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Re: Santa Claus brought AO40 back!!!



Peter,

AWESOME NEWS!!!  Yay!

My family just finished open presents and I walked in to check e-mail and
saw this!  What a great gift!  WOW!

Congrats to the control team!  And way to go to the guys Down Under!

YIPPEE!!!!

73 and a very merry one to all,

Jon
NA9D

on 12/25/00 6:50 PM, Peter Guelzow at Peter.Guelzow@arcormail.de wrote:

> 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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NA9D (ex: KE9NA)

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