[amsat-bb] Re: RAFT Packet Operator assistance needed
quadpugh at bellsouth.net
Tue Apr 24 04:07:27 PDT 2007
In about a week the CAPE team work load will drop off and we will be able to
help. In the mean time we can on a night or two send a few commands to the
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 12:32 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] RAFT Packet Operator assistance needed
> We need AMSAT operator help with the RAFT satellite Test.
> We need somone with a 2m beam and familiarity with packet that
> lives in the Southern USA from Arizona to Georgia (AZ, NM, TX,
> OK, MS, ALA, GA).
> RAFT is at its mission life time half-way point, and we have not
> been able to find anyone in the above footprint to help us
> conduct the primary mission which was for the satellite to
> detect its own passing through the DOD's radar fence. When it
> flies through the North American Space-Object fan beam, we
> should hear about 1 second tone that anyone can hear on the
> Due to its low orbit and small footprint, turning on the Radar
> Transponder can only be done in the shared footprint between the
> radar transmitter in North Texas and the command station. The
> ideal command station has
> these atributes:
> 1) Lives in AZ, NM, TX, OK, AK, LA, MS, AL, GA, W.FLA
> 2) A reasonable 2m beam for ops on 145.825
> 3) A packet TNC
> 4) A familiarity with dumb-terminal TNC operations such as
> A. Connections, Converse, UNPROTO, etc
> B. Remote sysop logon to a Kantronics TNC
> The objective of these southern command stations is to logon,
> send the command to activate the RAFT Radar receiver for 1
> minute in anticipation of passing through the fence. Then
> hopefully recording any audio heard on the downlink (145.825).
> Of course, once the radar receiver is on, everyone in the
> footprint should be able to hear it.
> For info, see the ANDE-RAFT operations page:
> Several AMSAT hams built this tiny Radar receiver as a possible
> common device for all future HAMsats, and we would like to get
> feedback on its performance. But they all live up North. If
> you have a beam and familiarity with TNC's please let us know.
> Bob, WB4APR.
> US Naval Academy Satellite Lab
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