Thursday 31 August 2017

CRC Summer Raffle draw

1: Retevis RT-82 Ryan Ballard

2: Retevis robot walkie talkie set Leigh Preece

3: Amsat-UK membership Bob Conduit

4: m0tgn morse tutor David Jolly

5: DX40 RX Allan Gallop

6: pixie 40 meter CW D P Wickes

7: international Antennas book Martin Harvey

8: stealth antennas book Alex Champkin

GB8SSD qsl infront of Space Shuttle Discovery Thanks to Smithsonian Air and Space!

Wednesday 30 August 2017

Land Mobile magazine publishes article on Project Thomas watch

GB8SSD Space Shuttle Discovery Maiden Space Flight 33 years ago Today

Chertsey Radio Club continues to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the maiden space flight of Space Shuttle Discovery with SES GB8SSD

Discovery's Maiden Voyage
Space Shuttle Discovery soars away from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, beginning its maiden voyage and a storied spaceflight career that spanned more than 26 years. The on-time liftoff occurred at 8:42 A.M. EDT.

NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbital Vehicle-103) took off for the first time on August 30, 1984, beginning what would become 27 years of reliable service.

In its nearly three decades of use, Discovery successfully completed 39 missions, the first of which was putting three communication satellites into orbit

This maiden voyage came more than two months later than planned. It was delayed from its originally scheduled launch date after experiencing the Space Shuttle program's first launch abort at T-6 seconds on June 26, 1984.

Discovery includes among its many credits the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, John Glenn’s second flight (when he was 77 years old), and both research and International Space Station assembly missions.

Discovery’s last launch was in February 2011, before it was retired in March 2011. It was the first operational NASA shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and Atlantis.

Discovery celebrated its retirement with an April 2012 victory lap where it piggy backed on a modified Boeing 747 to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, on its way to be put permanent display. 

STS-41D, Discovery's first launch & landing (8-30-84)

ABC News Coverage of the STS-41-D Launch

1984 Space Shuttle Highlights NASA STS-41-B, STS-41-C, STS-41-D, STS-41-G, STS-51-A

Sunday 27 August 2017

Shri Timli Vidyapeeth India school contact to ISS

Above is the contact with the School and ISS beended
Below, is M0JFP copy on the RT95 retevis radio form the UK.

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Emergency call via GB3WR - M6MGE & G6ASK

May Day May Day !!

Image result for champion

Chertsey Radio club contacted Mike to congratulate him on professional handling of the call / situation and let him know he did an amazing professional job. A credit to himself and the hobby.

Mike M6MGE unexpectedly had to handle a 999 (equiv 911) emergency call from John G6ASK via the repeater GB3WR 

The YouTube description reads: 

Wasn't expecting this, So got a little tongue tied!

UPDATE: Michaela (May) Has made a full recovery and continues to enjoy her holiday in Exmouth.

Tuesday 22 August 2017

ISS cross band repeater active over UK 15:30 **We have contact**

Today we were lucky enough to send voice message via the International space station and talk to other ham radio operators around the world.

Signal was sent up on 437.050 and relayed back by the space station on 145.800

Happy to report I was able to work 2M0SQL, G0ABI, G7SVR (Isle of wight) and F4DXV

Audio from Peter 2M0SQL here

My audio linked below:

ISS repeater active over UK 13:57

Peter 2M0SQL recording here

My recording below

ISS FM repeater active over UK 12:17

ISS was 145.800 downlink and 437.050 uplink again today.

In the above you can clearly hear 2M0SQL Peter working his magic.


Friday 18 August 2017

Colin Butler from ICQ amateur ham radio podcast shares our ISS / satellite sucess

Radio amateurs at the Chertsey Radio Club have received test transmissions by two satellites inside the International Space Station (ISS)
Early in  July 2017, the International Space Station sent greeting messages in Russian, English, Spanish and Chinese, which were picked up by club members.
The messages were sent during test transmissions from two small experimental Russian amateur radio satellites, known as Tanusha-1 and Tanusha-2. They will be deployed from the ISS during a spacewalk in August.
As part of the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS), the ISS sent a set of 12 images using slow scan television (SSTV). The transmissions took place over four days from July 20.
Chertsey Radio Club was able to receive the signal and convert them into images using a Raspberry Pi 3.

Articles published and shared by AMSAT-UK

Press reports ISS success of Chertsey Radio Club 
The Surrey press report radio amateurs at the Chertsey Radio Club received test transmissions by two satellites inside the International Space Station (ISS). The club also received ISS Slow Scan Television images.
Read the article at

M0JFP's Recording of satellites Tanusha 1 and Tanusha 2 being tested inside the International space station and relayed via the 145.800 onboard radio. 

Join the build-a-thon (2/70 diplexer kit and homebrew satellite antenna)

M0JFP's LilacSat 1 and 2 Raspberry pi(3) experimental decoder image and M6SIG live CD install and usage instructions 

March edition of AMSAT magazine OSCAR news

Celebrating YOTA 2016 with the 6th Staines Scouts, cubs and Beavers (GB16YOTA)

Beginners Guide to Satellite operating

ISS SSTV on Baofeng Hand Held
QSSTV on the Raspberry Pi

How to work FM Satellites

Beginners (guide to satellite)

Thursday 17 August 2017

M/KG7VZD. Tim Walfords 'Gurney Slade' 80m AM transceiver build is under way.

Russian Space Walk #43 audio and pictures


- 003 showing zero. Can we make it?
- Yes, all's normal

Deploying TOMSK-TPU-120 satellite by hand from ISS

Deploying CubeSat Tanusha-SWSU-1, the RS6S call sign

Deploying CubeSat Tanusha-SWSU-2, the RS7S call sign

Audio at 16:38 UK time


- No, <...>
- Isn't it in the way? Looks liek it shouldn't.
- It probably shouldn't, but <...> is so short, maybe it's this <...> now not in the way at last
- Then let's take it off ... and move it to where it was

Signals received from Tanusha on Farnham Web SDR after launch.

Signals from Tomsk-TPU-120 from Farnham Web SDR

M0GIW David Ryan video / audio of the space walk #43

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Project Thomas Watch now has Ofcom Business Simple UK License issued

As part of our summer raffle, we are pleased to announce we have made enough money to purchase the Business Simple UK license for **Project Thomas Watch** today!
The license covers several bands and is valid for 5 years.

It is our hope that the UK wide license will help enable people on the autistic spectrum and their friends, family and carers (supporters) to allow an additional layer of communication, independence and security, using radios has helped one of our members Son's (Thomas) and given him some freedom to ride his bike around the block, also used on his recent holiday when he wanted to be inside whilst the family wanted to be out (in the sun!), or when he wanted to go to the toilet, or get food / drink on his own.

If you or someone you know is on the Autism spectrum, or could benefit from using our license please do reach out to us we are happy to help talk with you.

If you are interested in Project Thomas watch, or at licensing a radio project, please do get in contact with us as we would love to hear from you and may be able to help you out.