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RE: AO-10 pass 02-21-01



Same thing here. As of 3am I could hear myself quite well aside from the
usual QSB. Unfortunately, no one else was around but it was there. At
noon, the bird was still essentially where it was last night but there
was no one there, I couldn't hear myself and no beacon. Such is
AO-10...one day there are lots of people and it takes 10 watts to get an
S9 signal back and the next day, enough RF to lift it into a higher
orbit yields nothing. It's due back here about 00:30z tonight...we'll
see what happens. The way the thing tumbles, my guess is that it had a
bad angle to the sun and no power even though it wasn't in the earth's
shadow.

73...Mark - KB3CWS


-----Original Message-----
From: Frank A Cahoy [mailto:k0blt@juno.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 12:26 PM
To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-10 pass 02-21-01


Greetings to all,

I've just come from the shack and for nearly an hour (1610 UTC until LOS
at 1700 UTC) trying to hear and hopefully work AO-10.  I hope this is
not
a case of pilot error.  I was unable to hear even the slightest sign of
any activity in the entire bandpass nor could I hear my own down link. 
It was working reasonably well yesterday.  Of course, the usual fading
was present but the times between QSB periods was "normal" for this bird
in its present condition.  I tried to hear the beacon but again nothing.

It appears that AO-10 was graveyard dead.  I'm using IT V1.5 and
therefore I don't think I was on at the wrong time.  Anyone else who was
on trying like I was and found the same situation??  Thanks for the
bandwidth.  

73,  Frank, K0BLT
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