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Re: Santa Claus brought AO40 back!!!

Wonderful news.

I have a 2.4g dish to receive with but no converter yet. I have a 1.2g Tx 
module for my 736R but no antenna yet. Up on 1.2g and down on 2.4g was 
always the way I had hoped to operate P3D. Looks like it might work out 
that that is the way we might all have to go. It will be great to have a 
microwave bird [smaller antennas required]. The new TS-2000 also has 1.2g 

Wonder what happened to the lower bands? But if all we end up with are the 
microwave bands AO-40 will still be a wonderful success.


>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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