AMSAT Argentina to launch transponder balloon
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by Editor
5d ago
On May 26, at 1300 GMT AMSAT-LU plans (weather permitting) to launch a balloon carrying a linear multimode transponder V➤U, CW, SSB, FM, APRS LU7AA-11 and VIDEO. It could last 9 hours if it reaches 82,000 feet height landing in Uruguay, or 6 hours landing at Gualeguaychú. The flight has been approved by ANAC/EANA. Flight forecast: http://lu7aa.org/pronostico.asp?callsign=LU7AA-12 An attempt will also be made to launch LU8YY PicoBalloon emitting WSPR at 20m, if the winds help it could go around the world. In Merlo, from May 24 to 26, presentations will be made to schools and universities. Depen ..read more
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Newfoundland QO-100 Contact Successful – More Planned
AMSAT-UK
by Editor
2w ago
First Newfoundland contact via QO-100 between VO1/M0XUU and G0MRF On Saturday, May 11, 2024, Gopan VO1/M0XUU (VU3HPF) succeeded in making the first contact from North America through the amateur radio QO-100 geostationary satellite transponder located at 26° East. Gopan’s screenshot of first Newfoundland QO-100 contact Gopan was in Newfoundland which is just outside the coverage area of QO-100, the elevation at Signal Hill at St. Johns is below the horizon at -0.9°. He used FT-8 to have a trans-atlantic contact with David G0MRF in south-west London. David reported it was tough going with a ..read more
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Newfoundland on QO-100 ?
AMSAT-UK
by Editor
3w ago
During May there are plans for two separate attempts to make contacts from Newfoundland using the QO-100 geostationary satellite amateur transponders. Newfoundland is just outside the coverage area of QO-100, the elevation at Signal Hill at St. Johns is -0.9°, however, contacts have been made from Indonesia at an elevation as low as -1.3° so there is a chance of success. Gopan VO1/M0XUU (VU3HPF) will be in Newfoundland from May 8-15 and will attempt to make QO-100 contacts. David VO1/G0MRF and Graham VO1/G3VZV will be in Newfoundland May 15-19 and plan to be active on QO-100 using SSB / CW / F ..read more
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GreenCube IO-117 Announcement by AMSAT Italia
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3w ago
GreenCube IO-117 CubeSat Rome, April 30, 2024 – AMSAT Italia is proud to announce the acquisition of the quote of property of the IO-117 “GreenCube” satellite. The other part of the property remains on behalf of “Sapienza University”, Rome, Italy. A collaborative work of the parts will let the satellite continue the amateur radio operations after the completion of the primary scientific mission. This will definitively avert the satellite decommissioning process by transferring the legal responsibility of the satellite from the Italian Space Agency to AMSAT Italia. Even formally and legally ..read more
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UK School to Contact Space Station
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by Editor
1M ago
Matthew Dominick KC0TOR An ARISS contact is scheduled with students at Mrs Ethelston’s CE Primary Academy at Axminster Community Academy Trust, Lyme Regis, U.K. at 11:44 BST (10:44 GMT) on Wednesday April 17 on 145.800 MHz FM. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the Mrs. Ethelston’s CE Primary Academy located in Lyme Regis, UK. ARISS conducts 60-100 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the glo ..read more
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Belgium: 23 cm band Restrictions
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by Editor
2M ago
2024-03-27 Belgium 1240-1300 MHz proposed restrictions On March 27, 2024, Belgium’s regulator the BIPT published draft restrictions on amateur radio operation  in the 23cm (1240-1300 MHz) band. The new restrictions include: Class A (equiv UK Full, USA Extra) – size of band reduced from 60 MHz to 8.24 MHz. The satellite allocation is reduced to 1260-1262 MHz and the antenna elevation must always be more than 15° above the horizon and the transmission power is limited to 50 W EIRP. If the elevation is above 55° above the horizon, the power is increased to 500 watts EIRP Class B (equiv UK ..read more
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BBC Great British Railway Journeys at SSTL
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2M ago
Series 15 episode 4 of Michael Portillo’s TV show Great British Railway Journeys: Havant to Guildford, features Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO. To see the segment fast-forward 20 mins 30 secs into the show. Watch in the UK on BBC iPlayer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001xj3j/great-british-railway-journeys-series-15-4-havant-to-guildford Over the years Michael has met several radio amateurs while making his show. In 2013 he was shown how to send Morse code by Peter Watkins M0BHY https://web.archive.org/web/20180107172841/http://www.southgatea ..read more
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UK’s SaxaVord Spaceport to launch amateur radio satellites
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3M ago
Customers for Inaugral SaxaVord Spaceport Launch Two more amateur radio satellites, MARIA-G (HADES-F) and UNNE-1 (HADES-E), are planned to launch from the UK’s SaxaVord Spaceport later in 2024. Previously announced amateur radio payloads on the launch are: ERMINAZ-1U and -1V from AMSAT-DL GENESIS-MA and -ME from AMSAT-EA QUBIK 5, SIDLOC-PQ-1 and -PQ-2 from Libre Space Foundation MARIA-G SaxaVord UK Spaceport under construction A 1.5u Pocketqube. MARIA-G will offer radio amateurs around the world the opportunity to relay FM voice and AX.25 / APRS 300 / 1200 bps communications. The satellite ..read more
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IO-117 GreenCube to cease operating on February 5
AMSAT-UK
by Editor
4M ago
S5Lab announcement on X that GreenCube is to cease operation At 1622 GMT on Thursday, January 25, 2024 @S5Lab posted on X that the GreenCube IO-117 Digipeater would be permanently deactivated on February 5. Designed and developed by students of Sapienza University of Rome, GreenCube IO-117 was the first satellite to carry an amateur radio payload into Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) – 6,000 km. IARU satellite frequency coordination information https://iaru.amsat-uk.org/finished_detail.php?serialnum=784 AMSAT Responds to Planned Decommissioning of IO-117 (GreenCube) https://www.amsat.org/amsat-respo ..read more
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December 2023 OSCAR News now available
AMSAT-UK
by Editor
5M ago
E-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the December 2023 edition of OSCAR News, issue 243, here. The paper edition edition will be sent to postal members and should arrive in the next 2-3 weeks. In this issue: • From the Secretary’s Keyboard • Letters to the Editor • Satellite News • Beyond the Bent Pipe by Martin Ling M0LNG • St Peter-in-Thanet Junior School ARISS Contact by John Hislop, G7OHO • Greencube Antennas by Dave Fisher KG0D • Packet Decode Analysis from GreenCube Terminal’s debug.log by Justin Sours, N9ZTS AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch Membership of AMSAT-UK is open to anyone who ..read more
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