[amsat-bb] AO-85

J. Boyd (JR2TTS) the2belo at msd.biglobe.ne.jp
Thu Oct 22 01:53:37 UTC 2015

On Wed, 21 Oct 2015 18:04:47 -0500, Red Willoughby <red at redwilloughby.com> wrote:

> I am listening to the AO-85 passes during this important week of testing 
> (LISTENING, not transmitting as requested by the engineering team) and 
> clearly hear Veronica announce "Fox-1 Safe Mode." Even on low elevation, 
> the signal has been full quieting - strong and clear. I hope the 
> operational mode sounds this good after testing is completed.

I recorded a pass last weekend when the recording was saying "Hi! This
is amateur radio satellite Fox One." -- it boomed in full quieting
almost the moment it came over the hill.  Sounded like a local repeater
a mile away.

The actual QSOs I heard, however, were decidedly different. It almost
sounded like someone was holding up a mic to a speaker that the actual
downlink was coming out of. I heard static between transmissions that
was separate from the static heard when the sat rotates. A bit difficult
to explain.

J. Boyd, JR2TTS/NI3B
the2belo at msd.biglobe.ne.jp
Twitter: @Minus2_C

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