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UO-12 stuff

Someone asked about an Oscar number; UO-35 was mentioned.

35 is already allocated - to Sunsat. 36 is the next number.

Theres a paper about the Merlion (mer as in mermaid, lion as in Grrrrrr;
do not pronounce it as mer-lee-on, thats wrong) on the web site; they talk
about naming it as SARTS-OSCAR-xx or SINGAPORE-OSCAR-xx.

Ergo it should come out as SO-36 if it gets named after the comms payload,
or UO-36 if it takes the UoS name (theres lots more than comms on board).

BTW when the L-band uplink links to the S-band downlink for a linear
transponder, expect *lots* of doppler. They say its a non-inverting device
so: plus/minus (25 KHz [uplink] plus 45 KHz [downlink]) equals a doppler
swing of about 140 KHz or so per pass. Better start fitting electric
motors to those tuning dials fellas. Pity they didn't make it inverting,
that would have knocked 100 KHz off the doppler. Passband is said to be 
1.6 MHz wide ;)

Richard W L Limebear G3RWL
FOC # 1188

          So many beautiful girls ..... (sob) so little time
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