Licensed radio operators from AMSAT Philippines, a local group specializing in satellite communications, worked with STAMINA4SPACE to test the DIWATA2’s Amateur Radio Unit (ARU). The task involves testing the receiving and transmitting capabilities of the satellite’s on-board amateur radio equipment. It also includes determining the kinds of antennas that may be used and how well they work, the clarity of voice communication, and how much power is actually needed to access the satellite.
The testing effort lasted for two months (February to March 2019), requiring operators to track the satellite at it passes over the Philippines using a number of radio equipment and satellite antenna. Below is a video showing a successful contact between stations via the Diwata 2 satellite during its testing phase.
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