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During the first month after orbit insertion, CSSWE will transmit a beacon once every 18 seconds. CSSWE uses an amateur frequency band, so this beacon can be heard by any amateur radio operator. The CSSWE team has created a beacon decoding software package to allow amateur operators to collect satellite beacons themselves – see below for instructions to download and run the package.  The following list will ensure amateur operators are prepared to hear CSSWE:

Callsign: CSSWE
Frequency: 437.349 MHz FM
Rate: 9600 baud
Modulation: GMSK
Period: 18 seconds
RF power output: 500 mW
Polarization: Linear (Horizontal)

Two-Line Element (TLE):