[amsat-bb] Re: OSCAR or not OSCAR ?
wageners at gmail.com
Sat Nov 12 08:01:49 PST 2011
Would recommend reading the info on AMSAT's website!
On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 6:13 AM, DF2MZ <Edgar.Kaiser at t-online.de> wrote:
> you have a good point there, that needs some discussion indeed.
> Actually I do support the participation of radio amateurs in this kind of
> scientific effort. I find it very interesting and I am willing to spend some
> time and even money on it.
> However, I am frequently quite frustrated because these projects are often
> not well documented. So me and many others waste a lot of time just by
> finding out the signal parameters, modulation, how to decode, etc.
> It is often difficult to find TLEs and up-to-date information about the
> project and the status of the satellite.
> I think some of the project teams should pay more attention to provide as
> accurate as possible information and documentation to the amateur radio
> community. They have endless opportunities for that on the internet.
> Am 12.11.2011 12:32, schrieb William Leijenaar:
>> Hello AMSATs,
>> As we all know OSCAR is the abbreviatie of Orbiting Satellite Carrying
>> Amateur Radio.
>> To my opinion the function of OSCAR satellites is to facilitate
>> communication between amateur radio stations using amateur radio frequencies
>> and/or do experiments on those radio frequencies.
>> Can someone tell me how it is possible that many of the newer small
>> satellites get a license to use ham radio satellite frequencies for only
>> broadcasting data ?
>> Many of these satellite
>> missions are even not ham related, and those satellites only have a
>> broadcast (downlink) radio onboard.
>> Is this nowadays seen as amateur radio communication ?
>> The word "Education" I read in many of the university CubeSat projects.
>> Doing experiments on ham radio frequencies is like education, and I fully
>> support this even when it is only available as a downlink at a CubeSat.
>> When it comes to the education of building a satellite, with no ham
>> related experiments, and where the amateur frequencies and the amateur
>> community is used to collect only none ham payload data, I don't see this as
>> a ham satellite.
>> Then a 433MHz remote control toy-car should also be named a ham radio. We
>> just ask one of those ISS astronauts to throw this toy-car out of the space
>> station and we have another amateur satellite :o)
>> I just wonder where is the border between an OSCAR and a satellite that
>> uses ham radio frequencies for downloading its (none ham)
>> payload data ?
>> 73 de PE1RAH, William Leijenaar
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