Can someone please tell me the launch date for Fox 1a . Is it this year.
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Subject: AMSAT-BB Digest, Vol 9, Issue 376
Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 12:00
Sorry about a typo last night..... my Twitter feed is @WD9EWK if
you use Twitter, or the web link to my feed is:
http://twitter.com/WD9EWK (without the "-9" at the end)
Too much APRS on my mind., before going to bed. A few people
pointed that out to me - thanks!
Any body on the list have a good idea what a G5400 new in the box is
worth? I've got one that has been opened but everything
is still in the plastic bags unopened. (verified everything was packed)
Thanks Mike KA7HBB
Of course that means it hasn't been connected up and tested yet also.
nearly as much as a 5400B... the 5400 (no B) does not have the 8 pin
DIN jack on the back to hook up an interface for computer control. It is
either a strictly manual control rotator or you would have to add your
own control lines, if that is possible. I don't know, I haven't seen the
5400 schematics. Not sure if the motors are the same between the two
versions and if you could look for a 5400B controller to go with it or
not. I know the 5600B is wired different and the 5500 is a wired like
the 5600B but with different connections.
NOW... if you just left
the 'B' off and you actually have a 5400B, the last 5400B I saw listed
went for about $400 in VGC. I paid $300 shipped for mine about a year
ago, but it needed a bit of refurbishing and there was a long line of
folks wanting it; I was the lucky first one to respond to a great deal. A
year or so ago, some sold for $500.
If it's a 5400B, new and
still packed with grease (not corroded) and known to be in proper working condition,
$500 would be my asking price to start out. But as always, something is
worth what the market will bear, not what was paid in the past. So... your mileage may vary. And if it's a 5400 (no B) you'd have to
find a buyer who doesn't care about computer control and see what you
Just one opinion... hopefully you will get a few more.
73, Kevin N4UFO
"Control is the need of the fearful mind. Trust is the need of the courageous heart."
After the Tucson Hamfest wraps up tomorrow, I am thinking about
driving home via grid DM32 south of Phoenix. I could work
some passes in the afternoon, possibly into the early evening.
If you want to try for a satellite QSO with DM32 tomorrow,
please e-mail me directly.
As with my other road trips, my travels should show up
on APRS. Look for WD9EWK-9 there, or use this link:
I also use Twitter to send out updates. You are welcome to
follow me (@WD9EWK), or if you don't do Twitter use this link
to read my Twitter updates:
Craig KL4E e-mailed a bunch of us, asking to pass along a bit of last-
KL4E will do a satellite demonstration from grid DM16 in
southern Nevada during the 1619-1627 UTC SO-50 pass
tomorrow morning. Please call Craig and be a part of his demo
if you hear him on.
Q: Amsat.org, celestrak.com, tle.info and a host of others provide TLE
lists for use with tracking programs. Which one should I use.
A: In my humble opinion - unless you are a beginner - none of them. This is
not a big deal but if you are interested in a simple alternative that puts
you in control of your lists take a look here
If this does not work for you check around as I am sure there must be many
other people who have created similar and possibly better programs for
doing this very simple task. It is early days for this program so let me
know how it goes.
73 W9KE Tom Doyle
I will have an AMSAT booth at the Tucson Hamfest in
southern Arizona this Saturday, 8 November 2014.
The hamfest will be at a school in the city of Marana,
about 20 miles/32km northwest of downtown Tucson
along the I-10 freeway. More information about the
hamfest is available at:
During the hamfest, on-air demonstrations of satellite
operating will be done. Either WD9EWK or K8YSE/7 will
be on the air from the hamfest site, in grid DM42jk,
throughout the morning. If you hear either of these
calls on the air Saturday morning, please call and be
a part of the demonstrations. I'll take care of QSLing
any QSOs with WD9EWK, and John will do the same for any
QSOs with K8YSE/7 at the hamfest. WD9EWK QSOs will be
uploaded to Logbook of the World.
Don't forget that the AMSAT web site has an updated
listing of events with an AMSAT presence. That listing
can be seen at:
Thanks to all who have posted in public forums and sent
me private e-mails about the upcoming W7O operation. I
am now ready to take sign-ups for those who would like
to operate as W7O during the 15-24 November (UTC time)
An important point regarding who can operate as W7O...
W7O can only be operated from US territory, where amateur
radio is regulated by the FCC. It cannot be used from
outside US territory, as these 1x1 special calls - just
like US club calls - are not covered by any of the
arrangements like CEPT, IARP, or other agreements between
the USA and other countries. I have been asked by some
non-USA hams who were interested in operating as xxx/W7O
or W7O/xxx in their countries. I'm sorry - this is not
For the HF/6m operating, I will take signups for one-
hour increments on the HF bands (excluding 60m) plus
6m, for CW, phone, and digital modes. For the 30m
band, only CW and digital modes. I am wanting to
avoid two stations operating on the same band/mode
combination as W7O at the same time. If you are
willing to operate for 2, 4 or more hours at one
time - please feel free to sign up for more
consecutive slots. Also, please let me know about
your HF station - rig(s), antenna(s), etc. If you
do sign up, please follow through with being on the
air at the specified times. Stations will be looking
for W7O on the different bands.
For the satellites, I am looking for operators in
different parts of the USA. In particular, operators
in the eastern USA capable of working Europe, north
Africa, and South America along with North America
will be welcomed. Other operators who are not able
to work other continents are also welcome, but there
has been interest from hams outside of North America
to work W7O on the satellites - especially AO-7. I
plan on working W7O on the satellites during weeknights
and as much as possible on the two weekends during this
10-day period, but would be happy to share the work
with others who may want to work as W7O during those
Operators would need to operate within the limits of
their amateur licenses. The W7O call does not grant
additional privileges to the operator. Operators are
required to give their personal call signs once per hour
when operating under a 1x1 special call. For example,
saying "W7O, operated by (operator's call)" would satisfy
this requirement. On the satellites with passes that
are typically 10 to 20 minutes in length, giving the
"W7O, operated by (operator's call)" announcement around
the midpoint of each pass worked would be a good thing.
Once I get some operating commitments from operators, I
will publish the schedule through a link on my WD9EWK
QRZ.com entry and my web page. This way, others will
know where and when to look for W7O during this 10-day
After the 24th, W7O operators would need to send me a
log of stations worked, with the usual bits of data -
date/UTC time, call, band (or bands, for satellite QSOs),
mode, and (for satellites) satellite name. I can handle
ADIF log files, Excel spreadsheets, text files, and logs
pasted into the body of e-mails. If you are not able to
send me a file in any of these formats, please let me
know, so we can work out a way to get the logs. Logs
will be uploaded to Logbook of the World, and I (WD9EWK)
will handle the QSL cards for W7O.
Please e-mail me directly if you're interested in operating
as W7O, or if you have any other questions about this