[amsat-bb] Re: AO-10 and AO-16

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 03:42:33 PDT 2012

Hi Joe,

Actually, I checked on AO-16 last Saturday.  I didn't even get the transmitter to come on, let alone stay on.  It was a low pass, and I hope to check again in the next few weeks.  If you'll remember, the problem with keeping the satellite ON is temperature related.  If it gets lots of sun (little eclipse), it will be warm enough to remain on.  Otherwise, it won't...and the orbit is such that it doesn't get enough sun--and it probably won't for another 10 years or so.    But I check periodically.

About every week or two Drew KO4MA and I try to turn AO-51 back on.  My latest try was last Saturday.  Nothing heard.

IO-26 is still up there, and still humming; it needs to be turned on from time to time, so I do that.  But we haven't figured out how to run it in voice like we did with AO-16; it doesn't appear possible. 

Don't know about AO-10; I haven't listened for a while.  And I don't know if it is expected to come on without commanding (which I cannot do).


Mark N8MH

At 10:28 PM 9/6/2012 -0500, Gary \"Joe\" Mayfield wrote:
>Has anyone checked on AO-10 or AO-16 lately?
>Joe kk0sd
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