[amsat-bb] FO-29 is back again !
sv1bsx at yahoo.gr
Fri Jul 25 16:05:36 PDT 2008
after Robert-G8ATE's report on Amsat-BB, this evening I tried together with my friend
Dimitris, SW1JGW, a test on FO-29.
Well, yes indeed, the Satellite is active again ! Just after the AOS we heard clear
the Beacon, and then I had a nice QSO with SW1JGW (21:36Z) ! After that I changed
my frequency a bit lower and I had a 2nd QSO with DL6HP (21:38 Z).
Both, Dimitris and I, we were QRP ! 5 Watts for Uplink were enough for excellent return
signals on Downlink. By using QRP we tried to avoid any overloading of the bird.
The Satellite was really Booming, always 55 - 59 with "crystal audio".
However, at 21:38 my return-signal rapidly decreased, but even much lower it was easily readable.
After that I interrupted my TX and I return onto Beacon frequency. Q5 now, but still "clear" !
Later I noticed that on my tracking software, precisely at this time the Satellite came on a new Eclipse !
So, probably the old-Batteries are not strong enough in order to support the same Downlink-power
in eclipse, like that on Sunlight. Also I observed some FMing at this point and I lost the
signal before the LOS, but on this direction I have not "clear horizon" (but High buildings),
so I can't say with accuracy if the Satellite was still "ON" or not. Sorry !
Anyway, the FO-29 is back again ! Great news !
CU on FO-29 !
73 de Mak, SV1BSX
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