TURKSAT-3USAT Announcement

TURKSAT-3USAT and Deployment Pod

TURKSAT-3USAT and Deployment Pod

Dear Radio Amateurs,

To save energy in the batteries of TURKSAT-3USAT satellite, unless announced otherwise, we kindly request you to;

1. When following the satellite, especially during daylight passings, concentrate on listening to the beacon signal at 437.225 MHz (with an open squelch, using preamp) only and send the info you have recorded to turksat3usat@tamsat.org.tr , together with time and location information.

2. Do not use the calling frequencies of the transponders (Uplink 145.940 – 145.990 MHz) and do not make any calls (TX) at these frequencies during this time.

3. Continue using existing TLE (Kepler) data in tracking the satellite, unless announced otherwise.

4. We thank all radio amateurs for their kind interest and help in this.

TURKSAT-3USAT information https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/turksat-3usat/

Ham Radio CubeSats Successfully Launched

CZ-2D Launch

CZ-2D Launch

At 0413 UT on Friday, April 26, two amateur radio CubeSats TURKSAT-3USAT and CubeBug-1 along with the NEE-01 Pegasus HD TV CubeSat were launched from the Jiuquan Space Center on a CZ-2D rocket.

TURKSAT-3USAT is a 3U CubeSat (10x10x30cm) and carries a 145 to 435 MHz linear transponder built by the Turkish TAMSAT / AMSAT-TR group for SSB and CW communications.

• CW Beacon or 9600 bps data: 437.225 MHz
Uplink: 145.940 to 145.990 MHz
Downlink: 435.200 to 435.250 MHz

Further details at https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/turksat-3usat/

The Argentine CubeBug-1 is a 2U CubeSat (10x10x20cm) and has an AX.25 packet radio digipeater.

It operates  on 437.445 MHz using 1200 bps AX.25 AFSK FM packet radio, callsign LU1VZ-11. Depending on the mode of the satellite the beacons will be transmitted every 10 to 30 seconds.

Further details at https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/cubebug-1/

Also on the same launch was NEE-01 Pegasus a 1U CubeSat (10x10x10cm) built in Ecuador that operates on 910 MHz (an amateur band in some countries). It will operate either a 0.9 watt output 720p HD TV transmitter or a beacon which will send a Morse Code ID, a SSTV image and Ecuador’s national anthem. EarthCam – SpaceCam http://www.earthcam.com/world/ecuador/ecsa/

Further details at

TURSAT-3USAT and CubeBug-1 Received

At 0915 UT Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG reported he had heard the TURKSAT-3USAT CW beacon and a transmission that looked like 9k6 from CubeBug-1.

The TURKSAT-3USAT recordings are at:

CubeBug-1 recording, listening to the FM AFSK in SSB

Wouter PA3WEG later reported CubeBug-1 has been heard again on the 1220 UT pass. Its modulation
is AFSK 1200bps but seems to be lacking deviation. It was transmitting every 30 seconds.  A recording can be found at

The TURKSAT-3USAT CW Message as decoded at 0904 UT by Wouter Jan PE4WJ:
TURKSAT 3U SAT HAAAAAA YM2RTU 0 0 (the last zeroes are ??)

Jan van Gils PE0SAT reported receiving CubeBug-1 at 1220 UT http://www.pe0sat.vgnet.nl/2013/cubebug-heard/

A Tweet from Ecuador about NEE-01 Pegasus said (Google English translation) “An amateur radio operator in Germany we pass the audio signal PEGASUS and the first thing we heard was the NATIONAL ANTHEM! PEGASUS is alive!”

TLEs / ‘Keps’ for the new CubeSats:

1 12345U 12345A   13116.18500615  .00000000  00000-0  10000-4 0     6
2 12345  98.0372 191.7767 0017397 251.4298 279.4470 14.76467545    04
NEE-01 PEGASO           
1 12346U 12346A   13116.18500615  .00000000  00000-0  10000-4 0     8
2 12346  98.0563 191.7735 0017556 248.2772 282.5989 14.76251447    02
1 12347U 12347A   13116.18500615  .00000000  00000-0  10000-4 0     0
2 12347  98.0563 191.7735 0017556 248.2772 282.5989 14.76251447    03

Free satellite tracking software:
• SimpleSat Look Down http://www.tomdoyle.org/SimpleSatLookDown/
• Gpredict http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/
• Orbitron http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=9051

TLEs / ‘Keps’ for new satellites launched in past 30 days

Article – Getting started on satellites

Article on the ham radio TURKSAT-3USAT CubeSat

TURKSAT-3USAT and Deployment Pod

TURKSAT-3USAT and Deployment Pod

A well illustrated article on TURKSAT-3USAT has been published by the Turkish TAMSAT / AMSAT-TR group. It includes a section on how to hear the satellite and have contacts using its amateur radio 145/435 MHz inverting linear transponder.

TURKSAT-3USAT is expected to launch on April 26, 2013 at 0413 UT on a CZ-2D rocket from the Jiuquan Space Center. The satellite has a de-orbiting system which will make it re-enter the atmosphere at the end of its operational life.

Read the article in Google English at http://tinyurl.com/TURKSAT-3USAT-Article

TURKSAT-3USAT https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/turksat-3usat/

TURKSAT-3SAT on Facebook

TURKSAT-3USAT Satellite Fun ClubA Facebook page has been created for the TURKSAT-3USAT V/U (Mode J) linear transponder CubeSat.

TURKSAT-3USAT and Deployment Pod

TURKSAT-3USAT and Deployment Pod

TURKSAT-3USAT is expected to launch on April 26, 2013 at 0413 UT on a CZ-2D rocket from the Jiuquan Space Center into a 680 km Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

The Satellite Fun Club Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turksat3usat-Fun-Club/484648341591111

Twitter https://twitter.com/tamsat_tr

Information on TURKSAT-3USAT https://amsat-uk.org/satellites/turksat-3usat/