Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI
Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List released June 8, 2020.
The citation reads:
“For significant service to amateur radio, particularly to satellite and space communication.”
For full details see https://honours.pmc.gov.au/honours/awards/2006845
Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, June 8, 2020
The South African Amateur Radio League (SARL) is the latest national society to make their magazine freely available to all in the convenient PDF format.
The magazine features a QO-100 Dual Patch antenna article by David ZR6DLG and the ARISS Interoperable Radio System.
The SARL say:
The Council has decided that the April 2020 issue of Radio ZS is available for members and not yet members of the SARL. Click on the link on the front page of the League website to download a copy. Read on page 10 and 17 about My Project and how to win a membership to the SARL. On page 11 you can read about SARAH or Southern African Radio Active Ham.
You can download the PDF of the April edition of Radio ZS, published by the South African Radio League from
The SARL website headlines the key presentation on The Future and Growth of Amateur Radio given by RSGB Director Kamal Singh M0IOV, see
The ARISS-UK Team have announced that the Electromagnetic Field 2020 event is to host an ARISS contact during the weekend of July 23-26.
The event will be held at Easton Manor Deer Park, near Ledbury in Herefordshire.
The callsign for the contact will be GB4EMF and the ISS will use NA1SS. More details will be available closer to the date.
Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Thousands of curious people will descend on the friendly open space to learn, share, and talk about what they love.
Talks and workshops start at midday on Friday and last until the Sunday evening.
The first public sale of tickets for EMF 2020 will be Wednesday, February 19, at 19:00 GMT. For the full list of ticket sales dates, see https://blog.emfcamp.org/2020/02/14/ticket-sales-dates/
Further info on Electromagnetic Field 2020 at
E-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
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.
ISS SSTV image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld
Russian cosmonauts are expected to activate Slow Scan Television (SSTV) image transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM from the International Space Station from Saturday, December 28 to Wednesday, January 1.
ARISS will be supporting SSTV transmissions worldwide in memory of cosmonaut Alexei Leonov. Event runs from setup at 1100 GMT on December 28, 2019 until scheduled shutdown at 1820 GMT on January 1, 2020.
Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM (5 kHz deviation) in the SSTV mode PD-120. Once received, images can be posted and viewed by the public at http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php
ISS SSTV uses a Kenwood TM D710E transceiver which is part of the amateur radio station located in the Russian ISS Service Module.
Please note that SSTV events are dependent on other activities, schedules and crew responsibilities on the ISS and subject to change at any time. You can check for updates regarding planned operation at:
ISS Ham https://twitter.com/RF2Space
ARISS Status https://twitter.com/ARISS_status
ARISS SSTV Blog https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/
AMSAT Bulletin Board http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb
The Polish ARISS Team have prepared an award for participants in this SSTV experiment. Please see https://ariss.pzk.org.pl/sstv/
You can receive signals from the ISS when it’s in range of the UK from anywhere in the world using these WebSDR’s, select 145800.00 kHz and FM:
SUWS VHF/UHF/Microwave WebSDR https://amsat-uk.org/2014/03/19/suws-vhfuhfmicrowave-websdr/
144-146 MHz WebSDR at Goonhilly https://amsat-uk.org/2019/08/24/goonhilly-144-146-mhz-websdr/
Read the MagPi article Pictures from space via ham radio
ISS SSTV info and links https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/
Astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB answers questions from a student using amateur radio
NASA highlight the role of amateur radio in letting young people speak directly with astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station:
An ARISS contact takes place as a part of a comprehensive suite of education activities. To prepare for an exchange, students study the space station and the research conducted there. They also learn about wireless technology, radio science, and satellite communication used for space exploration.
The space station must pass over these earthbound communicators during amateur radio transmissions in order to relay signals between the space station’s ham radio and ground receivers. Other factors affect the timing of scheduled contacts, including weather, crew availability, and the schedules of visiting vehicles.
These ham radio conversations usually last about 10 minutes. Crew members answer questions from students as they and community members look on. During a pass, the crew can answer an average of 18 questions, depending on their complexity.
Ham radio on the space station connects and inspires students in four ways: providing first-hand education about life in space, directly connecting students with space station crew, sharing amateur radio technologies, and building global partnerships.
Read the full NASA story at