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Re: AO-51 DX-by-mail

At 11:40 PM 12/7/2005 -0600, Wayne Estes wrote:
>Drew wrote:
>Ed's email reminded me of another point I wanted to make. Contacting 
>local groups going on DXpeditions and persuading them to take loaner 
>equipment may yield better results. This is what I did with the KG4SB 
>operation from Guantanamo Bay. Plus, if they are local you may have 
>better options to pursue with regards to training, and gear return...
>Wayne replies:
>Agreed!  DXpeditions are the most productive recipients of loaner 
>equipment.  They are knowledgeable and motivated radio operators.  They 
>have a high probability of getting to the DX location.  Once there, they 
>are pretty well guaranteed to get on the air and make lots of contacts. 
>  And most importantly, they are very likely to return the equipment 
>afterwards.  My portable AO40 antenna system was used by DXpeditions in 
>4 DXCC entities that had no local HEO satellite operators at the time 
>(Guadeloupe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Belize).  It will available for loan 
>again whenever we have an operational HEO satellite.
>We need more trained satellite operators who regularly go on 
>DXpeditions.  People like Doug Faunt N6TQS who has been the "HF digital 
>and satellite specialist" on several DXpeditions to extremely rare 
>entities.  Every year DXpeditions activate about 100 DXCC entities that 
>have no resident satellite operators.  Unfortunately, very few of those 
>DXpeditions have any satellite operations.
>Wayne Estes W9AE
>Oakland, Oregon, USA

OK, this is a good approach.  

I wonder if you are aware that many DXpeditions now are including eme?  The
EME community has been more successful in getting included or convincing
Dxpedition organizers to include them.  This is how it has been
accomplished.  In many cases it requires someone willing to go on the
expedition and provide special equipment and antennas.  Just as often they
get refused for a given Dxpedition...but you do not know unless you
ask/try!  in some cases arrangements are made with a local ham in those
rare places to keep some of the ham gear enabling further operation from
that DX. 

You may find an favorable ear with such eme expeditioners, as they may
share an interest in operating some satellites (often with the same gear).
EME + Meteor Scatter has enjoyed joint DX operations in the past.

Some day when I am retired, I will make some trips to VY1 and VE8 to
operate portable eme and satellite.
Ed - KL7UW 
BP40iq,  Nikiski, AK      http://www.qsl.net/al7eb
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