[amsat-bb] WG: Compass-1 recovery efforts

Mike Rupprecht mail at mike-rupprecht.de
Sun Aug 17 11:10:56 PDT 2008

Hi Bob and all,

thats really great - good news :-)

Now we have 3 successfully contacts. But it seems, the battery voltage is
too low for the beacon. The only thing we can do is to try it again and
again - and waiting for more illumination  (end of august). 

Every reset of COMPASS will set the initial values and the heater will be
switched on.
So we need a good pass and switch the heater off when it came out out the
eclipse. Maybe the time until the next eclipse is long enough to load the
batteries and COMPASS remain alive during the next eclipse. 

Thank you very much for all your efforts. I am so glad that we have friends
around the world :-)

73, Mike

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] Im
Auftrag von Bob DeVarney W1ICW
Gesendet: Sonntag, 17. August 2008 16:38
An: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Betreff: [amsat-bb] Compass-1 recovery efforts

Mike and team,
I was able to send the commands as well this morning on the 14:30 pass 
over the Eastern US, and received a "chirpy" confirmation tone after 
each command ( basically after each second # )
I sent the commands a total of five times to make sure they "stuck".
Downlink beep was a good solid S-5 using M2 436CP30 and SSB preamp at 
the antenna.
I monitored the satellite for the entire pass and heard nothing else out 
of it.
73 and VY GUD LUCK de Bob W1ICW
And congrats to Alan, ZL2BX!

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