For Radio Amateurs

Basics

  • Call sign: HA5MASAT
  • TX frequency: 437.345 MHz
  • Modulation: CW (120 char/min.), 2-GFSK (625 and 1250 bit/s)
  • TX power: 100 and 400 mW

Register your station: join us with the reception of the first Hungarian satellite.

Register a radio amateur station»

Download the latest decoding SW and contribute to our operation. The SW automatically sends the received packets to our database.

Download client software»

For Doppler correction and antenna pointing, the orbit parameters are necessary. We use the website Celestrak for obtaining the Two Line Element data of the orbit.

Masat-1 TLE data (Celestrak)

Masat-1               
2012-006E               
1 38081U 12006E   12057.72669255  .00022080  00000-0  59203-3 0   395
2 38081  69.4891 208.8690 0777224  27.7023 336.3319 14.06012681  1864

Forwarding telemetry data

  1. Logging and forwarding of the received packets is done automatically by the decoder software.
  2. Forward reception reports, CW data and .wav files to the address.


  3. Currently, server-side data logging is implemented without real-time acknowledgements to the clients, despite the “Offline” notation which may have led to confusion. We are sorry about the inconvenience it may have caused. Until we implement real-time acknowledgement, you can see the daily number of packets received by amateurs in the bubbles on the map of the main page, and also in the Reception statistics page showing the number of incoming packets (update daily at 1:00 UTC). This way you can verify that we successfully received your packets. If you want to make sure we get the telemetry packets you receive by the SW, you can also mail the .log file in the folder of the SW to     Please keep in mind that the processing of packets sent via e-mail takes more time than those sent automatically by the SW. Please also save all the .log files to your computer as these might be needed later.

    Contents of reception report

    Name

    Callsign

    e-mail address

    skype contact (if desired)

    Location in GPS coordinates

    Time of acquisition of signal (UTC) (day:hour:minute:second)

    Time of loss of signal (UTC) (day:hour:minute:second)

    Frequency of signal (min-max if no Doppler correction was used)

    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?)

    CW data (if recieved)

    Packets recieved?

    Other comments

    TX modes

    The satellite’s TX and RX modes operate according to a pre-programmed schedule.

    Attention!
    If the satellite is within the coverage of Hungary, we often change the data rate to 1250 bits/sec. for file downloading purposes.

    Most of the times the satellite operates with a data rate of 625 bits/sec., according to the following schedule:

    In normal mode all subsystems’ data is refreshed with a new value on each pane in the decoding software.

    Minimum list of devices required for receiving Masat-1

    • antenna suitable for the 70 cm band (in open air, pointed towards the sky)
    • tuneable radio receiver with 70 cm SSB USB mode, such as FT-817, FT-897D, TS-2000, etc.
    • PC with sound card, running the telemetry packet decoder SW in JAVA environment.
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      A minimal arrangement of the receiving station

      The structure of a radio amateur station optimized for satellite reception

      On GFSK modulation

      2-GFSK is a 2-state Frequency Shift Keying (0 corresponds to the carrierr frequency, 1, corresponds to the frequency of carrier + deviation), but the modulating signal is not square, but Gaussian-filtered (to improve spectral efficiency and limit the occupied bandwidth). The data rate of the 2-GFSK data packets: 625 or 1250 bits/sec. (can be decoded by the decoding software). The following figure shows the modulating square signal, the Gaussian-filtered modulating signal and the frequency modulated signal (transmitted sequence 010111100010010):

      Masat-1 GFSK Transmission

      Masat-1 GFSK Transmission