David Haworth WA9ONY showed students how to receive the FUNcube-1 amateur radio CubeSat during a workshop at Pine Mountain Observatory, Oregon.
FUNcube-1 (AO-73), launched on November 21, 2013 is an educational satellite built by volunteers from AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics and electronics.
The satellite carries a BPSK telemetry beacon on 145.935 MHz for students to receive and a linear transponder for two-way amateur radio communications. In addition there is a materials science experiment, from which the school students can receive telemetry data which they can compare to the results they obtained from similar reference experiments in the classroom.
On the FUNcube Yahoo Group David posted:
FUNcube-1 activities were successful at Pine Mountain Observatory workshop on Sunday, July 12 to Wednesday 15.
During this time 759 packets were received which resulted in a ranking of 456.
The student were impressed when we were the only station receiving a packet and seeing our FM2 message.
The antenna was a Arrow II Portable 146/437-10 3 element 2 meter Yagi on a camera tripod.
Watch PMO Workshop FUNcube-1 Satellite Telemetry Pass July 13, 2015
Watch PMO Workshop FUNcube-1 Satellite Receving Equipment
Watch PMO Workshop FUNcube-1 Satellite Pass July 13, 2015
BBC News report about FUNcube-1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25084547
FUNcube Yahoo Group https://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/
FUNcube website http://FUNcube.org.uk/