Students in Ham Radio Buildathon

Footage and interviews of students involved in the Sandringham School Space Festival amateur radio buildathon! They built their own working receivers in just a few hours!

Watch Buildathon (Making a Radio) #SANDspace

Sandringham School Space Festival Events
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1uGINiJk1_CczF5YUw2bHd1S28/view

You can listen to the Sandringham School contact with Tim Peake on the ISS at 0847 GMT on Friday, January 8, either online or by using a ham radio tuned to 145.800 MHz FM.
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/05/iss-school-contact-how-to-get-involved/

Huffington Post report: Schoolgirl Is Going To Operate A Radio Station So She Can Call Tim Peake From Earth
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/01/05/this-schoolgirl-is-going-to-operate-a-radio-station-and-call-tim-peake-from-earth_n_8915462.html

ARISS contact planned for school in St. Albans
https://amsat-uk.org/2016/01/05/ariss-contact-planned-for-school-in-st-albans/

International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Sunday, July 26

Holiday Inn Guildford side entrance

Holiday Inn Guildford side entrance

There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ. The event is open to all.

Admittance is £10 for the day and car parking is free.

Speakers for Sunday, July 26

• Surrey Space Centre (SSC) Update including DeOrbitSail Report by Dr Chris Bridges 2E0OBC

• USN Academy NO-84 ParkinsonSat/PSAT by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

• Tim Peake / ARISS / UKSA Outreach by Ciaran Morgan M0XTD

• UKube-1: technology, mission and operations by Helen Walker, RAL Space

• The Nayif-1 opportunity by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

• Data Recovery as part of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project by Phil Karn KA9Q

• ESEO Update and Demonstration by Dr Chris Bridges 2E0OBC and Graham Shirville G3VZV

• Open Discussion Session lead by Graham Shirville G3VZV

• AMSAT-UK AGM

Further details and programme schedule spreadsheet at https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

International Space Colloquium Guildford – Speakers for Saturday, July 25

Holiday Inn Guildford side entrance

Holiday Inn Guildford – Colloquium entrance

There is a great line up of speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium at the Holiday Inn, Guildford as well as visits to the satellite construction facilities at the SSTL Kepler Building. The event is open to all.

Admittance is £10 for the day and car parking is free.

Speakers for Saturday, July 25

• Introduction by Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO OBE, FRS, FREng, FIET

• SSTL Update by Tony Holt, Director, SSTL

• The Satellite Applications Catapult PocketQube Kit by Chris Brunskill

• AMSAT-DL Presentation by Peter Guelzow DB2OS

• What else does Space do for You! by Prof. Richard Holdaway, former Director RAL Space

• The FUNcube project – results so far! by Jim Heck G3WGM

• AMSAT-NA / Fox-1 Presentation by Drew Glassbrenner KO4MA

• ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space by Eric Bertels

• Dutch Satellite Days by Ivo Klinkert PA1IVO

Further details and programme schedule spreadsheet at https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/

Advert Features Ham Radio and ISS

International Space Station - Image Credit NASA

International Space Station – Image Credit NASA

The latest advert from Internet Services provider MTN Global features amateur radio and the International Space Station (ISS).

MTN Global’s latest brand commercial tells the story of a little boy who discovers, via the internet, that it is very simple to build a homemade radio that will allow him to actually speak to an astronaut in space. He tries and fails and tries again, using the internet to embark on a journey of discovery that takes a rather unexpected turn. Because that’s the thing about discovery, there’s always more to discover.

Watch MTN: ‘Space’

My first radio contact with an Astronaut
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/december2005/qso_with_an_astronaut.htm

Check the status of the ISS amateur radio stations at http://issfanclub.com/

How to hear the ISS https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-hear-the-iss/

How to use the ISS APRS Packet Radio Digipeater
https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-work-the-iss-on-aprs-packet-radio/

More ISS Slow Scan TV Activity https://amsat-uk.org/2015/02/11/more-iss-slow-scan-tv/

What is Amateur Radio ? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Amateur Radio Village at EMF 2014

EMF 2012 badge of attendee Graham Shirville G3VZV

EMF 2012 badge of attendee Graham Shirville G3VZV

There will be an amateur radio village and special event station GB2EMF at the Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 event taking place August 29-31 at Bletchley near Milton Keynes.

EMF 2014 is a festival for anyone interested in radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, 3D printing, DIYBio, Internet culture or pretty much anything else you can think of. It is a volunteer effort by a non-profit group, inspired by European and US hacker camps like Chaos Communication Camp, HAR, and toorcamp.

Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Over a thousand curious people will descend on the friendly open space to learn, share, and talk about what they love.

Over a long weekend, you can expect to see a huge variety of talks across three stages, a slew of workshops, as well as music, games, and installations dotted around the site.

Attendees are invited to set up their own villages — camps within the camp — where like-minded people can camp together and put on their own activities. The hard-working EMF team of volunteers will supply you with power and internet to your tent.

The special event station GB2EMF will be run from the Amateur Radio Village, it had been hoped to have a 70cm/2m crossband FM repeater operational during the event but it looks as though Ofcom licensing issues may preclude this.

At each EMF event the organisers try and give the attendees a great camp badge. Not just a ‘Hello my name is” sticker but a nice fun piece of technology that they can take away and use after the event.

EMF 2014 takes place August 29-31 near Newton Longville, just South of Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK17 0BU. Talks include:
• High Altitude Ballooning by Adam Greig M0RND
• Amateur Radio – Practical Sign offs by Paul
• Amateur Radio: The Original Nerd Hobby! by Ryan Sayre 2E0RYS
• An Operator’s Guide to the Enigma Cipher Machine by Simon Singh
• Back to Basics Radio – build a self-powered solderless receiver by Iain Sharp
• InfraRed Communications by Michael Turner
• Surface Mount Soldering – SMD by hand isn’t hard, build your own Persistence of Vision kit to prove it! by Edinburgh Hacklab
Other talks https://www.emfcamp.org/talks/

Announcing TiLDA MKe, the incredible EMF 2014 camp badge
http://blog.emfcamp.org/post/94157161753/announcing-tilda-mke-the-incredible-emf-2014-camp

EMF 2014 https://www.emfcamp.org/
Twitter @emfcamp
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/emfcamp

Report on the EMF 2012 event https://amsat-uk.org/2012/09/01/emf-2012-milton-keynes/

AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium Videos Now Available

AMSAT-UK_Bevelled_LogoThanks to the hard work of volunteers from the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) videos of the presentations given to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium held in Guildford on July 26-27, 2014 are now available to view online or download to your PC.

Links to the presentation videos, PDF’s of the slides and the schedule are at
https://amsat-uk.org/colloquium/colloquium-2014/presentation-videos/

You can also access them by following these steps:
• Go to http://www.batc.tv/
• Click on the ‘Film Archive’ icon
• Select ‘AMSATUK 2014′ from the Category drop down menu
• Click on ‘Select Category’
• Select the video you wish to watch from the Stream drop down menu
• Click on ‘Select Stream’
• Click the play icon ‘>’ on the player
• Clicking on the icon to the left of the player volume control will give you full screen display.
• To download the video file to your PC right-click on the ‘Click Here’  link under the player.

AMSAT-UK publishes an newsletter, OSCAR News, that is full of Amateur Satellite information. A sample issue of OSCAR News can be downloaded here.
Join AMSAT-UK online at http://tinyurl.com/JoinAMSAT-UK/