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Gateways

Regional SatGates

Due to the nature of Satellite communications, many stations that provide SatGate services do so on a part-time basis, when the Satellites are known to be relaying APRS data.

The table below lists the current known SatGates in Australia and thier status.

Callsign
Frequency
Speed
Location Comments
VK3JTM-5
145.825
1200
Ararat Operational - Full Time
         
VK6MJ
145.825
1200
Perth Operational - Full Time
VK7HSE-2
145.825
1200
Hobart Operational - Part Time
VK8MA-6
145.825
1200
Katherine Operational - Full Time
         

 

APRS via Satellite

How do we digipeat via the Satellites?

Easy! Simply set your standard APRS setup over to the Satellite frequency (Generally 145.825MHz Simplex), set your path and away you go. Remember however that because the satellites are in orbit, the window in which the satellite will be visible will be small.

LOW power is to be used - the satellites will hear you, in most cases even a Handheld will get in.

Please also be considerate to others wanting to try via the satellites. There will be other users within the satellite footprint trying to get in - most likely you will not hear them as they will be WELL beyond your horizon. Set your beacon interval to a reasonable time (90-120 seconds) to allow everyone a fair go.

APRS Path Settings

To work the satellites, your path must be set to digipeat via ARISS,SGATE,WIDE2-1
ARISS is a common alias used by the Satellites, and SGATE is required in order for a recieving SatGate to pass your position report into the terrestrial network, and WIDE2-1 is the path used once the beacon is in the terrestrial network, and should be enough to reach a normal VHF IGate.

HF Gateways

The following tables list the known operational HF Gateways in Australia and New Zealand

NOTE: Entries in ORANGE are not confirmed.

 

40m
"7036 LSB"

VK2IO-4
Sydney Secondary Net Station
VK2RQ-4
Sydney RX Only
VK4MDX-4
Townsville RX Only
VK5LY-4
Renmark Primary Net Station
VK7HSE-4
Kingston Full Time
VK7ZRO-4
Bothwell RX Only

 

30m
"10147.6 USB"

VK1IAN-1
Canberra RX Only
VK2HL-1
Sydney Part Time RX Only
VK2IO-4
Sydney Full Time
VK2OL-5
Sydney Full Time RX Only
VK2ZSZ-4
Queanbeyan Full Time RX Only
VK3MY-4
Melbourne Primary Net station
VK3OA-4
Portland RX Only
VK4AB-4
Ipswich Full Time
VK4DMI-4
Pine Rivers Secondary Net station
VK4MQ-5
Toowoomba Full Time RX Only
VK4UN-4 Tewantin Full Time
VK5LY-4
Renmark Full Time
VK6UZ-4
Perth RX Only
VK7DIK-4
Rosebery QRT?
VK7ZRO-4
Bothwell RX Only
VK8AB-4
Darwin QRT?
ZL3GR-4
Tauranga RX Only
ZL3REW-4
Ashburton QRT?

 

20m
"14103 LSB"

VK2IO-4 Sydney Primary Net station
VK2RQ-4 Sydney Part Time RX Only

 

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