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Re: AO-16 back on and very strong



My pleasure Reid. Up until today I had been optimistic about maybe eeking 
some sort of continuing operation out of AO-16, but this pass has sort of 
killed that. We had been getting an orbit or two between shutdowns the last 
week or so, which led me to think if we could enable it every orbit we'd 
extend operations. Right now the satellite is in about 79% sun, by this 
summer that will drop to 68%. Illumination equals heat, and our reset 
problem is temperature dependent. The temperatures have already dropped 
enough that the satellite reset twice during that pass; the time you heard, 
and about 30 seconds after I first turned it on it did the same.

So...we'll have to see if even a large effort will result in any sort of 
usable operations as we approach that 68% number.

73, Drew KO4MA
AMSAT-NA VP Operations

PS Be sure to thank Mark, N8MH, when you hear him on the air. He is usually 
the one that turns the satellite on in the afternoons, not me!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "w4upd" <updwrb@bristor-assoc.com>
To: "Amsat-Bb@Amsat. Org" <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 3:58 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] AO-16 back on and very strong


> Thanks to the control station turning AO-16 back on. Heard the sequence
> and then the bird was really kicking butt on its signal. I lowered my
> power to 5 watts and was still banging in and this with some very "bad"
> verticals that I have difficulty with on the other birds. Heard to
> satellite quit during the pass and then obviously, control station came
> back and turned it on again. Other then some "junk" only a couple of
> stations were on.
>
> I had a choice of AO-16 or SO-50. No brainer, stuck with AO-16.
> Good work fellows,
>
> 73, Reid, W4UPD
>
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