[amsat-bb] NO-84 APRStt? (and darned beacons)

skristof at etczone.com skristof at etczone.com
Thu Jun 2 18:27:15 UTC 2016

The pessimist in me thinks that some crazy person will figure out a way
to do a 24/7 DTMF beacon. 

I'm not that smart, but someone probably is. 

Steve AI9IN

On 2016-06-02 11:54, Robert Bruninga wrote:

>> It was Qikcom-2 I was reading about...
>> Maybe WB4APR can update us on the status of the former...
>> http://aprs.org/qikcom-2.html
> It is fully integrated and will launch on the same launcher as the two
> AMSAT FOX satellites no sooner than August.
> Other than that, I know practically nothing since it was impossible to get
> a non-disclosure-agreement through the Naval Academy's bureaucracy in
> under a year.  We developed and delieverd the flight unit long before
> there was any progress on the paperwork.
> Got my fingers crossed.  If it works, it will be the usual PSAT digipeater
> but will also have a DTMF uplink for Grids and Messages and a Voice
> downlink of same while also converting them to APRS packets too.
> We will probably leave the DIGI off and leave it  in DTMF and Voice mode
> due to so many unattended worthless beacons on the uplink that would cut
> into useful live human contact time...
> Bob, WB4APR
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