Monthly Archives: June 2014

Back on Track, Sort of

Well, last night produced 2 satellite passes.  The first was LO-78.  The beacon was on so there was no transponder active, but I did manage to hear the beacon,

SO-50 is coming back.  I did hear the bird, but was unable to make any contacts.  it was pretty busy.

Oh, well.  Onward and up word, so to speak.

73 de Mike, W6GYC

Patience, is a virtue

Well, the SO-50 skeds are still not cooperating with my availability times, so I patiently wait.  I have been trying for LO-78, but to no avail.  While listening for LO-78 last week, I did catch the ISS packet bursts.  I think I got my skeds confused.  But, exciting none-the-less.

73 de Mike, W6GYC

Lithuanicasat 1 News

Lithuanicasat 1 just received it’s own OSCAR designation, it is now known as LO-78.  Some other news is that the FM transponder is turned on.  For more information on this, see the AMSAT web page.  It will be nice to have another FM bird in the sky.

LO-78s transponder it seems will be turned off at times to recharge/conserve battery power.  If you listen to the beacon frequency of 437.275 MHz and you hear the beacon, the transponder will be off.

As of 28 July 2014, LithuanicaSAT has reentered and is End Of Mission

73 de Mike, W6GYC


Well, passes have not been good that fit into my available time slots for getting out with the antenna.  I have a few possibilities coming up this weekend, so maybe I will get lucky.  I did have a partial contact last week with a gentleman in Illinois, but we were not able to complete the QSO.  Oh, well.

73 de Mike, W6GYC