The RSGB has announced that their popular weekly GB2RS news broadcast will now be available via the QO-100 amateur radio transponder on the geostationary satellite Es’hail-2.
QO-100 provides continuous coverage from eastern Brazil to as far west as Thailand. There are two amateur transponders, one for Narrowband modes such as SSB and FT8 and the other for digital amateur television (DATV).
The RSGB website says:
“GB2RS can now also be heard via the QO-100 amateur radio satellite. The transmission is provided by Keith, GU6EFB at 0800UTC, using upper sideband on 10489.900 MHz, which is in the mixed-mode section of the narrowband transponder. QO-100 is a geostationary satellite with a footprint that covers Europe, Africa and India, so this news bulletin is a specially-adapted international version. The RSGB would like to thank AMSAT-DL for their kind cooperation in making this broadcast possible.”
If you do not have 10 GHz receive capability you can still listen to the broadcast on the AMSAT-UK and BATC WebSDR located at Goonhilly, see
QO-100 info https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/geo/eshail-2/
The Chair of IARU Region 1 Spectrum Affairs, Barry Lewis G4SJH, reports on the work being done in defending the interests of the Amateur Services in the 1240-1300 MHz band.
His IARU Region 1 post reads:
IARU is continuing to represent the amateur services interests in the 23cm band Galileo/GLONASS radio navigation satellite service coexistence discussions in the CEPT project teams.
The most recent CEPT SE40 project team meeting was held from 24th to 26th March 2021 and the IARU R1 was represented by Barry Lewis, G4SJH (Region 1 SRLC chair). At that meeting the first coexistence calculations were introduced by one CEPT administration, based on some initial assumptions about the amateur service operation. The IARU is continuing to work with the regulators to refine the details of these assumptions and make them and the calculations more representative of typical amateur station characteristics and band usage. These first calculations are considered only as a starting point and the meeting agreed that further work is needed to develop the calculations into a more comprehensive study.
Measurement campaigns have shown that the potential for coexistence depends very much on the frequency of the amateur service transmissions in the 23cm band with respect to the RNSS receiver bandwidth. This aspect needs to be considered more carefully once the initial scenarios and calculations are agreed.
In addition the IARU continues to have questions about the protection criteria required by the RNSS receivers and in particular how they relate to RNSS operational and service provision behaviour. IARU has ensured alignment of the amateur and amateur service information being used in CEPT with that being used in the parallel work in the ITU‑R relating to WRC-23 AI 9.1b.
Source IARU Region 1 https://iaru-r1.org/
The meeting Input paper “Amateur versus RNSS, interference areas” that was submitted by France as well as other meeting documents can be downloaded from
Dave Crump G8GKQ
At the RSGB AGM held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 the Society awarded the Louis Varney Cup for advances in space communications to Dave Crump G8GKQ.
Dave accepts this award as Chair of the British Amateur Television Club. His leadership of the BATC community, both in the UK and overseas, has been instrumental in enabling the QO100 satellite wideband transponder to be fully utilized with many new DATV systems being developed since the launch of the spacecraft.
This award acknowledges the exciting and significant contributions made by many members of the BATC, both in terms of software and hardware.
RSGB 2021 Awards and Trophies
Info on the QO-100 Geostationary satellite transponders
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO
Radio amateur Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO, was the guest on the Radio 4 show The Life Scientific that was broadcast on Tuesday, April 20.
Martin Sweeting G3YJO pioneered the original SmallSats revolutions with the UOSAT-1 and UOSAT-2 spacecraft that carried amateur radio payloads and launched in the early 1980’s. They led to the founding of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) of which he is Executive Chairman.
You can listen to, or download, an MP3 recording of the BBC show which mentions amateur radio and AMSAT from the BBC website at https://bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000v7pb
What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio
Free UK amateur radio Online Training course https://essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/
E-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the March 2021 edition of OSCAR News, issue 233, here.
The paper edition edition will be sent to postal members and should arrive in the next 2-3 weeks.
In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
• Changes to AMSAT News Service Bulletins Distribution
• QO-100 Wideband Transponder – 2021 Operating Guidelines and Bandplan
• First QO-100 satellite contact from Indonesia
• AO73 – FUNcube-1 in Space
• A Gain and Power Upgrade for the AMSAT-UK Filtered S Band Driver Amplifier
• The current state of space debris
• CHESS – A cubesat constellation for atmospheric analysis of earth
• It is getting even busier up there!
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.
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E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News here.
On April 4, AMSAT-DL announced the opening of the QO-100 NB satellite transponder to general contest operation in the upper mixed-mode range. This weekend (April 10-11) will see the Yuri Gagarin contest.
The contest area on the QO-100 geostationary satellite NB transponder for both CW and SSB is:
Uplink area 2400.370 – 2400.490 MHz
Downlink area 10489.870 – 10489.990 MHz
Of course, the usual QO-100 NB transponder guidelines also apply here. Therefore, the bandwidth should still be limited to 2.7 kHz and the transmitting power should be reduced to the necessary level, i.e. only as much power as necessary should be used.
Read the AMSAT-DL announcement at https://amsat-dl.org/en/contests-on-qo-100-allowed/
The Yuri Gagarin International DX Contest 2021 is dedicated to the memory of Yuri Gagarin, who realized the first human flight to space, on April 12, 1961.
It runs from 2100 GMT on April 10 until 2100 GMT on April 11, 2021, and the categories include:
• SAT Single operator – Satellite QSOs
• SAT-GS Single operator – Geostationary Satellite QSOs
Contest rules are at http://gc.qst.ru/en/section/32