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The SUNSAT team has upgraded the diary software. It seems to have
improved the reliability of the diary and the operating schedule. The
team has also uploaded the parrot repeater software. Early tests were
satisfactory. It is expected that towards the end of January the Parrot
Repeater will become functional.

Packet radio operation is still some 3 months or so away.

Here is the schedule for the next few weeks as supplied by Henry
Chamberlain ZS1AAZ

Times are UTC.
1 January 2000

00:24 to 00:38          New Zealand and Australia
08:06 to 08:20          Southern Africa
08:28 to 08:42          Europe
15:04 to 15:18          USA and Canada

2 January 2000

01:00 to 01:14          Japan
09:05 to 09:19          Southern Africa
14:06 to 14:20          South America
16:02 to 16:16          USA/Canada

8 January 2000  Start of the Cape to Rio Yacht Race

00:05 to 00:19          New Zealand and Australia
08:25 to 08:39          Southern Africa
08:46 to 09:00          Europe
13:28 to 13:42          South America

9 January 2000

01:18 to 01:32          Japan
07:45 to 07:59          Southern Africa and Rio race
08:06 to 08:20          Europe
16:20 to 16:34          USA/Canada.

The Cape to Rio Yacht Race starts on 8 January. One of the SUNSAT
students is onboard one of the vessels. Henry is planning to provide
some additional passes for the participants of the race. More
information will be released ASAP.

Best wishes for the New Year and the new Millennium.


Hans ZS5AKV.
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