Ham radio CubeSats to deploy from ISS

Kibo Robot Arm CubeSat Deployment

Kibo Robot Arm CubeSat Deployment

It is expected four CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads will be deployed on the morning of Wednesday, October 6.

You can watch live at these URL’s:
#1 0855-0945 GMT Binar-1, Maya-3, Maya-4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDnhIniV1FU
#2 1035-1105 GMT CUAVA-1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHbRKOzzvp0

On the AMSAT Bulletin Board Masa JN1GKZ writes:

JAXA announced four CubeSats deploy from ISS at Oct 6 with J-SSOD. The satellites are Binar-1, Maya-3, Maya-4 and CUAVA-1. All the satellites operate on amateur band.

The deployment sked is followings.
#1 0850-0940z Binar-1, Maya-3, Maya-4
#2 1030-1100z CUAVA-1

The deployment will be live on the JAXA YouTube channel.

Binar-1 – 1U CubeSat Australia
Downlink 437.292 MHz, 435.810 MHz 19k2 GMSK
Uplink 435.810 MHz
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=730
https://www.binarspace.com/

Maya-3/4 – part of the BIRDS Project 1U CubeSat Philippines
Downink 145.825 MHz APRS, 437.375 MHz CW, 4k8 GMSK
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=711
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=712
https://stamina4space.upd.edu.ph/upcoming-satellites/maya-3and4/

CUAVA-1 3U CubeSat Australia
Downlink 437.075 MHz 9k6 GMSK
Uplink 145.875 MHz
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=671
https://www.cuava.com.au/projects/cuava-1/

Happy chasing!
Masa JN1GKZ
Tokyo Japan

AMSAT Bulletin Board https://www.amsat.org/amsat-email-lists/

Japanese radio amateurs ask for reports of Z-Sat

Z-Sat - image credit JAXA

Z-Sat – image credit JAXA

Yasutaka Narusawa JR2XEA of the Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club reports the satellite Z-Sat is now planned to launch on an Epsilon rocket at 00:51:21-00:55:16 GMT on Thursday, October 7. It will be sending CW on 145.875 MHz.

On the AMSAT Bulletin Board Yasutaka JR2XEA writes:

Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club has an amateur radio station in Komaki City, Japan.

The 50 kg class infrared observation microsatellite “Z-Sat” developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be launched by the Epsilon rocket.

After satellite separation, Z-Sat will start transmitting CW beacon of VHF band.

The beacon signal is in Morse code and contains information such as satellite battery voltage.

This information is very important as survival information immediately after the satellite is put into orbit.

Therefore, if you can receive the beacon signal from the satellite immediately after the satellite launch,

We would appreciate it if you could report it.
jr2xea <at> nagoya.so-net.jp

Komaki Amateur SATCOM Club’s Twitter is open at the following address. Information on Z-Sat transmission frequency, data format, orbit TLE, etc. will be released in the future.
https://twitter.com/KOMAKI_AMSATCOM

We look forward to your attention to Z-Sat.

Z-SAT on IARU Frequency Coordination page
http://www.amsatuk.me.uk/iaru/finished_detail.php?serialnum=580

AMSAT Bulletin Board https://www.amsat.org/amsat-email-lists/

New EMF Regulation and QO-100 satellite / Microwave operation

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100Ian GM3SEK is giving an online talk on the application of the RSGB-Ofcom Calculator to Microwaves and QO-100 satellite operation on Saturday, October 16, at 1230 GMT (1:30pm BST)

John G3XDY, Secretary UK Microwave Group, writes:

As I expect you are aware, UK stations must have Electromagnetic Field (EMF) assessments in place for operation above 110 MHz from 18th November 2021. Some RSGB guidance on EMF is here:
https://rsgb.org/main/technical/emc/emf-exposure/

The RSGB has been developing a tool that incorporates the Ofcom EMF Calculator but extends the models to include single and multiple Yagis plus various sizes of dish antennas, and takes account of the directivity of the antenna.

Ian GM3SEK, a key member of the team that developed the spreadsheet tool, will be talking about its application to Microwaves and QO-100 operation on 16th October at 13:30pm, in a joint BATC/UK Microwave Group presentation during the BATC Convention.

Registration is not required, to view the talk just go to https://batc.org.uk/live/cat21

Full details of the BATC CAT21 program are available here
https://forum.batc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=135&t=7609

This is an important topic for all that operate on VHF and above, and Ian will dispense invaluable practical advice on how to assess your dishes and Yagis in the microwave bands. Not to be missed!

FUNcube-1 (AO73) returns to full sunlight and continuous telemetry mode

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

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

After a few months of normal eclipse periods, FUNcube-1 (AO73) will, next week, re-enter full sunlight from next week for a period of approximately two months.

As we have been in continuous transponder mode for some time now, we have decided that, during this sunlight period, FUNcube-1 should operate in continuous high power telemetry mode. The change will be made within the next few days.

FUNcube-1 has now been in orbit for almost eight years and the telemetry indicates that all systems, including the battery and solar panels appear to operating as well now as they did immediately after launch!

GENESIS satellites to launch

AMSAT-EA GENESIS Satellites

AMSAT-EA GENESIS Satellites

After a year waiting, finally this Friday, September 3, at 01:00 UTC the digital GENESIS satellites are expected to launch from Vanderberg AFB aboard Firefly’s Alpha rocket in its maiden flight.

Update Sept 3. 2021: A flight anomaly resulted in the loss of the satellites.

Felix Paez EA4GQS reports:
“Unfortunately, the GENESIS satellites were destroyed along with the Firefly Alpha vehicle as it suffered an anomaly when it was travelling at Mach 1 speed about two minutes after the launch. It was Firefly’s first flight and it was the second attempt after the first had been aborted an hour earlier a few seconds before takeoff.

We are very proud of all the team work and very grateful for this opportunity Firefly has granted to us.

In January we will launch with SpaceX through Alba Orbital, our FM repeaters Hades and EASAT-2. We will keep you posted.”

These satellites are ASK (OOK) and CW repeaters. They transmit a lot of telemetry and also 19 different CW greeting messages in English and Spanish.

We would like to ask you all to please try to receive them as any information about their transmissions would be very valuable for us. These are the first satellites we build by ourselves and we need to learn everything we can of them. Waterfalls, audio USB receptions or IQ files would be very appreciated. Please send them to genesis@amsat-ea.org or to ea4gqs@amsat-ea.org. We will send you a nice QSL.

Initial keplerians are listed below. We expect to provide accurate ones a pair of days after the launch.

GENESIS-L
1 99999U 21200E 21246.13531250 .0011565 00000-0 00000-0 0 9990
2 99999 137.094 42.0460 0000473 210.6500 291.0540 15.90200000 16

GENESIS-N
1 99999U 21200E 21246.13531250 .0011565 00000-0 00000-0 0 9990
2 99999 137.094 42.0460 0000473 210.6500 291.0540 15.90200000 16

Frequencies:
GENESIS-L
145.875 MHz uplink, Modes: CW, ASK 50 bps
436.875 / 434.203 (aux) MHz downlink CW, ASK 50 bps, callsign AM2SAT

GENESIS-N
145.888 MHz uplink, Modes: CW y ASK 50 bps
436.888 / 434.216 (aux) MHz downlink CW ASK 50 bps, callsign AM3SAT

Live launch streaming will be held in the channel of EverydayAstronaut on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6uKrU_WqJ1R2HMTY3LIx5Q

More information about this launch can be found here:
https://everydayastronaut.com/flta001-dream-alpha/

Current countdown can be found here:
https://spacelaunchnow.me/launch/firefly-alpha-maiden-flight/

Full GENESIS transmission descriptions can be found here:
https://www.amsat-ea.org/app/download/12293076/AMSAT+EA+-+GENESIS+transmissions+description.pdf

Thanks in advance and regards,

Felix EA4GQS – AMSAT EA

AMSAT-EA GENESIS satellites may launch September

AMSAT-EA GENESIS Satellites

AMSAT-EA GENESIS Satellites

Spain’s national amateur radio society, the URE, report two AMSAT-EA GENESIS satellites are expected to be launched on September 2, 2021.

A translation of the URE post reads:

The GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N satellites, designed and built by AMSAT-EA in collaboration with students from the European University and ICAI, will be launched, in a first attempt, on September 2, once the American company Firefly has carried out the static test of the Alpha launcher, this being the last step before its launch. The vehicle is ready for takeoff on its platform from Vanderberg Air Force Base in California and carries, for this inaugural flight, many other satellites from various organizations and universities.

The GENESIS are digital repeating satellites of ASK and CW and also carry Applied Ion Systems’ AIS-gPPT3-1C experimental ion thrusters.

The working frequencies of the satellites are as follows:

GENESIS-L
145.875 MHz uplink, Modes: CW, ASK 50 bps
436.875 MHz downlink CW, ASK 50 bps, am2sat callsign

GENESIS-N
145.888 MHz uplink, Modes: CW and ASK 50 bps
436.888 MHz downlink CW ASK 50 bps, am3sat callsign
The description of the telemetry and the mode of operation of its repeaters can be found in the following links:

Link to telemetry transmissions description (in English)
https://www.amsat-ea.org/app/download/12293076/AMSAT+EA+-+GENESIS+transmissions+description.pdf

Source URE https://www.ure.es/satelites-genesis-de-amsat-ea-2/