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AMSAT NEWS SERVICE
ANS-276

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information
service of AMSAT, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. ANS publishes
news related to Amateur Radio in Space including 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.

The news feed on http://www.amsat.org publishes news of Amateur Radio in
Space as soon as our volunteers can post it.

Please send any amateur satellite news or reports to: ans-editor [at]
amsat.org

You can sign up for free e-mail delivery of the AMSAT News Service
Bulletins via the ANS List; to join this list see:
https://mailman.amsat.org/postorius/lists/ans.amsat.org/

In this edition:

* Past AMSAT President and Director, and Amateur Satellite Pioneer Tom
Clark, K3IO, SK
* 2021 AMSAT Space Symposium to Honor the Late Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO

* VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 1, 2021
* Call for Papers for the AMSAT Space Symposium
* October 1st JAXA Epsilon Launch Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Scrubbed,
Launch Now October 3rd
* Apogee View - From the July/August 2021 AMSAT Journal
* Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for September 30, 2021
* ARISS News
* Upcoming Satellite Operations
* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

ANS-276 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

To: All RADIO AMATEURS
>From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
712 H Street NE, Suite 1653
Washington, DC 20002

DATE 2021 Oct 3

Past AMSAT President and Director, and Amateur Satellite Pioneer Tom Clark,
K3IO, SK

AMSAT-NA Past President and ham radio satellite and digital pioneer Tom
Clark, K3IO (ex-W3IWI), of Columbia, Maryland, died on September 28 after a
short illness and hospital stay. An ARRL Life Member, he was 82. Clark
s
accomplishments are legendary, and he left a lasting footprint in the
worlds of amateur radio satellites and digital techniques.

“His long-time technical achievements, mentoring to others, and tec
hnical
leadership will be missed by his many peers and friends the world over,

said Bob McGwier, N4HY.

To honor Clark, AMSAT has rebranded its upcoming annual gathering as the
2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium and Annual General
Meeting. It will take place on October 30 via Zoom. (AMSAT members may
register to attend via AMSATs Membership and Event portal.) The ev
ent will
be livestreamed on AMSATs YouTube channel.

A founding member of Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR), Clark was a
co-founder of the TAPR/AMSAT DSP Project, which led to software-defined
radio (SDR). He was a leader in the development of the AX.25 packet radio
protocol. Clark served as AMSATs second President, from 1980 until
 1987.
He also served on the AMSAT and TAPR Boards.

In concert with McGwier, Clark developed the first amateur Digital Signal
Processing (DSP) hardware, including a number of modems. He developed the

uplink receivers and the spacecraft LAN (local area network) architecture
used on all the Microsats (AMSAT-OSCAR 16, Dove-OSCAR 17, WEBERSAT-OSCAR
18, LUSAT-OSCAR 19, Italy-OSCAR 26, AMRAD-OSCAR 27, and TMSAT-OSCAR 31).
McGwier said it was Clark who convinced him in 1985 that the future lay in
DSP.

“We started the TAPR/AMSAT DSP [digital signal processing] project,
 and it
was announced in 1987,” McGwier recounted. “We showed in ou
r efforts that
small stations with small antennas could bounce signals off the moon, and,
using the power of DSP, we could see the signals in our computer displays.
”
This led to the software-defined transponder (SDX) for satellite work,
including ARISSat and AMSATs Phase 3E.

Clark received a doctorate in astrogeophysics from the University of
Colorado. He went on to serve as Chief of the Astronomy Branch at NASA
Marshall Space Flight Center and was a Senior Scientist at NASA Goddard
Space Flight Center, where he was principal investigator for the Space Very
Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) activity there.

In 2005, Clark became the first non-Russian to be awarded a Gold Medal of
the Russian Academy of Sciences for his contributions to the international
VLBI network. He is a member of the 2001 class of CQ magazines Ama
teur
Radio Hall of Fame.

In 2016, ARRL awarded Clark with its Presidents Award, to recogniz
e his 60
years of advancing amateur radio technology. On that occasion, McGwier
said, “There would be no AMSAT to inspire all of this work without 
Tom
Clark. Tom…saved the organization and inspired all of us to look to
 the
future and aim for the stars.”

Clark was a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the International
Association of Geodesy.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for the above information]

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                   Join the 2021 President's Club!
          Score your 2" 4-Color Accent Commemorative Coin.
                 This gold finished coin comes with
Full Color Certificate and Embroidered "Remove Before Flight" Key Tag
                           Donate today at
           https://www.amsat.org/join-the-amsat-presidents-club/
                       You won't want to miss it!
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2021 AMSAT Space Symposium to Honor the Late Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO

The 2021 AMSAT 39th Annual Space Symposium and General Meeting has been
renamed in honor of Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO (SK), Director Emeritus and
President Emeritus of AMSAT and Amateur Radio satellite pioneer. Clark died
on September 28th. He was 82.

The 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium and Annual
General Meeting will be held virtually on Zoom on October 30th.  AMSAT
members may register to attend via AMSAT's Member Portal,
https://launch.amsat.org.

The 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium will also be
available to the general public as a livestream event on AMSAT's YouTube
channel, https://youtu.be/RTvcceM7Tz0.

Please join us to celebrate the many contributions of Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO,
and the exciting opportunities of Amateur Radio in space.

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

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VUCC Awards-Endorsements for October 1,2021

Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the  ARRL
for the period September 1, 2021 through October 1, 2021. Congratulations
to all those who made the list this month!

Congratulations to Douglas Tabor N6UA on achieving the AMSAT GridMaster

CALL    Sept.  October

K8DP    1262    1275    ex-KD8CAO
N8RO    1105    1111
N0JE    675     681
ND0C    531     555
KF6JOQ  503     553
N4DCW   476     525
VE1VOX  507     510
WA4HFN  454     505
K5TA    479     500
W8LR    479     500
KX9X    302     420
DF2ET   300     400
VE4MM   361     376
EA2AA   346     375
KX9X (EN50)   250     363
KQ4DO   306     353
KA9P    259     301
AD5JK   102     263
KD0ZW   New     216
XE2YWH  187     205
VE3KY   182     201
XE1MYO  100     200
N8MR    154     175
DG7RO   New     172
KN4ZUJ  100     170
KC1MEB  102     168
N8URE (EL95)  134     163
N0RC    104     151
N1DM    New     151
WD9EWK (DM25)   New     120
XE2YWH (DL82)   New     110
OE7BJT  New     107
XE2YWH (DL82)   New     105
9M2CQC  New     104
JH0BBE  New     100
W3VHF   New     100
XE2HWB  New     100

If you find errors or omissions. please contact me off-list at
<mycall>@<mycall>.com and I'll revise the announcement.This list was
developed by comparing the ARRL .pdf listings for the two months. It's a
visual comparison so omissions are possible. Apologies if your call was not
mentioned. Thanks to all those who are roving to grids that are rarely on
the birds. They are doing a lot of the work!

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

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    Need new satellite antennas? Purchase Arrows, Alaskan Arrows,
    and M2 LEO-Packs from the AMSAT Store. When you purchase through
           AMSAT, a portion of the proceeds goes towards
                  Keeping Amateur Radio in Space.
           https://amsat.org/product-category/hardware/

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all for Papers for the AMSAT Space Symposium Proceedings

This is a call for papers for the 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial
Space Symposium and Annual General Meeting to be held virtually on the
weekend of October 29-31, 2021.

Proposals for symposium presentations are invited on any topic of interest
to the amateur satellite community. We request a tentative title of your
presentation as soon as possible, with final copy submitted by October 18
for inclusion in the symposium proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be
sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV at n8fgv at amsat.org.

[ANS thanks Dan Schultz, N8FGV, for the above information]

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AMSAT's GOLF Program is about getting back to higher orbits, and it all
begins with GOLF-TEE – a technology demonstrator for deployable sol
ar
panels, propulsion, and attitude control, now manifested for launch on
NASA's ELaNa 46 mission. Come along for the ride. The journey will be
worth it!

                  https://tinyurl.com/ANS-GOLF

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October 1st JAXA Epsilon Launch Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Scrubbed,
Launch Now October 3rd

The fifth launch of JAXA's Epsilon rocket was scheduled to take place on
October 1st at 00:51 UTC. Due to ground equipment problems, the launch was
scrubbed. The launch is now scheduled to occur at the time of release of
this bulletin (00:00 UTC on October 3rd)

This launch carries four amateur radio satellites: TeikyoSat-4(TS-4),
Z-Sat, KOSEN-1, and NanoDragon.

Information about these satellites can be found at the links that follow:

TeikyoSat-4(TS-4)
Freq: 437.450 CW
https://spacesystemsociety.jimdofree.com/projects/teikyosat-project/teikyos
at-4-info/


Z-Sat
Freq: 145.875MHz CW
https://twitter.com/KOMAKI_AMSATCOM/status/1443125922010308608

Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club has an amateur radio station in Komaki City,
Japan.

The 50 kg class infrared observation microsatellite "Z-Sat" developed by
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be launched by the Epsilon rocket on
October 1st.

After satellite separation, Z-Sat will start transmitting CW beacon of VHF
band. The beacon signal is in Morse code and contains information such as
satellite battery voltage. This information is very important as survival
information immediately after the satellite is put into orbit.

Therefore, if you can receive the beacon signal from the satellite
immediately after the satellite launch, we would appreciate it if you could
report it.

Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club's twitter is open at the following address.

Information on Z-Sat transmission frequency, data format, orbit TLE, etc.
will be released in the future.

https://twitter.com/KOMAKI_AMSATCOM


KOSEN-1
Freq: 435.525MHz CW
http://space.kochi-ct.jp/kosen-1


NanoDragon
Freq: 437.365MHz 1.2k BPSK
https://vnsc.org.vn/en/news-events/nanodragon-public-announcement/


[ANS thanks Akira Kaneko, JA1OGZ, and Yasutaka Narusawa, JR2XEA, for the
above information]

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Apogee View - From the July/August 2021 AMSAT Journal

A Sustained FM Presence in LEO

While our volunteer engineers focus their efforts on GOLF, developing the
systems and technologies necessary for our path upward to HEO, we must not
forget our responsibility to promote amateur radio satellites and encourage
the next generation of operators and builders.

Advancing the art and science is not enough.  We also need to provide an
easy entry point to amateur radio satellite communications to support of
our space education and outreach activities.

The Importance of EasySats

AMSATs Echo (AO-51) and Fox-1 (AO-85, AO-91, and AO-92) satellites
, as
well as SaudiSat-1C (SO-50) have been the most widely used amateur
satellites.  What makes them so popular is their ability to provide basic
radio communications, with very simple ground station equipment, and their
ease of use.  An FM repeater, even in a low Earth orbit (LEO), allows
amateur radio operators to communicate over substantial distances using
just a handheld transceiver (an HT) and a small handheld directional
antenna.  Cross-continental and, if you are lucky enough to live near the
coast, transcontinental communications are possible.

These so called “EasySats” have provided countless hours of
 enjoyment to
thousands and thousands of amateur radio satellite operators around the
world, making QSOs, chasing grids, and even just a chance to send out a
casual hello to an old friend.  More importantly, FM satellites are
extremely valuable in providing an introduction to satellite communications
and often used for demonstrations given at schools and public events.

With AO-85s battery failure and AO-91 and AO-92 on borrowed time, 
AMSAT
will soon find itself without an FM satellite in space.  The time to act is
now.

The Proposal

AMSATs Strategic Plan, Objective 4.1, FM Operations gives us fairl
y
specific guidance:  Develop, deploy, and support a series of 1u spacecraft
to support continued FM amateur satellite operations in low Earth orbit.
As such, any proposal must include a sustained FM presence in LEO.

The Fox-1 CubeSat series taught us some valuable lessons.  First, batteries
in in a 1U CubeSat are more likely to have a three-year life span, rather
than the expected five years.  Keeping battery levels above the minimal
voltage rating is critical.  The popularity of AMSATs FOX-1 series
,
especially at night, when the satellite was in eclipse, was the primary
cause of their shortened battery life.  Any proposal must include both
battery management and battery failsafe.  The design must include
provisions that automatically switch the satellite to Low Power Mode
(beacon and telemetry only), when the battery voltage drops to a cautionary
level, and then automatically return to normal operations, when sufficient
battery power is restored.  In addition, the satellite must be designed so
that when the battery fails, the transponder can continue to operate when
the satellite is in sunlight.  Similarly, the design should include an
autonomous capability so that the FM repeater can operate without relying
on ground control or a functioning processor in the command, control, and
telemetry module. These safeguards and failsafes should extend the usable
life of our satellites.

Second, it is impossible to keep a strict schedule, when relying on a 
free
ride” under NASAs Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (El
aNa)
initiative.  Once accepted into the program and manifested on a launch, you
are at the mercy of the launch provider, and things dont always go
 as
scheduled.  Case in point, Fox-1D (AO-92) launched before Fox-1C (AO-95).
To ensure the launch of one satellite every three years, we will need to
purchase launches.  In addition, we need to have a “flight spare

 on
standby in case there is an integration inspection issue with the primary
satellite or a subsequent launch failure.

The Challenges

Every satellite project requires both people and funding.  As mentioned
already, all of our engineers are consumed by our GOLF program.  This
leaves us with either open-sourcing the project or purchasing a commercial,
off-the-shelf satellite.  Open-sourcing would work for the initial design
process; however, there is no current precedent to allow the open-source
building of a satellite under U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

While there are many commercial companies that offer complete off-the-shelf
1U CubeSat platforms, only one includes an FM repeater that meets our
mission requirements.  Purchasing a ready-to-fly CubeSat seems to be our
best course of action, given AMSAT engineers focus on GOLF, but it
 comes
at a cost.

Two 1U FM CubeSats (flight model and flight spare), a 1U FM CubeSat
engineering model (without solar panels) and a 500 KM, Sun-synchronous
orbit launch will cost just over $283,000.  Each additional launch, one
every three years, will cost approximately $138,000, as we would only need
to purchase one CubeSat and the launch.

So that leaves us with the big question – How are we going to pay f
or it?
An FM satellite provides a world-wide benefit.  Therefore, we need to
conduct an international fundraising campaign, partner with other AMSAT
organizations, and request funding from other organizations.

The benefits of providing a sustained FM presence in LEO to promote and
support amateur radio in space far outweighs the costs, especially when we
implement a plan that allows our AMSAT engineers to continue their efforts
on our path Onward & Upward.

If approved by our Board of Directors, I hope you will support us.

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

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Changes to AMSAT TLE Distribution for September 30, 2021

The following satellite has been added to this week's AMSAT TLE
Distribution:

CUTE - NORAD Cat ID 49263 (Thanks to Nico Janssen, PA0DLO for the
identification. Downlink frequencies of 437.24997 MHz and 2402.000 MHz have
been IARU coordinated.)

[ANS thanks Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, AMSAT Keplerian Elements Manager, for the
above information]

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ARISS News

Lycée Pierre Paul Riquet, St Orens De Gameville, France and CSUT Unive
rsity
Space Center of Toulouse, Toulouse, France, Multi-point telebridge via
IK1SLD

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be FXØISS
The downlink frequency is presently scheduled to be 145.800 MHz
The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG

Contact is go for: Sat 2021-10-02 12:40:14 UTC 34 deg

Watch for Livestream at www.ariotti.com and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?vl8lELDcgA

Amateurs and others around the world may listen in on contacts between
amateurs operating in schools and allowing students to interact with
astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The
downlink frequency on which to listen is 145.800 MHz worldwide.

Columbus Module radios:
IORS (Kenwood D710GA) – STATUS - Configured. Supporting cross band 
repeater
(145.990 MHz up {PL 67} & 437.800 MHz down). Next mode change is to packet
operation (145.825 MHz up & down) after the school contact on October 2.
Power down for upcoming Soyuz docking on Oct. 05. Turning OFF Oct. 05 about
07:45 UTC. Back ON Oct. 05 about 18:50 UTC
Power down for upcoming Soyuz undocking on Oct. 17.
Power down for upcoming Progress relocate on Oct. 22-23.
Supporting USOS scheduled voice contacts, packet and voice repeater ops.

Service Module radios:
Kenwood D710E – STATUS - Radio usually off.
Power down for upcoming Soyuz docking on Oct. 05.  Turning OFF Oct. 05
about 07:45 UTC.
Power down for upcoming Soyuz undocking on Oct. 17.
Power down for upcoming Progress relocate on Oct. 22-23.
Supporting ROS scheduled voice contacts and SSTV.

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at
https://www.ariss.org/current-status-of-iss-stations.html

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at
https://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html

[ANS thanks Charlie Sufana, AJ9N, one of the ARISS operation team mentors,
for the above information]

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   AMSAT, along with our ARISS partners, is developing an Amateur
    Radio package, including two-way communication capability, to
            be carried on-board Gateway in lunar orbit.

   Support AMSAT's projects today at https://www.amsat.org/donate/

++++++++++
pcoming Satellite Operations

K8BL: Ill be going back to FN01, 02 & EN92 soon. Looking to do FN1
4 this
Fall.

N4DCW: Looking like Ill be in EM90 all next week 10/3-10

N4DCW: Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 – EM85 Sat passes 1230Z-1400Z W4C/CM-036
, Max
Patch Mountain (8 pts) *Little/No cell coverage*

VY0ERC in Nunavut (ER60) will be returning to the air between October 12,
2021 and November 22, 2021, weather permitting.

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT rover page manager, for the above
information]

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Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through
amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests,
conventions, maker faires, and other events.

2021 Wyoming ARRL Section Convention - Saturday, October 9, 2021

Event Center at Archer
3921 Archer Pkwy
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007

https://wyhamcon.org/site

[ANS thanks Paul Overn, KE0PBR, AMSAT Events page manager, for the above
information]

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   Want to fly the colors on your own grid expedition?
            Get your AMSAT car flag and other neat stuff
                    from our Zazzle store!
        25% of the purchase price of each product goes
            towards Keeping Amateur Radio in Space
              https://www.zazzle.com/amsat_gear

++++++++++
atellite Shorts From All Over

+ JARL has released the FO-29 operation schedule for September. It can be
found at https://www.jarl.org/Japanese/3_Fuji/fuji3-202108.htm

+ JAMSAT has released the FO-99 operation schedule for October. It can be
found at https://www.jamsat.or.jp/?p27

+ Congratulations to Doug Tabor, N6UA, on receiving the 34th AMSAT
GridMaster Award. The GridMaster Award is issued to amateurs who work and
confirm QSOs via satellite with all 488 grid squares in the continental
United States. More information at https://www.amsat.org/gridmaster/
(Thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director of Contests and Awards)

+ An acrylic GridMaster desk plaque is now available on the AMSAT store for
GridMaster Award recipients.
https://www.amsat.org/product/amsat-gridmaster-acrylic-desk-plaque/

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Join AMSAT today at https://launch.amsat.org/

In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership to:

* Societies (a recognized group, clubs or organization).
* 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.
* Memberships are available for annual and lifetime terms.

Contact info [at] amsat.org for additional membership information.

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week's ANS Editor,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
n8hm at amsat dot org

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