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Tsikada info

For those who might be interested...

Have a look in your 1996 AMSAT-NA Proceedings (Tucson)
for WA4WDL's paper "A Time Code Reader/Display for Russian
Tsikada Satellites".

Briefly, the Tsikada satellites transmit AFSK - a 7 kHz
second marker, followed by NRZ-encoded telemetry (time
and other stuff) using 3 and 5 kHz tones. Sounds like a
job for some sound card DSP, or some simple tone decoders,
a microcontroller and an LCD. The time is Moscow standard
time, UTC + 3.

You can get Keps from all the usual sources, or just leave
a receiver on 150.0 MHz and wait for a pass - it won't take
long. Please try this before sending me email questioning
whether these satellites are for real.

BTW: you may have difficulty finding the colloquial term
"glubyeshnik" ("KGB agent") in your English-Russian
dictionary, since slang of all kinds was frowned upon in
Soviet times. It comes from the joke version of the
acronym KGB, Kontora Glubokogo Buryeniya, "Office of Deep

Laura Halliday VE7LDH     "Laisse le vent tout emporter..."
Grid: CN88hk IOTA: NA036     - Foly/Viennet

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