31 August 2007
During the period 15 July to 31 August 2007, The satellite has remained silent. Eclipses finished on 20 August. Previous observations indicated that anytime after 10 August there would have been sufficient solar power to support continuous operation.
Owing to the lack of accurate timings, it is impossible to predict when sustained beacon operation will restart, although this is expected any day now. When the beacon starts it is expected to operate 10 days ON followed by 10 days OFF.
The satellite is now in continuous sunlight, and this will continue until 14 November, when a short eclipse season starts.
I have received one reception report, from Jim G3WGM, who heard weak signals at the end of a pass on 01 August. Many thanks JIM.
The Beacon frequencies are -
VHF 145.826 MHz. AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry
UHF 435.025 MHz. OFF
S-band 2401.5 MHz. OFF
Listeners to OSCAR-11 may be interested in visiting my website. The current monthly bulletin contains further details of the satellite's status. If you need to know what OSCAR-11 should sound like, there is a short audio clip for you to hear. The website contains an archive of news & telemetry data. It also contains details about using a soundcard or hardware demodulators for data capture. There is software for capturing data, and decoding ASCII telemetry. The URL is www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/
If you place this bulletin on a terrestrial packet network, please use the bulletin identifier $BID:U2RPT136.CWV, to prevent duplication.
73 Clive G3CWV [email protected] (please replace xxxxx by g3cwv)