ANS-181 AMSAT News Service Bulletins for June 30 – AMSAT


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On this edition:

  • AO-85 Update: Do Not Entry Whereas in Eclipse
  • Candidates for the AMSAT Board of Administrators Announced
  • PSAT Successfully Launched on Falcon Heavy STP-2
  • Update: PSAT2 is coming to Northern Latitudes!
  • Up to date TLE’s and Analysis Instruments for BIRDS-Three
  • Chinese Lunar Satellite DSLWP-B and the July 2 Photo voltaic Eclipse
  • Thailand JAISAT-1 Satellite to Launch on July 5, 2019
  • ARISS Worldwide Delegates Meet in Montreal
  • European Astro Pi Challenge Winners Announced
  • New Launch of G0KLA Tracker
  • Upcoming Satellite Operations
  • ARISS News
  • Satellite tv for pc Shorts from All Over

AO-85 Update: Do Not Entry Whereas in Eclipse

The auto Protected mode was disabled on June 24 and the transponder was turned on. A number of QSOs have been made to verify that it will drop with inactivity.

At present, the battery voltage could be very low and it seems to be like a cell is ready to surrender the ghost. Please do not use the satellite tv for pc while it’s in eclipse, even in the event you hear it. Operations isn’t positive what can be usable if and when this cell fails utterly.

In the meantime, please ship reviews to the AMSAT-BB. They are welcome and useful.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the above information.]

Candidates for the AMSAT Board of Administrators Announced

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 choose 4 candidates to the Board of Administrators. The four candidates receiving the very best variety of votes can be seated as voting members of the Board of Directors. Two alternate directors will probably be chosen based mostly on the subsequent highest variety of votes acquired.

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

The election closes September 15, 2019.

Clayton L. Coleman, W5PFG

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PSAT Successfully Launched on Falcon Heavy STP-2

PSAT2 was efficiently Launched at 0630Z on June 25, 2019 on the Falcon Heavy STP-2 mission right into a 28 diploma elliptical orbit with apogee at 860 km  and perigee at 300 km. The 28 diploma inclination makes it troublesome to work it over most of Europe however the vital difference in apogee and perigee could make a 15 degree or so elevation difference on the horizon. When apogee circulates to be over the northern hemisphere, then more northern stations can work it. When Perigee is over the northern hemisphere, it may well only be seen in Spain and Italy latitudes in Europe, and solely mid latitudes in the USA.

This altering apogee dynamic will transfer earlier every day and two weeks later, may have reversed, and so forth on a monthly cycle or so. One other fascinating factor concerning the orbit is that it’s virtually time synchronous; which means that a cross will happen virtually the same time every single day (though five minutes earlier). However then an earlier orbit will seem an hour and a half earlier every different day. This makes it very straightforward to do cellular/moveable operations with none pc when you hear one move.

Working Modes

PSAT2 consists of various thrilling and unique Novice Radio Communications transponders:

  • First is a more moderen PSK31 29 MHz uplink/UHF FM downlink from Brno  College following on to the original on PSAT.
  • Second is a Brno SSTV digital camera that downlinks in the identical UHF FM  waterfall because the PSK31 customers.
  • Third is a DTMF grid square uplink and voice/APRS downlink for grid position reporting.
  • Fourth is DTMF Text messaging (APRStt).
  • Fifth is APRS text messages up and voice down.
  • Sixth is a standard APRS digipeater that may be a part of numerous sister APRS Novice Satellite transponders.

Presently the HF/UHF PSK31 and SSTV modes are enabled and open to users. But the VHF modes haven’t been enabled for customers and users are requested to keep the uplink clear throughout on-orbit testing.

PSAT2 is designed for maximum orbit life compared to different comparable sized cubesats as a result of it’s flying with the utmost allowable mass. Virtually a kilogram of lead ballast about 2cm x 8cm x 8cm situated within the middle of the cubesat constitutes virtually HALF the satellite tv for pc’s mass to provide it a high ballistic coefficient to last more on orbit.

Probably the most fascinating and distinctive features of PSAT2 is the new APRStt (Touchtone) DTMF/voice transponder which lets everybody do APRS utilizing any radio with DTMF keypad, not simply these with APRS radios. There have been several iterations of the APRStt system in APRS through the years since 2001, but this software might be new in area and can help introduce everyone to this unique alternate APRS functionality for use with ANY radio.

Operating Frequencies

  • APRS Up/Down: 145.825 1200 baud APRS (like ISS,  PSAT, AISAT-1)
  • DTMF Uplink: 145.980 MHz (Voice affirmation down on 145.825 MHz)
  • PSK31 Downlink: 435.350 MHz +/- 5 kHz FM (300 mw)
  • PSK31 Uplink: 29.4815 MHz PSK31 SSB (25 W and omni vertical typical)

PSAT2 Digipeater Aliases

To hitch the prevailing APRS satellites on orbit and operate as a seamless constellation, PSAT2 helps the same APRSAT and ARISS generic aliases as the unique PCSAT (NO44) PSAT and the packet system on the ISS in order that customers don’t have to vary any parameters when utilizing any of those three APRS transponders.

Full PSAT-2 info is on the market at:

The PSAT2 Consumer Guide is accessible for download at:

Replace: PSAT2 is coming to Northern Latitudes!

After reviewing the orbit, it is somewhat time synchronous, which means each orbit time (at mid northern latitudes) is simply 5 minutes later each night time. However then a NEW earlier orbit seems 90 minutes earlier every other day. So, by the 4th of July, PSAT2 first move can be as early as Four PM native time within the Northern Hemisphere mid latitudes.

And, the apogee strikes rapidly. In simply two weeks, apogee will probably be over the northern hemisphere giving greater latitudes a lot better access. At launch it was the midnight and perigee was in the Northern hemisphere making it solely seen for decrease latitudes. So, issues will improve for Northern Hemisphere… then two weeks worsen, and so forth.

24 Hour telemetry plots (links to FINDU.COM) at the moment are out there on at

[ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR for the above information.]

Up to date TLE’s and Evaluation Tools for BIRDS-Three

The next TLE info was posted on June 19, 2019.

1 44329U 98067QE 19174.93024453 .00004092 0000Zero-Zero 74305-Four Zero 9992 2
44329 51.6418 327.7999 0007880 104.0563 256.1303 15.52018847 1076 0

1 44330U 98067QF 19175.44552474 .00003960 0000Zero-0 72238-Four Zero 9996 2
44330 51.6420 325.2414 0007814 104.7507 255.4350 15.51987013 113

1 44331U 98067QG 19174.86570669 .00004256 00000-0 76869-Four 0 9991 2
44331 51.6420 328.1190 0007880 104.9615 255.2247 15.52054261 1052 Zero

Additionally, the CW Analysis Software has been updated to Model 2. This model consists of an Excel file that permits decoding raw CW knowledge and saving the results.

[ANS thanks the BIRDS-3 Project for the above information.]

Chinese language Lunar Satellite DSLWP-B and the July 2 Solar Eclipse

On July 2 there might be a complete photo voltaic eclipse that may be observed from elements of the Pacific Ocean, Chile and Argentina. This offers a chance to picture the eclipse with the Chinese lunar orbiting Newbie Radio satellite tv for pc Lunar-OSCAR 94 (aka DSLWP-B). An try can be made to image the eclipse with the Inory eye digital camera on-board, the place both the Moon and Earth ought to appear within the pictures.

The primary curiosity is to photograph the shadow of the Moon on the surface of the Earth. The digital camera doesn’t have a large decision and the Earth will look small in the image, but it is going to be potential to differentiate the shadow learly.

As a result of the satellite goals its solar panel in the direction of the solar, the digital camera on-board DSLWP-B is all the time pointing away from the Sun. Since DSLWP-B orbits the Moon, the Earth will all the time be within the middle of the digital camera subject of view throughout a solar eclipse. Nevertheless, it’d happen that the Moon is between the satellite and the Earth thus hiding the view of the Earth.

To see the plans for the try see and

[ANS thanks Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for the above information.]

Thailand JAISAT-1 Satellite tv for pc to Launch July 5, 2019

The Radio Novice Society of Thailand (RAST) has announced that JAISAT-1 is scheduled for launch on July 5, 2019 by a Soyuz 2.1 rocket at 05:41 UTC. JAISAT-1 will experience with a Meteor-M N2-2 meteorology satellite along with a total of 34 satellites from twelve nations.

The telemetry downlink is 435.325 MHz and the telemetry format is 4k8 GMSK Mobitex (CMX990 Mobitex format). The telemetry format is detailed at

Alerts in the identical format might be found with the D-STAR ONE Sparrow and D-STAR ONE iSAT satellites. Info on these satellites and the decoding software program download could be discovered at:

All Newbie Radio operators receiving alerts from JAISAT-1 are asked to e mail knowledge to [email protected] The Radio Novice Society of Thailand may have a SWL card to verify reception.

Additionally of interest are videos of the satellites’ installation to the Soyuz fairing at

[ANS thanks Tanan Rangseeprom, HS1JAN, JAISAT-1 Project Manager for the above information.]

ARISS International Delegates Meet in Montreal

This week, ARISS held it’s 2019 ARISS Worldwide Face-to Face Meeting of worldwide delegates in Montreal, Canada. Through the periods, Kenwood software program supervisor, Shin Aota introduced two Kenwood TM-D710GA transceivers to ARISS Russia delegate Sergey Samburov. A TM-D710GA might be used to switch growing older newbie radio gear on board the Worldwide Area Station.

For several weeks, these radios have undergone detailed qualification testing followed by software program configuration and verification. With at the moment’s switch of the radios to ARISS Russia, we’re one step closer to an enhanced Newbie Radio system on board the ISS supporting numerous operations reminiscent of SSTV,  oice communication, APRS and quite a lot of experiments.

[ANS thanks Dave Jordan, AA4KN ARISS Public Relations for the above information.]

European Astro Pi Challenge Winners Introduced

Two Raspberry Pi computers, Astro Pi models Ed and Izzy have referred to as the Worldwide Area Station house since 2016. ESA Schooling runs the European Astro Pi Problem which permits students to conduct scientific investigations in area, by writing pc packages.

A record-breaking number of more than 15000 individuals, from all 22 ESA Member States as well as Canada, Slovenia, and Malta, took half on this yr’s problem across each Mission Area Lab and Mission Zero.

After designing their own scientific investigations and having their packages run aboard the Worldwide Area Station, the Mission Area Lab groups spent their time analyzing the info they acquired again from the ISS. To finish the problem, they needed to write a short scientific report discussing their outcomes and highlighting the conclusions of their experiments. We have been very impressed by the quality of the studies, which showed a high degree of scientific benefit.

the Astro Pi jury has now selected eleven profitable groups, as well as highly commending 4 further teams. The eleven profitable teams gained the prospect to hitch an exclusive video call with ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, head of the European Astronaut Centre in Germany the place astronauts practice for their missions. Each workforce had the once-in-a-lifetime probability to ask Frank about his life as an astronaut.

For full info including the names of the winners see

[ANS thanks for the above information.]

New Release of G0KLA Tracker

Chris Thompson, G0KLA/AC2CZ has launched version 1.01a of the G0KLA Satellite tracker. This model has a couple of tweaks most requested by customers:

  • Key display settings could be changed on the primary window from a set of icons backside left. e.g. displaying spacecraft in eclipse vs solar.
  • Horizontal strains for 30 and 60 levels may be displayed.
  • Horizontal strains for all labels on the vertical axis might be displayed.
  • Time labels have a barely more smart gap between them (e.g. 15 minutes) quite than a random quantity that fit in the window (similar to 13 minutes).
  • Past minutes can now be as brief as 10 minutes, though a longer interval could be selected.

The downloads are available at:

[ANS thanks Chris Thompson, G0KLA/AC2CZ for the above information.]

Upcoming Satellite tv for pc Operations

Hawaii (BK29, BL20) – June 27 to July Eight, 2019
Mark, N8MH might be operating a bit as N8MH/KH6 June 27-July Three from BK29 and July 5-Eight from BL20, FM and linears. Risk of other grids once there. Watch Mark’s Twitter feed:

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 trip beginning June 28, staying/passing by means of DM95/94, EM05/15, stopping in EM14 for July 2-4th, then head house through EM24/23 on July 5th. Operating holiday-style, as family allows, posting activations to Twitter.

South Dakota (EN04, EN05) – July 2-Three, 2019
Lucky for us, Mitch, AD0HJ, shall be stopping on the EN04/05 gridline from July 2nd 22:37z to July 3rd 13:27z,  on his option to Iowa. Mitch will working the FM Satellites (SO-50, AO-91, AO-92). Verify Mitch’s Twitter feed.

Wabakimi Provincial Park (EO50) – July Four-10, 2019
Fred, VE3FAL, is heading off to Wabakimi Provincial Park July 4th-10th and can activate EO50 by way of FM satellites. Control Fred’s Twitter feed.

Iceland (HP93, HP94, HP95, IP03, IP05, IP13, IP14, IP15, IP24, IP25, IP35) – July 13-19, 2019
Adam, K0FFY, is taking his family (and his radios) to Iceland. He’ll be staying in HP95 on July 13, IP15 on July 14-15, IP25 on July 16, IP03 on July 17-18, and HP94 on July 19. In complete, he’ll be passing by way of HP93, HP94, HP95, IP03, IP05, IP13, IP14, IP15, IP24, IP25, and IP35. There’s lots to see, so passes shall be greatest effort and introduced on Twitter shortly prior.

CY9 St. Paul Island (AO47) – July 31 to August Eight, 2019
CY9C shall be on St. Paul Island July 31st via August 8th. This is an all bands/mode dxpedition, with EME and Sats as nicely. Extra information out there at

Washington Invasion (CN96/96 & DN06/07/17/17) – August 9-10, 2019
Casey, KI7UNJ, can be heading North to invade the State of Washington, August ninth and 10th. Control Casey’s Twitter feed for particular move announcements.

St Pierre et Miquelon (GN16) – August 10-18, 2019
A DXpedition is deliberate to St Pierre et Miquelon, August 10th via the 18th. The staff will operate as T05M will from Ile aux Marins on 6-160M, however there’s a risk of some FM Satellites. Regulate their web site for updates.

[ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL for the above information.]


Accomplished ARISS Contacts

Traverse Area District Library, Traverse Metropolis, MI, direct by way of W8TCM. The ISS callsign was NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut was Nick Hague KG5TMV. Contact was profitable: Fri 2019-06-28 14:02:16 UTC. Watch the contact at:

Upcoming ARISS Contacts

Santa Barbara Public Library, Santa Barbara, CA, direct by way of K6TZ. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS. The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV. Contact is go for Choice #2: Wed 2019-07-03 17:54:19 UTC 49 deg (Notice: An area newspaper article on the upcoming event could be read at

ARISS Mentors Honored

ARISS congratulates the following mentors who’ve now mentored over 100 faculties:

  • Satoshi 7M3TJZ with 135
  • Francesco IKØWGF with 132
  • Gaston ON4WF with 123
  • Sergey RV3DR with 118
[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N for the above information.]

Shorts From All Over

Might/June Apogee View Now On-line
Learn AMSAT President Joe Spier’s, K6WAO feedback within the latest Apogee View now on the AMSAT web site. Joe highlights the events of the 2019 Hamvention and different happenings on the earth of Newbie Radio satellites. Read Joe’s feedback at

President Joe Spier Highlights Oscar Park at Hamvention 2019
Chip Sufitchi, N2YO recorded a video tour of Hamvention 2019 for the website in Romania. You possibly can see Joe, K6WAO present a three-minute tour of the satellites featured in AMSAT’s OSCAR park. Joe’s tour begins at 45:45 into the video posted at [ANS thanks Chip Sufitchi, N2YO for the above information.]

AMSAT’s Upcoming Satellite Operations
There’s a number of nice activations occurring this Summer time. Be sure you regulate AMSAT’s Upcoming Satellite Operations webpage for all the newest bulletins.  In addition AMSAT’s name signal, W3ZM, is popping up everywhere in the U.S. in an effort to function from all 50 States earlier than this yr’s 50th Anniversary Symposium. To make this happen, we’d like your assist. Take a look at for more info. [ANS thanks Robert Bankston, KE4AL for the above information.]

PSAT2 Easy Monitoring for Wilderness Mobiles
For those hams wandering in the wilderness, Bob Bruninga, WB4APR says, “You don’t need no stinkin’ computer!” Bob has up to date his Cellular LEO tracking website to point out graphically how PSAT2 orbit works at Bob provides, “It’s easy to remember. Five minutes later per day, but a new orbit an hour and a half earlier every other day. This is approximate but time will tell. “If you are in the wilderness, just monitor 145.825 and when you hear PSAT2, then you can easily guess all orbits in the future.” [ANS thanks Bob Bruninga, WB4APR for the above information.]

Walmart Parking Tons on the Air 2019
It’s like déjà vu once more! The 2nd Annual WMPLOTA will take place beginning July 6, 2019 at 00:00 UTC and ending July 7 at 23:59 UTC. WMPLOTA is now held yearly on the first weekend in July. The first weekend in July was chosen for WMPLOTA, putting it forevevermore in temporal proximity to July 2, the birthday of Walmart when Sam Walton opened the primary store in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962. WMPLOTA is a particular occasion and award scheme for Newbie Radio satellite tv for pc operators that encourages the follow of moveable operation within the ubiquitous and easily accessible location of Walmart parking tons. Full info including guidelines might be discovered at or on Twitter at @WMPLOTA. [ANS thanks for the above information.]

Wanting for ARMADILLO
Members of the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL) are asking for help finding their CubeSat. Designed to collect knowledge on submillimeter dust particles in low Earth orbit, it was inbuilt collaboration with Baylor University. the ARMADILLO (Environment Related Measurements and Detection of Submillimeter Objects) satellite tv for pc was successfully orbited on Monday’s Falcon Heavy STP-2 launch. College students in Austin and Atlanta are wanting for it however are fighting station issues. ARMADILLO’s frequency is 437.525 and is transmitting at 19200 baud. Anybody prepared to help are requested to contact Patel Shivani, KG5EAU. More information at [ANS thanks Patel Shivani, KG5EAU for the above information.]

Raspberry Pi Four Now Out there announced the supply of Raspberry Pi Four. It is stated to be a complete upgrade touching virtually every factor of the platform. It claims to offer, for the first time, a PC-like degree of efficiency for most users whereas retaining the interfacing capabilities and hackability of the basic Raspberry Pi line.

Highlights embrace:

  • A 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (~Three× efficiency)
  • 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 SDRAM
  • Full-throughput Gigabit Ethernet
  • Twin-band 802.11ac wireless networking
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Two USB 3.Zero and two USB 2.Zero ports
  • Twin monitor help, at resolutions as much as 4K
  • VideoCore VI graphics, supporting OpenGL ES Three.x
  • 4Kp60 hardware decode of HEVC video
  • Full compatibility with earlier Raspberry Pi merchandise

Complete info is on the market at

[ANS thanks for the above information.]

2020 Cubesat Developers Workshop Introduced
The 2020 Cubesat Developers Workshop can be held Might Four–6, 2020 on the Cal Poly Performing Arts Middle, San Luis Obispo, CA. Info may be had by contacting [email protected] [ANS thanks for the above information.]

Along with common membership, AMSAT provides membership within the President’s Membership. Members of the President’s Membership, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Venture Funds, will probably be eligible to receive further benefits. Software types can be found from the AMSAT office.

Main and secondary faculty college students are eligible for membership at one-half the standard yearly fee. Publish-secondary faculty students enrolled in a minimum of half time standing shall be eligible for the scholar price for a most of six post-secondary years in this status. Contact Martha at the AMSAT workplace for further scholar membership info.


This week’s ANS Editor,
Frank Karnauskas, N1UW
n1uw at amsat dot org