Space Operations

Hams have been operating amateur radio systems in space for just about as long as there have been space operations. Typically you can transmit to the space object and the satellite will repeat your audio back to earth. Here are some links to get you started in working the world by pointing your antennas ‘UP’.

Build Your Own Ground Station

Well, it used to cost millions to build a satelitte ground station. Now, with a few parts, and pieces, totaling about $400, you can build your own. This station will automatically track the satellites, letting you concetrate on the QSO. Here’s link from Make Magazine that will help you build your own ground station, and you can be a part of SatNOGS.

ESA’s Fly Your Own

The European Space Agency is offering a ‘Fly Your Satellite’ program that will let organizations launch their own cubesats. On April 23, 2016, three different student built cubesats were lauched from a Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. Here’s link that talks about that launch and that program.

AAUSAT4 Cubesat

AAUSAT4 Cubesat operates on an output frequency of 437.425 MHz. The makers of the cubesat are asking for receive reports, and would appreciate recordings of the audio from across the world. Here is a link that talks about how you can help them document the audio of this sat. This is the link for the entire project.

E-st@r-II Cubesat

The E-st@r-II Cubesat operates on an output frequency of 437.485 MHz. The makers of the cubesat are asking for receive reports, and would appreciate recordings of the audio from across the world. Here is a link that talks about how you can help them document the audio of this sat. There’s also software available there to decode the signal from this spacecraft. This is the link for the entire project.

OUFTI-1 Cubesat

The OUFTI-1 Cubesat operates on an output frequency of 145.980 MHz. This cubesat has a D-STAR channel that will let users connect via that mode of operation. This is the link for the entire project, and talks about the beacons and D-STAR ops.