BY70-1 CubeSat launched December 28

The BY70-1 CubeSat launched on December 28 from the Taiyuan Space Launch Center in China, but in a lower orbit than intended. The satellite carries an Amateur Radio FM transponder.

BY70-1 was intended to go into a 530-kilometer (approximately 329-mile) circular Sun-synchronous orbit, but it appears the orbit is 524 x 212 kilometers, which will give the spacecraft an orbital
lifetime of just a month or two.

Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, reported working Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA, through the FM transponder during the 1709 UTC pass on December 28 and commented that the uplink requires precise frequency adjustment, there’s a delay on the downlink, but the signal is strong,”

BY70-1 is a 2U CubeSat project for education and Amateur Radio. It features 3-axis stabilization and deployable solar panels. In addition to the FM transponder, BY70-1 has a camera, and plans call for downloading images and telemetry via a 9600 bps BPSK downlink.

The IARU Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination pages list an uplink of 145.920 MHz, and a downlink of 436.200 MHz.

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way is a tourism route on the west coast of Ireland that runs for 2,500 km (1,500 miles) passing through nine Counties and three provinces.  Stretching from County Donegal in the North to County Cork in the south and running through Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway. Clare, Limerick and Kerry – all on the rugged west coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

From 1st January to 31st December 2017 Irish Radio Amateurs will be on air with nine special calls – EI11WAW through to EI99WAW.  Each call will be associated with one of the counties making up the Wild Atlantic Way and will have its own distinctive QSL card depicting a highlight of the county linked to the call.

For more information on the Wild Atlantic Way counties as well as QSL and award information, see the QRZ.COM pages for the participating stations (EI11WAW – EI99WAW).

The stations active through 2017 will be

EI11WAW – County Donegal
EI22WAW – County Leitrim
EI33WAW – County Sligo
EI44WAW – County Mayo
EI55WAW – County Galway
EI66WAW – County Clare
EI77WAW – County Limerick
EI88WAW – County Kerry
EI99WAW – County Cork

QSL via ClubLog, OQRS, or bureau, via EI6AL

A Certificate will be made available for download to any station that works all nine calls, any band any mode.   Apply by email to QSL manager EI6AL giving name and call.  A certificate can also be sent by post – send €5 ($5) to cover postage either direct to EI6AL or via Paypal to payments@irts.ie

More information at irts.ie/waw/index.html

New CQWW Award in Honour of GW4BLE

OPDX reports that Dave, G8FXM, has informed them that following the passing of Steve,
GW4BLE, on December 2nd, that

“His favorite contest was the annual CQWW SSB Contest where he excelled for over 40 years. Worldwide there can’t have been an SSB contester who didn’t recognize his call.

To this end CQWW has agreed that a plaque in memory of Steve will be awarded to the
leading EU SSB Classic section every year.

This will be managed by the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation. This award is now in place and will be available from this year onwards.

It is worth noting that only one other UK Amateur so far has an award in memory of their name and that’s the legendary Al Slater, G3FXB.”

Holyland Christianity On The Air Award

The Israel Amateur Radio Club (I.A.R.C.) introduces their new award programme “Holyland Christianity On The Air” (HOCOTA)

The following special event calls will be active between Decemebr 23rd and 25th:
4X9XMAS – Tabagha (Holyland N-05-KT, WW Loc. KM72su)
4X2XMAS – Yardenit (Holyland N-07-KT, WW Loc. KM72sr)
4X7XMAS – Kursi (Holyland O-06-KT, WW Loc. KM72tt)
4X3XMAS – Mount of Beatitudes (Holyland N-05-KT, WW Loc. KM72sv)

QSOs with these stations also count for the “Jesus Miracles Award.”

Furthermore, 4X3XMAS (4XFF-049) and 4X7XMAS (4XFF-024) are both
located in WWFF-areas as well. QSLs via LoTW, eQSL.

Operators Shalom/4Z4BS, Mark/ 4Z4KX, Ruben/4Z5FI, Yulik/4X6HP, Ros/4Z5LA, Vlad/4Z5IW, Arthur/4X4DZ, and Jan/4X1VF will be active from the Caves of Beit-Guvrin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Dec. 23 and 24. QRV as 4X07W from WWFF-reference 4XFF-007 (Holyland
G-19-JS) with two rigs on SSB and CW. QSL via 4Z5LA.

GB2RS News Broadcasts Christmas Season 2016

For Christmas Day Sunday 25th December 2016 a short GB2RS news script will be prepared by the RSGB news team.    However, your local newsreaders may choose not to be active on that day. The script will be available on the RSGB website from the afternoon of Friday, 23rd December.

There will be no GB2RS script for Sunday, 1 January 2017. and normal broadcasts will resume on Sunday, 8 January 2017.

GB2KW Vintage Radio Activation January 2017

GB2KW will be active from near Inverness, Scotland, from 1st January 2017 until 28th January 2017

GB2KW will be using a variety of vintage equipment manufactured by KW Electronics Ltd in the 1960s and 1970s.

Activity will be mostly on 80m, 40m and 20m on SSB and CW, with some AM and 160m operation possible.

Check GB2KW on QRZ.COM for more info.

All QSOs made by GB2KW will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW (DXCC entity = Scotland) and at times during the activity a real-time logging system will be in use – click here to visit the GB2KW real-time logging webpage

Look also on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th January 2017 for activity from  GB8KW  from the Cray Valley Radio Society (G3RCV) shack in Eltham, southeast London, England. They will have 6 full KW Electronics stations on display.

K.W. Electronics was a British manufacturer of amateur radio equipment founded in the mid 1950s by the late Rowley Shears G8KW. It was based in Dartford, Kent, and manufactured a wide range of high frequency band receivers, transmitters and accessory equipment.

ISS Slow-Scan TV Schedule 8-9 DEc 2016

Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International
Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images
will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the
Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood
TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.

MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC,
and December 9, 1240-1740 UTC. These times correspond to passes over
Moscow, Russia. ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use 5-kHz
deviation, and SSTV transmissions have used the PD120 and PD180
formats.

The ISS Fan Club website at http://www.issfanclub.com/ can show when
the space station is within range of your station. On Windows PCs
the free application MMSSTV can decode the signal. On Apple iOS
devices, use the SSTV app available through iTunes.