Belated launch day report
In summary – an amazing day!
We have been helped terrifically by having such a large number of amateur radio stations around the globe, contributing the telemetry that they have received, to our central Data warehouse. This information has been critical to our decision making processes on many occasions during the day.
The data warehouse can be seen here https://warehouse.funcube.org.uk//
We are extremely grateful to the 65+ stations who have contributed to the success of the day and we request everyone to please keep it flowing.
Although we were all pretty tired by the time of the last pass this evening, we finished a long day in a pub car park (approx +3C) testing out our ability to receive and decode signals from FUNcube-1 – AO-73 with small antennas. This is such an antenna, and as you can see, it has been placed quite low down near some trees. It was recently constructed by Duncan Hills (no licence yet) but had not been tested before. Duncan has been one of the leads in the Dashboard development but has, as you can see, skills in the analogue domain as well. It can be reported that he was successful in decoding a good number of frames during a sub 11 degree elevation pass. Another handheld Elk/dongle/tablet combination co-located in the carpark, operated by Ciaran M0XTD, was equally successful.
As this type of operation was one of the original design requirements for this project we have completed our work for the day with some considerable satisfaction.
Again many thanks to everyone for their support today and for all the support that the project has received since its inception.
We should have more reports tomorrow.