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

ESEO satellite commissioning starts

Artist impression of ESEO flying over Europe - credit ESA

Artist impression of ESEO flying over Europe – credit ESA

On Monday, December 3, 2018, the 50 kg ESA Education Office satellite ESEO was launched by Space-X on the Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express mission.

Following the launch from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base, ESEO separated from the launch vehicle and automatically activated the periodic transmission of its telemetry beacon. However, by the time out of a predefined period, having not received commands from the ground station, the spacecraft automatically entered into safe mode.

Some initial communications issues were experienced by ESEO in receiving commands from the ground stations in Forli’ (Italy) and Vigo (Spain), but they were resolved when the ESEO team of the Observatory of Tartu offered the possibility to use a ground station in Estonia. This is capable of transmitting with higher power, for a temporary contingent use. The Estonian ground station has been configured to be operated remotely by the ESEO MCC team, which involves students of the University of Bologna.

ESEO then started executing the commands transmitted from ground.

ESEO has now completed the LEOPS (Launch and Early OPerationS) phase of its mission, reaching the platform nominal mode and has begun the process of commissioning the whole satellite: firstly the platform functions, with the payloads functions following.

As part of this commissioning process, but subject to the successful completion of other preparatory tasks of the platform subsystems commissioning, it is anticipated that initial testing of the AMSAT communications payload will be carried out within the next few weeks.

AMSAT-UK will endeavour to provide some advance notice of these tests being undertaken, but the first step will be activation of the 1200 bps BPSK telemetry beacon on 145.895 MHz. The telemetry format matches previous FUNcube missions and data from this beacon will be forwarded to the FUNcube Data Warehouse using any of the FUNcube dashboards. However, to see the decoded values and graphical displays, please download the dedicated ESEO mission dashboard which is available at
https://download.funcube.org.uk/ESEO_Dashboard_v1177.msi

The payload has, additionally, a high speed, 4800 bps BPSK data format downlink and also a Mode L/V FM transponder both of which will be tested.

Further information about ESEO can be seen at
https://www.esa.int/Education/ESEO/ESEO_student_satellite_in-orbit_commissioning_has_started

LilacSat-1 (LO-90) Commemorative Competition

LilacSat-1 CubeSatThe amateur radio satellite LilacSat-1 (LO-90) is expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn-up later this month. WEI Mingchuan BG2BHC reports a competition is being held to collect telemetry data and make contacts via the satellite.

Update March 14, 2019: For LilacSat-1 telemetry upload and TLE update, please replace http://lilacsat.hit.edu.cn with http://data.lilacsat.online in proxy window.

Contest Period:

March 16, 2019 UTC 00:00 to LilacSat-1 re-entry

Competition Categories:
• Amateur Radio Telemetry Group
• Amateur Radio Communication Group

Competition Goals:

Amateur Radio Telemetry Group:
• Receive and upload as many telemetry packets as possible within a specified time.

Amateur Radio Communication Group:
• Make as many bidirectional QSO as possible and as many grid locator as possible within a specified time.

Scoring strategy:

Amateur Radio Telemetry Group:
• For each successfully uploaded telemetry packet (The score would be count at HIT server), counts 1 point

Amateur Radio Communication Group:
• Exchange information: callsigns and grid locator
• For each bidirectional QSO, counts 1 point. (Dupe QSO with same callsign is not counted as the number of successful QSO)
• For each different number of grids, counts 1 multiplier.

Final results:
• Amateur Radio Telemetry Group: final score = basic point
• Amateur Radio Communication Group: final score = basic point * multiplier

Awards:
• All telemetry data uploader and participants could get a LilacSat-1 QSL card.
• China: top 3 certificates issued.
• World: Top 10 certificates issued.
• For the ham who receive the last downlink signal in the world and successfully uploaded it to the server, they will receive a special gift.

Honor stickers:
• For all those portable stations or receivers set up and operated in the field for this contest, a ” Field ” sticker is affixed to the certificate, and the applicant is required to attach the operating photo as evidence.

Log submissions:

Amateur Radio Telemetry Group:
• After the satellite re-entry, we will advertise the telemetry package list received from March 16, 2019 UTC 00:00 to LilacSat-1 re-entry.
• The participants should send an e-mail with your callsign and the address to locc@lilacsat.online. (no later than April 30, 2019 UTC 00:00)

Amateur Radio Communication Group:
• After the satellite re-entry, the participants should send an e-mail with the communication log and the address to locc@lilacsat.online. (no later than April 30, 2019 UTC 00:00)
• The log is in Cabrillo or Excel XLS format and needs to contain UTC time, send and receive exchange information.
• For Field/Portable radio stations and receivers, the photo must be sent together.

WEI Mingchuan BG2BHC

LilacSat-1 https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/lilacsat-1/

ICSEDS 434 MHz balloon launch

GPS module with Guitar wire antenna and HC12 module - credit ICSEDS

GPS module with Guitar wire antenna and HC12 module – credit ICSEDS

Medad Rufus reports two balloons with 434 MHz transmitters built by Imperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (ICSEDS) will launch from Wormwood Scrubs, London on Saturday, March 9.

On the UK High Altitude Society reflector Medad posted:

This is a launch announcement for the launch of ICSPACE6 & 7 from Wormwood Scrubs, London, UK. We have had some success with the launches of our previous pico balloons and we hope it works 100% this time.

The hardware is nearly identical to the previous launch; only software changes made. The winds are expected to take it towards the Netherlands/Belgium and further east into Germany.

Here is the information about the balloons to be launched tomorrow:

Callsign: ICSPACE6
RTTY: 434.600 MHz USB
50 baud 745 Hz shift ASCII-8 no parity 2 stop bits
Launch time aim: 10:40 am on March 9
Transmits 10 pips before transmitting message. 30s gap between each transmission

Callsign: ICSPACE7
RTTY: 434.250 MHz USB
50 baud 745 Hz shift ASCII-8 no parity 2 stop bits
Launch time aim: 11:40 am on March 9
Transmits 10 pips before transmitting message. 30s gap between each transmission when below 3000m. Above 3000m, it will transmit with a gap of 60 seconds.

We appreciate all listeners for our flights. I hope this flight goes well.

Here is information about the launch of ICSPACE4 & 5 four weeks ago.
https://www.union.ic.ac.uk/guilds/icseds/2019/02/high-altitude-ballooning-group-launch-a-balloon-that-again-landed-in-the-netherlands/

Source UKHAS Groups IO https://groups.google.com/d/msg/ukhas/2GCKl5uiNJQ/473DfDsiBgAJ

Real-time balloon track can be seen at https://tracker.habhub.org/

Listen to the signals online with the Farnham WebSDR http://farnham-sdr.com/

Useful High-Altitude Balloon links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/balloons/

Space meeting to be streamed via ham radio geostationary transponder

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100The 2nd Amateur Radio Space Meeting, taking place in Nanterre, Paris, March 9-10, will be streamed live via the Digital Amateur TV transponder on Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite.

A Google translation of the AMSAT-Francophone post says:

AMSAT-Francophone and Electrolab have deployed a ground station to operate the QO100 transponder in DATV.

The “broadcast DATV” team led by Yannick Avelino and with the support of Evariste F5OEO has developed the station that will broadcast live the conferences of the second amateur radio space meeting March 9-10, 2019. The team was in contact with AMSAT-DL and AMSAT-UK for permission to operate the satellite during these days.

Source http://site.amsat-f.org/2019/03/07/rencontre-spatiale-du-9-10-mars-2019-conferences-diffusees-en-direct-via-le-transpondeur-qo100/

Meeting information and Schedule of talks
http://site.amsat-f.org/2019/02/16/deuxieme-rencontre-spatiale-radioamateur-9-et-10-mars-2019-agenda-des-deux-journees-mis-a-jours-reservez-vos-places/

2.5 milliwatt OPERA signal via Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100Markus Vester DF6NM successfully used the digital mode OPERA to send a 2.5 milliwatt signal on 2.4 GHz through the amateur radio transponder on the Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite.

Graham G0NBD writes about the contact on Digital Radio Groupsio.

On March 3, 2019, Markus started using 250 milliwatts on 2.4 GHz into a 60 cm dish pointing at Es’hail-2. The downlink signal was received via the AMSAT-UK and BATC 10 GHz WebSDR at Goonhilly in Cornwall by Peter Knol PA1SDB.

Markus then reduced power to just 2.5 milliwatts and the signal was still receiveable.

See Digital Radio Groupsio post at
https://digitalradio.groups.io/g/main/message/50861

OPERA was developed by Jose EA5HVK and can be downloaded from
https://rosmodem.wordpress.com/

Es’hail-2 / Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/02/10/qatar-oscar-100-web-receiver-now-live/

DF6NM to PA1SDB using OPERA via Es'hail-2 on March 3, 2019

DF6NM to PA1SDB using OPERA via Es’hail-2 on March 3, 2019. Note Microwavers spots site doesn’t display satellite frequencies correctly

UWE-4: First NanoFEEP thruster ignition

UWE-4 LogoAt 09:59:00 UT on February 26, one of the UWE-4 CubeSat NanoFEEP thrusters, developed by TU Dresden and Morpheus Space, was successfully ignited.

This is the first time an electric propulsion system has been activated on board of a 1U CubeSat in space.

A voltage of more than 5kV has been produced by the power processing unit causing a thruster emitter current of 40µA. For this very first firing a duration of 30s was intended.

Primary mission: accomplished!

Within the next days experiments with the propulsion system for a characterization of the thrusters will be conducted.

Thank you very much for your support! Especially the directly injected messages into our server using the decoding tool by Mike DK3WN help us a lot with our daily operations!

Kind regards,
The UWE‑4 Team

UWE-4 435.600 MHz
http://www7.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/forschung/space-exploration/projects/uwe-4/

UWE-4 Thruster Firing Voltage (kV)

UWE-4 Thruster Firing Voltage (kV)