[amsat-bb] Re: APRS on ISS, PCSAT, and PCSAT2

Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR] kenneth.g.ransom at nasa.gov
Sat Sep 9 18:32:36 PDT 2006

ARISS in your path will work just fine for ISS and PCSAT2. It should work for PCSAT when it is fully operational but W3ADO-1 is required when PCSAT is not fully restored. Take a look at http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/pcsat.cgi under the recent activity text section and see if the beacon callsign is indicating W3ADO-1. If so, use that.
I use the same equipment you have and can make it but sometimes the ISS structure does block PCSAT2 since it is mounted near the large solar array. Take a bit of effort (persistence) at times but the beam helps.
Kenneth - N5VHO


From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org on behalf of Armour, Randy (ITS)
Sent: Sat 9/9/2006 4:55 PM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] APRS on ISS, PCSAT, and PCSAT2

I will apologize in advance as this question has probably been asked several times already.  I am attempting to digi-peat through PCSAT, and PCSAT2 with an Arrow handheld and Kenwood D7A.  Having no trouble using APRS on the ISS, I hope to be able to do the same with PCSAT and maybe even get through PCSAT2 before decommission.

I can decode packets from PCSAT and PCSAT2, but never get a packet through either system.  PCSAT had a 90 degree pass this morning, with no luck.  I am suspicious that my packet path is incorrect, or I don't have enough power to reach the receivers. 

Packet path is ARISS,APRSAT,SGATE,WIDE.  I was recently told that only ARISS was needed for PCSAT, PCSAT2, and ISS.  Having no luck yet and time growing short for PCSAT2, I am hoping to get a definitive answer from the list.  What is the correct packet path?  Can I make it with such limited equipment as a handheld beam and 6 watt HT?

Thanks in advance,

Randy - KI4LMR

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