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Satellite Tracking II

Students who participate in the second step in the Satellite Tracking Program learn additional techniques for tracking satellites and designing and building equipment for radio operations. During this phase of the program, students earn their Federal Communications Commission’s General Class licenses, by which they will be able to transmit and receive signals on a wider range of frequency bands than the previously acquired Technician Class license.

Upon receiving this second license, students design and build a specialized VHF/UHF satellite antenna. Additionally, students learn how to perform more advanced skills such as formulating satellite link budget calculations and making antenna gain and pattern measurements on an antenna test range. As part of Satellite Tracing II, they also develop satellite-tracking logistics for the school’s satellite and learn International Morse Code.

Students achieve the following:
  • Learn additional FCC rules and regulations, as well as gain proficiency in Morse Code
  • Exercise intermediate level electronic fundamentals
  • Learn additional techniques about radio propagation 
  • Make antenna test patterns and gain measurements
  • Design and build a specialized VHF/UHF antenna
Equipment & Software:
  • Alinco Model DJ-G7 VHF/UHF Transceiver
  • Kenwood Model TS-2000x HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver
  • Student designed and built 2M and 70CM Satellite Antenna
  • M2 Model 2MCP22 2M and Model 436CP42 70CM Directional Satellite Antennas
  • HyGain Model TH-3 HF Tri-band Beam
  • MacDoppler™ Satellite Tracking Program
  • Elementary School 1450 Leigh Avenue
  • San Jose, CA 95125 408.559.4400
  • Junior High 100 Skyway Drive, Ste. 130
  • San Jose, CA 95111 408.513.2460
  • High School 100 Skyway Drive, Ste. 110
  • San Jose, CA 95111 408.513.2400
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