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« on: 08-Oct-10, 11:13:05 PM »

Just wondering where Quest is, if the transmitter is still working and if any updates are coming soon??
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« Reply #1 on: 09-Oct-10, 10:47:51 AM »

Just wondering where Quest is, if the transmitter is still working and if any updates are coming soon??

The transmitter is still working, and she is still visiting the power plant daily.
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« Reply #2 on: 10-Nov-10, 07:55:09 PM »

We will be getting a Quest update soon?  Nothing since oct. 19th.  Just wondering.....
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« Reply #3 on: 10-Nov-10, 07:57:50 PM »

We will be getting a Quest update soon?  Nothing since oct. 19th.  Just wondering.....

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« Reply #4 on: 11-Nov-10, 07:33:31 PM »

We will be getting a Quest update soon?  Nothing since oct. 19th.  Just wondering.....

{I think it may be a secret, so don't tell anyone I told you...check her "other maps" up above...  secret2 }

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« Reply #5 on: 17-Nov-10, 05:26:14 PM »

I was over in that area on Sunday, joining some birderwatchers in search of Thickson's Woods' resident Great-Horned Owl.  Quest didn't come by to say hello...  Darn!!  At least the owl was friendly and sat out in the open so we could see him well!  Must send one of my pigeons with a note for Quest next time, so we can arrange to meet!   wave

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« Reply #6 on: 17-Nov-10, 07:42:26 PM »

Where is Quest these days?  I can't access anything on the "Other maps" to see and wondered if she's still on the east end of the Lake or returned to the TO area.
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« Reply #7 on: 17-Nov-10, 08:03:29 PM »

The Other Maps link is working again.

Quest was still on the east end of Lake Ontario yesterday.
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« Reply #8 on: 17-Nov-10, 09:25:28 PM »

The Other Maps link is working again.

Quest was still on the east end of Lake Ontario yesterday.

Yup, it's working now! Thanks, Shaky!  2thumbsup
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« Reply #9 on: 27-Nov-10, 06:29:29 AM »

Quest made on 13th november a trip to Colorado Springs.
A few hours later she was back at Lake Ontario.

http://tinyurl.com/372jwkg
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« Reply #10 on: 27-Nov-10, 07:34:05 AM »

This is a joke, right? Or is this serious? Larry O

Quest made on 13th november a trip to Colorado_Springs.
A few hours later she was back at Lake Ontario.

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« Reply #11 on: 27-Nov-10, 08:42:53 AM »

That's 1,606 miles or 2584 km in about 2.9 hours.  I think, perhaps, a bad data point?

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« Reply #12 on: 27-Nov-10, 09:18:26 AM »

It looks like the wrong set of coordinates were entered. There are always two solutions to the satellite tracking equations. (Remember those quadratic equations in high school algebra?) These two solutions represent the positions on the Earth's spherical surface that intersect the line representing the direction of Quest's signal as determined by the Doppler shift of the orbiting satellites. At least that's how I understand it.

Anyway, there are always two sets of coordinates, and it is usually the first set that is correct. However,  in this case, the 2nd set was correct, but the 1st set was plotted on the map. Quest's correct position was near Prince Edward Point
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« Reply #13 on: 27-Nov-10, 04:29:41 PM »

Thanks for the explanation. Larry O

It looks like the wrong set of coordinates were entered. There are always two solutions to the satellite tracking equations. (Remember those quadratic equations in high school algebra?) These two solutions represent the positions on the Earth's spherical surface that intersect the line representing the direction of Quest's signal as determined by the Doppler shift of the orbiting satellites. At least that's how I understand it.

Anyway, there are always two sets of coordinates, and it is usually the first set that is correct. However,  in this case, the 2nd set was correct, but the 1st set was plotted on the map. Quest's correct position was near Prince Edward Point
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« Reply #14 on: 27-Nov-10, 06:14:11 PM »

It looks like the wrong set of coordinates were entered. There are always two solutions to the satellite tracking equations. (Remember those quadratic equations in high school algebra?) These two solutions represent the positions on the Earth's spherical surface that intersect the line representing the direction of Quest's signal as determined by the Doppler shift of the orbiting satellites. At least that's how I understand it.

Anyway, there are always two sets of coordinates, and it is usually the first set that is correct. However,  in this case, the 2nd set was correct, but the 1st set was plotted on the map. Quest's correct position was near Prince Edward Point

Well, my working theory is that Quest was abducted by aliens and taken to their base high in the boreal forests of Colorado...

Unfortunately Argos doesn't provide any guidance as to which of the two sets of coordinates are the correct one for any given data set.  Thus far, it has always been the case that the first set are correct, but context is clearly important when plotting the data...

The data point was pretty obviously bogus. Not only does it show Quest hundreds of miles farther west than she's ever traveled, but the nearest data points both before and after the one plotted were back at PEP.  Those data points had very poor Location Class and quality values associated with them.  But she's been so boring lately with her concentration around Prince Edward Point that I thought I'd spice up the map with a little "zinger" courtesy of Argos.

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