[amsat-bb] Re: AEA PK-96

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Sun May 8 17:36:38 PDT 2011

Hi Jerry,

While I don't know the TNC personally, from a quick look at the specs it should work fine at either 1200 or 9600.

Here's the catch--there really aren't any digital satellites to work :(  With the fairly quick decline of AO-51 (which is the only 9600 bird still functional at 9600, but rarely running that mode...) I'm not sure I'd spend a bunch of money to get ready for satellite packet activity.

There was a bit of 1200 activity with HO-68, but it has been running a beacon only for many weeks now.  If you want to copy IO-26 telemetry, you'll need a PSK modem for that (or use MixW). 

Soooo....yes, I've been running Wisp under Win7 just fine, but there really isn't much you can do with a TNC and satellites righ now!

Who knows what the future holds for digital satellites...hopefully something!


Mark N8MH 

At 12:22 PM 5/8/2011 -0500, N0JY wrote:
>All y'all,
>I've not yet done any digital satellite work, and I'm getting an itch to 
>head that direction.  Slowly it will be, and I have a few questions that 
>I haven't been able to resolve on the internet.
>A local ham has an AEA PK-96 he has offered me.  Is this older TNC 
>suitable for the various modes of satellite packet on the current 
>birds?  Also, is WiSP the software I would want to use and does it run 
>on Vista and Windows 7?
>Thank you for your help.
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