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There are several active amateur radio satellites.  (http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/n7hpr/satsum.html) This mode of can provide hours of fun and a real sense of accomplishment.  You can find a lot of information at the AMSAT site including important information concerning the upcoming 3D AMSAT satellite project that will revolutionize amateur radio satellite work.

The first thing you need to do is to download a windows satellite tracking program; click SatScape 

A very good
FREE Windows Satellite Tracking program http://www.5star-shareware.com/Homehob/General/satscape-download.html

or Download WinOrbit 3.5 from SAT-NET. (http://www.sat-net.com/winorbit/ftp/winorb35.zip)  Next you need current Keplerian orbital data elements (http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/kep/) so the software knows exactly where the satellites are.  They tend to drift with time.  Download current orbital elements HERE (http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ftp/keps/current/nasa.all).  Now you know where the satellites are and how to listen to them. Click ARRL HERE for information setting up your own satellite station.  Satellite software needs to know  where you are and needs it in decimal form rather than degrees and minutes.  Here is a LINK  (http://tiger.census.gov/cgi-bin/mapbrowse-tbl) where you can find your location.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter you zip code.  Then center the map and zoom in on your location.  The page will indicate your latitude and longitude.  If you have your location in degrees and minutes you can convert it to decimal degrees with the utility below.    

Weather Satellite - 

Download software and receiving information -  Track -  Decode  http://www.hffax.de

See LIVE "satellite tracking" on the web with J-TRACK  (http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/RealTime/jtrack/Amateur.html)  from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.    

Online Satellite Tracking

Also be sure to check out the visible path of these satellites.  Read the directions on the chart and you can end up printing out a star chat that will let you see the visible satellites in the night sky in your area.  If you don't know your exact lat and lon you can just use your zip code.  This is a GREAT find!  See it HERE - J-PASS-VisiblePasses. (http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/RealTime/jtrack/Amateur.html)

Satellite Radio Modes Explained
Satellite Frequently Asked Questions
Satellite Frequency Guide

The Heavens Abovee - A GREATsite!!!!

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station http://www.rac.ca/ariss/#Frequencies%20in%20use

Radio Amateur Satellites

Orbitron - A FREE Satellite Tracking Program

A0-27 FM Repeater satellite -

AO-27 Frequently Asked Questions
AO-27 Satellite page
AMRAD in Space
Getting Started With the AO-27 Amateur Satellite
AO-27 Frequently Asked Questions
South East Michigan AMSAT Net - AO-27
KC7QFS-Paul working AO-27 from Salt Lake City UT

UO-14 FM Repeater Satellite - 


SO-35 FM Repeater Satellite -

Sunsat Homepage
SUNSAT Ham Radio Info and Links
Sunsat SO-35 - Modes and Frequency Allocations
SO-35 Australian and International Schedules
Taming the SO-35 Parrot
SO-35 advice
SO 35 Cl 2

ISS (International Space Station) Amateur Radio

ARISS home page
International Space Station Reference
Amateur Radio Stations heard via ISS
JSC Amateur Radio Club Home Page
ARRLWeb: ARISS: Amateur Radio on the International Space ...
ARRLWeb: ARRL Home Page
The VASC Amateur Radio Group, Inc. Satellite Station KE4ZXW
Amateur Radio and Astronomy Pages of Paul Graver M1CCZ
Linux / Amateur Radio Information
Klamath County Schools Amateur Radio Club Homepage


Earth-Moon-Earth transmissions are possible but require a lot of work and effort.  

Earth-Moon-Earth Communication -- From W6/PA0ZN
MoonBounce (EME) * Weak Signal * Astrophotography
-- From AF9Y
Moonbounce(EME)from Svalbard -- From JWطBY
Moonbounce Operating Tips
-- From W7GJ
Moon Bounce & Meteor Scatter
FFTDSP Weak Signal Detection Software http://www.af9y.com/radio10.htm


Amateur Radio Astronomy http://www.bambi.net/sara/why.htm

The Jove Project
is a wonderful NASA sponsored program to put radio-Jupiter in the classroom. A must visit!
Voyager Planetary Science Info (Great for Teachers).
University of Florida Radio Observatory Jupiter sound files and prediction tables.
Advice from the Univ. of Florida about receiving Jupiter.
JPL Radio Observation of Comet Shoemaker-Levy press release.
Another Jupiter recording, this one at a John Kraus site. 

OD5SK's Amateur Radio Guide

Antennas BandPlan Callsign
Links Palm Soft PSK-31
CW Echolink HomeBrew
Operation Satellite SSTV
Introduction IRLP Calculator


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