[amsat-bb] ARISSAT-1

Carl Rimmer W8KRF w8krf at w8krf.net
Thu Dec 29 14:03:15 PST 2011

I was able to copy ARISSat-1 during three passes today but as was 
mentioned in a previous bulletin, the signal seems much weaker, and I 
have had to correct the frequency often which means the keps are not up 
to date although I downloaded them this morning.  I just downloaded them 
again a few minutes ago and noticed a big change.  She was also in Low 
Power mode in full sunlight again.  I did work CW through her and heard 
my signal on the downlink but it was weak and warblely (if that is a 
word).  I am thinking it is tumbling quite a bit.  I am beginning to 
believe that the predictions for de-orbit on the 30th might be accurate.

I must say it has been fun and I hope we have all learned lessons from 
the experience.  I'll keep monitoring until it is confirmed that 
de-orbit has occurred.  I am looking forward to Hamcation in February so 
I can sit and chat (debrief) with all the fine people who put her up there.

*Carl W8KRF*

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