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[aprssig] APRS via PCSAT-1 soon!

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Dec 7 15:38:58 UTC 2008


> I was on [PCSAT-1 (W3ADO-1)] this morning, 
> but I have my PCSAT PM set to use path
> W3ADO-1 and it worked.  I didn't see this 
> message, should I have used something else?

W3ADO-1 is the default callsign when PCSAT-1 crashes.  But for
years it just flies in this crashed mode and so we allow people
to use it if they can get in a lucky packet.

But on the critical day 3 times a year as we go into full sun,
we need unlimited access to all avaliable power as we try to
login and get a restore out of the old bird.  We don't want any
competition on that day.  

And since that day is coming up in the next few days, we woiuld
like everyone to change their PATH to be VIA ARISS or VIA
PCSAT-1 so that they are not using up critical W3ADO-1 power
while we are tyring to restore operation.  When we get it
restored, then the above callsigns will work.

Thanks
Bob, WB4APR

> 
> 73 de Joseph Durnal NE3r
> 
> On Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 8:59 PM, Bob Bruninga 
> <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> >> I heard absolutely no packets from NO-44...
> >
> > Day or night?  PCSAT is always dead in the dark.
> >
> > BUT will return to full service in about 3 days when it 
> returns to full sun.  And it should be a fun time, if ISS is 
> also doing APRS packets at the same time on the same freq 
> while both support the same ARISS digi callsign.  That will 
> be 12 passes per day per location for making contacts on
145.825!
> >
> > If you are an old packet-pounder, get out that old TNC and 
> make some contacts.  (NOT CONNECTIONS)  Communicate in UI 
> CONVERSE mode only.  People with APRS radios (D7, D700, D710 
> and the new VX-8R) are ready to go.
> >
> > I request that users do NOT use PCSAT over the next few 
> weeks via its default W3ADO-1 callsign because that means it 
> is not fully restored.  When it is ready for user load, the 
> callsign will be changed to PCSAT-1 and the usual generic 
> APRS digipeating callsigns will be activated:
> >
> > PCSAT-1, ARISS, WIDEn-N
> >
> > Since it can support additinoal ones, the future callsigns 
> of APRSAT and SATn-N will also be supported, but until there 
> are more APRSat's or SATn-N digipeaters in space, its a moot
point.
> >
> > If you ever see the callsign NODIGI, this means we have 
> turned off the digi completely while allowing for the 
> batteries to get fully charged.  All it takes is one full 
> orbit in the sun to be restorable, and then a few orbits 
> before we will turn it over to users.
> >
> > Going green.
> > PCSAT-1 is 100% solar powerd!
> > Bob, Wb4APR
> >
> >
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