AO-85 (Fox-1A) FM Voice Transponder Activated

Keen amateur satellite operator Hope KM4IPF

Keen amateur satellite operator Hope KM4IPF

The 435 to 145 MHz FM voice transponder on AO-85 was activated during Friday, October 9 allowing many contacts to be made. Among those active on the satellite was 9-year-old Hope KM4IPF.

Hope is the daughter of Michelle N8ZQZ and James WX4TV, other radio amateurs in the family are Hope’s elder sister Faith WA4BBC and brother Zechariah WX4TVJ, her younger sister is studying for her licence.

In this video Hope KM4IPF describes her first AO-85 (Fox-1A) contact

Fox-1A Real-time track and Orbital Predictions (click on Draw Footprint to show coverage area)

Read the Fox Operating Guide to find out how to set up your handheld radio to work the satellite
Note: If your rig has selectable FM filters use the wider filter for 5 kHz deviation 25 kHz channel spacing.

Download your free copy of the AMSAT Journal Fox-1A Launch special issue

Fox-1A Launched

Jerry Buxton, N0JY talking about Fox-1A on NASA TV