Zdenek Samek OK1DFC and Rob Hardenberg PE1ITR reported receiving the amateur radio beacon from the ARTSAT2:DESPATCH spacecraft on December 14 at a distance of 4,700,000 km.
The amateur radio spacecraft ARTSAT2:DESPATCH JQ1ZNN and Shin’en2 JG6YIG were launched on their journey to deep space at 04:22:04 UT on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. The two spacecraft will have an elliptic orbit around the Sun and travel to a deep space orbit between Venus and Mars. The inclination will be almost zero, which means the spacecraft should stay in the Earth’s equatorial plane. The distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3 AU. An Astronomical Unit (AU) is 149,597,871 km.
OK1DFC website http://www.ok1dfc.com/eme/despatch/despatch.htm
See images of the reception of ARTSAT2:DESPATCH by Rob Hardenberg PE1ITR at http://www.pe1itr.com/artsat2despatch/
PE1ITR Shin’en2 reception http://www.pe1itr.com/shinen2/
Tracking utilities for the DESPATCH and Shin’en2 spacecraft are available at
Shin’en2 437.385 MHz http://www.shin-en2.jp/index_E.html
DESPATCH reception reports are summarized at:
Ham radio spacecraft launched into deep space