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[jamsat-news:1688] SaudiSat 1-A open for communications
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SAUDISAT 1-A ANNOUNCEMENT
AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 098.01 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, APRIL 08, 2002
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
AMSAT-NA News Service (ANS) has received word via AMSAT-NA
President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, that SaudiSat 1A is now open for
Amateur Radio communications.
In a letter to VE3FRH, Turki Al-Saud announced the following:
Please announce the availability of SaudiSat 1-A (SO-41) to AMSAT
members and to follow Amateur Radio operators in your region.
Saudi OSCAR-41 has been configured for operation in the amateur
service. The spacecraft will automatically enable its UHF transmitter
over Saudi Arabia and the United States for approximately 20-minutes
The spacecraft is operating in Mode-J, centered on a VHF uplink and
UHF downlink of 145.850/436.775 MHz, currently configured as an
analog FM voice repeater. The spacecraft will operate in this mode
intermittently, as power and spacecraft experiments permit.
SO-41's downlink RF power is 1-watt over both regions with left-hand
circular polarization. The uplink antenna (located on top of the spacecraft)
is linear in polarization.
SaudiSat 1-B is not available at this time as experiments and software
development continues with 1-B.
[ANS thanks Turki Al-Saud and AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton,
VE3FRH for this information]
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