[amsat-bb] Re: ARISS and PCSAT status

Douglas C. Papay dpapay at chartermi.net
Thu Dec 11 15:47:08 PST 2008


As of 11-Nov-2008 2315z KD8CAO-7 has gated 307 ISS 9600bps packets 
received from 26 unique stations.


8-Nov-2008 1 packet from 1 station
9-Nov-2008 42 packets from 8 stations
10-Nov-2008 152 packets from 16 stations
11-Nov-2008 112 packets from 21 stations

FYI: KD8CAO-7 is a Kenwood TH-D7A, attic mounted dipole antenna fed 
with 50' 1/2" Andrew Heliax, and Alogger 3.2.0 software.

Thanks to those who are also IGate'ing ISS 9600bps packet.

I hope to work you via ISS in the days to come.



At 03:30 PM 12/11/2008, Robert Bruninga wrote:
>At about 2015z, here is what I am seeing on ISS and PCSAT:
>ISS is doing well on 9600 baud on 145.825.  A nice amount of
>activity. Looking at the live downlink on www.ariss.net it is
>easy to see that we do have some good 9600 baud Igates passing
>the 9600 baud data into the APRS system.  Over the last 4 hours
>I see these IGates:
>After 7 years, PCSAT is not waking up as bright and chipper as
>before.  For the third day, we got control, but this time, she
>did make it through a full orbit. Last telemetry packet was
>T#212 or 212 minutes of uptime.  We have DIGI OFF while it
>recharges.  BUT, as of this writing, we have not seen anything
>on its web page downlink for over 4 hours.
>Either we do not have enough Igates on 145.825 1200 baud, or it
>has crashed again.  It is easy to see on http://pcsat.aprs.org.
>If the telemetry number is above 90 then it has run a full orbit
>since the last re-start.  When we change the callsign from
>NODIGI back to PCSAT-1, then it will be open for digipeating.
>Details on www.aprs.org/pcsat.html
>When PCSAT returns to user service, please review the
>user-service-agreement on www.aprs.org/pcsat/contract.txt
>particularly we do not want to see any unattended beacons
>cluttering up the ISS/PCSAT channel on 145.825.  Let the live
>users communicate.
>If any dual-hop opportunities arise, the best PATH to use is VIA
>ARISS,ARISS since both satellites support that alias, and both
>satellites will do their callsign-substitution if successful.
>The normal APRS path of WIDE2-2 will also work, but last time I
>tried it, the RS0ISS did not insert it's callsign, so you had no
>proof that it went via ISS.  SO use ARISS,ARISS for possible two
>hops.  Best place to look is at AOS on the west coast (if the
>one person in Hawaii is actually transmitting) and at LOS on the
>east coast if the geometery of a conjunction will get to Europe.
>Bob, WB4APR
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