[amsat-bb] Re: Hector CO6CBF EL92

saguaroastro@cox.net saguaroastro at cox.net
Wed Apr 27 15:47:37 PDT 2011


The timing of your post was fortuitous. I'm just catching up on QSL's and I had worked Hector on 2 Apr. I was about to send him an email asking how to handle the QSL request. I'll keep my eyes on the mailbox.

Did you happen to note the calls he QSL'd? Might help someone who worked him but doesn't get a card for whatever reason figure out the details.

It was nice to get Cuba in the books. 

Rick K7TEJ

---- John Papay <john at papays.com> wrote: 
> Hector, CO6CBF, made his first satellite QSO back on
> January 27th, 2011 on the AO-51 satellite.  He didn't
> have much help getting started but he read and built an
> antenna and made that contact after he could successfully
> hear others on the satellite.
> I've only worked 3 Cuban stations, CO8TW in FL20, CO5LU in EL93
> and Hector CO6CBF in EL92.  EL92 is rare.  I did not have it and
> neither did KO4MA, K6YK or NI7P/exN7SFI.  I sent the card to
> Hector before I did any research on the mail issues.  It turns
> out that mail from Cuba to the USA has been suspended by the
> Cuban government due to delays with our TSA screening incoming
> mail.  Cuba feels that this delay is unacceptable.  You would
> think that mail from the USA to Cuba would be refused also but
> that is not the case.  Hector reported being very surprised to
> receive a card from me with an IRC in tact. The mail from the
> USA to Cuba works.  Sending IRC's is acceptable.  Green stamps
> would not be acceptable.
> Now the problem was how to return cards from Cuba to the USA.
> Hector has friends that live in the US but visit Cuba from time
> to time.  He was finally able to send a number of cards back with
> his friend and they in turn mailed them to me for distribution.
> There are 75 QSL cards in the mail now from Hector, CO6CBF.  Just
> two of them are in envelopes received by Hector, however, he reports
> that since that time, he has received several envelopes from the US.
> There were a few cards with incorrect callsigns.  I did my best to
> determine the intended recipient but there may be some errors on my
> part.  If you get a card addressed to you for a contact you made with
> Hector but your callsign is wrong, simply send a card to him and he
> will send one back via the above mentioned process.  Be patient.
> Please remember that Hector's first language is not English.  If he gets
> your callsign wrong, it is likely due to your not using phonetics.  There
> is no need to discuss phonetics; just use them when making a QSO with Hector.
> The QSL cards are smaller than the standard QSL, 3-1/2" x 5-1/2".  That is
> because the only printer that Hector has right now will not print that
> size.  He is trying to fix another printer that will allow the full size
> card to be printed.
> Hector has shared his plans for future satellite grid operations.  He
> will be trying to activate every grid in Cuba and may do some water grids
> as well.  His biggest problem right now is a portable UHF radio. He has
> 2 meter portables but nothing to take on the road for UHF.  It is unfortunate
> that we cannot send him a radio due to restrictions, however, other countries
> like Canada and Mexico could.  If there is anyone outside the US that has
> a UHF portable that would cover the satellite band and would like to help
> Hector, please consider sending it to him.  He is trying to
> build a uhf to 2meter downconverter that could be used with a 2m HT but the
> outcome is unknown.  Anything you build for UHF receive has to be very
> sensitive as satellites run very low power.  An HT would be the best
> solution.
> So if you are one of the lucky 73 who gets a QSL card from Hector, unsolicited,
> please take the time to make one out and return it to him.  He is trying to
> get his VUCC and it's a lot more difficult for him than it is for us.  An
> IRC always helps.  Please do not send cards to me.
> Thank you Hector for getting on the birds from Cuba.  You have given many of
> us a new grid as well as a new DXCC entity!
> 73,
> John K8YSE
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