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Re: FO-20 battery problems now?



I was also on FO-20 last night and observed the same thing.  In fact, I was
just about to turn off the radio and give up when all the sudden the bird
popped in with a very strong signal.

Mark McGregor
KB9KHM

Scott Townley wrote:

> Was listening for FO-20 late last night in AZ (28-Apr 11:08PDT; 29-Apr
> 06:08Z.  Orbit 52581) and couldn't hear the beacon for well over half the
> pass; very unusual to me as I regularly work FO-20 in the evenings.
> Then all of a sudden, whoop!  there's the beacon, sounding *very* much like
> AO-10 when it comes out of eclipse.
> Checking NOVA, sure enough, FO-20 went out of eclipse and into sun at
> 06:17Z MA=245.1.
> The AMSAT-NA web page notes that the bird has been being run on
> undervoltage controller for some time, but I haven't seen any note of
> battery failure.
> Other observations/fresh info/everyone else already knows this?
>
> Scott Townley
> nx7u@arrl.net
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