[amsat-bb] DX on satellites
jdanehy at cinci.rr.com
Sun Oct 12 08:07:44 PDT 2008
Congratulations to Jay AA4FL on his DX accomplishment. I am a relative newcomer to the satellite game. I have been lucky to have worked just about every DX entity that has come along for the last 50 years. I find that there is little interest in CW on the satellites. That is not surprising since there is little interest in CW in the HF spectrum. I enjoy both DXing and ragchewing. I have watched many FO 29 passes over Europe where my signal is good copy but no activity. Not surprising since it is 3 AM in Europe. If anyone in Europe would like to try a schedule with me on FO 29 I would be interested. I am primarily a CW operator too (my preference).
Every year I see many DXpeditions to various spots in the Caribbean for contest activity. It would be great if these groups would get on the satellites and spice up the birds. I have thought about going to OX (Greenland) next Summer where I could access both Europe and a lot of North America on both the FM satellites as well as those with SSB/CW. Is there any real interest in working DX (rhetorical question) ?
I have heard a couple of Central American stations get ignored on the FM satellites while stations swap reports for the umpteenth time between themselves.
FO 29 gives plenty of DX capability but rarely have I heard it utilized. I work Europe on AO 7 but FO 29 appears to be better in my opinion.
Anyone interested in a sked from NA to EU ? Any interest in working OX (Greenland) ?
73 Jim W9VNE
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