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73 . . . Steve, WB8IMY
AO-16 has been in its "voice mode" continuously for nearly a month now. Many thanks to all the users of this "new" bird!
It is time to pause voice operations long to receive some MBL telemetry (limited as it is, it's all we have). Around 0920 UTC on 17FEB08 I plan to return AO-16 to digital mode in order to receive some telemetry. If all goes as planned, it should be back to "voice mode" during the same pass. If not, I'll try to catch it on the 1056 UTC pass. Most of you will be asleep, so I don't think it will interfere with too many contacts.
Looking to the future, we can see that after several months of continuous illumination, AO-16 will begin to experience eclipse periods at the end of March. The eclipse periods will increase and extend through the summer. This may impact AO-16's power budget such that the transmitter output will have to be reduced in order to protect its 18 year old batteries. We'll know more after the eclipse periods begin in late March and early April.
In the meanwhile, enjoy AO-16 and her strong signals!
73 on behalf of the command team,
Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]
> I think the XO is a... ground breaking device.
> Did I get one? No, I realized that it is does
> not meet my needs and would end up in the
> closet or given away to a child...
Mine have done just that since Xmas, until today. ...
I couldn't find my shoulder bag big laptop and so on my way out the door, I grabbed one of the kids XO's so I could try it out for the 5 hours I would be sitting at the kids swim meet.
Sitting in the stands, I fired it up, and to my amazement wireless! bingo up came my favorite web pages, and then email. After reading email I went to edit some of my web pages. Flipped the screen around to tablet/book style so that the pages were long and I could read like a book. Holding the device in one hand with the nice finger holes provided.
Wow, what a neat way to access wireless, email, web pages, and live mobile APRS. Less than 1/2 the bulk of my big laptop, and only $200 at risk instead of the $1200 labtop.
I can't wait for the ham software to start working with it. Talk about portability... The ease of use, will assure that I will now probbly have the ham radio laptop apps with me more often than before since I will be more apt to carry the small XO at low risk then lug the big laptop.
And now that my kids see how easy the itnernet access was, I now have to buy my own XO, since now their inteerest has been re kindled and they do want to take them both back to school...
Its a poor question. Both B and C are correct if you make some assumptions that they are talking about a linear satellite. B is what causes C...
> E2A08 What is the primary reason for satellite
> users to limit their transmit ERP?
> A. For RF exposure safety
> B. Because the satellite transmitter output power
> is limited
> C. To avoid limiting the signal of the other users
> D. To avoid interfering with terrestrial QSOs
When i key the mike the needle does not move forward to indicate the power output level but instead moves to the left and bottoms out. I have set the drive output to various levels but it still fails to indicate power. I know it's putting out power because i can hit repeaters but it won't indicate it by the needle going forward. It goes in the opposite direction to the left. Any help will be appreciated., Thanks, Randy
I was on this morning for the pass you noted and made
3 contacts around 1350 UTC, there was plenty of
activity and the signal from the bird was strong. So
if you were listening at 435.3 mhz, plus or minus 10
for the doppler, and if your clock was correct,
something must be wrong somewhere. Your antenna is
not blocked by trees or anything, is it? And you are
hearing local 70cm repeaters with no problem?
73, Bill NZ5N
Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 08:40:19 -0600
From: "Kent R. Frazier" <k5knt(a)amsat.org>
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Newbie Here AO-51 Questions.
To: AMSAT-BB <amsat-bb(a)amsat.org>
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I listed the pass prediction for ISS, not AO-51. Here
is the correct
Online Satellite Pass Prediction for AO-51 this
29 Feb 08 13:58:51 00:13:47 20 44 110 179 14:12:38
I was trying to listen to both. I wanted to see if I
could hear the ISS
digipeater. AO-51 was tuned on one band and ISS on the
noise from either. I'll concentrate on AO-51 now until
I get a better
understanding of what is going on.
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Hello all, my name is Kent Frazier, K5KNT. I am just getting interested in
working amateur satellites. I just joined AMSAT on Tuesday, 26 February
2008. My current hardware is an Icom IC2720 dual band in my personal vehicle
with a Comet C767 dual band antenna. I also have an Icom IC-T22A 2-meter
hand held with a Diamond RH77CA antenna.
I've been trying to listen to passes of AO-51 over the last week.
Unfortunately, I haven't been able to hear anything since Monday, 25
February at approx 01:04 UTC (Saturday 24 FEB 19:04 CST). At that time, I
thought I heard the call W9CPV.
I'm currently using Satscape as my tracking software. My Gridsquare location
Are there other satellites I could monitor with the above equipment? Any
suggestions for making my first contact?
Kent R. Frazier, K5KNT
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Glad that you mentioned it - I was surprised that no one came up with this
comment which of course is the key player at the root of any tracking
I use "Atom Time Pro" - a free version (unregistered use ) is available for
those interested - - Yes I know that many other options are available for
Amsat - UK
Thanks for your query about LO-19.
Thanks to the good efferts of our AMSAT Operations VP, Drew KO4MA and his establishment of the right contacts, a few weeks ago I spent some time corresponding with the LUSAT/LO-19 team. They are a great bunch of hams, and they are (rightfully so) very proud of their "old" bird.
We came to the conclusion that the failure mode of LO-19 is quite different from that of AO-16, and that any change from its current state of CW telemetry would either be impossible, or sufficiently risky that it was best to "leave well enough alone." So, I think we can expect that LO-19 will continue to report CW telemetry for a long time. It's a great bird and its 18 years of continous operations is an amazing feat.
Drew KO4MA has been attempting contact with the WO-18 folks. DO-17 isn't such a likely candidate for doing much of anything...
Other thoughts...you can include IO-26 as being "nearly the same" as the original microsats, Oscars 16/17/18/19. In fact, I have started some preliminary testing of IO-26. The testing is especially slow, and it will take some time to sort out its current state (what works and what doesn't). Once we know that, we can begin to consider what function(s) IO-26 might serve. While we have no idea at the moment if it's feasible, in theory its hardware could permit being reconfigured like AO-16. We just don't know what our options are for now.
Rest assured, we're working on it :)
Mark Hammond N8MH
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:20:07 -0500
From: "John Marranca, Jr" < KB2HSH(a)amsat.org >
Subject: [amsat-bb] Configuring LUSAT-19 like AO-16???
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Good Afternoon, Everyone.
Last month, a question was posed about the possibility of reconfiguring
LUSAT/Oscar 19 in the "bent pipe" style that AO-16 is currently in. As I am
writing this, both AO-16 and LU-19 are overhead...and both have stellar
Is there any news/update as to whether or not this can be accomplished??
Upon reading the Satellite Handbook, it appears as though 16, 17, 18, and 19
were pretty much similar. If I am wrong, then I will stand as corrected,
but if 16 could be converted in such a fashion, what prevents 19?
Wishing for Spring!
Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]