The Hudson Loop # 119

Paul L. Rinaldo
Tue, 16 Mar 1999 07:23:57 -0500




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>Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 01:52:08 EST

>     Representatives of the SunSat team have requested that an
>OSCAR number be assigned to help designate their new spacecraft.
>Speaking for the SunSat team, Professor Garth Milne, ZR1AFH,
>SunSat's Project Leader, said the team would be honored to have
>SunSat recognized as an OSCAR satellite, and suggested the
>designation SunSat-OSCAR 35, abbreviated to SO-35.
>     In his formal request, Professor Milne went on to note that
>SunSat is South Africa's (and Africa's) first amateur radio and
>scientific satellite.  The name SunSat closely associates the
>program with the University of Stellenbosch, where it was
>developed.  AMSAT-NA President Keith Baker, KB1SF, passed along
>congratulations from AMSAT to the SunSat team on their success.
>     The assignment of consecutive OSCAR numbers to new amateur
>radio spacecraft is a tradition that dates from the launch of the
>very first Amateur Radio Satellite -- OSCAR-1.  In order for an
>OSCAR number to be assigned, the satellite must successfully
>achieve orbit and one or more transmitters must be successfully
>activated in the amateur radio bands.  Then, the builders/owners
>of the satellite must formally request that a consecutive OSCAR
>number be assigned to their satellite once the first two
>requirements are accomplished.
>                 -- AMSAT News Service/This Week in Amateur Radio
>     The Colorado Space Grant Consortium is proposing the launch
>and operation of a small satellite called Citizen Explorer for
>use in educational activities.  They are informing the amateur
>community of the plans for the satellite and soliciting comments.
>They have begun the frequency coordination process through AMSAT
>and are seeking wider community response.
>     The Consortium's proposed frequencies are...
>                      Uplink   : 145.860 MHz
>                      Downlink : 436.750 MHz
>Their web site is
>                      -- SpaceNews via Stephen Horan, Ph.D, AC5RI