[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?)


Mark N8MH 

At 01:55 AM 9/8/2012 -0400, Douglas Quagliana wrote:
>Bob 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!
>Hi Bob,
>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.   :-)
>Bob continues:
>>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.
>Douglas KA2UPW/5
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