Indian radio amateur starts petition for licence change

Department of Telecommunications India LogoRohit Bokade VU3OIR has started a petition requesting a change to the Amateur Radio licence in India to permit all grades of licence to use the amateur radio satellites.

In India holders of the Restricted grade of licence (VU3 prefix) are not permitted to use amateur radio satellites or communicate with the International Space Station. The exam requirements for a Restricted licence are of a similar level to the UK Intermediate.

Rohit says:

“Last decade has seen a rapid increase in Amateur Satellites, especially the ones made by educational institutes. As we are slowly moving towards an era when Space will be democratized, more and more students are becoming interested in joining the Amateur radio community.”

“By keeping the amateur radio service bound to General grade license, we are preventing a vast majority of restricted grade operators consisting of a major portion of students yet to get general grade license, from operating these satellites even if it is possible to operate them within the power bounds of restricted grade. We request you through this petition to allow restricted grade operators to operate amateur satellite service within their emission power bounds.”

Read the full petition text at
https://www.change.org/p/wireless-planning-and-coordination-wpc-wing-change-in-amateur-radio-rules-in-india-to-facilitate-rising-amateur-and-student-satellites

Rohit Bokade (VU3OIR) https://twitter.com/rnbokade/status/1271706670943502336

The two grades of licence in India are General (400w HF, 25w VHF/UHF) and Restricted (50w HF, 10w VHF/UHF). The exam syllabus and licence regulations can be downloaded from
http://www.niar.org/training-material.html

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications, released the 2018/19 Amateur Radio statistics in their Annual Report. See page 60 (PDF page 62) at
http://dot.gov.in/sites/default/files/Annual%20Report-2018-19(English).pdf

Previous Annual Reports http://dot.gov.in/reports-statistic/2471

AMSAT-India participated in Somaiya Space Conclave 2020

AMSAT-India at Somaiya Space Conclave 2020Somaiya Space Conclave 2020 was organised by KJ Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology – Mumbai, India on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP reports:

It was a full day event covering topics related to Students Satellite program, Amateur Satellites, PS4 Orbiting Platform program, Design & Development of Nano Satellites etc.
AMSAT-INDIA was invited along with prominent speakers from ISRO & Satellite industries.

Myself Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP, (Regional Coordinator for West India Zone) represented AMSAT-INDIA. I did introduced AMSAT-INDIA & it’s activities, along with Amateur Satellite Development scenario in India. I talked on HAMSAT, AISAT, role of ITU (API Submission), IARU (frequency allocation) etc procedure in brief for students satellite program. Some highlights were given on Satellite Ground station / Amateur Club station requirement. At last gave info on ARISS program & gave live Demo of SSTV over VHF which turnout as fun for all.

More than 60 curious Students including few budding team for Satellite program participated from different institutions and gained knowledge on various topics. Students from IIT Bombay shared their sensible experience on their Pratham satellite.

I am thankful to our AMSAT-INDIA Secretary Nitin Muttin VU3TYG for all technical support & Coordinating with organisers. I also thanks to Dr. Umesh Shinde, Mr. Rohit Bokade, Supriya Bhide, Siddharth & whole volunteer team for great cooperation & support.

It was remarkable event for all of us to gain & share knowledge, meet & discuss on single subject SATELLITES!

thanks & 73

Rajesh P. Vagadia VU2EXP
Regional Coordinator
West India Zone
AMSAT-INDIA
http://www.amsatindia.org/

Live Amateur Radio Satellite Demo for Physics Students

Group photo at campus

Group photo at campus

Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP reports a Special Hands on Workshop of Applied Physics was organised at well-known School of Science – RK University, Rajkot (Gujarat), India

It was 5 day event from 2nd Dec to 6th Dec 2019.

50 final year B.Sc Physics Students from various Colleges across state of Gujarat were registered for this special program.

Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP gives an introduction to Amateur Radio

Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP gives an introduction to Amateur Radio

On 4th December 2019, Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP (Regional Coordinator of AMSAT-INDIA) conducted detailed presentation on Ham Radio & its Application along with Live Satellite Demo amongst 50 students & faculties.

In beginning I gave complete overview of Ham radio hobby ranging from CW to Satellites!

My presentation Included operating procedure & protocols, various ham events, different modes incl CW, SSB, FM, Digital, SSTV, APRS. Licensing procedure & ASOC exam syllabus was covered. For practical observing collection of radio stuff were displayed incl antennas, accessories, CubeSat model, SDR Dongle, VHF Base, HTs, PSU, Morse Keyer, Paddle, QSL Cards, ARISS Awards etc. And of course my homebrewed IOio Sat Antenna.

AMSAT functioning & its motto was explained in detailed. Few amateur satellites were bring into notice made or supported by various AMSAT organisations.

ARISS student outreach program highlights were also given & played original audio conversation happened between 13 year Student (Sakshi Vagadia) and female Astronaut Sunita Williams aboard ISS, particular ARISS event was carried out on 14th Nov 2012 at Science City Ahmedabad Gujarat by we few hams. Below is the link to enjoy conversation
https://tinyurl.com/sakshi-talks-sunita

Students surprised to see scientific capabilities of ham radio reaches up to ISS Astronauts & even further to moon with EME experiments!

Lots of queries were raised on different topics throughout the session, and students as well as faculties were satisfied with the given answers. I always encourage students to raise query at any point of time and get immediate reply 🙂

VHF voice demonstration

VHF voice demonstration

Thereafter Students also enjoyed practical Demos as below:

• Students find it funny to learn Sound act as a language during Morse code demo with my keyer & paddle.

• VHF Voice demo was given by making 3 groups and students introduce each other with Radio, simple HT created more excitement amongst students who used to carry expensive iphones, hi..

• For APRS Demo a prior information were shared to University administration & students to track my QTH to Venue journey on https://aprs.fi with Callsign (SSID) VU2EXP-10. To my own surprise group of Faculties stepped out to welcome me exactly on arrival of my car at Campus! Infact everybody were live tracking my journey on APRS!

• Star attraction was for Live Satellite Demo amongst group of students. Tiny cubsat AO91 was preferred for demo considering elevation of 44° & AOS Time 1247 (IST). Demo was previously announced to get support of Ham community. All students, faculties and admins get assembled 15 minutes prior to AOS at terrace of the building. There were no obstacles or tall buildings in any side.

I made students familiar with important Satellite terms such as AOS, TCA, LOS, Uplink Freq, Downlink Freq, Doppler shift, Tracking with apps etc. I used IOio dual band antenna with two separate HTs. Necessary frequency & tx ctcss tone was set & tested before pass. For Tx Speaker Mic was used for convenience, and for Rx small PA was connected to HT so whole group can listen to our possible two way QSO. I was prepared aiming IOio antenna at 180° (South), on AOS time at 1247 (IST) I gave few Sat calls… De VU2EXP on AO91 Satellite… repeat… soon heard a station replying me!!! Cheers!!!

Initially his signal was fading, but finally we establish 1st Satellite QSO, it was VU3PEN from Hyderabad (MK97em) 955 Kms from us. Students can’t stop their excitement and started cheering up!!!

Soon we worked 2nd station with VU3BXS from Haryana (MM80pd) 1083 Kms away.

To our surprise 3rd contact was made with DX station A65BP from UAE (LL75qj) 1602 Kms away.

4th contact was with VU2DGR from Kerala (MJ89gg) 1576 Kms away from us.

Now we were near to LOS at NNW direction and at low elevation we heard 5th station, mostly it was R9LR (MO27qf) 3907 Kms away, I gave repeated call but two way contact was not established. Students were very excited to learn such things & just thrilled to witness live SatDemo. Many new queries were answered on SatCom and we had memorable group photo in terrace too.

My session was extended to 4 hours for presentation & various demos.

I am thankful to VU3PEN, VU3BXS, A65BP, VU2DGR & R9LR for extending valuable support for my demo activities. This was my first Live Satellite Demo (AO91) amongst group of students & faculties who all keenly enjoyed whole session.

I also thanks Prof. Harshal Desai, Dr. Savan Katba (Coordinator), Dr. Ashish Tanna (HOD Physics) & School of Science RK University Rajkot to give me wonderful platform to conduct this memorable Ham Session with Live Demos.

Best 73’s

Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP
Rajkot – Gujarat
Regional Coordinator
West India Zone
AMSAT-INDIA
M: 9898283916
E: vu2exp@gmail.com
http://www.qrz.com/db/vu2exp

Whole group witness live satellite demonstration

Whole group witness live satellite demonstration

WRC-19 Day 9 and 10: Satellites, 50 MHz and 1240-1300 MHz

RSGB Spectrum Forum Chair Murray G6JYB talking to delegates at WRC-19

RSGB Spectrum Forum Chair Murray G6JYB talking to delegates at WRC-19

The RSGB have released a report on days 9 and 10 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019.

The report covers Satellites, HF (7 MHz), a proposed 50 MHz band for the Amateur Service only (not Satellites) and Future Agenda Items including the 1240-1300 MHz band where a number of countries wish to restrict (or remove) amateur radio operation to “protect” GNSS servces. Both the European Galileo (due for completion 2020) and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith (QZSS) (due for completion 2023) GNSS systems have downlinks that transmit across 1260-1300 MHz.

Read the RSGB report at https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/2019/11/10/wrc-19-day-10-halfway-there/

Read the RSGB WRC-19 updates at https://rsgb.org/main/blog/category/news/special-focus/wrc-19/

IARU Region 1 WRC-19 Week 2 report https://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php/174-news/latest-news/1914-wrc-19-week-2

IARU WRC-19 News http://www.iaru.org/news–events

CEPT ECC Report covers the key Agenda Item 1.1 on a 50 MHz Amateur Service band in ITU Region 1 – but not for the Amateur-Satellite Service
https://www.cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/introduction/weekly-report-from-wrc-19

New French CEPT paper still seeks 144-146 MHz for Aeronautical

CEPT LogoThe French administration has renewed its attack on the Amateur Radio 144-146 MHz band ahead of a key CEPT ECC CPG meeting in Ankara, August 26-30.

In a paper to be considered at the conference the French Administration says it is not at this time seeking Primary status for the Aeronautical Mobile Service in 144-146, however, their intent is still that the Aeronautical Mobile Service should share the amateur 2m band.

It is clear where such sharing would inevitably lead, amateur operation in the band would only be tolerated if there were no interference to Aeronautical Mobile. Radio Amateurs might be subject to heavy restriction and low EIRP limits.

We can get on idea of France’s long term intent for 144 MHz from their attitude to the 1240-1300 MHz band. It was initially said the Galileo constellation could amicably share this allocation and amateur operation could continue but now France says “unregulated use of the band 1240-1300 MHz by the amateur service is a serious source of harmful interference to RNSS receivers.”
See https://amsat-uk.org/2019/08/19/threat-to-amateur-radio-23cm-band/

The French paper CPG(19)137 F – AI10 – Non safety AMS-background information is at
https://www.cept.org/Documents/cpg/53024/cpg-19-137_f-ai10-non-safety-ams-backgroud-information

Read the IARU paper – CPG(19)115_IARU – AI10 – View on 144-146 MHz under B10-2
https://www.cept.org/Documents/cpg/52931/cpg-19-115_iaru-ai10-view-on-144-146-mhz-under-b10-2

Read the Save 2 Meter story – French administration strikes back at IARU at
https://www.save2m.org/2019/08/french-administration-strikes-back-at-iaru/

Follow Save 2 Meter at https://twitter.com/Save2Meter

Other Ankara meeting documents are at
https://cept.org/ecc/groups/ecc/cpg/client/meeting-documents/?flid=10031

19th Global Symposium for Regulators

ITU-D 19th Global Symposium for RegulatorsSmall-Satellites, High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) and 47 GHz were among the topics discussed at the ITU-D 19th Global Symposium for Regulators in Port Vila, Vanuata, July 9-12.

The background paper ‘Preparing for WRC-19 – Understanding the issues at stake and the impact of decisions to be made’ was among the meeting documents in which 47.0-47.2 GHz is noted as one of the candidate bands for IMT-2020 (International Mobile Telecommunications) and 47.2-47.5 GHz for HAPS.

Regarding Small-Satellites the document says:

At WRC-15, a proposal for a new agenda item for WRC-19 “to consider modifications to the regulatory procedures for notifying satellite networks to accommodate nanosatellite and picosatellite missions” was submitted. WRC-15 decided not to include this as a specific item on the WRC-19 agenda, because it concluded that this matter could best be dealt with by the ITU-R under the standing WRC agenda item 7.

Considering that the size of a satellite is independent of the nature of the service that it is intended to provide, a simplified regulatory regime needs to be developed for non-GSO satellites with short-duration missions, independent of the size of the satellite.

and

Furthermore, it is important to ensure that any satellite radio-frequency operation avoids harmful interference to incumbent and authorized systems and services. The two frequency bands below 1 GHz under consideration for new or upgraded allocation to the SOS (150.05-174 MHz and 400.15-420 MHz) are used for a wide variety of terrestrial and space applications, including for safety of life purposes, and some of these bands are heavily used on a consistent basis. Nevertheless, if new allocations to the SOS in these frequency bands are considered, they should not put undue constraints on any incumbent services.

Download the PDF at
https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/GSR/2019/Documents/Background_paper_Preparing%20for%20WRC19.pdf

Other meeting documents https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/GSR/2019/Pages/Documents.aspx