[amsat-bb] Re: AO7 Full Illumination

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Sat Aug 3 16:55:42 PDT 2013

Interestingly, it looks like it's still in Mode B based on status reports,
and hasn't switched to Mode A at all despite being in full illumination for
more than 48 hours at this point.

Even though it's not fully eclipsed at any point in it's orbit now, maybe
it's still not receiving enough sunlight to remain powered up at some point
during it's orbit?

Telemetry reports would be very interesting to see what the onboard clock
is reading.


Paul, N8HM

On Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 4:54 PM, K4FEG <K4FEG at k4feg.com> wrote:

> I have taken one final look at the time at which AO7 will come back into
> full sunlight and will not lose the sun any more this season.
> My predictions show that at /*22:55:32UTC today, AO7 will go back into
> full illumination*/ and no further eclipse's will occur until the Eclipse
> Cycle begins again next May 2014 (Exact date to be determined).
> /If the 24 hour Mode switch occurs on time, the satellite will be over
> North America and I will barely still have a footprint on the satellite on
> August 2, 2013 at 22:55:32UTC. //
> /
> Just as a matter of intellectual curiosity, /*if any North American
> operators can monitor AO7 on August 2, 2013 at 22:55:32 UTC*/, I would like
> to see if the /*Mode A*/ switch occurs. I will very close to my LOS when
> the switch will possibly happen and I may not be able to hear it.
> Any other reports would be appreciated so if the mode switches have
> started back up we can track the daily time of the switch for everyone.
> I like Mode A so I hope to catch a few stations there when the mode
> switches return.
> I hope the last 10 weeks of AO7 comments have been to much of a bore to
> anyone.
> 73 ALL FRM
> Frank
> /*K4FEG*//*
> *//*EM55*//*aj84ta*/
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