[amsat-bb] Re: Working FO-29

i8cvs domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Sun Jun 19 15:09:19 PDT 2011

----- Original Message -----
From: "John M. Belstner" <jbelstner at yahoo.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2011 10:32 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Working FO-29

> FO-29 performs well.  Its a shame I often find myself the only one on
> during the pass.  Just me and my downlink.
> As stated by others in the past, here are a few hints.
> USB always on the downlink (that means LSB on the uplink for inverting
> transponders).
> Use CW to find yourself quickly on the downlink.
> When using computer control, unlock your TX and RX VFO's momentarily,
> listen to your downlink while adjusting your uplink.  Match the pitch of
> the CW downlink to the pitch of your local sidetone (or adjust your uplink
> to where your own voice sounds natural in SSB).  Lock your VFO's again
> and your ready to make QSO's.
> John Belstner W9EN
> Valley Center, CA  DM13le

Hi John, W9EN

You are alone on FO-29 because for many years the most part of satellite
users were using hand-held FM equipments and arrow antennas to say only
call letter and locator on FM single channel LEO satellites to collect

Now the FM satellite situation is critical and probably the satellite
community will get up and will remember the existence of linear
transponders on VO-52, FO-29, and OSCAR-7 with  plenty of bandwidth
for many QSO's all at the same time and for long chat.

Here in Europe the most popular satellite is VO-52 but OSCAR-7 and
FO-29 are plenty of users.

73" de

i8CVS Domenico

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