[amsat-bb] Re: K5UTD Is On The Air

Andrew Koenig ke5gdb at gmail.com
Thu Apr 17 14:52:46 PDT 2014

Nick and Bryce,

In another email, Bruce (KK5DO) mentioned trying to get all of the college
stations on the air for a few passes. Let me know if you'd be interested. I
suggest we time it somewhere around School Club Roundup.

On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM, Bryce Salmi <bstguitarist at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey Andrew!
> If your college club is active definitely check out K2GXT (Rochester
> Institute of Technology) http://www.rit.edu/sg/amateurradioclub/ as they
> are very active. Theres a semi-functional satellite station there, finding
> time to finish it was the hardest part. Give them an email! Congrats on the
> station!
> Bryce
> On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM, Andrew Koenig <ke5gdb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello Group!
>> After about 6 months of work, I'm proud to say that the K5UTD Amateur
>> Radio
>> Club (University of Texas at Dallas) has finished setting up our satellite
>> station. Typically it should take a weekend and a case of beer to get the
>> job done, but this required a little more planning and involvement as we
>> had to collect the parts from various people and build several components
>> on our own; not to mention the fact that we get side-tracked like no other
>> club. For example, an effort to get the rotor controller resulted in
>> moving
>> about four truckloads worth of gear.
>> We're using an FT-847 for our primary radio, and a Kenpro G-5400 for our
>> rotor system. We've interfaced the G-5400 to the computer using an
>> Arduino.
>> It works rather well with GPredict. The final bug in the system has to do
>> with GPredict talking to the '847, but that should be easily fixed with an
>> update.
>> The antennas are on the roof of our Engineering and Computer Science
>> building, about 20 feet off the roof, 70 feet above ground. Out of luck,
>> we
>> had a GlenMartin RT-936 and the associated non-penetrating mount just
>> hanging out in our closet. Carrying the 50 cinder blocks up to the roof
>> for
>> that mount was not fun though. Coax wise, we have about 20 feet of Davis
>> Bury-flex for our initial run, which then feeds some very nice ARR
>> preamps.
>> The final 200 foot run of coax to the shack is 1/2" Heliax. There are a
>> few
>> jumpers here in the shack too.
>> I was able to make a few contacts through SO-50 today, and plan to be more
>> active. With the help of DK3WN's SatBlog, I've had no trouble picking out
>> some cubesats and listening to the beacons and telemetry. Telemetry
>> collection is one of the primary goals for this station. Our other goals
>> for this station, aside from having fun on the air, are to get club
>> recognition on campus and to work with the William B. Hanson Center for
>> Space Sciences on upper atmospheric projects.
>> Station photos: http://imgur.com/a/6TGOJ
>> Also, if you know a member of the former TI club, give them a hug (or
>> handshake) on our behalf. None of the current K5UTD projects could have
>> been possible without them.
>> 73!
>> Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB
>> Vice President, K5UTD
>> Research Assistant, Center for Space Sciences
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