CCARC NEWS 14-37
THE PERIODIC NEWSLETTER OF THE CENTRAL COAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
ISSUE No 14-37 31st October 2014
In this Issue:
- Upcoming Meetings
- Victorian National Parks period has record activations
- Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion
- RSGB Radio Communication Handbook New 12th edition is Now Available!
- 4M Lunar payload update
- Project Horus – Horus 26&27 – Mildura WIA and RSP Flights
- History This Week
- Broke & fixed
1. Upcoming Meetings
There will be a number of events on Saturday the 1st November. There will be a Field Day planning meeting starting at 1100 hrs, then a BBQ lunch at 1200 hrs, then a Special General Meeting at 1300 hrs followed by the Monthly Business Meeting.
2. Victorian National Parks period has record activations
Plenty of support from VK2 and VK5 has seen next month’s Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award reach a record of 31 activated parks and more than 40 portable stations.
John Williams VK2AWJ will be in the Barmah, Lower Goulburn and Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Parks.
While Larry Munns VK5LY is at Murray-Sunset, Paul Simmonds VK5PAS the Lower Glenelg, Mount Eccles and Mount Richmond, with John Dawes VK5BJE at Hattah-Kulkyne.
The cross-border activations from VK2 and VK5 support those in VK3 taking the overall number of stations so far to 44.
Most activity is on 40-metres although other bands will be in use. More
registrations are very welcome.
The Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award activity period is November the 13th to the 17th, attracting both activators and those working them.
Jim Linton VK3PC
3. Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion
The RACE and GOMX-2 CubeSats were among more than 2 dozen satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Both satellite packages carried Amateur Radio payloads. The Antares is a new medium-class launch vehicle developed by OSC. The rocket exploded about 6 seconds after launch, sending a huge ball of fire hurtling toward the ground, which set a massive fire at the NASA launch site.
The RACE (Radiometer Atmospheric Cubesat Experiment) CubeSat was a joint project between The Texas Spacecraft Laboratory (TSL) at the University of Texas-Austin and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Built by a 30-student team, it carried a 183 GHz radiometer, a new science instrument designed by JPL. The spacecraft was equipped to transmit using GMSK at 38.4 k and CW telemetry on a downlink frequency of 437.525MHz.
TSL’s Glenn Lightsey, KE5DDG, a UT engineering professor, oversaw the student project that worked hand-in-hand with NASA staff in creating a satellite that aimed to measure water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere.
“It’s unfortunate, but it is also part of the aerospace industry,” Lightsey told theTexas Statesman newspaper. “The nature of building space vehicles is that it is not a 100 percent reliable process. Getting into space is really the hardest part.”
The 2U GOMX-2 CubeSat was intended to test a de-orbit system designed by Aalborg University in Denmark. Karl Klaus Laursen, OZ2KK, is listed as the “responsible operator” on International Amateur Radio Union frequency coordination documents. The Amateur Radio payload proposed using a 9.6 k MSK data downlink on 437.250 MHz. Also on board was an optical communications experiment from the National University of Singapore. The mission also aimed to flight qualify a new high-speed UHF transceiver and SDR receiver built by an Aalborg University team.
The Antares 130 launcher was on a resupply mission, carrying some 5000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station.RACE, GOMX-2 and the other satellites onboard the rocket were to be launched into orbit from the International Space Station.
The Antares 130 also was carrying the Flock-1d array of 26 satellites as well as Arkyd-3 and Cygnus CRS-3.
From ARRL News.
4. RSGB Radio Communication Handbook New 12th edition is Now Available!
This edition of the RSGB Radio Communication Handbook has been thoroughly updated with many expanded features. You will find a completely revised HF Receivers chapter and the Propagation chapter has also been completely rewritten with an eye on improving clarity and understanding. There are new authors for the sections on Practical Microwave Antennas and the Low Frequencies. Based on the popular Homebrew column in RadCom there is a new chapter which follows the design and construction of an HF transceiver, and provides a host of valuable information and circuit ideas. Expanded chapters include Practical VHF-UHF Antennas, The Great Outdoors, Morse and Digital Communications with many other chapters have had new, revised and updated parts. Since the last edition, there has been more use of microcomputers, such as the Raspberry Pi, in amateur radio projects; a new amateur band at 472kHz has also been created. These changes have been incorporated into the relevant chapters. Peter Hart’s comparison chart of HF receiver performance has been updated, there’s more on optical communications and new datamodes have been included.
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5. 4M Lunar payload update
On October 25 Ghislain Ruy LX2RG provided this update on the 4M lunar
amateur radio payload.
Signals from 4M are quite weak. This is not due to a loss of power as telemetry shows normal parameters, but to the attitude of the last stage that places a deep of the radiation pattern in the direction of the Earth. I hope that Earth’s movement with respect to the inertial attitude of the last stage will give better results in the coming days.
The 4M is becoming a real challenge now, and receiving the signals during flyby will be quite an achievement. A little bit away from the original goal though, but this risk was known.
One sure result is the radiation measurement that showed what was to be expected, and the graphs will soon be pubished on the blog. I hope you will be able to receive during the AMSAT-DL AGM this weekend, but you will have to put 16+dB [antenna] gain at least.
Radio amateurs are encouraged to receive and report the signals
For tracking information just enter your latitude and longitude at
See the 4M payload Blog at
Lunar Ham Radio Payload Launched
Source: ANS and AMSAT-UK
6. Project Horus – Horus 26&27 – Mildura WIA and RSP Flights
This is a short documentary showcasing how the Project Horus group flew two balloons on the same say back in May 2012. The first, Horus 26, was flown with an Amateur Radio voice repeater on board as part of the WIA Annual National convention which was being held in Mildura that year (about a 6 hour drive from Adelaide, our home base).
The second, and at the time more secret balloon was flown for Adelaide based special effects film production house “Rising Sun Pictures”. It carried cameras that were used to capture imagery used to build the special effects shots of the landing sequences in the Hollywood blockbuster movie “Gravity”.
From Grant Willis (VK5GR)
7. History This Week
A look back at events that made history this week – compiled by the Summerland Amateur Radio Club of Lismore, NSW
Monday, 27 October, 2014
1793 Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin.
1815 Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner’s safety lamp.
1884 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was adopted universally.
1888 First ballpoint pen patented by John Loud.
1922 The radio licence fee (initially ten shillings) was introduced in Britain.
1925 Water skis patented by Fred Waller.
1931 First commercially produced synthetic rubber manufactured.
1936 First high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London.
1939 First jet plane, Heinkel He 178, demonstrated to German Air Ministry.
1945 The first ball point pen in the U.S. went on sale at Gimbels Department Stores for $12.95.
1952 First hydrogen device exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
BROKE & FIXED
No items for Broke & Fixed this week – all CCARC infrastructure is operational.
This section lists important announcements and possibly items from previous CCARC NEWS editions that are still current and may need your input:
If you experience any problems with any of the repeaters not working, please report to Repeater Chairman, Don VK2ZCZ. Do not assume that he already knows about it. As soon as problems are brought to Don’s attention, they will be fixed ASAP.
Jaycar Tuggerah & Erina will give CCARC members a trade discount – approx 10% on purchases over $25. Make sure you ask for it. Thanks Rod VK2LAX and Col VK2ZCO.
Anyone reading this on the website who is not yet a member of the CCARC, please consider joining by emailing ccarc at ccarc dot org dot au for full details.
For submissions to this newsletter from CCARC club members please email the editor news-editor at ccarc dot org dot au
For what’s coming up in the next few months at the CCARC, please check the club calendar, accessible from the header on any page on the website.
Dave VK2DLS … News & Publicity Officer …