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Re: Picosat heard? [was: "StenSat may be Released ThisMorning..."]

This morning at 05:40 PST, we attempted to launch picosatellites.
As many of you have heard, Opal's transmitter has developed a spurious
audio signal around 2800Hz that is corrupting the downlink.  We are
unable to decode any packets.  However, it is transmitting.  There
are two beacons:

	1) Short pulse every ten seconds.
	2) Longer pulse approximately every minute.

Unfortunately, Opal may sound similar to JAK so listen carefully.  Due
to unknown reasons, Artemis chose to use the same frequency as us.

Opal appears to be receiving appropriately.  It distinctly attempts to
respond to connects but we cannot decode them.  So, we are attempting to 
fake Opal's response with our prototype Opal and in doing so, fake out
our ground station into thinking it is connected.  Thus our prototype
will provide the acks that our ground station needs.  Preliminary testing
shows this works, and we're doing more testing now to confirm.

So, there may be a possibility they launched this morning.  We have
no way of knowing other than Picosat monitoring.

Keep your ears open and let us know if you hear anything.  We'll be 
trying/listening again this evening.


On Sun, 6 Feb 2000, John Mock wrote:

> It sounds like at least one picosat was released.  Or, at least, there's
> now something out there ca. 1530 this morning beeping on 437.090 [437.100
> before doppler], perhaps in slow MCW.  I didn't get much of it, as i did
> not get outside until MEL and was looking mostly for STENSAT.  It seems
> so slow and the spacing so large so long that i can hardly do more than
> distinguish dots from the one dash that i heard.  After replaying the tape
> several times, this is the best i could get without resorting to an audio
> spectragram:
>     ... ... . . .. - . . . . . 
> I suppose it might have been trying to say 'artimis' but that is probably
> a long shot...  Sorry, no S-meter reading, but clearly audible above the
> noise with an Arrow-equivalent antenna.
> I didn't hear anything on 436.620 [436.625 before doppler], but they had
> expected it would take 1-2 hours of illumination before STENSAT would
> start transmitting, especially if it was only getting sunlight edge-on.
> Unless someone else did better than i (more sensitive receiver, or full
> az-el antenna setup instead of Arrow-equivalent), then Europe or the
> East Coast is likely to hear it first.
> 		         -- KD6PAG  (Networking Old-Timer, Satellite QRPer)
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