[amsat-bb] Re: K5UTD Is On The Air
Nick Pugh K5QXJ
quadpugh at bellsouth.net
Fri Apr 18 01:29:54 PDT 2014
Let crank up on ECHO LINK
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Andrew Glasbrenner
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:10 PM
To: Andrew Koenig
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: K5UTD Is On The Air
In the not so distant past, in a galaxy not so far away, we had college
satellite night the first Thursday of the month.
73, Drew KO4MA
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> On Apr 17, 2014, at 5:52 PM, Andrew Koenig <ke5gdb at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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>
>> 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!
>>> 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
>>> Station photos: http://imgur.com/a/6TGOJ
>>> Also, if you know a member of the former TI club, give them a hug
>>> handshake) on our behalf. None of the current K5UTD projects could
>>> have been possible without them.
>>> Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB
>>> Vice President, K5UTD
>>> Research Assistant, Center for Space Sciences
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