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May 17, 2004 in Ham Radio
Ummm.... I use satellites all the time... for my GPS!
I've never tried one for HAMing, but I wouldn't mind learning about it.
Gloom, aka W7MVG
I do sats, right up to AO-40 before it died.
What questions did you have?
I don't know what questions I have... I'm just starting to get reading on this.
had my ticket for a little more than a year and have 2 rigs.
older Icom mobile 2m FM job and a Yaesu VX5R.
Looks like with the FM limitation of mine, I'll have to stick to UO-14, AO-27 and daylight passes of SO-41 (from the 2004 ARRL handbook).
I'm going to try listening in on passes the next few days and maybe give transmitting a shot after I get the jist of what goes on. Also thinking about picking up the Arrow antenna that I've read about on just about every webpage that talks about using an HT for the birds.
edit: have to scratch UO-14 from the above list as it's dead.
I have done some sat work. I used to like the RS-13 on CW because there was lots of room for multiple QSOs. It was 2M up and 10M down(receive). The FM sats are fun, but there is room for only one QSO at a time and the most powerful signal gets through...and there are those that like to monopolize the channel.
The arrow antenna works well and I have a friend who owns one and used it with him. I made some contacts with my 50R dual band wtih a long whip once while in the Sierra mountains.
There are some good programs to use to predict the passes. On a Palm PDA, I have used PocketSat.
There are some good programs to use to predict the passes. On a Palm PDA, I have used PocketSat.
I've got PocketSat loaded up but haven't messed with it too much. I've been playing with SatScape for the PC and think I've got it pretty much figured out.
Lots of pretty graphic choices. But the list of predicted passes is what seems the most useful.
Here is some info for you. This will show you the sats available right now. You are right, you are limited to FM. But look carefully, I think some of your data is old. I know for sure that UO-14 is dead!
Here you go.
This report is organized into 3 parts.
Part 1 - operational analog amateur satellites.
Part 2 - operational digital amateur satellites.
Part 3 - Non - Operational Satellites
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-137.S1
WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 1
AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 137.S1 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, May 16,2004
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) - ARISS
Catalog number: 25544
Launch date: November 20, 1998
The current Expedition 9 crew is:
Commander Gennady Padalka, RN3DT
Flight Engineer Mike Fincke, KE5AIT
Worldwide packet uplink: 145.990 MHz FM
Region 1 voice uplink: 145.200 MHz FM
Region 2/3 voice uplink: 144.490 MHz FM
Worldwide downlink: 145.800 MHz FM
Russian callsigns RS0ISS, RZ3DZR
USA callsign NA1SS
Packet station mailbox callsign RS0ISS-11
Packet station keyboard callsign RS0ISS-3
Digipeater callsign ARISS
The ISS daily crew schedule can be found at:
Remember that the crew operates on UTC time. Also, all of the time line
translated from Russian and posted.
More information is available at:
AO-7 AMSAT OSCAR 7
Catalog number: 07530
Launch Date: November 15, 1974
Status: Semi-operational in sunlight.
Return to active status: June 21,2002
Uplink: 145.850 to 145.950 MHz CW/USB Mode A
432.125 to 432.175 MHz CW/LSB Mode B
Downlink: 29.400 to 29.500 MHz CW/USB Mode A
145.975 to 145.925 MHz CW/USB Mode B
Beacon: 29.502 MHz, 145.972 MHz, 435.1 MHz, 2304.1 MHz
John, LA2QAA, reports:
I noticed that AO-7's TX oscillator was 10Khz higher than "normal" (while in
mode- on orbit 34911 at 16:10 UTC today, Sunday 09.05.04.
Emily, W0EEC has created a website to allow the users of AO-7 to record
contacts, observations and use of the satellite more effectively at:
This includes the ability to log contacts.
Tim, K3TZ has written a program to decode AO-07 telemetry. The program
For more AO-7 info:
[ANS wishes to thank John, LA2QAA for AO-7 info]
Catalog number: 20480
Launch Date: February 07, 1990
FO-20 is in mode JA continuously.
Uplink: 145.90 to 146.00 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink: 435.80 to 435.90 MHz CW/USB
More FO-20 info can be found at:
Catalog number: 22825
Launched: September 26, 1993
Uplink: 145.850 MHz FM
Downlink: 436.795 MHz FM
The latest information on AO-27 from control operator Michael Wyrick,
N3UC (former N4USI), can be found at:
An AO-27 question-and-answer page is available on the AMSAT-NA web
site, with updates by Ray, W2RS. The URL is:
Catalog number: 24278
Launch Date: August 17, 1996
Voice/CW Mode JA
Beacon: 435.795 MHz
Digital Mode JD
Uplink: 145.850 145.870 145.910 MHz FM
Downlink: 435.910 MHz 1200-baud BPSK or 9600-baud FSK
Digitalker: 435.910 MHz
Masa, JN1GKZ, reports:
JARL FO-29 command team wants FO-29 reception report.
The recent FO-29 shout down problem is not due to Under Voltage
Controller(UVC). The cause is unkonw. To analyze the problem, command
team wants following info.
1. night pass CW telemetry data
2. analog transponder status (status and the time)
3. the time analog transponder stopped
4. other reference info
Please send the report to firstname.lastname@example.org . Put the subject 'FO-29
reception report' .
This info is from JARL web site. It's only in Japanse...
Mineo, JE9PEL, has an FO-29 satellite telemetry analysis program that will
automatically analyze all digital telemetry from the satellite (such as
current, voltage and temperature). FO29CWTE is available at:
[ANS thanks Masa, JN1GKZ for FO-29 information]
Catalog number: 27607
Launched: December 20, 2002
Uplink: 145.850 MHz (67.0 Hz PL tone)
Downlink: 436.795 MHz
Reinhard, DJ1KM, reports:
SO-50 is in good health and it is easy to access the satellite. However,
needs to be opened by a controlstation before you can operate theSat. There
are (I believe) 3 controlstations in UK and 2 in DL. I am one ofthese.
satellite comes from a direction where no control station is it is most
probably not switched on.
SO-50 carries several experiments, including a mode
J FM amateur repeater experiment operating on 145.850 MHz uplink and 436.795
MHz downlink.The repeater is available to amateurs worldwide as power
using a67.0 Hertz tone on the uplink, for on-demand activation.
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-137.S2
WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 2
AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 137.S2 FROM AMSAT HQ
Catalog number: 14781
Launched: March 1, 1984
Downlink: 145.826 MHz FM (1200-baud AFSK)
Mode-S Beacon: 2401.500 MHz
Catalog number: 20439
Launch Date: January 22, 1990
Status: Semi-operational, the digipeater command is on and open for
Uplink: 145.90 145.92 145.94 145.96 MHz FM
(using 1200-baud Manchester FSK)
Downlink: 437.026 MHz SSB (1200-baud PSK)
Mode-S Beacon: 2401.1428 MHz
Broadcast Callsign: PACSAT-11
A WOD collection of current graphics along with general information
and telemetry samples can be found at:
Catalog number: 21575
Launched: July 17, 1991
Uplink: 145.900 FM 9600-baud FSK
Downlink: 435.120 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign: UOSAT5-11
Catalog number: 22826
Launch Date: September 26, 1993
Status: No uplinks currently
Uplink: 145.875 145.900 145.925 145.950 MHz FM (1200-baud)
Downlink: 435.812 MHz SSB
Broadcast Callsign: ITMSAT-11
Catalog number: 25397
Launch Date: September 30, 2001
Uplink/downlink: 145.827 MHz 1200 baud AX.25 AFSK via W3ADO-1
Aux/Uplink: 435.250 MHz 9600 baud via PCSAT-2 (off)
APRS Downlink: 144.390 MHz (Region 2)
Catalog number: 26931
PCSat is a 1200-baud APRS digipeater designed for use by stations using
hand-held or mobile transceivers. Downlinks feed a central web site at:
The APRS-equipped PCSat was built by midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy
under the guidance of Bob Bruninga, WB4APR.
For more information, visit the PCSat web site at:
Catalog number: 26932
Downlink: 437.095 MHz 1200 baud AX-25 AFSK
Uplink: 145.945 MHz UI Digipeater
Digi Callsign: KE6QMD
The NO-45 digipeater remains on. User are requested NOT
to use the Bulletin Board. When the Bulletin Board is used it effectively
"locks out" ground access to the spacecraft CPU.
Everyone is welcome to use the digipeating/APRS features of Sapphire,
callsign KE6QMD, as per the user service agreement located at the following
There will be occasional dropouts caused by the CW beacon, and Users are
advised to expect extra packet chatter during West Coast (USA) passes, as
some schools are using Sapphire for operations training.
Student built Sapphire was launched through the U.S. Naval
Academy Satellite program. Its primary missions are sensor
experiments, a camera, and voice synthesizer. For more information,
visit the Sapphire web site at:
SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-130.S3
WEEKLY SATELLITE REPORT PART 3
AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 137.S3 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, May 16, 2004
THE FOLLOWING ARE IN ORBIT BUT ARE
NON-OPERATIONAL AT THIS TIME:
AO-10 OSCAR 10
Catalog number: 14129
Launched: June 16, 1983
Uplink: 435.030 to 435.180 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink: 145.975 to 145.825 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 145.810 MHz (unmodulated carrier)
AO-10 has been locked into a Mode-B, 70-cm uplink and
2-meter downlink for several years.
W4SM has more information about the satellite at the following URL:
RS-12 RADIO SPORT RS-12
Catalog number: 21089
Launched: February 5, 1991
Uplink: 21.210 to 21.250 MHz CW/USB
Downlink: 29.410 to 29.450 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 29.408 MHz
Robot: 29.454 MHz
The latest information on RS-12 and RS-13 can be found on the AC5DK
RS-12/13 Satellite Operators page at:
RS-13 RADIO SPORT RS-13
Uplink: 21.260 to 21.300 MHz CW/USB
Downlink: 145.860 to 145.900 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 145.860 MHz
Robot: 145.908 MHz
Catalog number: 20437
Launched: January 22, 1990
Uplink 145.975 MHz FM
Downlink 435.070 MHz FM
RS-15 RADIO SPORT RS-15
Catalog number: 23439
Launch Date: December 26, 1994
Uplink: 145.858 to 145.898 MHz CW/USB
Downlink: 29.354 to 29.394 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 29.352 MHz (intermittent)
SSB meeting frequency: 29.380 MHz (unofficial)
Freeman, N5FPP, reports:
Tonight's passes of RS-15 started out with a strong beacon transmitting
telemetry at 0400, by the 0605 pass over North America the beacon had
to a continuous carrier lasting upwards to 30 seconds. The frequency
up and down quite a bit as you listen to it. On the 0605 pass once
into eclipse the beacon died altogether. It's hard listening this bird die.
ANS is looking for more confirmations of RS-15 coming back.
[ANS thanks Jeff KA8HQL for RS-15 information]
Catalog number: 22077
Launched: August 10, 1992
Uplink: 145.900 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink: 435.170 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign: HLO1-11
Jim, AA7KC, reports that KO-23's downlink transmitter continues in a
Catalog number: 22828
Uplink: 145.980 MHz FM (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink: 436.500 MHz FM
Broadcast Callsign: HL02-11
Catalog number: 25520
Launched: October 30, 1998
Status: Telemetry downloads only
Uplink/downlink frequency (listed on the PanSat web site) 436.500 MHz
The satellite is not available for general uplink transmissions.
The Naval Postgraduate School developed PanSat. At the time of
launch, PanSat spread-spectrum digital transponders were to
be available to Amateur Radio operators along with software to utilize
The satellite is still operating, however, the spread spectrum packet
radio portion never took place. The spacecraft is now beyond it's
initial 2-year mission life, but telemetry records are still being
For more information, visit the official PanSat web site at:
Catalog number: 25693
Launched: April 21, 1999
Uplink: 145.960 MHz (9600-baud FSK)
Downlink: 437.025 MHz 437.400 MHz
Broadcast Callsign: UO121-11
The VK5HI viewer shareware for UO-36 is available on the AMSAT-NA
web site at the following URL:
AO-40 AMSAT OSCAR 40
Catalog number: 26609
Launch Date: November 16, 2000
Uplink V-band 145.840 - 145.990 MHz CW/LSB
U-band 435.550 - 435.800 MHz CW/LSB
L1-band 1269.250 - 1269.500 MHz CW/LSB
L2-band 1268.325 - 1268.575 MHz CW/LSB
S1-band 2400.350 - 2400.600 MHz CW/LSB
Downlink: S2-band 2401.225 - 2401.475 MHz CW/USB
K-band 24,048.010 - 24,048.060 MHz CW/USB
Beacon: 2401.323, 24,048.035
Stacey, W4SM, reports:
As the table below demonstrates, the "mystery effect" has taken A0-40 into
highly unfavorable ALON. Attempts at communication are likely to be futile
until conditions improve in early and mid July. Note that unfortunately
optimum squint in late July corresponds with a very bad solar angle....stay
AO-40 ATTITUDE - PRECESSION BEHAVIOR / W4SM
Mystery Effect = -11.800 degs ALON/week
DATE ALON ALAT SA ILL%
2004 May 10 [Mon] 157.6 -0.9 57.5 53.8
2004 May 12 [Wed] 154.0 -0.9 62.3 46.4
2004 May 14 [Fri] 150.3 -0.9 67.0 39.0
2004 May 16 [sun] 146.6 -0.9 71.4 31.9
2004 May 18 [Tue] 142.9 -0.9 75.2 25.5
2004 May 20 [Thu] 139.2 -0.9 77.8 21.1
2004 May 22 [sat] 135.5 -0.9 78.5 20.0
2004 May 24 [Mon] 131.8 -1.0 76.8 22.8
2004 May 26 [Wed] 128.1 -1.0 73.6 28.3
2004 May 28 [Fri] 124.4 -1.0 69.5 35.1
2004 May 30 [sun] 120.7 -1.1 64.9 42.4
2004 Jun 01 [Tue] 117.0 -1.1 60.2 49.8
2004 Jun 03 [Thu] 113.3 -1.1 55.2 57.0
2004 Jun 05 [sat] 109.6 -1.2 50.2 64.0
2004 Jun 07 [Mon] 105.9 -1.2 45.2 70.5
2004 Jun 09 [Wed] 102.2 -1.3 40.1 76.5
2004 Jun 11 [Fri] 98.5 -1.3 34.9 82.0
2004 Jun 13 [sun] 94.9 -1.4 29.8 86.8
2004 Jun 15 [Tue] 91.2 -1.4 24.6 90.9
2004 Jun 17 [Thu] 87.5 -1.5 19.5 94.3
2004 Jun 19 [sat] 83.8 -1.5 14.3 96.9
2004 Jun 21 [Mon] 80.1 -1.6 9.1 98.7
2004 Jun 23 [Wed] 76.4 -1.6 3.9 99.8
2004 Jun 25 [Fri] 72.7 -1.7 -1.3 100.0
2004 Jun 27 [sun] 69.0 -1.8 -6.5 99.4
2004 Jun 29 [Tue] 65.3 -1.8 -11.6 97.9
2004 Jul 01 [Thu] 61.6 -1.9 -16.8 95.7
2004 Jul 03 [sat] 57.9 -1.9 -22.0 92.7
2004 Jul 05 [Mon] 54.2 -2.0 -27.2 88.9
2004 Jul 07 [Wed] 50.5 -2.1 -32.4 84.5
2004 Jul 09 [Fri] 46.8 -2.1 -37.5 79.3
2004 Jul 11 [sun] 43.1 -2.2 -42.6 73.6
2004 Jul 13 [Tue] 39.4 -2.3 -47.8 67.2
2004 Jul 15 [Thu] 35.7 -2.3 -52.8 60.4
2004 Jul 17 [sat] 32.0 -2.4 -57.9 53.2
2004 Jul 19 [Mon] 28.4 -2.4 -62.8 45.7
2004 Jul 21 [Wed] 24.7 -2.5 -67.6 38.1
2004 Jul 23 [Fri] 21.0 -2.5 -72.1 30.7
2004 Jul 25 [sun] 17.3 -2.6 -76.2 23.9
2004 Jul 27 [Tue] 13.6 -2.7 -79.1 18.9
2004 Jul 29 [Thu] 9.9 -2.7 -79.9 17.5
2004 Jul 31 [sat] 6.2 -2.8 -78.2 20.5
2004 Aug 02 [Mon] 2.5 -2.8 -74.7 26.3
2004 Aug 04 [Wed] 358.8 -2.8 -70.5 33.4
2004 Aug 06 [Fri] 355.1 -2.9 -65.8 41.0
2004 Aug 08 [sun] 351.4 -2.9 -60.9 48.6
2004 Aug 10 [Tue] 347.7 -3.0 -56.0 56.0
2004 Aug 12 [Thu] 344.0 -3.0 -50.9 63.1
2004 Aug 14 [sat] 340.3 -3.0 -45.8 69.7
2004 Aug 16 [Mon] 336.6 -3.1 -40.6 75.9
2004 Aug 18 [Wed] 332.9 -3.1 -35.5 81.4
2004 Aug 20 [Fri] 329.2 -3.1 -30.3 86.3
2004 Aug 22 [sun] 325.5 -3.1 -25.1 90.6
2004 Aug 24 [Tue] 321.8 -3.2 -19.9 94.0
[ANS thanks Reinhard, DJ1KM, for this week's info]
Catalog number: 26549
Launched: September 26, 2000
Uplink: to be released
Downlink: 437.075 MHz
Broadcast Callsign: SASAT2-11
Further information is available at:
Catalog number: 26545
Launch Date: September 26, 2000
Uplink: 145.850 MHz
Downlink: 436.775 MHz
Broadcast Callsign: SASAT1-11
Drew KO4MA, reports that SO-41 hasn't been heard for months.
ANS is looking for further confirmation about SO-41.
Catalog number: 26548
Uplink: 145.850 or 145.925 MHz 9600-baud FSK
Downlink: 437.325 MHz
Broadcast callsign: MYSAT3-11
TiungSat-1 is Malaysia's first micro-satellite and in addition to
commercial land and weather imaging payloads offers FM and FSK
Amateur Radio communication.
TiungSat-1, named after the mynah bird of Malaysia, was developed as
a collaborative effort between the Malaysian government and Surrey
Satellite Technology Ltd.
AO-49 AATiS OSCAR-49 (SAFIR-M)
Catalog number: 27605
Launch Date: December 20, 2002
Uplink 435.275 1200-baud AFSK
Downlink 145.825 9600-baud FSK
(optional voice message)
Broadcast callsign: DP0AIS
AO-49 (SAFIR-M) is a German amateur radio payload onboard the small German
scientific satellite "RUBIN-2".
AO-49 was built by the German amateur radio association "AATiS e.V." (German
acronym for "Arbeitskreis Amateurfunk und Telekommunikation in der Schule",
which means: 'working group for amateur radio anand telecommunications in
schools'). AO-49 is designed as a "store and broadcast" system for APRS
based messages, dedicated for the use of schools in combination with the
existing WX-Net and planned buoy experiments in Germany.
No transmissions detected since the 1st of February 2003! It appears
AO-49 is not properly aligned to illuminate the solar panels. This
should end soon. Due to its orbit, AO-49 will be in a phase without
eclipses until 13Feb03.
Martin DG8UAU has written a small software program "SAFIR-M Decoder" to
allow decoding of the received DATA0 frames. It is available at:
http://amend.gmxhome.de in the section Aktuelles.
Details on AO-49 (SAFIR-M) can be found at:
Information about AATiS e.V. is available at:
Catalog number: 27844
Launched: June 30,2003
ANS WSR is looking for more information about this satellite.
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