Devon school students to contact ISS

ISS contact with Bampton SchoolYoung people at Bampton School in Devon will get an opportunity to use amateur radio to talk to an astronaut on the International Space Station on Tuesday, October 8.

The school has tweeted:
“The news we’ve all been waiting for: @BamptonSCH contact with @Space_Station will take place Tues 8th October at 13:51:26. Children will be asking questions to astronaut @AstroDrewMorgan KI5AAA. Questions are with NASA & we’ll let you know who’ll be asking them very soon!”
https://twitter.com/BamptonSCH/status/1178754952233132032

The ISS contact with GB4BPS at the school should be receiveable across the British Isles and North West Europe on 145.800 MHz FM (Note ISS uses 5 kHz FM deviation so wider RX filter for 25 kHz channel spacing is better).

The contact with Drew Morgan KI5AAA operating NA1SS is currently planned for Tuesday, October 8 at 12:51:26 GMT (1:51 PM BST) but as with all ISS contacts last minute changes can take place.

It should be possible to receive the 145.800 MHz signal online from anywhere in the world by using a UK-based WebSDR such as:
SUWS Farnham WebSDR http://farnham-sdr.com/
Goonhilly https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/

The contact is planned to be streamed live at https://live.ariss.org/

Bampton School
https://bamptonschool.org/the-news-weve-all-been-waiting-for/
https://twitter.com/BamptonSCH/

Exmoor Magazine – Eyes to the Skies in Devon https://www.exmoormagazine.co.uk/eyes-to-the-skies-in-devon/

Hurricane Lorenzo: Amateur satellite AO-92 will be available in U/v mode

Hurricane Lorenzo estimated track

Hurricane Lorenzo estimated track

Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations has received a request from amateurs involved with emergency communications in the Azores, requesting we forego L/v operation on AO-92 this week.

AO-92 / Fox-1D CubeSat

AO-92 / Fox-1D CubeSat

AMSAT News Service reports:

Hurricane Lorenzo is expected to pass through the Azores as a Category 4 storm Tuesday and Wednesday, and they are requesting AO-92 remain in U/v for potential emergency traffic.

Please be aware of and yield to any emergency traffic, on any satellite, coming from the area during this time. Passes covering the Azores and Portugal are the most critical.

We realize that there have been a few moves and cancellations for this mode recently, and I ask for understanding and cooperation.

Emergency use is always first priority, and AMSAT is happy to assist in any way we can.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, AMSAT VP Operations for the above information]

Source AMSAT News Service https://www.amsat.org/pipermail/ans/2019/001134.html

Autumn issue of OSCAR News now available for download

Oscar News Issue 227 Front CoverE-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the Autumn 2019 edition of OSCAR News, issue 227, here.

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

In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• Editors welcome
• 2019 Meetings & Events Calendar
• Colloquium Programme
• AMSAT-UK Statement of Accounts 2019
• Supporting Comments for Accounts
• ARISS Next Generation Radio System
• ARISS Radio Upgrade on ISS for Student Outreach needs your help!
• Work FM Satellites with your HT!
• Notice of the 2019 Annual General Meeting of AMSAT-UK
• The Story of WUSAT Part 2
• The Easy-100 No-tune uplink converter for QO-100
• STP2 – MISSION
• Donation to ARISS
• Apogee view
• CAS-7B (BP-1B)
• Some activities at the forthcoming AMSAT-UK Colloquium
• AMSAT-UK QO-100 Competition

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 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.

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

QO-100 satellite, GNU Radio and SDR talks released

BT Adastral Park, Martlesham - credit BT

BT Adastral Park, Martlesham – credit BT

Mark M5BOP reports the complete set of amateur radio technical talks from this year’s Martlesham Microwave Round Table is now available to watch on YouTube.

Videos of these MMRT 2019 talks are available:
• Practical GNUradio – Heather Lomond M0HMO
• From Death Rays to Dinner – William Eustace M0WJE
• Equipment for Es’hail-2 / QO-100 Narrowband – David Bowman G0MRF
• DATV on Es’hail-2 / QO100 – Noel Matthews G8GTZ
• Low-pass Harmonic Filter for 23cm – John Quarmby G3XDY
• UKuG SDR Voice Transceiver Project Discussion

Watch the videos on the Martlesham Microwave YouTube channel at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHV7cC7ZMehKjAM81QxUS9w/videos

Source UK Microwaves on Groups IO
https://groups.io/g/UKMicrowaves/message/51753

UK Microwave Group
https://www.microwavers.org/
https://twitter.com/UKGHZ

AMSAT-UK: https://amsat-uk.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmsatUK
Facebook: https://facebook.com/AmsatUK
YouTube: https://youtube.com/AmsatUK

University CubeSat Club members get ham radio licenses

Dawson Duckworth KC3NNB, Lauren Hurley KD2RHC, Kaixuan Ji AC3EN and Dr. Alan Johnston KU2Y staffed the AMSAT / Villanova CubeSat Club table at the Robotstock/STEM event in August

Dawson Duckworth KC3NNB, Lauren Hurley KD2RHC, Kaixuan Ji AC3EN and Dr. Alan Johnston KU2Y staffed the AMSAT / Villanova CubeSat Club table at the Robotstock/STEM event in August

Students at the Villanova University College of Engineering started a CubeSat Club in the fall of 2018 and have since got their amateur radio licenses.

The university website reports:

A CubeSat is a nanosatellite—a small, lightweight satellite that is cheaper to build than a conventional satellite. They can be launched from rockets, or occasionally from the International Space Station by astronauts. CubeSats send telemetry information—measurements communicated at remote points by automated processes—over radio signals received on earth by a ground station.

The CubeSat club’s 2018-2019 year was packed with a variety of workshops and projects, including:

• Setting up temporary ground stations called SatNOGS (Satellite Network Operators Group)
• Building Yagi-Uda antennas from tape measurers and scrap wood and using them to track low earth orbit satellites as they flew over Villanova
• Building an AMSAT CubeSat Simulator, a functional satellite model
• Assisting with the freshman CubeSat mini-design projects
• Earning amateur radio licenses and ham radio callsigns
• Assembling and selling electronic transceiver boards used in CubeSats as a fundraiser
• Attending the 2019 Hamvention conference and running the AMSAT education table
• Received and decoded a special message sent from the AO-73 FUNcube Satellite especially for Villanova

Read the full story at
https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/engineering/newsevents/newsarchives/2019/community/CubeSat-Club.html

The students emailed a request to the FUNcube Operations Team to get their special message transmitted from space by the AO-73 satellite. Further information on these ‘Fitter’ messages is available at https://funcube.org.uk/ground-segment/fitter-messages/

Taurus-1 with Codec-2 transponder launched

Taurus-1 with solar sail deployed

Taurus-1 with solar sail deployed

Taurus-1 (Jinniuzuo-1) carrying an amateur radio FM to Codec-2 transponder was launched on a CZ-4B rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on Thursday, September 12 at 0326 GMT.

Taurus-1 is a CubeSat project developed by Aerospace System Engineering Research Institute of Shanghai for youth education and amateur radio.

The transponder is similar to that used on LilacSat-1 receiving FM with 67 Hz CTCSS on 145.820 and retransmitting it as Codec-2 9600 bps BPSK digital voice along with the telemetry data on a nominal frequency of 435.840 MHz +/-10 kHz Doppler shift.

On Friday, September 13, Mark Jessop VK5QI tweeted:
“Good signals from #Taurus-1 on 435.840 MHz! Doesn’t look like the FM/Codec2 Transponder is enabled yet though (no response on 436.760 MHz when transmitting on 145.820 MHz)” Note: this was sent before it was realized Codec2 voice and the telemetry were on the same frequency.
https://twitter.com/vk5qi/status/1172505034551988225

Taurus-1 beacon received by Mark Jessop VK5QI

Taurus-1 beacon received by Mark Jessop VK5QI

Codec2 9600 bps BPSK Downlink information by Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ
https://destevez.net/2016/10/lilacsat-1-codec-2-downlink/

Adam Whitney K0FFY documented how to receive the similar Codec2 Digital Voice transponder originally flown on LilacSat-1 using the FUNcube Dongle Pro+ SDR
http://adamwhitney.net/working-lilacsat-1/

A paper by Paul Stoetzer N8HM on the FM-Code2 transponder is at
https://www.amsat.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/N8HM_LilacSat_LO-90.pdf

Nico Janssen PA0DLO reports the actual telemetry downlink frequency is 435.8387 MHz and Doppler measurements show that Taurus 1 is object 44530 (2019-059C).

Keplerian Two Line Elements (TLEs) ‘Keps’ for new satellites launched in past 30 days
http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/tle-new.txt