[amsat-bb] Re: AO-51 current status

Bryan Herbert ke6zgp at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 21:44:12 PST 2011

Yesterday afternoon (T-Day) there was a good high elevation pass over 
DM04 around 2300 UTC. AO-51 was extremely weak but I was still able to 
make out some voice just above the noise floor using my TH-F6a and 
SRH-320a whip antenna. When the conversation ended I gave my callsign 
followed by my grid square and just before the sat dropped below the 
horizon I was able to make out a male with a subtle accent calling me 
back. It almost sounded like K6VUG whom I talked to just an hour before 
on AO-27, but I cant be sure. Anyways, shes weak but hangin in there and 
certainly a tough bird. Hopefully she will be around a while longer.

On 11/25/2011 14:39, Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
> Next pass the repeater was still on but that the very low power levels 
> we saw earlier. I crashed the IHU and attempted to restart, but ran 
> out of elevation. More after tomorrow's afternoon passes.
> Just as an FYI, and to answer some emails sent privately to me, 
> AMSAT-Fox is designed to continue in "zombie" mode despite a battery 
> or IHU failure, while maintaining control to FCC standards. See page 4 
> of http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/fox/Fox1Systems.ppt
> 73, Drew KO4MA
Bryan Herbert - KE6ZGP
Newhall, CA. DM04RJ USA

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