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HAMSAT Is Now VO-52:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 24, No 19 on May 14, 2005
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HAMSAT Is Now VO-52:

The latest Amateur Radio satellite now has an OSCAR designation. Acting at the request of AMSAT-India's Nagesh Upadhayaya, VU2NUD, AMSAT-NA's Bill Tynan, W3XO, has announced that HAMSAT (or VUsat) is VUsat-52 or VO-52 for short.

"Congratulation on the successful launch of HAMSAT," Tynan told VU2NUD. "I know that you and a number of VU amateurs have worked hard to make this happen. I am sure that the international amateur community is grateful to all the amateurs in India who labored on this project."

VO-52 is India's first Amateur Radio satellite. Its transponders were turned on shortly after its May 5 launch, and AMSAT-India Secretary "Pop" Kumar, VU2POP, has invited the global amateur community to use the satellite and e-mail any comments Ground controllers have activated one of the two linear transponders aboard VO-52, which operates in Mode U/V, with passband center frequencies of 435.25 MHz for the uplink and 145.90 MHz for the downlink. Passbands are 50 kHz wide. For SSB, uplink in LSB and downlink in USB.

AMSAT-India says VO-52 has been monitored by radio amateurs around the world, and it has already received a few reports from users and listeners

AMSAT Contests and Awards Director Bruce Paige, KK5DO, says the new satellite has generated a lot of excitement in the amateur community. "QSOs are made in sideband or CW," he said. "Even though the satellite is capable of FM operation, it is much more useful in sideband mode as multiple QSOs can be completed at the same time, as everyone slides up or down in the passband." Paige reminds users to correct for Doppler shift.

Conferring an OSCAR designation is not a requirement for an Amateur Radio satellite to be recognized and used in the Amateur Service, but it is a tradition that has continued since the launch of OSCAR 1 in December of 1961.

There's more information on HAMSAT VO-52 on the AMSAT-India Web site


The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 19 May 13, 2005

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