Amateur radio village at EMF 2016

GB2EMF Amateur Radio Village EMF 2016An amateur radio village is planned for  the Electromagnetic Field EMF 2016 event which takes place August 5-7, 2016 near Guildford in Surrey.

London Hackspace Amateur Radio Club are planning to erect at least one of their Clark masts in the village. During EMF 2016 they will be showcasing Amateur Radio on bands from 3.5 MHz (80m) to 430 MHz (70cm) and maybe higher using the call sign GB4EMF.

The event is aimed at makers, scientists, engineers, radio enthusiasts and more.

EMF Amateur Radio Village

Call for Participation

EMF Camp on Twitter
London Hackspace ARC

Previous EMF events have generated BBC News coverage

KickSat-1 Sprite Amateur Radio Frequencies

KickSat 437 MHz Sprite Satellite

KickSat 437 MHz Sprite Satellite

KickSat-1 is an amateur radio CubeSat technology demonstration mission designed to demonstrate the deployment and operation of 128 prototype Sprites (also referred to as ChipSats or femtosatellites) which were developed by radio amateur Zac Manchester KD2BHC at Cornell University.

315 individual sponsors donated $74,586 to the project through the crowd-source funding website Kickstarter.

KickSat-1 is planned to launch on ELaNa-5 / CRS-3 from Cape Canaveral in early 2014 into a 325 x 315 km 51.5 degree inclination orbit. The CubeSat will operate on 2401.2-2436.2 MHz and when deployed all the 128 Sprites will operate on a single frequency 437.240 MHz and use CDMA. It is believed this will be the largest ever single deployment of satellites.

It the UK both the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and London Hackspace are developing Sprites for this mission.

ChipSats like the Sprite represent a disruptive new space technology that will both open space access to hobbyists and students and enable new types of science missions.

The Sprite is a tiny spacecraft that includes power, sensor, and communication systems on a printed circuit board measuring 3.5 by 3.5 cm with a thickness of 2.5 mm and a mass of about 5 grams. It is intended as a general-purpose sensor platform for micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) or other chip-scale sensors with the ability to downlink data to ground stations from LEO.

Sprites in Space

Sprites in Space

KickSat is a 3U CubeSat being built to carry and deploy the Sprites. A 1U avionics bus will provide power, communications, and command and data handling functions. A 2U deployer has been developed to house the Sprites. Approximately 128 will be stacked atop a spring-loaded pusher and secured by a nichrome burn wire system.

After being released from the P-POD, KickSat will perform a de-tumble maneuver and establish communication with Cornell’s ground station. After check-out, the spacecraft will be put in a sun-pointing attitude and spun up to maintain that attitude.

A command signal from the ground station will then trigger the deployment and the Sprites will be released as free-flying spacecraft. After deployment, telemetry and sensor measurements from the individual Sprites will be received through Cornell’s amateur radio satellite ground station in Ithaca, NY, as well as several other amateur radio ground stations throughout the world.



The Sprites are expected to reenter the atmosphere and burn up within a few days or weeks depending on atmospheric conditions. The maximum orbital lifetime is estimated at 6 weeks.

KickSat Downlink Frequency: 2401.2-2436.2 MHz RF Output Power: 1W ITU Emission Designator: 350KF1D Description: AX.25 over FSK.

Sprite Frequency Band: 437.240 MHz. Output Power: 10 mW ITU Emission Designator: 50K0G1D. Description: MSK modulated binary data with each data bit modulated as a 511 bit PRN sequence. All Sprites operate on a single frequency and use CDMA.

Zac Manchester KD2BHC has said they are aiming for the Sprites to be receivable using an AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle SDR.

As well as KickSat-1 several other amateur radio CubeSats are being launched from Cape Canaveral in early 2014 on ELaNa-5 / CRS-3 into a 325 x 315km 51.5 degree inclination orbit. They are: DragonSat-1 – USNA and Drexel University, Trailblazer – University of New Mexico, PrintSat – Montana State University, All-Star/THEIA – University of Colorado, UNP-6 Radar Calibration CubeSat – University of Hawaii, PhoneSat – NASA ARC, MisST – NASA ARC.

More information from

The current KickSat and Ground Station source code is available at

KickSat – Zac Manchester KD2BHC Interview

BIS Sprite technical information

London Hackspace work on HackSat1

KickSat – a personal spacecraft of your own in space

Kicksat on Kickstarter

IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel status page

The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio Video

A new promotional video has been released to attract Hackers, Makers and Innovators to amateur radio.

The video features well known hacker and maker Diana Eng KC2UHB along with Ham Nation’s Bob Heil K9EID and ISS Astronaut Doug Wheelock KF5BOC. It follows some of the innovative, imaginative and fun ways “hams” use radio technology in new and creative ways and points out that amateur radio clubs are similar to hacker groups.

Watch The DIY Magic of Amateur Radio in HD

Featured in the video is the Ham Radio HSMM-MESH™. A high speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault tolerant, wireless computer network that can run for days from a fully charged car battery, or indefinitely with the addition of a modest solar array or other supplemental power source. The focus is on emergency communications.

A Hi-Res 480 MB version of the DIY Magic DVD can be downloaded from

Diana Eng KC2UHB joins ARRL Public Relations Committee

London Hackspace work on HackSat1

Hackers and Makers in AMSAT-UK are building the amateur radio satellite FUNcube. AMSAT-UK publishes a colour A4 newsletter, OSCAR News, which is full of Amateur Satellite information. Free sample issue at
Join online at

Hackers Plan Space Satellites

A CubeSat in Space

A CubeSat in Space

The BBC report that Hackers plan to put their own communication satellites into orbit. The scheme was outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

The project’s organisers said the Hackerspace Global Grid will also involve developing a grid of ground stations to track and communicate with the satellites.

Used together in a global network, these stations would be able to pinpoint satellites at any given time, while also making it easier and more reliable for fast-moving satellites to send data back to earth. “It’s kind of a reverse GPS,” Armin Bauer, said.

“GPS uses satellites to calculate where we are, and this tells us where the satellites are. We would use GPS co-ordinates but also improve on them by using fixed sites in precisely-known locations.”

Armin Bauer, said the team would have three prototype ground stations in place in the first half of 2012, and hoped to give away some working models at the next Chaos Communication Congress in a year’s time.

Read the full BBC story at

Building a Distrubuted Satellite Ground Station Network – A Call To Arms

Hackerspace Global Grid

London Hackspace work on HackSat1

AMSAT-DL presentation to the Chaos Communication Camp in August

Hackers and Makers in AMSAT-UK are building the amateur radio satellite FUNcube.
AMSAT-UK publishes a colour A4 newsletter, OSCAR News, which is full of Amateur Satellite information.
Free sample issue at
Join online at

London Hackspace work on HackSat One

Hacksat One mission decal created by Nick Cramp

Hacksat One mission decal created by Nick Cramp

In September 2011 members of London Hackspace took an Amateur Radio Foundation course at their original Shoreditch venue. It was led by Chris Driver G6CMD of the Verulam Amateur Radio Club and all passed. It is hoped further courses will be held in the future.

The group are involved in a wide range of electronic projects, one of their latest is a tiny Amateur Radio satellite called HackSat One. This Sprite will have a downlink of 10 milliwatts on 437 MHz and is planned to be deployed into Earth orbit by KickSat in early 2014. Zac Manchester KD2BHC of the KickSat development team has said they are aiming for the Sprites to be receivable using an AMSAT-UK FUNcube Dongle SDR.

London Hackspace members build a wide range of electronic projects

London Hackspace members build a wide range of electronic projects

The Hack Space, with dedicated classrooms and workshops is in Hackney road, London, E2 9DY. It is open to members 24 hours a day. Regular free hack evenings and workshops are held which are open to everyone.

London Hackspace is a registered Amateur Radio exam centre

Amateur Radio Training

HackSat One

London Hackspace Project: Hoxton Space Centre

KickSat – a personal spacecraft of your own in space

The BBC Radio 4 show Click On, broadcast November 14, visited London Hackspace. Download the Podcast at

2009 BBC TV news on Hack Spaces

There are Hack Spaces around the country where people meet up to carry out constructional projects see