Amateur Radio Satellite Frequency Coordination
Since 1961, radio amateurs have been responsible for creating a constellation of some 150 orbiting space satellites. As the number of satellites increases, both amateur, commercial and governmental, the need for proper coordination of operating frequencies becomes critical.
The IARU satellite frequency coordination panel acts as the focus for coordination of operating frequencies for amateur satellites. Here you will find a comprehensive set of pages giving the background to IARU’s work and giving guidance on applying for frequency coordination.
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T is the IARU Amateur Satellite Advisor. A panel of experts assists him in coordinating frequencies and advising satellite builders and prospective builders.
Ray Soifer, W2RS: w.….@amsat.org
Jan King, VK4GEY/W3GEY: j.….@eclipticenterprises.com
Norbert Notthoff, DF5DP: d.….@amsat.org
Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV: h.….@intekom.co.za
Lee McLamb, KT4TZ: k.….@cfl.rr.com
Next panel meeting
The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel typically meets every two to three weeks. The next panel meeting will be held on 16 March 2020. Coordination requests for consideration at that meeting should be received no later than 14 February 2020.
Coordination request version 39
On 3 September 2018 version 39 of the IARU Amateur Satellite Coordination Request came into effect. The previous versions can no longer be used.
Short information paper
A short information paper is available, providing basic information for IARU Member societies, who act as the Point of Contact for individual amateurs and educational institutes who wish to operate a space station operating in bands allocated to the amateur-satellite service. This should be read in conjunction with the more detailed information available.
IARU aligns Satellite Coordination Guidelines with ITU WRC-15 Decisions
Effective 1 August 2017 the IARU will be following revised guidelines for satellite frequency coordination. See the news release.
There is only one Frequency Coordination Request Form. Make sure to use V39.
- Amateur Satellites
- Instructions for frequency Coordination Request (PDF)
- Satellite Frequency Coordination in the Two-Metre Band [PDF]
- Controlling Satellites [PDF]
- ITU filing procedures for small satellites, including Amateur Radio Satellites can be found on the ITU web Besides general information about the amateur satellite service the ITU web contains helpfiles and tutorials including
- the API Data capture and validation wizard
- the Notification Data capture and validation wizard
- the BR Registration Tutorial
Frequency Coordination Status
Find the current frequency coordination status for new satellites.