Information Net for October 15

ARLS005 Space Station Deploys Five CubeSats


Computer simulated image of AAU CubeSat in orb...

Computer simulated image of AAU CubeSat in orbit around Earth (credit: Wikipedia)

Five research CubeSats – all with Amateur Radio communication systems – were successfully deployed from the International Space Station beginning around 1430 UTC on the 5th of October. The satellites were launched from the Kibo station module using a specially equipped robotic arm.

The group includes:
TechEdSat, a collaboration among NASA’s Ames Research Center; San Jose State University; the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), will be sending AX.25 packet telemetry at 437.465 MHz. The TechEdSat team is asking for assistance from amateurs in decoding and relaying data. Follow the mission on their Twitter page at, More information about decoding and submitting packet data is available on their Reddit announcement.


FITSAT-1, designed and built at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan, will test the feasibility of high-speed microwave data downlinks in low Earth orbit. It will transmit telemetry on 437.445 MHz and 5.84 GHz. They welcome signal reports from amateurs at their website at,

WE WISH, from the Meisei Electric Company Radio Club, Japan, will send CW telemetry and occasional SSTV images at 437.505 MHz.

RAIKO, designed and built by students at Wakayama University, Japan, will transmit high-speed data at 2.2 and 13 GHz.

F-1, built by students at FPT University in Hanoi, Vietnam will send telemetry at 145.980 and 437.485 MHz using 1200-baud packet and CW. Amateurs are asked to monitor and submit reports. More information can be found at

Scouts and Scouters Take to the Airwaves for the 55th Jamboree on the Air


Each year, more than 500,000 Scouts in more than 100 countries take to the airwaves on the third full weekend in October — and this year on October 20-21, it will be no different. The Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is an annual Scouting and Amateur Radio event sponsored by the World Scout Bureau of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). JOTA is an annual event where Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world speak to each other via Amateur Radio. Since 1958 — when the first Jamboree on the Air was held — millions of Scouts have met through this event. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pal relationships and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years.

Scouts of any age can participate, from Brownies to Ambassadors, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Once at the ham radio station, communication typically requires speaking into a microphone and listening on speakers. But many forms of specialized communication can also take place, such as video communication, digital communication using typed words on the computer screen transmitted by radio, communication through a satellite relay or an Earth-based relay (called a repeater). The exchanges include such information as name, location, Scout rank, age and hobbies. The stations you’ll be communicating with can be other Scouts across town, across the country — even around the world! The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2011 JOTA had more than 700,000 Scout participants from nearly 6000 Amateur Radio stations!


Besides being the editor of QEX, Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, is also a lifelong Boy Scout; he is currently a member of his District Advancement Committee and a member of Troop 60 in Oakdale, Connecticut. “JOTA is one of my favorite operating activities,” he said. “Whether I am running a station at a District Camporee, Cub Activity Day or just getting on the air by myself, it is sure to be a fun time. Just the mention of JOTA brings a flood of memories. My first JOTA was in a tent in my backyard as a 16-year-old Novice, WN3JQM.”

Getting On the Air with JOTA
The 55th Jamboree on the Air is October 20-21, 2012. The official hours are 0000 (local time) Saturday, October 15 (right at midnight Friday) through midnight (local time) Sunday, October 16 (midnight Sunday evening).
Stations that participate in JOTA should call “CQ Jamboree” or answer stations doing so. Any authorized frequency may be used. The World Scout Bureau recommends that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies:

  • 80 meters — 3.690 and 3.940 MHz (SSB), 3.570 MHz (CW)
  • 40 meters — 7.090*, 7.190 and 7.270 MHz (SSB), 7.030 MHz (CW)
  • 20 meters — 14.290 MHz (SSB), 14.060 MHz (CW)
  • 17 meters — 18.140 MHz (SSB), 18.080 MHz (CW)
  • 15 meters — 21.360 MHz (SSB), 21.140 MHz (CW)
  • 12 meters — 24.960 MHz (SSB), 24.910 MHz (CW)
  • 10 meters — 28.390 MHz (SSB), 28.180 MHz (CW)
  • 6 meters — 50.160 MHz (SSB), 50.160 MHz (CW)
* Amateurs in IARU Region 2 are not authorized to transmit on this frequency.

Tennessee’s Good Samaritan Law: Do the Right Thing

Read by: ED KE4JWS

TENN CODE Annotated 63-6-218

This section shall be known as the “Good Samaritan Law”

A person driving down the highway comes upon a car wreck with an injured driver in need of immediate medical aid. Should the person stop and help, or pass by the other side?

As a matter of morality, the answer is obvious: help. As a matter of law, the answer is: you don’t have to help, but if you do help, and you act negligently, you will not be held liable unless you are grossly negligent.

Ordinarily, a person does not have a legal duty to help someone unless some special relationship between the parties creates a duty to render aid. So, for example, one may ignore with legal impunity the child drowning in the river and the man bleeding to death on the public sidewalk. We may despise him, but we may not make him pay money damages for his callousness.

However, if the law will not make us do the right thing in an emergency, it at least tries to encourage us to do so, by giving us immunity from liability so long as we do not act with “gross negligence.” In Tennessee, that law is known as the “Good Samaritan Law,”


Any person, including those licensed to practice medicine and surgery… , who in good faith:

  1. Renders emergency care at the scene of an accident, medical emergency and/or disaster, while en route from such scene to a medical facility and while assisting medical personnel at the receiving medical facility, including use of an automated external defibrillator, to the victim or victims thereof without making any direct charge for the emergency care; or
  2. Participates or assists in rendering emergency care, including use of an automated external defibrillator, to persons attending or participating in performances, exhibitions, banquets, sporting events, religious or other gatherings open to the general public, with or without an admission charge, whether or not such emergency care is made available as a service, planned in advance by the promoter of the event and/or any other person or association, shall not be liable to such victims or persons receiving emergency care for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission by such person in rendering the emergency care, or as a result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the injured person, except such damages as may result from the gross negligence of the person rendering such emergency care.

The Good Samaritan Law applies to anyone who voluntarily gives aid in an emergency, not just physicians. The law applies in any setting where someone might need emergency aid: the roadside, a restaurant, a concert hall, a church. The law grants immunity so long as:

  1. The person acts voluntarily — the person must act without being legally required to act. That is because the purpose of the statute is to induce aid by volunteers, not by those already under a duty to render aid.
  2. The person renders emergency care — the victim must have a condition that requires immediate medical care, and the care rendered must be necessary to treat the condition.
  3. The person acts in good faith — the person must act intending to provide emergency care to the victim, as opposed to some other bad purpose.
  4. The person does not commit gross negligence — gross negligence is negligence (the failure to act as an ordinary reasonable person would under the circumstances) plus a conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others.

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