Students at the Ivy League Brown University are developing an amateur radio satellite EQUiSat that will carry a Xenon Flash Tube (XFT) subsystem to act as an Optical Beacon that should be visible to the unaided eye of observers on Earth.
73 Trevor M5AKA
Has anyone located a driver for the LVB Tracker internal USB to serial
port adapter on Windows 7 x64?
If not, has anyone reverted to the serial port connection on LVB Tracker
and used an external USB to serial port adapter successfully with
SatPC32 on Windows 7 x64?
I have an Edgeport multiple USB to serial port that has drivers for
Windows 7 x64 that I will use if I have to. I would prefer using the LVB
Tracker with its USB to serial adapter if someone has another solution.
Here is a quick AO-16 update. On Sunday I turned AO-16 long enough to
get some telemetry packets. The satellite would remain on for less
than one minute after being commanded on. A quick test of the "bent
pipe" voice mode repeater was successful. . The "hardware watchdog
timer problem" is still evident; as expected, spacecraft temperatures
are insufficient to keep the transmitter ON (needs to be above 15 deg
Orbit projections suggest that satellite illumination conditions will
not result in increased temperatures for nearly 10 years. Command
stations do periodically turn AO-16 "ON" to check on its condition and
see if the hardware timer problem has "automagically" fixed itself
(which in not anticipated, but who knows...).
3 Oct 2010 1838 utc
PACSAT MBL Telemetry Decoder Ver. 1.3 (c) Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN
+10V Battery Bus : 0.00 V
Battery Charge Reg : 0.55 mA
Base Temp : 9.07 °C
PSK RF Out : 1.90 W
+5V RX Bus : 4.87 V
+8.5V RX Bus : 8.49 V
+10V RX Bus : 11.24 V
Here is another teaser :) Several months ago I commanded the AO-16
S-band transmitter ON; it too remains functional (albeit weak), and
was received by me, Drew KO4MA, and Alan WA4SCA.
Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]
Dear friends from University of loisiana in Lafayette,
Your bird was heard in the North of France when flying over Oran
(Algeria), orbit number 204, especially the CW beacon (on 145.823 MHz +-
Doppler) between 12:12:52 and 12:13:06 UTC, content was "EUL CAPE 2 OR
UF231". The signal was somewhat chirpy, but it's exactly the sound which
the real lover of CW like above all. Really ! :-)
The signal to noise ratio is not too good because I'm using an old AM/FM
scanner from the 80s heterodyned by my medium wave homebrew transmitter
fitted with a 456.9 Xtal. The antenna was a vertical half-wave inside the
The next orbit, number 205, was heard too, with the CW beacon affected
at that time by a hoarse voice and suffering from a strong fadding. So I'm
not absolutly sure, poor lonesome telegraphist, of my human decoding,
"M5UL CAPE 2 ÜR 5045", something like that. It was over the East coast of
Spain, between 12:12:52 and 12:13:06 :
Congratulation to the Cajun Advanced Picosat Experiment team from France !
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The Alinco DJ-G7 claims to be full-duplex capable. Anybody have thoughts on
On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM, D. Craig Fox <DFox(a)rwglaw.com> wrote:
> All of the foregoing responses express valid approaches. One thing to keep
> in mind if going the HT approach, is the long term reliability of the
> radio. The fact that there are still so many Icoms, Kenwoods, Yaesus out
> there is evidence of their long term reliability. Perhaps the inexpensive
> Chinese radios will stand the test of time- maybe not. But for very little
> more than the cost of two of the new cheap radios, you can have a full
> duplex HT. As others have said, there is no real substitute for hearing
> your downlink. I happen to like my full duplex Kenwood D7 because of its
> on board TNC giving me the ability to communicate through the ISS
> digipeater as I point my elk antenna while watching it go by. Way cool
> If you get really bitten by the sat bug like most of us, you will
> eventually want a full duplex, all function transceiver to enable you to
> work the linear (rd: low stress, high fun) satellites. Consider saving up
> for that instead.
> Just my $.02
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Just to advise that FUNcube-1 AO73 has just (at approx 1905UTC) been commanded into continuous amateur mode for the holiday weekend. We expect to change it back to autonomous mode on Monday 6th evening.
Today I got a surprise in the mail.
The ARRL sent me two commemorative medallions mounted in a plexiglass
display which is engraved "NR0T was W1AW/MN"
Very sharp looking addition to the shack.
I worked only Satellite QSOs on both of the Minnesota weeks.
It is a beautiful commemorative gift and caught me totally by surprised.
Thank you ARRL!
grid = EN34it
Memeber of the following organizations:
ARRL Life Memeber
Minnesota Wireless Association
Twin Cities DX Association
Just confirm that FUNcube-1 was commanded into amateur mode at approx 10:54UTC this morning as planned for the weekend.
It is likely that the normal switch back to autonomous operation will not take place until one of the Monday (June 1st) morning passes.
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