Ideas sought for the next FUNcube satellite

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

In November the FUNcube-1 CubeSat will have been in orbit for 6 years and the FUNcube team are now soliciting suggestions for the next satellite

The team are looking for suggestions for:
• Conformation of the satellite (2U / 3U)
• Orbit (LEO / MEO)
• STEM Outreach
• Amateur Radio Payloads
• Research Payloads

Please email your ideas to:
funcube-next <at> funcube.org.uk

The topic will be discussed during the AMSAT-UK Colloquium on Sunday 13th October 2019 https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

If you would like to join the team, please email:
operations <at> funcube.org.uk

Dave, G4DPZ
on behalf of the FUNcube Team

Threat to Amateur Radio 23cm band

Galileo LogoA joint paper by France, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia and The Netherlands for the CEPT CPG meeting in Ankara, August 26-30, attacks the continued use by Radio Amateurs of our 1240-1300 MHz band.

This is the final CEPT CPG meeting in preparation for the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, October 28 to November 22. This conference will define the Agenda Items for WRC-23.

Paper AI10 – Proposal on AS-RNSS says:

Galileo is close to full operational capability and its E6 signals in the band 1260-1300 MHz will support new services such as the free-to-use Galileo High Accuracy Service, and also robust authentication, expected to be used by a variety of applications including autonomous vehicles and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Several cases of interference to Galileo E6 receivers from amateur service emissions have occurred in the recent past, sometimes at significant distance, and have taken several hours or even days to be eliminated. There is therefore a serious concern that as Galileo E6 receivers are deployed and used more widely, cases of interference from amateur stations will rapidly grow in number.

A WRC-23 agenda item is necessary to address this issue because:

1. Unregulated use of the band 1240-1300 MHz by the amateur service is a serious source of harmful interference to RNSS receivers. This is demonstrated by experience.

2. The number of Galileo receivers in 1260-1300 MHz will increase dramatically, and interference cases will multiply if not addressed timely.

3. Galileo and other RNSS systems will deploy at global scale, and interference scenario between amateur emissions and RNSS receivers include cross-border cases. The issue is therefore of international nature and is to be addressed in the ITU framework.

4. Galileo is a major European asset, and a decision at WRC-23 is essential to be compatible with the roadmap of deployment of Galileo receivers in this band.

Download Paper: AI10 – Proposal on AS-RNSS from
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/meeting-documents/?flid=10031

Also see the IARU paper: RNSS Proposal WRC-19 AI 10 at the same URL

Some background information is at
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/05/31/1240-1300-mhz-band-discussed-by-cept-wgfm-and-cpg-pta/

European Commission Joint Research Centre report written 2014 and published 2015 on Compatibility between Amateur Radio Services and Galileo in the 1260-1300 MHz Radio Frequency Band. It reports the effect of transmissions of 0.1, 1 and 15 watts EIRP on a Galileo receiver up to 10 km away – download PDF here

January 2006 – Potential Interference To Galileo From 23cm Band Operations by Peter Blair G3LTF
http://www.southgatearc.org/articles/galileo.htm

QO-100 geostationary satellite talk at Hamfest 2019

QO-100 talk by Paul M0EYT at Hamfest 2019

QO-100 talk by Paul M0EYT at Hamfest 2019

Paul Marsh M0EYT gave a presentation titled ‘All you need to know to get going on Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite’ at Hamfest 2019 in Dorset on Sunday, August 11.

The 50 minute talk covered satellite information, software, hardware, dish alignment and was followed by a question and answer session.

The talk proved to be very popular and attracted a large audience.

Paul has made available a PDF copy of the slides and you can download it here.

QO-100 (Es’hail-2) information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

Listen to the QO-100 10 GHz downlink using the AMSAT-UK / BATC WebSDR at Goonhilly https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

UHF–VHF Receive Converter for use with a satellite LNB by David Bowman G0MRFDownload article PDF here

Article: Receiving the Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite by George Smart M1GEO at
https://www.george-smart.co.uk/2019/02/eshail2-rx/

19th Global Symposium for Regulators

ITU-D 19th Global Symposium for RegulatorsSmall-Satellites, High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) and 47 GHz were among the topics discussed at the ITU-D 19th Global Symposium for Regulators in Port Vila, Vanuata, July 9-12.

The background paper ‘Preparing for WRC-19 – Understanding the issues at stake and the impact of decisions to be made’ was among the meeting documents in which 47.0-47.2 GHz is noted as one of the candidate bands for IMT-2020 (International Mobile Telecommunications) and 47.2-47.5 GHz for HAPS.

Regarding Small-Satellites the document says:

At WRC-15, a proposal for a new agenda item for WRC-19 “to consider modifications to the regulatory procedures for notifying satellite networks to accommodate nanosatellite and picosatellite missions” was submitted. WRC-15 decided not to include this as a specific item on the WRC-19 agenda, because it concluded that this matter could best be dealt with by the ITU-R under the standing WRC agenda item 7.

Considering that the size of a satellite is independent of the nature of the service that it is intended to provide, a simplified regulatory regime needs to be developed for non-GSO satellites with short-duration missions, independent of the size of the satellite.

and

Furthermore, it is important to ensure that any satellite radio-frequency operation avoids harmful interference to incumbent and authorized systems and services. The two frequency bands below 1 GHz under consideration for new or upgraded allocation to the SOS (150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz) are used for a wide variety of terrestrial and space applications, including for safety of life purposes, and some of these bands are heavily used on a consistent basis. Nevertheless, if new allocations to the SOS in these frequency bands are considered, they should not put undue constraints on any incumbent services.

Download the PDF at
https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/GSR/2019/Documents/Background_paper_Preparing%20for%20WRC19.pdf

Other meeting documents https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/GSR/2019/Pages/Documents.aspx

AMSAT in special 300th edition of ICQ Podcast

The popular ICQ Amateur Radio Podcast has been running for over 11 years and on August 4, 2019, the ICQ Podcast team released their 300th edition which features an interview with Treasurer and Past President of AMSAT Keith Baker KB1SF.

The first edition of ICQ Podcast was released by Father and Son team Martin Butler M1MRB and Colin Butler M6BOY on July 6, 2008 and since those early days the show has gone from strength to strength.

Released fortnightly on a Sunday at 0900 GMT the ICQ Podcast is available either as an MP3 download or as a YouTube version with optional auto-generated subtitles.

In the 300th edition, Martin Butler M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news and this episode’s special feature is the interview with AMSAT’s Keith Baker KB1SF which begins at 1:10:30 into the show.

ICQ Podcast Episode 300 with AMSAT Treasurer and Past President Keith Baker KB1SF

ICQ Podcast https://www.icqpodcast.com/

Keith Baker KB1SF https://twitter.com/kb1sf
Martin Butler M1MRB https://twitter.com/M1MRB
Colin Butler M6BOY https://twitter.com/colinbutler
Chris Howard M0TCH https://twitter.com/m0tch_chris
Dan Romanchik KB6NU https://twitter.com/kb6nu
Frank Howell K4FMH https://twitter.com/frankmhowell

SSA defends 23cm band against Galileo threat

Galileo LogoSweden’s national amateur radio society, the SSA, has sent a supplementary letter to the communications regulator PTS ahead of the next meeting of the CEPT ECC Conference Preparatory Group CPG-19.

The SSA report:

At a previous CEPT meeting (PTA), France has proposed an agenda item to WRC-23 that the coexistence between satellite navigation (eg Galileo) and amateur radio in the band 1240-1300 MHz should be investigated. The proposal was voted down at the preparatory PTA meeting, but France has now sent letters to the various telecommunications authorities with a request that they now support this proposal at the forthcoming CPG19-9. SSA opposes this.

SSA has therefore sent a supplementary letter to PTS about our 23 cm amateur band. Our section leader for IARU and VUSHF Mats SM6EAN explains the background and our opinion on our section pages. Here you can also read the new letter to PTS.

Hans-Christian SM6ZEM

Link to letter in Google English is available via https://tinyurl.com/SwedenSSA

The next meeting of the CEPT ECC Conference Preparatory Group CPG-19 takes place in Ankara, Turkey on August 26-30, 2019. The meeting documents should be available in advance at
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/meeting-documents/?flid=8819

1240-1300 MHz band discussed by CEPT WGFM and CPG/PTA
https://amsat-uk.org/2019/05/31/1240-1300-mhz-band-discussed-by-cept-wgfm-and-cpg-pta/

1240-1300 MHz IARU Region 1 paper PTA(19)069 – RNSS Proposal WRC-19 AI 10
http://rsgb.org/main/files/2019/06/PTA19069_IARU_AI-10_Amateur-GNSS_Final.pdf

January 2006 – Potential Interference To Galileo From 23cm Band Operations by Peter Blair G3LTF
http://www.southgatearc.org/articles/galileo.htm