[amsat-bb] PCSAT-1 Recovery and OPS
bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Sep 25 06:42:26 PDT 2006
Users please refrain from any packets TO or VIA W3ADO-1.
We are trying to recover PCSAT-1 (NO-44). We only have one shot
per day at a given lattitude and a given orbit when the sun
angles are just perfect.. We were trying to recover today and
would have been successful, but there were other signals on the
air. These packets consumed all available power while we were
trying to connnect the command link and made the link
We ask that ALL USERS not send any packets via the W3ADO-1
default callsign. This callsign means PCSAT-1 is in RESET
condition and is power negative. If we can recover it this
week, then PCSAT-1 will be useable for several weeks, but we
only have a few day window during which this recovery is
possible. This can only work if there is no contention on the
Please do not use W3ADO-1 in any way until it has been
receovered. If you see the callsign PCSAT-1, then you are
welcome to use it. But until then, we need every single packet
worth of power to try to get in on the command link and get it
set up for users.
So if it is using W3ADO-1, then that means it has not been set
to low power mode and has not been receoverd. If it is using
PCSAT-1, then that means we have turned it over to users.
I am glad to see users interested in using the bird. We are
hopeful that we can recover it this week and then maybe get a
few weeks of continuous use out of her. As always, unattended
beacons are not welcome at this time.
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