Category Archives: AMSAT

Balloon was the First Communication Satellite

SPACE.com
by: Charles Q. Choi
August 19, 2010

1st Communication Satellite: A Giant Space Balloon 50 Years Ago

Echo-1

People on Earth may take for granted today’s high-tech world of cell phones, GPS and the satellites high above the planet that make instantaneous communication possible. But it all began 50 years ago with one giant space balloon.

Echo 1, the world’s first communications satellite capable of relaying signals to other points on Earth, soared 1,000 miles (1,609 km) above the planet after its Aug. 12, 1960 launch, yet relied on humanity’s oldest flight technology — ballooning.

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HO-68 operating schedule March 14-21

AMSAT Bulletin Board
Alan Kung, BA1DU

HO-68 operating schedule March 14-21

Alan Kung, BA1DU has announced the separate scheduling of Digital and FM repeater modes on the amateur radio satellite HO-68.

On the AMSAT Bulletin Board he writes:

I got a lot of responses about problem of digital mode through HO-68. The main problem is that Packet communication is often interrupted by voice. We are trying a new schedule in this week, voice and packet operations will be separated by the schedule, of course, this just depends on the hams’own discipline. If you have any comment and suggestion, please let me know.

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A Close Encounter for AMSAT-OSCAR 51

ARRL.org
March 3, 2010

A Close Encounter for AMSAT-OSCAR 51

While many in North America were fast asleep Monday morning, March 1, the AMSAT-OSCAR 51 satellite had a potentially dangerous encounter with another spacecraft known as Formosat 3D. OSCAR 51 is a popular Amateur Radio satellite that often functions as a crossband FM repeater, relaying brief conversations over hundreds of miles. Formosat 3D is part of a constellation of six remote sensing microsatellites that collect atmospheric data for weather prediction and for ionosphere, climate and gravity research. Both orbit at an altitude of approximately 500 miles.

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Student Built Cubesat to be Launched

Delmarvanow.com
March 10, 2010

Student-built spacecraft will be launched at Wallops

WALLOPS ISLAND –Not much bigger than a child’s toy block, two spacecraft designed and built by university students in Kentucky and California will fly in space for a short period this month to gather information that may be applied to future small Earth orbiting space vehicles.

The spacecraft will fly on a NASA suborbital Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket between 6 and 9 a.m. March 11, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The backup launch days are March 12 and 13.

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BT3WX Special Event Station for Launch of XW-1 Amateur Satellite

AMSAT.org
November 29, 2009

BT3WX Special Event Station Celebrates Launch of XW-1 Amateur Satellite

To celebrate the launch of China’s first amateur satellite, XW-1, AMSAT-China will set up a special event station in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province of China using the callsign BT3WX. The station plans to operate on all HF amateur bands from 10 to 160 meters and on VHF/UHF amateur satellite bands, including FM, SSB, CW, RTTY and PACSAT modes.

Operations at BT3WX have already commenced and the special event station will remain active until XW-1 is launched. A specific launch date has not been released as of press time, but is expected in mid-December.

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