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Re: The great FO-29 still going strong



Hi John, N4QWF

I agree that FO-29 is a great satellite I worked W1FC in Martha's Vineyard
Island FN41 at 21:52 UTC june 24 and again at 21:48 UTC june 26
Than worked Sudan ST2AE in KK41NJ at 19:18 UTC july 10 and also 4L8A
in LN21JP Georgia and finally Oleg EX8MLT in MN72HT Kirgyzstan yesterday.
The only problem in Europe is the heavy QRM produced by strong 2 meters
FM signals translated in 70 cm by FO-29 particularly when over Africa.
The orbit of FO-29 is not perfectly circular because the eccentricity is
0.03513270 the perigee is about 800 km and the apogee is about 1320 km
For the above reason actually USA is in acquisition from Europe when
the bird is near the perigee but the rate of change of the argument of
perigee will slowly rotate the line of the apsides so that USA will be in
aquisition with Europe when FO-29 is at apogee around the middle of october
allowing the best coverage and DX possibility between Europe and the east
coast of USA and Canada.

Best 73" de

i8CVS Domenico

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Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 3:57 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] The great FO-29 still going strong


> Last evening I had a AOS to LOS qso with WI2W. FO-29 came up at 01:17z
> here in FM07 and I found WI2W and we chatted until 01:33z. The satellite
> was at 2 degrees elevation when I finally heard him start to crackle a
> bit. What a great QSO! To think that I watched this bird launch back in
> 1996 and it is still working so well is a real thrill. I believe I still
> have the video. I might just look for it and watch it again. Boy do I love
> this satellite stuff! Look for you all up there. 73's << John
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