[amsat-bb] Happy 20th Birthday to FO-29!

daleh daleh at alaska.net
Wed Aug 17 03:02:45 UTC 2016

Tnx Paul, I to enjoy Fo29 when I can..

Dale, KL7XJ

On 8/16/2016 6:39 PM, Paul Stoetzer wrote:
> Today (UTC) is the 20th anniversary of the launch of FO-29. Congratulations
> to the Japan Amateur Radio League for the success and long life of this
> satellite. To commemorate FO-29's birthday, I have posted a short article
> about FO-29 on the AMSAT-NA website.
> http://www.amsat.org/?p=5417
> On a personal note, FO-29 has provided me with many, many hundreds of hours
> of enjoyment since I made my first QSO via it's linear transponder nearly
> four years ago. I have made 1,601 QSOs (34% of my total) with 400 different
> stations in 511 grids, 41 grid fields, 48 states (Hawaii is out of range,
> but I'd love to work Delaware on it some time!), 7 Canadian call areas, 46
> DXCCs, 14 CQ zones, and 4 continents - all using two Yaesu FT-817s, manual
> Doppler tuning, and an Arrow antenna from here in Washington, DC. The large
> majority of QSOs were made using 5 watts (as I only became "QRO" with a 30
> watt amplifier last November). I always look forward to saying hello to my
> European satellite friends every couple of months when the apogee is over
> the Atlantic and trying to stretch the footprint to work new countries.
> Here's to hopefully many more years of service to the amateur satellite
> community!
> 73,
> Paul Stoetzer, N8HM
> Secretary
> Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT-NA)
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