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Re: Fw: Historical Day for AO-40 !!!

I doubt that history was made!

A couple of days ago the JA's were sending SSTV to the VK's over AO-40.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Farrell Winder" <fwinder@one.net>
To: "AMSAT-bb" <AMSAT-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2001 11:46
Subject: [amsat-bb] Fw: Historical Day for AO-40 !!!

> Subject: Historical Day for AO-40 !!!
>  Hi All,
>      This was an exciting day and it is believed history was made for
>  in sending
>  the 1st SSTV  pictures thru  this satellite!
>     Don Miller, W9NTP and Farrell Winder, W8ZCF of the MAREX-NA group
>  succeeded in getting  several good pictures through AO-40.  W8ZCF
>  transmitted on  70 cm and W9NTP received on 13 cm. Tests started about
> 12:30
>  UTC on Saturday May 12, 2001 when the satellite was out about 48, 000 km
> and
>  continued until the satellite was  at a range of 40,000 km. Signals were
> not
>  strong and Don reported S readings of only 2 to 3. SSTV was sent only one
>  way
>  as W8ZCF did not have receive capability in place.
>      The experiment was 2 fold.  W9NTP and W8ZCF, along with others of the
>  Marex group have been developing and testing the NEW SSTV System for the
>  International Space Station.  It is called SpaceCam1. All pictures during
>  this phase of the test were sent via SpaceCam1 using R36 and S1 modes.
>      W9NTP and W8ZCF were believed to have received the last 2 pictures
>  AO-13 the day before its re-entry into the earth's atmosphere as reported
>  in an article in CQ VHF February 1997.  It was planned at that time that
>  try would be made  for the 1st pictures via P3D ( now A0-40) and it is
>  believed that success and history were made today!
>      Also an unusual  record may have been set in that 2 meter terrestrial
>  contact (about 80 miles) was later maintained in experiments between
>  & W8ZCF while
>  W8ZCF transmitted voice  on 70 cm via  A0-40  to W9NTP listening on 13
>   For details of SpaceCam1 see:
>     http://www.marex-na.org/
>      It is planned to within the next 24 hours to have some of the
>  pictures via AO-40 on this web site.
>      It is hoped that others will follow with SSTV via A0-40. This
>  is performing in excellent fashion, under the circumstances,  thanks to
> perserverance of the many who built, tested and  have  recently worked so
>  hard in getting optium performance  of AO-40.
>      Submitted by Farrell Winder, W8ZCF, Cincinnati, Ohio..
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