[amsat-bb] URGENT - AO-85 Operational Update
mccardelm at gmail.com
Sun Oct 18 12:10:09 UTC 2015
URGENT - AO-85 Operational Update
After our successful launch on October 8, AO-85 has been chiefly in
transponder mode and available to users. While this operational plan
resulted in increased data for AMSAT engineering evaluation, we have
some necessary tests to complete that require limiting access for a
short period. We will be characterizing the uplink and downlink
signals, and developing an updated set of recommendations for minimal
equipment and best operating practices.
For the week of October 19 to 23, AO-85 will be unavailable while this
testing and evaluation is complete. Please avoid transmitting to the
satellite even if you hear the transponder on. Users are encouraged to
collect and forward telemetry via the FoxTelem program. Please share
this information to other operators as needed. Cooperation will
expedite this testing and the return to normal operations.
[Information provided by Drew KO4MA]
E. Michael McCardel, KC8YLD
V.P. for Educational Relations, AMSAT-NA
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