[amsat-bb] Re: P5-A: JPL Voyager Flight Team congratulates AMSAT-DL

Edward Cole kl7uw at acsalaska.net
Tue Jun 19 22:05:05 PDT 2007

At 11:10 AM 6/19/2007, Peter Guelzow wrote:
>in March 2006 the VOYAGER-1 interstellar probe was received by the
>AMSAT-DL/IUZ team using the 20m dish in Bochum.
>Imagine that Voyager 1 is the furthest object away from earth build by
>A reception report including a poster was sent to the JPL team and a few
>days ago we received the following eMail, together with a nice picture
>of the Voyager Flight Team and our reception report in their hands.
>" On June 6, 2007, the Voyager Flight Team opened the photo we received
>in the mail from you.  Congratulations on your successful downlink
>acquisition of Voyager 1 at your 20 meter tracking station.  Acquiring
>such a distant object is a remarkable achievement, especially for an
>amateur team.  Thank you very much for your interest in Voyager. "
>  As a token of our appreciation, please find the attached photo of our
>team.  Voyager Flight Team Members are, from left to right, Mr. Ed
>Massey - Project Manager, Steve Howard - Ground Data Systems Engineer,
>Thomas Weeks - Attitude Control Sensors Engineer, Regina Wong - Science
>Processing, Larry Zotarelli - Sequence Engineer, Pearline Johnson -
>Finance, Jim Jaeger - Data System Engineer, Roger Ludwig - Telecom &
>Sequence Integration Engineer, Sun Matsumoto - System Lead & Fault
>Protection Engineer, Enrique Medina - Attitude Control & Electrical
>Power Engineer, Glenda Sherman - Secretary,
>Jefferson Hall - Mission Director.
>   Sincerely,
>   Roger Ludwig
>   on behalf of the Voyager Flight Team "
>The picture can be found here:
>Congratulations to our AMSAT-DL/IUZ team in Bochum for this huge
>It also demonstrates now officially that the 20m dish is good enough to
>support the AMSAT P5-A Mission to Mars
>Peter DB2OS
>AMSAT-DL President

Peter and the AMSAT-DL/IUZ Bochum Team:

Very impressive accomplishment!  As an amateur radio astronomer, I 
can appreciate what significance this has.  Voyager-I used to be used 
as a calibration signal for many radio observatories until it passed 
beyond the point of a usable signal.  Certainly, Mars will be much 
easier for you to do.  I will be trying to receive the P5A signal 
from my home radio telescope (4.9m) as it transits to Mars.

I have another reason to appreciate your accomplishment, as many 
years ago I worked for JPL receiving Voyager-1 and 2 much closer to 
Earth.  We used the 64m Mars dish (DSS-14) at Goldstone.

Eagerly awaiting the launch of P3E and later P5A.

Ed - KL7UW
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