@radiofreqs How is AO-7 these days? What is the proper current etiquette / method of working this grand old bird? I’ve read about this, but most such primers are years old. I’d not like to over draw hims old linear transponder if I give it a go. Thanks!
For others that might be interested:
"AO-7 became non-operational in mid 1981 due to battery failure . In 2002 one of the shorted batteries became an open circuilt and now the spacecraft is able to run off solar panels. For this reason it is not usable in eclipse and may not be able to supply enough power to the transmitter to keep from frequency modulating the signal. When continuously illuminated, the mode will alternate between A and B every 24 hours.
In a few days the satellite will be entering and prolonged period of continuous illumination, from about 9-Oct to 2-Dec.
@radiofreqs Time to meet the granddaddy of all amsats. I figured he would be in sunlight soon. Thanks heaps!
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