[amsat-bb] OSCAR-11 Report
clive at g3cwv.co.uk
Thu Apr 28 03:37:02 PDT 2011
OSCAR-11 REPORT 27 April 2011
This report covers the period from 02 March to 27 April 2011 .
During this time the satellite has been heard from 03 to 13
March, 24 March to 03 April, 13 April to 23 April 2011. It is
expected to switch-on again 04 May until 14 May.
Excellent signals have been reported from stations located around
the world, and good copy obtained from decoded telemetry frames.
Transmissions are controlled by the watchdog timer, which has a
20.7 day cycle time, 10.35 days on, 10,35 days off. Solar
eclipses occur during every orbit, when signals are weaker. This
indicates that there is still some capacity remaining in the
The on-board clock is now very stable. It gained 12 seconds
during during the current reporting period. This is comparable
with its accuracy when the satellite was fully operational, when
it gained approximately one minute per year. However, there is
still an accumulated loss of 309 days, which has occurred during
eclipses of the last few years.
The VHF beacon frequency is 145.826 MHz. AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry
Reception reports have been received from Horatio CX8AF, Jerry
WB5LHD and Stefano IZ1GRJ. Many thanks.
At the present time, while OSCAR-11 is operating in a predictable
way, I no longer need direct reports or files by e-mail. However,
could all listeners continue to enter their reports on the
general satellite status website
http://oscar.dcarr.org/index.php. This is a very convenient and
easy to use facility, which shows the current status of all the
amateur satellites, and is of use to everyone. Reports around the
expected times of switch-on and switch-off are of special
interest, especially for times 12:00 - 17:00 and 22:00 - 07:00
UTC, to when the satellite is out-of-range in the UK.
A longer version of this report report is available on my
website, and new listeners to OSCAR-11 should read this for
further information. The URL is www.g3cwv.co.uk/oscar11.htm .
This page contains a links to the longer report, a short audio
clip to help you identify the satellite and a file of the last
telemetry received. The website also contains an archive of news
& telemetry data which is updated from time to time, and details
about using a soundcard or hardware demodulators for data
capture. There is also software for capturing data, and decoding
If you place this bulletin on a terrestrial packet network,
please use the bulletin identifier $BID:U2RPT155.CWV, to prevent
73 Clive G3CWV xxxxx at amsat.org (please replace the x's by
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