Es’hail-2 ham radio transponders in TX Factor show

Es'hail-2 Geostationary Satellite - credit Es'hailSat

Es’hail-2 Geo Satellite – credit Es’hailSat

In Episode 22 of the popular amateur radio show TX Factor, AMSAT-UK’s Graham Shirville G3VZV explains what to expect when the geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 is in full operation.

This episode features two new exciting radios. There’s a sneak preview of the Yaesu FTdx 101 hybrid transceiver and a comprehensive overview of the high-performance Icom IC-R6800 general coverage receiver.

Pete Sipple M0PSX visits the 2018 RSGB Convention. We chat with Graham Shirville G3VZV with an update on the latest news from AMSAT-UK including what to expect when the geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 is in full operation. And more down to earth, Bob Mccreadie G0FGX ventures into the controversial world of Network Radio!

Watch TX Factor – Episode 22 (TXF022)

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Es’hail-2 Update

Es'hail-2 Geostationary Satellite - credit Es'hailSat

Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite – credit Es’hailSat

Es’hail-2 is still in a temporary GEO slot, according to the Keps at ~24°E. This is not the final location which planned to be at 26°E

The satellite Es’hail-2, carrying amateur radio transponders, launched from the Kennedy Space Center at 2046 GMT on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

On the AMSAT Bulletin Board Peter Gülzow DB2OS writes:

During the next 1-2 month they will perform some fine tuning and extensive In-Orbit-Testing in this position not to interfere with other GEO satellites nearby.

Once that is finished, the satellite will slowly be drifting to and stationed at the final position.

However, several “hunters” have already spotted the Engineering beacon from Es’hail-2, so obviously everything looks good and is according to the plan.. 🙂

The checkout and inauguration of the both AMSAT transponders will be performed after the IOT phase is finished https://amsat-dl.org/p4a-positionining-and-iot

Stay tuned for latest news on https://amsat-dl.org/
and the official Es’hail-2 / P4-A discussion forum on
https://forum.amsat-dl.org/index.php?board/3-es-hail-2-amsat-phase-4-a/

73s Peter DB2OS, AMSAT-DL

Read this article Eshail-2_Transponder_Information

Coming soon Es’hail-2 WebSDR https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

Es’hail-2 / P4-A positioning and IOT phase started

Es'hail-2 Mission Patch

Es’hail-2 Mission Patch

Following the successful launch on November 15 of Es’hail-2 on board the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, Mitsubishi (MELCO) and Es’hailSat will begin the In Orbit Testing (IOT) program once the satellite has been positioned in a test orbital slot – the positioning should be achieved in the next few days.

The IOT phase will take a few months, during which time the amateur radio payload will not be turned on.

AMSAT-DL will be commissioning the Amateur transponder ground station in Doha with the Es’hailSat control team.

Once IOT is complete, the satellite will be moved to the final orbital slot at 26 degrees and there will be an announcement by AMSAT-DL when the transponders are available for use.

Before this announcement, no attempt should be made to use the transponders as any interference to the test program will delay the release and if excessive interference is seen may cause the satellite owners not to make the facility available for amateur use.

Source AMSAT-DL
https://amsat-dl.org/p4a-positionining-and-iot
https://twitter.com/amsatdl

Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite information including video of a presentation on the transponders
https://amsat-uk.org/2018/11/05/eshail-2-geostationary-transponders/

Es’hail-2 information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geosynchronous/eshail-2/

Coming soon Es’hail-2 WebSDR https://eshail.batc.org.uk/

Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite launch

AMSAT-DL/BATC team at the Kennedy Space Center Nov. 14, 2018

AMSAT-DL/BATC team at the Kennedy Space Center Nov. 14, 2018

The geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 carrying amateur radio transponders launched from Kennedy Space Center at 2046 GMT on Thursday, November 15 and was successfully deployed 32 minutes later.

Es'hail-2 coverage area

Es’hail-2 coverage area

A pre-launch static fire test had been carried out November 12.

AMSAT-DL say the launcher does not go directly into geostationary orbit, several orbital maneuvers are necessary, the satellite will then enter the commissioning phase which may take several months.

AMSAT-DL would be pleased to receive as many reception reports as possible, but they would like to ask urgently that transmission attempts are only made after the official release. Transmission attempts before a release only hinder the commissioning and could lead to delays.

See AMSAT-DL https://amsat-dl.org/p4-a-eshail-2-launches-in-a-few-days

SpaceX Mission Timeline https://spacex.com/sites/spacex/files/eshail-2_mission_press_kit_11_14_2018.pdf

Download the Es’hail-2 Transponder Information PDF

Es’hail-2 information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geosynchronous/eshail-2/

Es’hail-2 and its Amateur Radio payload by Graham Shirville G3VZV and Dave Crump G8GKQ

More videos from the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, part of the RSGB Convention, held at Milton Keynes Oct 13-14, are now available on the AMSAT-UK YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/videos

Es'hail-2 Mission Patch

New amateur satellite forum aims to help newcomers

Peter Gülzow DB2OS President AMSAT-DL

Peter Gülzow DB2OS President AMSAT-DL

AMSAT-DL President Peter Gülzow DB2OS reports on a new amateur radio satellite forum that aims to help newcomers become active on the satellites.

On the AMSAT Bulletin board (AMSAT-BB) he writes:

We have set up a new online forum at https://forum.amsat-dl.org/

Especially with the upcoming launch of P4-A / Es’hail-2 we want to offer a forum for extensive discussions.

Essentially this is a forum, where everyone can report on experiences and knowledge from operating satellites and thereby help other newly interested radio amateurs to become active and a member of our satellite community.

Of course all topics around amateur radio satellites and OSCAR’s should be discussed there, appropriate categories and forums were created. If necessary this can be extended at any time and on request.

We would be pleased if the new forum is well received and you register there with your callsign (if available) as your name.

Of course you can also look around as a “guest”.

Experienced users can also check in the settings for new entries and have them delivered by eMail if you wish so.

In this sense, have fun

Peter, DB2OS 1st Chairman
Chris, DL7AG, Webmaster

AMSAT-DL https://tinyurl.com/AMSAT-DL

Launch announced for Es’hail-2 carrying ham radio transponders

Es'hail-2 coverage area

Es’hail-2 coverage area

Es’hailSat has tweeted their geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 is expected to be launched by SpaceX in the 4th quarter of 2018.

Qatar’s Es’hail-2 satellite will provide the first amateur radio geostationary communications and is capable of linking amateurs from Brazil to Thailand.

Es’hail-2 will carry two “Phase 4” amateur radio transponders operating in the 2400 MHz and 10450 MHz bands. A 250 kHz bandwidth linear transponder intended for conventional analogue operations and an 8 MHz bandwidth transponder for experimental digital modulation schemes and DVB amateur television.

On August 2 the company tweeted the launch information in response to a question about the launch date from Eric Ralph https://twitter.com/eshailsat/status/1024898547165093890

On July 31, 2018 Michael Baylor @nextspaceflight tweeted:
A new #SpaceX Falcon 9 arriving at the Cape. The most likely scenario is that it is B1050.1 for the Es’hail mission. @13ericralph31 is reporting that B1046.2 will launch Merah Putih, making B1049.1 the most likely choice for Telstar 18V.
https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/93guev/falcon9_booster_headed_through_mount_dora_this/

AMSAT-DL Phase 4A Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite amateur radio transponder slides
https://www.amsat-dl.org/images/stories/satellites/Eshail-2/EsHail2_AMSAT-DL_July2018.pdf

AMSAT-DL Phase 4A leaflet https://www.amsat-dl.org/images/stories/satellites/Eshail-2/P4A_Leaflet.pdf

Es’hail-2 https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geosynchronous/eshail-2/