[amsat-bb] Re: satellite durability fm vs. linears

i8cvs domenico.i8cvs at tin.it
Tue Nov 29 13:10:27 PST 2011

----- Original Message -----
From: "zach hillerson" <qstick333 at yahoo.com>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 4:48 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] satellite durability fm vs. linears

Serious question regarding satellite durability. It seems with HO68, SO67,
and now AO51, the FM satellites are quickly going away. It also seems that
the older linear counterparts such as AO7, VO52 and FO29 all seem to
continue working properly.


Hi Zach, N4EZR

You are right,the FM satellites are going away but the older linears
continue to work very well and particularly VO52 but there are no
many users on VO52 at most three or four stations when the bird
is over North of Europe and nobody when the bird is over North

Yesterday on the ascending orbit Nr 35527 I was in contact with 
IW6OVD chatting in SSB for 12 minutes only with him the full
orbit like on the telephone.

IW6OVD posted a mp3 file of the above QSO at the following


If you haven't worked either of these three historic satellites,AO7
VO52 (and FO29 when is active) do it NOW!

73" de

i8CVS Domenico

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