Just want to say thank you to you Jim and the team managing AO-73, I also
appreciate these status communications you have been providing.
I've enjoyed the exended operating schedule the last couple of weeks. Not
that I made tons of QSO's, but I've enjoyed getting on more than I
otherwise would have...
As for me, I was glad for the extended schedule for the first Anniversary
of AO-73 a few weeks back. (This was especially nice having had opportunity
to operate as W7O on AO-73 for the east coast passes on the
Also, I'm teaching Radio Merit Badge for our Boy Scout Troop and with my
portable Satellite station, It would be favorable be able to use AO-73 on
probably three Saturdays between now and March. Additionally, I've just
assembled a rotor for our Tampa Amateur Radio Club Satellite Station which
we're planning to show off at our upcoming Hamfest in a couple of
Weeks....late morning passes are prime for these activities.
We're grateful for the satellite resource you have provided ! It's been
nice tuning up and down the pass band and hearing several QSOs
simultaneously on occasion.
On Sunday, January 4, 2015, Andrew Glasbrenner <glasbrenner(a)mindspring.com>
I encourage the team to continue with the schedule as
is, for multiple
reasons. AO73 is the only transponder satellite with passes occurring in
the late morning and late evening hours at the moment, with AO7 and FO29 in
the early early morning and afternoon. For instance, AO73 will (hopefully)
provide the demonstrations in the morning for the Orlando Hamcation, as it
did last month for the Tampa Hamfest.
Additionally, I believe, based on my experience with managing AO-51
operations, that a consistent schedule of operation is essential when new
operators who may not be on -bb or other media are getting started. AO-73
is a great entry level transponder due to it's signal strength and mode,
and confusion from shifting schedules will reduce that usefulness.
To sum it up, it's great having it a available on the weekend mornings
with the current schedule.
Thanks for the team's dedication, and Happy New Year!
73, Drew KO4MA
Sent from my iPhone
On Jan 4, 2015, at 4:17 PM, Jim Heck
I have just switched (2110 UTC) FUNcube/AO73 into auto eclipse mode (so
transponder on when in darkness, full power beacon when in daylight)
We are considering NOT switching to full time transponder mode for the
months, as the sat is in darkness for most of the day in the N
hemisphere. Comments on this proposal would be welcome.
73s Jim G3WGM and the FUNcube team.
to all interested persons worldwide without
are solely those of the author, and do not
reflect the official views of
Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the
to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions
are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views of
Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program!
Subscription settings: http://amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb