[amsat-bb] AO-51 update 26 Dec 2010 2115utc

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Sun Dec 26 13:36:08 PST 2010

Hi All,

This afternoon the power management function of AO-51 was turned ON, in anticipation of eclipses in just a few days.  You might see the transmitter power levels go UP and DOWN a bit as the battery voltage changes.  We'll make some adjustments and tweaks to keep it from going UP and DOWN too often--but it's the way it's gonna work.  In a few weeks we expect transmitter(s) to be OFF while in eclipse and ON when in the sun. 

Expect adjustments and various power management schemes from now until the end of February when we'll again see full sunlight for a brief period (few short months as I recall).  We'll do our best to keep you informed via the BBS and the AO-51 webpage.

On behalf of the Command Team,

Mark L. Hammond  [N8MH] 

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