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ANS-294 AMSAT News Service Special Bulletin SumbandilaSat Designated as SO-67

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    AMSAT News Service Bulletin 294.01
    October 21, 2009

    BID: $ANS-294.01

    AMSAT's OSCAR Number Coordinator Bill Tynan, W3XO announced he has
    received an e-mail sent to the AMSAT-NA Board of Directors by Hans
    van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV, Secretary SA AMSAT requesting that an
    OSCAR number be allocated to SumbandilaSat.
    In the e-mail Hans states that the amateur radio transponder on
    SumbandilaSat was successfully switched on from the ground by ZS6BPZ
    during the test phase on Sunday 18 October 2009 and that several QSOs
    were made through the transponder.
    The amateur radio payload on SumbandilaSat was developed by SA AMSAT
    and incorporated by the University of Stellenbosch into the main pay-
    load. The SA AMSAT payload was officially coordinated through the
    IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel with an uplink of 145.880
    and downlink of 435.350 MHz
    Bill replied, "Therefore, by the authority vested in me by the
    AMSAT-NA President, I hereby designate this latest amateur radio
    satellite as SumbandilaSat Oscar 67 or SO-67. On behalf of AMSAT-NA
    and the world's amateur radio satellite community I congratulate those
    responsible for building, testing and launching this new satellite.
    May it have a long and successful life."
    [ANS thanks Bill Tynan, W3XO for the above information]
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