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From: Rosenberg.Eric@orbcomm.com
To: amsat-dc@AMSAT.Org
Subject: [amsat-dc] Sunsat Launch on 14 January
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 09:40:30 -0500
Message-ID: <852566EF.00509184.00@occsmtp.orbcomm.com>


SARL NEWS SUNDAY  1999  JANUARY 3

This is Amateur Radio Station ZS6SRL transmitting Amateur Radio News, a
service from the South African Radio League for the interest of all
Radio Amateurs, Short-wave Listeners and Electronic Enthusiasts. For a
complete list of broadcast times and  frequencies please send a SASE to
Amateur Radio News, SARL, P O Box 807, Houghton 2041. This bulletin is
also available on the SARL's web pages hosted by Intekom at
www.sarl.org.za.

SUNSAT LAUNCH TO BE COVERED LIVE ON SHORTWAVE

South Africa's first satellite, SUNSAT, will be launched on 14 January
from Vandenburg Airforce Base. Live coverage will be broadcast by
ZS6SRL on short-wave and various Amateur Frequencies, The short-wave
broadcast will run from 12:30 to 14:00 SAT on the following frequencies:

31 metreband     9525 kHz  100 kW Omni Directional antenna
16 metreband    17870 kHz   250 kW beamed 19 degrees
13 metreband  21530 kHz   500 kW beamed 340 degrees

SUNSAT has been built by students at the University of Stellenbosch  who
have done the detailed design and software development while system
level design was carried out by lecturers, some of whom have studied at
the Universities of Surrey, Stanford and MIT

South Africa has an innovative electronics industry that wishes to
benefit from new opportunities. It also needs competent technically
trained people to establish and operate systems. The SUNSAT programme is
a means of both increasing space segment knowledge our country,
establishing a satellite training capability and exposing the
industries' capabilities. The SUNSAT programme has delivered over 50
students with Master of Engineering Degrees .

SUNSAT has several payloads with two of the  focus areas on Amateur
Radio and School Science projects. In addition SUNSAT will carry  NASA
experiments and an experimental pushbroom imager.

THE AMATEUR RADIO PAYLOAD

The basic Amateur payload will include the following:

Two metre FM parrot repeater
This unit will operate on 145,825 using NBFM voice with 3 Hz peak
deviation

1200 Baud packet radio capability AFSK Store and forward

9600 Baud (G3RUH) packet capability AFSK Store and forward

Radio clubs in South Africa that would like an audio feed of the launch
programme to retransmit on their local repeaters should send their
requests to sarlnews@intekom.co.za or by fax to 031 765-6456 before 10
January 1999.



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