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AMSAT SA
P O Box 90438
Garsfontein 0042
South Africa
Tel:  012 991 4662

Email:
admin@amsatsa.org.za


Weekly satellite report  19 August 2018

 

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DONORS
Deon Coetzee ZR1DE
Tobile Koni ZS6TKO
Jan van Rooyen ZR5JR
Pravin Ashok
Donald Jacobs ZS2BW
Ray Webber ZS6RSW
Tarries Brink  ZS6MNO*
Kempton Park  Amateur Radio Technical Society ZS6KTS
Paul Roos ZS6HQ*
Anton Janovsky ZR6AIC
Pine  Pienaar ZS6OB
Gert Botha ZS6GC
David Horne
Etienne Saayman ZS5EFS
Nic van Duffelen ZR6AEZ
Andre Rox ZS6ARX
Carl Wentzel ZS6CFW
Gert Kok
Gordon Prentice ZR6RA
Rassie Erasmus ZS1YT
Guy Eales ZS6GUY
Bert van der Ploeg ZS6VDP
Wally Watson
Rickus de Lange ZS4A
Kerverne Thurling ZS1ABU
Lem Melidonis ZS1LEM
Paul Johnson ZS1S
Martinus Grobbelaar
Michael Boast ZS5BGV
Francois Basson ZS6DGN
Robe Bareham ZS1SA
Thomas Ambrose  ZS1TA
Craig Hardman ZS5CD
Ton van den Bon
Grant Dixon ZR6WTF
Rene Gouws ZR1RTG

Christo Pelser SA6BUQ

*Denotes  that the person has made several donations over time. Thank you

 

NEW MEMBERS:
AMSAT SA welcomes the following new members who joined duting Agust 2018

Danie Conradie ZS6SDC

 

VHF/UHF WORKSHOP

AMSATSA and the SARL are holding a VHF/UHF workshop at the NARC on Saturday 20 October 2018. The full programme will be available soon.

To book, please download the registration form here. Mail the form and proof of payment to  admin@amsatsa.org.za

Fee: SARL and AMSAT SA Members R50

Non Members R150

Students and learners: free with student card or school letter


KLETSKOUS PLAQUED BY BATTERY FAILURE

Kletskous on BACAR 6 worked perfectly on the ground while being assembled in the train of BACARSats to prepare for launch on a high-altitude balloon and for a short period while ascending on the balloon. Then suddenly the transponder switched off. After recovery it was found that the battery had failed, the one cell was dead.

 

Kletskous  recovered after the BACAR6 flight.

“We are obviously disappointed but also pleased that the space frame stood up to the rapid descend and the hard landing. “This was the first time we flew a nearly complete Kletskous. Only the solar panels and the on-board controller were left on the ground”, Hannes Coetzee ZS6BZP, the Kletskous Project Manager said. “It is a concern that the battery failed, and that is a matter to be investigated.”

“As part of the next phase in the development, the designer of the transponder, Leon Lessing, ZS6LMG, is subjecting the transponder to some vigorous ground testing. When that is successfully completed Kletskous will be placed on a high site for operational testing

The Kletskous team meets on 20 August for a gull analysis on the flight


African Radio Amateurs will soon have access to a geostationary satellite

In the next few years radio amateurs will have access to two geostationary platforms, one that will service the Americas and another one, particular attractive to South Africans, that will be  positioned at 26° East giving 24 hour access to Africa, Europe and the Middle East. These two geostationary projects will be included in commercial platforms similar to Amateur Radio Satellite (AMSAT) South Africa seeking to have an amateur radio transponder included in South Africa’s next satellite currently designated as EOS-1 (Earth Observation Satellite). Read the full story here

 

YOTA 2018

Software

SDR

Satellite Tracking

Mapping Software UI 32

CW/RTTY Decoder

Low speed telemetry Decoder

High speed telemetry Decoder

ISS slow scan TV

Audio link between applications

Presentations

Journey into SDR

KLETSKOUS

KLETSKOUS TRANSPONDER

KLETSKOUS MAGNETIC STABISATION

10GHz Beacon

Links to noise monitoring

Contesting

Digital Radio


DONORS TO JOTA DONGLE CABLE FUND. 30 Cables donated Still 40  to go!

YOTA 2018  NEEDS SPONSORS FOR DONGLE CONNECTION CABLES

The Amateur Radio Development Trust will be sponsoring VHF/UHF dongles for the 70 young people taking part in YOTA 2018 to be hosted in South Africa  from
8 - 15 August 2018.

Total donated to date R2130

Dr Emil G. Bohme  ZS6EGB
Ron Richards ZS5ABD
Grant Dixon ZR6WTF
Hannes Coetzee ZS6BZP
Michael Boast ZS5BGV

Des Bryington ZS6DEZ
Ettiene Saayman ZS6EFS
Rene Gouws ZR1RTG
Christo Pelser SA6BUQ
Pravin Kmumar ZS5LT

 

 

Space for more donors!
 


More Kletskous Progress

A flight-ready solar panel for Kletskous.

The solar cells are glued to the PC board using conductive silver epoxy. This is done under vacuum to prevent bubbles being formed in the epoxy. Bubbles may burst in the vacuum of space, fracturing the paper thin glass solar cell and destroying it in the process.


Become a partner in space

Donate to the AMSAT SA Kletskous fund and become a partner in space

Please make your contribution. You may pay directly into our account electronically. Please send the payment details with your name, callsign, email and  postal address to kletskous@amsatsa.org.za.

All contributions will be acknowledged on this page (Scroll down). Donations of R500 or more will be acknowledged with a certificate.

Bank Details: AMSAT SA, ABSA Menlyn, Branch code 632 005
Account: 40 8982 6281


KLETSKOUS SPONSORS

 

RS, the component supplier in South Africa has become a component sponsor for the KLETSkous project.

RS Components is the market leader in the high service level distribution of electrical, electronic, mechanical & industrial products as well as tools.  Offering over 400 000 products across 2000 leading brands at www.rsonline.co.za, RS serves every sector of industry in the procurement of their products relating to maintenance, repair, operations, low volume production, research and development.


TRAX SPONSOR PCBs for KLETSkous More about  TRAX



Avnet : a broad line supplier of semiconductors,  passives, magnetics, enclosures, optoelectronic, GPS / GSM, interconnect, electromechanical, embedded products and components