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Re: Shenzhou launch/uk



Read an article today indicating the PDRC television was going to carry the
launch live, but that was cancelled for fear of political damage if the
thing blew up on the pad.  Security is very tight around the launch complex
and even telephone contact is blocked in and out of the complex and nearby
city.  Leave it to 'amateur' radio operators to dig up the info.  The
Astronaut apparently won't be selected till about an hour before launch to
pick the most physically fit 'driver'.

Tom Webb, WA9AFM/5

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A Thomas" <70374.440@compuserve.com>
To: "amsat-bb" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 5:21 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Shenzhou launch/uk


> What follows is the best I can do.
>
> UTC/az/Maxel:
>
> For a launch at 0100z tomorrow  I estimate maxel less than 6 degrees at az
> 182 degrees, 0622z tomorrow. This is my maxel in central England. Orbital
> inclination is abt 42 degrees so those of you south of me will get better
> elevations/times.
>
> Also try 90 minutes before this time and 90 minutes after, as usual, for
> maxels at azimuth abt 15/20 degrees east and west of south.
>
> Spacecraft may be visible at the early pass.
>
> Spacecraft will be in radio range at my qth at this time.
>
> Frequency
>
> despite repeated requests to Xinhua etc I have no frequency, however,
Grove
> enterprises has the following:
>
> 160.00 MHz china 9B
> 179.985 MHz China 17,19  CW
> 180.0 MHz CHINA 4-7 SAT. TELEMETRY, CHINA 9c
>
> I don't remember the freq of the first 1970 satellite "The East is Red"
> (???Dongfanghong???)
>
> Might be worth scanning the 136 MHz wx satellite band.
>
> Early USSR frequencies were: 19995, 20006 and 143.625 MHz. Last is
unlikely
> as it is in use with ISS.
>
> China has a fleet of 5 comms/monitoring ships in the Pacific and Indian
> oceans - don't know if there is currently a ship in the Atlantic but if
> there is she will be between 42 deg N and 42 deg S. Possibly some
telemetry
> downlink therefore, I would look  around the soyuz frequencies near 922
Mhz
> if you're between those latitudes..
>
> Due to the low elevations I shall be listening on HF 19995 and 20006
>
> Go, taikonaut!
>
> 73 de andy g0sfj
>
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