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Re: A True Joy (AO-51 TLM)



Right on Emily!  Well stated as well.  Nothing will EVER beat hands on
operation both in amateur and commercial effort.   Cliff K7RR

Emily Clarke wrote:
> 
> There are few things in life that can rival watching something come to
> life.  I grow a lot of bulbs, and after watching them year after year come
> back from the dead (well - the freezer here in San Francisco, but in New
> Hampshire where I used to live they really froze.)  The same is starting to
> catch hold of me with satellites.
> 
> AO-51 has some superb telemetry, and watching it is a real treat.  I was
> especially rewarded tonight at 05:10z as it came across my QTH and went out
> of eclipse right around northern British Columbia.  Watching the voltage
> and amperage on the solar panels climb. Watching the battery charge
> regulators kick in and watching the small but ever increasing trickle of
> life eep into the batteries... It was like watching salmon spawn.  I
> suppose you have to see first hand to appreciate it, but it was wonderful.
> 
> There are probably plenty of people who turn on TLMEcho or MacEchoTLM and
> collect the data, but IMHO there is nothing as exciting as looking at a
> tracking screen and seeing a form of resurrection happen in real time. It
> blows me away....
> 
> 73,
> 
> Emily
> 
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