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Re: Fwd: Received RS-15 beacon (29.532 MHz)



Here's a .mp3 of RS-15's beacon I recorded November 30, 2002 ...

http://www.sunsunsun.net/kd4app/amsat/rs-15-beacon.mp3

I haven't tried listening for it lately.

73's

Don Woodward
KD4APP

On Sat, 2005-10-01 at 06:45 -0700, Emily Clarke wrote:
> One of the new hams in my area mentioned on our weekly net last night 
> that he had received the RS-15 beacon very strong, so I thought I 
> would pass this along to the BB and the WSR.
> 
> Just a note - someone who reads Shawn's entire report will probably 
> wonder why a new ham would have a 160m loop and I thought I would 
> take the time to mention that Shawn is a new ham, but went from tech 
> to extra class in a matter of weeks.  It is always thrilling to meet 
> new hams of Shawn's calibre and now that the bug has bitten him I 
> hope we will get him hooked on AMSAT activities.
> 
> 73,
> 
> Emily
> 
> 
> >From: "Shawn Morford" <ShawnMorford@msn.com>
> >To: <w0eec@amsat.org>
> >Subject: Received RS-15 beacon (29.532 MHz)
> >Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 23:33:31 -0700
> >
> >Emily,
> >
> >I received the subject beacon this morning during an RS-15 pass but 
> >I was not meticulous in taking notes.  Fortunately, there was 
> >another excellent RS-15 pass just now and the beacon came through 
> >again quite clearly.  Details are outlined below:
> >
> >My call sign & address
> >---------------------
> >KG6ZHC
> >Shawn Morford
> >755 Sharon Park Drive
> >Menlo Park, CA  94025
> >
> >My location (home QTH)
> >-----------------------
> >Grid: CM87vk
> >Latitude: 37 degrees, 26 minutes, 15 seconds, North
> >Longitude: 122 degrees, 12 minutes, 28 seconds, West
> >
> >RS-15 Pass
> >-----------
> >UTC 01-OCT-2005
> >AOS:  05:11  (UTC)
> >LOS:  05:40  (UTC)
> >This was a nice, long, close pass.  Maximum elevation angle was 60 
> >degrees (looking west over the Pacific).  Minimum range was 2,289 km 
> >(occurred at the maximum elevation angle).
> >
> >Frequency and nature of received signal
> >--------------------------------------
> >I expected the RS-15 beacon on 29.532 MHz, therefore I set my 
> >receiver to 29.351 MHZ USB and waited for a 1KHz tone.  My satellite 
> >tracking software automatically calculated the necessary doppler 
> >shifts and applied them to my receiver.
> >
> >Theoretical AOS:  05:09:34 (UTC, 01-OCT-2005)
> >Actual AOS:  05:11
> >
> >Theoretical LOS:  05:41:17
> >Actual LOS:  05:40
> >
> >With both 746PRO preamps turned on, signal strength varied anywhere 
> >from noise level to 4 S-units above the noise level.  Average signal 
> >strength was about 2 S-units above the noise.  With my receiver 
> >tuned as mentioned above, I heard a 1 KHz tone as follows:
> >1 second on, 3 seconds off, 1 second on, 3 seconds off, etc.
> >The "off" period was not always 3 seconds.  The "off" period was 
> >sometimes 4, 5, 8, or even 10 seconds.
> >
> >My equipment
> >-------------
> >Transceiver:  ICOM 746PRO
> >Tuner:  Palstar AT4K
> >Antenna:  160m horizontal loop fed with ladder line from the Palstar tuner
> >Radio Control and Satellite Tracking software: Ham Radio Deluxe (version 3.2)
> >
> >Let me know if you have any questions.
> >Best Regards (73),
> >Shawn  KG6ZHC
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