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OSCAR-64 Now Active

Amateur radio operators have a new communications satellite. Delfi-C3, the first nanosatellite student project from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is now active and has received the designation OSCAR-64 from AMSAT. It includes a linear transponder with a 400 mW downlink in the 145.880-145.920 MHz two-meter band. Uplinks use 435.570-435.530 MHz.

In addition to the amateur radio transponder, the miniature satellite includes the thin Film Solar Cell Experiment and the Autonomous Wireless Sun Sensor Experiment.

If you’re interested in receiving signals from the satellite and decoding the telemetry, visit the Delfi-C3 project home page for details on the satellite and orbital elements.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.