[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 short experiment

PA3GUO pa3guo at upcmail.nl
Mon Oct 25 08:43:40 PDT 2010

My 2 cents:

I like to have MORE APRS satellites, like PCSAT, RAFT, ANDE, ISS.
To my best knowledge we do not have an alternative for such services.

We do need to improve the usage / behaviour.

>From the RAFT days I recall:
- HAMs using 2 second interval beacons ( !! ) 
- HAMs abusing features in ISS APRS SW (UISS ??) that allows smart beaconing
   (as soon as satellite is in view launch a salvo of beacons)
   (cool feature - but it can be abused)

Unfortunately, it's just a limited amount of users, whom are difficult to reach.

Once I had the idea of a payload / mode in a satellite that would do just what
has been done on AO51: on a scheduled time, start a recording on a programmed
frequency, store the recording, be able to re-play or donwload.

Kind of like a iPOD + wide band scanner into a cubesat (Spy-In-Space).

We could use this as a 'debug' tool, and also demonstrate we do pro-active
'maintenance' on our bands and our own usage of those.

Just a thought. 
Most likely technically way-off & incorrect ...

Henk, PA3GUO

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