FUNcube-1’s Birthday


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FUNcube-1′s Birthday

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) celebrates its first year in space on November 21

It seems amazing to us that FUNcube-1 – AO73, was launched nearly one year ago, in fact at 07:10 UT on Nov 21, 2013. The very first signals were received by ZS1LS in South Africa at 07:37 UT and he was even able to upload the resulting data to the Warehouse so the results could be seen immediately.

We are extremely happy to say that, since then, the satellite has been performing very satisfactorily, the battery voltage doesn’t drop below 8 volts, and becomes fully charged within about 7 – 10 minutes after re-entering sunlight from eclipse.

On Friday, Nov 21, 2014, we will be celebrating the satellite’s first birthday. To mark the occasion, we will be activating the transponder earlier than normal – late on Thursday, Nov 20, so that it will be available for use during the whole of Friday. So please make as many contacts as possible through the transponder during Friday, FUNcube’s actual birthday. You are invited to make a note of any stations worked on this day, or any other comments on the FUNcube Forum. Please use the existing “FUNcube-1′s Birthday” topic, under the Welcome heading. The URL of the Forum is http://forum.funcube.org.uk/

Please also remember the ’73 on 73′ Award which is kindly being organized by Paul Stoetzer N8HM. See http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/

73-on-73-award/ for more details.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all of our ‘users’, both those who download telemetry and forwarding it to the warehouse, and of course, all users of the transponder. This telemetry data is invaluable, both as an educational resource and to enable us to see how the spacecraft systems are performing and surviving. So far we have collected almost 400 MB of unique data via stations from all around the world.

Of course we are hoping that the satellite continues to function nominally for several more years to come even though we may never reach AO7’s record!

73s

AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL

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Please upload your pictures of amateur satellites, satellite ground stations, satellite demonstrations or any other satellite related event.

Data Warehouse – Telemetry Archive

http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/

Dashboard App – Telemetry Decoder

http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/

 

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FUNcube-1 will be one year old on Friday, 21 November 2014.  To celebrate, controllers will switch the transponder to on late Thursday evening, 20 November 2014, to give everyone a fair chance of receiving the telemetry.  This little “bird” has done very well and has accumulated a sizeable record of data.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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4M Lunar payload update | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Page last updated on: Sunday, October 26, 2014

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4M Lunar payload update

On October 25 Ghislain Ruy LX2RG provided this update on the 4M lunar

amateur radio payload.

Signals from 4M are quite weak. This is not due to a loss of power as telemetry shows normal parameters, but to the attitude of the last stage that places a deep of the radiation pattern in the direction of the Earth.

I hope that Earth’s movement with respect to the inertial attitude of the last stage will give better results in the coming days.

The 4M is becoming a real challenge now, and receiving the signals

during flyby will be quite an achievement. A little bit away from the

original goal though, but this risk was known.

One sure result is the radiation measurement that showed what was to

be expected, and the graphs will soon be pubished on the blog.

I hope you will be able to receive during the AMSAT-DL AGM this

weekend, but you will have to put 16+dB [antenna] gain at least.

Radio amateurs are encouraged to receive and report the signals

http://moon.luxspace.lu/receiving-4m/

For tracking information just enter your latitude and longitude at

http://moon.luxspace.lu/tracking/

See the 4M payload Blog at

http://moon.luxspace.lu/blog/

Lunar Ham Radio Payload Launched

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/10/23/lunar-ham-radio-payload-launched/

4M Lunar Payload

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/10/15/4m-lunar-payload-integrated-keps-released/

Source: ANS and AMSAT-UK

 

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Thanks to Chrislain Ruy (LX2RG) for this 4M lunar orbiter update.  Apparently the 4M signal is very difficult to receive because “the altitude of the last stage….places a deep of the radiation pattern in the direction of Earth.”  Reception could improve over the next few days.  Ruy concedes that “Receiving signals during flyby will be quite an achievement.”  If you do receive signals from the lunar orbiter, please inform the control center at:  http://moon.luxspace.lu/tracking.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

New Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations


New Challenge Coin Premium for AMSAT Fox Donations

AMSAT is excited to announce that a new premium collectable is now available for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program. AMSAT has commissioned a unique challenge coin for donors who have contributed at the $100 level or higher. This challenge coin is shaped as an isometric view of a Fox-1 CubeSat, complete with details such as the stowed UHF antenna, solar cells, and camera lens viewport. Struck in 3mm thick brass, plated with antique silver, and finished in bright enamel, the coin is scaled to be approximately 1:4 scale, or 1 inch along each of the six sides. The reverse has the AMSAT Fox logo.

The coins are scheduled for delivery just prior to the 2014 AMSAT Space Symposium, and will be first distributed to donors attending the Symposium. Coins will also be made available to qualifying donors that have contributed since the Fox-1C announcement on July 18, 2014 upon request. Donations may be made via the AMSAT website at http://www.amsat.org, via the FundRazr crowdsourcing app at fnd.us/c/6pz92, or via the AMSAT office at (888) 322-6728.

The Fox program is designed to provide a platform for university experiments in space, as well as provide FM repeater capability for radio amateurs worldwide. Fox-1A and 1C are set to launch in 2015, and Fox-1B (also known as RadFXSat) is awaiting NASA ELANA launch assignment. Further information on the Fox project can be found at http://www.amsat.org.

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Thanks to Drew (K04MA) and QRZ.com for this article on the AMSAT Fox 1-A and Fox 1-C satellites which are scheduled to launch in 2015.  Drew says some of the links cited in his article may be broken, so here are some alternate links concerning the program:

http://www.amsat.org

http://www.amsta.org/?p=2957.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postage stamp features ham radio satellites | Southgate Amateur Radio News


Source:  Southgate Amateur Radio News.

Date:  18 September 2014.

 

 

Postage stamp features ham radio satellites

A new Lithuanian postage stamp features the amateur radio satellites LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1

The two CubeSats were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 9, 2014 and deployed from the ISS on February 28.

LituanicaSAT-1 carried a FM transponder and a camera while LitSat-1 had a linear (SSB/CW) transponder developed by by William Leijenaar PE1RAH.

LitSat-1 was the lighter satellite and re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burnt up on May 23, the heavier LituanicaSAT-1 remained in orbit until July 28.

Watch a presentation on LituanicaSAT-1 given by Gintautas Sulskus to the 2014 AMSAT-UK Colloquium in Guildford

http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/presentation-videos/

LituanicaSAT-1

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/26/

president-tests-lituanicasat-1-fm-transponder/

LitSat-1

http://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/09/litsat-1-transponder-test-successful/

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These small Cubesats were deployed from the International Space Station on 28 February 2014 and enjoyed quite a bit of popularity before they re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere.  Microsats are relatively easy to build by high school and university students and provide “on-the-job” experience in designing and monitoring of communications satellites.  With the entry of private launch firms, such as SpaceX, the cost of orbiting a “homebrewed” educational satellite should be reduced.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily.

Until next time,

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4 | Southgate Amateur Radio News


The countdown has begun. TX Factor Episode 4 hits the screens at 00.01 BST on Friday 25th July (Amateur Radio – Stand by for TX Factor Episode 4: The countdown has begun. TX Factor Episode 4…

Source: www.southgatearc.org

The UK Amateur Radio television program, “TX Factor”, episode 4 will be aired on Friday, 25 July 2014, at 00.01 British Standard Time (BST). The program covers “our visit to Europe’s biggest rally at Ham Radio Freidrichshafen, Germany.”  The program also features interviews and “the latest scoop on Yaesu‘s new System Fusion.”  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on Scoop.itKH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog

Ham radio society receives award | Southgate Amateur Radio News


The Surrey Electronics and Amateur Radio Society (EARS) have received the Special Interest Society of the Year award (Ham radio society receives award | Southgate Amateur Radio News http://t.co/TquoPhrcNS...

Source: www.southgatearc.org

Congratulations to “The Surrey Electronics and Amateur Radio Society (EARS)” for winning the UK Special Interest Society of the Year award.  On Saturday, 26 July 2014, members of EARS will give a presentation on their high altitude balloon flight to the AMSAT UK International Space Colloquium  at the Holiday Inn at Guildford. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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