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Re: RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Update

Clint Bradford
 

Thanks to JoAnne K9JKM - 

N0JY gave a video presentation on Sunday, February 7 about the status of RadFxSat-2. 

Playback is still available at: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/905270501 (bear with the audio difficulty at the beginning - it clears up)

Additional engineering department videos are on his home page on twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/n0jy


Re: Our Future!

Clint Bradford
 


Re: Our Future!

AF7ZA
 

Thanks Clint
Strange there is no information on Sean’s QRZ nor Congressman DeSaulnier’s web page regarding the newly developed app other than what you describe.
Can’t find anything on Google Play nor Apple App store.

What is the large, unwieldy equipment referred to  ?

Looking for more information
Bill

On Feb 8, 2021, at 8:35 06AM, Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford@...> wrote:

Radio Ham wins Congressional App Challenge

High-school student Sean Donelan KM6NGN won the 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for California's 11th District for his NetHam App

Patch reports:

The CAC is a public initiative to encourage young people to learn how to code in an effort to inspire creativity and encourage interest in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — education.

The winner of the challenge was Sean Donelan, who lives in Concord and attends Northgate High School. Donelan designed and created, "NetHam: The Public Service Event Coordinator's Third Hand."

Donelan's winning software application replaces amateur radio operators' large, unwieldy equipment and automates their more basic tasks. The app is meant to allow operators to more easily serve as long-range communicators for public events.

"I congratulate Sean on the design of a creative and useful app that would benefit the amateur radio community and look forward to seeing 'NetHam' represent the many talents of Contra Costa County's students when on display in the United States Capitol," said Congressman DeSaulnier, who hosted the competition for the sixth time.

Thank you, CVARC, for the post!

Read the full story at
https://patch.com/california/concord-ca/concord-student-wins-congressional-app-challenge



Our Future!

Clint Bradford
 

Radio Ham wins Congressional App Challenge

High-school student Sean Donelan KM6NGN won the 2020 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for California's 11th District for his NetHam App

Patch reports:

The CAC is a public initiative to encourage young people to learn how to code in an effort to inspire creativity and encourage interest in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — education.

The winner of the challenge was Sean Donelan, who lives in Concord and attends Northgate High School. Donelan designed and created, "NetHam: The Public Service Event Coordinator's Third Hand."

Donelan's winning software application replaces amateur radio operators' large, unwieldy equipment and automates their more basic tasks. The app is meant to allow operators to more easily serve as long-range communicators for public events.

"I congratulate Sean on the design of a creative and useful app that would benefit the amateur radio community and look forward to seeing 'NetHam' represent the many talents of Contra Costa County's students when on display in the United States Capitol," said Congressman DeSaulnier, who hosted the competition for the sixth time.

Thank you, CVARC, for the post!

Read the full story at
https://patch.com/california/concord-ca/concord-student-wins-congressional-app-challenge


We're all Volunteers ...

Clint Bradford
 

Geeze ... I have nine satellite presentations scheduled in the next six weeks: 
 
Texas, So CA (3), New Jersey, Utah, Indiana, Florida, and Maine. 
 
Want to share your knowledge and love of satellites? Consider the AMSAT Ambassador program! 
 
http://amsat.org/ambassador/
 
 


Re: ARISS School Contact Still a go?

Clint Bradford
 

ARISS ct. w/ Ottawa Carleton Virtual Online School, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The ct. is on Feb 5 at 17:41 UTC. Ct. is multipoint telebridge w/AB1OC in New Hampshire. Watch for live stream at youtu.be/Ery1JYmk72o. See our FB at Amateur Radio On The ISS (ARISS) for more details.


ARISS School Contact Still a go?

Steve R
 


ARISS will let the world know in next 24 hours.

Clint






Is this event still schedules as a go with the recent issues with the equipment and cabling at the ISS?

Upcoming ARISS Contact: Friday, February 5


https://www.rac.ca/ariss-contact-with-ottawa-carleton-virtual-online-school-friday-february-5/

Ottawa, Ontario

As part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program, NASA Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, will connect with students from the Ottawa Carleton Virtual Online School in Ottawa, Ontario  and answer their questions (see below), live from the International Space Station (ISS).

The ISS call sign is scheduled to be NA1SS and the event will take place on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 17:41:04 UTC 40 deg via AB1OC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and AB10C which is located in New Hampshire:

Ground Station Coordinates: AB1OC New Hampshire Latitude 42.712N; Longitude 71.590W; Elevation 110m

The contact should be audible over the USA and Canada (Eastern regions) and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

ARISS invites the public to view the livestream of the upcoming ARISS contact at: https://youtu.be/Ery1JYmk72o

Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD, ARISS Central and Northern Canada representative, is the Mentor for the event and Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, ARISS Western Canada Mentor, is the Moderator.

ARISS is an international program aimed at inspiring students worldwide to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through Amateur Radio communications opportunities with the ISS crew.

For more information on ARISS please visit:

RAC ARISS page: https://www.rac.ca/ariss

ARISS website: http://www.ariss.org/ 

Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio

As mentioned above, members will ask their questions to Astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, via an adapted telebridge link which will use a multi-point system in which they are connected to the conference call centre from their own homes.

The concept requires three things:

  • the ARISS telebridge radio ground station – a satellite Amateur Radio station with special equipment that an ARISS team member uses for teleconferencing
  • the astronaut on the International Space Station using the ARISS Amateur Radio station
  • students at their homes here on Earth

The telebridge radio operator links to the astronaut at the ARISS radio mic, and each youth then connects from home via their telephones. Their families can listen along with school faculty and the public from home.

For more information about the upcoming ARISS contact please visit:

https://www.rac.ca/ariss-contact-with-ottawa-carleton-virtual-online-school-friday-february-5/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E Update

Clint Bradford
 

2 February 2021

Testing and characterization of RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E continues.  After user reports and additional verification that the linear transponder is at least partially functioning with a low level downlink signal, the Engineering and Operations teams worked to identify which satellite, or Object, orbited from the Virgin Orbit Launch Demo 2 is actually RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E.   Several objects have been suspected (D, C, and M), with Object C being suggested recently by Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA.  Recently, these satellites have sufficiently spread apart to allow testing to determine which object is RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E. 

During the 2 Feb 2021 0240 UTC passes, command station Mark Hammond, N8MH, compared Objects D, C, and M for the “best fit” for received signals with Doppler correction on both the uplink and downlink frequencies for each of the candidate objects.  Objects D and M were quickly eliminated from further consideration, due to poor frequency predictions of Doppler correction compared to observed signals. The clear best fit is Object C, which is known OBJECT C, INTELDES 2021-002C, and NORAD CAT ID 47311.   Therefore, AMSAT is happy to identify Object C/2021-002C/47311U as RadFxSat-2/Fox-1E.    Thank to Alan Biddle, WA4SCA, for support during the identification. 

It should be noted that 18 SPS has not yet approved the identification for cataloguing.  Final determination of the object assignment comes from the squadron.

The Engineering and Operations teams appreciate the community’s cooperation thus far and affirm the request that users do not attempt to use the transponder until further notice.  The proper identification will allow further characterization of the satellite’s condition through additional testing. 

On behalf of the Engineering and Operations Team,

 

-- 
Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]
AMSAT Director and Command Station                  
 


Congratulations to Josh!

Clint Bradford
 

The ARRL Board designated Josh B. Nass, KI6NAZ, as the winner of the 2020 Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Video Reporting. The Board cited Nass “for his outstanding YouTube channel, “Ham Radio Crash Course,” which has garnered almost 170,000 subscribers.” 


Re: While Cooped Up ...

David, N9KT
 

I have the students in my ham club make this one and it looks nice!
-David, N9KT

On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 12:09 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Here's a cool page with some DIY satellite models to create ...

https://funcube.org.uk/overview/model/

(Thank you, Christy 'LTY!)


While Cooped Up ...

Clint Bradford
 

Here's a cool page with some DIY satellite models to create ...

https://funcube.org.uk/overview/model/

(Thank you, Christy 'LTY!)


Re: Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

Stefan Wagener
 

Thanks Paul,

Unfortunately, the AMSAT satellite status page shows a different picture. Everything that is working is not an AMSAT-NA satellite and GOLF-TEE is at least 2 years away....

Anyway, you are correct, there are many other satellites to work, decode and enjoy.

73, Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 10:22 PM Stefan Wagener via groups.io <wageners=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks David,

Yes, as long as others put up satellites that we can use, it's a good situation. 

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:35 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:
Can you enlighten me as to why AMSAT-NA not having any operational satellites is "very concerning"? From my standpoint, as long as there are satellites I can use I'm happy. Also, isn't AO-7 an AMSAT-NA satellite? According to the current status page it's working.

I know AMSAT-NA has had some bad luck, but I believe things ebb and flow. For a while, the US had to depend on the Russians to get to the ISS. Now, SpaceX is turning into a regular bus!

I personally don't care who puts up some FM transponders, I just wish they would hurry! 😀

-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 10:17 PM Stefan Wagener <wageners@...> wrote:
What actually is very concerning, if I am not mistaken,  is that AMSAT-NA has now no operational satellite in orbit and any replacement is many, many years away!

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:28 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:
For us with just FM HTs, this is getting dire!
-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:08 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Believe so. ARISS will try to use the Russian rig for ARISS contacts in the meantime.


Re: Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

Stefan Wagener
 

Thanks David,

Yes, as long as others put up satellites that we can use, it's a good situation. 

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:35 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:
Can you enlighten me as to why AMSAT-NA not having any operational satellites is "very concerning"? From my standpoint, as long as there are satellites I can use I'm happy. Also, isn't AO-7 an AMSAT-NA satellite? According to the current status page it's working.

I know AMSAT-NA has had some bad luck, but I believe things ebb and flow. For a while, the US had to depend on the Russians to get to the ISS. Now, SpaceX is turning into a regular bus!

I personally don't care who puts up some FM transponders, I just wish they would hurry! 😀

-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 10:17 PM Stefan Wagener <wageners@...> wrote:
What actually is very concerning, if I am not mistaken,  is that AMSAT-NA has now no operational satellite in orbit and any replacement is many, many years away!

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:28 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:
For us with just FM HTs, this is getting dire!
-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:08 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Believe so. ARISS will try to use the Russian rig for ARISS contacts in the meantime.


Re: Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

Paul R. Stoetzer
 

Not true. AO-91 and AO-92 can't run for very long periods due to the
batteries being near end of life, but will still be turned on as long
as the battery status permits. GOLF-TEE will be complete by the end of
this year and is aiming for a 2022 launch.

As far as FM satellites, UVSQ-SAT is planned to be available on a
schedule around 20% of the time. The Tevel Mission should launch this
spring with 8 identical FM satellites. A couple of the Chinese
satellites scheduled for launch later this year also have FM
transponders.

73,

Paul, N8HM


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 10:17 PM Stefan Wagener <wageners@...> wrote:

What actually is very concerning, if I am not mistaken, is that AMSAT-NA has now no operational satellite in orbit and any replacement is many, many years away!

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:28 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:

For us with just FM HTs, this is getting dire!
-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:08 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford@...> wrote:

Believe so. ARISS will try to use the Russian rig for ARISS contacts in the meantime.


Re: Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

David, N9KT
 

Can you enlighten me as to why AMSAT-NA not having any operational satellites is "very concerning"? From my standpoint, as long as there are satellites I can use I'm happy. Also, isn't AO-7 an AMSAT-NA satellite? According to the current status page it's working.

I know AMSAT-NA has had some bad luck, but I believe things ebb and flow. For a while, the US had to depend on the Russians to get to the ISS. Now, SpaceX is turning into a regular bus!

I personally don't care who puts up some FM transponders, I just wish they would hurry! 😀

-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 10:17 PM Stefan Wagener <wageners@...> wrote:
What actually is very concerning, if I am not mistaken,  is that AMSAT-NA has now no operational satellite in orbit and any replacement is many, many years away!

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:28 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:
For us with just FM HTs, this is getting dire!
-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:08 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Believe so. ARISS will try to use the Russian rig for ARISS contacts in the meantime.


Re: Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

Stefan Wagener
 

What actually is very concerning, if I am not mistaken,  is that AMSAT-NA has now no operational satellite in orbit and any replacement is many, many years away!

Stefan VE4SW

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:28 PM David Spoelstra <davids@...> wrote:
For us with just FM HTs, this is getting dire!
-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:08 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Believe so. ARISS will try to use the Russian rig for ARISS contacts in the meantime.


Re: Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

David, N9KT
 

For us with just FM HTs, this is getting dire!
-David, N9KT


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 9:08 PM Clint Bradford via groups.io <clintbradford=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Believe so. ARISS will try to use the Russian rig for ARISS contacts in the meantime.


Re: Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

Clint Bradford
 

Believe so. ARISS will try to use the Russian rig for ARISS contacts in the meantime.


Is the ISS FM repeater now dead?

David, N9KT
 

I just read the AMSAT bulletin. Am I reading it correctly that the ISS antenna cable replacement went bad and now the ISS repeater is down for probably quite a while?

That would mean that we only have three semi-working FM birds left: PO-101, SO-50 & AO-27. Bummer...

-David, N9KT


Re: Quadrifilar 2 meter antenna

KC9REN
 

Not a problem. We all tend to skim over sometimes. This was not directed towards you specifically, I was trying to mention to several people at the same time. maybe I didn't do the reply thing at the correct location. My hope is that someone would be able to help Chuck out somehow though or he might be able to purchase a QFH from either the site I suggested or another site that makes and sells QFH antennas.
Dean KC9REN

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