First signals from UKube-1 amateur radio satellite

The UKube-1 amateur radio satellite was successfully launched on 8 July from Kazakhstan. Although the satellite was only about 5 degrees above the horizon on its first pass, I was able to receive the satellites CW beacon with my homebrew “Venetian Blind Yagi” made – as the name says – out of parts from an old venetian blind.

A more detailed story can be found on the Spaceport Scotland website.


Outside with the “Venetian Blind Yagi” receiving signals from the first pass of UKube-1


The spectrum of the received signal. The morse code means “Ukube-1 calling midori” – one of the UKube-1 status messages.

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