Launch Window for AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Opens December 19

LauncherOne Drop Test July 2019 - Credit Virgin Orbit

LauncherOne Drop Test July 2019 – Credit Virgin Orbit

The AMSAT News Service (ANS) reports Virgin Orbit has announced that the launch window for their LauncherOne Launch Demo 2 mission opens on December 19th. This launch will carry AMSAT’s RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E to orbit.

RadFxSat-2, like RadFxSat / Fox-1B, now AMSAT-OSCAR 91, is a partnership opportunity between Vanderbilt University and AMSAT and will carry a similar radiation effects experiment, studying new FinFET technology.

RadFxSat-2 is the fifth and final Fox-1 satellite built by AMSAT. The RadFxSat-2 spacecraft bus is built on the Fox-1 series but features a linear transponder “upgrade” to replace the standard FM transponder in Fox-1A through D. In addition, the uplink and downlink bands are reversed from the previous Fox satellites in a Mode V/u (J) configuration using a 2 meter uplink and 70 cm downlink. The downlink features a 1200 bps BPSK telemetry channel to carry the Vanderbilt science data in addition to a 30 kHz wide transponder for amateur radio use. Telemetry and experiment data can be decoded using FoxTelem version 1.09 or later.

FoxTelem is available at https://www.amsat.org/foxtelem-software-for-windows-mac-linux/

Participation in telemetry collection by as many stations in as many parts of the world as possible is essential as AMSAT Engineering looks for successful startup and indications of the general health and function of the satellite as it begins to acclimate to space. AMSAT will send a commemorative 3D printed QSL card to the first station capturing telemetry from RadFxSat-2.

RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Frequencies:

Telemetry Downlink – 435.750 MHz
Inverting Linear Transponder Uplink – 145.860 MHz – 145.890 MHz
Inverting Linear Transponder Downlink – 435.760 MHz – 435.790 MHz

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information]

Source AMSAT News Service https://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

Athlone students to contact ISS

Shannon Walker KD5DXB

Shannon Walker KD5DXB

An ARISS educational school contact is planned between astronaut Shannon Walker KD5DXB on the International Space Station and students at Athlone Community College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

The contact is scheduled on Monday, December 7, 2020, at approximately 2:50 PM (1450 GMT, 1550 CET) with the link to the ISS operated by the amateur radio ground station EI1ISS.

The ISS FM downlink signal will be audible across the British Isles and Europe on 145.800 MHz +/-3.5 kHz Doppler shift. Those who do not have an amateur radio receiver or are in a different part of the world will still be able to receive the signal from space by using either of these online WebSDR radios:
Goonhilly: https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/
Farnham: http://farnham-sdr.com/
Click on the FM mode button, and enter 145800 into the “kHz” frequency box.

It is understood the event will also be live streamed, for URL check https://twitter.com/ACCspacecall

Shannon Walker was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics, a Master of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Space Physics from Rice University. Walker began her professional career at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in 1987 as a Robotics Flight Controller for the Space Shuttle Program. In 2010, she served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 24/25, a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station that lasted 163 days. Walker served as mission specialist on the Crew-1 SpaceX Crew Dragon, named Resilience, which launched November 15, 2020. She is currently serving as Flight Engineer on the International Space Station for Expedition 64.

Athlone Community College information:

Athlone, situated in the centre of Ireland, is the largest town on the River Shannon.  Athlone Community College is a second-level school which has 1200 students aged between 12 and 18 from a diverse range of backgrounds, both rural and urban.

Our school motto is “by teaching we learn”. Mathematics, Science and Engineering subjects occupy a special place in the school curriculum. The school’s staff and teachers are proudly committed to students fulfilling their potential in a welcoming and friendly environment.

The school has an active sporting programme which includes Rugby Football, Gaelic Football, Athletics and Golf while the Arts are catered for by a school Orchestra and Choir.

Our students have enjoyed studying the ISS and the space programme. We really appreciate the crew fitting our school into their busy schedule. Thank you! It will be a memorable experience for us all here.

Students First Names and Questions:

1. Roisín (16):  Did you enjoy the launch into space?

2. Tristan (16):  Tell us something about current experiments on the ISS?

3. Seán (14):  What is your favourite area in the ISS?

4. Shauna (16):  What activities do you do in your spare time?

5. Cillian (12):  What is the most interesting thing you have seen on Earth from the space station?

6. Michelle (16):  What evidence of climate change can you see from space?

7. John (16):  How many years of training does it take to become an astronaut?

8. Patrick (16):  Where does the ISS get its energy from?

9. Zayna (16):  What happens if you are in a space suit and your nose becomes really itchy?

10. Kian (16):  When you return home what will you miss most about the ISS?

11. Roisín (16):  What was the most difficult challenge you had to overcome during training?

12. Tristan (16):  When you first saw the earth from space what was your reaction?

13. Seán (14):  Has something useful on earth come from space experiments?

14. Shauna (16):  Are your muscles weak when you return from micro gravity?

15. Cillian (12):  If there was a manned mission to Mars would you consider going?

16. Michelle (16):  Will it ever be feasible to travel to another solar system?

17. John (16):  How do you keep fit with the low gravity in space?

18. Patrick (16) Does your sense of taste and smell change in space?

19. Zanyna (16):  While on the ISS are you able to communicate with family?

20. Kian (16):  When did you decide you wanted to become an astronaut – from a young age or did your interest develop at a later age?

Athlone Community College
http://www.athlonecc.ie/athlone-community-college-link-international-space-station/
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https://twitter.com/ccathlone

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see https://www.ariss.org/

New IARU VHF Handbook (v9.00) now available as free PDF

A new edition (v9.00) of the free IARU VHF Handbook covering the bands at VHF and Above is now available for download.

It contains all the decisions regarding the bands at VHF and Above that were made at the 2020 IARU Region 1 virtual General Conference.

The band plan on page 46 (PDF 47) covers the 145 satellite allocation and page 50 (PDF 51) shows the changes to 436-438 MHz.

Download the free PDF at
https://www.iaru-r1.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/VHF_Handbook_V9.00.pdf

Thailand grid NK99 on QO-100 geostationary satellite

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100During November 26-28 HS0AJ/P will be active on QO-100 and the other amateur radio satellites from Grid Square NK99 in Thailand

A post on the AMSAT Bulletin Board says:

The Thailand’s Amateur Radio Satellite group (AMSAT-HS) has requested permission to establish a temporary station (DX portable) with the northern office of the NBTC, Thailand’s regulator, in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son (grid NK99) provinces in the north of Thailand during the period from November 26-28, 2020 to communicate via All LEO and MEO amateur radio satellites (including QO-100 NB) that pass over Thailand using the callsign HS0AJ/P of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King.

Hence we would like to notify all radio amateurs who would [be] interested in contacting stations in Thailand on its northern border of this activity. Even if the angle is as low as 0 degrees please try to contact us. We hope to meet you on all satellites frequency then.

Operator by:
E21EJC KoB
HS1JAN NaN

73 All de Kob E21EJC and Tanan HS1JAN

Source AMSAT-BB https://www.amsat.org/pipermail/amsat-bb/2020-November/080313.html

QO-100 information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

20th anniversary of first amateur radio operation from ISS

International Space Station - Image Credit NASA

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

On November 13, 2000, the ISS Expedition-1 crew turned on the ARISS Ericsson radio for the first time and completed several contacts with ARISS ground stations around the world to validate the radio communications system.

These inaugural contacts launched an incredible two-decade operations journey on ISS, enabling ARISS to inspire, engage and educate our next generation of explorers and provide the ham radio community a platform for lifelong learning and experimentation.

In celebration of the ISS 20th anniversary, ARISS was part of an ISS Research and Development Conference Panel session entitled “20 years of STEM Experiments on the ISS.” The video below, developed for this panel session, describes our program, celebrates our 20th anniversary, conveys some key lessons learned over the past 20 years and describes the ARISS team’s vision for the future. Enjoy watching!

20 years of continuous operations is a phenomenal accomplishment. But what makes it even more extraordinary is that ARISS has achieved this through hundreds of volunteers that are passionate in “paying it forward” to our youth and ham radio community. On behalf of the ARISS International team, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to every volunteer that has made ARISS such an amazing success over the past 20 years. Your passion, drive, creativity and spirit made it happen!!

Congratulations ARISS team!!!

Frank H. Bauer, KA3HDO
ARISS International Chair

Watch ARISS 20th Anniversary

Source ARISS https://www.ariss.org/

Amateur radio satellite talk now online

AREx - Gateway Amateur Radio Exploration

AREx – Gateway Amateur Radio Exploration

On Tuesday, November 10, Dave Johnson G4DPZ gave an online satellite talk to the Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club, the video is now available for everyone to watch on YouTube.

The talk covered the many amateur satellites in Low Earth Orbit that operate in the 145.8-146.0 MHz and 435-438 MHz satellite bands as well as the QO-100 geostationary satellite which uses the 2.4 GHz and 10 GHz bands.

Also covered were the new Inter-Operable Radio System which has recently been installed in the ISS Columbus module and Gateway Amateur Radio Exploration (AREx).

After the talk the Mid Ulster ARC @MN0VFW tweeted:
“What a talk from Dave G4DPZ from @AmsatUK this evening. Thank you to him and everyone who joined in.”
https://twitter.com/MN0VFW/status/1326284522388905985

Watch AMSAT-UK and Amateur radio satellites with Dave G4DPZ

Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club (MUARC) talks are held online at Zoom Meeting ID 832 6862 3068 at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday’s of each month
https://twitter.com/MN0VFW/status/1326114389804584963

You can watch previous MUARC talks at https://www.youtube.com/MuarcMedia/videos