[aprssig] New APRS Satellite to be deployed from ISS on 21 Aug (APRS)

Ev Tupis w2ev at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 26 14:14:25 CDT 2017


Hi Andrew,
According to Google-indexed text, "BEACON EXPERIMENT: The unique experiment on QIKCOM-1 is its terrestrial beacon (only) over North America (one over Europe was also planned, but not implemented due to lack of consensus). Just like any mobile on the national APRS frequency, QIKCOM will beacon under the callsign of QIKCOM-11 when it is over the North American continent on the terrestrial APRS frequency of 144.39 to alert mobile APRS operators that the satellite is in view. It will know it is over the USA by monitoring the GPS signal from the Host spacecraft. The STATUS text will say "145.825MHz QSY 4 OPS " telling mobile operators that the spacecraft is in view and all they have to do is QSY to 145.825 to operate it during the next 5 minutes. In most new APRS radios, the QSY or TUNE button makes this a one-button operation"

'hope this is helpful.

      From: Andrew Rich <vk4tec at internode.on.net>
 To: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> 
Cc: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org>
 Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:43 PM
 Subject: Re: [aprssig] New APRS Satellite to be deployed from ISS on 21 Aug (APRS)
   
Just to confirm this satellite is only usable over the USA ?

Andrew

> On 25 Jul 2017, at 11:27 am, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> 
> Correct.  APRStt is on QIKCOM-2 which is scheduled for launch in Sept, but
> still has the same SNAFU with the FCC and its ability to operate is still
> unknown.
> 
> QIKCOM-1 is just another digipeater but with a side alert-beacon on 144.39.
> 
>> To be clear, this is NOT the satellite with the APRStt functionality,
>> correct?
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