After many months of station design, assembly and testing, Ron VY1RM in
Whitehorse, YT Canada CP20, is now QRV satellite. Ron, having been active
on satellite many years ago, was already equipped with the necessary
antennas and radios, but had required a rotor upgrade to get his antennas
pointing automatically. This past summer, he and a team of local hams
reinstalled his antennas on a G-5500 rotor at his QTH. He is now running
SatPC32 to control both the rotor (with LVBTracker) and his radios. Ron's
accomplishment puts a permanent satellite station in the Yukon Territory
(likely the only one.)
Please be listening for Ron VY1RM on both FM and linear birds in the weeks
to come; give him a call if you happen to hear his callsign and welcome him
back to satellite!
In addition to the fact that Ron will put the rare CP20 grid within reach,
the Yukon territory is also a valid entity for those who are working on the
AMSAT sexagesimal or century awards. And for those up for a real
challenge--the CANADAward is available from the RAC for those who complete a
2-way QSO with each of Canada's 13 provinces/territories via satellite. (not
I will be fishing down near Rockport, TX, Sunday & Monday and will try to make the late afternoon passes of AO-51. Sorry, but AO-27 and SO-50 are too early in the day and I don't want to take the HT either on the boat or wading :-)
Equipment will be just an FT-51R and Pryme whip antenna.
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The Fall edition of the color A4 newsletter OSCAR News is being posted to AMSAT-UK members this week
As usual it's packed with Amateur Satellite articles:
- Haven't Got A Callsign - regular column by Clive Wallis G3CWV
- Memories of working Astronaut Helen Sharman GB1MIR by Chris Lorek G4HCL
- Louis Varney Cup Presentation to Paul Robinson 2E1EUB
- ARISSat-1 Reception
- USA NTIA WRC proposal for an ITU "Educational" Satellite Service
- ARISSat Update
- FUNcube Testing at RAL
- Syncart geostationary transponder
- Report on First UK National Space Conference 2011
- FUNcube Project Report
- KiwiSAT Current Status
- IARU Region 1 Sun City Report
- 2011 Colloquium Report
- QB50 Latest News
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73 Trevor M5AKA
This bb never fails to amaze me with how helpful folks can be.
It was G0SFJ's postings about ARISSAt-1 MET time which set me thinking about the
width of the half shadow (Penumbra) experienced by the satellite before and
I was pointed to the simulation option in the satellite tracker Orbitron 3.17
which shows the selected satellites Eclipse condition
No, Penumbra, Umbra. To activate this option click on the data tab at the bottom
of the satellite listing.
The simulation mode offers a variety of time steps down to 0.25 seconds.
Selecting the ISS and stepping through an eclipsed part of the orbit tonight I
estimated that it took the ISS 8.75 seconds to cross the Penumbra.
If 7km per second is about right for the ISS then the Penumbra is 59.5
kilometres wide +/- about 1.75km.
My workings may well be adrift but you get the idea.
What an interesting utility, for us telemetry nuts it will add an extra
dimension to solar panel data.
Off to try it on some higher flying birds.
73 All G7HIA
Hello hope Everyone is doing Well I "am not sure this Post went out or not
If Someone has a Answer if You like Just E-Mail Me Direct at
THANKS IN Advance
73 De Don KA9QJG
Hello From Don KA9QJG , Hope Everyone is doing Well I have Heard and Read
and ask a lot of Questions about Hams using the Oscar Sub Band 144.3-144.5
and as You can guess I Got a lot of Opinions From the ARRL, FCC And
others, So I thought the Best thing to go was to actually get the Answers
from You the users.
Yes I know that and as a Responsible Ham I think We all should use the
Guidelines , But in this Case From what I have found the Oscar Sats have
not been on the Air since in Many Years , and NO Other Sats or ISS Is using
the Freqs or set aside for them , So a Lot of Hams in the US are using the
Freqs for FM/ SSB CW DIGTAL And Look the Well Established APRS 144.39
And long time and still used 144.34 FM for Conducting ATV And I have seen
on the Internet Some States actually adding the 144.300-144.5 As Simplex FM
The Problem is I have Heard People Jamming and Arguments about this over the
Air , I have even seen on the Internet when doing searches for Info Some
States even include this NON Used 144.300 TO 144.500 For FM Simplex Etc..
Because NO Oscar Sats Exist or Nothing else to Interfere with But I agree
100Percent if there Was the Freqs should NOT Be used for anything other
then what it was intended for
De Don KA9QJG
PS as You know We have a lot of older Hams kind of set in their ways and the
New ones Are Listening and looking for ways to Fit in, and We need as Many
New Responsible Hams in this Hobby as We can get But How Could We get on
these Freqs Some are using and Say Hey We are not allowed here Because of
the Oscar Sub Band Something that has been Gone for over 20 Yrs
FO-29 is now OFF status. I think that FO-29 is OFF when a ratio of the
eclipse is less than approximately 11% according to my past experiment.
Because the eclipse rate of these past several days is approximately
28%, the other causes are thought about this FO-29 OFF.
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hamradio/je9pel/fo29tron.htm (posted 16Nov2010)
Date Mins/Day Sun%
Thu 29Sep11 1034 71.81%
Fri 30Sep11 1049 72.85%
Sat 01Oct11 1030 71.53%
Sun 02Oct11 1049 72.85%
Mon 03Oct11 1020 70.83%
Tue 04Oct11 1055 73.26%
JE9PEL, Mineo Wakita