AMSAT-UK on Satellites for World Amateur Radio Day

National Radio Centre - 1280Members of AMSAT-UK operated on the amateur radio satellites from the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

WiMo Satellite Antennas at the NRC

WiMo Satellite Antennas at the National Radio Centre

World Amateur Radio Day commemorates the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on April 18, 1925. This year’s theme was “Amateur Radio Satellites: Celebrating 50 Years in Space” in remembrance of the launching of OSCAR 1 on December 12, 1961 and the launch of OSCAR 2 on June 2, 1962.

Those taking part in the event were Jim G3WGM, Dave G4DPZ, Trevor M5AKA, Ciaran M0XTD, Matthew SWL, Clive G3CWV, Carlos G0AKI and Elaine G4LFM. The satellites worked during the day included FO-29 and AO-7 and contacts were made with stations across Europe using the 144 and 430 MHz bands.

The equipment used comprised a Kenwood TS-2000 with WiMo X quads for 144 and 430 MHz, with pre amps and polarisation switches.

Watch Dave G4DPZ using the amateur radio satellite FO-29

Read the article ‘Getting started on amateur radio satellites’ by John Heath G7HIA at
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