[amsat-bb] AO-16 Status Update

Mark L. Hammond n8mh at embarqmail.com
Thu Apr 10 12:01:19 PDT 2008

AO-16 Status Update 

April 10, 2008 


Hello All, 


AO-16 continues to operate well in its new voice configuration as follows: 

Uplink:       145.920 MHz FM 

Downlink: 437.026 MHz DSB (LSB and USB) 


After several months of continuous illumination, AO-16 is again experiencing short periods of eclipse. Recent telemetry indicates that the spacecraft temperatures are decreasing a bit as a result. 


As the eclipse periods of AO-16 continue to increase in the coming months, we must continue to monitor the spacecraft power budget.   Spacecraft control is now limited to the Microsat Boot Loader (MBL).   Therefore, the power budget of AO-16 is managed by varying manually the output power of the transmitter. 


Users of AO-16 are encouraged to report any aberrant operations by either posting to the AMSAT-BB or by emailing the command team at    n8mh at amsat.org    “Aberrant operations” might include the following:   complete loss of signal from the spacecraft or significant change in the transmitter frequency. 


We are grateful to see significant activity on AO-16! 


On behalf of the command team, 


Mark L. Hammond, N8MH 

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