UKSA 2013 CubeSat Workshop Recommendations Available

UKSA - UK Space Agency LogoOrganised by the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and held at the Open University, the 2013 workshop sessions included topics from over 100 contributors attending.

Key areas included:
• Fostering a stronger and wider UK CubeSat Community
• Overcoming Obstacles
• Developing Education/Outreach Benefits for the UK with the UKube X Program
• Accelerating Disruptive Technologies

The Recommendations & Notes from that workshop are now available at

Make sure you attend the free 2014 UK CubeSat Workshop at Harwell on May 13, see

Register for this premier event on the Satellite Applications Catapult page

FCC proposes giving more 5 GHz Spectrum to unlicensed devices

FCC 5 GHz Proposal ET Docket No. 13-49

FCC 5 GHz Proposal ET Docket No. 13-49

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ET Docket 13-49 the FCC proposes making 195 MHz of spectrum at 5 GHz available for Part 15 unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices to provide high data rate mobile and fixed communications for individuals, businesses, and institutions.

The Amateur Satellite Service has an uplink allocation at 5650-5670 MHz and a downlink allocation at 5830-5850 MHz.

Read the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ET Docket No. 13-49

Read the ARRL story

Transponder Test: Jim Heck G3WGM talks to TX Factor

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) – Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

The FUNcube-1 (AO-73) satellite team plan to activate the transponder once again during the daytime over the weekend of April 5-6.

Project Manager Jim Heck G3WGM has given an exclusive audio interview to the TX Factor‘s Bob McCreadie G0FGX which explains what the tests are all about and the potential problems.

Will these tests lead to more time being made available to amateurs wanting to communicate via the satellite?

TX Factor htttp://

Spring Issue of OSCAR News

AMSAT-UK OSCAR News March 2014E-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the PDF of the Spring edition of the OSCAR News magazine here (as well as previous issues).

The paper edition should be posted to members in 2-3 weeks.

In this issue
• FUNcube-1 Status
Other FUNcubes
• Academy’s radio club enters the space race
• The Pragmatic Guide for Using the FUNcube Materials Science Experiment in the Classroom
KiwiSAT report
• ZAcube/TshepisoSat pictures South Africa on a clear day
• OFCOM announces new VHF Consultation
• Active Satellite Status
KickSat Ground Station
• HamTV on the ISS – Progress Report
Es’Hail-2 Geostationary transponder payload
• Amateur radio satellite operation from Isle of Lewis
• Colloquium 2014
• OSCAR-11 Report
• Shorts

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

Membership of AMSAT-UK is open to anyone who has an interest in amateur radio satellites or space activities, including the International Space Station (ISS).

E-members of AMSAT-UK are able to download OSCAR News as a convenient PDF that can be read on laptops, tablets or smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Join as an E-member at Electronic (PDF) E-membership

There are two rates for the paper edition to cover the extra postage costs:
Rest of the World (Overseas)

PDF sample copy of “Oscar News” here.

Join AMSAT-UK using PayPal, Debit or Credit card at

E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News here.

MO-76 $50sat is Rev-Ed project of the month

Yaesu handheld and $50SAT 1.5U PocketQube

Yaesu handheld and $50SAT 1.5U PocketQube

The MO-76 $50sat amateur radio satellite team is pleased to announce that the PICAXE based $50sat was chosen as Project of the Month by Bath based Revolution Education who supply PICAXE microcontroller development systems.

$50SAT is one of the smallest amateur radio satellites ever launched at 5x5x7.5 cm and weighs only 210 grams. Transmitter power is just 100 mW on 437.505 MHz (+/-9 kHz Doppler shift) FM CW/RTTY. It uses the low cost Hope RFM22B single chip radio and PICAXE 40X2 processor.

$50SAT was a collaborative education project between Professor Bob Twiggs, KE6QMD, Morehead State University and three other radio amateurs, Howie DeFelice, AB2S, Michael Kirkhart, KD8QBA, and Stuart Robinson, GW7HPW.

PICAXE $50sat

Bath based Revolution Education

$50SAT PocketQube Amateur Radio Challenge

Further information in the $50SAT Dropbox

$50SAT – Eagle2 – Communications – Release Version V1_1.pdf

Hope RFM22B single chip radio

There is a discussion group for $50SAT





The OSCAR number CO-77 was issued to the ARTSAT1:INVADER CubeSat (call sign JQ1ZKK, NORAD ID 39577U) on April 2, 2014.



The ARTSAT Project Leader Akihiro Kubota said “We would like to express best thanks to AMSAT-NA and all of you”.

INVADER is an amateur radio “Art Satellite” developed by students at the Tama Art University as a part of the “ARTSAT: Art and Satellite Project” which aims at a practical use of a satellite for art and design.

The 1U CubeSat was launched from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center on Thursday, February 27 at 1837 UT. It carries a CW (A1A) beacon on 437.325 MHz (+/- 10 kHz Doppler shift), a 1200 bps FM AX.25 Packet Radio and FM Digitalker on 437.200 MHz and a low-resolution camera.

Reports of ARTSAT1:INVADER reception can be submitted online at

Watch ARTSAT1:INVADER Promotional Video




Information on obtaining an OSCAR number for your satellite can be found on the OSCAR Numbers Policy page at

ARTSAT students at the Tama Art University

ARTSAT students at the Tama Art University

Oscar 7 and 73 – The old and the new

SUWS WebSDR showing AO7 and 73 on April 3, 2014 at 1040 GMT

SUWS WebSDR showing AO7 and 73 on April 3, 2014 at 1040 GMT

A very good set of co-incident passes of both the AO-7 and FUNcube-1 AO-73 amateur radio satellites occurred over the UK on the morning of Thursday, April 3. The two satellites were launched 39 years apart, AO-7 on November 15, 1974 and FUNcube-1 AO-73 on November 21, 2013.

Simultaneous downlinks from both satellites could be clearly seen and heard on 2m, via the Southampton University Wireless Society (SUWS) online WebSDR at which is available for use world-wide.

23cm_WebSDR_Antenna_up_mastNew Helical antennas designed by Martin Ehrenfried, G8JNJ, the installation of pre-amplifiers by Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, and a new PC build by Phil Crump, M0DNY have helped to dramatically improve the overall performance, especially on the 2m and 70cm Amateur bands.

The FUNcube-1 AO-73 BPSK telemetry beacon on 145.935 MHz is now up to 20dB above the receiver noise floor, and several stations using SSB, including Martin, G8JNJ, could be clearly heard on the 2m downlink via the SDR during last weekends transponder tests.

More improvements are in the pipeline, which we hope will help to further improve the receive sensitivity and reduce the level of interfering signals that can be observed on 2m.

Anybody can operate the SUWS WebSDR to receive signals from Satellites, and we really appreciate users leaving a message in the chatbox to let us know what they have heard.

Martin – G8JNJ


Euroluna Ion Motor CubeSat Video

Romit-1 - Image Credit Euroluna

Romit-1 – Image Credit Euroluna

Palle Haastrup OZ1HIA, President of Euroluna (OZ9LUNA), provides an update on the Romit-1 CubeSat which has ion motor propulsion.

Euroluna are a Danish amateur team participating in the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE contest to be the first privately funded team to land and drive a rover on the Moon.

Their first amateur radio satellite Romit1 is a 2U CubeSat that will transmit on 437.505 MHz using 1200 bps AX.25 packet radio. It will be fitted with an Ion Motor and if everything goes well it should, after a year, be able to raise the orbit from 310 km to 700 km.

It is planned to launch on an Interorbital Systems Neptune 30 rocket.

The team’s latest video update shows Romit-1 going into a vacuum chamber to test outgassing.

Watch Vacuum chamber considerations




Google Lunar X PRIZE

FUNcube-1 / AO-73 Transponder April 5-6

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

This weekend the FUNcube team are planning to command FUNcube-1 into full time transponder mode.

It will be commanded into transponder mode on a suitable pass over the UK  on the evening  of Friday, April 4 (likely 21:30 UT).

If all goes well, it will be left in transponder mode until the evening of Sunday, April 6 (likely 20:50 UT).

If you hear the transponder on, please feel free to use it! Enjoy!

73s Jim G3WGM

June 19 launch date confirmed for UKube-1

UKube-1 ready for launch

UKube-1 ready for launch

UKube-1 carries a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards providing a 435/145 MHz linear transponder and educational telemetry beacon. Clyde Space have announced that the launch is now confirmed for June 19, 2014 from the Baikonur in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched on a Russian Soyuz-2 rocket.

The Clyde Space press release says:

UKube-1 is a 3U CubeSat has been designed and manufactured by Clyde Space at their high-tech facility on the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow.  This CubeSat is one of the most advanced of its kind, the complexity of the spacecraft highlighted by the nature of the 6 independent, advanced payloads being flown by the mission.  The UKube-1 mission is the pilot for a collaborative, national CubeSat programme bringing together UK industry and academia to fly educational packages, test new technologies and carry out new space research quickly and efficiently. 

Payloads on UKube-1 include: the first GPS device aimed at measuring plasmaspheric space weather; a camera that will take images of the Earth, and test the effect of radiation on space hardware, using a new generation of imaging sensor; an experiment to demonstrate the feasibility of using cosmic radiation to improve the security of communications satellites and to flight test lower cost electronic systems; an advanced mission interface computer to enable serious number crunching on tiny spacecraft; a high rate S-Band transmitter and patch antenna; an outreach payload that allows school children to interact with the spacecraft.

UKube-1 communications subsystem:
• Telemetry downlink 145.840 MHz
• FUNcube subsystem beacon 145.915 MHz
• 400 mW inverting linear transponder for SSB and CW
- 435.080 -435.060 MHz Uplink
- 145.930 -145.950 MHz Downlink
• 2401.0 MHz S Band Downlink
• 437.425-437.525 MHz UKSEDS myPocketQub Downlink

Clyde Space