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                OSCAR-11 REPORT    16 January 1999

Apart from some ground control activity during the first week in
January, it's been another uneventful month for OSCAR-11. During the
period 16 December 1998 to 16 January 1999 good signals have been
received from the 145.826 MHz. beacon. Telemetry nominal. The battery
voltage is now usually around 13.9 volts.

The magnetorquer spin correction counters have continued to be of
interest.  Recently there have been very few spin counter increments,
although the spin period remains around its nominal value of -300
seconds. The Z axis counter increments normally, and all the counters
were reset by ground control when a new WOD survey was started.

The internal temperatures have fallen slightly, by about one degree
C. They are now 7.6C and 5.8C for battery and telemetry electronics
respectively. The current duration of solar eclipse times has
continued to provide OSCAR-11 with near optimum conditions,
maintaining an adequate power budget, while not allowing the internal
temperatures to rise to excessive levels.

The single WOD survey, of channels 1, 2, 3, 61 (magnetometers) dated
10-October-1998, was transmitted until 05-January when it was
briefly replaced by a survey of the same channels dated
04-January-1999. This was then replaced by WOD dated 06-January-99 of
solar array currents and array voltage, channels 10, 20, 30, 40 (+Y,
-X, +X, V).

The operating schedule is unchanged.

        ASCII status (210 seconds)
        ASCII bulletin  (60 seconds)
        BINARY SEU (30 seconds)
        ASCII TLM (90 seconds)
        ASCII WOD (120 seconds)
        ASCII bulletin (60 seconds)
        BINARY ENG (30 seconds)

The ASCII bulletin is currently a static message, detailing modes and
frequencies of all the amateur radio satellites.

There  are  additional  status  blocks  after  each bulletin is
transmitted, and between ASCII TLM and WOD.

The mode-S beacon is ON, transmitting an unmodulated carrier, but
telemetry indicates that it has partially failed, and delivering half
power.  This beacon is a useful test source for those testing mode-S
converters, prior to the launch of P3-D.  It is considerably weaker
than DOVE, which should be used for initial testing. Any reports of
reception on 2401 MHz.  would be most welcome.  Please e-mail
g3cwv@amsat.org.

The 435.025 MHz. beacon is normally OFF.  However it can sometimes be
heard when the satellite is being commanded by ground control, ie.
within range of Guildford, UK.  When the 435 beacon is transmitting,
the 145 beacon is normally OFF.  The data transmitted is mainly
binary.

Listeners to OSCAR-11 may be interested in visiting my web site.  The
web site contains details of hardware required and some software for
capturing data, and decoding ASCII telemetry and WOD.  There is an
archive of raw data (mainly WOD) for analysis, which is continually
being expanded, as new data is captured.  Also included are some
audio files, examples of each type of data transmitted by OSCAR-11,
each one plays for about ten seconds.  There are also examples of
mode-S reception.  All the audio files are zipped, so that they can
be played off-line.  These should help listeners identify the various
types of data, and give an indication of the signal quality required
for successful decoding.

The URL is -

      http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/clivew/

If you place this bulletin on a terrestrial packet network, please
use the bulletin identifier $BID:U2RPT33.CWV, to prevent duplication.

73 Clive G3CWV   g3cwv@amsat.org



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