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Re: AO-51 DX-by-mail



This might work I am in for 10 bucks.
The way to do this be thought a club
brock

At 17:57 12/5/2005, you wrote:
>This is an idea that I floated a while back, and which generated no
>interest. I still think it has merits, so I'm going to try again:
>
>So-called 'Easysat' operation would be even more fun if there were more DX
>to work. Who hasn't watched the footprint of AO-51 glance across, say, West
>Africa, called 'CQ' and hoped against hope? I expect the ops in the S. USA
>have the same experience with parts of South America, and I know that N.
>Russia always tantalizes me. What we need is someone to work in these
>areas. I suspect that, in some cases, these areas would very much like the
>use of equipment to work us in turn.
>
>I therefore propose an AMSAT DX-by-mail program, whereby an Arrow antenna
>and handheld are mailed to a worthy and interested operator in a desirable
>location. This would constitute a three month loan, during which time the
>operator agrees to be on the air with some regularity, and after which time
>the equipment is returned for use by another recipient.
>
>The benefits would be as follows:
>
>1. More DX to work!
>
>2. Exposing a worthy and interested operator to this aspect of our hobby
>
>3. Exposure for AMSAT-NA, showing just how enjoyable and portable easysat
>operations are
>
>Chosing an appropriate recipient would be the difficult part, I suppose. I
>would prefer to help out someone who couldn't easily buy the necessary
>equipment himself or herself, especially an interested youth. It would be
>fun to put the word out via email and the internet and see who applies.
>
>I'm aware that there's a real danger of the equipment not coming back, but
>there are worse things in life :-)
>
>Since I now have rotating antennas on a mast and it's starting to get very
>cold out, I'd be willing to lend my Arrow Antenna for a few months if we
>could somehow scrounge up a suitable radio. A loaner would be the easy way,
>or if 40 of us chipped in $10, we could get a new one for the job. Then
>there's postage, etc, but none of it seems insurmountable to me.
>
>So, friends, what is your favorite silent spot on the map? Where should the
>DX-by-mail fairy first visit? Surinam? Western Sahara?
>
>73, Bruce
>
>VE9QRP
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W6GMT
Brock Thomsen
1721 Melody Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Kern County DM05 
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