[amsat-bb] CAS-2T & HO68 Beacon Report

Jean-Pierre Godet godetj at wanadoo.fr
Fri Nov 25 21:55:40 UTC 2016

   Hi John, all !

   The last pass I listen to CAS-2T was on November 13th. I will try 
again tomorrow morning.

   About Xiwang-1 HO-68, just after the recent post of BA1DU I tried in 
vain and I gave up. Your mail gives me hope again and I tried around 
1625 UTC, a not too good pass of orbit nr 33385 in western Europe and, 
against all expectations, Xiwang-1 was partially alive, sending few 
characters between long periods of silence. The signal was significantly 
weaker than in the past, but it's a real pleasure to hear again the old 
   For comparison, this is a record of the last time I heard Xiwang-1:
   And now the one of this evening pass, orbit 33385:
at 19:25:25 UTC "BJ1SA XW XW AAA TTT", then at 19:26:40 "BJ1SA XW XW".

   It was at night, so I will try again tomorrow morning with hope, the 
solar panels illuminated, to receive a full telemetry string.

   Best 73 !

   Jean-Pierre F5YG

On 25/11/2016 18:26, John Papay wrote:

> Some are reporting hearing the beacon of
> CAS-2T, however, I had not been hearing it
> for the past few days.  Yesterday I set it on
> the Beacon Frequency and waited without tuning
> around.  Sure enough it was eventually heard,
> but not in a continuous stream. It would send
> "CE" and then go silent for a while.  Then it
> would send "CASS" and go silent, maybe for a minute
> or two before sending "CE" again.  No response on
> the voice repeater frequency.  In the past it had
> stuttered when activated.
> The HO-68 beacon was heard on frequency sending the
> data but often times it would stop sending in the middle
> of the data group.  It would go off for some time and then
> come back sending a few characters before going off again.
> The beacon frequency has been absolutely stable
> for years.  Frequency settings have not been changed here
> for years and it is always right there every time.
> 73,
> John K8YSE/7
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