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Current Operational Satellites

I am frequently asked out of all the satellites listed by various sources, which are operational for two way use by amateur radio operators.  The list that follows does not include dead satellites, telemetry only satellites, historically interesting satellites, etc.  This list will be updated as new birds come on line.

Details on these satellites can be found at  We are eagerly anticipating two new FM satellites in 3Q/4Q 2015 in Fox-1a and Fox-1c. 

See the Fox Operating Guide section below for more information on how to take advantage of the new Fox-1 satellites.

This list is current as of 01/18/2015
John K4SQC
AMSAT Field Coordinator for Georgia

Getting Started with Satellites

If you would like to try your hands at satellites, AMSAT-OSCAR SO-50 is a great place to start. This is a FM satellite that can easily be worked with a 5-watt dual band HT and a simple antenna. SO-50 is in a polar orbit and makes a circuit around the earth in about 90 minutes. It should be available over your QTH from one to several times a day for ten minutes. The main pieces of equipment needed are a 5-watt dual band HT capable of split operation. Simultaneous transmit and receive are not needed for SO-50.  more ...

Getting Started with Satellites -- Part II

In the last installment we discussed the basics needed to work SO-50, the FM satellite. In addition to the Arrow and the Elk, I mentioned the Arrow-like antenna designed by Bertrand Zauhar, VE2ZAZ. His article can be found...  more ...

Fox-1 Operating Guide

AMSAT’s next satellite effort, called Project “Fox”, consists a series of small Cube-Sats that provide FM transponders with a 70 cm uplink with a 2 meter downlink that match the ground performance of previous FM satellites.

Late breaking news - AMSAT has announced an opportunity has arisen to launch Fox-1D along with Fox-1C. These FM satellites will both have a L-band (1267MHz) uplink in addition to the 70 cm (435 MHz) uplink. Stay tuned for details.  - John K4SQC

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ARISS Contact

The September 4, 2013 contact from Mill Springs Academy with Astronaut Chris Cassidy and the amateur radio station on the International Space Station (ARISS) was a HUGE success.  NFARL members, led by John, K4SQC, were instrumental in setting up the station at MSA and preparing participating MSA students for the contact.  Congratulations to the combined MSA / NFARL team for a job well done!!

The MSA contact is well documented.

Last updated September 21, 2015