IARU Region 1 Medal awarded to Graham Shirville G3VZV

Graham Shirville G3VZV at 2016 AMSAT-UK Colloquium – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

The 24th General Conference of IARU Region 1 was held in Landshut near München on September 17-21, 2017. In recognition of his outstanding and ongoing work with Satellite Coordination the IARU Region 1 Medal was awarded to Graham Shirville G3VZV.

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Autumn/Fall issue of OSCAR News now available

OSCAR News Front Cover Autumn 2017E-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the Autumn/Fall edition of OSCAR News here.

This edition features a low cost ground station using a DTV Dongle, SDRSharp and FUNcube Dashboard to capture Telemetry from the FUNcube satellites.

The paper edition should be sent to postal members in 2-3 weeks.

In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• 2017 Meetings & Events calendar
• Notice of the 2017 AGM of AMSAT-UK
• Patrick J. A. Gowen, G3IOR (SK)
• IARU Region 1 Conference 2017
• Chertsey Radio Club
• A Low Cost Ground Station Using a DTV Dongle
• Yet another antenna for LEO satellites
• Just when you thought it was safe to do an ARISS contact in the UK!
• FUNcube-1 Transatlantic Experiment
• NOVA Satellite Tracking programme now free!
• Ground Based DVB-S2 Repeater for GEO Satellites
• AMSAT-UK Colloquium
• Future Spacecraft Planned For The Amateur Satellite Service Operating Above 1GHz
• AMSAT Phase-4A downconverter for SSB and DATV reception
• The new FUNcubes – progress reports
• FUNcubes – In Orbit Report Sept 2017
• GB4RME – Special Event Station – HM Royal Mint

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

Membership of AMSAT-UK is open to anyone who has an interest in amateur radio satellites or space activities, including the International Space Station (ISS).

E-members of AMSAT-UK are able to download OSCAR News as a convenient PDF that can be read on laptops, tablets or smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Join as an E-member at Electronic (PDF) E-membership

PDF sample copy of “Oscar News” here.

Join AMSAT-UK using PayPal, Debit or Credit card at
http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News here.

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CAT17 videos on Es’hail 2 and DigiTwist satellite tracker

The British Amateur Television Club have made available videos of the talks given at the CAT17 event held at the Finningley Amateur Radio Club on September 9-10, 2017.

Among the videos are:
• Es’hail 2 satellite update by Dave G8GKQ
• DigiTwist an experimental low cost satellite tracker by Brian G4EWJ
• Introduction to Optical Communications by Bernie G4HJW
• 5.7 GHz Linear Amplifiers for the ADALM Pluto by Brian G4EWJ

Watch Es’hail 2 satellite update by Dave G8GKQ

Watch DigiTwist an experimental low cost satellite tracker by Brian G4EWJ

The other videos can be seen at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUWLnUZllytlcCFd93tnBzw/videos

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Students from India and Russia build SSTV CubeSat

Space Kidz India LogoThe Times of India reports students from Russia and India are building an amateur radio satellite that will transmit SSTV images from space.

The 1U CubeSat Iskra-5 is being built by 20 students from Moscow Aviation Institute and 9 from Indian cities like Chennai and Bangalore through Space Kidz India to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

The satellite will be transported to the International Space Station by mid-October, 2017 through cargo spacecraft from where it will be placed in orbit by a cosmonaut during a spacewalk.

The Iskra satellites were a series of Soviet amateur communication satellites built by students and radio amateurs at the Moscow Aviation Institute in the early 1980s.

Srimathy Kesan, founder, Space Kidz India said that the subsystems in the satellite being built in MAI is made by Russian students while the outer cube has been designed by Indian students.

Full Times of India story http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/students-from-india-and-russia-build-cubesat/articleshow/60369092.cms

Russian Aviation story https://www.ruaviation.com/news/2017/8/17/9505/

Space Kidz India https://www.facebook.com/SpaceKidzIndia/

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GB6GHY – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!

Goonhilly 1 “Arthur” – Credit GES Ltd

Noel Matthews G8GTZ and Matthew Cosby talk to broadcast journalist Kate Arkless Gray about making a world record for the longest distance 3.4 GHz amateur radio voice contact with a signal bounced off the Moon.

GB6GHY on 3.4 GHz – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!
https://audioboom.com/posts/6240780-hello-moon-this-is-goonhilly-calling-the-longest-distance-call-via-the-moon

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

You can find a short Foundation amateur radio training course near you at
https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

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Russian Cosmonauts Deploy Satellites

ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Tanyusha-SWSU 1 and 2 CubeSats

ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Tanyusha-SWSU 1 and 2 CubeSats

On Thursday, July 17, 2017 ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy manually deployed 5 satellites during a spacewalk.

The satellites were deployed from the Pirs airlock module of the International Space Station.

Jonathan McDowell‏ @planet4589 Tweeted this information on the deployment times:
1510 UTC Tomsk-TPU-120
1515 UTC Tanyusha-SWSU 1
1516 UTC Tanyusha-SWSU 2
1521 UTC TNS-0 No. 2
1529 UTC TS-530-Zerkalo (sphere)

Three of the satellites carry amateur radio payloads, Tanyusha-SWSU 1 & 2 on 437.050 MHz with either 9k6 FSK or FM voice announcements and Tomsk-TPU-120 on 437.025 MHz with FM voice announcements.

Tomsk-TPU-120
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/12/29/tomsk-tpu-120-eva-deployment/
Check for reports at http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=325

Tanyusha-SWSU 1 & 2 also known as Radioskaf 6 & 7 (RS6S, RS7S)
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/06/30/russian-tanusha-1-and-2-satellites/
Check for reports at http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?cat=445

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Amateur radio satellite deployment during Russian spacewalk

ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Tanusha-SWSU-1

ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI with Tanusha-SWSU-1

Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station Thursday, Aug. 17, to deploy several nanosatellites, collect research samples and perform structural maintenance.

Coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT, 3pm BST) on NASA Television and the agency’s website https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will don their spacesuits and exit the station’s Pirs airlock at approximately 10:45 a.m.

Ryazanskiy will begin the schedule of extravehicular activities with the manual deployment of five nanosatellites from a ladder outside the airlock. The satellites, each of which has a mass of about 11 pounds, have a variety of purposes.
[the satellites are thought to include Tanyusha-SWSU 1 & 2 and Tomsk-TPU-120]

One of the satellites, with casings made using 3-D printing technology, will test the effect of the low-Earth-orbit environment on the composition of 3-D printed materials. Another satellite contains recorded greetings to the people of Earth in 11 languages. A third satellite commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Sputnik 1 launch and the 160th anniversary of the birth of Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

The spacewalkers also will collect residue samples from various locations outside the Russian segment of the station and install handrails and struts to facilitate future excursions.

Yurchikhin will be designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) for this spacewalk, the ninth of his career. Ryazanskiy, embarking on his fourth spacewalk, will be extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2). Both will wear Russian Orlan spacesuits bearing blue stripes. The spacewalk will be the 202nd in support of space station assembly and maintenance and the seventh spacewalk this year.

Check out the full NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:
https://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter at:
http://instagram.com/iss
and
https://twitter.com/Space_Station

Tanyusha-SWSU 1 & 2 also known as Radioskaf 6 & 7 (RS6S, RS7S)
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/06/30/russian-tanusha-1-and-2-satellites/

Tomsk-TPU-120
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/12/29/tomsk-tpu-120-eva-deployment/

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Three ELaNa CubeSats delivered to Space Station

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

NanoRacks reports on a delivery of payloads to the ISS including three CubeSats which are part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission.

Houston, TX – August 16, 2017 – SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday after their twelfth commercial resupply (CRS) mission launched from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The CRS-12 Dragon carried 32 of NanoRacks’ customer payloads to the ISS.

Notably on this mission was the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) and Adcole-Maryland Aerospace’s Kestrel Eye IIM (KE2M) satellite. This satellite is a technology demonstration seeking to validate the concept of using microsatellites in low-Earth orbit to support critical operations. The overall goal is to demonstrate that small satellites are viable platforms for proving critical path support to operations and hosting advanced payloads.

KE2M is the second flagship satellite in NanoRacks’ Kaber Deployment Program. NanoRacks Kaber Deployment Program allows for a larger EXPRESS class of satellites to be deployed from the International Space Station, up to 100 kilograms. NanoRacks deploys these Kaber-class satellites currently through the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock, and will shift deployments to the NanoRacks Airlock Module when the Company’s commercial Airlock becomes operational (planned for 2019).

On this mission are also three satellites that were selected for flight by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) as part of the twenty second installment of the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) missions, and sponsored by the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP). These include NASA Jet Propulsion Lab’s (JPL) ASTERIA, Goddard Spaceflight Center’s DELLINGR, and Pennsylvania State University’s OSIRIS-3U. These CubeSats have a target deployment for mid-November.

Additionally, NanoRacks brought 28 DreamUp student experiments to the ISS, which includes the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 11 (21 MixStix), Israel’s Ramon Foundation (5 MixStix), Cuberider-1, and the Boy Scouts of America (both NanoLab projects).

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) project, sponsored by the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), is the first-ever experiment in space by BSA. The scouts of Troop 209, a part of the Pathway to Adventure Council based in Chicago, are seeking to better understand how bacteria functions in space, and why virulence patterns in space differ from those on Earth.

With the completion of the CRS-12 launch, NanoRacks has now brought over 580 payloads to the International Space Station since 2009.

NanoRacks Press Release

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Successful ARISS contact with YOTA 2017

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA on ISS HamTV - Credit UHF Satcom

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA on ISS HamTV – Credit UHF Satcom

Young radio amateurs at the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) event at Gilwell Park made contact with astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA on the International Space Station.

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA

The first session took place when the ISS came above the horizon at 18:37 GMT (7:37 pm BST) on Tuesday, August 8. The HamTV Digital Amateur Television pictures on 2395 MHz were successfully received and participants were able to see Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA floating in the Columbus module of the ISS. Paolo, operating with the call sign NA1SS, was able to receive the transmission from the YOTA station GB4YOTA but there seemed to be an issue with the 145.800 MHz Ericsson transceiver on the ISS and Paolo’s voice transmissions could not be heard.

The second session took place during the next orbital pass at 20:15 GMT (9:15 pm BST). For this session Paolo operated the amateur radio station (Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver) located in the Russian Service Module.

The transmission was heard loud and clear at Gilwell Park and the young radio amateurs were able to ask Paolo their questions.

The RSGB have shared the video of the event. Fast forward to 2:34:00 for the 145.800 MHz FM contact.

Watch theRSGB Live Stream

A list of the questions the YOTA participants asked is at
https://amsat-uk.org/2017/08/03/ariss-contact-yota-2017/

Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) 2017 http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/yota-2017/

Press Release YOTA 2017 Gilwell Park – PDF download here

You can listen to the ISS using an Online Radio. When Voice or Slow Scan TV transmissions are planned select a Frequency of 145800.0 kHz and Mode FM. For the more frequent Packet Radio transmissions select a Frequency of 145825.0 kHz and Mode FM.
• SUWS WebSDR when ISS in range of London http://websdr.suws.org.uk/
• R4UAB WebSDR when ISS is over Russia
Check the ISS Fan Club site to see current status and when the ISS is in range http://issfanclub.com/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find a short Amateur Radio Foundation training course at https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

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Colloquium 2017 Saturday Gala Dinner

The 2017 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium is combined with the RSGB Convention on October 14-15 at the Kent Hills Park Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.

If you wish to attend the 2017 AMSAT-UK Colloquium, you should book to attend the RSGB Convention.

The schedule is at http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/rsgb-convention-programme/

BUT BEFORE YOU BOOK you might like to consider attending the AMSAT-UK Gala Dinner on the evening of Saturday. October 14 as an alternative to the RSGB Convention dinner. The AMSAT-UK dinner will be held at the Hilton Hotel, which is about 1 km from the Kent Hills Conference Centre; a taxi ride is about £3 per cab. Detailed times will follow, but it will follow similar lines to AMSAT-UK Gala Dinners in previous years. There are normally a few speeches, trophy presentations etc etc.

If you wish to attend the dinner you MUST book this in advance. Dinner Jackets or suits definitely NOT required.

The dinner will be a three course affair, and the cost above does not include drinks which will be available from the hotel bar.

Note that when you book on the RSGB web site you should use the Pick and Mix option to avoid paying for their dinner!

You can book the RSGB Colloquium via http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

You can book the AMSAT-UK Gala Dinner at
http://shop.amsat-uk.org/Colloquium_2017_Sat_Gala_Dinner/p3815740_15631151.aspx

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