New Geostationary Transponders

Es'hail-2 coverage from 26 degrees EastThe AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford will hear presentations from Peter Gülzow DB2OS and Achim Vollhardt DH2VA on the new geostationary amateur radio satellite transponders due to launch early in 2017.

The two transponders will provide SSB, Digimode, CW and Digital Amateur TV communications between five continents.

On Saturday, July 30 Peter Gülzow DB2OS will talk about the Phase 4A flight segment while Achim Vollhardt DH2VA will describe the ground station requirements.

The event over the weekend of July 30-31 is open to all, admittance is £10 per day, car parking is free. Those wishing to find out about amateur space communications are most welcome to attend.

Phase-4A Geostationary Transponders https://amsat-uk.org/2016/06/24/phase-4a-geostationary-transponders/

Further information on the event at https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

Radio amateurs invited to 10 Downing Street

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Tim Peake GB1SS - Credit Richard Found

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Tim Peake GB1SS – Credit Richard Found

Radio amateurs were invited to a reception at the UK Prime Minister’s residence to celebrate the successful mission of UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS.

Sandringham school student Jessica Leigh M6LPJ and her head teacher Alan Gray G4DJX attended the event with Tim Peake GB1SS. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti IZ0UDF and the UK’s first astronaut Helen Sharman GB1MIR also attended.

Jessica was the first UK school student to establish amateur radio communications with Tim Peake during his six month mission on the International Space Station. The contact took place on January 8, 2016 and was featured on national TV and in the press.

Year 10 pupil Jessica M6LPJ, along with two other students Polly M6POG and Emma M6GJQ, passed her amateur radio Foundation exam just before Christmas 2015 after training with the Verulam Amateur Radio Club.

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Alan Gray G4DJX - Credit Richard Found

Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Alan Gray G4DJX – Credit Richard Found

Sandringham school caters for 1300 students aged 11-19 with 100 teachers including specialist teachers of computing science and three female physics teachers all of whom have a specialist interest in space and astronomy. In addition, the head teacher Alan Gray G4DJX is a very active radio amateur who was extremely supportive of the ISS contact.

Sandringham School presentation by ML&S
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/28/sandringham-school-presentation/

Video of Tim Peake amateur radio contact with Sandringham School
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/09/video-tim-peake-sandringham/

The UK Space Agency’s Libby Jackson will speak at the AMSAT-UK Gala Dinner – Book Now
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/06/30/amsat-uk-international-space-colloquium-2016/

RSGB Board Chair to address AMSAT-UK Colloquium

RSGB Chair Steve Hartley G0FUWThe RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley G0FUW will address the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford on Sunday, July 31.

He will give an insight into the RSGB support given to the schools involved in the Principia ARISS contacts and how the Society plan to build on those successes. He will also outline the Schools Link project which aims to show schools how they can use amateur radio to deliver ‘core’ science in a practical way to enrich the learning experience, and hopefully generate some new radio amateurs (and maybe radio communication engineers) in the process.

The Colloquium takes place July 30-31 and is open to all, admittance is £10 per day.

Libby Jackson, Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency will be speaking during the Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening, book your place via http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

Further information can be found at https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

LilacSat-2 Linear Transponder Tested

Members of the Harbin Institute Of Technology Amateur Radio Club BY2HIT receiving LilacSat-2

Members of the Harbin Institute Of Technology Amateur Radio Club BY2HIT receiving LilacSat-2

On July 10, 2016 the amateur radio SSB/CW linear transponder on the student built satellite LilacSat-2 was successfully tested.

LilacSat-2, call sign BJ1SI, was built by students at the Harbin Institute of Technology and launched on September 19, 2015.

The 40 kHz wide SSB/CW transponder is Non-Inverting which means the Doppler shift of a signal going through the transponder will be twice that usually seen on Low Earth Orbit inverting linear transponder satellites.

Clayton Coleman W5PFG reported that he and Glenn Miller AA5PK had a contact through the transponder, a recording can be heard at
https://soundcloud.com/w5pfg/lilacsat-2-2016-07-11-1315z-ssb-transponder

The transponder frequencies are:
• 144.3425-144.3825 MHz Uplink
• 437.180-437.220 MHz Downlink
It is not yet known when the transponder will be activated again.

LilacSat-2 https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/lilacsat-2/

Registration Needed for SSTL Kepler Visit

SSTL-Kepler-Building

SSTL Kepler Building

As part of the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium there will be two opportunities to visit the satellite facilities at the Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) Kepler building.

Visit # 1 – Friday, July 29 at 5 PM

Visit # 2 – Saturday, July 30 at 9 AM

In both cases the time refers to the pick up time at the main entrance to the Holiday Inn hotel, Guildford, GU2 7XZ and each visit will last approx 1 hour.

The details need for registration are full name, nationality, employer (if you have one) and day of visit.

Update July 17 – Currently tours are planned to be at 5pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday. This year the security rules have changed, and each visitor will require an individual pass, bearing his/her photo, and name. These can only be issued by the SSTL security office (reception), which closes at 5pm on Friday.

The plan for issuing these passes is now being worked on, meanwhile if you wish to visit, please email: jim at milnet-dot-uk-dot-net with the following details: Full name, Nationality, Employer (if any), Day when you wish to visit and whether you can offer a lift from the Holiday Inn to SSTL in your vehicle.

Details to reach Jim at the email above by 5pm Thursday, July 28.

AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium July 29-31 https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2016

UK Space Agency Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager Libby Jackson will speak at the Gala Dinner

UK Space Agency Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager Libby Jackson will speak at the Gala Dinner

The 2016 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium is now only a few weeks away. The event, taking place at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, will be held over the weekend of July 29-31 and is open to all.

A full programme of presentations, covering all aspects of the amateur satellite world, has been developed for the Saturday and Sunday and a “Beginners Session” is scheduled for the Friday afternoon.

Download the PDF Schedule HereExcel Spreadsheet Schedule Here

Travel information https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-travel/

Day Passes and Gala Dinner Booking http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

Sessions will include updates on the many new satellites that are expected to be launched over the next few months. This includes Eshail-2 which will carry the first ever geostationary amateur radio transponder and provide more than 8 MHz of new intercontinental spectrum – it will provide coverage to five continents. Additionally we will have a session on how to develop software receivers using GNU radio, reviews of the Tim Peake GB1SS ARISS contacts and the STEM results achieved, information about a new 76 GHz satellite project, a review of how to operate “in the field” and lots more.

UKSA - UK Space Agency LogoAs well as the presentations during the day, Libby Jackson, Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency, with whom the ARISS UK team worked closely during the Tim Peake mission, will be speaking during the Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening.

Other highlights will include visits to the SSTL facilities (Friday evening and Saturday morning) and the opportunity to see the special ground station equipment that was used for all the ARISS contacts. This will be available for use for contacts during passes of all the available satellite transponders.

Visitors can either turn up on the day, book day passes on the website or, if planning an overnight stay, now is the last week to make their hotel bookings at the preferential rate and which have been block-booked by AMSAT-UK. The URL for the AMSAT-UK shop to book day passes is http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

If you wish to book overnight accommodation, please contact the hotel direct on 01483 784413 (alternative +44 1483 784402).  Quote block code S1M or AMSAT. Day passes cost £10 per day (incl tea/coffee), please pay at the AMSAT-UK shop (not hotel reception). If you wish to attend the Gala dinner on Saturday, please book at least 7 days in advance, either with the hotel (by booking dinner, bed, and breakfast), or at the AMSAT-UK shop.

The 01483 784413 number is staffed from Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm UK local time. Outside these hours, you can email reservations@higuildford.co.uk Give your phone number and the hotel should call you back to take Debit/Credit card number and confirm the booking.

As well at the AMSAT-UK shop, there will be a number of specialist suppliers present, and we are hoping that the RSGB bookshop will also be present.

The event is open to all and further information can be found at https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

Registration needed for SSTL Kepler building visit https://amsat-uk.org/2016/07/03/registration-sstl-kepler-visit/