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Date sent:      	Mon, 5 Jul 1999 10:03:47 -0700 (PDT)
From:           	Clifford Buttschardt <cbuttsch@slonet.org>
To:             	amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject:        	RE: [amsat-bb] SUNSAT MOBE B THIS SUNDAY (fwd)

> Let me get this out on the AMSAT net ASAP!  Thanks  Cliff K7RR
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Mon, 5 Jul 1999 15:18:32 +0200
> From: "Garth W. Milne" <milne@firga.sun.ac.za>
> To: Clifford Buttschardt <cbuttsch@slonet.org>, bruninga@nadn.navy.mil,
>     nop06152@mail.telepac.pt
> Cc: Hans van de Groenendaal <hans@intekom.co.za>
> Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] SUNSAT MOBE B THIS SUNDAY
> Latest News
> SUNSAT Amateur Mode B transponder active USA 5 July 18:38 - 18:54 UTC
> Sunsat was programmed to support Mode B operations over South Africa,
> Europe, and America on Sunday 4 July.
> Sunsat was silent during the South African passes, making us suspect OBC1
> had crashed. It hadn't, but a fault in an earlier diary command caused
> diary execution to stop prematurely.
> We have programmed Sunsat into mode B transponder again for the USA
> extended 4-th July (ie 5 July) from 18:38 to 18:54 UTC on 7/5/99. This
> pass goes over the central states, and covers the whole of the USA.

1838z over houston....transponder is loud sending digital data. at 1839 to 
1840z the transponder changed to mode b and it is the loudest sounding bird 
in the sky. fantastic. on the icom 821h, i had to turn the power level all the 
way to the left and was transmitting about 5 watts. that was even too much. 
of course, some got on that were using more and i had to increase power to 
be heard. 

the pass lasted until los and was still sounding good. i even forgot to turn the 
antennas and did most of my working with the antennas about 45 degrees off 
the satellite and was still heard. 

looks like this has to be the easiest satellite in the world to work and the 
70cm doppler did not seem to affect the bird at all for fm work.

i recorded the pass and will convert it to real audio. forgot i could do it live 
and i taped it instead. the audio is available for listening or downloading at 


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