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Re: FO-29 is back again No2

  Hello again,

 Just a few minutes ago FO-29 was in my range for 2nd time this night (orbit #58964) and it was 
active again, strong and healthy !
I heard it clear from 5 degr @ 23:18 Z, over Scandinavia. At 22:23Z came on a new Eclipse
again... however it's obvious that, as I observed very carefully this time, the Satellite has
not any problem also into Eclipse!   I did not notice any decreasing of Downlink power this
time, nothing at all.  I sent several times CQ on CW and SSB, too. No problem !
Always BOOOMing !  Loud & Clear signal !

 I lost the signal at 23:29 (5 degr). It is absolutely normal  from my location that.

After my 2nd observation,  it's obvious that (my opinion) now  the batteries can maintain the Satellite "ON", 
even if goes through Eclipses. I don't know how is possible to re-born old-batteries on Space, however... 
Congratulations to JARL for that !  Well done !

  My compliments Gentlemen...  I vail . -

73, Mak SV1BSX
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: SV1BSX 
  To: eu-amsat@yahoogroups.com 
  Cc: amsat-bb@amsat.org ; i8cvs 
  Sent: Saturday, July 26, 2008 2:05 AM
  Subject: [eu-amsat] FO-29 is back again !

   Hello all,

   after Robert-G8ATE's report on Amsat-BB, this evening I tried together with my friend
  Dimitris, SW1JGW, a test on FO-29.

   Well, yes indeed, the Satellite is active again !  Just after the AOS we heard clear
  the Beacon, and then I had a nice QSO with SW1JGW (21:36Z) !  After that I changed
  my frequency a bit lower and I had a 2nd QSO with DL6HP (21:38 Z).

   Both, Dimitris and I,  we were QRP !    5 Watts for Uplink were enough for excellent return
  signals on Downlink.  By using QRP we tried to avoid any overloading of the bird.

   The Satellite was really Booming, always 55 -  59 with "crystal audio".  
  However, at 21:38 my return-signal rapidly decreased, but even much lower it was easily readable.
  After that I interrupted my TX and I return onto Beacon frequency. Q5 now, but still "clear" !

    Later I noticed that on my tracking software,  precisely at this time the Satellite came on a new Eclipse !  
  So, probably the old-Batteries are not strong enough in order to support the same Downlink-power 
  in eclipse, like that on Sunlight. Also I observed some FMing at this point and I lost the
  signal before the LOS, but on this direction I have not "clear horizon" (but High buildings), 
  so I can't say with accuracy if the Satellite was still "ON" or not. Sorry !

  Anyway, the FO-29 is back again !  Great news !

  CU on FO-29 !

  73 de Mak,  SV1BSX

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