Colloquium 2017 Saturday Gala Dinner

The 2017 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium is combined with the RSGB Convention on October 14-15 at the Kent Hills Park Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.

If you wish to attend the 2017 AMSAT-UK Colloquium, you should book to attend the RSGB Convention.

The schedule is at http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/rsgb-convention-programme/

BUT BEFORE YOU BOOK you might like to consider attending the AMSAT-UK Gala Dinner on the evening of Saturday. October 14 as an alternative to the RSGB Convention dinner. The AMSAT-UK dinner will be held at the Hilton Hotel, which is about 1 km from the Kent Hills Conference Centre; a taxi ride is about £3 per cab. Detailed times will follow, but it will follow similar lines to AMSAT-UK Gala Dinners in previous years. There are normally a few speeches, trophy presentations etc etc.

If you wish to attend the dinner you MUST book this in advance. Dinner Jackets or suits definitely NOT required.

The dinner will be a three course affair, and the cost above does not include drinks which will be available from the hotel bar.

Note that when you book on the RSGB web site you should use the Pick and Mix option to avoid paying for their dinner!

You can book the RSGB Colloquium via http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/

You can book the AMSAT-UK Gala Dinner at
http://shop.amsat-uk.org/Colloquium_2017_Sat_Gala_Dinner/p3815740_15631151.aspx

FalconSAT-3 now open for amateur radio use

FalconSAT-3

FalconSAT-3

The Air Force Academy satellite Falconsat-3 is now open for amateur radio use as a digital store-and-forward system.

FalconSAT-3 DiagramFalconSAT-3 was built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and launched in 2007 on an Atlas V.

After serving in scientific and training roles, the Academy has now made the satellite available for Amateur radio use.

The satellite is in a 35.4 degree inclination orbit, with an approximate altitude of 465 to 476 km. The Packet Bulletin Board System is operating at 9600 baud with a 145.840 uplink, and 435.103 downlink. Output power is 1 watt, and the downlink is continuously on. Digipeating is enabled for live QSOs, but unattended digipeating operations is not authorized at this time. Current Keplerian elements can be found in the AMSAT distributed Keplerian elements.

More information can be found at https://www.amsat.org/falconsat-3/

Further operational inquiries should be directed to AMSAT Vice President Operations, Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA (ko4ma<at>amsat.org).

Source AMSAT News Service http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

IARU Region 1 Medal awarded to Graham Shirville G3VZV

Graham Shirville G3VZV with IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ - Credit RSGB

Graham Shirville G3VZV with IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ – Credit RSGB

The 24th General Conference of IARU Region 1 was held in Landshut near München on September 17-21, 2017. In recognition of his outstanding and ongoing work with Satellite Coordination the IARU Region 1 Medal was awarded to Graham Shirville G3VZV.

Graham Shirville G3VZV at 2016 AMSAT-UK Colloquium – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

 

Autumn/Fall issue of OSCAR News now available

OSCAR News Front Cover Autumn 2017E-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the Autumn/Fall edition of OSCAR News here.

This edition features a low cost ground station using a DTV Dongle, SDRSharp and FUNcube Dashboard to capture Telemetry from the FUNcube satellites.

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

In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• 2017 Meetings & Events calendar
• Notice of the 2017 AGM of AMSAT-UK
• Patrick J. A. Gowen, G3IOR (SK)
• IARU Region 1 Conference 2017
• Chertsey Radio Club
• A Low Cost Ground Station Using a DTV Dongle
• Yet another antenna for LEO satellites
• Just when you thought it was safe to do an ARISS contact in the UK!
• FUNcube-1 Transatlantic Experiment
• NOVA Satellite Tracking programme now free!
• Ground Based DVB-S2 Repeater for GEO Satellites
• AMSAT-UK Colloquium
• Future Spacecraft Planned For The Amateur Satellite Service Operating Above 1GHz
• AMSAT Phase-4A downconverter for SSB and DATV reception
• The new FUNcubes – progress reports
• FUNcubes – In Orbit Report Sept 2017
• GB4RME – Special Event Station – HM Royal Mint

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

PDF sample copy of “Oscar News” here.

Join AMSAT-UK using PayPal, Debit or Credit card at
http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

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

CAT17 videos on Es’hail 2 and DigiTwist satellite tracker

The British Amateur Television Club have made available videos of the talks given at the CAT17 event held at the Finningley Amateur Radio Club on September 9-10, 2017.

Among the videos are:
• Es’hail 2 satellite update by Dave G8GKQ
• DigiTwist an experimental low cost satellite tracker by Brian G4EWJ
• Introduction to Optical Communications by Bernie G4HJW
• 5.7 GHz Linear Amplifiers for the ADALM Pluto by Brian G4EWJ

Watch Es’hail 2 satellite update by Dave G8GKQ

Watch DigiTwist an experimental low cost satellite tracker by Brian G4EWJ

The other videos can be seen at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUWLnUZllytlcCFd93tnBzw/videos

Follow BATC on Twitter @BATCOnline
Web http://www.batc.org.uk/

Students from India and Russia build SSTV CubeSat

Space Kidz India LogoThe Times of India reports students from Russia and India are building an amateur radio satellite that will transmit SSTV images from space.

The 1U CubeSat Iskra-5 is being built by 20 students from Moscow Aviation Institute and 9 from Indian cities like Chennai and Bangalore through Space Kidz India to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

The satellite will be transported to the International Space Station by mid-October, 2017 through cargo spacecraft from where it will be placed in orbit by a cosmonaut during a spacewalk.

The Iskra satellites were a series of Soviet amateur communication satellites built by students and radio amateurs at the Moscow Aviation Institute in the early 1980s.

Srimathy Kesan, founder, Space Kidz India said that the subsystems in the satellite being built in MAI is made by Russian students while the outer cube has been designed by Indian students.

Full Times of India story http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/students-from-india-and-russia-build-cubesat/articleshow/60369092.cms

Russian Aviation story https://www.ruaviation.com/news/2017/8/17/9505/

Space Kidz India https://www.facebook.com/SpaceKidzIndia/

GB6GHY – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!

GB6GHY Dish Antenna 2017-08-26 - Credit GES LtdNoel Matthews G8GTZ and Matthew Cosby talk to broadcast journalist Kate Arkless Gray about making a world record for the longest distance 3.4 GHz amateur radio voice contact with a signal bounced off the Moon.

GB6GHY on 3.4 GHz – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!
https://audioboom.com/posts/6240780-hello-moon-this-is-goonhilly-calling-the-longest-distance-call-via-the-moon

What is Amateur Radio?
http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

There are short amateur radio Foundation training courses being run across the UK. Find one near you at
https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/