Also in GB2RS this week…

| May 8, 2015

AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL have announced that a new FUNcube communications package, based on the British-designed FUNcube-1, has been selected as a major payload for the Nayif-1 CubeSat mission. This 1U mission is intended to provide Emirati students with a tool to design and test systems in space. It is being developed by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology in partnership with American University of Sharjah. It is expected that this payload will provide a large amount of valuable environmental data from space together with a new, enhanced, UHF to VHF linear transponder. The launch is scheduled to take place towards the end of this year.

Thanks to the efforts of the Computer Association of Nepal-USA, a repeater that the group had donated to Tribhuvan University in Nepal was released from customs on the 5th of May and now is at the University in the care of Sanjeeb, 9N1SP. As Nepal responds to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, amateur radio has been playing a key role in the recovery effort. This role has been to provide communication for responders working in more remote regions as well as to help in locating missing people. It also has served to convey information about casualties.

The Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group have entered for the 2015 Aviva Community Fund awards and need as many votes as possible for their Solar Power Project to get a funding award, so they are asking you to help. The Group runs six beacons and five repeaters, and needs to offset their electricity bill by using solar power. One of the repeaters is for the Cornwall Search and Rescue Team and the Aviva Fund entry highlights the rescue team using this repeater. Everyone has ten votes, and you can give them all to this project by following the link on their website at before voting closes on the 30th of May.

ATDI is running its annual competition that will give engineering graduates and undergraduates the opportunity to show their knowledge as well as the chance to win valuable prizes, including paid internships at ATDI. The theme of this year’s contest is white space network deployments. The competition opened on the 1st of May and will be judged by an international panel of experts. First prize is 10,000 euros, a one-year licence for ATDI’s leading planning and modelling software, an internship with ATDI and an opportunity to become an ATDI certified trainer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. All the information you need to enter is at

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