FO-29 satellite contact between Cuba and the UK

Hector CO6CBF working Peter G4DOL on FO-29

Hector CO6CBF working Peter G4DOL on FO-29

On Saturday, October 19, at 2302 UT Hector Martinez CO6CBF achieved what is possibly the first amateur radio contact between Cuba and the UK on the FO-29 satellite.

Hector Martinez CO6CBF operated from the roof of an apartment block

Hector Martinez CO6CBF operated from the roof of an apartment block

Hector writes:

I am pleased to report that I had my first contact on satellites with the UK.

Peter Atkins G4DOL (IO80so) and I (EL92sd) completed a contact successfully on FO-29. It is the result of a long history which began six months ago.

We tried several times but Peter never could hear below a degree toward my location. I have the same problem in my home  station and I usually go to specific spots to try these kinds of contacts. So, I suggested him assemble a portable station to operate from a better spot. He did so and his first smoke test was on October 15th, we almost completed a contact but Peter could not hear my report; I couldn’t reach a good spot due to the rain. Yesterday, I went to a very tall building, I got access to the building `s top and operated from there. Actually, it is a very good spot, it allowed me a great horizon visibility toward Europe; I was able to work FO-29 until -1.5 degrees.

Peter Atkins G4DOL operated portable from a high location

Peter Atkins G4DOL operated portable from a high location

We had a very narrow window but there was enough time to exchange reports, grids and greetings. Our maximum elevation was 1.1 degrees. I believe it is the first contact between UK and Cuba on FO-29! It is a 7286 km contact, a new grid and new country for us!

Please, note that our success was on the 2301z pass, it was very late in the night for Peter. He had to load his car with antennas, radio, a battery and drive five miles from his home looking for a good spot in the windy and dark coast. He was running 50W into a 10 elements Yagi and was using 19 elements Yagi for the downlink; He mounted both antennas on a big tripod and had to manage with a “heavy weigh”. Needless to say that Peter did the difficult part and a very good job!

I was running a FT-817nd, a 50W homebrew power amplifier and ELK antenna. Everything was supplied by a 12V 7A Gel battery. I was operating Half-Duplex but we ran the frequency calculations based on the great feature implemented on SatPC32 V12.8b. So, it was very easy to find each other in the pass band. It was my 8th transatlantic contact with Europe on FO-29!

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. Unfortunately, Cubans cannot operate on AO-7B; FO-29 is our only chance for DX contacts.

Thanks very much to Peter for this exciting contact!

73!

Hector, CO6CBF
El92sd

FO-29 information http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/fuji-oscar-29-jas-2/

April 2013 Cuban 7330 km contact on FO-29 http://amsat-uk.org/2013/04/08/7330-km-contact-on-amateur-radio-satellite-fo-29/

UK stations wanted for FO-29 contacts with Cuba

Hector CO6CBF working Joe EI5EV on FO-29  2013-04-03 1440z

Hector CO6CBF working Joe EI5EV on FO-29 2013-04-03 1440z

Hector CO6CBF is looking for stations in UK to try contacts on the amateur radio satellite FO-29.

Currently when the satellite in apogee it has a big footprint which covers UK and Cuba for a few minutes.

Anyone wanting to try a contact with Cuba should email Hector on: co6cbf<at>frcuba.co.cu

FO-29 frequency information http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/fuji-oscar-29-jas-2/

Video of FO-29 Amateur Radio Satellite demo at Wyong 2013

Amateur Radio Satellite FO-29

Amateur Radio Satellite FO-29

Murray Hely ZL3MH has uploaded a video by Bob Hudson VK2AOR showing a demonstration of a FO-29 contact made at Wyong 2013 in Australia.

The Wyong Field Day 2013 is the biggest Ham event in Australia and New Zealand. Mal Pizzey VK2MAL is on the Microphone and Murray Hely ZL3MH is on the other end at his home station in New Zealand.

On the down link Murray ZL3MH used a 20 element Yagi to a 70cm Cavity filter and a MRF901 pre-amp to an FT847. Uplink was a FT101ZD MK3 to a FTV250 Transverter and 11 element Yagi fully trackable.

Watch the Wyong 2013 video

FO-29 information http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/fuji-oscar-29-jas-2/

Getting started on satellites http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/radcom-getting-started-on-satellites/

7330 km contact on amateur radio satellite FO-29

Hector CO6CBF making a 6955 km contact on April 3

Hector CO6CBF making a 6955 km contact on April 3

On Monday at 1338 UT Hector Martinez CO6CBF achieved a 7330 km contact on the amateur radio satellite FO-29 the furthest he has worked and close to the theoretic maximum for the satellite.

Hector, who is in grid square EL92sd, worked David, EA4SG in IN80cp on SSB. He used a Yaesu FT-817ND transceiver, 30 watt power amplifier, and a homebrew Arrow with a homebrew mast mounted amplifier. Everything was powered by two 12 volt, 7 amp gel cell batteries. Hector operated from on top of a tall building which improved his horizon visibility toward Europe.

Hector says “We had just a 88 seconds window. Satellites are always fascinating! Thanks very much to David for this great contact and new grid! “

Hector is looking for other FO-29 contacts in the UK and Europe. His email address for skeds is: co6cbf at frcuba.co.cu

FO-29 information http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/fuji-oscar-29-jas-2/

First Cuba to EI contact on FO-29 http://amsat-uk.org/2013/04/04/6955-km-contact-on-fo-29/

Rare Scottish Grid Squares on the Satellites

2E1EUB Portable Satellite Station

2E1EUB Portable Satellite Station

Paul 2E1EUB has traveled to Scotland to activate some rare grid squares on the satellites using the call 2M1EUB.

On Saturday, April 6, he posted on the AMSAT Bulletin Board:

Limited Internet…. .Lots of deep snow….I’m in the middle of the wilds [Grid Square IO87NC]

Hope to be QRV on AO-7 from IO97 latter in the week. I’m driving to this Square by request

Will also be on FO-29 for limited QSO, I’ll keep you posted.

Just driven 500 miles (800 km) so need a kip.

AMSAT Bulletin Board http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/maillist/

RadCom article Getting started on satellites
http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/radcom-getting-started-on-satellites/

First Cuba to EI contact on the amateur radio satellite FO-29

Hector CO6CBF working Joe EI5EV on FO-29  2013-04-03 1440z_6

Hector CO6CBF working Joe EI5EV on FO-29 2013-04-03 1440z_6

Hector Martinez CO6CBF in Cuba has worked Joe Murphy EI5EV in County Kilkenny on FO-29 over a distance of 6955.1 km.

Hector writes:

Hector CO6CBF working Joe EI5EV on FO-29  2013-04-03 1440z_4

Hector CO6CBF working Joe EI5EV on FO-29 2013-04-03 1440z_4

I am pleased to report that on Wednesday, April 3 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!

73!
Hector, CO6CBF El92sd
Email: co6cbf at frcuba.co.cu

FO-29 information http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/fuji-oscar-29-jas-2/

Cuban radio ham looking for UK satellite contacts

Hector Martinez CO6CBF - 640

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

Hector, CO6CBF is looking for stations in the West of the UK on the amateur radio satellite FO-29.

Currently FO-29 is in apogee and has a big footprint which allow mutual visibility during a couple of minutes between Cuba and UK. I can work the satellite until LOS and sometimes below the horizon towards the UK.

Cubans cannot operate on AO-7 mode B due to a 432 MHz restriction in our country, so FO-29 is our only chance to try intercontinental contacts on satellites.

Please, I will appreciate any information about any station who is there and wants to try.

Thanks in advance!

Hector, CO6CBF EL92sd
Email: co6cbf at frcuba.co.cu

FO-29 information http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/fuji-oscar-29-jas-2/

WD9EWK working FO-29 using QRP from Scottsdale (Arizona) Hamfest

Amateur Radio Satellite FO-29

Amateur Radio Satellite FO-29

In this video Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK shows that high power isn’t needed to work the satellites.

On Saturday, March 9. 2013, at 1636 UT at the Scottsdale Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in Tempe, Arizona (grid DM43al)  he showed you can work F)-29 using just 5 watts from a FT-817ND to a handheld Elk 2m/70cm antenna. In fact he used two FT-817ND’s, one for transmit on 2m the other for receive on 70cm.

FO-29 was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on August 17, 1996 into a 1,330 by 808 km orbit.

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Satellite contact between Cuba and Alaska

Hector Martinez CO6CBF - 640

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

After many attempts, Hector Martinez CO6CBF in Cuba and Dale Pelzer KL7R in Alaska have achieved a contact between Grid Squares EL92sd and BP54xt using the amateur radio satellite FO-29.

Hector CO6CBF posted this report on the AMSAT Bulletin Board

Cubans cannot operate on AO-7 mode B, So FO-29 is our only opportunity for long contacts.

I cannot say how much time we tried but I am sure that it was more than 10 attempts. Dale did all the hard work, he drove around 4 miles from his home to a nearby hill. Majority of times he drove very late in the night.

All the SSB attempts failed. Today [Sunday, July 8] at 1920z was our first attempt on CW and it was successful!

Dale’s working conditions are a Yaesu FT-817 (only 5W semi-duplex) and ARROW antenna with  preamplifier. My working conditions are a majority homebrew setup, 10 elements Yagi on 2m and 18 elements Yagi for 70cm with a homebrew preamplifier.

Thanks very much to Dale for his constancy and effort!

PS: I continue looking for new grids and long contacts on satellite, if you are into any footprint with EL92sd and wan to try, please drop me an email [address at qrz.com]

73!
Hector, CO6CBF
EL92sd

New Cuban Amateur Radio Satellite Group formed http://www.uk.amsat.org/5454

FO-29 Information http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/satellites/satInfo.php?satID=5

Download the article ‘Getting started on amateur radio satellites’ by John Heath G7HIA at http://ukamsat.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/satellites_radcom_mar07.pdf
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