In the same way as for other space services, an API must be prepared and submitted to the ITU for satellite networks operating in the amateur-satellite service . Please note that the API is encouraged to be submitted to the ITU before requesting for frequency coordination with IARU.
Administrations authorizing space stations in the amateur-satellite service shall ensure that sufficient earth command stations are established before launch to ensure that any harmful interference caused by emissions from a station in the amateur-satellite service can be terminated immediately (see No. 25.11).
Amateur-satellite service is exempted from cost recovery fee, noting that, for a filing to benefit from this free of charge, there should be only one main service (EA) in the filing without any other services (e.g. EW, EH, ET) been presented.
The BR would like to remind Administrations preparing an API for the amateur satellite service that, to take into account possible change in frequency bands following the frequency coordination/consultation process with IARU, avoid submitting a very narrow frequency band at the API. If the frequency finally selected is outside of the band filed in the API, a new or mod API will have to be submitted.
· ITU-R CR/303 letter related to Amateur-satellite service
· Amateur and Amateur-satellite service Handbook