[aprssig] Sidebar -- Re: PSAT digipeater is ON

Ev Tupis w2ev at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 2 23:43:43 EDT 2015

Bob...does this bird accept PSK31 on 10 meters/USB and repeat it on VHF FM as PSK31 on an FM carrier or does it convert it to AX.25? -Ev, W2EV

      From: Robert Bruninga via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org>
 To: aprssig at tapr.org 
 Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 9:38 AM
 Subject: [aprssig] PSAT digipeater is ON
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Sent: Monday, June 01, 2015 9:19 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Cc: bruninga at usna.edu
Subject: PSAT digipeater is ON I just turned on the PSAT digipeater.  You will notice that its callsign in this mode is just “PSAT” and not PSAT-1 when it is in SAFE mode.The ALIASes supported are ARISS and APRSAT. The PSK-31 transponder also remains in AUTO mode meaning it will come up whenever there are PSK31 signals on the 28.120 + frequency. Bob, WB4APR
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