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Today's Topics:

   1. Getting Ready for Fox-1D (Paul Stoetzer)
   2. Re: Diplexer recommendation (Zach Leffke)
   3. Re: Getting Ready for Fox-1D (Paul Stoetzer)
   4. Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2018-01-10 02:00	UTC
      (AJ9N@xxx.xxxx
   5. Best TNC For Satellite Use? (Paul - K6HR)
   6. Re: Diplexer recommendation (Rico van Genugten)
   7. Re: Getting Ready for Fox-1D (Scott)
   8. Re: Getting Ready for Fox-1D (Nitin Muttin)
   9. Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2018-01-10 17:30	UTC
      (AJ9N@xxx.xxxx


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Message: 1
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 18:40:00 -0500
From: Paul Stoetzer <n8hm@xxxxx.xxx>
To: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Getting Ready for Fox-1D
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AMSAT?s next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1D, is scheduled for launch at 03:58
UTC on January 12, 2018 (10:58pm EST on Thursday, January 11th) from
Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. Further information
about the launch and the satellite's early operations, including
preliminary TLEs and FoxTelem settings suggestions, can be found at
https://www.amsat.org/getting-ready-for-fox-1d/

73,

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
Executive Vice President
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)


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Message: 2
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:31:34 -0500
From: Zach Leffke <zleffke@xx.xxx>
To: amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Diplexer recommendation
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I use Comet CF-4160Ns in the VT ground station.? A while back (June of
2016) I measured the insertion loss and isolation for a single diplexer
with a calibrated Rhode and Schwarz network analyzer 'on the bench' and
the numbers are close to the spec (with a 50 Ohm termination on the
'unused' port for the two port measurements of a three port device).

The claimed numbers are 0.1dB for VHF insertion loss, 0.2dB for UHF
insertion loss, and a blanket '60 dB' for isolation.? In that controlled
measurement situation, for the COM to VHF port path (with a 50
termination on the UHF port) I got 0.048 dB of insertion loss at VHF and
59.695 dB of UHF isolation.? For the COM to UHF port path (50 ohm
termination on the VHF port) I got 0.100 dB of insertion loss at UHF and
73.812 dB of VHF isolation.

So technically the measured performance did better than the claimed
performance on everything except the UHF isolation from the VHF port
which only missed the claimed spec by about .3 dB (assuming I didn't
screw up the cal process).

All of that though, was for a /single/ diplexer.

I'd have to think more about the ganging of two diplexers on either end
of the cable and whether or not you'd actually get the full 'double
isolation'.? Something about that first diplexer and internal coupling
or reflected UHF energy if the there is any mismatch causing UHF energy
(from say a VHF third harmonic) leaking back into the UHF radio.? Maybe
not if you have a good match.....but then coupling at the antennas and
an LNA with gain in the mix.........interesting problem to fully think
through and sort out the details........

On the surface though, if you had two diplexers, one on either side of
the cable, and inserted a UHF signal into the VHF port on one side and
then measured the UHF signal power on the VHF port of the diplexer on
the other side, there would be about 120dB or so of loss in that path (2
times the isolation plus the cable's insertion loss).......just not sure
thats an appropriate test considering that's not quite how the actual
system is installed when antennas and LNAs and radios are all in the mix
and matches aren't all perfect.

Fun stuff to think about though!

-Zach, KJ4QLP

Research Associate
Aerospace Systems Lab
Ted & Karyn Hume Center for National Security & Technology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Work Phone: 540-231-4174
Cell Phone: 540-808-6305

On 1/9/2018 2:18 PM, Robert McGwier wrote:
> Since I don't believe the isolation numbers, are they measured or claimed?
>
> Bob
> N4HY
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 12:10 PM, Floyd Rodgers <kc5qbc@xxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>
>>   I use diamond mx72n pair to allow a 100 ft run from shack to antennas
>> using 7/8" hardline. .1db loss and plenty of power at 400/250w fm.
>> isolation of the units back to back is 120db uhf/vhf which is plenty to run
>> satellite with two radios and two antennas.
>>
>>      On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:22 AM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm@xxxx.xxx>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>   Page 10 of PA1IVO's presentation at the 2011 AMSAT-UK Colloquium
>> includes measurements of the Wimo Diplexer. It appears to have very
>> good specs in general, though it looks like losses were measured at
>> 1.45 dB at 436 MHz, which is a bit high.
>>
>> https://ivok.home.xs4all.nl/pa1ivo/doc/AmsatColloquium2011.pdf
>>
>> 73,
>>
>> Paul, N8HM
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 11:16 AM, Rico van Genugten
>> <rico.van.genugten@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> Thanks for the recommendation Patrick, I have contacted MFJ and hope they
>>> will ship a couple of them to the Netherlands. I have also contacted WiMo
>>> for some specs on their diplexers as they aren't available on their
>>> website, I will share them on this list when I receive them.
>>>
>>> 73,
>>> Rico PA3RVG
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 4:57 PM, Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) <
>>> amsat-bb@xxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Rico,
>>>>
>>>> I had used either Comet or Diamond diplexers in the past, until I
>>>> found the MFJ diplexers were about half the price of the Comet and
>>>> Diamond units, with what I saw as comparable performance. WiMo in
>>>> the US is like your description of MFJ in Europe; I've never seen
>>>> or tried WiMo diplexers.
>>>>
>>>> One review I saw a while back actually showed the MFJ-916B to be
>>>> much better than Diamond's MX-72:
>>>>
>>>> http://www.w4gso.org/news/comparing-duplexers-mfj-vs-diamond/
>>>>
>>>> The pictures and screenshots aren't in this article, but the text
>>>> tells the story of this comparison.
>>>>
>>>> 73!
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
>>>> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
>>>> Twitter: @xxxxxx or http://twitter.com/WD9EWK
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 9:42 AM, Rico van Genugten <
>>>> rico.van.genugten@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>
>>>>> I'm using an FT-897D for TX (non-duplex), and an Airspy and computer
>> for
>>>>> RX. Good idea to use four switches Greg, in fact that's what I'm
>> currently
>>>>> doing. With four switches you always use one antenna for RX and the
>> other
>>>>> for TX though, I want to be able to use the same antenna for RX and TX
>>>>> when
>>>>> that works better with the current satellite orientation. Using two
>>>>> switches and two diplexers I would be able to independently select
>> which
>>>>> antenna to use for RX, and which one to use for TX. I posted the
>>>>> connection
>>>>> scheme on twitter (warning, mspaint ahead):
>>>>> https://twitter.com/PA3RVG/status/950649511935905792
>>>>>
>>>>> But we are drifting from the original question: which diplexers? I have
>>>>> heard good stories about the MFJ-916, but its availability is not
>> great in
>>>>> Europe. What about Comet, Diamond or Wimo? Are they any good?
>>>>>
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Rico
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> Sent via AMSAT-BB@xxxxx.xxx. AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
>>> to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership.
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>> AMSAT-NA.
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>> to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions
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>>
>>
>> _______________________________________________
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>> to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions
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>
>



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Message: 3
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 20:41:43 -0500
From: Paul Stoetzer <n8hm@xxxx.xxx>
To: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Getting Ready for Fox-1D
Message-ID:
<CABzOSOoG+V83giprnLo+GKbOf3jZUUfzN9vtYMG-RFAFu504Lw@xxxx.xxxxx.xxx>
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For those that prefer a hardcopy format, here is a link to a PDF
version of "Getting Ready for Fox-1D."

https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Getting-Ready-for-F
ox-1D.pdf

73,

Paul, N8HM

On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 6:40 PM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
> AMSAT?s next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1D, is scheduled for launch at 03:58
> UTC on January 12, 2018 (10:58pm EST on Thursday, January 11th) from
> Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. Further information
> about the launch and the satellite's early operations, including
> preliminary TLEs and FoxTelem settings suggestions, can be found at
> https://www.amsat.org/getting-ready-for-fox-1d/
>
> 73,
>
> Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
> Executive Vice President
> Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)


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Message: 4
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 20:50:17 -0500
From: AJ9N@xxx.xxx
To: amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx
Subject: [amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2018-01-10
02:00	UTC
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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2018-01-10  02:00 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

Prva srednja informati?ka ?kola, Zagreb, Croatia,  telebridge via VK6MJ
(***)
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS (***)
The scheduled astronaut is Scott Tingle KG5NZA (***)
Contact  is a go for: Thu 2018-01-18 08:46:52 UTC 34 deg  (***)

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ARISS  is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts.
ARISS  thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.  Feel free to send
your  reports to aj9n@xxxxx.xxx or aj9n@xxx.xxx.

Listen for the ISS on  the downlink of 145.8?  MHz.

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All  ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise  noted.

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Several  of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS website and
not being  able to get in.  That has now been changed to
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Note that there are links to other ARISS  websites from this  site.

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Looking  for something new to do?  How about receiving DATV from the  ISS?

If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for  complete
details.  Look for the buttons indicating Ham  Video.


http://www.ariss-eu.org/

If you need some  assistance, ARISS mentor Kerry N6IZW, might be able to
provide some  insight.  Contact Kerry at  kbanke@xxxxxxxxx.xxx
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schools:

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Satoshi 7M3TJZ with  127
Gaston ON4WF with 123
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Note, all times are approximate.  It is recommended that you  do your own
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All dates and times listed follow International  Standard ISO 8601 date and
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instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.

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http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.txt

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Each school counts as 1  event.
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QSL  information may be found at:
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ISS callsigns:  DP?ISS, IR?ISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS,  RS?ISS

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http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf

Frequency   chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing
Doppler   correction  as of 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ISS_frequencies_and_Doppler_correction
.rtf

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Exp. 54 on orbit
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Message: 5
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 21:43:07 -0800
From: "Paul - K6HR" <paul.hamradio@xxxxxxx.xxx>
To: <amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Best TNC For Satellite Use?
Message-ID: <DF0CBF35C90C411F933392557C3EC285@xxxxxx>
Content-Type: text/plain;	charset="us-ascii"


Hello!

What TNC are folks using these days to work FalconSat 9600 baud?
I see Symek is no longer in business. Are there any recommendations or will
any 9600 baud TNC suffice?

I'm also wondering if my registered copy of WiSP will run under Windows 7?

Paul Delaney - K6HR
paul.hamradio@xxxxxxx.xxx
http://gw.k6hr.ampr.org:8080/index.php





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Message: 6
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:36:33 +0100
From: Rico van Genugten <rico.van.genugten@xxxxx.xxx>
To: Zach Leffke <zleffke@xx.xxx>
Cc: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Diplexer recommendation
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Hi all,

Thanks for the link to the article Adrian, that's a very good comparison.
It seems that the differences between the Comet, MFJ and Diamond are minor
and they all meet their specs, with the exception of UHF isolation on the
VHF port, which is in the 55-60 dB range for all units. This is in
agreement with the measurements done by Zach on the Comet. According to the
QST article the Comet's input SWR is a bit higher on the VHF port (1.3:1)
and the Diamond and MFJ's input SWR is a bit higher on the UHF port (1.4:1
and 1.3:1), but nothing too shocking.

I ended up ordering a set of MFJ-916BN's from MFJ directly. Shipping to the
Netherlands is 29 dollars. Not too bad considered the unit price and the
current dollar to euro rate.

Thanks all, I will let you know how they perform when I get them. As stated
before, I will not be using them back to back as in Floyd's situation, but
rather run two feedlines and connect a diplexer to each of them.

73,
Rico
PA3RVG
?

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 1:31 AM, Zach Leffke <zleffke@xx.xxx> wrote:

> I use Comet CF-4160Ns in the VT ground station.  A while back (June of
> 2016) I measured the insertion loss and isolation for a single diplexer
> with a calibrated Rhode and Schwarz network analyzer 'on the bench' and the
> numbers are close to the spec (with a 50 Ohm termination on the 'unused'
> port for the two port measurements of a three port device).
>
> The claimed numbers are 0.1dB for VHF insertion loss, 0.2dB for UHF
> insertion loss, and a blanket '60 dB' for isolation.  In that controlled
> measurement situation, for the COM to VHF port path (with a 50 termination
> on the UHF port) I got 0.048 dB of insertion loss at VHF and 59.695 dB of
> UHF isolation.  For the COM to UHF port path (50 ohm termination on the VHF
> port) I got 0.100 dB of insertion loss at UHF and 73.812 dB of VHF
> isolation.
>
> So technically the measured performance did better than the claimed
> performance on everything except the UHF isolation from the VHF port which
> only missed the claimed spec by about .3 dB (assuming I didn't screw up the
> cal process).
>
> All of that though, was for a /single/ diplexer.
>
> I'd have to think more about the ganging of two diplexers on either end of
> the cable and whether or not you'd actually get the full 'double
> isolation'.  Something about that first diplexer and internal coupling or
> reflected UHF energy if the there is any mismatch causing UHF energy (from
> say a VHF third harmonic) leaking back into the UHF radio.  Maybe not if
> you have a good match.....but then coupling at the antennas and an LNA with
> gain in the mix.........interesting problem to fully think through and sort
> out the details........
>
> On the surface though, if you had two diplexers, one on either side of the
> cable, and inserted a UHF signal into the VHF port on one side and then
> measured the UHF signal power on the VHF port of the diplexer on the other
> side, there would be about 120dB or so of loss in that path (2 times the
> isolation plus the cable's insertion loss).......just not sure thats an
> appropriate test considering that's not quite how the actual system is
> installed when antennas and LNAs and radios are all in the mix and matches
> aren't all perfect.
>
> Fun stuff to think about though!
>
> -Zach, KJ4QLP
>
> Research Associate
> Aerospace Systems Lab
> Ted & Karyn Hume Center for National Security & Technology
> Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
> Work Phone: 540-231-4174
> Cell Phone: 540-808-6305
>
>
> On 1/9/2018 2:18 PM, Robert McGwier wrote:
>
>> Since I don't believe the isolation numbers, are they measured or claimed?
>>
>> Bob
>> N4HY
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 12:10 PM, Floyd Rodgers <kc5qbc@xxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>
>>   I use diamond mx72n pair to allow a 100 ft run from shack to antennas
>>> using 7/8" hardline. .1db loss and plenty of power at 400/250w fm.
>>> isolation of the units back to back is 120db uhf/vhf which is plenty to
>>> run
>>> satellite with two radios and two antennas.
>>>
>>>      On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 10:22 AM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm@xxxx.xxx>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>   Page 10 of PA1IVO's presentation at the 2011 AMSAT-UK Colloquium
>>> includes measurements of the Wimo Diplexer. It appears to have very
>>> good specs in general, though it looks like losses were measured at
>>> 1.45 dB at 436 MHz, which is a bit high.
>>>
>>> https://ivok.home.xs4all.nl/pa1ivo/doc/AmsatColloquium2011.pdf
>>>
>>> 73,
>>>
>>> Paul, N8HM
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 11:16 AM, Rico van Genugten
>>> <rico.van.genugten@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> Thanks for the recommendation Patrick, I have contacted MFJ and hope
>>>> they
>>>> will ship a couple of them to the Netherlands. I have also contacted
>>>> WiMo
>>>> for some specs on their diplexers as they aren't available on their
>>>> website, I will share them on this list when I receive them.
>>>>
>>>> 73,
>>>> Rico PA3RVG
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 4:57 PM, Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) <
>>>> amsat-bb@xxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Rico,
>>>>>
>>>>> I had used either Comet or Diamond diplexers in the past, until I
>>>>> found the MFJ diplexers were about half the price of the Comet and
>>>>> Diamond units, with what I saw as comparable performance. WiMo in
>>>>> the US is like your description of MFJ in Europe; I've never seen
>>>>> or tried WiMo diplexers.
>>>>>
>>>>> One review I saw a while back actually showed the MFJ-916B to be
>>>>> much better than Diamond's MX-72:
>>>>>
>>>>> http://www.w4gso.org/news/comparing-duplexers-mfj-vs-diamond/
>>>>>
>>>>> The pictures and screenshots aren't in this article, but the text
>>>>> tells the story of this comparison.
>>>>>
>>>>> 73!
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
>>>>> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
>>>>> Twitter: @xxxxxx or http://twitter.com/WD9EWK
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 9:42 AM, Rico van Genugten <
>>>>> rico.van.genugten@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I'm using an FT-897D for TX (non-duplex), and an Airspy and computer
>>>>>>
>>>>> for
>>>
>>>> RX. Good idea to use four switches Greg, in fact that's what I'm
>>>>>>
>>>>> currently
>>>
>>>> doing. With four switches you always use one antenna for RX and the
>>>>>>
>>>>> other
>>>
>>>> for TX though, I want to be able to use the same antenna for RX and TX
>>>>>> when
>>>>>> that works better with the current satellite orientation. Using two
>>>>>> switches and two diplexers I would be able to independently select
>>>>>>
>>>>> which
>>>
>>>> antenna to use for RX, and which one to use for TX. I posted the
>>>>>> connection
>>>>>> scheme on twitter (warning, mspaint ahead):
>>>>>> https://twitter.com/PA3RVG/status/950649511935905792
>>>>>>
>>>>>> But we are drifting from the original question: which diplexers? I
>>>>>> have
>>>>>> heard good stories about the MFJ-916, but its availability is not
>>>>>>
>>>>> great in
>>>
>>>> Europe. What about Comet, Diamond or Wimo? Are they any good?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Regards,
>>>>>> Rico
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> _______________________________________________
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>>>
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>>>>
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Message: 7
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:36:07 -0500
From: "Scott" <scott23192@xxxxx.xxx>
To: "AMSAT BB" <amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Getting Ready for Fox-1D
Message-ID: <3D775C7E3FAA4ECDA97B871A314830DF@xxxxxxx>
Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="utf-8";
reply-type=original

Thanks for all the pre-launch info!

I'm sure it's operator error, but I have not been able to get Orbitron to
recognize those preliminary TLE's.

Some of the digit positions (number of digits in certain fields) look
different from all the other TLE's that are recognized.  Thanks in advance
if anyone can let me know how to clean up those pre-launch TLE's to work in
Orbitron.

Thanks!

-Scott,  K4KDR


==========================================

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Stoetzer
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:41 PM
To: AMSAT BB
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Getting Ready for Fox-1D

For those that prefer a hardcopy format, here is a link to a PDF
version of "Getting Ready for Fox-1D."

https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Getting-Ready-for-F
ox-1D.pdf

73,

Paul, N8HM

==========================================

On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 6:40 PM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
> AMSAT?s next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1D, is scheduled for launch at 03:58
> UTC on January 12, 2018 (10:58pm EST on Thursday, January 11th) from
> Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. Further information
> about the launch and the satellite's early operations, including
> preliminary TLEs and FoxTelem settings suggestions, can be found at
> https://www.amsat.org/getting-ready-for-fox-1d/
>
> 73,
>
> Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
> Executive Vice President
> Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)



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Message: 8
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:05:58 +0000 (UTC)
From: Nitin Muttin <vu3tyg@xxxxx.xx.xx>
To: Scott <scott23192@xxxxx.xxx>, AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx>
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Getting Ready for Fox-1D
Message-ID: <1963110673.659323.1515603958416@xxxx.xxxxx.xxx>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

Hi,
Try these
FOX-1D1 99934U 18001D ? 18012.17965046 ?.00000000 ?00000-0 ?14322-4 0 ?99992
99934 ?97.5670 ?73.8289 0005699 284.7026 298.7182 15.21980622000019?73
Nitin [VU3TYG]

      From: Scott <scott23192@xxxxx.xxx>
 To: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx>
 Sent: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:08 PM
 Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Getting Ready for Fox-1D

Thanks for all the pre-launch info!

I'm sure it's operator error, but I have not been able to get Orbitron to
recognize those preliminary TLE's.

Some of the digit positions (number of digits in certain fields) look
different from all the other TLE's that are recognized.? Thanks in advance
if anyone can let me know how to clean up those pre-launch TLE's to work in
Orbitron.

Thanks!

-Scott,? K4KDR


==========================================

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Stoetzer
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:41 PM
To: AMSAT BB
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Getting Ready for Fox-1D

For those that prefer a hardcopy format, here is a link to a PDF
version of "Getting Ready for Fox-1D."

https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Getting-Ready-for-F
ox-1D.pdf

73,

Paul, N8HM

==========================================

On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 6:40 PM, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm@xxxxx.xxx> wrote:
> AMSAT?s next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1D, is scheduled for launch at 03:58
> UTC on January 12, 2018 (10:58pm EST on Thursday, January 11th) from
> Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. Further information
> about the launch and the satellite's early operations, including
> preliminary TLEs and FoxTelem settings suggestions, can be found at
> https://www.amsat.org/getting-ready-for-fox-1d/
>
> 73,
>
> Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
> Executive Vice President
> Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT)

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Message: 9
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:43:15 -0500
From: AJ9N@xxx.xxx
To: amsat-bb@xxxxx.xxx
Subject: [amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2018-01-10
17:30	UTC
Message-ID: <5577a3.66fa3163.4787aab3@xxx.xxx>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8"

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2018-01-10  17:30 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

Prva srednja informati?ka ?kola, Zagreb, Croatia,  telebridge via VK6MJ
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Scott Tingle KG5NZA
Contact is a go for:  Thu 2018-01-18 08:46:52 UTC 34  deg

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**
ARISS  is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts.
ARISS  thanks everyone in advance for their assistance.  Feel free to send
your  reports to aj9n@xxxxx.xxx or aj9n@xxx.xxx.

Listen for the ISS on  the downlink of 145.8?  MHz.

****************************************************************************
***

All  ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise  noted.

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***

Several  of you have sent me emails asking about the RAC ARISS website and
not being  able to get in.  That has now been changed to
http://www.ariss.org/

Note that there are links to other ARISS  websites from this  site.

****************************************************************************
Looking  for something new to do?  How about receiving DATV from the  ISS?

If interested, then please go to the ARISS-EU website for  complete
details.  Look for the buttons indicating Ham  Video.


http://www.ariss-eu.org/

If you need some  assistance, ARISS mentor Kerry N6IZW, might be able to
provide some  insight.  Contact Kerry at  kbanke@xxxxxxxxx.xxx
****************************************************************************
ARISS  congratulations the following mentors who have now mentored over 100

schools:

Francesco IK?WGF with 132
Satoshi 7M3TJZ with  127
Gaston ON4WF with 123
Sergey RV3DR with  100

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The  webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy.  Out of date
webpages were removed and new ones have been added.  If there are
additional
ARISS websites I need to know about, please let me  know.

Note, all times are approximate.  It is recommended that you  do your own
orbital prediction or start listening about 10 minutes before  the listed
time.
All dates and times listed follow International  Standard ISO 8601 date and
time format  YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS

The  complete schedule page has been updated as of 2018-01-10 17:30 UTC.
(***)
Here you will find a listing of all scheduled school contacts, and
questions, other ISS related websites, IRLP and Echolink websites, and
instructions for any contact that may be streamed live.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.txt

Total  number of ARISS ISS to earth school events is 1201.
Each school counts as 1  event.
Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 1150.
Each  contact may have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.
Total number of  ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 47.

A complete year by year  breakdown of the contacts may be found in the
file.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf

Please  feel free to contact me if more detailed statistics are  needed.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The  following US states and entities have never had an ARISS contact:
Arkansas,  Delaware, South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern
Marianas  Islands, and the Virgin  Islands.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

QSL  information may be found at:
http://www.ariss.org/qsl-cards.html

ISS callsigns:  DP?ISS, IR?ISS, NA1SS, OR4ISS,  RS?ISS

****************************************************************************
The  successful school list has been updated as of 2018-01-04 09:00  UTC.

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/Successful_ARISS_schools.rtf

Frequency   chart for packet, voice, and crossband repeater modes showing
Doppler   correction  as of 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ISS_frequencies_and_Doppler_correction
.rtf

Listing  of ARISS related magazine articles as of 2006-07-10 03:30  UTC.
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/ARISS_magazine_articles.rtf

Check  out the Zoho reports of the ARISS  contacts

https://reports.zoho.com/ZDBDataSheetView.cc?DBID=412218000000020415
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Exp.  53 on orbit
Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP
Alexander Misurkin
Joe Acaba  KE5DAR

Exp. 54 on orbit
Scott Tingle KG5NZA
Norishige  Kanai
Alexander  Skvortsov

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73,
Charlie  Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team  mentors














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