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December Meeting

WHEN: Monday, December 10, 2018
6:00 PM - Fellowship
6:30 PM - Meeting/Dinner

WHERE: Golden Corral
2265 Whiskey Road
Aiken, SC 29803

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-)

Program: Christmas Dinner

Upcoming Events

December 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM - Aiken County ARES at Aiken Regional Medical Center in the Cafeteria.

January 12, 2019 - Georgia ARES Convention, Forsyth, Georgia

Fox-1Cliff Launched Successfully, Now Designated AO-95

Satellite enthusiasts soon will have another "bird" to use. AMSAT's Fox-1Cliff CubeSat was successfully launched and placed into orbit this week. A SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle carried Fox-1Cliff and several other satellites -- including other Amateur Radio payloads -- into space on December 3 at approximately 1334 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, following a 1-day launch delay. AMSAT said early on December 4 (UTC), several stations in Brazil reported hearing the voice beacon "Fox-1Cliff Safe Mode," confirming that the satellite was alive. Fox-1Cliff has been officially designated as AO-95.

"Just before 0040 UTC, AMSAT Fox-1 Team Member Burns Fisher, WB1FJ, was the first to submit and upload telemetry to the AMSAT servers," AMSAT reported on its website. "Initial telemetry values show the satellite to be in good health. Thanks to the 29 stations that contributed telemetry during Fox-1Cliff's initial orbits."

The Fox-1Cliff downlink for FM voice and data-under-voice (DUV) is 145.920 MHz. Uplinks are 435.300 and 1267.300 MHz.

In addition to Fox-1Cliff, the SpaceX SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission carried FUNcube on ESEO, JY1-SAT, K2SAT, and ExseedSat. The reusable Falcon 9 vehicle launched 64 payloads in all.

Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater, AMSAT's L-Band Downshifter, the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt University Low Energy Proton (LEP) radiation experiment, and the standard Fox-1 Penn State University-Erie MEMS gyroscope experiment. Virginia Tech provided a video graphics array camera that's similar to the one on AO-92, but which will provide images at a higher 640 × 480 resolution.

Fox-1Cliff is named in honor of longtime AMSAT member, contributor, and benefactor Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (SK), who died in 2006. His contributions to AMSAT and other Amateur Satellite programs -- including his service as an adviser during the initial development of the CubeSat specification at California Polytechnic State University -- earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from Project OSCAR in 2006.

AMSAT is asking Amateur Radio satellite enthusiasts to listen for Fox-1Cliff's telemetry for the initial 72 - 96 hours as on-orbit checkout gets under way.

"If you are capturing telemetry with FoxTelem, please be sure that 'Upload to Server' is checked in your settings and your Ground Station Params are filled in as well," AMSAT said in advance of the launch. The on-orbit checkout procedure will be similar to Fox-1D and could be completed in as few as 7 days.

"It is very important, not to mention just plain good amateur operating practice, to refrain from using the transponder uplink, so we can do the on orbit tests, including when we turn on transponder mode for testing," AMSAT said. -- Thanks to SpaceX and AMSAT Vice President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY

From the ARRL Letter - December 6, 2018


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