Contests on QO-100 allowed in time for Yuri Gagarin contest
On April 4, AMSAT-DL announced the opening of the QO-100 NB satellite transponder to general contest operation in the upper mixed-mode range. This weekend (April 10-11) will see the Yuri Gagarin contest.
The contest area on the QO-100 geostationary satellite NB transponder for both CW and SSB is:
Uplink area 2400.370 – 2400.490 MHz
Downlink area 10489.870 – 10489.990 MHz
Of course, the usual QO-100 NB transponder guidelines also apply here. Therefore, the bandwidth should still be limited to 2.7 kHz and the transmitting power should be reduced to the necessary level, i.e. only as much power as necessary should be used.
These data were collected by more than 50 stations in the world via the UVSQsat decoder software. The software allows to send the data to the AMSAT-F and Satnogs databases. The continuous reception of telemetry is valuable to the project team that is piloting the satellite.
Although the downloading of large amounts of data is done over Europe, this also took place over Japan with the help of Japanese radio amateurs.
It is noted that a new version of the UVSQSAT Decoder software is available with new features (new ASCII telemetry decoded, performance improvement,..)
The commissioning phase has been successfully completed. Now the UVSQsat project team with Radioclub F6KRK and AMSAT-Francophone will conduct further tests on the transponder to ensure that it can be operated over a period of several days without taking any risk to the satellite.
For this we are looking for volunteer radio amateurs to participate in these tests on all continents. If you are interested contact AMSAT-Francophone, email amsatfamsat-f.org
The Soyuz‑2.1a LV was launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on March 22, 2021. The following satellites, operating in frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service have been coordinated by the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel:
Michel Mahé F4DEY at the LATMOS Ground Station – Credit UVSQ-Sat
On Friday, March 5, 2021, the first contact was made via the FM transponder on the UVSQ-Sat CubeSat.
Michel Mahé F4DEY of the F6KRK Radio Club carried out the transponder test from the LATMOS ground station. The first contact was with Peter Goodhall 2M0SQL in Elgin.
After the contact Michel tweeted “Very happy to have been able to operate the Latmos station and do #F6KRKR/P validate the transponder #UVSQSat “on #space” after validation of the satellite at the Lab of #Latmos in October 2020!”
Peter tweeted “Fantastic to be QSO #1 on UVSQ-SATs FM transponder wish the @uvsqsat good luck in their commissioning and it being available more often :)”