next panel meeting
The next IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel meeting will be on 5 April 2021. Submit your coordination requests NLT 3 April.
Soyuz‑2 Launch on 22 March 2021
The Soyuz‑2 LV was launched from Baikonur on 22 March 2021. The following satellites, operating in frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service have been coordinated by the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel:
Operating in frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service without IARU frequency coordination are BCCSat‑1 and KMSL. Additional satellites may follow.
Operating in frequency bands allocated to the amateur satellite service while the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel has declined coordination are UNISAT‑7 and WildTrackCube-Simba.
release from ISS on 14 March 2021
The following satellites, all coordinated by the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel, are planned to be released from ISS on 14 March 2021:
- GuaraniSat‑1 (BIRDS‑4)
- Maya‑2 (BIRDS‑4)
- Tsuru (BIRDS‑4)
New panel member
On 8 March 2021 Pierros Papadeas SV1QVE was added to the IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel.
After the PSLV C51 launch on 28 February 2021 the following uncoordinated satellites were detected in our 70cm band: SDSAT, GHRCESat, JITSat 1 and SSIETSat 1. The IARU satellite advisor discussed the matter with the responsible Administration and the national space research organisation. Both organsiations have agreed to do all they can to avoid recurrence.
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.
The IARU Amateur Satellite Advisor, assisted by a panel of experts, coordinate frequencies and advise satellite builders and prospective builders.
IARU Satellite Advisor
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T: p.….@me.com
- Graham Shirville, G3VZV: g.….@btinternet
- Sylvain Azarian, F4GKR: s.…..@gmail.com
- Pierros Papadeas, SV1QVE: s.…..@raag.org
- Andrew Glasbrenner, KO4MA: k.…@amsat.org
- Edson Pereira, PY2SDR: e.….@gmail.com
- Jonathan Remba, XE1BRX: jr.…@gmail.com
- Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN: m.….@mike-rupprecht.de
- Ray Soifer, W2RS: w.….@amsat.org
- Jan King, VK4GEY/W3GEY: j.….@eclipticenterprises.com
- Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV: h.….@intekom.co.za
- Lee McLamb, KT4TZ: k.….@cfl.rr.com
The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel typically meets every two to three weeks.
Coordination request version 40
On 15 May 2020 version 40 of the IARU Amateur Satellite Coordination Request came into effect. Earlier versions will no longer be accepted.
Frequency Coordination Status
Find the current frequency coordination status for new satellites.
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.
- Amateur Satellites
- 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