[amsat-bb] Re: FUNcube/AO-73 - Now in Full time low power beacon/ Transponder ON mode

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Sat May 3 12:16:42 PDT 2014

Hi Jim,

Just listened to the Saturday 18:34z pass of FunCube over Northern 
California.  Nice telemetry beacon, but I could not hear anyone 
(including myself) in the passband.  Is it still in Transponder mode, or 
am I doing something wrong?

Telemetry beacon was at about the predicted 145.935 +/-, and I was 
listening between 145.950 and 145.970 (and beyond both edges for 
Doppler) for other stations (none heard).  While listening on 145.960 I 
tried transmitting around 435.140, +/- about 20khz; nothing returned.  
Antennae are "Oscar class" CP beams, with an RX preamp at the rotor, and 
full Az/El computer control.  Radio tuning was manual.

Not important for this pass, but I did notice that I could copy the 
beacon to -5 degrees (below the Southern horizon), with freshly updated 

Greg  KO6TH

Jim Heck wrote:
> Hi Folks,
>    At approx 21:12 UTC this evening, AO-73 was switched into continuous
> lowpower beacon/ transponder ON Mode for radio amateurs use during the
> weekend.
> We'll be going back to normal mode at the end of the weekend.
> Enjoy!
> 73s Jim G3WGM
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