[amsat-bb] cubesats

Robert Turlington rob_g8ate at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 10 05:25:47 PDT 2008


I have been following the pros and cons, plus the usual gripes,about the recent bunch of cubesats with some interest.Thes are a few points that ought to be taken into account:-
1) transmitted telemetry  should be in a format that can be decoded, understood and have meaning to the Amateur Radio community.
2) it should have a valid amateur radio call sign if its to be allocated a frequency in the Satellite section of the Amateur Bands.This will make sure that builders are aware of what Amateur Radio is all about and might even encourage some to get a call sign.
3)all beacon frequencies should be kept clear of linear/single channel comsats i.e. 437 and above and channelised to eliminate the Compass/Cute1.7 situation.
RS30 doesn't exactly fit into this stuation because it not a cube sat,but it does fall foul of item 1and to some degree 3) as well)
 
I will now sit back and await the flood? of remarks positive or negative!Regards Robert G8ATE 
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