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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.

Advisory Panel

IARU Satellite Advisor
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2Tp.…

Region 1
Graham Shirville, G3VZVg.….@btinternet
Mike Rupprecht, DK3WNm.…

Region 2
Andrew Glasbrenner, KO4MAk.…
Edson Pereira, PY2SDR: e.…

Region 3
Shizuo Endo, JE1MUIs.…
Dale Hughes, VK1DSHd.…

Special Advisors
Ray Soifer, W2RSw.…
Jan King, VK4GEY/W3GEY: j.…
Norbert Notthoff, DF5DPd.…
Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKVh.… 
Lee McLamb, KT4TZ: k.…

Next panel meeting
The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel typically meets every two to three weeks. The next panel meeting will be held on 29 June 2020. Coordination requests for consideration at that meeting should be received no later than 27 June 2020. 

Coordination request version 40
On 15 May 2020 version 40 of the IARU Amateur Satellite Coordination Request came into effect. Version 39 may be used until 1 August 2020.

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 V40.


Frequency Coordination Status
Find the current frequency coordination status for new satellites.

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