Presentation on theme: "Amateur Radio Satellites"— Presentation transcript:
1 Amateur Radio Satellites Exciting Communications Made Fun and Easy!
2 How to Contact Us! KD0HKD – Randy Schulze 500 East 105th Terrace Kansas City, Missouri
3 Randy Schulze Who Is KD0HKD? Licensed as Technician – April 2009 Upgraded to General – October 2009Grew up in Kearney, NebraskaAttended University of Nebraska, KearneyAnd Dana College, Blair, NebraskaMajored in Radio BroadcastingThird Class Radio-Telephone OperatorCommercial FCC LicensePublic Safety / 911 Communications OperatorPolice OfficerTelecommunications Software EngineerIT Applications Development CoordinatorInterests Include:Amateur RadioPlaying GuitarFishing
4 Raytown Amateur Radio Club, Who is KD0HKD?Active Member of theRaytown Amateur Radio Club,Raytown, Missouri
5 Eddy Paul Who Is KD0HZW? Licensed as Technician – June 2009 Upgraded to General – June 2009Upgraded to Extra – March 2010Grew up in Baton Rough, LouisianaSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityBA Business Administration & AccountingOfficer; United States Army Signal CorpComputer Programmer Louisiana Department of Revenue25 Years Management with a Major Telecommunications CompanyInterests Include:Remote Control AirplanesCowboy Action ShootingGrandfather Clock RepairAmateur RadioFishing
6 Who is KD0HZW?Active Member of theJohnson CountyRadio 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 West’s Study Guide for Technician Class.Became very interested while listening to the Clint Bradford – K6LCS Presentation on K0GQ Technology Net, September 11, 2009.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 1st Amateur Radio Satellite: OSCAR: Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur RadioProject 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 Russia’s 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, Oscar’s 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 I’m 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! RadioYaesu FT-60 HandheldAntennaArrow II LEO Hand Held Yagi AntennaDiamond SRH-320AVoice RecorderSony ICD-PX720Tracking SoftwareFor PC Computer:AMSAT Web SiteHam Radio DeluxeFor PDA Running Windows Pocket PCPocketSat + 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 PowerRelatively 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 YagiMost 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-HeldA 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 A recorder is recommended in lieu of writing notes to capture call signs, grid squares, etc.Digital Voice RecorderTime / Date Stamp for each recordingComes with software for loading recordings to computer as MP3 FilesCost is about $60 at Target or WalmartMay be worn on a lanyard or clipped to a belt or pocket for ease of use
21 Tracking Software For PC Computer: AMSAT Web SiteAvailable 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 isAt 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 isAt 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 isAt 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 isAt 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 isAt 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 isAt 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, 2009November 9, 2009November 11, 2009This is what it sounds like from the other end of the radio!November 12, 2009WA6RSVLas Angeles, CaliforniaStart 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 InformationPage 3: Who is KD0HKDPage 4: Raytown Amateur Radio ClubPage 5: Brief History of Amateur Radio SatellitesPage 6: Brief History of Amateur Radio SatellitesPage 7: What Attracted me to SatellitesPage 8: Satellite Results / QSLPage 9: OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement AwardPage 10: South African AMSAT AwardPage 11: QRP All States AwardPage 12: How I Work Amateur SatellitesPage 13: How I Work Amateur Satellites
33 Source Information and Notes: (Continued) Page 14: Tools in My Bag of TricksYaesu FT-60Arrow II LEO AntennaDiamond SRH-320A AntennaSony ICD-PX720 RecorderAMSAT Satellite PassHam Radio DeluxePocketSat+
34 Source Information and Notes: (Continued) Page 16: Arrow II LEO AntennaPage 17: Diamond SRH-320A AntennaPage 18: Sony ICD-PX720 RecorderPage 19: AMSAT Satellite PassPage 20: Ham Radio DeluxePage 21: PocketSat+Page 22: AO-51 FrequenciesPage 23: SO-50 FrequenciesPage 24: AO-27 FrequenciesPage 25: SO-67 FrequenciesPage 26: HO-68 FrequenciesPage 27: ISS FrequenciesPage 28: Audio Examples