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Re: AO-16 currently silent and resting 11:15UTC 5May2008



Any chance that it will be available for use for the Scout-O-Rama Special Event station (K9BSA) this Saturday, 5/10?


George, KA3HSW


-----Original Message-----
>From: "Mark L. Hammond" <n8mh@embarqmail.com>
>Sent: May 5, 2008 6:33 AM
>To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
>Subject: [amsat-bb]  AO-16 currently silent and resting 11:15UTC 5May2008
>
>Hello all,
>
>The weekend presented a chance to gather some telemetry on AO-16. The telemetry looks nominal.  Recently, the satellite seems to go silent on a nearly daily basis.  Increasing eclipse periods remain a likely explanation, but we remain open to other explanations at this point.  
>
>To this end, I have turned AO-16 OFF for a few days to rest and ensure that its batteries will be given a chance to become fully charged.  Following its several day rest period, we'll try to conduct more tests to better determine what type of operations that AO-16 is currently able to support.  
>
>Please do not transmit to AO-16 until further notice.
>
>73 on behalf of the command team (and Happy Cinco de Mayo!),
>
>Mark L. Hammond  [N8MH]

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