[amsat-bb] Re: FO-29

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 3 18:52:28 PDT 2008

I had a really nice pass earlier today (around 12:50 PDT, 05:50z).  Called CQ a bunch, but was never able to link up with anyone.  

I noticed that my return signal changed volume sharply from time to time, and found an FM conversation running in Spanish at the very bottom of the passband (435.801 or so).  No call signs that I heard, and the upper part of Mexico was in the footprint, so perhaps our Taxi Cab problem was the cause.  After they were gone (out of the footprint) I had consistently strong reception, and was able to hear myself down to about 4 degrees, before the bird faded out.

Great to have her back!

Greg  KO6TH

> Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 16:58:32 -0700
> From: k9qho6762 at sbcglobal.net
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  FO-29
> From:  ANS-216  AMSAT Weekly Bulletins
>   "The transponder is very sensitive so please refrain from using high
> power because 200 watt EIRP is more than enough."
>   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>   I gave a 579 report to K9CIS's 200mW in a CW QSO.
>   Yes, the FO-29 transponder is working very well. I normally have to back off the power to the FT-847's minimum setting above 20 degrees elevation.
>   Mike 
>   K9QHO
>   AMSAT 33589
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