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1 Amateur Radio Satellites Exciting Communications Made Fun and Easy!

2 KD0HKD – Randy Schulze 500 East 105 th Terrace Kansas City, Missouri How to Contact Us!

3 Who Is KD0HKD? Licensed as Technician – April 2009 Upgraded to General – October 2009 Grew up in Kearney, Nebraska Attended University of Nebraska, Kearney And Dana College, Blair, Nebraska –Majored in Radio Broadcasting Third Class Radio-Telephone Operator –Commercial FCC License Public Safety / 911 Communications Operator Police Officer Telecommunications Software Engineer IT Applications Development Coordinator Interests Include: –Amateur Radio –Playing Guitar –Fishing Randy Schulze

4 Who is KD0HKD? Active Member of the Raytown Amateur Radio Club, Raytown, Missouri

5 Who Is KD0HZW? Licensed as Technician – June 2009 Upgraded to General – June 2009 Upgraded to Extra – March 2010 Grew up in Baton Rough, Louisiana Southeastern Louisiana University –BA Business Administration & Accounting Officer; United States Army Signal Corp Computer Programmer Louisiana Department of Revenue 25 Years Management with a Major Telecommunications Company Interests Include: –Remote Control Airplanes –Cowboy Action Shooting –Grandfather Clock Repair –Amateur Radio –Fishing Eddy Paul

6 Who is KD0HZW? Active Member of the Johnson County Radio Amateurs Club, Overland Park, Kansas

7 What Attracted Randy to Amateur Radio Satellites? First Learned of Amateur Radio Satellites from the Audio CD with Gordon Wests Study Guide for Technician Class. Became very interested while listening to the Clint Bradford – K6LCS Presentation on K0GQ Technology Net, September 11, Successfully tuned in (received only) the SO-50 Satellite with the standard antenna. Made my first, successful, two-way contact via the AO-51 Satellite on November 1, 2009.

8 OSCAR, the 1 st Amateur Radio Satellite: OSCAR: Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio Project OSCAR started in 1960 and was responsible for the construction of the first Amateur Radio Satellite OSCAR-1, that was successfully launched from Vandenberg AFB in California, on December 12, 1961, barely four years after the launch of Russias first Sputnik. OSCAR-1 orbited the earth for 22 days, transmitting the HI greeting in Morse Code from above.

9 Amateur Radio Satellites Today: Project Oscar: –Today, almost fifty years later, Oscars mission is to initiate and support activities that promote the Satellite Amateur Radio Hobby. Their primary goal is to reach out and provide logistical support, training and in some cases equipment to amateur radio associations, schools and the public at large. AMSAT: –The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (as AMSAT is officially known) was first formed in the District of Columbia in 1969 as an educational organization. Its goal was to foster Amateur Radio's participation in space research and communication. AMSAT was founded to continue the efforts, begun in 1961, by Project Oscar.

10 My Results! Over the next two and a half months, I logged over 38 successful contacts, 27 of which were confirmed by QSL Cards including 19 US States, 1 Canadian Provence, and 1 Mexican State!

11 OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award The OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award requires satellite contacts with 20 different U.S. states or Canadian call areas or DXCC countries.

12 South African AMSAT Award The South Africa AMSAT Satellite Communications Achievement Award requires working 25 different stations on phase 2 satellites. Satellites that qualify for this award are AO-7, Fuji-Oscar 20/29, AO-21, AO-27 and RS-10/12/15, UO-14, AO-49, SO-50, AO-51 and future satellites that are LEO.

13 QRP All States Award QRP Amateur Radio Club, International Recognizes successful two-way communication with 20 of the United States of America while running a power output of 5 Watts or Less, Mixed Band, All FM, Satellite.

14 How I Work Amateur Satellites! Everyone may have their own style or method of working the Amateur Satellites. Although what Im doing with my equipment works very well for me, it is certainly not the only way to work satellites. There are various combinations of antennas and radios that can be very successful.

15 Power Should Not Be an Issue! You do not need very much power to work Amateur Radio Satellites. The best, and most cost effective way to improve your performance, is by using a better antenna. This can not be understated!

16 Tools In My Bag of Tricks! Radio –Yaesu FT-60 Handheld Antenna –Arrow II LEO Hand Held Yagi Antenna –Diamond SRH-320A Voice Recorder –Sony ICD-PX720 Tracking Software –For PC Computer: AMSAT Web Site Ham Radio Deluxe –For PDA Running Windows Pocket PC PocketSat + aka Pocket Sat Plus

17 Radio: Yaesu FT-60 Hand Held Capable of Cross-Band Operation. i.e. Transmit on UHF while Receive on VHF or visa versa. Up to 5 Watts Transmit Power Relatively low cost. Easy to connect to various antenna options. ADMS Channel Programming software is available, and highly recommended!

18 Antenna: Arrow II LEO Hand Held Antenna VHF – UHF Yagi Most expensive option with all the features costs less than $ retail. Easy to assemble / Easy to use.

19 Antenna: Diamond SRH-320A VHF – UHF Antenna for Hand-Held A bit pricy, cost-wise, but you will get what you pay for! Very good antenna. Works not only for Satellite, but is excellent for general hand- held use.

20 Voice Recorder: Sony ICD-PX720 Digital Voice Recorder Time / Date Stamp for each recording Comes with software for loading recordings to computer as MP3 Files Cost is about $60 at Target or Walmart May be worn on a lanyard or clipped to a belt or pocket for ease of use A recorder is recommended in lieu of writing notes to capture call signs, grid squares, etc.

21 Tracking Software For PC Computer: AMSAT Web Site - Available on the internet to anyone. - Data elements are always current. - Only displays one satellite at a time.

22 Tracking Software For PC Computer: Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) - Free of Charge. - Keeps data current via the Internet. - Displays as many satellites as you would like. - Has many features enjoyed by satellite users.

23 Tracking Software For PDA with Windows Pocket PC: PocketSat+ - Configurable to compute satellite visibility from any location on Earth. - Track and plot real-time positions of up to 9 satellites simultaneously. - Map view shows satellite position and orbit track on an Earth map. -Sky view shows satellite position and path in the Sky. -Available on-line for $12.50

24 Tuning or Programming the Radio for: AO-51 Note: The Downlink, or Receive Frequency is At 5 KHz intervals to account for Doppler Shift. Set Tone for 67.0 Hz

25 Tuning or Programming the Radio for: SO-50 Note: The Downlink, or Receive Frequency is At 5 KHz intervals to account for Doppler Shift. Also Note: CTCSS Tones.

26 Tuning or Programming the Radio for: AO-27 Note: The Downlink, or Receive Frequency is At 5 KHz intervals to account for Doppler Shift. Also Note: CTCSS Tones.

27 Tuning or Programming the Radio for: SO-67 Note: The Downlink, or Receive Frequency is At 5 KHz intervals to account for Doppler Shift.

28 Tuning or Programming the Radio for: HO-68 (fka XW-1) Note: The Downlink, or Receive Frequency is At 5 KHz intervals to account for Doppler Shift. Also Note: CTCSS Tone.

29 Tuning or Programming the Radio for: International Space Station. Note: The Downlink, or Receive Frequency is At 5 KHz intervals to account for Doppler Shift.

30 Audio Examples: This is what it sounds like from this end of the radio! November 7, 2009 November 11, 2009 November 9, 2009 This is what it sounds like from the other end of the radio! November 12, 2009 WA6RSV Las Angeles, California Start at 3 Minutes, 3 Seconds into the video.

31 Amateur Radio Satellites: Questions and Answers Q&A

32 Source Information and Notes: Page 2: Contact Information –http://purplesage.biz –http://kd0hkd.com Page 3: Who is KD0HKD –http://purplesage.biz –http://kd0hkd.com Page 4: Raytown Amateur Radio Club –http://k0gq.com Page 5: Brief History of Amateur Radio Satellites –http://projectoscar.wordpress.com/ Page 6: Brief History of Amateur Radio Satellites –http://projectoscar.wordpress.com/ –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/AboutAmsat/ Page 7: What Attracted me to Satellites –http://www.gordonwestradioschool.com/main/page_ham_classes.html –http://k0gq.com/technet.htm Page 8: Satellite Results / QSL –http://kd0hkd.com Page 9: OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/awards/viewAward.php?t=satcom Page 10: South African AMSAT Award –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/awards/viewAward.php?t=SAAmsat Page 11: QRP All States Award –http://www.qrparci.org/content/blogsection/4/116/ Page 12: How I Work Amateur Satellites Page 13: How I Work Amateur Satellites

33 Source Information and Notes: (Continued) Page 14: Tools in My Bag of Tricks Yaesu FT-60 –http://yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=6EC4 3B29CEF0EC2B4E19BB B7F&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0 –http://associatedradio.com/ Arrow II LEO Antenna –http://www.arrowantennas.com/. Diamond SRH-320A Antenna –http://www.rfparts.com/diamond/srh320a.html Sony ICD-PX720 Recorder –http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&s toreId=10151&langId=-1&productId= AMSAT Satellite Pass –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/predict/ Ham Radio Deluxe –http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com/ PocketSat+ –http://www.bigfattail.com/pocketsat/

34 Source Information and Notes: (Continued) Page 16: Arrow II LEO Antenna –http://www.arrowantennas.com/ Page 17: Diamond SRH-320A Antenna –http://www.rfparts.com/diamond/srh320a.html Page 18: Sony ICD-PX720 Recorder –http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&s toreId=10151&langId=-1&productId= Page 19: AMSAT Satellite Pass –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/predict/ Page 20: Ham Radio Deluxe –http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com/ Page 21: PocketSat+ –http://www.bigfattail.com/pocketsat/ Page 22: AO-51 Frequencies –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/ Page 23: SO-50 Frequencies –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/ Page 24: AO-27 Frequencies –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/ Page 25: SO-67 Frequencies –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/ Page 26: HO-68 Frequencies –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/ Page 27: ISS Frequencies –http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/ Page 28: Audio Examples –http://purplesage.biz/kd0hkd/satellite/index.htm


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