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RadFxSat (AO-91)

The Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched at 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. RadFxSat was deployed at 11:09 UTC. Then the wait began. At 12:12 UTC. By confirming that the satellite was alive and transmitting over South Africa. Shortly after 12:34 UTC, the first telemetry was received and uploaded to AMSAT servers by Maurizio Balducci, IV3RYQ, in Cervignano del Friuli, Italy.

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India Launches amsats

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched several satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads.
Satellites put into orbit include Swayam-1, a 1U CubeSat that carries a digital store-and-forward messaging system for use by the Amateur Radio community.

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Missing Satellite

Dr Chris Bridges from the Surrey Space Centre has advised that the amateur radio beacon on their STRaND-1 CubeSat, the first UK CubeSat became intermittent over the Easter weekend. STRaND-1, was launched on February 25 at 1231 UT on the PSLV-C20 rocket from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Satish Dhawan space centre.

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HAM Video DATV for the ISS

ARISS-Europe Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF has drafted an overview of a new “Ham Video” DATV downlink system on S-Band being developed for placement on the International Space Station later this year. The equipment is being developed by Kayser Italia under contract with the European Space Agency using a Canon XF-305 camera provided by NASA.

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SDR Recordings Help with Log Checking

The CQ WW Contest Committee has used SDR recordings in the past to assist with the log checking. It is incredibly valuable for us to be able to go back and listen “live” to what happened at the time and frequency shown in the logs.

Lead by Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, the committee made a much greater effort to collect and use SDR data for checking the 2012 contests. SDR recordings of the complete SSB and CW contests for 2012 were made at 9 sites in Europe, North America, and Oceania. The following stations volunteered their SDR setups to make recordings:

  • ES5PC
  • OH6LI and OH6BG
  • HA1AG with HG6N guys
  • S50XX and S52X
  • WZ7I
  • N4ZR
  • N6TV
  • KH6LC
  • ZL2HAM

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