[amsat-bb] An exciting afternoon on the birds!!!

Michel F6GLJ michel-f6glj at orange.fr
Sun Jul 20 23:16:16 UTC 2014

Hello Everybody.

I was very happy for this incredible QSO with Hector CO6CBF. Thanks Hector
for the precision of your calculation and yours instructions for frequency
and time of schedule. 

I used my Icom IC-910 without preamplifier, with around 80w, and the
antennas was a 11 elements on 2 m and 19 elements on 70 cm, at 6 or 7 m high
on my roof. Fortunately the relief around me is very flat, about 50 km that
separate me from the Atlantic Ocean. 

I am interested buy any others propositions of sked for DX QSO on AO-07B or

Thank you very much Hector for this very exciting experience !

73 qro from Michel F6GLJ

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Objet : [amsat-bb] An exciting afternoon on the birds!!!

Hello to all!
It was an exciting afternoon on the birds! First, I worked Patrick, WD9EWK
on SO-50 in a new grid for me (FN56). Patrick, thanks very much for the
great QSO and new grid!
Then, I had my first contact on satellites with France.  Michael, F6GLJ in
IN94qs and I completed a great QSO on FO-29. We had a maxim elevation of 0.5
degree at our ends. I believe it is the first contact between Cuba and
France on FO-29! It is a 7508 Km contact!

Our first attempt was on July 18 but Michael was not able to get a solid
copy of my signal. Fortunately, FO-29 offered us another opportunity, we
made a schedule again and I decided to use the ELK antenna instead of the
ARROW which I used in the first attempt. 

I was operating portable from a tall building (45m over the ground), I had a
great horizon visibility. I was running half - duplex with my FT-817nd, a
homebrew 50W power amplifier and a homebrew preamplifier. Everything was
supplied by a 12V 7A gel battery.
Michael, thanks very much for the great contact, new grid and new country!

Hector, CO6CBF / KF5YXV
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