[amsat-bb] ISS Beaconator

Mike Diehl diehl.mike.a at gmail.com
Wed Apr 19 00:59:13 UTC 2017


Jeff,

It's quite clear the station is running an unattended beacon, just look at the packets. Even if this was a live person at a keyboard it would still be borderline jamming. That's kind of the definition, constantly transmitting with no intent on making a QSO and blocking other stations from doing so. I can only hope that the station is doing it on accident due to some improper configuration and not doing it on purpose. The purpose of packet RADIO over satellite is not so that you can see yourself on the internet, we have many other ways to accomplish that, like this Internet BB. 

You should really consider why a station needs to beacon at 3 second intervals to see if he shows up on a website. The latency alone can be greater than that so they are transmitting again without sufficient time to know for sure they've been gated. 

To your point about the lack of quality gates, if this station wasn't constantly transmitting it might hear something and gate it. Makes the problem worse, not better. 

73,

Mike Diehl
AI6GS 

> On Apr 18, 2017, at 4:38 PM, Jeff <kb2m at comcast.net> wrote:
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> All this is demonstrating is that N3FCX is watching the ARISS site to see himself/or if his message has made it to the internet. If he doesn't see he got in, he is simply trying again.  Does anyone really think he is an unattended station transmitting every 3 seconds??? All this is showing is that there is a need for better  ISS IGATES. This whole thing is really getting ridiculous...
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> 73 Jeff kb2m
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> -----Original Message----- From: Clayton Coleman
> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:10 PM
> To: AMSAT-BB
> Subject: [amsat-bb] ISS Beaconator
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> These are actual packets decoded by my station between 16:31-16:33 UTC
> today, April 18.
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> I could post more than two minutes but it doesn't paint a different picture.
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> Fortunately not everyone on the planet has their beacons set to go off
> every 2-3 seconds.
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> 73
> Clayton
> W5PFG
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:31:23]
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:31:28]
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:31:30]
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:31:32]
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> Fm RS0ISS To CQ <UI pid=F0 Len=36 >[11:31:35]
>> ARISS - International Space Station
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:31:44]
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> Fm W4TBD-6 To CQ Via RS0ISS*,SGATE,WIDE2-1 <UI pid=F0 Len=66 >[11:31:51]
> =3726.20N/07742.21W-73' Via ISS w4tbd at arrl.net FM17dk IGate WLNK-1
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> Fm W4TBD-6 To CQ Via RS0ISS*,SGATE,WIDE2-1 <UI pid=F0 Len=66 >[11:32:07]
> =3726.20N/07742.21W-73' Via ISS w4tbd at arrl.net FM17dk IGate WLNK-1
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> Fm K9JKM To CQ Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=33 >[11:32:14]
> =4211.29N/08827.08W-Greetings :-)
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:32:28]
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:32:30]
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:32:32]
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:32:37]
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:32:46]
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> Fm W4TBD-6 To CQ Via RS0ISS*,SGATE,WIDE2-1 <UI pid=F0 Len=66 >[11:32:52]
> =3726.20N/07742.21W-73' Via ISS w4tbd at arrl.net FM17dk IGate WLNK-1
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:33:03]
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> Fm N3FCX To DJFT2R Via RS0ISS* <UI pid=F0 Len=14 >[11:33:31]
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