Founded in 1975 AMSAT-UK is a voluntary organisation that supports the design and building of equipment for amateur radio satellites.

AMSAT-UK initially produced a short bulletin called OSCAR News to give members advice on amateur satellite communications. Since those early days OSCAR News has grown in size and the print quality has improved beyond recognition. Today, OSCAR News is produced as a high-quality quarterly colour A4 magazine consisting of up to 40 pages of news, information and comment about amateur radio space communications.

The new lower-cost E-membership provides OSCAR News as a downloadable PDF file giving members the freedom to read it on their Tablets or Smartphones anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch Rev4 20100609

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

An additional advantage is that the PDF should be available for download up to 2 weeks before the paper copy is posted.

Take out Electronic Membership or Postal Membership at the AMSAT-UK shop

E-members can download their copies of OSCAR News from

A sample issue of OSCAR News can be downloaded here.

2017 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium

Kents Hill Park Conference Centre Milton Keynes MK7 6BZ

Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ

AMSAT-UK is very happy to announce that the dates of the next AMSAT-UK Colloquium will be October 14-15, 2017.

This year it will be incorporated into the RSGB Convention at the Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Timbold Drive, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ. Exact details are currently being finalised with the RSGB and these will be notified when they are known.

If you have not been to Kents Hill Park before, it is very close to the M1 motorway and is near to Bletchley Park, where RSGB members have free entry. For overseas visitors it is convenient for planes to London Luton Airport (30-minute taxi ride) and also London Gatwick and Birmingham airports, both of which have direct train connections to Bletchley and/or Milton Keynes stations. These stations are approximately 10 minutes away by taxi.

Colloquium page:

Travel Information


Presentation of Louis Varney cup

Steve Hartley G0FUW presents the Louis Varney Cup to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG - Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Steve Hartley G0FUW presents the Louis Varney Cup to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

On July 31 at the AMSAT-UK International Space colloquium in Guildford the RSGB Board Chair Steve Hartley G0FUW presented the RSGB Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communications to Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG.

The award was in recognition of Wouter’s outstanding technical contributions to several amateur satellites and associated outreach.

Watch the presentation

AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium Videos Now Available

Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working - Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Colloquium Ground Station Team Explaining Satellite Working – Credit Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

Thanks to the hard work of British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and AMSAT-UK volunteers the videos of the presentations given to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium held in Guildford on July 30-31, 2016 are now available on YouTube.

Sky News interview with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Kenwood TS-2000X in background

Sky News interview with Jessica Leigh M6LPJ with Kenwood TS-2000X in background

During the Colloquium AMSAT-UK operated a satellite ground station using the call sign G0AUK. Contacts were made via the SO-50, AO-85 and FO-29 satellites.

The ground station used the Kenwood TS-2000X transceiver that was successfully used for all the UK school contacts with astronaut Tim Peake GB1SS during his Principia mission on the International Space Station.

The TS-2000X was kindly loaned by Martin Lynch & Sons Ltd and Kenwood Communications UK.

The 2016 Colloquium presentations along with those from previous years can be found on the AMSAT-UK YouTube channel at

The  videos of the presentations can either be watched online or downloaded to your PC using readily available free YouTube download software for showing at club meetings.

AMSAT-UK publish a quarterly newsletter OSCAR News, a sample issue can be downloaded here. Electronic (PDF) membership is £15 a year – Join Here

Colloquium – Final Call for Speakers

FUNcube-1 flight model - Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

This is the final call for speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2016 which will be held from Saturday, July 30 to Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom.

AMSAT-UK invites speakers, to cover topics about Amateur satellites, CubeSats, Nanosats, space and associated activities, for this event.

They are also invited to submit papers for subsequent publishing on the AMSAT-UK web site or Oscar News.

Those wishing to participate should contact Dave, G4DPZ, dave at g4dpz dot me dot uk

Further information

73 Dave G4DPZ

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

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.

Huffington Post report: Schoolgirl Is Going To Operate A Radio Station So She Can Call Tim Peake From Earth

ARISS contact planned for school in St. Albans