Es’hail 2 Geo-Satellite QO-100 / QRV since 6.3.19

Qatar’s Es’hail-2 Satellite 2019 - OSCAR 100

Es'hail-2 - Successfully launched into orbit (15. Nov. 2018)
The eagerly awaited start of the Es'hail-2 took place on 15/11/2018 at 20:46 as planned and successfully. This is the beginning of a new era in satellite broadcasting for us radio amateurs.

OSCAR 100 (QO-100) is QRV since February 14. 2019.

Qatar’s Es’hail-2 satellite will provide the first amateur radio geostationary communications that could link amateurs from Brazil to Thailand. The satellite is positioned at 25.5 degrees East.

Es'hail-2 coverage areaEs’hail-2 will carry two “Phase 4” amateur radio transponders operating in the 2400 MHz and 10450 MHz bands. A 250 kHz bandwidth linear transponder intended for conventional analogue operations and an 8 MHz bandwidth transponder for experimental digital modulation schemes and DVB amateur television.

Current QO-100 Setup at Home

Goobay 67269 LNB Modification [636 KB] from DH1DA for 25MHz Ref Input over the coax
Where to buy the GooBay 67269 Single LNB?

QO-100 with HDSDR v2.80, Omnirig v2.1, SDRPlay RSP2 and the ICOM IC-9700 for the Uplink

HDSDR v2.80 Configuration
- SDRPlay RSP2 for Downlink 739 MHz (LNB with 25 MHz Ref-In)
- IC-9700 as Transceiver for the Up-Link 431 MHz
- QO-100 Transverter from PE1CMO

You need to install the the ExtIO_SDRplay_RSP2.dll for the SDRPlay RSP2

HDSDR Offset Configuration in the Omnirig SAT Menu:
- Options - CAT to Radio (Omni-Rig) - set Converter Offset - Picture
- Options - RF Front-end Configuration - Picture
- Omnirig v2.1 - Picture
- HDSDR v2.0 in action - Picture

Omnirig RIG-INI File [8 KB] for the IC-9700 Transceiver

QO-100 Portable SAT-Station with 35cm Camping-Dish

QO-100 Portable SAT-Station with 35cm Camping-Dish

The QO-100 portable SAT-Station is approx. 9kg incl. travel case and 11kg incl. tripod.

MEGASAT Camping dish 35cm
Pluto SDR TCXO modified and in metal case by DG9BFC
Patch-Antenne and LNB TCXO modified by DG9BFC
10-15W Amplifier with skyworks 65017 as preamp (20 dB gain)
mw4ic2230 (30-31 dB gain) as amplifier
old Notebook Power Supply 19V and 4.74A
DC-DC Step Down Converter (19V > 5V) for the Pluto SDR
SDR Console v3.0.22 with the beacon synchronization
No GPSDO necessary to stabilize the frequency
USB Sennheiser PC3 Headset for Notebook
Griffin PowerMate USB VFO Knob
4-Port USB Hub

Thanks to SIGI DG9BFC, who built the main parts and helped me to setup the solution with SDR Console v3.0.22 via a Teamviewer session online.

Complete Documentation [3’988 KB] of the QO-100 portable SAT-Station

Audio Sample "HB9RYZ"

Audio Sample "CW-Beacon"

Audio Sample QSO between PY2RN and DM3MR

Lens Test

IC-9700 Microphone Test and INI-File for OmniRig

Download [8 KB] [IC-9700-DATA-RIT.ini] the modified IC-9700 INI-File in order to use your IC-9700 as an external Radio within SDR Radio Console v3.0.x. with additional RIT feature from DL3HM.

DATV with MiniTiouner pro 2

OSCAR 100 Setup May 2019

Down-Link 10 GHz (3cm) Up-Link 2.4 GHz (13cm)
LNB from GooBay 67269 freq. stabilized with GPSDO 25 MHz Leo Bodnar Patchantenna PA3FYM
125cm Gibertini Offset Dish (41.1dB/10.7 GHz) 125cm Gibertini Offset Dish (41.1dB/10.7 GHz)
25m Ecoflex 10 Plus coax to the shack 25m Ecoflex 10 Plus coax to the shack
Transverter from PE1CMO, special edition with full-duplex optimized for the new IC-9700 Transverter from PE1CMO, special edition with full-duplex optimized for the new IC-9700
ICOM IC-9700 Transceiver for 2m 144 MHz (DOWN-Link) with the PE1CMO Transverter ICOM IC-9700 Transceiver for 70cm 431 MHz (UP-Link) with the PE1CMO Transverter
SDRPlay RSP2 Pro SDR-Receiver which is connected to the LNB (739 MHz) at the entry point of the Transverter to see the whole QO-100 spectrum on the PC and synchronized over Omnirig v2.10 with the IC-9700 using HDSDR v2.80  
  HEIL Pro Set 6 (iC) Headset

Test with PE1CMO Transverter 1.5.2019

Test with KUHNE UP-Converter (bad modulation)

First OSCAR 100 Beacon Contact

Launch of es'Hail 2 Satellite with SpaceX

Oscar 10 Satellite Operation 1984 - 1985

These are some impressions from my OSCAR 10 SAT-Operation between 1984-1985. I used the ICOM IC-211 E for 2m (10 Watt) for the Downlink and the KENWOOD TR-9500 70cm (10 Watts) with a Home-Made Amplifier (50W) for the Uplink. I used the 14-element Yagi antenna from Tonna for (2m) and the 23-element Yagi for (70cm).

A self developed Commodore C64 application was managing my home built automatic SAT Antenna-Moving solution which was able to follow the OSCAR 10 at any time. A home made Pre-Amp controller unit for 20m and 70cm was managing the RX/TX flow for SAT operation.

OSCAR 10 Satellite QSO Samples - Recorded 1986 by HB9RYZ
Uplink 70cm (438 MHz) and Downlink 2m (144 MHz)

List of all OSCAR Satellites
OSCAR 10 Information and live Tracking
Video - Integration and Start of OSCAR 10
Video - Die OSCAR 10 Story

Some of the OSCAR 10 Satellite QSL Cards between 1984 and 1985

ISS Internation Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date. The last pressurised module was fitted in 2011, and an experimental inflatable space habitat was added in 2016. The station is expected to operate until 2030. Development and assembly of the station continues, with several new elements scheduled for launch in 2019. The ISS is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth. The ISS consists of pressurised habitation modules, structural trusses, solar arrays, radiators, docking ports, experiment bays and robotic arms. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and American Space Shuttles.

ISS-Schulkontakt in Luzern

Schülerinnen und Schüler der Kantonsschule Musegg in Luzern erhalten mit technischer Unterstützung der Zentralschweizer Funkamateure die Gelegenheit, den kanadischen Astronauten David Saint-Jacquesin der ISS in einem direkten Funkkontakt zu interviewen.

Am Montag 4. Februar 2019 wird dieser ARISS/ISS Kontakt stattfinden, begleitet von einem Rahmenprogramm in der Kantonsschule Musegg. Schülerschaft und Lehrpersonen haben sich auf dieses Ereignis intensiv vorbereitet. Technisch wird die Durchführung von Zentralschweizer Sektionen der Union Schweizerischer Kurzwellenamateure (USKA) und der Hochschule Luzern – Technik und Architektur unterstützt.

Das Funkzimmer befindet sich in den Räumen der Fachhochschule in Horw (HB9HSLU), deren Funkanlage und Antenne eingesetzt werden. Per Videolink wird das Geschehen in Horw in die Aula und in diverse Klassenzimmer der Kantonsschule Musegg live übertragen. Auf ARISS.org wird der Live-Videostream auch allgemein öffentlich verfügbar sein.

Das Rahmenprogramm in der Musegg beginnt um 15:20 Uhr, das Funkgespräch im 2m-Amateurfunk-Band mit der ISS beginnt um 1620 Uhr (Schweizer Zeit) (15:20:21 UTC).
Mehrere Hundert Schüler und Schülerinnen der Kantonsschule Musegg werden dem Kontakt entweder in der Aula oder in ihren Klassenzimmern beiwohnen können. Sie freuen sich sehr auf dieses für sie einmalige Erlebnis.

ISS-Kontakte an Gymnasien sind besonders «lohnend», da die Gymnasiasten über das notwendige Verständnis in Mathematik und Physik verfügen und weil an Gymnasien die dort vorhandene grosse Schülerzahl den doch erheblichen Aufwand einer solchen ISS-Verbindung rechtfertigt. Zudem sind dann selbstverständlich auch gleich mehrere Behörden (Kanton, Bund) involviert und die Medien interessieren sich ebenfalls für einen solchen sehr aussergewöhnlichen Event (Beispiel hier).

Der USKA-Vorstand dankt allen Mitwirkenden, vor allem dem sehr engagierten Haupt-Organisator Martin Klaper HB9ARK mit seinen Helfern aus den Zentralschweizer Sektionen Luzern und Zug.
Eine ausführliche Berichterstattung wird nach dem Event nachfolgen.

Archived Video Stream
Local Swiss TV-Station
Tele1

ISS auf Wikipedia: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationale_Raumstation
Positions-Anzeige der ISS: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/tracking_map.cfm oder http://www.lizard-tail.com/isana/tracking/
Satelliten-Tracking-Software: http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Software/Satellite_tracking/
NASA: www.nasa.gov
ESA European Space Agency: http://www.esa.int/ESA
ESA-Unterrichts-Materialien: http://www.esa.int/Education/Teachers_Corner/Astronauts_and_International_Space_Station
Facebook ESA education: http://www.facebook.com/ESAEducation
Amateurfunk-Satelliten: www.amsat.org

Live HD-Stream from the ISS

an other Live Stream from the ISS