Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Monitored a New Satellite Downlink

While doing some scanning in the shack had a digital signal pop up on 465.9875 MHz. After some additional research I found out that this is a downlink from the EUMETSAT Metop and NOAA polar orbiting weather satellites used to communication with Data Collection System platforms in the 401 MHz area.

There is even a software decoder produced by my good friend Bev-Ewen Smith.
http://www.coaa.co.uk/argos3plotter.htm

BTW Bev has a done of monitor related decoding software packages at

This includes his very popular Planeplotter ADS-B software at
https://www.coaa.co.uk/software.htm  (Be sure to tell Bev that N5FPW Larry sent ya).

Anyway the 465.9875 downlink was very strong and should be easy for anyone to hear even on simple equipment.






Thursday, July 28, 2016

Election 2016 Candidate/Famiy USSS Code Names

Each person under US Secret Service protection has an assigned code name assigned by the agency.

Now that we are rolling into the final stretch of the 2016 campaign the news media has uncovered code names for each of the candidates they will be protecting on the campaign trail.

Republican Candidates

Donald J Trump -- Mogul
Melania Trump --  Muse

Mike Pence -- Hoosier
Karen Pence -- Hunningbird

Democrat Candidates

Hilliary Clinton -- Evergreen
Bill Clinton -- Eagle

Tim Kaine -- Daredevil



Friday, July 22, 2016

Signature Flight Support Fxed Based Operator (FBO)

It is Freqy Friday here on the Btown MP and time for some civilian aero frequencies.


  One area of the civilian aero band that I have found fascinating and intriguing over my many years as a hobbyist is listening to and cataloging the 128.850-132.000 MHz aero subband  This subband is assigned to civilian Aeronautical Enroute services. It is where you will find airline company frequencies, private aero services such as FBO (Fixed Based Operators) and digital ACARS transmissions. With the advent of ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) we have seen a reduction is the amount of airline company traffic in this subband. But it hasn't gone away by any means. Here you will hear airline company traffic associated with sick passengers, maintenance issue reporting, airport gate traffic reports, occasional emergency situation comms and a whole lot more.

  This subband is managed by an Annapolis, Maryland, company known as ARINC. Established in 1929, ARINC is a major provider of transport communications and systems engineering solutions for eight industries: aviation, airports, defense, government, healthcare, networks, security, and transportation. ARINC has installed computer data networks in police cars and railroad cars and also maintains the standards for line-replaceable units.

  Previously owned by the Carlyle Group, in August 2013, it was announced that the company would be sold to Rockwell Collins. The sale was completed on December 23, 2013. As mentioned before it is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, and has two regional headquarters in London, established in 1999 to serve the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, and Singapore, established in 2003 for the Asia Pacific region. ARINC has more than 3,200 employees at over 120 locations worldwide.

  If you look in the FCC database for any of these frequencies you will see they are managed and licensed by ASR Inc (Aviation Spectrum Resources) which is part of ARINC. Some listings in the FCC db may even give you an indication of who is using a particular frequency assignment at a given airport. Others will not and you will have to do some research online or extensive monitoring to figure out who is using that frequency.

  One of the more interesting aero communications in this subband is associated with the FBO or Fixed Base Operators. A Field-base operator (FBO) is a commercial business granted the right by an airport to operate on the airport and provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, etc.

  In common practice, an FBO is a primary provider of support services to general aviation operators at a public-use airport either located on airport leasehold property or, in rare cases, adjacent to airport leasehold property as a through the fence operation. In many smaller airports serving general aviation in remote or modest communities, the town itself may provide fuel services and operate a basic FBO facility. Most FBOs doing business at airports of high to moderate traffic volume are non-governmental organizations, i.e., either privately or publicly held companies.

  Biz aircraft, private aircraft and even government and military aircraft can be heard on FBO freqs. One of the more interesting comms I am hearing this year (an election year) are presidential and vice presidential candidate aircraft communicating with these FBOs.

  So here on Freqy Friday, the first Fixed Base Operator list I am posting is for a major player in the FBO business world - Signature Flight Support. Future post and a new reference page here on the Btown MP will have other FBOs, airline company freqs, and aeronautical enroute frequencies. So without further ado, let's get with it.


Signature Flight Support FBO

Frequency -- State Location (Airport Code) Airport

122.775 -- FL Kissimmee (KISM) Kissimmee Gateway Arpt
122.775 -- WA Spokane (KGEG) Spokane IAP
122.950 -- LA Lafayette (KLFT) Lafayette RAP
123.300 -- MT Belgrade (KBZN) Bozeman Yellowstone IAP
126.800 -- TX Midland (KMAF) Midland IAP
128.850 -- MO Kansas City (KMCI) Kansas City IAP
128.875 -- NV Las Vegas (KLAS) McCarran IAP
128.875 -- SC Hilton Head (KHXD) Hilton Head Island Arpt
128.900 -- FL Miami (KMIA) Miami IAP
128.925 -- CA San Francisco (KSFO) San Francisco IAP
128.925 -- IL Chicago (KMDW) Chicago Midway IAP
128.925 -- IL Chicago (KORD) O'Hare IAP
128.950 -- MN Minneapolis (KMSP) Minneapolis/St. Paul IAP
128.975 -- FL West Palm Beach (KPBI) Palm Beach IAP
129.000 -- KS New Century (KIXD) New Century Air Center Arpt
129.000 -- MD Glen Burnie (KBWI) Baltimore/Washington Intl Thurgood Marshall Arpt
129.025 -- WA Seattle (KBFI) Boeing Field/King County IAP
129.050 -- CA Santa Clara (San Jose) (KSJC) Norman Y. Mineta San Jose IAP
129.075 -- LA New Orleans (KNEW) Lakefront Arpt
129.075 -- NM Santa Fe (KSAF) Santa Fe MAP
129.275 -- TX T3 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Terminal 3 at Alpha 3
129.300 -- LA Baton Rouge (KBTR) Greater Baton Rouge Metro Arpt
129.575 -- MO Kansas City (KMKC) Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Arpt
129.600 -- NJ Morristown (KMMU) Morristown MAP
129.625 -- OH Columbus (KCMH) Port Columbus IAP
129.625 -- VA Charlottesville (KCHO) Charlottesville-Albemarle Arpt
129.700 -- OH Cleveland (KBKL) Burke Lakefront Arpt
129.725 -- CA Palm Springs (KPSP) Palm Springs IAP
129.725 -- CO Denver (KDEN) Denver IAP
129.725 -- CO Englewood (KAPA) Centennial Arpt
129.725 -- FL Ft. Lauderdale (KFLL) Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood IAP
129.725 -- IN Indianapolis (KIND) Indianapolis IAP
129.850 -- FL Opa Locka (KOPF) Opa-Locka Executive Arpt
129.875 -- TN Memphis (KMEM) Memphis IAP
129.950 -- IL Wheeling (KPWK) Chicago Executive Arpt
129.950 -- MI Detroit (KDTW) Detroit Metro Arpt
129.950 -- TX Wichita Falls (KSPS) Wichita Falls MAP
129.975 -- CA San Diego (KSAN) San Diego IAP
130.000 -- FL Tampa (KTPA) Tampa IAP
130.075 -- CA Fresno (KFAT) Fresno Yosemite IAP
130.150 -- NJ East Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-East
130.150 -- NJ West Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-West
130.225 -- AL Mobile (KMOB) Mobile RAP
130.225 -- NJ Trenton (KTTN) Trenton Mercer Arpt
130.225 -- OH Cincinnati (KLUK) Cincinnati MAP-Lunken Field
130.250 -- MA Boston (KBOS) Logan IAP
130.275 -- MD Frederick (KFDK) Frederick MAP
130.275 -- NC Asheville (KAVL) Asheville RAP
130.375 -- AL Huntsville (KHSV) Huntsville IAP
130.375 -- FL Clearwater (KPIE) St. Petersburg/Clearwater IAP
130.375 -- FL Orlando (KMCO) Orlando IAP
130.375 -- GA Savannah (KSAV) Savannah/Hilton Head IAP
130.375 -- TX Austin (KAUS) Austin-Bergstrom IAP
130.400 -- TX T1 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Terminal 1
130.425 -- DC Washington (KDCA) Ronald Reagan Washington Natl Arpt
130.450 -- FL Miami (KTMB) Miami Executive Arpt
130.525 -- MI Grand Rapids (KGRR) Gerald R. Ford IAP
130.550 -- AK Anchorage (KANC) Anchorage IAP
130.575 -- CA Oakland (KOAK) Oakland IAP
130.575 -- CA Van Nuys (KVNY) Van Nuys Arpt
130.575 -- GA Atlanta (KFTY) Fulton Co Arpt
130.575 -- KS Wichita (KICT) Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower Natl Arpt
130.575 -- NC Greensboro (KGSO) Piedmont Triad IAP
130.575 -- NC Winston-Salem (KINT) Smith Reynolds Arpt
130.575 -- NE Omaha (KOMA) Eppley Airfield
130.575 -- TX Houston (KHOU) William P. Hobby Arpt
130.575 -- TX San Antonio (KSAT) San Antonio IAP
130.575 -- VA Norfolk (KORF) Norfolk IAP
130.575 -- VA Roanoke (KROA) Roanoke–Blacksburg RAP
130.600 -- CA Long Beach (KLGB) Long Beach Arpt-Daugherty Field
130.600 -- CA Los Angeles (KLAX) Los Angeles IAP
130.600 -- LA Kenner/New Orleans (KMSY) Louis Armstrong New Orleans IAP
130.600 -- NJ South Teterboro (KTEB) Teterboro Arpt-South
130.650 -- NH Manchester (KMHT) Manchester-Boston RAP
130.750 -- CA Camarillo (KCMA) Camarillo Arpt
130.750 -- TX T2 Dallas (KDAL) Dallas Love Field - Dalfort Fueling
130.800 -- HI Hilo (KITO) Hilo IAP
130.800 -- HI Honolulu (KHNL) Honolulu IAP
130.800 -- HI Kailua Kona (KKOA) Kona IAP
130.800 -- HI Lanai City (KLNY) Lanai Arpt
130.800 -- HI Lihue (KLIH) Lihue Arpt
130.800 -- MA Bedford (KBED) L. G. Hanscom Field
130.850 -- NJ Newark (KEWR) Newark Liberty IAP
130.875 -- TX Corpus Christi (KCRP) Corpus Christi IAP
130.900 -- FL Boca Raton (KBCT) Boca Raton Arpt
130.900 -- GA Atlanta (KPDK) DeKalb Peachtree Arpt
131.000 -- IA Cedar Rapids (KCID) The Eastern Iowa Arpt
131.000 -- IA Des Moines (KDSM) Des Moines IAP
131.000 -- WI Milwaukee (KMKE) General Mitchell IAP
131.100 -- TN Nashville (KBNA) Nashville IAP
131.150 -- NC Morrisville (Raleigh-Durham) (KRDU) Raleigh-Durham IAP
131.175 -- AZ Scottsdale (KSDL) Scottsdale Arpt
131.250 -- FL West Palm Beach (F45) N. Palm Beach Co General Aviation Arpt
131.350 -- MN St. Paul (KSTP) St. Paul Downtown Arpt
131.350 -- MO St. Louis (KSTL) Lambert-St. Louis IAP
131.375 -- CA Santa Rosa (KSTS) Charles M Schulz Sonoma Co Arpt
131.475 -- CA Goleta (Santa Barbara) (KSBA) Santa Barbara MAP
131.500 -- CA Santa Ana (KSNA) John Wayne/Orange Co Arpt
131.500 -- GA Atlanta (KATL) Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta IAP
131.600 -- TX Houston (KIAH) George Bush Intercontinental Arpt
131.625 -- SC North Charleston (KCHS) Charleston IAP
131.850 -- IL Waukegan (KUGN) Waukegan Natl Arpt
131.875 -- CT East Grandby (KBDL) Bradley IAP
131.875 -- VA Washington Dulles (KIAD) Washington Dulles IAP
132.000 -- FL Jacksonville (KJAX) Jacksonville IAP
132.000 -- NY White Plains (KHPN) Westchester Co Arpt

Thursday, July 21, 2016

From Pyongyang with love: North Korea restarts coded spy broadcasts

Reuters report by James Pearson  |  SEOUL

SEOUL (Reuters) - "Now we'll begin a mathematics review assignment for members of the 27th expeditionary unit of the distance learning university," the woman's voice crackled over the radio.

"Turn to page 459, question 35; 913, question 55; 135, question 86."

Isolated North Korea has restarted coded radio broadcasts, presumed to be targeted at its spies, for the first time in 16 years last month, South Korea said on Wednesday.

The messages, a recording of which was broadcast by South Korean TV channel KBS, were disguised as a mathematics lesson for distance learners and reappeared on North Korean radio station Voice of Korea in the early hours of Friday.

North and South Korea are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, and tensions are running high.

North Korea, which has carried out a string of rocket and nuclear weapons tests in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, said on Wednesday it had conducted a ballistic missile test that simulates strikes against South Korean ports and airfields used by the U.S. military, apparently referring to three missile launches on Tuesday.

Those missile launches were seen as a show of force a week after South Korea and the United States chose a site in the South to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system to counter threats from the North.

FOR YOUR SPIES ONLY

The radio messages, also known as numbers stations, work by broadcasting strings of seemingly random numbers over shortwave signals to an agent in the field. The technique, a method of sending one-way secret messages, dates to the French Resistance in World War Two and is still in use by some governments today.

South Korea jams most North Korean radio frequencies but Pyongyang-based Voice of Korea broadcasts on shortwave signals which can be picked up far beyond the Korean peninsula, and are difficult to jam.

The receiving agent, armed with a radio and a pen, uses an easily concealed pad with corresponding letters on it to listen to and decrypt the secret message.

"(North Korean) numbers broadcasts have been on hold for quite some time but have recently resumed, something we think is very regrettable," Jeong Joon-hee, a spokesman for South Korea's unification ministry, told a media briefing on Wednesday.

It was not clear whether the signals were meant to deceive or deliver genuine instructions.

"I can't speak to their intentions, but we hope that the North will refrain from an old practice like this and behave in a manner that's conducive to improving South-North ties," Jeong said.

Seoul has also operated a numbers station, former agents told Reuters in 2013. Officials at the National Intelligence Service were not immediately able to confirm their use.

South Korea's station is known as "V-24" to amateur radio enthusiasts who have tracked the source of the signal to a location somewhere south of the Demilitarised Zone separating the two Koreas, and has been known to begin with a scratchy rendition of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 8.

South Korea : V24 --- XYZ
Korean Numbers Station

Enigma Code  : V24
Mode         : AM

Schedule; ** Broadcasting of about 8 minutes
 1300-1308, 1330-1338, 1400-1408, 1430-1438, 1500-1508, 1530-1538
Frequency: 4900, 5290, 5715, 5900, 6215, 6310 kHz (irregularly)

A snippet of the numbers transmission was aired by KBS TV http://www.yonhapnewstv.co.kr/MYH20160719015700038/

Monday, July 11, 2016

AMSAT News Service ANS-192

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, 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.

In this edition:

* AMSAT Field Day Submissions Due July 11
* AMSAT Awards Update
* Two Radio Amateurs Set to Head for the International Space Station
* Australia CubeSat Testing Begins
* AMSAT Events
* ARISS News
* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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AMSAT Field Day Submissions Due July 11

If you participated in Field Day and you plan on submitting your group's score, you have until 23:59 PM on Monday, July 11th to get those submission sheets in to AMSAT. AMSAT's deadline is sooner than the ARRL deadline for Field Day. Bruce Paige, KK5DO, will then prepare the story and send it off to the editor of the AMSAT Journal who will have it in the upcoming issue that goes to press shortly thereafter.

Please send your score sheet and photos to Bruce kk5do@arrl.net or kk5do@amsat.org

You will receive an email back that day or the next day when Bruce has received your submission. If you do not receive the email, he did not get it. Don't assume that because you sent it,it was received. Make sure you get the confirmation email.

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Director Contests and Awards for the above information]

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AMSAT Awards Update

Congrats to all who have earned an AMSAT Award since the last posting.

AMSAT Satellite Communicators Award for making their first satellite QSO
Vin'cius Leite, PU4VLT
Marcos Kazan, PU2MXU
Cleber Rodrigues PU3IBD
Pitor Gorecki, SP9RXP
Malcolm Harper, VE2DDZ
Italo Adriano B.C. Marcelino, PU7ASP
Marc-Andre Gingras, VA2EI

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AMSAT Century Club Award
Carl Noll, KA4H #46

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AMSAT Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award
Ramirez-Ferrer, NP4JV #86  1000+

To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org or http://www.amsatnet.com/awards.html

[ANS thanks Bruce Paige, KK5DO AMSAT Director Contests and Awards for the above information]

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Two Radio Amateurs Set to Head for the International Space Station

Two Amateur Radio licensees are part of the International Space Station (ISS) crew increment bound for the orbiting outpost this week. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, astronaut Takuya Onishi,
KF5LKS, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos will launch early on July 7 (0136 UTC) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The trio will spend approximately 4 months on station and will return to Earth in October.

An upgraded Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft will carry Rubins, Onishi, and Ivanishin into space. They will test modified systems for 2 days - 34 Earth orbits - before docking with the ISS on July 9. According
to NASA, the modified Soyuz is equipped with upgraded thrusters that are fully redundant, additional micrometeoroid debris shielding, redundant electrical motors for the Soyuz docking probe, and
increased power with more photovoltaic cells on the spacecraft's solar arrays. This week's launch will mark the first of at least two missions in which enhanced Soyuz hardware will be tested and verified.

Once the hatches between the Soyuz and the ISS have been opened, Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, of NASA, and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka, RN3FU, and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos will greet their new crewmates.

The Expedition 48 crew members will continue experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science.

Rubins, Onishi, and cosmonaut Ivanishin will replace Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, KE5UDN; Flight Engineer Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, and Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, who returned to Earth in mid-June after a little more than 6 months in space.

NASA TV will cover the launch and the arrival online at,
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public .

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), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, go to:

www.ariss.org
www.amsat.org
www.arrl.org

Also, join us on Facebook: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

Follow us on Twitter: ARISS_status

[ANS thanks the ARRL and ARISS for the above information]

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Australia CubeSat Testing Begins

Satellites are being tested at the Australian National University Mount Stromlo space facility in Canberra ahead of a mass satellite launch from the International Space Station later this year.

The three CubeSats to be rigorously proven as space-ready have been developed by researchers at ANU, the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

In one Australian experiment, space weather and solar activity will be looked at as they are important to GPS navigation, financial systems and electricity grids. A second CubeSat will carry new instruments to measure atmospheric water and carbon dioxide.

The third will carry four separate experiments including a specially designed receiver and electronics with the ability to self-repair if hit by radiation and something breaks.

The Australian CubeSats will be launched as part of the European Union's QB50 program of 50 satellites from 27 countries including Brazil, China, Europe, Russia and the USA.

[ANS thanks WIA News and Jim Linton VK3PC for the above information]

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AMSAT Events

Information about AMSAT activities at other important events around the country.  Examples of these events are radio club meetings where AMSAT Area Coordinators give presentations, demonstrations of working amateur satellites, and hamfests with an AMSAT presence (a table with
AMSAT literature and merchandise, sometimes also with presentations, forums, and/or demonstrations).

*Saturday, 6 August 2016 ? Austin Summerfest in Austin TX
*Saturday, 13 August 2016 ? KL7KC Hamfest in Fairbanks AK
*Saturday, 20 August 2016 ? Spark in the Park in Wyoming MI
*Saturday, 3 September 2016 - Shelby Hamfest in Shelby, NC (ARRL North Carolina State Convention) - AMSAT Forum Only
*Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 September 2016 Boxboro Hamfest in Boxborough, MA (ARRL New England Division Convention)
*Friday, 23 September 2016 ? presentation at Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amateur Radio Club in Pasadena CA
*Friday and Saturday, 21-22 October 2016 ? CopaFest 2016, south of Maricopa AZ
*Saturday, 12 November 2016 ? Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in Marana AZ
*Saturday, 3 December 2016 ? Superstition Superfest in Mesa AZ
*Saturday, 14 January 2017 ? Thunderbird Hamfest 2017 in Phoenix AZ
*Saturday, 4 February 2017 ? Palm Springs Hamfest in Palm Springs CA
*Friday-Sunday, 10-12 February 2017   Orlando HamCation in Orlando, FL
*Friday and Saturday, 17-18 February 2017 ? Yuma Hamfest in Yuma AZ

[ANS thanks AMSAT-NA for the above information]

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ARISS News

Sucessful Contacts

* Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, telebridge via VK5ZAI
The ISS callsign was scheduled to be NA1SS.
The scheduled astronaut was Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact was successful: Wed 2016-07-06 14:28:20 UTC 77 degx
A successful telebridge contact this morning.  All 20 questions were answered, with time to spare for a round of thanks from the audience and a farewell from Jeff.

* A direct contact via DN1JKG with students at Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium, Bruchsal, Germany was successful Fri 2016-07-01.

The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium is one of the biggest schools of general education in the administrative district of Karlsruhe in Baden-Wurttemberg. More than 1,300 students are taught by over one hundred teachers.

Our focus is on a scientific profile with the succession of languages being English-French or English-Latin. Furthermore, science and technology is a major subject starting in year 8. About 85% of our students opt for this profile.

For four years now the Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium has been one of 44 model schools in Baden-Wurttemberg which allow students to take their A-levels at different speeds - either after eight or nine years of secondary education.

The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium is also participating in three different educational pilot projects. In the last two years leading up to their A-levels, students may take up Mathematics "plus" (an enhanced version of the subject Mathematics, six lessons a week) or computer science as a major subject as well as science and technology as a minor subject.

Additionally, there are optional subjects for senior students, such as for example psychology, philosophy, drama, and especially natural sciences like geology, computer algebra, computer science, and astronomy. The Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium cooperates with partners in various fields,
especially the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In 2015 the town of Bruchsal organized the "Heimattage Baden-Wurttemberg" (Homeland Days of Baden-Wurttemberg).

The Justus Knecht-Gymnasium took part in different projects, e.g. "Heimat Erde" (Homeland Earth). Students of different years worked on the topic.Moreover there's a study team working together with the amateur radio operators of Bruchsal. They established radio communication, built a stratosphere balloon and prepared the radio link to the ISS.

see: http://www.jkg.ka.schule-bw.de/
(Note: above link is in German)

BadenTV video link (Also in German)
http://www.baden-tv.com/mediathek/video/iss-funkkontakt-date-mit-einem-raumfahrer/

* A direct contact vie RZ9WWB with The All-Russian Public Organization Radio And Radiol?bitel 'Stva" The Russian Amateur Radio Union", in Ufa, Russia, was successful Thu 2016-06-30.

Upcoming Contacts

* ISS R&D Conference, San Diego, CA, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact is go for: Thu 2016-07-14 16:03:33 UTC 37 deg

Descriptions of the schools participating in the contact are shown below.

Lake Elementary School, Oceanside, CA
Lake Elementary School opened in 1989 in southeastern Oceanside. A top priority continues to be the use of technology by students and staff to prepare children for 21st Century College and Career readiness.

Community Montessori Charter School, Escondido , CA
CMCS currently serves approximately 375 students in grades K-8. Students attend one of five resource centers located throughout San Diego county, and are on a Montessori home study program.

Vista Magnet Middle School, Vista, CA
Students will be literate, reflective and critical thinkers in all areas of interaction who transfer knowledge and embrace diversity within a global society.

Monte Vista Elementary School, Vista, CA
Our vision at Monte Vista Elementary is to ignite a love of learning and a sense of curiosity in all students. We will promote academic achievement through high expectations and develop problem solvers who are technologically proficient.

Lilac School, Valley Center, CA
The Lilac Learning Community shares a commitment to exploring, developing and differentiating deliberate, effective strategies and practices for learning in a dynamic environment of collaboration, inquiry and diversity.

STAR Prep Academy, Los Angeles, CA
The STAR PREP ACADEMY is an extraordinary private middle & high school for students who seek an individualized approach to learning, based on their desired areas of specialization.

Westminster Christian School, Miami, FL
Founded in 1961, Westminster is an independent, college-preparatory, coeducational Christian school serving 1,241 students from preschool through 12th grade.


* Frontiers of Flight Museum's "Moon Day 2016", Dallas TX, telebridge via W6SRJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ
Contact is go for : Sat 2016-07-16 15:54:09 UTC 88 deg

* Ufa, Russia, direct via  TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RS?ISS
The  scheduled astronaut is Oleg Skripochka RN3FU
Contact is a go for Thu  2016-07-23 18:50 UTC

Watch http://www.ariss.org/upcoming-contacts.html for information about upcoming contacts as they are scheduled.

[ANS thanks ARISS, Dave, AA4KN, and Charlie, AJ9N for the above information]

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Satellite Shorts From All Over

Upcoming High Altitude Balloon Flights Include Amateur Radio

The Amateur Radio High Altitude Ballooning e-mail list (BALLOON_SKED@yahoogroups.com) reports that two upcoming flights will include amateur radio payloads beyond the usual APRS  downlinks used for tracking.

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2016-07-23 @ 09:00 MST

Arizona Near Space Research to launch: ANSR-101 from the
Williams Ham Fest, Williams, Arizona (35.2587, -112.185  Grid: DM35VG)

Website:
http://www.ansr.org, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Ballooning/
Tracking via APRS.FI: KA7NSR-6, KA7NSR-7
Telemetry: APRS: 144.340 MHz, Also 445.925, both digipeated to 144.39

2 crossband repeaters:

Uplink #1:   146.560 MHz CTCSS 162.2
Downlink #1: 445.925 MHz

Uplink #2:   147.560 MHz CTCSS 89.1
Downlink #2: 446.025 MHz

Live video streaming on 440 MHz and 2.4 GHz to ground station at Ham Fest.
Contact: Bill McLean
bmclean1@gmail.com
QRZ: KA7NSR

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2016-08-06 @ 07:45 CDT

Balloon Assisted Stratospheric Experiments (DePauw University) to launch BASE 90 from Rantoul National Aviation Center Airport-Frank Elliott Field Rantoul, IL (100 miles south of Chicago; 40.294, -88.142  Grid: EN50WH) during the Space Jam 10 Boy Scout Jamboree

Website: http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/physics-astronomy/department-research/base/
Tracking via APRS.FI: WB9SA-11
Telemetry: APRS: 144.390MHz

Contact: Howard Brooks
hlbrooks@depauw.edu
QRZ: WB9SA
Crossband repeater and SSTV downlink frequencies will be announced.

[ANS thanks the BALLOON_SKED@yahoogroups.com list for the above information]

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In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.

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. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership information.

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This week's ANS Editor,
Joe Spier, K6WAO
k6wao at amsat dot org

Thursday, July 07, 2016

AMSAT News Service ANS-185

The AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America, 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.

In this edition:

* AMSAT Field Day Submissions
* AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2016
* North Texas "Moon Day" for AMSAT, ARISS and Amateur Radio
* South Africa Satellite Day
* UAE Satellite Will Have Amateur Radio Transponder

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AMSAT Field Day Submissions

Now that Field Day is only a blur, it is time to prepare your score and submit it for the AMSAT Field Day results. All submissions are due by 11:59PM Central Time on Monday, July 11, 2016. Bruce Paige, KK5DO, will then prepare the story and send it off to the editor of the AMSAT Journal who will have it in the upcoming issue that goes to press shortly thereafter.

Please send your score sheet and photos to Bruce

kk5do@arrl.net or kk5do@amsat.org

You will receive an email back that day or the next day when Bruce has received your submission. If you do not receive the email, he did not get it. Don't assume that because you sent it,it was received. Make sure you get the confirmation email.

[ANS thanks Bruce, KK5DO, for the above information]

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AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2016

This year's Colloquium is now only a few weeks away. The event, taking place as usual at the Holiday Inn in Guildford, will be held over the weekend of the 29/31st July.

A full programme of presentations, covering all aspects of the amateur satellite world, has been developed for the Saturday and Sunday and a "Beginners Session" is scheduled for the Friday afternoon. Sessions will include updates on the many new satellites that are expected to be launched over the next few months. This includes Eshail-2 which will carry the first ever geostationary amateur radio transponder and provide more than 8MHz of new intercontinental spectrum - it will
provide coverage to five continents. Additionally we will have a session on how to develop software receivers using GNU radio, reviews of the Tim Peake ARISS contacts and the STEM results chieved,
information about a new 76GHz satellite project, a review of how to operate ?in the field? and lots more.

As well as the presentations during the day, Libby Jackson, from the UK Space Agency, with whom the ARISS UK team worked closely during the Tim Peake mission, will be speaking during the Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening.

Other highlights will include visits to the SSTL facilities (Friday evening and Saturday morning) and the opportunity to see the special ground station equipment that was used for all the ARISS contacts.
This will be available for use for contacts during passes of all the available satellite transponders.

Visitors can either turn up on the day, book day passes on the website or, if planning an overnight stay, now is the last week to make their hotel bookings at the preferential rate and which have been
block-booked by AMSAT-UK. The URL for the AMSAT-UK shop to book day passes is http://shop.amsat-uk.org. If you wish to book overnight accommodation, please contact the hotel direct on 01483 784413. Please note that due to problems with their booking system THE HOTEL
WILL KEEP OUR RESERVED ROOMS UNTIL 6 JUL. Day passes cost ?10 per day (incl tea/coffee, etc) , please pay at the AMSAT-UK shop (not hotel reception). If you wish to attend the Gala dinner on Saturday, please book at least 7 days in advance, either with the hotel (by booking
dinner, bed, and breakfast), or at the AMSAT-UK shop.

As well at the AMSAT-UK shop, there will be a number of specialist suppliers present, and we are hoping that the RSGB bookshop will also be present

Members and non-members will be made very welcome and booking info can be found here https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

The Colloquium team are looking forward to meeting many old friends and making many new acquaintances during the event.

[ANS thanks Jim, G3WGM, Hon Sec AMSAT-UK, for the above information]


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North Texas "Moon Day" for AMSAT, ARISS and Amateur Radio

July 16th, 2016 will be the date for the annual "Moon Day" at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field in Dallas, TX, STEM event.  Check out http://www.flightmuseum.com/moon-day-2016/ for more information.

Moon Day is a large space exploration and science themed STEM event from  10a-5P that features numerous exhibitors, technology demonstrations, an ARISS contact with the ISS and AMSAT/Amateur Radio as key elements.  Over 1500 attended last year's event including many Boy/Girl Scouts and other young people and families.  This year's event might be even bigger.

As last year, AMSAT members from North Texas, along with the Dallas Amateur Radio Club, will have a shared display space with STEM activities for people to learn about satellites, orbital mechanics and the exciting possibilities of personal communications through Amateur Radio and Amateur Radio satellites. Aside from the indoor space, we want to be able to offer multiple opportunities for satellite pass demos on the outside of the building as well.

Keith Pugh, W5IU, will be the ARISS Mentor/coordinator for the scheduled ARISS contact and has a support team for that but we need other Amateur Satellite enthusiasts to help man the display space and also to run the pass demos outside the facility.  Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, has communicated with the event coordinator asking them to provide an approved outside space and published promotion and "Carrots" to get people out there.  Being summer and most likely hot. Tom also asked if there could have some sort of tent or easy-up to block the sun from the operating point.

What is needed are people to man the inside display table, where you will get to explain some of the basics of Amateur Radio satellites, orbits, footprints and cubesat to hundreds of inquisitive young  people. Also needed are some experienced satellite and Amateur Radio operators who will be willing to handle the heat outside and get people involved with this fun aspect of our hobby.  (With enough of us we can do shifts).  There is quite a good list of pass opportunities between 10a and 5p so you would not be bored.

Please let Tom, N5HYP, or Keith, W5IU, know if you can join us and help with a great public outreach for Amateur Radio and AMSAT.

[ANS thanks Tom, N5HYP, for the above information]

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South Africa Satellite Day

AMSAT SA is planning to arrange a weekly satellite day to encourage radio amateurs to operate  satellites. The proposal is to dedicate preferred slots for satellite operation, for example Tuesday between 18:00 and 23:00. There are a number of relatively easy to operate satellites. These will be
identified and operating slots with details about the orbit and time over South Africa and neighboring countries will be published in advance. AMSAT SA is seeking input from radio amateurs who would be interested in participating. Please send your proposals and ideas to saamsat@intekom.co.za

[ANS thanks the SARL weekly news in English 2016-7-2 for the above information]

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UAE Satellite Will Have Amateur Radio Transponder

The United Arab Emirates newspaper The National reports on the Nayif-1 spacecraft developed by Emirati students from the American University of Sharjah in partnership with The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.

Nayif-1 carries a 435/145 MHz transponder (FUNcube-5) for amateur radio SSB/CW communications. It is expected to launch along with other amateur radio satellites such as Fox-1C and Fox-1D on a SpaceX rocket between September and November 2016.

The National says: Yousuf Al Shaibani, director general of The Mohammed bin Rashid Space
Centre, said the satellite?s development was a testament to its commitment to develop Emirati talent.

"There is no doubt that the field of satellite design and manufacturing is a new industry to UAE universities and students," Mr Al Shaibani said.

"The Emirati students possess the skills and capabilities to design and build a CubeSat as a result of a knowledge-transfer strategy and cooperation between academic and professional institutions that are launching real space projects, enabling students to see the product of their work as a reality in space."

The satellite is about 10 cubic centimetres and weighs about 1 kilogram. One of its most notable features is that it is programmed to transfer messages in Arabic.

"This is a great achievement and a source of pride for all of us," said Dr Bjorn Kjerfve, chancellor of American University of Sharjah.

Nayif-1 CubeSat https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/nayif-1/

[ANS thanks AMSAT-UK for the above information]


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In addition to regular membership, AMSAT offers membership in the President's Club. Members of the President's Club, as sustaining donors to AMSAT Project Funds, will be eligible to receive additional benefits. Application forms are available from the AMSAT Office.

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. Contact Martha at the AMSAT Office for additional student membership information.

73,
This week's ANS Editor,
Lee McLamb, KU4OS
ku4os at amsat dot org

Two Radio Amateurs Set to Head for the International Space Station

Two Amateur Radio licensees are part of the International Space Station (ISS) crew increment bound for the orbiting outpost this week. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, astronaut Takuya Onishi,
KF5LKS, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos will launch early on July 7 (0136 UTC) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The trio will spend approximately 4 months on station and will return to Earth in October.

An upgraded Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft will carry Rubins, Onishi, and Ivanishin into space. They will test modified systems for 2 days - 34 Earth orbits - before docking with the ISS on July 9. According
to NASA, the modified Soyuz is equipped with upgraded thrusters that are fully redundant, additional micrometeoroid debris shielding, redundant electrical motors for the Soyuz docking probe, and
increased power with more photovoltaic cells on the spacecraft's solar arrays. This week's launch will mark the first of at least two missions in which enhanced Soyuz hardware will be tested and verified.

Once the hatches between the Soyuz and the ISS have been opened, Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, of NASA, and Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka, RN3FU, and Alexey vchinin of Roscosmos will greet their new crewmates.

The Expedition 48 crew members will continue experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science.

Rubins, Onishi, and cosmonaut Ivanishin will replace Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra, KE5UDN; Flight Engineer Tim Peake, KG5BVI/GB1SS, and Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, who returned to Earth in mid-June after a little more than 6 months in space.

NASA TV will cover the launch and the arrival online at,
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public .