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
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
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
Coverage area of Es’hail 2
On Saturday, October 14 at 1:45pm BST (1245 GMT) AMSAT-DL President Peter Guelzow DB2OS will give a presentation on the Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite Amateur Radio Transponders to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Milton Keynes.
It is expected the presentation will include a demonstration of the P4A transponder simulator. All attendees are welcome to bring any equipment they have for CW/SSB or DATV for the 2.4 GHz and 10.5 GHz bands. The transponder mimics the real thing: 2400-2410 MHz uplink to 10489.5-10499.5 MHz downlink.
This year the AMSAT-UK Colloquium is taking place as part of the RSGB Convention at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ on the weekend of October 14-15. Tickets to the event are available at the door or you can book in advance at
The Colloquium is talking place in Lecture Room 5, download the programme schedule from
Live streaming of Colloquium talks https://amsat-uk.org/2017/10/11/live-streaming-space-colloquium-mk/