[amsat-bb] Re: Satellite contact between Cuba and Ireland

Bob- W7LRD w7lrd at comcast.net
Wed Apr 3 16:06:14 PDT 2013

great Hector beats my 6286 with UA0QJ! Is anyone keeping track of this stuff? 
73 Bob W7LRD 

----- Original Message -----
From: "CO6CBF Hector" <co6cbf at frcuba.co.cu> 
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org 
Sent: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 3:09:41 PM 
Subject: [amsat-bb] Satellite contact between Cuba and Ireland 

Hello to all 

I am pleased to report that today I had my first contact on satellites with 
Ireland. Joe, EI5EV and I completed it successfully on FO-29. We had just a 
66 seconds window but there was enough time to exchange reports and 
greetings. I believe that it is the first contact between Ireland and Cuba 
on FO-29! It is a 4321.7 mi (6955.1 km) contact! 

Our first attempt was yesterday but Joe couldn't find me on the passband. We 
made a schedule again and we tried to be more accurate on frequencies 
calculation. Doppler is always in play! 

We did the calculations based on the great feature implemented on SatPC32 
V12.8b. There is an option of seeing the frequency you are at the 
satellite receiver. This was our common reference point. I was very 
satisfied when I heard Joe exactly on the frequency I was expecting! 

I was operating portable from a tall building `s roof which allows me a 
great horizon visibility forwarding Europe. I was running my new FT-817nd, a 
30W power amplifier and a homebrew ARROW antenna with a homebrew mast 
mounted preamplifier. Everything was supplied by two 12V 7A Gel batteries. 

Right Now, FO-29 has a big footprint. Please, if you are into the footprint 
and want to try a long distance contact, just drop me an email. I will try 
until complete a contact with you. 

Thanks very much to Joe for this great contact! 


Hector, CO6CBF 


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