At 06:50 UTC November 23, 2017 @AMSAT Engineering officially commissioned AO-91 (RadFxSat/Fox-1B).— N0JY (@n0jy) November 23, 2017
N0JY turned over operation to N8MH and AMSAT Operations in a QSO on the AO-91 repeater during the pass over the Eastern U.S.
N8MH responded and declared AO-91 open for amateur use!
AO-91 was built as a partnership with Vanderbilt University ISDE and hosts four payloads for the study of radiation effects on commercial off the shelf components. The satellite was launched on November 18, 2017 as part of the ELaNa XIV mission, secondary payloads aboard the Delta II rocket that carried the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) satellite to orbit. AO-91 also features the Fox-1 style FM U/v repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry are downlinked via the “DUV” subaudible telemetry stream and can be decoded with the FoxTelem software. [ 1 ]
An AO-91 radio programming chart has been published in the AO-91 Commissioned, Declared Open for Amateur Use article on the AMSAT website.
Helpful links and comments from hams working this satellite have been posted in a “AO-91 is officially open” discussion on the Amateur Radio Subreddit.
[ 1 ] “AO-91 Commissioned, Declared Open for Amateur Use”, Radio Amateur Satellite Corp. (AMSAT), Retrieved November 23 2017, https://www.amsat.org/ao-91-commissioned-declared-open-for-amateur-use/.