Live Streaming for International Space Colloquium

BATC Logo SmallThanks to volunteers from the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) the presentations at this weekend’s AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Guildford will be streamed live to a global audience.

This year to provide an enhanced streaming experience, the webstream will be available at this new location:

The Live Stream will begin on Saturday morning, July 30 at 10:15 BST with the Official Opening by Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO.

Download the programme PDF Schedule Here

Recordings of all talks will be posted on the AMSAT-UK YouTube Channel following the event

British Amateur Television Club

Satellite Operations in the Field

Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL with portable satellite antennas

Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL with portable satellite antennas

Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL, well known for satellite operating from remote Scottish Islands and the Channel Islands, will be among the amateur satellite enthusiasts attending the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford. The event is open to all.

He’ll be giving an insight into portable satellite operating in his presentation ‘Satellite Operations in the Field’ at 1:50pm BST on Saturday, July 30.

The talk will explore experience gained from 5 years of satellite operations from Scottish Islands (Isle of Arran, Mull & Lewis) and the Channel Islands (Guernsey), looking at equipment from using simple handheld equipment to fully automated stations, techniques and issues experienced along the way.

Thanks to volunteers from the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) the presentation will be streamed lived to a global audience at

The full weekend schedule along with booking and travel information is available at

The book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2016 is now available from the AMSAT-UK shop

Satellite Talk at EMF 2016 Guildford

David Rowntree 2E0DRV communicating via Amateur Radio Satellite

David Rowntree 2E0DRV communicating via the International Space Station

Radio amateur Dave Rowntree 2E0DRV, drummer in the rock-band Blur, will be giving a presentation and demonstration of amateur radio satellite communications at the Electromagnetic Field event EMF 2016 near Guildford which takes place August 5-7.

There will be an Amateur Radio Village at the 3-day event aimed at makers, scientists, engineers and radio enthusiasts. The London Hackspace Amateur Radio Club are planning to erect at least one of their Clark masts in the 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.

Dave Rowntree’s presentation is titled “The Hackers Guide To Satellites” and according to the schedule is planned for 2pm on Saturday, August 6.

On July 25-26, 2016 Dave tested out the equipment he will use for his satellite demonstrations. One of his contacts was with Peter Goodhall 2E0SQL in Oxford via the FM satellite SO-50. Peter will be giving a presentation titled “Satellite Operations in the Field” to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium on July 30.

EMF Amateur Radio Village

Electromagnetic Field EMF 2016

London Hackspace ARC

Previous EMF events have generated BBC News coverage

The book Getting Started with Amateur Satellites 2016 is available from the AMSAT-UK online shop

Satellite Beginners Session in Guildford

Drew Glasbrenner M-KO4MA AUK Colloquium 2015

Drew Glasbrenner M/KO4MA working FO-29 at the AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2015

The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn,  Guildford starts at 2pm on Friday, July 29 with a special session for newcomers to the amateur satellite world.

Newcomers will be helped through the complexities by three amateurs, Dave G4DPZ, Carlos G3VHF and Drew KO4MA, who, between them, have thousands of hours of experience.

They will explain the theories and talk about the practice of listening to and having satellite contacts through the ever increasing number of satellites in orbit.

This year, there will be copies available of the very recently updated AMSAT-NA publication Getting started with Amateur Satellites 2016.

After the Beginners Session there will be a tour of the SSTL satellite facilities in the Kepler Building. Places on the tour are limited and pre-registration is required, see

Pass for the Friday afternoon session can be purchased from the AMSAT-UK shop.

The colloquium is Open to All. Programme schedule at

New Geostationary Transponders

Es'hail-2 coverage from 26 degrees EastThe AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford will hear presentations from Peter Gülzow DB2OS and Achim Vollhardt DH2VA on the new geostationary amateur radio satellite transponders due to launch early in 2017.

The two transponders will provide SSB, Digimode, CW and Digital Amateur TV communications between five continents.

On Saturday, July 30 Peter Gülzow DB2OS will talk about the Phase 4A flight segment while Achim Vollhardt DH2VA will describe the ground station requirements.

The event over the weekend of July 30-31 is open to all, admittance is £10 per day, car parking is free. Those wishing to find out about amateur space communications are most welcome to attend.

Phase-4A Geostationary Transponders

Further information on the event at

RSGB Board Chair to address AMSAT-UK Colloquium

RSGB Chair Steve Hartley G0FUWThe RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley G0FUW will address the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford on Sunday, July 31.

He will give an insight into the RSGB support given to the schools involved in the Principia ARISS contacts and how the Society plan to build on those successes. He will also outline the Schools Link project which aims to show schools how they can use amateur radio to deliver ‘core’ science in a practical way to enrich the learning experience, and hopefully generate some new radio amateurs (and maybe radio communication engineers) in the process.

The Colloquium takes place July 30-31 and is open to all, admittance is £10 per day.

Libby Jackson, Astronaut Flight Education Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency will be speaking during the Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening, book your place via

Further information can be found at