Copyright 2019 Andrew Barron ZL3DW
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"Amsats and Hamsats - Amateur radio and other small satellites" is available from Amazon.com in printed or Kindle formats (just click on the cover). You can also buy a copy from the RSGB bookshop or the ARRL bookshop.
Amsats and Hamsats provides a broad overview of how to communicate through amateur radio satellites and how to receive signals from other small satellites and 'weather' satellites. It also answers questions like, "how do satellites stay in orbit" and "why are they so expensive to launch?" There are sections about the history of amateur radio satellites, the mathematics governing orbits, different types of satellite and their orbits. I cover the equipment you need, to track and use the amateur satellites and some of the satellite tracking software that is available.
A lot of readers will want to get straight into receiving or transmitting, so I have put the operating sections near the beginning and followed up with the technical and general interest chapters.
Interest in amateur satellites is increasing because of the large numbers of 'Cube,' 'Micro,' and 'Pico' satellites being launched into space. Listening to signals from satellites or sending signals through them is a challenging and rewarding part of the radio hobby.
You can check out the online listing or order a copy of my book, at
- 368 pages
- How to listen to satellites
- How to use the amateur radio satellites
- Visible satellites
- Space and orbits
- Transponders and repeaters
- Satellite bands
- What equipment do you need?