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Santa Claus brought AO40 back!!!

Dear All,

we just got information from New Zealand and Australia, that AO-40
is back on Air!!

At 2000 12 25 21:45 Ian, ZL1AOX sent a RESET command through L-band
and an initialization block to switch the S2 S-Band transmitter On.

Just after the first attempt the S2 beacon came on 2401.305 MHz,
Signal was about S5 to 6 which was comparable to when S2 was 
heard last during testing. 

At 2000 12 26 00:30 signal strength has dropped to below S1 over a period of
30 minutes.

The beacon was confirmed by several other stations in Australia, 
including Graham VK5AGR.

Assuming this is true, we have a long way to go, but it's sure a step in 
the right direction!!!

The next thing is trying to upload IPS...

All previous attempts in the last 2 days to turn V-band On were unsuccessful, 
so we changed the strategy to try on S-Band..

Merry Christmas and Congratulations to Ian!!

73s Peter DB2OS
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