All posts by Burns FISHER

I'm a relatively new ham, although I always "expected" to be one since I was a kid and I played with a 100mw, 1-tube AM transmitter. Retirement gave me more opportunity, and desire to be involved with space gave me motivation. I'm a life member of AMSAT, and I write the flight software for AMSAT's Fox-1 satellite series. One of my life thrills was being present for the launch of Fox-1a and a few hours later hearing its downlink signal knowing that my software was running it.Just recently passed the Extra test thanks to N1FD class. I was mainly interested in learning more but also changed my call to get back into 1-land while still keeping the letters I have always known I would have in my call: WB1FJ

New Satellite Coming Soon and Good Deal on Satellite Book

The next of AMSAT-NA’s FM repeater satellites, RadFxSat (aka “Fox-1b” is expected to be launched November 10 VERY early in the morning.  Keep an eye out on for the launch results and when it is released to the public.  In the meantime, I just discovered this nice deal (on the AMSAT Facebook page):

As part of the preparations for the launch of RadFxSat on November 10th, AMSAT is making our “Getting Started With Amateur Satellites” book available for a limited time as a download with any paid new or renewal membership purchased via the AMSAT Store. This offer is only available with purchases completed online, and for only a limited time. A perennial favorite, Getting Started is updated every year with the latest amateur satellite information, and is the premier primer of satellite operation. The 182 page book is presented in PDF format, in full color, and covers all aspects of making your first contacts on a ham radio satellite.

Please take advantage of this offer today by visiting the AMSAT store at and selecting any membership option. While there, check out our other items, including the M2 LEOpack antenna system, Arrow antennas, AMSAT shirts, and other swag. Be sure to view your cart before going to checkout. If you add a membership and then go directly to checkout, you’ll never see an option to add your free gift.

Thank you, and see you soon on RadFxSat!

Getting Started with Satellites Book
Getting Started with Satellites Book

I am a member of AMSAT, as I know a number of you are, but if you are interested in ham radio satellites and have not joined, I hope you will consider supporting the US group that builds them!

Burns, W2BFJ