Category: Space

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup So Far Has Attracted More Than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) now is just a week away — Monday, August 21 — and more than 250 radio amateurs in the US and elsewhere already have signed up to take part. The SEQP is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI), led by Nathaniel Frissell, […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Communication Resources to be Available during Eclipse Day

ARRL, the American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) will partner on Monday, August 21, to provide a nationwide communication link for local and regional American Red Cross units should a communications failure occur during the solar eclipse. “Concern has been expressed by public safety, emergency management, and others that […]

via HACKADAY: Crowdsourcing The Study Of An Eclipse’s Effect On Radio Propagation

If you are an American, you’ll probably now find yourself in one of three camps. People who are going to see the upcoming solar eclipse that will traverse your continent, people who aren’t going to see the eclipse, and people who wish everyone would just stop going on incessantly about the damn eclipse. Whichever of […]

via the ARRL: Joe Spier, K6WAO, Elected as AMSAT-NA Executive Vice President

The AMSAT Board of Directors on August 8 elected AMSAT Vice President, Educational Relations, Joe Spier, K6WAO, of Reno, Nevada, as Executive Vice President. Spier’s new duties will include implementation of AMSAT-NA’s Strategic Planning. He will continue for now in his other duties as 2017 Space Symposium Chairman, AMSAT News Service co-editor, and in ARISS […]

First Bulgarian Amateur Radio CubeSat to Launch in 2018

The Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) is collaborating with the Space Challenges program and EnduroSat to launch the first Bulgarian Amateur Radio CubeSat — EnduroSat One. The CubeSat will transmit a CW beacon and 9.6 k AX.25 telemetry on Amateur Radio frequencies. The 1U CubeSat will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) for […]

Soon, a satellite that tracks ships (India)

Students belonging to engineering colleges in the city and state are developing a satellite which can track ship movements and prevent collision of ships. The Student Satellite (STUDSAT-2) which is currently being developed by a consortium of colleges and to be launched by ISRO will carry an Automatic Identification System (AIS) for ship tracking payload. […]

YOTA 2017 Participants to Speak with Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, aboard ISS

Young radio amateurs attending the YOTA 2017 event at Gilwell Park will get a chance to talk via Amateur Radio with astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Nespoli, a newcomer to the ISS crew, will operate NA1SS in the […]

via the ARRL: Moderate (G2) Geomagnetic Storm Watch Issued for August 4

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a G2 (moderate) geomagnetic storm watch for August 4, and a G1 (minor) watch for August 5. “A coronal hole high-speed stream, originating from a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole…is likely to cause geomagnetic storming at the G2 level on 4 August 2017, and at the G1 […]

via the ARRL: Tiny “Sprite” Satellites Deployed, Transmitting on 70 Centimeters

According to Scientific American, six tiny “Sprite” satellites, each consisting of a 4-gram circuit board but packed with electronics, were deployed in late June. The Sprites are the brainchild of Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, whom Scientific American interviewed for the article. The Sprites went into low-Earth orbit as secondary payloads on the Latvian Venta and Italian […]

Breakthrough lofts the smallest satellites ever

In 2015, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner established Breakthrough Initiatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). In April of the following year, he and the organization be founded announced the creation of Breakthrough Starshot, a program to create a lightsail-driven “wafercraft” that would make the journey to the nearest star […]

Oklahoma Radio Amateur is First to Score Satellite VUCC from Greenland

It took just 4 days — some of that time without much sleep — but ARRL member Gabe Zeifman, NJ7H/VE6NJH, of Oklahoma City recently became the first radio amateur to earn VUCC — working 100 grid squares — by satellite from Greenland. In fact, his is the first VUCC award of any kind from Greenland. […]

Arecibo Observatory Ionospheric Heating Campaign Under Way

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is conducting an ionospheric heating campaign July 24-31, using HF. “The new Arecibo ionosphere HF heater nominally transmits 600 kW net power and has a unique Cassegrain dual-array antenna design that increases gain of three crossed dipoles for each band, using the signature 1000-foot spherical dish reflector,” explained Chris Fallen, […]

ARISS Reports ISS Packet System is Down

The aging Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet system on 145.825 MHz appears to have stopped functioning altogether, after experiencing some recent problems, and restoring it to operation could take months. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said the packet system, located in the Columbus module, started to act up late last […]

via the ARRL: One Radio Amateur is Part of New Crew Increment Heading to ISS

European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy will head to the International Space Station (ISS) on July 28. They will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Expedition 52/53 crew will spend more than 4 months together aboard the orbital complex before returning to Earth […]

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