January 2020 NABRC Monthly Newsletter

North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club

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January Meeting

WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2020
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: North Augusta Public Service Station #2
Five Notch Road
North Augusta, SC

TALK-IN: 146.730 Mhz (-)

Program: Dan Keaton , AK4ZY, will give a presentation on the Headway 38120 LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) batteries.

Yearly club dues are due this month: $20.00 for individuals and $25.00 for family.

We will try to keep the meeting short since the Clemson vs LSU championship game is at 8pm.

Upcoming Events

January 9, 2020 - 7:00 PM - VE Testing Session - Located at Aiken SDA Church located at 1714 Columbia Hwy N. in Aiken, SC. Visit for more information.

January 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM - Aiken County ARES at Aiken Regional Medical Center in the Cafeteria.


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AztechSat-1 CubeSat to Demonstrate Intra-Satellite Communication

The AztechSat-1 CubeSat, which traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this month on the 19th Space-X Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-19) mission for NASA, will listen for emergency messages in the 439 MHz range and retransmit them for amateur radio operators to copy on its 437.300 MHz downlink using the Winlink protocol, once the CubeSat has been placed into orbit. The satellite is a project of Mexico's Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). Aztechsat-1 is set for deployment from the ISS in late January.

"The primary objective of the project is to establish communication with the commercial GlobalStar satellites in order to improve data transmission to Earth," a UPAEP news release said. AztechSat-1 will create a saturation map of 435 - 438 MHz by listening for the whole orbit and returning captured data to the ground station on the 437.300 MHz amateur radio downlink (9k6 GMSK or FSK) plus a 1600 MHz GlobalStar link. Emergency messages received via Globalstar to the AztechSat-1 ground station will be shared on the project's website.

A certificate will be available for amateur stations receiving the emergency message(s) and reporting these for confirmation by the AztechSat-1 team.

Details are on the AztechSat-1 website and on the IARU Amateur Radio Satellite Communication page.

The project is part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative, which offers universities, high schools, and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to fly small satellites. "Innovative technology partnerships keep down the cost, providing students a way to obtain hands-on experience developing flight hardware," a NASA report said.

NASA explained, "The investigation demonstrates communication within a satellite network in low-Earth orbit. Such intra-satellite communication could reduce the need for ground stations, lowering the cost and increasing the number of data downloads possible for satellite applications."

ARRL Letter from December 19, 2019.


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