There were a total of three stations on SO-50 right up the east coast just
now. Myself, N8IUP, N6RFM, and a couple of guys with no tone chatting on the
uplink. That seemed really odd for a beautiful Friday mid-afternoon pass.
73, Drew KO4MA
DUCHIFAT-1 has a short CW beacon every 1 minute on 145.980 (saying "hi de
duchifat"), and a BPSK 1200bd telemetry every 20 sec.
I found out that passes above 50-60 deg elevation can be heard with just a
handy and its original rubber ducky antenna, such as the Kenwood TH-F6.
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From: Alan <wa4sca(a)gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Beaconsats
To: Tom Schuessler <tjschuessler(a)verizon.net>, AmsatBB <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>
LU-19 has only a boring carrier, but it is strong and reliable.
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<strong beacon signals of any kind that would make good "Track the Sat"
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<helping me with AMSAT demos but I have wondered for some time now which
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>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
DATE October 17, 2014
To All RADIO AMATEURS
Design the Next AMSAT Satellite!
At the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium AMSAT Vice President - Engineering
Jerry Buxton announced the plan for the next generation of AMSAT
satellites. "The door is open for everyone, to submit their ideas.
AMSAT Engineering has a long term strategy and this is the first step."
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* Enhance international goodwill
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Submissions should be thorough and contain the following
information. The purpose of the proposal is not just in suggesting
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As mentioned above the idea should be based on the CubeSat platform.
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to deemed exports which requires governmental permission to discuss
satellite projects with foreign nationals."
While all amateurs are invited to submit ideas, U.S. amateurs must
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represent yourself as members of a project team that plans to submit
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country where AMSAT is established. AMSAT-NA is seeking ideas from
amateurs in North America and will certainly consider ideas from
amateurs in countries which do not have an established AMSAT
organization or relationships with an existing AMSAT organization."
The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2015. After the submission
date the ideas will be screened for completeness and then reviewed by
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Aside from HO-68 which has a rather strong beacon CW signal, and UKube-1,
EO-79, does anyone have any suggestions for satellites with relatively
strong beacon signals of any kind that would make good "Track the Sat" demos
for the JOTA event I am running this weekend. Keith Pugh, W5IU will be
helping me with AMSAT demos but I have wondered for some time now which
birds folks felt had the strongest, most easily tracked beacon signals.
Tom Schuessler, N5HYP.
Hello to all. I just took my g5400b out of storage and decided to test it.
The g5400 appears fine when not under computer control. Az/El motors work fine and the needles on the controller box correspond where the rotor is pointing.
I ran satpc32 V.12.8b with the labjack u12 interface. I loaded all drivers for the labjack as well as serverlabjack. under computer control, the elevation works flawlessly but the az is out of wack. as soon as I hit the R+ button to initiate rotor control, the az will go completely to the clock wise end point and the labjack light remains on, power still going to the motor even at end stop. I even switched the turning point setting to north from south. This made the az do the opposite, completely CCW without shutting off.
While I was playing with it, a satellite came in view. The g5400 started tacking the sat. At first it was right on target, but then the az kept moving CCW in small increments until it reached its end stop, still not shutting off power.
I thought it might be a bad pot in the rotor, but I am receiving accurate readings on the controller. Position readings on the serverlabjack dde screen do not correspond with the actual pointing direction.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks and 73, Keith
Here is some news for those who enjoy the roar of a rocket engine in the
On the fifth Ariane 5 launch this year, Arianespace will orbit two
telecommunications satellites: Intelsat 30 for the operator Intelsat and,
Arsat-1 for the Argentine operator Arsat.
The ARIANE 5 ECA Launcher lift-off for this flight is scheduled on October
16 to 17, 2014 as soon as possible within the following launch window:
Kourou : Between 06:00pm and 07:51pm on October 16, 2014
TU/GMT : Between 09:00pm and 10:51pm on October 16, 2014
Paris : Between 11:00pm and 00:51am on October 16 to 17, 2014
Washington : Between 05:00pm and 06:51pm on October 16, 2014
Webcast of the launch will be on http://www.arianespace.tv/
73 de JoAnne K9JKM
AMSAT VP User Services
Good luck with your event at the weekend - I am hoping to be available for
an event to be held over here in Wales on the Sunday.
Amsat -UK have kindly posted to the Funcube-1 message board ( Dashboard )
best wishes to all Scouts
participating in the JOTA event.
Not sure at the moment on the operating status for the weekend ( ie usual
weekends the transponder
is fully on and data mode in low power )
The message to the scouts is currently available on the "Fitter" display
you may like to save it and perhaps
use in your demonstration.
Regarding other satellites -please consider EO-79 and EO-80 they are quite
strong if the pass times are co-incident with your events. Sadly UO-11 has
not recovered from its shut down but you might also like to consider DO-64
or the packet modes from the ISS.
Good luck hope all goes well.
> This coming weekend, October 17-19, is the 57th annual Jamboree on the Air,
A point of trivia, related to AMSAT as it is using OSCAR zero:
You may know that in the Netherlands, the CAMRAS foundation took over
the large telescope of Dwingeloo. This year during upcoming JOTA weekend,
several stations will try to make QSO's using QRP EME via the moon
using WSJT and the telescope (accessible via WebSDR) as
Receiver With Large Ears.
Information, in Dutch alas, can be found at
You should be able to listen in using the same WebSDR station.
Please join me to congratulate the volunteers of CAMRAS, and especially
Frans PE1RXJ, for organizing and facilitating this impressive feat.
Unfortunately, I'm too busy with other aspects of JOTA but I wish the
stations doing this experiment / demonstration the best of luck!
The symposium this past weekend was fantastic
A big thanks to Frank and his crew and the inspiring talk by Jan King
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This coming weekend, October 17-19, is the 57th annual Jamboree on the Air,
a World Scouting Organization event linking Scouts to Scouts internationally
via Amateur Radio. There will be hundreds of JOTA stations on the air this
weekend, most on HF and local V/U repeaters but some of us will also attempt
satellite contacts as well.
I will be managing a rather large event at the National Scouting Museum in
Irving, TX, EM12. We will be operating as K2BSA/5. Aside from HF and V/U,
Echolink and IRLP, we are hoping to make a few satellite contacts as well.
Our operation will be limited to 1500-2200Z on the 18th so our satellite
opportunities are limited but for sure we will be on an afternoon SO-50 pass
and hopefully an earlier AO-73 pass as well.
Please look for K2BSA/5 and any other JOTA stations on the birds and give
them a shout.
Irving Amateur Radio Club Scout Radio Coordinator