Karl Meinzer DJ4ZC made DARC honorary member

Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer DJ4ZC circa 1984 - Credit AMSAT-DL

Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer DJ4ZC circa 1984 – Credit AMSAT-DL

Former AMSAT-DL President Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer, DJ4ZC, who was first licensed in 1957 aged 17, has been named a new DARC honorary member. He was awarded the AMSAT-UK G3AAJ Trophy in 2000.

A translation of the DARC post reads:

This was announced by DARC chairman Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG, at the virtual conference of the amateur council – in replacement of the canceled general meeting – on November 13th. Meinzer developed an enthusiasm for amateur radio at a young age. At the age of 17 he obtained his amateur radio license in 1957.

He passed the Abitur [educational qualification] along with a degree in physics and graduated with a doctorate. He spent his professional life at the University of Marburg, especially in the development laboratory for electronics until his retirement in 2005. The rooms of the ZEL were also the headquarters of the AMSAT-DL. Numerous OSCAR satellites were created in the laboratories in Marburg: AO-10, AO-13, AO-21, AO-40. Phase 3E is de facto finished, but is still waiting for a suitable start. A special operating system works in all satellites built by AMSAT-DL, on which Meinzer played a key role.

Meinzer doesn’t skimp on sharing his expertise and so he is still in close contact with the board of AMSAT-DL today. It is not surprising that DJ4ZC was one of the first radio amateurs to work on QO-100.

In addition, Prof. Dr. Karl Meinzer carried out further technical radio tests. He was obsessed with testing whether radio signals could be reflected off the planet Venus. In fact, he succeeded in doing this with 5 kW at 2.4 GHz, including a water-cooled magnetron. He had a special permit from the Federal Network Agency [BNetzA] specifically for these experiments.

But even in earlier years he achieved amazing things: In 1964 he set a course record of 70 cm between his home town of Iserlohn and Switzerland. And even then he was QRV on 433 MHz EME and contacted Puerto Rico. “He is one of the few old-timers who keeps pace with modern technology,” explains Christian Entsfellner, DL3MBG.

“There are only three Keplerian laws, everything can be done in them,” said Meinzer once, according to DL3MBG. “Unfortunately, he is reluctant to present his skills, but the AMSAT board always likes to refer to his expertise,” said the DARC chairman, who later wishes him a happy 82nd birthday.

“The DARC has unanimously decided to award you honorary membership for your services. I am happy to welcome you as a new honorary member, ” concluded DL3MBG.

DJ4ZC expressed his thanks. “My life has always been shaped by amateur radio. Some of the services were only made possible by other people, ”explains Meinzer. “I hope to continue to contribute something for amateur radio and DARC in the future.

Unfortunately, communication behavior in society has changed. So it’s a challenge for the DARC. However, I have the hope that technology will gain more importance again. Ultimately, amateur radio has to prove that it is useful for society,” said Prof. Dr. Meinzer in conclusion.

Source DARC https://darc.de/

Video of AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium talks

A video of the talks given at the 36th annual AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium on October 24, 2021, is now available on YouTube.

Timestamps
00:00:00 Stream starts
00:08:00 Official opening by Martin Sweeting, G3YJO
00:19:38 IARU Amateur Satellite co-ordination. Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T
00:51:12 AMSAT-DL. Peter Guelzow, DB2OS
02:19:53 AMSAT North America. Robert Bankston, KE4AL President
02:49:37 STAR-XL: AMSAT-UK Payload – An updated OBDH for Nanosats. Phil Bladen, Sam Lane, Chris Bridges
03:26:53 STAR-XL: X-Band Upconverter & Dual Band L/X Patch Antenna for Space. Patrick Hope, Marcel Friesch, Chris Bridges
04:04:40 QO-100 using a SkyQ Dish. Iain Young, G7III
04:15:47 B2Space. David Johnson, G4DPZ
04:45:25 Satellite Operating from 57° North. Peter Goodhall, 2M0SQL
05:11:26 Announcement of G3AAJ Trophy by Martin Sweeting, G3YJO

Watch 2021 AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium

AMSAT-UK Online Colloquium Sunday Oct 24

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch Rev4 20100609The AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held as an online Zoom Webinar on Sunday the 24th October 2021. You don’t have to be a member of AMSAT-UK to attend, and the event is free.

The Colloquium will run from 10.45 BST to approximately 16.00 BST (0945-1500 GMT). A full programme of the event is available at programme-for-amsatuk-20211014

This year’s Colloquium will be in the form of a Zoom Webinar. It’s easy to use, simply register at the address below, and follow the instructions which will arrive by email.

Please register before the 24th , or join live at
https://tinyurl.com/AMSATUK2021Colloquium

The 2021 colloquium will also be streamed via YouTube.
Our channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/AMSATUK

The event will be hosted by members of AMSAT-UK and formally opened by our Chairman, Martin Sweeting, G3YJO.

Each presentation will be followed by a 5 minute Q+A session, which will allow those viewing via Zoom, to pose questions to the speakers.

The 2021 colloquium will be followed by the AMSAT-UK AGM and after a short break there will be an informal evening discussion session on ‘All things satellite.’

Programme (all times BST, UTC+1)

10.30 Webinar web site opens

10.45 – 11.00 Official opening by Martin Sweeting, G3YJO.
11.00 – 11.30 IARU Amateur Satellite co-ordination Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T
11.30 – 12.00 AMSAT-DL Peter Guelzow DB2OS

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 – 13.30 Robert Bankston KE4AL President AMSAT North America
13.30 – 14.00 STAR-XL: AMSAT-UK Payload – An updated OBDH for Nanosats
Phil Bladen, Sam Lane, Chris Bridges

14.15– 14.30 STAR-XL: X-Band Upconverter & Dual Band L/X Patch Antenna for Space
Patrick Hope, Marcel Friesch, Chris Bridges

14.30 – 14:45 Coffee Break

14.45 – 15.00 Iain Young G7III – QO-100 using a SkyQ Dish
15.00 – 15.30 David Johnson B2Space Presentation
15.30 – 16.00 Satellite Operating from 57 Degrees North. Peter Goodhall 2M0SQL
16.00 – 16.05 Announcement of G3AAJ Trophy – G3YJO.
16.05 End of Colloquium
16.05 – 16.35 AMSAT-UK AGM

17.30 Onwards. Informal session. Q/A and audience participation

We are very grateful to our speakers for contributing to our Colloquium

Winter issue of OSCAR News now available

Oscar News issue 232 December 2020 Front CoverE-members of AMSAT-UK can now download the December 2020 edition of OSCAR News, issue 232, 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
• The Colloquium 2020
• AMSAT-UK OSCAR QSO Party Wrapup
• AMSAT-UK Wiki Launched
• Dedicated AMSAT-UK Newsgroup
• International QO-100 Emergency Frequency
• Meetings & Events
• My experience of operating on QO 100
• ARISS SSTV Diploma
• Mars on Earth Project KG-STV Activity on QO-100
• EIRSAT-1
• 5 watt 2.4 GHz Amplifier Kit for QO-100 is Back in Stock
• Filtered 2400 MHz Driver Amplifier Kits Now Available

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
http://shop.amsat-uk.org/

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

AMSAT-DL Online Symposium September 26

Peter Gülzow DB2OS AMSAT-DL

Peter Gülzow DB2OS AMSAT-DL

AMSAT-DL have announced this year’s Symposium on Saturday, September 26, will be streamed live on YouTube and most of the lectures will be in English to cater for an international audience.

Matthias DD1US writes on the AMSAT Bulletin Board:

Unfortunately, the AMSAT-DL Symposium planned for September 26th and 27th, 2020 cannot take place this year in the usual manner.

Since the health of everyone is very close to our hearts and the legal framework currently leaves no other option, we have decided not to hold a meeting on site in Bochum this year. We regret this very much, but the premises only allow an occupancy of less than 20 persons.

A “social” meeting with dinner is unfortunately not possible either, nor is a flea market and other activities, such as the QO-100 User Meeting, which happened for the first time during the HAM Radio Fair in Friedrichshafen in 2019.

Instead, we will broadcast the symposium as an “online” meeting in DATV via the broadband transponder of QO-100 and on the Internet on the YouTube channel of AMSAT-DL at https://www.youtube.com/user/amsatdl

Enclosed is the preliminary schedule for September 26th 2020 (all times in CEST=UTC+2):

09:00 (07:00 GMT, 08:00 BST) Welcome, Introduction, Agenda – Matthias DD1US
09:10 Interview with the AMSAT-DL Board of Directors: Peter DB2OS, Michael DD5ER, Thilo DJ5YM – Matthias DD1US
09:45 Introduction to Bochum Observatory and its Ham Radio activities – Thilo DJ5YM
10:10 The AMSAT-DL LunART project proposal to ESA – Peter DB2OS
10:35 The ADALM Pluto as part of the AMSAT-DL QO-100 control station in Bochum – Mario DL5MLO
11:10 Portable station for QO-100 based on the modules of AMSAT-DL – Matthias DD1US
12:00 Lunch break
12:45 QO-100 DX-pedition to Namibia/South Africa/Botswana – Charly DK3ZL
13:45 Digital Narrowband Operation via QO-100 – Florian DF2ET
14:20 School contacts via QO-100 with DP0GVN in Antarctica – Heiner DD0KP
14:55 Update of ARISS and AREx activities – Oliver DG6BCE
15:45 Coffee break
16:00 Reception of the recently launched probes to Mars – Daniel EA4GPZ, Paul M0EYT, Achim DH2VA
16:50 Final interview with the AMSAT-DL BOD and conclusions: Peter DB2OS, Michael DD5ER, Thilo DJ5YM – Matthias DD1US
17:10 Introduction to the virtual QO-100 user meeting – Matthias DD1US
17:20 Virtual QO-100 user meeting via the QO-100 NB transponder – Florian DF2ET
17:50 Closing of the symposium and virtual QO-100 user meeting – Matthias DD1US

Due to the international audience, most of the lectures will be held in English. The current schedule can be found on the AMSAT-DL homepage at https://amsat-dl.org/en/

We would like to invite you all, also on behalf of the AMSAT-DL board, to this year’s AMSAT-DL online conference and the virtual QO-100 user meeting.

Jens DH6BB, Lenz DL8RDL, Florian DF2ET and Matthias DD1US

Please send any queries to Matthias DD1US matthias.bopp <AT> dd1us.de

Online Space Workshop May 2-3

Online Space Workshop 2020

Online Space Workshop 2020 #OSW2020

The Online Space Workshop #OSW2020 takes place this weekend May 2-3.

You can watch live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4SHJxCLutZRWK9uQXFVXxQ

The full schedule of presentations is on the AMSAT Nepal site. Note the times are given in Nepali Time which is 5:45 hours ahead of GMT and 4:45 ahead of BST, see
http://amsat-np.org/osw2020/

Among the speakers are:

Tom Walkinshaw, founder and CEO of UK-based Alba Orbital, on Getting PocketQubes on Orbit, cheaply, regularly and reliably

Félix Páez EA4GQS, President of AMSAT Spain (AMSAT EA), on AMSAT EA PocketQube Missions and Designs

Julián Fernández EA4HCD, Co-Founder and CEO of Fossa Systems, on FOSSASAT-1, Data from the first IOT Picosatellites in Space

Follow AMSAT Nepal on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AmsatNepal