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Amateur radio satellites refer to any artificial object in Earth orbit that are useful for amateur radio purposes.

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YouLoop antenna for amateur satellite reception

I recently learned about the commercial YouLoop antenna and it seems to be quite simple to set up. They said it was possible to receive satellite signals on amateur VHF (e.g. NOAA and other CubeSats ...
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What could cause an IQ diagram to shapeshift randomly?

I'm trying to interface a DVB-S2 transmitter to a DVB-S2 demodulator - for now with a direct cable+attenuator link. Both are set up exactly with the same parameters (same carrier frequency [2150MHz], ...
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AX.25 protocol packet size

I am new to the world of amateur radio and I am carrying out a university project concerning the communication between satellites and ground stations. My question is: What is the packet size of the AX....
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How would I calculate the diameter of an dish from antenna gain, or effective aperture?

So far I've calculated the effective aperture using an equation. However I was wondering how to calculate dish diameter using the gain calculated earlier and if there's an equation for this?
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How do phased array antennas work when they produce spot beams?

Background In a lot of literature regarding satellite communications with phased arrays, you'd see this kind of image: Conceptually, I get the basic concept of how this works - a bunch of small ...
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The Terrestar Genus was able to talk to a GEO satellite in a smartphone-sized package, where's the antenna on this thing?

Background I'm doing some research on a company called ASTS who claims to be able to connect to regular smartphones from a satellite. Initially I wrote off their claims, but after looking into it a ...
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UHF/VHF Satellite ground station with a discone antenna

I'm in the process of building an SDR-based satellite ground station using a discone. The discone is chosen due to its wider frequency range. Additionally, a dual-band LNA with around 20 dBi in both ...
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Turnstile antennas with a "single-point feed": what's the antenna theory behind this, and how do I build/model it?

The conventional turnstile antenna uses a 1/4wl phasing line between the crossed elements, to get the required phase shift. 4nec2 includes an example file, though, of a circularly-polarized Yagi using ...
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Are there any active ham satellites orbiting that use the 5cm band?

I see that 5cm is available for satcom in amateur radio. Are there any active satellites for that? If so, what satellites and are their TLE's available?
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TCP/IP-based antenna controller for a UHF/VHF satellite ground station

I am looking for an antenna rotor controller with a TCP/IP interface. Most rotor controllers (like the ones for YAESU series) are either serial or USB-based. I was wondering if there are alternatives ...
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How much dB gain do you need from an LNA in front of an antenna for great low-signal reception from satellites in the 2m and 70cm bands?

We are building a multi-stage LNA for a TR module we are building in the 144MHz and 440MHz range. This LNA we are considering (Qorvo QPL9547) provides about 22dB gain in the 2m and about 27dB in the ...
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Has an amateur radio communication ever taken a path outside the Earth-Moon system?

As a bit of curiosity, I was wondering what the longest path ever used by amateur radio operators has been. Of course the opposite side of the Earth is no problem with a good HF station. And you can ...
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Any tool for finding satellite passes that overlap *two* given locations?

gpredict is nice. Well, it's OK, to find the next passes for a set of satellites with sufficient elevation for one location. What I want is something where I can put in two coordinates, and get out ...
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what is the baseband for CATV?

I was reading on wikipedia this: the subscriber's television or a set-top box provided by the cable company translates the desired channel back to its original frequency (baseband) But when I ...
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How much of the 136 - 174 mhz spectrum is actually in use?

I know that 144-148 and 156-157 mhz ranges are in use, and various fire/ems/police, but outside of that, I see a lot of earth-to-space, weather stuff and space research allotments (talking about ...
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Receiving the ISS SSTV: dipole antenna configuration and orientation

In short I am trying to receive SSTV Images from the ISS (145.8Mhz) and I all have is a simple "bunny ears" dipole antenna. In what configuration (straight, vee shaped, upside down vee, ...) ...
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Calculating satellite passes without an internet tracker?

Situation: You want to know when a satellite will pass in order to receive an image transmission or to work an amateur satellite. However, you cannot access internet for whatever reason, and ...
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How to decide between Dipole and Monopole antenna for Cubesat Uplink (433 MHz)? [duplicate]

We are currently deciding between a dipole and a monopole for uplink (435MHz) , while the monopole is easier to feed, we are unsure of how effectively we'll be able to implement the ground plane, ...
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Why does Free space have the highest loss compared to other losses like atmospheric loss, feeder loss etc?

In a communication Satellite system, there are losses that occur when the signal is received at the antenna and then passed through a communication link to the output stage which could be the receiver....
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Could not observe the Meteor M2 even though I scanned the sky at the time it passes with a high elevation degree (77). What might have happened?

I am currently trying to observe and obtain data from the meteorological satellites. I have constructed a V-dipole specifically for the 137 MHz and was able to observe the NOAA 15, NOAA 18, and NOAA ...
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How does one log a QSO via a cross-band repeater?

When working through a cross band repeater, either the two sides are using different bands or both sides are using two bands at once. At the same time, most if not all logging software (as well as ...
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Double Cross Dipole antenna for 437 MHz don't tune

I'm building a Double Cross Dipole antenna for 437 MHz to be used with a SDR receiver for CW cubesat. The idea is to follow this "classic" paper from Gerald Martes, KD6JDJ. I tuned every single dipole ...
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Ham Radio and Space Communications

I hear a lot of people talking about getting in contact with space with their ham radio. What do you hear? Do you talk to astronauts? Or: Is it just an expression?
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Circular polarized antenna feed changes as I rotate it?

I had a 100cm prime focus dish laying around and I thought of making a circularly polarized feed for it, since it seemed pretty straightforward from what I've been reading. Helical feeds are supposed ...
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APT/LRPT images geotagging

I want to extend functionality of some open-source programs which decode APT and LRPT images (wxapt and glrpt). More specifically I want to add possibility to overlay geographical data such as land ...
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2 meter and 70cm OSCAR expected signal attenuation by topocentric elevation angle, chart?

On average, is there a chart, or formula, which shows an expected signal attenuation due to the elevation angle to the satellite's position? I understand that range (distance) is also going to affect ...
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Working satellite on 2 meters, at what arc distance to sun (center) will noise floor be problematic to a disruption of a communication path?

Is there some simple utility, or published set of charts, or suite of formulae, where one can approach the situation by inputting a space weather summary, (sunspots, various indexes, etc), the receive ...
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Kenwood TH-D72A and AO-91/92

I got a Kenwood HT and using it with the Elk Antenna On the radio, there is Tone and I set it to 67 Hz. I wasn’t able to break thru to the satellite and had it in Full Duplex mode. I can hear ...
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Gain of Yagi turnstile?

I am currently working on a system to communicate with amateur CubeSats. I have decided to use the turnstile crossed-dipole style yagi because it is relatively easy to construct and uses circular ...
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Is it possible to receive weather satellites with a ham radio rig? (Icom 910)

I would be interested in receiving weather satellites (NOAA and Meteor) with my Icom 910. It has very good filters and could be a better solution than a simple SDR. However, its manual specifies that ...
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Are there any satellite email reflectors?

I'm just getting started using amateur satellites and would like to subscribe to an email reflector, but I can't find one. Is there anything out there?
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What value goes in the AX.25 PID field if the Layer 3 protocol is not defined in the standard?

I am working on space-ground networking for a Cube Satellite, and one of our candidate Layer 2 protocols is AX.25. We haven't settled on a physical layer, but it's likely to be some form of quadrature-...
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How do amateur satellites stay consistently in the amateur-sat bands acoss the globe?

I understand that my local laws may differ but amateur radio satellites, by their very nature, orbit the earth going over several legal jurisdictions. Are satellite bands the same internationally? If ...
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How do I listen to the amateur radio satellites?

I'm new to amateur radio, and I would like to listen to those satellites in the orbit. Where do I start? What types of amateur radio satellites exist?
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Using Satnogs' *.ogg files in GNU Radio flowgraphs

I want to use the *.ogg files available in Satnogs' database to test demodulation software for several satellites (using gnuradio). Can I use the ogg file source (available in gr-satnogs module) and ...
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Noise Floor when receiving Es'hail 2

I'm currently trying to receive the Es'hail 2 satellite using a standard TV LNB, 60cm dish and RTL-SDR. My dish is slightly offset by 2 degrees, and my SNR is only about 15dB unfortunately. My main ...
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How can I improve my Es'Hail 2 reception?

I'm using an RTL-SDR to receive Es'Hail 2. My chain is as follows in order: 60 cm TV Satellite dish pointing 2 degrees off Es'Hail 2 Universal LNB (from TV company, not really a stable frequency). ...
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Why would you need a signal generator to receive early satellite transmissions?

I recently watched, on You Tube, a NOVA program about the British school masters and students who were the first to publish the news that the Soviets had started launching satellites from a new launch ...
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Who funds amateur radio satellites?

I am currently studying for my Technician Exam and I am amazed at the sheer number of amateur radio satellites in orbit. Knowing how expensive it is to launch something into space, and assuming there ...
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Any reception reports from ExseedSAT1 yet?

My answer to the question Where can I find the TLE of ExseedSat 1, India's first ever private LEO satellite? is currently that while 60+ objects are being tracked from this mutli-payload launch, ...
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Antenna polarization when dealing with satellite communications

It's easy to understand, conceptually anyway, the difference between a horizontally polarized antenna and a vertically polarized one, when referenced to ground. However, when they are pointed nearly ...
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Help understanding this tweet about receiving images from satellite behind the Moon

This GBTimes article A tiny Chinese satellite is orbiting the Moon and allowing radio amateurs to download images links to this tweet which shows a high gain UHF? antenna pointed at the Moon, and that'...
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Can I build a radio telescope out of a parabolic TV satellite dish?

I have the possibility to buy a very inexpensive 2.4m parabolic satellite dish and I would like to build a radio telescope from it. Originally this dish was designed to be a satellite TV antenna. ...
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Doppler shift compensation without using predictive modelling

Doppler shift mitigation has been studied extensively in the literature. In my implementations of satellite receivers (using GNU Radio), I use predicted Doppler shift from a software (GPredict) to ...
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What wireless communication technologies can travel long distances with a high bandwidth?

I couldn’t find a better place to ask this question, so I have asked it here. I am looking to transmit and receive internet connectivity wirelessly over a distance of 6 miles (9.7 km) with a minimum ...
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What is the turn spacing on a Helix Antenna?

I want to do some satellite communication so I thought why not build my own helix antenna. I found this page: Helix antenna design and construction details The most things are clear except for the ...
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I would like to listen to a red roadster in space

I have been listening for signals (any) of the Space-X Falcon Heavy. Just out of curiosity. And I am wondering if anyone has received any. According to the Falcon-9 User Guide table 4.6 looks like ...
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Who regulates ham radio satellites?

I have doubts regarding the control authority of the amateur radio satellites, because recently we have drastic changes to Internet control by FCC as the next major decentralized communication system ...
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What happened to AMSAT-Phase 3E?

The web pages related to the unlaunched satellite were last updated in 2007, so I wonder - where is it now? Is it going to be launched someday?
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Would the antenna described work?

For reception of amateur radio satellites, turnstile antennas (consisting of two crossed dipoles fed out-of-phase) are often used. I've recently had an idea - what if two half-wavelength dipoles are ...
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