[amsat-bb] Re: FUNcube/AO-73 - Now in Full time low power beacon/ Transponder ON mode
ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Sat May 3 12:16:42 PDT 2014
Just listened to the Saturday 18:34z pass of FunCube over Northern
California. Nice telemetry beacon, but I could not hear anyone
(including myself) in the passband. Is it still in Transponder mode, or
am I doing something wrong?
Telemetry beacon was at about the predicted 145.935 +/-, and I was
listening between 145.950 and 145.970 (and beyond both edges for
Doppler) for other stations (none heard). While listening on 145.960 I
tried transmitting around 435.140, +/- about 20khz; nothing returned.
Antennae are "Oscar class" CP beams, with an RX preamp at the rotor, and
full Az/El computer control. Radio tuning was manual.
Not important for this pass, but I did notice that I could copy the
beacon to -5 degrees (below the Southern horizon), with freshly updated
Jim Heck wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> At approx 21:12 UTC this evening, AO-73 was switched into continuous
> lowpower beacon/ transponder ON Mode for radio amateurs use during the
> We'll be going back to normal mode at the end of the weekend.
> 73s Jim G3WGM
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