[amsat-bb] Re: General Telemetry Question

Alan wa4sca at gmail.com
Mon Dec 9 06:44:41 PST 2013


It is much more efficient in terms of the information transmitted, hence power and bandwidth, to use
the raw binary/hex for transmission.  It also saves the programming and memory in the satellite CPU.
The combination frees up resources which can be otherwise used.  It works well given the almost
universal availability of personal computers.  I recall, vaguely, there have been a few birds with
some "quick look, real people" data, but I may be in error.



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<Subject: [amsat-bb] General Telemetry Question
<I noticed over the years that satellite beacon downlinks transmit their
<telemetry in a form that must be translated by a telemetry app to their
<engineering values. Since the information is transmitted from 
<the satellites
<why not provide the engineering values in the downlink without 
<the extra
<step having to be done on the ground?  What is the logic of doing this?
<Dave Marthouse N2AAM 
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