More Cubans Active on Ham Radio Satellites

Raydel Espinet CM2ESP - 640

Raydel Espinet CM2ESP

On the AMSAT bulletin board Raydel Espinet CM2ESP reports that more Cuban radio amateurs have become active on the satellites. He writes:

As many of you should already know, now we have two new Cuban Amateur Operators on FM Satellites. Recently CO7WT and CM2XN have finally achieve their first QSO on SO-50 Satellite. This may look simple, but for a Cuban Ham this is a great success, after many weeks of antenna building, equipment adjustments and learning, this two fellow hams enjoy of the amazing opportunity of make a QSO on a FM Transponder Satellite. They know there is a lot more of operating skills to learn and they are very happy to do so.

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T40IARU Cuba on Satellites Saturday, April 21

Hector Martinez CO6CBF - 640

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

Cuba’s recently founded amateur radio satellite group “Grupo de Radioaficionados para Operaciones Satelitales” (GROS) held three successful activities last weekend commemorating the first human manned spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle and the 87th Anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

This Saturday we will be activating for the very first time a special event station on satellites. We will continue celebrating the World Amateur Radio Day on the 87th Anniversary of the founding of the IARU.

As you know, this year’s theme for the World Amateur Radio Day is Amateur Radio Satellites: Celebrating 50 Years in Space in remembrance the launching of OSCAR 1 on December 12, 1961 and the launch of OSCAR 2 on June 2, 1962.

We will be on Satellites during Saturday, April 21. The special call sign is T40IARU and tentative operation is from EL92, EL83 and FL11.

Please, QSL via CO2FRC (via direct)

73 & see you on the birds!

Hector, CO6CBF
GROS`s vice-coordinator

Busy weekend for Cuba’s amateur radio satellite group http://www.uk.amsat.org/6389

Busy weekend for Cuba’s amateur radio satellite group

Raydel Espinet CM2ESP - 640

Raydel Espinet CM2ESP

This is going to be a busy weekend for Cuba’s recently founded “Grupo de Radioaficionados para Operaciones Satelitales” (GROS). Three different activities have been scheduled so far.

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

* Friday night (20:30 EDT), Hector CO6CBF will be hosting a talk about amateur radio satellite on Pico San Juan 2m repeater (145.130). The topics will include:
– The GROS presentation in the province.
– Brief history of amateur radio satellites.
– Current operational satellites.
– Future projects.
– Types of satellites and its transmissions methods.
– Amateur radio recieving stations requirements and homebrew solutions.
– Operating practices.
– Amateur Radio Satellite operations in Cuba.
– Special Guest: Arnaldo Coro, CO2KK, Cuba’s second ham in perform a satellite QSO and Cuba’s first in conduct a EME QSO.

Pavel Costa CO7WT

Pavel Costa CO7WT

* Saturday morning (10:00 EDT) at Camaguey, Pavel CO7WT will be hosting a talk at Camaguey City Amateur Radio Club. The topics will include:
– The GROS presentation in the province.
– Brief history of amateur radio satellites and its operators.
– Basics of orbital mechanics.
– Operation methods.
– Technical requirements for set up a APRS/Beacon Packet station using the ISS digipeater.
– Amateur Radio Satellite Fleet Status.
– Related examples.

* Saturday morning at Havana (10:00 EDT) in Cuba’s National Amateur Radio Federation (FRC). Raydel CM2ESP will be hosting the Official Presentation of the recently founded Group.

The topics will include:
– Origin and background of the Group.
– Working profile and prospects.
– Brief abstract about the Group’s Rules.
– Current Board of Directors.
– Schedule of future activities and meetings.
– Questions and Answers Session.

All three events are jointly coordinated between GROS’s members and each province radio club.

The events will be also be in commemoration of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin the April 12, 1961, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle on the same day of 1981 and the celebration of the 87th Anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union, IARU, April 18, 1925.

Unfortunately in both Saturday’s activities we will not be able to perform a satellite demostration because ISS and AO-27 passes are too late and SO-50 is too early instead. We are right know working on more activities coordinations for the next week.

73, Raydel, CM2ESP

Yuri’s Night April 12 http://www.uk.amsat.org/6338

New Cuban Amateur Radio Satellite Group formed http://www.uk.amsat.org/5454

Busy weekend for Cuba's amateur radio satellite group

Raydel Espinet CM2ESP - 640

Raydel Espinet CM2ESP

This is going to be a busy weekend for Cuba’s recently founded “Grupo de Radioaficionados para Operaciones Satelitales” (GROS). Three different activities have been scheduled so far.

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

* Friday night (20:30 EDT), Hector CO6CBF will be hosting a talk about amateur radio satellite on Pico San Juan 2m repeater (145.130). The topics will include:
– The GROS presentation in the province.
– Brief history of amateur radio satellites.
– Current operational satellites.
– Future projects.
– Types of satellites and its transmissions methods.
– Amateur radio recieving stations requirements and homebrew solutions.
– Operating practices.
– Amateur Radio Satellite operations in Cuba.
– Special Guest: Arnaldo Coro, CO2KK, Cuba’s second ham in perform a satellite QSO and Cuba’s first in conduct a EME QSO.

Pavel Costa CO7WT

Pavel Costa CO7WT

* Saturday morning (10:00 EDT) at Camaguey, Pavel CO7WT will be hosting a talk at Camaguey City Amateur Radio Club. The topics will include:
– The GROS presentation in the province.
– Brief history of amateur radio satellites and its operators.
– Basics of orbital mechanics.
– Operation methods.
– Technical requirements for set up a APRS/Beacon Packet station using the ISS digipeater.
– Amateur Radio Satellite Fleet Status.
– Related examples.

* Saturday morning at Havana (10:00 EDT) in Cuba’s National Amateur Radio Federation (FRC). Raydel CM2ESP will be hosting the Official Presentation of the recently founded Group.

The topics will include:
– Origin and background of the Group.
– Working profile and prospects.
– Brief abstract about the Group’s Rules.
– Current Board of Directors.
– Schedule of future activities and meetings.
– Questions and Answers Session.

All three events are jointly coordinated between GROS’s members and each province radio club.

The events will be also be in commemoration of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin the April 12, 1961, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle on the same day of 1981 and the celebration of the 87th Anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union, IARU, April 18, 1925.

Unfortunately in both Saturday’s activities we will not be able to perform a satellite demostration because ISS and AO-27 passes are too late and SO-50 is too early instead. We are right know working on more activities coordinations for the next week.

73, Raydel, CM2ESP

Yuri’s Night April 12 http://www.uk.amsat.org/6338

New Cuban Amateur Radio Satellite Group formed http://www.uk.amsat.org/5454