[amsat-bb] Re: FUNCUBE-1/AO-73 reception issue

Rick Walter wb3csy at gmail.com
Fri Nov 22 14:17:38 PST 2013

Duh! Brain fade Steve. That pass is 2:36 UTC. Also the first things I
mentioned I watch are on the left bottom for the screen.


On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM, Rick Walter <wb3csy at gmail.com> wrote:

> Steve, I don't know if I can help. I am using a Kenwood TS 2000 X with an
> interface to go between the audio output in the back of the rig to the
> input of my HP laptop. I just have an M squared eggbeater without any
> pre-amp for receive.
>  My tracking software is SatPC32 to correct for the doppler effect. I only
> touched up the downlink a couple of times on each of the two passes I
> recorded and uplinked to the warehouse (147 frames).
> I Load SatPC32, have it running, Load the dashboard software and  choose
> to capture from the soundcard. The audio output of the RASCAL interface
> goes into the input to my sound card. I have the volume up at about 75%.
> Before the bird comes over the horizon, I see a wave on the Dashboard
> software that is the result of the noise coming from the receiver. I can
> actually hear the bird about 20-40 seconds before it comes over the horizon
> (very faint but hear the distinct tone). The real time screen starts
> filling with data as I see on the right bottom counting of the type of data
> received, the serial number, and to the right, the packets decoded and
> missed, plus the number of packets already sent to the warehouse and the
> number waiting to be sent.
> Don't know if that helps at all.
> Having taught Earth Science and Astronomy for 36 years, now retired, I not
> only like the linear transponders, but love to collect telemetry from the
> birds too. It is not available yet, but I can't wait until they allow us to
> download the whole earth orbit data from the warehouse. I want to watch the
> data change as the bird goes around the earth. I used to do that with UO-11
> telemetry and use the data for labs using Excel's graphing functions in my
> Astronomy classes with my students.
> Did you try decoding the sample wave files they provide? They allow you to
> experiment getting the audio to your soundcard, then to the dashboard
> software.
> I'm looking forward to the 03:41 Z pass for me later tonight.
> Rick, WB3CSY in FN10
> On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM, Steve Daniels <
> steve at daniels270.eclipse.co.uk> wrote:
>> I don't know what I am doing wrong but so far I have failed to hear
>> let alone decode.
>> I seem to have the correct keps as I see station near me uploading.
>> Am using a radio not a dongle 145.935MHz USB mode is what I am using as
>> settings. Is that correct or have I made a mistake
>> Steve Daniels
>> Amateur Radio Callsign G6UIM
>> APRSISCE/32 Beta tester and WIKI editor http://aprsisce.wikidot.com
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