[amsat-bb] Re: AO-27 questions -- so why the silence.

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Fri Nov 18 06:31:27 PST 2011

Hi Tom,

Just for the record, AO-27 is not an AMSAT bird, and AMSAT has no input or inside track into what goes on with the satellite. I know who the command stations are, but as long as the birds running, there really isn't IMO much reason to bug them.

>From my observations and experience, you really don't need a scheduler to work AO-27. It's neat, but superfluous. Right now the satellite is turning on a little further south than normal, somewhere around 25 degrees latitude. This drifts just a tad earlier/further south each day, until one of the command stations resets it. So, if you listen to a pass, note when and where it turns on, and now you know where and when to look tomorrow and even next week.

Keeping a satellite running is a lot of work, and I can only imagine it's tedious after 18 years. Webpages and widgets come second after that.

73, Drew KO4MA

-----Original Message-----
>From: Tom Schuessler <tjschuessler at verizon.net>
>Sent: Nov 18, 2011 8:48 AM
>To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
>Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-27 questions -- so why the silence.
>Several weeks ago I posted a question about the status of the AO-27 web site
>and the TOPR scheduling for that satellite.  Recently Clint Bradford K6LCS
>posed a similar question and got really no relevant response.  Can someone
>from AMSAT (or AMRAD) leadership give some insight into the state of that
>program and whether the turn on schedule is still running on times predicted
>via the AO-27 Scheduler program which cannot receive updates because of the
>lack of the ao27.org site.
>Please, no crickets chirping.  Be nice to have an explanation or guidance.
>Thanks, 73 and see you on the birds.
>Tom Schuessler N5HYP
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