AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2016

UK Space Agency Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager Libby Jackson will speak at the Gala Dinner

UK Space Agency Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager Libby Jackson will speak at the Gala Dinner

The 2016 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium is taking place at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, over the weekend of July 29-31. The event is open to all.

A full programme of presentations, covering all aspects of the amateur satellite world, has been developed for the Saturday and Sunday and a “Beginners Session” is scheduled for the Friday afternoon.

Download the PDF Schedule Here —- For PC’s Excel Spreadsheet Here

Travel information

Day Passes and Gala Dinner Booking

Sessions will include updates on the many new satellites that are expected to be launched over the next few months. This includes Eshail-2 which will carry the first ever geostationary amateur radio transponder and provide more than 8 MHz of new intercontinental spectrum – it will provide coverage to five continents. Additionally we will have a session on how to develop software receivers using GNU radio, reviews of the Tim Peake GB1SS ARISS contacts and the STEM results achieved, information about a new 76 GHz satellite project, a review of how to operate “in the field” and lots more.

UKSA - UK Space Agency LogoAs well as the presentations during the day, Libby Jackson, Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency, with whom the ARISS UK team worked closely during the Tim Peake mission, will be speaking during the Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening.

Other highlights will include visits to the SSTL facilities (late Friday afternoon) and the opportunity to see the special ground station equipment that was used for all the ARISS contacts. This will be available for use for contacts during passes of all the available satellite transponders.

Visitors can either turn up on the day, book day passes on the website or, if planning an overnight stay, now is the last week to make their hotel bookings at the preferential rate and which have been block-booked by AMSAT-UK. The URL for the AMSAT-UK shop to book day passes is

If you wish to book overnight accommodation, please contact the hotel direct on 01483 784413 (alternative +44 1483 784402).  Quote block code S1M or AMSAT. Day passes cost £10 per day (incl tea/coffee), please pay at the AMSAT-UK shop (not hotel reception). If you wish to attend the Gala dinner on Saturday, you must book in advance, either with the hotel (by booking dinner, bed, and breakfast) if staying overnight, or if Day Visitor book the Gala Dinner at the AMSAT-UK shop.

The 01483 784413 number is staffed from Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm UK local time. Outside these hours, you can email Give your phone number and the hotel should call you back to take Debit/Credit card number and confirm the booking.

As well at the AMSAT-UK shop, there will be a number of specialist suppliers present, and we are hoping that the RSGB bookshop will also be present.

The event is open to all and further information can be found at

Registration needed for SSTL Kepler building visit

Live Streaming for International Space Colloquium

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

This year to provide an enhanced streaming experience, the webstream will be available at this new location:

The Live Stream will begin on Saturday morning, July 30 at 10:15 BST with the Official Opening by Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO.

Download the programme PDF Schedule Here

Recordings of all talks will be posted on the AMSAT-UK YouTube Channel following the event

British Amateur Television Club

Satellite Operations in the Field

Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL with portable satellite antennas

Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL with portable satellite antennas

Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL, well known for satellite operating from remote Scottish Islands and the Channel Islands, will be among the amateur satellite enthusiasts attending the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford. The event is open to all.

He’ll be giving an insight into portable satellite operating in his presentation ‘Satellite Operations in the Field’ at 1:50pm BST on Saturday, July 30.

The talk will explore experience gained from 5 years of satellite operations from Scottish Islands (Isle of Arran, Mull & Lewis) and the Channel Islands (Guernsey), looking at equipment from using simple handheld equipment to fully automated stations, techniques and issues experienced along the way.

Thanks to volunteers from the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) the presentation will be streamed lived to a global audience at

The full weekend schedule along with booking and travel information is available at

The book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2016 is now available from the AMSAT-UK shop

Satellite Talk at EMF 2016 Guildford

David Rowntree 2E0DRV communicating via Amateur Radio Satellite

David Rowntree 2E0DRV communicating via the International Space Station

Radio amateur Dave Rowntree 2E0DRV, drummer in the rock-band Blur, will be giving a presentation and demonstration of amateur radio satellite communications at the Electromagnetic Field event EMF 2016 near Guildford which takes place August 5-7.

There will be an Amateur Radio Village at the 3-day event aimed at makers, scientists, engineers and radio enthusiasts. The London Hackspace Amateur Radio Club are planning to erect at least one of their Clark masts in the village. London Hackspace will be showcasing Amateur Radio on bands from 3.5 MHz (80m) to 430 MHz (70cm) and maybe higher using the call sign GB4EMF.

Dave Rowntree’s presentation is titled “The Hackers Guide To Satellites” and according to the schedule is planned for 2pm on Saturday, August 6.

On July 25-26, 2016 Dave tested out the equipment he will use for his satellite demonstrations. One of his contacts was with Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL in Oxford via the FM satellite SO-50. Peter will be giving a presentation titled “Satellite Operations in the Field” to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium on July 30.

EMF Amateur Radio Village

Electromagnetic Field EMF 2016

London Hackspace ARC

Previous EMF events have generated BBC News coverage

The book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2016 is available from the AMSAT-UK online shop

Satellite Beginners Session in Guildford

Drew Glasbrenner M-KO4MA AUK Colloquium 2015

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

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn,  Guildford starts at 2pm on Friday, July 29 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 2016.

After the Beginners Session there will be a tour of the SSTL satellite facilities in the Kepler Building. Places on the tour are limited and pre-registration is required, see

Pass for the Friday afternoon session can be purchased from the AMSAT-UK shop.

The colloquium is Open to All. Programme schedule at

New Geostationary Transponders

Es'hail-2 coverage from 26 degrees EastThe AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford will hear presentations from Peter Gülzow DB2OS and Achim Vollhardt DH2VA on the new geostationary amateur radio satellite transponders due to launch early in 2017.

The two transponders will provide SSB, Digimode, CW and Digital Amateur TV communications between five continents.

On Saturday, July 30 Peter Gülzow DB2OS will talk about the Phase 4A flight segment while Achim Vollhardt DH2VA will describe the ground station requirements.

The event over the weekend of July 30-31 is open to all, admittance is £10 per day, car parking is free. Those wishing to find out about amateur space communications are most welcome to attend.

Phase-4A Geostationary Transponders

Further information on the event at

Radio amateurs invited to 10 Downing Street

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Tim Peake GB1SS - Credit Richard Found

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Tim Peake GB1SS – Credit Richard Found

Radio amateurs were invited to a reception at the UK Prime Minister’s residence to celebrate the successful mission of UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS.

Sandringham school student Jessica Leigh M6LPJ and her head teacher Alan Gray G4DJX attended the event with Tim Peake GB1SS. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF and the UK’s first astronaut Helen Sharman GB1MIR also attended.

Jessica was the first UK school student to establish amateur radio communications with Tim Peake during his six month mission on the International Space Station. The contact took place on January 8, 2016 and was featured on national TV and in the press.

Year 10 pupil Jessica M6LPJ, along with two other students Polly M6POG and Emma M6GJQ, passed her amateur radio Foundation exam just before Christmas 2015 after training with the Verulam Amateur Radio Club.

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Alan Gray G4DJX - Credit Richard Found

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Alan Gray G4DJX – Credit Richard Found

Sandringham school caters for 1300 students aged 11-19 with 100 teachers including specialist teachers of computing science and three female physics teachers all of whom have a specialist interest in space and astronomy. In addition, the head teacher Alan Gray G4DJX is a very active radio amateur who was extremely supportive of the ISS contact.

Sandringham School presentation by ML&S

Video of Tim Peake amateur radio contact with Sandringham School

Jessica M6LPJ and Polly M6POG will give a talk about their experience of talking to Tim Peake GB1SS to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn Guildford, on Saturday, July 30

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