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Re: American Ops on AO-40??]

Oops, I left the flame on parameter in the incorrect position...
With the present status of AO-40 in mind, My comments were not directed 
as derogatory towards any Geographical area. (I also find that this 
bulletin area has many quick to comment on anything)  I also realize 
what the future predictions bring and look forward to them becoming more 
favorable as most "Western" continent operators understand.  I just had 
to respond to the lack of U.S. operators status on AO-40 since our 
European counterparts (and thanks for the donations to AMSAT-NA) seem to 
be more passionate with Satellite operations. This can be verified by 
looking at the statistics of operators broken down by country. Having a 
satellite that is presently on a 3 month oscillation is not a crowd 
gathering idea of participation in satellite operation.  AO-40 is 
presently (I think I left this word out in my previous comment) in a 
favorable European status.
As an AMSAT-NA local coordinator, I answer and meet with many present & 
future satellite operators asking for financial support, giving 
explanations of satellite physical properties and trying to raise 
enthusiasm in operators to get up at 2am falls on deaf ears.  (My ears 
are filled with "why didn't AMSAT do this or that or..." and I DO pass 
on the comments to the "Board" !)  AMSAT members worlwide should 
remember that volunteers and donations make satellites that all can use 
become reality.  Active memberships insures future operations.
And... I sit here at @13:30 UTC and my prediction for AO-40 is 12 hours 
until it is in view and in an operational mode--- during a Retirement 
dinner I am attending for a fellow ham.  Oh, well, maybe I can get 
another membership for AMSAT-NA during the dinner(?)

NB2F, Dee
NJ Area Co-ordinator/flame off
Barry Murrell wrote:

>Hi All
>Nice to see a large number of American stations reported on the AO-40 logger
>page this morning!! I wonder if this had anything to do with the fact that
>TY/LZ3XV was expected up though!!  :)
>I was up at 02h30Z (04h30 local time) but at that stage squint was 36
>degrees here, and although I could hear the beacon I could not hear myself!!
>In addition, we had gale force winds here yesterday, and I suspect that my
>dish and 70cm yagi are no longer aligned!! Cosidering that wind is gusting
>around 20-30km/hr again today, I will only really know when I operate
>Ironically at this stage it looks like I am the only ZS station active.
>ZS6JON and ZS6BTD are still around, but only come up on odd occasions.
>ZS6GBJ, ZS6BTE, ZS5LEE and ZS6Y haven't been heard for some months. ZS2ACP
>is too tied up with saltmine activities at the moment and ZS6JT is
>apparently not well at the moment. Peter is 82, and generally only operates
>daytime passes, which are few and far between here nowadays! ZS6MG is
>around, but Vlado only really operates from exotic locations. His home QTH
>is not really suited to satellite ops!
>I will be QRV tomorrow morning up until MA230 for any East Coast ops who may
>be interested. Also up for Asia and Europe from around 22h30 utc (00h30
>local time). Hope there will be a few stations around!
>BTW, I am looking into setting up a system to work Western side of US
>(without having to chop down the offending tree) but getting hold of the
>necessary bits & pieces is a problem - everything is available off-the-shelf
>in the States, but not here!!!!
>73 de Barry ZR2DX
>KF26TA - Port Elizabeth,South Africa
>QRV 50 - 1296 MHz SSB/FM/Digital
>AO-40  FO-29  UO-14
>Member : SARL, SA AMSAT
>Secretary, Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Society
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