Ham Radio

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
XW-1 In Orbit
As an avid Satellite Operator Santa has come early for me, I am referring to the exciting news from AMSAT China regarding the recent successful launch of their very first Amateur Satellite XW-1.

XW-1 payload was deployed by the CZ-4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center earlier this month and is currently commissioning in a sun-synchronous orbit at about 1200KM, ASL.

The XW-1 communications payload includes a beacon and three cross
band transponders operating in FM, linear, and digital modes.

Mode V/U (J) FM Voice Repeater (30 dbm (1 w)):
Uplink: 145.8250 MHz FM, PL 67.0 Hz.
Downlink: 435.6750 MHz FM

Mode V/U (J) Linear Transponder (Inverting) (30 dbm (1 w)):
Uplink:145.9250 - 145.9750 MHz SSB/CW
Downlink:435.7650 - 435.7150 MHz SSB/CW

Mode V/U (J) PacSat BBS (30 dbm (1 w)):
Uplink:145.8250 MHz AFSK 1200 BPS
Downlink: 435.6750 MHz AFSK 1200 BPS

Mode Beacon (23 dbm (200mw)):
Downlink:435.7900 MHz CW

I am looking forward to hearing XW-1 on my FT-847 and IO-Ten El Sat antenna and with 1Watt of output PWR it should be nice and loud once the AMSAT Teams finish their preliminary settings and testing.

In the meantime I will be keeping an eye on twitter for further updates and developments that are regularly tweeted from AMSAT.

Another excellent source of all the latest AMSAT and General Satellite Information is observations which constantly gets updated by AL – GM1SXX and many of the other experienced Satellite Ham Operators.
posted by Simon Davison @ 7:28 pm  
4 Comments:
  • At 8:42 pm, Blogger g4ilo said…

    That is good news Simon. I look forward to your video showing what these new satellites are like to use very soon.

     
  • At 5:03 pm, Blogger Phaze58 said…

    I am looking forwards to trying the
    "Bazooka" on this satellite as it does both FM and inverting SSB
    I will have do a little trimming though the grass is getting a bit long ..

     
  • At 3:53 pm, Blogger Hans said…

    Hi Simon,

    Last week, at every pass over Europe the beacon was loud and clear.
    Tle search on XiWang-1

    73 de Hans
    PE1BVQ

     
  • At 7:45 pm, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Hi Hans,

    I have been finding latest info here
    HO-68 Sat Status
    Hope to hear you via one of the Sats in 2010 G L and many thanks.

    Happy New Year

     
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