I am relatively inexperienced when it comes to sorting through the SatNOGS observations page. I figured it would be a good idea to start this discussion in the observations tab in case someone can help me.
I am part of a cubesat startup called UA Space and I am walking through the steps of filing for a frequency assignment. With our current satellite design, I am not sure that we will qualify with the IARU to use amateur radio frequencies in the UHF band for our satellite project (435-438MHz range) since we are not planning to add a transponder to our satellite. I was expecting to still go through the route of filing with IARU since the SatNOGS network has so many satellites and ground stations tuned to that range, but after reading through some forum posts (one linked below), Cubesat 101 (pages 44-48), and not hearing back from some contacts I had found in IARU, I am investigating just filing for an experimental license using special temporary authority (STA) using the UHF band (401 and 406 MHz based on the page 28 in the FCC Online Table of Frequency Allocations).
I am trying to find ground stations and satellites that might have used the UHF band outside of the amateur band, because we want to increase our chances of making observations by having multiple ground stations capable of receiving in this range. If anyone can provide some guidance or feedback on this approach, that would be very much appreciated. I hoping that someone might have already had a similar discussion in another post and that you could redirect me to it.
Command and Data Handling Team Lead
Continuing the discussion from Many satellite offer no perceived benefit for HAM radio:
IARU page for Amateur Radio Satellite Frequency Coordination
FCC ONLINE TABLE OF FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS