[amsat-bb] FO-29 k3SZH
domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Thu Oct 2 20:01:30 PDT 2008
Hi Joe, K3SZH
I am very happy for the succesful short QSO with you this night on FO-29
orbit 59884 !
At the beginning of the opening window for you at 01:59 UTC I was hearing
your carrier going up and down searching for your return signal.
Only at the end of my window I was receiving your voice very clear saying to
me "very strong signal 5/6 " but my elevation was only about 0.5 degrees
around 02:01 UTC after that I was continuing to receive you even if my
elevation was negative down to about -1 degree
My horizon is free of obstructions in that azimuth over the Mediterranean
I was using 250 watt into a KLM 2M-14C a 7+7 elements crossed yagi in LHCP
that was the best polarization for the uplink for me at that time.
I was receiving you with a 10 turn homebrewed helix RHCP and a homebrewed
low noise 70 cm cavity preamplifier with NF= 0.45 dB and G= 20 dB antenna
The distance from your FN10OG and my JN70ES is 7332.5 km Hi...Hi ! !
Do you now what is the maximum DX distance ever covered via FO-29 ?
The apogee of FO-29 is 1322.1 km so that the maximum foot print for DX
contacts between EU and USA is around MA = 128 when actually the latitude
of the satellite subpoint fall at about 61 degrees North during the
southbound orbits but unfortunately during night hours at an unsocial time
for us in EU
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