May 5th 2010 is a red letter day for Indian Ham Radio Operators, especially those who are working through OSCARs - the 5th Anniversay of the Indian OSCAR - HAMSAT - VO52.
In this regard the Operations Director of HAMSAT is seeking details on the useage, utility and experiences of HAMS using the HAMSAT. The email request is reproduced below. Please share your experiences with all of us - so that we can compile a database of the users of VO-52 and their personal experiences. This should go a long way in an early launch of HAMSAT-II.
Respond directly to VU2WMY or to this blog so that we can compile the responses at an early date and forward to the HAMSAT team.
(Email Reproduced with permission of VU2WMY)
On behalf of the Programme Director, Mission Director, Operations Director and the entire "HAMSAT" project team, I convey their message to the Global Amateur Radio Satellite enthusiasts & users through my mail.
It gives us a great pleasure to inform the World Amateur Radio community that, on 4th May 2010, HAMSAT (VO-52) is completing 5 years of successful existence in Space rendering useful and fruitful services to the Amateur radio community.
We as well take this opportunity with great pleasure to inform the Global Amateur Radio community, that the overall system health and performance of "Hamsat" - "The gift from INDIA/ISRO to World of Ham Radio" is good and satisfactory.
To commemorate this mile stone achievement, we have intended to bring out a 'Comprehensive Performance & Utilization Report' of the payload (Transponder) based on the user feed backs from across the Globe. In this regard, we request all the Amateur Satellite Enthusiasts and users to kindly send us their feed backs about the performance and utilization of the transponder. A detailed report expressing their views, suggestions, comments, ratings and preferably a comparison note made with other linear transponders, those already been flown and currently available one's would be greatly appreciated.
The feed backs may kindly be copied to my mail ID as well.
I have herewith attached the mail received from Operation Director, HAMSAT.
Looking forward to hear from you all.
Secretary & Station-In-Charge
Upagrah Amateur Radio Club VU2URC
ISRO Satellite Centre
Airport Road, Bangalore-560 017.
Phone:(O)91- 80-2508 2054/2192/2537
Mobile: 91-80-98803 41456
E-mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org. in
----- Forwarded message from tprangan@istrac. org -----
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2010 10:00:58 +0530
From: tprangan@istrac. org
Reply-To: tprangan@istrac. org
Subject: HAMSAT Transponder Performance and Utilization - Reg.
To: email@example.com. in
Cc: tprangan@istrac. org
DEAR MR. SUBRAMANAI,
This is to bring to your kind attention that HAMSAT is COMPLETING 5 YEARS of successful existence in space. I am sure, HAMSAT continues to be the DARLING of the HAM Community.
To commemorate this event, ISTRAC is bringing out a "5-YEARS OF HAMSAT PERFORMANCE" Report. To make the report a comprehensive one, we would like to add the FOLLOWING INFORMATION.
1 PERFORMANCE of the HAMSAT TRANSPONDER as _perceived by the users_
2 COMPARISON of the HAMSAT Transponder with her CONTEMPORARIES
3 Details of SATELLITES providing SIMILAR SERVICES
4 Approximate NUMBER OF USERS of HAMSAT in _India / over the globe_
5 GROWTH of HAMSAT USERS, since launch
6 Approximate HAMSAT TRANSPONDER UTILISATION (transponder interaction period) over the globe (transponder is ON always)
7 Any more INTERESTING INFORMATION on HAMSAT
KINDLY _DO THE NEEDFUL_ BY CIRCULATING THIS REQUEST TO OUR HAM FRIENDS.
With Best Regards,