[amsat-bb] Information about Fox-1a post launch expectations

David G0MRF g0mrf at aol.com
Wed Oct 7 07:55:32 UTC 2015

Hi Burns.
Good luck for a successful launch
I understand the launch most likely will be heading south (ish) from the launch site and a time has been announced
Is there an inclination and altitude / mm  available for FOX-1A?
David  G0MRF
-----Original Message-----
From: Burns Fisher <burns at fisher.cc>
To: AMSAT BB <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Wed, 7 Oct 2015 7:42
Subject: [amsat-bb] Information about Fox-1a post launch expectations

As you may be aware AMSAT-NA’s Fox-1A satellite is planned for launch on
morning of October 8th.  We would like to set your expectations about
what will
be going on in the days immediately following the launch.

Elements: * We will provide the Keplerian elements (aka Keps or
TLEs) to enable
you to track Fox-1a as soon after launch as we get them
(and are cleared to
release them).  The information will be placed
http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ftp/keps/current/nasabare.txt and on the
AMSAT page at http://www.amsat.org .  We have no control over when we
release the information, although we hope it will be within hours of
satellite deployment.

*Initial Commissioning Period:* Initially the
transponder will not be on
and will not respond to uplinks.  *Please do not
attempt to uplink while we
check out the satellite and commission it*.  We will
publicize when we have
opened the transponder to general use.  You should expect
the checkout
phase to last for a minimum of several days and possibly for
several weeks.

*What To Listen For:* During the initial checkout period and
when the
satellite is in range, every two minutes you will generally hear about
seconds of data followed by a few seconds of a voice ID (and possibly a
data packet).  You may occasionally hear 'data' mode which Chris,
G0KLA, has
famously described as sounding like an old-fashioned telephone
modem.  If you
should happen to hear what appear to be QSOs, please resist
the temptation to
join in before the commissioning period is over.

*Please Send Telemetry
Reports and Data: *We would love to have you collect
and upload as much data as
you can, and to give any other kind of report on
the amsat-bb mailing list
(which some of the Fox team will monitor).  You
can also report hearing or not
hearing it on http://www.amsat.org/status/

You can upload data using the
FoxTelem telemetry program that we recently
released.  (Check the "upload to
server" box in the properties/preference
page).  More data will help us do the
checkout faster!  Remember if you
hear the “telephone modem” sound, you must
switch FoxTelem to high-speed
mode manually.  Similarly FoxTelem must be in
low-speed mode at other times.

We are planning a special award to the person
who submits the first data
from the satellite (by which we mean the earliest
downlinked mission
elapsed time), so get your rigs ready!


Burns Fisher,

For the Fox-1a checkout
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