[amsat-bb] Re: CASSIOPE's Foldable Antennas

B J va6bmj at gmail.com
Sat Sep 28 07:17:29 PDT 2013

On 9/28/13, Raydel Abreu Espinet (CM2ESP) <cm2esp at frcuba.co.cu> wrote:
> Regarding Canada's Space Program, did you know that Canada's oldie satellite
> Allouette-2 is back to live???, or at least its transmitters.....

That's interesting because there was no mention of it in the news here.

> While I was monitoring the 136-138 satellite sub-band a couple of months ago
> with a RTL2832U based cheap SDR dongle I founded weird doppler shifted
> signals not matching any known transmitting satellite. After reporting it on
> the HearSat mailing list and posterior confirmation from Mike Kenny in
> Australia the best match was Canadian old satellite Allouete-2 launched in
> 1965.
> It is amazing how solar panels, antennas and transmitters stages are
> functioning after 48 years!!! It can be heard on:
> 136.076 +- 2 KHz with high instability, strong.
> 136.589 with unmodulated sub-carriers, weak.
> 136.981 Continuos Wave.

I'll have to see if I can hear it.

> All three transmitters are alive after many years. It seems that due to some
> unknown reason it started to transmit again. May be the very same UFO which
> un-plug the batteries from the AO-07 bus ran across that oldie historical
> satellite and push the "ON" button HI HI HI HI HI!!!

Maybe there's hope for some of our other silent OSCARS, such as AO-51.


Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL


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