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13 Satellite are not amateur satellites



Hi all

I have seen some debate on the AMSAT BB following a mail that said that 13
Amateur satellites are being launched in June.

These are strictly speaking not amateur satellites but cubesats built by
Universities in the USA and elsewhere in the world. These satellites will
operate on amateur frequencies and can  indeed be of interest to radio
amateurs.

The frequencies are coordinated by the IARU Satellite Adviser in conjunction
with a team of advisers located in the three IARU Regions.  Each request for
frequency coordination  request is carefully considered and evaluated by the
team before frequencies are recommended to the requesting university. One of
the requirements is that telemetry information must be available to anyone who
would like to receive and decode it.

More details of the frequency coordination process can be found on
www.iaru.org/satellite as well as an interesting paper on :"What is an amateur
satellite".

This year the International IARU Satellite Forum will be held in conjunction
with  and hosted  at the AMSAT UK Colloquium in July  and the AMSAT NA Space
Symposium in October. You are welcome to attend these forums to find out more
about satellite frequency coordination.

I trust the above explains the position

73

Hans ZS6AKV
IARU Satellite Adviser
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