[amsat-bb] Re: LituanicaSAT-1 FM Transponder - Possible NA Activity

Paul Stoetzer n8hm at arrl.net
Wed Apr 30 07:01:35 PDT 2014

Thanks, Steve and Kevin.

Yes, I forgot that the tracking program I was using was set to local
time, not UTC. The only pass over North America where the transponder
will be around 1340Z (0940 EDT) pass, which will only be good for the
southeastern United States.

My mistake! Hopefully there will be better opportunities for North
America in the future. The satellite should last another 2 months +/-


Paul, N8HM

On Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM, Stephen  E. Belter <seb at wintek.com> wrote:
> Using GoSatWatch from Indiana, I agree with Kevin's pass times.  However, the 0940 EDT pass (1340 Z) is only 3 degrees.  :-(
> While the 1113 EDT pass (1513 Z) is a respectable 44 degrees elevation, it is outside of the announced operating times for the FM transponder (0930Z - 1400Z).
> 73, Steve N9IP
> --
> Steve Belter, seb at wintek.com
> On Apr 30, 2014, at 9:26 AM, Kevin M <n4ufo at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> the LituanicaSAT-1 FM transponder will be active from 0930Z-1400Z tomorrow.
>>> That window includes three passes over North America at around 0940Z,
>> 1115Z, and 1245Z
>>> (if I've got the TLEs right - Object 39569, I believe)
>> I think you may have your times off Paul... I show passes over North America for May 1st at 0940 and 1115 EASTERN time (EDST). =^(  Which only makes sense, because the 0930Z-1400Z operating period would need to coincide with passes over EU for people to be working LY5N.
>> Otherwise, I'd be outside waving my yagi around looking for you. =^D
>> 73, Kevin N4UFO
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