Next FARS Meeting – April

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday April 18 2016 at 1930h. For all meeting dates, times and locations, see the Meetings page.

Our presenter for this meeting will be Gareth Perry from the University of Calgary talking about the CASSIOPE/e-POP Project.

The CASSIOPE/e-POP satellite carries the following experiments;

– CAScade Smallsat Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) is a  made-in-Canada small satellite weighing 500 kg that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept 29, 2013 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It was launched into low-Earth orbit with a perigee of 325 km, an initial apogee of 1500 km, and an inclination of 81 degrees.

– CASSIOPE has two payloads: the Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) space weather payload, and a communications technology demo payload called Cascade.

– e-POP consists of 8 scientific instruments to study outflow of plasma from the Earth’s ionosphere, the aurora, and radio wave propagation in space.

– Cascade is a commercial payload built by MDA that is a demonstration of Ka-band technology for fast data downlink (> 350 Mbps).

– RRI is a radio receiver with four 3-meter antennas in a crossed dipole configuration. It measures wave electric fields in the 10 Hz to 18 MHz range with a 30 kHz bandwidth.

– CASSIOPE is operated by our group here at the University of Calgary through a network of ground stations in Antarctica, northern Canada, and Sweden.

For more information

We hope to see you there – come early for good seating!

Black Diamond 2m repeater back on-air

The Black Diamond repeater has returned to on-air status and is linked to the FARS Repeater Network.  The frequency is 145.430- and coverage is to the local Black Diamond Area.  Thanks to Dann VE6TD, Stephen VE6ORM, Rob VE6RDJ, Scott VA6OC, Vince VE6LK for their efforts.

New repeater added

A new affiliate repeater VE6VPD has been added.  It is located in Aldersyde and is at 145.470-.  It is the new home of the VE6LK IRLP node 1483.  This repeater is a joint effort between VE6LK, VA6DD and FARS.  This repeater is not linked to the network, however provides increased coverage for the VE6LK IRLP node serving the area.