[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 reports needed, especially from within eclipse

Alan Cresswell alancresswell at xtra.co.nz
Tue May 31 00:13:56 PDT 2011

Hi Drew,

The AO-51 transponder has now been on with very strong downlink signals for
three consecutive passes over VK/ZL.  AOS at 0340 UTC,  0519 UTC and 0659
UTC.  Worked VK on both the later passes with excellent signals.  On each
pass AO-51 came out of eclipse a few minutes before AOS.


-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Andrew Glasbrenner
Sent: Tuesday, 31 May 2011 00:53
To: Amsat-BB
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-51 reports needed, especially from within eclipse

AO-51's computer has been running for over 5 hours now. We have left the 
satellite in repeater mode 145.88/435.15 for the time being, at over 2 
watts. We are very surprised by this development to say the least. 
Without Whole Orbit Data we are flying a bit blind, so would really like 
to know what the satellite is doing in eclipse. I'm assuming the 
transmitter is cutting out, but who knows? Cell 3 is reporting 0.0 
volts, so it's clear it has shorted completely.

Please, everyone, everywhere, listen to 435.150 the next 24 hours and 
send your reports to me or to the -bb. Southern hemisphere observations 
are most very welcome.

73, Drew KO4MA
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