Talk:C-band Receiver Station

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I found about about UNITEC-1 via Southgate ARC. Interesting but there seemed to be long time until launch (20 May maybe).


Discussed the UNITEC-1 tracking with Scott OZ2ABA. We are considering and we will look for LNCs.


Kuhne has several LNCs for the 5.8 GHz band that cover the whole band from 5.6 to 5.9 GHz:

The first option is probably better due to lower cable losses – we have about 40 meters cable from the antenna feed to the control room.


Email from Mineo Wakita JE9PEL on AMSAT BB noting that the PLANET-C and UNITEC-1 launch date is now set for 17 May 2010 21:44:14 UTC. Time to get C-band gear ready!


Official kick-off. At the AMSAT OZ meeting today we agreed to proceed with the project and to inquire about the KU LNC 5659 C PRO down.converter. The LNC will be the property of AMSAT OZ. Using the 400-700 MHz version of the LNC we can use the existing cable going between the tower and the control room. First we try without any buffer amp between the LNC and receiver.

Sent inquiry to Kuhne.


Ordered KU LNC 5659 C PRO down-converter.


Made the first blog post about the project.


Received the LNC. Visual inspection OK, see video on YouTube or Ustream. Added photos to Picasa album.


  • Made blog post about LNC.
  • Brief chat with OZ2ABA about tracking accuracy we can achieve:
    • Hydraulic drive has optical encoders with resolution 0.05°. Az encoder connected, El encoder is not connected.
    • Temp stability of LNC: Measure temp profile in lab and equip LNC box with a thermometer
    • USRP: Use 10MHz Rb reference as input to 64MHz signal generator.