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RE: AO-40 pictures

Hi Charlie,

You don't learn by not asking questions, ... 

You can find the telemetry specs published to date (about 95%) on the
following web site:


This will show you how to determine the block types etc.

If you download P3T from Stacey's site:


Then you can use this software to replay telemetry captured in the past, ...
a complete set of CRCC OK telemetry is maintained on the ftp.amsat.org
server, a link is provided on the telemetry page above.

There were many images taken prior to the event last year, the raw D blocks
for these files are in the telemetry archive, .... look around the first 10
days of operation you'll find them in the zips.

Pictures previously decoded can be found at:


These are the ones that I decoded from the telemetry submitted to the

If you review a file using P3T replay function, then if the first character
of a block in the raw display is in inverse video then it is CRCC BAD, if it
is not in inverse video then it is good.

Paul, VP9MU
AO40 Telemetry Archive

-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Suckling [mailto:csuckling@nhlab.demon.co.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 8:35 AM
To: paul.willmott@omsl.bm
Subject: RE: AO-40 pictures


All understood re decoding the pictures etc.

What is the sequence used at the moment for the blocks?  How do I tell
looking at ao40rcv screen(s) what type of block it is receiving, and is
this obvious somewhere in the .tlm file it saves to disk.  Sorry for the
ignorance - if there is anywhere where I can look this up, please direct me
there to save your time!

I will send in the one set of data I have with good CRC's in it later today
- would appreciate confirmation if possible that it looks OK to you.



At 06:50 28/02/01 -0400, you wrote:
>The pictures will be downloaded in the "D" blocks, ... this is a format
>by the command stations. As far as I know this hasn't been released to the
>general user base yet as the spec keeps moving. No software has been
>released yet to decode the images, though I do have a lash up here that I
>use. Yes we will require CRCC OK blocks, and we'll probably need the
>captures of many stations to get all the bits of the picture, ... if you
>want to help in this process please capture as much telem as you can and
>and send to ao40-archive@amsat.org
>We then merge all the collected telemetry together and hopefully we can put
>the pictures together, ... we will then release the JPEGs to everyone for
>viewing, ... as we did before the bird went off line last year.
>So the key is capture the D blocks and send them into the archive!
>Paul, VP9MU
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Charles Suckling
>To: paul.willmott@omsl.bm
>Sent: 2/28/01 5:15 AM
>Subject: AO-40 pictures
>Please could you tell me what (software/hardware?) is required to decode
>the pictures and how much is likely to survive the spin fading, or put
>another way does one need CRC OK blocks to get anything.  I am very
>interested in having a go at receiving them.  Or, point me towards a
>reference where I can look it up.
>I have yet to receive any good blocks before perigee despite pretty
>signals, but a week or so back got a good run of CRC OK blocks from
>to about MA=15-20.  Using AO40RCV v 4 and 10ft dish. Compared to
>AO40rcv seems a little better.  The bzy program seems the least
>Charlie G3WDG
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