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RE: AO-40 FD



Does anyone know if the Command Team is going to keep the transponder on for
a longer period, due to the special circumstances?	

73 de N8AU, Jim in Raymore, MO


-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Cunningham [mailto:tim_cunningham@mindspring.com] 
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 11:19 PM
To: AMSAT-BB
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-40 FD


While AO-40 lingers over North America for a long period of time 
during Field Day weekend this year, a quick run of the numbers using 
the current transponder schedule reveals about 4 hours of operation 
for North America.

With many of the usual satellites out of service, Field Day operations look
to be rather disappointing for demonstrating the effectiveness of satellite
communications. Although, the event may demonstrate 
the resourcefulness of those who brave the elements of mother nature to work
what is working when it is working.

FO-20 and FO-29 will be sorely missed this year. Let's hope that 
FO-29 is not completely out of the picture.

Let's not forget AO-16 as a resource as a digipeater in the sky working very
well.  IO-26 seems to be in MBL mode and not accepting any signals to be
digipeated at the moment. If the controllers are listening maybe they can
get IO-26 up and running for digipeater operation to make satellite
operation a little more interesting.



Tim - N8DEU
Huntsville, AL

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