FUNcube-3 (EO-79) goes live | November 18, 2016
The EO-79/FUNcube-3 satellite has transitioned to amateur radio service, now that its primary mission has been completed. AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL have announced that the FUNcube U/V transponder has been activated with a regular schedule. Due to power budget constraints, the transponder cannot operate 24/7, so an orbit-specific schedule has been developed. The transponder will commence operation 27 minutes after the spacecraft enters sunlight and remain active for 25 minutes. This schedule may be modified in the weeks ahead, as experience dictates. The output power of the amateur radio payload is about 400mW.
Looks like we have a new LEO satellite that we can work. EO-79 is now active of Amateur Radio use. It has an inverting SSB/CW transponder which operates on the following frequencies:
- 435.035 – 435.065 MHz Uplink (Initial testing indicates 435.047 – 435.077 actual)
- 145.935 – 145.965 MHz Downlink
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