AMSAT-DL Satellite Symposium October 5

Amateur Radio Facility at Bochum

Amateur Radio Facility at Bochum

The AMSAT-DL satellite symposium and AGM will be held in Bochum, Germany on October 5, 2013.

The AMSAT Deutschland Facebook page says “There will be certainly some exciting news!”

AMSAT-DL Symposium lecture schedule

Saturday 05.10.2013

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome

10:30 – 11:15 Stereo A / B status and Turbo Code introduction, experience report by Mario Lorenz, DL5MLO

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12:15 Asteroid Defense by Wolfgang Wittholt, Fernuni Hagen

12:15 – 12:45 Space Generantion Advisory Council (SGAC) Small Satellite Project Group (SSPG) presentation and objectives by Dennis Mattes

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 Current and new projects / project progress / etc then an official part of the AGM with elections.

AMSAT-DL event announcement

STEREO Spacecraft now using Turbo Code Software written by AMSAT-DL



AMSAT-DL reports that on April 2, 2013, the two NASA STEREO space-based observatories switched to Turbo Codes to transmit their real-time space weather data permanently. A network of four ground stations, located at the IUZ in Bochum/Germany, CNES in Toulouse/France, NICT in Koganei/Japan and amateur radio station DL0SHF in Kiel-Ronne/Germany receives this data, and uses turbo-decoding software written by AMSAT-DL.

The Bochum station is run by AMSAT-DL e.V. and IUZ Bochum Observatory, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and DLR.

Said Doug Biesecker, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center:

“Thanks to the wonderful work of our colleagues running the station in Bochum and the support of DLR, we can now be sure of receiving real-time data from the NASA/STEREO satellite throughout the life of the mission. The STEREO data has proven to provide significant benefits to space weather forecasting and is used by NOAA on a daily basis to ensure the best possible forecasts. Space weather increasingly threatens the technological infrastructure of our modern world, with demonstrated impacts on global positioning, power grids, and high frequency communication systems.”

The switch to Turbo Codes has improved reception capabilities of the ground stations by about 2 dB, which is a very welcome improvement giving the increasing distances – 269 and 286 million kilometers respectively – that need to be covered.


AMSAT-DL International Satellites for Communication, Science and Education

Pictures Received on 5840 MHz from Amateur Radio Satellite FITSAT-1

Image of ISS taken by the FITSAT-1 CubeSat after deployment

Image of ISS taken by the FITSAT-1 CubeSat after deployment

On December 22 members of AMSAT-DL succeeded in receiving 18 images from the 5840 MHz high-speed downlink of the amateur radio satellite FITSat-1.

In total 22 images were transmitted in the test and 18 were received at the amateur radio facility at Bochum.

The FITSAT-1 CubeSat was developed by students at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT) in Japan. As well as the high-speed data downlink on 5840.0 MHz the satellite carries several amateur radio payloads: a CW beacon on 437.250 MHz, a telemetry beacon on 437.445 MHz and an optical Morse code LED experiment.

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AMSAT Presentation at Qatar International Amateur Radio Festival

AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow DB2OS at the Qatar National Day Station A71QND

AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow DB2OS at the Qatar National Day Station A71QND

AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow DB2OS gave a presentation about the AMSAT P3E and P5 missions at the Qatar international amateur radio festival at the Al Rayyan Theatre in Souq Waqif.

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DLR rejects amateur radio P5-/Mascot-2 project

AMSAT-DL have released a statement regarding the P5-/Mascot-2 project:

Discussions with the German Ministry of Economics and the German  space agency DLR spanned more than 5 years. Amongst others, we met with  State Secretary for Space and Aerospace Hinze, DLR chairman Prof. Wörner and the DLR  Program Board.  In 2009 AMSAT-DL,  in collaboration with the DLR Institute for Space Systems in Bremen, conducted two complex Concurrent Engineering  studies. They were jointly presented to the DLR program board in Köln-Porz in  2010.

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New IARU Satellite Advisor Region 1

Mike Rupprecht DK3WN 640

Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

AMSAT-DL President, Peter Gülzow, DB2OS reports on a new IARU appointment:

I have recommended to the IARU Satellite Adviser that Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN takes over membership of the advisory panel form Norbert Nothoff, DF5DP and I’m happy to notify interested parties that he has agreed to appoint Mike, DK3WN as a panel member. He has thanked Norbert, DF5DP for his support as a member of the Advisory panel for many years and said that he is looking forward to work with Mike.

Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN will help with the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination process in Region 1 and in particular here in Germany. Mike is very active and well known on the satellite bands and Internet boards, and he has particularly profound knowledge of all cubesat operations. He is also very well known in the community of cubesat operators, including excellent communication connections to that groups.

Mike Ruprecht, DK3WN will support Norbert Nothoff, DF5DP and take over the coordination process of satellite projects from him, which includes correspondence with the coordination group and the satellite operators.

Norbert Nothoff, DF5DP will continue to stay in charge of anything which is related to government issues (government and office liaison, laws, bylaws, and regulations of satellite operations) in Germany.

Peter Gülzow, DB2OS
President, AMSAT-DL

IARU Satellite Advisory Panel