ARISSat-1 Reception Challenge

ARISSat-1 is scheduled for deployment from the ISS next Wednesday Feb 16 – it has a composite VHF downlink that will easily fit into the FUNcube Dongle receive spectrum. The telemetry is 1 kbit BPSK and can, of course, also be received with a normal SSB 2 metre receiver.The expected signal levels from ARISSat should be similar to those we expect from FUNcube itself (and also eventually from UKube) and the team are keen to discover what will be the minimum and best type of antennas for schools to use with a FCD. Therefore user experience with the ARISSat signals will be very valuable in making this determination.

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FUNcube Dongle Auction Success

AMSAT-UK held a fund-raising auction on eBay for Serial Number 200 of the popular Software Defined Radio (SDR) dongle, it sold for £430. The auction was held to raise funds for the FUNcube satellite currently under construction. FUNcube is an educational single CubeSat project with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics and electronics. It also carries a 435/145 MHz linear transponder for SSB and CW communications. The FUNcube VHF/UHF SDR dongle usually sells for £125 and the price acheived exceeded all expectations. The purchaser of the dongle will also have their name or callsign sent into space on FUNcube.Our thanks to all those who took part in the auction. FUNcube Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FUNcube/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FUNcube/) AMSAT-UK publishes a colour A4 newsletter, OSCAR News, which is full of Amateur Satellite information.Join online at http://tinyurl.com/JoinAMSAT-UK (http://tinyurl.com/JoinAMSAT-UK)

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UKube

The United Kingdom Space Agency website now includes some more details of the UKube 3U cubesat project. See http://www.ukspaceagency.bis.gov.uk/20084.aspxThe baseline design for this satellite includes a set of FUNcube boards to provide the educational outreach for the project. AMSAT-UK are presently discussing the precise details of this arrangement with the UKube project team.This development will enable a much higher level service to be provided for STEM outreach to schools than would be possible with just a single spacecraft.

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Sad News

David Clark (G6XYA) who was known by many AMSAT-UK members as Nobby passed away last night. The funeral will be at 10:30 AM on the 27th October at Holy Innocents on Wilbraham Road in Manchester, UK. Family flowers only, Donations to the British Heart Foundation.

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AMSAT-UK Colloquium Videos

Videos of the presentations given at the 25th AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium are now available on the web. They can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.batc.tv/ (http://www.batc.tv/) Click on the 'Film Archive' icon and then select a 2010 AMSAT video.The Colloquium schedule can be seen athttp://www.uk.amsat.org/content/view/713/284/1/2/ (content/view/713/284/1/2/) Getting started on Amateur Radio Satellites PDFhttp://www.uk.amsat.org/content/view/408/168/

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AMSAT-UK Space Colloquium to be Webstreamed

The 2010 Space Colloquium - the 25th held by AMSAT-UK, is taking place on July 31 and August 1 at the Holiday Inn in Guildford, England. As usual there will be many interesting presentations and demonstrations from the developers and users of the ever increasing number of amateur radio satellites. In addition there will be talks on nano propulsion systems, solar sails, cubesat sized linear transponders, the GENSO ground station network, GNU radios and numerous other topics.

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OSCAR News Archive CD

OSCAR News is the official journal AMSAT-UK and all 47 issues published from 2000-2009 are now available on CD.Containing more than 2000 pages of information about amateur satellites ranging from homebrew electronics projects to scientific papers, this archive offers an intriguing insight into the development of amateur radio satellites during a fast moving decade.The CD can be ordered from AMSAT-UK (Click on the AMSAT-UK Shop link on the left hand side of the home page) or from http://www.tinyurl.com/on-archive-2000/ (http://www.tinyurl.com/on-archive-2000/)Join AMSAT-UK online athttps://secure.amsat.org.uk/subs_form/ (https://secure.amsat.org.uk/subs_form/)

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