[amsat-bb] Re: [Sort of Off Topic] Non-Ham Satellites of Interest
ptrowe at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 16 14:23:38 PDT 2013
I had a nice western pass of FORTE, 16 August 13 starting at 22:54z here in San Jose, California.
Indeed, there is no modulation anymore.
Here is my Doppler plot: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wkxddml712q9x4f/forte.jpg
From: Jean-Pierre Godet <godetj at wanadoo.fr>
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 1:30 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: [Sort of Off Topic] Non-Ham Satellites of Interest
Hello Bryce and everyone here,
Try "satellite frequency uhf" with your favorite search engine. There is
a lot of websites wich offer frequency lists, sometimes outdated. Many are
around 250 / 280 MHz, something like that.
First try a very easy, strong one, FORTE, on 401.568 MHz (+- 10 kHz of
Doppler shift) with the tle :
1 24920U 97047A 13226.13396630 .00000147 00000-0 85928-4 0 9728
2 24920 069.9555 142.7308 0022573 185.2601 174.8286 14.25669016830080
It sounds like the FSK modulation 4800 bps of the european radiosondes,
and as the frequecy is inside the 401 - 406 MHz radiosounding band this
often fooled the radioamateurs.
These last times there is no modulation, only a carrier, and FORTE looks
like in a stdby mode. I listened the modulated carrier on may 16th, but at
the beginning of june till now only an unmodulated carrier.
Try this one first. ;-)
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On Wed, 14 Aug 2013, Bryce Salmi wrote:
> This is more of a curious question to anyone with some knowledge of non-ham
> satellites (I know about the NOAA satellites though). Are there any
> satellites that would be worth tracking at taking a listen to with an Arrow
> handheld antenna and a Yeasu VX-8R (HT with AM/FM modes). This is simply my
> curiosity of what's up there.
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