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

PY5LF py5lf at falautomation.com.br
Wed Nov 30 22:03:05 UTC 2016

Hi John
The CAS-2T has just passed over Brazil and the beacon still are working ,
very strong .
The problem in my opinion looks that the sat reset before finish the
complete set of caracteres , I mean , sometimes it send CASI or CASE , even
CAS only . Since the number 2 must be the next letter , I think it can not
TX the entire "2" (. . _ _ _ )
Just my guess.

2016-11-25 16:26 GMT-02:00 John Papay <john at papays.com>:

> 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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