AMSAT-DL President Peter Gülzow DB2OS reports on a new amateur radio satellite forum that aims to help newcomers become active on the satellites
On the AMSAT Bulletin board (AMSAT-BB) he writes:
We have set up a new online forum at https://forum.amsat-dl.org/
Especially with the upcoming launch of P4-A/Es'hail-2 we want to offer a forum for extensive discussions.
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Ham Talk Live! Portable Satellite Operation
In episode 135 of the Ham Talk Live! show Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWK answered questions about operating amateur radio satellites on the road.
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October 4 marks the 61st anniversary of the launch by the Soviet Union of Sputnik 1, Earth’s first artificial satellite. The Soviets heralded the launch as a national triumph, and the space race between the USSR and the US began.
Sputnik 1 was a 58-centimeter diameter, polished aluminum sphere sprouting four antennas and transmitting a 1 W signal on 20.005 and 40.002 MHz, putting it within the range of nearly any radio amateur. Orbiting the planet about once every 96 minutes, Sputnik 1 could be seen from Earth. Following the launch, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s HF radio station WWV even halted its nighttime 20 MHz transmissions to avoid interfering with the satellite’s signal.
Scientists studying it gained information about such things as the density of the upper atmosphere, deduced from orbital drag. The propagation of its signals also helped to better understand the ionosphere. The US launched its first artificial Earth satellite, Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958.