[amsat-bb] OSCAR-11 Report
clivew at zetnet.co.uk
Thu Nov 15 03:38:49 PST 2007
15 November 2007
RECEPTION REPORTS REQUESTED!
Please send reception reports to xxxxx at amsat.org (please replace xxxxx by
g3cwv) or post to amsat-bb. If you are able to record the satellite as a
WAV file, please do so, but let me know what you have, before sending it!
If you need to hear what the satellite sounds like, please visit my website
www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/ The satellite transmits on 145.826 MHz. set
receiver to NBFM.
During the period 22 October to 15 November 2007 no signals have been
received from the satellite. However, Thomas HB9SKA has reported hearing
the satellite on 27 October, 18:00 UTC pass.
Eclipses have now started and are expected to continue until mid January
2008. Although the maximum duration of the current eclipses is less than
those earlier this year, it is doubtful whether the satellite will be heard
for any sustained period. While in continuous sunlight during September
and October the satellite was unable to support continuous operation.
It is likely than the satellite will only be heard by chance, by stations
listening for other satellites on 145.826 Mhz.
I am indebted to John N7ZL, John N3NKC, Thomas HB9SKA, and Peter ZL3TC, for
their reports. Many thanks.
The current status of the satellite, is that all the analogue telemetry
channels, 0 to 59 are zero, ie they have failed. The status channels 60 to
67 are still working. The real time clock is showing a large accumulated
error, although over short periods timekeeping is accurate to a few
seconds per month. The day of the month has a bit stuck at 'one' so the
day of the month may show an error of +40 days for some dates. The time
display has switched into 12 hour mode. Unfortunately, there is no AM/PM
indicator, since the time display format was designed for 24 hour mode.
More data is required to determine exactly when the date changes.
The spacecraft computer and active attitude control system have switched
OFF, ie. the satellite' attitude is controlled only by the passive gravity
boom gradient, and the satellite is free to spin at any speed. When
telemetry was last received it showed that one of the solar arrays had
failed, and there was a large unexplained current drain on the main 14 volt
bus. After 23 years in orbit the battery has undergone around 100,000
partial charge/discharge cycles, and observations suggest that it cannot
power the satellite during eclipses, or sometimes during periods of poor
The watchdog timer now operates on a 20 day cycle. The ON/OFF times have
tended to be very consistent. The average of many observations show this to
be 20.7 days, ie. 10.3 days ON followed by 10.4 days OFF. However, poor
solar attitude may result may result in a low 14 volt line supply, which
may cause the beacon to switch OFF prematurely, and reset the watchdog
timer cycle. When this occurs, the beacon is OFF for 20.7 days.
The Beacon frequencies are -
VHF 145.826 MHz. AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry
UHF 435.025 MHz. OFF
S-band 2401.5 MHz. OFF
Listeners to OSCAR-11 may be interested in visiting my website. If you need
to know what OSCAR-11 should sound like, there is a short audio clip for
you to hear. There is an example of the latest telemetry received from the
satellite. The website contains an archive of news & telemetry data. It
also contains details about using a soundcard or hardware demodulators for
data capture. There is software for capturing data, and decoding ASCII
telemetry. The URL is www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/
If you place this bulletin on a terrestrial packet network, please
use the bulletin identifier $BID:U2RPT139.CWV, to prevent duplication.
73 Clive G3CWV xxxxx at amsat.org (please replace xxxxx by g3cwv)
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