I have just made my first FUNcube QSO at 11.05 utc using my FT-847 and Satellite array. I thought I would see how well I could receive the very recently launched Cubesat and to my pleasent surprise I could hear lots of activity via the SSB/CW transponder of FUNcube AO-73. I found it very easy to get into the tiny orbiting funcube at around 15° and had a good first contact with Walt - ON5NY who is a regular for me via all of the satellites I work. Walt was a nice strong 5/9.
As I made my first QSO via FUNcube (AO-73) the satellites pass peaked up to 20° elevation and as I lost the pass I heard CW signals down to around 5° elevation at around 330° azimuth, then I lost reception. Not bad for my first go!
FUNcube (AO-73) Operating Frequencies.
145.935 MHz BPSK Telemetry 300 mW or 30 mW when the transponder has been activated
Inverting SSB/CW transponder 300 mW PEP
435.150 – 435.130 MHz Uplink LSB
145.950 – 145.970 MHz Downlink USB