HD videos of AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium

Dr Chris Bridges 2E0OBC of the Surrey Space Centre - Credit DK3WN

Dr Chris Bridges 2E0OBC of the Surrey Space Centre – Credit DK3WN

High-definition videos of presentations given at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2015 are now available on YouTube.

The colloquium took place July 25-26 in Guildford and attracted attendees from Europe, the USA, Middle East and Japan.

Thanks to the cooperation between the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK, over 6 hours of presentations from the 2015 Colloquium are now available to view on the AMSAT-UK YouTube account.

Videos from the 2014 Colloquium are also available on the site.

See the AMSAT-UK YouTube Playlists
https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/playlists

YouTube https://youtube.com/AmsatUK

BATC http://batc.org.uk/

Video of P3E Satellite Announcement

This BATC video shows the P3E satellite announcement made on July 25 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford.

Drew KO4MA and Peter DB2OS were happy to be able to announce a cooperation between AMSAT-NA, AMSAT-DL and Virginia Tech to try and get Phase-3E launched!

Watch AMSAT-DL and AMSAT-NA announce a potential Phase-3E launch opportunity

Virginia Tech has approached the US Government to fly the Phase 3-E space frame into High Earth Orbit (HEO) in order to support scientific payloads as well as serve as an amateur radio satellite.  During the AMSAT-DL Annual Meeting on July 4, 2015, the AMSAT-DL membership approved the concept, agreeing to allow the Phase 3-E space frame that is currently stored in Germany to be shipped to Virginia Tech in the USA for further construction, testing and preparation for eventual launch to HEO should the US Government formally agree to fund such a mission.

Should the project move forward, AMSAT-NA will apply for frequency coordination from the IARU Satellite Advisor and satellite licensing from the FCC as the satellite’s initial operator.

Video streaming and production by the BATC (http://batc.tv)

Satellite demonstration at AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium

Drew Glasbrenner M/KO4MA working FO-29 at the AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2015

Drew Glasbrenner M/KO4MA working FO-29 at the AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2015

On July 25 Drew Glasbrenner M/KO4MA gave a demonstration at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford of working the amateur radio satellite FO-29

His portable station comprised two FT-817’s with an Arrow 145/435 MHz antenna.

Watch Drew KO4MA satellite demo at AMSAT-UK Colloquium

Thanks to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG for the video.

Further information on the SSB linear transponder satellite FO-29 is at
http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/fuji-oscar-29-jas-2/

Also see the RadCom article Getting started on satellites
http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/radcom-getting-started-on-satellites/

Live Streaming for International Space Colloquium

BATC Logo SmallThanks to the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) the presentations at this weekend’s AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford will be streamed live.

This year to provide an enhanced streaming experience, the webstream of the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, kindly provided by the BATC team, will be available at this NEW location:

http://batc.tv/live/events/amsatuk/

Further details and programme schedule spreadsheet at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

Trade Stands at the Space Colloquium Guildford

A delegate from the University of Surrey at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, Guildford

A delegate from the University of Surrey at a previous AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford

In addition to the AMSAT-UK shop there will be several traders at the International Space Colloquium in Guildford July 25-26. The RF Design stand of Kevin Avery G3AAF is a regular feature and there will also be stands from both Dave Powis G4HUP and Sam Jewell G4DDK.

Among the items available from G4DDK will be DG8 SK for the GM3SEK 144MHz masthead preamp, WA5VJB PCB antennas, connectors and leads. Also horn antennas that might be of interest to satellite enthusiasts.

RF Design StandThe RF Design stand is well known for precision calibrated noise sources, low noise amplifiers, noise gain analysers and other equipment for frequencies up to 11 GHz.

The company also specialises in
● High power RF generation, e.g. CO2 laser plasma power supplies
● Solid state RF power amplifiers to 10kW from LF through UHF
● Short range wireless devices, e.g. Social Alarms

RF Design Amateur Radio and Radio Astronomy products http://www.g8fek.com/

RF Design http://www.rfdesignuk.com/

Dave Powis G4HUP products http://www.g4hup.com/Products.htm

Sam Jewell G4DDK products http://www.g4ddk.com/

The Colloquium is open to all. Admittance is £10 each day and parking is free. Further details and programme schedule spreadsheet at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

RF Design Table

Project DX15 – RSGB Young Members DXpedition to Wales

Three Northern Ireland participants traveled to Brecons for ProjectDX15

Three Northern Ireland participants traveled to Brecons for ProjectDX15

The Radio Society of Great Britain’s Youth Committee are running a Kenwood-sponsored Youth DXpedition and will be active as MC0RYC from the Brecon Beacons in Wales from July 23-30. They’ll be on all bands HF through VHF, including satellite operations

This is the first young person’s DXpedition that the Society has organised and therefore we are keen to publicise it as much as we can.

Chair of RSGB Youth Committee Mike Jones 2E0MLJ

Chair of RSGB Youth Committee Mike Jones 2E0MLJ

Throughout the course of the week, the young Members will be taking part in an array of activities including operating SOTA summits Pen-y-fan (SOTA reference GW/SW-001) & Waun-Fach (SOTA reference GW/SW-002). Provided the weather isn’t too bad, SOTA activations will be taking place on the following dates and times:

• Saturday 25 July – afternoon

• Sunday 26 July – afternoon

• Tuesday 28 July – noon UTC

• Wednesday 29 July – noon UTC

These are approximate times, and we will keep you up to date via our Twitter.

We will be doing many other activities including ARDF, antenna-building workshops and encouraging good radio operation. As well as having fun, we want to help train the young Members to be competent and confident radio amateurs.

You can support us by:

• Following our progress on Twitter @theRSGByouth

• Working the first RSGB Youth DXpedition in the UK – we will keep you updated on frequencies via our Twitter channel and the DX spots.

• Listening for the call sign MC0RYC during the IOTA Contest over the weekend 25-26 July. Please work the young team if you can, so they can experience the full flow of a big contest

A special QSL card will be available for those who wish to receive one, both direct and via the Bureau. The team are keen to encourage responsible QSLing and OQRS will be available via Club Log.

DX15 has been made possible by generous sponsorship from Kenwood as principal sponsor and other prime sponsors SOTA, the RCF and the RSGB Legacy Fund.

Please pass this information on to fellow amateurs, local clubs and any other amateur radio contacts you may have. Thanks for your support for the future of amateur radio.

We also have a dedicated email address set up for the DXpedition where you can email us if you have any questions or would like to set up a sked: m0ryc<at>rsgb.org.uk

Kind Regards,

Mike Jones, 2E0MLJ
Youth Committee Chairman
Leadership Team Member
Radio Society of Great Britain
M: +44 (0) 7577 447754
E: youth.chairman<at>rsgb.org.uk

Satellite Beginners Session in Guildford

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

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

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford starts at 3:30pm on Friday, July 24 with a special session for newcomers to the amateur satellite world.

Newcomers will be helped through the complexities by three amateurs, Dave G4DPZ, Carlos G3VHF and Drew KO4MA, who, between them, have thousands of hours of experience.

They will explain the theories and talk about the practice of listening to and having satellite contacts through the ever increasing number of satellites in orbit.

This year, there will be copies available of the very recently updated AMSAT-NA publication “Getting started with Amateur Satellites 2015″ in full colour available for sale from the shop at a special show price of £15.

Further details and programme schedule spreadsheet at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Sunday, July 26

Holiday Inn Guildford side entrance

Holiday Inn Guildford side entrance

There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. The event is open to all.

Admittance is £10 for the day and car parking is free.

Speakers for Sunday, July 26

• Surrey Space Centre (SSC) Update including DeOrbitSail Report by Dr Chris Bridges 2E0OBC

• USN Academy NO-84 ParkinsonSat/PSAT by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

• Tim Peake / ARISS / UKSA Outreach by Ciaran Morgan M0XTD

• UKube-1: technology, mission and operations by Helen Walker, RAL Space

• The Nayif-1 opportunity by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

• Data Recovery as part of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project by Phil Karn KA9Q

• ESEO Update and Demonstration by Dr Chris Bridges 2E0OBC and Graham Shirville G3VZV

• Open Discussion Session lead by Graham Shirville G3VZV

• AMSAT-UK AGM

Further details and programme schedule spreadsheet at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

Special Colloquium Price for Getting Started with Amateur Satellites

Getting Started With Amateur Satellites 2015 coverA special full colour edition of the book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2015 will be available for just £15 at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, Guildford, July 24-26. The price after the event will be higher.

This definitive reference is written for the new satellite operator by Gould Smith, WA4SXM, but includes discussions for the experienced operator who wishes to review the features of amateur satellite communications. The new operator will be introduced to the basic concepts and terminology unique to this mode. Additionally, there are many practical tips and tricks to ensure making contacts, and to sound like an experienced satellite operator in the process.

Newly revised in May 2015 with new information on, AO-73, UKube-1, the upcoming Fox-1A, Fox-1B, Fox-1C, Fox-1D, and Fox-1E, plus many other updates of general interest. It also include information on several satellites of interest to hams expected to be launched in the coming year.

AMSAT-UK thanks AMSAT-NA for permission to print the book in the UK.

International Space Colloquium Holiday Inn, Guildford – Speakers for Saturday, July 25
http://amsat-uk.org/2015/07/16/colloquium-speakers-saturday/

International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Saturday, July 25

Holiday Inn Guildford side entrance

Holiday Inn Guildford – Colloquium entrance

There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford as well as visits to the satellite construction facilities at the SSTL Kepler Building. The event is open to all.

Admittance is £10 for the day and car parking is free.

Speakers for Saturday, July 25

• Introduction by Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO OBE, FRS, FREng, FIET

• SSTL Update by Tony Holt, Director, SSTL

• The Satellite Applications Catapult PocketQube Kit by Chris Brunskill

• AMSAT-DL Presentation by Peter Guelzow DB2OS

• What else does Space do for You! by Prof. Richard Holdaway, former Director RAL Space

• The FUNcube project – results so far! by Jim Heck G3WGM

• AMSAT-NA / Fox-1 Presentation by Drew Glassbrenner KO4MA

• ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space by Eric Bertels

• Dutch Satellite Days by Ivo Klinkert PA1IVO

Further details and programme schedule spreadsheet at http://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/