Satellites and the ISS

Satellite-active hams compose a relatively small segment of our hobby, primarily because of an unfortunate fiction that has been circulating for many years—the myth that operating through amateur satellites is overly difficult and expensive.

Like any other facet of Amateur Radio, satellite hamming is as expensive as you allow it to become. If you want to equip your home with a satellite communication station that would make a NASA engineer blush, it will be expensive. If you want to simply communicate with a few low-Earth-orbiting birds using less than state of the art gear, a satellite station is no more expensive than a typical HF or VHF setup. In many cases you can communicate with satellites using your present station equipment—no additional purchases are necessary.

Why not join YRARC and learn more about this fascinating part of amateur radio.