[aprssig] New APRS Satellite (QIKCOM-1 a GO for this Friday AM) CORRECTION

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Thu Oct 26 17:28:39 EDT 2017

Drats, Good catch!

Everyone, please set your path for QIKCOM to be VIA APRSAT instead of ARISS
so as to only hit QIKCOM-1 and not hit both that and ARISS at same time.


*From:* Kenneth Finnegan [mailto:kennethfinnegan2007 at gmail.com]

Ø  I thought APRSAT was the generic satellite alias.

Does QIKCOM-1 not support that alias as well?

On Oct 26, 2017 13:11, "Robert Bruninga" <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

QIKCOM-1 should deploy from the ISS Friday at 0920 UTC or so attached to
the SIMPL spacecraft.  It is an APRS digipeater just like the ISS and
supports the alias of APRSAT and also the same ARISS alias as the ISS
digipeater.  But only use APRSAT for these first passes until they separate
on orbit.  At 4 Watts, it will be 10 dB stronger than PSAT(84) and about
the same power level as ISS and should be easy to receive on the 145.825

We ask all potential IGates to check your ground stations and make sure
they are ready to IGate packets during those initial orbits from all over
the globe.  If you do not have an IGate, just capture packets and email
them to  qikcom1 at gmail.com until we see that everything is making it to the

The downlink should be available on the original http://pcsat.findu.com and
also on

Being released from ISS, QIKCOM-1 will of course have the same Elements and
tracking info as ISS until they begin to separate.  This means passes over
the USA every 90 minutes beginning at 0630 EDT in the Southeast and ending
after 1440 PDT in Southern California.

Web page:  http://aprs.org/qikcom-1.html

As usual, QIKCOM-1 is not intended for UNATTENDED BEACONS.  It is designed
for Live Operations and experiments only.

For the initial passes, do not attempt 2-way contacts.  Just set your
STATUS text to indicate your TX power and antenna type and transmit at 1m
intervals ATTENDED  as described on the web page during these first few
orbits.  This way we can get statistics on uplink quality.


Student Satellite Mentor

US Naval Academy
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