AO-51 Digipeater function enabled

From the Southgate ARC:

The Digipeater function on AO-51 has been turned on for a ‘Trial Test Session’. The test may be paused at any time.

Please keep your digi packets down to a reasonable level as this is a shared resource. Only one uplink is in use, so the PBBS users and digi users are going to be on the same uplink frequency. This is a shared uplink and downlink with
the PBBS, so do not overload it with continuous, or high duty rate, beacons or broadcasts.

This is not the 10 watt plus transmitter that is on the ISS. It will take a higher gain receiving station to hear the 9k6 signal of AO-51. You will not need a strong signal for the uplink though, as AO-51 hears very well. Note that the uplink and downlink are both at 9600 baud.

Downlink: 435.300 FM 9600 baud
Uplink: 145.860 FM 9600 baud
Digi Callsign: PACB-1

If you are using TlmEcho there is a bug in the program regarding the Digipeat Status display. That has been fixed in the new version, and a number of new features added as well. A new version of TlmEcho is expected to be released soon.

For the time being, if you monitor the 9k6 downlink you can use the LSTAT status message to verify that the digipeater is turned on. If the message contains “d:1”, then the digi function is enabled. If it contains “d:0” the digi is turned off.

Mike, KE4AZN, added, “I want to personally thank Jeff, KB2M, and Gould, WA4SXM, for their help in testing the digipeat function.”

Mike, KE4AZN