[amsat-bb] Re: FO29 report

John Price n4qwf1 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 13:24:28 PDT 2008

This morning over FM07 the satellite was and working. The beacon was
strong. I sent it a CW tone with the 847 power turned to zero and
heard it on return nicely. Seems it is on the way back. Wonderful job
by the controllers. A big thank you for all your effort.

73's << John

On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM, SV1BSX <sv1bsx at yahoo.gr> wrote:
>> 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
> Hi Robert,
>  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
> @ 10:36Z.
> That means probably the battery -somehow- it can maintain now the
> Satellite "ON" after long eclipse-periods
> -OR-
>  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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