[amsat-bb] Newbie Question on Active Satellites

B J va6bmj at gmail.com
Mon Dec 12 11:35:21 UTC 2016

On 12/12/16, Les Rayburn <les at highnoonfilm.com> wrote:
> Please pardon the newbie question, but I’m trying to get active on the birds
> again during the holidays after being off the air for well over a year.
> During that time, several new birds have been launched. It’s hard to keep
> up—and made more difficult because each satellite has multiple designations
> (names.)
> Depending on the application that you’re using, such as SatPC32, you may not
> find the satellite using the name listed on one of the sites designed to
> keep us all abreast of current activity. Adding to the confusion, many web
> sites list birds that are technically active (such as in beacon mode, or
> downloading telemetry) but not available for amateur use.
> Can someone provide a short list of the current active satellites for both
> FM and SSB/CW available for amateur use? I’d be most grateful. If the run of
> launches continues, we’ll need to update the “Getting Started” booklet
> quarterly! :-) Good problem to have.
> Thanks in advance. Hope to work some of you during the next few days.


These URLs might be a good place to start:


Then there are sites such as Celestrak which have information on
various satellites.


Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL

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