Get Involved !
Following the main mission phase the operation of the satellite is now entirely open to radio amateurs with an interest in experiencing satellite communication with the COMPASS-1 CubeSat.
The satellite receives commands in DTMF tones on the VHF uplink frequency of 145.980 MHz. Downlink of Ax.25 UI data packets is on UHF 437.405 MHz in either 1200 bps AFSK or 2400/4800 MSK, depending on the on-board setting.
Of course, for receiving the periodic Morse code beacon (once every 3 minutes) in UHF frequency 437.275 MHz you do not need a ham license, but only the necessary receiving station.
Mike Rupprecht (DK3WN) has published several tools for decoding beacon and packets and can be found at http://www.dk3wn.info/sat/afu/sat_compass.shtml
For more commands, please get in contact with us.
The COMPASS-1 team appreciates
very much the great and ongoing effort of hams from around the world,
who not only contributed in the collection of mission data but also
actively helped to recover the satellite during a few critical
situations. In fact, their help cannot be underemphasized, as the
satellite would have surely been lost once or twice without their help.
Felix, DO3FKA, and Kevin, DG9KK,
from Aachen University of Applied Sciences, responsible for mission
Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN from Germany
Alan Cresswell, ZL2BX from New Zealand
Bob T. de Varney, W1ICW from USA, Vermont
Toshio Kasei, JA1GDE from Japan
Iji Yoshitomo, JA6PL from Japan
Tetsurou Satou, JA0CAW from Japan
Douglas C. Papay, KD8CAO from USA, Michigan
Robert A. Smith, NH7WN from USA, Hawaii
Colin Hurst, VK5HI, from Australia
Mark L. Hammond, N8MH, from USA, North Carolina
David O. Guimont, Jr, WB6LLO from USA,
Henk Hamoen-Lankheet, PA3GUO from The Netherlands
Jim Stahl, AC4AV from USA, Illinois