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NO-45 nearly operational (was: Re: NO-45, UI digipeat)

Sapphire (NO-45) is in the midst of a checkout/restoration process 
expected to take about two more weeks.  At that point, we'll open him up 
for amateur digipeating service using the same framework as PCSAT.

You can track status updates on the PCSAT page: 

This will be somewhat of a haphazard 'payload' as Sapphire wasn't 
originally intended for digipeating.  So we'll probably see some of the 
problems in missed digipeating mentioned below.

Mike Swartwout, KE6YNJ
Sapphire operations lead

P.S.  Jerry -- sorry for the aggravation.  Power & manpower constraints 
forced us to only one on-board transmitter, so it has to work as both 
beacon and data downlink.  Eventually, those CW pulses will mean 
something; they'll contain status data.  When that change happens, we'll 
publish the translation instructions.  For now, it's just a tracking beacon.

K5OE@aol.com wrote:

> Mineo,
> ei7m writes:
>>I confirmed 3 pulses every 20 seconds from NO-45.
>> And I can digipeat via KE6QMD as follows.
>> > JE9PEL>CQ,KE6QMD* [23-Nov-03  12:52:39] <UI R>:
>> > JE9PEL>CQ,KE6QMD* [23-Nov-03  12:53:27] <UI R>:
> I also confirm the 3 pulses every 20 seconds, but today the digipeating is 
> not working????  It worked FB yesterday.  Anyone else see any traffic?
> These pulses are agravating because they trigger the DCD Sense when there is 
> no real traffic from the bird, causing my B A command to force a beacon every 
> 20 seconds also :-))
> 73,
> Jerry, K5OE
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