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2018-12-11 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 03:34
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 - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 03:34
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 - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 03:34
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 - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 03:34
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 - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 03:34
Date: Friday Dec 14, 2018
Time: 5:31 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 13°
Approach: 13° above SE
Departure: 10° above SE

2018-12-15 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 03:34
Date: Saturday Dec 15, 2018
Time: 6:13 PM
Duration: 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 14°
Approach: 14° above SSW
Departure: 10° above SSW

Fox-1Cliff Launched, Initial Telemetry Received

AMSAT news - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 21:17

Fox-1Cliff was successfully launched on Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 18:34:05 UTC on December 3, 2018. Following deployment, the spacecraft was activated on schedule at 23:54:27 UTC.

34 a.m. PST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear/Released)A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express, launches from Space Launch Complex-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, on Dec. 3, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. PST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clayton Wear/Released)

At approximately 00:30 UTC on December 4th, several stations in Brazil, including PS8MT, PT9BM, and PT2AP, reported hearing the voice beacon “Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode,” confirming that the satellite was alive. Just before 00:40 UTC, AMSAT Fox-1 Team Member Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, was the first to submit and upload telemetry to the AMSAT servers. Initial telemetry values show the satellite to be in good health.

Thanks to the 29 different stations that contributed telemetry during Fox-1Cliff’s initial orbits. All stations are encouraged to please continue collecting telemetry during the commissioning process and are reminded not to transmit on the uplink frequencies until AMSAT opens the satellite for general use. The commissioning process is expected to take approximately 7-10 days.

Stations receiving telemetry during Fox-1Cliff’s initial orbits

 

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As part of the preparations for the launch of Fox-1Cliff, AMSAT is making the “Getting Started With Amateur Satellites” book available for a limited time as a download with any paid new or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This offer is only available with purchases completed online, and for only a limited time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The 186 page book is presented in PDF format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.

Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT store at https://www.amsat.org/shop/ and selecting any membership option. While there, check out AMSAT’s other items, including the M2 LEOpack antenna system, Arrow antennas, AMSAT shirts, and other swag. Be sure to view your cart before going to checkout. If you add a membership and then go directly to checkout, you’ll never see an option to add your free gift.

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AMSAT's Fox-1Cliff Amateur Radio CubeSat Launched Successfully

ARRL News - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 15:25

SpaceX has announced that the SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission carrying AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat has been deployed into orbit. A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle carried Fox-1Cliff and several other satellites into space this afternoon Eastern Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, following a 1-day launch delay.

“Successful deployment of four microsats and the upper and lower free flyer wit...

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FCC Tells LED Sign Marketers to Abide by Statutes and Rules

ARRL News - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:55

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has called on on marketers of light-emitting diode (LED) signs to ensure that these lights comply with FCC rules. Since March of this year, the agency has entered into 21 settlement agreements with companies that marketed noncompliant LED signs in violation of the Communications Act and FCC rules. The settlements yielded approximately $850,000 in penalties, and commit...

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2018 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award Presented in Festive Style

ARRL News - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:50

The winner of the 2018 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, received the award plaque and allotted $1,500 on November 3 in a festive award ceremony during the Stone Mountain Hamfest in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Hosted by Alford Memorial Radio Club, the Stone Mountain Hamfest was also the 2018 ARRL Georgia Section Convention. ARRL Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt,...

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Fox-1Cliff Launch Live Blog

AMSAT news - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 11:31

Fox-1Cliff is scheduled to launch at 18:33 UTC on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Join AMSAT here for live launch video and a live blog of the launch and post-launch events.

The SpaceX press kit for the launch can be found at https://www.spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/ssoa_press_kit.pdf

More details about the post-launch deployment, TLEs, and expected time of “First Veronica” – the first telemetry beacon from Fox-1Cliff – will be posted when available. Remember: your help is needed during the commissioning process. Please see https://www.amsat.org/fox-1cliff-launch-your-help-is-needed/ for details.



 

Uplink FM
(67 Hz CTCSS) Downlink FM Comments Fox-1Cliff 435.300 MHz &
1267.300 MHz* 145.920 MHz Launch December 2, 2018 * Switchable by command station. Not operational simultaneously.

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As part of the preparations for the launch of Fox-1Cliff, AMSAT is making the “Getting Started With Amateur Satellites” book available for a limited time as a download with any paid new or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This offer is only available with purchases completed online, and for only a limited time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The 186 page book is presented in PDF format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.

Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT store at https://www.amsat.org/shop/ and selecting any membership option. While there, check out AMSAT’s other items, including the M2 LEOpack antenna system, Arrow antennas, AMSAT shirts, and other swag. Be sure to view your cart before going to checkout. If you add a membership and then go directly to checkout, you’ll never see an option to add your free gift.

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2018-11-30 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Friday Nov 30, 2018
Time: 6:19 PM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 16°
Approach: 11° above NW
Departure: 12° above NNE

2018-12-01 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Saturday Dec 1, 2018
Time: 5:31 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 12°
Approach: 12° above NNE
Departure: 10° above NNE

2018-12-01 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Saturday Dec 1, 2018
Time: 7:05 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above NNW
Departure: 10° above NNW

2018-12-02 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Sunday Dec 2, 2018
Time: 6:12 PM
Duration: 3 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 12°
Approach: 10° above NNW
Departure: 10° above NNE

2018-12-03 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Monday Dec 3, 2018
Time: 6:58 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 10°
Approach: 10° above NNW
Departure: 10° above NNW

2018-12-04 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Tuesday Dec 4, 2018
Time: 6:05 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 11°
Approach: 10° above NNW
Departure: 10° above NNE

2018-12-05 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Wednesday Dec 5, 2018
Time: 6:50 PM
Duration: less than 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 11°
Approach: 10° above NNW
Departure: 11° above NNW

2018-12-06 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Thursday Dec 6, 2018
Time: 5:58 PM
Duration: 2 minutes
Maximum Elevation: 12°
Approach: 10° above NNW
Departure: 10° above NNE

2018-12-07 ISS Sighting

SpotTheStation - Sightings for Marysville - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 21:34
Date: Friday Dec 7, 2018
Time: 6:41 PM
Duration: 1 minute
Maximum Elevation: 17°
Approach: 11° above NNW
Departure: 17° above N

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