K6R Expedition to Santa Rosa Island and CM93

From Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, via the AMSAT-BB:

Satellite Friends and Colleagues,

Today we’re happy to announce the K6R Satellite Expedition to Santa Rosa
Island and CM93 is a go for September 16th-18th, 2016. We have secured
permissions and arranged to get to the island, spend 2 nights camping, and
operate on a number of Satellite passes – as well as some terrestrial and
HF too.

We’ll be posting updates on the K6R QRZ.com page at
https://www.qrz.com/lookup/K6R and over the coming months with FAQs,
pictures, and more information.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to hit us up.

73!

Wyatt, AC0RA & Dave, KG5CCI

Location of CM93

Location of CM93

Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, and Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA

Dave Swanson, KG5CCI, and Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA

 

4U1UN as 4U70UN on satellite October 24-25

4u1unWord has been received, that, in celebration of the UN’s 70th
anniversary, 4U1UN will be activated as 4U70UN on Saturday 24 and Sunday
25 October. The operation by the UN ARC will be from the ground-level
garden area within the UNHQ complex in New York City and will be limited
to daylight hours. Satellite operation is included in the plans, but
time and equipment limitations will exist. Blockage from high rise
buildings toward the West is expected. Best passes will be to the East
of FN30as and North/South overhead. Possible satellites in view may be
AO-73, FO-29, AO-85, AO-7, SO-50, XW-2E and XW-2F. Note that 4U1UN is a
separate DXCC entity. See QRZ.COM for QSL info.

CAMSAT XW-2(CAS-3) satellites launch 18SEP2015 2300Z

SUCCESS! A multitude of satellites were heard on the first pass over the US!

Congratulations to CAMSAT and all parties involved!

Latest estimated keps:

http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ftp/keps/current/nasa.all

From AMSAT-bb:

The launch postponed by one day due to technical reasons, will be at UTC
23:00:00 on 2015-09-19

Launch time: UTC 23:00:00 2015-09-19

The satellites will be separated from rocket at UTC 23:15:14 2015-09-19

73
Alan, BA1DU

 

The CAMSAT XW-2(CAS-3) cluster launch of 9 or more amateur radio satellites is CAS3Ascheduled for 23:00Z on September 18th, 2015, or late afternoon/early evening Friday night in the US. The launch is on the maiden flight of the Long March 6 vehicle, from the Taiyuan launch complex.

Satellite separation is planned for 23:15:14 UTC, and the first orbit has the cluster passing over the central US at approximately 00:05Z – 00:23Z XW-2 1st pass19SEP2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU provided preliminary keplerian elements for the launch via AMSAT-BB:

XW-2
1 99999U          15261.96885740  .00004980  00000-0  28369-3 0 00000
2 99999 097.4712 269.8396 0010382 266.0521 270.6645 15.12847582000010

Frequencies may be referenced from a PDF document also provided by BA1DU. Some satellite frequencies fall outside the international amateur satellite bandplan, so please be aware of local terrestrial users:

                                                  XW-2CAS-3 Sats

See also our previous post at http://www.amsat.org/?p=4181

Alan Biddle, WA4SCA created a series of SatPC32 Doppler.sqf file entries for the known satellites. Please be aware that the individual satellite names may differ, and additional modification of the entries may be required to work with future or the above elements.

CAS-3A,145640,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM
CAS-3A,145660.0,0,USB,,0,CW Beacon
CAS-3A,145675.0,435040.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,Transponder

CAS-3B,145705,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM
CAS-3B,145725.0,0,USB,,0,CW Beacon
CAS-3B,145740.0,435100.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,Transponder

CAS-3C,145770,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM
CAS-3C,145790.0,0,USB,,0,CW Beacon
CAS-3C,145805.0,435160.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,Transponder

CAS-3D,145835,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM
CAS-3D,145855.0,0,USB,,0,CW Beacon
CAS-3D,145870.0,435220.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,Transponder

CAS-3E,145890,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM
CAS-3E,145910.0,0,USB,,0,CW Beacon
CAS-3E,145925.0,435280.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,Transponder

CAS-3F,145955,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM
CAS-3F,145975.0,0,USB,,0,CW Beacon
CAS-3F,145990.0,435340.0,USB,LSB,REV,0,0,Transponder

CAS-3G,145475,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM
CAS-3G,437950,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM

CAS-3H,437200.0,0,USB,,0,CW Beacon
CAS-3H,144390.0,144390.0,FM,FM,NOR,0,0,APRS
CAS-3H,437225.0,144350.0,FM,FM,NOR,0,0,FM VOICE

CAS-3I,437000,0,FM,,,0,Digital TLM

Good luck to CAMSAT on the launch, and please send reception reports to                          amsat-bb@amsat.org or #amsat on Twitter.

AMSAT Antenna Deal

AMSAT-NA and M2 Antenna Systems Announce Member-Only Special Pricing

M2 Antenna Systems, Inc. of Fresno, CA introduced the new satellite antenna
LEO-Pack using their 436CP16 and 2MCP8A yagis during the 2015 HamCation in
Orlando, FL.

The 436CP16 and 2MCP8A are light weight, circularly polarized antennas
optimized for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite communications or other applications
where a small circular polarized antenna is required. Optimum match and gain
designed for the satellite band.

Rear mounted for easy coaxial cable routing. A preamp (not included) can be
mounted close to the antenna for almost no coax loss before the preamp,
maximizing your receive performance.

Computer design techniques help keep spurious side lobes down for optimum
signal to noise rations. Both the 436CP16 and 2MCP8A feature the same CNC
machined, O-ring and silicone-gel sealed, driven element assemblies common to all M2Yagi Antennas. This insures years of trouble free performance regardless of weather.

M2 designed a custom LEO cross boom to pair these two antennas together for
a very manageable amateur satellite ground station.

AMSAT-NA and M2 Antenna Systems are pleased to announce that the LEO-Pack
system is being offered to members only at $499, shipping included (US only). Non-
members can join AMSAT-NA at time of purchase to participate in this special
purchase. The M2 list price is $545.99.

To place your order, visit the AMSAT store at:
http://store.amsat.org/catalog/

M2 Antenna System’s LEO-Pack page can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/nyhgmcr

M2 LEO-Pack Antenna

M2 LEO-Pack Antenna

M2 LEO-Pack Antenna

M2 LEO-Pack Antenna