[amsat-bb] Alsat-1N (Pratham ) - Update

GW1FKY at aol.com GW1FKY at aol.com
Wed Sep 28 13:31:12 UTC 2016

Hi again,
I listened for Alsat-1N ( Pratham ) on the subsequent pass -same frequency  
and equipment but also with an update to the keps. Those issued on the  BBS 
I regret to inform you that I heard nothing ?    The pass was  lower and in 
a sector were I have difficulty 
due to screening and reflection problems - Weather had also changed with  
very low cloud,mist and rain.
Even AO-73 would not decode the dashboard data in the same sector during  
the same period.
I am certain about hearing a CW  beacon in the previous  pass.
I had been setting up my gear for an AO-73 in that earlier pass and had USB 
 selected for the downlink data.
Noticed that Alsat-1N  was also approaching in the same ball part of  time 
so decided to have a listen on the 
145.980 Mhz frequency.    That was when I started to hear  the CW beacon 
but still had USB selected I selected CW and got a better copy as  it 
I wish that I been set up to record but of course was not planning for that 
 particular satellite and pass.
Had I done so it would have been useful to clarify any doubt about things  
and I am unsure why the subsequent pass showed no activity.
Hopefully the satellite is alive and active and someone else also monitored 
 and maybe even recorded the pass.
Ken Eaton

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