Posts tagged as amateur radio

Radio amateurs need a mindset shift

Since its inception, amateur radio has moved with technological developments and often led some of it, for example the application of low orbit satellites. Low earth orbits were once considered of no practical use, yet today they are in great demand for GPS satellites and the internet constellation announced by Elon Musk of SpaceX. In […]

Young, international radio amateurs gather in South Africa

From around the world, 70 young and budding radio amateurs recently gathered in South Africa for a week-long Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) technology immersion event from 8 to 15 August 2018. While South Africa may be at the southern tip of the African continent, for that week it was viewed as the the centre […]

SA ready for Qatar geostationary satellite

If all goes according to plan, the Qatar Satellite Company’s second satellite, Es’hail-2, will be placed in a geostationary orbit by a Space-X Falcon-9 rocket within a few months. It will carry an AMSAT linear transponder as a secondary payload, giving radio amateurs access to a geostationary satellite for the first time. The transponder uplink frequency […]

Solar eclipse and propagation: More questions than answers for now

In August 2017 more than 600 000 radio amateurs, mainly in the USA, took part in a Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) in a coordinated initiative to research the possible influences of an eclipse of the sun on radio propagation. The solar eclipse caused a shadow of the moon traversing the USA from Oregon to South […]