Bob Bruninga WB4APR released this update on the PSAT PSK31 CubeSat on Sunday, May 24
The PSAT PSK31 435.350 MHz FM downlink is full quieting with 6 bars using a decent UHF Yagi. But we have not seen any users other than those using the 28.120 PSK channel on HF normally. We welcome people to experiment with it.
Everyone within the 28.120 to 28.123 MHz ten meter passband will be uplinked and heard on the 435.350 MHz downlink.
The Naval Academy’s PSAT seems healthy with plenty of power (we are keeping the APRS digipeater off to allow max power for PSK31).
PSAT’s radio and packet system are a simple $250 APRS tracker http://www.byonics.com/mtt4b sent to space. The PSK31 transponder is a single 3.4″ square circuit board made by Brno Universtiy in the Czech Republic. The CPU for controlling bulletins and timing is a simple Parallax Basic Stamp.
PSAT is actually only about a 1U cubesat but in a 1.5U package since the flight was available and it gave us more power for our NON-SPACE solar cells. We are using standard silicon that are only half as efficient as multi-junction cells, but only cost 1% as much.
PSAT has a single 21″ VHF and 72″ long HF whip. It has two UHF 6″ orthogonal monopoles, all of very thin Nitinol wire.
More details will eventually follow as the page will be updated over the coming weeks http://aprs.org/psat.html
* PSAT packet telemetry is OK, Digipeater will be off (secondary mission)
* PSAT PSK31 transponder is ON with 28.120 MHz uplink! (primary mission)
* WOD data fixed. Spin data now available. Right now it is at 3 RPM with
+Z pointing 45 deg off Sun
* Launch TLE elements (below) are still very good
* http://PCSAT.APRS.ORG web page is now capturing PSAT telelmetry that
users inject into the APRS-IS
* BRICSAT telemetry has been heard but is cycling OFF due to low power
* BRICSAT PSK31 downlink (also FM) has also been heard barely (when ON)
* USS Langley not heard
PSAT: 145.825 – 1200 baud AX.25 telemetry – digi off
PSAT PSK31-5: 435.350 FM down, 28.120 SSB PK31 uplink – Brno University Transponder
BRICsat: 437.975 – 9600 baud telemetry evry 20s
BRICsat PSK31-6 – same as PSAT but PSK TLM on 375 Hz (PSAT on 315 Hz)
USS Langley – 437.475 9600 baud telemetry <== CORRECTION
ULTRASat3 1 99993U 15140.67013889 .00040043 00000-0 10235-2 0 00009 2 99993 055.0004 339.9238 0251027 182.3314 074.3075 15.12517086000014
Guide to using the PSK31 transponder https://amsat-uk.org/beginners/how-to-work-psk31-satellites/
ParkinsonSAT (PSAT) http://www.aprs.org/psat.html
Fldigi PSK31 software http://www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html
Listen to satellite signals in the 145 and 435-438 MHz bands from anywhere in the world using the online SUWS WebSDR located near London. Further details at https://amsat-uk.org/2014/08/15/suws-websdr-moves-to-new-site/
Yahoo Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FUNcube