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FUNcube Handbook 1st Edition PDF

The FUNcube project is being undertaken by a team of (less than 10) experienced volunteers drawn from radio amateur members of AMSAT-UK, AMSAT-NL and others and is part funded by the Radio Communications Foundation – a Registered Charity.

While this handbook refers mainly to FUNcube-1, readers should note that similar hardware and software was provided to the UKube-1 spacecraft (sponsored by the UK Space Agency) as a sub-system which will provide almost the same functionality.

Massive Satellite “Cluster” Launch Set for November 21

A Dnepr launcher set to lift off from Dombarovsky, near Yasny, Russia, on November 21 will carry more than two dozen satellites from 13 countries. Individual satellite teams are now in Yasny preparing their payloads for launch. Several of the satellites will carry Amateur Radio payloads, marking this as the largest single deployment of ham radio satellites. Paving the way for this month’s event was the August 22 Dnepr launch of the KOMPSAT-5 satellite from Korea — the first Dnepr launch in 2 years. This month’s launch had been postponed for more than a year to work the wrinkles out of the Dnepr program. The DubaiSat-2 earth-imaging satellite will be the principal payload of this cluster mission.

Linked Ham Radio Repeater System Instrumental in Hiker Rescue

A hiker in distress in Nevada is thankful that he had his hand-held transceiver along when he found himself stranded in the hills near Henderson. Western Intertie Network (WIN) System member Jim Frederick, KF6QBW, in Arizona reports he was monitoring the system November 3 around midday when he heard, “Mayday, Mayday. Hiker in distress!” from his WIN System repeater.

Vandenberg AFB Falcon 9 Launch

The planned launch of two satellites, DANDE and CUSat, carrying amateur radio payloads should be streamed live to the web at 1600 UT on Sunday, September 29.

Radio Operators Needed for Special Olympics Summer Games

Amateur Radio Operators are needed for the Special Olympics Summer Games, June 8 and 9 at Cal State Long Beach. If you can help please contact Mark Lidikay, KE6TNM, at (MLidikay at holdenandrew dot com).


Sometimes you just can’t go by what the propagation numbers tell you. Last fall when we were seeing sunspot counts topping 200 and solar flux counts near 200 I just wasn’t able to contact Australia nor New Zealand though they were blasting into SoCal clear into the early evening hours. So imagine the shock I received Saturday afternoon as I’m sitting in the Kmart parking lot and I hear a VK4 station calling CQ, I answer his call and on the first attempt I get this…

Yes, that is a stock FT-817 I’m using, barely 5-Watts out. Antenna used was an ATX Walkabout mounted on the roof using a MFJ BNC magnetic mount. For power a fold-up 15W solar panel, 10A solar charger and a 9Ah Solid Lead Acid (SLA) battery. The entire system is completely portable and stores neatly in my backpack.

The Media and Public is Formally Invited to ARRL Field Day 2012

ARRL Field Day 2012

Hosted by…
Santa Clarita Emergency Communications Team
Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club

Saturday June 23rd, 2012
11am – 6pm

Sunday June 24th, 2012
11am – 2pm

Castaic Lake Water Agency
27234 Bouquet Canyon Rd
Saugus, CA 91350

On June 23rd and 24th, Amateur Radio operators (“sometimes called HAMS”) across the country will leave the comfort of their home-based radio “shacks” for a weekend of emergency preparedness activity called “Field Day.” The event is designed to test operators’ skills in setting up and operating radio communication equipment in situations where electrical power is limited or unavailable. The idea is to simulate the conditions that can occur during a hurricane, tornado or other emergency, including man-made disasters. The event is sponsored by ARRL – the national association for Amateur Radio.

The very first Field Day actually took place in 1933. During Field Day, Ham Radio operators set up radio transmitting and receiving equipment in local parks, at shopping malls or even in backyards, and get on the-air using generators, batteries, wind or solar power to run their equipment. This type of exercise, along with the operators’ dedication to public service, allows them to step in and help emergency officials and relief organizations when disaster strikes. Cell phones, the Internet and other communications technologies have yet to replace what Amateur Radio operators can do. They have a long track record of getting the message through when all other systems fail and the infrastructure has collapsed.

The director of homeland Security said it best, “ . . . they are the first of the first responders when it comes to disasters!” Welcome to each of our visitors. We hope you will find our Field Day informative and fun for your family. Please feel free to ask questions about the equipment you see.

Coast Guard To Join Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

ARLX004 Coast Guard to Join Armed Forces Crossband Communications Test

Special Bulletin 4 ARLX004
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 7, 2012
To all radio amateurs

ARLX004 Coast Guard to Join Armed Forces Crossband Communications

The US Coast Guard will be joining the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines in the 2012 Armed Forces Crossband Test, scheduled for May 12. In addition to the Coast Guard station, five Army stations, three Air Force stations and six Navy/Marine Corps stations will be on the air to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD).

Military-to-amateur crossband operations will take place on the dates and time in UTC on the frequencies listed for each station. Voice contacts will include operations in single sideband voice (SSB). Some stations, depending on propagation and staffing, may not operate the entire period. Participating military stations will transmit on selected military MARS frequencies and listen for Amateur Radio stations in the amateur bands. The military station operator will announce the specific amateur band frequency being monitored. Duration of each voice contact should be limited to 1-2 minutes. The Secretary of Defense message will be transmitted via digital modes, including RTTY, PACTOR, AMTOR, PSK31, MFSK and MT63 from certain stations.

The following information was not included in the original list of the stations that will be on the air for the test:

Station: NMN (1300 UTC May 12-0030 UTC May 13) USCG CAMSLANT (Communications Area Master Station Atlantic), Chesapeake, Virginia

Frequency Emission Amateur Band

7.5286 MHz USB 40M (USB)

14.427 MHz USB 20M (USB)

18.1961 MHz USB 17M (USB)

QSL card requests should be addressed to Commanding Officer, ATTN: OS3 Cattell, 4720 Douglas A. Munro Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322-4399.

Schedules and frequencies of participating military stations, including the stations that will be transmitting the message from the Secretary of Defense can be found on the web in PDF format at,

Instructions on how to copy and submit the message are also included.

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