November 22, 2013

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Transponder Tested.

Howard Long G6LVB working AO-73 while Ciaran Morgan M0XTD captures
 the downlink passband data using a FUNcube Dongle Pro+ and Microsoft Surface Tablet.

The first test of the FUNcube-1 (AO-73) SSB/CW linear transponder took place today. The transponder was successfully commanded on at 10:49 UT and functioned perfectly during the pass.
 A test of operation using portable stations was made from the Bletchley Park car park. Howard G6LVB and Trevor M5AKA, operating stations GB3RS and G0AUK, worked each other at 10:53 UT. Both stations ran 5 watts PEP to Arrow antennas and signal reports of 55 were exchanged.
The transponder was commanded off towards the end of the pass.
Testing and analysis of the telemetry data from FUNcube-1 (AO-73) is continuing.
Thank you to all stations who have provided telemetry so far. More telemetry data is needed to enable the FUNcube team to characterise the satellite.
We would encourage more stations to download the Dashboard software to receive the telemetry and upload it to the Data Warehouse.


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