[amsat-bb] Re: OSCAR or not OSCAR ?

Stefan Wagener wageners at gmail.com
Sat Nov 12 18:43:40 PST 2011


Cubesats working within the amateur radio frequency spectrum are
commanded by licensed ham radio operators with the same rights and
requirements as all of us. Many of them use the frequencies to
downlink vital satellite information as well as scientific experiment
data. All of this is well within the amateur radio service rules and a
very positive contribution by our community to science and education.
Your question are valid and they need to be addressed in a
constructive, supportive environment where the community works
together. I would encourage you attend one or more of the many annual
cubists conferences and engage these folks. You certainly have enough
to offer!

Now having said that, cubesats are a wonderful addition, not a threat
and show the diversity of our community. I am always amazed by the
ignorance displayed and self-proclaimed expert label used by some as
an argument to deny parts of our community their right to use small
satellites with amateur radio on board. Interestingly, none of the
amateur radio operators working with cubesats have ever argued against
HEOs or denied the rest of us that right by questioning how and why we
use the spectrum!

Fortunately, AMSAT NA and AMSAT UK and many others have recognized the
potential and the inclusiveness of the community.

Enough said,

Stefan, VE4NSA

On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM, William Leijenaar <pe1rah at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi Stefan,
> So the answer on my question if my 433MHz toy car, when I put it into space, can get an OSCAR number is YES!
> According to the AMSAT website you mentioned of course... :-P
> - My question was not specific if these satellites can or can't get an OSCAR number.
> My intention was more if they should be scheduled as a ham-sat (and with that using ham frequencies).
> I would recommend you to read the following IARU website!
> http://www.iaru.org/satellite/prospective.html
> (especially section VI. OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES)
> It says the following:
> "Organisations building satellites should compare their mission plans to
> the requirements of the amateur-satellite service. Then, they should
> determine if it is possible to comply with the requirements of the
> amateur-satellite service or if licensing and operation should be in
> some other radio service which is more consistent with the nature and
> requirements of the mission.
> A. The purposes of an amateur satellite should be:
> (1) To provide communication resources for the general amateur radio community and/or
> (2) To conduct technical investigations in all respects consistent with the Radio Regulations. [See RR S1.56 and RR S1.57.]"
> I have great doubts with many off those CubeSats, if they comply to number (1)....
> The only communication resources they provide is for themselves by a cheap downlink system, by using hams to receive data for them. This is not for the general amateur radio community as mentioned in number (1)...
> The option they have is to go to "some other radio service which is more consistent with the nature and requirements of the mission."
> 73 de PE1RAH, William
>>Would recommend reading the info on AMSAT's website!
>> >http://www.amsat.org/amsat/amsat-na/oscar.html >
>>Stefan, VE4NSA
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