Posts tagged as AMSAT SA

Amateur radio enthusiasts to gather at annual Space Symposium

Amateur radio’s newest and first geostationary satellite will be a major focus at the annual AMSAT SA Space Symposium to be held in Midrand on 16 March 2019. Es’hail-2 was launched late last year and includes an amateur radio transponder. The payload was recently activated and is providing radio amateurs in Africa, Europe and the […]

A simple satellite antenna that took South Africa by storm

When South Africa was invited to host the International Amateur Radio Union’s Youngsters on The Air (YOTA 2018) summer event there were several challenges. The main one was: What could South Africa offer young people, aged between 16 and 25, coming from all over Europe and Africa that was different and something they had not […]

In conversation with Hans van de Groenendaal, amateur radio enthusiast: A lifelong passion

  Following his International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Diamond Award in August 2016 (see EngineerIT August 2016, page 6) , I chatted to Hans about his life-long interest in amateur radio – where it started, and where it is today. Radio amateurs in the early days were in the frontier of communication and broadcasting development, […]

Building a CubeSat remains a challenge

  Building a CubeSat remains a challenge whether it would be by buying a complete CubeSat kit from any of the online CubeSat shops and adding your payload or building a CubeSat from scratch. A group of radio amateurs, part of AMSAT SA, decided some years ago to design, develop and build a CubeSat from scratch. […]

Building a satellite takes amateur radio to the next level

  It is often heard that in our days of modern technology there is no room for amateur radio. Smartphones and the internet can deliver it all. Many smartphones include better and faster processors than most computers and laptops but with all that we still need some sophisticated hardware. Cell phones do not make good […]