AMSAT-DL Online Symposium September 26

Peter Gülzow DB2OS AMSAT-DL

Peter Gülzow DB2OS AMSAT-DL

AMSAT-DL have announced this year’s Symposium on Saturday, September 26, will be streamed live on YouTube and most of the lectures will be in English to cater for an international audience.

Matthias DD1US writes on the AMSAT Bulletin Board:

Unfortunately, the AMSAT-DL Symposium planned for September 26th and 27th, 2020 cannot take place this year in the usual manner.

Since the health of everyone is very close to our hearts and the legal framework currently leaves no other option, we have decided not to hold a meeting on site in Bochum this year. We regret this very much, but the premises only allow an occupancy of less than 20 persons.

A “social” meeting with dinner is unfortunately not possible either, nor is a flea market and other activities, such as the QO-100 User Meeting, which happened for the first time during the HAM Radio Fair in Friedrichshafen in 2019.

Instead, we will broadcast the symposium as an “online” meeting in DATV via the broadband transponder of QO-100 and on the Internet on the YouTube channel of AMSAT-DL at https://www.youtube.com/user/amsatdl

Enclosed is the preliminary schedule for September 26th 2020 (all times in CEST=UTC+2):

09:00 (07:00 GMT, 08:00 BST) Welcome, Introduction, Agenda – Matthias DD1US
09:10 Interview with the AMSAT-DL Board of Directors: Peter DB2OS, Michael DD5ER, Thilo DJ5YM – Matthias DD1US
09:45 Introduction to Bochum Observatory and its Ham Radio activities – Thilo DJ5YM
10:10 The AMSAT-DL LunART project proposal to ESA – Peter DB2OS
10:35 The ADALM Pluto as part of the AMSAT-DL QO-100 control station in Bochum – Mario DL5MLO
11:10 Portable station for QO-100 based on the modules of AMSAT-DL – Matthias DD1US
12:00 Lunch break
12:45 QO-100 DX-pedition to Namibia/South Africa/Botswana – Charly DK3ZL
13:45 Digital Narrowband Operation via QO-100 – Florian DF2ET
14:20 School contacts via QO-100 with DP0GVN in Antarctica – Heiner DD0KP
14:55 Update of ARISS and AREx activities – Oliver DG6BCE
15:45 Coffee break
16:00 Reception of the recently launched probes to Mars – Daniel EA4GPZ, Paul M0EYT, Achim DH2VA
16:50 Final interview with the AMSAT-DL BOD and conclusions: Peter DB2OS, Michael DD5ER, Thilo DJ5YM – Matthias DD1US
17:10 Introduction to the virtual QO-100 user meeting – Matthias DD1US
17:20 Virtual QO-100 user meeting via the QO-100 NB transponder – Florian DF2ET
17:50 Closing of the symposium and virtual QO-100 user meeting – Matthias DD1US

Due to the international audience, most of the lectures will be held in English. The current schedule can be found on the AMSAT-DL homepage at https://amsat-dl.org/en/

We would like to invite you all, also on behalf of the AMSAT-DL board, to this year’s AMSAT-DL online conference and the virtual QO-100 user meeting.

Jens DH6BB, Lenz DL8RDL, Florian DF2ET and Matthias DD1US

Please send any queries to Matthias DD1US matthias.bopp <AT> dd1us.de

RSGB Tonight @ 8 Video – Getting started on QO-100

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100On Monday, July 27 Dom Smith M0BLF gave an online talk – Getting started on QO-100as part of the RSGB Tonight @ 8 live webinar series.

Dom’s lockdown project was to complete a set up for the QO-100 amateur radio transponders that are hosted on the geostationary satellite Es’hail-2. This was the first amateur radio payload to be put into a geostationary orbit and provides constant and reliable coverage for amateur voice, data and television contacts over the whole of Africa, Europe and the Middle East and even as far as Brazil in the west, and Thailand in the east.

Getting started on QO-100 is a talk in two halves: first we’ll watch the video, showing the particular set-up chosen—and there are many!—and then there will be chance for a Q&A. The equipment list can be see at https://www.domsmith.co.uk/blog/2020/07/27/rsgb-webinar-on-qo-100/

Watch Getting Started on QO-100 by Dom Smith, M0BLF

Dom Smith, M0BLF has been a radio amateur for nearly 25 years since being licensed at the age of 14 in 1996. He is an active member of the Camb-Hams and Cambridge University Wireless Society (CUWS), and may often be heard contesting, climbing hills for Summits on the Air, and assisting Cambridgeshire RAYNET. He also enjoys travelling for DXPeditions, most recently as JW/M0BLF, VP2MUW and ZC4UW, and he manages QSL cards for most CUWS trips. On top of all that, he volunteers with Cambridge 105 Radio, the local community broadcast station, on the engineering team.

Professionally, Dom works as a Cloud Solutions Architect in the software team at the Royal Society of Chemistry and he holds a PhD in Hispanic Studies.

Watch other RSGB Tonight @ 8 videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRSGB/videos

QO-100 information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

QO-100 products in the AMSAT-UK shop https://amsat-uk.org/

Schedule released for E2STAYHOME satellite operation

Es'hail-2 Qatar-OSCAR-100Thailand’s regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), has issued the special callsign, E2STAYHOME, to the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King (RAST) for use during the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

This is because it is very important for people to boost their immune systems to fight off germs that can enter their bodies and to reduce the chance of getting infected by the COVID-19 virus. Now, it is very important to stay home and to keep a distance of at least one metre from others, if this is possible, which is one way to help prevent the spread of the disease on a global basis.

This is a rare opportunity for ham radio operators who are interested in satellite communications to legally communicate with Thai amateur radio stations by means of the Es’hail-2 or QO-100 geostationary satellite which licensed by the Thai regulator, the NBTC, in response to requests from RAST, and using the special callsign E2STAYHOME on the evenings of each working day in Thailand and on every weekend.

The operating schedule is as follows:
Monday to Friday, 1100 – 1500 UTC
Saturday and Sunday, 0800 – 1500 UTC
all days after 1600 UTC and up to 2200 UTC Thailand has an emergency curfew in place. Please STAY HOME!!

During these times, Thai hams will be operating using this callsign on all bands and in all modes, including all satellite modes under the supervision of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and they will be QRV from today until July 15, 2020. QSOs with E2STAYHOME can be confirmed via Tim W. Tadsri, HS6MYW and QSL cards will be sent to all via the bureau.

73 de HS1JAN
Tanan Rangseeprom

AMSAT Bulletin Board http://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

RAST https://www.qsl.net/rast/

5 watt 2.4 GHz Amplifier Kit for QO-100 is Back in Stock

5 watt 2400 MHz Amplifier Kit

5 watt 2400 MHz Amplifier Kit

The AMSAT-UK shop has fresh stocks of the popular 5 watt 2.4 GHz amplifier kit for use with the QO-100 geostationary satellite. Update May 23: Unfortunately it is now Sold-Out.

The amplifier was designed by Kurt Moraw DJ0ABR and the kit was implemented by Arved Viehweger M0KDS.

The kit includes a single sided PCB on which is already mounted the PA transistor, there is a suitable heat sink on which to mount the PCB with the provided screws. All electronic components are included as are 2 SMA sockets. Assembly of the kits will require some surface mount components to be soldered to the PCB.

Note: It does not include a case for the unit and a separate 24 volt power supply will be required.

Kit details at https://shop.amsat-uk.org/QO-100_5W_Amplifier_Kit_designed_by_DJ0ABR_and_implemented_by_M0KDS/p3815740_20307881.aspx

Assembled PCB https://shop.amsat-uk.org/product/u-100ampassembled

QO-100 information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/

Filtered 2400 MHz Driver Amplifier Kits Now Available

2400 MHz Filtered Driver Amplifier Kits

2400 MHz Filtered Driver Amplifier Kits

This kit has been designed by David Bowman G0MRF and contains all the parts required to drive a PA on 2.4 GHz for QO-100. The completed board will have a gain of about 25 – 26 dB and for best linearity, should be kept to 200 mW output.

2400 MHz Filtered Driver Amplifier Kit

2400 MHz Filtered Driver Amplifier Kit

This kit can be assembled in a couple of hours by constructors with a medium level of experience. In addition to the kit you will need a 2.5mm drill for the mounting holes in the heatsink. You will also need a pair of SMD tweezers, a soldering iron with a fine tip and some small diameter solder e.g. 0.4 or 0.5mm. Finally, a headband magnifier or similar will help considerably with the SMD parts.

David suggests running the board from 12 or 12.6 volts. At 13.8 volts the supply current and power dissipation increase without any significant improvement in performance

The kit is available from the AMSAT-UK shop https://shop.amsat-uk.org/Filtered_S_Band_Driver_Amplifier_Kit/p3815740_20451527.aspx

The Assembly Guide PDF is available at
https://d11fdyfhxcs9cr.cloudfront.net/templates/383483/myimages/g0mrf_filtered_s_band_amp_kit_assembly_guide.pdf

Spring Issue of OSCAR News Available

Oscar News issue 229 March 2020 Front CoverE-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the March 2020 edition of OSCAR News, issue 229, here.

The paper edition edition is being sent to postal members and should arrive in the coming week.

In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• QO-100 Wideband Transponder – 2020 Operating Guidelines and Bandplan
• AMSAT QO-100 NB Transponder Bandplan Update
• 5-watt 2.4 GHz amplifier kit for QO-100
• My experience with the AMSAT-UK 5W QO-100 Amplifier
• Review of the DJ0ABR 5W 2.4GHz Amplifier
• Under Development!
• AMSAT Files Comments Opposing Deletion of 3.4 GHz Band
• The eSatellite Award by eQSL
• Ad Astra!
• One Year of Operation for the Goonhilly WebSDRs for QO-100
• HuskySat-1
• How Phoenix went from a Paper Proposal to ASU’s First Student-Led CubeSat in Space
• The Qarman Cubesat
• The latest FUNcube Groundstation – in Antarctica
• From the Archives – An AMSAT-NA Symposium early this century

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

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 the quarterly publication 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

PDF sample copy of “Oscar News” here.

Join AMSAT-UK using PayPal, Debit or Credit card at
http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News here.