[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
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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