[amsat-bb] APRS Satellite Update (PSAT digi OFF, and QIKCOM-1 this Friday)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Oct 23 20:53:29 UTC 2017

PSAT has entered safe mode with the digipeater OFF.  It will show the
PSAT-1 callsign until sun angles improve..

QIKCOM-1 might deploy from the ISS this coming Friday.  It will simply
digipeat just like the ISS using the same ARISS alias as the ISS
digipeater.  It will be 10 dB stronger than PSAT and about the same power
level as ISS and should be easy to receive.  All are on the 145.825
downlink.  It should also digipeat on its own callsign QIKCOM-1 if you want
to hit it specifically.

We ask all potential IGates to check your ground stations and make sure
they are ready to IGate packets during those initial orbits from all over
the globe.  If you do not have an IGate, just capture packets and hold them
until we see if any are missing from the APRS-IS.  Downlinks should be
available on the original http://pcsat.findu.com and also on

QIKCOM-1 being released from ISS will of course have the same tracking info
as ISS until they begin to separate.


As usual, QIKCOM-1 is not intended for UNATTENDED BEACONS.  It is designed
for Live Operations and experiments only.


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