ARRL, AMSAT Seek Changes in FCC Orbital Debris Mitigation Proposals

ARRL, AMSAT Seek Changes in FCC Orbital Debris Mitigation Proposals

FCC SealARRL Washington Counsel Dave Siddall, K3ZJ, and AMSAT Executive Vice President Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, on April 8, discussed with senior FCC International Bureau staff by telephone the FCC’s draft Report & Order (R&O) on mitigation of orbital debris (IB Docket No. 18-313). The amateur representatives told the FCC staff that “two aspects of the draft regulations are of particular concern…. and would seriously hinder amateur radio’s future operations in space, if adopted as proposed without the relatively minor changes that we propose.”

First, ARRL and AMSAT requested a revision to proposed language that otherwise would allow only private individual licensees to indemnify the U.S. for the operations of an amateur space satellite. ARRL and AMSAT requested that satellite owners be added to that provision. The amateur representatives, noting that amateur radio licensees may only be individuals under the amateur rules, stated that “[i]n no other service would an individual be required to personally make a similar indemnification” and that “it would be difficult to impossible to find an individual Amateur Radio licensee willing to bear that risk.”

Second, ARRL and AMSAT asked the FCC to delay by 3 years the proposed effective date of April 23, 2022, for a rule that would require satellite operators to certify that space stations “be designed with the maneuvering capabilities sufficient to perform collision avoidance” for spacecraft designed to operate above 400 kilometers in altitude. Citing the long lead times to design and construct Amateur satellites, ARRL and AMSAT suggested that a more reasonable date would be April 23, 2025 and noted that, based on recent past years, only an estimated 3-5 amateur satellites likely would be launched during the extra period.

“We do not disagree with the purpose of this requirement,” they told the FCC staff, but “the proposed effective date is unreasonable in the case of amateur radio satellites.” The new effective date “would allow time for amateur spacecraft designers to adapt to this new requirement,” they said.

Citing the value of amateur satellites to the development of the commercial small satellite industry, and student participation in such projects, ARRL and AMSAT said a strong and robust Amateur Satellite Service will help inspire future developments in satellite technology. The requested changes to the draft R&O would help ensure that amateur radio continues to have a future in space and contribute to the public interest on an educational, non-pecuniary basis.

The FCC is expected to consider the R&O at its April 23 open meeting.
The AMSAT/ARRL document may be read in full at
https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10409353709408/AMSAT%20ARRL%2018-313%20Ex%20Parte%2004_08_2020.pdf

Source AMSAT News Service and ARRL https://www.amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/ans

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Brazil holds 430 and 1240 MHz consultation

Brazil holds 430 and 1240 MHz consultation

Anatel LogoA public consultation is being held in Brazil concerning both the 430 MHz and 1240 MHz Amateur Radio bands.

On March 23, the National Telecommunications Agency ANATEL published a Public Consultation proposal no. 14/2020 on technical and operational requirements for the use of the frequency bands from 430 MHz to 440 MHz and from 1240 MHz to 1300 MHz, by stations of the Private Limited Service (SLP) for radiolocation applications.

The national amateur radio society LABRE says

“The radio amateur community is concerned about the possible occurrence of interference, especially in the 70 cm band”

Read the translated LABRE post https://tinyurl.com/BrazilLABRE

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Radio ZS ham radio magazine free download

Radio ZS ham radio magazine free download

Radio ZS April 2020 Front CoverThe South African Amateur Radio League (SARL) is the latest national society to make their magazine freely available to all in the convenient PDF format.

The magazine features a QO-100 Dual Patch antenna article by David ZR6DLG and the ARISS Interoperable Radio System.

The SARL say:

The Council has decided that the April 2020 issue of Radio ZS is available for members and not yet members of the SARL. Click on the link on the front page of the League website to download a copy. Read on page 10 and 17 about My Project and how to win a membership to the SARL. On page 11 you can read about SARAH or Southern African Radio Active Ham.

You can download the PDF of the April edition of Radio ZS, published by the South African Radio League from
http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/DocumentStore/20200331122728oXhxY0QQYg.PDF

The SARL website headlines the key presentation on The Future and Growth of Amateur Radio given by RSGB Director Kamal Singh M0IOV, see
http://www.sarl.org.za/

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AMSAT EA providing administrative support for AMSAT Nepal SanoSat-1

AMSAT EA providing administrative support for AMSAT Nepal SanoSat-1

SanoSat-1 PocketQube Satellite

SanoSat-1 PocketQube Satellite

Spain’s AMSAT EA is registering the AMSAT Nepal SanoSat-1 satellite with IARU and the ITU, due to the difficulty of carrying out this procedure in the Asian country.

A translation of a post by the Spanish national amateur radio society in Spain URE says:

This is a one-off collaboration, which will allow said satellite to fly under the Spanish flag, being launched jointly with the EASAT-2 and Hades satellites of AMSAT-EA, predictably with SpaceX later this year.

SanoSat-1 is a 5cm side PocketQube 1P designed and developed affordably for the hobbyist community by using readily available commercial components (COTS).

The SanoSat-1 satellite integrates a gamma radiation sensor as a payload. Its main mission will be to measure space radiation while orbiting, and periodically transmit its level to Earth using RTTY-FSK modulation. All radio amateurs will be able to receive and decode radiation measurement data.

The secondary mission of the SanoSat-1 satellite is also to demonstrate the storage and forwarding concept, which will be useful in remote disaster-prone locations. The satellite will collect data from ground sensors, store it on board and transmit it to Earth’s main station. The design and kit for the ground sensors will be made available to the general public.

One of AMSAT Nepal’s goals is to encourage more people to join the group of radio amateurs by receiving data from SanoSat-1, which will also issue a CW beacon with its internal status.

Another activity scheduled to promote radio amateurs and satellite technology to science and technology students around the world is the organization of hands-on workshops on the construction of pico-satellites and ground stations. There will be an opportunity to build an affordable open source ground station (SatNOGS) and a dedicated GFSK receiver ground station to receive the data.

The design of the satellite itself will be open source as well.

Source URE https://tinyurl.com/SpainURE

IARU satellite frequency coordination status http://www.amsat.org.uk/iaru/

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Coronavirus: Initiative to popularise Amateur Radio and Satellite activities

Coronavirus: Initiative to popularise Amateur Radio and Satellite activities

Learn Ham Radio in Lockdown VU2EXPThe West India Zone Regional Coordinator for AMSAT-INDIA, Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP, is offering students and others the opportunity to learn about amateur radio and satellites during the coronavirus lockdown.

Dear students & friends,

Feel Free to Learn & Ask any Questions regarding; Ham radio, Its Applications, Operating Procedure, Getting Licence, Amateur Satellites, ARISS Events, Satellite Communication, Ham events, Emergency Communication etc.

WhatsApp any of your Questions to active Indian Ham Operator Rajesh P. Vagadia VU2EXP on
M: 9898283916 or
Call during
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM &
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (IST)

(Keep us engaged up to 14th April 2020)

We will be Happy to Answer your every Queries.

Thanks & 73

Rajesh P Vagadia – VU2EXP
Rajkot – Gujarat (India)
Regional Co-ordinator
West India Zone
AMSAT-INDIA
M: 9898283916
E: vu2exp<at>gmail.com
htps://www.qrz.com/db/vu2exp

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