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Re: Re:FO-20




> You'll find that, over time, FO-20 will be available at convenient hours
> during the evening. The orbit shifts, with respect to local time, over the
> course of several years.

FO-20 passes usually arrive about half an hour earlier per month. FO-29
passes get earlier at a much slower rate. Also relevent is the orbital
cycle of which part of the world sees apogee. Apogee/perigee distances
are different by several hundreds of Km (FO-20 is 912/1745 Km, FO-29 is
800/1325 Km) on the Fuji birds and it *does* make a difference in 
visibility and DX potential. From memory this cycle is typically about 
five months.

The following month-at-a-glance view of FO-29 for next January shows that, 
at the start of the month, I'm not seeing apogees so there are two periods
of passes per day. Later in the month I can see apogees and this tends to
fill in the gap between one set of passes and the other. The gaps are less
visible on FO-20, I guess because the perigee is higher, but they *are*
there.

    SATSCAN-II      VERSION 3.01               (C)1990 AMSAT_UK,G4GPQ
    MONTH AT A GLANCE.   SAT = FO_29      MONTH OF JANUARY 2001 QTH = G3RWL    
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30   ----I----I----I----II---II----I----I----------------------I----I----II--
31   -II----I----I----I----I----II---II--------------------------II---II----I

73
Richard W L Limebear G3RWL
g3rwl@amsat.org
FOC # 1188

          So many beautiful girls ..... (sob) so little time
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