[amsat-bb] Re: Wallops Launching 12 Cubesats Tuesday 7:30 PM

Arthur Feller afeller at ieee.org
Wed Nov 20 14:50:54 PST 2013

One thing we learned in bureaucrat school is that jumping to conclusions is not a healthy exercise.  :-)  

FCC licensed most of the new cubes as experimental stations and not as amateur stations.  Experimental stations may be assigned to any frequency, provided they do not cause harmful interference to stations operating in accordance with the ITU radio regulations.  See RR Article 27 and 47 CFR Part 5.

These experimental stations are not operating in the amateur-satellite service, only sharing the bands on a secondary basis.  They are permitted to communicate only with stations listed on their license, so it would be inappropriate for them to seek help from amateurs, though amateurs may certainly listen.  Note that experimental stations may encrypt their transmissions.

Some of the satellites, such as TJ3SAT, and some others, are amateur stations!  Sure would be good for them to make a noise here on BB!!  (HINT!)

I hope this helps.

73, art…..
W4ART  Arlington VA

On 20-Nov-2013, at 07:56 AM, Stefan Wagener <wageners at gmail.com> wrote:

> Well,
> because their are designed and operated by students and teachers with a
> valid ham radio licence!
> On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 1:42 AM, Richard Ferryman <g4bbh at btinternet.com>wrote:
>> Then why are those cubesats using amateur frequencies?
>> Dick G4BBH


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