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SSETI Express over West Malaysia



Hello All,

SSETI express just passed over west Malaysia at 2333 Hours Local Time (UTC
+0800) or 1533 Hours UTC with a maximum elevation of 46 degrees.  Using the
preliminary keps, Nova showed this orbit as orbit no. 6.

I was ready with the SERACC software and Symek TNC3S in kiss mode.  However,
when the satellite passed by, I heard only PTT clicks on the downlink
(437.250 +/-) and the DCD light did not come on.  

Then, I taught that the satellite should be in recovery or safe mode.  I
then proceeded to run the pulse beacon decoder software.  (The rig is
connected to the TNC3S and sound card, actually for decoding PCSAT2's 9k6
and 1k2 data respectively)  The pulse beacon decoder software successfully
decoded about 13 beacons.  Actually there were 14 beacons, but I doubt the
accuracy of the 14th beacon as it was decoded only about 10 second before
LOS.  Here are the data from the CSV file generated by the pulse beacon
decoder:

2005-10-27 23:40:39,1,1100111001001110,22.166086 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:41:13,2,1100111000111111,24.103046 V,RECOVERY MODE
2005-10-27 23:41:42,3,1100111001001110,22.166086 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:42:14,4,1100100101001110,22.190298 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:42:45,5,1100001011001110,22.323464 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:43:17,6,1101100101001110,22.196351 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:43:48,7,1100010111111111,24.720452 V,RECOVERY MODE
2005-10-27 23:44:20,8,1101111001001110,22.172139 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:44:52,9,1100001011001110,22.323464 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:45:23,10,1101111101001110,22.268987 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:45:55,11,1100111001001110,22.166086 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:46:26,12,1101001101001110,22.232669 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:46:58,13,1101011101001110,22.256881 V,SAFE MODE
2005-10-27 23:47:29,14,1100111000111111,24.103046 V,RECOVERY MODE

Signals were very strong, peaking to S9 over 10 db, and most of the time was
above S7.  Antenna used was 11 element vertically polarized 70 cm quad and
the rig was an ICOM IC-910H.  This is the first time, I have got the
opportunity to view a satellite launch life over streaming video and copy
its telemetry within the same day.

Can anyone confirm if the above is correct, or am I doing something wrong
here?  Also, is this data useful to the command team, and if I should upload
it, where should I upload it to?

Thanks a lot in advance and all the best to everyone.

73,
Sion Chow Q. C.,
9W2QC. 
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