Brazil: High school students shown amateur radio

Gonçalves Dias School Students

Gonçalves Dias School Students

Brazilian radio amateurs participated in a Science Fair at Gonçalves Dias School, Boa Vista on October 16, 2019.

Paulo PV8DX used basic concepts of physics and geography when explaining amateur radio to the students. As well as theory they there were also practicals involving the students in antenna construction and contacts using the transponder on the amateur radio satellite LAPAN IO-86.

Paulo had asked AMSAT-UK FUNcube team if a special ‘Fitter‘ message could be transmitted from the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) satellite. This was arranged and the message from space was received at the school.

Watch Atividade Escolar – Ham Radio – By PV8DX

Further information on FUNcube-1 ‘Fitter’ messages and how to request one is available at https://funcube.org.uk/ground-segment/fitter-messages/

AMSAT-UK https://twitter.com/AmsatUK

AMSAT-UK Colloquium Talks on YouTube

Professor Julia Hunter-Anderson talking about WUSAT-3

Professor Julia Hunter-Anderson talking about WUSAT-3

Videos of the presentations given at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, which was held as part of the RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes, October 12-13, 2019, are being made available on YouTube.

The first of the videos is the fascinating presentation on the WUSAT-3 CubeSat project given by Professor Julia Hunter-Anderson of the University of Warwick which highlights the potential use of CubeSats for wildlife tracking.

Other presentations are expected to be uploaded in the coming weeks.

Watch University of Warwick WUSAT-3

AMSAT-UK videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/videos

Our thanks to the British Amateur Television Club and Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG for their work in recording, editing and uploading these videos.

Live streaming of AMSAT-UK Colloquium Talks

Kents Hill Park Conference Centre Milton Keynes MK7 6BZ

Kents Hill Park Conference Centre Milton Keynes MK7 6BZ

The AMSAT-UK Colloquium takes place this weekend in Milton Keynes and the talks will be streamed live to a global audience.

The talks will start at 09:30 am BST (08:30 GMT) on Saturday, October 12, and can be viewed at
https://batc.org.uk/live/amsat2019

For the talk schedule see the Lecture Room 5 stream at
https://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/rsgb-convention-programme/

AMSAT-UK: https://amsat-uk.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmsatUK
Facebook: https://facebook.com/AmsatUK
YouTube: https://youtube.com/AmsatUK

ISS SSTV Oct 9 and 10

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

Russian cosmonauts are expected to activate Slow Scan Television (SSTV) image transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM from the International Space Station on Wednesday/Thursday, October 9/10.

This is the schedule for the planned activation of the MAI-75 SSTV activity from the ISS.
• Oct 9 09:50-14:00 GMT
• Oct 10 08:55-15:15 GMT

Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

ISS SSTV uses a Kenwood TM D710E transceiver which is part of the amateur radio station located in the Russian ISS Service Module.

Please note that SSTV events are dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and subject to change at any time. You can check for updates regarding planned operation at:
ISS Ham https://twitter.com/RF2Space
ARISS Status https://twitter.com/ARISS_status
ARISS SSTV Blog https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/
AMSAT Bulletin Board http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

Read the MagPi article Pictures from space via ham radio
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/pictures-from-space-via-ham-radio/

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

IARU Region 2 agrees to 15m satellite allocation

IARU Region 2 Executive Committee 2019-2022

IARU Region 2 Executive Committee 2019-2022

The 20th General Assembly of IARU Region 2 in Lima Peru ended on Wednesday, October 3, 2019.

Participating in the Assembly were a total of twenty member societies, fifteen of them present and the other five participating via proxy, as follows:

IARU Region 2 2019 Conference LogoPresent:
Canada, United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia,
Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Argentina,
Honduras, Uruguay, Peru

By proxy:
Dominican Republic, proxy to El Salvador
Costa Rica, proxy to Honduras
Venezuela, proxy to Peru
Panama, proxy to Guatemala
Ecuador, proxy to Canada

During the third plenary, the presidents and secretaries of the different working committees presented their proposals, which were analyzed and discussed and voted by the delegates.

In administrative matters, the main issues addressed were the proposed modifications to the IARU Region 2 Constitution and Bylaws, which were all approved by the participating member societies to comply with current banking requirements.

Regarding band planning, the recommendation that 21,125 to 21,450 kHz in the 15-meter HF band be used for satellite communications on a non-exclusive basis was accepted, which will be aligned with the allocations in the other regions and will be used for uplinks. The satellite coordination group proposed:
a) the creation of a Satellite Communications Workshop;
b) that a representative of the Satellite Coordination Panel be present in this Workshop;
c) that the Panel maintains communication with all IARU R2 member societies.

The Financial Committee analyzed the financial documentation and issued a favorable verdict regarding the approval of the financial statements and the approval of the budget for the next three years of operation.

Proposed by Radio Club Argentino, and voted by the General Assembly, Buenos Aires will be the venue of the 21st General Assembly in 2022.

IARU Region 2 LogoAt the end of the meeting, the General Assembly carried out the election of Executive Committee members, and the following persons were elected for the next three years:

Officers:
President Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK
Vice-president José Arturo Molina, YS1MS
Secretary George Gorsline, VE3YV
Treasurer John “Jay” Bellows, KØQB

Directors:
Area A Director George Gorsline, VE3YV
Area B Director John “Jay” Bellows, KØQB
Area C Director Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK
Area E Director Tommy Chen, 9Y4T
Area F Director Gustavo de Faria Franco, PT2ADM
Area G Director Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE

This Executive Committee will start its functions on November 15 of this year.

In the photo above are the new Executive Committee: Left to right: Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE; Jose Arturo Molina, YS1MS; Ramon Santoyo, XE1KK; Jay Bellows, KØQB; Tommy Chen, 9Y4T;
George Gorsline, VE3YV; and Gustavo de Faria Franco, PT2ADM.

The General Assembly thanked Radio Club Peruano for hosting the Assembly and for their excellent organization and the help provided.

In a subsequent Executive Committee meeting, outgoing President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, thanked Noel Donawa for his more than 20 years of volunteer service and Ernesto Syriani for his contribution as Area G Director, both will not continue as Executive Committee members. Then, he welcomed new members, explained them about the current working methodologies and encouraged member societies to participate more actively in the organization. He also thanked the coordinators and volunteers that cooperated so that the 20th General Assembly of IARU-R2 was successful.

More information is available in:
http://www.lima-2019.net/
http://www.iaru-r2.org/

Joaquin Solana, XE1R
Editor de Noticias – News Editor – IARU R2

Amateur radio use of 2400 MHz in Spain

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100Spain’s national amateur radio society URE reports that amateurs will be allowed to use 2,400.050 to 2,409.500 MHz for QO-100 (Es’hail-2) geostationary satellite contacts until Dec 26, 2020.

A translation of the URE post says:

At the request of the Spanish Amateur Radio Union (URE), last March the Secretary of State for Digital Advance authorized until September 26, 2019 under certain conditions and on a temporary and experimental basis the realization of emissions from the amateur service in the frequency band 2400,050 to 2409,500 MHz.

The URE has again requested the Secretary of State for Digital Advance the extension of the aforementioned administrative authorization for a period of one year.

On September 26, the Resolution of the Secretary of State for Digital Advance is approved by the resolution Authorize until December 26, 2020 to the holders of amateur radio authorizations, the realization of emissions from the amateur service in the frequency band 2,400,050 to 2,409,500 MHz., With a maximum eirp of 1500 watts and using directive antennas with a gain not less than 22.5 dBi, from authorized amateur radio stations located anywhere in the national territory to the QO-100 satellite located in the 25.9ºE orbital position of the geostationary orbit.

To see the resolution of the Secretary of State for Digital Advance
https://www.ure.es/images/noticias/generales/2019_09_26%20-%20Resoluci%C3%B3n_satelite%20Es’Hail-2%20-%20ampliaci%C3%B3n.pdf

Source URE https://tinyurl.com/SpainURE

Listen online to QO-100 narrow band 10 GHz downlink with the AMSAT-UK/BATC Goonhilly WebSDR
https://eshail.batc.org.uk/nb/

QO-100 information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/