Brazil holds 430 and 1240 MHz consultation

Anatel LogoA public consultation is being held in Brazil concerning both the 430 MHz and 1240 MHz Amateur Radio bands.

On March 23, the National Telecommunications Agency ANATEL published a Public Consultation proposal no. 14/2020 on technical and operational requirements for the use of the frequency bands from 430 MHz to 440 MHz and from 1240 MHz to 1300 MHz, by stations of the Private Limited Service (SLP) for radiolocation applications.

The national amateur radio society LABRE says

“The radio amateur community is concerned about the possible occurrence of interference, especially in the 70 cm band”

Read the translated LABRE post https://tinyurl.com/BrazilLABRE

Radio ZS ham radio magazine free download

Radio ZS April 2020 Front CoverThe South African Amateur Radio League (SARL) is the latest national society to make their magazine freely available to all in the convenient PDF format.

The magazine features a QO-100 Dual Patch antenna article by David ZR6DLG and the ARISS Interoperable Radio System.

The SARL say:

The Council has decided that the April 2020 issue of Radio ZS is available for members and not yet members of the SARL. Click on the link on the front page of the League website to download a copy. Read on page 10 and 17 about My Project and how to win a membership to the SARL. On page 11 you can read about SARAH or Southern African Radio Active Ham.

You can download the PDF of the April edition of Radio ZS, published by the South African Radio League from
http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/DocumentStore/20200331122728oXhxY0QQYg.PDF

The SARL website headlines the key presentation on The Future and Growth of Amateur Radio given by RSGB Director Kamal Singh M0IOV, see
http://www.sarl.org.za/

AMSAT EA providing administrative support for AMSAT Nepal SanoSat-1

SanoSat-1 PocketQube Satellite

SanoSat-1 PocketQube Satellite

Spain’s AMSAT EA is registering the AMSAT Nepal SanoSat-1 satellite with IARU and the ITU, due to the difficulty of carrying out this procedure in the Asian country.

A translation of a post by the Spanish national amateur radio society in Spain URE says:

This is a one-off collaboration, which will allow said satellite to fly under the Spanish flag, being launched jointly with the EASAT-2 and Hades satellites of AMSAT-EA, predictably with SpaceX later this year.

SanoSat-1 is a 5cm side PocketQube 1P designed and developed affordably for the hobbyist community by using readily available commercial components (COTS).

The SanoSat-1 satellite integrates a gamma radiation sensor as a payload. Its main mission will be to measure space radiation while orbiting, and periodically transmit its level to Earth using RTTY-FSK modulation. All radio amateurs will be able to receive and decode radiation measurement data.

The secondary mission of the SanoSat-1 satellite is also to demonstrate the storage and forwarding concept, which will be useful in remote disaster-prone locations. The satellite will collect data from ground sensors, store it on board and transmit it to Earth’s main station. The design and kit for the ground sensors will be made available to the general public.

One of AMSAT Nepal’s goals is to encourage more people to join the group of radio amateurs by receiving data from SanoSat-1, which will also issue a CW beacon with its internal status.

Another activity scheduled to promote radio amateurs and satellite technology to science and technology students around the world is the organization of hands-on workshops on the construction of pico-satellites and ground stations. There will be an opportunity to build an affordable open source ground station (SatNOGS) and a dedicated GFSK receiver ground station to receive the data.

The design of the satellite itself will be open source as well.

Source URE https://tinyurl.com/SpainURE

IARU satellite frequency coordination status http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

Coronavirus: Initiative to popularise Amateur Radio and Satellite activities

Learn Ham Radio in Lockdown VU2EXPThe West India Zone Regional Coordinator for AMSAT-INDIA, Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP, is offering students and others the opportunity to learn about amateur radio and satellites during the coronavirus lockdown.

Dear students & friends,

Feel Free to Learn & Ask any Questions regarding; Ham radio, Its Applications, Operating Procedure, Getting Licence, Amateur Satellites, ARISS Events, Satellite Communication, Ham events, Emergency Communication etc.

WhatsApp any of your Questions to active Indian Ham Operator Rajesh P. Vagadia VU2EXP on
M: 9898283916 or
Call during
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM &
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (IST)

(Keep us engaged up to 14th April 2020)

We will be Happy to Answer your every Queries.

Thanks & 73

Rajesh P Vagadia – VU2EXP
Rajkot – Gujarat (India)
Regional Co-ordinator
West India Zone
AMSAT-INDIA
M: 9898283916
E: vu2exp<at>gmail.com
htps://www.qrz.com/db/vu2exp

Stay Home • Be Safe • Learn More

COVID-19 – AMSAT-UK Online Shop Remains Open

CoronavirusFolks, it’s everywhere, and affecting everybody. We have carefully examined our processes and determined that, given the latest ‘lock down’ in the UK, that we can pretty well carry on as normal.

We have checked with our printer, and he is confident that he can print and distribute the next printed edition of Oscar News without breaking any of the rules and also keeping safe. (But see overseas postal arrangements below)

We can still despatch hardware items from the shop, but please be aware that there might be a few days delay in despatching your order (All are sent via Royal Mail). Trips to the Post Office are going to be limited and combined with food shopping trips, and those will probably be no more frequent than weekly. At present we understand that the UK postal system is operating pretty much as normal, but items sent overseas may be affected by local rules.

If you are outside the UK please look at this page to determine the possibility of delays before ordering. Of course electronic items are not affected (eg Software key, Membership renewals, etc)

Keep safe and stay at home

73s JDH G3WGM

29 Mar 2020

AMSAT-UK Onilne Shop https://shop.amsat-uk.org/

Amateur radio satellite spreads Fight Coronavirus message

LAPAN-A2 (IO-86)

LAPAN-A2 (IO-86)

Indonesia’s national amateur radio society ORARI reports the ham radio satellite LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) is being used to send a Fight Coronavirus message using APRS.

A translation of the ORARI post says:

The satellite spreads the text message “Stay Healthy, Stay at Home #LawanCorona”.

This was conveyed by Researcher of the Center for Satellite Technology, Sonny Dwi Harsono when contacted, Friday, March 20, 2020.

Sonny explained, this action was a form of support for government policies on social distancing. The policy encourages all of us to reduce activities outside the home and interactions with others. “So this message was sent by the LAPAN A2 satellite via the APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) beacon which was transmitted throughout Indonesia. APRS is a text based communication system for short messages such as SMS on mobile phones. But this APRS message can only be received through HT (Handie Talkie) which has the recipient of the APRS message,” he said.

Sonny explained, messages that have been disseminated can be received by anyone by setting the HT radio frequency to 145.825 MHz. To date corona’s message has been received by dozens of members of the Indonesian Radio Amateur Organization (ORARI) spread throughout Indonesia.

The dissemination of the message “Stay Healthy, Stay at Home #LawanCorona” , continued Sonny, was carried out starting March 20, 2020. For the time being the message dissemination was carried out on the APRS mission only. But it will try to spread the message one time at a LAPAN-A2 / LAPAN-ORARI track every 100 minutes. “Later if possible, we try to distribute 24 hours nonstop every 100 minutes under certain conditions. Currently we are discussing the technicalities. The messages from the government can also be disseminated via the LAPAN-A2 satellite, “he concluded.

Source ORARI https://tinyurl.com/IndonesiaORARI

Follow LAPAN-A2 https://twitter.com/lapansat