First Cuba to EI contact on FO-29

09:25 Fernando Luiz de Souza 0 Comments

Hector Martinez CO6CBF working EI5EV

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

Hector writes:

I am pleased to report that today 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 in 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!

Hector, CO6CBF
Email: co6cbf[at]

FO-29 information

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