[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 13:42:52 PDT 2014

Ha!  Working now...  Nice contact with W9AE in Oregon.  Low pass, so not 
super strong, but now I can start optimizing things...  At the end of 
the contact, Rx was at 145.960, Tx was 435.155 (both dial readings on my 

Greg  KO6TH

Greg D wrote:
> 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 keps.
> 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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