[amsat-bb] Issues with ISS digipeater this morning?

Mike mvivona at yahoo.com
Tue May 16 17:12:44 UTC 2017

My observation has been that the new ISS radio setup is nowhere close to what it used to be. 

Michael Vivona
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> On May 16, 2017, at 11:54 AM, Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) <amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net> wrote:
> Hi!
> On my way to the office this morning, I stopped for an
> overhead ISS pass at a nearby city park. The 1437 UTC
> pass over central Arizona had a maximum elevation of 75
> degrees, which should have had a lot of traffic from
> stations along the west coast, southwestern USA, Texas,
> and probably some in Mexico before my LOS. Instead, I
> heard only a couple of RS0ISS beacons, and I was only
> able to get one packet retransmitted by the ISS when it
> was over my head at 1442 UTC. The ariss.net web site has
> very few retransmitted packets listed, and more of the
> RS0ISS ID beacons picked up by various gateways.
> On Twitter, Mark KK6OTJ in southern California mentioned
> a similar observation from that pass. He heard a couple of
> packets, and nothing else.
> Has something happened to the VHF radio and/or antenna on
> the Columbus module? Or could the CubeSats that were
> deployed earlier today have something to do with the lack
> of digipeated packets from the ISS in the past few hours?
> 73!
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
> Twitter: @WD9EWK or http://twitter.com/WD9EWK
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