Satellite operation during ILLW

Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2016 Front CoverKen Eaton GW1FKY reports the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be active on the amateur radio satellites during International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend August 20-21.

The Barry Amateur Radio Society will be operating from a twin pair of lighthouses located at Nash Point situated on the coast of the Bristol Channel – South Wales.

We will be active from approx. 0700-1600 GMT.

In addition to operating on the HF and VHF bands I also plan to set up my portable satellite equipment for operation and contacts during suitable passes.

Callsign/Lighthouse as follows:

GC6BRC – Lighthouse (High) Ref: UK0071
GC4BRS – Lighthouse (Low)  Ref: UK0072

Locator Ref: IO81FJ
QSL Manager: MW0DHF (Philip King)

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – ILLW http://illw.net/

The book – Getting Started with Amateur Satellites – is now available from the AMSAT-UK shop at http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

A popular antenna for satellite working is the Elk 2m/70cms Log Periodic available in the AMSAT-UK shop at http://shop.amsat-uk.org/ELK_2m70cms_Log_Periodic_Antenna/p3815740_15628555.aspx

Satellite Operating in TX Factor Show

Amateur radio satellite operating featured in episode 12 of the popular TX Factor Show.

In this episode Bob McCreadie G0FGX teaches Mike Marsh G1IAR a thing or two about amateur satellite operating.

The show highlights the book – Getting Started with Amateur Satellites – which is available from the AMSAT-UK shop at http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

Watch TX Factor – Episode 12 (TXF012) Amateur Radio Satellite Operating

A popular antenna for satellite working is the Elk 2m/70cms Log Periodic available in the AMSAT-UK shop at http://shop.amsat-uk.org/ELK_2m70cms_Log_Periodic_Antenna/p3815740_15628555.aspx

Satellite tracking:
• AMSAT-LU http://amsat.org.ar/pass.htm
• Orbitron http://www.stoff.pl/
• Gpredict http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/

How to work FM satellites https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-work-fm-satellites/

Video of EMF ham radio satellite talk

David Rowntree 2E0DVR communicating via Amateur Radio Satellite

David Rowntree 2E0DVR communicating via Amateur Radio Satellite

Dave Rowntree 2E0DVR, drummer in the rock-band Blur, gave a presentation on amateur radio satellites at the Electromagnetic Field event EMF 2016 in Guildford.

Talk description: There are about a dozen communications satellites orbiting the earth that were designed and built by teams of amateur enthusiasts. Dave talks about what they are, how they got there, and how you can build simple equipment to listen to their transmissions.

Due to the massive interest in amateur satellite operating generated by both Dave’s talk and the recent TX Factor Show video the book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2016 has completely sold old. A new print run is underway and the book should be back in stock in the AMSAT-UK online shop on August 14.
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/06/27/getting-started-with-amateur-satellites-2016/

Elk 2m/70cms Log Periodic Antennas are available now at
http://shop.amsat-uk.org/ELK_2m70cms_Log_Periodic_Antenna/p3815740_15628555.aspx

Watch Dave Rowntree 2E0DVR: A hacker’s guide to satellites

Electromagnetic Field EMF 2016
https://twitter.com/emfcamp
https://www.emfcamp.org/schedule
https://www.emfcamp.org/line-up/2016

EMF HABville https://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Village:HABville

EMF Amateur Radio Village https://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Village:Amateur_Radio

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find a short Amateur Radio training course near you at https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

Presentation of Louis Varney cup

Steve Hartley G0FUW presents the Louis Varney Cup to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG - Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Steve Hartley G0FUW presents the Louis Varney Cup to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

On July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space colloquium in Guildford the RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley G0FUW presented the RSGB Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG.

The award was in recognition of Wouter’s outstanding technical contributions to several amateur satellites and associated outreach.

Watch the presentation

Amateur radio presentations at EMF 2016 Guildford

David Rowntree 2E0DVR communicating via Amateur Radio Satellite

David Rowntree 2E0DVR communicating via Amateur Radio Satellite

Many radio amateurs are giving presentations at the Electromagnetic Field EMF 2016 event taking place near Guildford August 5-7 and two special event stations will be operating from the site. There is live streaming of presentations at http://streaming.media.ccc.de/emf2016/

The event is aimed at makers, scientists, engineers and radio enthusiasts. Most radio amateurs will be in two villages on the site, HABville and the Amateur Radio Village.

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

RSGB Youth Committee member Rebecca M6BUB will be at the GB8EMF station which will be using three ICOM transceivers, two IC-706MKIIG and an IC-746.

Listen out for 434 MHz balloon trackers from HABville during the weekend, tracking information at https://tracker.habhub.org/

At 1559 GMT (4:59pm BST) on Saturday, August 6 the International Space Station (ISS) astronaut Kate Rubins KG5FYJ should be receivable at the event on a handheld radio tuned to 145.800 MHz FM. Full details at http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/july/ariss-event-0608.htm

The amateur radio satellite talks being given over the weekend are:
• A hacker’s guide to satellites — Dave Rowntree 2E0DVR (drummer in rock-band Blur)
• Receiving live video from the Space Station — Daniel Cussen EI9FHB HamTV
• The story behind $50SAT, a new approach to Amateur satellite design which became the world’s smallest operational satellite, built for £125 in a garden shed — Stuart Robinson GW7HPW

Other presentations by radio amateurs include:
• 100 years of Shannon — the man, his work and his legacy — Matthew Ireland MW0MIE
• Asynchronous or Analogue Methods for Computation — Matthew Ireland MW0MIE
• Connecting computers together over 1,000s miles without using the Internet — GB8EMF Amateur Radio Station
• Hacking Robot Dinosaurs — Dr Lucy Rogers M6CME (Judge on BBC Robot Wars)
• My Ubertooth Year — Michael Ossmann AD0NR developer of HackRF One SDR
• Numbers Stations: Cold War, short waves — Henry Cooke
• Rebooting a Hobby: How Modern Digital Comms are Reviving Amateur Radio — Ryan Sayre M0RYS

Electromagnetic Field EMF 2016
https://twitter.com/emfcamp
https://www.emfcamp.org/schedule
https://www.emfcamp.org/line-up/2016

EMF HABville https://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Village:HABville

EMF Amateur Radio Village https://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Village:Amateur_Radio

London Hackspace ARC
https://twitter.com/m0hsl
https://wiki.london.hackspace.org.uk/view/Group:Amateur_Radio

Previous EMF events have generated BBC News coverage
https://amsat-uk.org/2014/09/02/bbc-reports-emf-2014/

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find a short Amateur Radio training course near you at https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

The book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2016 is available from the AMSAT-UK online shop
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/06/27/getting-started-with-amateur-satellites-2016/

AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium Videos Now Available

Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working - Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Thanks to the hard work of British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK volunteers the videos of the presentations given to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium held in Guildford on July 30-31, 2016 are now available on YouTube.

Sky News interview with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Kenwood TS-2000X in background

Sky News interview with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Kenwood TS-2000X in background

During the Colloquium AMSAT-UK operated a satellite ground station using the call sign G0AUK. Contacts were made via the SO-50, AO-85 and FO-29 satellites.

The ground station used the Kenwood TS-2000X transceiver that was successfully used for all the UK school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station.

The TS-2000X was kindly loaned by Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd and Kenwood Communications UK.

The 2016 Colloquium presentations along with those from previous years can be found on the AMSAT-UK YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK/playlists

The  videos of the presentations can either be watched online or downloaded to your PC using readily available free YouTube download software for showing at club meetings.

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