VIDEO. How to adjust your dish for QO-100 geostationary satellite:
Find Astra 28,2 degrees (strong signals in Northern Europe and Central Europe) with a low cost satfinder with sound / analog meter
This is one of the most eastern TV satellites that are very strong, so you can start east and move towards south until you find the first strong satellite on your satfinder (you should find Astra 28,2)
Now move a slight bit more to the south until you are out of the strong Ku band lobe of the Astra 28,2
You should point in the correct direction (elevation is the same in practice)
If you have a generic LNB the IF should be on 739,7 MHz. Your SDR should be able to tune to that QRG
There is a new Facebook group for Quatar Oscar 100 Geostationary Satellite. (QO-100, Es’Hailsat). Licensed radio amateurs are welcome to join via the link below! (Exclusively for licenced radio amateurs by the respective government administrations).
Members typically discuss equipment, design of equipment, antenna designs, post QSO videos and sound recordings etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/252645695661305/
The FO-29 satellite is active with a linear transponder. OZ9AEC has posted a nice video over at Youtube where he demonstrates the use of Funcube dongle and GNURADIO for acquiring and demodulating the signal from the satellite.
Many radio amateurs find it difficult to find the real-time operational status of amateur satellites. The AMSAT website is not very good at showing real-time status in my personal opinion. If you have been looking for a way of finding the status of the birds like me, head over to http://oscar.dcarr.org/ for a real-time status based on thousands of reports from radio amateurs all over the world.
Currently these satellites are active with transponders (FM / SSB / CW) : AO-7 (launched in the seventies!), AO-27, FO-29, SO-50, VO52