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Re: RAFT Packet Operator assistance needed



We only have 7 days left in this operating period and really do
need a good OSCAR station in the Southern USA in a line from AZ
to GA to conduct this test of RAFT flying through the 80
megawatt radar transmitter beam originated in north Texas.

There is only one viable pass per day per command station
location in the early evening.  Here are the Times CENTRAL
Daylight Time are:

24th 9:57:36 PM West of Texas
25th 8:56:36 PM East of Texas
     9:55:24 PM West of Texas
26th 8:22:42 PM East of Texas
     9:52:06 PM West of texas
27th 8:19:18 PM East of Texas
     9:49:12 PM West of Texas
28th 8:15:42 PM West of Texas
29th 8:11:56 PM West of Texas
30th 8:07:48 PM West of Texas
 1st 8:03:36 PM West of Texas

The trick is to command the satellite to turn on its downlink
carrier and Radar receiver exactly 30 seconds prior to passing
through the fence and then having an audio recorder running to
"hear" (record) the tone when we pass through the radar beam.

Commands are a simple CONNECT XXXX at the cmd: propt, then an
exchange of passwords, and then sending a simple typed command
at the right time.

RAFT can he HEARD just fine on ALL FIVE passes leading up to
this last pass per day, so you can test your RECEIVE capability
on any pass, but can only command in the dark (due to
overcharging on batteries makes uplink receier deaf)...

If anyone can conduct this test please let us know.  Only one
person per pass can attempt this, so we want the best gun at the
stick.  Fully conversent at the TNC "cmd:" prompt and preerably
with experimence with the KPC3+ remote-sysop command mode.

Bob, WB4APR
USNA Satelite Lab


> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga@usna.edu>
> To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
> Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 12:32 PM
> Subject: [amsat-bb] RAFT Packet Operator assistance needed
> 
> 
> > We need AMSAT operator help with the RAFT satellite Test.
> >
> > We need somone with a 2m beam and familiarity with packet
that
> > lives in the Southern USA from Arizona to Georgia (AZ, NM,
TX,
> > OK, MS, ALA, GA).
> >
> > RAFT is at its mission life time half-way point, and we have
not
> > been able to find anyone in the above footprint to help us
> > conduct the primary mission which was for the satellite to
> > detect its own passing through the DOD's radar fence.  When
it
> > flies through the North American Space-Object fan beam, we
> > should hear about 1 second tone that anyone can hear on the
> > downlink.
> >
> > Due to its low orbit and small footprint, turning on the
Radar
> > Transponder can only be done in the shared footprint between
the
> > radar transmitter in North Texas and the command station.
The
> > ideal command station has
> > these atributes:
> >
> > 1) Lives in AZ, NM, TX, OK, AK, LA, MS, AL, GA, W.FLA
> > 2) A reasonable 2m beam for ops on 145.825
> > 3) A packet TNC
> > 4) A familiarity with dumb-terminal TNC operations such as
> >   A. Connections, Converse, UNPROTO, etc
> >   B. Remote sysop logon to a Kantronics TNC
> >
> > The objective of these southern command stations is to
logon,
> > send the command to activate the RAFT Radar receiver for 1
> > minute in anticipation of passing through the fence.  Then
> > hopefully recording any audio heard on the downlink
(145.825).
> > Of course, once the radar receiver is on, everyone in the
> > footprint should be able to hear it.
> >
> > For info, see the ANDE-RAFT operations page:
> > http://eng.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/ande-raft-ops.html
> >
> > Several AMSAT hams built this tiny Radar receiver as a
possible
> > common device for all future HAMsats, and we would like to
get
> > feedback on its performance.  But they all live up North.
If
> > you have a beam and familiarity with TNC's please let us
know.
> >
> > Bob, WB4APR.
> > US Naval Academy Satellite Lab
> >
> >
> >
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