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

Update on Es’hail-2 given at AMSAT-DL symposium

Es'hail-2 coverage area

Es’hail-2 coverage area

DARC reports on Saturday, September 29, the annual symposium of AMSAT-DL took place in the IUZ observatory Bochum.

The Google translation reads:

There were lectures on current amateur radio satellites and space projects. The focus was on the first geostationary amateur radio satellite Es’hail-2, whose launch is expected later this year, as well as the MEGINASAT project, the first CubeSat from a German grammar school.

The lecture series was opened by Thilo Elsner, DJ5YM, whose article gave an overview of the ESERO office Germany opened in Bochum on May 16. ESERO stands for “European Space Education Resource Office”. The aim of the initiative is to bring space travel in the context of STEM subjects exciting and innovative in the classroom. After a lengthy selection process, Bochum was chosen as the location for Germany. In cooperation with the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the observatory Bochum, the AMSAT-DL and other partners are founding members of this educational and scientific consortium.

Afterwards, AMSAT-DL-President Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, and Achim Vollhardt, DH2VA, talked about the current status of Es’hail-2 (called AMSAT-intern P4-A), whose launch will start in the fourth quarter of 2018 according to operator Es’hailSat should be done. A concrete start date is still not available. Recently, the AMSAT-DL completed and finalized the individual components for the Es’hail-2 ground station in Doha / Qatar. “Last week we finished the work and made the equipment ready to ship,” reported DB2OS. The components will soon be installed in Qatar. Another facility will be back up at the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) in Doha. A third ground station will be installed at the AMSAT-DL in the Bochum observatory. Two transponders are available on the satellite for amateur radio: a narrowband and a broadband transponder to be used for DATV broadcasts. “We hope to be able to present live broadcasts in DATV at the next HAM RADIO from June 21 to 23, 2019,” said Gülzow optimistically.

How satellite radio can also contribute to the successful recruitment of youngsters was demonstrated by the MEGINASAT team headed by project leader Thomas Leister, DG2PU. The project originated from an ISS contact of the Megina Gymnasium Mayen in 2012 and a stratospheric balloon launch in 2016. Specifically, MEGINASAT is the first CubeSat from a German grammar school. The students Florian Jüngermann, Max von Wolff (Physics Bundessieger at Jugend forscht) and Max Schild presented the project and pursue ambitious goals: The CubeSat is to serve Earth observation and send its image data by light transmission to Earth. Also sponsorship funds in five-digit amount have already been collected, now the team is looking for only one.

Source DARC https://www.darc.de/

AMSAT-DL President Peter Gülzow DB2OS will be giving a presentation “Es’hail-2 and its amateur radio payload” at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium which is being held as part of the RSGB Convention at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, October 13-14 https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

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/