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Re: Active satellite operators in Antarctica



There were a few hams active on AO-40 from the Fuji stations that Japan has 
in Antartica. Not sure if they are still there. 8J1RF was one I think. Might 
ask someone in JA as not many of them read the -bb I think....

If they were on 40 they should have the right radio and antenna at least.

73, Drew KO4MA

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Graham Shirville" <g.shirville@btinternet.com>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Cc: "G4DDK Sam Jewell" <jewell@btinternet.com>; <hlong@btinternet.com>; 
<G0MRF@aol.com>; "Jason Flynn" <flynnjs@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 2:24 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Active satellite operators in Antarctica


> This is a request to find out if there are currently any active satellite
> stations in Antarctica!
>
> The upcoming SSETI Express launch on August 25th will place the satellite 
> in
> a sun synchronous orbit. Taking into account the time for the satellite to
> separate from the launch adaptor and an in built system delay before the
> computer and radio equipment is activated - it should start to transmit on
> 437.250MHz at approx 08:40 UTC on August 25th. (the exact timing is 
> subject
> to final verification!)
>
> The output power is 3 watts so should just be detectable even with a
> handheld UHF FM radio
>
> Our slight problem is that at this time it will be overhead Antarctica....
> and we have always been promoting the worldwide nature of the amateur
> satellite groundstation "network"
>
> So if you are or know of such a station can you please get in touch with 
> me
> ASAP.
>
> It is intended that a few weeks after launch, when the main on board
> experiments have been completed, the satellite will be commanded into
> transponder mode - A  single channel U/S FM transponder. Although this may
> not be the most exciting sort of transponder device it has not cost 
> AMSAT-UK
> much in the way of funds so we should be happy!
>
> There is a of course a unique prize for the first valid reception report 
> but
> the main value will be to help us impress the European Space Agency with 
> our
> facilities so that they may consider allowing us to put more (linear?)
> transponders on their future GTO missions....
>
> More details of the full SSETI Express launch programme and telemetry
> formats  etc will be made available within the next few weeks on the
> www.sseti.net website
>
> Thanks in advance for your assistance
>
>
> 73
>
> Graham G3VZV
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