[amsat-bb] OZ7IGY beacon over FO-29 for 50 year aniversary this week

OZ1MY oz1my at privat.dk
Sat Mar 24 09:38:01 PST 2007

Hi all,
The old vintage OZ7IGY (International Geographic
Year) beacon has been activated on approximately 
145.988 MHz.
They wanted to use another frequency, but had problems 
so that they asked me if it was OK to use 145.988 MHz.
That is is nice frequency since OZ7IGY is retransmitted 
by FO-29 in the low end of the downlink band. That end
is not used by anyone normally, so it should not be a 
It will be for this week only.

It is not on all the time since it is very old valve (tube)equipment.
I think the plan is to use it most af the day during 
the weekend - and 16 - 22 during working days.

The signal from FO-29 is really good when the elevation 
angle from JO55 (Denmark) is low.
I could hear it from FO-29 at a distance of 4100 km from my QTH.

The beacon OZ7IGY is probably the oldest VHF beacon in 
the World ?

Try to listen for it - this is a one time event !

Stations in Europe may want to have QSO with OZ7IGY, which 
is manned this weekend and from 16 to 22 during the comming 
I have heard it on 432.270 MHz. They use the beacon antennas 
and 25 W only.

Have a nice weekend
73 OZ1MY

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