Galileo GNSS/GPS – FCC to vote on use of signals in USA

FCC SealThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said it will vote in November on whether to allow U.S. GPS receivers to access the Galileo global navigation satellite system (GNSS).

From an Amateur Radio perspective the key part is that the FCC will only be voting to waive its licensing requirements for non-federal operations with Galileo channels E1 and E5, subject to certain technical constraints.

This means they will not be voting on the E6 channel 1260-1300 MHz, these frequencies are also Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Service allocations. This suggests for 1260-1300 MHz the situation in the USA will be unchanged, the unlicensed use of the Galileo signal on channel E6 will not be permitted for non-Federal operations in the USA.

Read the Reuters story which also says Ajit Pai is proposing the first comprehensive review of the FCC’s orbital debris rules since their adoption in 2004

2006 article – Galileo and amateur radio operations in 1260-1300 MHz

ESEO’s Educational Story Continues

Happy ESEO students and AMSAT-UK members

Happy ESEO students and AMSAT-UK members

ESA reports the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) has concluded its test campaign. The ESEO student teams gathered in the Netherlands, October 18, 2018 for a last precious lesson before the satellite is launched.

ESEO satellite in the anechoic chamber at the ESTEC test facilities, in the Netherlands

ESEO satellite in the anechoic chamber at the ESTEC test facilities, in the Netherlands

ESEO carries an amateur radio 1260 to 145 MHz FM transponder and a 1k2 and 4k8 BPSK telemetry beacon developed by AMSAT-UK members.

The satellite has been at ESA’s ESTEC test facilities, in the Netherlands, where it completed the last steps of a thorough satellite test campaign which had started in August 2018 at SITAEL’s facility in Mola di Bari, Italy.

Learning by doing has already proven an amazing experience for the ten university student teams from different European universities who have designed and built the instruments and several key subsystems of the ESEO satellite.

On October 18, at a dedicated workshop, the ESEO students had the additional chance to hear first-hand what it takes to run a satellite test campaign – trouble shooting included!

“In the space sector no satellite could ever be launched without a thorough tests campaign”, said Piero Galeone, coordinating the ESA Academy programme of which ESEO is a part. “The reason is that – as perfect as your satellite design and manufacturing process can be – the devil always hides in the details. If there is anything to be fixed, you want to know it and correct it before the satellite flies on its orbit hundreds kilometres from the surface of the Earth, beyond the reach of any engineer’s hands”.

Read the full ESA story at


ESEO satellite in clean room

Special Event Station GB0AUK

AMSAT-UK Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working - Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

AMSAT-UK Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working – Credit Mike DK3WN

The special event station GB0AUK will be active on the amateur satellites at the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, part of the RSGB Convention, in Milton Keynes Oct 13-14.

AMSAT-UK members will be running a demonstration amateur radio satellite ground station, using the equipment provided to UK schools for the International Space Station ARISS contacts in 2016.

The station will be operational, as time permits during from Friday, October 12 until Sunday, October 14.

There will also be a ‘Beginners Session’ on Sunday morning at 09:30 BST which, like all the Colloquium presentations, will be streamed live.

The AMSAT-UK Colloquium is part of the RSGB Convention at the Kents Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ. Colloquium presentations will be in Lecture Room 5. Download the programme schedule from

Tickets to the event are available at the door or you can book in advance at

The live stream of the Colloquium presentations will be at

Cassini-Huygens: Odyssey to Saturn and Titan – Sunday Oct 14

Professor David Southwood

Professor David Southwood

At 10:45am on Sunday, October 14, the Chair of the UK Space Agency Steering Board Professor David Southwood will give a presentation on the Cassini-Huygens mission to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Milton Keynes.

More than 35 years ago, a small group of scientists in Europe met with American counterparts to discuss what might be done to explore jointly the outer planets – in particular Saturn, its rings and moons.

At the time, Europe did not have plans to explore the solar system at all. Indeed, many wanted to keep it that way. Nonetheless, in what seems now a very short time, 6 years later, it was agreed that Europe and the US would jointly perform a grand mission, Cassini-Huygens to Saturn and its major moon, Titan with Europe building Huygens, the Titan lander.

In 2017 almost 20 years after Cassini-Huygens was launched to Saturn the programme finally ended with the Cassini mothership deliberately diving into the Saturn atmosphere. The history of the programme and some of its highs and lows will be outlined.

The AMSAT-UK Colloquium is part of the RSGB Convention at the Kents Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ. Colloquium presentations will be in Lecture Room 5. Download the programme schedule from

Tickets to the event are available at the door, details at

There will be a live stream of the Colloquium presentations at

New amateur satellite forum aims to help newcomers

Peter Gülzow DB2OS President AMSAT-DL

Peter Gülzow DB2OS President AMSAT-DL

AMSAT-DL President Peter Gülzow DB2OS reports on a new amateur radio satellite forum that aims to help newcomers become active on the satellites.

On the AMSAT Bulletin board (AMSAT-BB) he writes:

We have set up a new online forum at

Especially with the upcoming launch of P4-A / Es’hail-2 we want to offer a forum for extensive discussions.

Essentially this is a forum, where everyone can report on experiences and knowledge from operating satellites and thereby help other newly interested radio amateurs to become active and a member of our satellite community.

Of course all topics around amateur radio satellites and OSCAR’s should be discussed there, appropriate categories and forums were created. If necessary this can be extended at any time and on request.

We would be pleased if the new forum is well received and you register there with your callsign (if available) as your name.

Of course you can also look around as a “guest”.

Experienced users can also check in the settings for new entries and have them delivered by eMail if you wish so.

In this sense, have fun

Peter, DB2OS 1st Chairman
Chris, DL7AG, Webmaster


Autumn issue of OSCAR News now available for download

OSCAR News 223 Autumn 2018 Front CoverE-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the Autumn 2018 edition of OSCAR News here.

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

In this issue:
• From the Secretary’s Keyboard
• 2018 Meetings & Events calendar
• Programme for the 2018 Colloquium
• A Newcomer to Satellites and a First Rove – to Iceland!
• Mini Rove by Pete Green G0ABI
• MacDoppler Pro
• OSCAR NEWS – The Editors are retiring!
• The First OSCAR spacecraft is now in orbit around the moon
• Inter MAI-75 ISS SSTV
• FUNcube-1 after almost five years’ service!
• AMSAT-UK Construction Competition
• NASA Upgrades Space Station Emergency Communications Ground Stations
• EA8/DL4ZAB operation
• AMSAT-UK 2017-2018 Statement of Accounts
• Work at Goonhilly
• Charter Member, Past AMSAT President William A. “Bill” Tynan, W3XO, SK
• My Radio Life by Bill Tynan, W3XO, (Part 1)
• Keynote Speaker at Colloquium
• EMF 2018
• Es’Hail-2 Launching soon!
• AMSAT-UK update – upcoming launches and other news
• Notice Of The 2018 Annual General Meeting Of AMSAT-UK
• Youngsters On The Air 2018 – South Africa

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).

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