Radio details

The radio beacon has been reactivated.

Technical Details: packet downlink

  • Frequency: 437.505 MHz
  • Frequency deviation: 3.5 kHz
  • Modulation: 2FSK
  • Output power: 0.5 W
  • Bitrate: 9600 bps
  • Callsign: ES5E-11
  • Packet format: AX.25 UI frames
  • Data payload per packet: up to 239 bytes
  • Active: during commisioning period - mainly over the Europe, later also periodically sending housekeeping data in bursts after every 3-4 minutes

Technical Details: CW beacon

  • Frequency: 437.250 MHz
  • Modulation: CW
  • Output power: 0.1 W
  • Bitrate: approximately 9 bps, 18 WPM
  • Callsign: ES5E/S
  • Sending period: 3 to 4 minutes
  • Sending format: mostly letter-coded HEX numbers (see conversion table below)

Groundstation requirements

While CW beacon can be received with very simple setup (even small handheld yagi will do) and either CW-capable transceiver or SDR receiver, for packet downlink requirements are more serious. Example minimal setup to receive successfully ESTCube-1 is given as following:

  • Yagi antenna with gain more than 16 dBi, preferably a crossyagi
  • Low noise preamplifier for 70cm band
  • Antenna rotator for both azimuth and elevation
  • Transceiver capable to receive 9600 bps packet
  • G3RUH-type TNC (e.g. Kantronics KPC-9216+) or SDR with appropriate software (e.g. based on https://www.cgran.org/wiki/ESTCube-1Receiver)
  • Packet data could be received also using a soundmodem program - AGWPE, MixW, Linux Soundmodem, MultimonNG etc

Orbit info

The number of our satellite in NORAD database is 2013-021C and it has now following TLE-s.

2013-021C               
1 39161U 13021C   13127.51954931 -.00000050  00000-0  00000+0 0    17
2 39161  98.1290 205.9903 0008586 231.4152 242.5727 14.68885660    27

Our SateTLE-s will be available via NORAD: http://www.celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/

 

How to send reports to es5e@estcube.eu

When sending received data to given e-mail address, please add following information

  • Your name
  • Your callsign (if exists)
  • Skype contact (if desired)
  • Location in geographical coordinates or WWL locator
  • Time of acquisition of signal (UTC) (day:hour:minute:second)
  • Time of loss of signal (UTC) (day:hour:minute:second)
  • CW data as an ASCII string (if recieved)
  • Packet data as binary attachment or decoded AX.25 packets in ASCII HEX (if recieved)

 

Interesting and useful for us would be also additional information such as:

  • Short description of equipment
  • Signal to noise ratio interval (min-max dB) or
  • Signal strength interval (min-max S level)
  • Qualitative description of radio link (tumbling? abrupt losses?)
  • Other comments