[amsat-bb] A0 40 replacement (PSK31-Best of FM and Linear!)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Sep 5 05:44:55 PDT 2013

> As long as AMSAT-NA needs to concentrate on... Cubesats...
> I would really like to see the pursuit of linear transponders...
> on them instead of single-channel FM repeaters.

We can have the best of BOTH FM and Linear!

> But we used to use a ucc1 in the navy to receive messages.
> http://www.virhistory.com/navy/rtty-mux-ucc1.htm
> It would allow us to receive something like 16 or 32 separate traffic
channels on one frequency.

We have that now in PSK31.  Up to 30 channels in a single audio channel.
So the ideal AMSAT transponder is a linear receiver (on 28.120 MHz) and an
FM downlink of that single channel on UHF.  This has the advantage of 30
individual linear uplinks to share amongst everyone, and the advantage of
FM downlink so that everyone gets the same waterfall without added

It's a win/win.  And it is FULL duplex so that everyone can transmit
simultaneously and everyone can receive everyone simultaneously.  What
more fun can that be!!!

See the design: http://aprs.org/psk31uplink2.html

And it all fits on a single 3.4" circuit board. Easy to fit in any
Cubesat.  Two such flight ready boards are ready by the Brno University in
the CZECH Republic.


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