[amsat-bb] Re: IO-26 as digital EMAIL relay?
Mark L. Hammond
marklhammond at gmail.com
Sat Sep 8 17:07:24 PDT 2012
IO-26 will apparently no longer run the PACSAT software. It's in MBL mode and doesn't have any sort of PACSAT file system software, etc. Same issue with AO-16 when it was warm enough to try to resurrect; some type of hardware issue that prevents it from running (memory? memory controller?)
At 01:55 AM 9/8/2012 -0400, Douglas Quagliana wrote:
>>In the old days, it required everyone to get a $300 modem and use an
>>rig on the downlink. But the Uplink is FM. SO anyone can transmit.
>>these days, somone I am sure has already written the sound-card
>>the manchester uplink!
>I wrote that program to generate the Manchester uplink on a soundcard
>about ten years ago. The program is called UPW for "Uplink to Pacsats
>for Windows" and it's at
>if anyone is still interested in it. UPW will generate the proper 1200 baud
>AX.25 APRS packet with NRZI and Manchester encoding suitable for
>feeding to the microphone of an FM transmitter. UPW is also mentioned
>on your APRS ASTARS page. :-)
>>But if it is a pacsat, can't it act as a digipeater if you just set
>the DIGI bit to on?
>I think there's more to digipeating than just setting the digi bit. I believe
>IO-26 is still in MBL mode or something similar. I am pretty sure the
>satellite is not running the full PACSAT BBS software which was needed
>to digipeat AX25 packets, but I'll defer to Mark, N8MH, on the specifics of
>the current status of IO-26.
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