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Re: FM Satellite status

Here is a beginner's one line summary of currently active FM birds that
you can receive on your Mobile FM rig and mobile vertical whip antenna.  
Two new items of significance:
 1) SUNSAT now operates APRS digipeating on all non-voice sked passes!
 2) Kenwood announced an upgrade to THD7 HT to rec/display 9600 baud
    APRS.  THus it can monitor these satellite downlinks in your hand.

----  ------- ------- - ---------------    ----------------------------
MIR   145.985 145.985 9+FM crew voice      Voice and SSTV activity rptd
UO11  145.825         4 FM Bell-202 ASCII  Telemetry only
UO14  435.070 145.975 5 FM Voice rptr      lots of fun every pass
AO27  436.795 145.850 3 FM Voice rptr      days only but fun
SO35  145.825 436.290 8 FM Voice rptr      on scheduled passes only
SO35  145.825 436.290 8 9600 bd FSK digi   ON for APRS on non-voice passes
UO22  435.120 145.900 3 9600 bd FSK BBS    ON
KO23  435.170 145.900 4 9600 bd FSK BBS    ON but with probs in eclipse
KO25  436.500 145.980 3 9600 bd FSK BBS    ON
TO31  436.925 145.925 5 9600 bd FSK Images ON

Between the hours of about 6 AM to noon and 6 PM to midnight local SUN
time there is usually one of these birds in view for a few minutes to keep
you entertained while traveling.  UHF requires +/- 5 or 10 KHz Doppler
tuning.  The "S" column is a subjective signal strength assessment.  A
20" vertical whip in the center of your car roof  will give you success as
shown below.  This acts as a 3/4 wave on UHF giving almost 8 dBi above 
30 degrees over a good groundplane.         
                                                SIG RECEIVE RANGE
                                                --- ------------------
As a rough approximation consider this table     9  Horizon to Horizon
which  I have subjectively  determined after     8  5  deg and above
3 months  of daily monitoring. Home stations     7  10 deg and above
with 50' of RG 8  should subtract abt 3 from     6  15 deg and above
the signals and 5/8  or dual band, or "gain"     5  20 deg and above
antennas  should also subtract about 2.          4  25 deg and above
                                                 3  30 deg and above
The PACSATs  do not  currently  digipeat  UI     2  3 ele beam required
packets,  but  you can still  see status and     1  6 ele beam required
telemetry and the USER lists on your Kenwood
data radios or any radio with 9600 baud TNC.  For more info on mobile
satellite operations see http://web.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/astars.html

NOTES:   Miles Mann reports Cosmonauts sleep between 1900z to 0400z.

Errors, omissions, corrections welcome.  I will re-post this when ever I
hear of changes in status.  For more detail, of course, read the AMSAT
News Service bulletins and AMSAT WEB pages http://www.amsat.org

de WB4APR, Bob

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