It appears XW-2C is experiencing "issues."
The CW beacon, the transponder and the telemetry are very erratic. The transponder is on very briefly during breaks in the
telemetry transmissions. The CW beacon hardly gets a single dit out.
May have battery problems.
Glenn / AA5PK
Has anyone renewed their ham license recently. I renewed mine online and it
appeared to work.
I received two very official looking letters from the FCC within a week of
submitting the application.
First one was "Ref: CORES Registration Update".
Second one was "Ref: PSQ Request for your CORES FRN:xxxxxxxxx". This letter
"Entity Type: INDIVIDUAL ENTITY" which is reassuring.
Neither letter indicates anything is wrong nor does it mention anything
about a license. I realize that the federal government is drowning in the
paper work mess they have created to give them something to do but this is
a bit much.
Do they ever send you an actual paper license ? I need to send a copy to
the DMV to renew my ham plates. It has been almost 4 weeks. I sent in a
request for duplicate license after three weeks.
TNX W9KE Tom Doyle
If you participated in Field Day and you plan on submitting your group's
score, you have until 23:59 PM on Monday, July 11th to get those
submission sheets in to me. AMSAT's deadline is sooner than the ARRL
deadline for Field Day.
Send them to kk5do(a)amsat.org or kk5do(a)arrl.net. I will send a reply
email when I have received them (usually that day or the next day). If
you do not receive an email that I have received your submission, try
again. Sometimes electrons in free space are lost for no apparent reason.
I will be at a conference all day Monday and might not have a chance to
send your confirmation email until the evening.
Bruce Paige, KK5DO
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I'll work two more satellite passes from the DM66/67 grid line today, July
7, concluding operations from the mountains of Southern Colorado.
FO-29 at 17:32 UTC
SO-50 at 20:17 UTC
I will QSL regardless of the designator you use for these satellites. :-)
I’m beginning to realize the problems we have in AMSAT-BB and other
reflectors communication is caused by the bifurcation of email into two
categories. Email and Texts.
We see the problem crop up daily… One liner posts that make no sense and
have no context, and long emails that few take the time to digest before
fat-fingering a one line response.
It is frustrating to have a complex problem being addressed by a
multi-paragraph email discussing all the options and permutations and
considerations and background on a problem and then having spent an hour
presenting a well laid out treatise on the issues, to have the response
come back as a fat finger “yes” or “no”.
You can see it in the emails. The one-line TEXTS which have given the
issue about as much thought as an eye blink. Or that was digested on a
smart phone while walking across the street.
I’m not complaining, just observing. Hence the first line of my email
above. Giving the recipient a heads up that this email is not a knee jerk
shot from the hip TEXT.
Wouldn’t it be nice if EMAILS could generally only be read on full screen
PC’s and all concise TEXTs are displayed only on tiny 2” screens. That
would force the sender and receiver into the same “communications
environment” to better understand the context.
Just a thought.
> It takes approximately 20 seconds to memorize a table
> of both the old and new designations and the frequencies
> they represent. Just learn them and move on.
Easy for you to say. I've been in AMSAT and worked lots of the birds for
40 years and still would have to look up any of them to be sure. I know A
is 29 MHz down, but what uplink?
I know mode J is 435 down and 2m up. And I think mode B is the opposite.
But even those I have to look up TO MAKE SURE. Then there is K, KN, KS,
X, C, Ka, Ku, L, S (which S?)
Why should I have to look anything up, if we would just ID the frequency
band in the first place.
> A few letters to represent frequencies isn't a big deal.
Depends on how old you are and how stubborn. Im' at the end of the scale
I thought AMSAT was moving away from Modes A, B, J, etc, but they seem
too entrenched and still appear in current pubs. Regardless, the band
designations, loosely based on microwave band designators (later
"codified" by IEEE), were for whatever reason interesting to me so I
made a chart. It started out as just the microwaves ... then I added
the satellite stuff ... then I added the stuff that is microwave, but
non-amateur/non-satellite but in the same neighborhood.
It's mostly microwave-centric but I put all the FCC bands designated
for space station use in there, too, and as some of you know, that
goes down as low as 40 m (which is *not* microwave :-) ).
Anyway, the only "name space collision" between AMSAT designators and
IEEE designators is the AMSAT R band (47000 - 47200 MHz), which is
part of the IEEE V band (40000 - 75000 MHz). That happens because
AMSAT's V band is 144 - 146 MHz.
The only other anomaly is that we amateurs have two allocations within
the what the IEEE calls the S-band (2000 - 4000 MHz), which are 2400 -
2450 MHz (13 cm) and 3400 - 3410 MHz (9 cm) -- both ham bands are
wider but these are the FCC space station allocations. I've seen the
amateur allocation at 9 cm referred to as "S2" but I don't know how
official that is.
Anyway, I keep stumbling on allocations that seem relevant so I keep
adding them. I need to add the historical notes, too, like where the
K and X letters came from as well as the
"hopefully-but-not-quite-yet-obsolete" satellite mode designators.
Some of that info is linked to the page.
Looking forward to the Mode CX satellites ...
Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!
>Count me in STRONGLY for FREQUENCY, not even meters and centimeters. My
> radio front panel reads in MHZ, not meters or centimeters. And absolutely
> none of the alphabet soup.
> Bob, WB4APR
> Getting older and more forgetful every day...
I agree with Bob, especially the part about getting older and more