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RE: ISS for Field Day



In my opinion, if a ham makes a QSO with someone who is NOT on this planet, 
that should count for even more points, because it is such a rare feat. I 
think the ISS should have its own DXCC classification. It certainly is as 
far away (or more) than most islands from their parent countries.

Les
W4SCO

At 02:26 PM 6/17/2005, you wrote:
>Again, Earth-Satellite-Earth contacts count for the 100 point Satellite
>Bonus, whether they are relayed through equipment on the ISS or some
>other satellite.  Contacts made with operators located on manned
>platforms in space do not count for the bonus but do count for QSO
>points.  It's treated the same as Maritime Mobile and Aeronautical
>Mobile stations.  Consider the ISS crew as an Astronomical Mobile
>station.
>
>If you're taking the time to set up a satellite station for FD and the
>only contact you make through an orbiting body is with the ISS crew,
>you're doing a pretty poor job of communicating.
>
>My advice is; quit moaning and groaning about it and make some contacts
>on satellites. Field Day is about Emergency Preparedness communications,
>not about contacting one individual operator!
>
>73 de N8AU, Jim in Raymore, MO
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@amsat.org] On
>Behalf Of John Santillo
>Sent: Saturday, June 18, 2005 12:42 PM
>To: Amsat-bb@amsat.org
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] ISS for Field Day
>
>If someone takes the time to set up a satellite station for FD and
>points
>the antennas into space either manually or mechanically  and it's either
>a
>manned platform or transponder it should count.
>
>
>John
>N2HMM
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