is the club call-sign of the Radioclub of the European Space Agency Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.
The ESOC Radio Club is supported by ESA's Sports, Social and Cultural Committe (SSCC)
The responsible for the club call is OM Manfred, DL5FAB
The club station is member of the German DARC DOK - F42.
The ESOC Radioclub is presently mainly activ on allHF bands from 80m to 10m.
The station is build around a Kenwood TS-870 with 2 Laptops supporting the electronic log and digital modes operations.
Our antennas consist in an Opti-Beam 9-5 for 20, 17,15,12,10 m and a double dipolfor 80m and 40m
installed on the top fllor of a metal parking deck:
Our shack set-up consists in a TS-870 and two laptops with external soundcard for digital modes and logbook:
We will activate the station for major contests and for special events happening at ESA and in particularESOC, e.g for
celebrating or promoting special satellite operations activities.
Regular contacts are kept with the club stations at the European Space Agency's other establishments, like PI9ESA
at ESA's Technical Centre ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands:
or ESA's Earth Observation Centre ESRIN, II0ESA:
Galileo related Ham Radio Events
The Galileo satellite navigation system programme will face important milestones during 2013. Radio amateurs of the European Space Agency decided to participate on those achiements with some special amateur radio activities. All radio clubs of ESA (ESTEC, ESOC, ESRIN) will be activated during those events. During launches of Galileo satellites from our space port in French Guiana a station in Kourou will be active (see also the 2012 event). In addition, all 2013 radio activities from Kourou under the Galileo programme will count for this event. These radio activities will be performed by ESA staff and engineers many of them directly involved into the design, development, deployment and integration of the system. Activation will be done during staff's spare time!
Radio bands and modes: SSB, CW, DigiModes primarily on HF-bands
First Galileo autonomous position, time, velocity (PVT) fix which took place 12 March 2013
see also more technical info:
Radio contacts will be confirmed with a special Galileo QSL card through Gobal QSL or direct.
Note, all special radio contacts during above time slots will count for a special Galileo award still under design.
Event Manager: Jörg, PA1MUC / DL3LUM
QSL-Manager: Alberto, IW1FNW
Award-Manager: Alberto, IW1FNW
Webmaster: Luis, CT2INY
PI9ESA (ESTEC): Jörg, PA1MUC / DL3LUM
DL0ESA (ESOC): Manfred, DL5FAB
II0ESA (ESRIN): Stefano, IØWTD / PA3FWP / AE4GY / IZØFEJ
FY/PA3FHD: Giuliano, PA3FHD
Galileo IOV-2 Launch Event:
A very special activity was supported from the European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana
during the launch campaign of the for Galileo(IOV-2):
Contact DL0ESAwith the ISS - DP0ISS:
Video from the contact of DL0ESA with DP0ISS:
Further references to this event:
Report - ARISS Europa
Background -NASA on Ham Radio onISS.
Report - ESOC
Presentation - DK7FU und DL2OC: