JAXA plans to deploy five cubesats from ISS at the early
morning on 28th September. The first two satellites (RAIKO,
WE WISH) are deployed around 00:10 - 00:20 JST by manually.
The second three satellites (FITSAT-1, NanoRacks,and TechEdSat)
are deployed around 01:30 - 01:40 JST by remote. JST(Japan
Standard Time) advances 9 hours from GMT. JAXA will broadcast
FITSAT starts to send the beacon 30 min after deployment.
Please send the signal report and your postal address to
fitsat1(a)hotmail.co.jp and also cc to tanaka(a)fit.ac.jp.
You will receive the verification card shown in:
The orbit is almost the same as ISS. FITSAT delays 200m
from ISS for one cycle around the world. As it goes around
16 times a day, it delays 3.2km per day. If 10 days passed,
FITSAT passes the same point of ISS after 4 sec (32km/8km=4).
The beacon frequency 437.250MHz of FITSAT-1 conflicts with
the satellite PRISM of Tokyo Univ. Please confirm that the
CW starts "HI DE NIWAKA JAPAN ..."
I just put this all together today, using the instructions VK2DAG has up
at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5513613/IC-910%20SDR%20Mod.pdf, and all I can
say is WOW!
I should have done this a long time ago, instead of messing around with
the VR-5000 and such.
Now, has anyone figured away to let SatPC32 do Doppler control, but
still have click and QSY capability from Spectravue?
73, Drew KO4MA
The deployment of CubeSats were planned on September 27. But it was postponed
under the influence of the separation postponement of ATV-3. We are examining
it now about the release enforcement day after the postponement.
JE9PEL, Mineo Wakita
> ...if here in Houston we had to "pay rent" for our tower space (and we have
> couple of them) then the group that I am a part of which has a pretty nice
> repeater/packet system would simply be out of luck. What we were able to
> is convince the folks who usually take the large dollars to view us as a
> public service and we get the tower space (and the everything else space
> including Electricity) for 10 dollars a year.
> While AMSAT and other groups might or not compete with paying payloads
> have we lost the ability to go out and convince people that AMSAT is a
> worthy cause?
Amsat has tried to sell the emergency and disaster communications aspect of
amateur radio but so far nobody has bitten on that bait. Getting space on a
tower is a few thousand dollars per year, getting a free satellite launch
represents a thousand times more money. A local ham club working with local
public safety officials can show them directly how valuable hams can be, on
the national level we are trying to appeal to a big bureaucracy with little
practical experience. Most of the rest of the world regards ham radio as an
outmoded hobby practiced by elderly white males. It has been said before in
this forum that nobody is going to donate money so that hams can talk to Japan
through an amateur satellite.
Amsat is not the only worthy non-profit in space these days. We compete with
many other amateur space groups, including the Google Lunar X prize teams.
Education is what brings in the big bucks today. The grant makers have fully
swallowed the phony notion that there is a "critical shortage" of engineers
and scientists, and they donate to causes that support STEM education. Our
ability to access space in the future depends on how well we work with the
education community. We need to stress that a real engineering design course
must include designing for reliability and a long lived communications
Amsat has a long and proud history of (mostly) successful satellites, which
gives us credibility in the field, if we don't allow others to rewrite history
and claim credit for things that we did first.
There is always an exception to every rule however, and if we ever find a
launch provider who thinks that amateur radio in space is a worthy cause, we
will be prepared to jump on it. It all depends on building personal
relationships with persons who are in a position to say yes, and as you know,
hams come from all walks of life, including corporate executives, military
officers and scientists.
Dan Schultz N8FGV
Anyone have information about where is Yuri UT1FG/MM. He was spoted in 6 mts for KH7Y and CX2TQ
M.C. Omar Alvarez Cárdenas
Facultad de Telematica, U de C
Many thanks to all of you for the contacts during my recent western trip through
NM, AZ, CA, NV, UT, CO and TX. I have uploaded all contacts to LOTW. If you need
a paper card please contact me by e-mail with the contact details and I will
send one to you.
Again many thanks for the QSOs.
Ron - N8RO
I don't know why everyone thinks it is so expensive to send something to
space. Here is a video of a couple of guys that sent some Natural Light
beer "into space" with a weather balloon. Why can't we just get together
with these guys and send up a satellite?
Note: Before I get my inbox filled up with "Yer an idiot! There's more to
it than that!!!" please understand that I know fully well that there is
just a bit more to it to get a satellite into orbit than what the guys do
in this video. It is still a well-produced video of about the last thing
I'd think of to send up on a balloon.
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Where can I find a good tutorial on "how to" monitor/decode the many and ever increasing beep boxes up there. Then, what do you do with data? Also is there a place where the keps for these little gizzmos can be easily accessed and downloaded into Satpc-32
work them till they drop
73 Bob W7LRD
I had a very similar issue with an Acer lt and LVB Tracker. Never solved it but replaced lt with mini tower and all is well. It seems to be an issue of Win7 or perhaps voltage levels on the USB. Try a tower to prove it is the lt.