Ofcom Consultation: Improving spectrum access for Wi-Fi

5840 MHz UNITEC-1 Venus orbiter

5840 MHz UNITEC-1 Venus orbiter

Ofcom wishes to boost the use of Wi-Fi in Amateur Radio spectrum at 5725-5850 MHz.

The Amateur Satellite Service weak-signal downlink band, 5830-5850 MHz, is used by amateur payloads on Deep-Space and Interplanetary spacecraft as well as by satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Increased use of Wi-Fi across these frequencies would obliterate the weak amateur satellite signals.

Ofcom propose to remove the Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) requirements from Wi-Fi channels in 5725-5850 MHz. They also propose to make 5925-6425 MHz available for Wi-Fi.

The consultation closes on March 20, 2020.

Consultation info

Direct link to PDF document

Wi-Fi Channels in the 5 GHz Band

Special certificate to celebrate 30 years of LUSAT

LUSAT Week CertificateAMSAT-LU will be issuing a special certificate to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of LUSAT (LO-19) during LUSAT week which takes place January 18-26, 2020.

AMSAT Argentina LU7AA says:

On Jan-22-1990 LUSAT/LO-19 was launched along with AO-16, DO-17, WO-18, UO-14 & UO-15.

It’s our first Argentina Satellite, and one of first to use PACSAT protocol.

LUSAT is still calling home with her carrier at +/-437.125 saying hey! I am here, http://amsat.org.ar/pass?satx=lusat

AMSAT-LU invites to share & celebrate this 30th anniversary, due Jan-22 2020.

From Jan 18 thru 26 several Club Stations and amateurs will be active by radio.

Granting thru one contact on any band or mode or Sat a QSL and/or a Certificate.

Full details are at http://amsat.org.ar/?f=30e

Qarman beacon telemetry information released



QARMAN, a nano-satellite designed and built at VKI, was launched to the International Space Station on December 5, 2019. Deployed is expected to take place in the week of February 12, 2020.

QARMAN (Qubesat for Aerothermodynamic Research and Measurements on AblatioN) is the world’s first CubeSat designed to survive atmospheric re-entry. Work on it started in 2013 at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI).

The aim of the QARMAN mission is to demonstrate the usability of a CubeSat platform as an atmospheric entry vehicle. Spacecraft descending towards a planet with an atmosphere experience very harsh environment including extreme temperatures (several thousand degrees).

Information about Qarman’s 437.350 MHz 9600 bps GMSK AX.25 beacon has now been released by the team.

Download the Qarman Beacon Definition QARMAN_BCNdef_v1.1

Download the Beacon Decoder spreadsheet QARMAN_BCNdecoder

Reports can be sent to operations@qarman.eu

Beijing’s draft ham radio regulations raise concerns

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

ARRL reports on Beijing’s draft Measures for the Administration of Amateur Radio Stations which appear to threaten 136 kHz and most amateur bands above 146 MHz.

ARRL say:

Lide Zhang, BI8CKU, told ARRL that the proposal would prohibit amateur operation on the 2200-meter band as well as on 146 – 148 MHz, 1260 – 1300 MHz, 3400 – 3500 MHz, 5650 – 5725 MHz, and all bands above 10 GHz.

Radio communications engineer and Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL that government efforts to eliminate some amateur bands are nothing new, but proposals that have been aired for a while now are on the regulatory agency’s schedule. Kung said he does not anticipate that all of the bands proposed will be taken away, but he conceded that the climate will “undoubtedly” become increasingly more dangerous for China’s amateur radio community.

Read the full ARRL story at

A translation of the draft proposal says:

“Note 1: Unless otherwise specified, 135.7-137.8kHz, 146-148MHz, 1240-1260MHz, 1260-1300MHz, 3400-3500MHz, 5650-5725MHz, 10-10.4 GHz, 79-81GHz, 122.25-123GHz, 136-141GHz, 241-248GHz frequency The band frequency shall not be used for amateur services in the territory of the People’s Republic of China.”

A translated version of the draft proposal is at https://tinyurl.com/Beijing-Amateur-2019-Draft

Original text https://www.kechuang.org/r/305282

December 2019 issue of OSCAR News now available for download

OSCAR News 228 December 2019 front coverE-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the December 2019 edition of OSCAR News, issue 228, here.

The paper edition should be sent to postal members in 2-3 weeks.

In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
• 2020 Meetings & Events Calendar
• Dates of Note 2020
• Happy Birthday FUNcube-1 (AO73)
• 144-146 MHz WebSDR at Goonhilly
• 2.4GHz 5W Power Amplifier for QO-100
• 2.4 GHz 4W power amplifier MHT1008N
• UK Space Conference 2019 – Report
• “Amateur Radio in Space” at the Maker Faire 2019, Rome
• F4DXV and KE9AJ new AO-7 QRB Record
• The AMSAT-UK/BATC Groundstation at Goonhilly Downs
• InterOperable Radio System for the ISS
• Perspectives on WRC-19
• TF3YOTA on QO-100
• Competition to find OPS-SAT
• ESA Ministerial Council Meeting November 2019
• Jamboree on the Air and QO-100

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

Membership of AMSAT-UK is open to anyone who has an interest in amateur radio satellites or space activities, including the International Space Station (ISS).

E-members of AMSAT-UK are able to download the quarterly publication OSCAR News as a convenient PDF that can be read on laptops, tablets or smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Join as an E-member at Electronic (PDF) E-membership

PDF sample copy of “Oscar News” here.

Join AMSAT-UK using PayPal, Debit or Credit card at

E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News here.

A21EME Moonbounce and QO-100 Dxpedition

A21EMEChris PA2CHR has released a video of the A21EME eight band Moonbounce and QO-100 satellite DXpedition to Botswana in October 2019.

Watch A21EME EME DXpedition to Botswana, October 2019

The A21EME Story https://hb9q.ch/2018/?page_id=1659

QO-100 information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/