[amsat-bb] Re: FO29 report
sv1bsx at yahoo.gr
Fri Jul 25 10:52:33 PDT 2008
> Glad to report that the FO29 beacon and transponder were active on the
> 1036 pass over the UK this morning
> Managed a QSO with PA1TNO at 1039 using low power (less than 5 w) both
> ways good news indead.
> Regards Robert G8ATE
thanks for great report, I am also very glad about that as the FO-29
was my favorite Satellite.
However, it's very interesting to notice that:
as I observed on my tracking software the FO-29 was in "eclipse"
from 09:11 - 09:46 Z (eclipse duration 35 mins, over Pacific).
Then, came on Sunlight over Antarctica and it was illuminated till your QSO
That means probably the battery -somehow- it can maintain now the
Satellite "ON" after long eclipse-periods
the Satellite was activated - when came on Sunlight , without JARL's
ground station command !!!
As I remember, the automatic turn-ON of Satellite it was NOT possible till
now, for unknown reasons. It was necessary always a ground station
command in order to activate the Satellite.
Something has changed into FO-29 ?
I hope ! I have my fingers crossed !
73, Mak SV1BSX
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