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Ham Radio Rosetta tracking


Radio amateur: DIY Rosetta tracking

Amateur radio astronomer Bertrand Pinel, located near Castelnaudary, France, 65km from Toulouse, successfully tracked Rosetta on 21 January at 10:00 UTC using his home-rigged 3.5m dish antenna and radio receiver.

After receiving Rosetta's X-band signal, he kindly sent in these photos to document his success. He said he was as excited as a kid at Christmas while waiting for his own 'AOS' using his (mini) tracking station (Can we call it DSA4? – Ed).

ham radio Rosetta tracking

Thank you, Bertrand, for sharing your excellent work!

BTW: Bertrand's a relative expert at 'amateur' radio tracking; he most recently picked up the radio Doppler as ESA's Mars Express looped past Phobos on 29 December (read and listen via the MEX blog).

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