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 http://www.papays.com/sat/FO-29_04Dec2012_140930z.mp3

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

John Heath G7HIA gives some tips on working through FO-29 in his RadCom article which can be downloaded from http://www.uk.amsat.org/?page_id=10074

Hector Martinez CO6CBF speaks at AMSAT Symposium http://www.uk.amsat.org/?p=11294