[amsat-bb] AO-85 update

Andrew Glasbrenner glasbrenner at mindspring.com
Thu Jun 27 21:21:51 UTC 2019

At about 2105UTC today I disabled the auto Safe mode function on AO-85, and
turned the transponder on. After verifying it would drop with inactivity, a
few QSOs were made before LOS. 


Currently, the battery voltage is very low and it looks like we have a cell
about to give up the ghost. Please do not use the satellite while it is in
eclipse, even if you hear it OK. We are not sure what will be usable if and
when this cell fails completely. In the meantime, reports to -bb are welcome
and helpful.


Thanks and 73, Drew KO4MA

AMSAT VP Operations


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