[amsat-bb] AO-16 update--for AMSAT NEWS Release
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Sun Dec 2 12:33:30 PST 2007
AO-16 PACSAT Update
December 3, 2007
After several months of silence, Amsat Oscar 16 (PACSAT) was commanded back
ON on November 8, 2007. The satellite is transmitting on TX A at 437.024
MHz (+/- Doppler). Please note this transmitter is LHCP (left hand circular
Recent attempts to reload the AO-16 satellite operating system and
housekeeping tasks have thus far been unsuccessful. Harold Price, NK6K, Jim
White, WD0E, Bruce Rahn, WB9ANQ, and Mark Hammond, N8MH are analyzing dumps
of the spacecraft memory. This analysis and additional testing will
continue for the next week or two before additional attempts to reload the
spacecraft are attempted.
AO-16 is, however, very alive and sending MBL telemetry! Thanks to all who
have submitted MBL telemetry data. Please continue to send your AO-16 MBL
telemetry files in KISS format to: telemetry AT quagliana DOT com. Thanks
to Douglas Quagliana, KA2UPW for serving as telemetry coordinator. The
AO-16 Command Team is especially interested in telemetry collected while
AO-16 transitions into and out of eclipse.
Announcement: Mike Rupprecht, DK3WN, has just released the AO-16 PACSAT
MBL telemetry decoder! This very fine decoder may be downloaded from:
www.dk3wn.info/files/ao16mbl.zip The program is intuitive, and the output
of the KISS telemetry files in graphic format is excellent. Now, AO-16
"telemetry hunters" can view the MBL telemetry files. Thank you, Mike,
DK3WN, for the speedy development and release of this useful telemetry tool.
Further announcements and updates from the AO-16 Command Team can be
expected in the coming weeks.
Submitted by Mark Hammond, N8MH (on behalf of the AO-16 Command Team).
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