[amsat-bb] Re: Did something change on AO-51??

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Wed Oct 19 10:09:41 PDT 2011

Hi Jeff,

I assure you, nobody broke it on Monday :)    I simply had it in
telemetry mode in order to grab fresh telemetry (battery voltages,
temperatures, etc.).   The bird never went down; I simply changed from
voice, to digital, back to voice.

No change in the power was made, it's still running just under 1 watt (980 mW).

The crazy thing has been operating without a crash for what---10-12
weeks now?   I've lost track, which is a GREAT thing!  It's a real
surprise that the bird is running on only 4 out of the 6 original
cells in the battery, all the way through eclipse at full smoke.

It won't last forever...so enjoy it while it lasts!


Mark N8MH
AO-51 Command Station

On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM, Jeff Lamb <Jeff.Lamb at trin.net> wrote:
> Is it just me or has something happened to the power level on AO-51 recently? Ever since Frank & Clayton (K4FEG & W5PFG) 'broke' it Monday evening on the 2130Z pass (just kidding guys), my receive audio has been 'scratchy' like I'm not getting enough signal into the receiver. Nothing has changed on my end and though I usually run mobile, I was sitting in a parking lot for that pass instead of driving down the road, I'm just curious if anything got changed during the reset.
> AO-51 has been my favorite satellite since I got started doing them 2 1/2 years ago and I cringe every time she 'goes down' knowing that we may never hear from her again.
> Jeff Lamb,
> NX9B (EM66)
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