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PCsat additional Users authorized

In order to welcome experimentation and more flexibility in operations,
without sacrificing the primary mission objectives we  have expanded some
of the usage rules for PCsat as follows:

1) Users are welcome to perform reasonable experiments at any power
levels  between the hours of midnight and 0700 daily local time.

2) We will simplify the rules on the HT channel for "special" operations
by simply stating a "special" power-rate on the HT channel of 5 watts per
minute.  That is, a 5 watt station is authorized 1 packet per minute under
"special" operations.  (Half that for routine (1 packet per 2 minutes).

3) Higher power users or non-standard applications may operate on the HT
channel but at an appropriately lower transmission rate.  Example.
a 50w mobile operating in "special" precedence is welcome on that channel
at say a 1 packet per 10  minute rate.  Still preserving the 5W per minute

We still do not recommend un-attended operations during normal operations.
Plan for a pass, set your rate.  After the pass, secure the radio, or QSY
back to terrestrial operations.

I won't be able to upload the new bulletins on the downlink or modify the
WEB page until Monday. but realizing I wanted to do some testing overnight
tonight, it made me realize that everyone needs the same flexibility.
Especially since PCsat is moving earlier in time and is beginning to have
sleep-hour passes in the northern hemisphere...

de WB4APR, Bob

On Wed, 3 Oct 2001, Bob Bruninga wrote(and has now (12 Oct) revised):

> As of 1930z on 3 Oct, PCsat has been enabled for user access in accordance
> with the User Service Agreement found on the PCSAT WEB page.  In that
> document (which will change to meet operational requirements), is
> everything you need to know to operate via PCsat.  Please note, that the
> full potential of PCsat (as appears in some of the "hype") will not be met
> until we have permanent APRS Igates monitoring the downlink in each
> region.
> The success of everyone will be based on the discipline of users to follow
> the posted guidance.  For your convenience, I will post it here:
> PCsat USER SERVICE AGREEMENT                           de WB4APR
> ----------------------------
> PCsat provides a worldwide position, status and messaging
> service for mobile and handheld amateur radio satellite users.
> Base station transmissions through PCsat are not encouraged
> except for special tests, demos or other circumstances.  Grade
> of service depends on user adherence to Power levels, trans-
> mission Period, and Precedence criteria.
> PCsat is an open system in accordance with the ITU regulations for
> the Amateur Satellite Service.  To provide the best overall
> throughput for the largest collection of users PCsat is protocol
> driven and requires that all users adhere to the fundamental
> protocol requirements at all times.  Users that adhere to these
> published protocol and operating standards are welcome.
> You may use PCsat if you adhere to the following agreements:
> 1) Keep informed of the current protocol requirements via the PCsat
>    web page and/or via bulletins in the downlink.  As of activation
>    on 3 Oct 2001, the requested user uplink rate is only 1 packet
>    per 2 minutes.  The design goal is one per minute, but we want
>    to approach that cautiously.  Also, the once a minute BText from
>    PCSAT will always announce the expected default rate for routine
>    mobiles using the syntax:  "OPS-Normal 2m rate...." etc.
> *** Revised 12 Oct to an overall rate of 5 Watts per minute for
> *** "special" operations.
> 2) Understand that the PCsat mission and your objective is only to
>    get your position and or status and or message digipeated once
>    or maybe twice.  Anything more is not being fair to other users.
> 3) The user uplink path is "VIA APRSAT".  Like all terrestrial
>    APRS digipeaters, PCsat will do callsign-substitution to indicate
>    that it has digipeated the packet and the packet will come
>    back down as PCSAT-nn*.   Do not digipeat via PCSAT-nn* because
>    it will not work in OPS-NORMAL mode.
> *** Revised 10 Oct, Digipeat via W3ADO-1 or2 is OK due to frequent
> *** resets to this default
> 4) Use only the authorized power levels, channel and periodicity for
>    your station class and precedence as posted and published below.
>    --------------  ---  ----  -------  -------  --------  ---------
>    Legacy Packet*  50W  1200  145.825  5 min    APRSAT    145.825
>    APRS Base stn   50W  9600  435.250  5 min    APRSAT    145.825
>    Mobile          50W  9600  435.250  various  APRSAT    145.825
>    Handi-Talkie     5W  1200  145.825  various  APRSAT    145.825
> 4) Use a TXD of about 200ms if possible.
> 5) Use the shortest possible packets.  Mic-E protocol or APRS
>    compressed is preferred (typically 30 bytes or so).
> 6) Determine your own precedence based on your current communications
>    requirements for each pass.  In general, all use is routine except
>    for special circumstances.  Typical Special usage is for demonstra-
>    tions, and long term events.  Priority usage may be for VIP demos
>    or special one-time events.  Use good judgment, being fair to all
>    other usrs.  To alert other users to your precedence/priority, Set
>    your period and position comment as follows:
>    -----------  ----------  ------  -----  ------------------------
>    Mobile/HT    Emergency  .2 min   any    EMERGENCY
>                 Priority   .5 min   any    PRIORITY
>                 Special     1 min   any    Special
>                 Routine     2 min   any    Off-duty,Enroute,...,etc
>    Legacy Pkt*  ALL         X * 2   N/A    Short BText
>    Base Stns    ALL         X * 2   House  Off-Duty
>    GPS Traker   ALL         X * 2   GPSxyz N/A
>    Notice that legacy packet stations, base stations, and NMEA Trackers
>    are requested to minimize QRM by setting their packet rates
>    to the next longer period (twice as long) for any given precedence
>    to account for their longer packets.
> If you accept the conditions of operation for PCsat, please sign this
> document and post it in your primary wallpaper location.
> Whenever PCsat RESETS to "safe mode", we ask that all user transmissions
> cease.  SAFE mode can be recognized by these items:
> 1) If either BText says "US Naval Academy Prototype Comm Satellite..."
> 2) If you see the callsign W3ADO-1 or -2 on 145.825
> 3) If you hear the callsign PCsat-11 or -12 on 144.825
> 4) If you hear the callsign PCsat-1 or -2 on 144.39 over the USA
> *** Due to problems with random resets to W3ADO-1 and -2, but good
> *** health of the satelite, users may digipeat via W3ADO-1,2 as needed.
> If you see any of these, then stop transmitting on the uplinks and wait
> for us to fix it.  This User Service Agreement is subject to  change at
> any time and will be posted on the http://www.ew.usna.edu/pcsat web page
> for frequent updating.  In these first few weeks. it will take a while for
> things to stabalize, so just gather statistics to see if we can make this
> work..    Thanks, de WB4APR
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