December 12, 2018

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CONGRATULATIONS to every blogger that has made this Top Satellite Blogs list! This is the most comprehensive list of best Satellite blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world.

December 8, 2018


On December 3rd, 2018, JY1Sat was launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Part of Spaceflight's SSO-A:
Smallsat Express launch, JY1Sat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation
of Jordan. Telemetry has been received and decoded around the world since
the launch.

At the request of the Crown Prince Foundation, AMSAT hereby designates
JY1Sat as Jordan-OSCAR 97 (JO-97). We congratulate the owners and operators
of JO-97, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite
community, and wish them continued success on this and future projects.


Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA

AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator
Amsat - bb email list 

December 7, 2018


On December 3rd, 2018, ExseedSat was launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Part of Spaceflight's SSO-A:
Smallsat Express launch,  ExseedSat was built by a team of Indian radio hams
including Ashhar Farhan (VU2ESE), George Phillips (VU2GT), Gurudutta Panda
(VU3GDP), Sasi Bhusan (VU3ELR), and Nitin Mutin (VU3TYG). Initial telemetry
has been received around the world.

At the request of Exseed Space, AMSAT hereby designates ExseedSat as
VUsat-OSCAR 96 (VO-9vu6). We congratulate the owners and operators of VO-96,
thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and
wish them continued success on this and future projects.


Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA

AMSAT VP Operations / OSCAR Number Administrator
Amsat-bb email list 

December 2, 2018

Amateur radio satellites launched from India November 29

Satellites with Amateur Radio payloads launched from India on the ISRO PSLV-C43 mission at 0427 GMT on Thursday, November 29, 2018.

The satellites with amateur radio payloads, all CubeSats, are:
Reaktor Hello World

de Amsat

 Satellite status

3CAT-1    ... #437??, 437.250MHz, 9k6 BPSK CW, active
              5 min beacon interval

FacSat-1  ... #43721, 437.350MHz, 9k6 GMSK, active
              using SoundModem (TY2/6 9k6)

Reaktor   ... #43728, 437.775MHz, 9k6 2GFSK CW, active
              2GFSK can not be decoded with normal software.

Innosat-2 ... #43738, 437.450MHz, 4k8 GMSK, active
              using SoundModem (1KUNS-PF 4k8)

1 43721U 18096C   18334.22688571  .00027989  00000-0  10934-2 0  9993
2 43721  97.4872  39.2139 0016168 319.7179 127.4551 15.25724654   165
1 43728U 18096K   18334.16180617 -.00000075  00000-0  00000+0 0  9999
2 43728  97.4852  39.1487 0016615 325.5558 125.7315 15.26135796   149
1 43738U 18096V   18333.96322465 -.00000078  00000-0  00000-0 0  9990
2 43738  97.4854  38.9533 0024621 334.8241 110.0540 15.27666015   128
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December 1, 2018

FUNcube Family

FUNcube was launched 21 November 2013 at 07:10 UTC on a Dnepr rocket from Yasny Launch Base. Since then, we have had FUNcube systems in UKube-1, QB50p1, Nayif-1 and the upcoming ESEO and JY1SAT spacecraft, bringing the total FUNcube payloads launched for STEM education and amateur radio to six.

1-FUNcube AO-73

FUNcube Payload Telemetry Dashboards


JY1SAT CubeSat

Sunday, December 2, 2018 should see two more satellites carrying FUNcube payloads launched into orbit.
With that launch, JY1Sat and ESEO will join FUNcube-1 (AO-73) and Nayif-1 (EO-88).
The FUNcube team have been busy, not only designing and implementing the payloads, but also working on the Telemetry Dashboards and the Data Warehouse.
Each satellite has a dedicated dashboard and we have created a one page summary (FUNcube Dashboard Summary v1) of those dashboards, their current version number and a dedicated download link.
Telemetry Dashboard
We have included the recommended warehouse settings for each satellite as well as the “FCD Centre Frequency”. Note that the frequency we quote is 20 kHz offset from the published telemetry downlink to allow for the zero Hertz spike and close in phase noise that is inherent on SDRs.
Currently, to view the telemetry for a particular satellite, it is necessary to run the dashboard for that satellite. Any telemetry for one of the other FUNcube satellites can be captured and forwarded to the central data warehouse. For this reason, some users tend to run all dashboards simultaneously using the same FUNcube Dongle. Users should remember the that dashboard that was started last, is the one that will control the frequency settings applied to the FUNcube Dongle.
These dashboards are under continual development and the next planned development is to create a single dashboard that will service all FUNcube Telemetry payloads simultaneously. Keep a look out for further news on this unified dashboard in 2019.

ESEO satellite in the anechoic chamber at the ESTEC test facilities, in the Netherlands

ESEO satellite in the anechoic chamber at the ESTEC test facilities, in the Netherlands
Telemetry Data Warehouse
All telemetry received via the dashboards is forwarded to the central data warehouse, providing you have registered for an account. This has been a very successful part of the FUNcube project as it has allowed for worldwide data collection by amateurs and for all the data to be available to download and used for educational purposes.
With the pending launch of two additional satellites, some changes where required to allow this data capture to continue in an efficient manner. The data warehouse has a new user interface and all satellite data can be assessed with one URL – 

Once at the new user interface, simply select the satellite you are interested in, and all the usual telemetry will be available along with the list of current data providers to the database for that satellite.
Both the dashboards and the data warehouse are under continual development, so be sure to check back for updates.
The FUNcube team is very grateful to all radio amateurs worldwide for their continued support and we encourage you all to join in with the reception of JY1Sat and ESEO telemetry upon a successful launch this Sunday.
73s Ciaran Morgan M0XTD


November 23, 2018

NASA's InSight Mars lander .

NASA's InSight Mars lander is scheduled to land on the Red Planet on November 26 after a six month trip from Earth .

Source Nasa inSight tweet 

November 16, 2018

Es'hail mind storm. !! A CubeSat Converter !!!

Subject [amsat-bb] Es'hail  mind storm. !!

Es?hail-2 geostationary satellite carrying AmateurRadio transponders expected to launch November 15 - 2018/11/05/
Most of the operators have no gears to covering the new frequencies.
So is it possible to put a down-converter and up-converter in one of the cubesat ??
Also the foot print will extend tremendously as the cubesat cover new distance far from all Es?hail fixed footprint ?!
Anyone?s can use V/U gears tracking the cubesat ,which really the signal from Es?hail sat!!
Again it?s a mind storm idea.
I Hope others will share with more ideas and info !!

Nader Omer
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Es?hail  mind storm. !!

Interesting idea.
Problems to overcome:
Size of dish / patch required to be flown as part of satellite
Attitude control and pointing in real time
Power management
Band width limitations
Doppler correction
Frequency stabilty

Any more folks?

Dave, G4DPZ

Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Es?hail mind storm. !!

Hi Dave, Nader,

A CubeSat Converter is certainly an interesting thought.? In addition to
the challenges (that's the hip cop-out from saying "problem" these days)
that you noted, I'm thinking that the ConverterSat would also:

Have to be in the footprint of Es'hail
So as a converter even only in the footprint for stations in the
footprint but w/o the S and X equipment, it would only offer a 10-20
minute window to Es'hail the usual 3-6 times per day
In trying to extend the footprint, it would need to be of a pretty high
altitude itself in order to extend the footprint by much
Being on the edge of the Es'hail footprint in order to extend it,
requires more power/gain/pointing to connect with Es'hail

But I guess these are more "usefulness" challenges than the RF
challenges of acting as the converter you have listed.
It gave me thoughts about GOLF-TEE trying to bridge the gap, but would
have design implications as you noted that at least wouldn't be possible
in our current timeline.

Jerry Buxton, N?JY

Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Es?hail mind storm. !!

I would make more sense to me, in my humble unbiased opinion,
to have someone in the footprint of Es'hail to put together
a ground station that that is also an EchoLink node. That
way, anyone in the world could potentially access Es'hail
via EchoLink.? It would be an interesting exercise, anyway.

Mac Cody / AE5PH

Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Es?hail mind storm. !!
Hey Mac,

I like that very much! Let's do a SatNogs reverse. One or more station
within the footprint that folks around the world can use to connect to


Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Es?hail mind storm. !!

What would it cost to put together a ground station?
Perhaps a little crowd sourcing (cash/hardware) could
get one built and dedicated to the task.

Mac / AE5PH
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[AMSAT-BB] JY1Sat Provisional Keps

Thanks to David Bowman, G0MRF was have a provisional set of
Keplerian Elements for JY1Sat to be launched on Monday 19th,

1 05555U 18001A   18323.01450000  .00000000  00000-0  18000-5 0  9991
2 05555  98.2000  30.5000 0000000 225.0000 130.3444 14.97380000    10

These are based on our best guess based on the orbital parameters
we have gleaned from various sources.
Please note that SatPC32 and GPredict may give erroneous results
because the Epoch is in the future.

Nova & MacDopplerPro are both fine.

Dave Johnson, G4DPZ
on behalf of the FUNcube Team



Fox-1Cliff Currently Scheduled for November 19 Launch

AMSAT is counting down to the launch of the next Fox-1 satellite, Fox-1Cliff.
Per Spaceflight Now, the launch of Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, is currently scheduled for November 19, 2018 at 18:32 UTC.

Fox-1Cliff carries the Fox-1 U/v FM repeater, AMSAT’s L-Band Downshifter, the flight spare of the AO-85 Vanderbilt University Low Energy Proton (LEP) radiation experiment, and the standard Fox-1 Penn State University–Erie MEMS gyroscope experiment. Virginia Tech provided a VGA camera which is the same as AO-92’s but will provide images at a higher 640 x 480 resolution. Additional information about the launch and early operations phase (LEOP) will be released prior to launch.

 Fox-1Cliff is named in honor of long-time AMSAT member, contributor, and benefactor Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR (SK), who passed away in 2016. Cliff’s contributions to AMSAT and other amateur satellite programs, including serving as an adviser during the initial development of the CubeSat specification at California Polytechnic State University, earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from Project OSCAR in 2006

SSO-A mission with 15 microsatellites and 56 CubeSats launches Nov. 19

SSO-A mission - credit Spaceflight

SSO-A mission – credit Spaceflight
Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express mission, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, is currently scheduled for November 19, 2018 at 18:32 GMT.
It is planned to launch 15 microsatellites and 56 CubeSats on this mission, some with amateur radio payloads. A full list of satellites to be deployed, can be found at
Provisional SatPC32 Doppler.sqf data for tracking some Amateur Radio satellites is available at

Satellites known to have Amateur Radio payloads are:

Downlink 437.250 MHz

Downlink on 437.00MHz and a transponder Uplink on 1263.500MHz
have been coordinated. A revised downlink frequency of 145.895 MHz has
been coordinated for FM voice and 1k2/4k8 BPSK telemetry

Downlink 145.900 MHz for FM repeater 67 Hz and digipeater downlink and for telemetry and
435.340 MHz for repeater and digipeater uplink

4-Fox 1C (Fox 1Cliff)
Downlink 145.920 MHz for FM voice and DUV data and Uplinks on 435.300 and 1267.300 MHz

Downlink 145.840 MHz and transponder downlink passband on
145.855-145.875 MHz with an inverting uplink on 435.100 – 435.120 MHz

Downlink TLM beacon 435.835 MHz, FM Repeater 436.225 MHz and for Data 2404.000 MHz. FM Repeater Uplink 145.980 MHz

Downlink 435.635 MHz

Downlink 437.450 MHz

Downlink 145.860 MHz and 2400.150 MHz

Downlink 437.250 MHz

To avoid a frequency clash with another mission, a revised downlink frequency of 145.950 MHz has been coordinated for 9k6 BPSK

Downlink 435.275 MHz

Downlink 437.150 MHz (A) and 437.475 MHz (B)

Downlink 437.275 MHz has been coordinated

Downlink 437.625 MHz and 2402 MHz

Downlink 437.775 MHz and 2410 MHz

Downlink 437.425 MHz


Successful deployment of Es’hail-2

Successful deployment of Es’hail-2 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed.


 Ground controllers are receiving signals from Qatar’s Es’hail 2 communications satellite after its successful launch today aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, confirming the spacecraft is alive in a good orbit.

November 6, 2018


The term ‘ATNO’ is a new buzz word in ham and 11m radio comms.
With a glut of stirring DXpeditions occurring in recent months to rare DXCC entities (Bhutan, Timor Leste, Norfolk Island, and more), this unique catchword has been bandied about on the hobby forums and clusters by enthused DX Hunters in the midst of much celebration.
So what is it?  What’s it mean?  And why the joyous praise and song which surrounds it?
In actual fact, ‘ATNO’ is an acronym (formed from the initial letters of other words) rather than a word; an abbreviation which represents the phrase ‘All Time New One’.  Basically, a brand new DXCC country worked, regardless of the band!
“Ah HA!” you say.  “Now I see…”
  ‘ATNO’ is an acronym which, when used, is laden with escalating emotions; soaring adrenalin, fist-pumping exhilaration and dreamy satisfaction, matched only somewhat by the arrival of a QSL card from the Manager in question to confirm the contact.
Those who’ve had the pleasure of announcing an ‘ATNO’ obviously obtain a great deal of pleasure in doing so.  We’ve all been there.  We all know how it feels to tick off a new DXCC.  We all want to tell the world about it, our YL, our kids, our dog — anyone who’ll listen.  ‘ATNO’ is just one quirky way of doing so in just a  few letters.  The perfect way of masking our pure excitement and not making us appear to be such simple fools!
After all, snagging a new one isn’t something that happens every day of the week, is it?  Often years apart!
So next time you read the ‘ATNO’ acronym posted by one of your fellow hobbyists, then take some time to congratulate him on his achievement.  In the end, an ‘All Time New One’ in the log is just reward for days, weeks, months, even years spent behind a mic chasing DX and often a small fortune by the wayside too.  The equivalent of a DX hallelujah.  A sign that the end of ‘a wait’ for a much wanted DXCC is finally over.
And that’s something we’ve all been grateful for.
Good luck with your ATNO’s.

73 de Darren, 43DA001

Source delta alfa .com