ARLS003 Fox-1D AO-92 Now Commissioned and Open for Amateur Use

AMSAT Vice President-Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, has
declared that Fox-1D (AO-92) is now open for general Amateur Radio
use.

This news follows on from an announcement by AMSAT Vice-President-Engineering Jerry Buxton, N0JY, that AO-92 had been
commissioned and formally turned over to AMSAT Operations.

Initially, the U/v FM transponder will be open continuously for one week. After that, operation will be shared among the U/v FM
transponder, L-Band Downshifter, Virginia Tech Camera, and the University of Iowa’s High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument
(HERCI).

AMSAT News Service, AMSAT-BB, AMSAT’s Twitter account (@AMSAT), the AMSAT-NA Facebook group, and the AMSAT website
(https://www.amsat.org/satellite-schedules/) will report any updates.

AO-92 was launched from India on January 12. For the past 2 weeks, the AMSAT Engineering and Operations teams have been testing the
various modes and experiments on board. Testing has shown that both the U/v FM transponder and L-Band Downshifter are working well. The Virginia Tech camera has returned photos of Earth and data from HERCI has been successfully downlinked.

AMSAT thanked the 178 stations around the world that used FoxTelem to collect telemetry and experiment data from AO-92 during the
commissioning process.

CQ Scotland – introducing electronics and Amateur Radio to the next generation

On January 23rd 2018 CQScotland.com delivered an introduction to basic electronics to children from two schools in Hamilton on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council.

CQ Scotland introduction to electronics and Amateur Radio, Hamilton January 2018

CQ Scotland introduction to electronics and Amateur Radio, Hamilton January 2018

Despite very wet weather, 28 children, 20 adults and 6 support staff attended this event at Whitehill Community Centre, Hamilton, Scotland. Further pictures of the event can be found here.

CQ SCOTLAND works in association with Mid Lanark Amateur Radio Society and is supported by the Radio Society of Great Britainmicro:bit Educational Foundation and Antex Electronics Ltd

CQ SCOTLAND is dedicated to introducing electronics and amateur radio to the next generation and do this by coordinating group electronic construction events in a safe public venue such as a school, community hall, or youth facility.

CQ Scotland’s VOLUNTEERS are electronics enthusiasts, shedder’s, maker’s and licensed radio amateurs, all keen to share their years of experience and skills with the young. Along the way they help build better communities.

The AIM of CQ Scotland is to inspire young people to gain their foundation amateur radio license or spark an interest in electronics, that could also lead to a worthwhile career. Today, they will start learning about the exciting ever changing world of electronics that surrounds us all.

CQ Scotland events take place in a safe and secure public environment, with worktables equipped with electronic construction tools, test equipment, and a choice of easy to build electronic kits. The young person is then guided by our volunteers to successfully construct their chosen project. This usually takes around 1.5 hours. All volunteers work in pairs. Parents and carers are definitely encouraged to share in the fun, and seating is provided so they can! If you are new to Scotland you will be made very welcome!  After an event, parents will be given information about the Foundation Amateur Radio License and electronics as a hobby. All communication is to a parent or guardian only.

CQ Scotland would be pleased to organise an event for your community group or school at your venue. The item to be built could support school lesson plans, or qualify the builder to obtain a scout badge or similar award. CQ Scotland are happy to work with you to deliver a worthwhile outcome for all. Group sizes may vary from 10 to 20 constructors. For details please register your interest here.

TM20SLR special event station 14th to 28th January

The special event callsign TM20SLR
remembers the 20 years since
the closing of Saint Lys Radio FFL

TM20SLR will run from 14th to 28th January, 2018,  in memory of French maritime radio station Saint-Lys Radio, which provided a much appreciated service to seafarers and their families. The special event pays homage to the human and technical qualities of the men and women who operated FFL.

QSL card for special event station TM20SLR remembering St Lys Radio FFL

             QSL card for special event station TM20SLR remembering St Lys Radio FFL

A weather report will be transmitted daily on 7.110 MHz at 10:45 UTC and on 14.300 MHz at 11:45 UTC using both SSB and CW. Please, keep these frequencies free and tune in to these broadcasts.