[amsat-bb] Re: FM satellites
Gordon JC Pearce
gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Sat Jul 9 05:30:07 PDT 2011
On Thu, 7 Jul 2011 17:04:29 -0400
Joseph Armbruster <josepharmbruster at gmail.com> wrote:
> That's interesting! I live down in Florida and had no clue that some of
> those towers were powered by diesel!
> Do you know how many gallons (or liters) it takes to run the tower for a
> Joseph Armbruster
The tank on site near the high site I was working on last week is about the same size as my 1300 litre heating oil tank. It's a 10kVA genny, somewhere around 2 litres per hour, and it gets topped up every two weeks.
A rough back-of-an-envelope calculation gives about three and a half weeks running time to dry, not allowing for any load-shedding. Presumably you could knock down the RAN output power, or drop off one of the microwave links if you needed to save a bit of fuel.
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