A Portable Satellite Station Part 7 – Plans for a 4.0 Station

We have begun looking ahead to Satellite Station 4.0 and where we want to go next after our ARISS crew contact is complete. Our goals for the Satellite Station 4.0 include: A permanently installed version of our 3.1 Station which can be operated remotely over the Internet Upgraded Transceivers which add Pan Adapter/Waterfall display capabilities Enhancements … Continue reading

Upgrading our 2.0 Satellite Station for ARISS Contacts

We have been working with Hudson Memorial School near Nashua, NH, to prepare for a possible ISS crew contact. The ARISS folks work with schools and their Ham Radio helpers to prepare for these contacts. ARISS provides recommendations for ground station equipment to help ensure a good experience for the students. The ground station recommendations … Continue reading

A Portable Satellite Station Part 6 – 3.0 Station Initial Contacts

With the construction of our Portable Satellite Station 3.0 complete, we’ve been looking forward to an opportunity to test the new setup. We chose the Nashua Area Radio Society’s recent Technician License Class as a good time to both test the new stations and to acquaint our Tech Class grads with one of the many things … Continue reading

A Portable Satellite Station Part 2 – 2.0 Station Goals and Antenna System

We came upon the M2 Antenna Systems booth while walking around the exhibit halls at Dayton last year. M2 had one of their LEO Pack satellite antenna systems on display there. This got us thinking about building a new, more capable version of our portable satellite station. The LEO Pack is a relatively lightweight circularly … Continue reading

A Portable Satellite Station Part 4 – 2.0 Station First Contacts!

With our new 2.0 Satellite station built, tested, and packed; we were ready to try it in a portable environment. Fortunately, the Nashua Area Radio Club had a Technician License class coming up and we thought that the new station test would be a great way for our students to learn about Amateur Radio Satellites. Final … Continue reading

LEO Satellite System Part 3 – Final Installation And First Contacts

With some help from Matt Strelow, KC1XX  of XX Towers, we’ve gotten our LEO Satellite Antennas and Preamp System installed on our tower. We installed the antennas on a sidearm at about 80 ft and installed the preamp system (the upper left gray box) next to the antennas on the tower. The design and construction … Continue reading

LEO Satellite System Part 2 – Antenna Assembly And Ground Test

We continued our project to add LEO Satellite capability to our station this past weekend (you can read about the design of our LEO Satellite System here). With 370′ of 7/8″ Hardline Coax (LDF5-50A) ordered and with Matt Strelow, KC1XX of XXTowers scheduled to help with the antenna installation on the tower later this week, the only prep … Continue reading

LEO Satellite System Part 1 – System Design And Electronics

We have realized all of the original design goals for our station except one – operation with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) HAM Satellites. Our next series of posts will be about realizing this operating goal. The team at AMSAT has been working diligently to get a new generation of small satellites called Cube Sats into space to … Continue reading

2014 Amateur Radio Highlights

It is again time for our annual 2014 Year Amateur Radio highlights post. First, I’d like to thank our readers for their continued interest in our Blog. Our blog was viewed about 100,00 times in 2014 from 165 countries worldwide. You, our readers, have made 2014 our busiest year yet, and this provides Anita (AB1QB) … Continue reading

ARRL Centennial Convention This Week – Come Join Us In Hartford!

Anita (AB1QB) and I will be attending the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford Connecticut, USA this coming weekend. We are looking forward to seeing the vendor exhibits, Contest University and the many fine forum presentations which are scheduled. I will be doing a presentation on the design, construction and operation of our station at the ARRL … Continue reading