[amsat-bb] AO-91 - Safe Mode Annoucement
John Zaruba Jr
aa2bn at comcast.net
Mon Nov 20 11:59:02 UTC 2017
What a wonderful tribute to Tony AA2TX!
Sent from my iPhone
> On Nov 20, 2017, at 00:59, Jerry Buxton <n0jy at amsat.org> wrote:
> That is a nice recording, Paul.
> I would like to state for the record that the ID is not actually a
> "child", Veronica Monteiro was just starting in college when we made the
> Fox-1x recordings. Because of the need to sharply filter the recordings
> with a 350 Hz high pass to eliminate any audio in the DUV telemetry
> frequency range, it does have the effect of making her sound younger.
> That coupled with whatever your particular SDR or transceiver filtering
> adds creates the rather common misconception that the recordings were of
> a young child.
> Veronica Monteiro is the daughter of the late Tony Monteiro AA2TX, who
> as AMSAT Vice-President of Engineering brought the Fox-1 1U CubeSat
> concept and project to the Board of Directors and "sold" the Fox-1
> Program that has now produced 5 (OK 4 1/2 until Fox-1E is complete)
> Fox-1 CubeSats. The concept included a Morse Code ID for the beacon of
> the FM repeaters, as stated in the System Requirements:
> 3.9.6 If the downlink transmitter has been un-keyed for a period of 5
> minutes, the satellite shall send " HI THIS IS AMSAT FOX " in Morse code
> via a keyed audio tone on the downlink transmitter.
> When designing the software for the ID back in 2014 after I was
> appointed VPE, the Fox-1 Team thought it would be a nice idea to use a
> voice ID instead of Morse Code given the abilities of the IHU and
> available memory. In kicking around ideas about who would record the ID
> it came to us that it would be a nice tribute to Tony if Veronica were
> the voice ID. Fox-1 software engineer Burns Fisher, who lives near
> Tony's family, contacted them. Veronica graciously agreed, and Burns
> set out with his recorder to capture Veronica to become the voice of the
> Fox-1 FM satellites.
> From their many clips I was able to assemble the various Safe Mode and
> Transponder Mode IDs for each satellite/name, so I guess I'm to blame
> for the processing I did that makes her sound like a child...
> I listened to Veronica's IDs I'll bet hundreds if not a thousand times
> in testing the Fox-1 engineering model and Fox-1A through D, and I still
> get a kick and a smile from it every time I hear her - especially from
> Jerry Buxton, NØJY
>> On 11/19/2017 12:57, Paul Andrews wrote:
>> Satellite Fans,
>> I pointed my 2 x XP28 moonbounce antenna at AO-91 today. The AO-91
>> pass was nearly directly overhead in FN20. The FM signal quality was
>> so high - you can hear the room acoustics in the recording of the
>> child's voice. Very cool.
>> Here is a YouTube link - https://youtu.be/gepcNt2sW2g
>> 73 - Paul - W2HRO
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