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In this edition:

* Update on AMSAT's Participation in ESA Geostationary Project

* September/October 2023 Edition of The AMSAT Journal Available

* ISS Resupply Will Interrupt ARISS Activity

* ISS SSTV Event December 7-8, 2023

* VUCC & DXCC Satellite Standing December 2023

* Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for December 1, 2023

* ARISS News

* Upcoming Satellite Operations

* Hamfests, Conventions, Maker Faires, and Other Events

* Satellite Shorts From All Over

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 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
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ANS-337 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins


From: Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation

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Washington, DC 20002

DATE 2023 DEC 03

Update on AMSAT's Participation in ESA Geostationary Project

Following the recent AMSAT Symposium where David Bowman, G0MRF, presented
information on the ESA Geostationary payload investigation, an offer was
extended to AMSAT to participate with AMSAT-UK in developing a proposal for
submittal to ESA. AMSAT Director and Vice President - Operations Drew
Glasbrenner, KO4MA, volunteered on short notice to represent AMSAT in these
initial discussions. An additional Canadian AMSAT representative is desired
and welcome to participate in future meetings and discussions.

After a meeting on November 26th, an initial proposal to ESA was being
finalized for submittal on December 4th. More information will be forthcoming

[ANS thanks AMSAT Director and Vice President - Operations Drew Glasbrenner,
KO4MA, for the above information.]


September/October 2023 Edition of The AMSAT Journal Available

AMSAT members can now go to the member portal ( and
download the latest edition on The AMSAT Journal. The AMSAT Journal is
published online in full-color.  This edition is 38 pages jam-packed with the
latest updates on key AMSAT projects. Topics in this issue include:

 - Apogee View -  Robert Bankston, KE4AL, AMSAT President

 - AMSAT Awards Update - Bruce Paige, KK5DO, AMSAT Awards Manager

 - Education and CubeSat Simulator Update - Alan Johnston, KU2Y, AMSAT VP,
Educational Relations

 - PACSAT BBS Operations - Chris Thompson, G0KLA/AC2CZ/VE2TCP

 - PACSAT Software Architecture - Chris Thompson, G0KLA/AC2CZ/VE2TCP and
Burns Fisher, WB1FJ

 - ARISS Update - Dave Taylor, W8AAS

 - Engineering Update - Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Jonathan Brandenburg, KF5IDY;
Zach Metzinger, N0ZGO

Attention AMSAT members: You should receive an email alert that a new edition
of The AMSAT Journal is available. If you are not receiving that email, it
means your email is not on file in out membership system.  You can add or
update your email information by logging in the member portal
( and updating your profile. If you have trouble
doing this, please write info[at]amsat[dot]org and we will assist you.

[ANS thanks AMSAT for the above information.]


LAST CALL for 2023 AMSAT President's Club Coins!

The year is almost over and, when it is,

the 2023 coins will no longer be available.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its launch 

on June 16, 1983, this year's coin features 

an image of AMSAT-OSCAR 10. 

Join the AMSAT President's Club today and help 

Keep Amateur Radio in Space!


ISS Resupply Will Interrupt ARISS Activity

NASA will provide live launch and docking coverage of the Roscosmos Progress
86 cargo spacecraft carrying about three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for
the Expedition 70 crew aboard the International Space Station.

The unpiloted spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Friday, December 1,2023 at
09:25 UTC (4:25 A.M. EST) on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in

NASA coverage will begin at 4 A.M. on the NASA+ streaming service via the web
<> or the NASA app

The Progress spacecraft will be placed into a two-day, 34-orbit journey to
the station, leading to an automatic docking to the Poisk module at 6:14 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3. Coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 5:30 a.m. on
NASA Television and the agency's website. As always, all amateur radio
activity aboard the ISS is suspended during docking maneuvers.

The spacecraft will remain at the orbiting laboratory for approximately six
months, then undock for a destructive but safe re-entry into Earth's
atmosphere to dispose of trash loaded by the crew.

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information.]


* ISS SSTV Event December 7-8, 2023

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are planning to
transmit Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images on 145.800 MHz FM probably using the SSTV
mode PD-120. 

The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment
(MAI-75) and will be made from the amateur radio station RS0ISS in the
Russian ISS Service module (Zvezda) using a Kenwood TM-D710E transceiver. It
appears the theme for this session will highlight one of MAI's cosmonaut
graduates - Yuri Usachov. Currently scheduled days and times are:

Thu 2023-12-07 08:55 UTC to 14:25 UTC

Fri 2023-12-08 08:15 UTC to 14:10 UTC

Days and times are subject to change due to the operational requirements of
the ISS.

Reminder - No ARISS award will be available for this session since it is not
transmitted globally.

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


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VUCC & DXCC Satellite Standing December 2023

+ VUCC Satellite Award/Endorsement Change Summary for November 01, 2023 to
December 01, 2023.

KO4MA                1933     2000

K8DP                 1575     1581

AA5PK                1382     1404

N8RO                 1368     1384

DL2GRC               1004     1108

DF2ET                1000     1102

KF7R                 1050     1075

PS8ET                 925     1000

K9UO                  926      950

KE8RJU                905      950

OZ9AAR                800      900

EA2AA                 825      856

KQ4DO                 808      827

W8LR                  818      825

FG8OJ                 639      737

HB9AOF                604      725

KS1G                  655      703

WA6DNR                457      605

JL1SAM                511      601

W0NBC                 437      563

JG6CDH                515      553

A65BR                 513      532

XE1UYS                327      505

IK3ITB                400      500

IK7FMQ                453      500

N3CAL                 435      471

N6RVI                 100      380

SA0UNX                205      362

JR0GAS                250      360

AD2DD                 261      356

KG4AKV                254      355

HC2FG                 276      350

N6PAZ                 326      342

DK3ZL                 New      319

KB8CR                 New      301

AL7ID                 New      261

K6VHF                 201      250

N7GR                  179      205

K9JKM                 114      201

JF3MKC                175      200

JI5RPT/1              101      200

K9AQ                  109      200

WD9EWK (DM45)         160      165

N4QX                  152      157

AA0DW                 New      141

N6UTC (DM15)          New      126

JF1CDX                New      105

KT6CA                 New      103

W3TI                  101      103

NJ2DX                 New      100

Congratulations to the new VUCC holders.

AL7ID is first VUCC Satellite holder from BP64

+ DXCC Satellite Award/Endorsement Change Summary for November 01, 2023 to
December 01, 2023.

OE9DGV                208      210

F6BKI                 203      207

YO2CMI                169      173

ZS1LS                 153      160

EA2AA                 152      154

DL6GBM                125      152

HB9RYZ                137      139

LA6OP                 123      136

SP3AU                 130      136

DL9RAN                100      125

FG8OJ                 111      114

SM2OAN                100      109

CT1ETE                New      104

TF1A                  100      102

JA0FSB                New      101

K9UO                  100      101

EA5RM                 New      100

KB9STR                New      100

KN2K                  New      100

LA0FA                 New      100

N0JE                  New      100

Congratulations to the new DXCC Satellite holders.

KN2K is first DXCC Satellite holder from VA

[ANS thanks Jon Goering, N7AZ, for the above information.]


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Changes to AMSAT-NA TLE Distribution for December 1, 2023

The following satellite has been removed from this week's AMSAT-NA TLE

NEUDOSE NORAD Cat ID 56315 Decayed from orbit on or about 28 November 2023 

The following satellites have been added to this week's AMSAT-NA TLE

HADES-D NORAD Cat ID  58294 IARU coordinated downlink on 436.666 MHz

VERONIKA NORAD Cat ID 58261 IARU coordinated downlink on 436.680 MHz

KAFASAT NORAD Cat ID 58317 IARU coordinated downlinks 435.835 MHz and 
2404.400 MHz

AMSAT thanks Nico Janssen for positively identifying these spacecraft and
associating them with object numbers.

Two Line Elements or TLEs, often referred to as Keplerian elements or keps in
the amateur community, are the inputs to the SGP4 standard mathematical model
of spacecraft orbits used by most amateur tracking programs. Weekly updates
are completely adequate for most amateur satellites. Elements in the TLE
bulletin files are updated daily. TLE bulletin files are updated to add or
remove satellites as necessary Thursday evenings around 2300 UTC, or more
frequently if new high interest satellites are launched. More information may
be found at

[ANS thanks Joe Fitzgerald, KM1P, AMSAT Orbital Elements Manager for the
above information.] 



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.

+ Upcoming Contacts

Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Schule Eutin, Eutin, Germany, direct via
DKØOH/Telebridge and Gymnasium in Loekamp, Marl, Germany, telebridge via

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS.

The scheduled crewmember is Andreas Mogensen, KG5GCZ.

The ARISS mentor is IN3GH.

Contact is go for Monday, December 4, 2023 at 11:36 UTC.

Orangeburg Christian Academy, Orangeburg, SC, direct via N7GZT.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS.

The scheduled crewmember is Jasmin Moghbeli, KI5WSL.

The ARISS mentor is KD8COJ.

Contact is go for Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 15:19 UTC.

Watch for Livestream at

Obninsk, Russia, direct via TBD.

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS.

The scheduled crewmember is Konstantin Borisov.

The ARISS mentor is RV3DR.

Contact is go for Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 09:15 UTC.

+ Completed Contacts

Gagarin From Space Performance Of An Amateur Radio Communication Session With
Pupils Of Schools Of Aznakaevsky District Of The Republic Of Kazakhstan.
Tatarstan, Russia, direct via RC4P.

The ISS callsign was RSØISS.

The crewmember was Konstantin Borisov.

The ARISS mentor was RV3DR.

Contact was successful on November 25, 2023 at 14:08 UTC.

The crossband repeater continues to be active (145.990 MHz up {PL 67} &
437.800 MHz down). If any crewmember is so inclined, all they have to do is
pick up the microphone, raise the volume up, and talk on the crossband
repeater.  So give a listen, you just never know.

As always, if there is an EVA, a docking, or an undocking; the ARISS radios
are turned off as part of the safety protocol.

Note, all times are approximate.  It is recommended that you do your own
orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed

The latest information on the operation mode can be found at

The latest list of frequencies in use can be found at


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


Upcoming Satellite Operations

None scheduled at this time.

A growing number of satellite rovers are currently engaged in sharing their
grid square activations on By visiting the website, you gain
easy access to comprehensive information about the operators responsible for
activating specific grid squares. Additionally, you have the ability to
assess the match score between yourself and a particular rover for a given
pass, while also being able to identify the upcoming satellite passes that
are accessible from your location.

[ANS thanks Ian Parsons, K5ZM, AMSAT Rover Page Manager, for the above


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.

AMSAT Ambassador Clint Bradford, K6LCS, says, “Think a 75-minute
presentation on “working the easy satellites” would be appropriate for
your club or event? Let me know by emailing me at k6lcsclint (at) gmail (dot)
com or calling me at 909-999-SATS (7287)!” Clint has NEVER given the exact
same show twice: EACH of the 150+ presentations so far has been
customized/tailored to their audiences.



Satellite Shorts From All Over

+ Eirsat-11 was successfully launched on Friday, December 1, 2023 from
Florida aboard a Space X ride. On the first pass over Europe EIRSAT-1 was
almost 10 minutes

late on the preliminary TLE set and almost 4 minutes early on the projected
TLE set. The launch team will try to develop better parameters. Since this
was a classified launch, TLEs may not be published by he usual sources, so
the team will have to develop its own TLE set. [ANS thanks Nico Janssen,
PA0DLO, for the above information.]

+ A fascinating article describes the development of the CubeSat standard by
AMSAT member Bob Twiggs, KE6QMD, and co-inventor Jordi Puig-Suari, an
aerospace engineering professor at California Polytechnic State University.
Searching for a way to simplify the projectsand cut out build time 
Twiggs thought, “What if we made [the satellite] a cube and put solar cells
on all sides so no matter which way it rotated, it was going to get
charged?” With some spare solar cells from NASAs Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, he went down to a local shop and found a 4 X 4 X 4-in.
transparent box. It was also around that timein 1999that an infamous
error caught Twiggs attention. That year a mix-up between Imperial and
metric units by a Lockheed Martin engineering team caused NASAs Mars
Climate Orbiter to burn up in the red planets atmosphere, ending the
mission early. “I said, ‘Its about time students learn metric,”
he says. “I wonder what this [4-in. box] is in metric? Well, it turned out
to be just almost 10 cm.” Read the entire article at [ANS thanks Aviation Week Network for the
above information.]

+ An innovative experiment flying aboard NASAs Psyche mission just hit its
first major milestone by successfully carrying out the most distant
demonstration of laser communications. The tech demo could one day help NASA
missions probe deeper into space and uncover more discoveries about the
origin of the universe. The experiment beamed a laser encoded with data from
far beyond the moon for the first time. The test data was sent from nearly 10
million miles (16 million kilometers) away and reached the Hale Telescope at
the California Institute of Technologys Palomar Observatory in Pasadena,
California. Read the entire article at
[ANS thanks for the above information.]


Join AMSAT today at

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] for additional membership information.

73 and remember to help Keep Amateur Radio in Space!

This week's ANS Editor, Frank Karnauskas, N1UW

n1uw [at] amsat [dot] org


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