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AMSAT India at HAMFEST INDIA 2018

HAMFEST INDIA 2018 will be held in the silicon city of Bangalore on December 29th and 30th 2018. e will be setting up an exhibition area related to amateur radio satellites and some technical talks. Please visit www.hamfestindia2018.com for more information and registration.

Amateur Radio Satellite Activity in India

AO91 and AO92 satellites have created a significant interest among the Indian Amateur Radio fraternity. Many Radio hams from all over India are building and experimenting their new antennas on these two satellites and enjoying two way contacts even during late night and early morning pass. Some of them are also working through SO-50 and IO-86 (Lapan-2) satellites. Looking forward for more activity from India on the Easy Sats.

Organizational Announcements- Regional Co ordinators

We are pleased to announce that as of September 21st 2015 Somashekar, VU3JBA has accepted the role of Director, Regional Coordination at AMSAT INDIA. He will be responsible for driving programs and projects of AMSAT INDIA in various parts of India through his team of Regional Coordinators.
We have also appointed Rajesh Vagadia , VU2EXP as the Regional Coordinator for West Zone and Kaustav Saha, VU2UUU for North Zone in India. We will be shortly announcing the names of coordinators for East and South zone.
With this new roles we will be able to reach out to the Amateur Radio fraternity and student community across India to develop interest and activity on the Amateur radio satellites.

LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) FM Transponder worked and heard in India

Paddy , VU2PEP shared an update that he was able to work and hear some stations from south east asia when the FM transponder was opened up for testing on November 21st and 22nd . A video of the pass with audio is available at youtube  https://youtu.be/yUR6yhdIX9s

AMSAT INDIA @ Bangalore ARDF

AMSAT INDIA members do not only track amateur radio satellites but also actively participate in events related to Amateur Radio. Bangalore amateur radio club (BARC) conducted a Foxhunt (ARDF) event in Bangalore on December 7th 2014. AMSAT INDIA members actively participated in the event and won the first two places.

First Position – Soms, VU3JBA and his YL Vatsalya

Second Position – Mani, VU2WMY and team

More photographs can be found in the gallery section of the website.

AMSAT INDIA at HFI 2014

Core team members VU3TYG,VU2WMY,VU3GEK,VU2RVJ,VU3PZA,VU3HCJ,VU3JBA& VU2RMS,of AMSAT INDIA traveled to Hyderabad to attend HAMFEST INDIA 2014 on November 8th and 9th. Some members reached couple of days early to visit historic places in this city.

More information about the city of Hyderabad at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderabad

AMSAT INDIA team was provided a slot for two hours on the first day of the event to talk about topics related to Amateur radio satellites. The inauguration of the event was quick and we moved to the seminar hall which was allocated to us for the presentations, the seminar hall was well organized and consisted of dual screen projection  and a good audio system.

The first presentation was covered by Nitin VU3TYG and Mani VU2WMY who provided an update about AMSAT INDIA and activities & an update on the end of mission of  VO-52. An appeal was made for  people to come forward and join the organization to help with the objectives of the organization.

The Second presentation was done by Ravi VU2RVJ who spoke about “Working with LEO satellites” and covered topics related to LEO orbit’s, Antennas, Doppler Shift and basic setup required for such operation.Guru, VU2GUR also spoke about doppler shift and demonstrated this with the help of Mani VU2WMY by playing and varying the volume of an SSTV audio file and simulating the progress of a satellite pass.

The third presentation was by Nitin, VU3TYG who presented about “Telemetry Decoding from Amateur Radio Satellites” and covered topics as introduction  to Telemetry and Telecommand, why satellites have telemetry and what does the data mean, how to get started with a basic setup, examples on how to decode and educational outreach opportunities.

The last presentation was by Nitin VU3TYG & Ganesan VU3GEK who provided an description of the new Multi Mode payload designed at AMSAT INDIA. Ganesan explained the various stages of this payload using the block diagram and how this can be customized as per mission requirements.

The entire session was lively with good interaction between the presenters and the audience and we received a pat on our back from some of the audience for our efforts. We are looking forward to appoint regional volunteers across India who can help us with our programmes. We would like to thank HAMFEST India 2014 organizers for providing us an opportunity  for the technical session.Some photographs of the event can be found in the gallery section of this website

The next HAMFEST will be held at Rajkot in 2015 and we will look forward to participate again.

Heard in India- ARISS ham radio contact with SK Putrajaya Presint 9, Putrajaya, Malaysia

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been planned with participants at SK Putrajaya Presint 9, Putrajaya, Malaysia on 01 November. The event stated at 16:45 Indian Standard Time at 9M2RPN Satellite Ground Station located in Planetarium Negara.VU2TS,VU2DCT & VU3TYG were able to hear on 145.800 Mhz  Astronaut Gregory (KF5LKT) answer interesting questions by the school children.Thanks to Sangat,9M2SS for providing  the headsup of the event.

Ground Station setup for Swayam – COEP Satellite Project

The COEP Satellite project is a student led initiative revolving around the design and fabrication of a Pico-satellite having a HAM Communication payload. COEP Ground Station was set up for servicing the Amateur Radio communication satellite “Swayam’, a 1-U cube satellite with the scientific mission of demonstrating passive magnetic stabilization. The Ground segment operates on 144 MHz band as well as the 435 MHz band with the station call sign of VU2COE. The transceivers currently operational are Kenwood TS-2000 for general amateur satellites operating on AX.25 protocol, while a custom CC1120 transponder based system is deployed for Swayam. This system works on the COEP Satellite protocol which is a custom data link and network layer protocol for short messaging. COEP Ground station is equipped with Antenna Rotator system for directional UHF Antenna. The Low noise amplifier and High power amplifier have been developed and installed at ground station.

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 The team has established a communication link with more than 30 different satellites, including passively stabilized satellites. The data received includes critical CW beacon data of Amateur satellites and weather images transmitted by NOAA weather satellites. The satellites transmitting BPSK, FM and BFSK are also received using Kenwood TS2000 all band all mode transceiver. A successful APRS communication was established with packet radio Digipeater on International Space Station. The High gain antenna has made it possible to receive even the low power transmitting amateur satellites. The data received from beacons of various amateur satellites is shared with teams of respective satellites helping them to monitor their satellites.

The COEP Satellite (Swayam) project

The COEP Satellite (Swayam) project is aimed at developing a reliable bidirectional communications platform. Started in late 2008, the Swayam project revolves around the challenge of building a 1U pico-satellite destined to orbit the Earth at a height of 500-800 km. The scientific objective of the mission is to demonstrate the concept of passive stabilization using magnets and hysteresis which is the first of its kind in India. The utility of the satellite is to provide point to point messaging service from one ground station to another in the HAM band frequency.

The text messaging services are provided under the custom made COEPSAT protocol. These are open to all and various HAM users across the globe can use these for communicating amongst themselves. The total capacity of message handling is 18 lakhs which is quite large to cater to the messaging services to various Ground Stations. The satellite also transmits the received signal strength and the error corrected information in the downlink which the Ground Stations can use to characterize their setup for digital communication. On successful technological demonstration of Passive Control System in Swayam, this project will serve as a perfect platform for future satellite missions with different innovative payloads.

In the college premises, on the roof of the Department of Metallurgy and Material Sciences, the team has established a class 10000 clean room, which houses all the facilities to test and integrate the satellite. The premises are as per ISRO Specifications. The team also has a functional Ground Station, with antennae for 435MHz band and 144MHz band communication and the associated Radio interface. The team has established a communication link with more than 30 different satellites, including the International Space Station. Globally, the frequency 437.025 MHz has been coordinated for Swayam. The team has published 10 highly acclaimed papers so far.

After numerous visits to ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore, the team has fabricated, assembled and tested the Qualification Model (Proto-Flight Model) of Swayam, which has all the flight specific hardware. Most of the systems were designed, fabricated and assembled in-house. The software and hardware validation and stress testing is complete with the spacecraft being tested for end to end performance. The compatibility of Swayam Satellite with the ISRO Nano Satellite Launch System was checked and the satellite was subjected to the launch loads as per ISRO specifications. The Qual Model has also been subjected to environmental extremes to establish its survivability in Space Conditions. All systems are flight ready. The team has recently cleared the Critical Design Review (CDR) at ISAC, Bangalore and obtained a green signal for fabrication and launch of Flight Model of Swayam.

More information about the project at http://www.coep.org.in/csat/

4M lunar payload integrated – Keps released

The integration of the LX0OHB-4M amateur radio payload was completed on Sunday night, October 12 and is now ready to launch.

The onboard clock has been adjusted to start JT65B (145.980 MHz) at the UTC minute +/-1 second. It is likely to drift during the mission, and manual offset introduction will be required after a week or so. The launch date is October 23 at 1800 UTC.

The link budget is quite tight, but the first hours should give comfortable signals. QSB is to be expected.Beginning of transmission of 4M will start between 1917 UTC and 1927 UTC. Refer to the provided maps and animations links in the blog section (see also older messages) to determine your visibility. Alternatively, use the ‘tracking’ section where you can compute your tracking elements by introducing your geographic coordinates. The table can be copied/pasted into a text file. As the apparent movement will be close (and closer) to the one one of the Moon, manual pointing is easy but for the largest arrays. We’ll try to publish equivalent TLE’s to input in usual tracking software.

As JT65B is used: please remind those not yet too familiar with it that the receiver must not be tuned during the transmission. A dedicated webpage is being written to detail the procedure.A dedicated java application is also available to automatically transmit the decoded messages to the 4M website and ease the data collection. (Thanks to LSE Space). Alternatively, you can also send the decoded messages by eMail, sending the ALL.txt file.

For those not wishing to use JT65B, please record the signals (11025s/s, 8or 16 bits, mono), taking care not to saturate the recording and NO MP3 please.

SpectrumLab is an excellent choice, although some may wish to use simpler recording software.

You can imagine that the team is quite eager to receive the first reports, so, do not hesitate to mail immediately, send decoded messages or even phone or text me at +352 661 678 986.Our friends of IC CMalaga are also quite eager to receive the results of their radiation dosimeter experiment.

Basic rules of the contest have been delineated in the blog section. Complete rules will be published soon.

Stay tuned on our website or Facebook page.

The following is a tentative set of orbital elements that should remain valid from the launch to at least up to the October 27 when using usual classical and simple tracking software that do not integrate Moon.
1 99999U          14298.79728009  .00000066  00000-0  00000-0 0 00006
2 99999 030.6553 295.6956 9746689 147.2577 071.9585 00.10600338000010
The following set is to be used after the flyby from October 28 onwards
1 99999U          14301.79728009  .00000000   00000-0 00000-0 0 00009
2 99999 049.9434 067.2017 6639865 045.9865 124.5019 00.06612018000010

Ghislain Ruy LX2RG
Email: ruy@luxspace.lu with “4M Amateur” in the subject

Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (4M) http://moon.luxspace.lu/
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The launch will be broadcast by CNTV/CCTV: http://www.cntv.cn/ or http://english.cntv.cn/ orhttp://english.cntv.cn/live/p2p/index.shtml

Information animations and some JT65B test files at
https://cloud.luxspace.lu/public.php?service=files&t=33c4a21c09ba3736a55fc09896e463f6

Read the paper 4M Mission: a Lunar FlyBy experiment
http://tinyurl.com/4M-Mission-V3

EME 2014 slides: 4M, A Moon Flyby Mission
http://tinyurl.com/4M-slides-eme2014

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