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PCSAT-1 Returns on 9 Dec



PCSAT-1 should return to full operations on 9 Dec 08.
Plan on another Satellite Simulated Emergency Test.

This should give a few weeks for some good 2m packet contacts
and the SSET, and if the ISS is also operational on 145.825,
then there is the possibility for some lucky 2-hop DX contacts
via both birds.  Combined, that is 12 opportunities per day for
contacts without any change in the radio.

Operating PCSAT-1 is just like any 1200 baud 2 meter packet
repeater.  Uplink and downlink are on 145.825 and the path is
VIA ARISS.  This path is identical to the ISS path so that you
do not have to change anything between the two spacecraft.
(Until PCSAT-1 is reloaded, however, its digipeating alias is
its FCC call W3ADO-1.)  You can hear it every day, but its
packets die before completion because of poor power budget.

I just commanded PCSAT-1 yesterday and all functions are normal.
All we need is the first full-sun orbit on the 9th of Dec to be
able to do a full recovery; and then it should last for 2 weeks
or more.

You can easily operate mobile using any of the APRS radios as is
(D7, D700, D710, VX-8R, DR-135), or any other radio with an
external TNC, or even any radio with no TNC if you use a
sound-card packet application.

You can make two-way contacts, send beacons and bulletins and
send your position so you will show up on the PCSAT web page
http://pcsat.aprs.org

I'd suggest everyone plan on testing their emergency Email
capability during this time.  Lets set the time window of 12 to
15 December for everyone to try to send an Email via one of
these birds.  Please see the Satellite Simulated Emergency Test
www.aprs.org/sset.html.  You can use any packet system and no
special software is required.

Bob, WB4APR


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