The Extraordinary History of Amateur Radio Satellites

Here’s a startling fact — more than 70 Amateur Radio satellites have been launched over four decades.

The number is astonishing as these sophisticated and groundbreaking spacecraft are little known outside the ham radio fraternity.

In fact, private groups of Amateur Radio operators around the globe have built and sent dozens and dozens of Amateur Radio communications and science satellites to orbit since the first, OSCAR-1, was launched on December 12, 1961.

The major group involved in space activity is the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) headquartered at Washington, D.C. It’s membership is composed of volunteer spacecraft designers, builders and operators across America and around the world.

Find out more about the Extraordinary History of Amateur Radio Satellites at

A fantastic read for anyone who is considering learning about communications via Amateur Radio Satellites. It gives you the history you need to know on Amateur Radio Satellites before you start!!

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