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SUNSAT Amateur Transponder operation on  4/5 September.

The ground Control station reports that trouble was again experienced
with the diary that schedules the amateur  transponder operation (4/5
September). Reports indicate that the transponder only switched on over
Australia and Africa. We may
occasionally encounter software bugs computer hangs, or finger trouble,
so please regard the schedule as a goal, and not a guaranteed service. 

SUNSAT Amateur Transponder operation for 11/12 September.

SUNSAT's Amateur transponder is scheduled as listed below. 

Note that the transponder is switched back to mode B due to safety and
power budget considerations. 

Uplink 		= 436.291 MHz  (+10kHz/-10kHz max. Doppler)
Downlink 	= 145.825 MHz  (Ignore Doppler)

Saturday 11 September 
02:59 to 03:15          Australia 
09:41 to 09:55          Africa 
10:01 to 10:17          Europe 
16:37 to 16:55          USA 

Sunday  12 September 
02:20 to 02:38          Australia 
10:40 to 10:53          Africa 
11:00 to 11:16          Europe 
15:58 to 16:15          USA 
 (All times UTC.)

The passes over Australia will often enable comms over most of
Australia, and then the islands North of Australia including Japan. 
Communications between Japan and Australia should be possible for a
short period. 

The pass over Southern Africa should make comms possible between
countries like the RSA, Namibia, Angola, Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia,
Mozambique, and as far North as Sudan 

On the European pass, comms will be possible between countries in North
Africa and as far North as France, Germany, and parts of Russia.  The
satellite will remain switched on to cover the Scandinavian countries
and Greenland. 

The pass over North America should make comms possible from the Northern
countries in South America, the Carribean, most of the Eastern part of
the USA to the midwest, Canada, and briefly Alaska. 

Let's hear from you:
Please send your comments and experience to saamsat@intekom.co.za 


73

Hans
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