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Re: AO-10 Status



Yes indeed, AO10 is again FM-ing.  Suspect you are right about the need
for additional sleep period.  God knows we need to keep the only Molniya
orbit bird we might have going!  Cliff K7RR

On Sun, 2 Aug 1998, Stacey E. Mills, M.D. wrote:

> 
> I've been away from AO=10 for a while and several of you have noted to me
> that AO-10's signals are exhibiting FM'ing again.  I just listened on Orbit
> #11383, MA 65 and noted severe FM'ing and very weak downlink signals.  
> 
> ....this suggests two things.  First, another sleep phase APPEARS to be
> beginning and, second, I have no idea where AO-10 is pointing (ALON/ALAT)
> at the moment.  My last guestimated ALON/ALAT would have resulted in good
> signals currently with 99% illumination, so clearly things are amiss.  I
> suspect that the rotational speed is so slow as to be incapable of holding
> a stable attitude heading.  Hence, we may be entering a time of "chaotic"
> useful periods and sleep periods which cannot be predicted.
> 
> Stay tuned....
> 
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>   ________________________________________
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> |  Stacey E. (Chuck) Mills / W4SM        |
> |  w4sm@cstone.net or sem2r@virginia.edu |
> |________________________________________| 
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