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Amateurs Get "New" FM Satellite

Amateurs Get "New"FM Satellite

It was announced at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in 
Guildford, England by the AMSAT-UK secretary Jim Heck G3WGM that Amateurs 
will be getting a new FM satellite to use.

PO-28 (POSAT-1) was launched on September 25th 1993. It's primary purpose 
was for commercial use on frequencies outside the Amateur bands but it also 
had the capability to operate on the Amateur bands. After prolonged 
negotiations it has been agreed that the satellite can be switched 
permanently to the Amateur frequencies.

It is expected that the process to change over the operation of the 
satellite from Commercial to Amateur use will take a couple of weeks.

PO-28 (POSAT-1) was built at the University of Surrey within a collaborative 
programme in satellite technology between a consortium of Portuguese 
academia and Industry (LNETI, EFACEC, OGMA, MARCONI, ALCATEL, IST, UBI & 
CEDINTEC) and the Univerity of Surrey, managed through Surrey Satellite 
Technology Ltd.

Uplink Frequencies:   145.925 and 145.975 MHz
Downlink Frequencies: 435.075 and 435.275 MHz

Orbit    : 822 x 800 km, 98.6 deg inclined, sun-synchronous.

AMSAT-UK produces a newsletter packed full of Amateur Satellite information. 
For membership details contact the secretary Jim Heck G3WGM
Tel:   +44 (0)1258 453959
Email: g3wgm@amsat.org
Website: http://www.uk.amsat.org/

73 Trevor M5AKA
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