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Jordan’s First CubeSat, JY1Sat, is Designated as JO-97

ARRL News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:23

JY1Sat, launched on December 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of the SpaceX SSO-A: SmallSat Express launch, has been designated as Jordan OSCAR 97 (JO-97). The 1U CubeSat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded around the world since the launch.

The spacecraft’s name recalls the Amateur Radio call sign of Jordan’s late ...

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SAQ Alexanderson Alternator Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

ARRL News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 10:04

Sweden’s Alexanderson alternator station SAQ has planned a Christmas Eve transmission on 17.2 kHz. The transmitter will be tuned up starting at around 0730 UTC, and a message will be transmitted at 0800 UTC. The 200 kW Alexanderson alternator is an electromechanical transmitter dating back to 1924.

The event will be streamed live on the Alexanderson site YouTube Channel. Listener reports are inv...

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2018-12-10 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Monday Dec 10, 2018
Time: 5:41 PM
Duration: 5 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 23°
Approach: 11° above NNW
Departure: 10° above ENE

2018-12-10 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Monday Dec 10, 2018
Time: 7:17 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 32°
Approach: 10° above WNW
Departure: 32° above W

2018-12-11 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
Time: 6:25 PM
Duration: 5 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 79°
Approach: 10° above NW
Departure: 23° above ESE

2018-12-12 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Wednesday Dec 12, 2018
Time: 5:33 PM
Duration: 6 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 42°
Approach: 10° above NW
Departure: 11° above ESE

2018-12-12 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Wednesday Dec 12, 2018
Time: 7:12 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 20°
Approach: 19° above WSW
Departure: 14° above S

2018-12-13 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Thursday Dec 13, 2018
Time: 6:17 PM
Duration: 6 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 39°
Approach: 10° above WNW
Departure: 10° above SSE

2018-12-14 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Friday Dec 14, 2018
Time: 5:31 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above SE
Departure: 10° above SE

2018-12-15 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Saturday Dec 15, 2018
Time: 6:13 PM
Duration: 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 14°
Approach: 14° above SSW
Departure: 10° above SSW

2018-12-20 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Thursday Dec 20, 2018
Time: 7:22 AM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above SSE
Departure: 10° above SSE

2018-12-22 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Saturday Dec 22, 2018
Time: 7:12 AM
Duration: 6 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 32°
Approach: 10° above SSW
Departure: 11° above ENE

2018-12-23 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Sunday Dec 23, 2018
Time: 6:21 AM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 16°
Approach: 10° above S
Departure: 16° above SE

2018-12-24 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Monday Dec 24, 2018
Time: 7:04 AM
Duration: 6 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 85°
Approach: 10° above SW
Departure: 11° above NE

2018-12-25 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:34
Date: Tuesday Dec 25, 2018
Time: 6:13 AM
Duration: 5 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 41°
Approach: 16° above SSW
Departure: 10° above ENE

Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Receiver Suffers Apparent Failure

ARRL News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:21

The receiver on the newly launched Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 CubeSat seems to have suffered a receiver failure that could render the satellite unusable, AMSAT said over the weekend. Efforts continue by AMSAT Engineering to establish the cause of the problem and determine if a fix is possible. AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, reported over the weekend that the issue cropped up during ...

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News from the ARRL Contest Branch

ARRL News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:37

The ARRL Contest Branch reports that preliminary results now are available for the 2018 ARRL November Sweepstakes CW and for the 2018 September VHF Contest. The Contest Branch reminds participants that logs for the 2018 ARRL 10-Meter Contest are due by 2359 UTC on December 16, and the 2018 ARRL EME Contest logs are due by 2359 UTC on December 25.

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WSJT-X 2.0 Full Release Now Available; FT8 Enthusiasts Urged to Upgrade Now

ARRL News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:30

The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will become the new standard, because the FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older versions of the program. That includes any version 1.9 releases.

“The new protocols become the worldwide standards starting on De...

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Support AMSAT Using Your IRA

AMSAT news - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 08:25

United States residents over age 70 1/2 may distribute up to $100,000 annually from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) directly to qualifying charities, like the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), without first having to declare the distribution as income. That means your income will not increase, enabling you potentially to remain in a lower tax bracket for income taxes and possible Medicare premium surcharges. Donating directly from your IRA to AMSAT could have more tax advantages for you than a direct personal donation, depending on your personal tax situation.

To make this kind of donation, first contact the custodian of your IRA plan (e.g., the bank, mutual fund, brokerage, insurance company, etc.) that manages your IRA, and instruct that you wish to make a donation to AMSAT directly from your IRA.

The check from the custodian must be made payable to the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation. Your custodian will then send you a 1099 form showing you, as the owner of the IRA, did not receive the income for your personal use. Most custodians will have you complete a direct donation form, and will mail the check directly to AMSAT.

AMSAT greatly appreciates any size donation from your IRA. Please call the AMSAT Office at 301-822-4376 for help with any information or mailing instructions required by your IRA custodian.

AMSAT strongly encourages those interested in supporting AMSAT through an IRA to consult with their attorney, accountant, and tax preparer or financial advisor to determine the implications and impact of such a gift on your personal situation.

Thank you for supporting AMSAT!

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation is an IRC 501(c)(3) organization (tax identification number 52-0888529).

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