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Late change of plan

by on December 1, 2013

Apologies to everyone who was expecting the transponder to be active during daylight today.

A late change of plan by the team means that we did not send that command but concentrated on testing some other functionality. As a result, the sharp eyed will notice that one of the ANTS Data sensor channels has been commanded “OFF” (this shows as failed” on the Dashboard). It does NOT indicate any problem with the on board systems though.

The spacecraft will continue with its autonomous schedule for the time being.


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  1. Martin permalink

    Data Warehouse just shows
    “Antenna Temp 0 255.0 C”
    Seems to be again a signed/unsigned problem…

    • g3vzv permalink

      erh – this number is the result of that data channel having been switched off (for the time being as a test)

  2. SP5ULN permalink

    This pass over Europe (in Poland it was 18:48 – 18:59 UTC) I have seen sudden drops in strength of signal and had problems with decoding. I hope this is my problem, not FUNcube … ?

  3. SP5ULN permalink

    No problem this time (20:23 – 20:36 UTC).
    But here is another question: will LOTW (Logbook of the World) allow to use AO-73 sat name?
    Now it is not permitted in LOTW:

    • ARRL has been made aware of the new satellite. Several operators have filed requests with the LOTW help desk, requesting that AO-73 be added to LOTW, and ARRL has indicated it will be added. Unfortunately, ARRL did not give a timeframe when this would happen. ARRL offices were closed late last week for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US, so maybe someone will take a look at that during this week.

      The easiest way to see when the change happens is to look for an updated TQSL configuration file. Log into the LOTW web site, click on “Your Account”, then click on “Your Certificates”. The current TQSL configuration file is: Version 2.6; last updated 2013-10-14 12:04Z. When this changes, the new satellite should be included – and then you can generate log files for LOTW that include this satellite. Until then, you won’t be able to upload AO-73 QSOs to LOTW.


  4. Hi!

    Following up on the question about AO-73 in ARRL’s Logbook of the World….. a post on the AMSAT-BB today announced that ARRL has generated a new configuration file that contains AO-73:

    I just logged into the LOTW web site, downloaded the configuration file, and was able to see that for myself. I will load this file to the PC at home that has the TQSL program on it, and finally be able to upload my AO-73 QSOs to LOTW.


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