[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 S band off

Colin Hurst cjhurst at bigpond.net.au
Mon Nov 2 17:14:36 PST 2009

I am not too sure what you are attempting to imply in your post.

First up there are 8 members of the operations group.
Their task is to analyse the numerous requests that are submitted to
ao-51modes at amsat.org and prepare a schedule in conjunction with the
command stations. On occasions it becomes nigh on impossible to facilitate
all the requests, so some are held over to the following month.
As you are aware that schedule is posted to the Amsat-NA site at
If there is a delay in posting to the Amsat-NA site, a post is made to the
amsat-bb, which Drew did on this occasion.

In respect to command stations there are currently two, plus and one in
Operating a command station is a dedicated and responsible task.
It also requires a commitment to be able to drop tasks at hand and attend
to daily commanding tasks and analysis, not to mention the training to
become a command station.

Your assertion that if Drew is not available, then the World stops is
totally incorrect.
In Drew's post that you have misunderstood, is that he was responsible for
executing the new mode changes. He stated that he encountered an equipment
problem and the remainder of the tasks would be executed over subsequent
passes. This was a totally responsible action on his behalf. The tasks that
were not fulfilled did not place AO-51 in jeopardy.

What you overlooked is that the Operations Group and the Command Stations
are all dedicated volunteers, and most work for a living. However we do
work as a team, day in, day out.

Best regards,
Colin VK5HI
Member AO-51 Operations Group.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org]On
> Behalf Of Luc Leblanc
> Sent: Monday, 2 November 2009 19:41
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Cc: eu-amsat at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 S band off
> On 1 Nov 2009 at 19:44, Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
> Date sent:      	Sun, 01 Nov 2009 19:44:38 -0500
> From:           	Andrew Glasbrenner <glasbrenner at mindspring.com>
> Subject:        	[amsat-bb]  AO-51 S band off
> To:             	Amsat-BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>, AO51 Modes
> <ao51-modes at amsat.org>
> > The S band transmitter is now off, and 435.150 telemetry is
> back on. The
> > L uplink is not yet back on for the PBBS. I had some temporary
> equipment
> > problems here and instead of risking getting halfway through
> some steps
> > and failing, I am stretching the mode change out over a few passes.
> >
> > 435.300 is back up to over 500 mw.
> >
> > The L uplink for the PBBS should be back on tomorrow, and the new
> > schedule should be posted by tomorrow night. Sorry for the delay.
> >
> > 73, Drew KO4MA
> As we can read on the AMSAT-NA web site there is an operation
> group who is supposed "to create the monthly schedule for the
> satellite. AO-
> 51" But who is on this command team? Why it take's on paper 5
> folks to create a schedule? Is theses same folks cannot also be able to
> command the satellite? It will reduced the work load for Drew as
> he seems to be the only one to cope with the all work load and
> if he's not
> available the world stops until he can resume his work on the satellite.
> Here is what it is written on AMSAT-NA web page
> "The AO-51 Operations Group is made up of Amsat Members who are
> also AO-51 users. The Operations Group works with the Command Team to
> create the monthly schedule for the satellite. AO-51 Operations
> Group is KO4MA, N8MH, OZ1MY, VK5HI, WA4SXM, N8BBQ, KD8CAO."
> PS. A team is normally made with 2 and more:)
> "-"
> Luc Leblanc VE2DWE
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