Following up on the 9612 and IC 910 problems: The diagnosis is the IC
910 had a problem, possibly caused by lightening, which damaged the FET
that provides PTT ground from the KPC 9612. I've sent the KPC to
Kantronics and the IC 910 to ICOM for repair. The 9612 Plus is a
current product and Kantronics will repair them. ICOM service centers
still repair the IC 910 but the person at the Washington center
indicated they may not for much longer. This is too bad because in my
view the 910 is still a great satellite rig.
I wanted to let all of you know that I will be activating K2BSA/5 for a
Radio Merit Badge workshop at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas
in EM12 on Saturday, September 13th. Unfortunately the only satellite
operation I will be able to do that day will be a 1545Z SO-50 western pass.
I would like to make a good show for the Scouts for the workshop that we
will have in tow so please keep this activity in mind and give us a shout.
I plan to have the Scouts shout back at you.
73 and see you then.
Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
Lo 75 is still operational in sun only and about ½ the time is putting
carrier only and the rest of the time it is operational. It is close to end
of life and you need to update the TLE every week
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Does anyone know the status of the Triton-1 and LO-75 satellites?
I was just on the Triton webpage and there were no updates. Any
information would be appreciated.
Dave Marthouse N2AAM
Here is our latest induction into some of the AMSAT awards community.
There is a pretty good batch since my last report.
The following have entered into the Satellite Communicators Club for
making their first satellite QSO.
Kelly Davis, KC3CGT
David Coutts, VE3KLX
Michael Parrott, N4MEP
Michael Jones, W6GYC
Richard Weil, KW0U
The following have earned their AMSAT Sexagesimal Award.
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, #166
The following have earned their Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI Award.
Hector Martinez, CO6CBF, #81 (Basic 1,000 plus endorsements through 4,000)
Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, #82
The following have earned their Robert W. Barbee Jr., W4AMI 5,000 Award.
Hector Martinez, CO6CBF, #31
To see all the awards visit http://www.amsat.org or
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
AMSAT Director Contests and Awards
ARRL Awards Manager (WAS, 5BWAS, VUCC), VE
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On an early morning FO-29 pass I was doing some SDR desense tests. I was
looking for an open spot to do the tests so as to not interfere with
anyone. I send a bunch of dots or dashes to check the downlink signal on
the SDR and identify myself with the call sign. There were some ssb
contacts going on and some CW so I had to move from time to time. It
seemed as if I was often in danger of interfering with a cw contact so I
would have to move frequently. The sdr latency is an issue when trying to
monitor your cw downlink. I heard my callsign on the downlink and thought
that a two second latency delay was a bit much. I finally figured out that
someone was calling me - it was the person that I had been trying to not
interfere with by moving away from his frequency. It was K9CIS. He deserves
an award for working someone who was not even trying to make a contact. He
is a very skilled operator who had no trouble with the fact that I was
operating without any Doppler correction and I had been jumping (not
swooping) around trying to stay off his frequency for some time. Well done.
73 W9KE Tom Doyle
Good morning from Tokyo!
ARTSAT1: INVADER (CO-77) decayed yesterday. It was only 186 days since
launch. However, we are so glad that many hams listen and report it.
ARTSAT team is now concentrating the next project, ARTSAT2: DESPATCH as
announced by JI1IZR last night.
We are continuously going to develop our concept and philosophy through the
creation of artworks using the data from INVADER and launch of next
deep-space amateur spacecrafts, DESPATCH. We would be grateful for your
Thanks again and all the best,
Akihiro Kubota, ARTSAT Project
The CubeSat Chasqui-1 features on page 44 of the September issue of the free publication Sat Magazine
I'm not to sure quite what these words mean "The satellite will have four monitoring sessions per day for a period of six months." but at least the satellite achieved lots of international publicity.
73 Trevor M5AKA