RSGB AGM Es’hail-2 / QO-100 talk now available

Dave Crump G8GKQ, Phil Crump M0DNY and Noel Matthews G8GTZ receive award from RSGB President Dave Wilson M0OBW - image credit RSGB

Dave Crump G8GKQ, Phil Crump M0DNY and Noel Matthews G8GTZ receive award from RSGB President Dave Wilson M0OBW – image credit RSGB

The RSGB have made available a recording and slides of the presentation given at the AGM on April 27, 2019 about the Es’hail-2 / QO-100 amateur radio transponders.

After the formal AGM proceedings and the trophy presentations, attendees were treated to an introductory talk on Qatar-Oscar 100 geostationary satellite given by Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, Dave Crump, G8GKQ and Phil Crump, M0DNY.

Listen to the talk and download the slides at
https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/agm/agm-2019-proceedings/

Play the Listen to AGM 2019 afternoon recording and fast forward to 20 minutes and 41 seconds in. The slides are near the bottom of the page.

Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/10/qatar-oscar-100-web-receiver-now-live/

Es’hail-2 awards at RSGB AGM

AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow DB2OS at the Qatar National Day Station A71QND

AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow DB2OS

At the RSGB AGM in Birmingham on Saturday, April 27, 2019 two awards were made in recognition of work related to the amateur radio transponders on the geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 / QO-100.

The prestigious Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communication was awarded to Peter Gülzow DB2OS for his leadership of the team responsible for the Qatar-OSCAR-100 mission which is now in service.

Dave Crump G8GKQ, Phil Crump M0DNY and Noel Matthews G8GTZ receive award from RSGB President Dave Wilson M0OBW - image credit RSGB

Dave Crump G8GKQ, Phil Crump M0DNY and Noel Matthews G8GTZ receive award from RSGB President Dave Wilson M0OBW – image credit RSGB

The Fraser Shepherd Award for Research into Microwave Applications for Radio Communication was awarded to Dave Crump G8GKQ, Phil Crump M0DNY, Noel Matthews G8GTZ and Graham Shirville G3VZV for enabling access for all the amateur radio community to QO-100 by developing and installing a narrow band transponder WebSDR, and wide band transponder spectrum monitor.

After the award presentation Dave, Phil and Noel gave a talk on Es’hail-2 / QO-100 covering a brief history of how the project came about, an overview of equipment required to operate QO-100 and an introduction and a demonstration of the WebSDR and spectrum monitor, which allow you to listen to stations on the narrow band segment using only a standard web browser.

Graham Shirville G3VZV was unable to be present to collect the award as on that Saturday he had to attend the key IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/uW (C5) meeting in Vienna.

One of the presentations given at the IARU-R1 meeting was Popularity of ATV in the Netherlands by Chris van den Berg PA3CRX which you can see at
https://prezi.com/zxap36vhivca/popularity-of-atv-in-the-netherlands-jan-2019/

Graham Shirville G3VZV 5th from right at the IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/uW (C5) meeting in Vienna

Graham Shirville G3VZV 5th from right at the IARU Region 1 VHF/UHF/uW (C5) meeting in Vienna

Coronation station HS10KING/mm on geostationary satellite

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100To mark the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (King Rama X) from May 4-6, 2019 the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King will be operating a special event station

The station will be operated from the Royal Thai Navy aircraft carrier, the Chakri Narubet, in the Gulf of Thailand from May 3-6 using the callsign HS10KING/mm.

This station will be making QSOs in the 40, 20, 15 and 10 metre HF bands, on 2 metres VHF and also using amateur radio satellites, including the Es’hail-2 / QO-100 satellite.

Royal Thai Navy aircraft carrier HTMS Chakri Narubet

Royal Thai Navy aircraft carrier HTMS Chakri Narubet

Consequently, the May meeting of RAST will be postponed to the second Sunday of the month, and will take place on Sunday May 12 at Sena Place Hotel when applications to take the upcoming Intermediate Class examination will be available

As usual all RAST members are welcome to attend this meeting and hopefully they will be able to have a QSO with HS10KING/mm.

Sincere 73,

Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX
RAST Vice-President
RAST English-language website: https://www.qsl.net/rast/

The Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite provides continuous coverage from Brazil across Africa and Europe all the way to Thailand. You can listen to its 10 GHz downlink from anywhere in the world by using the AMSAT-UK / BATC WebSDR based at Goonhilly
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/10/qatar-oscar-100-web-receiver-now-live/

Simple dual band dish feed for Es’hail-2 / QO-100

DKARS April 2019 front coverThe April 2019 issue of the free DKARS magazine features an article in English – Simple dual band dish feed for Es’hail-2 / QO-100 by Mike Willis G0MJW, Remco den Besten PA3FYM and Paul Marsh M0EYT.

Their article, on pages 18-23, describes an easy to build 2.4 and 10 GHz dish feed, using commonly available materials, for Es’hail-2 / QO-100 deployment. The feed consists of a LHCP patch antenna for 2.4 GHz and a waveguide feed for 10 GHz, to be placed in the focal point of commonly available and cheap offset satellite TV dishes with f/D’s of around 0.6

Download the full magazine PDF from https://dkars.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=2a0602da7add78cfc4cee370d&id=f8424212ae&e=ca64a74f86

Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society (DKARS) http://www.dkars.nl/index.php?page=magazine_uk

Additional information on Es’hail-2 /QO-100 can be found at
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/10/qatar-oscar-100-web-receiver-now-live/

SatNOGS satellite ground station article in HackSpace magazine

HackSpace magazine issue 18 front coverThe May edition of HackSpace magazine, issue 18, featuring articles by radio amateur Jo Hinchliffe MW6CYK is available as a free PDF.

On pages 34-47 is his special feature on Space, which explains how you can build a SatNOGS satellite ground station to receive amateur radio satellites.

Jo’s article Make a Slim Jim Antenna appears on pages 110-111.

Also in the magazine, on pages 96-99, Ben Everard explains how to build an ISS count‑down timer.

You can download the free HackSpace magazine PDF from
https://hackspace.raspberrypi.org/issues/18

Direct link to the PDF
https://magazines-static.raspberrypi.org/issues/full_pdfs/000/000/072/original/HackSpaceMag18.pdf

Jo Hinchliffe MW6CYK
https://twitter.com/concreted0g
https://concretedog.blogspot.com/

FUNcube Data Warehouse URL Change

Dave G4DPZ reports on a change to the URL used by the AMSAT-UK Data Warehouse for the FUNcube amateur radio satellites.

As part of the migration of the data warehouse to the new server, we are now redirecting all dashboard data submissions to: http://data.amsat-uk.org/
(there is no need to change your dashboard settings)
Hence, all information at http://warehouse.funcube.org/ will no longer be updated.

I will be merging the scores at http://data.amsat-uk.org/ranking
(I am at the top of the list because of data migration)

You can search for your site name or order the columns by clicking on the column header.

There have been requests for the existing style of ranking, including age colour, for each satellite. I will be implementing this in the next couple of days.

Hope you like the new site and and feedback will be welcome.

73 Dave, G4DPZ
g4dpz<at>funcube.org.uk

ISS SSTV at Music is Magic in Space Rehearsal

Music is Magic in Space

Music is Magic in Space

The International Space Station SSTV transmissions were received during rehearsals for the Music is Magic in Space performance that will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday, April 15.

ISS SSTV image 5 received by Dave Boult G7HCE in Exeter on April 14, 2019

ISS SSTV image 5 received by Dave Boult G7HCE in Exeter on April 14, 2019

Russian cosmonauts on the ISS transmitted amateur radio SSTV on 145.800 MHz FM from April 11-14.

On Sunday, April 14, radio amateur Laura M6LHT was involved in Music Man Project UK rehearsal of Music is Magic in Space in preparation for their appearance at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday, April 15. During the rehearsal the ISS came overhead and Laura M6LHT took the opportunity to receive the SSTV pictures. She tweeted: “We are singing to space, & space is singing back!”
https://twitter.com/lhtrevail/status/1117405107564482560
https://twitter.com/lhtrevail/status/1117453101387198464

Details on the unique charity concert featuring hundreds of musicians with a learning disability from across the country at
https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2019/music-is-magic/

Music Man Project UK
https://themusicmanproject.com/
https://twitter.com/MusicManProject

Article: Pictures from Space via Ham Radio by M6DNT page 62 Magpi magazine issue 80
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/issues/80/

ISS SSTV useful info and links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live

Es'hail-2 QO-100 Narrowband WebSDR

Es’hail-2 QO-100 Narrowband WebSDR

The BATC and AMSAT-UK 10 GHz Narrowband WebSDR and Wideband Spectrum Viewer for the amateur radio transponders on the Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite are now available online.

Es'hail-2 / QO-100 coverage from 25.9° East

Es’hail-2 / QO-100 coverage from 25.9° East

The geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 carrying amateur radio transponders launched from Kennedy Space Center at 20:46 GMT on Thursday, November 15, 2018 and is now in a geostationary orbit at 25.9° East. The transponders should link radio amateurs across a third of the globe from Brazil to Thailand.

Following commissioning of the satellite on February 12, 2019 the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) invited radio amateurs worldwide to use the Es’hail-2 / QO-100 narrowband transponder https://amsat-dl.org/en/qo-100-nb-transponder-experimental-operation

Qatar OSCAR-100 is the first geostationary amateur radio transponder, a joint project between the Qatar Satellite Company (Es’hailSat), the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS), and AMSAT Deutschland (AMSAT-DL) which provided the technical lead.

OSCAR-100 is hosted on Es’hail-2, a Broadcast Transponder Satellite owned by the Es’hailSat Qatar Satellite Company, the satellite is now in geostationary orbit at 25.9° E.

More information on the OSCAR-100 project can be found at AMSAT-DL Phase 4-A

Es'hail-2 / QO-100 2.4 GHz Ground Station - Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

Es’hail-2 / QO-100 2.4 GHz Ground Station – Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

In co-operation with AMSAT-UK, the British Amateur Television Club will be operating a 10 GHz WebSDR for the narrowband segment, and a Spectrum Viewer for the wideband (DATV) segment.

Goonhilly Earth Station is supporting the project, providing hosting for the Ground Station facility at their world-famous site in Cornwall, UK.

Es’hail-2 WebSDR https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

UHF–VHF Receive Converter for use with a satellite LNB by David Bowman G0MRFDownload article PDF here

Article: Receiving the Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite by George Smart M1GEO at https://www.george-smart.co.uk/2019/02/eshail2-rx/

Digital ATV co-ordination on Es’hail-2 / QB-100
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/27/digital-atv-co-ordination-on-eshail-2/

Es’hail-2 / QO-100 Teleport Inauguration Day Thursday, February 14
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/10/eshail-2-teleport-inauguration/

Es’hail-2 Narrowband amateur radio transponder operating guidelines
https://amsat-dl.org/en/p4-a-nb-transponder-bandplan-and-operating-guidelines

Es’hail-2 Wideband amateur radio transponder operating guidelines
https://amsat-dl.org/en/p4-a-wb-transponder-bandplan-and-operating-guidelines

Es’hail-2 amateur radio information
https://amsat-dl.org/en/eshail-2-amsat-phase-4-a

See the Satellite Forum for additional information https://forum.amsat-dl.org/

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100