Its been about 2 years since I last ran our clubs field day satellite
station. I use cw/ssb and it appears that AO 52 (hamsat) is the only one
available on 2 M and 432. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Is there much
activity on AO-52? I'm looking forward to working some of you.
The call will be W4IY and we should be on all passes available to us in
Thanks for any corrections.
Jack W4AD for W4IY
The SEA PAC hamfest is this weekend in Seaside, Oregon, USA. If you
plan to attend, please stop by the AMSAT booth in the commercial exhibit
area. Satellite-related books, software, and trinkets will be on sale.
We even have a couple of LVB tracker boards for sale.
Working the booth will be Wayne W9AE, Bob W7LRD, and Kim AC7YY.
See you there.
Wayne Estes W9AE
Oakland, Oregon, USA, CN83ik
In trying to maximize my satellite fun, I have realized that I have not
tried the packet mode yet.
So I set up my station for rx/tx on aprs. and using findu.com was able to
establish that all is working as far as the equipment goes. I can send and
receive packets fb.
So the past few days ( very casually ) I have tried to receive some packets
from the sats.. and I have not even been able to come up with a BLURP of
anything so far !
Upon further investigation I read somewhere that the sats use SSB packet ?
How is this possible with the Doppler and such? Or is it even true?
Any info would be great. Ide love to add digital sat operations to the list
of modes !
Steven J. Raas
QRV 2/432 , V/U U/V Sats & WSJT
Home Page & Sked Requests @ http://n2jdq2007.tripod.com/
AMSAT Member # 36396
Hi All I copied 1 packet on the (29) I don't know if it was gated or not
but if any body is interested the packet is copied below.
RAFT>BEACON,SGATE [05/29/2007 23:25:11]: <UI>:
Regards Rob Thirkettle ZL3RX
Dept Physics & Astronomy
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800,
Tel: +64 3 364 2510
Fax: +64 3 364 2469
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This side of the building where our office is located along with the
room that contains the AMSAT-UK webserver is being powered off
sometime tomorrow (2nd June) for essential electrical maintenance.
I dunno exactly when the power will go off and for how long, but I
will be closing the AMSAT-UK webserver down late tonight in
preparation for the poweroff.
The system should (?) reboot automatically when power is restored.
Bye for now, John
B39, Sackville Street Building
The University of Manchester
PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD
Skype: g1yyh-mac or g1yyh-ppc
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I hate being the guy to bring this up, but several guys pointed out tome at the club meeting tonight that on field day AO-51 will be runningas a "dual channel" FM satellite so the single contact Field Day rulewould not apply. I know this is not in the spirit of the rule - wouldit be possible to get a clarification out at this late of a date? Am I correct in assuming the spirit of the rule is to allow our clubone contact on mode J (V/U) and one contact on mode L (L/U) throughAO-51? While on the subject of Field Day rules *- if we were to work W1AW onSO-50 and then work W1AW on VO-52 (both are voice contacts). I believe this would count as 2 AMSAT Field Day voice QSOs, but onlyone ARRL Field Day QSO because "Satellite" is seen as a single "band" inthe ARRL rules, is this correct? Thanks and 73,Gary "Joe" Mayfield, kk0sdAmsat #21357
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PCSAT-1 is entering the full sun in the next day or so...
PCSAT-1 is fully recoverable *if* we can just find the right
time (and place) to send the commands. For the past 6 years, we
have always been able to fully recover PCSAT-1 during a full sun
period (during the Fall, Winter and Spring) because of favorable
sun angles on the -Z face.
We have never been successful during the Summer full sun periods
because the sun is in the Northern Hemisphere and our best solar
panel points the other way. In fact, monitoring 145.825 we hear
nothing from PCSAT-1 (W3ADO-1) (in the Northeren Hemisphere).
HOWEVER, I just realized that we have never really made an
all-out effort to try to revive PCSAT-1 in the Southern
Hemisphere, or mid latitudes during the Summer. Where we
commmand from can make all the difference since each latitude
sees PCSAT-1 at a different orientation during this full sun
period. We need to find the right one to get the 2 commands in
for a full recovery.
So, we are looking for stations not in the mid Northern
Latitudes to *monitor* 145.825 MHz for packets from W3ADO-1 in
other parts of the world. If you get any packets, let us know.
You might be in the right place. The http://pcsat.aprs.org
shows that none of the existing ground stations are hearing
W3ADO-1 right now. But then most of our ground stations are in
the Northern Hemisphere.
We only get one week to recover PCSAT-1. But if we recover it,
it usually last for a month.
All potential recovery passes are in the mid morning in the
Anyway, just something else to do if you have time...
US Naval Academy Satellite Lab