Cuba to Spain on amateur radio satellite FO-29

Hector Martinez CO6CBF - 640

Hector Martinez CO6CBF

Hector, CO6CBF reports on his successful transatlantic contact between Cuba and Spain using the amateur radio satellite FO-29.

I am pleased to report that yesterday morning I had my first transatlantic contact on satellites. I worked EA4CYQ Juan Antonio in IM78cx.

I had looked for intercontinental contacts before but it had been very hard for me.  Now, running my new donated satellite gear I am able to work FO-29 until 0 degree in any direction. It was my third attempt and was successful!

Cubans cannot operate on AO-7 mode B due to a 432MHz restriction in our country, so we have only a few chances on FO-29 every five months when the satellite is getting close to apogee. Juan Antonio and I had a two minutes window and we had enough time to interchange reports, grids and greetings.

Here is the recording

Thanks very much to Juan Antonio EA4CYQ for the great contact and to John K8YSE for look for us and record the contact!

Right Now, FO-29 has a big footprint in the morning passes. Please, if you are into the footprint and want to try a long contact, just drop me an email directly. I will try until have a contact with you.

73! Hector, CO6CBF EL92sd

FO-29 information is at

John Heath G7HIA gives some tips on working through FO-29 in his RadCom article which can be downloaded from

Hector Martinez CO6CBF speaks at AMSAT Symposium