The 24th General Conference of IARU Region 1 was held in Landshut near München on September 17-21, 2017. In recognition of his outstanding and ongoing work with Satellite Coordination the IARU Region 1 Medal was awarded to Graham Shirville G3VZV.
This edition features a low cost ground station using a DTV Dongle, SDRSharp and FUNcube Dashboard to capture Telemetry from the FUNcube satellites.
The paper edition should be sent to postal members in 2-3 weeks.
In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• 2017 Meetings & Events calendar
• Notice of the 2017 AGM of AMSAT-UK
• Patrick J. A. Gowen, G3IOR (SK)
• IARU Region 1 Conference 2017
• Chertsey Radio Club
• A Low Cost Ground Station Using a DTV Dongle
• Yet another antenna for LEO satellites
• Just when you thought it was safe to do an ARISS contact in the UK!
• FUNcube-1 Transatlantic Experiment
• NOVA Satellite Tracking programme now free!
• Ground Based DVB-S2 Repeater for GEO Satellites
• AMSAT-UK Colloquium
• Future Spacecraft Planned For The Amateur Satellite Service Operating Above 1GHz
• AMSAT Phase-4A downconverter for SSB and DATV reception
• The new FUNcubes – progress reports
• FUNcubes – In Orbit Report Sept 2017
• GB4RME – Special Event Station – HM Royal Mint
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Among the videos are:
• Es’hail 2 satellite update by Dave G8GKQ
• DigiTwist an experimental low cost satellite tracker by Brian G4EWJ
• Introduction to Optical Communications by Bernie G4HJW
• 5.7 GHz Linear Amplifiers for the ADALM Pluto by Brian G4EWJ
Watch Es’hail 2 satellite update by Dave G8GKQ
Watch DigiTwist an experimental low cost satellite tracker by Brian G4EWJ
The other videos can be seen at
The 2017 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium is combined with the RSGB Convention on October 14-15 at the Kent Hills Park Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ.
If you wish to attend the 2017 AMSAT-UK Colloquium, you should book to attend the RSGB Convention.
The schedule is at http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/rsgb-convention-programme/
BUT BEFORE YOU BOOK you might like to consider attending the AMSAT-UK Gala Dinner on the evening of Saturday. October 14 as an alternative to the RSGB Convention dinner. The AMSAT-UK dinner will be held at the Hilton Hotel, which is about 1 km from the Kent Hills Conference Centre; a taxi ride is about £3 per cab. Detailed times will follow, but it will follow similar lines to AMSAT-UK Gala Dinners in previous years. There are normally a few speeches, trophy presentations etc etc.
If you wish to attend the dinner you MUST book this in advance. Dinner Jackets or suits definitely NOT required.
The dinner will be a three course affair, and the cost above does not include drinks which will be available from the hotel bar.
Note that when you book on the RSGB web site you should use the Pick and Mix option to avoid paying for their dinner!
You can book the RSGB Colloquium via http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-convention/
You can book the AMSAT-UK Gala Dinner at
Peter 2M0SQL says that instead of submitting reports to magazines about his satellite activity he’s decided to write blog posts instead allowing more viewers to see what can be worked.
He recently moved to Elgin in Scotland and as a result his DXCC/VUCC totals were reset to zero, so he’s trying to focus on working as many new grid squares and countries as possible.
Although with no real fixed permanent setup at his new QTH he has still made 158 contacts using 11 satellites. Among the notable contacts in July were those with Gabe Zeifman NJ7H who operated from Iceland, the Faroe Islands and then Greenland.
Read the 2M0SQL July Satellite Report at
Follow Peter on Twitter at https://twitter.com/2m0sql
Peter gave a talk on Portable Satellite Operation to the 2016 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium, watch the video at
Scientific American magazine interviews radio amateur Zac Manchester KD2BHC in the article Breakthrough Sends Smallest-Ever Satellites into Orbit.
On June 23, 2017 six tiny satellites were sent into low-Earth orbit as secondary payloads on the Venta and Max Valier satelites that were launched on the Indian PSLV-C38 rocket. These six satellites are comparatively dainty, but punch far above their weight. Called “Sprites,” each is a 4-gram flake of circuit-board just 3.5 centimeters on a side, packing solar panels, computers, sensors and communications equipment into an area equal to a U.S. postage stamp.
One Sprite apiece is attached to the outside of each mothership — the Latvian Venta satellite and the Italian Max Valier satellite, the latter of which also holds four additional Sprites awaiting deployment into space as wholly independent spacecraft. Radio telemetry from minuscule magnetometers and gyroscopes on the deployed Sprites would then be used to track the spacecraft as they shift, spin and tumble, to better understand their orbital dynamics.
Signals on 437.325 MHz from at least one of the exterior-mounted Sprites have been received in California and New York.
Read the Scientific American article at
Zac Manchester KD2BHC had 104 Sprite satellites launched into orbit on board KickSat-1 on April 18, 2014 but the Sprites failed to deploy