I suggest each and every one of us sends the relavant mail to every national society requesting it be published in their magazine/newsletter to attempt to generate satellite interest in the countries where there is coverage but no operation.
There are several countries where a potential newcomer could "rake-in" the satellite certificates quicker than you can say "AO-7 is a damned good satellite when it's used properly".
Again, I've batted this over to the States in case they suffer from the same kind of inactivity in some of the states.
Let's educate! a few new operators ... not blind 'em with science.
73 John. [email protected]
Good morning John & Group,
you have absolutely right about DXing and AO-7. My location is a mere example, it's in very good position for orbits over West & Middle Asia. Africa too.
However, the Satellite traffic above these areas is very poor.
Except of some former Soviet-Union countries (but just a few), the rest Asia is like a Ham-desert. I have sent several times Emails, for example to Indian hams requesting a sked in order to make a contact with VU. Nothing at all ! And keep in mind, VU-land is a new-one for me on Satellites - but "NO luck" ! (..and my surspise is big enough especially with VU, as this country has in orbit a HAM Satellite - see VO-52)!
I don't know if the Afganistan & Pakistan have anyone active on Sats. I don't think so. Also the Middle East, just a few peoples they are active, I remember the 4X & OD-lands.
Africa? he he.... here is the real desert ! TR8CA was active, but he is not anylonger. ZS-land has several peoples, but never I heard somebody on AO-7. And it's a real DX that for me, over 7000 Km !
Therefore, I agree with your comment however I'm thinking:
"too much DXCC entities but.... just a few peoples" !!!
Ironically, the 1/4 of planet seems to be without population !
Q: could be the EU-AmSat Group the campaign leader (with Emails etc), in order to activate some peoples from these countries on AO-7 ?
It's a good challenge, I think.
Have a nice day
73 de Mak, SV1BSX
Stop whinging! ...
No DX you say ... have a look at the AO-7 orbit 51201 on Friday the 30th of November 2007 from 05:55 to 06:00.
This orbit covered more sixty !!! entities (DXCC countries) including northeast China, Mongolia, northern India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, all 18 of the earlier Soviet republics, the entire European continent, the entire Middle East and most of the central and north African countries.
No DX? ... Rubbish !!!.
I battet this over to the Amsat-bb so our American friends can see what "can" be worked from Europe.
I'm sure certain orbits would allow most of the states and even parts of central America on some orbit (?) ... I'm just too bone-idle to check it out.
73 John. [email protected]
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