Ofcom Consultation: Improving spectrum access for Wi-Fi

5840 MHz UNITEC-1 Venus orbiter

5840 MHz UNITEC-1 Venus orbiter

Ofcom wishes to boost the use of Wi-Fi in Amateur Radio spectrum at 5725-5850 MHz.

The Amateur Satellite Service weak-signal downlink band, 5830-5850 MHz, is used by amateur payloads on Deep-Space and Interplanetary spacecraft as well as by satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Increased use of Wi-Fi across these frequencies would obliterate the weak amateur satellite signals.

Ofcom propose to remove the Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) requirements from Wi-Fi channels in 5725-5850 MHz. They also propose to make 5925-6425 MHz available for Wi-Fi.

The consultation closes on March 20, 2020.

Consultation info

Direct link to PDF document

Wi-Fi Channels in the 5 GHz Band

Special certificate to celebrate 30 years of LUSAT

LUSAT Week CertificateAMSAT-LU will be issuing a special certificate to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of LUSAT (LO-19) during LUSAT week which takes place January 18-26, 2020.

AMSAT Argentina LU7AA says:

On Jan-22-1990 LUSAT/LO-19 was launched along with AO-16, DO-17, WO-18, UO-14 & UO-15.

It’s our first Argentina Satellite, and one of first to use PACSAT protocol.

LUSAT is still calling home with her carrier at +/-437.125 saying hey! I am here, http://amsat.org.ar/pass?satx=lusat

AMSAT-LU invites to share & celebrate this 30th anniversary, due Jan-22 2020.

From Jan 18 thru 26 several Club Stations and amateurs will be active by radio.

Granting thru one contact on any band or mode or Sat a QSL and/or a Certificate.

Full details are at http://amsat.org.ar/?f=30e

December 2019 issue of OSCAR News now available for download

OSCAR News 228 December 2019 front coverE-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the December 2019 edition of OSCAR News, issue 228, here.

The paper edition should be sent to postal members in 2-3 weeks.

In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
• 2020 Meetings & Events Calendar
• Dates of Note 2020
• Happy Birthday FUNcube-1 (AO73)
• 144-146 MHz WebSDR at Goonhilly
• 2.4GHz 5W Power Amplifier for QO-100
• 2.4 GHz 4W power amplifier MHT1008N
• UK Space Conference 2019 – Report
• “Amateur Radio in Space” at the Maker Faire 2019, Rome
• F4DXV and KE9AJ new AO-7 QRB Record
• The AMSAT-UK/BATC Groundstation at Goonhilly Downs
• InterOperable Radio System for the ISS
• Perspectives on WRC-19
• TF3YOTA on QO-100
• Competition to find OPS-SAT
• ESA Ministerial Council Meeting November 2019
• Jamboree on the Air and QO-100

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

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

A21EME Moonbounce and QO-100 Dxpedition

A21EMEChris PA2CHR has released a video of the A21EME eight band Moonbounce and QO-100 satellite DXpedition to Botswana in October 2019.

Watch A21EME EME DXpedition to Botswana, October 2019

The A21EME Story https://hb9q.ch/2018/?page_id=1659

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

TF3YOTA active on Es’hail-2 / QO-100 satellite

Elín Sigurðardóttir TF2EQ operating TF3YOTA on QO-100

Elín Sigurðardóttir TF2EQ operating TF3YOTA on QO-100

Iceland’s national amateur radio society, the IRA, reports Elín Sigurðardóttir TF2EQ, launched TF3YOTA from TF3IRA’s radio room in Skeljanes on December 19.

First at 14 MHz and when the conditions disappeared it switched to the IRA’s satellite station for communication via the Es’hail-2 / Qatar-Oscar-100 satellite. Ari Þórólfur Jóhannesson TF1A, IRA VHF Manager, assisted Elina and posted, among other things, a fun video of the contacts on Facebook.

The YOTA project began last year (2018) and will be operational in December each year. It is designed to increase young people’s interest in amateur radio. The project is under the auspices of IARU Area 1 and all national amateur radio amateurs in the Region are involved (as well as national members of Regions 2 and 3).

Elín Sigurðardóttir TF2EQ, is the IRA’s youth representative and YOTA project manager together with Árni Frey Rúnarsson, TF8RN. They plan to activate the call sign on as many HF bands (as required) throughout the month, as well as contacts on the OSCAR-100 satellite.

Source IRA https://tinyurl.com/IcelandIRA

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

CAMSAT CAS-6 satellite launched December 20

CAS-6 Satellite

CAS-6 Satellite

CAMST’s amateur radio payload CAS-6 piggybacked on a technology test satellite TIANQIN-1 launched at 03:21 UTC on December 20, 2019 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center of China using a CZ-4B launch vehicle.

Update December 20: Alan BA1DU reported:
“Today CAS-6 has been successfully launched, the satellite is currently in orbit testing, the amateur radio payload is expected to be operational in about three days. Thank you for your interest.”

The primary payload of this launch is China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite CBERS-4A.

Satellite Name: CAS-6/TIANQIN-1

• Orbit type : SSO
• Apogee : 629km
• Inclination : 97.89˚
• Period : 97min

Satellite Architecture: Micro-satellite
• Mass: 35kg
• Stabilization: three-axis stabilization system with its +Y surface facing the earth

Amateur Radio Payload:
• Call sign: BJ1SO
• VHF Antenna: one 1/4λ monopole antenna with max.0dBi gain is located at +Z side
• UHF Antenna: one 1/4λ monopole antenna with max.0dBi gain is located at -Z side
• CW Telemetry Beacon: 145.910 MHz 17dBm
• AX.25 4.8k Baud GMSK Telemetry: 145.890 MHz 20dBm
• U/V Linear Transponder Downlink: 145.925 MHz 20dBm, 20 kHz bandwidth, Inverted
• U/V Linear Transponder Uplink: 435.280 MHz

CAS-6 Satellites Digital Telemetry Description

CAS-6 CW Telemetry Encoding Format

CAMSAT News Release for CAS-6 Satellite

FloripaSat-1 CubeSat carrying a Digital Repeater payload is on the same launch as CAS-6