From the ARRL... Ground controllers for AO-40 have shut down the satellite's transponders as preparations continue for a slight shift in orbital configuration. ''Due to changes of the spacecraft latitude for the arcjet cold firing, the squint pointing angle is more than 30º and not currently useful for transponder operation,'' said AMSAT-DL President and AO-40 team member Peter Guelzow, DB2OS. ''Therefore we have suspended transponder operation for now and give the RUDAK team more access.'' Guelzow said the S2 transponder will remain off ''until further notice.'' The RUDAK beacon and the 2.4 GHz middle beacon will remain up. Plans call for raising the AO-40's perigee by approximately 200 km. AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, said ground controllers will use magnetorquing to adjust AO-40's attitude to 270/0, then fire the arcjet using only ammonia fuel. Haighton said it's hoped that a slightly higher perigee for AO-40 will eliminate the effects of what he described as ''a mysterious force'' that alters the satellite's attitude when it comes through perigee. Ground controllers also have suspended for now further testing on the X and K band transmitters and C band receiver.