[amsat-bb] It's about time! FO-29 successfully worked!

Jeff A. Boyd the2belo at msd.biglobe.ne.jp
Mon Jan 11 14:37:39 UTC 2016

On Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:49:43 -0500, Paul Stoetzer <n8hm at arrl.net> wrote:

> Congratulations! As far as the weak signals - what type of coax are you
> using and how long is it? Most find that the 857 or 817 don't really need a
> preamp to work FO-29 horizon to horizon, at least in a clear location. Coax
> is cheaper than a preamp, so you might want to try it. I use 6' LMR-240
> jumpers myself.

That might be what the problem is, then. I hadn't put too much thought into the
coax -- I was just using 3-4m lengths of regular old RG58.

LMR240 itself would be quite expensive to import, but fortunately there are
Japanese-made equivalents like Fujikura 5D-SFA (113dB/km is the only figure I
could find on this, if that's useful).


> From what I know of JA satellite operation, CW is definitely more popular
> than SSB. The two 73 on 73 Award applications I've received from Japan have
> shown a large majority of the QSOs on CW.

Time to start polishing my in-head CW copy speed...


J. Boyd, JR2TTS/NI3B
the2belo at msd.biglobe.ne.jp
Twitter: @Minus2_C

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