every NASA mission and reply questions.

Monday, June 24

  • 9:30 p.m. –  Stay NASA TV coverage begins of the return to Earth of NASA astronaut Anne McClain and two other International Area Station residents, with landing scheduled at 10:48 p.m. (Public Channel)
  • 11 p.m. – NASA TV launch commentary begins ahead of the focused 11:30 p.m. launch. NASA TV will simulcast the SpaceX STP-2 webcast beginning about 15 minutes before liftoff. (Media Channel)

Prelaunch and launch day coverage will embrace blog updates as milestones happen:
Study extra concerning the NASA technologies aboard this launch:

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information]

Listening to Lightsail-2 Beacon Co-passengers

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Group has revealed the following frequencies and operating modes for the novice radio band cubesats additionally being launched with LightSail:

TBEX-A437.485 MHz9K6 AX.25 GMSK
TBEX-B437.535 MHz9K6 AX.25 GMSK
Oculus-A SR437.200 MHz9K6 AX.25 GMSK
CP9437.505 MHz9K6/19K2/38K4 AX.25 FSK
BRICSat-2145.825 MHz APRS up/dnInitially, solely TLM once a minute, and PSK31 each 20 secs.
PSAT-2145.825 MHz APRS up/dnAPRS-to-Voice,
PSK31 28.120 MHz up – UHF 435.350 down
SSTV digital camera down on similar UHF audio
Armadillo435.525 MHz38K4 GMSK, CW TLM
PROX-1437.345 MHz 2.Three GHz non-amateur

Visit for details of PSAT-2 and BRICSat-2 operations.

[ANS thanks the IARU for the above information]

Buy AMSAT Gear on our Zazzle storefront.
25% of the acquisition worth of every product goes
in the direction of Protecting Newbie Radio in Area

AMSAT President Joe Spier Speaks With SIP Interns

Click on or faucet: AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO at Goddard.

AMSAT president Joe Spier lately addressed the Area Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Internship Undertaking (SIP) at Goddard Area Flight Middle in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Through the June 17 occasion students in the program have been supplied with two opportunities to study area communications from extensively totally different views. The first session was led by Radio Novice Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) president Joe Spier – the second by Dave Israel, the Exploration and Area Communications (ESC) tasks division’s lead architect.

With Spier, SCaN interns acquired the prospect to study AMSAT, a volunteer organization that designs, builds, launches and commands novice radio payloads on satellites. SCaN intern and “ham” Caitlyn Singam was required to cross a rigorous FCC exam to be given her unique callsign, AC3AG, at the highest degree of certification, ‘Amateur Extra-class’. Given her history with novice radio the speak was notably inspiring.

“I actually ended up talking to Mr. Spier afterwards about getting involved in AMSAT,” Singam stated. “It was really exciting.”

Singham enjoyed learning about Spier’s unconventional path to AMSAT, which she associated to in her personal educational career. “I’ve had an interesting route myself, with biological sciences and a master’s in systems [engineering] in the fall,” she stated.

Spier’s route took him from a background in geology to turning into a pacesetter within the small satellite group.  He had early goals of turning into the first to climb Olympus Mons, the very best peak on Mars. Immediately, he refers to the interns because the ‘Mars generation,’ hoping that an intern at present may summit that peak in the close to future.

He shared his private strategy on making huge NASA goals come true: “I always clarified it by saying, ‘If I can’t be that person, I want to help someone else be that person.’”

Within the afternoon, SCaN interns met with ESC’s lead communications architect for an summary of division tasks. Israel’s work at NASA spans 30 years. Interns heard about subjects ranging from the event of Monitoring and Knowledge Relay Satellites (TDRS) within the late 1980s to the Area Cellular Community, an idea for an interplanetary web that Israel envisions coming to fruition within the close to future.

Israel, like Spier, provided the SCaN interns in attendance some recommendation:

“Never keep any good ideas to yourself, and don’t worry about asking questions from a different perspective,” Israel stated. “A question from a different perspective gets people to think about it in a different sort of way.”

“Never keep any good ideas to yourself, and don’t worry about asking questions from a different perspective.”

To Grace McFassel, a SCaN intern who attended the speak, Israel’s story was not solely fascinating, however inspiring. “He [has] this specific skillset that he dearly loves, and he’s used that to carry himself through by finding niches where he can be useful,” McFassel stated. “It’s a good lesson to carry orward.”

To study extra about SIP or SCaN, go to To use for internships, go to

The complete article could be seen at:

[ANS thanks Emily Cavanagh, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, via their Explorations & Space Communication Website for the above information]

AMSAT, along with our ARISS companions, is creating an novice   radio package deal,
including two-way communication functionality, to  be carried on-board Gateway in
lunar orbit. Help AMSAT’s  tasks as we speak at

Upcoming Satellite tv for pc Operations as of June 21, 2019

Publish Scorching Rod Energy Tour Rove (New York to Wyoming) – June 15-27, 2019
Following the Scorching Rod Energy Tour, RJ, WY7AA, shall be heading to FN02 for a couple of days and plans to work FN01/11 gridline round June 17-18. Details to comply with. He can be heading as far east as FN32 after which ultimately working his method back to DN71. Specifically wanting for EN01/02 along the best way. Particulars shall be posted to Twitter and his QRZ web page because the trip plans unfold. Comply with RJ on as WY7AA-9, as he won’t have Twtter entry alongside the street.

Misplaced within the Hertz (DN06/07/16/17) – June 23, 2019
Kell (KI7UXT) and John (KC7JPC) will rove to DN06/07/16/17 grid nook (plan A) or DN06/07 grid line (plan B) and work FM satellites and if time/move permits work a couple of linear satellites. Anticipate a 18:00 UTC start time. Take a look at Kell’s Twitter feed for specific passes:

#JosephOrBustRove (DN04, DN05, DN15) – June 28-30, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, can be wandering round Japanese Oregon and decided to perform a little grid activating. Look for Casey on FM passes in DN04 mid-Friday, June 28th, in DN15 Friday night time to Saturday evening, and DN05 Sunday morning. Specific passes to be posted on Casey’s Twitter feed

Hawaii (BK29, BL20) – June 27 to July Eight, 2019
Mark, N8MH will probably be operating a bit as N8MH/KH6 June 27-July Three from BK29 and July 5-8 from BL20, FM and linears. Risk of different grids as soon as there.  Watch Mark’s Twitter feed for further announcements:

mini-Route 66 Rove (DM94/95, EM05/15, EM14, EM23/24) June 28 – July 5, 2019
John, AB5SS, shall be driving east from DM85 on a mini-Route 66 journey starting June 28, staying/passing by way of DM95/94, EM05/15, stopping in EM14 for July 2-4th, then head house through EM24/23 on July fifth. Working holiday-style, as household allows, posting activations to Twitter:

South Dakota (EN04, EN05) – July 2-Three, 2019
Lucky for us, Mitch, AD0HJ, shall be stopping at the EN04/05 gridline from July 2nd 22:37z to July third 13:27z,  on his approach to Iowa. Mitch will working the FM Satellites (SO-50, AO-91, AO-92). Examine Mitch’s Twitter feed for further announcements:

Iceland (HP95 IP15 IP25 IP03 HP03) – July 13-19, 2019
Adam, K0FFY, is taking his household (and his radios) to Iceland. Tentative schedule is HP95 July 13, IP13 and IP15 July 14-15, IP25 July 16, IP03 or HP93 July 17-18, and HP94 July 19. There’s so much to see, so passes will probably be greatest effort and announced on Twitter shortly prior.

Please submit any additions or corrections to ke4al (at)

[ANS thanks Robert KE4AL for the above information]


  • 2019-06-13 11:10 UTC between Nick Hague KG5TMV using ISS callsign  NA1SS and Peninsula Grammar, Melbourne, Australia Contact was telebridge by way of VK4KHZ. ARISS Mentor was Tony VK5ZAI.
  • 2019-06-15 10:39 UTC between Cosmonaut Oleg Konenenko using ISS callsign RSØISS and GBPOU RM “Saransk Polytechnic College”, Saransk, Russia Contact was direct by way of R4UAB. ARISS Mentor was   Sergey RV3DR.
  • 2019-06-15 18:11 UTC between Nick Hague KG5TMV utilizing ISS callsign NA1SS and Smithsonian Air and Area – Udvar-Hazy, Chantilly, VA, USA Contact was telebridge by way of W6SRJ. ARISS Mentor was Dave W8AAS.
  • 2019-06-19 08:49 UTC between David St-Jacques KG5FYI using ISS callsign OR4ISS and King Island District High Faculty, Currie, TAS, Australia Contact was telebridge by way of IK1SLD. ARISS Mentor was Shane VK4KHZ.
  • 2019-06-20 12:48 UTC between Nick Hague KG5TMV utilizing ISS callsign NA1SS and Rowan Preparatory Faculty, Claygate, United Kingdom Contact was direct by way of GB4RPS. ARISS Mentor was Ciaran MØXTD.

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule

Traverse Area District Library, Traverse Metropolis, MI, direct by way of W8TCM
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV
Contact is go for: Fri 2019-06-28 14:02:16 UTC 25 deg
Watch for stay stream at:

[ANS thanks ARISS, Charlie AJ9N and David AA4KN for the above information]

AMSAT and ARISS are presently supporting a FundRazr campaign to
increase $150,000 for important radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. The
upgrades are essential to enable college students to continue to speak to astronauts
in area by way of Newbie Radio.  We have now reached an amazing milestone with $26,180
raised or about 17% in the direction of our objective. This may not have been attainable without
your outstanding generosity!! For more info and to DONATE TODAY visit:

The way to Help AMSAT

AMSAT depends on the help of our members and the newbie radio group to Hold Novice Radio in Area.

How are you going to help?

  1. Be a part of AMSAT
    Each you and AMSAT will profit if you be a part of. You get the AMSAT Journal bimonthly and help from AMSAT Ambassadors. Member dues and donations present AMSAT’s main help. Be a part of right now at:
  2. Turn into a Life Member
    Turning into a Life Member has never been simpler. Now you’ll be able to turn out to be a Life Member with 12 month-to-month funds of $74 by means of our on-line retailer. See for details.
  3. Donate to AMSAT
    Make a one time or recurring donation to AMSAT immediately. Whilst little as one greenback a month could make a difference! Donate in the present day at
  4. Purchase AMSAT gear on our Zazzle storefront.
    AMSAT receives 25% of the worth of every sale on AMSAT emblem merchandise from our Zazzle storefront situated at
  5. Help AMSAT whenever you make purchases from Amazon!
    Up to now, AMSAT has acquired $Three,913.29 from AmazonSmile. Search for “Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation”
  6. Volunteer for AMSAT AMSAT depends on volunteers for almost all of our activities. When you have an concept for how you can help, please let us know, Particulars on volunteering may be found at
[ANS thanks the AMSAT office for the above information.]

Shorts From All Over

  • Richmond, BC Radio Club Area Day Article
    Here is a good article saying Richmond (British Columbia) ARC satellite presence for Subject Day:
    [ANS thanks Alan Campbell / Richmond News for the above information]
  • JAISAT-1 to Launch July 5
    JAISAT-1, built by the Radio Novice Society of Thailand and carrying a VHF/UHF linear transponder, is scheduled to launch on July 5, 2019 from Vostochny Cosmodrome on a Soyuz/Fregat launch car.
    [ANS thanks JM3LGF via Twitter for the above information]
  • New Distance Document by way of AO-91
    News acquired by way of the South Africa Radio League’s SARL Weekly News in English 2019-6-22 report that a information distance document was set by way of the AO-91 satellite. On Friday 21 June at 12:07 UTC Andre, ZS2BK in grid KF26SB made a FM QSO with Richard, 9G5AR in grid IJ95VN and the space is 5243.9 km. Nicely executed to Andre and Richard! [ANS thanks SARL News for the above information.]
  • Congratulations to AE4FH, WX4TVJ, KM4LAO &#zero38; AI6V on receiving scholarships awarded by ARRL Basis! [ANS thanks ARRL for the above information.]
  • The AMSAT Journal Editor-in-Chief Joe Kornowski KB6IGK would really like to share your Fieled Day Satellite tv for pc setup footage. Please ship your footage in TIF, GIF or JPG format accompanied with a text description. Please do not embed graphics or pictures in your manuscript. Please send submissions to journal at  Chosen pictures will apear in a future edition of The AMSAT Journal.  The AMSAT Journal reserves the best to selct materials based mostly on suitability of content material and area issues. [ANS thanks Joe KB6IGK for the above information.]
  • The Might/June version of The AMSAT Journal has been mailed and  members ought to be receiving them.  On this challenge:
  1. Apogee View by Joe Spier K6WAO
  2. AMSAT CubeSat Simulator Part Three: Failure Simulations and
  3. Troubleshooting by Alan B. Johnston KU2Y and Pat Kilroy N8PK
  4. Tom Clark, K3IO, and the Occasion Horizon Telescope (EHT), By Bob   McGwier
  5. RF Generator Methods for Area Purposes by Jurgen Vanhamel  ON5ADL
  6. DM31 Activation, Organ Pipe Cactus Nationwide Monument by Patrick  Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK
  7. Hamvention 2019 in footage

To receive a replica of The AMSAT Journal be a part of AMSAT right now:

[AMSATthanksTheAMSATJournaleditorialstafffortheabove info[AMSATthanksTheAMSATJournaleditorialstafffortheabove info[AMSATthanksTheAMSATJournaleditorialstafffortheabove info[AMSATthanksTheAMSATJournaleditorialstafffortheabove info

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT presents membership within the President’s Membership. Members of the President’s Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Challenge Funds, might be eligible to obtain further advantages. Software types are available from the AMSAT workplace.

Main and secondary faculty college students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly price. Publish-secondary faculty students enrolled in a minimum of half time standing shall be eligible for the scholar fee for a maximum of six post-secondary years on this standing.

Contact Martha on the AMSAT workplace for further scholar membership info.


This week’s ANS Editor,
EMike McCardel, AA8EM
aa8em at amsat dot org