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Re: Hamsat launch



Best wishes for a successful launch, from all the hams
aboard the "Sea Launch Commander"!
73, Jim  KQ6EA
--- "A.R Pratap Kumar" <comex@vsnl.com> wrote:
> Hi all
> Hamsat launch is now scheduled for 5 May 2005 appx
> time is 10.22 IST 
> 
> Members of Amsat India will be at ISTRAC mission
> centre to experience the pre launch checks ,
> countdown, Tlm and oribital commands etc.
> As it will help hams to experience and gain
> knowledge of such activities specially of their own
> Hamsat programme.
> ISTRAC is the Indian Sat Tracking Centre at
> Bangalore
> 
> Doordharsan TV known  as DD ( Govt run TV  Ch ) have
> taken video clipping for an exclusive news story
> about the HAMSAT.
> Hams working sats and interviewed Hams in the
> amateur sat operations like VU2POP, VU3SXE, VU2GUR
> have been covered exclusively.
> This will be aired on 2 or 3 May.
> 
> In the mean time a new ham station is setup at
> ISTRAC  apart from the other Ham Stn VU2URC at ISAC.
> VU2WMY Mani ( ISAC ), VU2FBS Singh ( ISTRAC ) have
> been assigned the payload evaluation jobs from ISRO.
> 
> Last evening and this morning the new Ham stn at
> ISRAC was contacted via the AO-51, stns active here
> were VU2WMY, VU2FBS, VU3TYG, VU2GUR and myself
> VU2POP. 
> ISTRAC ham stn was setup by VU2WMY Mani and VU2FBS
> Singh within a couple of days with the FT-767,
> FT-726, FT-8800 new G-5500 rotator, 2 UHF, VHF cross
> yagis,  NOVA tracker etc.
> They have sucessfully tracked and copied beacon /
> Tlm of other sats.
> 
> We hope the other centres of ISRO too will activate
> ham stns soon. More than 30 hams are in various
> centres of ISRO.
> 
> At the same time there is excitement around with VU
> Hams who are gearing up for the Hamsat activity and
> we hope to hear many new stns coming up on the Sat
> modes. 
> 
> Looking forward to the Hamsat.
> Best 73
> Pop
> VU2POP
> Secretary
> Amsat India regd
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