[aprssig] Four APRS satelites in orbit!

Peter Malacarne peterm at telus.net
Sun Dec 10 15:06:32 CST 2006


Robert Bruninga wrote:

>With the launch of STS-116, we now have just added a total of
>FOUR amateur Radio Satellites on their way to orbit.  These are
>in addition to the PCSAT-1 and ARISS systems.  So now is the
>time to play APRS satellites while they last (it will only be a
>few months)...
>ANDE MAA - packet digipeater and packet-to-voice
>RAFT     - packet digipeater and packet-to-voice
>NMARS    - Navy Marincorps Mars packet and Voice repeater
>FCAL     - Cubesat telemetry system
>We call NMARS an amateur satellite too because it is operated by
>Amateur Radio Volulnteers in the Military Affiliate Radio
>System.  It is on MARS frequency and only authorized MARS
>operators can use it, but they are all duly licensed radio
>amateurs too.
>These satellites will not last long due to their very low
>deployment altitude, but they should provide a new opportunity
>to do experiments and make packet contacts.  This is especially
>true since ANDE, RAFT, PCSAT-1 all operate on the same frequency
>and can replay packets between themselves.  And if we are lucky,
>we might get the ISS to QSY to the same frquency for a few
>4-satellite experiments.
>Bob, WB4APR
>US Naval Academy Satellite Lab
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>aprssig at lists.tapr.org
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