[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51, on old friend.
glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Mon May 9 11:27:26 PDT 2011
On 5/8/2011 9:29 PM, Roger Kolakowski wrote:
> In the past...like way past...didn't AMSAT keep a satellite "alive" by
> positioning a BAUDOT RTTY loop in Canada to fire up the satellite for
> the American continents, at least for declining passes?
> Of course the reset code may have been much simpler then, but computers
> make automatic timing and response much easier now.
> The further north the better for declining passes around the world....
> Of course the same could be said for ascending passes from southern
> "pole" type areas.
We are working on this right now. There are six commands that have to be
given in sequence to make this work, and for the time being, one at the
end of a pass. It's important to shut things down to keep from damaging
the batteries even further in eclipse. There may be a small chance for a
brief recovery in the fall of this year, and we don't want to endanger
that by further harm to the batteries.
In the meantime, listen to 435.150 during the afternoon passes over the
Eastern US, especially on weekends and holidays. If you hear voices, the
repeater should be available for use with a 145.880 uplink. If you don't
hear anything, don't transmit. This is IMPORTANT: There are no promises
or predictions of when we will get the chance to run the repeater. It is
on an 'as available' basis. Please don't e-mail asking when it will be
on, unless it's for a very, very special event. If I know in advance,
I'll drop a note to here or to the AMSAT twitter account. That being
said, this afternoon is looking good.
73, Drew KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Operations
More information about the AMSAT-BB