Update on SatDX.org™ Sat-in-a-Box™ Kits
With the arrival of our Sat antennas we have now started setting-up the first of the Sat-in-a-Box Kits™. We hope to "preview" the set-up at the Memphis "Free-Fest" coming up in April. We may bring the Icom Ic-910H and do some operations on the AO-73 satellite passes.
With the longest part of the antennas being just 19" long this antenna packs well and has been field tested in some of the harshest conditions. Once outfitted, these Sat-in-a-Box™ Kits will be available for the 2015 GriDXpedition™ Season as a "Loaner". Our outreach efforts have extended to offering support for Satellite Log Book Support for LoTW as well, We have already worked with 3 GriDXpedition's on their satellite logs and operations, this season, and others are in the works, So Stay Tuned!!
VUCC SATELLITE GRID TOTALS:
WRK'd-1,102 Total Cnf'd-976 LoTW Credits-386 As of March 26, 2015 VUCC Satellite "LoTW Credits" 374 Awarded
Completed my WAS OSCAR (satellites) #337 ALL "cnf'd" on LoTW QSO's Dec. 02, 2014
"The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing!"
SatDX.org website is "Under Construction", it is also associated with the "Parent Organization" USASAT.org, which is also "Under Construction". We are in the process of filing for our 501(c)(3) "Tax Exempt/Non-Profit" status with the Internal Revenue Service for USASAT.org.
SatDX.org will concentrate on working with DX Operations around the world for the express purposes of getting these rare DX opportunities on the satellites as well as the HF bands. We will, when needed, furnish COMPLETE satellite stations in a "Go Box" kit that can be dropped shipped anywhere that the international parcel carriers deliver. These kits will include Pelican/Hardigg surplus Military grade storage boxes for safe transport, they will have proper radio/radios, satellite antenna, preamps, cables, adapters, coax, instructions and accessories, to help facilitate the proper set-up & operation of a satellite station.
Our initial set up will be with FM Only kits but we are preparing the additional kits for Linear Satellite operations as well, how these "Linear Go-Boxes" will be outfitted is still being determined.
We have had significant Manufacturer donations already and hope to secure additional sponsorships as we bring this project into "Full Swing". Typically we would have waited until EVERYTHING was in place to make these announcements, but we are already working with
USASAT.org will be our fundraising/educational/technical arm of this endeavour.
Please watch here or on the StarCOM/SatDX-bb's for future announcements!
For those of you who know me on the "Birds" you will also know Dale, KL7R, Dale is the MOST ACTIVE Ground-Based-Rover I know, he and I are good friends and I have been fortunate enough to work him in 98 different USA & Alaska grids squares, Dale has created an award for those who have worked him in 25, 50, 75 & 100 grids, he was kind enough to grant me a SPECIAL AWARD of KL7R 98. He will be mobile again this Spring/Summer from Alaska trying to operate from a few more road accessible Alaskan Grids and at that time I hope to get the final 2 Rover Grids from Dale to get the KL7R 100 Award.
Below is the Award he has sent to me! If you want to work Alaska on the "Birds" look for Dale, KL7R.
And as an added BONUS, Dale will confirm ALL of his ROVER grids on LoTW for those who use it for confirmations!
MNY TNX Dale!!
I own & operate the Star-COM.net Bulletin Boards. These Email based BB's are provided for satellite users to exchange information on Amateur Satellite Operations and anything related to the use, operations of or questions in general about Amateur Radio Satellites. There are currently 2 BB's set up, one is centered around the Western Hemisphere (StarCOM-bb) , for no other reason than these are the operators who can have a QSO on an easy and regular basis with each other and it is Regional so other parts of the Amateur Satellite community is NOT inundated with information that is NOT relavent to their Day-TO-Day operations.
And SatDX-BB will concentrate on making a BB platform available for International Operators on the satellites who wish to pursue "SatDX" on the satellites. I invite all international operator's who have the "AOS/LOS" capable stations to check out SatDX-BB, we are just getting it up and running and my European Admin is in place to help work with the European Satellite Community.
The Star-COM.net BB's went "Live" on February 4, 2013 & we just entered into our 3rd year of operations. We continue to see daily growth in the numbers of subscribers and we work closely with many different Operators & groups to help facillitate Satellite Operations & Grid Activations anywhere in the World.
The sign up page for either StarCom-bb or SatDX-bb is as follows:
from this page you can sign up for either of the bulletin boards
AO-7 Status: November 09, 2014
Well there is good & bad news concerning AO-7, the Eclipse Cycle for 2015 will begin even earlier, for those who prefer Mode B, this will be good, but those of us who closely observe the operations of AO-7, we have noticed that the periods of extended Total Eclipse seem to have some effect on the satellite. While there are no "clear-cut" answers as to why, Ao-7 seems to be a little "perculiar" as it powers back up from the Eclipse shutdown. I have surmised that this may be a result of the satellite getting extremely cold in the absense of sunlight and that the audio distortions and apparent "FM'ing" of the satellite may be due to the core temperature of the satellite along with the diminished sunlight on the solar panels, but these are just speculations on my part. I am hoping to get more volunteers to help monitor the Telemetry Frequency of AO-7 in 2015 to see if we can capture some of the CW telemetry in the hopes of securing some usable data on the satellite. During the 2014 Eclipse Cycle, several times the satellite had clear & strong CW beacons, we might get luck and be able to discover some useful information on the extraordinary satellite. Now the bad news, The Eclipse Cycle 2015(Part A) will end around the 1st of October 2015 but then it will return on December 22, 2015 and will continue with growing eclipse periods for 16+ years, YES THAT IS CORRECT, 16+ YEARS! I can only guess what effects this may have on AO-7 and its daily operations. I will post more here and I will have articles in my StarCOM/SatDX Newsletter.
For those who have the capablity, Mode A is fun on AO-7 and there are fewer operators there. I am re-installing my 10m beam to be ready for the return of Mode A.
QTH: EM55aj84ta: http://no.nonsense.ee/qthmap/ This web page will accept the 10 character Alpha/Numeric identifiers of the Maidenhead Grid Square System for the highest degree of accuracy you can achieve when calculating distances between stations. It is hosted by ES1PUMP Joosep-Georg
I have added a SKYPE account to my tools to work the wonderful world of satellites. My account name is:
My satellite operations in working with European and South American stations has been helped tremendously with the use of the "Frequency at the Satellite" feature that Erich, DK1TB, has incorporated into SatPC32v12.8c.
That feature allows both operators to select a frequency (at the satellite) in advance, and then when the satellite is over both stations they can attempt a contact without having to search for each other. Erich and I back in February 2014, using this feature were able to hear each other during a 40 second opening on FO-29, Erich and I are 7,533.685km apart, which is a significant distance for FO-29, after just 3 attempts we were able complete a QSO on FO-29. Satellite DX is a challenging part of our hobby and great distances can be achieved with some planning & hard work.
FRANK E. GRIFFIN
AMSAT #38691, ARRL MEMBER
Formally: K3FG, N4FAC, WB4NUO & WN4NUO.
After a 20 year hiatus from the hobby I have returned. My current passion is working the satellites, I work the satellites daily.
Currently I am working AO-7 Mode A & B, AO-73, SO50 & FO29.
If signals are weak into the "bird" I will drop down below center frequency and operate CW, (I am the one sending between 20-25 WPM!)
I am retired and if anyone anywhere wants to try a satellite contact, drop me an email and we will make a schedule.
I do like to "chase" new grid squares so I try towork as many of the "new-comers" as I can, you never know where they might be and we were all new at this at one time or another.
I have been in this HOBBY since 1976 so lets all remember we all were a "new-comers" at some point in our radio careers. I do not care if you have a code or no code license, I am an "old-timer", that and a couple of bucks will get me good cup of coffee from Starbucks!
If I can help you out just ask, If I need some help, I am for sure gonna ask.
For the "New-comers", WELCOME TO THE HOBBY! for the "Old-timers" LET'S ENJOY OUR HOBBY"
Thanks for looking me up on QRZ!
I know my grid doesn't always fall into a footprint that will allow me access to Europe, but I am in the foot-print at low angles if anyone would like to give it a try, time of day is not an issue with me.
My mobile set up is becoming more of a "Portable" set-up, I have purchased an Icom Ic-910h that will be my "new" mobile/portable rig, I will use trailor mounted antennas when mobile, I have both an Elk and an Arrow for the "fast and dirty" operations and for serious portable operations I am building a "Home QTH" grade antenna system using the 2mCP14 2m M2 antenna and the 30 element M2 CP 70cm antenna versions of my base station antennas, also a Yaesu G-54500 AZ/EL Rotor specifically for the portable operations & a pair of Advanced Receiver Research Mast-Mounted GaasFET Pre-Amps plus a 4000w Inverter to run everything.
It's good to be back on the AIR!
FRANK E. GRIFFIN
1st licensed Novice WN4NUO 1976 Upgraded to General WB4NUO 1978 Changed Call to N4FAC Upgraded to Advanced (N4FAC) Upgraded to Amatuer Extra (N4FAC)1983 Vanity Call (K3FG)1997 Vanity Call (K4FEG)NOV./2006
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