[amsat-bb] EW/G0SFJ report
andythomasmail at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Apr 22 14:19:51 PDT 2008
EW/G0SFJ successfully contacted G7HIA on 20th April
via AO-51, but under difficult conditions.
With licence number 000065, and thanks to two local
hams, and to the great interest of the local Militsia,
on the evening of 19 April I made contact simplex on
145.500 with other local hams in Minsk from outside my
hotel. The next day Sunday 20th, we were QRV on the
early pass of AO-51 at about 0650 UTC but FM'd out by
QRO hams in Moscow and Ukraine (in Russian) and in YO8
(calling in English). We used a separate 5w TX and RX
but did not hear ourselves coming back.
By 0920 utc we were in Krutki north-east of Minsk, to
see the monument to Belarussian cosmonaut Vladimir
Kovalenok. Using a THD-7E powered from the car battery
I think I switched on SO-50, then heard 5/9 a (G6 or
G7)and Ib, OZ1MY, but could not establish contact
because I was still on duplex and feedback howl
through the satellite blanked me out!
But at 1630 approx utc, after a DL and OE had a long
conversation in German, and a UA9 in Siberia passed
by, I did manage to contact John G7HIA, 5W with my
trusty Arrow antenna, from Minsk, KO33su - so he gets
Any SWL cards or reports gratefully received by email
or QTHR, and will be acknowledged!!
My thanks to Alex Pantchenko, President of BFRR, and
the Minsk hams, whom I have decided not to name - they
know who they are, and I shall write to them
73 de andy, G0SFJ
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