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AO-85 AMSAT Battery News

SB SAT @ AMSAT $ANS-181.01
ANS-181 AMSAT News Service Weekly Bulletins

AMSAT News Service Bulletin 181.01
>From AMSAT HQ KENSINGTON, MD.
jUNE 30, 2019
To All RADIO AMATEURS
BID: $ANS-181.01


AO-85 Update: Do Not Access While in Eclipse

The auto Safe mode was disabled on June 24 and the transponder was 
turned on.  A few QSOs were made to verify that it would drop with 
inactivity.

Currently, the battery voltage is very low and it looks like a cell 
is prepared to give up the ghost.  Please do not use the satellite 
while it is in eclipse, even if you hear it.  Operations is not sure 
what will be usable if and when this cell fails completely.

In the meantime, please send reports to the AMSAT-BB.  THey are 
welcome and helpful.

[ANS thanks Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA for the above information.]

http://www.arrl.org/news/ao-85-turned-off-due-to-return-of-eclipse-periods-and-poor-battery-condition