The ANU-SSTL Amateur Ground Station was designed, developed and installed by the students of All Nation University in 2014. The ANU SSTL Ground Station has been licensed by the Ghana National Communication Authority (NCA) under the Ministry of Communications with authorized amateur license call sign: 9G2-AA.

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The Amateur ground station aims to:

  • Enable students to enhance their knowledge in space-ground satellite communication.
  • Track and communicate with Amateur radio satellites, research and educational satellites operating in the Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) in low earth orbit.
  • Enhance both institutional and industrial activities in the sub-region.

Soon after its launch, The Ground Station was able to achieve a number of important feats:

  • ANU SSTL made history by successfully tracking and receiving signal from the International Space Station (ISS) on 18th and 24th December 2014.
  • This was the first time a Sub-Saharan African University Ground Station designed and built by students was able to make contact with ISS.
  • ANU SSTL Ground Station was awarded a QSL (Contact Verification Card) from the ISS [Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) -QSL Card] for successfully decoding the Slow Scan Television (SSTV) Image of the Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko from the ISS.
  • The Ground station successfully tracked and received QSL Card from the Japanese SPROUT and HORYU-IV Satellites and has tracked many other satellites that passes over the Sub-Saharan region.

Ground Station coordinates and information:

  • Call Sign: 9G2AA
  • Latitude: 6° 6¹  33.87 N
  • Longitude: 0° 18¹   7.41 W
  • ITU Zone: 46
  • ITU Region 1
  • Grid Location : 1J96UC

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