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Re: Santa Claus brought AO40 back!!!

>Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 01:50:21 +0100
>From: Peter Guelzow <Peter.Guelzow@arcormail.de>
>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
>so we changed the strategy to try on S-Band..
>Merry Christmas and Congratulations to Ian!!
>73s Peter DB2OS

This is great news, Peter.  

I quietly speculated to myself about trying to get s-band beacon going.  I
would guess this will provide the telemetric history of the events that
have transpired.  Hopefully this may lead to some cures for the V an U
bands.  But we should be prepared that full restoration of AO40 is still
down precipitous path.

Still this is very positive news.  {makes me wish I had worked on getting
the mode-S convertor set up this weekend!

My hat is off to the the control team!  This is a very nice Christmas
present to the satellite community.

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