[amsat-bb] CAS-2T & HO68 Beacon Report
godetj at wanadoo.fr
Fri Nov 25 21:55:40 UTC 2016
Hi John, all !
The last pass I listen to CAS-2T was on November 13th. I will try
again tomorrow morning.
About Xiwang-1 HO-68, just after the recent post of BA1DU I tried in
vain and I gave up. Your mail gives me hope again and I tried around
1625 UTC, a not too good pass of orbit nr 33385 in western Europe and,
against all expectations, Xiwang-1 was partially alive, sending few
characters between long periods of silence. The signal was significantly
weaker than in the past, but it's a real pleasure to hear again the old
For comparison, this is a record of the last time I heard Xiwang-1:
And now the one of this evening pass, orbit 33385:
at 19:25:25 UTC "BJ1SA XW XW AAA TTT", then at 19:26:40 "BJ1SA XW XW".
It was at night, so I will try again tomorrow morning with hope, the
solar panels illuminated, to receive a full telemetry string.
Best 73 !
On 25/11/2016 18:26, John Papay wrote:
> Some are reporting hearing the beacon of
> CAS-2T, however, I had not been hearing it
> for the past few days. Yesterday I set it on
> the Beacon Frequency and waited without tuning
> around. Sure enough it was eventually heard,
> but not in a continuous stream. It would send
> "CE" and then go silent for a while. Then it
> would send "CASS" and go silent, maybe for a minute
> or two before sending "CE" again. No response on
> the voice repeater frequency. In the past it had
> stuttered when activated.
> The HO-68 beacon was heard on frequency sending the
> data but often times it would stop sending in the middle
> of the data group. It would go off for some time and then
> come back sending a few characters before going off again.
> The beacon frequency has been absolutely stable
> for years. Frequency settings have not been changed here
> for years and it is always right there every time.
> John K8YSE/7
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