[amsat-bb] Re: Response to my request of information about EduSat from GAUSS team in Rome: Re: [CubeSat] Edusat operative or failure

Sil - ZL2CIA zl2cia at amsat.org
Tue Aug 30 03:27:43 PDT 2011

  On 30/08/11 21:13, don wrote:
> Ok,
>    So it's not an amateur sat. It is also not an amateur 
> "experiment",so why is it using amateur frequencies?
>  I have read and reread the regulations governing the use of amateur 
> frequencies and all I can find is a vague definition to the effect 
> that the operators should be licensed amateur operators!
> What is so different that the amateur satellite "service" can use any 
> non disclosed frequencies and modulation techniques to any other 
> "secret communication" systems that are expressly prohibited by the 
> universal amateur regulations?
> Just my annoyed response,
>   Don
>       ZL1THO.
Hi Dom,

The 70 cm ops may well be perfectly legal.  The 2 m use perhaps not.

In Region three, 70 cm is shared. It's not exclusively ours. It's not 
even primarily ours, Hams are secondary users. As well as radiolocation, 
it's available for Earth Exploration Satellites.  Perhaps that is what 
this satellite qualifies as.

You can read about this on the RSM website here:

Encryption is permitted (via an exemption) in Amateur bands if the 
signal is for satellite control.


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