The objective of the AMSAT-UK OSCAR Satellite QSO Party is to encourage all radio amateurs around the world to get on the air and make contacts via satellites during northern hemisphere summer. We would like to attract both seasoned die-hard operators as well as all newcomers who are just getting involved.
While points are given per QSO this isn’t a contest, but we hope it will encourage people to get on the air and enjoy the excitement of making contacts through satellites.
The AMSAT-UK OSCAR Satellite QSO Party will be supported by an online leaderboard which will be available from the start of the event which runs from 00:00 GMT on 1st August until 23:59 GMT on 22nd September.
Prizes will be awarded to those from first to thirteenth place and are open to both AMSAT-UK and non-members around the world.
● First Place £250 Amazon Voucher
● Second Place £150 Amazon Voucher
● Third Place £50 Amazon Voucher
● Fourth to Thirteenth Place One Year AMSAT-UK Membership
Download the rules for the AMSAT-UK OSCAR QSO Party
Nayif-1 CubeSat – Credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG
OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan W3XO has announced that the Nayif-1 CubeSat has met all the requirements necessary to be issued with an OSCAR number.
In accordance with the request sent to the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors for an OSCAR number for the UAE CubeSat, Nayif-1, and the statement that all of the conditions for an OSCAR number have been met, I hereby by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT-NA president, do convey on Nayif-1 the designation Emirates Oscar 88 or EO-88.
Along with the rest of the Amateur Radio satellite community, I hope that EO-88 will meet all of its objectives.
I wish you and your group the best of luck in this and future endeavors to keep Amateur Radio in space.
OSCAR Numbers Policy http://www.amsat.org/?page_id=2478
Ham radio satellite transmits Vice President’s message
Nayif-1 Launched https://amsat-uk.org/2017/02/15/nayif-1-launched/
IARU Region 1 has released the papers for the Interim Meeting to be held in Vienna April 15-17, 2016.
Among the papers for the C5 VHF/UHF/Microwave Committee is one on harmonizing APRS.
VIE16_C5_41_1.pdf – 144 /435 MHz APRS Harmonisation
The paper covers global band planning considerations and among the recommendations says:
Emphasise that spaceborne APRS must be confined to globally coordinated amateur satellite sub bands. Therefore items that are ambiguous and generate confusion in national band plans such as ‘Space communications’ and ‘New Oscar Sub band’ should be removed as soon as possible in all Regions in accordance with IARU-AC and Satellite Coordination guidance
It is believed that ‘New Oscar Sub band’ refers to the USA’s ARRL 144 MHz band plan and ‘Space communications’ to the Australian WIA 144 MHz band plan. These band plans, as well as those for some other countries, show 144.300 – 144.500 MHz as being for Amateur Satellite use.
Direct link for C5 VHF/UHF/Microwave Papers
Links for all committee papers and email addresses of Committee Chairs are at
[Although URL says 2017 the meeting is 2016]
ARRL 144 MHz Band Plan http://www.arrl.org/band-plan
WIA 144 MHz Band Plan http://www.wia.org.au/members/bandplans/data/documents/Australian%20Band%20Plan%202m%20150729.pdf
OSCAR Satellite Status Page
Thanks to the efforts of Joe KM1P and Peter 2E0SQL, and with the permission of David KD5QGR, we have set up a copy of the OSCAR satellite status page.
This page will be maintained by multiple volunteers, including myself, and we will be able to add and delete satellites as required, as well as keep information links current. It will take a few days to populate the database, but please begin using this page as soon as possible. In the near future the old page will point to this one for a while, until people get used to the new address.
There are still some satellites to add and delete, so this will be a work in progress for a bit. First and foremost we will delete the reentered sats, and add Fox-1A for next Thursday [Oct 8]!
73, Drew KO4MA
AMSAT VP Operations
OSCAR Satellite Status Page http://www.amsat.org/status
Online satellite orbital predictions http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/predict/
E-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the Summer edition of OSCAR News here. In this issue is a picture of Brent Salmi KB1LQD and Bryce Salmi KB1LQC at the National Radio Centre in Bletchley Park where they met up with AMSAT-UK’s Graham Shirville G3VZV.
The paper edition should be posted to members in 2-3 weeks.
In this issue:
• Prof Colin Pillinger obituary
• AGM Calling Notice
• AO7 40th Birthday
• Astronaut Wubbo Occels remembered
• AMSAT-UK satellite Projects update
• UK CubeSat Forum report
• FUNcube-1 Lessons learnt
• DUO 817 Satellite Controller
• FUNcube-1 Activity report
• The FUNcube Dongle and SDR Software School Experiments at UCF in Cuba
• FUNcube Turnstile announcement
• Colloquium 2014 Booking Details
AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch
Membership of AMSAT-UK is open to anyone who has an interest in amateur radio satellites or space activities, including the International Space Station (ISS).
E-members of AMSAT-UK are able to download OSCAR News as a convenient PDF that can be read on laptops, tablets or smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Join as an E-member at Electronic (PDF) E-membership
There are two rates for the paper edition to cover the extra postage costs:
Rest of the World (Overseas)
PDF sample copy of “Oscar News” here.
Join AMSAT-UK using PayPal, Debit or Credit card at
E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News here.
APRS has standardized an ID series for amateur radio OSCAR spacecraft – APOxxx
At the request of Juan Carlos, LU9DO, AMSAT-LU wanted a series of APRS designators for uniquely identifying AMSAT APRS applications. He suggested those beginning with the letter O for OSCARS.
ALL APRS applications include this identifier in their packets so that the source of APRS data can be known. See the list at
APRS UK Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/APRSUK