Club Member Jim Adams takes Selfie with Fox-1D Satellite

Club member Jim Adams, AAØCW, had his picture snapped from space. He was operating the Fox-1D “cubesat” satellite. You can see him as a faint red patch just above the lens flare.

Jim writes that AO-92 or Fox-1D is a radio amateur and technology research cubesat developed by AMSAT and hosting several university developed payloads. Launched December 2018.

Fox-1D is an 1U CubeSat designed to operate in Low Earth Orbit based on the design of Fox 1A. It carries a 2 meter whip antenna and a 70 cm whip antenna.

As affordable launch opportunities for amateur communications satellites become more rare, AMSAT devised a new strategy: a small cubesat, which hosts both an amateur communications payload as well as a scientific or technological payload, so that the satellite qualifies for launches in sponsored programs like NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) Program.

Fox-1D carries a high energy radiation instrument HERCI (High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument) developed by the University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy, a Virginia Tech camera experiment, and a Pennsylvania State-Erie MEMS gyro experiment.

Fox-1D also serves as a communications relay for amateurs worldwide via the onboard FM repeater system. The communications and experiment missions will run concurrently. The repeater features a VHF downlink with FM analog voice and FSK data and UHF and L-band uplink.

Uses a small camera developed by the University of Virginia Tech that can at times be programmed with an uplink tone to take photos while in orbit which it did while coming over my house. Images are received as tone bursts and can be decoded using computer software.

Uplink to the satellite is 435.350 and downlink is 145.880. Anyone with an ht and whip antenna can both talk and received on this satellite.

About Dave Casler, KEØOG (Webmaster)

Ham radio operator for over 40 years, Dave Casler holds Amateur Extra class call sign KEØOG. He is the webmaster for the Montrose Amateur Radio Club and is happy to receive articles and photos from club members. Dave enjoys HF SSB ragchewing, PSK-31, APRS, and software-defined radio (SDR).
This entry was posted in Member Activities and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.